Nats “discovered poverty last week” – and will forget it just as quickly

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 21st, 2017 - 72 comments
Categories: accountability, bill english, class war, jacinda ardern, national, poverty - Tags: , , , ,

It was the line of the debate:

Bill English ‘discovered poverty last week’ – Jacinda Ardern

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has heavily criticised National’s Bill English’s response to poverty, accusing him of only recently putting it on his agenda.

In the final TVNZ Leaders Debate, Ms Ardern claimed National had been failing to acknowledge and fix issues including child poverty and the housing crisis.

“I think people looking forward to the future already know what National is going to deliver to them, they’ve had nine years to test what that looks like,” she said. … “You discovered poverty last week, that’s what happened,” …

“Then why are there kids living in cars? Why are there kids going to school without food in their tummies?” she asked. …

National has ignored and denied the issue of poverty in NZ for the last 9 years. They have refused to implement an official poverty measure so that they cannot be held accountable for their failure. But look around at the increasing homelessness, the rising child disease and malnutrition, the crises in food banks, the crises in mental health and the record suicide rates. There it is.

National has been forced to acknowledge poverty during the election campaign. But it they get to form the next government the record of the last nine years suggests that they will forget it again just as quickly.

Do you want to vote for that?

72 comments on “Nats “discovered poverty last week” – and will forget it just as quickly ”

  1. Patricia 1

    Well done Jacinda – an excellent observation about National “discovering poverty last week”. And they will completelyl forget about it on Sunday morning.
    A nasty debate last night ; the moderator did not keep good control. English came over as a bully constantly talking over Jacinda and keeping on with the fiscal hole which nobody else can see.

    • A fiscal hole that doesnt exist ,… why has Joyce and English been allowed to get away with that ? ,… why have English and Joyce been given the green light by so many in the media to campaign negatively ? Why is there still this stiff necked bloc that refuses to admit they are voting for politicians who are unscrupulous and willing to lie to maintain a grip on power?

      What ?, … do they endorse liars?

      • tracey 1.1.1

        I see the Herald gleefully declared Bill the winner… and Du Plessis Allen confused angry on behalf of struggling and vulnerable NZers for flustered. I saw a leader frustrated by the lies and the lack of consequence of those lies trying to remain states”man”like in the face of English’s relentless deceit.

        • WILD KATIPO 1.1.1.1

          I am afraid , Adern has been far too lenient on English. Unfortunate to have to say it , but I believe its true . Personally , I would have let the bastard have it , –
          both barrels in full view of the public. But then ,… that is not Aderns way. She is more gracious than that.

          I’ve just got this view you don’t mess around with rabid dogs. You deal to them. Terminally.

          • tracey 1.1.1.1.1

            If she did we stay in the same cycle of BS. I think she deal to him. And it has made one headline.

            • WILD KATIPO 1.1.1.1.1.1

              No doubt about it this country would prosper under Adern.

              She and her govt would bring long overdue healing to NZ.

              And yes she did do well . But we are fighting an enemy who has no intention of fighting under ‘ Queensbury Rules’ . They are underhanded, deceitful , twisting the truth and the facts ,- and have no qualms whatsoever to resorting to bald faced lying to the public to advance their cause.

              And dogs like that need to called out for what they are and exposed in no uncertain terms. Its just unfortunate we live under such conditions , – or rather , – that so many Kiwis have voted willfully to let it drift towards such a low bar in our publicly elected officials.

              The good thing is this may all change by Saturday night. And that will be a time for rejoicing if it happens.

              • Zeroque

                I’ll say! The amount of BS I heard from Bill last night was more than most days I hear him talk. Jesus I hope he gets the take-down he deserves on Saturday.

        • Zeroque 1.1.1.2

          I agree Tracey, she wasn’t flustered at all, just frustrated and possibly somewhat angered by the constant BS coming at her from Bill.

      • Johan 1.1.2

        MSM in New Zealand appears to be in the pocket of the Tories. Even today Hosking on his morning radio show was putting in the boot against Ardern once again.
        Balance and impartiality is not something that poor Mike is familiar with, so why make such an biased, person a moderator?

      • Unicus 1.1.3

        Well yes I think there is a large constituency of NZ ers who like the idea of being lied to as long as they feel comforted – they became so immune to the truth during Keys tenure that asking them to respond to real issues its a bit like asking a junkie to give up the stuff .

        The Tories have hit the fear button and their windy little tribe have tottered in behind .

