Is it fair for the PM to get a weekly tax cut of $349 while a minimum wage worker would receive only $2.15?

Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, November 2nd, 2022 - 148 comments
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Unfortunately politics far too often involves both sides of an argument talking about completely different subjects.

There has been a classic example occur this morning.

The NZCTU came out with calculations of what National’s tax cut would mean to the wealthy and ordinary workers.  They did this by the usual methods, using Treasury data and relying on National’s proposed

From their press release:

Top income earners and property investors would gain $5.8 billion, more than half of the entire tax cuts proposed by the National Party according to new analysis by New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Economist Craig Renney.

“It’s hard to understand why in a cost-of-living crisis that disproportionately harms the poorest,  you would design a package that is so heavily skewed to those who need it the least. More than half of taxpayers would receive either $2 a week or nothing at all,” said Renney.

“For every dollar in tax cuts that goes to the bottom half of income earners, more than two million New Zealanders, National wants to give ten dollars to the top 5% of income earners and landlords.”

“This is a question of priorities. If the Government is going to spend $11 billion, it should be focusing that money on public services like health, education and housing or on boosting incomes for families who need it, not a tax package focused on the well-off.”

The analysis used National’s proposed tax policies and data from Treasury and IRD to calculate who would receive the benefit of those policies. These policies include the income tax bracket changes, the removal of the top rate of 39% and the property tax changes.

The total cost of these changes in terms of lost revenue is $11 billion over three years.

The proposed tax bracket adjustments and removal of the top tax rate delivers significant gains to those earning over $129,500 – who are the top 5% of income earners.

The top 5% of earners would receive $3.3 billion in  income tax cuts over three years. Property investors stand to gain $2.5 billion from the axing of interest rate deductibility and ring fencing of losses, and cutting the bright line test back to two years.

“When you add it all together top income earners and those who own multiple properties end up with the lion’s share of the income benefits of National’s tax cuts – $5.8 billion or 53% of the gains,” said Renney.

“If Christopher Luxon was Prime Minister he would gain around $54,000 over three years, or $349 a week, quite apart from the gains from the properties he owns. A minimum wage worker would gain $2.15 a week – not enough for a loaf of Tip Top White.

Remember that figure, $349 per week for Luxon compared to $2.15 per week for a minimum wage worker.  I suspect we will hear that comparison regularly during the next 12 months.

Luxon was asked about this figure this morning by Corin Dann on Radio New Zealand.

It was put to him that it was not very fair.  His response was:

I get the Government wants to distract and deflect a lot around what is going on with their economic management but this is a government that has raised $15,000 per household in extra tax and is spending a billion dollars more in government spending each and every week.

Nice attempted distraction Chris.  Accuse your opponent of doing exactly what you are doing even though it is a third party that has raised this issue.

The conversation then went like this:

Dann – Do you accept their numbers?

Luxon – No, but what I say to you is the core part of our tax policies, you and I have been talking about this since February March, is to inflation adjust the tax thresholds …

Dann – And you have made that point many times but it is that top tax rate which is the issue which you are facing criticism, albeit from Unions.  They have looked at your numbers, they have crunched them, they argue that it is going to be $349 per week.

Luxon – Corin what we are talking about is a principle.  We are not changing the tax system in New Zealand.  It is a progressive tax system.  The top ten percent of taxpayers pay over 40% of our income tax in this country.  We are saying in the interests of trying to help New Zealanders immediately with a good idea that other countries around the world have done immediately, just inflation adjust tax thresholds.  With respect to lower income earners just remember tax isn’t the only thing we can do to support those people.  And you have seen that well with respect to working for families, there is the accommodation supplement, there are other tools that the Government has and does use to support those lower income workers.  We’re saying just take the current progressive tax system for goodness sake and do what many developed countries around the world have done.

Dann’s comment “albeit from Unions” speaks volumes.  I wonder if he would say the same thing about commentary from Employers’ organisations.

And Luxon kept talking exclusively about adjusting the tax rates and not about the other part of National’s policy, which has been repeated by him many times and as recently as a month ago, which is to do away with every new tax Labour has instituted including the top tax rate.

The media needs to keep asking him this question and demand that he answers it.

Is it fair for the Prime Minister to get a tax cut of $349 per week while a minimum wage worker would receive only $2.15 per week.

148 comments on “Is it fair for the PM to get a weekly tax cut of $349 while a minimum wage worker would receive only $2.15? ”

  1. Gosman 1

    This is a nonsensical argument. Given the reality of the tax system ANY reduction in tax rates across the board will lead to proportionally more money being retained by the wealthier sections of society than those on lower incomes. That would mean if you didn't want wealthy people to get more money than lower income people you could NEVER call for tax reductions which is plainly silly. Sometimes it makes sense to raise tax rates and sometimes it pays to reduce it. If you want to support lower income people do it via other means such as the welfare system.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Firstly you can adjust the bottom tax rate and not the top tax rate.

      Secondly why should workers have to rely on the state subsidising their wages. Why shouldn't their wage rates be adequate to live on?

      • Gosman 1.1.1

        But if we don't think the issue is the bottom rate of tax but the overall rate of taxation? For example the French introduced a tax rate of 75% for income over 1 million Euros a year but they dropped it because the evidence was that it had a negative impact on the economy (see According to your warped logic they should not have done that beacause it only benefited wealthy people.

      • Gosman 1.1.2

        On your second point you perhaps should ask Helen Clark as that is what she decided to do with Working for families.

        • Incognito

          Luxon told Morning Report he did not accept the CTU's numbers and noted the government had "other tools" such as Working for Families and accommodation supplements at its disposal to help workers on lower incomes.

          "Tax isn't the only support we can do to help those people," he said.

          "There's other tools that the government has – and does use – to support those low-income workers."

          The core part of National's tax policy was to inflation-adjust tax thresholds, as many other developed countries around the world did, Luxon said.

          Having the tools doesn’t automatically mean using them and Luxon knows that. My reading is that Luxon will not beef up those “other tools” nor lift the minimum wage beyond inflation because he will have already given the great unwashed a generous tax cut of $2.15 a week. He should know that you cannot even a Big Mac for that.

          • woodart

            theres a slogan. "not even a big mac"tax cuts.

            • Incognito

              The Small Mac tax cut (no fries)
              The Luxon Mac tax cut
              The diet tax cut
              The cut tax cut
              The plastic cutlery tax cut
              The poor tax cut

              More creative minds surely can come up with something better!

              • Tricledrown

                luxtons lies and distraction

                $2.15 for the minimum wage worker luxon gets $350 pw plus $1,000s more from his properties.The Big WHOPPER! from the bawled face liar

        • Sacha

          ..perhaps should ask Helen Clark as that is what she decided to do with Working for Families.

          Labour and National have both run neoliberal policies for decades, yes. And here we are.

        • SPC

          No, WFF tax credits are regarded as part of the tax system, and not welfare.

          They are simply a way of reducing tax on low income famjlies.

          • KJT

            WFF, is an employer subsidy.

            Enabling underpaid workers to survive on low wages.

            Which is why it is not applied to those on welfare.

            Paid for by taxes on slightly higher paid employees.

            Not that a tax free threshold on the lower paid, offset by a higher top tax bracket, like Oz, is a bad idea. The "paperboy tax" was always a stupid "revenue grab" to help pay for National's tax cuts for millionaires.

            • SPC

              Urban myth.

              There is no evidence wages would have been higher if there was no WFF tax credits. And the same wages are paid to those who do not qualify for WFF tax credits (those without children).

              It was designed to win an election against National offering across the board cuts. It's effect was, when combined with the existing AS, to enable a higher rent to be charged by landlords – ideally it would have been combined with a home ownership scheme. .

              • James Simpson

                Exactly. An employer doesn't negotiate wages on the basis of what tax, or subsidy the employee will pay or receive. They negotiate on the basis of a cost to the business.

                They wouldn't pay more if WFF disappeared.

                • KJT

                  Absolute bollocks.

                  Without WFF, many employees couldn't afford to work for low paying employers.

                  WFF slowed upward pressure on wage rates.

                  Employers negotiate on the least they can get away with paying, and still get workers.

                  Which is why so many employers are so keen on immigration. Yet another way of getting the rest of us to subsidise their business, by covering the costs of employees.

                  • James Simpson

                    Do you honestly think employers would give everyone a pay rise if WFF disappeared?

                    No chance in hell. They would keep the difference.

            • pat

     is AS….it is not necessarily however wrong headed (certainly not as wrong headed as AS)

              By subsidising (transfering) labour we can maintain a lower cost input to many occupations, particularly those undervalued.

        • Tricledrown

          Jim Bolger brought in rent subsidies and Peter Dunne working for families in a National coalition.So where is all the money coming from to pay the $11 billion shortfall in taxes Austerity!More borrowing , cutting health services,education,policing etc.

          as National always do.

      • cathy-O 1.1.3

        totally agree with your second point. example is the accommodation supplement, which is actually a subsidy to employers because it means they can pay their staff less.

        and they do

      • Chris 1.1.4

        Benefit rates used to be regarded as adequate to live on. That "principle" used to be very strong. Now it's been completely abandoned. Most have probably forgotten,

    • roy cartland 1.2

      For argument's sake, why can't you propose tax reductions on most, but increases on the wealthy? Let the wealthy make their own arguments but deliver the message to the majority who will get the cuts.

      • Shanreagh 1.2.1

        Yes I agree, fix the bracket creep and more for low incomes, then initiate reviews of these new brackets based on CoL.

        Then look at other countries to see the rates their top earners/acquirers are taxed at. Then review those.

        So two separate actions

        1 addressing those in need

        2 the rest.

        There is a great saying that treating unlike people equally does not mean you are treating them fairly.

        • roy cartland

          the rest.

          100%! We should stop thinking of the very rich as 'us'; they don't think of us as them, their disdain is palpable (as is their entitlement, embodied by de-Luxon).

          The propaganda job they do is brilliant, getting us to think that billionaires and royals are 'just like us'. Sure they have eyeholes, earholes and arseholes but economically they are an alien species.

    • Jack 1.3

      Agree Gosman.

      Also fails to point out that on the quoted PM salary, they already pay $164,000 in PAYE compared to someone on the minimum wage who pays just over $5,000 PAYE.

      Funily enough thats how PAYE works … the more you earn the more you pay, but that seems to have escape the CTU and their paid PR firm

      • Incognito 1.3.1

        The PM takes home a solid $307,000 pa (no ACC).

        If your employees pay “just over $5,000 PAYE” you are underpaying them, and you should be prosecuted.

        • Jack

          If you are paying more PAYE on minimum wage you are being ripped off. Chuck it in a PAYE calculator. There are dozens of them. Here’s one

          • Incognito

            Why are you wasting our time here with your BS ‘information’?

            I keyed in the minimum wage and PAYE with an Independent Earner Tax Credit (IETC) of $507.52 applied came to $6,229.28 pa and without IETC it came to $6,736.80 pa.

            I think you are ripping off people on the minimum wage.

            • Jack

              IETC is not PAYE and not all minimum wage earners are entitled to it. Otherwise why not let’s add some other randoms into your reckons. Student loan? ACC? Accommodation supplement anyone. The discussion is about the PAYE thresholds.

              [Ok, troll, why don’t you use your own linked calculator, as I did also, and tell me exactly how much PAYE somebody on the minimum wage pays per annum, i.e., the exact figure from the calculator. FYI, the minimum hourly rate is $21.20. If I can reproduce your number you’ll avoid the sin bin, but if not, I’ll take it as evidence that you’re spreading mis- and disinformation on this site just like Luxon is doing in the MSM – Incognito]

              • Incognito

                Mod note

              • Jack

                And how many hours did you assume in your reckons? You didn’t assume 40 did you, coz that would be wrong. Stats NZ had the average NZ waged employee working 33 hours per week.

                • Incognito

                  I used the default settings of your PAYE calculator and entered $21.20 as the hourly rate. I’m waiting for your exact figure based on ‘some other randoms into your reckons’. AFAIK, a full-time job is either 37.5 or 40 hours per week and not 33 hours.

                  • arkie

                    That does depends on who you ask:

                    Employment legislation doesn’t define what full-time or part-time work is, but full-time work is often considered to be around 35 to 40 hours a week.

                    For statistical purposes, Statistics New Zealand defines full-time as working 30 hours or more per week.


                    • Incognito

                      As I said, I did not make any assumptions about hours worked per week and simply used the default settings of that calculator, which is 40 hours per week.

                      Here’s another link that also appears to assume 40 hours per week: (based on 1 April 2021; see note at bottom of page).

                      PAYE is $6,300.

                      If you’re aware of calculators that have 33 hours per week or even less as default setting I’d be most interested to know.

                    • arkie

                      It was a quibble with the shifting definitions used by government and departments, not your calculations or comment.

                      Any reasonable person considers a 40hr week as full time.

                      Only one thinks of the average hours of all waged workers.

                  • Jack

                    Why would you put in some random number when the average waged hours in NZ is 33 per week.

                    Of course if you work more hours you pay more tax. But short of going interviewing every Sally, Bert and Manu in every street in NZ averages are the best we have. That average is 33 hours. Not 37.5, 40 or any other number from the Incognito random number generator

                    [Honest people having honest conversations make honest mistakes. However, you were not upfront about your own assumptions – expecting us to read your mind – that suited your biased and misleading narrative. Yet when challenged, you falsely accused another commenter of making up random numbers and reckons even though they were the default setting in the calculator that you linked to, of stating incorrect facts, and alleging that they were conflating PAYE and IETC. You failed to comply with the Mod note, which was a simple enough request, and started wasting Moderator time. Lastly, you received a Mod note on 14 Oct, which was your warning. Your comments have not improved since then and you add next to nothing of value to this site. See you in a fortnight – Incognito]

                  • Craig H

                    For any government purposes e.g. Social Security Act, Stats NZ indicators, immigration, working for families, full time employment is 30 hours per week although as you say, most people would think of full time work as 37.5 or 40 hours.

                    • Incognito

                      Whether you’re considered to be part-time or full-time depends on how many hours you have to work. Employment legislation doesn’t define what full-time or part-time work is, but full-time work is often considered to be around 35 to 40 hours a week.

                      For statistical purposes, Statistics New Zealand [external link] defines full-time as working 30 hours or more per week. [my italics]


                    • Craig H

                      Can't reply to yours for some reason, but the various government definitions are 30 hours or more, not exactly 30 hours. With companies trialling 4 day weeks for full pay e.g. Perpetual Guardian (which has made it permanent), nobody is really suggesting those jobs aren't full time.

                    • Incognito []

                      The nested threads go only (!) 10 levels deep after which the Reply button ceases to function.

                      Full-time is ≥ 30 h/week according to that link. The default setting in the linked PAYE calculator that I was recommended is 40 h/week. Obviously, it can be changed, but I hadn’t, which is how I obtained those PAYE figures in my earlier comment (as did others). FWIW, at school spitting out a number is not good enough to qualify for full marks and one has to show how it was derived and rightly so; same applies here on TS, to calculations, opinions, and other assertions (reckons), which is why we insist on links, for that matter.

              • Craig H

                IETC is short for Independent Earner Tax Credit, and is definitely a reduction in PAYE as it reduces the income tax portion of PAYE. has the specifics.

                Minimum wage earners would be eligible as long as they earned between $24,000-$48,000 p.a. and didn't receive a benefit, Super or working for families. In terms of hours, that's an average of 21.78 hours per week (so 22 with the occasional reduction) up to 43.54 hours per week (so 43.5 realistically).

      • mickysavage 1.3.2

        Also fails to point out that on the quoted PM salary, they already pay $164,000 in PAYE compared to someone on the minimum wage who pays just over $5,000 PAYE.

        Funily enough thats how PAYE works … the more you earn the more you pay, but that seems to have escape the CTU and their paid PR firm.

        You say this as if you believe that really rich people and poor people should pay the same amount of tax.

        • Jimmy

          It always amuses me that the person who has paid PAYE of $164,000 is the one who has not paid their fair share compared to the bloke that has paid for example $10,000 PAYE.

          • James Simpson

            I tend to agree with you there. If the CTU was genuinely wanting to contribute to the debate it would have included the total amount tax paid by earners at each level before and after Luxo's cuts.

        • PapaMIke

          UN Salaries are tax free – like Helen got US$500,000 tax free per annum.

          Hope Jacinda can do that too !

          [A simple fact check shows that the claim about Helen Clark’s UN salary is incorrect, i.e., it is made-up nonsense – Incognito]

          • Drowsy M. Kram

            Didn’t Clark do well! As for Ardern, the UN's top job is up for grabs early 2027 laugh

            • Jack

              That’s a shame. What is she going to do between 2023 and 2027 then? Any openings with her former employer in Matamata?

              • Drowsy M. Kram

                What is she going to do between 2023 and 2027 then?

                She'll carry on being our PM (or do you know otherwise?), using Clark as a role model, rather than the early departed honest John (reckon he lost interest when he couldn't get his preferred flag over the line) – what a legacy laugh

          • Incognito

            [Link required]

  2. Barfly 2

    Did Dann understate it by $100 per week or is that a typo?

    "they argue that it is going to be $249 per week."

    [Typo now fixed – MS]

  3. Chris Luxon is always carefully talking to the wealthy, using deflections and memes.

    His "Govt Tax and Spend cause of inflation"!! Liam did not ask about "Tax cuts causing inflation." Never mind using a fairness test.

    Chris Luxon has been on a listening tour of farming districts, where he has suggested the carbon sink of our sea region should be counted in our carbon sequestering to get a better figure. Wow, what a crock. He is bloody dangerous imo.

    "Creative accounting Chris" is my new name for his actions and suggestions.

  4. tsmithfield 4

    I think the whole concept of a graduated tax system is silly, and just leads to large amounts of unproductive churn and avoidance.

    The best tax system would be a flat structure that would be simple to implement and difficult to avoid. Hence would be much more efficient and productive in terms of income returned to the government.

    Social objectives could be met through a system along the lines of family support that we already operate. The overall result should be that the poor are better off because there should be more money in the pie to distribute.

    • Incognito 4.1

      Any overseas examples of this "best tax system"?

      • adam 4.1.1

        None that have work without bullets and guns to back it up.

      • tsmithfield 4.1.3

        As Joe90 points out below, there are countries doing it.

        One of the big advantages would be that it would make it easy to set the tax rate according to the laffer curve. This would enable a tax rate to be set for optimal tax revenue generation.

        • tsmithfield

          Another big advantage is that IRD would shrink dramatically, as would the number of tax accountants, thus freeing up a small army to go and do something productive with their lives, and thus help the economy grow, and thereby further increase the tax take.

        • joe90

          Same old Laffer claptrap.

          Whether looking at income levels, unemployment rates, or economic
          output per person, states with “high rate” income taxes have economies
          that equal or surpass those in states lacking an income tax. The
          most commonly cited analysis purporting to show the opposite

          • tsmithfield

            Except I am not arguing for tax cuts as has been suggested and debunked in the article you link to.

            Rather I am arguing for setting a rate at a level that maximises revenue. This may involve increasing the tax rate if that produces the optimal result.

            I realise the Laffer curve is a theoretical concept rather than a precise formula. And, debatably, there may be cases where cutting taxes increases revenue. But for that to apply, the existing tax rates would have to be so high that they impinge on productivity very severely.

            However, as a concept, it seems intuitive that there would be a tipping point so far as tax revenue generation is concerned.

            For instance, if we had zero tax, then we would be flooded with overseas investment, and industry would flourish. But there wouldn't be much in the way of social services. In contrast, if there were 100% tax, then few would put in much effort to innovate or work hard because they would not be any better off by doing so.

            So, it makes sense that there is some optimal midpoint, and I expect that point would be different for different economies.

            In practice, it would take research and fine tuning to find the optimal tax.

            Once the revenue is generated, it can then be distributed for social objectives using methods we are very familiar with now.

            • Sacha

              How do you see wealth taxes – like most countries have – working alongside your flat income tax proposal? Seems fair.

              • tsmithfield

                I really don't like that or see the point. Not that I consider myself a target of such a tax.

                But rather, we actually want to be encouraging wealthy people to invest their money here. If they do that, a flat tax will make it unlikely they can avoid the tax, and everyone benefits from the increased tax take.

                Wealth taxes are likely to disincentivise wealthy people from investing here, hence a net negative for all of us.

                I think we should actually put aside ideological differences and focus on what will produce the best result for the country as a whole. Because, then there will be more available to distribute to the needy.

                Not that I think a flat tax proposal is likely. It wasn't received well when Roger Douglas proposed it back in the day.

                But, maybe it just wasn't sold well. Probably the best way to implement such an idea would be via inter-party cooperation. Again, that would require setting aside ideological differences, and focusing on what produces the best result.

                Probably the starting point would be an inquiry into the most effective tax system for the country, and if the flat tax idea was the winner, then off we go.

                • Sacha

                  Wealthy people do not pay income tax. Nor do they invest more if they are not taxed in other ways. We do not need another inquiry.

                  I do not know why you think a flat income tax would provide the best result for the country.

                  • tsmithfield

                    Think GST. That is something similar to what a flat tax would look like.

                    The beauty of GST is that it is impossible to avoid. Hence, the wealthy are unable to use accountants to devise ways to avoid it.

                    The more simple a tax system is, the more efficient it is.

                    Think about tax accountants for instance. Their purpose for existence is to help people find ways to minimise their tax obligations.

                    Under a flat tax regime, there would be no scope for that sort of endeavour. Hence, the number of tax accountants would decrease, and those who would have been accountants could focus on roles that actually produce something for the economy.

                    Think about the size of IRD, and how many people are involved in enforcing and interpreting the IRD rules. Under a flat tax system, the number of people required for that would also decrease dramatically.

                    Also, businesses would be able to spend a lot less on compliance due to the simplicity of the system, allowing them to invest in more productive areas.

                    So, the net effect would be a lot more efficiency and productivity in the system. So, more tax would be generated as a result.

                    Note, this argument is about the simplicity of the system, not what the tax rate should be set at.

                    • Nic the NZer

                      "The beauty of GST is that it is impossible to avoid."

                      Furnished with this revelation, you'll be wanting to go straight down to IRD, to tell them they can stop prosecuting people for GST avoidance.


                    • tsmithfield

                      There is a big difference between avoidance, which technically is legal, using tax rules to get best advantage, and evasion, which is unlawfully avoiding a tax.

                      Although the word "avoidance'' is used in the article you point to, the activities referred to such as creating false documents etc is much more at the "evasion'' end of the scale, and likely to lead to prosecution.

                      The type of avoidance I am referring to is legal avoidance, where legal means are used to find loopholes and avoid tax. That sort of avoidance is what would be eliminated with a flat tax.

                      I guess any tax is open to evasion by motivated people who are willing to risk arrest to gain tax benefit.

                    • Sacha

                      Income tax is only one source of tax income. Other countries also tax wealth. A transaction tax would be harder to avoid.

                      GST taxes consumption at a flat rate and is regressive like a flat income tax would be.

                      In general, how does simplicity provide a better result for the country than fairness?

                    • tsmithfield

                      "In general, how does simplicity provide a better result for the country than fairness?"

                      My argument is a flat tax, set at the optimal level, will maximise the amount of income available from tax due to the reasons advanced thus far.

                      Thus, if more tax is collected as a result, there is more available for meeting social needs.

                      As per my previous posts, the money would be returned to the needy on a similar basis to how family support is distributed now. If the available pie is bigger, governments have more capacity to help the needy.

                      Simply, the more complexity in the tax system, the more opportunity for avoidance. Thus it becomes a shell game for the IRD trying to shut down each new loophole that is discovered.

                      The more simple a tax system is, the less scope to find loopholes, until the point of a completely flat tax system where (legal) avoidance becomes virtually impossible.

                    • Nic the NZer

                      With this new tax regime we'll be Laffering all the way to the bank.

                    • Sacha

                      a completely flat tax system where (legal) avoidance becomes virtually impossible.

                      Only if there are no other forms of tax. Has any country done that?

                    • tsmithfield

                      "Has any country done that?"

                      Here is a paper that looks at flat taxes in practice, and how it has worked out for countries that have implemented them.

                      The paper looks at the situation mainly from the revenue side of the equation and seems positive about the impact.

                      However, I think, to be politically acceptable, it needs to be coupled with the social expenditure side of the equation, and also prove beneficial in that respect.

                    • arkie

                      The Fraser Institute is a libertarian-conservative Canadian public policy think tank and registered charity.


                  • tsmithfield


                    Yeah, well there isn't that much out there I could see on research. So I guess you would have to consider it on the quality of the analysis rather than the source, as it should always be anyway.

                    • arkie

                      As Joe has already pointed out Gov Sam Brownback of Kansas tried this Laffer Curve theory in real life, saying:

                      [On] taxes, you need to get your overall rates down, and you need to get your social manipulation out of it, in my estimation, to create growth. We'll see how it works. We'll have a real live experiment.

                      It was called the Kansas Experiment and it was a massive failure:

                      Brownback compared his tax policies with those of Ronald Reagan, and described them as "a real live experiment", which would be a "shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy", and predicted that by 2020 they would have created an additional 23,000 jobs.

                      By 2017 state revenues had fallen by hundreds of millions of dollars, causing spending on roads, bridges, and education to be slashed. With economic growth remaining consistently below average, the Republican Legislature of Kansas voted to roll back the cuts; although Brownback vetoed the repeal, the legislature succeeded in overriding his veto.


                    • tsmithfield

                      Depends what you mean by Laffer curve theory. If you mean (as theorists propose) that tax rates can be reduced and revenue will increase, then I agree, that is nonsense.

                      But if it means finding the optimal tax rate that generates the most income for a given economy, then it makes sense. It is simply the optimal point between 0 tax and 100% tax.

                    • arkie

                      You propose a flat tax rate. This would mean tax increases on the lowest earners and large taxes cuts for those on higher incomes. You have claimed this flat rate (somewhere between 0% and 100%) could be set to maximise revenue. How is your proposal different from the failed ideas of Laffer?

                      The Laffer curve assumes that no tax revenue is raised at the extreme tax rates of 0% and 100%, meaning that there is a tax rate between 0% and 100% that maximizes government tax revenue.


                    • tsmithfield

                      The problem is that Laffer curve theorists have used the theory to argue for tax cuts.

                      From the link:

                      "The Laffer Curve was used as a basis for tax cuts in the 1980s during the Reagan Administration."

                      However, that is quite different to what I am suggesting which is to find the optimal point for tax revenue generation. That could involve raising or lowering tax depending on the current effective tax rate.

                      The other function that Laffer curve theorists tend to omit is how social objectives can be met within that framework.

                      "You propose a flat tax rate. This would mean tax increases on the lowest earners and large taxes cuts for those on higher incomes."

                      As I have suggested, under the model I am proposing, social needs would be met through extending the family support style of scheme to cover a lot more people.

                      It doesn't mean anyone misses out. Hopefully they would do better if the pie becomes bigger and there is less waste.

                • Shanreagh

                  But rather, we actually want to be encouraging wealthy people to invest their money here.

                  This is said over and again, but how? By making sure they buy shares in NZ based industries, buy bonds. Wealthy people don't give up acquiring wealth once they meet a magical number.

                  Unless the encouragement is water tight, which is hard to do, I favour a a straightforward tax.

                  • tsmithfield

                    I think there needs to be an incentive for them to invest in productive industry rather than property or money in the bank. And that they are incentivised to keep their profits in NZ.

                    • Sacha

                      Other countries incentivise productive investment by taxing unproductive ones like housing and rent-seeking.

                    • Shanreagh

                      T Smithfield I am genuinely interested in this aspect. You always have interesting points of view. I fee las if you have just blown off my queries.

                      What kind/s of incentive?

                      Looking at Sacha’s point is it more a case of taxing unproductive industries rather than providing subsidies or incentives, as a way ensure tax is enhanced.

                      Do these involve subsidies for people already doing very nicely thank you

                      NZ is a signatory to various tax agreements about where and how money is taxed. Would amending some of these be a way forward? ?

                      What sort of industries/sectors do you envisage would be worthy of investment?

                      Failing any neutral way of incentivising is the only real way to ensure tax is paid is to up the rates or adopt a flat tax rate?

                      Would it be possible do you think to have a tax system that was part PAYE and part flat tax ie ll over $180,000 say paying a flat % on the total earnings?

                      What do you think of the idea of treating all but the higher taxpayers first possibly with arresting bracket creep, adjusting for fairness and then making sure the resulting brackets are subject to cost of living increases then looking at the rest?

      • alwyn 4.1.4

        Brunei has what many would regard as the "best tax system".

        Companies pay a Corporate tax at a rate of 22%. That is it.

        There are no personal taxes at all.

        No Personal Income Tax
        No Sales Tax
        No Payroll Tax
        No Export Tax
        No Manufacturing Tax
        No Capital Gains Tax,the%20Income%20tax%20Act%201949.

        Of course they weren't so silly as to ban oil and gas production as we did.

        I was working there at the time they introduced TV. The Sultan simply declared a national dividend and every household was told they could collect a free TV courtesy of the State.

        • Drowsy M. Kram

          Of course they weren't so silly as to ban oil and gas production as we did.

          Did we? Evidently Kiwi gas is still flowing. As for oil production, see page 35:

          Declining, for sure, but ~7 million barrels produced last year. Not bad, depending on your PoV.

          However, it is worth noting that this decline had little to no implications for New Zealand’s energy consumption. New Zealand’s crude oil is almost exclusively exported because the Marden Point Refinery was designed to run on heavier, foreign crude oil. Only 3.4 per cent of the crude oil used by the refinery in 2021 was indigenously produced.

          • alwyn

            You are quite right. My wording was carelessly expressed. Exploration was banned, not continued production from existing fields. Stupid of course when you look at the amount of coal we now import into the country.

            My link is a bit out of date by the way. It had that lovely graphic of the taxes that I couldn’t resist though. There are still no individual taxes so that bit is still true. The corporate tax rate of 22% may be out of date.

            Did you realise that if we hadn't allowed oil exploration in the 1960's we would have a nuclear power station in New Zealand?

        • Tricledrown

          alwyn being a very large oil producer levies provide the govt funding. you don't get to vote either.

  5. Ad 5

    Labour won't get away with 2023 election without a tax cut. Robertson is getting super-profit benefits but worsening delivery. Give the money back.

    Ideally massive tax cut for those under $50k.

    Not enough to quibble with Luxon's gibberish.

    • arkie 5.1

      Preferably by raising the tax-free threshold so that beneficiaries and those on super would no longer be taxed on their income. It would be a fantastic move to undercut any arguments from the right and would be fully supported by the Greens and TPM.

      • Craig H 5.1.1

        Beneficiaries not being taxed on their income would not lead to an increase in money in their pockets from benefits as tax on benefits is calculated on the net rates and added on so it can be deducted for IRD, not calculated and taken off the gross rates directly.

        It would temporarily increase superannuation, although as superannuation adjustments are also based on net rates, that would eventually be scaled back.

        • Nic the NZer

          Your saying beneficiary after tax income is recorded by MSD and for super its before tax income which is recorded?

          Of course either way its possible to translate between before tax and after tax income, so the question would be why MSD didn't do that.

          • Craig H

            Both are recorded in tax filing as gross amounts and deductions from them. However, in terms of actually calculating and paying that income tax, the Social Security Act requires IRD and MSD to agree an amount based on the M tax code which is then added on and subtracted for recording purposes because the statutory benefit rates are net rates. As net rates, any tax changes have no impact unless Cabinet also puts up the benefit rates by an equivalent amount (which they might do, but they have to take deliberate action).

            The New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act doesn't do that because the statutory rates actually published are gross rates.

            • Nic the NZer

              Thanks. Think I understand how that outcome happens kind of automatically in that case.

    • Poission 5.2

      Robertson needs to stand firm on this,we are in a balance of payments problem and need to either reduce debt,reduce subsidies to the unproductive sectors,or increase taxes.

      • Shanreagh 5.2.1

        What subsidies do we have left?

        Asking for a friend who wants to restructure his business to take advantage of them.

      • Tricledrown 5.2.2

        poisson if we have a balance of payments problem 90% of the worlds economies are in a far worse situation.NZ has come through the pandemic in relatively good shape. the problem is our export markets are they resilient enough to keep buying our exports. So far so good tourism will bounce back as well.The cost of fuel is the big elephant in the room,

    • Craig H 5.3

      I don't think cutting the total tax take is a great idea as there's still a bit of debt to pay back, but I think rebalancing the tax rates is required – lower taxes at the bottom end and higher rates at the top end.

      • Nic the NZer 5.3.1

        The RBNZ balance sheet contains $49.5 billion of NZ govt debt under the LSAP program. This is debt that the govt clearly owes to its banking department (which is consolidated into the govt balance sheet).

        Once this is consolidated out of the NZ govt accounts it becomes clear that any drain of govt debt payments decreased across the pandemic period.

        • Craig H

          Given the bond rates over the past few years, it's not surprising that our payments reduced, but those rates were unusually low and can't be relied on longer term. Paying down debt is also anti-inflationary since it takes tax out of the economy rather than circulating it further.

          • Nic the NZer

            My point isn't really that the interest rates are lower, but that the govt will be paying the coupon back to its department. This is an outcome of the LSAP program (and other QE programs). Of course the self funding demonstrates that the govt is not dependent on bond markets in its budgeting, even if it typically allows them to set govt bond rates. Ultimately the RBNZ can always step in and set what-ever interest rate it wants on govt debt (including zero or negative rates).

      • Shanreagh 5.3.2

        Agree Craig H.

    • pat 5.4

      "Ideally massive tax cut for those under $50k."

      By all means…and a commensurate hike on incomes over 150k

      • Pat in Australia , the first 18200 is tax free and 19c up to 48000. People on $180000 attract 54000 tax and 45c in the dollar over 180000. Makes our 39c look a bit light.surprise

  6. Mike the Lefty 6

    Why just look at the PM?

    There are many top business executives that earn far more than the PM.

    It would be even better for the CTU to publicise what the rich listers would rake in under National.

  7. mosa 7

    " Dann’s comment “albeit from Unions” speaks volumes. I wonder if he would say the same thing about commentary from Employers’ organisations "

    Of course not because Dann being the typical sympathetic National party media spoke person who always manages to distort or get the boot in by making comments like that.

    That sadly is why we cannot debate any issue without biased questions or comment and always negative reporting from the media when any other government other than the born to rule Tories are in office. Helen Clark can attest to this media environment while she was PM.

    Since Dann , Espineer and others moved onto RNZ from TVNZ they have bought their bias with them which is why the board and management changed under the last National , United Future , ACT , Maori party government to ensure that the right and its attacks and propaganda is always well taken care of.

    • Incognito 7.1

      Stunned silence from Drs Oliver Hartwich and Eric Crampton of the New Zealand Initiative. If they had found any fault in the Union’s numbers after crunching them they would have been on talk-back and Mike Hosking before lunchtime.

      • mosa 7.1.1

        " Stunned silence from Drs Oliver Hartwich and Eric Crampton of the New Zealand Initiative.

        Its hard to compete with cacophony of right wing hysteria and paranoia.

        • Incognito

          Sophistry takes time, even RW sophistry, especially when you use Dr in front of your name and have some kind of corporate fancy job title.

