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Written By: - Date published: 6:25 pm, April 5th, 2011 - 87 comments
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National Cabinet

Actually Phil Goff has it right – these clowns should resign – all they seem to be able to do is screw the economy and cut juicy public-money deals for their mates.

Oh yeah, and photo ops. Can’t forget the photo ops.

87 comments on “RESIGN ”

  1. higherstandard 1

    You want them to resign…… and call an early election………. really ?

    • IrishBill 1.1

      Where did I say election? I said “resign”, you fool. As in pack their bags and leave politics for good. Clearly they’ve failed on the increases in literacy they were promising too.

      • Armchair Critic 1.1.1

        Hang on, would that mean the next few people on the 2008 National list would come into parliament?  People that were lower on the list and presumably even less talented than that Gilmore bloke?  There’s a scary thought.

      • higherstandard 1.1.2

        Don’t call me a fool……..you’re the one who supports an opposition so feeble that they’re unable to gain any traction against the current pack of dweebs.

        • IrishBill 1.1.2.1

          Find me one statement I’ve made that uncritically supports Labour. Ever.

          • J Mex 1.1.2.1.1

            To be fair, higherstandard didn’t say you uncritically supported Labour, just that you supported them.

            • lprent 1.1.2.1.1.1

              I don’t think he does. Last election he said he was going to vote for the Workers party.. Probably did waste his vote that way as well.

        • burt 1.1.2.2

          Hang on, would that mean the next few people on the 2008 National list would come into parliament?

          No, don’t be silly there are no rules to actually follow here. National also cherry pick their list and we can have a line of fresh faces for the popularity contest in November.

          • ianmac 1.1.2.2.1

            And the next on National List has to be approved and a right of veto is available.
            Labour goes straight to the next on the List and asks the person who has the option, but no veto.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 1.2

      Given the turmoil in the Maori party and the coming budget and the bad news that keeps on coming, I can see why Key must be regretting his December election decision. Even an early poll won’t save him though- in Auckland the tide turned last October during the council elections- the C and R candidates had no policies to promote and no where to hide. I’m pretty sure it will be the same in ChCh and Welly. Soon Key won’t have anywhere left to go.

      • felix 1.2.1

        Hounded out of the cities like the dogs they are.

        • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1

          Hounded out of the cities like the running dogs they are.
           

          Just a slight mod to give it a more classical feel 🙂

  2. gobsmacked 2

    Actually a pretty smart headline-grabber from Labour.

    Key wants the media to focus on celebs, royals, photo ops – and Labour’s stuff-ups. In fact, anything *except* the government’s handling of the economy.

    Sure, Key could call an election.  But he’d damage Brand Key, and lose at least 5% in the polls overnight – for many reasons (e.g. broken promise, exploitation of tragedy, and no faith in the All Blacks!). He’d also risk losing ACT and the Maori Party, who need a lot more recovery time.

    So Key gets to look like a blow-hard (“Bring it on … no, I didn’t mean it!”). And more importantly, the media suddenly remember what matters … the economy, the economy, the economy.

  3. The amount they’ve sunk on the SCF bailout is incredible, not to mention the tax cuts for the rich, the ETS, the attacks on workers’ rights, the stealth privatisation, the personal corruption…
    yup. resign. if the rump of National and its new MPs can form a government, let them see out the term. If no government can be formed, election.

    • Herodotus 3.1

      And if Nat in bulk resigned what are we left with ???
      The current front benches from Labour are the same who failed to delivered  for NZ, and what was was just smoke and mirrows as to how boom days, nothing to build the foundations of NZ on.
      NZ travelled further into debt than ever before, and what is the solution . For Kiwis to stop spending and to reduce debt, but that causes a reduction in NZ economic activity
      As even an ex labour supporter has come out to say that we need to spend less. There is a cost to this policy, that I frankly cannot see those in either party having the ability to manage, as this will cost those who vote with their back pockets, especially as families with wage earners in the top tax bracket are just holding on, so who is there to tax? Even the Greens think only of the PAYE worker for additional revenue for the govt e.g.
      http://thestandard.org.nz/plurality-support-quake-levy/
      So then Marty who can even understand the question let alone have any idea to an answer?? Not the big 2 that is for sure and from the link above I more than wonder about The Greens.

      • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1

        So what do you reckon herod?

        • felix 3.1.1.1

          Can you actually read those?

        • Herodotus 3.1.1.2

          PB when I see a party with something that can take NZ forward then left or right I will give them my vote. But currently there are none, so I end up voting for who can do the least damage !!! 
          How can Lab help the midle class those in real need, remove GST of F&V and still allow for total NZ debt reduction? They cannot just like progressing UP the OECD rankings or Getting closer to Aussie. Just tired rhetoric
          Just watch our non tradeable inflation go way beyond any wage increases. And this from DTB does not help.
          http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2011/04/rogue-capitalism.html

      • Marty G 3.1.2

        what would you cut? We do have to live within our means, yes, but the way to do that is to tax according to our spending – as we were until two years ago. We’ve borrowed money partially because of a cyclical downturn (which is when you are meant to borrow, which is what Labour saved up for during the good times) but also because we’re having to borrow to fund the tax cuts for the rich.
        btw, the Greens’ levy raises 40% of its money by reversing the corporate rate cut that came in last week and the rest by partially reversing tax cuts for the wealthiest Kiwis that they have enjoyed over the past three years. I seem to recall they were happily wealthy before those cuts.
        Oh, and the day I base my fiscal views on what Owen Glenn has to say is a dark day.

        • Herodotus 3.1.2.1

          Marty- The govt debt is only 1 aspect of the position we are in, how about local bodies, in the case I know of Auck Council and their CCOs have huge debt, serviced by the rate payer. Nice to see rates in Auck now projected for 5.3% increase. the rate/tax payer is dry and unable to be milked. Some of the tax cuts that benefit “some” are partially reclaimed by GST. Reintroducing the 39% rate is not the magic bullet, strenghtening tax rules whilst great and much needed is not a source of revenue in these tough times.
          Re O.G some may not like him, but I agree with him and many others we have to a plan to reduce all aspects of debt, at a LTCCP for Man City I asked what plans where there for debt reduction the response was that MCC was introducing new measures to increase their debt by adjusting their financial ratios. no idea of reducing. this is systematic of how NZ is travelling, no thought of tomorrow and the consequences. Poor current account that is on going = reduced living standards.
          What would I cut =Who will be honest and comment regarding retirement age has to increase as we cannot afford 65 anymore, university has to be for the elite of mind, not for everyone, int free student loans are not ongoing affordable (better that than reduced healthcare) petty cash stuff but private school funding is 1, only buy bottles of wine costing less than $200 (2011 CPI !!! that will keep Mickey S happy !!!). Ther has to be some tough decisions but delaying making them will be more costly.

          • Marty G 3.1.2.1.1

            poor current account is a problem. look at what caused it – first think big, then neoliberalism. we borrowed, gutted our manufacturing, sold our assets, and then had to buy everything from overseas. The current government is both Think Big (Joyce) and neoliberal  slash and burn(English).
            We have one of the lowest top tax rates and least-taxed wealthy classes in the developed world. It is no coincidence that our slide as a country into indebtedness has been associated with 25 years of tax cuts for the rich (except for a nine year partial reversal). It has all been about cashing in the wealth of the country and giving it to the elite.
            Yup, the retirement age must go up over time.
            No, we do not want to charge for tertiary education. You say yourself it has to be for the elite of the mind, well why make ability to pay a barrier then? I support free uni with tougher entry requirements. I also support free non-uni tertiary. How are we meant to get ahead as a country if we won’t invest in education?
            agree on private schools and expensive plonk.

