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Key promises productivity magic

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, June 19th, 2008 - 46 comments
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Key reckons he could bring down inflation by targeting ‘low quality’ government spending. How?

To counter inflation, you need to increase productivity. Inflation is projected to run at 4.7% this year. The Government makes up a third of the economy. If Key was to bring that down to 2% by increasing Government productivity how much would he have to increase Government productivity? About 7.5% a year.

Productivity growth during New Zealand’s history has averaged about 2% a year. The idea that Key will magically lift that number to 7.5% for the public sector, especially when he has no experience and no plans, is laughable.

[Bear in mind also, all the stories you hear about productivity in the public sector being low are just stories. Most of what the Government produces is not bought by the consumer there is no price on the outputs it makes and that means the normal way of measuring productivity ($ of output/$ of input or labour) doesn’t work. How do you work out whether productivity of the Army or the Police or teachers is up or down? You can’t.]

46 comments on “Key promises productivity magic”

  1. expat 1

    To counter inflation you need to increase productivity – or cut costs – or both.

    Productivity in government departments is renown for being low value add to GDP growth i.e. economic growth.

    So, cut back on non essential gummint spending that dilutes avg GDP growth and increase relative productivity growth elsewhere.

    Multiple this by giving the cash back to the punters for reinvestment in the real economy or by investing in infrastructure that has been neglected for a decade.

    Its simple maths.

  2. T-rex 2

    Steve – easy

    Increase police productivity by implementing social policy that increases crime levels. Police have more to do, more murderers are taken off the street, productivity goes up!

    Increase army productivity by joining in the next war of opportunity. Soldiers on permanent deployment, army actively recruiting to make up numbers following deaths, productivity goes up!

    And here we’ve been saying the National Party has no policy!!!

  3. burt 3

    I note that DR. Muppet Cullen is pushing back against high pay increases in the public sector again this year. (See page 2 Dom Post) “STATE employees seeking big pay rises had “lost touch with reality”…

    So have I got this right, increasing productivity is impossible and big pay rises are out of the question? In other words … suck it up guys because only the MP’s can have circa 10% pay rises every year….

    Just how do you guys think we will close the wage gap between NZ and Aussie? Let me guess – more middle class welfare….

    There is only one problem, if we can’t afford decent pay rises – how will we afford more middle class welfare? How can we afford the existing levels of middle class welfare if we can’t afford to pay people reasonable salaries?

    Re: Welfare – it only increases take home pay. Take home pay is not as cool a thing to increase as gross pay right? It’s better to increase gross pay because that provides more opportunity to increase taxes and redistribution… which allows the govt to increase take home pay for ‘some people’ and reduce it for others. Sounds a bit like communism to me…

  4. MacDoctor 4

    Your argument is somewhat facile, Steve. Government spending is a major driver of inflation, particularly in the areas of unnecessary bureaucracy. You should therefore expect a significant drop in inflation as well as an increase in overall productivity both in government and in the private sector (less compliance costs).

    Captcha: defending buyers – Too late!

  5. We could start with sacking the team that just spent 56,000 dollars on badges for schoolkids.

  6. burt 6

    From stuff: Big state sector pay claims ‘unrealistic’

    Dr Cullen said the Government was still in negotiations with Toll Holdings over the purchase of its rail operations. Details are expected after July 1 if the talks are successful. The Government has budgeted $690 million for the rail and Cook Strait ferry businesses.

    It’s OK, there is still a chance that the govt won’t waste a few hundy-million more than it needs to. This money could be used for conferences, management retreats or pretty posters telling us all how great the Labour-led govt is and how we are so much better off under Labour. Just don’t ask for a pay rise !

  7. alex 7

    Peeps,

    NZ First is in the news again for a charity that is giving back its donation.

    “New Zealand First has been embarrassed again over its attempts to avoid repaying taxpayers the $157,934 it unlawfully spent last election.”

    Can someone confirm, is NZ First within its legal rights to give the money away to charity?

  8. They don’t “legally” have to give the money back Alex. “Morally” is another issue.

  9. And perhaps some of the $240,000 that Te Puni Kokiri spent in less than a year on staff conferences.
    Both the badges scandal and conference scandal were gleaned from the front page of stuff with little effort Steve.
    Continually beating the “there is no waste in govt spending” drum is not working.

  10. T-rex 10

    Man – I just saw the story on those badges.

    We’re hardly talking big money here, and any advertising campaign has elements of hit/miss… but what a miss! Honestly, that is the dumbest idea I have heard since… well, actually since about 2 minutes ago, when I replied to travellerev, but it’s still pretty dumb.

    Who the hell did they think would actually embrace wearing those? The principal is right, what patronising sh*t!

  11. None of you have shown how to increase productivity by anywhere near 7.5%. This is not peanuts we’re talking – cancelling a few conferences won’t get you there.

    Think of it this way. The government spends $61 billion a year. To increase productivity 7.5%, you would have to slash that by $4 billion a year, with no loss of output (assuming that the money, now following into the private sector produces average productivity).

    Where is the $4 billion to cut for no productivity loss? Take into account that $22bln of the $61bln is just government transfers, so cutting them won’t boost productivity one iota – you would just be taking moeny from one part of the community and giving it to another. Also take into account that of the remaining $39bln – $13bln is on health and National has pledged not to cut overall funding for health and another $10bln goes on education.

    Now, you’ve got $16 bln of which to cut $4billion for no output loss. But wait, $2billion goes on servicing debt and $2 billion goes on the Super Fund, and are you going to cut the $7 billion that goes on defence, police, and infrastructure?

    You’re now left with $5 billion to cut $4 billion for no productivity loss. Good luck.

  12. T-rex 12

    Steve, I will buy you beer if you go and respond to Deans question on the after tax incomes thread.

  13. The point is Steve, that after 9 years of unconstrained growth in spending by this govt it is ridiculous to assert that no savings can be made. Also ridiculous to assert that there is no bad or wasteful spending.

  14. burt 14

    barnsleybill

    We could start with sacking the team that just spent 56,000 dollars on badges for schoolkids.

    That $56k will be almost enough for the Clark & Cullen’s pay rises this year. So yes it’s significant.

  15. barnsleybill. I’m not asserting there is no waste or no room for improvement, far from it. But I am saying you’ll never get a 7.5% annual producitvity improvement. (I fail to see why people can’t see the difference between those positions)

    Show me the money.

    Assuming the badges are not at all productive (and by any measure of productivity, they actually would be productive) then you’ve saved $65,000 by cutting them. That leaves just $3,999,935,000 of other non-productive spending to cut.

  16. Ari 16

    Your argument is somewhat facile, Steve. Government spending is a major driver of inflation, particularly in the areas of unnecessary bureaucracy. You should therefore expect a significant drop in inflation as well as an increase in overall productivity both in government and in the private sector (less compliance costs).

    MacDoctor, you do realise that National plans to spend even more than Labour does, and has not outlined enough cuts to even reduce spending to the level it would be before their big broadband spendup?

    How is National simultaneously going to reduce Government spending and give you a tax break and invest one and a half billion on Broadband? And yes, tax breaks are government spending- especially in terms of driving inflation up.

  17. MacDoctor 17

    Ari: If National does spend more without reducing government expenditure, then that would be inflationary. This is elementary economics. I am fairly sure Bill English understands this.

    National, of course, are not going to reveal where they are going to cut spending until the last moment, to reduce to opportunity of a Labour beat up of every least little cut.

    And yes, tax breaks are government spending- especially in terms of driving inflation up.

    Not so. Tax breaks are the least inflationary form of government “spending” – some tax breaks are put into saving, some into debt reduction and some are ploughed back into businesses. All these things are de-inflationary. Every cent a government spends is inflationary except debt reduction (and, possibly, the Cullen fund).

  18. Tane 18

    National, of course, are not going to reveal where they are going to cut spending until the last moment, to reduce to opportunity of a Labour beat up of every least little cut.

    So, to cut to the chase, they don’t want voter scrutiny of their public service cuts, which is why they won’t release policy until it’s too late for voters to figure out what’s happening.

    Good to see we’re on the same page on this.

  19. Steve makes an important point: we must make the distinction between productivity and waste.

    Clearly “Lisl Prendergast, principal of Sacred Heart College”: considers $65,000 spent on badges “designed to prompt discussions between pupils and teachers” a waste of money. As a parent with a child at primary school I tend to agree. I know the principal and vice principal at Ponsonby Primary spend a lot of time fund raising for ‘luxuries’ like building maintenance. I’m sure Anne Malcolm ,principal of Ponsonby Primary, could have easily spent the $65,000 plus associated policy wonk salaries on maintenance.

    But how does it stack up in terms of measuring the productivity of the education department staff who carried out this project ? The inputs are easily measured in terms of wages and costs but how do we measure the outputs ? Will this exercise perhaps result in $65,000 savings on dole payments to south Auckland students who decide to continue with their education rather than drop out and smoke dope ?

    I have no idea, and I would love to know if any of the highly paid policy wonks in Wellington do. Do they measure the outputs of their bright ideas ?

    What I do know is that Government spending as a percentage of GDP justs gets bigger and bigger. Meanwhile overall productivity carries on falling.

  20. Byran.

    “What I do know is that Government spending as a percentage of GDP justs gets bigger and bigger. Meanwhile overall productivity carries on falling.”

    both of those assertions are incorrect.

    Govt as a portion of GDP is falling, look at the 2008 Budget projections. Moreover, more of that spending is just govt transfers.

    productivity is rising, you are arguing that growth in productivity is falling, not that productivity itself is falling. And even that claim is debatable and the result of complex factors.

    I don’t appreciate the racist undertones of your comments that links Maori langauge badges, South Auckland kids, and dope-smoking. You can take that kind of stuff to Kiwiblog.

  21. MacDoctor 21

    Tane: Good to see we’re on the same page on this

    I don’t even think we’re using the same book…:-)

    So, to cut to the chase, they don’t want voter scrutiny of their public service cuts

    No, Tane, No=one could object to public scrutiny of their policies. They just don’t want to leave people like you time to drum up hysteria over them.

    Go on. You know you want to…

  22. Rocket Boy 22

    ‘How is National simultaneously going to reduce Government spending and give you a tax break and invest one and a half billion on Broadband?’

    We are all being a bit silly here, National will not be able to make the necessary productivity savings to fund whatever tax cuts they will offer (which is kind of the point of Steve’s post). They will simply borrow and move certain expenditure out of the budget to balance the books. Anything that is ‘infrastructure’ – new roads, new schools etc will be financed with borrowing so that future tax payers will have to pay for it.

  23. burt 23

    There is a simple solution. Increase departure tax to $1m. People leaving NZ for reasonable pay rises (which they won’t get here if Dr. Cullen has his way) will need to decide, do they borrow the $1m and get out or do they stay.

    If they stay they keep paying tax and MP’s can have their big pay increases even if the rest of us can’t. If they leave then the tax they pay to leave will give the MP’s their big pay rises even if the rest of us can’t have them.

    See it’s simple when you treat rich pricks as cash cows rather than productive contributors to the NZ economy.

  24. Tane 24

    Burt, I’m not sure how you persist in your “Labour sucks at wages” meme when, as much as I have my issues with Labour’s labour market policies, they actually have a pretty good record on raising wages. Certainly compared to that other lot.

    [Though I have to say Cullen’s comments on public sector wage restraint this morning were disappointing.]

  25. burt 25

    Tane

    I persist because the govt (of any stripe) have a long history of calling for wage restraint while enjoying significant pay rises themselves.

    Disapointed at Cullen’s comments… If I were a strong union supporter I’d be calling for a change of govt about now…

  26. Steve: the charts you have linked to are for revenue not spending as a percentage of GDP.

    BTW: have you ever lived in South Auckland and by South Auckland I mean the poor, working class parts of South Auckland not Karaka, Red Hill etc ? Having grown up myself in working class South Auckland I can assure you that my comments are not racist but reflect the real challenge that schools face in these areas to offer children a world view that doesn’t include violence,crime and drug addiction.

    This is an educational and social challenge that cannot be met by a few badges and DVD’s designed by Wellingtonian policy analysts and advertising agency flunkies ( of any colour).

  27. Steve: “Moreover, more of that spending is just govt transfers”

    By “Govt transfers” I presume you mean taking money at gun point from middle class people who don’t qualify for WFF and giving to middle class people who do ?

  28. Bryan. you fool, that’s a multi-page doc I linked to, look at the third page for expenses as % of GDP.

    What DVD are you talking about, Key’s?

  29. Tane 29

    Disapointed at Cullen’s comments If I were a strong union supporter I’d be calling for a change of govt about now

    Burt, if the Alliance were polling 45% I’d be right there with you. But they’re not, and the only viable alternative is the Tories, who’d be even worse for workers. In any case, you know I vote Green.

  30. Rex Widerstrom 30

    How do you work out whether productivity of the Army or the Police or teachers is up or down? You can’t.

    If you define “productivity” as dollars out for dollars in then no, of course you can’t. But governments realise this and so set performance standards and indicators for agencies of state to reach.

    I’m no expert on the Army so I’ll leave that to someone else. But it’s entirely possible to measure the “productivity” of the Police. How much money went in? Then, measure their performance against a set of targets… things like clean-up rates, successful vs unsuccessful prosecutions, number of complaints to the PCA, and so on.

    At present some of these sorts of things are measured whilst others are not.

    Since politicians of all stripes love pumping money into “law ‘n’ order” every election, an audit of Police “productivity” in its broadest sense would, I strongly suspect, lead to savings, efficiencies, or both. However the Police – who are very adept at public relations – have succeeded in scaring successive governments away from any serious review of their budget and performance lest that government be seen as being “soft on crime”.

    However, I agree with you that finding the kind of gains needed to meet the targets Key has set is probably impossible. It’d be nice to see someone try, though. Rudd’s “Razor Gang” isn’t saving nearly what he predicted, but it’s put the wind up wasteful public servants and is leading to efficiency gains – which, being a public servant from way back – is perhaps all he really intended in the first place.

  31. Steve: “Ministry Maori education deputy secretary Apryll Parata said the “buttons” were in packs with DVDs and other teaching resources. About 70,000 were sent out – one for each teacher.”

    So clearly that was a “No” to my question concerning your experience of actually living in the South Auckland Labour professes to care so much about.

  32. Byran. I don’t live in South Auckland, nor am I a Labour supporter. Not that my place of residence would have anything to do with Labour’s concern for South Auckland even if I were a Labour supporter.

    However, as you would know if you actually had any info on politics, Labour is very strong in South Auckland – they’re opening new branches there left right and centre. Don’t see much from National in those parts.

    Rex. I know there are other measures of output from orgs like the Army, I cut the sentence on it, but the post is about the economic metric of productivity and the idea that National will reduce inflation by magically raising publci sector productivity.

  33. burt 33

    Tane

    I hear what you are saying about “what options do we have’ but lets get this out in the open.

    Compare the gross percentage of pay increases the senior ministers have had since 1999 compared to the gross increase in the median wage. Filth .

    Now put that into context Dr. Muppet Cullen has been saying for most of the last 9 years that tax cuts are not the answer to increasing peoples incomes. He’s held tax thresholds at 1999 levels and blamed business for low pay increases.

    Now of course it’s an election year and for the first time since 1999 the Labour party are backs to the wall in the polls so what happens We get tax cuts and we get told that we have lost touch with reality if we expect big pay rises .

    So what’s the deal Tane? How can anybody from the left side of politics continue to support a Muppet Finance Minister who’s had it his way for 9 years but suddenly becomes a turn-coat when the going gets tough? The policies he’s denigrated for the last 9 years are now flowing from his own govt .

    Can we now expect Dr. Muppet Cullen to suddenly start talking about take home pay being the thing we need to focus on? Give that man some gardening leave and don’t vote for a major party that’s my call for election 2008.

    captcha: depart both – see captcha knows what to do with the two major parties 🙂

  34. Burt. Let’s get this out in the open. MPs do not set their wages, nor do they vote in approval of them.

    I would like to see MPs wages tied to the minimum wage but it’s miniscule part of government spending and not something that politicians decide so I don’t see why you go on and on about it. As much as you would like it to be, MPs salaries are not Labour’s fault, nor would National change the system.

  35. burt 35

    Steve P.

    Yes I know MP’s don’t set their own wages, I wish you would stop that distraction every time I bring up MP’s pay increases.

    The point is Steve, MP’s approve the pay rises of many…. Including senior Dr’s who are not going to get a pay rise the same size as the MP’s.

    It’s not the fact that the MP’s get the pay rises that is the issue – the issue is they won’t approve similar pay rises for others.

    I also know that MP’s can’t control private business, but Dr’s, nurses, Police, Teachers etc are all very underpaid and leaving the country. If Teachers had received the same circa 10% pay rises every year since 1999 that senior ministers have – we would not have a Teacher shortage.

  36. Matthew Pilott 36

    Burt:

    A: grow up never mind, boys will be boys.

    B: why would I pay any creedence to your arguments when you persist with the tory idea that we’ve been ‘waiting nine years for tax cuts’? Ask yourself what happened to taxes in 1999.

    C: The tax cuts aren’t regressive, so there’s no problem there. They also cut corporate tax, so your ‘9 years’ line is even more of a joke.

    bryan: “Gun point” What is it with kids these days? For some people, paying tax is like trying to make a three year old eat veges. I take that back. It’s what I imagine it would look like if an adult were acting like a three year old being forced to eat veges.

  37. MPs don’t approve pay rises of any public servants like doctors. That’s an operational matter and handled by the Ministries (or other employing body, eg DHBs for doctors), not the Ministers or Parliament.

    It’s a very important distinction at the heart of how we do government in NZ.

    Also, don’t you want bigger tax cuts? Where’s the money going to come from for pay increases on the scale you’re talking. I mean, you just called for a roughly 50% increase in the wage cost for Education. You’re talking a billion a year plus at a rough guess for your increase in teachers’ pay alone.

  38. burt 38

    Steve P.

    I mean, you just called for a roughly 50% increase in the wage cost for Education.

    I would have thought that many on the left would be calling for big pay increases in govt sector employment. Must be hard defending low pay increases over time and calling for bigger wage rises at the same time – how do you do it?

  39. I’m all for larger public service pay rises. But you’ve got to be able to pay for them.

  40. Matthew: given “imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine of up to $50,000.” appears under penalties on the IRD website I don’t think “at gun point” is too far into hyperbole when it comes to describing taxation.

    Steve: Labour is popular in South Auckland for the same reason Jesus Christ is: an unwillingness to take personal responsibility for ones situation. Those residents of South Auckland who do take personal responsibility for their lives find themselves moving on.

  41. Steve: “I’m all for larger public service pay rises.” I bet you are 🙂

  42. Felix 42

    Bryan, you read far too much PJ O’Rourke and it’s not helping you become any smarter.

    You’re either saying there should be no laws, no penalties or no enforcement.

    Which is it?

  43. Matthew Pilott 43

    Bryan, that’s as stupid as saying you’re prevented from committing murder “at gunpoint” because there are associated penalties. Do you want any enforcement of law in New Zealand? I guess not.

    Not that I really want to reduce my response to your level, but just quietly, you can head off to a country with no taxes at any time, good luck with that. The decent folk of this country will look it not as extortion, but as a price for services better provided collectively.

    And you’re still looking like that three year old, having your wee tantrum, shoulting at mummy that you don’t like vegetables, so you shouldn’t have to eat them.

    P.S from what I’ve read here all you got out of your experiences in South Auckland was a tendency to look back with bigot-tinted glasses (I’m not sure which colour that is specifically), as opposed to some meaningful insight. How is voting for Labour showing an unwillingness to take ‘personal responsibility’?

    Have the opposition got any policies to make the alternative one of ‘taking responsibility’? Or are you just generalising, and launching a tirade at a few hundred thousand people you seem to percieve as lazy, irresponsible bludgers?

  44. Matthew/Felix: Gentlemen I am simply reinforcing the point that many on the socialist end of the political spectrum seem to forget: the right to tax that governments have, needs to be accompanied by careful spending what it must be remembered is other peoples money.

    For example Labour’s current plan to make redundancy clauses compulsory in employment contracts is yet another example of a government being very free with other peoples money.

  45. burt 45

    Bryan

    If you believe that a tax cut is the govt giving people money then it naturally follows that the govt are allowed to spend their own money how they like. Welcome to socialism. Please don’t confuse the issue with absurd assertions like tax payers money is the money of tax payers spent for them by the govt.

    Of course money paid in taxes is to be spent as the govt see fit. The business of govt is whatever govt define it to be.

  46. Matthew Pilott 46

    Bryan, reinforce away. Don’t forget that the state is the enabler of private enterprise, not some obstruction as the libertarians would have you believe.

    Calling taxation theft is not simply reinforcing the idea that tax money needs to be spent carefully as you posit. It’s implying that it is taken against will and used for purposes to no benefit whatsoever to the payer.

    Clearly false.

    And of course your original comment was about WfF – surely you know WfF is in effect a rebate on tax paid – no one gets back more than they pay in taxes so your original premise was a bit off too.

    burt, you wouldn’t know socialism if it bit you on the arse and nationalised your industry. Please don’t pretend to speak for it.

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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    3 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 day ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    7 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • 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! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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