  8. Adrian 8

    Try to avoid using the “ Luxon as PM” line on these issues, it just gives credibility to the narrative that the Nats want to run, say “ Ardern as PM” , that reinforces a fact that pisses them off.

    • Incognito 8.1

      It gives credibility to the idea that Luxon would suck at being the PM and that National would be a shambles being the figurehead party of ACT in Government.

  9. observer 9

    Micky S (and Corin) are right, the Luxon line is tired and not working. It's always …

    Interviewer: "Abolish top tax rate?"

    Luxon: "The thresholds, the thresholds!"

    Interviewer: "We get that. Now, about the top tax rate …"

    Luxon: "The thresholds, the thresholds!"

    He knows (everyone probably does) that 'bracket creep' issue could win votes but the top tax rate issue will lose them. So he thinks he can bluster it away, and for a while he was right. But no longer.

    The McDonalds stunt was terrible optics for him.

    • mickysavage 9.1


      The Mcdonalds stuff was weird given what he had been saying about fair pay agreements.

    • Shanreagh 9.2

      The McDonalds stunt was terrible optics for him.

      Not only that but the Nats are always belabouring the PM having worked in a fish & chip shop. I think I read that he said he had worked in McDs as a youth.

  10. Stuart Munro 10

    So much nonsense is talked about tax.

    NZ is much less taxed than many comparable economies – tax cuts should therefore be absolutely ruled out – in fact increases for the unproductive rich – speculators, and the new ineffectual civil service mandarins that claim technocrat salaries their results do not justify, are decidedly overdue low-hanging fruit.

    Nor is tax properly graduated – people receiving $10 million per annum can afford to contribute a little more than those only getting $1 million.

    As for Luxon, trying to breathe life into Truss's failure is no more likely to succeed than his period running Air NZ – absent government bail-outs he'd've broke it.

    • alwyn 10.1

      You did notice that the document you provided a link to was dated November 1999?

      Or didn't you?

      Am I allowed to suggest that New Zealand is grossly overtaxed in that the maximum tax rate is 66% on all income over about $25,000/annum.

      Well it was, in 1983. That is only marginally less relevant than your paper from 1999

      • Stuart Munro 10.1.1

        Aaach – you're an ACToid – you imagine you're overtaxed even when we pay you.

        1999 is recent enough to be valid – 1983 is just a transparent attempt to muddy the water, as expected from those without a leg to stand on.

        How about you break out of your shameful intellectual idleness and give us some rational basis for deciding the fairness or otherwise of tax?

      • Tricledrown 10.1.2

        alwyn Muldoon / National increased the top tax rate from 48 cents in the dollar to 66cents in the Dollar around 1980. Hardly anyone paid that amount as they had many ways of dodging it ,I worked in inland revenue back then. I have studied taxes in countries around the world most countries average tax on the average income is 50%.Some countries have low income taxes but have high land taxes ,GST VAT or other taxes. But OECD research shows lower taxes and bigger wealth gaps mean less economic activity, less job security,more poverty.

    • alwyn 10.2

      " absent government bail-outs he'd've broke it"

      What government bail-outs were those Stuart? To the best of my knowledge there may have been bail-outs before he was running the company and there may have been a bail-out a few years after he left but during his time at the Airline it was very profitable and was very highly rated for service by its customers. Why don't you provide some evidence for your rather wild assertion about what you seem to imagine happened.

      • Stuart Munro 10.2.1

        AirNZ is a perennial beggar – always going cap in hand to govt. – and Luxon is no safe pair of hands – anything but.

        To the best of my knowledge

        I get it – you want me to dig up sources, (which you will ignore), but you expect us to trust your rabid and untrustworthy far-right reckons.

        If you truly must, dig up some factual support for your contention, and I will consider your request.

        • alwyn

          You are the one who made the claim Stuart. It is up to you to prove it, or admit you really don't know what you are talking about. You really shouldn't have to go to any trouble "digging up sources". When you make a claim like that you should already know what these supposed "sources" are

          It would seem that you don't have any idea whether your claim is true or not.

          • Stuart Munro

            Your objection is premised on your 'to the best of my knowledge'.

            If you can't be bothered to do better than that, I'm not concerned to provide links for a bad faith commentor like you.

            • Jack

              You're happy to accept a link to 1999 but not 1983 Stuart. What do you reckon is the right cut-off – 1984,85,86,87,88,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,96,97,98 or 99? Would love to know for future reference. Thanks.

              • Stuart Munro

                The relevant point is NZ tax rates as compared to the OECD. For those purposes, 1999 in NZ is pretty relevant – but 1983, ie prior to the criminal insanity by which Roger Douglas impoverished our country, is not.

                But then you and your laughable fellow traveler already know this. Why is it that you don't want a real discussion on tax – Is it a case of "I'm alright Jack?"

      • Tricledrown 10.2.2

        Luxon managed the airline when air travel expanded the most rapidly and the most profitable of anytime in world history.Had it not been bailed out by Labour govts {National have never bailed out Air NZ National criticised Michael Cullen for bailing out Air NZ saying it should have been allowed to fail}Luxon wouldn't have job.Luxon is a bawled faced liar.

    • Planet Earth 10.3

      Stuart, re your assertion that “absent government bail-outs”Luxon would have “broke” Air NZ, he was CEO from 2012-2019. Over that period the company paid two dividends every year TO the government, except for 2014 and 2016 when it also paid a third, special dividend.

      It’s not only tax that “so much nonsense is talked about”, Stuart.

      • Stuart Munro 10.3.1

        Yeah whatever – just another deflection from discussing tax – must be a significant weakness.

        • Planet Earth

          Stuart, 1. You brought it up (deflecting?), and 2. You were completely wrong

          • Stuart Munro

            Completely wrong am I?

            Just how much does Air NZ presently owe the taxpayer, Planet Earth? And why is this perennial beneficiary not treated with the ritual humiliation of applying to Winz every time it can't make ends meet?

            Does this look like a stellar performance to you? And, does Luxon not bear any responsibility for this long legacy of failure and freeloading off the long-suffering citizens of New Zealand?

            But this an aside – the point is tax policy – which the ACToids are notably reluctant to discuss. That might have something to do with tax cuts (over which they are rubbing their paws like so many raccoons) are exceptionally bad policy:

            We both tried tax cuts and tax increases and it’s never happened. The Reagan tax cut led to big deficits. George W. Bush’s tax cut led to big deficits. Trump’s tax cut led to big deficits,” Krugman said. “Bill Clinton raised taxes and, you know, Republicans predicted disaster. It goes on and on.”

            “This is a theory that has – nothing has been tested as often as this one. And yet, when the Trump tax that was passed just about every Republican in Congress said, ‘Oh, I’m sure this will pay for itself,’” he said.

            So why does that theory persist? And did Republicans really believe it would pay for itself?

            Krugman has a blunt answer.

            “With politicians, do they actually believe in anything?” he quipped. ”The answer is, look at the people whose taxes are cut. A lot of zombie ideas, not all of them, but a lot of zombie ideas are basically kept shambling along eating people’s brains by billionaires.”

  11. woodart 11

    any time luxons minders let him near a microphone, "SHOW US THE MONEY , CHRIS" do it loud enough and long enough , and we will see luxons "threshold". let someone at the top of the pyramid explain the principles of pyramids, to the peons at the bottom, AND the nonames in the middle. luxon cant, hes not smart enough.willis will give it a go, but her eyes disappear when she lies, not a good look….

  12. logie97 12

    Aren't our public services all crying out for recruitment drives, training, and more money.

    Why aren't Labour promising big payments to these sections (Health/education/security etc…). They have 9 months 'til the election. Let's see the Right try to claw it back if they were to win the election.

    The fact is that public salaries have to be paid from taxation. It's the only source of income. So cut the tax loopholes and soak the rich.

  13. pat 13

    "Is it fair for the PM to get a weekly tax cut of $349 while a minimum wage worker would receive only $2.15?"

    Obviously not…but tax is not necessarily fair…it serves a purpose.

  14. Brigitte 14

    Clearly cutting any tax rate will mean that ALL taxpayers earning more than that tax bracket will get a tax cut. Those above the top of that bracket will all get the same (maximum) amount of tax cut.

    Looking at the various solutions offered, I wonder if we could move to a two rate system. The first is a 0% bracket (or tax-free allowance) and the next is a top rate of 39%. With the tax free allowance being set so that the tax at 180k is unchanged from now. That would result in everyone earning less than that amount will get a tax cut with the maximum amount being at the tax free allowance.

  15. Mark 15

    Rich people, when is enough enough? How many zeros in your bank account is required for you to stop that greed issue you have?

    Everything a poor person makes is taxed, everything a rich person makes isnt yet greed constantly takes over and who cares about the poor.

    Rich pricks already got a tax cut last time under Key, now they want another?, fuck off.

  16. Maurice 16

    If you make $180,000 a year living in New Zealand, you will be taxed $52,314.

    Your average tax rate is 29.1% and your marginal tax rate is 39.0%.

