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Open mike 04/07/2012

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120 comments on “Open mike 04/07/2012”

  1. ropata 1

    The same people live in the same houses but the banks now own them.
    The world financial crisis will continue until governments take control of the money. Money should be a catalyst to create wealth, not an imaginary commodity used to trick and enslave us.

    In New Zealand, house prices doubled between 2002 and 2007 and households added about $100 billion of foreign debt. This was virtually ignored by the Reserve Bank, which stuck to its knitting of keeping consumer price inflation between 1 and 3 per cent a year over the medium term.

    Young Kiwis can’t afford to buy their own home … because of an explosion in prices. Poorer families are now paying higher rents because of the huge inflation in asset prices. Exporters are driven out of business because the kiwi is overvalued by 15 per cent, as measured by the IMF. Our current account deficit is growing, despite nearly six years of slow-to-low growth. Our GDP per capita is lower this year than it was in 2003.

    • DH 1.1

      The RBNZ is equivalent to the lunatics running the asylum. Most people know of the OCR through hearing about it ad-nauseum in the media but I doubt even 1% of the population know what it is & even fewer know why it is meant to keep inflation down.

      The biggest irony of the RBNZs use of the OCR is that it’s intended to control the amount of money that banks lend by soaking up excess bank reserves. The reality was the banks just kept borrowing more from overseas when they ran short of reserves, the OCR never really affected their lending. We had low inflation but not for the right reasons. House prices aren’t part of the CPI so the massive inflation in the housing market didn’t show up as inflation.

      The RBNZ have dug a huge economic hole for the country and none of the beancounters know how to get us out of it.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1

        The RBNZ have dug a huge economic hole for the country and none of the beancounters know how to get us out of it.

        I think that they do know how to get us out of it but they won’t as it means that the free-market is a failure and they can’t admit that even though the GFC is proof positive of that failure. There’s only one way to get us out of the hole that free-market economics has put us in and that’s to restrict money flows and that they just won’t do as they keep harping on about needing foreign capital to use our own resources.

        • mike e 1.1.1.1

          DTB have a capital gains tax on currency speculation

        • DH 1.1.1.2

          Nah, they’re just stumped don’t credit them with abilities they don’t have. Inflation was kept down because we imported deflation, the reducing price of imports kept the CPI artificially low. Imports got cheaper because the overseas borrowing pushed the $NZD up, plus China started powering up with cheaper manufactured goods. NZ manufacturers couldn’t compete & started closing down so we imported more & more which kept the CPI down even more.

          The problem now is that we rely on imports for just about every sector of the economy. Any attempt to drive the $NZD down will lead to high inflation in consumer goods and the RBNZ have to keep inflation below certain targets. They don’t know how to get the $NZD down AND keep inflation down. They steered the country down a no-exit road. Useless gits.

          • bad12 1.1.1.2.1

            My take on the inflation targets,purely political, the middle class who hold the bulk of the votes in saying who will be the Government and who also happen to be the bulk holders of home mortgages or wanting to will not tolerate high interest rates and will vote accordingly,

            My view is that the inflation target should stay, smart economics says that there can be inflation of 3%, a lower valued NZ dollar, increased employment and lower costs to housing both in the rental and sales markets,

            Produce the monies to seriously increase the number of State House rentals, spend those monies into the economy at a pace that leaves the inflation rate at 2.5-3%, dilute the value of the NZDollar by having expanded capital, lower unemployment with an ongoing building program, take the steam out of all areas of the housing market by markedly increasing the housing supply,and, increase activity in the local economy which is driven by household spending simply by having produced more households…

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2.2

            Imports got cheaper because the overseas borrowing pushed the $NZD up…

            The NZ$ was driven up by the high interest rates that the high OCR used to reduce inflation as people overseas were buying heavily in NZ$ denominated bonds sold by the banks. These bonds increased the banks capital ratio and thus allowing them to increase the lending that they could do which meant that the market was flooded with hot money – lots of hot money. A lot of that hot money went on houses pushing the price of houses up and the rest went on spending binges as people realised that they could re-mortgage and buy boats, cars, stereos etc etc which pushes the CPI up forcing the RBNZ to put the OCR up…rinse and repeat.

            Now, according to the delusional free-market theory the people overseas should have looked at the massive amounts of private borrowing that NZers were doing and stopped buying NZ$. This didn’t happen because 1) the people with the money were greedy and went for the high returns and 2) a lack of investment options.

            And, yeah, the deflation that was caused by China becoming a massive, high tech exporter. Increased productivity must result in deflation. This is something else that the mainstream economists get wrong. They tell us that increased productivity results in increased wages yet when we look over the last few decades what we see from increased productivity is stagnant and/or decreasing wages and boosted profits.

