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Party donations analysis

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 20th, 2017 - 101 comments
Categories: election funding, Ethics, political alternatives, political parties - Tags: , , , ,

Max Rasbrooke has done an analysis of donations to political parties. Henry Cooke wrote it up on Stuff complete with some pretty graphs:

Over half of major political cash comes from donations of over $15,000

Over half of major political donations come from wealthy individuals able to splash out $15,000 or more, new research shows.

Fully 52 percent of the money from donations over $1500 in 2011-2016 came in chunks of $15,000 or more. …

The breakdown by party is interesting:

National is overwhelmingly the largest recipient of donations, raising $11.7m over the six years between 2011 and 2016, almost three times Labour’s $3.9m. But just 22 percent of their funds come from donations of over $15,000.

(In the Stuff original you can mouse-over the bars to get underlying figures.)

The funding bins are determined by the way the Electoral Commission collects its figures. This process misses donations under $1,500 so its an incomplete picture. Labour and The Greens get much of their funding from numerous small donations.

Obviously National have a huge fundraising advantage, and although that alone is not sufficient, other things being equal it translates into an advertising / strategic advantage.

Large donations are not necessary for success and certainly do not guarantee it.

The Internet Party and the Conservatives both raised more than the Greens and Labour over the period, but neither have MPs in Parliament. And New Zealand First – who raised the least by far over the period, just $319,000 – are polling on level with the Greens and are widely seen as “kingmakers” in the next Parliament.

Edwards noted that parliamentary funding “dwarves” donated funding. New Zealand First will receive $11.6m in Parliamentary funding during the next fiscal year.

Rashbrooke is concerned that donations buy influence. It’s pretty hard to argue that this can never be the case, and the ability of the rich to have more control over the political process is profoundly undemocratic. Rashbrook doesn’t say it but I will, private donations over $100 should be banned, and political parties should be state funded. It’s worth the cost for a transparent process where our politicians are not beholden to to donors.

101 comments on “Party donations analysis”

  1. Cinny 1

    Rule of thumb.. the party with the largest donations are the ones who are being lobbied by big business to stay in power and keep those loop holes intact.

    http://www.elections.org.nz/sites/default/files/plain-page/attachments/national_party_-_annual_return_2016.pdf

    • David C 1.1

      You are right.
      E Tu is a pretty big business and Little Andy is well paid for.

      • Cinny 1.1.1

        54,000 union members helped to make that donation. Compared to sizeable donations from a handful of Real Estate and Housing companies going to the outgoing government who deny the housing crisis while lining their friends pockets via commission on over priced real estate.

        • David C 1.1.1.1

          Cinny.
          Were the Union members asked if they wanted to donate?
          Was there an opt out?
          Was it a separate donation to the usual fees that are deducted?

          • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1.1.1

            We definitely need compulsory unionism back: look how much it upsets this creature.

            • David C 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Yip OAB.

              Socialists cant win by reason so resort to gunpoint at earliest opportunity.

              But sadly for you OAB those of my ilk wouldnt be captured by your statist net anyways.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                You are mistaken: I don’t want compulsory unionism for any ideological reason: I just like hearing vile little Toryboys whinging and wailing.

                Certainly it would hinder scum like you from preying on your betters, but that’s a secondary benefit.

                • David C

                  I am pretty sure that “vile toryboys” is an ideological postion 🙂

                  I owned a very successful and happy business for 16 years with over 200 employees. None of the staff ever wanted to introduce union thuggery to improve wages or conditions.

                  • Not if they knew what was good for ’em, anyway…

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    🙄

                    Too funny: yet another centrist parrot who claims to have run a successful business with happy employees (and hates unions). It must be all those other employers that dragged wages and conditions into the gutter (cite: Mr. James Brendan Bolger.)

                    Meanwhile, the OECD says our per capita productivity is a consequence of (among other things that centrists claim to be good at) shit business practices.

                  • Psych nurse

                    Maybe a little thuggerymay have helped any of the five workers to have died in workplace accidents over the past week. Was it Unions or market forces who have had most effect on health and saftey.

                  • left_forward

                    Was it union thuggery that facilitated the recent increase in the wages and salaries of thousands of care workers in NZ? E Tu used reasonable argument and were successful in achieving this fantastic outcome for their members.

                    I guess that your staff would have just meekly suffered, and tugged their forelocks and returned a false smile when the boss walked by.

          • Wensleydale 1.1.1.1.2

            Union members are asked if they wish their fees or donations to be used for political purposes, and have the option to opt out.

            No one is hauled into a cramped room, manacled to a chair and told that if they don’t pay their protection money, Mr Little will have their knees smashed with a tyre iron.

            Hope that clears that up for you.

          • Cinny 1.1.1.1.3

            DC… Yes lol !!!

            “In New Zealand, E tū is affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, and the New Zealand Labour Party. Our members are able to choose that no part of their membership fee goes towards political campaigns.”

            On reflection.. do company shareholders have a say on whether their company should donate to a certain political party? Or does one person make that decision on their behalf?

            • David C 1.1.1.1.3.1

              Cinny,
              If someone opts out of payment to Labour it follows that their fees would be lower as they all should pay the same fair share toward running the union.
              Are their fees lower?
              If their fees are not lower then they subsidize all the other Labour Party followers, which is just forced support of the LP by stealth.

              Are their fees lower if they opt out?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                🙄

                This useful idiot David C will continue to spew the smears that were spoonfed to him whether or not anyone rubs his face in the facts.

                That is why acting as though the National Party can behave honourably is a mistake.

                Kick them until they break. And then kick them some more. Privilege, like rust, never sleeps.

              • Cinny

                Read the links DC, it’s all there, all the answers to your questions. Maybe give them a call and find out even more?

                Are you able to answer my question? I’ve answered all of yours.

                • David C

                  Cinny.

                  No you havent come close to answering my questions.
                  The link doesn’t tell me anything helpful.

                  in reply to your thoughtful question the answer is yes, a shareholder does get a say and choose if they wish to donate.
                  Can stand up and talk at shareholders meeting or have a proxy do it in their place and then if they cannot persuade others that their point of view is correct then they have the option of selling their shares and removing their money from the revenue stream.

                  Do Union members have similar rights? or are they forced to donate by stealth?

            • James 1.1.1.1.3.2

              Surely it should be an opt-in not an Opt-out which is normally deliberately done to ensure a greater success rate because people often don’t get around to the opting out.

    • Enough is Enough 1.2

      Yep.

      Follow the money. The corporates throw their cash at the main party that they think will lead the next government.

  2. James 2

    “Rashbrooke is concerned that donations buy influence. It’s pretty hard to argue that this can never be the case, and the ability of the rich to have more control over the political process is profoundly undemocratic.”

    Does this go also for the unions funding labour?

    Are the unions buying influence? If I recall correctly if it wasn’t for the union vote Roberson would have been the leader of labour (I might not have this exactly right).

    • The labour movement helps fund the Labour Party because it’s the labour movement’s party, and the unions administering that represent large numbers of people. Employers help fund the National Party because it’s the employers’ party, and the rich people contributing represent no-one but their own interests. Spot the difference?

      • Wayne 2.1.1

        PM
        There is no difference.
        Unless you believe, as the socialist you are, that unions are inherently good and business is inherently bad.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1

          Yawn. Haven’t you got better flamebait than that, troll?

          Business isn’t “inherently bad”, it just represents a much smaller section of the community, and wields disproportionate influence over the National Party.

          • Stunned Mullet 2.1.1.1.1

            Is Wayne “a troll” or “being a troll” or just “trolling” ?

            As the resident expert can you provide an update as I’m losing track.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Dr. Mapp usually includes a little flamebait in his remarks. In this particular case, he bears false witness about what Socialists believe.

              In doing so, he also somehow manages to avoid answering Psycho Milt’s point about representation.

              In short, Dr. Mapp responded with two ad hominem arguments, at least one of which was an attempt to smear an entire group of people.

              I hope that helps you get a grip on it.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1.1.2

              …as for what we should label him, his flamebait is quite poor, so perhaps he is more imp than troll 😀

        • Carolyn_nth 2.1.1.2

          The difference includes that of power in society.

        • Psycho Milt 2.1.1.3

          There’s no difference between a large number of people pooling their resources to have an influence as a collective, and a rich individual using money to achieve the same level of influence as all those other people combined? Only to someone who doesn’t grasp the basic principles of democracy, there isn’t.

          • RedLogix 2.1.1.3.1

            While zombie agendas like de-regulation, privatisation and trickle-down were the public face of neo-liberalism … perhaps their most insidiously corrosive idea was that collective action is a right reserved for the state and the corporation only.

            • Gosman 2.1.1.3.1.1

              Noone is stopping people organising their Labour on a collective basis.

            • greywarshark 2.1.1.3.1.2

              Another aspect of zombie economics is of giving the power of an individual person to a corporation, business or other, so that it has both the power of its finances and friends in politics.

              http://www.npr.org/2014/07/28/335288388/when-did-companies-become-people-excavating-the-legal-evolution
              But for 100 years, corporations were not given any constitutional right of political speech; in fact, quite the contrary. In 1907, following a corporate corruption scandal involving prior presidential campaigns, Congress passed a law banning corporate involvement in federal election campaigns. That wall held firm for 70 years.

              The first crack came in a case that involved neither candidate elections nor federal law. In 1978 a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled for the first time that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend money on state ballot initiatives.

              Still, for decades, candidate elections remained free of direct corporate influence under federal law. Only money from individuals and groups of individuals — political action committees — were permitted in federal elections.

              Then came Citizens United, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 First Amendment decision in 2010 that extended to corporations for the first time full rights to spend money as they wish in candidate elections — federal, state and local. The decision reversed a century of legal understanding, unleashed a flood of campaign cash and created a crescendo of controversy that continues to build today.

              Further – our clever minds have managed to erase in our law, the idea that being a person is anything special at all.

              A great deal of confusion stems from the fact that occurrences of the term “person” in legal rulings are not understood as referring to a term of art with its own distinct technical meaning, but are interpreted using non-legal understandings of the term. In his classic article on the topic the philosopher John Dewey warned:

              What “person” signifies in popular speech, or in psychology, or in philosophy or morals, [is] as irrelevant, to employ an exaggerated simile, as it would be to argue that because a wine is called “dry”, it has the properties of dry solids; or that, because it does not have those properties, wine cannot possibly be “dry”. Obviously, “dry” as applied to a particular wine has the kind of meaning, and only the kind of meaning, which it has when applied to the class of beverages in general. Why should not the same sort of thing hold of the use of “person” in law?[24]

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_personhood

              How that works:
              http://money.howstuffworks.com/corporation-person.htm

              Wikipedia on being a ‘legal person’
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_person

              And The Atlantic heading says what many people are thinking.
              https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/02/if-corporations-are-people-they-should-act-like-it/385034/

              (And r)b in the beginning of your post you have missed the ‘h’ in Rashbrooke. At the end there is an ‘e’ missing. I know you are busy. It proves that I have read it!

      • John 2.1.2

        Bang on the money there. Just ask the aged care workers who are finally getting paid for the job they do on 1 July 2917 despite the govt fighting and losing in the courts to screw their wages down

    • Tamati Tautuhi 2.2

      … ie Pay to Play like National underfunding the Rail Network and subsidising the Road Transport Operators

    • adam 2.3

      Love the james logic, a pittance is worth complaining about. When the raw numbers show more corruption by your beloved…

    • Cinny 2.4

      Union members are aware of where their fee’s go. Break it down, how many union members donations make up the Union donation?

      It’s not like it’s all coming from one real estate mogul like say.. Garth Barfoot of Barfoot & Thompson Real Estate, or how about Lewis Holdings Ltd/Quadrant Properties Ltd and their sizeable donations, they are into property management and advisory. How’s that housing crisis? Who cares when you are in the real estate business, it’s golden times for those National Party donators.

  3. Right-wingers always say “Money can’t buy an election” and point to Kim Dotcom and Colin Craig (and, by November, Gareth Morgan). Like all the best propaganda, it’s true but misleading.

    It’s true that money can’t buy an election, but that’s like saying advertising can’t buy customers. Sure it can’t, but that’s not its purpose. Advertising’s purpose is to influence customers, not buy them. Likewise, campaign finances are about influencing voters, not buying them. Companies commit big money to advertising to influence consumers’ decision-making, and they commit big money to National to influence voters’ decision-making. It’s not a difficult concept to grasp but a lot of people seem to struggle with it.

    • Cinny 3.1

      Well said PM. That’s how I see it as well, money in this case political donations buys advertising, persuasion, influence. It’s all brain hacking.

    • Gosman 3.2

      Volunteers also influence decision making. Should we ensure that the number of political volunteers is managed by the State as well?

      • Stuart Munro 3.2.1

        No, because political participation is a human right. (article 21)

        Money doesn’t have that right.

        • Gosman 3.2.1.1

          Except there are legal precedents such as the Citizens United case in the US that suggest otherwise.

          • adam 3.2.1.1.1

            If you hate NZ so much Gosman, and love the USA, why don’t you go live there?

            • Gosman 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Eh??? Who states I love the US or hate NZ?

              • adam

                Didn’t your comment mean you love the USA and their worship of money, that’s how it read. Sighting a law most here find distasteful or revolting. And just in case you missed it most of the people here have been arguing in favor of strengthening our democracy. You want to weaken it. So lets add anti-democratic to the list shall we.

                • Gosman

                  The reason for citing (not sighting) the ruling (not law) was to highlight how restrictions on political donations CAN be regarded as restrictions on free speech. It will certainly be spun that way if it is ever tried here.

            • James 3.2.1.1.1.2

              To be honest – it’s mainly the lefties on this site who are moaning about everything NZ and the righties who are more positive about the country’s

          • DoublePlusGood 3.2.1.1.2

            Let’s not use the United States of America as a precedent or guide in determining what human rights are, ok?

            • Gosman 3.2.1.1.2.1

              THE US has one of the World’s great Constitutions. I think most people interested in Constitutional law would use it as a reference point for determining how to protect human rights.

              • McFlock

                The constitution’s pretty good.
                Interpretation of it and living up to it? Not so much.

                CU was a fucking stupid split decision that legitimised corruption and confused money with speech.

                • Gosman

                  So you think. Others obviously think differently. What is indisputable is that it can be successfully argued that political donations are a form of free speech.

                  • McFlock

                    What is highly disputable is whether it could be successfully argued in front of an unbiased judiciary.

          • Stuart Munro 3.2.1.1.3

            They are aberrant – the US political system is paralysed by corruption – one reason their real economy isn’t recovering.

      • Psycho Milt 3.2.2

        Volunteers also influence decision making. Should we ensure that the number of political volunteers is managed by the State as well?

        No, and again there seems to be a fundamental failure to understand the difference between individuals who share similar views and interests getting together to promote those interests in a democratic society, and a rich person using his money to achieve the same or greater level of influence as all those other people combined.

  4. Andre 4

    “Over half of major political cash comes from donations of over $15,000

    Over half of major political donations come from wealthy individuals able to splash out $15,000 or more, new research shows.

    Fully 52 percent of the money from donations over $1500 in 2011-2016 came in chunks of $15,000 or more. …”

    Take out the Internet Party and Conservatives, that were massively funded as vanity projects by their founders and got precisely zero result for all that cash, and the above statements no longer hold.

  5. Tamati Tautuhi 5

    NZF do particularly well with limited funding and little support from a biased MSM

    • David C 5.1

      NZF do well with the donations that are reported.
      Its the stuff Winnie forgets about that pays the bills. He has form.

  6. adam 6

    I like how national have in larger donations more than any other party gets. Even with the dot bomb donation the left barely get the same as the national party. If you add in the conservatives and act the the picture looks more unbalanced. We now have the seconded best democracy money can buy?

  7. saveNZ 7

    Ban private donations. About time there was an equal playing field and look at how donations from the roading industry to the Natz, have hampered public transport… Hagamans donate $101,000 to the Natz and then “coincidently” they get awarded foreign aid money to scenic hotels.. etc etc.

    We need a BIG clean up in NZ. Starting with the swamp, and not fake Trump style either.

    • David C 7.1

      Save.
      Got a link for “foreign aid money” to Scenic group?

      • saveNZ 7.1.1

        As reported by Granny… also part of the swamp of the Natz, $18 million of ‘aid money’ being spent on a hotel…. not what the public expects our ‘aid money’ to go. And not to then go on money to private hotel chains to ‘manage it’.

        I’d kinda expect NZ taxpayer aid money to go to rehousing the people of the Pacific Islands after disasters stuck, maybe hospitals, schools, water treatment plants.. ummm $18 million hotels, not really. Then the lucrative awarding of ‘management contracts’ for them.

        But it seems hotels are one of the National party specialities as it seems like how the homeless are being houses in ‘hotels’ in Auckland too.

        Sky city also benefited from money for a ‘conference and hotel’.

        The $101,000 donation was made on 18 September, the last week of the election campaign in 2014. A month later Scenic Hotels won a contract to manage the Matavai Hotel on Niue, which is owned by a trust appointed by Foreign Minister Murray McCully on behalf of the Niue Government….

        Mr Fitzgerald is one of four board members appointed by the Niue Tourism Property Trust to oversee the running of the hotel, which $18 million of New Zealand aid money has been invested in. The agreement was negotiated and signed between Scenic Hotels and the board rather than the Trust itself.

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11625901

        • David C 7.1.1.1

          NZ aid invested in a hotel hat scenic manages? So?

          • saveNZ 7.1.1.1.1

            So, most people expect their $18 million of aid money goes to people in need, not corporate welfare and off shore real estate speculation.

            • Gosman 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes the father of the Deputy leader of the Opposition should answer questions about possible corruption here. /sarc

              • Stuart Munro

                Bugger answering questions – NZ aid should not be managing hotels. Countries requiring aid need to be developing the management experience among their own people.

              • DoublePlusGood

                Yes, yes he should.

            • David C 7.1.1.1.1.2

              I expect that aid actually helps people. Building a hotel and providing lots of jobs helps people. Pretty hard to have tourism when there is no where to stay. Tourism helps people and creates a lot of jobs.
              That marvelous man (Sir) John Key was a fantastic Minister of tourism for NZ for many years.

              • Cinny

                Yeah just like how NZ sent monetary aid to North Korea for the last eight years, and how’s that working out?

                Did they build a little farm? Did they build more missiles?
                Maybe they spent it on paying wages to those in charge of torture?

                Whoops the public found out.. no more donations for North Korea from the tax payer, I wonder what almost a quarter of a million dollars did for them under the outgoing national government? Surely Kim Jong-un would be honest with it’s spending, aren’t they transparent as over there?

  8. Gosman 8

    Try pushing this and see where it gets you. You will find there will be a campaign labelling this policy a restriction on freedom of speech and association.

    • dukeofurl 8.1

      Spending money is a restriction on freedom of speech ?

      An individual can spend his money on a full page of the Herald to speechy all they like. There is no individual right to speech infringed here.
      The US has a limit of around $2700 per federal candidate from each individual and they are the home of money and politics.

    • RedLogix 8.2

      “Freedom for the pike is death for the minnow”

      • Gosman 8.2.1

        You can try make this a campaign issue but you will be painted as anti-democratic Statists.

        • RedLogix 8.2.1.1

          Oh look … I’ve got this tin labelled “Murky Elitist Policy Purchase tinted with Double Filthy Lucre”

          • Gosman 8.2.1.1.1

            How did it work out for the left the last time restricting monetary support to political parties was tried?

            • marty mars 8.2.1.1.1.1

              No one is scared of your threats cowboyhatkid. You are a nobody with even less influence.

              The left will make decisions in the interests of fairness – only idiots will worry about actoids like you.

              • Gosman

                It isn’t me you have to worry about. As I asked you before – what happened the last time political donations were restricted by the governing party in NZ?

        • adam 8.2.1.2

          “anti-democratic” says Gossy when we know full well letting money into politics unchecked leads to corruption.

        • Psycho Milt 8.2.1.3

          I’d love to see the question of whether or not voters should have as much influence as they can afford made a campaign issue.

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    Rashbrooke is concerned that donations buy influence. It’s pretty hard to argue that this can never be the case, and the ability of the rich to have more control over the political process is profoundly undemocratic.

    Well, there’s the declaration from the Road Transport Forum that political donations are to buy access to politicians:

    Trucking lobby group Road Transport Forum gave nearly $100,000 in donations to political parties and candidates for last year’s election, saying it was to help get access to MPs to discuss their issues.

    And that equates to getting influence above and beyond what the normal person can get.

    Rashbrook doesn’t say it but I will, private donations over $100 should be banned, and political parties should be state funded. It’s worth the cost for a transparent process where our politicians are not beholden to to donors.

    If we allow donations then they shouldn’t be above $1000 for an entire year and it needs to be recorded with name and IRD number.
    If we’re going for state funding of political parties then donations shouldn’t be allowed at all.

    The problem will be the backroom deals that form a large part of the corruption. We’d need a way to detect them and then prosecute the corruption.

  10. timbeau 10

    I still can’t get over the fact that the so-called “Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry” is the Nats’ largest donor in the past two years. I think if more voters knew that, there’d a few more raised eyebrows at the polling booth.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11875950

  11. NZJester 11

    A lot of this is starting to reflect what has happened in the US where they have made it legal to bribe politicians calling it lobbying. They have had judges rule that money in politics is free speech and corporations are people so can use their money for free speech. Donald Trump ran on a policy of draining the swamp, but as he is a swamp thing himself, far from draining it he has enlarged it and brought in more swamp creatures to inhabit it. The corporations are getting more and more say behind closed doors that the general public is locked out from. Just look at the TPP for instance where big corporate interests were allowed into those closed sessions to advance their interests, while everyone else was locked out. It is a surprise that because they got allowed into the negotiations and the public was not that the deal heavily favors them over the citizens of the countries they want to sign it. We need to take back our democracy before it is fully brought out from under us. In the US they are trying to get money out of politics there by bringing an amendment to their constitution. What we need in New Zealand is some changes made to our constitution act to lock out the influence of the money of a few to influence our lawmaker’s decisions against the will and best interests of the majority.

  12. The Chairman 12

    Does the Government represent the people?

    It would be good to see a similar study done for New Zealand.

    • NZJester 12.1

      There is another group called Wolf-Pac in the US that is trying to get an amendment to their constitution that has supporters from both political parties. Such a change would actually be beneficial to every country outside the US as it would cut down the amount of currently legal arms being sold to prop up dictators and meddle in other countries elections. The US has stifled and helped snuff out democracy movements in a number of countries since the end of the second world war. All in the name of stopping the spread of communism. Instead, the installed right-wing governments that have propped up have followed practices similar to the Nazis. Those policies have also included attempts at genocide also.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
    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 I saw an article claiming that “king tides” will increase in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
    It has been revealed that firing ranges used by the NZDF while deployed to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, contained unexploded ordnance that caused numerous deaths and injuries after the NZDF withdrew the PRT in April 2013. In 2014 seven children were killed when an unidentified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
    Stuff's story on NZDF's negligence around its Afghan firing ranges has produced a result, with a commitment from the Prime Minister for an urgent cleanup. But this doesn't mean NZDF is accepting responsibility for the deaths and injuries that have occured - they're still refusing compensation. Which given that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    3 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
    Next year is an election year, and Labour needs money to fund its campaign. So naturally, they're selling access:Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-head to lunch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at its annual conference later this month. [...] On the weekend beginning November 29th, around 800 delegates will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    5 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    1 week ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
    Brian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives. But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    22 hours ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    3 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    3 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago

  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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