    Earning The Adult Minimum Wage per year before tax in New Zealand, your net take home pay will be $34,721.76 per year.

    Your average tax rate will be 16.53% Your marginal tax rate will be 17.50%

    On The Adult Minimum Wage annual salary you will pay $6,300.00 PAYE tax and $607.36 ACC

    Perhaps moving to lower tax steps and leaving the upper %ages in place?

    • Brigitte 16.1

      Based on my suggestion @14.0 above, that would allow for a tax free allowance of $45,862. As the rest to $180k of $134,138 at 39% would result in $52,314 tax.

      So that would include well over a full time minimum wage rate worker.

      • alwyn 16.1.1

        I may not be understanding what you are saying correctly Brigitte but I don't think you are allowing for the fact that there are a lot more low income earners than those on high incomes.

        If we had only 2 people, one earning $45,000 and one earning $180,000 the tax collected would total $52,314.

        If we had 1,000 people earning $45,000 and a solitary individual earning $180,000 the total tax that would be collected would still be only $52,314.

        With a million people on $45,000 and still only one on $180,000 then the state would still only take in $52,314.

        I don't think that is really what you mean but that is how I read what you are saying. Am I wrong in my interpretation, and if so how?

        • Brigitte

          No, it's just a way to give tax cuts to the lower paid whilst minimising the tax cuts to higher paid. Noting that other tax cuts will propagate through to the highest earners. Which for many people seems to outweigh the benefits of tax cuts to the lower paid.

          In this case all the lower earners get a 100% tax cut (no tax payable) and then the 39% top tax rate cuts in. Which is higher than the current marginal rate (obviously). Although that still means everyone earning under 180k gets a tax cut (the $ amount reduces as you approach 180k) and those at or over the 180k have no change in tax payable.

          You are right that the total amount of tax collected by the govt is reduced. I can’t say whether that reduction is more or less than the increased tax take from bracket creep since the last adjustment. But the option remains to adjust that 39% rate upwards meaning the equal tax to now $ earnings will be lower. And more tax payable from that point.

  17. Jimmy 17

    When people argue "It's not fair that higher earners get more back with tax cuts", I always think of this story / example.

    • Jack 17.1

      Its a good story Jimmy. I think some of those responding to this OpEd would argue that the restaurant owner is a rich prick and should give the remaining 9 dinner for free now that the rich friend has left (presumably migrated to Australia)

      • Tricledrown 17.1.1

        jack and jimmy poor people can't afford to eat let alone go to a restaurant .The rich friend blows yours dumb argument out of the water. Australia 's top tax is 45 cents in the Dollar plus there are state taxes and big city rates much higher than NZ rates on top of that.So which country is your rich person going to migrate to now the UK higher taxes.

  18. Mike the Lefty 18

    The tax cuts I think are most fair and feasible are a cut in GST or removal of GST on fruit and veges. I do not buy the argument that it is too difficult, other countries seem to be able to do it on their GST alternatives.

    Labour would do well to look at doing this, it would provide a complete contrast with National and ACT who, despite their claims of being low tax parties, won't do that.

    • Craig H 18.1

      Agree with general lowering of GST, but not specifically on fruit and veges. I don't trust the supermarkets to actually pass on specific reductions.

