Open mike 15/07/2011

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  1. Jenny 1


    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

    Coal Kills!

    Kill Coal!

    “We shall fight them on the beaches…. We shall never surrender”

    Winston Churchill

    In our hour of need…..

    Why haven’t we got a Climate Winston Churchill?

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      Quoting linked article:

      ACT candidate and agriculture spokesman Don Nicolson said communities needed to make themselves resilient against the variety of problems natural variations in climate could bring. “No-one can give me conclusive proof that mankind is actually having an effect on the weather.”

      And no one will you moron but when the probability of it being so is 95% or better I’d say that it’s beyond reasonable doubt.

      • vto 1.1.1

        Ha ha, stupid Don Nicolson sounds like fool Key and his Hardtalk “scientists only offer opinions, they are just like lawyers” idiocy.

        Here is a statement of similar usefulness..

        “No-one can give me conclusive proof that the sun is in fact real.”

        Don Nicolson is a shallow moron, as you so eloquently put it DtB. Just like Key. Shallow shallow shallow.

        You watch, Nicolson will soon say something so ridiculous you will all fall about in laughter and his credibility will be shot. There is no way on earth that this moron will get through a parliamentary term without such a showing. He is a different same David Garrett. I guarantee it.

  2. rosy 2

    So the USA – a month away from defaulting on trillions of dollars of debt has a AAA rating and Ireland, having made huge progress in reducing it’s debt has had it’s rating downgraded harming future recovery efforts.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jul/13/ireland-economic-recovery-damaged-downgrade

    “This is a disappointing development and it is completely at odds with the recent views of other rating agencies. Just last week, Fitch & DBRS noted our economy’s return to growth in the first quarter, the progress in reducing our budget deficit and said that there was no reason to alter their views on Ireland at this time,” said a spokesman for the department of finance

    How bizarre.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Bankster Occupation of Europe

      Not really bizarre. Max Keiser on you tube sums it up pretty well.

      These ratings agencies are the same ones which gave AAA ratings on billions worth of toxic investments sold to retirement funds and small time investors. The credit rating agencies were paid to help the big investment banks sell these toxic products by giving them a strong rating.

      Now the credit rating agencies are helping the same big investment banks pick up for cents on the dollar, the sovereign hard assets in these at-risk-of deafult countries by giving them a miserable rating and creating a self fulfiling prophecy.

      And just ask, how are the big investment banks going to pay for all these sovereign hard assets, even at firesale prices?

      Using the bail out money that those bankrupt countries’ governments gave the banks originally.

      It goes like this – in an age of currency debasement and devaluation, the only real financial investment left is in vital hard assets. Euros and USD are becoming increasingly worthless as they are no longer a reliable store of value. Hydrodams, roads and ports are, however.

      By helping to bankrupt countries like Ireland and forcing firesale prices of those public assets, international investors can pick them up for cents in the dollar, but paying for them using the public money that those governments handed to them in the original bail outs.

      It’s genius.

      • vto 2.1.1

        It’s not genius. It is the normal actions of bankers over the centuries. It is the same old trick – lend someone money and when they default pick up the asset.

        It is in fact EXACTLY the same trick that drug dealers play. Get the client hooked and over their head then move in on the assets.

        Bankers and drug dealers play the same game.

        It is the world’s biggest rort playing out as we speak. The protestors are the only ones onto it.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Well, I thought the smart part was getting governments to pay over the bailout money first, which got the governments into crippling debt, thereafter allowing the banks to swoop in and buy government assets up using the government’s own money.

          But yeah, the general formula is a big rerun.

          So…debt is like the crack cocaine that drug dealers hand out…

  3. Bored 3

    On the subject of CGT…headline in todays Herald Landlord: ‘Nasty tax won’t get a cent of my property gains’.

    Mr Whitburn provides a case study in inequity, avarice, and gambling, nothing less. He has got “wealthy” courtesy of the not clever but quite brave punting on property prices increasing forever, and leveraging his investment to the max. Nothing unusual here, it is standard human behavoir under our current casino regime, Whitburn merely provides a microcosm of what our middle classes have been doing within every bubble, be it property or shares.

    From where I am sitting Whitburn like many others who have leveraged previous bubbles looks to be in a very precarious position. No prudent investor currently will give him another cent to leverage, and when market conditions make cash flow and interest rates problematic it will all become a house of cards. Note Serepeisos.

    The sad thing about Whitburns attitude in the article is not his complaint about the “inequity”, lets face it the rest of us are currently subsidising his tax bill and that really is inequitable. It is his belief that what he is doing is just and fair. Shylock could do no better, but this minor Randian Atlas may end up as the tragic comic hero who loses the lot, then laments he wont ever be lucky enough to pay capital gains taxes.

    • millsy 3.1

      I wonder how often he raises his rent, how he treats his tenants and what the state of his rental properties are?

      I would also like him to front up to the people of Hawera and explain why he is willing to see those people lose their hospital so he can pay less tax.

      • Jilly Bee 3.1.1

        My daughter and son-in-law rent a basic three bedroom house in Ranui and pay a relatively high rental. I did wonder after reading this article whether he just maybe their landlord as he boasted about owing several properties in the West Auckland area, Massey, Ranui etc. The house is nothing to write home about and to my thinking is pretty damp – no insulation as far as I am aware. They had to ask several times to have the bathroom repaired – the floor was rotting under the shower and the waste under the kitchen sink leaked and set up a mouldy smell throughout the area. It is a roof over their heads but they are looking for something better.

    • Deadly_NZ 3.2

      And it looks like as usual he did not read the whole thing.

      “I’ve got all the places in trusts and have no plans to sell,” said the multimillionaire. “I’m getting an income and using that to pay down the debt on my own home. In two years I’ll be debt-free with lovely views of Rangitoto and the Sky Tower.

      I did see it said CGT on trusts, just the thing to deal with these parasites on our economy.

      • Bored 3.2.1

        Had to laugh a little when he was described as a multi millionaire after the article said he had a million in equity, spread on 6 houses and 5 other rental units. Lets speculate on this a little….maybe a total capital value of $5 million…equity now $1 million (20%)…market falls 20% equity 0%, or conversely / concurrently interest rises faster than rents can rise by 2.5% = $100K cash shortfall to come out of equity or earnings (if the bank is prepared to extend)….its all a bit like having the stakes raise in a game of Poker.

      • mik e 3.2.2

        Petricovic comes to mind

  4. logie97 4

    GST off Vegetables.

    Typical response from the RWNJ’s is “…how can we know if the retailers have reduced their prices accordingly?”

    I would have thought that the whole essence of a free market and capitalism would answer that one – Competition FFS! Don’t they trust their own mantra.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Of course, capitalism acts to remove true competition where possible since actual monopolies, effective monopolies, duopolies and shadow cartels are always way way more profitable. They want to move such governmental set ups into the private sector where possible as well.

      In the US, the country of ‘free choice’, they have a free choice of the capitalist Democrats and the capitalist Republicans.

    • higherstandard 4.2

      You’d probably call me a RWNJ………. my typical response to the proposed GST off fruit and veg is twofold.

      1. It will likely lead to a lot of confusion initially, first six months or so which is a minor incovenience.

      2. Fruit and vege prices fluctuate enormously during the year as the seasons change and the removal of GST is pretty much insignificant compared to these fluctuations, if people are ‘scottish’ grocery shoppers like me they’ll go for what’s in season in the first instance.

      PS seen the price of tomatoes at the moment !

      • Ianupnorth 4.2.1

        I think the word you are looking for regarding meanness should be ‘Jewish’ they are well known to hoard money, in fact pro-rata the Scottish are actually one of the most generous charitable societies. The Scottish are known as ‘thrifty’ – thought you would like that seeing as the government has opted to buy trains from the cheapest (thriftiest source) rather than keep jobs for an established staff in Dunedin!

        See http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/sep/08/charitable-giving-country – at least NZ rates highly!

        • Ianupnorth 4.2.1.1

          Also this statement

          ‘As a proportion of their income, the wealthiest people in this country (the UK) give far less than those who are less well-off,’
          And three-fifths of Britain’s biggest donors – those giving more than £100 a month – have incomes of less than £26,000 per year.’

          • prism 4.2.1.1.1

            Wealthy people can adjust their apparent incomes so they appear lower, using company cars, renting a house from a trust or whatever. 26,000 pounds doesn’t sound much, about $60,000 here?

        • IanupN . I thought that old ant -semitic insult racist propogander went out with the death of Hitler. If you believe Jewish people are mean you are a bigoted ignoramous. Most of the charitable organizations in the East End London are run by Yiddish organizations .Like wise most USA charitable organizations are run by Jewish families . Even the Great Met Opera Company is by Jewish families. The biggest percentage of philanthropist’ in the world are overwhelmingly Jewish people .
          The first free hospital ever in the world was completly financed by Barny Barnato Jew.London hospital still standing but now under NHS .
          Our own Jewish Mayor Robbie was know for his generosity . Aotearoa has enough bigots in the ACT party we don’t want them here . Mazel Tov!
          PS . The other old chestnut is that all Jews are rich . Dont get me on that .

        • Vicky32 4.2.1.3

          The Scottish are known as ‘thrifty’

          My (Scottish) Mum used to say “the Scots aren’t mean, they’re careful”… 😀

      • felix 4.2.2

        Yes wtf is up with tomatoes?

        Even for this time of year, wtf.

        • jackal 4.2.2.1

          I guess they’re tied to the price of electricity and gas to heat hothouses. The price of transportation would also determine the cost of imported tomatoes, but not to the degree we’re seeing.

          • freedom 4.2.2.1.1

            even the local discount greengrocer has $8.99 kg. normally $5 this time of year.

            In Wellington last week i was a bit shocked to see $18.99kg at New World, these are tomatoes, not Bluff oysters. (Then again $18.99kg for bluff Oysters would be nice to see)

            • prism 4.2.2.1.1.1

              Small tomato growers using glasshouses in winter may have been forced out of the market by pollution reduction policies. One I know of used to burn coal to raise the temperature but can’t now. Had to close down.

              Also I think the Queensland floods are being cited as the reason that some things have gone up and I guess this would definitely apply to tomatoes from Oz.

          • Lanthanide 4.2.2.1.2

            The floods in Australia at the start of the year wiped out many crops that would become ripe now. Low supply = high prices. Doesn’t have anything to do with transportation or electricity costs.

        • kriswgtn 4.2.2.2

          they b made of gold

      • logie97 4.2.3

        Not sure how this thread disappeared into a discussion about misers but my first assertion was that the open market was supposed to determine the price of everything.

        Surely the retail market has its margin and then adds the 15 %. To say that the price to the shopper will remain the same beggars belief.

        Perhaps it is incumbent on the government to publish a daily (vegetable and growers) wholesale market price (auctions) to determine the price the grocer is buying at.

        I am astonished that people appear to be happy to pay 15% GST anywhere and everywhere. WTF. It’s there so we should pay it?

        What if the government was to load vegetables with a 45 % GST?
        Would the attitude be, well it ain’t gonna make any difference. All grocers will still charge the same price as each other.

        Am I missing something here? Is there not a “market” after all, but simply a massive cartel?

        • Lanthanide 4.2.3.1

          I think the mental disconnect/doublethink is slightly more embedded than what you portray.

          And that’s “prices are seasonal anyway, so if you take 15% off now, once the seasons change the price will go back up anyway”.

          This entirely misses the point that once the seasons change and the prices go up, they’ll still be less (by the rate of GST) than they would have been if GST hadn’t been removed.

        • Colonial Viper 4.2.3.2

          Am I missing something here? Is there not a “market” after all, but simply a massive cartel?

          Yes there certainly is a market, but the market is dominated by a shadow cartel which controls pricing absolutely and which structurally prevents producers from selling their goods directly to the retail customer.

          Go farmers’ markets.

  5. Ianupnorth 5

    Just been told that in the CNI town where I live there have been 5 suicides in two weeks, the second to last a 12 year old girl, the latest a 51 y.o. man.
     
    That is pretty scary; I know there have been a spate in Kawerau of late too. Maybe someone can quote the statistics but seriously this is not a record to be envious of.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Dunno the specifics, just that we have around 50% or more suicides a month than we have road deaths.

    • Ianupnorth 5.2

      And dare I say it, is there statistical evidence to suggest an increase?

    • Vicky32 5.3

      Just been told that in the CNI town where I live there have been 5 suicides in two weeks, the second to last a 12 year old girl, the latest a 51 y.o. man.

      Oh how awful! That’s so sad to hear…

    • millsy 5.4

      A 12 year old girl. 12.

      If 12 year old girls are killing themselves then I think there is something really really wrong with this country.

      • Colonial Viper 5.4.1

        Start talking to anyone who works in an acute psych ward, and it becomes obvious that our society has a lot of deeply rooted issues that we are not talking about or dealing with.

  6. Campbell Larsen 6

    Lookalikes – Rob Muldoon and Rogernomics fan Owen Glenn…

    For a moment there I thought the Nats had resurrected another monster from the past!

  7. jackal 7

    Friday Fun with Photos #9

    The organization of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan provides, and its principle of government demands, that there shall always be one individual, senior in rank to all other Klansmen of whatever rank, on whom shall rest the responsibility of command, and whose leadership will be recognized and accepted by all other loyal Klansmen.

  8. puzzled observer 8

    John Ansell further explains the deficiencies of women:
    http://johnansell.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/3942/

    • Ianupnorth 8.1

      He is really someone for whom drowning would be too good. An obnoxious racist.

    • McFlock 8.2

      Wow.
      Ever get the impression that some of these ACTurds just couldn’t hold their breath for a few more months?

      • rosy 8.2.1

        Is it some kind of perverted symbolic status to be too weird (in a white supremacist kind of way) for Act?

    • Vicky32 8.3

      Wow, just wow.. I am just reading it now, and  Ansell has written a heaping helping of crazy!
      Is he related to Colin King-Ansell by any chance?
       

      • Morrissey 8.3.1

        Is he related to Colin King-Ansell by any chance?

        That’s a very, very good question. King-Ansell was given to making idiotic public statements, and then trying to defend them in a most incoherent manner. In the early 1970s, Brian Edwards interviewed King-Ansell for twenty minutes and reduced him to a distressed, blithering heap of perplexedness.

        Then, to his horror, Edwards was informed by the cameraman that due to an equipment malfunction, the entire interview had been lost. There was only one thing that could possibly be done: shoot the entire thing all over again. Edwards asked King-Ansell if he would mind, and King-Ansell obliged.

        Edwards feared that the element of surprise had been lost, however, and that King-Ansell would not be trapped so easily the second time around. But Edwards asked exactly the same questions again, and King-Ansell blundered into the same traps again, and the whole humiliation was repeated almost identically.

        Sheer, purblind stupidity, in other words. John Ansell seems to be cut from the same cloth. He could even be his son.

        A bit of further investigation might be useful here.

        • Vicky32 8.3.1.1

          I once knew Colin King-Ansell’s ex wife, she was a head-case and no mistake! He was doing his Nazi thing when they married, and as she told me “I’d always wanted to marry a German, and he was the closest I could find”. (All I can say my having been in relationships with 2 Germans over the decades,  is, she didn’t look very hard! 😀 )
           
           

    • prism 8.4

      puzzled observer – Maori set great store in their tribe. John Ansell sets great store in his diatribe. Good eh. And his diatribe goes on and on and on, filled with such intelligent, novel ideas and bon mots?

  9. vto 10

    So.. let me get this straight …

    At the time of near financial collapse during the Global Financial Crisis, our government introduced a Deposit Guarantee Scheme to support the insolvent banks and finance companies. This included the darling South Canterbury Finance.

    That allowed the CEO Lachie McLeod, against all wisdom, to go out and make heaps more unworthy loans and considerably up the related party loans to an hystrerical level, includiong one to himself for about $15million (yes, that right, $15,000,000.00) to buy a stake in South Canterbury Finance. This all made the situation far worse for South Cantebury Finance and consequently far worse for we taxpayers when we had to bail the junk out.

    Then Lachie gets the blame for it all going pear-shaped (which was correct, but one has to wonder what the board were thinking in letting it happen. What they were thinking was ‘lets abandon ship’) so Lachie has to leave.

    So his departure gift is $20million (yes, that’s right $20,000,000.00) signed off by Hubbard alone and without Board approval. The $20,000,000.00 iincludes forgiveness (yes, that’s right f o r g i v e n e s s) of the $15,000,000.00 loan.

    What fucking planet are these gorms on. The South Canterbury Finance mess just keeps getting stinkier. That arrangement must be near criminal in the circumstances.

    I am absolutely gobsmacked.

    So, all you lucky taxpayers out there, when you bailed out Lachie McLeod’s shonky work via the Deposit Guarantee Scheme you also paid off Lachie McLeod’s $15,000,000.00 loan.

    How does that make you feel?

    • grumpy 10.1

      Not good…….we hope there is more to come out of this.

      Where is Karma when you need it?

    • prism 10.2

      Where do I look for those details on SCF vto? I think I want to get it into hard copy, so I understand its real.

      • vto 10.2.1

        Probably a few places mr prism. You could start with the receiver for SCF. Check out the companies office. Then all sorts of countless media articles which may have various sources.

        And yes those numbers are eye-watering.

        Lachie McLeod undoubtedly did a terrible job which led to SCG going bust. And yet he gets a $20,000,000.00 golden handshake??????????? Seriously, how does that work?

        It is a fucking bullshit crock.

        Both he and Hubbard need to stand up and account given we taxpayers paid for that to the tune of $1,500,000,000.00.

    • prism 10.3

      The zeroes are rather dazzling in that piece on SCF. It may have seemed to be a holding move for the CEO to borrow $15m and put that into SCF. When you get into ponzi style finances that could seem quite appropriate! Then when the CEO left, the loan money which had probably gone into the SCF black hole, was written off and he was actually given a $5m redundancy package/

  10. Morrissey 11

    What was that about free speech in “the land of the free”?

    “There’s a culture of silence and fear in the Jewish community against speaking out…”

    Watch the following clip, and bear it in mind next time you hear somebody like Hillary Clinton admonishing some third world country for being totalitarian and undemocratic….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hJoBZboE58&feature=socblog_th

  11. Fine for ‘quite distinct from strictly objective news reporting’ Campbell Live

    Current affairs show Campbell Live, it’s a good thing something like this exists. Close Ups counterpart has been a part of many tv-nights of uninformed populists. But what has now been revealed by Stuff.co.nz? There isn’t always extensive and broad research done for all the items presented. Campbell aired an item about Paper Reclaim in Auckland, alleging their plant was unsanitary and rat-infested. Workers were asking for a 1 dollar raise because of the working conditions and for their hard work and loyalty. Awful, horrible. These people deserve more than that. Oh hold on, let’s first take a look at the evidence presented. Some shots of a heap of rats (not at the plant itself), a cartoon of hundreds of rats (uhm yeah a cartoon) and statements made by the disgruntled employees (very objective). Not very reliable or even acceptable evidence. Of course Paper Reclaim agreed and filed a complaint, stating: ‘Campbell Live had relied on the unsubstantiated claims of a small number of workers and had “over-dramatised a pay dispute, by references to a rodent health problem, when no such problem existed”. TVWorks disagreed, replying: ‘’There was no doubt the item was sympathetic to the workers and presented in a manner that was ‘entertaining and informing’”. A word from the union: ‘acknowledged in a signed joint statement that there was no rat problem’. And lastly the final word comes from the Broadcasting Standards Authority: ‘numerous references to rats, “coupled with sensationalist clips of masses of rats and audio of rats squealing, created the clear impression for viewers that Paper Reclaim had a serious rat problem”’. Result: the show was fined $16,000. A little less sensationalism, a bit more investigative reporting. Oh sorry TVWorks what is that now? “Viewers understand the genre (which is quite distinct from strictly objective news reporting) and would take those ‘entertaining’ elements for what they were”. At least you’re honest.

    http://kiwi-linkwhore-simplexity.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/fine-for-%E2%80%98quite-distinct-from-strictly-objective-news-reporting%E2%80%99-campbell-live/

  12. Adrian 13

    Yeah VTO, somethings not right here. In april 2010 I sold my crop to a company on the agreement that I would get paid when they were sold and processed. In the meantime SCF went under, and the processing company had the recievers ( aka White-Collar-Looters) demand repayment of the loan, even tho no payments had been missed, this happened to about 120 other borrowers I think. When the company said piss off not possible, the Whitecollarlooters virtually took over, stole my 50k ( only income ) and got the company to pay me only $50 a week, this happened to all of the creditors of this company. I believe that this is happening to all of the 120 approx who couldn’t pay back their loans. What stinks is that when Hubbard was sprung he stated that it wouldn’t have happened to him if Key was in the country,(or answering his phone to hubbard). The intimation is that it was Key himself who personally intervened on behalf of Hubbard when against the Treasury warnings the guarantee was renewed FOUR times. I wish I had the resources to make the connection between Key and Hubbard and get the bastard.

  13. Colonial Viper 14

    One in 5 UK households in energy poverty

    Bad to worse…and expected to deteriorate further.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jul/14/households-fuel-poverty-energy-prices

  14. Bovver 15

    Labour introduced the Crown Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme Bill vto

    • Lanthanide 15.1

      Yes, and National signed SCF up to an extension of the scheme despite knowing, immediately after being elected, that SCF was in serious trouble.

      SCF was also operating in a way that could have had them thrown out of the scheme for failing to comply with the requirements of good governance and transparency. We can’t know for sure if Labour would have kicked them out of the scheme, had they been in power, but we certainly know that National did absolutely nothing.

  15. freedom 16

    cannot decide if this Stuff poll is hilarious or terrifyng.
    72 % think “No – rules and traditions are final”

  16. The Voice of Reason 17

    Rebekah Brooks resigns. Presumably, she’ll be the sacrificial lamb. But James Murdoch will be very, very nervous.

    • Morrissey 17.1

      But James Murdoch will be very, very nervous.

      Surely with the FBI now on the case, James Murdoch and (more importantly) the reptile who generated him several decades ago must now be condidering what the rest of his life will be like—in prison.

  17. Draco T Bastard 18

    Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex
    TED Talk about the God Complex that we see from economists and RWNJs.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    2 days ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 days ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    2 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Imagine a home so efficient that it could be heated with a hair dryer. That’s the promise of a passive house, a design standard that’s becoming increasingly popular in the architecture community for its benefits to occupants and the climate. ...
    2 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
    Hi,Before we get started, some very big fun Webworm news. I am launching a new journalism fund called Big Worm Farm!A really great thing that’s happened with Webworm over the last four years is that it’s grown. That’s great for a few reasons.Firstly — it means the work here gets ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
    When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    3 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. Brian Easton writes – In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    3 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
    Help is comingI heard a whisperWhite caps turningThe breath of summerA distant drummingAnd liar birds callingEscape the anguish of our pastAnd prayOne of the major challenges of the the 21st century will be the mass migration of human beings around our globe.Some seeking economic opportunities, others fleeing repressive regimes, war ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    6 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    6 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    7 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    7 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    7 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    7 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for five Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Parole (Mandatory Completion of Rehabilitative Programmes) Amendment Bill (Todd Stephenson) Goods and Services Tax (Removing GST From Food) Amendment Bill (Rawiri Waititi) Income Tax (ACC Payments) Amendment Bill (Hamish Campbell) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    1 week ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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