Phil Goff: The Leader Emerges

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, October 18th, 2010 - 43 comments
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Phil Goff made an excellent speech yesterday.  One that showed far more direction, and a lot of promise for going forward.  Hopefully Labour can capitalise on this much better than they did on the excellent “The Many, Not The Few” speech.  They should be able to – yesterday’s “Kiwi Dream” speech contained much more meat to chew on that can continue to be processed; and Labour also seem to finally be getting to grips with opposition and improving their organisation.

Goff did well to contrast 2 worlds – both the two worlds that are life under a National Government and the two worlds that are the difference between a Key Government and a Goff Government.  A Key Government where ordinary kiwis are struggling as their reduced pay-packet doesn’t meet rising costs, where even those on 60, 70 or 80k aren’t benefiting, just a tiny elite, who are enjoying more foreign holidays (like Key to Hawaii…), and expanding wealth at the expense of the rest of us.  Or a Goff Government where they wouldn’t be scared to intervene to help kiwis out, that works pro-actively for ordinary New Zealanders – small businesses, farmers and workers alike.

And he got angry at where National, with their laissez-faire lack of a plan are letting us drift.  To a New Zealand where rapidly growing inequality leads to increased prisons, teen pregnancy, drug problems, obesity and physical and mental health problems.  Goff’s at his best when he’s angry – he needs to get angry more often.

Of course such strong leadership brought a reaction from the right – DPF got his National orders and he and Audrey Young immediately focussed on how good Andrew Little was – with implication he was Goff’s leadership rival, to undercut him.  Andrew Little was excellent, but there is no rivalry.  The Sunday Star Times had a bizarre front page about how John Key was too personally popular, and somehow that was bad for National.  All trying to take the air out of the revitalised Labour conference.

In Britain, party conference season is a large media event that gets a lot of news coverage.  They have a week focusing on each of the main parties, and their policies can be properly presented.  Instead of just the foreign ownership issue being excellently discussed, there would be time to focus on other major planks.  Like the rejection of neo-lib laissez-faire economics for a managed exchange rate and more balanced monetary policy; the new evidenced-based child-centred social policy that proposes a massive overhaul in the way our society and government plan for our future; the rejection of the 90 day fire-at-will law and Helen Kelly and the CTU’s proposal for much fairer collective bargaining on an industry-wide basis.  The other parties have an unwritten agreement to keep a low profile (unlike John Key’s visit to Mana), so that for the good of democracy the media can focus on each party and assess them on their policies.  It would be great for us to have that here.

43 comments on “Phil Goff: The Leader Emerges ”

  1. Jum 1

    I heard Goff on RadioNZ this morning. Excellent message, excellent delivery which brooked no dog-whistling distraction by media, Phil O’Reilly, etc.

  2. Jum 2

    Audrey Young has done Phil Goff and Labour/Progressives/Greens a huge favour; not only has Phil Goff been generally well-received by intelligent media, Young has told all and sundry that there is other talent available in Labour. We already knew there were several excellent choices of Leader in Labour and Greens for that matter (Jim Anderton, Progressives, knows how to make a stirring speech as well and insured us with a protector in banking). The Herald was deliberately not telling that story though. Now Young has – wonderful. Things are looking better and better for Labour. Leaders always need to know that they have competition; it makes them fight for both their country and their own future.

    Helen Clark was blamed for leaving the party bereft of a strong legacy of leader to govern. I have news for those detractors. Not only did she leave the party in a strong, cohesive and functioning shape, but there are now about 6 strong leadership-contenders all working hard to take the party and the country forward – all forward, not like NAct, all ‘back to the 90s sell off’, ‘enslave the workers’ boring fart philosophy. Not only did Labour know that they must listen once again to Kiwis and renew their watch on current international politics and global theft by roaming free-marketeers, they have accepted some policies were wrong; I say the majority of their policies were good. Greens has grown up and its policies are being mainstreamed.

    Captcha: circulation – thanks Audrey!

    • RobertM 2.1

      The political journalists are people of the left, in most cases. I won’t comment on Garner because I don’t know. Labour has a good choice of leaders from the political angle- Cunliffe, Little, Goff and possibly Shane Jones. However with the possible exception of Shane Jones they are all far too much keynsian big spenders for NZs stretched economy.
      Goff has simply reverted to the type of left he always was as a matter of class, friends and education. During the Rognernomics era Goff as cabin boy to the stars had no choice but to ape them as Clark did in l988 when she was briefly handmaiden to Roger.
      The anti foreign investment is a type of social credit policy aimed at rural hickdom and the hard left. Corkery and Coddington are intensely critical of the Chinese buyup and crime because of the dissapointment that the Chinese have turned out to be attractive solid citizens and reliable John Key voters. The sour grapes towards Melissa may well be that the Chinese vote has driven the left out at Auckland University. The uni bookshop is now full of good histroy Keegan, Fergusson, Hitchen < Civil War etc, War History- and generally far to the right of Unity.

  3. Sean 3

    Goff turned up on RadioNZ Jum and explained his position! Wow, that’s something John Key doesn’t do for a start.

    Looking at Goff’s performance to date, just his performance, not what the MSM pundits fill their columns with or what David Farrar says in his unindependent way. Goff is clearly a man who can be prime minister, and compared to the current incumbent, an excellent prime minister.

  4. Jum 4

    I am seriously concerned, Sean, that John Key does not answer for his policies. He is ultimately responsible. He signs off everything and will be held accountable.

    In Christchurch Parker was deliberately kept away from debates with Anderton; the National spin doctor service was advising him, that was obvious. Key only relates to Breakfast which does not demand he answer to his policies. Clark certainly was grilled.

    Goff has an experienced background in many portfolios. There is a dignity to the man. Key is Mr popularity. So What. Clowns tend to fall over their size 100 shoes. Key’s already done it once. Luckily the only injury was to himself and while of course I have the standard sympathy for another person’s pain I have no sympathy for his destructives policies.

    BTW Are there two Seans posting on the Standard? The ‘wow’?? If I was word-sensitive I would think you were takin’ the mickey, lad.

    • Bored 4.1

      Jum and Sean, read what I said about the Goff interview on Open Mike this morning, it was bloody useless from both parties. Goff as leader, hmmmmmmmm! He is supposed to be the leader of the left (where most of us Standardistas reside), I cannot take him seriously.

      • gobsmacked 4.1.1

        If you want Goff to be more “left”, give him a strong coalition partner i.e. the Greens.

        After 15 years, it’s time we all grasped the idea that MMP is not Presidential politics.

        In the abstract, Clark was to the left of Goff.

        In reality, Clark did deals with Dunne and Peters, that stopped Labour moving left. But Goff won’t have the Dunne option, and (hopefully) not Peters either. So Goff will lead a Labour Party, and a potential government, to the left of Clark 2002-08.

        Personally, I’m not interested in some idealised litmus test for leaders, while the country is being screwed by NACT. “Holding out for a hero” … who? when? at what cost?

        • Bored 4.1.1.1

          Personally, I’m not interested in some idealised litmus test for leaders, while the country is being screwed by NACT we agree fully on the symptom, not the cure. I cannot see Goff ever holding the publics imagination and “aspirations” like they do with Key. As you note, being “more” left is a collective thing, but who is there in Labour the public will back with their vote?

    • Sean 4.2

      I find myself largely in agreement with you Jum. My ‘Wow’ was taking the mickey, but it was taking the mickey out of a Prime Minister who won’t turn up on National Radio to explain his own budget. Like you wrote, John Key avoids interviews which could be challenging, and it isn’t good enough.

      I’m not sure if there are two Seans commenting on Standard. I don’t read every post. I know I had to distance myself from a different Sean over at Brian Edward’s site.

  5. tc 5

    “Goff’s at his best when he’s angry – he needs to get angry more often….” captures it IMHO and with a carefully managed campaign 2011 is easily winnable for labour as unlike the Nat’s they have talent across the board, a vision most kiwi’s can relate to and a track record of delivery.

    There’s plenty for Phildo to be angry about so let’s hope he stays mad as the NACT have 4 clubs in their bag being privatisation, slash n burn, let the market sort it out and smile and wave…..which’s seeing us catching Oz isn’t it ?

  6. SHG 6

    All the Government has to do is point to the numbers:

    “Lowest inflation in six years good for families”

    http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/lowest+inflation+six+years+good+families

    • Bright Red 6.1

      Why? The government did nothing to cause that. It’s just a result of the previous three quarters of low inflation thanks mainly to oil prices not rising much in the last few months.

      This quarter’s inflation was actually 1.1% – very high, and the next quarter’s will be even higher because of the GST hike.

      Inflation in and of itself isn’t as important as the unemployment rate and real wages, which are getting worse, not better like Key promised.

      captcha – reality

    • Bright Red 6.2

      The ASB’s new economic report is titled ‘Inflation: the only way is up’ and says:

      “Q3 CPI was a touch below our expectations, but stronger than both market and RBNZ forecasts. While the 1.5% annual increase in headline CPI is the smallest annual increase since March 2004, there are signs of a lift in underlying inflation in NZ.
      Government charges helped boost non-tradable inflation in Q3. However, even leaving these Government charges aside, non-tradable inflation show signs of picking up from some weak results over the first half of this year. In addition, the increase in prices is becoming more broad-based.
      Q4 CPI data will be the crucial test of how much businesses have managed to pass on the GST increase on 1st October. We expect this and further Government charges will boost annual headline CPI to over 5% by the middle of 2011.”

      hmm. so National didn’t cause the lwoer inflation and it will bost infaltion next year to over 5%

      • Anthony C 6.2.1

        From what I understood in the NZ Herald article (yeah I know..) the costs of most necessities like food, power etc were well up over 1.1% but were dragged down by something like a 24% drop in electronics.

        • Colonial Viper 6.2.1.1

          Hey thats handy for all those on >$150K p.a. who want to spend their tax cuts on a new 50″ LED LCD TV.

          • Herodotus 6.2.1.1.1

            The inflation has been low over the last 5 or so years due to tradeables, (non tradables those costs that are incurred as the product/service is only available fro NZ e.g. housing, rates etc ) have been stable and the non tradeables have been above the inflation average. This has saved lab embarrassment in their time in power and has resulted in this 1.5% inflation reported today. If it was not for overseas costs being stable, inflation would have been 4-5% over Labs and Nats reigns, interest rates would have been double digit. So we have been saved by the rest of the world for our low inflation.
            It is not the numbers but what “lies” behind them that is important, and the media are uneductated to see behind these numbers, but that fits in well for Key and Goff as both white men speak with forked tougue.
            http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/CPI_inflation/ConsumersPriceIndex_HOTPJun10qtr/Commentary.aspx

            • Anthony C 6.2.1.1.1.1

              I just wish they had the price of timber in the CPI… went in to by 50×50 clears today for some framing and the price has almost doubled from a few month ago. ETS? GST?

              • Herodotus

                It is funny what is and is not included in the cpi/inflation- Land prices are excluded as is “profit” for builders. Only the inputed costs for the construction of housing. So like today builder makes chippies wages out of spec house yet house price for end user is the same as say 3 years ago, inputs have increased = increased inflation yet house price is the same for 2007 as for Oct 2010.
                Also steel prices have gone down since their peak yet why have steel mesh & reinforcing steel rods not followed? There was a time that every month builders/construction coys etc were receiving price increase notifications due to international pricing. The mail was empty when the prices started to slide !!!
                The synic would believe that the reduced costs compensated for a slide in demand maintaining $$$ profits, the same with banks, try and work out all there add on costs !!!! 🙁

                • KJT

                  The CPI has been played with many times. Mostly to reduce headline inflation to avoid wage demands. Housing mortgage interest rates are not directly included as that would have shown up the embarrassing spectacle of the Reserve bank chasing its own tail.
                  Building materials are an obvious ripoff.
                  The materials price for a house in Australia have been (and probably still are) much lower despite them being supplied by the same companies.

  7. big bruv 7

    Good old Goff…

    He has strongly held belief’s, and if you don’t like them…..well he has others.

    Winston Peters aside, has there ever been a bigger political slut that Goff?

    Was for asset sales…now claims he is against them.

    Was for selling off land….now claims that he is against it.

    Was for lower taxes….now claims that he is against it.

    Goff is unelectable, the people of NZ know that and the people at the standard know that as well.

    [lprent: Wrong yet again. After looking at him during the weekend I think that Key is going to have some problems competing.
    But I see that you’ve been given your spin lines to regurgitate. I guess DPF has been writing posts? ]

    • Vicky32 7.1

      (Wee note – plurals don’t take apostrophes… Sorry, my patience with spelling and grammatical errors has run out – when they come from the Right! :D)

    • Pascal's bookie 7.2

      Winston Peters aside, has there ever been a bigger political slut that Goff?

      I recall some guy going on about how something was “commun1sm by stealth” right up until he decided that that something was actually quite good. Same guy was going to be Don Brash’s finance minister, up until Brash flamed out, then all of a sudden and out of the blue, Brash’s policies became radical nonsense that he wouldn’t touch with a barge poll.

      Although to be fair, that doesn’t just describe the PM, it’s his whole caucus. shall we talk about the parliamentary right wing evolution on the F&S, or civil unions, or the cullen fund, or WFF, or Iraq, or Nuclear weapons, or apartheid, or homosexual law reform, or marital rape, or shall we just quit while your drowning in it?

      • Tigger 7.2.1

        PB – I wish we would talk about that stuff, especially the deep homophobia that still runs through National. Remember, most of this lot voted against civil unions. Including Key. Having him attend The Big Gay Out is like Hitler attending a bar mavitzah.

        • grumpy 7.2.1.1

          Goff is making quite a good impression with middle NZ, the one thing that can derail that is the emergence of Labour’s Rainbow Wing along with the ghost of Chris Carter.

    • gobsmacked 7.3

      Big Bruv, if you’re going to quote the great Groucho, please get it right.

      And I’m afraid Phil Goff got there before you:

      “Steven Joyce stated in the clearest possible terms that he was proposing to cut the SuperGold Card. Yet 24 hours and a phone call from behind a bush later, what do we find from the Minister? He said: “We have made it clear all along that the Government is totally committed to the SuperGold Card, including the transport concession as it stands”. That quote was the absolute contradiction of what Steven Joyce told the country 24 hours earlier. It reminds me of a saying by Groucho Marx, who said: “Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.”

      (Hansard, Budget Debate 2010)

  8. Daveski 8

    Which of the Standards many posters will dig into the Olympic standard flip flops we have seen over the weekend. This of course is the reality of politics; however, it didn’t stop post after post trying to undermine National prior to the last election.

    Now, Goff does a flip flop worthy of gold at any Olypmics and there is not even a murmur? Where are you, Standardistas??

    • gobsmacked 8.1

      Daveski, let me help:

      1) Moving to the left in a left-leaning party. Makes supporters happy.

      2) Moving to the left in a right-leaning party. Makes supporters grumpy .. but they need the votes.

      OK?

    • Colonial Viper 8.2

      Geeeeez did someone try to bring back the ‘flip flop’ meme from John Kerry’s campaign?

      Fawgawdsakes Righties its 2010 now. Stop living in the past.

      • Daveski 8.2.1

        Surely you can do better than that?? While this policy may sit well with the party faithful, having Goff lead it with these policies is as credible as Winston calling for more honesty from politicians.

        I can understand who such populist policies will help redefine Labour and can even agree that for some, a lurch to the left will resonate with the grassroots. But for Goff to try and sell this is asking for trouble and highlights the problems Labour has with its current leadership.

        It also highlights the hypocrisy of the “flip flop” campaign that was so popular here last time out.

        • Zorr 8.2.1.1

          Let me see if I can break this down for you Daveski because, as far as I can tell, you are ragging along on the meme of “Phil Goff was an MP during the neo-lib revolution and has been a supporter of the philosophy since”

          Well:
          1) The experiment is over. Neo-liberalism has failed us. Please hold while we come up with a new one.

          2) Goff has now, FUCKING FINALLY, decided to announce himself as the leader of the NZ Labour party with policies that are a response to the global situation rather than keeping with the status quo and hoping (just look at the NACT economic plan… x_x)

          Who gives a shit if it is a change in direction for Goff. As far as I am concerned (and from expressed opinions here on the site it is the commonly shared one here) that it is a change in the right direction.

          If you disagree with the declared policys, here is a novel idea for you. Play the ball, not the man.

    • Bored 8.3

      Daveski, have you not read what I have said re Goff? Could not have been more blunt! And Gobsmacked is correct, moving left = happy lefties, we dont give a toss for grumpy righties.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.4

      I’m really not sure you can call it a flip-fop as he’s taken 20 odd years to change his mind. Not the five minutes it takes the right to make the same manoeuvre.

    • Jum 8.5

      Daveski
      The magic word is ‘prior’. We’re not even in the same year as the next election and you’re already attacking – nervous laddie?

  9. Vicky32 9

    Right now, hearing TV3 News giving their version of Goff’s speech – the policy on foreign land ownership is a ‘flip-flop’, and that’s followed by a long speech from JonKey and the 3 News reporter helpfully taking a few shots at Helen Clark…
    Typical!
    (Hamish Clarke, take note of that name…)

  10. Daveski 10

    The point I was making was that this policy shift is most likely consistent with what most here want to see. However, it is not consistent with Goff over the past 30 years. If you don’t like me stating the obvious, then wait until next election.

    @ Bored Sorry, did miss that. I actually kinda like Goff but surely that’s the problem?? To me, this is more about Goff protecting his position than seriously positioning Labour to challenge the Nats next year. Feel free to shoot the messenger but thems the breaks.

    BTW I don’t normally troll and if I was, I’d certainly try harder to inflame. However, I think this has political traincrash written all over it – or at least, that’s how it could well be seen from the left.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Sheeesh geddit already, Goff has realised that change is needed and that the same old formulae will not work in the era of the GFC!

      With his long experience and perspective Goff knows better than most what a disaster the Chicago School neocon economic agenda has been for the people of NZ and he is the man who is leading the Labour party to Government on a platform of fresh new thinking in 2011.

      Hope John and Bill have a few more ideas to offer than tax cuts for the wealthy next year because they are toast otherwise. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what their marketing focus groups tells them about what the country needs 🙄

    • Draco T Bastard 10.2

      It’s consistent with learning from what went wrong (neo-liberalism) over the last 20 years.

  11. Armchair Critic 11

    The problem is he seems to emerge, and then disappears off again.
    Chances are I’ll vote Green. Or spoil my ballot out of disgust for the CERRA. Goff has a year to convince me otherwise.
    anti-spam – ball. Please stop dropping it, Phil.

  12. prism 12

    Goff sounded good. He had something to say about new planned policies that sounded good. That was good. Labour had worked out a cogent answer to the likely remark about why didn’t you do that when you were in government yourselves? They said they had dropped the ball and were determined to do better. That made me feel good. Hope all this goodness lasts.

  13. randal 13

    must be phils turn now.
    thats how national ran their last campaign.
    well the boagey flick and stick has had his turn now move over.

  14. Herodotus 14

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjRtKCKry1c
    So the metromone speaks, I see he swaps from speaking at the start on the left of the screen then switches over to the right then flitters from left:right of the screen then finished up on in the centre, is there a hidden message there on Labs positioning, both past and current ???

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister
    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    2 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.
    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16
    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother
    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    3 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    3 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1
    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15
    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    3 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ
    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    4 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Questions from God
    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    5 days ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Women in Space.
    Count downThree twoI wonderIf I'll ever see you againI'm 'bout to take offI'm leaving youBut maybeI'll see you around somewhere some placeI just need some spaceA brief reminder that if you’re a Gold Card holder you can subscribe to Nick’s Kōrero for 20% off. You’re also welcome to use this ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
    Midway through the news conference that many American political commentators had built up as critical to Joe Biden’s re-election chances, the US president said European leaders are not asking him not to run for a second term, “they’re saying you gotta win”.The problem for Biden and his advisors is that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • Govt flounders while ocean temps soar
    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items of climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer, most of which they discussin the video above. According to experts, the rate of ocean surface warming around New Zealand is “outstripping the global ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Learning From Brexit
    Whether Britain leaving the European Union was right or wrong, good or bad is for the Brits to decide. But there are lessons about international trade to be learned from Brexit, especially as it is very unusual for an economy to break so completely from its major training partner.In Econ101 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of Friday, July 12 are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Hot Damn! It's The Soggy Bottom Boys!
    Good morning lovely people, and welcome to another weekly review. One which saw the our Prime Minister in Washington, running around with all the decorum of Augustus Gloop with a golden ticket, seeking photo opportunities with anyone willing to shake his hand.Image: G News.He had his technique down to overcome ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • When an independent expert / advisory group is anything but ..
    OPINION: Yesterday, 1News reported that the Government's "independent" advisory group had recommended Kiwirail offload its ferries to another entity.Except this wasn't entirely new news at all, besides that it came formally from Nicola Willis’s advisory team.TVNZ is under significant cost pressure, and earlier this year, after expressing strong discontent with ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 9:00 am on Friday, July 12 are:Scoop: Ministerial group advises KiwiRail no longer run Cook Strait ferries 1News’ Julia RodenNews: ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-July-2024
    Kia ora and welcome to another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Scott delivered a delicious disquisition on donut cities, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Dominik Scythe on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Friday, July 11 are:Climate: Transport Minister Simeon Brown said in a release the Government's plan to reverse New ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 12
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s climate strategy ‘pamphlet’, its watering down of Clean Car Standards and its general lack of coherence;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Casey Costello strikes again
    Summary: A track record of deception is becoming evident in the Government’s Coalition alliance. Ministers across all parties have been found to either lie without contrite, and/or act unlawfully and unreasonably. The rails are coming off quicker than a marshmallow induced fantasy train ride as the conductors throw caution to ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
    Open access notables Antarctic Bottom Water Warming, Freshening, and Contraction in the Eastern Bellingshausen Basin, Johnson et al., Geophysical Research Letters Cold winds blowing over polynyas (areas of ice-free water) on the Antarctic continental shelf create sea ice, forming very cold and somewhat salty, hence very dense, waters. These dense ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashWe’re back after a three-week mid-winter break. I needed a rest, but back into it. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
    Yesterday the government released the advice on its proposal to repeal the offshore fossil gas exploration ban, including a Climate Implications of Policy Assessment statement, Cabinet paper, and Regulatory Impact Statement. I spent some time looking at these last night, and the short version is that the government's plan is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A criminal minister
    RNZ reports that cancer minister Casey Costello has been reprimanded and forced to apologise by the Ombudsman for acting "contrary to law" in her handling of an OIA request: Associate Health Minister Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced to apologise for trying to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • School attendance continues to increase
    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights
    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery
    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki
    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston
    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship
    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality
    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers
    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy
    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants
    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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