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MMP review

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, August 13th, 2012 - 87 comments
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As has been widely reported the Electoral Commission’s proposal paper on its review of MMP is expected to be released this morning. The proposals are non-binding, but will carry a lot of weight. There will be a further round of public consultation before a final report in October.

The review website is here. We’ll update with links as the proposals (and reaction) are released.

Updates: Here’s the Commission’s press release.

Coverage from The Herald:

The proposals being suggested by the Electoral Commission:

The one electorate seat threshold for the allocation of list seats should be abolished

The party vote threshold for the allocation of list seats should be lowered to 4 per cent

Candidates should continue to be able to stand both in an electorate and on a party list at general elections

List MPs should continue to be able to contest by-elections

Political parties should continue to have responsibility for the composition and ranking of candidates on their party lists

The provision for overhang seats should be abolished for parties that do not cross the party vote threshold

It recommended identifying 76 electorate seats (in a 120-seat Parliament) as the point at which the risk of proportionality from insufficient seats becomes unacceptable. New Zealand is like to reach that point before 2006.

The gradual erosion of lists seats relative to electorate seats risks undermining the diversity of representation in Parliament – recommended Parliament should review.

Andrew Geddis points out in comments that 2006 in the second to last paragraphs should read 2026.

And Stuff:

Political parties would have a lower threshold to enter Parliament under proposed changes.

The Electoral Commission was conducting a review of the MMP electoral system following the referendum last year.

Chief Electoral Officer Robert Peden today announced the proposals for change.

They included lowering the threshold from 5 to 3 – 4 per cent of the party vote, with 4 per cent being preferable.

The commission also “strongly recommended” the one seat threshold, a “coat-tails” rule which allowed parties that won one electorate seat to bring other MPs into Parliament, be abolished.

That would mean parties would have to get above the 4 per cent threshold to get more MPs into Parliament.

The ACT Party had five MPs following the 2008 election on the back of then leader Rodney Hide’s Epsom seat.

That was the “single biggest concern” people had about the MMP system, Peden said.

87 comments on “MMP review”

  1. Tracey 1

    I thought we had more important issues than reviewing a system that’s working ok????

    • lprent 1.1

      There are a few tweaks that’d be worth looking at. IMO the threshold needs a lowering to the Royal Commission’s preferred level of 4% (or even 3%) because 5% is just too high. I think having a straight proportional system is daft based on what has shown up to date – single person parties are not effective. Similarly having a single electorate seat dragging in list candidates needs to be removed for the same reason.

      • Lanthanide 1.1.1

        “I think having a straight proportional system is daft based on what has shown up to date – single person parties are not effective.”

        Which is true and I agree, but it also has a chilling effect.

        It means if you can’t reach the threshold, you might as well not even bother starting a political party. We currently have an escape clause in the form of electorate seats, but as we’ve seen that basically requires special circumstances for a minor party previously not in parliament to win one (Greens in 1999) and even Colin Craig couldn’t tip the seat his way despite getting some 3% of the party vote.

        Really it’s interesting that Aoeteroa Legalise Cannabis has stuck around this long fighting such an uphill battle. A 4% threshold will barely make a difference for them, although a 3% one could start to be interesting.

        • RJL 1.1.1.1

          Really it’s interesting that Aoeteroa Legalise Cannabis has stuck around this long fighting such an uphill battle.

          Ah…they’re all stoned, so might not have thought it through properly.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2

          There’s actually a few parties that have been around for a long time and not had any electoral success.

      • Daniel 1.1.2

        Sorry lprent, I’m a bit slow on the uptake. Could you walk me through this again?

        The threshold shouldn’t be too low, because single member parties aren’t effective – and parties with a single member should be prevented from becoming multi-member parties – “for the same reason”?

        • Pete George 1.1.2.1

          Well spotted.

          The larger parties see small parties as pesky nuisances so will do what they can to minimise the chance of them succeeding. One person having any power is terrible – unless it’s their own party leader, with greatly magnified power…

        • lprent 1.1.2.2

          Easy Daniel… MMP is a system designed to foster country or at least regional parties with a broad based support and a long lived party structure. This requires something beyond a guru effect.

          A MP winning in a single electorate can do so by local connections – there are innumerable examples of such personal fiefdoms both in the past and currently. It doesn’t particularly require a widespread constituency and invariably doesn’t acquire one – usually they lose them through lack of a widespread appeal.

          A party that is widespread but is unable to garner enough support to get enough MP’s who will work together will usually fail as well. Such fragile coalition parties all apart far too easily.

          In NZ we have had three parties outside of the two existing main parties form on a countrywide basis overthe last couple of decades. Greens with their wide and slowly growing constituency. NZF with theirs on issue fed support. And Act with their wealthy base.

          Sure the greens and NZF had electorate seats – but their constituency was wider than a seat and always larger than 1.2% or even 2.4%. The same cannot be said of mostof the parties that came and went.

          The Maori party had a intensely regional basis that made it a purely electoral party. The alliance was a fragile beast that did what was expected and disintegrated with competing gurus. UF dropped pretty well immediately to guru, as did the JA party, and so I expect will the Mana party. In each case they detract from building long lived more vibrant political participants.

          But the threshold of 5% has proved to nearly kill nascent political parties. To ensure their voters get an effective representation once we need to lower it. To reduce guru parties trying to pretend to be be widespread it has to be made that winning an electoral seat just means you won an electoral seat without all of this presence of having a viale party.

          • Daniel 1.1.2.2.1

            Ah, your “same reason” was ineffectiveness, not the ineffectiveness of single member parties per se.

            • lprent 1.1.2.2.1.1

              Whatever they achieve politically will last less than a decade. That is damn near definition of being completely politically ineffective.

              It may titillate the participant ego’s, provide a few media sales, provide the odd job or unemployment, and may even make a few people a fortune or bankruptcy. However it doesn’t change anything in society a decade later. That makes them just a waste of political effort. Generally they’d have been better off learning to work with others to achieve common goals and to ensure a political structure stays in place after the founders depart to pursue those common goals.

              It is pretty clear that this is what has successfully happened inside the Greens. It is hell of an achievement. It will be interesting to see if NZF can survive the departure of Peters…

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.3

        I think having a straight proportional system is daft based on what has shown up to date – single person parties are not effective.

        Ah, yes, because people having the representation that they desire rather than the representation that others desire for them is just so terrible.

        /sarc

        • lprent 1.1.3.1

          Because people having freely available heroin that they desire rather than the restrictions that others desire for them is just so terrible.

          Because people having freely available weapons that they desire rather than the jail that others desire for them is just so terrible.

          That I crave fish and chips doesn’t mean that it is a particularly good choice for either myself or the country.

          /sarc

          Daft ‘argument’. Politics is a balancing act between individuals and society, between generations, between everything else. What you haven’t shown is why such a highly proportional system (aka instant gratification system) would be of any use to society over time and to those unable to vote. All you are arguing is that it would satisfy people now…

          There is a hell of a lot of history to show that particular ethos seldom works for a society. It usually winds up with a bread and circus system of distraction. Which is how we eventually would up with a representational system.

      • Single person parties are largely a result of electorate seats coupled with a high threshold. In a strictly proportional system without electorates, new parties that succeed are more likely to do so well above 1 seat and into 3 or 4, presuming there is a threshold higher than the default .4%. The Maori Party would likely have debuted with 2 or 3 seats under a proportional system.

        Really most of the problems with MMP come from having electorate seats at all, (and the rest come from having a high threshold) and we should just switch to some flavour of open list. All of the most despised or infamous MPs have been in safe electorate seats, whichever system we were under at the time. While people like the illusion of choice that occasional close electorate races provide, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually be in a close seat- and if you are, there’s no guarantee you’ll even like either of the candidates, so the choice is precisely that- an illusion.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.4.1

          Yep, if we were being rational about this, we’d dump the electorate seats altogether. Concerned about local representation? Well, that’s what local government is for.

          • Matthew Whitehead 1.1.4.1.1

            We could even have councils allowed to appoint the chair on select committees from their own members on local issues if we wanted better local representation in Parliament.

    • jaymam 1.2

      “reviewing a system that’s working ok”
      But Banks got in only because National supporters thought he would drag in some more partners that would support National. Few people voted for ACT anywhere let alone in Epsom. We need to get rid of rorts like that.

      • OneTrack 1.2.1

        Not to forget Wigram

        • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1

          Nice irrelevant example buddy, given that hundreds of thousands of people voted Labour outside Wigram and many in Wigram

          • OneTrack 1.2.1.1.1

            But somehow you still know what I mean. And who was the Labour candidate for Wigram, I can’t quite remember…

            But, I know, it’s only wrong when the other guys do it.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Got proof that Labour made a deal with Jim Anderton for Wigram?

              • There were a lot of people inside labour who were upset they DIDN’T do that, so I doubt they’d have been concerned if it was a stitch-up.

                Also, Labour deliberately ran a candidate that spoiled the vote when Laila Harre tried to get an electorate for the Alliance post-implosion.

              • lprent

                I think we just got tired of trying to take the damn seat fom the old bugger. It started getting treated like a National seat held by an experienced and well liked politician. A good place to send a prospective politician in to get defeated so they took care of a winnable seat.

    • 1) People wanted a review. They deserved to get it and to have their say, even if the system WERE working okay, which it manifestly is not. *cough peter dunne, cough overhang seats, cough winston peters, cough new zealand first not getting in while Act did, cough John Banks getting into parliament ever*

      2) Even if the system were working okay, that’s no excuse not to try to improve it further.

  2. Tracey 2

    I agree it’s a worthy debate (I was being facetious in relation to the gay marriage focus)and I would rather the MPs focused on this (except it will be smoke and mirrors in an attempt to force a pseudo FPP system back on us). They could save time by voting for the gay marriage bill, and move onto more important issues.

  3. prism 3

    Thanks for good post it’s so helpful when trying to keep up with one’s duties on the political front eg taking part in referenda and trying to make sensible suggestions.

    I wonder if keeping to 4% would be better than 3%. I don;t want parties with negative purposes getting in to parliament and holding our democracy to ransom and fear that 3% might make that too easy. It’s bad enough with what we have suffered from ACT helping us to step change backwards, and the man for all seasons who doesn’t add anything of value going forward. Yet a new party that has value could easier get established and get enough votes for a place at 4% instead of 5%.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      A party getting over 3% will likely have 4 MPs in Parliament. That alone will provide some internal moderation. And at 3% more than one in 30 people in your town will have voted for them so its fair that they get their voice in Parliament.

      Having said that I wouldn’t want the threshold to go much lower than that.

      • Depends on the amount of below-threshold party votes. It could get up to five MPs. Honestly though, any party that wins at least 1/120th of the total national vote has earned its list seats, regardless of whether they are extremists.

        Hell, actually having some extremists would be valuable to our system anyway. It would prevent the survivalists from becoming more dangerous and shooting someone, (while encouraging genuine discussion of some of the more threatening characteristics of right-wing extremism) and it would make people realise that being “extreme” on the left-wing side just means you want to ask people not to eat meat and build a good and fair society. OH NOES.

        The only potential downside of outright abolishing the threshold is that at any amount below about .6-7%, (abolishing the threshold effectively lowers it to .4% or so given the way seats are allocated in NZ) it becomes in the range of possibility for joke parties to enter parliament. While I imagine in the long-run this would be self-correcting, it might shock confidence in the system to some degree and distract from real political debate, so I’d rather not risk it.

        Prism: Historically only parties with an existing electorate have ever beaten 4%. The only significantly successful new party in MMP has been the Maori Party, who got about 2%, and even then we knew they would win multiple electorates. That would suggest that even a threshold of 3% is a very significant barrier to entry to new parties in the absence of electorates negating the party threshold, and that lowering the threshold won’t start to get generous until you hit at least 1.5%.

        • Andrew Geddis 3.1.1.1

          “Historically only parties with an existing electorate have ever beaten 4%.”

          Not quite true – the Greens in 1999 won an electorate at the same election as they got 5% of the vote (in 1999, the first they contested as a stand-alone entity). But you could say they are the exception that proves the rule, given that they had existing MPs (albeit elected from the Alliance list).

        • prism 3.1.1.2

          Matthew Whitehead 3.1.1
          Your opinion about not having at least a 3% barrier for small wild-eyed parties sounds too similar to what I’m noticing, particularly now, about NZ attitudes. A desire not to confront reality and plan for possible problems, a lack of careful and precautionary attitudes, a shying away from taking responsibility for bad actions, a let it happen – she’ll be right approach and a lack of adult and thoughtful understanding of human behaviour and systems.

          A ‘concrete’ but possibly not reinforcing example comes to mind immediately, because it is currently being examined with sober consideration of its failure, is the enquiry into the CCTV building in Christchurch. A lack of probity occurred throughout its life, resulting in human deaths.

          We cannot afford to let the destroyers rampage round parliament. Already it creaks and groans from the incumbent lot, we don’t want to weaken it further with the far-outs who will come given half a chance. I always liked the McGillicuddy Serious Party but the others who would appear wouldn’t be at all funny for those of us who want a thoughtful, humane, practical and reasonably liberal society with MPs to match.

          Sorry about being so ‘definite’.

    • Daniel 3.2

      I don’t want parties with “negative purposes” in parliament either, but (in my opinion) there are already a couple of these parties in parliament, and one of them happens to be the largest party, so what does size have to do with it?

      • felix 3.2.1

        I agree.

        Anyone who says lowering the threshold will let lunatics into parliament obviously hasn’t looked very closely at who’s in parliament now.

        • prism 3.2.1.1

          felix
          We have to make a last stand against the barbarians. Don’t drop the threshhold too low – next they’ll be coming in and drinking blood out of their helmets and messing up the nice sheepskin covered seats. They still have their seats covered in sheepskim don’t they? I haven’t looked lately.

          Actually to digress further, or is it regression, I was reading an old Listener and Dr Sprott pointed out that many NZ sheepskins used (and he was worrying of course about babies) are treated with arsenic. This produces a toxic gas called trimethylarsine that is one of the most toxic compounds known. Now the odd way that the pollies behave in parliament might relate to a whiff of eau de… in the air, just enough to send a grown man or woman crazy.

          • felix 3.2.1.1.1

            A very astute observation, prism 😀

            Do you know if that arsenic treatment still occurs today? The Dog sleeps on a sheepie around here and she’s barking mad.

            • prism 3.2.1.1.1.1

              felix
              I’ll have a look-see about the sheepskins. The Dog I’m sure is delightful. Unlike pollies when they start yapping and go off their heads.

              I don’t know if you ever read the list of things that you can learn from a dog. Very instructional and amusing. I got it from a Hubbards cereal packet. I’ll try and remember to put it in the Friday social thread sometime soon.

  4. gobsmacked 4

    This is not only an improvement to our democracy (though 4% is too high IMO), it is also another opportunity for the opposition.

    Statement by David Shearer:

    “Democracy is the voice of the people, and the people have chosen MMP. At the referendum last year, MMP got far more votes than any political party, far more votes than the government.

    Now we must listen to the people again. It is clear that the one-seat rule has fallen into disrepute, and it must go. So yet again, John Key must choose between doing what is right, and saving John Banks. I support the independent Electoral Commission recommendation, to put an end to cynical manipulation and cups of tea. I have made it clear where I stand – now the Prime Minister must do the same. ”

    (OK, that’s not really a statement by Shearer, that’s one by me, and if he comes up with a better one I’ll be delighted. Surprise me, David).

  5. Ed 5

    I would be interested in what effect the following proposal would have had at the last few elections:
    “The provision for overhang seats should be abolished for parties that do not cross the party vote threshold.”

  6. It recommended identifying 76 electorate seats (in a 120-seat Parliament) as the point at which the risk of proportionality from insufficient seats becomes unacceptable. New Zealand is like to reach that point before 2006.

    We likely reached that point 6 years ago?

    Should read “2026”.

  7. gobsmacked 7

    Banks wins “chutzpah of the day” award …

    Stuff reports …

    ACT leader John Banks says he does not support the changes, particularly the one seat threshold which has been a lifeline for his party.

    “The purpose of the one seat threshold was to ensure that political parties with concentrated support got representation in Parliament,” he said. …

    “Those who want to gerrymander with the electoral system, do so because they lost the last election.”

    War is peace, freedom is slavery, etc.

    Still, good on him for fighting his corner. Is Key still in it? If not, there’s trouble brewing.

    • felix 7.1

      Does Hooten know what’s going on in National? Cos he strongly indicated this morning that National has one of their own lined up for Ohariu and implied that Epsom might be reclaimed to.

      • Te Reo Putake 7.1.1

        Just listening to it now. Hooten even names the Nat who’ll be standing in Ohariu (and helping Labour win the seat, hopefully). Yesterday, on Q plus A he was emphatic that UF and ACT were goneburgers. He’s either flying a kite or he knows, and is allowed to say publicly, that the Nat strategy has switched to getting a Nat/NZF/Conservative Government elected.
         

    • Lanthanide 7.2

      “ACT leader John Banks says he does not support the changes, particularly the one seat threshold which has been a lifeline for his party.”

      Which is funny, because in the election debates when they asked Brash about this, he said the provision should be removed. He acknowledged that this meant ACT would likely end up with fewer MPs than otherwise; especially as polling at that point showed it wasn’t anywhere near the 10-15% Brash had promised it would be.

    • To those who ACTUALLY understand the use of the word gerrymander, it’s rather ironic to see it being used by a beneficiary of our useless and harmful electorate seats.

  8. John Banks reaction was predictable as he realises that the shirt tail may well fall off,
    what on earth will he grab onto,the wink,wink,nod,nod,cuppa tea will have
    all gone cold,he knows full well he has gotten away with quite a bit while he remains
    in the halls of power,but that will change if his mate key allows the changes.
    Ride on the changes can’t come soon enough.

  9. chris73 9

    I like the changes but one idea I’d like to see is MPs or those wanting to become one choose to stand or go on the list but not both

    Admittedly I’m not sure how it would work in real life but to me theres something wrong when an MP gets turfed out of an electorate only to return on the list.

    • gobsmacked 9.1

      A lot of people feel like that Chris, but it simply can’t work.

      Suppose you’re a National candidate, in a Labour seat, and National do well overall, and you pick up the seat (like Christchurch Central).

      Let’s say the tide turns and you’re in danger of losing the seat. But you’ve become a Minister, a good one (according to your team, obviously). And the party really wants you back in Parliament.

      You would have every incentive to resign your seat before the election.

      Alternatively, you wouldn’t stand in Christchurch Central in the first place, because you know it isn’t “safe”. You’d look for a safe seat. So the voters of Chch-Cent would only have a National no-hoper to vote for. Who else would risk it?

      The “unintended consequence” would be the best Labour and National candidates staying out of marginals altogether, and a strange kind of first/second class divide between MPs.

      Plus of course minor parties would avoid electorates completely!

    • Pascal's bookie 9.2

      Hi Chris,

      As well as the example GS talks about, I think about my elecorate, Rongotai in the eastern suburbs of Wellington.

      It’s pretty diverse, there’s areas being gentrified, and areas with some serious money with good views out over the harbour. But it’s a safe Labour seat with a lot of ‘working’ people.

      Chris Finlayson stands here for the National Party, and Russ Norman for the Greens. Neither of them won the seat last time around, so does that mean my electorate has ‘thrown them out of parliament’?

      Nope. All that happened is that they lost to King in a FPP race. King won the race with just under 50% of the vote. So there are a lot of people, a slim majority in fact, who didn’t vote for her; 7000 voted for norman, and 9000 voted for Finlayson. They didn’t vote for those guys to be out of parliament.

      And then there’s the list vote. About 9000 voted for the Greens and about 12000 voted for the Nats. Were those numbers swelled by the candidates on offer here? Could well have been.

    • Also consider that this would mean that most seats would be a straight-up race between Labour and National, possibly with occasional no-name Green candidates in high-profile electorates for them, and the odd micro-party candidate in a safe seat. Everywhere else small parties would not want to risk their most talented MPs in races that are likely to be won by Labour or National, so in the name of “being able to chuck an MP out”, you’d actually reduce your choice to being stuck with whoever your least-hated option of the labour MP and national MP would be.

      A far better way to handle things would be to allow the public some level of control over party lists. That way, electorates could always choose to vote in somebody they like, but if they’re not actually popular with the locals, party members could kick them so far down the list that they won’t see a seat in parliament unless there’s an outright one-party government.

    • OneTrack 9.4

      Chris, I don’t get it. Who do you want to “turf out” and why? How would you feel, if in,say, 2005, the good people of Mt Roskill had voted Helen Clark out. The rest of the country would have been voting for a government with her in charge and, suddenly, because enough voters in a single electorate had had a brain fade, she would have been out ie not in parliament at all. Would you think the rest of the Labour voters across NZ would agree that that was a good result?

      • felix 9.4.1

        “How would you feel, if in,say, 2005, the good people of Mt Roskill had voted Helen Clark out.”

        I imagine the electoral authorities would have something to say about that as they’d have been voting in the wrong electorate.

      • chris73 9.4.2

        A reply to all the above comments:

        Yeah thats probably why it wouldn’t work in real life but it just doesn’t seem “right” (for lack of a better word) that someone the electorate doesn’t want in parliament is voted out but gets back in on the list.

        For example an MP that neglects the electorate but sucks up to the list makers (this is not a comment directed at any particular party) can be voted out yet because of the greasing goes in on the list.

        Still you can’t have a perfect system I suppose

        • felix 9.4.2.1

          “someone the electorate doesn’t want in parliament is voted out but gets back in on the list.”

          I understand the sentiment, but I’m not sure it’s just an MMP or a list thing. We’ve always had the worst kinds of wallies from both of the big parties installed in safe seats around the country, and there’s bugger all the electorate can do to get rid of them if the party wants them there.

          Same kind of thing I reckon.

