web analytics

Open mike 03/11/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 3rd, 2010 - 69 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

69 comments on “Open mike 03/11/2010”

  1. joe90 1

    This is good.

  2. Another example of doctrinaire belligerence against the poor from the acting Minister of Social Development Judith Collins.

    She has acted to curtail a practice whereby an interest free loan was made to poor people to obtain a limited licence so that they could get or retain employment. Better obviously that they remain on the dole.

    Her justifications are laughable. They can “catch a bus”. I see courier drivers on busses with parcels all the time. Or if they can afford to drink then they can afford to hire a lawyer of their own. As if …

    Now all applications will have to be considered by the head of the Department. Absolute doctrinaire lunacy.

  3. Pascal's bookie 3

    GOP senatorial big toga John Boehner on the stump:

    At each stop he draws on nostalgia for the Republican glory days of the 1980s, by telling the same joke. “Remember when Ronald Reagan was president,” he said. “We had Bob Hope. We had Johnny Cash. Think about where we are today. We have got President Obama. But we have no hope and we have no cash.” It draws hoots of laughter and applause every time.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/01/us/politics/01boehner.html?_r=1

    Chip off the ol’ block Rosanne Cash on Twitter:

    http://twitter.com/rosannecash/status/29421685199

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      The US is going into 2 years of legislative gridlock now where absolutely nothing is going to be able to get through the senate/congress/President.

      Corporate interests are simply going to run (even more) rampant.

      • ianmac 3.1.1

        Ironically the claims made are that Obama has not done enough. The response? Lets put enough Republicans in to create a gridlock that make it impossible for Obama to get reforms through. Daft system!

        • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1

          One thing I read a while ago, probably linked from here, possibly in the comments, was a graph showing projected budget deficits. The tea party are all nuts about cutting the deficit, but on the projection it showed that up-front they will cut the deficit severely, but projected out for 4-5 years it would be much higher under their plans than under Obamas, enough to wipe out the initial short-term gains. Crazy.

          Also, Christine (Not A Witch, She’s You) O’Donnel didn’t know that the separation of church and state is included in the constitution. She was genuinely surprised and didn’t believe it when told during a debate.

          • joe90 3.1.1.1.1

            She was genuinely surprised and didn’t believe it when told during a debate.

            Her campaign has offered a reward to anyone who can find the exact phrase “Separation of Church and State” anywhere in the United States Constitution.

            • felix 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Isn’t that a bit like claiming that there’s no law banning heroin because you can’t find the exact phrase “drugs are bad mmkay” anywhere in the statutes?

              • Lanthanide

                If you read the link, apparently the separation of church and state really isn’t in the constitution, but in private letters of Thomas Jefferson who had no part in drafting the constitution. Supreme Court rulings are apparently vague on the subject.

                I’m sure with further research all of the claims in the link could be shown to be false, but I don’t really have to time to look around for anyone rebutting it. Of course reality doesn’t matter to her followers, and the press release is written in a way that will definitely appeal to them.

                • joe90

                  Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli.

                  also

                • Pascal's bookie

                  ‘Supreme Court rulings are apparently vague on the subject.’

                  nah, they are clear as. The establishment clause means that the government cannot act for religious reasons. Everything it does must have a secular purpose. Otherwise, (if the govt is acting for a religious purpose), it would in effect establish that religion.

                • felix

                  Thing is Lanth, she’s pretending her opponent’s argument hinges on that exact phrase existing verbatim in the constitution, when it really doesn’t matter if it does or not.

                  She’s just attacking a man of straw. Or hiding behind one.

                  Either way she’s a witch.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2

        And that’s the reason why I oppose a two house parliament.

    • Tigger 3.2

      Thanks for the link pb. Asshat, love it!

    • prism 3.3

      Ronald Reagan told such good jokes. Pity we can’t have his quality here. When can we close the gap between NZ Prime Ministers and USA Presidents like Reagan?

  4. gobsmacked 4

    Today’s “New Zealand Media Memory Hole” test:

    The cross-party MPs report on smoking comes out today. Already leaked and in the news.

    John Key has made the usual empty, soothing noises, declaring Illness and Death to be Bad Things which he Opposes, because he is Nice. In other words, he intends to do nothing much. The committee report will gather dust.

    If New Zealand had journalists instead of amnesiacs, they would ask:

    “Do you support the current Smokefree legislation (e.g no smoking in bars, etc)? Why did you vote against it? Why did National campaign against it?”

