Show me the jobs

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, November 5th, 2011 - 46 comments
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Unemployment up again. Key had bet on some kind of economic boost from the RWC. It didn’t happen. 3,000 more jobs lost in the last quarter. There’s 59,000 more people out of work since the Nats won power. It’s like a whole city the size of Hamilton has gone out of work under National. This government has the worst economic record in generations.

46 comments on “Show me the jobs”

  1. fender 1

    Oh please don’t let facts get involved, we can’t deal with them, we’re too busy being brainwashed by a crooked media and a PM who shows no respect for the truth. We’re too dumb to see the wood for the trees and are having too much fun admiring the forth form schoolboy sense of humour our PM possesses.
    This National Party election campaign is a farse and the continual high rating for such a pack of crooks is demoralizing and raises serious concerns about the intelligence of NZ’rs.

    • mik e 1.1

      what about the 100,000 gone for good to Australia
      The numbers of people not receiving the Benefit because of harsh regime national pushes and the numbers that have given up looking for work that can’t receive a benefit.

      • mik e 1.1.1

        When national put these made up figures out there they have been just wild forecasts that have been so far out of reality there a joke so this figure of 50,000 more jobs is going the same way as all the other propaganda 50,000 more jobs extrapolated will= 150,000 more unemployed and leaving for Australia!~
        Labour has through out history had much higher employment and economic Growth
        But National are perceived as better at running the economy because they are associated with business and business has a big influence over the Media because thats who pays their income.
        So National always get a better run in the Media until they finally bring the economy to its Knees. Thats when the media turn on them.
        That scenario is not far away.

  2. queenstfarmer 2

    That is very much a minority view.

    Voters back National over economy – poll
    An attack by John Key on Labour’s credibility in last night’s leaders debate comes as a new poll shows voters think the Government is doing a good job of managing the economy.

    Whether or not the Govt has “the worst economic record in generations” is a subjective thing – so obviously partisan Labour activists will say it is – and economists may argue about it over time. But what is certain is that the Govt has been operating in worst global economic conditions in generations, not to mention NZ’s worst natural disaster in generations (if not ever).

    That, I suggest, is why the polls show fair-minded Kiwis are backing the Govt on the economy.

    • KJT 2.1

      That is a problem. Kiwi’s overseas are known for assuming people are honest until proven otherwise.

      I.E. We are a bit naive about crooked people.

      The worst economic circumstance for some time. Which is debatable, does not excuse things like a fire sale of income earning assets to National party funders.

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      “That, I suggest, is why the polls show fair-minded Kiwis are backing the Govt on the economy.”

      Which ignores the fact that the government is only able to cope with these events as well as it has because of the previous Labour government’s deliberate intention of paying back the debt that they had inherited from the previous National government.

      • queenstfarmer 2.2.1

        Possibly, but you do not actually know what people took into account when answering. For example my assessment, had I been asked, would take into account the decade of deficits projected to have been left by the previous Labour Govt. Other people may not share that assessment. But you cannot make a blanket claim that anything was or was not “ignored”.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.1.1

          “Decade of deficits”. Why are your lies so transparent? Either it’s the global economic crisis created by John Key and his enablers at Merril Lynch et al that has led to this situation (which you argue isn’t Brand Key’s fault), or it’s the Labour party. It can’t be both, so you’d better choose one, but don’t forget to factor Blinglish’s praise for Labour’s economic management into your bullshit.

          • queenstfarmer 2.2.1.1.1

            When did I make an “it must be one or the other” argument? (I note you warning against such arguments a short time ago). And where did I argue something (what?) “isn’t Brand Key’s fault”?

            Your demand that “It can’t be both, so you’d better choose one” is an ideological approach, not a reason-based one.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Sorry, perhaps I was being too cryptic. Brand Key has consistently eschewed any responsibility for the state of the economy, citing international influences as their excuse. Labour had nine years of surplus as their track record, which National’s very own Double Dipton acknowledged was as a result of their fiscal prudence. Your feeble attempt to lay a “forecast” decade of deficits at Labour’s door? You can take that up with Double Dipton I guess.

              • freelunch

                Its actually in the Budget 2008 BEFU (the one signed by Michael Cullen). CASH deficits starting at $3.5 billion in 2008/09. If you bothered to actually read source documents you’d realise that.

                “Core Crown residual cash is in deficit for most of the forecast period. The cash deficits are around $3.5 billion for each forecast year from 2008/09.

                Net core Crown cash flow from operations decreases in line with movements in core Crown revenue and core Crown expenses.”

                http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/befu2008/befu08-pt4of9.pdf

                You can’t crank up spending while introducing tax cuts without something giving.

                • freelunch

                  Any “good” outgoing government screws the books for the incoming one. Labour did in the early 1990s. National did in the late 1990s. Labour did again in 2008. National will do it in 2020.

                  Get with programme – it’s politics not tiddlywinks.

                  [lprent: You were banned. Changing handles doesn’t change that. Cleaning out all comments that do not have replies.

                  It is a pity as you appear to have value. But you also appear to be too stupid to learn.

                  Adding you to autospam and doubling the ban. ]

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Labour did again in 2008. National will do it in 2020.

                    lolololololololololololololol

                    Labour left Bill English with NZ’s books in the best net debt position for a decade.

                    National hasn’t waited until 2020 to screw us back into debt, at a rate of $300M pw of new borrowing, they already did that.

                    Tiddlywinks indeed.

                  • freelunch

                    Great so I get no right of reply and my “ban” was at a time you admitted to being “grumpy” and reversed someone else’s ban for something worse than my supposed offense.

                    But your blog. I’m just trying to keep posters honest – left or right

                    [lprent: My being grumpy affects the length of ban, not the cause of getting one. It is a reason to avoid giving me cause to look at you when I am moderating. You never know exactly how much risk you are running – good for stopping people gaming the risks.

                    I guess you didn’t look at why I banned you? Why is that? Too arrogant to think that the site rules applied to you? That appears to be the case and appears to be common trait amongst those I have to ban.

                    There are many reasons why this site has gone from nothing to the largest political blog. One relies on having authors willing to write. So a high value is placed on not having them subject to direct or indirect attacks – including trying to tell them what they should write.

                    You did. It is defined as a Darwin award level of offense and deserves the harshest sentence.

                    But because your comments ad been good to that point, you merely got an educational tap. Most newbies would have gotten months for the same offense. Bash the authors facts, offer alternate explanations, point out flaws – I don’t care. Tell them what they should write or tear into them personally and you risk me noticing. I need them a damn sight more than I need you.

                    Perhaps you should read the policy and learn to abide by their rather generous limits. Then you only get to see me arguing with you rather than executing site defense on you. ]

                • Colonial Viper

                  “Core Crown residual cash is in deficit for most of the forecast period. The cash deficits are around $3.5 billion for each forecast year from 2008/09.

                  That’s what Labour left National you say?

                  So how is it that National took that forecast $3.5B in annual cash deficits and heroically made it more than $15B in annual cash deficits???

                  English and Key – no plan except to borrow like drunken sailors.

              • Hami Shearlie

                And ask Double-Dipton to please give the taxpayers the cool half million he still owes us for being paid to live in his own house. Or did he think we’d forgotten?

            • bbfloyd 2.2.1.1.1.2

              and quoting a proven tory propaganda unit, which is what the herald and their exclusive brethren in the news media amount to isn’t idealogical? spare me the pseudo intellectual double talk queeny… you’re education seems to have stalled… waste of a good mind really… shame..

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      Whether or not the Govt has “the worst economic record in generations” is a subjective thing

      No it isn’t you moron. The figure and facts clearly show that this NAct government are the worst financial managers we’ve ever had.

      • Lanthanide 2.3.1

        Because a Labour government would have magically saved NZ from the global economic crisis?

        I think Labour would have done a better job than National, but the problem is we can only look at the evidence that exists in front of us. This evidence shows that National didn’t do as bad a job as they could have.

        • Colonial Viper 2.3.1.1

          This evidence shows that National didn’t do as bad a job as they could have.

          National didn’t run the economy as badly as say, Krusty the Clown might have?

          Well then, pass marks all round.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1.2

          We can project some things:

          1.) Tax cuts – we can certainly project what would have happened to the balance sheets if NAct hadn’t decided to borrow to give their rich mates a tax cut
          2.) The Cullen fund – we can do that one too and see quite clearly that we would have been better off borrowing to keep the funding going (although, without the tax cuts we wouldn’t have needed to borrow as much).
          3.) RoNS – we can see how much we would save by not going ahead with these an putting the money into PT instead

          And there’s more where we can look at what this government did and compare it with what the other parties would have done and project out. When we do that it becomes obvious that this government has a habit of making bad decisions. In fact, I can’t think of a single decision of theirs that could be considered a good decision.

          • Lanthanide 2.3.1.2.1

            Not much money has actually been spent on the RoNS yet. In fact even a Labour government coming in in 2014 could scrap most of them and save most of the money from being spent, assuming peak oil doesn’t derail the whole scheme anyway.

            Also the Cullen Fund has made a loss of 7.71% this year so far.

            • Colonial Viper 2.3.1.2.1.1

              Also the Cullen Fund has made a loss of 7.71% this year so far.

              The continuing (and manufactured) volatility in the global financial markets is of huge concern.

              In basic terms, the global bankster occupation has been stealing from pension funds via the use of contrived artificial volatility, political manipulation and tools like high frequency trading.

              If you look over the last year in which the Cullen Fund lost so much money, you will find that many of the major investment banks managed to achieve months of unbroken daily trading profits.

              The casino is rigged.

    • Rodel 2.4

      Subjective? That’s a keyism. High school maths would suggest otherwise.
      There is a difference between 460,000 people on benefits and 250,000.

    • Richard Down South 2.5

      Or perhaps theyre asking people driving 100k+ cars? 😉

  3. Fortran 3

    mik e

    Many New Zealanders have left for Australia, without any benefits, and am not sure they actually understand that point (until a crises). I have heard that many Maori have taken their children away from gangs and drugs which proliferate here. You cannot get into Australia with a criminal record, not even a holiday ( in nearly all cases-you need a visa before setting out, which may get you a limited visa); this means that our better Maori going are the ones we need to keep here.

  4. Tombstone 4

    Where are the fucking jobs Key! You demanded Labour show you the money and they have, so show some balls yourself you spineless smug bastard and show us the jobs. If it’s expected of one then it should be expected of all, especially the major players. Goff needs to zero in on Key and demand he show the job numbers and when he refuses he needs to show him up for the hypocrite that he so obviously is.

    • Tombstone 4.1

      Just a small correction to my post – Key should be forced to explain in detail how he came about those numbers and how it is that he’s suddenly able to create thousands of jobs as though by magic. I suspect that the rationale behind all of this is quite insidious and riddled with half truths and that’s why even National supporters should have the mental fortitude to ask themselves how it is that John can create the jobs now in stark contrast to the past three years where under his leadership quite the opposite has occured. Rather than create jobs thousands have been lost. Surely that in itself must be enough for people to question why all this talk of creating thousands of jobs is suddenly achievable and couldn’t have been implemented from the beginning? It’s not as though the current world economy or even our own economy is in any better shape so it doesn’t quite stack up to me. Am I missing something

  5. vto 5

    Is 59,000 double what it was last election? Wasn’t there about 50-60,000 then?

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      There are two numbers to pay attention to, one is the number of people on the dole and the other are the unemployment numbers.

      The number of people on the dole has gone up something like 1.9x under National.

      The unber of people unemployed has gone up something like 1.5x under National.

  6. pat 6

    Its interesting that there are national politicians who are standing in electorits that wont even go to public meetings to discuss peoples views or expressions,this is nonsense,those politicians who thumb their nose at the voters deserve to have a huge loss in the election for ignoring the electoric rights,those voters need to find another party that is willing to discuss issues and then leave those politicians who ignored the call for a meeting out of their preference when voting,this would make them sit up and take notice,that the voting public are not going to be toyed with.

    • Hami Shearlie 6.1

      If they are so proud of their record in Govt, why hide from all their fans, otherwise known as voters?

  7. seeker 7

    @queenstfarmer

    “Possibly, but you do not actually know what people took into account when answering.”

    I think John key has done a very good job of getting people to trust him – after all this is the money traders’ skillset which allows them to get the gullible to trust them so they can exploit them effectively for their client.
    John Key has now got such a mesmerised faithful followng that he can assert any falsehood to them and they will believe it without question. Even if they are presented with the real truth in black and white -or on a spread sheet, they will believe the blarney from ‘quack doctor salesman’ unkey munkey over and above anything else. Key’s backers must be so happy with him. He has learned well from Ashcroft’s dirty tricks department and yet can still appear “so nice, funny and blokey”.
    The words “anti” and “Christ” spring to mind as a warning.

    Finally can anyone tell me if Key’s assertion that “we have created 53,000 ” new jobs over the last two years is fict or faction. If fact how, where, what……???

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Sure we’ve created 53,000 new jobs, its just that 112,000 were lost in the same period.

      (net job losses since National took power = 59,000).

      • seeker 7.1.1

        Cheers CV. Wanting to verify all key’s magical numerical sayings now. I know he’s a numbers whizz – I just want to appreciate just how much of a whizz he is.

        So at the moment Key says ‘we have created 53000 jobs in two years’ means, (without his famous positive/misleading spin) we still need to find the 60,000 more which we helped to lose by cutting jobs to save money to pay for huge tax cuts for some of you (ie.our favourites.) and thereby placing these people on the demoralising , poverty enhancing dole? Great way to run a country! Demoralise, starve and undermine it’s people .

        However, I remember Key saying on The Press debate last Tuesday something like ‘you don’t know how much I’ve had to fight the right to save you from even worse things- things could have been even worse for you……’ meaning not just Goff, to whom he was sort of speaking, but us his listening victims/citizens.

        He really seemed to be appealing to our understanding of how hard it’s been for him. But if he hadn’t let the right use his beguiling, charming, fabricating, skillset to get them into power- none of us, little innocent him includedd, would have been going through this ghastly Nact nightmare for the last three years, and he’s still trying for another 3 to blight our lives.

        Do the honourable thing John, don’t let the horrible right use you anymore. You’re not Jerry Maguire. Please go to Hawaii now John, just go (promise we’ll lobby for a star in your own name to be put on Hollywood’s walk of fame – between Tom Cruise and Peter Jackson, howzat? )

  8. pat 8

    Every media outlet is praising key and putting down Goff, its rather frustrating trying to find something decent to read about,Key on a pedestal on every online paper even on tv,you cant get away from it,has he bought space and told them what to print and say? there are many issues the media should be taking key and english to task on and it just doesn’t happen.
    Key’s attack on Goff in ch ch over ‘show us the money’ was planned,nats advisors and minders knew the figures were not completed and had to be signed off,so in key’s notes this is what he had to do,people out there blamed Goff,its so damn annoying,Key the murdoch of nz media.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      The fight back from Goff should have been “Labour’s policies are fully costed and that detail is in an upcoming launch. Sorry John, we don’t release our policy for your convenience, we do it at ours.”

      When Key continued to press

      “John, you’re just wasting the audience’s time now. We don’t release our policy for your convenience, and the reason you want to talk about Labour policy is because National has no plan of its own.”

      • Bazar 8.1.1

        “Sorry John, we don’t release our policy for your convenience, we do it at ours.””

        And the obvious follow up is to point out its actually the voters who are inconvenienced by such a late showing, if there is anything to show at all.

        In fact that statement shows an incredible amount of arrogance. And while labour voters might find it satisfying, its the swing voters he needs to convince and arrogance like that is probably not helpful.

        The second statement isn’t ideal either.
        It has Goff presuming to speak for the audience, provides no retort to whatever Key’s statement was, and shows a Labour unwilling to talk about their policies.

        Those are not vote winning moves.

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1

          And the obvious follow up is to point out its actually the voters who are inconvenienced by such a late showing, if there is anything to show at all.

          Bullshit.

          What voters are inconvenienced by is a National Party completely bereft of a plan for the future, and ducking hard questions on their own numbers (where are the 170,000 new jobs?) by using pointless distraction tactics.

          John Key is basically trying to sit on the ball and run the clock down on Labour.

          Those are not vote winning moves.

          From you, this is high praise I’m hitting my mark.

          • Bazar 8.1.1.1.1

            “From you, this is high praise I’m hitting my mark.”

            Well done Viper, you have seen though my cleverly concealed attempt at steering you down the rigthwing path.

            Indeed it is in Goffs best interest to come to a debating show, and when asked a questions he feels he shouldn’t have to answer, not answer at all.
            You obviously already know that when publicly debating, its more important to do things your way, rather then to win the audience over to your way/side of thinking.

            I shall be looking forward to any other sage teachings you can give for Goff this election month with abated breath.

      • Rodel 8.1.2

        Absolutely spot on comment!
        He can still say that.

  9. randal 9

    go back to post one and fenders assertion that we have a crooked media and then you realise that no matter what we say here the media are bent and in thrall to the tories. It is an uphill struggle all the way but the people of new zealand will boot them out this time and opt for a fair and honest government.

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  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
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    3 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A future of government
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
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    6 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
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    7 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
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    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
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    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
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    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
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    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
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    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
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    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
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    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
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  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
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    6 hours ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
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    8 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
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    8 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
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    9 hours ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
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    10 hours ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
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    11 hours ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
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    15 hours ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
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    1 day ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
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  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
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  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
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  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
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  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
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  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
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  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
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    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
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  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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  • CTU speech – DPM
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
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    4 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
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  • Extra support for rural families
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  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
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