Some advice for the Greens

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, October 11th, 2009 - 65 comments
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The Greens are continuing their idiotic policy of “neither left nor right” today with a calculated smear of Sue Bradford in the Sunday Star Times.

As far as I can see the story has been fed out by someone high in the party as a way of distancing the Greens from Bradford and her Left politics. In classic good cop/bad cop style the anonymous source (who is highly likely to be a senior staffer who is speaking with Norman’s blessing) describes Bradford as “blackmailing” the party while Norman takes the line that social justice is still as important for the Greens as before. He even uses a platitude about not forgetting his working class roots. Does anyone else find this reminiscent of Key’s “born in a state house” shtick?

Aside from the fact “social justice” is a coded way of avoiding (and being seen to be avoiding) the term “Left wing”, the piece is representative of the belief held by some senior party members that Bradford costs them votes.

Unfortunately in true Green style there’s nothing quantifiable that proves this because the Greens don’t do market research. They’re running off gut feelings influenced too heavily by right-wing punditry. And that approach will see them out of parliament in 2011 if they don’t sharpen their act.

I’ve been around the game a long time and right now I’m watching the Greens running a rebranding exercise driven in no small part by the opinions of Norman and a handful of people around him. That would be fine if it was likely to work but the problem is there’s now an echo-chamber in the Greens that is operating without any real-world measurables. That is very dangerous. If the Greens disappear from parliament in 2011 the Left will have a long time to wait until we get back around the cabinet table.

So here’s some friendly advice to The Greens from a long-time supporter:

Before you shift your brand away from the Left any further do some research. Start by surveying your activists (note: your activists are not necessarily your members) then canvas 1000 Green voters nationwide. I’d recommend you use your access to the roll to identify a pool of likely Green voters and ask a series of “on a scale of one to five how important are [insert social justice/environmental policy here]” questions. My gut instinct is that 40-50% of Green voters are significantly influenced by social justice and an even larger percentage of your activists get out there and do your campaigning for the same reasons. If I’m right then your current brand strategy will be deadly to your electoral chances.

When you do this surveying include questions about how your MPs are perceived.

Quit spending so much time listening to the right. It would suit National to see your party disappear and even though they aren’t saying that their proxies are. Their proxies are also running the line that your environmental policies are anathema to business and progress. If you think the support you are going to lose from the left will be replaced by blue-green votes you’re kidding yourselves.

Talk to Labour and the unions. Sue was your strongest connect to both Labour and the union movement and your party has had a lot of informal organisational support from members of both of these institutions. Attacking Sue like this is going to burn that support off very quickly and it’s not going to be replaced by support from organisations on the right.

Do this quickly. Right now Labour will be asking itself whether the best strategy is to help you across the line in 2011 or to cut its losses and try to cannabalise your vote. At the moment you can rely on certain demographics such as students to vote Green but in a few years the face of the Labour Party will be a lot younger and more attractive to these demographics. And they have an organising machine you simply don’t possess. Right now while you’re not doing quantifiable research into how your brand shift is affecting your chances I can guarantee that Labour is (and National will be as well).

Like I said the Greens are a vital part of the Left in this country and if they go under we could be looking at a three term tory government. I was a long time Green supporter and activist and the last thing I want to see is the Greens vanish but I’ve got a feeling that’s an increasingly probable outcome.

And one last piece of advice: you’re not players and counter-productive politicking like today’s attack on Sue doesn’t make you players. Unless you count playing yourselves for suckers.

65 comments on “Some advice for the Greens”

  1. Jenny 1

    Irish Bill, whoever you are are. You are right on the money. It even amazes me how many times in the past couple of years the Greens have been to the right of Greenpeace.

  2. Bill 2

    Go back to the first time the greens got over the 5%. I can’t remember the year, but I do remember some very pissed off crusties who had worked hard for the Greens election chances telling me how they had turned up for the post election party and been frozen out.

    And that is and always has been the problem for the Greens (I believe). When it comes right down to it they are a decidedly middle class ‘salve your conscience’ party who recoil in horror at the merest whiff of the unwashed masses.

    And the unwashed masses are being increasingly picked up by the right because (1) they feel ( correctly) abandoned and betrayed by Labour and (2) would sooner join a pitchfork and torches posse hunting down middle class Greenies than vote for or be associated with them.

    And the Greens have only themselves to blame.

    So when the parameters of the new orthodoxy born of the capitalist/environmentalist divide have bedded in and the working class has been left right out of consideration; when under instructions from a rising Right Wing they are reaching for those pitchforks and torches then, hell…. anything that burns nicely might well be fair game in my book at that juncture.

  3. George D 3

    I’m not as sure as you about the motivations of this source. They may have thought that they were helping keep the party left by making this public – naively, as the media in NZ are always looking to destroy left-wing politics in favour of the soft-Neoliberalism that Labour and National peddle.

    Norman refuses to make the Greens publicly position themselves on the issues that matter to NZers; their economic security, their health, their children’s education, etc, instead preferring to be a ghetto party. They do care about those issues, they just say that since they’ll be a minor coalition partner it’s best that they concentrate their campaigning on other issues. It’s very stupid – you shouldn’t have to choose as a party and make voters feel like they’re choosing between their wellbeing and conscience issues..

    You can understand the Green conumdrum – distancing themselves from the centre-right uselessness that is the New Zealand Labour Party means they’ve got nowhere to go. I thought that the relationship would repair when Helen Clark left, but instead we got Phil Goff, who is driving Labour even further from being able to work with the Greens.

    Will the Greens disappear? Probably. Parties without coalition partners are usually doomed.

    • IrishBill 3.1

      GD, if they were pro-Left they wouldn’t have used the term “blackmail”. You’re also wrong about the Labour party, the relationship with the Greens was starting to grow nicely at a party and backbench level but a lot of that was to do with Sue. Go figure.

      • George D 3.1.1

        I don’t actually care what the personal level relationship was, to be perfectly honest. I’m no longer in the NZ Greens for a number of reasons, but I was sick of getting on well with Labour activists, and having them say nice things, and then getting shafted on real (not aspirational nice words) policy.

        On most policy issues Labour and the Greens are no closer or further apart than they have been at any time in the last decade, and on a number the gulf has widened considerably.

  4. Monty 4

    Irish – you say “and the last thing I want to see is the Greens vanish but I’ve got a feeling that’s an increasingly probable outcome” – I agree with the second – but not the first part of that statement.

    The Greens will suffer because Labour will take away the necessary 1-2% of their support required for the Greenies to stay above the necessary 5%. I suspect the only reason the Greenies are in Parliament now is because theybenefited from being an alternate to Labour for those who could not bring themselves to vote for National at the last electrion.

    Once Bradford leaves (and Genetic) then the biggest issue for the Greenies will be getting enough oxygen in the media. No Oxygen and the smile on my face will spread from ear to ear as the support base dwindles.

    The future of NZ will be dependant upon no lunitics hi-jacking of a progressive and sensible sustainable economic agenda.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      Who’s progressive and sensible sustainable economic agenda are you referring to?

      Labour is decidedly in the capitalist camp and that doesn’t have anything to do with sustainability. Admittedly, the Greens don’t get economics either. Actually, I’m reasonably certain that there isn’t a party that does.

      • RedLogix 4.1.1

        Actually, I’m reasonably certain that there isn’t a party that does.

        Can I despair now? Or polish off this remarkably drinkable strawberry wine we found at the local farmer’s market yesterday? Sighs… choices, choices.

      • Ag 4.1.2

        It’s insane, isn’t it?

        It makes me want to start a blog, but then I remember that people don’t care about reason and evidence in politics any more.

  5. Chris 5

    Musing about the fate of the ‘left’ is everywhere these days…

    http://www.energybulletin.net/node/50312

  6. Bill 6

    From the SST “Turei said the party, not the caucus, made the decision over its relations with National and Labour.”

    Can somebody please explain how that squares with the MoU? There was widespread consultation within the party on the detail and broad thrust? Given the hooks in the MoU I doubt it. But I’ll gladly bang my cynicism on the head if corrected.

    • outofbed 6.1

      I’ll think you will find that MOU squares with the Green party to work with which ever party it could share common ground.
      When they announced the ” league table” of things of policies that could work with with the other parties prior to the election , the press re framed this as the Greens going with Labour as they had more policies is common . This in no way invalidated the original statement
      which was to work on policies with whomever where they could make environmental gains The Mou flowed on from there, totally consistently with the widely canvassed party position.
      It was naive of course to expect the press to report this accurately.
      Which of course they didn’t and the vote dropped 1.5% in the week prior to the election. The lesson of course is not to make nuanced policy statements to the Neanderthal press that we have in NZ

      • Bill 6.1.1

        Nah.
        You miss my point. Sure, work with whoever on whatever issues. But that MoU is a millstone around the neck of the Greens in the parliamentary pond. What, if any, was the consultation process within the party before its signing?

  7. mike 7

    “is representative of the belief held by some senior party members that Bradford costs them votes”

    That’s one of the biggest under statements I’ve heard here. That woman polarised voters and most definitely cost the Greens votes – not to mention her anti-smacking agenda which had a fair bit to do with Labours demise.

    Having said that I think the Greens will continue to disappoint – they are becoming more irrelevant everyday.

  8. outofbed 8

    Interesting take IB
    Lets start with

    Unfortunately in true Green style there’s nothing quantifiable that proves this because the Greens don’t do market research. They’re running off gut feelings influenced too heavily by right-wing punditry.

    I’m sorry that is completely wrong a huge market research study was commissioned and undertaken a couple of years ago at considerable cost
    And as for surveying the Members
    Well a huge survey was sent out to all members earlier on this year and asked exactly the questions you have proposed. It had a really great response rate and there were some really interesting results, if you were a GP member you should have been emailed or snail mailed a copy

    I don’t think you will find there is much tension between the social Justice side and the environmental sides of the part,y certainly a lot less then different wings of other major political parties
    I think there is general agreement in trying to frame the GP as not a leftwing ( in the traditional sense ) Party but as the party of sustainability. I think that reading the GP charter tells it like it is

    Jenny says

    You are right on the money. It even amazes me how many times in the past couple of years the Greens have been to the right of Greenpeace.

    I’m sorry i don’t understand that please furnish some examples to help get a handle on what you are trying to say

    • BLiP 8.1

      Dr’s Brash And Bollard On The Right Track, Says Dr Norman

      • outofbed 8.1.1

        to much wine at sunday lunch BLIP ?

        • BLiP 8.1.1.1

          You’d think so, eh? But in fact that’s the actual headline on a press release issued by the Green Party. I know its supposedly about capital gains tax but its the headline I remember. Funny thing is, having been disenfranchised previously by the MoU what annoys me most is the poor punctuation.

          • outofbed 8.1.1.1.1

            😉

          • George D 8.1.1.1.2

            For goodness sake. The press release was tongue in cheek, because you will find no bigger critics in parliament of the neoliberalism of the Reserve Bank and Treasury that Labour and National have so thoroughly endorsed.

            That Norman agrees with the Reserve Bank on anything is such a rarity that it deserves attention. Cullen and Phil Goff, on the other hand.

            Now, I have criticisms of Norman, but being a neoliberal is not one.

    • BLiP 8.2

      Green & National Parties Announce Shared Policy Initiatives

    • IrishBill 8.3

      Sorry OOB, but a survey of members isn’t a survey of voters. I know for a fact there is tension in the party and that it’s not healthy. I also know there is serious disquiet amongst green supporters. I’ve talked with a couple today who have never been members but who have voted Green since the party began and are concerned about this swing.

      • outofbed 8.3.1

        I know where you are coming from but I would imagine most of the activists are members and they have been surveyed
        And as for surveying voters, I understand this is in the pipeline

        I find it interesting that you make the comment that there is serious disquiet amongst Green supporters.
        I can honestly say that isn’t my experience. There is healthy discourse yes but certainly not disquiet. But then again I don’t get out much.:-)
        However I do agree there is a disconnect with working class,
        Maori and Pacific Islanders. which is strange when one considers the Greens record on workers rights , treaty acknowledgement
        and how AGW adversely will affect many Pacific nations.
        It would seem that most of the Green support comes from the fairly highly qualified middle classes, not a large amount of the population to grow the vote.it would seem

        • IrishBill 8.3.1.1

          In the elections in which I’ve campaigned for the Greens most of the people I’ve been out flyering or putting up hoardings with have been supporters but not members. In fact on most occasions there’s been at least one Labour party member helping out. It might just be the circles I run in but the sense I get is that a lot of the Green’s activists are not members.

          The majority of people I socialise with are also Green voters and many of them have voiced disquiet about the party and the way Bradford has gone. I’d be interested to see if the surveying of voters matches my experiences.

