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Making the decision

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, November 7th, 2008 - 55 comments
Categories: act, election 2008, greens, helen clark, john key, labour, maori party, national, progressives, united future - Tags:

Have you still not decided who you’ll vote for? The final poll shows the race between a National/ACT/United Future or a Labour/Green/Progressive/Maori government is neck and neck, so your choice matters. Here is some advice and tools that may help:

When choosing who to vote for there are three things you should consider:
policy – what does the party plan to do? Is that in the best interests of you, your family, your community, and the wider world?
trust – do you believe that the party will do what it says it will?
competence – do you think the people who would govern if that party is in power are up to the job?

Change for its own sake is not a reason to vote for a party. The Government has a very important job, you want the best parties to make up that government. Vote on the issues that matter to you, not trivial things that parties often concentrate on. The biggest issues for most people are having a job, getting enough money to afford a decent standard of living, health and education. Real freedom is not light-bulbs, it is having the income security to afford the life you want for you and your family.

Since Labour came to power, unemployment has fallen to record lows, wages have risen strongly, crime is down, health and education have improved, Working for Families and tax cuts have reduced tax to nearly zero for many families, government debt has been reduced, and private saving has been encouraged with Kiwisaver. A Labour-Green government will continue to build on this record. This article describes NZ under a Labour-led government

National’s record is wages dropping and high unemployment, this time their policies are to weaken work rights. National will not be putting more money into health and education, it would increase government debt and cut Kiwisaver in half. National’s tax cuts would increase tax for many families and would only give others 1-2% more in after-tax income. This article describes NZ under a National-led government

This test calculates how well your personal views line up with the policies of each party
– This tax cut calculator is the only one that includes money you would lose from Kiwisaver contributions under National.
The Standard Line series of posts addresses a number of the issues that have arisen during this campaign.

55 comments on “Making the decision”

  1. Janet 1

    Are you talking about the latest Roy Morgan poll. Nats down one and Labour up 2 – only 7% between them and the Greens over 10%. take a look at http://www.roymorgan.com

  2. Bill 2

    I can’t see Nat doing it.

    The polling is more systemically bias this time around than last for reasons outlined and argued on previous posts.

    And how many undecided voters got completely turned off by JK in his private jet wank fest?

    Anyhow, whatever happens we lose, ’cause no matter which way you vote, the government always gets in. sigh

  3. Hoolian 3

    Good bye Labour! Yeeha!

  4. Janet 4

    Sorry wasn’t paying attention – distracted by the massive hail storm here which still has ice all over the ground,.and the silly things people were saying on National Radio about polls, but not this one obviously. Thanks for the break down of the RM – didn’t see it earlier.

  5. Daffodil Gal 5

    “Anyhow, whatever happens we lose, ’cause no matter which way you vote, the government always gets in. sigh”

    LMAO

  6. Swampy 6

    Labour’s record is making government bigger and more draconian, nanny state leading onto police state. Social engineering reforms without any reasonable justification are intended to break down the traditional structures of stability in society and create additional justification for Government intervention.

    If re-elected “the most left wing government in 70 years” would most likely move even further in this direction renationalising Telecom (or at least its lines) and Contact Energy thus restoring key monopolies in government ownership. There would be further legislation aimed at cracking down on key freedoms, we could expect to see the Press Council which handles complaints against newspapers overthrown in favour of a government controlled body similar to the BSA for example. Hate speech legislation is likely since it was blocked during the previous term by United Future.

    In continuing its leftward direction Labour as always would empower trade unions with more opportunities to strong-arm private business owners and entrench their existing strong monopolistic powers in existing legislation.

    All of the above ultimately represents serious threats to our freedoms as individuals and to democracy as an institution. Democracy is strongest in societies where capitalism is practiced. The USA is one of the world’s most democratic country.

    New Zealand has had to endure years of democracy being weakened, not only by the Left promoting MMP, but by the successive Labour governments dismantling all protections built into our system. MMP is a total crock and the succession of increasingly bizarre governments that Clark has cobbled together is a total joke.

  7. ak 7

    Lab/Greens ahead and Winnie on 4.5%……….

    Newsworthy?

    Watch closely tonight how much airtime this poll gets: genuine litmus test of the true nature of our mainstream media.

  8. Felix 8

    “gee anyone would think I was voting for National”

    dave it’s obvious you’re one of those really smart righties who votes for act but if you don’t realise that you’re voting for a national govt then you’re even more deluded than you seem.

  9. Oh Steve, that wasn’t you screaming “John Key the anti Obama”

    Hopefully people will vote on what politicians are more honest, and who would be best for the country, and use stats and hard data and science to make their choice, and I hope nutters who thinks crying catch phrases make them a political scientist forget to vote.

    FINAL PREDICTION

    National 50%
    Labour 31%
    Maori party 8%
    Greens 6%
    NZFirst 2%
    Act 2%
    United .8%
    Others .2 %

  10. Carol 10

    Well, it’s going to be interesting to watch the results and see how much they match up the the media hype & polls. If National forms a government, IMO, it won’t be a very stable or productive one. The majority will be too slim and fractures within the Nats and between their coalition partners will result in all kinds of problems. And their policies are yesterday’s ones. There will be a new economic approach internationally that leaves ACT especially, and a lot of the old faces in the Nats, completely out of step.

    OTOH, if we get an LPG + M agreement to govern, it will provide the possibilties for negotiating a new way forward in difficult times. If they don’t get to govern, they’ll take the time to forge a new way forward anyway, in preparation for their next stint in government. The have a positive working relationship amongst the left parties.

    But, a Labour led government this time round is still a possibility.

    So I’m giving my electorate vote to the Labour candidate – the most worthy left candidate. And I’m giving my party vote to the Greens.

    Labour’s practical systems and exepertise, and Clark’s skills in managing support aggreements + The Greens (and MP) new ideas will result in forging a new way forward. It will be focussed in the right direction for the future problems (on the environment & support for a work places, that positively nurtures workers, as well as sustainable and productive businesses, plus social policies that will promote communities worth living in).

    Whatever happens, the left won’t lose in the middle term, because the Labour government have laid the appropriate ground work.

  11. dave 11

    dave it’s obvious you’re one of those really smart righties who votes for actWhy bring my name into this thread?

    [she was talking about Australian Dave. SP]

  12. ak 12

    Confirmation of the state of our press…..latest and most historically accurate poll ignored, after the huge meal made of previous ones (including in tonight’s bulletins).

    Election 08: a handful of “journalists” just doing their masters’ work…..

  13. randal 13

    dave cause you piss over everything else!

    [this post is specifically for undecided voters coming on the net before voting, they’re likely to be new to blog threads, lets not have you and dave putting them off. SP]

  14. Janet 14

    Helen asked Stacey Jones to come out of retirement and go back to NRL and he has. Only the news is only reporting the coming out of retirement bit.

  15. Carol 15

    AK, it’s because the news media also focus mostly on their own polls. it’s their way of creating ‘news”.

    After this election I think it will be time to demand a better MSM…. or maybe the election will just show they are irrelevant?

  16. marco 16

    Very interesting link to the political quiz. It directed me to vote National, but alas that would be supporting the likes of Lockwood and Maurice and quiet frankly they scare me more than the ebola virus.
    Go team purple.

  17. Alexandra 17

    Hoolian
    Im guessing you was a premature baby, now a premature man!

    [criticise without getting personal. SP]

  18. Pascal's bookie 18

    Swampy,

    Labour’s record is making government bigger and more draconian, nanny state leading onto police state.

    how do you feel about the fact that Key has said it will be a priority to start collecting DNA samples from everyone charged with an offence that could receive a jail sentence.

    Note that that is charged, not convicted and that the sample will not be destroyed. The state will be collecting and retaining DNA samples from innocent citizens under a Key led government.

    Social engineering reforms without any reasonable justification are intended to break down the traditional structures of stability in society

    Nah. I’m guessing you are talking about Civil Unions and the like? If so you’ve got it barse ackwards. The biggest proponents of social engineering in that case were those who felt that the State should only recognise certain types of relationships.

    I can’t really be bothered with the rest of your paranoid speculations, which are wrong in any case, the next thing on the agenda is actually The Compulsory Gay [Mandatory ManDates for Tories] Bill.

    This though, The USA is one of the world’s most democratic country., is funny.

  19. Carol 19

    Just watched all the closing statements as party political broadcasts on TV One.

    Key made all those promises about cutting buearocracy in the public services. Actually, that hasn’t grown out of step with the development of frontline services. His focus on education is good, but the testiing idea just doesn’t stack up. There’s enuff stuff going on to monitor students. And time spent on testing against national standards, just increases buearocracy unnecessarily – contradicts the claims he makes to bwant to cut such stuff.

    Why do Key and Hide keep getting filmed driving around in cars – not very good for the environement and wastes fuel resources..

    The Nat closing address vid tried to be presidential, but came off looking like one of those work-place training vids one has to watch on in-service training days.

    Clark & Anderton went for the depression era fireside chats, aimed at talking directly to the people, responding to what they wanted in difficult times. Might not go down well with the younger generation used to multimedia, and fast-paced sight and sound, that caters to short attention spans. I noticed that Clark was critical of Key and National, but no more so than Key was of Labour. It’s interesting how Key claims he concentrated on a positive campaign, unlike Labour whohe says just tried to smear him and his party [note the contradiction – smears Labour and Clark by saying they are the smear artisits.]

    The Maori Party had a cool vid, focused on the people, and their energy & sense of community, and on their relation to land and precious resources. Best vid of the bunch IMO..

    The Greens had cool visuals & a great message, but I wasn’t too keen on the wispy languid music.

    Winstone gave us some stern and stirring stuff for troubling and dangerous times. He spoke fearlessly against the media and vested interests who had tried to bring him (and democracy) down. He pledged to fight them in the bus queus and the train stations, with his followers bravely weilding their gold cards. He promised to stand up to the evil money traders and foreign vested interests that will rip off our banks and businesses. And he rounded it all off with a Winstonian victory sign.

    Hide – geez,he just looks like he’s auditioning for reality TV. He reminds me of an old guy at a party, dressed to look young, who tries to make you laugh with weak jokes, and dance with you when you’re trying to avoid him. God I hope he loses!

  20. randal 20

    ok
    take randals advice kiddies
    VOTE LABOUR!

  21. Carol 21

    Randal. I’ll vote for the local Labour candidate – actually a cabinet minister.

    I forgot to mention the closing statement by Peter Dunne (UF). Actually I hardly watched it. I was bored as soon as he started talking and went to attend to a chore. He talked a bit about the importance of coalitions and working well in relationship with coalition parners. Made me laugh, as it just reminded me of how he and potential coalition partner, Hide, were arguing heavily against not wanting to support each other’s policies – on RadioNZ National’s Morning Report, Minor leaders’ debate earlier this week.

    That’s all I saw of his closing statement vid.

  22. randal 22

    his haircut wasn’t up to much either!
    anyway
    the local nat mp is gonna get rolled here too

  23. Pascal's bookie 23

    Carol, thanks for the reports.

    Dunne makes my fist itch.

    Total empty vessel.

    People bag Winston for being a self promoting unprincipled parasite, and rightly so, but widdle Peter does the same bloody thing using boredom as a shield. No one can stand paying attention to him for more than 10 seconds lest their brain freezes, so he just keeps getting away with it.

    When he had his big success and the worm people fell in love with him he ended up dragging a bunch of evangelicals into parliament. No worries, I don’t care. I’d like to see some more of them in there actually, Heighten the contradictions like.

    But the thing was that nobody knew until they were there. Ther were stories in the paper about “OHMIGOD look who Petries friends are, who knew?” He certainly didn’t say who was on his little list to the broader public. They were there as payback for something, either donations, on the ground workers or whatever. He hooked up with them as a tactical move to keep ‘imself in parliament, and when they got embarrassing he dropped them like rotten boogers. Tried to keep them quiet as MP’s, (though there was that one chap that went on hunger strike about some eeevil thing), and generally treated them like serfs.

    Wot a shit.

    Vote him out.

  24. Seti 24

    It seems likely that, as happened in the Australian Liberal party, the upper ranks of Labour will dessert their parliamentary careers for greener pastures soon after their humiliating defeat, leaving an inexperienced rump of a party that will barely be able to mount a credible challenge in the following term.

    So this election will in fact dictate a centre-right government for the next six years…and there is nothing wrong with that.

  25. mmm, dessert. my girlfriend is promising exactly that but won’t make up her mind what she’s making

  26. randal 26

    seti the search for extraterrestial intelligence foundered when they discovered you
    nevermind
    it proves you are not what you claim to be
    the natoinal party is out on its feet
    all the yesterdays men who never were todays men will be swept away by the tide while Lbour and the greens grapple with real issues besides lining ones own pockets with other peoples money
    Keys is good at that
    he got away with $50,000,000 but he aint gonna get away with any of mine

  27. bobo 27

    Just watched the alt tv interview with Helen Clark was the best one ive seen of her, shame it wasn’t on tv1 or mainstream media so a few undecided voters could watch. If Labour doesn’t make the numbers it will be the best government to be voted out of office, will be close and I hope Winnie can scrape in , besides most of his supporters would hang up on pollsters so maybe his support base is better than it shows..

  28. randal 28

    bobo
    that is why natoinal are so desperate
    this IS the best government New Zealand has had for a very long time yet the tory wreckers just want to get in there and loot the treasury and state assets like they always do after Labour has straightened out their last mess

  29. forgetaboutthelastone 29

    don’t lie steve. You don’t have a girlfriend – enjoy making your own dessert tonight. Hope you can make up your mind.

    (trolling is permited on elections-eve don’t you know)

    [it appears it will be some kind of ginger cake. SP]

  30. Lew 30

    PB: At the cost of a Nat government for three (or if you believe the hacks, six) years?

    (I’m agnostic on ths point, so it’s not a leading question 🙂 )

    L

  31. Seti 31

    Those who will abondon the party, of note –

    Uncle Helen
    Cullen
    Mallard
    Barker
    Tizard
    Burton
    Street
    Dalziel
    Chadwick
    O’Connor

    …as well as a host of back benches.

    There will also be a certain amount of bloodletting in the Goff-Cunliffe battle leaving many of their losing supporters disillusioned, prompting another exodus.

    Of course Winnie, his team, Anderton and Fitzsimons will also be gone.

    I actually feel sorry for the left…sort of.

  32. bobo 32

    Randal – hopefully we aren’t talking about buying back the rail, bringing back kiwibank and getting rid of an employers contract act , 8 years from now… a bit like how america has been in a redneck time warp since Pres Clinton went..

    forgetaboutthelastone – haven’t you got a National party pre-win nasty 90s yuppies & traders themed party to go to tonight?.. the last one the nats thought they had in the bag too. I always back the underdog not a dog of a party.

  33. Janet 33

    Alt TV interview with Helen Clark by Oliver Driver was excellent. Pity too late to link to it for others who missed it. She was much more relaxed and candid, and lighting less harsh. Mentioned how her husband and mother are very upset by the attacks on her, that National went looking for dirt on her husband’s academic career (I wonder why she hadn’t raised that before?), and how the left and right have such different values and policies. Mentioned that Stacey Jones’ public endorsement was in response to the League-ies fury over the other two backing Key in South Akld the other day. Oliver was a great interviewer and finally asked the sort of questions that I wanted to hear about.

    And thanks Standard for the wonderful election information and support over the last few months. Kept us sane, informed and connected. I’m not surprised that even the righties like it.

  34. Bill 34

    As things stand right now, NZ could be ahead of the game given the crunch about to descend. Every other country is belatedly moderating free-market policies to something not dissimilar to what labour has been doing for the past 9 years (right wing free-market with the edges smoothed). They will probably go ever further left as reality dictates.

    Meanwhile, NZ is meant to be 20 – 25 years behind everyone else. Hence the need for Key and National.

    So vote Nat to get NZ back where it belongs in the global scheme of things.

  35. randal 35

    seti I think your parents must have abandoned you at birth and that is why youhave such a jaundiced view of the world
    none of those people will abandon the Labour Party
    they have principles anda desire to do the right thing
    they are not fly by night carpetbagging tories
    take ahike dude

  36. RedLogix 36

    What impresses me about the steady trickle of noxious righties with their flacid little ‘pre-gloats’ of a runaway National victory, like Seti above, is just how little they care.

    1. They don’t care that gloating is rude.

    2. They don’t care that it reveals a meaness of spirit and a weakness of character.

    3. They don’t care that in the not implausible event of Labour/Greens forming a coalition govt, that they will have been proven wrong.

    4. They don’t even care that all their blowhard piffle reveals that they do not even understand the basics of MMP.

    This inablility to care, a lack of empathy and understanding of how your actions or words might be read by others, is the defining feature of right wing politics. They are the centre of their own little universes; devoid it would seem of any other consideration but themselves.

    Elections come and go, as do governments from time to time. Even sadly, good ones. It is the price we pay for being loyal to the principle of democracy. Tommorrrow, regardless of the result, I urge those of us on the left to pay that price with dignity.

    My prediction is that the result will be close. The difference between the major blocs will likely be in the order of a handful of seats. In that we should all take pause, for in it there will be no cause for overweaning joy, nor sneering put-downs from either side. This nation, along with the whole of humanity, is facing a critical juncture in the affairs of civilisation. Important choices face us all that wholly transcend the petty bickerings of partisan politics.

    I do not believe that National has demonstrated any capacity to cope with the radical transformations that are about to be thrust on us all, whether we like it or not. Their policies are fundamentally rooted in the same worldview that bought us the Muldoon and Bolger govts. Even the faces have not changed, nor have they appeared to learn much, except to how to run more deceptive election campaigns. But in doing so they have explicitly made promises that will prove vexacious to honour, and for this reason a National led govt would likely tear itself apart within a single term.

    And as much as Labour has long served the ordinary working people of this nation with vision, courage and steadiness…. I believe that this election will be seen as a turning point in which the Greens will have the opportunity to lay an enduring claim to being the future of the left. Moreover the Maori Party will likely face it’s first real political testing, and out of that any lingering delusions about whether the interests of the Maori people and that of the capitalist/ownership class can be politically accomodated will get sorted.

    Regardless the actual outcome tommorrow (and that is far too close to call) I remain both hopeful and profoundly optimistic for this country. Latent within the Maori, Green and Labour parties are people of tremendous vision and leadership capacity. They will not remain unheeded for long.

  37. forgetaboutthelastone 37

    bobo – nah coz i is voting the greens tomorrow.

    i’m quite relieved the whole campaign is over really. been thinking Labour would probbly lose this one for over a year now so its nice they are still in with a chance.

    there has not been a lot of talk about the consequences of national losing again this time – i can hardly imagine the awesomeness of that scenario – and the MSM would be doomed.

  38. Pascal's bookie 38

    Lew, probably not.

    feck.

    I’d be interested to see how National’s factions survive government though. Key’s got them playing a funny little tune ideologically, and coalition partners will be in the mix as if the DeeJays had one too many pills. oompsta graunchda oompittty clunk.

    And if the left gets in, Dunne may resign rather than face up to his burnt bridges I suppose.

  39. gomango 39

    not sure the morgan poll is too exciting – poll period october 20 thru nov 2nd. a little bit out of date even though it is the last to be released (nice marketing gary morgan). Safe to assume half the respondents were polled prior to october 27 a lot has happened in the last 10 days, most negative or Labour..

    Herald poll period october 29 thru nov 5 – much more current. Not sure of the TV3 an TVNZ polling periods…..

  40. randal 40

    dont worry folks
    have faith
    john keys is gonna get wendell wilkied
    wiki that
    hehehehehehe

  41. bobo 41

    To be honest I thought they were going to lose the last one after watching the first few hours of results on tv, but they pulled through and the media grinds down your expectations of Labour winning if you believe it all. But National still haven’t groomed any major coalition partner apart from the usual, would be suicide for Maori to go with them in the end.

  42. forgetaboutthelastone 42

    quite an inspirational comment there RedLogix – cheers!

  43. bobo 43

    If National wins does that mean the Guru Kevin Roberts will resettle here ready to rebrand NZ under John Keys tourism portfolio… 100% black polar neck sweaters….

  44. randal 44

    gotta go now folks
    have ahappy election
    SP AND LPRENT THANKS FOR THE RIDE
    and make sure the tories dont get the last word
    bye for now

  45. bobo 45

    Have a good one Randal 🙂

  46. Ianmac 46

    ReLogix: I agree with you. Over on Colin Espiners blog there is a whole team of posters who say the most nasty of anti-Clark, anti- Labour, anti all things liberal. I asked of them what effect did they think they had on the 90% of the people who just look but don’t post? (90% watch, 9% post sometimes, 1% post a lot) I suggested that the nasty stuff that they post would be unlikely to get others to join them and it certainly put me off. I would not like any of the poisonous ones standing behind me ever. The dialog amongst the right, centre, and left can be good fun and informative but there is nothing from the nasty ones.

  47. Monty 47

    Its Over – and you tomorrow night will be crying into your Lion Red while the Nats swill French champagne to celebrate the demise of the most corrupt government this country has known.

    But we are a kid caring bunch on the right – so while you are drowning your sorrows maybe you will wantt o play this classic from Roy Orbison

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dA7zNk2YLk a wonderful tune

  48. Pascal's bookie 48

    Hey look, Monty said something on topic, and proved a point.

    The wonders never cease.

    night all, Vote before you drink.

  49. Seti 49

    Well I actually concur with your sentiments RedLogix however if the situation was reversed and it appeared National was about to be routed I doubt very much you would extend yourself to be the voice of restraint as the rabid left twisted the knife.

    Of course I could be wrong…

  50. Lew 50

    RL: The long game is important, and I agree with you – the outcome tomorrow will be important mostly as a stage-setting exercise for years to come. The major achievement of the Thatcher Years was to move the political centre; and the major achievement of the Clark government thus far has been in changing NZ’s political orthodoxy. It’ll take a lot of changing back.

    As far as I’m concerned, there is only one genuinely bad outcome from this election – and that’s Nat/ACT/UF in government alone. If the māori party end up in there, they’ll be a powerful moderating influence – especially if they have more MPs than ACT. They’ll change the face of NZ politics if they’re in government, and I’ll be genuinely pleased if the Nats will work with them. I’d have said the same of the Greens.

    National have campaigned on a liberal (in the American sense) platform: on 28 August John Key said “I’m not going to campaign on a moderate, pragmatic, progressive agenda for New Zealand and then sign up to a radical right-wing agenda.” If he goes back on this statement, which was made explicit on this and other occasions and was a common thread through the campaign, National will have to answer to the electorate. That is the self-correcting nature of democracy, and whichever way the cake gets sliced tomorrow and in the following days, my ultimate faith is not in a party or a group of parties – but in the wisdom of crowds. As they say, it’s hard to fool all the people all the time, and despite mounting evidence to the contrary I retain my faith in people to make good decisions.Individual people, no matter their ideology, do not have a monopoly on wisdom.

    Activists I know have talked about a 1,000 day campaign if the Nats win, and I think that’s what will happen, and it’ll be important and relevant.Whoever wins this election has a hard road ahead of them – like Barack Obama has a hard road ahead of him as POTUS. Whoever wins the election will have to put up or shut up – the pretty talk which wins elections will simply not cut it. Those of you who genuinely believe John Key is an empty vessel should be rejoicing – because if he is, he’ll fail in the coming years, and be supplanted by a superior alternative in 2011. I don’t think John Key is an empty vessel, and my concern isn’t that he’ll win – it’s that he’ll win and be competent enough to make significant changes to political orthodoxy in NZ. The dude is hyper-competent, he’s driven, he’s ruthless, he’s decisive and he’s pragmatic. That makes him dangerous.

    This is what the Labour campaign should have been about all along, and if they lose tomorrow, in a sense they’ll have deserved their fate.

    L

  51. gingercrush 51

    Any thoughts about Pundit saying that Labour’s internal polling by UMR has Labour-Green ahead of National-Act by one point?

    And what I got from the article was that it was simply Labour and Green.

    Doubt its accuracy, but food for thought I guess.

  52. Swampy 52

    Pascal’s bookie
    November 7, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Swampy,

    Labour’s record is making government bigger and more draconian, nanny state leading onto police state.

    how do you feel about the fact that Key has said it will be a priority to start collecting DNA samples from everyone charged with an offence that could receive a jail sentence.

    — Where has that statement been made? reference?

    Social engineering reforms without any reasonable justification are intended to break down the traditional structures of stability in society

    Nah. I’m guessing you are talking about Civil Unions and the like? If so you’ve got it barse ackwards. The biggest proponents of social engineering in that case were those who felt that the State should only recognise certain types of relationships.

    — How about, Labour liberalises the sale of alcohol back in Helen Clark’s DPM days, then they have just realised it caused a few problems

    This though, The USA is one of the world’s most democratic country., is funny.

    In the US they have
    – Written constitution that all laws have to conform with.
    – 2 houses
    – binding referenda in a lot of states (Propositions)

    NZ only has a dumb electoral system called MMP and nothing else to protect democracy. Bill of Rights can’t be enforced, single house and no respect even for non-binding referendums.

  53. burt 53

    It will be what it will be. Get some sleep. I’ll see you all on the other side when we see who gets to say “we won, you lost – eat that!”.

  54. Lew 54

    Swampy: Know what you’re voting for.

    “Currently, DNA samples can be taken only with a suspect’s consent, or where people are suspected of an offence punishable by more than seven years imprisonment.

    That requirement precludes DNA samples being taken from those suspected of a wide ranges of significant offences, such as assault with a weapon. And it requires police officers to go through the complex process of applying to the High Court for leave to take a DNA sample where consent is not obtained.

    National thinks DNA samples should be taken in a wider range of circumstances.

    So, we will require DNA samples to be taken from all those arrested for offences punishable by a term of imprisonment.”

    http://www.johnkey.co.nz/index.php?/archives/267-SPEECH-To-the-Police-Association-National-Conference.html

    L

  55. Lanthanide 55

    Your tax cut calculator is seriously broken.

    On my salary of 58.5k, it says that I will get 37.76 / week under Labour in 2008. What I actually get (and this is reflected in my actual payslip) is 16.53 / week.

    Also cell B80 has a mistake in it, it should be / 52.178.

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  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 hours ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    6 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    19 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    19 hours ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    23 hours ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    24 hours ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 day ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    3 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    3 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    4 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    4 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    5 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    1 week ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks ago
  • “Action for Healthy Waterways”: Some big ticket actions that the Government has neglected
    Prof Nick Wilson, A/Prof George Thomson, A/Prof Simon Hales, Prof Michael Baker The NZ Ministry for the Environment has produced a valuable discussion document with many good ideas for improving the health of waterways in New Zealand. But there are important gaps. In this blog we consider three big-ticket items ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?
    Finding reality needs more than wishful thinking. The problem is that statistical arguments often provide a jargon to confirm biases. Image credit: Accurate Thinking Versus Wishful Thinking in Gambling I worry at the way some ...
    2 weeks ago
  • “Line the wasters up!”: Yes, NZ, it’s “bash the poor!” time again with ya mate Simon…
    This really shouldn’t need to be said, but hell… looks like we need to do it all over again: Simon Bridges, and the National Party shock politics doctrine, seems to demand every time that its Leader, its Party and anyone seemingly involved with it, cannot get real traction on real ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • A partial release
    The Ombudsman has ruled on the issue of Julie-Anne Genter's letter to Phil Twyford on the "Let's Get Wellington Moving" policy, and forced the release of some information. The Ombudsman's statement is here. The key point: the letter was written in part in a Ministerial capacity, and was official information ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: California burning
    Its fire season in California, and the state is on fire again, with tens of thousands evacuated and millions without power as forests and homes burn. And its so bad now that some are asking whether parts of the state are now too dangerous to inhabit:Three years in a row ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    5 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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