Jacindamania

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, July 28th, 2019 - 138 comments
Categories: capital gains, child welfare, jacinda ardern, labour, public transport, tax, transport - Tags:

Despite the babies and the engagements, maybe it’s time to ditch the default Jacindamania.

Let’s not bother with the criminal waste of tax on hundreds of working groups, existing to successfully suppressing oppositional opinion through co-option.

Oranga Tamariki has got three investigations underway for removing children, and is being kicked all over the park by the media. Cue another year of paralysis by analysis.

There is no reform of the justice sector.

There’s no substantial reform of social welfare, in particular no raise in base welfare levels, so no improvement in poverty levels this term. That’s another generation of 25% of our children.

Transport remains a fully self-inflicted disaster, with light rail gone from even starting for at least another term, mortality and injury and traffic congestion all soaring, and the only items of note to open this term will be National-inspired motorways in the Waikato.

There are no new partnerships with Labour-led councils such as Christchurch or Auckland, and the ones there are like City Rail Link and Christchurch rebuild were started under National.

Tax policy is a full-throated policy wasteland, with no Capital Gains Tax and no other tax reform either as long as Ardern is PM, so National’s tax settings continuing to oppress most of New Zealand.

Teaching at both secondary and tertiary level is a policy disaster with massive untested reforms to demolish polytechs and removing secondary decile ratings, with little stable to replace them. Great they’re paid better.

Nothing about water charging, and won’t be in this government. Free money to business.

A weak-ass carbon reform, with little attempt to change the carbon pollution of the vehicle fleet or farming industries.

KiwiBuild is largely unrecoverable, although there is indeed sterling work with HNZ building new rentals. Maybe the Urban Development Agency will help, in a few terms.

And now, intervening via television into an iwi-Fletchers housing partnership, over the top of layers of court and local government mandating, the Prime Minister gets in to stop a Mangere housing development. Few other suburbs in Auckland need new housing more, and she stops it.

I don’t knock the successes, small though they are. Great to hear mental health, defence, and conservation are getting better funding. I’m also glad we have an emotionally astute Prime Minister.

But it’s a very partial leadership. It’s not ‘transformational’, it’s not the year of delivery. What is this government?

This is the weakest leadership on policy of any government since the last term of Holyoake, 60 years ago. That’s on Ardern.

It’s time, since we are now getting emails to volunteer and donate money on their behalf for the next election, to expect more from Jacinda Ardern.

138 comments on “Jacindamania ”

  1. marty mars 1

    Lol yep it sure looks bad for Jacinda – so pleased it's not Simon there – lol some not so happy it seems.

  2. Warren Doney 2

    I'm almost completely certain Labour would do a lot more if it wasn't constrained by NZF. We don't really see that because it would make both parties look bad if it was in the open.

    Labour must be acutely aware of how close things still are between the parties. Like it or not, almost half of NZ wanted the status quo to continue. That's democracy…

    Another thing I wonder about is if they are being careful with the economy because of the very real possibility of Trump managing to plunge the world into another recession.

    • Anon 2.1

      You forget that Labour, being in power, is by definition enabled by NZF. Unless you are suggesting they would be more productive in opposition (entirely possible)?

    • Patricia Bremner 2.2

      Or Warren , Trump could plunge us into a war.

      Advantage, stop telling us we are manic if we support what Labour (Jacinda) is trying to do. We realise it has been harder to change things than anticipated. The lack of "Service" in the Public Service being a problem to correct before progress may be made, which is happening… ie taxation reforms.

      Stupid adhoc legislation passed by the last Government, often under urgency, leads to bad outcomes in all areas. Underfunding, contestible funding are problematic. Failure to train staff, and often pay them properly also causes issues.

      The last Government had "Small Government" which meant poor or no services and loss of money and rights.

      This Government has to run just to keep up with the major "Outcomes" of abysmal planning by the last Government. It took them 9 years to strip away money and rights, so why are you expecting it to all be fixed in two years?

      Yes the Labour Party need funds, because the Union wrecking last Government meant funding is mainly from the less well off. Those who benefit from neo-liberal politics tend to support that. ie, Farmers and Business and the Ultra Wealthy.

      Negativity is toxic. So give us some of the positives that have happened and outline where you think emphasis could fall in the last year of this term and issues for the next election.

      I haven't seen too many here going in to "Jacindamania" and to mention her engagement and child is sexist. Mickey did a great write up on how National use their children, yet Jacinda gets knocked for having a life.

      Some of your comments sound like frustration rather than reasons.

      Green MPs are great but there are some one trick pony types who are flakes.

      NZ First plays the Centrist card and the Conservative Card.

      Advantage I just wonder what you expect or want.

      • Graemeholt 2.2.1

        PB. Your comment on Jacindamania not being evident on this forum is the problem. It’s the lack of discussion on this forum when Jacinda and her Government have been missing in action on some issues, that has been most noticeable to me. Instead this forum has at times deflected criticism of the present Government and jumped straight back to criticising the previous Government. Just like you are doing in your comment. We all know the last National Government got too preoccupied with growth and trying to maximise the economy at the expense of social issues. We all can see that the increasing numbers in tourism and immigration has led to infrastructure and housing being neglected so that’s why this Government was elected. If this Government is found to be dragging the chain on some issues after promising so much to get elected, this forum should ask the hard questions. People here need to be reminded that the only reason this Government was elected to power was Winston’s NZF

  3. Kay 3

    Any long term beneficiary could have told you benefit rates weren't going to increase under this government, even if they weren't being constrained by NZF. Labour are not our friends, they made that quite clear in 1999- 2008. I'm amazed that so many people haven't figured this out yet.

    • Anne 3.1

      But there was a benefit increase announced in the May budget Kay. In case you missed it here it is:

      • Benefits: To be indexed to the average wage instead of inflation. Expected to put about $47 more a week into beneficiaries' pockets by 2023 – about $10-17 more than they would get under CPI. Cost:$320.2m over four years.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12235639

      • Kay 3.1.1

        I didn't miss that. About time we were linked to the average wage but it doesn't make up for the decades of benefit freeze. Plus if experience is anything to go by, ANY increase to the core benefit, even if it's $5/week, results in a corresponding decrease of supplement benefits like Temporary Additional Support and sometimes Accommodation Supplement, so frequently it's possible to end up with no increase at all, sometimes even a loss. So I'll believe it when- or if it happens. That's how they're able to 'find' the budget to do this- take away from one benefit to pay another.

      • Rosemary McDonald 3.1.2

        Ooh! By 2023! Yippee! That's only another four…. years assuming this Current Mob gets re-elected. In the meantime, most of these people are doing it tough.

        Pretty shit, really.

      • Kay 3.1.3

        @Anne- forgot to ask, how much do you think rents and the cost of living will have increased by then? less or more than $47/week?

    • Gabby 3.2

      The people who 'haven't figured it out' aren't on benefits, so are wilfully unaware of the situation.

      • Kay 3.2.1

        Until it happens to them. Once upon a time I would've had nothing but sympathy/empathy for anyone who found themselves in that situation, wherever they had been prior. Now it's almost a perverse pleasure seeing the 'wilfully unaware who didn't want to know' get a taste. Can't believe I've become such a horrible person.

      • The Al1en 3.2.2

        Or maybe they have been and got jobs.

        A part time job of 20 hours per week opens up working for families credits, including the top up payment, which can add thousands per year to low income earners bottom lines. Winz accommodation supplements are also still able to be received, which makes the option of getting off your arse for 3 days a week even more financially attractive.

        • Gabby 3.2.2.1

          Sure Al0on, kicking away the ladder once they're off it.

          • The Al1en 3.2.2.1.1

            Nope, the safety net is still the lefts best invention. What I am doing, though, is stating the blindingly obvious, that if the low benefit rates for job seekers aren’t to ones liking, there are already in place better options available to those willing to find a part time job of 20 hours per week.

            The wff minimum family tax credit is set at $31,020pa. Earn under that through wages and in work tax credits and you get bumped up to that level. Also accommodation supplements are given but not added to the income assessed. That's a winner for those prepared to work a 3 day week, even at minimum wage, especially solo parents.

            • Kay 3.2.2.1.1.1

              @Alien- low benefit rates aren't exactly to 'the liking'' of people with long term illness and severe disabilities either, but we don't have the luxury of getting off our arses and getting even part time work, even though most of us are desperate to. Please respond.

              • The Al1en

                I'm on record here, way back, stating invalids should get a totally free ride and any assistance they need.

                • Kay

                  Glad to hear it.

                  But do you think that it's reasonable that for the majority of people of other benefits for whom it is mostly temporary situation, that they should recieve enough to be able to pay the rent, utilities, medical costs and eat? Wouldn't this be more cost effective to the state than what has ultimate happened as a result, ie increased avoidable hospitalisations, dealings with the justice system and other social costs?

                  • The Al1en

                    I'm more than okay with winz paying the bills directly so people can afford their rent, utilities, medical costs, clothing and groceries.

        • Craig H 3.2.2.2

          Not a lot of difference to the government in amount they subsidise the parent by either way.

      • Anne 3.2.3

        Actually I've been there Gabby. For 13 years from 1993 to 2005 I was on the DPB looking after an aged parent. The DPB was the same as the unemployment benefit – around $140 per week iirc. Ruth Richardson had docked the pay to single mums looking after their young – and to relatives looking after their old – by a significant amount.

        I know all about hardship. I was reduced to living in a apair of white Warehouse sand-shoes much of that time because all my shoes had fallen apart and I couldn't afford to replace them. My saving grace… I did have a decent roof over my head.

        So yes, I know a bit about hardship – of more than one kind.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 3.3

      And no meaningful action on the punitive, economically and socially destructive payment clawbacks that occur when beneficiaries get part time work. That is very low hanging fruit that should be sorted. Many beneficiaries are worse off if they have low paying or part time work (after travel / work costs), which is a nonsense that this government seems happy to continue.

      • The Al1en 3.3.1

        People can come off the benefit working 20 hours per week and avoid any claw backs and still get an accommodation supplement.

        Using the wff figures I posted, that's $31,020 pa + Accom Sup v The dole, and being beholden to the regime.

        • UncookedSelachimorpha 3.3.1.1

          Are you sure? WINZ state that any earnings over $80/week attract a 70c in the dollar reduction in benefit – effectively the highest marginal tax rate in NZ, aimed at those who should be targeted the least.

          https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/on-a-benefit/tell-us/income/wages/deduction-tables/jobseeker-support-single.html

          • The Al1en 3.3.1.1.1

            If you come off the benefit you don't get penalised because you aren't getting a benefit anymore. You come into the realm of the IRD and the only abatement is if you qualify for the minimum family tax credit and earn over the 31k limit, then you have to pay it back 1 for 1.

            https://www.mytax.co.nz/tax-resources/working-for-families-tax-credits/
            Minimum family tax credit
            This payment tops up your family income to a minimum amount after tax each week. To get this payment, at least one parent must be working for a salary or wages.

            A two-parent family must work at least 30 hours a week between them, and a single parent must work at least 20 hours a week.

            People who don’t qualify for this payment include those on the NZ Superannuation or Veteran’s Pension, those who receive a student allowance and those in self-employment.

            • UncookedSelachimorpha 3.3.1.1.1.1

              Almost like you are deliberately not getting my point!

              If a single person on a benefit can only get 15 hours work a week at the minimum wage:

              Wages (before tax): 15 x 17.70 = $265.50

              Benefit Abatement: (265.50 – 80) *0.70 = $129.85

              Tax: 10.5% x 265.50 = $27.88

              Net pay: 265.50-129.85-27.88 = $107.77 ($7.18 / hour net)

              Effective tax rate: (129.85+27.88) / 265.50 = 59.4% (!!!)

              And this assumes there are no additional costs to do the job, e.g. transport, child care.

              Why create such a daft and punitive situation? Labour is well aware of it and should fix it.

              • The Al1en

                You're not reading what I'm writing. A solo parent gets permanent part time job at 20 hours a week , or a couple 30 or more, and you can come off the benefit with winz, so there are then no abatement rates. Get on the phone to IRD and apply for the minimum family tax credit, and when granted (as it will be if the above conditions are met), then they will top your income up to the current limit of $31,020.

                This is all fact. What bit don't you understand?

                • Gabby

                  Are you recommending having children then Al0on?

                  • The Al1en

                    Probably more recommending those with children and already on a benefit go get a part time job, sign off and take advantage of the minimum family tax payment through IRD as an instant way out of benefit poverty.

                    But sure, why not. The more kids we have, the greater the chance of birthing another brilliant mind like yours.

        • KJT 3.3.1.2

          With all those well paid part time jobs there are, of course.

          • The Al1en 3.3.1.2.1

            As a solo parent, the best bang for buck return would be to get a minimum wage part time job of 20 hours per week.

            • UncookedSelachimorpha 3.3.1.2.1.1

              Probably not! The benefit abatements see to that, although they are less brutal (but still ridiculous) for single parents:

              https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/on-a-benefit/tell-us/income/wages/deduction-tables/jobseeker-support-sole-parent.html

              • The Al1en

                Absolutely is the best option. I signed off the dole years ago and did exactly that. No claw backs, no abatement rates, no bs.

                I earn too much to qualify now, but the scheme is still there and does help those people prepared to work 3 days a week to get out of poverty.

            • UncookedSelachimorpha 3.3.1.2.1.2

              Minimum wage for a solo parent at 20 hours/week:

              20 x 17.70 = $354

              Benefit abatement: $137.80

              Tax: $37.17

              Net Income: $179.03 (assuming no extra costs!)

              Effective tax rate: 49.4% (more than we tax CEO’s earning millions per annum!)

              Probably best for everyone if they stay home and look after the kids.

              • The Al1en

                Again, as a solo parent with a 20 hour per week job, if you come off the benefit there isn't an abatement from the benefit because you're not on the benefit anymore.

              • mikesh

                Taxpayers are taxed on their total income. If their tax rate amounted to 49.4% or more then they would be entitled to a big rebate at the end of the year.

                • UncookedSelachimorpha

                  Yep, that is the difference between an actual tax rate of 49.4%, and an effective tax rate of 49.4%. This effective tax rate is still completely real, in that it absolutely reduces your income by 49.4%.

    • Patricia Bremner 3.4

      Kay, talk to Andrew little, and realise this is not a Helen Clarke government. Did you get better help from National?

  4. MickeyBoyle 4

    Hardship grant numbers exploding, beneficiary numbers up by 16000, 7 of the 9 poverty measures Statistics NZ monitor have significantly worsened and the other two have not improved. Neoliberalism is still rolling forward and we have not one single party in government looking to change it. Hope you are all loving the politics of kindness in our year of delivery…

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 4.1

      I agree Labour remains 99% neoliberal.

      But increased hardship grant payments may be a good thing – they may be making them easier to get (I have heard rumours that they are). For 30+ years WINZ etc have been encouraged to despise their 'clients'.

    • Patricia Bremner 4.2

      Because Mickey they are mainly getting their entitlements.

    • Gabby 4.3

      Winz might be telling people about their options nowdays mickeyboil.

  5. Dukeofurl 5

    So Its taking ALL of Nationals talking points for a post.

    • Siobhan 5.1

      Self critiquing is an important, in fact a vital, ingredient in any political group, even more so in a party/Government that describes itself as transformative.

      There was a time, long long ago, I had thought that The Standard would be the best forum for such discussions. Yet since Labour has come into power TS seems to have become an echo chamber for an increasingly small number of folk pointing fingers and endlessly crowing 'OOOh look at Simon..what an idiot" (or Trump, or Assange), which is all fine, fun and games I guess, but its a very limited conversation don't you think?

      And that sort of smugness and lack of perspective is exactly what loses the Centrists elections all over the world these days. (oh, yeah, sorry everyone, and the Russians with there amazing ability to control the minds of millions of voters with facebook ads)

      It would be interesting to hear which of these issues raised by Advantage you consider to be merely opposition 'talking points'.

      • Robert Guyton 5.1.1

        Okay; how about justifying the claim that working groups represent a "criminal waste" of tax?

        • KJT 5.1.1.1

          The one item that the OP has incorrect.

          Working groups evidence based expert and public consultation, analysis, and research before enacting policy, has been sadly lacking in the past.

          It is most definitely, not, a waste of tax payer, dollars.

          • Robert Guyton 5.1.1.1.1

            Including the claim indicates a willingness to take an unnecessarily negative view and indicates that the other claims might be similarly unbalanced, imo.

            "Transport remains a fully self-inflicted disaster"

            Really? National left "Transport" in great shape and the coalition Government has stuffed that Wonderful Good thing up?

            I didn't know.

            • Dennis Frank 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Try talking to a Wellingtonian about transport, Robert. Saw a story on the tv news the other day, a post-mortem a year on from the new bus system getting up & running. Vox pops used suggesting everyone is giving it the thumbs down. Greens have spent 30 years going `public transport rah rah rah!' So I watched the close-up of Gareth Hughes listening to the plaintive excuses from the council, thinking he'll be learning from the difference between policy rhetoric & implentation. I hope!

          • Patricia Bremner 5.1.1.1.2

            KJT 1000%

      • MickeyBoyle 5.1.2

        Well said Siobhan. This red team good, blue team bad nonsense is exactly that. The same people who would criticize a National governments performance on inequality and poverty measures should hold that same measure up to this governments performance, not be blinded by their ideology. Sadly this country is going down the same path as the U.S. where partisan politics is so frankly disgusting and dangerous, it is a threat to democracy itself, and where hypocrisy knows no bounds. Truly sad.

      • Sacha 5.1.3

        an echo chamber for an increasingly small number of folk pointing fingers and endlessly crowing

        We get the behaviour we tolerate here, yes.

      • Enough is Enough 5.1.4

        I completely agree Siobhan.

        It is frustrating that so many people seem to be happy simply because National are not in power. Rather than objectively looking at what is and isn't being done by the government, people seem happy just to be mocking Simon Bridges on a daily basis. You almost guarantee 5 posts from one author every week doing just that.

        I don't give a rats about the National party. I want to see the government doing what they promised to do. Where is our transformational government?

        I also think the problem sits with the make up of the coalition. The sooner we see the death of NZ First the better.

        Can you imagine the real changes that would be happening right now if Marama Davidson sat next to Jacinda in the cabinet room rather than well past it Winston Peters.

  6. This is the weakest leadership on policy of any government since the last term of Holyoake, 60 years ago.

    Gee, it's almost as though a government that has no electoral mandate for significant change and consists of three parties with conflicting policy agendas, might struggle to push through a coherent policy programme of significant change. But that can't be true, right? It must be lack of leadership on Jacinda Ardern's part.

    • Kay 6.1

      It must be lack of leadership on Jacinda Ardern's part.

      No it's not that. I'm pretty sure that most people capable of reasonable thought are aware of coalition limitations/squabbling etc. It's this constant going on about 'transformational government', caring, wellbeing, the great claims of giving a damn about child poverty etc that's still coming out of their mouths (or whoever write their speeches/press releases) while simultaneously in practice it's for the most a continuation of previous policy with a bit of window dressing to make them 'seem' kinder eg giving the Winz offices a paint job and orders to treat us as human beings. THAT is a lack of leadership. If said initial promises/intentions can't/won't be met for whatever reason them come out and say it, otherwise she's no better than Key/English- say something often enough and it must be true, right?

    • MickeyBoyle 6.2

      If they cannot make significant change or deliver what they have previously promised they could. Then maybe it's time to stop coming out with words and phrases like "transformational", "year of delivery" and "my generations nuclear free moment". Who do we blame that on?

    • Dennis Frank 6.3

      Yeah, it was always gonna be muddle thro the middle. Ad's right about Ardern's transformational rhetoric versus the reality of delivery though. When you talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk to establish a track record. Her year of delivery is glass half full. Ad's list reminds us it's half-empty.

      So a reality check. The year is half-done, so perhaps a tad premature. Let's see how she leads from here, eh?

  7. Kat 7

    Yes Jacinda Ardern is totally useless just like Norm Kirk was. What we need is another Muldoon and a dose of bulldozer dictatorship. I would say disadvantage to that.

    • Marcus Morris 7.1

      What we need is another Muldoon and a dose of bulldozer dictatorship.

      A quote like that begs the question: "How old are you". Muldoon won the 1975 election with a landslide mainly on the back of his promise to demolish Labour's brilliant Universal Superannuation scheme, replacing it with the unsustainable scheme the country has been struggling with ever since. You mightn't remember that in its initial form every one would receive it at age 60. Hugh Templeton, who served for nine years in Muldoon's cabinet labeled it along these lines "Muldoon's election lark has become a fiscal albatross".

      Muldoon was New Zealand's most divisive Prime Minister ever and, under MMP, his would have been a one term government.

      The financial difficulties which the country found itself when he left office left the way open for Douglas and his neo-lib acolytes to plunge the country onto a revolutionary economic path and the subsequent avalanche upwards of wealth that will probably never be redressed adequately. The egalitarian society of my youth had been lost forever.

      The damage done to our social and environmental infrastructure that was left unaddressed during the time of the last National Government, will take years to correct. In fact it was exacerbated. Sir Michael Cullen had done his best in the preceding years with Kiwi Saver and Kiwi Bank (Jim Anderson) and the Super fund to which National refused to contribute.

      Leave the Troy trolls to do their own dirty work – they are expert at it. Jacinda has never claimed to be wonder woman and for many of us she has been a beacon of light, relief, and hope in the murky world of politics.

      • Kat 7.1.1

        Old enough to know whats what Marcus and the fine line between sarcasm and irony, but thanks for your recollections on Muldoon. Jacinda Ardern like Norm Kirk is an achiever, a doer and a change agent. Many of her critics are just theorists and word merchants and if put in the same leadership situation would most likely spin out faster than a jaffa down Baldwin Street.

        • Marcus Morris 7.1.1.1

          Sorry Kat. I think I did misunderstood your drift. I have just been a bit taken aback at some of the comment on this thread. I like your final analogy.

          • Kat 7.1.1.1.1

            All good Marcus, what we have here is a willing quiet majority, and a very vocal minority that expect revolution and instant Valhalla from the present govt. It is never going to happen. If careful consideration is given to the all the circumstances and issues that confront our young PM along with comparison to previous leaders the blindingly obvious realisation is we have a very special person in Jacinda Ardern. The next election is crucial and for all our sake's she must secure a mandate that unshackles her govt from the chains of excessive political compromise. I know who and what I am voting for.

            Perhaps an enlightened benevolent dictatorship really is the answer……. after all.

            • Anne 7.1.1.1.1.1

              The next election is crucial and for all our sake's she must secure a mandate that unshackles her govt from the chains of excessive political compromise.

              And therein lies the root of the problem.

              There's been a bit of disingenuous comment on this post which is rather sad.

              Thanks Kat for an enlightened contribution.

        • Patricia Bremner 7.1.1.2

          Agreed Kat. 7.1.1

    • Patricia Bremner 7.2

      Muldoon was a bully and a "Small man!!"He caused NZ harm.

  8. Robert Guyton 8

    Remove "de" from the first word and you've got the flavour.

  9. Robert Guyton 9

    Recent quotes from Kiwiblog regulars:

    "I genuinely find Ardern a nasty, contemptible woman. So fake and vapid."

    "I don’t think she’s smart enough to be nasty. She’s just incompetent."

    "Once you see her snarling and being nasty then that ‘likeable’ perception is quickly lost.
    She.is.awful."

    We're being encouraged to deflate the "Jacindamania" bubble; Perhaps we should follow the lead of those fine commenters from the Farrar stable. We've started well, adopting the word and there-by the implications – a step in the Right direction!

    frown

  10. Stuart Munro. 10

    Real policy takes time. The transition from the irresponsible governance of the Gnats is not to be achieved overnight, they dismantled many things that were to provide checks, balances, and constructive input, having no use for anything they couldn't sell.

    Jacinda has breathed new life into Labour, which thoroughly deserved to die after Douglas betrayed his country and our people. She is not the problem – it's the wretched neoliberals who still embrace that cruel and stupid recipe for corruption and failure.

    Her government is an improvement on the Gnats, which is the best that can be had until Labour is prepared to count the cost of cargo cult capitalism.

    • Dennis Frank 10.1

      Good comment, Stuart. Her stance is managerial, which anchors her in the status quo a little too much for those who want progress. Critical focus will therefore be on how much progress her leading actually achieves. So far, I agree it's better than the alternative, but the current protest will be a real test for her leadership skills. But look who's missing: the minister for maori development. Head down, hoping nobody will notice.

      • Anne 10.1.1

        …who's missing: the minister for maori development. Head down, hoping nobody will notice.

        No Dennis, Nanaia Mahuta was standing with Jacinda Ardern when she made her announcement on Friday. The TV1 reporter made a point of mentioning her presence but she was out of the camera shot.

        She is one of those who works hard behind the scenes but isn't one to go looking for publicity. She doesn't need to. Her constituents know her and what she does for them.

        • Dennis Frank 10.1.1.1

          Appearing in a photo op doesn't really count. If she organised Henare & Jackson to do an attempt to broker a solution, I'd agree with you. But we don't know that yet. Perhaps the PM did that bit of organising instead…

          • Louis 10.1.1.1.1

            Watch the video, it was not only the PM that spoke, Nanaia Mahuta AND Peeni Henare did as well.

            https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/07/ihum-tao-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-slow-on-intervention-leading-m-ori-figure-matthew-tukaki.html

            • Dennis Frank 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks for that, most helpful. I only saw a small part of it on the tv news. Good to know they had a roundtable of stakeholders which went well, and it was sensible of the PM to organise that as a basis for her change of stance. Mahuta did seem to have her head around the situation, so I'll stop being critical and await developments…

              • Louis

                Has there been a change of stance though? As far as I am aware the govt are not going to make decisions on this, they are there to help get the relevant parties talking to each other in the hope that the parties in dispute can find a resolution that they can all live with.

                • Dennis Frank

                  You're right, but a necessity for the govt to decide on may emerge from the process. The PM's change of stance was the shift from hands off to engaged. So govt intervention as catalyst is what's happening now…

                  • Louis

                    Govt were engaged prior. "Mr Henare said MPs met with Fletchers, local iwi Te Kawerau ā Maki, and SOUL, but were unable to reach a consensus about how to move forward"

                    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/395100/ihumatao-protest-govt-will-not-intervene-pm-says

                    So they are having another go to get the parties to talk and work it out.

                    • Dennis Frank

                      Oh yeah. Looks like a double back-flip, then. This is the bit that provoked my comment: "Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government would not intervene." Then she intervened.

                    • Louis

                      Did she though? was it any different to what her govt did before, by having her mps try and get the parties talking to each other to work out a solution? How is it a back flip?

    • infused 10.2

      You'd still be saying that 9 years from now. Good policy could have been made if it wasn't on the back of knee-jerk reactions for a popular bump in the poll. This govt is full of this.

      • Marcus Morris 10.2.1

        Now give us the examples or your post is just fake news.

      • Stuart Munro. 10.2.2

        Look, if the Gnats learned anything from nine years in opposition, I'd cheerfully credit that. And I'm sure they will improve – time will remove notable kakistocrats like Brownlee and Nick Smith by attrition – but they need to do more than lose their low-hanging fruitbats to be a breakeven proposition for New Zealand.

        And Labour, of whom much criticism can be made, remain substantially better than that even break, though well short of being aspirational, much less enlightened.

        A lot of the problem lies with the habit of gotcha and comparative sizzle critiques. The problems with Labour are policy and implementation issues, not Jacinda problems. The problem with Simon is not his lack of leadership per se, so much as the failure of that party under his (albeit temporary) control to contribute meaningfully to policy discussions and debates. They failed to govern under Key and now struggle to conceive what good government even looks like.

        Meanwhile the real major issues continue to fester. Labour will not address the drivers of our rapidly increasing inequality and mental health problems. The very easiest environmental issue, plastic bags, got attention, but transport and agriculture have been given lip service options. Policies that impoverish NZ in the long term like mass unskilled immigration and sales of farms and water rights have been skirted. A competent government would have brought those to an end immediately.

        • srylands 10.2.2.1

          Inequality is not increasing.

          Mental health is a problem but it will take a decade to fix.

          Nothing can be done on transport.

          Plastic bags were not the real problem. Supermarkets are a sea of plastic.

          Not sure what you mean on agriculture – do you mean water? If so that is in the pipeline.

          Selling farms is not a problem.

          Not sure what you mean by "water rights" – if you mean bottled water the only problem there is the plastic.

          Mass low skilled immigration is a real problem. But we need people to work graveyard shifts at gas stations and other similar roles.

          • Stuart Munro. 10.2.2.1.1

            Inequality has not stopped increasing. The housing crisis is both a product and a driver of it, as is the low skill mass immigration.

            Mental health is an emergent property of dysfunctional societies – NZ hasn't worked for working people for a long time now. There is no current initiative that will begin to 'fix' that.

            Supermarkets are a sea of plastic and are not working to reverse that trend.

            There are a number of things that can be done in agriculture that aren't – we even have a fully fledged CAFO down near Timaru complete with a manure lake. Carbon and climate mitigation should be embraced voluntarily, but the kind of wankers who'll run an unpermitted CAFO will need to be closed down. The obvious measures, riparian and wind break planting, polycultural feed crops, diversification away from resource intensive styles like intensive dairy remain the exception rather than the rule. The all up costs of these mitigations is negligible.

            Selling farms offshore is the reason locals aren't keen to work on them. Foreign owners are even less responsive to local communal interests than local owners. Selling farms offshore is the reason 51% of farm income is capital, and farming for capital is freeloading on local communities and infrastructure.

            The alienation of critical natural assets like water is an enormous problem. Though the plastic is a problem too, the peppercorn rentals charged for these water rights won't even pay to maintain the roads the heavily laden trucks carrying bottled water are subjecting to greater wear and tear. The community should at a minimum receive a rental for those resources over and above the costs imposed upon them by the business activity.

            Mass low wage immigration is a huge problem, and wages will never rise while governments collude with scumbag employers to avoid paying the likes of graveyard shift workers penal rates.

    • AB 10.3

      Yes, a significant improvement on the alternative and constrained by a number of things – including the means of their coming to power through coalition with NZF, plus a largely hostile media environment and business establishment. Plus some self-imposed constraints like the Budget Responsibility Rules – though the BRR is really just an artefact of the larger constraints I just mentioned. I guess Ad's point is that even with these constraints they could have done better. Probably – people and organisations can usually do better.

      I view Ardern as the best 3rd-way politician we have yet seen and I hope she gets multiple terms. Ultimately it's a dead end though – at bottom, 'kindness' is an attempt to shame Capital into behaving better. This is a sort category error, Capital is part of the structural configuration of the economy, it's not people and it's not a thing with a conscience.

  11. Fireblade 11

    Nine years of National, Act, Maori Party and United Future was a disaster for NZ (according to some).

    Now some declare 18 months of Labour, NZ First and the Greens are also a disaster.

    So what now?

    Back to National in 2020 for more of the same?, or do we give the current government more time to prove itself?

    • Marcus Morris 11.1

      Well said.

    • srylands 11.2

      There are two problems for the Government. Firstly over promising – Kiwibuild was never going to work. It was the wrong solution for the wrong problem. The Government should have focussed on RMA reform and getting the Chinese to build thousands of affordable rentals.

      Secondly New Zealand First is as much of an influence on policy as Labour. It is just behind the scenes. If there is a Labour-Green government after the next election things will be very different.

      • Stuart Munro. 11.2.1

        Rubbish – the Chinese are not magic fairies who are going to solve our housing problems for us. A state operated and funded builder is the only model that will deliver good outcomes for NZ people. Chinese companies won't even work here unless they are exempt from local labour laws and can sell the units offshore, which makes them worse than useless.

      • lprent 11.2.2

        The Government should have focussed on RMA reform and getting the Chinese to build thousands of affordable rentals.

        Yeah right. That worked so well for National. They came into power and played at RMA reform and then let the market generate the housing required for the housing crisis that they complained about in 2008. Not to mention their extensive immigration plans.

        Then, when that made absolutely no impact on supply, they tried to fast-track housing construction via the SHA and other overriding legislation. Which is why there is a SHA in Mangere with a few thousand people sitting on it. Fast tracking and overriding all other concerns just pisses people off.

        That didn’t work either.

        So how did that decade of failed attempts work out – dimwit? The laziness of the invisible hand? Using the power of the state to force? None of it worked.

        Of course National and Act, in their usual blind stupidity, managed to forget the actual role of the state in housing development, and never did their job of providing the required infrastructure. But they are inherently lazy as well as being tightfisted, and in love with stupid short-cuts.

        It would require the truly idiotic and religious to still have faith with any of these processes – and you are it. Only someone who’d substitute a religious father for brains could have written your pile of twaddle.

        The basic problem with housing is that we really don’t have a developed construction sector. The companies are too small. The legislation and legal processes don’t allow large projects to work for construction companies at a profit.

        I’m not sure that kiwibuild is the right approach. Mostly because of its emphasis on trying to get the market to do the job.

        So far the only part that is working is the Housing NZ is just simply buying and building and renting their own housing. The classic state house approach. I think that we need more of that to actually get simple contracts out to build construction companies.

        While the rest of the infrastructure that makes the market so cautious gets fixed. Probably starting with the National party learning to gag its inability to learn from experience about magical solutions. They’d be the worst factor currently increasing uncertainty.

  12. Darien Fenton 12

    Bottoms up? That's the best we have to look forward to from Simon Bridges? Really. If you want real change, you can change the government and may I controversially suggest that a Labour Green government may be able to do a hell of a lot more without the brakes of Conservative NZ First?

  13. Pat 13

    It is the difference between politics and governance….like it or not there is another approx 40% of the voting public that are considered….just as those dispossessed are considered as to how far they can be ignored so too are those with assets. A balancing act that is construed from place.

    The alternative?

  14. Drowsy M. Kram 14

    But it’s a very partial leadership. It’s not ‘transformational’, it’s not the year of delivery. What is this government?

    This is the weakest leadership on policy of any government since the last term of Holyoake, 60 years ago. That’s on Ardern."

    https://thestandard.org.nz/the-mess-that-the-new-government-inherits/ [from The Standard, 23 Oct 2017]

    Apologies for this backward looking comparison (21 months of a Labour-NZ1st-Greens coalition vs 9 years of National-led coalition governments), but let's remember what Key and his cronies stood (and still stand) for and delivered for all New Zealanders.

    Tax cuts for the wealthy.
    Transferring public assets to the asset portfolios of the weathy in NZ and abroad.
    GST increase.
    Politicisation of the public service.
    Dirty politics.
    Charter schools.
    Bad faith bargaining.
    Inaction on child poverty (what poverty?), housing crisis (let them 'eat' motels), etc.
    Defunding mental health providers.
    Historically high levels of immigration.
    Historically high levels of pollution in waterways, on beaches, etc.
    An opportunity to consider changing the NZ flag.

    The hopes and expectations of what a "transformational" non-National party government might deliver for all New Zealanders were and still are high, but attempting to reverse some of the above (or at least not make things worse) are achievements in my book. I have no great expectations that the bulk of NZ voters will see it like this, as we slide further towards selfishness/greed/corruption-fueled community collapse.

    https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2016/vol-129-no-1435-27-may-2016/6891

    • SHG 14.1

      <i>Politicisation of the public service</i>

      Nope, this was a Clark change. I'm sure National were happy to receive a public service that had been turned into a political tool, but they didn't create it.

      • Sacha 14.1.1

        Shipley started the whole 'no surprises' bullshit – to pull the SOE boards into line. Heather Simpson certainly gave it oats under Labour.

    • McFlock 14.2

      yeah, and lots of other things that aren't on that list.

      Most of those things seem to have had solutions implemented. Some have underperformed (Kiwibuild is doable, but was a bigger bite than they anticipated), but at least they tried something more than "market forces will provide".

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 14.3

      Absolutely DMK. I get frustrated that the coalition could do so much more – but they are a big improvement on Key and Co., and I am grateful!

    • Even if this government were to achieve a sum total of 0 progressive reform in its entire term of office, it keeps out of power a party whose response to climate change was further oil and gas exploration, intensification of farming and setting up a scam ETS using fake east European carbon credits. That alone would be enough to make it worthwhile – anything else is a bonus.

  15. Observer Tokoroa 15

    "Despite the babies and the engagements, maybe it’s time to ditch the default Jacindamania."

    Written by a savage subhuman for all the banal Trolls.

    Why is this ratbag ADVANTAGE allowed to come on here with his mouth "ditching default Jacindamania"?

    Stripping her naked – like the arshole he is. When he made sure there was no housing available thanks to his nine year lousy National Friends.

    Ranting Birth; Destroying Children; Hating people who had to walk into Sir John Keys and Sir Billy English Slums. Bending the knees to the obscene Outrageous National Landlords.

    ADVANTAGE get you and your Trolls off this site. And stay off. It's high time to ditch your mouth of slime and NationalFilthmania.

    You have done Nothing! but handed out Misery- all of You.

    One last point ! Have you ditched the Simon Bridges Babies – default! You misreable sub being?

    [One last point! It is ok to disagree and have a robust debate but is never ok to attack and abuse one another and least of all an Author on their own Post. Read the policy. Debate the point(s) and/or issue(s). Banned for six months – Incognito]

    • Incognito 15.1

      See my Moderation note @ 3:44 PM.

    • Incognito 15.2

      Hi Observer Tokoroa,

      Reluctantly and against conventional wisdom, I will reply to you at the other side of the ban, which will not be revoked. This reply is a one-off!

      The Moderation note is at the bottom of your comment number 15 @ 3.44 PM, in bold; you cannot miss it.

      I do not consider the post by Advantage as misogynistic; they would not become or stay an Author here for long if that were the case.

      Read the about and the policy – look at the sections on who we are, and the site’s attitudes about ascribing hidden motivations to authors [thanks Lynn]. None of the Authors who write here is paid for this; we are all volunteers with something to say because we care. The site does not receive money for advertising either, before you ask. To suggest otherwise is akin accusing us of being underhand and corrupt and (just) like the Dirty Politics brigade that we all detest. You would have been banned for that too, BTW, but I am not kicking you when you are already out.

      Lastly, Advantage is not a friend of mine; I have never met Advantage or had any communication with Advantage. We happen to write on the same blog site. For a moment, I sensed that you were possibly accusing me of sticking up for a friend but I was probably mistaken. I try to moderate without favouritism and while being agnostic of the actual debate, which is one reason why I cannot join in anymore as much as I like.

      You have form in using abusive language and I would suggest changing this behaviour if you want to make a positive contribution to TS when you come back.

      To all other commenters here: I am intruding on a post by Advantage so please do not reply to this comment; we do not litigate moderation on TS.

  16. facts_beat_emotions 16

    *Excellent* post! By far the most well thought-out post I've ever seen here!

    I'll probably be shot down for this, but there is **no need** to raise taxes or introduce new taxes. What is needed is to **cut wasteful spending**. Heck, I can't remember a government *ever* looking at *local government* spending and there MUST be at least a *billion* dollars' worth of waste in Auckland alone!

    It's *long overdue* that people looked past the *toothy grin* and the *endless* women's mag front pages and asked some *hard questions* of this so-called "prime minister".

    It is *unforgivable* that she and Hipkins scrapped the charter schools for the SOLE reason of appeasing the teacher unions. She even *admits* this – video here – https://www.facebook.com/davidseymourACT/videos/3110160162342324/

    Charter school students sacrificed for the sake of the unions.

    So much for Hipkins once saying in Parliament that "one size does not fit all". So much for this government **caring about children**.

    • millsy 16.1

      Charter schools will lead to the privatisation of education, and the infiltration of Young Earch Creationism into the curriculum.

      You will have a whole generation of young people who will grow up thinking a fictional character created the world we live in. (and that LGBT's are fit only for extermination).

      Personally I belive that every person who gets a job in the education system have to sign a statement of swear an oath upholding Evolution and the Big Bang. Creationism needs to be ripped out of education root and stem.

    • Robert Guyton 16.2

      Watch out! Kryptonite!

    • In Vino 16.3

      Facts beat Emotions – your opinions are not facts, and you are full of silly emotional opinion.

  17. millsy 17

    It is really hard to do much when there is the threat of pushback from those who have reaped the benefits of the status quo for the past goodness-knows-how-long.

    Pretty modest reforms have been portrayed as a Bolshevik revolution, while landlords and farmers think they are one step away of being rounded up in the town square to have rotten fruit pelted at them.

  18. burt 18

    To all who make The Standard what it is;

    Welcome back to reality.

    [lprent: Welcome back to sanity, burt. Please remember that the policies haven’t changed while you have been slumming. ]

  19. CHCoff 19

    Didn't Jacindamania end at The Standard the moment headline bloggers were not made associate ministers of cabinet?

    [lprent: Nope.. Perhaps you should read the about and the policy – look at the sections on who we are, and the sites attitudes about ascribing hidden motivations to authors. Politicians at the national scene need to write here under their own name. Political staffers aren’t allowed to write here at all. In other words, we don’t let travestries like a dirty politics unit being run out of the prime ministers office as John Key allowed for Cameron Slater using Jason Ede and others. That kind of bottom feeding corruption is really a National / Act trait.

    I’ll give you the time to read the policy because I suspect that as well as being an uncouth bumpkin, you’re also illiterate. It may take you time to trace the letters. Banned until after the end of the electoral term – start of December 2020 sounds about right. ]

  20. Fireblade 20

    Farrar and his cheerleaders are getting all excited about The Standard. How amusing 😊

    https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2019/07/a_take_from_the_left.html

    • lprent 20.1

      Yeah I know. For some obscure reason they keep thinking that this site operates like kiwiblog. That the opinions offered in the post either come from the party machine (Farrar runs National’s in-house polling and focus groups) or by some kind of party resistance – but with a single voice. Frankly I’m surprised that their delusions have lasted for nearly 12 years. But clearly they have.

      But I guess that is the nature of conservatives hunting in a pack. The intelligence level goes down as the number in the pack rises. Too stupid to actually review what really goes on. And too busy yipping in unison to think.

      Reality is that we give people logins to write their opinions as posts. We expect them to be their own opinions and to be different and to provoke discussion. We expect the commenters and other authors will disagree because everyone is different, and we certainly don’t expect to have dimwitted fools yipping together in a conservative pack.

      After all we are intelligent humans – not conservative doggies.

      • Incognito 20.1.1

        Wilful misunderstanding or genuine confusion? I reckon it is the former.

        You might want to look at OT’s comment in Trash submitted on 2019/07/28 at 9:41 pm.

        I wondered if this was a new tactic: suggesting and creating a perception (meme) that TS is just like KB, for example. But you say it has been going on for yonks. Quite possibly, they cannot lift themselves up so they try to drag TS down to their sewer level. Not too different from their preferred style of politics.

  21. Timeforacupoftea 21

    Some mean comments on twitter today

    They say a pictures paints a thousand words Well this picture is screaming a world of trouble .. No ring on finger .. Dad looks very worried … Cindy is gaunt and looks under weight .. the woman behind looks like WWIII has just started All is not well in the camp [deleted]
    [deleted]

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Over the edge. Banned for 1 month. Read the policy and learn not to be a caricature of misogynist dimwitted fuckwit acting like you need to compensate for the miniscule size of your dick/brain – which you clearly are. Trolls acting like parrots simply aren’t welcome here. ]

  22. Ian 22

    Ha ha .Michael Bassett summed Ardern up in that listener article.Can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear. No experience managing people ,no experience as a cabinet minister let alone prime minister and without help from the media ,mallard and Peters wouldn't have got this far. Can't even put the boot into dairy farmers like a good,compliant lefty.

    • lprent 22.1

      Micheal Bassett is , in my opinion, one of the most useless politicians we’ve ever had in this country. He had a superficial competence that when applied turned out to be as shallow as his academic opinions. He is a man who is, in my opinion, mostly characterised by his overwhelming envy and an ability to be a arse sniffing sycophant.

      And that is just from observing him from afar. The opinions of those who have known him from virtually all sides of the political spectrum that I have talked to tend to reflect a similar opinion. Basically he was practitioner of the kinds of nasty personal politics that made up such a high proportion of the dirty politics agenda.

