Playing clever but playing with fire

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, November 14th, 2008 - 56 comments
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On one level, the Maori Party’s dealing with National is smart work. Key needs to look inclusive even though he doesn’t need the Maori Party’s support to govern. In return, the Maori Party can cement its future by getting the Maori seats entrenched through a government bill, rather than hoping a private members’ bill gets drawn from the ballot, and show its constituents that it can deliver by getting the Foreshore and Seabed Act reviewed. In other words, the Maori Party succeeds in getting National to do things it wouldn’t otherwise do in return for support it doesn’t need.

On the other hand, if the Maori Party votes for National’s anti-worker, anti-public service legislation or continues to support it on confidence and supply once these measures have been passed its supporters will punish it. And rightly so. What really matters to most Maori is what really matters to other workers – employment, decent wages, health and education for the kids. It’s nice to get the Foreshore and Seabed Act reviewed but it is worthless if the Maori Party then helps National/Act take away Maori workers’ rights, pay, and social wage.

If the Maori Party does support a government that attacks workers rights, it will confirm that it is the party of the Maori elite, not ordinary Maori. From Turia’s statements so far, it seems she thinks that it doesn’t matter what they do, the Maori people will continue to support the party. She refuses to even acknowledge that the Maori elite has different interests to Maori workers.

The Maori Party should be careful not to take the people’s support for granted. Maori showed in the 1990s that they are willing to take a punt on a Maori party – they elected Tau Henare from New Zealand First to the Northern Maori seat in 1993 and all four Maori seats went to NZF in 1996. But they also showed that if that party supports a rightwing government in its anti-worker polices shared ethnicity is not enough to maintain their support. In 1999, after NZF had supported National against Maori voters’ expectations, all the Maori seats returned to Labour. If the Maori Party wants to avoid a similar fate, it needs to abandon the fantasy that the class interests inherent in capitalism don’t apply to Maori, and it will have to be very careful that the blame for National’s anti-worker polcies is not placed at its door.

Supporting a government that will hurt Maori workers in exchange for largely symbolic gains is playing with fire. If they don’t oppose those policies, they are liable to get burned.

56 comments on “Playing clever but playing with fire ”

  1. the sprout 1

    Fair points SP.

    And let’s not forget the implications for Maori voters of the National refusal to entrench the Maori seats, combined with the planned 2011 referendum on MMP. While there are arguments for a universal franchise, they are all dependent on the continuation of an MMP system. Ditch MMP and arguments to abolish Maori seats become very tenuous.

    And then of course there’s the internal stability of the Maori Party while in collusion with National. Let’s also not forget this ‘smiling snake’ gem from Hone Harawira on just how far he trusts Mr Key:

    http://vodpod.com/pod/video/427834

  2. Tigger 2

    I wish the Maori Party well in advancing things for their members.

    If I was in their position I would do exactly what they’re doing.

    And I would be hoping like hell that it didn’t bite me in the bum.

  3. the sprout 3

    likewise Tigger

  4. Ianmac 4

    I don’t understand just what the Maori Party has been promised. The Ministerial baubles surely aren’t enough?
    We will look at the Seabed and Foreshore Act?
    We will look at the Entrenchment of the Seats?
    All seems a bit uncertain to me.
    Must be something really really enticing in there for the MP to be so upbeat! I wonder what?

  5. gingercrush 5

    I’m not sure using New Zealand First is a good example. That relationship was a mess. Where it was clear no one within New Zealand First really trusted each other. The coalition arrangement was insipid and hasn’t exactly been followed by anyone else. And I’m not even sure New Zealand First achieved a thing for Maori.

    I also think its more than just an issue of Maori Elites and ordinary Maori. I happen to have Maori blood myself. There are several tribes but mostly comprised of Kati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu. I am not a member of Ngai Tahu. Unfortunately the link to Maori was lost 60 years ago or so. There are numerous Maori like myself we have maori blood but can barely identify with other maori. We don’t benefit though the treaty claims and of course if you’re like me, and you’re white and don’t look to have any Maori blood. You naturally get people saying,”You’re not Maori”.

    My point is: There are many such Maori. Then there are the Urban Maori who may still have Maori identity but their tribal links are lost. While there are the ordinary Maori which have the tribal links but not part of the elite. Then there are of course the elite Maori. That is four different groups of people. One group seemingly get nothing out of deals with Maori. Another may get a few social institutions in the cities but otherwise they don’t exactly benefit. While ordinary Maori can benefit its still decided by the elites.

    Its an interesting discussion you’ve opened up and I certainly look forward to what replies this topic gets. But since this topic is really about the Maori party working with National. Indeed employment, wages, health and education are all important for Maori.

    In regards to employment its likely that while we’re in a recession many Maori are going to lose their jobs. That is unfortunate but can’t be blamed on National themselves. Perhaps with the infrastructure projects National will be working on there is the possibility of Maori being employed. Maori during the Labour government enjoyed higher rates of employment, but also sadly more Maori are unemployed than non-Maori.

    In regards to wages. The Maori Party should be pushing at getting the minimum wage higher. But here it would likely be inappropriate for them to support changes to employment Acts. Health and Education, Maori can make a case for independent funding that starting with National in the nineties, was continued by Labour and which is an area the Maori Party favour. Independent funding is something the Act party approve of, and could likely work with the National party as well.

    There is of course a danger that in the Maori party working with National, there will be a backlash. But the only other choice they have is to sit on the opposition benches for three years. And there is no guarantee that Labour will work with the Maori Party in the future. One thing Labour really stuffed up is in their refusal to work with the Maori party in 2005.

    The Maori Party arrangement must allow for independence in areas they can’t agree with National but also to give additional support to National where that is appropriate.

    I too disagree with Phil Goff in that the Maori Party are an independent party, they are free to choose to act in what they believe are their best interests. They are consulting with their people. And in 2011 we’ll see whether they continue to be supported by Maori.

  6. Tigger 6

    lanmac – maybe it’s just the promise of being included in government talks? I always doubted Labour for leaving the Maori Party out in the cold – it was short sighted. If nothing else the Nats have learned from that mistake. Then again, as you point out it’s one thing to talk about stuff, but if they are empty promises then the backlash will be brutal.

  7. bobo 7

    It was nice to see the Maori Elite like Tuku Morgan meeting with John Key who I would say represents the average Maori about as much as Bob Jones represents the average pakeha.. I’m thinking Turia has already stated this is her last term in Parliament and wants to try seeing what she can do for Maori from within Government, it is high risk stuff for MP survival but her last chance.

  8. TimeWarp 8

    Nice GC – didn’t realise you were whanau. I’m a Tahu boy myself, not that you could tell by looking at me.

  9. paul 9

    Am I right – the huge concessions from our new leader are:
    1) review the whole electoral system (including Maori seats)
    2) review the F&S Act?
    An agreement to ‘take a look at’ these things is very different to an agreement to change them in a way that would benefit Maori. This whole thing may very well backfire on the MP, and they’ll be stuck with supporting National for 3 years. The electoral review might scrap MMP. The F&S review might over-ride customary title. Even if the MP vote against these, they may still pass. Tread carefully my friends.

  10. But Steve, you’ve always argued strongly that the Maori Party is a party of the left. You rubbished any suggestion that the party might be anything else and therefore insisted on counting predicted Maori Party seats as being firmly in the Labour-bloc.

    What has changed?

    Bryce
    http://www.liberation.org.nz

  11. Kerry 11

    I think the Maori Party should think about NZ First and what happened to them after supporting that Corrupt Nat government of the lat 90’s.

    I have no problem with the Maori Party going after a great deal….as long as they remember that 50% of the party vote in maori seats when to Labour…..along with Labour keeping 2 of the maori seats.

  12. keith 12

    Is the “Maori Elite” related to the maori monarchy? I confess I’m ignorant of Maori political history, can someone enlighten me and/or point me to some online resources?is

    [lprent: Letting this through the ban. I want to know as well. Last time I looked at this was a few decades ago (pre-online resources)]

  13. Lew 13

    What makes any of you think none of these dire mutterings have occurred to the māori party?

