Occupy, resist, produce

Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, December 8th, 2008 - 34 comments
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Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis describe in the New Statesman how:

[a]lmost entirely under the media radar, workers in Argentina have been responding to rampant unemployment and capital flight by taking over businesses that have gone bankrupt and reopening them under democratic worker management.

Full article here.

34 comments on “Occupy, resist, produce ”

  1. principessa 1

    The Documentary about this has been on Documentary Channel.

  2. Bill 3

    Republic Windows & Doors Factory in Chicago has just been occupied. While the workers are saying their occupation is all about getting $1.5 million owing in severence and holiday pay paid, it is not a major step from where they are to assuming full control of the factory and resuming production.

    The story is here. http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/19870

    I’ve often wondered why,when a NZ factory is closing the union/employees don’t put forward a ‘takeover/ buyout’ option, rather than simply taking their redundancy and walking.

    As I’ve said in other comments, the legal structures exist for this to happen in NZ. Maybe as the general situation becomes more desperate in the coming year or two, such proposals will be formulated?

  3. vto 4

    Sounds proactive to me. Excellent. Provided they are not taken by force and etc etc.

    I too have always wondered why the workers just walk away when the factory doors are closed. Surely they can do just what these people have done. I’m sure it would be hard but ffs aint no free lunchboxes in thsi world.

  4. Jimbo 5

    Bill – the legal structure that would be most apt in this circumstance is: (1) forming a limited liability company; and (2) making and offer to buy the business. It doesn’t need anything more – the vendor will always accept a credible higher offer on substantially the same terms.

    Not sure there are any legal impediments at all to workers buying their business before it fails completely, so why doesn’t it happen?

    One reason could be that workers don’t want to be exposed to the many risks that come with business ownership including the risk that you might never, ever get paid. This risk is particularly great when the business is failing. Alternatively, perhaps some workers feel they have a different skill-set and simply aren’t confident enough to take on that job…?

    No need to re-invent the wheel. The mechanism for “self-control” by the workers is there – in most cases they see benefit in ignoring it and working for a more secure hourly wage than an “at risk” share of profits.

    That’s called “capitalism”.

  5. Tane 6

    Or perhaps they lack the capital.

  6. Mr Magoo 7

    Exactly what factory are we talking about where the workers have enough to scrape together a couple of hundred thousand to a million on top of mortgage payments etc??

    Since the company has been most likely run into the ground, is this a wise move? Where are you going to find the capatal to reinvest on top of this? (assuming the factory is not up the duff from other creditors also.)

    Who is going to run it and how?

    Having said all of the above: What an awesome and empowering idea. A true revolution.

  7. Akldnut 8

    OMG Carlos Menen did what Key wants to do. We’re fucked now Bwaahahaha
    Good on the morons who put him in. If foreseeing something like this wasn’t scary enough then put it in place and find out.

    You can watch the documentary here riots and all!
    You may need to click on CC for caption options
    BTW the IMF sucks!!!!!

  8. Jimbo 9

    Tane and Magoo – yes the workers might lack capital, but if profits are such a sure thing, surely a bank will give it to them…?

    Magoo – it IS an awesome and empowering idea. Like I said, it’s called “capitalism”. There is TOTAL freedom for workers to club together their savings, form a company so that their losses are limited to what they initially put in, convince a bank they have the necessary skills to return the business to profitability and borrow the rest of the purchase price.

    There are no barriers to this happening right now, but it does not happen because some people do not want to take on the extra risk of business ownership (which, all things being equal, means they are less likely to ever get the extra rewards of profitable business ownership either).

  9. Bill 10

    Jimbo

    The legal structures I was referring to are such as to allow or facilitate the setting up of a limited company without a vertical division of labour. (otherwise there is simply a change of boss rather than self management)

    On matters such as lack of capital, ongoing viability of the business and the will of workers to commit to such an undertaking; these are all variables which would presumably be explored in a feasibility study before any takeover proposal was tabled.

    And I’m sure that there are many situations where the idea of  worker’s self management would be a ‘no go’, for a variety of practical as well as ideological reasons.

    But I have never heard the idea being raised at all in situations of closure. Which leads me to suspect that although there would have been situations where worker control would have been viable and maybe even desirable, the possibility is never seriously explored let alone discussed because such ideas ‘do not exist’ in the collective social concious of NZ.

    It was in recognition of that fact that in my original comment I said that such proposals may begin to surface as the general situation worsens. This was the case in Argentina. Factories and hotels were not taken over by workers acting from ideology, but in desperation.

    The question can still be asked as to why NZ unions and others do not take the opportunity to get ahead of the game and explore such scenarios now in preparation for when such ideas will gain traction….introduce the concept now so that it becomes gradually acceptable as a possible course of action rather than some left field ‘way out there’ proposal that gets instantly dismissed as loony because nothing like it has ever been heard before.

  10. Tane 11

    yes the workers might lack capital, but if profits are such a sure thing, surely a bank will give it to them ?

    What bank is going to give a bunch of factory workers $100 million to buy the business they work for? Do you honestly think the redundant Feltex workers were in a position to go to the bank and ask for a loan to buy the company?

  11. Bill 12

    What bank is going to give a bunch of factory workers $100 million to buy the business they work for? Do you honestly think the redundant Feltex workers were in a position to go to the bank and ask for a loan to buy the company?

    So Feltex was not a fruit for the plucking.

    But what about the small to medium sized factories that used to produce shoes and clothes? What about wholesale distribution centres or medium sized print companies; cafes, bars and restaurants?

    At the end of the day I’d guess that banks would rather recover money than write it off. So if a business proposal would recover them their money and also put workers collectively in control of their own workplace….

    It wont fly every time. $100 million is a lot of money for 100(?) workers to borrow. But lets say they got the 100 million. Their troubles are only just starting because there is no tradition in NZ of collectives and therefore nowhere to learn from in terms of avoiding the potential pitfalls of collective management. Nowhere to turn to ‘import’ tried and tested systems. No advice based on experience. No previous experience that would allow you to identify danger signs that might be signalling a slow default back to ‘traditional’ managerial practices.

    So it would be extremely difficult. But possible. And the difficulties could be ameliorated to some extent if the labour movement explored the issues and possibilities now

  12. Mr Magoo 13

    Of course the reality is that every situation should live and die by its own merits.

    Having said this (there are a lot of me having said stuff) there are a few fundamentals that will apply to most factory-type situations:

    – The workers will generally not be highly paid and thus not be in the position to contribute much. The only viable scenario is people using their own personal assets for collatoral.

    – The idea of “only losing what you put in” is kind of ridiculous for an low-average worker. What you put in would be “everything” for this to even be possible.

    – The company is already in trouble and is going bankrupt and thus it is a bit of a stretch to expect banks/lenders to leap at this opportunity! (current lending climate ignored of course)

    – If the company is in such a unique situation where it can be insolvent while somehow retaining enough credibility to be finance-worthy (e.g. assets), the workers would be competing against other businessmen in the fire sale most likely.

    – Even if you got money loaned to support this, the interest would be prohibitive and further compound the problems above.

    The only way I can see this being a viable consideration in 99% of cases is if the government greased the wheels in terms of legislation and bankrupcy procedure to give special consideration to this situation.
    This would apply to companies who have become insolvent to mostly the workers and are asset rich OR do not require a cash injection to keep trading. (workers may take “pay shortfalls” in equity)
    Arbitors of the bankruptcy (mind blank on their title just now!) would have to be directed by govt. in this case.

  13. Daveski 14

    One issue that must be resolved is bad businesses using trusts and limited liability to defraud. I understand the intent of the legislation but the way in which it is exploited is a blot on business ethics (if that’s not considered oxymoronic on this site).

