National Debt cracks the ton

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, July 20th, 2015 - 62 comments
Categories: debt / deficit, economy, Economy, national, national/act government, same old national - Tags:

National debt

62 comments on “National Debt cracks the ton”

  1. G C 1

    The borrower is slave to the lender. Sooo… …who are our ‘Task Masters’?

    • Keith 1.1

      When National said “A Brighter Future” they weren’t lying. But what they meant was it was for banks and overseas creditors, that are by pure coincidence Keys old buddies!

  2. Colonial Rawshark 2

    The NZ Government chooses to source its NZ dollars by borrowing from overseas. As a currency sovereign it could simply decide to issue those NZ dollars to itself, at no interest charge.

    • Clean_power 2.1

      No Nobel Prize of Economics coming your way, CR. You would change New Zealand into a Zimbwawe in no time at all.

      • Crashcart 2.1.1

        You do realise that every day Banks in NZ use fractional reserve banking to create money that didn’t exist mere moments before?

        The government needs to remove the ability for the banks to create money for free and make them borrow it from the government at a set interest rate. That will give the value to the money that the goverment prints.

        • Jackp 2.1.1.1

          Look what happened to Abraham Lincoln, President McKinley, and John F Kennedy. Well, Mckinley was going to but the other two had the government print the money and give it out to the banks. After Kennedy was killed, 4 billion was taken out of circulation. Why would we just ask a bank to print money and charge interest out of thin air? It’s madness. An economy can’t run on a borrowed system. It’s better the government control the money rather than the banks. We’re seeing the results when the banks economically control the government.

      • maui 2.1.2

        Quantitative easing is also being done by the US, European Central Bank and Japan, want to call them out for creating Zimbabwe like conditions too and creating an inevitable economic disaster?

        • Lanthanide 2.1.2.1

          Big countries play by different rules.

          • Colonial Rawshark 2.1.2.1.1

            And Switzerland? Are they a “big country” too? How about Singapore? Another “big country” which is happy to directly intervene in the market for its own currency?

            Or is it simply that as Kiwis, we have never bothered to figure out a smart niche to occupy in the world economic system, and we keep making excuses for why we cannot?

      • Colonial Rawshark 2.1.3

        No Nobel Prize of Economics coming your way, CR. You would change New Zealand into a Zimbwawe in no time at all.

        Huh? What are you talking about? Zimbabwe has nothing to do with what I am suggesting. Which is to issue a NZ dollar at no interest, instead of borrowing one from China and being charged interest.

      • Jones 2.1.4

        There is nothing wrong with a Government creating the money supply. They are, after all, the representatives of the commonwealth of the people. It depends on where the money is spent and other policies around it, such as allowing banks to continue with fractional-reserve lending.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.4.1

          +1

        • Colonial Rawshark 2.1.4.2

          Yep, investment in productive capacity, useful economic infrastructure, and the wellbeing of the people will pay back massive dividends over time.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.5

        Not according to the IMF. In fact, it seems that it would stabilise the economy and bring prosperity – the exact opposite of what we have now with the private banks creating money without restrictions.

    • dukeofurl 2.2

      Where do you get info that it sources its debt overseas ?

      My understanding is that it uses the $NZ

      Could it be that the idea of a computer making up the numbers overnight doesnt happen here

      • Colonial Rawshark 2.2.1

        That is the crazy thing

        We sell NZD denominated debt offshore eg

        This will be of concern to Finance Minister Bill English who is poised to begin a visit to China. English was in Beijing recently for the signing ceremony to launch the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

        English and Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf, who is also on the trip, will be aware that if the instability spills over it could also impact on the NZ economy.

        The Chinese Government is a significant buyer of NZ Government bonds.

        http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11477810

    • Smilin 2.3

      And bury Rio Tinto would help my power bill but they will probably find another way to milk the continuing power price hikes
      We might have half a chance of creating our own currency instead of this Fed sanctioned crap we live with, Dreams and Aspirations, can we get so people with their feet on the ground or are we doomed to walk on the moon?
      If we cut the advertising slush fund we might find our currency has some weight and real value cos thats about all this govt has done, False Advertising

  3. her 3

    And that is how you get a corner office when you go back to the banking industry.

