Kelvin Davis – if not now then when?

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, November 7th, 2022 - 32 comments
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I often refer to, and draw inspiration from, our tupuna, and when I reflect on the last few years the words of a famous Ngapuhi chief Te Ruki Kawiti come to mind.

In 1846 during the battle of Ruapekapeka in the northern wars while under constant attack and bombardment he urged and inspired his whānau, his supporters, his allies, his people, with one particular line “He kino whakairo ahau e hurihia ki te toki mata iti”.

This literally translated means, “I would be a poor carving indeed if I flinched at the tap of a chisel,” or to put those words into today’s context, “We cannot yield to the challenges that confront us.”

Te Ruki Kawiti was fighting for his whānau, his hapū, his future.

He was fighting for his children’s children.

And there are plenty of challenges that threaten a better future for our whānau, our supporters, our allies, our Realm countries, our Pacific neighbours, our people.

Those challenges threaten a better future for our children’s children.

As the latest Air NZ safety message tells us, “we don’t inherit this world, we only borrow it from our mokopuna.”

To me the purpose of being in politics is to make a difference, not just in the here and now, but for the future.

But the opposition parties in parliament right now threaten that future.

For those parties the sole purpose of being in power…is to be in power.

We had nine years of the previous government that muddled along, not doing much of this, not doing much of that.

They existed to be in government…not to govern.

And in doing so left us to address the challenges they ignored and left in their wake.

Challenges such as a failing health system with a decade of underfunding of our primary and mental health services and infrastructure.

A housing crisis that we are turning around, as well as chronic infrastructure weaknesses and low productivity.

That is not how this government operates.

Making tough decisions… is tough.

Change is hard. It’s confronting.

A challenge that isn’t challenging is simply … the status quo.

And the status quo doesn’t work.

And for the big issues this government is tackling, the status quo will hurt our future most. Our children’s children.

Much like Te Ruki Kawiti we know that it is us that needs to stand up and not flinch at the tap of a chisel.

Let’s take climate change. This generation’s nuclear moment.

Recently in the Far North, and in other parts of the country, we experienced a once in a hundred year weather event.

The fact that it came just two years after the last, once in a hundred year weather event, is easily overlooked, as if it was an isolated event. But it wasn’t an isolated event.

The extreme weather patterns we see now where we swing from floods to droughts every six months is just that. A well-established pattern. Calling something a once in a hundred year weather event has become meaningless. Because these events are now happening every year.

We’ve been badly affected up north. The Mangamuka Gorge which is the main route to the Far North has closed yet again.

There are about 19 slips in a 13 km stretch of road.

The road had just been reopened after it took 12 months to fix the last lot of slips.

Now it’s closed again.

For how long we don’t yet know.

The opposition say it is a result of under investment in the roading network.

It’s not. Patching up slips is not going to patch up the climate.

It’s the result of more and more extreme weather events caused by climate change.

This road closure now means the fastest route north takes over a half an hour longer, driving up costs to households and businesses.

Northerners are frustrated. And it is costing us all.

With just this one example, which is multiplied across the whole country, not to mention around the world, we can see and feel:

  • the financial costs of climate change
  • the costs to productivity
  • the infrastructure costs
  • the health costs
  • the mental health costs

This is where we feel the impact of climate change in real time.

This is not an experiment.

This is not a drill.

This is not a rehearsal.

This is real.

This is where climate change stops being a theory and has become our reality.

But it is not surprising National ignored it, left climate change issues in their wake and now criticise the decisions we make to address their failure.

This government has started to tackle climate change in tangible ways.

We must use the criticism we have received as motivation.

–   Where the opposition feared to tread we must go.

–   Where the opposition hid, we must be seen.

–   Where the opposition wavered we must be resolute.

–   Where they retreated we must progress.

Fear can be contagious, so we can’t let the opposition’s fear stop us from acting on the tough issues.

We must draw on the same inner strength and courage that Te Ruki Kawiti did when he was under constant attack and bombardment, and his whānau, his supporters, his allies and his children’s children were under threat.

So where did National hide, waver and retreat?

Here’s just a few areas: housing, health, infrastructure, jobs, apprenticeships, child poverty and of course climate change.

But this government is being resolute and making progress.

Let’s take housing. This week Peeni Henare announced yet further investment to partner with Te Pouahi o Te Tai Tokerau to build another 100 houses up north, to add to the 10,037 public houses built by this government on top of the record 41,700 private homes built in the year to June 2022.

Let’s look at Employment and Training. More than 215,000 people have taken up free apprenticeships and targeted trades training.

What about infrastructure? National left schools and hospitals to be run down. We stepped up to fix the challenges they retreated from with $3.6 billion in schools and $1.5 billion in capital investment in health.

How about child poverty?

We’ve invested in wages and lifted 66,000 children out of poverty.

That’s the sort of decision making and investment National hid from.

This government takes a stand where it counts and I’m proud of that.

This government will always face criticism for our decisions.

Our courage will be criticised.

But courageous we must be.

We must not be worn down by those who try to chip away at us with their insults…their misinformation – their pettiness, and their lack of courage.

So let’s go back to climate change. The climate is changing as a direct result of carbon emissions.

Our main sources of emissions are agriculture and transport.

We have worked with the farming sector to enable them to reduce their own emissions…but we’re accused by the opposition of attacking farmers’ incomes.

There is no consideration of the fact that climate change itself has attacked those farmers’ incomes.

The government budgets $530,000 a year to help farmers affected by extreme weather events. However, the average annual spend over the last 5 years has been just shy of $5 million.

Recent adverse events saw $4.5 million allocated for the Canterbury floods, Buller and the top of the south island received $200,000, another $200,000 went to various mayoral relief funds. Between 2019 and 2021, $6 million went to farmers affected by drought.

The costs to farmers are already here. Hiding in plain sight.

But National don’t want to solve the problem, they just want to complain about the symptoms of the problem.

This government wants farmers to have long term prosperous futures.

But that requires courageous long term focused decision making.

Fixing symptoms won’t fix the long term problem.

What costs a farmer more? Annual floods and droughts that devastate their farms and livelihood or having to come up with a plan to reduce their farm emissions?

The opposition know we are right … but will deny it, and attack us.

We are being attacked for doing the right thing.

Those attacks I liken to the tap of a chisel Te Ruki Kawiti referred to.

To the opposition being in power isn’t about addressing the big issues … it’s about pandering to the electorate and putting the tough stuff on the shelf for our children’s children to deal with.

We simply cannot afford to do that.

Michael Wood is being attacked for increasing the numbers of electric vehicles coming into the country, as if that’s a bad thing.

In just five year per cent of imports.

Yet the opposition complain that New Zealanders will be driving around in Teslas. They ignore the 570 per cent increase in EV imports since 2017 and the 800 per cent rise in hybrids.

The emissions of new imported cars reduced by 15 per cent in just six months. A reduction that had taken eight long years under National.

They fundamentally don’t see that we need to act.

This government is being criticised for:

–   playing our part in reducing carbon emissions,

–   for doing our part to slow climate change,

–   for wanting this country and this planet to be liveable for our children’s children.

We have to accept that being criticised for doing what’s right is the price we pay – for doing what’s right.

The opposition tell us we only make up less than 1 per cent of global emissions.

Well I can confirm, here and now, that we make up 100 per cent of our emissions and we must do something about it, so we are.

But what is the opposition’s response to this?

Pothole of the week. Taking a photo of a pothole out by your mailbox is their answer.

Now, in my student days I used to work on the roads in a tar sealing gang.

People think politicians have power, but I never experienced as much power as when I held a stop/ go sign.

I know a little bit about potholes. In fact I used to fix potholes.

Never mind that the leading causes of road deterioration and potholes are (1) weather events and (2) increased traffic.

The more severe the weather, the more traffic, the more potholes.

The first cause of potholes is ignored by the opposition.

The second cause of potholes is encouraged by the opposition.

If the opposition are serious about fixing potholes, they need to help fix climate change. The opposition is a group of people suffering from small mind-itis, where the symptom is the problem.

No! We say that the problem is the problem. So fix the problem.

Do we really think our children’s’ children will say, “hey the world may have burnt up, but thank god that pothole out front is gone?”

Do we really think our children’s children will say, “coastal erosion may have meant our house fell into the sea, but at least the road to the beach is smooth.”

Do we really think our children’s children will say, “our farm may have washed away, but at least the tar seal is intact?”

So I have two questions for the NZ Labour Party.

To all of us gathered here. To our delegates. To those of us who care about the world we have borrowed from our mokopuna – two very serious questions.

And those questions are;

  • If not now, then when?
  • If not us, then who?

If not now…do we just kick the big issues down the road for our children’s children to mitigate, adapt to, or die from?

When is the right time to expect that NZ does what is right?

Is it now, or is it when every farm is flooded or in a drought?

Is it now, or is it when every gorge is closed by slips?

Is it now, or is it when every coastal home has slid it into the sea?

Is it now or is it when every low lying pacific nation is underwater?

Is it now or is it when every pothole has been filled?

If not us then who?

The opposition who believe the answer to half the problems can be solved by tax cuts?

The opposition that believes the answer to the other half of problems is to build a road.

Or the opposition whose sole purpose of being in power…is to be in power.

Let one thing be known.

Under Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson and our MPs the Labour Party will do what is right.

Right for our whānau.

Right for our Realm Countries.

Right for all New Zealanders but most of all, right for our children’s children.

What is the point of being in government if we only fix the easy stuff and leave our children’s children to inherit the mess?

Hiding, wavering, retreating from the tough issues would be easy. But it is not the way of this Labour Party.

We will receive more taps from the chisels of the opposition and our critics, but we cannot, we must not, waver in our belief that what we are doing is right.

What a poor carving our country we would be if we were to flinch at the tap of those chisels.

We will return this world to our children’s children, better than we received it.

32 comments on “Kelvin Davis – if not now then when? ”

  1. Peter 1

    We should look back at history. What gets people going though is today, reality today.

    People of the Far North today have the inconvenience of the wrecked road in the Mangamuka Gorge.

    The Labour Party and Willow Jean Prime will wear that.

    The history of ensuring a fail-safe highway? Well, the local MPs from WW2 until 2020, with the Social Credit exception for 3 years in the '60s, were National Party MPs.

    History? More than 70 years, but any tapping of chisels carving reality is drowned by the noise of partisanship and ignorance.

    • Ad 1.1

      You can't build a fail safe highway.

      Waikato Expressway is being resealed after a year of operation with no storms.

  2. Johnr 2

    Oh, Wow.

    Let's share this far and wide.

  3. Ad 3

    It's slightly irrational but I really like him.

  4. roy cartland 4

    I can't tell if I'm being played… there's no body of text showing up in my version of the post, either on desktop or on smartphone?

    [Apologies I put it up so it will show in mobile version but not full version. Now fixed – MS]

  5. observer 5

    His pothole line is nicely put.

    There are things to complain about, sure. So let's complain a lot more, then we can usher in a government that wants to do less about climate change, invest less in health, have higher unemployment, push wages down, restore landlords' privileges, and so on.

    Then we won't be talking about potholes any more. But we'll be wishing we were.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 5.1

      Davis is a grown-up.

      When is the right time to expect that NZ does what is right?

      Is it now or is it when every pothole has been filled?

      Then we won't be talking about potholes any more.

      Or lightbulbs and showerheads for that matter – have the Gnats grown up? Can they?

      But we'll be wishing we were.


  6. bwaghorn 6

    “”As the latest Air NZ safety message tells us, “we don’t inherit this world, we only borrow it from our mokopuna.”

    Our children's farm won't have washed ""into the ocean " they'll be under pines that air nz and other greenwashing bullshit artists have bought so their customers can feel good.

  7. Steve Bradley 7

    Kia kaha, Kelvin.

    The quiet voice of reason who get's the profound messages across.

    That's why he's there; and so respected by all who meet him.

  8. Tony Veitch 8
    • If not now, then when?
    • If not us, then who?

    Exactly! Abso-bloody-lutely exactly.

    The Negatives would be an absolute disaster when the climate shit hits the fan – as it will next year or the year after! Their Pike River disaster response should have showed us that.

    If we are to have any chance, however slim, of surviving the climate catastrophe, we need a government that is prepared to do things! Not just to govern.

  9. aj 9

    Hard to see why Kelvin Davis was on National’s list of easy targets a couple of years back.

  10. Obtrectator 10

    Great speech, but …. how to convince all those gammons with their "apres nous le deluge" attitude?

  11. adam 11

    Come on Kelvin, the last Tory government did one thing, they turn our coins into steel coins.

    Thus having a bit of a laugh at the devalued people who lived here, by making their means of exchange, utterly worthless.

  12. Dot 12

    Kelvin Davis is an intelligent grown up.

    Great speech Kelvin,
    future generations need you governing.

  13. pat 13

    Not bad for a hastily rewritten speech

  14. pat 14

    That was not the speech that Labour didnt want presented publicly

    • Shanreagh 14.1

      Unpacking the double negatives is a bit of a challenge.

      This was the speech that was presented. Enough said. Keynote speeches go through reiteration after reiteration in that arena.

      If not now, then when?
      If not us, then who?

      Sounds like a call to arms, if this had to be toned down the original must have been really really stirring.

  15. Maurice 15

    Carefully positioning himself in case others cannot deliver?

  16. Mike the Lefty 16

    A couple of decades most talk about climate change revolved around vague phrases about WHEN in the future it will happen and what we must do to prepare for it.

    Now it is obvious to all but the most wilfully blinded that climate change is here NOW. We have run out of time to prepare for it – we must deal with it NOW.

    The massive amounts of carbon that we as a human race have artificially added to the atmosphere are RIGHT NOW acidifying the sea to the extent that marine life as we know it will be on the verge of extinction – not in 100 years or so but in our lifetimes.

    And that is in addition to the extreme wild and unpredictable storms, droughts, floods, warm and cold periods that the media call "weather events" that happen almost on a daily basis.

    That is what National doesn't get.

    They make noises about planning and preparation but when they have to make a decision it is always "we need more time….."

    Well boys – you don't have any f….n time, you had time 30 years ago and you wasted it by doing nothing.

    As for ACT – it isn't even worth talking about their plans for climate change because they barely even recognise its existence.

    So of course Kelvin Davis is right.

    Labour has acted, but has been opposed on every level by the political right who just want to keep the good times rolling. New Zealanders, by nature, are rather politically conservative and get very suspicious when anyone tries to make quick changes, regardless of how necessary they are. Therefore you can't push through changes that fundamentally alter the Kiwi lifestyle because they will automatically be opposed.

    But there is the argument that even a little bit of change is better than none at all. Unfortunately it is only a very tiny bit better.

    Big changes are needed in our society and political will to properly combat climate change but I doubt the public will want them to happen.

  17. Jenny are we there yet 17

    “Greenhouse gas emissions keep growing, global temperatures keep rising, and our planet is fast approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible,” United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres

    Kelvin Davis poses the question:

    If not now then when?

    The obvious and most logical answer to this question is;

    If not now then never.

    As the window to act closes. These are the only two options. Now or Never.

    But will the Labour governement even act on one of the issues that Kelvin Davis brought up in his speech?

    The answer is Noooo. never. Of course we won't.

    I am talking about the deterioration of our roads due to the combined effects of climate change and increased traffic raised by Kelvin Davis in his speech.

    "……the leading causes of road deterioration and potholes are (1) weather events and (2) increased traffic." Kelvin Davis

    The climate doesn't care about fine speeches.

    To get traffic off our roads and lower our transport emissions, the Labour government could make public transport more available and cheaper and convenient to use.