    I’m not opposed to it in principle – you couldn’t run Telecom as a partnership for example. However, their needs to be greater penalties for business operators who benefit from hiding behind trusts and limited liability at the expense of other businesses and workers.

    Heck – I’m half way to buying a ticket to Argentina now!

  14. Phil 15

    What bank is going to give a bunch of factory workers $100 million to buy the business they work for?

    If a company is bankrupt, it’s net asset position is most likely (and I’ll type this slowly so you can keep up, Tane and Mr Magoo) zero…. dollars… and… zero… cents.

    It would require marginal additional borrowing/capital to take ownership of the organisation as a whole. Most of what you see when huge sums of money are exchanged for bankrupt companies is the new owner paying not to take on the company’s existing debt. Of course, there is a difference between going ‘bankrupt’ and running out of liquidity, which produces very likelyhoods for employees to step in and run the show.

    Like Daveski and others have said, I think this is a fantastic idea. It’s interesting that the only people who seem to be saying “can’t be done” and “it’s too hard” are some of the left leaning commentators – where’s your collective spirit when push comes to shove?
    🙂

  15. Jimbo 16

    Bill and Magoo – agree that workers’ buying the business is more likely the smaller the business is. The legal and financing costs for a large acquisition are simply too high for workers (even when banding together) to contemplate. Large targets need large and experienced purchasers with deep pockets to fund the acquisition costs.

    Right now, the workers of GM could (if they can get finance and if they’re prepared to spend millions on legal fees), buy the business. They would have to do exactly the same things that any other potential purchaser of GM needs to do. There’s no reason to “change” the system to give the workers some sort of advantage over other purchasers – in fact, there are good arguments why doing so would be very bad.

    Tane – no I don’t think banks would lend workers the money in situations like Feltex. Why lend the money to workers who cannot (or refuse to) put up any equity and who are untested in big business management? It doesn’t stack up and changing the law somehow won’t male it stack up! I don’t ever want the government to start “underwriting” this structure because I don’t think it would be good for society in the long run.

    From a politics perspective, what would be the value of “making it easier” for workers to buy their businesses? Not much, it seems: If the business is truly able to survive profitably, a purchaser (and financiers) should emerge to take it over and run it. If the business cannot be run profitably, why encourage risk-taking by the workers?

    There will always be examples of workers taking over businesses and doing well. I doubt it will ever prove to be the norm, though. This is not because workers cannot do it or are incapable, but because they usually do not have sources of lending, usually do not have a track record in business acquisition or management, and usually do not have the will to take on the “all-or-nothing” risk that comes with owning a business.

  16. rave 17

    The reason that workers don’t normally occupy workplaces when they close is that they think they are assets owned by their employers and so its the right of the employer to decide what will happen with those assets.

    If they understood that the value of the assets of their employers are the result of their past and current labour, then the question of who actually owns the workplaces is opened up.

    In Venezuela where workers are beginning to see their workplaces as owing them at least the right to continue working them, occupations are much more likely to lead towards a significant change in society than what we have seen in Argentina.

    In Argentina the movement has gone into limbo as the economy has picked up. This was true even when The Take was filmed in 2004 I think. But in Venezuela some strategic industries around the oil industry and steel have been taken over and have been ‘nationalised’ and run by workers in coordination with the state. Typically the state compensates the owner for the current market value of the company assets.

    But even here, most workers do not see that the value of the assets is the product of their past labour otherwise there would be widespread demands for nationalisation with no compensation to the private owner and under full not partial workers control.

    No doubt the current crisis will push workers towards thinking along these lines when they see their wages and future taxes being mortgaged to bail out parasitic bankers who far from creating value have destroyed trillions of value including the value of millions of workers homes, and already more and more jobs. The Chicago occupation is an important rallying point to get this message across.

  17. Quoth the Raven 18

    Good on them. It should be very heartening to anyone on the true left.

    Others see co-operativism, the legal form chosen by the vast majority of the recovered companies, as a capitulation in itself – insisting that only full national isation by the state can bring worker democracy into a broader socialist project.

    Those insisting that state nationalisations as the only way to bring workers democracy are wolves in sheep’s clothing. It’s just leninist, trotskyist bullshit. That kind of thinking is the enemy of socialism. True worker’s democracy will never be got through a red bureaucracy. As Bakunin said and as was borne out by history “this will only lead to the worst of all despotic governments”. I think libertarian socialist ideals will and are gaining currency again. For instance, I see that anarchism has actually been mentioned in the news today as the anarchists are rioting in Athens after the killing of a teenager by police.

    Privatisation, deregulation, labour flexibility: these were the tools to facilitate a massive transfer of public wealth to private hands, not to mention private debts to the public purse.

    Sounds exactly like another country I know….

  18. Bill 19

    In an environment where a number of collectives already operated the possibility of inter-lending would exist. And expertise would be available to help overcome short term deficits in skills and experience.

    Collectives and co-operatives tend to aid one another rather than compete. (For example Suma, Green City and Highland Wholefoods operate in the same sector but do not compete over market share or territory and Suma gave a low or no interest  loan enabling a collective to launch in a separate industry. Medium/long term these two entities traded to each other on very favourable terms. A win/win situation for both sets of workers.)

    As collectives become more numerous it would be possible to by-pass the traditional banking sector to a greater or lesser degree; maybe even completely.

    Meanwhile, although there is no ‘collective movement’ (for want of a better term) in existence here in NZ., there is overseas. It all started from scratch and, if I think about it (contradicting some of what I have said previously), it would not be necesary to ‘reinvent the wheel’ in a NZ context thanks to the communication afforded us by the internet.

    How internationalist are the collective presences abroad? Dunno. Would they be willing to offer advise and guidance? No doubt. Financial backing? Dunno. There may well be some common fund set up by them for that very purpose.

    A world of possibilities.

  19. Jimbo 20

    Rave – sorry, I think you’re talking nonsense. Total, unsupportable, discredited, tired, nonsense.

    It IS the right of the employer to decide what happens to the assets if the employer is the owner of the assets. It is also open to workers to offer to buy those assets from the employer at a fair market price – NOTHING stops them from doing so and no rational employer (or receiver in the case of insolvency) will reject the offer.

    Workers already have the right to own, accumulate, buy, sell, lease and borrow assets. Each and every one of us is legally entitled to quit our jobs tomorrow and start a business.

    If you’re earing $20 an hour but you believe your labour is “undervalued”…?, then go and start a business – you’ll get the FULL value of your time and you’ll own the business assets (but you’ll also expose yourself to the possibility of earning nothing and/or losing all of your initial investment).

    RISK reaps the reward, not some bollux about having “contributed to” the success of the business while you sat back and enjoyed a risk-free hourly wage…

    You seem from your post to want “widespread demands for nationalisation with no compensation to the private owner and under full not partial workers control.” Frankly, if you are genuinely waiving the banner in support of a communist economy, that puts you so far out on the extremes of the political spectrum that I’m at a loss for how to sensibly respond! I don’t know how communism has improved since its previous disasterous incarnations in Europe and elsewhere – perhaps the magic pixies will make it work in NZ, huh?

  20. Tane 21

    I don’t want to be mistaken – I’m all for workers seizing the means of production in a failing business or, where possible, purchasing it the proper legal way. I just don’t hold out much hope that purchasing it is a plausible option. Happy to be proven wrong.

  21. Quoth the Raven 22

    I don’t know how communism has improved since its previous disasterous incarnations in Europe and elsewhere – perhaps the magic pixies will make it work in NZ, huh?

