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Power poverty on the up

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, December 19th, 2014 - 56 comments
Categories: child welfare, cost of living, energy, health, housing, national/act government, poverty - Tags:

Stuff has published a couple of very useful, but depressing, articles based on data extracted from the 2013 census.  The grimmest information is that fuel/energy poverty is increasing, with a higher proportion of households unable to afford any heating.

Auckland has the highest proportion of households in the country that never use heating.  Related to this, Auckland housing crisis continues to increase, with population growth being higher than the growth in building of new residences.  It is not surprising then, that a high proportion of Aucklanders homes, especially Pacific Island households, that are overcrowded.

Such living conditions will result in an increase in health problems, with an impact on things such as education and work outcomes.

Catherine Harris reports:

The Housing in Auckland survey, which uses census data from 1991 to 2013, said 5.9 per cent of dwellings last year never use heating fuels, about 25,854 homes.

Northland was next with 5.3 per cent and nationally it was 3 per cent.

Although Auckland homes don’t need to be heated as much as southern parts of New Zealand, there are some times when it is required, especially in uninsulated households.  These are the ones more likely to be inhabited by people on low incomes.

Fuel poverty in Auckland was also on the rise. Last year’s figures were nearly 40 per cent higher than the 18,513 dwellings noted in 2006’s census.  It was a national trend, with the number of unheated houses across the country rising to 44,832, up 35 per cent.

In Auckland unheated private dwellings are most common in Waitemata and south Auckland.

Nearly 16 per cent of houses in Waitemata went without heating, 12.3 per cent in Mangere-Otahuhu and 10 per cent of Otara-Papatoetoe homes.

These are low socio-economic areas.  The report also shows that a higher proportion of people across the country are living in rental accommodation.  Auckland has a big increase in renting.  Since 2006 there has been a n 18% increase in renters in Auckland, making the 2013 proportion being 35.4% of households being rented.

* The increase in renters was lower in Wellington (up 12 per cent) and Canterbury (up 11.7 per cent).

* But several other regions had even bigger increases in the renting population than Auckland, including Southland (up 27.2 per cent), Northland (20 per cent), and Bay of Plenty (19 per cent).

In yesterday’s article by Catherine Harris, the Auckland housing situation was highlighted.

Since the last census in 2006, Auckland’s population had risen 8.5 per cent, which had outpaced the 7.6 per cent increase in dwellings.

[…]

Home ownership rates in Auckland were 43 per cent compared to almost 53 per cent in the rest of the country, and this did not only affect the young, said Goodyear.

“There have been substantial drops in home ownership for Aucklanders aged in their 30s, 40s, and 50s since 2001.”

The process of supplying more houses for Auckland’s growing population was also slower than other centres.

There were 358 building consents issued in Auckland per 100,000 people last year, compared with 423 per 100,000 for New Zealand overall, although that was changing.

[…]

And inside the houses, Auckland’s share of the country’s overcrowded households had risen from about a third  in 1991, to almost half 12 years later.

Crowding was highest among Pacific peoples, with 45.3 per cent of Pacific peoples in Auckland living in a crowded household last year.

The average Auckland household housed 3 people last year, up for 2.9 in 2006, while the rest of the country ranged from 2.3 to 2.7 people and households were either stable or falling.

Overcrowded families Stuff

Image from Stuff 2012 article on “crammed families waiting for state homes”

Not only has the government ailed to do anything to improve the living situations of a high proportion of Kiwis, but things have got worse under their watch.

As Anthony Robins showed yesterday, the National government’s “rock star” economy was more spin and fantasy of what might happen in the future, rather than being based in reality.  Furthermore, the government’s handling of the economy, with it’s unhelpful tax cut bribes, has resulted in a recovery being delayed.

 

56 comments on “Power poverty on the up”

  1. vto 1

    This government only offers token gestures to these realities…. they are uncaring. They put all their time into increasing their own wealth and ignore their fellow kiwis and neighbours who are struggling.

