John Key’s brighter future

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John Key brighter future

That was two weeks ago. Then today this happened.

97 comments on “John Key’s brighter future ”

  1. Bill 1

    I know that milk powder and wet milk are different commodities. But when I read the other day that UK farmers get 30p (about 60c) per litre for wet milk, I immediately thought that NZ farmers have a long way to fall yet.

    And nobody seems to mention that whereas the EU didn’t export milk until recently, it does now. Tell me that won’t have a huge, ongoing impact on global dairy prices.

    • lprent 1.1

      The Europeans are small cheese in the international milk market (groan).

      Look at the US who have probably tripled their portion of the international milk market in about 5 years in response to the very high prices and now provide about 50% of it. They have an enormous internal market, and the bit sloshing over the borders is teeny to that.

      I never understood why anyone thought that producing high cost (ie big herds using feeders) and not very processed (dehydrated powder!) milk products was ever going to make in-roads in the US market.

    • Jimmy 1.2

      Farmers would love 60c/per litre, the current Fonterra forecast of $3.85ms/kg is equivalent of approx 39c/per litre. So its the UK farmers that have a long way too fall.

    • Save NZ 1.3

      Free trade does not helps our farmers.

      Milk prices show the opposite is happening. Milk prices are falling with these trade deals.

      What is instead happening is that the foreigners are not buying our milk they are buying our entire farms and sending our food directly off shore.

      Our farm jobs are gone as the labour is imported in, cheaply.

      Our biggest export is being destroyed under our noses and the government are trying to make it worse by signing the TPP agreement so it can not be stopped and the other agreements.

      Yes, Labour signed the China/NZ one, but who cares, Labour being unclear on the issue is costing Labour, votes and making voters not trust them by saying MAYBE. Just say NO.

      NZ can not buy Chinese Farms but China (and everyone else) can buy NZ Farms. Does not sound fair to me?

      Today Milk solids are forecast $3.85 per kilo.

      When the China/NZ Free trade deal was made in 2008 milk solids were $7.59 per Kilo.

      Yes there is a short term spike which gets the locals into debt and then when the prices fall due to food scares which have increased under these free trade agreements then local farmers start to lose their farms and they are bought up in bulk by our overseas ‘trade’ partners.

      Look at the Kiwifruit industry also decimated under the ‘free’ trade where pollen carrying the virus wiped out the industry.

      The lesson that corporations show from Free trade is Don’t buy the milk when you can buy the cow and even better the farm! Don’t buy the fruit when you can buy the orchard. Don’t hire a Kiwi when you can bring in cheap labour.

  2. dv 2

    There was a report (NBR?) when a dairy farmer with 600 cows has been put into bankruptcy re a debt of 130k by the bank.

    There may be more to it, but that seemed pretty hard nosed of the bank

    • DoublePlusGood 2.1

      Should just herd the cows into the bank and leave them there then.

    • Graeme 2.2

      High likelihood the cows are leased, the farm’s leased too along with the tractor. And he’s down the hole by a few $/Kg. If he’s lucky he might own his undies, that’s if they aren’t part of what’s outstanding on his Farmlands card.

      That sort of structure is quite common now land and stock prices have gone so high. Some people made some silly decisions on the basis of one year at $8.40

    • GMan 2.3

      sad – i saw that to. NBR seem to be helping the banks PR? and maybe manipulating the dollar ??

  3. peterh 3

    The flag will save us

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

  5. My heart goes out to those who will be severely affected by this. You have led up the garden path and now you’ll have to find your own way home, meanwhile the bankers will make more money.

    • North 5.1

      That’s the sickening guts of it MM. All led up the garden path by an effete wannabe All Black, wannabe ‘Little Churchill’, wannabe confidante of the ‘Big O’, wannabe Balmoral courtesan, wannabe patriarch of a St Stephen’s Avenue Parnell ‘New Camelot’, wannabe every bloody thing high on gauche and tasteless. Personally I blame that grande dame of the National Party Michelle Boag and others of her weird ilk.

      Up-market madam like she’s been proselytising for that shrimp of a man for years.

      Now we pay. As The Ponce Key ponces us off ever more vigorously. The “Brighter Future” was always a very subjective thing.

      • CnrJoe 5.1.2


      • ropata 5.1.3

        right on brother.

      • tracey 5.1.4

        and farmers will keep voting For the Nat band

        • North

          They will…….unable to swallow the bitter pill that the fake Everyman they’ve always so craved to “have a beer with…….” was always the Wall Street/City of London hustler…….expertly, beamingly, wooing them through the front door of the glossy edifice of Chez Cargo Cult.

