Labour, identity, class and winning

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Originally posted at Boots Theory.

Andrew Little’s speech to conference has had great feedback, topping off a pretty good weekend for the party. I was there when he delivered it, and the response in the hall was thunderous.

A few people who covered the conference have put their own framing onto it. Bryce Edwards declared “Andrew Little is killing Labour’s identity politics”. Martyn Bradbury pronounced “identity politics put on the naughty step for some time out”.

Perhaps we were at different conferences. Believe me, plenty of “identity politics” was discussed, openly, happily and constructively. The reason there’s no headlines about it is the people having those discussions did it away from the spotlight – for obvious reasons.

It’s the same old misunderstanding about identity politics and class politics: that identity isn’t a real thing, but class is an objective, clear determinant of someone’s place in society.

But it’s rubbish. One of the biggest challenges leftwing parties face these days is that pretty much everyone thinks they’re middle-class. People who are poor don’t want to be told they’re powerless victims, and people who are comparatively well-off just want to think of themselves as “ordinary people”.

To shamelessly steal an idea from Pablo Iglesias:

One can have the best analysis, understand the keys to political developments since the sixteenth century, know that historical materialism is the key to understanding social processes. And what are you going to do — scream that to people? “You are workers and you don’t even know it!”

Class can be a core part of who people are, or not important to their lives, just like any other facet of identity. More so, since the right have spent decades eroding class identities with their bootstraps analogies and framing – happily adopted by the left – of “middle” and “ordinary” New Zealanders.

We can’t reject a class analysis. We wouldn’t be the Labour Party without one. But in 2015 it isn’t the be-all and end-all of political thought.

I took two points from what Maryan Street said at conference. We can do more than one thing at a time, and:

Being a “both/and party” instead of an “either/or party” isn’t just about multitasking. It can mean recognising that our issues aren’t distinct.

I’ll go one step further. Not only are class, inequality, wealth and work un-distinct from gender, race, ability and all those pesky “identities” – they are the same thing.

How will Labour eradicate poverty in our country without addressing the fact that women are systemically paid less than men and are over-represented in many of the poorest paid industries? When women are still the primary caregivers of children, expected to put careers on hold for parenting?

How will Labour make sure Kiwis get the care they need when they need it and give our doctors and nurses and health workers the funding they need to do their jobs without looking at the infantilising red tape around abortion, or the utter lack of meaningful support for trans health care?

How do we modernise our education system so our kids are better prepared for jobs that haven’t even been invented yet without mentioning children with special needs or the entrenched disparities for Māori and Pasifika kids?

You won’t get very far changing the fundamental inequalities created by modern capitalism if you don’t understand that those inequalities, and the “identities” you want to kick out of the debate, are the same problem.

Why are women treated as a separate class? So we stay at home and have babies create new economic units, and if we wander accidentally into the workforce, we’re paid less to put downward pressure on all workers’ pay and conditions.

Why are gay or lesbian or trans or genderqueer people treated as separate classes and singled out for abuse? Because they mess up the whole heterosexual family structure which has babies creates new economic units.

Colonialism, and the impact it has on indigenous people of colour, is part and parcel of the capitalist need to constantly grow and consume land and resources.

I oversimplify greatly. But if you believe we can take serious action on poverty, on jobs, on the future of work, or on people’ aspirations for a better life without discussing “identity” politics, you don’t understand capitalism. And you certainly don’t get how to fight it.

Andrew said in his speech:

New Zealanders are sick and tired of a politics that’s defined by cynicism and devoid of ambition.

I’m sick and tired of the cynicism which says “women and minorities, go away, no one wants to hear you whining.” I’m sick and tired of the lack of ambition from so many leftwingers who say we can’t do more than one thing at a time, and we can’t care about anyone who isn’t like us.

Take what you like from Andrew’s speech. What I took from it is this.

The experiences I’ve had in my working life have taught me the type of leadership you need if you want to fight and win for progressive causes.

I learnt that it isn’t about making everyone happy or trying to avoid confrontation and disagreement.

Instead it’s about taking a stand because it’s the right thing to do.

54 comments on “Labour, identity, class and winning ”

  1. Tracey 1

    Thanks for your thoughtful response Stephanie.

    IT is possible to walk and chew gum at the same time. The identity politics meme is a red herring in my opinion. It is used by some to beat their particular world view and “fix” for what ails it over the heads of others. It is NOT, imo, a solution based narratve as it is often presented precisely because it divides, it devalues and it pretends a state of being in this world which is not real for a great many people.

    • vaughan little 1.1

      it’s possible theoretically. that’s about it.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Correct – like so many areas at the moment, what is theoretically optimally possible vs what is most likely to occur due to inertia/incompetence are two completely different things.

  2. Bill 2

    Jist… 🙂

  3. weka 3

    Seriously good post Stephanie. Great to hear your voice from the conference too, thanks.

  4. DS 4

    Straw man, of course.

    A class analysis sees things in terms of the rulers and the ruled. Not only doesn’t it matter what colour or gender the ruling class are (a society of lesbian millionaires is not an improvement over a society of straight male millionaires), co-opting women and minorities into the power hierarchy doesn’t change the fact that, well, you’re dealing with an unfair power hierarchy. It’s just a different hand on the whip.

    The other problem with identity politics is that it is a political dead-end. I can go out there and (try to) convert people to socialism or buddhism or My Little Pony fandom. I can’t go out there and convert people to a particular skin colour, gender, or sexuality. There’s no possibility of coalition building and debate – which is part and parcel of getting anything done in politics. Rather, identity politics cares less about what is being said, and more about the skin colour or gender of the person saying it. Small wonder the thing is politically toxic.

    • Ana 4.1

      Hi DS,

      I’m intrigued by your assessment that it”doesn’t it matter what colour or gender the ruling class are (a society of lesbian millionaires is not an improvement over a society of straight male millionaires)”.

      Is it your experience that men and women have exactly the same world view – exactly the same political priorities ? Is it your experience that gay and straight people have exactly the same world view – exactly the same political priorities ?

      Perhaps you’re suggesting that different people, when they get money or power become “the same” – and share an identical world view with identical political priorities?

      • Henry Filth 4.1.1

        As I see it, “class” divides society horizontally, in the traditional pyramid, whilst “identity” divides it vertically.

        Historically, Labour was a “class” party, set up to represent the interests of the working class.

        My question is this:

        How can a “class” party change to incorporate “identity”, when “identity” is not a function of class?

        Is it a possible change? or does something have to give. . .

        • Bill 4.1.1.1

          A nano second of reflection and I’m concluding that no, there are not the same numbers of women and non-whites as there are white men in the upper echelons of your pyramid. Therefore your siloed definition of “identity” doesn’t, as you claim, divide the pyramid vertically.

          Or have I missed something?

          • Henry Filth 4.1.1.1.1

            Ta. I wasn’t thinking of the “silo” as a divisive thing, more a way of depicting it. I have a tendency to try to “see” stuff.

            I’m trying to figure out what happens when an organization based on “class” comes to try and incorporate those “silos”.

            Does it end up as a grid of cells, each interacting with only some of the others. Or do the vertical and horizontal groupings take precedence?

            Still confused, but still thinking.

        • Ana 4.1.1.2

          Hi Henry,

          I’m not sure what you mean about identity dividing society vertically – and I’m not sure what you mean when you ask can a “class” party change to incorporate “identity”, when “identity” is not a function of class?

          Being working class is indeed an identity – and has shaped the world view and political priorities of millions of people. It has shaped the very nature of modern politics in most countries.

          The more contemporary discussion of identity in politics – gender, religion, sexual orientation and so on, emerged from an analysis of groups within classes – the analysis made clear that while men and women could together be considered working class or upper class and so on – their experience of that class, and the broader society would be different depending on their gender, religion, sexual orientation and so on.

          Identity politics merely revealed the messy nature of modern society and the subjective and often times whimsical categories used to describe and divide people.

    • Bill 4.2

      The ruling class be a ruling class, that’s true – including if the ruling class is claiming to be the voice or legitimate representation of the workers – y’know, like those nice Bolsheviks, that I’d say most ‘die in the wool’ politically active bastards on the left, at least through the back end of the 20th Century, were so keen to defend and excuse and emulate.

      Now does that mean that people should abandon any fight against the oppression of workers? I mean, history provides us a clear cut and fucking ugly example of what happens when workers lay claim to the apparatus of the state.

      Or does it mean that the world is awash with charlatans and we should be aware of them as we mount a multi-faceted push against the oppression of women (be they workers or not); the push against the oppression of workers (be they women or not)…in short, the push against all oppression wherever and however it expresses itself?

      Or should some oppression be designated as ‘not really oppression’ in order that the ‘truly oppressed’ can assume a position of dominance from where they can impose (yet again) ‘not really oppression’ in a thousand different ways on those who are and were never really oppressed?

      Your perspective is toxic.

      • DS 4.2.1

        The job of the left is to abolish social divisions – to unite people. Identity politics, by definition, divides people, and creates a fresh hierarchy of “whose word we value most simply because of the person’s genotype”.

        But yeah, clearly Margaret Thatcher brought a “unique woman’s perspective” to governing. Oh wait. OK, how about Ruth Richardson. Oh wait. Paula Bennett. Oh wait…. Putting women in power as an end in itself simply ignores the fact that women are just as screwed up as men, and just as likely to misuse that power.

        • Bill 4.2.1.1

          The job of the left is to abolish social divisions – to unite people.

          Okay. Let’s go with that even though you ignored everything I said above.

          If I’m (insert ‘identity’ of choice) and getting the bash (literally or figuratively) within a society that condones my suppression through a whole pile of subtle and not so subtle systemic biases; and if the left does nothing to dismantle or abolish the divisions that lead to me being fucked over…then where or what is this unity you reckon the left should be all about?

          • weka 4.2.1.1.1

            not to mention the suppression-based systemic biases (and actions) within left-wing organisations themselves 😉

            • Bill 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Well, I’d have thought that was implicit to my comment tbh.

              • weka

                Implicit for the people that get it but not for the people that don’t. Isn’t one of the issues the difficulty the good guys have in recognising where they are oppressors themselves? (guys is gender neutral in that sentence).

        • Ana 4.2.1.2

          Hi DS,

          A few points – “the job of the left is to abolish social divisions” – not really ……. the job of the left is to identify the social divisions that lead to inequality and work to overcome them, not abolish them completely. Many would say that class cannot be abolished in much the way that gender cannot be abolished – but the way we value class and gender can be changed and overcome.

          “Identity politics, by definition, divides people” ….. people are different, they are divided along different characteristics and groups – identity politics merely recognises these differences as existing – and acknowledges that these differences do lead to different views on politics.

          The notion that identity politics leads to a hierarchy of more and less valuable voices is a bastardisation of identity politics – both conceptually and empirically.

          Finally, citing 3 female conservative politicians doesn’t rebut the notion of womens perspectives on politics and policies – I don’t agree with Thatcher, Richardson or Bennett, but I have no doubt that in each case, politics itself was changed (perhaps for the better, perhaps for the worse) by their presence.

    • tracey 4.3

      Except that some USA research revealled while people have a tendancy to hire people similar to themselves this was more prevalent in the following order

      White men
      black men
      white women

      So no, things arent exactly the same no matter who is in charge.

      There is also research about boards with women on them versus all male boards too. Again results are different depending on the make up.

      If you are referring broadly to a patriarcal system it is damaging whether a man or woman sits at its head but we dont know what it looks like when women hold the same percentage of positions that men currently hold.

    • just saying 4.4

      Hi DS.
      My grandfather was a socialist. A bit of a revolutionary hero in fact. Like many of the (editing from died to dyed) dyed-in-the-wool socialists, he walked out of the Labour Party for selling-out the “working man” very early in the party’s history. But he kept fighting for the worker revolution. The same one you are talking about.

      He kept his wife as a slave. I was going to say virtual, but then I realised that there was no “virtual” about it. She had no means of support for her and her children without him, and there was no escape anyway. She worked from daylight till late in the night every day, following his every order and whim. She died pretty young. Worked to death.

      She didn’t have any choice, apart from the oppression woven into the very structure of society, he was a violent abusive bully to his wife and children. But then, they were his property – to do with as he pleased. And it wasn’t like he was ever going to get arrested or anything.

      I doubt he ever saw any irony or felt any cognitive dissonance between being a fighter against oppression (and an admired one) and an oppressor himself. Because just as the capital class never saw people like him as being fully human, he never saw women as people, or anything like equals.

      I suspect there are a lot of stories like my family’s story.

      You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t trust you and Bryce Edwards with the grand new world you envisage with your “blind to gender, ethnicity etc..” Without giving voice and acknowledgement to oppression of every kind, it will always be: “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.

      • DS 4.4.1

        Commiserations on your dark family history.

        It doesn’t change the fact that having more women as CEOs and Cabinet Ministers would have done your grandmother no good at all (can we agree that Paula Bennett is no good to anyone?). Identity politics is simply the wrong vehicle to fix these things.

        • just saying 4.4.1.1

          Feminism would have benefitted my grandmother. she would have been able to escape and protect and feed her family. Things aren’t perfect now, by any means. We have a long way to go. But things would have been better for her.

          I don’t want or need your “commiserations”.

          Some acknowedgement of the truth would be nice though.

        • weka 4.4.1.2

          It doesn’t change the fact that having more women as CEOs and Cabinet Ministers would have done your grandmother no good at all (can we agree that Paula Bennett is no good to anyone?). Identity politics is simply the wrong vehicle to fix these things

          Sorry but that is such a useless, twisted backwards argument. Helen Clark, Marilyn Waring, Metiria Turei, try arguing that they haven’t done anything for women. Women have consistently advanced the rights of women precisely because the men previously in charge didn’t/wouldn’t. Yes there are other things that need to change (see Stephanie’s post), but some of us ain’t waiting for the revolution to see if the white boys are going to let everyone else partake of the glory.

          Women in the 70s talked about leaving socialist groups and joining feminist ones because the class-based political movements expected them to be on their backs and to make cups of tea. Power wasn’t being shared then and women were told that their issues would have to wait. Four decades on and there are still significant issues in left wing groups today around power sharing (not to mention misogyny), so how long do we have to wait?

  5. heather 5

    The thing I most take from the speech is, that Andrew wants to return to a country of FAIRNESS, something that we do not have now.
    FAIRNESS where everyone has a fair go to participate and suceed to make a better life for themselves and their families.
    Seems such a small thing really, but in this day and age, it is a monster mountain to climb – there is no FAIRNESS.

    • whateva next? 5.1

      Yep, loud and clear, and it pretty much underpins all the changes needed.
      Clear message and clear principle, and will return the country to a decent place to live, where ALL benefit from NZ’s wealth of resources.

  6. Ad 6

    The extra one I would add is climate change:

    I would not propose that climate change and poverty are the same thing, but climate change is and will be a driver of global poverty.

    Not only has the Pope written about this relationship at length, but so have a number of other global institutions. In particular, there’s no chance of getting to the UN goal of global poverty eradication if climate change hits like they say it’s going to.

    So Green “identity politics” gets woven into this as well.

    See in particular the recent World Bank report:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/world-bank-climate-change-poverty_563f712ce4b0b24aee4aa2f8

    • tracey 6.1

      Prince charles kept very quiet his views on CC. I had hoped he would make a couple of speeches mentioning it… in the PMs presence.

      • Mike the Savage One 6.1.1

        I read an article in the Sunday Star Times where it was claimed that Charles and Camilla were primarily here to promote NZ export business and tourism. As I read it, they were “hired” for doing this, kind of got “treated” or even paid.

        As much of those export business interest wants to grow, climate change would not suit their agenda. Flying and shipping produce across the globe and flying hundreds of thousands of tourists in, who also love to travel by campervan and cars, is not that carbon neutral, if we want to be honest.

        So perhaps consider that as a possible reason for why Charles kept his mouth shut on stuff he usually likes to talk about.

  7. Alex 7

    “infantilising” was a very poor word choice when discussing abortion given one of the two people in the equation is not even given the dignity of being treated like an infant.

    • the pigman 7.1

      It’s DNFTT (do not feed the troll) on this one. That word choice was very deliberate, trawling for someone who would “bite”, so that they can be labelled “pro-lifers”, fundies, oppressors, etc. etc.

      Unfortunately, projecting discomfort about society taking anything other than a casual, proprietary attitude (“my body, my choice”?) to abortions is not acceptable in certain left-wing circles.

      Of course, the ridiculous caricatured religious extremists who are anti-contraception and stand outside abortion clinics heckling women have not done anything to enhance the quality of the discussion. sigh.

      • Bill 7.1.1

        I’ll answer here because I agree there’s an idiot looking to derail.

        All I want is to observe that ‘infantilising’ was an apt word in a context where women are essentially reduced to kids asking permission from ‘the grown-ups’ if they can follow through on the choice they’ve made.

        • the pigman 7.1.1.1

          A referral to counselling about a life-altering decision is “infantilising”? 2 more questions then:

          1) Is sex education and contraception education in schools also infantilising?
          2) Is it infantilising for the State to provide effectively free contraception?

          Because those two steps are clearly where the bulk of resources should be allocated, not towards promoting a culture that trivialises the decision to terminate a pregnancy. If a pregnant woman undergoes that counselling (hopefully having had the full benefit of 1) and 2)!), then of course she should be able to access an abortion.

          If you ask me, the alternative (no red tape, free-for-all abortions!) has more in common with libertarianism than anything vaguely left-wing. Good luck finding the medical professionals with the training and willingness to perform them, though.

          • Bill 7.1.1.1.1

            That a woman has to procure a sign-off to the effect that her mental health would be at risk is more what I’m talking about Pigman. It’s bollocks and demeaning.

  8. arkie 8

    @Alex

    When discussing abortion, thinking that a person must give up their self-determination to a bundle of slowly differentiating cells, best not to use the word ‘choice’. Best not to discuss the potential ‘dignity’ of infancy when you would deny the real autonomy of already living post-pubescent human being. Probably best not to discuss word choice when your comment provides a perfect example of that which is mentioned the original post.

    • Alex 8.1

      It all depends on what you believe I suppose. I think the beliefs stated by Andrew Little during his speech sum up my views on this quite well:
      “I believe in dignity. The dignity of the person matters most; and every person must have the opportunity to realise their full potential;
      I believe in equality. A system that shuts people out because of where they live, or who they are, or who they love, or who their parents are is unjust and cannot stand;…”

      • arkie 8.1.1

        Yes i does depend on what one believes. However when belief infringes on a living human being having the opportunity to realise their full potential;
        when belief says a living person is not equal to the contents of their womb;…
        Evidently we can both hear Andrew Little’s words in this speech and believe in them, but I believe that his words are for living human beings, including those with wombs.

        • Alex 8.1.1.1

          Yes, and I believe they should be applied to all human beings; without any of the caveats you’ve included.

  9. RedBaronCV 9

    Should the tagline on this article be – why does NAct continue to do identity politics resulting in a large overhang of white middle class males.

