Labour Leadership Campaign – Blackball Meeting

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Blackball Socialist Group

Today the candidates are off to the spiritual home of the Labour Party, Blackball on the West Coast.

It was here in 1908 that the local Miners Union struck for better wages and conditions.  This was the first strike since the passing of the Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act in 1890.  It marked a more militant attitude by the Trade Union movement to securing improved wages and conditions for their members.

It was sparked by the firing of Pat Hickey and six others after Hickey refused to finish his pie after his 15 minute crib time was up.  At the end of the strike the employers gave in, reinstated the sacked workers, and improved everyone’s conditions.

This event had a significant impact on the trade union movement and was a massive blow to the arbitration system.  The various local miners’ unions joined with other unions formed the “Red Feds” or the National Federation of Labour.  Direct negotiations with employers caused considerable improvements to workers’ wages and work conditions and started a series of events that led to the Labour Party being formed in 1916.

The past weekend saw three meetings, a second opinion poll and the announcement by four unions that they are supporting David Cunliffe.  The opinion poll had David Cunliffe well ahead of the other two contenders.  He was picked by 39% of voters as being the most likely to defeat John Key in next year’s general election.  Jones was second on 18% and Robertson was third on 15%.

The media still appear to be struggling to understand the nature of the contest.  Audrey Young said in the Herald this morning:

Despite the popular support for Mr Cunliffe, Mr Robertson still has by far the greatest support in caucus, thought to be at least 17 votes out of 34; with 10 for Mr Cunliffe and five for Mr Jones.

Caucus votes are worth more than other votes cast, with 34 MPs making up 40 per cent of the vote; the support of 17 MPs would give Mr Robertson almost 30 per cent of the total allowable vote.

She does not appear to understand that the vote is a preferential vote.  Robertson has, on these figures, 20% of the total vote and with the distribution of preferences the caucus could, again on these figures, be tied up.  Earlier suggestions that Robertson had overwhelming support in caucus appear to be incorrect.

Last night’s meeting in Dunedin has received an interesting write up from the ODT with the author suggesting that Robertson was the local sentimental favourite but Cunliffe performed best at the podium.  It was also suggested that Cunliffe was the winner of the popular vote despite local MP Clare Curran announcing her support for Grant Robertson and that [Cunliffe] had delivered the quote of the day:

Labour has underestimated John Key. I won’t. I have his number and he knows it.

Finally to repeat the service announcement people entitled to attend the meetings include members, former members and new members who sign up at the door.

Media can attend but for the preliminaries and the speeches only.

If you are going you should get to the meeting early as there will be a vetting process and this could take some time. People should bring their membership cards or ortherwise photo ID so that they can be identified. Photos and social media can be taken and used during the open part of the meeting.

And a reminder that current members and those who have been financial members of the Party sometime between January 1 2011 and August 22 2013 but have not yet paid their membership for 2013 can renew their membership and vote, so long as they have done so before 12.00am on Friday 6 September.  New members will not be able to vote.

If you were a member or have joined up again but have not received your papers you can chase this up by emailing reception@labour.org.nz.

Finally for your vote to count you will have to list all candidates in preference. The second preferences of the third ranked candidate will then be distributed amongst the other candidates.  There is an online voting option that works well and I recommend this.

And just in case anyone is not aware of this I am a supporter of David Cunliffe and a member of his LEC.

58 comments on “Labour Leadership Campaign – Blackball Meeting ”

  1. karol 1

    Thanks, micky. Love the photo! And who is that woman amongst the men?

    A very good post, but this bit is confusing:

    It was also suggested that Cunliffe was the winner of the popular vote despite local MP Clare Curran announcing her support for Grant Robertson and that he had delivered the quote of the day:

    Labour has underestimated John Key. I won’t. I have his number and he knows it.

    The link implies the link article is about Clare Curran’s support, but isn’t. The link also doesn’t include the quote that follows. In that part of the post it looks like the quote:

    Labour has underestimated John Key. I won’t. I have his number and he knows it.

    was said by Robertson (which is why I checked the link, because that’s not what I remembered). It is a Cunliffe statement reported in the previously linked ODT article “Cunliffe seizes the day”.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Thanks Karol. Obviously even back in 1908 the Labour Movement believed in equality for women!

      I have changed the link. Technical snafu. I have also clarified who made the statement.

      • karol 1.1.1

        micky, too often there’s been women involved in significant social developments and changes, to be later written out of history. One woman among 6 men is not exactly equality, but it shows a step in that direction. And it shows that women were there in the early days of the labour movement.

        Thanks for the edits.

        • Greywarbler 1.1.1.1

          karol
          The woman in the photo is listed in the Te Ara information sheet.
          http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/21116/blackball-socialist-group
          Although unions had long been associated with major mines and other industries, they were mainly concerned with local working conditions. In the early 1900s a broader discussion of social and political issues began in small socialist groups, such as this one in Blackball, about 1910. Standing (from left): A. Kells, T. Campbell, J. Divis (holding placard), Mrs W. Bromilow, A. Wright. Sitting: W. Bromilow, W. Rogers.

          Mrs W Bromilow it is. And a strong support with both her and her husband behind the movement.

  2. Rich the other 2

    Will any of them take the opportunity to announce support mining on the coast ?

    Given what’s happened to the greens in Tasmania and the backlash against their destructive anti forestry industry policy’s , similar to their anti mining position on the coast , it would be an appropriate time distance them selves from the toxic greens.

    It’s time for labour to stand up and distance themselves from the greens.

    • karol 2.1

      Cunliffe supports environment friendly policies.

      Expect Jones to support mining over environment. We are supported by our environment in many ways – damaging it is toxic. Opposing environment sustaining policies is toxic.

      Nice use of Orwellian doublespeak, Rto.

    • Tracey 2.2

      I would expect Jones to be in his element preaching to the converted about mining.

      At some point someone has to have the courage (I thought the clark govt started) to say tot he coasters you are dooming your children if you continue to see their future as being only in a mine or a forest.

      I have family in Westport, my maternal grandfather and his ancestors were forestry men on the coast.

      I can say that not a single one of my second cousins is still on the coast. ONE was at Holcim and looking to go teaching in westport but after holcim announced redundancies she began looking for work and is now off to otorahonga… her brother is is nelson and her cousin in Christchurch and Australia.

      I recall a big payout to the coast after the logging changes, and perhaps they need more to support non mining dependant growth.

      • Rich the other 2.2.1

        Tracey ,
        That’s shameful ,what’s wrong with working in the forestry or mining.
        We can’t all be doctors or lawyers.
        Being employed is what counts, providing for family’s with well paid jobs must be the priority, the Tasmanians have made that very clear.
        Is it good that your family has been forced to leave the coast??

        The greens are the ones who are dooming people to the scrap heap.

        • Tracey 2.2.1.1

          It’s not shameful. History suggests two thing about mining/forresty as a source of employment for coasters;

          1. it is not constant employment;
          2. people die or get hurt (forestry has an appalling record for safety for workers – see comment below about shareholders)

          The world has changed and the older coasters need to start to understand that if they want their families to stay on the coast, which they do, then they cannot rely on mining or forestry to keep them there. None of my second cousins are lawyers. None are doctors. One is a plumber and gasfitter, one has a chemistry degree and a teaching diploma, and the one in Australia is a fitter and turner, and the christchurch one is an accountant. I have watched westport wax and wane over the last 40 years and they are so much at the mercy of the mines. AT THE MERCY RTO, that means they rely on coal prices and companies who only give a shit about their shareholders for a future.

          However, westport with its population on 5000 doesnt even have a GP in the town. That’s appalling.

          We need to bond medical students who want us to pay their way, then we can send them upon graduation to places like Westport.

          FAR from wanting people to leave Westport I would love them to be able to stay, but coal mines and forestry wont achieve that.

    • millsy 2.3

      The only thing that is ‘toxic’ is the mining waste destroying our natural spaces and making our children sick.

  3. Jono 3

    No wonder Jones bailed on the actual hui at Whakapara Marae, after fronting for the cameras at the powhiri and kapu ti…the Marae has been very visibly Protesting at any attempt to reopen the Puhipuhi plateau at the top of their rohe’s watershed for prospecting and mining for years, and have an ongoing protest on SH1 outside the Marae. They almost came to blocking the highway earlier in the year by occupying a piece of Maori land under the road that was accidentally left out of the road survey years ago and which they still have title to.

    • Rich the other 3.1

      jono,
      Clearly your people prefer the dole to mining ,that’s your choice .
      Someone some where needs to work to pay the taxes so the dole can be paid, the coasters are happy to work.

      • Tracey 3.1.1

        It’s the fact that it is mining or the dole that is the problem rich, you wanting more mining doesn’t actually solve the problem. I would rather we paid money into the coast to encourage/boost alternative employment opportunities. To be innovative and sophisticated about it so the coasters dont have to rely on the whim of coal prices and shareholder demand for dividends for their futures.

        People blinkered by mining are the ones selling out the coasters because they condemn them to perpetual uncertainty of employment, risk of injury/death and periods on the dole when it goes pearshaped as it always does.

        Damien O’Connor went to school in Christchurch, university in Christchurch, didn’t work in mining or forestry. Stop limiting the futures of the coast children by condemning them to reliance on coal and trees.

        “Damien O’Connor was born in Westport and attended primary school there before going on to St Bede’s in Christchurch and Lincoln University.

        Before becoming an MP, he worked in a variety of jobs in farming and tourism. During a five-year stint in Australia, he worked as a machinery operator and in sales. On his return to New Zealand, Damien established Buller Adventure Tours, an adventure tourism company he owned and operated in a partnership.

        Damien is past president of the Buller Promotion Association, a member of the West Coast Tourism Development Group, a member of the West Coast Business Development Board and a founding director of the Buller Community Development Company. He was also West Coast Young Farmer of the Year.”

        • Rich the other 3.1.1.1

          Tracy,
          The core of the matter is this.
          It doesn’t have to be mining or forestry only ,NOBODY is suggesting that.
          All types of business should be encouraged.
          The greens want mining and forestry closed down , that’s bizarre .

          As for damien oconner , it’s time he came out strongly in support for all business on the coast , mining included, tell your man to stand up and be counted.

          Labour has been infiltrated by the greens ,it’s time they grew a spine and distanced themselves from the them.

          Labour leadership actually hid from the greens when having there meeting with Key about the spy bill , scared they might upset them , UNBELEAVIABLE.

          • Tracey 3.1.1.1.1

            You are entitled to your view but I just want to clarify that O’Connor is not my man. I am not currently supporting labour and if I were it would be in spite of O’Connor, not because of him.

      • Jenny Kirk 3.1.2

        To Rich the Other – the Whakapara people are protesting about toxic mining in an extremely dangerous environment for it. Its riddled with mercury throughout the soil and rocks, its extremely wet, has numerous rivers/streams on the surface and innumerable underwater aquifers.
        Any mining of any sort disturbs the mercury and has it leaching into the waterways where it kills
        vegetation and fishlife and makes animals (eg cattle) browsing the vegetation extremely ill.
        THAT is why they are objecting to mining.
        And at the hui at Whakapara, the local people put up feasible alternative economic development ideas for thousands of jobs in the region. But Jones wasn’t interested enough to stay to listen to them ! A very poor showing on his part.

      • Jono 3.1.3

        Dude, WTF? “My people” were shipwrights and chip shop owners from Portsmouth, French Jews from Glasgow and Irishmen. Are you actually presuming I am Maori just because I know some of the doings in my local Maori community?? You do know what they say about assumptions eh?

        Puhipuhi is still a toxic dump from the last lot of mining, which was never cleaned up and I tautoko Jenny’s comments above and note the many of the farmers in the Hikurangi swamp are also not particularly keen on mercury leaching into their water supply.

        I will tell you another thing too, the history of miningt in that area is nothing if not the history of the mine owners’ specials pleadings and continually asking for handouts and subsidies from the governments of the day to keep their uneconomic, poisonous (ask around about miners with mercury poisoning in the area) but supposedly necessary ‘in the National interest’ business from going tits up.

        • Greywarbler 3.1.3.1

          Jono
          Interesting. And going on from the point about special pleading for powerful interests in the mining business, it reminds me of the Hawkes Bay group wanting water and thinking of flooding the Resource Council up there with their own people. They may be justifiably angry at ineffective government, or they may be just focussed on their rights to the water for the uses and crops they aspire to. But, like Canterbury, lobbying govt to make a special case for some reason, you refer to the national interest, is an ongoing practice! To be aware of by the rest of the country.

  4. Hilary 4

    Not sure if David C’s claiming of Richard Seddon as his whanau member is such a good strategy. Richard Seddon was on the right of the Liberal Party and fought hard against votes for women. (Until the suffragists and left wingers in the Party eventually worked out a strategy to circumvent him.)

  5. Hilary 5

    By the way women have always been very active in the Labour Party. They weren’t allowed to stand for parliament until 1919 and it took a few years for the first woman MP, Elizabeth McCombs to be elected. But many women were active on local government boards such as Janet Fraser who was on the Wellington Hospital Board in the 1920s. In the 1970s and 80s there were big philosophical battles between women from the left (eg Helen Clark) and right (Connie Purdue) of the party.

    I have written on the topics
    ‘Janet Fraser – making policy as well as tea’ in Peter Fraser: master politician, edited by Margaret Clark Dunmore, 1998, Chapter 4
    and
    ‘Labour owes us’ – the 1984 women’s forums’ in For the record – Lange and the fourth Labour government, edited by Margaret Clark Dunmore, 2005, p 119-128

    There is also a very good biography of ‘Margaret Thorn (the wife of early Labour MP Jum Thorn) called ‘Stick out keep left’ edited by Elsie Locke and Jacquie Matthews, which covers the early decades of the LP and the significant role of women in it.

    There is a lot more fascinating history of women in the LP awaiting research attention.

    • Tracey 5.1

      Thanks for this Hilary, much appreciated.

    • Greywarbler 5.2

      Hilary
      I have been lucky enough to track Margaret Thorn’s book through helpful people – Morrissey and Murray O, on this blog. It’s very good. I had heard about it years ago, and was overjoyed to finally track it down. So if anyone else is interested we can guide them to a source, not dear either. What an interesting life she had, and what a fine, sterling woman.

    • karol 5.3

      Thanks, Hilary. Very useful information.

  6. JoshL 6

    Tracey, Westport in fact has two permanent GPs and a number of locums. But I agree with your sentiments that the extractive industries have not served the Coast well. At present, property and rent prices are inflated on the back of the last coal price boom, and Westport’s hopes are pinned on Bathurst mining the Denniston escarpment.

    The locals largely don’t see the international coal price, along with the NZ dollar being what will determine whether the mine goes ahead. With the encouragement of Bathurst, Forest and Bird are seen as being to blame.

    But what the Coast needs is meaningful jobs as an alternative to mining. If they were there, Coasters themselves wouldn’t want the mines either – working at Stockton is not a very pleasant job, and the miners earn every cent they earn.

    The Greens suggestion of tourism, and pest control jobs is not a realistic alternative. They are not well paid jobs, and too much tourism does not contribute to a strong community. That’s where Cunliffe’s focus on regional economic development could benefit the Coast.

    Coasters need meaningful employment alternatives to mining. And something like the forest accord dollars from the stopping of the native logging will not do the job either. The resulting trust was ill conceived and doomed to achieving little. I am sure that Cullen knew that at the time, it was just a means to an end.

    • karol 6.1

      The Greens have indicated a number of alternatives to mining. this from Catherine Delahunty a week ago:

      The Petroleum and Minerals Sector Report released by the Government today shows that mining employs just 6,000 people, compared to nearly 200,000 in manufacturing. It also shows that exports of coal and oil are declining and states that “most of the easily mined resources [of coal and gold] in New Zealand are close to exhausted” and “increasingly unprofitable”. The report fails to account for the environmental and economic cost of polluting our climate with more fossil fuels.
      […]
      “If our largest employer, manufacturing, got even half the attention that National lavishes on the jobs-poor mining sector, we would have a lower unemployment rate and more Kiwis in good jobs. National has ignored manufacturing while 40,000 jobs have been lost, concentrating instead on mining, which employs just 6,000 people in total.

      “The report shows that the wealth generated by mining isn’t staying with workers, it’s going to foreign mine owners.

      • Tracey 6.1.1

        that’s not really an alternative though karol, it’s a comparisson. Exactly HOW do the Greens see our manufacturing sector competing to gain a foothold strong enough to increase employment

        • karol 6.1.1.1

          Wasn’t that covered by the joint opposition party enquiry into manufacturing? Looking to tackle the jobs crisis in manufacturing?

          • Tracey 6.1.1.1.1

            sure, but your post didnt actually outline greens alternatives to mining …

            • karol 6.1.1.1.1.1

              True. But that’s about the first article I found from the Greens addressing the issue – and it is a recent one. I’d have to look further to find where they have mentioned alternatives.

            • karol 6.1.1.1.1.2

              The manufacturing alternatives don’t need to be heavily resource intensive.

              Press release today from Julie Anne Genter:

              “The crisis in manufacturing is a crisis for the whole economy. As our manufacturing output falls, we export fewer manufactured goods and import more of them, which widens our current account deficit and adds to our crippling international debt.

              “We need high-tech, high-skill, high-wage manufacturing to help us shrink our burgeoning international debt. It is central to a smarter, greener, and more prosperous future for New Zealand. Under National, manufacturing is withering.

              “Our Manufacturing Inquiry Report lays out a set of practical, proven steps to support manufacturing. Top of the list is policies to lower the exchange rate, having the government buy Kiwi-made whenever possible, and investing in research and development,” said Ms Genter.

        • Jenny Kirk 6.1.1.2

          One of the ways Labour has promoted improving job opportunities in the manufacturing sector, Tracey, is to have local firms being given a preference rating over international firms when it comes to tendering for contracts. eg the Hillside rail workshops in Dunedin need not have closed down if when they’d tendered for the new trains contract, the economic benefits of the work staying in NZ had been given equal weight to whatever the overseas tenderers were offering.

          • Tracey 6.1.1.2.1

            I understand that. In the case of the Hillside workers we are talking maybe 200 jobs. I am NOT downplaying that but wondering how both parties intend actually growing the manufacturing industry to create the kind of job numbers we need.

      • Rich the other 6.1.2

        Karol ,just more green garbage.

        This report is just Confirmation that we need all sectors to succeed , the fact that mining employs 6000 in an environment that is anti mining is promising, just imagine what a pro mining attitude could achieve , who knows , perhaps 20/30,000 workers in highly paid jobs ??

        Manufacturing , mostly minimum wage and totally dependant on petroleum and mining products.

        • Jenny Kirk 6.1.2.1

          To RTO – Those “highly paid” workers are a myth if Reefton and Waihi goldmining towns are anything to go by. According to Stats NZ, the locals in these towns have a median income of about $20,000pa (those aged between 15 and 65 years) and are mostly employed as labourers and suchlike in the mines there. The highly paid workers are the specialists, the engineers, project managers brought in from overseas. And they go back overseas when their job is done.
          And as for the maybe 30,000 workers – what would the mining do to the tourism industry which provides over 134,000 direct jobs (plus all the indirect jobs and benefits) ? The mining would decimate the tourist industry, and at the same time – decimate our environment.

          • Rich the other 6.1.2.1.1

            jenny,
            great stats alright , mostly caused by high unemployment caused by you lot.
            The dole is a large part of those figures.

            If 20/30000 people were employed in the resource industry they would be spread around the country on many different projects.

            The point you choose to miss is that we can have both, a tourist industry and a mining industry.

        • Macro 6.1.2.2

          Have you ANY idea of what utter rubbish you spout? Have you visited Waihi? Where goldmining has been going on for over a century – and despite being a nice little town is in the bottom economically as a community- very little of the money mined in the area finds its way into the town. It’s nearly all exported.
          And the social damage that results – the town split between those who want it (because they lack the vision to see any other form of employment, and those who are fed up with the constant noise and disruption caused by the mining process).
          No we don’t want to see any more Waihi’s thank you very much.

    • Tracey 6.2

      Thanks Josh. My family told me if they wanted to see a doctor they had to make an appointment with a nurse who then made an appointment for them with the doctor who visited on a Saturday. I am glad this is not the case.

      I had hoped the trust would have a similar impact as, say, the Ngai Tahi system created from their treaty settlement.

    • karen 6.3

      ‘tourism does not contribute to a strong community’

      …. tell that to Kaikoura

      • Winston Smith 6.3.1

        I suspect that the amount of dairy farms in and around Kaikoura is slightly more importent…

        • Colonial Viper 6.3.1.1

          Indeed. Unfortunately most dairy farms pay miserable wages too. $35K pa for 50-80 hour weeks? No thanks.

        • Retired Engineer 6.3.1.2

          $2m dairy farm.
          1 low tax paying capital growth focused owner.
          1 PAYE tax paying worker.
          $100k pa BoP outflow of interest to an Aus Bank.

          $500k tourism business
          1 low tax paying capital growth focused owner.
          5 PAYE tax paying worker
          Zero pa BoP outflow.

  7. Sable 7

    Good old Blackball. My family on my father’s side harked from there and were instrumental in founding the NZ Communist Party and had a role in Labour too.

    Personally hate the place, to call it a whistle stop is an understatement.

  8. vto 8

    there is a lot of anti-greens sentiment on the coast but it is an older generation thing and they are getting fewer each and every year. Dealing with those with that sentiment is near impossible as they just steam up and can’t see anything when confronted.

  9. millsy 9

    Rich the other, are you prepared to destory our national parks with mining and pollute the ground and water? Are you prepared to have children go sick from mercury poisoning for a few $$$?

    Personally, I belive that there needs to be some sort of deal about mining. Ending it altogether is unrealistic, but ripping up every single square inch of land, and destroying our national parks (even the Republicans wouldnt open up Yellowstone to mining) is not not something I want to do.

    I suggest letting a certain amount of mining go ahead in return for the protection of other areas. Perhaps letting Bathurst go thru to shut the rednecks up, but no new coal mines for 10 years, apart from in areas that were mined before, have the royalties go into a fund to purchase new conservation land, and also set up a School of Mines.

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    Is it too much to hope for an update from the Blackball meeting?

  11. nadis 12

    “after Hickey refused to finish his pie after his 15 minute crib time was up”

    Can anyone historically minded explain the incident? Not written very well on the encyclopedia. Do they mean he refused to go back to work after 15 minutes and continued eating his pie? Not sure he was sacked for refusing to finish his pie, unless his mum was his supervisor.

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    2 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    6 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

    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. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    1 week ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?

    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.

    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Women in Space.

    Count downThree twoI wonderIf I'll ever see you againI'm 'bout to take offI'm leaving youBut maybeI'll see you around somewhere some placeI just need some spaceA brief reminder that if you’re a Gold Card holder you can subscribe to Nick’s Kōrero for 20% off. You’re also welcome to use this ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13

    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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