Show us the money John

Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, September 4th, 2014 - 76 comments
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You have to admire John Key’s audacity. He has presided over a government which has never run a budget surplus and who has accumulated considerable debt.  Yet he is hinting that tax cuts are in the pipeline.

In 2007 net Crown debt had been paid off. A small debt was accumulated as Labour adjusted for the Global Financial Crisis. From 2008 New Zealand’s net government debt has increased from less than $6 billion to $37 billion.  This is not normally the actions of a sound prudent manager although I accept that circumstances have been unusual.

As part of its re election strategy National is painting itself as a sound economic manager.  Ongoing deficits would make people question Key’s and National’s supposed strength in economic management.  This is why the projected budget surplus is so important.  There has to be light at the end of the tunnel.

But I have this very strong feeling that the surplus is built on foundations of straw.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  Firstly the finances surrounding the Christchurch rebuild spend are decidedly dodgy.  And secondly the decrease in milk prices this year will blow a rather large hole in the tax take.

I commented on the rebuild costs earlier.  Immediately post budget various people concluded that some fancy accounting in relation to the rebuild had shaved expenses.

Keith Ng’s analysis suggests that there has been a total reduction in the spend on the Christchurch rebuild of $524 million.  At a time when the rebuild is getting under way this is extraordinary.  David Parker’s estimate is that the reduction is $567 million and this is from the Crown’s half share of local infrastructure rebuild.

No wonder Gerry Brownlee was so grumpy with the recent Kordamentha report commissioned by Christchurch City which suggested that costs of the rebuild had been underestimated by $500 million dollars.  Even before it was released he was trying to undermine it’s validity.

Then this morning Stuff reported that EQC will run out of money early next year.  There is a Crown guarantee so that claimants will be covered but it appears that the crown will one way or another have to allocate some money.  According to the EQC the fund could be almost $2 billion in debt by June 2016 if no action is taken.  The interest cost of borrowing this amount would be in the vicinity of $120 million a year.  Added to the difference in opinion on the cost of the rebuild this could cause a significant change to the country’s finances.

There was also this recent story by John Campbell on TV3 (h/t Not a PS Staffer).  This year’s Prefu does not include EQC’s up to date figures because the EQC failed to deliver a statement of performance expectations for the coming year.  The statement should have been published before the end of June and would have outline EQC’s projected financial position in relation to earthquake claims.   Questions concerning the delay need to be answered.

The second bombshell is the continued reduction in the international sale price for milk.  On Morning Report this morning it was estimated that the falling price could suck $5 billion out of the economy this year as compared to last year.  This would have a significant adverse effect on the tax and GST take.  The Prefu expects milk prices to stabilise in 2015, but if the cause of the drop in price is increased production of milk in Europe and elsewhere this expectation may be overly optimistic.

So the risks to the surplus look pretty big and the surplus itself is looking very shaky.  To propose a tax cut in these circumstances is reckless in the extreme.

And you have to wonder when National’s announcement is going to be made.  It was going to be on September 1 but was deferred understandably because of the Ashburton killing.  But National is now talking about releasing the information next week.  The information is obviously available now.  Why isn’t the information being released now?  Is it because National wants as little time as possible for the opposition to be able to dig into the figures?

We are in the extraordinary position where the oppositions’ publicly released policies and costings (both Labour and the Greens) are comprehensive yet the Government is not doing the same.  We do not know what they are planning to do next term.  We have no ideas what sort of budget they are actually intending to run.

Sound economic managers?  More like snake oil salesmen.

76 comments on “Show us the money John ”

  1. Craig Glen Eden 1

    I suspect that after the election there is going to be a different lay of the land to what has currently been talked up by National regarding the economy. “Rock Star” will infact be “Death Star’. Should Labour the Greens and whoever get into Government they will of coarse be blaimed. The NZ economy has the very real look of a Hospital pass in the making.

    • Chris 1.1

      Much the same as the one that was received by National in 2008

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        Nats got a big surplus and debt under 18bn… Nats have a debt of 85BN and growing and a surplus made possible by pretending chchch will come in 500mn less than forecast.

        Global Financial Crisis began december 2007, and yet first thing nats did was a tax cut for the high income earners

        • barry 1.1.1.1

          The GFC might have made banking difficult, but the recession that followed was entirely the government’s making.

          For the whole of their 6 years in power they have terms of trade that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes. If the income from that had been spread around better we could have had zero unemployment and government surpluses every year.

          The next government will have a huge debt to pay off and plummeting export receipts. It truly will be a lot harder.

      • irascible 1.1.2

        Chris get off Planet Key before you become a troll in the same mould as Slater and his sleaze fascinated cronies.
        The Key led National-ACT govt inherited surpluses and a well managed economy that was able to withstand the hits caused by the financial melt down created by the money speculators and asset stripopers so beloved of Key.

  2. Tracey 2

    Around 15 September or 16 September to try to neutralise ocverage of KDC?

    Next debate

    Current debt is $86bn and rising, that’s $zzzz per household, and you are pretending there will be tax cuts? C’mon John Show us the money or tell us the truth.”

    • Once Was Tim 2.1

      Show us the money John, show us your fundamentals!

      (ew – please don’t)

    • disturbed 2.2

      “Tell the truth John”

      Truth is & has never been in Key’s genes.

      He is merely a con artist, as all hedge fund currency traders are.

      We have been duped by trickery friends and need to wake the sleeping giant in the block of voters who cant decide who to vote for.

      • alwyn 2.2.1

        “all hedge fund currency traders are.”
        Anyone who can put those words together, as if it is an occupation, obviously doesn’t have the faintest idea about what a hedge fund is or what currency traders did. I say “did” as it is pretty much a non-existent occupation these days.

        • disturbed 2.2.1.1

          Alwyn says, (Hedge fund currency traders) “is pretty much a non-existent occupation these days.”

          Simply so wrong there. Who are you kidding? I give just one example of a dozen sites.

          http://www.turnkeyhedgefunds.com/forex.htm
          SPOT CURRENCY TRADING “FX” IS THE NEWEST AND FASTEST GROWING INVESTMENT VEHICLE IN THE HEDGE FUND INDUSTRY.

          Now there is an easy turn key way for successful traders to set up their own Spot Forex Fund where:

          •You are the Fund Manager;

          • alwyn 2.2.1.1.1

            I did NOT talk about “Hedge fund currency traders” as being an occupation. My point is that are two quite different things and anyone who runs the words together doesn’t understand either of them. It is currency trading that is pretty well dead as with the almost zero interest rates in many countries there is little demand to trade.
            Hedge funds are also fading as with their fee structures compared to the market returns people have learnt that you are better of using a low fee index fund. However they are not the same thing as currency trading

            I haven’t bothered to look at the site you offer a link to, and I hope you don’t go near it. However, without looking at it myself I would ask you the following things.
            Does it offer you large profits without significant work?
            Does it offer access to markets that it claims “the professionals” use and that aren’t normally available to the general public?
            Does it say you can make money regardless of whether the market goes up or down?
            Does it say that anyone can do it, without training or experience?
            Is any mention of risk way down the end in the small print?
            They are all signs of something that is intended to appeal to the gullible, and as a means of taking YOUR money.

  3. Hanswurst 3

    One does wonder whether the Nat’s choice of now as the time to start whinging and niggling about details of Labour’s Capital Gains Tax policy is so that criticism of their Moday tax announcement just looks like more background noise about tax policy, meaning that the only apparently distinctive aspect is the announcement itself.

    • Tracey 3.1

      Liar in chief is scaremongering by saying CGT will make grieving worse for children. I guess it could if children value money more than their parents.

      The house, like everything else the parents own, goes through probate, taking weeks or months. Children decide to sell the house. They receive a sale price of 450k.

      Mum and dad paid, say, 250k. So, the cgt tax will be appkied to 200k, and the kids get all the rest.

      The aussies do it, the brits do it.

  4. hoom 4

    The Herald ‘pork-o-meter’ has Nat new spending promisses at $2.3B already
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/election-2014/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503581&objectid=11318687

    Thats on top of how many times over have they already spent the ‘Future Investment Fund’?
    Seriously, has anyone kept track on that?

  5. Tracey 5

    colliers are claiming their ad supplement in the press was not done with the election in mind. SO if its not political, how did JOHN KEY know about an Ad in tge for next week or the week after?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10457726/John-Keys-knowledge-of-ads-raises-questions

    ?..

    • hoom 5.1

      In the middle of all this Dirty Politics its a very public airing of the Tricky, Dirty, Hollow Man.

      It really was extremely weird & even as a leftie I was more cringing at the oddity of it than angry/’ah ha’ about what it reveals about him.

    • Hanswurst 5.2

      It doesn’t matter whether it was done with the election in mind. It is political now that Key has framed it on national broadcast as being in support of his gavernment’s handling of the Christchurch rebuild. If The Press publishes it now, it’s promoting the National Party. The Press, and the media in general, should be livid at John Key for overtly politicising the editorial decisions of a major paper.

      • Tracey 5.2.1

        agree, and that he was told in advance by the company. Why would you tell the PM you were advertising some stuff for sale in CHCHCH ? You might tell his office but if anyone it would be Brownlee, even then, it’s political.

  6. paul scott 6

    Greg, I don’t know why we had to borrow so much money, and be $NZ40,000 in debt for each family group. Some of it is Christchurch. I can say with reason that the Christchurch rebuild will take a generation. That was the way it was in San Francisco. The costs are astronomical.
    I always thought that this disaster should have been Nationalised [ haha so to write ] but it is important that New Zealand stays relatively confident, no matter who is Government.
    CGT. I am in the T3 zone , that means loss of capital , can I claim ? .. I refer people again to the Kiwiblog site, over this complicated, expensive CGT, and death taxes, not a s troll, but for fact finding. This business will increase the trust numbers not decrease. There are actually no tax advantages in Trusts.You people seem to be writing business while running away from this election loser. CGT is a disaster for Labour, and I mean this factually not as gloat. It makes the black emails look white. You guys are in trouble.

    • indiana 6.1

      Don’t forget CGT is Labour’s cleverly hidden Death Tax as well…but I am sure an expert panel will ease our concerns.

      • Tracey 6.1.1

        If you are dead why are you worried? If you are not dead use your money before you die and let your kids earn their own way. Afterall making a great living is going to be easy for them, cos of National, right!? Bright Future

        Pretty sure it is still a primary family home if the children live in it after the foljs die.

        Google australia, they have managed it and only a few years ago, the liar i chief wanted us to be just like them.

        • indiana 6.1.1.1

          In Aus their CGT has not eased house prices nor has it prevented property speculators…but boy you should see their tax avoidance schemes.

          This policy is purely a highly complicated tax grab – even after you are dead! It’s not even targeted at the rich…even the poor will be the victims of unintended consequences.

          The only way to ease my worrying is not to bother working hard to buy a home that will eventually have a portion of its value ripped away from from my family after I die.

          • Anne 6.1.1.1.1

            Lies more lies and indiana.

            • indiana 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Is it a lie to say that Labour’s CGT policy is a Death Duty by stealth? If so why?

              • McFlock

                1: Yes.

                2: Because it would also require every other tax to also be a “death duty by stealth”, for example GST charged on a coffin. Which therefore removes any meaning from the term “death duty”, because the term as you use it applies to every single tax. However, fucktards like you hope that people who hear you call CGT a “death duty by stealth” don’t put more thought into your words than you did when you parroted the talking points emailed to you this morning. You hope casual readers assume that when you talk about “death duty” you literally mean a tax only payable from one’s estate after death, rather than the meaningless spectre to which you’ve reduced the language of Shakespeare. In other words, you tied unrelated phrases together in a banal and eventually futile hope to mislead.

                In summary: it is a lie. You pointless excuse for a human being.

                • Tracey

                  You can see why they do it, the twisting and lying.

                  Isnt it funny on the day the liar in chief begins his ” but how will they grieve” meme we have our right wingers in here peddling the message.

                  Four days ago none of them mentioned cgt…

                  Probably just a coincidence…

                • indiana

                  Yeah..nah…

                • weka

                  Good to see you on form McFlock.

              • Tracey

                Where is next weeks promised tax coming from? Education? Health? Doc?

          • greywarbler 6.1.1.1.2

            @ Indiana
            You poor thing. Not a skerrick left. Not a bawbee after that auld mean nasty tax gouging party rips your heart and lungs out too. It is so unfair to everyone and won’t even mend the thatch over your head. Great melodrama. Wrap the scarf round your head, and sing piteously ‘My tiny hand is frozen’ … cough…cough….

          • Tracey 6.1.1.1.3

            If you are dead what do you care?

            If your home is sold 450k, and you paid 250k for it. Your estate wil be taxed 15% on the 200k

            Your estate and children will receive 450k – 30k. That is 420k.

            Considered getting your children to earn their own way in this brighter future mr key once promised?

            Good try with the sensationalist scare mongering indiana. Paul has been setting the scene since the debate…

            Perhaps focus more on the increasing 85bn debt mr key has foistered on your children. Thats $40k per household. Quel horreur

          • Tracey 6.1.1.1.4

            Pretty sure house prices in auckland have raced along under the brighter future

      • Tracey 6.1.2

        The Liar in chief is scaremongering by saying CGT will make grieving worse for children. I guess it could if children value money more than their parents.

        The house, like everything else the parents own, goes through probate, taking weeks or months. Children decide to sell the house. They receive a sale price of 450k.

        Mum and dad paid, say, 250k. So, the cgt tax will be appkied to 200k, and the kids get all the rest.

        The aussies do it, the brits do it.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.3

        The RWNJ have received their lines from Crosby/Textor.

      • Rodel 6.1.4

        Indiana- ‘Death Tax? Death Tax?….Hey you been listening to imbecile Sarah Palin ..surely not reading her retard book- or may be you have read Frank Luntz’s book ? Either way I feel sorry for you. They’re about the human elementary -beginner level.(5-6 year old).

  7. vto 7

    John doesn’t actually know what money is… or rather, what money represents.

    does he.

    no.

    nup.

    numpty

  8. Blue 8

    Brian Fallow has a good article in the Herald:

    The National Party’s pitch for a third term boils down to the slogan: Don’t mess with success.

    As it is five years now since the recession ended, it is fair to judge their economic stewardship by the current state of the indicators.

    A lot of them are heading south.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11318621

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    National to cut $3.8 billion from health, education and environment spending

    The analysis, prepared by Ganesh Nana of independent economic consultancy BERL, shows that National is stripping funding, in real terms, to the health, education and environment sectors to the tune of at least $3.837 billion over the next three years.

    National’s expected and long touted surplus comes from cutting essential services.

  10. paul scott 11

    Tracey 6.1.1 4 September 2014 at 3:54 pm
    quote
    If you are dead why are you worried? If you are not dead use your money before you die and let your kids earn their own way. Afterall making a great living is going to be easy for them, cos of National, right!? Bright Future
    Pretty sure it is still a primary family home if the children live in it after the foljs die.
    Google australia, they have managed it and only a few years ago, the liar i chief wanted us to be just like them.
    unquote

    Tracey, this is not a good. please do go over to the various places [ KB if you feel brave ] where the implications of CGT are being worked out. Your people are turning off voters in the thousands. Your people have moved too early, maybe next election. But for now IMP and CGT spell collapse of the left centre vote. Read Indiana above if you will. See Conservative NZ and NZF votes today . We are not in love with John key, but CGT is too early, a major political blunder, and IMP well ask the people at your supermarket. .
    Oh right of course we want a German criminal proxy in the house, not.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      The only things being worked out over KB are how to lie ans spin. Nothing else.

    • Tracey 11.2

      Oh god.

      I dont vote Labour.

      Try and answer my questions

      Happy to have Nats propped up by the criminals from ACT.

    • Tracey 11.3

      Who is “we” paul?

      “your people”??

      Have a lie down dude

      David farrar last week joined in the idea that nz on air funded kill the pm. He didnt check, with a simple phone call. His tax payers union cried to the media. It was wrong.

      Next. Where is the tax cut coming from next week (the topic of the thread)?

      • weka 11.3.1

        What I find so interesting is that the right think they have any credibility to talk about anything as long as Slatergate continues and they refuse to admit how bad it is. We’re not talking about the odd scandal here, we’re talking about multiple threads and scandals, with new material coming out almost every day.

        Suggesting that KB is a place to go on the day when Farrar’s Taxpayers Union mate Jordan Williams has been nationally exposed for the misogynistic, manipulative, greedy, nasty little shit that he is? hahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa….

        • Tracey 11.3.1.1

          If you want to work out the intent of some of these posts, check out what they choose to answer and what they choose to ignore.

          The Right is feeling buoyed again, feeling like they have got away with it, the CGT things i straight out of Hollow Men and Dirty Politics. Their disdain for fellow kiwis is frightening.

          Smirking for New Zealand indeed

  11. Dont worry. Be happy 12

    The CGT on inherited family home would not be the difference between the amount the parents paid and the sale price after their death.

    Rather, the property having passed to new owners, with no tax at all, would be sold at some point by the “children”.

    The amount taxed would be the increase if any, in value between when the “children” became the owners and when they chose to sell.

    So. Not that hard to work out. And no biggie surely….

    • Tracey 12.1

      You miss the point. Chris, paul and indiana and barry arent here to spread fact.

      None of them know where the money from the tax cut is coming from…

  12. paul scott 14

    Dont worry. Be happy 12 4 September 2014 at 5:31 pm
    quote
    The CGT on inherited family home would not be the difference between the amount the parents paid and the sale price after their death.
    Rather, the property having passed to new owners, with no tax at all, would be sold at some point by the “children”.
    The amount taxed would be the increase if any, in value between when the “children” became the owners and when they chose to sell.
    So. Not that hard to work out. And no biggie surely
    unquote

    paul scott says :
    yes be happy and do worry , what is the value of the home at transition to the children. we can not believe QV or rateable values, everything is travelling so fast, you have dropped policy CGT and Trust papers so many places , I can pick them up in a Thai village .. You have lost the election. New Zealanders will not have a strange party comprised of Nazi and Socialist at the periphery . Everyone knows that Winston is centre right . Also Craig. our votes are centre right votes are overwhelming.

  13. feijoa 15

    They DO know where the tax cut is coming from
    Its coming from CUTS to health education etc

    Has anyone asked John (or his office ) directly about cuts to these portfolios??

  14. Dont worry. Be happy 16

    @Paul Scott…you obviously can’t read so perhaps you should stop writing…..

  15. Wayne 17

    Just to be picky, but surpluses started around 1997, and continued through to the GFC.

    I imagine the tax cuts will largely be about lifting the thresholds of the bottom two tax rates to offset the fiscal drag effects of the last 5 years.

    Over this time wages have gone up by around 10%, or so but the tax thresholds have not changed. That means more of the average and middle persons income is in the higher tax bands relevant to that person. That means they pay more of their income as a percentage of their total income than 5 years ago. Changing the tax thresholds will restore the percentage of their income taken in tax back to where it was 5 years ago.

    Seems pretty fair to me. And there is enough money in the surplus over the next there years to do this.

    Some countries (Canada) automatically adjust the thresholds annually to take account of CPI changes.

  16. Agree nats are not on good fiscal footing and doubt that under their leadership we’ll get any significant surpluses in the near future.

    About EQC’s budget…

    To my knowledge there is no creative accounting on the ChCh rebuild cost drop, and if I heard of any, I would be first escalating the issue internally, and if that didn’t solve the issue, I would be whistleblowing. To my knowledge the factor behind cost estimates dropping is mostly that there was a lot of cautious accounting around unknown unknowns, timeframes, and contingencies. EQC has reached a point where it can release most of those cautions and say “we’re pretty sure on what the whole rebuild will cost now, within a much smaller margin.” That’s why the cost has gone down significantly- basically stripping out most of the risk factors now that the rebuild is almost done.

    As for the Natural Disaster Fund being depleted- yep, that’s absolutely true, it’s why EQC levies were increased, and projections indicate we will spend the entire fund and a bit more on the rebuild. That’s why programs like CHRP were instituted in the first place- the EQC has a duty to taxpayers to control costs while still delivering a full repair on all covered damage. EQC still has reinsurance payments and a crown guarantee that will replenish the fund, so there’s no risk of people not being paid out, and it will continue to pay out as settlement entitlements are calculated and as repairs are done, regardless of the fiscal position that puts the government in. The only room for delayed settlement is those people in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme who elect to be repaired in 2015 due to personal schedule constraints. Everyone else will be settled as soon as we can. To my knowledge our maximum projected outlay is included in the budget.

    I can’t comment on what’s going on with missing the reporting deadline, but as far as I’m aware there is no “missing money” beyond the projected dip into the taxpayer guarantee. As an even bigger dip than this was already budgeted, delaying EQC’s reporting is unlikely to be a financial strategy by the government, and more likely just one of those mistakes that unfortunately happen in government from time to time.

    I can however clarify that there is definitely no attempt to delay claims in order to take in enough on levies that we don’t need to deplete the natural disaster fund. If anything, EQC is erring on the side of advantaging customers in order to settle their claims on an acceptable timescale, because given more than a third of the organisation lives in Christchurch, (and many of us that don’t have strong ties) it takes that obligation seriously. We have taken several measures, including waiving all but one excess deduction on unapportioned <$15k claims, any partial cash settlements to customers give them the maximum allowed contractor rates rather than waiting on a customer quote, and assuming unapportioned damage relates to a maximum of three events regardless of the number of claims lodged, to speed up customer settlement and ensure customers can repair and move on with minimum financial disadvantage. I know EQC settlements seem too slow to Canterbrians and accept that EQC can do better, but there is literally no incentive in the organisation to shortchange or slow down customer claims, we are evaluated on processing speed and quality (ie. accuracy) of decisions only, and settling larger amounts or more claims is exactly what all levels of management are driving at.

  17. Nic the NZer 19

    The thread of this discussion is a disaster for the progressive movement. With unemployment at 5.6% tax cuts are of course affordable. The balanced budgets mantra is a neo-liberal policy hook and boy oh boy is the left hooked. So captured the labour party has abandoned any pretense of getting full employment and is demanding continued probably more severe austerity than National. National debt is and remains a non-issue.

    • dv 19.1

      Nic
      Current debt clock NZ

      NZ$ 86,539,395,548

      The interest on that pa is about

      1,730,787,910

      I am glad that 85 billion is a non issue, as well as 1.7 billion interest payments

  18. disturbed 20

    Awesome, thanks for this dv.
    Current debt clock NZ
    NZ$ 86,539,395,548

    Damn where is Pockish rude when we need a response to where is the “rock star” economy now as dairy forecast now also shows our $5 billion dollar hit coming next, maybe he went to bed as he lives abroad must be early hours of the morning.

    Treasury figures.
    2006-7 Crown Debt 6% of GDP.
    2013 Crown debt 26% of GDP.

    What a sinking canoe.
    Show these criminals to the door before we all sink.

    • Nic the NZer 20.1

      Allegations of a sinking canoe not withstanding. Please explain all the ways that that figure is effecting you. Pay particular attention to differences in the effects between 2006 and 2013.

      I suggest the main difference between 2006 and 2013 is that the economy is depressed. Unemployment is up, income is down and pay rises are harder to come by. All these things will be exacerbated by a government running a budget surplus.

    • dv 20.2

      I have pointed the debt out to PR several times.
      No response.

  19. philj 21

    xox
    What is going to happen to the people of Christchurch when the money ( Government and Insurance) runs out?

  20. disturbed 22

    When Labour left office the Crown debt was around 6.3% to GDP and since your mob have hiked their spending on Highways and company tax cuts we have seen the debt rise 400 per cent.

    You want to ask : “How is that affecting you” Get a real life.

    Not worth discussing with a closed mind thanks.

    • Nic the NZer 22.1

      Funny that you incorrectly believe I support National (very wrong on that count).

      If there are no tangible effects of govt debt on users of the economy then that appears to indicate that its a non issue. Maybe it would be better to focus on the things actually affecting the users of the economy (unemployment, stagnant wages, depressed spending). These will all be made worse by a govt running a surplus.

  21. Phate 23

    Key has already shown us the money all 86 billion of it.

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    Bryce Edwards writes –  Whenever politicians dole out taxpayer funding to groups or individuals, they must do so in a wholly transparent way with due process to ensure conflicts of interest don’t occur and that the country receives value for money. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that this has ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    16 hours ago
  • The Letter from Mayors & Chairs
    Frank Newman writes –  Earlier this week Local Government NZ sent a letter to the leaders of the coalition parties and Ministers Simeon Brown and Tama Potaka. It was signed by 52 local government leaders (see list appended). The essence of the letter is this: Our position…is ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    16 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on South Africa’s harsh election choices
    T he ANC’s goal in Wednesday’s election will be to staunch the bleeding of its support. The ANC has reason to feel anxious. For months, the polls have been indicating the ANC will lose its overall majority for the first time since the Mandela election of 1994. The size of ...
    16 hours ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to June 3 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to June 3 include:PM Christopher Luxon is expected to hold his weekly post-cabinet news conference at 4:00pm today.Parliament’s Environment Select Committee resumes hearing submissions on the Fast-track Approvals Bill from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm today.Auckland ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    20 hours ago
  • May-24 AT Board Meeting
    Tomorrow the AT board meet again and I’ve taken a look through the items on their public agenda to see what’s interesting. It’s also the first meeting for two recently appointed directors, former director at Ritchies Transport, Andrew Ritchie and former mayor of Hamilton, Julie Hardaker. The public session starts ...
    20 hours ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, May 27
    The Government is looking again at changing fringe benefit tax rules to make it harder to claim a personally-used double-cab ute as a company vehicle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Having repealed the previous Government’s ‘ute tax’ last year, the new Government is looking at removing a defacto tax ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    22 hours ago
  • Some Dark Moments from Netflix's Dark Tourist
    Hi,I pitched a documentary to a big streamer last week and they said “no thanks” which is a bummer, because we’d worked on the concept for ages and I think it would have been a compelling watch. But I would say that because I was the one pitching it, right?As ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    22 hours ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #21
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 19, 2024 thru Sat, May 25, 2024. Story of the week This week's typiclal compendium of stories we'd rather were plot devices in science ficition novels but instead ...
    1 day ago
  • National’s bulldozer dictatorship bill
    This National government has been aggressively anti-environment, and is currently ramming through its corrupt Muldoonist "fast-track" legislation to give three ministers dictatorial powers over what gets built and where. But that's not the only thing they're doing. On Thursday they introduced a Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Negative social impact of taxpayer-funded partisan charities
    Whenever politicians dole out taxpayer funding to groups or individuals, they must do so in a wholly transparent way with due process to ensure conflicts of interest don’t occur and that the country receives value for money. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that this has occurred in the announcement this week ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 day ago
  • My Lovely Man.
    Last night began earlier than usual. In bed by 6:30pm, asleep an hour later. Sometimes I do sleep odd hours, writing late and/or getting up very early - complemented with the occasional siesta, but I’m usually up a bit later than that on a Saturday night. Last night I was ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Pressing the Big Red Button
    Early in the COVID-19 days, the Boris Johnson government pressed a Big Red Button marked: act immediately, never mind about the paperwork.Their problem was: not having enough PPE gear for all the hospital and emergency staff. Their solution was to expedite things and get them the gear ASAP.This, along with ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Of Pensioners and Student Loans: An Indictment on New Zealand
    Up until 1989, you could attend a New Zealand University, and never need to pay a cent for your education. That then changed, of course. The sadists of the Fourth Labour Government introduced substantial fees for study, never having had to pay a cent for their own education. The even ...
    2 days ago
  • Putting children first
    Ele Ludemann writes –  Minister for Children Karen Chhour is putting children first: Hon KAREN CHHOUR: I move, That the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the bill. It’s a privilege ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Te Pati Maori go personal
    David Farrar writes –  Newshub reports:    Applause and cheers erupted in the House on Wednesday afternoon as Children’s Minister Karen Chhour condemned Te Pāti Māori’s insults about her upbringing. Chhour, who grew up in state care, is repealing section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act – sparking uproar from ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Threads of Corruption
    I could corrupt youIt would be uglyThey could sedate youBut what good would drugs be?Good Morning all,Today there’s a guest newsletter from Gerard Otto (G). By which I mean I read his post this morning and he has kindly allowed me to share it with you.If you don’t already I ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • The days fly by
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa, you’re being dismantled… so take the blinkers off and start talking honestly about it.
    Is the solution to any of the serious, long term issues we all have to face as a nation, because many governments of all stripes we can probably all admit if we’re deeply truthful with ourselves haven’t done near enough work at the very times they should have, to basically ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Has Labour Abandoned the Welfare State They Created in 1938?
    The 2018 Social Security Act suggests that Labour may have retreated to the minimalist (neo-liberal) welfare state which has developed out of the Richardson-Shipley ‘redesign’. One wonders what Michael Joseph Savage, Peter Fraser and Walter Nash would have thought of the Social Security Act passed by the Ardern Labour Government ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs’ financial interests under scrutiny
    MPs are supposed to serve the public interest, not their own self-interest. And according to the New Zealand Parliament’s website, democracy and integrity are tarnished whenever politicians seek to enrich themselves or the people they are connected with. For this reason, the Parliament has a “Register of Pecuniary Interests” in ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Mastering FLICC – A Cranky Uncle themed quiz
    By now, most of you will have heard about the FLICC taxonomy of science denial techniques and how you can train your skills in detecting them with the Cranky Uncle game. If you like to quickly check how good you are at this already, answer the 12 quiz questions in the ...
    3 days ago
  • Shane Jones has the zeal, sure enough, but is too busy with his mining duties (we suspect) to be ava...
    Buzz from the Beehive The hacks of the Parliamentary Press Gallery have been able to chip into a rich vein of material on the government’s official website over the past 24 hours. Among the nuggets is the speech by Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and a press statement to announce ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Cut the parliamentary term
    When Labour was in power, they wasted time, political capital, and scarce policy resources on trying to extend the parliamentary term to four years, in an effort to make themselves less accountable to us. It was unlikely to fly, the idea having previously lost two referendums by huge margins - ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • More terrible media ethics
    David Farrar writes – The Herald reports: When Whanau Ora chief executive John Tamihere was asked what his expectations for the Budget next Thursday were, he said: “All hope is lost.” Last year Whānau Ora was allocated $163.1 million in the Budget to last for the next four years ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Bringing our democracy into disrepute
    On Monday the government introduced its racist bill to eliminate Māori represntation in local government to the House. They rammed it through its first reading yesterday, and sent it to select committee. And the select committee has just opened submissions, giving us until Wednesday to comment on it. Such a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The censors who’ll save us from ourselves… yeah right!
    Nick Hanne writes – There’s a common malady suffered by bureaucracies the world over. They wish to save us from ourselves. Sadly, NZ officials are no less prone to exhibiting symptoms of this occupational condition. Observe, for instance, the reaction from certain public figures to the news ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The case for commissioners to govern the capital city
    Peter Dunne writes – As the city of Tauranga prepares to elect a new Mayor and Council after three and a half years being run by government-appointed Commissioners, the case for replacing the Wellington City Council with Commissioners strengthens. The Wellington City Council has been dysfunctional for years, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Thoughts about contemporary troubles.
    This will be s short post. It stems from observations I made elsewhere about what might be characterised as some macro and micro aspects of contemporary collective violence events. Here goes. The conflicts between Israel and Palestine and France and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Blurring The Lines Around Political Corruption
    It may be a relic of a previous era of egalitarianism, but many of us like to think that, in general, most New Zealanders are as honest as the day is long. We’re good like that, and smart as. If we’re not punching above our weight on the world stage, ...
    4 days ago
  • MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Bryce Edwards writes – Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • King Mike & Mike King.
    I built a time machine to see you againTo hear your phone callYour voice down the hallThe way we were back thenWe were dancing in the rainOur feet on the pavementYou said I was your second headI knew exactly what you meantIn the country of the blind, or so they ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The register published on Tuesday contains a ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • How much climate reality can the global financial system take without collapsing?
    Microsoft’s transparency about its failure to meet its own net-zero goals is creditable, but the response to that failure is worrying. It is offering up a set of false solutions, heavily buttressed by baseless optimism. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 24-May-2024
    Another Friday, another Rāmere Roundup! Here are a few things that caught our eye this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, our new writer Connor Sharp roared into print with a future-focused take on the proposed Auckland Future Fund, and what it could invest in. On ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Earning The Huia Feather.
    Still Waiting: Māori land remains in the hands of Non-Māori. The broken promises of the Treaty remain broken. The mana of the tangata whenua languishes under racist neglect. The right to wear the huia feather remains as elusive as ever. Perhaps these three transformations are beyond the power of a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, May 24
    Posters opposing the proposed Fast-Track Approvals legislation were pasted around Wellington last week. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: One of the architects of the RMA and a former National Cabinet Minister, Simon Upton, has criticised the Government’s Fast-Track Approvals bill as potentially disastrous for the environment, arguing just 1% ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to May 24
    There was less sharing of the joy this week than at the Chinese New Year celebrations in February. China’s ambassador to NZ (2nd from right above) has told Luxon that relations between China and New Zealand are now at a ‘critical juncture’ Photo: Getty / Xinhua News AgencyTL;DR: The podcast ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Beijing troubleshooter’s surprise visit
    The importance of New Zealand’s relationship with China was surely demonstrated yesterday with the surprise arrival in the capital of top Chinese foreign policy official Liu Jianchao. The trip was apparently organized a week ago but kept secret. Liu is the Minister of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) International Liaison ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • UK election a foregone conclusion?  That’s why it’s interesting
    With a crushing 20-plus point lead in the opinion polls, all the signs are that Labour leader Keir Starmer will be the PM after the general election on 4 July, called by Conservative incumbent Rishi Sunak yesterday. The stars are aligned for Starmer.  Rival progressives are in abeyance: the Liberal-Democrat ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #21 2021
    Open access notables How much storage do we need in a fully electrified future? A critical review of the assumptions on which this question depends, Marsden et al., Energy Research & Social Science: Our analysis advances the argument that current approaches reproduce interpretations of normality that are, ironically, rooted in ...
    4 days ago
  • Days in the life
    We returned last week from England to London. Two different worlds. A quarter of an hour before dropping off our car, we came to a complete stop on the M25. Just moments before, there had been six lanes of hurtling cars and lorries. Now, everything was at a standstill as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Forget about its name and focus on its objective – this RMA reform bill aims to cut red tape (and ...
    Buzz from the Beehive A triumvirate of ministers – holding the Agriculture, Environment and RMA Reform portfolios – has announced the introduction of legislation “to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling development in key sectors”, such as farming, mining and other primary industries. The exact name of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • More National corruption
    In their coalition agreement with NZ First, the National Party agreed to provide $24 million in funding to the charity "I Am Hope / Gumboot Friday". Why were they so eager to do so? Because their chair was a National donor, their CEO was the son of a National MP ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Submit!
    The Social Services and Community Committee has called for submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 3 July 2024, and can be made at the link above. And if you're wondering what to say: section 7AA was enacted because Oranga Tamariki ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Reading the MPS numbers thinking about the fiscal situation
    Michael Reddell writes –  The Reserve Bank doesn’t do independent fiscal forecasts so there is no news in the fiscal numbers in today’s Monetary Policy Statement themselves. The last official Treasury forecasts don’t take account of whatever the government is planning in next week’s Budget, and as the Bank notes ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Charter Schools are a worthwhile addition to our school system – but ACT is mis-selling why they a...
    Rob MacCulloch writes – We know the old saying, “Never trust a politician”, and the Charter School debate is a good example of it. Charter Schools receive public funding, yet “are exempt from most statutory requirements of traditional public schools, including mandates around .. human capital management .. curriculum ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Paranoia On The Left.
    How Do We Silence Them? The ruling obsession of the contemporary Left is that political action undertaken by individuals or groups further to the right than the liberal wings of mainstream conservative parties should not only be condemned, but suppressed.WEB OF CHAOS, a “deep dive into the world of disinformation”, ...
    5 days ago
  • Budget challenges
    Muriel Newman writes –  As the new Government puts the finishing touches to this month’s Budget, they will undoubtedly have had their hands full dealing with the economic mess that Labour created. Not only was Labour a grossly incompetent manager of the economy, but they also set out ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Rishi calls an Election.
    Today the British PM, Rishi Sunak, called a general election for the 4th of July. He spoke of the challenging times and of strong leadership and achievements. It was as if he was talking about someone else, a real leader, rather than he himself or the woeful list of Tory ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Photo of the Day: GNR
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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Choosing landlords and the homeless over first home buyers
    The Government may struggle with the political optics of scrapping assistance for first home buyers while also cutting the tax burden on landlords, increasing concerns over the growing generational divide. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government confirmed it will dump first home buyer grants in the Budget next ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Orr’s warning; three years of austerity
    Yesterday, the Reserve Bank confirmed there will be no free card for the economy to get out of jail during the current term of the Government. Regardless of what the Budget next week says, we are in for three years of austerity. Over those three years, we will have to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • An admirable U-turn
    It doesn’t inspire confidence when politicians change their minds.  But you must give credit when a bad idea is dropped. Last year, we reported on the determination of British PM Rishi Sunak to lead the world in regulating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Perhaps he changed his mind after meeting ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Can we really suck up Carbon Dioxide?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Is carbon dioxide removal - aka "negative emissions" - going to save us from climate change? Or is it just a ...
    5 days ago
  • Public funding for private operators in mental health and housing – and a Bill to erase a bit of t...
    Headed for the legislative wastepaper basket…    Buzz from the Beehive It looks like this government is just as ready as its predecessor to dip into the public funds it is managing to dispense millions of dollars to finance – and favour – the parties it fancies. Or ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Why has Einstein Medalist Roy Kerr never been Knighted?
    Rob MacCulloch writes – National and Labour and ACT have at various times waxed on about their “vision” of NZ as a high value-added world tech center What subject is tech based upon? Mathematics. A Chicago mathematician just told me that whereas last decade ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Contestable advice
    Eric Crampton writes –  Danyl McLauchlan over at The Listener on the recent shift toward more contestability in public policy advice in education: Education Minister Erica Stanford, one of National’s highest-ranked MPs, is trying to circumvent the establishment, taking advice from a smaller pool of experts – ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How did it get so bad?
    Ele Ludemann writes – That Kāinga Ora is a mess is no surprise, but the size of the mess is. There have been many reports of unruly tenants given licence to terrorise neighbours, properties bought and left vacant, and the state agency paying above market rates in competition ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    The scathing “independent” review of Kāinga Ora barely hit the table before the coalition government had acted on it. The entire Kāinga Ora board will be replaced, and a new chair (Simon Moutter) has been announced. Hmm. No aspersions on Bill English, but the public would have had more confidence ...
    6 days ago
  • Our House.
    I'll light the fireYou place the flowers in the vaseThat you bought todayA warm dry home, you’d think that would be bread and butter to politicians. Home ownership and making sure people aren’t left living on the street, that’s as Kiwi as Feijoa and Apple Crumble. Isn’t it?The coalition are ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Getting to No
    Politics is about compromise, right?  And framing it so the voters see your compromise as the better one.  John Key was a skilful exponent of this approach (as was Keith Holyoake in an earlier age), and Chris Luxon isn’t too bad either. But in politics, the process whereby an old ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – How does the Medieval Warm Period compare to current global temperatures?
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    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result of his non-disclosure could even see ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Get your story straight, buddy
    The relentless drone coming out of the Prime Minister and his deputy for a million days now has been that the last government was just hosing  money all over the show and now at last the grownups are in charge and shutting that drunken sailor stuff down. There is a word ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A govt plane is headed for New Caledonia – here’s hoping the Kiwis stranded there get better ser...
    Buzz from the Beehive Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to riot-torn New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home. Today’s flight will carry around 50 passengers with the most ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Who is David MacLeod?
    Precious declaration saysYours is yours and mine you leave alone nowPrecious declaration saysI believe all hope is dead no longerTick tick tick Boom!Unexploded ordnance. A veritable minefield. A National caucus with a large number of unknowns, candidates who perhaps received little in the way of vetting as the party jumped ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Four Knights
    Rex Ahdar writes –  The Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, likes to trace his political lineage back to the pioneers of parliamentary Maoridom.   I will refer to these as the ‘big four’ or better still, the Four Knights. Just as ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Could Willie Jackson be the populist leader that Labour need?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  Willie Jackson will participate in the prestigious Oxford Union debate on Thursday, following in David Lange’s footsteps. Coincidentally, Jackson has also followed Lange’s footsteps by living in his old home in South Auckland. And like Lange, Jackson might be the sort of loud-mouth scrapper ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago

  • Minister to Singapore for defence, technology talks
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Major investment in teacher supply through Budget 24
    Over the next four years, Budget 24 will support the training and recruitment of 1,500 teachers into the workforce, Education Minister Erica Stanford announced today. “To raise achievement and develop a world leading education system we’re investing nearly $53 million over four years to attract, train and retain our valued ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New social housing places to support families into homes
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s minerals future
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
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