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      If the MSM refuses to ask those questions, then The Standard or other non-MSM definitely should…

  5. prism 5

    How come Crusher Collins is issuing edicts about what WINZ should do? She has been criticising and would like to ban but is stopping at severely limiting, grants for those with suspended licences to help in getting them back so they can gain or continue in a job. Seems a practical use of money if it does that. Is Paula B now out of country learning from the great USA how to run an effective welfare system with reducing numbers because they find employment (making burgers and fries)? Is Crusher in her absence extending her domain?

    Crusher Collins is Minister of – Minister of Police, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs.
    Whereas Basher Bennett is Minister for Social Development and Employment
    and Minister of Youth Affairs

  6. millsy 6

    The next 2025 taskforce report is apparently out today, and suprise surprise, it will give us a nice big dose of more neo-liberal snake oil.

    Apparently the only way to catch up with Australia is to sell everything not nailed down.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Well, they are trying to sell out our workers, and New Zealanders are responding by leaving.

      • jimmy 6.1.1

        Heres a summary:

        http://www.3news.co.nz/Brashs-bitter-pill-for-New-Zealand-/tabid/419/articleID/184478/Default.aspx

        Predictable old Brash, sell everything, raise living costs for everyone but the rich, raise the retirement age, get rid of the super fund to pay off govt debt, mine everything in sight, etc., etc.

        Does anyone have the number for Jurrasic Park? They seem to have lost a dinosaur.

        • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1

          Well this environment will certainly encourage young NZ’ers to stay here.

        • KJT 6.1.1.2

          “We saved the village for democracy. Napalmed it”.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.3

          Such gains would come at the cost of reductions in the minimum wage, subsidies for early childhood education, subsidised doctor’s visits, reductions in unemployment benefits and mining on sensitive Crown land.

          So, basically cut the stuff that allows for people to live minimally (increasing poverty which will drive down wages), and dig up and sell off all our resources that we need for a viable economy.

          The expected load of BS from someone who has NFI how the economy works.

  7. grumpy 7

    I see Mason’s child assault conviction has been quashed by the Supreme Court and no retrial ordered.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10685029

    Without going into the pros and cons of the case – one thing strikes me. If the miscarraige of justice was so clear to both the Supreme Court and Crown Law, how come the Court of Appeal couldn’t see it?

    • Bored 7.1

      Dont ever confuse a system of law with a system of justice.

    • ianmac 7.2

      With-held because of the conflation of two charges. Had they been tried separately he almost certainly would have not “got off.”

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    Intresting exit poll:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/02/exit-polls-who-to-blame-for-economy/

    Voters think the economy’s a wreck…but who’s to blame? Thirty-five percent of voters in early exit polls pin the blame on Wall Street. The next name on the list: former President Bush – 29 percent point their fingers in his direction. President Obama follows, at 24 percent.

    Just 35 percent of voters think the country’s on the right track, to 62 percent who think things are heading in the wrong direction. They’re not quite as pessimistic as they were just two years ago, when those numbers were 21 and 74 percent – but angrier than they were back in 2006, when 41 percent felt the nation was on the right track, to 55 percent who said they were headed in the wrong direction.

    and they are electiing tea baggers. It’s a fucked up world we live in these days.

    • Bored 8.1

      Maybe a sign that the population of the world are very very confused…the established orthodoxies are being seen to fail, people see the stars out of alignment. The MSM as maid servants of the powers that be can no longer uphold the illusions. Replacing failed prophets with false prophets is likely to be the order of the day until there is clarity.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1

        Or war – which is most likely.

        • Bored 8.1.1.1

          The false prophets will lead to war and any other number of places, they will likely be focused on power and blame for those things seen as wrong and in need of sacrificial retribution.

  9. Pascal's bookie 9

    I am not a witch. I am also not a senator.

    • joe90 9.1

      ‘smirk’

      • gobsmacked 9.1.1

        O’Donnell’s defeat was pretty much the only thing that didn’t go the way of the crazies today. There’s a new Senator in West Virginia who’s pro-gun, pro-pollution, anti-abortion, anti-healthcare reform … and he won.

        But actually, that’s the good news. He’s a Democrat.

