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Nats double down on failed national standards policy

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, August 27th, 2017 - 124 comments
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The centerpiece of National’s campaign launch was an education package built around the demonstrably failed national standards policy. From Stuff:

Prime Minister Bill English has unveiled a big boost for education as his flagship announcement at the party’s campaign launch in Auckland.

* a $126 million investment to raise maths achievement for primary school students.

“National Standards show we need to lift our game in maths. So we’ll provide our students and teachers with the tools they need to do that.

National standards were introduced to miraculously fix reading and maths, recall the claims:

New Zealand elected a Government that promised to introduce national standards so that every single child could read, write, and do maths when they left school. That is what the country voted for.

It was against the advice of teachers, princiapals and experts. It was ridiculous then and it’s ridiculous now. But we let’s try more of the same (more from Stuff):

* Update National Standards to “National Standards Plus”

so “families have more comprehensive and more timely information about their children’s achievements in the classroom”.

“We will show you your child’s progress on your mobile phone.”

Showing “your child’s progress on your mobile phone” is a usless gimmick, and (more to the point) the standards themselves are a failure:

National standards pass rates plateau as distress rises

The number of children passing the national standards in reading, writing and maths has dropped slightly, new figures show.

The percentages of children judged to be at or above the standards last year were 77.8 percent in reading, 75.4 percent in maths and 71.2 percent in writing.

The figures were 0.1-0.3 of a percentage point lower than in 2015 and little different to achievement rates in 2014 and 2013.

Earlier this week, a national survey reported 63 percent of teachers said anxiety about the standards was affecting the performance of some students, up from 41 percent in 2013.

Forty percent of principals told the survey the focus on literacy and mathematics caused by the standards had taken attention away from other aspects of the curriculum. …

See also:

Dumbing down a generation: Performance of NZ schoolchildren plummeting
NZ 10-year-olds worst at maths in English-speaking world
Children’s learning not improving under National Standards measurements
The trouble with NZ’s primary schools
What PISA tells us about grade inflation in NCEA
Why no one wants to teach in New Zealand

National’s policies have stuffed education in NZ, and all they can think of to do at this point is to double down on failure. So much for listening to real data. Never mind listening to actual teachers. Let’s fail harder!

Time to change the government.

124 comments on “Nats double down on failed national standards policy”

  1. Ad 1

    Just lower the standards. Everyone’s a winner baby that’s no lie.

    Loosen a bit here, loosen a bit there, and you find your trousers fall down.

  2. tracey 2

    Talk about clinging to the days of yore. Doubly hilarious is Bennett and others talking about how no one in labour has experience to be in Cabinet… er how many Nats had never been in cabinet before 2008? Don’t National call it a fresh look?

  3. Well, we shouldn’t be surprised by this. Thinking outside of their limited ideology is something that National is incapable of.

    • garibaldi 3.1

      It is heartening to watch National floundering around this time. Surely they’ve got more to offer than certain to fail, crappy policies? Feels a bit like a reverse of Helen Clark’s campaign in 2008 with the way the momentum is going to Labour. Excellent!

      • tracey 3.1.1

        But without the third party attacks on Bill’s personal life or other negative stuff (Helengrad etc)

      • Surely they’ve got more to offer than certain to fail, crappy policies?

        Nope.

        And even when they do have a good policy their implementation of it makes it worthless or worse.

    • Incognito 3.2

      If by “ideology” you mean the every-day story that they breathe and tell themselves, the one that they were taught by their parents & peers alike, then you’re absolutely spot on that they are incapable of stepping out of it.

      There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”

      https://www.1843magazine.com/story/david-foster-wallace-in-his-own-words

  4. Stephen Doyle 4

    National testing on its way. Then our students will be well and truly screwed.

    • At one point before the 1984 neo liberal reforms and national standards etc we were one of the most literate country’s on earth.

      noW wee ar al su bakwerds .

  5. Pete 5

    So now we are to have parents poring over results on-line and if their child isn’t better than some other kid they know they’ll be wanting to know why.

    And the ‘why’ is that the teacher is not doing a good job.

    The biggest, dumbest, worst education decision ever for the kids and teachers of this country.

    They are fucken cretins and they know this sort of cretinous idea will appeal to like minded cretins.

    • tracey 5.1

      And giving a bonus to teachers to go to schools that have no trouble attracting teachers. The announcements are beyond bewildering. More flight from lower decile schools by parents and teachers.

  6. Ant 6

    Behind the times by a million miles. Self-paced apps (maths, science, accounting etc) take students step-by step at their own pace through processes designed not only to hone skills but to improve efficiency in these disciplines.

    What cannot be attained in this manner are interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, social confidence and self-appreciation. (Gain these and watch depression, bullying, suicide plummet). Here a teacher, as an able orchestrator of classroom dynamic and interaction, can harness the contributions made by all in group discussions and develop an atmosphere where everyone recognises the value of self and one another.

    Bottom line? Only possible in class-size 20 or under.

  7. AsleepWhileWalking 7

    And talk of language x 2+.

    Doesn’t get basics aren’t being learnt

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11912050

    • Muttonbird 7.1

      I know. What is this second language policy all about when this…

      New Zealand elected a Government that promised to introduce national standards so that every single child could read, write, and do maths when they left school. That is what the country voted for.

      Now they say National Standards show Kiwi kids are falling behind in maths and they throw $160m at a second language?

  8. In Vino 8

    I have spent my life teaching English and 2 other languages in Secondary schools.
    I laugh this dumb scheme to scorn.
    I know very well that numbers of foreign language teachers simply do not exist in the primary schools. They are a beleaguered lot in secondary schools!
    So these stupid Nats think it can all be done online??
    Warning – online with a good teacher works. Online alone – only a fool would even contemplate it.
    The Nats apparently qualify as such.

  9. Macro 9

    If we were to spend less time “assessing” and “reporting” and more time actually working with students, then the results would be different. Many years ago when I first entered teaching I read a very inspirational book by John Holt entitled “Why children Fail”. It was based on his investigations in US schools, but his analysis was as pertinent then to NZ as it is pertinent today.
    Essentially his thesis was that excessive assessments and reporting of progress does more to hinder learning than it does to promote. Why? Because of the fear of failure. Understanding this is critical for any educator. It is the same in high performance sport as it is in the classroom. This stupid idea of sending reports on students progress to parents phones is certain to result in even worse performance than before. The Nats haven’t a F**King clue.

    • Pete 9.1

      You read a book that showed something that didn’t work? And National want to do the ‘doesn’t work’ thing here?

      Well I never, call me surprised. This is the idiot lot who keep raving about research and data so only the sensible effective things are done.

      Nikki Kay is their little darling and education is her political toy.

      • tracey 9.1.1

        And she had to personally get cancer to see the world needs fixing.

        • Incognito 9.1.1.1

          It must have been only a minor or temporary epiphany because she’s still standing for National.

    • In Vino 9.2

      Wow, Macro. I had actually forgotten that I had read that excellent book, but it obviously had its effect, because I totally agree!

      • Macro 9.2.1

        Yes he wrote several books:
        How Children Fail
        How Children Learn
        The Underachieving School
        What do I do Monday?
        Freedom and Beyond
        and others.
        I still have them on my bookcase, rather battered from many referrals.
        They formed the basis for my own pedagogy.

  10. JanM 10

    I am a retired ece teacher/lecturer and have spent time helping in my grandson’s new entrant classroom. It breaks my heart to see these poor kids struggling with stupid National Standards, and saddens me to see an experienced teacher being forced to follow a system she knows does’t work well

    • Upnorth 10.1

      As a parent i find national standards very easy to follow and has helped establish my child was struggling in maths. Though good at other subjects.
      I have been on school boards and trust me it identified under performing teachers or subjects.
      The ability to apply resource to failing areas was unvaluable as a trustee.

      • Tracey 10.1.1

        There are better ways to identify that your child is struggling. Ask yourself why Nats hang on to a system.discarded elsewhere.

      • tracey 10.1.2

        Invaluable. There are better ways to identify it. Imagine if cheaper ways were used to identify and the balance used to rectify. You would love that for your child’s future ay?

      • As a parent i find national standards very easy to follow and has helped establish my child was struggling in maths.

        If you couldn’t do it before hand then it was you who was failing as an adult.

        • Upnorth 10.1.3.1

          Excuse me..that is a silly comment. Guess what…failing in math was due to the delivery in the classroom. National standards identified it and the school made a change…great stuff.

          • Cinny 10.1.3.1.1

            With so many kids failing in maths, it’s obvious the system and style of teaching that the government decided to roll out hasn’t worked.

          • tracey 10.1.3.1.2

            No sillier than thinking you will be taxed for your septic tank. Actually way less silly.

            What was the failing btw? Can you set it out for us.

            • Upnorth 10.1.3.1.2.1

              Staff

              • Cinny

                Were the staff lacking proper training?

                • Upnorth

                  I do know that national standards help

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Delusional as well as deaf and an easy mark.

                    Please give generously to charity.

                  • Cinny

                    But you can’t answer the question, even though you blamed you childs maths failing on the teacher, and say you were on a board of trustees so presumably one would expect you to have knowledge about the entire situation.

                    How long were you on the board for? Do you not monitor the teachers in that role? Do you not talk about staff training and upskilling etc at meetings? If you thought your child was being failed by the teacher rather than the system was this not at all discussed by you with your school board collegues? And solutions worked out and put in place, such as upskilling the teacher… Really?

                    Dude….it was an easy question for someone in the position you claim to have been in.

                    You said….”The ability to apply resource to failing areas was unvaluable as a trustee.”

                    Soooo…. will ask again… Were the staff lacking training?

                    • Catafish

                      Lets say the dont teach there now…all up 7 years

                    • Upnorth

                      Lets say they dont teach anymore

                      7 years

                    • In Vino

                      Cinny – I am a secondary teacher, so know little about what is happening in the Primary system. But I ask you to consider a simple factor: teacher work overload. Too many kids per teacher.
                      When I get wonderful students in my class, I praise to God the excellent Primary school teachers who gave me them.
                      But given the scroogy bastards who under-resource our state schools, I think it a miracle that we get any good students at all.
                      I am in the Language area, not maths, but that is my opinion.

                    • In Vino

                      Oh, by the way, Upnorth. ‘invaluable’ is better than ‘unvaluable’.
                      And you claim to have applied resources to failing areas? How gratifying for you when you have not actually faced a classroom filled with unhappy pupils.

                    • Cinny

                      Let’s say they don’t teach anymore… but that isn’t answering my question UpNorth…

                      Soooo…. will ask again… Were the staff lacking training?

                      In Vino, I so understand where you are coming from, and it dosen’t matter if someone is the best teacher in the world, they will be destined to fail if there are too many kids in the class room. Chuck in a few kids with behavourial issues just to make it an even greater challenge

                      The school up the valley is so over crowded that they are teaching out of the library and ajoining hall, makes it so hard for staff and students

                    • Upnorth []

                      Yes they were…additional resource and time given

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Have you got anything original to say? I doubt it. I’m not a teacher, but it’s blindingly obvious you right wing gobshites wouldn’t recognise pedagogy even if you could grasp the concept.

                While I pity your conspiracy theory handicap and general stupidity, the fact is you’re hurting children right now, so your personal feelings are immaterial.

                The best thing to happen to education in this country would be that your hate-supremacist opinions stay in the gutter where they belong.

              • Tracey

                All of them? Wow. I am surprised that didnt make the news.

      • Pete 10.1.4

        Are you saying that in pre NS days a parent who wanted to know if their child was struggling in maths couldn’t know/find out?

      • mpledger 10.1.5

        National standards information that is reported to parents is trivial information. It has added nothing to what was already reported.

        You can’t use it to identify under-performing teachers because teachers give the grades. All you do is identify honest teachers.

      • The Fairy Godmother 10.1.6

        I found as a parent national standards bland and boring and told me nothing about my child who was always above the standard. Nothing to aim for, nothing about her interests what the next step was in her learning. You see I compared it with the reports my older children got which were personalised relevant and told me a lot.

        Of more concern is the pressure high stakes assessment places on schools. In USA it has caused widespread corruption and cheating. One wonders if any gains in children’s test scores is merely schools giving the answer they government wants.
        http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/education/22winerip.html

        • In Vino 10.1.6.1

          +1 Fairy!

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.6.2

          You see I compared it with the reports my older children got which were personalised relevant and told me a lot.

          One of the comments on here many years ago when National was rolling out National Standards was that the RWNJs simply couldn’t understand the reports that they were getting.

          Seems that Upnorth has just proved that comment.

  11. Upnorth 11

    Love to know how much taxes i will pay now under labour for water. I have water tanks and septic tank.

  12. Showing “your child’s progress on your mobile phone” is a usless gimmick

    It’s, IMO, likely to promote league tables which, as we know, are detrimental to education. but, then, everything that National does to education is detrimental to it while also promoting higher levels of competition between teachers and schools which is what makes it detrimental.

    • tracey 12.1

      Do they intend supplying every parent in NZ with a Smartphone and lessons on how to use the App? Will it be in multiple languages? Another bribe to the comfy middle and higher classes to be a back seat driver for the teachers. Cos we all know that giving birth instantly makes the parents pedagogical experts.

      • Upnorth 12.1.1

        Wow are you saying all parents are idiots and thank goodness for labour

        • Cinny 12.1.1.1

          That’s not what I read into it UpNorth. Here’s where I thought Tracey was coming from…

          Some people don’t have mobiles, some people don’t want them, some people don’t use them.
          Obviously something that is new to someone will require them to be educated on how to use it, especially if instructions are being read by someone who maybe is struggling with a language barrier, because english is their second language.

          If a specific tool is required to use it (mobile phone), will the tool be supplied or will they be expected to supply their own?

          Those with a cell may feel more connected, but are they really? When did they last talk to their childs teacher?… beep beep.. just got a text, my child is fabulous in maths, I’m going to foward it to all my friends to boost my own ego

        • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1.1.2

          Not all parents. You provide the evidence that some parents are idiots, but that’s your cross to bear.

        • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.3

          No, IMO, she’s saying that the majority of people are ignorant of the realities of education and thus shouldn’t be the go to people for what’s best for their child’s education.

          It’s the simple effect of specialisation that we’ve been practising for the last couple of centuries. We have people who know more about a thing to do the job because they’ll do a better job than people who aren’t trained in it.

      • Incognito 12.1.2

        The new funding is made up of a $25 million one-off investment in systems to deliver National Standards Plus, plus $20 million of ongoing funding over four years.

        https://www.national.org.nz/making_it_even_easier_to_track_your_child_s_progress

        That’s one hell of an App to see how little Johnny is doing! We could save $45 million of our own money by talking to a teacher occasionally …

        Who’s ‘delivering’ and ‘administering’ it? Novopay by any chance? Will it go out for tender? What are the privacy concerns?

        • Cinny 12.1.2.1

          Someones going to be making money

          • Macro 12.1.2.1.1

            Someones going to be making money
            Yes, that’s the raison d’état for National’s existence.
            Preferably one of their mates and donors.

        • tracey 12.1.2.2

          You mean at parent-teacher afternoons/evenings?

          • Incognito 12.1.2.2.1

            I mean any time that’s convenient, e.g. when doing the school drop off or pick up. Many teachers also communicate by e-mail. A good teacher is a good communicator and more than happy to talk with interested parents who show a real interest in their child’s progress and wellbeing …

      • The Fairy Godmother 12.1.3

        Yep so they can all decide whether they should pay for extra tuition for their little precious instead of ensuring that all New Zealand schools are good for all our children.

    • Upnorth 12.2

      Do you live under a rock…apps and smartphones etc…omg grant roberston is building his whole economic strategy on robots taking over the world and job markets….yes smartphones labour future work summit identified technology

      • Cinny 12.2.1

        There is not as much broad band coverage in the south island as you think. I only have a mobile for work not personal. Not everyone uses a cell phone, not everyone want’s their kids progress text to them

        But I certainly make time to get involved with the local school and talk to my kids teachers face to face.

        • tracey 12.2.1.1

          And an APP is more than a text which means Smartphone.

          Upnorth lives according to one perspective and world view. Their own. And the assumption that everyone’s life is as theirs is. That is your classic National profile actually.

      • tracey 12.2.2

        Therein lies the problem. National voters think all kiwis have the life they have. In fact many people do not own a Smartphone., English is a second language, broadband roll out is incomplete and cell coverage depends on where the cell tower is. I know you would like to live under the Rock, but he is making a fool of you with widget and whizzbang talk.

      • And that responds to my comment how?

  13. Muttonbird 13

    Gower thinks the second language in primary schools is a spectacular idea.

    I’d like a proper journalist to ask the question where the teachers are going to come from?

    • tracey 13.1

      And if in a class of 30…. If 3 want to do each of the ten languages? This is pandering.

      Reading msm articles some of our journalists struggle with english

      Maybe Gower is hearing Hosking is on the outter at tvnz and is sniffing out a new job?

      • In Vino 13.1.1

        They simply have no such teachers in the primary system. D’oh???
        I assume that they think that it can be done online. Utter morons.

  14. simon 14

    Bingles: “National Standards show we need to lift our game in maths. So we’ll provide our students and teachers with the tools they need to do that.”

    Hang on mate – you’ve been in government for the last 9 nine years. If things have gotten this bad, what the fuck have you been doing all this time?

  15. Cinny 15

    Many primary teachers i’ve talked to think national standards should be done away with, it’s a failed borrowed system.

    Some kids will never reach national standards, it dosen’t mean they are stupid, in fact some kids who are failing with the standards are excelling tremendously in other areas. So some kids are set up to fail right from the start with this type of measuring system.

    Remember when some other parties were putting the idea out there about te reo 2nd language in primary… and National slammed it, saying, where will they find the teachers? Has national found them with their announcement? Crikey they only teach french and te reo here at the local high school.

    So we will be able to find out via text message how our kids are doing at school? And that’s something to get excited about, a new app for the phone? Far out! Does this mean they are discouraging face to face interaction between parents and teachers? Maybe if parents didn’t have to work so hard to provide for their families they wouldn’t need freaking text message updates and instead would have time to drop in at the school now and then or take a day off work for a school trip etc.

    Yes maths is slipping, the national standards system doesn’t work and should be scrapped, NZ needs a government that will actually listen to the teachers.

    • tracey 15.1

      Applying a 3 Rs system and assessment from the 1950s is likely to fail. The world has changed so much. I remember when 50% had to fail.School C. Why do parents want this kind of bizarre thinking inflicted on their children?

      • Cinny 15.1.1

        And some things, important things, just can’t be measured, like imagination.

        Imagination where the greatest inventions mankind has ever known were born.

        • Pete 15.1.1.1

          The Nats are afraid of imaginations. They rely on most of their supporters having none. That means they can put out their bewilderingly stupid policies and have them accepted.

          • Cinny 15.1.1.1.1

            Conform !

            How does it go….

            How did you arrive at that answer? but that’s a different way of doing it, so it must be wrong, even if the answer is right. There is only one way.

            What, there is more than one solution to a problem, that can’t be right, the manual says it must be done like this, stop thinking, you need to memorise instead.

            Lmao yeah nah

      • aom 15.1.2

        Whoaaa – hang on Tracey. Your 1950’s comment is way off mark. Check out C.E. Beeby (NZ) the ‘architect of modern education’. His ethos: “every person regardless of background or ability had a right to an education of a type for which they were best suited”. It didn’t need constant evaluation and minute by minute reporting to parents to take NZ to the top of the pole then or in subsequent decades. A bit of digging down through the current top ranking education systems will no doubt show that the best of Beeby’s work is still around. Also, it is worth noting that the top ranking countries avoid frequent National Standards evaluation throughout their education systems.

  16. Ad 16

    It will be difficult to recruit teachers with dual language qualifications to actually achieve this proposed National policy when all NZ universities have had their language departments gutted or closed.

    • tracey 16.1

      Which is why this is BS. They do not intend any uptake. Just like the allowance for teachers to go to low decile schools which teacher sand Principles knew nothing about.

  17. The decrypter 17

    Bill could do a bit of moonlighting and send progress text’s out to parents, he’s pretty good at it.

    • Incognito 17.1

      Dear Glenys, it’s me again, Bill, …

      • The decrypter 17.1.1

        Bill It’s 2 o’clock in the morning!! Is it about toddy and his English language recordings??

        • Incognito 17.1.1.1

          Bill, please don’t tell me that Toddy has not met National Standards again!! He’s such a delightful promising young boy.

          • Robert Guyton 17.1.1.1.1

            Sorry to say, Glenys – Todd was caught smoking behind the bike sheds, again!

          • The decrypter 17.1.1.1.2

            Glenysinkons, toddies English tapes are missing. Winston said as “King Maker” he took them for internal assessment and will release the results tomorrow.

  18. CLEANGREEN 18

    AD;

    Probably National would never have thought of that.
    They appear to have used this policy to target the non English speaking immigrants that they have invited here in droves and now find they can’t find jobs as illiterate in speaking english?

    Of course they have not expressly said they will pay to learn english, but I feel that english will feature in the education if these students are still not speaking english.

  19. Cinny 19

    Looking forward to asking the educators their opinion this week

    I trust the teachers as they are def not in it for the money.

    • In Vino 19.1

      I recommend that Upnorth go teaching. He will either fail instantly, or have to learn so much that his brain might explode.
      Mind you, he probably would not be able to afford it – the pay is not good enough for his sort.

      • Incognito 19.1.1

        I recommend a strict diet of breast milk 8-10 times a day plus night-feeding to sustain the formation of new neural connections and brain development. And lots of sleep!

  20. Upnorth 20

    Grant roberston future of work plans are clear…invest in digital and we need this new generation…it is clear labour policy

    • Cinny 20.1

      Love Grants future of work, and I also love that Labour listens to teachers and will scrap the failed national standards because it is not working.

  21. PB 21

    For those of us working in schools the idea that there are teachers available out there ready to teach spanish/french/mandarin or even Te Reo Maori in every school in NZ in about what Nikki Kaye says is two years is simply laughable. Does anyone really think that there is a spanish teacher just waiting to teach in Kaiti or Oturu let alone already hard to staff, apparently, Auckland schools? Ridiculous.

    And even more if you believe that primary schools are struggling with the basics, over recent weeks there job has just got busier and harder with the introduction of the Digital Technology curriculum and now lets add in a second language!

    • Pete 21.1

      It’s not about adding a second language it’s about creating an impression before an election.

      She knows that most of those who are likely to think she’s come up with a brilliant practical idea are deluded and any others who decide her party are brilliant for coming up with the idea in the way they have, and firm their vote for her lot because of it, will prove their delusion by the act of voting.

  22. Ethica 22

    National Standards stifles creativity. Creative, innovative kids are what we need for our future. With National Standards NZ fails. As well as the National Party.

  23. Philj 23

    Dumb down the populace, they are more likely to vote for you. Can English Trump Key?

  24. Andrea 24

    If Labour chooses to explore the notion of language teaching to young children there’s the inevitable long lead time before materials, teachers, methodology can be developed.

    Before we can join much of the world in being multi-lingual – it would be useful to increase the number of ESOL teachers available to schools and migrants – wherever they might be in the country. Rural schools particularly, for areas where there are migrant workers on farms. And in the evenings, too.

    Do you suppose Labour will bring back adult education and night classes? Or will they continue with National’s stingy attitude? Has spokesperson Chris Hipkins said anything? Or is he still in purdah for the Aussie oops?

    There’s a lot of adult illiteracy, too, remember.

  25. In Vino 25

    At only one hour per week, our students ain’t becoming multilingual any time soon. Ridiculous. I doubt if any of National’s policy-makers have ever properly learnt a second language themselves.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    4 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    4 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    5 days ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    5 days ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    5 days ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    1 week ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    1 week ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    1 week ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How much does flying contribute to climate change?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much does our use of air travel contribute to the ...
    SciBlogsBy Shaun Hendy
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The task before us
    Two weeks ago, the Zero Carbon Act became law. Right this moment, the Climate Change Commisison will be working on its initial budgets for 2022-25 and 2026-2030, and the UN has just given them a very clear steer:Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock
    Minor planet/asteroid (2309) Mr. Spock is named not for the character in Star Trek, but for a cat that was itself imperturbable, logical, intelligent and had pointed ears In a preceding blog post I introduced one of my favourite asteroids, (2472) Bradman, and also mentioned (6581) Sobers amongst a few ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles deaths and antivax misinformation
    Today the death toll from measles in Samoa rose to 32. All but four of the dead were less than 5 years old. Absolutely terrible, heartbreaking, news. That statistic alone should be enough to give the lie to the common claim by antivaccination activists plague enthusiasts that “measles is a ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia: the state murder of Dilan Cruz
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh It is late here in Bogotá, almost 11.30pm on Monday the 25th of November as I write this. The day began full of hope with yet more massive marches throughout the country, a mix of the International Day of Non-Violence Against Women and the National Strike. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote
    Anti-fluoride activists are rubbing their hands in glee over what they claim is “yet another study” showing fluoride harms the brains of children. But their promotion relies on IQ relationships which the paper’s authors acknowledge disappearing when outliers or other factors are considered. And they completely ignore other relationships ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The rise and collapse of classical political economy
    The feature below is the conclusion of A History of Economic Thought, whose author was a leading Marxist economist in Russia in the early 20th century, Isaac Ilyich Rubin.  The book arose from a course he ran at Moscow University following the Russian Revolution.  First published in Russian in 1929, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2472) Bradman
    There are many thousands of asteroids with formal names, some humdrum but other more noteworthy (depending on your predilections). One of my favourites, the name of which I was involved in suggesting, is (2472) Bradman, named for the Australian cricketing great.  As a minor planet (synonym: asteroid) spotter, I have ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Some cheap soundbites i thought up while reading about the underwhelming Conservative manifesto
    Tory manifesto: big on austerity, low on promise, non-existent on delivery. The Tories: the party so big on ambition they couldn't be arsed writing a manifesto. MLK: "I have a dream!"BJ: "I'll just have a nap." Labour: Broadband!Tories: Narrow minds! Labour have hope, dreams and ambition. The Tories will save ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles vaccination required to travel to islands and Phillipines
    The Ministry of Health has announced that “people under the age of 50 travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji” are now on the list of national priorities for MMR vaccination. Given the outbreaks of measles in Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji, the Ministry of Health is ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Giving the finger to Beijing
    Hong Kong has been protesting for six months for, demanding democracy, human rights, and an end to police violence. Today, they went to the polls in district council elections - a low-level of government with virtually no power, similar to community boards in New Zealand. But while the positions themselves ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia’s national strike
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On Friday 22nd of November a curfew came into effect and troops were deployed on the streets, here in Bogota. It was the first time since September 1977 that a curfew had been imposed on the city. The decision was a cynical pre-planned ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National supports slavery
    Meanwhile, while the government is planning to restore voting rights to prisoners, National is promising to turn our prisons into US-style slave-labour camps:The Opposition is proposing compulsory education, training or employment for prisoners who are serving sentences of two years or more. [...] On Sunday, National Party Leader Simon Bridges ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Erasing the infamy
    Last year, the Supreme Court confirmed that National's prisoner voting ban - a law so shoddily passed that it brought Parliament into disrepute - breached the Bill of Rights Act. This year, the Waitangi Tribunal added that it also breached the Treaty of Waitangi. And now, the government has finally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Trade unions that never fight the sex industry bosses
    Excerpts from Being and Being Bought, by Kajsa Ekis Ekman Spinifex Press, 2013. Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book. This is the second part of a synopsis and brief commentary of the book by Daphna ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • A Team Approach to Tackling the Psychology Replication Crisis
    Dalmeet Singh Chawla In 2008, psychologists proposed that when humans are shown an unfamiliar face, they judge it on two main dimensions: trustworthiness and physical strength. These form the basis of first impressions, which may help people make important social decisions, from who to vote for to how long a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Big Pharma has failed: the antibiotic pipeline needs to be taken under public ownership
    Claas Kirchhelle, University of Oxford; Adam Roberts, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Andrew Singer, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Antibiotics are among the most important medicines known to humankind, but we are running out of this crucial resource. Decisive action is needed if we are to retain access to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
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