web analytics

Pre-budget reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, May 26th, 2016 - 20 comments
Categories: budget 2016, class war, economy, national - Tags: , , ,

Budget day! Here’s a little light reading to get us started.

Budget 2016: The risk of not investing in children

Budget 2016: An opportunity to put children first

Budget 2016: Everything you need to know

What we know about Budget 2016

Budget 2016: Can we afford the superannuation status quo?

Fran O’Sullivan: Time to level the playing field on tax

Budget day 2016, what we want to see

If you could insert one line into Bill English’s Budget speech today, what would it be?

That last link is a bit of fun – write your own line for the budget!

20 comments on “Pre-budget reading ”

  1. vto 1

    More taxpayers money for the corporate world like Rio Tinto at Bluff would be good I think….. yeah right

    So too would more taxpayers money for farmers businesses be good. They deserve it with the amount of tax they pay every time they make their millions out of selling the farm business…… yeah right

    Some more taxpayer money to help out private media companies when they can’t pay their bills would be good too …….

    I also think we should open the immigration doors even more than the currently record wide doors so we have even more people coming in and driving up the demand and prices for our houses ……. that is great stuff …… imagine when we all have homes worth $2million. It’s just the best ………

    Some taxpayers money to help out foreign trusts would be worth it too – we can see the enormous benefits they bring to the world and to us here in NZ …. let’s help that industry out …….. wait, that’s not an industry …..

    Oh, and we should transfer more land to foreigners who don’t even live here. They bring enormous benefits like beads and trinkets.., I mean, laptops and wifi ….

    fuck this lot

  2. Open mike 2

    Another nothing budget for the future.

  3. Sabine 3

    Brighter Future!!!!!!

  4. dv 4


  5. Enough is Enough 5

    I wonder if last year’s great political deception is to be repeated

  6. save nz 6

    We ain’t giving you nothing, in fact we will rob from the most needy (womens refugees etc) to give bribes to our cronies and corporations (Charter schools and Sky City).

  7. save nz 7

    Winston had a good line….

    More forests have fallen to print National’s progaganda than to build houses.

    • Adrian 7.1

      That’s the world we live in now..when even Winston seems more rational and fair minded than our ‘Beloved Leader’. Well, sometimes.

  8. Jones 8

    Are we still on the cusp of something special?

  9. Nick 9

    A Brighter Fuhrer….

  10. save nz 10

    Public debt bad, government debt not mentioned!

  11. Doogs 11

    First I will abolish all charter schools and put that money, plus a whole lot more money, into support services in education for our state primary schools which are barely coping with the increasing number of damaged children who come from homes that have no money and no hope.

    Second I would lower the numbers of immigrants by about two thirds, which is probably about the right amount for the current infrastructure to cope with. At the same time I would tighten up on the entry criteria to ensure the right kind of people with the right skills were coming in. That in itself would probably cut the intake by two thirds anyway.

    Thirdly I would engage a lot of resources into obtaining land and setting up a large home building project, not just in Auckland, and ensure that the greatest proportion of these homes are under $500,000. That will be difficult largely because of the duopoly in the building supplies area, however, if the government makes a big enough order it can negotiate prices. Yes, I am suggesting that the government get into the building business. They did it before, they can do it again. Parallel to that, I will build a large number of houses which the government will retain ownership of and let to people who are homeless.

    Fourthly I will ramp up the minimum wage to a truly liveable level, perhaps $25 an hour to start with, and raise benefits to a similarly liveable level. The stimulation to the economy of such a move would, in time, far outweigh the extra costs of paying people more.

    Fifthly I would put in place a raft of easily accessible and appropriately resourced services designed to nurture, value and protect children. This country’s record of treatment of vulnerable children is nothing short of disgraceful. Any way you look at it these young people are our future, and to have them living in harmful accomodation, getting sick and not being able to attend school, having parents who cannot through poverty or will not through lack of skills care for them in proper ways. The loss of these young people to our economy is in billions a year.

    Sixthly, I would rejig the tax system – whatever it takes – to ensure that people and organisations paid exactly the amount of tax they should. This should bring in a massive amount more money which the government would then use to alleviate the suffering of people who are struggling, for a variety of reasons, and are unable to do the best for their families.

    All these, and other measures, would, over time, lift the living standards of all to a level where people can at last function to their potential. The value to our economy would be exponential.

    The problem is we have a bunch of self-serving, lying, inept thickheads who are quite comfortable thank you very much, and would like all their besties to be the same.

    Utterly, totally, completely and embarrassingly shameful!

    • save nz 11.1

      @ Doogs, I’d vote for that!

      Just also add in, that any corruption by Kleptocrats is an automatic jail sentence.

      Abolish offshore trusts 0 rated tax status and make the names involved in the trusts publicly available.

      Have a publicly funded media that is tasked to be politically neutral.

      No lobbying or corporate donations allowed to government. All political parties get a set budget for their campaigns.

      Pull troops out of the middle east. Double the number of refugees that NZ takes and try and do some sort of system whose aim is to return refugees back to their countries once, war, drought, etc is over. (not sure how workable that is).

  12. Kevin 12

    Collateralising student loans and selling to offshore fund managers. Has to be a winner.

  13. someone 13

    nice one! and, ‘futures’ in sandbags over carpet,eh.

    p’raps the shallow, shouty dudes ev’one’s been getting dutifully(fearfully?) behind can be set to breaking rocks down into sand 17hrs a day -to spare them having to think about what they did/compassionate response.

  14. The Real Matthew 14

    I’d like to see a tax on the poor to dis-incentivise being poor

  15. Stuart Munro 15

    We used to talk about light at the end of the tunnel. It seemed to recede as the GFC developed, and our fiscal cleverness went unappreciated and was, incidentally, unsuccessful. In recent years we’ve turned out the light at the end of the tunnel to save power but it hasn’t created savings because of the money we borrowed for tax cuts. This year we’re calling on NZers to embrace the darkness, and become creatures of the night. Like us.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Project protects jobs and nature
    A Waitomo-based Jobs for Nature project will keep up to ten people employed in the village as the tourism sector recovers post Covid-19 Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “This $500,000 project will save ten local jobs by deploying workers from Discover Waitomo into nature-based jobs. They will be undertaking local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Minister Shaw speaks with U.S. Presidential Envoy John Kerry
    Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw spoke yesterday with President Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. “I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Kerry this morning about the urgency with which our governments must confront the climate emergency. I am grateful to him and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today announced three diplomatic appointments: Alana Hudson as Ambassador to Poland John Riley as Consul-General to Hong Kong Stephen Wong as Consul-General to Shanghai   Poland “New Zealand’s relationship with Poland is built on enduring personal, economic and historical connections. Poland is also an important ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Major redevelopment of Wainuiomata High School underway
    Work begins today at Wainuiomata High School to ensure buildings and teaching spaces are fit for purpose, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Minister joined principal Janette Melrose and board chair Lynda Koia to kick off demolition for the project, which is worth close to $40 million, as the site ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New expert group appointed to advise Government on Oranga Tamariki
    A skilled and experienced group of people have been named as the newly established Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board by Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis today. The Board will provide independent advice and assurance to the Minister for Children across three key areas of Oranga Tamariki: relationships with families, whānau, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 vaccine slated for possible approval next week
    The green light for New Zealand’s first COVID-19 vaccine could be granted in just over a week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. “We’re making swift progress towards vaccinating New Zealanders against the virus, but we’re also absolutely committed to ensuring the vaccines are safe and effective,” Jacinda Ardern said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New ACC Board members announced.
    The Minister for ACC is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to join the Board of ACC on 1 February 2021. “All three bring diverse skills and experience to provide strong governance oversight to lead the direction of ACC” said Hon Carmel Sepuloni. Bella Takiari-Brame from Hamilton ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Economic boost for Southland marae
    The Government is investing $9 million to upgrade a significant community facility in Invercargill, creating economic stimulus and jobs, Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson and Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene have announced.  The grant for Waihōpai Rūnaka Inc to make improvements to Murihiku Marae comes from the $3 billion set ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
    [Opening comments, welcome and thank you to Auckland University etc] It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon to celebrate such an historic occasion - the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a moment many feared would never come, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supporting disabled people to stay connected
    The Government is providing $3 million in one-off seed funding to help disabled people around New Zealand stay connected and access support in their communities, Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The funding will allow disability service providers to develop digital and community-based solutions over the next two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Voluntary saliva testing offered to quarantine workers from Monday
    Border workers in quarantine facilities will be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. This additional option will be rolled out at the Jet Park Quarantine facility in Auckland starting on Monday 25 January, and then to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Next steps in firearms buy-back
    The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today.  “The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature projects target iconic ecosystems
    Upscaling work already underway to restore two iconic ecosystems will deliver jobs and a lasting legacy, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.  “The Jobs for Nature programme provides $1.25 billion over four years to offer employment opportunities for people whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 recession. “Two new projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Public Housing Plan announced
    The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will create training and employment opportunities
    A major investment to tackle wilding pines in Mt Richmond will create jobs and help protect the area’s unique ecosystems, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says. The Mt Richmond Forest Park has unique ecosystems developed on mineral-rich geology, including taonga plant species found nowhere else in the country. “These special plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand
    To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago