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Kiwis trust in Government surges

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A recent poll conducted by Colmar Brunton indicates that trust in the Government to do what is right for New Zealand is now 65% compared to 48% two years ago.  I wonder what happened to cause this significant change?

From Victoria University’s website:

A new study commissioned by Victoria University of Wellington’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) shows the number of New Zealanders who trust government has risen substantially since 2016.

The Colmar Brunton survey asked 1,000 people across the country how much they trust key groups such as government ministers, police, medical practitioners, churches, charities, small businesses, the media and bloggers.

Asked whether they trust the government to do what is right for New Zealand, 65 percent now answer yes, compared with 48 percent in 2016. A total of 59 percent say they trust government to deal successfully with national problems, up from 47 percent in 2016, and 49 percent think New Zealand citizens’ interests are equally and fairly considered by the government, up from 39 percent.

“This large boost in trust surrounding government was unexpected and really positive,” says Dr Simon Chapple, IGPS Director. “In other countries we are seeing a decline in trust in democratic political institutions, so it’s interesting that we seem to be going in the other direction. The test will be whether those levels of trust can be sustained.”

Dr Chapple notes that trust in the police and courts is also significantly up.

“On the down side, there was a statistically significant decline in trust in both churches and charities. Trust in other social institutions was broadly stable.”

Simon Chapple, IGPS Director, was interviewed by Suzy Ferguson in this interview.

Contrast this result to business confidence, National’s favourite go to statistic. During the winter of discontent in the first term of the last Labour government something similar happened when businesses talked themselves into a funk which only disappeared when the economic fundamentals showed that despite the doom and gloom things were going along quite well.

Rod Oram describes the background to the winter of discontent in this article and specifically in this way:

Eighteen years ago, the political challenge for Prime Minister Helen Clark and Finance Minister Michael Cullen was to roll back some of the most unpopular parts of economic reforms while leaving the main beneficial changes intact.

As veterans of the Lange government, they were battered and bruised by the reforms it that had pushed through. They focused particularly on replacing the Employment Contracts Act, which was heavily tilted to employers, with the Employment Relations Act. This gave some rights back to employees, but employers remained strongly in control of the relationship.

The neo-liberal Business Roundtable, led by hard-liner Roger Kerr, fiercely opposed the law changes. It was impossible that the government could reach a constructive agreement on the issues with Kerr. But Cullen only made matters worse. As Hansard recorded, he declared in parliament on August 9, 2000: “Eat that! You lost, we won, it [the ECA] goes! It is as simple as that!”

Cullen’s triumphalism reinforced the belief of many in business that the new government wasn’t interested in working with them. Indeed, Clark and Cullen also overturned two other business favourites among the previous National government’s policies – partial privatisation of ACC’s workplace insurance, and further privatisations of State Owned Enterprises. The government also hiked the top personal tax rate from 33 percent to 39 percent.

Clark and Cullen’s judgement was right. Almost all corporate leaders were letting the Business Roundtable do their thinking for them, even though its sway over government and business had diminished from its heyday in the 1980s. There were essentially no independent, future-focused leaders in business the new government could work with.

Government-business animosity deepened severely during 2000.

“There was something close to a strike by capital,” Cullen recalled later.

Eventually the government had to hold a “summit” to try to reach a working relationship with business.

Gradually the two sides’ confidence in each other improved. But neither became great fans of the other during the nine years of Clark’s government. Only the Key government achieved that for most of its three terms. But even so, business was beginning to grouse about the Key government’s lack of strategy and inability to tackle big issues in its last couple of years.

And there are two basic rules of New Zealand politics, business confidence will be lower under Labour than under National and economic growth will be higher under Labour than under National.

David Cunliffe in this speech detailed the reasons why.

If you take a 30-year history of data and compare economic growth under Labour Governments with economic growth under National Governments, guess which comes out higher? Labour, by over 0.5 percent per annum, has a higher economic growth rate record than occurred under National Governments. As if that were not rich enough, there is another lovely statistic that goes with it that despite that, sometimes business confidence is higher under National. That is because it is purely tribal and because certain wealthy members of the community are able to rip off the system under National and feather their own nests. New Zealanders have had enough of it.

Yes I do appreciate that growth is and should not be the be all and the end all of measurements but most businesses would believe that it is highly relevant.

Still the same old rhetoric, and misrepresentation, continues from National.

From Tracy Watkins in Stuff:

[National leader Simon] Bridges said the Government’s lack of consultation on the oil and gas decision, and its work place reforms – potentially the biggest shake up in industrial relations in decades – were all taking their toll on business confidence.

An Auckland Chamber of Commerce Survey shows business confidence in “freefall”, with nearly half believing the economy will deteriorate over the rest of this year. Only 15 per cent expected an improvement, compared to 12 months ago when a third of businesses thought the economy was going to get better, and 8 per cent believed it would get worse.

Bridges said no one should under estimate the “corrosive” effect of falling business confidence on the economy and the Government.

“It is bloody serous. If they don’t turn it around it’s kind of like nothing else matters,” Bridges said.

“If it stays where it is in a year’s time people will really notice it…it will affect their pay round, their jobs, and the costs they’re facing at the supermarket.”

The Chamber of Commerce’s figures are based on electronic returns from small businesses. Think Horizon polling but less accurate.

A more statistically relevant analysis conducted by ANZ suggests that although confidence plunged immediately after the election it has improved and stabilised at a consistent, albeit negative, level.

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I am sure that business will continue to be threatened by any action designed to improve the plight of workers.  And that the population as a whole will support it.  Maybe it is time for business to realise that what is good for all of us is actually better for them.

61 comments on “Kiwis trust in Government surges”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    Yes I do appreciate that growth is and should not be the be all and the end all of measurements but most businesses would believe that it is highly relevant.

    Of course they do. Without growth and inflation they wouldn’t be able to pay the interest that the parasitical banks charge and the banks wouldn’t be able to pay their bludging shareholders any of those record profits that they’ve been getting.

    Bridges said no one should under estimate the “corrosive” effect of falling business confidence on the economy and the Government.

    We actually need to start ignoring business and simply do, as a nation, what needs to be done. It is not up to the government to ensure that business makes a profit but it is up to government to ensure that everyone living in NZ is not in poverty and that the economy works.

    Business actually increases poverty and breaks the economy. That is the lesson that we need to take from 5000 years of recorded history and other studies.

    • … ‘ We actually need to start ignoring business and simply do, as a nation, what needs to be done. It is not up to the government to ensure that business makes a profit but it is up to government to ensure that everyone living in NZ is not in poverty and that the economy works ‘ …

      ^^^

      THIS .

      … ‘ Without growth and inflation they wouldn’t be able to pay the interest that the parasitical banks charge and the banks wouldn’t be able to pay their bludging shareholders any of those record profits that they’ve been getting ‘ …

      ^^^

      AND THIS.

  2. Kat 2

    “……….sometimes business confidence is higher under National. That is because it is purely tribal and because certain wealthy members of the community are able to rip off the system under National and feather their own nests. New Zealanders have had enough of it”.

    That is it in a nutshell.

    The question now is how long before we see that 44% voter support for the National opposition start to erode.

  3. Observer Tokoroa 3

    New Zealanders, have now realised that Wealthy Employers, Farmers, Orchardists, and Small Businesses have brought nothing but humiliating decline to the living conditions and income of Millions of New Zealanders.

    It was evident that the Capitalist Cult set out to do this to the bulk of new Zealanders, when John Key on becoming PM shot GST up to 15%.

    He got his little left hand man Billy English to sell off Assetts that belonged to New Zealanders for many decades, and virtually gave them to the wealthy graspers and friends here and abroad. A violation of trust made by Key and English look like two traitors.

    So the banks, had been flogged off to Australians. Not Kiwi Bank, which the people fought for and Taranaki. New Zealanders can’t count money.

    Parking Stations sold to Wilsons – Asia. Because NZ People can’t park cars. But Key and English can make lots of money for their friends when they sell things off. They Both openly stated they loathe NZ Workers particularly the young.

    Housing got tight. Billy English with the help of a strange Minister who refused to admit there was any crisis of housing in New Zealand ( MS Bennett) sold off countless Housing NZ Homes. Who did they sell to ? Well, not to the Poor.

    The Capitalist Cult members as, always sell to their hand rubbing friends.

    The Capitalist Cult members can look forward to going down as the most destructive parliament in the History of NZ Parliament. Greed and incompetence combined to tip honest decent millions of Kiwis into hardship.

    It should be possible to bring these Cult Capitalists before The High Court. Where Key, English and Bennett can explain their hatred for Aotearoa.

  4. One Anonymous Bloke 5

    “Business confidence” is an odd metric. What exactly does it measure? Certainly not the business owner’s confidence in their own endeavour.

    As business owners, are we supposed to have special insight into the vagaries of the economy? All I know for sure is that this month’s figures are slightly up on last year, and so were last month’s. Does that make me confident? Erm, no.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      As business owners, are we supposed to have special insight into the vagaries of the economy?

      That’s certainly how it’s portrayed in the MSM and by the business associations. Business owners are infallible heroes don’t ya know?

  5. David Mac 6

    Geez I’d be up a creek without capitalists and businessmen. I’m happy to entertain alternatives but right now that’s where I get my housing, food, clothing, transport, energy, internet….almost every material thing I need currently comes from a businessman. I’m not comfortable accepting all he has to offer and then gobbing phlegm in his face. Maybe it will fizzle out in 5000 years, I’m cold and hungry tonight.

    • Whys that ? – that business guy not paying a decent wage ?

      I wonder who enabled that?

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      I’m happy to entertain alternatives but right now that’s where I get my housing, food, clothing, transport, energy, internet….almost every material thing I need currently comes from a businessman.

      That’s the way it’s portrayed.

      Of course, it’s a lie. Everything comes from the resources of the nation: Materials, schooling, roads and other infrastructure and even research.

      Business then utilises that to make a profit for themselves while denying that they needed all of that to even function.

  6. Ad 7

    +100 Mickey

  7. patricia bremner 8

    65%!! trust the Government means 35% either don’t trust the current Government, or don’t care.

    It will be interesting to see if there is a correlation between trust and support. That would indicate a 10% shift.

    Further, I found the 8.6% shift in the by- election interesting, especially in a blue seat.

    Perhaps finally, people are trusting business a little less, as they are so critical and often careless of their workers.

    More inspectors are uncovering abuses. Finally information is out there.!! It isn’t a long bow.

  8. … ‘ An Auckland Chamber of Commerce Survey shows business confidence in “freefall”, with nearly half believing the economy will deteriorate over the rest of this year ‘….

    ———————————

    Notice how the operative word here is ‘ believe’.

    And notice how , among other things , as soon as ‘any action designed to improve the plight of workers ‘ is put on the table,… business confidence goes into ‘ free fall ‘ with half believing the economy will deteriorate …

    What a load of old tosh.

    I know , you know it , and they know it.

    Its akin to the same tired old mantra they have trotted out for the last 3 decades that an increase in the minimum wage to an actual LIVING WAGE would cause large scale unemployment. More complete and utter tosh derived from the Business Roundtable now calling themselves the NZ Initiative.

    Yes , there are other mitigating factors and yes , – perhaps it could be argued by some I am taking a simplistic view,.. but come on ! Most of those ‘ mitigating factors ‘ are mainly from overseas conditions over which we have no control, – but that is still a far cry from shrinking back and using any spurious excuse to get out of paying a person a decent wage here in prosperous NZ.

    There are no excuses for slave wages and being a corporate bludger in this country.

    Roger Kerr was one such corporate bludger. That’s right , – a filthy bludging bastard of the first order.

    Mickey Savage coined it right when he said this :

    ———————————

    … ‘ I am sure that business will continue to be threatened by any action designed to improve the plight of workers ‘ …

    ———————————

    And so did David Cunliffe when he stated :

    ———————————

    … ‘ If you take a 30-year history of data and compare economic growth under Labour Governments with economic growth under National Governments, guess which comes out higher? Labour, by over 0.5 percent per annum, has a higher economic growth rate record than occurred under National Governments ‘…

    ——————————–

    Good on you , David.

    There ARE no excuses.

  9. Ken 10

    I certainly trust this government a lot more than I trusted the last one.

  10. David Mac 11

    Business is not a dirty word. We just need to be better at working towards getting us all into comfortable homes instead of a few of us rolling in the honey of ridiculous excess.

    I’m hoping that small businesses of the future will provide many easily accessed opportunities for us to steer into our own destinies. With a 3D printer and a range of materials ‘Every door lock knob for every car ever made’ is no longer a matter of shelves and shelves of inventory, it will be all about owning the software to print every lock knob ever made. A business in a bedroom.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      With a 3D printer and a range of materials ‘Every door lock knob for every car ever made’ is no longer a matter of shelves and shelves of inventory, it will be all about owning the software to print every lock knob ever made. A business in a bedroom.

      True but it’s still inefficient for everyone to own a 3D printer. Much better to have community ones like the community library. In fact, there’s a few public libraries around the world that are making 3D printers available to the general public.

      And the software for the 3D design is free.

      There’s also still the need for resources to make stuff out of to be available. That’s going to require better recycling of used products, mining and even growing many and then the processing of those raw materials so that they can be used.

      And it all requires R&D – which small businesses can’t do as they simply don’t have the resources to do so. The government does though.

  11. Observer Tokoroa 12

    About the Cult ….

    David why don’t you join the Capitalist Cult. Not that they will accept you. You will be expected to drag down every decent man woman and child that you possibly can. The Cult is at war with decent people.

    Ask The Leader. He is the guy with the nice overcoat. And multiple houses. And heating. and cash flow – rivers of it. He thinks he is very important. The Cult women are very important. As a result they are Ruthless. They live in Clusters as you would expect in the same parts of Cities.

    • David Mac 12.1

      You see a Batman villain, I see a guy being hounded by his Mrs to lay enough cash on the turn of the century kitchen table each week to send the kids to the same school as Daphne’s.

      You’re right, your true blue fella doesn’t immediately warm to me. I drink from the bottle and have a text alert that is Siri chirping ‘We’ve shot the bankers Sir’. But I love a small business. One in the bedroom is ideal, gotta love a 1.5 second commute. Office attire: trash casual. Procrastination is the demon. Chatting in here when I should be grinding and my monkey dancing….later.

      • WILD KATIPO 12.1.1

        Some poor bastards don’t have the priveldge of a 1.5 second commute to work. And if they procrastinate , they lose their income , their houses, and their family’s.

        https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/construction-worker-digging-trench-using-shovel-site-pipeline-wall-real-people-working-103863266.jpg

        • David Mac 12.1.1.1

          I’ve never felt that I don’t have a degree of control over the outcomes in my life. I reap as I sow, isn’t that true for most of us? We get what we deserve.

          If I thought that someone else was controlling the outcomes in my life, I’d be reluctant to give anything a go.

          • WILD KATIPO 12.1.1.1.1

            And yet through circumstance , there are many who feel that they have to provide for theirs and theirs only. And sometimes, because of those circumstances they feel trapped.

            Trapped into carrying on, feeling ripped off , their bodies wearing out at an earlier age than the professional classes who merely work up a sweat for an hour a day at the gym ,…

            As an example?

            The family whose parents BOTH worked full time, housed their family in a van and had a daughter studying – or trying to , – for an imminent exam in the next few days.

