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Reserve Bank predicts economic growth under new government

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, November 9th, 2017 - 128 comments
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Leaving aside the issue of economic growth as a panacea, Bill English and many who voted for him say it is the be all and end all for NZ. The Reserve Bank isnt a communist lacky, right? So they will all be happy now, right?

Read here

I look forward to the discussion.

128 comments on “Reserve Bank predicts economic growth under new government”

  1. Aaron 1

    Labour always runs a capitalist economy better than the capitalists, there are multiple layers of irony here of course but it’s not hard to do because National basically runs a plunderers economy. For evidence I remind people that out of the last 4 governments the 84 Labour (Act in disguise), 90 National and 08 National governments presided over downgrades in our national credit rating while only the Clarke government maintained our rating. There’s more evidence out there, those who want to find it will look…

    Part of the problem is that National Party governments don’t usually have a vision for the country although this recent government is so far off that particular scale that it has made previous National governments look quite visionary. Essentially if your only interest is simply to get into power you’ve achieved your vision the day you win the election and everything else is just PR management after that.

    • tracey 1.1

      Thanks for comment. Nat govts are very much status quo managers herding wealth toward specific and numerically small targets

    • SpaceMonkey 1.2

      National are crony/klepto (or turbo) capitalists. Labour/NZ First are social/responsible capitalists.

    • 3stepstotheright 1.3

      “I remind people that out of the last 4 governments the 84 Labour (Act in disguise), 90 National and 08 National governments presided over downgrades in our national credit rating while only the Clarke government maintained our rating.”

      That’s misleading, at best. Dishonest at worst.

      Fitch and Standard and Poors both downgraded NZ’s status in the first months of 2009, including as early as January, which you can hardly blame on a government who hadn’t even delivered a budget by that stage.

      https://www.nzdmo.govt.nz/about-us/credit-ratings

      • tracey 1.3.1

        But Joyce is demanding a budget after only one month

        • Sam aka clump 1.3.1.1

          Just means Moody’s credit officer was rubber stamping aaa rated dog shit.

        • cleangreen 1.3.1.2

          Yes Tracey 3stepstotheright is incoherent about ‘time and dates’,

          He/she must be reading off a National party manuscript here.

          We all know the rating agencies all change a countries rating as government changes dont we and not after months.

          • 3stepstotheright 1.3.1.2.1

            “He/she must be reading off a National party manuscript here.”
            I quoted the source.

            “We all know the rating agencies all change a countries rating as government changes dont we and not after months.”
            Correct. Two agencies downgraded NZ’s rating after Labour were kicked out in 2008. But wasn’t that my point?

            Thanks anyway.

        • 3stepstotheright 1.3.1.3

          No, he’s asking Robertson to confirm he intends honouring his promises. Robertson is just one of many Labour ministers contemplating about faces and broken promises they are going to have to admit to.

          • Sam aka clump 1.3.1.3.1

            One promise I suspect Robertson will keep is those 10 bridges. Just because.

          • tracey 1.3.1.3.2

            Really? Why will they have to admit when Key English and Joyce never did? Genuine question btw cos I think ur right their feet will be held to the fire (rightly so) but less than the previous 9 years.

            If an Opposition MP demanded detailed numbers from Key or English only a month after a coalition was announced you would be scornful. I do hope this new found desire for honesty, transparency and accountability flows through to next time Nats rule cos it sure isnt reflected in the 44% who just voted for them.

            • 3stepstotheright 1.3.1.3.2.1

              Robertson is only being asked to stand by his OWN numbers. He is inheriting a string, growing economy. Why is it so hard for him to stand by figures he published just a matter of weeks ago?

              • tracey

                I don’t know, why is it so hard for Joyce and English to admit that the BIG hole was not supported by anyone else AND if they were referring to a zero budget being bad, that English ran zero budgets in 2014 and 2015?

              • reason

                English has cooked the books ….. to an extent that would make Merrill blush ….

                Keys old firm … aka ‘ the blundering herd’ …….

                They ended up losing $46 Billion ….

                They would have loved Bills accounting tricks …..

                Creating ‘assetts’ in the Govt accounts through duress debts…. putting beneficiary in $1000 per week motels because of Govt housing failure…

                Gold plated billshit …

          • Frank Macskasy 1.3.1.3.3

            You mean, broken promises like not raising GST? Like that one, 3steps?

            Or that the 2009 and 2010 tax cuts were “fiscally neutral” and would involve “no new borrowing”? Like that one, 3steps?

            Or that there would be no cuts to social services and the state sector, 3steps? Is that the one you mean?

            Your criticism if the new coalition government is risable. They’ve only been in office for what, a month? Your suggestion of “broken promises” should be directed more at your party – National. They’ve a whole list of them.

            But no doubt you have justification for each one, eh?

      • reason 1.3.2

        GFC …… Caused by greedy dishonest merchant bankers …. like John Key.

    • Bob 1.4

      “Labour always runs a capitalist economy better than the capitalists, there are multiple layers of irony here of course but it’s not hard to do because National basically runs a plunderers economy.”
      Can I ask what data you have to support this?
      From what I can see, we just had 9 years of Labour, followed by 9 years of National. That should be a good place to start looking for data right? Lets see how they both left the economy:
      Labour: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/prefu2008/027.htm
      National: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/prefu2017/025.htm

      Labour leaves the country in structural deficit for the next 10 years with increasing expenses and decreasing revenues, while Nation leaves the country with increasing revenue and decreasing expenses…what do you consider a well run economy?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.4.1

        One that doesn’t have record homelessness and double the rate of malnutrition, especially in the context of the wealthiest individuals making off like thieves.

        In 2008, Treasury talked about drought and the price of fuel, about the GFC deregulation clusterfuck. It’s nice of you to imply that the NZLP controls the weather and the international price of oil, but are you saying they were working with the Federal Reserve when Glass-Steagel was repealed? Or perhaps they helped invent credit default swaps?

        Do tell, it’s sure to be entertaining. This is the rainy day you’ve been saving up for, eh.

        • Sam aka clump 1.4.1.1

          How Bobs National Party/Act Party Dogma works:

          Bullshit detector: “Labour leaves the country in structural deficit for the next 10 years with increasing expenses and decreasing revenues, while Nation leaves the country with increasing revenue and decreasing expenses…what do you consider a well run economy?”

          English translation: You don’t need to know anything about trading or investing so long as you can borrow $250k-$500k to buy a franchise or home, we will let you sell our junk content for $20 a pop to people who have zero clue about trading or investing.

          Me: Average citizen be warned.

        • cleangreen 1.4.1.2

          yes OAB

          I dont think using Treasury advice is really worthy of consideration there.

          As the treasury have been infiltrated with Goldman Sachs ex staffers now.

          They will be pushing for another National Government that they can profit from again themselves with all the inside information they may obtain there.

          Treasury have made some terrible calculations in the last nine years.

        • 3stepstotheright 1.4.1.3

          Any malnutrition that does exist in NZ is squarely the fault of parents. But I very much doubt you actually understand what real malnutrition really looks like.

          • Sam aka clump 1.4.1.3.1

            The rational behind that is this:

            1. Deprieve Kids of abiltity to outperform the parent (which didn’t win National any coalition favours)

            2. Get the people angry at parents (which didnt’ really win any favours either)

            The plus side is that there will not be any more harassment of solo parents on welfare (other then some already in the system) after its cleansed of National Party Dogma.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 1.4.1.3.2

            Obviously double the number of parents decided not to feed their children properly under National. Do they do it out of spite?

            What is it about the National Party that brings out the worst in people? You should know.

            • tracey 1.4.1.3.2.1

              Personal responsibility and accountability applies to the poor and low paid NOT to National Cabinet Ministers.

            • 3stepstotheright 1.4.1.3.2.2

              Poor nutrition. There’s plenty of welfare being paid out. Parents need to make better choices.

              • tracey

                Do you think Bennett and Collins should have resigned from parliament due to their breaches of the law and in Collins case leading to death threats against an innocent public servant? That would be what someone who understands personal (and professional) responsibility would do, right? Or is it just the poor who have to pay the price?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                There’s no need to repeat your mantra. Just answer the question.

          • Brigid 1.4.1.3.3

            “Any malnutrition that does exist in NZ is squarely the fault of parents.”
            What evidence do you have that this is so?

            Because if this is true, then you must ask the question; “Why do parents willfully starve their kids these days, but didn’t (presumably) when you were a child?”
            Assuming the parent is being willfully negligent, how does the child go about providing for its self?

            What do you suggest is a remedy that will see that no child is starved?

            Nah. Never mind. As you were etc.
            You couldn’t give a damn about malnutrition in NZ, or anywhere, eh.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 1.4.1.3.3.1

              Also, what caused the alleged poor parenting rate to double over the last nine years.

              Edit: also, should a random sample of poor parents be given legal aid to sue individual bigots and sadists for defamation?

          • Incognito 1.4.1.3.4

            But I very much doubt you actually understand what real malnutrition really looks like.

            Do you know what it looks like?

          • Frank Macskasy 1.4.1.3.5

            Any malnutrition that does exist in NZ is squarely the fault of parents.

            Yeah, right, blame those at the bottom of the social -economic heap. It means you don’t have to take responsibility for your own Party’s inept policies; wasted resources; unaffordable tax cuts; and failures.

            It’s telling that NZ never had the kind of poverty we’ve experienced under the neo-liberal regime, 3steps. But you’re not willing to look at that, are you? You identify too closely with the Right and free market dogma to think things through.

            So you go to Plan B: blame others.

            Funny though, you Righties demand Personal Responsibility from everyone else except yourselves. I wonder why that is?

      • Kevin 1.4.2

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10548753

        I will even highlight the relevant bit for you:

        Having condemned his predecessor for many years for paying off debt too quickly, English said: “I want to stress that New Zealand starts from a reasonable position in dealing with the uncertainty of our economic outlook.”

        “In New Zealand we have room to respond. This is the rainy day that Government has been saving up for,” he told reporters at the Treasury briefing on the state of the economy and forecasts.

      • reason 1.4.3

        Increased corruption, inequality, pollution …… and debt.

        A arsonists Fire economy …. + cows

  2. Zorb6 2

    Quite possible the acting Governor wants to become the next appointed Governor of the Reserve Bank.

  3. roy cartland 3

    Stimulus, not austerity, promotes growth. (And not stimulus meaning giving banks more money, but increasing wages and social services. And not growth meaning more numbers on a Bank’s account, but actual useful productivity.)

    Simple.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2012/oct/04/adding-liquidity-fiscal-stimulus
    https://www.salon.com/2015/07/05/noam_chomsky_austerity_is_just_class_war_partner/
    https://jackrasmus.com/2016/04/18/imf-and-troika-want-still-more-austerity-from-greece-the-wikileaks-revelation/

    • tracey 3.1

      Shhhhhhhh. Growth is the answer. If we all just keep waiting they are SO sure it will be the answer

  4. mauī 4

    It’s not that hard or complicated is it, lift wages of low wage earners so they can actually spend in the economy and have the state invest in infrastructure and new job creation. Hey presto you get growth.

    The right would never do this because their backers want low wages so they as business owners can make bigger profits and because they believe any state intervention is communist, and they have an irrational fear of that.

    • 3stepstotheright 4.1

      “The right would never do this because their backers ”

      National have been doing exactly that. Real wages have risen by over 20% in the past 8 years, taxes have been cut, and there has been substantial investment in infrastructure. We have also seen the minimum wage increased virtually every year.
      The result…one of the highest growth rates and employment rates in the OECD.

      • tracey 4.1.1

        Real wages might have risen by 20% but the median wage hasnt.

        Beware relying on OECD chummy cos it also has us doing poorly in other areas…

        • Sam aka clump 4.1.1.1

          Those numbers are only useful to credit agencies and lenders. National get confused by OECD numbers as much as they get confused by credit ratings. Some time on opposition benches will serve there minds well.

        • 3stepstotheright 4.1.1.2

          Real wages are calculated after deducting inflation. And before the benefit of tax cuts. Choke on it.

          • Sam aka clump 4.1.1.2.1

            bread milk and butter sold at $5 should be priced lower just to fit your well thought out, well researched, and oh so well laid out calculations.

          • tracey 4.1.1.2.2

            But not house prices, right?

            • 3stepstotheright 4.1.1.2.2.1

              Why should they be? Owning a house is not a necessity. Eating is.

              • Brigid

                Having a house to live in is a necessity. Therefore someone owns it.
                FFS Stop being so dumb.

              • reason

                3stepstotheright 4.1.1.2.2.1; “Why should they be? Owning a house is not a necessity. Eating is.’Why should they be? Owning a house is not a necessity. Eating is.'” …. This comment resonates with the stupidity of a former village idiot known as maninthemiddle …..

                who needs a roof over their head ?

                Of course the single biggest expense for most should not be included when measuring inflation …

                Other nasty idiotic posters understand this logic ….

            • 3stepstotheright 4.1.1.2.2.2

              http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/Households/HouseholdEconomicSurvey_MRYeJun17.aspx

              “Despite increases in both household income and housing costs, the ratio of housing costs to household income has not changed significantly from a decade ago,”

              There is a lot of bullshit spread about housing costs by the left, Tracey. The facts tell a very different story.

              • tracey

                ” the ratio of housing costs to household income has not changed significantly from a decade ago,” Does that mean it was acceptable “a decade ago”?

              • Sam aka clump

                I don’t particularly feel like looking up sources at the moment, or use other people’s name to get my pet theories across. But here are the effects a MODERATE rise in the minimum wage generally has. It raises the unemployment rate slightly (0.5% points or less), it reduces GDP slightly, it pushes the pay for middle tier positions down, closer to the new minimum wage, and it raises consumer prices a bit. It certainly isn’t the end of the world, and often times the benefits to the working poor far out weigh the harm done to the non-working poor, the middle class and everyone else (presumably the upper class). Because you’re massively redistributing wealth between the middle class and the poor, the effect on different sectors of the economy will be WILDLY different. A defense contractor with few minimum wage employees and no directly link to consumer demand won’t really be effected too much, while a cheap-labor intensive business with high price elasticity might be significantly harmed.

                If the going wage is say $20 and the minimum wage is $15, raising the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour has no effect on employment or wages. So…technically its possible.

                If you are saying raise the wage above minimum wage? Then yes there’s a net loss of jobs.

                Some people do benefit, people who’s wages rises and don’t get fired.

                Interestingly this tends to hurt small businesses more than larger ones. Larger businesses are more likely to face collective action by workers to bargain for higher wages and so in general already have higher wages. Larger businesses in general have better human resources than smaller businesses, so when the wage increases they can just make their employment selection process more strict and only hire more productive workers. Smaller businesses don’t usually have the same screening abilities and are more likely to make the choice between hiring someone who it might not be worth to pay the increase minimum wage, or just leaning on their existing workers for more effort.

                It also has a lot to do with the nature of the nation in questions economy in general.

                The reason this becoming a real issue is that people don’t see any other way to increase stagnate wages of the rest of the 90% of the population. In the last 30 years the top 10% rather than give raises did two things instead. they put a significant amount of it in bolt holes. Screwing the property market.

                So in giving employer benefits the management and top 10% did give a lot of money toward their own WEALTH in terms of most corporations percent of operating budget. In order to recupe this money the idea was also pushed to offer easy credit to employees and there by giving the impression of having more money to consume, but in reality owing that money back to their employers.

                Both right and left political spectrum in New Zealand for instance believe that the cost of housing and easy credit are both the real problems pushing wage inequality.

                But neither side can agree on how to deal with this.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  It raises the unemployment rate slightly

                  Citation needed. Explanation for why said citation doesn’t agree with other published research and actual experience, also needed.

                  In short, your information is wrong.

                  • Sam aka clump

                    I left myself a loophole.

                    Like I said… If the going wage is say $20 and the minimum wage is $15, raising the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour has no effect on employment or wages. So…technically its possible.

                  • 3stepstotheright

                    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/02/18/cbo-minimum-wage-jobs/5582779/

                    It’s all about degrees. If there is no cost to jobs by any rise, why not make it $500 an hour?

                    • Sam aka clump

                      If

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      @ 3maninthesteps Whereas we know that a fifty-nine percent raise in twenty months is a reasonable amount, from Seattle’s experience.

                      So I applied that experience to NZ and it means that the MW can go to $25 per hour by July 2019.

                      I’ll take it as read that you reckon it can’t for some emotion that you’ll quickly rationalise into what you fondly imagine is an argument, and then you’ll search out someone on the internet who agrees with you.

                      Don’t bother. The government is too ‘pragmatic’ to go anywhere like that, but it sure puts $20 per hour into perspective.

                    • Sam aka clump

                      And some arguments insist $25 MW given the Trumps policies around Obama care. Going out of state for Health care might help the yanks.

                    • Tracey

                      OR we could throw it over to evidence based thinking and raise it as high until it will have the negative effect you predict. Now, what is that? Another 3.5 per hour or 500 ph as you suggest.

              • reason

                Over the last decade house prices have more than doubled … have wages as well? .

                Tracys real life experience tells the true story … “”In addition, when I bought a house in Auckland in 1992 it cost me 3 x my salary. When I sold my house in October 2016 it was worth over 20 x my salary. How can you say real wages rising 20% is a good thing in relation to buying a home? What with accommodation being the single largest cost to most NZ workers?”

                3steps showering this thread with kiwiblog grade bullshit …………. He’s like a drunk aggressive princess penguin

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.2

        …which makes the suicide, homelessness and malnutrition rates even more disgusting and shameful.

      • National have been doing exactly that. Real wages have risen by over 20% in the past 8 years, taxes have been cut, and there has been substantial investment in infrastructure. We have also seen the minimum wage increased virtually every year.

        Citations?

        Your history of telling half-truths and outright lies is well known.

        • 3stepstotheright 4.1.3.2

          You’re a bit sensitive aren’t you Frank? Don’t like being shown up to be a liar, do you?

          Do I really have to provide citations for tax cuts? Our rises in the minimum wage? How stupid are you Frank.

          BTW, suck this up:

          April 2008:
          Minimum wage $12.00/hr
          Tax $4,881 (19.5% effective rate)
          ACC $350 ($1.41%)
          Net Income $19,798
          Real Net Income (2016$) $22,718

          April 2016:
          Minimum wage $15.25/hr
          Gross income on MW $31,807
          Tax $4,486 (14.4% effective rate)
          ACC $385 (1.21%)
          Net Income $26,836
          Real Net Income (2016$) $26,836

          Courtesy of https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2016/03/real_net_minimum_wage_now_11_higher_than_under_labour.html. (Seeing as you’re starting to post your own blogs as supporting your arguments!!).

        • 3stepstotheright 4.1.3.3

          Ah, the Real Wages claim…I misspoke…it was household incomes, and things are even better than I suggested…

          http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/Households/HouseholdEconomicSurvey_MRYeJun17.aspx

          “Average annual household income has risen more than 40 percent since 2007, increasing at twice the rate of inflation, Stats NZ said today”

          And with house prices up, and therefore a tax free capital gain to add to their retirement savings, households have had a real income windfall!

          You misspoke? You mean you were wrong when you told me to choke on it? I see you have now turned to averages. How about you start posting the numbers in relation to the median wages, household income and so on.and see how that looks.

          I look forward to the apology. You might want to read the policy about Authors – tracey

          • tracey 4.1.3.3.1

            You need to address my moderation note before making any further comments or you will receive a ban.

            • Bill 4.1.3.3.1.1

              Sorry Tracey. I hadn’t realised you had moderated when releasing comments from pending.

              I’ll leave all future ones there.

    • tc 4.2

      Correct and it shows the stupididy and hypocrisy of nationals hollowmen dogma.

      They hate state intervention until they break it then they beg for it as being ‘too big to fail’. AirNZ, Banks, AAMI etc

      • ianmac 4.2.1

        If National raised the min wage by say 2 cents per year, they could crow that they raised the wage every year. How kind of them. But a dollar per year would really worth crowing about.

        • 3stepstotheright 4.2.1.1

          April 2016 – Minimum Wage rose 50c – faster than the average wage (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11597537)

          April 2017 – Minimum Wage rose 50c
          (https://www.govt.nz/browse/work/workers-rights/minimum-wage-in-new-zealand/)

          Where do you get the 2c from? The minimum wage has risen steadily over the past 8 years, and not at the cost of jobs (NZ has record levels of employment).

          • Sam aka clump 4.2.1.1.1

            I’m just going to copy and past a reply I wrote to some one else on TDB and put it here. You can cry about it later.

            Learning not to repeat history are valuable lessons which is why I tend to lean towards the worst case scenarios. And it’s one of those telling phrases that aren’t always correct. If we look at the last 30 odd years since neoliberalism was brought to New Zealand, radio was still a big part or people’s lives, disco was a fading memory because the cassette tape had taken over. And VHS took off. Since then the Internet has largely taken over those mediums of transmitting thoughts, ideas, and entertainment with Facebook being a central player in all this. Back in 96 when the beginnings of Facebook first appeared dial up modems had captured about half the homes in New Zealand. We can go back and check the exact number but it was huge. That said. It may well be that modes of transmitting thoughts will continue on its technological evolution. With AI taking over computer modelling it should only be a mater of time before we have a working model of a cleaning robot that can work through an earthquake, giving rise to the next wave of tech billionaires/trillionaires.

            We have found some solutions to our problems. In the early half of the 20th century it was typical to have families upwards of 12 children or more. Long story short that didn’t sit well with urban planners who needed to atomise the family unit into to the atomic family (2 parents, 2 kids. Not sure any one listened) I’m not aware if this contributed towards religious beliefs around birth deaths and marriages, particularly in Elvis Presley’s time after being labeled the devil and rock & roll denounced as the devil. So we argued them to stop at having 2 children. But we didn’t have to stop them. All we had to do was 1) educate the woman, 2) woman held jobs, and 3) woman would not want to have to many pregnancies, because they lose income during pregnancies and lose promotions when they get back. So that solved a problem. But it’s not a straight line extrapolation, what has happened in the past.

            Each change brings about a different reaction to what has happened in the past. So I can not tell you looking back on the past 30 years and say what will happen in the next 30 years. It is going to be very different 30 years.

            Guy Fawkes himself is one example as sure as he made himself unpopularity sent to the gallows. We New Zealanders have found some solutions to our problems. The principles of Guy Fawkes day maybe applicable. But it is for us to pick and choose which of the principles are useful to us.

            As I said one of the things New Zealand has done is to educate the woman and that has addressed some what urbanisation. But that creates a shrinking population and we some what falsely assume people don’t want to work so now we import workers just to keep up the vitality of the population for something completely unforeseen and unforeseeable 30 years ago. It’s just completely unpredictable. Kiwis have been experiencing between 1% or 3% economic growth year on year so why would they have thought things would get this bad, that our woman once educated would not want to have any more children. And they are marrying later, and a huge chunk about 30% remain single there entire lives.

            So I do not believe looking back 30 years will tell us the way to move forward.

            Now. We are not responsible for the world that is in turmoil over Anthropogenic Climate Change, massive populations, Africa, the Middle East, maybe India, maybe China. Those are beyond our control and we just watch things as they pan out. But I see the impact of all these developments having a deleterious effect on our living environment. So harmful to the prospects of future generations.

            You can not put 9 billion or 10 billion people on our planet with out discomfort or distress. How ever. Some countries can, and I know China does. Keep migrants out of overpopulated countries. And we along with Australia are a few of those countries who keep migrants out and we are very strict on that. New Zealand is now around 5 million population. I never expected this so soon. I remember when the 2 millionth New Zealander was called out over the radio when I was just a boy. So we needed to import an extra million or 2 million workers. Now we must live with in those limits.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1.2

            Hourly rates are a really good proxy for total income in a zero-hours contract environment. Oh yes indeedy. Honest. Stop laughing!

          • Frank Macskasy 4.2.1.1.3

            (NZ has record levels of employment).

            Not accurate.

            Stats NZ has dubious methods of defining unemployment, and the rate is much higher, as the 2013 census showed.

            https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/msm-catches-up-on-unemployment-stats-rort/

            https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/lies-damned-lies-and-statistical-lies-update/

            But if you’re still willing to go with the official “numbers”, you’ll be happy to compliment the new Coalition government as unemployment continues to “fall”.

            • 3stepstotheright 4.2.1.1.3.1

              You seriously think I’m going to accept your lies over official data? You can’t even admit you screwed up on your Debt claims. You can’t even recognise when a contributor is referring to the main post! Why should anyone trust anything you write?

          • Frank Macskasy 4.2.1.1.4

            April 2016 – Minimum Wage rose 50c – faster than the average wage

            Really, 3steps?

            Well that doesn’t say much about how fast the average wage has risen under National, has it?

            #owngoal

            • 3stepstotheright 4.2.1.1.4.1

              Actually it says a lot about how fast the minimum wage has grown by comparison!

              Foot out of your mouth Frank.

          • tracey 4.2.1.1.5

            Which is interesting cos Key and English were adamant raising minimum wage woukd cost jobs. Can you show me when they admitted they were wrong about this?

  5. Grey Area 5

    Not surprising that in the Stuffed article Economics 101 (Failed) Joyce gets yet another “show me the money” moment but Minister of Finance Grant Robertson is only referred to.

    • tracey 5.1

      Apparently govts except Nat governments have to present budgets a month after an election result…

    • 3stepstotheright 5.2

      A Finance Minister who cannot confirm he will keep to his own figures presented just weeks ago is a joke. Grant Robertson is that joke.

  6. 3stepstotheright 6

    From the article:

    “On Thursday, the central bank gave its first take on the direction of the new Labour-led Government, which it stressed was preliminary, and said the impact was “very uncertain”.”

    “The Reserve Bank forecasts do not cover the level of government debt, which BNZ head of research Stephen Toplis said could be “substantially higher” than Labour had suggested.”

    “Bagrie, who predicted in recent days that the Reserve Bank would trim its growth forecasts further, added caution.
    “We are less upbeat than the Reserve Bank on the growth outlook.””

    I watched Robertson in the House today during QT. He really has no idea.

    • garibaldi 6.1

      300stepstotheright, you aren’t a tad biased by any stretch of the imagination are you ?

      • tracey 6.1.1

        Apparently he/she only likes growth under a Nat govt and develops a moral compass once Labour has some power so that ” misleading…” and “Dishonest” are to be frowned upon.

        Of course it is falsee they are but it is false morality when you only apply it to the other team. Dishonest you might say.

      • cleangreen 6.1.2

        Garibaldi 3stepstotheright – is baised.

        He is singing from Steven Joyces song sheet stilll without a wing and a prayer.

        he will soon tell us there was a $1.7 bilion hole in Labours budget. Then we will know he is actually a clone of/or Steven Joyce in drag.

        Joyce is still heavily smarting badly from his fuckup and the loss of the election from his failure as “National Party Election strategist” as his ego is so huge – he is having dificulty handling the failure he is now.

        He will crash and burn if we just ignore his rubbish as he speaks with forked tongue.

      • 3stepstotheright 6.1.3

        Yep. Just like everyone else posting here!

        • tracey 6.1.3.1

          Hop over to the Disability post, I am interested in your comments on issues raised there
          .

          • 3stepstotheright 6.1.3.1.1

            I feel genuinely sorry for Kay. I’m at a loss to understand how her situation is worse under National than previously. I have a close friend who suffered a brain injury 2 years ago, which has affected her speech and meant she has had to give up work, and finds herself in a position not unlike Kay. She (Lynn) is getting huge support from government agencies, her medications and on-going care are all but free, and she is receiving a variety of state support.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1.3.1.1.1

              I’m at a loss to understand…

              From Kay’s post:

              Until a few years ago I wouldn’t have considered treating people on SLP as a separate group because it wasn’t really necessary. We were actually treated ok for the most, this current nightmare began in 2009. It’s no coincidence WINZ has become a seizure trigger for me (never was before 2009) and I’ve had 5 hospitalisations so far as a direct result of run-ins with them. Chronic illness requires minimising stress and they are not helping the situation for anyone. It would be really interesting to work out just how much their behaviour has cost the public hospital system. I’m currently going without money I know I’m entitled to because it’s not medically safe for me to go anywhere near them.

              What part of this are you struggling with? Trying to think up excuses for voting for it?

              • 3stepstotheright

                That doesn’t answer my question. There seems to be an insinuation about WINZ, but no actual hard evidence. I’ve read comments like this before, but my experience, and the experience of others I know, has been very different.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  You and your friends victims are permanently disabled are you?

                  It isn’t my job to explain the various changes to “Social” “Welfare” legislation since 2008 to you.

                  You can find them here. I’m more than happy to take Kay’s word for it. For you though, I’ll need citations and three written references from people who are honest and credible.

                  • tracey

                    If you reply to this 3stepstotheright without addressing my moderation note above you will be banned.

                • tracey

                  When you have addressed the moderation comment above, please feel free to outline your experience of WINZ with facts for us. Actually do it on the correct thread would be even better.

            • tracey 6.1.3.1.1.2

              What stopped you from actually posting this there? Please read my moderation note on this thread before commenting further.

              On Kay’s post it will be great to see you being specific about Lynn’s circumsatnces, family situation, exact govt support.

              • 3stepstotheright

                I have answered your moderation notice. You clearly didn’t read my post. You invited me to comment on Kay’s story. I did. Now stop being a bully. Moderators who throw their weight around because they don’t like being told stuff by people smarter than them are so last century.

                [lprent: I have been giving you a long leash because when you aren’t fondling your ball sack, your brain appears to operate ok and you can write interesting comments. But you also mix it with this kind of ignorant stupidity.

                It always pays to learn the rules of place before you try to demand how they should operate. On this site you simply don’t abuse moderators because then I tend to get irritated with the stupid ball sacks who do that..

                We need authors and moderators around far more than we need some fuckwit troll.

                Banned for 1 month.

                Should give you enough time to read the policy. Yell out if you need more.]

    • tracey 6.2

      Joyce makes him look like a genius though so it is lucky we dodged that bullet.

      Darn I really though the Billshit growth addicts would be happy

    • “The Reserve Bank forecasts do not cover the level of government debt, which BNZ head of research Stephen Toplis said could be “substantially higher” than Labour had suggested.”

      Interesting… so you’re admitting that National has racked up much higher debt than has been previously disclosed?

      By the way, your selective use of the RBNZ state is dishonest.

      This is what the Reserve Bank had to say, which you failed to share with us;

      Higher minimum wages and a new house building programme will boost economic growth, more than offsetting a sharp fall in immigration, the Reserve Bank says.

      On Thursday, the central bank gave its first take on the direction of the new Labour-led Government, which it stressed was preliminary, and said the impact was “very uncertain”.

      However, acting governor Grant Spencer said the bank’s initial assessment was that the combination of a new house building programme, a sharp increase in the minimum wage, lower immigration and higher general government spending would add around 0.5 per cent to economic growth in each of the next three years.

      A fall in gains from immigration was “a net negative” to growth, Spencer said, “but the overall impact of the new government policies is a positive stimulus to aggregate demand”.

      Here’s the citation you also omitted to include: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/98702380/reserve-bank-says-impact-of-new-government-initiatives-is-very-uncertain

      No wonder you didn’t post the link. Then others would have realised you’re up to your old tricks of cherry-picking information and presenting selected quotes in a mis-informing manner.

      You are not to be trusted with your posting, 3steps.

      • tracey 6.3.1

        Steven Joyces press sec?

      • 3stepstotheright 6.3.2

        Frank you are a joke. If you were not so stupid you would have realised that the ‘article’ I referred to was the one the original post was written about!

      • 3stepstotheright 6.3.3

        “Interesting… so you’re admitting that National has racked up much higher debt than has been previously disclosed“

        No, Frank. The comment in the quote referred to what LABOUR had originally disclosed. About debt on THEIR watch. We’re increasingly seeing the blatant dishonesty of Labour exposed. Which is why you fit nicely as one of their fan boys.

  7. Bill 7

    The irony of the fact that Labour parties the world over were formed to deliver socialism by parliamentary means, and that they are now the better caretakers and managers of capitalism…..

  8. Bob 8

    Tracey, the Reserve bank expects growth, this is true, but it will come at the expense of first home buyers who will be forfeiting their Mortgages through skyrocketing interest rates while the “Rich” get richer by leaving their money in the bank. Doesn’t sound great to me.
    See last Labour term for a perfect example: https://www.rbnz.govt.nz/statistics/key-graphs/key-graph-mortgage-rates

    • Sam aka clump 8.1

      So banks will lend those deposits. More growth!

    • tracey 8.2

      I didnt say it was great. But “the economy is growing” is, we are told, by English, by Key by many Nat supporters, a panacea (despite 40 years of contrary evidence) so they ought to now feel better about Labour?

  9. greywarshark 9

    A bit of a side issue but banking and finance connected. And it may affect NZ too.

    Gordon Brown, UK is encouraging people to sign an open letter to send a message to the G2to clean up the Paradise Papers situation and deal to tax havens.

    Dear friends,

    Eight years ago as UK Prime Minister and chair of the G20, I tried to end the injustice of global tax havens. But as the “Paradise Papers” leak shows, trillions are still being siphoned off to dodge tax in the most shadowy places in the global economy.

    It’s one of today’s greatest injustices, allowing the richest to stand aside while the rest of us pay for health, education, and protecting the most vulnerable.

    But now we have a chance to stop it — through an international agreement that outlaws tax havens and imposes penalties and prison sentences on tax evaders. And the G20, the leaders of the world’s biggest economies, can make it happen.

    Please join me in signing this open letter to Argentine President Mauricio Macri, chair of the G20 — if a million of us sign, I will personally deliver it to him, asking him and other G20 leaders to take urgent action to finish the job we began in 2009. Join with one click: …

  10. Sparky 10

    Wow social scientists with backgrounds in economics and econometrics think the economy will grow under Labour.

    Well I’m convinced given their great track record on predicting our economic success to date.

    Maybe they might want to take a gander at what TPP style deals like NAFTA have done to the economies of those who are signatories and then factor in the fact that we are a fraction of those nations size with bugger all meat on our bones to handle that kind of economic stress not to mention our relative isolation from most world markets.

    But hey I don’t have a Masters in Economics or Mysticism so what would I know….

    • greywarshark 10.1

      Sparky
      Don’t diss our informed advisors. You may be absolutely right, but you are being utopian to think that we can just do what is clear to thinking people. How can we just change everything to suit ourselves? We are a country that always wants more than it can earn, we couldn’t handle a Cuba scenario. The nearby USA put them in the naughty corner and wouldn’t trade with them for about half a century.
      NZs don’t have enough resilience to handle that.

    • tracey 10.2

      But the Nats love growth and the RB when it predicts it. And remember our last PM worked for Treasury, so Treasury must be Ok.

      • cleangreen 10.2.1

        All past financial zealots worked inside treasury/reserve bank structures as most were helicoptered into the job to ‘skew’ the figures.

        We will find when labour coalition seriously examine the books, they will find many ‘abnomilies’ in the National Party accounting figures and they will be ‘creative accounting’ massaged manipulation of the figures they and 3stepstotheright have consistantly parroted, so now we will wait and see.

        If you saw the asounding wild claims that the last minister of finance were made by the disgraced Steven joyce then we can easlily believe that some fishy figures from treasury/reserve bank are in there also.

        It is a ‘balance of probability’ that rules here now.

  11. corodale 11

    Award them all hemorrhoid cream, and put up job vacancy notices in the Indian corner stores. We need a central bank ready to play cricket.

    If they are willing to drop-all to get their jobs, then this foreplay is the obvious first step for trying to keep their jobs.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    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

  • 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 ...
    2 days 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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    4 hours ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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    1 day ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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    1 day 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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    2 days 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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    2 days 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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    2 days ago
  • 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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    2 days 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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    2 days 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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    2 days ago
  • 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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    2 days 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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    2 days 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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    2 days 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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    2 days 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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    3 days 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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    3 days 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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    3 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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    3 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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    3 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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    3 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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    3 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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    3 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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    3 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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    4 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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    4 days ago
  • 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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    4 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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    4 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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    4 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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    4 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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    5 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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    5 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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    5 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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    1 week 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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    1 week 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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    1 week 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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    1 week 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