Nats fail own asset sales tests

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Labour’s David Cunliffe put out a press release judging National’s proposed asset sales programme by the 5 tests that Key laid down in an effort to reassure us that sales would only go ahead if they made sense and were good for the country. Cunliffe’s analysis shows asset sales clearly fail the Nats’ own tests. The only reason to go ahead is blind ideology.

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Here’s Labour’s analysis –

John Key said in his State of the Nation speech that he would only proceed with asset sales if they passed five important tests.[1] This analysis shows John Key has failed the five tests.

1.    Widespread Kiwi Ownership: FAIL

Test: New Zealand investors would have to be at the front of the queue for shareholdings, and we would have to be confident of widespread and substantial New Zealand share ownership…

Treasury says “significant participation by foreign investors will be essential to achieve the Government’s overall objectives”.[2]   National has refused to give any guarantee against the subsequent purchase of shares from ‘mum and dad investors’ by foreign multinationals.[3]

National promised in 1999 that Contact Energy would stay in Kiwi ownership after it was sold, but at least 65% of Contact’s dividends now go overseas – in excess of $100 million last year and almost $1 billion in total since privatisation in 1999.[4]

2.    Presenting Good Investment Opportunities: FAIL

…the companies involved would have to present good opportunities for investors…

Official advice has cautioned National that the New Zealand stock exchange is “already heavy in energy stocks”, and that selling the publicly-owned companies could have “negative effects on current listed energy stocks as investors swap one for another (e.g. from Contact to Meridian)”.[5]  If John key thinks the companies are such good opportunities for investors, why doesn’t he keep these great assets in public ownership so that all New Zealanders own them?

3.    Protecting consumers: FAIL

…the Government would have to be satisfied that industry-specific regulations adequately protected New Zealand consumers…

The UK’s experience of energy privatisation suggests that Kiwi consumers might be facing higher prices should asset sales go ahead. An analysis of power prices in Britain shows that “privatisation has led to significant increases in the price of domestic electricity compared with those predicted for continued public ownership.”[6]

New Zealanders learned the hard way from the privatisation of Telecom that selling core infrastructure without a proper regulatory framework cost them dearly.  Telecom’s foreign buyers pushed up prices, bled the company, and then quit it rather than investing in its long-term future.[7]  It was left to Labour in 2006 to rectify the regulatory framework.[8]

4.    Retaining majority control: FAIL

…the Government would have to maintain a majority controlling stake by owning more than 50 per cent of the company.

Treasury says “minority shareholders will have significant influence”.[9]  The legal rights available to minority shareholders include access to company information, and in some cases, to board processes and appointments. Treasury says “a shareholder who feels that the action of the Government (as majority shareholder) has been prejudicial to the interests can apply to the court for an order requiring the company to purchase their shares or pay compensation.”[10]  Furthermore, conflicts of interest can arise on the boards of partially privatised companies, and Treasury points out that “the Government will be unable to vote in transactions where it is a related party”.[11]

Treasury believes that if the energy companies are partially privatised, there will be the perception of an ‘implicit government guarantee’.[12] This raises the spectre of more government bailouts, after National has already spent billions bailing out South Canterbury Finance, MediaWorks and AMI.

5.    Use Revenue to Buy Other Public Assets: FAIL

…the capital freed up would have to be used on behalf of taxpayers to fund new public assets and thereby reduce the pressure on the Government to borrow…

National hasn’t accounted for the loss of dividends which help fund government spending. As Key said about SOEs in 2009, “we expect them to receive a return and Government to receive a return over time, if we don’t how do we pay for our doctors and hospitals and the likes”.[13]  National claims asset sales will raise $5 to $7 billion, but within 15 years the Crown will have foregone $11 billion in dividends. This cost will continue to rise because half the dividend stream will be permanently lost.[14]

Further, it doesn’t make sense to sell these assets to avoid borrowing.  According to the Treasury, the average annual total shareholder return for SOEs over the past 5 years has been about 17.5%.[15]  This easily exceeds the government’s cost of borrowing – the 10-year bond rate is 6%.[16]

And it is doubtful whether National will actually receive the estimated $5 to $7 billion in revenue.  In its Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU), National did not take into account this year’s sharp decline in equity markets.[17] It is not a good time to be selling shares on capital markets.