            Any attempt to drive the $NZD down will lead to high inflation in consumer goods and the RBNZ have to keep inflation below certain targets.

            Reduce the OCR to zero, stop the banks selling NZ$ denominated bonds, and have the government start printing money to fund building state houses and factories. This should drop the NZ$ making imports more expensive while also boosting NZ manufacturing. Yes, there will be some inflation but NZ will survive it and be stronger afterwards.

            None of this will happen though even with a left-wing government because they’re to infatuated with the failed free-market and so we’ll continue our march to the sea cliffs.

      • bad12 1.1.2

        The relatively easy ‘fix’ to the problems within housing are the same as circa 1930’s, Government simply need print enough monies into circulation so as to dilute the value of the New Zealand dollar,

        The monies so produced need be spent by the State in the construction of low cost rental housing owned and rented out by the State on the basis of 25% of income for the tenant(s),

        Part of the structural fault within the NZ economy lies in the fact that as ‘Rogernomics’ built a new class of poor beneficiaries who were then the most ‘needy’ in terms of State Housing those employed at the minimum wage and up to the point of ‘Rogernomics’ were those traditionally housed by the State at rentals of 25% of household income,

        As this change in the structure of the economy took place minimum wage workers were forced to spend more than 25% of their income on private rental accomodation thus seriously curtailing their ability to have and spend into the economy disposable income,

        A large number of structural economic issues along with a wide range of social needs can be addressed simply by dramatically increasing the number of State House rentals…

    • John72 1.2

      House prices doubled between 2002 and 2007.
      Would you be kind enough to define your source of information?

      • DH 1.2.1

        Try here;

        http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/keygraphs/Fig4.html

        The RBNZ note there that not much of the increase in housing stock was new houses and even that was subject to increased prices as well so a doubling of house prices between 2002 & 2007 looks about right.

        • John72 1.2.1.1

          Thank you DH. You have not commented on the sharp drop in House Prices after 08 and the “negative” increase about 2009. It would enhance your credibility if you gave us the full picture.

          • mike e 1.2.1.1.1

            Auckland prices didn’t suffer a sharp drop in 2008 unless you call a 5% decline a sharp drop and since then risen consistently because of shortage of supply.

          • McFlock 1.2.1.1.2

            It would enhance your own credibility if you addressed the points raised.
            Even if the GFC (which just might have temporarily affected house financing) resulted in a cumulative drop of around a fifth of peak prices, that’s still a five year increase in housing prices of 40%, most of the credit for which is purchased from overseas because most of our banks are foreign owned.
               
            Thoughts, John? 

            • John72 1.2.1.1.2.1

              Fair Comment McFlock. I am not an accountant, nor do I have any deep understanding of the country’s economy so I am dependant on the wisdom of others for guidance on this subject. But, when some one says “prices have doubled in 5 years”, the question arises, is this the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
              DH offered a web site to support this statement(rbnz.govt.nz/keygraphs/fig4.html Fig. 4) and out of courtesy to DH, I called it up. The Graph consists of 2 data bases overlaid and is titled “House Prices and Value of Housing Stock”.
              The independant variables for one data base are,(a) Annual % Change, (b) Date
              For the second data base they are (a) Value of Housing Stock, (b) Date
              Now the “…% Change” shown changed steeply up over the 5 years mentioned BUT, there were other, just as dramatic, changes in the down direction afterwards. Why were the changes down not mentioned?
              Is the subject too complex for a simple soul like me to understand, am I looking at the wrong data, or is someone pulling a “Snow Job”.

              • DH

                You’re trying to make an argument out of nothing there. The drop in prices in ’08-’09 is not dramatic in the slightest and the cause is well known. The graph also shows that the ‘dramatic’ fall was cancelled by an equally dramatic increase not long after. It also doesn’t change the fact that house prices doubled in five years and that $100billion was borrowed from overseas in that period.

                • John72

                  DH, we seem to differ in our understanding of what the Graph is portraying.
                  As I visualise it, at any point in time the graph is showing how fast house prices are changing. The slope of the line shows how fast the rate-of-change is changing.
                  The rate-of-change of the rate-of-change.
                  In Calculus it would be a 2nd order differential?
                  Also, since 08 the 1st order rate-of-change has been drifting between -10% and +8%, comparitivly stable since it has averaged out at zero to +1.
                  Prices rose rapidly over a 5 year period and have been stable since then. is that correct?

                  • DH

                    The OP made the correlation between house prices doubling between 2002-2007 and the accompanying buildup of foreign debt to pay for the splurge on houses. That the increase in prices had a hiatus in 2008 is irrelevant, it doesn’t change the past does it. It wouldn’t surprise me if the amount of overseas borrowing stalled in 2008 too.

                    The only reason I linked to the RBNZ chart was because you asked for evidence that prices had doubled in that period. That chart shows it did.

                    The OPs post raises a reasonable question; what would house prices have done if the banks didn’t have access to cheap overseas funding? Few houses were bought for cash, buyers had to borrow to buy a house, so what would house prices look like now if there had been $100billion less money to lend in that five years?

              • MrSmith

                John72 you smell a rat and rightly so, I am sitting here reading the property section of my once local paper from 1978 , I could buy my house for 22k then on a quarter acre and basically properties in NZ have doubled in value every 7 to 8 years since the turn of the last century, it’s called inflation, something if you look into it the present monetary system can’t survive without.

                But back to the 22k in 1978 if you add 10% every year from there you get roughly todays value so basically the doubling in value in 5 years is nothing unusual as since 1978 property has doubled in value every 7 to 8 years and people wonder why New Zealanders invest in property. 

                • DH

                  And the point is that back in the ’70s and early ’80s we had high inflation on everything, it wasn’t uncommon for annual wage increases to be 10% to keep up with inflation. Now we don’t have high inflation, or at least the pompous wankers at the RBNZ say we don’t have high inflation.

                  But the rest of us see house prices increasing +10% a year and know damn well that we do have high inflation and more importantly we have high inflation without the wage increases to pay for it. It’s just asset inflation and since that isn’t counted in the CPI as consumer inflation the RBNZ ignored it; played the three monkeys & pretended it wasn’t happening while the low/medium income earners in the country were bled dry. The beancounters have a lot to answer for.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    increasing house prices are driven by increasing debt; you explained it very clearly – if house prices are advancing way faster than incomes where does the difference come from?

                    Only one place, its got to come from banks lifting individuals property purchasing power through the injection of debt based money into the economy.

                    • DH

                      Aye, and when you follow the trail back to its source you hit the RBNZ. The big inflation fighters are the direct cause of the massive inflation in the housing market. It’s enough to make you weep.

                  • John72

                    DH, you have not addressed all the points that I made, only those that you thought that you could defend.and even that was not successful. The graph that we have been refering to shows that the growth in house prices over the last 4 years has fluctuated between -10% and +8%.. I will refrase this for the benefit of those readers who are not happy with mathematics.
                    Sometimes, over the last 4 years, house prices have decreased and some times house prices have increased. The end result is that over the 4 year period prices have increased slightly. Probably about 1 or 2% in 4 years, NOT 10%.
                    DH, thank you for your posts,”Your actions (and words) bear witness to your thoughts”.

                  • MrSmith

                    Yes DH the poor get poorer and the rich get richer = National Ltd, just keep asking the friends you suspect voted for this lot, “how’s you brighter future going” .

    • Fortran 1.3

      Ropata

      Are you aware that only 31% of houses in New Zealand are mortgaged ?
      That’s about 700,000 over which the banks fight to fund.

    • Lanthanide 1.4

      Just wait 5-15 years when the baby boomers try to cash in en masse for their “retirement” and discover that there’s a glut of supply and the price plummets.

      Asset bubble, like many before.

  2. freedom 2

    TPP item: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl112aNNTbo
    this little bit of The Alyona Show has a very interesting line (at about 3:12) regarding the extraordinary level of secrecy attached to this document. A document that increasingly appears to be the victors’ presentation of our terms of surrender. Always remember, POW’s were largely unwilling captives, it was the Generals who surrendered.

    The Alyona Show is covering the TPP this week, so hopefully a few more lumens into the shadows.
    http://rt.com/programs/alyona-show/

  3. GlaxoSmithKline dirty global drug corporate caught lying and probably causing the death of a number of people. Who can we trust?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10817202

    • mike e 3.1

      The Standard should start a blog of shame with the global Corporates and the henchmen named and shamed.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      When a story like that emerges what we should be seeing is the close down of the corporation (assets seized by the state) and the CEO, directors and probably other upper management types jailed. None of this paying a fine BS.

    • muzza 3.3

      Lets see who we can trust…

      Government
      Politicians – any level
      Corporations
      Banks(ers) – Central, Investmen, Retail, the lot
      Media
      Lawyers
      Military
      Big Oil
      Big Pharma
      Big Finance
      Charities
      UN
      WTO
      WHO
      NATO
      UNESCO
      IMF
      WB
      (anything that has initials, and is sold as being “there to help)

      NONE, cant trust anything you hear, that you read, therfore what you think, and how you act…

      People have to learn that they are being farmed, that there instincts are being removed, so that they no longer see the danger in front of them..

