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Key can’t work with the Greens because…

Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, August 29th, 2014 - 85 comments
Categories: Environment, greens, john key, poverty - Tags: ,

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Those pesky Greens and their caring about the nation’s children!  If we could just fob them off with a few environmental bribes things would be fine, but tackling child poverty? Are you serious?  Why should I care about that?

Of course if you want to look at National’s environmental credentials, you only need see how many run-ins they’ve had with the independent watch dog, the Environmental Defence Society, versus their happiness with Labour’s environment policy.

I don’t think the Greens would be bought off by their maintaining DoC funding instead of gutting it, even if they ‘stuck to environment’…

Key’s painfully out of touch on this – the latest Roy Morgan rates Child Poverty / Inequality as the number one issue for this election.

So remember folks – if you care about our nation’s kids getting a fair go, don’t vote for Mr Key…

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85 comments on “Key can’t work with the Greens because…”

  1. disturbed 1

    EGALITARIANISM BACK AGAIN PLEASE UNDER A LABOUR/GREEN AND OTHER COALITION EH!!!!!!

    We never had crime poverty or hardship in the 1950s under Walter Nash so lets get real Keysters.

    • Rodel 1.1

      disturbed
      I heard a politician ( it could have been David Lange) say a few years ago say passionately, ‘ Its not envy. It’s not greed. It’s not jealousy. It’s good old fashioned Kiwi EGALITARIANISM!.”
      How good is that?

  2. Clemgeopin 2

    Labour : Policies to reduce poverty and child poverty.
    Greens: Policies to reduce poverty and child poverty.
    IMP : Policies to reduce poverty and child poverty.

    Just cannibalising each other’s party votes! Numbnuts!

    • McFlock 2.1

      a cafe that has three typs of salad on its lunch menu will probably attract more people than the cafe that only has a waldorf, day in day out.

      • Clemgeopin 2.1.1

        One of them has a few moong beans and many stolen vegetables and herbs from other hard working neighbour’s gardens. Easy pickings for parasitical opportunistic thieves.

        • McFlock 2.1.1.1

          “Thieves” can steal vegetables, but not policies.

          Hell, I’d prefer it if every party had policies to reduce poverty. No one party has copyright on basic humanity.

          Basically, your argument still seems to be that some former labour voters think that greens and mana will do a better job addressing poverty than Labour will. That’s not the other parties’ fault, that’s Labour needing to “grow better vegetables”.
          I reckon last night gave them a bit of fertilizer, though…

          • Clemgeopin 2.1.1.1.1

            Stop stealing and GROW YOUR OWN!

            • McFlock 2.1.1.1.1.1

              🙄

              labour doesn’t have a divine monopoly on helping the poor.

              It’s like mcdonalds is complaining because the local takeaways makes better burgers.

            • adam 2.1.1.1.1.2

              Rigid ideology there Clemgepin. Out of touch, egoist.

            • blue leopard 2.1.1.1.1.3

              Watchu talkn’ bout, there Clem?

              All things being equal I could have sworn Labour only started talking about ‘clean, green and smart’ policies for NZ a few decades after the Greens did.

              Am glad Labour have taken a leaf out of the Greens book, because it is a sensible approach, however I don’t think it would be fair to turn around and say that the Greens were stealing policies from Labour. 😯

        • phillip ure 2.1.1.2

          it’s called mmp..clem..

          ..it’s the left-bloc vote that counts..

          ..and if there is a consensus to fight poverty/fix inequality amongst all those parties on the left..

          ..wot’s not to luv..?

          ..yearn for the simple good ol’ days of f.p.p..do ya..?

    • crocodill 2.2

      Labour : Policies to reduce poverty and child poverty.
      Greens: Policies to reduce poverty and child poverty.
      IMP : Policies to reduce poverty and child poverty.
      National: Policies to increase poverty and child poverty.

      One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong… hmmm… OH now I get it, National voters just look for the exception to the rule and vote for that!

  3. fambo 3

    It’s nice to think that somehow despite everything that has been thrown at it over the past 35 years, the egalitarian heart of New Zealand may still be beating deep down.

    • kenny 3.1

      Well said Fambo. The sleeping giant has been roused. No matter what National try to do now, there is no turning back; the tide is turning and they can’t do a thing about it.

      WhaleOil and Kiwiblog can huff and puff all they want, but they are currently being held in a death-grip of public opinion from which they can’t break free.

  4. The RoyMorgan is here don’t rely on the second hand drivel from fairfax/NZ herald.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/5754-new-zealand-most-important-issues-august-2014-201408290121

  5. Tracey 5

    I think he may live to regret relying on ” leaving nzers to decide” . I hope so cos he is missing the mark on alot.

  6. the voter 6

    The little fagot with the money and the spincrap well you poor bastards thats his own affair
    The little fagots got his own corporate empire
    Your money for nothing
    and his chits signed for free

    Weve got these rules about what you can have
    we are the rich that run your country
    We ‘re here for the international corporate community

    Nationals got your money while you live in poverty

    The ROCK STAR ECONOMY

  7. BM 7

    Greens need to get rid of the ocker and the gnome.

    Like I’ve written before if the greens stuck to environmental issues they’d achieve so much more.

    Should be irrelevant who hold power the greens should be able to work the current government of the day.

    • weka 7.1

      Funnily enough though, the GP making its social justices issues more visible has coincided with an increase in support. Fancy that.

      Of course the social justice issues have always been there, if you haven’t noticed you haven’t been paying attention. And of course back in the day when the environmental issues were more prominent, they got shit for being a single issue party.

      I’m curious about your comment though, as it suggests that you think environmental issues are important. What I don’t understand is why you fail to see that environmental protection is fundamentally impossible under neoliberalism, or even old school conservatism (although conservative values are important and have played a huge part in environmentalism in NZ).

      Technically the GP could work with anyone. But if they supported a National govt it would destroy them (membership would leave in droves). They’re simply not that daft.

      • BM 7.1.1

        The way I look at it politics it’s just like any other business sector.

        You have the big players National and Labour and then you have all the small players like the Greens, conservatives, winston first etc.
        Because NZ is such a small place having two major players pretty much takes the whole market share.
        Eg: Countdown vs New World,Pak n Save
        Warehouse vs Kmart

        Very hard if not impossible for a new player to enter the market and compete with the established competition head to head.
        Take for example trade me vs weedle, complete flop.

        The Greens need to go back to their roots and push the environmental polices first, that’s their strength and once they’ve been in involved in government for a while and people have got used to them and more open to their ideas then start pushing some of the other ideas.

        Trying to mix it with the big boys when you have no market share is a recipe for failure.
        That’s where I see the greens failing, they’re trying to run before they can walk.

        • weka 7.1.1.1

          Interesting theory (kind of) but as I already pointed out, they’ve become more popular as they’ve increased their reach across social policy, so you really are wrong in your advice. I do agree though that once they get in govt people will get more exposure to their ideas and get used to them, that they work and this will increase their support and they can start pushing other ideas.

          • BM 7.1.1.1.1

            Problem for the Greens is that they’re completely reliant on Labour, without Labour they’re never going to get a shot.

            Any business who’s future is tied to something completely out of it’s control is doomed to failure.

            • weka 7.1.1.1.1.1

              But the GP are more like an NGO than a business (in your analogy). Their whole kaupapa is based on cooperation, that’s why they work. If Labout and the GP were in a position of having to outcompete each other, they’d just lose votes to the non-vote. People want to see cooperation. This will be even more so as the old FPP generation passes on and is replaced by voters who grew up under MMP.

              There is nothing wrong with a L/GP coalition. It makes sense. What happens in the medium/long term I don’t know. Either the GP continue to cannabalise Labour’s vote, or Labour sort their shit out and grow stronger (more likely from middle and non-votes than getting GP ones back). I think the IMP will influence this too, whatever they morph into.

              In another 5 years the spectre of AGW and Peak Oil will be so in the face of the mainstream that it’s hard to understand from here how much politics will change. We could have a conservative, authoritarian backlash of course. Or centre could shif back to the left allowing the mainstream to get on board with facing the shit about to hit the fan (unfortunate imagery there sorry).

              • BM

                Only a fool thinks they can predict the future
                No one knows what the future holds.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  We don’t know everything, therefore we know nothing. Meanwhile, on Earth, planning works.

                  • weka

                    but, but, BM is saying that ideological speculating is the way to go, despite the evidence.

                    • adam

                      What Weka said – BM your a broken ideological record mate. 2014, it’s not the 80’s any more mate – we tried you ideology again, and it failed. What, we got to keep flogging a dead horse just to make you feel good in your ideological purity? Their are people and places which are that ideological pure BM – like North Korea and ISIS do we really want a New Zealand like that?

            • Clemgeopin 7.1.1.1.1.2

              Greens to Labour is like ACT is to National!

              Greens steal Labour’s social policies, steal Labour voters and THEN rely on the weakened Labour for power! Classic blood sucking parasites!

              ACT does the same thing to National in terms of hardcore economic policies though the impact of ACT on National is somewhat diminished these days.

              Labour does not NEED the Greens to tell them what environmental clean green policies are necessary,feasible and good for the country. The Labour party is not made up of a set of unintelligent, unpatriotic, irresponsible, uncaring, foolish, non far seeing, low IQ brainless, heartless members!

              • BM

                Exactly, all the green are doing is cannibalizing the left vote.

                The greens should be actively chasing the right vote and the easiest way of doing that is going into partnership with National.

                • Clemgeopin

                  Parasites find the easy hosts for sustenance!

                • weka

                  No, it’s not all they are doing. They’re also moving the political spectrum to the left. You really think that Labour would even be considering moving away from neoliberalism if the GP hadn’t picked up some of its votes?

                  The GP are also influencing the mainstream on both environmental and social policy. They’ve been very effective at this despite never having been in govt. This is why NACT hate them so much, because they know what will happen if the Greens get to be in govt.

                  And, the GP will be getting first time voters, every election since MMP (so they’re not even Labour voters unless you think that Labour has some god given right to left wing votes like Clem does).

                  You are still thinking in FPP terms. There is nothing wrong with having two large left wing parties sharing the platform. In GP world view terms, the more the merrier (ie increased representation).

                  And where the left will grow its overall vote is from the non-vote, and from shifting the centre left again and picking up swing and centre voters over time (that’s long term).

                  “The greens should be actively chasing the right vote and the easiest way of doing that is going into partnership with National.”

                  Why should they again? None of your theories have stacked up yet.

                  • BM

                    Lol, how many cabinet ministers have the Greens had, ZERO
                    For a party that’s been around 20 years, that’s pathetic.

                    • weka

                      And look at what they achieved anyway. Green politics has literally created a consciousness in the mainstream around environmental issues – think about awareness now compared to the 80s. Imagine what they will be able to do once in govt.

                      You’re old school mate, and your time is passing. We don’t get to survive on power alone, and I suspect you truly cannot see why there are other things more important than cabinet positions, because you think that power over is where all change happens. But you are wrong.

              • weka

                “Greens steal Labour’s social policies”

                How woud you know, you refuse to read GP policy.

                “Labour does not NEED the Greens to tell them what environmental clean green policies are necessary,feasible and good for the country. The Labour party is not made up of a set of unintelligent, unpatriotic, irresponsible, uncaring, foolish, non far seeing, low IQ brainless, heartless members!”

                No-one has said they are, esp not the Greens. Labour doesn’t need the GP to tell them what’s good for the environment, but the country does. If the GP didn’t exist we would be so far behind on environmental issues. It’s the GP that has pushed that agenda for decades. Labour is following.

              • mickysavage

                Have to disagree with you there Clem. The Greens are a professional party with some very talented and dedicated people within its ranks. And certainly in terms of left politics they are the conscience of the left in terms of environmental policy.

                The good thing about MMP is that it invites diversity and cooperation. On the right we have National hoovering up all other support in a classic takeover style. On the left there is more cooperation.

                It is far better for Labour and the Greens to coexist peacefully, agree on many areas and disagree in a civil manner in the areas that we do not agree on.

                • Clemgeopin

                  That may be so and you may be quite correct, but I do agree with my views which were stating a different obvious truth.

                  • Macro

                    ” but I do agree with my views.”

                    I should hope you do!

                    Many others don’t.

                    Your views regarding the Greens are way of the mark – you should get of your high horse and actually have a read of what Policies the Greens have proposed and have costed and have suggested how they might be implemented and the effects they will have. You might also consider that many of the most progressive Policy initiatives and changes that have occurred in the past decade (under both Labour and National) have been initiated by the Green Party. Despite the fact that they have never sat on the Treasury Benches. For instance, the most progressive social initiative in recent years has been the amendment to s59 of the Crimes Act which freed children from overt abuse by parents. You may or may not agree with that, but in years to come it will be compared to the outlawing of slavery.

                    • Clemgeopin

                      Then you promptly marginalised the author of that legislation, she saw the light and quit! Clean green cool bananas!

        • phillip ure 7.1.1.2

          bullshit..bm..

          ..you cannot have environmental ‘justice’ without social-justice…

        • Weepus beard 7.1.1.3

          The way I look at it politics it’s just like any other business sector.

          And there’s your problem, right there.

  8. outofbed 8

    I just wish the Greens would stop all that Environmental crap and just concentrate on social justice 🙂

  9. Autonomouse 9

    No doubt setting myself up for a torrid of abuse, but as an individual whom would be deemed to the “right” of the political spectrum when it comes to social and economic philosophies, I do wish I could have my cake and eat it to in regard to having the option to vote for a political party that would sincerely put the environment above all else. Surely an environmentally focused party would have greater success being in government as opposed to being deemed an outcast by successive governments from both left and right.

    An environmental warrior friend of mine (lives predominately off the grid and self sufficient) has become so disillusioned with the term “Green” due to it’s overwhelming political connotations that he’s changed his personal mantra from “Clean, Green and Honest” (that was actually written on the side of his hippy van!), to “Environment & Honesty above all else”.

    I personally love this beautiful country of ours and want to see the environment returned to its former glory, but jeez, the only political option available to us in support of the environment comes with a hell of a lot of extreme far left baggage that many (dare I say a majority) find rather off putting to say the least.

    In today’s MMP world which now see’s Blocks of parties working together, why not cut out the cannibalism and leave the hard left socialism to Mana, freeing up the Greens to focus on environmental issues which resonate with a broad spectrum of kiwis, the potential end result being more votes for both Mana and the Greens. Purely hypothetical I know, but isn’t that what politics is all about.

    • karol 9.1

      Mate, the Green Party always hard strong left wing policies and values…. since the pre Green Values days. So why should they give that up because some other left parties have arrived on the scene in recent times?

      Thing about MMP – if someone thinks there’s a niche for a party, go for it – a right wing or centrist environmental party, that is.

      Myself, I can’t see how it’s possible to be pro-care for the environment and not be left wing. Capitalism exploits and destroys the environment.

      • Autonomouse 9.1.1

        “Mate, the Green Party always hard strong left wing policies and values…. since the pre Green Values days. So why should they give that up because some other left parties have arrived on the scene in recent times?”, all hail to them for sticking to their guns, but they’ve been on either the back benches or opposition since their inception, so perhaps it’s time they took a step back and re-evaluated how they could best champion our environment.

        As to maximising pro-care & the environment with the right (or even the center left for that matter) ……….. the potential king maker surely has more power and ability to further their cause as opposed to sitting on the sideline year in year out watching everyone else play the game.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.1

          Um sure. How’s that level of calculated cynicism going to play out with Federated Farmers or Fish ‘n’ Game, say?

          The Right: incapable of playing the long game since forever.

        • Clemgeopin 9.1.1.2

          They have been in parliament for years with scores of their MPs enjoying the perks and baubles of parliament pay and stuff without any electorate or administrative responsibilities. How clean, green and oh, cool is that!

          And there is so much ‘fun’ in canibalising Labour vote as well as in scaring away new potential soft Nat supporters joining Labour, don’t you know! Believe me, that is what is happening in reality.

          Labour is getting a double whammy hit from the Greens on their left and the National on their right!

          It would be a miracle to be able to clobber up a viable strong left coalition government if Labour is not strong enough. Even if that can happen, the over-the-top demands, higher income taxes and carbon taxes etc may easily disillusion the voters within three years. That is what worries me. I would like at least a nine year left Labour led government to make long lasting great economic, social and environmental policies with care and caution, slowly and steadily. I worry about inexperienced cocky lapdogs trying to direct the big wise Labour labrador into different directions for all to fall into some deep political disillusioned ditch along the way and no one to care for the next few years!

          The fools were even keen to be Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers of finance! Shows their naivety, cockiness and arrogance! Idiots!

    • weka 9.2

      “In today’s MMP world which now see’s Blocks of parties working together, why not cut out the cannibalism and leave the hard left socialism to Mana, freeing up the Greens to focus on environmental issues which resonate with a broad spectrum of kiwis, the potential end result being more votes for both Mana and the Greens. Purely hypothetical I know, but isn’t that what politics is all about.”

      Why do you think that the BlueGreens never came to anything?

      Like karol, I can’t see how true environmentalism can fit with the right. You can’t have environmental sustainability in an extractive, profit driven model, it just defies the laws of physics.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.3

      Can you cite an example of “extreme far left baggage” Autonomouse?

      If environmentalism has any validity that validity derives from science. We can measure water quality or ozone depletion or carbon dioxide levels. Physics, Chemistry, and so on and so forth.

      When The Lancet, or the Otago Medical School, however, discusses inequality in New Zealand in tandem with measured increases in infectious disease admissions, and further goes on to link that to poor housing, the reaction from the Right is denial and then out come the labels: extreme left, communist, watermelon, but a torrent of abuse is apparently beyond your sensitive nostrils, so I wonder, what are you good for?

      • Autonomouse 9.3.1

        With all due respect OAB, if you are even remotely in touch with the mentality of the many kiwis, then you will perhaps appreciate that there is (rightly or wrongly) the perception that a vote for the Green’s is as much a vote for a party with hard left social policies than it is for an environmental champion. By “hard left”, I mean in comparison to the traditional benchmark of the left being the Labour Party.

        Nothing sensitive about my nostrils, but there is a tendency of some contributors on this site to be a tad dismissive of those that portray a point of view that differs from their own. I commend Karol and Weka for their engagements and expressing their points of view in a constructive manner, 2 out of 3 aint bad.

        • weka 9.3.1.1

          I’d also like some examples. How about you name 3 GP social policies that sit on the hard right of traditional Labour.

          • Autonomouse 9.3.1.1.1

            Please note that in my comment I did not state that GP’s social policies sit on the hard left (you said “hard right’ I assume you mean hard left), I stated that there is a “perception (rightly or wrongly)”.

            You must appreciate and realise that there is a difference between the understanding of the those that immerse themselves in all things political (such as yourselves) as opposed to the average man/woman on the street whom has little interest in these things. If you asked the uninitiated as to their perceptions of the respective parties, how do you think those traditionally categorised as middle/right (or even middle/left for that matter) would perceive the Greens in regard to social policies? I believe it a reasonable assumption that many would deem them to be more “extreme” than Labour in regard to many of their social/economic policies.

            • weka 9.3.1.1.1.1

              ok, I’m not sure what your point is then. Obviously a large portion of the country believe that the GP policies aren’t best or they’d all be voting for them. You seem to be suggesting that the point of politics is to get the most votes and to pander to perception rather than build policy based on empiricism and values. This is probably why you don’t understand why the GP is a left wing party – they’re believe that the principles are at least as important as the power, and they know that their policies are based on provable facts.

              Besides, the long term plan is to shift the values in the country. That’s what they’ve been doing all this time. And they’re still on the ascendency.

              btw, they don’t talk about this much now, but in the past the GP wanted to step out of the traditional left/right spectrum. I have some sympathy for this view, and I can see the IP will probably pick this up again as it attracts people who consider themselves apolitical.

              Do you know why the BlueGreens failed?

              • Autonomouse

                Must confess to never having heard of the BlueGreens so googled it and it appears to just be an advisory group set up by National in 2012, so just the wolf in sheep’s clothing, or am I missing something?

                To clarify my original point, which has gotten a bit lost as we’ve been diverted by social/economic policies (which is apt given my earlier statement of perception of social/economic policies clouding the environmental clout!), I was merely stating that it’d be great to have a party that puts the environment first thus appealing to both sides of the political spectrum. The right is severely limited so far as voting options at present, so it’d be nice to have another option with broad appeal (aka not Act or the Conservatives), and the environment is close to many hearts.

                By the by, wouldn’t the Bundestag be an example of environmentalism working within the ethos of the right? I admit I know very little about them, but haven’t they been a political force within the heavily industrialised nation that is Germany for over 30 years now?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.3.1.2

          So, you can’t cite anything more substantial than tired right wing smears to bolster your narrative. With such feeble arguments, Lefties aren’t the only ones you’ll find dismissive.

          That’s why the Greens get my vote: when they get to the big table they don’t waste their wind on smear campaigns, and all you’ve got is Smeary John.

          PS: I have no use for your “respect”. It’s worthless.

          • Autonomouse 9.3.1.2.1

            Again, you’ve made a further statement with not much to work with so far as constructive engagement, I guess that’s the nature of blogs for which I am an obvious novice, I’m more used to engaging with people in the physical world where manners and courtesy are thankfully still prevalent. I wish you well for the upcoming election.

            • weka 9.3.1.2.1.1

              It’s one of the downsides of the standard. People who don’t like or don’t function well in an environment of conflict, rudeness and abuse tend to stay away which means that many voices don’t get heard. On the other hand, it does enable very robust debate that you don’t get many other places.

              If you want to stick around, you can choose to just ignore the people who are rude to you. That works fairly well in lowering the rudeness, but it does require a degree of discipline.

              Myself, I’ve been enjoying the new right wingers here today that have brought in a different perspective and style of commenting, it would be a shame to lose that.

              • karol

                Is it just my perception, or have the diversionary, distracting, astroturfing right wingers melted into the night since Dirty Politics was launched.

                I think one of the reasons for some leftwingers here getting abusive maybe because of the ongoing appearance of tr0lls, who don’t really debate, but aim to derail the discussion.

                Also, it becomes frustrating when right wingers come here, running the same lines over and over. Left wing commenters feel that we’ve pretty much discredited their lines of argument with logic and evidence many times. Yet some rightees just keep coming back and running the same lines. If they won’t take notice of reasoned argument, and keep sabotaging useful discussions, how are people supposed to respond to them?

                • Autonomouse

                  Hmm, I don’t wish to raise the ire of those within the Standard, but seeing as you asked how people are supposed to respond, my suggestion would be “thanks for visiting The Standard, we welcome constructive debate from all realms of the political spectrum, but the points you raise have been covered MANY times before, so feel free to search the site and come back to this post with your thoughts if you have a new/alternative perspective that would contribute to the robust debate that we encourage”.

                  The MSM have given blogs a fair bit of coverage as of late so there’ll no doubt be a few curious newbies having a look. It has been broadcast that The Standard is the voice of the Labour Party (I know that nothing could be further from the truth), but surely there’s no point in scolding the uninitiated as they could well be the swing voter the left needs.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    What? We have to be polite to people who lie about “extreme far left baggage” then refuse to engage with rebuttals? Perhaps you let people smear you in public and turn the other cheek, and I think a broken jaw is more appropriate.

                    Have a nice smeary day.

                    • Autonomouse

                      Morning OAB, obviously a good nights kip hasn’t diminished your fervour for confrontation. I believe if you were to take the time to read and digest the correspondence above, I did indeed clarify the “extreme far left baggage” comment in the context of a common perception of the middle/right (possibly even the middle left given Cunliff appeared to be quite clear that the GP wont be getting anywhere near the cookie jar in a Cunliff led govt), I even went so far to acknowledge that the validity of such a view is not necessarily correct.

                      Perhaps the use of the term “extreme” was a tad over the top, and it’s a pity you have chosen to fixate on that particular facet.

                      You’re free to engage with those posting as you see fit, but again, it you take the time to read the post that I was responding to, Karol stated “it becomes frustrating when right wingers come here, running the same lines over and over. Left wing commenters feel that we’ve pretty much discredited their lines of argument with logic and evidence many times. Yet some rightees just keep coming back and running the same lines. If they won’t take notice of reasoned argument, and keep sabotaging useful discussions, how are people supposed to respond to them? I responded to Karol’s constructive feedback and direct question in kind.

                      Your virtual world is an interesting one, no doubt having cracked the jaw of the underling before you, you picture yourself running your ringers through you thick, long, lush locks, wipe the blood splatter from your toned torso and cast your leg over your waiting thoroughbred to gallop back to your village for a communal feast with your warrior tribe. All power to you.

                • Once Was Tim

                  “Is it just my perception, or have the diversionary, distracting, astroturfing right wingers melted into the night since Dirty Politics was launched.”

                  +1 … very true – except for the occasional flutter after one or two have had morning prayers with Jamie Lee.
                  I’ve only seen Backbenches a couple of times (since it was commercialised, segmented and de-livened), but I suspect they’re not quite as active there as they once were either
                  Actually, now I think about it …. when I did attend way back just prior to TVNZ7’s demise, the various little RW cliques that were evident were really interesting..

              • mickysavage

                I have thought about this a bit lately. I think the tone has been set because of the numerous left wing/right wing troll debates and people here have expected debates to be bruising and personal. It is noticeable that more recently the original RWNJs do not appear so often. But the style of discourse remains.

                In an ideal world our discussions would be more temperate. But there is a strong imperative to allow people to say exactly what they think.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 9.3.1.2.1.2

              Yeah, run a bunch of smears and attack lines, refuse to provide any substantive framework, ignore requests for citations, then accuse others of rudeness and pretend they represent the management. That’s the way.

              “Not much to work with” – how about you provide the citations to support the lies you’re telling?

      • Clemgeopin 9.3.2

        When Labour is proposing a 36 c/$ tax for over $150,000, the extremist greens propose 40c/$ over $140,000! ….not for environmental clean green programmes, but for child poverty!….encroaching on Labour territory and inflicting a ‘feel good’ guilty conscience on every one! As if Labour doesn’t care about the less well off families and children in society! With ‘friends’ like this ……

        • Colonial Viper 9.3.2.1

          🙄

        • blue leopard 9.3.2.2

          @ Clemgeopin,

          Nope, it is good if the left wing parties and their supporters can accept differences and work together.

          You could actually view it in a different and more positive manner; the Greens, by raising that amount of tax (over Labour’s number), allow Labour to look ‘more moderate’.

          ‘Different strokes for different folks’ is necessary in order to represent the variety we have on the left.

          Being accepting of the differences amongst the left is also imperative, due to the variety that exists.

          • Clemgeopin 9.3.2.2.1

            “the Greens, by raising that amount of tax (over Labour’s number), allow Labour to look ‘more moderate’’

            But the harm in scaring potential centrist voters away from us and on to NZF or the Conservatives or the National does more harm than good for both Labour and the Greens as we NEED 50% voter support to even think of forming a government! Coalition compromises come later, but that can’t happen if we don’t get the 50% vote in the first place!

            Surely, I can express my honest very valid truthful views even if they are a little ‘uncomfortable’ for some callously climbing parasitical unthinking two bit Trojan tendrils?

            • McFlock 9.3.2.2.1.1

              Nobody’s saying you can’t express your opinion.
              Nobody’s even said your opinion makes them uncomfortable.

              I, for one, just think it’s illogical, simplistic, and quite frankly quite stupid. Labour’s already tried hunting the centrist vote. All that happened was some of us got a nine year breather before neolibs pressed back down on the accelerator for the car trip to hell.

            • blue leopard 9.3.2.2.1.2

              @ Clem,

              Hmm, possibly that might occur, but really the two rates are so blinking similar it is hard not to think that if someone is scared off by a smaller parties’ policy, that is not severely different to the larger party’s, then they are pretty flighty – to the point of being not very supportive of a left-wing slant at all.

              If you agree with centrist type policies and think Labour need to provide them, then you shouldn’t be too threatened by people voting for NZ First. Parties need to provide for a range of types of voters and then it is really left up to the numbers of people who vote, in order to make up the type of government that is wanted.

              If it is centrist that people want, then lots of people will vote for Lab &NZFirst

              (If it is centrist, unstable and corrupt – people will vote for Nats)

              It all depends how people vote as to the type of government we get.

              I don’t see the Greens as that extreme either, so think some centristy types will be attracted to their policies too.

              Don’t forget that those that tend not to vote are needed for the left to get in, as well as swingy centrist types, so there is a fine balance to achieve.

              You are obviously totally at liberty to express your opinion, yet you must accept that if people disagree, or think you are mistaken on some aspect, they are likely to jump in and attempt to suggest a different way of looking at things.

              I think the worst thing – the most off putting thing for any swingy types is any perception that the leftwing parties won’t work harmoniously together, not whether the top tax rate is 4cents more or less (!)

              Name-calling isn’t particularly helpful amongst friends

            • Colonial Viper 9.3.2.2.1.3

              Both Labour the Greens are suggesting a top income tax rate well under Australia’s. Get over it.

              • Clemgeopin

                Doesn’t bother me! Will it bother and scare some of the needed 50% of the voters is the moot point.

                • Colonial Viper

                  50% of voters make under $29K pa.

                  • Wayne

                    CV
                    Half of this group are on national super. It actually implies that couple on NS could have up to $58,000 but would be in your view poor. I imagine a lot of National voting NS couples will be in this category.

                    A fair chunk (20%) will be students. And another large group will be stay at home Mums. And most people on WINZ benefits will be in the category as well.

                    So it is a pretty poor way of implying that NZ is a poor and deeply divided country. In fact we sit pretty much in the middle of the OECD in terms of income spread.

                    • vto

                      That’s right Wayne, New Zealand is absolutely not poor…

                      Yet the dividing up of the nation’s wealth under current wealth distribution mechanisms leads to extremes of haves and have-nots.

                      It is these two things which your lot do not grasp, or intentionally turn a blind eye. It did not used to be like this.

                      Our country has more than enough wealth for every person to live a comfortable life – the current wealth distribution mechanisms are inequitable and need changing to more fairly spread the wealth.

        • adam 9.3.2.3

          Extremist, the Greens – are you seriously smoking crack or something Clem? Are you saying that with a straight face?

          Because buddy boy, the Greens are the moderates on the left.

          The hard left and the extremists like myself. Think that any income over a million dollars a year should be taxed at 99%. That tax evasion should mean hard labour, a year for every 100,000 dollars you rip off society – then forced to live on poverty wages for 5 years. With the inability to form trusts, own a car or any property as the final punishment. Yes, the effective removal of property rights.

          The reintroduction of commons. The removal of all inheritance. Desolation of all and any companies which have had any hint of corruption. The removal of the right to drive if you kill or seriously injure anyone whilst driving.

          Tax breaks for co-operative businesses. No flat taxes. Massive luxury taxes – the rich should pay for their shit and more for their shit than anyone else. Prohibitive Trade barriers, especially with economies larger than ours. Unions, which are able to bear arms. This would mean some of the shitty bosses out their may get a bit of utu. Chemical castration for rape – and retrospective investigations into rape going back 50 years.

          The demilitarisation of the police force. The removal of the police hierarchy and it’s replacement with people who have proven themselves to be honest and straight. The legalisation of all drugs. The shutting down of 90% of our prisons. A overhaul of the economic system – to bring back money as a means of exchange.

          Nationalisation of all and any land in foreign hands with the owners having lived off shore for more that 4 months. No more sales to anyone who does not live here permanently. Nationalisation of all infrastructural necessary business that have been sold off. And if the owner of any shears are overseas – then they get 1/2 a cent in the dollar return.

          Oh I could go on, but there are way more extremists views than the Greens. They are a soft, soft, left. You have been living in hard right land for so long you forgot what a extremist lefty looked like. Well, wake up son.

        • Murray Olsen 9.3.2.4

          I’d actually go to 49c over $150k, because that leaves 51% with the earner. Following NAct logic, keeping 51% means they still have control.

          Labour doesn’t care much at all about some of the less well off families and children in society. What have they promised to do to help beneficiaries apart from getting WINZ workers to smile? There is a heap of room to the left of them. I’m fairly sure that, if it weren’t for Mana and Greens, Labour would still be openly singing the praises of Roger Douglas.

          • disturbed 9.3.2.4.1

            100% +++++++++++ Murray.

            Someone talked about Blue green Gov’t working in Germany.

            In Germany they had several stormy elections in the past decade moving from hard right to centrist, and more recently now a multi party coalition of all spheres of the political divide, as left and right doesn’t fit well anymore.

            So this can be seen right now in N.Z. where the two major parties are giving away to a multi party parliamentary system of Government.

            National did this last time to cling to power, and Labour must warm to working with NZ First, Greens, at the least, and if needed any others that will fit with a centre left model or force us all to face another terrifying case of cut and chop of NZ economic base and social destruction.

            Blue green doesn’t work in Germany as my Son has been there for 9 yrs.’ and their employment quality is worse than here, he gets no paid rest breaks during his 10 hour days, and is forced to work extra hors when needed without notice, and wages are not increasing or very high either.

            He is a tradesman.

    • Clemgeopin 9.4

      +100

    • Bob 9.5

      +1 Completely agree

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
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    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
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  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
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  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
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  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    1 day ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
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    2 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
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    3 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
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    5 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
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    5 hours ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
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    7 hours ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
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    7 hours ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
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    8 hours ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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    1 day ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
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  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
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    1 day ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
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    1 day ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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    2 days ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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    2 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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    2 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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    2 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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    3 days ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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    4 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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    5 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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    6 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    7 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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