Open mike 11/06/2024

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 11th, 2024 - 71 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:


Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

71 comments on “Open mike 11/06/2024 ”

  1. SPC 1

    A huge gain in wealth, has not resulted in any increase in tax

    "I thought the rich list was really interesting, the thing that stood out for me is that over the last year the increase in wealth of that very small number of people at the top has increased by $23 billion," Wood said.

    "That would be the equivalent of $10,000 for every single wage and salary earner in New Zealand, and that's been at the time of a recession.

    The Taxpayers Union perspective

    "No one in the world taxes that (unrealised CG), and it is disinformation to encourage comparisons to those primarily earning PAYE income," spokesperson Jordan Williams said at the time.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2024/06/aotearoa-s-rich-list-shows-new-zealand-is-a-little-out-of-balance-e-t-union-organiser-and-ex-labour-mp-michael-wood.html

    In this he is not siding with income tax payers, but those who would be subject to CGT or estate tax (24/36 in the OCCD have both) – making ours one of the the least progressive regimes in that group.

    We have only a bright-line test lasting up to 2 years, no zero free threshold and our top rate of income tax is in the bottom third.

    https://stats.oecd.org/index.aspx?DataSetCode=TABLE_I7

    The only mitigation to inequality is tax credits to support low income families.

    UNREALISED GAINS AND TAX

    Concern at the trend to borrow against unrealised CG and then pass on wealth to others in ways that result on tax, even where there is an estate tax.

    https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2021/10/the-tax-on-unrealized-capital-gains.html

    Options – 5% stamp duty on houses sold over $2M – as Oz does (up to $500M pa with 5000 sales).

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/132844161/50000-homes-open-for-purchase-by-foreign-home-buyers-under-nationals-plan

    A 5% windfall tax on bank profits $6B – $300M pa. A 1% stamp duty on all houses with exemption for the owner occupier.

    • tc 1.1

      I recall a crikey piece where oz billionaires over the 3 covid years of 2020-2022 increased their wealth by an average of 66%.

      A rigged game for capital, labour doesn't stand a chance.

    • Ad 1.2

      OK so I'll try an alternative view.

      The only companies we could successfully tax like this are the ones with assets that are fixed in New Zealand.

      The rest would quickly offshore to avoid new taxes, because they are mobile.

      Typical examples of likely capital mobility are Xero who listed in Australia, the Mowbrays who are entirely family-held, NZSuper because they are mostly international shares. Another would be ACC Fund, other than their local projects.

      The large ones who would be taxed would be all the iwi entities, many of the energy entities, Fonterra and Tatua, all local government companies and Crown entities, all local housing entities and owners. Those taxes would be passed on to the local consumers: us.

      The question I'd like to see from any party is: how do we generate more multimillionaires not fewer?

      • Great comment Ad. If the left really wanted to get rid of poverty we'd see policies designed to create as much wealth as possible for as many as possible.

        Often it seems what they desire is as much power as possible for as few as possible.

        • weka 1.2.1.1

          Great comment Ad. If the left really wanted to get rid of poverty we'd see policies designed to create as much wealth as possible for as many as possible.

          how would that end poverty?

          • Michael Scott 1.2.1.1.1

            Weka that is a great question. I have been thinking about a response all afternoon. I don't want to give a trite answer so will respond tomorrow on OM.

      • Incognito 1.2.2

        The question I'd like to see from any party is: how do we generate more multimillionaires not fewer?

        That’s easily answered and done: subsidise Lotto.

        https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/518980/lotto-seven-winners-to-split-whopping-50m-jackpot

        Alternatively, give landlords a huge tax cut and transfer even more wealth to them.

      • SPC 1.2.3

        The only companies we could successfully tax like this are the ones with assets that are fixed in New Zealand.

        Total nonsense. The only tax on companies mentioned was a windfall profits tax on Oz banks – who make some of the world best returns here – so would not leave.

        Would you care to explain in what way a CGT, or estate tax or stamp duty impacts on any of the companies mentioned?

      • Drowsy M. Kram 1.2.4

        The question I'd like to see from any party is: how do we generate more multimillionaires not fewer?

        Little ol' NZ is apparently up there (#5 of 48 countries listed) when it comes to the percentage of Kiwis who are millionaires (~9.6%). Some might say that's not a bad platform for "more multimillionaires", and that we should be aiming to close the gap with Australia (#4; 11.2%).

        Others might argue that somewhere in the 4.8% to 8.5% range (Ireland – UK – Norway – Belgium – Sweden – Canada – Denmark – Netherlands) is a more sustainable platform, and healthier in a socioeconomic sense.

        Maybe it boils down to what one values. If Aotearoa NZ really needs moar multimillionaires, then a quick fix would be to direct market NZ citizenship to wealthy foreigners – just until we crack the problem of domestic generation, of course.

        He was controversially granted New Zealand citizenship in 2011 after the Fifth National Government intervened on his behalf. Thiel had spent 12 non-consecutive days in the country, a fraction of the normal residency requirement of 1,350 days for citizenship.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Thiel

        Opinion: No more billionaires? We can be more ambitious than that. No one needs more than $20 million [29 Jan 2024]
        We must ask ourselves: “When is enough enough?” And the answer to that question can’t be “1 billion.” Surely, we should be much more ambitious than that.

        New Zealand’s world-beating jump in wealth down to ‘rise of landed gentry’, says economist [21 Sept 2022]
        Warning of increasing inequality as global wealth report shows average wealth per adult in NZ jumped US$114,000 in 2020

        https://berl.co.nz/economic-insights/great-wealth-transfer-and-inequality

      • bwaghorn 1.2.5

        Fuck more multi millonaires, we don't need more people over consuming massively, and let's face it higher wages just get prayed upon by the vultures.

        Link the bottom income to the top , no more than 3× should focus the bosses minds,

        Good housing, top public education, health and transport, is what's needed,

      • Descendant Of Smith 1.2.6

        As proffered some years back by – stop putting our effort into low waged, low productivity industries like tourism, apple production, bringing in foreign students…..

        Oh and learn from Maori about making the country better for our mokopuna.

        Your a dick Michael Scott with your "if the left" because you well know the right has no interest in doing anything about poverty and are the ones who clearly want power for powers sake. Bunch of fuckers pretending to care about anything other than themselves and their wealth. Labour anyway, if you are referring them as left are really national light.

        His primary concern was our place in the world. He showed that New Zealanders work longer and harder than just about anybody, but earn less per hour than nearly all other countries we compare ourselves to. This was true then and it’s still true today.

        A reminder of his presentation back in 2011.

        https://rowansimpson.com/essays/callaghan/

        • Incognito 1.2.6.1

          What exactly is your problem with bringing in foreign students? Is it because they may provide cheap labour?

          • Descendant Of Smith 1.2.6.1.1

            Are you suggesting students studying are high productivity employment as Callaghan talks about?

            • Incognito 1.2.6.1.1.1

              Why are you answering a straightforward question with another question?

              Your link is to an essay about Callaghan, or rather his vision for NZ. It says nothing about international students, which appears to be your opinion. So, again, what do you mean and what is your problem with international students?

              BTW, I don’t think Paul Callaghan did have a problem with bringing in international students into NZ to study here, or did he? His views and vision were not parochial in a narrow sense.

              • Descendant Of Smith

                The point was that we built part of economy around bringing overseas students here which doesn't increase our productivity while they are studying.

                (Now that doesn't mean I think we shouldn't bring students here – there are both negatives such as you have mentioned – used for low cost labour, pressure on housing markets, displacement of NZ students, scams that use study as a means of getting residency as well as positives such as increased diversity of thought, those students once qualified may go on to produce high productivity work, knowledge, inventiveness, etc.)

                Your assumption that I had a problem was irrelevant to the issue of productivity.

          • SPC 1.2.6.1.2

            If the issue is the productivity of the economy, it would not involve continuation of a focus on adding more people in it (migration of workers or students placing pressure on infrastructure) for growth, or focus on low profit sectors (I'd except the food/resource export sector from this – but expect and encourage investment in harvesting tech to reduce dependence on there being available seasonal labour).

            As per foreign students, the focus should be on graduate students (research) in areas important to our economy and locale. Otherwise study in areas where we and the world have skilled labour shortages (such as health care/some areas of teaching – maths/science .. specialist IT/AI, etc).

        • Michael Scott 1.2.6.2

          DOS I think that the left and the right care about ending poverty but they have different solutions to get there.

          What do you mean when you say that we could "Learn from Maori about making the country better for mokopuna"

          It doesn't make any sense. What could we learn?

          Maori top all the negative social indicators for familial dysfunction.

          Violence, crime, substance abuse, incarceration.and educational failure.

          • weka 1.2.6.2.1

            if you see Māori negative stats as a reflection of Māori rather than the system we live in, then there are a whole range of solutions that will be invisible to you.

            Do you really not understand theories of colonisation and systems of oppression? Or is it that you understand them but don't think they are real? Or is it that you understand them but are ideologically opposed to the solutions that arise out of those theories?

            • Michael Scott 1.2.6.2.1.1

              This subject is fraught but my question was about what we could learn from Maori about raising children.

              I'm not sure that I fully understand theories of colonisation but I do know that we have all been colonised at some point.

              I don't believe that Maori disproportionally kill their children because they were colonised as there is a lot of evidence that Maori practiced infanticide before they were colonised.

              The primary cause of child murders is the decision of a person to harm the child

              • weka

                are you saying that Māori in 2024 are culturally predisposed to killing their children?

                Can you please provide the reference for Māori and infanticide so we know what are you meaning?

                • I'm not saying that Maori are predisposed to killing their children.

                  Simply that you can't blame the the effects of colonisation on infanticide committed by Maori today as it was happening before Maori were colonised.

                  Maori pre colonisation lived a class based existence where chiefs ruled . Ordinary Maori had some rights and slaves had no rights at all by historical account.

                  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/273782/#:~:text=PIP%3A%20There%20is%20much%20evidence,more%20often%20social%20than%20medical

                  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350101339_'The_Natives_Freely_Spoke_of_the_Custom'_Sex-Selective_Infanticide_and_Maori_Depopulation_1815-58

                  https://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Bes02Maor-t1-body-d1.html

                  P26

                  .

                  • weka

                    Simply that you can't blame the the effects of colonisation on infanticide committed by Maori today as it was happening before Maori were colonised.

                    Why not? Europeans don't have the same child practices from hundreds of years ago, why would Māori?

                    Your sources are google light. Elsdon Best was a British man who didn't get Māori culture, hence phrases like "the quaint customs of the barbaric Maori". He makes a single sentence reference to infanticide. My understanding is that infanticide was part of many cultures where food was scarce and was the killing of newborn babies. That's the same as the kind of lashing out violence we see now, where there is no intention to end a baby's life in order that older children don't starve.

                    • Weka Maori changed their infanticide practices because the missionaries showed them a better way. They abandoned slavery and cannibalism for the same reason.

                      Not because they signed a treaty but because they became convinced that forgiveness was better than utu.

                      The inter tribal wars that had killed a third of the Maori race from 1800 to 1830 virtually ceased and Maori began to walk a better moral path.

                    • weka []

                      yes there were things Māori valued from the missionaries, for sure. But also, declining population and more secure food sources, infanticide was not needed. Do you understand the pressure of having to kill a new born because there isn’t enough to feed it? All cultures have been there.

                      I just don’t see the connection between that and the violence against children that happens now. We know from European accounts that when they arrived there was very little child abuse among Māori. It was so unusual to the Europeans, that they commented on it.

                      I didn’t say anything about the Treaty, not sure why you bought that up.

                      And btw, utu means reciprocity. It’s not inherently negative in the way you seem to be implying. And at that time, Europeans were shipping people across the globe to a penal colony for stealing loaves of bread. So let’s not forget how other peoples were brutal too.

                    • joe90

                      inter tribal wars that had killed a third of the Maori race

                      Now do the Wars of Religion, the warm up for Europe's mechanised warfare of the 19/20thC, that ravaged Europe for > three hundred years.

                      Just one war, The thirty Years War, claimed the lives of around a third of Germans, and in the territory of Brandenburg close to half the population, and in some areas populations declined by an estimated two thirds.

                      But savages, eh…

                      /

                    • weka []

                      my people in Scotland were apparently running round killing all the men in a rival clan village apart from young kids and oldies. We all have brutal histories.

                      I was thinking about the European wars recently, they’re mindboggling in terms of the politics and scale and how long they did that shit for.

                    • joe90

                      We all have brutal histories.

                      Some time ago I listened to Kim Hill's interview with author Louise Noble…hoo boy…

                      However, consuming human remains fit with the leading medical theories of the day. “It emerged from homeopathic ideas,” says Noble. “It’s 'like cures like.' So you eat ground-up skull for pains in the head.” Or drink blood for diseases of the blood.

                      Another reason human remains were considered potent was because they were thought to contain the spirit of the body from which they were taken. “Spirit” was considered a very real part of physiology, linking the body and the soul. In this context, blood was especially powerful. “They thought the blood carried the soul, and did so in the form of vaporous spirits,” says Sugg. The freshest blood was considered the most robust. Sometimes the blood of young men was preferred, sometimes, that of virginal young women. By ingesting corpse materials, one gains the strength of the person consumed. Noble quotes Leonardo da Vinci on the matter: “We preserve our life with the death of others. In a dead thing insensate life remains which, when it is reunited with the stomachs of the living, regains sensitive and intellectual life.”

                      The idea also wasn’t new to the Renaissance, just newly popular. Romans drank the blood of slain gladiators to absorb the vitality of strong young men. Fifteenth-century philosopher Marsilio Ficino suggested drinking blood from the arm of a young person for similar reasons. Many healers in other cultures, including in ancient Mesopotamia and India, believed in the usefulness of human body parts, Noble writes.

                      […]

                      As science strode forward, however, cannibal remedies died out. The practice dwindled in the 18th century, around the time Europeans began regularly using forks for eating and soap for bathing. But Sugg found some late examples of corpse medicine: In 1847, an Englishman was advised to mix the skull of a young woman with treacle (molasses) and feed it to his daughter to cure her epilepsy. (He obtained the compound and administered it, as Sugg writes, but “allegedly without effect.”) A belief that a magical candle made from human fat, called a “thieves candle,” could stupefy and paralyze a person lasted into the 1880s. Mummy was sold as medicine in a German medical catalog at the beginning of the 20th century. And in 1908, a last known attempt was made in Germany to swallow blood at the scaffold.

                      https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-gruesome-history-of-eating-corpses-as-medicine-82360284/

      • gsays 1.2.7

        There's not too much that's alternative about that view. 'Capital flight' is just another catch cry for the defenders of the hegemony of neo liberalism.

        There is plenty enough wealth in this country, the issue is distribution.

        National act on behalf of their affluent donors and Labour, under Ardern and Hipkins, are too gutless to do redistribute it

  2. SPC 2

    Atlas on high, how dirty money rises up and then trickles down to control the narrative on earth.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/519196/money-talks-how-the-mega-rich-can-control-the-narrative-writer-says

  3. PsyclingLeft.Always 3

    From the home of fascism….

    Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's arch-conservative Brothers of Italy group won the most votes in the European parliamentary election over the weekend, boosting her standing both at home and abroad.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/519180/italy-s-pm-meloni-comes-out-on-top-in-eu-vote-strengthening-her-hand

    the Brothers of Italy…led by a Woman….and some of their guests

    international guests included British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak , Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Spanish right-wing leader Santiago Abascal and businessman Elon Musk.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brothers_of_Italy

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgia_Meloni

    • SPC 3.1

      Fortunately, not a fascist.

      It is like a reprise of the founding myth of Rome itself, the lupa – night worker (maybe a solo mother of her own child) – who provided a home for a pregnant woman carrying twins.

      Italy has issues being in a Euro zone unable to devalue and having high debt costs – and being expected to carry a heavier burden with refugees/migrants (worse since the chaos in Libya and Syria).

  4. AB 4

    Questions that Corin didn't ask Luxon on RNZ this morning when discussing accusations that TPM misused census data:

    • Why is Luxon calling for a public enquiry into the data security of systems, that he does not yet know have actually been breached?
    • Why is he not waiting for the Police enquiry to establish the facts and proceed with an enquiry only if there really was a breach?
    • What is motivating this premature and potentially unnecessary response?
    • The Police are currently investigating David McLeod's handling of political donations. The facts have not been established here either – but as this doesn't seem to matter, why is Luxon not calling a public enquiry into New Zealand's rules around political donations?
    • What do we call a government that uses the institutions of the state to discredit political opponents on the back of what is still hearsay?

    Oh well. Corin's not alone. Even the guys on BHN last night didn't seem to realise that Luxon's enquiry is into government data security, not the truth or otherwise of the allegations against TPM. The latter is down to the Police obviously.

    • SPC 4.1

      Apart from data security and or privacy issue, there seems to be a questioning of any association of TPM associated personnel to a government funded delivery role (as per public service neutrality).

      Which appears to be part of CoC policy to diminish a politicised or nationalist Maori population – one New Zealand before any Treaty and or indigenous consideration (to dismiss minority “co-governance”). The natural outcome of which would be the end of Maori seats and ban any political party based on Maori/ethnic/race identity.

      This is our part in the post Weimar Republic reprise on the right.

      In Europe and in USA this is about immigration, via relating this to crime or to a foreign race and or cultural presence. This partners a rise in nationalist identity, economic protectionism and a return to social conservative values.

      The driver is "insecurity about change" and orchestration of a retreat into a group nationalism laager mentality.

    • James Simpson 4.2

      Who laid the original complaint?

      • Incognito 4.2.1

        Are you playing games?

        You already provided an answer yourself here a few days ago: https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-07-06-2024/#comment-2001927

        • James Simpson 4.2.1.1

          Yes, it seems AB missed that, which is why I raised it again.

          This can't credibly be framed as some kind of coalition witch hunt or beat up. Six separate government agencies are investigating this. Its a serious matter that needs answers. Why anyone would be opposed to an independent enquiry is beyond me.

          As the good Chris said:

          ”And so I think if there was any improper behaviour and improper conduct, then it is important that we find out what happened there.”

    • tWig 4.3

      RNZ reminder that Michelle Boag leaked covid personal data to a Nat candidate in 2020. Obviously OK strategy for senior Nats, if they can get away with it.

      Riddet gossip suggests that the complainants are Destiny Church members who were at Manurewa marae at election time (unsubstantiated, of course, but an interesting twist if true).

  5. Joe90 5

    Meanwhile…

    /

    @indubioproreto

    The nordic countries with a completely different result than Germany and France: Spectacular electoral gains for green and radical-left parties (MP overtakes SD in Sweden; F strongest party in Denmark, VAS number 2 in Finland), really weak results for the far-right.

    @indubioproreto

    • a historical perspective from those countries, showing historical european election results for the alternative-left in Denmark and Finland; as well as novelty in Sweden with the far-right SD for the very first time not increasing its vote share in a nationwide election

    https://x.com/indubioproreto/status/1800053488535114116

    • SPC 5.1

      360 majority

      Ms von der Leyen’s centre-right European People’s Party emerged as the biggest grouping in the next European Parliament – 177 to 186 seats.

      And it can govern much as it did in the past European Parliament.

      With the centrist Renew (79) it can still build a majority with either Socialists and Democrats or with Conservatives and Reformists (73)** and Independents (c25^ of 45).

      186 + 79 + 135

      186 + 79 + 73** + 25^

      The Italian PM** is in a good position to extract better polices as per support for nations at the immigration front-line and with debt cost – here on side with Spain. Her support for common cause on Ukraine is her opportunity.

      https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/cpsprodpb/4ab5/live/dd48b1d0-273a-11ef-baa7-25d483663b8e.png.webp

      • SPC 5.1.1

        The Identity and Democracy group did not increase their total because Le Pen threw AFD out of the group for being too right wing.

        The AfD became too toxic even for France’s hard-right leader Marine Le Pen, who threw the AfD out of the right-wing European parliamentary group Identity and Democracy.

        https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c511dpvr8nlo

  6. SPC 6

    A suggestion that National played politics with cancer drugs (as they have done with funding for hip and knee operation funding – older voters), without being on top of the detail or having a methodology to implement action.

    Sorting out "funding" being an excuse to think again about how to do it.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/519235/government-ignored-funding-process-with-cancer-drug-promise-former-pharmac-chair

  7. Incognito 7

    National will pull out all dirty tricks to divert attention away from its own shambolic breaking of election promises; they’re in deep shit.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/519235/government-ignored-funding-process-with-cancer-drug-promise-former-pharmac-chair

    Cetuximab is not currently funded by drug agency Pharmac […]

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/519202/cancer-drugs-funding-actively-being-worked-on-nicola-willis

    This is incorrect.

    Cetuximab is funded in Aotearoa but not for this indication. [my italics]

    https://hcmsitesstorage.blob.core.windows.net/cca/assets/T_Ao_TK_Cancer_medicines_availability_analysis_FINAL_2782afa08a.pdf

    It appears twice on National’s list of 13 promised cancer treatments. However, funding one option would make the other one redundant.

    This means that if the first-line gap were filled with cetuximab or panitumumab, this gap in the second line would become redundant (for people who received cetuximab or panitumumab in the first-line setting). [same link as above]

  8. SPC 8

    It appears that opioids more dangerous than fentanyl are being added to MDMA and meth.

    Another reason for testing of drugs (as per needles exchange etc) to enable safe supply is there.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/new-zealand-not-immune-to-new-fentanyl-sweeping-europe-the-front-page/M6C6EY5L3VCKNLKTQE4AQ7G6PY/

  9. SPC 9

    We (if not New Zealand until 2026), on the political left are seeing some hope.

    Labour-Green + TPM support is at 46.1, with NACT at 45.1.

    NZF has never had more than one term in a coalition government. Not surviving the 1996-1999 term. And leaving parliament after 2005-2008 and 2017-2020.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/politics/350304545/nz-politics-live-national-and-labour-both-down-latest-political-poll

    • alwyn 9.1

      Can you imagine the Labour Party campaigning on a line that said that they would go into a coalition with the Maori Party, and include them in the Government?

      I find it hard to believe that the average Labour voter would go along with them on that proposition.

      • SPC 9.1.1

        Well you know the National Party lines.*

        It used to be fear of a Labour-Green coalition government.

        If it is now fear of a coalition, involving TPM, cool.*

        Then that is the beginning of acceptance of a Labour-Green coalition backed by a TPM support partner (Green Party in this role in 2017-2020).

        *Posing the issue as one of Labour Party voters not wanting TPM in a coalition is interesting.

        How many National Party voters are happy with the ACT and NZF CofC arrangement?

        • alwyn 9.1.1.1

          "*Posing the issue as one of …."

          Well, I assure you that I am not currently a Labour voter and am unlikely to change at the next election. That said I can't answer the question. Neither can I comment on what National voters might think. I doubt if they are unhappy with ACT as that was very well signaled before the election although what they think about Winston I wouldn't even try and guess.

      • Bearded Git 9.1.2

        Alwyn-Labour will not say they would go into a coalition with TPM.

        They will say a coalition with the Greens (who continue to poll strongly) is likely, and will not rule out forming a government with the support of TPM. This is how MMP works.

    • observer 9.2

      The biggest story from that poll is the one that has never changed, and probably never will until Luxon is dumped by National.

      His personal favourability rating has dropped again, in negative territory. Reminder: it took Ardern 5 years to go "negative" in the same Curia poll. Key took even longer (using other comparable polls).

      Luxon is a total outlier, uniquely unpopular among winning PMs in the MMP era, and even well before that. There was no honeymoon, no budget boost, nothing.

      He appears to have zero self-awareness, so he won't change. His caucus will have to do the change for him. Not this year, but before the election. MPs don't vote to give up power.

      • Bearded Git 9.2.1

        I can see them replacing Luxon with Bishop, who seems at ease supporting all of COC’s terrible policies, but is more eloquent and personable than Luxon and has a better political pedigree.

  10. Kay 10

    From an email sent by an Aussie relative:

    Have you guys been affected much by the cost of living in NZ? It’s getting a bit horrific over here, especially in Vic where we were locked down for 2 years. Guess you can’t print money non stop and expect that inflation won’t go through the roof!

    That last sentence suggests to me that particular RW talking point is certainly doing the rounds, and if you say something often enough, then, not only will you end up believing it yourself, you can bring a lot of the population along with you. (Said relative sadly ended up right down the FB rabbit hole during the pandemic, to the anti-vax extreme, so I don't bother engaging with him on any of this).

    It did get me interested in the current VIC leadership, and policies. It's an interesting budget over seen by Jacinta Allen. A lot of it seems very familiar to our last Labour budget- a wasted opportunity. It will be interesting to see if by their next election in 2026, they too will punish-voted out. They also have a lot of people still stewing about the lockdowns.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/article/2024/may/07/victoria-state-budget-analysis-premier-jacinta-allan-cost-of-living-childcare-student-payments

    • Michael P 10.1

      So you think the huge inflation spikes in all of the western economies in 2021/2022 were caused by something other than vast amounts of government borrowing? (I think the figure in NZ was around $70 billion?)

      What do you think was the cause?

      Note I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with the pandemic response, or lockdowns or vaccines or anything else including the money printing (borrowing).

      Just stating that it obviously caused the jump in inflation and I'd love to hear what the poster can dream up as to what they think caused it…

      • SPC 10.1.1

        QE certainly had an impact on house price inflation – all that money available to banks for on-lending in the housing market and all at low cost.

        But where the money was to compensate for loss of economic activity (lockdowns), not so much.

        There were other causes at the global level.

        The international logistics system was disrupted – shortages.

        Loss of production because of worker shortages.

        The Russian invasion of Ukraine in early 2022 had an impact.

        Here we had some of our own – lack of gib board, loss of migrant worker inflow, the flood events (limited supply of food). The rising cost of eggs.

        • Nic the NZer 10.1.1.1

          "QE certainly had an impact on house price inflation – all that money available to banks for on-lending in the housing market and all at low cost."

          Also untrue, bank lending is not constrained on settlement balances (what your calling money available). The OCR system is setup to ensure there can not be a shortfall of settlement balances regardless of how much lending banks have done. And the OCR was at close to zero before QE anyway, it had been for a long period.

          The spike in house prices was because the housing market was shut down for a few months and all the transactions got compressed together when it re-opened so there was very hot competition on price for a short time.

          • SPC 10.1.1.1.1

            Grant Robertson and the Government were warned in January 2020 that there was a ‘significant’ risk Reserve Bank money printing would push up house prices and deepen inequality

            https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300223358/reserve-bank-repeatedly-warned-government-money-printing-would-lead-to-house-price-inflation

            Feel free to engage

            QE replaces bonds in the banking system with cash, effectively increasing the money supply, and making it easier for banks to free up capital. As a result, they can underwrite more loans and buy other assets.

            This so-called quantitative easing increases the size of the central bank's balance sheet and injects new cash into the economy. Banks get additional reserves (the deposits they maintain at the central bank) and the money supply grows.

            The bank will keep some of it on hand as required reserves, but it will loan the excess reserves out. When that loan is made, it increases the money supply. This is how banks “create” money and increase the money supply. When a bank makes loans out of excess reserves, the money supply increases.

            • Nic the NZer 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Unfortunately the mainstream economics framework for discussing this is fiction. This has been very widely researched by scores of economists, though primarily (not all) outside the mainstream. In fact banking was better understood by Keynes, Keldor, Robinson and formed the basis of their critique of Monetarism. The mainstream today tends instead to go with the monetarist view that there is a stable money multiplier which relatively expands the broad money supply when some notion of the monetary base expands relative to that stable multiplier. This is total fiction.

              What actually happens when commercial banks agree to extend a loan is they grow their own balance sheet with their own bank deposit liabilities (paid into a sellers account) in return for the agreement to repay the loan (the deposits in a commercial bank account are money and are recorded as such in statistics). If a loan agreement happens within the same bank then no interbank settlement payment happens so clearance balances are irrelevant. The OCR system however means if any bank is short of settlement balances then they can always borrow them to clear payments. The upshot of this is the availability of settlement balances doesn't have any implications for commercial banks ability to extend loans.

              Here is a source for the same description,

              https://larspsyll.wordpress.com/2024/06/07/mmt-the-key-insights-3/

              The main driver of lending is the credit worthiness of potential borrowers and regulations which might inhibit certain loans being made.

              That this must be accurate should actually be very easy to see when your not focused on single very specific examples. After 2008 a lot of nations engaged is extensive QE policies without this resulting in massive extension in lending. You can also look back further at Japan since the 90s. Yes, there were some very foolish people who predicted an immediate large or hyper-inflation would be the result of those QE policies, just they were completely wrong. NZ just happened to implement its QE policy just prior to a significant inflation episode.

      • Nic the NZer 10.1.2

        Its entirely implausible that government borrowing caused the inflation, how is that even supposed to work?

        The occurrence of inflation requires a significant number of price setters to increase their prices, so the cause of inflation is a question of why did they do that at the time? We know the reasons including covid based supply bottlenecks, OPEC oil price hikes, impacts of the Ukraine war on food production and also covid based demand for home office supplies. We should also understand some price hikes were profiteering, rather than matching up with genuine supply cost increases.

        None of these things are particularly related to either govt borrowing or spending or QE.

      • SPC 10.1.3

        I should have mentioned this rider

        QE can cause a relative change between economies – thus an increase in cost to business importers (and thus local consumers), if there is more paid in local currency to foreign suppliers.

  11. tWig 11

    Carried over from The Standard's feed, a post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer, together with a survey you can finish.

    "New Zealand’s Housing Survey has been developed and tested throughout Aotearoa, for Aotearoa …building on the PhD of Director Dr Natalie Allen, as part of a private plan change in regional NZ, as part of a comprehensive housing needs assessment in Kāpiti Coast, and for two iwi and a hapū collective developing their housing strategies. It has also included a series of industry and academic reviews and three rounds of user testing to refine the question wording across cohorts. Back end analysis processes have also been supported by a Callaghan Innovation Student Experience Grant."

  12. newsense 12

    Things that go together, but not in societies:

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/507477/auckland-anniversary-floods-a-year-on-outstanding-insurance-claims-properties-yet-to-be-categorised

    Auckland Council said 1570 properties were yet to be categorised, which it hoped would be done in a few months.

    http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2024/06/climate-change-farmers-get-what-they.html

    At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, agriculture is scheduled to enter the ETS next year at the processor level, with 95% of emissions subsidised. National will reverse this, disband he waka eka noa, and ensure an effective hundred percent subsidy for our worst polluters forever.

    Remember this when the rural ducks complain about how tough everything is. 95% ignore climate change? Okay okay 100% ignore contributing to the country dealing with minimisation and retreat. Not in a hypothetical sense at all. Your biggest asset in limbo for a year.

  13. Descendant Of Smith 13

    Reply to Michael Scott above. Unsure why it is detached.

    It is easy to focus on the deficit statistics if that is all you want to. It is also quite racist to link some of that data directly to ethnicity when other factors are at play eg crime rates follow age – young people commit more crime. If you have a younger population then you will have more crime. Teenage pregnancy the same.

    Putting that aside in any population only a small proportion are doing the offending in any community. Most are not. Trouble is most Europeans have little contact with Maori in those communities let alone with aspects of the culture that has concepts that are anathematic to capitalism.

    Capitalism is about exploitation of resources and private ownership. Callaghan touches on this. rewatch his video. In the 1800's capitalists saw things like communal ownership of land as communism and were opposed to this (in the same way the commons was destroyed largely in Europe – think copyright laws for instance.

    If you think there is nothing to learn then it isn't a voyage I should take you on – it is one you should go and explore your self.

Leave a Comment

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Colonial oppression in Kanaky
    How does France deal with opponents of its colonisation of the Pacific? Arrest them and deport them to France to face prosecution in a foreign court: A group of pro-independence leaders charged with allegedly organising protests that turned into violent unrest in New Caledonia last month was indicted on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • Media Link: Post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism” on “A View from Afar.”
    On this edition of AVFA Selwyn Manning and I discuss post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism. It seems that a post-pandemic turn to more nationalist economic policies may have encouraged the rise of populists who use xenophobia and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    11 hours ago
  • Climate Change: National’s vice-signalling
    Two weeks ago the climate denier government announced they would be giving farmers what they want and removing agriculture from the ETS. On Friday they introduced the bill for it to the House. Due to past efforts and backdowns, the Climate Change Response Act has a lot of inactive clauses ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • The Left’s Joyous Cherub: Keith Locke, 1944 – 2024.
    The Struggle Continues: Keith Locke belonged to a generation that still believed in a world that could be, through struggle, relieved of its chains. That struggle constituted the core of a life lived with purpose, courage and determination. MANY NEW ZEALANDERS would, no doubt, have been surprised to discover that Keith Locke was ...
    13 hours ago
  • The Night Before Yule: A Reprint
    A couple of my stories – A Breath Through Silver, and The Last Libation – have previously earned themselves reprints. Well, I am pleased to report that the nice people at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (https://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/) have included my narrative horror-poem, The Night Before Yule, in their newly-compiled Best Of anthology. ...
    14 hours ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, June 24
    TL;DR: Responding to the grounding of the Aratere over the weekend, the Government has signalled it will buy new replacement ferries, but only enough to replace existing freight capacity.That would effectively limit Aotearoa-NZ’s ability to handle any growth in population or the need to reduce emissions by shifting freight from ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    19 hours ago
  • Greater Auckland 2.0 – we need your help!
    Hi, we’re Greater Auckland. We’ve been a part of the landscape for over 15 years now. Over that time, we’ve provided informed commentary, evidence-based analysis, and inspiring visions for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. You might know us from such hits as: The Congestion-Free Network 2013 (and its 2017 ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    20 hours ago
  • Distractions and Inaction.
    Fancy, a fast carA bag full of lootI can nearly guaranteeYou'll end up with the bootThe Prime Minister arrived home, perhaps a bit surprised, maybe even secretly a little pleased at the diversion, to find the country falling apart. Things going more badly that even his c-list, self back-slapping, trip ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    20 hours ago
  • KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates
    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    23 hours ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    1 day ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    2 days ago
  • Public Service Day
    Good morn or evening friendsHere's your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I'm about to sayCould mean the world's disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and painIt's thatLove's in need of love todayDon't delaySend yours in right awayHate's goin' 'roundBreaking many heartsStop it pleaseBefore ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    2 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    4 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    6 days ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    1 week ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 weeks ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 weeks ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago

Page generated in The Standard by Wordpress at 2024-06-24T15:57:53+00:00