Nats useless on economy

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 9th, 2014 - 49 comments
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The Nats are useless on the economy, and their major election policies are getting hammered by editorial comment.

By way of context, the Nats have run up record debt. “Growth” is a consequence of temporary factors (Christchurch rebuild) which is why projected “growth” is in trouble as dairy prices fall. Meanwhile inequality in NZ is worse than most people realise.

National’s ideas for the economy? Well, according to Bill English, they haven’t got any:

But on a finance debate on The Nation this morning, Mr English failed to name one new thing he wanted to do in order to grow the economy.

That’s reassuring.

In the absence of new ideas, the Nats have turned to their one old one. Tax Cuts! Tax Cuts! Look over there! Tax Cuts! Oh dear:

Editorial: PM’s promise of tax cuts shows lack of judgment

As expected, the National Party’s announcement yesterday on proposed tax cuts was short on specifics and long on conditionality. Absent was an indication of how much any individual taxpayer might get in the hand, just a pointer to the cuts being “modest”. Further, said the Prime Minister, they would not apply before April 1, 2017, and be made then only if “economic and fiscal conditions apply”.

But that did not make the statement any less significant. Or diminish the degree of misjudgment. In any list of the incoming Government’s top priorities after the September 20 election, tax cuts should not rate a mention. …

Some have probably picked up on the apparent reservations of Bill English, who seems some distance from the Prime Minister on this issue. The dictates of strong economic management, the very focus of much of National’s election campaigning, support the Finance Minister’s view.

This is not a time for any party to be making tax cut pledges, whatever the provisos. Least of all one that boasts of its expertise in this area.

Even more pointed:

Nats fail hypocrisy test

John Key must think we came down in the last shower.

After days banging on about the fine detail of Labour’s capital gains tax policy National has released its ‘‘tax cut’’ plan with about as much detail as throwing paint at a barn door. …

The announcement also failed the hypocrisy test. National has included Labour’s tax credits in the Opposition’s ‘‘spending’’, but does not count its own tax cuts as spending. …

After demanding Labour and David Cunliffe explain various capital gains hypotheticals, along the lines of ‘‘what happens if I inherit a family house in a trust, move into into a rental but don’t get any income for a year, then live in it’’ Key and his finance minister’s tax cut plan shows amazing gall.

The other “big” Nat policy, pouring fuel on the house price fire, was also savaged by economists (and Treasury).

National is useless on the economy, and the sooner we the people wake up to this fact, the better off we will be..

49 comments on “Nats useless on economy”

  1. Enough is Enough 1

    “the sooner we the people wake up to this fact, the better off we will be”

    Hear Hear.

    11 days to wake up New Zealand.

    I am very afraid about this election. Very afraid.

    • Tom Gould 1.1

      But as Corin Dann interjected in a TV debate the other week, the economy is doing so well all we need is more of the same. With this level of propaganda, the facts no longer matter. It’s a rock star economy and everyone is doing well so long as these lazy dim-witted chooks keep lying to people, day after day.

    • Kiwiri 1.2

      Much greater intensity this time from those wanting to throw out Nats and they are expressing their distaste for the current government by way of advance voting in significantly higher numbers, I believe.

      The Nats are useless on the economy

      Nats are just really useless and so they resort to putting the ‘con’ into ‘economy’ such as by their tax-cut bullshit.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.1

        expressing their distaste for the current government by way of advance voting in significantly higher numbers, I believe.

        I am cautious about that…in 2011 advance voting was noticeably up on 2008…yet overall turnout still proved to be depressed. And advanced voting in 2011 slightly favoured National: by 1%-2% compared to the overall result.

        • Kiwiri 1.2.1.1

          greater intensity does not necessarily translate into greater volume/overall numbers (whether in terms of total votes cast, or greater number cast against the party in power).

          And, for clarification, I was not stating the latter.

        • Tracey 1.2.1.2

          Perhaps nat voters are more likely tobe out of their electorate, or country on election day, socio economicallyspeaking?

          • Kiwiri 1.2.1.2.1

            Would be nice if there are advance voting figures for elections prior to 2011 to compare over the years, and to track against current figures and 2011’s.

            I had a quick search online but would appreciate if someone can point them out if those figures are readily available.

            Anyway, ten more voting days to go and all shall be revealed for the grand total.

            p.s. figures now out for 8 Sep:

            21,379 (2014) as compared with 8,893 (2011)

        • alwyn 1.2.1.3

          This is, I think, the first election where anyone can vote before election day.
          In previous elections you could only vote early if you were going to be, or at least claimed you were going to be, outside your electorate on election day. There are also it seems more places at which one can vote ahead of the day.
          Because of these reasons I would expect a lot more people to vote ahead of the actual day this year when compared with previous years. I cannot see that there is any reason to propose that it would have anything to do with the party that one preferred whether one chose to vote early.

          • Kiwiri 1.2.1.3.1

            Regarding your first sentence, that is my understanding and that might account for the much higher advance voting figures coming through.

            The number of places for advance voting seem to be about the same in the electorates that I have passed through. But I have not systematically looked up details and compared them.

            I return to the point I made at 1.2 and that is I sense much greater intensity this time to toss out the party in government.

            I cannot see that there is any reason to …

            Yeah, you had better not. Nothing to see here. Nothing to think about for another 11 days. Go back to bed.

            • alwyn 1.2.1.3.1.1

              I interpreted your statement
              “they are expressing their distaste for the current government by way of advance voting”
              as proposing that it was only people who want the Government out who were voting early. That is the bit I cannot see a reason for.
              You say here that
              “I sense much greater intensity this time to toss out the party in government.”
              That is quite possible but does it mean that these are the majority of those people who are choosing vote early?
              People who are voting early are, I would expect, those who are quite firm in their views and have no intention of changing their opinion, regardless of which party they favour and this would be independent of their desire to change the Government or not.
              If they give a party breakdown of early votes by party, after the election we may be able to determine the truth in a few weeks.

      • aerobubble 1.2.2

        Its finance. When the profits are into leveraging up another notch the smart (and stupid) all get into the language and thinking of finance. The economy has suffered from thirty years of growing the finance sector while infrastructure, society, people go backwards. The GFC essentially was the market failure reflecting this disparity, misalignment, schism. Yet our elites who have stump up the cost can’t let go since they dont know how to talk, think, any other way.

        • Colonial Viper 1.2.2.1

          It’s “moneybags logic” as Dmitry Orlov would say. Where everything in society, and indeed the world, is perceived solely from the frame of making money, financial value, and other capitalist prerogatives.

          To be more explicit: it’s a kind of delusional/dream world that you act out into the real world from.

          • Kiwiri 1.2.2.1.1

            Hi CV

            On your point further above, have a look at this 2011 news piece which reported more advance votes being cast then as compared to 2008:

            http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/election-2011/92157/advance-voting-higher-this-election

            National still formed the government in 2011, but I guess it can be said that the higher 2011 turnout narrowed National’s winning margin as compared to 2008?

            And the tide is leaving National even more so now than in 2011?

            If the percentage of advance voting keeps on at this rate (much significantly higher than the rate of 2011 in relation to 2008), might change be in the wind, sniff sniff?

  2. wyndham 2

    “Some have probably picked up on the apparent reservations of Bill English, who seems some distance from the Prime Minister on this issue. The dictates of strong economic management, the very focus of much of National’s election campaigning, support the Finance Minister’s view.”
    English was/is not in favour of tax cuts. The first mention of cuts came from Key when his nice guy persona was covered in slime from his delving into the mire of whaleoil.
    I suspect the idea was then pushed by the Nat’s election strategist Steven Joyce. The whole idea smacks of the arrogant Joyce – – – along the lines of “Toss the peasants another bone.”

  3. Lanthanide 3

    I think if this video could somehow be distilled down into 30 seconds (and obviously apply to NZ, not the US), it would win a left-wing government an election pretty easily: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM

  4. Enough is Enough 4

    David C needs to be hammering Key on this.

    In both debates he has complimented the Nats on their economic management through the GFC and earthquakes.

    Who the heck is advising him to make those ridiculous and quite false comments.

    • AmaKiwi 4.1

      A lesson from my days in sales: If you want to change someone’s mind, don’t crash into them and demand they reverse direction. Instead, take their arm, walk along side of them, and then steadily ease them 180 degrees in your direction. That’s what David is doing. He gets on side with a minor compliment and before they know it he has steered them 180 degrees and are walking in his direction.

      Try it. It works.

      Yes, I am angry, too. But campaigning is about winning hearts and minds, not about venting one’s own anger.

      Watch the debate on TV3 tomorrow (Wed.) night at 8:40 pm.

      • Enough is Enough 4.1.1

        Key and English’s proposition to New Zealand is that they are steady responsible managers of the economy and have lead us through the GFC and earthquakes well hence why they should be retained.

        The last thing we want to do is agree to that yet I have heard Cunliffe do that twice.

