web analytics

Principled stands from Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, February 17th, 2015 - 153 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, labour, leadership - Tags:

Andrew Little is continuing to get headlines for his principled stands on the issues. For example:

Labour leader Andrew Little warns SkyCity over deal

… Labour leader Andrew Little said a government under his leadership would be tougher.

It would look at legislating to reduce the 28-year extension to the SkyCity licence, granted as part of gambling concessions given to SkyCity for building a $402 million centre.

“If they put up a dog, then they’re not going to get away with it.”

And:

Labour continues to oppose NZ involvement in anti-IS coalition

Labour continues to oppose New Zealand’s involvement in the United States-led anti IS coalition. Andrew Little says this country doesn’t have the air strike capability to engage, and the military training option suggested for New Zealand troops won’t make a difference.

His leadership is earning him praise from the unlikeliest of sources:

Opinion: Andrew Little is owning it

Andrew Little is owning it.

Case in point: yesterday’s opening of Parliament. Labour was dished up a dream issue with John Key on the ropes over the SkyCity pokies deal. Little made the most of it – nailing the attack lines in and out of the House.

The rise from little-known MP to Labour leader is proving to be a master-class in early-stage political leadership.

Our first 3 News Reid-Research poll shows people think Little is Labour’s most capable leader since Helen Clark.

He’s owning the stand-offs with John Key in Parliament, owning the media stand-ups and by choosing to stand-down on policy for the time being, he’s owning that too.

It’s looking more and more like Labour has found the right leader at last. And that’s good news no matter where you sit on the political Left!

153 comments on “Principled stands from Little”

  1. Craig Glen Eden 1

    Andrews doing a good job and I think that its his demeanour as well as what he says that kiwis are relating to. Cutting the crap has been a very good approach.

    • Anno1701 1.1

      Take those glasses of and i reckon he would look like a proper brawler !

      just needs a nice flat cap 😉

  2. Dorothy 2

    Honesty verses spin should always win.

  3. Tautoko Mangō Mata 3

    I agree and if he comes out strongly denouncing ISDS then I will kiss his feet!
    How can you raise a minimum wage with an ISDS?
    • Veolia, the giant French-based transportation company, is suing Egypt for raising its minimum wage, which would mean higher pay for workers at the Alexandria bus company it owns and thus lower profits. ”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-cohen

    • thatguynz 3.1

      Shush TMM – that won’t fit with Dr Mapp’s narrative at all! That just won’t do 🙂

      • vto 3.1.1

        Yeah, where is Wayne on this?

        The wealth our community generates needs spreading around, not concentrating. And this does not fit with the TPP.

        The TPP is fucked in the head.

        And the TPP will fuck us in the head – like same provisions are fucking Egypt, fucking the Canadians, fucking the aussies.

        • Tracey 3.1.1.1

          Nice…

          i am sure he will say that is different. And that the usual suspects are the only ones not wanting a TPP cos they object to ALL free trade agreements. And will dodge that he and his ilk have agreed with every single FTA but that apparently doesn’t dent his credibility.

          He did say yesterday that he doesn’t post to address our questions but for the benefit of those who read but don’t post. So he is kind of an advertisement (without a disclaimer)

    • Wayne 3.2

      But the negotiating parties to TPP will not agree to an ISDS that would prevent minimum wage increases, including the US itself.

      • Tracey 3.2.1

        On what basis? Can you tell us everything that won’t be agreed to, and everything that will and how you know? Thanks in advance

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1.1

          He’s already answered that: it’s his informed opinion. I suspect he may know something of the bottom lines laid down by Lab5.

          Dr. Mapp, can you say whether said bottom lines have changed at all since the 2008 election?

      • vto 3.2.2

        Wayne the TPP is structurally flawed.

        Plus you keep refusing to answer questions on it, instead constantly bemoaning the “usual suspects” aka Key and cronies.

        Your credibility is draining fast and there aint much left.

    • Michael 3.3

      I believe he already did. http://ruminator.co.nz/no-bullshit-andrew-little/

      “The most surprising opinion I got out of him was his 95 per cent-of-the-way refusal to support the TPPA (read here for Hadyn Green’s superb explanation of why it’s shit). This is in stark contrast with previous Labour leaders who have prevaricated over their stance. Oh they might hate it, but they might like it you know. They just weren’t sure. Not with Andrew. Andrew’s position was “I can’t see myself supporting an agreement that gives away sovereign authority.” His concerns were threefold: that the Investor State Dispute Settlement aspect would be too dangerous, that we would be handing over domestic control of our State Owned Entities to a trade agreement,and that the troubling IP provisions would do harm to things like our patent law and undermine the efficacy of Pharmac.”

      Pretty principled stand if you ask me.