      Listen to your instincts, trust humanity, they are there, they are buried under the lies which have been sold to people, as truth, or as what life is!

  4. Logie97 4

    Dotcom – Top brass in the US admin involved yet the leadership of that “preddy liddle oudpost in da Soud Pacific (where it’s all to happen) wasn’t briefed.

    Perhaps we should start up some billboard “Yeah rights!”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10817283

  5. Dr Terry 5

    How concerned should we be about poll results in yesterday’s Herald? Are they trustworthy? If they really are accurate, I guess we will have to try hard not to despair! A huge number of people like the direction this Government is taking. It blows one’s mind! Possibly it is due to a still ineffective Opposition? (Rather than to any particular virtue of National). Naturally, the Herald is now longing (editorial) for a three term government. On the basis of this survey, we remain in for a long, hard slog. It almost seems that this Government would be forgiven even genocide!!

    • Kevin Welsh 5.1

      I have a wide range of friends of various political persuasions, and I am struggling to find ONE that likes this current sack-of-shit government. A few tolerate, the majority have given up.

    • McFlock 5.2

      What results?
      As far as I see, the polls are generally trending well for the left, given that national has no friends to speak of (and them that exists are on borrowed time). 

  6. I think I should be allowed back here by now. With a pledge for a reduced presence – that will be dependent in part on whether the discussion-less niggles and attacks on me also reduce.

    • McFlock 7.1

      lol
      Love that you left it a few hours just to make sure.

    • Te Reo Putake 7.2

      It’d be nice to know if you’ve learned anything from your ejection, Pete, though the whinge you had on your own site immediately afterwards suggests not.
       
      Still, I imagine what you describe as niggles and attacks will indeed reduce if you stop being a prat. Like mike e, I accept it is good to have commenters here from the right and I genuinely look forward to having quality debates with you in the future. Kia waimarie!

      • Pete George 7.2.1

        I did learn (or had confirmed) that rules are applied unevenly here.

        And maybe you could have a wee look in the prat mirror yourself. You often don’t attempt any sort of ‘quality debate’ – there are many examples of that. But if you genuinely want quality debate I’ll do what I can to play my part.

        How can we improve the referenda process? I think both government and Citizen initiated referenda have scope for improvement.

        [lprent: Rules are always applied unevenly here. A moment for reflection would have told you why. It isn’t exactly rocket science…

        1. We moderate on a voluntary basis and all the moderators work*. Most of the comments come in during work hours. So it is whatever time we (and our employers) can spare. So mostly we scan the hundreds of daily comments and pick out whatever we notice. Mostly what that means is that each moderator scans for destructive patterns of behaviour in what they have read and takes action on that. Consequently the moderating will always be uneven – it depends on what time we have available. People can take all the risks they like with behaviour, but one day they’ll hit a moderator who sees the wrong patterns from someone…. The uncertainty is pretty good at making people who are aware of how we work to stay well within the bounds.
        2. The site is set up mostly for discussing the politics of the broad left and for the activists on the broad left. Our about leaves absolutely no ambiguity about that. We don’t pretend to show any kind of balance in out opinions. We also give less leeway to those who’d like to discuss stuff outside that broad area. Consequently we welcome people from the right and purported ‘centre’, but only whilst they add to our discussion. So there is a selective bias in the moderating because what the moderators are concerned with is that the site performs its intended function. When the debate diverges too far from that outside of openmike we tend to get irritated.
        3. Any of the moderators will tell you that there is a distinct difference between the behaviour of commentators on the broad left and the broad right on the is site. Mostly we only have to express a minor warning to get lefties to change behaviour because they’re pretty understanding that we are the ones making the effort to run the site. But many on the right appear to value their contributions to the site above the efforts of the moderators and authors. Rather than feeling grateful that the site is there, they frigging whine about it and want to run it by some kind of inane proxy control. For some strange reason the moderators can’t be bothered with it…

        Life is ‘uneven’ whenever you try to set your own policy on the work of others. It is commonly called the backseat driver effect, and generally the right is full of it. They like telling others how they should live their life.

        We don’t. We just tell you the bounds of how you will act here. Just live within our policies and guidelines and stop whining about it.

        * To me it is rather noticeable that working seems to be somewhat more optional for most of the blog authors on the right…. One day I’ll have some time to pursue an enquiry into that observation… ]

        • Te Reo Putake 7.2.1.1

          Well, you are clearly going to give as good as you get, Pete. No problem there!
           
          But I disagree that the rules were applied unevenly. You were chucked for a particularly lame bit of linkwhoring, posting a comment well below your usual semi-topical links to your site. I guess you need the click throughs from here to big up your own page, but you actually got bounced for not putting enough effort in to disguising it as a genuine link. That’s not the mod’s fault and I see you’ve at least put some sentences around today’s readership boosting attempt to make it seem valid. Shame you didn’t notice that there has already been a post here about the minimum pricing proposal, where all your questions are answered.

          • Pete George 7.2.1.1.1

            You don’t seem to understand what the ban was for, it wasn’t about moderating. Links are common and rarely reprimanded.

            I did notice a post on the minimum price for alcohol, but that was a day or two ago. I thought it was something that warranted further discussion, especially on how high the price would be likely to increase, but now it’s probably moot:

            @PeterDunneMP
            If Labour’s minimum alcohol price amendment depends on my vote, it is doomed.

            So that pretty much dooms it. Just as well, it needs far more consideration than a last minute SOP.

            • Te Reo Putake 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Just to refresh your memory:
               
              [a week ban for attempting to derail the thread with off topic link whoring. Eddie]

              [lprent: bit harsh bearing in mind that it is OpenMike? ]

            • McFlock 7.2.1.1.1.2

              And yet the asset sales are not his responsibility at all, but national’s…

                   
              Anyway, three cheers for Dunne cosying up to the alcohol industry. A most unexpected turn of events [sarc] 

            • mike e 7.2.1.1.1.3

              Not again we’ve had 12 years of no action so do nothing
              Great policy
              Pontificating george.
              Fiddle while Rome burns

            • mike e 7.2.1.1.1.4

              God pete after a hugely expensive enquiry into the industry .
              The recommendations were pretty damning and very clear Shonkey Banksie and hairpiece have ignored just about all recommendations. This is a $ 6 billion a year dragon our economy from a legal addictive drug You and unbridled fuckwiits by doing nothing are neglecting the problem.
              Therefore part of the problem.
              Just spieling off Nactuf spin boring brainless and dunneb. s
              Do some research pete and come up with some truth and originality.

        • ad 7.2.1.2

          I just wonder, Dear Modeartors and LPrent, how long you plural will be able to sustain this on an “after-work” basis. You are far and away the most powerful left of centre site. Surely it dserves some advertising income to be able to sustain one of you to work on this site semi-professionally?

          Why not reward yourselves for this success?

          • lprent 7.2.1.2.1

            We have advertising income, but it is somewhat too erratic to sustain anyone in employment. We run as a coop with a wide range of people dropping in and out depending on what we’re working on. It spreads the load.

            Besides we all have interesting jobs…

        • Pete George 7.2.1.3

          [ Just live within our policies and guidelines and stop whining about it.]

          I generally do live within your policies and guidelines and I make more of an effort than some at doing that.

          But it would be a bit stupid not speaking about things for fear of being labeled a whiner, wouldn’t it? You dish it out with a decided advantage, but do you really expect no one to give a bit back? It’s a bit of an odd situation here, a bit like if the speaker was the PM or leader of the opposition, but most of the risks are known – except the odd time that newbies get a bollocking.

          Your blog, your rules, your control, no argument with that. But it would get a bit boring if no one every challenged prescribed behaviour, wouldn’t it?

          • lprent 7.2.1.3.1

            We seldom do much about whining.. Apart from getting irritated and whining about how damn pointless it is. Provided it doesn’t get to the stage of trying to tell us what to do or wasting too much time to write notes we’ll usually just be sarcastic

    • Logie97 7.3

      …sheesh PeteG. and your first thread back adds nothing to current debate but is all about you.

    • QoT 7.4

      that will be dependent in part on whether the discussion-less niggles and attacks on me also reduce.

      See, guys, Petey can’t be held responsible for his own actions, his own rate of posting, his own linkspamming … it’s our fault for being such meanies.

      And to think someone with such a fantastic lack of self-awareness or sense of personal responsibility missed out on being a Member of Parliament …

  7. mike e 8

    pg stop blindly defending and following nactionals own spin and admit your wrong from time to time.
    In politics less is more.

    • mike e 8.1

      By the way its good to have you back its a bit boring now all the other right wingers gos gavid garett etc have gone to ground since the libor scandal as they have nothing to defend any more.

      • Pete George 8.1.1

        Something I suspect many on the left will have concerns with (as well as on the right) is Labour’s proposal to impose minimum prices on alcohol.

        This is potentially a major proposal with potentially wideranging effects, and it will impose increased costs on the majority who can handle their booze.

        I have seen very little relevant information on this. How much would alcohol prices increase? Has that been answered here? A small increase would have negligible if any effect. So would we be facing a big bump? Half as much again on the price? Double?