  4. keyman 4

    does anyone know the total NZ debt including government debt some told me its a basket case

    • dukeofurl 4.1

      Not if it owns an asset. Most NZ domestic bank debt is secured by an asset ( except credit cards)

      • Colonial Rawshark 4.1.1

        in a financial crisis the value of those “assets” will deteriorate quickly, and remember there is a reason why those assets are called “collateral” by the bank. Dairy farmers are realising that now.

      • Jones 4.1.2

        I think it depends on the asset they are securing against.

        • dukeofurl 4.1.2.1

          Dairy farmers would be land mostly. Not sure about dairy cows but maybe up 50% of cow value.
          National is going to ‘socialise the losses’ for dairy farmers before the next election the way things are going. Especially if Winston pulls on his gumboots

      • Brutus Iscariot 4.1.3

        New Zealand Government debt is backed by the ultimate asset – the ability to raise money through taxation.

        Aside from that, CV’s analysis is simplistic.

        The government raises debt at auctions in which parties bid down to lend money to the Crown. There often isn’t enough capital solely in New Zealand to fund the government’s operating requirements. Unless, as you say, the Reserve Bank straight up bought all the debt that the government incurred and straight up extinguished it by printing the money. Depending on the level of the debt, down that route is inflation and massive currency depreciation.

        The commercial banks are a separate issue. They source a lot of their money offshore cheaply. The margin between those interest rates and the rates they then lend out at is quite juicy. They have to pay more to borrow from NZ depositholders (and let’s never forget that a bank deposit is a loan to the bank).

        • crashcart 4.1.3.1

          Actually the last part of your stamenet is incorrect. When you deposit your money it is no longer yours. You are trading it for an asset in teh form af a bank account. The money you deposit becomes the property of the bank. Fractional reserve means they have to maintain a percentage of the initial deposit to secure against the asset that is the account which counts as a liability on thier books. However if $100 is deposited the bank can lend out $80. Often that $80 is deposited straight back into the bank in the accoutn of another person. This of course means the bank can again lend out 80% of that deposit.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractional-reserve_banking

    • Colonial Rawshark 4.2

      NZ household debt is approx $150B

      • RedLogix 4.2.1

        So lets estimate total Debt at $250b this means Total Debt to GDP at about 100%. (And that may not be including all debt.)

        In order to repay all this – over say 20 years – this implies roughly a 5% hit on GDP (ie permanent depression) for at least that period.

        And given that no govt could survive such fiscal policy for such a period – my conclusion is that it will never be repaid.

        In other words we are no better off than Greece.

        • dv 4.2.1.1

          And the interest payments are in the order of 10Billion for both debts
          or about $2500 for each person.

        • Lanthanide 4.2.1.2

          Anyone that thinks any local council in NZ will ever repay their debt back is a fool.

          They’re all insolvent.

          • maui 4.2.1.2.1

            +1, that’s important to remember too. We’re a debt based economy and probably sooner rather than later it’s all going to go pear-shaped. When our Government and local Government both go bankrupt many people are going to be screaming hallelujah! Amidst the chaos.

        • tinfoilhat 4.2.1.3

          While there’s no doubt that the present government are poor managers of the economy we are not in quite as bad a state as Greece.

          One of my colleagues at school showed me this site which illustrates what a fiscal shambles the world is in.

          http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org

          • Colonial Rawshark 4.2.1.3.1

            that’s because the bankers have ensured that each and very modern country accesses its monies through debt owed to the banks.

            • tinfoilhat 4.2.1.3.1.1

              Quite, I was interested to see that Japan’s debt at the moment is seriously out of control………..too big to fail ?

              • Colonial Rawshark

                Japan has a lot of problems, and the Bank of Japan is printing money at an insane rate to try and compensate. Yet wages and economic activity keep on stagnating.

