Sold out

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, February 16th, 2009 - 26 comments
Categories: crime, maori party, national/act government, privatisation - Tags: ,

According to the Dom Post Judith Collins is preparing legislation to reintroduce private prisons into New Zealand’s corrections system.

The arguments against privatisation are manifold and many of them have been covered at The Standard before. Bottom line for me is that the right to take an individual citzen’s liberty comes from a compact between a nation’s government and its citizenry. To introduce the profit motive into this delicate agreement is a subversion of democracy.

That said there will be plenty of people that will disagree with me. I wouldn’t have thought Pita Sharples would be one of them, but to quote the Dom:

She [Collins] said Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples, who is Associate Corrections Minister, supported allowing private contracts.

To be fair Sharples’ office has said they have “no policy” on the matter (which is nothing new for the Maori Party but surprising here considering Sharples has been a strong prison reform advocate in the past) but there is a real sense of who the boss is in this relationship.

I think the Maori Party will compromise on private prisons and Maori (who make up a massively disproportionate percentage of inmates) will suffer as a result.

I also think that to soften the blow the first private prison will be run by iwi and will be labeled as “bringing justice back to the community”. It won’t be.

26 comments on “Sold out ”

  1. John Dalley 1

    Seeing the two Judges in the US have just been exposed for sending youth prisoners to private prisons and lining their pockets at the same time, why would you want private prisons in NZ.

  2. cha 2

    On January 26th. two Pennsylvania judges were charged with taking $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to youth detention centers run by PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care

  3. Joe Blogger 3

    Didn’t the last National Government have privately run prisons? Can somebody advise what the situation was like then?

  4. cha 4

    Corrections Corporation of America announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.

  5. Joe Blogger. The only private faciltiy was the Auckland remand prison, approved by National it was actually opened early in Labour’s time in power (2000), and Labour brought it into public control in 2005. As a brand-new facility and only a remand facility it didn’t have some of the problems that proper prisons with older buildings have – many make a leap from that to thinking that it was better because it was private, not so.

  6. Quoth the Raven 6

    What should also be worrying too is the use of prison labour and its effects on the genuine labour market – as I/S points out. Workers are already losing their jobs due to this and it will put downward pressure on wages. Undoubtedly none of this would worry the elitist Sharples.

  7. Pascal's bookie 7

    kinda related,

    Blackwater has rebranded itself.
    It is now ‘xe’.
    Presumably they want something tricksier for prosecuters to pronounce.

    This makes me a little sad. There was something refreshingly honest and poetic about their old stylz. Now they are just something out of a trying-too-hard corporate dystopia novel.

    xe. ffs.

  8. Redbaiter 8

    “Seeing the two Judges in the US have just been exposed for sending youth prisoners to private prisons and lining their pockets at the same time, why would you want private prisons in NZ.”

    Oh yeah, two judges out of how many? ..and they were caught and punished. One thing about the c*mm*es, rational as all fuck.

    Privately run prisons are only objected to by the left on ideological grounds, not rational grounds, although they’ll never admit it, and they will always come up with the kind of pathetic shit that Dilley Dalley does to try and conceal that fact.

    Wake up c*mm*es- – your best angle of attack on this is the racist angle. Mainstream NZ does not want prisons run by so called maori or any race based group, and if National is not awake to this fact, then they’re as useless as tits on a bull.

  9. vto 9

    While generally being in favour of removing govt from where they shouldn’t be, one of govt’s core functions is law and order and justice. That cannot be denied (I think). As such, first up it doesn;t seem to make sense. What’s that old saying about sticking to your knitting?

    All the time and effort that will be expended on this could no doubt be put to better use improving the current service.

    Or concentrating on areas that are more obviously suited to govt removal – such as electoral law!

  10. Graeme 10

    I understood some Maori were quite big fans of the last privately run prison in New Zealand – believing it did a better job that state prisons. There was disappointment within some Maori communities at the 2005 change.

  11. senzafine 11

    I struggle to believe that prisons could be too much more corrupt than they are now.

    Maybe even a decent private organisation might be able to clean up what is fundamentally a corrupt and broken prison system.

  12. Redbaiter. Sharples wants prisons run by iwi, that’s why he and other Maori supported the first experiment at private prisons. So, you’ll be opposing proviate prisons if they are run by iwi? Prefer almost certianly foreign-owned companies just out to make as big a profit as possible in charge of the secure detention, and safety, of our criminals?

  13. Rex Widerstrom 13

    Bugger, this would come up on a day when I’m frantically busy…

    Two quick points…

    First, the right to take a citizen’s liberty should always rest with the state. But once it’s been taken then the argument about who has charge of him or her is one of practicality, not principle. It’s somewhat disingenuous to raise the issue in the terms of this post as though we’re talking private police not private prison guards.

    Second, there and many appalling private prison operators who (I would hope!) have no place in New Zealand. Fortunately their abuses are so well known they’re easily identified and weeded out of the tender process – or should be by any government not fixated purely on the bottom line.

    Give a private prison to one of the minority of operators who achieve excellent results, particularly in rehabilitation, and you’ll potentially achieve better outcomes than from state run prisons, which tend to be fiefdoms of the Superintendent and laws unto themselves.

    Tie the private operators’ incomes to outcomes we can all agree on, like reduced recidivism of released offenders (and throw in a few more controversial ones, like decent education and food) and you have the potential to achieve things which are beyond the moribund, public service mentality of the Corrections Department hierarchy.

    Given the personalities in play (Collins, Garrett, and their court jester McVicar) there is, of course, the danger that the wrong performance indicators are targeted and the whole thing turns to soup.

    But my point is that in principle, private prisons can be better than, the same as, or worse than their state equivalents – and there are examples of all three situations in operation as we debate this, so we have plenty of models. It’s all about how you introduce them. Let’s hope National doesn’t waste the opportunity in the name of appeasing the utu wing.

    Or, briefer still: What senzafine said.

  14. PaulL 14

    Let me get this straight. We did it before, the results were generally good, but they shouldn’t be looked at because it wasn’t quite the same thing.

    Would you at least accept that it wasn’t bad? And that it is legitimate to try? What exactly is going to go wrong that isn’t either already going wrong with our corrections system, or that we wouldn’t have seen go wrong somewhere else in the world (we aren’t the only country to have privately administered prisons you know).

    It is going to be like the probationary employment legislation. You guys were all against it (probably still are) and scare mongered about how the world would end. Because apparently NZ employers are far more unethical than the employers in all those countries that already had legislation like this on the books (something like 90% of the OECD wasn’t it?)

    I understand that you object to it philosophically. But National did win the election, and it is legitimate to give it a go on one or two prisons to see how it works out. And describing the Maori Party in such patronising terms as “here is a real sense of who the boss is in this relationship” is a bit rude. The only reason you describe it that way is that you assume, with no evidence, that the Maori Party oppose privately run prisons.

    Is there no room in your thought process that perhaps Pita Sharples looked at the evidence and decided it was worth a go? That perhaps experience from offshore is that prisoners in privately run prisons get a better go – the private operators are better incented to keep the prisoners happy and thereby reduce their costs?

  15. Lew 15

    SP, you (wrongly) assume RB represents or is anything like remotely a part of `mainstream NZ’.

    L

  16. PaulL. we only need to look to the international experience to see that private prisons are a very bad thing. In the US, assaults on guards are 49% higher and on prisoners 65% higher than in public prisons http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/bja/181249.pdf,and there aren’t any real cost savings, private prisons just cherry pick the cheaper prisoners and leave the public ones to carry the ost of the expensive ones (like private health) http://www.policymattersohio.org/pdf/prisexecsum.pdf. Many US state are now cutting private prison contracts.

    Why would we experiment when we can already see the bad results of other experimenting?

    All the Central Remand Prison showed was that a new prison is better than an old one. It still is a better prison now that it is run publicly.

  17. Redbaiter 17

    What happens to non-maori in prisons run by so called “maori”? (really just another power group intent on sucking as much as they can from the public purse under all kinds of false pretenses)

    [good question Reddy. Now, given some group has to control prisons, wouldn’t it be best that it is the group elected and accountable to us all, rather than some group responsible to an iwi elite or a small group of shareholders who are only interested in their profits? SP]

  18. Matthew Pilott 18

    What concerns me far more than this is if the deliverables for a private prison are financial, and if any aspect of the contract and management are kept confidential (i.e. govt and wacken-smack’em-hut are the only ones who know what the contract is worth, what the deliverables are and so on) on ‘commercial sensitivity’ grounds.

    If anyone wants a PPP they must realise that they’re receiving public funds and they can’t expect any contract confidentiality. Somehow I doubt National would care about this aspect, but they may surprise and prove me wrong.

  19. Quoth the Raven 19

    May I point out that a privately run prison doesn’t necessarily have to be a corporate run prison. I think it shows how bereft of imagination and intelligence the right is that whenever someone says private they say corporate. I for one would support a prison run by Iwi as “bringing justice back to the community’ but if that entails a corporate model, and with the neo-tribalists like Sharples it probably would, than I can’t support that.

  20. PaulL 20

    I think it shows how bereft of imagination and intelligence the left is that they assumed that private meant corporate. And that they would be prepared to rule out a deal that was cheaper for the public and better for prisoners purely on the basis of ideology.

    I was watching the Matrix the other day, and getting annoyed at the barely concealed religious nature of things. You know, the guy called Neo getting crucified etc etc. And the whole word “neo” – I dunno, it became a swear word somewhere along the way, when it just means “new”. The new-tribalists like Sharples. Was that an insult? What the hell does it mean anyway? One day you love collectivism (and what is a tribe but a collective), the next day it is all evil – so presumably you prefer the alternative of democratically elected government….oh, that’s right, you don’t like that so much either at the moment.

    Matthew Pilot: do you have to create a straw man of a secret contract so that you can dislike private prisons? Or could you dislike them just as much without that straw man? Seems to me plenty here just see profits as being the problem – anything that makes a profit must be bad. Especially if you made a profit running an essential service. Like, for example, selling food. Or electricity.

  21. Quoth the Raven 21

    PaulL – The new-tribalists like Sharples. Was that an insult? What the hell does it mean anyway? You can read about neo-tribalism here: The Rise and Rise of the Neotribal Elite. A few points from it:

    This means that there is no continuity between the traditional tribe and the contemporary tribe. Today’s iwi are not the same social structure as the traditional tribe. They are economic corporations controlled by an emergent capitalist elite.

    By becoming the owners of capitalisable property the tribes became economic corporations. Like all corporations in the capitalist global economy a corporation’s resources are not simply land, beaches, foreshore, ideas, airwaves and so on. Its resources are capitalised land, capitalised waters, capitalised ideas and the commodities produced from that capital.

    A pre-colonial ‘aristocratic’ elite has, within two decades, re-positioned itself as a contemporary elite, as the owners (or at the very least the controllers) of capitalised resources originally claimed as reparations for historical injustices to all Maori.

    One day you love collectivism (and what is a tribe but a collective), the next day it is all evil – so presumably you prefer the alternative of democratically elected government .oh, that’s right, you don’t like that so much either at the moment.

    When have I ever criticised collectivism? I was arguing for worker cooperatives a few threads ago. Can you gleam from the points above that I don’t think that those specific tribes are very collective? Democratic government is not the antithesis of collectivism. Democracy is quite collective. You seem to be be an avid follower of my comments. I have been criticising representative democracy not democracy itself.

  22. Rex Widerstrom 22

    SP: As I’ve said, the appalling performance (by any measure) of many private prison operators is well known. Less well known is the performance of the good ones… to levels which exceed those of state run prisons. Not that that’s exactly an insurmountable target.

    For instance have a look at the independent, government-funded, Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services’ report on privately run Acacia Prison [805kb pdf] in Western Australia. Some quotes from the Overview for those who cant be bothered reading the whole thing:

    One of the attractions of private sector participation in prison management is that a poor performer can be replaced.

    …the Inspector had been concerned that the original operator of Acacia was not performing to a satisfactory level, and certainly not providing a new benchmark for the public sector prisons to try to match. The first inspection (March/April 2003) had revealed substantial shortcomings, and the ongoing series of liaison visits by Inspectorate staff had demonstrated that those shortcomings had not been
    adequately addressed…

    Shortly thereafter, it was confirmed by the Government that Acacia would indeed be open to new bidders. Serco was successful, and commenced managing Acacia in May 2006.

    The broad conclusion is that the change of operator has been a very positive move. The performance of the prison had improved in numerous tangible ways. Indeed, as was stated at the Exit Debrief, Acacia was on the cusp of becoming a very good prison.

    …the new operator had been trying to make some quite radical changes before the supporting management processes and resource infrastructure were yet robust enough to support them. This was pointed out at the Exit Debrief (early December 2007), and Serco immediately commenced to respond constructively…

    Yet this has been achieved whil saving the taxpayer a significant amount of money – between $8 million and $15 million p.a. depending on whose estimate you believe. While that shouldn’t be the primary driver for private prisons, it’s nice if you can do that and create a good prison.

    Crucial to the success of the Acacia model is a contract betwen government and provider that rewards the meeting of targets that have an immediate positive effect on the prisoners and a longer-term positive effect on the community when they’re released.

    The contract for Acacia runs to 116 pages and a further 280 pages of schedules. Money is withheld from Serco and paid only if the prison meets performance measures in relation to:
    – serious assaults
    – serious acts of self harm by prisoners
    – accurate completion of incident reports
    – the number of positive urinalysis tests
    – meeting agreed staffing levels
    – completing sentence planning reviews on time
    – delivering treatment programs on schedule
    – education and training targets
    – the management of social visits,
    – providing prisoners with structured activities for 30 hours per week
    – the proportion of Aboriginal prisoners in standard and enhanced accommodation.

    A further five percent of the total fee (up to a maximum of $250,000) is set aside for a separate payment to reflect ‘innovation’.

    On the other side of the ledger, the contract also provides specific penalties of $100,000 (plus a CPI increase) for:
    – any escape
    – loss of control
    – death in custody (other than from natural causes)

    A lesser amount of $20,000 applies to serious failures to report information and failures to comply with ‘Performance Improvement Requests’.

    As an advocate for better prisons the potential inherent in a properly managed PPP on prisons gives me the greatest hope of seeing an improvement, since a wise government can apply financial incentives and disincentives to ensure the private operator produces the outcomes the government wants. It’s a tool not available in state prisons where accountability is nominal at best, and certainly far more indirect than the size of the pay cheque.

    I’d hope, Steve, that you and others on the left would be, first and foremost, in favour of anything that improved the lives of prisoners and better protected society from recidivism, regardless of the means used to achieve it.

    Yet in your opposition to private prisons I see the mirror image of the “ideology is more important than outcomes” attitude which – ironically, also today – I’ve called right wingers on at Kiwiblog in relation to their support of “three strikes” legislation.

    [Oh geez, apologies all for the length of this comment].

  23. Redbaiter 23

    “wouldn’t it be best that it is the group elected and accountable to us all,”

    Well Mr. Pierson, maybe you can point out where there might be lack of accountability in the scenario outlined by the good Mr. Widerstrom above. I really can’t see any.

    Good post Rex.

  24. Rex Widerstrom 24

    A question…

    Over on Kiwiblog I asked Rodney Hide to justify his claim that 77 people would be alive today if the three strikes law had been enacted.

    He replied (and I have to say my hat’s off to any MP, let alone a Minister, who’ll come and talk directly to us plebs) and, inter alia, said:

    …at the time of the election there were 77 inmates in jail for murder who had already served three separate terms in jail for violent offences, i.e. strike offences as set out in ACT’s Three Strikes Bill.

    Other commenters then pointed out the Herald had said:

    Burton, who appeared in a wheelchair due to an amputated leg, is believed to be the first New Zealander to have been sentenced to jail twice for murder, although there have been others that have killed two or more people.

    Asked to clarify the previous offences of the 77, Rodney said:

    I don’t know. The information is the result of a long and tortuous Official Information Request by David Garrett and the only thing supplied were the raw statistics that I have quoted. Not the names of the offenders.

    So, does anyone out there have any reliable statistics on recidivist murderers in NZ? The 77 figure surprises me, and if it’s correct suggests a far, far deeper problem than I’d imagined existed.

  25. Matthew Pilott 25

    Rex – the three strikes applies to crimes that aren’t as severe as murder, I gather (rape, violent assault and similar). Those ’77’ might have committed lesser offences for their first 2, following up with a death in the third – that does seem to be a high number though, for a very specific combination.

    Rex also – did you see the contract between the government and the crown when Auckland Remand prison was privately run? I ask because I don’t think anyone did – one of many problems with farming out the core functions of the state to the private sector.

    I understand your view that the ends justify the means (outcome over ideology) – so lets consider that outcome. You’re taking it from the point of view that they will do well, and that that would be a good thing. As your Australian exampe shows, where there is success, inevitably, there is failure.

    What if they fail? If those criteria are not met, they lose money, but we’re in danger, prisoners have been failed by the system (if not outright abused) and a core element of the running of the state has been inadequately performed – all over money.

    I don’t think that withholding money from a private corporation is adequate recompense to the public for our society being more dangerous if/when a private company fails prisioners. Do you?

  26. Rex Widerstrom 26

    Matthew:

    I suspect you’re right about the 77, but I’d like to see Rodney or Garrett lay out the details. Especially since, as I pointed out to him, the statisics for “violent” crime in NZ include threats of violence. By those standards, there’s more than a few blog commenters I can think of who are well past their third strike 😉

    No I didn’t see the contract (but then I didn’t specifically search it out) but it’s appalling no one seems to have. Didn’t anyone try an OIA? Some Parliamentary Questions? The contract I’ve quoted from above is available on the web with only small parts excised which relate to security initiatives. Not having it public suggests at best no decent performance monitoring and at worst a tacit approval of some very dodgy practices.

    I don’t think that withholding money from a private corporation is adequate recompense to the public for our society being more dangerous if/when a private company fails prisioners. Do you?

    Absolutely not. But in the event that something horrendous came to light – torture of prisoners, beatings by guards etc – then there’s provision for immediate intervention by the state, perhaps throwing the private operator out and taking over.

    And constant monitoring by the state, by independent inspectorates, by NGOs – like the Prison Reform Group or, in NZ, PARS – and by prisoners’ families ensures any abuses are quickly reported.

    Abuses can and have happened in state run prisons too. Mostly they’re what I’d call negligent abuses – failing to get external medical treatment for prisoners, messing around with visits by family members who in some cases have traveled hundreds of miles only to be told the prisoner’s visits have been cancelled for some minor disciplinary infraction, and so on.

    What I have invariably found is that a private prison, fearful of a hit to the wallet, will respond quickly and effectively to complaints about such things whereas a state run prison will simply filibuster.

    Ultimately, what best constrains correctional institutions is society’s level of tolerance. When society consists of braying rednecks then Sherrif Joe becomes a hero and his charges suffer.

    For so long as New Zealanders retain their humanity, no private prison operator (or public one for that matter) will stray too far. But if that humanity is abandoned, it seems to go forever… I mean can anyone imagine Sheriff Joe now being reined back in?

    Which is why, for me at least, this debate is more than just academic.

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    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    5 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    5 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    6 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Making it easier to build granny flats
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    5 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    5 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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    7 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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    7 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
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    1 week ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
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