        Its not in the overall spirit of what has been a brilliant Labour campaign but last night I was on th edge of my seat willing Jacinda to say to Bullshit Bills face LIAR

        • tracey 1.1.3.1

          It as worked bautifully. Lie to keep them co.fortable and if they start to see scare the crap out of them… You do need money and motivation to achieve it Ads, third party lobby groups from which to pretend to be arms length. The last 7 days have seen “taxpayers union” and Fed Farmers fullfilingbthis on cue.

        • SpaceMonkey 1.1.3.2

          Ah! The gilded cage! As someone once said to me: “Money might not be able to buy happiness, but it can buy a pretty comfortable misery”.

          This, I am afraid, is what many NZers may be settling for. Hobbit-like behaviour.
          As long as they are feeling comfortable… everything is fine.

    • Heather Grimwood 1.2

      agree wholeheartedly Patricia at 1. English did bully and indeed his body language portrayed anger at times, quite frightening.

      • NZJester 1.2.1

        Bullying and talking over people is a common trait of the right wing in debates. They filibuster to get their message (lies) out and stop the left getting their message out and using the filibuster to say that they have no real policy. You try to do that to them and they say you are rude and failed to let them get their message out and use it to attack the person for the next few days with the help of their MSM lapdogs. They manage to filibuster and these MSM lapdogs claim they won the debate and that the other person was week. They have both sides of the coin covered.

    • Anne 1.3

      Patricia @ 1.
      To me, the almost unprecedented level of lies and misinformation about Labour’s tax policy in particular is tantamount to defamation. That being the case why don’t Labour announce they will be suing Steven Joyce (first defendent) and Bill English (second defendent) for wittingly committing falsehoods designed to destroy a major political party. I’m sure they can think of better wording than me – I’m no lawyer.

      A case in point was English’s allegation last night that Labour will increase taxes on the 1st April next year. He bases it on National’s tax cuts (for the well off) kicking in on the 1st April so that means under Labour they are going to increase. Quelle horreur!

  2. tracey 2

    Such a good job has been done since 1987 dehumanising beneficiaries and the working poor that over 40% of our voting citizens have been given permission to not give a shit. For an extra 15 bucks a week they will sell our vulnerable down the river. The people born disabled who will know no more than subsistence as their punishment for not being “whole”.

    Even though that $15 bucks a week is probably not a real tax rise, using their logic, cos the unmandated 2.5% GST has cost way more than that… and the petrol tax rises…

  3. red-blooded 3

    He’s feeling pretty damn confident and satisfied with his lies and campaign of fear. Fake news is doing the job. People who haven’t yet voted need to remember that the largest party gets first right to put together a government and NZF has no made no commitment and alwayttalks about going with the biggest party.

    If you want these arseholes out, you need to party vote Labour. The Greens are not in trouble and the only way the left gets to form a government is if Labour does well.

    • tracey 3.1

      English if he wins will suddenly be able to measure poverty, but only after the April money scramble. His measure will show it has dropped based on campaigning figures.

      CB suggests a slight bleed to the Greens RB, given Labour and National will not govern alone I am pleased to see Greens entering safe territory ( if polls, cursed polls), are to be believed.

      Have you seen Peters latest bottom line?

    • Carolyn_nth 3.2

      The biggest party does not have the first right to form a government.

      NZF may decide they will first have a go at negotiating with the party with the most votes. but that’s not the same thing.

      The party that can first go to the GG to claim they can lead a government, is the one with first right to form a govt. It doesn’t need to be the party with the most votes. It can be the coalition/alliance of 2 or more parties with the most votes between them.

      • SpaceMonkey 3.2.1

        That’s good to know. I always thought it was the party with the most votes that gets first attempt to form a Government.

    • Union city greens 3.3

      “If you want these arseholes out, you need to party vote Labour. The Greens are not in trouble and the only way the left gets to form a government is if Labour does well.”

      That’s the same bullshit you squitted out last night. You should be ashamed of yourself for posting such misinformation.

      A vote for the greens is a vote for the green/labour block. It doesn’t matter what percentage each party gets as long as the end result is more than the nats and it’s support partners.
      L30% + G20% is just as good (actually much better, but beside the point) as L42 + G8.

      • red-blooded 3.3.1

        Save your attacks for the people we both oppose, mate. I’m entitled to see things differently from you and to express that viewpoint. If the Nats get to form the next government it won’t matter if the Greens are on 6 or 8. They’ll be back, but if they want to be in government they need Labour to pull back into contention. That’s just the truth of the matter. You may not like it – tough. I don’t like it when people attach me for having a commitment to actually changing things.

        • Union city greens 3.3.1.1

          Seeing things differently is one thing, deliberately lying is another.
          However you try to rationalise it, you’ve given out misinformation for party cause. That makes you no worse than the nats.

          To be clear, challenging this partisan bs with fact, a vote for the greens is a vote to change the government. A vote for labour, the same.
          Enough of us do it, we win, no matter what the percentage split.

          • red-blooded 3.3.1.1.1

            So, you truly believe that if Labour gets 37% and the Nats 46%, it will get to form the next government with the Greens? You’re delusional. On 46% the Nats would romp back to power, with their pet poodle from Epsom and whoever makes it in for the Maori Party. If NZF are back, they’ve said they’ll talk first to the biggest party (and while they’ve dialled it back a bit recently, we all know they don’t like the Greens). If they’re not, the wasted votes get divvied up and the Nats would be able to govern without them.

            I really really really hope we don’t end up with either of those scenarios and I’m doing my best to make sure that we don’t. If you are determined not to vote for Labour, then vote Green. I’ve always said my preferred option is a Labour-Green government. The problem is (as mentioned above), that doesn’t get to happen if Labour don’t get a big enough slice of the pie. That’s not a lie – it’s an inconvenient truth.

            • Union city greens 3.3.1.1.1.1

              Clearly you don’t know how mmp works.

              Most of your post above makes no sense to the argument about voting labour over green. The only relevant bit is about you wanting a labour green government. The only way to do that is voting labour or green. If they have the numbers it will happen. If not, it won’t. Whatever proportion of the total each gets is immaterial to the end result.

              If labour don’t get enough to entice Winston, then so be it, that’s the will of the people. If enough people vote labour and green it doesn’t matter about that blowhard.

              • red-blooded

                That’s right – don’t bother thinking about or responding to the detail of the discussion, just throw enough insults about and that’ll do the job!

                • Union city greens

                  What insults? You’ve falsely made claims that green voters have to vote labour to change the government, when under mmp that’s simply not the case. I’ve just called you on it and showed how the proportion of the two parties doesn’t change the overall left vote. This is undeniable fact. You lied and got caught doing it.

                  That’s an insult to our collective intelligence.

      • cleangreen 3.3.2

        I heartily agree with ‘Union city greens’ that we need to vote for the labour Party now as they are looking as they are in trouble now.

        The wide united call to vote for the Greens by all labour & green supporters, sadly took many away from labour and are now damaging our whole capability to form a ‘change of government; and we dont want to be labelled as “the Party that eats its partners” as welll as we will surely now loose this election.

        We need to share the call for support to back labour now.

        Sadly over on The Daily Blog Greens (Keith Locke) is still callling for more voters in a blog labeled as “Let’s make sure the Greens get well over the threshold” to boldly switch to the Green Party to increase their figures even more.

        It was sad to see as if they are keen to hurt their Labour MOU like a poisoned chalice, and we don’t need a left wing fight between now as election day nears 48hrs time.

        https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/09/21/lets-make-sure-the-greens-get-well-over-the-threshold/

        • Union city greens 3.3.2.1

          Firstly I never said you should vote labour. That’s as big a lie as red blooded’s. Second, do you understand how mmp works? Without nz1st in the equation, any split of 50% by labour and the greens wins, as long as both get over 5%. What’s so hard about that to understand?

          Reality is I don’t care who you vote for, but voting red instead of green because labour are slipping back makes no sense. Just saying.

          • cleangreen 3.3.2.1.1

            We will return the apology to you YCG, You have not said vote for Labour.
            I guess you are wanting us all to vote green?

            I willl vote labour and NZ First as Greens only won’t get the National Government thrown out.

            I was a Green Party member when the Greens joined NZ First and Labour in 1999 to form the Government and it was a great era, and want to see another long 9yr Labour lead Government, so I hope we see this on Saturday again.

            • Union city greens 3.3.2.1.1.1

              I’ve already written above I don’t care who you vote for, but if you ‘all’ did vote green, then I wouldn’t be unhappy.

              If you’re voting to change the government your choices are greens and labour. Anything else, to that end, is a wasted vote.

              • cleangreen

                UCG,

                You have your views, and we have ours that is democracy.

                • Union city greens

                  Having different views is great. Posting untruths about the make up of the left block party vote in mmp elections isn’t.

                  Still doesn’t change the fact that if you want to guarantee a left leaning government, to address and eradicate poverty, you have to vote greens or labour.
                  Sure you’re on the right site?
                  We know for fact that a vote for labour and the greens is a vote to oust the nats. Fact. Feel free to quote Winston saying he’ll go with labour.

                  Party vote green.

        • tracey 3.3.2.2

          What makes you think the MOU says

          Greens step aside in seats for Labour
          All Green Voters must vote Labour

          As a NZF supporter I suspect your knowledhe of the MOU is scant. Humour me and tell me what Labour conceded to Greens?

    • tracey 3.4

      RB, this is a genuine question not an attack, are you happy to have NZFs bottom lines in your next government?

      • red-blooded 3.4.1

        If it’s a choice between Nat plus whoever or Lab plus NZF, I’ll go with the latter. However, if you actually look at what I’m saying, it’s more nuanced than that the Greens are safe, but they will have no role to play if Labour doesn’t get to form the next government. You may be too tribal to hear and respond to that message, but hopefully others aren’t. (And BTW I’ve voted Green in the past when I’ve thought they needed it and when I’ve known Labour would be leading and wanted the Greens stronger than NZF. That’s not the situation this time.)

        • tracey 3.4.1.1

          I am not too tribal to understand what you are saying any more than I think you are too tribal to understand the Laboyr +Greens equation.

          My question was are you happty with NZFs bottom lines? I am assuming from how you framed your answer that even National type policy is fine as long as Labour is at the table?

          • red-blooded 3.4.1.1.1

            We all know that a “bottom line” from Winston in campaign mode is no such thing. Look at the man’s history.

            No, I’m not keen on his “bottom lines”, but even a Labour-NZF government that involved some compromises from Labour (and they’ve already made it clear that there are things he’s asking for that won’t be negotiated) would be better than a Nat-led government. There’s enough clear difference between the two parties to make that clear. What you can assume from my answer is that I was running late for work and tapping away at my phone, so keeping it short. That’s it. No more assumptions, thank you.

            What you (and various others on this thread) still haven’t acknowledged is that the Greens don’t get to play a role if they’re not in coalition with Labour. That’s looking doubtful, at this stage. That make some tactical thinking necessary. End of message.

            • tracey 3.4.1.1.1.1

              So NZF leader cannot be believed is your position. Fair enough.

              I tried to have a discussion but you are so defensive it hasnt proved fruitful. I have already voted. Labour for electorate and Greens for party. So, have at it.

  4. Incognito 4

    What’s much worse is that most of the country will slump back into its collective amnesia and BAU unless we have a change of government with a real commitment to a strong progressive agenda.

    • tracey 4.1

      Hopefully the debate has some impact give “look at me Look at me” Hosking even agreed the 11b hole is a lie?

  5. tracey 5

    7000 nat supporters will get their 1000 a year tax cut… from here

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11924050

    And from the money saved by not telling teachers they could get 3500 if they went to a low decile school, and from Dunedin Hospitals cuts in services, and Waikato’s and Canterbury’s… and from Lifeline.

    What a sorry, nasty little nation we have become. When you use it to go to Fiji next winter, maybe spare a thought for the person in a wheelchair who cannot visit family in another town because that is considered a luxury.

    • Lara 5.1

      I’ll donate it to Women’s Refuge thank you very much. We’re not all assholes.

      But yeah, many of us are. A nasty small mean minded lot I see around me. Thanks internet. I can now see what my neighbours really think. And its not pretty.

      We will get the government we deserve on Saturday, of that I am 100% confident.

  6. Carolyn_nth 6

    From newsroom last night:

    Sources told Newsroom that National’s latest internal polling has it at 43 percent and Labour at 39 percent. NZ First and the Greens were both on six percent. But there were suggestions from those close to National that its figures had softened overnight.

  7. Janet 7

    National has done nothing but increase tax. Eg, GST, and fees to Govt departments that were free before they became govt.
    And the money they have given away – Rio Tinto Zinc, Warner Bros, Saudi businessmen, the list is long
    Hell bent on ‘balancing’ their check book, they have shown over and over they are penny wise pound foolish. Stopping payments to the Cullen Fund and their other decisions against the advice of Teasury, buying votes with tax cuts for the rich, and the flagrant and disgusting punishment of the poor…
    I suspect they might want to lose, given they have again left the country in a mess.

    • Brigid 7.1

      Thats the best summation of the government I’ve read on here. I have also wondered if they want to loose given their appalling electioneering, something similar to what you’d see in the school play ground. They’re truly embarrassing.

    • tracey 7.2

      Cutting Lifeline funding

  8. Bearded Git 8

    Sandra Lee just said on RNZ that Jacinda had her best debate last night and Bill woffled on key issues. Definite tick for new PM Jacinda. Worth a listen.

  9. Bob 9

    It doesnt matter if you vote party vote Labour or Green, just vote! Either way, the Nats have to go………….unless the global Financial crisis Keith Rankin Talks about is coming.
    Anyone read the Daily blog lately. ? On why Jacinda should loose this election ? & wait until 2020, I’m not sure if I can wait that long, with nepotism on the rise.

    • I read that and spat it out ,- I’d rather a Labour / Green govt in that circumstance . There’s only one way and that way is getting rid of National.

      There is no other way.

    • cleangreen 9.2

      100% Bob.

      NZ can’t afford to wait, it was a dumb arguement Keith Rankin put up as natiional will just sell the whole country before that time, with or without another GFC Rankin says is comming.

  10. Delia 10

    Old Bill looks down at the ground a lot these days, had to face the public, after all those back slapping, back room meetings, where he and his mates hawed hawed over ripping NZ workers.

  11. This Comment by Ms Ardern only proves she has dreamt and/or slept through most Questiontimes in the House during the past eighteen months rather than listening to Ministerial answers to her and her colleagues questions!

    • Jon Jones 11.1

      Well Jacinda wants to frame the debates and the questions that suit her and Bill wants to do the same, whoever is most successful will likely form the next government

      • cleangreen 11.1.1

        Jon, Who runs the natative and the press wins. We all know who runs the media so the narative is the only option left to ‘frame’ and penetrate it in the media, good luck with that.

    • indiana 11.2

      Equally if she was so passionate about reducing poverty, what members bills did she champion whilst in opposition?

  12. Time to put the bung back into Stephen Joyces cakehole .

    • cleangreen 12.1

      Joyce is the master planner behind all, and BilliE is just a pupet of his paymaster it is that simple.
      National = hollowmp’s.

  13. useyourhead 13

    I know this is off topic but where is this 2 tb of national emails that kim dotcom promised would sink national before the election??? Anytime now kim?? A little sense of urgency has arisen on the matter given the last polls..

    • cleangreen 13.1

      useyourhead,
      Good question that is?
      ‘where is this 2 tb of national emails that kim dotcom promised would sink national before the election’???

    • Jon Jones 13.2

      You didn’t seriously believe that did you

      • tracey 13.2.1

        People are appatently still believing English is decent and trustworthy with billions, despite being a proven liar so it is a strange world indeed.

        • Jon Jones 13.2.1.1

          Depends on the lie I guess, the general consensus seems to be that the economy, and NZ, is doing all right especially compared with the rest of the OECD and so the government will be cut some slack and rewarded at the election

          Much like Labour was rewarded with three election wins

          • tracey 13.2.1.1.1

            I know it depends on the lie.

            Brown plus poor = bad lie
            White plus rich = good lie

            Ridiculous

      • useyourhead 13.2.2

        jon jones
        I take everything with a grain of salt but neither would surprise me. I personally belive natioanal is extremely unethical and definately have been doing underhanded things behind closed doors that would make the nation cringe. i also think it is very plausabile that if there was 2 tb of stolen emails out there kim dotcom would probably be in the right circles to have knowledge of this but i also see your point in that there is also likely personal grievences from kim dotcom that could have him making fraudulent claims.. I guess im trying to put out a batsignal in the sky asking Kim Dotcom to back up his bullshit.

        I also have no faith in the polls, my prediction is that the necessity of ease for voting this year is going to put the left into a landslide postion of power after the election. I believe this because the working class is often to time poor and fatigued to make it to the voting stations where as the right are organised and are often voting early. I think the overwhelming amount of early votes cast this year are in favor of the left as the right has already exploited this in the past so the difference this year will be in the working class favor.

        I also believe really at the core of it all the whole election system is a farce.. It is an age old system of divide and conquer, No party reaches out to me in any shape or form. Their thoughts and ideals are either outdated, impractical or simply rubbish. I believe the only true democracy is binding referendums and for people given the privaledge of representing us to be held accountable if they intentionally fuck us over. I hold no political allegence to be honest but as far as im concerned national has fucked the country i love dearly to the point i am ashamed to call myself a kiwi and admit that i sat on my hands while my kindered souls have been forced to suffer.

        I also read right blogs and find it very amusing that there is a common theme among them where they believe the left and uneducated to do not have the intellect to vote. They do this to elevate themselves into a position of superiority. Are feelings not also entitled to have a say. I am no fool but sometimes policies or more reasoning for policy goes over my head too. I think that if uneducated people simply feel that the direction of the country is not right or they feel that a party can lead their life in a better direction then that is just cause to have confidence in them.

        Sometimes intellect isnt everything. I would rather be in the company of happy smiling people , than have reason for polacies explained to me . my two cents

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  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    4 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
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    6 days ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
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    7 days ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
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    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
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    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
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    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
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    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
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  • Still doing a good 20
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
  • All good, still
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
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    1 week ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Rage Bait!
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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. ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    48 mins ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days 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 ...
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