Opposition to Nats’ attack grows

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, October 25th, 2014 - 79 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war, Economy, equality, jobs - Tags:

Labour’s petition against National’s attack on Kiwi’s rights including the right to a break at work is growing like topsy with over 22,000 people signing up to it in the last day and a half.

Labour spokesperson Andrew Little told TVNZ:

“The Bill fundamentally changes the nature of many hard-won employee rights; it also does away with collective bargaining protections, makes vulnerable workers’ jobs even less secure and undermines the principles of good faith,” Mr Little says.

“To begrudge anyone having a cuppa or a meal break during their working day goes against the grain. It’s a Kiwi tradition. Doing away with it is mean-spirited and unfair.”
It’s not too late to sign. National failed to get the Bill passed before Labour weekend so it’ll have to go back next week. If enough people stand up against it before then at the very least it’ll be another political embarrassment for them in a third term that is already marked out by arrogant attacks on Kiwis’ rights.

If you haven’t already signed you can click here to add your voice to the thousands who are standing up for their rights against National’s attack.

79 comments on “Opposition to Nats’ attack grows”

  1. karol 1

    Why is it only the meal break part of the Bill that’s being protested? What about the attacks on collective action etc. Aren’t they all extremely important?

    • Chooky 1.1

      +100 …tea breaks are extremely important …but so also is the collective action

      infact it is extremely short sighted of this John Key Nact govt….because a tea break allows workers to relax/rehydrate , have a snack if necessary and then recoop their energy ..ie less accidents, greater concentration on the job…better goal setting…better worker relations and social atmosphere

      the ability to take collective action also helps employee /employer relations because it gives workers a safety valve … to be able take action if the employer is not listening…and it puts the employer on notice that worker issues should be resolved peacefully and collaboratively before collective action becomes necessary….collective action is a last stand for workers…and it is important for worker empowerment and rights to be treated with respect

      …a good employer will endorse tea breaks and collective action

      • bruhaha 1.1.1

        I think they are but I’d guess they think it’s the tea-break issue that has the most cut-through. It’s a simple and easy sell and it speaks to values.

        Good to see Labour campaigning with some clarity and using the K.I.S.S. principle. Would have been good it they’d applied it to their campaign platform.

        • Olwyn 1.1.1.1

          Well I certainly hope they don’t let Key get away with allowing the tea breaks while doing away with collective bargaining, the latter being more important in the long haul. It is certainly possible – a humiliated Labour claiming a ‘ much needed victory,’ while Key shows his ‘moderateness’ and collective bargaining goes down the drain.

          • bruhaha 1.1.1.1.1

            I think keeping the tea breaks would be a reasonable victory from opposition. it would make a real difference to the many many people who have to work one person retail jobs, or who have employers who would happily remove the breaks and get the extra half hour of work a day out of their employees.

            I’d rather that Labour managed to stop that one thing than they did a complicated and hard to sell campaign that resulted in getting no win at all. Politics is the art of the possible.

            I’m a union member and I’m worried about the changes to bargaining more than the meal breaks but I also think you’ve got to play the hand you’ve been dealt.

            • Olwyn 1.1.1.1.1.1

              I do see your point, but I also see that Key’s ‘moderateness’ consists of allowing concessions that do not cost him ground. In this case, collective bargaining is the ground he is interested in taking. So, a while a victory over the tea breaks is most welcome, it should not be allowed to stop there.

          • greywarshark 1.1.1.1.2

            Olwyn
            That’s wise, very likely outcome that is Not Wanted.

          • Tracey 1.1.1.1.3

            this is most likely nat strategy

          • Murray Rawshark 1.1.1.1.4

            Key, or whoever advises him, often puts up more than he wants and adds a little bit on that he’s prepared to give up. The whole smoko thing doesn’t make sense unless we see it as a red herring. A red herring that Labour is trying hard to catch. Sigh.

            • Olwyn 1.1.1.1.4.1

              Well, it may be a red herring, but as bruhaha points out, it can still be used as a widely recognised handle with which to fight the bill as a whole. However it will not do for Labour to crow about getting National to back down on tea breaks while quietly accepting the loss of collective bargaining.