                • mikesh

                  I think Japan and the US are desperately battling deflation, which they see as an even greater evil than inflation.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Indeed. The wages of ordinary Kiwi workers are experiencing serious deflation as well.

                • Ron

                  Well Japan may soon be allowed to fight overseas again. If I was China I would be a little worried. A war is always good for the economy right?

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Japan has been facing bad economic news for years. And their situation is getting worse as their population ages and shrinks. Their politicians need a boost. And the USA needs an Anti-China to help balance out the rising regional strength of the Chinese. Win/win, from the western colonial stand point.

        • Phil 4.2.1.4

          my conclusion is that it will never be repaid.

          How may people do you know who used to have a mortgage and then paid it off?
          Compare that to the number of people you know who used to have a mortgage, but defaulted and lost the house.

          • Colonial Viper 4.2.1.4.1

            Do those mortgage holders you talk about keep taking more money out on tick every year their house valuation goes up?

          • RedLogix 4.2.1.4.2

            Making flawed comparisons between the behaviour of individuals and whole economies is a pretty common mistake Phil.

            But to address your point directly – increasingly people are arriving at retirement age with considerable mortgage debt and are relying on either down-sizing or selling off investment assets to remain cash flow positive.

            • John Shears 4.2.1.4.2.1

              Maybe but not all, some like my wife and I no longer own a house and live in a retirement village. We have no mortgage and have not had one for the last 25 or so years.

              We have owned 7 houses all family homes. The first was bought using the Family Benefit capitalisation scheme,we had 3 children, an interest only loan for 5 years and a bank overdraft it wasn’t easy but it worked.

              We bought our first house in the late 1950’s when the home ownership was the low and the Govt. of the day , National, recognised that they needed to help young couples own their dwelling.
              The present lot can’t see that. yet they are also National.

          • Crashcart 4.2.1.4.3

            It doesn’t help that when you do have a mortgage you seem to get regular phone calls from people who know you by name and know you own property who can get you into an investment property for no deposit what so ever just using the equity in your home.

            Bring on the debt go round.

  5. mikesh 5

    A cash injection is a cash injection, and will be just as inflationary if it comes from overseas as it would be if it came off the RB’s printing press.

    • Colonial Rawshark 5.1

      exactly

      but it will not be inflationary if the economy has plenty of competitive, productive capacity to spare (and with 250,000 unemployed and under employed people, that is certainly the case here in NZ)

    • Stuart Munro 5.2

      It depends where it goes – foreign capital that builds new capacity doesn’t cause much inflation. Foreign capital that enters the housing bubble does.

      Treasury is like a 7 year-old’s joke: When is capital not inflationary? When we don’t include housing bubbles in our stats.

  6. Atiawa 6

    Since becoming the government “borrow & hope” is the one policy that hasn’t been made up along the way.
    Credit where credit is due eh!

  7. upnorth 7

    Stats NZ says only 39.5% of GDP which is very good in real terms – but our lowest has been 17% in 2007 but that was a very shonky number back then as ACC was reported as $7B in assets was was no where near.

    The data hub being used above is poor analysis because the debt has reduced over the last few years – I am really sorry but this data is about useful as the last name basis for property in Auckland.

    I think it is best to use treasury data and not some spin the wheel forecast projection.

    I think you have to seriously back out the CHCH rebuild.

    I am more worried about private debt rather than govt debt because govt debt by our own standards and international standards is in a good space.

    happy to be referred to other reports (no links just titles please) dont want to get in trouble with the Mod)

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      perceptive – private debt is by far the most dangerous to an economy

    • dukeofurl 7.2

      “very shonky number back then as ACC was reported as $7B in assets was was no where near.”

      Now ACC assets are $25 billion.

      That makes it highly likely the 2007 figure was very conservative at $7B, you dont triple it in 6 years any other way.
      After all the GFC reduced global asset values sharply , but those who held good value assets recovered fairly quickly, probably to their true value of over $15B.

