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Joyce’s latest brainfart

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, May 19th, 2012 - 45 comments
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Minister for Talking Big and Not Delivering, Steven Joyce, had his second opinion piece in the Herald of the year (the Herald doesn’t usually run politicians’ opinion pieces) and, naturally, it bore no relation to the ‘vision’ in the previous one, or any of the 5 point strategies or 8 point action plans he has produced to date. Instead, it said ‘wouldn’t it be great if more international students came here?’. Problem is, his actions are driving them away.

Joyce vacuously notes that the universities of New South Wales and Queensland have a similar number of students as Auckland but twice as many of them are fee-paying international students. Seemingly, this means it should be no thing to double the number of international students coming to New Zealand.

To which we’re left asking: so what are you doing about it?

Well, putting $10 million a year marketing. OK, sounds good.

But, wait. International student numbers plunged 7% last year. Why?

Because Joyce is cutting tertiary education.

With the exception of Waikato, each New Zealand university’s international ranking has fallen under National. Auckland has plunged from 65th to 82nd – and that’s the only one in the top hundred.

How are you going to get more people to come to student at universities of declining relative quality? ‘Study in Auckland, at least it’s not Tasmania!’

This is really typical Joyce – cut the quality and up the marketing. It’s no good for our young people trying to get an education, and it sure won’t get more people to come here to study from overseas.

45 comments on “Joyce’s latest brainfart”

  1. captain hook 1

    well his rationale for ultra fast broadband was so, nudge nudge wink wink people could “DOWNLOAD” faster, so maybe they will come for that?
    nice lil ole law abiding country that we tell everybody else we are.
    anyway his lack of vision and any sort of nous about how the real world works is becoming cruelly exposed for the pinheaded sort of haalf assed nonsense it always was.

  2. Dave Guerin 2

    I agree that Joyce’s op-ed was ridiculous but the reason for the decline in export education last year was the Chch quakes.The 37% loss in Canterbury students could not be made up by growth elsewhere.

    You can find the full stats at http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/__data/assets/excel_doc/0019/102592/Export-Education-Levy-Full-Year-2003-to-2011.xls

    • bbfloyd 2.1

      which is why auckland university is falling away in standards…. right…maybe i’m just cynical, but that looks like more bullshit excuses to me..

      • Bill 2.1.1

        Aren’t reduced world rankings and declining numbers of international students seperate issues, bbfloyd? Or is the argument that the foreign students are the smart one’s who held the rankings up?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.2

      The Saudis have said they are coming to Auckland instead of Christchurch- excuse gone by breakfast

    • Vicky32 2.3

      I agree that Joyce’s op-ed was ridiculous but the reason for the decline in export education last year was the Chch quakes

      I know of at least one Christchurch language school which decided to open up here (Auckland) only to discover that the students don’t want to come to New Zealand at all. (I interviewed with them, they’re the kind of language school that gives all of them a bad name.)

  3. I hear a lot of comments about how this guy is supposed to be one of the smart ones in this National-led Government, and here we are seeing him parading an ignorance that for a Minister of the Crown is simply breath-taking.

    • Kevin Welsh 3.1

      Not really Robert, he shares that piece of turf with those other mental giants Brownlee, Bennett and Key.

      • Hami Shearlie 3.1.1

        Not to mention McCully and “Maestro” Jonathon Coleman! Kate Wilkinson gets the nod as does Anne Tolley , I’m on a roll now, it’s hard to stop really, KW!

  4. millsy 4

    Quite frankly, if our public Universities, polytechs and schools started focusing on educating NEW ZEALANDERS rather than trying to attract as much international students as possible, then this country will be a lot better off.

    Quite frankly, they will spend more time and money catering to the international students, because they bring the money in, rather than focusing on edcuating New Zealanders.

    • bbfloyd 4.1

      further to that idea…. if we had universities that produced world class outcomes, as in highly skilled and trained academics, scientists, physicians, and researchers, then ther would be a demand for places from overseas students….

      that is how universities attract fee paying students… give them something worth paying for…the egg cometh before the chicken…. and who will pay money to be given a second rate diploma?

    • marsman 4.2

      Quite right millsy. And besides generations of New Zealanders have contributed financially to our Universities and we are still contributing. They have been and are an investment in our children and grand-children’s further education.
      If half the places at Universities are taken by overseas students our own children will be unable to use the facilities provided for them.
      Sneaky Steven Joyce’s Tertiary Education Scam is akin to a State Asset sale.

      • bbfloyd 4.2.1

        so, if we had universities that produced top class outcomes for new zealanders, and that created interest from overseas, then expanding campuses to accommodate the influx wouln’t be out of the question?

        • marsman 4.2.1.1

          Sounds good to me bbfloyd.

          • jsrret 4.2.1.1.1

            that already happened marsman, why do you think there are international students here now? did they perhaps come here on the off chance that the nz system will suddenly improve right after they arrive in the country?… what a dick… and now we hear racist old lefties like marsman and millsy saying the new buildings and campuses were paid for by taxpayers so dirty little asians have no place on those campuses no matter how many more tens of thousands of dollars each of them pay to be there than is paid by good “new zealand” students

            • marsman 4.2.1.1.1.1

              ‘and now we hear racist old lefties like marsman and millsy saying the new buildings and campuses were paid for by taxpayers so dirty little asians…. ‘ You are way out of line with those comments, those are your nasty little words not mine!

  5. captain hook 5

    well unless they start paying the academic staff what they are worth then the universities in new zealand are going to go into a slow decline anyway.
    you cant have it both ways.

  6. With the exception of Waikato, each New Zealand university’s international ranking has fallen under National.

    If we’re dishing political blame for the decline in NZ universities’ international rankings, it’s actually Labour that needs to be dipped in shit. It was the previous govt that shifted funding from universities to students, with the fairly predictable effects that we’re seeing now (predictable in the very real sense that the NZ VC’s committee was predicting it while Labour was still in power). National’s share of the blame is only that they haven’t had the bollocks to undo the changes made by their predecessors.

    …if our public Universities, polytechs and schools started focusing on educating NEW ZEALANDERS rather than trying to attract as much international students as possible, then this country will be a lot better off.

    That’s simply not true in the case of universities – or at least, it’s not true unless we get a government that involves neither Labour nor National, which isn’t very likely. Under both parties, international students are a net gain for universities while NZ students are a net loss. Without the international students, university qualifications for locals would be more expensive – presumably, neither students nor the taxpayers funding their education would be keen on that.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1

      They didnt shift funding- it was new funding. What made you think the paying for interest on student loans money was taken from the universities budget.
      Of course the institutions now think its their money

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.2

      The student loan funding comes out of the Ministry of Social development.

      It was NEVER university funding anyway

      a total of $1,590 million on payments for student loans.
      http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/2011/estimates/index.htm/182.htm

      • Psycho Milt 6.2.1

        The way the scam worked was that Labour could say it had increased funding to “tertiary education” because money spent on students can be categorised as tertiary education funding. The per-student funding for universities declined in real terms at the same time as universities’ costs were rising faster than inflation (for things like IT, the academic publishing ripoff, lab equipment), but Labour could truthfully claim “tertiary education funding” had increased. National’s merely continued with the mess Labour created because fixing it would be extremely voter-unfriendly, and international rankings for our universities have suffered accordingly.

    • DH 6.3

      “Under both parties, international students are a net gain for universities while NZ students are a net loss.”

      It actually looks the opposite if you examine the numbers Joyce has given. Based on total income in 2011 of $950m and roll of 40,000 the average income from all students at Auck Uni was roughly $24,000 per student. Joyce’s figures say the average income from international students in 2010 was $14,000 per student ($68m / 4800)

      Extra fee paying students are generally only financially beneficial when the Uni is not using its existing resources to the full potential, they bring in extra money without the proportionate increase in costs. Too large an increase however would necessitate spending on more resources and in all likelihood cause the Uni to lose money or at best break even.

      The current & ex students here would be better informed on this than me but I can’t see Auckland Uni being able to absorb another 8000 students without substantial new capital investment and a lot more staff. Joyce only refers to the income & ignores the costs which is very misleading IMO.

  7. fatty 7

    “It was the previous govt that shifted funding from universities to students”

    Its true that Labour have, and will again soon, underfund universities.
    But I disagree that the funding went to students. Student debt spiralled out of control under Labour, they crippled a generation. Loaning is not funding. Labour underfunded universities AND students.

    “National’s share of the blame is only that they haven’t had the bollocks to undo the changes made by their predecessors.”

    Good point…Uncle John molests uni students the same way that Aunty Helen did

    This was at the end of Labour’s 9 year effort;
    http://www.students.org.nz/index.php?page=10_billion

    • Jim Nald 7.1

      Time for a Greece-like default. Go on, Natz & Labour, you know you don’t want to.

      • fatty 7.1.1

        I’m praying for hyper inflation…it’ll write-off my student loan. You know the socio-economic status of a country is screwed when 2 generations would be better off with a complete crash of our economy

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 7.1.2

        Jim Nald, I wonder: when people who know something about economics (obviously not you) point out that NZ and Greece are not comparable, do you have the command of English necessary to understand them?

    • But I disagree that the funding went to students.

      In 2008, the last year Labour was in power, the NZVCC reported that the proportion of NZ’s tertiary education spend that was going to students was 42%, compared with an OECD average of 18%. Total student debt may have also gone up a lot, but that was an inevitable consequence of encouraging more people into university study, and an especially-inevitable consequence of offering interest-free loans.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 7.2.1

        Its only interest free if they pay it back. The repayments are the same, just the time to repay is less.
        The universities certainly arent going to get the money allocated for paying interest on student loans.
        You are just using pyscho babble .

      • Psycho Milt 7.2.2

        Try actually reading the comment. There are two points:

        1. Labour directed funding to students rather than universities. This is illustrated by the NZVCC’s 2008 reference to NZ spending 42% of its tertiary ed funding on students, compared with an OECD average of 18%.

        2. The big increase in total student debt under Labour that Fatty refers to is explained by the fact it encouraged more people to take up tertiary study and the fact that it introduced interest-free loans. As you may recall, an increase in total debt was predicted as an obvious outcome when interest-free loans were introduced.

        • millsy 7.2.2.1

          PM, do you want to raise financial barriers to study?

          • Psycho Milt 7.2.2.1.1

            What I want doesn’t really come into it. The options are: continue with the status quo and the accompanying slide down the rankings; increase universities’ funding through whatever means; reduce the number of students. There’s unpleasantness of some description, no matter which option is chosen.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 7.2.2.2

          “increase in total debt was predicted as an obvious outcome when interest-free loans were introduced”

          Really . You can show that?. The rising debt was an outcome of bringing in student loans to start with.

      • fatty 7.2.3

        “In 2008, the last year Labour was in power, the NZVCC reported that the proportion of NZ’s tertiary education spend that was going to students was 42%, compared with an OECD average of 18%.”

        I accept that money went to students, but that was a loan, so I wouldn’t consider it ‘funding’. That’s like claiming a punch in face is ‘giving someone a hand’…you are ignoring the fact that the ‘hand’ is a violent fist.

        “Total student debt may have also gone up a lot, but that was an inevitable consequence of encouraging more people into university study, and an especially-inevitable consequence of offering interest-free loans.”

        That’s Don Brash logic. Student debt exists firstly because we choose education to be a personal responsibility and a personal asset…eduction should be a productive part of an inclusive society and a human right.

        • Psycho Milt 7.2.3.1

          Student debt exists not because we regard education as a private good (if we did, you’d be borrowing to cover 100% of the teaching costs, not 40% or so), but because there was no way to handle the increased numbers of students over the last 25 years and the increasing costs of tertiary ed under the old free education system. That remains a problem to be overcome by anyone proposing to do away with student fees – how to go back to the old $200 a year system without going back to the same low numbers of students.

          Also, you may not consider the money spent on student loans to be “tertiary education funding,” but both Labour and National govts do – which is the whole point.

          • Colonial Viper 7.2.3.1.1

            but because there was no way to handle the increased numbers of students over the last 25 years and the increasing costs of tertiary ed under the old free education system.

            We could have focussed on creating good trades and technical jobs, encouraging young people to train for them, and developing productive industries for them to grow long term careers in.

            Instead of all these worse than useless BAs, BComs and law degrees.

          • fatty 7.2.3.1.2

            “Student debt exists not because we regard education as a private good (if we did, you’d be borrowing to cover 100% of the teaching costs, not 40% or so)”

            Considering something a personal responsibility or a personal asset does not mean the Government should or does separate itself from it. That’s a Libertarian/laissez faire interpretation of personal responsibility. To assume my statement was framed in that perspective is illogical, don’t play dumb to twist my argument based on an ideology the has not existed in modern NZ…back your ability if you think you have an argument. I was obviously talking about our third-way/neo-lib form of ‘individual responsibility’ that has been embedded in NZ politics since the 1980s.

            “because there was no way to handle the increased numbers of students over the last 25 years and the increasing costs of tertiary ed under the old free education system. That remains a problem to be overcome by anyone proposing to do away with student fees – how to go back to the old $200 a year system without going back to the same low numbers of students.”

            I think its quite simple, rearrange the tax to make a more equitable society and then you won’t have loads of people going to uni. At the moment the only option to get up the ladder or to receive a liveable wage is through higher education. Most of the people at uni would much rather be working if a fair wage was given. We could offer free education to people who wanted it, or for jobs that need it. Its the slow death of the middle class that has created the high uni enrolments.

            “Also, you may not consider the money spent on student loans to be “tertiary education funding,” but both Labour and National govts do – which is the whole point.”

            LOL…I’m not stupid enough to fall for the cheeky semantics of our leaders. ..you go for it

  8. Murray Olsen 8

    When I was a PhD student in Auckland I predicted that the number of overseas fee paying students would fall as the standards dropped to make sure those who were coming got a return on their investment. This is exactly what happened. Now I work at an Australian university which is doing basically the same thing, with the result that the academic staff get overloaded trying to teach postgraduates with straight A CVs from their home countries who are unable to understand first year concepts. Trying to run our universities on foreign fees may be good to redecorate Vice Chancellor’s offices in the short term, but will lead to them concentrating on remedial reading and arithmetic in the long term and make us an international laughing stock.

  9. prism 9

    What a good idea to be always milking something, now our education systems international income. Reducing investment in our universities won’t help in attracting students and dropping us down the world varsity pecking order. But another policy, capping NZ places will allow for more international students. Good idea, seeing we are happy to proceed with policies based on prejudice, personal opinion with a few facts sprinkled on top for garnish.

    Providing more pastoral care for the foreign students both female and male, would help to reduce the crime, personal disasters like unwanted pregnancies, deaths etc that crop up from time to time and get a lot of attention that affects student location decisions negatively. Nothing can be done about scary earthquakes, and unfortunately for them and for the country, a large number of students were killed or injured in oone building in Christchurch.

    The students are young and in a different culture away from their parents and their own culture. And we’re not the friendly isles though that’s the image we want to reflect. We need to concentrate on providing good quality learning and living.

    • Vicky32 9.1

      And we’re not the friendly isles though that’s the image we want to reflect.

      Sadly true!
      My students aren’t at Universities, though many perhaps most, are at the schools where I work in hopes of getting a good enough IELTS for whatever university study they want to undertake.
      However, many have told me about being insulted as foreigners taking ‘our jobs’ even though if they work, they work for relatives (one girl has a hateful job as a kitchen hand in her uncle’s Korean restaurant – his price for giving her accommodation here. He’d never hire a New Zealander, he doesn’t have to, with her free labour!)… 

      • prism 9.1.1

        I wonder if she has to work in the restaurant till 10pm and then try to study while tired and smelling of hot oil and onions. At least she ought to get a meal there.

        • Vicky32 9.1.1.1

          I wonder if she has to work in the restaurant till 10pm and then try to study while tired and smelling of hot oil and onions

          Exactly that, as far as I know! She told me that she has no choice, because he’s her uncle, she ‘owes’ it to him… Most of the Asian students are not at all rich, even though Joe and Joanne Bloggs in the street tend to assume that they are.
          Many of those from the ME are however, although most of the Saudis are on scholarships from their government, which watches them like a hawk, and frequently calls them in for meetings. Not a position I would want to be in, from what I know of the Saudi govt!

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    6 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    6 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    6 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
    Sustained high growth in primary industry exports looks set to continue over the next two years with strong prices predicted for farmers, fishers, growers and rural communities. Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today released the latest Situation and Outlook report for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
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    4 days ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
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    5 days ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
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    5 days ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
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    5 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
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