National's Policy Machine is a thing to behold

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, May 16th, 2023 - 99 comments
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Yesterday National set the local political scene alight by coming up with the latest policy proposal that will set the local political scene on fire and the effects of which will no doubt be visible in the next polls.

The policy is …

Wait this is really good …

You will be amazed …

The plan to print out and send to taxpayers information about how the Government’s money is spent and how much tax they paid.

You may ask why this is such a good idea and why the information is not readily available.

You could but there would be a problem.  The information on how much the Government spends is readily available as long as you know how to use google.

For instance you could google “how is New Zealand Government money spent” and it will provide you with this link.

You could ask Chat GPT “where can I find breakdown on how much New Zealand Government spends each year”.

It will tell you:

To find a breakdown of how much the New Zealand Government spends each year, you can refer to the official government sources and budget documents. Here are a few key sources where you can find this information:

  1. New Zealand Treasury: The New Zealand Treasury website provides comprehensive information on the government’s finances, including budget documents, reports, and economic updates. You can visit their website at to access the latest budget information and expenditure breakdowns.
  2. New Zealand Government Budget: The annual budget outlines the government’s revenue and expenditure plans for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget documents include detailed breakdowns of spending by different sectors, such as health, education, infrastructure, social welfare, and more. The budget is usually released in May each year, and you can find it on the New Zealand Treasury website or the government’s official budget website.
  3. New Zealand Parliament: The New Zealand Parliament’s website provides access to parliamentary debates, committee reports, and other relevant documents. You can explore the Parliament’s website at to find information on government spending and budgetary matters.
  4. New Zealand Statistics: Statistics New Zealand collects and publishes data on various aspects of the economy, including government finances. Their website,, offers a wealth of economic and financial data, which may include information on government spending.

Remember that these sources provide the most reliable and up-to-date information on government expenditure in New Zealand. It’s recommended to consult these official sources for accurate and detailed breakdowns of government spending.

But no, National thinks that a report should be sent out.

The tax information is available anyway.  Just log onto MyIRD.

And National continues on with its barrage of “cut unnecessary spending” without telling the country what it will actually cut.

Which allows Act to fill in the policy vacuum with its alternative budget.  In the absence of anything meaningful from National this is all the electorate has to rely on.

The proposal is usual right wing Ayn Rand wet dream stuff.  Tax cuts for the wealthy and a tax increase for the poor masked by gutting the Emissions Trading Scheme and by a tax credit, for how long who knows.

Other policies include:

  • Gutting collective teacher contracts.
  • More spending on Defence.
  • Incentives for Councils to allow Urban Sprawl.
  • More prisons.
  • 200 new beds in secure Corrections facilities for youth criminals.  This is a dramatic increase.
  • Reduction in eligibility for the Winter Energy Payment and Kiwisaver subsidies.
  • 14,000 fewer Public Servants.
  • Abolition of the Human Rights Commission.

At least Act has policies that it has announced and that we can debate.  National’s proposal is that lacking in detail and that superficial that you have to wonder what its vaunted Policy Machine is actually up to.

99 comments on “National's Policy Machine is a thing to behold ”

  1. Reality 1

    The PM's moments of speechlessness on hearing about the certificate said it all! It's not often he is without an immediate response. As he said it would be like the old bank statements going out. And then Nicola Willis thinks it could be done with AI. Nutty.

  2. Peter 2

    The real NatFans will be invigorated by the stroke of Luxon/Willis genius and off on some ‘holding the bastards accountable’ euphoria fix.

    Meanwhile we can be certain of the message for consumers: “No brain cells were used in the production of this policy.”

  3. PsyclingLeft.Always 3

    Tax cuts for the wealthy and a tax increase for the poor

    National : its a given.

    But this on the Standard saying NZ needs more …multimillionaires?!

    15 May 2023 at 10:22 am …..3.1

    And after all the exposing of how…little tax the rich pay. The "Trickle down" lie revisited…

    • arkie 3.1

      An expression of faith in Economism:

      …the misleading application of basic lessons from Economics 101 to real-world problems, creating the illusion of consensus and reducing a complex topic to a simple, open-and-shut case.

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 3.1.1

        Aye for sure. And re multi millionaires. I have worked for some ..millionaires. Everything they spent on..was scrutinised/micromanaged to a ridiculous … even be laughable, if it wasnt the poor worker/tradie/shop being fucked over A tighter bunch of tightwads would be hard to imagine…

        The "trickle down" BS. I ..and many others, know it to be so true.

        • Patricia Bremner

          Micro managing must be part of being wealthy!!

          We have relatives like that.

          Questioning every expense is normal, and expecting discounts, freebies or add -ons as part of any exchange, regular.

          Refunds are demanded for trivial reasons.

          It is incessant "are we getting the most for that dollar"

          Generosity is kept for their own, and seen as profligate in others.

          This is part of “tax” is my money, not the Government “funding a functioning society”

          • PsyclingLeft.Always

            Firstly, Good Morn Patricia. : ). Seems to have been…a while. Hope you are well and allgood ? You are def "on the money" there. FYI certainly understand people on "Struggle Street" who HAVE to watch every cent… (sadly been there : (

            But as you vouch….these wealthy…(and as I say, millionaire) types…are never going to "trickle down" much of anything…

            And, unsurprisingly, nearly always Nact types.

            They have the policies that best support them and their ilk…

            IMO much better that all can..

            "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs"

            NZ could be..that Paradise….ON Earth : )

            • Patricia Bremner

              We are good thank yousmiley donating our little fortnightly amount to try to counter the "big boys end of town" (a bit sexist as there are now a few "Big Girls" as well. )

              I hope that all who are able, are supporting Labour's 2 for 1 fund raiser Hayden Munroe is running for us as donations will be matched $ for $. (Trying to counter Nats' 5 mill.)

              Yes, we are fortunate to be in this part of the world. The stresses we are having following the pandemic/storms fall out are at least recognised by this Govt.

              The events which have been beyond their control have been extraordinary, and we are all tired. However as James said, we still need to demand better for those who are falling through the cracks.

              Things are tight for business. We went to one to buy a bed which will help us get in and out, (raise the foot or head) for our real old age devil.

              The lady serving us said we had "made her day" as things have really slowed here, and added both her children had been made redundant in Australia so she felt pleased to have a job.

              We told her Grant is having an operation tomorrow on the Gold Coast, and the bed was meant to be our trip!! We found the airport horrible last year, and "carbon" guilt set in. We video call often, so feel instantly updated connected as past generations never could for so little cost.

