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Labour’s List

Written By: - Date published: 12:54 pm, June 15th, 2020 - 38 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, class, election 2020, labour - Tags: , ,

Some great people are going to be new MPs in less than 100 days!

With recent polls suggesting Labour are on track for an outright win in the September election under the amazing leadership of Jacinda Ardern, a lot of new faces are going to join the Labour caucus. Even if National’s strategy of trying to appeal to pakeha voters only actually works, and they retain 50 or so PM’s, Labour are looking at a generational change.

It’s hard to pick the cut off point in the Labour list, as that now depends on how many marginal Tory electorate seats go left, however I’d say any candidate below position 70 must now be confident of heading to Parliament.

It wasn’t that long ago that Andrew Little scraped in to Parliament as the 11th placed list candidate. That small victory has bought us to where we are today; on the verge of the biggest ever win under MMP.

Thanks, Andrew. Your selfless decision to stand aside for Jacinda Ardern may be the cleverest call in the Labour Party’s history.

Here’s the list:

1 Jacinda Ardern

2 Kelvin Davis

3 Grant Robertson

4 Phil Twyford

5 Megan Woods

6 Chris Hipkins

7 Andrew Little

8 Carmel Sepuloni

9 David Parker

10 Nanaia Mahuta

11 Trevor Mallard

12 Stuart Nash

13 Iain Lees-Galloway

14 Jenny Salesa

15 Damien O’Connor

16 Kris Faafoi

17 David Clark

18 Ayesha Verrall

19 Peeni Henare

20 Willie Jackson

21 Aupito William Sio

22 Poto Williams

23 Vanushi Walters

24 Michael Wood

25 Adrian Rurawhe

26 Raymond Huo

27 Kiri Allan

28 Kieran McAnulty

29 Louisa Wall

30 Meka Whaitiri

31 Rino Tirikatene

32 Camilla Belich

33 Priyanca Radhakrishnan

34 Jan Tinetti

35 Deborah Russell

36 Marja Lubeck

37 Angie Warren-Clark

38 Willow-Jean Prime

39 Tamati Coffey

40 Naisi Chen

41 Jo Luxton

42 Jamie Strange

43 Liz Craig

44 Ibrahim Omer

45 Duncan Webb

46 Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki

47 Ginny Andersen

48 Rachel Brooking

49 Paul Eagle

50 Helen White

51 Barbara Edmonds

52 Angela Roberts

53 Shanan Halbert

54 Neru Leavasa

55 Tracey McLellan

56 Lemauga Lydia Sosene

57 Steph Lewis

58 Dan Rosewarne

59 Rachel Boyack

60 Arena Williams

61 Ingrid Leary

62 Soraya Peke-Mason

63 Lotu Fuli

64 Sarah Pallett

65 Gaurav Sharma

66 Emily Henderson

67 Terisa Ngobi

68 Kurt Taogaga

69 Kerrin Leoni

70 Reuben Davidson

71 Zahra Hussaini

72 Janet Holborow

73 Romy Udanga

74 Ala’ Al-Bustanji

75 Glen Bennett

76 Monina Hernandez

77 Claire Mahon

78 Jon Mitchell

79 Nathaniel Blomfield

80 Nerissa Henry

81 Mathew Flight

82 Shirin Brown

83 Liam Wairepo

84 Georgie Dansey

 

 

38 comments on “Labour’s List ”

  1. observer 1

    Are there any electorate-only candidates this time? (in winnable seats, at least).

  2. mickysavage 2

    I wish I had your optimism TRP. If Labour gets 45% they will be doing exceptionally well. Mind you that is 54 seats.

    I think Boyack (59) will win an electorate seat and Williams (60) and Leary (61) are certain to win.

    I would also predict Halbert (53) to win Northcote.

    So under 50 (White) would make it although she should have a chance to win Auckland Central.

    I am very impressed by Vanushi Walters who is a westie. I wonder if she could go close in Upper Harbour with Paula gone. It is an ethnically diverse seat and National has selected a white male from outside of the electorate.

    • McFlock 2.1

      Yeah I'd go for that. Still many a slip between now and the election. Although the nats have time for another two leadership changes, as well lol

    • Glad you noted my optimism, MS. I always try to be a little ray of sunshine around these parts, as regular readers know 😉

      You are quite correct to point to 45% as the KPI. At that level, whatever the outcomes for other parties, Labour will lead the next Government. However, my prediction that list candidates in the high sixties may also make it is based on two distinct possibilities.

      Firstly, that Labour do better than 50%. Only an unexpectedly good campaign by National's temporary leader can stop that happening. On current form, you wouldn't bet on Todd delivering.

      Secondly, that one of Labour's support parties falls short of the 5% and the redistribution of their lost MP's lifts Labour's overall result.

      NZ First seems to be the party most at risk. Labour would likely be allocated 4 or 5 of their current 9 list spots, with the other 4 (or 5) split between National, the Greens, and maybe ACT.

      So, anywhere from 55 to 70 seats is possible for Labour, as I see it, depending on how the chips fall.

      Me? I'd be happy with 61. And that's just to end the 'John Key is NZ's most popular PM' trope.

    • Sanctuary 2.3

      I can see Labour being rewarded with the chance to govern alone – especially as I predict a huge National stay-at-home non vote & a flaking off of 2-3% from the Nats to ACT.

      • lprent 2.3.1

        That really isn't the question then.

        It is why would you try to govern alone bearing in mind that another election is a mere 3 years away. Keep your frenemies close and away from your 'loyal' opposition.

        • Sacha 2.3.1.1

          Unfortunately MMP logic suggests sucking up to Winston First again if they clear the threshold. More suitors. Fingers crossed it's only the Greens who get back or spite will neuter them again.

          • Tricledrown 2.3.1.1.1

            When the enquiry into NZ first's dodgy funding scheme comes out before the election it will mean an end to NZ first.

        • ScottGN 2.3.1.2

          I agree. Even if she does win a majority, and provided the Greens and NZFirst get back in, I would expect the PM to try and keep the coalition going in some form. NZFirst, of course, may prefer some time on the cross bench.

        • woodart 2.3.1.3

          we need 4-6 parties in parliament for proper representation

        • Ed1 2.3.1.4

          I agree. A strength of the current government is their ability to handle the reality of needing support with respect and consideration, even to the extent of foregoing some policies without laying the blame on the minor party responsible, and not laying the blame for criticism of being a little too conservative on them either.We don't yet know the effect on votes of the Provincial Growth Fund but NZ First will take some credit, and it may be enough with a few defecting National voters for them to make the threshold. One of their Ministers is reputed to be doing quite a good job; no harm in bringing them in with no real power but to deliver to the governing parties have broader support. Winston must be near retirement anyway. A Labour/Green coalition will be open to all sorts of distorted criticism from the right and their far-right poodle party; co-existing with the only remaining centre-right party should not stop somewhat more certainty over being able to achieve policy goals for both Labour and the Greens. If the results are close enough that the Green Party has the power to force Jacinda to reverse her position on capital gains tax, so much the better . . . A less desirable result would be to see both the Greens and NZ First out of parliament through not meeting the (too high) threshold, while seeing ACT coat-tail a couple more MPs. What would be the best seat to do a Goldsmith in favour of the Greens?

    • Peter 2.4

      Halbert lost by about 6.3% to Bidois in 2018. I'm not sure how he is regarded in Northcote. The Ardern factor could be important there.

      Kaye beat White by 5.4% in Auckland Central. I think the status and position of Kaye is likely to see the gap maintained unless a significant number, knowing she'll get in by dint of her list position, might go for a 'double happy' and be pleased to have two MPs.

  3. Michael 3

    Pleased to see Ayesha Verrall get such a high ranking – she'll be a real asset in any government (although I don't expect her to swallow any dead rats Labour's neoliberal wing throws her way). Also pleased to see Rachel Brooking in with a chance – I think she'd be a far better candidate than Ingrid Leary in Dunedin South.

    • McFlock 3.1

      Grant Robertson as minister of finance, Andrew Campbell on coms – are there any former OUSA presidents not involved with Labour atm? lol

  4. Chris 4

    There are a number of people in the 30s and 40s who're far more capable than many in the top 20.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    A lighter than air post–no one has achieved a “govern alone” majority under the MMP voting system. And nor should they, as the results of many decades of FPP should remind. A strong Labour/Green Coalition Govt. would be the desirable outcome.

    If the Labour Caucus has more than one or two with a glimmer of class understanding, that would be news. Carmel Sepuloni is dominated by the neo lib executives of WINZ/MSD when she should have instantly implemented Welfare Experts Working Group recommendations such as individualising benefits, Lees Galloway a similar disappointment, monstered by some pretty nasty types, the neo lib managerialists in the public service should be getting a kick in the nuts from Senior Labour Ministers but in most cases they are not.

    So not wanting to rain on the Labour faithful, the raffle sellers and branch members, but face facts, until the structural underpinnings of Rogernomics are retired your party is still supported by many on a lesser evil basis.

    Now Covid management is a whole different arena, that Jacinda Ardern deserves massive credit for and decades of admiration from the NZ population, spared thousands of deaths that a National response to C19 was highly likely to have produced. But the clean up will not be successful under the State Sector Act, Reserve Bank Act, free in and out flow of capital and all the rest of it.

    • Anne 5.1

      I agree with you TM over ministers being obstructed by Public Service neoliberal oriented types. I would add Phil Twyford to the list of those affected. He is known to be a brilliant organiser so something was going down when he was the housing minister that we have yet to learn about.

      He has actually risen up the list ranks so his abilities are well recognised.

      • Tiger Mountain 5.1.1

        I got the impression Anne that Phil basically had the rug pulled out re Kiwibuild by the Industry going on “non cooperation strike” by not supporting the idea enmasse. The developers seem to prefer high margin jobs only on their own terms.

        My view was the Govt could have ordered flat packs, saved money and gone around the builders/suppliers if they would not be helpful.

        • Anne 5.1.1.1

          Labour is inclined to be too trusting of people. They have been tripped up by bastards so many times over the decades. Each time a new generation takes over the reins they seem to have learn the lesson all over again.

          Helen Clark is one of the few Labour PMs who went into the job with her eyes wide open and she lasted nine years.

          Peter Fraser was the previous example back in the 1940s although Norman Kirk might have made it had he lived.

        • greywarshark 5.1.1.2

          TM How do Ministers gain some control over civil servants?

          This from 2000 – https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/public-service-evaluation-capacity-critical-says-maharey

          'Mr Maharey said that the Government wanted to see far better evaluation capacity within the public service.

          "Labour and the Alliance want to set a new course for the delivery of government programmes.'

          • Tiger Mountain 5.1.1.2.1

            It is interesting to be reminded of such attempts as Mr Maharey’s. In reality “Data holes” usually suit the purposes of the Public Sector chiefs. When National bought in 90 Day “sack ’em on day 89” Trial periods for new employees, they made it quite clear the Dept of Labour would NOT be monitoring outcomes for abuse detection or any other purposes.

            • greywarshark 5.1.1.2.1.1

              Well TM what if a Minister can't get co-operation with furthering and implementing government policy what can that person do – in the light of the extract of yours I put below? And further – in my studies on social policy it was pointed out that the delivery of the new policy may be so bad that it is knackered from bringing the good change to the citizens which was desired by the government. So the civil servants then wreck the government's plans, they are not apolitical and have their own agenda, and act more like the challenging unionists in the Strawbs* song.

              TM – If the Labour Caucus has more than one or two with a glimmer of class understanding, that would be news. Carmel Sepuloni is dominated by the neo lib executives of WINZ/MSD when she should have instantly implemented Welfare Experts Working Group recommendations such as individualising benefits, Lees Galloway a similar disappointment, monstered by some pretty nasty types, the neo lib managerialists in the public service should be getting a kick in the nuts from Senior Labour Ministers but in most cases they are not.

              So not wanting to rain on the Labour faithful, the raffle sellers and branch members, but face facts, until the structural underpinnings of Rogernomics are retired your party is still supported by many on a lesser evil basis.

              * Strawbs Part of the Union. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdOCWUgwiWs

        • SDCLFC 5.1.1.3

          Recently read Erik Olssen's biography on John A Lee recently and the first Labour Government's success with housing was very much down to his ability to smash through the industry obstructers

      • Craig H 5.1.2

        I feel like he backed the wrong plan. Rather than create a new government department, just give it to Housing NZ since the only things they were doing at the time were managing tenancies and maintaining and building houses.

        • Anne 5.1.2.1

          Yes. I think he did. Housing NZ was the former Housing Corporation which once upon a time was in the business of building state houses and providing loans to help people into their first home. By the time the Ardern govt. arrived on the scene they were into selling state houses and making a big profit for the Key government to plough into tax cuts for their voters.

      • Jum 5.1.3

        Totally agree, Anne and Tiger Mountain re public servants and private industry.

    • Fucking glad I missed your comment at 13:33 or you could have started me off on a real bloody rave. But both Carmel Sepoloni and I L-G actually have had the means to make the roadblocks in front of them look a lot mote pathetic than they already are.

      Instead, both it seems chose to take the easy route and have a lay down and a cuppa tea allowing the worst of their officials to carry on up the Kyber. with JA telling us y'all how fucking wonderful it all is. Even to the extant some of it could very well bite her in the bum when she least needs it.

  6. Ken 6

    I notice that the Muddler has said "no tax increases".

    Is anyone falling for that one? – I notice he didn't rule out levies, surcharges, fees and tolls.

    • millsy 6.1

      In 1990 National promised to scrap tuition fees. They did exactly as promised – scrapping the government's tuition fees, but allowing unis to charge them instead. I expect that sort of jiggery pokery with National this year,

    • Peter 6.2

      I remember a famous GST promise too. Lots of people called the guy that said that then increased GST the 'greatest PM we ever had.'

      If the good Catholic boy Muller says one thing and wins then weasels around it or does the direct opposite I'm sure they'll still have him going to Heaven.

  7. RedBaronCV 7

    I'd have liked to see Ginny Anderson further up the list although she is still likely to get in. She has stood in Ohariu before and wonder if this may be behind O'Conner being electorate only. May be saving himself from an electorate seat challenge?

    Likewise Deborah Russell. And hopefully there are some suitable for cabinet picks in the upper ranks.

  8. Ad 8

    If the top 20 were list ranked on their merited term performance:

    1 Jacinda Ardern

    2 Grant Robertson

    3 Megan Woods

    4 David Parker

    5 Stuart Nash

    6 Trevor Mallard

    7 Kris Faafoi

    8 Damien O’Connor

    9 Jenny Salesa

    10 Chris Hipkins

    11 Andrew Little

    12 Kelvin Davis

    13 Carmel Sepuloni

    14 Iain Lees-Galloway

    15 Phil Twyford

    16 Damien O'Connor

    17 Peeni Henare

    18 Nanaia Mahuta

    19 David Clark

    (Ayesha Verrall not serving MP)

    • Darien Fenton 8.1

      The List process is not a merit ranking process for current cabinet ministers. That is called a reshuffle. I have no doubt there will be one after the election. Right now, Labour's call is to show a united front and the last thing they need is screeds and screeds of comment from media about this or that Minister being demoted.

  9. observer 9

    It would seem like a good problem to have, but if Labour get around 60+ MPs and have one coalition partner – or even two – then they will have the highest number of backbenchers in their history. Some Ministers would have to be from the support parties, and so there would be a huge imbalance between the number of jobs available, and Labour MPs who think they should have one.

    If that happens Ardern will need to be ruthless in her post-election reshuffle: promote the best entrants from 2017, dump those who need to be out by 2023. Otherwise there's going to be a traffic jam backed up a long way.

  10. SDCLFC 10

    The big drops for Willow Jean Prime, Ginny Anderson and Kiritapu Allan are disappointing

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • My Climate Story: Coming full Circle
    This blog post is a follow up to my recap of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training I recently participated in. One of the exercises we were asked to complete was to write about our respective "Climate Story". This is a slightly updated version to the one I had submitted during ...
    7 days ago
  • A bill to criminalise wage theft
    Wage theft is a problem in New Zealand, with a widespread practice of forcing employees to work without pay, and regular cases of underpayment and exploitation. One reason why its such a widespread problem is impunity: rather than a crime, wage theft is merely a tort, dealt with by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: What the voting age debate tells us about our disconnected political media
    New Zealand’s media and online politics often reflect the values of liberal and progressive agendas. According to Liam Hehir, the current proposals to lower the voting age to 16 years – which the media overwhelming supports – is indicative of a wider mismatch with society, which is not good for ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Why Pay Taxes?
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Now everyone’s a statistician. Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong
    Jacques Raubenheimer, University of Sydney If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context. For instance, we may cherry pick statistics supporting our viewpoint and ignore statistics showing we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More timid bullshit from Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Police Kill as Part of their Social Function
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    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #37
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  • The 2019 measles epidemic in Samoa
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Shifting all Isolation/Quarantine Facilities to a Single Air Force Base: The Need for a Critical Ana...
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    1 week ago
  • The difference between Green and Labour: a tale of two Finance Ministers
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    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – The missing election policy on free dental visits
    Over the last three years there have been growing calls for the government to provide dental services under the health system – universal free dental care. This is because at the moment there’s an anomaly in which teeth are regarded as different from the rest of the body which means ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #37
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  • Letter to the Editor
    Dear Sir, As we head into the run up to the upcoming election I feel it is my duty to draw your attention to the lack of fun we are currently forced to ensure by the Adern regime. In their efforts to keep the nation’s essential workers, health compromised people, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Participating in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training
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    1 week ago
  • Dysfunctional Design
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Josh Van Veen: Can we trust the polls?
    Is the 2020 election result really the foregone conclusion that the polls and commentators are suggesting? Josh Van Veen suggests otherwise, pointing to some of the shortcomings of opinion polling, which could ready some politicians to say “bugger the pollsters” on election night.   In November 1993, opinion polls foretold ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • The UK wants climate action
    Back in 2019, six select committees of the UK Parliament established a Citizen's Assembly to investigate how to respond to climate change. The Assembly's deliberations were forced online by the pandemic, but it has finally reported back, and overwhelmingly supports strong action: Taxes that increase as people fly further ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • In the US, the End of Days.
    I am feeling a bit impish today and so for no particular reason I thought I would share this thought, which I first posted over on twitter: “Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, heatwaves, street protests, armed vigilante militias, a lethal pandemic and a corrupt authoritarian using the federal government for partisan and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government too slow in deploying military to assist with Covid-19 response, former defence minister ...
    Wayne Mapp (Photo: Tsmith.nz via Wikimedia) A former Minister of Defence says the government was too slow to involve the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in New Zealand’s response to Covid-19. But Wayne Mapp, a National MP from 1996-2011 who served as Minister of Defence for three ...
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    1 week ago
  • Underwhelming
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Five things we know about COVID-19, and five we don’t
    Five things we’ve learnt 1. We know where the virus ultimately came from We know that the virus originally came from bats, and most probably a species of horseshoe bat in South East Asia. However, the spike protein in SARS-CoV-2, which allows the virus to attach to cells and infect ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Stewardship land is conservation land
    The Greens' greatest disappointment while in government this term has been the failure to implement a ban on mining on conservation land. Promised by Jacinda Ardern immediately after gaining power, it had long been assumed that the problem was NZ First (who have a long history of environmental vandalism). But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The price of Green co-operation just went up
    If they get into Parliament, everyone expects the Greens to form a coalition with Labour. But James Shaw has said that that might not be the case, and that they might instead choose to sit on the cross-benches: The Greens are prepared to forego a coalition or confidence and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Swimming with whales: you must know the risks and when it’s best to keep your distance
    Chantal Denise Pagel, Auckland University of Technology; Mark Orams, Auckland University of Technology, and Michael Lueck, Auckland University of Technology Three people were injured last month in separate humpback whale encounters off the Western Australia coast. The incidents happened during snorkelling tours on Ningaloo Reef when swimmers came too close ...
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    1 week ago
  • Driving Out The Money-Changers Of Reactionary Christianity.
    Den Of Thieves: They describe themselves, and the money-making rackets they dignify with the name of church, “Christian”, but these ravening wolves are no such thing. The essence of the Christian faith is the giving of love – not the taking of money. It is about opening oneself to the ...
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  • Could academic streaming in New Zealand schools be on the way out? The evidence suggests it should b...
    David Pomeroy, University of Canterbury; Kay-Lee Jones, University of Canterbury; Mahdis Azarmandi, University of Canterbury, and Sara Tolbert, University of Canterbury Academic streaming in New Zealand schools is still common, but according to recent reports it is also discriminatory and racist. Also known as tracking, setting and ability grouping, streaming ...
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    1 week ago
  • A Time To Begin Again.
    A New Holy-Day: Perhaps, by accepting this gift of Matariki from the first arrivals in Aotearoa, we late arrivals, shorn of our ancestors’ outlandish fleeces, can draw strength from the accumulated human wisdom of our adopted home. Perhaps, by celebrating Matariki, we can learn to take ownership of our colonial ...
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  • Labour’s tax trauma victims and how they might help the Greens
    If there was any doubt left, we can surely call it now. Time and date. End of. Finito. Perhaps you thought you saw a flickering eyelid or a finger move? You were wrong. Labour has given up on tax reform for the foreseeable future. One of the key remaining left/right ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 weeks ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – Labour gives up on tax transformation
    Will the rich get richer under Labour’s latest tax policy? Based on the analysis in reaction to yesterday’s announcement, the answer would seem to be yes. The consensus from commentators is that inequality and severe economic problems will remain unchanged or even be made worse by Labour’s new policy. Although ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour on energy: Business as usual
    Labour has released its energy policy, and its basicly business as usual: bring forward the 100% renewable target to 2030, build pumped storage if the business case stacks up, restore the thermal ban and clean car standard (but not the feebate scheme), and spread a bit of money around to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Overshoot
    California is burning down again. In Oregon, the city of Medford - a town the size of Palmerston North - has had to be evacuated due to the fires. In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Rene has become the earliest "R"-storm to form since records began, beating the previous record by ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Says it all
    What's wrong with Labour? The end of yesterday's RNZ health debate says it all: Do you have private health insurance? Reti: "I do." Hipkins: "Yes, I do." Hipkins is Minister of Health. But it turns out that he won't be waiting in the queue with the rest ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Secret Lives of Lakes
    McKayla Holloway The helicopter carries a team of four Lakes380 scientists and me; we hug the Gneiss rock walls that tower over Lake Manapouri. It’s arguably one of New Zealand’s most well-known lakes – made famous by the ‘Save Manapouri’ campaign of the 1970s. My chest is drawn back into ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Winning Joke: Why The Traditional Left Will Just Have To Live With Rainy-Day Robertson’s Disappoin...
    Rainy-Day Man: Is Labour’s tax policy a disappointment? Of course it is! But it’s the best the Traditional Left is going to get. Why? because Labour’s pollsters are telling them that upwards of 200,000 women over the age of 45 years have shifted their allegiance from National to Labour. (Where else, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Volume VIII
    When we last left our intrepid Drow Rogue, he was sitting in a tavern with his companions, only for a crazy Paladin to burst in, and start screaming about the Naga. It soon turned out that ...
    2 weeks ago

  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
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    2 hours ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
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    3 days ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
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    4 days ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
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    4 days ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
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    4 days ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
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    4 days ago
  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our Government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure ...
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    4 days ago
  • Advancing clean energy technology
    Three ambitious and cutting-edge research programmes that will lift New Zealand’s advanced energy technology research capability over seven years, have been supported by Government today, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The projects will each receive a share of $40.7 million investment from the Strategic Science Investment Fund. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Major milestone reached in Pike River Re-entry
    The critical area for forensic examination known as Pit Bottom in Stone has been reached in what is a major milestone for the Pike River re-entry project, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced. “The infrastructure located in Pit Bottom in Stone is of very significant interest in ...
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    5 days ago
  • Economic recovery guides Govt response to retirement income policy review
    The Government is working on how New Zealand’s retirement income policies and settings can best support Kiwis in light of the COVID-19 economic recovery, with the help of the Retirement Commissioner’s latest review, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly review into New Zealand’s retirement ...
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    5 days ago
  • Iwi community hub opens in Murupara
    A new digital hub and development centre in Murupara will be instrumental in growing the region’s productivity, said Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau at the official opening of two community initiatives today. “I’m pleased to be here celebrating a significant milestone for two projects set to make a ...
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    5 days ago
  • PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast
    PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast Unemployment to peak at 7.8%, down from 9.8% forecast in the Budget Year-to-June accounts show tax revenue, debt and OBEGAL better than forecast Global forecast downgraded as COVID-19 second waves and uncertainty grows Balanced plan to support critical public services, manage debt and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Spruce-up for Ōtaki community facilities
    The Kāpiti Coast town of Ōtaki will receive $1.4 million in Government funding for two projects providing scores of jobs for locals while improving community facilities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Māoriland Charitable Trust will receive a $900,000 Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) grant to upgrade the ...
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    5 days ago
  • PGF funding for Jobs for Nature programme
    The Provincial Growth Fund will provide $11.88 million to fund fencing and waterway projects nationwide that will improve the environment and create jobs in their communities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “These projects will create more than 100 jobs nationwide with work starting within the next couple ...
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    5 days ago
  • Procurement to promote jobs, Māori and Pasifika businesses and sustainability
    As part of the COVID-19 recovery, the Government has strengthened its procurement rules to ensure its annual $42 billion spend creates more jobs, uses more sustainable construction practices and results in better outcomes for Māori and Pasifika, Government Ministers announced today.   Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says the $42 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Timaru’s Theatre Royal to be upgraded and new heritage facility built
    The Government is supporting a major upgrade of Timaru’s iconic Theatre Royal and the construction of a new connected Heritage Facility museum and exhibition space with $11.6 million from the Government’s Infrastructure Fund, Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We heard the call from the community and the council. The Theatre Royal ...
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    6 days ago
  • District Court judge appointed
    Chrissy Montague (formerly Armstrong), barrister of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Wellington, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Montague commenced practice in Auckland in 1987 and went into general practice dealing with Wills, Estates, Trusts, Conveyancing, Relationship Property ...
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    6 days ago
  • Approval given to Commercial Film and Video Production Proposal
      A Proposal to provide for the development and operation of commercial film and video production facilities in areas of Christchurch has been given the go ahead. Hon Poto Williams, Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, has approved the Proposal, which was prepared and submitted by Regenerate Christchurch. Minister Williams ...
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    6 days ago
  • Supporting a thriving wānanga sector to benefit Māori learners
    As part of the Government’s focus on building closer partnerships with Māori and enhancing the quality of, and access to, Māori medium education, a payment of $8 million will be made to Te Wānanga o Raukawa in partial recognition of its Waitangi Tribunal claim (WAI 2698), Associate Education Minister Kelvin ...
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    6 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature boosts efforts to restore Kaimai-Mamaku
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has announced a $19 million investment over four years in an important forest restoration project involving a partnership between the Department of Conservation, iwi/hapū, the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regional Councils, community conservation groups and organisations such as Forest and Bird across the ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand first in the world to require climate risk reporting
    New Zealand will be the first country in the world to require the financial sector to report on climate risks, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The changes build on the huge progress this Government has made to tackle the climate crisis. “Today is another step on ...
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  • Economic data highlights impact of Auckland moving out of Level 3
    Economic activity across the Auckland region and the country bounced back to levels experienced under Alert Level 1 following Auckland’s move out of Alert Level 3, analysis in the Treasury’s latest Weekly Economic Update shows. The analysis of economic data since Auckland’s move out of Level 3 shows: Auckland card ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM statement on Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level review
    Takiri mai te ata, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora! Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou! Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin.  This week is the Māori Language week and ...
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    1 week ago
  • More mental wellbeing services for young people in regions
    More mental health and addiction services are available for young New Zealanders in Rotorua and Taupō, Wairarapa, South Canterbury, Dunedin and Southland from next month, Health Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter say. “The Government is serious about making sure New Zealanders struggling with mental health ...
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  • Government joins forces with Central Otago communities to clean up waterways
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  • Government confirms new Dunedin Hospital design
    The Government has agreed on a preferred design for the new Dunedin Hospital featuring two separate buildings, and has provided funding for the next stages of work.   Minister of Health Chris Hipkins says Cabinet has approved in principle the detailed business case for the new hospital, giving people in ...
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  • Join the one in a million reo Māori moment
    New Zealanders across the country are set to mark history as part of the Māori Language Week commemorations led by Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori this year.  Māori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta says the initiative will mark history for all the right reasons including making te reo Māori ...
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  • Education initiatives add to momentum of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020
    More than 1000 teachers, support staff and school leaders have graduated from a programme designed to grow their capability to use te reo Māori in their teaching practice, as part of the Government’s plan to integrate te reo Māori into education, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Being trialled ...
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  • The Toloa Tertiary Scholarships for 2021 aims to increase Pacific participation in STEM
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says the Toloa Tertiary Scholarships which aims to encourage more Pacific student numbers participating and pursuing STEM-related studies in 2021, are now open. “These tertiary scholarships are administrated by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP), and are part of MPP’s overall Toloa ...
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  • Financial support for timber industry
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  • New Zealand seeks answers to the Gulf Livestock 1 tragedy
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is exploring the viability of working with partners to conduct a search for the black box on the Gulf Livestock 1. “We know how much it would mean to the families of those on the ship to understand more about ...
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  • Government backs East Coast marine infrastructure
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  • Government mourns the passing of Epineha Ratapu
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  • October round of fisheries decisions
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  • New Zealand to host Bledisloe Cup in October and ready to attract other international sporting event...
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  • Hundreds more regional apprenticeships
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