    First of all I’ll say that I’m not a communist that much should be clear from my previous comment. That fact that you think bolshevism was communism in practise evidences you as an ignorant fool. The bolshiviks exploited the revolution in Russia to their own ends. The bolsheviks did not enact marxism (by which I mean communism) they merely exploited revolutionary sentiment and enacted their imminently despisable government. Many marxists criticised them at the time and many of Marx’s contemporaries on the left criticised Marx in his time. Your argument to the bolsheviks or some other despicable regime in the last century is a perverse argument made to stultify discussion much like comparisons to nazism. It is often heard from those on the right and would be as idiotic as me pointing to the nazis everytime you made a point in favour of your political views. Furthermore, what has been the great success of modern capitalism? Massive inequality, poverty, unemployment, mass apathy, environmental degradation, cultural monism… what? I think there are many comparisons to draw between bolshevism and corporatism today, the mangerial nature, technocrats, and despotic tendencies. Lenin said that the workers must “unquestioningly obey the single will of the leaders of the process” which sounds exacly like today’s corporatism to me.

  22. rave 23

    Jimbo:

    How come workers expropriating bosses is out of order, yet bosses can force taxpayers to underwrite their failed businesses and workers go quietly into the carpark when the plants shut down?

    I think youll find that the occupation in Chicago (which interestingly involves a mainly Latino workforce) and those in Latin America show that once workers realise that they are the one’s who run the factory (as opposed to the boss running off with his bonus, while owing everyone else) they can think for themselves what ‘socialism’ can be.

    When Obama turns up a says the workers in Chicago are justified in demanding to be paid redundancy and other entitlements, this is virtually saying to every other worker who is laid off when plants close down – Take It, Of course Obama isnt actually saying this because he’s worried that workers might actually “take” their workplaces – he wants a ‘fair negotiated’ solution and of course a proper bailout for the Detroit “big 3″.

    However as the crisis builds, more workers are as Bill says likely to begin questioning what kind of system is it that craps all over them, and they are supposed to sing as Jimbo says
    ” For we are lazy bastards and that’s alright” or listen to QtR who pointing to the Google map says “comrades, remember this is Greece not Leningrad”.

    Fortunately, capitalism doesnt follow the cockeyed drivel of the Standardista commentariat, and has certain dictates, and when workers en masse “have nothing to lose” as one Chicago workers said, Main street is gonna rise up and blow Obama off.

  23. Mr Magoo 24

    If a company is bankrupt, it’s net asset position is most likely (and I’ll type this slowly so you can keep up, Tane and Mr Magoo) zero . dollars and zero cents.
    Phil:
    Apart from attempting to be patronising and insulting, you are also wrong and missed my point entirely.
    I will type this slowly so you can keep up.

    If the debt, as in the case in the example provided, is mostly to the worker’s (i.e. payroll) then it is quite possible that the company is “asset rich” and that what makes it insolvent is solely the debt to the workers. Their debt is used to obtain the company and thus wiped from the books and would leave the company in a positive cash flow position.

    I really wish you would try to keep up.

    Caveat: One of my other main points was that this is a somewhat idealistic situation, but not impossible. The article does mention that the number of companies this has happened to is small, but not insignificant. Argentina probably has a lot more factories than we do that would fit this situation.
    However, one can imagine a number of situations where the workers act to create this situation. (future reduced pay, personal investment, private backers)

  24. Bill 25

    Tane. “I just don’t hold out much hope that purchasing it is a plausible option.”

    It was a hairsbreadth away from happening here a couple of years back when a local venue was going under. What scuppered the deal was back room shenanigans by one of the then current bosses.

    But even putting that aside, it’s still pertinent to ask why workers will use redundancy payments to launch their own business, perpetuating the inequity of orthodox business culture but  never, as far as I’m aware, come together and form collectives.

    I guess part of the reason is that there’s a blind spot to the very possibility. When light is shone on the possibility there are a lot of very negative assumptions borne, it seems, of ingrained propaganda and ignorance. (There is an assumption that such a scenario will lead to the individual being disempowered and somehow ‘ripped-off’…you might say it’s the result of residual anti-communist propaganda swaying peoples’ perceptions?)

