Jarring

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Today Phil Goff’s question to Key is:

“Does he agree with the statements in the House by his Minister of Finance on 16 December 2008 that ‘Yes, I can confirm that National will not be going back on any of those promises, as we fully costed and funded them’?”

His angle is obviously going to be that National hadn’t really costed its tax cuts, they were just hollow promises to get into power, and National’s dropping them is a betrayal of the voters’ trust. Which is all true.

But the problem is that Labour opposes those tax cuts. It’s pretty disingenuous to then go and criticise the government for dropping them (yes, even though National made disingenuous attacks regularly, even though there’s a neat angle). It just jars too much to succeed as a meme when it’s coming from Labour.

The other problem is that Key will simply respond “we’re in a crisis, we’ve got to do the responsible thing”. The polls show voters already understand tax cuts are unaffordable. Far from looking like Key’s betraying the voters, Labour is just inviting him to look pragmatic.

This should be a good period for Labour – National’s handling of the economy has been abysmal, there’s a Black Budget coming which will give Goff a chance to lay out Labour’s alternative vision, and there’s the supercity issue – but they’ve got to get their act together.

49 comments on “Jarring ”

  1. vto 1

    “The polls show voters already understand tax cuts are unaffordable.”

    ffs, household cuts are unaffordable too!

    So which should suffer first / most? Household or state? It is clear most here consider the state to be more important. All hail the great state!!

    Bizarre.

    p.s. apologies for the threadjack/tangent

  2. r0b 2

    It’s pretty disingenuous to then go and criticise the government for dropping them

    I agree that it would be a big mistake for Labour to criticise the Nats for dropping the tax cuts – it’s the right thing to do (sorry vto).

    However Labour could and should criticise the Nats for making promises that were obviously unaffordable – it was completely irresponsible, and National are going to pay the price in backlash from their more loony supporters.

    • Craig Ranapia 2.1

      Rob:

      If you want to go there, I think Labour were making a hell of a lot of spending promises that would have turned out to be utterly unaffordable. So take the shot, because its not entirely unfair. I’m just suggesting that there’s more than enough to go all the way around.

      Therese Asenau frequently says that people have a stronger grip on basic economic reality than politicians the media often give them credit for. Policies don’t happen in a cloud of perfumed unicorn farts while elves plant the magic money bushes.

      • Pascal's bookie 2.1.1

        The supply siders say otherwise, 37.9 percent reckon the cuts should go ahead polls say. Who do you think they voted for?

  3. It does seem like Labour is coming up with some silly questions in the house. Often the best question is a simple and straightforward one.

    “Does the government intend to go ahead with their planned tax cuts? If not, why not?”

    “Does the government intend to undertake a referendum on the Super-City issue once a final piece of legislation has been put together? If not, why not?”

    FFS keep it simple.

    • Chris G 3.1

      they’d answer the first of your questions with: “blah blah blah, (for the millionth time if it hadnt been for the economic mis-managment of the previous government then we could continue with them.”

      Thats the template answer I see everytime I bother to bore myself looking at the Q & As of the day. No doubt that will be the template answer for the next three years for any question that gets them in a bit of a pickle.

      Yawn.

      • r0b 3.1.1

        if it hadnt been for the economic mis-managment of the previous government then we could continue with them.

        Yes they will use that excuse, and they will use it knowing full well that the previous government did a good job, according to Treasury, the IMF, and even the National party.

  4. Kevin Welsh 4

    Yeah, just look at the answers we get from Gerry Brownlie these days.

  5. Pat 5

    Does Goff have an alternative vision? Because I haven’t seen him laying one out.

  6. vto 6

    Why not tighten up the requirements for answering questions? Wilson was useless with the whole “address” the question toiletries. Now it isn’t much improved.

    You would think the politicians would go for it as it is something the public would be happy to see, namely proper answers to the questions. Perhaps the politicians don’t realise how angered the people become when they see these buffoons deliberately not answering the questions. The people simply see them wasting their hard-earned tax dollars to joke around and act like pusnuts in the house. It is one of the main reasons politicians are held in such low regard.

    Tighten it up. Make the bastards answer the questions properly.

    • vto 6.1

      oops, wrong threadage

    • BLiP 6.2

      Was Lockwood in the Chair today? I thought he was going to sort this shit out. He certainly got off to a good start. Has anyone seen him in action lately?

  7. This should be a good period for Labour – National’s handling of the economy has been abysmal, there’s a Black Budget coming which will give Goff a chance to lay out Labour’s alternative vision, and there’s the supercity issue – but they’ve got to get their act together.

    I think their current plan is to sit back and wait for the electorate to ‘come to our senses’ and vote them back into the treasury seats which are so rightly theirs. The ‘getting their act together’ bit isn’t going to happen until they get annihilated again in 2011.

  8. Eddie 8

    Goff was damn good just now talking about the supercity in the general debate, and it turns out he did table the newspapers yesterday. Unfortunately, the journalists aren’t watching by this time

    • Graeme 8.1

      All of them? Or a single copy of each?

      • Eddie 8.1.1

        He just said to the speaker they he had tabled them. Yesterday Goff said: “I seek leave to table the front page of every community newspaper in Auckland…To clarify the point, I am seeking leave to table an identical front page in every suburban newspaper in Auckland.” he was referring to one of each paper, that’s the clear and normal interpretation of his words

        • Graeme 8.1.1.1

          The uncorrected Hansard transcript:

          Hon Phil Goff: I seek leave to table the front page of every community newspaper in Auckland that ran the view that the Government was adopting a bullying approach—

          Mr SPEAKER: The member knows that the House takes a dim view of the tabling of newspaper articles. He sought leave to table the front page of every community newspaper. That would be a difficult challenge for him, because under the Standing Orders he must do that if leave is granted. If he raised that point of order purely to try to inject the comment he injected, that is out of order. The House will come back to order. I will put the leave he has sought, but I do not want to see the Standing Order abused.

          Hon Phil Goff: Can I speak further to the point of order, Mr Speaker? If a question is asked where I legitimately quote accurately the views that are expressed in the media, and the Prime Minister said, no, far from saying that, they said something else—in other words saying that the original quote was wrong—

          Mr SPEAKER: The member is bringing the substance of a debate into a point of order. The Standing Orders are very clear on how members should seek leave to table documents. I am merely pointing out that it is not acceptable to use that Standing Order to make a political point. The Standing Order is available for the tabling of documents. The member has sought leave to table the front page of every community newspaper in Auckland. If leave is granted, he will do that. Leave is sought to table the front page—

          Hon Pete Hodgson: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The leave that was sought was to table the front page of every community newspaper in Auckland that had stated that the Government was acting in a bullying capacity.

          Mr SPEAKER: Because it has been alleged that I misrepresented what the member sought leave for, I ask whether the member agrees that he is seeking leave to table the front page of every community newspaper.

          Hon Phil Goff: To clarify the point, I am seeking leave to table an identical front page in every suburban newspaper in Auckland.

          Mr SPEAKER: Leave is sought to table the front page of every suburban newspaper in Auckland. Is there any objection to that course of action? There is no objection. Those front pages will be tabled before the end of this sitting.

          • ripp0 8.1.1.1.1

            Hi Graeme,

            Thx for the transcript.. Can you assist me understand the following Speaker’s point — Mr SPEAKER: The member knows that the House takes a dim view of the tabling of newspaper articles.

            How long has this been the case.. or is the fellow expressing a personal opinion..
            (somehow it doesna look right for a Member to seeking table material that he knows the ‘House” holds a dim view of..

            Also if you wouldn’t mind.. is there an online link to the Hansard for such material matter..?

          • BLiP 8.1.1.1.2

            Thanks, again!

            Stupid me had thought Goff had bungled the procedure but, actually, he got what he wanted. Just goes to show,

            NOTE TO SELF – check whatTrevett says.

            Sorry, Phil.

        • Graeme 8.1.1.2

          At the end of each Parliament, the Standing Orders Committee reviews how the standing orders are working and makes recommendations – usually unanimously – for improvement, which are adopted in changes to the standing orders as one of the last things the House does (they do it at the end of a Parliament so that the Government is less likely to ram through changes to advantage it – contrast this with the US House of Representatives).

          The review at the conclusion of the last Parliament (available here)noted disquiet among MPs with the amount of House time taken pointlessly seeking leave to table this newspaper article or that – at the end of every oral question, whichever newspaper was be quoted from to show the minister (or opposition spokesperson) was being hypocritical or stupid or whatever would be sought to be tabled. Leave would be generally be denied, particularly if a great political speech came along with the leave request (I seek leave to table this newspaper article that shows the government is blah blah blah), and it was just generally annoying that it all happened so often.

          The rationale behind the tabling of a document is that it is made available for the members of the House to inform debate, etc. and when the process was being used to try to table newspaper articles everyone had already read it was all a bit of a waste of time.

          Anyway, the review noted this, and while not banning the practice (they want people to be able to table things) noted that it was supposed to be used to inform the House. They also added a requirement that when leave was sought to table something, it actually had to be tabled (as members were using the process of seeking leave to score their points, and then not bothering). Thus, with the House’s acceptance of this review, the Speaker has something to point to whenever someone tries to table a newspaper article.

          The transcripts of question time are made available here – http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Debates/QOA/ – generally at around 6pm on the same day.

          The rest of Hansard is made available here – http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Debates/Debates/ – but it takes a little longer.

          • ripp0 8.1.1.2.1

            muchos gracias senor!

            in a nutshell members ought table material to inform Members, and for real..

            which would suggest that any Member insisting on so-tabling has either done so (for real earlier) or intends doing so..( validating the Speaker’s point re absence )

            in say the event of a Speaker’s unwitting ignorance as to the provision or not I wonder whether an apology to a Member – public or private – would be in order…

            just wondering, answer welcome tho unnecessary 🙂

  9. Eddie

    I think that criticism of National for dropping the tax cuts previously promises is entiurely appropriate.

    They knew then that the world economy was sliding and there would be pressure on Government funding. They criticised Labour continuously for not giving tax cuts. Now they are acknowledging that the decision by Labour was the right one.

    So IMHO National can be criticised for making a promise it knew could not be kept and for breaking that promise. What is wrong with that?

    It really is a matter of trust.

    • Bevanj 9.1

      Nats can be trusted to give tax cuts when able, Labour can be trusted to offer election bribes like interest free student loans and a planned tax cut after 9 years.

      • BLiP 9.1.1

        Yeah, right.

      • Jungle Feaver 9.1.2

        Bevanj:

        Whether you like it or not National’s tax cuts were election bribes.

        • Jared 9.1.2.1

          All election promises are bribes of sorts are they not? Hell, Labour even promised to introduce a universal student allowance if re elected, and that wasn’t a bribe? Just like interest free student loans in the past….

    • aj 9.2

      Labour need to get across where we would be had the Nat got their way with tax large personal cuts instead of surpluses held and debt paid over the last few years. They need to expose the hypocrisy of their current postion. Of course this is not an easy task with media looking for simple explanations. At least Garner summed up Cullen’s legacy more or less correctly tonight.

    • Jared 9.3

      I disagree, when Tax Cuts were promised in 2008 no one was prepared for the impact of the economic land slide that has subsequently occurred, no one. So to allege that National knew it couldn’t keep their promise is patently false.

      • mickysavage 9.3.1

        Jared

        Sorry but for the past two years the news has been absolutely full of economic crises. Remember peak oil and the spike in oil prices? Can you recall that the subprime mortgage problems were already rolling then?

        Remember Michael Cullen saying that any further fiscal stimulus over the 2008 budget was irresponsible? Boy was he right.

        I and about 1 million followers of economics and left wing commentators were prepared and predicting it.

        • Jared 9.3.1.1

          Peak Oil had nothing to do with the current economic crisis, what it was down to was how exposed businesses were in the current debt market (the spike in oil prices wasn’t down to peak oil, it was down to speculators pushing the price up regardless of demand, OPEC has cut production dramatically). We knew after Bear Stearns collapsed that more were to follow and that more banking institutions needed to write down asset revaluations, but the impact was certainly unclear. It only really came to a head in september, but even then the impact on the relatively detached NZ Market wasn’t clear. We had little exposure to the subprime mortgage problem (bar a couple of Australian banks who had minor write downs), what really hit our market was the lack of credit. Michael Cullen was naturally cautious about any inflationary behaviour because of the Labour Governments policy of tackling inflation head on with a two pronged attack by both the treasury and the reserve bank.

          • mickysavage 9.3.1.1.1

            Peak oil has absolutely everything to do with the current crisis and this wonderful world that we live in will never be the same. Oil prices shot up to US$150 per barrell at the peak of economic activity because the world was using so much and the brakes were then applied really hard. Oil consumption then went down so that the expensive sources were no longer required but when the cheap sources dry up those expensive sources will then again come into play.

            Some families in the US found they could no longer pay their mortgages because they were spending so much on fuel and they folded, taking many banks down with them. The whole system was leveraged that much that a slight gust of wind created a hurricane.

            Sorry but you are looking at the end results without understanding the causes.

          • BLiP 9.3.1.1.2

            Peak oil had nothing to do with the economic depression? WTF!

  10. aj 10

    National election talk: No ifs but or maybes. Costed. North of $50.

    Now in 2008 an economic slide was fairly widely anticipated. To those who follow closely {that is, the opposite of the Dow 30,000 crowd} a significant downturn was expected. Economic modelling showed how vulnerable Labour’s surplus were to a downturn, how they would quickly turn to deficits. The surplus were not structural. National ignored all that and made promises they must have known they may not have been able to keep. If they didn’t know then they are not savvy enough to be in government.

  11. Jared 11

    Economic Modelling? All we had was circumstantial evidence from Cullen’s excuses as to why he couldn’t dol out tax cuts earlier, that he was saving the budget surplus for a rainy day. A downturn was expected, no doubt, but the impact and effect was far more substantial than expected. The PREFU stated this, and said even under the previous Labour management the economy was going to decline over the next 10 years. So I can hardly see how you can place the blame squarely on National. The modest approach would be to say that there was little either party could do, and that a decline in growth was to be expected.

    • Cullen did not want to give them because he did not think it was right to do so. Key promised them and said they were affordable. He now acknowledges that they are not and we cannot afford them.

      Why do some of the population think that Key and not Cullen should be in charge of the economy?

      • Jared 11.1.1

        Because, in the right market conditions tax cuts and a redistribution of the surplus would have likely had a positive effect on growth. Having a cautious approach towards the economy is fine if you are merely trying to control inflation. But considering the size of the surplus, it perhaps could have been more effective in better positioning us by encouraging growth than hoarding it for a rainy day. At the time the tax cuts were possible, yet the effect of the recession has been far worse than expected.

        • Pascal's bookie 11.1.1.1

          I remember when saint ronny ray-guns dished out the biggest tax cuts in history (at that point).

          All the supply siders messed their pants and the stockie market boiled.

          (there’s a parallel story about stagflation, what the fed was doing under Carter’s appointee and how well that man got on with the Laffer nuts, but that’s a different story than this one, and that one’s the story of how the ‘malaise’ got itself undone).

          But back to the taxy talk re the cuttin’ and the growin’.

          What grew mostest was the deficit in the govt’s books (well durr). Grew so much Mr Ray-guns had to follow up his first term record breaking cuts with some record breaking hikes in his second term.

          ( How those hikes was distributed is yet another story agin, that one’s more like the grapes of unrequited wrath, the side effects of which a Mr Mark Ames could tell you about, in his book, ‘Going postal’). But the Taxi tale is waiting.

          Next up on the presidenting gig was Bush the-less-nutty. He had to hike the taxes yit agin see, in his first and only term. Shit, there is starting to look like something’s wrong with the paradigm here dunnit? All these goppers havin to raise taxes.

