Open mike 21/03/2024

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  1. SPC 1

    Got no money, got no plan for improving access to dental care.

    Still not an excuse for doing nothing.

    • Robert Guyton 1.1

      The Right have fought the banning of sugary-drinks-in-secondary-schools since the year dot.

      • Phillip ure 1.1.1

        The only way to fix the sugar problem… to set maximum amounts food/drinks…in legislation if necessary..

        To do any less is just a bandaid on a supperating wound..

        • Descendant Of Smith

          There was a NZ scientist who contributed to the WHO guidelines for exactly that It was removed in the final guidelines by the sugar industry. They are a powerful beast who are likely still crying over the abolition of slavery.

          The removal of the maximum was important as it shifted the responsibility for less sugar in food from the manufacturer to the consumer. The industry can kick into action pretty quickly when they want.

          "The sugar industry in the US is threatening to bring the World Health Organisation to its knees by demanding that Congress end its funding unless the WHO scraps guidelines on healthy eating, due to be published on Wednesday.

          The threat is being described by WHO insiders as tantamount to blackmail and worse than any pressure exerted by the tobacco lobby.

          The industry is furious at the guidelines, which say that sugar should account for no more than 10% of a healthy diet. It claims that the review by international experts which decided on the 10% limit is scientifically flawed, insisting that other evidence indicates that a quarter of our food and drink intake can safely consist of sugar."

          And of course there was the true conspiracy to blame fat.

          The sugar-funded project in question was a literature review, examining a variety of studies and experiments. It suggested there were major problems with all the studies that implicated sugar, and concluded that cutting fat out of American diets was the best way to address coronary heart disease.

          For one thing, there's motivation and intent. In 1954, the researchers note, the president of the SRF gave a speech describing a great business opportunity.

          If Americans could be persuaded to eat a lower-fat diet — for the sake of their health — they would need to replace that fat with something else. America's per capita sugar consumption could go up by a third."

    • gsays 1.2

      All the above is good and I'm down with it, with one proviso, the sugar isn't replaced by artificial sweeteners.

      Cough 'accumulative neuro toxin' cough.

      • weka 1.2.1

        which raises another question. How to help kids transition off sugar. And how to ensure kids get adequate nutrients especially where nutrient deficiency underlies sugar cravings.

        • gsays

          I'm not pretending to have all the answers but food in schools done properly would be part of the solution.

          By properly I mean food cooked in-house or another school or high school. Not this neo liberal subcontracting food for profit carry on we have currently.

          Both Japan and France offer great models we could aspire to.

        • bwaghorn

          . How to help kids transition off sugar

          Don't give it to them seems to work,

          • weka

            have you ever hard stopped eating all sugars when you've been eating them daily for a long time? It's not pleasant. And even if that was ok, the impact on behaviours at school is an issue.

            • Phillip ure

              Yes..I used to have two and a half sugars in tea..

              ..would smother porridge in brown sugar..etc etc..

              One day..a long time ago..I was getting a bit chubby..

     I decided to kick sugar..

              ..on the difficulty of giving up ranks about 1.5..

              ..just a bit harder than cocaine..which was a doddle..

              ..and products will be able to still have sugar in them..just not the exorbitant amounts now permitted..

              ..given the damage it does…some grumpy kids for awhile..seems a bearable price to pay…

              .. anyway..there are also other natural sweeteners for them..

              Setting maximum amounts is a no-brainer..really..

              • weka

                what did the scale run from and to?

                • Phillip ure

                  Zero to ten…

                  Heroin @ 8.5..

                  Alcohol/cigs 4.5..

                  I still have sugar in things I consume that have sugar in them..but not too much..

              • Phillip ure

                And so much stuff is sodden with sugar…and is peddled as being healthy for children..

                Go and have a look how much sugar is in milo..

                ..just reading the amount could give you a sugar rush..

       to another hot chocolate that is what it claims…and is not just chocolate flavoured sugar..

    • Rose 2.1

      Frankly, one might more reasonably ask can NZ survive if kiwi rail don’t exit the cook straight? Quite happy for them to Choo Choo a few trains up and down the country when we have trucks as a realistic alternative. Meanwhile with their proven unreliability on the straight, maybe time for some one else to have a go.

      • Tony Veitch 2.1.1

        Yup, the usual neoliberal mantra – private companies can do it better.

        Just like they have in the UK with train and water services!

        • Rose

          Indeed. Train services in the Uk are fabulous.

          [Please fix the typo in your email address in your next comment, thanks – Incognito]

          • Incognito

            Mod note

          • alwyn

            Is HS2 a Government or a private company project?

          • Visubversa

            Train services in the UK are appalling. We were there late last year and of the 8 or so train journeys we did only one was anything like comfortable and on time. It does not matter if you have booked seats or not – if your train is cancelled (often because of driver shortages) then you are thrown into the melee.

            The trains that do go are horrendously overcrowded – we got one from York to Manchester that was full to the doors and the air conditioning had failed. The only fresh air was that which came in during the less than a minute dwell times at the stations. Two days later a driver refused to take a Manchester train out of Euston station because it was so overcrowded it was not safe.

            We had another booked journey for a direct route from Manchester to Birmingham which was cancelled at the last minute and we were redirected to a change at Crewe and another change at Tamworth. It took 3 times the journey time and we had to stand on an outdoor platform at Tamworth for 30 minutes between connections.

            If you are older and have luggage it can be very distressing to deal with. If we go back there again – we will travel intercity by coach. It may take longer, but they stow luggage properly and you actually get the seats you book.

            • Tony Veitch

              Yes, I had similar experiences with UK trains about 5 years ago.

              But . . . but private companies do it better! (Repeat until you've got it by heart!)

              • We did the same sort of journeys in 2019 without so much drama. Our overall impression of England this time is that nothing seems to work properly.

                The local CO-OP supermarket in Leeds regularly ran out of baskets as people would come into the store, fill them up, and just walk out without paying, basket and all. The shop staff were not going to put themselves at risk stopping them.

                We certainly did not want to go out at night at all.

            • Bearded Git

              John Major, who idiotically privatised British Rail, splitting it into numerous uncoordinated and self-interested private companies, has much to answer for.

            • Rose

              Ah yes, but you got a train going when and where you wanted. Meanwhile here we have / had Te Huia and …. Crickets

          • Macro

            I think the data shows your contention above to be completely false. The only time the trains in the UK ran on time was during covid – when obviously everyone avoided them.

      • SPC 2.1.2

        The same quality of argument is that if the RNZAF struggle with old transport planes, they should not get new ones.

        It is this government that blocked KiwiRail plan to get replacement ferries, because they had $30B of roads to fund and a $5B hole.

    • SPC 2.2

      Enabling a privately owned monopoly, unable to efficiently shift freight off rail, would be of an effort to end rail freight and give road trucking a monopoly.

      There would need to be an investigation of the connections between this government and all involved in this industry for corruption on a grand scale.

      • Sanctuary 2.2.1

        Rentier capitalism is the economic model of choice for NZ's decadent new right aristocracy. Our captains of industry would love nothing better than investing in a private sector shipping company that charges monopoly rents to cross Cook Strait while offering a level of service and safety that would make the owners of the MV Doña Paz uneasy.

    • Graeme 2.3

      Leaving aside the ability of Kiwi Rail to provided ongoing service across Cook Strait, there's got to be some Government control / regulation of the service. It is a vital single point link on SH 1, and just a bit important the Country's economy.

      Down here we found out just how important that link was when it got disrupted by the Kaikoura earthquakes and covid, freight rates went through the roof and delivery / supply became patchy at best.

      The current link through Picton is a legacy of 1940's thinking and maybe could be reviewed, but there's been many alternatives that haven't survived or made it of the plans. So Picton is probably the best option we've got.

      But it's dangerous political waters for any party that wants to try and fuck with. Empty or expensive supermarket shelves and businesses closing or moving north because of freight issues won't go down well at elections. A lot of the South is quite marginal electorally and seats and party vote can and does switch abruptly. Nicola and Simion will have to come up with a solid plan to ensure an adequate and affordable service across Cook Strait or there'll be a lot of their voters asking some very impertinent questions.

  2. bwaghorn 3

    Why are we expected to have sympathy for poor investors?

    Cut subsidies today, if a person can prove they have paid rent consistently for 2 years allow no deposit mortgages, build more apartments.

    • weka 3.1

      at a guess, a deposit is required so banks don't lose money if there is a mortgagee sale. Which seems a bit daft given how much property prices increase, but it's probably not going to change.

      • bwaghorn 3.1.1

        Saving for deposit while paying rent must be a hell of an impediment

        • weka

          yep. We could be setting up systems that give people access to deposits. Government did this for women on the DPB in the 80s/90s.

          • weka

            maybe a deposit that is paid back to the government when the house is sold.

            • joe90

              Finance and extend coverage of the, currently over-subscribed, Kāinga Ora shared ownership scheme.

              What is Shared Ownership?

              Shared ownership means that you initially share ownership of the home with a third party who purchases the home with you (in this case Kāinga Ora). You are the majority homeowner and occupier, but we will own a share in the home, that you will buy out over time.

              The make-up of shared ownership will be determined by several factors, including:

              1. How much of a deposit you have
              2. How much a participating lender is willing to lend you
              3. How much contribution Kāinga Ora will make towards purchasing the home with you.

              For example, you may have saved 10% of the purchase price of a home and a participating bank is willing to lend you 75%. Kāinga Ora then contributes 15% to purchase the home with you in return for a 15% share of ownership in the home.


            • Phillip ure

              Or just folded into the mortgage…

    • alwyn 3.2

      "allow no deposit mortgages".

      A person who wants a repeat of the subprime mortgages that was a major cause of the GFC of 2007-2008. As George Santayana so eloquently put it.

      “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”

      • bwaghorn 3.2.1

        “””A subprime mortgage is generally a loan that is meant to be offered to prospective borrowers with impaired credit records. The higher interest rate is intended to compensate the lender for accepting the greater risk in lending to such borrowers.””

        You might have the wrong definition it would appear

        • gsays

          After reading and watching Michael Lewis's The Big Short as well as others I can assure you Alwyn is wrong.

          Brokers were renowned for NINJA loans. No Income No Job but that didn't stop them being signed up for mortgages.

          You often hear parasites landlords regurgitate the refrain "the tenants can't afford a mortgage", when it is clear the tenant can afford the landlord's mortgage and rates and insurance and…

          • alwyn

            Why did you leave out the full meaning of NINJA?

            You say it was "No Income No Job". Why did you leave out the final bit that was No Assets? What is a no deposit loan but a loan to someone who has no assets?

            • gsays

              Because I made my point.

              You don't need assets to service a mortgage in the fractional reserve banking environment that we operate in.

  3. Phillip ure 4

    So…john key led a gummint that refused to bring in open banking..

    …which the monopolist-banksters didn't want..

    ..and which was the norm in most other countries..

    ..and then he went on to become one of those banksters..

    .. corruption in nz isn't usually briefcases bulging with cash..

    .. it's more of a physical-interaction..

    ..involving lots of mutual back-scratching..

    ..I would submit that is the case here..

  4. joe90 5

    How Russia treats the (700,000) children they've kidnapped.



    This is such a terrifying piece, especially the longer Russian version. The English one is terrifying enough though.

    Lilia Yapparova


    It was genuinely scary to cull through the docs leaked from Russia’s Education Ministry. They force deported Ukrainian kids into an indoctrination course — and carry out surveillance on those who’re not instilled with “Russian identity” quickly enough.

  5. Bearded Git 6

    Tarras International Airport in Central Otago may well be applied for any day now under the new fast track legislation. Simian will doubtless wave it through and there will be nothing the fine folk of Godzone will be able to do to stop it.

    • weka 6.1

      is that why they pulled back last year, waiting for this?

    • JeremyB 6.2

      "nothing the fine folk of Godzone will be able to do to stop it."
      There is always the option of direct action.

      • weka 6.2.1

        yep. I'm really hoping the climate activists will step up on this one. Lots of resistance from locals too.

      • Bearded Git 6.2.2

        I'm with you there Jeremy….I will be helping the people of Tarras (I know some of them) if the fast-track starts.

        While direct action is unlikely (IMHO) to influence somebody like Simeon Brown (who doesn’t give a toss about climate change), turning Tarras and the fast-track process into a major NZ-wide issue could help the Left win in 2026.

  6. Phillip ure 7

    Memo to labour party looking for policy ideas:

    Finland has the happiest citizens on the planet award in an iron grip..

    And this in a country very cold most of the time..and living under the direct shadow of putin…

    It could be a useful exercise to have a look at what finland does for it's citizens ..and how it could fit here..

    We seem to be going in the wrong direction..and we seem to know this..

    ..we have just slipped out of the top ten happiest countries..…y'know..! wouldn't hurt..would have a look at their winning formula…

    .. whaddya reckon..?

    • Bearded Git 7.1

      The Happiness survey was taken between the years 2021-2023 when NZ was happily continuing as usual under lockdown while the rest of the world (apart from WA) was being disrupted by masses of covid cases and millions of covid related deaths.

      How did we end up in only 11th place?

    • bwaghorn 7.2

      What??? Use evidence over ideology, what a silly idea.

      • Phillip ure 7.2.1

        I have long thought that would/could be the seed of a new political party..

        To pick new/fresh policies ( for here)…from proven successful policies elsewhere.. really it's a no-brainer for labour to look over there..

        ..for policy ideas that will excite the electorate .. electorate very tired of the same-old same-old..

        ..we don't have to reinvent the wheel all the time..

        ..the answers to our burning questions are already out there..

        • Belladonna

          My understanding is that this is what TOP tried to do…..

          Basically, it seems to be 'too hard' to shift the electorate from the familiar parties – to trying something new – in the short term.

          Suspect that it requires multiple elections and decades, to actually gain enough traction to even be a contender to make a difference.

          The trajectory of the Green Party rather illustrates the point.

          An electoral answer would be to move the dial on the vote percentage required for election – down to 1-2%. Which would enable some of these minor parties to get into parliament – and (potentially) into government as part of a coalition. Once you're in parliament, you have a much greater chance of the support/funding required to increase the size of your representation.

          ATM – it's much easier to finagle the electoral rules in order to gain an electorate seat, than it is to rely on party vote (David Seymour for ACT and Jim Anderton for New Labour are both examples of this happening).

          There are downsides to reducing the threshold – in terms of making coalitions more difficult to form, and the risk of the tail wagging the dog. We see examples of both in Europe – when it can take months to form a government, and minor parties often wield influence far greater than the numbers.

          • Phillip ure

            If did a crap job of selling those ideas..

            ..all the action around them seemed to focus on the leader winning a chch seat..

            • Belladonna

              So is there any political party that you think has a fresh kit of ideas?

              Or does one have to spring from the brow of Zeus?

              The point that I was making is that – unlike you – the electorate doesn't seem to get very excited over new and innovative policies and new and untried parties.

        • Descendant Of Smith

          Many are there in our own history. From my post back in 2010.

          These are the sorts of policies that if espoused by a party would get my vote.

          1. The principle of an egalitarian society with all citizens being looked after and supported
          2. A clear statement that an increasing gap between the top and the bottom is not to be desired due to the negative social impacts. That the country should move forward as a whole.
          3, A fair days work for a fair days pay. The 8 hour working day and the 40 hour working week should be re-instated. Anyone working more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week should be paid time and a half. Salaries – by which some employers currently use to get around the minimum wage rules – should be set a a minimum equivalent of 40 hours per week X 120% of the minimum wage.
          4. Benefit rates should be increased immediately by the $20-00 per week cut made years ago. Labour should be deeply embarrassed by reinstating this for NZS but not for benefits.
          5. Government should undertake as part of their social commitment to provide jobs for young people and people with disabilities – particularly in times of recession. Government Departments should be funded specifically for this. The private sector should be supported to provide jobs for people with significant disabilities by having their health / productivty assessed on a 3 yearly basis and having the difference between the productivity assessment and the Invalids Benefit paid to the employer – until the person turns 65 and qualifies for NZS if need be. Workers must be paid at least the minimum wage.
          6. All shop trading should cease on Sundays from 12:00 pm so workers all have half a day a week to spend with their families. This includes bars. This will also be positive for people running small businesses who have currently little choice but to open because their big competitors are.
          7. Alcohol should not be able to be sold in dairies and similar outlets.
          8. Gambling machines except in the casinos should be banned – this includes pubs and RSA’s.
          9. A clear progressive tax system should be implemented with the proviso each year that 20% of any surplus should be returned to all tax payers in equal shares as a lump sum payment.
          10. Depreciation should be clearly removed as a tax deduction. The basic principle should be to claim your costs when you actually incur them.
          11. All employers can claim a flat $500-00 per year per employee for costs associated with keeping employees motivated – social clubs, Christmas and staff functions etc. No other costs beyond this can be claimed as a taxable expense. This puts all workers and all employers on an even footing.
          12. Families with non-working or part-time working partners ( less than say $15,000 per annum) should be able to split their income for tax purposes.
          13. Family Benefit should be re-introduced so all people with children get this assistance regardless of income. Raising children should be valued.

          There’s some thoughts anyway.

        • Drowsy M. Kram

          Multiple reviews of Aotearoa NZ's MMP voting system have recommended decreasing the 5% party vote threshold – presumably they had their reasons.
          But these recommendations have not been followed – funny that wink

          Drop threshold from 5% to 4% – MMP review [14 August 2012]

          Electoral Commission urges Parliament to lower 5 per cent party vote threshold and abolish coat-tailing – again [18 May 2021]

          Electoral review recommends 3.5% threshold, voting age of 16
          [5 June 2023]
          An independent review of New Zealand’s electoral system has concluded a major shake-up of MMP is needed to ensure a fairer and more accessible democracy

          Electoral review’s major recommendations ruled out on release of final report [17 Jan 2024]

          • Belladonna

            But these recommendations have not been followed – funny that

            Turkeys don't vote for Christmas.

            Reducing the electoral threshold would automatically reduce the significance of the major parties – of course they're not going to agree.

            Unless it gets bundled in with something they do want but is electorally unpopular (e.g. 4 year terms)

            • Drowsy M. Kram

              Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas.

              Turkeys don’t vote, period smiley

              Reducing the electoral threshold would automatically reduce the significance of the major parties – of course they're not going to agree.

              NZ's major political parties didn't particularly relish the idea of MMP either:

              The politicians respond
              Few of Labour's leaders welcomed the commission's recommendations, however, and the government tried to sideline the issue. Although National's leadership also disliked the idea of MMP, they saw an opportunity to embarrass the government over its failure to respond to the commission's proposals.

              And yet here we are, with an arguably fairer, more progressive and more popular voting system.

              Perhaps then the fairest way to establish whether our MMP system should adopt recommended tweeks would be via indicative and binding referendums, similar to those that ushered in MMP in the first place.

              In response to submitter feedback to the second consultation, we reconsidered whether a four per cent or three per cent party vote threshold would strike a better balance between a representative parliament and an effective parliament. We acknowledge the strong arguments in favour of each option, and we note these below.


            • Phillip ure

              I have mixed feelings on the four year term..

              As essentially now gummints usually get two bites of the apple..six years..

              Whereas a four yr term gives the electorate more time to decide if the then current mob are a waste of space..or not..

              ..and so save us from them sooner than usual…

              (Heh..!..have to admit this far-right three-headed hydra isn't doing much for the case for four year terms..)

              • Belladonna

                I find that your last point is the one holding most sway with people.
                They're perfectly happy to consider 4 years terms, so long as 'their' party (or at least a government they can live with) is in power. But when the roles are reversed, 3 years is too long.

              • Drowsy M. Kram

                Fun fact: For the first 25 years, New Zealand's parliamentry term was five years. The term was reduced to three years in 1879, and since then has only been altered (increased/prolonged) on three occasions.


                The major challenges that fully democractic countries are facing on overshoot spaceship Earth will likely bring those in genuine need, not to mention inconvenienced well-to-do moaners, more to the fore, and that won’t favour longer parliamentary terms, imho.

                Still, major global challenges might just knit us together – dreams are free.

    • joe90 7.3

      It could be a useful exercise to have a look at what finland does for it's citizens

      Affordable, quality housing and heating means warm, happy people.

    • gsays 7.4

      Replace fluoride with MDMA in the water supply.​​​​​​devil

  7. James Simpson 8

    Thanks National

    Officially in recession. Economic geniuses.

  8. Tiger Mountain 9

    Is there any remaining vulnerable group for these tory scum to attack and demean? They have had a go at state tenants, school kids lunches, endangered animal species, low paid workers, and now disabled…

    Fightback time people, haunt these fuckers whenever they appear in public. And, if public housing tenants are evicted they should consider occupying the nearest “ghost houses” or even empty commercial property–there should be enough so affected to stretch the cops resources–who have also got a kicking from Mercenary Mitchell over their wages and conditions.

    Restricting Free Prescriptions is another negative measure…

    • Obtrectator 9.1


      * prescription fees return

      * independent (community) pharmacies have no choice but to charge them

      * meanwhile, big international chains like Chemist Warehouse refrain from charging them because they can afford the temporary dip in cash flow, until

      * most or all of the independent pharmacies have been squeezed out of business, and then

      * up go all the prices (including prescription fees), to whatever level the big firms think they can get away with the market can stand

  9. Jilly Bee 10

    Onya – Phillip Mills. If only some more well off people with a conscience would do the same. His stance has been published previously, but I just hope he doesn't face a backlash from the usual suspects.

  10. Rose 11

    Robbos parting gift, a double dip recession.

    Thanks mate, you won’t be missed.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    [you are starting to look like a troll. I suggest you figure out how things work here and up your game with regard to political discussion and debate rather than this lazy slur politics. Feel free to ask if you are unclear – weka]

    • weka 11.1

      mod note.

    • Robert Guyton 11.2


    • KJT 11.3

      National and the Reserve Bank have been talking the country into a recession for at least a year.

      And real business confidence, as reflected by investment in plant and staff, not the perceptions held by the delusional, in the near future is non existent, with the Coalition of Chaos's intentions to remove even more wealth/spending from the internal economy. Ruthanasia reprise!

      Why are you surprised that we are now getting one.

  11. gsays 12

    I heard an interesting tid-bit on the radio this morning.

    Concerning bottom trawling for minerals in Taranaki, one of the uber ministers, Shane Jones, has recused himself from the decision making process.

    Nearer the end of the piece.
    The whisper is Talley's don't like the idea of their fishing being disrupted.

  12. joe90 13

    One person, one vote, unless you own land.


    A party vote was called for on the question, That the Local Electoral (Abolition of the Ratepayer Roll) Amendment Bill be now read a first time.

    Ayes 55

    New Zealand Labour 34; Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand 15; Te Pāti Māori 6.

    Noes 68

    New Zealand National 49; ACT New Zealand 11; New Zealand First 8.

    Motion not agreed to.

    Last week, a bill that proposes to abolish the ratepayers roll – which allows people who own properties in multiple council areas to vote in local elections in each of those areas – was drawn from the parliament biscuit tin. Shanti Mathias explains.

    • weka 13.1

      it's hard to know how to manage that one. If you own a holiday home in another area, or even a rental in another area, it's understandable that you want a vote in the election of the people who determine things like rates, rules around housing and such.

      Maybe cap it at two properties?

      Also, are the left now arguing one person, one vote?

    • Belladonna 13.2

      No taxation without representation?

      It's important to note that it doesn't matter how much property you own within a single local government area, you only get one vote.

      It's only where you own property in two different local government areas, that you get to vote in both.

      The majority of people who are affected by this are not landlords (who tend to own their properties in a single city) – it's people with a holiday home or bach.

      Even the article says this isn’t a significant issue (as in most people don’t bother to enrol, even though they’re eligible) – it’s rather a matter of philosophical ‘fairness’.

      I should have thought the Labour Party had significantly more important issues to address…. [Yes, I know it’s a private members bill – but a bit more thought into what bills go into the biscuit tin, wouldn’t go amiss]

      There is also nothing in the legislation preventing the putative Machiavellian multiple-property owner from declaring their primary residence to be in the holiday-home area where they want to influence the outcome.

      • joe90 13.2.1

        it's people with a holiday home or bach.

        And this how they behave.


        A 30-year battle over a Coromandel skate park between locals and bach owners that involved “dirty tricks”, “bribery” and accusations of nimbyism has reached its conclusion in court.

        The community and waterfront property owners had been pitted against each other over a skate park in Tairua’s Cory Park Domain, near the estuary.

        A High Court judge has this week dismissed the request for a judicial review, mounted by Preserve Cory Park Domain Inc. This group, many of whom were from Auckland, opposed the park for its proximity to houses, potential noise, anti-social behaviour and sanitary fears about toileting.

        • Belladonna

          That's how some of them behave. Do you equally condemn all Kainga Ora residents because some are anti-social?

          Note the word 'many' in the article – which implies that at least some who oppose the development are permanent residents.

          It sounds like NIMBYism – not wanting their nice peaceful waterfront area to be contaminated by nasty skateboarding yoof. The fact that some are owners of holiday homes is a bit of a red herring.

          And the proposed legislation still wouldn't resolve this – as the out of towners could declare their holiday home their primary residence for electoral purposes.

          Nor would it prevent property owners taking cases to the High Court (you don't need to be a resident to do this)

  13. Peter 14

    Hundreds to lose jobs as Ministry of Primary Industries cuts costs.

    "MPI has wide-reaching responsibilities. It was tasked with growing and sustaining primary industries such as farming, forestry, fishing, wine and food production."

    "It also employed fisheries officers, responsible for patrolling marine protection areas and checking quotas.

    Its (sic) also employed Biosecurity officers at airports and ports, who check for invasive pests and disease which could decimate the primary industries. With cuts also confirmed at Customs, that meant there would be fewer people protecting the border by the end of the year."

    As long as those wallowing in the gains from tax cuts don't start grizzling about the wheels falling off somewhere in the system. There's plenty of scope thereconsidering the range of areas covered.

  14. Stephen D 15

    Let’s hope MBovis doesn’t make a comeback.

  15. Stephen D 16

    Economics 101, charge what the market can bear. Not cost plus

    So why do supposedly economically literate MPs in the CoC think rents will come down?

    No self respecting landlord in their right mind will pass on savings.

  16. joe90 17

    Dollars to donuts a certain former PM knew about this.

    A foreign agency ran a spy operation out of New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau for years without the government knowing.

    The Inspector General of Intelligence and Security has revealed this in an investigation out on Thursday.

    It has found the GCSB knew when it agreed to host the signals intelligence system it could be used to support "military operations by foreign partners".

    "The capability clearly had the potential to be used, in conjunction with other intelligence sources, to support military action against targets," the report by IGIS Brendan Horsley said.

    The system operated from 2013 until 2020, when it was stopped by an equipment failure.

    But government ministers were not told despite the agency knowing how sensitive it was.

  17. weka 18


    EU ambassador to New Zealand Lawrence Meredith said the deal had the “highest approval rating” of any free trade deal in the European Parliament, which had already ratified it.

    “We think that's an excellent deal for both sides.

    “We're see big economic opportunities for European Union businesses and I would look in particular at the investment area and infrastructure. We're looking forward to the Government's upcoming privatisation of public infrastructure.

    "We believe that on the EU side there's opportunities on wind energy, wind turbines, but potentially in other areas of major infrastructure.“

    my emphasis.

  18. randal mcmurphy 19

    NZ slipping down happiness index since nationals government took power

  19. Rosielee 20

    Way past time we had some serious labour support actions. Strikes, protests, demos, whatever. Clearly, under this government, working people are screwed. Labour Party please take note.

    • weka 20.1

      Too right. Lots of damage being done. Reminds me of the early 90s. Why aren’t we taking to the streets?

    • Descendant Of Smith 20.2

      I've pointed out previously you can only legally strike at the end of a contract and unions keep negotiating three year contracts. They need to start exerting a bit more power through one year contracts. Why the fuck you would limit your only strength to being able to be exercised only once every three years I don't know.

      (There are a few exceptions for health and safety reasons)

      Even the strike process is convoluted. Labour of course did sweet FA about strengthening the right to strike that we used to have eg going on strike to support other unions.

      "Let’s say one union covers the employees of one workplace, and they share a collective agreement. Before any strike takes place, the following things need to happen:.

      • The union needs to gather its members to vote on whether they should ask for more money, or begin ‘bargaining’ with the employer.
      • Wait until there is three months or less before the last agreement expires, then ask the employer to begin bargaining.
      • Once bargaining begins – something that can be full day affairs – it needs to pass the 40-day mark.
      • The union then needs to go back to its members and ask for a majority vote on whether they should strike.
      • The union then writes to the employer and Government to tell them it’s keen to strike, what the strike would look like, where it will happen and how to end it.
      • Workers may then serve a notice period before the strike begins, depending on what kind of work they’re in. For essential services, that could be up to 28 days."

      • weka 20.2.1

        unions can organise protests and demos right though? They were central in the early 90s protests.

        • Descendant Of Smith

          Absolutely. Been on a few of them myself. Took annual leave – or was already on annual leave.

    • KJT 20.3


      Unlike civilised countries. Finland Strikes.

      Though note the new right wing Government wants to place limits on the right to strike.

      Strikes, as a non violent political protest, should have remained legal in any society which pretends to be Democratic.

  20. Descendant Of Smith 21

    I'm still waiting for Darien Fenton to give me an example of getting people to go on strike during the period of a contract.

    “I always said to workers who wanted to strike, go for it. Why do you need the law or a government to tell you it's okay?”

    Give me one example where your advice resulted in workers striking during the term of their contract. Every strike I have seen has been on expired contracts.

    In Roger Douglas's own words.

    "We now have fixed term contracts. All contracts are now for a fixed term, determined by the parties to the contract. During the term of the contract, it is illegal to have a strike or lockout against the provisions of the contract."

    • KJT 21.1

      In NZ it is illegal to strike for any other reason than the negotiation of an expired employment contract. And only the workers directly involved can strike.
      Supposedly, you can also strike for safety reasons.

      An infringement on human rights, to withdraw your labour. One of the reasons why Finland, for example, is a much happier country. Mind you, like us, for some inexplicable reason they have voted for right wing Government that wants to remove those rights.

      • Belladonna 21.1.1

        I don't know that the right to strike is a significant factor in the happiness index of the ordinary Finn.

        I suspect that there are much more significant social, economic and cultural reasons for their high levels of happiness.

        An interesting take here on the current strike campaign against government policies in Finland.

        The question remains – as outlined at the end of the article – what happens if even a general strike doesn't shift the government's attitude?

        • KJT

          significant social, economic and cultural reasons for their high levels of happiness.

          Such as Unions right to strikes, effect on equality and social welfare, access to education and opportunity?

          Noting that Parnells contractors work to rule, for an 8 hour day, would now be illegal in NZ.

          • Belladonna

            The right to strike isn't a significant social, economic or cultural reason for happiness (I guess, unless you're a Union leader)

            The right to strike doesn't appear anywhere in this survey of why Finns are happy – though a lot of other factors are canvassed.


            Nor in this analysis of the comparative results of the happiness survey (why are the Finns so much happier than the Norwegians – given the same social outcomes?)


            Meanwhile, this slightly older article explores whether the Finns really are 'happy' or just have more limited horizons – which comes right back to the cultural argument (BTW, the right to strike doesn't appear here, either)


          • Belladonna

            Note that Parnell was not an employee – he was an independent contractor. And thus perfectly able (under the existing laws, let alone today's ones) to negotiate his hours of work, and pay.

            He didn't strike. He simply didn't accept contracts which didn't meet his requirements.


            • KJT

              It was, effectively, a strike.

              I am fully aware that he was a contractor.

              Individually he could refuse contracts that didn't suit him.


              "Colluding" with other contractors is nowadays illegal. As is getting unconnected employees to strike in support.

              Commerce Commission – Commission issues anti-collusion reminder to businesses supplying essential services (

              The Commerce Act prohibits anti-competitive agreements between firms such as agreements to fix prices, allocate markets or restrict output.

              Note. "Restrict output".

              • Belladonna

                No it was not "effectively a strike"

                In order for someone to strike they need to be employed.

                Parnell simply did not accept contracts which required more than 8 hour days.

                It's an interesting legal question over whether an independent contractor is a 'firm'. I'm inclined to think that they are not for the purposes of the Commerce Act. Which is designed to prevent chain supermarkets or petrol colluding to keep prices high (how well it works is another question).

                Nothing in the current law prevents a self-employed contractor (a builder or a plumber, for example) deciding their hours of work stop at 2pm on a Friday (for example) and going fishing for the rest of the day.

                They are either paid for the job (and it's up to them how they allocate time to it during the week) or by the hour (and, again, they can juggle their hours to suit their own circumstances).

                I do agree that there is a very strong temptation – especially when there is a lot of work around, and a desire to pay off the mortgage quickly – to pack in as many hours as possible; but there is nothing in the legislation requiring or preventing this.

                • KJT

                  You didn't bother reading. Or didn'understand?

                  A "strike" is a collective withdrawal of Labour.

                  If a Telecoms "contractor" individually refused to work it is a breach of contract. Illegal.

                  If they all clubbed together and refused to work asking for more pay.

                  It is not only breach of contract, but also "collusion to limit output. Both illegal. Under the commerce act and "contract" law. What Purnell and the builders in Wellington did to gain an 8 hour day, could these days wind up in court.

                  Ergo. They do not have a legal right to "withdraw their labour".

                  Same with employees. Striking, except in very limited circumstances is illegal.

                  A human right accepted in most democratic countries is illegal in NZ.

                  UN rights expert: “Fundamental right to strike must be preserved” | OHCHR

                  the right to strike is a fundamental one enshrined in international human rights and labour law, and that its protection is necessary in ensuring just, stable and democratic societies:

                  The new right leaning Finnish Government wants to head the same way. Which, like NZ, will led to increasing inequality and reduced social cohesion, with all the detrimental effects we have seen here. If it is enacted, we will again see a counter example of how effective Unions increase social wellbeing. In the decreasing Happiness.

                  • Belladonna

                    You clearly didn't bother reading or understand, either.

                    It is not possible to 'strike' unless you are employed.

                    Refusing to bid on a contract (because you don't like the terms or remunderation) is not a strike.

                    I'm not arguing about the rest of your points – and whether or not striking or withdrawal of labour is justified – just that Parnell did not implement a strike. He set the ground-rules for him to accept a contract. The two are very different things.

      • Drowsy M. Kram 21.1.2

        Strike wave in Finland—a legacy of trust in transition? [13 Feb 2024]
        The strike wave in Finland is not only a symptom of this upheaval. It also demonstrates that the changes being pushed through by the government may not only erode the core content of workers’ rights but also endanger a trust-based social model.

        Endangering a trust-based social model suits some more than others, at least in the short-to-medium term, but no-one wins in the long run. I'm grateful the TEU had my back when I encountered a particularly rough 'pocket of turbulence' in the workplace.

        Attacks on trade union rights in Finland – the fight goes on
        [14 March 2024]
        Strikes and protests have resumed in Finland this week as Finnish unions across the spectrum keep up the pressure on the Orpo government to withdraw its highly controversial proposals to liberalise the labour market. The main aims of the reform are to decentralise collective bargaining, weaken the right to strike and allow more precarious employment.

  21. weka 22

    SPC, I've dumped the whole thread in Trash because I don't have time for this. Again, if you had done these two things with your first comment, there wouldn't have been a problem (assuming you weren't doxxing)

    1. provide links to back up what you were saying
    2. explained what you were meaning.

    However, on the face of it, I've not seen evidence that demonstrates the two commenters are the same. You are guessing. I don't know why, but just leave it alone now please.

    • weka 22.1

      also, I don't read every comment on this site. In future, link to every comment you are referring to. Onus is on you do the work. I'm trying to finish a post, you know, the reason the site exists.

    • SPC 22.2

      No worries.

      Normally you ask people to change names, if they are using the name of an existing commentator. Did this not happen because the name Rose, went to Christine Rose and then to Compass Rose and then back to Rose?

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    My targets for today are: 1 newsletter sent out by 4.30pm 800 words of copy delivered to a client by COB, as we say in the world of BAU1 dinner served by sunset GST returnSo far so good. Longer-term targets are: Get some website copy finished before I get on a plane on Saturday ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The PM sets nine policy targets- and in case you missed the truancy one, Seymour has provided some...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Unwelcome advice
    Yesterday He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission released two key pieces of advice, on the 2036-40 emissions budget and the 2050 target. Both are statutorily required as part of the Zero Carbon Act budgeting / planning process, and both have a round of public consultation before being finalised and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • In a structural deficit, the only real tax cut is a spending cut
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
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    Geoffrey Miller writes –  This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Back to the future, with a 2032 deadline
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change
    The future of farming went on the line yesterday when the Climate Change Commission presented its first review of New Zealand’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. The Commission said New Zealand’s target was unlikely to be consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of holding temperature rise to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Grifters, Bigots & Booling With the Dawgs
    Hi,I hope you had a good weekend. I was mostly in bed with the worst flu of my life.Today I’m emerging on the other side — and looking forward to what I can catch of the total solar eclipse rippling across parts of America today.Whilst hacking through a cough, I’ve ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Goldsmith spots a cost-saver in his Justice domain – let’s further erode our right (under Magna ...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Is Global Warming Speeding Up?
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    5 days ago
  • Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister!
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • There’s gold – or rather, energy without carbon – in that rock, but Jones reminds us of the Tr...
    Buzz from the Beehive Oh, dear.  One News tells us an ownership spat is brewing between Māori and the Crown as New Zealand uses more renewable energy sources. No, not water or the shoreline.  Ownership of another resource has come into the reckoning. The One News report explained that 99% of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Bad faith from National
    One of the weird features of the Zero Carbon Act was its split-gas targets, which separated methane, produced overwhelmingly by farmers, from carbon dioxide produced by the rest of us. This lower target for methane was another effective subsidy to the dairy industry, and was the result of a compromise ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza
    This may seem like a dumb question– but how come Israel has managed to kill at least 33,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including over 13,000 children? Of course, saturation aerial bombing and artillery shelling of densely populated civilian neighbourhoods will do that. So will the targeting of children by IDF ...
    Gordon CampbellBy ScoopEditor
    5 days ago
  • Total Eclipse of the Mind.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • So why do that degree… here?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • The hunt is on for an asterix for farm emissions
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, Japan and the Philippines. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to April 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to April 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is scheduled to hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4 pm today. The Climate Commission will publish advice to the Government this evening.Parliament is sitting from Question Time at 2pm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14
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    6 days ago
  • Their Money or Your Life.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Truth pulls its boots on
    It's a lot easier to pull off a lie if people don't know much about what you're lying about.Sometimes, watching Christopher Luxon, you get the impression he doesn't know all that much about it, either.​​ That's the charitable interpretation. The other is that he knows full well.He was on the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
    Hundreds of people in little over a week have turned out in Northland to hear Regional Development Minister Shane Jones speak about plans for boosting the regional economy through infrastructure. About 200 people from the infrastructure and associated sectors attended an event headlined by Mr Jones in Whangarei today. Last ...
    1 day ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has today thanked outgoing Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora Chair Dame Karen Poutasi for her service on the Board.   “Dame Karen tendered her resignation as Chair and as a member of the Board today,” says Dr Reti.  “I have asked her to ...
    1 day ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    2 days ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    2 days ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    2 days ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour has announced that Medsafe has approved 11 cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Pharmaceutical suppliers have indicated they may be able to supply the first products in June. “This is much earlier than the original expectation of medicines being available by 2025. The Government recognised ...
    2 days ago
  • NZ and the US: an ever closer partnership
    New Zealand and the United States have recommitted to their strategic partnership in Washington DC today, pledging to work ever more closely together in support of shared values and interests, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “The strategic environment that New Zealand and the United States face is considerably more ...
    2 days ago
  • Joint US and NZ declaration
    April 11, 2024 Joint Declaration by United States Secretary of State the Honorable Antony J. Blinken and New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Right Honourable Winston Peters We met today in Washington, D.C. to recommit to the historic partnership between our two countries and the principles that underpin it—rule ...
    2 days ago
  • NZ and US to undertake further practical Pacific cooperation
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further New Zealand cooperation with the United States in the Pacific Islands region through $16.4 million in funding for initiatives in digital connectivity and oceans and fisheries research.   “New Zealand can achieve more in the Pacific if we work together more urgently and ...
    2 days ago
  • Government redress for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua
    The Government is continuing the bipartisan effort to restore its relationship with iwi as the Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Claims Settlement Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith. “Historical grievances of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua relate to 19th century warfare, land purchased or taken ...
    2 days ago
  • Focus on outstanding minerals permit applications
    New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals is working to resolve almost 150 outstanding minerals permit applications by the end of the financial year, enabling valuable mining activity and signalling to the sector that New Zealand is open for business, Resources Minister Shane Jones says.  “While there are no set timeframes for ...
    2 days ago
  • Applications open for NZ-Ireland Research Call
    The New Zealand and Irish governments have today announced that applications for the 2024 New Zealand-Ireland Joint Research Call on Agriculture and Climate Change are now open. This is the third research call in the three-year Joint Research Initiative pilot launched in 2022 by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ireland’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Tenancy rules changes to improve rental market
    The coalition Government has today announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to encourage landlords back to the rental property market, says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The previous Government waged a war on landlords. Many landlords told us this caused them to exit the rental market altogether. It caused worse ...
    3 days ago
  • Boosting NZ’s trade and agricultural relationship with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay will visit China next week, to strengthen relationships, support Kiwi exporters and promote New Zealand businesses on the world stage. “China is one of New Zealand’s most significant trade and economic relationships and remains an important destination for New Zealand’s products, accounting for nearly 22 per cent of our good and ...
    3 days ago
  • Freshwater farm plan systems to be improved
    The coalition Government intends to improve freshwater farm plans so that they are more cost-effective and practical for farmers, Associate Environment Minister Andrew Hoggard and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay have announced. “A fit-for-purpose freshwater farm plan system will enable farmers and growers to find the right solutions for their farm ...
    4 days ago
  • New Fast Track Projects advisory group named
    The coalition Government has today announced the expert advisory group who will provide independent recommendations to Ministers on projects to be included in the Fast Track Approvals Bill, say RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Regional Development Minister Shane Jones. “Our Fast Track Approval process will make it easier and ...
    4 days ago
  • Pacific and Gaza focus of UN talks
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says his official talks with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York today focused on a shared commitment to partnering with the Pacific Islands region and a common concern about the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.    “Small states in the Pacific rely on collective ...
    4 days ago
  • Government honours Taranaki Maunga deal
    The Government is honouring commitments made to Taranaki iwi with the Te Pire Whakatupua mō Te Kāhui Tupua/Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Bill passing its first reading Parliament today, Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “This Bill addresses the commitment the Crown made to the eight iwi of Taranaki to negotiate ...
    4 days ago
  • Enhanced partnership to reduce agricultural emissions
    The Government and four further companies are together committing an additional $18 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on us getting effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand. “The ...
    4 days ago
  • 110km/h limit proposed for Kāpiti Expressway
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand Biosecurity Awards – Winners announced
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    5 days ago
  • Attendance action plan to lift student attendance rates
    The Government is taking action to address the truancy crisis and raise attendance by delivering the attendance action plan, Associate Education Minister David Seymour announced today.   New Zealand attendance rates are low by national and international standards. Regular attendance, defined as being in school over 90 per cent of the ...
    5 days ago
  • World must act to halt Gaza catastrophe – Peters
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York today that an immediate ceasefire is needed in Gaza to halt the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.    “Palestinian civilians continue to bear the brunt of Israel’s military actions,” Mr Peters said in his speech to a ...
    5 days ago
  • Speech to United Nations General Assembly: 66th plenary meeting, 78th session
    Mr President,   The situation in Gaza is an utter catastrophe.   New Zealand condemns Hamas for its heinous terrorist attacks on 7 October and since, including its barbaric violations of women and children. All of us here must demand that Hamas release all remaining hostages immediately.   At the ...
    5 days ago
  • Government woolshed roadshow kicks off
    Today the Government Agriculture Ministers started their national woolshed roadshow, kicking off in the Wairarapa. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said it has been a tough time for farmers over the past few years. The sector has faced high domestic inflation rates, high interest rates, adverse weather events, and increasing farm ...
    5 days ago
  • PM heads to Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines this week (April 14-20), along with a senior business delegation, signalling the Government’s commitment to deepen New Zealand’s international engagement, especially our relationships in South East Asia. “South East Asia is a region that is more crucial than ever to ...
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister launches Government Targets
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced further steps to get New Zealand back on track, launching nine ambitious Government Targets to help improve the lives of New Zealanders. “Our Government has a plan that is focused on three key promises we made to New Zealanders – to rebuild the economy, ...
    5 days ago
  • Natural hydrogen resource should be free of Treaty claims entanglement
    Natural hydrogen could be a game-changing new source of energy for New Zealand but it is essential it is treated as a critical development that benefits all New Zealanders, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones is seeking to give regulatory certainty for those keen to develop natural, or geological, ...
    6 days ago
  • Government responds to unsustainable net migration
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand on stage at global Space Symposium
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    7 days ago
  • $4.9m project completed with marae reopening
    A significant marae has reopened in the heart of Rotorua marking the end of renovations for the Ruatāhuna Marae Renovation Cluster, a project that provided much-needed jobs and regional economic stimulus, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones was at the official reopening of Mātaatua ki Rotorua Marae today. ...
    1 week ago
  • Pure Tūroa Limited to operate Tūroa ski field
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    1 week ago
  • Methane targets to be independently reviewed
    Rebuilding New Zealand’s economy will rely on the valuable agricultural sector working sustainably towards our climate change goals.  Today, the Climate Change and Agriculture Ministers announced that an independent panel of experts will review agricultural biogenic methane science and targets for consistency with no additional warming. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ and Nordics: likeminded partners
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has highlighted the strong ties that bind New Zealand and the Nordic countries of Northern Europe during a trip to Sweden today.    “There are few countries in the world more likeminded with New Zealand than our friends in Northern Europe,” Mr Peters says.    “We ...
    1 week ago
  • First New Zealand C-130J Hercules takes flight
    The first New Zealand C-130J Hercules to come off the production line in the United States has successfully completed its first test flights, Defence Minister Judith Collins announced today. “These successful flights are a significant milestone for the New Zealand Defence Force, bringing this once-in-a-generation renewal of a critical airlift ...
    1 week ago
  • Government to rephase NCEA Change Programme
      The coalition Government is making significant changes to the NCEA Change Programme, delaying the implementation by two years, Minister of Education Erica Stanford announced today. “Ensuring New Zealand’s curriculum is world leading is a vital part of the Government’s plan to deliver better public services and ensure all students ...
    1 week ago
  • New Ngāpuhi investment fund Chair appointed
    Ben Dalton has been appointed the new board Chair of Tupu Tonu, the Ngāpuhi Investment Fund, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Finance Minister Shane Jones. “Ben brings a wealth of experience in governance and economic development to the position. He will have a strong focus on ensuring ...
    1 week ago
  • Education should be prioritised ahead of protesting
    Students should be in school and learning instead of protesting during school hours, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “If students feel strongly about sending a message, they could have marched on Tuesday when there was a nationwide teacher only day, or during the upcoming school holidays. It has become ...
    1 week ago
  • Delivering on Local Water Done Well
    Cabinet has agreed on key steps to implement Local Water Done Well, the Coalition Government’s plan for financially sustainable locally delivered water infrastructure and services, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says.  "Councils and voters resoundingly rejected Labour’s expensive and bureaucratic Three Waters regime, and earlier this year the Coalition Government ...
    1 week ago
  • Peters to visit New York, Washington D.C.
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will engage with high-level United States Government and United Nations officials in the United States next week (6-12 April).    The visit, with programmes in New York and Washington D.C., will focus on major global and regional security challenges and includes meetings with US Secretary of ...
    1 week ago

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