web analytics

Let it out

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, August 1st, 2011 - 138 comments
Categories: election 2011, john key, phil goff - Tags:

The polls show that New Zealanders, quite rightly, prefer the policies of the Left, such as capital gains tax, over National/ACT’s ‘plan’ to hock off our assets. But the majority still seem to favour returning a Key-led (and Key’s the, um, key) government, even if they won’t like what it does. What the Left needs is Goff to build personal trust with the people.

The prevailing theory seems to be that Labour and the Greens should do what they have, pretty much, being doing this year: stop trying to drag down Key and talk about their policies instead – ie. stop bashing your head against that brick wall and play to your strengths.

I’m not so sure. Well, I agree about dropping the attacks that haven’t hurt Key and have too often gone off half-cocked, but not that trying to make the fight about policy is enough in itself.

You see, people don’t just vote on policy, they also vote for people whom they feel they can trust, not just with the re-election promises but dealing with the unexpected. And people clearly trust Key and not Goff.

Hard to believe they would trust Key, eh? It’s not because he’s done anything great. It’s because they think they know him. He uses tricks that American politicians have used for a long time, talking about his family, referencing his upbringing. It’s often hypocritical or crass but it achieves its aim of making people feel a personal relationship with him.

Key’s succeeded in making his persona, which people feel they know and trust, the lynchpin of the electability of his government. He is personally trusted a lot more than his government is trusted, and far more than his policies are liked. Attempts to expose that persona for the con job or distraction it is have failed, not least because most of the opinion leaders are either taken in or see him as a useful device for getting those unpopular policies through.

Where Key brings votes to National, Phil Goff, at best, doesn’t bring any to Labour.

I’m not calling for Goff to go. I think he would be an excellent Prime Minister. Certainly better than the current bozo.

But a one-track campaign focused on policy isn’t going to be enough. Goff and Labour have to address the trust side as well. And that’s about Goff being personally open with people.

Goff knows how to do that. You don’t win an electorate nine times without being able to personally connect. But, as Paul Holmes points out, the Goff we see seems almost over-prepared with that he’s meant to say, perhaps a hangover from being our country’s leading international representative for nine years:

Phil Goff is a good man, no doubt about it, a good, intelligent, hard-working servant of the people… You can have a decent chat to Phil. Put a camera on him or a microphone and you get the lecture from the old party machine man, or the university man.

This suggests to me that Goff would be better off not going into everything with a full script written. He knows what he stands for, he knows what his party stands for, and if there’s any detail he forgets in the moment, do what Key does, say he’ll get back to the reporter. And, for god’s sake, don’t try the cheap shots like that Israeli spy story.

Before the last election, National put out the infamous’ Clocks’ DVD that was meant to introduce us to Key. It was a failure because it was so artificial and so derivative of Blair , not to mention its theme tune ripped off Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’, which ended up costing the Nats a healthy sum. Last month’s video on capital gains tax by David Cunliffe ended up humanising him a lot. Something along these lines could work to build personal trust in Goff.

It’s not too late. Not by a long shot. It’s just a matter of Goff showing the public that, not only does his party have the right policies, but that he can relate to their values and their concerns, and that they can trust him.

138 comments on “Let it out”

  1. happynz 1

    All I know is that without Key (I can’t see the appeal that he has with an apparently large segment of the public) the National Party as represented by English, Brownlee, Tolley, Nick Smith, Heatly, Collins and the rest wouldn’t stand a chance at forming a government.

    I see some of the campaign literature and adverts by local candidates such as Nicki Wagner for Central Christchurch and Sam Collins for Wigram and neither has a take on anything other than that they are (list MP in Wagner’s case) or want to be (Collins) part of a Key-led government.

  2. Gosman 2

    So you think Labour should turn the next election into some sort of Presidential style contest between Key and Goff?

    Hmmmm… bring it on I say as i can only see one outcome following that path.

  3. You’re making a big mistake if you think National’s support is all because of Key.

    Key’s succeeded in making his persona, which people feel they know and trust, the lynchpin of the electability of his government. He is personally trusted a lot more than his government is trusted

    In the recent Fairfax poll Key was “preferred” at about the same level (around 50%) as National were trusted for handling the economy.

    People do like a leader they can identify with and trust, but I think most people are aware that the whole of government is just as important. It’s quite widely believed that in general National have done a reasonable job in difficult circumstances.

    There’s always going to be some exceptions and some balls-ups but overall National as a whole has so far been given a pass mark. And Labour hasn’t. It’s not just Key and Goff.

    • Eddie 3.1

      nah. Key’s popularity beats National’s by about 10%. And National’s popularity beats its policies’ popularity by 10%.

    • Pete National lives and dies with Key.  Without him they have Blinglish as leader.
       
      Do we really need to discuss this any further?

    • felix 3.3

      “In the recent Fairfax poll Key was “preferred” at about the same level (around 50%) as National were trusted for handling the economy. “

      To the vast majority, Key is National though Pete.

      Ask most people (not people like us) what they think of National and they’ll talk about Key every time.

      National have worked hard to make it so, because Key is so much more electable than anyone else in National.

      All of which means those results don’t show what you think they do, in fact probably the opposite.

    • Would Labour win the election without Goff? Probably little change in their chances no matter who the replacement was.

      Would National win the election without Key? Probably, it would depend on who the replacement was as to how close it might get.

      50%-ish versus 30%-ish is a huge gap, that’s unlikely to close right up even with a leadership change.

      • Blighty 3.4.1

        50% vs 30% is the wrong comparison. This isn’t FPP.

        Compare Labour+Greens vs National+ACT.

        Its 41.4% vs 53.7% in the latest poll. Which means only 6% of people need to change their mind….

      • Peter Rabbit 3.4.2

        I agree that that point in the election cycle that regardless of the leader that the chances for Labour to win this election are slim at best. However I do believe that it is not too late for a strong charismatic leader to make a improvement in the results, but such a change would have to be decisive and brutal.

        I think Labours best chance would be to Roll Goff, dump all the old guard and replace them with younger fresher faces and with another woman as Leader. Then they can play the underdog role with a fresh group of faces that can appeal to woman and youth voters.

        • Colonial Viper 3.4.2.1

          Thanks for a replay of Crosby Textor’s attack lines from Q1.

        • mik e 3.4.2.2

          Yeah the right don,t need a blog of their own any more there taking over this one its so nice to see their worried about Labour .you can see they really feel for us with all this free advice we might as well join National in a grand coalition and stuff all the small parties that looks like their motive ha ha . yeah we won,t ever poll as bad as blingenglish though we don,t have any body as dumb as Michelle Boag advising us not to take the party vote seriously. We don,t have the born to rule arrogance either!

        • Pete George 3.4.2.3

          And at least that would set them on the road to recovery nearly much earlier than waiting for the inevitable, but with too many attitudes around like CV – always blaming someone else – it’s not likely to happen.

          • Colonial Viper 3.4.2.3.1

            Hey mate, Phil Goff is not Bill Clinton or JFK, so?

            Don’t be such an ass.

      • felix 3.4.3

        Pete you fail to address who is responsible for those numbers, and then use them as proof for your “Not John Key” hypothesis.

        You’re begging the question.

        You’re also probably the only person in NZ who doesn’t know that National is relying entirely on Key to get re-elected.

  4. Wobble 4

    what the left really needs is for goff to go before the impending disaster in november

  5. Salsy 5

    I think NZ has made it clear that they dont want to be represented by Goff. In much the same way they would never have Bill English at the helm. There is a disconnect and nothing but a change of leader will address this. Having said that, I like Phil, Ill be voting for him and if Labour choose not to switch leaders then a teh very leaset they need to start talking to the Maori party …seriously..

  6. tc 6

    The nats get a pass mark because the media can’t do basic maths, journalism, or recall the 08 broken promises as well as allowing the CT spin without question.

    Beatson tore English a new one over the absence of research about the impact of the GST rise on low/middle whereas the so called mainstream outlets sucked up the ‘fiscally neutral’ line double dipton parrots……hardly a level playing field.

  7. Peter 7

    Winston did a good job attacking the MSM and Key on TV3 this morning, maybe leave it to him?

    • As I read your comment I also notice that, inexplicably(?), the ipredict election result ad top of thread now has NZF with 6 seats (and National and Labour down) whereas yesterday NZF didn’t feature.

      • lprent 7.1.1

        Act maybe? Haven’t seen NZF. But the ipredict ‘market’ is a classic shallow market – subject to manipulation with relatively little effort.

        The iPredict model is flawed because the odds are based on money and gambling on a small base of people ‘investing’. Which is why Act currently shows as getting 8 seats – whereas it is unlikely they’ll be able to get more than 2-3 even if they win Epsom (which I think is unlikely)

        Personally I never gamble trivially (business is more of my gambling arena) and I sure as hell don’t bet money on political parties, because there are too many ways to manipulate results. For various reasons most on the left would also not put money on such a market. They tend to volunteer their labour or directly donate their cash. This pretty much leaves it to the political loons to play in the pointless ‘market’. That makes the market too shallow to fufill the requirements of the Delphi technique.

        • Puddleglum 7.1.1.1

          I agree entirely about the ‘shallow market’ point. I just noticed the difference between yesterday and today on that multi-coloured, parliamentary seating figure thing (very eye-catching).

          My eyes are rapidly aging but I did check three times, peered very closely at the screen and, there it was, NZF listed with 6 seats, ACT with 8 (same as yesterday), National down to 53 (from 57), Labour down to 39 (from 41).

          Of course, then there’s my memory … 🙂

  8. NickC 8

    The phone is off the hook Eddie. Goffs problems are more fundamental than his approach to interviews. He’s been in Parliament longer than anyone else currently there (sans Sir Roger), yets he has to sell himself as tomorrows leader. He used to be a champion of Rogernomics yet hes trying to sell himself as the leader in the battle against asset sales.

