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Petrol is going up, and up

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Not all the current government’s fault, but the arrival of the fuel tax this weekend heralds a number of very sharp rises in what we have to pay in order to run a car.

Oil prices rose on Wednesday as a supply disruption in Canada hit. U.S. officials have told oil importers to stop buying Iranian crude from November. And there are continuing supply risks from Libya and Venezuela that will start to bring barrel prices upward.

For those particularly reliant on Iranian oil supplies such as Japan and South Korea, that is bad news. They will probably get waivers from the U.S., but it’s still a big security item. Between them, China, India, and Turkey account for about half of Iran’s oil exports, and it’s hard to see those countries simply folding to do the U.S.’s bidding against Iran.

And of course the U.S. economy is going gangbusters, which means more and more oil is needed.

All of that affects New Zealand, which imports it all. Transport Minister Phil Twyford has flagged increases of between 3 cents and 4 cents a litre for each of the next three years to fund transport plans. That’s roughly comparable to the fuel tax increases under the previous government.

The New Zealand dollar is falling rapidly, for a bunch of technical reasons. That means it’s getting much more expensive to buy the oil to get refined into petrol and diesel. That too will add to the price at the pump.

At least in Auckland, we now have a fully refreshed bus system to take more of the load as people see it as too expensive to own and operate multiple cars at home.

In time that bus fleet will turn electric. And the passenger rail systems in Auckland and Wellington – which is most of New Zealand’s public transport passengers – are fully electrified. Only a very few company fleets are near-fully electric, but Air New Zealand is one of them.

Yet for the foreseeable future Auckland and New Zealand will remain one of the most petrol and car reliant countries on earth.

Make no mistake this set of rising taxes on a core household and business cost is going to hurt the poor most, so from this weekend onward that we see the political price of the Auckland fuel tax start to bite. It’s also going to be inflationary because it affects freight costs.

To my mind this is a government test between the urban liberal activists pushing higher taxes and more public transport use through price and urban public transport, and social activists who support greater wages and purchasing power for the poor. Electric vehicles will not reduce transport poverty – when transport costs take more and more of the household compared to groceries, electricity, phone and health.

How government and Auckland Council respond to the inevitable media interviews and shots of queues outside petrol stations is going to be quite the political test for this year.

It’s sure hurt before.

57 comments on “Petrol is going up, and up”

  1. Bill 1

    Take the money that the last government was earmarking for carbon credits (was it $10 billion or $14 billion over ten years?), and use it to buy up all of NZs petrol, diesel and oil with the intention of giving it away for free at the point of sale (about $2 billion in the first year), but subject to a hard sinking cap that brings NZ to zero carbon from fossil in line with the world’s remaining carbon budget for 2 degrees.

    That doesn’t hit the poor and isn’t necessarily inflationary. Companies, farmers, bus fleets etc that receive free fuel (for heating and transportation) will then have a known period of time in which to invest the savings accruing to them in non-carbon energy sources.

    Anyone wealthy enough can buy themselves an electric car during that period if they want, and may even be lucky enough or quick enough to avoid the inevitable “carbon footprint” tax on manufactured/imported goods.

    Oh hang on! I’m stupidly describing a world where governments are serious and intelligent around fossil fuel use and AGW.

    Back in the real world…

    If you’re wealthy enough, hope you stay wealthy enough to successfully absorb those ever increasing fuel costs. And buy a heat pump for those heat waves – but just hope the grid is overhauled and expanded to withstand the extra loads that are coming. And if you’re poor? Well hey, we weren’t all going to make it…

  2. opium 2

    I think increasing the tax on fuel is a mistake.There are already massive taxes on fuel & yet governments keep putting on more.It is starting to hurt filling up at the pumps.I think this is going to bite labour as it hits people in the pocket.

    • dukeofurl 2.1

      The 22c of new fuel taxes during Nationals time didnt seem to hurt them ( including a 4c hit when GST rose to 15%)
      https://www.aa.co.nz/cars/owning-a-car/fuel-prices-and-types/fuel-prices/

      ‘carbon charges on fuels through an emissions trading scheme on 1 July 2010, currently costing about 2.5 cents per litre…. annual increases to the national petrol tax on 1 October 2009 and 2010 (3 cents per litre each), 2c in August 2012, and 3c each in July 2013, 2014 and 2015.’

    • millsy 2.2

      What about National’s ACC reductions, which are weighted towards newer cars. Also the WOF changes. To get your car tested at VTNZ (I don’t trust the garages) previously costed about $50. Now it costs $61. Owners of newer cars pay $61 for a yearly WoF, and owners of older cars pay 122 a year for a 6 month WOF.

  3. DH 3

    Yep. The lower incomes have been driven further & further out into the suburbs by rising housing costs and here they get kicked while they’re down once again.

  4. AB 4

    I will be cutting back on ‘discretionary’ travel, i.e. anything not related to earning income, buying food or moving elderly and/or disabled relatives to school, doctors etc.
    So the price signal works in my case, my carbon emissions are reduced, I clutter up the roads less and my quality of life goes down a notch. Awesome.
    Of course my sensitivity to price signals is higher than most (and lower than plenty too). But I suspect the architects of this policy are in the former group and will still be enjoying $11 craft beers and barely noticing the petrol price increase, or climbing smugly on the train because that is a realistic option for them.

    • indiana 4.1

      I guess if you have kids, they will have to miss out on weekend sport too – you’ll just be wasting petrol for those sorts of things too.

      • saveNZ 4.1.1

        My kids don’t do weekend sports, spending a weekend in the car is not my idea of fun! Not to mention all the costs, uniforms, fees etc. Bring back sports at school as part of the curriculum within the school hours, for everyone and have it at a decent level!

        It is completely unsurprising to me, that our obesity is rising because to be healthy aka a range of different sports offered to kids, seems to be an extra.

        • solkta 4.1.1.1

          Schools still waste lots of time on PE and trying to force students to play sport when they don’t want to. All that achieves is to teach them to dislike exercise.

          You don’t sound like a very dedicated parent.

  5. dv 5

    Poor auks
    Price now just over wgtn price
    Boo Hoo

    • saveNZ 5.1

      yes, but wait til they roll it out to a city near you, dv.

      That’s what people said about Auckland, boo hoo immigration driving people out of Auckland, then the people started going to surrounding towns, driving out those poorer folks and pushing up prices… even Rotorua, Tauranga now struggles with rentals. Little towns being bought up by foreign buyers. Queenstown for foreign buyers and wants exemptions to keep their luxury prices while low wages for the service workers!

    • Graeme 5.2

      Yeah, exactly.

      And less than the Central Otago price. 91 at $2.39 pump price today. And bear a thought for the good burghers of Haast, stick another 20+ c on top of that, and it’s a couple of hundred km to go to the supermarket.

      And there’s only a public transport option once you get into Queenstown.

  6. saveNZ 6

    Perhaps it would hurt less if government wanted to tax industry and developers more as they pollute or offer some carrot for the poor rather than the neoliberal dogma of taxes as the only way for social progress.

    In many ways I’m all for increasing the cost of petrol but where are the alternatives. Public transport is a joke, not just the costs but the times it takes to get anywhere.

    The problem is that we have dysfunctional everything else from Auckland Transport who also take up the lion’s share of the ratepayer budget of 54% while delivering the worst service possible.

    Would love to see the wage and consultant bills for Auckland transport. Then work out what percentage of that actually does the transport aka the bus drivers, train drivers and ferry drivers. I’m sure would be illuminating as where the costs are coming from!

    Even the HOP card is such a joke. So big can’t even fit in your wallet it’s like a brick cell phone from the 1980’s of cards, and $10 an outrageous price. That’s $40 for a family of 4 and they are designed to be lost because of their aforementioned size which makes them cumbersome to keep on you.

    Hopefully the commerce commission gets involved in AT for deceptive pricing because I notice they always quote the HOP price on their crap website that when actually no mention of the $10 HOP charges on top and you can’t buy them on the buses or trains.

    As for trying to get a child HOP, forget it, who knew AT were so focused on child fraud. Of course due to their high pricing families (huge charges x 4) can’t afford to go by public transport anyway maybe repelling people is part of the punishment for the poor? Ha Fuck you poor family, from AT!

    • dukeofurl 6.1

      I just checked and AT Hop cards are ‘exactly the same size’ as my Eftpos card.

      If you are going to do an anti public transport rant at least get some basic facts right

      • saveNZ 6.1.1

        @dukeofurl Not the HOP I was sold, It’s way thicker and then thick plastic on top.

        It is not like an etffpos card at all apart from shape, about 5x thicker. So unless they changed it, I think you are misrepresenting the HOP as being like a normal card.

        Are you saying they don’t cost $10 and you can buy them on the bus too?

        Or you can get a kids card from the shop?

        Or the website prices the HOP card as well, when they quote the HOP price for every journey?

        • dukeofurl 6.1.1.1

          Why would they suddenly need a 5x thicker HOP card. ? Sim cards and smart credit cards are all same thick ness as HOP

          have you the secret version that tracks you as you pass each lampost ?

          • Tuppence Shrewsbury 6.1.1.1.1

            Facts and proof aren’t relevant when savenz tells a yarn.

      • JanM 6.1.2

        Not true – my HOP card won’t fit into my card wallet like my Eftpos card does – too big

    • Firepig 6.2

      My HOP card is exactly the size of my credit and similar cards, and fits in the pocket of the wallet designed for such. A friend recently had his old one replaced as it was delaminating, and made no comment about a change of size.

  7. AsleepWhileWalking 7

    Thank you to WCC who voted to get rid of our trolley buses.

    • dukeofurl 7.1

      It was the Regional Coucil not WCC. And they are supposed to be replaced by ‘wireless’ electric buses

  8. saveNZ 8

    You would also think the government would be conscious of not increasing the population because the congestion is rising, but not an issue if you are building a hotel on the waterfront or building luxury apartments that people can’t or are too scared to afford due to pitfalls (open mike post).

    Then the government allows open profiteering from industry aka welcome in 35,000 more low wage workers, hundred thousands more foreign students (not just tertiary either, not just secondary, one primary school in North Shore already touting for primary school foreign students to make money off). Obscene as they are then complaining about teacher shortages and falling OECD figures in education here, while attracting kids who speak little English and need additional support! Then the burgeoning tourism… big debate about $35 for a tourist to pay, fuck it, that’s nothing food just went up in Auckland $21, let alone everything else, from the start of the year! Government priorities are completely wrong in this country!

    • Ad 8.1

      This post is about the rise in fuel taxes.

      So if you are going to go off on a rant about government population control, low wage workers, foreign students, teacher shortages, tourism taxes, the price of food, and whatever other brain explosion you are having over your keyboard at the moment, please take it over to Open Mike.

      • saveNZ 8.1.1

        Hundreds more thousands of people bought in to solve all the other deliberately created problems = congestion and apparently this petrol tax is has been ‘marketed’ by government to ease congestion… there was a simpler solution for the problem but the government chose to tax the poor and working class while propping up AT instead…

        • Hanswurst 8.1.1.1

          […] there was a simpler solution for the problem […]

          Yes, I hear it was, “Ban all foreign nationals, here, and preferably abroad as well!”.

          Jesus H. F***ing Christ.

  9. cleangreen 9

    Ad; That picture says it all; – “trucks trucks and more trucks.

    I used to drive a car between Toronto and Fiorida six times a year for five years from 1993 to 1998.

    During this time we never once saw any much higher price difference between Diesel and petrol as we see here.

    Now here it is around $149 for a litre of Diesel and $2.15 per litre for petrol.

    At these current prices, petrol is now at nearly 50% higher than diesel.

    The cost in the US now averages at around $83c US per litre Aust/Canada @ $1.14/@1,12 respectively. https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/gasoline_prices/

    While diesel prices for those groups are around US $84c US/ Australia @ $1.14. /Canada % $1.1 US which shows all are only fractionly higher for petrol over diesel. https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/diesel_prices/

    So as said we never saw these price diferences anywhere else including Australia, so we are at a loss to figure why the cost of diesel is so low here compared to petrol.

    Maybe they need to “align petrol. and diesel cost closer together in line with the rest of the developed world.

    Right now trucks benefit from cheap diesel in NZ relevant to petrol prices, but the cost of petrol may well be adjusted down if diesel is placed in line with petrol and perhaps then most trucking companies may switch their freight customers to rail giving them a cut in freight costs at the same time.

    In HB/Gisborne truck companies now are keen to switch to rail for moving their freight to offer their customers options to moving freight and lowering the cost for customers.

    This is what we are hearing now inside the road freight industry, because as the new changes that will come from the completition of the ‘climate change comission study and recommendatiioons given to Government and the future introduction of the “Zero carbon act” will change the cost of all forms of freight travel cost.the road freight are moving to change the way they need to move freight in future.

    This new Zero carbon Act will drive up the cost of road freight as it has been established that the truck freight ‘Carbon footprint’ emission rates are far higher (5 to 8 times) higher than the rail emissions rate comparrision are at moving each tonne/km the stats shows.

    • alwyn 9.1

      The main difference between New Zealand and the other countries you mention is the way that the taxes are paid.

      In New Zealand you pay all the motor spirit taxes in the price at the pump. With diesel fuel you pay some taxes in the pump price but you also have to pay Road User Charges. For a small vehicle, like a car, that is $62.00/thousand kilometres. It is more for larger vehicles.
      If you are using, say, 6litres/100k then you will use about 60 litres for that 1000 kilometres and the RUC will equate to about an additional $1.00 for each litre of fuel. You will really be paying something like $2.49/litre of diesel used.
      In the other countries all the taxes for both motor spirit and diesel are paid in the pump price.

      You say “so we are at a loss to figure why the cost of diesel is so low here compared to petrol”.
      Does what I say make the difference clear?

    • Ad 9.2

      The illustration was from the truckie and freight industry trike against the Clark government proposing to raise RUC charges on diesel which would have made the price closer between petrol and diesel.

      The protest was such that the Clark government prompt reversed its decision and stopped it.

      The issue in the post I am highlights is precisely the political cost that is about to come.

      • Graeme 9.2.1

        This transition from National to Labour seems to be smoother than 99, there ‘s not the vitriol around business like 99, sure it started with the crap around Clarke Gayford, but that went away very smartly and it’s been seen for what it was.

        But you’re getting a bit ahead of the game with this one. All the Regional Fuel Tax is doing is lifting fuel prices in Auckland up to the median price of the rest of the country. In a couple of months you jaffas won’t know any different and think you are paying the same as everyone else. Competition, and economies of scale will keep fuel prices the same as the rest of the North Island, and at least 10c/l cheaper than anywhere in the South Island.

        Then Auckland will start to see the roll out of some good infrastructure and the rest of the country will be quietly rolling out their own regional fuel taxes to fund much needed infrastructure around the rest of the country. Noticed that NZTA are signalling a cut in regional road funding subsidy, so District Councils are increasing spending on subsidised roads to get in while the funds are there.

        https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/queenstown/qldc-acts-plan-feedback

        “Investment in both the Crown Range Rd and Glenorchy Rd has been increased to take advantage of NZTA special funding rates before they are reduced.

        So maybe there’s going to be a move to have district and regional level infrastructure more regionally funded. i don’t see that as such a bad thing, provided the funding stream is secure and transparent, which the Regional Fuel Tax appears to be.

        User Pays, isn’t that what the RWNJs have been screaming form the rooftops for the last 30 years.

  10. Bearded Git 10

    the poor use public transport so these petrol price rises are not negative for the poor providing they are used for public transport.

    Anything that reduces the use of oil, which these price rises will do, is positive in the battle against global warming.

    The nz dollar is dropping against the us dollar but is actually holding up pretty well against other currencies

  11. Pat 11

    The purpose of taxation is to modify behaviours…..with a portion of these latest increases attributable to the various taxes (although most is market impacts) the obvious desired impact is a reduction of fuel use…..people will start to consider options like car pooling more readily now, or plan their use more prudently…especially if there is no alternative available.

    Is that such a bad thing?

    Its also worth remembering there is a significant improvement in transfer payments about to come into force (WFF)…there will likely be others.

    • Poission 11.1

      The purpose of taxation is to modify behaviours

      The reality ie outcome is always greater complexity (read inequality)

      https://files.taxfoundation.org/legacy/docs/Tax_Complexity_Keeps_Piling_Up_Web.png

      eg Haldane.2013

      What is true of financial regulation is true too of tax. For example, studies have analysed the incidence of tax evasion and avoidance across different countries. They have found that the single most important determinant of tax evasion is often the complexity of the tax code (Richardson (2006)). The greater the complexity, the more numerous the loopholes, the greater the incentive and means to exploit them.

      Third, complex regulatory frameworks tend also to be inequitable. They advantage those best able to exploit the cracks, navigate the uncertainty, squeeze through the loopholes. This tends to be those with the
      deepest pockets who can afford the most sophisticated risk-modeller, the slickest tax accountant.

      Complexity, in other words, acts like a regressive tax

      • Pat 11.1.1

        And your point is?….it was never claimed to be a progressive tax…although there could be elements of progression argued…as could the claim of complexity (and thats not to argue that complexity can act as a regressive tax, as I agree that it can and frequently does so)

    • Ad 11.2

      Even if modifying behavior was the aim of this tax, it won’t work and so far hasn’t worked.

      In fact the purpose is to raise funding for transport projects. These projects taken as a program, once completed in a decade, certainly provide choice, but are by no means guaranteed to decrease the percentage of Aucklanders’ daily trips taken by private car compared to public transport. In a good scenario they are running to stand still even when total pt trips go up hugely. GreaterAuckland site has done a couple of these.

      • Pat 11.2.1

        By their own admission these taxes barely touch the funding required for the transport/infrastructure required, they could be described as a partial cost recovery at the most generous….and the funding could be provided otherwise without the inherent inflationary and consumption impacts…its primary aim is behavioural, not economic.
        Whether it will work is a whole other argument..

        • Ad 11.2.1.1

          The fully funded Government Policy Statement was released on Thursday. This takes all projects out to 2028.

          The Auckland Council RLTP and LTP was confirmed a few weeks ago.

          You can get a pretty clear idea where and when each project will be delivered from ATAP and the NZTA draft investment plan released the previous week.

          Between government and all Councils, that is how they fully fund what they all agree to do.

          The final of this investment plan – which covers the whole of New Zealand – will be released on August 31st.

          • Pat 11.2.1.1.1

            You can indeed….in Auckland Councils case it amounts to 1.5 billion of a 28 billion spend…and I have no problem with that but reiterate the funding could have been provided differently by the central gov….it is a problem that no politician can ignore (and hope to gain the Treasury benches)

            • Ad 11.2.1.1.1.1

              The spectacularly unfunded chunks are the light rail lines going up to Kumeu and out to the airport. Those will require something pretty special to make happen.

  12. Ross 12

    I was in Australia recently and the price of petrol at the pump was about $1.30 a litre. What are they doing that we’re not? I note that there is a wide variation in petrol prices in the same area there, which doesn’t seem to be the case here. Is it simply competition or is something else at play?

    https://www.comparethemarket.com.au/fuel/

  13. Ad 13

    Here we go.

    Queues forming outside petrol stations.

    Now wait for the lead item on the tv news tonight.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz

    • Graeme 13.1

      Just like Budget Days of old…

      I can remember queues for petrol, fags and booze, then the tax didn’t go up…

      Knew a few who dealt in those commodities who would put extra staff on for the Budget, and confidently say that the tax was going to go up this year…..

      • joe90 13.1.1

        I can remember queues for petrol, fags and booze, then the tax didn’t go up…

        Really.

        When?

        • Graeme 13.1.1.1

          In 60’s and 70’s.

          Can remember a classic on one of Muldoon’s latter budgets, 81 or 82, a rumour went around the town I was in that taxes were going up, everyone was stocking up. That was the year he outlawed inflation with price controls.

          It was sort of a learnt behaviour, most likely going back to the Black Budget, people expected taxes on those things to go up (they never seemed to go down) and lived accordingly. When budgets became more open and pre-announced it sort of went away, but it will still be there in the deep recesses of our psyche.

  14. Craig H 14

    I’d like to see the funding cap for public transport increased from 50%. Part of the issue is that public transport is expensive relative to driving a car, particularly for a family, and decreasing fares would be helpful.

  15. Timeforacupoftea 15

    The stupidness of tax’s on grog, ciggee’s and fuel and then future sugar taxes only causes inflation, then we all get it back in wage increases including beneficiaries and NZ Superannuation.
    Just shows how out of touch politicians are, and especially The Wonderful Green Party of NZ, bloody nutcase’s !!

    You Beauty Taxcinda !! you are amazing, just a pity you never held a real job in your vey short life !

    Even better for me as I work and are on NZ Superannuation and get a double up in my increase due to INFLATION, thanks Taxcinda and The Green Party.
    Dumb arsses !

    I will vote foe you guys forever.

    • millsy 15.1

      I wish you are as passionate about landlords jacking up their rent, or power companies jacking up their price, which hurt the poor way more than these taxes you and your right wing buddies carry on about.

  16. Chris T 16

    Twyford saying the fuel tax is higher for rich people than poor people was one of the stupidest things I have seen in a long long time

    • Tricledrown 16.1

      Rich people do way more driving and have bigger more powerful cars.
      Getting stuck in gridlock will cost more
      Just idling your car.
      Higher fuel prices will make people more careful on how they use their cars.
      Last time fuel prices went up the number’s of car’s on the road reduced dramatically.

      • Timeforacupoftea 16.1.1

        ( Rich people do way more driving and have bigger more powerful cars. )

        Don’t count on that.
        I know of heaps of Pacific People ( just by a chance meeting below ) that drive old Fords and Holdens.
        They also like the five and six cylinder Honda’s plus other large vehicles that have appalling fuel consumption.

        I was at the Auckland Airport two months ago and one guy told me they don’t get a train to work cause some would have to get two buses and a train and then walk at both ends. Time is better spent in slow traffic and listening to the radio or favoured music still beating public transport to destination by 45 minutes.
        He said nothing will change with him or his work mates, he also said I got to hang onto this job as long as he could or his family would fall into poverty, his only wish was his kids would get a job.

    • Rozgonz 16.2

      What did Mrs Gump say – stupid is as…..

  17. Tricledrown 17

    People will ditch the gas guzzling old bangers for more modern safer more fuel efficient cars!

  18. Patricia Bremner 18

    Bill that is a great idea. See the “Cool Cube” portable personal airconditioner that uses 20 oz of water over 8 hours and can be run from a usb.
    Things are happening.

  19. Rozgonz 19

    Last election day 91 unleaded petrol in my nick of the woods was $1.79 per litre. Now it is $2.24. Thanks Jacinda and co, thats a vote loser if ever there was.

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  • 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
    2 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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. ...
    3 days 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?" ...
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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. ...
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days 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
    5 days 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    7 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    7 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks 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 ...
    16 hours 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 ...
    2 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    7 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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