  10. bad12 10

    I see less democracy in the proposed changes, and, while the ‘Epsom chimps tea-party’ is being waved about by the Electoral Commission as a reason it is not the results of one previous election that should judge how elections into the future will be fought,

    Removing the 1 seat rule, simply makes the Parliament even less representative, my view is that 1% of the Party vote should give 1 seat in the party,

    Anything else is simply serving the Party’s that are now in the Parliament at the expense of any new Party that could be formed in the future,

    My view is sure, remove the 1 electoral seat brings in the party % priveledge,but, at the same time begin a sinking lid policy on the Party vote where next election the requirement for seats in the Parliament is 4% of the party vote and the election following 3% and so on down to 1%=1 seat,

    Would i like to see the Lizard Loony Party of Planet Lazarus gain a % and a seat, well not really, BUT, should there be a chance say of the Legalize Marijuana Party to gain a seat with 1% of the Party vote i would have to say yeah and i would consider voting for such a party,

    The proposal by the Electoral Commission is for less Democracy not more, even at 4% there can be no NEW Party entering the Parliament except highly organized and well monied religious organizations or breakaway Party’s coming from existing Parliamentary Partys…

  11. Sukie damson 11

    “[The electorate] eject electoral stunts”. —– Peter Dunne tv3 tonight.

    Here’s hoping, you stunt.

  12. bad12 12

    Larffffs, my view above looks a little garbled, and heres me doesn’t do drink nor drugs’

    The view is sure remove the electoral seat priveledge, but once you allow the % of vote to be stalled at 4% befor seats can be won then that is LESS democracy not more,

    My view 1% = 1 seat in the Parliament, anything else is simply LESS democracy protecting the priveledge of the Party’s already present in the Parliament,

    I see reference made to Joke Party’s being able to enter the Parliament should the % required be lowered, my my, there’s plenty out in the world who think the whole process is a joke so why not,

    The Anarchist, the Anti-christ, the Bad Joke, the Beneficiary, why should such political party’s be disbarred from the Parliament, because we don’t like the way they dress perhaps???

    1% = 1 seat, that’s TRUE Democracy, anything else is just the usual rip-off…

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      3% is pretty good.

      1% is too low. If you can’t figure out a coherant political message to convince more than 1 in 100 of your fellow citizens to vote for you then go away, sort it out and come back another day when you know what you are on about.

      • bad12 12.1.1

        Why should the ‘you’s’ have to??? 5% of the vote for anyone else gets them 5% of the Parliaments seats,

        So what’s so frightening to the likes of Labour and National that 1% isn’t 1 seat in the Parliament, it’s the only TRUE democracy, anything else is simply gerrymandering on behalf of the status quo…

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          Fuck the academic theory of “real democracy”

          If you can’t convince more than 1/100 people of your political ideals, go away, refine what you stand for, and try again.

          If one in thirty or one in forty vote for you, you might finally be on to something. Otherwise don’t waste our time.

          • bad12 12.1.1.1.1

            Yes of course, one can well imagine those sitting in the highest echelons of power sniffing into the tumblers on a particularly boozy evening and intoning ‘Fuck Democracy’ which is what you give every appearance of supporting with your little outburst,

            Ah, democracy in it’s most elegant form which would equate to 1% = 1 seat in the Parliament, a neat expression of REAL MMP, is described by you as a waste of time,

            You don’t actually put forward any logical argument against 1% = 1 seat, your only ‘tactic’ of debate is to erect artificial barriers from the depths of your mind which would simply serve in the provision of less democracy and entrench the status quo…

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Why 1% = 1 seat? That’s a 100 seat Parliament, which is less representative than we have now.

              If a political party can’t convince more than 1/100 citizens that it has the right to be in Parliament it needs to sort out its messaging and ideology and come back when its ready for the big time.

              Even Legalise Cannabis Aoeteroa can do better than 1% FFS

              • Draco T Bastard

                If a political party can’t convince more than 1/100 citizens that it has the right to be in Parliament it needs to sort out its messaging and ideology and come back when its ready for the big time.

                That’s not a reason but an excuse. If a party can get enough votes for a seat then they should have that seat simply because that’s what having enough votes for one seat means. The people who voted for that party wished for that representation and by having a high threshold you’re denying them their choice.

  13. AmaKiwi 13

    The people must have the right to decide each of these proposal by referendums.

    These are NOT questions which Parliament should have any say about.

    Democracy, NOT more parliamentary dictatorship.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      We’re in a representative parliamentary system, and doing away with that is not one of the things on the table is it?

      • bad12 13.1.1

        You will have to expand on that one a bit, it’s our democracy and WE as in all the people should first be POLLED befor ANY change can be implemented to it just as we were polled to ask if we wanted to keep MMP…

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1

          Do you think that these citizens referendums are binding on Parliament or something?

          • bad12 13.1.1.1.1

            Nope, but lets expand a little upon your ‘representative Parliamentary system’ shall we,

            Who is it really representative of, the current political party’s perhaps, and with the 1 seat priveledge that allows a Party’s % of the Party Vote to count chucked out that simply leaves the current Party’s IN the parliament and everyone else except of course the Millionaire Colin Craig Conservative Christian Fundy Party totally SHUT OUT,

            That aint representative democracy thats closed shop political organization on behalf of ,for, and by the middle class,

            Who then represents the ‘registered but did not vote bloc’ a large section of the overall democracy that could in effect claim that they are unrepresented because the restrictions placed upon democracy make damn sure that a Party they may well support into the Parliament, ‘The Smelly Unwashed Party”, is shut out of the competition by the artificial imposition of barriers to democracy IMPOSED upon that democracy against it’s wishes by those already ensconced in priveledged positions within that democracy,

            Hence why i postulate that the current proposal released today is in fact LESS democratic than what is now in place,

            My view is true democracy can only be found in 1% = 1 seat in the Parliament…

            • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1.1.1

              So you want a referendum before any change to MMP is made

              You will have to expand on that one a bit, it’s our democracy and WE as in all the people should first be POLLED befor ANY change can be implemented

              But you know (as I know) that none of it is going to be binding. And any such move will delay any decisions being made by Parliament, possibly by an entire term.

              Nope, but lets expand a little upon your ‘representative Parliamentary system’ shall we

              Its not my system mate.

              http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/constitution/7

              My view is true democracy can only be found in 1% = 1 seat in the Parliament…

              And as I said, if a political party can barely convince 1/100 New Zealanders with what it has to say, it needs to go away and sort its ideological and messaging shit out before hitting the big time.

              btw, your idea of 1% = 1 seat in Parliament…are we talking about a 100 seat Parliament here?

              Why not 0.5% = 1 seat in Parliament; Parliament could go from 120 seats to 200 seats. One MP per 22000 people in other words.

              • bad12

                WHY, the Parliament can handle a system of 1% = 1 seat and by that i mean that there is no real physical constraint,

                So, in effect you advocate that there should be an artificial constraint imposed upon democracy coz you thunk it should be that way,

                In actual fact that simply makes you part of the present ‘closed shop’ democracy attempting to protect the priveledged position of the present Party’s in the Parliament from any that might spring up and enhance the representative democracy should the equation of that democracy be to make it more democratic,

                No different than Paula Benefit and various other ladder kickers really, it simply sez ‘we’ have got ‘there’ nobody else is getting here…

                • Colonial Viper

                  Our system of Government, and our electoral system is full of “artificial constraints”. Its too late to be precious about “artificial constraints” as they form a long constructed system of checks and balances yeah?

                  In actual fact that simply makes you part of the present ‘closed shop’ democracy attempting to protect the priveledged position of the present Party’s in the Parliament from any that might spring up

                  If a new political party which might “spring up” can’t convince well more than 1/100 NZ citizens that they are worth voting for, they need to fuck off, get their ideology and messaging in order, and try again later.

                  If a new political party can convince 1/40 or 1/30 citizens to vote for them, maybe they are on to something and deserve significant tax payer funding at that stage.

                  • bad12

                    Checks and balances, now your blowing hot air, the system of elections is in no way reliant upon checks and balances as you propose,

                    What you seem tho to be proposing is that our electoral system be forever frozen in time,as in now, with of course the addition of the Colin Craig Christian Fundy’s included at some point,

                    There you go again, your main point of debate is to create an artificial barrier to democracy and use abuse to inform people that they should fuck off if they cannot climb higher than the artificial barrier,

                    A true ladder kicker, you and Paula both, your reasoning is nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with making democracy a ‘closed shop’

                    Easy to see why Labour can gain no traction ae…

              • bad12

                PS, My view of 1% = 1 seat in the Parliament is more representative of an average electoral seat…

                • Colonial Viper

                  The average is 1.2 seats per 1% of party vote

                  • bad12

                    You dance upon the head of a pin quite well, i put that little clarification into the conversation as a pointer as to why i did not see a need to have MMP as 0.5% of the party vote as 1 seat…

              • bad12

                PS, the political party that would take 1 seat in the parliament based upon 1% of the party vote has in fact far exceeded the number of votes the average party hack sitting in an electoral seat, safe or otherwise, gains to be the representative for that electoral seat…

      • AmaKiwi 13.1.2

        Isn’t it?

        We are in the early days of a global credit meltdown. There is a story that the night before his inauguration, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s mother said, “Franklin, if you don’t get us out of this you may be the last Democrat to get elected President.” FDR replied, “If I don’t get us out of this I may be the last ELECTED president.”

        During great depressions countries go through enormous social and political upheavals. If we cannot bring accountability and public participation to our form of government, we could end up with another Muldoon, or worse, a Hitler.

        We do NOT have a “representative” parliamentary system because our MP’s do NOT represent us. Opposition MP’s are powerless, castrated. Government MP’s are controlled by their PM. Eunuchs.

  14. tracey 14

    Winston rejected a change which wld probably benefit him, dunne rejected a change that wld hurt him. Luckily he clarified that his objection was not made from self interest.

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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
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  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones hits back at activists upset with immigration changes
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones has hit back at those who are upset over a change in approach to partnership visas. There has been a specific government directive to stop waiving requirements such as couples needing to have lived together for 12 months - a test Indian couples who have ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Next steps in Northland line upgrade underway
    The North Auckland Line rejuvenation kicks off with teams surveying the rail corridor and Northland construction contractors are showing interest in the project. KiwiRail provided an industry briefing for Northland contracting and construction companies about future work opportunities on rejuvenating Northland’s rail lines. The briefing session in Whangarei was held to ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    5 hours ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    23 hours ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    1 day ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    4 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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    4 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    5 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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    5 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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    5 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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    5 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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    6 days ago
  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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    1 week ago
  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations conclude
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker have announced the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade New Zealand’s existing free trade agreement with China.   “This ensures our upgraded free trade agreement will remain the best that China has with any country,” Jacinda Ardern said.   She ...
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  • Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates winners of regional economic development awards
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates the Ten Kiwi organisations who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the wellbeing and the prosperity of their communities. Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ), announced the awards at its annual conference in Blenheim last weekend. “A special congratulations to ...
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  • Minister welcomes record high building and construction apprenticeships
    Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa has welcomed the record high of 13,000 building and construction apprentices in active training with main provider the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). “We are committed to reversing the long-term decline in trades training and it’s excellent to see more people ...
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  • More progress on cancer medicines
    PHARMAC’s decision to fund a new leukaemia treatment means three new cancer medicines have now been funded so far this year, Health Minister David Clark says. From 1 December venetoclax (Venclexta) will be funded for people living with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.  Just last month funding was also confirmed for alectinib ...
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  • New Zealand gifts White Horse to Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today formally gifted a white horse to Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan in front of thousands of attendees at a ceremony conducted by Chief Priest Inaba.  The horse named Kōmaru, which means ‘sheltered’ in Maori and ‘shining’ in Japanese,  is a white 12-year-old purebred Andalusian ...
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  • High Commissioner to Canada announced
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has named diplomat Martin Harvey as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Canada. “Canada is one of New Zealand’s closest and longstanding international partners,” said Mr Peters. “Our close friendship is underpinned by our shared democratic values, history and our parliamentary traditions. As Commonwealth countries and ...
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  • New Retirement Commissioner appointed
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi has today announced the appointment of Jane Wrightson as Retirement Commissioner. “Jane has strong leadership, management and governance skills which will help champion improved financial capability for all New Zealanders and provide advice on retirement income policy issues,” Kris Faafoi said. Jane Wrightson ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Japan commit to greater cooperation in the Pacific
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi announced a plan last night to cooperate more closely in the Pacific, as part of the strong and ambitious relationship between the two countries. “Japan is one of New Zealand’s most important partners and closest friends. My discussions with Minister ...
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  • Better Later Life launched
    The Government’s plan to help older New Zealanders live well, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, was launched by Seniors Minister Tracey Martin today. “Better Later Life takes a fresh look at what is required to ensure everyone gets the chance to live well as they ...
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  • Wood fibre to unlock our low emissions future
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  • New Rotorua Forestry Hub for Te Uru Rākau
    The Government has committed to a strong regional presence for Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand), with the construction of a new Forestry Hub in Rotorua announced by Forestry Minister Shane Jones today. Speaking at a blessing ceremony at the site of the new building, Scion’s Rotorua campus, Minister Jones ...
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  • Minister announces fresh funding for community-led Hokianga environment project
    A unique project enhancing the mana and wellbeing of the environment and the people of the Hokianga is to receive $300000 over three years from the Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund.  Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage made the announcement at a kiwi protection workshop at Ōpara ...
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