        • Tracey 1.1.1.2

          and doesnt mention the word union which the lp seems mostly embarrassed by thes days

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1.3

          It’s a mistake.

          Press release from the Pry Minister: “We’ve decided to listen to the concerns of working Kiwis – the proposal to remove tea-breaks will be removed from the bill”.

          National get to look conciliatory and still kill collective good-faith bargaining, and it’s too late to raise consciousness about it by then.

          Edit, in other words: I agree with Olwyn.

    • Tea breaks are iconic, easy to talk about, and easy to build protest action around (last year thousands of workers participated in the “Give Us a Break” action because it was accessible and relevant.)

      Of course the rest of the legislation is draconian and designed to drive down wages and conditions as well as dismantle unionism further. But the rightwing have had a long time to bed in narratives about unionism and collective bargaining which mean people don’t see these as important issues.

      • karol 1.2.1

        I can see the logic of that, and the important gains of a successful campaign. But I also can see dangers (as Olwyn says above).

        • Bill 1.2.1.1

          Something like the ‘Work Rights. Our Rights’ slogan from the 90 Day Bill would have encapsulated the tea break and all the other aspects of the bill in a way that allowed people to pick and choose their area of concern, while leaving National’s counter strategy of minor concession to win the battle dead in the water.

          Maybe the Labour Party wasn’t listening to Helen Kelly when she pointed out that a potpourri of messages, that are only universal when seen as a whole, is a sure fire way to confuse and disengage people. Any collection of messages must be brought under a rubric of universality to be effective.

          The tealeaf readings are telling me two things today…

          1. Tea breaks saved.
          2. Work rights gone.

          edit. I know I’ve been out of the workforce for several years now, but am I to believe that workers in NZ now refer to their teabreak and not their smoko?

          • Stephanie Rodgers 1.2.1.1.1

            You mean something like “Fairness at Work”, which was, indeed, the slogan of the campaign against this bill last year when rallies were held around New Zealand attracting thousands of workers? When the government did, indeed, put this bill back on the order paper until ultimately John Banks’ resignation made it impossible for it to pass?

            I honestly don’t get the snarkiness being levelled at a last push against a terrible bill which the government is trying to pass as quickly as possible at the start of its term, while people are still exhausted and bored of politics.

            We have three more years of an unbridled National-led government to go. Our work rights are, frankly, fucked. But let’s not begrudge one basic right to people who are already un-unionised, already overworked and underpaid, and already fighting just for basic respect in the workplace.

          • wekarawshark 1.2.1.1.2

            “edit. I know I’ve been out of the workforce for several years now, but am I to believe that workers in NZ now refer to their teabreak and not their smoko?”

            Both have always been used and still are from what I can tell.

            • Clemgeopin 1.2.1.1.2.1

              I don’t like either of the terms, Tea break or Smoko break.

              I prefer if it was simply called Work break or Rest break.

              • left for deadshark

                We will call it what ever we fucking like.It has been call many things,some PC, some not.

    • Helen Kelly 1.3

      The law is similar in concept to the Employment Contract Act. Firstly it will be unlawful to strike for a multi employer agreement. Secondly although this time an employer will need to turn up to negotiations (something they did not have to do in the ECA), they will legitimately be able to refuse to settle on the basis they want individual agreements (our international obligation is to promote collective bargaining, not allow IEAs the same status), . An employer at some point in the negotiations will be able to seek court support to declare the bargaining concluded. At that point any agreement in place from previous negotiations ( currently an agreement runs in for a year after expiry) will be dissolved putting all workers immediately on individual contracts in the workplace (think teachers). Applications to the Court will include them being made as a tactical move. If a court orders conclusion of the bargaining without any settlement of a collective, a 60 day period follows where workers cannot strike, nor bargain and the good faith bargaining provisions do not apply. During this ” no rights” period the employer is free to promote individual agreements. If a collective is agreed this no longer will be automatically offered to new workers (the 30 day rule). New workers can be employed on alternative terms. This breaks up the collective over time and weakens future bargaining effort. Strikes are restricted in other ways too and ofcourse meal breaks are no mandatory. Employers are now calling for another review of the Holidays Act and in particular the calculation of time and a half for working on days like Labour Day. This law will make NZ one of the most unprotected labour forces in the OECD. It is radical and extreme. Apart for the reqruiement to turn up to bargaining on employers, it is effectively the same as the ECA in terms of product. Not one employer has defended workers publicly during this attack on them. When people say ” not all employers are bad”, I agree but I want some heroes.

