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Open Mike 02/11/2017

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  1. Robert Guyton 1

    “The major failures confronting New Zealand today stem from the neoliberal economic agenda that has dominated the past four decades with its blind faith in ‘free’ markets, the increasing privatisation of public policy and the out-dated approach to measuring our economic and fiscal performance. As articulated by Treasury during the 1980s and 90s the neoliberal agenda has played a critical role in reinforcing class differences, in generating a low wage economy and in promoting the social conditions for child poverty and for what is best described as a major social deficit.”

    http://briefingpapers.co.nz/the-challenges-ahead-for-the-new-government/

    • tracey 1.1

      Fascinating article, thanks for sharing.

      Selective faith in free markets… cos when labour is short the market woukd rise the wages/conditions to attract workers but in NZ we important people to offset the usual market response and to retain profit margins

      • Carolyn_nth 1.1.1

        And in relation to the repeal of the 3 strikes law, one of the many problems now facing NZ is stated as:

        The archaic practices in justice and policing that have led to bulging prisons and incarceration levels that are among the highest in the developed world; and

        With an embedded link to a briefing paper on our prison system.

        • tracey 1.1.1.1

          But we need to read yesterdays announcement with Nash’s announced priorities. He gives me little (no pun intended) faith in a paradigm shift to funding/resourcing programmes proven to reduce recidivism, addictions, and so on.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1

            Nash still seems to be a neo-liberal clingon.

            • tracey 1.1.1.1.1.1

              I was trying to make the point without saying that in light of the aversion of some to early criticism of the Labour/NZF C abinet.

              • Karen

                Any criticism of Nash is welcome by me! Or Shane Jones for that matter. Can’t stand either of them.

                Luckily Andrew Little will be leading the review of the Justice Department and Kelvin Davis as Corrections Minister will be working with him to reform the prison system. Andrew has already said that the planned new prison being will probably be canned.

                Nash is an idiot and will be stomped on if tries to overplay his hand. I hope that he will eventually lose that Police portfolio. I’d like to see one of the Māori MPs in that role.

    • DH 1.2

      I’m not a subscriber to the ideology excuse. It’s convenient to blame a belief system for the ills of society but also somewhat self-defeating. Followers are ideologues and followers only … follow. IMO behind the so-called neo-liberalism is plain old greed; thirst for power, money, influence, social status etc.

      If the political left really wanted to fight neo-liberalism they might take a leaf out of the old policeman’s book; follow the money.

    • Venezia 1.3

      Best analysis I’ve read about situation prior to election. Prof Ian Shirley taught me back in the day at Massey Palmerston North. Always clear and comprehensive explanations. I would like to read more of his recent writing.

  2. eco maori 2

    You no how I said I had been examining my past and a few Incidence that I took no notice of well here is one.
    Back in the day I had a M8 that I had known for 10 years through work .
    I use to have a cup of tea with this person and he and another guy whom was like a scientist really onto it guy well every time I wen’t over these two would be playing Chest .
    I new how the game was played and all the moves that the pieces can make and played a few games. I use to just watch tv while the battled away. Well one day I took on my M8 challenge and I played him and he whipped ass in three moves LOL.
    Well I took that challenge seriously and I was playing my wife my children a computa I was clocking up 5 hours a day playing chest . And after 2 weeks I kicked my mate ass 4 times I had met the Challenger head on and won so I gave up playing him. You see I had all ready made up my mind that playing game’s I.E crash bandicoot video games was a waste of my precious time that I needed to build my Maunga so my children got the run of there video games lol .
    Well there is a correction for my statements made yesterday which is I should have said that I try not to affect most people negatively, But some people get to feel the Thunder and some people are feeling the Thunder and they don’t even no it .
    And I will keep using the Thunder to fight for equal right’s for all and my fight for OUR Mother Earth P.S to my clients you are just innocent bystanders and I have OUR whole World as my witness . Kia Kaha

    • tracey 2.1

      Kia ora Eco Maori

      • eco maori 2.1.1

        Thank’s Tracy That’s the way Jack Promoting OUR science for our Moko to learn science is one of the tools we have to make OUR future bright Ka pai

    • ianmac 2.2

      “But some people get to feel the Thunder and some people are feeling the Thunder and they don’t even no it.”
      What do you mean by “the Thunder” eco Maori?

      • james 2.2.1

        You might be feeling it and not even knowing right now.

        • The decrypter 2.2.1.1

          james, —james -james –hold the ladder steady,, hold the ladder steady-

        • ianmac 2.2.1.2

          “Georg was a goat and his beard was yellow,
          And James was a very small snail.”
          A.A.Milne.

          • The decrypter 2.2.1.2.1

            Knew a thing or two did AA.Milne.

              • The decrypter

                Amazing, -knew bout –james, — also “Gerry I’m coming through”, Brownlee, ARHH !! –but did he know bout “button it sweetie” Paula? She would have a crush on our james me thinks.

                • Robert Guyton

                  Only if she rolled over in her sleep. I’m sure A.A. had something on Paula; the first paragraph of “Teddy Bear”?

                  https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/teddy-bear-by-aa-milne

                  • james

                    Nice to know that you are the kind of per son who is happy to “fat shame” a woman – classy.

                    “A bear, however hard he tries,
                    Grows tubby without exercise.
                    Our Teddy Bear is short and fat,
                    Which is not to be wondered at;

                    • The decrypter

                      He-He Robert.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Oh, James, you are a duffer!

                      The last paragraph reads:
                      “A bear, however hard he tries,
                      Grows tubby without exercise.
                      Our Teddy Bear is short and fat,
                      Which is not to be wondered at.
                      But do you think it worries him
                      To know that he is far from slim?
                      No, just the other way about –
                      He’s proud of being short and stout.”

                      Sometimes I wonder if your head isn’t stuffed like a Teddy bears!

              • greywarshark

                Could be a little exercise to use each time a troll gets going – think up a suitable poem or piece of music for them. It would be like turning them into an art installation that we add to, and make them a feature that is less annoying and obstructive, and more inspirational so that we get creative. Also it would add to our artistic appreciation, so making a silk purse out of a sows ear, as traditionally spoken.

    • tracey 3.1

      Found the following part interesting cos we also do not know the value of their purchases and if they may be a small number but buying high end properties?

      “LINZ reported that five percent of buyers of 12,951 Auckland properties in the June quarter were not New Zealand tax residents, while 20 percent of properties were bought by 2,637 corporate or business entities. All but six of those entities stated they were resident in New Zealand for tax purposes, but no information was given on the ultimate residency status of the owners of those New Zealand companies or trust.

      So the actual percentage of properties that could involve people without permanent residency could range between five percent and 20 percent. The data itself is therefore not useful in determining the actual scale of the foreign buying.

      The simple answer is that no one knows exactly how much overseas capital has flowed into Auckland and how much of an impact it has had on prices, alongside the pressures of record high net migration and the lowest house building rate in history. It could be a lot or it could be not much.

      But it’s clear that the difference in New Zealand’s policies with Australia have been a factor in New Zealand prices outperforming Australia’s.

      • DH 3.1.1

        The LINZ data is even more flawed than that Tracey. It is reporting property transfers, not property sales, but the narrative from it is persistently that of sales. Even in their reports they transpose the word ‘transfer’ for ‘sale’ when they’re not all sales.

        A number of transfers would simply be change of title; transferring from an individual to a trust, family estate changes, business to business transfers etc. Just what the proportions are they don’t say and they absolutely should be saying because the data is untruthful without that information.

        • Karen 3.1.1.1

          Eugenie Sage is the new Minister in charge of LINZ. I am looking forward to her getting her teeth into that portfolio.

          • DH 3.1.1.1.1

            I hope she can make a difference. Labour have been very weak on numbers, they rarely pulled National up when they made shit up like that.

            The LINZ reports were pretty blatant and the response really should have been….

            “Hang on a minute, you keep saying that only 5% of sales were to foreign tax residents when your own data says that the 5% is of total transfers …. not total sales.”

            It’s pretty simple maths too, they only need to know how many houses were actually sold and that data is available elsewhere. LINZ report 48,603 property transfers from April 2017 to June 2017, somewhat more than the numbers of genuine sales the likes of REINZ report.

            If half of all property transfers were not sales, and there was no foreign content in those non-sales, then the true number would be 10% of sales were to foreign tax residents.

            It was a little convenient that the approach National took would invariably understate the true percentage of foreign buyers.

      • greywarshark 3.1.2

        @Tracey 8.17
        ‘outperforming’ – like on the highwire on a bicycle?

    • ianmac 3.2

      Thanks Pat.
      Bernard Hickey: “So the actual percentage of properties that could involve people without permanent residency could range between five percent and 20 percent. The data itself is therefore not useful in determining the actual scale of the foreign buying.”

      The previous Government was not trying to deceive us was it?
      Sadly the changes might take a long time to have an effect and meantime the dropping of capital value of houses will annoy some investors.

      • tracey 3.2.1

        And amidst it all please let us remember that

        A. Agents told us the market always slows pre election

        B. LVR by RB may be the factor in lower prices in Auckland although I note Wellington is up 10% year on year, not anything the “nothing to see here” Nats did

  3. mauī 4

    Max Blumenthal on the dangers for the left of the cynical russia narrative in us politics.

    • 1. It’s always possible that the reason the American left is going after Russian influence on elections in western countries isn’t because they’re dupes of the establishment, but because they’re concerned about Russian influence on elections in western countries.

      2. Jamie Raskin is right. Instead of quibbling about this or that detail, the pro-Putin left needs to ask itself why it’s backing conservative authoritarian nationalists against liberal democracy. And if they won’t ask themselves, the rest of us should at least think about what the reasons might be.

      • greywarshark 4.1.1

        Can you just clear up the point – which country is the conservative authoritarian nationalists and which the liberal democracy vis a vis Russia and the USA? They both seem in a state of flux, and I’m not sure whether you are being ironic?

        • Psycho Milt 4.1.1.1

          Why are you confused? There’s a serious problem of left-wingers backing Putin but none I’m aware of left-wingers backing Trump. Context is important.

          Also: false equivalence ought to be embarrassing but apparently isn’t for a lot of people.

      • spikeyboy 4.1.2

        I think you might have the wrong end of the stick there. Its not about backing Putin or Trump or whoever. Its about how its possible to believe the fantasy which is #russiagate. Its a bit like reading the bible and thinking its a real story. Bush may have said “you’re either with us or against us” but there are more options. We may just think your story really sucks

    • joe90 4.2

      Definitely no Russian interference in the US. Not a bit.

      /

      1/ A Russian Facebook page organized a protest in Texas. Then a different Russian page launched the counter-protest. https://t.co/tKOZ6u6Yd0 pic.twitter.com/50F1GqGzPu— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 1, 2017

      2/ Heart of Texas, a Russian-controlled Facebook group that promotes secession, planned an anti-Muslim rally in May. https://t.co/tKOZ6u6Yd0— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 1, 2017

      3/ A separate Russian-sponsored group, United Muslims of America, advertised a “Save Islamic Knowledge” rally. https://t.co/tKOZ6u6Yd0 pic.twitter.com/vd0YMMrFdB— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 1, 2017

      4/ There were confrontations. Verbal attacks. It cost the Russians $200 to make this happen. https://t.co/tKOZ6u6Yd0 pic.twitter.com/VTGo6bFsHH— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 1, 2017

      5/ Again — $200. That's all it took. https://t.co/tKOZ6u6Yd0 pic.twitter.com/xNi3vIZq5W— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 1, 2017

      6/ Someone with a computer in Russia and $200 was able to create an event to "tear apart our society." https://t.co/tKOZ6u6Yd0 pic.twitter.com/Or257uPp6p— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 1, 2017

      https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/01/russian-facebook-page-organized-protest-texas-different-russian-page-l/

      • mauī 4.2.1

        So if I have this correct. Russia supposedly used some super mind control techniques to convince patriotic texans to be involved in large scale protests and counter protests inside the US from its troll farm somewhere in Russia all for the cost of $200?

        This would neatly fit in with the work they were doing with Pokemon Go I suppose where they were leading unsuspecting gamers to black lives matter events so they would end up voting for the Donald.

        It’s fucking ridiculous.

  4. greywarshark 6

    Amongst ways of managing the country better for better outcomes for all of us, this procedure from Harvard Business Review is probably behind the leaner and meaner, ‘cutting out the fat’ philosophy. It no doubt works when first reviewing a business or department and trying for more efficiency, but how often can it then be repeated still retaining good quality of resource, and good quality of adequate staff on reasonable wages?

    https://hbr.org/1991/05/profit-priorities-from-activity-based-costing
    Fully exploiting ABC as a guide to profitability, however, requires a conceptual break from traditional cost accounting systems and a willingness to act on the insights ABC analysis provides. Managers must refrain from allocating all expenses to individual units and instead separate the expenses and match them to the level of activity that consumes the resources. Very simply, managers should separate the expenses incurred to produce individual units of a particular product from the expenses needed to produce different products or to serve different customers, independent of how many units are produced or sold.

    Then managers must be prepared to act. First, they should explore ways to reduce the resources required to perform various activities. Then to transform those reductions into profits, they must either reduce spending on those resources or increase the output those resources produce. The actions allow the insights from ABC to be translated into increased profits at the bottom line.

  5. greywarshark 7

    I’m reading a book set in 11th century Britain, and these quotes refer to Wales at the time.

    …here in a half-barbaric Welsh landholder, no great lord, but a mere squireling elevated among his inferiors to a status he barely rated, at least in Norman eyes. It was the difference between them that Robert [the Norman] thoughtin hierarchies, and Rhisiart [the Welshman] thought in blood-ties, high and low of one mind and in one kinship, and not a man among them aware of inferiority, only of his due place in a united family…. p67

    [A bribe was offered by Robert to Rhisiart to persuade the village people to give up a religious treasure to Robert] ‘Money!’ said Rhisiart in the most extraordinary of tones, at once curious, derisory and revolted. He knew about money, of course, and even understood its use, but as an aberration in human relations. In the rural parts of Wales, which indeed were almost all of Wales, it was hardly used at all, and hardly needed. Provision was made in the code for all necessary exchange of goods and services, nobody was so poor as to be without the means of living, and beggars were unknown. The kinship took care of its helpless members, and every house was open as of right. p.69
    from A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters.

    The author Ellis Peters had made a study of Wales at that period and has a good take on conditions and practices. This approach of the Welsh sounds interesting and could serve us in the times to come. It should be noted that some of the Welsh found the English way of doing things and their moneyed way of life offered more opportunity for luxury and extravagance and the English were determined to absorb Wales, and were able to subvert them and take control of the land and people and ensure that their royalty died out.

    • syclingmad 7.1

      With respect, that is not the sort of model for society that I believe in, and looking backwards is not a roadmap for the future. Those were feudal times …

      Social enterprise is the way forward.

      • greywarshark 7.1.1

        syclingmad
        Perhaps you will be able to hop on your cycle and go towards the future with great confidence and belief that all will be well.

        I do not have such confidence and looking at how poorly we have applied knowledge and let standards slip up till now, I believe such lack of confidence is entirely justified. We are slipping back into colonial times in NZ with shonky and make-do houses, laws and lack of respect for those without money or the means to earn it. So good luck to you. I want to have a circle of mutual assistance for those who don’t hit the jackpot.

        • syclingmad 7.1.1.1

          I didn’t say I have confidence – I presented an alternative pathway forward. Circle the wagons isn’t the approach to succeed. And everyone has the resources to contribute in some way, even just employing the grey matter in creative and innovative ways is what we need into the future.

      • Robert Guyton 7.1.2

        syclingmad – can you tell me, in not too many words, what you mean by “social enterprise”?
        Thanks.

        • syclingmad 7.1.2.1

          Sure – re-imagining the way business is done. Thinking beyond profit. Impact on people and the environment.

          The sorts of initiatives and broader thinking espoused and put into action by Christopher Luxon. And before people start regaling me with stories of deplorable wages at Air NZ or shutting down maintenance facilities, Rome wasn’t build in a day, as they say.

          Derek Handley also advocates this approach.

          • Robert Guyton 7.1.2.1.1

            Thanks, syclinmad. Do you think neoliberalism will already have assimilated social enterprise and made it its own? Bastardised it to suit? Captured and corrupted it (It’s what neo-lib does 🙂

            • syclingmad 7.1.2.1.1.1

              See I don’t get hung up on the labels and the categorising. What we have is a mixed economy with a “capitalist” (I hate using that term) organising principle. It will ever be so. What we need to do is find a way to make it more compassionate for all its members and to care for the great provider – mother earth.

              So I choose to work within rather than throw rocks from the outside. Can it be done – who knows, but dire predictions for the climate sure hold everyone’s feet to the flames. And recruit everyone to this cause rather than exclude on the basis of ideology or past deed.

              • Robert Guyton

                How can a person think “beyond profit”? Is that profit with a small “p”, ’cause every organism seeks to profit from its actions; few want to lose. Actually, none.

            • weka 7.1.2.1.1.2

              Neoliberalism is well skilled at coopting and bastardising social justice and Good Things. I like the idea of subverting that. No reason we can’t colonise them.

      • Molly 7.1.3

        “Social enterprise is the way forward.”

        Unfortunately in this capitalist framed society, social enterprise will be as cynically used by some entrepreneurs as “greenwashing.”

        There was a great site for advertising awards for ads highlighting the appropriation of good intent, but random delivery (but I can’t recall the name), but did find this one on Youtube:

        • syclingmad 7.1.3.1

          By some, maybe. But I’d rather be trying to subvert for the better than being perpetually disappointed that the revolution hasn’t happened yet …

          • Molly 7.1.3.1.1

            I’m not being clear, so I’ll try to clarify.

            I’ve been following the social enterprise movement for a while now, and agree with the stated intent of many of those disseminating the information, and have been heartened to see some of the (usually overseas) examples of social enterprise.

            However, despite those examples, have been cynical about the use of this term in regards to NZ, because the few workshops I did attend were more about creating standard business opportunities rather than true social enterprise.

            It is not “subversion” if it appropriated and used to bolster the same attitude towards growing business and what constitutes success.

            I support – like you – a change, but I am trying to be vigilant that the change I support is fundamental and not just window dressing. I will be heartened to see true social enterprise take place in NZ, and would be very glad to see government support in the way of grants or tax rebates for businesses that follow a robust new model. A step up from Maryland recognising B-Corps in the US.

            It has been a while since I checked the number of B-Corps in NZ, but they have increased. Interestingly, a cluster around Christchurch that didn’t exist before, but may be reflective of the growth in community that has happened since the 2011 earthquake.

  6. ianmac 8

    As our local paper diminishes so they have pulled out Sports reporters. As she gave me a haircut my barber pointed out that the children’ sports teams that her husband’s work sponsored, would no longer get the exposure. So should they pull the sponsorship?

    • Sacha 8.1

      Do they now get local exposure via Facebook etc rather that the chip-wrapper?

    • Molly 8.2

      Well, if they consider the children purely as running billboards then I guess so.

      If they consider the benefit that their contribution makes to community wellbeing, with the added kudos afforded their business by the team members, their family and their supporters – well they should keep contributing. As sacha points out, they will still get their support noted on social media.

      • ianmac 8.2.1

        I wonder if the big sponsors for the All Blacks would still sponsor if advertising stopped?

  7. eco maori 9

    Many Thanks to Forbes Magazine and CNN new’s for seeing the Great Potential of OUR great Lady leader and prime minister Jacinda Ardern and showing the man that crowned her Winston Peters OUR coalition government is the BEST . Kia Kaha

  8. Sanctuary 10

    Has anyone else seen Susie Ferguson’s twitter post? I am sure Standard readers would like to wish her a trouble free operation and a speedy recovery.

    • veutoviper 10.1

      Here is a link to Suzie’s twitter post on her announcement at the end of Morning Report today that she is having major surgery tomorrow – a possible hysterectomy – due to long term endometriosis. She will probably not be back on air this side of Christmas.

      RNZ are apparently putting together an article or something on endometriosis etc which will then be put up on their website.

      Kim Hill, Mihingarangi Forbes, John Campbell and Philippa Tolley will be filling in on Morning Report.

      I have not had this awful condition but have family and friends who have had it. And I know that we have a couple of absolutely excellent (female) doctors/surgeons here in Wellington who are experts in endometriosis. So hoping Suzie will be well looked after and back to full health in the near future.

      EDIT – here is a link to the Endometriosis Support NZ website with a good explanation of Endo.

      Yes guys – there is no reason why you should not also have a look and find out more.

      http://www.nzendo.org.nz/about-endometriosis/index.html

      • greywarshark 10.1.1

        Thanks for putting that up vv and I’m sure we all wish Suzie well. It is good if we have the means to do away with painful debilitating chronic conditions.

  9. Puckish Rogue 11

    Well now the left certainly can’t complain about the situation they’ve found themselves in:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/342833/unemployment-falls-as-wages-rise-from-equity-deal

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/98450261/qv-reports-first-yearonyear-price-drop-since-2011

    That’s a pretty good situation to come into I’d say

    🙂

  10. Sanctuary 12

    Kiwiblog these days:

    First post of the day: Sun spots! Will they drive a wedge in the coalition between Labour and the Greens?

    145 comments denying climate change, 68 more blaming sunspots on Winston, 113 demanding a military coup against the communists.

    Second post of the day: Will NZ First/Green tension over rival favourites in the Great British Bake off bring down the coalition?

    120 comments calling the Greens communists. 100 more denying climate change.

    Third post of the day: Halloween – Will Jacinda’s distribution of lollies cause coalition tensions with the social conservatives of NZ First?

    45 comments claiming Jacinda was spotted on a broom flying over Wellington, 148 comments of even more vile women hatred, 98 demanding euthenasia of all NZ First voters over 65, and 102 making an incredibly lame comparison between socialism and free lollies.

    • lprent 12.1

      Yeah it is a pretty boring zone for misogynist dickheads there at present.

      I have had to curtail my reading at kiwiblog because they are too boring.

  11. stunned mullet 13

    “45 comments claiming Jacinda was spotted on a broom flying over Wellington, 148 comments of even more vile women hatred, 98 demanding euthenasia of all NZ First voters over 65, and 102 making an incredibly lame comparison between socialism and free lollies.”

    😆 It’s like an episode of the Goon show.

    • greywarshark 13.1

      The Goon show were weird but funny. These people are weird and off-putting, even scary. The loons show.

    • “They’ve already got a measure of underemployment in there, which counts people who are working less than full time who would like to be working more hours,” Crampton said.
      “They’re already tracking this. If it’s something you care about, you should be tracking the underemployment measure.”

      Need to be tracking the over employment figure as well – those working more than 40 hours per week.

      Crampton said it was important that the Government Statistician not be seen to be making changes at the request of her political masters.

      “They shouldn’t be under any pressure to redefine measures with a change of government.”

      The government does need to be confidant of the information that they’re getting from a state department and just because they meet ILO standards doesn’t mean that they’re at best practice. In fact, saying that they meet standards sounds remarkably like an excuse not to better themselves.

      Former Reserve Bank special advisor Michael Reddell said the merit of existing measurements was the fact they can be compared internationally “and that isn’t something to sacrifice lightly”.

      Meeting standards is the minimum needed, exceeding them is what we need to be doing if at all possible (and it usually is).

      Standards aren’t static no matter how much some people seem to think that they should be.

      And there’s a serious question about those standards actually being good enough.

      “From a macro policy perspective, it usually doesn’t matter much which measure one uses – they all usually (but not always) move quite similarly cyclically – and so people like the Reserve Bank will sensibly prefer the series with the longest run of data (current official measure).”

      Translation from EX-RBNZ governor: The RBNZ regularly ignores data it doesn’t like.

      “But they are independent and they measure things independently and it’s one of the checks and balances on our government system.”

      They may be independent but the last government still managed to use them to lie after a change in the statistic gathering/interpretation dropped the unemployment rate by ~0.5% which they claimed as a government success. This would probably explain the lack of belief in those statistics.

      • Incognito 14.1.1

        The problem as I see it is that RBNZ, Treasury, and Statistics NZ, for example, produce reports and press releases that are not easily digestible for general consumption by the general public. So, complex information gets reduced down to singular indices such as CPI, GDP, and Unemployment that are really aggregate measures and thus completely misunderstood by most if not all.

  12. eco Maori/kiwi 15

    Our nation’s employment insurance organization is charging me insurance cost based on $31.720 but they forecast my income for 20018 at $22.466 and we no that if I get injured they are not going to pay me out 80 % of 31.720 they will pay me 80 % of 22.466.
    There excuse is that is the minimum charge out rate WTF my reply was I will agree to disagree with that Policy Ka pai

  13. Andre 16

    Heh. Seth Meyers gets his chance to ask Sarah Huckabee Sanders some questions.

  14. Puckish Rogue 17

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11939417

    9th in the world but behind Rwanda, not quite sure how that works

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    8 hours ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    9 hours ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    10 hours ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 day ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 day ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    11 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
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