Nats attack workers’ right to protest

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, July 1st, 2009 - 55 comments
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I am outraged to learn that the Department of Labour told its employees they were not allowed attend the pay equity rally at Parliament yesterday.

A leaked email from the department to its staff said:

“Attendance at such a demonstration may well be perceived as crossing the line by criticising a decision of the Government. The attendance of Departmental staff at the rally in whatever capacity, may therefore call into question our role as public servants serving the Government of the day.”

That is absolutely disgraceful and a clear breach of the Bill of Rights and the manager who approved it should resign. Unfortunately, it is a result of a public service management that is afraid of the new Government. The Nats have attacked an undermined public service neutrality from the start (‘purchase advisors’, interfering in independent bodies like Pharmac).

Let’s get this straight: this is a democracy. You have the right to protest. That is guaranteed under the Bill of Rights Act. If you want to protest you bloody well should and you shouldn’t ask permission.

But be smart about it to0. Join the union. Then the bosses won’t dare come after you. And if they do, your co-workers will be behind you to help you stand up for your rights.

55 comments on “Nats attack workers’ right to protest ”

  1. Mark M 1

    “If you want to protest you bloody well should and you shouldn’t ask permission.”

    Really?

    Are you saying that workers are entitled to miss work without even telling the boss , while presumably still expecting to be paid.

    No wonder the countrys going down the gurgler.

    Incidentally I support equal pay but I also support workers obligations which come with having rights

    • Lew 1.1

      Mark M,

      You probably haven’t niticed that most protests in Wellington take place during the traditional lunch hour, to avoid this very problem. There’s no implication that people should skive off – just that, in their own time, they should be reasonably allowed to do as they like.

      L

  2. Rubbish Mark – the protest was in the lunchtime. No one is missing work.

  3. NubbleTrubble 3

    Hah, “No wonder the countrys going down the gurgler.” yeah no wonder when knee-jerks like you and the Nats are in power.

    Please get informed before opening ya gob…

  4. Mark M 4

    sorry dont live in Wellington

  5. Anita 5

    The same restrictions were placed on workers during the last Labour led government, and were equally wrong then. For example many government departments either banned all staff, or all staff above a certain level, from joining the Seabed and Foreshore Hikoi.

    It is wrong, and it does need to be fixed, but I’m not sure we can hold National responsible for creating the restrictions.

    • Tim Ellis 5.1

      That’s right, Anita.

      There isn’t any evidence that I can see that it was a Ministerial intervention. The email suggests that the Labour Department sought advice from the SSC on the appropriateness of staff attending protests. The SSC guideline was drawn up in 2004 during the Hikoi.

    • Eddie 5.2

      Anita. you know as well as anyone the climate of fear and intimidation that National has brought to the public sector. People are being scared into toeing the line because they know it could cost them their jobs.

      In that context, sending that email was clearly meant to send a message to public servants (keep your heads down, don’t give us trouble with the govt) and a message to the government (‘see, we’re not biased against you, we’ll play along, we’ll be good, yes massa’).

      Fortunately, many public servants are braver than that.

      captcha: 42,000 pliant

      • Tigger 5.2.1

        I agree, National aren’t doing anything new here – just it does point out the hypocrisy of a government who claimed they were the protectors of free speech (Electoral Finance Act etc) but who have made it very clear in disucssions behind closed doors that the public sector should shut the hell up .

      • Anita 5.2.2

        Eddie,

        Sure more public servants are more afraid for their jobs now than since the job cuts of the fourth Labour government, but I’m not sure they’re more afraid of undue political pressure than they were under the fifth Labour government.

        Under the old regime friends were shouted at, sworn at and threatened (“don’t expect to work in the public sector again if…”), others lost jobs when their teams were disestablished for unwaveringly providing unpopular advice, others lost jobs when their teams were disestablished for having been spun onto the front page of the paper by the opposition.

        Many public servants I know have felt barred from overt political participation for years now.

        Do you really think National has made those parts any worse? IMO the job cuts have scared everyone, but the political heavying and silencing is no worse.

    • George Darroch 5.3

      You’re right. Lower level public servants should have the restrictions on their ability to act as private citizens relaxed significantly.

      What’s Labour going to do about it?

      • Maynard J 5.3.1

        I do not know. Have you asked them?

        Perhaps you could offer a suggestion or two here, or over at Red Alert, if you have any good ideas and think the current SSC guidelines are overly restrictive.