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Labour cuts $50m from cycleway spending
    Labour is cutting spending on cycling infrastructure while still trying to claim the higher ground on climate. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Labour Government released a climate manifesto this week to try to claim the high ground against National, despite having ignored the Climate Commission’s advice to toughen ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Greater Of Two Evils.
    Not Labour: If you’re out to punish the government you once loved, then the last thing you need is to be shown evidence that the opposition parties are much, much worse.THE GREATEST VIRTUE of being the Opposition is not being the Government. Only very rarely is an opposition party elected ...
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #39 2023
    Open access notables "Net zero is only a distraction— we just have to end fossil fuel emissions." The latter is true but the former isn't, or  not in the real world as it's likely to be in the immediate future. And "just" just doesn't enter into it; we don't have ...
    3 days ago
  • Chris Trotter: Losing the Left
    IN THE CURRENT MIX of electoral alternatives, there is no longer a credible left-wing party. Not when “a credible left-wing party” is defined as: a class-oriented, mass-based, democratically-structured political organisation; dedicated to promoting ideas sharply critical of laissez-faire capitalism; and committed to advancing democratic, egalitarian and emancipatory ideals across the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Road rage at Kia Kaha Primary School
    It is not the school holidays yet at Kia Kaha Primary School!It can be any time when you are telling a story.Telling stories about things that happened in the past is how we learn from our mistakes.If we want to.Anyway, it is not the school holidays yet at Kia Kaha ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Road rage at Kia Kaha Primary School
    It is not the school holidays yet at Kia Kaha Primary School!It can be any time when you are telling a story.Telling stories about things that happened in the past is how we learn from our mistakes.If we want to.Anyway, it is not the school holidays yet at Kia Kaha ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Road rage at Kia Kaha Primary School
    It is not the school holidays yet at Kia Kaha Primary School!It can be any time when you are telling a story.Telling stories about things that happened in the past is how we learn from our mistakes.If we want to.Anyway, it is not the school holidays yet at Kia Kaha ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins fires up in leaders’ debate, but has the curtain already fallen on the Labour-led coalitio...
    Labour’s  Chris Hipkins came out firing, in the  leaders’ debate  on Newshub’s evening programme, and most of  the pundits  rated  him the winner against National’s  Christopher Luxon. But will this make any difference when New  Zealanders  start casting their ballots? The problem  for  Hipkins is  that  voters are  all too ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    4 days ago
  • Govt is energising housing projects with solar power – and fuelling the public’s concept of a di...
    Buzz from the Beehive  Not long after Point of Order published data which show the substantial number of New Zealanders (77%) who believe NZ is becoming more divided, government ministers were braying about a programme which distributes some money to “the public” and some to “Maori”. The ministers were dishing ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • MIKE GRIMSHAW: Election 2023 – a totemic & charisma failure?
    The D&W analysis Michael Grimshaw writes –  Given the apathy, disengagement, disillusionment, and all-round ennui of this year’s general election, it was considered time to bring in those noted political operatives and spin doctors D&W, the long-established consultancy firm run by Emile Durkheim and Max Weber. Known for ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • FROM BFD: Will Winston be the spectre we think?
    Kissy kissy. Cartoon credit BoomSlang. The BFD. JC writes-  Allow me to preface this contribution with the following statement: If I were asked to express a preference between a National/ACT coalition or a National/ACT/NZF coalition then it would be the former. This week Luxon declared his position, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • California’s climate disclosure bill could have a huge impact across the U.S.
    This re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Andy Furillo was originally published by Capital & Main and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. The California Legislature took a step last week that has the potential to accelerate the fight against climate ...
    4 days ago
  • Untangling South East Queensland’s Public Transport
    This is a cross post Adventures in Transitland by Darren Davis. I recently visited Brisbane and South East Queensland and came away both impressed while also pondering some key changes to make public transport even better in the region. Here goes with my take on things. A bit of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Try A Little Kindness.
    My daughter arrived home from the supermarket yesterday and she seemed a bit worried about something. It turned out she wanted to know if someone could get her bank number from a receipt.We wound the story back.She was in the store and there was a man there who was distressed, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • What makes NZFirst tick
    New Zealand’s longest-running political roadshow rolled into Opotiki yesterday, with New Zealand First leader Winston Peters knowing another poll last night showed he would make it back to Parliament and National would need him and his party if they wanted to form a government. The Newshub Reid Research poll ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • September AMA
    Hi,As September draws to a close — I feel it’s probably time to do an Ask Me Anything. You know how it goes: If you have any burning questions, fire away in the comments and I will do my best to answer. You might have questions about Webworm, or podcast ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Bludgers lying in the scratcher making fools of us all
    The mediocrity who stands to be a Prime Minister has a litany.He uses it a bit like a Koru Lounge card. He will brandish it to say: these people are eligible. And more than that, too: These people are deserving. They have earned this policy.They have a right to this policy. What ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • More “partnerships” (by the look of it) and redress of over $30 million in Treaty settlement wit...
    Buzz from the Beehive Point of Order has waited until now – 3.45pm – for today’s officially posted government announcements.  There have been none. The only addition to the news on the Beehive’s website was posted later yesterday, after we had published our September 26 Buzz report. It came from ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • ALEX HOLLAND: Labour’s spending
    Alex Holland writes –  In 2017 when Labour came to power, crown spending was $76 billion per year. Now in 2023 it is $139 billion per year, which equates to a $63 billion annual increase (over $1 billion extra spend every week!) In 2017, New Zealand’s government debt ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • If not now, then when?
    Labour released its fiscal plan today, promising the same old, same old: "responsibility", balanced books, and of course no new taxes: "Labour will maintain income tax settings to provide consistency and certainty in these volatile times. Now is not the time for additional taxes or to promise billions of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • THE FACTS:  77% of Kiwis believe NZ is becoming more divided
    The Facts has posted –        KEY INSIGHTSOf New Zealander’s polled: Social unity/division 77%believe NZ is becoming more divided (42% ‘much more’ + 35% ‘a little more’) 3%believe NZ is becoming less divided (1% ‘much less’ + 2% ‘a little less’) ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the cynical brutality of the centre-right’s welfare policies
    The centre-right’s enthusiasm for forcing people off the benefit and into paid work is matched only by the enthusiasm (shared by Treasury and the Reserve Bank) for throwing people out of paid work to curb inflation, and achieve the optimal balance of workers to job seekers deemed to be desirable ...
    5 days ago
  • Wednesday’s Chorus: Arthur Grimes on why building many, many more social houses is so critical
    New research shows that tenants in social housing - such as these Wellington apartments - are just as happy as home owners and much happier than private tenants. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The election campaign took an ugly turn yesterday, and in completely the wrong direction. All three ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Old habits
    Media awareness about global warming and climate change has grown fairly steadily since 2004. My impression is that journalists today tend to possess a higher climate literacy than before. This increasing awareness and improved knowledge is encouraging, but there are also some common interpretations which could be more nuanced. ...
    Real ClimateBy rasmus
    5 days ago
  • Bennie Bashing.
    If there’s one thing the mob loves more than keeping Māori in their place, more than getting tough on the gangs, maybe even more than tax cuts. It’s a good old round of beneficiary bashing.Are those meanies in the ACT party stealing your votes because they think David Seymour is ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The kindest cuts
    Labour kicks off the fiscal credibility battle today with the release of its fiscal plan. National is expected to follow, possibly as soon as Thursday, with its own plan, which may (or may not) address the large hole that the problems with its foreign buyers’ ban might open up. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Green right turn in Britain? Well, a start
    While it may be unlikely to register in New Zealand’s general election, Britain’s PM Rishi Sunak has done something which might just be important in the long run. He’s announced a far-reaching change in his Conservative government’s approach to environmental, and particularly net zero, policy. The starting point – ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – How do human CO2 emissions compare to natural CO2 emissions?
    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
  • How could this happen?
    Canada is in uproar after the exposure that its parliament on September 22 provided a standing ovation to a Nazi veteran who had been invited into the chamber to participate in the parliamentary welcome to Ukrainian President Zelensky. Yaroslav Hunka, 98, a Ukrainian man who volunteered for service in ...
    5 days ago
  • Always Be Campaigning
    The big screen is a great place to lay out the ways of the salesman. He comes ready-made for Panto, ripe for lampooning.This is not to disparage that life. I have known many good people of that kind. But there is a type, brazen as all get out. The camera ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • STEPHEN FRANKS: Press seek to publicly shame doctor – we must push back
    The following is a message sent yesterday from lawyer Stephen Franks on behalf of the Free Speech Union. I don’t like to interrupt first thing Monday morning, but we’ve just become aware of a case where we think immediate and overwhelming attention could help turn the tide. It involves someone ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Competing on cruelty
    The right-wing message calendar is clearly reading "cruelty" today, because both National and NZ First have released beneficiary-bashing policies. National is promising a "traffic light" system to police and kick beneficiaries, which will no doubt be accompanied by arbitrary internal targets to classify people as "orange" or "red" to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Further funding for Pharmac (forgotten in the Budget?) looks like a $1bn appeal from a PM in need of...
    Buzz from the Beehive One Labour plan  – for 3000 more public homes by 2025 – is the most recent to be posted on the government’s official website. Another – a prime ministerial promise of more funding for Pharmac – has been released as a Labour Party press statement. Who ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Vested interests shaping National Party policies
    As the National Party gets closer to government, lobbyists and business interests will be lining up for influence and to get policies adopted. It’s therefore in the public interest to have much more scrutiny and transparency about potential conflicts of interests that might arise. One of the key individuals of ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Labour may be on way out of power and NZ First back in – but will Peters go into coalition with Na...
    Voters  are deserting Labour in droves, despite Chris  Hipkins’  valiant  rearguard  action.  So  where  are they  heading?  Clearly  not all of them are going to vote National, which concedes that  the  outcome  will be “close”. To the Right of National, the ACT party just a  few weeks  ago  was ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    6 days ago
  • GRAHAM ADAMS: Will the racists please stand up?
    Accusations of racism by journalists and MPs are being called out. Graham Adams writes –    With the election less than three weeks away, what co-governance means in practice — including in water management, education, planning law and local government — remains largely obscure. Which is hardly ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on whether Winston Peters can be a moderating influence
    As the centre-right has (finally!) been subjected to media interrogation, the polls are indicating that some voters may be starting to have second thoughts about the wisdom of giving National and ACT the power to govern alone. That’s why yesterday’s Newshub/Reid Research poll had the National/ACT combo dropping to 60 ...
    6 days ago
  • Tuesday’s Chorus: RBNZ set to rain on National's victory parade
    ANZ has increased its forecast for house inflation later this year on signs of growing momentum in the market ahead of the election. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: National has campaigned against the Labour Government’s record on inflation and mortgage rates, but there’s now a growing chance the Reserve ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • After a Pittsburgh coal processing plant closed, ER visits plummeted
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Katie Myers. This story was originally published by Grist and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. Pittsburgh, in its founding, was blessed and cursed with two abundant natural resources: free-flowing rivers and a nearby coal seam. ...
    6 days ago
  • September-23 AT Board Meeting
    Today the AT board meet again and once again I’ve taken a look at what’s on the agenda to find the most interesting items. Closed Agenda Interestingly when I first looked at the agendas this paper was there but at the time of writing this post it had been ...
    6 days ago
  • Electorate Watch: West Coast-Tasman
    Continuing my series on interesting electorates, today it’s West Coast-Tasman.A long thin electorate running down the northern half of the west coast of the South Island. Think sand flies, beautiful landscapes, lots of rain, Pike River, alternative lifestylers, whitebaiting, and the spiritual home of the Labour Party. A brief word ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Big money brings Winston back
    National leader Christopher Luxon yesterday morning conceded it and last night’s Newshub poll confirmed it; Winston Peters and NZ First are not only back but highly likely to be part of the next government. It is a remarkable comeback for a party that was tossed out of Parliament in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 20 days until Election Day, 7 until early voting begins… but what changes will we really see here?
    As this blogger, alongside many others, has already posited in another forum: we all know the National Party’s “budget” (meaning this concept of even adding up numbers properly is doing a lot of heavy, heavy lifting right now) is utter and complete bunk (read hung, drawn and quartered and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • A night out
    Everyone was asking, Are you nervous? and my response was various forms of God, yes.I've written more speeches than I can count; not much surprises me when the speaker gets to their feet and the room goes quiet.But a play? Never.YOU CAME! THANK YOU! Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • A pallid shade of Green III
    Clearly Labour's focus groups are telling it that it needs to pay more attention to climate change - because hot on the heels of their weaksauce energy efficiency pilot programme and not-great-but-better-than-nothing solar grants, they've released a full climate manifesto. Unfortunately, the core policies in it - a second Emissions ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A coalition of racism, cruelty, and chaos
    Today's big political news is that after months of wibbling, National's Chris Luxon has finally confirmed that he is willing to work with Winston Peters to become Prime Minister. Which is expected, but I guess it tells us something about which way the polls are going. Which raises the question: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More migrant workers should help generate the tax income needed to provide benefits for job seekers
    Buzz from the Beehive Under something described as a “rebalance” of its immigration rules, the Government has adopted four of five recommendations made in an independent review released in July, The fifth, which called on the government to specify criteria for out-of-hours compliance visits similar to those used during ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Letter To Luxon.
    Some of you might know Gerard Otto (G), and his G News platform. This morning he wrote a letter to Christopher Luxon which I particularly enjoyed, and with his agreement I’m sharing it with you in this guest newsletter.If you’d like to make a contribution to support Gerard’s work you ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Alarming trend in benefit numbers
    Lindsay Mitchell writes –  While there will not be another quarterly release of benefit numbers prior to the election, limited weekly reporting continues and is showing an alarming trend. Because there is a seasonal component to benefit number fluctuations it is crucial to compare like with like. In ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Has there been external structural change?
    A close analysis of the Treasury assessment of the Medium Term in its PREFU 2023 suggests the economy may be entering a new phase.   Brian Easton writes –  Last week I explained that the forecasts in the just published Treasury Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU 2023) was ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • CRL Progress – Sep-23
    It’s been a while since we looked at the latest with the City Rail Link and there’s been some fantastic milestones recently. To start with, and most recently, CRL have released an awesome video showing a full fly-through of one of the tunnels. Come fly with us! You asked for ...
    7 days ago
  • Monday’s Chorus: Not building nearly enough
    We are heading into another period of fast population growth without matching increased home building or infrastructure investment.Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Labour and National detailed their house building and migration approaches over the weekend, with both pledging fast population growth policies without enough house building or infrastructure investment ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Game on; Hipkins comes out punching
    Labour leader Chris Hipkins yesterday took the gloves off and laid into National and its leader Christopher Luxon. For many in Labour – and particularly for some at the top of the caucus and the party — it would not have been a moment too soon. POLITIK is aware ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Tax Cut Austerity Blues.
    The leaders have had their go, they’ve told us the “what?” and the “why?” of their promises. Now it’s the turn of the would be Finance Ministers to tell us the “how?”, the “how much?”, and the “when?”A chance for those competing for the second most powerful job in the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • 100 new public EV chargers to be added to national network
    The public EV charging network has received a significant boost with government co-funding announced today for over 100 EV chargers – with over 200 charging ports altogether – across New Zealand, and many planned to be up and running on key holiday routes by Christmas this year. Minister of Energy ...
    12 hours ago
  • Safeguarding Tuvalu language and identity
    Tuvalu is in the spotlight this week as communities across New Zealand celebrate Vaiaso o te Gagana Tuvalu – Tuvalu Language Week. “The Government has a proven record of supporting Pacific communities and ensuring more of our languages are spoken, heard and celebrated,” Pacific Peoples Minister Barbara Edmonds said. “Many ...
    19 hours ago
  • New community-level energy projects to support more than 800 Māori households
    Seven more innovative community-scale energy projects will receive government funding through the Māori and Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund to bring more affordable, locally generated clean energy to more than 800 Māori households, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. “We’ve already funded 42 small-scale clean energy projects that ...
    4 days ago
  • Huge boost to Te Tai Tokerau flood resilience
    The Government has approved new funding that will boost resilience and greatly reduce the risk of major flood damage across Te Tai Tokerau. Significant weather events this year caused severe flooding and damage across the region. The $8.9m will be used to provide some of the smaller communities and maraes ...
    4 days ago
  • Napier’s largest public housing development comes with solar
    The largest public housing development in Napier for many years has been recently completed and has the added benefit of innovative solar technology, thanks to Government programmes, says Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods. The 24 warm, dry homes are in Seddon Crescent, Marewa and Megan Woods says the whanau living ...
    5 days ago
  • Te Whānau a Apanui and the Crown initial Deed of Settlement I Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me...
    Māori: Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me te Karauna te Whakaaetanga Whakataunga Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me te Karauna i tētahi Whakaaetanga Whakataunga hei whakamihi i ō rātou tāhuhu kerēme Tiriti o Waitangi. E tekau mā rua ngā hapū o roto mai o Te Whānau ...
    6 days ago
  • Plan for 3,000 more public homes by 2025 – regions set to benefit
    Regions around the country will get significant boosts of public housing in the next two years, as outlined in the latest public housing plan update, released by the Housing Minister, Dr Megan Woods. “We’re delivering the most public homes each year since the Nash government of the 1950s with one ...
    1 week ago
  • Immigration settings updates
    Judicial warrant process for out-of-hours compliance visits 2023/24 Recognised Seasonal Employer cap increased by 500 Additional roles for Construction and Infrastructure Sector Agreement More roles added to Green List Three-month extension for onshore Recovery Visa holders The Government has confirmed a number of updates to immigration settings as part of ...
    1 week ago
  • Poroporoaki: Tā Patrick (Patu) Wahanga Hohepa
    Tangi ngunguru ana ngā tai ki te wahapū o Hokianga Whakapau Karakia. Tārehu ana ngā pae maunga ki Te Puna o te Ao Marama. Korihi tangi ana ngā manu, kua hinga he kauri nui ki te Wao Nui o Tāne. He Toa. He Pou. He Ahorangi. E papaki tū ana ...
    1 week ago
  • Renewable energy fund to support community resilience
    40 solar energy systems on community buildings in regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and other severe weather events Virtual capability-building hub to support community organisations get projects off the ground Boost for community-level renewable energy projects across the country At least 40 community buildings used to support the emergency response ...
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 funding returned to Government
    The lifting of COVID-19 isolation and mask mandates in August has resulted in a return of almost $50m in savings and recovered contingencies, Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Following the revocation of mandates and isolation, specialised COVID-19 telehealth and alternative isolation accommodation are among the operational elements ...
    1 week ago
  • Appointment of District Court Judge
    Susie Houghton of Auckland has been appointed as a new District Court Judge, to serve on the Family Court, Attorney-General David Parker said today.  Judge Houghton has acted as a lawyer for child for more than 20 years. She has acted on matters relating to the Hague Convention, an international ...
    1 week ago
  • Government invests further in Central Hawke’s Bay resilience
    The Government has today confirmed $2.5 million to fund a replace and upgrade a stopbank to protect the Waipawa Drinking Water Treatment Plant. “As a result of Cyclone Gabrielle, the original stopbank protecting the Waipawa Drinking Water Treatment Plant was destroyed. The plant was operational within 6 weeks of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt boost for Hawke’s Bay cyclone waste clean-up
    Another $2.1 million to boost capacity to deal with waste left in Cyclone Gabrielle’s wake. Funds for Hastings District Council, Phoenix Contracting and Hog Fuel NZ to increase local waste-processing infrastructure. The Government is beefing up Hawke’s Bay’s Cyclone Gabrielle clean-up capacity with more support dealing with the massive amount ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taupō Supercars revs up with Government support
    The future of Supercars events in New Zealand has been secured with new Government support. The Government is getting engines started through the Major Events Fund, a special fund to support high profile events in New Zealand that provide long-term economic, social and cultural benefits. “The Repco Supercars Championship is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • There is no recession in NZ, economy grows nearly 1 percent in June quarter
    The economy has turned a corner with confirmation today New Zealand never was in recession and stronger than expected growth in the June quarter, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. “The New Zealand economy is doing better than expected,” Grant Robertson said. “It’s continuing to grow, with the latest figures showing ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Highest legal protection for New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs
    The Government has accepted the Environment Court’s recommendation to give special legal protection to New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs, Te Waikoropupū Springs (also known as Pupū Springs), Environment Minister David Parker announced today.   “Te Waikoropupū Springs, near Takaka in Golden Bay, have the second clearest water in New Zealand after ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More support for victims of migrant exploitation
    Temporary package of funding for accommodation and essential living support for victims of migrant exploitation Exploited migrant workers able to apply for a further Migrant Exploitation Protection Visa (MEPV), giving people more time to find a job Free job search assistance to get people back into work Use of 90-day ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Strong export boost as NZ economy turns corner
    An export boost is supporting New Zealand’s economy to grow, adding to signs that the economy has turned a corner and is on a stronger footing as we rebuild from Cyclone Gabrielle and lock in the benefits of multiple new trade deals, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “The economy is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Funding approved for flood resilience work in Te Karaka
    The Government has approved $15 million to raise about 200 homes at risk of future flooding. More than half of this is expected to be spent in the Tairāwhiti settlement of Te Karaka, lifting about 100 homes there. “Te Karaka was badly hit during Cyclone Gabrielle when the Waipāoa River ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Further business support for cyclone-affected regions
    The Government is helping businesses recover from Cyclone Gabrielle and attract more people back into their regions. “Cyclone Gabrielle has caused considerable damage across North Island regions with impacts continuing to be felt by businesses and communities,” Economic Development Minister Barbara Edmonds said. “Building on our earlier business support, this ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New maintenance facility at Burnham Military Camp underway
    Defence Minister Andrew Little has turned the first sod to start construction of a new Maintenance Support Facility (MSF) at Burnham Military Camp today. “This new state-of-art facility replaces Second World War-era buildings and will enable our Defence Force to better maintain and repair equipment,” Andrew Little said. “This Government ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Foreign Minister to attend United Nations General Assembly
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will represent New Zealand at the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York this week, before visiting Washington DC for further Pacific focussed meetings. Nanaia Mahuta will be in New York from Wednesday 20 September, and will participate in UNGA leaders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Midwives’ pay equity offer reached
    Around 1,700 Te Whatu Ora employed midwives and maternity care assistants will soon vote on a proposed pay equity settlement agreed by Te Whatu Ora, the Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Service (MERAS) and New Zealand Nurses Association (NZNO), Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “Addressing historical pay ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides support to Morocco
    Aotearoa New Zealand will provide humanitarian support to those affected by last week’s earthquake in Morocco, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “We are making a contribution of $1 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help meet humanitarian needs,” Nanaia Mahuta said. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Government invests in West Coast’s roading resilience
    The Government is investing over $22 million across 18 projects to improve the resilience of roads in the West Coast that have been affected by recent extreme weather, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today.  A dedicated Transport Resilience Fund has been established for early preventative works to protect the state ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Government invests in Greymouth’s future
    The Government has today confirmed a $2 million grant towards the regeneration of Greymouth’s CBD with construction of a new two-level commercial and public facility. “It will include a visitor facility centred around a new library. Additionally, it will include retail outlets on the ground floor, and both outdoor and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Nanaia Mahuta to attend PIF Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, in Suva, Fiji alongside New Zealand’s regional counterparts. “Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply committed to working with our pacific whanau to strengthen our cooperation, and share ways to combat the challenges facing the Blue Pacific Continent,” ...
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