I live in Dipton!

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That last post was probably a bit dull for a Friday morning, so now for something completely different. I was a little surprised last night to see on Scoop the following worthy publication:

Plain English – No. 2, 2009

Welcome to Plain English, my regular newsletter aimed at Clutha-Southland residents. It covers local issues as well as national politics. I welcome your feedback on the content and any issues you’d like covered.

Youth Opportunities
While in Balclutha recently I visited South Otago High School and spoke to the Year 12 & 13 assembly. I met the head student …

I don’t recall seeing Plain English on Scoop before, and Google doesn’t seem to think so either*. In fact I don’t think I recall seeing any MP’s local newsletter on such a site. So why this one? Then I realised I was reading it wrong! What it really says is this:

Plain English – No. 2, 2009 – I live in Dipton!

Welcome to Plain English, my regular newsletter aimed at Clutha-Southland residents. I live in Dipton! It covers local issues as well as national politics. I welcome your feedback on the content and any issues you’d like covered. I live in Dipton!

Youth Opportunities
While in Balclutha recently (I live in Dipton!) I visited South Otago High School and spoke to the Year 12 & 13 assembly. I met the head student …

Makes much more sense now.

[* Update: My mad Google skillz let me down, there are several issues of Plain English on Scoop up until 2006.  So in that respect Mr English I withdraw and apologise.  It seems this is the first one since 2006 though – isn’t that odd?  I live in Dipton!]

78 comments on “I live in Dipton! ”

  1. Swampy 1

    This is the financial arrangement that Margaret Wilson approved as the Speaker, as well her successors.

    I don’t recall seeing that mentioned to date in any posting you have made.

    If you dig enough then MPs from all parties will be in similar positions, all approved by Parliamentary authorities. I think there is a point when the “I hate tories” rhetoric just becomes too one sided and boring.

    • Zetetic 1.1

      It’s not relevant that speakers have rubber stamped English’s rorting. They have taken him at his word.

      “If you dig enough then MPs from all parties will be in similar positions”
      careful making allegations like that with no evidence. Tim Ellis will be accusing you of defamation

    • burt 1.2

      It’s also not important that others have been doing it too. English is accountable for what he has done and what others have also been doing has nothing to do with it.

      We saw in the last govt some really myopic partisan people saying it was OK for political parties to rort tax payers money because they were not the only ones doing it… “Not fair to just prosecute one party when others did it too” was the call of the appologists.

      Don’t be like they were Swampy – you are better than that.

  2. Graeme 2

    I don’t recall seeing Plain English on Scoop before, and Google doesn’t seem to think so either. In fact I don’t think I recall seeing any MP’s local newsletter on such a site. So why this one?

    Because you haven’t looked!

    from scoop:

    Pansy speak

    Collin’s comments

    News worthy 🙂

    And most tellingly, you didn’t even look for “Plain English”. It’s been around for quite some time (relaunched recently after a break since entering government).

    Here’s an edition from 2002!
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0204/S00070.htm

    And the first of six easily-found pages in (effectively) an archive:
    http://search.scoop.co.nz/search?q=related:PA0611/S00361

    StandardFail? 🙂

    • burt 2.1

      To be fair to rOb, he only has one eye.

    • felix 2.2

      Interestingly, there’s nothing on scoop from “Plain English” since August 2006.

      Until now. I wonder why?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.3

      But did you read the Dipton Diaries from 2002!!

      Its all about ‘ Where is Helen Clark?’ Nothing about the local traps? No surprise if you aint there.

      This is priceless, read with Key instead of Clark…

      “Where was Helen Clark when her Coalition was falling apart? Usually so accessible to the media, she was away making a travel programme and letting Michael Cullen face the hard questions. Next week, she will be overseas again leaving”.. Bill English in charge!!!!

      Ha HA HA

    • r0b 2.4

      Huh – right you are Graeme, Plain English has appeared on Scoop many times before, in that respect Mr English I withdraw and apologise. But according to felix this is the first one since 2006, gosh I wonder why?

      And the old copies don’t seem to be headed “Welcome to Plain English, my regular newsletter aimed at Clutha-Southland residents” – they are more like “Plain English: Column By Bill English” or “PLAIN ENGLISH – A WEEKLY UPDATE FROM BILL ENGLISH, LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY”.

      So here we have the first Plain English since 2006 remixed to sell Bill the Clutha-Southland boy. I stand by my “I live in Dipton!” reading!

      • Jim McDonald 2.4.1

        “regular” newsletter … I guess regularity is in the hand of the beholder hehe

        perhaps opportunistically regular?

    • Tigger 2.5

      Pansy Speak? So she can actually talk?

      By the way, to call something ‘regular’ when this is the second one for 2009 is pushing the limits of what ‘regular’ means. Rob is right, this is designed to make locals think that he’s their man. When in fact he’s a Wellingtonian. The only true FAIL here is from Blinglish.

      Ha ha – just read Worth’s slamming of codes of conduct – http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0706/S00300.htm As Alanis Morissette would say – ironic!

      • Rob 2.5.1

        I am a kiwi, born here , raised here, educated here and worked predominatly for a kiwi business. For three years I had an ex pat job in Shanghai, moved my family there etc. I was still a kiwi, I stayed in the Jiang Chang San Road, Zhabei District, but I lived in NZ, and NZ was and always will be home.

        I know I will get slammed for this post, but you cannot deny that his family has lived in that area for over 100 years and that they lived on a road named from his family surname. For some pople Home is where the Heart is.

        • Tigger 2.5.1.1

          But as others have said – Blinglish can call the moon home for all I care, doesn’t mean I should have to pay for it.

        • lprent 2.5.1.2

          The question isn’t where the heart is… The question is where he is actually residing and at the same time claiming a benefit for an out of town allowance.

          More pathetic diversion from the right *sigh*

        • Victor 2.5.1.3

          Rob, from a legal perspective it does not matter whether you called NZ home or not, question is whether you were tax resident in NZ at that time, i.e. was you primary residence still in NZ even though you were living in Shanghai? And I would guess not.

          This is the reverse of Bill English’s case, where he was claiming his primary residence was still in Dipton, even if though it no longer was.

          • Rob 2.5.1.3.1

            Yes I get this, I also understand the tax and locality issue. All I was trying to put forward is the case of home.

            Also I am not from the right, I have recently come to this website under advice from a friend. So I am not making a ‘pathetic diversion’.

            • lprent 2.5.1.3.1.1

              Yeah sure, but the issue here isn’t a question of ‘home’. It is a question of residence. As a taxpayer, while I might be interested in helping a MP maintain a residence when they are working away from their normal residence. I’m not prepared to do it for Mary and the kids.

              Perhaps Bill should find a flat…

      • ghostwhowalksnz 2.5.2

        Pansy Wong was a Christchurch based accountant when she was elected on nationals list. Immediately she shifted to Auckland to be near the bulk of Chinese voters. Apparently some MPs have no problem moving town when it suits them

    • I wasn’t taking any issue with r0b’s central point about this being designed to reconnect Bill English with his constituency and his home in Dipton. That was a point well made. I was just taking issue with his side point that:

      1. it was odd that a local MP newsletter would appear on Scoop.
      2. he had never seen Plain English on Scoop before.

      Those points were laughably wrong…

      • Tigger 2.6.1

        They were also side points.

        Eyes back on the ball – English does not live in Dipton. This ‘regular’ newsletter is by an out of Wellington electorate MP who is, and has been for years, a true blue Wellingtonian.

      • r0b 2.6.2

        Graeme is quite correct – I accept the mea culpa! I should do much better fact checking on my humour pieces I know…

      • burt 2.6.3

        Quick, retrospectively add humour to the tags for the post 😉

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    Would love to see the actual expenses claimed by English when he comes back ‘home’. Could there be many nights spent in Queenstown at public expense. Dipton being 3/4 hr down the road is not such a flash place afterall.

  4. toad 4

    rOb, Graeme’s right. There are quite a number of them, but I can’t find any between 2006 and the one you link to.

    This one makes particularly interesting reading. Just change the name from “Helen Clark” to “BIll English”, change a few words and number, and HEY PRESTO…

    Labour’s election expenses rort is starting to eat away at Helen Clark’s credibility as more of the story comes to light. She spent $400,000 of her publicly funded budget on the Labour pledge card, and then Labour failed to declare the spending as an election expense.

    The media haven’t caved in to Clark’s usual excuse for breaking the law – “I was too busy”. “I didn’t notice”. “It’s not important”. “Someone else did it”. “Time to move on”. The facts show that she must have known Labour’s spending would break the rules, but she went ahead anyway so Labour could spend another $400,000 in a tight election campaign.

    At the heart of the matter is Clark’s calculated disregard for the law. It’s not new. She has been investigated by the police in the Paintergate scandal and the Waimate speeding case. In each case she avoided answering questions from police and shifted the blame to other people. The police investigation into the expenses rort has just started, and Labour’s attempts to throw mud at everyone haven’t worked.

  5. JohnDee 5

    What is actually more offensive to me is not that Bill English is using dodgy tactics with regards to his Trust but the fact that he has the gall to claim for cleaning at all. Bill then again asks for another $20.00 per week. WTF, Bill a Politician, wife a doctor and they want us the public to pay for 3 Hours cleaning. Cheeky prick.

  6. Jim McDonald 6

    That 2006 Plain English piece is amazingly psychic?? The opening words are virtually instructive now for the author to consider for his own present circumstances. Have a look …

    Friday, 25 August 2006, 4:52 pm
    Column: New Zealand National Party
    Plain English – Thoughts from your MP for Clutha/Southland

    There is No Shame

    “The New Zealand public will ultimately decide the standards of public probity in politics. If they let [… get] away with … rort, then standards of transparency and honesty will drop across the board. … New Zealand politics stays clean because all politicians have presumed the public don’t tolerate corruption, and because politicians do not want the shame of being seen as anything but squeaky clean – until now that is. … believe that … can tough it out, that if … doesn’t admit any wrongdoing, the media will eventually drop it, and the public don’t really care. … doesn’t appear to believe the idea than any rules of public probity should get in the way of [the party’s] interests.”

    • Ianmac 6.1

      Through the power of Google now more than ever your words come back to haunt you. Bill. What goes around comes around. 😳

      • Ianmac 6.1.1

        And even more relevant since Key and others so often start their answers to questions with “Back in 1988 Phil Goff said…..” I wonder if Trevor or someone could use the above hypocritical comments of Bill’s, to taunt him during question time? 👿

    • outofbed 6.2

      he should now resign just on the strength of that
      or do we now add hypocrite to the growing list?

    • burt 6.3

      So another way to look at this – English’s apologists have a wealth of material available to defend him as well.

      He should resign ! (I’m waiting for his apologists to call me thick then tell me others were doing it too)

  7. toad 7

    I see that Double Dipton is claiming that the “family home” in Dipton is untenanted. Guess that leaves two possibilities – someone is living there for free who could well be paying rent, or it is empty. The latter is possible, but it does seem a bit strange to leave a property empty for years if you could be getting rent from it.

    Any Standard readers living in the vicinity up for a fact-finding mission to see exactly who, if anyone, lives there. It’s at 179 English Rd, Dipton West.

  8. outofbed 8

    If it is empty It would make a great squat

  9. HitchensFan 9

    OMG the first comnment just CRACKED me up with its irony
    “I think there is a point when the “I hate tories’ rhetoric just becomes too one sided and boring.”

    Obviously this commentator hasn’t spent any time on Kiwiblog reading the demented rantings of the likes of Redbaiter, Big Bruv, Brian Smaller and the little narcissistic nutter Dad4Justice.

    I mean, if the commentator had, he would have realised that Tories NEVER attack lefties per se. there’s always a well-reasoned, well-thought out argument behind their comments……..

    LMFAO! God I love how ironic Tories can be

  10. Craig Glen Eden 10

    I have this image of the Mitre 10 add.

    Phil “what are you doing in the weekend Bill” ?

    Bill ” Cleaning”

    Phil doing it your self?

    Bill “nah paying some bloke”

    Phil “Oh come on mate do it yourself”

    Phil ” Hey Johnsie give us a hand in the weekend Cleaning Bills place”

    John” Mate your dreaming”

    Phil “Tories, no surprises there”

  11. The Baron 11

    Trying to be as bipartisan as possible here…

    … but I’m not sure what the left is actually seeking here. Standing aside from some of the attack politics, can we have a look at the facts and principles.

    Being an effective electorate MP requires you to spend some time in your electorate. Bill has been MP for Wallace/Clutha Southland since 1980 (according to Wikipedia). I doubt he could have kept that for 29 years without maintaining some sort of profile in the area (though it is probably one of the right-est seats in the country). So his electoral history suggests that he has spent at least some time on the ground maintaining his support base. I think that rules out this “I only publish newsletters to prove I live there” angle – really r0b, you usually do better than that. It all sounds pretty similar to every other electorate newsletter that I’ve received in the 6 electorates I’ve lived in (i.e. vacuous, self-serving publicity that goes straight to the bin!)

    Which brings me to my second point… regarding what outcome we are looking for here. An electorate MP needs to spend time in his electorate. As a minister too, they need to spend time in wellington. We set allowances for these things, so they can maintain reasonable living standards in both areas. if we didnt do that, it would be challenging to be both an electorate MP and a minister; OR heaps more expensive to be an electorate MP. Wow, the life of a list member looks even more attractive on that basis!

    Sooo… whats the problem again? Are you suggesting that such “double dipping” is a bad idea, when it seems to me that it is pretty bloody essential? How is this different to other Ministers (in this Govt, the last, the 80s, whatever) who have far-flung electorates?

    If it is all down to the primary residence thing, then isn’t that a bit sh!t? As finance minister, do we really want him to spend the majority of his time in Dipton? How would that be a good thing?

    Or if its down to the house ownership thing, then wow… I’m led to believe that politicians of all hues indulge in that RORT. But we can hardly criticise English alone there…

    So, what have I missed?

    • toad 11.1

      What you have missed is that English declared 179 English Road, Dipton West as his “primary place of residence”.

      The declaration form (PDF) spells out what primary place of residence means, including: “Is this residence the place that you would normally go to when you are not on parliamentary business”.

      English presumably ticked “YES” to that question to qualify, when in reality he goes to his home in Karori with his wife and kids when not on parliamentary business.

      • The Baron 11.1.1

        Ah, I had that the wrong way around then… so on the basis that I outlined, that is a bit shit then, isn’t it!

        • Tigger 11.1.1.1

          Also, he’s been the MP in the area since 1990, not 1980. Still, 19 years is impressive. I would not underestimate the sense of entitlement that had aided his election there Baron. The English family are well-known in the area and it’s easy to convince the people that Bill ‘deserves’ or ‘owns’ the seat by virtue of their history there.

    • lprent 11.2

      Sooo whats the problem again?

      Sooooo why are the taxpayers paying for Mary and the kids to live in their own home? It is (as you point out) good to pay an allowance for MP’s to have a residence in Wellington when they work away from their primary residence. That is what the allowance is for.

      However this is Bills primary residence. Following your logic, let Bill get a small flat in Balclutha. Then the taxpayers are not paying for freeloaders sucking on the tax-funded teat.

      However before he does that, he should pay back the last 20 years of rorting the taxpayers.

      • toad 11.2.1

        Possibly not the full 20 years Lynn. I have no doubt that there was a period when 179 English Road, Dipton West was his primary place of residence after English first entered Parliament.

        But that was a long time ago.

        And if he did fill the form in stating that the property in Dipton is the place he would normally go to when he is not on parliamentary business, there is a legal term for that. It starts with F.

        If I were to apply to Work and Income for and accommodation supplement, stating I owned no property other than the one I live at, and it were later discovered that I actually did own other property so had collected an accommodation supplement I was not entitled to receive on the basis of a false declaration, I would very likely be prosecuted.

        I wonder if the Police could investigate English in that regard – or does parliamentary privilege preclude that?

        • lprent 11.2.1.1

          Ok probably not the full whatever years. But by the sound of it for much of the 90’s and since he was fully resident in Wellington, and claiming a out of town allowance.

          Most of the electorate MP’s I’ve run across have their residence in or reasonably close to their electorates (and before some wingnut chimes up – Papakura is pretty damn close to Mt Roskill via the motorway). They have a smallish flat in Wellington often with other MP’s. Most list MP’s do much the same, they stay resident in their preferred place of residence, and have accommodation in Wellington for when they are sitting.

          Now this includes the ministers, prime ministers, etc I have known.

          Why exactly has the representative from Dipton thought that he can top up his salary with a substantial out-of-town living allowance for his own home? Effectively he has got the state to provide rent/mortgage free accommodation for his family, while getting taxpayers to provide the leverage for a family trust to accumulate capital. It is a gross misuse of the allowances.

          In fact this is so much of a rort that I’d suggest that the accommodation allowances get abolished entirely. It is apparent from Bill’s statements that he can’t see anything wrong with all of this. If that attitude is widespread amongst MP’s and ministers (especially finance ministers) then it is time to remove the temptation. Pay the MP’s a generous increase in salary of say 10k per year and let them pay for their own accommodation.

  12. outofbed 12

    Yeah maybe Parliamentary services should build a 110+ well appointed apartments in a complex with maybe a choice of one or two bedrooms. Make them available to out of town MP’s. Rent free If you don’t want to live there then..
    Make your own arrangements and pay for them yourself
    The apartments would always belong to the state and you are defined as an out of town Mp if you spend most of your weekends outside of Wellington

    Bill wouldn’t qualify

  13. Swimmer 13

    Mwahahahaha! Blinglish is going down 🙂 Unless he does live in Dipton, you know, the new suburb in Wellington. Let’s face it, his house is sooo big that it surely must have it’s own suburb zone it fit into!

    • NickS 13.1

      Hot off the science-press, physicists have just found that Bill English’s Wellington house is actually in the first ever confirmed, very macro state of quantum supposition, simultaneously being both in Dipton Southland, and Wellington.

      Physicists involved speculate however that this state emerged only due to legal fiction, and believe this state will collapse come official inquiries due to Schrödinger-cat, consequently possibly destroying English’s political status due to the laws of conservation of energy, matter and government money.

      /bad-science humour.

      • Tigger 13.1.1

        Well if it collapses in upon itself then at least it won’t need cleaning…I suspect it will be sucked into the black hole that is Blinglish’s political career before any of that happens…

  14. Swimmer 14

    :LOL: 👿

  15. Ianmac 15

    Tonight National Radio 6:40 Brent Edwards gave his usual well-balanced review of the English affair. It should appear as podcast in due course.

  16. toad 16

    This weekend’s g.blog quiz –

    There is only one question:

    Who lives here?

    Greenfly is disqualified from participating, because he may be appointed the final arbiter on the decision.

    The judge’s desision (ie mine) is final, and evidence will need to be provided to satisfy me of a correct answer.

    So go for it! All answers on the g.blog thread linked above please.

  17. toad 17

    Hey, I’m starting to feel a bit sorry for Bill. He’s getting such a hard time from us all.

    So I’ve posted a song for him. Not my first choice, but it’s appropriate anyway.

    • Jim McDonald 17.1

      Thanks for that greenvoices website. Btw does someone know what the Southland and Wellington City Council records say? The online versions do not have names of ratepayers.

      • Daveosaurus 17.1.1

        Land ownership is a matter of public record (unlike rating matters which are subject to the Privacy Act) so you would be best advised to contact Land Information New Zealand for advice.

  18. outofbed 18

    Just read this rather lengthy.. thread starts off about who”s claiming what b4 moving on to Bill
    http://www.interest.co.nz/ratesblog/index.php/2009/08/05/have-your-say-housing-minister-others-benefit-from-rents-paid-by-government/
    I would have thought that Bill would have had more supporters in that sort of forum
    but no he seems to be universally vilified
    He just has to go now
    I can’t see how he can stay

    • Jared 18.1

      When this scandal broke it was also revealed that Phil Goff owns and rents out an apartment in Wellington whilst claiming an allowance for another residence from Parliamentary Services. He claims he is trying to sell it, is he? Has it sold yet?