          Never mind, here comes a demoncrat, by the name of Bubba. He does some more tax rasin see, and finally the ‘murcans gits themselfs a surplus. Bit of a boom occurs, low inflations thanks, and pay as you goes and all looks sense-i-full for a whiles with regards to the tax accounts. strange american bookeeping not wifstanding.

          Now comes bush the-lots-nutty-thank-you-very-much. He runz on the ‘cuttin of the taxes because a surplus is thefty’ line and wins big. Well, wins in court after mucho american style shenanigans, but no mind. He wins.

          Not his fault but the dotcom goes pops and with it the surplus what now becomes a deficit again, but not a huge one. Doctor McNutjob prescribes the laffer cure of tax cuts that fund themselves through faster growth, bye bye pay as you go. Deficit goes upwards.

          Dick Cheney (who’d appointed hisself as Mr VP go forth and torture branch) says, from his undisclosed tomb in an alternate universe, “Mr Ray-guns proved deficits don’t matter”. So more tax cuts for the ritchies, it’s good for what ails ya, if what ails ya is having a functioning gummint.

          And all lived happily ever afters, apart from all the dead people, and the ones that have had their life savings destroyed and those as yet unborn that will be picking up the tab. Huzzah! Thanks supply side fruitloops!!

          Now you may think some of the above is fanciful and unfair, with unsubstantiations and and the like. You may be right, you may not but you can’t complain, cause you started it.

          • ripp0 11.1.1.1.1

            Pb,

            have to admit to a big smile at your “Mr. Ray-Guns”.. reminescent as it was also of an Texan actor – Billy-Joe ? (can’t recall surname) in the DVD movie “The Edge of Darkness”. Movie-making in the Brit grit style, but only Billy could have delivered the conference punchline on Ray-Guns starwars deal back then.

            PS; If you haven’t seen this movie and have time and opp do so I’d recommend it..

    • Jared 11.2

      Oil consumption has dropped in some countries, thus demand has dropped, but the resulting price readjustment was down to more than just a drop in demand. Oil Speculators needed only 5-15% of the contract price to secure a futures contract and with significantly more responsibility for losses and less availability to funds, traders have almost all but stopped hedging on futures contracts. Futures trading alone was by far the largest factor behind the excessive pricing at the pumps. Prices peaked in June/July and dropped dramatically around the financial crisis in August/September (http://www.inflationdata.com/inflation/Inflation_Rate/Historical_Oil_Prices_Table.asp). Demand as you said dropped, not supply, yet peak oil assumes that demand exceeds supply and that free market economics increases prices to match dwindling supply. I still fail to see how “peak oil” is entwined in the financial crisis, considering economic trends have largely been disproving it as a theory. Infact, during 2008 supply far exceeded demand. Logically for prices to be impacted by supply, demand would need to exceed supply, which clearly was not the case. If anything, the financial crisis realigned pricing to a more reflective price. Considering supply already exceeded demand, the reduction in demand if anything showed excessive supply capacity.

  12. ThrustLabour 12

    Cullen sabotaged our economy by over-spending by $4.5 billion in the last budget, going to the extent of touting there was nothing left for national to do anything with, and still dickeysavage claims he was a financial genius (which gives us some insight into how clever you really are dickey – but for clarification we could measure it accurately against two short planks).
    National paid down far more debt in the 90’s so by that yardstick they’re clearly the real heroes. Spin it how you like, Cullen has left us in a terrible mess.
    The majority of the public back this government to do the right thing, even if it does mean breaking an election promise. We know it has to be done, we know it’s the right thing to do, and we support National’s decision to do it.
    Crying from the left that it is backpedalling on an election promise only shows how loast and desperate you are.

    [lprent: Assessment for troll status…
    Some attention to spelling is called for.
    Actually providing some links would also be useful with respect to the debt.
    Verdict – simple fool]

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 12.1

      The mere act of the government going back into surplus isn’t going to rescue the NZ economy. It will do little for our current account deficit and it will increase unemployment. Unless creative ways to improve productivity, creativity and export innovation are developed, NZ will stay 23rd in the OECD. Sacking a few public servants is not going create anything. Lets see how far Fiji’s economy develops after doing this.
      The World Bank in the 80s and 90s tried this approach in African countries time and time again and produced economic disaster after disaster.

      • Steve Withers 12.1.1

        The fascinating thing about all this is that much of NZ’s deficit is composed of money borrowed by private businesses: banks, whomever. If there is innovation and investment to be done, (and these are the people usually telling us it needs to be done), you’d think they would be doing it…..

        The reality is that some are, but most aren’t. They want someone else to do it so they can import it and clip the ticket. “best practice” is often a euphemism for sitting on your hands waiting to see how someone else innovated.

        The other tragedy of New Zealand business is that those who do innovate then tend to sell their businesses overseas…along with all that innovative IP they created. From that point onward, productivity improves by moving production offshore….so we end up importing what we innovated and used to make.

        For the past 25 years, we have not seen an NZ government that understands we are a tiny place far away from markets. If they understood that, they would not have allowed our industrial and creative infrastructure (mostly created behind tariff walls) to be run down and degraded as they have.

        Exactly where they thought the designers and engineers would come from after actually MAKING anything went offshore, I have no idea…and I don’t think they did (or do) either.

        NZ needs some mixture of openness and closedness. Otherwise, the situation we see today will continue to deteriorate as it has done since the day we decided to drop our pants in the global market….without reciprocity.

        As the scope of knowledge and experience across many sectors continues to shrink, the areas in which we might innovate shrink with it….and ticket-clippers carry on calling themselves “entrepreneurs” and looking down their noses at anyone who actually works for a living.

    • r0b 12.2

      Cullen sabotaged our economy by over-spending by $4.5 billion in the last budget

      Probably a good thing that he did. The economy needs a certain amount of stimulus to help ride out the current crisis, and against all international advice and precedent the National party has done nothing but sit on its hands. Without Cullen’s years of careful management and debt reduction (see above), and without the stimulus of his last budget, the recession (bad as it is) would have been even worse.

      • Bevanj 12.2.1

        The debt reduction was probably incidental as Labour couldn’t figure out how to bloat governance any faster.

  13. BunnyBrainz 13

    To be fair to Mr. Goff, Michael Cullen was warning National about their promised tax cuts as far back as 2007. In this story in the Sunday Star Times http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6229 Cullen states “I think if one says the amount… then the risk is if the international situation worsens then you end up at Budget time sort of drawing back from where you were. If you talk to any minister of finance around the world they’ll all tell you the picture for next year is fairly uncertain at this point.” So now National are acting like this recession was sprung on them? I believe the idea of a possible downturn in economic cliamte was forecast well before the election, but National still went ahead with promising tax cuts they were never sure they would be able to fulfill..

  14. aj 14

    What Mickeysavage said.

    Jared, “in the right market conditions tax cuts and a redistribution of the surplus would have likely had a positive effect on growth”

    If you get the ‘right’ market conditions and give tax cuts, what do you do when market conditions are not longer right? raise taxes? or borrow and hope.

    “perhaps could have been more effective in better positioning us by encouraging growth than hoarding it for a rainy day”
    Have you forgotten are the billion $ business tax cuts Cullen delivered on to boost bussiness and growth. You and Cullen are on the same page.

    Yes tax cuts are always ‘possible’. but the piper has to be paid. Even Graeme Scott treasury acolyte said that spending cuts could only be made with a razor and not an axe.

  15. Pascal's bookie 15

    I think I’ve got a comment in moderation, which is fair enough, it’s not the queen’s english.

  16. I agree. the question is a pointy-headed one. The numbers have changed rapidly over the past few weeks and months. National’s December estimations would have been based on data from months prior. No longer valid for forward planning.

    Obvious to almost anyone…..except whoever composed that question. Is someone setting Goff up to look bad, or is he doing that himself?

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  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 day ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    3 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    4 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    4 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    5 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    5 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    6 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
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    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
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    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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