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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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  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    7 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    7 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    17 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    7 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
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    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
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    2 weeks ago

  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    6 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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    8 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
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    9 hours ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
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    9 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
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    9 hours ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
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    16 hours ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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    16 hours ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
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    1 day ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
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    1 day ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
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    2 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    2 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    2 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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    2 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    4 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    7 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    7 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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