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On the edge of a second recession, Greens have a plan, Nats don’t

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, September 3rd, 2010 - 48 comments
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A year ago, commercial building consents fell off a cliff as firms cut investment because of the recession. Now, that’s flowing into a big slow-down in the construction industry. NZIER says 20,000 jobs are at risk.

The latest NZIER quarterly predictions slashed growth forecast for the next year in half. They have GDP growth slowing to below population growth, a quarter of negative growth, and the economy missing a second dip into recession by a hair’s breadth. I reckon NZIER is being too optimistic, simply because these predictions tend to respond to events only slowly.

A construction collapse could be the tipping point for the faltering economy, if it doesn’t come from overseas first (big economists abroad are saying there’s a one-in-three chance of another global recession starting this year).

So, 20,000 more jobs at risk and healthy odds of another recession when we’re still a long way off recovering from the previous one.

What’s the government doing?

Well, Rodney Hide – fresh from stuffing up Auckland – has decided to make reforming dog control laws his last big achievement before he gets kicked out of Parliament next year. Peter Dunne is spending his time on child support. Tariana Turia is still pretending that Whanau Ora isn’t a joke that’s already months behind schedule. Kate Wilkinson is cutting our work rights. Bill English is handing over hundreds of millions to the rich (again). Anne Tolley is trying to piss off everyone in the education sector. Paula Bennett is making life harder for beneficiaries while cutting job creation programs. Tony Ryall is busily playing statistical games to make himself look good. Nick Smith is using the RMA reforms to sidestep public opposition to National’s Roads of National Significance. John Key is bouncing from cloud to cloud collecting autographs from foreign leaders. And the rest, who knows?

The Greens, at least, have a plan. It’s a lot like what we’re been talking about on The Standard.

There’s a shortage of quality housing in New Zealand, there’s a lot of construction workers about to lose their jobs, and there’s a hell of a lot of low quality government spending into motorways whose economic benefits barely outweigh the costs about to take place. The obvious solution: divert a chunk of that white elephant motorway spending to state housing construction (divert some more to public transport projects with decent benefit/cost ratios, and more to early childhood education with its 13:1 BCR).

The Greens reckon that building 6,000 extra state houses at a cost of $2 billion would create 28,000 jobs and provide about 20,000 New Zealanders with healthy, environmentally-friendly modern housing.

That’s the kind of visionary economic leadership we need. We’re not going to get it from National.

48 comments on “On the edge of a second recession, Greens have a plan, Nats don’t”

  1. B 1

    An even more effective, immediate and urgent way of addressing these issues would be large scale leaky building repairs. They make up a significant proportion of housing stock, Most continue to deteriorate and many are uninhabitable. The lack of progress on a major repair programme must be paralysing investment decisions on housing throughout the economy. Such a programme would easily employ the 20,000 and it has to be done sometime.

  2. dunedin-dave 2

    And we’re not going to get it from Labour either.

    I will vote for the Greens once again, despite personally standing in strong disagreement with some of their core policies, as they appear to be the only viable party in New Zealand who is pushing progressive politics. The two major parties are largely led by cavemen.

    The Greens were the only party to comprise and publicise an alternative budget that wasn’t either malignant (ACT / Sir Roger) or just plain ridiculous (Libs).

    I don’t even think Labour bothered? (Please correct me if I am wrong).

    The Greens, as usual, are the only ones with a sensible plan forward. It’s a pity they’re all hippys, maoris and crusading dykes, who want to tell us all what light bulbs we’re allowed to use and whether or not we’re allowed to beat our kids, right?

    Enjoy the double-dip, Key will play the fiddle while watching the country burn, and Goff will stand with his hands in his pockets looking the other way.

    • BLiP 2.1

      Yeah, me too. Having had no fun trolling for NZF, I am to have to come out and just get over myself about the MoU to get back on board with the only party that not only has the best policies but also has risen above much of the bullshit that passes for politics in New Zealand.

  3. Mac1 3

    Yes, the kind of visionary programme that happened in New Zealand in the Thirties, after that Depression.

    That built the type of house that John Key lived in.

    That was espoused in a rousing address that I heard John A Lee deliver in Room D at Canterbury University in the late Sixties.

    That is an old vision, but still valid today.

    Anti-spam ‘doors’: build them to open them. Lovely.

  4. I don’t think this is fair Marty. The nats have a few plans:

    1. Hang onto power
    2. Give tax cuts to their mates in the hope that this will miraculously make things better and so their mates will continue to support them in goal 1.
    3. Cut essential services so they can achieve 2.

    • Pascal's bookie 4.1

      You forgot the most important part: cheap labour

      • david civil servant 4.1.1

        They have cheap labour mate, you and your mates.

        • BLiP 4.1.1.1

          david (the note very) civil servant.

        • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.2

          They have cheap labour mate, you and your mates.

          Fucking idiot. If you are going to try and throw a bomb at someone, it pays not to tie it to your dick.

          Tories hate it when anyone points out that they only actually have two policies.

          ‘Cut taxes’ and ‘lower labour costs’.

          And of those two, only the latter is a real one. The tax cutting part is something they never really manage to pay for beyond a few measly points. Instead they end up cranking up deficits and running down services The deficits have to be repaid, and the voters demand that the services get restored even at the cost of a tax increase. So while they may make a sizable short term cut sometimes, though this lot haven’t even managed that, it’s pretty much an obvious’ sucker the rubes and bugger the kids’ bet.

          Everything else is about lowering wage pressure or transferring externalities onto wage earners, which amounts to the same thing. If you vote for the right you are either in the top 5 percent of wealth owners, or a sucker.

          Cheap labour tories don’t like subsidised health or education because they like wage earners to be over a barrel and desperate for cash.

          Cheap labour tories make sure that investments get equal protection in FTAs but labour doesn’t, because the point of FTA’s to cheap labour tories is to access cheaper labour.

          Cheap labour tories don’t like sex ed and reproductive health because they like workers to have as little flexibility and as many commitments as possible. Getting them having kids young is just made of win for that.

          Cheap labour tories wank on about after tax wage growth because it lets them give a small nominal increase that they pay for by cutting govt services, which increases the pressure on wage packets, and it doesn’t cost the employer a cent. Sweet.

          Cheap labour tories wank on about productivity because it’s such a slippery measure, and one of the main ways it’s measured is by the cost of labour.

          Cheap labour tories pretend to hate identity politics because it’s useful to have the majority of their workforce shitting on various minorities of it.

          Cheap labour tories love identity politics because it’s very important that people just have the right attitude don’t you know. That’s what makes you successful.

          Cheap labour tories like vocational based education because they’d be stupid if they didn’t. They like it even more when the workers pay for their own training.

          Cheap labour tories think broader education, isn’t. They say if it’s not commercial, it’s not real.

          Cheap labour tories don’t like organised labour because they are cheap labour tories.

          Cheap labour tories like govts with fists.

          Cheap labour tories go on about big govt liberals because they understand propaganda.

          etc, and so on, and so forth.

  5. KJT 5

    Extend the insulation scheme to all housing. Also solar water heating.
    Don’t pick and chose installers though as many have been padding prices. Let any one do it subject to an inspection.

    • Rob 5.1

      KJT, you might be aware of the rorting that happened in Aus exactly due to a free and easy installer model for Au Govt grants for insulation. As a key part of their stimulous package it was abject failure and there is major recriminations, although it did sell tonnes of insulation which kept those major businesses pretty happy for a short period of time.

      • KJT 5.1.1

        Yeah I knew about that. The same thing has happened here. The unsubsidised quote before the scheme came in was the same as the quote afterward. Trouble was they picked and chose installers which meant the licensed installers had a bonanza and the ones who did not get licenses went broke.

        As builders we were capable of doing insulation too, but were not allowed to participate in the scheme.

  6. Bored 6

    At least somebody is showing some vision, well done Greens. Personally I think that the whole housing plan should be placed into a broader context of transforming our urban environments into “post oil age” communities with sustainability and self supportability built in (like community gardens, shared workshops etc) as the primary focus. However one step at a time, well done Greens.

    capcha: develop

  7. rich 7

    The NZ people now own, courtesy of SCF, a large number of failed property developments.

    It’d make sense to finish these and rent them out as housing, thus turning a dead loss into an asset.

    Changing the law to get recourse to the full assets of property dealers who got cheap loans from their finance company mates would also be an idea. It might even be possible for the Proceeds of Crime act to be used for this, but suspect that’s only for working class criminals.

  8. Armchair Critic 8

    Last month Rob Mercer of Forsyth Barr flagged this particular aspect of the failure of National’s, when he said:
    The outlook for New Zealand commercial construction activity has softened heading into 2011, placing Fletcher’s earnings for 2011 under pressure. Fletcher now relies on a solid recovery in residential building activity to help offset the anticipated shortfall in near-term major construction projects.
    Johnathon Ling, CEO of Fletcher Construction, confirmed it a couple of days later. When Fletcher’s Annual Report was released, he said:
    New Zealand’s residential market is “expected to continue a slow and gradual recovery in new building activity, albeit remaining below mid-cycle levels” with the central bank raising interest rates likely to constrain growth in new housing starts, the company said. At the same, commercial construction activity “is expected to remain at very low levels throughout 2011″ with a decreased volume of government-funded work.” (My emphasis).
    Back in December 2009 Fletcher’s acknowledged that government funded projects are essential to their continuing business
    increased [Government] spending on infrastructure are expected to continue at a similar rate in the short to medium term in both markets, and this is helping to underpin volumes and operating results.
    and that Fletchers, like many companies involved in infrastructure, are relying on projects coming on stream in a timely fashion
    The Infrastructure division will continue to benefit from publicly-funded construction work in New Zealand, although the timing of large projects will impact results in the second half.” (emphasis added)
    Six months later the outlook is even worse.
    •Commercial construction activity expected to remain at very low levels.
    •Infrastructure spending likely to dip in 2011 before growing in 2012.

    Overall, National have not supported infrastructure investment. Sure, they have talked about it, but their pet projects are not economically viable, and not ready to be built. A number of large projects will be completed in the next six months or so, but there are many fewer projects available to move on to. National have stuffed up, big time.
    What’s worse is that many of National’s policies and new legislation are stifling investment in infrastructure by others.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 8.1

      What policies? they don’t have any. Their housing policy revolves around hoping changes to the RMA will miraculously stimulate residential construction and their urban development policy appears to revolve around removing all restrictions to Metropolitan Limits which takes away any capacity they might have had to promote urban development.

      They spent nine years in opposition, then when they got into government had no idea what to do. Now belatedly they are trying to outsource policy suggestions to a series of working parties whose suggestions they immediately start hosing down.

      Spending cuts are not an economic plan.

    • BLiP 8.2

      “The Infrastructure division will continue to benefit from publicly-funded construction work in New Zealand, although the timing of large projects will impact results in the second half.” (emphasis added)

      What’s being discussed here is the fact that several major projects have been delayed so as to minimise disruption during the World Cup. We only have the word of the boardroom pirates that this is a temporary situation.

      Overall, Fletchers is not looking as rock-solid over the short/medium term as it did, say, a few years ago. Its taking a bath on its ill-advised purchase of the US-based Formica outfit and this is only going to get worse as the US housing market continues to disintegrate.

      • Armchair Critic 8.2.1

        We only have the word of the boardroom pirates that this is a temporary situation.
        It’s not temporary, the projects aren’t coming through fast enough to take up the capacity becoming available as current projects end. Even the boardroom privates know this.

  9. Lanthanide 9

    One thing I’ve noticed in the media that I’ve found interesting, normally from ‘person on the street’ interviews but also occasionally commentators talking about it. People keep referring to the economy as if we are STILL in a recession. This is particular evident for American media, where the government numbers show they’re out of recession but the feeling on the ground is very different.

    There seems to be a disconnect between the official stats and what people think is really going on.

    • Vicky32 9.1

      Hey, I’ll know we’re out of a recession when I have a job! So, we’re still in a recession – I saw someone make a comment on a thread here the other day that it’s “worse than the usual cyclical one”. Why, I ask, do we put up with a system that has “usual” cyclical recessions as a norm?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      The official stats show the rich getting richer. People on the street know that they’re getting poorer especially the unemployed.

  10. Bob the Builder 10

    Sounds nice but there is a practical flaw:

    Commercial construction and residential construction are nowhere near related in method or skill type. The closest you’ll get, if you force construction workers into residential, is cold leaky monstrosities, like the projects in USA. That’s not a slur on construction workers, but just a reflection that the two areas use different approaches. Green, energy efficient housing won’t be possible.

    • Rob 10.1

      Yeah, but lets not let sense and practical reality guide any of the discussion here. I am sure a tilt slab , re- bar constrution worker would have excellent transferable skills prettying up boundary fences for community housing.

    • outofbed 10.2

      I;m not sure that i totally agree we that having had experience in both
      And as residential construction is under a very tight regulatory and inspection regime . It is exceedingly unlikely that you will get “cold leaky monstrosities “. if you did it would be the oversight that was lacking not the construction workers skill level

      • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1

        And as residential construction is under a very tight regulatory and inspection regime . It is exceedingly unlikely that you will get “cold leaky monstrosities “

        Don’t kid yourself. A number of those regulatory practices are making things worse (using foam to seal around windows) and several popular building materials just shouldn’t be used at all as they don’t comply with the building code. One product is guaranteed for 10 years but states that the manufacturers code must be used and not the stronger council code. The reason why is because that particular product (outer cladding BTW) absorbs and holds water and so the manufacturer requires that no nails are exposed to the elements as they would break the water seal so no lower nails but the regulation requires the lower nails to help keep it place. This product is used extensively on modern buildings and the only way to get code compliance is by using the councils code which breaks said water seal and essentially sets the building up to fail and with no come back on the manufacturer. Of course, using the manufacturers code also sets the building up to fail but in a more spectacular way.

        • outofbed 10.2.1.1

          (using foam to seal around windows) Bum! better move to OZ

          • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1.1.1

            Not quite sure how to take that comment but if you didn’t know the foam absorbs and holds moisture making the windows leak and rot faster.

  11. roger nome 11

    lolz – this Tory government is so cliche. First comes the attack on work rights, then tax cuts for the rich, then a good dolop of corporate welfare for the cherry on top. All the while Key smiles and waves to a gormless press gallery. If our media keeps this up well be sliding in to the surreal world of fox news in no time. It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic

  12. 🙂 ‘s Plan:

    1. Announce grand plan of wage parity with Australia by 2020!
    2. ?
    3. Achieve goal – then retire to Maui to play bball with my main man Barry!

    However, there are no interim milestones on the way. So we have to wait until 1/1/2020 until we find out if said plan will work.

  13. outofbed 13

    Is not much of a plan but its his. i just hope they don’t lose the napkin that it is written on the back of

  14. Herodotus 14

    I am confused The Greens were able to construct an alt economic plan with how many MP’s and support staff and what has come out of the Labour camp?
    The Greens are comming up with some good initial ideas re Houing, yet all we got out of Labour re state housing was PPP’s with 10 year rental guarantees market rents from private investors.
    If govt got back into building houses , I know Labour did build a cul-de-sac or 2 over their reign, but by geting govt back into construction,town planning then the decision makers could see how difficult they have made if for any progress. As stated before it takes about 10 years from framland-operative plan change-1st residents as a time span. For Auck there has been a hugh slow down of land being put into operateive zone. Just look at Flat Bush originally to commence 97, 1st stage operative about 2006 after Airport concerns were sorted out, stage 2 consultation 2006, still taking place (Draft plan for summissions is out) and this was to cater for 40k of people or about 15k dwellings.
    I wonder if the Greens stay on a few target issues with some depth of talent what they could achieve. At least they have a plan better than that from the 2 old farts that hang onto power at all costs. 😉

    • outofbed 14.1

      I think the greens have been working really hard on their Economic policies,in spite of only having a small team i guess ut about Its about trying to change the worn out cliche that the Greens are dope smoking hippies.
      Along with The Green “new deal”
      They have been running a “mind the gap campaign” http://www.greens.org.nz/mindthegap
      initiatives to combat growing inequality in New Zealand
      They are building strong relationships with the Union movement and
      basically they are working really hard kudos to them

      • BLiP 14.1.1

        Frustrating how cliche images are retained for so long. I suggested to a couple of my Labour-voting but fed-up-with-them mates to consider voting Green. The dope-smoking wasn’t much of an issue but both recited the “folk-dancing” scene our MSM presented – how many years ago?

        • outofbed 14.1.1.1

          Yeah Blip I have been to 4 or 5 conferences know hundreds of Greens and never seen anyone Morris dance
          but i have seen lots of deeply committed people who care about New Zealand her people and the Planet

  15. gloria 15

    Hey I called the Greens with about four housing plans about 10 days ago.

    This vaguely resemebles one of the ideas i.e. the 2 billion was a figure I quoted.
    I would like that 2 billion to go into land subdivision and building which the Housing NZ does do.

    I\’ve built basic houses in the past and know that the real costs can be much lower if you buy all the materials yourself and you can save even more by doing your own subdivsion.

    I would like to see at least half of those houses sold off to applicants at cost thus eliminating a need for deposits and reducing the purchase price. For people who cannot afford to buy even with lower prices could buy a share in the house. Once houses are sold off the money taken could be reinvested in more low cost houses and thus the stimulus continues from the original investment.

    State tennants who cannot afford to buy could be offered a 25% stake on the title so they have real ownership of a portion of the property thus encouraging them to take real care of that property and to look toward a productive future. This also means their rent is going into a nest egg which could later serve as a deposit on their own home. With benefit levels and wages so low in NZ many people at the bottom are loosing hope. The best way to get some of them out of the social rot that occurs in impoverished groups is to give them something to aim at. Having a home is the kiwi dream and is where we need to invest. Offshore retirement funds can be gone in a matter of moments with the shady financial practices now occuring overseas. My retirement advice. Pay off the house first.
    It might also inspire those at the bottom to find a way of increasing their income and freeholding the property. Families might club together and take over the entire mortgage etc.
    Home ownership inspires people to get ahead in life and once you are freehold you are much more secure.

    • Carol 15.1

      As a lifetime renter, I”ve never been in favour of the major promotion of home ownership as a life ambition. IMO, it can just keep some people locked into notions of personal gain, supports the ultra capitialist ethic, results in some people trying to struggle for the dream, and sometimes can divert attention from wider social issues. I’d rather see affordable housing all round, with a choice between lifetime renting, good savings options, affordable lease-holds, housing co-operatives, and some sensibly priced free-hold options…. etc.

  16. busy bee 16

    Can someone point me to the Green’s plan ?

    I can’t find it.

  17. The Voice of Reason 17

    Great idea from the Greens. Well, to be more historically correct, great idea from Labour. This is a terrific updating of the policy that put pictures of Michael Joseph Savage in hallways all over New Zealand and absolutely deserves support from our current Labour MP’s. If the next Government is going to include both parties, this is the kind of thing they need to put to the voters before the election as something they are both committed to. Show some unity, some sense of common purpose.

    Give people a clear choice between jobs, housing and positivity from the left and unemployment, poverty and greed from the rest.

  18. gloria 18

    Thats an interesting perspective Carol. Its not one I share but to each his own.

    I think saving is a good idea but only if you can trust the banks and I don’t think we can.

    I don’t see anything wrong with a bit of greed as long as you don’t hurt others to achieve it and use your wealth to help others.

