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It’s a new political world

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 1st, 2017 - 76 comments
Categories: election 2017, jacinda ardern, labour, leadership, polls - Tags: , , , , ,

Unless you spent last night in a tent in the mountains (I wish…) you already know the news: Labour rockets ahead of National in stunning Colmar Brunton Poll result

This is Labour’s highest level of support (in this poll) since 2006, and National’s lowest since 2005. Ardern leads English as preferred PM 34% to 33%.

A month ago in this poll Labour was on 24%, now 43%. That is is the largest short-term polling shift in NZ political history (the Nats’ boost after Brash’s Orewa speech was only 17% over 3 months).

It’s only one poll and Jacinda Ardern is right to be cautious:

After the debate, both English and Ardern said the poll did not tally with their own internal polls and neither were taking it as gospel.

Ardern said the poll was “a surprise” but she was not taking anything for granted given the polls could change so quickly.

“It did surprise me. So at the moment I don’t want to rely on any one poll because ultimately there’s only one that counts, and they’re so changeable at the moment that probably both of us are going to make sure we keep campaigning hard and don’t take anything for granted.”

All true, we’re in the fight of our lives. But none the less, the psychological impact of a poll putting Labour ahead is huge. It’s a new political world in which anything is possible.


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76 comments on “It’s a new political world”

  1. lurgee 1

    No, we don’t. It’s the same vacuous, image driven world that it was before. If anything, it’s worse than before.

    It’s a sad testament to how shallow our political culture is that replacing a few dour blokes with a sparkly young thing gives you a ten point boost.

    Suggests that policy and ideology and even any sort of strategy beyond having an attractive front of shop is pointless.

    Also, bear in mind, what comes up must come down. The media will have hatchets ready. Expect “Has Ardern’s Bubble Burst?” and “Polls Drop As Voters Face Choice” headlines at the first dip in the polls.

    • DSpare 1.2

      lurgee
      A 37 year old woman with a nine years experience as an MP is not a; “sparkly young thing”. But you are clearly a repulsive old toad.

      • lurgee 1.2.1

        Odd, age and lack of appeal is often brought up when talking about National politicians.

        Ardern is younger than her opponent and the leader she replaced, and generally considered to be more energetic, optimistic and charismatic than them.

        What do you base her appeal on if not youth, energy and charisma? Certainly isn’t policy as there isn’t much to separate Little’s Labour from Ardern’s.

        • DSpare 1.2.1.1

          lurgee

          Ardern is younger than her opponent and the leader she replaced, and generally considered to be more energetic, optimistic and charismatic than them.

          I wouldn’t disagree with any of that. What I do have a problem with is you patronisingly referring to 37year old woman (or any person) as a thing – which is literally an act of objectification. If I base her appeal on anything, it is on her caucus not obstructing her (unlike other leaders who had been resented because of their election by members & affiliates representing a loss in MP power). Also her being in a honeymoon period while the Nats PR team work up functional attack lines (the ones laboriously constructed against Little; such as “Angry Andy”, being now redundant).

          This is the last example I can think of someone calling another a; “pretty thing”. He got away with it because it was clearly fictional, and even in the 1970s humorously anachronistic. In 2017 it is out of place as; “Zounds ye blaggard! Hie thee to a nunnery.”.

          • lurgee 1.2.1.1.1

            I wouldn’t disagree with any of that. What I do have a problem with is you patronisingly referring to 37year old woman (or any person) as a thing – which is literally an act of objectification.

            Oh, for Goodness sake.

            I was trying to highlight the vacuity of our political culture, the way people have been attracted to Ardern like magpies to a bright shiny object. I am not commenting on her per se but on us.

            We (the punters out in punter land) don’t see her as someone who is attractive because she has a well thought out collection of policies but because she has the advantage of a few zeitgeisty attributes that make her more superficially appealing than her male, pale stale opponent, and predecessor.

            Or can we not use that term any more because, you know, it’s not on to compare blokes to bread?

            While we’re at it, Bill English got called a rock the other day. Can’t get much more objecty than that. Did you get outraged on his behalf?

            • DSpare 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Do people often compare blokes to bread? Oh right; “stale” rhyming with male (as you did in the previous paragraph). Lots of other things than bread can go stale – cake, beer, causal objectification of a person as a; “thing”, the phrase; “for goodness sake”.

              As regards English being called a rock, I find it hard to be interested enough in what Davis has to say to be offended. It seemed to be a bit of an old goal rhetorically speaking, because the metaphor has both positive and negative connotations. Not offensive, because it did have meaning beside reducing a person to an object. Similarly, I think I don’t think that you are literally; a dryskinned poisonous amphibian, just that your words are equally repulsive.

    • NewsFlash 1.3

      Just a quick reminder of how out of touch Bill is, he stated that housing is more affordable now than it was in 2008, you actually don’t even require any intellect at all to KNOW this is straight up BS, also Bill trying to seduce the electorate by providing unaffordable TAX cuts.

      When Bill stops treating the punters like they have just come down in the last shower, he may gain some respect, but don’t see that happening any time soon.

      I don’t like Hosking, but he did punch Bill in the nose last night, and Bill had no answer, except to try and portray Labour policies from his bias view point, just another failure from him.

      Even Audrey Young thinks Bills doomed, 9 long years of nothing.

  2. lurgee 2

    It is worth noting that for the first time Labour seems to have taken a definite bite out of National’s support. I suppose there must be a few Nats who – in spite of being caricatured as hateful, dim, greedy and heartless – must be willing to switch.

    Perhaps they can see what some on the left are slow to recognise …

    • eco Maori/kiwi 2.1

      It’s good to see the pollsters are showing the real results of there polls .
      As most pictures don’t lie so they have to show thee realty of what the public think.

      • lurgee 2.1.1

        Do you really, truly think polling companies would jeopardise their reputations falsifying results?

        And if you do believe that, why have they suddenly stopped?

        As always, everything that suits the narrative is true, everything that doesn’t is false.

  3. philj 3

    Will the Public Service get in behind a struggling National Party in its time of need? Come on TVNZ, RNZ you can do it!

  4. Crashcart 4

    Of course I fully expect all the media stories about how Bill is not fit to lead and how he should step down after this disastrous poll result. Yea right. If this was a left leader the knives would be sharpened and they would be baying for blood.

    • Muttonbird 4.1

      There’ll be some questions but you’re right, it won’t be a full court press like with Little and Turei.

      • Robert Guyton 4.1.1

        Does Judith Collins have laryngitis?

      • lurgee 4.1.2

        The right wing ACTish wing of National will turn on English if he loses, like they did in 2002. They’ll probably turn on him anyway, if he does win; they might just wait a little bit longer. The media will follow their lead. They like a good knifing.

  5. Unicus 5

    Little’s Labour Party created the message for which Jacinda is the messianic messenger- The Tories have been caught in a perfect Storm and stranded on a reef of their own deceptions

  6. North 6

    Yes you’re right of course Lurgee. Nothing has changed indeed it may even be worse, as you say , without saying how. But anyway this business of Labour on 43 and National on 41. No no no…… nothing afoot.

    Excellent spotting there Lurgee ! In fact I agree with you so much Lurgee that for myself I’m just not prepared to accept an outcome of a bright young thing over a few dour blokes. I mean that’s all it’s about really, as you perspicaciously identify.

    • lurgee 6.1

      If it isn’t Ardern’s youth, energy and optimism driving the poll surge, what is it?

      What awesome policy have they released that has brought about this change?

      Crikey, I know how Denis Healey felt now!

  7. xanthe 7

    Yay Paula Bennet for PM!

  8. silvertuatara 8

    Barry Soper…..possibly fighting to influence his ongoing relevance past 23/9/17 perhaps?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11915024

  9. Robert Guyton 9

    National’s only hope now is a populace-frightening disaster; earthquake or terrorist attack, real or imagined. Even something in Australia would do the trick.
    Edit: just seen xanthe’s comment above – not that disastrous, pleeeease!

  10. Bearded Git 10

    Really the poll everyone should be talking about is Lab/Gr 48 Nats 41.

    • alwyn 10.1

      That is certainly the number that Winston Peters will be looking at.
      I expect Winston to take a distinct shift left in who becomes the target of his attacks.

      His sole interest in the election is to see that neither major party can form a Government without his support. That is why he has been going so hard at National. He was having to cater for the quite likely outcome, as of a couple of weeks ago, that the Greens will not be in the next Parliament and that National, on as little as 44% could have formed a coalition Government without him.
      Now he will realise that, in the unlikely situation that the Green Party get back, Labour might be able to dispense with New Zealand First.

      He has never been someone to ignore unpleasant, for him, news.
      He will, in my opinion go into an attack mode against both Labour and the Green Party. If he can ensure that the Green Party are knocked out of the house, and hold the Labour vote to a similar number to National he will remain the King maker, and can guarantee his own access to the baubles of office. He won’t be taking any risks on the Green Party sneaking back in and he really won’t want Labour getting any stronger.

      Do you think that sounds cynical? Not really. It simply recognises that this is the way that Winston plays the game. He really doesn’t care who runs the country as long as he can enjoy the spoils.

  11. DSpare 11

    It is good that Ardern is not relying too heavily on this poll. In fact, there was a statement she made on becoming Labour leader that impressed me (though I couldn’t find a link on a quick google), something on the lines of; “votes belong to the voters, and political parties shouldn’t take them for granted”.

    Anyway, the psychological impact of this poll is greater than its statistical significance. The results aren’t really any different to the; CB poll conducted 12-16 August, though they certainly are from that of the; 22-27 July CB (assuming a 3.3 % margin of error).

    The OP states; “A month ago in this poll Labour was on 24%, now 43%. That is is the largest short-term polling shift in NZ political history”, which I think means the story is more in; polls being as much tools to manipulate reality as much as reflect it , than in the reversal of Labour’s fortunes.

    This is the first countrywide poll of the election season (writ day was the 23rd of August). Despite this being good news for those opposed to the current regime, I think it provides more evidence of how polling distracts from reporting of; policy, and public interactions by politicians, in the media. Thus reinforcing the need for a moratorium on the publication of polling by any media (even if “leaked”), during the election period.

  12. bwaghorn 12

    he he bills had his finger in the dyke since key left , now the dams burst and a landslide is sweeping him away

  13. DSpare 14

    Hey – top story on the Guardian (International edition) website:

    Ardern took control of the party on 1 August with Labour at an all-time low in the polls and has almost single-handedly reignited its chances of forming the next government… Ardern and English met in a leaders’ debate on Thursday in which English was asked in the opening question: “Bill, why are you losing?”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/31/jacinda-ardern-lifts-labour-into-poll-lead-in-new-zealand-election

  14. ianmac 15

    Horizon Poll just out:
    “Jacinda Ardern has a 6% lead over Bill English as preferred Prime Minister among definite voters.

    Among the 860 adult respondents who are both registered to vote and 100% likely to vote, Ardern leads English by 43% to 37%.
    https://horizonpoll.co.nz/page/475/ardern-preferred-prime-minister-with-6-lead?gtid=0329475090128OOG

  15. ianmac 16

    Some people wonder if Polls lead voters rather than follow voters. It was said that 24% for Labour painted them as loosers so people would vote accordingly.

    But if that is so a high poll for Labour could have a an effect in the positive way. “Wow! Winners lets join ’em!” Reckon?

    • garibaldi 16.1

      There is truth in that ianmac. Just shows how shallow NZer’s are.

    • swordfish 16.2

      The idea that Polls are self-fulfilling / natural for people to back winners / voters rally to apparent majority opinion is usually called = the ‘bandwagon’ thesis / effect in political science.

      Just one of a number of rival theories on the influence of opinion polls. The polar opposite is the ‘underdog’ effect. There’s also, of course, the argument that poll results can encourage strategic voting.

  16. Scotty 17

    Haven’t heard from Josie Pagani or Phil Quinn for a while .

  17. Bill 18

    Nothing ‘new’ under the Liberal sun. But that aside…

    know what likely happens with those poll numbers if they are in line with Sept 23? (Lab 43, NZF 8)

    Ardern phones Shaw as promised. The conversation is kinda short. It goes something like – “Yeah….nah”

    She much more than hinted as such at the beginning of that debate last night, and has form (as does the party) when it comes to throwing green things under buses.

    Anyway. NZ Labour will lead the next government. There will be a period of blinkered rejoicing among tribal members and then….well, soon enough it ends in tears.

    • weka 18.1

      Remember what happened to Peters when he strongly implied that he would go with Labour and then went with National? Lots of seriously pissed off LW voters if Ardern chose Peters over Greens if she didn’t have to.

      But yeah, party vote Green still needs to happen majorly to get any kind of progressive govt.

    • Ad 18.2

      The Greens, should they get back into Parliament, are owed nothing.
      Nothing.

      Nor is any party.

      The Greens campaign in this contest has been shit.
      If they are invited to form a government, Ardern, should she be in that position, has made it clear that she will honour her Party’s commitments to the Greens.

      A wise Green candidate right now will be worrying less about what cabinet position they might get in the future government, and more on their very political survival.

      The track record of Labour is that they tend to change things.
      Tears are expected.

      • weka 18.2.1

        Except there is the MoU. So unless the Greens don’t make it into parliament, or unless the numbers prevent Labour from doing so, there is an agreement that Labour and the Greens will form a govt together. That’s the whole point (that some seem to have missed)

        This is been a consistent message for the past year, it was an intentional strategy, and it has been communicated openly to the electorate. If instead Labour chose NZF over the Greens when they didn’t have to there would be hell to pay.

        I think what you are saying is that you are ok with a L/NZF govt. But lots of people on the left, most I would guess, want a progressive govt instead and that will only happen with the Greens in there.

        • Ad 18.2.1.1

          “Ardern, should she be in that position, has made it clear that she will honour her party’s commitments to the Greens.”
          Just learn to read Weka.

          What I am ok with is a Labour-led government.
          Consistent indications are that, should a Labour-led government form, the minor parties will have a minor role because of how they have performed. Unless there is a very unlikely late break for them.

          A Labour-led government will be a progressive government. That’s according to the leader and to their policies.

          The rest is up to Green supporters’ responsibility, not anyone else’s.

        • Bill 18.2.1.2

          Working together to “change the government” is not the same thing as working together to “be the government”.

          And the MoU states as it’s “purpose” as being merely –

          “…to work cooperatively to change the government at the 2017 election”

          That’s simply an intention to work together to ensure the National party falls short and definitely doesn’t preclude a sympathy/thankyou card being flung into the post.

          • Ad 18.2.1.2.1

            Exactly.

            There is no sympathy in elections.

            Only performance.

          • weka 18.2.1.2.2

            From the MoU,

            lt is our intent to build on this agreement so as to offer New Zealanders the basis of a stable, credible and progressive alternative government at the 2017 General Election.

            By changing the government, they not simply talking about getting rid of National. They’re also talking about a L/G coalition. That’s the point of the MoU, and it’s why Ardern has been stating this recently.

            I guess you could try and argue that L/NZF offers a stable, credible and progressive govt, but you’d be hard pressed, and you’d still miss the spirit of the MoU.

            The MoU doesn’t imply ‘merely’, and it’s better to read the whole thing and take it in the context of the actual relationship between the two parties and what they themselves say about it.

            • Karen 18.2.1.2.2.1

              +1 Weka
              I think the thing that many are missing is that the policies of the Labour Party and the Green Party are very similar in many respects and that this is the reason that the Green Party is the preferred coalition party for Labour and is also the reason they signed the MOU in the first place.

              It also should be noted that James Shaw and Jacinda Ardern have known each other for over a decade, and that James and Grant Robertson are good friends.

              • weka

                Agreed. It’s the relationship between the two parties that is often missed I think. Understandable in an environment where that isn’t valued. Which isn’t to say that Labour won’t do what they need to to form a stable govt, but I don’t see them trashing the relationship either.

            • Bill 18.2.1.2.2.2

              I did read the entire doc.

              And the document is about campaigning more effectively against an incumbent government, not about building or cementing a specific coalition that will constitute the replacement government.

              The room exists for NZ Labour to throw the Green Party under a bus, and if the numbers for NZF + NZ Labour add up to government and Peters states he will not work in a government that includes the Greens, then the Greens are on the tarmac.

              • weka

                The MoU is about relationship. I haven’t said it’s about cementing a specific coalition, they didn’t do that for obvious reasons (they can’t predict the result, they wanted the freedom to campaign independently).

                “The room exists for NZ Labour to throw the Green Party under a bus, and if the numbers for NZF + NZ Labour add up to government and Peters states he will not work in a government that includes the Greens, then the Greens are on the tarmac.”

                Or, Labour work with the parties involved and for a progressive govt. If you’re suggesting that Peters is capable of blackmailing them, that’a a given. It’s not inevitable though.

    • NewsFlash 18.3

      She stated that Labour had an MOU with the Greens and that she would stand by it, why do you read crap into it that isn’t there?

      What Weka say’s about NZF is true, they can’t trusted, and not everyone has a very short memory.

      I’m still confident that the Greens can lift back to their long term avg of 8%, still time to achieve that, just remain positive!!

      • Bill 18.3.1

        Where does it say in the MoU that the government will be comprised of the Green Party and NZ Labour? There is nothing to that effect within the document.

        Ardern will honour the MoU.

        • weka 18.3.1.1

          I’ve just commented up thread. It’s clear in the document that that is what Labour and the Greens want and intend, but obviously they can’t preempt the voters or election result. But both parties have consistently acted as if this is what the agreement is about.

          • Carolyn_nth 18.3.1.1.1

            I think the Green Party have treated the MOU as an agreement that will lead to a Labour-Green government more than Labour. I also seem to recall some talk at the time of the MOU, that it was an agreement hurriedly forged by the left wings of both Labour and the GP.

            In her talk last night, I’m pretty sure Turei said she worked on the MOU.

            With the change in leadership for both parties, I suspect there’s been some re-assessment of what will happen between Labour and the GP after the election – especially by Team Ardern.

            I suspect that Team Ardern recognise the need to continue with the MOU up til the election, but after that, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

            The only solution is too achieve a strong vote for the GP, and thus a significant number of GP MPs in the coming term.

            • weka 18.3.1.1.1.1

              “The only solution is too achieve a strong vote for the GP, and thus a significant number of GP MPs in the coming term.”

              Yes, and we’ve got 23 days to get this message out there. Committed LW voters in particular need to pay attention. It’s no longer a National vs Labour election, it’s a progressive vs centrist one and that to get a progressive govt some of them will have to vote Green.

            • Karen 18.3.1.1.1.2

              The MOU was developed over a year and was not hurriedly put together at all. It was something that had wide support from members of the Labour Party for a very long time. Both the leaders of the Green Party took part in the discussions with Andrew Little and various front bench Labour MPs over many months.

              I’m not sure what you mean by “Team Ardern” but I disagree strongly with the suggestion that Jacinda does not prefer a coalition with the Green Party over NZF.

              However, I do agree that having a strong Green Party is essential to having a progressive, left wing government. There are some very good candidates on the Green Party list who will make excellent government MPs.

              • Carolyn_nth

                My memory is that the MOU was suddenly rushed out in public, without preparing the media. It may have been worked on for a while, but the publishing of it seemed like the PR preparation had been hastily thrown together for some reason.

                Team Ardern includes a strong role being played by Grant Robertson. He is part of the right wing faction in Labour that strongly resisted members getting a vote on the leader. That faction consistently white anted to the media against other leaders like David Cunliffe. That, and Ardern’s haste in distancing herself from Turei, mean I am suspicious of where Team Ardern are coming from.

                I do not think all of the Labour (or all of the GP for that matter) are of a like mind. And judging by some comments on TS from some LP supporters, there are some LP people who would prefer a Labour-NZF coalition to a Labour-GP one.

                Ardern has not been leader long enough to build up trust. And in the last Labour-led government, they tended to shut the GP out of forming an alliance.

                • Karen

                  Grant Robertson and James Shaw are close personal friends – they share many values. There are undoubtably members of the Labour Party and some Labour MPS who would prefer a coalition with NZF – Grant Robertson is not one of them. I am not a big fan of Robertson – he is politically too cautious for my liking – but I think your assessment of his political ideology is wrong. He is definitely not part of the right wing of the Labour Party.

                  I also think you do a disservice to Ardern. She is intelligent and politically savvy. She is not some puppet being manipulated by rightwing factions within her party.That said, she does have to juggle the various factions to keep the party united. The Greens are in exactly the same position re left and right factions – hence the resignations of Clendon and Graham.

                  • swordfish

                    3 loosely-defined factions – Left / Right / Careerist

                    Robertson generally seen as de-facto leader of the Careerists (alternative name Soft Left – close to Helen Clark)

                    • Carolyn_nth

                      Ah. Yes. thanks, swordfish. I’ve seen that 3 part division before.

                      Ultimately, I think the careerists in Labour tend to be pulled rightwards. It would take a strong left wing flax roots movement to pull them leftwards.

                      At the moment political careerists seem to be focused on gaining support from mainstream media. And that restricts the limits of left wing politics when in government.

                  • Carolyn_nth

                    I go on past record, and from what I’ve read in various places.

                    I have yet to make up my mind about Ardern – but do see her as one of the “careerists” as mentioned by swordfish.

                    Ardern is an unknown quantity, and I suspect, to start with, she was getting strong guidance from Robertson and maybe others.

                    And technocrats, or careerists, seem to me not what is needed right now. The short term compromises can lead to the centre of NZ politics being continually dragged rightwards over time.

                    I will wait to see how Ardern develops as leader in her own right.

                    In the meantime, and based on the record of compromises made by Clark’s government, I’m not holding my breath for a strong left wing government led by Ardern.

        • NewsFlash 18.3.1.2

          It doesn’t, but it’s a MoU, and to imply that Labour would renege on it is a false statement, Jacinda actually said that if elected she would contact the Greens first to create a coalition, I don’t think she’s trying to hide anything.

          I really believe that the Greens are the preferred partner for Labour, there policies cross over more than any other party, I know your skeptical about the Labour, but I think Ardren brings a lot of transparency to the movement, she is GENUINE, and that’s why she has lifted the party and gained the support of so many potential voters, politicians like Key and English and even Tops man have eroded the trust of the people, Jacinda is now a bright light in all that darkness.

          Just remember, no political party will satisfy all the people all of the time, but one that strives towards there agenda, and are fair and honest will get my vote every time.

          • Bill 18.3.1.2.1

            I’m not saying NZ Labour will renege.

            Yes, Ardern said she’d contact the Greens first. But she did not say that would be in order to form a coalition with them.

  18. Brendon Harre 19

    Housing is the issue that goes right to the heart of this election campaign. The public have lost trust with National due to denial of this real problem. They are sick of the lies and spin. This lack of credibility and trust impacts on all of National’s policies. A tipping point has been reached.

    The voters can see in Jacinda a talented politician who passes the basic competence test and who stands for generational change, while Bill English stands for last generation thinking.

    Bill on housing is still defending his thinking. There is no acknowledgement that what the country is doing on housing is not working. He is a old-school, conservative, status quo guy and that is not what NZ needs. Bill’s housing story doesn’t add up -it doesn’t make sense. Frankly it is pathetic.

    Bill English claimed in the leaders debate that NZ would build 200,000 houses in the next 6 years and conveyed a message that there is nothing to worry about, that the housing crisis has got better under National. Mike Hoskings rightly pulled him up on the fact NZ is not building enough to house NZ’s population growth.

    But Mike didn’t state it in the most damaging way. Which is that the net increase in housing stock is even less than the consenting rate, which already is not enough to house population growth.

    To quote CoreLogic;

    “Our own analysis has shown that whilst there were roughly 10,000 dwelling consents in Auckland in 2016 (and 9,000 in 2015), the net increase in stock was only 6,000. A key contributor to this difference is the necessary reality of urban renewal which requires a property, or properties, to be demolished in order to build more multi-unit properties…”
    http://www.interest.co.nz/property/89592/auckland%E2%80%99s-property-market-looks-set-stay-weak-some-time-yet-even-housing-shortage

    Given Auckland’s average housing occupancy rate of 3.0 people per household, a net increase of 6,000 residential dwellings will only house 18,000 people. Yet Auckland is growing by 45,000 to 50,000 people a year.

    It is this fact that is driving homelessness and overcrowding in Auckland, with all its awful social and economic consequences, such as third world poor housing childhood illnesses that the NZ Herald reported on a couple of days ago.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11913334

    National and Bill English do not have the answers. Bill English is not a policy genius. He is in denial. John Key threw him a hospital pass when he gave up the Prime Ministership and for a second time Bill will lead National into defeat.

    NB: I also have some other charts and facts on Auckland’s housing boom myth in the following article.

    View at Medium.com

    • NewsFlash 19.1

      Yeah, and the most ridiculous thing he stated was that housing is more affordable now than it was in 2008, what dimension of reality is he living in?

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    UKanians went to the polls yesterday in early elections aimed at resolving the Brexit impasse. And they certainly have, delivering a huge majority to the Tories, and (barring internal rebellions of the sort which delayed Brexit) giving them the power to do whatever they want. And thanks to the UK's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    18 hours ago
  • Austerity meets fresh resistance in Iran
      by Karim Pourhamzavi Mass protests are occurring across Iran, taking place in over 100 cities.  The protests have been sparked by the government’s cutting of fuel subsidies, a measure which caused fuel prices to double overnight. Mass protests are hardly new in Iran, but there is an important difference ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • Oh No! It’s a …..
    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    2 days ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    2 days ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    2 days ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    3 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    3 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    3 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    3 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    4 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    5 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    5 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    5 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
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    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago

  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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