            • Herodotus 3.1.2.1.1.1

              Marty do not disagree with anything you have said wee issue with. “It is no coincidence that our slide as a country into indebtedness has been associated with 25 years of tax cuts for the rich (except for a nine year partial reversal). ” as ther ewere other means those att he top of weath tree were given other measures to esape contributing to the govts tax revenue. Having a low top tax bracket is one thing collecting from the wealthy is another. 
              Re  “..least-taxed wealthy classes..” we also have a very nieve idea of this class. As teachers and the such like are caught up in this class 
              And on aside for me our tax brackets are too bunched within a very narrow income range, which also causes issues with welfare/wff etc as to entitlements with those not entitled can end up with a lower diasposable income than those that are entitled, all other things being equal.  Interesting with Aussie top rate given that also there is no benefit of trusts and so the trust issue is not applicable over there.

      • burt 3.1.3

        I think Glenn is absolutely right. By and large we are living above our means. Our consumer debt levels are testament to that.
         
        The more I understand Glenn’s politics the more I like him. I think we should consider his views thoroughly.
         
        In hindsight I think it’s a pity we never made him transport minister  -:)
         

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.3.1

          I think Glenn is absolutely right. By and large we are living above our means. Our consumer debt levels are testament to that.

           
          Yeah ongoing wage suppression has meant that families have had to turn to debt in order to fund the lifestyles they have been promised by politicians, by retailers, by banks, by watching TV, and by looking at how the wealthy few live it up.

          • burt 3.1.3.1.1

            Ongoing wage suppression… right so you acknowledge that having static tax thresholds for 9 years while fiscal drag reduced peoples real incomes over time as the govt was awash with cash paying off it’s own debt was a form of wage suppression.

            Well done CV – here was me thinking your were to one-eyed to see the damage over taxation caused.

  4. The more I think about it, the more a snap election makes sense for the gnats – it stops the political erosion they are already experiencing – shit key has been booed already. It bolsters the maori party and attempts to cut the legs off Hone’s new left Maori Party.

    the politicians calls to resign may end up being like the urban legend where the last thing people say before they are shot is, “Go on, I bet you haven’t got the guts”

    • gobsmacked 4.1

      @Marty

      No. A snap election totally undermines Brand Key. It’s counter to all his perceived attributes. Calm leader in these troubled times … turns out to be a petulant liar. He would spend the campaign saying “I know I said November, but – um, these promises are different, you can trust me.”

      Major public backlash. Plus, he misses the Royal Wedding!

      • marty mars 4.1.1

        Yeah I forgot about the wedding.

        • richard 4.1.1.1

          I would absolutely LOVE it if Key had to miss the wedding. Such a photo opportunity wasted. I’m sure he is still pissed off at missing meeting the Queen last year. Wasn’t it the first Chch earthquake that made him (eventually) cancel his trip to Buckingham Palace? Or was it Pike River? Some annoying crisis anyway.

          P.S. I don’t wish for another crisis that causes lots of suffering for people – we’ve definitely had enough of those.

    • burt 4.2

      I agree with marty mars, I think National would be seen to be showing it had balls, snap election on a radical budget package. Go for it I say !
       

  5. RedLogix 5

    Oh Irish…. I think you just have leadership ambitions.

  6. Key is playing politics again.

    I suspect that his intent was to obliterate the discussion on SCF which is an absolute scandal.  Talk about an election nicely sidesteps the need to explain what went wrong.

    There needs to be more digging on this issue.

  7. Carol 7

    And listening to Key’s responses on the radio on my way home tonight, I found his clown, deflection & diversion act insulting & unbecoming of a PM.  He just makes jokes about Cunliffe using SCF to make his pitch for leadership of the party, and makes slams at Labour starting the Deposit Guarantee scheme, and about calling a snap election.  I also see in response to Annette King asking him to go to a food bank with him & hear what people say, Key just made a joke about not wanting to hang around anywhere with King.

    “But I will say that my experience in being involved in organisations that give food parcels shows that a lot of them do have a system where they don’t allow people to have too many in a certain time – they do not want to build dependency.”
    Ms King asked Mr Key whether he would go with her to visit a food bank so he could listen to the people who worked on the front line.
    He said he regularly visited social services and he didn’t want to “hang around” with Ms King at any time.

    Key is lowering the status of PM to a song & dance act.  And when is the MSM really going to hold him and his cabinet to account on issues that are serious and urgent for many Kiwi battlers?!!!

    • Peter 7.1

      When the going gets tough he does not hesitate to play the man instead of the ball. Not in the Obama class is he?

    • gobsmacked 7.2

      “my experience in being involved in organisations that give food parcels …”

      Somebody (Mallard?) immediately interjected “What experience?”. So did I, listening to the radio.

      As usual, Labour (King) missed the obvious follow-up to Key’s bullshit. They just can’t think on their feet. Happens all the time.
      And I was waiting for … “Mr Speaker, I seek leave to table a cockroach”. Or a can of pet food. TV news headline, guaranteed. Sure, Lockwood wouldn’t like it. But it’s not about him, is it?

      Is there nobody in Labour who has any grasp of media 101? Frustrates the hell out of me.

      • RedLogix 7.2.1

        As usual, Labour (King) missed the obvious follow-up to Key’s bullshit.
         
        Yeah they do miss Michael Cullen. Love or loath him… the Nats feared him.

      • Jasper 7.2.2

        Frustrates me too.

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    He’s aged in office though. Looks like a young Monty Burns in that picture.

    • Tanz 8.1

      To be fair, he is three years older. Meanwhile Mr English improves with age. Who is this Monty?

      • felix 8.1.1

        He’s the former chair of the 2025 taskforce: http://arseh.at/5r3

      • Marty G 8.1.2

        keen on a bit of double dipton, eh, tanz? The nicest thing you can say about Bill’s face is it can take a punch.

        • Tanz 8.1.2.1

          He just happens to have a nice face, rather James Cagney like/good solid looks. Credit where credit is due. Nice suit, as well. Polishes up fine. This does not mean I fancy him, just saying it as it is. He’s probably the best looking of the older Nats, and fairly brainy, too. Obviously. You don’t get to be where he is by being dumb. Still think he’d be a very good PM, but this won’t happen. He just doesn’t have the X-Factor in the popularity stakes, surprisingly. Key will get a very long go, by the looks of things.

  9. Mrhappy 9

    ummm, can John-John actually change the date of the election now he’s called it?  (honest query)

    • Marty G 9.1

      yup. he can tell the g-g the day will be different. no election writ has been issued, I don’t think. And they could certainly issue another one bringing the date forward if they wanted.
      unprecedented though.

  10. The Voice of Reason 10

    I wonder if this is going to be a turning point for Key. Playing the snap election card is usually costly electorally (think Gillard and Muldoon). If Goff calls his bluff, what does Key do? If he goes now, ACT and the Maori Party would be decimated, Dunne rolled and National will almost certainly lose seats as well. Plus Goff looks strong for rising to the challenge.

    And on a related matter do I get a chocolate fish for this prescient entry in the caption contest?

    • felix 10.1

      Yeah you do!
       
      As for Goff rising to the challenge, hmmm that’s the sticky bit. Does he seem like a risk-taker to you?

      • The Voice of Reason 10.1.1

        Nope, he’s clearly not wired that way, but, but …
         
        Imagine him walking out onto the steps of parliament tomorrow , team behind him in the morning sun with arms folded like it was a Warriors photo shoot, and says to NZ ‘the PM says he’s ready to go, well, we’re more than ready to go. We accept. John Key, I dare you to call an early election.’

        Instant spine.

        And at least Labour have got their electorate candidates sorted and the list nearly there. The Nats are weeks behind in the electorates and haven’t even started the work on the list. If Goff wants to fight on his own terms and set the agenda, now’s the time.

        • felix 10.1.1.1

          I’d love to see that.
           
          Nothing to lose, everything to gain.

          • The Voice of Reason 10.1.1.1.1

            Refusing to go early after being taunted by Cameron about it for months helped lose Gordon ‘Bottler’ Brown an election. Key can’t say no if Goff acts fast. If Key backs out, it’d be like Cartman trying to get out of the fight with Wendy Testaburger. And we all know how well that ended for Eric, eh.

            • D-D-D-Damn ! 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Refusing to go early after being taunted by Cameron about it for months helped lose Gordon ‘Bottler’ Brown an election.

              Absolutely. Brown losing his bottle completely turned the polls around. Destroyed the poll bounce he’d received as new PM. All downhill from then on. Partly due, I think, to a somewhat indecisive personality. (I believe he’s an INTP, for those who know their Briggs-Myers personality-types).

    • U 4 United 10.2

      Goff rises like a dead goldfish.

  11. Tanz 11

    As if. Do turkeys ever vote for Christmas? No PM in their prime ever resigns, now, do they. Will National ever be led by a woman again? National. It’s all about the men.

  12. Kaplan 12

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many shit-eating grins in one picture.
    You see that NZ, you are a joke to this lot.

  13. The body lanuage is interesting with bills full leg spread dominance and keys protect the genitals leg cross with double fist.

    And key looks like muldoon in that photo to me.

    • Carol 13.1

      And Simon Power looking at the door out of the corner of his eye: probably thinking, “how can I get away from these jerks”.

      • Gina 13.1.1

        I find it odd Carol the nice comments about Simon Power considering the damage he has done to our legal system. Trials of activists in secret before a judge. The search and surveillance bill which is worse than anything they have in the USA. Why do the Labour party like him? How can you like someone who has done that amount of damage to our democracy.
        I would say Simon Power is going because he’s achieved his objectives of writing us a new police state in the bills proceding throught the house and hes off to claim his reward from the US elites who want this obscenity. Perhaps he’s going to dodge the public anger when these bills pass and people find out just how bad they are.
        Some people here talk about him as if he were Santa or not as bad as the rest of them. He’s a traitor in my estimation and anyone who gives him any credence for what he has done is either a fool or also a traitor to our democracy. We have already had Rodger Douglas. How many more Labour globalist plants are there in the labour party? Did Helen Clark have to fend them off for all those years?
        This is a strong comment but in my mind an appropriate one.
         
         
         

    • higherstandard 13.2

      Who’s copping a double fist ?

    • toad 13.3

      Key looks increasingly like Muldoon as every day goes past.
      I’m just waiting for him to get a scar on his cheek and get caught rooting around in Ngaio.

  14. Red Rosa 14

    What must be disturbing to the National Party hierarchy, who will soon have to get the vote out, is how little this government has actually delivered to the thousands of ‘middle of the road’ NZ voters. The election gets closer by the week, and what have they to campaign on?

    Sure, they have delivered to a small, vocal, National base. The SCF debenture holders got paid out. Private religious schools got another $30m when ECE got massive cuts. Farmers got ECan trashed when they wanted more water and less regulation.  The really high income earners got tax cuts and no CGT. The hardline social conservatives got the 3 strikes etc. 

    But add all these up, and how many votes do they represent? 

    What can NACT really say to the average Kiwi family except  ‘hard luck, guys’? We are reducing your wages and conditions of employment, while prices rise as well as GST – get used to it.

    Not an easy sales message.

    No wonder they need all the hype and celebs they can muster.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      What can NACT really say to the average Kiwi family except  ’hard luck, guys’? We are reducing your wages and conditions of employment, while prices rise as well as GST – get used to it.

      Well, at least John Key did actually campaign on lowering wages.

  15. PeteG 15

    Sounds a bit desperate. I thought there were supposed to be more important issues that needed attention – is this it? A farcical stunt?

    • IrishBill 15.1

      Farcical stunt? Are you talking about the cycleway? Or letterman? Or using the earthquake to try to get on Oprah?

      • PeteG 15.1.1

        Labour’s desperation to attract away from their line-up revamp (they actually had some ok press today), and National’s inability to rise above the stupidity. The country deserves better from both. I guess WP and the Greens will be happy.

        • IrishBill 15.1.1.1

          Okay, so you mean shit you made up. I’ve noticed you right wingers tend to lapse into general anti-politician rhetoric when your side is tested but left bashing when it’s the other side that’s looking a bit stretched. Not really very intellectuality honest if you ask me. More sneaky and cowardly really.

          • PeteG 15.1.1.1.1

            My side on this is a thoroughly fucked off public. If this leads to a snap election expect both National and Labour to be caned. It’s a pity there’s bugger all to fill the gap. It’s childish nonsense escalating into pathetic nonsense egged on by fwits.

            • IrishBill 15.1.1.1.1.1

              My side on this is a thoroughly fucked off public.

              Right, you’re the everyman, the voice of the people, joe public, the man on the clapham omnibus, the very fucking apex of the fucking bell curve, you’re the vox populi, you’re the goddamn aeolian breeze, the jedi force itself.

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1.1.2

              What, a public that’s thoroughly fucked off that Bill blew another $300M while telling everyone else that they have to stomach cut backs and layoffs?
               
              Given that understanding PeteG, I think I know who the electorate is going to hand a caning to.

    • The Voice of Reason 15.2

      Questions, questions. So very many questions, Pete!
      I guess taxpayers dollars being blown by wasteful governments doesn’t bother you. If the CEO and CFO of any large business blew millions of dollars against the regular and repeated advice of the most senior advisors available, they’d be asked to resign too. So why shouldn’t this lot take responsibility for their actions?

      • PeteG 15.2.1

        If politicians had to resign whenever someone claims they’ve stuffed up….who’s the leader of Labour again?

        • The Voice of Reason 15.2.1.1

          Just to be clear, you’re OK with that level of performance? The wilful loss of millions at a time of deep financial crisis? Perhaps you could give it a rating out of ten to simplify things. As a Finance Minister Bill English is a …

  16. Samuel Hill 16

    The pathetic response to public ager by all parties should result in unrest at the Rugby World Cup while media attention is on us. I’m hoping it does.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      ZOMG, someone found a use for the RWC. One that I find I can be supportive of. 😀
       

  17. M 17

    So Phil has finally got his dander up – all well and good but what he needs to do is get pitbull mean with this sorry bunch of SOBs who appear to have the collective IQ of a rice bubble.

    Tonight on Campbell Live, Darryl Evans from the budgeting service was really reaming the government on how useless they were and mentioned again he was going to meet Useless Bennett. I really don’t think she’ll have the guts to front. In addition there was an item on how a woman turned herself from a junk food addict into a more health-conscious person but said that eating five plus a day caused her grocery bill just for fruit and vegetables to treble. Hear that NACT? It costs lots of crisp green folded ones to be healthy. 

    The photo they’re posing for looks like some sad-arse Scientology meeting which might explain a lot of their so-called policy formation.

  18. chris73 18

    What is it with this Labour party? I’ve mentioned this before but as soon as they look to gain some traction someone opens their mouth and shoots themself in the foot.
     
    If Goof had said nothing Labour might have been able to make something of SCF but nooo he has to one-up his own people
     
    Seriously its like a captain in a cricket test saying “my bowlers declare”
     
     

  19. kriswgtn 19

    Shhhuuussshhh you lot Key is watching Desperate Housewives ,its the only time he does nothing 😛

  20. Rob 20

    The thing that gets me about this situation is how did these finance companies boom like the way they did under the labour term.  I keep reading about how Hotchin etc are loathed by the bloggers here , but how is it that they had their glory days under a Labour Govt. 

    Why did the investement environment allow these companies to get into these positions that required us to eventually bail them out.  Everyone saw the train wreck that was happening, advice was comming from all over the place that these finance companies were not able to keep trading within their governance and yet the government of the time sat back and did nothing.  The net result is that billions of savings have been eroded and the costs to the people of NZ is massive. 

    These key questions need to be asked.  The clean up is massive, however that was jointly agreed by all concerned , I think the true and insightful question is how did the mess eventuate in the first instance.

  21. Don 21

    This Govt doesn’t deserve the respect of the vote nor my respect as a NZer who has a history of being in this country long before this jerk of a Prime Minister.
    This has been an unnecessary break  from a Labour Govt.Lets hope it will be over this year for a bloody long time

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  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    18 hours ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    20 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    21 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    22 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
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    24 hours ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    24 hours ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    2 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    6 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
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    7 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
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    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
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