        He doesn’t have to crash into that as you have said. But he sure as shit shouldn’t be supporting the proposition.

        • Hanswurst 4.1.1.1

          Key and English’s proposition to New Zealand is that they are steady responsible managers of the economy and have lead us through the GFC and earthquakes well hence why they should be retained.

          The last thing we want to do is agree to that yet I have heard Cunliffe do that twice.

          He hasn’t, actually. He made statements along the lines that he appreciated the hard work that Key + National had put in to steer the country through the GFC. It’s clear to me that the intended message is, “Mr. Key, I know you try, and you can be proud of the effort you put in. Have a gold star. Unfortunately, the results speak for themselves, and they suck balls.”

          It’s good in theory, because it allows people to keep a positive image of Key as a servant of the electorate while deciding that he just isn’t up to the job. However, I’m still somewhat ambivalent as to how effective Cunliffe’s framing of that has been. The “I know you try” bit came across quite clearly. I’m worried that the ballsucking bit might have got a bit lost, unfortunately – although I’m not sure.

  5. I am thinking that DC needs to hit Key on this, maybe call these tax cuts the 2017 election bribe? Which re-enforces how long until these so called cuts come into being. Maybe talk about the $ figure in 2017 $ adjusted for inflation? Also maybe the following line

    “So tell me John, How was it when Labour gave $10/week tax cuts in 2008[?] with debt paid off and strong budget surpluses they were irresponsible and laughable, but when National might give the same cut sometime in the future, maybe, it is fisically responsible even though debt is at record levels and any surplus is weak and dependent on the CHCH rebuild and volatile milk prices.”

  6. saarbo 6

    I still believe the attacks against Labour are driven by the CGT which will eventually and fairly transfer $billions from NZs lazy passive earning rich to areas that need it…This is balancing that NZ desperately needs and should have happened 20 years ago…and in this campaign I think we are seeing why it hasn’t.

  7. infused 7

    Tax Credit != Tax Cuts

    Tax Cuts is not spending.

    Who the hell wrote that?

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      Tax cuts are a decrease in government revenue and thus meet the definition of spending.

      • alwyn 7.1.1

        It doesn’t seem to meet any of the definitions in the article you link to.
        A tax cut isn’t disbursing money is it? It is not collecting the money in the first place. If you give me a tax cut it means that any money I earn has less taken out of it and passed onto the state. It doesn’t mean that they take the money off me and then pay it out as if the State is being generous.
        If you think it is spending just which definition that you link to qualifies for not collecting it at all?

        • McFlock 7.1.1.1

          But your honour, being in debt is when one has spent more than one earned. I merely earn less than I spend…

        • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.2

          to pay out, disburse, or expend; dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.):

          Giving tax cuts is disposing of income.

          to use up, consume, or exhaust:

          Yep, giving tax cuts will certainly exhaust the governments income sooner causing the government to borrow even more.

          At the end of the day we do have to pay for what we use. We have massively increased government debt because we haven’t been and a large chunk of that .

          And you really should read The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and justice. It puts to rest the idea that taxes are taking something from you.

          • Nic the NZer 7.1.1.2.1

            Taxes are not government income in any meaningful sense. The government can spend with no income (because its the source and issuer of the currency). Govt currency is exactly like a debt (paying zero interest and always mature) in accounting terms. This pretty precisely shows that if the government had zero debt there would be no more money any more.

            • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.2.1.1

              True but that’s not how things are done. We’ve been told for decades, if not centuries, that the government needs an income and so everyone believes it and so that is what our taxes are.

              That said, money needs to flow. The direction is out from the government as it spends into the economy and and back to the government as it destroys the money it first created. And that really is what taxes should be – the destruction of money.

              And then there’s the fact that an over accumulation of money into too few hands causes problems as those few a) try to buy up all the communities resources and b) then turn those resources into even more money for themselves. The system tat we have now which encourages this over accumulation must, absolutely must, result in extreme poverty for the majority of people and the rich turning into the aristocrats of a few centuries ago. We can see this happening now and Piketty shows us that it will accelerate while a NASA study shows that it is such an accumulation that inevitably results in the collapse of society.

              • Nic the NZer

                Economists used to be a lot more straight forward about this fact. But the big issue here is that what you (and I) have just described is not recognised by Joe public. Instead for a couple of decades ridiculus ideas like the NAIRU have been the actual justification for ‘balanced budgets’ and the public is miss-lead into believing that the govt might run out of money (it can’t). Once economics has to explain that their belief in the existance of hyper-rational inflation precient agents is the reason for keeping a good fraction of the workforce unemployed this can only disolve. Such ideas do not bear scrutiny.

  8. NZJester 8

    They are promising they might give them in 2017. You can bet cuts to other essentials or more asset sales will pay for those if they do go ahead with them.

  9. kiwigunner 9

    Of course the trick is frame them as Tax Cutters and Labour as Tax Takers. Tax Cuts mean service cuts. They mean increases elsewhere – time to remember Key’s promise of no increase in GST. They mean debt increases – time to recall where we were as a nation after nine years of Labour governments. They mean Key is a hypocrite because tax cuts are not targeted at low and middle income earners they benefit all taxpayers. They mean Key is a bullshitter – $10 tax cuts by labour fiscally irresponsible and cheap by his govt then wonderful news. call on decent NZ to reject their $10 and give it to those who need it – kiwis are kind they will do it.

    • Nic the NZer 9.1

      The govt can give out tax cuts without cuts to services if they want to. This is because money comes from the government, so they can essentially determine how much to spend at any time. The problem is that this government doesn’t want to run the economy that way, nothing more, nothing less. They would rather a large pool of unemployed which keeps a lid on wages and wage demands for employers instead.

      Notice when the economy tanked following 2008, this massively cut into govt revenue (as taxes are paid on income and profits so fluctuate with how well the economy is doing). Notice also that the government just went further into deficit, there was no pressing need to cut back spending due to income, in fact their spending increased at the same time. You or I can’t do that and would run into trouble with creditors if our income shrank by 20% or so suddenly. The household debt analogy which you are used to (and are implying here) doesn’t work the same way for a currency issuing government.

      Yes, this government behavior is why New Zealand can’t afford nice things!

  10. cogito 10

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11321031&ref=rss
    “Key is deliberately confronting such households with what he calls a “stark choice” – more tax under Labour and its partners or less tax with National. National is expected to hammer that theme – especially in its advertising – in the run-up to Saturday week’s vote”.

    ….. and far too many ignorant kiwis will swallow it hook, line and sinker.

    • AmaKiwi 10.1

      Fear is all they’ve got.

      National is ashamed. Nicky Hager exposed them as corrupt. Their policies are trash. The Left is standing proud. We have the policies, the leaders, and our honor.

      Talk to your friends and neighbors. Call your local Labour/Green/Mana candidate. Offer to help with waving placards on street corners and anything else they need you to do.

      We have 11 days to make history. We can do it. On Sept. 15, Snowden and Dotcom will help us become a tidal wave.

      Do it now!

      • cogito 10.1.1

        Am doing all I can!

        Our family are all voting for a change of govt, and I’ve been lobbying friends and contacts and been along to events.

        Key has to go.

  11. Crunchtime 11

    I’ve heard tell by ex staffers at Stuff that the management there are very open about delivering this election to Key and National. That’s most of the nation’s newspapers, and many other media outlets.

    Their plans are starting to go a little awry.

    • Gosman 11.1

      I’ve heard tell by many that 911 was actually the work of the US government. Now if you had these ex-staffers actually come forward then you might be on to something. Otherwise you are just spouting errant nonsense.

      • Murray Olsen 11.1.1

        In a very deep, and very real sense, 11/9 was the work of the US government. The argument is whether the work they did was deliberate or not, or whether it was done over 60 years or much fewer.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          And that’s up to 11/9. The 100 days afterwards the fall of the twin towers were certainly very deliberate and purposeful.

  12. aerobubble 12

    The chilling effect of media bias….

    These things are bad things.

    Selling assets that return dividends.

    Borrowing vast sums.

    An Earthquake, its loss of growth, rebuilding insurance
    funds, and infrastructure, just to return to normal.

    Continuing housing bubble, needing six times income to buy
    a home!

    GFC sending many cash strapped kiwis home (Two dead in a WINZ
    office from one returned kiwi).

    These things are bad things.

    So why did Key give 40% of the tax cut to the top 10%,
    and zero to those at the bottom. Negative when you
    consider that the poor spend all and so get hit the
    worst by GST tax rises.

    Now we hear Key is going to lower taxes for lower and
    middle income earners. Wait, I don’t remember him promising
    the the tax cuts were going to the richest. In fact the
    media editors in TV, radio and print, who all take home
    massive incomes, have been telling us that the Key
    tax changes were neutral.

    So besides the media elites and Key’s government all
    stuffing money into their pockets in the middle of a
    world wide banking contraction, what good has Key done.

    Now, unions are out asking for more money, why didn’t
    anyone tell them that shifting the revenue burden on
    them, which is what is what happens when the 40% of the
    tax cut goes to the top 10% of income earners, and
    Key cuts on holds spending down, mens they have to pay
    more to make up the difference in lost services.

    It takes time to come into effect. So while NZ was
    experiencing huge export demand for dairy and logs,
    Key was stuffing the money into the hands of the richest
    10%. Worse selling off assets, running up debt, all
    during the middle of the GFC. Which remarkable for
    an export nation has little acknowledgement by the
    talking heads, Hoskins and Henry. Why because unlike
    most who can shift their incomes around, they immediately
    benefited by such tax cuts, and also support the National
    party, so have no bones with any counter arguments against
    neo-liberal excesses. Excesses to their mind are all good.

    Its like we’ve landed on the moon and the cheese makers,
    who still make great cheeese mind, just won’t acknowledge
    the fact, won’t pay up for the fuel costs getting there.
    The GFC, our moon landing, the end of being bound to one
    planet Key, leaves our media silent, worse, misinforming
    us about the effects of a GFC.

    What are these? Well the US and EU printing money. China
    swimming in the stuff. Our assets going cheap at zero
    interest rates to foreign buyers. While others have CGT,
    GST off food, and limits on foreign ownership. Our overlords,
    the editors of NZ, have pulled the blinds down on what it
    all means, have stacked the conversation, Hoskins and
    Henry, the blindest of all, and push them into our homes.
    They will not talk about the GFC, they are immune to
    criticism of neo-liberalism, they are even rewarded further
    by being good little neo-liberal party supporters.

    Our democracy is dead why our economic discourse is hijacked.
    Informed consent, anyone, do our media editors know what
    that means. Slater feeds the spin, the narrative trajectory,
    the frame that cannot be crossed and the media editors
    dutifully obliged.

    A parliament worth its salt would call all the editors
    of tv, radio and print into a inquiry room and ask, in
    front of cameras, wtf are you thinking not discussing the
    GFC. The pending housing debt, the farm debt, are now reality,
    Key has given the profit of our nation to the top 10%
    when that money should have gone into paying down PRIVATE debt!
    Instead Key borrows and sells to increase the tax cut
    to the top 10%, shoveling yet more money into their hands.

    Without a mandate, with the media declaring that its all neutral.
    English, its all neutral, trust me. No its was never neutral
    when it shifted the burden onto lower and middle class tax payers.
    Its creepy how now they are concern to give half a cheese
    brick back in three years time! I could have had a brick
    a week for the last six years if we all had not been lied too
    by our TV gatekeepers!

    I dont remember Key ever saying he was going to give the
    largest share of the tax cut to the top 10%. I don’t
    remember the media ever telling us this until now that
    it happened. I do however note that the media has gone
    out of its way not to discuss the GFC in every day news.

    Never have so few lied to so many Kiwis about their nations
    economy.

    These are bad things.

    Not being able to swim in the rivers like we could. This
    means to swim we pay to heat swimming pools!

    Why is Key such a shithead? Shit for brains? Even his
    ad has a two boat NZ, us and them, we are all in this together.
    Key does not believe that, he believe its the rich, who can
    afford a slick boat, and racing togs, against the rest.

  13. Enough is Enough 13

    Well done r0b

    You have obviously spooked Farrar

    He is spinning like a top with some very dubious statistics. What a chump.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2014/09/issues_that_matter_-_the_economy.html

  14. Gosman 14

    Yet business is generally happier with National party policies than with the left it seems.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      Which is weird because they always do better under Labour. This tells me that they’re all ideological idiots dismissing reality in favour of delusion.

      • Macro 14.1.1

        Yes and completely lacking in vision. Their mediocre aspirations are focused solely on increasing their own wealth at the expense of others and they fail to grasp the fundamental fact that all human growth, and development, is as the result of cooperation, rather than competition.
        Interestingly one of the “giants” of industrialisation, Henry Ford, had some perception of this reality and realised that there was no way his workers could afford the cars they manufactured unless he paid them accordingly. In doing so, he not only increased the workers self worth and circumstance, he also increased his market dramatically.
        But having said that – their were many other practices by Ford that were despicable. Just noting that in amongst the garbage of industrial ethical practise there are some little gems of wisdom.

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    3 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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. ...
    6 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
    6 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks 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
    3 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
    5 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
    7 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
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  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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