          On the inside……Oops !……big problem…….only the hustler and a select few have a swipe card for the escape door out back. Rejecting the bitter pill, nauseated stomachs will vomit hateful blame over everyone left, the hustler and crew having already departed enriched and beknighted.

          Too late mates……ya did it to ya’selves. No good looking to the poor. They never had anything anyway. The plunder left with your idol !

    • tracey 5.2

      250 to 300 Unitec staff to lose jobs. No government help cos the govt has caused it. spare a thought for these folks too. with families and mortgages in a shrinking job area cos of govt funding squeezes and a strategy to turn techs into factories for certain employers. backdoor employer welfare at the expense of passionate and hard working educators.

      • marty mars 5.2.1

        Yep heartfelt thoughts for all those facing uncertainty and loss of a job. I have been there, I remember the feelings and the fear.

        • tracey

          and through it all the genuine concern for students

          • Macro

            “customers” please!

            It puzzles me how the staff at UNITEC haven’t revolted at this. It changes them from educators, lecturers, and academics to the role of “shop assistants”. And I don’t want to disparage the role of shop assistants – but they have an entirely different role.

            • marty mars

              This shows the inhumanity of these policies and their proponents – they deliberately disregard the human cost to real live humans of their inhuman policies and they ARE inhuman because they revolve around money.

              Sometimes I wish I could pull the whole edifice down.

              • Macro

                I worked in a posh private school once (Horrid place – couldn’t wait to leave) it was a kindergarten to year 13 school and one newly appointed “CEO type” board member decided it would be a good idea if the staff considered the pupils as customers! Imagine a class of 5 year old “customers”! Fortunately he was quickly disabused of this idea.

              • Macro

                Yeah – hate the term “Human Resources” for exactly the same reason – people are people – not resources to be hired and discarded at a whim. The old “Personal Management ” was far better because it acknowledged that this section was actually dealing with people.

                • Based on your experience Macro do you see any connection/parallel between corporate speak and military speak?

                  • Macro

                    My military career ended in 1987 after 15 years in the RNZN and i returned to education. In the Navy I had several staff appointments in Personal roles and the emphasis was always directed towards ensuring the best for people. I remember one time we had been lobbying hard for increased payment for the people serving on our new inshore Patrol Craft. The govt (National at the time) had purchased these vessels and they were as usual the cheapest option. They were not the preferred vessel because they had been designed for the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific has a different wavelength so they were uncomfortable at best. Anyway the pollies were reluctant to give anymore money so the Admiral had the idea that it would be a good thing to bring them to Wellington and show them off to the powers that be. Fortunately there was a bit of a Southerly blowing at the time the dignitaries were taken out for a ride… The rip at the Heads was enough – back safely on land when the subject of hard line money was raised again it was “how much was it you were asking again?”
                    At that time we changed the service conditions from fixed term 8, 12 or 20 years to an open ended engagement. There was a sudden exodus in some trades. The airforce lost a number of pilots at that time to Air NZ, and we lost heavy electrical engineers to the “think big” projects. One of the roles of the Armed forces in Peace time is as a major training provider for the country. Many of the chefs in hotels and cafes around the country gained their City and Guilds qualifications in the Armed Forces for instance. We were the only places one could gain that sort of training in the 1980’s.
                    So in answer to your question – I would say that the corporate world moving into its neoliberal phase was way more involved in the “new speak” of “Human Resources”and the regard of people as units of production than any thought in the military.
                    There is the general idea that ones identity is reduced to a number in the military – and in some ways that is true. The need to become part of a company or unit and subsume ones identity to the body corp is real. But on the other hand the real military leader, is one who recognises the worth of all under his command, endeavors to openly acknowledge that worth, and works towards developing the full potential of all.

                    • Thank you.

                      Yes I was thinking of the whole ‘break them down to build them up’ idea. My brother was a army cadet – I chose Hare Krishna – it was interesting how they were quite similar in many ways.

                    • RedLogix

                      I was on the last research voyage of HMNZS Tui. A trip out of Devonport, and into the Southern Ocean. Then a long slow grid pattern working our way up the West Coast doing some of the very first research on the Great Oceanic Conveyor Current that rises up from the deep in eddies.

                      The first two days out of Auckland we had a quite nasty easterly storm. The first night I was tossed right out of my bunk and across the cabin twice, before I learned what a dodger was for.

                      The second day or so we met one of those offshore patrol boats somewhere off the East Coast. I thought we were having a rough time of it until I saw what those poor bastards were going through!

                      PS But on the other hand the real military leader, is one who recognises the worth of all under his command, endeavors to openly acknowledge that worth, and works towards developing the full potential of all.

                      This. My best ever boss was ex-Air Force.

                    • Macro

                      yeah Tui was a lovely little ship I had my worst mal de mer on her too! lol But fascinating that towed array. I saw the results of that round NZ survey she did – amazing.

                    • Macro

                      You know NZ was gifted her for $1.00! (for those who don’t know she was an ex USN mine sweeper) She had a huge array of batteries for silent running, she was powered normally by diesel electric, and had in her funnel a gas turbine – she could run on her bow thruster as well at around 6 knots. She is now growing coral and sea life off the Northland coast as an artificial reef.

                    • RedLogix

                      My digestion just shut down. I lived on juice for six weeks. Basically she just corkscrewed her way around the ocean.

                      One of my jobs was deploying the PTC (Pressure, Temperature, Conductivity) probe that we were using to plot the eddy structure. About every 20 min we’d stop and a crew guy on the weather deck above me would operate the winch, while I’d lift the probe over the side and we’d let it go for it’s run. The side deck (can’t remember it’s proper name) if you recall was not too far above the ocean.

                      Sometime on the midnight watch a full, solid bluey came right over the top of me. If not for mandatory harness – would not be here typing this. Didn’t even see it coming.

                    • Macro

                      🙂 Sounds like you were having fun 😉 – We were out off the East Coast deploying the towed array, and it was rough but sounds like it was pretty lumpy for your stint.

    • weka 5.3

      “My heart goes out to those who will be severely affected by this. You have led up the garden path and now you’ll have to find your own way home, meanwhile the bankers will make more money.”

      I would put some dairy farmers in the same category as the banks. Speculators. They knew there was a risk and they chose to bet the farm on it. The writing has been on the wall for a long time. It’s inconceivable to me that most wouldn’t know that the people at the end were going to get burnt.

      • marty mars 5.3.1

        Agreed – and they are still people and they will still suffer – for foolishness, greed, ignorance or whatever – they are pretty well just like everyone else in that respect imo.

        • weka

          That’s generous of you marty. I feel for the people that are doing the wage slavery in the dairy industry. The big farm owners who aren’t actually farming, not so much (or not any more than I would for say Key or Bennett ).

  6. Skinny 6

    The price of $3.85 is a living. The top dollar price our farmers were getting for many years was never going to last. So as they say “make hay while the sun shines.” Even out over the last 10 years it reads pretty good. The old families will be OK the Johnny come too late not a bright future.

    Guess there will be jobs on night shift at Affco/Talley’s. Straight to the Works after milking and a quick dinner, then 3 hours kip and get the heard into the shed for morning milking.

    • Graeme 6.1

      Which is where the tourism industry has been for the last 5 years, along with the most of the farmers who aren’t involved with dairy because of the high dollar. High because of the money flooding into the country to inflate (oh, I mean invest in) the dairy industry.

      We’ve got a gallery in Queenstown the drop in NZD from nearly USD 90c to 65c has been transformational for us, and I know a lot of people who are a lot happier about the coming season. There’s talk of movies again too.

      Hopefully we’ll get a period of more sustainable growth now the “hot” boom chasing money recovers from this dairy debacle.

      • Skinny 6.1.1

        In a market dictates all World, Kiwi consumers should see a drop in what they pay for their milk, and more importantly a drop in the price of beef in the supermarket’s. I actually noticed the price of Scotch fillet was cheaper today. It maybe a ploy from my local supermarket & Talley’s after I gave notice of our intentions to picket out front in support of the Talleyban? Anyway back on topic, some farmers will clear out their boner cow stock creating a glut similar to the over supply of milk.

        Another cliche “one man’s loss is another man’s gain”.

        The lower south pacific paso is good apart from the gas tank and if your a sucker for unnecessary imported consumer goods.

    • Jimmy 6.2

      Not so sure about that Skinny, it would work if we could have the low price farm input costs of 10years ago.

      • Graeme 6.2.1

        Maybe they’ll be going back to a lower input and cost model, or those that aren’t mortgaged to the hilt and trapped into the high input, marginal cost model might.

        It amazes me that people are banging on about NZ being a low cost producer, we were when pretty much all the feed came of the milking platform and a run-off. And without irrigation, now they are irrigating in traditionally green areas and dairying in dry areas with huge inputs. Going to be a few oopses coming up.

        • tracey

          and culling those who chased the high money converting on the basis the golden weather wouldnt end?

          • Jimmy

            Farmers I know are reverting back to more traditional grass based systems, but even with low input systems, the costs of essential products like fertilizer, supplement contractors, shed power, rubberware, detergents etc, have all increase a lot since 10 years back.
            And yes some will go too the wall, I know of two in Taranaki that the banks will be culling off their books after Christmas, although I shoulder most of the blame on the farmer/owners in this instance not payout.

