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Stupid myths on immigrant construction workers

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, September 8th, 2017 - 31 comments
Categories: Globalisation, housing, im/migration - Tags: , , , ,

One of the dafter myths about the current burgeoning immigration industry is what people are being imported for. For instance, a common one is that we need skilled immigrants for the construction industry and this is a reason to keep immigration high. The following is a pretty typical quote by one of the numerically illiterate morons of the right (I have left in some of the context):-

On Wednesday, Little said the party would “reduce immigration numbers, [and] better match migrants with the skills our industries need” without giving details.

Act leader David Seymour questioned where the Opposition would make the cuts, with close to 9000 of the arrivals coming for construction related roles, at a time of housing shortage.

“[I]f they won’t cut construction workers, how will they keep their promises to cut immigration by 45,000 or more?,” Seymour said.

Which is just more Billshit, or in this case – just ignorant shit from Bill’s Act Rimmer sockpuppet back in April… The number doesn’t match up with anything. Just like Gower’s 56 thousand construction workers in the debate the other night.

Sure we could do with them. But we aren’t currently getting them. And those we do get or would have gotten are likely to be starting to eye up the reconstruction bonanza in the US after this climate change driven hurricane season of devastating hurricanes.

Brian Fallow has an interesting analysis of the breakdown of immigration figures in the NZ Herald this morning in Home building hits a roadblock.

As labour is one of those key constraints, it is instructive to look at what contribution immigration has been making to the supply of tradesmen.

Spoiler alert: it is not encouraging.

In the year to June 2016, New Zealand issued 193,000 work visas, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment reports. This does not include 91,000 student visas which confer some limited work rights.

Of the 193,000 work visas, only a sixth (32,000) were in the essential skills category. The rest were to people on working holidays, family members, people in a transitional study-to-work category and seasonal workers for the horticulture sector.

Of the 32,000 people granted visas under the essential skills category, only one in four were first-timers. The rest were temporary migrants already here. So it is not a case of 32,000 people being added to the skilled workforce that year.

And a startlingly low proportion – 7 per cent, or 2233 to be precise – were classified as construction trades workers like carpenters, plumbers, plasterers, tilers and painters. If you include scaffolders and builders’ labourers, the proportion rises to nearly 10 per cent.

If they are typical of essential skills work visa recipients generally, only 800 were not already in the country.

The 2015-16 year was not an aberration. The proportions were similar in the two previous years.

The conclusion has to be that the impact of net migration flows on the housing market and the construction industry is overwhelmingly on the demand, not the supply, side.

Think about that. The biggest single infrastructure issue right now is in construction. That is because for the last 4 years National has been running our nett migration on policy settings that has culminated in 72 thousand nett inwards migration per year compared to a long term average over the past few decades of seldom reaching 20 thousand nett inwards migration. See the chart.

This inwards stream of people, especially in Auckland where the majority end up, has led to a flooded infrastructure on the the housing, roads, schools, and rapidly rising prices. It means that right now the view from my apartment looks like a crane convention – I can see 15 out of one window. That is something that I haven’t seen since the late 1980s – just about the time of the building crash.

But we have been getting 2 to 3 thousand skilled construction workers from that flood of migration. So who is working around those cranes? After all as Brian Fallow points out

Labour market statistics tell a more cheerful story. The June household labour force survey found that the number of people employed in the construction sector rose 17,900 or 8.2 per cent in the year to June.

At a guess I would say that most of our new construction workers are kiwis, not migrants. But that the industry is in at least part limited by the rate of uptake into those jobs.

Labour’s Kiwibuild category for immigration looks like a good idea. We actually need to compete on the global market for some skills. After all my export based industry in the IT sector is built on them. But even there, the actual numbers arriving in any one year are pretty low – in the low thousands. But even there I get the impression that the policies that the points system has been failing NZ and focusing on the wrong skills. Probably because it is mandated by technically illiterate politicians and their minions who are ignorant on what are skills.

We don’t need people to be rocket scientists to be a good trades person or for that matter to be good at building export software. So the points system actually tends to block a lot of the people that we want to import.

Meanwhile, I’d love to export some of the numerically unskilled like our own version of Rimmer and almost every right wing commenter. They seem to concentrate those who seem to be good at talking and obviously don’t do.

After watching media and especially our comments over the last few years,  I am sure that the fool level has been rising as they flood back here – as their host economies reject them.

I’m sure they could do well in Aussie again. Now could everyone please pray for a revival of their economy.

 

31 comments on “Stupid myths on immigrant construction workers”

  1. ianmac 1

    Jacinda says that they would target immigrant builders to carry out the build. I think she said that about 5,000 would be necessary as well as using our own NZers. From the figures above we imported only about 800 last year. Sounds good to me. Roll on Jacinda!

  2. popexplosion 2

    Migrants need homes, take up work or leave, so spend money in the economy. So I’m perplexed why did a US Senator claim migrant were taking jobs? Are republicans just stupid on economics? Is this why Key cut apprentices numbers and wouldn’t reinstate them after the chch earthquake… …seems stupid is catching amongst conservative types.

    • dukeofurl 2.1

      The migrants in the US situation were those there illegally who take low paying jobs where no questions were asked.
      The US also allows visas for higher computer skills but again they are paid less than the US workers who were doing the same job until the work was outsourced to a company with the business model of using imported workers on visas.

      • popexplosion 2.1.1

        Yet those underpaid serfs are still spending, paying rent, taxes, etc. The point being freeing up US tech workers to startup companies… …the essential stupidity is seeing migrants as net drags. Only lazy people think that migrants are taking their jobs, since opportunity knocks, even more so if they are underpaid since it lowers costs. So why are you sipping on the poor management memes of the right, they are incompetents when it comes to economics. Has the gfs not taught you anything.

        • dukeofurl 2.1.1.1

          ” The point being freeing up US tech workers to startup companies..”

          These are lower to mid level tech jobs who have been there for a while… the startups are bringing higher skilled people as well..because they are cheaper.

          So how is paying a migrant less than a US worker helping the economy. Those Us workers let go from good jobs are forced to take up lower skilled jobs or do the gig economy with insurance or holiday pay or promotions

          No one is saying slam the door shut, its just going back to the more sustainable levels of a few years back. Migrants are far more likely to sponsor other migrants, who dont have much in the way of skills we need.
          I have worked with some recent migrants who seemed to be very aware of ‘retirement housing’ that they mistakenly though was government provided, they were thinking about when they bought their parents to NZ.

          You have this baffling idea that the ‘economy’ is a person. It doesnt help the working population that the overall wage growth and opportunities for people born here are reduced. Any way the growth is illusory as per capita its non existent- NZ especially has exactly that situation.

          We cant kick out citizens but we can reduce inflow of non residents.

          • popexplosion 2.1.1.1.1

            CS skills are in high demand it does not follow the migrant has forced the displaced US employee into a lower paying job, and still so what,
            I. the US culture accepts this risk, I.e it’s unamerician, its how the US becomes the superpower that lowers prices to its people,
            ii. Migrant would be working outside the US in tech, so may still displace worker, drive down USwages, harms buying power of said US worker,

            NZ grows with migrants, it’s one of the stories of incompetence of National.
            They grew dairy but did not consider or care about runoff.
            They grew immigration, dotcom, students, etc but did nothing about housing but whine about RMA and slap themselves about filling stadiums.
            They grew tourism yet shit abounds, alongside over stretched infrastructure.
            Kids displaced to garages, cars, or left in mold homes.

            The right have no idea how to run a economy efficiently.

  3. Good post – sunlight and facts to clear the gnat shitcloud away. Good that kiwis are into construction – we will need that expertise to move the airports and roads as the sea rises and storms become bigger and more frequent.

    Also I remember bill whatisname in the debate saying, “who will pick the kiwifruit?” as if the numbnut can’t remember who used to do it – ffs pay decent money and people will pick the fucken fruit – I’ve done it and my mates have.

  4. Stuart Munro 4

    The thing about skilled construction workers – carpenters, plumbers and electricians – is that they would be accustomed to different standards and also in demand in their own communities. The employer demand is for un or semi-skilled workers who can be paid as unskilled. Same is true for dairy.

    The basic premise to which we need to return is that employers cannot access unskilled foreign workers, no matter what prodigies of dishonesty they perform.

    The use of contracts to avoid NZ minimums should also be looked at – I’d suggest that any foreign contract active in NZ that goes over three months should come under NZ employment law. And that so-called individual contracts can be defaulted back to minimum wages in the event that they did not exceed them.

    • Pat 4.1

      Theres an element of truth in what you say (esp. re unskilled demand) however there are holes being filled by overseas trained sub trades, carpenters fitter/welders up to draughtsmen, project managers and engineers etc……though theres plenty of examples of bogus quals and exploitation.
      The construction required in the immediate future is however going to require a sensible, well designed and enforced immigration element…alongside a public training initiative….which National have ignored for 9 years….imagine how many more capable tradesmen/technicians would be available now if they had started in 2010 (as they were advised)

      • Stuart Munro 4.1.1

        Well pardon my cynicism – but having watched the fishing industry deskilled by the use of migrants, and seeing the same thing happen to dairy and the trades – this is not a slippery slope the left should be going down.

        People can learn pretty quickly if it gets them a pay step – if semi-skilled is what’s needed then we can easily produce that in two years on the job.

        Reaching for immigration as the first or preferred solution should be right off the table until all the rorts have been wound up.

      • David Mac 4.1.2

        I agree Stuart and Pat, our planning for 5 -10 years down the track has been poor. I guess survival prompts governments to work with 3 year bite-size pieces.

        A building boom will create jobs far beyond those doing the building. White goods need selling, delivering, installing and servicing, builder’s utes need oil changes, nurseries will plant more seedlings.

        Current immigration does seem more and more like a solution to a problem we shouldn’t have for the want of a bit of forward planning. The kneejerk method of taking care of our country’s needs.

    • Cricklewood 4.2

      The big problem is actually sits around skilled experienced tradesmen specifically those with experience with NZ techniques and materials.

      There simply are not enough on the ground as there was a massive training gap as a result of the employment contracts act, outsourcing council contracts etc. Essentially apprenticeships dramaticlly reduced in number and we are now seeing the consequences and we are playing catch up.

      The other big issue sits around cost of living in Auckland, any good tradesman is far better off financially to live in the regions. I personally have 5 friends who have left in the last 2 years purely due to cost of living and fact of the matter is they are way better off in real terms given they can buy a house, dont have to sit in traffic etc.

      I dont see how you can attract the volume of tradesman to Auckland in the current enviroment and the industry is dangerously over leveraged as small companies have taken on large contracts beyond their ability to cash flow. Its not pretty out there.

  5. savenz 5

    The housing crisis has been manufactured from the demand side. For every so called construction worker there seems to be 90% of other migrants who are adding to the demand for housing! It’s a ponzi scheme through and through.

    Not only that the government figures apparently underestimate by about 30% at least the amount of new people living here. In the usual screw up, the immigration figures are based on what overseas people announce on their arrival cards – no one seems to be tracking actually what people are doing here once they get here.

    So many overseas people are not working either, they are having children, being educated here, retired or just don’t need to work. NZ is some sort of Ponzi scheme of lifestyle for the more affluent migrants who actually use facilities here and the working age ones go off and work overseas where the jobs and money is better.

    There seems to be an argument by the pro migrant lobby that NZ is so underpopulated that we could easily add millions more people in, no problem just get the locals to pay for more infrastructure to keep it all going, they cite the UK for example, “England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make up an area of 242,000 square kilometres – ten percent smaller than NZ – yet they manage to fit 63 million people”. ( funny enough never China or India as population density examples, because nobody want to migrate there, and increasingly not the UK either, apparently the UK Indians are a new sector of people trying to migrate to NZ).

    Population density arguments seems to ignore than we live in a planet inhabited by other creatures and living things in an ecosystem that humans also depend on for survival. How many creature still live in the UK, what is the water and air quality like? Is the Thames swimmable, wadable or pristine? What about housing, Grenfell disaster does not seem to feature as an example of a haven of economic and social bliss that high population density arguers describe.

    Are we going to repopulate the Amazon, the Arctic, Africa and Antartica too and destroy their countries biodiversity to that over populated countries can migrate more people there and have more stores and sell more cornflakes in more places of the world?

    What happens to the local people who are ‘less competitive’ in this brave new world, none of this has been made clear? We are creating problems in this country not solving them.

    There has been a huge rise in world population figures as well as the pollution and climate change. There is zero provisioning for this in the NZ construction sector slowly turning out more houses and apartments without any provisioning for the future of this country not fit for purpose in a disaster ridden new world, large and energy inefficient for the most cases, less and less green spaces and with a lot more people to house, educate, medically treat, give disaster relief and give super too.

    Many of the new taxes being proposed discriminate more against locals than those recent migrants with options. Land taxes, capital gains taxes and congestion charges will all hit local workers on local (aka low incomes) more than those who are rich and have the ability to have other family members work offshore who probably already pay little to zero taxes here.

    This is not against migrants many of whom have made NZ a better place, but more a warning that there are consequences to how NZ has gone about it’s Laissez-faire immigration for the last decade and creating future economic, social and environmental problems, which are being swept up under the carpet and minimised.

  6. Pat 6

    lol…your cynicism would receive stiff competition from my own, however after 35 years in the trades (much of it in construction) i can safely say that the deskilling started long before immigration was ever an issue.
    Sadly due to the failings of the past 30 years, accentuated by the current governments incompetence (and the inherent reluctance of private industry to pay for training) we now find ourselves needing to both import labour WHILE training homegrown talents if we are to make any headway in solving this problem

    • David Mac 6.1

      The search for efficiency forces diminishing multi-skilling, we are becoming specialists, the playing field ever tilting towards specialisation. Not so long ago the same contractor dug and laid the drains, ran the internal pipes and put on the roof.

      I think we’ll see more of this. A worker can become a useful team player in a house framing gang or roofing crew much quicker than he/she would in a traditional apprenticeship setting.

      Mechanics used to do the lot, now we go to the air cond guy, brake guy or transmission guy. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing, when it comes to ramping up a mega build, it’s probably a good thing.

      • Pat 6.1.1

        its a great theory that frequently falls down in practice…..its almost an imposed tunnel vision akin to the silo mentality bemoaned of in bureaucracies (private and public)….the end result is diminished quality in the total product.

        • David Mac 6.1.1.1

          Please don’t trust the guy that does your wheel alignments to rebuild your trans Pat. I hear you, pre-drilled roofs, every hole aligning with fresh air etc. With a house, a good roof fit starts with the pouring of the footings.

          There are ways over the hurdles, factory built panels can be made to meet laser sighted accuracy. I think my car would be a less dependable vehicle if it had been built by 1 person rather than 5000.

          • Pat 6.1.1.1.1

            your car wasn’t built by a person at all…and therein lies the issue….when buildings are constructed by robots your quality issues due to specialisation will likely disappear (or at least diminish)…in the meantime human interaction and flaws will continue to play a significant role.
            …and your wheel alignment /trans analogy simply reinforces my point….however Id trust a few old school mechanics i know to do both (and ahead of the so called specialists)….the issue in the autostrade is the capital outlay increasingly required for income streams that don’t support the specialist equipment required, not the training or ability of the human doing the work

            • mikes 6.1.1.1.1.1

              I think wheel alignment is a bad example. Anyone can do a wheel alignment if they can learn to press a few buttons on a machine and bang the inside of a wheel with a hammer….hehehe

      • savenz 6.1.2

        @David Mac, I see the increase of specialists as a bad thing.

        Just to put in a bathroom for example which in the old days used to involved a builder, plumber and electrician nowadays we have labourers, plumbers and electricians, underfloor specialists, cabinet specialists, tilers, stoppers, engineers, waterproofing specialists etc. All these people now require co ordination and can not necessary be at the job when needed. Any delays in any one of the sub contractors affects the time frames of the other contractors, more people are added, accounts people, project manager etc to manage the processes. All these different tradespeople are driving around the roads in their vans from one end of the city to the other increasing congestion. Most of their time is going in traffic!

        A bathroom might take 1 week under the old system of generalists when the builder did most of it, now can easily take 6 weeks and cost 6 x as much with all the inefficiency. Bizarrely the builder has to work harder than before and has more risk as he’s now at the mercy of so many other people on the job. This also increased the insurances, the builder has to get legal advice and keep assets in trusts for the most part in case they get sued. Many tradespeople would prefer a return to the old days as would the consumer. This is why construction costs so much and why nobody can get small jobs done cheaply anymore.

        There is also the idea that the factory manufacturing model can work in social services. Know of one person who works for children in the courts and under the government they have reorganised the family court system to “save money” using a bank like work flow. As the person says, what took 3 days to get urgent court orders now takes 10 days. It’s crazy. People who are fighting for their kids don’t act like they are in a bank and politely queue up, transact and leave – they are angry, emotional and often don’t behave in a rational manner. You can’t make someone withdrawing money the same process as someone who might be losing their kids, but that is how the government thinks everything should be done. The government and their lackeys have zero clue and zero practicality and they don’t save money. They just screw up people’s lives.

        • Mad Plumber 6.1.2.1

          As someone who does more than the odd bathroom I do take issue with some of your comments
          In the old days the selection of fitting was pretty limited with the up market being those Royal blue, Chocolate and Almond Ivory Sanity fitting to name a few. No tiled showers and the odd heated floor.
          Today I am working on a Bathroom with taps obtained over the internet which as soon as I install them I am responsible for so hopefully the disclaimer from the owner will cover me. She also ordered some of the wrong bits.
          Tiled walls and floor that have to be waterproofed, not allowed to be walked on for a day then the time to tile ( on this job 2 bathrooms) Tiler already been 4 days and until he is finish I nor the Sparky can finish Oh and have now found out not enough tiles but still wants to more in next week.
          To do the above there is a builder,plumber,electrician,joiner and a plumber. Do not where you need an engineer.
          As to driving around and getting stuck in traffic, that is what you get for living in a city.
          On a more serious note obtaining staff and training is a more pressing concern and is not a problem that is going to be solved quickly. In the case of the two apprentices we have the biggest problem is keeping them at the block course as they get bored as the course has been dumb down so much.
          As an example the apprentices on one course were asked the make up of water and out of twenty or so only one could answer H2O , Bloody Hell.
          Lprent
          Gotten?

        • KJT 6.1.2.2

          And. You still need the person with experience in all those jobs, to make sure that they all fit together and are done properly.

          The myth that an accountant can manage tradesmen, was exploded long ago.

          And. It is time that we also got over the myth that if you are thick, you become a tradesman. You don’t have to be academic. Something which is overrated, in the Anglo Saxon world, anyway.

          Successful tradespeople have a huge range of skills, from technical ability in their trade, technical knowledge, people skills, business skills, open minds, critical thinking and ability to adapt.

          Apprenticeships in the 70’s produced well rounded, skilled and competent people.

          The removal of apprenticeships has resulted in a huge training gap, which should be filled by training young people.