        • George Darroch 5.3.1.1

          I asked them. I used to think that time in opposition would soften Labour. I now think it’s only making them more arrogant, as they become assured of their righteousness compared to the Government.

          There are some genuine attempts at listening from particular MPs, but for the most part it seems token.

  6. insider 6

    this is not a new edict. I remember similar issues with TPK on the foreshore bill. IT’s just a restatement of SSC guidelines. No drama here.

    http://www.ssc.govt.nz/display/document.asp?docid=6665&pageno=2#P54_7814

    In fact I can see no hint of a ban on general staff here, just a reminder to staff to think about how their actions may be perceived. Sensible and good management IMO within the wooly bounds of the SSC guidelines on political neurtrality.

    captcha dissent when

  7. Is this different than not allowing Rankin to protest about S59?

    • Eddie 7.1

      She is allowed to attend rallies. She’s not allowed to lead a protest campaign. Same for any public servant. There’s a difference between being a voice of opposition to the Government while also working for the government and attending a public rally as a member of the public and but not being a voice or face of that rally. It’s been long-established.

  8. indiana 8

    how long are wellington lunches?

    • Eddie 8.1

      The rally lasted about half an hour, designed to fit with people’s lunch hours. Stop trying to justify your opposition to people having the right to protest with this weak rubbish.

      The real reason you are against them protesting is because they’re criticising your precious John Key. Just admit that you don’t think people should be allowed to criticise him.

      Don’t expect us to be sucked in by the rest.

      • Tim Ellis 8.1.1

        What a load of tosh, Eddie. There is no evidence that there was any ministerial intervention, quite contrary to the claim you’ve made in this post, and quite contrary to the claim made by Grant Robertson.

        The SSC guideline was drawn up in 2004, before the hikoi protest against the labour government. The policy was never amended. It was, in fact, last updated on the SSC website mid-way through 2008, under a Labour government. The department of labour is simply applying SSC’s guidelines.

        There was no blanket ban on junior public servants, either from the Department of Labour, or elsewhere, from attending the protest. It is just dishonest to claim otherwise.

        • Maynard J 8.1.1.1

          So no one sees any contradiction between SSC guidelines

          “What is appropriate in any situation will depend on the extent of the participation, the nature of the issue, and the position the person holds. The more senior the State servant, the more constrained he or she needs to be in their personal conduct. For example, most junior State servants can take part in a political demonstration provided their participation is not connected to their work (e.g. wearing an agency uniform). However, it would breach political neutrality if their chief executive, or a senior State servant who works closely with Ministers, were to do so.”

          which call for care and emphasising this as seniority increases, with the memo which states that:

          “it would not be appropriate for Departmental officials to make public comment on the closure of the Pay and Employment Equity Unit. Senior officials, including those closely associated with particular functions and policies (such as Pay and Employment Equity in this case) need to pay specific attention to such situations and actively avoid them.
          The situation for other staff in respect to Wednesday’s rally also requires careful attention. Attendance at such a demonstration may well be perceived as crossing the line by criticising a decision of the Government. The attendance of Departmental staff at the rally in whatever capacity, may therefore call into question our role as public servants serving the Government of the day.”

          Seems to be taking it much too far there. I think eddie is right.

          • insider 8.1.1.1.1

            if you look at the SSC guide it implies concentric circles of caution. So the closer you are to an issue the more caution you need to show. DOL employees have to be more cautious on this issue than say Health or Education employees because it directly affects their work and the disestablishment of the unit is a key focus for Labour party and union protests.

            All the email does to me is stress that need for caution which is no more than restate the SSC guidelines.

            • Maynard J 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Labour party and union protests? Was that why cafes were offering 10% off for women? Did not know the left were into the coffee trade.

              Caution yes, implicit blanket ban, no.

          • Tim Ellis 8.1.1.1.2

            Maynard J, where in the correspondence is there any indication of ministerial interference in this matter, which is what Eddie is alleging, rather than the Department simply applying the SSC’s guideline?

            Yet again, it looks to me as if Eddie is just parroting Labour Party talking points. There is no additional analysis in this post. Its only reference is a Labour Party press release, with no further information to support the wobbly contention that Ministers are attacking public service neutrality.

            From a Party that sacked a PR woman who was going to lead the last government’s hallmark advertising campaign on carbon neutrality and sustainability, simply on the basis of her connection to a National Party staffer, rather than her own political views, it is a bit rich to claim National is impinging on the neutrality of the public service.

            • Eddie 8.1.1.1.2.1

              Again it’s the ‘but they did it too’ defence (and Benson-Pope was rightly sacked… and we were told why).

              I thought we were meant to be ambitious for New Zealand now.

            • Maynard J 8.1.1.1.2.2

              So eddie implies something, explains his rationale behind it, and then suggests a course of action and you accuse him of parroting talking points? That is a bit confused.

              That the department has gone so far past the SSC guideline is indicative.

              Oh, the ‘you did it too’ defence. Usually you get further than one comment before resorting to that capitulatory defence Tim.

              Was this not one of Key’s top 13 promises? Do we disregard all the promises he made if someone has done the opposite before?

              edit: snap eddie, well 7 minutes out, a slow typer!

            • Tim Ellis 8.1.1.1.2.3

              Care to recall why David Benson-Pope was sacked, Eddie? It was because he hadn’t told the full story. The story is well summed up here at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10454804

              Unlike the Benson-Pope affair, there is no evidence that any minister interfered with the right of public servants to protest. It looks to pretty much anybody that the DoL is applying the SSC guidelines.

              If you want the SSC guidelines to change, then fair enough. Put up a proposal to have the guidelines changed. It might spark accusations of hypocrisy, given you were pretty mute on the subject for the five years they were in place under a Labour government, but at least you would be putting up an honest proposal.

              Your allegation of Ministerial intervention doesn’t stack up.

            • Maynard J 8.1.1.1.2.4

              Look at that, there is a newspaper story saying why a minister was sacked. I thought such matters were not in the public interest.

  9. indiana 9

    I have better ways of protesting than painting banners and waving flags. You’ve made an ass of yourself if you think I’m against people’s right to protest.

    As far as criticising Key or any other politician, last time I checked NZer’s were number 1 at doing this, so why would I be so precious about that?

    Your a Union man aren’t you Eddie…I hope none of the people that went to these protests are on their last warnings from not coming back to work on time after their breaks.

    • Eddie 9.1

      Again, trying to scare the workers… if they’re late back they deserve to be sacked? this isn’t the 19th century dork. Nearly everyone in the public service is on flexitime and managers have better things to do than stand by the door with a stopwatch at lunchtime.

      • indiana 9.1.1

        You and Mallard must be mates as you both like to flex your muscles.

        If an employer follows due process, you know like how the EPMU did with that Tan fellow, then I do expect a person to get sacked if they are late for work and have history of lateness and everything was done to try and correct that problem. I also expect union reps to know when they are being fooled too by the people they are respresenting.

        But this all means nothing to you, because all employers are bad and all employees are good.

  10. Last time I worked in the public service (10 years ago now) it involved signing some kind of declaration that I wouldn’t publicly criticise the dept or govt policy. I ended up warned a couple of times for breaching it, both times involving email listservs rather than protests, but the principle’s the same. I don’t see anything specific to National in this.

  11. Eddie 11

    I think it’s worth reading Grant Robertson’s post on this, wherein he mentions his own experience with being involved in politics while a public servant, so I’ll take the unusual step of reproducing it below http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2009/06/30/the-right-to-rally/ :

    When I was working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade I found myself as the campaign manager for the local body election campaign of my friend who was the Labour candidate. It was one of those things. You go to a meeting (always a big mistake) and walk out with a job to do. I recognised it was something that might see my name out and about, so I went to see my boss. He was a staunch National supporter, I think a member. He listened to my case, and said that it was fine, and despite our differences he said would always defend my right to participate in the political process.

    Public servants are ever conscious of their role to serve the government of the day, and of the restrictions placed on them by the Code of Conduct. That is what makes the Department of Labour decision to effectively tell its staff that they could not participate in the rally at Parliament today on Pay Equity very disturbing. There may well be questions about the involvement of some senior staff or perhaps those directly connected with the work, but the wider staff of the Department of Labour should in my opinion have had the right to go to the rally if they chose to.

    In recent election campaigns I have noticed that public servants seemed to be getting inconsistent and inaccurate advice about how involved they can be in campaigns, including whether they could have hoardings on fences, deliver pamphlets or even be seen with a candidate.

    I believe that the rights of public servants to participate in the political process as private citizens need to be protected, and if necessary clarified. Of course their should be guidance as to how to ensure they can continue to serve the government of the day and avoid compromising their ability to provide quality advice and support, but the interpretation of that guidance should respect the professionalism of public servants and give them their hard won democratic rights

    • Tim Ellis 11.1

      Eddie, like I said, your argument is weak and you haven’t come up with anything new to support the original contention that National is attempting to muzzle public servants. The email was from a senior DoL manager pointing out the SSC guidelines. There is no ministerial connection. It is not a new guideline. It existed, and was applied, for several years prior to this event.

      Tellingly, the period Mr Robertson spoke of, of greater freedom for public servants, was under the last National government. The edict from the SSC was drawn up in 2004, under a Labour government, and has remained in place since then.

      At the moment, Eddie, all you are doing is parroting Grant Robertson’s line on this, and particularly unsuccessfully.

      • Eddie 11.1.1

        I have never been aware of public servants being warned off attending rallies in the past. This government has created a climate of fear in the public service and this email is a result of it.

        • Tim Ellis 11.1.1.1

          Eddie, if you haven’t been aware of it in the past, then I am afraid you are just ignorant. The SSC guideline was drafted just before the hikoi against the Labour government over the foreshore and seabed issue in 2004. The guideline was used widely within the public service to discourage Maori public servants from participating in the hikoi.

          Simply repeating unsubstantiated rhetoric while ignoring the facts doesn’t improve your argument.

          This email is a response to the SSC’s guideline, drafted in 2004 under a Labour Government.

          You have no evidence of a “climate of fear in the public service”, and this issue does not add weight to your shoddy argument.

          • Pascal's bookie 11.1.1.1.1

            Were you in Wellington then Tim? I remember there being more than a few civil servants on the hikoi. I also remember quite a stink about Senior Civil servants getting told off for making submissions and public comments.

            Many were caught between a rock and a hard place.

            Tthere was all sorts of hefty rhetoric flying around. Nick Smith was going on about ‘beaches’, and what not. Tensions were high. Some senior civil servants were being asked by their family members back home to make some very strong feelings felt. The words ‘civil war’ were used at one point I think, by a civil servant describing those feelings. That caused some ructions. marching on the hikoi in a lunch break? Not so much.

            That’s what I remember.

  12. craig 12

    I don’t get why “you did it too” is such a bad defense…

    Surely the more things National does like the last Labour government, the happier you’ll be???

    Furthermore you guys didn’t like what National said at the last election, and you didn’t vote for National. So surely as far as you’re concerned, the less things they do that they said they were going to do, the better?

    • Maynard J 12.1

      I would accept that Labour were not perfect, and that I would rather not see National repeat those errors. So your reasoning falls flat on its face, unless you want to posit that Labour were perfect.

      It is also a bad defence because it seeks to detract from the current issue at hand – Tim clearly does not want this to be looked into, so he brings up the Setchell affair.

      This leaves someone countering with two avenues – argue that they are different, or accept the point and say that it is not good enough in both cases. I did the latter out of apathy – I did not want to argue the point with Tim. Either Labour were bad, and National should not repeat that mistake, or Labour were not bad, it is a false equivalence, and National should not do what they are doing.

      However you look at it, it is a hollow argument unless you think two wrongs equal a right, or that neither actions were wrong, or that you wish to argue that the previous action was a real example of wrong, and the current issue is right.

      Without accepting one of the above, it is basically trolling.

      • Tim Ellis 12.1.1

        Oh, the examples are very different, Maynard J.

        In the Labour example, there was actual Ministerial interference in a public service activity, which did not just end when Mr Benson-Pope got Ms Setchell fired. There was further involvement from Mr Anderton to ensure Ms Setchell did not get a job from MAF.

        Yes, that was actual Ministerial interference and intimidation of officials.

        Compare this to the current scenario: a DoL executive sending an email to DoL staff pointing out an SSC directive, which was drawn up five years ago under a Labour Government, with no indication of any Ministerial involvement.

        • Maynard J 12.1.1.1

          You see what I mean craig? Now I have to try and argue a historic point and I am sure I could waste hours relitigating that one, or agree that it was bad by Labour, and argue that this is also bad.

          • Tim Ellis 12.1.1.1.1

            Maynard, can you not see that one is an example of ministerial intervention in the public service, and the other most recent example is not an example of ministerial intervention, since it is clearly an official applying a state services commission guideline?

            Here’s a clue. Where in the correspondence from the DoL deputy secretary is there any indication that he was asked by the Minister to clarify this issue for staff?

            Oh, that’s right. Absolutely none.

            So Eddie’s claim of National ministers intimidating the public service fall to zero through lack of evidence.

            • Eddie 12.1.1.1.1.1

              when you’ve really got them cowed, as National has, you don’t need to tell people to toe the line, they do it automatically. National has created a climate of fear in the public service – this email is an expression of that.

            • Maynard J 12.1.1.1.1.2

              How can we tell Tim – I am pretty sure it is not in the public’s interest here to find out if there is anything more to it. But just to pander to your silly little sideshow, Tim, here is what eddie said – I repost because you have forgotten it or come up with something far worse in your mind:

              “That is absolutely disgraceful and a clear breach of the Bill of Rights and the manager who approved it should resign. Unfortunately, it is a result of a public service management that is afraid of the new Government. The Nats have attacked an undermined public service neutrality from the start.”

              Management afraid of government. Tick.
              Undermind public service neutrality. Tick.

              Two ticks National. Tell me when you are done with that straw man that you started playing with at 12:47.

            • Eddie 12.1.1.1.1.3

              That’s a little unfair MJ. That strawman’s been Tim’s faithful companion many a year. What else would he have if he gave it up?

            • Tim Ellis 12.1.1.1.1.4

              That strawman’s been Tim’s faithful companion many a year. What else would he have if he gave it up?

              So this is your standard of evidence, then.

              I haven’t yet seen a request from any Labour MP to put the email in front of the State Services Commissioner to assess whether it is goes beyond the SSC’s guideline on political activity by public servants. But then again, if Mr Robertson did do that, he might find that the SSC responded that the email is precisely within the guideline that the previous commissioner wrote in 2004, under a Labour government. That would be embarrassing.

              Eddie doesn’t have any evidence that National has the public service “cowed”, and this email does nothing of the sort.

              The PSA is critical of the DoL’s ruling, as they have a right to be, but not even they make the claim that the public service has been cowed by the Government.

  13. iheartmjs 13

    “Attendance at such a demonstration may well be perceived as crossing the line by criticising a decision of the Government. The attendance of Departmental staff at the rally in whatever capacity, may therefore call into question our role as public servants serving the Government of the day.”

    To me that fairly strongly discourages participation by department staff. “In whatever capacity” is what especially concerns me: in their capacity as private citizens of NZ during their lunch break, I feel it is entirely appropriate that staff should be able to choose to attend (or not attend) such a rally. This is not just re-stating the SSC guidelines, it is interpreting them (somewhat incorrectly). I am a junior public servant, but that I can (and do) speak out against govt policies in my own time, in my capacity as human being. The email comes across as a scare tactic, I don’t necessarily think that it was an attack by the Nats but it shows extremely poor judgement by a senior public servant. Shame on you, Mr Sage!!!

  14. Nick 14

    Let’s get this straight: this is a democracy. You have the right to protest. That is guaranteed under the Bill of Rights Act.

    Perhaps you’d like to explain where in the NZBORA this right exists.

    I’m not against your general thesis, but this statement needs challenging.

  15. deemac 15

    the only public servants who should be constrained by the regs are those at a senior level where they are formulating or expounding policy. There is no justification for the lower ranks being gagged about what they say or do in their own time.

  16. Oliver 16

    I’ve been a Public Servant since 2004 and have always been told that I should not attend protests that address policy directly related to the dept I work for. Equally I was always told that it was perfectly okay to protest on any other issue.

    I was also told that if I support National I should never let anyone in Govt know as the Labour Govt was considered to be vengeful.

    • indiana 16.1

      In Eddies world, your employer has you shaking in your boots or cowed as he refers to.

  17. Nick 17

    Fair enough of you to use those sections Eddie. However those rights don’t explicitly include “protests”. Is a peaceful assembly a protest? By its very nature, a protest is often not considered peaceful. I’m being pedantic because I argued the same as you did in a law essay some years back and got the “raised eyebrows” from the marker.

    • Anita 17.1

      Why do you think protests “often not considered peaceful”? They’re disruptive or contentious, but not peaceful seems an odd way of viewing them.

    • Eddie 17.2

      Sorry Nick, don’t take this as an insult but ask a lawyer if you know one. The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression protect the right of people to protest on political issues all over the world. They don’t mention protests explicitly because they’re broader than just protests.

  18. Swampy 18

    Public servants are not allowed to engage in political activism, this has been an expectation of their terms of employment for many years, it has nothing to do with the National Party.

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    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    4 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    5 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 weeks ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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