            • Graeme

              It’s a sad inditement on the leadership in the industry that’s pushed the high input, marginal cost model. The banks and suppliers have made a killing out of saying the only way to make money was to get bigger. It’s all good until you’re in a negative cash flow situation and then it turns really bad really fast, and the finance costs reduce your options.

              Hopefully other industries and leadership groups will look at what’s happened here and learn some lessons, and show some leadership to their industries and the country. Part of this must be business and individuals shouldering responsibility for their decisions. It’s got to land back with the banks, investors and especially Fontera. They have to learn not to do it again.

              But I’m not hopeful, Federated Farmers is calling for the government to expedite irrigation and rural services,

              So they can produce even more and push the price even lower. They just can’t see what they are doing.

            • RedLogix

              And a few I’ve heard of going back to once a day milking Jimmy.

              And the palm kernel feed issue was never going to be sustainable either. And if more New Zealanders had seen the consequences of clearing tropical rain forest – we might not have been so sanguine about it’s use.

  7. Glenn 7

    According to Gareth Morgan’s site the lower dairy prices will give another boost to Auckland’s already over the top housing market.

    The lower dairy prices combined with a slowdown of the energy work in Taranaki are already affecting retailers in New Plymouth and things will get worse in the provinces. It’s not just the poor farmers who will be hit.
    The media keep pushing that dairy prices will stabilize and start rising in the not too far off future which I believe is a pipedream. I hope I am wrong however I think with the worldwide overproduction of dairy the drop still has someway to go..
    And Keys TPPA ain’t gonna help.

    • tracey 7.1

      ask the canadian dairy farmers why they have the model they do. its to weather the troughs cos they understand the cycle they are part of.

  8. Tombstone 8

    NZ now facing far greater ecomomic challenges than during the GFC while Key continues to claim that his handling of the economy is something to be proud of …. sure thing John. If you say so.

    • b waghorn 8.1

      Key will just keep importing money via investors.Its his mo

    • dv 8.2

      Nat Debt
      NZ$ 101,740,668,960

      Yes I saw that TS


      • ropata 8.2.1

        It’s really cool if you are a foreign creditor

      • millsy 8.2.2

        I have a feeling that once Key leaves (probably in 2 or 3 years), his sucessor will probably impose an austerity program that will make Richardson’s Black Budget look like tax-and-spend socialism.

    • maui 8.3

      Will be a real test of leadership. Oh, where’s our leader gone… John.. John.. are you there? Is there anyone there?.. Bill.. Bill?

  9. JanM 9

    I feel very sorry for individual farmers who will face tough times – I have experienced financial ruin at the hands of crooked developers, and being turned into ‘the other’ when the guillotine drops must be one of the more traumatic events that can happen in a lifetime.
    However, there must be some consequence for decades of the arrogance and stubbornness of voting for the Nats in the teeth of logic and with the support of the old boys club of Federated Farmers. Most of my family were/are farmers so I’ve heard all the arguments !
    I live out in the country and feel equally sorry for the cows so cramped in paddocks that they virtually have standing room only – so if this financial blowout stops that at least some good will have been done.

    • Macro 9.1

      I live out in the country and feel equally sorry for the cows so cramped in paddocks that they virtually have standing room only – so if this financial blowout stops that at least some good will have been done.


    • tracey 9.2

      and those who converted when price was high… including those in drought prone areas…

  10. RedLogix 10

    The dairy industry in this country will be just fine.

    It just won’t be owned by many New Zealanders anymore.

  11. keyman 11

    the is also the advent of the us mega dairy farms

    • Skinny 11.1

      I’ve never tasted American milk, I guess it won’t take long after the TPPA is signed.

      • ropata 11.1.1

        American grain-fed beef is really damn delicious.
        i had the best steak ever at a bbq in Hawaii

        • Thom Pietersen

          Yup, that’s true – our grass fed cows falling over from bloat and with withered udders taste like shit. Think of the poor coconuts who have the privilege of our ‘prime’ offal cuts.

          Top chaps us Kiwis, no racism here, yum, yum international offcuts – fuck you that’s all that’s on the boat.

          Btw – don’t buy green lid milk – why? It sits at the bottom were there’s less fat in the separation process – unfortunately so does the piss, and the old dears do like a piss when milked. Yummy yummy – straight on my weetbix.

          • marty mars

            “Think of the poor coconuts who have the privilege of our ‘prime’ offal cuts.”

            What does this mean?

            • Stuart Munro

              On top of the notorious mutton flaps.

              Even a casual glance at Gerry Brownlee tells you that the Gnats have a serious offal surplus – hence Key’s sales pitch “Get some guts”.

              One should not think of Key’s utterances as lies so much as tripe. If you hose the shit off them they can be sold to people you don’t like very much.

      • Macro 11.1.2

        It’s crap – and so is their insipid white butter – yuck!
        NZ butter is yellow because NZ milk contains high levels of carotin the result of our cows feeding on grass. Cows in the States and Canada are fed on corn and have low levels of Carotin in their milk. Americans think we colour our butter and can’t believe it that it is so yellow.
        Carotin converts to Vitamin A and retinal in the body which is why nightfighter pilots were said to eat loads of carrots.

  12. Ad 12

    First tv news prepared to cover a dairy farm foreclosure will open the floodgates on the government.

    First televised farm implement sale will send a shiver down the spines of the banks.

    With Labour apparently unable to win the weeks’ media with a rural story as astoundingly good as the Saudi sheep one, they should give up.

    NZFirst should be left to do all the rural stories, including the dairy collapse.

  13. hoom 13

    Rockstar Economy.
    On the verge of Something Special.

  14. keyman 14

    lets not forget farmers voted john key ,farmers polluted the rivers
    they externalized a lot of there costs to the environment and society ,and lot of them don’t pay tax we should not feel sorry for an industry that has not moved up the value chain failed to diversify and stupidly put all its eggs in one commodity and market.
    the crash of the dairy industry and very shortly the new Zealand economy is major case of we told you so Goldman Sachs has predicted a 10 year glut of milk its not coming back anytime soon. banks are not known for being understanding once you cant pay , government debt is going to rapidly increase as the private credit card is maxed out expect a fire sale of any public assets we have left

    • RedLogix 14.1

      Fire sale of entire country well underway. Pay attention 🙂

    • Draco T Bastard 14.2

      the crash of the dairy industry and very shortly the new Zealand economy is major case of we told you so Goldman Sachs has predicted a 10 year glut of milk its not coming back anytime soon.

      Not coming back soon? It’s not coming back ever. Dairy was the Last Hurrah of our agricultural exports. We’ll keep some high priced niche exports going but from here on out they’re in permanent decline as every other nation that we could afford to sell to is now producing their own and no matter how much National lowers our wages local product will always be cheaper.

      Countries do not and should not specialise.

      That is something that the RWNJs just don’t get and it’s what makes trade a small part of the economy and not something that we should be dependent upon.

      • keyman 14.2.1

        you’re right never and national has squandered the small window between the gfc and today to carry out reform to prepare new Zealand for this day and the future the fault and blame is the john key regime and the john key voters as George bush said these economic terrorists need to be smoked out and removed.

      • Mike the Savage One 14.2.2

        They screwed up long ago, also with dairy. Fonterra and others discovered rather late that one can make more from milk than mere milk powder and baby formula. Instead of learning from European countries, who have a long tradition in making countless high quality cheeses and other food products, all we produce is mostly second rate cheese and camemberts and so forth.

        Value adding was the way to go, and should have been pursued a long time ago, and quality and innovation is the only way to go in dairy.

        As for countries like China, they do not rest and slumber away by dreaming only, they are doing all to increase dairy production at home, like most countries do. It is idiotic for Fonterra and New Zealand farmers and some others to believe that while producing only 2 percent of world dairy, they can somehow be in some control of the world market and have ensured markets to sell to at a good price. Event hough New Zealand is a large exporter, that 2 percent of total production is only marginal.

        And like with dairy, too much is produced and exported from here, that has little value added. I have said this before, apart from some tech areas, New Zealand has an economy not dissimilar from a developing or so called “third world” economy.

  15. Smilin 15

    This another planned development of Global Austerity where the ruling finance corporations call the tune on now the value of commodities and the fact that the costs of war and global security are commanding the premium in the use of currencies to the extent that the west is being devalued in order to write off the losses resulting from military action because the immense cost that cannot be accounted for and this is because we have politicians who rule emotively rather than using what little brain they have to actually to put a country like our own in its true global position on a basis careful action in all facets of govt rather than this adherence to flash in the pan market driven debt based finance system which if this govt looked again how Muldoon dealt with it was far saner than National and Roger Douglas have done since even though Muldoon did commit a major crime in dumping Norman Kirks retirement fund just as this govt has done with Michael Cullens fund .
    The refusal to govern frugally by Keys desire to instill false hope of the nations ability to have a truly measured recovery of the economy is bad management and quite frankly put this nation on the road to ruin by not heeding the warnings that have been around in the last 3 yrs from brains greater than his ego
    Basically Key has been sucking the country dry

  16. Michael 16

    AFAICS, Labour’s “strategy” seems to be: keep silent and motionless; don’t say a word, especially about policy; and wait for enough middle class voters (about 200,000 under MMP, IIRC) to become disenchanted with Key to the point they tick the box for the B team in 2017. Then just walk into the Beehive and take over wherever the Nats (aka the A team) left off. Responsible government, confidence of the business community, horrendous child poverty, blah, blah. Whatever that litany may be, it certainly isn’t the agenda of a progressive social democratic political party that respects the integrity of a democratic political system, or one that respects the people it wants to trust it with office. OTOH, it’s worked before for them.

    • keyman 16.1

      team b will walk in to power in 2017 as the receivers of a trashed looted economy thank you national thank you John key and the greedy fuckers who voted for you I want to see a corruption probe into the national party if law enforcement can confiscate the proceeds of crime why cant we go for these bastards

    • JanM 16.2

      With an openly hostile press constantly at their heels it might be the only way to do things really

      • tracey 16.2.1

        if we added everything up that bas not turned out right… i bet it is a longer list than clarks govt… and it is nothing to do with gfc or earthquake cos those things provided usefull smokescreens for the lack of any real substance…. and still the wrongly named political journalists seem oblivious

    • Graeme 16.3

      It’s really sad that it appears this way, but there’s a huge opportunity for the non government parties to show leadership with this, and steer the country and economy to a sustainable path the respects New Zealand and those that live here.

      The “opposition” has bee doing an excellent job of determining how the country is run this term. It mightn’t look like it sometimes, but they have considerable control over what National can do and how they run things. Sometimes I wonder that the opposition parties aren’t doing better where they are than being on the other side of the house. It’s all about having a better country, and that’s having positive and engaging ideas, and engaging with the government when they get it right.

      A good example was Labour’s stance on the TPP end game. They read the situation very well and gave the govt. the space to say no.

      If they keep this strategy going they will little by little make the Nats look out of the picture and impotent. The 200,000 will slip away from the Nats, or they will have to go full Muldoon trying to keep them, and drive 500,000 away.

      By then it’s game over.

      But to be a progressive Government, we still have to hold that 2-500,000 voters. And that means doing the government thing very well, and for a long time.

      • keyman 16.3.1

        its hard to be progressive when a country is bankrupt that’s where fucken John key is taking us the writing is on the wall they’ve undone the path Helen Clarke put the country on. and done nothing to prepare the country for the years ahead its heart braking and sad

  17. millsy 17

    On a personal note, a couple I know have started a contract milking gig this season. The dairy price stats at the moment, suggest that they have an uphill battle ahead of them, especially given that milk output from the herd is more or less not being what it should be (no reflection on them, they are quite unsure about what is happening).

  18. Mike the Savage One 18

    The solution that the business “experts” and government may have is likely to be more immigration, by letting in more Filipino and other farm workers, who will work for next to nothing. And with many local farmers going bust next year, there will probably be more foreign buyers of farmland taking advantage of the desperate and debt laden farmers. So under the China NZ FTA, it may even be possible to bring in Mainland Chinese farm workers, who are replaced after a stint working here, by other such farm workers.

    As we know from the examples with the workers brought in to repair the faulty trains that Kiwirail bought from China, they may work for little more than a bowl of rice.

    That will “solve” the cost issues that now exist, and thus Key and his “brighter future” government can rub their hands again, saying, there is no crisis, farms have become “competitive” again, through “foreign investment”.

  19. Treetop 19

    John Key’s blighted future.

    Round 2 of the dairy crisis will be China buying up milk solids at a low price and stock piling. As well China has 2 trillion to buy up Aussie and Kiwi farms.

    Fonterra needs to be split into two, a domestic price and an international price. A cheaper domestic price for dairy would lead to a healthier society.

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    17 hours ago
  • Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passes first reading
    The Coalition Government’s Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which will improve tenancy laws and help increase the supply of rental properties, has passed its first reading in Parliament says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The Bill proposes much-needed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 that will remove barriers to increasing private ...
    1 day ago
  • Montecassino Commemorative Address, Cassino War Cemetery
    Standing here in Cassino War Cemetery, among the graves looking up at the beautiful Abbey of Montecassino, it is hard to imagine the utter devastation left behind by the battles which ended here in May 1944. Hundreds of thousands of shells and bombs of every description left nothing but piled ...
    1 day ago
  • First Reading – Repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
    I present a legislative statement on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill Mr. Speaker, 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. Thank you, Mr. ...
    1 day ago
  • First reading of 7AA’s repeal: progress for children
    The Bill to repeal Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act has had its first reading in Parliament today. The Bill reaffirms the Coalition Government’s commitment to the care and safety of children in care, says Minister for Children Karen Chhour.  “When I became the Minister for Children, I made ...
    1 day ago
  • China Business Summit 2024
    Kia ora koutou, good morning, and zao shang hao. Thank you Fran for the opportunity to speak at the 2024 China Business Summit – it’s great to be here today. I’d also like to acknowledge: Simon Bridges - CEO of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. His Excellency Ambassador - Wang ...
    1 day ago
  • Assisted depatures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.    “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing ...
    2 days ago
  • Assisted departures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.  “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing them ...
    2 days ago
  • Government to rollout roadside drug testing
    The Coalition Government will introduce legislation this year that will enable roadside drug testing as part of our commitment to improve road safety and restore law and order, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Alcohol and drugs are the number one contributing factor in fatal road crashes in New Zealand. In ...
    2 days ago
  • Minister responds to review of Kāinga Ora
    The Government has announced a series of immediate actions in response to the independent review of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “Kāinga Ora is a large and important Crown entity, with assets of $45 billion and over $2.5 billion of expenditure each year. It ...
    2 days ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour is pleased that Pseudoephedrine can now be purchased by the general public to protect them from winter illness, after the coalition government worked swiftly to change the law and oversaw a fast approval process by Medsafe. “Pharmacies are now putting the medicines back on their ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand-China Business Summit
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Da jia hao.  Good morning everyone.   Prime Minister Luxon, your excellency, a great friend of New Zealand and my friend Ambassador Wang, Mayor of what he tells me is the best city in New Zealand, Wayne Brown, the highly respected Fran O’Sullivan, Champion of the Auckland business ...
    3 days ago
  • New measures to protect powerlines from trees
    Energy Minister Simeon Brown has announced that the Government will make it easier for lines firms to take action to remove vegetation from obstructing local powerlines. The change will ensure greater security of electricity supply in local communities, particularly during severe weather events.  “Trees or parts of trees falling on ...
    5 days ago
  • Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani win top Māori dairy farming award
    Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani were the top winners at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy awards recognising the best in Māori dairy farming. Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka announced the winners and congratulated runners-up, Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, at an awards celebration also attended by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Finance Minister ...
    5 days ago
  • DJ Fred Again – Assurance report received
    "On the 27th of March, I sought assurances from the Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs, that the Department’s correct processes and policies had been followed in regards to a passport application which received media attention,” says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “I raised my concerns after being ...
    5 days ago
  • District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins has announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges, to replace Judges who have recently retired. Peter James Davey of Auckland has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based at Whangarei. Mr Davey initially started work as a law clerk/solicitor with ...
    6 days ago
  • Unions should put learning ahead of ideology
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour is calling on the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) to put ideology to the side and focus on students’ learning, in reaction to the union holding paid teacher meetings across New Zealand about charter schools.     “The PPTA is disrupting schools up and down the ...
    6 days ago
  • Craig Stobo appointed as chair of FMA
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly today announced the appointment of Craig Stobo as the new chair of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). Mr Stobo takes over from Mark Todd, whose term expired at the end of April. Mr Stobo’s appointment is for a five-year term. “The FMA plays ...
    6 days ago
  • Budget 2024 invests in lifeguards and coastguard
    Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Coastguard New Zealand will continue to be able to keep people safe in, on, and around the water following a funding boost of $63.644 million over four years, Transport Minister Simeon Brown and Associate Transport Minister Matt Doocey say. “Heading to the beach for ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and Tuvalu reaffirm close relationship
    New Zealand and Tuvalu have reaffirmed their close relationship, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says.  “New Zealand is committed to working with Tuvalu on a shared vision of resilience, prosperity and security, in close concert with Australia,” says Mr Peters, who last visited Tuvalu in 2019.  “It is my pleasure ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand calls for calm, constructive dialogue in New Caledonia
    New Zealand is gravely concerned about the situation in New Caledonia, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.  “The escalating situation and violent protests in Nouméa are of serious concern across the Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.  “The immediate priority must be for all sides to take steps to de-escalate the ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand welcomes Samoa Head of State
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met today with Samoa’s O le Ao o le Malo, Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, who is making a State Visit to New Zealand. “His Highness and I reflected on our two countries’ extensive community links, with Samoan–New Zealanders contributing to all areas of our national ...
    6 days ago
  • Island Direct eligible for SuperGold Card funding
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has announced that he has approved Waiheke Island ferry operator Island Direct to be eligible for SuperGold Card funding, paving the way for a commercial agreement to bring the operator into the scheme. “Island Direct started operating in November 2023, offering an additional option for people ...
    7 days ago
  • Further sanctions against Russia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further sanctions on 28 individuals and 14 entities providing military and strategic support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  “Russia is directly supported by its military-industrial complex in its illegal aggression against Ukraine, attacking its sovereignty and territorial integrity. New Zealand condemns all entities and ...
    7 days ago
  • One year on from Loafers Lodge
    A year on from the tragedy at Loafers Lodge, the Government is working hard to improve building fire safety, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “I want to share my sincere condolences with the families and friends of the victims on the anniversary of the tragic fire at Loafers ...
    7 days ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Auckland Business Chamber
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for having me here in the lead up to my Government’s first Budget. Before I get started can I acknowledge: Simon Bridges – Auckland Business Chamber CEO. Steve Jurkovich – Kiwibank CEO. Kids born ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Vanuatu to deepen collaboration
    New Zealand and Vanuatu will enhance collaboration on issues of mutual interest, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “It is important to return to Port Vila this week with a broad, high-level political delegation which demonstrates our deep commitment to New Zealand’s relationship with Vanuatu,” Mr Peters says.    “This ...
    1 week ago
  • Penk travels to Peru for trade meetings
    Minister for Land Information, Chris Penk will travel to Peru this week to represent New Zealand at a meeting of trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific region on behalf of Trade Minister Todd McClay. The annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting will be held on 17-18 May ...
    1 week ago
  • Minister attends global education conferences
    Minister of Education Erica Stanford will head to the United Kingdom this week to participate in the 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) and the 2024 Education World Forum (EWF). “I am looking forward to sharing this Government’s education priorities, such as introducing a knowledge-rich curriculum, implementing an evidence-based ...
    1 week ago
  • Education Minister thanks outgoing NZQA Chair
    Minister of Education Erica Stanford has today thanked outgoing New Zealand Qualifications Authority Chair, Hon Tracey Martin. “Tracey Martin tendered her resignation late last month in order to take up a new role,” Ms Stanford says. Ms Martin will relinquish the role of Chair on 10 May and current Deputy ...
    1 week ago
  • Joint statement of Christopher Luxon and Emmanuel Macron: Launch of the Christchurch Call Foundation
    New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and President Emmanuel Macron of France today announced a new non-governmental organisation, the Christchurch Call Foundation, to coordinate the Christchurch Call’s work to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.   This change gives effect to the outcomes of the November 2023 Call Leaders’ Summit, ...
    1 week ago
  • Panel announced for review into disability services
    Distinguished public servant and former diplomat Sir Maarten Wevers will lead the independent review into the disability support services administered by the Ministry of Disabled People – Whaikaha. The review was announced by Disability Issues Minister Louise Upston a fortnight ago to examine what could be done to strengthen the ...
    1 week ago
  • Minister welcomes Police gang unit
    Today’s announcement by Police Commissioner Andrew Coster of a National Gang Unit and district Gang Disruption Units will help deliver on the coalition Government’s pledge to restore law and order and crack down on criminal gangs, Police Minister Mark Mitchell says. “The National Gang Unit and Gang Disruption Units will ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand expresses regret at North Korea’s aggressive rhetoric
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today expressed regret at North Korea’s aggressive rhetoric towards New Zealand and its international partners.  “New Zealand proudly stands with the international community in upholding the rules-based order through its monitoring and surveillance deployments, which it has been regularly doing alongside partners since 2018,” Mr ...
    1 week ago
  • New Chief of Defence Force appointed
    Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies MNZM is the new Chief of Defence Force, Defence Minister Judith Collins announced today. The Chief of Defence Force commands the Navy, Army and Air Force and is the principal military advisor to the Defence Minister and other Ministers with relevant portfolio responsibilities in the defence ...
    1 week ago
  • Government puts children first by repealing 7AA
    Legislation to repeal section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act has been introduced to Parliament. The Bill’s introduction reaffirms the Coalition Government’s commitment to the safety of children in care, says Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “While section 7AA was introduced with good intentions, it creates a conflict for Oranga ...
    1 week ago
  • Defence Minister to meet counterparts in UK, Italy
    Defence Minister Judith Collins will this week travel to the UK and Italy to meet with her defence counterparts, and to attend Battles of Cassino commemorations. “I am humbled to be able to represent the New Zealand Government in Italy at the commemorations for the 80th anniversary of what was ...
    1 week ago
  • Charter schools to lift educational outcomes
    The upcoming Budget will include funding for up to 50 charter schools to help lift declining educational performance, Associate Education Minister David Seymour announced today. $153 million in new funding will be provided over four years to establish and operate up to 15 new charter schools and convert 35 state ...
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference consultation results received
    “The results of the public consultation on the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons has now been received, with results indicating over 13,000 submissions were made from members of the public,” Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden says. “We heard feedback about the extended lockdowns in ...
    1 week ago

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