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Is Key going where Gove’s gone?

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, October 31st, 2011 - 77 comments
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National has announced that the money gained from selling assets will go into a Future Fund and be spent on modernising schools. Is the sort of future they have in mind like the so-called “free schools” now being set up by the Conservatives in Britain under Education Minister Michael Gove?

Make no mistake, the right is very interested in the future of education. Their vision is for profit-making schools; they’d be better called the “free to make money schools” – another cash cow for private interests, who get to control the curriculum as well. Here is Fraser Nelson in the right-wing Spectator:

Gove originally envisaged taking a Swedish laissez-faire approach, granting a licence to almost any school which applies and leaving the market to judge if it was good enough. But he was put off by the experience of the Charter Schools in the US, where bad new schools came to threaten the whole project. So, of the 280 applications to open an English free school next year, 160 have been rejected and the rest asked to interview. Perhaps as few as 80 will be approved.

Yet Sweden, the lodestar for the whole project, started off with a few dozen schools and ended up with several hundred. The new schools quickly organised themselves into chains and set up wherever demand was strongest. But they did so because most were companies, operating for a profit. This idea, taboo only two years ago, has become a live argument inside the Conservative high command. Gove is reluctant, believing he is fighting on enough fronts without being accused of privatising schools. New schools face many obstacles, he says, most of them bureaucratic. The profit motive would not change that.

But increasingly, some of those around David Cameron believe that the only way Gove can accelerate his plan is to bring in profit-seeking chains like International English Schools and Cognita. And if it creates a political stink, so be it. The need for new schools is too great — and the prospect of the angry Mums’ Army at the ballot box too fearsome. But Nick Clegg, a great supporter of schools reform so far, has been given the power of veto — and has made clear he will use it to stop profit-making schools. This is where the argument may end, for now.

It would be the greatest irony but no surprise if our public assets were sold down by National in order to pay for private interests to get a stake in the school system here. We shouldn’t be under any illusions that we are just dealing with a short-term agenda.

77 comments on “Is Key going where Gove’s gone?”

  1. Campbell Larsen 1

    The writing is on the wall – talk of leak prone schools and earthquake prone schools (and i’m not talking about just in ch-ch) is all just an excuse to turn these freehold govt properties into debt laden PPP’s and to further engorge construction industry big boys already feasting on fat govt contracts.

  2. Agreed. I can’t see why National wouldn’t try something like this given that they’ve made such inclinations and plans pretty clear.

    The other aspect of this ‘ring fencing’ is that all the much-touted school modernisation ‘benefits’ amount to about $1.5bn, yet the expected haul is supposedly upwards of $5bn.

    Mana thinks its about irrigation

  3. Rusty Shackleford 3

    I think it’s a bit of a jump to link asset sales with school privatisation.

    On privatisation; what is the big deal? If someone else can do it for better and cheaper, then wouldn’t it be good for society to let them do it? Competition gives us ever improving and cheapening refrigerators, computers and cars. Why wouldn’t it do the same for education?

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      Because it can’t you moron. What produces good education is research, training and more than enough schools and teachers. A school is also a natural monopoly as it caters to a defined geographic area. Having two schools in the same area providing the same service just ups the costs for no benefit and so we’ll get one school that has monopoly profits instead if we go to private for profit schools. And, as we don’t a need to pay the profit it’s just another dead weight loss.

      The only point where competition might actually provide a benefit for the added cost (competition is always more expensive due to massive duplication) is in the research and that would be government funded anyway and done through the universities.

      • Rusty Shackleford 3.1.1

        DTB, I’m sitting in a public school. I can look out the window and see no less than six private learning institutes offering services such as English education, piano tutoring, math tutoring and there is even one that offers tuition in something called badok (some form of Asian chess?). Education means different things to different people. Therefore there is no more a “natural” monopoly in education than there is a monopoly on the choices of food we eat. Would a govt monopoly on food production and distribution lead to a good outcome?

        The govt can offer some minimum level if they want to. But, why do they have to crowd out the innovation that inevitably results from competition? The South Korean system shows that well, despite the public sector’s (read teachers union) repeated attempts to destroy that competition.

      • Bazar 3.1.2

        Lot of moron calling Draco, you seem stressed.

        Also schools often aren’t a natural monopoly, due to the fact that you get a choice of schools you can send your kids to.

        Perhaps in rural areas they are a natural monopoly due to low populations, but the blanket statement “schools are a natural monopoly” isn’t accurate.

        Also having the schools compete for grades could have many benefits for education, it could also have many problems as well. But that’s another issue closely tied to implementing “national standards”

        Finally, just so you don’t miss it, i’ll point out this reply. Just 1 weekend and its just about fallen off the front page

        National’s plan to screw workers some more

      • Ari 3.1.3

        You’re missing some other important factors that make for good education:

        Students that aren’t distracted by being hungry or problems at home.

        Parents are encouraged to show their kids that learning is important and valued.

        A good balance between assessment, which encourages rote learning and a brute-force hard work style, and unassessed work, which encourages creativity and innovation.

        Teachers that give all or at least most students a chance to succeed on their own terms.

        Staff and administrators who support teachers and help reduce their workload.

        Honestly, these things actually matter much more than class size does, and they’re far easier to make improvements to in comparison. Ironically, the best way to broadly raise school performance would be to fight poverty and ensure that all young kids are being fed. It’s easier to implement than “National Standards”, and it’ll result in far more dramatic leaps in performance. It will probably even improve things for some of the kids who don’t directly experience poverty, because teachers will need less time and energy to deal with putting out fires from the kids who do.

        Of course, National would never implement such a policy, because when their base talks about improving education, they mean in private schools.

    • McFlock 3.2

      Lol. It might. But when I look at a teacher, I’d like to see more than a used car dealer.

      Basically it relies, like most free market theory, on perfect information – I need to know that the slick commission sales person isn’t just selling me a pile of shit for as much as possible. Difficult to do with something as long term and abstract as an education. So the state needs to step in and provide a guaranteed minimum standard – which it can only do if it’s well funded.

      • Rusty Shackleford 3.2.1

        Govt bureaucrats have perfect info?

        The US system is extremely well funded, yet they aren’t getting any return in quality on the cash they have spent. I can’t really comment on the NZ system. Maybe it is cheap and perfect. I don’t know.

        • KJT 3.2.1.1

          No they do not.

          They should do what the Fins do (The worlds best performing education system) and leave it to Teachers. After making sure they are well trained and funded.

          Why follow the UK or USA model when our results are already much better than theirs.

          Sweden’s results are heading down the tubes since they adopted a market model.

          • Rusty Shackleford 3.2.1.1.1

            It would be preferable to let people themselves decide what they would like to get out of education. Choosing the amount and quality they deem fit. Teachers have proven themselves to be no better than the used car salesman alluded to before.

            • McFlock 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Poorly funded teachers expected to deal with large classes, malnourished children, and arbitrary reporting guidelines demanded by a cabinet minister against expert advice have proven themselves to be no better than the used car salesman alluded to before.”

              FIFY

              • Rusty Shackleford

                I don’t even really disagree with your editing. But, I would counter by saying that many of these problems stem from past attempts by govts to “fix” social problems.

                A. Poorly funded teachers (in what way?)

                B. expected to deal with large classes (large class size has nothing to do with student achievement. The stats back me up on that)

                C. malnourished children (well… I don’t think they aren’t getting enough to eat. I though we were in the midst of an obesity epidemic? However, I see your point. If kids are coming to school after eating the USDA approved “heart healthy” bowl of coacoa puffs in skim milk instead of “artery clogging” bacon and eggs, then it is no wonder they are starving for nutrients.)

                D. arbitrary reporting guidelines (agree. It should be up to parents and schools how they measure their kids achievement.)

                • Colonial Viper

                  B. expected to deal with large classes (large class size has nothing to do with student achievement. The stats back me up on that)

                  Funny how all the private schools advertise the benefits of having smaller class sizes, to the wealthy parental markets they tap into.

                  • Rusty Shackleford

                    That isn’t really surprising. I’m sure as a student you preferred smaller classes. As a teacher, I prefer larger classes because I prefer to lecture than interact with the students. It also means that I (and by definition all teachers) make more money.

                    • McFlock

                      I note that none of your ascribed motivations for teachers wanting to increase class sizes include “quality of education”. Which is the entire problem – the motivations of sales staff are not to provide the best quality possible, but to get the most money. One does not necessitate the other.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      But, the same is true of public education. Funneling in more money doesn’t automatically mean better quality. The US experience attests to this.

                    • McFlock

                      “But, the same is true of public education. Funneling in more money doesn’t automatically mean better quality. The US experience attests to this”

                      Again, evidence?

                      But you slide, again. The motivation of increasing funding to public education is to provide better education. If it fails, then it is a failure. The motivation of a free-market teacher extracting more money from parents is to get more money from parents. Even if the kids learn shite, the teacher’s company is a success.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      http://reason.com/archives/2011/02/22/losing-the-brains-race

                      You’re assuming that families have zero ability to discern good or bad education. Little Billy can’t read? Kind of a dead give away.

                    • KJT

                      An education is a lot more than learning to read.

                      And I have already read Von Mises. The Austrian school of economics is as discredited by reality as the Chicago school.

                      NZ students, until recently, were capable of assessing economists. US ones are not taught to think.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      Education means different things to different people. There isn’t a one size fits all model.

                      “The Austrian school of economics is as discredited by reality as the Chicago school.”
                      I’m not sure what your opinion has to do with the production and provision of education.

                      It would surprise me if the average NZ high schooler could name a contemporary economist.

                    • McFlock

                      “You’re assuming that families have zero ability to discern good or bad education. Little Billy can’t read? Kind of a dead give away.”

                      Again, bullshit. I’m asserting that by the time little Billy is that far behind the 8-ball that yeven your sales-teacher can’t convinvce mum and dad that it’s really Billy, oh and we can provide a teacher’s aide for him at little extra charge, it’s worse than a ministry hauling the principal over the coals because their clear and reasonable reporting requirements are falling short (NOT an arbitrary 11+ test). That way little Billy still learns to read in the first place.

                      You’re beginning to piss me off with your slides and your lies.

                    • McFlock

                      “The market gets stuff wrong all the time. It’s just on average cheaper, better and less violent/coercive than having a self appointed intellectual elite do the work for us.”

                      Once again you misrepresent the position (“self-appointed intellectual elite”? “People appointed by people overseen by parents on the BoT (or even by the BoT itself), and a ministry which reports to democratically-elected representatives”, more like) and religiously claim that your way is the better way “on average”. You provide no evidence for your claim, but slide in “on average” so that if someone provides a counter-example you can go “oh, but on average“.

                      You are so full of shit it’s not even funny, but I really think you might be completely oblivious to that fact.

                  • KJT

                    If you don’t know what economic thought has to do with the privatisation of education then you don’t know what the fuck you are talking about.

                    It is the Chicago schools myths you are constantly repeating.

                    Like the crap about the “market” always knows best.

                    Even they put caveats on that one.

                    Finland and New Zealand. State run. Best in the world. Gettit.

                    Why does NACT want to fix what ain’t broke.

                    And my son can name a contemporary economist.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      The market gets stuff wrong all the time. It’s just on average cheaper, better and less violent/coercive than having a self appointed intellectual elite do the work for us.

                    • Ari

                      The problem is that you need regulation to even HAVE a “market”. Without regulation your competition gets trampled all over by plutocrats, corruption, expansionists, vulgar marxists, basically anyone who can cheerlead destroying regulation and pretend it’s about free-market capitalism, one of the world’s most popular fictions.

                      And honestly, I’d settle for a “self-appointed intellectual elite” if it meant avoiding the terrible No Child Left Behind rubbish that the National Government is calling National Standards.

                • McFlock

                  A. As in being poorly paid, equipped with substandard equipment and so on.

                  B. Stats only back you up if you reference them.

                  C. Obesity != “not malnourished”. Coke is cheaper than milk in NZ. Check your local supermarket.

                  D. Schools and parents choosing reporting guidelines put it back into the territory of used car dealers, not to mention ruining consistency for employers and parents alike.

                  You are beginning to make unsubstantiated claims for which you alledge there s ample evidence. You might try referencing some. Preferably something competently peer reviewed, none of that miserly.org shite.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  C. malnourished children (well… I don’t think they aren’t getting enough to eat. I though we were in the midst of an obesity epidemic?

                  Obese and Malnourished

                  The Problem Is In The Food!

                  A recent analysis of a range of staple foods in Canada including potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, apples, onion, broccoli etc, was commissioned by The Globe and Mail and CTV news. The results were predictable to some and a shock to others. Let’s use potatoes as an example. This is what the analysis found:

                  Over the last 50 years the potato has lost:

                  100% of its Vitamin A
                  57% of its Vitamin C and iron.
                  28% of its Calcium.
                  50% of its riboflavin
                  18% of its thiamine

                  Problem? IMO, Factory farming and artificial fertilisers. Or, to put it another way, doing things cheaper to make a profit.

                  • Rusty Shackleford

                    Erm, and feeding millions of people. It’s a shame potatoes aren’t as nutritious as the used to be .But, it is better than the alternative. I hope that businesses will turn to producing crops that have more vitamins.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      The point that you seem to miss is that millions of people are starving even though they have food.

                      But, it is better than the alternative.

                      In what way is it better than there being less people?

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      I fundamentally don’t believe less people = better. I find the whole notion to be distasteful.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      I fundamentally don’t believe less people = better. I find the whole notion to be distasteful.

                      That’s because you’re stupid and believe the illogical people good, more people better paradigm of the religious idiots. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by this, you also believe the illogical free-market works.

                      The Earth cannot support the 7 billion humans presently inhabiting it. Scientific research indicates a maximum of between 1 and 2 billion.

                  • higherstandard

                    You link to a bodybuilding site trying to truck saps inot purchasing their vitamins as reliable evidence – you really are a drip.

                    http://www.ajcn.org/content/early/2009/07/29/ajcn.2009.28041.abstract

        • McFlock 3.2.1.2

          “Govt bureaucrats” (aka “public servants”, but I guess that’s just an example of perspective shaping language) have a lot better info than a parent going around school open days or relying on league tables.

          The US system, among other issues, uses league tables and SAT to “evaluate” a child’s education. Which is idiotic, but that’s what you get. I also think you’ll find that some areas are better funded than others, leading to a “well funded” average but geographical or demographic inequalities.

          • Rusty Shackleford 3.2.1.2.1

            The planners have much less/worse information than every participant in the market have collectively.

            How can any group of people know what is best for every single person in any given market? There are a million different variations of outcome and it is impossible to know what they will be ahead of time. People working in their own self interest have a much better record of achieving mutually beneficial outcomes than top down central planning does.

            • McFlock 3.2.1.2.1.1

              Lol. Abandoned praising the US system, have you?

              “The planners have much less/worse information than every participant in the market have collectively.”
              Evidence?

              “How can any group of people know what is best for every single person in any given market? There are a million different variations of outcome and it is impossible to know what they will be ahead of time. People working in their own self interest have a much better record of achieving mutually beneficial outcomes than top down central planning does.”

              Evidence that this applies to education?
              Maybe like checking out OECD stats? Math competencies seem to put US a wee bit farther down the list than Norway or Finland. Have fun.

              • Rusty Shackleford

                You have to learn how to read. I expressly criticised the US system. It is expensive, calcified and not improving.

                “The planners have much less/worse information than every participant in the market have collectively.”
                Evidence?
                The 20th Century.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  You have to learn how to read. I expressly criticised the US system. It is expensive, calcified and not improving.

                  And yet it’s the US system that you want us to emulate.

                  “The planners have much less/worse information than every participant in the market have collectively.”
                  Evidence?
                  The 20th Century.

                  Um, no, the 20th century did not show that as the GFC proved.

                  • Rusty Shackleford

                    Where have I said I want to emulate the US system? I don’t think I have advocated any particular country’s system. Only a movement towards more competition.

                    The great financial crisis was a failure of the planners. The Fed/central banking and fractional reserve banking caused the GFC. These are govt institutions.

                    • McFlock

                      You didn’t. In fact, you advocate nothing. But you held up the US system as disproving that “govt bureaucrats have perfect info”, on the grounds that the US system is “extremely well funded”, “yet they aren’t getting any return in quality on the cash they have spent.”.

                      An unsupported claim to support an assertion that nobody made. Honestly, you’re a complete waste of space, throwing around polemical statements and providing nothing more than slogans and semi-religious aphorisms akin to Mao’s little red book.

                      Oh, you sit an jerk off, but you never follow through put something in the cup.

                      I tried to be civil, by the way, but you’re the only one to whip it out for the circle-jerk. I think you might have misunderstood the event description – it’s a cocktail party.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      http://reason.com/archives/2011/02/22/losing-the-brains-race

                      Here is some data on the US experience.

                    • McFlock

                      FINALLY!

                      Now, a few questions – Was that public expenditure only, or public&private expenditure combined? Variance wasn’t included – have the teacher:student ratios improved across the board, or are more students in larger classes and a few students in smaller classes excel? What factors were used to control for system-gaming and teaching to the SATs rather than plain “teaching?

                      Because so far it’s as useful as the corellation someone demonstrated between the migration rate in swans over northern Europe and the human birth rate there. Granularity was too big and the analysis failed to take into acount some significant factors.

                    • KJT

                      Because more “competition” has worked so well in the USA.

                      The GFC was caused by the removal of regulation such as the Glass Steagal act and the proliferation of unsustainable financial Ponzi schemes this enabled.

                      And a financial system that cuts peoples wages, so the banks can then lend their earnings back to them at interest.

                      A lack of central control allowing the greedy free rein.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      The Fed. Have you heard of it?

                • Colonial Viper

                  Rusty you still promulgating the idea of rational, future knowing market actors?

                  Its bullshit, especially in todays gamed financial markets.

                  • Rusty Shackleford

                    Heavens, no. Individual actors in a free market do not know the future with any certainty. However, as a group (for a variety of reasons) they are far better at it than a self appointed intellectual elite.

                    Free people as a group make much better choices because there are consequences to their actions. A person who sets up a business and fails loses his shirt. A group of govt people who set out to do something just claim to be “under-funded” if they fail.

                    • McFlock

                      I love the way socialists are supposedly the collectivists and freemarketeers the individualists. FFS, socialists care if an individual starves. Not so the free market idealogue.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      Mao, Stalin. They loved to starve people. Kim Jong Il.

                      The market does a pretty good job of feeding people. Central planning doesn’t.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Rusty there is no evidence which says that a group of market actors know any better than just one market actor.

                      There is no collective “ESP” or “collective intelligence” which occurs.

                      Example: every single major investment bank got fucked by their derivatives trading.

                      They were just as dumb in a group as they were individually.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      “…there is no evidence which says that a group of market actors know any better than just one market actor.”

                      Why have more market based economies flourished compared to more centrally planned ones?

                      Corporatism is a form of central planning as well. This being the case, is it any wonder the banks imploded and needed to be bailed out by the bankers?

                    • McFlock

                      Basil Zaharoff. Eric Prince. Sandline International. Monsanto. The Amazonian rain forest felling.

                    • McFlock

                      Nestle. Coca Cola. BHP.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      I’m not sure why you are randomly listing companies and people. I had to google Basil Zarahoff, and look what pops up as the second result. http://mises.org/daily/2687 A little bio by a man named John T. Flynn. Flynn’s book on FDR is a must read http://mises.org/resources/3429/The-Roosevelt-Myth

                    • McFlock

                      Just various merchants of death and/or shall we say “merchants who experienced periods of ethical scarcity”.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      FDR ordered crops be plowed under, pigs slaughtered and prices prevented from falling at a time of hunger and falling incomes. Better add him to the list.

                    • McFlock

                      Meh – FDR is debatable, what with providing jobs that the free market couldn’t. Mao’s a gimmee, I grant you. Killed as many people as GM and Krupp.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      Unemployment stayed in the double figures for much of FDR’s reign.

                      Krupp didn’t kill a single person, that I know of (he may have). He sold weapons to govts, who used them to kill people. A good argument for limiting govt if ever there was one. We want to keep men like Krupp and Basil Z as far away from centralised pockets of power as we possibly can.

                    • McFlock

                      “Unemployment stayed in the double figures for much of FDR’s reign. “

                      True that. The free market seriously fucked the economy.

                      “Krupp didn’t kill a single person, that I know of (he may have). He sold weapons to govts, who used them to kill people. A good argument for limiting govt if ever there was one. We want to keep men like Krupp and Basil Z as far away from centralised pockets of power as we possibly can.”

                      They sold weapons to damned near anyone, and made it a fuckload easier to kill millions.
                      Sandline? Prince? They sold/sell to anyone, too.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Rusty you’re full of it,

                      The market does a pretty good job of feeding people. Central planning doesn’t.

                      46M people in the US on Govt provided food stamps, that’s your standard of “pretty good” huh?

                      And it’ll get better you reckon if the Govt stops providing the food stamps because the market will provide?

            • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.2.1.2

              People working in their own self interest have a much better record of achieving mutually beneficial outcomes…

              And where are those people getting their information from? Individuals working with no information are going to make real bad mistakes and yet that seems to be the system that you want to be in place. One which is completely irrational.

              …than top down central planning does.

              Only you RWNJs are talking about top down planning. You know, such top down planning as National Standards and league tables that allows the parents to decide what is best for the child. Everyone else is talking about a flexible educational environment that trains the teachers to recognise and respond to the needs of the child based upon practices that are researched and then passed out through a network of people and structures (otherwise known as a government department) set up to do that.

    • KJT 3.3

      Because.

      For the same reasons that competition has increased power prices.

      The costs of duplication of networks, advertising, profits and dividends, the race to be the cheapest for big customers loaded onto small consumers and the costs of rebuilding the infrastructure and human capability after the inevitable asset stripping and wage cutting

      • Rusty Shackleford 3.3.1

        There isn’t any real competition in the electricity market, it is heavily regulated.

        • KJT 3.3.1.1

          That is because privatisation/corporatism does not work for infrastructure.

          Even the pretense of competition is proving dysfunctional. Imagine how much worse it would be if we had unregulated power markets.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.3.1.2

          Correct, there isn’t. That’s because it’s a natural monopoly.

          • Rusty Shackleford 3.3.1.2.1

            As I’ve pointed out before, simply saying “natural monopoly” doesn’t magically create a mandate for central planning. Using your logic, you could extend any market to the level of “natural” monopoly. There is a giant literature on this. We can go into it if you want to. I have the time.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.3.1.2.1.1

              State ownership != central planning.

              Especially if we have democracy where everyone has a say. In fact, you’re more likely to get central planning from your preferred capitalist ownership than from government ownership, ie, MS Windows.

              • Rusty Shackleford

                I guess we have differing definitions of central planning.

                • KJT

                  Most of us here advocate a Democracy, which is the antitheses of both Authoritarian Government Dictatorships like China and authoritarian rule by corporate money which is the USA.

                • Colonial Viper

                  World financial markets are centrally planned now mate. And thats the way they will stay if the powers that be have their way.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Yeah, your definition is anything that works on the principal of people working together and not kowtowing to the capitalists is central planning while dictatorship in the form of private business is never central planning despite all those businesses being centrally planned.

            • Colonial Viper 3.3.1.2.1.2

              We can go into it if you want to. I have the time.

              Then why don’t you add some value mate. Instead of theorising shit.

  4. TonyP 4

    Of course the govt have a piece of the puzzle in place already for this with the new boss of the Ministry Of Education. An englishwoman who has experience in bringing about “change” in education including the implementation of the Free Schools. An appointmnet that has not had much press notice.

  5. randal 5

    kweewee is just another money drongo. ipredict he will lose this election and go back to where he came from.

  6. JS 6

    I expect a big attack on teachers and teacher unions if National wins another term. Non-Unionised privatised charter schools such as the US has, or the new system the UK has whereby the government intervenes if it doesn’t like a school and sacks the staff and gets a private company to run it all. This could happen to those schools brave enough to continue resisting national standards. Key has mentioned new school buildings as ‘assets’ but nothing about teaching and learning being important.

  7. Can I point out that since the international financial world is going to collapse the local house market is going to take an even bigger tumble and that all these rich builders who helped vote John Key in need some jobs while waiting it out and that this money is not going to be invested in schooling and opportunities for children to have a better education but much of it will be paid to these building companies and it will basically be job creation for building companies.
    Also I thought Bomber had an interesting take on the “Fund” they just came up with!

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Declines in NZ house prices will occur but I reckon be very mild for the next few years, a few % reduction in nominal pricing p.a. combined with a few % loss p.a. eaten up by inflation.

      And in certain areas of Auckland etc. prices will keep going up and up as people seem to enjoy living like sardines.

      Situation changes if bank credit for mortgages dries up abruptly.

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    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    20 hours ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    22 hours ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    24 hours ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 day ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    36 mins ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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