    I don’t see them taking any line of implicit faith in National. I see them entering into a deal on the understanding that both are bound by a sort of mutually-assured destruction – the māori party will suffer if it is complicit in a policy agenda which harms their constituency, and the National party will suffer if it alienates the `redneck’ (again, National’s term) base. But between those two extremes there’s quite a lot of space, and it’s in the interests of both parties to work together within it.

    A lot of this complaining about how the māori party should do this and should do that `for their own good’ is just more of the same patronising bullshit of old, and the complaining about how the māori party are being class traitors of some sort is nothing more than an attempt to hijack their own particular cause in service of a wider agenda.

    L

  14. Lew 14

    paul: Nobody knows the full deal yet. Not even people who turn up to the hui. Only the MPs know, and until it’s signed I’d be surprised if it gets leaked.

    L

  15. Lew 15

    Keith: Not really. A bunch of people have affiliations to or are involved in both, but it’s largely because there’s a fairly small pool of prominent persons from whom to draw.

    L

  16. the sprout 16

    “But… you’ve always argued strongly that the Maori Party is a party of the left”

    Bryce you seem to be confused.
    Obviously the Maori Party’s people ARE overwhelmingly of the Left.
    Less so its leaders perhaps.

  17. Daveski 17

    What a laugh. The Labour Party effectively drove the MP to do a deal with National because Labour didn’t have the nous to bring them into the tent. The “last cab off the rank comment” didn’t help either.

    Hone Harawira is no fan of National but even he said that they’ve got more out of National in the last three days than they did under Labour in the last 3 years.

    Leadership is often about taking people to places they didn’t expect to go to.

    Credit to the Maori Party for trying to do so and trying to make NZ better as a result. It’s good to see that NZ sux campaign is still in full swing even if under new ownership.

  18. Vinsin 18

    I still can’t see this being a good deal for the Maori Party, it seems they’ve got everything to lose and very little to gain. Even if they’ve got huge secret policy concessions from Key they’re still going to be used as a scapegoat when things go wrong. Think about it, Key doesn’t need them there and when the novelty wears off then there going to be down the road. If they don’t get the two concessions we’ve been talking about – it’s highly unlikely that they do – it’s going to show the Maori Party as an irrelevant party that does nothing for maori or anyone else and then i imagine the maori voters will go back to labour, which would be very sad indeed.

  19. Simple question for simple answer— do maori today have more asset than let’s say fifteen years ago..?

  20. the sprout 20

    “Leadership is often about taking people to places they didn’t expect to go to.”

    LMAO 🙂
    As that going to be one of the foundation lines of the next 3 years I wonder?

  21. jtuckey 21

    From Willie Jackson

    “…My advice to the Maori party is if there’s a deal on the table then take it. Hopefully the deal being offered by John Key will be more than just the Maori Affairs portfolio because to achieve real progress the Maori party has to be involved in key portfolios like social welfare, health and education.

    Left wing commentator Chris Trotter said it will be the beginning of the end for the Maori party if they do a deal with National. But a coalition between Labour and the Maori party in government is now not an opportunity.

    What Chris has forgotten is that the Maori party came about after Labour’s betrayal over the foreshore and seabed. He’s also forgotten Maori lead the way in all areas with negative statistics. The Maori party doesn’t have time to worry about Trotter’s agenda because a Maori agenda comes first, and that involves finding solutions that span the whole political spectrum.

    They have no choice. This is an opportunity to advance Maori development in 2008 with a National that is hopefully different party than it was in 2005.”

  22. Chris G 22

    Bryce:

    “But Steve, you’ve always argued strongly that the Maori Party is a party of the left. You rubbished any suggestion that the party might be anything else and therefore insisted on counting predicted Maori Party seats as being firmly in the Labour-bloc.”

    They are, by implications of Hone Harawiras comments here:
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00326.htm
    That they are quite clearly philosophically aligned to the left… Are you denying that Bryce?

    refer to question: Even though there were other players on the majority team who felt likewise, do you expect some fallout from Maori because you chose to join in with the majority decision ?

    “What has changed?”

    Goodness knows, Hone and Tariana want a bit of pushing power. If you read that interview it gives a bit of insight in to the direction the MP want to take.

  23. Lew 23

    Chris G: They’re not philosophically aligned to the left; they’re philosophically aligned with tikanga Māori. `Left’ and `right’ are concepts which come from a European political tradition – they’re not human universals. The principles on which they’re based predate Marx in any case – although of course their policies are influenced by a lot of European political thought as well, it’s quite false to say they’re philosophically left. There might be a lot of commonality between left ideas and the māori party’s kaupapa and policies, but there’s not the strong causative link you imply.

    I’d say the māori party’s willingness to work with National even when the election was still too close to call, rather than ring-fencing itself on the `left’ as did the Greens really puts the lie to this line of argument.

    L

  24. Chris G 24

    okay Lew my point was to a) question what the hell Bryce was asking and b) Dispel his implication that the MP might not be left wing. I didnt imply a strong causative link, I provided a web-link to Harawira interview where he told of the MP voting record. That speaks volumes of how left wing they are whether or not you may not want to chuck them in that group.

    When they vote more than 80% of the time with the greens and only 25% with the Nats…. Ill let the numbers speak for themselves.

    Call it what you will. but ‘unknowingly’ they are supporting left wing principles and it is very hard to argue the opposite. Maybe it is wrong to categorise them as such but shit its hard not to say so.

    If im playing pin the tail on the donkey Im aiming left as a I can with the MP pin in hand.

    Plus: There willingness to work with the Nats, I believe, comes from their drive to have a strong voice of Maoridom in any government. Again, look at the interview of Harawira, he suggests that Parekura horomia wasn’t loud enough as a voice for Maori. To extend that; If im the maori party wanting a strong maori voice in a Nat/Act government, fuck im not getting excited about the prospect of Tau henare or Simon Bridges running Maori affairs… let alone Gerry Brownlee!!

    Seems like a no-brainer for the MP to lend a hand, not some sort of evidence of their non left right positioning.

  25. the sprout 25

    Lew
    But isn’t tikanga Maori essentially communitarian, and therefore philosophically aligned with the Left, while if anything’s eurocentric it’s the individualism of the capitalist right?

  26. Scribe 26

    keith,

    Is the “Maori Elite’ related to the maori monarchy?

    The Maori Elite is made up of the sort of people Michael Cullen would call a “rich [brown] prick”

  27. Lew 27

    The Sprout: I’m not an expert on Māori political history, but I don’t think so. There’s probably an argument to be made there, but it seems somewhat teleological. The same end can be arrived at by different means. You’d also be begging the question that `left’ is communitarian by nature and `right’ is individualistic – in the original usage it was simply republican or monarchist. I understand common usage is different now, but you’d need to nail it down very well, and in matters like this a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.

    And if you’re trying to make an argument as to the universality of communitarian culture everywhere except in European-originated capitalism, then the going will be tough. There be dragons 🙂

    L

  28. Chess Player 28

    Everyone here seems to be trying to claim they know what is best for Maori.

    Can you not just presume that they can figure that out for themselves?

    Or would that be democracy?

  29. Scribe 29

    Chess Player,

    Everyone here seems to be trying to claim they know what is best for Maori.

    That’s not unprecedented. I remember when the Maori Party talked about scrapping the dole and argued the party doesn’t really represent Maori. I found that quite astounding.

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/make-work-dont-work/#comments

    Must be part of the “Maori elite”

  30. Lew 30

    Scribe, this may be the first time you and I have ever agreed on anything substantive.

    L

  31. Scribe 31

    Oh, Lew. I doubt that 😉

    captcha: needy argue (hee hee)

  32. gobsmacked 32

    “Everyone here seems to be trying to claim they know what is best for Maori. Can you not just presume that they can figure that out for themselves? Or would that be democracy?”

    It certainly would be democracy. Now check out who they voted for.

    Good luck to the Maori Party. The problem is not that they are doing a deal – the problem is that John Key is better at it, and knows how to make a Clayton’s promise.

    Looks like ACT are playing harder ball than the MP. Quite right too – if not now, when? It only gets tougher from here on in. Warm fuzzies at a signing ceremony won’t keep voters happy through the hard times ahead.

  33. Lampie 33

    But isn’t tikanga Maori essentially communitarian, and therefore philosophically aligned with the Left, while if anything’s eurocentric it’s the individualism of the capitalist right?

    you talking collective vs individualist?

  34. simon 34

    The fact that the traditionalist (sic tory conservative) leadeship/faction within (and outside) The Maori Party have finally/again shown themselves now with their pandering to National (for baubles of power) is leading me to reconsider whether The Maori Seats are a truely representative form for Maori in New Zealand.

    Because once again ordinary working Maori are being shafted by the Maori Elite (like the NZFIRST debacle).

    Maybe it is time to abolish the seats and then Maori can vote based on personal, political and economic values rather than based on a psuedo nationalistic (racial/tribal facade) platform which is ultimately antidemocratic.

    Labour voter since day one…

  35. simon,
    The fact that the traditionalist (sic tory conservative) leadeship/faction within (and outside) The Maori Party have finally/again shown themselves now with their pandering to National (for baubles of power) is leading me to reconsider whether The Maori Seats are a truely representative form for Maori in New Zealand.

    Excellent. And there I was beginning to think that the so-called elitest maoris would constitute the magpie party as their ‘base’ remained wingless, so to speak.

  36. the sprout 36

    umm, magpies have wings – big strong ones with nasty claws underneath and sharp beaks out front.

  37. Akldnut 37

    Well I’m in the Tamaki Makaurau electorate,my whanau are all Maori and these clowns in the MP sure don’t represent our values or beliefs if they align themselves with Nat. (and I’ve got a huge whanau)
    They stated that anyoneone on the Maori roll could attend the hui.
    To be truely representative they would have put an email, a phone call, a reply paid envelope in the mail, published an adress where all the hui were to be held (to give an equal opportunity all interested Maori to attend) or all of the above to all those on the Maori roll! As it is I phoned three of their offices and left emails, a contact name & no. as they were unmanned – no reply!!!

  38. vto 38

    to the original post SP … it is ‘smart politics etc’ and it illustrates the speed with which the previous lot (what were their names now?) are receding into the distant distance. And for such clearing good reason..

  39. randal 39

    it aint over till the fat lady sings
    so
    who is the fat lady?

    and never fear ovt
    The ‘New Zealand Labour Party’ will be back
    in another coalition that will prove more durable than anything the tories can lash up
    they can tighten the ship
    strip a little fat
    downsize here and there
    but anything too drastic and they are history
    even the fat lady knows that

  40. Santi 40

    “Supporting a government that will hurt Maori workers in exchange for largely symbolic gains is playing with fire.”

    Spot on. Maori have supported Labour for too long and got little in return.
    It’s good to see a change of attitude in Maori leadership, which is now prepared to explore political support for a National-led government in return for real gains.

  41. Lew 41

    Simon: Yet more paternalistic bollocks. Because those on the Māori roll don’t vote how you like, or don’t vote in a way you deem to be `responsible’, or don’t seem to be serving what you consider to be their interests, you suggest the disestablishment of their chosen form of representation? Your position on this is at odds with that of Akldnut, who seems to share your distaste for this decision but is careful to couch his comments in terms of his own perspective and that of his family.

    You might not like it, and you might not agree with it, but the electors of five out of seven Māori electorates elected MPs who declared beforehand that they would be open to negotiations with National. They declared it, and the people voted them in, and now they’re doing it. You might disagree (and that’s fair enough) but there’s no legitimate claim it isn’t democratic. Those who voted for them knew (or ought to have known) this was on the cards.

    L

  42. Chris G 42

    “Those who voted for them knew (or ought to have known) this was on the cards.”

    Very wishful thinking, Lew. Lots of people I talked to couldnt tell you jack shit about the policies of the party they voted for, regardless of what side of the political spectrum they vote.

  43. Lew 43

    Chris G: Lots of people I talked to couldn’t tell you jack shit about the policies of the party they voted for, regardless of what side of the political spectrum they vote.

    I said knew (or ought to have known) – they had a responsibility to know. The māori party were clear about their intentions, so there can be no question of bait and switch. If some people didn’t pay attention, voted anyway, and are now pissed off about the result then that’s hard luck for them. They voted, as they were entitled to do, and now their elected representatives are implementing their agenda, as they’re mandated to do.

    The natural conclusion of your line of argument is that we should implement some sort of poll test – you have to know || about politics to vote. Think really hard about that.

    L

  44. Chris G 44

    haha well that definately wasnt my intended implication.

    I just think its a poor indictment on our voters when a whole bunch didnt know simple things eg. Greens didnt want electorate votes, one friend who ‘voted national but I dont like ACT, they might not have worked with National (!!!!)’

    of course Im not suggesting a poll test.

  45. Lew 45

    Chris: It could be worse – we could have compulsory franchise.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaQJj1BQUiU

    L

  46. sean14 46

    How dare the Maori Party not sit meekly in opposition for the next three years hoping for a Labour victory in 2011!

  47. John BT 47

    As long as we get the money”……. Tariana Turia on the telly. What do you say?
    Historically, National have done better for Maori. Think Treaty settlements and kohanga reo for a start.
    Labour must be wetting themselves at the thought of Key keeping up this sort of consensus govt. Next thing you know he will be talking to the unions and the watermelons!!!
    God forbid, a Nat who understands MMP, the economy AND has a social conscience.
    Nine years plus in opposition for Far Goff and co!!!!!

  48. gobsmacked 48

    Here is a hugely significant story (so naturally the rest of the media will ignore it):

    Gisborne Herald reports:

    “Ngati Porou’s foreshore and seabed deal with the Crown is secure, despite the change in Government.

    Prime Minister-elect John Key met with senior Maori leaders, including Dr Api Mahuika of Ngati Porou, yesterday and repeated a commitment to Ngati Porou’s foreshore and seabed deal, signed on August 8.

    The deal would not be affected, he said. He promised iwi an ongoing working relationship. (emphasis added)

    It was not made clear whether Ngati Porou’s $90 million treaty settlement, signed on November 1, is also secure.

    The seabed and foreshore deal was negotiated independently by Ngati Porou, after controversial legislation was introduced leading to the formation of the Maori Party.

    The agreement signed recognises Ngati Porou’s customary rights over the foreshore area. The iwi has naming rights over much of the East Coast and local hapu would have the authority to put rahui or bans in the event of a drowning. They will have a stronger input to local authority decisions affecting the area.”

    So, given that commitment, it is clear that National are not going to return to the status quo ante in the seabed and foreshore. The Act will not be repealed, because that would undermine the agreement with Ngati Porou.

    But then it was never going to be repealed by National. Just “reviewed”. Which means doing nothing, but doing it slowly.

  49. Pascal's bookie 49

    Labour must be wetting themselves at the thought of Key keeping up this sort of consensus govt. Next thing you know he will be talking to the unions and the watermelons!!!
    God forbid, a Nat who understands MMP, the economy AND has a social conscience

    I for one hope that John Key does govern as a pragmatic centrist and rejects the advice of the nutjobs to his right. I couldn’t be more happy than to find the National Party adopting the policy positions I support. That’s ’cause I’m not so blindly partisan that I find that the name of the party in power to be more important than the policy they enact.

    That would be fucking mental. Really truly dangerously mental. Tight white waistcoat kind of mental. Kind of like someone who hated the Labour party so much that they would be cock-a-hoop that Labour were defeated by a party that just copied all their policies, and then moved toward the unions and the greens to keep Labour out of power.

    One would suspect that such a person; didn’t know anything about politics causing them to just treat it like sports (go blue team, red team sux), and probably would be very easily manipulated by politicians of any stripe. Right sheepy like.

  50. John BT 50

    Baaaaaa.
    Previously, I was manipulated by Helen Clark (so to speak ). Did not take long to find out what a bunch of nutjobs I had supported.
    Go blue team!!!!!

  51. Pascal's bookie 51

    Good for you.

  52. gobsmacked 52

    If the blue team really are set on burying Orewa and Iwi/Kiwi, I’ll gladly lend them my shovel.

    But the thing about the blue team’s fans is … if they don’t like the results, they quickly turn nasty and call for the coach’s head.

    Fortunately, if there’s one thing National Party voters are famous for, it’s their real passion for Tino Rangatiratanga, so I’m sure John Key’s job is safe.

  53. the sprout 53

    “it was never going to be repealed by National. Just “reviewed’. Which means doing nothing, but doing it slowly”

    That, or re-doing it worse.

    “one thing National Party voters are famous for, it’s their real passion for Tino Rangatiratanga”

    Oh totally.

  54. John BT 54

    In the largest poll (about 40,000) that I saw the support for Orewa 1 was about 90%.
    Labour stopped calling their racist policy “closing the gaps” and only stopped the spending after $250,000,000 did not make the slightest bit of difference.
    Tino Rangatiratanga ( Maori sovereignty) could only ever happen if Maori decided to scrap the Treaty.
    I think it would be nice if we all followed the intention of Te Tiriti which I believe was He iwi tahi tatou. Namely, we are all one people.
    That nice man Mr Key could be the one to make that happen.

  55. Lew 55

    John BT: Tino Rangatiratanga ( Maori sovereignty) could only ever happen if Maori decided to scrap the Treaty.

    Māori themselves disagree with you. Do you presume to tell them how best to achieve their goal of tino rangatiratanga? If so, upon what basis?

    I think it would be nice if we all followed the intention of Te Tiriti which I believe was He iwi tahi tatou. Namely, we are all one people.

    What a nice idea. I agree. The problem is that before we can get to that point there’s the small matter of 168 years of breaches, both of Te Tiriti as a legal document and of its kotahitanga spirit, by the crown and its agents. Redress that and he iwi tahi tatou becomes a possibility. It’s not as if Māori even want the full value of their breaches redressed – or even a tenth of the value, or even a hundredth of the value – the Ngai Tahu settlement, so heavily criticised as being over-generous, was valued at about one tenth of one per cent of the true value of the land and resources illegally alienated by the crown in breach of Te Tiriti.

    So yeah. Let’s honour that Treaty and make its foundational principle of unity NZ’s core goal – starting with the Crown.

    L

  56. randal 56

    how many issues were discussed on television
    none
    and all you tories know it
    the natoinal campaign was designed to denigrate and demonise the opposition with no attempt whatsoever to present any policy but only to appeal to prejudice and bigotry and make the little people feel big for five minutes
    well their five minutes is nearly up
    hahahahaha

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    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 hours ago
  • A privilege
    On we go, at 20 kilometres an hour, truly the best pace for rolling through the world and breathing it all in.Fascinating to get to see two, four, twenty new places each day. Marvellous to get to see how very many different ways you can make it good for people ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 hours ago
  • Unbridled power again
    There's a couple of pieces about architect-of-our-constitution Geoffrey palmer's views on the current government doing the rounds today. The first, on Newsroom is an excerpt from a speech he gave to a Young Labour meeting last weekend, in which he says NZ an executive paradise, not democratic paradise. The Spinoff ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 hours ago
  • National’s secret schools
    The government just introduced its Education and Training Amendment Bill to the House. The name is deliberately obfuscatory, because what the bill actually does is reintroduce charter schools - effectively allowing National to privatise the education system. That's corrupt and it stinks, but to add insult to injury, National's new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    8 hours ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 25
    Confidence about future job availability collapsed after Budget 2024 to lows last seen during the the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Employee confidence in more jobs being available in a year’s time collapsed in the first two weeks of June after the Budget, falling ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    13 hours ago
  • “I Don't Care”
    Walking through the rooms in my headI came across your image,You looked at me with that sweet smile and saidSomething they won't let me repeatWe hurt the ones we love the mostIts a subtle form of complimentAfter you’ve watched Christopher Luxon for a while you think to yourself - that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    13 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cancer drugs, and the Great Ferries Cancellation Disaster of ’23
    The decision taken last December to cancel the contract for the two purpose-built Cook Strait ferries – without having a Plan B in mind, let alone in place – has been a calamity that’s going to haunt New Zealand for decades to come, long after the Luxon government has been ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    13 hours ago
  • June-24 AT Board Meeting
    Today the Auckland Transport board meets again,so I’ve taken a look through the items on their public agenda to see what’s interesting. Musical Chairs The first item of note is another change to the make-up of the AT Board. The legislation that established Auckland Transport allows for Waka Kotahi to ...
    15 hours ago
  • Colonial oppression in Kanaky
    How does France deal with opponents of its colonisation of the Pacific? Arrest them and deport them to France to face prosecution in a foreign court: A group of pro-independence leaders charged with allegedly organising protests that turned into violent unrest in New Caledonia last month was indicted on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Media Link: Post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism” on “A View from Afar.”
    On this edition of AVFA Selwyn Manning and I discuss post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism. It seems that a post-pandemic turn to more nationalist economic policies may have encouraged the rise of populists who use xenophobia and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: National’s vice-signalling
    Two weeks ago the climate denier government announced they would be giving farmers what they want and removing agriculture from the ETS. On Friday they introduced the bill for it to the House. Due to past efforts and backdowns, the Climate Change Response Act has a lot of inactive clauses ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The Left’s Joyous Cherub: Keith Locke, 1944 – 2024.
    The Struggle Continues: Keith Locke belonged to a generation that still believed in a world that could be, through struggle, relieved of its chains. That struggle constituted the core of a life lived with purpose, courage and determination. MANY NEW ZEALANDERS would, no doubt, have been surprised to discover that Keith Locke was ...
    1 day ago
  • The Night Before Yule: A Reprint
    A couple of my stories – A Breath Through Silver, and The Last Libation – have previously earned themselves reprints. Well, I am pleased to report that the nice people at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (https://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/) have included my narrative horror-poem, The Night Before Yule, in their newly-compiled Best Of anthology. ...
    1 day ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, June 24
    TL;DR: Responding to the grounding of the Aratere over the weekend, the Government has signalled it will buy new replacement ferries, but only enough to replace existing freight capacity.That would effectively limit Aotearoa-NZ’s ability to handle any growth in population or the need to reduce emissions by shifting freight from ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Greater Auckland 2.0 – we need your help!
    Hi, we’re Greater Auckland. We’ve been a part of the landscape for over 15 years now. Over that time, we’ve provided informed commentary, evidence-based analysis, and inspiring visions for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. You might know us from such hits as: The Congestion-Free Network 2013 (and its 2017 ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Distractions and Inaction.
    Fancy, a fast carA bag full of lootI can nearly guaranteeYou'll end up with the bootThe Prime Minister arrived home, perhaps a bit surprised, maybe even secretly a little pleased at the diversion, to find the country falling apart. Things going more badly that even his c-list, self back-slapping, trip ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates
    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    2 days ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    2 days ago
  • Public Service Day
    Good morn or evening friendsHere's your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I'm about to sayCould mean the world's disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and painIt's thatLove's in need of love todayDon't delaySend yours in right awayHate's goin' 'roundBreaking many heartsStop it pleaseBefore ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    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. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    5 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
    Tena koutou.Ki nga kaumatua,Ki nga whanau,Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou. Greetings.To the elders,To the families,We will remember them. Firstly, a special welcome to all the veterans here this morning and their families.  I want to acknowledge the veterans who are marking this day but cannot be with us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
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  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
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  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
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  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
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  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
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  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
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  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
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  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
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  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
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  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
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  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
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  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
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  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
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  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
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  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
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  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
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  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
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  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
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  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
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  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
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  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
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  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
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  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
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  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
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  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
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  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
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  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
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  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
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  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
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  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
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  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
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  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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