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Open mike 24/06/2011

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  1. RobM 1

    This article goes some way to explaining how many educated boomers seem blind to the failures of our “capitalist” system:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2297019/pagenum/all/

    The essence of any utopianism is: Conjure an ideal that makes an impossible demand on reality, then announce that, until the demand is met in full, your ideal can’t be fairly evaluated. Attribute any incidental successes to the halfway meeting of the demand, any failure to the halfway still to go.

    . . .

    At the same time the university boomed, marginal tax rates for high earners stood as high as 90 percent. This collapsed the so-called L-curve, the graphic depiction of wealth distribution in the United States. The L-curve lay at its flattest in 1970, just as Nozick was sitting down to write Anarchy. In 1970, there were nearly 500,000 employed academics, and their relative income stood at an all-time high. To the extent anyone could believe mental talent, human capital, and capital were indistinguishable, it was thanks to the greatest market distortion in the history of industrial capitalism; and because for 40 years, thanks to this distortion, talent had not been forced to compete with the old “captains of industry,” with the financiers and the CEOs.
    Buccaneering entrepreneurs, boom-and-bust markets, risk capital—these conveniently disappeared from Nozick’s argument because they’d all but disappeared from capitalism. In a world in which J.P. Morgan and Cornelius Vanderbilt have been rendered obsolete, reduced to historical curios, to a funny old-style man, imprisoned in gilt frames, the professionals—the scientists, engineers, professors, lawyers and doctors—correspondingly rise in both power and esteem. And in a world in which the professions are gatekept by universities, which in turn select students based on their measured intelligence, the idea that talent is mental talent, and mental talent is, not only capital, but the only capital, becomes easier and easier for a humanities professor to put across. Hence the terminal irony of Anarchy: Its author’s audible smugness in favor of libertarianism was underwritten by a most un-libertarian arrangement—i.e., the postwar social compact of high marginal taxation and massive transfers of private wealth in the name of the very “public good” Nozick decried as nonexistent.
    And the screw takes one last turn: By allowing for the enormous rise in (relative) income and prestige of the upper white collar professions, Keynesianism created the very blind spot by which professionals turned against Keynesianism. Charging high fees as defended by their cartels, cartels defended in turn by universities, universities in turn made powerful by the military state, many upper-white-collar professionals convinced themselves their pre-eminence was not an accident of history or the product of negotiated protections from the marketplace but the result of their own unique mental talents fetching high prices in a free market for labor. Just this cocktail of vanity and delusion helped Nozick edge out Rawls in the marketplace of ideas, making Anarchy a surprise best-seller, it helped make Ronald Reagan president five years later. So it was the public good that killed off the public good.
    Since 1970, the guild power of lawyers, doctors, engineers, and, yes, philosophy professors has nothing but attenuated. To take only the most pitiful example, medical doctors have evolved over this period from fee-for-service professionals totally in control of their own workplace to salaried body mechanics subject to the relentless cost-cutting mandate of a corporate employer. They’ve gone from being Marcus Welby—a living monument to public service through private practice—to being, as one comprehensive study put it, harried “middle management.” Who can argue with a straight face that a doctor in 2011 has more liberty than his counterpart in 1970? What any good liberal Democrat with an ounce of vestigial self-respect would have said to Nozick in 1970—”Sure, Bob, but we both know what your liberty means. It means power will once again mean money, and money will be at liberty to flow to the top”—in fact happened. The irony is that as capital once again concentrates as nothing more than capital (i.e., as the immense skim of the financiers), the Nozickian illusion (that capital is human capital and human capital is the only capital) gets harder and harder to sustain.
    Sustained it is, though. Just as Nozick would have us tax every dollar as if it were earned by a seven-foot demigod, apologists for laissez-faire would have us treat all outsize compensation as if it were earned by a tech revolutionary or the value-investing equivalent of Mozart (as opposed to, say, this guy, this guy, this guy, or this guy). It turns out the Wilt Chamberlain example is all but unkillable; only it might better be called the Steve Jobs example, or the Warren Buffett* example. The idea that supernormal compensation is fit reward for supernormal talent is the ideological superglue of neoliberalism, holding firm since the 1980s. It’s no wonder that in the aftermath of the housing bust, with the glue showing signs of decay—with Madoff and “Government Sachs” displacing Jobs and Buffett in the headlines—”liberty” made its comeback. When the facts go against you, resort to “values.” When values go against you, resort to the mother of all values. When the mother of all values swoons, reach deep into the public purse with one hand, and with the other beat the public senseless with your dog-eared copy of Atlas Shrugged.
    . . .

    When Hayek insists welfare is the road is to serfdom, when Nozick insists that progressive taxation is coercion, they take liberty hostage in order to prevent a reasoned discussion about public goods from ever taking place. “According to them, any intervention of the state in economic life,” a prominent conservative economist once observed of the early neoliberals, “would be likely to lead, and even lead inevitably to a completely collectivist Society, Gestapo and gas chamber included.” Thus we are hectored into silence, and by the very people who purport to leave us most alone.
    Thanks in no small part to that silence, we have passed through the looking glass. Large-scale, speculative risk, undertaken by already grossly overcompensated bankers, is now officially part of the framework, in the form of too-big-to-fail guarantees made, implicitly and explicitly, by the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, the “libertarian” right moves to take the risks of unemployment, disease, and, yes, accidents of birth, and devolve them entirely onto the responsibility of the individual. It is not just sad; it is repugnant.

    • Carol 1.1

      This indicates a mistake many make when talking about NZ Boomers. The article is about US Boomers. The extremely consumerist society took off a lot earlier in the US than in NZ, with the ethos that goes with it being far more dominant in the US than in NZ. There was far more focus on individual liberty in the US, and on captialism in the 1970s US than in the NZ welfare state.

      Uni lecturers have never been as highly regared in NZ as in the US. I started uni part time in 1970 in NZ. At that time only 1-3% of the population went to uni – the rest of bommers began their work lives in fairly low paid jobs. (Actually I had worked for 2 years before I went to teachers college. In my first job, the pay was minimal, and at the end of some weeks, me and my flatmates had no food in the cupoards & no money to buy more.)

      Those neoliberal values referred to in the egs were pretty alien to the ones held by me and my peers in the early 70s and were seen as US values that we didn’t like. In the 1980s the power elite in NZ began to adopt more and more of those US values, much to the disgust of many boomers.

      • RobM 1.1.1

        Thanks for that Carol but the larger point still holds, even if we were at least a decade behind and many of these attitudes are shared by Gen X and Yers.
        The relative comfort of the welfare state (in tandem with some very slick PR) helped inculcate libertarian values in large swathes of the middle-class. It has made the power elite’s demolition job all the easier.

        • Carol 1.1.1.1

          Well, I certainly know Kiwis now, of various generations, who have bought into the neoliberal line. I don’t think the welfare state is to blame per se, but that the neoliberal drivers found a way to turn the successes of the welfare state & its ethos to their advantage – their highly wide spread PR helped a lot with that.

          But many of us boomers have also been horrified at the shift towards US-based neoliberalism, and have fought it all the way.

          • joe90 1.1.1.1.1

            Quitting the Paint Factory

            In the lifetime that has passed since Calvin Coolidge gave his speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors in which he famously pro­claimed that “the chief business of the American people is business,” the do­minion of the ants has grown enormously. Look about: The business of busi­ness is everywhere and inescapable; the song of the buyers and the sellers never stops; the term “workaholic” has been folded up and put away. We have no time for our friends or our families, no time to think or to make a meal. We’re moving product, while the soul drowns like a cat in a well. [“I think that there is far too much work done in the world,” Bertrand Russell observed in his famous 1932 essay “In Praise of Idleness,” adding that he hoped to “start a cam­paign to induce good young men to do nothing.” He failed. A year later, National So­cialism, with its cult of work (think of all those bronzed young men in Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will throwing cordwood to each other in the sun), flared in Germany.]

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Since 1840, so the story goes, we’ve had 40 hour working weeks here in NZ. We’ve worked hard, increased our productivity and produce far more than we need. And yet we still work 40+ hours per week and the amount of poverty in our society is close to the worst it’s been since the Great Depression.

              Why are we required to work harder than ever, produce more than we will ever need and yet still live in poverty? Something doesn’t add up. Somewhere there is a massive drain on our society, something that takes and does not give, something that, quite simply, is killing us.

    • uke 1.2

      Thanks for article link.
       
      The US-NZ comparison holds well. The incoming 1984 Labour government represented a handover in governance from the children of the Depression to the university-educated baby boomer generation. (Universal student allowances came in around 1963, I think, just in time for the boomers.) Watching TV footage from 1984-1985 the Labour cabinet now appear as smug know-it-alls in service to an ideology they’d picked up in lecture theatres rather than the “university of life”. Governing NZ became like a big post-grad experiment.
       
      (Not that Muldoon’s way was necessarily any better.)

      • KJT 1.2.1

        Hardly any of the Neo-Liberal ACTIOD’s in1984 were boomers. In fact it was boomers who tried to clear them out of the Labour party.

        It seems to be younger people who have no knowledge of the gains in the 40’s to 70’s by people power and Unions who vote NACT.

        • uke 1.2.1.1

          True, not all were boomers (eg. Douglas, b.1937, and Lange and Palmer, b.1942, though close enough really), but among those that were are this ghastly trio:

          Mike Moore (b.1948)
          David Caygill (b.1948)
          Richard Prebble (b.1948)

  2. Lazy Susan 2

    AT doesn’t like the idea of gathering statistics about pay equity but on the other hand bases his own arguement on supposedly anecdotal tittle tattle around his office. Typical of of the right – never like anything that is evidence based if it contradicts their tightly held world view. Might is right!

    If his pay is performance based this plonker should be writing the EMA a big fat cheque today and crawling back into a deep dark hole never to be seen again. His interview with MF was a disgrace but gave a very honest peek into the world that these corporate sycophants inhabit. By the way I’m an employer and am appalled that the public might think that this turkey represents me.

  3. ianmac 3

    I’ve been thinking. What if the Sensible Sentencing Trust ceased the “lock ’em up” nonsense.
    Instead they put their energy into Victim Support seeking enlightened ways of getting the money from the state and full support systems in place. Some countries do this well.
    This would leave the Justice System to concentrate on their job without the baying of lynch mobs to confuse the issues.

    • jackal 3.1

      It would be beneficial to see some proper understanding built on good reporting re crime and punishment. Unfortunately the SST plays on peoples fears and hatred, which are strong motivators. In my opinion, the media gives this racist organisation far too much attention. Dehumanizing people with sound bytes is simply wrong! No matter what their crimes. It’s something the Nazi’s used to do to create hate for people they believed were impure.

      Filling people with anger by underexposing facts is simply not acceptable. When people were enlightened about Arie Smith-Vorkamp, they realized that the media had played them for fools by under reporting the alleged crime. The media and Government used the anger of the Christchurch Earthquake to build on that anger. People are often to quick to judge… the only remedy for this is to build more tolerance and less media sensationalism.

      Media7 just had a good piece on crime and punishment reporting. It’s being replayed at 1:05 PM. Or you can watch it online here:

      http://tvnz.co.nz/media7/s6-e21-video-4260129

      Hm! I seem to be in moderation?

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Sony uses state power to bankrupt and put PS3 jailbreaker into prison, loses millions of confidential user details itself time and time again, and shrugs

    http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=21939

    Sony initially launched the PS3 advertising that users could run different operating systems and software on it. Later on, Sony deliberately broke that advertised functionality via a firmware download.

    The hacker creates a way to reverse the block (i.e. he “jailbreaks” the PS3) so that it again does what it was advertised to do.

    And as a result, Sony uses the state’s powers to bankrupt and imprison him. The comments section at the bottom is extremely revealing.

    If all this pisses you off then I suggest:

    Do not buy another Sony product again whether it be TV, stereo, camera, notebook or whatever.

    Personally, I’ve also started to avoid film releases by Sony Pictures/Columbia Tristar.

    Screw these guys.

  5. Jenny 5

    Report back from The International Day of Action for a Financial Transactions Tax.

    Women again take the lead.

    US Nurses Join International Push for Financial Transaction Tax

    “We’ve heard that our wages, pensions, and health care are unsustainable,” said Hanley. “Their tax cuts are what’s unsustainable.”

    • Herodotus 5.1

      Still no commentary regarding how the transition period from one means of tax to this is to be managed, and what hapens in how to deal with say capital flight before such a tax becomes operative. Especially given that it will not be world wide encompasing, so there will be ability for fund manages to arbritage. And given that there are many countries out there who are atthe mercy to those who finance their countries I cannot see a lrge take up of this. And NZ has had more than its fair share of being a lab rate for others to experiment with and for the PAYE worker no attributable change in day to day living.

  6. Maui 6

    Off topic, but does anyone know anything about this ?

    Key and Groser’s entire China advisory board has just resigned in protest about
    the governments lack of policy towards developing opportunities in China.

    Link: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/78463/china-trade-advisory-board-quits

    [lprent: too far off topic – moved to OpenMike. ]

  7. Draco T Bastard 7

    Oil is a concern but there’s something far more precious and we’re using it up even faster – water.

    Blue Gold – World Water Wars
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
    Part 5
    Part 6

    And, thanks to NActs limited vision of more for the few, DoC is being cut.

  8. Colonial Viper 8

    Tower Insurance finding loopholes to gip Red Zoned Christchurch Policy Holders

    Charming and completely expected.

    This is why privatising our state insurers was a shitty shortsighted right wing move.

    http://publicaddress.net/southerly/tower-insurance-have-some-bad-news-for-you/

  9. vto 9

    Unexpected Earthquake Observation #2,135;

    Nobody enjoys experiencing unexpected earthquake observations.

  10. Reality Bytes 10

    The governing body of Auckland Council yesterday voted 13 to six to allow Watercare to severely restrict one of life’s essentials for people who are behind on their water bill. Water flow would be reduced from 1 litre per second to 1 litre per minute for those behind on payments, giving them just enough to drink, but impractical for most other essentials, such as washing clothes and showering. Filling the toilet cystern will take about 10 minutes. So basically they are increasing the dangers of disease and risking people’s health over a few dollars. This will of course affect the poorest and most vulnerable members of society the most.

    And what if someone with restricted water burns themselves and needs to run the burn under a decent flow of cold water? Health and safety should be having a field day on this moronic decision.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/5188161/No-payment-no-showers-says-Watercare

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      Which is pretty much what people predicted would happen. It would be even worse if it was privatised.

      And every single one of those people in council and the upper echelons of Water Care should now be done for Crimes Against Humanity.

      Crimes against humanity, as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum, “are particularly odious offences in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings.

      Forcing people not to wash and to only wear dirty clothes would seem to fit the bill.

      • Reality Bytes 10.1.1

        Yeah, definitely agree about human rights violations. If water in any society is readily easily providable, and especially through a publicly owned entity, I consider it to be a human rights violation to withhold such an important critical resource. Of any essential, I believe water is by far and above the most critical of all resources, it needs to be given utterly essential priority. I mean really, the marginal cost to provide it must be so infinitesimal. Even if they charge $1 a 1k litre or whatever it is, it makes no sodding difference how much people use as long as the lakes still have plenty of water in reserve. Wear and tear on pipes is infinitesimal, and they are replaced on a cyclic basis regardless of usage so maintenance costs are a moot point.

        How is it fair for an 8 year old child to be collectively punished just because poor Mum can’t afford the water bill? Having to attend school in unwashed clothes, and not given the chance to wash. What has this child done to deserve this? In normal circumstances people that intentionally caused stuff like this to occur would get charged with child abuse.

        Or how is it fair on the poor kid just trying to be an angel and help prepare the dinner because both Mum and Dad are working so hard. She burns herself with hot oil and thanks to 13 fuckwits on the Auckland city council she is unable to cool and minimize the damage under the piss stream restricted water, so is now scarred for life. etc etc et-fucking-c

  11. jackal 11

    Friday Fun with Photos #6

    5 little monkey’s swinging in the tree
    teasing Mr. Alligator can’t catch me….can’t catch me
    along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be
    and snapped that monkey out that tree…

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    Well, after reading this arrogant, self-centred piece of crap from Hone, I can honestly say that I won’t be supporting Mana in any way, shape or form.

    • Reality Bytes 12.1

      You know what’s classic about Hone’s site, he has this twitter feed pumping away hard out about #Mana

      But it’s completely unrelated.

      It’s about Mana: A pop rock and latin rock band from Guadalajara, Jalisco whose career has spanned more than three decades.

      I was a bit confused at first, I was wondering why are all these south americans so interested in mana.

      lo fucking l.

    • Adele 12.2

      Teenaa koe, Draco

      What part of his speech is so offensive:

      a) That the Mana Party has been formally registered.

      b) Hone believing he will win tomorrow

      c) Hone as a party leader will have the same responsibilities and privileges as other party leaders

      d) Kelvin will return to Parliament as a backbencher in opposition

      c) Kelvin will have no responsibilities, no privileges and no authorities

      I find the most offensive aspect to be (c) and Goff ought to give Kelvin more responsibilities, more privileges and more authority.

      I certainly will vote for Mana.

      • Draco T Bastard 12.2.1

        The fact that Hone is skiting about the fact that he is a party leader and Kelvin isn’t. Totally disgraceful behaviour.

        • Adele 12.2.1.1

          Teenaa koe, Draco

          Why is it disgraceful behaviour. In the tradition of Marae debate – this exchange is relatively benign – and it shouldn’t perturb Kelvin as now he ought to be wearing big boy pants.

          However, Hone’s taiaha is aimed squarely at Labour’s head. Goff deserves to have his neo-colonial snout firmly rooted by tāngata whenua joie de vivre in victory.

          Gosh, Hone had better win tomorrow

  13. Morrissey 13

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Alasdair-Thompson-on-female-productivity-and-periods—full-interview/tabid/309/articleID/216243/Default.aspx

    Highlights of Alisdair Thompson’s TV3 interview, 23.6.2011
    “I’m moving it to a higher plane. …I did a good interview. It was a very good interview.”

    About two minutes into this excruciatingly embarrassing performance, Thompson gets angry with the young reporter Rachel Morton and threatens to walk out. “I’m moving it to a higher plane,” he gravely informs her.

    Then, all of a sudden, he turns on the cameraman: “I’m sorry, that shouldn’t be rolling, all through that stuff.” For a moment, the interview teeters on a knife-edge.

    Happily for aficionados of the comedy of embarrassment, however, he decides to continue digging. And digging.

    “I have two female woman working for me… You’ve got to look behind the STASTISICS*… Men and women are different. Women have babies. … Many men take time off to erase the children…”

    At about the ten minute mark, he sets off on a long, wandery, pointless story about his wife taking the day off to look after their sick grand-daughter.

    At the 13 minute mark, he gets even more wandery and confused: “I know I’m not sexist, but if I say something that’s a fact of life, it doesn’t make it untrue. … The people against me are socialists and communists…. Most of the callers to NewstalkZB this morning were in support of me…. My opponents are from the CTU and the Labour Party. It’s all political.”

    RACHEL MORTON: Have you got statistics to support what you’ve said?
    THOMPSON: No.
    RACHEL MORTON: Roughly?
    THOMPSON: Nuh. I don’t do roughly.

    And he keeps on digging…

    “The truth is the truth is the truth. … I did a good interview. It was a very good interview. You’ve heard it.”

    It’s actually worth watching this performance right through to the end, when his perfect delivery of a one-word instruction to the cameraman provides what is possibly the funniest moment of the whole fiasco.

    * Thompson commits the mispronunciation “stastistics” half a dozen times during this interview.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Alasdair-Thompson-on-female-productivity-and-periods—full-interview/tabid/309/articleID/216243/Default.aspx

  14. Morrissey 14

    ONE BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL CANADIAN WOMAN

    http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/good-for-he/

    Hopefully, students all over the world will follow her lead.

    http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/good-for-he/

  15. North 15

    DTB……….WTF are you on about man ???

    What Hone says is so patently……..”blindingly obvious”(ly) true. Kia Ora Adele.

    Ya sound like you’re in a second childhood – “Mum……..he’s ‘skiting’……..he’s bloody ‘skiting’ Mum !”

    I reckon ya need a cuppa tea and a lie down.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.1

      It may be true but that doesn’t mean he has to rub the other persons face in it which is what he was doing.

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  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
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  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
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  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
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  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
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  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
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  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
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  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ground-breaking on NZ Post depot
    Hon Shane Jones, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises A new ‘super depot’ to be built for NZ Post in Wellington will create around 350 jobs during construction, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones says. Shane Jones today attended a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony for the parcel-processing depot ...
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  • Week That Was: Putting our economic plan into action
    Our strong economic management prior to COVID-19 - with surpluses, low debt and near-record-low unemployment - put us in a good position to weather the impact of the virus and start to rebuild our economy much earlier than many other countries. Now we're putting our plan to recover and rebuild ...
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  • Fleeing drivers hit new record-high yet again
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Law and Order Recently released Police fleeing driver statistics have shown yet another increase in incidents with another record-high in the latest quarter. “This new quarterly record-high is the latest in a string of record-high numbers since 2014.  The data shows incidents ...
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  • Fletcher Tabuteau selected as candidate for Rotorua
    New Zealand First MP Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to be confirmed today as the party’s candidate for the Rotorua electorate. Speaking at the Rotorua AGM for New Zealand First, Mr Tabuteau said this is an election that is incredibly important for the people of Rotorua. “The founding principles of New ...
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  • Greens call for Government office to address Rainbow issues following Human Rights Commission report
    The Human Rights Commission’s PRISM report on the issues impacting people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) provides an excellent programme of work for future governments to follow, say the Greens. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters continues push for trans-Tasman travel as military take control of operations
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of COVID-19. On Friday, Mr Peters told RNZ's Morning Report he had heard from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that borders for trans-Tasman travel would open by ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters on the Government’s Covid-19 border blunder
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today he was pleased the army was now running the quarantine and isolation process - up until now it has been the Ministry of Health. Peters told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking that the army knew how to introduce and follow protocols and instil discipline. ...
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  • New Zealand First’s Ron Mark confirms bid for the Wairarapa seat
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First MP and Minister for Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Ron Mark has confirmed his bid for the Wairarapa seat.“The Coalition Government has done a lot of good work throughout the Wairarapa, but many constituents have told ...
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  • New Zealand First welcomes second tranche of candidates
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the names of its next tranche of candidates for the 2020 election. We’re proud to announce these hardworking New Zealanders that have put their hand up to fight for a commonsense and resilient future.Jamie Arbuckle – Kaikoura Mark Arneil – Christchurch Central Jackie ...
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  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
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  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
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    2 days ago
  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
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  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
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  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
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  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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    1 week ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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