      • Chooky 1.3.1

        this John Key Nact govt is trying to pit New Zealanders against New Zealanders

      • Tracey 1.3.2

        so employers have to pay an initial lip service before dismantling their workplace collective?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.3.3

        “Not one employer has defended workers publicly during this attack on them. When people say ” not all employers are bad”, I agree but I want some heroes.”

        +∞

        What are they afraid of? Losing government contracts and public smear campaigns against their businesses or something?

        Re: the international obligations, will this government’s predatory human rights abuse stand up to judicial review?

  2. Raa 2

    It seems to me that part of National’s success has been its ability to claim that it is acting for the common good, casting Labour as a party of sectional interests – a strategy going back to 1951 before most voters were born, but still a potent campaign slogan trotted out in the recent election.

    In Australia this is reversed, with conservatives branded as 19th century Liberals and Labour calling itself the ALP.

    This argument can only be pushed so far, and the NZLP should seize this opportunity to confront Aotearoan realities in the Asia-Pacific approaching the 2017 vote and beyond.

    These would include increased use of low-wage immigrant labour in farms, factories, vineyards, and defacto slavery among some overseas fishers offshore .. all of this putting pressure on NZ working conditions and leading to a plantation mentality among its beneficiaries.

  3. Lorraine 3

    Yes it is 19th century law. Employers not allowing a 2 x 10 min tea breaks and a meal break at a reasonable time during the day is cruel. This is fundamentally going back to the industrial revolution where employers had all power and employees had none. People need to have a small break every 2 hours. At a time when medical knowledge is telling us not to sit and work constantly but to get up and walk around, have a break etc. every hour or so our government want to change the law so an employee won’t be able to do that. An employer will be able to tell an employee they have to work 6 or more hours before they can take a lunch break or maybe even 7.5 hours.
    It’s crazy. There will be a lot of employers that would force people to work without a break for 7.5 hours especially in the food industry, low paid work unskilled or semiskilled work and even in offices when deadlines are needed to be met. I worked for a guy some years ago who tormented us if we didn’t eat our lunch at our desk. He also broke the law by smoking in the office. Even when he was reported the young chinese workers he employed would not admit that he did this because they were afraid of loosing their job. I left after a few weeks there. Exploitation is rife if labour laws take all the power from the employee. People can’t afford to loose their job.
    There would also be a rise in the number of mistakes and accidents if employees are not allowed breaks. It’s draconian law.

  4. Richard Christie 4

    Key won’t give a toss.

  5. If you happen to watch parliament on TV, how many times do we see MP,s asleep on the Job, it happens often and we pay these useless layabouts hundreds of thousands of dollars each and they have the gall to try and stop our 10 minutes tea and meal breaks.
    Is this what we pay them to do , our employees ?

    National are nothing but mongrels.
    Do as we say, not what we do.

    What Arseholes they are.
    Well, their waterloo will come and it will be good riddance to them.

    • Chooky 5.1

      what John Key’s Nactional are doing is completely FOREIGN to New Zealanders ‘ civil and peaceful and fair and egalitarian CULTURE.

      …it is socially divisive, brutal, short sighted , uncivilised , contemptuous of New Zealanders and contemptuous of their collaborative history and culture

      …it would not have happened under other National governments or other National government leaders eg Holyoake or Muldoon or Bolger

      ( who were REAL New Zealanders and had RESPECT for their FELLOW New Zealanders in an egalitarian democracy)

      • JanM 5.1.1

        Really?

        • Chooky 5.1.1.1

          I know of a foreign company..(.i wont say where from….except that the word “usury” springs to mind)….that runs international airport shops…New Zealanders are paid less than their Australian counterparts in the same jobs ( and also I think in the country of origin of this company) …and are paid at the absolute minimum…despite many of them being very experienced workers and mature in age …collective action has now been ruled out for them…i dont suppose it helps that these workers are largely women

          …it reminds me of the struggles women had to get equal pay for equal work ( maybe this will be the Nact governments next attack ie attacks specifically on womens’ pay rates and equality of remuneration)

          ….women university postgrad students are already being put at a disadvantage by this Nact government … because high paying jobs are harder for women to get to put themselves through university or pay back loans…..women are being priced out of postgrad university study ….. unless of course they come from wealthy families that can afford to put them through university …it is social engineering towards sexual discrimination and a class system

          …with low wage rates and high and rising house prices very few under thirties New Zealanders can now afford to buy their own homes …unless they have a rich daddy ….this is John key’s Nact reality

  6. dv 6

    I thought it ironic that they ran out of time to pass the legislation.

    Because of the 90 min dinner breaks??

  7. chris73 7

    Where in the bill does it show that tea breaks will be done away with?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Specifically, under the heading “Compensatory measures”.

    • fisiani 7.2

      Chris 73 there is no part of the bill that takes away tea breaks and lunch breaks. The law will pass and workers will still have tea breaks and lunch. The sky is falling, crying wolf, end of civilisation hyperbole will go the same way as the supposed evils of the 90 day right to prove yourself law which has been proven to produce at least 15,000 jobs and is standard in virtually every developed country.This post neatly explains a large part of why Labour are increasingly seen as irrelevant. National are perceived as giving the workplace flexibility and efficiency and greater profitability and higher wages.Anyone can trick 22,000 people to sign a petition but when 20,000 find that there is no downside the respect for the reasonableness of the incremental reforms of the third term of Honest John will only grow. I despair for the Labour party I once knew and was a member of that actually seemed to care for the disadvantaged.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1

        Proposed Section 69ZEA, in fact.

        • Tracey 7.2.1.1

          neither fisiani or chris have read the bill but are comfortable with its implications

          🙄

          • fisiani 7.2.1.1.1

            Taking a rostered staggered tea break, 1/3 at 9,50, 1/3 at 10,10 and 1/3 at 10.30 in a retail store means that at all times 2/3rds of the staff are on the retail floor yet every worker still gets a tea break. This is the commonsense approach currently unofficially taken by staff at present all over the nation rather than arbitrarily closing the shop at 10,00 to 10.20. and repeating this in the afternoon. The hysteria in this post is derided and scorned by 99% of workers. Only the anal retentitive need a biscuit on the stroke of 10.01. I truly despair for the once proud Labour party.

            • joe90 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Do you think this is about retail workers?.

            • miravox 7.2.1.1.1.2

              how many times have you been into a shop and found all the staff on a teabreak at the same time fisi?

              • It’s the rightwing spin, painting minimum entitlements to breaks as licence for evil, stupid, lazy, irresponsible workers to wreak havoc – you’ll note John Key and Simon Bridges would frequently talk about teachers and air traffic controllers (in some imaginary Bizarro World) just downing tools and damn the consequences, as “proof” that they need to change the law.

                There’s another rightwing trap in fisiani’s comments: the idea that if things are pretty much OK in some workplaces, it means we don’t need minimum requirements. Because sure, there are a lot of good bosses out there who treat their workers with respect – but we don’t have laws because of good people, we have laws as protection against bad people.

              • fisiani

                Read my comments again. Which part of “currently taken unofficially by staff at present” is hard to understand. Talk about a storm in a morning tea cup. Get a grip. Making business less rigid and prescriptive is good for New Zealand. Andrew Little is the new Ned Ludd.

                • miravox

                  http://www.dol.govt.nz/infozone/myfirstjob/employees/during/holidays-and-leave/breaks.asp

                  Just how unofficial are arrangements for staggered breaks now? The storm in the teacup is coming from you.

                  The new legislation is taking away the employee right to agree, not giving the employer a right to organise, staggered breaks. They already have that.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Over the last thirty years as our governments have instituted more and more free-market policies I’ve seen businesses becoming more and more rigid. They can do this because their power over the populace has been growing – generally against the will of the populace.

                • locus

                  Rigid and prescriptive?

                  The right to a couple of ten minute tea breaks in a working day and half an hour unpaid lunch break is barely decent as is.

                  Undermining this right of working people is somehow good because it makes business more flexible?

                  How many breaks do you take in a working day fisiani? Were you ever a worker who valued your smoko and lunch break?

                  Promoting a nasty piece of proposed legislation by using terms like “less prescriptive” defies logic. But I guess spinning and logic mean the same to our less prescriptive and less rigid economic masters…

                  • Clemgeopin

                    The right to a couple of ten minute tea breaks in a working day and half an hour unpaid lunch break is barely decent as is

                    I think the half hour of lunch break too should be a paid break because it is within the normal working hours and done in the working place or close to the working place and done not at home after work hours.

                    I think this RW National government and the champions of the worker, Key, English and Bridges, should add the provision to their bill to make the workers’ lunch break a paid break.

            • Clemgeopin 7.2.1.1.1.3

              This is the commonsense approach currently unofficially taken by staff at present all over the nation

              Then why the need for the legislation then?

              What is the real hidden agenda of the government, the corporates and the employer unions?

              Why does the bill take away collective bargaining protections?

              Why make the low paid vulnerable workers’ jobs even less secure?

              Why undermines the principles of good faith bargaining by giving the upper hand to the employers?

              Where are the real and fair safeguards and protections for the workers, especially the less educated, less strong and less paid workers?

            • Bassguy 7.2.1.1.1.4

              When I worked at K-Mart, in the mid-1990s, that policy was already in place. Each sales station had a minimum of two staff members on, and only a single staff member was to take their break at a time. At no time was any station to be unmanned.

              That was almost 20 years ago. It worked then, and for decades before that, so I can’t understand the need for change now.

              If a manager isn’t able to organise the roster to allow for something so simple, I’m not sure that he or she is competent to handle any significant responsibility.

      • chris73 7.2.2

        + 100 Fisiani

      • Tracey 7.2.3

        when rogernomics was king… i wish you reguritators would tell your whole story

    • joe90 7.3

      What the pricks really want.

      Suggested Amendments

      In light of the matters discussed above, OceanaGold submits that the proposed new sections should
      be amended as follows:

      • Section 69Z0, sub-section (2)(b) should expressly permit restrictions in agreements reached
      on meal and rest break times and durations, relating to circumstances when an employee’s
      break may need to be deferred, re-scheduled or cancelled as an isolated or temporary
      measure, including on the day on which the break was due to be taken.

      • Section 69ZEA, sub-section (i) should expressly allow compensatory measures to be agreed
      in substitution for a particular break as an isolated or temporary measure, including on the
      day on which the break was due to be taken; and

      • In the absence of agreement to compensatory measures, section 69ZEA should allow the
      employer to specify compensatory measures in circumstances analogous to those described
      in section 69ZE, sub-section (2

      http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:5NxIlPro54UJ:www.parliament.nz/resource/0000116387+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz&client=firefox-a

    • Tracey 7.4

      you could try reading it, then you would know. you could try understanding the power disparity in many employer and employee relationships, in favour of employers and you wil know who the “flexibility” will favour

  8. Bill 8

    Fuck, that we’ve come to this…petitions were always a small component of a protest – not the embodiment of one. Maybe a couple of grand will now be spent on a billboard to signify a ‘campaign’ being well done?

    Seriously! Any action that can be contained is an action survived. And there is not a single, legal, on-line action that cannot be contained…dismissed…ignored.

    25 000 people on the streets would be a reasonable start by NZ standards. 25 000 non pro-forma letters sent to politicians or a newspaper’s letters page would be indicative of something.

    But 25 000 online clicks with no avenue presented for further action…no stepping stones to any escalation? That’s 1/ 25 000th of sweet fuck all.

    edit Still sitting on hundreds of “Work rights. Our rights” stickers from the EPMU 90 Day Bill actions a few years back. I can’t be the only one. Why not kick start that, or similar? At least it encouraged people to be involved beyond a face book ‘like’

    • blue leopard 8.1

      You ultimately make a good point, Bill, however I do think petitions are a good thing because they allow one to see how many others feel the way oneself does.

      How supported a petition is, and how quickly that support is gained, helps us to see what issues strike a chord with others in the community.

      This is a fairly important effect when there is a clear push (and a fairly successful one, I might add) to alienate people of decent people-not-solely-profit-focused values from one another, and when the discouragement of collective actions is so rampant.

      I suspect that the more a person realizes that others feel strongly about an issue, the more likely a person is to pursue the matter on a more active level. (i.e. going to a protest, or writing a submission).

      • Bill 8.1.1

        And the pointers from the on-line petition to things such as protests or meetings and such like, are where?

        I know it’s only a Labour Party on-line petition, and so I have no right to expect much (if anything), but I’d have thought that ‘Protest 101’, whereby there is tie-in to other parties/orgs involved, or a signpost to some umbrella grouping, or…just anything that would indicate something people could give their time and energy to.

        Fuck promotion of this ‘politics as spectator or consumer’, that would have us passive, and our concerns left in the incapable hands of ‘experts’, ‘movers and shakers’ and politicians…content to gauge and surf waves of public sentiment from positions of relative detachment.

        • blue leopard 8.1.1.1

          Well, like I said, you are making a good point. It certainly would be good to have follow-up.

          I think it is very important, though, to acknowledge the benefits of any political action – even if that happens to be signing an online petition. Also to acknowledge the benefits of allowing people to see how much feeling is out there in the community.

          When I have gone to protests and there is not a great turn-out, it has been disheartening and demotivating more than anything, so I consider the building of an active citizenry through cultivating a sense of collective feeling prior to organizing such events is actually an important part of the process.

          • Bill 8.1.1.1.1

            We essentially agree bl. I’m just astonished that there is no evidence of ‘building an active citizenry’ … in order to organise in any on-going (broadening and deepening) fashion.

            But like I said. It’s the Labour Party. Maybe the unions have something more thoughtful and potentially engaging lined up? (I’d like to think I could hold my breath.)

            • blue leopard 8.1.1.1.1.1

              There seems to be a real lack of strategy evident in the left. I really don’t understand it. The right are much more forward thinking when it comes to strategy (what a pity their policies weren’t the same…)

              • Bill

                Maybe…just maybe…a part of the problem is that the so-called ‘leading lights’ of the left are, in spite of their hearts being in the right place, essentially disengaged from the normal life’s of ordinary people and can only view our concerns with a detached and intellectual curiosity.

                I’m astounded that some potential Labour Party leaders are suggesting they will ‘listen to NZers’ and then make the Labour Party more relevant. How the fuck can anyone be in the Labour Party and not know what the fuck the Labour Party is about? (That’s rhetorical btw) Anyone feeling the need to say they ‘will listen’ has to get the fuck out of the party. Now.

                I suspect similar things can be said of the union movement, where too many officials and secretaries are essentially of the 5 or 10%, are not living the same life, experiencing the same problems, or sharing the same concerns as the bulk of the workers they represent. Worse. They may never have lived, experienced or shared those things, depending on their background, and if evidence is anything to go by, have simply never organised in a way that involved anything other than ‘doing it by the numbers’.

                • blue leopard

                  I think you might be onto something there.

                  I had similar, yet less formulated, thoughts flit through my mind in response to the criticisms being expressed about The Standard by some Labour MPs and leftwing bloggers recently. That there was some disengagement going on with respect to what is required for a healthy democracy. i.e. criticism of interested people discussing political matters seems odd.

                  Your comment makes much more sense of those criticisms – they must think comments on here are terribly radical if they are not living ‘ordinary’ lives.

                  I think you might have nailed it.

                • wekarawshark

                  The thing that bothers me about the ‘listen to’ thing is that we know that much of the listening done by officials in NZ is rhetoric and amounts to one way flows. Councils consult with ratepayers by asking ratepayers to say things, and then the councils do whatever they want, having ‘listened’. What’s really needed is power sharing, making sure that the people being listened to have an actual say in what happens to the the stuff that is heard.

                  • miravox

                    the thing that bothers me is that if they require special channels to listen ‘to’ the people they are not ‘of’ the people.

                    • wekarawshark

                      It’s not special channels, it’s what they should have been doing all this time but haven’t been ie it should be normal channels. So I guess we are saying similar things, however it looks to me like there will always need to be channels until the party is truly democtratic, simply because MPs are focussed in parliament not the community. Supposedly electorate MPs are community based, but I guess that’s going to vary from community to community, MP to MP. Even there though, there need to be processes that are two way and I just don’t see them.

                    • miravox

                      Yeah, we’re in general agreement. I was having a whinge really. Normal channels to me are families (extended), workplaces, social networks etc. Our political class doesn’t seem to rise from the families, workplaces and social networks of their constituents so the new normal channels are special channels to listen to people they have little in common with.

                      I agree we will need these channels until democratisation of parties is improved, but not necessarily because of where politicians’ focus is, but because they often don’t come from the places and networks of the people they are meant to represent.

                • Tracey

                  listen to nzers is code for go out and press some flesh while playing to the camera and then doing whatever caucus decides

                • Murray Rawshark

                  +1 Full agreement there, Bill. A petition in isolation is worse than useless.

    • Tracey 8.2

      nats will say the won a mandate for this on 20 september.

    • locus 8.3

      I agree in part. The online petition is the only avenue for some people to protest however, and it does mean signing your name, which in this increasingly Orwellian and dirty politics society is a small act of bravery.

  9. finbar 9

    The street is the way to say NO.The Bill is going to have its final reading this Tuesday,and it will get a pass tick.Front up at Parliament on mass in the afternoon,let them know,your term this time is going to be a full on rocky one and our tea and lunch breaks along with our right to collective bargaining, are off limits for you to play politic with to appease your corporation freinds.

  10. Clemgeopin 10

    One part of me says fight this legislation and fight the RW bastards.

    The other part of me says, don’t fight too hard. Let the RW bastards do their very worst. Instead, let us go into the next election with a strong radical policy to reverse and clean out all this RW shit.

    Which part of me should I listen?

  11. Clemgeopin 11

    I signed the petition and sent it to a few of my friends and family, some of whom are right wing bastards. Just to put some sense into them and stir their conscience a little, I included this part in the subject of my email:

    ‘Hi Dear,…
    Please sign this petition to support workers, especially those that are in lower paid jobs and with less power to negotiate terms.
    Thanks and cheers
    Clem…..’

    This is the rest of the email:

    ‘Sign the Petition! Save your rights to a tea break!

    The Government’s currently trying to rush through a law to stop workers from having the right to a tea break.

    For thousands of working Kiwis across the country, it will mean the risk of losing the breaks they take to have a deserved rest and a cup of tea or coffee.

    We don’t have long to show the Government the strength of feeling against this proposal, but if they know that thousands of Kiwis feel strong enough to speak out against their plans in just a couple of days, there’s a chance they may back down on this part of their proposals.

    Can you add your name to the petition and stand up for workers’ rights? The more of us who sign it, the more likely it is the Government will be persuaded to rethink their plans.

    Sign here:
    http://action.labour.org.nz/save-our-breaks?recruiter_id=16500

  12. Oh! They have changed the “sign here and you agree that the Labour Party can bother you again” to an opt-out notification. Hooray – can go sign now.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    16 hours ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    17 hours ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    18 hours ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    2 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    2 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    2 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    3 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    4 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    4 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    5 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    5 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago