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Nat housing policy panned

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, August 13th, 2013 - 31 comments
Categories: housing, labour, leadership, national - Tags: , ,

National’s “housing policy” – the centerpiece of their weekend conference – is a dog.

poll-nat-housing-planAll it does is reverse their previous cuts and tinker with the limits on loans in a way which only benefits a few — as Eddie described it yesterday “by giving cash to people previously considered too well-off for the subsidy”. And that at the “sting in the tail” cost of a much higher deposit requirement.

The (unscientific) Stuff poll to the right suggests that we the public are not impressed.

The Greens call the policy “polly filler”:

National’s housing policy just poly filler in face of crisis

National’s just released housing policy throws a bit of money at first home buyers but does nothing to address New Zealand’s wider housing affordability crisis, the Green Party said today. …

“National’s announcement today is a cynical attempt to look as if it cares about the housing affordability crisis before the next election rolls around,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. …

“John Key wants to give the impression he is facing up to the housing affordability crisis but is not brave enough to implement measures that would actually address the fundamental drivers of the housing bubble,” Dr Norman said.

National’s ally, Peter Dunne, isn’t buying it:

Dunne no fan of KiwiSaver deposit plan

The Government shouldn’t use KiwiSaver as a “slush fund” for popular policies, former Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says.

Mr Dunne, a Government ally and Revenue Minister until June this year, says he doesn’t support the plan to make it easier for first home buyers to use their KiwiSaver funds for a deposit.

“KiwiSaver was established to boost New Zealanders’ retirement savings, given our notoriously bade track record in that regard,” he said on Monday.

“Weakening it by extending it to home ownership detracts from its original aim and establishes a precedent for adding other items it can be used for.”

The best that any friendly analysis could come up with was this:

New housing policy a ‘marginal development’ – expert

…Auckland University’s Professor Larry Murphy told TV ONE’s Breakfast this morning that he can’t see that the changes will actually help many prospective buyers.

“I think it really is a marginal development, it is important for those who are just on the edge of entering the market, and it will assist them.

“[But if] it constitutes a big enough group to actually have a big enough impact in the market is questionable,” he said.

Here’s the bottom line:

Housing policy won’t halt bubble – experts

Changes to schemes aimed at helping Kiwis buy their first home won’t do anything to solve the affordability crisis, according to property experts.

The Government yesterday unveiled changes to the Welcome Home and Kiwisaver schemes it said would help more Kiwis get onto the property ladder.

Notably absent however were any policies aimed at halting the seemingly inexorable rise in property prices – in fact, by increasing demand at the lower end, there are fears the changes could actually push prices higher.

Labour and The Greens are clearly setting the agenda with a strong focus on housing affordability. National are struggling to catch up. But they are going to have to do a lot better than this.

31 comments on “Nat housing policy panned”

  1. Plan B 1

    My worry is that the plan will do exactly what it was designed to do. I wonder if the plan is a kind of ‘dog whistle’ plan. It tells people that National will do whatever it takes to maintain/grow the value of homes- So a plan that is supposed to be about helping first time home owners is actually about telling existing property owners that National is the party you should vote for if you want to get tax free capital gains.
    Meanwhile labour greens are actually saying they will do things taht might stop the tax free capital gains.
    It could be that vote wise National are on the right side of this one. Strange as it seems.

    • Skinny 1.1

      Right you are (no insult intended) of course it’s a dog whistle. Kiwi’s, especially (the young) in Auckland, need to be yelling from the roof tops of their landlords over inflated rental properties, ‘why’ isn’t this Government helping us?

      Instead.. Key later today is announcing a ‘bold’ plan to combat child abuse. Yes great & about time too, however, I’ll be cynical and call this a distraction to divert attention. Just like the fishing quota red herring. 

      How about a public rally in Auckland, a march up Queen Street, a march of disgust against the inaction of this National Government to address affordable housing with a BOLD new plan! 

  2. tricledrown 2

    Tax free capital gains.
    Tax free income.
    While bashing benes
    These tax free people are the bludgers like rio tinto scf .

  3. Rogue Trooper 3

    a relevant summary Anthony.

  4. Sable 4

    All sounds like Germany in the 1930’s. Concessions to distract the masses in economically tough times whilst at the same time slowly and slyly eroding human rights.

  5. Tom Gould 5

    How is allowing some people to access their own money a subsidy? The MSM were falling over themselves to spin this up for their master, Johnny Sparkles. Not sure it works as well as it used to, though. One even tried to run the line that the National and Labour housing policies were mirror images, because both had the figure 10,000 in them. Labour building 10,000 affordable homes a year for 10 years, and National estimating 10,000 first home buyers would access their Kiwisaver funds.

  6. Greywarbler 6

    This morning on the radio – a social support group saying that families are living in cars. Probably they can’t find garages to live in! We need more garages. And Habitat has numbers of people to poor to fit their criteria, they are too far into debt.

    And the loan sharks are round, helping people out – like which way did you come in? Labour couldn’t bring themselves to establish a base line interest rate – economists advise against it as it establishes a moral hazard as people try to get round the interest price floor. So better to do nothing. We are too moral a country to allow such a situation to develop, goodness no.

    Something has been done along the way I think to try and protect the needy public from these arseit strippers but not enough. Just a lot of waffly people talking about ‘financial education’. There is no doubt that prosperity churches will replace the government as the entity that people are committed to because our governments have deserted the ordinary people, and gone back to identifying with the landed gentry and nouveau riche just like the Brit that our forefathers and foremothers came to NZ to escape, and Parnell sounded the trumpet for the ordinary person. Now all we hear is the Last Post.

  7. geoff 7

    According to Kathryn Ryan, Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams, you’ve got it all wrong. Housing apparently isn’t a big issue for most, just young people.

    Listen for yourself (or don’t, if you value your sanity) to Ryan and Williams all nodding along with the Hooton as he basically brushes aside all the major problems that NZ has as non-issues.

    [audio src="http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20130812-1110-politics_with_matthew_hooton_and_mike_williams-048.mp3" /]

    It was crystal clear that none of the three of them had any personal experience with spiralling housing/rent costs and so it just wasn’t a ‘big deal’ for any of them.

    Hooton is actually advocating that the housing bubble be allowed to grow because negative equity for homeowners would be ‘disastrous’. Apparently only the disasters that effect him actually qualify as disasters.

    Anyway that’s Hooton so I expect that kind of crap from NZ’s pre-eminent ‘academic, right-wing, neo-conservative ultra (ultra?? wtf does tht mean??)’ but the continued agreement from the likes of Mike Williams with everything that Hooton says is sickening.

    • Lanthanide 7.1

      In Hooten’s world, parents don’t care about their children’s futures. They also don’t care if their grandchildren grow up in Oz instead of NZ.

    • Skinny 7.2

      Cut it out Geoff! Mike Williams & Kathryn Wilson both got up tight with Hooton over his bulshit comments about very few people unhoused.

      • Skinny 7.2.1

        *Ryan

        • Greywarbler 7.2.1.1

          You are probably thinking of Mary Wilson on Checkpoint in the early evening. Kathryn Ryan in the morning.

          • Skinny 7.2.1.1.1

            Thanks GreyWarbler I heard part of the morning show, Hooton was rambling on longer than he should have been allowed. Yip I do get mixed up between the 2 broadcasters. Mary Wilson called me out of the blue once for comment. Amazing how they get your private number? Who needs the GCSB when your’ve got radio nz? It will be the first asset flicked by Joyce if Unitednact get another term.

      • geoff 7.2.2

        sarc?

  8. Lanthanide 8

    If you want to make a kiwisaver change to help address overheated housing market, allow people to withdraw their savings for the purpose of building a new owner-occupied house.

    At the moment the only way to withdraw your savings is if you:
    1. Have never owned a home before.
    2. Are financially in the position of someone in #1 above, which is defined as earning less than $100k as a couple and having less than some amount of assets in the bank.

    This means people such as myself, who are eyeing up building a new house (thus increasing supply in the market) to live in but already own one, cannot get money out of kiwisaver.

    Banks require 20% deposit on new builds, so if there’s all this hoo-hah about the reserve bank limiting high LVR loans, this same situation has always applied to new builds.

  9. Adrian 9

    Yeah but it’s Kiwisaver for retirement, not Kiwifirsthome, sure it’s tough but the whole scheme would get seriously eroded if say 60% of the young take the money out to buy a home. When do they start re-contributing?

    • Lanthanide 9.1

      Owning your own home in retirement is one of the best investments you can make. Financial advisers also say you should pay off any debt, such as a mortgage, before you start investing in things like the share market.

      $40,000 isn’t a lot of live off if you have to pay rent or a mortgage. But if you’re mortgage free, $40,000 goes quite far to sustaining a retirement lifestyle.

  10. blue leopard 10

    It would be better that policies were set up to address the issues about wealth disparity, working conditions and unemployment. These problems are ignored and are being worsened by successive governments through refusing to adjust to technological changes that have occurred.

    Going into debt to own a house, when the financial system is on its knees?

    Is this really the way forward?

    I shall be looking for a party to vote for that is aiming at addressing the real problems in society.

    Wealth disparity, the lack of jobs and decent working conditions are more important problems and when addressed could also help solve this one.

  11. johnm 11

    “The Reserve Bank is worried that soaring house prices in Auckland are unsustainable and will leave many buyers over-exposed if prices crash.”
    Nats first home help is really a subsidy to keep the housing market bubble going at its extreme inflated levels.(A subsidy for banks and landlords in effect) If they really wanted to help first home buyers they’d impose an 80% CGT backdated for 15 years on all property other than the family home and a bach. That’d pop! the housing bubble smartly (The proceeds could be gifted to our young couples to buy their first homes at the much diminished new price level, say $40,000 a couple) but would leave many current genuine home buyers with mortgages well in excess of the actual market value of their property.
    Housing bubbles make a Nation poorer as a whole while enriching the few! Just think of all that inflated currency, principal plus interest pouring out of NZ from hard working people’s pockets ( And beneficiaries supported by the state in housing paying off the landlords’ mortgages to enable later self reinforcing capital gain) to enrich Australian banks which can’t be spent here in NZ due to the ludicrous cost of housing! Course Key would support banks first wouldn’t he? In other words Banks make a killing from an inflated bubble market all that interest and repossession if you default! Heads we win tails you lose! Our vital housing stock should not be abused like green toy houses on a monopoly board!
    That’s Neoliberism for you a socialist mixed economy as the UK had up to the Thatcher catastrophe would regulate the market to ensure everyone had a fair go.That’s a mixture of excellent social housing plus measures to stop bubbles happening, CGT, and the GREED machine kicking off again. Buying houses for Capital Gain would be stopped in its tracks. There’s enough for everyone’s need but not for their greed.

    • blue leopard 11.1

      +1 Johnm

    • Skinny 11.2

      Yes and the problem is houses are at least 30% over valued, even higher in the big city’s. A capital gains tax is needed. National refuse to address this issue, so Kiwi’s ( especially babyboomers) are shit scared of a L/G gaining office. Reflected in the polls. L/G should drop it in their housing policy, and do a National and dump it on them when in power, fuck it Nact have done this with the GCSB bill.

  12. Saarbo 12

    My prediction is if you have a mortgage and it is floating, then consider fixing it soon. I reckon that Auckland house prices are going to soar in the summer…National are clearly wanting their voters to feel wealthy come election 2014. The Reserve bank is going to push interest rates up pretty hard to put the brakes on…then the media will blame Labour/Green for the possible intro of CGT if elected…all very predictable.

    National don’t give a rats about affordable housing.

  13. bad12 13

    True this post has got it right, chucking more money in the boiling pot of housing affordability will accomplish nothing in the Auckland and Christchurch housing markets except add more would be buyers to the mix,

    That will simply lead to even more house price inflation, while that reads like a criticism you really have to have a deep think about the ‘real motive’ behind Slippery’s National Government undertaking such tinkering,

    What they do get out of this is (a) some will be fooled into thinking that ‘they’ are actually doing something, (b) house price inflation helps Bill from Dipton crow about ‘growth’, and (c) the banks get to pour even more of the monies magic-ed into existence as part of the process of the Financial Crisis into New Zealand while grabbing a slice of ‘actual earned monies’ at the same time,

    i have said this befor, ‘they’ could open up all the land between the current boundary of Auckland and the current boundary of Hamilton for development and the ‘housing crisis’ will remain much the same as there is one important ingredient missing in the equation,

    The missing ingredient of course being labour, a lack of builders qualified to build the amount of houses in the time-frame necessary to get on top of the supply side cause of the present ongoing housing inflation,

    That would pre-suppose that the present Government really cares about such inflation, they don’t…

    • Greywarbler 13.1

      Also the houses built have to be at a high enough price that will allow all the ticket clippers to make their rake off. Left empty they are an inflating asset that can be leveraged off for other investments on the cheap. It’s not just simple supply and demand, that’s what they teach you at school, so you can turn out a half-educated pliant citizen trying to live to a NZ recipe that is no more, no longer ‘Sure to rise’.

  14. Mary 14

    National won’t have to do too much more at all. It’s lies and untrue rhetoric are enough for the average person to tick the housing box and vote Keys straight back in. Easy.

  15. aerobubble 15

    National did nothing, done nothing on housing affordability, and no policy will have any effect anytime soon. So National job is all about making the public think its concerned and doing something, even the wrong things. The purpose of the opposition is to demand why we needed to change to Key when nothing has changed.

  16. Darcy Haas 16

    Labour’s policy of banning foreigners was equally panned by large sections of commentators and experts alike. I suppose balance in editorials is a little too much to ask for?

    [lprent: Is it too much to ask guests to this site to read the about and the policy BEFORE making silly comments about how it is run. Let me point out the obvious in summary.

    1. The authors on this site are from the left – see the about.
    2. We don’t have an editorial policy, authors write what they feel like – see the about.
    3. If you don’t like our views and policies then piss off and create your own blog where you can set your own style, rules and collect your own audience – see the about. In all likelihood you will turn out to be a complete failure at it because who wants to read and discuss the ravings of a fool who pontificates without bothering to look at the subject (like you just did telling us how we should run our site).
    4. Having fools like yourself not read the rules of a site is one of the more stupid actions that any brainless newbie can do – see the policy under the generic description of “darwin awards”.
    5. I could warn you about such foolish behaviour – see the policy. However with your attitude of faux concern it seems unlikely to penetrate the solid bone that fills your brain. Moreover in my experience, bone-headed pedants of the Mrs Grundy persuasion like yourself who use this tone will seldom read and deal with responses to their comments.
    6. So I’m just going to add you to auto-moderation until you confirm that you have read, understand, and accept the purpose and rules of this site – the foremost of which is to not waste the moderators time with things you can read in the about and policy.

    And BTW: the ravings of a few business analysts worried about their own businesses and a pile of fools on right wing blogs is hardly expert or convincing. Nor is not linking to the people you are talking about. Dumbarse. ]

  17. tracey 17

    These are not policies but soundbites. Seems to work for them.

  18. If there is a program to artificially control or lower home prices, will not this cost someone else. Even if we build new subsidized homes. That is if a home that costs $500,000 today is rejigged to enable lesser income earners, or lower capital asset people, we would need to accept that this is a new form of gifting.
    I don’t mind CGT but to artificially enter the housing market is full of peril.

    And Darcy Hass above, so loud, aggressive, so stupid

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Nothing of what you say makes logical sense. It’s a cheaper house built using lower costs, including lower cost of financing. “Gifting” has nothing to do with it, unless you want to rewrite the definition of the word.

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    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
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  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    5 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    7 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago