Key’s desperate spin

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, July 18th, 2010 - 70 comments
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With the reaction to laws attacking workers John Key has tried to misdirect by claiming unions have no example of abuse of the 90 day law.

A couple of points John:

1) It’s up to you to provide evidence the law needs to be changed, that’s kinda how governing works, however;
2) Off the top of my head I can think of three examples:

After refusing to spend her entire part-time pay on shoes sold by her employer Amy Jewitt was told she was:

on a three month probation period and by not wearing the shoes she was not committed to the job.

Florence Cohen was sacked from her job at Take Note, in her last week of the fire at will period without being told why.

And on Marae this morning (right across the end of the first clip and the start of the second) Matt McCarten told of a case where a young woman told her boss she wasn’t comfortable answering his personal questions and got the sack the next day.

And these are just the cases that have been brought to the attention of the media. It’s the tip of the iceberg because most cases vulnerable workers will just suck up abuse and move on.

Key knows that, he’s just desperate to push the issue into some other frame and figures he’ll try a bit of union bashing.

It’s a cowardly misdirection but what else would you expect from a man pushing a law attacking workers like Jewitt and Cohen?

70 comments on “Key’s desperate spin ”

  1. omar 1

    TV3 had a Unite member called Lisa on the news on Friday who was sacked for last year for no reason.
    http://www.unite.org.nz/node/715

  2. marsman 2

    Key and his cabinet of creeps are taking the country back to those dark days that the odious Shipley left us with.

  3. Santi 3

    Is Farrar involved?

  4. I have an example. A young man that I know works part time in a butcher’s shop. The ownership changed recently and the new boss inserted 90 day trial clauses in the new contracts. He then proceeded to fire 4 of the 5 workers for reasons that were ridiculous.

    Being young and not part of the union each of the workers went off and most have found alternative work. It took a while though for each of them and they suffered hardship. They each think more poorly of the capitalist system because of their experience.

    We do not hear of their cases in the media but if each of us knows of 4 or 5 cases then the total must number in the thousands.

    What really pisses me off is that Key continuously talks about “responsible employers” and how they will not act aggressively or unreasonably.

    Of course they will not but the law is not needed for them, it is needed for the others who will act unilaterally and irresponsibly.

    • nilats 4.1

      Name the butchery MS so we do not buy meat from there? Dirty capitalist scum.
      Or are you afraid of defamation?
      I thought when business are sold terms & conditions of employment stay the same or have I missed something?

      • Lanthanide 4.1.1

        I’m not sure on the legality, but it is pretty common for new owners to ‘restructure’ the business and review roles after it’s been bought out. It seems that the 90-day fire policy basically makes this a hell of a lot easier – instead of going through the formal restructuring process, you can just sack them and they have no right of reply.

    • Connie Mist 4.2

      My niece works at a butcher shop – she was told she was being paid less than minimum wage because she was on a 3 month trial – no sign of a contract; she knows it’s illegal but she is grateful for the job…

      Mad, it’s MAD!

  5. Aug 5

    I just finished reading the Department of Labour research on the 90 day trials and in that document the unions talk about a couple of instances of abuse. Section 2.2.8.is called Reported misuse of trial periods.

  6. Peter 6

    The problem is Mickey is that even if you can point to 4-5 cases where there may have been issues the policy as a whole seems to be working.

    I had lunch with a couple of ex workmates from Work and Income a few weeks ago and both were saying how much easier it has become to convince employers to give clients who have been on benefits long term a chance. Some of them fail to get permanent jobs but from what the two told me said most are getting full time jobs.

    The whole policy seems to have made employers much more willing to take a risk and give people a chance where before most would simply play it safe.

    • Careful Peter; if you speak too much common-sense like that, you’ll be moderated outa here! It’s not what they want to hear, even if it is the truth.

      • Bill 6.1.1

        See, here’s just a wee part of the problem with the way you right wing chappies are portraying matters.

        The guy who’s the boss is looking for help to increase the profitability of the business. And he is viewing the people whose help he seeks as dodgy at best and downright dangerous at worst.

        Given that mind set…and it’s one you chappies on the right keep repeating and punting as normal…it would appear patently obvious that workers need protection from the unfounded hate, fear and paranoia of employers.

        But you all want to give the hate, fear and paranoia of the boss of your perspective free range.

        • Inventory2 6.1.1.1

          Bill; I can only speak from my own experience, but Mrs Inventory and I don’t hire people, then invest significant time, effort and money in training them just so that we can move them on after 89 days. To do that would be, for our business, economic and management suicide.

          We want staff who will be with us for the long haul, and we invest heavily in them. But sometimes we make mistakes in recruitment. The applicant may not be who they appeared to be at interview, or the realities of the job might not match their expectations. We will certainly give serious consideration to implementing this policy down the track.

          • IrishBill 6.1.1.1.1

            We’ve already had this discussion:

            “It sounds like a matter that could be very easily dealt with a performance management framework. If there are measurables then all you need to do is make them performance indicators and review them regularly.

            Rather than having to go through the hiring process again and again until you find a fit for the job you may find that reviewing the reasons your employee isn’t achieving their targets gives you the chance for them to find ways to deal with those reasons either by giving them ways to fix their problems that have been derived from your experience and the experience of your other employees or by highlighting problems with your work structure that could be fixed.

            If you performance review properly you’ll often find structural problems that you can fix and often fixing these problems increases productivity across all staff even those who are already performing.

            Of course you could just keep churning through staff until you find enough people that can deal with your sub-optimal systems. But that costs them and it costs you as well.”

            • Inventory2 6.1.1.1.1.1

              IB – appreciate your suggestions, but we already have a good appraisal system, we consult extensively with our staff, we survey them regularly and respond to concerns when they are raised. We outsource when we do not have the necessary expertise.

              We have had few “bad hires”, but those we have had have caused a lot of angst. There’s nothing worse than having an employee who clearly doesn’t want to be there.

              • Bill

                If there is nothing worse than “having an employee who clearly doesn’t want to be there”, then what is the point of introducing a massive disincentive for said employee to jump to a different employer? ‘Cause that’s what the 90 days is.

            • AngryTory 6.1.1.1.1.2

              More crazy leftist “process” – just like Hellen.

              haven’t you guys worked out NZ doesn’t want that any more?

              Look if you work for me and youre got at it and I like you – you’ve got a job.

              If you’re not – you’re fired. It really is that simple. 9 days or 90 days or 9 months or 9 years – doesn’t matter. I’m the boss. You’re the “employee” for just as long as I want you.

              Get it? or get out!

              • Puddleglum

                “Look if you work for me and youre got at it and I like you you’ve got a job.”

                So AngryTory, there’s three conditions to you hiring and keeping someone:

                1. ‘You work for me’ – fair enough, it’s hard to fire someone who doesn’t work for you.
                2. ‘youre got at it’ [‘You’re good at it’??] – fair enough, performance at the job is expected.
                3. ‘and I like you’ … What? You have to ‘like’ them? How much? To invite back to your place for dinner? To have a beer with after work? If they agree with your every opinion on any and everything (e.g., about this government)?

                AngryTory, with a third condition like that would you see yourself as one of John Key’s ‘responsible’ employers or as just the kind of employer that would justify a government NOT allowing a 90 day fire at will clause in employment agreements?

                You sound like the second kind yet I suspect you see yourself as the first kind. This is the problem with this kind of law – people (employers) who think they are ‘common sense’, ‘decent’ NZers but who actually act with disregard to natural justice or any sense of fairness. People who are mesmerised by their own importance as “the boss” to the point where they can’t distinguish between their personal prejudices (which should have no bearing on employment prospects) and their judgment as an employer.

        • Alexandra 6.1.1.2

          The trick is an employer reluctant to employ the “risky” workers will do so because of the substantial govt subsidy. What I would like to know from Peters friends in the know, is were the blessed chosen ones employed after the 90 days probation?

          • Peter 6.1.1.2.1

            Alexandra, I don’t know.

            I do know however when I was working for Work and Income around 2004 that as a case manager there were a number of subsidies available to us to encourage employers to take a chance.on staff members.

            What I found was that these may virtually zero impact to an employer weighing up hiring a person they deemed risky as the potential impact to their business was of a bad hire was simply to great.

    • Craig Glen Eden 6.2

      The trouble with what you have said Peter is the old legislation already had a trial period.

      So the new legislation has probably done nothing because those people would have got employed any way. Six weeks a go I employed a new employee not because I was taking a risk or a gamble but because I needed them and they are the right person. As a business owner I don’t take gambles when employing people, who would? Why would an employer be so bloody stupid?

      If the employer knows what they are doing and have got their processes right then they have nothing to fear. The only thing I am concerned about is how badly this Government is doing with the economy. So much for catching up with Australia. fat chance!

      • comedy 6.2.1

        I’d be interested to know what processes you’re using we’ve employed a couple of people over the last couple of years who interviewed brilliantly, psych tested OK and had good references and frankly after about a month I would have traded them for a battery hen.

      • Peter 6.2.2

        I disagree Craig that all these people would have been hired anyhow and would ask when was the last time you hired a person who hadn’t worked for 5 years, 10 years or even 15 years?

        I know from having dealt with these people that it was virtually impossible to find employers who would hire them. They would take one look at a persons cv (or lack of it) and that was it. However listening to my ex colleagues what they are finding now is that more employers are taking that opportunity to give them a go.

        • loota 6.2.2.1

          No, I don’t understand the scenario you raise here. You are saying that most employers would choose someone with 5-10-15 years worth of work experience as being most suitable for a given job.

          How does this legislation make someone with ZERO (or near zero) work experience suddenly most suitable for that same job?

          Or is it because the employer now thinks that they can now risk an inexperienced person in the position, with an underlying motivation to cut the pay for the position? I mean, you wouldn’t pay a new school leaver the same as a thirty year old with a proven track record of working with others, would you?

          So, in effect, this displaces someone more experienced out of the job vacancy and out of better pay.

          And…this is better for our workforce? Or just for the employer?

          • Peter 6.2.2.1.1

            Actually Loota all I am saying is that this policy is giving opportunities to people who have been unemployed long term who in the past wouldn’t generally be overlooked.

            However I think from my experience what I have generally seen is if an employer wanted to reduce his staffs wages then hiring a large number of low paid/low skilled employees will simply result in either:
            a) the high skill staff training up the low paid/low skilled staff eg on the job training and the low paid staff either 1) asking for a pay increase and 2) looking for a job elsewhere where his newly acquired skills will be properly compensated or

            b) the high skilled high paid staff getting PO’d which having to supervise all these new low paid/low skilled staff which results in him either 1) going to the boss and getting a pay increase to compensate for the additional stress or 2) looking for a job elsewhere where his skills/stress levels will be more appropriately compensated and the employer forced to hire a new similar skilled person (who would be expecting the exact same sort of rates) or b) trying to manage with the low skilled/low paid staff which will generally negatively impact the business to the point he will either have to reform or close.

            • loota 6.2.2.1.1.1

              Peter, yes it would be a good thing to give opportunities to people who have been unemployed long term and who may be frequently overlooked.

              But the 90 day right to fire surely can’t be the best way to go about achieving this obejctive can it?

              And if this is one of the major aims of the legislation, where is the rest of the comprehensive Government programme to support these people into jobs and to help them succeed once they have been taking onboard? Is the average employer going to know how to manage someone with such a difficult and sparse employment background compared to their average staffer?

              When you look at it from this point of view, it seems obvious that this policy is not part of any real, genuine effort to give the long term unemployed better chances.

              • Peter

                I can’t comment what the Governments objectives were from this policy because I not a member of this government and simply don’t know. What I do know is that the policies that were in place prior to the 90 day bill had little to no impact on this group.

                I would also suggest that many long term unemployed don’t need special treatment/management but rather simply given a go.

    • lprent 6.3

      Of course it would help if therewas some place to register grievances. Then we could find out how good or bad the policy has been operating. That would be a way of making responsible policy.

      For some reason NACT didn’t seem to thin was worth doing. In fact they don’t even monitor how many people have been employed under the provisions of the act. They just Tuesdays use questionable anedocotes.

      You’d have to ask if they have any faith that it does what they claim. Doesn’t look like it to me. Just looks like a way to drop wages

      • comedy 6.3.1

        If as has been posited that the unions and the opposition knew this was going to be coming I think it’s an unmitigated failure on their part.

        First for not screaming blue murder between the introduction of the law and now and secondly for not at least having their ducks all lined up ready to go rather than a disorganised protest and a few anecdotes to point to the failure of the changes to the employment law to date.

        FFS over at the bog someone’s found that the case study used above is a member of the Labour party – this is the kind of useless shit that let’s the government get away with whatever they want.

        • Pascal's bookie 6.3.1.1

          “the case study used above is a member of the Labour party”

          sfw?

    • michaeljsavage 6.4

      That becomes a possible lie and rightwing propaganda unless it can be verified. Have you ever looked at the quality of work and income staff (people i deal with have – and i have had to in turn deal with those work and income staff) … many are immigrants – with distinct limits on cultural sensititivity to white nzers let alone brown .. and language difficulties but they are dealing with NZers …(mind you many of the applicants are also immigrants, branding the kiwis on a numerical basis as neer do wells by adding to the stats) have you ever looked at the believability of work and income staff to be quoting this sort of anecdotal evidence.

      Inventory2 is simply a rightwing whore – up for the best item that confirms its viewpoint. A slag – nothing more.

      I also deal with employers … work and income is regarded as a joke – your contacts are therefore questionable. I wont cite name and number either – but then neither can you.

      rubbish …

      • Peter 6.4.1

        What a load of crap re the quality/type of people working for Work and Income.

        I found that the people working in Work and Income offices were as diverse as the population of this country. In the group I trained with (about 15 from memory) the male/female ratio was about even, roughly a third held degrees, around 7 were European, 5 Maori/Pacific Island, 2 Pacifc Islanders and 1 Indian.

        As for my contacts believability. Well I worked with them for 2 years, known them for 7 so I am confident that what they are telling me is accurate within the confines of their personal experience. As for your comments around how they are regarded by employers I would agree 100% with them.

        Unfortunately most employers look at Work and Income as having the dregs of the potential offerings when it comes for recruitment and largely its true. If you take a large employment market like Auckland most skilled and motivated candidates will network go to multiple employment agencies and generally find work themselves within 12-16 weeks and as a result Work and Income generally doesn’t even bother with actively pushing them within this time frame.

        Its only after this time frame that generally Work and Income start to take a harder look at things and generally there is a reason why that person hasn’t found work (skills, personal issues, drug/alcohol etc etc). Unfortunately though while Work and Income then tries to address those its more time that person is off the job market which only makes it harder to market them later on.

        In smaller rural environments its generally different again due to a number of factors ranging from generally less alternative recruitment avenues better word of mouth networks etc.

      • TightyRighty 6.4.2

        Rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble

        you are the slightly more educated version of PhilU

        • Peter 6.4.2.1

          Tighty Righty, I’m okay with your comparison because at least if you spend the time to interpret the fullstops there is generally a point to PhilU’s posts. Yours however seem more like Dad4Justice’s, full of hot angry wind and lacking in any sort of substance.

    • Macro 6.5

      So your argument Peter is this:
      “It’s good policy because it is making it easier for business to employ people, and it gets people of unemployment.”
      Fact. Unemployment has increased since the policy was introduced.
      Fact. Good businesses employ people as they need, not because they can fire them at will.
      Fact. Bad businesses employ people and fire them at will because they couldn’t plan their way out of a paper bag and haven’t the faintest idea of good management skills. If you have invested 3 months of training in a new employee… Why waste all that training? And yet 25% of new employees under this law have lost their jobs – what an incredible waste of resource! Now this idiotic administration want to extend this.
      Finally – nothing is politically right which is morally wrong – and this is.

      • Peter 6.5.1

        Actually Macro I don’t believe that this is good policy but do I believe from what I am being told by people working with the recruitment of people who have been on benefits long term is that it is making a significant positive impact of these people lives and providing them with opportunities that they would otherwise not be presented with.

        Fact. Unemployment has increased since the policy was introduced
        Fact. The world has just experienced the biggest economic crisis since the great depression of which the experts are out for debate whether it is over yet or not. Unemployment was always going to go up.

        Fact. Good businesses employ people as they need, not because they can fire them at will.
        Fact. Employers will try and minimize their risks as much as possible. This policy gives employers the motivation to take a risk which otherwise they most likely wouldn’t have.

        Fact. Bad businesses employ people and fire them at will because they couldn’t plan their way out of a paper bag and haven’t the faintest idea of good management skills.
        Fact. Good business hire people who prior to this law would have never been given the opportunity keep them because they prove allowing them to build a career.

        Finally nothing is politically right which is morally wrong and this is.
        What is morally wrong about people who have been unemployed long term being hired under this law?

        • Macro 6.5.1.1

          “What is morally wrong about people who have been unemployed long term being hired under this law?”
          What is morally right about people who are good employees being fired at will because of incompetent management?

          • Peter 6.5.1.1.1

            What is morally right about people who are good employees being fired at will because of incompetent management?
            What is morally wrong about people who are risking their own money/reputation running their business in what ever manner they like as long as its lawful?

  7. Fisiani 7

    Peter you are so right. For every case that might appear in some way dodgy there are about 90 people who have gained useful and permanent employment with full rights. People who have been unable to find work before are been given a fair go. This policy will encourage employers to take on more and more staff and will be the greatest employment policy ever.

    • IrishBill 7.1

      For every case that might appear in some way dodgy there are about 90 people who have gained useful and permanent employment with full rights.

      Y’see that’s exactly the kind of statistic Key needs to put up if he wants this to be seen as anything other than an attack on workers. I presume you have a source?

    • michaeljsavage 7.2

      How do you know fisiani – quote some instances.

      Many of us who deal with this type of scenario know this is bullshit.

      The government is encouraging employers to behave like piranha … and they or many of them … will

      • Fisiani 7.2.1

        Easy proof IB. It just needs basic maths. A mere 22% of people taken on were let go, many within days. (FACT) Assume dodgy ie outrageous dismissals as high as 5% of these. Highly unlikely of course. More realistic figure might be less than 1.25% (So only 0.3 – 1.1%) of rightly dissatisfied employees. . Level of reported complaints is about this rate.(FACT) All others therefore employed with first employer or able to be achieve employment with another employer. (FACT)
        ie about 1:90 One problem for every 90 satisfied workers.
        The 90 day right to prove and improve yourself is a great advance in work placement opportunity and will be welcomed by any worker looking for a job who has a CV problem.

        • michaeljsavage 7.2.1.1

          Presentation skills – zero – reasoning … zero

          likelihood of special needs applications … probably 60 percent

          PI name … PI reasoning.

          Go and apply to NZon air for a hip hop vid … it may well be more lucrative …

          IrishBill: and that’s you banned for a week for racism.

        • IrishBill 7.2.1.2

          That’s classic. Now can you use the same technique to prove the moon is actually a clever optical illusion fashioned from a tin of beans and assorted consonants? And then that Abe Lincoln went forward in time to assassinate Kennedy over a long standing space-time feud over an unfinished game of dominoes?

          Because I think you can.

          • Fisiani 7.2.1.2.1

            At least I can give and have given a convincing statistical argument rather than resort to hyperbole and clutching at straw man reasoning and ad hominen attack.
            BTW MJS is way wrong about Fisiani being a PI name.

            • Lanthanide 7.2.1.2.1.1

              “convincing statistical argument”

              No, not really at all.

              • Pascal's bookie

                So you don’t find ‘assume my conclusion is true’ to be a convincing argument?

                Fucking Elitist.

        • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1.3

          There’s not a single piece of fact in you’re entire diatribe – only the delusional thinking that is endemic to RWNJs.

        • Macro 7.2.1.4

          “A mere 22% of people taken on were let go” – 25% actually and 74% were in full time
          employment

          “Assume dodgy ie outrageous dismissals as high as 5% of these. Highly unlikely of course.”
          – now that IS an outrageous assumption! An assumption for your purpose of statistical whitewash. A far more likely senario is that 100% of them were fired because the management skills of those hiring were hopeless. But let’s not look at management because they are oh so perfect in NZ.

    • Macro 7.3

      “For every case that might appear in some way dodgy there are about 90 people who have gained useful and permanent employment with full rights.”

      FACT. 25% of young workers employed have been fired at will so what you say is absolute TOSH!
      It’s only THREE for every ONE. And they would probably have been employed anyway.

  8. Ms X 8

    I was under the impression that bosses could always fire people who were performing badly, not at all or behaving extremely badly. How does ‘fire at will’ improve on that? Fair minded bosses will treat workers fairly and those that don’t never will – giving them more ammunition is hardly fair on those with bills to pay.

    • lprent 8.1

      The difference with the “fire at will” act is that they don’t have to be fair about it. For instance telling people why they are being fired.

    • AngryTory 8.2

      You still don’t get it do you?

      Making me keep paying $$$ for people whom I don’t want, who perhaps don’t really want to work for me but just need the money or something, slackers who insist on holiday pay, who won’t work when I need em – – fuck I work evenings & weekends, I don’t expect anyone to do what I wouldn’t have done when I was their age!

      if they can’t hack it, I should have the right to be shot of ’em.

      but not under Hellen.

      • michaeljsavage 8.2.1

        Thaaarnk u moooi looord … jeez your name isnt edmund blackadder is it ….

        Horrible little man – or woman – or reptile …

      • Puddleglum 8.2.2

        You still don’t get it do you AngryTory?

        Do you have any idea at all of the massive social engineering that was required, often at the end of a gun, to provide your forerunners with a mass of ‘willing’ employees? Cleared from their land, legally maneuvered out of their customary rights to live off the land, destruction of their villages, enforced ‘migration’???

        Being able to employ someone today is a ‘privilege’ not a right. It’s a privilege based on the deliberate destruction of the ways of life of the mass of people in history. It’s a privilege based on extensive legal, judicial and policing enforcement of institutions, contracts and arrangements all of which were vigorously and often violently resisted from their beginnings by the majority.

        Don’t ever think that it’s some kind of God-given, natural right you have to pay somebody money and to get their labour (and ‘attitude’) for a day. The only reason most put up with this kind of ‘relationship’ is that they’ve lost the resources, knowledge and power over their circumstances to be able to live differently.

  9. michaeljsavage 9

    this is the end forever of the illusion of NACT as a benign centrist entity … bullshit extreme … they are the old wolf they ever were and worse.

    Even the Farmers have to beware – whats going to be left when they all sell their farms to the chinese and retire to Wanaka … and ensure their children can continue to go to private school and they can drive their lifestyles over the backs of the rest of working NZ

    Shame on all of them who are old enough to know better. I felt sorry for that pimply little ‘young nat’ profiled on “the nation” (more like the whore to whoever thinks whatever) and on Q and A … the programme run by a nasty little man who looks like the bum end of a frustrated prune … he looked like a privileged little twat and came across that way.

    Im happy to be a pallbearer at the national and act governments funeral next year

    • AngryTory 9.1

      Im happy to be a pallbearer at the national and act governments funeral next year

      Geez you & IrishBill will need LOTS of semtex for that to happen.

      Ballot Box & Armalite, Guys? – well you’ll have to stick to the Armalite cos the ballot box ain’t going to elect Labour-Union-Green mates anytime soon – never again if I have anything to do with it!

      IrishBill: just in case you missed it you’re banned for life. Or rather rebanned for life, prophet.

      • michaeljsavage 9.1.1

        See you at the funeral boyo … when the dates set ill send you a condolences card …

        Johnny Black and Tan Key is quoite da best advertisement for votin Labour ooive ever seen me lad……

        ceadh ma fielte

        • The Voice of Reason 9.1.1.1

          Welly band Ourselves Alone used to do a storming version of this ditty, MJS. I think you’ll know it:

          • michaeljsavage 9.1.1.1.1

            Thanks VOR … my great grandfather was virulently anti british and had nothing good to say about the black and tans … my family was both Orange and Green but all lived together here in Godzone.

            My Grand da – sailed a skiff singlehandedly from Awanui in the far north to auckland in the early 1920’s … we come from good irish seafaring stock.

            We should never ever ever forget what and where we come from. The bastards have taken too much already to feed their dark satanic mills as it is….

            Men marched and women and children starved for freedoms … lest we forget …

      • Craig Glen Eden 9.1.2

        ” never again if I have anything to do with it” Sad to inform you Angry Tory but little players are not bigger than the game, so on that note I will raise my dead body over your dead body.

  10. big blouse 10

    I’m a Union Man and I say I what I think – the company stinks.

  11. James 11

    Hows about we get the State out of the way and let the bosses,employees and unions reach agreement between themselves without the hairy arm of State force being able to be used by one party against another….hmmmm?

    • mcflock 11.1

      Because then the worker is undefended against the green hairy arm of capitalist force.

      It would be nice if everyone could sit down and be nice and reasonable. The trouble is that all it takes is one manager to be incompetent and vindictive – a few have been posting on this thread, methinks.

      If one worker is a jerk, the manager can work through fair process and fire them. If one manager is a jerk, 5 staff have to put up with it.

  12. randal 12

    John Keys……tuff guy huh/?

  13. Stephen Franko 13

    Let’s be honest with each other. Key doesnt even want government. He wants to abolish it. And good on him. Keep spinning things, John, and get rid of red tape and regulation.

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    There’s been a change in Myers Park. Down the steps from St. Kevin’s Arcade, past the grassy slopes, the children’s playground, the benches and that goat statue, there has been a transformation. The underpass for Mayoral Drive has gone from a barren, grey, concrete tunnel, to a place that thrums ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 23 are:Deep Dive: Penlink: where tolling rhetoric meets reality BusinessDesk-$$$’s Oliver LewisScoop: Te Pūkenga plans for regional polytechs leak out ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 23, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Health: Shane Reti announced the Board of Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand was being replaced with Commissioner Lester Levy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    8 hours ago
  • HealthNZ and Luxon at cross purposes over budget blowout

    Health NZ warned the Government at the end of March that it was running over Budget. But the reasons it gave were very different to those offered by the Prime Minister yesterday. Prime Minister Christopher Luxon blamed the “botched merger” of the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) to create Health ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    9 hours ago
  • 2500-3000 more healthcare staff expected to be fired, as Shane Reti blames Labour for a budget defic...

    Long ReadKey Summary: Although National increased the health budget by $1.4 billion in May, they used an old funding model to project health system costs, and never bothered to update their pre-election numbers. They were told during the Health Select Committees earlier in the year their budget amount was deficient, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    10 hours ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    15 hours ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    20 hours ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    22 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 day ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    2 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    5 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    7 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago

  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
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  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
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  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
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  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    4 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
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  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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    5 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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    5 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
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  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
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  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
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  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
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  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
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    7 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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    7 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
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  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
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  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship

    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
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  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
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  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers

    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
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    1 week ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy

    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
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  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants

    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • District Court judges appointed

    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins

    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended

    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
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