              Thanks for reaching out PLAyes All the best.

  4. Tiger Mountain 4

    For the sake of all that is good in Aotearoa NZ, and what could be better…please, please, Natzos retain the services of Baldrick Mark Luxon as your leader into the 2023 General Election!

  5. tsmithfield 5

    I don't think anyone said anything about mailing information out. That is soo last century.

    But, I don't have any problem with people knowing how their taxes are being spent. I would be surprised if anyone here does either.

    I think one of the reasons why people get pissed off about the amount of taxes they pay is because it seems almost the same as giving money to an alcoholic. Most people likely would not mind paying taxes if they thought the money was being well spent.

    Case in point, look at how much money has been wasted on investigating and progress costs in the various programs and projects the government has scrapped recently. And, some of those ideas were highly dubious in the first place. For instance, the TVNZ/RNZ merger.

    • Bearded Git 5.1

      Good to see you doubling down on this idiotic policy tsmith. It will never be heard of again.

    • SPC 5.2

      Case in point, look at how much money has been wasted on investigating and progress costs in the various programs and projects the government has scrapped recently. And, some of those ideas were highly dubious in the first place. For instance, the TVNZ/RNZ merger.

      You are aware that National wants Treasury to do this with all government programmes each and every year.

      Has this policy been costed?

    • bwaghorn 5.3

      Tax surly goes into a pool so any government spending is likely to have a %of your tax in it, I'm quit sure luxoffs recipt will tell me exactly where my tax went.

      Fuckers are loons

      • Nic the NZer 5.3.1

        There is no pool of cash sitting around inside the IRD, or the RBNZ. Its mostly electronic and the RBNZ has the authority to put what ever numbers are needed into the government account (or the commercial banks accounts) to clear payments.

    • Craig H 5.4

      Would you rather government agencies stopped doing business cases and other investigative work?

    • Mike B 5.5

      The Labour supporters are very quick to bring up the potential costs of a supposed statement that will spell out what the government has spent tax dollars on. But they do not want to hear about the billions wasted by the current government. Just this week, thousands of certificates have been printed and posted out to all those involved with COVID work! How much did that cost?

      [please supply some details about the certificates so we know what you are talking about – weka]

  6. Ngungukai 6

    Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts, tax …,,, ????

  7. AB 7

    You are right to note that the information provided to taxpayers under this NACT policy is trivial, uninformative or meaningless at the individual level, and relatively easily obtained elsewhere. But that's not the point of the policy – it's a cultural stake in the ground.

    The intention is to change the notion of taxation that people have in their heads. To move it away from a generalised sense that society has to function and I'm obliged to contribute my share because I can earn what I do only because a functional society exists in the first place. They want to shift the thinking towards an individuated, transactional mindset of "what am I getting for my money that you forcibly take from me?" It's the crudest repeat of 1980's and 1990's – a doubling-down on the most regressive ideology of that period , which is all the really lies behind Luxon's fake bonhomie and corporate blather.

    • tsmithfield 7.1

      They want to shift the thinking towards an individuated, transactional mindset of "what am I getting for my money that you forcibly take from me?

      I don't think that is the right way of looking at it. My way of looking at tax is that it should be spent in the best way to benefit society as a whole. And, hopefully gain economies of scale by being able to bulk purchase for the whole country (e.g. as in Pharmac).

      But, when money is tipped down the toilet continually on ideas that were bad in the first place, and then get abandoned anyway after huge amounts were spent on them, it is not surprising that people get resentful about how their tax money is spent.

      • arkie 7.1.1

        It's not 'tax payers money' if it is owed as tax:

        Richard Murphy, one of the founders of the UK’s Tax Justice Network and author of The Joy of Tax, explains that “taxpayers’ money” is the money left in our pockets after we have paid taxes that are legally due. Money payable through taxes is the government’s property.

        This is quite easy to prove — try not paying your income tax and see if the courts will enforce government property rights in that money.

        If the government is the legal owner of its funds, then, does it hold tax revenue in trust for taxpayers? Not at all. Subject to the rule of law, governments can do what they choose with their money.

        • Liberty Belle

          Tax is money taken lawfully from those who have earned it, that is tax payers. The government becomes the legal owner of those monies, by their ability to legislate for taxes. But who is the government? In a democracy they are the representatives of the people. The government may be legally able to spend the money on what they want, but they are at least ethically/morally bound to exercise prudence and careful judgement. Successive governments have failed in various ways to achieve that.

          • arkie

            our actionable right as electors is to vote a wasteful government out of office. The electorate as a whole, rather than an ideological interest group, determines the size of government we should have.

            Unlike trust beneficiaries, we do not have an equitable interest in the government’s money. If it were otherwise, groups of taxpayers might have some claim on the government to spend or not spend its money in particular ways. (my bold)


            • Liberty Belle

              "Unlike trust beneficiaries, we do not have an equitable interest in the government’s money. "

              In strict legal terms, no. In ethical terms, absolutely we do. Taxpayers fund the government, and as such any responsible government has the obligation to spend our money wisely.

              • arkie

                And within the institution of representative democracy, electors (read: us taxpayers) are obligated to vote out governments we deem irresponsible. Receiving a 'receipt' each year gives the false impression that we have any control over the individual line items of government spending. We don't, it's a daft and likely expensive gimmick designed to hamper progressive government.

                • Liberty Belle

                  "Receiving a 'receipt' each year gives the false impression that we have any control over the individual line items of government spending. "

                  No, it gives information about how our money is being spent. No more, no less.

                  • arkie

                    All of which is already available.

                    And, once again, it's not 'our' money.

                    • Liberty Belle

                      So you're opposed to transparency? And yes, it is our money.

                    • lprent []

                      So you’re opposed to transparency?

                      All that they have to do is to put it up on the net. That is transparent. And guess what, it is already up on the net.

                      Can’t see any point in wasting money and resources in sending it out by snail-mail or any other personalised process – a process that is essentially obsolete.

                      This appears to be a policy made by a technical illiterate. Sounds like Chris Luxon or Chris Bishop.

                      And yes, it is our money.

                      So you approve of a wasting money and not just using the technically cheap solution? Perhaps you should explain why you’re wanting to grab cash and burn it for no purpose (apart from a stupid electioneering slogan).

                    • Incognito []

                      None is so blind as those who don’t want to see. I trust that you won’t be following Budget-2023 at all in the media because this would be the only way you can maintain your absurd partisan stance.


                  • Liberty Belle

                    "All that they have to do is to put it up on the net. That is transparent. And guess what, it is already up on the net."

                    No. Transparency is not just about access, it is about ease to access.

          • Incognito

            The government may be legally able to spend the money on what they want

            Yes, in North Korea. However, in NZ the government is subject to public accountability and oversight – if the media do their job properly – and subject to legal and statutory limitations of which the former can only be changed through new legislation that requires a (winning) vote in Parliament.

            but they are at least ethically/morally bound to exercise prudence and careful judgement.

            Different governments may have different ethical or moral standards, or may face different political or economic pressures that influence their spending decisions, as we have seen in the government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and natural disasters, for example. In any case, prudence and careful judgement are subjective and relative terms, i.e., who decides and on whose terms?

            Successive governments have failed in various ways to achieve that.

            Again, this is subjective and a matter of opinion and perspective that cannot be objectively verified or falsified. Different governments may have different priorities or goals in spending the tax money, with different outcomes or impacts. You and I may agree or disagree with these decisions or outcomes, but this does not necessarily mean that they are failures or successes, as you incorrectly assert.

            The only thing on which I agree with you is not matter of opinion but simply a fact, which is that the government is the legal owner of tax monies collected through its ability to legislate for taxes. Do you suggest we change this?

            And no, it is not ‘our money’, as you have already stated, correctly, that the government becomes the owner of those monies.

        • Shanreagh

          Yes you are correct Arkie and this is never more stark when we see the shenanigans that some firms get up with PAYE.

          They should be collecting the tax on behalf of the Government, it does not belong at that stage to the person who has earned it as they have 'agreed' to pay the tax they owe on a time payment system (Pay As You Earn), instead of at year's end. It does not belong to the firm either. The firms have collected the money on behalf to hold until the correct time to pass it on to IRD.

          Once the funds are in the coffers of the Govt then the punter can look via elections etc, budgets etc to see which party makes use or will make use and how they make use of the funds collected from taxation and other sources. We long ago (King John & the Robber Barons) handed over our (if we were a baron) ability to do things that govts now do such as tax or levy, raise armies, imprison someone etc.

          Individuals don't have a ring fenced amount that they can track.

      • Stuart Munro 7.1.2

        Tax isn't the biggest thing that is being wasted here. The National Party are a waste of time and space in Parliament – and the stunts they pull to enrich their cronies are very expensive, though often they destroyed capital value, as was the case of Solid Energy, or human potential as was the case of everything they ever did to education or the civil service.

        If we're going to start accounting for costs, I've a few markers to call in from the Gnats – and entirely too many from the post-Douglas Labour Party – shameful creatures that they are.

      • bwaghorn 7.1.3

        If you want it spent in the best possible way, you .use be distraught that we're paying luxon to come up with nothing useful as leader of the opposition

        • Ngungukai

          When are National going to retease some actual policies ?

          • Incognito

            On Friday the 13th, i.e. Black Friday, at 5 pm, National will dump a shitload of bullet points. In October.

          • Corey

            When are Labour going to announce any policies?

            2020 was virtually bereft of any policies from the major parties and 2023 is looking to be even worse.

            The country is falling apart and our political leaders are telling us "don't worry we got this , we'll let you know later ”

            Releasing policy manifestos two weeks out from the election is disgraceful in the era of early voting, we must know what your policies are before the first vote is cast.

            • logie97

              Your comments would be worth reading if you stopped the hyperbole.

              The country is not falling apart. That line has been trotted out since nations existed. In New Zealand we get it chanted every three years leading up to and then from immediately after each election by opposition parties of all hues.

              The general thread of government policy might not suit your persuasion, but year on year, where is the evidence that the New Zealand economy is crashing compared with the previous year/government/decade/century.

            • Anne

              When are Labour going to announce any policies?

              One more sleep to go.

    • Mac1 7.2

      AB, very well put and so true.

      I’m obliged to contribute my share because I can earn what I do only because a functional society exists in the first place.”

    • Incognito 7.3


      It is intrinsically divisive in trying to move away from a collective mindset to a self-serving ‘what’s-in-it-for-me’ individualistic attitude.

      ACT will love it!

    • Liberty Belle 7.4

      "To move it away from a generalised sense that society has to function and I'm obliged to contribute my share because I can earn what I do only because a functional society exists in the first place."

      The problem is not funding a functional society. The problem is this government have taken wasting money to a whole new level.

      "They want to shift the thinking towards an individuated, transactional mindset of "what am I getting for my money that you forcibly take from me?""

      Or perhaps it's facilitating a much-needed conversation about what governments spend our money on, and how that provides benefits to society as a whole, as opposed to consultants in beaurecrats.

      • Stuart Munro 7.4.1

        I like the idea of beaurecrats – an aesthetic or romantic touch to humanize the legions of whey-faced assassins of joy could only be an improvement.

        • Liberty Belle

          Bureaucrats cost money. If they are providing essential services, they are useful.

          But then there's the 46% increase on comms staff (Government blames COVID-19 for 46 percent increase in communications staff | Newshub), the $24m spent on renovating KO offices (Revealed: Kāinga Ora spent over $24m of taxpayer money in four years on its own office renovations | Newshub) the spending of $1m on houses ready to be demolised (Government spends nearly $1m renovating homes that could soon be demolished – NZ Herald), the extravagant opening of Transmission Gully (Billion-dollar Transmission Gully opening ceremony cost $337,000 |…the list of waste is long.

          • Stuart Munro

            Yeah – it has a lot to do with fending off a corrupt Murdoch-style media that gives constant life-support to unattractive offerings like Key and Luxon. You know, the kind of asinine aggression that pushed out the best PM in my lifetime with threats of violence because the Gnats could not imagine any even remotely plausible policy arguments.

            National of course employed no such spin merchants – Jason Ede and the Oily Orca's Orifice must've been spontaneously generated by a benignant providence to keep that corrupt hoser in power.

            • Liberty Belle

              Seriously, if you think Jacinda was the best PM in your lifetime, and if you think she was pushed out by anything other than her own failure, then I have an old car to sell you.

              "it has a lot to do with fending off a corrupt Murdoch-style media that gives constant life-support to unattractive offerings like Key and Luxon."

              This is a claim the left constantly makes, but it doesn;t stand any scrutiny, as this study shows. MediaBias: Home

              • Stuart Munro

                Well you're obviously wildly credulous as well as misinformed – I've seen Chinese infomercials with better graphics, and with no examinable data, your aptly named 'mediabias' is slightly less credible than you.

                Here is a longform explanation of some of the innumerable failings of your authority of choice. Enjoy.

                • Liberty Belle

                  Nah. Mark just doesn't like being confronted with the outcome.

                  But if you don't like that one, here's another. Worlds of Journalism Study 2.0. Journalists in Aotearoa/ New Zealand. (

                  • Stuart Munro

                    We know you only care about the outcome – that's why you built a fake tool. You worked back from your desired reports and built a system to report that.

                    It's essentially the same rort as iPredict – another RW folly to create the illusion that your barking inanity has an ever so tenuous link to objective reality.

                    It doesn't.

                    • LibertyBelle

                      I didn’t build any tool, or any system. I’ve given 2 studies that both show left wing media bias in NZ. It really shouldn’t be a surprise.

                  • Stuart Munro

                    It's not a surprise – you're a raging far-right buffoon with no respect for the truth whatsoever.

                    An AI sort is not a study.

                    No parameters given – no veracity to be expected – garbage in, garbage out. And the list of results make it abundantly clear that its parameters are nonsense.

                    The Harold a leftwing rag? Not in your craziest cryptofascist fantasies.

                  • Stuart Munro

                    You're in complete denial if you think NZ media is not slanted left.

                    Your sanity seems to be as fragile as your integrity on this issue.

                    But of course you don't understand the concept of bias, so of course you are unable to find plausible support for your whack-jobbery. NZ media may indeed, for the moment, be making more positive mentions of the Left than of the Right. That however does not constitute bias. For it to be bias, any positive mentions would need to be disproportionate, unbalanced, or untrue. As you struggle with the simple difference between truth and fiction (and indeed reality), this is probably not obvious to you.

                    We are not having a debate here – you have asserted a fatuous lie, and you would need considerably more than a marginal study or an outright AI fiction to make good upon your assertions.

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    RIP centrism: Why Stuff is gradually moving left while the Herald inches right [19 November 2021]
                    What also happens the world over is that publishers are rewarded for dividing and provoking audiences. It’s that dynamic that is now beginning in earnest in NZ media.

                    Is The Media Biased? [10 October 2022]
                    As our economy becomes increasingly digital, and media industries become increasingly desperate for funds, Dr. Plaut questions whether the real media bias is moving toward “holding attention… giving people whatever will keep them online?

                    That worries me as much as anything else.

                    Mediawatch: Turning off the news? [9 April 2023]
                    We noticed that there's 14,500 journalists in Finland – and about 2500 here. It does actually speak to what you can offer people. I think in New Zealand we're rushing the news. I'm not blaming journalists for that, because that same stuff has to be covered with fewer resources, but you're inevitably going to get thinner coverage,” Dr Treadwell said.

                    The WoJ Study 2.0 preliminary results reported in "Table 8: NZ journalists' political views" ['Table' 8 is actually a bar graph], show that of the 359 journalists who responded (to the ~1200 invitations sent), one journalist self-identified as "Right", two as "Hard right", and one as "Extreme right" – perhaps Counterspin Media founder, director and programme host Kelvyn Alp?

                    As the bar chart below shows, there are very few strongly right-wing journalists, but a substantial number of moderately or strongly left-wingers.

                    The corresponding left-wing numbers are ~78 "Left", ~52 "Hard left", and ~20 "Extreme left" journalists. Amazingly, there was no mention of these 'political views' results in the WoJ 'Highlights' section on page 2.

                    What a tribute to the professionalism (or laziness) of these abundant journalists with left-wing views (out-numbering the four right-wing journalists about 38-to-one) that media coverage of NZ politics in toto doesn't have an obvious bias.

                    While still committed to the traditional non-biased neutral observer role, journalists now feel their most important role is no longer letting people express their views, but educating the public.

                    One question – did the journalists in the Table 8 "00" category prefer not to answer? Can't wait for the final results for all countries in 2024.

                    • Liberty Belle

                      "that media coverage of NZ politics in toto doesn't have an obvious bias."

                      Well that's all about perception. And we'll see that in different and subjective ways.

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    Well that's all about perception. And we'll see that in different and subjective ways.

                    yes Perception is individual, and reality avoidance is real.


                    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality." – Ayn Rand

                    How might Rand have responded to the reality of global warming?



                    • Liberty Belle

                      I'll take the independent research over subjective reckons. With media bias and climate science.

        • Shanreagh

          They would also be highly thought of as well as aesthetically pleasing or handsome. Perhaps also with a connection to a Southerner who led the attack on Fort Sumpter, thus starting the American Civil War, or is all this a bit cryptic SM?

      • Shanreagh 7.4.2

        Or perhaps it's facilitating a much-needed conversation about what governments spend our money on, and how that provides benefits to society as a whole, as opposed to consultants in beaurecrats.

        Indeed. But to have a conversation what is the benefit of having it when people don't understand that the Govt is not spending their money. The Govt is spending its money.

        And also when one of the results is as Incognito says

        move (s) away from a collective mindset to a self-serving ‘what’s-in-it-for-me’ individualistic attitude.

        And from Arkie

        And within the institution of representative democracy, electors (read: us taxpayers) are obligated to vote out governments we deem irresponsible.

        Aside from educating ourselves about what the Govts policies are and how much they are costing, our greatest efforts as voters is to look at records of spending, look at proposed policies, systems of financial management and then VOTE.

        The truism is that elections are not so much a vote for a party as against a party and that is Arkie's voting out of a government in action.

        • Liberty Belle

          "But to have a conversation what is the benefit of having it when people don't understand that the Govt is not spending their money. The Govt is spending its money."

          This is a philisophical divide. Any money the government derives is legally theirs by virtue of them deriving it by act of law. But that doesn't make it 'their' money. Morally that money belongs to taxpayers to be used by the government of their choice in a way that benefits NZ society. When a government wastes that money on a succession of failed policy intiatives, they breach that moral obligation.

          • Descendant Of Smith

            What a load of horseshit.

            Morally the money belongs to the government because that is the system we collectively choose to live under – not some wild west company town nor some non-government Randian nightmare.

            We live in a democracy where we elect people to represent us and to make decisions on our behalf and if we don't like the decisions they make we vote them out.

            At the same time it isn't unfettered decision making there are plenty of rules and restrictions e.g. budget cycles, publishing accounts, etc.

            Commonsense as well as research will also tell you that not everything tried will work – the classic example being bootcamps. The stupidest example I can think of was the flag referendum.

            It is interesting that you talk about failure as an indicator because three of the biggest policy failures by successive governments are:

            1. Selling income earning assets so that the states income is far more dependent on tax payers than revenue producing consumables such as electricity which us as consumers still pay for but revenues go to the well off instead of the state – even to the extent of us paying through our power bills for shareholders to get more in dividends than is paid in profits.
            2. increasing GDP through mass immigration without increasing the volumes of state housing to match resulting in a housing crisis
            3. Not putting sufficient aside for the well known and forecast future expense of NZ superannuation for the baby boomer population and increasing the age knowing full well that many Maori and pacific island and blue collar workers will not live long enough to get it.
            • LibertyBelle

              “Morally the money belongs to the government because that is the system we collectively choose to live under “

              Says who? Governments only derive tax income through their ability to legislate, which is only theirs because we allow it.

  8. Thinker 8

    Assuming this gets National elected and the policy implemented, it will make a great taxpayer-funded electioneering pamphlet, come 2026…

    IMHO, if the present government had implemented it, Luxon would be all over it, citing a waste of government spending in a recession and financial crisis, when what's printed and mailed out could easily be posted on a Beehive website page.

  9. SPC 9

    How about National Party do a Scandinavia and let people see how much others earn and how much tax they pay?

    And how much assets they own (including shares in trusts) and thus their wealth as well.

  10. tsmithfield 10

    Back to the wasted spending theme I started earlier, another issue is the wasted spending that occurs due to changes of government. For instance, if National gets elected this time around, they are likely going to scrap some of the stuff that Labour has invested taxpayer funds into. And the same again in three years time if Labour gets back in.

    And, I don't what to do about that issue other than changing the way we elect governments entirely.

    So, taking everything together, I don't think tax payers actually get very good value for the taxes they pay. Either because governments spend huge amounts on projects and programs with dubious value, or that get discontinued after having vast amounts spent on them, or get canned by incoming governments.

    I think taking everything together, the churn would be enourmous.

    So, I think that the analogy of tax being akin to giving money to an alcholic is actually not that far from the truth.

    The question is, what can be done to improve the value for taxpayers as a whole.

    • tc 10.1

      Good point as this lack of a bi-partisan approach burns money as nact go if labour then bad so it must be reversed.

      This ideological approach sees us with poor infrastructure, leaky buildings, flogged assets etc to name just a few of the outcomes.

      • tsmithfield 10.1.1

        And I am not blaming Labour. I think it happens which ever government is in power.

        I have a suggestion to solve it below. Though, I doubt much will come of it.

    • Incognito 10.2

      The question is, what can be done to improve the value for taxpayers as a whole.

      Ultimately, and arguably, lowering the 5% electoral threshold. Not doing so is wasting time & money, as you allege.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 10.3

      So, I think that the analogy of tax being akin to giving money to an alcholic is actually not that far from the truth.

      Can't trust 'em with 'our' money, eh? Talk about 'giving' money to an alcoholic!

      Bank profits 'costing New Zealanders $2000 a year each' [3 March 2023]
      Other things that should be investigated are bank lobbying power, and the move straight from Parliament to banks some ministers have made, including Sir John Key (to ANZ) and Simon Power (to Westpac).

      NZ govts (some more than others) continue to 'treat' major trauma by applying band-aids at the bottom of cliffs, and the devil take the hindmost. Taxation is a public good; for example when it's used to fund services dealing with alcohol-related harm.

      Cost of alcohol to society
      In 2020, alcohol contributed $1.193 billion of government revenue in the form of excise tax.
      In contrast, alcohol misuse is estimated to cost New Zealand society $7.85 billion each year. This includes costs resulting from lost productivity, unemployment, as well as justice, health, ACC, welfare costs, etc. Costs of alcohol harm exceed that of other drug harm.

      In a random coincidence, the 2020 difference ($6.66 billion) between the cost of alcohol misuse, and alcohol excise tax, is similar to 2022 bank profits ($7.2 billion).

      It seems impossibly difficult to implement many of the recomendations of expert reports on reducing alcohol-related harm in Aotearoa NZ. Why might that be?

      Evidence-based alcohol policies: Building a fairer and healthier future for Aotearoa New Zealand [November 2020; PDF]
      We recognise the endless possibilities for our county with less alcohol harm. Everything we care about will start to improve – better mental wellbeing, reduced suicide, safer roads and communities, less family harm, improved child wellbeing and better physical health (e.g. fewer injuries and cancers.)

      The evidence-base is extensive, strong and consistent. In the past decade, recommendations for stronger legislative action have been repeatedly made – by the Law Commission, Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship and the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry Panel.

      Btw, of the seven happiest countries (all OECD members) in 2021, six had higher Tax-to-GDP ratios than Aotearoa NZ (ranked 9th for happiness) – go figure.

      Tax compliance, public spending and happiness in Europe
      [16 December 2021]
      The design of policies aimed at improving individual, corporate and the well-being of nations needs them to incorporate elements of tax compliance as an objective that has economic and social implications. Individuals and corporates contribute to a fairer and more equitable society through compliance with tax obligations.

  11. Phillip ure 11

    Receipts:..what a wheeze..!

    There is a pattern with our current crop of right-wing leaders..

    The male leader issues a major brain-fart…and their female deputy comes out to try and clean up the ensuing/inevitable mess..

    Both luxon and brown have that as their modus-operandi..

    (And will luxon wear those coronation-trou again…?…please say it is so..!)

  12. Hunter Thompson II 12

    Too right about the wasteful spending issue.

    National really has taken a wrong turn here, 'cos on Thursday a man called Robertson who does Finance Minister impressions will reveal all on proposed government revenues and outlays.

  13. Adrian 13

    Just read Gordon Campbell on Luxon On Receipt Of the Century and a very good read it is, and its on this page. It occurred to me that if every one gets a tally of everything thats been spent on them then that information is inevitably available to everyone else. How long is it going to take before those with a nefarious mind set start leaking that info, how long before those with ongoing health and mental issues get their expenses available for all to see and at what cost to their health?

    Labour have to go after these brainless dickheads hard, highlighting the Stasi-like approach that the Nats are embarking on. Labour needs a mongrel arsehole to lead the attack from the trenches. Pass my name on anyone who knows it, I'd loved to get right up the bastards.

  14. Tiger Mountain 14

    The report we should see: the penetration of private capital into the NZ state in all respects…and the profits extracted from infrastructure that working class people literally built or paid for.
    –power generation & supply
    –agriculture & horticulture
    –rail and shipping
    –health care
    –road construction & maintenance
    –public service
    –tele communications & post

  15. tsmithfield 15

    Here is my suggestion for eliminating the churn associated with poor spending, and waste that occurs due to policies being canned after changes of government etc:

    1. Abandon the adverserial party system.

    2. Go to voting for roles instead of parties. Similar to what happens in council elections now.

    3. Set minimum standards to qualify for roles. So, for instance, someone wanting to be minister of finance would have to have a background in public finance at a high level.

    4. The person voted to each role gets to appoint their own team to administer the role. This would minimise the number of roles that need to be voted for.

    Ideally we would end up with a system that has say 10 roles that are voted for. A key advantage is that there would be a lot of ability and experience in the government in relevant areas. And there would likely be a lot less chopping and changing.

    • Adrian 15.1

      That would eliminate just about every past National Finance Minister at a stroke even the small town accountants who couldn't count the change in their pockets.

  16. alwyn 16

    I started reading this post with its argument that getting all this information by an individual taxpayer was very easy to do. It was suggested that anyone could do it and that it was therefore a total waste of time and money for it to be bundled up and passed to the taxpayer by the Government.

    Then I took a short break to go and collect that ancient old snail-mail that people here are telling me is obsolete. What did I find? Surprise, surprise. A letter, in an envelope, from Chippie. He wanted to tell me how kind he, and his party, were by increasing my superannuation payment. He didn't tell me it was because his Government had lost control of their budget and of the inflation rate which is now worse than it has been for about 35 years. It was because he loved me (and incidentally he wants my vote).

    Wow. What a surprise. It was as if this was something new that I hadn't realised was happening. I suppose it has been sent to every person in the country who is getting National Super. That is about 850,000 people. The envelope was marked as being post paid. At $1.70 for the standard postage that is about $1,500,000 for posting it out. We won't look at what it cost to print and mail. It is already far to much to tolerate.

    Well, if ever there was something I knew about it was this. I have already been told about it by the Department. I have had that information repeated in a mailout by my local MP, who happens to be the Minister of Finance. Now I get the PM repeating the message.

    What a total waste of taxpayer's money And it is taxpayer's money. It may be Labour Party election advertising in fact but they aren't paying for it. The taxpayer is. The HoR crest on the envelope is the give-away.

    Well frankly I would rather get the National Party proposed information. That is something that would require some effort for me to obtain and I doubt if they are going to send out three letters repeating the stuff.

    Why aren't you complaining about Chippies' extravagance?

    • lprent 16.1

      I got that same one from Chippie. I'm coming up for superannuation in a little over a year. So it is directly kind of pointless for me at present and is likely to remain so for some time (I have no interest in stopping work).

      However, like many of my age, it is of interest to me because my aged father is not working and does receive those benefits. I pay taxes to make sure that he and those like him can live a reasonable life without fear of freezing or starving. Same for the various nieces, nephews, and the generations after them now starting get skilled. Just as my grandparents and parents did.

      More to the point we get exactly the same kind of guff from National's MPs funded through the same sources. Just with less accuracy and of less interest. Why do I care if they feel hard done by. Now we have National wanting to do more of it.

      For that matter I’d expect to see National wasting their cash stockpile pushing junk usually false ‘facts’ and outright lies throughout the campaign period.

      Act and their dickhead offshoots like ‘Taxpayers Union’ already are. I had fun responding to one the other day pointing out that the taxpayers union wouldn’t recognise an log-term efficiency if it was right in front of them. There certainly is no recognition of downstream costs in anything that they have advocated in the past 5 years. “Short-term and stupid” has to be their motto…

      Why aren't you complaining about their extravagance?

      • alwyn 16.1.1

        "I’d expect to see National wasting their cash stockpile".

        If a party wants to spend their own money on this sort of thing I haven't the slightest objection.

        It is when they use taxpayer's money to run stuff that is purely election campaigning that I object. In this case it cannot, I think, be presented as something people need to be told about again. Anyone who is entitled to it was told about it by the department, in distinctly less political terms.

        And I do object to any party running stuff like this using taxpayer's money. I don't, on the other hand, worry about them promoting that an electorate MP has an office where you can get help or is holding and open forum where people can ask questions. That is a reasonable use of taxpayers money. This isn't.

  17. roy cartland 17

    I think that what the NP understands is that within the constant barrage of (dis/mis)information, there will be a sizeable chunk who just want to be told what they want to hear. We have discussed the poor (and lack of positive) messaging and comms from the GOV on this site several times: around their covid strategies, around their achievements and progress.

    The NP aren't completely stupid – they're betting on the 'fed up and time for a change' faction, and I think there are scarily plenty of those. I'm one, in a few respects.

    All power to the good writers on this site and others who can provide the counter to the negativity, and remind us how far we've come, you are more valuable now than ever.

  18. Weasel 18

    I could have been blown over by Wellington's non-existent wind of yesterday when I heard National Party leader Chris Luxon saying after the Loafers Lodge Hostel fire tragedy that he's all in favour of regulation.
    Interviewed on RNZ's Morning Report he said: "I'm all for strengthening regulations. If we need to strengthen regulations we'd definitely do that…. I make no apology for strengthening regulations if it saves lives – that's a bigger priority than anything else." This is from the man who rails against "Wellington" as the creator of regulations. This is from the party that conducted a deregulation conflagration that culminated in the Pike River tragedy that killed 29 men. If, fate forbid, Luxon becomes prime minister in October, it will do well to remember his words and hold him to account as National inevitably attempts to dismantle rules and regulations put in place to save lives.

    • roy cartland 18.1

      As much as I don't trust or even believe the guy, I agree with him. I reckon it's a good thing that the NATs are saying this. Using the R-word must have hurt a lot, for some of them in that party.

  19. Mike B 19

    Funny how you clowns won't allow the truth posted here. Show some balls and let the truth be posted. You know like all the wasted spending by this government etc. But I know you do not have the balls to allow this so enjoy your selected posts. As long as you have a warm and fuzzy feeling, all is well.

    [funny how some clowns change their username or email address when commenting, get caught in the spam filter because the system thinks they’re a new commenter, and then blames TS mods for not publishing their comments because of politics, when all that has is happened is the comment has to be released manually. – weka]

    • weka 19.1

      mod note.

    • Mike the Lefty 19.2

      What wasteful spending is that Mike B?

      Really, I would like to know.

    • tsmithfield 19.3

      As a right winger who posts here fairly regularly, I think you need to up the quality of your posts a lot.

      If you want wasted government spending highlighted, then you need to do it. Provide evidence to back up the claim. Then be prepared to enter into reasoned discussion about it.

      While I often disagree with others here for obvious reasons, I find people are generally fair and polite if you post in the same way.

  20. Mike the Lefty 20

    With National it will be more like misinformation,.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
    Usually I start with some lyrics from the song at the end of the newsletter, to set the mood. But today I’m going to begin with a bit of a plea. About six weeks ago I decided to make more of my writing public with the hope that people would ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
    This is republished from an earlier write upDavid Seymour is part of the ACT Party. He's backed by people like Alan Gibbs, and Koch money. He grew up as a right wing lobbyist - tick tick tick. All cool and fine - we know.What's also been clear is a fervent ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
    Hot take: it should be affordable to live in Auckland. You may not be surprised to learn I’m not the only one with this hot take. Indeed, the Minister of Housing recently took the notable step of saying house prices should come down, something common wisdom says should be a politically ...
    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    5 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
    I can remember 1997. Even living on the other side of the world, having a Scottish father and Welsh grandfather meant I acquired a childhood knowledge of British politics via family connections (and general geekery). And yes, I inherited the dark legends of that evil folk-devil, Margaret Thatcher. So when ...
    5 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
    Snapshot postToday, Shane Jones was courageous enough to front Q&A with Jack Tame. Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Jack Tame is a bit of a legend. And that’s only because he strikes me as a good journalist i.e. well ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
    Strictly biz, don't play aroundCover much ground, got game by the poundGetting paid is a forteEach and every day, true player wayOne month ago tens of thousands of Kiwis took to the streets to protest against the coalition’s Fast Track legislation. Concerned that it would prioritise some people making a ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Strangers and others
    For a moment yesterday I thought I might have been trailing my old friend Simon Wilson across the Danube, over cobbled stones, and into the old town square of Linz. Same comfortable riding style, same jacket, same full head of hair, but no, different friend of cycling.There is a kindred ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
    IntroductionIn New Zealand, the National party generally retains a reputation of being pro-business and pro-economy.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.The underlying assumption is National are more competent economic managers, and by all accounts Luxon and his team have talked ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Newshub Signs Off
    Wait for the night, for the light at the end of an era'Cause it's love at the end of an eraThe last episode of Newshub, the final instalment of TV3 News, aired last night. Many of us who took the time to watch felt sad and nostalgic looking back over ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Pharmac Fiasco
    If you don’t understand how things work you make foolish mistakes. To explain how the government got into its cancer drugs muddle, we need to explain first how New Zealand’s pharmaceutical purchasing system works. There is a parallel between Pharmac and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The Government sets ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • An unexpected honour.
    One can take many things as a budge of honour but this was somewhat unexpected. Was it something that I said? See line 3: ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • An Ode to the British Tories
    The legend Jonathan Pie nails it in under 5 minutes. There is more, of course, but his summary is both fair and an outstanding take on the UK Conservative Party’s right wing legacy.Austerity, cuts to the public service, trickle down economics, corruption, policies favouring corporations and the wealthy, underinvesting in ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Knives out for Kāinga Ora
    Note this a longer read.TLDR: Bishop had always intended to shortchange Kāinga Ora and malign the Board and Executive. The $500,000 independent review of Kāinga Ora was anything but, and poses serious ethical issues in both conduct and outcomes. Kāinga Ora had a debt to assset ratio of 0.25 when ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Something's going to change
    If you’re selling your soul, working all dayOvertime hours for bullshit payNothing’s gonna change if all you do Is wish you could wake up and it not be trueJoin a union, fight for better payJoin a union, brother, organise todayYou’ll see where the problem really liesWhen the union comes around: ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 5-July-2024
    Welcome to the second half of the year! And another roundup of stories that caught our eye over the week. As always, feel free to add anything we’ve missed, in the comments. The fortnight on Greater Auckland Last week was a short week, but nonetheless action-packed: On Monday, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • How the team of 5 million lost the game
    A study of the 2020 election has found that though the swing to Labour was the biggest vote shift in New Zealand for more than a century, it was not structural. Indeed, the fundamental electoral forces that drove the result were not dissimilar to those that had emerged in the ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #27 2024
    Open access notables Climate-driven deoxygenation of northern lakes, Jansen et al., Nature Climate Change: Oxygen depletion constitutes a major threat to lake ecosystems and the services they provide. Most of the world’s lakes are located >45° N, where accelerated climate warming and elevated carbon loads might severely increase the risk of ...
    1 week ago

  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    12 hours ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    14 hours ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    15 hours ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    15 hours ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    20 hours ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    1 day ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    1 day ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    2 days ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
    2 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
    2 days ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
    2 days ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
    2 days ago
  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
    The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.   “This programme, which began in 2017, has detected 2,495 cancers as of June 2024. A third of these were at an early ...
    3 days ago
  • Granny flats popular with all ages
    More than 1,300 people have submitted on the recent proposal to make it easier to build granny flats, RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk say. “The strong response shows how popular the proposal is and how hungry the public is for common sense changes to make ...
    3 days ago
  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced a further $16 million of support for Ukraine, as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The announcement of further support for Ukraine comes as Prime Minister Luxon attends the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “New Zealand will provide an additional ...
    3 days ago
  • Country Kindy to remain open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says that Country Kindy in Manawatu will be able to remain open, after being granted a stay from the Ministry of Education for 12 weeks. “When I heard of the decision made last week to shut down Country Kindy I was immediately concerned and asked ...
    3 days ago
  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
    New export arrangements signed today by New Zealand and Indonesia will boost two-way trade, Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. Mr McClay and Dr Sahat Manaor Panggabean, Chairman of the Indonesia Quarantine Authority (IQA), signed an updated cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia in Auckland today. “The cooperation arrangement paves the way for New Zealand and Indonesia to boost our $3 billion two-way trade and further ...
    3 days ago
  • Carbon capture framework to reduce emissions
    A Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) framework has been released by the Coalition Government for consultation, providing an opportunity for industry to reduce net CO2 emissions from gas use and production, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “Our Government is committed to reducing red tape and removing barriers to drive investment ...
    3 days ago
  • Faster consenting with remote inspections
    The Government is progressing a requirement for building consent authorities to use remote inspections as the default approach so building a home is easier and cheaper, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “Building anything in New Zealand is too expensive and takes too long. Building costs have increased by ...
    4 days ago
  • Revision programme presented to Parliament
    A new revision programme enabling the Government to continue the progressive revision of Acts in New Zealand has been presented to Parliament, Attorney-General Judith Collins announced today. “Revision targets our older and outdated or much-amended Acts to make them more accessible and readable without changing their substance,” Ms Collins says. ...
    4 days ago
  • Government aligns Clean Car Importer Standard with Australia to reduce vehicle prices for Kiwis
    The Government will be aligning the Clean Car Importer Standard with Australia in order to provide the vehicle import market with certainty and ease cost of living pressures on Kiwis the next time they need to purchase a vehicle, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“The Government supports the Clean Car Importer ...
    4 days ago
  • NZQA Board appointments
    Education Minister Erica Stanford has today announced three appointments to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Kevin Jenkins has been appointed as the new Chair of the NZQA Board while Bill Moran MNZM has been appointed as the Deputy Chair, replacing Pania Gray who remains on the Board as a ...
    4 days ago
  • More support for Wairoa clean-up
    A further $3 million of funding to Wairoa will allow Wairoa District Council to get on with cleaning up household waste and sediment left by last week’s flooding, Emergency Management and Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell says.  In Budget 24 the Government provided $10 million to the Hawke’s Bay Region to ...
    7 days ago
  • Minister thanks outgoing Secretary for Education
    Education Minister Erica Stanford has today thanked the outgoing Secretary for Education. Iona Holsted was appointed in 2016 and has spent eight years in the role after being reappointed in May 2021. Her term comes to an end later this year.  “I acknowledge Iona’s distinguished public service to New Zealand ...
    1 week ago
  • Minister concludes local government review
    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has concluded the Future for Local Government Review and confirmed that the Coalition Government will not be responding to the review’s recommendations.“The previous government initiated the review because its Three Waters and resource management reforms would have stripped local government of responsibility for water assets ...
    1 week ago
  • Consultation begins on new cancer medicines
    Associate Health Minister for Pharmac David Seymour says today’s announcement that Pharmac is opening consultation on new cancer medicines is great news for Kiwi cancer patients and their families. “As a result of the coalition Government’s $604 million funding boost, consultation is able to start today for the first two ...
    1 week ago
  • 50 years on, Niue and NZ look to the future
    A half-century after pursuing self-government, Niue can count on New Zealand’s steadfast partnership and support, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says. “New Zealand and Niue share a unique bond, forged over 50 years of free association,” Mr Peters says. “We are looking forward to working together to continue advancing Niue’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Upgrading system resulting in faster passport processing
    Acting Internal Affairs Minister David Seymour says wait times for passports are reducing, as the Department of Internal Affairs (the Department) reports the highest ever monthly figure for digital uptake in passport applications.  “As of Friday 5 July, the passport application queue has reduced by 34.4 per cent - a ...
    1 week ago
  • Roads of National Significance moving at pace
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news that the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is getting on with the Government’s first seven Roads of National Significance (RoNS) projects expected to begin procurement, enabling works and construction in the next three years.   “Delivering on commitments in our coalition agreements, we are moving ...
    1 week ago
  • New school for Flat Bush
    The Coalition Government is building for roll growth and easing pressure in Auckland’s school system, by committing to the construction of a new primary school, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. As part of Budget 24’s $456 million injection into school property growth, a new primary school (years 1-6) will be ...
    1 week ago
  • Dr Shane Reti's speech to Iwi-Maori Partnership Boards, Rotorua
    Dr Shane Reti's speech to Iwi-Maori Partnership Boards, Thursday 4 July 2024    Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau Celebrate the rising of Matariki Celebrate the rising of the lord of the skies Celebrate the rising ...
    1 week ago
  • Announcement of Mental Health Targets and Mental Health and Addiction Community Sector Innovation Fu...
    Kia Ora Koutou, Tena Koutou, Good Morning. Thank you Mahaki Albert for the warm welcome. Thank you, Prime Minister, and thank you everyone for coming today. When I look around the room this morning, I see many of our hard-working mental health and addictions workforce from NGO and Community groups, ...
    1 week ago
  • Expert panel appointed to review Public Works Act
    An independent expert advisory panel has been appointed to review the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk has announced.  “The short, sharp review demonstrates the Government’s commitment to progressing critical infrastructure projects and reducing excessive regulatory and legislative barriers, so ...
    1 week ago
  • Resources Minister heads to Australia with message – ‘NZ is open for business’
    A trip to Australia next week to meet mining sector operators and investors will signal New Zealand is once again open for business, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. The visit is also an opportunity to build relationships with Australian state and federal counterparts and learn from their experiences as New ...
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s scholarships awarded
    New Zealand’s ability to engage with key trading partners is set to grow further with 20 scholarships awarded for groups to gain education experiences across Asia and Latin America, Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Penny Simmonds says. Of the 20 scholarships, 12 have been awarded to groups travelling for study ...
    1 week ago
  • Next steps for Northwest Rapid Transit underway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed progress on Northwest Rapid Transit, as the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) confirms next steps on the preferred option, a busway alongside State Highway 16 from Brigham Creek to Auckland City Centre. “The Government is committed to a rapid transit system that will support urban development, ...
    1 week ago
  • Targets will drive improvement in mental health
    Reflecting the Government’s priority to improve the public services Kiwis rely on, including mental health care, Minister for Mental Health, Matt Doocey has today announced five mental health and addiction targets.  “The targets reflect my priorities to increase access to mental health and addiction support, grow the mental health and addiction ...
    1 week ago
  • New fund for mental health services set to open
    The first round of the government’s $10 million Mental Health and Addiction Community Sector Innovation Fund is set to open for applications later this month, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says.   “The Fund will support new and innovative initiatives that are focussed on increasing access to better mental health support, ...
    1 week ago
  • Going for Housing Growth speech
    Speech to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand - 4 July 202 AcknowledgementsGood morning. Can I acknowledge Jen Baird and the team from REINZ. It’s good to be here with you this morning.IntroductionThis morning I’d like to talk to you about the Coalition Government’s plan to fix our housing crisis and ...
    1 week ago

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