    • mik e 8.1

      The way your talking Nickc is it wouldn,t be out of order for brash to cross the foor and vote with Phil being according to you one of Rogers little puppets

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      He used to be a champion of Rogernomics yet hes trying to sell himself as the leader in the battle against asset sales.

      It’s called learning from your mistakes. I know you RWNJs don’t understand the concept because you continuously fail to learn from anything at all. ~$20b lost from the sale of Telecom? Not a problem, lets sell everything else off as well seems to be a good example from the RWNJ play book.

      • NickC 8.2.1

        Think harder next time before you launch into the ‘FUCK YOU RWNJ YOU ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH!@#$%’ routine Draco. I’m not saying that someone can’t change their view, merely that the public don’t see him as the right person to lead.

        Although if he has genuinly changed his views, theres been very little in the way of public mea culpa.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1.1

          But RWNJs are the scum of the Earth. The sale of state assets has cost us dearly and yet RWNJs still want us to sell off even more of them.

          I agree with the mea culpa though. Labour needs to be clear about that and so far haven’t been. Although, that could be the MSM not reporting on it as they’ve been fairly clear about it on RA.

          • mik e 8.2.1.1.1

            Don,t forget the Malaisez fair building code $32Billion dollars down the drain ,The Laissez fair mining code. The yellow press that take every thing Key says at his word. No hard questions for for that nice we man cause he was brought up in a state house

  9. Afewknowthetruth 9

    Trust is strange thing. Once trust is gone it is virtually impossible to rebuild it.

    I raised some very serious matters with Goff several years ago.

    The letter I received from him in reponse was full of platitudes and ideology, and did not address the points I had raised at all. It indicated to me he wes either a fool or a liar.

    His response to the serious issues I raised convinced me he should never be allowed anywhere near the seat of power.

    The last thing NZ needs is yet another clown in charge.

    • Lanthanide 9.1

      Yeah, who cares if we can get a government elected with a strong Green component who would start taking long overdue steps towards solving the oil problem.

      Anything they do will do too little too late, we should all just give up and stop trying to make the future less worse than it otherwise will be and re-elect National so we can keep building our Roads of Notional Significance to act as our own Moai statues for future generations.

    • Colonial Viper 9.2

      The last thing NZ needs is yet another clown in charge.

      In that case John Key is Warner Bros Circuses while Goff is Cirque de Soleil

      What’s your taste?

  10. Blue 10

    I’ve always thought that once the public gets to know Phil they will like him. It’s just the fact that so far, they haven’t really had much opportunity.

    Years before Key was even leader of the National Party he was doing magazine interviews with those photo spreads of him and Bronagh, talking about himself and his family, and laying the groundwork for the ‘aw shucks’ image he likes to project.

    Phil, to my knowledge, has never done any of that, and likes to talk about policy rather than himself.

    It would be great to see him open up a bit more, and hopefully that is something Labour are working on.

    • I’ve always thought that once the public gets to know Phil they will like him. It’s just the fact that so far, they haven’t really had much opportunity.

      He has hasd a few opportunities to become known since 1981 when he first became an MP. In the last 12 years he’s been 7 or higher on Labour’s list and most of that time he was a Minister.

      Generally I think most people like him, many respect what he’s done in the past.
      They just don’t want him as Prime Minister nor Labour running government.

  11. randal 11

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Time he started wearing a stetson and listening to waylon jennings and stop relying on focus groups and sycophnats who have their jobs guaranteed win or lose.

  12. Anne 12

    Labour’s only chance now of a reasonable show in November is to give far greater exposure to their senior team in parliament. There are several talented and articulate front benchers who have a much better TV presence than Goff. They should be at the fore-front of policy announcements and debates within their shadow-portfolios. In other words the campaign promotion should be to emphasise ‘a dynamic team’ with Goff portrayed as the team leader.

    It shouldn’t be too hard to do given the dearth of real talent in National’s ranks. There’s no guarantee but it might get enough people thinking… National does seem to be little more than a one man band. Maybe we need more than that…

  13. This sort of poll result should worry Labour more than why Key’s smile is popular.

    ‘Strugglers’ still backing National

    The poll asked voters to categorise their financial situation.

    About 22 per cent said they were “comfortable” and about 20 per cent were “struggling”. The rest – about 58 per cent – said they were “getting by”.

    Of those who were struggling, 42 per cent backed National and 40 per cent Labour. The roughly even split was the only one of the three groups where Labour came close to National’s support levels.

    Labour can’t even win over the majority of what they would expect would be their “in the bank” support. Even the core is unimpressed with Goff/Labour. They can’t blame everything on Key.

    • mik e 13.1

      the longer the strugglers have to put up with the pain the less likely they will vote for the image and more likely they will vote substance. Now with popularity Peters is back so its going to be harder for Key to hog the limelight. MMP to youPG

    • Puddleglum 13.2

      You would have noticed, Peter George, that the most likely explanation offered in the article was that people weren’t (yet) blaming the government for the circumstances.

      The global recession and the ChCh earthquake are being blamed, so the government is getting a ‘free pass’. Even people lining up at foodbanks don’t seem to believe the government had anything to do with their hardship.

      If true, one implication would be that the popularity of National is actually a blank ‘default’ position and has nothing to do with what they’ve done (or not done) or any of their policies. Clayton’s support, in other words. I guess that does make sense – you’ve convinced me.

      • Pete George 13.2.1

        And the Clayton’s effect is very common with first term governments, stick with the default and give them time to prove themselves.

        Comfort from not changing much in very difficult times should not be underestimated.

        • Colonial Viper 13.2.1.1

          And thus the frog cooks.

          • MrSmith 13.2.1.1.1

            You’re probably are aware of this CV, but I believe the boiled frog theory is untrue, in so far as the frog will in fact jump out of water slowly heated.
             
            Now lets hope 10%  jump left before the election .

  14. If the only way to get rid of Goff and rejuvenate Labour is for Key to win the election, then so be it…

    We’re quite a deviously masochistic society i reckon.

    We like to suffer cos it builds character, like to make excuses for our failings, if it means we don’t have to look too deeply within ourselves and accept personal responsibility, aren’t averse to a bit of subliminal self sabotage if we think we’re getting too big for our boots, don’t mind cutting off our noses to spite our faces and maybe it’s a hangover from Mother England, but we sure do love a good whinge as well.

    For all our talk of being the equal of the best of world we’re somewhat delusionally insecure. If it’s true we get the gov’t we deserve, then I guess we’re just not worthy of righteous politicians….yet

  15. mikesh 15

    All that motorcycle stuff I think was a mistake. It made him look like someone trying to build an image for himself. Or trying to create some sort of rapport. A bit like Geoffrey Palmer’s cringe making episode of playing the trumpet with Acker Bilk. The fact that he seems to feel he needs to do this makes him look weak.

    • Tiger Mountain 15.1

      Phil is a life long biker, so he is quite entitled to ride and be photographed. Imagine Shonkey on a bike… it would have to be one of those lame Harley trikes that non riding celebs seem to favour for their photo ops , he doesn’t have the balance or long enough legs to ride a proper two wheeler, heh.

    • lprent 15.2

      What are you talking about?

      Phil has always run around on that old heap occasionally for as long as I have known of him.

      For that matter it would not surprise me if Helen still has that bloody horrible 50cc hidden somewhere that she used in the 70’s to go to uni. In the 90’s she would potter around on locally to the electorate office and the shops with it. It was with a great deal of reluctance after she became PM that the DPS convinced here that it might not be a good idea….

      • Anne 15.2.1

        You mean that rowdy motor scooter? Was she still using it in the 90s? You could hear her coming before you actually saw her.

        • lprent 15.2.1.1

          Yep. A tribute to the longevity of the 70’s 50cc Yamaha. Left a nice haze of 2 stroke fumes as it departed as well.

          • Draco T Bastard 15.2.1.1.1

            Then we probably have a good reason to thank the DPS. Two-stroke engines should be illegal.

            • lprent 15.2.1.1.1.1

              You’ll have no argument from me. I don’t know that it was a two stroke. But it sounded like one…

              • TightyRighty

                She really rode around on that for all that time? That’s the type of thing that makes voters connect with someone. I think that’s rather cute. Not something I would ever normally say about HC

                • lprent

                  Yep. Wasn’t used often, but was used. I’d take a bet that it is still at the back of the garage somewhere.

                  • TightyRighty

                    it would be kinda awesome if the lady in charge of development at the UN was rocking brooklyn on a clapped out old scooter. so hipster, so unintentional. Why didn’t we know these things before, it’s so New Zealand. Like Sam Kelt in his clapped out old cortina with no rego or warrant. you might not like what the person does, but you admire that they don’t have as big an ego as is made out.

    • mik e 15.3

      It was the body language, Phil didn,t exude the tough motor cycle image. he,s in much better physical shape than buddhakey so he should give the hat wearing another go except this time stand tall and exude his physique instead of looking like a whimp leave that to key he does it to show his feminine side obviously !

      • MrSmith 15.3.1

        I hear you mik e, Phil should punch a few reporters out, like jones did to that guy that ambushed him trout fishing, and as much as people will cry and wail, deep down inside a lot of working class people would be cheering him on.

        Maybe punching is going to far but at-least man up Phil.

  16. Tiger Mountain 16

    For the last time: The polls are bent and manipulative but not necessarily inaccurate given the questions posed and manner in which respondents are engaged.

    Creeping ‘political agnosticism’ and disempowerment/disengagement is obviously a major problem in this country if laid off workers can’t make the link between their plight and a do nothing yet punitive tory government.

    A way forward has been demonstrated though by both fledgling Mana Movement and the Greenpeace/Iwi accord on offshore oil prospecting. Te Oneroa a Tohe (90 mile beach) would have seen some spectacular protests re oil sniffing if Shonkey and Parata had not tactically pulled their heads in till after the election and RWC.

    To use half of an old saying “act local”, basic political involvement at a personal and community level is an effective way to raise political participation. Direct action is sure going to be needed from November 26 on if Shonkey gets voted back in by the ranks of “don’t know, don’t care” kiwi shit’fer brainses and sheep shaggers.

    • pollywog 16.1

      the ranks of “don’t know, don’t care” kiwi shit’fer brainses and sheep shaggers.

      …let’s not forget the superficial sheilas smitten with Key’s money and smarm.

  17. Olwyn 17

    Firstly, whatever Labour does, it is up against a well-oiled, well-financed PR machine. A managerial leader is dismissed as a bore, but if we had a more charismatic one, no end of effort would go into depicting him or her as a hypocrite with feet of clay. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that many of the people who would make up Labour’s natural constituency now live in Australia, and I hope that at least some of them sway the balance by voting from there. Right wing bloggers often dismiss Labour as representing special interest groups and beneficiaries while abandoning the working class, overlooking the fact that this is largely what is left of Labour’s constituency when the manufacturing jobs are gone. The difficulty lies in persuading people that if we continue down the present path no one will end up winning.

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      Labour shot itself by not more heavily boosting manufacturing activity and unions (and other core powerbases) last term.

      Observe how the Right Wing systematically takes apart Labour strongholds. Villifying teachers and breaking down Hillside workshops and the RMTU is just one example.

  18. Tangled up in blue 18

    The polls show that New Zealanders, quite rightly, prefer the policies of the Left, such as capital gains tax, over National/ACT’s ‘plan’ to hock off our assets.

    Boggled?

    The Fairfax Media-Research International poll shows 49 per cent of voters think National has the best plan to fix the economy, well ahead of Labour on 17 per cent.

  19. Bill 19

    If I could photoshop, I’d construct the following image and post it as an idea for an election poster. But I can’t, so the description will have to do.

    main image: a dopey looking ass (those four legged animals)

    header: only an ass would vote for a Donkey government.

    secondary images: above the ‘Don’ of DonKey a ‘toothy’ open mouthed Don Brash with a “Hee” subheader attached.

    above ‘Key’, similar image to the one above’ Don’ but with a “Hawww” suibheader attached.

    Any such election poster might illicit a defensive and indignant reaction from some along the lines of ‘What you mean by that?’

    And the door would be open for Labour to enlighten.

    • Axle 19.1

      Nice one Bill
      The blame ain’t the politicians’ alone. You need an obvious point like … only an ass would vote for a Donkey government… to get some self critique going. It’s a psychological shift that needs to be applied.

    • Pete 19.2

      You get points for your intention Bill, but that’s completely the wrong way to go about it. You don’t insult the electorate. The Left is trying to gain back those voters who swung to the Nats in 2008 and motivate those who stayed at home to get out and vote. Calling swing voters names isn’t going to bring them along with us. In fact I would suggest leaving Key alone altogether – only engaging him in the debates, where Goff can demonstrate a greater mastery of policy.

      Go after the Right’s weaknesses – Brownlee, Tolley, English, Ryall, Wilkinson. Maybe Bennett and Collins (although they do appeal to a vindictive streak in some dark quarter of middle NZ’s soul). Have them crawling under Key’s skirts so he’s too busy doing damage control. Enough time has passed, it’s time to politicise the handling of Pike River and the Christchurch Earthquake (yes, I know Labour voted for the bill, but they can say “We trusted Mr Brownlee and he failed Canterbury and NZ …”).

      Keep on nipping away like a pack of jackals at a wounded lion and the Nats can be brought down.

      • Axle 19.2.1

        Nipping’s ok Pete. The intention of the ‘insult’ however is a realistic point. You need nipping and polemics and a lot of out there activity – way beyong this bloggy haven.

  20. davidc 20

    No one will roll Goff as they dont want to be the one blamed when November comes around, better to roll him in December and try and make a go of a rebuild.

    I have no doubt Nationals popularity will drop in the comming months but half of what they drop will go to Act and that wont hurt them anything like as much as Labour need.

    Realistically tho Labour have a few mountains to climb. Getting into bed with Winston is a large dead rat that the electorate wont swallow. The idea of a Lab/Green/Maroi/Mana/Winston coalition being needed to beat Nat/Act will be hammered by both Key and Brash. Goff isnt strong enough to control that lot. Labour needs to stop telling porkies, the “your house will never be subject to CGT” is the latest. Bollocks.

    • lprent 20.1

      …but half of what they drop will go to Act …

      Dreamer. Who in the hell would vote for the old fart and his crew of back stabbers with their aversion to women and anyone who isn’t a old white affluent male.

      Oh yeah – you would. Based on your comments here, that doesn’t surprise me. I have seldom seen anyone as clearly out of touch with society since redbaiter last emerged from the 1950’s.

      • davidc 20.1.1

        The people who dont want to be taxed to death by Labour, who have good jobs, who hate CGT, who now vote Nat will go to Act.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.1

          “taxed to death”? Never heard of such a stupid thing

          How about “worked to death” while being paid SFA? And “worked to death” actually happens.

        • mik e 20.1.1.2

          Thats because of our celeb PM BS berlusconi without the scandel one man spin machine

    • Lanthanide 20.2

      “Labour needs to stop telling porkies, the “your house will never be subject to CGT” is the latest.”

      Let’s recall National’s previous stance on 3-letter acronyms – “We won’t be putting GST up”.

      • davidc 20.2.1

        So whats your point?

        You want to go into the election with Goff spouting “they lie so we do too?” Odd.

        Personally I see Labours voters fleeing in droves and Greens picking up the pieces.

        • Lanthanide 20.2.1.1

          More to the point: Key lied, so you’re assuming that Goff is/will.

          • davidc 20.2.1.1.1

            I am not assuming anything. Goff has lied about personal houses being caught under his CGT.

            • Lanthanide 20.2.1.1.1.1

              If you’re not “assuming” it, then please provide EVIDENCE that Goff has lied.

              Otherwise you ARE assuming it.

            • Colonial Viper 20.2.1.1.1.2

              Bullshit. If you run a business from your house, and take business tax deductions from that it’s NOT a “personal” house is it.

              Its a business premesis.

              • davidc

                And if you use one room for work and rightfully claim some expense for that, and your family live in the house yes your HOME gets caught under Labours proposed CGT.

                So that is every self employed tradesperson and tens of thousands of small business owners that think quite rightly that Goff is lying to them.

                • Colonial Viper

                  BULLSHIT

                  That detail is not available yet, Labour’s expert panel will define those details, NOT YOU

                  My bet is: if you claimed that 10% of your home was used for business purposes, then 10% of any future capital gain will be subject to CGT i.e. a tax of 1.5% of your capital gain.

                  Don’t sweat it buddy.

                  • davidc

                    and you just dont get it… Goff is seen as lying because its kinda true and kinda a lie and needs to be explained at length and your average punter just wont listen to the detail… half arsed policy that can be attacked so easilly is killing him and the Labour party.

                    and even if its only 0.0001% of your house is caught…its still a lie.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Dumb on you for thinking that the complexities of a CGT can be condensed into some kind of sound bite.

                      Shallow thinking from a shallow thinker

                      “Because its kinda true”

                      ffs what are you 10 years old?

                    • So, the people who claim 10% (or whatever) of their house as a business premises for the IRD but then want to claim 100% of their house as a personal residence for CGT aren’t ‘lying’ in one instance or another??

                    • freedom

                      davidc
                      your house is already taxed if you run a business from it as you must declare what portion of your Family Home is used for business. A number of businesses can be run from a Home and if memory serves up to 50% of all costs can be attributed to the business. It affects your mortgage, your rates, your power bill your insurance, and drastically changes the domestic-use benefit of doing your GST. The flipside of this is that there may or may not be a call to attatch this activity to the CGT.

                      So you are basically bitching that Labour MIGHT be planning to follow existing Tax laws.

                      true many many businesses are run from the Family Home without full and complete declarations to the Taxman, but that is a different story . .

                • mikesh

                  Oh come on. This is not lying. The question of working from home is a minor detail which somebody has thought of. The majority of houses will not be affected, and of those that are only a small fraction of the house will be affected. You’re just indulging in what Muldoon would have called “nitpicking”.

                • mik e

                  BS David carter make it up as you go economic policy sounds like Natioal

            • Tangled up in blue 20.2.1.1.1.3

              If it’s a “family home” then how are they able to claim mortgage interest as a business expense?

    • mikesh 20.3

      [Realistically tho Labour have a few mountains to climb. Getting into bed with Winston is a large dead rat that the electorate wont swallow.]

      The person most credible in his opposition to asset sales is Winston Peters.

      • Pete George 20.3.1

        Peters has made no attempt to explain how all his buy-back and stop-foreign-ownership policies will cost – on top of the handouts he proposes to old people, and young people with student loans.

        Don’t expect any credible numbers from Peters.

        • Colonial Viper 20.3.1.1

          Stopping asset sales will cost fuck all PG. After all they only cover 2 months worth of NZ debt repayments.

        • mik e 20.3.1.2

          Peters wouldn,t put up a policy this big without some way of funding it so he will let you dig a hole and when you fall into it he will come up with the answer to get maximum coverage he,s a master media manipulator not unlike Key

  21. Bill 21

    Or they could go with something along the lines of a more ‘subtle’

    header: “NATIONAL!”

    image: smiling Phil undersigned Ph Goff

  22. Rich 22

    I’ve always thought Goff’s heart’s not in it. For 18 months after the election Labour was silent. Many of National’s most egregious policies (abolishing ECan, mining national parks, CERA, education cuts) have gone unopposed by Labour, with a strong hint that they felt them to be a good idea but didn’t want to stir their supporters.

    The CGT policy seems to be a case of putting it out there as something that might be brought in sometime in the distant future. Sold well to policy wonks, but no ability to convey a sense to ordinary voters that they’re paying excess income tax and GST in order to give their landlord a tax break.

    • Colonial Viper 22.1

      Your perceptions are completely uninformed. Goff and the LAB front bench are gunning hard for National. The fact that the media gave minimal coverage to Labour for a year after the last elections is NOT Labour’s fault.

      Around the CGT the polls show that the public get it and support it. Again your perception is completely misinformed.

      • Rich 22.1.1

        The media are the propaganda arm of NACT. Pure and simple. Labour will never get favourable media, unless they move so far to the right (and National fail so badly) that those in control of the media see them as their best hope (see Tony Blair).

        The public might support CGT, but they evidently aren’t convinced of it enough to change their vote. All the attacks on National policies I’ve heard in the last three years have come from somewhere other than the Labour front bench.

        • Colonial Viper 22.1.1.1

          I don’t understand why you are repeating all the spin then if you know what it is. Saying LAB has been silent for instance, when it is actually the MSM which has been silent.

    • Anne 22.2

      For 18 months after the election Labour was silent
      Rich:
      Labour’s political gurus at the time advised them to stay quiet for the first year or so because any criticism of the new govt. would have been portrayed/seen as ‘sour grapes’. I think they were right. That’s exactly what would have happened.

  23. Oligarkey 23

    I actually think it has more to do with the fact that the people trust the quasi-fascist foreign-owned media. They inevitably give support to the Washington consensus political parties.

    Channel 1 news has been subject to a right-wing takeover too.

    Oh – and a bully-streak has been bred into NZ society by the successful implementation of a divide-and-rule economic policy, supported by Goff and Clarke, aimed at impoverishing the working class, and getting them compete amongst each other for the scraps, whilst bashing people who can’t get work.

  24. Oligarkey 24

    Inside the head of most working class NZers there is a little brown-shirt, just waiting to take out their frustrations out on someone they see as inferior to them. The oligarchs have made pliant little servants out of us. Little serfs, reaping them an ever increasing share of the economic surplus.

  25. Deb 25

    To Eddie who opens this post with – “The polls show that New Zealanders, quite rightly, prefer the policies of the Left, such as capital gains tax, over National/ACT’s ‘plan’ to hock off our assets.

    How then does he analyse the following question and answer in the latest Fairfax poll, being:

    “Which party, if any, do you believe has the best plan to fix the economy?” a question answered in this manner – 49% backing National and a mere 17% backing Labour.

    The way I see it that it hardly seems a preference for Labour’s policies.

    I look forward to an explanation.

    • Tiger Mountain 25.1

      Here is an explanation, FOC moreover. The polls are bent, manipulative and often deliver contradictory findings. Remember Shonkey rode in on middle class welfare votes-Working for Families and the orig version of KiwiSaver, Labour policies and legislation.

  26. Gus 26

    Trust is hard to win and its easy to lose. There is just no doubt in my mind that Goff has lost trust. He has certainly lost mine. Thats not to say I dont think he is capable of being the PM. I just dont trust him enough to be the PM and therefore National will keep my vote until such time as Labour have someone they can put up that I can trust or Goff takes some action. We live in a Country where people value trust (honesty) above most other things. Being a capable likeable guy is not enough. Doing the right thing is important even if it is sometimes just a perception. If you are serious about Goff connecting with voters then he must ask for forgiveness. People are willing to give forgiveness if it is asked for. I dont like some of the things Labour got up to – using public money that isnt in accordance with the rules is just one example. Clean up the house, ask for forgiveness, say your sorry for your mistakes and when you give your word stick to it. Do that and be believable and Goff will get my vote … along with a lot more. While Labour and Goff remain blind to the sins of the past things will not go well in November regardless of what policies labour run on. Nothing anyone says will change my mind until I see this happen. Im a middle income earner who is not tribal. Labour need people like me. They cant do it alone on lower income earners.

    How does a politician ask for forgiveness ? A simple apology is a great place to start as long as you know what it is you are apologising for. Maybe a session on ‘what we did wrong’ would help.

    • MrSmith 26.1

      Jesus Gus, if all you can come up with is the pledge card line from 9 years of labour then you had better have a good hard look in the mirror, then say the labour Government under Helen would have to be the most honest Government bar none.

      Find me a more honest government that did 3 terms and I will buy you a beer tomorrow Gus.

  27. chris73 27

    You said: “Well, I agree about dropping the attacks that haven’t hurt Key and have too often gone off half-cocked”

    I said: “So stop trying to smear him, it hasn’t worked for how many YEARS now so its not going to work in the next couple of months, time will bring his popularity down”

    Apparently some on the left do listen

  28. MrSmith 28

    That’s the difference Chris you see them as attacks, but a lot of people just see them as pointing out his failing and they are many, the few that need to be reached haven’t woken up yet , lets hope they do.
     
    If labour have some nasty, losing is not an option, hard nosed people doing their thinking, they may have a chance.

  29. Barry 29

    I think that Labour have to trust the electorate. If it is a contest between Key and policy, then Labour will pick up votes in the campaign. The danger is that Goff will try to out-key Key and get into a personality contest that he can’t win.

    Honesty is the only chance that Labour has. If they have dirty linen, or try to hide things, or try to bring down Key then the focus will move away from policy.

    I don’t know that they can move enough votes to form a government, but nobody really expects the current poll numbers to hold for the election. There is no call for Labour to panic and do stupid things.

  30. Max 30

    I’m one of those indicisive swing voters, I’ve voted both sides at various times. Usually against rather than for. I voted against Helen & I got John. This time I’ll probibly give John another go. Him & his guys seem to be doing pretty much an ok job in tough times. I dont’t feel that labour has changed any since I voted against Helen, the same old crew is still there & I’ve still got 450 lightbulbs that I bought when they were going to ban them. Stupid shit like that really turned me away.
    I mentioned in the post about John & Letterman that I couldn’t see the outrage that going on presently. FWIW to me as a swing voter this is stupid shit as well. Honestly why are you wasting time with that? To me it’s a non issue.
    I know this being the left blog an all you don’t really like to see disenting views but maybe it helps as well, after all its the stupid shit that costs votes..

    • McFlock 30.1

      Um – unless half of the swing-vote population panic-hoarded hundreds (450? ffs) of incandescent bulbs, I’m not sure you’re typical of that group. You might just be doing the routine “everyone is just like me” projection.
        
      Anyone know if there was actually a massive spike in bulb sales?

    • lprent 30.2

      I’ve still got 450 lightbulbs that I bought when they were going to ban them.

      Now I know you are a fool. Who would be so paranoid to spend money to waste money.

      • Max 30.2.1

        Thanks I won’t bother you no more. good luck

        • lprent 30.2.1.1

          Oh don’t mind me when I am commenting [lprent: but do when I moderate]. My opinions tend towards the blunt and sarcastic because I really can’t be bothered being a ‘nice’ person – it cramps my style.

    • Eddie 30.3

      you sunk several hundred dollars on a non-appreciating asset, that’s sitting in a cupboard taking up space, so that you would have a decade’s worth of incandescent light and could delay going go over to the newer, cheaper version?

      Meanwhile, in the real world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phase-out_of_incandescent_light_bulbs

    • Draco T Bastard 30.4

      I’ve still got 450 lightbulbs that I bought when they were going to ban them.

      Doing something totally stupid for totally stupid reasons. A perfect example of Irrationality.

      Incandescent bulbs cost more to run, use up more resources (they burn out faster) and thus put the costs up on everything else – especially electricity.

  31. Max 31

    LOL it’s probibly genetic in my case as several family members did the same thing unkown to each other.

    • McFlock 31.1

      Seriously – where did you put them all?

    • Puddleglum 31.2

      How many showerheads did you buy?

      • Zetetic 31.2.1

        probably got a low flow anyway. Being rural. Rainwater supply.

        Funny how economy can make sense. Course, being careful with your limited water supply is totally different from the country being careful with its limited electricity supply.

    • felix 31.3

      Give the kids a few good hidings the night before the s59 repeal too?

    • Puddleglum 31.4

      I’m not usually into genetic determinism, but who knows?

    • Reality Bytes 31.5

      Pretty pointless. You could have got decent LED bulbs for less than half the overall cost, bulbs which would have similar overall lifespan to the combined incandescents anyway, since they tend to last 50-100 times longer.

      Oh and in the meantime you’d only use 10-15% as much power as the craptastic efficiency old tech incandescents. And you would actually be able to use the product you paid money for. Instead of it sitting on a shelf becoming obsolete.

      Hoarding old technology like this sounds to me like someone who thinks it’s a great idea to stock up on unneeded 1Terrabyte hard drives, Blank CD-R’s and 3.5″ disks.

  32. Max 32

    5 box’s of 100 don’t take up all that much room & we have several big sheds being rural & all.

    • Colonial Viper 32.1

      5 boxes of 100?

      You said you had 450 left.

      Damn, have you used up 50 incandescent light bulbs over that time?

      • chris73 32.1.1

        I think you’re missing the main point of this thread which is: Eddie agrees with me

        • McFlock 32.1.1.1

          quelle surprise – a righty thinks it’s all about him.

          • chris73 32.1.1.1.1

            quelle surprise – a lefty actually listened to a righty and determined that what he said was good

            Theres hope for this country yet

            • McFlock 32.1.1.1.1.1

              Nah – it just goes to show that if you stick enough tories in front of enough keyboards, one of them will eventually type something that’s logical.

      • lprent 32.1.2

        That was my thought as well. In a apartment with (umm) 18 light fittings I would go through probably 25+ bulbs per year. I used to keep 10 or so of the bulbs around because when they’d die, they would all die at once. But with a 11ft stud, I would be up and down the ladder like a yoyo.

        I started shifting over to the new ones as they blew and after a year or so they’d all been replaced. It was almost 4 years before I had to replace one – and that was because the fitting had a problem after the stand it was on got knocked over.

        These days I have my years replacement supply of 2-3 bulbs sitting in the cupboard.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    58 mins ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 hours ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 hours ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 hours ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 hours ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 hours ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    7 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    8 hours ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    13 hours ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    17 hours ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    19 hours ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    19 hours ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    21 hours ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    1 day ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 day ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 day ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    2 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    2 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    3 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    3 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    3 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    4 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    4 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    4 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    5 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    6 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    6 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    7 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    7 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago