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National’s welfare policy

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, November 1st, 2011 - 48 comments
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National’s got 60,000 more on benefits after 3 years. Nats’ plan: get 46,000 off in 4 years (only 11,000 into work, the rest?)
So, National’s welfare plan = 14,000 more on benefits 7 years after coming to power. Ambitious for New Zealand?
Where’s National plan to reduce corporate welfare? Like the $400m free irrigation they want to give farmers and keeping them out of the ETS.

48 comments on “National’s welfare policy”

  1. Uturn 1

    Going by the story you link to, their phrasing says 11,000 people will be off a benefit into part-time work.

    Liveable part-time wage? After Key said last night that no one in minimum wage full-time work could expect a liveable wage? So off a benefit into poverty and starvation?

    I hope it is just foolish media mutter-speak.

  2. just saying 2

    So what’s it gonna be Phil? Have you got the “balls” to stand against the bullies, and defend the poorest, sickest, and the most powerless. Or are you going to simper about the ‘innocent children’ from a safe distance, and helpfully whistle the bullies’ dogs for them?

  3. Carol 3

    I noticed this in the Stuff article on the leaked proposal:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5884943/National-to-unveil-social-welfare-changes

    It will also see a significant change in the way beneficiaries are dealt with by the state, through intensive case management in a way similar to the way ACC manages people to get them back to work sooner.

    Having fairly recently been involved in an accident that significantly damaged a limb, and still being under ACC I have some misgivings about how this is operating.

    Overall I was pleased with how ACC kicked in immediately covering the immediate aftermath of the accident (one lengthy and a smaller operation, a period in hospital etc.)

    But my first dealings with ACC, case manager etc, when I was still quite disabled and suffering from the aftermath of significant shock to my system, definitely put the emphasis on getting me back to work ASAP, rather than on what was best for me and my recovery. This pressure was not good for my spirits at the time.

    There is a lot of extra paper work involved, and how is this working out with National’s drive to cut backroom staff? – and I underwent an on site workplace assessment carried out by an agency that was contracted by ACC. The Agency came up with the same conclusion that I had told ACC right at the beginning – ACC seemed to think I should be back at work within a week or two, showing ABSOLUTELY no understanding of my injury or the demands or my workplaces, even though they have the surgeon’s and physio’s reports.

    I am wondering now exactly how overworked the ACC “backroom staff” are? My case manager gives me a date when s/he will next call me, but doesn’t call till a week or 2 after that…. if I haven’t rung first.

    I have been waiting for over 3 weeks for ACC to renew my physio allocation, even though both my physio and my surgeon have requested it, and my physio claims to have rung ACC and complained – 3 weeks without physio at a crucial stage of my recovery…… WTF is going on?!!! My guess is ACC overload after the increase in emergencies during the RWC.

    So if steps to tighten up on ACC is the model for National’s welfare shake-up, it doesn’t bode well for beneficiaries.

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      ACC provide an absolute vital role. I think their problem is they’re just overworked and possibly underpaid. When you’ve got 20 client to deal with in a week it doesn’t leave much time to focus on each one. I guess the problem is that, like all parts of the health budget, increasing money spent would result in generally more pleasant experience for the client/patient, but probably wouldn’t result in a great financial return on the investment required.

      • Carol 3.1.1

        ACC provide an absolute vital role. I think their problem is they’re just overworked and possibly underpaid. When you’ve got 20 client to deal with in a week it doesn’t leave much time to focus on each one.

        Yes, that’s my guess, Lanthanide. I can’t comment on the last part of your comment as I don’t know enough about that.

    • NickS 3.2

      But my first dealings with ACC, case manager etc, when I was still quite disabled and suffering from the aftermath of significant shock to my system, definitely put the emphasis on getting me back to work ASAP, rather than on what was best for me and my recovery. This pressure was not good for my spirits at the time.

      There’s significant evidence that the longer you stay off work the harder it is to get back into it, but realistically ACC and WINZ need to realise that the current job market makes it rather difficult to find suitable jobs. Preferably there should be a volunteer system which can help people stay active and busy at least part time until they’re well enough to work , but preventing that from becoming a work-for-the-dole scheme may be slightly difficult. As would be coercing people into it if they’re still dealing with the mental side-effects of their injury/injuries…

      • Carol 3.2.1

        I’m back working on reduced hours and duties after a couple of months. That was what the workplace assessment was about. ACC look for reduced hours/duties options.

        My complaint was not to do with the long term issue. It was that the first communications I got from ACC, whilst still pretty shell-shocked, repeated the line that it was better for individuals to be working…. nothing about short or long term. And the first ACC interview I had was pushing this line, trying to get me back to work within a week or two. They eventually realised this was unrealistic. My gripe was that, they used a line about it being better for me, but they weren’t REALLY looking at what was best for me at that point, but what would cost ACC less.

        Also their focus has always been on the physical capability of my injured limb, and not how the accident had impacted on my mental state or energy levels.

        • NickS 3.2.1.1

          Whoops, should have made myself a bit clearer and included that forcing someone right off the bat has a high potential harm risk, and yeah, ACC etc need to focus on the individuals requirements more, rather than pigeon holing them…

          And congrats on being able to get back to work, I’m going slightly stir crazy due to only have SJS really available, and so nothing steady :/

          • Carol 3.2.1.1.1

            Yes, I got that you weren’t pushing the ACC line, Nick. Actually, overall, I’m probably in a better position than you, Nick, so I felt very bad reading about your situation. I’m at the latter end of my work life, and have a part time permanent job. I did have some contract work, but my injury may mean I find it harder to get such work in the future. But I have enough to live on (my lifestyle is frugal/modest).

            And, I totally see Nat’s welfare policy as a bennie-bashing dogwhistle, and doing nothing to create more jobs for for those who need them, especially the young. I hope things improve for your soon, Nick.

            • NickS 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Eh, I have happy pills, ergo the situation is never “that bad” 😛

              Just waiting for Godot really…

              Thanks though 😀

  4. One Anonymous Bloke 4

    The dog whistle is loud and clear – the response needs to be loud and clear: we don’t need welfare reforms we need jobs! NZ had close to full employment four years ago, obviously people want to work! You remember when the unemployed fraudulently misrepresented the value of investment products and crashed the global economy? Neither do I. So why are they the ones being punished?

    • Tombstone 4.1

      Bang on!! Couldn’t have said it better. Jobs not bloody welfare reform.

    • NickS 4.2

      /salute

      Damn straight, I’m looking daily on Student Job Search for stuff to keep me sane whilst on the sickness benefit and looking for long term part time work I can do (no sales/retail experience or licence + long term depression /sigh).

  5. ak 5

    2005: Orewa One Maori bashing
    2008: Thinly-veiled “Nanny” misogeny and $50/wk bribe
    2011: Thinly-veiled beneficiary-bashing

    Been done, boys. Running out of targets….

  6. Roy 6

    Unfortunately, it seems that for some people, beneficiary-bashing never gets old.

    • Tiger Mountain 6.1

      Yep, and too many benny bashers have either been there themselves or are just a ‘90 day fire at will’ experience or missed car payment away from becoming one. Of course the WINZ obstacle course of ‘seminars’, staff hostility and mandatory meetings make it quite difficult to actually receive a pitiful benefit these days. Families and the streets absorb a lot of dispirited people.

  7. millsy 7

    People WILL be worse off as a result of these reforms, and mothers and their babies WILL be living rough on the streets. Thats what happened in places like Wisconsin, etc when Clinton brought in his welfare reform package.

    We’ll probably see more prostitution, crime, etc.

    Ive been watching documentaries about people in Victorian Britain, and the shocking levels of deprivation there, in a society where there was no welfare, and social programs were delivered by private charites, a place where workhouses and baby farms (single mothers gave their children to a matronly like figure who would bring them up, in return for a small fee – ‘standards of care’ varied) were common.

    People need to ask themselves if we want to head back there. It took two world wars and a Great Depression to make people realise that a welfare state, coupled with full employment, and tax funded social services, with the capitalist system kept in shackles, was the only way to lift living standards for all.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      19th century Britain was the stew pot where the theory of laissez faire was first trailed and failed. Then, a hundred years later we went and did it again and are surprised that it doesn’t work.

      Any society where productivity is such that it doesn’t require 1 person to provide the necessities of 1 person (ie, where the society can be provided with all it needs with less than everyone working) will always have unemployment and poverty under laissez faire (neo-liberalism) capitalism. This is due to the capitalists not wanting to pay people who aren’t working and also working to decrease the number of people they have working.

  8. Lanthanide 8

    If cutting welfare spending by $1B is so easy to do, how come they didn’t do it sooner? How come Labour couldn’t manage it?

    Also on National Radio this morning was the news that for the first time ever, the ministry of education is now requesting school roll updates every 3 months from all schools and they then adjust their funding for services such as electricity and heating based on the roll. As school rolls (particularly in high schools) decline over the course of the year, this means school funding drops. A principal on the radio said that just because 5 people have left a class of 25 and now there are 20 left, it doesn’t mean that it suddenly costs less in electricity and heating for that class room.

    National are so desperate to make cuts from the public service that they’re resorting to these sneaky underhanded things wherever possible, because they know that it’ll fly under the radar and the public won’t find out about it. I think this really shows that all their talking points are just bullshit and that the public service in general is already run very efficiently.

    • insider 8.1

      But similarly they get more funding when new kids enrol, as happens during the year. Are they complaining about that too? This is just good accounting practise. If they have an argument with the base funding, no problem, but schools are not going to get far arguing for funding for students they don’t have.

      • Lanthanide 8.1.1

        “but schools are not going to get far arguing for funding for students they don’t have.”

        Tell me how a classroom going from 25 to 20 students suddenly uses less electricity than it used to?

        As for rolls increasing – yes, there could be more enrolments during the year. But that is generally not going to be the case for high school, where students start at the beginning of the year. New enrollments would be from families moving into the new school zone, but this is likely to be more than offset by year 11, 12 and especially 13 students leaving, and perhaps some year 9 and 10 students also.

        When a child moves from one school to another, one school loses while another gains, so even if you’re saying “well the new school will get more money”, the point is that there is still one school that is losing money while their fixed costs have not in fact decreased. Meanwhile the school that gained the student will be getting extra money while not incurring any increased costs.

        I have no problem with reviews when significant things have changed at the school, but continual monitoring situation as described cannot possibly lead to better outcomes for anyone – it’s a waste of administrative overhead and penalises schools over something they can do nothing about.

  9. vto 9

    Surely any welfare policy must include all recipients of welfare ………….

    1. Welfare for shithouse investors in finance companies. e.g. South Canterbury Finance.

    2. Welfare for the farming sector every time there is a flood or storm. Why doesn’t the farming sector orgainse its own form of insurance for this instead of asking the workers in the city to pay for them?

    3. Welfare for the farming sector with $400million for irrigation. If the farming sectors operates as well as the farming sector claims then surely they can find the funding in the private sector for such a fantastic investment? No? Why not? Not such a good investment perhaps?

    4. Welfare for businesses that are useless at their business. Think AMI and its lack of solvency to cover its liabilities. And especially not having cover for its grounds at its own stadium in Chch.

    5. Welfare for Mediaworks to the tune of $35million (thereabouts) because it couldn’t meet its liabilities. What a fucking farce Joyce.

    6. Welfare for all business in the form of a minimum wage that is insufficient to support a family. THE RUDEST OF THEM ALL. PRICKS.

    ….. add as appropriate …..

  10. gnomic 10

    There is a problem around welfare and the affordability of the current arrangements, National has fertile ground to work on that front. Beating on the people of the benny is popular with much of their base support in the electorate also. It’s also popular with the general mass of Kiwi battlers who are struggling more and more to maintain the lifestyles they think they deserve for all their toil, and get mad with the idlers and useless eaters. Given that the state, indeed the country in its entirety, is currently being propped up by massive borrowing, it’s easy to make a case that welfare as we know it is unsustainable.

    National’s remedies of course are not the answer as befits the party that’s always wrong. The hypocrisy around rescuing beneficiaries and guiding them towards blameless lives of productive labour is sickening, as if the proponents of such policies actually care about the welfare beneficiaries. Anyone recall that 80s song with the lyrics “Go to church, always work, do right” – Cabaret Voltaire I think. The crux of the problem is that there are not enough jobs paying living wages to go round and nothing National is doing is going to change that, rather the reverse.

    Hard to know how to resolve this one. A guaranteed minimum income seems like a good approach but is a hard sell because of the money for nothing problem. Perhaps the answer will eventually be imposed on NZ when we finally go broke and get the Greek solution, which so far seems to be no solution at all. Maybe ‘the recovery’ is just around the bend and there’ll be pie before we die.

    • Uturn 10.1

      You sum up the problem. People have been taught from day one that work returns on-going material rewards and will continue into the future indefinitely, of newer, better, more advanced and technologically fashionable. It’s an unrealistic expectation. The average kiwi battler doesn’t realise that the point of working isn’t about increased ability to buy new toys.

      And while talking about retirement ages and compulsory Super seems prudent now, it’s missing the point that the our monetary system cannot provide long term security anymore. None of Labour’s policies can address long term issues of a necessary change of perspective, but that does not mean they are not the responsible course for the next few years. By defending Welfare, they will buy time for solutions that must include a change in how welfare is delivered – and that change can’t happen without rethinking education, employment and society in general.

  11. Quasimodo 11

    They were using individualised case management a few years age with no significant change in unemployment data. Cost savings will be illusory, but good election fodder in some marginal seats.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      Cost savings will be illusory…

      Cost savings will be negative as WINZ will need to hire more people to carry out the extra work while the lack of extra jobs will mean that the number of beneficiaries won’t go down (will probably increase in fact).

  12. millsy 12

    Still no policy out yet.

    Been refreshing all morning, now I have to go back to work.

    And its one of those work places that dont take kindly to people who sit on the internet and complain about bludgers.

  13. Well, they are going to provide 170.000 new jobs… oh no, that is also a casualty of the Dynamic environment paradigm.

  14. One Anonymous Bloke 14

    The policy summary can be fairly categorised as “underwhelming”. Fiddling with the deck chairs. This is their major policy announcement? I guess when your plan is to do absolutely nothing and chant “everything’s fine, I wasn’t at the meeting”, this makes perfect sense.

    • Bill 14.1

      Funny thing about that ‘policy summary’ is that it makes no mention of the wee snippet JK let slip last night on TV1’s leaders debate, ie an incentive being paid to (unspecified) agencies that prevent people from going on a benefit or get them off a benefit.

      Privatisation any one?

  15. NickS 15

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/target-welfare-dependency-4493413

    Those on the Sickness Benefit would also have to look for work, unless they receive temporary exemptions.

    Lolwut?

    I’m already required by WINZ to look for work on the sickness benefit, so how the fuck is this any different? And since my work history is shit-tastic and based off a lot of one off jobs off SJS it’s not exactly easy to get one with all the competition from the able bodied and minded…

    And as others have said, where the fuck are these jobs going to magically appear from?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 15.1

      This is a stroke of genius, because we all know how much businesses love sick people coming to work. Bonus points if you’re contagious.

      • NickS 15.1.1

        Well, if I start swimming twice a week again I can get back to normal sleeping patterns and so be able to work 3 full days, whilst being on time, before fatigue levels knocked me down. But yeah, unless you’ve got high employment levels people with temporary, medium and longterm disabilities are generally looked over unless they lie or it’s something that doesn’t interfere with the job…

  16. tsmithfield 16

    Actually we import a lot of workers now from overseas to do work that is obviously “unappealing” to our beneficiaries. Maybe the new system will “encourage” unemployed people to take up these jobs rather than imported labour.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1

      Oh you witless twink! What does the fact that we had close to full employment four years ago do to your assertion that there are insufficient incentives to work?

      We need better wingnuts.

    • NickS 16.2

      Still full of bullshit I see.

      Look, there’s been jack-all part time work out there that doesn’t require extensive experience, and you can guarantee that if I could work full time without burning out quickly I would be on the sickness benefit. And as the 04-07 period showed people on benefits will happily get off them if there’s work they can do, so by no means are people lazy.

      In the case of overseas workers, it depends on the job. The revelations about foreign flagged fishing fleets in NZ shows that the workers are underpaid for the job, so in that case it’s more that there’s jack all jobs for kiwis in that industry. In the case of seasonal fruit picking, the dislocation from home and temporary nature of the job is a significant disincentive if you don’t live close to the place already, and that’s not getting into the costs of moving and accommodation etc, making overseas contracted workers really attractive. More so if you can screw them over with the contract and take out of their wages what ever you want to, though this is somewhat less of a problem it seems that the fishing one.

      Often though, overseas immigrants are here due to businesses requiring people with the right skills and experience that they can’t (or wont) look here in NZ for. Then there’s also the marginal jobs, the ones which don’t offer enough hours to live off, which next to no-one wants unless they have other support or another part time job.

      So frankly, you’ve shown yourself to be utterly ignorant about the employment situations facing kiwis and willing to gloss over complexities for an unrealistic, overly simplistic “solution”. I’d also argue (if I had the energy, Nick tired) a mite xenophobic with the whole immigrants bit.

      TL:DR version:
      You’re an ignorant twit who once again shows an unwillingness to bother actually fucking thinking for a change and merrily argues from ignorance.

      • tsmithfield 16.2.1

        In the case of seasonal fruit picking, the dislocation from home and temporary nature of the job is a significant disincentive if you don’t live close to the place already, and that’s not getting into the costs of moving and accommodation etc, making overseas contracted workers really attractive.

        FFS mate, people travel from other countries for this work. Surely its not too much to expect NZers to travel around their own country a bit.

        • Colonial Viper 16.2.1.1

          Fuck off if bosses want workers to travel they can pay for relocation expenses.

          This is work, not a tourists working holiday.

          • NickS 16.2.1.1.1

            It not really a working holiday for pacific islanders who end up here for seasonal labouring, though luckily for them there generally only isolated cases of shit bosses and they do generally earn enough to make a difference back home.

            As for back-packers, well, it’s their own fault for trying to make it on a shoestring budget 😛

        • NickS 16.2.1.2

          Yeah, only because from their perspective the job looks really appealing due to differences in wages offered here and what they are in their home country, even if it’s the minimum wage. And the employer or whoever sets it up generally pays for their airfare over here and takes care of accommodation.

          You’re also ignoring the temporary nature of it too, as the time spent picking fruit could be also spent looking for work, along with the lack of transport some have, whether due to poverty (that’s me), stupidity (CHCH is flat, I so don’t need a license…) or misfortune (hello depression). Plus the cost of paying for two lots of rent if you can’t find someone to take your place back home temporarily.

          And people already do move for work, but they sure as hell don’t like moving for temporary jobs unless it’s part of the contract and there’s a good chance of further work.

          So yeah, you’re still being out-thought by a dude with depression who’s presently bloody tired and still recovering from the fatigue induced by a 3 day job that finished 3 days ago. Not surprising given the utter lack of thought your posts generally display though.

          _________________________________________
          Case in point, I’m falling asleep at the keyboard presently despite sleeping for a solid 9hrs…

        • Puddleglum 16.2.1.3

          tsmithfield, you’re missing the fact that the reason people become migrant workers is because of the dire circumstances in their home country.

          it is simply those dire circumstances that mean that it makes sense to move country, leave family and children, earn the minimum wage somewhere else, repatriate some of your earnings, try to live in minimal conditions in your country of work, etc..

          In order for New Zealanders to – similarly – go somewhere else, hundreds of miles from their family, for a few months while maintaining a family in New Zealand (with all its associated costs) somewhere where you are not working, maintain yourself during your few months of work, incur the costs of travelling to the place and then back home when the work finishes … [takes deep breath] means that living in New Zealand for such people who need to do that would be living in less than Third World conditions.

          Are you happy with New Zealand operating on that basis? 

  17. Penny Bright 17

    FYI.

    Where’s National’s ‘corporate welfare’ reform?

    If NZ central government figures are comparable with those of USA Federal Government – could the NZ $81 billion central government spend be sliced in half by ‘CUTTING OUT THE CONTRACTORS’?

    “USA Project On Government Oversight (POGO)[1] decided to take on the task of doing what others have not—comparing total annual compensation for federal and private sector employees with federal contractor billing rates in order to determine whether the current costs of federal service contracting serves the public interest.

    http://www.pogo.org/pogo-files/reports/contract-oversight/bad-business/co-gp-20110913.html
    Executive Summary

    Based on the current public debate regarding the salary comparisons of federal and private sector employees, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO)[1] decided to take on the task of doing what others have not—comparing total annual compensation for federal and private sector employees with federal contractor billing rates in order to determine whether the current costs of federal service contracting serves the public interest.

    The current debate over pay differentials largely relies on the theory that the government pays private sector compensation rates when it outsources services. This report proves otherwise: in fact, it shows that the government actually pays service contractors at rates far exceeding the cost of employing federal employees to perform comparable functions.

    POGO’s study analyzed the total compensation paid to federal and private sector employees, and annual billing rates for contractor employees across 35 occupational classifications covering over 550 service activities. Our findings were shocking—POGO estimates the government pays billions more annually in taxpayer dollars to hire contractors than it would to hire federal employees to perform comparable services. Specifically, POGO’s study shows that the federal government approves service contract billing rates—deemed fair and reasonable—that pay contractors 1.83 times more than the government pays federal employees in total compensation, and more than 2 times the total compensation paid in the private sector for comparable services. ”

    The implications of this both nationally and internationally are HUGE.

    You see – if central and local govt departments /SOEs / CCOs / Crown Research Institutes are all defined as ‘PUBLIC- BENEFIT ENTITIES’ as defined under NZ Equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards (“NZ IFRS”) – then their primary objective is to provide services and facilities for the community as a social benefit rather than make a financial return.

    So – how come so many services that USED to be provided ‘in-house’ are now contracted out to the private sector – whose primary objective is most certainly to ‘make a financial return’?

    What magic is this that transforms public (ratepayer and taxpayer) monies into private profit?

    WHERE IS THE NZ EQUIVALENT OF ‘POGO’ the USA ‘Project On Government Oversight ‘ which has just completed first-ever research which proves that private contractors cost twice as much as ‘in-house’ providers of Federal Government services????

    HOW MUCH MONEY could be saved in NZ at central and local government by cutting out all the private ‘piggies in the middle’ with their greedy snouts in our public troughs?

    Why aren’t the statutory ‘third party’ Public Watchdogs asking these questions and demanding this accountability?

    How much public money at central and local government level could be saved by ‘CUTTING OUT THE CONTRACTORS’?

    Penny Bright
    Independent Candidate for Epsom (nomination accepted today 🙂
    Campaigning against ‘white collar crime’, corruption (and its root cause – privatisation) and ‘corporate welfare’.

    • marsman 17.1

      Heard that Fletchers have a huge charge out rate as contractors in the Christchurch rebuild while the people doing the actual work only get a fraction of that. Corporate greed anyone? Shipley ($1000 a day on the rebuild Commission) is a Director of Fletchers is she not?

  18. NickS 18

    Huh? I just checked “renowned” welfare expert (aka insta-pundit with no academic background, let alone pub’d research papers) Lindsay Mitchell’s blog to see her not talking shit for once and calling it merely a “Lots of name-changing hides lack of substance”…

    Though with the usual lie that teenagers come onto the dole and aren’t work tested.

  19. National’s Beneficiary Bashing Policy

    Nationals projected savings are only 1% of the total amount that will be spent on welfare over the next four years with the cost to implement the changes projected at $520 million for same time period. This makes any savings as low as $480 million or approximately 0.5% of the total welfare spend. However the social cost to Nationals policy on poor communities will be huge…

  20. ak 20

    All Sickness and Invalids beneficiaries are assessed by medical professionals who determine what hours/wk they are capable of. Always have been.

    So National is now calling the medical profession incompetent, kicking the most unfortunate and vulnerable in the teeth – again – and ripping one-year-old babies from the arms of mothers as a punishment for creating life.

    Heinous, digusting, blatant hatemongering just before an election from the hideous grinning ghoul who accused women of “breeding for a business” and his glib, repulsive mauler.

    They will pay dearly. As do all who wreak evil.

    Or knowingly abet it: the blood and tears of all driven to misery, abortion, suicide and despair by this venal, inhuman act, will be on National lackeys’ hands forever.

  21. DJL 21

    Hideous grinning ghoul…….+1
    Benes need to register to vote now!!!!

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    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    3 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    6 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    7 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    7 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    1 hour ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    4 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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