  4. Skinny 4

    Andrew is getting across some solid sound & visual bites. The kiwi public can see this guy is the real deal as a future leader of New Zealand. It would be fair to say he is keeping some of us in there supporting Labour ‘just’. I know Goff is off, however there are a lot more hangers on that need to call their political careers to an end. And ffs the LP need to cull out any neo liberal want to be MP’s floating around.

  5. TheContrarian 5

    My uncle, a Key voter, said to me last night that he was really warming to Little and thought he was doing a fantastic job so far.

  6. Ffloyd 6

    Was listening to Whineon this morning trying to push A L into saying what He wanted him to say. It was like herding cats and the cats won. Little has him on toast. He is a very safe pair of hands with no ego driven baggage. Yay!

    • alwyn 6.1

      Really? I didn’t realise he had two interviews this morning.
      In the one I heard, where he was being questioned about the approach we should take to ISIS, he was so confused and rambling that he made Steffan Browning advocating homeopathy as a treatment for Ebola sound lucid and intelligent.
      What was the other interview you heard where you say he did better?

      • Sans Cle 6.1.1

        Interesting what we take from the same thing we hear!
        I heard an aggressive questioning tack from Espiner (typical of his approach to those he doesn’t agree with politically), asking questions and subsequently not listening to the answer that Little gave. Little had to repeat it (two or three times) about what was discussed at the meeting, with the Iraqi foreign minister) – which was broader than military assistance, and included humanitarian assistance and rebuilding businesses. The title of the audio clip is “Labour continues to oppose NZ involvement in anti-IS coalition”. This is misleading, from what I heard. Little did not oppose all involvement – he opposed use of NZ’s military in Iraq. Espiner was trying to put words in Little’s mouth, and also did not take that the message that Little took from the Ibrahim al-Ja’afari meeting, (Espiner was not at this meeting, but claimed to know that all he asked for was military help!).
        I thought Little was very clear, articulate and showed Espiner up for all his political biases which he brings to his interviews.

        • greywarshark 6.1.1.1

          @ Sans Cle
          I have noticed Espiner behaving in dogged determination, virtually holding onto the interviewee and berating him/her on whether it is true that he wears socks in different colours! Well that’s a barefaced lie actually, but you get the idea. I have been told that the release method in serious cases of lockjaw is to turn a high-pressure hose on them. I don’t understand this. I can’t see it working in a high-tech sound booth.

          • left for deadshark 6.1.1.1.1

            Finger up the arse,at lest that works for other dogs,no offence to the four legged ones.

      • Ffloyd 6.1.2

        Really Alvin! I was listening to g.espiner on Nat Radio. I don’t know which station you were listening to. *Planet Key Lies and Misinformation* perhaps.

  7. Anne 7

    I remember years ago when it was first publicly mooted he was considering a career in politics he was seen by many (including journos) as a ‘future Labour leader’. When he first entered parliament in 2011 he was cast by some in the role of the ‘Labour leader in waiting’. Now it’s time to cast him in the role of ‘Prime Minister in waiting’.

    2017 can’t come fast enough.

    • Stuart Munro 7.1

      Don’t wish your life away – shonky jonky doesn’t like being booed – scrag the s.o.b. a few times and he’ll probably piss off – and not before time.

  8. Peter Wilson 8

    The best first-preference vote I ever made. I’m also pleased how quickly die-hard Robertson supporters have come around to Little, it shows that the divisions within the party are healing, primarily based on performance. We can start to smile again 🙂

    • lprent 8.1

      Xmas break. No real time for the Labour caucus to break out.

      Lets chill out until May or June and see if we get that senior Labour MP or senior Labour party figure disease starts arising again.

      But yes, it does look better. Also the Labour spokespeople appear to have started working on their areas again post xmas. That tends to indicate that they feel that they have room to do so. Implies less of an armed camp between the staffers.

      • Peter Wilson 8.1.1

        I can only hope so. I think we’ll get a year of peace or so until de/selection season begins.

  9. The Murphey 9

    Q. If Andrew does not openly confront the mirage of New Zealand’s ‘foreign debt’ and the deception behind it how can he be referred to as ‘principled’ ?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1

      Easy: by not playing passive aggressive twenty questions pantomimes.

      PS: plus, you’re full of shit: Little has openly confronted the foreign debt issue. Perhaps you were too busy to check.

      • The Murphey 9.1.1

        You have not understood my question be it deliberately or because ‘reading and comprehension is a skill’ as you like to point out to others

        Q. If he has addressed the issue as you claim then why could you not post a citation along with your insults ?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.1

          It’s up to you to verify it. Pretty stupid, to make a claim that Little hasn’t discussed foreign debt before reading any of his speeches, eh.

          • The Murphey 9.1.1.1.1

            ‘Reading and comprehension is a skill’

            Little has not ‘openly confronted the mirage of New Zealand’s ‘foreign debt’ and the deception behind it’

            • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.1.1.1

              When will you stop beating your wife?

              • McFlock

                lol

                smurfey doesn’t even know the difference between an exception to a rule and someone who’s exceptional. Reading and comprehension is a skill that they are not familiar with.

                • The Murphey

                  Q. What was it about the ‘wife beating’ comment that you found entertaining ?

                  [lprent: Your political education either needs enhancing or you are trying to be fuckwit commenter. Either way I will eventually wind up banning you if you continue down this path. You are acting like one of the moronic ACToid who went through their damned training course and follow it religiously and without perceptible thought. This is your only warning.

                  You used a “Loaded question“. This is also known as the pigfucker technique around here as in “when did you last fuck your pig”, because whichever way you answer you lose. The most common defence is derision by those who see it and a stupid flamewar as they deride. I typically walk back to find the dickhead who used one of the stupid troll techniques and I blame the whole of the silly flame entirely on them. In this case that would be you

                  If I see you try this particular technique again in any shape or form, I may start with a 4 month ban, or it could just be a week. Which do you prefer. That is my version of a pigfucker question. Of course you could protest, but generally I just double whatever ban I impose. I don’t like pigfuckers. ]

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    *sigh*

                    Cluebat.

                    • The Murphey

                      Beautiful use of words OAB through which you have exposed a number of commentators double standards and hypocrisy most notably those who would regularly leap all over such a comment

                      Your attempt to wash away the stain seeks only to further provide insight into the space between your ears

                      Congratulations you achieved the explicit appreciation of McFlock

                    • McFlock

                      you’re a legend in your own mind, smurph

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      I am sorry for anyone who’s offended by my comment 😈

                    • lprent []

                      I’m not sure this is the place to paraphrase Brownlee…

                  • McFlock

                    Q. Do you really need someone to explain it to you?

                  • The Murphey

                    @ Lprent

                    The original question was in context of the article theme so I presume you were not referring to it

                    I took OABs ‘ beating’ comment at face value as I have no context in which to place it least of all politically

                    Q. Perhaps you might like to provide the context ?

                    I have not heard the bestiality terminology you used in context of posting comments but it is ugly language on ugly language regardless of context or otherwise

                    That you seemingly encourage and endorse the use of human and animal abusive commentary and terminology is distasteful but each to their own if that’s the image you wish to portray

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      If you can’t see how your original comment is a leading question, no wonder you have delusions of political insight.

                    • “I took OABs ‘ beating’ comment at face value as I have no context in which to place it least of all politically …”

                      Seriously? You’re that new to politics you’ve never heard the phrase? Ask one of the other interns or have a read here:

                      http://www.mrmediatraining.com/2011/09/19/when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife/

                      Then there’s this: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002579626

                    • The Murphey

                      That is your interpretation

                      The question is on theme relevant and despite your multiple attempts remains unanswered

                      Edit: TRP I have no context such as Lprent has assumed
                      The language is ugly and highlights myriad of double standards through its use and support

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      remains unanswered

                      Ahh! The stupid, it burns!

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      …the language is ugly…

                      Stop mangling it then.

                    • The Murphey

                      You offered what you believed was an answer which of course it was not OAB

                      You then used ugly language to which I have no context and are atrempting to project wildly onto me which is a weak tactic used frequently on this site by yourself and others

                      If you’re comfortable with the response that’s ok for you but I’m telling you that it was vacuous and irrelevant for me

                      The ‘stupid’ victory you’re attemping to claim is due to self inflation

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Ahh! Burning! You loaded the answer into the question, hence the term ‘loaded question’.

                      There isn’t much TRP or McFlock or Lprent or I can say to you that will help you understand that.

                      You have to grasp it for yourself.

                    • The Murphey

                      Based on direct and indirect observations of yourself TRP McFlock and Lprent on this site there is nothing you can or should attempt to teach anyone with attitude such as you exhibit

                      How not to conduct yourself would be the obvious aside

                      It’s patently not online personas so best of luck with lifes learnings

                    • I think The Murphey’s random comment generator may be shorting out.

                    • Clemgeopin

                      @The Murphey: Anyway, tell us, when did you stop….Oh, ok, never mind. Forget it… As you were.

                    • McFlock

                      to heck with when they stopped beating their wife, when did the murphey start erasing their entire memory before reading a comment?

  10. Sirenia 10

    Just needs to articulate his words better (eg clearer consonants) and ensure better cell phone connections when interviewed. Sometimes hard to hear what he is saying as he has a soft voice.

    • Anne 10.1

      +1
      Re- better cell phone connections. One morning last week on RNZ he was impossible to understand the connection (or was it the cell phone) was so awful.

  11. Puckish Rogue 11

    Thought you guys would have learned by now about building up your leaders only to see them fall…

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1

      You might want to have a word with Fisiani about that. You know, put your own house in order before you go pointing fingers, Team Key.

    • rawshark-yeshe 11.2

      Wow puckish .. never thought I would ever read you writing like this about Key and his followers .. marvelous for you !! 😀

      • Puckish Rogue 11.2.1

        Yeah you do know Keys been in power for six years and Littles been leader of the muppets sorry Labour for a couple of months but no really go on, reminds of the talk of Cunliffe, Shearer, Goff…

    • tricledrown 11.3

      flailing PR Scraping the bottom of the barrel again.

  12. Have to dissaggree with ROb.
    The two examples of standing on PRINCIPLES are terrible.

    They are the wrong principles.

    The SkyCity ‘principle’ is that SkyCity can go ahead with its corrupt deal done with the NACTs including its extra pokies, providing it builds a giant white elephant as per the deal.

    That principle is no more than enforcing the NACTs principle to do corrupt deals with its cronies.

    The anti-IS principle is that its OK to go to a US led war on terror, except that in NZs case we don’t have the planes and are too small to make a difference in ‘training’ to act on that principle.

    The principle is that this war is justified, only NZ doesn’t have the capacity to play an effective role.

    If the war is justified what is stopping Labour from calling for more planes and a bigger SAS ‘training’ squad?

    A principle?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1

      I think you’re confusing “principles” with ‘my principles’.

      Re: ISIS, Little is articulating the principle that ineffective action is pointless.

      Re: Sky City, he’s saying they have to abide by the contract and so does the government (more or less).

      • dave brown 12.1.1

        No I’m saying clearly that Little’s principles do not differ significantly from NACTs principles.

        The War is OK.
        The Skycity deal is OK.

        And that they differ from my principles.
        The War is NOT OK
        The Skycity deal is NOT OK.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1.1.1

          “The Sky deal is OK”?

          Labour leader Andrew Little says SkyCity shouldn’t expect any compensation should a future Labour-led Government renege on the convention centre deal struck by the current Government…If construction has started, we certainly don’t intend to go back on it…

          3News

          Certainly leaves the possibility open that if construction hasn’t started, it won’t.

          • Colonial Rawshark 12.1.1.1.1

            Geeezus mate, putting in a fence post would means that construction has “started.”

            • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1.1.1.1.1

              You’d have to wonder whether Lab6 might say that Little was talking about substantial construction before pulling it out. They might not. You’re a party member, though, so I guess you’d know more about that than I.

  13. les 13

    the principles of modern politics are expediency..Groucho said it best…’if you don’t like my principles….I have…others’!

  14. JanMeyer 14

    Not sure I agree with the assertion that Little is adopting a “principled stand” on IS. He supports the air strikes (and by definition the inevitable collateral killing of innocents) and even implies that if we had our own “air strike capability” we might do some bombing too! But he wouldn’t be prepared to take the risk of accepting the Iraqi government request for New Zealand to help train its troops … I’m confused at the “principle” involved here.

    • Sable 14.1

      Its not really a renunciation of the US action. Its amazing how spineless this nations politicians are in standing up to the US. Iceland is a tiny speck in the ocean with no army and they have repeatedly told the US to get lost. What the hell is our excuse for the on going toadying?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1.1

        In fact, Lab5 followed the principle that they would act according to UN mandates. I haven’t heard this has changed, and I think someone here would have mentioned it.

        The National Party does what its owners tell it to.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 14.2

      Because the Iraqis are not prepared to fight for their corrupt sectarian government in Baghdad, training is not the way to go.

      Not that were are set up to do it properly anyway, different culture, language and reality that airstrikes are only way to defeat ISIS ‘right now’. Cant wait for ‘next year’.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.3

      Going onto that battlefield without air support would not be a smart move.

      Given the Iraqi army’s serious issues with ineffectiveness, corruption, sectarianism, and human rights violations—despite over $25 billion worth of American support over the past 10 years—why is a token effort worth risking Kiwi lives?

      Andrew Little.

      • Murray Rawshark 14.3.1

        That’s not a stand on principle. That’s saying we want some new toys before we’ll play. The principled bit is whether we go or not. Mine say no.

        He’s a bit better on Sly City, but again is basically NAct lite. I hope his position firms up.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 14.3.1.1

          I don’t see how it can be interpreted as a desire for new toys: Little’s talking about the Iraqi Army.

          It isn’t very far from Pascal’s Bookie’s comments, such as this one:

          You need to make a case that this war will achieve good results. I’ve not seen such a case, and remain open to persuasion.

    • English Breakfast 14.4

      I’ll explain it for you. Since the 2008 election, Labour and it’s mouthpieces have claimed each of (in order) Goff, Sharer and Cunliffe were ‘game changers’, and that the subsequent election would be won in a landslide. Now it’s Andrew Little’s turn to be anointed. A more prudent stand would be to wait and see, rather than declare the man a saint. And perhaps reminding him to pay his bills might also help!

