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Rationality vs Electability

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, January 11th, 2011 - 37 comments
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Been meaning to post about this for ages, but Campbell’s post finally gave me the push.

Trevor Mallard1 posted a very interesting Monbiot column a while back.  It in turn was inspired by an excellent 100-page report by Tom Crompton, Change Strategist at WWF-UK.

It’s about how buying into individualism and free market initiatives has made things worse for the left. Green consumerism, explaining how relieving poverty in the developing world will build a market for your country’s products, or suggesting that you can impress your friends and enhance your social status by buying a hybrid car has merely legitimised Thatcher’s “there is no such thing as society, only individuals” attitude.

Each time the Left (through Blair, Brown in the UK, along with all the major charities) has tried to use individualism to their advantage they have just entrenched those views further and made the next year’s effort harder.  This is shown up in the British Social Attitudes survey, that has Britain more Thatcherite now than in her heyday.  The legitimising of individualist attitudes over those considering community has become a self-fulfilling prophesy, and a previously quite socialist society is now anything but.

People in society tend to act as expected.  Cater for the lowest common denominator, get it.  Treat public like donkeys, get asses.  Expect everyone to be a criminal…

When the Left has not been trying to win by by accepting the Right’s premise, they’ve been making serious psychological mistakes.

They’ve been expecting everyone to consider policy rationally and realise that their solutions are best.  But most people are far too busy with everyday life to read every party’s manifesto and consider the economic and social benefits for them and society.

Oddly Right-wing economists make same mistake in “invisible hand of market” – expect us to be what Sunstein and Thaler in Nudge calls “Econs” – always making rational choices based on information around us.  It’s why the free market tends to work well for breakfast cereal and toilet paper, but not so great on insurance and healthcare.  Simple choices that you make regularly work well, complex ones you make every few years don’t.  Voting definitely falls into the second category of whether we can expect rational decisions.

And having allowed individualism to become the norm, the emotions those decisions will be made on are extrinsic ones – status, financial success and fear of strangers – rather than intrinsic ones – empathy, social justice and concern for the environment.

What we need is for people to showcase the intrinsic emotions, so that they are more valued again. You’re not born with your values, you learn them. A society can slowly move from more people with more extrinsic outlooks to one with more people with more intrinsic ones – and vice versa.  Through the 80s and 90s we saw a shift to individualism – it’s up to us ordinary lefties if we want to shift it back. We need to get out there, act communally and do good for others, and encourage others to do the same – and it can become the norm again.

Good ECE also helps – it means people learn self control and ability to understand emotions of others.  So you can see why Labour’s Putting Children First policy is so important, and why NAct with their individualist agenda are so keen to make cuts to the sector.

Thatcher got it that “economics are the method; the object is to change the heart and soul,” marketeers according to Guy Murphy “should see themselves as trying to manipulate culture; being social engineers, not brand managers; manipulating cultural forces, not brand impressions,” and the Left need to get it too.  It’s about values and emotions with which we need to sell ourselves.  We can (and should!) have all our wonderfully enlightened rational arguments sitting there waiting to back them up, but rhetoric needs fighting with rhetoric, not rationality.  We don’t need to play on the Right’s turf, but they’ve learned to use the weapon of emotion, and we do need to learn to use that – we must fight their appeal to Status with an appeal to Fairness and their Fear with Hope and Love of Humanity.

1 Trevor – if you reference someone (including us!) it’s nice to give a link…

37 comments on “Rationality vs Electability”

  1. ZeeBop 1

    Thatcher was a product of her time and place. The left had to go along with the underlying treads, what is Rogernomics!
    The times have changed, we’re not looking forward to expanding capacity for debt on the back of increasing heavy dense energy fuels – oil.
    We looking at a fight for a larger share when National have just seized a huge chunk of it. The right globally has failed and has got scare, so scared they’ve raided soveighn funds!
    The cartoon of kids playing monopoly, one with all the cahs and property, asking for a bail out is just so apt.

  2. alfa 2

    So very thoughtful bunji, if we’re going to win we need to change the game and the players!

  3. Bill 3

    As I pointed out in a previous post on the meaning of the British Attitudes Survey ( /human-nature-and-propaganda/ ), the stated opinions of those questioned on specific matters doesn’t marry up with their general or intrinsic attitudes or values. And this (arguably) constitutes both a failure of the propaganda model from the past 30 years or so and an opportunity for the left.

    I concluded that post by suggesting that: “For the parliamentary left, at the very least, it’s time to jump away from the amoral, astro-turf territories that have been laid down by the neo-liberals. Nobody lives there.”

    But that doesn’t necessarily entail favouring ‘dog whistle’ or emotive rheoric over ratonal argument. Merely focussing debate on those areas where the propaganda model falls over rather than slavishly adhering to its parameters or points of debate would resonate with most people and put the ‘dog whistle’ right on the back foot.

    • Bunji 3.1

      It’s true that most people’s attitudes are contradictory – it takes a lot of time and self-examination to limit the contradictions. And it’s why surveys can often get the results they want (I’m not suggesting that about the very professionally done British Social Attitude Survey).

      And I’m not favouring dog-whistling to be clear: I don’t think the politics of nudge and wink is good – there needs to be honesty. But most people aren’t engaged in politics (oh that more were and saw its importance!) so we need to appeal to their gut. And that does mean appealing to their intrinsic values. From that attitude survey, as you correctly point out in your post, you appeal to limiting the gap between rich and poor and other values people espouse – rather than spending all your time trying to challenge the rational basis of why they don’t marry up with the policies they apparently don’t agree with.

      Fairness was buzz word of the UK 2010 election and it would be a good one for Labour to pick up for ours this year. It’s Fair to be for the Many, Not The Few. For National’s “We’ll make you Wealthy (as long as you’re one of the lucky few)”, Labour could have “We’ll make you Happy (with Equality and Fairness for All)”.

      • Bill 3.1.1

        My point was more that the apparent contradictions are the result of a certain engineering of attitudes. ie the elevated or apparently all encompassing attitudes are in fact merely the attitudes towards specific issues that come down to us in a miasma of propaganda. And importantly, that propaganda is entirely bound up in and limited by neo-liberal assumptions.

        The problem has arisen because the narrow ‘talking points’ are dwelled upon and treated in isolation. They then assume an unwarranted degree of importance and gain the potential to masquerade as the whole picture. Seems to me that’s illustrated by the claim that the British are now more Thatcherite than Thatcher. They’re not. That much is clear from the survey results.

        But (shall we call them the ‘establishment’ left?) takes it as read that there has been a rightwards drift of attitudes within the general population. And they take it as read because they are not allowing for the very limited and narrow origin of the supposed attitudinal shift. And then they (the left) go on to reinforce the prejudice by operating from their own mistaken assumptions. (ie, they posture around getting tougher on crime, disparaging beneficeries etc )

  4. just saying 4

    Which of the right’s premises do Labour no longer accept? In concrete terms.

  5. RedLogix 5

    A superb post Bunji. It was the kind of thing I was thinking about when I made a much shorter and lesser comment this morning.

    I’ve long held that the failure to eloquently and forcefully express her values was Helen Clark’s (and Dr Cullen’s) main short-coming. They allowed the right to set the agenda and the tone far too often, reacting to events rather than defining them.

    All civilised societies operate a balance between the mutually interdependent right and responsibilities of both the individual and society as a whole. Often, if not almost always, these themes are in tension with each other. For example: an individual has a responsibility to master some skill or art so that they might contribute in some way that society as a whole values; while in balance society as a whole has the responsibility to value and protect all it’s members however weak or vulnerable.

    Alternatively one could imagine the chaos if every person each morning exercised their individual right to determine which side of the road they might drive on. Of course the result of this is that the roads would instantly degenerate into an unusable mayhem….and no-one would get any utility from them. The idea that freedom means ‘doing anything you please to suit your own personal interests’ is a complete nonsense. It is poorly understood paradox that only when the individual abides by the rules of the collective that true freedom is possible.

    The right has set up a false dichotomy, setting the up a false choice between the rights of the individual against the rights of the collective. The right pretends to resolve the above paradox by protecting privilege wherever possible; in the above example by not only allowing people to choose whichever side of the road they felt inclined to pick … but to drive whatever sized Mad-Max armoured tank they might care to afford. Thus allowing a small minority of the wealthy to safely use the roads, at the cost of crushing whatever ordinary persons who are foolish enough to stray into their path.

    The left has focussed on denouncing this ‘unfairness’ while at the same time allowing the right to the denounce in return the left as envy driven collectivists. The equation has become:

    Right = Freedom of the Individual (and who cares if its a little ‘unfair at times, that’s life)

    versus:

    Left = Slavery to the Collective ( some faceless technocrat get’s to define ‘fair’, and it probably won’t be what you would have chosen for yourself)

    As long as we keep playing by this rulebook we keep loosing. A completely different expression of what ‘fairness and equity’ really means, of this balance between self and society, must be found before we will ever be heard by the masses of ordinary people.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      while in balance society as a whole has the responsibility to value and protect all it’s members however weak or vulnerable.

      I hold that society has a responsibility to ensure that none of it’s members are weak and vulnerable.

    • marco 5.2

      I’m a fan of equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.

      Society should set rules that are good and just. It should then ensure that people who are disadvantaged have the opportunity to become whoever they wish to be.

      We have a duty as a society to ensure that children of all walks of life have access to the best education and healthcare that we can provide. We need to ensure social services are engaged to pick up families that need help. Labour’s Children First policy is a step in the right direction but I don’t think it goes far enough.

      I’d also like to see better help for people who are unable to contribute to society through no fault of their own.

      • Orangepeel 5.2.1

        “Society should set rules that are good and just. It should then ensure that people who are disadvantaged have the opportunity to become whoever they wish to be”
        Yes, but how would you achieve that?

        “I’d also like to see better help for people who are unable to contribute to society through no fault of their own.”
        How exactly could that be accomplished? While it is terribly tragic that someone will be put in that position, their misfortune does not give them the right to demand slave labour (slave labour being forced work) of others for their own benefit, no matter how much they didn’t deserve what happened to them.
        Would you donate to a charity that aided those in need of better opportunity? Of course you would, as would I. As would the average person. That is why the government must not leave it’s role of serving as a protector to becoming a charity as well, when we can make much more money to give to those under such misfortune without the government’s social programs gained through gun point.

      • mickysavage 5.2.2

        Marco

        I’m a fan of equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome

        I agree with the sentiment of your post but the above is a slogan that the nats also use. At their last conference it was a mantra that all of the MPs kept saying.

        It is cover for a continuation of the current system. If there was equality of opportunity then a kid growing up in Mangere would receive the same quality education as a kid growing up in Remuera but this clearly does not happen.

        Agree entirely with the rest of your comments.

        • Bunji 5.2.2.1

          equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome

          Is a National mantra. But it’s basically impossible to ever provide equality of opportunity. National mean providing school places for everybody (even if rich area schools are much better resourced), but you don’t just need to have the same quality of education in schools. Children First is a good start, with mucho free high quality ECE, and availability of Parenting classes, and trying to catch damaging families early for intervention. But still, if your parents are educated, they can help you much more with your school work. If they’re wealthy, they can get tutors. If you’re working all the hours of the day to make ends meet, you’re not getting to give the same level of help to your kids that wealthy professional who gets home at 5, or pays for tutoring if they’re home late.

          So we have to do as much as we can (and that investment in education in particular, and also preventative healthcare will lower costs on unemployment, crime, prisons, hospitals in the long run), but there’ll still be a need to help those less fortunate. In contrast to orangepeel I’d say we as individuals have a moral obligation to help our disadvantaged fellow citizens and the state is by far the most efficient way of doing that. When the state didn’t we had Victorian England (and revolutions across Europe in the 19th C). When the state doesn’t do enough we have the appalling poverty and health of many of the citizens of the US that orangepeel so loves.

  6. handle 6

    A question. If “empathy, social justice and concern for the environment” are values that depend on looking beyond ourselves, what makes them “intrinsic”?

    Would “selfish” vs “sharing” be useful terms to describe the distinction instead?

    • Bunji 6.1

      Extrinsic values aren’t good in themselves, only good in that they serve a purpose. Wealth, status, work, fear of strangers give you nothing, but they can have good consequences for you as an individual.
      Intrinsic values are good in themselves – happiness, love, virtue, empathy, fairness, flourishing of society…

      • handle 6.1.1

        Appealing to intrinsic values does not appear to be enough though. I have heard the right using “fairness” to justify not using “their” taxes to fund beneficiaries.

        • Bunji 6.1.1.1

          Well, okay, maybe I need to define fairness a bit better then 🙂
          Fairness such that it fits in with the other intrinsic values. You do need to say a fair society where everyone gets a go, no-one gets thrown on the scrap heap, all are rewarded for their work etc etc

  7. BLiP 7

    The Greens have been saying this all along. Nice to have Labour come aboard. Finally.

    • Herodotus 7.1

      BLiP just confused with “Nice to have Labour come aboard”. I have not seen anything that implies that Lab has changed from being part of the problem, or that ther eis a real problem. Sure David C has made a speach followed up by Phil yet there has been nothing remotely to confirm this rhetoric with any action.
      I see in todays paper there is something to follow Once the Election date is set. So we have a few months to see the headlines and if we are lucky some very small print.
      Finally BLiP as has been contuinually hammer=ed in this is NOT a Labour site, just very supportive, almost to a fault with no real deep review of Lab. Just the other side is bad so we must support Lab. Yet Lab have been and still are a major contributor to the cause. Digressing slightly !!! But again wher eis the evidence regarding lab comming on board??????

      • BLiP 7.1.1

        For sure. My comment was flippant. Unfortunately, the 2011 election is going to be like deciding between Coke or Pepsi. A part of me wonders whether or not it might be best if I support National Ltd™ from a strategic point of view. Perhaps the electorate needs another dose of rampant neo-liberal economics as a “booster shot” to assist with on-going inoculation. Another three years on the Opposition benches will allow Labour to avoid the blame and might even convince the Party of the need to change its . . . umm . . . stripes.

      • lprent 7.1.2

        Some authors are supportive of Labour and some aren’t. However it is hard to find one (apart from me*) who hasn’t had a swipe at Labour and the Greens and all of the leftist parties at various times for one reason or another.

        But the primary focus of the site isn’t towards hammering the left. Most of the authors are far more concerned with hammering the right.

        I fail to see your point because it is common for all political parties to launch their fine print policies closer to the election. This far out from an election all you ever get is non-detailed enunciation of direction – ie rhetoric. What was strange about the last election was that National (apart from taxcuts, taxcuts, taxcuts) didn’t even do that. I’d take you more seriously if I’d seen you laying into KiwiBlog for Nationals lack of policy 9 months out from the election or indeed even 9 weeks from the election).

        If you feel so strongly about it and would like to change the pattern – then set up your own blog.

        * That is because I seldom bother writing much about political parties.

        • Herodotus 7.1.2.1

          I still find less review of many of Labs policies/stances etc. For me (who does have tendancies to lean one way) that Lab and Nat are from and end user position much of a muchness, both base their economic policies on the same premise, just different window dressing. nat “appears” to favour those in business and the better off both in actions and words, Lab fovours the same group in actions but not in its rhetoric. Prime case Tax policy of the last govt. there were so many loop holes created and not fixed. Fueling the property boom more than any Nat govt would. Still have the idea that this was intentional to capture the middle class property owner, stuff the ramifications that this created and is still awaiting to be fixed, and with immigration policy 45k net immigrants p.a. for the 2 years in 04-05, creating about 50-60% demand for an unsubstainable housing market and building industry that geared up for 25+k consents, when the market requires approx 21k consents.
          Lprent- I have not ventured re KB for quite some time, it adds very little for me personnally and my time has some value attributed to it ;-), I have increased my knowledge/understanding from this site not sure re KB.
          Still find that there is a fair bit of cheerleading Lab and little re Greens (e.g. CERA- Greens got hammered yet Lab was untouched). e.g. Lab to protect the middle class(who are they??), what are their expectations now, and can we afford this at the opportunity cost of progressing NZ as a whole?
          Nat in 08 where similar to Lab in 99, why promise much when both parties were a certainity to win.
          With 9 mths to go, and if Lab can be relied upon for a radical (required)change in direction, then for me releasing some major macro stuff, and give time for the dicussions to emminiate and remove the short 6 week period of scare tactics that will evetuate from the other side that they will come up against, then the fear of the unknown will be reduced. That is if Lab has a radical change or if they intend to follow Nat (08) election and appear to promise much but deliver scant all (which is my fear no real change, or an inability for a change in direction)
          read Phils and David C’s speaches they are high on allowing each recipient of their messages to read all the wonderful things that are espoused; net savers, increase wages, producitivity, R&D, fairness, and the tokenism GST of food and saving a family approx $2/week. It is great for the inclusiveness wording, yet when reviewed more closely creates many unanswered questions, how are many of then compatiable with one another, time frames, what are the costs/pain associated and what are the benefits, who benefits and at whos expense. Remember the 39% tax bracket hitting $60k and all those valued professions teachers, nurses,warfies etc that were hit by their party that their unions are affiliated to.
          Yo the average punter Lab/Nat are a mirror image and indistinguishable from one another, and this left:right thing is lost on most, it is an academic thing for those studing politics at uni.

          • Bunji 7.1.2.1.1

            I’m not sure you were reading the same CERRA posts I was – Eddie ripped into Labour viciously over that.

            re: tax loop holes I think Cullen regrets how LAQCs were used – unintended consequences meant this was probably his biggest regret. And I’m pretty sure National would have encouraged the property boom every bit as much – it was very much emperor’s new clothes territory – worldwide it was believed a new era of no boom and bust had been entered.

            Inevitably there’s not going to be much new policy yet – the opposition just opens themselves up for damage releasing detail at this point. So we have a new direction, with details to be filled in in the final few months. As LP said: we didn’t even have direction from National at this point in ’08, just John ‘I don’t like negativity’ Key’s constant sniping.

            I should admit to being a Labour supporter but I see a huge (and growing) difference between Labour and National. I ask BLiP: would you really rather Shipley & English had the helm between ’99 and ’08? Can you imagine what damage would have been done? I like Labour’s new direction, but you do always have to take the public with you – and Clark and Cullen had an awful lot of damage to repair after the ’90s. It’s why it’s important to get National out as soon as possible – the less damage they do, the more we can move forward, rather than just repairing the country…

            • BLiP 7.1.2.1.1.1

              I ask BLiP: would you really rather Shipley & English had the helm between ’99 and ’08?

              That’s a strawman and you miss the point. By 1999, the electorate was sick of neo-lib economics and National Ltd™ had no chance in the first two elections, 2005 was a close run thing but, thankfully, Brash gave us a glimpse of the true “Iwi/Kiwi/Bretheren” nature of Tory politics in the lead up to polling day. I agree much of Labour’s work during those nine years was repairing New Zealand and I am in dismay as I watch all that hard work being dismantled and sold off.

              I am equally dismayed with Labour’s performance in Opposition. CERRA – F F S!! And Chris Carter. And Porno Man. And Goff “selling” his apartment. And Hawkins fucking up the South Side boundaries. And Labours “Open Government” position on the OIA and Parliamentary Services. And doddery Hodgson missing a point-blank broadside at Wodney. The list goes on and on but the sum total is: fucking hopeless.

              Goff/Cunliffe – “battle of the blands” – various statements about PPPs, “NZ Inc” and this talk about not selling state assets but “leveraging them,” which we all know means pumping them full of debt. How’s that different from selling them off? How’s that different from National Ltd™?

          • Marty G 7.1.2.1.2

            “Still find that there is a fair bit of cheerleading Lab and little re Greens (e.g. CERA- Greens got hammered yet Lab was untouched)”

            tell that to the Goffice because they sure go the message I was trying to send and they didn’t like it: /do-i-stay-or-do-i-go/

            Maybe you think our coverage of polls focuses too much on Labour. Here’s how I see it. I want a leftwing government – that should include the Greens and will have to include Labour. So, when I look at the poll numbers I’m looking at Labour+X (the Greens and whoever else) to see if a majority can be made. If I’m cheerleading for a Labour-led government its because I want to see both labour and the greens in power, and I’m focusing on what labour’s doing to achieve that because a) the Greens are already polling very well and b) most of the extra votes that are needed will have to be supplied by Labour getting back voters it lost in 2008.

            I think you’ll find we’re actually far less critical of the Greens in general than we are of Labour and there are posts basically commending swathes of Green policy wholesale (eg Green New Deal here /green-alternative-budget/ .

            You don’t find that kind of praise for Labour.

            • Deadly_NZ 7.1.2.1.2.1

              Maybe because Labour don’t seem to have any policy aat the moment. Everyone says that the NACTS policy comes from the Internet (usually old and non working(look at our schools)) . But they at least can spin it to sound palatable, until it;s implemented and theen crashes and burns. Labour at the MO is so silent I really am at a loss as to what they are going to campaign on, and time is running out. Surely they are back from their 2 month Xmas Hols.

            • Bunji 7.1.2.1.2.2

              Oop, yes, sorry, Marty G, it was you who ripped hardest and fastest into Labour over CERRA, although I don’t think Eddie was far behind…

  8. “The Labour Party now recognises that the neo-liberal economic model cannot provide the basis for navigating the economic, environmental and social challenges of our times.”

    What has been shown by speeches from people like David C is that Labour is doing some rethinking and re evaluation. At the ecological economics* conference Nick Smith was rather lack luster and looked tired and David did a great speech on a wide variety of subjects, referencing Transition Towns, peak oil and so on.

    To me that was a break through. If there is more talk about the kind of subjects that are talked about in the Spirit Level, and a willingness to look at new approaches like perhaps moving GST off (healthy) Food, a plan to tackle peak oil, reduce emissions and other important issues like inequality then there would be less in common between national and labour.

    People want policy and vision, if that can be done the discussion begins..

    * about David’s speech: http://pundit.co.nz/content/david-cunliffe-a-political-vision
    conference notes and videos: http://www.greens.org.nz/sustainableeconomics

    • handle 8.1

      People want confidence. If that was the same thing as policy then Labour would have romped in at the last election. It is good to see some of the discussion on Red Alert about new economic approaches, the Spirit Level, etc. The challenge is crafting simple and powerful messages from that which speak to enough voters, not just to politics enthusiasts or the already-persuaded.

  9. Puddleglum 9

    Here’s the definition given in Monbiot’s article:

    Extrinsic values concern status and self-advancement. People with a strong set of extrinsic values fixate on how others see them. They cherish financial success, image and fame. Intrinsic values concern relationships with friends, family and community, and self-acceptance.

    Wasn’t there a similar, NZ, survey reported in the Listener in the second half of last year (sorry can’t do better than that) on changing attitudes of New Zealanders? It was from some management or business school, I think, in a University in the North Island. The same ‘shift’ comes out very clearly as with the British survey.

    I agree with Bill, however, that these ‘shifts’ are not necessarily indicators of shifts in ‘deep’ attitudes or what we might call basic values. I think what happens is that people tend to go along with what they have heard said (e.g., in the media) so long as it can be aligned in some way with those deeper values.

    Take the socialist maxim (paraphrased) – ‘from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs’ (non-inclusive language and all). I remember Chomsky noting in at least one of his books that there was a survey in the US where some remarkably high percentage of Americans thought that maxim was in the US constitution. But, of course, the obligation of ‘from each according to his ability’ can, with the right rhetorical twist, quickly turn into resentment of ‘dole bludgers’ (‘scabs’ or ‘free riders’, anyone?).

    I pretty much agree with this post, otherwise. It reminds me of when I moved into a new house back in the mid 90s. The previous owners must have been a bit right-leaning as we received a free copy of Richard Prebble’s “I’ve been thinking” a couple of months after arriving. It was fascinating for many reasons – none of which were probably the reasons Richard would have hoped for. Anyway, I gained one simple insight from Richard’s book – politics is about values.

    It is, though not at some cerebral level of subtle and carefully chosen ones. They are about the values we all share and which political parties and activists try to tap. The same values can be tapped by either a Hitler or a Gandhi. The question is to what end that motivated behaviour is then directed.

    If anyone’s interested in some intellectual, ‘funk-inspired’, spiritual, progressive populism from America you might be interested in this interview with Cornell West with, believe it or not, Noelle McCarthy (who I don’t think quite realised what she had on the line, but she seemed suitably impressed by the end of it).

    I think he manages to balance emotional, motivational passion with clear thinking and some good personal morality and ethics. He also happens to be a “prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America”.

  10. This is the kind of initiative that will advance the issues New Zealand needs to face:
    It looks like we are beginning to see the kind of leaders who can show the way too…

    International conference to bring Nobel Prize winner to Whakatane

    Professor Elinor Ostriom who won the Nobel prize for economics in 2009, has been confirmed as one of the key-note speakers at the Sharing Power conference which will be held in Whakatane:

    The conference will be hosted by Te Runanga o Ngati Awa and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in conjunction with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy.

    Conference organiser Aroha Mead says that it is not everyday a Nobel Prize winner visits to Whakatane and her expertise in this field will be invaluable to the conference:

    “We are very honoured to have Professor Ostrom join the conference as she is travelling from another conference to be here for one day only – such is her commitment to this work. Professor Ostrom will bring clarity around the issues of ‘the commons’ and the public domain, as these terms are often used quite inaccurately within resource management discussions here in New Zealand. She wil also bring a very considered analysis of what conditions are necessary for collective management of resources to work best.” concludes Ms Mead.

    Considered one of the leading scholars in the study of common-pool resources, Professor Ostrom is one of a number of high powered national and international speakers and guests attending the conference. The goal of the conference is to find ways to improve the quality of heritage being passed on to future generations and to improve community and indigenous participation in the governance and management of biocultural resources.
    http://news.tangatawhenua.com/archives/8725

    The conference, which is set to take place from January 11 to January 15, will look to enable indigenous peoples and local communities to have greater rights and responsibilities in governance and management of the landscapes and ecosystems they live in. Scientists, economists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, policy-makers and academics are expected to attend the conference:
    http://www.sharingpower.org/

    Also Len Brown’s words at his inaugural speech show a simple, clear message with vision:

    “We are the kaitiaki – the guardians, protectors, conservators – of
    our natural resources, and we must care for them so our children,
    grandchildren and great-grandchildren have the same opportunity to
    enjoy this beauty.

    We must be an eco city.”

  11. Orangepeel 11

    “It’s why the free market tends to work well for breakfast cereal and toilet paper, but not so great on insurance and healthcare.”
    I disagree with that statement to be perfectly frank: Free market health care has never been around long enough in any wealthy country besides the United States, which even now has better health care compared to ours despite the major problems it has.
    Looking at both nationalised and free market health care failures vs success’s; it does appear that the free market system has succeeded more when attempted (but lets not forget how nationalised health care has succeeded too: Nazi Germany, Cuba… ish, France – but France’s is quite privatised – Spain?).

    The norm of individualism should not be looked upon as ‘bad’ or ‘uncaring.’ Individualism is a very new idea: collective systems have dominated nations throughout history from tribes to monarchies, so it really does surprise me that young people are falling into the category of the traditional feudal system dressed up as ‘modern & new.’

    “…empathy, social justice and concern for the environment”
    Empathy isn’t part of collectivism. You cannot enforce morality. Taking someone’s money which they earned at gun point and giving it to the charity of your choice does not make that person moral, it makes you a thief. If people really were empathetic, wouldn’t they be FOR a system that allowed them to make a large amount of money for them to CHOOSE to give to charity of their choice?

    Social justice? How do you define that? Equality? Equal outcomes (at the expense of other peoples’ labour)? Everyone should be in favour of equal opportunity for all, but punishing those who succeed to reward those who didn’t is exchanging something of value for someone of smaller or no value: INjustice and INequality.

    Now tell me, is there ANY modern environmental movement that DOESN’T ask for your money, contradict itself, or damage the lives of people in third world countries? Patrick Moore left Greenpeace for a reason.
    Environmentalism is a great thing. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to protect and look after your natural surroundings, but at what cost? Why has it become more about moving society backwards and the denouncement of liberty due to the worries of ‘environmental catastrophe’? I always thought that the best solution to ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’ (if it even exists, and it be wise to act as though it did just in case) would be MORE private property rights: that would mean if a big corporation was polluting even the smallest bit of land that one of us owned, we could take legal action against them due to property rights violations and would most likely win. My real problem with modern environmentalism is that it acts as though man is an unnatural phenomena; that it isn’t in our nature to manipulate our surroundings to create a suitable habitat.

    “We need to get out there, act communally and do good for others, and encourage others to do the same – and it can become the norm again.”
    And I totally agree! I would deem those who are only out for themselves immoral, but do you really think that FORCE is necessary? Shouldn’t it be by choice? Hasn’t forcing communal attitudes destroyed the lives of millions of people, not to mention entire nations?

  12. Re healthcare have you seen SICKO the documentary? America is not a good example on healthcare.

    “The Cuban health care system is respected around the world, and is literally decades more advanced than any system found in Latin America.” http://library.thinkquest.org/18355/health_care_in_cuba.html

    Carbon Trading gives polluting property rights to companies, it is not successful at reducing emissions. The commons is a collective property right that individuals are polluting, which effects others.

    Patrick Moore left Greenpeace because there is More money in working for corporates, not because he had a problem with eNGOs having funding (‘asking for money’).

    The kind of work people like Patrick Moore does these days is quite contentious:

    At a time when more than a third of the planet’s species are threatened with extinction, the resources that are needed for effective conservation far exceed the money available for the cause.

    As a result, large conservation groups have turned to corporate donors for more of their funding over the past decade. The financial support often compensates the groups for their help in lessening the environmental impact of a corporation and its supply chain.

    The strengthening of corporate ties, however, has fueled a debate within the environmental movement about the role of industry in conservation work.

    Yet at a time when more companies are trying to be “green,” several grassroots leaders say the relationships allow companies to “greenwash” their public images. Their concern is that the true benefactors of the partnerships are not imperiled species or ecosystems, but the corporations themselves. http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5934

    • Orangepeel 12.1

      “Carbon Trading gives polluting property rights to companies, it is not successful at reducing emissions. The commons is a collective property right that individuals are polluting, which effects others”
      If it’s affecting other’s it’s abusing their rights.

      “Patrick Moore left Greenpeace because there is More money in working for corporates, not because he had a problem with eNGOs having funding (‘asking for money’).”
      No, he left Greenpeace because it was hijacked by political activists.

      “At a time when more than a third of the planet’s species are threatened with extinction, the resources that are needed for effective conservation far exceed the money available for the cause”
      Then why would Greenpeace be against genetic engineering when it could feed Africa?

  13. because it is not a shortage of food but the distribution that fails:

    Half of US food goes to waste
    http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Supply-Chain/Half-of-US-food-goes-to-waste

    There are better ways to feed Africa than with GM crops, Dulcie Krige
    http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/2003/03/02/insight/in10.asp

    GM won’t cure hunger in Africa
    http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/real_food/news/2003/january/tewolde_interview.html

    Organic farming in Africa wins over chemical methods
    A major study from the United Nations Environment Program reported that the use of organic practices in Africa produces higher yields than farming with pesticides and fertilizers.
    http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/feed/feed-november-2008.html#4

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_waste

    Waste – Uncovering the global food scandal – is a good book on the subject:

    Waste by Tristram Stuart (subtitled Uncovering The Global Food Scandal) takes a wide-ranging and balanced look at the food that is wasted around the world, practical steps to reduce this wastage and what it could mean not only for the starving people around the world but also for the environment as a whole.
    http://www.ecolivingadvice.com/waste-uncovering-the-global-food-scandal-by-tristram-stuart-review/

    In America, around 50 per cent of all food is wasted, while over here, we dump 20 million tons of food every year. Put all this together and – to make a wearisomely predictable but inescapable point – you could easily feed the world’s hungry several times over.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/5786024/Waste-Uncovering-the-Global-Food-Scandal-by-Tristram-Stuart-review.html

  14. I suggest reading this in depth look at the subject too:
    Focus on Hunger: Interview with Vandana Shiva
    http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/focus-on-hunger-interview-with-vandana-shiva/

    “there are nearly 1 billion people starving in the world right now speaks to the vast amounts of injustice that our global system is built on. That 1 out of 6 human beings goes to bed hungry every night while there is more than enough food to feed everyone”

    Free market neoliberal policy is failing the worlds majority.

    also see:
    12 Myths About Hunger
    http://www.foodfirst.org/pubs/backgrdrs/1998/s98v5n3.html

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    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
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  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
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  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    17 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    7 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
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  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
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  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
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  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    7 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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    9 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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    10 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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    16 hours ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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    17 hours ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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    1 day ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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    2 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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    2 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    2 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    2 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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    2 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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    2 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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    3 days ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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    3 days ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    3 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    4 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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    4 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    7 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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    7 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    7 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    1 week ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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    1 week ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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    1 week ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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    1 week ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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    1 week ago