Show us the money Simon

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, January 31st, 2019 - 82 comments
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National has laid out what will be its big policy next election and wouldntyaknowit it’s a tax cut.  Or more accurately changes to the tax system so that bracket creep does not occur.

But get this.  Not only is National going to build more motorways, give teachers a hefty pay rise, improve infrastructure so that raw sewerage is not pumped into hospital walls, pay down Crown debt but also give us some of our tax money back!  They must be economic geniuses!

If you believe this there are ten bridges in Northland that I can sell you.

Grant Robertson describes how unlikely this is in this Herald article:

Robertson said National had to show how they would cover not only the $650 million hole, but also the “billions” needed to reach National’s debt-to-GDP target, its plan to improve state highways while also scrapping the Auckland regional fuel tax, and for more teachers’ pay – though National has not said how much more teachers should be paid.

“Ultimately they have to answer the question: What will they cut? Because they cannot afford what they’re saying they want to do,” Robertson said.

“Probably Simon Bridges has found Steven Joyce’s [$11 billion] fiscal hole in his backyard. All we’ve seen today from Simon Bridges is effectively a slogan … The National Party really is the dog barking at every car that goes by.”

A spokesman for National said the party would release its full fiscal policy – including its debt target – closer to the election.

Robertson also questioned whether the indexing policy for tax thresholds was worth it.

“If we take the numbers at face value, it is worth $8 per week to the average earner in 2021. For someone on $40,000 a year, it would be $1 per week.”

National also wants to consign Auckland to congestion hell by stopping the regional fuel tax.  As Matt L points out at Greater Auckland this will stop $4.5 billion worth of projects from proceeding, projects as varied as bus priority improvements, ferry facilities, safety projects and possibly major roading projects like Mill Road and Penlink.  The tax was to largely plug a rather large $5.9 billion dollar hole identified in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project.  Without the tax ATAP is going to suffer.

Hopefully the media will subject the announcement to the same sort of scrutiny that it has in the past to Labour announcements.  Although judging by this article by Kate Hawkesby critiquing the dress sense of two Labour MPs and criticising the presence of baby Neve at the caucus retreat I would not be confident.  The article is the greatest waste of three minutes of my life I have ever experienced.

82 comments on “Show us the money Simon ”

  1. Gosman 1

    Inflation indexing of the tax bands is not really cutting taxes. In fact it is merely stopping tax rising. If spending is reliant on increased tax take as a result then that spending should be looked at. I’d suggest the easiest way to account for it would be to ditch fee free tertiary education.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      The money is in Treasury’s account forecasts so it is money that is programmed to be spent. Reducing this means the money will need to be found elsewhere or spending cut or debt will increase.

      • Gosman 1.1.1

        Yes Treasury is very good at accounting for tax rises.

      • Tuppence Shrewsbury 1.1.2

        So tax needs to be in line with treasuries predictions now so it can be spent by the government with no impediment

        Stunningly Soviet of you Mickey. Well done

    • Gosman, no doubt your are familiar with Shakespeare’s quote,

      “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”

      Apply that to Simon Bridges’ “tax adjustment”. In other words, “A tax cut by any other name, would still reduce tax”.

      • Gosman 1.2.1

        Frank it isn’t a tax cut. Let me put it to you this way. If inflation meant everything was increasing in price by 10 percent a year do you think you would be getting a pay rise if you received an 8 percent increase in your income?

        • Tuppennce Shrewsbury

          Inflation is only bad when it raises the prices of goods and services, like housing and milk. Not when it increases the tax take to the government.

          Then any efforts to lessen inflation need to be fully costed, treated as a cost and then derided. People can’t be trusted with more of their own money

        • Frank Macskasy

          “If inflation meant everything was increasing in price by 10 percent a year do you think you would be getting a pay rise if you received an 8 percent increase in your income?”

          Yes, you would. The pay rise would be real. It just wouldn’t keep pace with inflation. Ie, the rise in pay would not match the rise in inflation.

          The same with Bridges’ “tax adjustment”. It’s a tax cut by another name. The end result is the same: less money for the government.

          Semantic game-playing doesn’t change the outcome, Gosman.

  2. Does anybody really take Kate Hawkesby seriously?

  3. millsy 3

    A reduction in tax will only lead to reduction in government services, especially those for low income earners. National’s tax cuts were funded by:

    Ending free will services by Public Trust
    Hiking prescription co-pays to $5
    Slashing DOC’s budget, closing tracks and huts and outsourcing conservation
    Restricting access to student loans
    Tightening access to state housing, meaning people have to stay homeless or living in some shithole.
    Purging hospital waiting lists
    Tightening access to ACC claims
    Freezing school operations grants and inreasing class sizes


    Between 1990 and 1998 National closed dozens of hospitals to pay for tax cuts. This has had the result of people in rural areas having to travel for treatment. They also closed down mental hospitals.

    • Michelle 3.1

      you forgot selling assets, destroying SOEs, bringing in almost a million migrants, driving down wages, destroying our public education system and undermining teachers no wonder no one wants to be one. And how many people have died prematurely because they couldn’t and didn’t get public health treatment. The list goes on in the meantime soimon has just offered us enough money to buy a pie and a cheap drink to wash down the pie what a cheap skate he is and a c…t

  4. “If we take the numbers at face value, it is worth $8 per week to the average earner in 2021. For someone on $40,000 a year, it would be $1 per week.”

    Not a problem from National’s perspective, since people on $40,000 tend not to vote National anyway. There are two planks to this:

    1. It will offer significant tax cuts for people who earn a lot more than $70,000 a year, ie National’s core constituency.

    2. It lets them take the moral high ground – they’re the stout fellows who’ll put a stop to inflation giving you effective tax increases.

    Risky strategy though – easy to promise this when you’re the Opposition, a lot harder to deliver it when you’re the Government. Which is why they’re promising it now rather than delivered it when they were in government.

    • Incognito 4.1

      Not a problem from National’s perspective, since people on $40,000 tend not to vote National anyway.

      You seem to ignore that not all incomes are based on full-time jobs/employment. For example, the average weekly paid hours for female employees is around 30 hours.

  5. Cinny 5

    national, trying to attract voters through greed.

    Newsflash not everyone is in it for themselves these days.

    Didn’t work last election, our population is evolving, well being for all is a greater priority than a monetary bribe.

    Very excited for the well being budget.

    Watched a doco the other night on Al Jazeera, called “Growing Pains”, it questioned why a country measures their success by GDP, rather than by the well being of it’s people/environment. Resonated strongly for me. Will find the link.

    “A look at the global and political obsession with economic growth and the ecological and humanitarian consequences.”

    As for crusty kate hawesby, bitching about clothing style and a baby will not win people over. It reeks of jealousy, shallowness and insecurity. Newsflash kate, you ain’t all that.

  6. Chris T 6

    Well it has been 24 hours, but I still can’t get my head around the left being against this.

    a) It isn’t that expensive in the grand scheme of things

    b) It isn’t even a tax cut

    c) It affects lower paid workers for the good more than anyone else

    Wonder what it is then

    Oh. It’s National that want to do it. Must be bad.

    • lprent 6.1

      Try reading the post. It will illuminate you, answer your question, and you will look less like a stupid dickhead troll.

      • Chris T 6.1.1

        Spot the sensitive one

        [lprent: Try reading the comment – ignorant dipshit. I didn’t write the post. I just responded to a stupid troll who clearly hadn’t read the post. The post that addresses exactly the point you tried to raise. If you can’t address the post, then don’t comment here. Next time I won’t be so tolerant. ]

      • JohnSelway 6.1.2

        “Stupid dickhead troll.”

        One of LPrents greatest hits.

      • Stunned mullet 6.1.3

        Lynn well into his sixtieth decade and still unable to rein in his inherent cuntitude.

        [lprent: It appears that I lack your degree in senility. Having problems remembering magnitudes of numbers eh? ]

  7. RedLogix 7

    Or more accurately changes to the tax system so that bracket creep does not occur.

    FFS! Everyone knows this is a simple, logical fucking tax reform that should have been done at least a decade ago when Dr Cullen floated it. Or even earlier. But every damned govt and opposition get involved in play brain dead idiotic point scoring games with it. Stupid, stupid.

    Now is the perfect moment for Labour to just quietly do it in the next budget, get it done and off the table.

    • SPC 7.1

      Cullen was wrong. It’s a perfectly reasonable way to store up some money over the three years to fund party manifestos – without resort to borrowing.

      The perennial choice tax cuts (and if so targeted to families or not) or spending (state housing, education health etc).

      PS Adjusting the tax scales for inflation when there was a recession would just make the budget situation worse.

      • RedLogix 7.1.1

        But at some point shifting your tax thresholds to adjust for inflation has to be done; doing it automatically in small increments every year is the smart way to do it.

        • lprent

          Smart for everyone except the innumerable payroll systems sitting out there. They all have be updated synchronously for hundreds of thousands of sites.

          This is a major expense not only to do it, but also to check that it has been done.

          That is the main reason that bounds are shifted occasionally rather than frequently.

          • cathy

            “except the innumerable payroll systems sitting out there. They all have be updated synchronously for hundreds of thousands of sites”

            well in that case they are really badly written payroll systems.

            the easy way to handle a variable like that is to hold it on file and reference it from there when it’s needed, then when the variable changes it’s a five minute job or less for the operator to change it on file. no software changes needed.

            hard coding the crossover points is lazy and stupid.

            when gst was introduced and i had to update my software, i put the percentage on a control record, not believing their promises that it would never be more than 10%, and also included a changeover date.

            then when it went to 12.5% no more changes were needed in the software at all.

            also i allowed for different rates for different products, fortunately that has never been needed.

            • McFlock

              Lazy and stupid is frequently the refuge of the overworked, lowest-bidding contractor.

            • lprent

              Sure that is what any system should do. That isn’t what usually happens even if that was built in.

              There are about 144k organisations in NZ with less than 20 employees (see my comment at Most of them have in-house payroll entry of varying calibre ranging from hand-jobs with a calculator to online bureau services like Xero. The only thing that you can be reasonably be sure of is that there are thousands of different payroll systems out there in this layer of our economy and few are run well.

              Virtually none of the staff or employers in that level of organisation doing the payroll is competent at it or has any idea where to change rates or even how to load a software upgrade with those settings. Most have been doing the procedure from rote for something that someone else set up long ago.

              Getting every small organisation on the same tax page when there are changes happen is a frigging nightmare. Just mailing them and their accountants is a major task. You should have seen the level of repeated paperwork that goes out everytime that there is a tax change.

              Just updating the unconnected systems gives a collossal lot of additional site support work to accounting firms, business IT companies, tax companies and peoples nephews… And there aren’t enough of them.

              Which is why change to taxes and especially payrolls happen so seldom. Too many companies here with very small businesses.

              • greywarshark

                [Lots of little enterprises/companies] here with very small businesses.
                (I am sure that it isn’t a case of suggesting that there shouldn’t be many small businesses, and always more getting going, and lasting out there juvenile stage of say three years.)

                I have just had an example of how micro-small businesses can’t manage their computerised systems, internet etc. I had to send something through to Christchurch, decided to fax it. Had the fax number taken from the internet site. Had phoned the company and knew that number was right, so assumed fax number ok also. The shop helped me in the end, by phoning the company as to why the fax wasn’t going through. Answer, they didn’t have the fax any more.

                There must be lots of companies with incorrect information, outdated information on their internet sites. I suggest that we have a nation-wide date of 1 April (the jokey date would stick in people’s minds), and on that date companies or other entities would check their internet details and the outdated ones would be changed by some tech-capable person. Good idea! We could do this if we wanted to be effective and efficient.

                Remember – spread the idea 1 April to update your details or you’re a fool!

              • greywarshark

                [There are lots of little enterprises/companies] here with [that are] very small businesses.
                (I am sure that it isn’t a case of suggesting that there shouldn’t be many small businesses, and always more getting going, and lasting out there juvenile stage of say three years.)

                I have just had an example of how micro-small businesses can’t manage their computerised systems, internet etc. I had to send something through to Christchurch, decided to fax it. Had the fax number taken from the internet site. Had phoned the company and knew that number was right, so assumed fax number ok also. The shop helped me in the end, by phoning the company as to why the fax wasn’t going through. Answer, they didn’t have the fax any more.

                There must be lots of companies with incorrect information, outdated information on their internet sites. I suggest that we have a nation-wide date of 1 April (the jokey date would stick in people’s minds), and on that date companies or other entities would check their internet details and the outdated ones would be changed by some tech-capable person. Good idea! We could do this if we wanted to be effective and efficient.

                Remember – spread the idea 1 April to update your details or be regarded as a fool.

          • Andre

            While I hesitate to point to the US as exemplar of anything (except shitty international behaviour), US tax brackets, standard deductions and a whole bunch of other tax/payroll things get updated every year and have done so for decades. In the nine years I was working there I never saw so much as a hiccup from those annual adjustments.

            • lprent

              There is a pretty good reason for that. The scale of the economic units in the US are far larger. That means that the various tax departments have a lot more scale, the accountants have more scale and there are a far large number of employees in the ‘small’ enterprises.

              In NZ we collect off most taxes off PAYE, GST, and business taxes.

              Basically in 2016, 37% personal income tax, 38% GST, and a mere 16% in company taxes.

              Looking at the info below for NZ, it becomes pretty evident that

              1. There are about 550 thousand taxable organisations in NZ. The US with its vastly larger population has something like 16 million.

              2. The half of the employees in the top 2500 odd enterprises in NZare easy to reach, and that is what infused is talking about further down.

              3. But in NZ there are about 144 thousand enterprises paying between 1 and 19 employees. From memory (too damn late to look it up) those small companies comprise more than 30% of all employees in NZ and a slightly higher proportion of the personal income tax take.

              Those are the organisations that are so hard for the IRD to reach when there are tax changes and there are shit load of them. Every time there are tax changes in that level of company, there is a pretty high degree of chaos. Just ask any accountant who deals with them. Part of that is because per organisation there are vastly fewer accountants and IRD staff to service and inform them.

              When you look at the tax take in the US you’ll find that the estimates of the payroll taxes from less than 20 employee companies is teeny. Almost all of the tax take is either from companies that are vastly larger than our largest.


              From what I have heard about the US very small businesses is that they really are the grey area of the tax take there. They tend to either be part of the grey economy or to farm out payroll out to service companies who have economies of scale. We don’t have that scale and those kinds of services here because they aren’t profitable.



              • New Zealand had 534,930 enterprises, a slight increase of 0.8 percent from February 2017.
              • The number of paid employees in these enterprises (not an official employment statistic) was 2.2 million, up 3.3 percent from February 2017.
              • These enterprises had 569,910 business locations, 0.7 percent more than at February 2017.
              • less than 1 percent of enterprises (2,560) had 100 or more employees, but they engaged 48 percent of all employees in New Zealand
              • 1 percent of enterprises had 50–99 employees; the number of enterprises in this size category grew 4.6 percent for the year
              • 27 percent of enterprises had 1–19 employees
              • 70 percent of all enterprises had no paid employees.
          • infused

            maybe if you had anything to do with writing it. shit ain’t that hard, lprent. even doign calculations on 5m+ people. If systems these days can’t handle this, someone needs to be shot.

            • McFlock

              I don’t think they can shoot that many HR admins and small business owner-operators.

            • lprent

              I guess that you’ve never had to update thousands of systems (often manual systems) at small businesses remotely? It sounds like quite a significiant gap in your professional education. Ah but I forgot, you’re just a mere operator who appears to have virtually no idea on how businesses operate (and an self-over-rated opinion of your own skills).

              It isn’t bad if they are running a centrally connected network system. However the market opportunity for the likes of Xero and MYOB online is still to replace the large numbers of stand alone systems. It is because there are a shitload of them out there. There are still at least two standalones in operation for every network connected one. And one of those standalones is probably a manual system.

              That is because once a accounting system, manual or computerised, goes into a SME, they tend to just keep using the same system with periodic updates from their accountants. If it works then they don’t break it. Most didn’t have computerised payrolls then, and I seldom run across businesses with less than 10 employees who do now.

              BTW: I’ve never written an accounting system or even part of one. After I became a programmer I deliberately avoided getting involved in coding that kind of work.

              That was because I did spend a few years supporting a couple of accounting systems including payroll for SMEs about the time that GST was being rolled out. It gave me a whole new appreciation for just how limited the accounting systems and the IT support was in this style of organisation.

              At that point virtually none of them had computerised accounting systems – they just passed boxes of paper to their accountants. Many of them still do.

            • greywarshark

              Good heavens infused maybe there is something in the world that you are not an expert at. Maybe lprent and others do know what they are talking about.

        • SPC

          Only if one favours across the board tax cuts rather than to families, or tax cuts to government spending.

          Which one could sumarise as of a bi-partisan trend to the right in fiscal policy.

          • RedLogix

            If you want to direct tax into particular areas (either by tax reductions or spending) then say so in your policy and make it explicit in the system.

            Trying to achieve these outcomes by letting inflation do your work for you just kicks the can down the road and feels dishonest.

            • SPC

              Bringing in such a system speaks to an acceptance that government is adequately funded as it is. Which is not true.

              We apparently cannot afford to do much about low paid education and health staff, lack of adult dental health cover, poorly resourced Pharmac, underfunded conservation and environment estates and a relative decline in social housing because of population growth.

            • greywarshark

              The talk is about efficient systems redlogix not about whether it looks okay to you. Inflation happens and needs to be factored into the system, and it can be explained within the summary of the program, so there is open
              information, no hint of dishonesty.

  8. Enough is Enough 8

    Free Tertiary Education and Regional Growth Fund are the two that I would expect to be gone by lunchtime

  9. Michelle 9

    so you don’t care about our regions or our young people getting a step up on the ladder enough is enough what a selfish person you are

    • Enough is Enough 9.1

      It has nothing to do with what I care about. I am answering Greg’s question.

      That is what National will campaign on

      • greywarshark 9.1.1

        Enough is Enough
        When you make sarcastic comments like that please put /sarc – it is very discouraging for people distressed by the decline in conditions in NZ to read apparent agreement with this decline. Most here want to see improvements with a rise and balance of tax and spending on public services improved.

  10. Wayne 10

    Labour suggesting National doesn’t know how to run the crown accounts is jumping the shark. Not a credible proposition for Labour to run.
    The usual Labour attacks lines on health, education, etc are seen as more believable, not Labour being better on the accounts.

    • Ross 10.1


      Jumping the shark is maliciously inventing an $11 billion hole. Any party that resorts to that has zero credibility when it comes to economic and financial management.

    • Blazer 10.2

      You seem to be suggesting that National M.P’s have some real ability to run Crown accounts,irrespective of any experience doing so.

      Do you base this on what is really meaningless P.R…’a safe pair of hands’-‘sound economic managers’?

      Their overall record does not withstand objective scrutiny as to being any more effective than other parties.

    • Andre 10.3

      That whole National is better for the accounts thing is a bullshit myth that’s been successfully perpetuated by mindless repetition over and over and over again.

      It falls apart pretty quickly whenever anyone takes a serious look at the actual numbers.

    • cathy 10.4

      “more believable”?

      in spite of the fact that Labour is demonstrably much better at running the accounts.

    • patricia bremner 10.5

      Wayne, WOW You don’t say. Yet even Bill English admitted the books he inherited from Labour and Cullen were healthy. The big muck-up was Muldoon and National.
      History doesn’t agree with you (H owever I hope you’re battling on ok)

  11. Anne 11

    …this article by Kate Hawkesby critiquing the dress sense of two Labour MPs and criticising the presence of baby Neve at the caucus retreat… The article is the greatest waste of three minutes of my life I have ever experienced.

    Re-baby Neve, she went on to infer the presence of a seven month old baby as… weird.

    Well, tit for tat time:

    Anyone know what Ms Hawkesby’s teenage kids are getting up to these days? Any photos maybe?

  12. Nic the NZer 12

    You realise this is just a little tickle to see what the reaction will be?

    Given Grant’s forthright response, Labour jumped the polling shark seems like quite a pertinent summary.

  13. tsmithfield 13

    I guess Simon will show the money when Labour shows the houses.

  14. SPC 14

    The short answer is ending bracket creep is gradual (annual reduction in tax revenue). and is thus affordable.

    Afforded by

    1. having no money to fully staff hospitals and schools and improve wage levels
    2. no money to increase state housing despite population growth
    3. funding for Pharmac still restricted
    3. no contingency for such things as fair pay etc

    Thus they intend to govern in the future as they did “because of the GFC and earthquakes” without the GFC and earthquakes.

    PS Mrs Hosking is a support act to National’s dandy, so their various shills are set on

    1. gaming the Speaker
    2. targeting the Immigration minister and policy
    3. attacking the PM as a mother (Brash tried the other approach on Clark)

    • SPC 14.1

      Part of the reason for targeting the “Immigration” Minister may be the move to fair pay awards.

  15. mosa 15

    Any hope of the our esteemed media asking serious questions around this policy is dead in the water because Tobah O’brian on Newshub gave it a glowing endorsement and everyone else with her included are bagging Twyford and the kiwi build lack of progress in achieving the numbers promised.
    Nationals evil MP’S and their destructive behaviour has been dropped after one outing.
    Nationals friends are are there in support for another year.

  16. Lettuce 16

    How Kate Hawkesbeak can take the piss out of anyone for their dress sense when she’s married to a serial bad taste offender like Hosking is beyond me.

    • AB 16.1

      Tories have no sense of their own innate vulgarity.
      Ironic really, since they believe they are superior.

  17. RuralGuy 17

    It’s seems very cowardly from Mickey that he would own a post titled “Show us the money Simon”, about a theoretical application of a taxation policy in 3 years time versus writing an opinion piece titled “Show us the houses Jacinda.”

    Stop being a boy and grow some fkn balls.

    • David Mac 17.1

      Yeah, the election win caught them by surprise.

      I think Twyford’s hangover would of been percolating with the thought ‘Cripes I need 2000 qualified builders willing to pull on a Kiwibuild T-Shirt and I’ve been bagging the crap out of immigration.’

  18. David Mac 18

    All wannabe governments promise plenty. It’s usually an indication of what they’re going to be gas-bagging on about for the next 18 months rather than anything they’d actually achieve.

    I see if John Tamihere wins the Auckland mayoralty he will rid the city of homelessness inside 2 years.

  19. mike 19

    he will take the kiwi saver tax credit that is collected from the employer contribution.

  20. Puckish Rogue 20

    Announce whatever you like then if you’re not going to achieve it just just announce a recalibration 😉

    • David Mac 20.1

      Owning the requirement for alterations is not a negative thing.

      Every big task I’ve set off on has required adjustments along the way. The important things don’t roll over and die. They keep the fire burning. The admission that ‘OK, we need to make some changes here’ is no reason to bin the ultimate goal. This is what quitters do.

      • Puckish Rogue 20.1.1

        So basically a political party can say anything they like to get into power

        • Cinny

          Maybe we could call that marketing…. and add it too the reference manual?

          The national Party Thesaurus of Propaganda… coming to a book store near you 🙂

        • patricia bremner

          PR 20.1.1 “basically a political party can say anything they like to gain power,”

          No, not now.
          The electorate had so many lies elections 2008 2011 and 2014 they now react unfavourably to a reboot of a plan, as they have become cynical about politicians motives.

          This is a decision to amalgamate the ideas of improving the number houses.
          Minister Twyford has had to revisit Kiwibuild because of a changing market.

          Why has the market changed? The Government ban on buying houses by non resident foreign owners made a 20% difference to the Auckland Market, but no discernible difference to the regions according to One Roof a Real Estate’s collective.

          Phil noted this and a small drop in the required bank deposit for first time buyers has seen a rise in their applications. At the same time a huge squeeze has gone on rental accommodation prices forcing a review of the H.N.Z house programme.

          By bringing them under a common umbrella and giving the new entity increased powers of acquisition, he is set to ramp up the programme.
          Not to stop it. There will be more houses not less.

          • Puckish Rogue

            “There will be more houses not less.”


          • Shadrach

            “Minister Twyford has had to revisit Kiwibuild because of a changing market.”

            And yet you go on to say that the reason the market has changed is because of policy implemented by THIS government…

            “Why has the market changed? The Government ban on buying houses by non resident foreign owners made a 20% difference to the Auckland Market…”

            As it is you have it completely wrong. The reason the KiwiBuild targets are being revisited is because Labour overpromised and under delivered, despite this being a key policy platform of the party for many years. Why didn’t they know the market would change? Why didn’t they know about the capacity constraints in the building industry? Or the serious problems imposed by Auckland City’s unwillingness to allow more sprawl?

            Because this policy is being run by fools who have no idea about how houses get built.

  21. David Mac 21

    I think our government could be doing more with what enjoys popular support and separates them from the sort of lines Simon will run.

    eg: Let the Nats crow about 2000 extra policemen.

    Every Kiwi would like to see those 2000 with nothing to do. A left approach is to taint the attraction of pursuing a life of crime. The creation of more attractive options.

    The devil finds work for idle hands.

  22. David Mac 22

    Mayor Tim used to entice students to study at his local tertiary facility with the offer of the first year’s fees on the house.

    Our government’s initiative killed Tim’s unique enrollment magnet.

    I see in a fresh ad Tim is stood infront of an accommodation block and with a hand gesture says “You can stay here free while you study.”

    Our government is triggering differences that has us moving in the right direction: Opportunity Equality.

  23. David Mac 23

    Kiwibuild reeks of an opportunity to secure a Labour/Green win next time at the polls.

    Phil needs to focus on transport…I think it’s a portfolio big enough for 3 ministers.

    “We got this wrong and this is what we’re going to do about it.” These are not the words of failure.

    A few more state houses in the mix won’t lose an election. Pitched the right way, it’ll win them one. We all want to see battlers getting a leg up.

    Rather than a 6 o’clock news item featuring the minister standing at a new front door, get the news crews to tag along while the minister asks a farmer, so how much do you want for this 300 acres? Next week, an artists impression in the paper. Next week, the news crews filming the infrastructure being laid.

    Get it cracking and win an election.

    Pepper the news releases with stories like ‘Yep, Kiwibuild developers can use the half price plasterboard price the govt negotiated for them in their non Kiwibuild developments.’

    Make me want to be a Kiwibuild make it happen guy.

  24. infused 24

    labour were pretty good at not answering this question for 9 years.

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  • Not To Cast Stones…
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 hours ago
  • So much noise and so little signal
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 hours ago
  • Lost in the Desert: Accepted
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    13 hours ago
  • This Government and their Rightwing culture-war flanks picked a fight with the country… not the ot...
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  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #49
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    22 hours ago
  • Surely it won't happen
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Let Them Eat Sausage Rolls: Hipkins Tries to Kill Labour Again
    Sometimes you despair. You really do. Fresh off leading Labour to its ugliest election result since 1990,* Chris Hipkins has decided to misdiagnose matters, because the Government he led cannot possibly have been wrong about anything. *In 2011 and 2014, people were willing to save Labour’s electorate ...
    2 days ago
  • Clued Up: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    “But, that’s the thing, mate, isn’t it? We showed ourselves to be nothing more useful than a bunch of angry old men, shaking our fists at the sky. Were we really that angry at Labour and the Greens? Or was it just the inescapable fact of our own growing irrelevancy ...
    2 days ago
  • JERRY COYNE: A powerful University dean in New Zealand touts merging higher education with indigeno...
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Speaking for the future
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • How Should We Organise a Modern Economy?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Willis fails a taxing app-titude test but govt supporters will cheer moves on Te Pukenga and the Hum...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • ELIZABETH RATA: In defence of the liberal university and against indigenisation
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the skewed media coverage of Gaza
    Now that he’s back as Foreign Minister, maybe Winston Peters should start reading the MFAT website. If he did, Peters would find MFAT celebrating the 25th anniversary of how New Zealand alerted the rest of the world to the genocide developing in Rwanda. Quote: New Zealand played an important role ...
    3 days ago
  • “Your Circus, Your Clowns.”
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 8-December-2023
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • End-of-week escapism
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Dec 8
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Witchcraft Laws: 1840/1858-1961/1962
    Sometimes one gets morbidly curious about the oddities of one’s own legal system. Sometimes one writes entire essays on New Zealand’s experience with Blasphemous Libel: And sometimes one follows up the exact historical status of witchcraft law in New Zealand. As one does, of course. ...
    3 days ago
  • No surprises
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #49 2023
    113 articles in 48 journals by 674 contributing authors Physical science of climate change, effects Diversity of Lagged Relationships in Global Means of Surface Temperatures and Radiative Budgets for CMIP6 piControl Simulations, Tsuchida et al., Journal of Climate 10.1175/jcli-d-23-0045.1 Do abrupt cryosphere events in High Mountain Asia indicate earlier tipping ...
    4 days ago
  • Phone calls at Kia Kaha primary
    It is quiet reading time in Room 13! It is so quiet you can hear the Tui outside. It is so quiet you can hear the Fulton Hogan crew.It is so quiet you can hear old Mr Grant and old Mr Bradbury standing by the roadworks and counting the conesand going on ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • A question of confidence is raised by the Minister of Police, but he had to be questioned by RNZ to ...
    It looks like the new ministerial press secretaries have quickly learned the art of camouflaging exactly what their ministers are saying – or, at least, of keeping the hard news  out of the headlines and/or the opening sentences of the statements they post on the home page of the governments ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Xmas  good  cheer  for the dairy industry  as Fonterra lifts its forecast
    The big dairy co-op Fonterra  had  some Christmas  cheer to offer  its farmers this week, increasing its forecast farmgate milk price and earnings guidance for  the year after what it calls a strong start to the year. The forecast  midpoint for the 2023/24 season is up 25cs to $7.50 per ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • MICHAEL BASSETT: Modern Maori myths
    Michael Bassett writes – Many of the comments about the Coalition’s determination to wind back the dramatic Maorification of New Zealand of the last three years would have you believe the new government is engaged in a full-scale attack on Maori. In reality, all that is happening ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Dreams of eternal sunshine at a spotless COP28
    Mary Robinson asked Al Jaber a series of very simple, direct and highly pertinent questions and he responded with a high-octane public meltdown. Photos: Getty Images / montage: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR The hygiene effects of direct sunshine are making some inroads, perhaps for the very first time, on the normalised ‘deficit ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Oh, the irony
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – Appointed by new Labour PM Jacinda Ardern in 2018, Cindy Kiro headed the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) tasked with reviewing and recommending reforms to the welfare system. Kiro had been Children’s Commissioner during Helen Clark’s Labour government but returned to academia subsequently. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Transport Agencies don’t want Harbour Tunnels
    It seems even our transport agencies don’t want Labour’s harbour crossing plans. In August the previous government and Waka Kotahi announced their absurd preferred option the new harbour crossing that at the time was estimated to cost $35-45 billion. It included both road tunnels and a wiggly light rail tunnel ...
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Presents: Jurassic Park on 35mm
    Hi,Paying Webworm members such as yourself keep this thing running, so as 2023 draws to close, I wanted to do two things to say a giant, loud “THANKS”. Firstly — I’m giving away 10 Mister Organ blu-rays in New Zealand, and another 10 in America. More details down below.Secondly — ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Prime Minister's Dream.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • National’s new MP; the proud part-Maori boy raised in a state house
    Probably not since 1975 have we seen a government take office up against such a wall of protest and complaint. That was highlighted yesterday, the day that the new Parliament was sworn in, with news that King Tuheitia has called a national hui for late January to develop a ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Battlefield Earth – How War Fuels Climate Catastrophe
    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). War, conflict and climate change are tearing apart lives across the world. But these aren't separate harms - they're intricately connected. ...
    5 days ago
  • They do not speak for us, and they do not speak for the future
    These dire woeful and intolerant people have been so determinedly going about their small and petulant business, it’s hard to keep up. At the end of the new government’s first woeful week, Audrey Young took the time to count off its various acts of denigration of Te Ao Māori:Review the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Another attack on te reo
    The new white supremacist government made attacking te reo a key part of its platform, promising to rename government agencies and force them to "communicate primarily in English" (which they already do). But today they've gone further, by trying to cut the pay of public servants who speak te reo: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • For the record, the Beehive buzz can now be regarded as “official”
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Failed again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Government’s Assault On Maori
    This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Even so, Christopher Luxon has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. In the NZ Herald, Audrey Young has compiled a useful list of the many, many ways that ...
    5 days ago
  • Rising costs hit farmers hard, but  there’s more  positive news  for  them this  week 
    New Zealand’s dairy industry, the mainstay of the country’s export trade, has  been under  pressure  from rising  costs. Down on the  farm, this  has  been  hitting  hard. But there  was more positive news this week,  first   from the latest Fonterra GDT auction where  prices  rose,  and  then from  a  report ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    5 days ago
  • ROB MacCULLOCH:  Newshub and NZ Herald report misleading garbage about ACT’s van Veldon not follo...
    Rob MacCulloch writes –  In their rush to discredit the new government (which our MainStream Media regard as illegitimate and having no right to enact the democratic will of voters) the NZ Herald and Newshub are arguing ACT’s Deputy Leader Brooke van Veldon is not following Treasury advice ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Top 10 for Wednesday, December 6
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Eleven years of work.
    Well it didn’t take six months, but the leaks have begun. Yes the good ship Coalition has inadvertently released a confidential cabinet paper into the public domain, discussing their axing of Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs).Oops.Just when you were admiring how smoothly things were going for the new government, they’ve had ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Why we're missing out on sharply lower inflation
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • How Did We Get Here?
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Has the greenhouse effect been falsified?
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealaders  have  high expectations of  new  government:  now let’s see if it can deliver?
    The electorate has high expectations of the  new  government.  The question is: can  it  deliver?    Some  might  say  the  signs are not  promising. Protestors   are  already marching in the streets. The  new  Prime Minister has had  little experience of managing  very diverse politicians  in coalition. The economy he  ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    6 days ago
  • You won't believe some of the numbers you have to pull when you're a Finance Minister
    Nicola of Marsden:Yo, normies! We will fix your cost of living worries by giving you a tax cut of 150 dollars. 150! Cash money! Vote National.Various people who can read and count:Actually that's 150 over a fortnight. Not a week, which is how you usually express these things.And actually, it looks ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Pushback
    When this government came to power, it did so on an explicitly white supremacist platform. Undermining the Waitangi Tribunal, removing Māori representation in local government, over-riding the courts which had tried to make their foreshore and seabed legislation work, eradicating te reo from public life, and ultimately trying to repudiate ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Defence ministerial meeting meant Collins missed the Maori Party’s mischief-making capers in Parli...
    Buzz from the Beehive Maybe this is not the best time for our Minister of Defence to have gone overseas. Not when the Maori Party is inviting (or should that be inciting?) its followers to join a revolution in a post which promoted its protest plans with a picture of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Threats of war have been followed by an invitation to join the revolution – now let’s see how th...
     A Maori Party post on Instagram invited party followers to ….  Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti, Join the REVOLUTION! & make a stand!  Nationwide Action Day, All details in tiles swipe to see locations.  • This is our 1st hit out and tomorrow Tuesday the 5th is the opening ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Top 10 for Tuesday, December 4
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Nicola Willis' 'show me the money' moment
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • CRL costs money but also provides huge benefits
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    6 days ago
  • And I don't want the world to see us.
    Is this the most shambolic government in the history of New Zealand? Given that parliament hasn’t even opened they’ve managed quite a list of achievements to date.The Smokefree debacle trading lives for tax cuts, the Trumpian claims of bribery in the Media, an International award for indifference, and today the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Cooking the books
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis late yesterday stopped only slightly short of accusing her predecessor Grant Robertson of cooking the books. She complained that the Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU), due to be made public on December 20, would show “fiscal cliffs” that would amount to “billions of ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Most people don’t realize how much progress we’ve made on climate change
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    7 days ago
  • Of Parliamentary Oaths and Clive Boonham
    As a heads-up, I am not one of those people who stay awake at night thinking about weird Culture War nonsense. At least so far as the current Maori/Constitutional arrangements go. In fact, I actually consider it the least important issue facing the day to day lives of New ...
    7 days ago
  • Bearing True Allegiance?
    Strong Words: “We do not consent, we do not surrender, we do not cede, we do not submit; we, the indigenous, are rising. We do not buy into the colonial fictions this House is built upon. Te Pāti Māori pledges allegiance to our mokopuna, our whenua, and Te Tiriti o ...
    7 days ago
  • You cannot be serious
    Some days it feels like the only thing to say is: Seriously? No, really. Seriously?OneSomeone has used their health department access to share data about vaccinations and patients, and inform the world that New Zealanders have been dying in their hundreds of thousands from the evil vaccine. This of course is pure ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • A promise kept: govt pulls the plug on Lake Onslow scheme – but this saving of $16bn is denounced...
    Buzz from the Beehive After $21.8 million was spent on investigations, the plug has been pulled on the Lake Onslow pumped-hydro electricity scheme, The scheme –  that technically could have solved New Zealand’s looming energy shortage, according to its champions – was a key part of the defeated Labour government’s ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: The Maori Party and Oath of Allegiance
    If those elected to the Māori Seats refuse to take them, then what possible reason could the country have for retaining them?   Chris Trotter writes – Christmas is fast approaching, which, as it does every year, means gearing up for an abstruse general knowledge question. “Who was ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Forward to 2017
    The coalition party agreements are mainly about returning to 2017 when National lost power. They show commonalities but also some serious divergencies. Brian Easton writes The two coalition agreements – one National and ACT, the other National and New Zealand First – are more than policy documents. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Fossils
    When the new government promised to allow new offshore oil and gas exploration, they were warned that there would be international criticism and reputational damage. Naturally, they arrogantly denied any possibility that that would happen. And then they finally turned up at COP, to criticism from Palau, and a "fossil ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    Geoffrey Miller writes – New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the government’s smokefree laws debacle
    The most charitable explanation for National’s behaviour over the smokefree legislation is that they have dutifully fulfilled the wishes of the Big Tobacco lobby and then cast around – incompetently, as it turns out – for excuses that might sell this health policy U-turn to the public. The less charitable ...
    1 week ago
  • Top 10 links at 10 am for Monday, December 4
    As Deb Te Kawa writes in an op-ed, the new Government seems to have immediately bought itself fights with just about everyone. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere as of 10 am on Monday December 4, including:Palau’s President ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Be Honest.
    Let’s begin today by thinking about job interviews.During my career in Software Development I must have interviewed hundreds of people, hired at least a hundred, but few stick in the memory.I remember one guy who was so laid back he was practically horizontal, leaning back in his chair until his ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he left off. Peters sought to align ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Auckland rail tunnel the world’s most expensive
    Auckland’s city rail link is the most expensive rail project in the world per km, and the CRL boss has described the cost of infrastructure construction in Aotearoa as a crisis. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The 3.5 km City Rail Link (CRL) tunnel under Auckland’s CBD has cost ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • First big test coming
    The first big test of the new Government’s approach to Treaty matters is likely to be seen in the return of the Resource Management Act. RMA Minister Chris Bishop has confirmed that he intends to introduce legislation to repeal Labour’s recently passed Natural and Built Environments Act and its ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The Song of Saqua: Volume III
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    1 week ago
  • Chris Bishop: Smokin’
    Yes. Correct. It was an election result. And now we are the elected government. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    1 week ago

  • Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and flood-affected regions in the Hawke’s Bay. The visit reinforced the coalition Government’s commitment to support the region and better understand its ongoing requirements, Mr Mitchell says.  ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity
    New Zealand has joined the UK and other partners in condemning malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Government, Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau Judith Collins says. The statement follows the UK’s attribution today of malicious cyber activity impacting its domestic democratic institutions and processes, as well ...
    3 days ago
  • Disestablishment of Te Pūkenga begins
    The Government has begun the process of disestablishing Te Pūkenga as part of its 100-day plan, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills Penny Simmonds says.  “I have started putting that plan into action and have met with the chair and chief Executive of Te Pūkenga to advise them of my ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend COP28 in Dubai
    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will be leaving for Dubai today to attend COP28, the 28th annual UN climate summit, this week. Simon Watts says he will push for accelerated action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, deliver New Zealand’s national statement and connect with partner countries, private sector leaders ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to host 2024 Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins yesterday announced New Zealand will host next year’s South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM). “Having just returned from this year’s meeting in Nouméa, I witnessed first-hand the value of meeting with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security and defence matters. I welcome the opportunity to ...
    4 days ago
  • Study shows need to remove distractions in class
    The Government is committed to lifting school achievement in the basics and that starts with removing distractions so young people can focus on their learning, Education Minister Erica Stanford says.   The 2022 PISA results released this week found that Kiwi kids ranked 5th in the world for being distracted ...
    4 days ago
  • Minister sets expectations of Commissioner
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand needs a strong and stable ETS
    New Zealand needs a strong and stable Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that is well placed for the future, after emission units failed to sell for the fourth and final auction of the year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says.  At today’s auction, 15 million New Zealand units (NZUs) – each ...
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  • PISA results show urgent need to teach the basics
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  • Collins leaves for Pacific defence meeting
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