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Key walks into Labour’s CGT trap

Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, July 8th, 2011 - 66 comments
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It has been a rare and sincere pleasure to see National walk straight into a trap carefully laid by Labour. Goff and his team haven’t even publicly confirmed their capital gains tax policy but proponents to the Left and Right are winning the pre-launch media framing for them, while Key’s contradictory ranting is undermining his credibility.

Key’s problem is that he went off half-cocked based on the first dribble of information Labour planted in the media. And then he screwed up his line in claiming that a capital gains tax (which would only apply to a few people and exists in most other developed countries) would be the end of the world while also being completely ineffective. He said it was a tax grab that would send the country ‘screaming backwards’ while also not raising any money and Labour was going to rack up more debt. It didn’t make sense and Key’s tone was shrill.

Key’s criticism that it would take a number of years for capital gains tax to start generating its full revenue stream just showed what a short-term thinker he is and reminded the public that Labour has a record of planning on a decades-long timeframe, while Key can’t seem to plan beyond the end of next week, the next PR fiasco.

As more information has come out, Key’s scaremongering has looked increasingly stupid and been overwhelmed by the voices from the Left and the Right who have come out in favour of the transformative effects of a capital gains tax.

Labour has clearly done their homework – well, you would when taking up a policy that is ‘suicide’ according to received wisdom. They’ve carefully designed their product, got the proponents lined up, and planned the release.

Labour’s tax will capture all capital gain except for the family home, which means it will be a healthier revenue stream than Key was saying and bringing us in line with Australia. In fact, it seems that Labour has balanced its books so its debt line is lower than National’s in the future.

That capital gains will be comprehensive, as it is in Australia, makes it a truly revolutionary policy. Right now, a high percentage of farmers, as with a high percentage of landlords, have a business model that rests solely on someone coming along and paying them more for their capital later than they bought it for originally. That’s not a wealth-producing model, it’s a rentier model. Comprehensive capital gains tax will reduce (albeit only by15%) the logic of this rentier model, which should mean we end up with less international debt to pay for farm and housing mortgages and cheaper, more available credit for business. Right now, we not only borrow too much, we borrow it for the wrong stuff:

Labour has clearly learned some lessons from National about dealing with the media in the modern age. Pre-launch framing is now essential and they’ve done it well. The big guns are coming out in support, the journos are eagerly reporting each new tit-bit, and the other side has fallen into the trap of over-reacting before all the information is out, which leaves Key looking stupid and irrelevant.

The self-inflicted damage to Brand Key in the past week was probably not planned by Labour, but it is a welcome side-effect of a successful media strategy.

66 comments on “Key walks into Labour’s CGT trap”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    See how those debt lines have levelled off/come down?

    That deleveraging represents money being taken out of the economy. Hence our continuing economic malaise.

    In a heavily debt based economy (debt is where most of our spending cash comes from at one point or another), net debt reduction is always going to cause a massive slow down.

    • David 1.1

      See how they havent come down much if at all. We (a private we, not a govt one) are still way too overleveraged, and it’ll be a while before we arent.

  2. queenstfarmer 2

    So what’s the “damage” to National / Key? The fact that there’s finally a debate on CGT? The fact that some are for it, some are against it?

    • The Voice of Reason 2.1

      The fact that Key has spent the whole week talking about his opponent’s policies. Thats Politics 101, right there. Don’t give the other team the oxygen of publicity, especially before you even know what they are specifically proposing. Key has just spent the last few days talking Labour up as a credible alternative to his own clueless administration.
       
      And, to make it worse, because Labour haven’t made the announcement, they have time to soften the aspects of the CGT proposal that people don’t like prior to the launch and maybe tie it to other changes in housing, such as financial encouragements to first home buyers.
       
      All in all, this could be the week John Key lost the 2011 election.

      • queenstfarmer 2.1.1

        Oh please. All pollies do these days is talk about each other’s policies. Key deliberately pre-empted Labour on CGT, and has kept raising it since. It’s a risk and if it backfires, i.e. if CGT gains popular support – then in retrospect there will be damage. But that is far from clear yet. There’s just a debate broken out – which is a good thing.

        • McFlock 2.1.1.1

          A debate about policy specifics, not personality.
          A debate about evidence, not feeling.
          A debate about low our taxes are, not the “we live in communist NZ” myth.
           
           
          I for one am very interested to see how Key does.

        • Reality Bytes 2.1.1.2

          “It’s a risk and if it backfires, i.e. if CGT gains popular support – then in retrospect there will be damage. But that is far from clear yet.”

          Have you checked the polls lately? This is Nationals election to lose.

          Key is risking that by going off half-cocked opining about Labour’s fiscal policy, and therefore making Labours policies the issue of the day, therefore confirming Labour are the relevant movers and shakers. Goff is being a very guru politician with these moves. The original article perfectly outlines why Goff’s moves are VERY smart policy, that may yet see him as the next prime minister of New Zealand.

  3. vto 3

    ha ha, yes Key is being exposed for his stupidness quite often now.

    Hardtalk interview, which keeps being regurgitated and now this.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    He should just go back to the finance company world and leave the serious stuff to the rest of us.

  4. Key’s basic problem is that there is this huge vacuum in the debate about the economy because his Government has no economic policy apart from tax cuts for the rich.  Cycleway anyone?  This really is their achilles heel because more and more people have woken up to the fact that they have no plan.
     
    And Goff has done something which all good leaders should do and has sparked off a debate.  It seems that everyone but Key and National is willing to take part in this debate.  And when the Herald and Hooten and others start praising Labour then you know Key is in trouble.

    • higherstandard 4.1

      You are wrong as usual Micky, Key’s plan is to meet Obama in the USA this will of course be a huge boon to the economy and will likely bring about peace and harmony on Earth.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        You can’t fault the guy for wanting an autographed copy of the inevitable handshake photo. (Key that is, not likely Obama lol)

    • It seems that everyone but Key and National is willing to take part in this debate.

      Haha, here yesterday I got clobbered for suggesting a decent debate was a good idea.

      Time will tell whether CGT is a Dan Carter game or a Nonu Hail Mary.

  5. Eddie, you’re brave counting chickens so comprehensively at this early stage.
    Blog proclamations are not votes.

    When is the policy detail actually being hatched.?

  6. The Baron 6

    [deleted]

    Aren’t you talking out of both sides of your mouth too? I thought this tax is meant to raise somewhere between $3.8 and $4.5 billion to pay for Labour’s lolly scramble – but yet you imply above that hardly anyone will be paying it.
    It’s contradictory to have it both ways – either it’s going to raise enough to be worth doing, which means it has a large base of transactions off which to work; or it won’t affect many, which means it can’t be earning bugger all (and certainly not enough to pay for the tax free threshold bribe); or is going to be set at far bloody more than 15% of realized increases.
    So, which one?

    [lprent: Eddie is their pseudonym. Use that. I don’t allow any attempts on names for what are clearly pseudonyms as part of the general privacy policies. ]

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      “Aren’t you talking out of both sides of your mouth too? I thought this tax is meant to raise somewhere between $3.8 and $4.5 billion to pay for Labour’s lolly scramble – but yet you imply above that hardly anyone will be paying it.”

      Labour never said that.

      The $4.5B number came from the tax working group, and they were using a set of assumptions that are different from what Labour is going to implement. Two differences that we already know of:
      – TWG were assuming a CGT that worked at your marginal tax rate. Labour’s will be a flat 15%.
      – TWG were assuming a CGT that was pay-as-you-go, not tax on realisation, as Labour’s is going to be.

      • The Baron 6.1.1

        Oh, so the answer is that it’s going to be worth bugger all then?
        Eek, that ain’t gonna buy many votes. But thanks for clearing that up. Much ado about a nothing new tax then. Yawn.

        • mickysavage 6.1.1.1

          Labour has two priorities, keep the power company shares and fund the $6b allowance for their sale and provide at some stage tax credits so the first $5k is tax free.

          Keeping the power company shares is quite cheap.  If it raised $300m a year soonish then this would be achieved.  The $5k tax credit is a bit more difficult but if it happens within 3 years then that is a good result.

          Nothing new tax?  Then why is National in such a spin? 

          • The Baron 6.1.1.1.1

            I’m not national, Micky. I’m in a spin because I can’t see how this tax is going to fund the $5b in new spending that Labour has already committed to. Seems to me that this much vaunted new tax that you’re clapping like a seal for is only going to raise about 1/10th of whats needed to balance the books.
            But then again, I read that Labour has also committed to driving us even deeper into debt, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

            • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1.1.1

              But then again, I read that Labour has also committed to driving us even deeper into debt, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

              No one has nose dived our fiscal position quite like John Key and Bill English have mate.

  7. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7

    Wonder what that graph looks like in Australia.

  8. infused 8

    I don’t think so, considering most economists are against it and farmers are preparing an assault. Should be fun to watch.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      The selfish farmers I would believe. The economists? No, not unless they’re more stupid than normal.

      • vto 8.1.1

        Yes farmers may have to rethink their business model and change it to one which makes a taxable income instead of speculating on untaxed capital gains. Imagine that – they may end up paying their share of taxes for a change, instead of the hard working men and women of the city paying for their kids education, their roads, their superannuation, their local rural doctor, and on it goes ….

        It will certainly be fun to watch yet another instant of farmers getting all hot under the collar and squealing like children. Can’t wait.

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1

          Remember that a lot of traditional farmers have and still farm for income, not capital gains. (despite the fact they take deductions on everything down to their gym membership).

          Only the more corporate farmers have leveraged themselves to the hilt looking for capital gains.

          What I am saying is that farmers are a very heterogenous bunch and well worth understanding better.

          • vto 8.1.1.1.1

            true true, I do tend to get carried away and exaggerate at times. But it aint just corporates it is bloody heaps of them, even those who have sometimes been farming for generations. Also true true.

            • McFlock 8.1.1.1.1.1

              What, labour might not get the city investor or the multi-farm dairy polluter? Egad, there goes their voting base!

        • Don’t forget the hardworking farm workers as well vto. Working long hours in all weather for low wages . Most in tied house which are not what one would call luxury . Who pay more tax than their farmer bosses. Who usualy spend their holiday having a day or two out whilst their farmer bosses trip abroad . It’s certainly time farmers paid their fair share of tax and I hope the next Labour government makes sure they do

      • TightyRighty 8.1.2

        Any economist will tell you that adding a tax is a drain on the economy unless the same people hit with a tax increase are compensated in another way and can result in a paradoxical situation where the total tax take goes down as the rates increase.

        Labour obviously knows all about paradoxical situations, the more they bleat and threaten so spend others peoples money (previously a good vote buying tactic) they find there poll ratings shrinking, a parable maybe?

        Great Flip Flop though. points for executing a bare faced u-turn without the media picking it up.

        On the whole I support a capital gains tax, but if the gains tax is flat, so should income tax be. It’s not closing a loop whole if you are running two different tax equations for what essentially is the same thing.

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.2.1

          Any economist will tell you that adding a tax is a drain on the economy unless the same people hit with a tax increase are compensated in another way

          Bullshit

          Since tax money is not hoarded but immediately spent back into the economy as salaries, purchases and infrastructure.

        • Secret Squirrel 8.1.2.2

          I support some form of CGT too, in addition to what we’ve got, but I think you’ve touched on my biggest worry about what Labour might propose – another tax, with a whole new set of rules (and if it’s anything like the Aussie CGT there will be plenty of rules) is just adding complication to an already complex tax system.

          And Labour wants to make GST more complicated too. The more complex it is the easier avoidance is and the higher complicance costs will be.

          A truly bold tax policy would propose a whole revamp of the tax and benefit system that made it much simpler and clearer, and eliminated all the take here, give there money-go-rounds.

          • Jim Nald 8.1.2.2.1

            The Kiwi mind cannot handle complexity.
            Also, the NZ accountants, who are from the remaining ranks of the B-list and C-list in terms of ability, can only deal with a system very much simpler than that in Australia, UK, etc … for which our A-list accountants, investors, etc have already left this country.

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.2.2.1.1

              Yeah those were my thoughts. Next we’ll have people saying that having 91, 95 and 98 octane petrol is too complex.

              And $4B p.a. (or even $500M p.a.) is worth a bit of complexity, no?

            • stargazer 8.1.2.2.1.2

              oh piss off. nz accountants are just fine. it’s our clients who complain about paying the bills for more complex work.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.2.3

          Any economist will tell you that adding a tax is a drain on the economy…

          Only if they’re really stupid which, admittedly, most economists are. We need to pay for the services that the government provides and tax is the way we do it. If you’re going to argue that tax is “a drain on the economy” then you better be prepared to argue that charging for milk at the dairy is also such a drain because it’s the same damn principal.

          It’s not closing a loop whole if you are running two different tax equations for what essentially is the same thing.

          Now, I agree with you in principal on this but I’m sure you’re just going flat tax, yeehaa and not thinking about what else is needed to be done to make it work such as a Universal Income.

          • Reality Bytes 8.1.2.3.1

            “We need to pay for the services that the government provides and tax is the way we do it.”

            Well the only other way is to borrow. And regardless of your opinion on tax, one thing is for certain, at the rate we’re doing it, Borrowing is DEFINITELY going to be the bigger drain on the economy in the long run.

            Labour: Appropriate Tax rates now.

            or

            Nats: Insufficient Tax rates now, So we all have to pay more taxes later when the bill for the interest arrives, oh and we’ll need to fire-sale our profitable assets too.

        • Kaplan 8.1.2.4

          “Any economist will tell you that adding a tax is a drain on the economy”

          You might get away with that kind of crap statement at the sewer but over here you’ll get slaughtered on it.

          In the very next paragraph you talk about ‘spending other peoples money’ so you obviously realise that tax raised is not stuffed under some mattress somewhere.

          I’m starting to understand why some people vote for National. They really don’t have a clue.

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.2.4.1

            Wealthy capitalists suck money out of the real economy and out of Main St, in order to stuff it into piles on Wall St or in investment properties.

            That’s what drains money (productive investment capital, working capital and income) out of the economy.

        • Zaphod Beeblebrox 8.1.2.5

          Yeah but look what they intend spending the revenue on- 1. no GST on fresh food 2. First 5000 tax free. Which are tax cuts!!! 3. Paying off English and Key’s financial black hole.

          So if you like tax cuts and their stimulatory economic effects you probably need to vote Labour.

    • Lazy Susan 8.2

      most economists are against it

      And which ones might they be? Citations please. Remember patsies that work for the banks don’t count.

      I’m just waiting for them to come out bleating as they see that nice easy revenue stream from highly geared property and farm speculation dry up.

      • Colonial Viper 8.2.1

        most economists are against it

        Is this a plus or a minus? You see, I’m not quite sure 😀

  9. Colonial Viper 9

    John Key: That blast came from Labour! That thing’s fully operational!
    John Key: English, this is Your Leader.
    Bill English: We saw it. All blue craft, prepare to retreat.
    John Key: We won’t get another chance at this, Bill.
    Steven Joyce: We have no choice, General Key! Our uncoordinated flimsy PR can’t possibly repel policy firepower of that magnitude!
    John Key: C.T. will have our talking points ready, and it’s almost the RWC. We’ve just got to give them more time!

  10. tsmithfield 10

    I think there will be a clear line of attack if Labour are budgeting to get x billions in revenue from the tax to fund other promises, because in today’s environment of a flat economy there won’t be much in the way of capital gain to tax.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      yeah but that’s the perfect time to introduce a capital gains tax – no one loses a cent. The problem as you have identified is if Labour is betting on a sudden upswing in property values (and actual sales) to generate immediate revenue with.

    • mike 10.2

      Read the comments by Sydney Morning Herald economics correspondent in the headline post.
      ie “A capital gains tax could be very effective if it raised nothing. What the capital gains tax does ideally is stop people, for tax reasons, changing income into capital gain. So even if the amount that you forecast you would raise from the capital gains tax is low, that isn’t an argument against the capital gains tax. Because if it is low, it’s because what it is doing is encouraging people to make fewer “capital gains” (with quotation marks around them) and make greater income.

      It’s more a case of just not having (sort of) a big gap in the tax system people can drive trucks through.”

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 10.3

      So what are you saying about National’s economic management? That its crap??

      In any case- Tax and Spend sounds better than Borrow and Spend

  11. Ali 11

    I think lots of people are missing the point that a capital gains is not just about the direct revenue it raises. It is also very importnatly about closing off loop holes for people to move income into untaxable areas. Countries that have CGT have more tax being paid on income because there is no incentive to moving all the income to these areas. e.g “Farmers putting all the profit back into Farms and declaring pathetically low incomes while waiting for a sale price one day that with massive profit that will not be taxed” “profit on shares that will not be taxed when you sell the shares (often CEOs get shares as part of a salary package = no income tax when sold for profit)… you get the idea.

  12. Peter 12

    A capital gains tax is after all a tax on income so what is the problem

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      Some people are worried that they’ll get treated the same as everyone else rather than as the “special” people they believe themselves to be.

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 12.1.1

        “A capital gains tax is after all a tax on income so what is the problem”

        Ummm. It’s not a tax on income. It’s a tax on capital. That’s why they call it a capital gains tax. Otherwise, it would be an income tax.

        • higherstandard 12.1.1.1

          Best description I’ve seen is as below.

          “Investors receive two types of income: ordinary income and capital gains. Ordinary income includes dividends, wages/salary and interest you receive. You have a capital gain when you sell a capital asset for a profit. Any asset you hold as an investment (stocks, bonds, real estate, for example) is a capital asset.

          Of course, you can also lose money when you sell a capital asset: a capital loss.”

        • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.2

          You buy an asset for $10k. A while later you sell it for $15k. Say inflation was $4k that leaves $1k more than you paid which is profit and profit is income.

  13. ak 13

    Tipping Point

    All the chooks coming home together.

    Chooks with votes, of ruffled feather

    For the “economic wizard” who hocked their mokos to the scruff

    Chased their kids overseas

    And wants to hock off their stuff

    Who welched on the bribe of “north of $50 a week”

    Made the bosses into slave owners

    And stomped on the weak

    Now even his big-money pals

    Say the rich should pay more

    The greasy grin’s a grimace

    It’s Nice no more.

    Flailing like a ferret on a hot tin roof

    Every dip in the polls a stab of reproof

    The fear of failure gnawing to the marrow

    Yesterday’s assassin

    Frying tomorrow.

    • marsman 13.1

      I like your poem ! Especially the last two lines. We must make it happen !

  14. Graham 14

    CGT should stand for Corporate Greed Tax

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      I know a couple of old undead pollies newly risen again who should be afraid of this review.

  15. chris73 16

    I suppose you need to try to rally the troops somehow but don’t you think that raising the expectations will just lead to greater disapointment come election night (when National romp home)

  16. mikesh 17

    It seems to me that if there is to be no CGT on shares then it would seem sensible for a landlord to set up a limited liability company to own his properties. The when the time came to sell he could simply sell the shares without incurring CGT.

  17. Alex 18

    Great article but I do disagree with you Eddie that it will only cut reduce the rentier model by 15%. It will spur investment into productive areas of the economy and would likely reduce capital gains by more then 15%.

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    2 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    3 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    3 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    3 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    4 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    4 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    4 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    5 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    6 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    7 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    7 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
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