    Whatever the reason,  it’s odd in my mind as to why NZ has proven to be barren ground for such endeavours when the experience in other similar cultures/countries is so different.

    Back to the part unions can play. During redundancy, unions elevate the welfare of their members affected by the process. Shouldn’t part of that concern be expressed by introducing them to such possibilities…encouraging the formation of un-orthodox business models that dispense with the vertical division of labour?

    I can understand this not happening in the past when unions ( overstating here) were the preserve of Leninists and their ilk; idealists whose aim would have had more to do with control than emancipation. But those days are gone (thankfully) and in todays more pragmatic environment it seems to me a no brainer  that workers should at the very least be presented with an avenue leading away from the disempowering culture inherent to business orthodoxy.

    In a case of shut down, explore the possibility of a takeover. If not feasable, offer the knowledge that would allow  redundant workers to create more humane work environments for themselves. There is nothing lost in such an approach ( should the overtures be rejected ) and the possibility of marked gains if workers picked up the ball and ran with it.

  25. Phil 26

    MrMagoo,

    The Klein article talks about the company being bankrupt. Your own comment is; The company is already in trouble and is going bankrupt

    Bankruptcy is one subset of a wider definition of insolvent – which includes having the net assets, but being illiquid and unable to pay debts as they fall due.
    Think Enron (bankrupt) vs NZ finance companies currently in moratorium (illiquid).

    If you want to argue the wider definition, fine – I fully accept that some cases of insolvency will not produce an open avenue for worker initiated ownership. But, don’t blame me if Klein can’t get her definitions right.

  26. Mr Magoo 27

    Phil:
    I am going to give up on this now because it is not productive.

    The scenario described is that a company is bankrupt because it is not able to meet payroll.
    My many-pointed discussion was around in what scenario it would make sense for workers in NZ to assume ownsership of the company.
    One of those scenarios is that the workers are the primary debtors and thus clear (by whatever means) this debt. If this is acheived the company may be able to continue to trade and effectively be solvent again after this transition.
    This is an unusual situation.

    This disagreement highlights another of my points: This transition would be difficult to impossible without some form of government help.
    Whether this was via legislation or by including such a directive in bankruptcy procedures I am not sure. Perhaps such a provision is possible but would most certainly be complicated if other debtors were involved and did not like the idea.
    Fortunately, I am not an expert on bankruptcy laws! 🙂 So my speculations will have to stop here.

  27. Phil 28

    Mr Magoo,

    Picking up on one point…
    This transition would be difficult to impossible without some form of government help.

    Why involve a government legislative programme when a union could do it?

  28. Mr Magoo 29

    Why involve a government legislative programme when a union could do it?

    Could not say to be honest. I am not an expert on this.
    Debtors are not well known to assume ownership of companies that owe them money as far as I know? Why is this? Possibly what I am talking about.

    What I do know is that the bankruptcy proceedings are overseen by an independant third party who decides what happens in the best interests of the people concerned. Perhaps all that is required is that this person has guidelines created for workers assuming control of a company?

    Horribly complex at any rate.

  29. Jimbo 30

    Quoth the Raven – I’ll happily admit my economic history isn’t anywhere near yours. Your reckon that makes me an ignorant fool.

    I reckon anyone who calls for “nationalisation with no compensation to the private owner and under full not partial workers control” needs their head read and hasn’t moved on from university textbooks and Che Guevara T-shirts to the real world. I guess that makes us even.

    The success of capitalism is all around you. Is the Chinese economic miracle something you’ve missed…? Some personal property rights and incentives to build businesses and accumulate capital has done more for the Chinese peasant than decades of or planned economic management.

    (And yes, I know that China claims not to be capitalist – but it’s growth in the last 20 years is entirely down to China adopting capitalist practises and rejoining the international market economy.)

