Open mike 22/06/2023

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  1. Dennis Frank 1

    I wonder if misleading the cabinet office will make Wood liable for prosecution. What are the rules around that? Is it merely parliamentary protocol?

    The Herald can reveal today Wood had 16 interactions with the Cabinet Office over his Auckland Airport shares, including one in March 2021 in which the Cabinet Office sent Wood a draft review of Ministers’ interests intended for then-Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirming the shares had been sold.

    Neither the Cabinet Office nor Wood could confirm whether the minister or his office ever responded to that email confirming the statement or correcting the record to say the shares had not in fact been sold.

    It appears the Cabinet Office continued to think the shares had been.

    On June 30, 2021, Wood’s office told the Cabinet Office his sharebroker had been instructed to sell the shares. The Cabinet Office appeared to believe the shares had been sold because days later, on July 5, 2021, the office sent Wood a letter relating to its annual review including a line which read, “Mr Wood has divested himself of shares in Auckland Airport”.

    The elementary concept of checking whether the shares had or had not been sold seems never to have entered the (air)heads of either Wood or the officials.

    • Phillip ure 1.1

      Wood really has set a new benchmark in shooting oneself in the foot..

      In his case…in both feet…

      Hard to see anyone topping that..

      And no other players in view…all his own handiwork..

    • Craig H 1.2

      It's not a specified crime although Parliament can hold people in contempt of Parliament which presumably could include that sort of behaviour if it was egregious enough.

      • Dennis Frank 1.2.1

        Thanks Craig. Seems clear he did mislead the cabinet office – the evidence says so, but maybe inadvertently as a result of believing his sharebroker followed his instruction. What if Luxon asked in parliament this question: What evidence has Wood provided that he did actually issue that instruction?

        If the result was none, can Wood be challenged to provide that evidence? If he then failed to do so, would the Speaker declare him in contempt of parliament?

        • Craig H

          The cabinet manual is not legally enforceable although obviously the Governor-General can remove a minister on advice of the PM, but there are not really any other consequences in that area.

          There are also no Parliamentary consequences although he might get voted out by the electorate or deselected by his party.

          A false or misleading pecuniary interests return is grounds for contempt of Parliament as is misleading Parliament (Jan Tinetti has been appearing in front of the Privileges Committee for misleading Parliament).

          Having said all that, the maximum penalty for contempt of Parliament is a fine of $1,000. Vacancies can only occur as outlined by s55 of the Electoral Act 1993 and contempt isn't on that list.

          • Dennis Frank

            Excellent. We await Luxie taking the initiative on the situation. He gets it – I saw a clip yesterday of him saying something that made me realise the opportunity had actually penetrated the concrete in his head. But follow-through action is required.

            I don't blame Wood for ignoring the pesky officials for all those 931 days, since there's no actual requirement to do what they wanted. However actually deceiving them is a different kettle of fish. The published evidence that he lied to them seems compelling enough to trigger accountability and punishment.

            If Luxie fails to grab this golden opportunity to enforce it by asking the Speaker to do so, it will be a classic leadership failure on his part – he won't look like a viable PM. Maybe Seymour will grab it instead. Maybe Peters will go "Huh, what? Somebody do something?" then head back to sleep…

  2. scotty 2

    Something to lighten the day .

    And on a hopeful note – link from yesterdays review (ht observer ) Mr Luxon's popularity continues to slide.


    • Phillip ure 2.1

      That is a very useful poll..

      And I like that it is non-denominational/agnostic…in that it is commissioned by nobody…there is no paymaster..

  3. Dennis Frank 3

    Gordon Campbell examines the prospects in the campaign for Ilam:

    TOP’s Teal Card is a Gold Card for under 30s. It offers fully funded public transport and healthcare for under 30s,plus a $5,000 mini-UBI boost for everyone.

    Manji said to an Ilam electorate meeting last night: “Why would you want to tax wealth production?” Interesting.

    The merit of a wealth tax seems to me to lie in the principle of taxing accumulated wealth rather than its production – but he's an economist. He could get lucky if National put out the word quietly to their Ilam supporters. If they feel the need.

    • AB 3.1

      Why would you want to tax wealth production?” Interesting.

      If he thinks high incomes are a marker of wealth production then he is confusing money with value. Value is created collectively but money is accumulated individually by having market power. Very high incomes (and very low ones) are therefore disproportionate.

      • Patricia Bremner 3.1.1

        yes 100% AB

      • mikesh 3.1.2

        Value is a concept, not a "thing" which is created collectively or otherwise. Goods and services are things that are created, and the imputed value of these is reflected in monetary terms, otherwise we wouldn't be able to to tax them – tax has to be paid in cash.

        Manji's question is a legitimate one – I don't think he is at all confused; however, I suspect The reason for taxing income is that the state, in order to pay for the services it provides, needs to divert a portion of the country's production to state use. Therefor the state chooses to tax income because income reflects the value of the country's productive activity, and that activity is paid for in cash. The main justification for wealth tax, it would seem, is that it reduces the burden being placed on income tax – a feature which is particularly beneficial for those least able to afford taxes. It also tends to reduce inequality, equality being considered a value in its own right.

      • KJT 3.1.3

        Why would you want to tax wealth production?” Interesting.

        Interesting all right. Actually a good argument for taxing unearned income such as speculation on existing assets, and "boom across the river" type, rents, instead of income from productive labour. Or, as Adam Smith said, "tax rentiers not workers".

    • Phillip ure 3.2

      Like dunne..' a fault'..pretty much nails it..

  4. Dennis Frank 4

    See how top world leaders do geopolitics:

    "The reason why Xi Jinping got very upset in terms of when I shot that balloon down with two box cars full of spy equipment in it was he didn't know it was there," Biden said.

    A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Biden's remarks were "extremely absurd" and "irresponsible".

    Expressing China's strong dissatisfaction, foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Biden's comments seriously violated facts, diplomatic protocol and China's political dignity.

    "They're an open political provocation," she told a news conference.

    But it's best for political provocations to be open rather than closed, so everyone can see what's happening. Biden pokes bear: bear gets affronted by that threat to its dignity. But notice that she didn't specify those facts that got seriously violated by Biden.

    She knows the devil's in that detail, and therefore it must not be engaged with. Then there's the alarming fact of Biden personally shooting down Xi's balloon. Not nice.

    Readers may feel that the US president was lying about this. Trump may say so – vulnerable to any attempt by Biden to out-macho him. The media may do its research, and determine that a junior staffer actually pushed the button. Top democrats may nervously watch the proximity of Biden's hand to the nuclear red button.

  5. Ad 5

    Mayor Brown is now proposing to sell the Port of Auckland.

    This is what happens when the Labour/Green/City Vision councillors fail to vote together to overturn Mayor Brown's budget and sell the first major public asset:

    He goes for more.

    Wouldn't it be great if we had a Labour government or even a Labour Minister for Auckland that hadn't fatally compromised themselves on share ownership.

    • Tiger Mountain 5.1

      Mike Lee is one of the few to have a proper ideological grasp of this, he dates back to the Bruce Jesson/Alliance era.

      There were a few brave ones from South Auckland, and some abject failures like Labour’s Shane Henderson. As I said here, “if Brown doesn’t go down” on Airport shares the Councillors will have waved the white flag to a hostile Mayor and they may as well all go surfing or on gardening leave for the remainder of their terms.

      • Jilly Bee 5.1.1

        I was surprised and saddened by Shane Henderson's vote – though, I am sure I read that he had consulted widely with his constituents who were largely in favour of selling the shares and he voted accordingly. I used to live in Shane's 'hood before retiring to the Waikato and met him on more than one occasion – he's a good bloke.

    • Patricia Bremner 5.2

      Well if we had supported the Labour candidate for Mayor?

      "If" is a small but mighty word AD.

      • Ad 5.2.1

        We did. It didn't work.

        • Patricia Bremner

          Very late and without real conviction.

          • Ad

            Not true and stop re-writing history.

            He was winning until 4 weeks out when the right withdrew all its candidates except one, and corralled all votes against him.

            • adam

              So no white-anting went on at all. no sir. Not one bit of it. Labour was a pure as snow…

              • Ad

                Just bullshit. We were on the ground fundraising, delivering, putting up hoardings, going to his meetings. Any time you want to join in with the next one let us know, right?

                • adam

                  No, not for all the tea in China. Better party to support.

                  You see, my garage is full of signs and signage to go up when election starts. Some of the wood is from the local body elections when all but one of our candidates got in. Got fund raisers next week and had meetings tonight.

                  So if you need people, how about you offer some hope, direction and a way to stop corporate greed. Rather than what your offering.

                  Sheesh dude I put my money where my mouth is. I 'ant no keyboard warrior – hence why I like you. Even if I disagree with you.

                  • Ad

                    The same guy who lost for Labour is now 11 on the Greens list.

                    Green and Labour tend to buddy up in Auckland as City Vision (other than the cranky ones).

                    • adam

                      Yeap know the deal in Auckland well. Works most of the time, but.

                      You might want to have a chat to some of those on the North Shore and Rodney about how it works though.

            • Patricia Bremner

              Ok … why did the affirmation take the time it did?

              • Ad

                It's like you've never heard of a primary before.

                We were on the ground fundraising, delivering, putting up hoardings, going to his meetings. Any time you want to join in with the next one let us know, right?

  6. Ad 6

    This is a key quote from Prime Minister Hipkins at his media interview yesterday:

    “I still don’t understand how after all of this period of time, over two years with the Cabinet Office asking him to attend to these cases, we’re still in this position now in the last few weeks, even the fact that more information has come to light as the weeks have unfolded, is still something that I do not understand.”

    “There are people who have made mistakes in the past who have gone on to have great political careers and a future. What Michael chooses to do is a question for him.”

    But then he said that Wood “clearly needed” to tidy up that part of his life that had caused his present predicament.

    Hipkins appeared to suggest that this might be a challenge. “I think one of the things that Michael will need to reflect on, particularly as he thinks about what his own future is, is that he will need to have a better explanation than the one he’s produced so far,” he said.

    You can read an awful lot into what is unsaid there.

    Thanks to Richard Harman for being on to this pretty important exchange. | Politik

    • Sabine 6.1

      Maybe the dude Gaurav Sharma had a few things correct?

      • Incognito 6.1.1

        Yup, he self-destructed his political career in a spectacular ball of bull dust and blamed everyone & anyone but himself.

        • alwyn

          Are you talking about Sharma or Wood? Your comment would seem to fit both of them.

          • Incognito

            Okay then, back up your claim with evidence and show me that you’re not just trolling again.

            For example, has Sharma apologised to the PM and the NZ public? Did Sharma express feeling sorry for letting down his Party? Has Sharma taken any responsibility for his own demise?

            • alwyn

              Has Sharma done any of those things? Well not to my knowledge and I would be surprised if he had. However I have never claimed that he has.

              On the other hand when Mr Wood says things like "In some respects my de-prioritisation of my personal financial affairs has led to this situation." he really isn't taking responsibility is he?

              Then he says "it is incumbent on Ministers to manage not just the reality, but also the perception of any conflicts. I have not managed this effectively, I take responsibility for it, and as such have submitted my resignation to the Prime Minister. I apologise to him and the public for this situation." appears to be a claim that he did nothing wrong in fact but he hasn't managed to persuade people of that. That certainly seems to be the only thing he is apologising for.

              Mr Wood then says that "At all times I have provided information about shares in the Trust to the Cabinet Office that I have believed was correct, but in this case my understanding was incorrect."

              I certainly get the impression from the PMs statement that this really isn't accurate. After all the PM said

              "Despite repeated requests from the Cabinet Office and myself for Michael to manage his shareholdings, he has repeatedly failed to identify, disclose and appropriately manage conflicts of interest.

              When I stood Michael down as Transport Minister, I asked him if there was any other relevant information I should know about and he indicated there was not."

              It certainly seems to be the case, given that Wood went from a rank of 7 in the caucus a few weeks ago to somewhere in the low 30's today that he has self destructed doesn't it?


              Newshub also seems to agree with the view that Wood doesn't really accept his full quota of blame.

              "And in his statement following his resignation Wood still hadn’t quite clocked on to the fact that he was solely responsible for the mess he had found himself in, saying “in some respects my de-prioritisation of my personal financial affairs has led to this situation”.

              There’s no “some” about it, Wood’s inability to sort out his conflicting shares is completely to blame.

              It’s no longer fathomable that Wood is a victim of his own forgetfulness, not even Hipkins believes that anymore."


              • Incognito

                However I have never claimed that he has.

                Actually, you did make a claim, about my comment equally applying to Sharma and Wood.

                So, I request again that you back up your claim.

                FYI, Wood sold the airport shares and donated the proceeds to charity, he resigned, and he apologised.

                Back to you and your claim; you’re deflecting & diverting, as usual when I pull you up on some nonsense comment of yours – I’m starting to ‘lose control’ again wink

                • alwyn

                  Your comment in full was

                  "Yup, he self-destructed his political career in a spectacular ball of bull dust and blamed everyone & anyone but himself."

                  I would say that that is a pretty reasonable description of what is happening to Mr Wood, just as it is one about Dr Sharma. If you had put all the additional comments you are making into your original remark I might have been able to distinguish them but not just from this comment that I asked about.

                • Jester

                  Alwyn is absolutely right. You comment could refer to either.

                  • Incognito

                    Since Wood has apologised this contradicts that he blamed everyone & anyone but himself.

                    My comment can therefore only refer to Sharma and Alwyn’s comment is a false equivalence and thus a false & misleading claim.

                    In addition, my comment @ 6.1.1. was a reply to 6.1 in which only Gaurav Sharma was mentioned.

                    Why are Alwyn and you trolling?

    • Sanctuary 6.2

      If you are member of the right wing elites then you can brazen this sort of thing out because the use of the law for political violence is, in this country, pretty much the preserve of the rich. Everyone knows what the law is is, to some extent, defined by what you can get away with and if you are rich and/or well connected to the right wing elites you can get away with a lot more. John Key got away unharmed from similar shares scandals simply because the corporate media had his back.

      But the left cannot. It will be held to the highest standards. And Michael Wood should know that. He is among the more left wing in this government and his piushing of fair pay agreements painted a giant target on his back. He was never going to get any slack. There is no point whining about the hypocrisy, it is what it is. To me, his behaviour is inexplicably arrogant and/or stupid, and that combined with his wife voting in favour of the sale of airport shares makes me wonder about how clever the pair of them actually are when it comes to doing politics. As it is, both are now staring at a premature exit from politics.

      • Ad 6.2.1

        Hipkins is going to try to change the Cabinet reporting rules for all governments no matter what party … in one of the worst cases of horse bolted I've ever seen here:

        "In Australia, the Code of Conduct for Ministers requires that they divest themselves of investments and other interests in any public or private company or business.

        That is, other than public superannuation funds or publicly listed managed funds or trust arrangements where the Minister has no visibility or control of decision-making.

        Adopting this approach would be a significant change in the New Zealand position and requires further consultations, but it is my personal view it’s appropriate to take this step."

        So, Sanctuary, with Wood now pretty likely to withdraw his name as an Epsom Labour candidate after this colossal own-goal, if you're in the Epsom electorate you could always put your name up for Labour 🙂

        Also pretty hard to see Julie Fairey staying on as Councillor with her family trust essentially tanking her husband's career. So you could always prepare to stand in the Albert-Eden ward 🙂

        • alwyn

          "with Wood now pretty likely to withdraw his name as an Epsom Labour candidate".

          Can you elucidate on this? At the moment he is the MP for Mt Roskill isn't he?

          Surely he isn't going to march into the valley of death and try and beat Seymour in Epsom?

        • Sanctuary

          If you open my closet it's a Halloween party in there, no chance I'll be running for any sort of public office!

      • Jilly Bee 6.2.2

        I'm pretty sure Julie Fairey abstained.

        • Ad


          Ineffectual when the critical budget vote mattered because she was compromised.

          • newsense

            How do you know that Ad?

            Another left wing councilor voted for the sale of the shares.
            Two other councilors had to correct information on shareholding in the week before the budget.

            Or just making things up again?

            • Ad

              Julie Fairey, and her husband Michael Wood, are two of the key Trustees and beneficiaries in the Fairey Family Trust.

              She was a commercial beneficiary of Auckland Airport shares at the time the budget vote occurred. That was why she couldn't vote: direct conflict.

              Also this is the same reason her husband Michael Wood was fired.

              Both chose to keep the Auckland Auckland shares for private gain rather protect the public interest in Auckland Airport.

              She was also abstaining rather than give effect to City Vision manifesto policy that she stood on.

    • Patricia Bremner 6.3

      All that was said came down to, Jacinda Ardern asked if the shares were sold, and Wood said they were. That was the beginning of his end.imo

      The ferrets are out there again, so Labour have to be more honest than Key, as the black ops and media ghouls will collect scalps and gleefully display them.

      • Ad 6.3.1

        It's much, much deeper than that, as noted by the Prime Minister: it is in how both Wood and his wife Fairey have held and operated as beneficiaries of a Trust for a very long time. This point is cited by the PM yesterday in his release on the matter:

        An investment trust like this would be tracking its holdings and the performance of those holdings every month, and as Trustees they had full visibility of it.

        It's like he's never heard of a blind trust before.

    • Bearded Git 6.4

      Nobody, from what I have seen, has reported the value of Wood's Chorus, Spark and NAB holdings held in the trust that he is a beneficiary of.

      They may be worth $30 in total. Does anybody out there know?

      • Corey 6.4.1

        The could be 5 cents and he'd still have to declare them.

        We can have no tolerance for this shit, this is the crap that is destroying faith in democracies all around the world.

        He's been an MP for 7 years, he's been a minister for 5 and a political nerd his entire life.

        He misled cabinet and multiple prime ministers AND LIED TO THE PUBLIC last week (as well as the prime minister) when he said dozens of times there was nothing else to see here.

        As far as I'm concerned, he should just resign from parliament and so should his wife from council (as her abstention made her compromised as Ad stated)

        This is unacceptable.

        And a few months back we all wanted him to be the leader of Labour, thank goodness that didn't happen or we'd be looking at a 1990 style wipe out.

        • Incognito

          And a few months back we all wanted him to be the leader of Labour […]

          That’s a false claim unless you can back it up.

  7. Mac1 7

    Thanks for that, Ad.

    "You can read an awful lot into what is unsaid there."

    Therein lie two problems. One, people will read into it what they are disposed to. Two, allowing that to happen is fraught politically as misinformation will abound.

    • Incognito 7.1

      Unsay is the wrong verb, I guess.

    • weka 7.2

      true but both those things would happen anyway. There's obviously something going on that we don't know, and presumably Hipkins doesn't either or isn't able to say. I guess his other option was to not say so much and try and move on, but people and MSM would still be going after it.

  8. Dennis Frank 8

    It would be a good idea to require that cabinet ministers have achieved a pass grade in metacognition 1.01 – it could be taught to them quite simply by reference to this source:

    Readers with a yen for the deep Green view of life ought to focus on what the wikipedians have listed under the heading Components. Three triads!

    Metacognition is classified into three components:

    1. Metacognitive knowledge
    2. Metacognitive regulation
    3. Metacognitive experiences

    That's just the first of the three. The other two are

    three different types of metacognitive awareness when considering metacognitive knowledge

    three skills that are essential

    Everyone will clamour that it's totally unreasonable to expect Labour cabinet ministers to cerebrate at this level – but anyone is capable of self-improvement.

    • Sabine 8.1

      can we just have a few that actually had a real physical job outside university and student assembly?

      • Visubversa 8.1.1

        Well, Michael Wood had several years as a Union Organiser with FINSEC, and a couple of terms as a Local Government elected member. Both these things should have built a good foundation for work as an MP.

        You have to be organised and people focused.

        You have also to be aware that you have political opponents and are being watched.

        • Hunter Thompson II

          According to Harry Day, the Royal Flying Corps First World War fighter ace, “rules are for the obeyance of fools, and the guidance of wise men.”

          Wood should have heeded such advice and got his affairs in order in line with the Cabinet Manual.

          There may be some exculpatory thing in the background of which we are not aware, but it's hard to think what.

        • psych nurse

          Uffindell is a forensic accountant, perhaps that's why he's there. To dig for dirt.

          • Dennis Frank

            No kidding?? I wouldn't trust that guy to find his arse if the principle of accountability came up behind him & bit it.

      • Patricia Bremner 8.1.2

        Sabine,he should have worked in a chocolate shop?

      • Craig H 8.1.3

        They have quite a few of those around Parliament. Even ignoring the union officials, there are soldiers, lawyers, accountants, farmers, businesspeople, teachers/principals, police officers, lecturers, public servants, managers, doctors, broadcasters…

  9. Sanctuary 9

    Say this in a Fred Dagg voice and it's hilarious:

    "…“Yeah, we copped a bit of backlash originally when we put this into the kids’ section, at the time we didn’t realise it was going to go around the world as it did,” said Bailey…"

    • Bearded Git 9.1

      That is superb sanc.

      I think that the hunters are heroes, but then I catch feral cats on my property in traps, and shoot them while listening to the Bellbirds and Tui's singing.

      • Phillip ure 9.1.1

        And then you go and eat some other animal..?

        A chook..?..maybe..?

        Right ho..!..(said in fred dagg voice..)

        I think it is called cognitive dissonance..

        • Bearded Git

          90% of my meals are veggie, except when travelling when it is often trickier..

          But what's your point?

          I'm saying that there are many more birds around my acre (4000m2) because the cats aren't around.

        • Phillip ure

          My point is I tire of cats being portrayed as apex predators…by the apex predators…

          Cats are doing what comes natural to them…humans kill for fun/pleasure..or to eat their victims..

          My 'point' also is that you support a kids competition to kill the most cats..supporting mindless cruelty ..

          And you seem to celebrate/enjoy that cruelty/killing that you do..

          Cats haven't destroyed all the species we have lost..humans have..

          Like I said..I think it is called cognitive dissonance..

          • Ad

            A road is excellent predator control, every night.

            Aim for them.

            Great for the native hawks.

          • Visubversa

            And every one of those cats is there because of a failure on the part of a human. A failure to look after the cat, a failure to get the cat speyed or neutered, and a failure to provide a safe home for the cat.

          • Bearded Git

            I should have mentioned I hate killing the cats…. but they are non-native and they slaughtering millions of native birds (and skinks etc) annually.

            The alternative that a good friend of mine supports….catching them and neutering them and then either housing them with families or letting them free again just doesnt work.

            In Oz they are moving towards rules that stipulate that cats are not allowed out of a house unless on a lead.

      • weka 9.1.2

        how are you deciding which cats are feral and which aren't?

        • Bearded Git

          If they have a bell and collar that says "Tibbles" I shoot them.

          But seriously if they have neither of the above and look like the average NZ feral cat which all seem to have the same colouring (see the front picture on the link below), and are in my trap then they are hunting and killing native birds on my land so I shoot them.

          I don’t have many neighbours but talking to one a few weeks ago I warned him I shoot cats. He said he had two ginger cats-I said I would look out for those and let them go.

          • Ad

            My cats are both 18 chipped and collars and tags and bells.

            Otherwise take the fuckers out and while you're at it could you take out the rabbits on Mt Iron please.

            • Graeme

              The moggies of Mt Iron are probably doing more harm to the Mt Iron rabbit population than the Mt Iron human population is capable. Likewise the ferrets, if you've got a decent population.

              Around me they had a huge purge on the ferrets and cats because TB, and the rabbits have gone from way too many, to fucking insane.

              • Bearded Git

                This reply to both Ad and Graeme above….if you know anyone who lives in the houses on the slopes of Mt Iron ask them to put traps in their garden. (The friends I have who live up there have 2 cats and would never do this.)

                It is only by a massive network of backyard trapping across NZ that we will make any impact on feral cats, ferrets, stoats, possums, hedgehogs, etc.

                DOC simply do not have the resources.

  10. Reality 10

    Maddening to see Radio New Zealand's headline – Luxon says Chris Hipkins is weak for not managing his team's culture. Given the PM has been in that role only after these Nash/Wood problems were occurring, perhaps RNZ could improve their accuracy.

    Perhaps they could pin Luxon down on his Tesla purchase/subsidy and demand a straight answer. What a hypocrite.

    Given the ongoing share issues with Michael Wood, the PM has handled it all extremely well and explained his dilemma over the whole saga. He has certainly been hugely more open than Luxon was in downplaying Uffindell's bullying and nastiness.

  11. tWiggle 11

    Better taxes for a better future

    NZ unions, social service organisations and advocacy services have just set up a balance to the oxymoronic Taxpayers Union.

  12. Patricia Bremner 12

    Luxon showed his true colours. He is a bully, and is happy to personalise and blame. imo

    Meantime Chris Hipkins is devising a system to avoid a repeat.

    • Tony Veitch 12.1

      You could argue that the difference between Michael Wood and Kuriger and Uffendell is that they are not cabinet members.

      However, given Luxon's "high moral stand" it must be disheartening for both those members of the Natz party, and a few others too, to realise they will never make it into a Natz cabinet!

      Luxon has too high a moral position to ever consider them! /s

    • alwyn 12.2

      The problem Hipkins has isn't that the rules wrong. The rules are just fine. His problem is that his some of his Cabinet Ministers considered themselves above such trivial things as obeying them.

      He has to come up with a way of herding cats when the cats don't se why they should be obliged to follow the path that has been set. Well good luck mate.

      • Patricia Bremner 12.2.1

        Alwyn, explain Woodhouse, Uffindell and Kruriger's behaviour while you are busy.

        • scotty

          This Newsroom piece shows the extent of Kuriger’s nastiness .

        • Jilly Bee

          I bet he won't Patricia – I suggested some time ago that Alwyn comes in to spray and walk away. He got a bit tetchy about that comment, but that's how I react to his pretty much trolling.

        • alwyn

          From the link scotty provided Ms Kuriger would appear to be a most unpleasant person. She would seem, however, to have been removed from he Agriculture spokespersons role when the exchange was brought to Luxon's attention.

          "She stepped down from the role after someone claiming to be an MPI employee notified National leader Christopher Luxon of the long history of correspondence."

          A little later she was apparently dropped from number 10 in the party rankings into the pool of under 20 ranking backbenchers. Luxon would appear to have been lied to by Kuriger and when he discovered it he dropped her way down the list to the point where she will be unlikely to get into Cabinet if she hangs around. That seems pretty similar to what Hipkins has done to date, although he still seems to be rather more accepting of Wood coming back than does Luxon about Kuriger.

          Uffindell was the one who behaved like a ratbag when he was about 15 at Boarding School wasn't he? I'd say, given his apparently unblemished behaviour since then he deserves another chance.

          I know nothing about Woodhouse.

          • Tony Veitch

            Except that Uffendell terrorised a female flatmate when he was at university, presumably in his early 20s, to the extent that she climbed out a window and fled to a safe haven!

            Woodlouse is the scumbag that put Claire Curren's photo on a toilet seat, and boasted of doing so (at least showed a picture of himself admiring the said toilet seat)!

          • Patricia Bremner

            Alwyn… His homeless man in MIQ. Cost thousands looking for that lie. Then the bullying pictures of Clare Curran's photo(L) on a toilet seat lid. Receiving personal details of patients from Michelle Boag. Does that jog your memory?

            • alwyn

              I remember a university student, here in New Zealand, who ended up along with a bunch of other students being arrested for having raided a number of girls hostels, tossing the girls out of bed (carefully) and tipping their belongings on the floor. He later became a very, very senior Labour MP

              Just a capping prank of course was the way it was seen at the time.

              I'm not going to say when, where or who though. It was a pretty normal part of Capping celebrations at the time. Why name the person today? They have long got over it. It did happen though when he was young.

              • Incognito

                You’re a genuine diversion troll with false equivalences as your tool and MO.

          • Drowsy M. Kram

            Uffindell was the one who behaved like a ratbag when he was about 15 at Boarding School wasn't he?

            Was he, alwyn, was he – or wasn't he? It's a tricky name – unblemished since a wooden performance at Boarding School, apparently.

            I know nothing about Woodhouse.

            Wasn't he homeless? I googled 'Woodhouse' + 'homeless' and got a few 'hits' – seems like a good boy; must be tough being homeless during a pandemic. We need more with his sort of personal experience in our house of representatives.

  13. Dennis Frank 13

    Dr Bryce, on how symmetry induces team herding in our democracy:

    Labour thinks National is corrupt and unethical, and vice versa. The fact that politicians appear to have an unwavering trust in themselves and their own side, means that they think the rules about corruption are actually there for their opponents rather than their own team.

    There's something about the nature of the game that induces players to believe that the rules only apply to the other team. Imagine if team sports worked like that.

    He runs the line that Wood was the victim of culture (the legendary kiwi complacency).

    He simply didn’t take integrity rules meant to protect the New Zealand political system from corruption seriously. That’s rightly led to his downfall.

    I prefer the covert rebel theory. Rebels ignore rules. Wood would probably argue that the 931 days he maintained his rebellion displays the virtue of consistency. Fair point.

    • Patricia Bremner 13.1

      Bryce Edwards favours National Fullstop.!! Get better sources Dennis.

      • Dennis Frank 13.1.1

        I've never seen any evidence that he does, Patricia. Academics are generally known to be notoriously leftist in outlook. I'm aware that some commentators here routinely claim he's biased but that doesn't make it so. I suspect that his reluctance to toe the leftist academic line & be scrupulously non-partisan instead is what offends them.

        • Patricia Bremner

          Bryce comes up with a hypothesis, then looks for all sources to support that. Original thinking is rather light on the ground. His summaries…. enough said.

        • Bearded Git

          You haven't been reading Bryce Edwards closely enough if you haven't noticed he supports National (or at least The Right), Frank. Don't be fooled by the "Democracy Project" label.

          I have little respect for the man. For instance when quizzed on an RNZ programme over the recent electoral reform proposals he said the proposed 3.5% was too high and that it should be 1% to get a party into government. Hasn't he seen the coalition chaos in Israel because they have a low limit (actually 1.5% not 1%) for parties to get into parliament which means that many parties get in.

          • Dennis Frank

            he said the proposed 3.5% was too high and that it should be 1% to get a party into government

            Firstly, I suspect you may have meant parliament rather than government. Parties only get into government here if a leader can assure the GG that he has the numbers to rule. Usually that means he has secured a formal agreement with any minor parties he needs – like a contract.

            Secondly, any genuine Green believes in the principle of biodiversity, which produces the complexity of interactions in an ecosystem stabilising species survival. Going for a 1% threshold optimises the biodiversity of parliament as a social ecosystem. That's to his credit.

            Thirdly, I agree the situation in Israel is sufficient cause to be cautious around this for the reason you mention (chaotic tendency). However I suspect Israel could be a special case & comparative analysis ought to therefore incorporate all countries using western-style democracies, to examine how each has operated so as to enable diverse representation.

            • Bearded Git

              Sorry Dennis, yes I did mean parliament not government.

              I don't accept your argument re Israel as a special case. I think in NZ we could easily have 10 or more parties (some of them anti-vax nutters etc) vying to be part of "coalitions of chaos" if the threshold was 1%. I'd be happy to see it reduced from 5% to 4% or even 3.5% though.

              • Dennis Frank

                I think I declared my preference for 3% onsite here years ago. To clarify re Israel, I vaguely recall checking out their parliamentary configuration a while back & noticing considerable biodiversity. I think that was relative to major parties not being as influential as here.

                Sort of like a spectrum effect. If major parties subside below 30% they lose relativity leverage & coalition-forming becomes a multiplicity scenario rather than a partnership binary.

                Political stability then hinges on how robust the contractual design is in each case – whether events precipitate rats jumping the ship. If a minor party can be the tail wagging the dog (as with NZF) it will do that and hold the govt to ransom. A creative challenge to the lawyers designing the contracts. Ought to be possible to prevent minor party finagling though – humans have always done contingency planning.

          • Incognito

            I agree with Bryce Edwards on the threshold being too high.

        • observer

          I suspect that his reluctance to toe the leftist academic line & be scrupulously non-partisan instead is what offends them.

          I'm not offended. Only amazed. Why would anyone take Bryce seriously? He has a track record of being hilariously wrong.

          2020 election? National have every chance, Todd Muller is the man! You might think that is bad satire, but it's not. It's Bryce Edwards … totally out of touch, detached from reality. That's why his commentary is dismissed.

          • Dennis Frank

            Yeah I've seen him get analyses wrong in the past & vaguely recall that was one such example. Doesn't mean right-wing bias to me though. Ivory tower syndrome has been well-known an awful long time. The disconnect from the real world is often hilarious. Perhaps he tries to compensate for this handicap by canvassing the opinion of folks he knows, such as family relations. That would explain the situation – via a randomised warping effect…

    • Ad 13.2

      Wood was unable to rebel due to fatal over-application of hair gel.

      And plain old greed.

      • Phillip ure 13.2.1

        I read it as more a case of hubris..

        And yes….any man..over a certain age..who persists with pomades…

        Should be viewed with deep suspicion..

  14. Anker 14

    a really good article by a senior clinical psychologist outlining why despite spending over a billion dollars on mental health, this govt has failed to improve outcomes.

  15. observer 15

    This is a smart move by the Greens. Get out in front of the tax issue. Often in the past both Labour and the Greens have been too passive, releasing their tax plans and then letting the opposition/media control the narrative (usually reduced to "Tax? Boo!").

    The Greens' tax calculator is an effective rebuttal …

    • weka 15.1

      Here’s the calculator. It’s actually a GMI and tax calculator

      • Bearded Git 15.1.1

        Its great…I get $18 a week more and am not affected by the WT….well only 0.7% are.

        • bwaghorn

          Fuck me , it rekons I'll be over $300 a week better off,!!!! !!!!!!!!

          • Alan

            The issue of course is that any government that institutes this will find that tax revenue will dry up overnight – the exodus of international businesses, successful local businesses, individuals with wealth etc. will be swift and devastating. Our economy will shrink drastically.

            Job losses will be massive, Government revenue from PAYE and company profits will plummet. There will be sweet FA in the coffers.

            Have the Greens factored that pesky little issue into their clever calculator?

            • arkie

              Such wailing and gnashing of teeth!

              In The Myth of Millionaire Tax Flight, Young examines a trove of data on millionaires and billionaires—confidential tax returns, Forbes lists, and census records—and distills down surprising insights. While economic elites have the resources and capacity to flee high-tax places, their actual migration is surprisingly limited. For the rich, ongoing economic potential is tied to the place where they become successful—often where they are powerful insiders—and that success ultimately diminishes both the incentive and desire to migrate.

              This important book debunks a powerful idea that has driven fiscal policy for years, and in doing so it clears the way for a new era. Millionaire taxes, Young argues, could give states the funds to pay for infrastructure, education, and other social programs to attract a group of people who are much more mobile—the younger generation.


            • KJT

              Obviously you have never been in business.

              Selling up and changing your sources of business income is not an easy or inexpensive task.

              A “successful local business” is not going to give up an income stream simply because they have to pay a little more tax. Especially when it contributes to the stable, educated and healthy workforce, infrastructure and social stability that business depends on.

              As for those who are destroying our economy by speculatively and non-productively bidding up the prices of existing assets, such as land to the detriment of our economy and actual productive business, Capital gains farmers, we are better off without.

              • alwyn

                Just what is going to prevent the holder of the business, and I am assuming that it is a large one, from shifting to Australia?

                • KJT

                  Customer base, built up goodwill, cost of moving plant, to name just a few things.

                  We have seen the obstacles to simply upping stakes and going to a new market, with businesses. An example is Dick Smiths attempt too set up in NZ.

                  One of the reasons I stopped running my business, is that you are so much tied to locality and your established customer base.

                  Large ones, if they are actual productive businesses are even harder to shift. Of course, if they are simply in the business of extracting economic rents without adding any real value, then we are actually much better off without them.

                  • alwyn

                    I said, although it may not be that clear that the holder of the business moved, not the whole business. This would just make it a foreign owned company. The comment about it being a large one is that you could have it run without the owner in NZ. It wouldn't work for a panel beating and painting firm for example.

                • observer

                  shifting to Australia

                  So let's introduce Australia's top income tax rate (45%) and property taxes to NZ.

                  If that's what business wants, give it to them. Everybody happy.

  16. Peter 16

    I am used to seeing doom and gloom about achievement levels in our schools so an article in the Washington Post caught the eye. The final sentence is similar to what I see here.

    "National test scores plunge, with still no sign of pandemic recovery

    National test scores plummeted for 13-year-olds, according to new data that shows the single largest drop in math in 50 years and no signs of academic recovery following the disruptions of the pandemic.

    Student scores plunged nine points in math and four points in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often regarded as the nation’s report card. The release Wednesday reflected testing in fall 2022, comparing it to the same period in 2019, before the pandemic began.

    The average math score is now the same as it was in 1990, while the average reading score is the same as it was in 2004.

    Hardest hit were the lowest-performing students."

    • tWiggle 16.1

      I wonder whether the geophysics Institute relied a lot on adjunct lecturers from GNS. For example, Auckland University's Plant and Food postgraduate studies are mostly staffed with adjunct lecturers from the Plant&Food CRI in Mt Albert. The research expertise comes mainly from the CRI, not the university.

      Therefore disassembling geophysics courses at Vic would not involve significant staff redundancies for the university, but might put some staff positions at GNS on shaky ground.
      In terms of NZ earthquake expertise, the greater critical mass will be at GNS.

  17. Corey 17

    Remember when everyone thought Wood could replace Ardern a few months back? Gosh we dodged a bullet with that not happening.

    What is going on with the Labour party caucus? Arrogance. It's arrogance.

    I blame Ardern for a lot of this, she allowed a culture of arrogant ministers playing fast and loose to take hold because she was very hands off, she didn't micromanage she trusted too much.

    she ruled by consensus kindness and empathy and faith in her team, which sounds good, but doesn't work, she'd still be hear if that leadership style was effective in governing.

    you need to be bit of a bastard, and put the fear of god into these careerists that you will throw any and all of them under a bus at the drop of a hat, like one Helen Clark, Labours only three term PM.

    Poor Hipkins. I actually feel sorry for him. He's probably wondering which of these bastards is lying to me and is going to be busted next. Luckily he's more of a Clark than an Ardern.

    Every Labour and Green Mp and minister is on notice, get your houses and lives in order, yesterday!

    the nats and act are spending their unprecedented election warchests on armies of sleuths going over labour/green mp's and activists lives with a fine tooth comb, and any conflicts or indiscretions will be found.

    • Tiger Mountain 17.1

      Yep, the wheelie bin riflers and underwear sniffers are in full Dirty Politics mode at the moment!

      The Natzos do seem to be way better at hiding the dosh–and being proud of it.

      For 40 years the middle class and other aspirationals have been encouraged to buy into the dog eat dog monetarist scene–Shares! Venture Capital! Property! so it is understandable why some went there–but still not excusable for any political rep seeking credibility with working class people.

      Michael Wood–FPAs, huge pay rises and new contracting regime for bus drivers, rejuvenation of NZ run Coastal Shipping…his legacy will live on…what a shame.

      • alwyn 17.1.1

        "Yep, the wheelie bin riflers and underwear sniffers are in full Dirty Politics mode at the moment!"

        I take it you mean the people who staked out Luxon's home, watched for his wife to go out in her car, made a note of the number plate and then checked whether there had been any attempt to claim the rebate? They certainly sound like the people you are talking about.

        • Tony Veitch

          I was under the impression that 'reporters' from Newshub did the background work on Luxon's wife's (or otherwise) Teslar.

          Hardly a leftie news source.

    • Ad 17.2

      Ardern has no blame at all for Wood.

      Wood and wife+Councillor Fairey have operated and been beneficiary of that trust for many years and this is all on them.

      • Visubversa 17.2.1

        Yes, it was her Trust from her family before they married. Put her through University.

  18. observer 18

    Values in politics, 2023:

    Incompetence (Michael Wood) means you resign.

    Corruption (National) is just fine.

    Simple test … imagine the headlines if Michael Wood had accepted this donation and said "nothing to see here".

  19. Hunter Thompson II 19

    Geophysics is one of the subjects to go under the knife at Victoria Uni of Wellington (Latin, Italian and secondary teaching are others).

    I get their thinking; all the necessary research must be complete now after the Christchurch earthquakes, so no need for geophysics any more. Or rely on some overseas institution?

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    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
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  • Climate Adam: Can we really suck up Carbon Dioxide?
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    4 days ago
  • Public funding for private operators in mental health and housing – and a Bill to erase a bit of t...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Why has Einstein Medalist Roy Kerr never been Knighted?
    Rob MacCulloch writes – National and Labour and ACT have at various times waxed on about their “vision” of NZ as a high value-added world tech center What subject is tech based upon? Mathematics. A Chicago mathematician just told me that whereas last decade ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Contestable advice
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • How did it get so bad?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
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    4 days ago
  • Our House.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Getting to No
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    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Get your story straight, buddy
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • A govt plane is headed for New Caledonia – here’s hoping the Kiwis stranded there get better ser...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Who is David MacLeod?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The Four Knights
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Could Willie Jackson be the populist leader that Labour need?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Justice for Gaza!
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the implications of US elections.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Web of Chaos, Secret Dolphins & Monster Truck Madness
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • How Government’s road obsession is ruining Auckland’s transport plans
    “TL;DR: The reality is that Central Government’s transport policy and direction makes zero sense for Auckland, and if the draft GPS doesn’t change from its original form, then Auckland will be on a collision course with Wellington.” Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is now out for consultation, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Tuesday, May 21
    The Government is leaving the entire construction sector and the community housing sector in limbo. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government released the long-awaited Bill English-led review of Kāinga Ora yesterday, but delayed key decisions on its build plan and how to help community housing providers (CHPs) build ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Climate change is affecting mental health literally everywhere
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    5 days ago
  • The Ambassador and Luxon – eye to eye
    New Zealand’s relationship with China is becoming harder to define, and with that comes a worry that a deteriorating political relationship could spill over into the economic relationship. It is about more than whether New Zealand will join Pillar Two of Aukus, though the Chinese Ambassador, more or less, suggested ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Fast track to environmental degradation
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Leading Labour Off The Big Rock Candy Mountain.
    He’s Got The Moxie: Only Willie Jackson possesses the credentials to meld together a new Labour message that is, at one and the same moment, staunchly working-class, union-friendly, and which speaks to the hundreds-of-thousands of urban Māori untethered to the neo-tribal capitalist elites of the Iwi Leaders Forum.IT’S ONE OF THE ...
    6 days ago
  • Priority is given to powerlines – govt strikes another blow for the economy while Jones fends off ...
    Tree-huggers may well accuse the Government of giving them the fingers, after Energy Minister Simeon Brown announced new measures to protect powerlines from trees, rather than measures to protect trees from powerlines. It can be no coincidence, surely, that this has been announced at the same as Fisheries Minister Shane Jones ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The question we need to be asking
    One of National's first actions in government was to dismantle climate change policy, scrapping the clean car discount and overturning the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry, which had given us Aotearoa's biggest-ever emissions reduction. But there's an obvious problem: we needed those emissions reductions to meet our carbon budgets: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Could Willie Jackson be the populist leader that Labour need?
    Willie Jackson will participate in the prestigious Oxford Union debate on Thursday, following in David Lange’s footsteps. Coincidentally, Jackson has also followed Lange’s footsteps by living in his old home in South Auckland. And like Lange, Jackson might be the sort of loud-mouth scrapper who could take over the Labour ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • The Tikanga challenge for law schools, the rule of law – and Parliament
    Barrister Gary Judd KC’s complaint to the Regulatory Review Committee has sparked a fierce debate about the place of tikanga Māori – or Māori customs, values and spiritual beliefs – in the law.Judd opposes the New Zealand Council of Legal Education’s plans to make teaching tikanga compulsory in the legal curriculum.AUT ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  •  The Huge Potential Benefits of Charter Schools
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago

  • Major investment in teacher supply through Budget 24
    Over the next four years, Budget 24 will support the training and recruitment of 1,500 teachers into the workforce, Education Minister Erica Stanford announced today. “To raise achievement and develop a world leading education system we’re investing nearly $53 million over four years to attract, train and retain our valued ...
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  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
    1.  New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters; Minister of Health and Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Dr Shane Reti; and Minister for Climate Change Hon Simon Watts hosted Cook Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Hon Tingika Elikana and Minister of Health Hon Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown on 24 May ...
    1 day ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
    2 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
    2 days ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed today that Vote Foreign Affairs in Budget 2024 will balance two crucial priorities of the Coalition Government.    While Budget 2024 reflects the constrained fiscal environment, the Government also recognises the critical role MFAT plays in keeping New Zealanders safe and prosperous.    “Consistent with ...
    2 days ago
  • New social housing places to support families into homes
    New social housing funding in Budget 2024 will ensure the Government can continue supporting more families into warm, dry homes from July 2025, Housing Ministers Chris Bishop and Tama Potaka say. “Earlier this week I was proud to announce that Budget 2024 allocates $140 million to fund 1,500 new social ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s minerals future
    Introduction Today, we are sharing a red-letter occasion. A Blackball event on hallowed ground. Today  we underscore the importance of our mineral estate. A reminder that our natural resource sector has much to offer.  Such a contribution will not come to pass without investment.  However, more than money is needed. ...
    3 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
    Increasing national and regional prosperity, providing the minerals needed for new technology and the clean energy transition, and doubling the value of minerals exports are the bold aims of the Government’s vision for the minerals sector. Resources Minister Shane Jones today launched a draft strategy for the minerals sector in ...
    3 days ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
    The coalition Government’s legislation to restore the rights of communities to determine whether to introduce Māori wards has passed its first reading in Parliament, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Divisive changes introduced by the previous government denied local communities the ability to determine whether to establish Māori wards.” The ...
    3 days ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
    The coalition Government has today introduced legislation to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling some of New Zealand’s key sectors, including farming, mining and other primary industries. RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop says the Government is committed to  unlocking development and investment while ensuring the environment is ...
    3 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
    The decision by Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to approve the continued use of hydrogen cyanamide, known as Hi-Cane, has been welcomed by Environment Minister Penny Simmonds and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay.  “The EPA decision introduces appropriate environmental safeguards which will allow kiwifruit and other growers to use Hi-Cane responsibly,” Ms ...
    3 days ago
  • Speech to Employers and Manufacturers Association: Relief for today, hope for tomorrow
    Kia ora, Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou kātoa Tāmaki Herenga Waka, Tāmaki Herenga tangata Ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrākei me nga iwi kātoa kua tae mai. Mauriora. Greetings everyone. Thank you to the EMA for hosting this event. Let me acknowledge ...
    3 days ago
  • Government invests in 1,500 more social homes
    The coalition Government is investing in social housing for New Zealanders who are most in need of a warm dry home, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. Budget 2024 will allocate $140 million in new funding for 1,500 new social housing places to be provided by Community Housing Providers (CHPs), not ...
    4 days ago
  • $24 million boost for Gumboot Friday
    Thousands more young New Zealanders will have better access to mental health services as the Government delivers on its commitment to fund the Gumboot Friday initiative, says Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Budget 2024 will provide $24 million over four years to contract the ...
    4 days ago
  • Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passes first reading
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    5 days ago
  • Montecassino Commemorative Address, Cassino War Cemetery
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    5 days ago
  • First Reading – Repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
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    5 days ago
  • First reading of 7AA’s repeal: progress for children
    The Bill to repeal Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act has had its first reading in Parliament today. The Bill reaffirms the Coalition Government’s commitment to the care and safety of children in care, says Minister for Children Karen Chhour.  “When I became the Minister for Children, I made ...
    5 days ago
  • China Business Summit 2024
    Kia ora koutou, good morning, and zao shang hao. Thank you Fran for the opportunity to speak at the 2024 China Business Summit – it’s great to be here today. I’d also like to acknowledge: Simon Bridges - CEO of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. His Excellency Ambassador - Wang ...
    5 days ago
  • Assisted depatures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.    “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing ...
    5 days ago
  • Assisted departures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.  “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing them ...
    5 days ago
  • Government to rollout roadside drug testing
    The Coalition Government will introduce legislation this year that will enable roadside drug testing as part of our commitment to improve road safety and restore law and order, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Alcohol and drugs are the number one contributing factor in fatal road crashes in New Zealand. In ...
    6 days ago
  • Minister responds to review of Kāinga Ora
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    6 days ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand-China Business Summit
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Da jia hao.  Good morning everyone.   Prime Minister Luxon, your excellency, a great friend of New Zealand and my friend Ambassador Wang, Mayor of what he tells me is the best city in New Zealand, Wayne Brown, the highly respected Fran O’Sullivan, Champion of the Auckland business ...
    6 days ago
  • New measures to protect powerlines from trees
    Energy Minister Simeon Brown has announced that the Government will make it easier for lines firms to take action to remove vegetation from obstructing local powerlines. The change will ensure greater security of electricity supply in local communities, particularly during severe weather events.  “Trees or parts of trees falling on ...
    1 week ago
  • Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani win top Māori dairy farming award
    Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani were the top winners at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy awards recognising the best in Māori dairy farming. Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka announced the winners and congratulated runners-up, Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, at an awards celebration also attended by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Finance Minister ...
    1 week ago
  • DJ Fred Again – Assurance report received
    "On the 27th of March, I sought assurances from the Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs, that the Department’s correct processes and policies had been followed in regards to a passport application which received media attention,” says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “I raised my concerns after being ...
    1 week ago
  • District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins has announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges, to replace Judges who have recently retired. Peter James Davey of Auckland has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based at Whangarei. Mr Davey initially started work as a law clerk/solicitor with ...
    1 week ago
  • Unions should put learning ahead of ideology
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour is calling on the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) to put ideology to the side and focus on students’ learning, in reaction to the union holding paid teacher meetings across New Zealand about charter schools.     “The PPTA is disrupting schools up and down the ...
    1 week ago
  • Craig Stobo appointed as chair of FMA
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    1 week ago
  • Budget 2024 invests in lifeguards and coastguard
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Tuvalu reaffirm close relationship
    New Zealand and Tuvalu have reaffirmed their close relationship, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says.  “New Zealand is committed to working with Tuvalu on a shared vision of resilience, prosperity and security, in close concert with Australia,” says Mr Peters, who last visited Tuvalu in 2019.  “It is my pleasure ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand calls for calm, constructive dialogue in New Caledonia
    New Zealand is gravely concerned about the situation in New Caledonia, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.  “The escalating situation and violent protests in Nouméa are of serious concern across the Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.  “The immediate priority must be for all sides to take steps to de-escalate the ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand welcomes Samoa Head of State
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    1 week ago
  • Island Direct eligible for SuperGold Card funding
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    1 week ago
  • Further sanctions against Russia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further sanctions on 28 individuals and 14 entities providing military and strategic support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  “Russia is directly supported by its military-industrial complex in its illegal aggression against Ukraine, attacking its sovereignty and territorial integrity. New Zealand condemns all entities and ...
    1 week ago
  • One year on from Loafers Lodge
    A year on from the tragedy at Loafers Lodge, the Government is working hard to improve building fire safety, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “I want to share my sincere condolences with the families and friends of the victims on the anniversary of the tragic fire at Loafers ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Auckland Business Chamber
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for having me here in the lead up to my Government’s first Budget. Before I get started can I acknowledge: Simon Bridges – Auckland Business Chamber CEO. Steve Jurkovich – Kiwibank CEO. Kids born ...
    2 weeks ago

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