    Not a very nice way to go about life is it. Never has been and never will be. It has never been recognised as a worthy approach to life. Shame on this National Party government and its supporters.

    The kick in the guts is that this government’s arseholes will reward themselves with gongs within a handful of years of leaving these people in the lurch.

    Such a fine bunch.

    • aerobubble 1.1

      But they did say they dont care. Neoliberals believe the market will solve poverty. The market will get us to Mars. The market will keep our rivers clean.

      They abdicated from governing for all. Removing the means govt uses to deal to poverty, and giv the savings as tax cuts, so the many doing fine think its good for them. Yet it isnt.

  2. coaster 2

    There are plenty of cheap houses for sale in parts of the south island, coal is cheap and wood plentiful, and on the west coast we dont have leaky building problems. Why dont people relocate?.

    • miravox 2.1

      “Why dont people relocate?.”

      – jobs
      – family
      – cost of move

      For starters

      • BassGuy 2.1.1

        I’d just typed up a reply listing those in a rather more long winded fashion, although there are a couple of things I’d add to that list:

        The first is that I’m not sure it matters just how cheap houses are in the South Island, because people who can’t heat their homes usually aren’t able to buy a house.

        Some years ago I had some party animal flatmates who ran up very large power bills and refused to pay for what they’d used, dividing the bill by the number of people in the house (they usually paid their share by selling drugs, I seem to recall).

        I had no money for food after paying power and rent, so I had to go and stay with family for a few weeks until I could afford to eat again.

        Work and Income, being their usual helpful selves, started getting really nasty to me, threatening to cut me off because – in their eyes – I was moving away from the big city to a small town with fewer employment opportunities just so I could stay on the dole and not have to look for work.

        I imagine that would still apply, particularly to someone moving from Auckland to the South Island without a guaranteed job.

        • miravox 2.1.1.1

          Yes, I forgot about those work and income directives.

          And thanks for reminding me of how Work and Income can fail to understand that life happens in ways that are outside the manual.

    • lprent 2.2

      Jobs? Internet?

      I rather enjoy the substantial payments from my employer, and the fast fiber that I enjoy at home.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      Coal is not cheap as anthropogenic climate change has shown.

  3. miravox 3

    Chances are the rheumatic fever reduction programme would have worked a whole lot better if over-crowding was addressed as a prevention measure.

  4. Since the last census in 2006, Auckland’s population had risen 8.5 per cent, which had outpaced the 7.6 per cent increase in dwellings.

    And inside the houses, Auckland’s share of the country’s overcrowded households had risen from about a third in 1991, to almost half 12 years later.

    Illustrated with photos of people who appear to have ridiculous numbers of children. Cause, meet effect.

    • karol 4.1

      Whole lot of assumptions there. PM.

      When there is overcrowding, it often means several (nuclear) families are living in one household. How do you know which families the children in the photo belong to?

      Houses should be built to accommodate the kinds of households people live in. Single people and two person households make up the majority of NZ households.

      Often there are a small number of people living in big houses, with bedrooms they don’t use.

      There also should be some households for larger extended and/or nuclear families.

      • Psycho Milt 4.1.1

        When there is overcrowding, it often means several (nuclear) families are living in one household.

        In cases where multiple families are having to share a house, we have an overcrowding problem. In cases where one family includes a ridiculous number of children, we have an idiot problem. They’re different problems, and the second one isn’t the government’s job to do anything about.

        Often there are a small number of people living in big houses, with bedrooms they don’t use.

        Me, for instance: two kids, four bedrooms. It’s lovely and spacious. But if there were seven kids, I’d have a very foreseeable overcrowding problem and can’t-pay-the-bills problem. This is, of course, why I don’t have seven kids.

        There also should be some households for larger extended and/or nuclear families.

        There should be a pony for everybody, but there isn’t. The people who build houses are generally in a position to build a house because they didn’t have ridiculous numbers of children, so the private sector won’t supply them. And the public sector is probably well aware that if it did build some such houses, it wouldn’t take long for the sob stories to appear about how the only available big house isn’t where the idiot-problem family wants to live, or what a crime it is that the parents are being expected to move out of the big house and let someone else have it, now that all their kids have left home. No-one likes a thankless task.

        • batweka 4.1.1.1

          what’s the acceptable number of children?

          • Psycho Milt 4.1.1.1.1

            Useful rule of thumb: any more than three and you’re giving planet Earth a big middle finger.

            • batweka 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Not really. If you are concerned about the environment we live in then we should be repopulating in relationship to the resources of the landbases we live in. Your kids are going to live in a resource depleted world not the one you live in where people are privileged to replace themselves. I’m guessing you didn’t take that into account when you had your kids though. Which means that you are moralising about other people without applying the same moral stringency to yourself.

              • That reply makes no sense.

                1. People have a built-in and pretty powerful urge to reproduce.
                2. The planet could with a lot fewer people on it, not more.

                These facts are in conflict. A sensible person will seek some useful compromise between evolutionary failure and overpopulating the planet. That useful compromise progresses via: no kids, which is an evolutionary fail; one kid, which is risky in evolutionary terms but great in population-reduction terms; two kids, which is still slightly risky but also still just below population replacement level; three kids, which pretty much removes evolutionary risk but increases the population; and upwards of three, which basically says “Fuck the planet, my selfish genes rule!”

                • karol

                  PM, you have set off a big diversion from the main issue – that there is not enough affordable housing for our population. You have opted for blaming the victims, rather than looking at the bigger picture.

                  The stats show that large families are not the problem. People like you who live in houses with more space than you need are as much of a cause as people with large families.

                  I read an article recently that said we need to be thinking in terms of available beds rather than available houses.

                  In recent times houses have got bigger, and families had tended to get smaller. That stats NZ figures I linked to showed the majority of people live in one and two people households.

                  It is not large families that are causing the affordable housing shortage, it is the lack of sufficient affordable accommodation. Builders and developers have focused too much on building bigger houses for the better off, and treated accommodation for low income people as an after-thought.

                  • It’s not a diversion, because families of three or four generally don’t suffer from overcrowding. Someone who’s living in overcrowded conditions because they have half a dozen kids is a victim of what, exactly? Apart from stupidity, I mean.

                    The stats show that large families are not the problem.

                    Depends which problem. Large families aren’t the reason we have too few houses in Auckland, true. They are a significant part of the reason we have a lot of overcrowding in particular suburbs, though.

                    Builders and developers have focused too much on building bigger houses for the better off…

                    They build houses for people who can afford to build houses, so that’s hardly surprising. Low income people needn’t and shouldn’t expect to live in a new house – mine was built 30 years before I moved into it.

                    People don’t fuck thinking about the global population situation.

                    The smart ones don’t fuck without thinking about potential consequences. That’s why it’s an idiot problem.

                    • McFlock

                      It’s not a diversion, because families of three or four generally don’t suffer from overcrowding.

                      Of course, your assumption is one family per dwelling.

                    • It’s not. See above: “In cases where multiple families are having to share a house, we have an overcrowding problem. In cases where one family includes a ridiculous number of children, we have an idiot problem. “

                    • McFlock

                      Fair enough.

                      Before we start arguing about whether the so-called “idiot problem” is a rational description, care to prove it exists?

                    • karol

                      From an Otago Uni report on Auckland’s housing inequality:

                      In New Zealand, the rates of overcrowding are highest for Maori and Pacific Islanders. This can be attributed to a number of factors including that families of these ethnicities more commonly live with other families or extended families, as well as affordability of rent and house ownership.

                      You keep trying to divert from the main problem – something which has increased in recent years. And it’s not surprising seeing as the “market” favours building for better off people.

                      You keep adding one diversion upon another, and keep ignoring any contrary evidence.

                      Who says low income people expect new houses?

                    • Before we start arguing about whether the so-called “idiot problem” is a rational description, care to prove it exists?

                      From the report referred to in the post:

                      Crowded Housing in New Zealand 1986–2006 showed that crowding increased sharply with the number of dependent children. In 2006, less than 2 percent of households with no dependent children experienced crowding, but 8 out of every 10 households with seven or more dependent children were crowded.”

                      Multi-family households are increasing as a proportion of the total, as you’d expect with housing in short supply:

                      “Multi-family households have increased as a proportion of both severely crowded households (from 42.1 to 45.1 percent)…”

                      However, they’re still only 45% of the total. It doesn’t break down the other 55%, but it presumably consists of single-family households (maybe also groups of unrelated residents if these aren’t classed as ‘multi-family’), and crowding “increase[s] sharply with the number of dependent children.”

                      It exists, alright.

                      You keep trying to divert from the main problem – something which has increased in recent years.

                      I’m not diverting from the main problem. Yes, Auckland has a housing shortage, and yes it’s resulting in more instances of multiple families living in the same house. However, let’s not ignore the significant impact of the idiot problem on these figures – according to the report itself, multi-family dwellings are only 45% of the severe overcrowding total.

                    • McFlock

                      It doesn’t break down the other 55%, but it presumably consists of single-family households (maybe also groups of unrelated residents if these aren’t classed as ‘multi-family’), and crowding “increase[s] sharply with the number of dependent children.”

                      🙄
                      Your problem is that you look at the real data and then pretend that things the data doesn’t describe at all are “presumably” of characteristics XYZ, and then you pretend that your speculation is:
                      a) therefore evidence based; and
                      b) relevant to the point that overcrowding is not due to an oversupply of people.

                      It’s the result of leaving the market unregulated (or even overcooked by interests rates that are focused simply on keeping inflation down), coupled with the obliteration of state housing and increasing inequality making housing unaffordable.

                    • Sabine

                      Unless you are a family of three living in a one bedroom apartment as that is the only affordable housing available.

                • karol

                  Actually, “evolution” tends to result in people with scarce resources having more children than people and communities with wealthier lifestyles. It’s a protection against the whole whanau or community dying off because of poor health, etc.

                  People don’t fuck thinking about the global population situation. Fix the too large inequality gap, provide adequate incomes, education, and housing for all, and the tendency is for individual families to have fewer children.

                  Victim blaming does nothing to provide a solution.

                • Your problem is… etc

                  It is of course within the bounds of possibility that the 55% of overcrowded houses not occupied by multiple families also aren’t occupied by single families, and that the evidence that crowding increases sharply with the number of dependent children has no bearing on the level of overcrowding found in these suburbs, and that the fact that every story about this issue is illustrated with a photo of someone with an excessive number of children is just an unlikely coincidence. Believe that if you wish.

                  • McFlock

                    It just seems to me that if more than 5 or 10% of overcrowded households do not fall into the single or multiple family dynamic, and only say half of single-family overcrowded households fall into your “idiot” category of more than two kids plus parents, then your problem-solving skills seem to be deficient (if you genuinely want to address the issue of overcrowding by concentrating on a quarter of overcrowded households, as opposed to just diverting the discussion into a debate about your personal hate-fetish).

                    • …if you genuinely want to address the issue of overcrowding by concentrating on a quarter of overcrowded households, as opposed to just diverting the discussion into a debate about your personal hate-fetish…

                      I’ve characterised it throughout this thread as ‘a’ problem, not ‘the’ problem.

                      Everybody reading this will be aware of the contribution of Auckland’s housing shortage to overcrowding there, and to the various claims about the causes of that shortage (varying according to political outlook), and to possible solutions. But the housing shortage isn’t the only cause, and I’ve pointed out another one. By your own account it’s reasonable to assume it accounts for a good quarter of overcrowded households, and I think you’re being very conservative in your estimate. It’s not unreasonable to point it out.

                    • McFlock

                      Actually, it does seem pretty unreasonable to focus on a characteristic of a quarter of a population that might only be tangential to the problem of a dysfunctional housing market.

                      Or to put it another way: even if the parents are, in your estimation, “idiots” and don’t count as what you’d call the deserving poor, why should the kids live in an overcrowded house?

                    • Actually, it does seem pretty unreasonable…

                      It would be pretty unreasonable to treat it as more significant than the dysfunctional housing market, yes.

                      …even if the parents are, in your estimation, “idiots” and don’t count as what you’d call the deserving poor, why should the kids live in an overcrowded house?

                      Even if a small business owner makes a bunch of stupid decisions and goes bankrupt, why should the employees lose their jobs? Our ability to prevent people’s stupidity from affecting other people is finite.

                    • McFlock

                      Well, given that you’re talking to someone who thinks that the government should get the reserve bank to also look at an unemployment rate of 0-3% rather than 6-8% when deciding interest rates, your analogy is a near miss.

                      Our abilities might be finite, but overcrowding (and, for that matter, trans-generational unemployment) are definitely solveable – but only if people care about the suffering of others more than they care about calling the parents or employers “idiots” as if that addresses the probem.

                    • Addressing the problems idiots cause requires first recognising the idiocy. Refusing to recognise the cause effectively equates to ignoring the problem.

                    • McFlock

                      When your “idiots” are associated with a majority of the problem, then you might be on the way to identifying a major cause of the problem.

                      As it is, it merely looks like you are driven by bias and presumption, rather than anything rational.

                    • McFlock

                      yeah but you also think that a problem can be solved if we call a quarter of the affected population “idiots”.

                • batweka

                  That reply makes no sense.

                  1. People have a built-in and pretty powerful urge to reproduce.
                  2. The planet could with a lot fewer people on it, not more.

                  These facts are in conflict.

                  Actually they’re not. Many cultures have intentionally controlled population when they didn’t have the resources to have more people around.

                  A sensible person will seek some useful compromise between evolutionary failure and overpopulating the planet.

                  You are conflating evolution with individual choice. Most people don’t have choose to have children because they’re thinking about the survival of the species.

                  Humans evolved via tribes. The individual drive isn’t as important as you are making out. eg humans developped menopause and that tribes that had non-childbearing women had better survival rates (read up on the Grandmother Hypothesis), because it was the survival and thriving of the group that made the difference.

                  That useful compromise progresses via: no kids, which is an evolutionary fail; one kid, which is risky in evolutionary terms but great in population-reduction terms; two kids, which is still slightly risky but also still just below population replacement level; three kids, which pretty much removes evolutionary risk but increases the population; and upwards of three, which basically says “Fuck the planet, my selfish genes rule!”

                  Your basic premise fails because you have assumed that replacing oneself is ok for the planet. I can’t understand why you would think this, because that’s apparently what you have done. But it’s not true. The only sane way to judge reproduction in an environmental context is to look at what the landbase can support where you live. We are in resource overshoot globally and here in NZ and when the dust settles on that, what’s going to be important to your kids isn’t whether we can import cars from Japan and send milk powder to China, but whether the local watershed they live in can supply the food and other needs for the population that lives there. That’s what AGW and PO are going to do.

                  In that case, you also have to look at whole communities and their ability to function, not just this nuclear family ideal you seem to have. The large Polynesian family you are so disdainful off may have far better community building skills and capacity for work than your 2 adults/2 kids nuclear unit.

                  Instead you’ve taken the global measurement approach. If you really want to do that then we have to be reducing population, in which case you’ve failed by your own morals which makes you a hypocrite as well as a judgemental fuck.

                  I also think you conflate a whole bunch of your personal ideas with evolutionary theory but don’t apply it in the real world.

                  • karol

                    Indeed. And meanwhile, an increasing proportion of Kiwis are living without heating when they need it.

                  • Your basic premise fails because you have assumed that replacing oneself is ok for the planet.

                    Given the level of obviously wrong achieved with that, I’m not going to bother with the rest.

                    • batweka

                      Ok, I’ll take that as a sign that you can’t address the points (not even at a basic level of which bits of that sentence are wrong and why). This does seem to be a pattern, that you don’t clarify in ways that assist communication.

                    • Take it how you like. Other people manage to read my comments without willfully misinterpreting them, and I’m not customising them for you.

                    • batweka

                      Someone else commented the other day asking you to post coherently, so it’s not just me.

                      And if you’re not interested in communicating effectively why do you bother to reply to me?

                      my point still stands. You appear to not be able to address the points raised in this instance.

            • Bill 4.1.1.1.1.2

              How many children living a normal lifestyle in (say) Bangladesh, would it take equal the impact of one child living a normal lifestlye in NZ? Just askin’.

          • sweetd 4.1.1.1.2

            what’s the acceptable number of children?

            A number you and your partner can provide all the necessities of life for.

            • McFlock 4.1.1.1.2.1

              What if your circumstances change after procreation?

              • batweka

                It never fails to amaze me how some people in conversations like this appear to have a complete lack of imagination about what happens in RL. I can understand people not having the direct experience themselves, but really what kind of vacuum do you have to live in to not be able to think how things work for others?

                • greywarshark

                  …some people in conversations like this appear to have a complete lack of imagination about what happens in RL. I can understand people not having the direct experience themselves, but really what kind of vacuum do you have to live in to not be able to think how things work for others?

                  This is how I objectively see many of the population thinking and behaving.

                  The general idea is that you aim to get educated and get to run your life, with a job that pays. You live your life and don’t go under the surface, to plan, think about your life but also how you fit into the whole. Planning and pondering is other people’s work. .

                  You remain unmoved and unaware of the deeper matters of society, you get on with your own business and watch the turmoil others experience with interest and perhaps surprise or annoyance. But you don’t do anything that doesn’t benefit yourself, or isn’t a reaction to something affecting you. You may not limit your number of children because it is your right to have as many as you like, over- population concerns are for those who are trying to interfere with personal rights.

                  Like ants you scurry around following your daily routine with no time allowed for deeper understanding. And because there is a gap in your thinking, a cult leader may come along and fill that gap with some slanted philosophy that captures your heart and mind. And you preen yourself for being a clever human, able to do so much, with so little comprehension of the total picture.

              • Colonial Rawshark

                What if the landlord jacks up the rent on you by $100 pw because he can.

                • batweka

                  Or your marriage ends, or one partner dies, or gets a long term illness/disability, or your job that looked secure for the past decade suddenly disappears, or you get behind on insurance payments and your house burns down, or you live in Chch, or contraceptive failure means you get pregnant again and you can’t bring yourself to have another abortion (or abortion isn’t available where you live). That’s not even close to being a comprehensive list.

                  Methinks sweetd needs to read some Tirado.

            • Sabine 4.1.1.1.2.2

              I wonder how many white, middle class families would start to struggle, once that “Working for Families ” Benefit / Tax shenanigan is removed?

              Just asking.

              i have been told by too many people that they are responsible having three kids, and others are not responsible having three kids.

              But when one asks them if they could afford their children without their partners income i.e. unemployment, or temporary loss of work due to illness they usually don’t give an answer.

              Fact is that accommodation is chosen by its location and affordability. If I have two children and the only apartment that is within my price range is a one bedroom apartment than i will take that 1 bedroom. It beats sleeping in a car. But I will then live in an overcrowded house and would have been irresponsible…but I might have had my children at a time where I had a good paying job living in a three bedroom house.

              It gets to me all the time, that people really believe that circumstances don’t change, and that above all circumstances don’t change on them. They will always be blond, white, middle class, able to afford their mortgage, two cars and three children. Until shit hits the fan….and then they have a right to benefits because they ‘earned’ them. Not like the others that have been irresponsible and who are bludgers.

    • Murray Rawshark 4.2

      I remember you from The Meaning of Life. You’re the Anglican who got his wife pregnant every time they had sex, aren’t you?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifgHHhw_6g8

    • miravox 4.3

      ‘Ridiculously’ large families.

      Maybe you need to look at the causes of this before saying the size of the family itself is the cause of the problem. Aside from genuine maternal/paternal feelings that lead to more kids than a person can afford there’s also:

      – family was complete before a fallout from the 2008 financial crisis so income were lower than planned
      – sudden increase in rental prices because no government has the guts to tackle incentives that skew investment decisions into property
      – houses are not where the jobs are
      – command and control misogyny (barefoot and pregnant)
      – contraception failure/cost etc, etc.
      – community values
      – the family includes fostered or whanau adopted children
      – the children are an investment for a future family wage. Because life is tough, the more kids, the more secure your old age might be. Ironic that keeping people destitute may make this scenario more likely.

      I’m sure there are plenty of other valid reasons for having a large-ish family and that these are not the ’cause’ of overcrowding. However, the problems are greater because of essential issues with the supply of housing like where it is and how much it costs in relation income.

  5. adam 5

    To add to the nightmare Karol, now that work and income have taken over NZ housing – the delays in finding people housing has got worse.

    Who would have guessed a government department, under resourced and full of staff which – well let’s be frank – would struggle with the work loads in the private sector. Can’t organise housing and get the most desperate people into homes.

    It’s an interesting tactic by the these ideologues, we call a government. Make the systems of the state harder and harder to engage with, couple this with underfunding, and a top heavy structure – so they can fulfil an ideological imperative that the state is a failed mechanism and the private sector can can do it better.

    I think Karol, you just highlighted why market solutions are not the answer to very much. The market understands only one thing – greed.

    • Andrea 5.1

      “would struggle with the work loads in the private sector”

      Now which sector of the private sector would that be? And why are they so maximally inept as to tolerate excesses of busy work or overworking staff?

      It’s possibly wrong – but dear old Housing Corp and its previous incarnations seemed to manage quite well.

      And I doubt that there’d be many in the sacred private sector who have to work under the no-choice situation that the Housing people had to work under. Like it or otherwise they have to deal with the difficult and dangerous. Unlike the private sectors (which aren’t as competent and smooth as those who work there like to kid themselves, based on many experiences.)

  6. Treetop 6

    In the last two months I have had three extra summer power bills or two extra winter power bills due to a faulty valve in the hot water cylinder (now fixed). I requested the last six months of power bills to prove to the landlord that there was a fault in the hot water cylinder. Just to get a plumber to the door to say hello, the cost is $75.

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    1 day ago
  • Well, crap
    UKanians went to the polls yesterday in early elections aimed at resolving the Brexit impasse. And they certainly have, delivering a huge majority to the Tories, and (barring internal rebellions of the sort which delayed Brexit) giving them the power to do whatever they want. And thanks to the UK's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Austerity meets fresh resistance in Iran
      by Karim Pourhamzavi Mass protests are occurring across Iran, taking place in over 100 cities.  The protests have been sparked by the government’s cutting of fuel subsidies, a measure which caused fuel prices to double overnight. Mass protests are hardly new in Iran, but there is an important difference ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Oh No! It’s a …..
    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    2 days ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    3 days ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    3 days ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    3 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    3 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    4 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    4 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    4 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    4 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    5 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    5 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    6 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
    Sustained high growth in primary industry exports looks set to continue over the next two years with strong prices predicted for farmers, fishers, growers and rural communities. Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today released the latest Situation and Outlook report for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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