      I can’t quite see why you’d see him as being competent to offer an opinion – unless you share some of his nasty personal characteristics.

      • sumsuch 22.1.1

        Brilliant and astringent, Lprent. More of the same. Just been commenting on the lack of fight and intelligence on the side of the people as opposed to Oz, where they fight no matter what.

  23. Chris T 23

    It is quite refreshing to see posters on here actually looking at Labours performance through a critical lens, rather than just slagging off the last lot and switching the topic to Trump.

    Well done.

  24. Formerly Ross 24

    There is no reform of the justice sector

    A Criminal Cases Review Commission is being established. That’s very significant after previous governments were under the impression that the justice system corrected its mistakes.

  25. Peter 25

    Another diatribe about working parties and reforms and investigations.

    A pity Ardern is burdened by a coalition, and that a coalition with NZF. A clear run would have enabled her to chuck the rule book away and charge holus-bolus into doing what they wanted and stuff consultation. The old 'just get on and do it.'

    Then the whingers now about lack of action and not chucking the bath water out would be bitching about a dictatorship and how they should've got expert advice and consulted widely and … anything, everything.

    Being bound by political realities is an unfortunate thing. I suppose courage is needed and 'taking people with you, making them believe.' That denies the reality of possibilities and impossibilities. New Zealanders want to believe? Far greater than believing in hope and aspiration and possibilities New Zealanders only want to believe in a traditional left/right hate world. That is they way our political world is.

    Ardern being bold and reforming all over the shop? Yeah right, and as soon as she's been kicked out in the shortest time the other lot would undo and re-reform.

  26. Sabine 26

    you say : This is the weakest leadership on policy of any government since the last term of Holyoake, 60 years ago. That’s on Ardern.

    can i ask where you would put the government of National – No mates Party and its 'aspirational, no kiwis should be tenants in their own country, pay parity with OZ, and crush all the boyracers cars in terms of weak? On a scale from 1 – 10? Or within hte last 60 years.

    Cause frankly way to many have become homeless in our own country (and they would love to be tenants), our suicide rates are sky high and frankly shameful, our wages are no where near parity with OZ and boyracers are still racing their cars and so on and so on and so on.

  27. David Mac 27

    I believe the motivation is sound. The Lab/Greens have a genuine desire to make New Zealand a better place for as many of us as they can. When the motivating force is sound, we blunder on in the right direction. Five steps forward and three back.

    Making mistakes pepper every bid to "Have a good go". If we're not making mistakes, we're not trying hard enough. What matters is the speed with which we identify where we get it wrong and what we do about it.

    Kiwibuild is falling short, that's cool, it comes with having a good go. What matters now is how good we are at identifying the shortfalls and how they are addressed.

  28. Booker 28

    This is classic left-wing hand wringing leading to self-immolation. Honestly, sometimes a left-wingers worst enemy is other left-wingers.

    So, we’ve had 9 years of flagrant economic mismanagement under National, who would do things like (and this is by no means comprehensive): sell state assets even when Treasury advises it didn’t make financial sense, use mass immigration to artificially inflate GDP, leading to widespread infrastructure problems and a very large, ignored, lack of real economic growth, claim that they, in their mighty wisdom, knew more about climate than the world’s climate scientists and climate change wasn’t happening, or if it was it wasn’t our fault, run a dirty ops political smear campaign out of the prime minister’s office, possibly involving public funds, lie continuously- about pretty much everything, misuse the OIA process to delay unwelcome releases, then release them to pro-National media and bloggers first to ensure positive spin in the first media coverage, get into power by campaigning on “the housing crisis” then spending 9 years claiming it didn’t exist, sacking democratically elected bodies like ECan and watching while nitrate levels became so high babies would end up blue, publicly denounce leading scientists from NIWA because they didn’t like what these scientists were finding, pull ponytails and then gift bottles of wine to make up for it, consistently run deficits and claim it’s all because of the GFC, even though that became increasingly in the past and our major trading partners weren’t deeply affected by it anyway.

    Now, after having Jacinda leading a Labour-NZF-Greens government for 2 years, the author argues that things aren’t good enough and we should give up supporting the government because all the country’s deep-seated problems aren’t fixed yet?!

    Who needs enemies….

  29. alwyn 29

    Almost everyone here is being quite unkind to the Prime Minister. She is far to busy swanning around with The Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the Glitterati to have time to waste on New Zealand's problems.

    After all she has been personally asked to appear on the cove of the British Version of Vogue! Isn't that amazing? And isn't it vastly more important than worrying about a few hundred thousand children supposedly living in abject poverty?

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/fashion/114575939/jacinda-ardern-will-feature-on-cover-of-british-vogue-edited-by-meghan-markle

    Rumour has it, or at least a friend of mine who supports ACT says so, that she is considering whether to be the model for the cover of the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. Filming of her sample photos for her resume will continue during her visits to tropical islands like Tokelau and the Cook Islands. As it was said during the filming of that Ausiie film 'The Castle', I told him he was dreaming.

    • Dennis Frank 29.1

      Well she has to be seen to be helping the economy. Economist Cameron Bagrie was moaning about that on the AM Show this morning. You can always tell from the number of glossy fashion mags on display at supermarkets that they are a vital part of the economy. Wouldn't be there unless oodles of women bought them all the time, right?

      Since the economy is driven by supply & demand, she has to supply the demand. Business is tanking due to govt not holding their hand tightly enough. She's responding to their pathetic wails…

    • Gabby 29.2

      Who's your fine flabby friend wally?

    • Drowsy M. Kram 29.3

      "Seeth seeth seeth. If he keeps on seething like that he'll turn into a seeth!"

      Petty dribblings of a rwnj, seething impotently for our amusement. Thanks Alwyn for that ‘fine‘ example of rabid right wing 'critique' – the best Bridges can get.

  30. cleangreen 30

    Labour are making a sword for sticking in their back, I watched Winston interviwed on TV one this am 30/7/19 and I saw winston say I am not comming on this public funded channel to be insulted.

    So today the Colemar Brunton poll came out and Winston was quessed about it and it made interesting listenng.

    If that latest Colmar Brunton poll is repeated again when the next poll comes around Labour are in real trouble.

    This is clear now because the whole media ‘Newshusb, TV one and Radio NZ “National” are all controlled by the spin doctors of the National Party prbablly by Steven Joyce and John Key.

    We warned the new labour NZF Government to replace Clare Curren and put another Channel Seven public affairs channel up to sell the Government policy to the people, and Clare Curren sabotaged Jacinda and the Nnew Government by not providing Government with their oiown media platform so the result is now obvious.

    Who wins the ‘media’ wins the ‘next Government’, and so far this Government are loosing.

    Thanks for nothing Clare Curren.

  31. Hamish Stevenson 31

    Yep, I'm not giving Labour any more donations.

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    11 hours ago
  • Of ‘said’ and Dialogue Tags in Writing
    Today, I ran across a Twitter thread about writerly use of the word ‘said’: https://x.com/APoetForThePyre/status/1794895108581859794 As a writer, I have my opinions about this, and since it has been a long, long time since I offered thoughts on the unwritten rules of writing, I thought I would explore the matter ...
    21 hours ago
  • The silent tragedy of local restrictions on renewable energy
    This story by James Goodwin was originally published by The Revelator and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. Communities across the United States may soon find themselves facing a grim scenario. By adopted local ordinances that obstruct the development of new renewable energy resources within ...
    22 hours ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Parliament’s increasingly toxic ethnic identity wars
    Toxicity and disinformation are becoming a big part of New Zealand politics. And much of this relates to debates about ethnicity, race, and racism. We should all be concerned about this trend. Personal abuse, dishonesty, and contempt in the public sphere are bad for democracy, social cohesion, and the integrity ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    24 hours ago
  • What to say on the government’s racist Māori wards bill
    I've spent the afternoon working on my submission on the Local Government (Electoral Legislation and Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill - National's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation from local government. It's an important bill, and the timeframe for submissions is tight - only two days left! National ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    24 hours ago
  • Collins will be abroad when critics react to science funding – but Matauranga money should not be ...
    Buzz from the Beehive With just a few days to go before Finance Minister Nicola Willis delivers her first Budget speech, her colleagues have been focused in recent days on issues beyond our shores. Education Minister Erica Stanford made the only announcement of concern to citizens who want to know ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • New Caledonia’s troubles
    James Kierstead writes –  White sand beaches. Palm trees waving in a gentle breeze. Seas of turquoise and ultramarine, cobalt and denim stretching out as far as the eye can see.  Such is the view of New Caledonia that you get on travel websites. And it’s not an ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • The Negative social impact of taxpayer-funded partisan charities
    Bryce Edwards writes –  Whenever politicians dole out taxpayer funding to groups or individuals, they must do so in a wholly transparent way with due process to ensure conflicts of interest don’t occur and that the country receives value for money. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that this has ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • The Letter from Mayors & Chairs
    Frank Newman writes –  Earlier this week Local Government NZ sent a letter to the leaders of the coalition parties and Ministers Simeon Brown and Tama Potaka. It was signed by 52 local government leaders (see list appended). The essence of the letter is this: Our position…is ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on South Africa’s harsh election choices
    T he ANC’s goal in Wednesday’s election will be to staunch the bleeding of its support. The ANC has reason to feel anxious. For months, the polls have been indicating the ANC will lose its overall majority for the first time since the Mandela election of 1994. The size of ...
    1 day ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to June 3 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to June 3 include:PM Christopher Luxon is expected to hold his weekly post-cabinet news conference at 4:00pm today.Parliament’s Environment Select Committee resumes hearing submissions on the Fast-track Approvals Bill from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm today.Auckland ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • May-24 AT Board Meeting
    Tomorrow the AT board meet again and I’ve taken a look through the items on their public agenda to see what’s interesting. It’s also the first meeting for two recently appointed directors, former director at Ritchies Transport, Andrew Ritchie and former mayor of Hamilton, Julie Hardaker. The public session starts ...
    1 day ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, May 27
    The Government is looking again at changing fringe benefit tax rules to make it harder to claim a personally-used double-cab ute as a company vehicle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Having repealed the previous Government’s ‘ute tax’ last year, the new Government is looking at removing a defacto tax ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Some Dark Moments from Netflix's Dark Tourist
    Hi,I pitched a documentary to a big streamer last week and they said “no thanks” which is a bummer, because we’d worked on the concept for ages and I think it would have been a compelling watch. But I would say that because I was the one pitching it, right?As ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #21
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 19, 2024 thru Sat, May 25, 2024. Story of the week This week's typiclal compendium of stories we'd rather were plot devices in science ficition novels but instead ...
    2 days ago
  • National’s bulldozer dictatorship bill
    This National government has been aggressively anti-environment, and is currently ramming through its corrupt Muldoonist "fast-track" legislation to give three ministers dictatorial powers over what gets built and where. But that's not the only thing they're doing. On Thursday they introduced a Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Negative social impact of taxpayer-funded partisan charities
    Whenever politicians dole out taxpayer funding to groups or individuals, they must do so in a wholly transparent way with due process to ensure conflicts of interest don’t occur and that the country receives value for money. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that this has occurred in the announcement this week ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • My Lovely Man.
    Last night began earlier than usual. In bed by 6:30pm, asleep an hour later. Sometimes I do sleep odd hours, writing late and/or getting up very early - complemented with the occasional siesta, but I’m usually up a bit later than that on a Saturday night. Last night I was ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Pressing the Big Red Button
    Early in the COVID-19 days, the Boris Johnson government pressed a Big Red Button marked: act immediately, never mind about the paperwork.Their problem was: not having enough PPE gear for all the hospital and emergency staff. Their solution was to expedite things and get them the gear ASAP.This, along with ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Of Pensioners and Student Loans: An Indictment on New Zealand
    Up until 1989, you could attend a New Zealand University, and never need to pay a cent for your education. That then changed, of course. The sadists of the Fourth Labour Government introduced substantial fees for study, never having had to pay a cent for their own education. The even ...
    2 days ago
  • Putting children first
    Ele Ludemann writes –  Minister for Children Karen Chhour is putting children first: Hon KAREN CHHOUR: I move, That the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the bill. It’s a privilege ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Te Pati Maori go personal
    David Farrar writes –  Newshub reports:    Applause and cheers erupted in the House on Wednesday afternoon as Children’s Minister Karen Chhour condemned Te Pāti Māori’s insults about her upbringing. Chhour, who grew up in state care, is repealing section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act – sparking uproar from ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Threads of Corruption
    I could corrupt youIt would be uglyThey could sedate youBut what good would drugs be?Good Morning all,Today there’s a guest newsletter from Gerard Otto (G). By which I mean I read his post this morning and he has kindly allowed me to share it with you.If you don’t already I ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • The days fly by
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa, you’re being dismantled… so take the blinkers off and start talking honestly about it.
    Is the solution to any of the serious, long term issues we all have to face as a nation, because many governments of all stripes we can probably all admit if we’re deeply truthful with ourselves haven’t done near enough work at the very times they should have, to basically ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Has Labour Abandoned the Welfare State They Created in 1938?
    The 2018 Social Security Act suggests that Labour may have retreated to the minimalist (neo-liberal) welfare state which has developed out of the Richardson-Shipley ‘redesign’. One wonders what Michael Joseph Savage, Peter Fraser and Walter Nash would have thought of the Social Security Act passed by the Ardern Labour Government ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs’ financial interests under scrutiny
    MPs are supposed to serve the public interest, not their own self-interest. And according to the New Zealand Parliament’s website, democracy and integrity are tarnished whenever politicians seek to enrich themselves or the people they are connected with. For this reason, the Parliament has a “Register of Pecuniary Interests” in ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Mastering FLICC – A Cranky Uncle themed quiz
    By now, most of you will have heard about the FLICC taxonomy of science denial techniques and how you can train your skills in detecting them with the Cranky Uncle game. If you like to quickly check how good you are at this already, answer the 12 quiz questions in the ...
    4 days ago
  • Shane Jones has the zeal, sure enough, but is too busy with his mining duties (we suspect) to be ava...
    Buzz from the Beehive The hacks of the Parliamentary Press Gallery have been able to chip into a rich vein of material on the government’s official website over the past 24 hours. Among the nuggets is the speech by Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and a press statement to announce ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Cut the parliamentary term
    When Labour was in power, they wasted time, political capital, and scarce policy resources on trying to extend the parliamentary term to four years, in an effort to make themselves less accountable to us. It was unlikely to fly, the idea having previously lost two referendums by huge margins - ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • More terrible media ethics
    David Farrar writes – The Herald reports: When Whanau Ora chief executive John Tamihere was asked what his expectations for the Budget next Thursday were, he said: “All hope is lost.” Last year Whānau Ora was allocated $163.1 million in the Budget to last for the next four years ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Bringing our democracy into disrepute
    On Monday the government introduced its racist bill to eliminate Māori represntation in local government to the House. They rammed it through its first reading yesterday, and sent it to select committee. And the select committee has just opened submissions, giving us until Wednesday to comment on it. Such a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The censors who’ll save us from ourselves… yeah right!
    Nick Hanne writes – There’s a common malady suffered by bureaucracies the world over. They wish to save us from ourselves. Sadly, NZ officials are no less prone to exhibiting symptoms of this occupational condition. Observe, for instance, the reaction from certain public figures to the news ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The case for commissioners to govern the capital city
    Peter Dunne writes – As the city of Tauranga prepares to elect a new Mayor and Council after three and a half years being run by government-appointed Commissioners, the case for replacing the Wellington City Council with Commissioners strengthens. The Wellington City Council has been dysfunctional for years, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Thoughts about contemporary troubles.
    This will be s short post. It stems from observations I made elsewhere about what might be characterised as some macro and micro aspects of contemporary collective violence events. Here goes. The conflicts between Israel and Palestine and France and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Blurring The Lines Around Political Corruption
    It may be a relic of a previous era of egalitarianism, but many of us like to think that, in general, most New Zealanders are as honest as the day is long. We’re good like that, and smart as. If we’re not punching above our weight on the world stage, ...
    4 days ago
  • MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Bryce Edwards writes – Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • King Mike & Mike King.
    I built a time machine to see you againTo hear your phone callYour voice down the hallThe way we were back thenWe were dancing in the rainOur feet on the pavementYou said I was your second headI knew exactly what you meantIn the country of the blind, or so they ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The register published on Tuesday contains a ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • How much climate reality can the global financial system take without collapsing?
    Microsoft’s transparency about its failure to meet its own net-zero goals is creditable, but the response to that failure is worrying. It is offering up a set of false solutions, heavily buttressed by baseless optimism. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 24-May-2024
    Another Friday, another Rāmere Roundup! Here are a few things that caught our eye this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, our new writer Connor Sharp roared into print with a future-focused take on the proposed Auckland Future Fund, and what it could invest in. On ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Earning The Huia Feather.
    Still Waiting: Māori land remains in the hands of Non-Māori. The broken promises of the Treaty remain broken. The mana of the tangata whenua languishes under racist neglect. The right to wear the huia feather remains as elusive as ever. Perhaps these three transformations are beyond the power of a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, May 24
    Posters opposing the proposed Fast-Track Approvals legislation were pasted around Wellington last week. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: One of the architects of the RMA and a former National Cabinet Minister, Simon Upton, has criticised the Government’s Fast-Track Approvals bill as potentially disastrous for the environment, arguing just 1% ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to May 24
    There was less sharing of the joy this week than at the Chinese New Year celebrations in February. China’s ambassador to NZ (2nd from right above) has told Luxon that relations between China and New Zealand are now at a ‘critical juncture’ Photo: Getty / Xinhua News AgencyTL;DR: The podcast ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Beijing troubleshooter’s surprise visit
    The importance of New Zealand’s relationship with China was surely demonstrated yesterday with the surprise arrival in the capital of top Chinese foreign policy official Liu Jianchao. The trip was apparently organized a week ago but kept secret. Liu is the Minister of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) International Liaison ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • UK election a foregone conclusion?  That’s why it’s interesting
    With a crushing 20-plus point lead in the opinion polls, all the signs are that Labour leader Keir Starmer will be the PM after the general election on 4 July, called by Conservative incumbent Rishi Sunak yesterday. The stars are aligned for Starmer.  Rival progressives are in abeyance: the Liberal-Democrat ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #21 2021
    Open access notables How much storage do we need in a fully electrified future? A critical review of the assumptions on which this question depends, Marsden et al., Energy Research & Social Science: Our analysis advances the argument that current approaches reproduce interpretations of normality that are, ironically, rooted in ...
    5 days ago
  • Days in the life
    We returned last week from England to London. Two different worlds. A quarter of an hour before dropping off our car, we came to a complete stop on the M25. Just moments before, there had been six lanes of hurtling cars and lorries. Now, everything was at a standstill as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Forget about its name and focus on its objective – this RMA reform bill aims to cut red tape (and ...
    Buzz from the Beehive A triumvirate of ministers – holding the Agriculture, Environment and RMA Reform portfolios – has announced the introduction of legislation “to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling development in key sectors”, such as farming, mining and other primary industries. The exact name of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • More National corruption
    In their coalition agreement with NZ First, the National Party agreed to provide $24 million in funding to the charity "I Am Hope / Gumboot Friday". Why were they so eager to do so? Because their chair was a National donor, their CEO was the son of a National MP ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Submit!
    The Social Services and Community Committee has called for submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 3 July 2024, and can be made at the link above. And if you're wondering what to say: section 7AA was enacted because Oranga Tamariki ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Reading the MPS numbers thinking about the fiscal situation
    Michael Reddell writes –  The Reserve Bank doesn’t do independent fiscal forecasts so there is no news in the fiscal numbers in today’s Monetary Policy Statement themselves. The last official Treasury forecasts don’t take account of whatever the government is planning in next week’s Budget, and as the Bank notes ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Charter Schools are a worthwhile addition to our school system – but ACT is mis-selling why they a...
    Rob MacCulloch writes – We know the old saying, “Never trust a politician”, and the Charter School debate is a good example of it. Charter Schools receive public funding, yet “are exempt from most statutory requirements of traditional public schools, including mandates around .. human capital management .. curriculum ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Paranoia On The Left.
    How Do We Silence Them? The ruling obsession of the contemporary Left is that political action undertaken by individuals or groups further to the right than the liberal wings of mainstream conservative parties should not only be condemned, but suppressed.WEB OF CHAOS, a “deep dive into the world of disinformation”, ...
    5 days ago
  • Budget challenges
    Muriel Newman writes –  As the new Government puts the finishing touches to this month’s Budget, they will undoubtedly have had their hands full dealing with the economic mess that Labour created. Not only was Labour a grossly incompetent manager of the economy, but they also set out ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Rishi calls an Election.
    Today the British PM, Rishi Sunak, called a general election for the 4th of July. He spoke of the challenging times and of strong leadership and achievements. It was as if he was talking about someone else, a real leader, rather than he himself or the woeful list of Tory ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Photo of the Day: GNR
    This post marks the return of an old format: Photo of the Day. Recently I was in an apartment in one of those new buildings on Great North Road Grey Lynn at rush hour, perfect day, the view was stunning, so naturally I whipped out my phone: GNR 5pm Turns ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Choosing landlords and the homeless over first home buyers
    The Government may struggle with the political optics of scrapping assistance for first home buyers while also cutting the tax burden on landlords, increasing concerns over the growing generational divide. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government confirmed it will dump first home buyer grants in the Budget next ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Orr’s warning; three years of austerity
    Yesterday, the Reserve Bank confirmed there will be no free card for the economy to get out of jail during the current term of the Government. Regardless of what the Budget next week says, we are in for three years of austerity. Over those three years, we will have to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • An admirable U-turn
    It doesn’t inspire confidence when politicians change their minds.  But you must give credit when a bad idea is dropped. Last year, we reported on the determination of British PM Rishi Sunak to lead the world in regulating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Perhaps he changed his mind after meeting ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Can we really suck up Carbon Dioxide?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Is carbon dioxide removal - aka "negative emissions" - going to save us from climate change? Or is it just a ...
    6 days ago
  • Public funding for private operators in mental health and housing – and a Bill to erase a bit of t...
    Headed for the legislative wastepaper basket…    Buzz from the Beehive It looks like this government is just as ready as its predecessor to dip into the public funds it is managing to dispense millions of dollars to finance – and favour – the parties it fancies. Or ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Why has Einstein Medalist Roy Kerr never been Knighted?
    Rob MacCulloch writes – National and Labour and ACT have at various times waxed on about their “vision” of NZ as a high value-added world tech center What subject is tech based upon? Mathematics. A Chicago mathematician just told me that whereas last decade ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Contestable advice
    Eric Crampton writes –  Danyl McLauchlan over at The Listener on the recent shift toward more contestability in public policy advice in education: Education Minister Erica Stanford, one of National’s highest-ranked MPs, is trying to circumvent the establishment, taking advice from a smaller pool of experts – ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How did it get so bad?
    Ele Ludemann writes – That Kāinga Ora is a mess is no surprise, but the size of the mess is. There have been many reports of unruly tenants given licence to terrorise neighbours, properties bought and left vacant, and the state agency paying above market rates in competition ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    The scathing “independent” review of Kāinga Ora barely hit the table before the coalition government had acted on it. The entire Kāinga Ora board will be replaced, and a new chair (Simon Moutter) has been announced. Hmm. No aspersions on Bill English, but the public would have had more confidence ...
    6 days ago
  • Our House.
    I'll light the fireYou place the flowers in the vaseThat you bought todayA warm dry home, you’d think that would be bread and butter to politicians. Home ownership and making sure people aren’t left living on the street, that’s as Kiwi as Feijoa and Apple Crumble. Isn’t it?The coalition are ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago

  • Government to consult on regulation of shooting clubs and ranges
      The Government is consulting New Zealanders on a package of proposals for simple and effective regulation of shooting clubs and ranges, Associate Minister of Justice, Nicole McKee announced today.   “Clubs and ranges are not only important for people learning to operate firearms safely, to practice, and to compete, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Successful New Caledonia repatriation winds up, need for dialogue remains
    Over 300 people have been successfully flown out of New Caledonia in a joint Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) operation.   As of today, seven New Zealand government aircraft flights to Nouméa have assisted around 225 New Zealanders and 145 foreign nationals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Minister to Singapore for defence, technology talks
    Defence and Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Judith Collins departs for Singapore tomorrow for defence and technology summits and meetings. First up is the Asia Tech X Singapore Summit, followed by the Five Power Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers Meeting and wrapping up with the Shangri-La Dialogue for Defence Ministers from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Major investment in teacher supply through Budget 24
    Over the next four years, Budget 24 will support the training and recruitment of 1,500 teachers into the workforce, Education Minister Erica Stanford announced today. “To raise achievement and develop a world leading education system we’re investing nearly $53 million over four years to attract, train and retain our valued ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
    1.  New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters; Minister of Health and Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Dr Shane Reti; and Minister for Climate Change Hon Simon Watts hosted Cook Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Hon Tingika Elikana and Minister of Health Hon Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown on 24 May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed today that Vote Foreign Affairs in Budget 2024 will balance two crucial priorities of the Coalition Government.    While Budget 2024 reflects the constrained fiscal environment, the Government also recognises the critical role MFAT plays in keeping New Zealanders safe and prosperous.    “Consistent with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New social housing places to support families into homes
    New social housing funding in Budget 2024 will ensure the Government can continue supporting more families into warm, dry homes from July 2025, Housing Ministers Chris Bishop and Tama Potaka say. “Earlier this week I was proud to announce that Budget 2024 allocates $140 million to fund 1,500 new social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s minerals future
    Introduction Today, we are sharing a red-letter occasion. A Blackball event on hallowed ground. Today  we underscore the importance of our mineral estate. A reminder that our natural resource sector has much to offer.  Such a contribution will not come to pass without investment.  However, more than money is needed. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
    Increasing national and regional prosperity, providing the minerals needed for new technology and the clean energy transition, and doubling the value of minerals exports are the bold aims of the Government’s vision for the minerals sector. Resources Minister Shane Jones today launched a draft strategy for the minerals sector in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
    The coalition Government’s legislation to restore the rights of communities to determine whether to introduce Māori wards has passed its first reading in Parliament, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Divisive changes introduced by the previous government denied local communities the ability to determine whether to establish Māori wards.” The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
    The coalition Government has today introduced legislation to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling some of New Zealand’s key sectors, including farming, mining and other primary industries. RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop says the Government is committed to  unlocking development and investment while ensuring the environment is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
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