Luxon slumps in latest Colmar Brunton poll

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The latest One News Kantar Poll result has been released and it is a doozie.

Labour is down slightly from 38% to 36% which is not great … but …

National is down 3% from 37% to 34% which is not good for them but …

Act is up 1% to 11% and the Greens are up 4% to 11%.

It is still neck and neck.  But the polls have tipped to the left.  With the Maori Party there is now a way for the left to retain power.

But the headline is that Chris Luxon’s polling has plunged.

Preferred prime minister rankings will be disappointing for National’s Luxon, who plunged to 17%, a 5% drop on the last 1News Kantar Public poll.

To add insult to injury, Labour Party leader Chris Hipkins picked up almost all of those points, rising to 27%, a 4% jump on his previous result.

Act Party leader David Seymour is steady on 6%, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is up 1% to 3%, and some still hung on to former prime minister Jacinda Ardern, with the Mt Albert MP on 2%, down 3% on the last poll,

National must be wondering what to do with Christopher Luxon.  As leader it is clear that he is not up to scratch, people do not like him and do not trust him.

The interesting dynamic is the surge to the left and to the right minor parties.  Clearly the electorate is becoming increasingly polarised.

Stand by it is going to be a hell of a year …

57 comments on “Luxon slumps in latest Colmar Brunton poll ”

  1. Anne 1

    With the Maori Party there is now a way for the west to retain power.

    ? 😉

    [Oops I meant left!. Will correct – MS!]

  2. observer 2

    Thank goodness the National Party has no understanding of the blindingly, toe-curlingly obvious … and it's been obvious for many months:

    .https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-26-07-2022/#comment-1902150

    “I think it’s highly likely Luxon will be replaced before the election. Sure, people can say “no, not another change”, but it would be a worse mistake to persist with somebody so ill-suited for the job, so out of his depth.”

    (see dozens of similar comments, not just from me but by anyone who's … awake?).

    To repeat my earlier prediction: Nicola by May.

    • weka 2.1

      hope not.

      • Drowsy M. Kram 2.1.1

        Me too; and Judarth before him. If only Judarth were still at the helm, instead of being just the Nats spokesperson for Science Innovation and Technology, Foreign Direct Investment, Land Information, and Digitising Government.

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    The Luxon Slump – it's a thing.

  4. Drowsy M. Kram 4

    Interesting – if (and, like all polls, it's a big 'if') this was to be the result after election day, and if (not such a big if) Te Pāti Māori at least held on to Waiariki, then might it give the redneck NAct MPs and their campaign managers pause for thought? Time will tell.

    New ACT Party policy branded 'divisive' and 'bigoted' by Māori Party
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    Greens pull Three Waters support, citing lack of protection against privatisation [8 December 2022]

    The political debate National and Labour can’t agree on [6 February 2023]
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  5. AB 5

    The person with some explaining to do is Farrar. The Roy Morgan had the Greens on 12% and this one has them on 11%. Farrar's Curia poll of a few days ago has them dropping to under 6%.

    My impression is that Morgan usually has the Greens too high, but Farrah has got the Greens’ direction of travel completely wrong. The charitable interpretation is that Farrar's poll is a rogue or it has a methodological error of some sort. Other, less charitable, explanations are also possible.

    • Barfly 5.1

      "Other, less charitable, explanations are also possible." I would bet on that.

    • Graeme 5.2

      I have done one of those surveys. The questions are loaded and difficult not to answer in favour of the right.

      it takes a bit of thinking to understand the question’s and not give the answer thats wanted.

      taxpayer Curia polls are a fucking rort.

      • Peter 5.2.1

        I have been to the same movie as you with Curia. You say "it takes a bit of thinking to understand the questions and not give the answer that's wanted."

        I distinctly remember thinking (and wanting to say) "You can't ask me that, like that. it's not scientific."

        • Frank Macskasy 5.2.1.1

          If that's true, Peter (and I'm not saying it's not), David Farrar had best be careful. It's only a matter of time before they inavertantly phone a journalist who realises there's a story in this.

          Aotearoa is a small place and damned hard to keep political secrets hidden.

    • Bearded Git 5.3

      Farrar always has an agenda. His Green poll numbers will have been doctored to give the media the headline "Greens close to crashing out" which RNZ was dumb enough to use in its bulletins on the Farrar poll.

      Meanwhile Farrar made comments on RNZ's The Panel (see my post a few days ago) supporting the Israeli law changes that emasculate the Israeli Supreme Court and bolster the current right-wing extremist government. These changes have led to some of the biggest protests ever seen in Israel-Farrar was spectacularly wrong again…or is he in the pocket of the Zionists?.