    Nact are the ones with the problem here. Justin Trudeau nailed it in one for Canada

    • Ana 9.1

      Sorry for my ignorance, but what is NAct ?

    • Ana 9.2

      Hi,

      Perhaps we could argue that National and Act don’t believe in identity politics at all – they don’t believe that gender, or ethnicity or class or sexual identity has any impact on the political world view of individuals or groups.

      They claim they apply “merit” to their selection of candidates – and that “merit” is objective and stands above such leftie concerns as gender, ethnicity or sexual identity.

      Isn’t it strange that so many white middle class males meet this definition of “merit” …… almost as though the definition itself was geared towards white middle class males ………….

      • RedBaronCV 9.2.1

        Or do we wnat control of the situation/meme? so they have to argue from their corner on the defensive?

    • lprent 9.3

      As a tag it is way too long. I’d remove from the database.

      • RedBaronCV 9.3.1

        Totally agree Lprent – I’m no concise soundbite journalist writing.
        Just looking at ways of trying to reverse the perception/ spin. At the moment an all white middleged male group is being seen at the “norm” so the discussion tends to be around why the “norm” should be different and the advantages of this. If the boot changes foot to that group being the “non- norm” then the onus goes on them to defend their position.

        Which is why I thought Trudeau was so good- basically he refused to be drawn into justifying his choices (why should he) so Canada’s “norm” has now changed.
        The next white all male cabinet will have some explaining to do.

  10. Olwyn 10

    This was sent to me via facebook, and I found it an interesting contribution to the cultural/economic debate. Her take on it is that certain feminist positions emerged as challenges to state-managed capitalism. When that gave way to neoliberalism, some of those positions were then co-opted toward the furtherance of neoliberal ends. She thinks the left needs to take them back and reconfigure them.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/14/feminism-capitalist-handmaiden-neoliberal?CMP=share_btn_fb

    • Bill 10.1

      That had me chuckling a little.

      Is she taking an ever so subtle swipe at liberal feminism? The second para very roughly outlines perspectives I’ve always associated more with anarcho-feminism than with liberal feminism.

      The middle sections read, to me, more of a critical evaluation of the failure of liberal feminism – not anarcho-feminism that still holds to the perspectives she outlines in the second paragraph.

      That she ends with an appeal to anarchy – ie, reclaiming the mantle of participatory democracy…

      Anyway. Just my interpretation of the piece.

      • Olwyn 10.1.1

        That is more or less how I read it too. But I also like her analysis of how the battle against state capitalism became a battle against the state, allowing neoliberal capitalism to gain the upper hand.

  11. Michael 11

    I completely agree.

    It’s all about intersectionality when we talk about oppression and inequality. Even if we improved the incomes of the poor across the board by 30%, it’s likely that women and people of colour will still be relatively worse off. No conversation about inequality can be complete without talking about *equity*. We cannot *solely* have an analysis based on ‘identity politics’ – but it’s important that we fight for both social and economic justice.

    And let’s not forget that “identity politics” can expand a party and movement’s base. Maximising turnout and support among women, Maori, Pasifika, and young people — along with turnout among the traditional ‘working class’ and poor (beneficiaries etc) — are both important for any progressive victory.

    Labour is the party that stands up for people who don’t have a voice – those who can’t stand up for themselves, and are oppressed in society. Whether it is the poor, the working class, people of colour, LGBTQ people, or women, everyone deserves the right to participate in society to the fullest extent possible, and fulfill their potentials.

    And I will also say that it’s important that Labour doesn’t use too much liberal left jargon that won’t be understood outside of activist circles. Labour should not be afraid of being progressive on issues of gender and racial equity, LGBTQ rights, etc but also should try to appeal to the broadest base of people as possible.

  12. RedLogix 12

    A fine and thoughtful post Stephanie.

    I was going to try and contribute something positive earlier in the day, but I was far too busy then and I’m way too tired now.

    But you do make a persuasive case and I’ve read it several times now.

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  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    3 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    7 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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