    To: Minister of Transport, Michael Wood

    Keep half-price fares for everyone, for good!


    Contact Campaign Creator

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    Aotearoa Collective for Public Transport Equity

    We call on the Minister of Transport, Michael Wood, to make public transport permanently half price for everyone, and free for all under-25s, tertiary students, Community Services Card holders, and Total Mobility Card holders and their support people.

    We want to see this funded by central government.

    We also acknowledge the need for this government to increase the reach, frequency and quality of public transport in underserved areas….

    …. in January 2023, the government will END half-price public transport, returning fares to full price for everyone except people with a Community Services Card. Higher fares will force some people to break public transport habits and return to traveling by private car, causing congestion and harmful carbon emissions…..

    ……the policy of halving public transport fares for everyone has been extremely cheap. In fact, the cost of half-price public transport for three months is between $25 and 40 million, compared with nearly $600 million spent on the fuel excise cut!

  18. Jenny are we there yet 18


    "Everyone talks about the weather, nobody does anything about it". Mark Twain

    If Kelvin Davis really wanted to do anything about the state of the roads in his electorate of Te Tai Tokerau, he would demanding that all the freight on the huge trucks that are chewing up the tarmac go by rail.

    If Kelvin Davis really wanted to do anything about private transport emissions, he would be campaigning for the return of passenger rail to Northland.

    April 12, 2022

    Press Release – Save Our Trains

    The Save Our Trains Campaign says the return of key passenger services is a major win for the travelling public, and the first stop on the journey to rebuild passenger rail throughout New Zealand….

    ……“The next step is to develop our public transport services. That requires the Government to take a leadership role in planning for an integrated public transport network across New Zealand, taking into account accessibility, climate action, and regional development.”

    The Save Our Trains campaign was started in late January by concerned members of the public after KiwiRail’s announcement in December 2021 it was removing same day scheduled passenger services throughout New Zealand.

    …..The petition to Save Our National Passenger Rail Network reads: We call on the Government and KiwiRail to commit to maintaining existing intercity passenger rail services. Furthermore, we ask for a comprehensive national strategy for future passenger rail services built around concern for climate action and economic development.,journey%20to%20rebuild%20passenger%20rail%20throughout%20New%20Zealand.

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    Real ClimateBy rasmus
    2 days ago
  • Bennie Bashing.
    If there’s one thing the mob loves more than keeping Māori in their place, more than getting tough on the gangs, maybe even more than tax cuts. It’s a good old round of beneficiary bashing.Are those meanies in the ACT party stealing your votes because they think David Seymour is ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • The kindest cuts
    Labour kicks off the fiscal credibility battle today with the release of its fiscal plan. National is expected to follow, possibly as soon as Thursday, with its own plan, which may (or may not) address the large hole that the problems with its foreign buyers’ ban might open up. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Green right turn in Britain? Well, a start
    While it may be unlikely to register in New Zealand’s general election, Britain’s PM Rishi Sunak has done something which might just be important in the long run. He’s announced a far-reaching change in his Conservative government’s approach to environmental, and particularly net zero, policy. The starting point – ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    2 days ago
  • At a glance – How do human CO2 emissions compare to natural CO2 emissions?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 days ago
  • How could this happen?
    Canada is in uproar after the exposure that its parliament on September 22 provided a standing ovation to a Nazi veteran who had been invited into the chamber to participate in the parliamentary welcome to Ukrainian President Zelensky. Yaroslav Hunka, 98, a Ukrainian man who volunteered for service in ...
    3 days ago
  • Always Be Campaigning
    The big screen is a great place to lay out the ways of the salesman. He comes ready-made for Panto, ripe for lampooning.This is not to disparage that life. I have known many good people of that kind. But there is a type, brazen as all get out. The camera ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • STEPHEN FRANKS: Press seek to publicly shame doctor – we must push back
    The following is a message sent yesterday from lawyer Stephen Franks on behalf of the Free Speech Union. I don’t like to interrupt first thing Monday morning, but we’ve just become aware of a case where we think immediate and overwhelming attention could help turn the tide. It involves someone ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Competing on cruelty
    The right-wing message calendar is clearly reading "cruelty" today, because both National and NZ First have released beneficiary-bashing policies. National is promising a "traffic light" system to police and kick beneficiaries, which will no doubt be accompanied by arbitrary internal targets to classify people as "orange" or "red" to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Further funding for Pharmac (forgotten in the Budget?) looks like a $1bn appeal from a PM in need of...
    Buzz from the Beehive One Labour plan  – for 3000 more public homes by 2025 – is the most recent to be posted on the government’s official website. Another – a prime ministerial promise of more funding for Pharmac – has been released as a Labour Party press statement. Who ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Vested interests shaping National Party policies
    As the National Party gets closer to government, lobbyists and business interests will be lining up for influence and to get policies adopted. It’s therefore in the public interest to have much more scrutiny and transparency about potential conflicts of interests that might arise. One of the key individuals of ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Labour may be on way out of power and NZ First back in – but will Peters go into coalition with Na...
    Voters  are deserting Labour in droves, despite Chris  Hipkins’  valiant  rearguard  action.  So  where  are they  heading?  Clearly  not all of them are going to vote National, which concedes that  the  outcome  will be “close”. To the Right of National, the ACT party just a  few weeks  ago  was ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    3 days ago
  • GRAHAM ADAMS: Will the racists please stand up?
    Accusations of racism by journalists and MPs are being called out. Graham Adams writes –    With the election less than three weeks away, what co-governance means in practice — including in water management, education, planning law and local government — remains largely obscure. Which is hardly ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on whether Winston Peters can be a moderating influence
    As the centre-right has (finally!) been subjected to media interrogation, the polls are indicating that some voters may be starting to have second thoughts about the wisdom of giving National and ACT the power to govern alone. That’s why yesterday’s Newshub/Reid Research poll had the National/ACT combo dropping to 60 ...
    3 days ago
  • Tuesday’s Chorus: RBNZ set to rain on National's victory parade
    ANZ has increased its forecast for house inflation later this year on signs of growing momentum in the market ahead of the election. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: National has campaigned against the Labour Government’s record on inflation and mortgage rates, but there’s now a growing chance the Reserve ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • After a Pittsburgh coal processing plant closed, ER visits plummeted
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Katie Myers. This story was originally published by Grist and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. Pittsburgh, in its founding, was blessed and cursed with two abundant natural resources: free-flowing rivers and a nearby coal seam. ...
    3 days ago
  • September-23 AT Board Meeting
    Today the AT board meet again and once again I’ve taken a look at what’s on the agenda to find the most interesting items. Closed Agenda Interestingly when I first looked at the agendas this paper was there but at the time of writing this post it had been ...
    3 days ago
  • Electorate Watch: West Coast-Tasman
    Continuing my series on interesting electorates, today it’s West Coast-Tasman.A long thin electorate running down the northern half of the west coast of the South Island. Think sand flies, beautiful landscapes, lots of rain, Pike River, alternative lifestylers, whitebaiting, and the spiritual home of the Labour Party. A brief word ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Big money brings Winston back
    National leader Christopher Luxon yesterday morning conceded it and last night’s Newshub poll confirmed it; Winston Peters and NZ First are not only back but highly likely to be part of the next government. It is a remarkable comeback for a party that was tossed out of Parliament in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • 20 days until Election Day, 7 until early voting begins… but what changes will we really see here?
    As this blogger, alongside many others, has already posited in another forum: we all know the National Party’s “budget” (meaning this concept of even adding up numbers properly is doing a lot of heavy, heavy lifting right now) is utter and complete bunk (read hung, drawn and quartered and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • A night out
    Everyone was asking, Are you nervous? and my response was various forms of God, yes.I've written more speeches than I can count; not much surprises me when the speaker gets to their feet and the room goes quiet.But a play? Never.YOU CAME! THANK YOU! Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • A pallid shade of Green III
    Clearly Labour's focus groups are telling it that it needs to pay more attention to climate change - because hot on the heels of their weaksauce energy efficiency pilot programme and not-great-but-better-than-nothing solar grants, they've released a full climate manifesto. Unfortunately, the core policies in it - a second Emissions ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A coalition of racism, cruelty, and chaos
    Today's big political news is that after months of wibbling, National's Chris Luxon has finally confirmed that he is willing to work with Winston Peters to become Prime Minister. Which is expected, but I guess it tells us something about which way the polls are going. Which raises the question: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • More migrant workers should help generate the tax income needed to provide benefits for job seekers
    Buzz from the Beehive Under something described as a “rebalance” of its immigration rules, the Government has adopted four of five recommendations made in an independent review released in July, The fifth, which called on the government to specify criteria for out-of-hours compliance visits similar to those used during ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Letter To Luxon.
    Some of you might know Gerard Otto (G), and his G News platform. This morning he wrote a letter to Christopher Luxon which I particularly enjoyed, and with his agreement I’m sharing it with you in this guest newsletter.If you’d like to make a contribution to support Gerard’s work you ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Alarming trend in benefit numbers
    Lindsay Mitchell writes –  While there will not be another quarterly release of benefit numbers prior to the election, limited weekly reporting continues and is showing an alarming trend. Because there is a seasonal component to benefit number fluctuations it is crucial to compare like with like. In ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Has there been external structural change?
    A close analysis of the Treasury assessment of the Medium Term in its PREFU 2023 suggests the economy may be entering a new phase.   Brian Easton writes –  Last week I explained that the forecasts in the just published Treasury Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU 2023) was ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • CRL Progress – Sep-23
    It’s been a while since we looked at the latest with the City Rail Link and there’s been some fantastic milestones recently. To start with, and most recently, CRL have released an awesome video showing a full fly-through of one of the tunnels. Come fly with us! You asked for ...
    4 days ago
  • Monday’s Chorus: Not building nearly enough
    We are heading into another period of fast population growth without matching increased home building or infrastructure investment.Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Labour and National detailed their house building and migration approaches over the weekend, with both pledging fast population growth policies without enough house building or infrastructure investment ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Game on; Hipkins comes out punching
    Labour leader Chris Hipkins yesterday took the gloves off and laid into National and its leader Christopher Luxon. For many in Labour – and particularly for some at the top of the caucus and the party — it would not have been a moment too soon. POLITIK is aware ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Tax Cut Austerity Blues.
    The leaders have had their go, they’ve told us the “what?” and the “why?” of their promises. Now it’s the turn of the would be Finance Ministers to tell us the “how?”, the “how much?”, and the “when?”A chance for those competing for the second most powerful job in the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • MIKE GRIMSHAW:  It’s the economy – and the spirit – Stupid…
    Mike Grimshaw writes – Over the past 30-odd years it’s become almost an orthodoxy to blame or invoke neoliberalism for the failures of New Zealand society. On the left the usual response goes something like, neoliberalism is the cause of everything that’s gone wrong and the answer ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news and opinion articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 17, 2023 thru Sat, Sep 23, 2023. Story of the Week  Opinion: Let’s free ourselves from the story of economic growth A relentless focus on economic growth has ushered in ...
    5 days ago
  • The End Of The World.
    Have you been looking out of your window for signs of the apocalypse? Don’t worry, you haven’t been door knocked by a representative of the Brian Tamaki party. They’re probably a bit busy this morning spruiking salvation, or getting ready to march on our parliament, which is closed. No, I’ve ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Climate Town: The Brainwashing Of America's Children
    Climate Town is the YouTube channel of Rollie Williams and a ragtag team of climate communicators, creatives and comedians. They examine climate change in a way that doesn’t make you want to eat a cyanide pill. Get informed about the climate crisis before the weather does it for you. The latest ...
    7 days ago
  • Has There Been External Structural Change?
    A close analysis of the Treasury assessment of the Medium Term in its PREFU 2023 suggests the economy may be entering a new phase. Last week I explained that the forecasts in the just published Treasury Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU 2023) was similar to the May Budget BEFU, ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • Another Labour bully
    Back in June, we learned that Kiri Allan was a Parliamentary bully. And now there's another one: Labour MP Shanan Halbert: The Labour Party was alerted to concerns about [Halbert's] alleged behaviour a year ago but because staffers wanted to remain anonymous, no formal process was undertaken [...] The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ignoring our biggest problem
    Its that time in the election season where the status quo parties are busy accusing each other of having fiscal holes in a desperate effort to appear more "responsible" (but not, you understand, by promising to tax wealth or land to give the government the revenue it needs to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • JERRY COYNE: A good summary of the mess that is science education in New Zealand
    JERRY COYNE writes –  If you want to see what the government of New Zealand is up to with respect to science education, you can’t do better than listening to this video/slideshow by two exponents of the “we-need-two-knowledge-systems” view. I’ve gotten a lot of scary stuff from Kiwi ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Good news on the GDP front is accompanied by news of a $5m govt boost for Supercars (but what about ...
    Buzz from the Beehive First, we were treated to the news (from Finance Minister Grant Robertson) that the economy has turned a corner and New Zealand never was in recession.  This was triggered by statistics which showed the economy expanded 0.9 per cent in the June quarter, twice as much as ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • The Scafetta Saga
    It has taken 17 months to get a comment published pointing out the obvious errors in the Scafetta (2022) paper in GRL. Back in March 2022, Nicola Scafetta published a short paper in Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) purporting to show through ‘advanced’ means that ‘all models with ECS > ...
    Real ClimateBy Gavin
    7 days ago
  • Friday's Chorus: Penny wise and pound foolish
    TL;DR: In the middle of a climate emergency and in a city prone to earthquakes, Victoria University of Wellington announced yesterday it would stop teaching geophysics, geographic information science and physical geography to save $22 million a year and repay debt. Climate change damage in Aotearoa this year is already ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: Calling the big dog’s bluff
      For nearly thirty years the pundits have been telling the minor parties that they must be good little puppies and let the big dogs decide. The parties with a plurality of the votes cast must be allowed to govern – even if that means ignoring the ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • The electorate swing, Labour limbo and Luxon-Hipkins two-step
     Another poll, another 27 for Labour. It was July the last time one of the reputable TV company polls had Labour's poll percentage starting with a three, so the limbo question is now being asked: how low can you go?It seems such an unlikely question because this doesn't feel like the kind ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    7 days ago
  • A Womance, and a Nomance.
    After the trench warfare of Tuesday night, when the two major parties went head to head, last night was the turn of the minor parties. Hosts Newshub termed it “the Powerbrokers' Debate”.Based on the latest polls the four parties taking part - ACT, the Greens, New Zealand First, and Te ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • When The Internet Rushes To Your Defense
    Hi,You can’t make this stuff up.People involved with Sound of Freedom, the QAnon-infused movie about anti-child trafficker Tim Ballard, are dropping like flies. I won’t ruin your day by describing it here, but Vice reports that footage has emerged of executive producer Paul Hutchinson being inappropriate with a 16-year-old trafficking ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Doubts about Robertson’s good news day
    The trading banks yesterday concluded that though GDP figures released yesterday show the economy is not in recession, it may well soon be. Nevertheless, the fact that GDP has gone up 0.8 per cent in the latest quarter and that StatsNZ revised the previous quarter’s figure to show a ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The Votes That Media Dare Not Speak Its Name
    .Thanks for reading Frankly Speaking ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work..A recent political opinion poll (20 September) on TV1 presented what could only be called bleak news for the Left Bloc:National: 37%, down two points equating to 46 seatsLabour: 27%, down one point (34 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38 2023
    Open access notables At our roots Skeptical Science is about cognition of the results of climate science research in the minds of the entire human population. Ideally we'd be perfectly communicating understanding of Earth's climate, and perfectly understood. We can only approximate that, but hopefully converging closer to perfection. With ...
    1 week ago
  • Failing To Hold Back The Flood: The Edgy Politics of the Twenty-First Century.
    Coming Over The Top: Rory Stewart's memoir, Politics On The Edge, lays bare the dangerous inadequacies of the Western World's current political model.VERY FEW NEW ZEALANDERS will have heard of Rory Stewart. Those with a keen eye for the absurdities of politics may recognise the name as that of the ...
    1 week ago