National has already banked the proceeds of the asset sales in the PREFU baselines.[18]  National’s so-called Future Investment Fund is a fiction. It is illogical.  Rather than investing asset sale returns in a genuine trust fund for future development, National is simply just recycling expenditure that would have happened anyway.[19]


[1] John Key’s State of the Nation speech, 26 January 2011: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4584114/PM-John-Keys-State-of-the-Nation-speech

[2] The Treasury, “Extending the Mixed Ownership Model – Overview of Advice”, first A3 page, 4 March 2011, released 19 May 2011. http://www.comu.govt.nz/publications/information-releases/mixed-ownership-model/

[3] When Tony Ryall was asked in June whether the companies would end up in foreign ownership, he said “you can’t guarantee on those issues”: Finance & Expenditure Committee, 22 June 2011: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-treasury/news/article.cfm?o_id=358&objectid=10733861:

[4] This figure is based on an analysis carried out by the Parliamentary Library and the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

[5] The Treasury, “Extending the Mixed Ownership Model – Overview of Advice”, second A3 page, 4 March 2011, released 19 May 2011. http://www.comu.govt.nz/publications/information-releases/mixed-ownership-model/

[6] JR Branston, “A counterfactual price analysis of British electricity privatisation”, Utilities Policy, pp. 31-46 (2000).

[7] Rod Oram, “Govt’s last shot at useful policy”, Sunday Star-Times, 8 August 2010: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/business/3999585/Govts-last-shot-at-useful-policy

[8] Telecommunications Amendment Act 2006

[9] The Treasury, “Extending the Mixed Ownership Model – Overview of Advice”, sixth A3 page, 4 March 2011, released 19 May 2011. http://www.comu.govt.nz/publications/information-releases/mixed-ownership-model/

[10] The Treasury, “Extending the Mixed Ownership Model – Overview of Advice”, sixth A3 page, 4 March 2011, released 19 May 2011. http://www.comu.govt.nz/publications/information-releases/mixed-ownership-model/

[11] The Treasury, “Extending the Mixed Ownership Model – Overview of Advice”, sixth A3 page, 4 March 2011, released 19 May 2011. http://www.comu.govt.nz/publications/information-releases/mixed-ownership-model/

[12] The Treasury, “Crown Ownership of Commercial Entities”, page 30: http://www.comu.govt.nz/publications/information-releases/mixed-ownership-model/

[13] John Key on TV3’s Sunrise, 17 March 2009.

[14] Labour’s fiscal strategy, page 8. http://www.ownourfuture.co.nz/fiscal-strategy

[15] 2010 Investment Statement of the Government of New Zealand, 14 December 2010, pp. 71-72

[17] PREFU B.16 p 82

[18] PREFU B.16 p82

[19] Asset slush fund an investment cop-out. NZ Herald, 9 November 2011 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10764698

67 comments on “Nats fail own asset sales tests”

  1. tc 1

    Good to see from Cunliffe, these clowns have been swanning around lying their butts off as they know the MSM will not pull them up.
    Love the way mr fay is positioning himself to be a white knight and with weldon departing his cowboy nzx…..no prizes for guessing that they’ll be busy with the great nz fire sale they’re all hoping for.

  2. tsmithfield 2

    “Unfortunately for him this contradicts Treasury’s advice that significant foreign investment would be essential to a successful sale share float.”

    Does that include the superannuation fund, kiwisaver accounts etc that are likely to be heavy buyers, effectively keeping the assets in kiwi hands?

    “The second and third tests stated National would ensure the companies involved presented good investment opportunities and protected New Zealand consumers. Key failed on both counts.”

    Ummm the complaint I have seen with monotonous regularity on this site is that the assets are being sold too cheap. If this is the case, then, by definition, they are excellent investment opportunities. Can’t have it both ways. I fail to see why consumers should be disadvantaged. The current model hasn’t worked too well in this respect given the huge power price increases over the last decade.

    “In addition, the UK’s experience of energy privatisation suggests that Kiwi consumers might be facing higher prices should asset sales go ahead.”

    What a stupid thing for Cunliffe to say, especially considering he was part of a government that oversaw massive price increases under the current structure that have absolutely rogered the consumer in every orifice possible. Under the new arrangement it will be possible for public/private entities to sell new shares to fund future developments rather than having to raise prices as is the case now. Assuming this is done on a 50/50 public/private basis, the cost to the tax payer will drop by 50% for future infrastructure.

    “But National’s projections haven’t accounted for the loss of dividends, which help fund Government spending once those assets are sold.”

    Conveniently ignoring Treasury advice that the loss of dividends and the offset in interest saved balance each other out. If the superannuation fund and kiwisaver funds invest heavily in the asset sales then a large proportion of the dividends will be returned to kiwi owned entities anyway helping to offset future superannuation costs. So the dividends aren’t necessarily lost.

    • Ummm TS the Government owned companies increased prices at a lower rate than the private companies.  And like it or not prices are going to keep on increasing as energy becomes a more and more valued commodity.
       
      At least when we own the shares we get the profits.  If overseas get the shares all we do is send large amounts of money there.

    • Blighty 2.2

      ““Unfortunately for him this contradicts Treasury’s advice that significant foreign investment would be essential to a successful sale share float.”

      Does that include the superannuation fund, kiwisaver accounts etc that are likely to be heavy buyers, effectively keeping the assets in kiwi hands?”

      No, foreign investment does not include kiwisaver and the Cullen Fund, TS. Jesus. Get out of the wrong side of bed and whack your head on the wall this morning, did you?

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      The current model hasn’t worked too well…

      No it hasn’t but that’s what you get when you go round adding costs through faux competition.

      Under the new arrangement it will be possible for public/private entities to sell new shares to fund future developments rather than having to raise prices as is the case now.

      The costs still need to be met so they’ll just raise the prices later. Your method doesn’t save us anything. In fact, it’s most likely going to cost more as the privateers demand higher returns.

      Conveniently ignoring Treasury advice that the loss of dividends and the offset in interest saved balance each other out.

      Except that it doesn’t. Even Treasuries figures (17.5% return vs 6% interest) show that which means that Treasury and this government, if they’re saying that it makes no difference, are lying.

      If the superannuation fund and kiwisaver funds invest heavily in the asset sales then a large proportion of the dividends will be returned to kiwi owned entities…

      And if the government keeps them then the government gets to keep the dividends. What was the point of selling them again?

      Never mind the fact that there’s no guarantee that the Cullen Fund or Kiwisaver funds would get any shares.

    • mik e 2.4

      Tsm Robbing taxpayer to buy votes

  3. Bored 3

    TS, in a world where economists were anything but chicken entrail readers suggesting that Treasury economists actually were credible experts would make sense. Unfortunately for us Treasury and economists in general have failed to deliver to us so singularly that their opinions should be avoided at all costs.

    I run companies, if I had listened to Treasury advice on business and followed it assiduously I would have gone bust years since. These guys are clowns, and worst than that idelogues in the pay of those who want “truth” delivered to the benefit of a very limited sector of society.

    • tsmithfield 3.1

      So, why has Labour relied on the PREFU for its own budget, then, if Treasury advice can’t be relied on? Seems to me that Labour is trying to play it both ways by putting forward a budget relying on Treasuries figures, and then ignoring Treasury when it is convenient for their arguments.

      • Blighty 3.1.1

        because the point of Labour’s fiscal strategy is to show what differences Labour’s policies make against the base case, which is the PREFU.

      • mik e 3.1.2

        Tsm the prefu had to be updated because national have lost another couple of billion

  4. Well yeah, it’s a totally illogical policy that would do more harm than good, but it’s election time and they have a base to appeal to. So it’s like a National equivalent of Labour promising to extend the In Work Tax Credit to people without work.

  5. Gosman 5

    This is not National failing their own tests on asset sales. This is just a rehash of the Labour party line on asset sales.

    • Blighty 5.1

      Well, there’s the tests and there’s evidence of failing those tests.

      What, specifically, do you dispute in regard to the tests being failed? Or are you just trolling?

      • Gosman 5.1.1

        Well let’s have a look at the ‘fails’ shall we just from the first point.

        – Widespread Kiwi ownership.

        “Treasury says “significant participation by foreign investors will be essential to achieve the Government’s overall objectives”.”

        – So? Widespread Kiwi ownership is not the same as no Foreign investment even at a ‘significant’ level. You can still have one and the other.

        “National has refused to give any guarantee against the subsequent purchase of shares from ‘mum and dad investors’ by foreign multinationals.”

