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Just like Ruth, Jim and Jenny

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 pm, May 30th, 2011 - 131 comments
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Having starved the economy and created record unemployment the government is now preparing to stick the knife into the Kiwis it has failed – if they can’t find a job in this broken economy they’ll see their benefits reduced.

Of course like all welfare policies this is an employment policy in disguise. People will just take worse and worse work as the safety net shrinks and and increased labour market supply depresses the price of labour and the quality of jobs. The macro-economic effect will be to depress wages and conditions across the board.

Workers should take note of the whitcoulls workers who have been told to ditch their redundancy and overtime rates or land in the dole queue – that’s coming for each and everyone of you and just like in the 90’s the employers’ catch-cry will be “if you don’t like it there’s a hundred beneficiaries who’d do it for half the price.”

If it wasn’t for all the misery this is going to cause I’d be getting nostalgic – it’s starting to feel just like Ruth, Jim and Jenny are back.

131 comments on “Just like Ruth, Jim and Jenny”

  1. tc 1

    And it’ll all be done with a smile n wave as always

  2. Cin77 2

    I was reading this on the NZHerald website and one of the links on the page was to an article from the 17th about how the public sector is being given job cut targets. It makes no sense to me how the fulla that runs our country can take those jobs away and then kick the newly jobless guys right in the balls like that.

    This is the first time I’ve really paid attention to this sort of thing. Is it always this… so… fucked up?

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Its a good thing for businesses and large corporates to have large numbers of excess skilled workers dumped into a labour pool , because you start getting a work force which is desperate for a job, any job, at any low wage.

      And when you employ them you can push employees harder and meaner, and they cannot afford to fight back or risk being dumped straight back on to the unemployment slag heap.

      Currently, more than 1 in 6 NZ born Kiwis have moved to Australia, or overseas long term, that should give you an indication of how “fucked up” things have gotten in this country.

    • Welcome to the real world Cin77

    • Vicky32 2.3

      Pretty much, yes…

  3. Richard 3

    It seems to me that the job market is shrinking rapidly… government jobs are on the decline, overseas investors who moved to NZ and invested here are considering moving elsewhere lest they be kicked out in case they get ill or have a risk of a heart attack in the next 30 years.

    Add to this, the issues Christchurch will have, and what do you do? Christchurch will only really see some serious construction it seems in 6-12 months, maybe more (for commerical property, whos going to put up a high rise building when theres buildings around the site that need to come down?)

    Then you have the expected ‘opening to competition’ of ACC, which will see workers paying the same, if not more, for the same or less cover

  4. A few days ago a commenter (with a right wing lean) made passing reference to the Ministry of Truth. Well, we’ve just had their latest press release:

    The welfare system should send a clear message that if you could work and support yourself, then you must, he said.
    It was not doing enough to send that message, which was not fair on taxpayers, not affordable and not fair on beneficiaries who fell short of their potential, he said.
    It was also not fair on the approximately 220,000 children growing up in welfare-dependent households.

    Where’s Winston Smith when you need him? (Nineteen Eighty-Four, all over again)

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Simple answer is to migrate to Australia while the going is still good over there. Fuck these jokers running our fine country into the ground.

      • marsman 4.1.1

        No, fight them instead!

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          🙂

          • Drakula 4.1.1.1.1

            Viper; Mars is soo right fight the bastards why the hell should we be moved away from our home?

            We are not alone, look at the thousands who have taken the center of Madrid and look at the marches that is putting the Sarkosy government into serious jeopardy in France.

            The workers of whitcoulls shoud not go work until their union has struck an agreement with the bosses.

            Lenin said that a strike is worth 20 elections!!!

            Don’t get me wrong I am not against elections!!!!

      • erentz 4.1.2

        The other answer is to finally give up trying to run our own sh*t and join the Australian federation.

      • Rob 4.1.3

        Working in Australia…. really, so how do you compare their labour laws to ours.

    • PeteG 4.2

      if you could work and support yourself, then you must

      That implies that if work is available you should support yourself – that sounds reasonable.

      • RobC 4.2.1

        “if work being available” …. I don’t get that implication from the statement PeteG.

        • PeteG 4.2.1.1

          I think it’s pretty obvious you couldn’t work if there isn’t work available.

          • RobC 4.2.1.1.1

            It’s not obvious. The statement “if you could work” could merely be a reference to a person’s ability to work and have nothing to do with the availability of work. Hence why I’ve questioned your implication.

            Actually, it’s pretty obvious that there are plenty of beneficiaries that could work but there isn’t work available.

            • PeteG 4.2.1.1.1.1

              “if you could work and support yourself” requires a job.

              I know it’s bloody hard for a lot of people looking for work right now. This move is more semantics for a particular audience than waving a work wand.

          • felix 4.2.1.1.2

            It can be read either way, and that’s the trouble Pete.

            Just like everything Key says, there’s a reasonable-sounding interpretation for reasonable people to agree with.

            There’s also a nasty one that leaves the door open for the govt to pull the rug out without technically breaking their word.

            It’s something the voters need to understand about Key’s corporate waffle speaking style, and something I’ve been pointing out for a while. You’ve highlighted it beautifully today.

            • PeteG 4.2.1.1.2.1

              Yes, I know I was pointing out different angles to the statement. There doesn’t need to be a nasty side to it. Most of the non-paranoid criticism of Key is that he doesn’t change enough fast enough, that he’s too cautious.

              • felix

                So what?

                If Key didn’t want to include the extremely nasty reading within that statement, he would’ve worded it differently. He chose to phrase it to contain that extremely nasty sentiment.

                I think you’re trying to change the subject.

                • PeteG

                  You chose to try put an “extremely nasty” reading on it. That doesn’t mean most people would see it the same way. Polls suggest most people (two thirds) think Key is doing ok.

                  • felix

                    “You chose to try put an “extremely nasty” reading on it.”

                    No Pete, the two interpretations are contained within his statement. One of them (force benes to look for jobs that don’t exist) is particularly nasty.

                    “That doesn’t mean most people would see it the same way”

                    My entire argument is that the duality in his statements exists precisely to allow reasonable people to focus on the reasonable interpretation (those who can work should work IF jobs are available).

                    I’m not sure if you intended to support my argument as much as you have, but thanks anyway.

                  • RobC

                    Being particularly obtuse today I see PeteG.

                    First you defend an implication you made as obvious, but now say there are different angles to a statement?

                    Next, you accuse Felix “chose” to put a “nasty reading” when in fact his opening contribution was “It can be read either way”.

                  • bbfloyd

                    “Semantics for a particular audience”… right….. too bad those semantics are going to precipitate “real” hardship for the targets, aye pete.. Or do you, like your hero, consider those “real” people to be acceptable collatoral damage?

                    More fodder to feed collins shiny new prison machine? most likely.. Now, remind me again, when was the last time a country imprisoning men, women, and children for stealing food? … oh that’s right… that’s how australia was populated.

            • Drakula 4.2.1.1.2.2

              Felix; you are right Key has the gift of clothing everything with a euphormism, classic example is that he said something of the effect : –

              ‘that giving tax breaks will put more revenue into the hands of employers so they can give their workers more money’

              But his government is not going to keep or amend any laws that will make it mandatory for any employer to give their worker more money!!!

              In fact his government is doing the opposite!!!!

              The difference between Brash and Key is that Brash will give you his extremist policies, up front but around the last election Key was asked what Nationals policies were and he said something vague like: ‘Well we’ll just see what works and what doesn’t work’

              So he hides his cards very carefully; can he be trusted?

      • Puddleglum 4.2.2

        Sorry PeteG, your interpretation is far less likely. This statement is pitched at individuals, hence the strong implication is that the ‘could’ refers to ‘able’ (as in ‘able-bodied’, ‘capable’, etc.). It is not a comment about, or made with reference to, features of the environment external to the individual.

        In addition, the context of other comments made by Key and Bennett is strongly suggestive that this phrasing is about personal capability rather than external opportunity. For example, there is the comment made by Key that “there will always be bad luck stories” (i.e., they are the only reasons someone is without a job – not the external economic environment). There is also the phrase that Key has used that this will be a “carrot and stick” approach. That comment is entirely phrased in relation to personal motivation and, once again, excludes external circumstances such as the state of the economy.

        The whole focus of the Welfare Working Group Reforms was on ‘incentivising’ people into work – not about generating jobs. They are reported as wanting to reduce the cost of welfare from $47b to $34b and the number of people on benefits, from 360,000, by 100,000 by 2021. 

        Further, Key’s comment, in the same link, that “it was unacceptable that the proportion of working age population on benefits had increased from 2 per cent in 1970 to 13 per cent today” is reported, and I imagine said, in a complete vacuum in relation to the structural adjustments in the New Zealand economy that erupted as a result of the highly deliberate ‘policy settings’ enacted in the 1980s.

        Given this clear context, I cannot personally see how a reasonable person could interpret Key’s comment about ‘could work’ in any way other than as a comment on individual capability.

  5. logie97 5

    …and KiwiSaver

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5075973/Voters-split-over-KiwiSaver-poll.

    Would be interesting to know how many polled actually are members of KiwiSaver. Bet you that very few members agree with the cut announced in the budget.

    As Joky Hen famously said on HardTalk (BBC) I can find another voice that will give a counter view. Yeah those who are not in the scheme.

  6. calltoaccount 6

    Yep, it’s surely a back to the future moment, asset sales, acc privatisation and benefit cuts . To complete the set they even have a Cave Creek redux in Pike River!

  7. HC 7

    NOW this one will be a space to watch, for sure! That is also why Paula Pudding Bennett is keeping such a very low profile at present. She is busy in the kitchen brewing up a very, very nasty stew for all that do and may one day depend on Work and Insult NZ.

    There is talk about bringing in one benefit for all, that will only be “topped” up to additional needs by following most stringent guidelines and limits.

    No more higher Invalid’s Benefit, work testing for all types of benefits, draconian steps to force people to take part in certain health treatment and basic skills training, so that even the sick and disabled can be forced to perform some kinds of jobs.

    The goal is clear: Save more costs, reduce benefit numbers and put on the tight thumb screws for all, because the tax cuts (on non existing or borrowed money) given to higher incomes, that already force “cuts” to be made elsewhere, they will now also be used as an excuse to save on the worst off in society.

    I fear that this will the a grim attack that will resemble what Jenny Shapely and Aunti Ruthanasia did to many at the very bottom in the early 1990s.

    So WATCH THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The coup d’ Brash on ACT was probably an agenda for National to seize that party so it can through that second political vehicle attract the disaffected National Party voters. Then if ACT get over 5 % and National may get enough to form a new coalition government with them, then they true whole agenda will be rolled out to us.

    The Mother of All Budgets will be in 2012, clearing the shelves of remaining assets in public hand, demolishing the welfare state, privatising social services and Housing NZ, ACC and more.

    We are at a bloody crossroads, that is for real. Watch and listen all those sitting on the fence and feeling uncertain. The real show down will come in this election in November now.

  8. chris73 8

    The Welfare Working Group’s recommendations include:

    Requiring mothers who have a baby while on a benefit to go back to work when their additional child is 14 weeks.
    -Not going to happen

    Providing beneficiaries with long-term reversible contraception.
    -This is a good idea

    Requiring single parents to look for 20 hours work a week once their youngest child is three and 30 hours a week when the youngest turns six.
    -The key word being “Look”, nopt find but look there is a big difference

    Tying the benefit to a requirement that solo parents ensure their children go to school and get regular health checks.
    -This is as it should be or don’t you lefties care about kids?

    Requiring 16 and 17-year-olds on a benefit to be in education, training, paid work or a combination of the three.
    -Again whats the problemn with this?

    Providing teen parent facilities so teenage mothers can continue their education.
    -Wow the heartless bastards

    Requiring beneficiaries aged under 18 to live with a responsible adult or under adult supervision.
    -Ok this one could cause problems in the future

    Cutting benefits for people with drug and alcohol problems who refuse to attend treatment and counselling services.
    -“Who refuse to attend”

    Beneficiaries who do not meet work test, drug and alcohol and other requirements would have their payments cut for two weeks by 25 per cent for the first breach, 50 per cent for the second and completely for the third. A fourth failure would result in a 13-week stand-down.
    -How evil, you get 4 chances to do what you should be doing anyway

    Seriously if you lefties think this is evil or vile you really do need to get a grip or it’ll be another 6 years before you get a taste of power

    • RedLogix 8.1

      That’s a reasonable comment chris.

      On the superficial face of it there is nothing wrong with many of these policies. Indeed it was a Helen Clark 2008 election pledge to extend the education leaving age to 18 (the same as your fifth point)… in terms of desired end result we are not too far apart.

      The real question is how to get there.

      National propose to do it by putting pressure onto beneficiaries, opening the door to WINZ harrassing them and increasing their sense of helplessness and lack of control over their lives. National seem to believe that people finish up on benefits because they are lazy and lack moral fibre… when all the evidence points to people being on a benefit because there are no jobs for them.

      http://www.thepoliticalscientist.org/?p=341#more-341

      It is the method that is vile. We know from direct experience in the 1990’s exactly what will happen.

      • Peter Rabbit 8.1.1

        “National seem to believe that people finish up on benefits because they are lazy and lack moral fibre… when all the evidence points to people being on a benefit because there are no jobs for them.”

        And Labour think that everybody ends up on benefits because something beyond their control has gone wrong and they need a helping hand.

        Where as the reality is that currently on benefit there are people with both mentalities. From first hand experience though the ones that end up there because of events beyond their control generally move off the benefit fairly quickly while those who have ended up there due to “life style” choices generally remain long term without proactive intervention.

        • RedLogix 8.1.1.1

          Where as the reality is that currently on benefit there are people with both mentalities.

          True. And when the economy was doing well under Labour total beneficiary numbers dropped to a level considered by most economists as better than ‘full employment’. There are a small minority of adults who even under the best circumstances are never likely to hold down a full time job.

          You really have to accept that there are some folk who just aren’t going to fit in. Some of them are bad, some are mad and some are just plain unemployable for one reason or another. They are a small minority… but supporting them (at a very modest level) is part of the price the rest of us pay for a civilised society.

          But the vast majority of people on a benefit are there for economic reasons. They are not lazy or feckless, they hate having to make do on the miserable level of state support they have to jump through hoops to obtain, and they will jump at the first reasonable job offered to them. When the economy is bouyant they will usually find that new job fairly quickly…. but not so at the present time.

          That’s the fatal flaw in your reasoning; the time a person spends on a benefit is more related to the state of the economy as to whether they are the ‘morally deficient’ or not. Or are you going to argue that the huge and rapid rise in benefit numbers under this National govt is solely due to a massive rise in fecklessness among ordinary working people??

          There is no evidence to suggest that putting beneficiaries (the majority of whom want a job if it was available) under more pressure makes any useful difference. All it does is create an extra level of wholly unecessary stress.

          Neither is there any evidence to suggest that it’s at all useful to pressure the unemployable into jobs either… why would you want to? They aren’t going to be all that productive, even in good times no-one wanted them, so why would they want them now when times are tough?

          The only reason why you want to do this is that it makes good wedge politics….bashing the weakest and least able in society has long been a fail-safe conservative ploy, albeit a vile one.

        • terryg 8.1.1.2

          and what, pray tell, of those who, through no fault of their own, are (functionally) illiterate? how many jobs are there for people who cannot read, and/or have a very, very limited grasp of english?

          or how about those with very low IQs? brain damage (i.e. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)?

          We have a number of quadraplegic friends, one of whom is totally paralysed from polio – several times a year she has to go and prove to WINZ that she’s still paralysed. But they can all move their heads……

          soon we will see WINZ remove their (internal) restriction on sex work (its legal, after all), and these lazy bludging so-called “disabled” scum can then pay their own way by sucking the cocks of fat businessmen. Hurrah NACT!

          • RedLogix 8.1.1.2.1

            soon we will see WINZ remove their (internal) restriction on sex work

            If a person chooses that type of work, then that is their right… but any form of compulsion, however indirect has to be totally repugnant. But I can’t see it happening… righties are far too uptight and hypocritical about anything to do with sex even for this.

            (On the other hand the upcoming RWC has to be a business bonanza for more than just Aucklanders renting out their homes….)

            • terryg 8.1.1.2.1.1

              RedLogix, I am not denigrating sex workers at all – to each their own (for anyone who has a problem with sex workers, I suggest not utilising their services).

              You make an interesting point. I roared with laughter when, on the day prostitution became legal, a job was placed with WINZ – whom had not considered that aspect. And you’re absolutely right re. compulsion – if that step is taken, why not gas chambers for long-term sickness beneficiaries…

              nevertheless, the corporatisation of welfare will IMO make this inevitable – it is, after all, perfectly legal, and this would certainly allow large numbers of human beings to be moved off welfare, thereby increasing the profitability of private “welfare” companies.

              it will be interesting to see how the RW deal with the conflict between their hatred of welfare and their insane judeo-christian beliefs. I suspect cognitive dissonance will solve those problems – a-la the death penalty and “thou shalt not kill”.

              There are no gods – religion is a mental virus.

              • Clipbox

                You seem to be unaware that no all religious people are RWNJs

                • terryg

                  they might not be RW, but the religious are, by definition, NJs. some more so than others.

                  I dinnae know how tae dae i’ wi’ a scottish accent

                  • Vicky32

                    they might not be RW, but the religious are, by definition, NJs. some more so than others.

                    Thanks heaps! I find your nasty bigoted comment very inappropriate here…  (although I am certain it will be both welcome and applauded! I recommend you go to Dawkins’s site, and sign up, if you haven’t already.) The worst thing about the Standard is the weekly 2 hour hate against Christians… 🙁 (Ever wondered why they don’t stay?)

                    • Vicky32

                      (Ever wondered why they don’t stay?)

                      Just adding – I am a Christian, I stay. Because I am an insomniac! 🙂

            • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.2.1.2

              righties are far too uptight and hypocritical about anything to do with sex even for this.

              There, I highlighted the only part of that sentence that has any relevance.

    • HC 8.2

      chris73:

      How weird? Almost all those measures are already in place!

      Except perhaps forcing people under 18 to live with an adult.

      Hence what is all this really about???

      And what about alcohol and drug testing beneficiaries?

      Do beneficiaries not have a right to drink alcohol in a moderate and acceptable manner, perhaps even at times enjoy participating in a social activity like a party like others?

      Truth is hardly anyone can afford this.

      And if you want to cut benefits for people legally enjoying themselves by drinking (like all other citizens), then you are clearly discriminating and denying people otherwise qualifying for reasonable support to become social outcasts.

      Perhaps you want to cut benefits of addicts to alcohol and drugs? Now that may to a degree be justified, but what about a person trying to address such issues and having a relapse? Do you want to use that to penalise the addict more than she or he are already being penalised?

      No this is all crap stuff you are raising! you are obviously a very mean spirited and possibly miserable person wanting to have people to look down on.

      I have learned from people with psychological and physical disabilities that WINZ does hardly offer much in the way of subsidising fees they have to pay for treatment in the form of counselling or whatever.

      Especially mental health cases have a very hard time. Most get put on some kind of medication and get sent home out in the community, being left to their own, because the health system has not enough professionals to treat them.

      Psychologists and psychiatrists, like also specialist physicists, prefer to set up own practices and charging high fees to afford themselves their standard of living.

      Whosoever cannot afford to pay them gets NO or minimum care and treatment.

      The truth is: If the government would really want to help those sick and invalids to get better and return to some kind of ability to work, then this will cost a lot of money to treat them. That needs to be put into the health system, which is though not happening. The health system is struggling as it is, and if you would have first hand experience you would know this.

      Some mental health cases are under public health only treated by trainee counsellors, intern psychologists and nurses, not fully and sufficiently qualified and experienced staff. That shown in the lack of success that is evident.

      I know of people having voluntarily sought help and WINZ did not even appreciate this, not supporting them at all, rather always hassling them about costs to be saved, no entitlements to exist for additional treatment and bla, bla, bla.

      So go back and chat with your redneck mates, who love to frown on others they do not like. It is a social thing too, is it not, to rubbish and stigmatise “beneficiaries”, who are apparently “all the same”.

      Stop fraud and offer those that need it the actual, proper help they need! That is though not wanted, because it may also cost more overall. This is all about cost saving, cost saving and cost saving, not about caring about people what Bennett, Key and those thugs are on about!

    • Vicky32 8.3

      Requiring mothers who have a baby while on a benefit to go back to work when their additional child is 14 weeks.
      -Not going to happen
      Thankfully!
      Providing beneficiaries with long-term reversible contraception.
      -This is a good idea
      No it’s not. “Providing with” would very quickly become ‘requiring”
      Requiring 16 and 17-year-olds on a benefit to be in education, training, paid work or a combination of the three.
      -Again whats the problem with this?
      First, most of them already are if they’re 16 or 17, so it’s meaningless.
      Requiring beneficiaries aged under 18 to live with a responsible adult or under adult supervision.
      -Ok this one could cause problems in the future
      No kidding!
      Cutting benefits for people with drug and alcohol problems who refuse to attend treatment and counselling services.
      -”Who refuse to attend”
      As I told the woman who rang to opinion poll me about all of these things, drug and alcohol rehab works only if the person is ready. Forcing someone into rehab by starving them won’t do anyone any good. I know – my oldest son has just entered rehab 3 years after he was told it was his only chance to see his baby son. Even with that incentive he couldn’t do it until now – and now, it has every chance of working.
       
       

  9. Tiger Mountain 9

    All those nice little health checks cost money, transport costs money, it costs money to provide lunches every day, some benes don’t send their kids through embarrassment at no food in the house.
    Many beneficiaries will not have the resources to comply.

    What medical expert will be deciding who has drug and booze problems? or will WINZ offices drug test and breathalyze everyone that walks throught the door? “Providing” contraception-will it be mandatory?

    This is all surveillence state stuff, and combined with attacks on unions right to organise (ILO freedom of association clauses) is a measure to put severe downward pressure on wages in a high unemployment environment. Workers will be squeezed from all sides and it will not be pretty.

    Now you know why people are in the streets in the UK, Spain and Greece. You smug righties are going to quickly discover the flow on effect to the middle classes from bashing the dirty bennies. There will soon just be two categories in this country-benes/low paid, and the top 10%ers aka the ‘Filthy Few’.

  10. joe bloggs 10

    Spot the difference:

    Labour demonises farmers – just 3% of the population but they generate 15% of New Zealand’s GDP

    National questions why the proportion of the working-age population on benefits has increased from 2 per cent to 13 per cent since 1970, and wants to get 100,000 beneficiaries back into work by 2021.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Hey joe, is your message on behalf of National to celebrate the wealth of the farmers while stomping down on the far more numerous and much worse off beneficiary population?

      Your statements of “what National wants” is a laugh, because National wants a lot of things but HAS NO PLAN to get there. Apart from platitudes and putting the boot in, but maybe you think that passes for a plan.

      • joe bloggs 10.1.1

        I see your fingers are in gear while your brain’s still in neutral CV.

        So you have no intention of getting 100,000 workers back into work? Keep us on the bennie. Good docile Labour supporters, reliant on Nanny State handouts.

        Go on – keep handing out a fish a day – it’s far too risky to teach us how to fish. We might lift ourselves out of the mire and end up rich pricks.

        • felix 10.1.1.1

          That’s actually pretty funny joe. Nice one.

          • Zetetic 10.1.1.1.1

            yeah. pretty funny when the next post shows Labour reduced benefit numbers by a third. And National has reversed that in 3 years.

    • Eddie 10.2

      what’s your source on 15% of GDP from agriculture? National Accounts say 4.4%. http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/NationalAccounts/NationalAccounts_HOTPyeMar10.aspx

      But I guess the numbers you pull from your arse are more reliable.

      • joe bloggs 10.2.1

        15% includes the downstream processing that is created by the agricultural sector.

        That’s where Labour blinkered policies fail miserably – no understanding of how money flows through the economy.

        Of course that would be a difficult concept for you to grasp so this might help clarify for you.

        The New Zealand agricultural sector generated $18,926 million in gross revenue for the year ended March 2008.

        Much of this gross revenue is intermediate consumption of $10,696 million. A further $2,219 million was paid to employees as wages and salaries and $3,359 million paid out as interest on loans.

        Agriculture made a direct contribution to GDP of over $8,230 million (five percent of total GDP), excluding downstream processing. Including downstream processing, agriculture is estimated to contribute over 15% of total GDP.

        Over the past 10 years, agricultural sector multi-factor productivity has grown at a rate of 1.8% per year, double the rate for the economy as a whole. This is important because in the longer term productivity is what determines economic growth and competitiveness internationally.

        Help you any, or are you still struggling to recognise the connection.

        • Eddie 10.2.1.1

          you can’t include the downstream/multiplier effects of ag unless you do the same for everyone else. And then you get a total of more than 100%, eh genius?

          • joe bloggs 10.2.1.1.1

            oh I get it now – the multiplier effect – that’s where 87% of working-age population work and get taxed to keep 13% of the population gainfully unemployed

            • McFlock 10.2.1.1.1.1

              Another tory demonstrates economic incompetence. Should be in Cabinet or Treasury.

        • marsman 10.2.1.2

          ‘Downstream ‘ is polluted thanks to those farmers,what’s the cost of that!

          • joe bloggs 10.2.1.2.1

            there you go demonising the farmers again.

            How happy you must feel having all these people on benefits, driving economic growth!

            • felix 10.2.1.2.1.1

              Demonising=Stop dumping shit in our rivers?

              Whatever.

            • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1.2.1.2

              Ah, joe, the farmers really are costing us with their pollution and over use of natural resources. Personally, I think they’re costing us far more than they’re worth.

              • McFlock

                It’s not the farmers coasting us, or our minister for tourism floundering while being challenged on “100% pure NZ” on BBC World, no – it’s the damned scientists who stupidly test the water quality downstream. /sarc

        • HC 10.2.1.3

          “That’s where Labour blinkered policies fail miserably – no understanding of how money flows through the economy.”

          Ha – talk about money “flowing through the system”. What we have had the last decades has mostly been the “flow up” rather than the so-called “trickle down” effect. Only under the last Labour led government did that trend slow down.

          This present government is putting the upwards showerstream into top gear again, so that the pockets of the top earners and asset holders get filled to overflow again.

          That money is now short in other places, partly borrowed and this fact is the perfect excuse to cut down on welfare. Great plan, is it not?

          Nothing new under the sun, Don Key the master of all peasants.

  11. RobC 11

    Get with the times Joe, even Treasury admit GDP is a figure that’s hardly worth the paper it’s written on

    • joe bloggs 11.1

      RobC – that pre-supposes Treasury is a credible commentator on the economy 😀

      • south paw 11.1.1

        your hero Smiley Wavey is happy enough to use their figures for his zero budget

        • HC 11.1.1.1

          Well truth is: He picks out what may suit him, but does not present the whole picture.

  12. Wayne 12

    RobC – what a cop-out answer to reasoned analysis whether you agree with it or not.

  13. They are just following ‘the plan’

    The Shock Doctrine
    In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.

    http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine

    Key is tits deep in this doctrine, he is part of the Chicago Club … ( I think that is what it is called)

    • marsman 13.1

      Exactly!

    • south paw 13.2

      Chicago School ( of Economics ) – where the academic Milton Friedman’s whacky theories were picked up on by the Neo Cons and took hold in the Western countries under both right and left wing governments.

    • felix 13.3

      The “pocket” Shock Doctrine for those who like their politics easily digestible and set to music:

    • HC 13.4

      Don Key is what they call a “Chicago Boy”! (i.e. follower of M. Friedman’s teachings)

  14. We are following in Greece’s footsteps
    Shonkeyoppolis is just following his orders from Standard and Poors ie bring the country to its knees, sell everything, turn people into slaves.
    He is just carrying on where Helen left off.
    He is just doing it faster.

    Automatic Earth: Honey, I Swapped The Greeks
    http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-29-2011-honey-i-swapped-greeks.html
    The Greek debt issue becomes more impenetrable by the day; or at least, so it may seem. The European Central Bank is threatening not to take on anymore Greek bonds if its conditions are not met, the IMF says it may not release the next phase of the $110 billion bailout fund agreed on last year if Greece doesn’t meet it austerity promises. Meanwhile, the yield on 2-year bonds has soared to 25%. That alone, or so you would think, should be enough for either a rapid default or a next bailout package. However, talks keep on going on unabated. The IMF now has had a team in place in Athens for over 3 weeks while the Acropolis is burning – in a manner of speaking-.

  15. Yes I agree with Robert at comment 12 and I watched this doco the other day

    http://www.archivefire.net/2011/05/shock-doctrine-2009.html

    we know what they are doing and we are in the middle of them doing it

  16. chris 16

    More socialist clap trap. I guess labour need to get back into power then so the hand out mentality can continue. Don’t worry that it costs $8 billion a year.The problem is capitalism pays for socialism.

    • felix 16.1

      Wow, and the very next post on the standard proves you sooooo wrong!

      • Tiger Mountain 16.1.1

        @ Chris: No ‘we’ the majority pay for capitalism with 75% of kiwis on under $50,000 per year and a good number under $20,000 pa. Long suffering tax payers bailed out SCF in NZ and all sorts of other corporates around the world. GM in the US etc. Capitalism is a parasitic past its useby system that coughs up “minimum wage for poor kiwis bad, maximum wage for CEOs good”.

    • RedLogix 16.2

      Actually dude… it’s socialism that props up capitalism. You keep getting your chickens and eggs muddled up. My advice… don’t go into business.

  17. MrSmith 17

    Just another thing New Zealand does to much of “Restructuring” we call it , keeping those little hamsters on there wheels, shitting them-selfs, knowing any minute they could lose there job or benefit! all the while dangling the carrot of promotion/jobs just out of there reach.
     
    This may come as a surprise to some people, but this is how Companies/Corporations and this government works. Threats, intimidation and confusion.

    • ZeeBop 17.1

      In the light of such figures – that show by international standards we have proportionally fewer of the sick and disabled on benefits, allocate relatively less of our national wealth to meet their needs, have more of them in work, and fewer of them on the dole – Bennett should be deeply ashamed of mounting any further attack on the people who currently receive such benefits.
      http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2011/05/31/gordon-campbell-on-john-key%E2%80%99s-assault-on-the-welfare-system/

      The bludgers all have jobs, paid for by the taxpayer, and are supposed to serve the people but actively serve themselves and are helped by the media who continue to help manufacture consent. Only last night there was a opinion about the recent poll about the budget, it was the opinion of the reporter that most people liked the budget. Despite only 43% saying that on the screen behind him. This blatant lying is typical of our tv media.

      Most people are worse off due to the budget. Most people are hard done by by the welfare and tax systems. Most people are forced to take on unnecessary debt, and work harder to help their bosses keep up the excess they have to pay when borrowing money.

      Kiwis really need to wake up to themselves and stop buying the MSM bollocks.

  18. JS 18

    The Minister of Social Welfare is once more pulling up the ladder behind her. She was a young single mother and got a benefit and training assistance. Now she is ensuring no others willl have her chances.

    • HC 18.1

      Sorry – correction of a misnomer:

      Paula Bennett is NOT the Minister of Social Development, she is the Minister of Personal Career and High Income Development (short: MPCAHID)!

  19. randal 19

    all the nats are doing is copping a whole lot of short term cash for themselves from the transactions and creating a mess that will have to be turned around at the next election. and it will.
    they talk a whole lot of principle but in the end they are just piranhas looking for the main chance.

  20. Lanthanide 20

    Paula Bennet was on Morning Report this morning.

    When asked how these beneficiaries are going to get jobs, and where are the jobs going to come from. Paula essentially said she’d hold her breath and hope that new jobs were created…

    Also, John Key is saying there are so many more people on benefits now than there were on 1970, as if this is somehow a reasonable comparison to make and hold up 1970 as the ideal. Lets look at what has changed in the labour market, and socially, since 1970:

    1. Huge loss of low-skilled manufacturing jobs, where people who may now be on a disability benefit would have previously worked in 1970. They would again too, but the jobs aren’t there.

    2. Much better understanding of many diseases and illnesses, particularly mental ones, and a focus on wellness of life. I expect there would have been more than a few people working in 1970’s (see #1) who actually would have been better off getting treatment out of the work force.

    3. Massive increase in employment of women, giving us many families where both parents work. This sucks up a lot of jobs, especially part time ones, that would have been available to those who are now on benefits.

    4. Inefficient government that employed huge numbers of people. The size of the government is now much smaller in comparison to the rest of the economy – fewer jobs.

    5. Much greater social stigma around single mothers – teenagers didn’t get pregnant as often, were more pressured to give the children up to adoption. Older women were also more likely to stay in dysfunctional or violent relationships, and therefore not required the DPB.

    John Key is making a comparison that simply isn’t relevant to today’s society.

    • Tom Gould 20.1

      I’m not so sure that Key is making an irrelevant comparison. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but if the trick is to drive the wealth upwards, isn’t the permanent ‘job-hungry under-class’ a pre-requisite? And he accused Clark of social engineering?

    • RedLogix 20.2

      Inefficient government that employed huge numbers of people.

      Public entities such as NZR, MoW, Post Office and Forestry acted very much as a ’employer of last resort’ (google the term, it’s a respectable economic idea)… soaking up the low-skilled of modest aspirations … by providing a place where they had to turn up daily, and at least go through the motions of appearing to work.

      Well in fact they often did better than that. Outfits like the Post Office and MoW actually did an awful lot of technical training and to this day there are still a lot of skilled people in the workforce who got their start in these places.

      But even in the worst case, we now understand that it is far more efficient to have low-skilled people in some sort of employment than it is to have them stigmatised and demoralised on a benefit. And while I would argue that it is certainly more socially efficient… if you include all the externalities… it’s probably more economically efficient too.

      (And otherwise a highly pertinent comment Lanth.)

      • Lanthanide 20.2.1

        I wasn’t making a value judgement on whether the government should be doing that or not. There are certainly benefits for it, as you’ve outlined. Although I question the difference between giving someone a benefit, and providing them a job where they turn up and do very little productive – that has all the overheads of needing a building, electricity, people to manage them etc, and they’d probably expect a little more than the same $ from a benefit so it’d cost more overall.

        Simply a statement of fact – output divided by input, we now produce the same or more output with less input = more efficient. Fewer government jobs means much less of a safety net to catch people in the official employment stats = more people on benefits.

        • terryg 20.2.1.1

          +1 La, Tom Gould, RedLogix.

          La, you missed one useful piece of data – population. in 1970 NZ’s population was 2.82 million, in 2009 it was 4.316 million, so it will be about 4.5 million now.

          and thats always something the RW casually neglect when making fatuous comparisons. its glaringly evident in AGW “discussions” too……

          oh, and La, your point #5 – “more pressured” is a bit of an understatement. IMO “forced to” would be a lot closer to the reality. bastards.

          • Lanthanide 20.2.1.1.1

            With regards to the population – both figures are percentages, so theoretically the total population doesn’t enter into it.

            Also apparently the DPB didn’t even exist in 1970, so my #5 point is largely moot – those women couldn’t get a benefit even if they wanted to.

    • NickS 20.3

      John Key is making a comparison that simply isn’t relevant to today’s society.

      This.

      Now if Labour would only use this to point out the utter stupidity of Key’s argument instead of the usual limp PR-spun responses they’ve been giving.

      Or even, dare I hope, the media could do it…

      • Cin77 20.3.1

        “Or even, dare I hope, the media could do it…”

        Was that a pig I just saw flying past?

  21. Wrecked the economy???

    • Draco T Bastard 21.1

      Yes, wrecked. It took 9 years of a Labour led government, after the 4th Labour and National government reforms, to start to fix things and then we voted in NAct and they started wrecking it again.

      • PeteG 21.1.1

        The great munting began well before the 2008 election. Similarly Obama can’t be saddled with the resonsibility for the mess he inherited. As he did with “The Pet Goat” GW tried to turn the books upside down but his reaction looked just as bad.

        The finance company fiascos and property bellyflops didn’t just come out of nowhere, they had been brewing for years.

        • NickS 21.1.1.1

          Yeah, we can place blame on the Bush Administration for weakening banking regulations, but at heart it’s the fault of the finance and other idiots who ignored the advise from their quants (the modelling wizards) that the loan bundles + bad loans were going to cause problems in the future.

  22. Samuel Hill 22

    “The latest Labour Market Report tell us that the unemployment rate for 20-24 year olds is 12.5%. In reality the number of 20-24 year olds without a job is closer to triple that amount. 34.9% (110,100 out of 315,500) 20-24 year olds in New Zealand are currently not in paid work.”

    http://theglobalcircus.blogspot.com/2011/05/elephant-in-room-youth-unemployment.html

  23. randal 23

    national sya they are the party of bsuiness. well, where is the business? why aren’t there jobs for all these people?

  24. randal 24

    red logix. I worked for the forestry department in the 70’s and they are still logging the trees I planted. They were not the employer of last resort.
    they all met their rate of return targets.

    • Murray 24.1

      I agree Randal. I also worked for the NZFS in the 70,s. NZ would be in a far better situation if they had kept it going.

      • RedLogix 24.1.1

        Fair cop, I can see your point of view.

        1. I only really included Forestry as an afterthought. One thing I do know is that the bushmen they employed were among the most skilled this country has ever seen. Top blokes who worked damned hard at jobs most folk wouldn’t last ten minutes at.

        2. The term ’employer of last resort’ isn’t meant as a denigration. In fact much of what these organisations achieved was first class work…. the term really refers to the idea that they would provide work to virtually all-comers regardless of narrow economic measures as are applied to private sector entities.

    • NickS 25.1

      I wouldn’t expect anything less from the victim-exploitation master, and all round douchebag Garth McVicar.

    • lprent 25.2

      Meaningless statement. They support killers as well (as long as they are like them). National party supporters trust

      • joe bloggs 25.2.1

        They support killers as well

        Citation required.

        Or do you just make shit up for the sheer hell of it?

        • wtl 25.2.1.1

          Idiot. Here you go:

          Bruce Emery, 50, was found guilty on Friday of manslaughter for the fatal stabbing of Pihema Cameron, 15.

          He caught the teenager spray-painting his garage door in Manurewa in January.

          Trust spokesperson Garth McVicar says the verdict is a shame, because he understands the frustration Emery was going through when he caught the tagger at his house.

          Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/11590/sensible-sentencing-trust-wanted-killer-of-tagger-set-free

          • McFlock 25.2.1.1.1

            lol.
             
            When RWNJs make shit up and get challenged on source, they either respond with irrelevancies or slide the conversation elsewhere. So they copy the “source” question and it turns out they must be living in a cave not to have been able to find it within 5 minutes themselves.

    • Campbell Larsen 25.3

      That Garth McVicar needs some serious help…

      He is so angry and filled with hate that I bet that in the morning when he looks at himself in the mirror he even glares at himself with disgust.

  25. Treetop 26

    I do not like to see people punished due to circumstances which are beyond their control e.g. a suitable job not being available. Not everyone is physically, cognitively, or skillfully capable of performing in a job of their choice. Those under the most pressure will end up stressed due to the limitations they face. People are either up to it (able) or not up to it (unable) when it comes to filling a job requirement.

  26. infused 27

    Front Page:

    Having wrecked the economy and put tens of thousands of workers on the dole queue John Key is now planning to give them another kick in the guts by cutting their benefits.

    Actual:

    Having starved the economy and created record unemployment the government is now preparing to stick the knife into the Kiwis it has failed

    Monger much?

  27. Gina 28

    We must get the message out to workers about labours policy of increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

    I mentioned it to several workers today and none of them knew anything about it. They all had big smiles on their faces and were determined to get out and vote labour this election.

    I’m sure the media will keep bashing it but if we get the message out that the spending will boost NZ businesses. Low wages are really meant to run NZ businesses into the ground because NZ workers who are also their “customers” have no money. Guess who takes over their businesses when they fail through lack of money in the economy, yeah you got it Multi-Nationals or big corporates who then move profits off-shore.

  28. burt 29

    Irtishbill

    Just like Ruth, Jim & Jenny… Absolutely correct, preceded by a Labour govt that refuses to accept it had any hand in the stagnant economy that resulted in them loosing the election and National inheriting a fiscal basket case.

    Remember the Fiscal Responsibility Act passed after Labour lied about the state of the economy just before Ruth was forced into dishing out hard medicine ? I guees you won’t remember that or you would have called foul when labour failed to disclose stuff this time as well. …

    How can you be so in love with such a self serving dishonest bunch of halfwits simply because their party banner is red ?

  29. Gina 30

    “after Labour lied about the state of the economy just before Ruth was forced into dishing out hard medicine ?”

    That was eons ago. When Nationals history was bought up at the last election we were told that it was past history and National were no longer like that. Seems Labours distant history is relvant to people like Burt but Nationals isn’t. Looks like National is still following that vein.

    “I guees you won’t remember that or you would have called foul when labour failed to disclose stuff this time as well”

    Don’t talk to me about failing to disclose. Right now John Key is writing New Zealands obituary in the Trans paific Partnership and its all been done in secret. He misleads the public over our real debt status knowing that most kiwis don’t really understand it so will accept any cuts he puts forward under false pretences. Proctor and gamble successfully sued “Bankers Trust” for selling them derivatives in 1993. They claimed they were sold products they didn’t really understand that Bankers trust employees knew were not in their clients best interest. John Key was working for them then and his expertise was derivatives. Looks like he’s trying to do the same to the New Zealand public. Hoodwink them with disinfo against their best interests. I’d call that Treason. “To work against the interests of your own citizens”

    Who the hell are you anyway. A corporate New World Order (Facist dictatorship) operative? That is who the Nats are working for.

    • burt 30.1

      Gina

      Umm, this thread is about ancient history…. So what is your point exactly ?

      Oh that’s right – It’s not Labour’s fault their policies always create a recession…. It’s not their fault it was National that created the recession before they took office ….. What a dork – read the title of the F##king thread you muppet.

  30. Gina 31

    Yes this thread is about ancient history thats true. Point is though Labour changed. Helen Clarke made promises for 9 years and stuck to them. National still has the same old ideology.

    Most of we lefties here allways knew that National cut taxes and got into debt deliberately so they would have an excuse to cut welfare and tell us it was not affordable. The Nats are also cutting the state sector which has grown under labour to meet a vastly increased population. Last time the Nats did that we ended up with massive bills to the private sector to make up the shortfall. In other words cuts to the state sector will leave a gap that will be filled by a new corporate trough for rich piggies to feed on with massive fees etc to do what the state services do for much less.

    • burt 31.1

      Most of we lefties here allways knew that National cut taxes and got into debt deliberately so they would have an excuse to cut welfare and tell us it was not affordable.

      Did you make your own tinfoil hat or did you buy it in the con$piracy $hop ?

    • burt 31.2

      Gina

      Sadly the one person in NZ political history who was famous for keeping election promises was Rob Muldoon. Absolute disaster having a socialist dictator running the country – but he did keep his election promises.

      Actually the policies of Mulddon are not that different to what Labour keep comming up with… Nationalise everything, control the price of everything and dictate what wages should be while creating employment through recycling tax payers money…

      Being a Labour supporter now you would have probably been a Muldoon supporter if you were of voting age at that time.

  31. burt 32

    Helen Clarke made promises for 9 years and stuck to them. National still has the same old ideology.

    What utter rubbish.

    1) This top tax rate will only be applied to the top 5%….

    Said in 1999 – broken by early 2000 when the rate calculated on 1998 income figures was imposed on earners in 2000. It hit about 6.5%-7% of earners from the first day it was implemented.

    2) A new standard of openness and accountability… Taito Field, Winston Peters… need I say more.

    Then the lying hag turned around in 2002 and said he had keep the 1999 promises – which was in itself a lie. You believed the woman – how seriously did you scrutinize anything she said ?

  32. Gina 33

    You consistantly bring up absolute trivial sins that were blown up out of all proportion.
    Tato Field is not a government policy. Labour promised to do things like reversing the means testing for superannuatants which Helen stuck to along with many other policies I’m sure you hated. Labour removed most of the part charges National had added to the Health services. They stuck by all their promises and did them incrementally. People like you didn’t like those things Labour did for Kiwi’s. Too bad, we liked them and New Zealand should remember just how lucky they now are that those things were fixed.

    Why do you come to this blog. The only reason I can see is to disrupt lefties discussions ect. Why don’t you hang out on Farrars blog. Its a free world and all that but you are not here to constructivly discuss left wing policy so you must have another compelling reason for being here sooo much Burt.

    • burt 33.1

      Oh In get it, I list a few promises that were not kept so you just wheel out a few you think were. I guess if you could you would edit your statement I quoted to say;

      Helen Clarke made promises for 9 years and selectively stuck to them. National still has the same old ideology.

      Why do I come here… because I can. And because it’s hysterical how short peoples memories usually are but with blogs we get to laugh at that rather than have history re-written every few years.

      See if you were writing history you have written the version Helen wanted you to write which was that all her election promises were kept. Which you did – which was clearly wrong. Thank me for reminding you of the truth…

  33. Gina 34

    I’m sure you can find something insignificant she didn’t keep to Burt but many things that matter to Kiwis she did. Now the corporate media lacky’s are pissing all over her because we can’t have a woman hero in this country can we. The only acceptable women (or men) in politics are those who support the corporate agenda which impoverishes women and Kiwi’s workers in general. I don’t think I’m going to continue to waste my time on you so cherio.

    • calltoaccount 34.1

      Well done Gina for fronting up with common sense to Burp. Have a drink on me!

      • Gina 34.1.1

        Cheers Calltoaccount

        That’ll be Rum and Coke and I might forget the austerity for a little.
        Oh sorry made a real big mistake. Must remeber the media drill of no luxuries for scumbag workers. We workers must increase productivity, scrimp and get by on unlivable wages, work all hours and in any possible spare 5 mins we get plant a garden for our landlord to sell when he offloads the rental for a quick profit and takes the family to Europe for the sunmmer. There he will deservedly bask in Luxury thanks to your doing up that dump he was renting to you.

  34. RedBaron 35

    Can we also assume that the NACT’s will require the father of any children being brought up on a welfare benefit to also be using long term contraception? Abnd if not why not?

  35. Tombstone 36

    National have done nothing but create job losses rather than jobs – so where’s ‘the better NZ for all’ you promised Mr Key? Fail!

  36. HC 37

    I heard a burp – or was it a burt?

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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days 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, ...
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    1 week ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    1 week ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    1 week ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How much does flying contribute to climate change?
    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 How much does our use of air travel contribute to the ...
    SciBlogsBy Shaun Hendy
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The task before us
    Two weeks ago, the Zero Carbon Act became law. Right this moment, the Climate Change Commisison will be working on its initial budgets for 2022-25 and 2026-2030, and the UN has just given them a very clear steer:Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock
    Minor planet/asteroid (2309) Mr. Spock is named not for the character in Star Trek, but for a cat that was itself imperturbable, logical, intelligent and had pointed ears In a preceding blog post I introduced one of my favourite asteroids, (2472) Bradman, and also mentioned (6581) Sobers amongst a few ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles deaths and antivax misinformation
    Today the death toll from measles in Samoa rose to 32. All but four of the dead were less than 5 years old. Absolutely terrible, heartbreaking, news. That statistic alone should be enough to give the lie to the common claim by antivaccination activists plague enthusiasts that “measles is a ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia: the state murder of Dilan Cruz
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh It is late here in Bogotá, almost 11.30pm on Monday the 25th of November as I write this. The day began full of hope with yet more massive marches throughout the country, a mix of the International Day of Non-Violence Against Women and the National Strike. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote
    Anti-fluoride activists are rubbing their hands in glee over what they claim is “yet another study” showing fluoride harms the brains of children. But their promotion relies on IQ relationships which the paper’s authors acknowledge disappearing when outliers or other factors are considered. And they completely ignore other relationships ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The rise and collapse of classical political economy
    The feature below is the conclusion of A History of Economic Thought, whose author was a leading Marxist economist in Russia in the early 20th century, Isaac Ilyich Rubin.  The book arose from a course he ran at Moscow University following the Russian Revolution.  First published in Russian in 1929, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2472) Bradman
    There are many thousands of asteroids with formal names, some humdrum but other more noteworthy (depending on your predilections). One of my favourites, the name of which I was involved in suggesting, is (2472) Bradman, named for the Australian cricketing great.  As a minor planet (synonym: asteroid) spotter, I have ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Some cheap soundbites i thought up while reading about the underwhelming Conservative manifesto
    Tory manifesto: big on austerity, low on promise, non-existent on delivery. The Tories: the party so big on ambition they couldn't be arsed writing a manifesto. MLK: "I have a dream!"BJ: "I'll just have a nap." Labour: Broadband!Tories: Narrow minds! Labour have hope, dreams and ambition. The Tories will save ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles vaccination required to travel to islands and Phillipines
    The Ministry of Health has announced that “people under the age of 50 travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji” are now on the list of national priorities for MMR vaccination. Given the outbreaks of measles in Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji, the Ministry of Health is ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Giving the finger to Beijing
    Hong Kong has been protesting for six months for, demanding democracy, human rights, and an end to police violence. Today, they went to the polls in district council elections - a low-level of government with virtually no power, similar to community boards in New Zealand. But while the positions themselves ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia’s national strike
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On Friday 22nd of November a curfew came into effect and troops were deployed on the streets, here in Bogota. It was the first time since September 1977 that a curfew had been imposed on the city. The decision was a cynical pre-planned ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National supports slavery
    Meanwhile, while the government is planning to restore voting rights to prisoners, National is promising to turn our prisons into US-style slave-labour camps:The Opposition is proposing compulsory education, training or employment for prisoners who are serving sentences of two years or more. [...] On Sunday, National Party Leader Simon Bridges ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Erasing the infamy
    Last year, the Supreme Court confirmed that National's prisoner voting ban - a law so shoddily passed that it brought Parliament into disrepute - breached the Bill of Rights Act. This year, the Waitangi Tribunal added that it also breached the Treaty of Waitangi. And now, the government has finally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Trade unions that never fight the sex industry bosses
    Excerpts from Being and Being Bought, by Kajsa Ekis Ekman Spinifex Press, 2013. Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book. This is the second part of a synopsis and brief commentary of the book by Daphna ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • A Team Approach to Tackling the Psychology Replication Crisis
    Dalmeet Singh Chawla In 2008, psychologists proposed that when humans are shown an unfamiliar face, they judge it on two main dimensions: trustworthiness and physical strength. These form the basis of first impressions, which may help people make important social decisions, from who to vote for to how long a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Big Pharma has failed: the antibiotic pipeline needs to be taken under public ownership
    Claas Kirchhelle, University of Oxford; Adam Roberts, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Andrew Singer, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Antibiotics are among the most important medicines known to humankind, but we are running out of this crucial resource. Decisive action is needed if we are to retain access to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bloody Great Political Story (From A Parallel Universe).
    Things That Make You Go - Hmmmm: “All right. Let me come at this another way. I’m guessing that what you’ve got in that box contains names, dates, bank account numbers – all the details you need to put Winston Peters and Jacinda Ardern squarely in the cross-hairs. So, the first ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers funding boost for ethnic communities
    Ethnic communities will be able to plan and deliver more community initiatives thanks to an increase in Government funding, Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa said today. “Ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place we can all be proud to call home has been a key priority of our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt supports Southland farmers in sustainability
    Healthier waterways, better productivity and farmer wellbeing are front and centre in a new project involving more than 1000 Southland farmers and growers. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced that the Thriving Southland Change and Innovation Project is the first region-wide extension programme supported by the $229 million Sustainable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Flood of support for Top of the South catchment
    Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Government funding support Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage announced in Canvastown today. “Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their local river without getting sick, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
    Eight Queen’s Counsel have been appointed under a process that includes the new criterion of a commitment to improving access to justice, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. “The new criterion was included this year. It emphasises that excellence and leadership in the profession can be seen through a wider, community ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major expansion for Wellington’s Onslow College
    Onslow College in Wellington will get 20 new classrooms for more than 400 students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The much-needed investment will relieve growth pressure the school has been experiencing for some time. Seven existing classrooms which have deteriorated over time will also be replaced, bringing the total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Talented young Kiwis awarded PM’s Scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    More than 250 young New Zealanders will add international experience to their education, thanks to the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA), Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This round of scholarships supports 252 recent graduates or current students to undertake study, research or internships ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to improve competitiveness and transparency in the retail fuel market
    Consumers will benefit from a more competitive, transparent retail fuel market as a result of changes the Government will be making in response to the findings of the Commerce Commission’s study of the fuel sector. “We accept the Commission’s findings and, as the Prime Minister has said, we’re ready to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More cancer medicines for more people
    Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands of people have more treatment options PHARMAC has today announced that it has approved two new medicines for funding – fulvestrant for breast cancer and olaparib for ovarian cancer. This follows earlier decisions on advanced lung cancer treatment alectinib, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government acts to sort out electoral ‘coin toss’ problem
    The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the Government will consider making changes to local electoral legislation before the 2022 elections to fix the problems that have arisen where elections are settled by a coin toss.  The Minister says the recount process in the Murupara- Galatea ward at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions
    New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bill to empower urban development projects
    New legislation to transform our urban areas and create sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities will tomorrow be introduced to Parliament, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said. “The Urban Development Bill gives Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities the tools it needs to partner with councils, communities, mana whenua and private developers to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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