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Open mike 17/12/2010

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  1. Thought for Friday…

    Even the sun shines on a dogs ass some days

    • Bored 1.1

      Hi Polly, brings a little context to the meeeting between Diogenes and Alexander…

      Alexander, thrilled to meet the famous philosopher, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, “Yes, stand out of my sunlight”. Alexander then declared, “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes.”[24] In another account of the conversation, Alexander found the philosopher looking attentively at a pile of human bones. Diogenes explained, “I am searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave.”

      There may be some wisdom around light and dogs backsides…who knows?

  2. Sanctuary 2

    Ah, the big hearted generosity of the boss class-

    “…Staff at a North Island freezing works had their pay cut for the official two-minute silence to remember the 29 miners killed in the Pike River mine…”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10694840

    These are the sort of people right wingers would deliver us to for mercy in their “free market” society.

    • cardassian 2.1

      The article says that the union turned down the opportunity for the workers to make up the 2 minutes as overtime (and therefore get paid overtime rates) as it wasn’t about money but showing solidarity.
      Could of been handled better by the bosses but not exactly evil capitalists taking advantage of the uninformed here.
      Also to be fair this is the same company that is paying the workers full pay until christmas and minimum wage until new years despite the fact they can’t work due to the plant burning down.
      They’ve also offered to pay for workers relocation if they want to take up work at another branch in the new year.

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      How much is 2 minutes worth anyway? 50 cents if they’re being paid $15/hour. What sort of pathetic company goes out of it’s way to dock 50 cents from each staff’s pay? That’d probably cost more in admin overhead than they recoup.

      • prism 2.2.1

        Lanthanide and Sanctuary –
        The 2 minute silence meant a difference for the company and the workers of two less animals each, being processed. That would mean that the company wouldn’t meet its production requirements for the work period to meet its orders and wouldn’t humanely handle animals that had been prepared to be killed.

        One 2 minute break per person multiplied by all the workers, means an overall expensive overhead cost for the plant. The company can’t replace product for orders with cards of sympathy. If they offered extra time to make up quota, with overtime pay, they were being rational and fair. If the union refused to do this then it was being unsupportive to the company, and the jobs provided, and for a whim. If the union used their brains and acted responsibly towards the company the workers would have finished their work requirement with overtime, and then donated that overtime pay to assist fellow workers in need with much needed cash – and that would be a meaningful way to show solidarity.

        captcha – suffered

        • Bored 2.2.1.1

          Prism, from the employers angle you are right. Experience in these places tells me however that reality is not nearly as precise, times vary. What happens more often than not is that the company turns a blind eye to the extra few minutes they gain here and there, but always hammer the ones they lose. Sound like there is no give and take at the plant, the workers described the company as “mongrels”. Maybe there is something else going on we do not know about?

          • prism 2.2.1.1.1

            True Bored. But thought of the problem from the employer’s point of view about output and schedules – something that unions don’t always do to their own and the business’s disadvantage.

            • mcflock 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Let’s see the stats from the article: $170 workers * $1.50 per animal * 2 animals (63 seconds to process an animal) = $510.

              Sum cost to SFF.

              The joys of having free advertising painting them as penny-pinching dicks who can’t deal with 2 minutes silence? Priceless.

            • Vicky32 2.2.1.1.1.2

              Yes, but the action is disgusting Prism. 2 minutes for goodness’ sake! From what I have read, workers didn’t even get a choice about whether they wanted to observe the silence! It’s just crazy..
              Deb

  3. Pascal's bookie 3

    hardcopy granny sez:

    Treasury is required to declare fiscal risks facing the Government in economic updates. In the recent half-yearly update, the rules have changed without anyone paying attention. The threshold for such risks has been lifted from $10 million to $100 million which matters because the Government says it has only just over $1 billion for new spending, and most of that is accounted for. And anyway, Finance Minister Bill English can veto what is listed if he believes it is not in the national interest to make it public. This makes some nervous about what Treasury might be worrying about, but may have been told not to disclose.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      So, that would be Blinglish manipulating the numbers to try and make himself look good again?

  4. burt 4

    I see in the dom post today that Chris Carter said he might stand as an independent… so a police inquiry into his rorts starts today ?

  5. Muzza 5

    Obama continues his run towards the right. It really is amazing watching someone so effectively alienate and disenfranchise their base. Obama has no credibility as a lefty. Spare the arguments along the lines of ‘he has to work within the political reality’ or ‘ these are extraordinary circumstances’. He is a failure and this open letter, signed by some of America’s leading lefties, further reinforces that idea.

    http://www.truth-out.org/an-open-letter-left-establishment65848

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      What passes for ‘left wing’ in America is ‘right wing’ to the rest of the world anyway.

    • millsy 5.2

      40-odd years ago, only Nixon could go to China, now only Obama could cut Social Security and Medicare (and sack schoolteachers en masse something that Anne Tolley could only dream of doing.)

      Of course, the USA could cut its huge debt by closing down some of its military bases around the world, 100 of which are in Germany.

      • Lanthanide 5.2.1

        That would give them an even bigger unemployment problem.

        • Bored 5.2.1.1

          What problem? Get real, the right sees no problem with unemployment, it keeps wages down, imposes discipline through fear. it is only a problem if you are unemployed.

          I am getting to thinking that Lenin was right, to get workers to rebel you need to make life unbearable.

          • Lanthanide 5.2.1.1.1

            The unemployment problem is a problem for senators and representatives in congress, and ultimately the president. When senators or congressmen don’t do enough to cut unemployment, they too are made unemployed and replaced with someone else who the public think might be able to do a better job.

            Therefore: cutting military spending, cutting military jobs = you lose your elected position and gravy train.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Shutting down the bases wouldn’t necessarily increase unemployment as the troops could still be employed but the US would still save money because the bases themselves are expensive to maintain.

            • Bored 5.2.1.1.1.2

              Sorry Lan, what problem? Give me an example of one time serving right wing senator being replaced by a lefty equivalent who manages to do any different? Look at Obama today.

              • Lanthanide

                I think you missed my point. Unemployment is a problem for any senator or congressman that lets it happen on their watch, because they’re likely to be voted out. Whether or not whoever it is replaces them does a better job or not is irrelevant once they’ve been voted out.

                So although you say “the right don’t care about unemployment”, from this perspective they do – because they’ll be out of a job if they don’t handle it.

                • Zorr

                  Which is why such congresspeople and senators actively vote against unemployment payment extensions? Most of these guys could care less about the “voting public” because a) most of the public don’t vote and b) any of those that do can be won over by loud music, lasers, Sarah Palin and the threat of “socialism”

  6. ron 6

    This
    http://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/64389/aid-agencies-criticise-scheme-over-funding-rejections

    is only the tip of a very smelly pile.
    The fiasco around development funding is mirrored in a number of other government departments at the moment.
    Education providers are still waiting for important details from TEC about their contracts for next year – just a month away.
    Ministry of Youth development has yet to finalise contracts for funding approved months ago.
    MSD seem unable to supply important background information to contractors. Entire provision systems have been the victim of last minute changes to contracts, processes and structures.
    New funds set up by this government are characterised by inconsistent decisions, overly complex processes and lack of information to those applying. New contracting processes are characterised by last minute changes and rushed processes. Most of all it seems no-one in these departments knows what’s going on.

    The cause of this situation? Ideologically driven Ministers handing down badly thought out instructions to their departments – often against advice from the very people who then have to administer the mess.
    Confusion, ideological funding decisions and chaotic processes are now endemic in the government relationship with providers.

    • burt 6.1

      Confusion, ideological funding decisions and chaotic processes are now endemic in the government relationship with providers.

      Moving from a pure bums on seats model designed only to produce good ‘in work’ education statistics to a results and outcomes driven funding model will cause confusion. Stick with it Ron, if the organisations you speak off have any real value other than creating employment under a Labour tax payer spending circus then you will provide value rather than only good looking stats.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        burt, you failed to read what ron said, specifically, New contracting processes are characterised by last minute changes and rushed processes. Most of all it seems no-one in these departments knows what’s going on which would indicate that the ministers are making kneejerk ideological decisions, changing their minds in more kneejerk ideological decisions and then expecting the staff to cope with the chaos then created by the minister.

        In other words, NACT being completely incompetent.

      • Ron 6.1.2

        Burt
        TOPS and YT are anything but “bums on seats” set ups.
        Providers have been required to deliver clear, timely, measurable and effective outcomes. For the most part have done that very effectively. They don’t receive their funding if they don’t. Of course “numbers” are a part of that but qualifications and employment are a much more importtant part.
        In TOPS the Govt has now DOUBLED the required throughput required (there’s your “bums on seats” – and you watch P Benefit crow about it in 2011 – “more people in training!”) and set substantially higher employment and training outcomes. (training outcomes that are frankly stupid) with not a skerric of extra funding. They have also moved a number of administrative roles on to providers further adding to the costs involved.

        Some of these outcomes are simply stupid and unattainable. Others just involve more staff and more work and will force many providers out of the field, further limiting the options for training and re-training. And of course none of the new structure addresses the major concern among providers – that is the pastoral support that many clients require in order to attain any outcomes. That was the biggest hole in the system and has been completely ignored. (an example – in the Nelson/Tasman region MSD have contracted 1 – One “in work support” worker. They are requiring over twice as many work placements from the TOPS courses, they require those people to stay in that placement 33% longer in order that the provider receives their funding and they have provided 1 person to ensure that. It’s a joke)

        In the “information gathering” process that occured late this year many providers pointed out the many holes in the new structure. They were ignored and now TEC?MSD are scrambling to find ways of making a dumb idea work.

        You “stick with it” comment is an insult. In my experience, these organisations are committed to and cater to the well being of their clients way over and above any contractual requirements. Society gets enormous value from these organisations and their staff. We will lose many of those workers this year and the Government will have worse employment results as a consequence. They will restructure again – and the same story will be repeated.

    • Vicky32 6.2

      My friend who works for Tear Fund was very upset about the aid agency part of that, and posted Red Alert’s comment about it on Facebook..
      Deb

  7. Name 7

    For a concise and comprehensible explanation of the economic catastrophe caused by greedy bankers in the US which is costing millions their homes I recommend:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/l-randall-wray/post_1440_b_797563.html

    Yet, amazingly, 60% of individual bankruptcies in the US are caused by medical costs incurred by people who actually had medical insurance!

    Ah America, home of the free.

  8. Anyone who wants to help campaign for a NZ domestic legislative framework to PREVENT and fight corruption, and build genuinely transparency into central and local government and the judiciary – contact me.

    This campaign will particularly focus on exposing the ‘grand’ corruption involved in privatisation / private procurement/’contracting-out’ model – which is the underpinning basis for most bribery and corruption.

    That is why I am standing in the Botany by-election – to help build the public campaign to achieve these goals.

    Keen to help?

    Contact me.

    Pass the word! 🙂

    Penny Bright

    Media Spokesperson
    Water Pressure Group
    Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water, Auckland regional governance matters.
    “Anti-corruption campaigner”.
    Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009.
    Attendee: Transparency International 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2010
    Auckland Mayoral candidate 2010

    [email deleted]

    • OleOlebiscuitBarrell 8.1

      But, according to Transparency International, we are already the least corrupt country in the world.

      http://www.infoplease.com/world/statistics/2007-transparency-international-corruption-perceptions.html

      It’s like starting a group to address the lack of appreciation of Rugby Union Football in New Zealand.

      • Pascal's bookie 8.1.1

        http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/140144/shock-nz-corruption-level

        A global survey has revealed an “alarming” level of corruption in New Zealand, with 4% of respondents admitting to paying a bribe in the past year.

        Transparency International’s (TI) 2010 survey also showed that 73% New Zealanders thought corruption had increased over the past three years.

        The level of bribery uncovered in the survey was significantly worse than countries we usually compare well against, with 2% of Australian respondents admitting to paying a bribe in the past year and 1% percent of Britons.

        No respondents in Denmark admitted to paying a bribe.

        The results of the Global Corruption Barometer were in stark contrast with TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index, released in October, in which New Zealand retained the top spot for having the lowest perceived level of corruption in the public sector.

        TI’s New Zealand director, Alex Tan, said the results of the survey, which included New Zealand for the first time, were “alarming” and showed we needed to be vigilant in the fight against corruption.

        “This is truly an alarming result but, in some ways, not surprising. We have traditionally tended to rest on our laurels and think we are above corruption and bribery practices which are commonplace in the rest of the world,” Mr Tan said.

        Other results of the survey include that respondents thought political parties, followed by Parliament, were the most corrupt institutions.

      • burt 8.1.2

        We are retrospectively the least corrupt country in the world – easily done when you have the fastest law makers in the west, no formal constitution, and anything goes to kill off court cases when the dear leader is involved.

        Remember the Labour party inquiry that exonerated Taito Field – then remember what was it – 26 charges of corruption ?

        All the MPs need to remember is never threaten to stand as an independent and our least corrupt country rating is secure.

    • burt 8.2

      Penny Bright

      Great cause, it should find favour on this site while National are in power.

  9. prism 9

    Heard Hon Hekia Parata new Minister for Women’s advancement speak this morning. So fashionably right wing and neo lib. All people are defined by their participation in the economy I think she said. So those who aren’t participating in paid employment aren’t real people, have no value in society, aren’t deserving of respect and consideration etc?

    Another pollie – Dunne – this morning said that the IRD workers in Greymouth wanted certainty about their jobs ie whether they had one so that’s why he has announced 50%? cuts before Christmas. Today’s version of the old saying that there’s two certainties in life, death and taxes, is to add that under NACT there’s a certainty of fewer tax workers and more taxes on everyone but the rich. And the tax working party happily hands out their Christmas wish list – more GST. Anyone would think we were a wealthy country like Switzerland that had and probably still has very high spending tax and well-heeled society. (Apart from the gastarbeiten perhaps).

  10. Response to OleOlebiscuitBarrell

    FYI – I attended the Transparency International 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference held in Bangkok 10 – 13 November 2010.

    I suggested that Transparency International consider moving from a measurement of corruption based on ‘perception’ to one based upon reality.

    To assist – I widely distributed amongst the 1200 international delegates – the following:

    CORRUPTION REALITY CHECKLIST – NEW ZEALAND

    1. Has NZ ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption ? NO

    2. Does NZ have an independent anti-corruption body tasked with educating the
    public and PREVENTING corruption? NO

    3. Do NZ ‘s laws ensure transparency in the funding of candidates for elected public office and political parties at central government level ? NO

    4. Do NZ Members of Parliament have a ‘Code of Conduct’? NO

    5. Do NZ Local Govt elected reps have a ‘Code of Conduct’? YES

    6. Is it an offence for NZ Local Govt elected reps to breach the ‘Code of Conduct’? NO
    7. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Govt elected reps? NO

    8. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Central Govt staff responsible for procurement? NO

    9. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Govt staff responsible for procurement? NO

    10. Is there a lawful requirement for details of ‘contracts issued’ – including the name of the contractor; scope, term and value of the contract to be published in NZ Central Govt Public Sector, and Local Govt (Council) Annual Reports so that they are available for public scrutiny? NO

    11. Is it a lawful requirement that a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ of NZ Central Govt public finances be undertaken to substantiate that private procurement of public services previously provided ‘in-house’ is cost-effective for the public majority? NO

    12. Is it a lawful requirement that a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ of NZ Local Govt public finances be undertaken to substantiate that private procurement of public services previously provided ‘in-house’ is cost-effective for the public majority? NO

    13. Does NZ have a legally-enforcable ‘Code of Conduct’ for members of the NZ Judiciary? NO
    14. Are all NZ Court proceedings recorded, and audio records made available to parties who request them? NO

    15. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available NZ Judicial ‘Register of Interests’? NO

    16. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available NZ ‘Register of Lobbyists’ at Central Govt Ministerial level? NO

    17. Is there a legal requirement at NZ Central and Local Govt level for a ‘post-separation employment quarantine ‘ period, from the time officials leave the public service to take up a similar role in the private sector? NO

    18. Is it a lawful requirement that it is only a binding vote of the public majority that can determine whether public assets held at NZ Central Govt or Local Govt level are sold; or long-term leased via Public-Private –Partnerships? NO

    19. Is it unlawful in NZ for politicians to knowingly misrepresent their policies prior to election at central or local government level? NO

    20. Do NZ laws promote and protect individuals, NGOs and community-based organisations who are ‘whistleblowing’ against ‘conflicts of interest’ and corrupt practices at central and local govt level and within the judiciary? NO

    Prepared by Penny Bright –for Transparency International 14th Conference 7/11/2010
    IACC ID D – 1198 http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

    Interested in feedback on this one.

    Any thoughts on additions / alterations/ improvements?

    It’s a ‘work in progress’ ……

    Pretty incredible though for NZ the ‘least corrupt country in the world’?

    Cheers!

    Penny

    • grumpy 10.1

      Well, consider it a test of lack of corruption in New Zealand and freedom of political expression that you are not in jail or disappeared as would have happened in some of the countries much admired on these pages.

  11. O2B 11

    As a fairly new reader of The Standard, I just want to thank everyone that contributes positively on this site. I’m left-leaning individual – always have been – but sites such as this reaffirms my beliefs in the left and suspicions of the right.

    I am frankly disgusted by this current government and will be reminding my friends and family over Christmas when I head back home that they do have a choice, and next year they can choose a different form of government if they’re not satisfied. Despite being in a higher tax bracket myself, the fact this government seems hell bent in disenfranchising those who are not better off, while time and time again are lining the pockets of their own.

    I never wanted a tax cut. I don’t want ‘choices’ in who is providing my ACC. I can’t see any benefit in building a holiday highway north of Auckland as opposed to an inner city rail loop. I also can’t see how a cycleway will create ‘sustainable’ jobs. But I do want to live in a society that is inclusive and everyone has a right to feel that life isn’t a struggle.

    National may have individuals that are very good at making money but are hopeless in running a country. They are destroying the fabric of our communities in the name of big business. The sooner this lot are out of power the better.

    KB

  12. joe90 12

    Disturbing news that deep sea up-wellings may be the cause of melting Antarctic ice.

    THE GIST

    * Oceans have been hiding a lot of Earth’s warming by burying it in the deep sea.
    * The deep waters are now surfacing and melting ice on the Western Antarctic Peninsula.
    * The trend means that we’re already locked into long term melting and sea level rise.

  13. Deadly_NZ 13

    yes welcome to the free speech place…

    Now as to the state of the economy and the world. the last time things got so bad the politicians had themselves a world war.. That was fought by the disenfranchised and generally ne’er do wells and the poor. the rich just sat back and sold guns and bombs and what ever to each other and after 5 years they figured the population had been sufficiently culled, not many poor left to moan. thos that did were called commies and jailed. And the fat cats looked upon the destruction as said it was good, as they were going to get even richer rebuilding the infrastructure to thier idea of a free world.

    And the poor were left out in the cold
    Hmmmm sound familiar?

    nostradamus says the world will end in 2012 lets hope he meant the bigwigs and fatcats will get their come uppance but again i doubt it.

    Cynical???

    Who me?

  14. prism 15

    Sunday 19Dec 8 am RadioNZ Nigel Sterling et al on Chris Laidlaw’s show – talking about our currency. Any discussion on this is welcome I think, and too rare.

  15. gobsmacked 16

    RIP Tom Newnham

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/64371/human-rights-campaigner-tom-newnham-dies

    Time and again Tom stood up for justice, against the prevailing conservatism and prejudices of the time. And history says: he won. His causes moved from minority to mainstream – who now defends sporting ties to apartheid South Africa? But that change in public opinion didn’t happen automatically – it was thanks to the tireless efforts of people like Tom Newnham.

    Quietly determined, courteous and principled, he was an inspiration for all those who campaign for a better society, a better world.

    RIP.

  16. Raymond A Francis 17

    I guess we will not being hearing about Doubledipton anymore
    It was sort of funny but not as funny as Mr Goff’s latest rip off
    By not going back into his own flat he was able to legally rip us all off
    “For his superanuation” don’t make me laugh this man is on the gold standard super

    • Pascal's bookie 17.1

      Raymond,

      The way Goff did it, he was entitled to the subsidy.

      If Goff sold the flat, he would still be entitled to the subsidy.

      If he moved back into the flat, he would still be entitled to the subsidy.

      This is because Goff lives in Auckland in a way that English doesn’t live in Dipton.

      • just saying 17.1.1

        “If he moved back into the flat, he would still be entitled to the subsidy.”

        Actually no, it is highly unlikely he would be able to claim anything like the full subsidy. He would no longer be able to claim rent, which would probably make up the bulk of his expenses claim. Let’s face it, in moving out of his apartment he was “arranging his affairs” to maximise the taxpayer subsidy. That’s probably what prompted him to announce that he would sell it.

        But it must be said that Double-dipton’s rort was far worse. He lied about where he lived in order to steal $1,000 per week from taxpayers.

        That neither contravened Parliament’s rules says a lot about the rules, the rule-makers and the rule enforcers.

        • prism 17.1.1.1

          Just saying – Your comment is mostly assumption – you don’t know what Goff had in mind so why would you say the following –

          Let’s face it, in moving out of his apartment he was “arranging his affairs” to maximise the taxpayer subsidy. That’s probably what prompted him to announce that he would sell it.

          And if what he does is the best thing for him financially, then he is a sensible, practical, ethical man following the rules for housing, and a sight better than the NACT busyboys rushing around importantly demolishing society and the economy.

          • just saying 17.1.1.1.1

            True prism, it is supposition. However, Goff promised to sell the apartment which suggests he may have felt guilty about it.

            How exactly does doing the best thing for himself financially make him a “sensible, practical, ethical man” as opposed to say, looking out for number one at the expense of the taxpayer.

            • prism 17.1.1.1.1.1

              tc Sorry just got back. What do you mean by this?

              looking out for number one at the expense of the taxpayer.

              We need to pay our government members for their task, and assist them with their reasonable expenses incurred. Otherwise we will get governments drawn only from the wealthy. Also it is a Job which we expect to be done well, and they deserve to be recompensed for this or if not done well, questioned about their effectiveness not personally harrassed by unreasonable citizens.

              MPs who can run their financial affairs effectively and correctly demonstrate that they are capable to least that level. One hopes that will continue along the line of other attributes needed.

              Just because Goff said he thought he would sell his flat when he didn’t have to, doesn’t mean he can’t change his mind. As I understand the regs he Does Not have to sell any of his investment properties, if he has more than one, whether they are in Wellington or elsewhere.

    • gobsmacked 17.2

      There’s already a thread for that. This one’s for grown-ups.

      (edit – to Raymond, not PB)

    • lprent 17.3

      There is rather a difference.

      Goff works in Wellington but his family are resident in Auckland.

      DoubleDipton lives and works in Wellington, his kids go to school there, his wife works there. But somehow he claimed that he lived in Dipton when all of the evidence is contrary.

      Perhaps you’d care to explain how the two cases are anyway similar? Personally I suspect that any answer you come up with is going to be quite funny and I’ll have fun tearing it apart to expose the inherent stupidity
      when I have time.

      • O2B 17.3.1

        1prent – exactly my sentiments. A totally different situation for Goff. I like to hear other responses from RWNJs on this, other that ‘ohhh… it’s not a good look…. he said he was going to sell…’

        Getting the taxpayer to pay for a house for you to live in permanently already while claiming an out of town accomodation allowance – now that’s a rort.

  17. Deadly_NZ 18

    I see that least corrupt thing list was in 2007 what will it be now??? most corrupt after the USA

  18. Draco T Bastard 19

    Electricity prices set to rise next year

    The Domestic Energy Users’ Network says the wholesale price for electricity increased from 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour on December 1 to 23 cents per kilowatt hour two days ago.

    Wasn’t NACTs changes to the power companies supposed to keep prices down? Seems that they failed spectacularly with power almost tripling in price.

    • O2B 19.1

      Draco – at least Max Bradford has provided us with ‘choices’. Have to love the spirit of competition and the efficiency of private enterprise.

  19. Latest Roy Morgan Labour up 2 to 35%, National down 2.5 to 48.5%.

    7% swing still needed but getting better …

    • The Voice of Reason 20.1

      Not a seven point swing, surely? 53.5 blue (and partners) vs 46.5 red (and others) means 4 pts would do the trick. An early xmas pressy for ACT, I suspect, with Key gone if Rodders isn’t Epsom’s MP next election. Winnie steady on 3, without doing anything, really. It’s getting kinda interesting, particularly if the Nats continue to piss off more and more sections of society with their unco policy making and lose more and more MP’s to personal corruption.

      • Mickysavage 20.1.1

        TVOR

        Right you are. I am thinking major party but with greens looking good and ACT looking terminal there is a decent chance of a centre left Government next time.

        • The Voice of Reason 20.1.1.1

          Lab/Green minority Government with confidence and supply support from Winston or the Maori party? Lab/Winston First with Greens and/or the MP support?

          Given that Peters would still be an MP if it wasn’t for National, I think he’d put aside his objections to the Greens for the chance to dance on John Key’s political grave. And some of the sting has gone out of the Maori Party, too. No more HC, no more F&S. So, yeah, I reckon Key’s Xmas trip to Honolulu in 2012 may turn into a permanent vacation.

  20. Deadly_NZ 21

    This must come under the heading of WTF

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/4467684/Hotchin-says-1000-a-week-not-enough

    I am lucky if I have 400 bucks a week for me ,my partner and a 15 year old walking stomach

    These Pricks just live in LALA land they should have given this rip off prick a boot up the arse not a grand a week..

    • higherstandard 21.1

      the solution is simple…… he should die so his corpse could be fed to the pigs, then I could have him as a Xmas ham……. yummy

      • lprent 21.1.1

        With a nice Chianti and Lima beans?

        Ummm is it is characteristic what happens to those obsessed by a “higher standards”. Like Lecter, They start eating the ‘perfect food’ (and ancillary bugs)

        • jcuknz 21.1.1.1

          The trouble is that us lower folk simply don’t know how expensive it is to run a household which needs a four car garage, swimming pool etc.

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  • Government confirms Bayfair underpass to go ahead
    Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today confirmed an underpass for people walking and cycling will be part of the Baypark to Bayfair Link project in Tauranga, following thorough investigations by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. “I’m very pleased to announce that the underpass will be going ahead,” said Julie ...
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  • Decisions made on urgent turf maintenance
    The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has announced that urgent maintenance of turf and care for plants in non-plantation nurseries will soon be able to go ahead under Level 4 restrictions. “The Government has agreed that urgent upkeep and maintenance of biological assets will be able to go ahead ...
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    1 day ago
  • Acknowledging an extraordinary te reo champion
    E tangi ana a Taranaki iwi, e tangi ana te ao Māori, otirā e tangi ana te motu. Mōu katoa ngā roimata e riringi whānui ana, mōu katoa ngā mihi.   E te kaikōkiri i te reo Māori, e Te Huirangi, takoto mai. Takoto mai me te mōhio ko ngā ...
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  • Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown
    Today is day 15 of Alert Level 4 lockdown. And at the halfway mark I have no hesitation in saying, that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge. In the face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, ...
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  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
    All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving ...
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  • Inquiry report into EQC released
    The Government has today released the report from the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright.  Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson says the Government wants to learn from people’s experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes and other recent natural disasters. “Dame Silvia’s report documents ...
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  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
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  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
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    2 days ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
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  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
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  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
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  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
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  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
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  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
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  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
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  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
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    3 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
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  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
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    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
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    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
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    1 week ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government supports air services to offshore islands
    The Government has stepped in to support vital air links to our offshore islands, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island and Motiti Island, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “As part of our $600 million support package to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the Government has ...
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    1 week ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
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  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
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  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
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  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
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  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
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  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
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  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
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  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
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  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
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  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
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  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
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  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
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  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
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  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
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