Indigenous Perspectives

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Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe mother of three, environmentalist, indigenous rights’ activist, economist, writer and past two time vice-presidential candidate (with Ralph Nader). In a speech last year, LaDuke presented an overview of the key areas of expertise that indigenous peoples bring to the table. (Speech begins at 6 min) She’s funny, educational, conversational and above all political, and she speaks with a native voice without adjusting her language for non-natives. This is not LaDuke mythologising the Noble Savage. This is LaDuke reminding her audience that they too have brought much to the world.

The English-speaking West is largely unaware of how indigenous societies have functioned, and the strengths they possess that industrial cultures have lacked. Notions of progress are insistent that high tech equals better and that industrial cultures are somehow more advanced socially. So let’s take a look at some of the cultural tools and world views that Native Americans have used.

Representational democracy

“We are the people who of course contributed representational democracy to the United States. Now you all know that, but a lot of people do not know that in public office, right? The fact is that the people who came to this country they had no experience whatsoever with democracy. They came from monarchy and feudalism. They came from being imprisoned and treated like third class citizens. And so they came here and where did they go to learn about democracy? They had sources from different places but they went to see the Iroquois Confederacy , who had developed a representational democracy and a confederacy, right? And what they knew, after many years of battling each other, the Iroquois Confederacy knew enough to put their weapons down at the foot of a tree and make peace. That is a lesson that has never been learned by the United States, has it.”

“And when those guys came to see our people, they took notes on representatives and such but they had a pretty significant omission which I think most of us in the room know. Which is that the clan mothers are who appointed and removed the chiefs. And this country of course, when the created their representational democracy the only people who could vote were white men who owned property. And some of that property was also people.”

Restorative justice

“If we had learned something in America a little bit better from indigenous people, we would know something about restorative justice. And the idea for instance in the case of Crow Dog vs Spotted Tail, where Crow Dog assassinated Spotted Tail. In 1882 the Lakota justice system said that the descendants of Crow Dog had to now care for the family of Spotted Tail. Because they had denied them the man, the head of their family, who would care for their food. And so that family was now responsible… the Crow Dog family.”

(The US government reacted and created the Major Crimes Act, which subsumed the existing indigenous systems on reservations).

“In our next evolution, if we continue the process of understanding what indigenous people bring maybe we can create a multi-cultural civil society, where some of these teachings exist as a part of public policy.”

Economics

“What we know is that in indigenous economics your wealth was attributed to how much you gave away, not how much you accumulated. Your status and your recognition in society is not based on your hoarding like the Koch brothers. Your status is what you do for your family, what you do for your community and how much you give away of yourself and of your wealth.”

Public Policy

“In each deliberation we consider the impact on the seventh generation from now.”

“Everything we have today we inherited, we are very very fortunate today that our ancestors were strong people. We’re very very fortunate that our ancestors took care of this land so well.”

“We also know that those who are not yet here are counting on us not to mess this up… they’re counting on us to make sure that there will be water for them to drink, that there will still be fish, that the air will not be so poisoned or so hot that they cannot live. It is important that we consider how we make public policy that is not based on today’s election years, but is instead based on a long term view of how you protect the commons.”

Environmentalism

“I believe, like many of you do as well, that rivers have a right to live. Salmon have a right to continue to exist, and not be over allocated to fishing trawlers and have their rivers poisoned. All of life, all of our relatives, have these rights.”

“What fossil fuel companies are doing is to combust the planet to oblivion. It is our spiritual moment to stop them. It is our moment as the people who are here, where we can stop them from doing that… it’s our moment, and we get to be the people who do that.”

[Indigenous peoples the world over are at the forefront of stopping fossil fuel extraction.

Spirituality and activism

“That is part of what I see this opportunity as, this opportunity of enlightenment… I think of our relatives to the South… who conduct world renewal ceremonies. And I think about the beauty of somebody who renews the world through their ceremonial commitment every year, and I’m grateful to them because I think that the world is renewed each year because of those prayers and those ceremonies.”

“So as the forces of the unenlightened and the evil and the greedy oil companies and the chemical companies try to poison our water and poison our air, remember that our resistance is what stops them. They get what they want unless you stand up.”

Weka

30 comments on “Indigenous Perspectives ”

  1. Ad 1

    The extras in the movie The Revanant have 45 minute documentary on native peoples in North Dakota. Particularly a massive dam built by the US Engineer Corps in the 1960s. Was an excellent analogue of reality to the movie, which incorporated the native families of many of the actors. Recommended.

  2. gsays 2

    thanks weka for highlighting this.

    the words above resonate and penetrate.
    contrasted with the words and ways of our current crop of leaders, the indegenous politics are far more powerful and natural.

  3. Bill 3

    Just immediately thinking intersectionality…again, and thinking that energy could be spent in much worse ways than simply resisting any promotion of a single sectional interest above all others, and insisting that no sectional interest becomes the a dominant framework or focus through which all political analyses ought to pass.

    And then secondarily thinking how so much energy is wasted by so many trying to negatively elevate their pet analytical framework, as though a single lens could capture all the depth and breadth of human political experience.

    Thirdly thinking what a dangerous joke all the cultists are – and how damned many of them there are.

    • weka 3.1

      Good point. I came across this quote from LaDuke,

      “I find that I have more allies on the left than on the right, and that is because the left is, by and large, filled with people who are challenging the present paradigm and power structure. I’m interested in totally transforming the structure that exists now, because it is not sustainable.”

      Which immediately reminded me that it’s easy to assume that she is left wing, but what I hear in that quote is that she has her own indigenous politics and she sees herself allied with some left wing people. Which is great. Maybe intersectionality is at core what you say, the willingness to let people have their own frameworks, and being willing to work with people who have different ones without having to impose ours. This is the shifting paradigm. There is no one right way to do politics, yet we are completely dependent on being able to work together. Maybe this is what is coming after the shambles that is currently the left, the learning to work across frameworks and agendas.

      • Bill 3.1.1

        This is a drum I’ve banged on a fair wee bit recently, but I’m reckoning it’s worth banging…much of what calls itself ‘left’ is no more left than fly and a huge swathe of it should more correctly labeled as statist. That’s not some hair splitting btw.

        Statism acts in a fundamentally opposite direction to the myriad politics of the left…centralism as opposed to autonomy, or to put it another way, authoritarianism as opposed empowered cultures/politics of interdependence.

  4. greywarshark 4

    Rituals keeping in touch with our spiritual relation to the planet, and that the other living things have a relationship with us and the planet, are important to keep such matters to the front of the mind. Then sharing knowledge, experiences and methods so all are part of Action for the people, and losing a leader for some reason will not result in a setup. Thanks for the piece and the story it tells.

    • Chooky 4.1

      +100 greywarshark…well said…we should take heed of the old indigenous lore of the land and their reverence for landscapes

      ‘Arctic Dreams’ by Barry Lopez is another classic which celebrates the indigenous peoples’ values of ecology and views of landscape in particular the Eskimos’ and the American Indians’

      http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16878.Arctic_Dreams

    • greywarshark 4.2

      I meant setback. My fingers put set up. That sounds tricky which I didn’t mean.

  5. Incognito 5

    This is very good!

  6. Mrs Brillo 6

    The Brillos really appreciated this piece. We have much to learn.

    Thanks Winona for enunciating this, and weka for keeping it circulating.

  7. Thanks wake there is indeed much we can learn and find very useful within indigenous knowledge.

  8. mauī 8

    Nice, in lots of ways we’ve become a very sick society, and many of these just and common sense ways of dealing with society’s issues would seem completely foreign to 21st century NZ.

    I watched a doco on the Aborigines not so long ago and they said one of the Aboriginal ideas was the importance of giving to others. That act would start a relationship between two groups/or persons, or make the bond stronger. Maybe like the setting up of a social contract, and the knowledge that you would at some stage receive something back from the other party.

  9. Colonial Viper 9

    The corporate effort to destroy all non-commercial culture progresses at pace. Also, we can be confident that the Founding Fathers, several of whom got filthy rich from the extermination of Indian tribes, had no interest in actual democracy. They did want a system where proper and appropriate people (definitely not Blacks, Indians, women or non-land owners) had some limited say over who ruled.

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    The top 1 per cent now own 48 per cent of global wealth, but even they aren’t happy. A survey by Boston College of people with an average net worth of $78 million found that they too are assailed by anxiety, dissatisfaction and loneliness.1-2 Many of them reported feeling financially insecure: to reach safe ground, they believed, they would need, on average, about 25 per cent more money. (And if they got it? They’d doubtless need another 25 per cent.) One respondent said he wouldn’t get there until he had $1 billion in the bank.

    For this we have ripped the natural world apart, degraded our conditions of life, surrendered our freedoms and prospects of contentment to a compulsive, atomising, joyless hedonism, in which, having consumed all else, we start to prey upon ourselves. For this we have destroyed the essence of humanity: our connectedness.

    That’s in the first chapter of Monbiot’s How did we get into this mess? where he’s commenting on the fact that loneliness is now a major disease and probably kills more people than smoking.

  11. Jamie 11

    “Indian Chief Two Eagles was asked by a white U.S. government official, “You have observed the white man for 90 years. You’ve seen his wars and his technological advances. You’ve seen his progress, and the damage he’s done.”

    The Chief nodded in agreement.

    The official continued, “Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?”

    The Chief stared at the government official then replied,

    “When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women do all the work, medicine man free, Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing, all night having sex.”

    Then the Chief leaned back and smiled, “Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.”

    Too bad I had the misfortune of being born into this rotten, corrupt, and degenerate era.
    As far as I’m concerned….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHWs4jrl8Sk

    Take Me Back Then

    • weka 11.1

      Jamie, I appreciate that many of us hate the society we live in for how corrupt it is. However the story you have just told reinforces inaccurate stereotypes about Native Americans, and frames them in a way that centres on men’s experiences at the expense of women’s. That’s pretty inappropriate on a post sharing a Native American woman’s political perspectives.

      • Jamie 11.1.1

        Lolz

        Um the blokes had to go out hunting coz the woman had more important business to attend to like running the tipis, or having kids [not good having a pregnant woman trying to bring home the bison – that’s not sexism, it’s biology]

  12. locus 12

    Thank you for posting this. Winona LaDuke is a passionate and influential indigenous American.

    She certainly inspires more thought about the topics presented in this speech.

    Do I agree with the ideals of restorative justice, representational democracy, environmentalism, and the need to ‘consider the 7th generation’…… yes absolutely!

    Do I agree with restorative justice that imposes responsibility for the ‘crimes of the father on the sons and daughters’ … no, but we do need a justice and prison system which cares about restorative justice and rehabilitating offenders

    Do I agree that representational democracy can learn useful lessons from ‘clan mothers appointing and removing chiefs’… no, but we need to value compassionate and considerate politicians more than populist liars

    Do I agree with environmentalism that lays blame for global warming ‘combusting the planet’ directly on fossil fuel companies … no, but we need to stop our addiction to the products of fossil fuels

    Do I want a world where people drum up ‘spiritual’ activism by invoking emotions like hatred and fear … no, oil and chemical companies are not evil, nor are they “trying to poison our water and our air”, but the people who run them have varying degrees of responsibility and ethics.

    imo we must work hard to ensure environmental legislation is fit for purpose, understood and complied with by all polluting industries, and I am very grateful for, and respect, indigenous people who are taking the lead in demanding futher and better regulatory control

    • weka 12.1

      “Do I agree with restorative justice that imposes responsibility for the ‘crimes of the father on the sons and daughters’ … no, but we do need a justice and prison system which cares about restorative justice and rehabilitating offenders”

      I think we should not stop indigenous peoples from using their own justice systems. In a time and place where one’s survival was literally dependent on the family unit and the people that you know, the Lakota ruling makes sense. Who else in that situation would make sure the family of the dead man would survive? The placing of that responsibility of care onto the family of the murderer, including the murderer himself is a big incentive to other people to not murder. It also means the victim’s family are less likely to retaliate. This is a socially intelligent solution for a culture where everyone has to live in close proximity.

      I also think that the story is being told in the context of cultures where the family is the core unit of society not the individual. This can be very hard for people raised in an individualistic society to understand (I struggle with it).

      “Do I agree that representational democracy can learn useful lessons from ‘clan mothers appointing and removing chiefs’… no, but we need to value compassionate and considerate politicians more than populist liars”

      As a woman, I’d like to see true gender equity in governance. We’re still a long way from that in NZ. There is a whole post in whether the track we are on (equal numbers of representation, one person, one vote) could ever achieve that, and whther it would just reinforce the patriarchal system that we have. But I think the point that LaDuke was making was that those cultures had their own ways of ensuring that there was gender balance. Equal numbers of men and women in positions of power and the same roles is a specific cultural construct. It’s not necessarily the best way of arranging things.

      “Do I agree with environmentalism that lays blame for global warming ‘combusting the planet’ directly on fossil fuel companies … no, but we need to stop our addiction to the products of fossil fuels”

      I think the thing to bear in mind here is that LaDuke and many of her people have companies trying to build pipelines onto their land as we speak. They are literally standing up in their backyards to say no. So perceptions of evil probably vary compared to our relative distance. Besides, the fossil fuel companies knew decades ago that they were making money from something that was causing climate change. They chose to do it anyway. How is that not them combusting the planet?

      • locus 12.1.1

        Lots more to think about – thanks weka. The family/tribal survival rationale for restorative justice as you’ve presented it makes sense in a historic context, but I wonder if would work in today’s world? Assuming that family members are free to walk away, I think many might choose that option rather than living face to face with people who have committed a crime, or to avoid paying the consequences of a family member’s crime.

        I would imagine that cultures where the family is the core unit of society, are equally as likely as nuclear family cultures to be inhabited by powerful or evil people wanting to dominate or hurt others. And in principle, while I understand it’s right that each society tries to find its own deterrents and controls – I do struggle (and often fail) to keep an open mind to justice systems that don’t have the same view of human rights that I do

        Gender equity in governance and in most other facets of life, is an ideal which I’d like promoted and nurtured in all societies. Given the chasm that exists in most countries right now – any experience or example that demonstrates successful working alteratives to the patriarchal system should be shouted from the rooftops.

        I take your point about the local context – and the contentious and insensitive plan to lay oil pipeline across culturally valued and environmentally sensitive land, is perceived as evil. But imo, on a whole different scale of ‘evil’ are those who actively undermined climate change science:
        http://gu.com/p/4jtn6?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Email

        Another very real ‘evil’ in my view are governments worldwide that continue to subsidise and reap royalties from fossil fuels extraction with no demonstrated commitment to phasing it out and replacing it with sustainable clean power within say 20 years.

  13. xanthe 13

    unmitigated racist crap

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  • Again, hate crimes are not necessarily terrorism.
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    1 day ago
  • Despair – construction consenting edition
    Eric Crampton writes – Kainga Ora is the government’s house building agency. It’s been building a lot of social housing. Kainga Ora has its own (but independent) consenting authority, Consentium. It’s a neat idea. Rather than have to deal with building consents across each different territorial authority, Kainga Ora ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Coalition promises – will the Govt keep the commitment to keep Kiwis equal before the law?
    Muriel Newman writes – The Coalition Government says it is moving with speed to deliver campaign promises and reverse the damage done by Labour. One of their key commitments is to “defend the principle that New Zealanders are equal before the law.” To achieve this, they have pledged they “will not advance ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • An impermanent public service is a guarantee of very little else but failure
    Chris Trotter writes –  The absence of anything resembling a fightback from the public servants currently losing their jobs is interesting. State-sector workers’ collective fatalism in the face of Coalition cutbacks indicates a surprisingly broad acceptance of impermanence in the workplace. Fifty years ago, lay-offs in the thousands ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • What happens after the war – Mariupol
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    1 day ago
  • Babies and benefits – no good news
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Should the RBNZ be looking through climate inflation?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the public sector carnage, and misogyny as terrorism
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    2 days ago
  • Meeting the Master Baiters
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    2 days ago
  • Backbone, revisited
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Ministers are not above the law
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • What’s the outfit you can hear going down the gurgler? Probably it’s David Parker’s Oceans Sec...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Will politicians let democracy die in the darkness?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Matt Doocey doubles down on trans “healthcare”
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • A TikTok Prime Minister.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Texas Lessons
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    3 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Fighting poverty on the holiday highway
    Turning what Labour called the “holiday highway” into a four-lane expressway from Auckland to Whangarei could bring at least an economic benefit of nearly two billion a year for Northland each year. And it could help bring an end to poverty in one of New Zealand’s most deprived regions. The ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's six-stack of substacks at 6:26 pm
    Tonight’s six-stack includes: launching his substack with a bunch of his previous documentaries, including this 1992 interview with Dame Whina Cooper. and here crew give climate activists plenty to do, including this call to submit against the Fast Track Approvals bill. writes brilliantly here on his substack ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Is the science settled?
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    3 days ago
  • Apposite Quotations.
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    3 days ago
  • What’s a life worth now?
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Howling at the Moon
    Karl du Fresne writes –  There’s a crisis in the news media and the media are blaming it on everyone except themselves. Culpability is being deflected elsewhere – mainly to the hapless Minister of Communications, Melissa Lee, and the big social media platforms that are accused of hoovering ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Newshub is Dead.
    I don’t normally send out two newsletters in a day but I figured I’d say something about… the news. If two newsletters is a bit much then maybe just skip one, I don’t want to overload people. Alternatively if you’d be interested in sometimes receiving multiple, smaller updates from me, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Seymour is chuffed about cutting early-learning red tape – but we hear, too, that Jones has loose...
    Buzz from the Beehive David Seymour and Winston Peters today signalled that at least two ministers of the Crown might be in Wellington today. Seymour (as Associate Minister of Education) announced the removal of more red tape, this time to make it easier for new early learning services to be ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Will politicians let democracy die in the darkness?
    Politicians across the political spectrum are implicated in the New Zealand media’s failing health. Either through neglect or incompetent interventions, successive governments have failed to regulate, foster, and allow a healthy Fourth Estate that can adequately hold politicians and the powerful to account. Our political system is suffering from the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Was Hawkesby entirely wrong?
    David Farrar  writes –  The Broadcasting Standards Authority ruled: Comments by radio host Kate Hawkesby suggesting Māori and Pacific patients were being prioritised for surgery due to their ethnicity were misleading and discriminatory, the Broadcasting Standards Authority has found. It is a fact such patients are prioritised. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • PRC shadow looms as the Solomons head for election
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Criminal ecocide
    We are in the middle of a climate crisis. Last year was (again) the hottest year on record. NOAA has just announced another global coral bleaching event. Floods are threatening UK food security. So naturally, Shane Jones wants to make it easier to mine coal: Resources Minister Shane Jones ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Is saving one minute of a politician's time worth nearly $1 billion?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Long Tunnel or Long Con?
    Yesterday it was revealed that Transport Minister had asked Waka Kotahi to look at the options for a long tunnel through Wellington. State Highway 1 (SH1) through Wellington City is heavily congested at peak times and while planning continues on the duplicate Mt Victoria Tunnel and Basin Reserve project, the ...
    4 days ago
  • Smoke And Mirrors.
    You're a fraud, and you know itBut it's too good to throw it all awayAnyone would do the sameYou've got 'em goingAnd you're careful not to show itSometimes you even fool yourself a bitIt's like magicBut it's always been a smoke and mirrors gameAnyone would do the sameForty six billion ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • What is Mexico doing about climate change?
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections The June general election in Mexico could mark a turning point in ensuring that the country’s climate policies better reflect the desire of its citizens to address the climate crisis, with both leading presidential candidates expressing support for renewable energy. Mexico is the ...
    4 days ago
  • State of humanity, 2024
    2024, it feels, keeps presenting us with ever more challenges, ever more dismay.Do you give up yet? It seems to ask.No? How about this? Or this?How about this?When I say 2024 I really mean the state of humanity in 2024.Saturday night, we watched Civil War because that is one terrifying cliff we've ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Govt’s Wellington tunnel vision aims to ease the way to the airport (but zealous promoters of cycl...
    Buzz from the Beehive A pet project and governmental tunnel vision jump out from the latest batch of ministerial announcements. The government is keen to assure us of its concern for the wellbeing of our pets. It will be introducing pet bonds in a change to the Residential Tenancies Act ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • The case for cultural connectedness
    A recent report generated from a Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) survey of 1,224 rangatahi Māori aged 11-12 found: Cultural connectedness was associated with fewer depression symptoms, anxiety symptoms and better quality of life. That sounds cut and dry. But further into the report the following appears: Cultural connectedness is ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Useful context on public sector job cuts
    David Farrar writes –    The Herald reports: From the gory details of job-cuts news, you’d think the public service was being eviscerated.   While the media’s view of the cuts is incomplete, it’s also true that departments have been leaking the particulars faster than a Wellington ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On When Racism Comes Disguised As Anti-racism
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    4 days ago
  • Govt ignored economic analysis of smokefree reversal
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • True Blue.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Who is running New Zealand’s foreign policy?
    While commentators, including former Prime Minister Helen Clark, are noting a subtle shift in New Zealand’s foreign policy, which now places more emphasis on the United States, many have missed a key element of the shift. What National said before the election is not what the government is doing now. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #15
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  • $41m to support clean energy in South East Asia
    New Zealand is demonstrating its commitment to reducing global greenhouse emissions, and supporting clean energy transition in South East Asia, through a contribution of NZ$41 million (US$25 million) in climate finance to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-led Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM). Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts announced ...
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  • Minister releases Fast-track stakeholder list
    The Government is today releasing a list of organisations who received letters about the Fast-track applications process, says RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop. “Recently Ministers and agencies have received a series of OIA requests for a list of organisations to whom I wrote with information on applying to have a ...
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    6 hours ago
  • Judicial appointments announced
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister David Jonathan Boldt as a Judge of the High Court, and the Honourable Justice Matthew Palmer as a Judge of the Court of Appeal. Justice Boldt graduated with an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 1990, and also holds ...
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    7 hours ago
  • Education Minister heads to major teaching summit in Singapore
    Education Minister Erica Stanford will lead the New Zealand delegation at the 2024 International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) held in Singapore. The delegation includes representatives from the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) Te Wehengarua and the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa.  The summit is co-hosted ...
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    8 hours ago
  • Value of stopbank project proven during cyclone
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  • Anzac commemorations, Türkiye relationship focus of visit
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will represent the Government at Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula next week and engage with senior representatives of the Turkish government in Istanbul.    “The Gallipoli campaign is a defining event in our history. It will be a privilege to share the occasion ...
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  • Minister to Europe for OECD meeting, Anzac Day
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  • Comprehensive Partnership the goal for NZ and the Philippines
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon held a bilateral meeting today with the President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  The Prime Minister was accompanied by MP Paulo Garcia, the first Filipino to be elected to a legislature outside the Philippines. During today’s meeting, Prime Minister Luxon and President Marcos Jr discussed opportunities to ...
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    22 hours ago
  • Government commits $20m to Westport flood protection
    The Government has announced that $20 million in funding will be made available to Westport to fund much needed flood protection around the town. This measure will significantly improve the resilience of the community, says Local Government Minister Simeon Brown. “The Westport community has already been allocated almost $3 million ...
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    1 day ago
  • Taupō takes pole position
    The Government is proud to support the first ever Repco Supercars Championship event in Taupō as up to 70,000 motorsport fans attend the Taupō International Motorsport Park this weekend, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. “Anticipation for the ITM Taupō Super400 is huge, with tickets and accommodation selling out weeks ...
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  • Cost of living support for low-income homeowners
    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced an increase to the Rates Rebate Scheme, putting money back into the pockets of low-income homeowners.  “The coalition Government is committed to bringing down the cost of living for New Zealanders. That includes targeted support for those Kiwis who are doing things tough, such ...
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  • Government backing mussel spat project
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  • Government focused on getting people into work
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    1 day ago
  • Clean energy key driver to reducing emissions
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  • Earthquake-prone buildings review brought forward
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    2 days ago
  • Thailand and NZ to agree to Strategic Partnership
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and his Thai counterpart, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, have today agreed that New Zealand and the Kingdom of Thailand will upgrade the bilateral relationship to a Strategic Partnership by 2026. “New Zealand and Thailand have a lot to offer each other. We have a strong mutual desire to build ...
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  • Government consults on extending coastal permits for ports
    RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Transport Minister Simeon Brown have today announced the Coalition Government’s intention to extend port coastal permits for a further 20 years, providing port operators with certainty to continue their operations. “The introduction of the Resource Management Act in 1991 required ports to obtain coastal ...
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  • Inflation coming down, but more work to do
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    2 days ago
  • School attendance restored as a priority in health advice
    Refreshed health guidance released today will help parents and schools make informed decisions about whether their child needs to be in school, addressing one of the key issues affecting school attendance, says Associate Education Minister David Seymour. In recent years, consistently across all school terms, short-term illness or medical reasons ...
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  • Unnecessary bureaucracy cut in oceans sector
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  • Patterson promoting NZ’s wool sector at International Congress
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  • Removing red tape to help early learners thrive
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  • RMA changes to cut coal mining consent red tape
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    4 days ago
  • McClay reaffirms strong NZ-China trade relationship
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  • Prime Minister Luxon acknowledges legacy of Singapore Prime Minister Lee
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  • PMs Luxon and Lee deepen Singapore-NZ ties
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  • Antarctica New Zealand Board appointments
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  • Finance Minister travels to Washington DC
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  • Pet bonds a win/win for renters and landlords
    The coalition Government has today announced purrfect and pawsitive changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to give tenants with pets greater choice when looking for a rental property, says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “Pets are important members of many Kiwi families. It’s estimated that around 64 per cent of New ...
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  • Long Tunnel for SH1 Wellington being considered
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand condemns Iranian strikes
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have condemned Iran’s shocking and illegal strikes against Israel.    “These attacks are a major challenge to peace and stability in a region already under enormous pressure," Mr Luxon says.    "We are deeply concerned that miscalculation on any side could ...
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  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
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    1 week ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has today thanked outgoing Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora Chair Dame Karen Poutasi for her service on the Board.   “Dame Karen tendered her resignation as Chair and as a member of the Board today,” says Dr Reti.  “I have asked her to ...
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  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
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    1 week ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
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  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
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