      THose in the know about then ACC Minister Nick- What happened to my vacant land- Smith claim about the big hole in ACCs accounts can disregard it as the musings of a clueless dropkick

    • Pat 7.3

      the two have to be considered in tandem….if government debt is secured by the ability to realise tax and the private debt is secured by tangible assets (i.e farms and houses) then if either suffers a serious setback it significantly and negatively impacts the other.

  8. b waghorn 8

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11468289
    Clear as mud to me but might make sense to some here

  9. Smilin 9

    TRUE CONSERVATIVE GOVT you save in prosperous times instead of givin 7 billion to the rich and crow about a Rockstar economy which is generally crash and burn except for those who have been at it longer than Key has been out of nappies cos he probably nearly shat himself when he was 7
    What a bunch of idiots we are to allow this 9/11 financial austerity crap to lie to us about what we have for a PM
    A Right wing yuppie creamer of the honesty of the masses labour,and the nations wealth for the benefit of Mr Kite and a corrupt democracy in short
    The show must go on but who pays ?

  10. Keith 10

    Is this what it takes to be a “Rockstar” economy?

  11. Mike 11

    Huh?

    Gross debt in the most recent government financial statements was around $85.7b, net debt (which is a fairer measure) is around $60b

    And if you’re including private debt in the ‘national debt’, thats about another $250b or so

  12. Dave_1924 12

    Yip its really bad, time to cut government spending… must be 5% they can trim off and put to debt repayment surely…

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      that would destroy money out of the economy and worsen the coming dairy recession

  13. Mike the Savage One 13

    Which is relevant and which is true? Perhaps it is not as bad as the post suggests, so far at least:

    http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/newzealand

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/audio/201761887/insight-for-12-july-2015-future-financial-stability

    http://countryeconomy.com/national-debt/new-zealand

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_New_Zealand

    Remember Key in 2011:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10765329

    It is not government debt we should be worried about, but private debt:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/67032939/Mortgage-debt-tops-200-billion

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10887784

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/271558/thousands-face-student-loan-ruin-tax-adviser

    But who cares, we can always sell real estate, our skills and work and services, for the future, as so many have, being tenants and servants in our own country, let us “party” on, John. That is the partying of the top percentages at the expense of the rest of us I presume.

  14. Sable 14

    Watch out for tax creep as we all end up paying for years of economic mismanagement by National and Labour…..

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • GM Strikers Are Waging a Battle on Two Fronts
    Reprinted from Jacobinmag by Jane Slaughter and Chris Brooks Almost 50,000 UAW workers are on strike against GM and a two-tier labor system that undermines worker solidarity. But members may need to wage a battle on two fronts — against the company, but also against their own union leadership. Forty-nine ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 hours ago
  • Who Will Be Fed Next To The Hungry Gods Of Politics?
    Before Jacingrant There Was Gracinda: Grant Robertson and his 2014 running mate, Jacinda Ardern. She stood at his side: loyal and obliging, as she had ever been. The media dubbed this duo “Gracinda” – a sort of political “Brangelina”. The other young people who worked alongside Robertson were also ambitious ...
    11 hours ago
  • Simon Bridges: the 15 March Christchurch massacre and winning at any cost
    . . Just when you thought Simon Bridges couldn’t sink any lower – he has. After the March 15th  Christchurch terror attack, the (current) Leader of the National Party issued strong committments to support urgently needed gun law reform; “We will be ready and prepared to be constructive and to ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Only the least intelligent students, with bad parents, will attend the nonsense climate strike
    We all know that bad parents simply don’t care about their children’s education. Most truants have loser parents, and grow up to be involved with crime, or in low paid employment usually like their parents. The nonsense so-called “climate strike” coming up will be attended mostly by the least intelligent ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Professional Internet Trolls being used to push manmade climate change lies
    Is the terrorist Organisation Greenpeace and the loony Green parties around the World hiring professional internet trolls? I have noticed a trend lately where if you post research, news articles or even comments that show the manmade climate change scam to be just that, you are immediately attacked, often within ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Strike!
    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    2 days ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    4 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    6 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    6 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

No feed items found.