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-64929563

      • lprent 5.3.1

        I do remember the all-expenses paid trip that Cameron Slater appeared to have to Israel. I also remember the pro-Israeli government propaganda that preceded and followed by both him and the Spanish bride on Whaleoil. From my reading of it, I took from it that the Slaters were fully into a genocide program against all Palestinians.

        It wouldn't surprise me that the largess that provided him with that trip was spread more widely.

  6. woodart 6

    too me, the big take is the rise in the green vote. the changing climate is going to be the big factor in the election, as pretty much everybody(even maureen) now realise the obvious, and most kiwis are thinking green. even the rednecks. water quality and the threat of privatisation has also made many think green. bad health and bad weather turns everybody socialist.

  7. newsense 7

    By that polling, not counting whatever rump is in Labour, that’s 48% of the country for doing nothing about climate change.

    And the current PM has just canceled parts of the successful clean car scheme and other things, so it is difficult to call Labour votes pro-climate action votes.

    So we’ve whittled down our climate response to will we follow the ACT line and leave everyone affected to the mercy of the insurance companies or after each event, will we continue trying to throw whatever cash can be freed up at the problem?

    Our biggest ever cyclone and rain fall and the result is about 4% for the Greens, maybe.

    What a waste that 100% pure branding was! 100% equity loss, 100% road closures…we’ll give a couple of bucks to an appeal, but stop driving an urban tank or even mildly support cyclists or find a farming leader who’ll tell farmers they should be part of the solution…

    That’s some sad polling.

    • observer 7.1

      It's not that bad. The same poll shows climate change as issue no. 2 for voters (cost of living is top, as expected). So it's above e.g. crime, despite all the negative headlines.

      • newsense 7.1.1

        But what does climate change as an issue mean here?

        There’s a huge difference between will I get bailed out if trouble hits which is a massive climate change concern, to will I support expensive (but comparatively cheap) infrastructure and lifestyle changes necessary to reduce the future impact of climate change. We’re not remotely on track to meet our obligations climate wise.

  8. Robert Guyton 8

    Seems like a mash-up. Perhaps we'll emerge, butterflies??

  9. tsmithfield 9

    I know that National has dropped a bit. But would Labour really be that happy about the result? After all, they have had a popular change of leader, and all the media attention with the recent flooding etc. So, maybe they would have been looking for more of a gap than that. Because it is still very close with the election quite awhile away.

    • Robert Guyton 9.1

      Nah. Luxon's deflating and out of puff.

      • Kat 9.1.1

        The next real leader of the National party has not landed yet…….

        • Robert Guyton 9.1.1.1

          Stuck at the jaw-oiling stage? Still needing some gloss applied to those dead-fish eyes?

          • Stuart Munro 9.1.1.1.1

            The Bene Tleilaxu always struggled with eyes – I'm sure the vats are brimming with promising new gholas already.

      • Tricledrown 9.1.2

        Chriscialus Luxon is suffering from premature electoral popularity now his peak popularity has past. National may have to abort this leader and find another who is not a christian brother.National voters may vote Labour again to keep the greens and the Maori party out in the cold.

    • lprent 9.2

      But would Labour really be that happy about the result?

      The resting state of the nation has been to be finely balanced between progressive and conservative for pretty much since 1996 (the exception being 2020 during the pandemic). That is the benefit of not being able to gerrymander electorates to get the (usually) National result wanted.

      Most coalitions have been a matter of just a 1-4 seats in majority. There have been a few cases like the 47th parliament in 2002 where it could have been closer to 8 with the non-coalition support of the Greens. But mostly just a few parliamentary seats in it.

      But what is interesting with all polling is the trend. It has been uniformly against Labour and for a National coalition since the 2020 election. Now it isn't…


      It hit the usual middle steady start last year for a close race between Labour and National.

      Same on the bloc side

      So yeah – this is good news for progressives. It means that a conservatives coalition is looking less likely in October at present.

      You can't look at the numbers directly – you look at trends. BTW: That wikipedia page is excellent and up to date.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_2023_New_Zealand_general_election

  10. tWiggle 10

    Luxon tries for gravitas, trips over himself, and comes off as a snoozey bore.

    • Tricledrown 10.1

      The disingenuous way Luxon reined in the fing useless Maureen Pugh made him look like a complete tool.

  11. Thinker 11

    Just had a look at the trends for the 2020 election as a comparison (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_2020_New_Zealand_general_election)

    Around this time in 2020, Simon Bridges was still leader and the Nats replaced him with Muller in May. Muller was replaced by Collins in July but in hindsight that was because of Muller's health issues. But, it shows they would be prepared to do a leadership switch even as close to election date as May – June, if it made sense. But, who would they replace Luxon with? My guess would be Paul Goldsmith, but Michael Woodhouse is the Shadow Leader. Or, they could try to take advantage of Jacinda being replaced by a male and put up Nicola Willis as an attempt at a Jacinda-style leadership.

    I still think, however, that National's biggest hurdle is its behind-the-throne leadership. In my opinion, ever since Simon Bridges, each National leader has reflected more the ageing-boomer image than someone who will enter parliament after election night, roll up their sleeves and get things done for the people of this country. I've suggested before that Luxon seems to be trying to appeal to National party leadership than the swinging voters. If National's leadership replace Luxon with another person who continues that trait, they might as well keep Luxon.

    But all is not roses for the left. At this time in the last election cycle, Jacinda was above 40% popularity and it just went up from there. It looks good for Hipkins, but we are still far off another result like in 2020.

    • observer 11.1

      They should replace Luxon of course, but it's not just who, it's how.

      2017 worked for the (then) opposition because Little chose to quit. 2020 didn't work because Bridges was knifed. Party united vs party divided, total contrast.

      Willis will probably oust Luxon, but it would be far better for National if Luxon "did an Andrew Little". Given all we know about his inflated self-regard, not much chance of that.

      • woodart 11.1.1

        yes, luxon is only there because he was promised leadership .

      • Thinker 11.1.2

        Observer your "…doing an Andrew Little" comment made me laugh. Before Andrew Little, we boys' school pupils were brought up on the phrase "…doing a Captain Oates", in reference to Scott's ill-fated 1912 south pole expedition.

        We were encouraged to learn from his brave sacrifice that was the only possible chance his companions had of survival. In adulthood, however, we learn that he was so riddled with frostbite he must have known death was not far away and he probably did what he did just to rid himself of a painful end.

        It made me imagine the National Party caucus inside their tent as the blizzard of unpopularity rages outside, their icy, frostbitten fingers clutching the latest Colmar Brunton poll that points to their inability to reach election base camp and to their being doomed to endure the frosty poll results until their final, misty breaths. Somewhere in the corner (yes, I know its a circular tent) kneels Judith Collins, deep in prayer, just in case TV1 is nearby.

        Suddenly, Captain Luxon stands up and opens the tent flap "I am going outside" he says "And I may be some time"…

        wink

        • Mac1 11.1.2.1

          Great extended image, Thinker.

          I thought yesterday of the remaining National caucus members who, facing the prospect of another three years outside the tent in the blizzard eating corned beef and biscuit whilst looking in at the feasting, slink away to their places under post-political corporate board tables and gnaw on the bones tossed to them.

        • AB 11.1.2.2

          "I am going outside" he says "And I may be some time"

          I wouldn't expect such spare, clean language from Mr Luxon. Something more like this perhaps:

          "Hey look, what I'm saying is that all the indicators are going in the wrong direction, we need to power up our strategic thinking and deliver. We need to rationalise our human resources in line with weather conditions and future high-probability scenarios so that we are all delivering value in ways that are aligned to the vision we have for hard-working polar explorers keeping more of their own lives and getting ahead. As a former CEO I am unequalled in my humility concerning the superiority of my talent for making hard decisions, cutting out waste and delivering. I am optimising the value chain by shrinking it across multiple cost-time dimensions operationally. This takes effect – immediately. Goodbye."

      • Drowsy M. Kram 11.1.3

        The anointed one [1 December 2021]
        There's a new face at the head of the National Party – but he's the fifth new face since John Key resigned five years ago. Is his the one that will stick?

        During that time [as CEO of Air NZ] he [Luxon] formed a relationship with John Key.

        Luxon had Sir John in his camp for this leadership bid and was guiding him, and although Key wouldn’t have been working the phones, he didn’t need to – party members knew.

        Backing a losing flag is one thing, but to oust Luxon would be to admit Sir John backed the wrong man, and that's gonna hurt at least some of the party faithful.

      • Robert Guyton 11.1.4

        "The only person within National capable of challenging Luxon, Nicola Willis, rates just one per cent in the poll behind even Jacinda Ardern, who is on two per cent. That would indicate that a challenge to Luxon is highly unlikely.

        Continue reading at https://www.politik.co.nz/no-more-time-for-words-hipkins-becomes-action-man/ | Politik"

    • lprent 11.2

      2020 was a pandemic election, and the population voted for the government who hadn't screwed up a existential challenge. We're unlikely to see that again for a while.

      2017 was kind of weird as well. That was "thank a deity, they've given me someone I can vote for".

  12. National must be wondering what to do with Christopher Luxon. As leader it is clear that he is not up to scratch, people do not like him and do not trust him.

    For god sakes, let's do everything in our power to keep him in place!

    Our last undercover operative, JC, was uncovered and dumped! Let's not repeat that mistake.

    Simply put, Luxon is our best chance to keep Nats/ACT out of power. Let's not stuff this one up.

    • Thinker 12.1

      Disagree.

      If I was a one-man selection panel, I'd replace the Luxon-Willis ticket with Sam Uffindell and Maureen Pugh.

      • Roy Cartland 12.1.1

        +100

        The fucking useless perverts. As described by their own. Perfect.

      • woodart 12.1.2

        +100 from me. perfect combination. covers all the nat fan groups.

      • Tony Veitch 12.1.3

        No, I rather fancy the Nataliban: Simeon Brown and Chris Penk!

      • “If I was a one-man selection panel, I’d replace the Luxon-Willis ticket with Sam Uffindell and Maureen Pugh.”

        One can but dream…

        • lprent 12.1.4.1

          I'm not sure that I'd like the Act vote to grow that high..

          • Maurice 12.1.4.1.1

            Indeed – the mutter 'Electorate vote National party vote ACT' is growing by the day in Pubs outside the main centres

            The National Party may not last for much longer at this rate!

  13. On the issue of the Greens, it's worth noting that overseas Kiwis casting Special Votes usually favour the Green Party. They almost always gain one MP after "Specials" are counted, and National and/or Labour lose one.

    I'd always add an extra percentage point to whatever polling figures show, or on election night.

  14. observer 14

    Kantar/TVNZ really should explain their numbers here. There's a big discrepancy between the party vote total (which gets to 100% once you add in all the 1% parties) and the preferred PM numbers, which leave around 40% unaccounted for. What did those respondents say?

    It's seriously misleading – unprofessional, even – to eliminate "don't knows" on one measure but then include them on the other. Apples and oranges.

    • Incognito 14.1

      33% answered Don’t know if there’s anyone they’d prefer as PM.

      https://www.scribd.com/document/631200489/March-2023-1News-Kantar-Public-Poll-Report-Day-1

      [this initial link no longer works – Incognito]

      • Anne 14.1.1

        "33% answered Don’t know if there’s anyone they’d prefer as PM."

        Doesn't surprise me.

        Half of them have probably heard the name "Chris Hipkins" for the first time and no nothing about him.

        The other half fell for the anti-Ardern line and now she's gone they don't know either.

        It doesn't bode well for Luxon that so many no longer know.

        • SPC 14.1.1.1

          The Know Nothing Party

          The best known of these nativist groups came to be called the American Party, and its adherents as Know-Nothings. The aim of the Know-Nothing movement was to combat foreign influences and to uphold and promote traditional American ways.

          The no Zealand Party …

          James Bond’s Epic Battle with Self Doubt and Doctor No

          They chose to start the film series with the book with the simplest narrative storyline.

        • Incognito 14.1.1.2

          Blast! My Previous link got deleted:

          The document March_2023_1News Kantar Public Poll Report Day 1 has been deleted.

          New updated link: https://www.scribd.com/document/631263164/1News-Kantar-Public-Poll-Report-March-2023

  15. Powerman 15

    Well, that made Mutch Mckay's eyes pop out, she is finding it increasingly difficult to spin the polls to suit National.

  16. observer 16

    There are more MPs lining up to defend Luxon in just one article than there were for Ardern in 5 years.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/485945/national-mps-defend-luxon-over-falling-popularity-i-see-the-man-that-you-don-t-see

    Usual rule applies: if you have to keep saying there's no issue with the leadership, there's obviously an issue with the leadership.

  17. SPC 17

    This is an easy MMP election to call.

    First the history

    1996. Winston divides the opposition vote and keep National in power (a good man returns to his roots and then gets shafted and learns his lesson).

    1999. Change after 3 terms.

    2002. The left falls apart and there is Labour coalition with the sensible centre United.

    2005. WP goes with the largest party (Labour 41-39 over National), once again enabling a third term government (as in 1996).

    2008-2014. Change after 3 terms. National is narrowly again and again the only party capable of forming a government (playing off ACT and MP to reduce their influence).

    2017. Change after 3 terms. WP this time gets involved in the formation of a new government (on balance the need for a change to more economic justice for workers and more public funding – such as PGF).

    2020. One party government enabled by centrists to block a Labour-Green coalition. The rejection of NZF resulting in WP determining not to support Labour again.

    2023. The most likely outcome is a minority government.

    WP will not back a NACT coalition. Nor form one with ACT. He is then reduced to supporting National with confidence and supply and leave ACT no option but to do the same.

    So either this has a majority, or it does not.

    If not, then Labour can form a minority government with confidence and supply from Green and the MP. This allows the new PM to cast it as him and Luxon, Labour or National. If WP neutralises ACT extremism, Labour will have to be precise as to how a coalition (with Greens and MP) would govern, or operate as a minority government.

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    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
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