It’s a crime

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, February 2nd, 2009 - 36 comments
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I have a crime to report. Someone has kidnapped one of our most insightful journos and replaced them with an illiterate wowser.

How else to explain writing an article called “Collins must collar rising tide of crime ” when any journalist with a modicum of professionalism knows, having read the stats, that crime is not rising but falling?

36 comments on “It’s a crime ”

  1. agreed, that article’s well off form for Armstrong. his health is deteriorating, maybe that’s got something to do with it.

  2. BLiP 2

    What is up with Armstrong? Has he been got at by the Goober’s traitor journo’s turned spin doctors? Do they have something over him that has resulted in his latest effusive National Party knob-gobbling?

    I’m wondering if the Gallery has decided to give the gNats a free run for the first 100 days and then will resume their role as commentators and not cheerleaders, and fact checkers not policy pushers.

    Has anyone seen http://www.mediamatters.org ? We are starting to need something like that for our own media – would require heaps of work, though. Anyone interested?

  3. Greg 3

    Yeah but isn’t violent crime rising?

  4. Lew 4

    Greg: Yeah but isn’t violent crime rising?

    Reported violent crime is rising. The police themselves say this is to do with higher reporting of domestic violence.

    L

  5. Lew 5

    BLiP: Aside from your use of terms like `knob-gobbling’, there’s a credibility problem:

    Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

    Partisan media agencies don’t have very much. The world doesn’t need a left-wing version of Fox News. There’s plenty of misinformation being put about by the so-called left as well – and far more genuine error and incompetence and overwork. Read Nick Davies’ Flat Earth News.

    I might be interested in being involved with a bipartisan analysis and fact-checking agency, but you’re right – it’s a simply insane amount of work, and thankless at that. Even in a tiny media ecology like NZ’s.

    L

  6. @ work 6

    Maybe he means Asian crime?

    (sorry, couldn’t resist)

  7. jbc 7

    Reported violent crime is rising.” I find it curious how the violent crime stats are often brushed off with this. Some even go as far as suggesting that this is actually a good thing – but remember that this is not the first time this explanation has been used. I vaguely recall it being trotted out in the 90’s too. Do the police ever offer that explanation when reported crime is falling?

    The brits have their own twist on this problem.

    Surely at some point the rise in reported violent crime will become a real problem though. Sometime within the next 3 years I suspect.

    Bottom line is that I’d trust the police crime figures about as much as I trust a fund manager’s advertised returns.

  8. Lew 8

    jbc: Bottom line is that I’d trust the police crime figures about as much as I trust a fund manager’s advertised returns.

    Yes, the age-old conundrum of how to measure crime rates. If not the police, who would you trust? Who doesn’t have a dog in this fight?

    L

  9. Tim Ellis 9

    Serious violent offending has risen. Armstrong just doesn’t spin a story in the direction you would like it to lead, SP.

  10. Lew 10

    Tim: Serious violent offending has risen.

    No, reported serious violent offending has risen. If you want to argue that it’s not for the reasons the Police claim (higher awareness, better responsiveness, etc), then it’s incumbent upon you to demonstrate why the police are wrong. JBC has started, and it’s certainly an arguable case. So argue it.

    L

  11. Jimbo 11

    Lew,

    I don’t understand why you’re so excited about the “reported” aspect. So what? Even if you’re right that the stats only show a greater level of “reported” crime, why are you so happy about it?

    “Reported” crime being up ALSO means that the problem is BIGGER that we previously thought and needs additional measures to deal with it. Or is my simplistic mind missing something?

    (As an aside – how do you know that the “unreported” element has not also increased, in real terms? Let’s face it, saying that 40% of domestic violence (or whatever) now gets reported is total guesswork – by definition no-one knows how many “unreported” incidents there are!)

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    I don’t understand why you’re so excited about the “reported’ aspect. So what?

    I was going to answer this but you answered it yourself in the last paragraph. Which just shows that you’re not ignorant of the facts but that you don’t want to believe them.

    In answer to your last question in your last paragraph – statistics. You go out and you make surveys and then extrapolate those results to the rest of the population using a process known as statistical analysis. It’s not perfectly accurate but it’s not far off and it’s certainly better than nothing.

  13. Rex Widerstrom 13

    BLiP:

    The trouble with mediamatters.org lies within its mission statement:

    …systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation… [my emphasis]

    There’s something not quite credible about pointing out bias in the media from a position of… well, bias. I’m not denying Media Matters does a good job – but it only does half of one.

    If someone, of any political persuasion, truly believes that the media need to be held to account for inaccuracy then they should have the integrity to do so even when the correction disadvantages their “side”.

    And besides, imagine a “Media Matters” run by commenters who contribute regularly here, for instance. The standard of proof required to get everyone to agree that a correction be issued would be so high, its accuracy would be unquestionable 😀

  14. Rex Widerstrom 14

    Lew points out:

    Yes, the age-old conundrum of how to measure crime rates. If not the police, who would you trust? Who doesn’t have a dog in this fight?

    Like jbc I don’t trust the Police’s statistics. That’s because I have personal experience (as a journo) of one district under reporting violent crime so as to make their clean-up rates look better. They’ll massage them to tell whatever story is most advantageous at the time: Copping a bit of flak? Reduce the stats and we look effective. Want more power? Increase them and we’ll get it to fight “growing lawlessness”.

    Just like unemployment figures based on WINZ’s criteria are unreliable, so most people use the Household Labour Force Survey as a measure. Statistics NZ doesn’t have a dog in any fight.

    It would be a simple matter for the data collection instruments already used by Statistics to collect a variety of information to have added to them some questions about crime.

    Have you been a victim? What sort of crime? Did you report it? would give us vastly better data than we get from the Police, and more questions would of course allow even better analysis.

    So why don’t we?

    Because that would help end the “law and order auction” that – despite recent calls for it to end – neither National nor Labour are willing to stop in their chase for the fear vote.

  15. jimbo. the issues around crime stats have been covered and re-covered, see our archives.

    what lew says is what the experts say, and i tend to believe them (if their arguments make sense) rather than people trying to make reality justify their iedology.

  16. Lew 16

    Jimbo: I don’t understand why you’re so excited about the “reported’ aspect. So what? Even if you’re right that the stats only show a greater level of “reported’ crime, why are you so happy about it?

    Oh, no, I’m not happy – I just think it’s important to understand the difference between the two things. All statements like `crime is up’ and `crime is down’ are actually based on evidence which says something else. How the evidence becomes the statement is a matter of explanation – or you might call it `spin’. Certainly the police have a motive to make reported crime look higher as a result of their actions while arguing that the actual crime rate stays the same or drops, just as other groups have motives to explain it in other ways.

    So I’m arguing that if the police say reported crime is up due to higher reporting rates, then that’s a good thing – IF you believe the police rationale. If you don’t, there’s an onus on your to provide an alternative (more credible) rationale. This is by no means impossible – depending on the numbers in question it might even be easy – it can’t just be stated blankly as fact without any supporting evidence as Tim has. The police, for all they have a reason to make themselves good, do a huge amount of work with crime figures, and are subject to a whole lot of oversight on matters like this. That lends them credibility.

    “Reported’ crime being up ALSO means that the problem is BIGGER that we previously thought and needs additional measures to deal with it. Or is my simplistic mind missing something?

    Well, it means the problem is bigger IF we previously presumed that we knew the full extent of the problem. Agencies who deal with crime statistics on a habitual basis tend to be extremely cautious about presuming such things. Technically, reporting rates are best understood as a lower bound.

    L

  17. BLiP 17

    Lew and Rex

    Yep – fair enough, lads. I concede, Media Matters is biased and probably not a good model for a credible check on the NZ MSM. A bi-partisan approach would be best.

    I wonder where it comes from that the left feels just as agrieved with apparent MSM bias as the right. In some ways I think the MSM is trying to have its cake and eat it as well – attempting fairness but actually annoying everyone.

    I dunno. Now, where did I put my thinking cap . . .

  18. Lew 18

    Rex: Good, you proved my point – a case, if somewhat conspiratorial, against the police explanation.

    Yes, I agree that there are better ways and more credible authorities – university criminologists, for instance, do a great deal of research in the way that you describe. As to why we don’t do more – I guess (I don’t know) it’s for logistical reasons. It’s incredibly time-consuming and expensive to conduct research of this type, and methodologically more complex than you make it seem. There are also political problems with entrusting this sort of things to `leftist academics’, which in the context of the law and order auction are non-trivial. However I agree that that’s what we need more of.

    L

  19. Lew 19

    BLiP: The Center for Public Integrity isn’t quite what you seek (it deals in original long-term in-depth investigative journalism, not tactical fact-checking), but it’s a useful organisational model in principle.

    L

  20. BLiP 20

    Jimbo Said

    ” . . . I don’t understand why you’re so excited about the “reported’ aspect. So what? . . . ”

    As I understand it, the events leading up to and including the shooting on Western motorway, for example, would have been reported by heaps of people – the way the police gather their statistics, each report is counted so you get a situation where one event attracts mulltiple reports so, hey presto, “rising crime statistics”.

    Further clouding the data are, for example, the advertisements encouraing greater community action in the quest to eliminate domestic violence. In the past a “domestic” would have gone largely unreported but nowadays, I understand, there could be three or four reports for the same incident.

    I like the idea of putting the collection of crime data into the hands of the professionals at the Department of Statistics (is this the only “Department” left in government these days?) who have nothing to gain from providing anything other than accuracy.

  21. Jimbo 21

    Lew,

    I’m not sure why the onus should be on the public to prove or disprove anything about the crime stats – you’ve said that a couple of times in your posts above. It’s the people who run the “reported” line (i.e. police, etc) that need to do the justifying, surely?

    Step 1: Crime figures come up, and show larger number of convictions, investigations, etc.

    Step 2: Police (or whoever) says “Don’t worry, actually only “reported” crime is up” (and actual crime has fallen?)…

    Step 3: I say “How do you know that? What methods are you using the work out the etimated “unreported” crime figures? Isn’t this total guesswork since “unreported” crime is, by defintiion, something we don’t know about.”

    Step 4: ???

    The crime stats are of course not a perfect measure. But they ARE the measure we have and they DO show an increase in (reported) crime. If, however, the police believe that crime is in fact FALLING because unreported crime is falling (something that is pure hypothesis), surely they’re the ones who have to prove it…?!

    How does the Police estimate the “unreported” crime, and what makes them think that this sub-set of crime is now smaller than it used to be?

  22. Jimbo 22

    BLiP – that’s crazy if one crime gets counted multiple times. Certainly should be changed if that’s the way they currently do it. Agree with your suggestion that Dept of Statistics should collect (or at least audit) the stats.

  23. Lew 23

    Jimbo: I’m not sure why the onus should be on the public to prove or disprove anything about the crime stats – you’ve said that a couple of times in your posts above. It’s the people who run the “reported’ line (i.e. police, etc) that need to do the justifying, surely?

    On their own, those figures don’t tell us very much – methodologically speaking, you can’t validly look at an increase in reported crime and assume that there’s been a commensurate increase in committed crime; there are a lot of other factors in play. There are a bunch of possible explanations for the change, and `crime has gone up’ is certainly one. In a way it’s like assuming from a 10% increase in vehicle traffic that the price of fuel decreased by 10% – there’s probably a link between the two figures, but it can’t be relied upon without further evidence.

    In any case, the Police do justify their arguments. You can disbelieve or query or argue the toss, but fundamentally if you aim to discard their explanation, then without an explanation of your own you’re saying nothing more than `I reckon …’, and that’s noise, not signal.

    BLiP’s also right – there are a lot of methodological problems in play. Yeah, they’re the figures we have, but rather than just pretending their imperfections don’t exist, it’s best to try to mitigate against those imperfections.

    L

  24. Lew 24

    I should add that while the police do justify their arguments, they also trade heavily on their credibility as the police force – which isn’t ironclad.

    L

  25. Rex Widerstrom 25

    Perhaps those here who deal more in statistics than do I could comment on whether a “snapshot” would be of much use. Like, for instance, a section on crime in the Census.

    While not perfect, would this not allow us to do two things:

    1. Compare the accuracy of other statistical measures, most notably those of the Police; and

    2. Track change across the entire populace over time, albeit a very intermittent sample rates.

    The only cost I can see in this – which I’m in no way offering as a perfect solution – would be in a bit more analysis and reporting, which surely wouldn’t be huge?

  26. Jimbo 26

    Lew,

    You raise some fair points, but I think you overstate the “vagueness” of the figures.
    It’s not at all like your “10% increase in traffice MIGHT lead to 10% decrease in fuel”. The stats we’re talking about are direct stats about the point at issue. Police are asking us to read/interpret those stats with reference to another factor (unreported crime) for which they cannot give us any information at all…!

    When most people think of crime rates, they think “how many times have the police had to deal with a crime?”. The Police obviously have stats on this, and that’s what gets reported to the public at large.

    There is no possible way to track every crime committed in NZ – surely looking at how many the primary crime-enforcing government agency deals with is a pretty meaningful proxy?

    What we’re now being told (and what Steve said in the original posting) is that “any journalist with a modicum of professionalism KNOWS” [emphasis added] crime is falling.

    If the stats show an increase, but we’re supposed to read that as an overall fall, then unless I’m missing something the police should really be proving to us why they reckon “unreported crime” has dropped by a greater factor than the increase in reported crime.

  27. Lew 27

    Jimbo: You raise some fair points, but I think you overstate the “vagueness’ of the figures […] Police are asking us to read/interpret those stats with reference to another factor (unreported crime) for which they cannot give us any information at all !

    Yeah, it comes down to a judgement call, and it’s a very complicated multivariate problem. Your argument is logically valid – you can’t count what you can’t know. But I’m inclined to believe the police on this one because the thing about the It’s Not Ok campaign is that the police will have been consulted on and planned in advance for its launch, and will have (reasonably, because the effects of media campaigns are somewhat predictable) been expecting an increase. When they got the sort of increase they expected, it makes sense to call that a correlation. Unless there were other factors which might have themselves led to an increase in the incidence of (rather than the reporting of) violent crime (in particular domestic violence), then I’d say it’s a fairly strong case regardless. Weaker cases are accepted all the time, absent a better explanation.

    For what it’s worth, crime reportage is a pretty good (and pretty standard) measure of a community’s confidence in a police force; a better measure of that, I would argue, than of crime incidence (though they’re dependent variables). Suppose a government starved the police of resources such that they couldn’t respond to some crimes: people would stop bothering to report them. You’re arguing that since the police have been involved in a campaign which improves awareness of certain crimes, and improves their ability to respond to them, that the incidence of those crimes has increased. Does it therefore follow that if a police force became less competent or trusted and crime reportage went down, you’d argue that the incidence of crime had likewise decreased?

    I work with vague figures on a day-to-day basis (I sometimes, facetiously, refer to my business unit as the Department of Meaningless Numbers) and I’m generally pretty cagey about anything where a correlation isn’t pretty clear; I believe that conservative assumptions about data minimise rash responses. Notwithstanding Rex and jbc’s objections, it seems to me a less-rash assumption that the police know what they’re doing with their statistics than that every extra reported crime means an extra crime committed.

    But it’s something about which reasonable people can disagree.

    L

  28. jbc 28

    Lew, “Who doesn’t have a dog in this fight?”

    [excuse the huge pause – I hadn’t meant to do a “hit and run” comment – lots of interesting and good points on this diversion from SP’s post]

    Much has been said on this and from my own point of view I’m more interested in the honest reality than any particular angle. More than that, I hope that whatever is presented in the media is the honest reality. That “rising tide of Asian crime” article a couple of years back really was a low point – because it was clearly untrue.

    In this case I’m not sure if “rising tide of crime” is accurate – but then I’m equally unsure that crime is decreasing as some would like us to believe. I think we have no option but to trust the police numbers .

    One plausible explanation for the overall decrease in reported crime is that there is increased apathy in reporting minor dishonesty and property crimes. Certainly not a stretch to believe that.

    During the 1990’s my house was burgled twice, my car was broken into several times, stolen once, neighbour assaulted (detectives woke me up with a knock on the front door), and I witnessed an assault on a taxi driver in the city (I called the police and stood by the taxi until they arrived – they were fantastic). The last year before I left NZ my house was tagged once per month on average. All of this in sunny Pt Chev.

    All but the tagging was reported to police. The latter I handled myself (with industrial solvents, gloves and a wire brush) because:
    a) didn’t want to waste police time.
    b) unlikely that it would resolve the problem.

    Based on my own experience I wouldn’t call police for minor crime unless it was required for an insurance claim that was worthwhile making. Police roaming the house at night leaving fingerprint powder everywhere is just not worth the hassle. [yes, in the 1990’s police actually visited on the night of the burglary]

    Earlier today I looked at the police stats and dug a little deeper with the same stats on the statistics.govt website. Fiscal years 98/99 – 07/08. Total violent crime rate rose from 105 per 10,000 to 138 per 10,000 population. About a 30% increase.

    Increased reporting of domestic violence? Perhaps – that’s one category of violent crime that I can understand being kept silent. The thing that gets me is that this increase is spread quite broadly: robbery, grievous bodily harm, etc. It just leaves me a little skeptical of the “increased reporting” line. Why wouldn’t you report a robbery in 1999?

    Perhaps I’m just getting suspicious and over-skeptical as the years tick by – although I think I’ve always been suspicious of people wielding graphs with a vested interest in the numbers.

  29. Draco T Bastard 29

    Police are asking us to read/interpret those stats with reference to another factor (unreported crime) for which they cannot give us any information at all !

    http://www.courts.govt.nz/media/fact-5-3-april-2006.pdf

    They carry out surveys and have a reasonable account of how much crime actually happens in the community. Reported crime does not equal the actual crime rate – It will be less. So, when the number of crimes reported goes up and the surveys say that the amount of crime in the community stays the same or goes down then the police can say that the reported crime has gone up but crime has stayed the same or gone down. They actually do have the numbers to back up what they say.

    But it’s something about which reasonable people can disagree.

    No there isn’t. They could argue methodology and numbers but the overall result will be the same.

  30. jbc 30

    DTB: “They carry out surveys and have a reasonable account of how much crime actually happens in the community”

    Courts know about unreported crime? Hows that?

    But I couldn’t find that from your link. Digging further on that survey gave me this:

    New Zealand Crime & Safety Survey 2006 (NZCASS)
    Key Findings report

    News media fact sheet 1: Responding to crime trends

    1. Is crime going up, down, or staying the same?

    The NZCASS cannot provide a definitive answer in respect to all forms of crime. This is due to significant methodological changes in the survey design from the two previous surveys (the NZ National Survey of Crime Victims) in 1996 and 2001.

    and this:

    2. Why can’t you say what the crime rate is?

    The survey cannot say what the crime rate is because it does not cover all the crimes that occur.[…]
    At the same time, police figures do not tell us what the crime rate is either. The Police only record offences reported to them.

    Which doesn’t actually shed much illumination on the comments above. It’s a light with a broken filament… and flat batteries 🙁

  31. Lew 31

    jbc: In this case I’m not sure if “rising tide of crime’ is accurate – but then I’m equally unsure that crime is decreasing as some would like us to believe. I think we have no option but to trust the police numbers .

    This is almost my argument – qualified by the idea that if anyone is more credible or has a more sound explanation, let them come forth.

    Perhaps I’m just getting suspicious and over-skeptical as the years tick by – although I think I’ve always been suspicious of people wielding graphs with a vested interest in the numbers.

    That’s not over-skeptical, that’s prudent.

    The NZCASS cannot provide a definitive answer in respect to all forms of crime. This is due to significant methodological changes in the survey design from the two previous surveys (the NZ National Survey of Crime Victims) in 1996 and 2001

    Yes, this is a problem with regard to long-term crime statistics – when you change or improve or tune your methodology, results are often no longer comparable.

    DTB: They could argue methodology and numbers but the overall result will be the same.

    In cases like this, there is no `right’ answer upon which we can agree. Methodology determines results to a large extent.

    Jimbo and I disagree over points of methodological validity and interpretation – I accept that his arguments are valid, he seems to assume that at least some of mine are valid, though we both prefer our own. That’s the definition of reasonable people differing.

    L

  32. Draco T Bastard 32

    But I couldn’t find that from your link.

    I used that link more as an example. It was late (early?) and I should have been clearer.

    The point is surveys are taken. From those surveys you can extrapolate out what the general crime rate is and compare with reported crime. If reported crime goes up but the general crime rate as determined through surveys stays the same then there’s only one conclusion.

    Courts know about unreported crime? Hows that?

    By taking surveys. Here’s the link to the full report.

    It measures the amount of crime in New Zealand in 2005 by asking people directly about crimes they have experienced. The survey includes crimes not reported to the Police, so it is an important complement to Police records.

    The new survey leaves out a few crimes but I’m sure the police and the courts would have access to those statistics as well.

    The NZCASS covers reported and unreported personal and household crime experienced by those aged 15 years or over, but not commercial crime, crimes against people living in institutions, nor ‘victimless’ crimes such as drug and alcohol offences. It involves a survey of 5,416 people. The data relates to the 2005 year.

    Collate all that data from police and courts and you will end up with reasonably accurate crime statistics.

  33. Lew 33

    DTB: If that indeed gives us `reasonably accrate crime statistics’, then you’ve just solved one of the fundamental problems in the discipline of criminology and the sociology of deviance!

    The trouble is that, while multiple sources and types of data certainly result in more information and can indeed result in better information, they only rarely result in more accurate information without very careful handling. Collating and correlating information from diverse sources is methodologically far from trivial, as you make it seem. In principle, what you describe is fine. Practice is somewhat different.

    L

  34. Draco T Bastard 34

    If that indeed gives us `reasonably accrate crime statistics’, then you’ve just solved one of the fundamental problems in the discipline of criminology and the sociology of deviance!

    I didn’t suggest the needed questions or what their weighting would be so, therefore, I can’t have done that.

    I didn’t imply that it would be easy either – that’s you reading into what’s written that which is not there. My implication was that the collation was needed for better understanding.

    Even then it doesn’t remove the fact that the data does exist, contrary to some claims, and it’s on this data that the police claims are being made. So far I haven’t seen anyone bring up anything to counter the police data or it’s interpretation.

  35. Lew 35

    DTB: Yeah, we mostly agree.

    So far I haven’t seen anyone bring up anything to counter the police data or it’s interpretation.

    Nor I. Except Rex, who doesn’t offer an alternative.

    L

  36. Rex Widerstrom 36

    Sorry for the huge delay in responding and I guess no one will read this now. Bugger.

    With respect Lew I’ve offered two alternatives, perhaps not very clearly though:

    1. A dedicated survey similar to the Household Labour Force Survey. The Household Crime Experience Survey, if you will… a weighted sample of households asked about their experience of crime.

    2. An add-on section in the Census (not great, but a measure against which Police stats could be compared over time or correlation or lack thereof). About the only advantage over the HCES idea I can see would be lower cost.

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    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    2 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    4 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    4 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    4 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    5 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    6 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

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