          • BLiP 8.3.1.1.1

            Yep. I can vouch for that. I’ve voted for them, espoused the policy, spoken on their behalf to friends and family, delivered pamphlets, helped put up hoardings, and have never been a member. All seems such a waste now.

            • Bill 8.3.1.1.1.1

              What is being over-looked is a fairly obvious bias in party memberships. If I’m working class, my time is all used up and so I’m unlikely to be a member of any party.

              But if I’m a liberal minded middle class time to kill type of person, then…

              So the party is extremely bias/weighted to a catered for middle class who treat everything on a feel good theoretical basis rather than on a day to day reality basis.

              Has the Green Party taken this in to account when it claims democratic integrity by protesting that ‘the party decides’?

          • Akldnut 8.3.1.1.2

            Yep Irishbill, I’ve never voted Greens but I’ve dropped off their pamphlets at the same time as Labour pamphlets through-out West Akld 🙂

  9. dave 9

    The Maori Party has filled the gap – and led the way – where the Greens have failed. The Greens did not move to the right because Bradford was there. Now she has gone, it can. So instead of the Greens getting a ministerial post, the Maori Party has two. Sue Bradford appreciates “her opponents” about as much as Don Brash does.Bradford only wants to work with other parties on her terms – and even her own party is not aligned with her terms. So Bradford’s parliamentary term is over now that the smacking issue has died – because its not about her anymore. The smacking issue was a smokescreen to hide deeper party issues.

  10. dave 10

    out of bed
    Great fisk! Best I’ve seen. ( capcha ‘blue” )

  11. outofbed – “I don’t think you will find there is much tension between the social Justice side and the environmental sides of the part,y certainly a lot less then different wings of other major political parties”

    This to me shows you up as a mad spinner, there is a divide and it has been growing over the last 5 years especially. Do not try and avoid the fact, go along to the meetings, hear what members and interested voters have to say, the green leadership cannot sit back and assume the advice they are getting from the staff in Wellington is all they need. Forget the grassroots at your peril

    • outofbed 11.1

      I am not a mad spinner I just haven’t seen that divide that you speak of and i do go to meetings, honest (2 next week in fact)

  12. Adam Jarvis 12

    Bill, your post sums up my thoughts (and i’m sure many others) regarding the Greens lately.

    I voted and campaigned for them last election, but lately i’ve been feeling as if the only way I would considering doing so again is if they came dangerously close to the 5% threshold.

  13. Rex Widerstrom 13

    Anyone who knew Sue Bradford even peripherally would know she’s not the sort of person you put into Parliament and then expect to happily toe the party line on everything… or maybe anything.

    The Greens are Parliament’s most democratic party in terms of their internal workings – leadership selection, list ranking etc – yet it seems even they are inclined toward a tribal “you’re either with us or against us” mentality. And also, it seems, slipping quickly into an insular “professional politician” model.

    Labour, of course, have long been the Parlaiment’s Most Paranoid Party, with instant explusion the penalty for any MP speaking out or voting against a “caucus resolution” (which is why Labour PMs have had top-heavy Executives, stuffed with Ministers outside Cabinet, to ensure Ministers – bound by Cabinet collective – outnumbered backbenchers).

    National will pretend to tolerate a Minogue or a Peters for a while, sending them to Coventry in best public schoolboy style and hoping desperately they’ll spit the dummy and resign so the party can claim to “welcome debate”.

    All of which suggests political parties are an 18th century anachronism, due for an overhaul and perhaps consignment to a period of history when MPs didn’t have the resources or tools to remain connected to their electorates and had to band together against “the enemy”.

    Increasingly however they are the enemy as they behave collectively in ways that we, whom they nominally represent, find unacceptable.

    • BLiP 13.1

      Spot on, Rex.

      Politicians have devolved their role as Leader into one of Manager and whether they know it or not they now sit in Parliament like rows of big-business cock puppets – and the Greens have just joined the circus.

      I will never forget my disgust at a public meeting Otahuhu where Anderton stood up and told us all how it was in the best interests of the people to have our civil liberties stipped away to protect us from terrorists. How long before we all wake up?

      • Rex Widerstrom 13.1.1

        Disgust but not, I hope, surprise. Look up “control freak” in the dictionary and there’s a picture of Jim (it’s right beneath the entry for “freak of nature” which features a photo of Peter Dunne’s hair).

  14. gobsmacked 14

    Don’t worry, Sue Bradford will soon be treated by the media and opponents as a fine stateswoman, voice of reason, “you knew where she stood”, etc.

    Rod Donald currently fills this role. Every MSM report on the Greens seems to contain the obligatory comment that things were different under Reasonable Rod, how much he is missed, would have sorted out the Greens’ problems in a trice, good ol’ Rod.

    Of course he is missed, very much. But what those media commentaries forget to mention is that when he actually was leading the Greens … well, he was a dangerous, daffy, demented devil and dinosaur. According to the same MSM.

    Basically, 90% of media commentary on the Greens is superficial and predictable, always has been. Ignore it.

    • BLiP 14.1

      Ignore it at your peril. Rather: read it, check the facts, consider opposing points of views, think about it and become active. A passive response to the media is to surrender.

  15. rocky 15

    Great post Irish.

    I can’t believe Sue Bradford threatening to resign if the Greens position were to go with either Labour or National is being called blackmail. I’m a Labour member but have always voted Green, and I wouldn’t vote Green if they took that position. The last thing I want to see is the Green’s propping up a right wing government.

    So if being principled and taking a stand is supposedly now “blackmail”, how can you ensure your party continues moving in the right direction and stays true to its values?

    I’m worried about the Greens. I want them there as a radical left voice pulling Labour in the right direction. But if they continue down the path they seem to be under the new co-leaders, I’m not sure if my support will continue. The Greens really need to find someone to replace Sue Bradford.

    • RedLogix 15.1

      @Rocky,

      Thanks… that articulates exactly my position as well. The simplest and most effective way forward for the left as a whole to thrive (and that is my primary interest)… is for Labour to continue to contest the socially conservative and economic centre vote and to co-operatively work with the Greens to represent those who are firmly left of centre.

      The trick to pulling it off is for the two parties to understand what each is doing, and co-operate wherever possible on a no-surprises basis. Moreover it would be a simple positioning that the electorate could readily understand and accept. So far Russel Norman’s track record in this respect has been very poor, he’s been giving mixed messages, confusing his support base and burning off good-will within Labour. Changes needed.

      • George D 15.1.1

        Why can’t Labour be left wing? (It isn’t, it’s centre right by international standards)

        Or are you saying that New Zealanders don’t want a left wing government?

        • IrishBill 15.1.1.1

          Labour should be Left wing. My impression is that they will become more so over the next few terms. We’ll just have to wait and see though.

          Also George, I’d appreciate it if you had the guts to insult us here rather than skulking over to the Dim Post to take your cheap shots.

        • RedLogix 15.1.1.2

          All I am saying is that the total left vote is probably too diverse a beast to be properly represented by only one Party.

          If Labour swung strongly left, it would merely invite attack from the corporate media and run the very real risk of loosing a lot of swing and socially conservative voters.

          • IrishBill 15.1.1.2.1

            I disagree with you on that Red, especially the “socially conservative” comment. There’s no reason that the socially conservative can’t be brought along with a Left economic swing.

            • RedLogix 15.1.1.2.1.1

              @IB,

              In principle yes, but in practise what I have in mind is the two axis political compass that really spreads Labour and the Greens quite far apart.

              And other ideas like the ‘8 Tribes’ model which would have Labour being the natural home of the Papatoetoe and Grey Lynn tribes, and the Greens corresponding largely to the Raglan and Cuba St tribes. These are all hugely diverse social groups in this country, and I’m not at all sure how one party can effectively connect across such disparate groupings.

        • rocky 15.1.1.3

          Labour need to be left, and most of the time they are. Yes George I agree that there are areas where Labour seems more right than left.

          In any case though, whether Labour is centre-left or centre-right, the reality is they will never be able to be true left and still garner enough support to form a government.

          At the end of the day, when I talk to Labour activists and Green activists, I don’t notice any difference in ideology. The difference lies in the strategy to achieve our aims. In my view, Labour and the Greens are both totally necessary, and as RedLogix said, both parties need to understand what the others purpose is, and cooperate accordingly.

          Of course it has been Labour in my view causing problems in the relationship with the Greens more than the other way around.

          • RedLogix 15.1.1.3.1

            Of course it has been Labour in my view causing problems in the relationship with the Greens more than the other way around.

            Well I guess everyone is entitled to their view of the story, and trying to sort through the minutiae of the ins and outs of the whole sorry saga would likely be soul destroying.

            In the end, restoring trust and working relationships probably means a few people sitting down to some large helpings of humble pie.

    • Ari 15.2

      Someone to fill Sue B’s ridiculously awesome shoes would be good.

      I really don’t think Sue would have been put in a position where she had to decide that sort of thing any time soon. National would need to make some major concessions to get support votes out of the Greens.

    • George.com 15.3

      I am generally in agreement. Exactly how the Greens and Labour can get themselves sorted out to form strong bonds is for debate. The present economic and envronmental morass and some potential for more, the last we really need is ‘blue-green’. That just means more of the same, business as usual. It doesn’t throw up any great solutions or alternatives. A continuation of the Labour lethargy we saw in some parts of its 9 years of government is not the answer either. ‘Not scaring the horses’ isn’t really an option anymore. Continuing engagement with ‘blue-green’ certainly isn’t the answer.

      Case in point, some people think electric cars is the answer to an oil reduced and carbon reduced future (I am not so sure about that however myself). If it is to be the future answer, where is the planning, where is the debate, where are the estimates, where is the blueprint to infrastructure, recharging facilities, new power plants, forms of electricity generation, pricing incentives to usher it in, concerted energy conservation in other areas of the economy etc? This is the type of project the greens and labour could collaborate on.

      rob

    • QoT 15.4

      Agreed on all counts, rocky.

  16. IrishBill 16

    Red, I don’t put much stock in the 8 tribes stuff. In my experience there are some basic tenets of economic justice that work well across multiple demographics. Except, of course, the unique and tiny demographic that face losing their hegemony if these tenets are put in place.

    The problem is this is also the demographic that has the capacity to make major donations to political parties or buy ink by the barrel. However there are ways around both of these obstacles.

    • RedLogix 16.1

      IB, fundamentally I totally agree with you. We are really arguing, as Rocky sagely put’s it, matters of strategy and style.

      For instance I personally identify myself as a pan-left sort of person. It means I happily donate to Labour, belong to a union (the EPMU) and give cash to back workers in various disputes. When debating here on The Standard I probably feel more at home with Labour Party issues than I do with Green Party ones.

      Yet paradoxically at the same time I’m a paid up member of the Green Party and I vote for them in elections. I do this because I believe in much of what they are trying to do. Go figure this mess.

      Without wanting in the least to gainsay what you are saying IB, I still feel there is a very real place for both parties, and ways for them to work synergistically in the interests of those fundamentals we both agree on.

      • IrishBill 16.1.1

        Red, I absolutely agree with the need for both parties but my fear is that my relegating their Left the Greens may find themselves struggling to survive. That would be a tragedy for the parliamentary Left.

  17. Rob A 17

    I wonder if there has been a survey done in the past few years of National voters who would go with the Greens if they were a true environmental party. I couldn’t find anything on the web but would be amazed if its never been done by anybody.

    • RedLogix 17.1

      Depends what you mean by ‘true environmental party’. One of the fundamental tenets of the Green movement has been the notion that the environment as a whole, the economy and human progress are inextricably linked in a three-way dance.

      By contrast, a failed economic model based on the insane notion of limitless growth, a deeply selfish notion of winner takes all, that leaves billions in the helpless grip of poverty, societies that perpetuate injustice and enforce unwarranted privilege with violent brutal modes of thinking… are all profoundly connected to environmental degradation.

      In many ways the Green model of social justice is a work in progress. It has of course many roots to which it owes it’s heritage.. but none of them seem to link in anyway to the greedy, destructive impulses that motivates the capitalist elites.

  18. Bill 18

    And so what I read from all this at the end of the day is that Sue stepping down from parliament is a cue to reconstitute the true left… the extra-parliamentary left.

    ‘Cause what’s left in parliamentary politics now?

  19. Nanoo 19

    Key will soon appoint former Green Party leader Jeanette Fitzsimons to a prominent position. Its part of an internal National strategy, which has been cooking for a number of years now, to neutralise the Greens, take away some of their ground on environmental issues, and remove some potential criticisms of National and its emissions trading scheme. You heard it here first 😉

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    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    3 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    3 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    4 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    4 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    5 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    5 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    6 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    6 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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