  15. Clemgeopin 15

    A cartoon about Sky City trumping the two foolish clowns, Key and Joyce.

    http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/20158/cartoo1.jpg

  16. Sable 16

    Maybe if it finds some genuine Labour policy to match its leader Labour might actually get somewhere but don’t hold your breath.

  17. The Murphey 17

    Q. Mass surveillance endorsement should be interpreted as principled ?

    • Sable 17.1

      It was Clarke who started that ball rolling and Keys simply made it ten times worse. Labour and National can not be trusted.

      • The Murphey 17.1.1

        800k+ voters have turned thier back on the system consciously or otherwise and they won’t be returning to the booths

        The system is not for changing so another million turning their back would be encouraging

  18. adam 18

    Normally I don’t comment on Labour party posts here at the standard.

    But, Anthony I disagree, and I’m sure others on the left disagree

    “It’s looking more and more like Labour has found the right leader at last. And that’s good news no matter where you sit on the political Left!”

    I care little for the neo-libearl party called labour – and don’t think it is a left wing party. It has left wing people in it – but it’s not a left wing party. So Mr Little doing well or not doing well is not something I see as good news. If the labour party gave up on liberal economics then I would embrace what you said. But as it stands, it’s just another liberal apologist talking the same neo-liberal crap which destroys working peoples lives.

    People like you Anthony. Other people see labour for what it is – a sick twisted old man – who feeds the elites like the good little lackey they are. Nothing Mr Little said is truly inspiring, liberating, or grand. If the left take such delight from so little – no wonder the Tory Scum can do as they please.

    • This “neoliberal” bullshit is about as useful as the Kiwiblog nutters calling everything left of ACT “socialist.”

      • Colonial Rawshark 18.1.1

        Neoliberalism is fairly easily defined – a right wing agenda to separate economics from politics, and to place all major economic decisions in the hands of technocrats who have a belief in the virtues of the free market, advantaging capital/corporates over labour, and removing government from playing any significant role from the economy.

        • Psycho Milt 18.1.1.1

          Socialism is also fairly easily defined, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying when people use the term to refer to things that obviously aren’t socialist. Likewise, the Labour Party, however numerous its faults, doesn’t plan on separating economics from politics, advantaging capitalists over labour, or removing government from playing any significant role in the economy, so let’s stop waving the term “neoliberal” about as though it meant nothing more than “stuff I don’t like.”

          • English Breakfast 18.1.1.1.1

            Well said. The expression ‘neo-liberal’ has become a mindless tag for the left to attach to anyone they don’t like or understand so they don’t have to engage in meaningful debate.

      • adam 18.1.2

        For you Psych Milt – just add “liberal economic theory” where you see neo-liberal. Clear it up for you? Make it simpler? Or are you just having a bad day?

      • DoublePlusGood 18.1.3

        It’s pretty clear that Labour’s policies are consistent with that of a centre-right party advocating things like state-owned enterprises and orthodox monetary policy, and being comfortable with the health and education systems being partly private, welfare being at subsistence living standard, and trying market solutions for issues like housing.
        I don’t see too much in the way of left policies like UBI, a redistributive tax system, actually free health and education, pacifism, etc.

    • Macro 18.2

      If the left take such delight from so little – no wonder the Tory Scum can do as they please.

      QFT

    • DS 18.3

      It’s a sick twisted old man who also happens to be the only thing that can defeat the New Zealand National Party.

    • Murray Rawshark 18.4

      +1 adam. We can, and must do better. The left wing people in Labour need to raise their voice. I’ll support them from further left. They look better than they did under Shearer, but that was a real low point.

      • Chooky 18.4.1

        +100…Shearer was “real low point”….what does that say about Little’s choice of Shearer for the spy review ? ( excluding the Greens and NZF input)

        principled ? …NAH!…
        intelligent.?…NAH!!

        ….but John Key applauded it ( say no more)

        Bradbury is succinct….(but I disagree with his last sentence)

        http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/02/17/labour-cut-greens-nose-off-despite-mass-surveillance-face/

        • Colonial Rawshark 18.4.1.1

          Shearer is fully tied into the conventional and orthodox security and intelligence arrangements that NZ has in place with our allies. With him, you can count on business as usual.

        • Murray Rawshark 18.4.1.2

          The last sentence is just crap. Bomber on his little ego trip again. Any of his readers who actually have a look over here will see that heaps of us criticise Labour.

    • Chooky 19.1

      +100 Sacha

      While Little is looking good on some issues at the moment … I am very disappointed Little hasn’t included the Greens in the review of the spying agencies….the Greens have long experience ( much longer and much better than Shearer’s patchy career in parliament) …and they have form on this issue in parliament as does Winston Peters

      …. it is a BIG mistake not to include them…..and does not bode well for future coalition deals …Labour can not go it alone..it is arrogant to think that they can and they will fail yet again

    • veutoviper 19.2

      I have been pretty impressed with Little to date, but on this particular decision he (and/or his advisers) seems not to have checked out the legal requirements.

      Andrea Vance and Katie Bradford have tweeted in the last half hour that Little may have broken the provisions of section 7(1)(d) of the ISC Act which requires the Leader of the Opposition to consult with the leaders of each party that is not in Government before nominating one more member of the ISC Committee in addition to himself as Leader of the Opposition.

      Here is Andrea’s Twitter comment –

      And Katie’s – https://twitter.com/katieabradford/status/567480703177072640

      Here is the actual provisions of Section 7 of the Intelligence Security and Communications Act 2014:

      7Membership of Committee
      (1)The Committee shall consist of—
      (a)the Prime Minister:
      (b)the Leader of the Opposition:
      (c) 2 members of the House of Representatives nominated for the purpose by the Prime Minister following consultation with the leader of each party in Government:
      (d) 1 member of the House of Representatives nominated for the purpose by the Leader of the Opposition, with the agreement of the Prime Minister, following consultation with the leader of each party that is not in Government or in coalition with a Government party.
      (2)Every person who nominates any person for membership of the Committee shall have regard to the requirements of security.
      (3)The chairperson of the Committee shall be the Prime Minister or such other member of the Committee as shall be appointed from time to time by the Prime Minister as the chairperson of the Committee.
      (4)For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that any member of Parliament who acts as a member of the Committee shall be deemed, in so acting, to be acting in his or her official capacity as a member of Parliament.

      Ooops – Norman is already hot under the collar about it. Expect no less from Peters…..

      • Chooky 19.2.1

        +100…thanks

        ….and where is karol these days to put forward the Green Party perspective?…i miss her….come back karol !

      • marty mars 19.2.2

        very disappointed by little’s decision around this – shearer instead of a Green is just wrong wrong wrong and the fact that key is happy further shows that it is a mistake from little.

        I really hope that little doesn’t get too big headed and keeps his feet on the ground.

    • Murray Rawshark 19.3

      The principles of responsible class collaboration and not rocking the boat, as shown when they voted for extended squirrel powers. Labour want a turn at seeing all our dirty little secrets as well. They don’t want Greens or Winston First upsetting the apple cart. It’s like an exclusive swingers’ club, where they swap partners now and then, but always do things the same way.

      • RedBaronCV 19.3.1

        And the 18% or so of the electorate that voted green / NZF don’t get a say on the spying? labour didn’t get many more votes remember- not good enough

    • i think it is all because shearer is more ‘friendly’ to american-interests..

      ..than wd be turei..

      ..and yep..!..little was far too over-relaxed about extending spook-powers..

      • Murray Rawshark 19.4.1

        Shearer is so bad he’d probably accept the squirrels being privatised. Serco could probably handle things. After all, they already run prisons with CCTV, so they could watch us inside our bedrooms as well.

  19. fisiani 20

    Andrew Little is the best leader the unions have. He is not an arrogant plonker like The Cunliffe. He can put together a speech unlike Captain Shearer. He could even get Labour to 30%. I like the cut of his jib.

  20. Stuart Munro 21

    Little’s doing well – but he’s not getting it from both sides like Cunliffe was. Doesn’t hurt that teamkey is flagellating ineffectually as the wheels fall off the few things they’ve finangled others into doing for them. The speedy demise of Abbot should help too.

    I think Key has underestimated the resentment his war on the poor provokes in the barren environment created by his ineffectual economic policy. Tears before bedtime.

  21. Call me a cynic, but this is just the media thinking that Key won’t get a fourth term. They will cosy up to Little as long as he doesn’t say anything too left wing. After all, the establishment view Labour governments as a necessary evil – god forbid that a Labour government should actually do what its supporters want.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 22.1

      Yes, and Labour always has to be mindful of that. Phrases like “a marriage of pragmatism and principle” don’t coin themselves by accident.

    • Olwyn 22.2

      This is the assurance I want to hear from Labour – that they will under no circumstances inflict even more austerity on the poor in exchange for a nice credit rating or some-such. I say this because New Zealand tends to run up debt under the Tories and vote in Labour to take the hit when pay-back time comes around. It is past time for someone to stand up for New Zealand as a whole, as opposed to accepting deals that protect only the propertied settler class and their own career trajectories.

  22. swordfish 23

    TV3 Reid Research Poll

    Capable Leader

    Little debuts with 54%

    Goff and Shearer both averaged mid 40s on this measurement, a little higher when they won the leadership, a little lower when they stood down. Cunliffe debuted on 50% (unfortunately the 2014 Capable Leader figures appear to have vanished from the Reid Research site, but, from memory, Cunliffe ended in the early-mid 40s).

    Between 2002 and 2004, Clark’s Capable Leader score ranged between 79-89% (don’t have any pre-2002 stats)

    2008-2013, Key’s rating ranged 58-88% – probably lower than 58 when he was in the earlier stages of Opposition leadership in late 2006-2007 (but haven’t got pre-2008 figures). But more than a year into the role, he was still on 58% – just 4 points above Little now. So, I suspect Key debuted on roughly the same rating as Little.

    Key’s Capable Leader ratings received a significant boost in the immediate wake of National’s 2008 Election victory – a kind of deferential/incumbency effect. Averaged 60% during 2008, immediately shot up to 85% in the first post-2008 Election poll. Falling to mid-late 70s by 2014.

    The same incumbency-effect probably happened to Clark in 99.

  23. upnorth 24

    I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with Andrew and can say this with a large degree of personal certainty.

    He has principles and integrity beyond anything we have seen in the labour leadership in many (perhaps since big Norm) years.

    Refreshingly Andrew doesn’t view the world as “left” or “Right”, them and us or subscribe to any identity cause-celebre. In my experiences with Andrew it was about one common set of principles, those of fairness, decency and justice. That’s pretty much it. Making everyones lives better in a fair way.

    I’m seeing this come through loud and clear in his role as Labour leader. I don’t think we will see a populist sound bite politician in Andrew as we do in Key. I just hope for our countries sake the electorate recognises that in 2017 and we get the government we need and deserve.

    • Anne 24.1

      He has principles and integrity beyond anything we have seen in the labour leadership in many (perhaps since big Norm) years.

      That is what I see coming through…

  24. Philip Ferguson 25

    “It’s looking more and more like Labour has found the right leader at last. And that’s good news no matter where you sit on the political Left!”

    Not really. I sit on the pro-working class left. Labour is utterly dedicated to managing the very system which can’t exist without the exploitation of the working class.

    So who leads them is immaterial. The leader is dedicated to Labour’s strategy of managing a system of exploitation.

    Indeed, at its birth it was even a great supporter and advocate of the White New Zealand policy.

    I like this blog but, yikes, many of you are incredibly naive about Labour and its history. Where have you been all the years Labour has been doing the dirty on the working class?

    Try this: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/the-truth-about-labour-a-bosses-party/

    Phil

  25. whateva next? 26

    ABSOLUTELY, Andrew not falling for the harpies cry for details and policies (which we never get from National). Focus on values, priorities.

  26. the pigman 27

    I’m not sure this counts as a principled stand: http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/little-under-fire-for-unpaid-worker-2015021718#axzz3RnwyCE1E

    Trifling gotcha from the NActs and a disgruntled contractor (going to the NBR, too – good way to ensure he never gets any more work from Andrew, I suppose), but together with the criticism from others on the Left about the decision not to include other parties in the spy agency review, this is what we call a Bad Day.

    • Clemgeopin 27.1

      Something smells very fishy to me here. Did the journalist at NBR question the man if he had sent the invoice to the correct person and address and when did he send the invoice, did he send a reminder and had he actually met or rung Mr Little about it or about the delay? Was the bill supposed to have been paid by Little or someone else? Was the man a National party spy/stooge set up to embarrass Little? Why did the man need to go to the RW paper, NBR about this? Did he warn Little that if he was not paid by a certain date, then he would go to the newspaper? Was it all a dirty tricks set up by Joyce and National?
      Will NBR help other ‘workers’ with similar complaints in the same way?
      I think these are relevant questions that journalists should investigate. Patrick Gower did not seem to have bothered to have done so.

      • the pigman 27.1.1

        Agreed – perhaps his office comms team could “fill out” the background with this douchebag further… but will they?

        I doubt it, more likely they’ll try to sweep it under the carpet because they see that explaining is losing (a la Cunliffe and the Donghua Liu smear). Same goes for their fracas with the Greens. Who respects Little more as a result?

        The answer is no-one.

      • Clemgeopin 27.1.2

        NZ Herald reports this morning:

        ‘Mr Little said the bill had been with a member of his campaign team and he only received it last week.
        It was now paid, he said.’

      • Murray Rawshark 27.1.3

        Little should have made light of the question and said something along the lines of “I paid him 5 minutes ago, with a late payment bonus. I’m so happy for contractors that Joyce is there to help them. Has he paid Eminem yet?”

        Repeating “I’ve paid it” or whatever the exact words were reminded me of FJK.

  27. Reddelusion 28

    Does not matter who leads labour’, as a brand they are finished, there constitutency no longer exists, they represent the past and have done their dash They are simply now a career choice for dwindling number of MPs holding on for dear life and a pay cheque they could not dream of in the real world

    • Clemgeopin 28.1

      Is that you, Joyce? You, Reddelusion are an arrogant clueless fool.

    • David 28.2

      Crikey, if that is Labour I’d hate (or maybe like) to hear the description of National. They’re all pretty equally useless most of the time. Regardless of what colour they wear. The current lot are proving to be rather particuarly repugnant .

    • Draco T Bastard 28.3

      Does not matter who leads labour’, as a brand they are finished, there constitutency no longer exists, they represent the past and have done their dash

      As much as I agree with you on that it’s still rather amusing watching you ignore the fact that National represents the even further past. They really are trying to take us back to 15th century feudalism. That’s why they brought back the ancient honours system of Britain rather retaining our own system, why they keep giving the rich ever more power and why they attack the poor.

      Capitalism is over and neither Labour nor National have grasped that yet.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • 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 ...
    52 mins ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    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 I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 hours 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
    9 hours 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 ...
    9 hours 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
    9 hours 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 ...
    11 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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 ...
    1 day 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    6 days 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, ...
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    1 week ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How much does flying contribute to climate change?
    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 How much does our use of air travel contribute to the ...
    SciBlogsBy Shaun Hendy
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The task before us
    Two weeks ago, the Zero Carbon Act became law. Right this moment, the Climate Change Commisison will be working on its initial budgets for 2022-25 and 2026-2030, and the UN has just given them a very clear steer:Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock
    Minor planet/asteroid (2309) Mr. Spock is named not for the character in Star Trek, but for a cat that was itself imperturbable, logical, intelligent and had pointed ears In a preceding blog post I introduced one of my favourite asteroids, (2472) Bradman, and also mentioned (6581) Sobers amongst a few ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles deaths and antivax misinformation
    Today the death toll from measles in Samoa rose to 32. All but four of the dead were less than 5 years old. Absolutely terrible, heartbreaking, news. That statistic alone should be enough to give the lie to the common claim by antivaccination activists plague enthusiasts that “measles is a ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia: the state murder of Dilan Cruz
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh It is late here in Bogotá, almost 11.30pm on Monday the 25th of November as I write this. The day began full of hope with yet more massive marches throughout the country, a mix of the International Day of Non-Violence Against Women and the National Strike. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote
    Anti-fluoride activists are rubbing their hands in glee over what they claim is “yet another study” showing fluoride harms the brains of children. But their promotion relies on IQ relationships which the paper’s authors acknowledge disappearing when outliers or other factors are considered. And they completely ignore other relationships ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to Government Economics Network 2019 Conference
    I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues in our national life: the housing crisis and the poor performance of our cities. The argument I want to make to you is that generations of urban land use policy have lacked a decent grounding in economics. The consequences ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government delivers funding boost for ethnic communities
    Ethnic communities will be able to plan and deliver more community initiatives thanks to an increase in Government funding, Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa said today. “Ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place we can all be proud to call home has been a key priority of our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt supports Southland farmers in sustainability
    Healthier waterways, better productivity and farmer wellbeing are front and centre in a new project involving more than 1000 Southland farmers and growers. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced that the Thriving Southland Change and Innovation Project is the first region-wide extension programme supported by the $229 million Sustainable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Flood of support for Top of the South catchment
    Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Government funding support Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage announced in Canvastown today. “Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their local river without getting sick, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
    Eight Queen’s Counsel have been appointed under a process that includes the new criterion of a commitment to improving access to justice, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. “The new criterion was included this year. It emphasises that excellence and leadership in the profession can be seen through a wider, community ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major expansion for Wellington’s Onslow College
    Onslow College in Wellington will get 20 new classrooms for more than 400 students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The much-needed investment will relieve growth pressure the school has been experiencing for some time. Seven existing classrooms which have deteriorated over time will also be replaced, bringing the total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Talented young Kiwis awarded PM’s Scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    More than 250 young New Zealanders will add international experience to their education, thanks to the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA), Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This round of scholarships supports 252 recent graduates or current students to undertake study, research or internships ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to improve competitiveness and transparency in the retail fuel market
    Consumers will benefit from a more competitive, transparent retail fuel market as a result of changes the Government will be making in response to the findings of the Commerce Commission’s study of the fuel sector. “We accept the Commission’s findings and, as the Prime Minister has said, we’re ready to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More cancer medicines for more people
    Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands of people have more treatment options PHARMAC has today announced that it has approved two new medicines for funding – fulvestrant for breast cancer and olaparib for ovarian cancer. This follows earlier decisions on advanced lung cancer treatment alectinib, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government acts to sort out electoral ‘coin toss’ problem
    The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the Government will consider making changes to local electoral legislation before the 2022 elections to fix the problems that have arisen where elections are settled by a coin toss.  The Minister says the recount process in the Murupara- Galatea ward at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions
    New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bill to empower urban development projects
    New legislation to transform our urban areas and create sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities will tomorrow be introduced to Parliament, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said. “The Urban Development Bill gives Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities the tools it needs to partner with councils, communities, mana whenua and private developers to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Early Learning Action Plan to kickstart long term change
    Today’s launch of He taonga te Tamaiti: Every child a taonga: The Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029 provides the foundation for long-lasting changes to early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.   “Early learning will be one of the Government’s top education priorities going into 2020,” Chris Hipkins said.   ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago