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Starving the beast

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, March 17th, 2009 - 60 comments
Categories: national/act government, public services - Tags: , ,

Before the election National promised that the public service would be capped, not cut. That promise was betrayed a long time ago, but what hasn’t been known up til now is the extent to which they are cutting it.

You’ll recall a month back Consumer Affairs Minister Heather Roy let slip that across-the-board cuts of 10 per cent were on the table. Her office quickly backed away from the claims and Bill English assured us no across-the-board figure had been applied.

As is becoming increasingly routine with this government, it turns out they were lying.

Documents obtained by the Dominion Post under the OIA confirm that National is in fact looking for across-the-board cuts, at a level of – you guessed it – 10%. Here’s what Bill English told public sector heads:

“Using your detailed knowledge of both the department and sector … can you identify the spending that delivers the lowest value for money, say, the bottom 5 per cent and 10 per cent.”

The paper said chief executives should look at whether a programme was in the public interest and was still relevant “given changing needs, priorities and governments”.

They’ll spin this as being a response to the recession. But to use English’s own words, these public service cuts are “part of a long game, not just a quick hunt for savings”.

That “long game” is to run down the public sector and divert that money into the pockets of the rich. It’s been the right-wing project since Thatcher and Reagan – to “starve the beast” and redistribute the wealth upwards. How else do you think National are going to afford to bring the top tax rate down to 30 per cent?

60 comments on “Starving the beast”

  1. BLiP 1

    Anything and everything John Key and his gang of villains say and have said in the past cannot be trusted.

    • Tane 1.1

      Trust?

      Careful there BLiP, you’ll start sounding like those crazy conspiracy theorists in the Labour Party who warned us before the election that John Key’s centrism was a facade and that National had some kind of secret right-wing agenda they weren’t telling us about.

      Oh, how we laughed at them.

      • r0b 1.1.1

        Oh, how we laughed at them.

        Told ya so! Told ya so! Nyah Nyah!

        Nope, that didn’t help. It’s still a bloody tragedy for the working people of this country. As I lamented in some other recent comment – why must we always learn the hard way?

        • Tane 1.1.1.1

          Yeah, it’s a hollow kind of vindication, I’ll give you that.

          • r0b 1.1.1.1.1

            Hollow in the short term. In the long term it adds to the growing narrative that National can’t be trusted to be honest about its plans and to keep its word in office. Long term the predictions and their coming to pass might cost National dearly (fancy another 9 years in opposition?). There ya go, I’m trying to find some silver linings in the wreckage…

          • Travellerev 1.1.1.1.2

            Let’s be perfectly clear here.

            Our leaders do not conspire.
            They may lie, they may hint at things they want to do and then deny that they are going to do them while they are doing them but they do not conspire. AND, and they never talk about what they are going to do in advance amongst each other. No sir, that’s all conspiracy theory and that is just nuts. LOL.

      • BLiP 1.1.2

        The mocking still stings yet I derive no salve from being correct.

        • r0b 1.1.2.1

          No need for sting. Work hard for what is right because its right, and don’t take the abuse personally.

    • Chess Player 1.2

      “Anything and everything John Key and his gang of villains say and have said in the past cannot be trusted.”

      How can that be, given they spent the first 100 days doing what they said they would do?

      • lprent 1.2.1

        And so much more – a whole pile of things that they didn’t say they were going to do.

        • r0b 1.2.1.1

          It’s called lying by omission. And it was a whole pile of things – so much so that they had to do away with democratic process to get through it all:

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10547924

          • Daveski 1.2.1.1.1

            What short sweet memories we have around here. If anything, National’s crime is following up on what they said they would do.

          • r0b 1.2.1.1.2

            Daveski, in what speech or campaign material (apart from one page on their website) did National say they were going to bring in their fire at will bill? When exactly did they say they were going to suspend the democratic process to rush through so much legislation without public input or debate?

        • BLiP 1.2.1.2

          Where did they say they were going to cancel the Fast Forward fund?

          Do you want more examples?

      • BLiP 1.2.2

        Where did they say they were going to take responsibility for funding public transport off the regions and then consolidate the cash in a common contestable fund?

      • BLiP 1.2.3

        Where did they say they were going to remove the consideration of ethics when assessing and monitoring genetic experiments?

