Matariki and Prime Minister Ardern

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, June 24th, 2022 - 73 comments
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Plenty of experts will tell you about what Matariki ‘means to us’. Here’s what it means to Ardern.

Prime Minister Ardern is the set piece queen. When there are highly concentrated media moments, she and her staff are the best I’ve seen here at commanding and delivering the media cycle. Arguably too good. Whether it be one of the multiple crises that have befallen this government, appearances on Colbert, or a speech at the United Nations, she is the best of the small state leaders in the world today. Matariki is now precisely one of those set pieces.

The state funding in advertising, events, and public education programmes is having a big impact this weekend. It has extended to all public departments and by extension to the massive companies that support them. Hundreds of thousands of business team briefings this week have had solid Matariki acknowledgement and education slots. Ardern has made a new ANZAC Day and the state machinery will by necessity profile her across dozens of shining occasions. Key didn’t get close to this. Matariki is Ardern as star.

For Ardern Matariki is a political inhale moment. She reshuffled her Cabinet last week. She is gearing up her team for major legislative contests in water and in resource management. Her future has the next election starting to light the horizon. Whether this translates to a reset in public attitude to Ardern, well, maybe not this year but it will build.

Matariki is a popular and populist delivery for Ardern’s powerful Maori caucus. While there will remain a rump Euro resentment of Maori culture, Matariki is a near-perfect elision of the Undead Queens’ Birthday with something local requiring ever-deeper local knowledge. It sets Maori understanding into state permanence. It matches in time and in emphasis the major shift in the history curriculum in New Zealand education. Matariki will make resistance to the water reforms just a little harder.

It does not matter that it is a day manufactured out of nearly nothing.

It matters that Matariki redefines for Ardern how she leads us.

73 comments on “Matariki and Prime Minister Ardern ”

  1. Patricia Bremner 1

    Him indoors watched the ceremony held in Wellington. He was impressed. He said it was great and the subtitles allowed him to feel part of it. He feels in time this will be our celebration of us as a unique place with unique values. He said the PM must have been cold as it was windy.

  2. Robert Guyton 2

    "Matariki is Ardern as star"

    He whetu ia i roto i te ao Maori.

    Her achievement in securing this day of celebration has not yet been recognised at the depth it will be in coming years.

    Key buggered-up his attempt.

    Ardern shone with hers.


  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    Matariki will be a legacy indeed that grows more significant as the years pass.
    Hard to beat involving the Cosmos in a public holiday!

  4. aom 4

    "It does not matter that it is a day manufactured out of nearly nothing."

    What a sick puppy comment. Matariki hasn't suddenly appeared out of nowhere and it certainly wasn't created for political reasons. There are many cultures that celebrate Pleiades ( Matariki). Do you assume that out of political expediency, they all had a 'Jacinda bribe' moment before being recognised?

    There has been a history of advocacy for the recognition for Matariki in NZ covering at least two decades, various changes of Government and embracing more than just Maoridom. If it is offensive to have a holiday in observance, consider how offensive our other holidays may be for large sections of the community that 'suck it up' without 'sour grapes' comments like yours Advantage.

    • Robert Guyton 4.1

      "Matariki hasn't suddenly appeared out of nowhere…"

      That's true.

      The official public holiday though, did.

      I think Ad meant that.

      It's wonderful that the ancient celebration has attained the official and legal status of a public holiday.

      • Incognito 4.1.1


        • aom

          Five months before a holiday so long in the making doesn't seem to be extraordinarily short notice. Do we have to consult every thing to death so the populace can complain about stuff not being done to create political noise?

  5. Koff 5

    Agree with much of this post. JA needs some wins on home ground, so hope Matariki is one of them. The new holiday won't do anything to improve the lot of working class Maori but is a measure of New Zealand growing up as a nation with its own unique identity as a Pacific nation. I hope that the Pacific context is appreciated. Mata(r)iki (little eyes) is an Eastern Polynesian phrase for the constellation that has been used as part of the annual calendar, together with other astronomical features used in navigation for hundreds of years. Years ago, I sailed from NZ up to Papua New Guinea, pre GPS, using a sextant and the stars, planets and moon for ocean navigation. In PNG I taught Science to PNG students which included an Astronomy unit which focused on traditional use of the stars by Trobriand Islanders, who are Polyneisan in origin, but more distantly related to Maori. They call the Pleiades cluster/ Matariki "Uluwa" and use it to time the yam harvest. It was magic having a telescope on the boarding school grounds looking up at the night sky with Trobe kids and a colleague who was a Trobe science teacher with a chance to combine traditional use of the night sky together with modern Astronomy.

  6. TightyRighty 6

    After years away from commenting, this was just too much.

    If this is how Adern is going to be remembered, as opposed to all the grand promises she made to get elected, it won’t be remembered the way you’d like it to be.

    It’ll be remembered as a do-nothing prime minister leading a do-nothing government giving everyone a day off to do nothing.

    • Ad 6.1


      • New data shows New Zealand is failing on every social and economic human rights metric
      • The country is not delivering adequate rights to education, health, housing and work, based on what it could be achieving with the money available
      • When it comes to the right to food, New Zealand’s record is steadily declining
      • Māori, people with disabilities, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds are most likely to experience human rights violations"

      Human Rights Commissioner: NZ's quality of life record 'alarming' |

      Worth checking the full report from the Human Rights Commission.

      • aom 6.1.1

        What has this got to do with Matariki?

        Did it end up being misplaced? If so, could a moderator move it????

        • Incognito

          Ad is the moderator of/under his own Post!?

        • Ad

          No I was agreeing with the core of TR's point.

          • aom

            Why does this sound disingenuous?

            • SPC

              There is subtle difference between doing nothing and not doing enough …

              Someone claimed the government did nothing, the response was to cite a source saying the government was not doing enough.

              It’s called polishing a turd – the claim was untrue, but not without some merit.

            • roblogic

              Ad might as well blame Labour for CC, inflation, and the All Blacks losing the world cup.

              Labour has done a fuckton more than any government in ages to turn things around. Like Ad (presumably) I wish they had the balls to do more fundamental reforms. But they aren't doing nothing.

              • Corey Humm

                Jesus Christ the All blacks lost?!?!?

                Well that'd really be the end of the government if that happens next year lol.


        • higherstandard

          Ad has a knack for thought provoking posts which are more than what they seem on first glance.

          This time he had to add a bit of spice in the comments section to allow things to 'kick off' as it took a while for anyone to take the bait.

      • Muttonbird 6.1.2

        There's a graph in that article called;

        Declining scorecard on the right to food

        NZ's record on providing the right to adequate nutrition has been steadily declining

        But it clearly shows, in 2017, arrest of steep decline, in fact an accelerating decline. As of 2019 the right to food was not declining at all. This shows the Ardern government has reversed the trend of the previous National government with resect to the right to food.

        • Belladonna

          Yes, I agree the figures look flat for 2018-19. However, the graph (and presumably the data behind it) don't cover 2020-22.
          I don't think anyone would be in doubt that the steep rise in food prices has severely impacted on food supply for marginalized groups and on groups who were previously OK so far as food security goes.

          Certainly the food banks are reporting both unprecedented levels of demand, and that additional demand is now coming from families with full-time employment.

          "This winter, The Salvation Army is expecting to need to help more than 50,000 New Zealanders, a significant proportion of whom are experiencing food insecurity for the first time in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Winter demand for food support expected to grow by at least 60 per cent from last year."

          [This link is from the Countdown website – but the data comes from the Sallies – so shouldn't be disbelieved on that account]

          • Muttonbird

            Ad asked us to look at the data which, in the form of that graph, is exactly what I did. It's not my fault the data stops at 2019, but up to 2019 there is a clear indication Ardern arrested the decline in food access created by the Key government. Look at the graph, ffs.

            I don't know why you would admit Labour achieved something in this space in their first term of government only to then attack Ardern with anecdotes because there is no further data available from the Human Rights Commission.

            No doubt food prices are up the wazoo right now but we're negotiating our way out of the 1 in 100 year pandemic. Weirdly that doesn't stop you framing this as the fault of one Jacinda Ardern!

            I suspect you do this because you are a right wing Tory shill masquerading as a centrist. I always get very suspicious when people declare themselves centrists while constantly posting anti-left material.

            I suspect they are comfortably smug about their social conscience, but in serious denial about the same.

            • Belladonna

              I didn't frame anything. I didn't even mention Ardern!

              Looks as though you're desperately reaching, here. And imagining comments which I've never made.

              The article (not me) is deeply critical of the current government's achievements here. I didn't even share the article, or make the initial post. I simply called you on your inaccurate framing.

              You seized on a single data point which (you hoped) supported your arguments. I provided additional information (from the Salvation Army – who are actually doing the work in the community here), to indicate that the current situation is significantly worse. Not anecdotes. Data.

              If you have additional (current from 2020-2022) data (or even anecdotes) supporting your contention that there is no 'human-rights crisis here, move right along' – then how about sharing it.

              I don't disagree that Covid shutdowns and currently inflation have had a very significant impact on the health and wellbeing of many Kiwis. Far from it.

              However, denying there is a problem, makes it impossible to work towards a solution.

              If you want to make the point that I'm right wing – then please do so with quotes and evidence.

              Your perception of all Centrists as closet Tories, says more about you, than it does about me.

              I have no interest in participating in a Flame war with you. Please address the comments I make, rather than flinging accusations about. Play the ball not the (wo)man.

              • Muttonbird

                Another sign of a closet RWNJ is using the term, "says more about you, than it does about me". Used when their argument has ran out and they have been exposed.

                You criticised me for, "seizing on a single data point", but it's not a single data point, it's a graph showing a trend which you dismissed because it didn't cover the pandemic period.

                You then created a strawman by asking me prove, "there is no human rights crisis here, move along".

                My answer to that is, get fucked no thanks.

                [Chill – Incognito]

                • Incognito

                  Mod note

                  • Muttonbird

                    Copy that. I just think it's important to challenge the duplicity of the shy right wing.

                    • Incognito

                      I 100% agree with challenging others, be they Left, Right or Centre (or non-disclosed). I observed a robust discussion between 2 engaging commenters, which is great and what TS is there for, so please don’t spoil a good thing and keep your temper & language in-check.

    • weka 6.2

      This IP address was last used repeatedly in May by a regular commenter. If that's you, please revert to that name on your next comment (we require people to use consistenc handles).

    • weka 6.3

      the previous handle using this IP is permabanned. Your handle today also was permabanned in 2014. Adding you back in again. If you think this is unfair, email using the main TS email address.

    • Descendant Of Smith 6.4

      You must have really hated John Key then.

      Don Brash: Empty promises – Why I don't rate John Key's legacy.

      On a recent TV programme, I was provoked into quoting a recent assessment of the Key/English Government by Kerry McDonald, a former director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, and chief executive or chairman of a number of major companies. He had rated that Government at zero out of 10. On the TV programme, I said I agree with that assessment.

      He promised to close the large gap in incomes between New Zealand and Australia, and established the 2025 Taskforce to provide advice on how best to do that. He appointed me to chair that taskforce, and appointed four others to it. And then totally ignored our recommendations. The gap between New Zealand incomes and those in Australia is as big now as it was in 2008.

      Key spoke about the need to increase the export orientation of the economy, and set a target for exports of goods and services of 40 per cent of GDP, up from 30 per cent when he came to office. Today, exports are just 27 per cent of GDP, despite continued buoyancy in world markets.

      et al

    • aom 6.5

      So this Government and the Prime Minister haven't done or changed anything since being elected apart from turning a long celebrated event into a meaningful holiday?

      Just noticed that your dishonesty has been outed by weka! Interesting.

    • Mike the Lefty 6.6

      Well TightyRighty you are certainly making a big todo about nothing.

  7. Mac1 7

    As a matter of interest, the visibility of the Pleiades was used as a indicator of rain and crop management in South America as it predicted El Nino conditions.

    Here's a paper that concerns this.

  8. Stephen D 8

    It’s incredibly rare for me to agree with anything Peter Dunn writes. But this is well said.

    ”Every nation needs symbols of its nationhood. In New Zealand we presently have few of these. We lack a defined national day, opting instead for Waitangi Day because of the significance of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. We commemorate our service personnel on Anzac Day, the advent of the 40-hour working week on Labour Day, and we still retain the forelock-tugging, anachronistic holiday to mark the British Sovereign’s birthday. Of all of them, Matariki Day is the only national day we have that is free from any political or other undertone – and we must ensure it stays that way.

    Kirk’s original dream of a day each year when all New Zealanders – Māori, Pasifika, Asian or other – could come together to promote “with pride and confidence the unique gift we all possess by virtue of being New Zealanders” may yet come to fruition through Matariki Day. That would be one more welcome step on the road to our nationhood.

    “Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori!”

  9. Jenny how to get there 9

    Matariki; Returning Maori culture and traditions to their rightful place.

    The Himalayas has mountains, Yellowstone has geysers, the Amazon basin has rivers.

    New Zealand's rivers and mountains, and geothermal wonders, and dramatic scenery

    As beautiful and precious as they are, they are not unique. The overlay of Maori civilisation and culture over these natural wonders is what gives them their uniqueness.

    If that unique heritage was lost it would be a loss to the whole world.

    All ups to the Ardern administration for marking Maori civilisation science, astronomy and culture with a national holiday.

    • Grafton Gully 9.1

      The Maoris started off at river mouth moa hunter camps and then harvested the seashore, rivers and forests for food, stone, wood and fibre. It's the late C19 romantic tourist department stuff that your talking about with the mountains and scenery, not the kumara fields and aruhe. Fine until a southerly blows up, the tinder is out and kiore have dealt to the kumara pits. Nicely managed project though and a masterclass in media management and propaganda. Now for the hard stuff.

      • Ad 9.1.1

        One could reasonably say worse standing on the wasted vastness of the Somme, waving a little flag for ANZAC Day.

  10. Incognito 10

    Good Post!

    Key didn’t get close to this. Matariki is Ardern as star.

    Heh! Key got pretty close with his symbol legacy.

    Ardern’s Matariki speech is the familiar textbook example with the touching anecdotes. Key never managed the personal touch like Ardern because he was not authentic, IMO.

    • Patricia Bremner 10.1

      Thank you Incognito.

    • Ross 10.2

      Key never managed the personal touch like Ardern because he was not authentic

      Too funny. The PM does for authenticity what the Boston Strangler did for door to door salesmen.

      Meanwhile, Chris Hipkins "has been forced to publicly apologise over a stoush with pregnant journalist Charlotte Bellis…I understand it's taken 3 months of legal battles to get this apology made public".

      Of course, an authentic Prime Minister would have sacked Hipkins. Instead, Jacinda Ardern recently promoted him to the position of Police Minister.

      I recall the then-PM John Key saying the conduct of one of his Ministers (Dr Richard Worth) “does not befit a minister and I will not have him in my Cabinet”. If only the current PM was that principled.

      • Patricia Bremner 10.2.1

        Ross read Dirty Politics. Key principled Wow !! What a laugh.

      • Incognito 10.2.2

        Comparing Hipkins with Worth is false equivalence of the highest order and a foolish fail.

        Conflating authenticity and principled is another flagrant fail. You may want to throw in integrity too, for good measure.

  11. Heather Grimwood 11

    Matariki was certainly not manufactured out of nothing! At least fifty years ago teaching in a southern city school, I had pupils whose Maori parents took them fishing for Matariki, asking for homework so that children didn't miss out. The story was published in the school journal too, and was a well-known in schools in my experience in Auckland area as well.

  12. Mike the Lefty 12

    We have to remember that the public holiday of Matariki would not have been achieved without the Labour government. It would never have happened if National/ACT had been in power.

    National didn't even reward their wealthy Chinese backers with promises of making Chinese New Year a public holiday – cheapskates!

  13. Robert Guyton 13

    Hasn't today's discussion flowed well, without the needling and inflammatory insertion of the un-generous thoughts of what's-his-handle 🙂

  14. Stuart Munro 14

    This celebration may be a farsighted move by the PM and her Maori caucus. Although it has vastly improved in the last few years, Waitangi had ceased to be the day that brought NZ together. Now there is a uniquely NZ day once again, and this one is not ruined by the legacy of land thefts and broken promises. The stain that is the toxic legacy of Douglas and Richardson may be starting to come out, and NZ returning to its best iteration, a place where goodwill reigns – the place that moved Popper to write The Open Society and its Enemies.

  15. RedLogix 15

    On the whole a fine thing. And not a recent idea either.

    The crucial factor will be whether it becomes a unifying event for all kiwis.

    • Robert Guyton 15.1

      Everybody I've seen today seems really happy!

      Why wouldn't they be?

      • RedLogix 15.1.1

        It will be all good if it remains a positive event that everyone feels welcome to engage with.

        • Robert Guyton

          I think it will.

          The Marae at Bluff – Te Rau Aroha, illuminated the beautiful structures they have built there (Cliff Whiting lead that work some years ago), then invited everyone to come and enjoy the spectacle. Here are some photographs:

          Who wouldn't feel encouraged and … proud!

  16. joe90 17

    Trawling Papers Past for references to Matariki. The earliest refer to a race horse named Matariki and a little later steamers, and rugby and matches involving clubs named Matariki.

    And then this gem.

    • Molly 17.1

      Thanks for that Joe90. Another story to add to the collection.

      (I love Papers Past. Because of my family's unusual surname spelling, I can find multiple articles for family members I have direct connections to, or clear childhood memories of. A couple of great-relatives are noted for drunken behaviour, one very pious uncle was in the paper for punching his boss on the railways after a 'heated exchange' in his youth)

      • joe90 17.1.1

        I found the family junkie. A story of addiction told in court appearances, beginning shortly after a return from the Boer war through to shortly before his death in the early 60s. His court appearances were for the crime of substance abuse and dependence that we see today, theft, vagrancy, sleeping rough in enclosed spaces etc.

        Notably, the frequent references to long term substitution, doctors script for x number of grains of morphine etc, and remands for inpatient treatment at various institutions made it clear the law was treating him as a victim of his addictions.

        And then we succumbed to moral panic and ended up with the misuse of drugs act 1975.

        • Molly

          It is interesting to read the family stories through the lens of the press.

          Found reports of my grandparent's wedding – complete with full fashion descriptions – providing a colour palette to the familiar black and white photos of that occasion.

          One of the ones that I found which I had no previous family knowledge of and strangely aligned with current conversations, is the prosecution of a great-great aunt and her daughter being prosecuted for performing abortions for un-wed women.

  17. DS 18

    I think Matariki is an excellent initiative. Not because of any culture-war considerations, but simply because the middle of winter needs something celebratory to spice it up, and this particular spice is something quintessentially New Zealand. We previously had nothing between Queens Birthday and Labour Day – that's a long time to go without a holiday.

    • Maurice 18.1

      Wiccans celebrate the Winter Solstice based upon pagan religion from thousands of years ago. The solstice is just reversed in the Southern Hemisphere.

      • Blade 18.1.1

        True- thanks to Gerald Gardner. And while based on pagan religions, many Wiccans would have you believe their religion in its present form has a unbroken lineage going back centuries. Not true.

        The same with Matariki with it's present overbearing modern take( in my opinion).

        Pity the holiday wasn't in late July; early August. That would truly have broken the year up with a good spread of holidays.

        • Robert Guyton

          No one cares what you think 🙂

          • weka

            please don't. If people didn't care there wouldn't be a problem would there. If you poke the bear it's the mods that have to sort out the resulting mess.

  18. Ross 19

    My son and I stand beneath the great night sky
    And gaze up in wonder
    I tell him the tale of Apollo And he says
    "Why did they ever go?"
    It may look like some empty gesture
    To go all that way just to come back
    But don't offer me a place out in cyberspace
    'Cause where in the hell's that at?

    Now that the space race is over
    It's been and it's gone and I'll never get out of my room
    Because the space race is over
    And I can't help but feel we're all just going nowhere

  19. Hunter Thompson II 20

    Setting Matariki as a public holiday is better than an expensive (and ultimately fruitless) debate on a new national flag. So I give the PM points for that.

    Now if she can ensure NZ rivers flow freely and cleanly it will be an enduring legacy of inestimable value. I doubt if the planned Three Waters scheme, with its creation of more bureaucrats, will achieve her pre-election promise.

  20. Molly 21

    The Herald has a series of five short videos on the some of the stories around Matariki.

    Worth the small amount of time to view for those interested:

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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • MICHAEL BASSETT: Modern Maori myths
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Dreams of eternal sunshine at a spotless COP28
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Oh, the irony
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Transport Agencies don’t want Harbour Tunnels
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    3 days ago
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • The Prime Minister's Dream.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • National’s new MP; the proud part-Maori boy raised in a state house
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Battlefield Earth – How War Fuels Climate Catastrophe
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    4 days ago
  • They do not speak for us, and they do not speak for the future
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Another attack on te reo
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • For the record, the Beehive buzz can now be regarded as “official”
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Failed again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Government’s Assault On Maori
    This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Even so, Christopher Luxon has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. In the NZ Herald, Audrey Young has compiled a useful list of the many, many ways that ...
    4 days ago
  • Rising costs hit farmers hard, but  there’s more  positive news  for  them this  week 
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    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    4 days ago
  • ROB MacCULLOCH:  Newshub and NZ Herald report misleading garbage about ACT’s van Veldon not follo...
    Rob MacCulloch writes –  In their rush to discredit the new government (which our MainStream Media regard as illegitimate and having no right to enact the democratic will of voters) the NZ Herald and Newshub are arguing ACT’s Deputy Leader Brooke van Veldon is not following Treasury advice ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Top 10 for Wednesday, December 6
    Even many young people who smoke support smokefree policies, fitting in with previous research showing the large majority of people who smoke regret starting and most want to quit. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere on the morning of Wednesday, December ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Eleven years of work.
    Well it didn’t take six months, but the leaks have begun. Yes the good ship Coalition has inadvertently released a confidential cabinet paper into the public domain, discussing their axing of Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs).Oops.Just when you were admiring how smoothly things were going for the new government, they’ve had ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Why we're missing out on sharply lower inflation
    A wave of new and higher fees, rates and charges will ripple out over the economy in the next 18 months as mayors, councillors, heads of department and price-setters for utilities such as gas, electricity, water and parking ramp up charges. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Just when most ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How Did We Get Here?
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Has the greenhouse effect been falsified?
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealaders  have  high expectations of  new  government:  now let’s see if it can deliver?
    The electorate has high expectations of the  new  government.  The question is: can  it  deliver?    Some  might  say  the  signs are not  promising. Protestors   are  already marching in the streets. The  new  Prime Minister has had  little experience of managing  very diverse politicians  in coalition. The economy he  ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    5 days ago
  • You won't believe some of the numbers you have to pull when you're a Finance Minister
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Pushback
    When this government came to power, it did so on an explicitly white supremacist platform. Undermining the Waitangi Tribunal, removing Māori representation in local government, over-riding the courts which had tried to make their foreshore and seabed legislation work, eradicating te reo from public life, and ultimately trying to repudiate ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Defence ministerial meeting meant Collins missed the Maori Party’s mischief-making capers in Parli...
    Buzz from the Beehive Maybe this is not the best time for our Minister of Defence to have gone overseas. Not when the Maori Party is inviting (or should that be inciting?) its followers to join a revolution in a post which promoted its protest plans with a picture of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Threats of war have been followed by an invitation to join the revolution – now let’s see how th...
     A Maori Party post on Instagram invited party followers to ….  Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti, Join the REVOLUTION! & make a stand!  Nationwide Action Day, All details in tiles swipe to see locations.  • This is our 1st hit out and tomorrow Tuesday the 5th is the opening ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Top 10 for Tuesday, December 4
    The RBNZ governor is citing high net migration and profit-led inflation as factors in the bank’s hawkish stance. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere on the morning of Tuesday, December 5, including:Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr says high net migration and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Nicola Willis' 'show me the money' moment
    Willis has accused labour of “economic vandalism’, while Robertson described her comments as a “desperate diversion from somebody who can't make their tax package add up”. There will now be an intense focus on December 20 to see whether her hyperbole is backed up by true surprises. Photo montage: Lynn ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • CRL costs money but also provides huge benefits
    The City Rail Link has been in the headlines a bit recently so I thought I’d look at some of them. First up, yesterday the NZ Herald ran this piece about the ongoing costs of the CRL. Auckland ratepayers will be saddled with an estimated bill of $220 million each ...
    5 days ago
  • And I don't want the world to see us.
    Is this the most shambolic government in the history of New Zealand? Given that parliament hasn’t even opened they’ve managed quite a list of achievements to date.The Smokefree debacle trading lives for tax cuts, the Trumpian claims of bribery in the Media, an International award for indifference, and today the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Cooking the books
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis late yesterday stopped only slightly short of accusing her predecessor Grant Robertson of cooking the books. She complained that the Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU), due to be made public on December 20, would show “fiscal cliffs” that would amount to “billions of ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Most people don’t realize how much progress we’ve made on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections The year was 2015. ‘Uptown Funk’ with Bruno Mars was at the top of the music charts. Jurassic World was the most popular new movie in theaters. And decades of futility in international climate negotiations was about to come to an end in ...
    6 days ago
  • Of Parliamentary Oaths and Clive Boonham
    As a heads-up, I am not one of those people who stay awake at night thinking about weird Culture War nonsense. At least so far as the current Maori/Constitutional arrangements go. In fact, I actually consider it the least important issue facing the day to day lives of New ...
    6 days ago
  • Bearing True Allegiance?
    Strong Words: “We do not consent, we do not surrender, we do not cede, we do not submit; we, the indigenous, are rising. We do not buy into the colonial fictions this House is built upon. Te Pāti Māori pledges allegiance to our mokopuna, our whenua, and Te Tiriti o ...
    6 days ago
  • You cannot be serious
    Some days it feels like the only thing to say is: Seriously? No, really. Seriously?OneSomeone has used their health department access to share data about vaccinations and patients, and inform the world that New Zealanders have been dying in their hundreds of thousands from the evil vaccine. This of course is pure ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A promise kept: govt pulls the plug on Lake Onslow scheme – but this saving of $16bn is denounced...
    Buzz from the Beehive After $21.8 million was spent on investigations, the plug has been pulled on the Lake Onslow pumped-hydro electricity scheme, The scheme –  that technically could have solved New Zealand’s looming energy shortage, according to its champions – was a key part of the defeated Labour government’s ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: The Maori Party and Oath of Allegiance
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Forward to 2017
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Fossils
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    Geoffrey Miller writes – New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the government’s smokefree laws debacle
    The most charitable explanation for National’s behaviour over the smokefree legislation is that they have dutifully fulfilled the wishes of the Big Tobacco lobby and then cast around – incompetently, as it turns out – for excuses that might sell this health policy U-turn to the public. The less charitable ...
    6 days ago
  • Top 10 links at 10 am for Monday, December 4
    As Deb Te Kawa writes in an op-ed, the new Government seems to have immediately bought itself fights with just about everyone. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere as of 10 am on Monday December 4, including:Palau’s President ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Be Honest.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he left off. Peters sought to align ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • Auckland rail tunnel the world’s most expensive
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • First big test coming
    The first big test of the new Government’s approach to Treaty matters is likely to be seen in the return of the Resource Management Act. RMA Minister Chris Bishop has confirmed that he intends to introduce legislation to repeal Labour’s recently passed Natural and Built Environments Act and its ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • The Song of Saqua: Volume III
    Time to revisit something I haven’t covered in a while: the D&D campaign, with Saqua the aquatic half-vampire. Last seen in July: The delay is understandable, once one realises that the interim saw our DM come down with a life-threatening medical situation. They have since survived to make ...
    6 days ago
  • Chris Bishop: Smokin’
    Yes. Correct. It was an election result. And now we are the elected government. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    7 days ago
  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48
    A chronological listing of news and opinion articles posted on the Skeptical Science  Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Nov 26, 2023 thru Dec 2, 2023. Story of the Week CO2 readings from Mauna Loa show failure to combat climate change Daily atmospheric carbon dioxide data from Hawaiian volcano more ...
    1 week ago
  • Affirmative Action.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • 100 days of something
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Look who’s stepped up to champion Winston
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • What's The Story?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The longest of weeks
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Suggested sessions of EGU24 to submit abstracts to
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    1 week ago
  • Under New Management
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago

  • Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and flood-affected regions in the Hawke’s Bay. The visit reinforced the coalition Government’s commitment to support the region and better understand its ongoing requirements, Mr Mitchell says.  ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity
    New Zealand has joined the UK and other partners in condemning malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Government, Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau Judith Collins says. The statement follows the UK’s attribution today of malicious cyber activity impacting its domestic democratic institutions and processes, as well ...
    2 days ago
  • Disestablishment of Te Pūkenga begins
    The Government has begun the process of disestablishing Te Pūkenga as part of its 100-day plan, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills Penny Simmonds says.  “I have started putting that plan into action and have met with the chair and chief Executive of Te Pūkenga to advise them of my ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend COP28 in Dubai
    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will be leaving for Dubai today to attend COP28, the 28th annual UN climate summit, this week. Simon Watts says he will push for accelerated action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, deliver New Zealand’s national statement and connect with partner countries, private sector leaders ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to host 2024 Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins yesterday announced New Zealand will host next year’s South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM). “Having just returned from this year’s meeting in Nouméa, I witnessed first-hand the value of meeting with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security and defence matters. I welcome the opportunity to ...
    3 days ago
  • Study shows need to remove distractions in class
    The Government is committed to lifting school achievement in the basics and that starts with removing distractions so young people can focus on their learning, Education Minister Erica Stanford says.   The 2022 PISA results released this week found that Kiwi kids ranked 5th in the world for being distracted ...
    3 days ago
  • Minister sets expectations of Commissioner
    Today I met with Police Commissioner Andrew Coster to set out my expectations, which he has agreed to, says Police Minister Mark Mitchell. Under section 16(1) of the Policing Act 2008, the Minister can expect the Police Commissioner to deliver on the Government’s direction and priorities, as now outlined in ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand needs a strong and stable ETS
    New Zealand needs a strong and stable Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that is well placed for the future, after emission units failed to sell for the fourth and final auction of the year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says.  At today’s auction, 15 million New Zealand units (NZUs) – each ...
    4 days ago
  • PISA results show urgent need to teach the basics
    With 2022 PISA results showing a decline in achievement, Education Minister Erica Stanford is confident that the Coalition Government’s 100-day plan for education will improve outcomes for Kiwi kids.  The 2022 PISA results show a significant decline in the performance of 15-year-old students in maths compared to 2018 and confirms ...
    5 days ago
  • Collins leaves for Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins today departed for New Caledonia to attend the 8th annual South Pacific Defence Ministers’ meeting (SPDMM). “This meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security matters and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Pacific,” Judith Collins says. ...
    6 days ago
  • Working for Families gets cost of living boost
    Putting more money in the pockets of hard-working families is a priority of this Coalition Government, starting with an increase to Working for Families, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “We are starting our 100-day plan with a laser focus on bringing down the cost of living, because that is what ...
    6 days ago
  • Post-Cabinet press conference
    Most weeks, following Cabinet, the Prime Minister holds a press conference for members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. This page contains the transcripts from those press conferences, which are supplied by Hansard to the Office of the Prime Minister. It is important to note that the transcripts have not been edited ...
    6 days ago
  • Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme scrapped
    The Government has axed the $16 billion Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme championed by the previous government, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “This hugely wasteful project was pouring money down the drain at a time when we need to be reining in spending and focussing on rebuilding the economy and ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ welcomes further pause in fighting in Gaza
    New Zealand welcomes the further one-day extension of the pause in fighting, which will allow the delivery of more urgently-needed humanitarian aid into Gaza and the release of more hostages, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said. “The human cost of the conflict is horrific, and New Zealand wants to see the violence ...
    1 week ago
  • Condolences on passing of Henry Kissinger
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today expressed on behalf of the New Zealand Government his condolences to the family of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has passed away at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut. “While opinions on his legacy are varied, Secretary Kissinger was ...
    1 week ago
  • Backing our kids to learn the basics
    Every child deserves a world-leading education, and the Coalition Government is making that a priority as part of its 100-day plan. Education Minister Erica Stanford says that will start with banning cellphone use at school and ensuring all primary students spend one hour on reading, writing, and maths each day. ...
    1 week ago
  • US Business Summit Speech – Regional stability through trade
    I would like to begin by echoing the Prime Minister’s thanks to the organisers of this Summit, Fran O’Sullivan and the Auckland Business Chamber.  I want to also acknowledge the many leading exporters, sector representatives, diplomats, and other leaders we have joining us in the room. In particular, I would like ...
    1 week ago
  • Keynote Address to the United States Business Summit, Auckland
    Good morning. Thank you, Rosemary, for your warm introduction, and to Fran and Simon for this opportunity to make some brief comments about New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.  This is also a chance to acknowledge my colleague, Minister for Trade Todd McClay, Ambassador Tom Udall, Secretary of Foreign ...
    1 week ago
  • India New Zealand Business Council Speech, India as a Strategic Priority
    Good morning, tēnā koutou and namaskar. Many thanks, Michael, for your warm welcome. I would like to acknowledge the work of the India New Zealand Business Council in facilitating today’s event and for the Council’s broader work in supporting a coordinated approach for lifting New Zealand-India relations. I want to also ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition Government unveils 100-day plan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has laid out the Coalition Government’s plan for its first 100 days from today. “The last few years have been incredibly tough for so many New Zealanders. People have put their trust in National, ACT and NZ First to steer them towards a better, more prosperous ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand welcomes European Parliament vote on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement
    A significant milestone in ratifying the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was reached last night, with 524 of the 705 member European Parliament voting in favour to approve the agreement. “I’m delighted to hear of the successful vote to approve the NZ-EU FTA in the European Parliament overnight. This is ...
    2 weeks ago

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