            Don’t you think working people deserve a break from the neo liberal narrative of successful people deserve their wealth whereas poor people choose poverty because of laziness or lack of intelligence…?

            We could start by paying them a realistic LIVING WAGE.

            Now lets just sit back and watch all the neo lib aligned business community squawk long and loud.

            True colours, don’t you agree?…

          • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1.2

            I reap as I sow, isn’t that true for most of us? We get what we deserve.

            No. Most of us are held back through the machinations of the rich as they control the wealth of the nation to prevent the rise of competition.
            Most of us realise that what we actually want to do requires far more resources than a small business will ever have available.

  12. … ‘ Business is not a dirty word ‘…

    No , … its not , – but it HAS become tarnished by the pirates among that group. And if you want to ‘ be better at working towards getting us all into comfortable homes instead of a few of us rolling in the honey of ridiculous excess ‘ … then that means regulations to curb the excessive behaviors of those opportunists who put light gravity on the plight of others.

    And to do that means BIG GOVERNMENT.

    * Paid for by TAXES , with the benefits thereof perculating through to the large majority in such tangible mediums as a world class health and education system – and housing , – which we once enjoyed pre 1984.

    That’s why we have laws. To protect people. And that doesn’t just include from physical harm, either. Yet over the last 3 decades there has been an ideology that has enabled financial harm of others and as a result , actual physical harm in an oblique fashion. Young children and adults dying from wholly preventable third world respiratory diseases , for example in cold damp moldy state houses.

    And perhaps there will one day be a utopia when 3d printing comes of age. Hopefully it will alleviate the housing issues. Until then , someones still got to slit that carcass in the freezing works, someones still got to collect the garbage, and someones still got to clean up after the chronically ill person vomits all over the floor in the hospital.

    There are some very , very human activity’s that technology NEVER will be able to replace.

    And they need to be paid a decent bloody wage.

    • David Mac 13.1

      A decent wage is not just a reason for rejoicing, it’s a reason to put the rent up.

      Of course I hear you, we all know the comfort and security of a few Rutherfords in our pocket.

      I wonder if the best pay rise we could get is $200,000 homes and $15k electric cars with balcony mount wind turbines to top them up.

      Such a measure would make Justin Trudeau feel impotent.

  13. David Mac 14

    When a social democracy is working as I’d like it to my Kiwibuild builder wouldn’t be talking to ITM about a good deal on 4 pallets of plasterboard. Winston Peters would be talking to the Chinese factory about a half million sheet purchase. The lion share of savings kicked along to the end user, the family moving in.

    On those scales, $200k comfy homes can be real. Individual flat-pack kitchens get cheap when you’re buying 10,000 of them.

  14. Fine.

    As long as those ‘ $15k electric cars with balcony mount wind turbines to top them up’ are govt subsidized and paid for by a graduated taxation system that enable the poor to partake of those advantages, – and not just become a plaything of the wealthy.

    Talk to a few family’s in South Auckland .

    They may be interested if you present the full package.

    $200,000.00 homes?

    Where is this great technology that threatens to displace the oligarchs currently riding shotgun in this country ?

    The year 2075?

    People will have died of painful respiratory diseases common to the third world in large numbers if they cant even afford the electricity prices by then.

    Give them a LIVING WAGE.

    Technological benefits and realistic wages go hand in hand.

    You cannot have one without the other.

    • David Mac 15.1

      You seem very skilled at identifying reasons to be leading a horrible life. Maybe it’s selfish of me but I seek what warms me. Do you want to feel content and satisfied Wild K?

      I’ve found things go better for me when I’ve got a grin on my mug, a spring in my step and a story about a bright new tomorrow. I do that. Works for me.

      • WILD KATIPO 15.1.1

        Nah ,… I lack your propensity for indulging in a Pollyanna type of mentality,.

        Cursed with a sense of social justice , I gave up being an air-headed optimist when I was around 6. Maybe that’s because I moved out to the country at that age with my family and saw just how brutal life can be.

        However, it was balanced by a secure childhood and growing up in a country pre Roger Douglas , 1984 neo liberalism.

        I was a hard headed laborer for most of my teens and early twenty’s. I worked out in the bush doing construction. In a work gang in the ARA. On the dams. I was proud of what I did. I earned around $18-20.00 an hour in 1984.

        And then there was foul air money , height money , tunnel money , gumboot money and on and on. Don’t believe me?… go out to the Waitakere dam and see the things we made… or the Huia dam , or the Upper Huia dam on open days… we were there. Our fingerprints are all over those places. As are the things we constructed.

        And that work was heavy and it was fucking dangerous. Got any idea of who maintained those pipelines in those tunnels ?… or who cleared the slips to keep the maintenance locomotive operative?

        It was yours truly and the gang of guys I served with.

        You wouldn’t even notice half the things we did such as re- vegetation because of the shoddy way its maintained today under private contacts, would you now…

        We also got paid extra for working on Sundays and public holidays and / or overtime. As we should have been. We aren’t / weren’t bloody slaves to no bastard.

        After that ? when I left in 1986 ? … I spent years on $10.00 per hour , then $12.00, … and just two – three years ago under the National govt ?

        A grand total of $13.50 an hour.

        Post 2008 I was working long hours in security and odd jobs ( qualified to be a security supervisor , now btw …) And that was because of the 2007 GFC. I lost a property in Karapiro worth over half a million. In 2007/ 2008. I had to close my painting business down and even parcel out my bloody dogs FFS.

        And just 2-3 years ago at the age of 51 working in security on night shift while YOU slept for a fucking miserable $ 13.50 an hour. Flat rate.

        You honestly think I’m impressed with your bullshit bright eyed bushy tailed I’m alright bloody Jack attitude?

        Fuck the hell off mate.

        And if any smarmy cunt tries to tell me Roger Douglas and his bullshit treasonous rip off crap was good for this country I’ve got news for them. And its all bad.

        The workers of this country should be DEMANDING a LIVING WAGE.

        • Richard McGrath 15.1.1.1

          “The workers of this country should be demanding a living wage.”

          I suggest a general strike, demanding $50 an hour as the minimum wage. Go for it!

          • John up North 15.1.1.1.1

            Typical nonsense reply from you Richard……… spray and walk away.

            Wild Katipo’s on the money here, workers need a living wage. Anything less is a continuation of profiteering by employers while socialising cost by foisting it upon the public in the form of wage subsidies (WFF and Accommodation Supplements etc).

            When we hear/see the amount of angst employers and their associations start to blow out of proportion when employees seek wage rises or the actions employers take such as refusing to negotiate, well seems time to shift gear from asking for a fair go to DEMANDING!

            Kia kaha Wild one

            • Richard McGrath 15.1.1.1.1.1

              John I actually agree with a point you make there. Profits AND expenses should be privatised, not split. But not every business runs at massive profit, and the ones with small margins will not stand even relatively small wage increases without having to look at layoffs, casual contracts and the like. So by all means, DEMAND a wage increase – name your price. But don’t act shocked if business owners decide to retrench as a result.

              I haven’t walked away.

              • R.P Mcmurphy

                cant be much of a business if they cant pay decent wages. sounds like those people are in business for the psychological satisfaction of beating up on their employees

                • Richard McGrath

                  I don’t think anyone is in business for that reason, it’s deranged and paranoid to even think that. What I’m saying is that margins are often small and increases in expenses can wipe profits.

        • One Two 15.1.1.2

          Statement!

  15. NZJester 16

    Businesses have confidence in National governments as they know they will help them screw over the little guy. They don’t have confidence in Labour as they know they will put a stop to the outright blatant exploitation National lets them get away with.
    It is that stopping of the outright exploitation that gives a lot of people trust in the government again.

  16. David Mac 17

    We need thousands of small business start-ups and they need our support. Down the tubes with Subway. 2 baskets of fabulous sandwiches into a few office buildings each working day = a Mum’s $2k a week income and she’s there for her kids.

    Feeling like we have a bearing on where our life is heading is empowering. A wholesome confidence boost.

    • AB 17.1

      If you think a mum with kids can make $100k a year gross out of sandwiches you have no idea how brutally hard most small business is. That’s why the preferred kiwi way of getting ahead is speculation on asset bubbles.

      • David Mac 17.1.1

        100k net, this gal has fancy taste.

        Wanna bet?

        • WILD KATIPO 17.1.1.1

          Yeah who is she… a member of the Tribal Huks or has access to automated assembly lines in her garage ?

          Fuck off.

          • Tamati Tautuhi 17.1.1.1.1

            WP is David Mac classified as a troll ?

            • David Mac 17.1.1.1.1.1

              Do you know what a troll is? I believe what I say, I’m not lying. I think that the entity that has the most control over the outcomes in my life is me. Give it a go, judge me all by yourself.

  17. AB 18

    Time for a Confidence In Business survey, not just a Business Confidence survey.
    Ask the general public one simple question:
    “Are you confident that the business community has the interests of all NZers at heart?”

    The results from the Confidence in Business survey will determine what weight should be given to the results of Business Confidence surveys.

  18. Robert Guyton 19

    “…overall trust in the Government has surged. Why is this?”
    Because National are not Government.

  19. Tamati Tautuhi 20

    Nah now Winston is looking after the country, they know the country is in safe hands until Jacaranda comes back.

    I just hope she doesn’t suffer from post natal depression, like Helen Clarke did for 9 years ????

  20. Richard McGrath 21

    I can’t see any under-18-year-olds with alcohol in the photo.

    • John up North 21.1

      Dribble your spite elsewhere you hack.

      Love how the RWKJ all use the same playbook…………….. spray and walk away

      • Richard McGrath 21.1.1

        I haven’t walked away, John. The mystery of how underage drinkers at a camp associated with the Labour Party were photographed with alcohol seems to have been swept under the carpet.

        I’m still here.

        • R.P Mcmurphy 21.1.1.1

          wipe your chin mcgrath you are dribbling and it doesn’t look good.

          • Richard McGrath 21.1.1.1.1

            So you don’t deny the impropriety of alcohol in the hands of minors at a Labour-run camp?

  21. Whispering Kate 22

    If you are wondering why there is a distrust of Business in NZ here is one good example why

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12069824

    • Draco T Bastard 22.1

      That’s actually a really good example of someone being held to account in the wrong fashion. He obviously has permanent residency but not NZ citizenship. China doesn’t allow dual citizenship and so if he was headed back to China it means that he’s still got his Chinese citizenship.

      What should happen in this case is all his NZ assets be seized, his residency cancelled, his DNA collected and banned from ever entering NZ again and he gets sent back to China with a conviction against him.

  22. Philj 23

    The Trust survey was very limited in its size. Public Trust in the Media was again way down the bottom, which odly enough has not received any comment in the MSM, LOL. Why don’t the public trust the media? The public distrust of the MSM is a major factor in the socital malaise that we find ourselves in. the Minister of broadcasting has a monumental task Ahead, whoever it is.

  23. R.P Mcmurphy 24

    I dont believe these surveys. the nationals party is rotten with deceit and this looks to be one of their dirty tricks cooked up by hooton at excletium corpse.
    The trust in the government is a no brainer.
    The people of new zealand were not going to stand idly by and let the nationals run the country’s infrastructure and institutions down to provide patronage to their pals and ideological nutbar friends.
    the nationals are dishonest and sneaky and concerned solely with their own pelf.
    look that one up in the dictionary!

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    13 hours ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    17 hours ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    1 day ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    4 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    7 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. ...
    7 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?" ...
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week 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. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    7 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    14 hours 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 ...
    5 days 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    3 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 ...
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