    The realy rot I see in society comes from all walks of life and it is when people just don’t give a damn about others. That sort of attitude affects the rich and poor.

    Tell me how will you pay your rent when you retire? Will the pension cover it. Maybe you have savings but I wouldn’t trust my money in a regular bank right now.

    The banks loan about 10 times what they have in assetts so if everyone withdraws they cannot cover it.

    I think the Nats want to sell kiwibank becuase they know we are going to see a complete collapse of our worlds fincancial sytem. A mortage free home might be the only thing keeping some people off the street under those circumstances. I hope you are not one of those people.

    I hope I am not one of those people but I probably will be.
    I have major health problems and lost my home under a Labour government becuase I needed expensive medicine not funded by the government and I needed that medicine becuase my health deteriated badly after being forced by my landlord to move quickly. When I first moved into that home and the move made me really ill and everyone noticed i hadn’t unpacked ” because I was too sick.
    No one offered to help me so I just lived in a house with everthing in boxes.

    Then afew weeks later they put the house on the market. I asked for my moving fees back and my fee to the agent which I needed to get out of a situation which was detrimental to my health and the agency just told me where to go.

    I know about greed and landlords that is for sure. The lies I was told may not have affected the average person but becuase I was ill they impacted severely on my life.

    I cannot work and quite honestly I would be scared to live in a state house. Plus if you are sick and alone you are going to be put in a unit. When you are in constant pain and cannot get out living that close can be horrible as you hear everything through the walls and if you are in unbearble pain its just enough to push you right over the edge. Its like torture so a state house is not going to be any use to me. They are not going to give me a separate dwelling for just me are they. Units are a living hell for those in constant pain or for the sick who need sleep to recover.

    • Carol 18.1

      Well, I’m sorrt to hear about your experiences, gloria. But it is greed and putting too much focus on everyone owning property that has put the banks and financial system at risk, IMO.

      I have modest amounts in pension funds in the the 3 countries I have lived (NZ, England, Aussie), currently paying into Kiwisaver & have money in banks…. although that was quite a personal question…? I pay low rent, and expect to be able to continue to work part time beyond retirement age. With that in mind, I keep myself as fit and healthy as I can, and generally live modestly – my needs are small.

      I don’t see the financial situation being fixed globally by continuing to put pressure on all people to own their own homes. It seems to me to be more of the problem than the solution. I remember when I visited Denmark, many years ago, that everyone was pretty much guaranteed an affordable place to live, with affordable rents, and limited focus on people owning their own homes. Large numbers of people were happy to rent. Seemed like an ideal situation to me.

    • Vicky32 18.2

      Gloria I am in a State House, and I am not the most healthy of people… I need a State house as I can’t afford the rent in a privately owned one – but truly, I would prefer a Unit, as this house is so big and cold… But I don’t want to buy trouble by asking for a transfer, as the tenancy manager is an amazingly lazy cow who wants rid of me!
      If you were in a State unit, I would love to do a swap!
      Deb

  19. the sprout 19

    it hardly surprises me Nat have no plan,
    after all non-intervention is at least consonant with their neo-liberalism.

    but it disgusts me that an allegedly social democratic party like Labour has no plan either.

    Green is looking like a wiser vote every day.

  20. Manu 20

    Why aren’t we taxpayers kicking up more about the Government bailing out the bloody rich – again? I very much object. Don’t I get a say, seeing as I have paid my taxes? That amount of money could help SOOOOOO many families.
    I’d rather we taxpayers give the billion bux to improve the standards of living eg, cheaper power in the winter time so we can at least feel warm……. National stands for the RICH to get RICHER and retain the POWER to get even RICHER! All of you National politicians should be gaoled for theft – theft of my money over the many years that I’ve paid tax upon taxes – and more taxes. THIEVES I’m sick of you all! National, I pray you get booted out of government next elections and go to gaol – you thieving pack of fiends!

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    2 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    2 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    2 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    6 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    6 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 days ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 days ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    28 mins ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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