  2. Alex 2

    “routine with this government”

    Lying is routine with all governments I would have thought.

  3. I fail to see where the problem is Tane, we should all be tightening our belts. And inheriting a decade of deficits after Cullen spunked all our money away makes identifying waste a vote winner.
    Remember the furore over hip hop tours? You can bet they offer up examples of profligate waste alongside every announcement of savings made. This will only increase the new governments popularity.

    • IrishBill 3.1

      Bill, you’re an idiot. If the government tightens its belt the country goes deeper into recession. Your problem is you lack the imagination required to realise you are not immune to the coming misfortune.

  4. Ahh a decade of decifits, love the alieration, I but Key, English and Farrar would have been gutted if treasury had only predicted 9 years of deficits huh.

    But really, what gets me here is the whole 10% thing, sure there’s some money to be saved, send out the people in charge to do that, but saying they all have to cut 10% is arbitrary and stupid.

    Then again, maybe they could start with some of the non cost effective health funding, like subsidized year long courses of perception. In the face of a decade of deficits, can we really afford such election bribes?

    And what about Farrars pre election carry on about X many million dollars more funding for health resulting in no greater level of outcomes, surely that would be ripe for cutting also, if it really didn’t do anything to help?

    • Tane 4.1

      He tended to choose not to mention population growth and the high level of inflation in the health industry. You can’t do that when you’re in government or people start noticing the health system falling apart.

    • George Darroch 4.2

      I would love it if any government could successfully fund year long courses of perception. There are quite a few who could do with it.

  5. r0b 5

    I fail to see where the problem is Tane, we should all be tightening our belts

    Why Bill, how far you have come from the Good Old Days: “The good news (for me anyway) is that key is likely to steal less money from me in the form of tax. And that my friend is the only thing that matters to me and many like me.” And now we should all be tightening our belts eh? Well well well.

    And inheriting a decade of deficits after Cullen spunked all our money away

    Cullen saved and reduced debt and left the economy in strong shape to weather this crisis, as admitted even by Key and English. The projected deficits arise from the effects on NZ of a deteriorating international economy.

  6. Mike Collins 6

    “…..and redistribute the wealth upwards”

    Well without focusing on the intent of the post – believe me I would love too, but alas have other things on – I find the above statement quite funny. It is very much a contortionists’ attempt at reframing the debate. Rather than redistribute wealth upwards wouldn’t it be more correct to say “not redistribute in the first place”? The way you have put that statement, it conjures up images of taking from Peter, giving to Paul, then snatching back off Paul to give back to Peter. The reality is the theft doesn’t occur in the first place.

    But then, you may have been aiming to give that impression all along…?

    • Tane 6.1

      All governments distribute and redistribute wealth. Even your libertarian utopia distributes citizens rights to private property in resources, limited liability, the fiction of legal persons, and the right to command other people in exchange for payment (employment). That’s why it only makes sense to talk about redistribution from the status quo.

      If you want to go way back to first principles then we can, but you’ll have to get used to the idea that the wealth you derive from state-mandated property rights can be taken away just as easily as it’s granted.

    • Quoth the Raven 6.2

      Mike – What do you think the 9 day fortnight is? Taxpayer money going to large businesses. Robbing poor Peter and giving to rich Paul. Or how about PPPs more interference in the market and more corporate welfare. The theft certainly does occur.

  7. Bill 7

    Consolidation of the Capitalist Class by any and all means necessary? Destruction of social provisions? The bulk of humanity being bled to serve a destructive concept and those that preside over it?

    No, surely not!

    Feeding the Beast would probably have been the name of the post in that case, so I’m obviously way off the mark.

  8. TightyRighty 8

    I love it

    “It’s been the right-wing project since Thatcher and Reagan – to “starve the beast’ ”

    does how the above sentence finishes confirm my long held theory that the left use the public service employment as the means to redistribute wealth? i think it does. and if that is the case thats a massive fail. what an inefficient and unimaginative method. so dull and grey. at least with the capitalist way everyone gets a crack, not just those with their noses in the public trough.

    • Tane 8.1

      Public services are a social wage, paid to everyone in the form of goods and services they would otherwise have to pay for themselves.

      The Right doesn’t like this, as that’s money that could be better used cutting taxes for the rich. It’s why National opposed every single measure Labour brought in to improve the lives of ordinary New Zealanders – Kiwisaver, the cullen fund, increased health spending, environmental protections, wff, you name it.

      Hence the tendency for the Right to undermine the public sector at every opportunity while aggressively cutting taxes for the most wealthy.

      • Tim Ellis 8.1.1

        I disagree Tane. I agree that efficient and effective public services are the right of every citizen. Simply ramping up public service numbers because maintaining responsible costs is too hard is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

        • r0b 8.1.1.1

          I agree that efficient and effective public services are the right of every citizen.

          Presumably you also agree that an underfunded and understaffed service cannot be efficient and effective?

          The danger in reducing funding too far is that then the service breaks, and every citizen is deprived of their rights…

          • Matthew Pilott 8.1.1.1.1

            Mmm, would be nice if John Key hed argued that point Tim makes, eh r0b, instead of his divisive attack against people who have often dedicated their careers to making the country a better place. How many times did he baselessly attack the ‘Wellington bureaucracy’ during the election campaign?

          • r0b 8.1.1.1.2

            How many times did he baselessly attack the ‘Wellington bureaucracy’ during the election campaign?

            Shameless wasn’t it. But he was allowed to get away with it.

          • Tim Ellis 8.1.1.1.3

            Presumably you also agree that an underfunded and understaffed service cannot be efficient and effective?

            Yes I do agree with that r0b. However I don’t believe that reducing staffing levels within for example the Environment Ministry when they were previously working on programmes that are no longer current government priorities will lead to services breaking.

            I haven’t seen any evidence of services breaking so far.

          • r0b 8.1.1.1.4

            Did you read the original post at all Tim? “Documents obtained by the Dominion Post under the OIA confirm that National is in fact looking for across-the-board cuts, at a level of – you guessed it – 10%”.

            I haven’t seen any evidence of services breaking so far.

            It won’t happen over night, but it will happen…

            • lprent 8.1.1.1.4.1

              Yeah, I remember what happened in the 90’s with whatever the Nats called it that time. Sinking lid?

              It was essentially the same thing – an arbitrary cut across the board in public services by people who lack the skills or the imagination to enhance and improve efficiency. As usual it appears that the Nats never throw a bad idea – their general philosophy is that if it failed last time, we should try it again. It is the management strategy of the extremely simple.

              You see dickheads like this in the private sector all of the time. The worst type of manager because they fiddle without strategy because it shows that they are ‘doing something’. Tony Ryall appears to be the worst offender in this government. Looks like he is doing change for changes sake. Just like McCully who did this last time and seems to be doing it this time as well.

              What it did was to take out the capacity for exceptional events first – the ones that happen several times per year. Consequently when there was a problem, the staff and system got overwhelmed because there wasn’t the staff or funding to handle it. To get through that people put in a lot of effort. After several rounds of this, the burnout factors get severe, and staff stop making an effort. Then the system starts to fail. Typically the moron manager who screwed up has moved to a different job on the basis of their ‘success’. There seem to be a lot of these idiots in the NACT ministers.

      • TightyRighty 8.1.2

        you missed the point Tane, as usual. creating public service employment as a method to redistribute wealth is an inefficient and rather galling way of doing it. mainly because it does not increase productivity in areas where it is needed most. it also neglects to recognise that more productive members of society are paying more than they need to to subsidise this kind of behaviour. it’s unimaginative, dull and counter productive.

        and you have gone off on a tangent. we are talking about a ten percent reduction, all the programs you have listed if reversed by national would bring about a much larger than (and much prayed for) ten percent reduction.

        • Tane 8.1.2.1

          I never said the Left creates public service employment to redistribute wealth. You’ve missed the point entirely. I said decent public services redistribute wealth more evenly by providing a social wage. Obviously you need some people to staff them, but that’s by the by.

        • Ag 8.1.2.2

          You must not understand what is meant by “efficiency”, if you are criticizing public sector employment.

          The whole point is paying people to do things and provide goods that we need that the market won’t provide efficiently. You can learn that in Economics 101. Redistributing wealth is one way in which this is accomplished.

          Apparently, the entire New Zealand right does not understand this simple idea, which is why they have nothing of value to contribute to political debate.

          You guys have absolutely no clue. It’s comical.

    • Quoth the Raven 8.2

      TightlyRightly – Seeming as government spending increased under both Reagan and Thatcher and the poor got less services from the government and in some cases higher taxes, poll tax anyone? I think we can safely say that wealth was redistributed.

      • TightyRighty 8.2.1

        whats that got to do with it? im not comparing paring the public service here to what happened under thatcher and reagan. you can, im not. im sticking to the reasoning that using public sector employment as a method of redistributing wealth is dull, ineffective and wasteful.

  9. vto 9

    this post refers it seems to financial cuts of 5-10% ya? during the election the reference re capping not cutting was to bureaucrat numbers as I recall. Different things. But nice spinnage.

    Anyway, I would like to know how come the Ministry of Environment and TVNZ aren’t doing the nine day fortnight things. Seems like double standards to me. How come nobody has pushed Key on this?

    • Matthew Pilott 9.1

      National didn’t see fit to help public servants keep their jobs – the public service was specifically excluded from the 9-day plan. As I was referring to above, they are people to be abused and degraded (a la “wellington bureaucrats, bureacurat bonfire, bloated bureaucracy etc) if you’re in the National Party, and not worth such consideration.

      vto – TVNZ was forced to pay out a full dividend, and to cut costs. The direct result is 90 staff losing their jobs. That is at odds with Key’s comments before the election. Maybe if they’d meant it they would have said that cost savings aren’t to come via job losses but it clearly isn’t on the agenda any more.

      • vto 9.1.1

        Why has the public service been specifically excluded? IB the other day said no reason has been give. Surely Key must explain the rationale? Whats good for the goose is good for the gander and all that? Lead by example and all that too?

        It seems MP that you are part of the bureacracy if I may read between the lines. What is the general feel in there at the mo if so?

        • Matthew Pilott 9.1.1.1

          vto, please don’t try and ‘read between the lines’ or you’ll come up with flawed conclusions such as “if someone doesn’t like people attacking the public service, they must be part of the public service.” For example, I’m quite a fan of the Warriors, but as it turns out, I don’t play for them and couldn’t tell you how they’re feeling after winning in the weekend.

          I remember Key giving some reason as to why they were excluded, but it was as vapid and senseless as most of Key’s lines. E.g. on TVNZ firing staff instead of the govt reducing the required dividend – “it would be subsidising them”. Well, by golly, there’s not a single business in the world reducing their dividend these days.

          Key also said that 84% of people drive to work, so we need to build roads at the expense of far more sensible alternatives. It’s not like we say “84% or murders are carried out with a knife, so we need to give people more knives”, is it. Just because something is, isn’t an excuse or valid reasoning.

          Frankly, vto, you don’t need to know what his publicly stated reason is & it’s not worth your time asking. You won’t get a response that means anything, beyond a carefully cultured and vapid C/T style ‘line’.

      • BLiP 9.1.2

        Exactly – the 9 day fortnight is another John Key inspired piece of corporate welfare not available to the state sector.

        • Chess Player 9.1.2.1

          But presumably it’s in all our best interests to keep the productive sector (commercial) growing and the unproductive sector (state) as small as possible.

          After all, one of those sectors creates the revenue and the other one spends it….

  10. vto 10

    MP, yes I know a straight answer from upper level politicians is an impossibility. I just thought it may be an angle of attack for the left to zero in on in order to illuminate plans for the public service.

    I can sense the frustration of you ‘lefties’ at the moment. What with Nick Smith going all nutty and others slanting off all over the place.. Reminds me of the frustration of the ‘right’ in getting straight answers from Clark etc the last few years to establish their own true intents.

    Re the bureacracy etc, you seem very defensive whenever it comes up. Wasn’t trying to pry. When folk get continually defensive it generally indicates some level of personal involvement.

    And wtf is up with demanding greater dividends etc from SOE’s? We all know that WILL equal higher prices and costs to us. Fuck it must be great to own a monopoly. I read some of Christine Fernyhough’s book ‘The Road to Castle Hill’ in the weekend and she described how exasperated her husband got in having to deal with slippery politicians and their manipulation of SOEs, of all hues. Sounds like Key et al are continuing the tradition and it sucks.

    • Matthew Pilott 10.1

      I never thought Labour gave such bad answers, but I would think that! Clark was often considered quite straightforward and forthright actually, and I can’t imagie anyone saying that about Key.

      I dislike villification of a sector for political gain or for ideology – and this continual attack on the public sector is particularly gratuitous; I don’t think I’m being ‘defensive’ as such, perhaps that’s just the wrong word…

      Demanding more of SOEs does two things for National – reduces the number of employees, and increases costs to make them less popular. It’s a fair bit to stomach for someone else’s ideology when there’s no tangible benefit.

    • lprent 10.2

      I think that the general idea is to raise the ‘profit’ level. That makes a near monopoly easier to steal sell by giving it away for pittance to your mates. They are meant to make it more efficient and drop the prices.

      Of course that is what always happens-YEAH RIGHT…

      What actually happens is that after the steal sale is the prices go up.

  11. rebelrocker 11

    The quote says nothing about cuts – it says identify savings. Whether those savings are made is different to identifying them. The figures are given as indications of likely levels of savings to be identified not absolutes.

    If low value ineffective and/or inefficient programmes are identified, are you seriously suggesting they should be continued with? Are you seriously saying that within the billions the government spends everything is effective, efficient, and high value?

    It may interest you to know, in some Votes Labour kicked off a round of “savings” before the election as they realised there is no free lunch when you are faced with declining tax revenues and structural constraints around excessive Government borrowing. But hey it seems that most of the Lefties here are addicted to accumulating debt on their credit cards which their children can pay off one day since why tighten your belt when you can consume consume consume – gimme gimme gimme!

  12. Pascal's bookie 12

    Geez rebel. If ya gonna give us the ‘read the quote’ lecture it would pay not to git it all wrong y’self y’know.

    T’save ye scrollin’ upwards here tis:

    “Using your detailed knowledge of both the department and sector can you identify the spending that delivers the lowest value for money, say, the bottom 5 per cent and 10 per cent.’

    The paper said chief executives should look at whether a programme was in the public interest and was still relevant “given changing needs, priorities and governments’.

    It doesn’t mention savings at all. Not even a teeny bit. It says identify the lowest value for money spends. That’s quite a bit different from what you are hinting at isn’t it now? Y’see, even the most efficient organisation in the world has a lowest value 5 or ten percent.

    So, the question is, what would the Minister be doing with that list of the lowest value spends, (which if you’ve been paying attention to basic logic, does not necessarily equal wasteful or bad spends)? Here is where your helpful insertion of that word ‘savings’ comes in.

    See, through the magic of misrepresentation, goal post shifting and the selling of pigs in pokes, “lowest value for money spends” has become “shit we should cut, even the CEO says it’s not valuable”.

    This:

    Are you seriously saying that within the billions the government spends everything is effective, efficient, and high value?

    is not even worth calling straw,

    while this:

    But hey it seems that most of the Lefties here are addicted to accumulating debt on their credit cards which their children can pay off one day since why tighten your belt when you can consume consume consume – gimme gimme gimme!

    is made of funny. What was Cullen criticised most for as minister of finance during his tenure, was it:

    a) running up heaps of debt that would have to be paid for by our kids, or
    b) paying off too much debt just to avoid cutting taxes.

    ( Hint: the answer is “b”. Brash and the nats thought Cullen was thief and was letting the damn kids off too lightly. They wanted cuts to the top personal tax rates so we could collectively run a little higher govt debt and spend the inheritance on property) .

  13. Matthew Pilott 13

    vto, if you’re genuinely interested, someone I was speaking to over the weekend has been informed that he has no chance of a bonus or pay rise this year. You probably don’t need to to tell you what the ‘general feeling’ is. No matter how hard you work, no matter what you do – your efforts will not be recognised; have a nice year.

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    3 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    3 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    4 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    5 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    1 week ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks ago
  • “Action for Healthy Waterways”: Some big ticket actions that the Government has neglected
    Prof Nick Wilson, A/Prof George Thomson, A/Prof Simon Hales, Prof Michael Baker The NZ Ministry for the Environment has produced a valuable discussion document with many good ideas for improving the health of waterways in New Zealand. But there are important gaps. In this blog we consider three big-ticket items ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?
    Finding reality needs more than wishful thinking. The problem is that statistical arguments often provide a jargon to confirm biases. Image credit: Accurate Thinking Versus Wishful Thinking in Gambling I worry at the way some ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    5 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    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
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    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
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    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
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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