RNZ, Three Waters and partisan commentary

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, October 11th, 2022 - 55 comments
Categories: Environment, labour, Media, spin, taxpayers union, uncategorized - Tags:

I am a regular listener of Radio New Zealand’s Political Commentators’ show although recently I have wondered why.  The commentors from the right are a mixed bag.  Ben Thomas schmoozes but Bridgit Morton grates.  She has an ability to use extreme language in the mold of occasional Standard reader Matthew Hooton.  National can do no wrong and Labour can do no right.

She is clearly deeply partisan which of itself should not preclude her involvement.  But allowing clearly compromised opinions in a segment involving political discussion appears to me to be wrong.  In yesterday’s episode Morton said this:

I think that without any doubt three waters is a toxic thing for this Government and I take the opportunity to declare that we represent a group currently taking the three waters to court.”

She is right about her involvement.  She works for Franks Ogilvie who represents the Water User’s Group which is currently taking the Government to Court seeking judicial review of aspects of the Three Waters rollout.

Who is the Water User’s Group?  It is an incorporated society having its registered office at Franks Ogilvie.  The initial members names I do not recognise apart from John Bishop who I presume is Chris Bishop’s father.  The organisation is closely associated with the Tax Payers Union and they are clearly both on a mission to thwart Three Waters.  The phrase “astrosurfer” springs to mind.

The litigation is seeking the Court to make a series of declarations that Nanaia Mahuta’s recommendations to Cabinet were based on errors of law.  It is focusing on Maori rights to water and in particular opposes the Minister’s assertions that a pan-Maori interest in water exists.

Clearly the concept of co governance is being attacked.  Under the Water Services Entites Bill Regional Representatives Groups will be established and will have various powers including the appointment of directors, the setting of the entity’s strategic direction and performance expectations and reviewing the performance of the entity.  The board members will have day to day running of the entity.

The rhetoric coming from Franks Ogilvie about the bill is rather extreme.  There is this opinion which claims that the Government’s safeguards to stop privatisation are false misleading and deceptive.  They say this because shares are being issued and because Councils will own shares rather than retain ownership of the actual water assets currently owned.  This of course ignores the numerous protections in the bill and the fact that Councils retain effective control of the entity through their shares.  The bottom line is that the owners of shares will have extensive power and effective control over the entity.  And the bill does not address issues such as who owns Waitakere’s Parkland from which Watercare sources a fair chunk of its water.  My hunch is that this will remain in Auckland Council’s ownership and Frank Ogilvie’s hand wringing will be irrelevant.

The background is important because Radio New Zealand allows one of the persons involved in the litigation free and regular reign to come onto the station and in a show involving political commentary say the most outlandish things. And there is a big fundraising drive happening to fund the litigation.

Of course partisan commentary is important.  But there should be a limit.  Merely declaring an interest should not be enough.

55 comments on “RNZ, Three Waters and partisan commentary ”

  1. tc 1

    Relax mickey expert broadcaster Willie Jackson's onto it.

  2. mpledger 2

    How does Franks Ogilvie get to supply so many commentators to RNZ? That law firm is surely getting its clients' viewpoints huge amounts of airtime and in their own framing – if not directly, then indirectly. The value of that must be hundreds of thousands of dollars to them and they get paid for doing it. On to a winner there.

  3. tsmithfield 3

    People have good reason to be concerned about co-governance. An over 90% vote in favour of a constitutional change in Playcentres was over-ruled by two out of six roopu, which seems absolutely undemocratic.

    If this is how co-governance is going to work, I don't want a bar of it as it looks like the vast majority can be over-ruled by a very small minority.

    • James Simpson 3.1

      And ACT will make this an election issue.

      The government needs to clearly communicate to the masses about how co-governance works in practice and dampen down some of the fears.

      Otherwise ACT will run with this and make it an issue when there is no issue.

    • Mike the Lefty 3.2

      But don't you think there is a vast difference between a how a playcentre association is governed and how natural water resources, stormwater and wastewater are managed?

      Compare apples with apples.

      Scare tactics are what National and ACT thrive upon.

      It doesn't mean we have to accept their version.

  4. logie97 4

    Franks of Franks Ogilvie.

    Ex (ambitious) ACT MP?

    Franks entered Parliament in the 1999 election, having been ranked in third place on the party list for the ACT Party, and coming fourth in Rongotai electorate. This high ranking (above several sitting MPs) was indicative of ACT's high hopes for Franks at the time – as a prominent lawyer, he was generally regarded as a significant asset for the party. In 2002 he stood in Wellington Central which had been won by ACT's Richard Prebble in 1996. During his six years in Parliament he was ACT spokesman for Justice, Corrections, the Police and Commerce. He added Maori Affairs and Sport in the last three years.

    When Prebble announced his retirement from politics in early 2004, Franks was one of the four candidates who sought to take his place as leader of ACT. Franks ran on a platform of restoring the party's core message. Despite receiving the endorsement of party founder Roger Douglas, he was eventually defeated by Rodney Hide. After Hide became leader of the ACT party on 13 June, Franks remained the party's spokesperson for justice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Franks

    He has regular appearances on RNZ's The Panel.

    I think we know where he is coming from.

    • Tricledrown 4.1

      Jordan Williams was working in Franks legal practice before getting into Dirty politics and the the Taxpayers union no surprises their.The BBC and Radio NZ have commentry from so called independent think tanks such as the the NZ institute all funded by big oil and billionaires.no mention of their political affiliations.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 4.2

      He later tried to get on the National party list.

      Its strange as previously he was a very highly paid tax lawyer and it would seem the lowly paid MP job was his dream job.

      I think it was him who said , even as a tax lawyer you are just a hired apparatchik while even a minor MP has many fawning over you ( or words to that effect)

      So he ditched the tax law and reinvented himself as public policy lawyer.

      The Taxpayers Onion and many other ACT ' agitprop' groups have been spawned out of the Frank Ogilvy law offices.

  5. Corey Humm 5

    The funny thing about three waters is this government has sold it wrong from the start, it should have been sold as patriotic nationalization, unashamedly protectionist of water to protect NZ's water quality, upgrade our infrastructure and protect water from privatization and ban exportation to China. It would have been enormously popular.

    Instead like everything the left does now from drug reforms, to health reforms to foster care reforms it's been debated in and promoted in a painfully academic way as a form social justice and racial equity that elicits internal groans from the public.

    There's no guarantee water privatization or exportation is going to be banned or who profits from it. Like most of labours reforms this term the comms have been boring, long winded and confusing and no answer answers.

    Its been painful to watch a policy that could so easily be extremely popular with middle NZ be argued from a social justice viewpoint.

    I remember how popular Jacindas first policy announcement as leader of the opposition was, which was putting a levy on water bottling, it was sold as populist left wing nationalism, it's a shame the government didn't pass that as soon as they formed a majority.

    It's really a tragedy that this government has wasted an entire term of government and ALL of it's political capital on making policies that could be popular as unpopular as they can possibly be and communicating them via a social justice lense when with a few tweaks these polices could be hugely popular left wing populist reforms.

    The speed these reforms are moving at too, horrendously slow, you want reforms to be quick and fast so the next govt can't reform them so easily, at this pace the reforms will barely be in place by a pretty damn likely change of government next year and will easily be reversed, so this government will have spent an enormous political capital and half is incumbency on policies that never saw any benefits because they were immediately overturned.

    Wtf will this govts legacy be outside of COVID if it's voted out next year. Nothing historic, nothing future generations can point to and go well the sixth labour govts signature achievement was: xyz… It'll be remembered for getting a sole majority, COVID, being the first govt to not win the popular vote in its first term and not much else. And some mild fair pay ahreements. Which is a shame… We had historically high electoral support, record breaking political capital a leader who was earth shatteringly popular and even a year ago was gonna bolt into a third term, but we pissed it away on social justice that was horribly communicated by the pm and her cabinet and having no real plan for a second term beyond being as beige as possible to achieve it. We couldn't even get basic drug reforms cos we might have won 63 seats instead of 65. Meanwhile the democrats, even Biden are all in on it. The USA left is running circles around Arderns labour. Crazy.

    I hope we get a third term but we've had no plan for a second term, what on earth would we do for third three year term when we're this directionless, tired in the middle of term two. How on earth we're going to campaign as a party of transformation next year (or ever again) after winning this sole majority and doing nothing significant ground level while people can't find houses or afford to eat and while we're led by a tired prime minister who only five years into the job is polling at 30% and can't inspire herself let alone the public anymore.

    But hey at least upper middle class libs on Twitter will be happy the govt blew it's entire legacy and political capital on arguing on mostly neoliberal concepts of social justice , neoliberal girl boss feminism, trickle down iwi co-goverance programs, knocking down affordable rentals and state houses and giving property developers huge contracts if they build a few boxes for poor people instead of rallying the country together by promoting patriotic left wing populist water reforms that make "NZ stronger", state run building programs, breaking up the supermarket duopoly and economic justice.

  6. John J Harrison 6

    This is simply delicious.

    The Maori Caucus is taking the hapless Ardern regime over a very high cliff.

    This issue is tearing our once united country apart together with the multitude of other separatist racial policies being driven in particular by Jackson and Mahuta.

    Going by the weekend’s election results Ardern is nothing more than a lame duck waddling toward an historic election loss – just as her fellow MP East suffered on Saturday- due to her public support.

    Both National and ACT should hold mandatory prayer meetings every day praying for Ardern to lead her team of sycophants into the 2023 election.

    If that transpires Labour will end up with a mere 15 – 20 MP’s on the opposition benches – for a decade.

    The worst, most divisive regime in our history.

    • logie97 6.1

      Well informed comment Mr Harrison.

      You were obviously too young to experience the Holland and Muldoon governments when it comes to dividing a country. Please give examples of the current administration's divisiveness. Just keep repeating the tired old meme and you might begin to believe your own crap.

      • gsays 6.1.1

        Maybe you are being rhetorical when you ask”Please give examples of the current administration's divisiveness.”

        The obvious example is the mandates which has divided families, destroyed businesses and put under-resourced workforces into crisis.

        • Ghostwhowalksnz 6.1.1.1

          Dont mention the thousands of lives saved ! Its still is an infectious disease which has killed millions around the world

          NZ and a few others are the only countries which had a net reduction in the total deaths that have occurred in last 30 months ( over that which has occured in other recent 30 month periods)

          • mauī 6.1.1.1.1

            The weaker Omicron strain that NZ got hit with probably saved more lives than vaccine mandates can take credit for. Omicron still managed to rip through NZ with our full range of health controls in place.

            We're also in rapid mortality catchup mode, this is looking like our worst winter death rate on record. https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/07/05/more-kiwis-dying-than-ever-before-after-mortality-rates-fell/

            And with the physical and mental stress many people have undergone for the last 2 years, kiwis general health must be in a shocking state. Please have some perspective before stating we've done the best in the world.

            • Anne 6.1.1.1.1.1

              'Please have some perspective before stating we've done the best in the world."

              Do you have reading and cognitive disorders?

        • Adrian 6.1.1.2

          Bullshit to destroyed businesses and under-resourced workforces which I presume means health and teaching, the numbers who were given the arse were very very small, in the small single figures and the reason was that they did not understand their Duty of Care to the vulnerable in their care.

          • gsays 6.1.1.2.1

            I know of 2 hospo businesses that are no more directly because of the mandates, so you can pop yr bullshit in the compost.

            Yr reckons does not negate the divisions that are a result of this government.

            • Macro 6.1.1.2.1.1

              crying

            • Anne 6.1.1.2.1.2

              Answer this question gsays.

              Why do you consistently ignore the fact that the primary objective of the government during the pandemic was to "save lives"?

              They saved thousands of them in that first 12 to 18 months in particular. NZ is regarded overseas as having had one of the best responses. Not only did our Govt. achieve their goal with a miniscule death rate [per capita] compared to other countries, but NZ came out the other end in far better shape than most.

              You think it better those thousands were dead eh? One of them might have been you.

              Of course there is fallout. There always is.

              Just like the fallout after a world war, it takes time to get commercial operations back to normal. This government has been very generous to the casualties caused by the pandemic – something you and other opponents choose to ignore in your obsessive attitude towards the unavoidable mandates.

              • gsays

                Again, none of what you say negates the fact that division is a price paid for the result.
                Your sentence about fallout is what I’m talking about.
                As to having best response, we are a remote island nation that used to have a very high trust in authority.

                • Anne

                  … we are a remote island nation that used to have a very high trust in authority.

                  Oh yes, I agree with you there gsays. But in my mind 'the authorities' doesn't include the government. They make the laws and change them from time to time, but it is the public entities who put them into practice. I lost faith in most of them a long time ago.

            • Graeme 6.1.1.2.1.3

              Mandates or punters not wanting to go out because they might catch the plague.

              I know of a lot of businesses that are no more because of the pandemic affecting customer's spending and social behaviour. In hospo I've watched two business in the same market, one that's quite tightly packed and pre covid went off, now dead and gone, another with lots of outside space and flexible management that's thriving.

              Also know of some that gave it away because customers had become so angry and abusive it wasn't worth their mental health to continue. That started long before vaccine mandates came in.

              • joe90

                After two shitty wedding seasons my brother's catering business was all but dead in the water. Today he's selling his business as requiring all front-facing staff to be vaccinated, undergo rapid tests prior to their shifts and wear N95 masks at functions.

                Business is booming and he's booked right through until Easter next year.

            • newsense 6.1.1.2.1.4

              I also know of seven hospo businesses that failed cos more than half of them do in the first couple of years. Without any spittle flecked blame game. Quite often to do with making sure regulars pay for all the booze they’re drinking!

        • newsense 6.1.1.3

          Nah- zero COVID kept the country pumping, the economy challenged those all over the world.

          Obviously didn’t have family die since omicron for the sake of the economy then? No one you were ready to sacrifice?

          But I get it- having to get a vaccination to do something was an important blahblahblah and you used to get hit and punished for speaking your own language at school. Oh you didn’t mean that divisiveness? That’s not considered divisive where you are?

          Should be out protesting drivers licenses and safety belts. Unless your just a hypocrite?

        • logie97 6.1.1.4

          … before you try to rewrite history, and an understanding of division (in this case splitting the country down the middle), at the time of the implementation of the mandates, over 90 % of the nation appeared to be supportive, including for the most part the full house of representatives. We would appear now to be in a better place to move on (notwithstanding that further mutations of the virus appear to be increasing.)

          With the benefit of hindsight things could have been managed better. But the virus appears to have been well managed in New Zealand. And it's reassuring to know that when you're in a gathering, there is a 95% chance that you're standing next to someone who has been vaccinated.

          • gsays 6.1.1.4.1

            While you accuse me of rewriting history, you start redefining division. A group can be divided by any number, it doesn't have to be in two.

            "With the benefit of hindsight things could have been managed better." True, but the point I am making is that divisions have occurred because of the state's actions. This is undeniable.

            " And it's reassuring to know that when you're in a gathering, there is a 95% chance that you're standing next to someone who has been vaccinated." This is where we part ways and a big fault with all the eggs in the pFizer basket. The false confidence in the medication is naive and unwise.

            • logie97 6.1.1.4.1.1

              with due respect, a divided nation is usually defined as split in two. (not small factions)

              1970s/80s- the pro/anti nuclear.

              1970s/1981 – anti-apartheid NZRFU

              – 1951 water front dispute.

              As for the false confidence – I have not been down the rabbit holes of the conspiracy crowd and sought my information from such dark places. I do know however that is reassuring that the majority of people I encounter are at one when it comes to behaving as responsibly as they can regarding the virus.

      • X Socialist 6.1.2

        I think the dude was once a Napier City councillor. So he may have a clue or two. Muldoon was an extreme socialist in Tory drag. His wage and price freeze would have had comrades around the world reaching an orgasm. I agree with most of what Harrison says – except I can't see Jacinda continuing to lead a political party that's poised to experience the biggest electoral defeat in NZ's history. I'm now a believer in the conspiracy that has Jacinda joining the UN. There's no way a lauded world figure such as she, who speaks at the UN, is going to hang around leading a small bunch of losers, in a small country, after the next election.

    • Peter 6.2

      The worst, most divisive regime in our history? Certainly. The coronavirus saga the most obvious example.

      They saw us as being divided into two groups and favoured one side being minuscule.

      Two groups – the living and the dead. Their reward and our reward for that?

      Well the groups ended up dividing themselves into sub-groups. The government didn't do that.

      The 'living' side was made up of the grateful, the ho-hum, and the ungrateful. The ungrateful of course had its own sub-groups. One was the fuckwits who had no idea but were self-proclaimed experts who expected the initial division into two two groups but didn't care about the size of the groups.

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 6.3

      This issue is tearing our once united country apart together with the multitude of other separatist racial policies being driven in particular by Jackson and Mahuta.

      The worst, most divisive regime in our history.

      Lol. You mean in YOUR mind's version of history. Which seems to be of a particular mindset.

  7. Incognito 7

    I think you meant Brigitte Morten and astroturfing.

    On a different note, why don’t they work pro bono?

  8. gsays 8

    I can’t help but feel there is a slight contradiction at play here.

    Partisan commentary is just that, from a certain point of view and out in the open. Yet, last week, folk were queuing up to dismiss, diminish and deny concerns around Fafoi becoming a lobbyist while the ink was still wet on his farewell card.

    We do not get to be privy as to who he represents, what inducements are on offer nor the remuneration while he helps the affluent further their interests.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 8.1

      Heard of Bill English and Company Ltd, yes his consultant business

      Then there is Joyce Advisory Ltd , the consultant arm of Steven Joyce

      Its only bad when labour does it ?

      • gsays 8.1.1

        I haven’t heard of Blinglishes lobbying outfit and I would say the same about his as I do about Fafoi’s.

        So it is bad no matter who does it.

      • James Simpson 8.1.2

        Its bad whoever does it Ghost.

        Are you saying there is nothing wrong with it?

  9. Ad 9

    Matthew Hooten is still a regular partisan commentator on TV and elsewhere.

    If he gets Chief of Staff to Mayor Brown, both National and Labour will simply ignore Brown.

    Hooten shanked his own. They don't forget.

  10. Mat Simpson 10

    " National can do no wrong and Labour can do no right "

    Well duh… I think you live under a rock and then come out every now and again and say the bleeding obvious and then you go back underneath your rock.

    Under Paul Thompson appointed by the Nasty Natz to ensure RNZ was bought into the tent and pushed National radio from a non biased professional broadcaster to what you listen to now. Are you really surprised.

    I watched and listened to it deteriorate. It has become just as Joyce intended National friendly where political comment and analysis is skewed to the right and you only have to hear the usual suspects like Dann , Espiner and others.

    They criticize LINO but economically they follow the same neo liberal policies as the Nasty Natz. They have to have an enemy to oppose in order to push their policies and control the narrative.

    My only hope is that the merger will create an independent media environment for all those kiwis whose views aren't reflected fairly and that aren't paid up members of the National party.

  11. Kat 11

    Kathryn Ryan seems to waffle up to Brigette Morten on nine to noon, no matter what the topic. Thats why it is so wonderful hearing Kim Hill on Morning Retort getting to the nitty gritty in quick time……… Luxon is like a possum in the headlights…..

  12. Lettuce 12

    If you put Luxon in a wig and applied some lipstick, you'd end up with Bridgit Morton.

  13. newsense 13

    While I value the news collection, particularly the interviewing of people directly involved in stories, at RNZ, outside of James Nokise, their political commentators (of late) always feel like they represent more than they are letting on. I can’t unravel where all the interests lie with the lobbyists, P.R. types and so on. It’s always a bit too complicated, connected and clever. They’re often ex-chief of staff/campaign head types and there’s usually some private firm loyalty there too.

    It’s not Helen Kelly or Robert Reid and the Talleys or anything so up front and simple as capital v worker’s health and safety.

    Of course this is no slight on Mike Williams! That was clearly a previous iteration.

    • Anne 13.1

      Mike Williams would have to be the most astute commentator of our time. His knowledge and experiences is unmatched. He is also very fair and does not indulge in the excessive claims that we see in the likes of Hosking, HdPA, Soper and others.

  14. Peter 14

    To counter the partisan commentary I want a simple, bullet-point leaflet in my letter box which outlines the guts of what Three Waters will mean.

    Our newly elected (by miles) mayor some months ago was spouting crap about Three Waters. He was a mayoral candidate, he was wearing a tie and he was speaking to conservative, rural, Groundswell people so what he said was gospel.

    All of those people need the story told in uncomplicated, specific form addressing the critical questions.

    People at a local meeting were pissed off that "the Government is stealing what we've bought and paid for with our rates." In their heads that is the notion. I'm picking the level of emotion and ignorance is the same up and down the country.

    As much as the new mayor surfed in on his anti-Three Waters stance, the Labour MP, a good electorate MP, will be washed away by the same waves.

    • logie97 14.1

      I agree. For all his warts, Muldoon communicated with Joe Public in plain language.

      Three Waters needs to be explained clearly, its rationale, and how it affects us individually (if at all).

      Unfortunately the overworked-and-hard-done-by Groundswell, in their polluting massive farm machinery that they intend blockading the highways with, will garner more support.

  15. Craig H 15

    I listen to the 9-noon politics slot every week. I'm a Labour Party member but don't have a problem with the partisans here as it's partisans for both sides nearly every week – that's basically the premise.

  16. the opposition to 3 waters is all flim flam. it has to be done and who gets the contracts is th big issue hiding under all the rest. nationals just pissed off it isn't them. su k it up.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    7 hours ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    11 hours ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    11 hours ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    11 hours ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    12 hours ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    12 hours ago
  • 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
    13 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
    14 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    16 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    17 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    19 hours ago
  • The promise of passive house design
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Imagine a home so efficient that it could be heated with a hair dryer. That’s the promise of a passive house, a design standard that’s becoming increasingly popular in the architecture community for its benefits to occupants and the climate. ...
    19 hours ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
    Hi,Before we get started, some very big fun Webworm news. I am launching a new journalism fund called Big Worm Farm!A really great thing that’s happened with Webworm over the last four years is that it’s grown. That’s great for a few reasons.Firstly — it means the work here gets ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    20 hours ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    21 hours ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    22 hours ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day 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.
    When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. Brian Easton writes – 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 ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
    Help is comingI heard a whisperWhite caps turningThe breath of summerA distant drummingAnd liar birds callingEscape the anguish of our pastAnd prayOne of the major challenges of the the 21st century will be the mass migration of human beings around our globe.Some seeking economic opportunities, others fleeing repressive regimes, war ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. 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. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 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
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 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
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  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 Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    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
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 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
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    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
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    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
    9 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
    16 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
    1 day 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS (ANZMIN) 2024
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon Richard Marles MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong hosted New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters MP and Minister of Defence Hon Judith Collins KC MP on 1 February ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Minimum wage set for cautious increase
    The adult minimum wage rate will increase by 2 per cent to $23.15 an hour from 1 April 2024, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden announced today. “This Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting the incomes of our lowest paid workers and maintaining labour ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Increased security improves ED safety over summer
    Increasing the number of security staff in emergency departments (EDs) over the busy Christmas and New Year period improved the safety of both staff and patients, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. 200 additional security staff (93 FTEs) were provided to 32 EDs in response to concerns raised by ED ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago

Page generated in The Standard by Wordpress at 2024-02-20T14:00:15+00:00