        There’s little time to inform and discuss this properly.

        http://yournz.org/2012/07/04/minimum-alcohol-price-support/

        • dd 8.1.1.1

          I reckon they should just target those pre mixed drinks…..

        • McFlock 8.1.1.2

          actually Labour’s proposal is to allow minimum prices to be imposed. Not impose them. If passed, that would still be up to Key. And it could be tweaked via order in council at any time.
                   
           

        • ad 8.1.1.3

          Note to self: Must find my father-in-law’s old still from up there in Ettrick, give it a real clean and get him to teach me how.

          • QoT 8.1.1.3.1

            Apparently beer homebrewing is pretty easy (but then my mate who’s into that, and has made some truly amazing homebrew, is a chemist by profession …)

            • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.3.1.1

              Brewing beer is fairly easy. Brewing a good beer is a little more difficult although the kits you can get can help with that if you’re just starting out.

              Really, all beers started out as a home brew at some point.

            • Vicky32 8.1.1.3.1.2

              Apparently beer homebrewing is pretty easy

              It is indeed… my alkie father did it in the 1960s…

        • MrSmith 8.1.1.4

          Pete you are nothing but a concern troll, here is a little snip from the rationalwiki.org/wiki/Concern_troll
           
          One common tactic of concern trolls is the “a plague on both your houses” approach, where the concern troll tries to convince people that both sides of the ideological divide are just as bad as each other, and so no one can think themselves “correct” but must engage in endless hedging and caveats. This preys on a willingness to debate critics and allow dissent; everyone wastes time discussing the matter and bending over backwards, so as not to appear intolerant of disagreement, all to the great amusement of the troll.
           
          Does this remind you of anyone we know?
           
          Can have a referendum on banning Pete for life.

        • mike e 8.1.1.5

          The tobacco Industry bought the right wing off for years then Hone Harawira held UF and nactional to account increasing the price has worked so Peter Dunne has voted for it .
          PG back to old tricks spieling out Nacts propaganda again .aaaaaaaa how much does national get in donations and special hospitality treats from the alcohol industry PG.

          • Pete George 8.1.1.5.1

            Nothing to do with ‘old tricks’. Except having concerns about the old trick of penalising everyone to try and address the problems of a few.

            If the price of alcohol goes up substantially I don’t think it will be just National and UF voters who get a bit grizzly about it. And I don’t think it will be just National and UF voters who lose their jobs.

            Ramping the price up has many rammifications, and it’s not likely to cure a few alcoholocs and binge drinkers.

            I think it needs a lot more public discussion and consideration. One key question is how much would then price be likely to go up when there is a Labour or Green minister making the decisions. I think it’s reasonable (essential) to have some honesty and openness on this.

  8. Over three years down the track and National Standards are even being described as “ropey” by the Prime Minister. Rather than spending more tens of millions in trying to make them work, why don’t we chuck them altogether and get back to teaching and learning!
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/key-admits-standards-are-ropey.html

    • John72 10.1

      Pete, look at history. The world is constantly changing. Have you learned to speak Mandarin yet? Be prepared.

    • bad12 10.2

      Aha, along with the European and US economy’s which are also producing negative figures, something i just caught on RadioNZ this morning was a further fall in the prices of dairy products as supply increases and demand weakens,

      Manufacturing figures for NZ are up 1% as the abundance of milk caused more butter, cheese, etc to be made, however, prices for dairy in the same period fell 400 million dollars,

      Running into a brick wall at an ever increasing speed still results in brain damage…

      • ad 10.2.1

        The article on the Chinese economy wasn’t as catastrophist as I expected it to be. I have no economic forecasting expertise, and as much patience for pollyannas as I do for those willing a Great Leap Backward. I have however heard descriptions of New Zealand as in a “sweet spot” for an even more sustained global recession:

        – strong Australian banks sustaining our credit
        – a growing class of slightly more wealthy Chiense and Indian families seeking to buy our exported food and beverage into the foreseeable future
        – local real estate demand and values perhaps sustained under the existing tax structures

        Naturally I would not dare attribute any economic management virtue to our Government. Nor dare call so many among us in poverty as lucky by dint of “you could be worse”. Only that perhaps our global economic positioning may be about as good as it could be.

        Any views?

        • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.1

          Well, it turns out that China IS lying about everything. Even how much electricity they are using.

          http://www.zerohedge.com/news/turns-out-china-lying-about-everything

          – strong Australian banks sustaining our credit

          You should read up Steve Keen and his view on how strong Australian banks are, particularly with regard to the hyperinflated Australian property bubble.

          Also bear in mind that Australia is a two product-two country economy. And with China stumbling, you can expect Australia to follow with a 6 month lag.

          – local real estate demand and values perhaps sustained under the existing tax structures

          sheer madness. This will not translate into any jobs or productive economic activity even if it occurs. And forget tax structures as secondary; property price expectations fueled by debt acceleration is the most crucial factor for determining change in house prices.

  9. vto 11

    .
    Earthquake Observation #312.75;

    When you thence hear of a seven you wonder how many deaths just thence occured.

  10. Vicky32 12

    Oh TV3 News is just like Radio New Zealand… More on the seemingly endless Scott Guy trial – Guy’s parents whinging for Africa that McDonald was guilty, dammit, and why did the police fail? Really?
    McDonald will not be welcomed back in town, says the reporter. Srsly, who cares? New Zealanders are very vengeful people.
     
    Then they mention the earthquake… IMO, much more important and interesting than an endlessly rehashed murder involving the wealthy and white..

  11. Half Crown Millionare 13

    On One news tonight after the item on the Scott Guy murder AGAIN that took up one hell of a lot of time, there was a news item that the Kiwifruit PSA virus may have come from pollen imported from China.

    Questions

    a) Was this a bit of sabotage by the Chinese or,
    b) It managed to get into this country owing to the lack of border security now this pack of shit we have as a government has reduced the number of front line security staff.

    • Jim Nald 13.1

      Can’t wait to see John Key shrugs and being dismissive.

    • prism 13.2

      When it comes to biosecurity there is this ERMA outfit.. The RM stands for risk management. The government and its agencies are prepared to take the risk and run a lottery on us not letting nasties into the country – I don’t know whether they publish odds like bookies.

      The pollies can’t be bothered about the precautionary principle – it interferes with the making and implementing of their plans to squeeze all heads of departments into a telephone box and when it’s full, that’s the number of departments they’ll have.

      For goodness sake, I heard how very focussed Muslims in Mali are destroying grand and ancient images of the past because of a new ideology. We have our own militant iconoclasts right here in River City, or Strait City if you prefer, yes sirree.

    • mike e 13.3

      HCM and they all get their own reality program

  12. Te Reo Putake 14

    God’s dead. Or did He create the Higgs boson?

    • The Higgs-Boson has nothing to do with God. The ‘God Particle’ is just a catchy name.

      • Colonial Viper 14.1.1

        I’m fascinated – how can you be so sure?

      • TheContrarian 14.1.2

        Ummm, because it is called the Higgs Boson and the ‘God particle’ is just a catchy name.

        • TheContrarian 14.1.2.1

          Lawrence Krauss, cosmologist and particle physicist, says:

          “it [the higgs-boson] has never been called the “God particle” by the physics community. That moniker has been picked up by the media, and I hope it goes away.”  

           

          • Te Reo Putake 14.1.2.1.1

            Indeed you are right, TC. The scientests are not trying to disprove God. However, the link to religion is that the discovery removes a significant layer from the belief that some iteration of celestial superbeing created life and the universe.
             
            All that is left now is blind faith and that leads to this sort of madness.

            • TheContrarian 14.1.2.1.1.1

              Na, they can always hide god somewhere. Who created the Higgs? God of course.

              • Te Reo Putake

                Well, yeah … that’s what I said at the start of the thread. But one more pillar of irrational belief has fallen and the human race takes a further step toward maturity.
                 

        • prism 14.1.2.2

          TC But that catchy name of God particle may contain an unrealised truth. Nobody knows.

          • TheContrarian 14.1.2.2.1

            Na, the catchy name is media invention. It is no more the ‘god particle’ than the ‘up’ quark

            • Te Reo Putake 14.1.2.2.1.1

              You’re missing the point. The Higgs boson now replaces ‘god’ as the driver of the universe, the thing that gives life its substance and objects their mass. Much like The Dude’s rug, it ties the room together. 
               
              That doesn’t mean that creationists can’t still claim that God started the process, but it significantly narrows the claim down from ‘in the beginning God created …’ to something like ‘in the beginning God caused to happen’. In other words, the conventional understanding of God’s works is inexorably slipping away as science exposes nature’s hand in making the universe.

              • The higgs boson is not the driver of the universe and is as important as every other particle in the standard model in driving the universe.

                It does not give life substance and while it may ‘tie the room together’ all the particles in the standard model tie the room together.

                • Te Reo Putake

                  You underestimate its importance, TC. The Higgs boson is the missing link. Without it, there would be nothing but particles whizzing about randomly at light speed and nothing of substance, including ‘life’ would exist. It is to the univese what the sea is to fish, the air to birds.
                   