        NZ Politicians, transplanted to the USA:

        John Key – mainstream Democrat.
        Phil Goff – liberal Democrat, defeated in primary.
        Rodney Hide – “moderate” Republican, defeated in primary by Tea Party, for being insufficiently insane.
        Russel Norman – fled to Canada.
        Hone Harawira – in jail.

  10. Joe Bloggs 10

    Phil Goff is surely not serious when he says the abolition of gift duty is a tax cut by stealth for the wealthiest? Spend $70m in compliance costs and $900k in direct costs to collect $1.6m? You gotta be kidding!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10684907

    Still, it’s good to see Phil back out of hiding after the Hobbit

  11. Irascible 11

    Don Brash has revealed the NACT policy basis for 2010 and beyond with these recommendations:
    Mr Brash says governments need to stop “playing at business” and allow the market to encourage growth and innovation, and “weed out failures”.

    “It is critical to re-establish the mindset that markets, not governments, create wealth best.”

    In the report, Mr Brash has made 35 recommendations he says will reduce the wage gap with Australia.

    Some of the standout reforms he calls for include:

    * Reducing government spending to 29 percent of GDP by 2012/2013. New Zealand’s Government spending as a proportion of GDP is 38.9 percent. Six OECD countries spend less than us – including the US, Spain and Japan. Twenty OECD countries spend more than us including the UK, Germany and Sweden.

    * Labour market reform should include reducing the minimum wage to 1999 ratios and extending the 90-day probationary period for employees to a year.

    * “Ambitious” welfare reform should be undertaken to reduce the number of people of working age receiving welfare benefits. As of September this year 65,281 people were claiming unemployment benefits.

    * The retirement age should increase “progressively” to lower the future costs of New Zealand Superannuation.

    * Universal subsidies for doctor’s visits and prescriptions should be abolished and instead be related to income status or health of the individual.

    * Subsidies for Early Childhood Education introduced since 2005 should be reversed.

    * The National Government announced cuts to the funding for 20 hours of free early childhood education this week. $480 million is being cut from this sector over the next four years.

    * Fee caps on University fees should be removed and market-based interest rates reintroduced for student loans.

    * Average tax rates should come down – Mr Brash’s team estimate that with Government spending at 29 percent of GDP the maximum personal tax rate, company and trust tax rates could all be reduced to 20 percent.

    * All Government owned businesses which operate in a market where competition is actual or feasible should be sold.

    * The New Zealand Superannuation Fund should be wound up and assets used to pay off Government debt.

    * Congestion charging should be introduced to Auckland and other city centres where a cost benefit analysis supports doing so.

    * Mining on sensitive Crown-owned land should be permitted as long as it is supported by cost-benefit analysis.

    * Restrictions on foreign investment should be loosened.

    If these aren\’t a resurrection of discredited and patented policies designed to gut a country and ready it for asset stripping and an even further descent into client state status signalled with the sale of our Employment law to Warner Bros then I don’t know what are.

    • KJT 11.1

      If it does not work? do more of the same!.

    • Colonial Viper 11.2

      Labour has a very clear platform of differentiation now. Markets are desirable and needed in some areas. In others, they are very limited in use, shown to be prone to failure and extremely undesirable.

      • Joe Bloggs 11.2.1

        let’s just clarify that last comment … markets are desirable and needed, and prone to failure and undesirable?

        Yup that’s a great platform of differentiation – great policy on the hoof there, CV…

        • Draco T Bastard 11.2.1.1

          ^^ Another RWNJ showing their complete stupidity.

        • felix 11.2.1.2

          Joe,

          If you think you can clarify a statement by removing all of the qualifying elements then you’re going to have a really hard time establishing communication with sentient beings.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.3

      Sounds like a plan to really fuck the economy.

  12. rod 12

    Lockwood Smith does a U-turn. Mickey Mouse is alive and well.

  13. Vicky32 13

    Did I hear rightly? Surely I can’t have – I thought I heard Fatty Garner on 3 News say the average wage in NZ is $969.00 weekly. I have to have misheard, hey?
    If i didn’t mishear, where did Fatty get that figure?
    Deb

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Fatty Garner has just told 75% of the people in NZ that they are below average.
      (Sorta like Kim Jong Il telling North Koreans that they are all warm, fed and content using radio broadcasts).

      Let’s see how many votes this wins National.

      • Vicky32 13.1.1

        Let’s hope people actually take notice of what he said! 🙂
        Deb

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1

          And that old bugbear about the ‘average’ wage – the average wage is skewed upwards considerably by people who are on very high incomes distorting the numbers. Its like the average wage of the following 4 wage earners who are each paid, respectively:

          $25K, $25K, $25K, $3.5M.

          Holy shit on a stick, the average wage is $890K p.a.!!!

          Looks like the average worker does quite well for himself then, Fatty Garner 🙄

  14. Pascal's bookie 14

    Russ Feingold lost. Shit.

    He was about the only fighting liberal prepared to put his hand up on civil liberties. Scratch that. He was the only.
    The only guy that voted agin the patriot act.
    Gone.
    On a tide of Rand Paul ‘libertarianism’.

    Symbol-read that shit.

    Otherwise, slaughter in the house. Grayson lost. But the whole damn south was lost so there you go. The GOP continues it’s road to becoming the enraged pharmotropically confused id of a regional elderly white demographic. Good luck with that when the limbaugh fans start popping their clogs. Not long term thinkers.

    Or rather think long term democratic demographics aren’t relevant. Parse that as as you will.

    Teabaggers only did so so in the senate though. In that they could have done better. They shoulda beat Harry Reid but they nominated a nut. Palin’s nut in Alaska got beat by a write in. Boxer won a tough fight in California.

    Village meth heads are all blathering away about how Obama needs to reach out his hand, as if that’s where the fight is. The next two years are going to be GOP on GOP trench fucking warfare. Obama’s presidency will be a side show to them, just as Iraq was a sideshow to the Bush mob. A mere stage on which to fight. If you thought watching leftie libs go nuts at Obama was a sight, watch what happens to any GOP congress critters that refuse to play sink the battleship.

    Won’t be all fun and games though. People. Actual people, are gonna get hurt. Without even mentioning the economy, which is doomed.

    Bunch of judges got chucked out because they ruled it none of the states goddamn bidness what people choose to do with their sex organs. That the state should not discriminate on that account. That got them thrown out. Families will be broken, and ruled illegal. Arseholes.

    But shit. Russ Feingold?

    Fuck. Too soon.

  15. Pascal's bookie 15

    Concession speech from Losing GOPster.

    Not crazy psycho’s so stop saying that.

  16. Colonial Viper 16

    Not long term thinkers.

    Have to strongly disagree with you here. The GOP have openly stated that their main goal now is to make Obama a one term President.

    That’s a plan with at least a 2 year timeframe.

    Getting people back to work and ensuring that ordinary Americans are looked after? You must be joking.

    As for Feingold and everyone else being voted out. What can you expect with an electorate which has been living in permanent fear and no hope for years (save for a few months around Nov 2008). Even they can see the wealthy get wealthier, the banks who imploded the system get bailed out with billions, and the CEOs who ran the ships around keep all their personal fortunes.

    Perhaps they should follow the Righties cook book recipe: reduce taxes for all but especially the rich, get rid of all remaining financial and economic regulations, continue to socialise all private sector losses while letting them keep the gains.

    America’s lost decade has just started.

  17. vto 17

    The only problem with so many fish in the sea is that there is no time to correct the thought patterns drifting here..

  18. Draco T Bastard 18

    Back in the 5th Labour led governments term the RWNJs kept complaining about how much Labour were abusing Urgency. Well, Russel Norman has just released the figures as a comparison.

    The important numbers are:
    48th Parliament: 1503 hours, 148 hours in urgency, 9.9%
    49th Parliament (until 2 Nov 2010): 1145 hours, 310 hours in urgency, 27.1%

    So, in 2/3rds of a term NACT have more than doubled the hours of urgency of the full last term (the one that they were complaining about) and yet we don’t here a thing about it from them.

    • Herodotus 18.1

      Is not urgency abused in the 1st term of a govt?
      I am sure the 46th Parliament had more hours under urgency than the 47th & 48th, as the new govt wants to stamp its authority and the public are more open to radical changes. But then I could be wrong. 🙂
      Also Lab were not confronted with the world ending events and the saving of JRR Tolkiens legacy as we face today.

      • Draco T Bastard 18.1.1

        Actually, it appears that the Labour led government got up to urgency in the second term.

      • lprent 18.1.2

        You are.. There was more time spent in urgency in the 48th than there was in the 46th from my recollection.

        There was a lot of time in urgency in the early 90’s as well. It appears to be a National problem. It isn’t like they try to pass much actual urgent legislation under urgency. Most of it is utter crap like Collins car crushing or the auckland suoer shitty legislation that could do with a lot better and longer debate before they’re inflicted on us.

        Anyone got any idea where to pick up some stats?

  19. NickS 19

    /facepalm
    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/meat-inspectors-could-axed-3877549

    I can so see this ending well, at least for the lower end of the domestic market…

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      yeah there goes our entire export meat industry. This looks like the Govt and industry colluding to increase profits by one or two percentage points, even though reducing safety margins increases the systemic risks to the entire industry. Very bad.

      • NickS 19.1.1

        It’s more likely to impact on the lower end of the domestic market, as poor meat hitting major overseas markets will have a nasty negative impact on meat exports, especially as UK meat producers are just waiting for a chance to try and knock NZ meat off it’s pedestal. Where as the domestic market can only cause minimal damage, especially with the mystery-meat sausages.

        But yeah, it will probably take a lawsuit or two or change in government to re-introduce independent meat inspectors if this goes ahead. Hopefully though the companies that import NZ meat might point out that this a “bad idea”.

        • Draco T Bastard 19.1.1.1

          It’ll hit all sectors. If anything bad happens to the domestic market there will be calls from overseas business for recall and the customers will stop buying NZ meat.

          It’s a bloody stupid idea and done solely to boost profits. More stupidity from the NACTs that will ultimately harm our economy.

          • NickS 19.1.1.1.1

            It’s coming from within the FSA, so unless National’s changed people in their, it’s likely due to cost cutting and industry pushes rather than from on high 😛

          • Colonial Viper 19.1.1.1.2

            It’s a bloody stupid idea and done solely to boost profits.

            The stupidest thing is that any boost to profits would be highly marginal. Yet they are willing to build in huge systemic risk to do it. Dumbass.

            Why on earth do they think that the US has suffered from spinach food poisoning etc in the last 5 years.

            Increasing the risk of tainting in our food supply is ridiculous.

  20. Draco T Bastard 20

    Fascinating stat: Voters who blamed bankers for current economic woes backed Republicans +11 http://huff.to/drw57G

    That’s a copy n paste tweet

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Jenny Marcroft MP to represent New Zealand First in Auckland Central
    New Zealand First is pleased to announce Jenny Marcroft as the party’s election 2020 candidate for the Auckland Central electorate. Jenny spent years working in Auckland Central, having spent a vast proportion of her broadcasting career there. She says she, "knows the place and knows the people." Ms Marcroft says ...
    4 hours ago
  • Creating jobs and cleaning up our rivers
    New Zealanders deserve healthy rivers and lakes that are safe to swim in - but they have been getting worse for decades. That's why, with our latest announcement, we're investing in projects that will help clean up our rivers and lakes and restore them to health, within a generation. ...
    1 day ago
  • Jacinda Ardern: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Jacinda Ardern's speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    1 day ago
  • Kelvin Davis: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Kelvin Davis' speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    1 day ago
  • Week That Was: Another week of major progress
    This week we moved into the second half of 2020 - and our Government delivered another week of big changes and major progress for New Zealanders. Read below for a wrap of the key things moments from the week - from extending paid parental leave, to making major investments in ...
    3 days ago
  • Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill that cut corners on environmental safeguards and public cons...
    The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations. ...
    4 days ago
  • Site of new freight hub revealed
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development A regional freight hub for the lower North Island will be built just northeast of Palmerston North, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Government is investing $40 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to designate and buy land and design ...
    4 days ago
  • Greens call for Guaranteed Minimum Income to alleviate skyrocketing debt with MSD
    Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is calling for the introduction of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and prevent more families entering into further debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  ...
    4 days ago
  • Winston Peters: Facts matter when taxpayer money is on the line
    There has been renewed focus on New Zealand First acting as a handbrake on the Government after our decision to not support Auckland light rail. We are a handbrake for bad ideas, that is true, but our track record since 2017 has seen New Zealand First constructively also serve as an ...
    4 days ago
  • Bill raising minimum residency requirement for NZ Super passes first reading
    Mark Patterson MP, New Zealand First List MP New Zealand First’s Fair Residency for Superannuation Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill makes a significant change to NZ Super by raising the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 20 years, after age 20. “Currently, a migrant of ...
    4 days ago
  • Harsher penalties for assaults on first responders one step closer
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill in the name of Darroch Ball introducing a six-month minimum prison sentence for assaults on first responders has passed its second reading in Parliament. The new offence of "injuring a first responder or corrections officer with ...
    5 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission delivers Coalition promise
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Deputy Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in and ...
    5 days ago
  • Greens welcome huge new investment in sustainable projects
    The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand First demands answers from Meridian Energy
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits."While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers to waste water and ...
    6 days ago
  • Getting New Zealand moving again: June 2020
    We wrapped up the first half of 2020 with a busy month, taking additional steps to support New Zealanders as we continue with our economic recovery. We rolled out targeted packages to support key industries like tourism and construction, helped create jobs in the environmental and agriculture sectors, and set ...
    6 days ago
  • Māori union leader appointed to Infrastructure Commission board
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has welcomed the appointment of Maurice Davis and his deep infrastructure and construction experience to the board of the Infrastructure Commission. Mr Davis (Ngāti Maniapoto), is the seventh and final appointment to the board led by former Reserve Bank Governor ...
    6 days ago
  • Click-bait journalism at its worst
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand’s click bait journalism is taking a turn for the worse, with yet another example of sensationalist, wilful-misrepresentation of the facts. “New Zealand First has worked constructively with its Coalition partner on hundreds of pieces of legislation and policy, and ...
    6 days ago
  • Green Party proposes transformational Poverty Action Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity.     ...
    1 week ago
  • PGF accelerates Rotorua projects
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Getting people into jobs
    This week, we rolled out the next steps of our recovery plan, with new infrastructure investment, extra support for tourism operators, and a new programme to get Kiwis into agriculture careers. The global economic consequences of COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge, but we have a detailed plan to ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition commitment establishing Mental Health Commission delivered
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its final reading in Parliament today fulfilling a coalition agreement commitment. “This is an important step in saving the lives of New Zealanders and delivers a key coalition commitment ...
    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne gets a $2.5m ‘turbo boost’
    Whakatāne has been given a $2.5 million boost to speed up previously funded projects and create more than 450 jobs in the next decade. Of those, the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs could be delivered in the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in town to make ...
    1 week ago
  • $2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $2.5 million to accelerate three infrastructure projects in Whakatāne, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This package is about ...
    1 week ago
  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
    1 week ago
  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ground-breaking on NZ Post depot
    Hon Shane Jones, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises A new ‘super depot’ to be built for NZ Post in Wellington will create around 350 jobs during construction, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones says. Shane Jones today attended a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony for the parcel-processing depot ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Putting our economic plan into action
    Our strong economic management prior to COVID-19 - with surpluses, low debt and near-record-low unemployment - put us in a good position to weather the impact of the virus and start to rebuild our economy much earlier than many other countries. Now we're putting our plan to recover and rebuild ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fleeing drivers hit new record-high yet again
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Law and Order Recently released Police fleeing driver statistics have shown yet another increase in incidents with another record-high in the latest quarter. “This new quarterly record-high is the latest in a string of record-high numbers since 2014.  The data shows incidents ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fletcher Tabuteau selected as candidate for Rotorua
    New Zealand First MP Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to be confirmed today as the party’s candidate for the Rotorua electorate. Speaking at the Rotorua AGM for New Zealand First, Mr Tabuteau said this is an election that is incredibly important for the people of Rotorua. “The founding principles of New ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens call for Government office to address Rainbow issues following Human Rights Commission report
    The Human Rights Commission’s PRISM report on the issues impacting people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) provides an excellent programme of work for future governments to follow, say the Greens. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters continues push for trans-Tasman travel as military take control of operations
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of COVID-19. On Friday, Mr Peters told RNZ's Morning Report he had heard from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that borders for trans-Tasman travel would open by ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters on the Government’s Covid-19 border blunder
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today he was pleased the army was now running the quarantine and isolation process - up until now it has been the Ministry of Health. Peters told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking that the army knew how to introduce and follow protocols and instil discipline. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First’s Ron Mark confirms bid for the Wairarapa seat
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First MP and Minister for Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Ron Mark has confirmed his bid for the Wairarapa seat.“The Coalition Government has done a lot of good work throughout the Wairarapa, but many constituents have told ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes second tranche of candidates
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the names of its next tranche of candidates for the 2020 election. We’re proud to announce these hardworking New Zealanders that have put their hand up to fight for a commonsense and resilient future.Jamie Arbuckle – Kaikoura Mark Arneil – Christchurch Central Jackie ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago