Open mike 29/09/2023

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108 comments on “Open mike 29/09/2023 ”

  1. Dennis Frank 1

    Teal deal real? Hooton scans the plausibility of this notion (paywalled):

    Not a dumb idea – best viewed as a case-by-case thing as per last time the Greens worked with National. The more fractious the rightist troika gets, the better it will work as strategic option for Lux. I was intrigued that he went out of his way to establish common ground with Hipkins in that last debate, so neolib solidarity will be his style and James can do that no problem.

    If Lux is smart he'll organise a private sit-down with James post-campaign, to plan a blue-green strategy for the next term. Okay, it's true he rarely seems smart, yet his track record in business does suggest that the possibility is realistic. Getting everyone on the same page would be a feasible skill in this scenario.

    Does this logic apply to his stroppy rightist partners? No and yes. Not on bottom lines. Yes on evident mutual-interest issues.

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.1

      Hooten? blueGreen? Like toxic algae.

      • Sanctuary 1.1.1

        As James Shaw remarked to Corin Dann when asked about the possibility of aligning with National – "Don't you get sick of asking that question?"

        • PsyclingLeft.Always

          Besides being classic Divide and..Rule, Its an Insult to James Shaw and Greens.

          And Dennis Frank sharing Hooten/Trotter ? Just feeding that…

          • Dennis Frank

            Now 30 years since I led the consensus decision-making process for the Greens, which I did as a non-leftist. I contributed 5 years of my life to that process, to get them into parliament, and it was pre-MMP.

            Nowadays, consensus politics is as necessary as ever. Leftist posturing is irrelevant. Post-election, folks will get real about this…

    • AB 1.2

      Not a dumb idea

      Suggesting it is not a dumb idea tactically. But only if your purpose, as Hooton's appears to be, is to bleed more votes from National to ACT by raising fears among the libertarian right that National might really do such a thing.

      Truly believing that it makes any sense and is not simply self-contradictory, is exceptionally dumb. Environmentalism without the left-wing politics is best described as "gardening". Anyone serious about protecting the environment including the climate from catastrophic change, will run smack into the problem of having to permanently restrain corporate power from doing what it wants in its endless demands to get a return on capital. You are then engaged in doing the complete opposite of what the National Party stands for – and your opponents will describe you as 'left' even if you believe you aren't.

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.2.1

        Environmentalism without the left-wing politics is best described as "gardening"

        I like that!..So true. Good phrase, I will remember : )

      • Dennis Frank 1.2.2

        Yeah, all true. Everyone ought to learn from the consequences of this election. Partisans will learn different lessons. I'm interested in the common ground I anticipate emerging. Moves like Hooton's are interesting signals to shifting…

        • Drowsy M. Kram

          Moves like Hooton's are interesting signals to shifting…

          I doubt Hooton's 'values' are shifting, in praxis, but then 30 years is a long time…

          • Dennis Frank

            The machavellian play isn't normally values-driven, it's tactical, and it need not be cynical. It is engineered to achieve an outcome.

            • Drowsy M. Kram

              The machavellian [sic] play isn't normally values-driven, it's tactical, and it need not be cynical.

              yes Machiavellian moves and plays are often motivated by self-interest, imho.

              It is more important to be feared than loved” – traffic lights (sanctions) ahead.

              • Dennis Frank

                Oh yes. Essential for him to maintain relevance in his career path. You're right to point to that as it is a valid basis for cynicism. Sorry about the spelling mistake (perfection is too hard)..

    • More defeatist stuff Dennis. You write as though Luxon has already won.

      • Dennis Frank 1.3.1

        Because Hoots did and the polling trend-line makes that the likeliest outcome. GP credibility always derives from representation of the broader Green movement, wherein I've been anchored since '68.

        That means they will have to use the trad evolutionary survival skill of humans: adaption to circumstances. Bullshit leftist ideology will come second. If they want to prosper, I mean, in that scenario he pointed to…

        • I personally give Hooten no credence after hearing his squealing and griping about the left on Kathryn Ryan's RNZ 9 'till noon last election.surprise He was so bad she shut him down and he has not been back.

          He is fond of making bridges for non existent rivers. In this case he obviously believes every party bar Labour "wants to work with National" so his hypothesis is built on that wishy washy premise.laugh Teal sounds like no deal.

          • Dennis Frank

            Yes doesn't surprise me. However he has been critical of National once or twice in recent years & has been a paid advisor to them earlier, & the teal brand hit the big time via electoral success in the last aussie election…

    • Mike the Lefty 1.4

      Hooton is pipe dreaming again.

    • bwaghorn 1.5

      If the greens got enough votes to get a 2 party coalition with national, it should be looked at seriously, the greens would need to pick thier 3 most important causes and stare luxon down , luxon would be a fool not to seriously consider it given his other 2 options.

      Don't let the search for perfect destroy the good, or something like that.

      • Dennis Frank 1.5.1

        Rather audacious of you – I hadn't considered any such scenario! Let's keep it in mind until post-election to ascertain feasibility. It'd be transformative for the nation but totally in line with orthodox Green praxis. As a bonus, by making it work it would clear out all the cobwebs that have been accumulating within the heads of the young idealists in the Green Left Network.

        Which would ground them in collective reality nicely. I've been anticapitalist more than half a century & I'm sympathetic to their stance – whilst being dismayed by their ongoing naivety & propensity for making fools of themselves!

    • Dennis Frank 2.1

      From your link:

      Asked if large companies should pay extra taxes on “unusually large profits”, 78% of respondents said yes. Just 13% of people disagreed with a windfall profits tax, with the remaining 9% unsure.

      So a vast majority of our electorate wants a tax on capitalism. I predict, therefore, that no leftist politician will be reported in the msm pointing this out in a public declaration!

    • AB 2.2

      Not that surprising. Never expect voters to have a coherent, properly worked out position. Including, it has to be said, oneself. This is why there is so much potential for the left to grow if it could just strike the right note and assemble the optimal grab bag of policies.

      • bwaghorn 2.2.1

        It opens the door for if ,L,G,TPM sneak the election for labour to say they made me do it ,

      • Peter 2.2.2

        It’s sort of bizarre after all this tm, just before the election we see CGT is what people want and the two parties in the next coalition coalition are against it. And the next opposition main party.

  2. Dennis Frank 3

    Nice critique of left-wing politics here:

    Held during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the hearing took place on Zoom. Those speaking to submissions opposing the legislation were subjected to vicious cross-examination by Labour and Green committee members. The notion that citizens appearing before a parliamentary committee have a right to be heard respectfully clearly no longer applies to those who step outside the ideological boundaries of transgenderism. Clearly, in Labour’s and the Greens’ moral universe, TERFs have no rights.

    When a shocked Nicola Willis rose in the House of Representatives to record her own, and the National Party’s, dismay at the treatment meted out to gender critical submitters by Labour and Green MPs, Labour’s Deborah Russell proudly owned-up to her behaviour and, to the applause of her colleagues, promised the same to all such ideological apostates appearing before her.

    Nastiness exposure is likely to be an escalating trend! And there's this:

    It was, after all, Vilfredo Pareto, (1848—1923), who characterised democracy as a political system for securing “the orderly circulation of elites”.

    A century on, as relevant as it was then. Yet I heard Chris Bishop, on the RNZ 6am news, referring to `shit housing'. Using pleb lingo like that is a sure-fire way to represent his constituents authentically. The newsreader said he admitted that past National govts were responsible too for creating such lifestyle situations for voters. Elitists are never big on admitting mistakes made by their elite group, so I'm having to reluctantly concede that he might actually be a man of the people. I thought he was a total dork till now.

    • Sanctuary 3.1

      Chris Trotter has been writing the same column for over 20 years. He is completely clueless about the modern left and hasn't been relevant or in the loop since forever. I get heartily sick of his relentless negativism simply because the world refuses to conform to his nostalgia for a pre-1984 world. He is an old man cowering in his tastefully removated villa and waving his fist at clouds.

      I could write any of his columns from the last decade or more:

      <carefully defined straw man> to define all those he dislikes in a negative light.

      <appeal to authority> Specifically, his.

      <Demolition of straw man> in which he criticises all those he dislikes in the terms he has defined.

      <segue to identity politics> Because Chris Trotter is obsessed with the topic.

      Anyway, the conclusions is always the same. The modern left is hopeless, all is lost unless we all do as he says to restore the world to rights.

      His reactionary instinct nowadays is to spontaneously sympathise with the right, so he is angry at the left for critising it.

      • Ad 3.1.1

        Trotter simply loathes the 1980s as somethingsomething went wrong.

        Most egregiously for him is that there is no longer any monolithic class-based reform movement.

        Anyone with an once of wisdom would see that the 1980s is where the left both splintered and revived itself into a rainbow of different movements, and he 'gets' none of them:

        • Maori liberation
        • Female and sexual and reproductive liberation
        • Environmental protection
        • Anti-nuclear and peace movements, and
        • Anti-racism protests
          Evolving as they all do, as a bunch they define who progressive NZ is. They are the people doing the work, by and large.

        And of course he has no answer to why there are so many splinter resistance movements post-COVID controls.

        He can certainly string a rhetorical line together, but it's mired in a sickly nostalgia for a labour movement that dissolved with the union movement about 30 years ago.

        He would write better if he joined more community groups and felt the joy of volunteering.

        • Sanctuary

          The thing that Trotter fails to grasp is exactly that the only constant is change. Class consciousness is fragile, fleeting and fungible. Like Martyn Bradbury, Trotter tilts at the windmills of identity absolutism and associated pieties from the early 2000s. The reason he has no answer to why there are so many splinter resistance movements post-COVID controls is that in his obsession with his war against the politics of twenty years ago means he has no means to describe the world we face today.

          Trotter fails utterly to perceive what are living through at the moment is a backlash against the identity politics of the 2000s. And in the backlash and the rise of post modern post-truth news and a fractured society which no longer has many shared experiences, and after the great accelerator of the pandemic, we are seeing new configurations, and what often seem at first blush to be bizarre diagonal alliances that constantly draw people from left to right.

          A more perceptive left wing commentator who mind is still open to new interpretations and plastic enough to absord new information would be most welcome in our MSM.

          • Dennis Frank

            Good analysis and your final point especially. Hard ask though. We don't get enough intergenerational discussion to elucidate the morphing effects. Journo training ought to include a politics module with a focus on that!

          • Bearded Git

            Trotter has always hated the Greens…I have referenced his articles on TS numerous times pointing this out.

            • Dennis Frank

              The old NLP thing – entered the Alliance in parity with the Greens, exited as just another bunch of leftist losers, while the Greens succeeded! He was an activist within the NLP at the time. So the reason you could be right to assume he carries a grudge would be the leftist retreat into denial precipitated by political defeats.

        • Mike the Lefty

          Trotter represents the old style left and doesn't really understand the changes that have taken place over the last few decades. But that is not to deny that he has written some good material in the past.

          • Ad

            Tim Selwyn's description of a Winston Peters speech is pretty much an analogue of Trotter's standard paragraphs:

            "The speech lurches from one topic to the next. Observe the entire arc of delivery:

            he defines the problem, goes back in time a hundred years, maybe just fifty,

            describes the bucolic idyl that was New Zealand that (somehow) never had the problem, recalls an incident involving Muldoon,

            says what NZ First did or tried to do or thought about doing at the time the problem arose,

            blames the current government and every previous government that didn’t involve him for that problem,

            pauses and lowers his voice for the punchline – only NZ First can fix this problem.

            It’s a partially coherent, partially mythic with Holyoake notes. The technique draws applause mechanically and reliably like a grandfather clock striking a chime."

            Things just ain't what they were and it's so sad.

            • Dennis Frank

              The parallel is instructive. Imagine a world similar to ours in which political scientists had nous. Then they would use such political pattern-detection to illuminate political psychology. That blend of mythos & problem-delineation blends then & now in the psyche for the audience, then the avatar presents as saviour blended with dragon-slayer. Powerful formula!

    • pat 3.2

      The consequences of the Balkinisation of politics are the same as for nation states….diminished resources and commonality of purpose.

      By all means enjoy the individuality but dont expect the ability to implement anything at scale.

      • Ad 3.2.1

        Alternatively the consequences are a constantly revived progressive movement that has achieved and sustained power away from the hard right about 50% in the last 3 decades.

        • pat

          And what has that 3 decades delivered?

          As said, enjoy your sense of individuality.

          • Ad

            It's delivered a functioning and successful country.

            No doubt we are more individualistic, but the scale of social cohesion was had up to the late 1980s was never going to be sustained anyway.

            Don't fall into the same trap as Trotter.

            • pat

              A 'functioning and successful country' with a housing crisis, a failing health system, educational standards declining, crumbling infrastructure, an economy that can only function via human trafficing and wealth inequality of unprecedented scale….to highlight some of that 'success'.

              Perhaps Trotter has avoided the trap that others have fallen in to

              • Ad

                This is where you fall into a false binary of either catastrophism or trite optimism. Trotter's 1970s world had plenty going wrong as well, and they aren't hard to list:

                – deep path dependence into the petroleum-based society

                – deep path dependence into low-value agricultural commodity economy

                – small and diminishing international networks

                – a boring, smallminded, moralistic, neurotic society with a colonial mindset

                – a completely neglected Treaty relationship and suppressed racism

                – near-complete reliance on the state for economic development

                Trotter's view is like Muldoon should have just continued along forever.

                • pat

                  How about you defend your statement that we are a functioning successful country rather than make erroneous statements about Trotter's views on long dead politicians.

                  The binary view appears to be yours.

                  • gsays

                    One defence of a 'functioning successful country' along with 'the left is different nowadays' is 'I'm doing alright'.

                  • Ad

                    Crikey one of the easier defences I've been asked for.

                    – Sustained low unemployment and under-utilisation rate

                    – One of the world's lowest crime rates

                    – Spectacular landscapes that everyone else in the world adores

                    – The cities we have are actually pretty cool, consistently rated highly in the world

                    – Strong democracy and voting rate in central elections

                    – By world standards an effective public service, very low corruption across entire society

                    – By OECD standards a very progressive society, with a v strong human rights system

                    – 30% of the country is conservation estate, which is more than anywhere except Bhutan and the Marshall Islands

                    – Mild climate, by world standards, even in the 50 year forecasts

                    – Coherent multicultural society with very mild fracture lines – hard to find anywhere else

                    – Scrumptious food, and you can even hunt it for free

                    – Compared to OECD countries, a really strong welfare system that has improved over the last 6 years

                    – A government consistently shown to intervene hard and deep when it has to

                    – A very sustainable country producing .2% of greenhouse gases in world, 82% of its electricity by renewable sources, and one of the first countries to pledge a carbon-neutral future

                    – A safe country that plays by the international rules, keeps its alliances close and long, and prefers peace and diplomacy rather than spend much on defence other than when equipment wears out

                    – Has rapidly shifted its economy to specialist services, tourism, and film and television production, not just agriculture, in last 15 years

                    But sure, the health and transport systems definitely need improving, and consumption taxes are high.

      • Dennis Frank 3.2.2

        Yeah, exactly. Monty Python dramatised the splitter as leftist archetype way back when but did the leftists learn the lesson? Nah, shitferbrains. Still, one could let them off that hook by observing that differentiation is a natural mental process.

        My take is that one must shift into consensus politics for praxis – put one's internal zealotry to the side awhile. So I did that 30 years back in the Greens. It worked due to us all having aspirations as common ground.

    • No, you had it right the first time He is a dork. I call him the ciggie butt.

  3. Dennis Frank 4

    I wonder what resonance this view of Trotter's has: "there is no longer a credible left-wing party."

    Credibility is in the eye of the beholder, of course. Yet, as a thesis, it may have merit. His historical analysis is based on durable principles, yet do they still work as the basis of a mass movement in politics? If he's right, it's a factor in the electorate's disillusionment with Labour. A viable alternative analysis would point to morphing of tribal leftism.

    • weka 4.1

      Imagine calling oneself left wing and then writing an anti-leftist post three days before voting opens in a general election.

      • AB 4.1.1

        Shocking lack of solidarity in doing such a thing. Sadly, I think Chris now sees himself as a prophet in the wilderness – and his faithless people will be cast into perdition unless they turn to him for forgiveness and guidance. Grandiosity pervades his work now, though sometimes there is a snippet of his old clarity which I used to enjoy years ago.

      • Dennis Frank 4.1.2

        Irony? Dunno, but I agree that it's a significant angle which reveals political psychology dimensions in the relation of advocate to cause! yes

    • Ad 4.2

      Trotter stood still, we moved, and he's sad.

      • Tabletennis 4.2.1

        AD- Yes the left moved on –
        and Trotter puts the finger on it to where the GP is going:

        "The Greens move away from the system-challenging principles upon which the international Green movement was founded: Ecological Wisdom. Social Justice. Participatory Democracy. Nonviolence; is instructive. Displaying a disconcerting facility for Orwellian rewording, the Green Party of Aotearoa now lists its own core principles as: Ecological Wisdom. Social Responsibility. Appropriate Decision Making. Non-Violence."

        "The deletion of the words “justice”, “participatory” and “democracy”, amply confirms the Greens’ ideological trajectory: moving away from the emancipatory principles traditionally associated with the Left, and towards the uneasy marriage of technocratic “governance” and post-modern subjectivism so neatly personified in the party’s current co-leadership of James Shaw and Marama Davidson."

        If this is true, when did this happened and have the members been made aware of the new wording of its principles?

    • SPC 4.3

      After I read Trotter argue against a CGT because people of his age did not like it, I placed him in the man of yesteryear category (aging into a conservative). Similar on some Maori issues, such as co-governance – but he does occasionally lapse into idealism mode to lash Labour for listening to him and others like him.

      I have not read the article by the way … he writes different articles for different audiences because he writes well, and he can change the narrative to tell a story they can (each) appreciate.

      • Dennis Frank 4.3.1

        Couple of good points there. Idealism must be tempered by pragmatism (story of my life) & his stance adapting to each audience makes him resemble a politician (all things to all people) & reminds us that the origins of trade got connected to local markets where you have to do a spiel to get customers.

      • Tricledrown 4.3.2

        Trotsky seems to have been bitten by the same snake oil salesman as Hutin.Spinning pure bs.Just to try and be relevant.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 4.4

      I'm enjoying having two credible left wing parties (TPM and Greens) getting some real publicity and profile lately!

      • Dennis Frank 4.4.1

        Fair enough. I got no problem with TPM but can't count the GP as credible due to the censorship they did on a poor old feminist three years ago. Free speech is part of the ethos of the Greens – always has been. As a member of the GP at the time I got the verdict by email so I know the facts of the case. Totally fos: dumb buggers blew their credibility out of the water. Yet I had to keep quiet about it onsite here.

        • weka

          Yet I had to keep quiet about it onsite here.

          Looks to me like your antipathy for the Greens is clouding your judgement and perception (that's ironic).

          We've had conversations here about what the Greens did to Jill, including ones you were involved with.

          • Dennis Frank

            Subsequently, that's true. Because I was a party member, I was under a moral obligation to keep quiet at the time. Team psychology. If I had reported it then I would have damaged the political reputation of my team.

            I still have not reported the actual text of that email, nor have I disclosed it to any friends or ex-partners privately. I did describe the overall situation due to having to let them know why I intended to jump ship. Instead, I waited out the term of my annual membership and didn't renew and ignored all the reminders. As part of the feedback process they organised, I had given them my analysis of the ethics involved, so they are knowingly guilty of their breach.

            I haven't even gone into my Greens sub-folder to re-examine their bullshit litany of feeble excuses. I still feel real bad about James getting roped into that but I know how leftists do things having been through it all before back in '94. That one involved actual deceit and apparently deliberate lying to the party conference about the agenda (a leading female activist) which I was formally responsible for due to being convenor of the SOC.

            I am, in principle, willing to expose their lack of credibility via publishing the proof ( re both moral lapses) but continue to hope it won't necessary! I did get a formal apology for the first one (declared to the conference by the executive the following year, I was told by an insider friend who attended) & it's ancient history now. Re the second, the woman victimised was 80 three years ago and may be dead now. There was also a secondary victim: the editor (also female) who was forced to resign. The dim-witted morons do really need to get real about this sort of thing but I'm retired & not directly involved so feel no compulsion to alert them to their moral failings…

  4. Ad 5

    While it's great that the Commerce Commission finds its voice 3 days before voting on whether the Warehouse gets to sell Weetbix, on a poll of 1000 people, the vast majority want to see company super-profits taxed far harder.

    "Asked if large companies should pay extra taxes on “unusually large profits”, 78% of respondents said yes. Just 13% of people disagreed with a windfall profits tax, with the remaining 9% unsure.

    A smaller majority also supported some sort of capital gains tax. Asked if income from shares and property investments should be taxed like income, 62% said yes."

    Nearly same support for taxing property and share sale profits.

    Have the Labour focus groups been out of focus?

    • newsense 5.1

      It does make you think that Winston wasn’t half the handbrake PM Hipkins and Dame Jacinda were.

      And that if they hadn’t been judged on their ability to respond and deal with some severe crisises, their on-going failure to deal with the structural issues in NZ society would have seen them judged much more harshly and much earlier by both the electorate and by history.

      • Ad 5.1.1

        Well that's the foolishness of trying to judge political party performance by their policies.

        Most of political performance is dealing what fate throws at you.

        That's been the case since a series of them including:
        – 1997 Asian Financial Crisis,
        – 2001 consequence for NZ of 9/11,
        – 2008-9 Global Financial Crisis,
        – 2010-11 Christchurch earthquakes,
        – 2010 Pike River Disaster,
        – 2011 Rena Disaster,
        – 2018 Christchurch terror attacks,
        – 2019 White Island disaster,
        – 2020-21 COVID outbreak,
        – 2022 inflation and supply chain consequences of Russian invasion of Ukraine
        – 2023 Gabrielle and other storm disasters …

        … and that's what happens to transformational policy no matter who is in government.

        • Bearded Git

          It's a matter of degree in your list Ad, which is highly misleading.

          At Pike River and White Island a few people got killed. The first Global Pandemic for several generations, Covid, has officially killed almost 7 million people (probably over 10 million) and many elements of the international economy ground to a halt for over two years and it is still recovering.

          That is what this government has had to cope with. It handled Covid brilliantly-the economy still functioned well because we shut the borders, and its approach saved the lives of at least 11,500 kiwis compared with the UK deaths/million.

          I travelled for 5 weeks in WA recently. It was illuminating to talk to the locals who were just about the only other place in the world to successfully close their borders to Covid. They said it was great-the mines kept operating, the cafes were humming and they all bought 4wd’s and went camping in WA.

          • Ad

            Crikey. Pike River itself was a Royal Commission, a full new Ministership and ministry, a substantial Crown Law and Police headache, and massive legislative change that affected over 60,000 construction workers and changed direct liabilities for every single company director.

            Minimise if you like but it was no small matter for the government.

      • Anne 5.1.2

        I beg to differ there newsense @ 5.1

        If "Dame Jacinda" had announced a CGT tax last year, NACT and the tabloid media would have gone into overdrive spreading misinformation in the same way they have over three waters and co-governance. Most of those people who are now claiming they would like to see such a tax would have been squealing their heads off and wishing a pox on Labour's house. The same outcome would have occurred if Hipkins had announced earlier this year they would introduce a wealth tax.

        It has been drummed into the minds of the populace at large that Labour = BAD. National = GOOD. The truth is the opposite, but a large portion of voters fall for the line time and again.

        • newsense

          So National would oppose it so we should never try?

          It definitely killed it as a political issue. Social justice lost.

          3 waters is a classic of a failure to sell highly needed legislation.

          A wealth tax is simpler to understand, especially after the way the government covid handouts transferred wealth up the ladder outrageously.

          In fact Luxon’s landlord free pass is projected to make him millions better off.

          Again the fact that Winston is calling for a tax free threshold and that the best Labour can counter with is GST off fruit and veges is poor.

          Hipkins has made a number of calls which align with his philosophy, rather than the focus groups.

          And geez, did Ad just compare Pike River to the pandemic response?

          I mean…there’s a reason why the left is a bit f-d top to bottom.

          The government’s response literally transferred wealth up the ladder. That is transformational class warfare…

    • Dennis Frank 5.2

      You're onto it. I was pondering the merit of sending in this: "Hipkins oughta do a one-liner in his concession speech: Bugger the focus groups!" Decided it would be uncool at this point in the campaign… angel

    • Sanctuary 5.3

      Warehouse: "Let's sell Weetbix with a fair markup".

      Foodstuffs/Woolworths: "Hey! Sanitarium! The Warehouse is seeling Weetbix $2 a box cheaper! It isn't fair, it makes us look bad wah wah wah!"

      Sanitarium "That'll never do, no more Weetbix for you the Warehouse!"

      • SPC 5.3.1

        Sanitarium is inferring it might be an inability to supply sufficient product to all outlets – but say … it's not policy to talk about production levels and supply issues.

  5. newsense 6

    So to summarise: CEOs are partisan twits who should be ignored by Labour.
    To watch the shit eating Labour is going through only to see an uncosted, unfunded, inflationary plan called ‘pretty good’ by CEOs makes me think – fuck governing for them, be a goddam Labour Party! However neoliberal you play it, they just want the Nats.

    • AB 6.1

      Well – yes. They are mostly quite intelligent twits though. In any case – you describe nicely where the "third way" goes to die.

  6. Ad 7

    Aucklanders are in for 13% rate rises and 20% water charge rises, under Mayor Wayne Brown.

    Hard to see how a Mayor Collins would have been worse than this.

    Obviously a lot of people are going to suffer, and gain nothing in service improvements for paying more money to Council. In fact more likely services get worse.

    • SPC 7.1

      Wayne Brown wants city independence, but is going to lose the regional fuel money under any National government (and cover the time till congestion charging is allowed) and without Labour's three waters taking the water debt off their books, they are close to the debt cap – so up go the rates.

      He may be secretly hoping for Labour to win.

      Half the workers are only getting $10 a week tax cuts and facing higher water charging (as well as food and rents). The other half might be getting $25 but face the rates and water cost rise.

      Many would be better under Labour coz of the likelihood of wage increases MW or under FPA industry awards. And maybe Greens 3% pa rent caps.

      Auckland is going to be sad under any NACT government – even worse than Wellington (there job cults).

      One has to wonder about the economic intelligence of workers that think they will do better under National.

      But then no one said that racists were smart, look at the lot (LOUD FAT and UGLY) with red MAGA caps.

    • AB 7.2

      Increasing rates will be permanent as the cost of future climate change damage is added on to the cost of making up for past neglect (as in this case). This might make home ownership too operationally expensive for many, while also depressing the capital value of houses. That's a recipe for a further contraction of home ownership and gleeful buy ups of relatively cheap houses by mega landlords. Climate change has so many potential downsides it's frankly horrifying.

  7. PsyclingLeft.Always 8

    Climate Change…..Affects all.

    Greymouth rates have jumped up to the shock of some households, who face an increase of 100 percent.

    Costs of the new Greymouth Floodwall contributed to the hike

    Risk and assurance committee chairman Frank Dooley acknowledged people might be shocked at the massive increase on their annual bill.

    "What people will do is see the bottom line and compare it with what they paid last year and say 'bloody hell'. I understand that," Dooley said.

    Knowing a bit of the history regarding the West Coast..and Climate Change ….and IMO one of the main Climate Deniers : Alan Birchfield.

    I was kinda gobsmacked to read this !

    Dooley believes costs related to Birchfield's actions while he was chair are much higher than $40,000.

    In a letter published in The News soon after last month's extraordinary meeting, Dooley said "three recent employment settlements, including legal and investigation fees, have cost ratepayers over $620,000…"

    The figure did not include costs associated with recruiting replacements, Dooley's letter said.

    "As a new councillor, I had a massive concern about the culture inherited from the previous council chaired by councillor Birchfield and the ongoing costs to ratepayers of inappropriate actions or failures of the then chair.

    Alan Birchfield Climate Denier.."maybe" cost over $ 620,000. I wonder if the ratepayers care? I fucking would !

    • Dennis Frank 8.2

      Excellent reporting & I bet the shit hit the fan locally/regionally once the mental connection became evident. Mind you, coasters being rather slow on the uptake, could still be in the pipeline slowly moving towards consciousness.

      Next govt has to pull finger re storm damage prevention design aka resilience strategy. Opinion leaders down there ought to be pointing that out in their advice re campaign relevance. Maybe they already are…

    • weka 8.3

      see this is irony. Anti-green culture on the coast for decades has meant the voting in of climate denier councillors and mayors. Now the coast is one of the first places to be forced to adapt by extreme weather events.

      Let's see how many climate deniers get voted in next time. 2023 general election voting patterns should say something too. Some people are slow to change.

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 8.3.1

        I have great Respect for Green people who live on the Coast. Having had "some" attacks on me for my Green..(Greenie.. as an insult.. !) and Left (are you a commie..! ) viewpoint in the Otago area…I can but imagine what it must be like…

        “There’s an awful lot of conservationists here that tend to keep their head down because the debates get so unpleasant and vociferous particularly when it gets mixed up with the racism stuff then it gets pretty toxic.”

        Morfett says the West Coast suffers from “a real failure in leadership”.

        “Many of our local and regional politicians are so wedded to business as usual… They are fearful of the change and looking for someone to kick and so-called greenies get the blame for the way the world is going.”

        In 2019, the West Coast Regional Council refused to support the Zero Carbon Bill until the science behind human-caused climate change was proven.

        The motion was passed with only two votes against from goldminer Brett Cummings and chairman Allan Birchfield who made comments denying carbon dioxide’s effect on the climate at the meeting.

        He told Stuff it was not possible to find a compromise with “green groups” like Forest & Bird.

        “They are fanatics. You can't negotiate with them. It’s like trying to negotiate with terrorists. They have been practising genocide on the Coast for the last 30 or 40 years. So many people have had to leave.

        And maybe Alan a dinosaur (equivalent brain size?) and his type..are slowly becoming extinct ? I however, do fear a NActFirst Govt would re-gene them. Fight back the Left !

  8. Dennis Frank 9

    So here's the Nat master-plan:

    "National's disciplined approach results in a forecast $3.4 billion reduction in debt compared to Labour in 2027/28." She said under National, a $2.9b surplus is forecast for 2026/27 which was "$0.8b higher than Labour".

    "We have provided for significant buffers, with $9.9b of unallocated operating spending to ensure we can respond to cost pressures and changing circumstances."

    How simple, that political logic: `our election bribe's bigger than yours, na na na nah na'.

    • SPC 9.1

      One way it would save money is to change the way benefits are calculated, returning to indexing benefits to inflation rather than wages, saving $2b over the forecast period.

      Most of the reduction in debt ($3.4b) comes from less money going to those on benefits.

      5. Deliver tax relief for hard-working Kiwis – National will provide tax relief up to $250 a fortnight for an average-income family with young children in childcare.

      The $250 figure includes $150 only available to those with children under 5 (and only if they spend more money than that on child care – child under 3 or a lot of hours 3-5).

      And Labour's free hours care for those 2-3 is worth as much (an extension of the 3-5 free hours to 2 to 5).

      The number of families involved is probably about an 8th (children aged 5-10, 10-15 15-20 etc 3/4) at most – given about an 8th have a FT parent till the child is 2 and are then PT workers (around the free child care hours).

      • AB 9.1.1

        So redistribute wealth upwards from the bottom to the "squeezed middle" ?

        Or in expanded form: "redistribute wealth upwards from everyone at the bottom including those with young kids, to the "squeezed middle" with young kids?

    • SPC 9.2

      And all based on the presumption that their tax policy is sound …

  9. Tricledrown 10

    Rob the poor to give the well off property hoarders who made billions over the pandemic while the squeezed middle and poor are doing it hard very hard. Nationals tax cuts only benefit the wealthy while dumping that amount of money into the property market will force house prices even higher.

  10. logie97 11

    Law and order.

    Does anyone have access to National Party manifesto/election commitments over the last 70 years regarding their intentions to get tough on/stamp out crime? And does anyone have the figures to show that, with all their time occupying the government benches, just what they achieved? I suspect zilch – but it captures the emotions every election.

    I think I have read here before that the "gang problem" might rapidly decline if they were to lose their source of income – drug dealing. Perhaps if possession and use of all drugs was decriminalised two issues could be tackled and solved very readily.

  11. Dennis Frank 12

    Tova investigates candidates who like to discriminate against minority groups:

    In The Post, Andrea Vance revealed that Angelo had liked social media posts which used offensive homophobic slurs targeting the LGBTQ+ community and rainbow MPs including one which called Green MP Chloe Swarbrick a “man-hating dyke”. Seymour told Tova, Swarbrick is a quality human being, “she’s someone I've enjoyed a long relationship with, despite considerable philosophical differences, so I don't agree with that sentiment.”

    Pushed on why he then allows support of those sentiments from those within his party, Seymour said he doesn’t and defended Angelo, “I think your connection between liking a tweet and believing that and having that as a core belief is tenuous at best.”

    Strikes me Seymour's reasoning here is likewise "tenuous at best.” Then we got this from the other rightist aspiring tail-wagger party:

    Seymour wasn’t the only MP defending questionable party candidates on Tova, NZ First’s deputy leader-apparent Shane Jones was asked about Kirsten Murfitt, number 11 on NZ First’s list.

    Stuff’s Charlie Mitchell revealed that Murfitt, under the pseudonym Polly, once shared a post suggesting those who took the “death-shots” are “technically no longer ‘human’”. Another post suggested visiting a cemetery to verify whether “dead vaxxers” emit Bluetooth signals.

    Imagine NZF candidates cruising collaboratively around cemeteries with bluetooth detectors, then wonder if Winston would agree it's public-spirited behaviour…

    • Peter 12.1

      If the great United States can have the likes of Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene in government there’s plenty of scope for us to have a lunatic or two.

    • AB 12.2

      Seymour is saying that political candidates can unreflectively blurt whatever they like and nobody should care or read anything into it – ever. I'm all for forgiving occasional outbreaks of stupidity from ordinary citizens – but patterns of it from candidates for high public office? In any case, it's a standard that everyone should remember and hold Seymour to in future.

      • Tricledrown 12.2.1

        Seymour is the first one to pour on the criticism if any Labour,Green or TPM office holder always saying they should resign immediatly its time for Seymour to live up to his own standard.

  12. Kat 13

    Is Mathew Hooton asking National voters to party vote the Greens……….or anyone else not wanting Luxon to have to speed dial Winston………

    Blue boat sinking….abandon ship……wait wait…..look look over there…..a green straw…..

    • AB 13.1

      The Machiavellian mind is a mystery. Who knows what Hooton is up to except Hooton himself – and maybe not even him. I think he wants to:

      • carve off more Nat votes to ACT by frightening libertarian, far-right voters into thinking that Luxon would do that and has to be stopped
      • demotivate young people from voting Green and make them give up and not vote
      • rekindle the old smear that the Greens are not a 'proper' environmental party just radical socialists/communists who will send us all to the woke gulag
      • mess with everyone's heads for the hell of it.
    • bwaghorn 13.2

      At 20% the greens become contenders, it'll teach labour for being gutless on reform and for taking the greens for granted.

      And and and wipe out Winston and weaken act back to lap dog status

  13. PsyclingLeft.Always 14

    Well..this is pretty much where they are at…

    'I don't want to form government with NZ First': Nicola Willis

    “This is a really serious answer, and I think the people in this room need to hear it: I don’t want to go into Government with NZ First,” Willis said.

    On that…

    However, the odds of that are not looking good. The Herald’s poll of polls reckons National and Act have just a 39 per cent chance of getting over the line without NZ First’s help.

    Its definitely not looking quite so fine for NAct!

    NZ First….the spare party. That nobody wants. Cmon Labour Green Te Pati Maori !

    • I still think that Winston has a problem this election. While the rolling polls may be showing him creeping over the 5%, but not by much, many wavering voters of the Right will plump for National not NZF because he made Jacinda PM. They hated this with a vengeance. At the same time nobody with any brain cells on the Left will vote for NZF because they know that if he gets 5% he will put National in power.

      In previous elections these two factors haven't existed to anything like the same degree.

      • bwaghorn 14.1.1

        I was wavering yesterday due to the handbrake on nact theory then I read some of Winston's fb post last night, fucker has jumped the shark in his pursuit of staying relevant, no more happy days for him hopefully.!

        • Roy Cartland

          Best example?

          • bwaghorn

            The only time I've tried to link to fb here it appeared to leave the door open to my acc, now I realize I'm pretty unimportant in the scheme of things but wasn't keen on doxxing myself.

            Was nutty shit about labour,

        • Bearded Git

          Well done bwag….I agree that handbrake theory doesn't really work when NZF have moved into the crazy part of the political spectrum.

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 14.1.2

        Its still there win for the Left. !

  14. PsyclingLeft.Always 15

    It could get dangerous for Politicians in the Election run up. Be careful out there… esp we on the Left ! Angela Roberts : Labour

    A Labour candidate says she was slapped by an aggressive member of the public while at a local election debate this week.

    Following the debate, Roberts said she was having a discussion with a "tall man" about education policy and other things when "aggressive finger pointing started".

    "Then things took a turn for the worse," she said.

    "He grabbed my shoulders and shook me in order to emphasise the point he was making. Then he slapped my cheeks with both hands.

    WTAF !

    and.. while I dont esp like Nat Barbara Kuriger ..good on her for helping Angela afterwards.

  15. Peter 16

    Story of the day for me:

    'Life drawing class ejected from community centre after nude model mishap during fire drill.'

    There are a hundred sides to every story and we'll take the version we want from this one I suppose.

    There may have been issues before which has seen a 'last straw' situation arise. The group may have had countless warnings and hadn't abided by necessary rulings – hadn't played ball. Arty farty independent types and all.

    Or some jumped up little twerp was making their mark on the world.

    Creative minds will go to work no doubt and when the group finds a new venue the new title might be something like 'Get an Effing Life Life Class.'

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    Finance Minister Nicola Willis late yesterday stopped only slightly short of accusing her predecessor Grant Robertson of cooking the books. She complained that the Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU), due to be made public on December 20, would show “fiscal cliffs” that would amount to “billions of ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Most people don’t realize how much progress we’ve made on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections The year was 2015. ‘Uptown Funk’ with Bruno Mars was at the top of the music charts. Jurassic World was the most popular new movie in theaters. And decades of futility in international climate negotiations was about to come to an end in ...
    5 days ago
  • Of Parliamentary Oaths and Clive Boonham
    As a heads-up, I am not one of those people who stay awake at night thinking about weird Culture War nonsense. At least so far as the current Maori/Constitutional arrangements go. In fact, I actually consider it the least important issue facing the day to day lives of New ...
    5 days ago
  • Bearing True Allegiance?
    Strong Words: “We do not consent, we do not surrender, we do not cede, we do not submit; we, the indigenous, are rising. We do not buy into the colonial fictions this House is built upon. Te Pāti Māori pledges allegiance to our mokopuna, our whenua, and Te Tiriti o ...
    5 days ago
  • You cannot be serious
    Some days it feels like the only thing to say is: Seriously? No, really. Seriously?OneSomeone has used their health department access to share data about vaccinations and patients, and inform the world that New Zealanders have been dying in their hundreds of thousands from the evil vaccine. This of course is pure ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • A promise kept: govt pulls the plug on Lake Onslow scheme – but this saving of $16bn is denounced...
    Buzz from the Beehive After $21.8 million was spent on investigations, the plug has been pulled on the Lake Onslow pumped-hydro electricity scheme, The scheme –  that technically could have solved New Zealand’s looming energy shortage, according to its champions – was a key part of the defeated Labour government’s ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: The Maori Party and Oath of Allegiance
    If those elected to the Māori Seats refuse to take them, then what possible reason could the country have for retaining them?   Chris Trotter writes – Christmas is fast approaching, which, as it does every year, means gearing up for an abstruse general knowledge question. “Who was ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Forward to 2017
    The coalition party agreements are mainly about returning to 2017 when National lost power. They show commonalities but also some serious divergencies. Brian Easton writes The two coalition agreements – one National and ACT, the other National and New Zealand First – are more than policy documents. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Fossils
    When the new government promised to allow new offshore oil and gas exploration, they were warned that there would be international criticism and reputational damage. Naturally, they arrogantly denied any possibility that that would happen. And then they finally turned up at COP, to criticism from Palau, and a "fossil ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    Geoffrey Miller writes – New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the government’s smokefree laws debacle
    The most charitable explanation for National’s behaviour over the smokefree legislation is that they have dutifully fulfilled the wishes of the Big Tobacco lobby and then cast around – incompetently, as it turns out – for excuses that might sell this health policy U-turn to the public. The less charitable ...
    6 days ago
  • Top 10 links at 10 am for Monday, December 4
    As Deb Te Kawa writes in an op-ed, the new Government seems to have immediately bought itself fights with just about everyone. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere as of 10 am on Monday December 4, including:Palau’s President ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Be Honest.
    Let’s begin today by thinking about job interviews.During my career in Software Development I must have interviewed hundreds of people, hired at least a hundred, but few stick in the memory.I remember one guy who was so laid back he was practically horizontal, leaning back in his chair until his ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he left off. Peters sought to align ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • Auckland rail tunnel the world’s most expensive
    Auckland’s city rail link is the most expensive rail project in the world per km, and the CRL boss has described the cost of infrastructure construction in Aotearoa as a crisis. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The 3.5 km City Rail Link (CRL) tunnel under Auckland’s CBD has cost ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • First big test coming
    The first big test of the new Government’s approach to Treaty matters is likely to be seen in the return of the Resource Management Act. RMA Minister Chris Bishop has confirmed that he intends to introduce legislation to repeal Labour’s recently passed Natural and Built Environments Act and its ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • The Song of Saqua: Volume III
    Time to revisit something I haven’t covered in a while: the D&D campaign, with Saqua the aquatic half-vampire. Last seen in July: The delay is understandable, once one realises that the interim saw our DM come down with a life-threatening medical situation. They have since survived to make ...
    6 days ago
  • Chris Bishop: Smokin’
    Yes. Correct. It was an election result. And now we are the elected government. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    7 days ago
  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48
    A chronological listing of news and opinion articles posted on the Skeptical Science  Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Nov 26, 2023 thru Dec 2, 2023. Story of the Week CO2 readings from Mauna Loa show failure to combat climate change Daily atmospheric carbon dioxide data from Hawaiian volcano more ...
    7 days ago
  • Affirmative Action.
    Affirmative Action was a key theme at this election, although I don’t recall anyone using those particular words during the campaign.They’re positive words, and the way the topic was talked about was anything but. It certainly wasn’t a campaign of saying that Affirmative Action was a good thing, but that, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • 100 days of something
    It was at the end of the Foxton straights, at the end of 1978, at 100km/h, that someone tried to grab me from behind on my Yamaha.They seemed to be yanking my backpack. My first thought was outrage. My second was: but how? Where have they come from? And my ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Look who’s stepped up to champion Winston
    There’s no news to be gleaned from the government’s official website today  – it contains nothing more than the message about the site being under maintenance. The time this maintenance job is taking and the costs being incurred have us musing on the government’s commitment to an assault on inflation. ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • What's The Story?
    Don’t you sometimes wish they’d just tell the truth? No matter how abhorrent or ugly, just straight up tell us the truth?C’mon guys, what you’re doing is bad enough anyway, pretending you’re not is only adding insult to injury.Instead of all this bollocks about the Smokefree changes being to do ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The longest of weeks
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday Under New Management Week in review, quiz style1. Which of these best describes Aotearoa?a. Progressive nation, proud of its egalitarian spirit and belief in a fair go b. Best little country on the planet c. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Suggested sessions of EGU24 to submit abstracts to
    Like earlier this year, members from our team will be involved with next year's General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). The conference will take place on premise in Vienna as well as online from April 14 to 19, 2024. The session catalog has been available since November 1 ...
    1 week ago
  • Under New Management
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • While we wait patiently, our new Minister of Education is up and going with a 100-day action plan
    Sorry to say, the government’s official website is still out of action. When Point of Order paid its daily visit, the message was the same as it has been for the past week: Site under maintenance is currently under maintenance. We will be back shortly. Thank you for your ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and flood-affected regions in the Hawke’s Bay. The visit reinforced the coalition Government’s commitment to support the region and better understand its ongoing requirements, Mr Mitchell says.  ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity
    New Zealand has joined the UK and other partners in condemning malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Government, Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau Judith Collins says. The statement follows the UK’s attribution today of malicious cyber activity impacting its domestic democratic institutions and processes, as well ...
    2 days ago
  • Disestablishment of Te Pūkenga begins
    The Government has begun the process of disestablishing Te Pūkenga as part of its 100-day plan, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills Penny Simmonds says.  “I have started putting that plan into action and have met with the chair and chief Executive of Te Pūkenga to advise them of my ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend COP28 in Dubai
    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will be leaving for Dubai today to attend COP28, the 28th annual UN climate summit, this week. Simon Watts says he will push for accelerated action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, deliver New Zealand’s national statement and connect with partner countries, private sector leaders ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to host 2024 Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins yesterday announced New Zealand will host next year’s South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM). “Having just returned from this year’s meeting in Nouméa, I witnessed first-hand the value of meeting with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security and defence matters. I welcome the opportunity to ...
    2 days ago
  • Study shows need to remove distractions in class
    The Government is committed to lifting school achievement in the basics and that starts with removing distractions so young people can focus on their learning, Education Minister Erica Stanford says.   The 2022 PISA results released this week found that Kiwi kids ranked 5th in the world for being distracted ...
    3 days ago
  • Minister sets expectations of Commissioner
    Today I met with Police Commissioner Andrew Coster to set out my expectations, which he has agreed to, says Police Minister Mark Mitchell. Under section 16(1) of the Policing Act 2008, the Minister can expect the Police Commissioner to deliver on the Government’s direction and priorities, as now outlined in ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand needs a strong and stable ETS
    New Zealand needs a strong and stable Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that is well placed for the future, after emission units failed to sell for the fourth and final auction of the year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says.  At today’s auction, 15 million New Zealand units (NZUs) – each ...
    3 days ago
  • PISA results show urgent need to teach the basics
    With 2022 PISA results showing a decline in achievement, Education Minister Erica Stanford is confident that the Coalition Government’s 100-day plan for education will improve outcomes for Kiwi kids.  The 2022 PISA results show a significant decline in the performance of 15-year-old students in maths compared to 2018 and confirms ...
    4 days ago
  • Collins leaves for Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins today departed for New Caledonia to attend the 8th annual South Pacific Defence Ministers’ meeting (SPDMM). “This meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security matters and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Pacific,” Judith Collins says. ...
    5 days ago
  • Working for Families gets cost of living boost
    Putting more money in the pockets of hard-working families is a priority of this Coalition Government, starting with an increase to Working for Families, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “We are starting our 100-day plan with a laser focus on bringing down the cost of living, because that is what ...
    5 days ago
  • Post-Cabinet press conference
    Most weeks, following Cabinet, the Prime Minister holds a press conference for members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. This page contains the transcripts from those press conferences, which are supplied by Hansard to the Office of the Prime Minister. It is important to note that the transcripts have not been edited ...
    5 days ago
  • Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme scrapped
    The Government has axed the $16 billion Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme championed by the previous government, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “This hugely wasteful project was pouring money down the drain at a time when we need to be reining in spending and focussing on rebuilding the economy and ...
    7 days ago
  • NZ welcomes further pause in fighting in Gaza
    New Zealand welcomes the further one-day extension of the pause in fighting, which will allow the delivery of more urgently-needed humanitarian aid into Gaza and the release of more hostages, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said. “The human cost of the conflict is horrific, and New Zealand wants to see the violence ...
    1 week ago
  • Condolences on passing of Henry Kissinger
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today expressed on behalf of the New Zealand Government his condolences to the family of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has passed away at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut. “While opinions on his legacy are varied, Secretary Kissinger was ...
    1 week ago
  • Backing our kids to learn the basics
    Every child deserves a world-leading education, and the Coalition Government is making that a priority as part of its 100-day plan. Education Minister Erica Stanford says that will start with banning cellphone use at school and ensuring all primary students spend one hour on reading, writing, and maths each day. ...
    1 week ago
  • US Business Summit Speech – Regional stability through trade
    I would like to begin by echoing the Prime Minister’s thanks to the organisers of this Summit, Fran O’Sullivan and the Auckland Business Chamber.  I want to also acknowledge the many leading exporters, sector representatives, diplomats, and other leaders we have joining us in the room. In particular, I would like ...
    1 week ago
  • Keynote Address to the United States Business Summit, Auckland
    Good morning. Thank you, Rosemary, for your warm introduction, and to Fran and Simon for this opportunity to make some brief comments about New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.  This is also a chance to acknowledge my colleague, Minister for Trade Todd McClay, Ambassador Tom Udall, Secretary of Foreign ...
    1 week ago
  • India New Zealand Business Council Speech, India as a Strategic Priority
    Good morning, tēnā koutou and namaskar. Many thanks, Michael, for your warm welcome. I would like to acknowledge the work of the India New Zealand Business Council in facilitating today’s event and for the Council’s broader work in supporting a coordinated approach for lifting New Zealand-India relations. I want to also ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition Government unveils 100-day plan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has laid out the Coalition Government’s plan for its first 100 days from today. “The last few years have been incredibly tough for so many New Zealanders. People have put their trust in National, ACT and NZ First to steer them towards a better, more prosperous ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand welcomes European Parliament vote on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement
    A significant milestone in ratifying the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was reached last night, with 524 of the 705 member European Parliament voting in favour to approve the agreement. “I’m delighted to hear of the successful vote to approve the NZ-EU FTA in the European Parliament overnight. This is ...
    2 weeks ago

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