More confusion from National over bulk funding

Written By: - Date published: 5:02 pm, November 7th, 2007 - 39 comments
Categories: education, national - Tags: ,

Some people just never learn. After National’s conflicting statements on bulk funding the other day you’d have thought they’d get their messages in order, if not their policies. But take a look at these comments from Alan Peachey in Parliament yesterday:

Hon Marian Hobbs: Has the Minister seen any reports on alternative approaches to supporting our 21st century education system?

Hon Chris Carter: Indeed I have. I have seen two reports in the last week advocating conflicting approaches to education policy. One report pledges a solid commitment to the reintroduction of bulk funding of teachers’ salaries, and the other states that bulk funding is “not currently in our thinking”. Amazingly, both these statements were made by National’s education spokespeople, Allan Peachey and Katherine Rich, last week. Someone should give Mr Peachey another copy of The Hollow Men, because he appears to have missed the caucus strategy on how to hide the party’s true agenda of privatisation, cuts, and old, failed policies like bulk funding.

Allan Peachey: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I was the principal of a bulk-funded school for a long period of time, and I take personal exception to the comments the Minister just made about the policy. I ask that he apologise and withdraw.

Madam Speaker: That is not a point of order.

So National’s associate education spokesman is still promoting bulk funding. It’s time for National to get its act together and give us a clear answer: is bulk funding National Party policy or not?

39 comments on “More confusion from National over bulk funding”

  1. Benodic 1

    These clowns are a laughing stock. They can’t even get their house in order and yet they expect us to let them run the country?

  2. I love it how the Standard blithely links to its own previous post on an issue, as if it has some kind of authority, when the standard’s own bloggers get the shit-kicked out of them in the argument.

    And Benodic has the gall to call US the laughing stock.

    Really, Tane, you shouldn’t link to your own posts where your arguments get thoroughly trashed. It’s just a further reminder of how unsustainable your opinions are.

  3. Tane 3

    Which of The Standard’s bloggers got the “shit kicked out of them” over at the other post? I can see an argument between you and another commenter about Alan Peachey’s credentials as an educator, but there’s nothing to contradict National’s confusion on bulk funding.

    When your two education spokespersons can’t even agree on bulk funding you deserve to be called a laughing stock.

  4. Tamaki resident 4

    IP – what point are you trying to make about the post? Is it that Allan Peachey is right in saying that bulk funding is National Party policy?

  5. You’ve got it the wrong way around, Tane. Bulk funding of all schools is current National Party policy. Katharine Rich has reservations about the policy, but as yet the policy hasn’t changed. Peachey is in favour of the current policy, and he points to the stunning success of Rangitoto College under his leadership under bulk-funding.

    Will Katharine Rich win the argument against bulk-funding? I bloody well hope not. Schools need to have far more flexibility over the employment of teachers. For far too long the PPTA have had far too much influence in schools.

    Peachey is merely expressing current National Party policy, and his success under that policy.

  6. Benodic 6

    Nice try IP, but bulk funding was National’s 2005 election policy. You can’t say their 2005 policy is their 2008 policy – they’ve claimed that themselves many a time when trying to defend the policies of the Brash era. National don’t have an education policy, that’s why Rich said it’s not currently in their thinking. Peachey’s just off-message and out of control. At least that’s what I hope it is. You’re sounding pretty desperate, eh?

  7. gobsmacked 7

    The leader of the National party is John Key. The education spokeswoman is Katherine Rich. If they aren’t speaking for the party, who is? Some guy on a blog?

    The Press, Sept 29:

    Key said yesterday the party was likely to dump bulk funding as a policy at the next election. …

    Key said education spokeswoman Katherine Rich was not in favour of bulk funding and the party was considering her position. No formal decision had been made and the matter had yet to go before caucus. Rich said yesterday that bulk funding was “not currently in our thinking” and was “unlikely to form part of the party’s 2008 manifesto”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4218778a6160.html

    Peachey can cling to “no formal decision” if he wants, but it’s a pretty leaky life raft.

  8. milo 8

    Could you rein in your brownshirts over at Kiwiblog? They are engaging in pretty systematic and inhumane personal abuse. I don’t mind a bit of political argy-bargy, but this is purely personal, not political, and looks like a deliberate policy to try to drive D4J off the deep end.

    I didn’t think those were the sort of values Labour stood for.

  9. r0b 9

    “Could you rein in your brownshirts over at Kiwiblog?”

    Who are you addressing Milo? As far as I know this blog is just a loose affiliation of individuals – there is no “your”, and certainly no control of random commenters like me.

    I don’t know what’s happening at Kiwibog and I’m not going to look. But if Milo is right then can I add my voice to his. Let’s not provoke people with obvious and serious issues. Hard politics, fine, but please can we try not to stoop to their level of personal attacks.

  10. Benodic 10

    Isn’t it funny how the right-wingers think every leftie is somehow affiliated to and controlled by the standard? Grow up guys.

  11. Camryn 11

    Benodic – Tane and other lefties are similarly prone to silly things like suggesting DPF is running off official talking points, or claiming Poster X and Poster Y are the same person. Unfounded assertions are equally ridiculous from both sides.

    N.B. A suitable rebuttal of this post will not consist of “but they arrrrree”.

  12. Camryn 12

    Let’s wrap this one up…

    Lefties: It’s healthy for a party to have debate on policy, and to change policy at times. All parties clearly do both of these things. It’s even healthy for a single party to maintain a diversity of opinion within its MPs, espcially National and Labour. Both are large camps that bring together multiple opinions around an approximate political slant.

    Righties: Is is, however, idiotic to conduct policy discussions in the media. The party should have a single clear policy, and the message should either be “We’re working on it, no further detail at this time” or “The policy is [blah blah]”. If a member absolutely must comment in the media, perhaps to appeal to his/her particular constituents, the format should be “Party policy is [blah blah / under discussion], but my personal opinion is [blah blah]. I believe this view represents my constituents and I’ll be promoting the position in our internal policy discussions”.

    Cool?

    P.S. I actually prefer my politicians to be slightly gaff prone, since those that really know how to play the political game tend to get away with more scams and corruption. Helen Clark really knows how to play the political game.

  13. r0b 13

    Oh Camryn – you were doing quite well right up until your “PS”.

    Post Hollow Men, I really don’t know how the right can accuse Labour of “scams and corruption” with a straight face, I really don’t. Have you no shame at all? National will not be free of the stench of corruption until it has totally renewed its front bench.

  14. Robinsod (moderator) 14

    But National’s policy is bulk funding. They just don’t ant to say so yet. Naughty Peachy.

  15. Pablo 15

    Milo, you’re confusing your insults. Brownshirts are from the other side of the political tracks. Your correct historical parallel for the left should have been something like “rein in your Red Guards over at Kiwiblog”

  16. Camryn 16

    rOb – I couldn’t help myself.

    We’ve reached a point where it boils down to opinion re: Hollow Men. I’m aware that Don Brash screwed up by not admitting he met the EB. There were also apparent plans to lie about other things in the stolen emails. Still, I don’t agree that anything in that incident was corruption. I won’t be convinced otherwise and I won’t be so presumptuous as to try to convince you that you’re wrong either.

    Still, the reason we know that Brash is now gone is that he was gaff prone, thus strengthening my assertion that it’s a good trait in politicians. If they’re going to lie (and they will) then they’d best be bad at it. Taito too. DBP too.

    My dig at Helen is just opinion too. She’s so damn politically sharp that she can get away with all kinds of things. I will admit that “scams and corruption” was an inflammatory choice. I’ll rephrase: she subverts and changes rules, tears away at traditions, applies double standards and generally abuses her intelligence and political talent to be a horrible horrible person.

  17. Robinsod (moderator) 17

    Cam – Helen is a lovely person – you should meet her some day. I’m interested you say “stolen” emails again (it’s the stock misdirective response to Hollow Men). I got another sweet tip about these just a few days ago. It seems three boxes of emails, memos etc were sent out to interested parties by that staffer Brash had an affair with after she found out about his other affair with Foreman. One of those boxes was sent to Winston. I’m not telling about the other two but I know who passed them on to Hager. What’s happened to that investigation anyway? Are the Nats still not cooperating?

  18. Benodic 18

    Camryn you obviously haven’t read the Hollow Men if you think it’s just about the Brethren. That’s just one chapter of an entire book about National’s attempts to sell NZ’s interests out to its business mates while lying and dogwhistling the public to cover their tracks. As r0b says, the stench of corruption will follow National so long as the current lot are in charge.

  19. r0b 19

    “rOb – I couldn’t help myself.”

    Camryn, you seem like a reasonable person. We may not agree, but I get the feeling we can at least have a rational conversation! Welcome to The Standard, I hope you choose to stay a while.

  20. insider 20

    What exactly is the problem with bulk funding that it gets people all aquiver? If a school believes it will be better off managing its own funding, isn;t that a good thing to encourage?

  21. Tane 21

    insider, the PPTA has a pretty good retrospective on bulk funding here:

    http://www.ppta.org.nz/cms/imagelibrary/101036.doc

    (word doc, 150k)

  22. The anti-bulk funding argument is a highly sophisticated one. Universities and tertiary institutes–many of the latter being smaller than some of the largest schools–are bulk funded. Government departments are bulk funded. Schools’ operations are bulk funded.

    But heaven forbid that schools are bulk funded for teachers’ salaries. Boards of Trustees just can’t be trusted to pay more to attract particular skill sets of teachers.

  23. Policy Parrot 23

    Bulk funding would be a huge disaster like it was last time.

    BOT members tear up the appropriations budget, and have the option to spend money on non-educational and “pet projects” that benefit their own children rather than the school.

    Case in point: A BOT member at one school’s rugby team was bought jerseys, boots and gear out of the school budget. Half of transport was paid for (and this was considerable as it was a rural school).

    This is the kind of abuse that should not be allowed, but it will be under bulk-funding. Education will be farmed out to the ‘lowest-bidder’ as teachers are asked to ‘name their price’ and BOT parents will employ the lowest bidder rather than the most qualified teacher.

  24. Robinsod (moderator) 24

    It’s also worth noting that bulk funding could be used to reduce teacher’s bargaining power. In the past bulk funded schools have found their funding becomes static (which means falling in real terms). Often the first place they looked to save money was in support staff salaries (teachers were not paid from bulk funds). The result was a decline of skilled support staff and a corresponding decline in the quality of administration and special needs support. There was also massive managerial rorting at bulk funded schools including three members of the Principal’s Association who went on a tax-payer funded bike tour of Europe. Guess who one of them was…

  25. I agree, Policy Parrot. Bulk funding works in every government department, every CRI, every tertiary institute, every early childhood institute, but there’s no way it can work in primary and secondary schools, because they are completely different organisms. Just because private schools are bulk funded is no reason to think state schools should get away with it.

    Robinsod, don’t tell lies. Bulk-funded schools out-performed non-bulk funded schools during the 1990s by wide margins. There were no incidents of schools receiving less under the bulk-funded system than centralised funding. You are confusing this with scare-mongering by the PPTA: the PPTA claimed it was the Government’s intention to gradually lower the teacher salary grant. That never happened.

    Parrot, why don’t you just be up front with what you mean, rather than coming up with bullshit excuses. You don’t want bulk funding of teacher salaries because that would undermine the power of the PPTA. You don’t care about the lot of teachers. There is a major shortage of quality teachers in New Zealand schools. The PPTA has done nothing to address quality teaching issues. They are perfectly comfortable running a monopoly union that has nothing to do with teaching children or improving educational quality. The Labour Party benefits enormously from the cushioned position the PPTA is in.

    The real reason you oppose bulk funding, Parrot, is because of the massive electoral and financial advantage the PPTA gives to the Labour Party. As soon as bulk funding of teacher salaries comes in, schools can actually pay teachers on performance.

  26. insider 26

    Seems the real issue for PPTA is, does funding reflect/protect real wage costs. That;s a legitimate argument for a union to make but not a deal breaker I would have thought if the funding formula was adequate.

    Budgets can be easily isolated. Businesses don;t allow money to slush around between sectors so why would schools. Bad budget management or financial abuse is not an argument against bulk funding.

    Can’t agree on the lowest bidder argument – what parent is really going to accept that approach (unless you are arguing for removal of zoning…). Schools are already restricted in who they can employ because of budget limits so first year teachers are often attractive. Bulk funding seems to offer the ability to provide greater flexibility.

    I have seen that you don’t need excellent teachers in every role – life is not like that – but leadership in key positions can be critical. If you have the flexibility to beef up those positions and improve a school by being able to offer more attractive terms, wouldn;t that be a good thing. It may be as simple as paying the principal more.

    What the system relies on though is well informed and skilled administration by boards and heads, and of course that is not always guaranteed. That is why I favour caution as for small schools or in low decile areas they just may not be up to doing the job, despite best intentions.

  27. dancer 27

    i missed this post until now – but what i’m really interested in is that bulk-funding is still National party policy. They’ve done so much “re-positioning” that i’m having trouble telling what they currently stand for. so can someone direct me to a National mp/ policy paper that actually says they will do it?

  28. Sam Dixon 28

    dancer – ‘but then Labour will just steal it!’

    No, wait, that was last year’s excuse.

    Um, edcuation policy, um,… tax cuts?

  29. Ah, Dancer. As opposed to the repositioning Labour has done over carbon credit trading, the “core benefit” it’s been working on for the last EIGHT years, the fart tax, Closing the Gaps, amendments to the RMA, Helen Clark’s reversal of position on smacking law, Labour’s vehement u-turn on anonymous donations to political parties–the so-called big issue of electoral finance that it oh-so-conveniently ignored–and now the colossal reversal of Labour’s proud, eight-year long tradition of ignoring any opportunity to cut taxes?

    So, Sam, when is Labour going to announce its tax policy? You’ve become a rather hollow man calling for National to announce its own tax regime, given that Cullen has said he’s not making any announcements until the 2008 budget.

  30. Robinsod 30

    IP – I worked in a bulk-funded school in the late 90’s. I know what I saw. I’ve noticed every time I tell you a fact you don’t like you call me a liar. Is your sense of self-importance so fragile you can’t face simple truths? You should go back to doing whatever you do as a day job and forget about your political analysis fantasies. Your “insights” might impress folk around the water cooler at work but here you’re just a punter embarrassing himself.

  31. You’re a fantasist, Robinsod. You haven’t produced any evidence for any of your so-called “factual” claims. You put up wpurious arguments–such as the outrageous lie that Allan Peachey led a school into near financial collapse on the one hand, and that he was responsible for Selwyn College’s many failures on the other–and then when you’re shot down with ACTUAL evidence, such as ERO reports, you go running for cover.

    Robinsod, you’re just cranky that you can’t sustain any argument. Instead of reality, you peddle lies.

  32. Robinsod 32

    IP – I never said anything about Peachy. That was another commenter. Your doing the lying boy..

  33. You’re quite right, Robinsod. I stand corrected. That was not you, but another faceless pinko named Sprout who made the spurious claims about Peachey.

    I do apologise for confusing the two of you.

  34. Robinsod 34

    Yeah you got it wrong and now you’re throwing insults about to try and cover it up. Does calling me a “faceless pinko” make you feel better about being wrong? And I noticed you used “spurious” again. I assume you did so to mask your shame at mistyping it the first time? You’re an amateur Prick. Go home before you embarrass yourself any more.

  35. Perhaps, Robinsod, you are so unaccustomed to people apologising to you that you can’t take the apology graciously. That’s sad.

  36. Robinsod 36

    You describe me as “Another faceless pinko”? And you really expect me to take that apology sincerely? I mean let’s be frank here pal, I’ve done you a favour by biting at your backhanded apology ‘cos I’ve given you the chance to feel you have the moral high-ground (and you’ve milked it in a snide and ugly way by replying with a slightly higher register than is usual for a blog comment).

    But sure, I’ve slighted you, I’m a liar, you’re intellectually and morally superior to me blah, blah, blah. Whatever gets you through the night bro – you have some transparent self-esteem issues prick. I can see them and I’m pretty sure others can too.

  37. Camryn 37

    Benodic – It’s true, I haven’t read it. I’ve been in the US since before it was released. I will attempt to get my hands on it at some point.

    Robinsod – I am actually open to the possibility they were ‘leaked’ not stolen. Still, I’m also open to the possibility that Hager’s book is more fiction and fantasy than fact. Like I said to Benodic, I’ll have to read it. It all may boil down to views on privatization. I think it increases efficiency for users too, so long as it’s done well (e.g. not creating a monopoly like Telecom, although that was probably rushed for a reason) and as long as the government plays it’s part (i.e. regulates well, drops taxes a little to reflect services no longer provided, provides safety net for those in strife paying for things). In that sense, I don’t care if Brash planned some privatizations as long as he was going to follow due process. It is an issue over which National can easily be beaten with a big PR stick though… privatization is a bit like ripping a plaster off. It needs to happen but no-one wants to be told about it first. Brash chose to be deceitful and ended up paying the price. The problem is, if National is honest and can’t overcome public disdain then they’ll stay in Opposition until the shit hits the fan again (a la 1984) and then they have to come and fix it in a more drastic way and be hated for how painful it is like the various Rogernomics-era Labour politicans are. The fact that it’s better to take some painful moves in good times rather than when it gets bad is a hard political message to sell, but we’d all be better off in the long run.

    rOb – Thanks. I’m quite happy to post on here. It seems more civil over here than on Kiwiblog, although it’s often all the same people on both sides so I don’t understand why that’s so.

  38. Robinsod 38

    Camryn – I just don’t see the need for privitisation because I think there are accountability issues when the public interest diverges from the shareholder’s interests. I just don’t trust business to put the national interest and the interests of the public ahead of their own profits. The experience of the privatisation of rail, power and other critical infrastructure in the 80’s and 90’s does nothing to assuage my distrust. Neither does the liberalisation of South American economies. Or 90’s Russia. In fact I can’t see where it’s worked for the people of any nation.

  39. r0b 39

    Camryn – “The problem is, if National is honest and can’t overcome public disdain then they’ll stay in Opposition until the shit hits the fan again (a la 1984) and then they have to come and fix it”

    That’s interesting. 1984 was an extraordinary year coming out of the extraordinarily perverse Muldoon government. What makes you think that something like that is ever going to happen again? What is going to go wrong that National (heaven help us) are going to be needed to fix it?

    “It seems more civil over here than on Kiwiblog, although it’s often all the same people on both sides so I don’t understand why that’s so.”

    There is some overlap in the two groups, and also some differences. That seems to be enough to raise the tone here at The Standard. Long may it continue.

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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    4 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    4 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    7 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    7 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
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    18 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
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    18 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
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    19 hours ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
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    20 hours ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
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    21 hours ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
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    1 day ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
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    2 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
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    2 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
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  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
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    2 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
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  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
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  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
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  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
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  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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  • CTU speech – DPM
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
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    5 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
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  • Extra support for rural families
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