Key: quakes to cost 125,000 jobs

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, March 3rd, 2011 - 70 comments
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We’ve heard figures of $20 billion damage from the Christchurch quakes, $5 billion uninsured for the government to cover. Now, Key has given an estimate of the lost economic output this year – $12 billion, 6% of GDP. He says that will mean $5 billion less government revenue – a hole the size of the defence and law and order budgets combined.

Speaking on NewstalkZB, Key said “From June to June, my guess is that we’ve lost $12 billion in GDP. In other words, just less activity. Crudely, from the government’s view, that’s $5 billion we don’t get.”

Frankly, these numbers seem far too big to me. Canterbury contributes only 15% of the country’s GDP and I don’t think these two quakes can have eliminated 40% of Canterbury’s annual economic activity. But, I don’t see any reason why Key would be so irresponsible as to make them up, so let’s consider the consequences.

$12 billion less economic activity implies about $5 billion less in employee compensation. The average employee gets $40,000 a year, so that’s 125,000 jobs lost – 40% of Canterbury’s workforce and enough to take national unemployment close to 13%. The extra dole bill would be on the order of a billion dollars.

The $5 billion slice out of government revenue and the billion extra dole bill is ‘only’ 12 days worth of the country’s economic output but when you ask who the government gets the cash from it’s huge, especially when you consider that the government is facing an extra bill of about a billion a year for the next five years for the rebuilding. While a disaster levy, like the one proposed by the Greens, could raise a billion a year to cover the extra costs, there’s going to have to be some extra debt to cover the lost revenue and extra dole.

Let’s be clear, cuts like National is mincing around won’t cover it. Trimming Working For Families would only save a million a year if (somehow) limited to families on incomes over $100,000. Excluding some more people from higher education, as Key is suggesting, will only save a few million too. Yes, National is planning to use the shock doctrine to do things they otherwise couldn’t but covering a $5 billion hole and the extra dole bill with cuts would be a slash and burn exercise like we’ve never seen. Thankfully, I don’t think Key has the guts.

Before anyone says ‘asset sales’, they still make no sense. We’re better off keeping the dividend stream to help pay these bills because the SOE’s returns exceed the cost of government borrowing.

The other question is how long the economy would take to recover from such a hit. You can’t expect it to slump 6% under expectations one year and shed 6% of the national workforce and then have everything bounce back the next year. Especially in the middle of a global oil/food shock. Even with insured property owners, hopefully, using the money to rebuild, we’re looking at years of economic activity well below the projections that the government’s budget is based on.

To avoid debt spiralling, National will have to make hard choices: it will have to ditch the least worthwhile government spending, the new motorway construction programme, and restore revenue to a sustainable level by reversing the tax cuts of recent years. I estimate those two moves would raise $20 billion over the coming decade, enough to cover the ongoing revenue losses and reconstruction costs, hopefully.

If the situation is as serious as Key says, there’s no other choice.

Update: Key has corrected himself – “$15 billion of lost GDP, which translates to about $5b less tax potentially (over four years).” So, that brings the job losses down to, maybe, 30,000, still a huge number. I wish Key would get his numbers right. He is a money man, after all.

70 comments on “Key: quakes to cost 125,000 jobs ”

  1. lprent 1

    The problem is that at present the government appears to be dithering around the edges. The only realistic alternative is to raise revenue to ensure that the immediate debt to be raised can be serviced. That means raising taxes or doing a levy. Since this is going to be a multi-year issue rather than a one off.

    The longer they dither, the more that Christchurch will become a ghost town and the larger the eventual bill gets with accumulated employment and business losses further reducing the existing revenue stream.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Plenty of organisations in other municipalities are taking active steps offering Christchurch businesses (and workers) help to relocate to other cities. This is understandable, given that Christchurch may not have even a minimally functioning CBD until 2012, maybe longer.

      Beware, Australia will not be able to act as a sink for our excess labour pool much longer. That’s when things will start turning nasty.

      • SPC 1.1.1

        Their growth was 2.7% last year, the forecast is for very strong growth this year (higher despite the floods).

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1

          Assumptions of continued high hard commodity demand from China. limited energy price increases and ever increasing private debt is needed for Australia to continue on this “growth” track.

          • SPC 1.1.1.1.1

            No problem – the constraint is actually access to energy and the Chinese and Australians have plenty of coal – there is also uranium for the transfer to nuclear energy.

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1.1

              No problem

              I envision you as the guy egging the Captain of the Titanic on to make a speed record to New York.

              One thing I will say about nuclear energy – it takes a decade to build a nuclear reactor and while China has very many going up, Australia has (I think) none.

            • RedLogix 1.1.1.1.1.2

              No problem – the constraint is actually access to energy and the Chinese and Australians have plenty of coal

              So no constraint on the CO2 content of the atmosphere then?

              • SPC

                No, not on the coal shipped to China and that speaks to why growth is occurring in both countries.

                And uranium resource exploitation will add to the revenue flows to Oz.

                • RedLogix

                  My bad.. I didn’t realise the Chinese had this marvellous technology to burn coal without releasing CO2.

                  Or are you saying that the Chinese are growing their economy by ‘cheating’ on the rest of the world, willfully ramping up their CO2 emmissions (now 40% greater than the USA’s) …while much of the rest of the world struggles to find ways to limit theirs?

                  • SPC

                    You do know the different obligations on nations that did not sign Kyoto?

                    • RedLogix

                      So those nations that did not sign on to Kyoto… and perhaps more importantly, have no commitment whatsoever to the global expectation that CO2 emmissions should be limited… are simply freeloaders, growing their economies at the expense of the rest of us. No?

                      Highly recommend the linky above… it’s a fascinating read. But enough thread-jacking from me.

                  • SPC

                    In mitigation it can be argued that they import the high grade coal from Oz and us (as do the Indians) – lower emmissions – and they are investing more in green tech than the Americans.

                    The irony of Kyoto is that some western nations are meeting their committments by transferring production offshore – either to the Chinese or to plants in Eastern Europe.

                    The flaw of Kyoto is that the appropriate measure is not production but consumption. And the appropriate global control is not 1990 level caps on a few nations but placing a tariff on the carbon content of goods traded between countries – so the market price provides an incentive to reduce carbon inputs.

                    We for example bear the production burden of methane emmissions rather than those consuming our exports – and we are world leading in efficient production (and grass fed contributes less to greenhouse gas build up).

                • Colonial Viper

                  Can’t just look at the revenues, gotta look at what assets the Australians have built up over the last 20 years.

                  Its arguable that they have a far more dispersed population base than us – but they were doing better than us even 10 years ago when China was a much smaller player.

                  Frankly, we have failed to diversify our real economy base. Relying on low paying/low employment dairy and low revenue per employee/lowish skill tourism.

                  • SPC

                    They have of course the assets built by their super savings and an expansion into assets offshore (especially here) – they have also been measured in selling public assets – and not doing so when the market is weak – allowing buyers an easy capital gain at the public’s expense.

                    It’s an irony that Douglas would look at any radical idea since 83-84 but his own from the 70’s.

        • south paw 1.1.1.2

          A yankee hedge fund manager is in the news saying Aussie houses are 42% over valued and due to crash. Other bad signs the game is up over there too.

          • SPC 1.1.1.2.1

            The average value of a home sold in the USA this year is about $160,000 and there is currently parity between the two nations currencies. So housing is valued a lot higher in Oz.

            But wages are lower in the USA (average public sector wage is 49,000, average private sector wage is 47,000) than in Oz, the unemployment is at 9-10% and understated, and they built too many homes on the cheap credit binge and now have surpluses in most areas, and in some areas simply no jobs.

            Also in the USA people can leave the debt with the bank owning the house whereas here and in Oz the person has to pay back the mortgage even if the house is sold for less. So as soon as a house value falls to the value of the mortgage people walk – more sales push the value down further and the whole cycle continues over and over. People simply leave their old property and buy another one (bidding low at auctions) or rent until prices fall further. This may mislead American commentators assessing property values in other countries. Not all countries are that stupid or that mismanaged.

            • RedLogix 1.1.1.2.1.1

              Yes… I agree. I’m not sure on all the details but I also understand that in the USA mortgage interest, even on the family home, is fully tax deductable. This has to have an impact as well.

              The Aus/NZ situation isn’t 42% overvalued. But they aren’t right either.

              • SPC

                Yeah, with the mortgage tax relief and a jobs recovery their homes will be worth more – but in their system the floor value has to be seen to be reached first. They’re worth less than ours at the moment.

                The Australians can grow into their house values with rising wages – whereas we have a long period (like 76-81 when prices were flat while inflation was high) at our current low inflation about 10 years (c2017) before housing gets back to/rises above the 2007 nominal value.

                It’ll be like farm values of tha pst year, income return from rent will the be the new measure of value until more home buyers can afford to buy.

      • Zaphod Beeblebrox 1.1.2

        Abbott advocated capping immigration (of all comers) at 180K per annum during the election last year. Tearing up the Oz-NZ agreement and limiting NZ migrants would not be an unpopular move. If that happened you could be looking at 10-15% unemployment in NZ eventually. Hope it never happens though I fear one day it will.

        • SPC 1.1.2.1

          So it would be a smart move by the current governments to develop CER to prevent that being possible.

    • U 4 United 1.2

      Whither the dither? I see a decisive government in CHCH,

  2. bobo 2

    Does that include jobs lost before the quake…. seems like their poor economic record to date will all be scapegoated on the quake (and previous labour gov) leading up to election.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      People who are suffering won’t buy that rationale. Although the upper middle classes unaffected elsewhere might.

      100,000 new direct Government funded jobs is what we need over the next few months.

      Bring back the Ministry of Works as an entity to oversee and direct the rebuilding of Christchurch over the next 10-15 years.

    • Marty G 2.2

      It does include all under-performance compared to forecasts. But, like I t,say, I think Key’s numbers must be too large.

  3. bobo 3

    “Upper middle classes unaffected” is probably the majority of swing voters… would like to see Labour come out with a alternative plan in next month or so fast tracking youth apprenticeships with maybe business grants and tax relief to companies who commit to rebuild and stay in Christchurch.. I’m not holding my breathe on the gov having the vision or follow-through, wasn’t it only a few months after the first quake Brownlee said to shop owners to move on and stop asking for hands outs or something to that effect? Besides organizing party central in Auckland was hard enough for National.. How is party central going by the way??

  4. SPC 4

    The government gains $5B by axing the Kiwi Saver tax credits over 5 years (the cost is currently $1B pa and can only increase as more people adopt Kiw Saver).

    Labour should make this a bi-partisan move. It’s not gutting Kiwi Saver to acknowledge one cannot subsidise private savings with public debt. Not when the public interest has a short term focus on budget pressures and a long term interest in a savings Fund to afford tax paid super.

    • lprent 4.1

      Short-term thinking. The point about kiwisaver is to increase the number of people saving in NZ from across the economic spectrum, especially the young and the poor.

      This has widespread support across the political system simply because it has been long recognized that out chronic savings deficit constrains our economy. What you are talking about is to remove one of the incentives to meet a short term issue (less than a decade) by helping to gutting the incentives to relieving a long term issue. It seems totally silly.

      It’d be better to do a short-term solution to a short-term problem. Of course I haven’t even gotten into the social issues related to breaking contracts.

      • SPC 4.1.1

        What contract?

        The 2% employer contribution is sufficient incentive to save – it’s a doubling of the amount saved by the worker.

        As for the ethics – paying people who can afford to save (dollar for dollar for many) and making provision for those who cannot afford to save less affordable results in what exactly? Hardship to the least well off in society.

        As for the stupidity – stupidity is subsidising private savings without providing for any means to save to afford tax paid super itself.

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          The 2% employer contribution is sufficient incentive to save – it’s a doubling of the amount saved by the worker.

          Meh. A cheap pittance compared to Oz.

          It’s not gutting Kiwi Saver to acknowledge one cannot subsidise private savings with public debt.

          The exact rationale English used to stop paying into the Cullen fund. And look, we are $300M worse off because of his (and your) bad economics.

          • SPC 4.1.1.1.1

            It’s not English’s fault that the Cullen scheme was dependent on surpluses for its finance.

            Cullen apologists cannot have it both ways – “we repaid debt and did not cut taxes as much as National advocated because we knew about economic cycles and what was affordable etc” and yet Kiwi Saver was left as dependent on borrowed money as the Cullen Fund was to be financed whenever there was a recession.

            PS Actually I argued that English should have borrowed that year because it was good buying (after the crash) – even Treasury noted that point was relevant to the decision.

            Neither Labour nor its supporters should be committed to past error.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Sorry, what was the past “error” in your judegement? This?

              It’s not English’s fault that the Cullen scheme was dependent on surpluses for its finance.

              Cullen did not hold a gun up to English to cancel contributions, did he?

              • SPC

                How many people taking over a job would continue an unfunded programme launched by their predecessor.

                Cullen knew that English opposed the Fund from the beginning and this is who would end up deciding whether it would continue when there were no surpluses.

                Any politician that wants to protect a programme has to ensure that it is funded and will continue to be funded – only dedicated funding ensures that across the economic cycle.

        • SPC 4.1.1.2

          A better plan would have been 4% paid by the worker, 4% by the employer – with half (2%) of the employer contribution going to the Fund to afford tax paid super. The only tax payer contribution being a $1000 start-up.

          And with all 4% paid in + employer 2% being available for a home deposit.

          A 2% rate being compulsory – still with 4% from the employer.

  5. tsmithfield 5

    “Frankly, these numbers seem far too big to me.”

    You forget about the multiplier effect of money. This means that a much smaller direct loss could equate to a very substantial loss if that money was not available to spin through the economy.

    • Marty G 5.1

      “you forget about the multiplier effect of money” . No I don’t.

      • Herodotus 5.1.1

        All the figures commented on are short term. I have read nothing should we rebuild Christchurch whatthe long tern up swing would be. The money paid out by private insurers and EQC also have a multiplier effect plus the abililty to plan a new Chch, modernise it with infrastructure (fibre etc. though I note that should Chch be totally fibre optic then analog phones should another quake occur would be usless- they require mains power to operate on from the central box in the garage).
        Why is it always a 1-3 yr out planning time table (same applies to funding for the retirees for pension, health care and housing). What are the benefit over 20-30 years? they maybe so great that the short term cost is well worth it. Samll thinking results in stagnation.

    • Colonial Viper 5.2

      Yeah the multiplier effect of money, which Key and English completely disregarded when they decided that sending train builds to China was the thing to do, instead of having those tens of millions bouncing around the South Island instead.

  6. SPC 6

    There will be a recovery in tax revenues with the rebuild.

    But first a job loss in Christchurch, then a transfer of workers (lost existing workers replaced by workers active in the rebuild), then a new equilibrium (possibly lower than before because of business restarted elsewhere – capital used to launch new business elsewhere).

    As for capital works spending – there are two separate issues, labour force use (availability) – the project management side of it and the public debt management side of it (giving foreign lenders a look at the longer term plan to use debt, a peak level and then a pay down).

    • SPC 6.1

      So there is a reason to cut road work construction in Auckland if the reason is make the workforce available for road building in Christhchurch (and operate within existing debt finance schedules as well).

  7. The quake is good news for the NACTs all round. They can use it to build support for their policies.
    125,000 jobs losses means a big inflow of unemployed into the reserve pool of labour. Many are already relocating without any instruction from WINZ. Razor Gang policies will force thousands more onto the job market. Liquifaction means a fluid supply of labour. So that’s a downward pressure on wages that no present bureaucratised union can fight.
    As for recapitalising ChCh, that will come out of the pockets of workers, both in cuts to their wages and increased exploitation, but also more taxes on that reduced income. ChCh will revert to a service centre for agriculture, tourism and museums. Other industry will migrate north and across the ditch as it has been doing for years.
    Privatising the SOEs is not about economic efficiency but extraction of monopoly rent. Privatising farm land, water, foreshore and seabed (Maori will fail to get any sort economic benefit except a small elite that buys into monopoly capitalism), the NACTs class backers will extract whatever value they can from NZs land and labor into their increasingly tax free pockets.
    All of this demonstrates the Marxist theory that as capitalism gets more crisis ridden it can only survive by more and more destruction. The growing gap between rich and poor is a surface symptom of this process. ChCh at the moment is a microcosm of how it functions.
    Years of underfunding and deregulation leads to much destruction of physical and human capital. The solution is a further destruction of both as excess housing stock is destroyed and workers thrown onto the scrap heap.
    The banksters come along and rationalise the recovery and rebuilding to suit the now restructured Canterbury and hinterland economy owned by the 21st century gentry. What about the workers?
    What has the Labour Party to offer? Labour was the party of class reconciliation in the age of national capital. The reconciliation only worked while protectionism allowed high profits to pay high wages.
    The end of the boom in the 1970 ended all that. In 1984 Labour had no choice but to switch from national to international capital. After deregulation class reconciliation became a dream. So it has no answers for workers today. As ChCh workers are liquifacted and become more class conscious and reliant, they will look to their own organisations and leaders. So welcome to the new age of labour struggles that match those of the Red Fed a century ago.

  8. Tigger 8

    Succinctly put Marty, wish the MSM would start calling National on this…

  9. infused 9

    Well the Fiber to the door program is going to go…

    • SPC 9.1

      That should depend on whether the workers who would do the work are required to work in Christchurch or not. Otherwise the investment is in future economic growth and that pays for itself.

    • Lanthanide 9.2

      I still haven’t seen any real justification for it. Sure, fast internet is good, but it’s much more needed in rural areas where they’re still putting up with unreliable dial-up and expensive satellite connections.

      In all of the official press releases and announcements about the plan, the only thing I’ve ever seen them specifically mention what it would be used for is “TV over the internet” and then handwavy things about economic growth that apparently is going to spring forth from nowhere.

      Now, I guess education could be a particular sector that could really benefit from that, but you don’t have to wire up every house in the country for that, just wiring up the schools would get a lot of the benefit. I know that some schools in some cities already have WAN and MAN connections amongst themselves anyway.

      • aronwatson 9.2.1

        Never really personally saw any justification for it either Lan 🙂

        But, this is solely targeted at e-commerce sites relating to the music and movie industry.
        As we move away from dvd’s and into blueray, it may take awhile to download a 25gb movie.
        Now I think Kiwi isp’s would have trouble keeping up with there broadband plans to handle it, let alone the network. So it’s no insentive to buy a movie online when like the dial-up days, you got the message ‘Download complete in 2 days, 5 hours, and 32 minutes”, and who wants to go back there lol 😉

  10. Fisiani 10

    You write an update of 30,000 and yet still keep the headline of 125,000. Wonder why????

    • Marty G 10.1

      Because your tears sustain me

    • ghostwhowalksnz 10.2

      Tell us why Key cant make simple statements without mashing them up completly.

    • Lanthanide 10.3

      I too find the editorial accuracy/slackness of this site irritating at times.

      • Marty G 10.3.1

        Off the high horse, lanth. We’re volunteers and we can’t be on the site 24/7. As for this post, I quoted the pm and I noted that he had corrected himself. You don’t change titles or delete content on blogs, because it’s bad practice to try to pretend errors never happened. Instead, you put in updates, as I have done.

  11. Adrian 11

    I bet that the most relocation is limited to the wealthy , already in Marlborough big numbers are enrolling with one of the largest intakes in the smallest most remote school in the country that’s in the outer Sounds where a bach is a half a million. The Nat’s bullshit will last only so long as the unemployed should be limited to around Chch, and people must eventually ask, “Hey how can you blame unemployment in Auckland or Hamilton on the Chch quake?

  12. Graeme Taylor 12

    I HOPE I don’t have to help Christchurch.I hate that city.

    • RedLogix 12.1

      That’s fine GT… tell us again where is that you said you live in NZ that’s perfectly immune to natural disaster?

    • Maynard J 12.2

      And everyone in it, including those who died? Hate them too?

  13. Jenny 13

    The declared national state of emergency needs to be extended to the finance sector.

    A moratorium on mortgages in the Greater Christchurch area, for a period of three months. (renewable on review) to be declared by the government.

    To provide immediate practical financial relief, for the Christchurch municipality, local business and citizens.

    A moratorium on mortgages would:

    1# End the brutal war breaking out between landlords and tenants.

    2# Leave funds in Christchurch for families and municipalities to be able to deal better with the costs of the quake.

    3# The immediate easing of living costs would keep many productive families who otherwise would leave the city. Many of these people will be vital to the rebuilding of the city’s infrastructure.

    4# Not cost the government anything, as this revenue stream is untaxed.

    I expect the banksters would immediately threaten punitive actions against the rest of the economy, if their profit stream were to dip by as much as 15%. (Christchurch being 15% of New Zealand’s economy).

    An investment strike, or lobby of the IMf for a national credit down grade, could be some of the actions the banksters would threaten.

    Both of these actions could be countered, an appeal to the IMF and the UN to overrule a credit downgrade, stating the nature of the emergency and the need for extraordinary measures to deal with it.

    And at the local level, retaliatory actions against any bank that threatens an investment strike. (The same sort of punishments proscribed against strikes in the ERA could be implemented against the bankers, ie. arrest, confiscation of property, daily fines for as long as the strike continues)

    Due to the nature and the scale of this disaster, can anyone suggest why this shouldn’t be done?

  14. Afewknowthetruth 14

    The article makes the false assumption that loss of GDP is a bad thing.

    GDP is a false measure of economic activity and simply records money flows. It records how quickly we are destroying ourselves via consumption of non-renewable resources and destruction of the environment. GDP effectively is a mesure of how quickly we turn fossil fuels into waste. GDP is no measure at all of the well-being of a nation. Every time GDP goes up the quality of life goes down and the oil and envronmental catastrophes get closer.

    It follows that the lower the GDP the better off we will be in the long run.

    I’m sure that’s too hard for most people, who have been subjected to the bansters’ and economists’ propaganda for decades and actually believe it.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      GDP doesn’t “simply record money flows” it records the total value of products and services produced in an economy.

      It follows that the lower the GDP the better off we will be in the long run.

      Yeah, no it doesn’t, unless your idea of being “better off in the long run” is forcing hundreds of thousands of people on to the breadline, causing the Government to default on its financial responsibilities (including paying its own public servants), and having such a withdraw of services from the community that it returns to every man and woman for themselves.

      AKA the Great Depression.

      • Robert Atack 14.1.1

        >forcing hundreds of thousands of people on to the breadline, causing the Government to default on its financial responsibilities (including paying its own public servants), and having such a withdraw of services from the community that it returns to every man and woman for themselves.<
        Yes … that is a great description of what it is going to be like after the oil tankers do not deliver the energy all the above is dependent on.

        captcha – disadvantage, IE where you place yourself if you believe the rebuild/BAU crap all politicians spout.

        • Afewknowthetruth 14.1.1.1

          Yes Robert. Most people do not recognise that we are in ‘The Long Emergency’ now and are headed straight into the Second Great Depression, with financial collapse and massive unemployment AS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE of business as usual policies, even if the oil tankers continue to arrive.

          And if the oil tankers stop coming it will all be over in a month.

      • Afewknowthetruth 14.1.2

        ‘ it records the total value of products and services produced in an economy’

        It is a physical impossibility to ‘produce\’ services. Services are a form of consumption of energy – the energy in food and oil. And since most of the energy in food is delivered courtesy of oil, even someone delivering letters on a bicycle is still using up oil.

        Most of the NZ economy is consumption, not production. Only trees and grass (and the oceans) produce anything. And the way the system has been set up even the trees and grass are dependent on huge inputs of oil and fertiliser to produce.

        The way the system works, if someone crashes their car and gets its fixed, that is called productivity in the service sector. If the panel beater is twice as busy because twice as many cars get smashed that is twice as much productivity in the service sector.

        The entire system is screwed, I’m afraid. Has been from its inception. That’s why we are in such deep shit.

        As I said, the truth is too hard for most people.

        • Colonial Viper 14.1.2.1

          Oh get over yourself.

          No one is voting for your peasant based agrarian future vision, from a practical standpoint nor from a standpoint of masochism.

          • Afewknowthetruth 14.1.2.1.1

            You are quite right. Nobody will vote for sanity, which is why collapse is inevitable.

  15. Kevyn Miller 15

    According to Treasury the earthquake is responsible for only $5bn of the $15bn reduction in forecast GDP growth but they are vague about th earthquake’s impact on tax revenue. However I would expect the earthquake’s impact on tax revenue to follow Treasury’s summary of the overall economic impact: “The earthquake will have a negative impact on economic activity in 2011, but a
    positive impact from 2012 as the rebuilding gets underway.”

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  • Auckland’s City Rail Link will fail immediately… in the best possible way
    This post was originally published on Linked In by Nicolas Reid. It is republished here with permission. Here’s the thing: the City Rail Link is almost certainly going to be overcapacity from day one, with crowding on the trains at peak times. In the simple terms of popular transport ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    13 hours ago
  • You can’t always get what you want
    Grant Robertson is leaving Parliament for two new careers, having been frustrated and blocked from achieving some of his biggest political ambitions. So, he is returning to Dunedin, and, unusually for a former finance minister, with seemingly no ambitions to enter the business world. Instead, he will become Vice Chancellor ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    15 hours ago
  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
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    1 day ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    1 day ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 day ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    2 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    2 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    2 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    3 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
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    6 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
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    6 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    6 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    6 days ago
  • Drawn
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    1 week ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
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  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
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  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
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  • Minister congratulates NZQA Top Scholars
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  • New diplomatic appointments
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  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
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  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
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  • Government law and order crackdown begins
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  • Greater focus on getting people into work
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  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
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  • High Court Judge appointed
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  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
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