    Rave – frankly I don’t think business owners *can* force governments to bail them out in the ordinary course of things. Governments have decided to do so recently in response to unprecedented circumstances so as to prevent more widespread damage to the system. It’s certainly not normal that a business owner is personally underwritten by the Government – and that’s not really what’s happened here. In the US and elsewhere, governments have decided an orderly wind-down of certain businesses (and industries) is more important than remaining idealogically faithful (i.e. the business should fail if it cannot generate profit). In my view, this is mostly driven by a desire to help the most needy – i.e. the workers at those businesses – and is a good thing.

    I am delighted if workers chose to organise and acquire businesses. But what are you guys asking for – ownership without risk…? It doesn’t exist (as recent world events have proved)!

  30. Phil 31

    And yes, I know that China claims not to be capitalist – but it’s growth in the last 20 years is entirely down to China adopting capitalist practises and rejoining the international market economy.)

    One of the fascinating quirks of Chinese political history (viewed from the outside) is that the Tianamen square protests are considered a great uprising of freedom and individual expression, a catalyst for market reform and the opening of China to the world.

    In reality, the complete opposite is the case.

    The Chinese authorities had already begun market reforms. Those reforms (as all tend to do) disproportionately impacted those that live in cites and/or are poor.

    Who fits into that group? Students. More than anything else, T Sq was a protest against the market economy.

  31. Quoth the Raven 32

    Jimbo – Yes, I was a little harsh. It’s just a really annoying argument. I wish those on the right would know a bit more about the left that’s all. There’s many more alternatives aside from free markets, state captialism or state socialism. On to the issue of China; let me ask you would you want to be a worker in China? China’s a great oppurtunity for the corporates of the west. They can export the jobs, done by their pampered western workers, who fought through popular struggle to gain what little rights they do have, and get cheap workers with little protection in China (as well as many other countries such as India and Mexico). This undermines western worker’s wages and allows the corporates to say “see your unions and regulations are strangling business, you’ve done this to yourself.” It’s equivalent to someone grabbing your arm and hitting you with it and saying “stop hitting yourself, stop hitting yourself”. I don’t know a lot about recent Chinese history, but I feel something could be said on peasantry, urbanisation, industrialisation rather than just free-market reforms. Things are always more complex than the simple black and white pictures those on the right wish to paint. I will make the point that, as with Russia, there is nothing to enamour one to the older state of play in China and it was also bad for workers and their freedom. You pointed to China as an example of captialism’s success, but you may well have pointed to Chile (not so much now with a shift to the left), Belize, Brasil (a very rich country, but you wouldn’t think so when you see the slums), etc.

  32. Mr Magoo 33

    Yes. The Chinese miracle. And with the western world falling around its own ears, they will be more than happy to bring their version of capatalism to us as a merry xmas present.

    Although this blog will be shut down of course, along with all the others…

  33. Bill 34

    An fairly informative article ( with numerous links) drawing comparisons between Argentina and Chicago for anyone who wants it

    http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/19897

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    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    8 hours ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    9 hours ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    10 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    19 hours ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    22 hours ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    1 day ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 day ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    2 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    2 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    2 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    4 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    5 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    6 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    7 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    7 days ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 1
    This is the first of a two-part guest post by Grant A, a long time reader and commenter with a keen interest in all things urban, especially cycling and public transport. He’s been thinking about how to fix Broadway. Stay tuned for Act 2! Readers might remember the pre-Christmas traffic snarl-ups in ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Road trance
    Sometimes technology is your friend and sometimes it can’t be bothered with you. Once you’re away from home and your dependable wifi, well, there’s no telling what will happen. I’ve been going in and out of high-speed and low-speed no-speed Internet pockets all over England and France and look, I’m ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • You Can't Undo Fake News
    Hi,I’ve been thinking a lot about Corey Harris, the 44-year old man who went viral after Zooming into his court appearance while driving. The headlines generated were basically all the same: “Man With Suspended Driver's License Dials Into Court Hearing While Driving”. The headlines said it all, and most people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – CO2 is the main driver of climate change
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago

  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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