Subsidizing polluting industries costs taxpayers directly

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, August 18th, 2009 - 34 comments
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An excellent post from Idiot Savant (reproduced with permission) on the cost to taxpayers of subsidizing polluting industries. I haven’t noticed the mainstream media reporting this critical aspect of the governments climate change proposals. Too hard for them to grasp perhaps?

Climate change: An illustration

How unfair is the government’s plan to cap the price of carbon? Here’s an illustration. Holcim has just been granted resource consent to build a major new cement plant in Oamaru. The plant would produce about 900,000 tons of cement a year. In the process, it is estimated to produce about a million tons of CO2 a year. So, for every dollar by which the cap is below the market price of carbon, we’ll be giving Holcim’s foreign owners about a million dollars a year. According to Treasury, the current price of carbon is around $22/ton. So, if the government caps the price at a sub-market $10 / ton, then Holcim will be getting $12 million a year in pure profit gouged out of kiwi taxpayers as an environmental subsidy.

This exercise can be repeated for every large industrial polluter. Methanex, New Zealand Refining, Contact Energy, Rio Tinto, New Zealand Steel… add it up, and we’re looking at around $4 million per dollar for the industrial sector, $6 million per dollar for the manufacturing and construction sector, $1 million per dollar for oil refining, $2 million per dollar for the coal and gas industry’s fugitive emissions, and $14 million per dollar for the oil companies. Per dollar. When you start multiplying it by the $10 – $15 per ton subsidy the major polluters want to continue polluting, then you’re looking at $250 – $400 million a year – around the cost of running the court system – straight into the pockets of our major polluters’ foreign owners.

In other words, we are looking at a major redistribution of wealth from the people of New Zealand to rich foreigners, in the form of a subsidy for pollution. And that simply is not fair. The only fair way of allocating the cost is for polluters to pay the full cost of their activities. And if that drives them out of business, then they were never really profitable in the first place.

(The above assumes a cap lower than current prices, but the same logic applies regardless of where the cap is set. If its needed, then by definition the market price is higher, which means we are artificially subsidising the profits of polluters by whatever the difference is. As carbon prices are expected to rise, any cap is likely to become the same sort of running sore on the government’s books that production subsidies to farmers were up until they were done away with in the mid-80’s).

34 comments on “Subsidizing polluting industries costs taxpayers directly”

  1. BLiP 1

    The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Thanks National Inc, I’m lovin’ it.

  2. factchecker 2

    if by “subsidy” you mean allocating free credits to businesses which up until the point at which you created the credits, didn”t have to account for carbon (thus changing the rules of the game overnight), sure….

    correct me if I’m wrong but wasnrt it also Labour’s plan to give free allocation to polluting industries…?

    • lprent 2.1

      Yes at startup, but at least that means the credits would be in circulation to establish a market (and a price). However that is less of a bad thing for the market than doing what the Nats are doing. Not issuing credits at all to their mates, and therefore getting the taxpayer to subsidize it. Mind you that was the short-term thinking that lead to the SMP’s welfare for kiwi sheep farmers in the 1980’s.

      Why ask such a stupid question? Don’t you understand how markets operate?

      In other words – why not live up to your name rather than being such a idiot.

  3. Subsidising business to destroy the planet.. how clever of them.

    Surely this subsidy only negates the purpose of the plan in the first place, to encourage business to reduce carbon output.

  4. Andrei 4

    You people are a mystery to me.

    Don’t you realize this cement plant means jobs where people can earn a living.

    And that paying carbon tax is just giving money to unproductive troughers, money that could be used to pay higher wages to the people that work there.

    The people who would get jobs there are the people you purportedly care about.

    Obviously not.

    • Conal 4.1

      Can the cement plant run profitably without this subsidy? No? Then good riddance to it, and the bogus jobs it provides. Eliminating the subsidy on high-carbon cement would allow some other plant to make low-carbon cement instead (yes there is such a thing). Would a low-carbon cement plant necessarily employ fewer people? I don’t see why.

      Or alternatively the tax money spent on subsidising high-carbon cement could be spent on subsidising housing construction, or it could be used to lower taxes, or to build schools, telecommunication networks, wind-farms, roads, etc, or to buy trains, run TV stations, etc, etc, and thereby employ people usefully.

      • Andrei 4.1.1

        Don’t you need cement to build schools and roads?

        And what money is being saved here? Carbon credits are a phantom product with no intrinsic value what-so-ever

        • Armchair Critic 4.1.1.1

          Don’t stop at carbon credits, there are plenty of other things out there for sale that have no intrinsic value whatsoever.
          Roads tend to be built mostly from aggregate and bitumen. Some concrete is used for the culvert pipes and kerbing.
          Schools also tend to not use that much concrete in their construction.

    • lprent 4.2

      Cement is main by burning lime. Lime is largely calcium carbonate. The carbonate is largely fossilized CO2. Burning the lime inevitably releases fossil CO2 into the atmosphere along with the H2O that they are trying to get rid of to make cement.

      CO2 is a greenhouse gas that will inevitably contribute to climate change through heat retention in the earths biosphere.

      So you want your children and grandchildren to not live in the world you do? They will have higher sea-levels, probable food shortages because of crop failure, increased prevalence of disease as always happens with climate change and food shortages, probably widespread warfare as too many people fight over uncertain resources, and probable collapses of civilization.

      All because you want to stop businesses paying the full costs for their products?

      Whats wrong with you – don’t you have any feelings for your kids ? Are you human?

      • Andrei 4.2.1

        Whats wrong with you don’t you have any feelings for your kids ? Are you human? Nothing, yes and yes.

        Where did the carbon in the Calcium Carbonate come from in the first place?

        The Atmosphere

        Is the process that laid down the limestone still occurring today?

        Yes it is

        How much Carbon is removed by this process today?

        Nobody knows. but given the size of the oceans where the majority of God’s little creatures are happily creating their exoskeletons it will be well in excess of the worldwide production of cement.

        Question why do you want to jeopardize my kids future by boosting a phantom problem in order to impoverish mankind?

        • So Bored 4.2.1.1

          Hi Andrei, FYI those little creatures exoskeletons are threatenned by the acidification of the oceans. To be impoverished it helps to also be alive on a living planet.

          Your current arguments are so tedious and boring that they are not worth the (metaphoric) yawn of one of these tiny creatures.

        • lprent 4.2.1.2

          You really are a fool or have bugger all idea of earth sciences..

          Factor in time and rework your brain from ignorance to enlightenment.. Sure we don’t know exactly, but we can estimate based on the steady-state. I haven’t looked at the IPCC estimates for lockup in limestones – but it will be a hell of lot less than you think. I do have an idea of the release of CO2 from cement production.

          The nice little diatoms and such like lay their lives down to produce a nice calcium carbonate bed over millions of years, not decades. Most deep seafloor deposition rates (where most of the deposition takes place away from the processes that destroy the shells) are measured in small numbers of millimetres per year.

          Extend that only by the areas that will form limestone deposits – ie remove all of the areas that are subductive seafloor where after a few 100k years it gets fried back up into the atmosphere (and never forms limestone). What you have left is the CO2 lockup rate per year from limestone formation. The quantity of that is probably measured in mere 10’s-100’s of millions of tonnes of CO2 per year at best.

          What you have is a time and surface area problem. The actual formation rate of limestones is very low because it depends on a whole heap of processes happening. Especially basins that are not subduction areas (rare) and long accumulation periods. All of the other formation that you’re referring to is recycled by the biosphere within relatively short periods of time.

          I expect that you’d find that the estimates (no certainties there either) of current cement industry worldwide production of CO2 will be exceeding the natural annual formation rate of sequestered CO2 in long-term (ie millions of years) calcium carbonate beds. But knock yourself out – find me the estimates for both to prove your point.

          Of course we haven’t even got into the costs of transporting concrete, or the costs of generating the heat to burn it. Cement is one of the most expensive building materials around if you look at the all of the costs. Building in steel is preferable.

          Incidentally you’re displaying what I have referred to today as the supercilious smug attitude of the right. It just demonstrates that a little bit of knowledge is just sufficient to make you stupidly dangerous rather than giving you wisdom. ie you’re a fool.

          • Andrei 4.2.1.2.1

            Incidentally you’re displaying what I have referred to today as the supercilious smug attitude of the right. It just demonstrates that a little bit of knowledge is just sufficient to make you stupidly dangerous rather than giving you wisdom. ie you’re a fool.

            Yeah Yeah

            I haven’t looked at the IPCC estimates for lockup in limestones

            I had a look for it – couldn’t find it there – which is not to say it isn’t but if it is its buried deep..

            Of course it is a fairly intractable problem to try and estimate how much carbon is being removed from the biosphere by the formation of calcium carbonate. Like you say it is deposited in small numbers of millimetres per year. but omit the areas over which this occurred are large. For example Southern England and parts North Western Europe are all deposits of chalk laid down in the Cretaceous. and who is to say similar deposits are not being laid down right now?
            (S)mall numbers of millimetres per year. over thousands of square Kilometers becomes quite large – no?

            Anyway when scientists produce papers that contradict your alarmism we now what happens don’t we – there are all sorts of ructions e.g Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas . A thoroughly disgraceful and reprehensible episode which just show the lengths you people will go to to advance your agendas and disrupt the process of science to do so.

            • NickS 4.2.1.2.1.1

              I’ll dig into the rest later, But on Soon and Baliunas, 2003;
              http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2004/12/myths-vs-fact-regarding-the-hockey-stick/
              See myth 2.

              Which also brings me a major point about reading scientific literature. Papers do not, and cannot really exist in isolation, the results and methods need to contrasted with other research, and often you need to delve into the literature cited in the introduction in order to get what the paper is about. This can also highlight errors in the paper at question’s methodology and results, as such is the case with Soon and Baliunas, 2003, in part thanks to the joys of google scholar’s cite search;
              http://scholar.google.co.nz/scholar?cites=4086521552769615362&hl=en

              Lo and behold, papers written by Mann are at the top. Though I need to use advanced search in future just to cut out the stuff hosted on denialist sites, though the Wahl & Ammann 2005 one on climateaudit is rather interesting in light of other literature on the Hokeystick I’ve skimmed over.

              Anyhow, according the paper cited in the realclimate link, effectively S&B2003 made some rather silly mistakes that effectively hole the authors claims of having falsified Mann et al’s reconstructions of past climate.

      • oamarusouth 4.2.2

        How dare you say “how human”? No one – outside a few – has opposed the holcim cement plant. The folks who opposed the Holcim plant had Save the Manapouri and Stop Anamoana in their heads . .but NZ Labour did nothing … Get off you high horse, and embrace the future . . as fearful as that may be

    • sk 4.3

      Andrei,

      How about taking up reading as a hobby . . the jobs will come from Westport .. which can ill afford the loss of jobs Oamaru does not need (given the positive impact of the dairy boom) .. . ..

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    NACT inc, paying their friends (and themselves) millions of dollars of taxpayer money since forever.

  6. I am fully convinced that we have serious problems and that we are destroying the very planet we live on but the Carbon Credit trade is just another form of tax and it’s a tax we the little people are going to be paying. And to whom?

    Oh oops, to Dr. Global Warming himself, former Vice President Al Gore to name but one of the many international finance scheisters who stand to gain huge rewards form the carbon tax.

    The scam is pure genius. You scare the shit out of everybody by telling them that a pure natural gas is killing the planet and set impossible targets to get rid of it and then you tell everybody if you just pay us for the carbon you produce and let’s face it every breath you take produces carbon you can keep on living the way you want. Brilliant.

    Even if you believe the carbon global warming baloney the only way to get rid of any possible excess is to allow the planet to regenerate it’s forest and jungles and stop using fossil fuels. Nothing else will help.

  7. Anthony Karinski 7

    The fair way to do this would be to allocate each person with his and her free personal carbon credit for their share of the capped total output of pollution from the domestic sector as a whole of the economy. People can then buy and sell credits if they exceed their limit/have some left.

    The remaining non-domestic part of the economy’s share of pollution allowance could be put in a pool and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Thus the total output is capped and the free market competition will reward businesses which are clean and don’t have to buy too many permits.

    Implemented world wide it would be fair as everyone everywhere would have the same share of pollution “rights”, thus everyone contribute on an equal basis whether they live in Algeria, India or NZ.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tradable_Energy_Quotas

    • BLiP 7.1

      That’s what they did in Russia when the government industries were “given to the people”. In less than five years, the rich got richer and the poor got fucked over – just ask Aotearoa’s very own billionaire bastard. Not much of a renaissance in that economy, in fact so far as the Russians are concerned, the rat race is over – the rats won!

      • Anthony Karinski 7.1.1

        ?

        • So Bored 7.1.1.1

          BLiPs right, no need to question. Its also a bit sad when we have to create a financial credit system to supposedly stop us from what is essentially self harming behavoir. Next up some rich sod will want to do some mindless damage and will purchase the credits to do so.

          • Anthony Karinski 7.1.1.1.1

            We create such systems all the time with our taxes on for instance alcohol and cigarettes. It’s just an acknowledgment of the fact that human behaviour is not necessarily rational.

            At least this system would accomplish three important things.

            *The maximum output of co2 and other harmful gases will be capped.

            *People who use less than their free allowance that year can sell it to those who exceed theirs. In general this will favour the poor as they drive less/ doesn’t have a car/ have smaller houses to heat. Rich sods will have to pay for their damaging behaviour and the more rich sods wanting to keep that behaviour going the higher they will push the price for the left over credits from the poor. Thereby the system is inherently regressive transferring wealth from the top down to the frugal/poor people.

            *Business don’t get any free credits but have to purchase/bid for all of theirs. This means that the cost of carbon pollution will automatically be priced into every product and service. Competitive businesses will thrive by polluting less and thereby selling their produce at a lower price point reflecting the fact they are polluting less.

            How this compares to a free for all Russia of the early 90s is beyond me.

    • lprent 7.2

      Nice theory….

      Doesn’t work if you exempt large parts of the economy from the market signals as NACT are doing.

      • Anthony Karinski 7.2.1

        I know. Don’t think any of the NZ political parties support this. Believe the Greens in the UK has been tinkering with the idea.

        Nice way to get rid of the people saying “NZ pollution is only 0.000002% or whatever of the world total. It doesn’t matter what we do” It’s not about NZ any more, but your individual share of the worlds limited capacity to handle climate gases.

  8. factchecker 8

    There is little point in engaging with people who say silly things like “don’t you have any feelings for your kids ? Are you human?”

    lprent wilfully misses my point; then calls me stupid.

    have fun in the echo-chamber.

    • lprent 8.1

      Which roughly translated means “I’m not willing to facetiously argue when people argue back with facts – and an opinion on how piss-poor they think your argument is”.

      Or in other words – Wimp… If you can’t be bothered to defend your opinions, then they are likely to be as thin on thinking as tissue paper.

  9. gomango 9

    I don’t often agree with travellerev but there you go……

    First, the full story about us maybe matching Australias carbon credit scheme is ignored by no right turn. The mysterious Aussie plan is cap at A$10 in the first year, then to A$40 in the second year. Given the forward price curve for credits is :

    Spot: EUR14
    2009 EUR14.50
    2010 EUR 14.70
    2011 EUR 15.50
    2012 EUR 16.60

    With the AUDEUR exchange rate at 0.58 the most expensive price for carbon is AUD28.60. Doesnt look like much of a subsidy to me. Anyone can go and buy as many credits as they like for any year out to 2012 and not go near the proposed limit. Talk of a limit seems more about providing a degree of certainty to business.

    Cap and trade is a completely flawed system, designed by politicians with motives beyond the environment – very few govts will put the scheme ahead of employment even in warm fuzzy western europe. The baseline year is a farce because of Russian and east European situation – they make out like bandits due to the date choice. Plus they are currently cheating like crazy – it is an open dirty secret that they cheat on their data. Even paragons of virtue like Germany and France managed to negotiate exemptions from the baseline for some of their dirtiest industries on the grounds of protecting employment. Can we do the same for dairy? The answer will be a resounding no from the EU because of their farming lobby.

    The only way to change behaviour is with a carbon tax – but that doesnt play to the vested interests (led by al gore) who have captured the discussion. A tax is more direct, less open to cheating, easy to measure and is the most direct impact on behaviour. Emissions trading relies on the honesty of governments and thats a poor starting position in any negotiation.

    • Pascal's bookie 9.1

      Yep, a carbon /methane tax would be much better all round, but that well got poisoned back in 05. Labour backed down, for shame, but the political reality at the time was what it was. Thanks to, even more shameful, efforts on the part of FedFarmers, the Nats, ACT and others.

  10. Strathen 10

    I’ve just done a little google. Google tells me that the origins of this Carbon system came from Enron. Originally it was designed to allow big companies to make money from not polluting the world as much as they could. Not so much for them cutting back on emissions. This will explain the numbers as to the original post from NRT.

    What kind of credibility has my Googling got? Can anyone help me out as there seems to be as many different stories as people on the net. Perhaps my results have found conspiracy theories, perhaps not…?

    Catchpa: Selling

  11. I agree that this plan is class theft, but I think it can be framed positively. Don’t forget that a fixed carbon tax was a Green policy not so long ago.

    In principle, the Government can go ahead and cap carbon at $10 domestically to give predictability to business and save implementation costs. It’s a start. At €25/TCOâ‚‚ (I’m converting as NZ$45) and 60MTCOâ‚‚/yr gross emissions we’re looking at about $2.1bn/year in subsidised cost. 80-90% of that comes from the global allowance negotiated at Copenhagen. That leaves $210-$420m to find in carbon credits.

    With that money, the government then has a choice. Can it buy carbon credits or does it make more sense to negotiate deals with large carbon credit producers such as forestry. So, NZ carbon credit producers will be $10/T disadvantaged versus international producers, and they must sell them to the government only, or locally for $10. In principle the Government could play hard ball and only pay $10/T for credits, but if they do that they might find that they won’t find any sellers.

    The $10/T cap can then be slowly lifted and the allowance that NZ gets lowered in international negotiations. It could work and achieve the overall desired outcomes, but it really stinks of Big Government and needless interference, and as I described above, it is a form of “market meddling” which might simply not work. The EU for instance is going completely the other way, and their whole carbon sector will be completely free market by 2020. That’s “2020 vision”. National’s 2020 vision? 10 by 20: Short-sighted.

    If it’s possible to produce carbon credits for only $10/T cost, then the burden on the taxpayer could conceivably be lifted completely. My research would say that figure is at the extreme low end of the scale for profitable ventures, but still possible. If you grow exotic timber species, grow specially selected mycorhizza/mushrooms along with the timber, and push for deferred carbon cost of finished timber products, it could still be economically viable to support a carbon industry.

  12. Bill 12

    Carbon Cap and Trade bubble anyone?

    Sorry for the length of the quote. It is from a Matt Tiabbi piece on Goldman Sachs manipulating markets that appeared off line in Rolling Stone that somebody reproduced on-line. I copied to read but have subsequently lost the link.

    “The new carbon-credit market is a virtual repeat of the commodities-market casino that’s been kind to Goldman, except it has one delicious new wrinkle: If the plan goes forward as expected, the rise in prices will be government-mandated. Goldman won’t even have to rig the game. It will be rigged in advance.

    Here’s how it works: If the bill passes; there will be limits for coal plants, utilities, natural-gas distributors and numerous other industries on the amount of carbon emissions (a.k.a. greenhouse gases) they can produce per year. If the companies go over their allotment, they will be able to buy “allocations” or credits from other companies that have managed to produce fewer emissions. President Obama conservatively estimates that about $646 billions worth of carbon credits will be auctioned in the first seven years; one of his top economic aides speculates that the real number might be twice or even three times that amount.

    The feature of this plan that has special appeal to speculators is that the “cap” on carbon will be continually lowered by the government, which means that carbon credits will become more and more scarce with each passing year. Which means that this is a brand-new commodities market where the main commodity to be traded is guaranteed to rise in price over time. The volume of this new market will be upwards of a trillion dollars annually; for comparison’s sake, the annual combined revenues of an electricity suppliers in the U.S. total $320 billion.”

  13. oamarusouth 13

    The NZ Labour Party was founded on what was right . . Michael J Savage, John A Lee, Peter Frazer . . .those are the names that last . ..

    You current lot. . you huff and puff, you intellectuise . . but nobody is prepared to put their bodies on the line . . .. to quote that NZ axiom

    Only one group in NZ has spent NZ$1m fighting the national direction, and that is the Waiareka Valley Preservation Society – that opposed the Holcim cement plant in Oamaru. Only they, and the tangata whenua who supported them – can walk with their heads held high .. . .. . Only they can stand before their ancestors (both maori and pakeha)

    NZ Labour is pathetic . . a happy-happy bus tour through the Taranaki is the best they can come up with . . .And yet how The Standard huffs and puffs . . NZ Labour wanted nothing to do with the Waiareka Valley Preservation Society. To date, David Parker – their effective Labour MP – has declined to meet . ..

    Given the threat we face you should be ashamed . .

    And by the way, you have no right to huff and puff about polluting industries . . (just read Clayton Cosgroves speeches and private members bills) . .

    Labour need to find its roots to win again. In the meantime, stop the preaching . .

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    3 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    3 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    5 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    6 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    6 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    7 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    7 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    7 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    1 week ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • More homes where they are needed
    More houses for homeless New Zealanders are being opened today in Tauranga by Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi. Six 2-bedroom quality units are being opened at 878 Cameron Road by Minister Faafoi and Accessible Properties, a local Community Housing Provider (CHP). Accessible Properties now provides more than 1,700 community housing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson departs tomorrow for events and meetings in Japan and Vietnam.  While in Japan, he will discuss economic and fiscal issues including meeting with the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, and Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Yasutoshi Nishimura. He will meet with the Minister of Education, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
    Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire. The Government is closely monitoring the situation with the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre and is thankful that everyone is now safe. Firefighters are doing an incredible job managing the fire and bringing it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
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  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
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  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
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