          Importing marginally qualified and, ignorant of NZ construction, immigrants is only done to keep pay down.

      • Stuart Munro 6.1.3

        In fishing a major issue was that management did not possess the skills themselves, and readily fell into accountancy driven ideas of improvement. With the QMS, the fishermen were basically wiped out by the companies that had operated the markets – Sanford, Sealord, Independent. They tended to capitalize instead of upskilling, which did nothing for their ROI, and subsidize their inefficiency by increasing pressure on the resource or on lower level employees.

        Japan is the contrast to look at – they have a similar littoral fishable resource. But it returns 100x what NZ’s does, and employs a 100x as many people. Japanese people eat locally caught fish 4x a week or more. NZ people eat commercially caught fish roughly once a month. It’s a colonial industry, and it no longer belongs to us.

  7. garibaldi 7

    Stuart, pat, savenz… excellent thread, but it is not cynicism ,it is the truth.

  8. Once was Tim 8

    The labour.org.nz site’s posting on immigration policy appears to have been updated swince I last visted there.
    However! what really peeved me off was the gnat’s (and others) wilful misrepresentation of what it was intended to achieve. Initially there were 3 tranches – the third of which never seemed to be discussed in our wonderful MSM or elsewhere. (Perhaps they should have re-ordered it so that those with an agenda designed to justify their fuckups and record to date, and to introduce a policy that would at least partially coincide with the Greens and even NZF alike).
    Even now, the panick-stricken Natzis are trying to ride on this wave of the bullshit they’ve created.
    When I first looked at the policy (as it was first described), it was bleeding obvious that where skill shortages genuinely existed AND by region, an immigrant contribution would be welcomed.
    So (as they preface everything these days in the cool world),
    BECAUSE this government has deliberated over students coming to NZ to study shitty courses (such as Business Management – the content of which was so facile they’d probably already surpassed their lecturer/tutor’s knowledge in the course material provided, by comparison with their already 3rd World education knowledge),

    and BECAUSE many were promised bullshit opportunities such as relevant work experience and an income such that they’d be able to pay back the substantial loans, mortgages and debt incurred to come to NZ and study some of these brilliant PTE-provided issues of enlightenment,

    and BECAUSE the ‘export education sector’ has become such an earner for the Natzis’ mates and is reliant on a constant supply of suckers, and even intelligent people who have a reasonable expectation that this ‘1st World, least corrupt’ nation was legit and would never rip the vulnerable off,

    and BECAUSE the agents and charlatans who’ve lied, cheated, clipped the ticket and made very nice little earns on the back of their ‘clients – going forward – all enabled by a government policy and oversight of its regulatory authorities these ‘bloody immigrants’ are now here “taking all our bloody jobs”.

    Jesus!, they’re like rats aren’t they? Low Value, Not Genuine!!! Just Economic migrants trying to take us for a ride and displace us. (/sarc)
    Rather than operating with the very same creds and beliefs as the NZ economic migrant who fucks off across the Tassie because the wages are higher, or to our ‘Mother Nation’, but WORSE! – who then expects that when the shit hits the fan, they can always come back and survive. (DOUBLE STANDARD MUCH?)
    And FFS! Billshit English is using all this (and that thing in leopardskin) as evidence of success.

    So… (once again),
    the past nine years where immigration inward
    – based on an industry of ticket clippers, bullshit artists acting as consultants
    (who MAY just have an interest in other little earns – such as a recruitment of labour supply company, or even a PTE which can so easily go out of business and abrogate its liabilities), and under-resourced gubbamint departments (where its employees can ‘engage’ with the above – and IF not that, then go out and set themselves up in a business as experts in immigration/employment/education)…..

    We ARE where we are.
    We have regions where BECAUSE of government policy, the EXPERTISE and EXPERIENCE of whatever is relevant to that region IS NOW IN THE HANDS of the non-NZer, and who has (more often than not) in real debt – the likes of what many credit card holding NZers cannot comprehend.

    So… (again, going forward, ez a metta o’ fek, ekshully, en furtha more ez en iksarm pull):
    In Christchurch there are now bloody foreigners who hold the IP and experience and expertise that NU Zullners could have had
    Elsewhere, there are bloody foreigners who hold the IP and experience and expertise to deal with dairying and the means by which toxic cowshit could be dealt with
    In the Bay of Plenty, there are bloody foreigners versed in all stages of the Kiwifruit industry, from grading, new varieties, grafting, pruning, recognition of symptoms of the PSA virus and how it should best be dealt with, the effects of previous non-expert work,
    etc….
    And all of these exploited individuals willing and able to pass on/educate/elucidate their expertise to what Natzis describe as stoners unwilling to work will likely be tipped out.

    As just about EVERY international student or foreign work visa holder I’ve ever encountered says …. it’s all about the money.

    Probably the most arrogant thing that’s happening is that the Natzi’s think no-one is noticing – they are and its a tik tok scenario.
    Its not just a 14 deported student sob story, or a dairy farmer doing his best to ensure his cows don’t shit in rivers, or a building contractor ….. or even a legitimate and ethical immigration consultant or public servant resisting politicisation and the ministerial whispers from above, or an employee of what we once referred to as a Qango.

  9. Gristle 9

    The education and training industry who focus on overseas students are essentially selling NZ citizenship or residency. Would it not be better just to sell the residency and citizenship without the training etc.

    I am only pointing out that the current approach is economically inefficient as we could strip away all the cost and time associated with the training and processing. Visa, citizenship and permits need only take as long as it takes for funds to be transferred.

    Even Mr Theil shouldn’t have to wait the inordinate length of time he was required to wait and the 12 days he spent in country.

    • Pat 9.1

      Theil a bad example….he was a net loss to the country by 10s of millions…..as for direct sale , you would need to place an upper age limit on the purchaser to achieve the same ( and their target) demographic….and include a sleeping bag and tent in the price,.

      How about we elect a government with a semblance of a real economic plan?

  10. JC 10

    Great Post!

    Sadly…. Haven’t we had NINE years to sort this …. Out!…

    “We need calm heads and experienced minds at the helm to manage New Zealand’s construction sector through this period. We need long-term thinkers, not knee-jerk reactions and political posturing” i.e.,

    http://www.constructionnews.co.nz/opinion/editorial-august-september-2017.

    ” …. demand for construction-related occupations is also projected to increase (by around 56,000 employees); occupations that are expected to experience the largest growth include plumbers, electricians and civil engineering professionals.”..

    (Whatever happened to apprenticeships.. ?)

    or …

    httmps://www.branz.co.nz/cs_show_download.php?id=084f756ba55c5cca2a6ddb2e1b30ee18406cb4b7

    Or compare this “Futuristic wank from the Past… ,(2009), from the dishonorable, “Mr Coleman”

    ” Our Skilled Migrant Marketing Programme uses a combination of search engine optimisation techniques and online advertising to target skilled migrants in the United States and the UK. To date it has built up a database of over 67,000 prospective migrants. They are serious registrants, eager to move here – 52% want to move within 12 months – and are available to fill positions in key skill shortage areas. Over 55% are tertiary qualified and their average age is 35. Over 50% have skills included in the Skill Shortage list and over 15,000 have been linked to prospective New Zealand employers already.” …. (sic)

    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/economic-impact-immigration

    Oh.. and about the Cranes .. It’s All sorted!

    https://www.cranes.org.nz/news/national-construction-pipeline-report-2016

    • Whatever happened to apprenticeships.. ?

      They cost money and so it’s cheaper to import talent trained elsewhere and let our own people’s skills deteriorate – according to NZ ‘managers’.

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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 day ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    3 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    6 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    7 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    4 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    5 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
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