        – Left wingers might enjoy imposing restrictions on markets. People on the right tend to favour individual freedom a tad more. If people wish to on sell their shares because they feel that it makes economic sense to them to do so why is that a bad thing?

        “National promised in 1999 that Contact Energy would stay in Kiwi ownership after it was sold, but at least 65% of Contact’s dividends now go overseas – in excess of $100 million last year and almost $1 billion in total since privatisation in 1999.”

        – Considering our country was built largely through the importation of Foreign capital for investment purposes to try and demonise it as bad is rather pathtic. It reminds me about NZers banging on about immigration when the country is populated by immigrants,

        All of the ‘fails’ above are opinions about the potential negatives of the Asset sales. They no more conclusive proof that Asset sales fail the tests than Labour’s view that it makes economic sense to borrow for speculation on Wall Street.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1

          So? Widespread Kiwi ownership is not the same as no Foreign investment even at a ‘significant’ level. You can still have one and the other.

          No, actually, you can’t. Significant in this instance pretty much means the greater amount going to foreign owners.

          People on the right tend to favour individual freedom a tad more.

          To the point that it’s bad for society – yes, we know, as we’ve got the last 30 years of failure to see just how stupid right-wingers are.

          If people wish to on sell their shares because they feel that it makes economic sense to them to do so why is that a bad thing?

          Because it doesn’t make good economic sense if it leaves society worse off which it inevitably does.

          Considering our country was built largely through the importation of Foreign capital for investment purposes to try and demonise it as bad is rather pathtic.

          Financial capital that we didn’t actually need and left us working to make a few foreigners better off rather than making us better off.

          All of the ‘fails’ above are opinions about the potential negatives of the Asset sales.

          Um, no. The facts and figures show that selling assets off is bad for us.

          • Gosman 5.1.1.1.1

            No it is quite clear that Labour are misinterpreting the Asset sale tests for their own end. There is no harm in that. I wouldn’t expect any less expecially in an election campaign.

            National has never claimed that the test extend forever and a day. It would be foolish for a Right leaning political party to claim that it will allow asset sales to private individuals and then place additional restrictions to those that currently exist on who those private individuals can then on sell those assets to. The test is about the initial sale from Government to private hands.

            You may want it to be in place longer term but then you are advocating a different test.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1.1.1

              They’re Nationals tests. Assets sales fail those tests at all time levels.

              Selling our assets off leaves us worse off. All the evidence proves that.

            • felix 5.1.1.1.1.2

              If there’s a time limit to National’s guarantee then they should say so and specify it.

              It’s a dinimic environment after all.

              • Gosman

                Why should they say so?

                It is quite obvious to most that there would be a time limit on these guarrantees. National has no policy in place to impose additional restrictions on people selling their shares to whoever they want so long as existing regulations are met.

                If you had evidence that the Asset were going to be sold directly offshore at the initial offer stage then you are able to say that the test has not been met.

                • felix

                  Then they can’t guarantee widespread and substantial ownership, Gos.

                  You’re getting there slowly. Keep it up.

                • mik e

                  How come Don Brash has chimed in and said he would with draw support for Asset sales if they didn,t meet the minimum price

        • felix 5.1.1.2

          I don’t think you’ve understood the post, Gos.

          It lists the tests that National says they’re using, not the tests applied by the standard authors or anyone else.

          So when you say things like “If people wish to on sell their shares because they feel that it makes economic sense to them to do so why is that a bad thing?“, you’re missing the point.

          It’s not whether you or I think that’s a bad thing, it’s that John Key says it’s a bad thing.

          He fails his own test if he can’t stop millionaire mums & dads selling their shares offshore.

        • bbfloyd 5.1.1.3

          ts.. you’re reading the bill english spin sheet and rewriting it verbatim by the look…. still total bullshit, but hey, that’s never stopped you before…enjoy pretending to be clever…. it’s the closest you will ever get to actually having an opinion worth the cost of ink to write it…

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Telecom’s foreign buyers pushed up prices, bled the company, and then quit it rather than investing in its long-term future. It was left to Labour in 2006 to rectify the regulatory framework.

    When what they should have done is renationalised it back in 2000. We knew then that privatisation had failed.

  7. Gosman 7

    Following left wing logic the Government should be nationalising more and more parts of the economy because it is a no brainer economically. It is a win-win for the country involved apparently.

    However looking around the world the opposite is in fact happening in places where economies have got themselves in to major difficulty. Take Greece for example. Noone is advocating the Greeks nationalise industries. In fact they are being forced to divest themselves from State Assets.

    Also why isn’t Labour advocating more nationalisation as part of it’s policy mix if State Assets are such a good thing?

    • felix 7.1

      Why isn’t National advocating selling ALL state assets if it’s such a no-brainer, Gos?

      • Gosman 7.1.1

        Because it isn’t a very popular policy with the electorate.

        So back to the original question. Why isn’t Labour advocating more nationalisation if it is such a no brainer? It used to be the bedrock of what the Labour party stood for.

        • felix 7.1.1.1

          Oh, you’re serious. Ok, the reason Labour isn’t advocating state ownership of everything is that it’s not a very good idea for the state to own everything.

          • Gosman 7.1.1.1.1

            I didn’t state everything though did I Felix. I asked why Labour is not proposing MORE nationalisation.

            If foreign ownership of Banks is such a bad thing as some here think then surely it is a no brainer to have a policy that the Government will nationalise them.

            If foreigners ownering farms is a bad thing economically then it is obviously a good idea to take over foreign owner farms.

            Why aren’t Labour and the Greens advocating these policies?

            • felix 7.1.1.1.1.1

              It’s the same argument and it’s an absurd reduction.

              You think if I agree to eat a pancake for breakfast I have to agree to eat ten? Why not? I obviously like pancakes, don’t I? What’s the problem?

              It’s a playpen argument Gos, and I’m not going to humour you with it.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      In fact they are being forced to divest themselves from State Assets.

      The definitive word their is forced, ie, they’re not doing it voluntarily.

      Also why isn’t Labour advocating more nationalisation as part of it’s policy mix if State Assets are such a good thing?

      Because they’re stupid and still think capitalism works despite an entire three hundred years of failure.

      • Gosman 7.2.1

        Nice to see you acknowledge that Labour is stupid. We have some common ground after all 😉

        Greece has the right not to follow the policy advice it has been given. Of course it won’t then get any injection of capital to fund their large budget deficit and they will essentially go bankrupt unless they leave the Eurozone. But that is a small price to pay for sovereignty isn’t it?

        • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1.1

          But that is a small price to pay for sovereignty isn’t it?

          Yes, it is especially considering that it will leave them better off (just so long as they address the corruption in their society – but they need to do that either way).

    • bbfloyd 7.3

      gossyboy…. you really shouldn’t be quoting “left wing logic” to anyone until you can show a shred of understanding as to what that logic is…. apart from that,, your comment is an amusing little fantasy that seems to be making so much noise in your head it’s drowning out any attempts by your “logic” center to counter the emotional imbalance your attitudes to anything remotely realistic shows up…

  8. Gosman 8

    Just curious about how that darling of the left – Kiwibank will get the capital funding that it is likely to require in the next few years under a Labour led Government if they don’t get a capital injection such as National has promised from the Asset sales?

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Well, I suspect that the best way for Kiwibank to get the capital would be for the government to put in a cash injection from taxes. It’s incredibly cheap (0% interest) and leaves us with all the assets that we currently own.

    • Bored 8.2

      Goss, this is where we get into the dark and murky world of fractional banking…..quite frankly all fractional banking should be done by strictly government owned and regulated banks…so to answer your question Kiwibank would only get capital from the state as fractional banker or as lender / guarantor of capital loans. We are talking renewing economic sovereignty and the demise of big bank finance, but that’s another story.

      • Gosman 8.2.1

        I must have missed that part of Labour party policy. Where did they state they were committed to the demise of big bank finance over the next few years?

        • Puddleglum 8.2.1.1

          I must have missed that part of Labour party policy.

          C’mon Gosman, don’t be so desparate with your rhetoric.

          Are you saying that Labour are beholden to adopt policies suggested by every commenter on The Standard? 

      • Draco T Bastard 8.2.2

        Fractional banking shouldn’t be done at all.

        Governments should print the money, banks should loan out the deposits in their banks and once loaned out the depositor shouldn’t be able to withdraw it until it’s been paid back (if it’s paid back).

        • Gosman 8.2.2.1

          Which country has ever had that sort of banking system?

          • Draco T Bastard 8.2.2.1.1

            What has that got to do with price of fish?

            • Gosman 8.2.2.1.1.1

              Because much like the rest of hard left wing economic thinking it is a fantasy land idea that has no bearing on reality whatsoever.

              • Draco T Bastard

                No, it’s capitalism that is the fantasy. It’s the primary cause of the GFC, the Great Depression and the massive inequality that we have in society. The logic is inescapable – it cannot and does not work.

          • Zaphod Beeblebrox 8.2.2.1.2

            Given what is happening in Europe that will be changing quite soon.

            • ropata 8.2.2.1.2.1

              Agreed, fractional reserve banking has been taken to Madoff Ponzi scale extremes.
              We are seeing a long drawn out zombification of all banks and spreading social upheaval.

              Possibilities are hyperinflation, systemic failures, nationalisations, or the demise of the nation state.
              Weird shit these bankers are smoking.

    • Blighty 8.3

      selling meridian to get that capital injection would be foolish when the government has access to cheaper funds.

    • Lanthanide 8.4

      The reason they’re talking about Kiwibank getting a capital injection is so that it can start business lending.

      But Kiwibank was never set up to lend to businesses. It was set up as a retail bank for NZers to bring down bank fees. Whether you’re a customer of kiwibank or not, they’ve achieved that – I now have a bank account with ANZ in which I pay 0 fees.

      Kiwibank doesn’t “need” capital injection, it’s quite sustainable under it’s current business model.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.4.1

        But Kiwibank was never set up to lend to businesses.

        Wrong. It always said it was going to do business banking just not from the start. It does business banking now but it doesn’t have the size to do big business or government banking (and it really should be the bank that our government uses).

        • Gosman 8.4.1.1

          Quite wrong. It isn’t it’s size which is stopping it from doing Corporate and Government banking but it’s systems. It would require a large capital injection to be able to develop these systems before it could move into these areas.

      • Gosman 8.4.2

        Kiwibank never introduced zero fees first. That was the BNZ as far as I remember. Lower fees weren’t even a primary motivation for the business.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.4.2.1

          Kiwibank never introduced zero fees first.

          Actually, it did. It was on that basis that I opened up my Kiwibank account. It was awhile before any other bank followed suit.

          • mik e 8.4.2.1.1

            The big four banks were running a cartel gooseman putting up bank charges at will charging ridiculous margins on loans they are still gouging New Zealanders and are the main reason our balance of payments is so skewed.Incidently they are funding National party MPs social life .
            As well they have lobbying keys to enter parliament at will like other favourite lobbyists like the rod transport forum chaired continually by former National MPs jobs for the favours no wonder we get petrol head joyce borrowing to build holiday highway to john keys door

    • mik e 8.5

      Why would you sell your best performing assets to prop up an under capitilzed bank while the assets are returning 20% cost of borrowing 6% it dumb gooseman.

  9. felix 9

    God how boring. Can someone wake me up when Gosman fucks off?

    • Ianupnorth 9.1

      I was practically comatose – he keeps rebating  his hook and they keep biting – please let him troll elsewhere.

  10. Bored 10

    My fault gents, I made the foolish mistake of being nice enough to reply, rebaiting the hook. My god I must have been bored.

  11. randal 11

    has ideology become the new codeword for THEFT.
    ther is no good reason to sel the states assets except to take a markup on the transaction and to stag the shares.
    National wanted their “TURN” but their turn is to steal the sates assets.
    throw them out before the do any more damage.

  12. randal 12

    gosman has had an anal trnaspalnt. he keeps talking sh*t out of his mouf.

  13. Dianne 13

    I wouldn’t believe anything that the sly Cunliffe said. He simply has nothing going for him. I have watched and listened to him many many times, and he never can answer any questions. His common reply is I will have to check with the experts. He is absolutely hopeless. All he know’s is how to Tax and Spend money, and the results are the culture we have today.

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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    23 hours ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    1 day ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
    One, Two, Many Truths: With the collapse of “actually existing socialism” in 1991, the universities of the West found themselves saddled with a new mission. With their ideological competitors now soundly defeated they were no longer required to demonstrate the superiority of capitalist values. Their job now was to cement ...
    1 day ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    2 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    4 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    5 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    5 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    6 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    6 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    7 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    7 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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