                  However, there is still much to be discovered and this really only applies to the universe as we currently understand it. Things may change. But it is the most important discovery this century, by a significant distance, and probably science’s greatest achievement since the moon landings. And, in terms of the human race’s understanding of itself, its a significant marker on the road to intellectual and, yes, spiritual, maturity.

                  • I do not underestimate it’s importance, you underestimate the importance of everything else in the standard model.

                    Without the electron there’d be no life, without all the other boson’s there’d be no life. Without the leptons or all 6 quarks there’d be no life. The Higg’s in but one of all these. Finding the higgs is like finding the final piece of a puzzle – but that doesn’t mean those other pieces are not just as important.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Ok, I’ll stick with the scientists, you stick with your understanding. Let me know when the Nobel people call, I wanna be there when you get the medal.

                      Edit: cheers, felix, very witty.

                    • Umm, what? The Standard model of physics relies on many different particles of which the higgs is but one.
                      Without the leptons, for example, the standard model would be false and life as we know it wouldn’t exist. 
                      The fanfare is due to the Higg’s being the final piece of the puzzle, not the puzzle itself.

                      Here look:
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepton

                      Without leptons there’d be no electron, without the electron, no life. As important as the Higg’s.

                    • John72

                      Am I still able to say “The more we learn, the more we realise how little we know”?
                      All these discoverys, over the last 100 years plus, are fascinating but they still seem to leave some unanswered questions.
                      1. Time, as we know it, seems to have had a begining. Who started it ticking? Who “pulled the trigger” for the for the Big Bang.
                      2. The Universe, as we know it, is a beautiful and imaginative structure. Who designed it?
                      3. The Earth we live on is also a beautiful and imaginative structure. Who designed it?
                      4. Go to the internet and find a photo of the Earth, taken from the Moon. If you had a free hand, could you improve on what we have?
                      5. Accepting that the Earth had a begining, WHY was it created?
                      6. Is time, as we know it, total reality? Is it possible that there are other dimensions around us that we are not priviledged to experience or understand?
                      7. Higgs is another step in the adventure of life. I do not think anyone (except the media) is presenting it as the final answer.

                      If questions 1-6 upset you, good. Read them again, and ask yourself why they upset you.
                      Perhaps there is a GOD and you are not yet ready to admit it. In every religion you will see examples of the Church becoming too self-important. This is unfortunate because some people use this as a reason to stop thinking. There are a multitude of humble people and genuine churches in so many religions, but they are often unnoticed.
                      Life is an adventure. Go out and enjoy it. Start in your own neighbourhood.

                    • McFlock

                      1: Shit just happens.
                      2: see 1.
                      3: see 2.
                      4: vibrating couches that grow on trees. Human testicles would be encased in protective shells (or at least less things would be at nut height). Coconut milk contains 40% ethanol. IT folk irresistible to opposite gender. Beef fat would be healthier than lentils or chickpeas. Watching TV or reading a book would be an effective cardiovascular workout.
                      5: see 3.
                      6: no. yes – see 5.
                          
                      Not upset by your questions. Surprised you think I might be. 

                    • 1. No ‘who’. The laws of physics allow for the creation of a universe
                      2. No one designed it
                      3. No one designed it
                      4. No, fine the way it is
                      5. The earth wasn’t created for any reason
                      6. Indeed, according to string theory there 11 dimensions
                      7. The final answer is possibly unknowable

                       

                    • ropata

                      1. Physics has no say in the matter. Some philosophers make a good case for a Creator. And there are other pieces of evidence. A God hypothesis is just as valid as other theories such as PUG, MWI, the eternal or oscillating universe.

                      2/3. Design in nature is fascinating. Examples: Smolin, Feynman, Wigner

                      4. Looks like the work of a supreme and subtle intellect…

                      5. Here’s part of the answer. See also “The Reason Why” by R.A. Laidlaw

                      6. Only a few iconoclasts really think that the laws of physics == total reality

                      7. 42

  13. mike e 15

    Cont I thought god created everything.

  14. lprent 16

    Wow.. Chrome for the iPad is very clean and stable. Love the mike on the address bar. Takes whatever you say and googles it. And it understands my raspy post cold voice…

    Try saying “the standard” or “John key is a dork”. The latter takes you to Cactus Kate ….

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    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
    2 weeks 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 ...
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    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

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 hour 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 ...
    1 day 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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    1 hour ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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    16 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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    20 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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    22 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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    23 hours ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    24 hours ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    1 day ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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    1 day ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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    2 days ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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    2 days ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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    2 days ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    3 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    3 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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    3 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    6 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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    6 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    7 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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    7 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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    7 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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    7 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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    7 days ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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    1 week ago
  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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    1 week ago
  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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    1 week ago
  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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    1 week ago