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Key’s multi-billion dollar earthquake bet

Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, July 23rd, 2013 - 103 comments
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The Natural Disaster Fund is filled by the EQC levy you pay on your home insurance (currently, $200 a year) and is there to cover EQC payouts.

Before the Christchurch quakes it had $6 billion. It also had reinsurance of $2.5b with an excess of $1.5b that it could get after each event. (so, first $1.5b paid for from the Fund, next $2.5b from reinsurance, above that comes from the Fund again). The Christchurch quakes not only completely drained it, including two rounds of reinsurance, the Government had to top up a further $1.5 billion.

Now, the Fund sits empty.

National’s plan is to refill it at a rate of $200m a year for 30 years – and that will only get back to how much it had before the Christchurch quakes – ie. not enough.

So what happens if there’s another big one, or even a medium-size one before then – as is likely and as the Wellington quakes have reminded us is possible?

John Key won’t exactly say. Here’s his comments on what would happen if the Government suddenly found itself liable for billions of dollars of EQC claims with nothing in the kitty:

“There is nothing at the moment that would advise to me that there is substantial fiscal risk to the Crown. We know that the EQC fund really has nothing in it from the last, from memory, time I looked at it. But
in essence the Government just backs that up.

“And we’ve got a strong balance sheet, we are in better shape the pretty much any other OECD country in the event that we need to rely on the Crown, but we are a long, long way away from that.”

What Key’s saying there is ‘we would borrow the money’.

Now, can you think of a worse time to go to the money markets and say ‘hey, lend us a few extra billion dollars, would ya?’ than right after a major city has been knocked out of action? Because I can’t. There’s actually a good chance that a government faced with having to dramatically increase borrowing at the worst possible time would instead refill the Fund in the way the Greens proposed – their now defunct QE plan.

But Key’s basically betting that another major disaster won’t happen. That’s a big bet and a long-shot given New Zealand’s history. Does that still look like such a good bet to you after the last few days?

The most important thing is getting that first $1.5 billion back in place – then we’re at least covered for anything up to $4b of damage.

That’s not a huge amount of money – 2% of the annual tax take. A doubling the EQC levy could get you there in a few years, or a one-off economy-wide levy could do the trick. Or we could, you know, just risk it, eh?

103 comments on “Key’s multi-billion dollar earthquake bet”

  1. Akldnut 1

    Or they could come down a few thousand tax cheats (instead of beneficiaries), and claw back a few billion that way.

  2. Matthew Hooton 2

    How much do you think the levy should be, Eddie? $400 a year? $600?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1

      Tax evasion per year: $11.4bn. It’s time to get tough on your clients, Matthew.

      Do you mind if I ask you a personal question: when Nicky Hagar exposed your wretched mendacity, were you ashamed, or did you just pack a big denial-tanty?

    • Dr Evil 2.2

      One zillion dollars !

    • Lightly 2.3

      if you doubled it to $400, you would have the $1.5b in four years, then you could reduce it again.

      How long are you prepared to go without any cover, Hootie?

    • Yes 2.4

      i agree matt – lets make it $18,000 per person (which by interest is our external debt number per person). While we are at it – lets predict Tonga to win the world cup at soccer, the royal baby to only get 7 o levels and david shearer marries helen clarke

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.4.1

        That’s nothing; Nostradamus predicted that childish twits would use strawman arguments and here you are.

        • Yes 2.4.1.1

          “Nostradamus predicted that childish twits would use strawman arguments and here you are.”

          liar – he never predicted that. By the way Tonga win 3-0

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.4.1.1.1

            Perdu trouve, cache de si long siecle,
            Sera, Pasteur, demi-Dieu honore;
            Ains que la lune acheve son grand siecle,
            Par autres vents, sera dishonore.

            QED 😉

            • Yes 2.4.1.1.1.1

              You know what – you are a liar – I have translated for you…always remember you should know your subject..I can read french.

              You are no longer anonymous knucklehead..you are a knucklehead

              translation

              The lost thing is discovered, hidden for many centuries.
              Pasteur will be celebrated almost as a god-like figure.
              This is when the moon completes her great cycle,
              but by other rumors he shall be dishonored.

            • Rob 2.4.1.1.1.2

              it should be One Pompous Knucklehead.

              • Richard Christie

                Out with the scythe, we can’t have anybody being or pretending to be clever.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.5

      THose in Wellington and Christchurch could certainly pay much more than low risk Auckland

      • Colonial Viper 2.5.1

        Auckland, City of Volcanoes.

      • Lanthanide 2.5.2

        Yeah, it’s not like Auckland gets tax money generated out of Wellington or Christchurch to pay for its roads. Or schools. Or hospitals. Or superannuation of it’s citizens.

        Oh wait.

        • Colonial Viper 2.5.2.1

          Time to start thinking as One Nation.

          • unicus 2.5.2.1.1

            “We should think as one nation”

            True – and the first question the nation should be asking is – exactly what happened to our $6 billion – lets see the balance sheet entries detailing who got paid when and what for –

            What we do know is that Nationals dodgey boys followed the New Orleans disaster response strategy to the letter – the sorry results of payola and the brutal impacts of corruption on that city are legend – believe it – Christchurch is the same

        • ghostwhowalksnz 2.5.2.2

          With one third of the population- they are way behind on theor share.

          Do you think the South Island even pays for painting white lines on all its roads

          The roading historically was only 19% went back in Auckland until 10 years ago it went up to about 25 -28%.

          Still well done on the petrol tax generated by 1/3 of the population

          • MrSmith 2.5.2.2.1

            That’s right Ghost how about we let the Jafas form there own country and see how that works out for them.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.5.2.3

          It doesn’t. Over the last few decades Auckland has supplied more tax to the nation than what we’ve got back. It’s why government, both Labour and National led, have focused so much on building Auckland.

      • weka 2.5.3

        “THose in Wellington and Christchurch could certainly pay much more than low risk Auckland”

        Tsunami.

  3. James Thrace 3

    Be far better putting the EQC levy on rates, rather than insurance.

    Not everyone has insurance, but everyone pays rates.

    Far more equitable, and at a fixed rate much like it is on insurance, not likely to break anyones back. The added advantage is that insurance premiums will be seen to “come down” when all it is is just the EQC levy being taken off.

    A bit of a no brainer. It makes no sense to only have the 70% of buildings that are currently insured paying 100% of the EQC fund.

    • Tamati 3.1

      That would punish those living in lower risk areas, i.e. Auckland with higher rates. Almost everyone has insurance anyway.

      • Lightly 3.1.1

        Auckland isn’t low risk it’s on an active volcanic zone.

        putting it on rates is fairer. You would still have the cap (currently the cap is $138,000 – if your place is worth above that you pay $207 a year), but move that cap to a higher level because more expensive properties are likely to incur more costly damage in a quake.

        • Tamati 3.1.1.1

          I’m no Volcanologist but I’d hazard a guess that a volcano poses a much lower risk to Auckland than an earthquake does to Wellington or Christchurch.

          Remove the cap entirely would be fairer still, those with more expensive properties have more cover, so should pay more.

          The insurance also doesn’t account for those who invest money now to protect their property from natural disasters. Perhaps a direct levvy on the insurance companies would be fairer still?

          • vto 3.1.1.1.1

            Rangitoto burst out of the Waitemata only 600 years ago.

            The chances of another are the same as 600 years ago. It will happen, dontcha worry about that

            • Tamati 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Right, so you don’t know the chance of it happening?

              • Lightly

                it’s an active region that has major eruptions every few hundred to few thousand years, which is on par with the rate of major quakes on a big faultline, and hasn’t had one in 600 years. Discounting that risk is like discounting the risk of a major quake in Wellington.

      • James Thrace 3.1.2

        It will hardly punish them. if as you say everyone has insurance, all youre doing is moving the collection point from insurers to local councils.

  4. TighyRighty 4

    Wow, concern for how Wellington will pay after spending how many years hating on its only growth industry?

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      So what is happening to Wellington is just a joke to you?

      • Dr Evil 4.1.1

        We’re not known as the shakey isles for nothing.

        Over 17 thousand shakes in the last 12 months.

      • TightyRighty 4.1.2

        I’m from Wellington.
        i was in the Lichfield lanes in Christchurch for the February 22nd earthquake.

        Notice the sloshing in your father in laws pool you snivelling sack of shit?

        • tricledrown 4.1.2.1

          Slow day at the office tighty,poor sentence structure ,
          take an anger management pill while your about it.

          • TightyRighty 4.1.2.1.1

            That’s hilarious for someone who can’t spell trickle, hasn’t used a space after a comma, used a space before a comma, used a comma instead of a question mark and hasn’t conjugated either of the final two sentences properly. If you are going to be a grammar dick, get your shit together.

    • quartz 4.2

      You’re a growth, Tighty.

    • Lanthanide 4.3

      Erm, no, concern for how taxpayers, that live all over NZ, will pay for a natural disaster that may strike any part of NZ in the future.

      The recent Wellington quakes are only highlighting further how Key is abrogating his responsibilities as PM.

      • TightyRighty 4.3.1

        Key is an excellent prime minister. He’s guided us through two man created disasters, the previous labour government and the GFC and one natural disaster. New Zealand is one of the best places on earth at the moment. To give thanks to any other politician except John key and the national government is basically admiring you are to prejudiced to think properly.

        • Lanthanide 4.3.1.1

          “To give thanks to any other politician except John key and the national government is basically admiring you are to prejudiced to think properly.”

          Yeah, lets not thank Helen Clark for paying down debt and resisting calls for tax cuts to such an extent that John Key was able to run up massive debts and give tax cuts to all.

          Clearly *I’m* too prejudiced to think properly 🙄

          • Colonial Viper 4.3.1.1.1

            The only way that Helen Clark and Michael Cullen “paid down debt” was by letting the private sector run up debt to the eyeballs, and then heavily taxing that debt sourced money back into the government sector.

            Put another way, the 5th Labour Government reduced its debt by moving it to the private sector, including households.

  5. Tamati 5

    We could pretty easily borrow $2b at short notice, bond yields would rise in the short term but we wouldn’t go bankrupt.

    We would just have to raise taxes after the event to pay for the extra borrowing.

    • Lightly 5.1

      so, pay now or pay more later when you can least afford it?

      Hey, that’s the whole principle of savings/insurance… well done.

      And who said it would be limited to $2b? The NDF + govt contributions for Chch were $7.5b, and that was only the eqc-insured fraction of the government’s earthquake costs.

      As the amount of capital in our cities grows, so does the cost of damage in a quake.

    • Colonial Viper 5.2

      Treasury can borrow the money from the Reserve Bank at 0% interest rates, and pay it back over time. Pretty easy. No need to let international financiers in on this operation.

      • Lanthanide 5.2.1

        Yes, which is essentially printing money.

        But much better to be up-front about it, as the Greens proposed, rather than be forced to do it in the aftermath of an earthquake.

        • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.1

          indeed. However, money is printed all the time anyway. Look at the Treasury charts of M1 over time. The only difference is that we will have the sovereign issue the currency, instead of commercial banks creating it via debt.

        • muzza 5.2.1.2

          In the case of the EQC, or any spending which would be infrastructure based, the money, if issued internally or borrowed externally at interest, will enter the system regardless.

          Appropriate taxation will remove the excess from the system as a counter to inflation, and the benefit of the interest free money, means that NZ does not become further beholden to the money creators!

          As CV indicates, its all money printing, it matters not where it originates from!

          That’s another slight of hand trick, making people believe that money printing is bad!

          • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.2.1

            Excess reserves can also be drained from the private sector in order to respond to interest rate and foreign currency markets.

  6. Zeno 6

    It is a bit like betting that Vesuvius would not erupt after the first few days of tremors ..

  7. vto 7

    If this corrupt government had not wangled the retail deposit guarantee scheme to give $1.7billion to greedy South Canterbury Finance investors, who mostly vote National surprise surprise, then that sum could have been used to start it off.

    Oh, and then there are all those businesses that make their money through capital rather than income. How about taxing their money-making like those of us who make our money through income? At the moment those business people bludge. Get them to pay their fair share and use that to kick start the fund again.

    Oh and there is a spare $400million going to support private dairy businesses. That is a double whammy isn’t it, because most dairy farmers make their money through capital gain at the end of the day and that is tax-free. That all on top of the $400 million for businesses incapable of getting by on their widdle lonesome in this big wide free market world. Need to hold hands with mother nanny state.

    Then they could reverse the tax cuts given to the richest people in New Zealand. There is probably a billion or two at least per year in there.

    Combine all those and voila.

    What say you Matthew Hooton?

    • Wayne 7.1

      VTO, I presume you mean disconnecting EQC from insurance and making it part of the general taxation, perhaps akin to the tax surcharge proposed by Russell Norman. Would this be a one off to get the Fund back up to say $1 billion, or would it be permanent?

      I note that your real agenda is to get the top rate of tax up to 39%, so that only high income earners would pay, but that is rather contrary to an insurance based fund.

      And of course an increase in general taxes would be permanent and ultimately not have much to do with EQC.

      Its an argument for higher taxes, but not really an EQC one (but at least you admit that).

      • vto 7.1.1

        It seems to me that something different will be required to get the fund back up to speed.

        I am merely highlighting some of the ways in which various free-loaders and scammers have got away without paying their fair share and by implication suggesting that they could be targeted to help the country out.

        Then, they could be made to register their 3-year olds at kindy…
        undergo regular drug testing…
        and have their children compulsorily given a tracking number at birth…..
        and if they squawk then take money from their bank account.

        That would be fair wouldn’t it Wayne, it’s for their own good, being the free-loaders and scammers that they are, of course.

        your lot really are genuinely despicable in these areas Wayne.

  8. BM 8

    I completely agree.

    This would be a massive vote getter for Shearer, he needs to get in the media and tell everyone that if Labour gets elected every ones house insurance is going to increase by at least $200 – 300 dollars a year.

    If there isn’t a 10% rise in the polls with that announcement, I’d be shocked.

    • vto 8.1

      Just tax people that bludge and don’t pay tax on their money-making endeavours BM. You know who they are. The true bludgers

      • BM 8.1.1

        You mean like employees that do cash jobs on the week end or at night? or house wives and bennies that do cash jobs here and there.
        Or how about those bloody old people on super doing cash jobs to give themselves something to do and get a bit of extra play money, thieving pricks.

        Once again, I completely agree we need to hunt these buggers done and make them pay back the tax they owe, bloody thieving shits, ripping off NZ.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1.1.1

          The Trinity tax dodge , alone was worth around $1 billion.

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.2

          BM, you’d prioritise those evading millions in taxes first, obviously. Why waste time going after small fry mowing a couple of lawns a month for $20 cash? The IRD would lose more than it collected. (Which seems to be a favourite National approach, admittedly)

          • BM 8.1.1.2.1

            Bollocks, there’s 1000’s and 1000’s out there doing it.

            If anything these are the people that cost the country the most.
            Fact, kiwis are tight and dumb if someone knocks on the door and says $100 dollars cash to clean the house, they’ll take it, or if some one knows a mate who works on the weekend doing cashies they’ll use him or her.

            Or by “helping out” that solo Mum by giving her a bit of cash money for cleaning her house, she can comfortably stay on the bennie instead of moving on.

            What they don’t get is this is one of the reasons why wages are low or jobs hard to come by, legitimate business can’t complete with people not paying tax, they’ve got to cut their margins to the bone to be able to complete with the people doing cheap untaxed work.

            The moronic public lack the ability to see the big picture unfortunately.

            • felix 8.1.1.2.1.1

              Westpac.

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.2.1.2

              Bollocks, there’s 1000′s and 1000′s out there doing it.

              Of course. Many of them run farms which they pile all kinds of non-business expenses against, for instance. Then there are the banks who have been shown to try and avoid hundreds of millions in taxes, and medical specialists who have tried to duck hundreds of thousands in taxes.

              Interesting how you keep bringing up all the small fry of society though while giving an easy pass to the big fish. Why is that?

              • BM

                Because the big fish take a hell of a lot more work to land.

                Why focus on one big fish and let 1000 little fish get away?, that’s not to say don’t go after the big fish.

                As for the farms, if they’re doing a dodge, it will show up when they get audited.
                Once you’ve let IRD know you exist, you better play by the rules otherwise hard times are ahead for you.

                • Colonial Viper

                  A billion dollar payout from the bankers was well worthwhile the effort to reel them in.

                  That’s a lot of $20 cash lawn jobs.

                  • felix

                    Yeah but that only makes sense if your objective is to collect the maximum revenue owed for the least cost.

                • tricledrown

                  Yeah like google and facebook who pay less tax than a lot of workers every multinational is moving their profit to low tax regime countries!
                  Getting back on thread an easy way to bolster EQC would be to put a wide ranging capital gains tax on all property and put all that tax into EQC we are going to need a lot of money to bring EQC back to where it was!

            • muzza 8.1.1.2.1.3

              The moronic public lack the ability to see the big picture unfortunately.

              I would agree with that, and by your comments, you’re part of that group too!

            • Murray Olsen 8.1.1.2.1.4

              “Fact, kiwis are tight and dumb if someone knocks on the door and says $100 dollars cash to clean the house, they’ll take it, or if some one knows a mate who works on the weekend doing cashies they’ll use him or her.

              Or by “helping out” that solo Mum by giving her a bit of cash money for cleaning her house, ”

              Even if we accept your point of view, why then does the government go after the solo mum or whoever who cleaned the house? They do not go after the property owner trying to minimise their outgoings and take advantage of poverty to make even more of a capital gain when they sell the place. But I suppose those people are core NAct voters…..sigh.

        • felix 8.1.1.3

          Hi BM.

          I’m getting very mixed messages from you on the topic of tax avoidance and benefit fraud. It’s impossible to tell from your comments which opinions are genuinely held and which are facetious to make a point.

          Could you please clarify your position? Without sarcasm this time, so I know exactly what you’re saying.

    • Bearded Git 8.2

      So instead we adopt Key/English’s “head in the sand approach” just so they can pretend the government’s deficit has been eliminated at the election. Brilliant.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 8.3

      EQC is going to raise anyway. no matter who is elected.

      But there is one person who has their head in the sand- along with raising the age of super-

      What will really happen is that – Sell all remaining State assets to pay for ……( insert city) earthquake

  9. ghostwhowalksnz 9

    The fund isnt going to be filled at $ 200 mill a year.

    At current premiums levels and counting all costs ( it covers landslips and floods ) there is only about $60 mill left to go in the kitty

    Dont forget the Government takes a premium every year , maybe $20 mill , for its indeminity over and above what is the fund.

    Thats right for the last 25 years they have been getting a payment on the possibility of paying out- as has happened in Christchurch

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      The government can credit the EQC account with the needed amount immediately, and seek the additional reserves required over a longer timeframe through increased taxation or levies.

  10. Vinscreen Viper 10

    Why should a State/Government sovereign in its own currency even need to create ’emergency funds’ for anything?

    Sure, a State that pumps money into its economy willy-nilly a’la Zimbabwe can just stoke inflation, but as the ‘QE’ in the US and UK in recent years demonstrates run-away inflation isn’t the automatic result and where the money is created to replace lost infrastructure and assets or fund employment which would otherwise not be required at all inflation is far less likely to occur.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Indeed. There is no problem with the State issuing its own sovereign currency as extraordinary situations require.

      The State will continue to be subject to the disciplines of the budgetary process, spending will continue to be subject to scrutinised by the SSC and Auditor General, and the market will remain a strong disciplining force in terms of managing interest rates and exchange rates.

  11. muzza 11

    We are a sovereign nation, allegedly, with a treasury department that is linked to the RBNZ – Magic up the funds, and voila, it’s no longer empty!

    They don’t want to expose the bankers slight of hand though, so it’s unlikely to be discussed!

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      You don’t “magic up” the funds, the Government requests that the Reserve Bank issues the money required on the Governments behalf, thereby allowing the RB to credit the EQC’s Westpac bank account with the funds required.

      The RB can be paid back over a longer period of time with an increased EQC levy.

      • muzza 11.1.1

        CV – What did you think magic up meant?

        Your explanation, describes the magic up, process required.

        The bankers slight of hand, is ensuring that option is not discussed!

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          Well, let’s start discussing it then, but let’s do so seriously instead of taking the piss out of it.

          A sovereign nation can never be insolvent so long as it uses its powers to issue the currency of use within its borders, and so long as any debt it owes is denominated in its own currency.

          • muzza 11.1.1.1.1

            As I have said previously, the slight of hand can be found in the lies and deceit!

            It is a very serious matter, in fact its the most critical issue which needs to be discussed, before any other issues you can name, can be solutionized for the optimum human outcomes.

            As long as monetary supply is controlled, and regarded as scarce, and the open honest discussions about NZ being a soverign able to issue it own requirements, then this country, like all others in the Western World, are completely under the control of those who own the financial systems!

            Not long ago people thought such talk was conspiracy, now its widely accepted the monetary/financial markets are in fact, controlled, rigged and a fraud!

          • Murray Olsen 11.1.1.1.2

            A sovereign country can get itself invaded for changing the terms of its international trade and debts. Maybe not if it sells dairy, but if it starts shipping oil priced in Euros, for example.

            • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1.2.1

              yes that’s true…and boy, you really want to avoid accepting things like gold (that “barbaric relic”) in exchange for your crude…

  12. infused 12

    Remove insurance and make owning property a gamble 😉

  13. Agneya 13

    I enjoyed Key’s demeanor as he expressed support through gritted teeth for the city he has spent so long demeaning.

  14. Sable 14

    Keys loves gambling with our futures, after all its not his money.

    • muzza 14.1

      Not his ideas/directions/instructions either.

      Those would belong to the people who also own, the money!

  15. Draco T Bastard 15

    Here’s a fact that no one seems to comprehend:

    Saving money is pointless as it’s not a resource.

    The only thing that needs to happen when disaster strikes, which it will, is that the government create enough money at the time to cause the correct distribution of NZ’s resources so as to do what needs to be done. The government would then raise taxes of a short term to take that money back out of the economy.

    Christchurch should have informed everybody that paying private insurance companies doesn’t get the job done as they then look for ways not pay out so as to maintain their profits.

    • unicus 15.1

      Not true – Insurance companies are happy to pay out as has been the case in CHCH on high end property – that expenditure provides and acceptable rationale for hiking the premiums on theior low medium end policys

      Look whos been paid down there – Cashmere Fedalton and the ten acre blockers round the city are creaming it as are the building owners in the CBD – everyone else is invisible and under the heel of a gross and ghastly dictator .

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.1

        But what use are insurance corporations which serve the 5%? We should just keep the premiums in NZ and tell them to fuck off.

  16. vto 16

    Why don’t we just give up on it and have no house insurance like the Japanese and like some of California, as I understand.

  17. tsmithfield 17

    I thought some people might find this resource useful for monitoring and understanding whats going on in Wellington at the moment.

    Its not limited to Canterbury. For example, by selecting “24 hours” and “New Zealand” you get a up to date graphic of the progression of the earthquake sequence in the Cooks Strait.

    Here are some insights I have gleaned from this site that readers might find useful. I am not a geotech by any means, so bear that in mind. However, you might find the following interesting.

    1. Selecting “last 100” and “New Zealand” leads to this screen. Then set the quake filter to “7+” This displays the history of large quakes in NZ.

    Of interest to me is that several decades before the large 8.2 quake near Wellington in 1855, there were two magnitudes 7s in the region. One of those was in the Malborough area. Given the time scale these events take place over, it is quite possible the two sevens were building pressure on the fault that resulted in the 8.2. A worrying take away from this is that it is possible that the current quake sequence could be building up pressure towards a larger quake. A more comforting take-away is that the region has had a good shake up in relatively recent geological times. So, perhaps a lot of the energy in the fault systems have been released relatively recently.

    2. Select “swarms”. This graphic displays the progression of quakes in the Canterbury sequence. As can be seen, the main quake started in the west, and each +6 aftershock shifted the aftershock sequence progressively eastwards. The current earthquake sequence seems to be following a swarm type pattern, and it will be interesting to see where it heads next. Hopefully, it will be away from Wellington.

    What worries me about Wellington is the fact you have a lot of reclaimed land up there. If you were to have a force 8 in close vicinity to the city, I suspect a large portion of the city could fall into the sea, judging by what we experienced with a much smaller earthquake in the vicinity of Christchurch

  18. Jackal 18

    Dear New Zealand,

    You do realise that this National government, if it’s allowed to continue the current detrimental regime, will get us into debt to a far greater extent than we can ever hope to repay?

    In that event, you will have a choice between being in servitude for the rest of your life, continuing the degradation of our decent society and being a tenant in your own country forever or effecting the change that’s required.

    Your choice will undoubtedly mean the survival or demise of the Kiwi way of life.

  19. RedBaronCV 19

    I had thought of doing this as a separate post but here goes.

    All we need to do is stop the insurance companies leaching off us.
    Now remember we are only talking about residential house insurance here, not contents or commercial which is outside EQC remit.
    Judging by my premium invoice the insurance companies are taking about $750 p.a per residential dwelling. Stats NZ gives a figure of residential houses in NZ of 1.6m to 1.7m. This gives a premium take for the Insurers from NZ home owners of $1.275 billion per annum.

    Now what are the payouts Insurers make.
    The Fire Service commision puts losses for domestic fires at $70m to $80m per annum and lets be generous and say they pay out another $30m for other things like water damage.
    This leaves the insurers with around $1.2b before their expenses of 2% to 10%.
    After expenses that still leaves $1billion in the trouser pocket a year.

    Oh but Canterbury was sooo expensive for them. Umm actually no. Only some 18,000 houses went above the EQC limit and at a generous $300k each this totals $5.4billion. Quite a lot but hey they would have reinsurance too. If it’s at the 2:1 level someone mentions above then payments before reinsurance cuts in are likely to be in the $1.5b to $2billion range. So two year’s premiums would cover their Canty payouts and the reinsurance premium. Not that they have paid out much.

    BTW IAG has about 55% of the NZ home insurance market (coy press release).

    So to me the real questions are:
    Just who the hell is the NZ homeowner subsidising with these inflated premiums? Commercial customers, large dividend payouts or something else..
    What exactly have the insurers done with the 79 years of premiums they have pocketed since Napier in 1931.
    Why isn’t John Key sending a “please explain” to the insurers.

    The answer is simple. Lifting the EQC cap to $300k to $400k would cover most houses in New Zealand. Take a bigger share of the premium income and buy more reinsurance, tuck more in the bank, invest in some real assets-a plantation of native timber and a sawmill are real handy when rebuilding. Marginalise the insurance companies for profiteering and seal the fund off requiring a 70% parliamentary majority so it can’t be robbed by right wing governments.

    We could have $6billion in just a few years plus a large lump of reinsurance and cheaper premiums.

    • Draco T Bastard 19.1

      As I said, private insurance is a rip off. The community could do it better and cheaper and it doesn’t need to save up money to do so as I said up thread.

      • RedBaronCV 19.1.1

        Yes , a community scheme would be best for most EQ damage. Feel free to quote the above, perhaps we can get somebody asking the insurers real questions. They need their feet held in the fire.

        • Follow the money 19.1.1.1

          The real rort in insurance isn’t so much the underwriters but the inefficency of the market and clipping of tickets along the way.

          Insure your home through a broker? Your broker will be taking 30% of your premium as commission.

          Insure through a bank? The bank will be keeping the profitable part of the business and pushing the risk to the underwriter.

          If you are a reinsurer? Recalibarate your risk models and aggregate sizes for NZ and up prices accordingly.

          Add on Fire Service Levies (which should be funded out of general taxation), GST increases and increases to the EQC levy and of your $750 premium that you are paying perhaps around 40% is actually covering the value at risk in your home.

          The rest is all various snouts in the trough… It is time for a shake-up NZers should be paying only what it costs to insure the value at risk not to keep a whole lot of unproductive ancillary business going. Lower value houses in NZ have also been subsidisng bespoke and high end home insurance in NZ for decades. As pricing begins to more accurately reflect risk high-end homeowners are squealing more than stuck pigs to ensure this doesn’t change…

          • RedBaronCV 19.1.1.1.1

            The $750 is the amount that stays with the insurance company. I had already deducted the Fire service levies, EQ premiums and gst of course. This $750 goes to the insurance company not brokers or anybody else. So it isn’t the ticket clippers it’s the isurer who no doubt would dearly love to blame someone else. BTW most domestic households don’t use brokers..

  20. Agneya 20

    Hey John, we know your people are reading this.

    How did Government House survive the quake ?

    It’s paid for by the taxpayer ..

    Cheers.

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  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
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  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
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  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
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  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
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  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
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  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
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  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
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  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
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  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
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  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
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  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
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  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
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  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
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  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
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  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
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  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
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  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    7 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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