  • New community-level energy projects to support more than 800 Māori households
    Seven more innovative community-scale energy projects will receive government funding through the Māori and Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund to bring more affordable, locally generated clean energy to more than 800 Māori households, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. “We’ve already funded 42 small-scale clean energy projects that ...
    23 hours ago
  • Huge boost to Te Tai Tokerau flood resilience
    The Government has approved new funding that will boost resilience and greatly reduce the risk of major flood damage across Te Tai Tokerau. Significant weather events this year caused severe flooding and damage across the region. The $8.9m will be used to provide some of the smaller communities and maraes ...
    1 day ago
  • Napier’s largest public housing development comes with solar
    The largest public housing development in Napier for many years has been recently completed and has the added benefit of innovative solar technology, thanks to Government programmes, says Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods. The 24 warm, dry homes are in Seddon Crescent, Marewa and Megan Woods says the whanau living ...
    2 days ago
  • Te Whānau a Apanui and the Crown initial Deed of Settlement I Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me...
    Māori: Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me te Karauna te Whakaaetanga Whakataunga Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me te Karauna i tētahi Whakaaetanga Whakataunga hei whakamihi i ō rātou tāhuhu kerēme Tiriti o Waitangi. E tekau mā rua ngā hapū o roto mai o Te Whānau ...
    3 days ago
  • Plan for 3,000 more public homes by 2025 – regions set to benefit
    Regions around the country will get significant boosts of public housing in the next two years, as outlined in the latest public housing plan update, released by the Housing Minister, Dr Megan Woods. “We’re delivering the most public homes each year since the Nash government of the 1950s with one ...
    5 days ago
  • Immigration settings updates
    Judicial warrant process for out-of-hours compliance visits 2023/24 Recognised Seasonal Employer cap increased by 500 Additional roles for Construction and Infrastructure Sector Agreement More roles added to Green List Three-month extension for onshore Recovery Visa holders The Government has confirmed a number of updates to immigration settings as part of ...
    6 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Tā Patrick (Patu) Wahanga Hohepa
    Tangi ngunguru ana ngā tai ki te wahapū o Hokianga Whakapau Karakia. Tārehu ana ngā pae maunga ki Te Puna o te Ao Marama. Korihi tangi ana ngā manu, kua hinga he kauri nui ki te Wao Nui o Tāne. He Toa. He Pou. He Ahorangi. E papaki tū ana ...
    7 days ago
  • Renewable energy fund to support community resilience
    40 solar energy systems on community buildings in regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and other severe weather events Virtual capability-building hub to support community organisations get projects off the ground Boost for community-level renewable energy projects across the country At least 40 community buildings used to support the emergency response ...
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 funding returned to Government
    The lifting of COVID-19 isolation and mask mandates in August has resulted in a return of almost $50m in savings and recovered contingencies, Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Following the revocation of mandates and isolation, specialised COVID-19 telehealth and alternative isolation accommodation are among the operational elements ...
    7 days ago
  • Appointment of District Court Judge
    Susie Houghton of Auckland has been appointed as a new District Court Judge, to serve on the Family Court, Attorney-General David Parker said today.  Judge Houghton has acted as a lawyer for child for more than 20 years. She has acted on matters relating to the Hague Convention, an international ...
    7 days ago
  • Government invests further in Central Hawke’s Bay resilience
    The Government has today confirmed $2.5 million to fund a replace and upgrade a stopbank to protect the Waipawa Drinking Water Treatment Plant. “As a result of Cyclone Gabrielle, the original stopbank protecting the Waipawa Drinking Water Treatment Plant was destroyed. The plant was operational within 6 weeks of the ...
    1 week ago
  • Govt boost for Hawke’s Bay cyclone waste clean-up
    Another $2.1 million to boost capacity to deal with waste left in Cyclone Gabrielle’s wake. Funds for Hastings District Council, Phoenix Contracting and Hog Fuel NZ to increase local waste-processing infrastructure. The Government is beefing up Hawke’s Bay’s Cyclone Gabrielle clean-up capacity with more support dealing with the massive amount ...
    1 week ago
  • Taupō Supercars revs up with Government support
    The future of Supercars events in New Zealand has been secured with new Government support. The Government is getting engines started through the Major Events Fund, a special fund to support high profile events in New Zealand that provide long-term economic, social and cultural benefits. “The Repco Supercars Championship is ...
    1 week ago
  • There is no recession in NZ, economy grows nearly 1 percent in June quarter
    The economy has turned a corner with confirmation today New Zealand never was in recession and stronger than expected growth in the June quarter, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. “The New Zealand economy is doing better than expected,” Grant Robertson said. “It’s continuing to grow, with the latest figures showing ...
    1 week ago
  • Highest legal protection for New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs
    The Government has accepted the Environment Court’s recommendation to give special legal protection to New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs, Te Waikoropupū Springs (also known as Pupū Springs), Environment Minister David Parker announced today.   “Te Waikoropupū Springs, near Takaka in Golden Bay, have the second clearest water in New Zealand after ...
    1 week ago
  • More support for victims of migrant exploitation
    Temporary package of funding for accommodation and essential living support for victims of migrant exploitation Exploited migrant workers able to apply for a further Migrant Exploitation Protection Visa (MEPV), giving people more time to find a job Free job search assistance to get people back into work Use of 90-day ...
    1 week ago
  • Strong export boost as NZ economy turns corner
    An export boost is supporting New Zealand’s economy to grow, adding to signs that the economy has turned a corner and is on a stronger footing as we rebuild from Cyclone Gabrielle and lock in the benefits of multiple new trade deals, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “The economy is ...
    1 week ago
  • Funding approved for flood resilience work in Te Karaka
    The Government has approved $15 million to raise about 200 homes at risk of future flooding. More than half of this is expected to be spent in the Tairāwhiti settlement of Te Karaka, lifting about 100 homes there. “Te Karaka was badly hit during Cyclone Gabrielle when the Waipāoa River ...
    1 week ago
  • Further business support for cyclone-affected regions
    The Government is helping businesses recover from Cyclone Gabrielle and attract more people back into their regions. “Cyclone Gabrielle has caused considerable damage across North Island regions with impacts continuing to be felt by businesses and communities,” Economic Development Minister Barbara Edmonds said. “Building on our earlier business support, this ...
    1 week ago
  • New maintenance facility at Burnham Military Camp underway
    Defence Minister Andrew Little has turned the first sod to start construction of a new Maintenance Support Facility (MSF) at Burnham Military Camp today. “This new state-of-art facility replaces Second World War-era buildings and will enable our Defence Force to better maintain and repair equipment,” Andrew Little said. “This Government ...
    1 week ago
  • Foreign Minister to attend United Nations General Assembly
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will represent New Zealand at the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York this week, before visiting Washington DC for further Pacific focussed meetings. Nanaia Mahuta will be in New York from Wednesday 20 September, and will participate in UNGA leaders ...
    1 week ago
  • Midwives’ pay equity offer reached
    Around 1,700 Te Whatu Ora employed midwives and maternity care assistants will soon vote on a proposed pay equity settlement agreed by Te Whatu Ora, the Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Service (MERAS) and New Zealand Nurses Association (NZNO), Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “Addressing historical pay ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides support to Morocco
    Aotearoa New Zealand will provide humanitarian support to those affected by last week’s earthquake in Morocco, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “We are making a contribution of $1 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help meet humanitarian needs,” Nanaia Mahuta said. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government invests in West Coast’s roading resilience
    The Government is investing over $22 million across 18 projects to improve the resilience of roads in the West Coast that have been affected by recent extreme weather, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today.  A dedicated Transport Resilience Fund has been established for early preventative works to protect the state ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government invests in Greymouth’s future
    The Government has today confirmed a $2 million grant towards the regeneration of Greymouth’s CBD with construction of a new two-level commercial and public facility. “It will include a visitor facility centred around a new library. Additionally, it will include retail outlets on the ground floor, and both outdoor and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nanaia Mahuta to attend PIF Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, in Suva, Fiji alongside New Zealand’s regional counterparts. “Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply committed to working with our pacific whanau to strengthen our cooperation, and share ways to combat the challenges facing the Blue Pacific Continent,” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PREFU shows no recession, growing economy, more jobs and wages ahead of inflation
    Economy to grow 2.6 percent on average over forecast period Treasury not forecasting a recession Inflation to return to the 1-3 percent target band next year Wages set to grow 4.8 percent a year over forecast period Unemployment to peak below the long-term average Fiscal Rules met - Net debt ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New cancer centre opens in Christchurch
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins and Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall proudly opened the Canterbury Cancer Centre in Christchurch today. The new facility is the first of its kind and was built with $6.5 million of funding from the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group scheme for shovel-ready projects allocated in 2020. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government invests in top of the south’s roading resilience
    $12 million to improve the resilience of roads in the Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions Hope Bypass earmarked in draft Government Policy Statement on land transport $127 million invested in the top of the south’s roads since flooding in 2021 and 2022 The Government is investing over $12 million to ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealanders continue to support the revitalisation of te reo as we celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Mā...
    Ko tēnei te wiki e whakanui ana i tō tātou reo rangatira. Ko te wā tuku reo Māori, e whakanuia tahitia ai te reo ahakoa kei hea ake tēnā me tēnā o tātou, ka tū ā te Rātū te 14 o Mahuru, ā te 12 o ngā hāora i te ahiahi. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Wildlife Act to better protect native species
    The 70-year-old Wildlife Act will be replaced with modern, fit-for-purpose legislation to better protect native species and improve biodiversity, Minister of Conservation Willow-Jean Prime has announced.   “New species legislation is urgently needed to address New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis,” Willow-Jean Prime said.   “More than 4,000 of our native species are currently ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Further safety initiatives for Auckland City Centre
    Central and Local Government are today announcing a range of new measures to tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour in the Auckland CBD to complement Police scaling up their presence in the area. “Police have an important role to play in preventing and responding to crime, but there is more ...
    3 weeks ago

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