      • Ianmac 18.1.1

        Goff said some weeks back that yes his flat was up for sale but he had a tenant that he had to consider.

  19. burt 19

    English is starting to look untidy here. Who’s got the nerve in National to stare down Lyn Provoft. I’m drawing a blank, if it all heads south the ‘ref made a bad call’ option looks like a one way road to Dipton for English. Ironic really because that would prove parliament was holing him and his family in Wellington. While unimaginable for most of us that our employer might pay such a generous entitlements, it is what it is at parliament.

  20. Swimmer 20

    Who lives in his Dipton house? Worth a trip down to find out isn’t it. I think it’s some hobbo, probably an underpaid cleaner (needed that extra $20), and her stoner toy boy, who frankly Bill should thank for keeping out the looters. (Though in reality he’s secretly protecting his pot patch). 😀

  21. Ianmac 21

    Blips quote from Bill: ” Door to door its an eight to ten hour round trip between here any my electorate.”
    Just looked it up on a random day.
    Air NZ Wellington to Invercargill: 2hr 45min. + 60km road trip to Dipton (at normal speed) if Mrs English met him. Say 3hr 30m total. I suppose it sounds more if you say round trip or even double round trip if you had to go back because you forgot to pay the cleaner.
    I think that most of the distant MPs have similar travel times.

    • burt 21.1

      Ianmac

      Of course if Bill says “hurry hurry or I’ll miss the rugby” that 60km of road travel would be over in about 20 minutes. His driver would be charged for it – but hey at least the deputy PM would be blameless and get to where he wants to be quickly.

      • Armchair Critic 21.1.1

        He would never cover 60km in 20 minutes. I am sure he would be looking out the window at the scenery that he had fond memories of, but hadn’t seen for so long. So he would notice how fast they were going.

  22. Ianmac 22

    As he arrives home the children will be lined up in order of size whilst facing them will be staff including several cleaners and as he walks towards them they see that he is dusty and travel stained.
    “Good evening Sir,” they speak in unison.
    Then Bill turns wearily to start the long return jouney that he must take for the sake of his country.
    “Bye Sir,” they all cry in unison, all except the youngest who says. “Who was that man?” 😯

  23. SPC 23

    We don’t know who lives there – but we can know via White Pages that S W English pays the phone bills.

    But that M(ary) and S English share the phone in Karori (I guess working as a doctor and raising up children in Wellington she does not get to Dipton much to Bills primary residence.

    If Bill owns the Dipton house – then he can claim it’s his “primary electorate” house but he lives in Wellington to be “with his family” most of the time. So his primary home and his families home just happen to be in different places.

    Call me even handed, but I don’t see what he has done as any worse than another long term MP owning two homes – one in his elecvtorate and one in Wellington and having the cost of owning the second home paid for the taxpayer (they get paid the mortgage interest cost instead of the rent cost up to the maximum allowance claim).

    PS Whether Goff lived in the Wellington home he owned and claimed the allowance for the mortgage cost or rented it out and claimed the allowance for rent of another house makes little difference to the taxpayer (however the reason might be he has been an MP for so long he near owns the Wellington house and pays little or no mortgage).

  24. toad 24

    Seems that Bill is at pains to identify with Dipton as his home these days. A NZ Herald article on the Pacific tsunami last Thursday reported:

    Mr McCully liaised with Samoan and Tongan ministers yesterday while Mr English flew north from Dipton, in his Clutha-Southland electorate, back to Wellington.

    Now last time I was in Dipton, it didn’t have an airport. And I don’t think pork barrel politics in NZ is that bad that Bill would have managed to get one built for his personal use in the last 9 months.

    Bill would have flown from Invercargill. But I guess he just had to get into the story that he had been in Dipton.

  25. SPC 25

    Its classic boarding school behaviour has his wet dreams during the week and goes home at the weekends and plays the innocent.

    Except in those days his parents paid for the board and more recently it’s been the taxpayer.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    4 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    5 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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