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Labour’s Māori electorate MPs will not be on the list

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 58 comments
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Labour Party press release

21 March 2017

Labour’s Māori MPs show strength

All of Labour’s Māori electorate members of Parliament have opted out of being on the list, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

“We approached the party and asked to stay off the list as a show of strength, unity and confidence in our ability to build on the success that we enjoyed at the last election.

“Labour winning six of the seven Māori electorate seats was Māori showing us we’re the preferred political party to address Māori issues. The numbers were in our favour and we’re looking to improve.

“Our election strategy is about showing how the Māori Party has failed Māori during nine years of being tethered to National’s waka.

“We back ourselves to help Māori make progress on the problems they face in housing, health and education.

“Labour has five Māori MPs in the Shadow Cabinet and we’re all up to prove why we should have the party vote.

“We’re determined to show we’re an integral part of the Labour movement. We’re committed to working together to show how Māori will be much better served with a strong Labour Māori voice in Cabinet,” says Kelvin Davis.

The Māori Electorates and MPs

Hauraki-Waikato(North Western North Island, includes Hamilton and Papakura). Held by Nanaia Mahuta (L), since 2008.

Ikaroa-Rāwhiti(East and South North Island, includes Gisborne and Masterton). Held by Meka Whaitiri (L), held by Labour since at least 1999.

Tāmaki Makaurau(Roughly equivalent to greater Auckland). Held by Peeni Henare (L), who won it after Pita Sharles (Mp) retirement 2014.

Te Tai Hauāuru(Western North Island, includes Taranaki and Manawatu-Wanganui regions). Held by Adrian Rurawhe (L), who won it after Tariana Turia (Mp) retirement 2014.

Te Tai Tokerau(Northernmost seat, includes Whangarei and North and West Auckland). Held by Kelvin Davis (L), who defeated Hone Harawira (Mana) in 2014.

Te Tai Tonga(All of South Island and nearby islands. Largest electorate by area). Held by Rino Tirikatene (L), who defeated Rahui Katene (Mp) in 2011.

Waiariki(Includes Tauranga, Whakatane, Rotorua, Taupo). Held by Te Ururoa Flavell (Mp), since 2005.

 

 

58 comments on “Labour’s Māori electorate MPs will not be on the list”

  1. weka 1

    All us Pākehā looking at this announcement, here’s an opportunity to learn some things about Māori politics. Let’s not waste it.

    • weka 1.1

      Some perspectives then.

      Morgan Godfrey,

      @MorganGodfery 26m26 minutes ago

      there goes hone harawira’s “two for one” argument

      (i.e. vote hone and get kelvin off the list too)

      this is very good for kelvin

      first point: exceedingly few māori voters know or care about the labour list

      so, second point, something that registers with a tiny number of voters probably won’t ‘backfire’ or become ‘a bad look’ etc

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        That was my first impression. This is a clever political move if your intention is to wipe out Maori/Mana.

      • It’s a high-risk high-reward play for Kelvin that assumes TTT voters really like him. (I’m not necessarily sure that’s what 2014 indicated, but it might be true by now nonetheless) It could boost his electorate vote. It could cost him his seat. It could even do both.

        I always thought the “two for one” argument was fundamentally flawed anyway, because it fails to state the candidate’s vision of why they’re the best. It’s a “I’ll just throw this argument on top of my pile of actually good arguments” kind of buckshot approach, really. Hone is better off spending his time talking about why he’s a better choice than Davis.

        • Enough is Enough 1.1.2.1

          Where is the reward?

          Kelvin et al may win their electorate seats but how does that assist in the broader strategy of changing the government?

          Just when you think Labour has worked out how to use the MMP system to its advantage with Ohariu, they go and pull this clanger out.

          • Matthew Whitehead 1.1.2.1.1

            The reward is that it could solidify his hold on TTT (or at least narrowly hold onto it when he might otherwise have lost to Hone) because there’s a certain breed of voter who (incorrectly) sees electorate contests as a more legitimate way to get into parliament, and thus has more respect for MPs that take away their Party List parachute and stake their claim on their seat to getting elected locally.

            It is fair to say that voters should get a say on who’s most likely to get elected, but that’s why we should reform MMP into an Open List Proportional system later on, so you can simply adjust the Party List to vote out the clunkers. (Which will also stop idiots in safe seats from getting endlessly re-elected even though the rest of the country doesn’t like them, eg. Peter Dunne and Trevor Mallard)

            Labour’s move is actually a reasonably solid tactical play if you start from two assumptions:
            1) Hone’s closer integration with the Māori Party makes him more likely to vote or abstain in favour of a National Government than he previously was.
            2) The Māori Party may vote or abstain in favour of a National Government even when they could potentially make Labour the Government.

            While (2) isn’t impossible, I think (1) is a mistaken assumption. Hone hasn’t met a National MP he likes AFAIK and isn’t shy about saying so. If Labour were really smart, they would have approached Hone and asked if he would support them for the next government if they convinced Davis to stand aside/become a List MP/etc, announced a deal with Hone, and THEN pulled this move in the other six electorates to try to bump the MP out of Parliament, which is clearly what they’re really aiming for here. It’s the failing to be publicly seen as courting Hone that makes them look a little daft. But I think it’s borne of their philosophy that Labour is a party of electorate contests and they don’t want to back down from them and don’t want to be seen as weak or wanting to avoid a contest.

            Hone hasn’t publicly said he’ll only support a left-wing government, but unlike Peters he’s a pretty known quantity. The worst he’s likely to do to Labour ever is elect to abstain on a confidence vote.

            • weka 1.1.2.1.1.1

              I think it’s also a perception that Labour has that if they do any kind of public relationship building with Harawira they will lose some of their centrist and swing voters. And given that increasing the party vote has to be a pretty high priority for them, that makes sense (I don’t agree with it of course, but they’re a centre left party not a left wing one).

              btw, do you have a sense of a % that L/G need to get to to have a reasonable chance of governing without NZF (all variables considered)?

              • Assuming two Māori Party MPs and 1 MP each for UF, ACT, and Mana, Labour + Greens need to be at about 47.5% between them (They’re at about 42-44% atm) in order to be able to viably pass legislation using the MP and Mana, which is their most likely alternative to NZ First. Under those assumptions, their goal would be 58 seats between them.

                If you assume that NZ First will back them anyway, they can also have an arrangement with the independent Māori Parties and UF to pass legislation, which would mean they only need 57 seats or about 46.5%.

                Those scenarios aren’t out of reach, they’re almost within the margin of error of current polling. Given polling has been reasonably accurate before, that means Labour and the Greens would have some ground to make up to have more options than just Winston, but it’s possible.

                I’m assuming figures roughly in line with current polling for the Conservatives, (0.4%) ACT, (0.5%) TOP, (0.8%) and UF. (0.1%) You would need National and/or NZF to lose some support to allow for a result that high.

      • Sapani 1.1.3

        I reckon this is a genius move for Labour and strengthens the Party’s position to win even more at the ballot box this Sep.

  2. Cinny 2

    Bold, brave and very switched on move, kudos to the Labour Party and their Maori Seat Candidates. RESPECT

  3. Roflcopter 3

    So, some reasonably clear choices then…

    With no 2-for-1 deals on the table, Māori now take a more considered approach. This is essentially a last-ditch effort to try and ensure that Māori give their vote to the Labour candidate and win the seat, but it also has the prospect of spectactularly backfiring in favour of the Māori Party.

    The choice is vote Labour, and only have a Labour vision of what is good for Māori… after all they’re they only “real kaupapa Māori” apparently, or…

    Vote Māori Party, and have a party that can work right across the spectrum of left and right politics, extracting as many gains as they can along the way for both left and right policies.

    If Labour lose the election, yet win all the Māori seats, then Māori get absolutely nothing out of it at all.

    My pick, on the basis of the announcement… Mana Party gets 1 seat, Māori Party get 4 seats, Labour 2.

    • weka 3.1

      Labour currently hold 6 of the 7 seats. Maybe Davis is at risk, but how would the others be?

      Personally, I’d rather have both Harawira and Davis in parliament, but if it had to be one I’d choose Harawira.

      • Roflcopter 3.1.1

        And boom, there goes 1 seat…

        • weka 3.1.1.1

          Yes but you just said Labour would lose four, apparently on the basis of nothing.

          • Roflcopter 3.1.1.1.1

            What YOU are saying about TTT is what will probably happen in reality. And that choice is not based on any idea about whether Hone will in fact support National on anything… probably not, but he hasn’t ruled it out yet has he?

            My point is, what Labour have said they’re doing overall is playing a game of all or nothing… there is no best of both worlds any more according to them.

            So, if faced with a choice of something or nothing, in regards to gains for Māori moving forward, Māori are going to take a more considered approach to how they vote.

            • weka 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Sure, but that’s not what you said above.

              I see no reason to think that Mana/Harawira would support a Fact govt.

    • I will wear a costume tophat around for an entire week after the election results if Labour wins less than 3 Māori seats.

      • Roflcopter 3.2.1

        Sometimes I think it’d be funny if Winston ran high-profile candidates in the Māori seats…. just to rock the boat.

        • I think he’s unlikely to win them again after the fiasco that resulted from NZF’s sweep of the Māori seats. I’m sure if he could get high-profile candidates, he would.

          Honestly, his party is so pro-British now that it’s hard to see Māori getting on board.

  4. outofbed 5

    Christ.. They have no fucking idea.
    Labour needs to not stand against Hone ensuring Mana a electorate seat and then bring maybe one or two mps’s with him. I would vote for Mana with my party vote if that was the case
    Take a leaf out of Act and Nationals playbook, This is serious stuff .

    • bwaghorn 5.1

      Labour would lose a lot of votes if they pulled that, a lot of labour voters are of the closet racist variety that is standard fare in muddle nz

      • red-blooded 5.1.1

        Well, THERE’s an unbacked allegation masquerading as something more than bullshit. If we’re talking about “no idea” political tactics, let’s think back to Hone’s deal with Kim DotCom, shall we?

  5. Tricldrown 6

    This is naive it will cost Labour party votes the ones that count.
    Labour on 28% cannot afford to loose any party votes.

    • weka 6.1

      How will it cost them party votes?

      • I think the idea is that less Māori MPs on the list might cost them some of their Māori party votes? It’s possible, but I’m not sure I buy it. I think actually Māori will probably appreciate the gesture of Labour giving the voters control over who represents them, although I’m not sure that will necessarily shut out Mana or the MP.

        • marty mars 6.1.1.1

          I think the gesture will be seen for what it appears – a declaration of weakness not strength. The attackers are now the attacked – it will be interesting to see how they hold up – personally i wouldn’t be surprised if at least one of them cracks under the pressure.

          • Matthew Whitehead 6.1.1.1.1

            I think the appropriate terms here are “arrogant,” “overconfident,” etc… rather than “weak.” (Or “bold,” “risky,” etc… if you want a positive spin) Labour, as usual, understand how to be strong when standing up to people who should be their own goddamn base, but often fall short in dealing with right-wingers.

      • Roflcopter 6.1.2

        Why would Māori give the party vote to Labour when the result could be (in the case where they could lose the seat), that the Māori representation in Labour is in fact held by Māori who have no affinity or relationship with the Māori electorate in question.

        Māori politics is not pan-Māori, and this announcement is made to say “well, we know what’s best so it doesn’t matter which Māori person we have in Labour”… in fact quite the opposite is true.

  6. Ovid 7

    This is a bold move. I don’t know whether it’s folly or genius but I’ll watch the results from the Maori seats closely on 23 September.

    • Roflcopter 8.1

      lol @ Greens on 14.5%

      • The Greens have been vacillating pretty consistently between 12-14.5% in RM since 2016 started. I’m not sure what’s so “lol” about it, it’s actually more plausible than usual with National down at 43% atm, but I think there’s a phenomenon where people either over-report how likely they are to vote Green in polling, or Green voters don’t show up as much as they’re polled to, because they usually over-poll by a few percent. Maybe not this election though, who knows!

        I tweeted this, but if the election got the same distribution of votes, New Zealand First would decide the government no matter which point within the margin of error you choose. (that is, there’s no possible government within the margin of error for either side that doesn’t include NZF)

        That’s actually because National is the big loser in this poll, as NZF have actually also polled very low here, their second-lowest since the start of 2016, they only went lower when they polled 7% in the July 2016 RM.

        Seat distribution if this poll were accurate: (I am assuming all minor parties win their electorates)

        Labour: 36
        Greens: 18
        Mana: 1
        Māori: 2
        New Zealand First: 9
        UF: 1
        ACT: 1
        National : 53
        (120 MPs total, no overhang seats)

        Left: 55 (if you count Mana)
        NZF: 9 (undeclared)
        UF/Māori: 3 (will work with either left or right, but might support one over the other)
        Right: 54

        • weka 8.1.1.1

          I’d put UF on the right (can you see them supporting the Greens?).

          Why no overhang?

          • Matthew Whitehead 8.1.1.1.1

            The RM poll had 0.5% party vote for each of the single-electorate parties, which neatly qualified all of them for a single List seat, especially with the conservative vote to spread around.

            I group Māori and UF together because UF will work with Labour governments and the Māori Party will work with National governments. I fully suspect they’ll each vote the other way around if they get the casting vote. So unless one of them has to be the casting vote, they’ve kinda made themselves irrelevant in deciding who governs.

            Reid Research (aka. Newshub’s contractors) also published a poll today! It’s been a busy day for political news for sure.
            http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/03/newshub-poll-jacinda-ardern-preferred-as-pm-over-andrew-little.html

            They’re more focused on their irrelevent preferred PM poll, which doesn’t really give anyone any useful information, and as expected, Jacinda is more popular than Andrew. Whoop-de-doo.

            It also gives us our first seperated out number for TOP, of 0.8%. As they don’t have an electorate seat, their vote is simply redistributed, and I would expect that they’ve actually polled higher than this in the RM where they scored “other” as 2%, but we can’t know for sure of course.

            In terms of MPs, Reid’s poll looks like this:

            Labour: 38
            Greens: 14
            Mana: 1*
            Māori: 1
            New Zealand First: 9
            UF: 1*
            ACT: 1*
            National: 58
            (MPs: 123, 62 required for majority)
            (* = overhang seat)

            Left: 53
            NZF: 9
            UF/Māori: 2
            Right: 59

            Same picture, but much thinner margin. It’s likely that NZF would decide the government if the Newshub poll were the election result, but at the rightmost possible scenario in the margin of error, it’s possible for National to squeak in with a razor thin 63-seat majority, counting ACT, UF, and the MP.

  7. The brave often rush out first and fall first.

    Seems to me to show how poorly these mps either see themselves or understand mmp. A low or nonexistant list placing means you aren’t with it or is Andrew little going to lead his Māori mps and do the same – nope – the spin on this will be tough for these labour mps imo.

    • weka 9.1

      It’s only the Māori seat MPs though.

      I’m still in 2 or 3 minds about what it means and what might happen. Looks like a curve ball thus far.

  8. Bill 10

    Waiting for the “a vote for mana is a wasted vote” spin in 3…2…1..

    Sorry, but I’m not seeing this in terms of ‘brave Labour’ or any such like. The reality is that someone can party vote mana (arguably the only non-liberal option available) on the assumption that Hone wins TTT. But the heavy spin I now expect from Labour, ably assisted by media, is that Davis has it ‘in the bag’.

    So not so much about Labour ‘fronting up’ then, as about keeping that range of options as narrow as possible and hoping to get a boost from the ‘nowhere else to go’ party vote.

    edit – would be more than a little curious on the process that resulted in this (at face value) unanimous decision.

    • weka 10.1

      “Waiting for the “a vote for mana is a wasted vote” spin in 3…2…1..”

      If Harawira doesn’t win TTT then a party vote for Mana IS a wasted vote if one wants to change the govt this Sept, esp in a close election.

      “So not so much about Labour as it is about keeping that range of options as narrow as possible and hoping to get a boost from the ‘nowhere else to go’ party vote.”

      That too, but that misses the Māori politics aspects.

      • adam 10.1.1

        Vote evil, because evil is about!!

      • Bill 10.1.2

        It’s the first bit of your reply that’s feeding my cynicism. I’m picking that every news report during the campaigning period will be bagging Hone’s chances and talking up Davis.

        And like I say, I’d really like to know the process that lay behind that decision for those mps to opt out of the list. I’m picking a bit of arm twisting ‘for the sake of unity’ was applied. But yes. I could be wrong and just way too cynical.

        If there’s an over-riding Maori perspective at play, then I’ll just have to wait to see it or have it explained. But for now, I’m seeing it in general election terms.

        • weka 10.1.2.1

          “I’m picking that every news report during the campaigning period will be bagging Hone’s chances and talking up Davis.”

          Sure, just like last time. But that doesn’t mean that the votes aren’t wasted.

          “If there’s an over-riding Maori perspective at play, then I’ll just have to wait to see it or have it explained. But for now, I’m seeing it in general election terms.”

          If you want to see it explained you’ll have to go to Māori commentators/spaces.

          And like I say, I’d really like to know the process that lay behind that decision for those mps to opt out of the list. I’m picking a bit of arm twisting ‘for the sake of unity’ was applied. But yes. I could be wrong and just way too cynical.

          Oh, I’m sure there were internal politics involved, but I also think its patronising to suggest that Labour Māori seat MPs don’t have much power or agency in the party. Not that you are suggesting that necessarily, but we need more nuance here not broad strokes. Otherwise it’s just yet another round of Pākehā missing what is going on and framing the events within their own colourblindness.

          • Bill 10.1.2.1.1

            No, I’m not suggesting that the wider Labour caucus leaned on Māori electorate members. I’m wondering what pressure was generated within that section of the caucus…ie. who thought this was a good idea and how they got the idea adopted by all those standing in Māori electorates.

            I mean, it could just be that everyone thought it was a fantastic move…

            edit – You write – Sure, just like last time.…. Which I see in terms of media always siding with liberalism against anything that challenges its primacy. So, perhaps I’m not quite so blase as you might appear to be (and note, what I’m saying here is distinct from when media take one side or the other in a choice between two liberal options – I don’t really care too much about that – eg – favouring Nats over Labour or visa versa)

            • weka 10.1.2.1.1.1

              In other words, the Māori seat MPs didn’t work through this themselves?

              And sure, your theory is probably one to consider. I just feel like it’s problematic for the left to do this outside of understanding Māori politics.

              Someone could go back and look at the various comments from Labour bods on the whole thing in the past month or so, it’s not like this comes out of the blue. From what I remember, last week RNZ were shitstirring around a comment Little made a month ago re Māori MP list placement.

              • Bill

                Where are you getting that from Weka?

                ffs – I specifically wrote by way of clarification to your previous comment that I reckon the whole idea was born and peddled within the section of caucus that’s seeking election in the Maori electorate!

                • weka

                  So out of the 6 MPs, do you mean that a subset of them came up with the idea and pressured the others to go along with it? Which MPs?

                  As I said, I’m sure some of these theories are interesting but outside of a context of understand Māori politics they’re problematic.

                  • Bill

                    Yes, I’m saying it would seem the idea originated with some (maybe even only one) of those mps and went through a process that ended with all of them singing from the same song sheet.

                    I’m curious as to the nuts and bolts of that process.

                    I also wrote that it could just be that no process was required because they all thought it a fine idea.

              • Jenny Kirk

                Not sure if this link will come thru, weka, but this is Kelvin Davis giving some idea of what this strategy is about.

                • weka

                  Not really, that’s just a promo. It doesn’t explain anything much. In fact, the whole two tick thing doesn’t make sense other than that Labour obviously want both votes.

            • weka 10.1.2.1.1.2

              edit – You write – Sure, just like last time.…. Which I see in terms of media always siding with liberalism against anything that challenges its primacy. So, perhaps I’m not quite so blase as you might appear to be (and note, what I’m saying here is distinct from when media take one side or the other in a choice between two liberal options – I don’t really care too much about that – eg – favouring Nats over Labour or visa versa)

              Only just seen that edit.

              You know how the other day a few people thought you were saying something because you didn’t say something? This here now. It’s not that I don’t think that liberal bias isn’t important, it’s that I’m not going to let the wasted vote thing get lost in the debate. It’s a pretty big issue and might cost us the election.

              Plus, I think the whole MSM are liberally biased thing is far less important in this conversation than the fact the MSM are still pretty bad at reporting Māori politics, and the left politicos and commenters even more so.

              If the left really wanted to address liberalism and bias, it would be learning how to work with Māori on their terms.

              • Bill

                I took the use of the word ‘sure’ as implying that the bias was of no import. My misinterpretation.

  9. Jenny Kirk 11

    This is a strategic move on the part of Labour’s Maori MPs …… just wait and see.

  10. adam 12

    Love how labour are trying to cement white privileged into the MMP system. Tory idiots across the country must be loving this – every alt-right’s wet dream fulfilled in one afternoon.

    I should expect nothing less from a bunch of Wets.

    • Jenny Kirk 12.1

      Love how Standard posters are misinterpreting a basic political strategy !

      • mickysavage 12.1.1

        Yep my impression is that the Maori MPs have decided to be staunch. I had understood that all electorate candidates had to also be on the list so if the Maori MPs have decided to do this all power to them.

        • Karen 12.1.1.1

          I’m late to this but debate but thought I should point out something everybody, including the media, seem to have missed and that is that Rino Tirikatene, Peeni Henare and Adrian Ruawhe all chose to be electorate only candidates at the last election. This isn’t new for Māori electorate MPs who want the direct mandate from the people they represent. I suspect they have done it as a united front in order to make it clear to those on the Māori roll as it would never get any coverage otherwise.

          It will benefit Kelvin Davis primarily as he is the only one in any danger as far as I can ascertain. Te Uroroa Flavell will win his seat and I think the MP will get enough party votes to ensure at least Marama Fox gets into parliament.

          As much as I like Hone as a person I would vote for Kelvin if I was on that roll because he is extremely effective in a way Hone can never be as a lone MP. Even in opposition Kelvin has achieved a lot.

  11. Noah 13

    Christ. I’m a TTT voter and frankly, I’m disillusioned by all the candidates Labour, Mana and the MP keep putting up. Biggest story out of the North last few days: Kaikohe kids out of control. Haven’t heard a murmur from Hone, Kelvin etc about it. Only Winston. Pi$$ poor.

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    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    3 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    3 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    3 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    3 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    4 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    5 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    5 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    5 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
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    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago

  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
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  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
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  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
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  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
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  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
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  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
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  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
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  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
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  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
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  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
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  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
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  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
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  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
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  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
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  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
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  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
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  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
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  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
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  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
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  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
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