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Tamihere wants to privatise half of Watercare

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, July 3rd, 2019 - 98 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, john tamihere, local body elections, phil goff, privatisation, Privatisation, uncategorized, water - Tags:

The Auckland mayoral campaign is getting interesting.  

Past campaigns have been rather boring.  The first one, between Len Brown and John Banks was one sided because Brown had such an outstanding campaign.  The contests since have been even worse.

The current campaign should be a ripper.  Tamihere does not hold back.  His campaign this year has involved a number of staunch positions on issues.  

He has Matt McCarten and Michelle Boag behind him.  This will explain the slightly jerky impression of his policy positions.  They seem to veer from the left to the right, from solving the housing crisis to privatising large swathes of Auckland’s publicly owned infrastructure.

His announcement yesterday, that he wanted to privatise half of Watercare, cause a number of jaws throughout the region to drop.

From Todd Niall at Stuff:

Mayoral challenger John Tamihere wants to sell 49 per cent of the Auckland Council-owned water company, in the biggest policy splash of the contest.

Tamihere said the proceeds of the partial sale of Watercare could deliver cash to build much-needed infrastructure.

The announcement came in the first head-to-head debate with mayor Phil Goff at a business breakfast on Auckland’s North Shore.

Goff exclaimed: “What?” in apparent disbelief as he listened to Tamihere, and said any sale would put “water bills through the roof.”

“Watercare is not for sale as long as I’m mayor,” Goff told Stuff in one of the biggest policy divisions so far between the pair.

Watercare Services Limited is controlled by legislation cementing it in council ownership, banned from paying a dividend, and required to operate at the lowest cost.

The only area that had previously privatised water was Papakura when George David Hawkins was the mayor.  The local experience matches those throughout the world, the water became more expensive and the reliability of supply was either the same or worse.

So Tamihere’s announcement is unusual.  It may gain support among the right and among Hawkins style Actoids.

But it will inevitably mean the cost of water goes up.  ACC will not purchase the shares out of the goodness of its heart.  A dividend will be expected.

And already there are complaints about how unresponsive to public interests Watercare is.  Increasing the corporate nature of Watercare will only make things worse.

What are the benefits?  Tamihere says the sale is required to improve water quality.  But the current Council has already passed a targeted water rate so that important infrastructure can be built.

Tamihere has promised that this campaign will “shake it up”.  This latest announcement will have that effect.

98 comments on “Tamihere wants to privatise half of Watercare ”

  1. tc 1

    Goff’s a shoe in if this is the best national can do. JT makes Shane Jones looks statesman like. must do better and remember he’s not a shock jock anymore.

    Hey what’s Blinky up to these days ?

    • Chris T 1.1

      "Goff’s a shoe in if this is the best national can do. "

      He is an ex Labour MP supported by McCarten.

      Nice try though

      • patricia bremner 1.1.1

        Supported by Michelle Boag, who is National last I heard, and he definitely ex-Labour.

      • Visubversa 1.1.2

        The fact that he is standing with Christine Fletcher as his electoral partner tells you everything you want to know about what the National party wants in the way of Mayoral votes. McCarten is a gun for hire these days.

      • Marcel Proost 1.1.3

        ROFL. Tamihere WAS a Labour MP and Minister until 2005, when he resigned amidst allegations of corruption and 'too many liquid lunches', after publicly rubbishing 'his' PM (Clark) and Labour caucus colleagues and some Tamaki-esk homophobic crap. NOW, he is a neoliberal nitwit that is proposing more of the failed 'Trickle Down' bullshit and a direct line to Boag and the other rich ultra-conservative economic fascists. Not even a try – if you know the facts.

  2. millsy 2

    Hi Mickey,

    Papakura didn't privatise it's water until 1997, 5 years after George Hawkins had left the mayoralty. You might be thinking of his brother.

  3. mauī 3

    “Past campaigns have been rather boring.”

    Apart from that one that had that rather large sex scandal…

  4. Adrian Thornton 4

    It really hasn't sunk in to these idiots, free market liberalism hasn't worked, it never did, it was all smoke and mirrors, the lights have come on after their mad all night party (at our expense), and now every one of them looks like shit, left blinking, dumbfounded and dribbling in the dawn of reality.

    Talk about flogging a dead horse…

    • fustercluck 4.1

      Free market liberalism works pretty darn well, given the obvious evidence on the Planet Earth. However, this does not imply that the free market is magic or should be applied at every opportunity. As a conservative, I favour a general policy of light (but effective) regulation, liberty, and a reliance on individual initiative. That being said, there are certain things that are best left in the public domain and if ever there was an example of this it is water.

      • Adrian Thornton 4.1.1

        No it has not..NZ as an example, after 30 years of liberalism..domestic housing prices totally out of control, house hold debt totally out of control, stagnant wage growth for most workers, wealth inequality spiralling out of control,a broken and uncared for health system, suicide rates at unheard of levels and from younger and younger members of our communities, depression among our citizens at critical levels, numbers of homeless citizens at numbers haven't seen since the great depression of the 1930's..I could go on, but this doesn't sound like a system working well, it might well be working for you and your circle friends, but maybe you need to look a just a little deeper, and with a slightly longer view.

        • fustercluck 4.1.1.1

          Well, if one takes the long view, it appears that Capitalism has delivered longer lifespan to everyone, cool stuff like electricity and the technology that operates with it, most medical advances (I am fond of anaesthetic), etc.

          Capitalism gave rise to the Industrial Revolution that allowed the cities which house the overwhelming majority of socialists to exist.

          Capitalism enables the benefit system that many vulnerable people need to survive.

          Capitalism certainly is imperfect but does not have the blood of over 100 million people (in the 20th Century, not including war dead) on its hands like international and national socialism/communism.

          Capitalism is predicated on individual liberty, responsibility and choice. Command economies do not permit such to meaningfully exist.

          Capitalism, albeit imperfectly, feeds the world.

          Capitalism delivered the internet upon which this blog relies.

          So, yay Capitalism! Yay free markets!

          • Adrian Thornton 4.1.1.1.1

            What the hell are you talking about, are trying to say capitalism hasn't done exactly the same?…"Capitalism certainly is imperfect but does not have the blood of over 100 million people (in the 20th Century, not including war dead) on its hands like international and national socialism/communism."

            Free market capitalism and it's unending lust for constant growth and expansion has been the core cause of untold wars and famine and massive human displacement through out the 20th Century, and it is still today a primary motivator that lays underneath much of the death and destruction we see on the news most nights.

          • Blazer 4.1.1.1.2

            You sure give Capitalism a lot of credit.

            'Capitalism is predicated on individual liberty, responsibility and choice. Command economies do not permit such to meaningfully exist.'

            How can you arrive at those conclusions?

            Capitalism is predicated on created capital as compounding debt bearing instruments,allocated by a selective minority.

            • Shadrach 4.1.1.1.2.1

              "How can you arrive at those conclusions?"

              Because in the classic examples of command economies (the USSR, China, etc) individual liberty was severely curtailed. To put it mildly.

              • Blazer

                that's just simplistic theory with no basis in reality.

                • Shadrach

                  Yes of course. The Soviet Union never really existed. There never were any human rights abuses. All soviet citizens enjoyed absolute freedom of expression, worship, association. Twinkle twinkle.

                  • joe90

                    And the victims of mercantilism, slavery, the economedia system, preventable famine during Britain's rule of the sub-continent, colonialism, and the ensuing twentieth century wars of independence, never existed, eh.

                    /

                    • Shadrach

                      The conversation I'm having with Blazer is about command economies. If you want to discuss the results of economic practise from centuries ago, go right ahead.

                • fustercluck

                  Blazer, being able to quote Marxian nonsense in the face of reality does nothing to advance an argument. Calling something simplistic when it is obviously true is not an argument either.

                  The world is a tough place where struggle is necessary for survival at all levels of the food chain. No economic theory or practice has yet moved past that reality.

                  Capitalism, warts and all, has yielded a superior standard of living across every rational metric when compared to command economies ever since agrarian capitalism emerged from feudal Britain. This is even more true when one looks at modern iterations of command economies, i.e., Communism, such as Soviet Russia, China, and now Venezuela.

                  Argue from reality rather than the Marxist bubble you appear to live in and your assertions will carry more weight.

              • KJT

                Ask a black bag lady in Chicago about "individual liberty". She may talk to you, after she is done laughing.

                Meanwhile, the USA is surviving by borrowing from the Chinese, "command economy".

                Personally I don't like how China is run, anymore than the USA, noting that the "free" USA, imprisons more people per capita, than China!

                • Shadrach

                  Can the black bag lady in Chicago vote? Yes. Can she worship freely? Yes. Can she express her opinion freely? Can she express an opinion that is opposed to government policy? Yes. Can she run for office? Yes. could she have done any of that in the USSR? No.

                  • KJT

                    She can't do most of that effectively, in the USA either, slight problem with lack of money.

                    • Shadrach

                      Voting is free. Worshiping is free. Expressing an opinion is free. opposing government policy is free. Running for office is free – oh there may be a registration fee. Although I'm sure she can find a sponsor.

                    • lprent []

                      Ah no it isn't free in many parts of the US. Not unless you discount count the use of peoples time to be 'free', and the cost of getting identification or getting to vote isn't trivial either.

                      The Republicans at state level have been and still are bringing in a series of measures that are designed to only to make it harder for poor people to vote.

                      Requiring expensive paper work for authentication. Requiring people in poor areas to go long distances to vote. Requiring people to get in ridiculously long lines to vote because not enough polling booths are made available in poor areas. Making voting on work days rather than weekends (and opposing holidays on voting days). etc

                      And that is before extreme gerrymandering and preventing ex-felons from voting and steadily ratching up the legal discrimination that causes more and more of the poor to spend time in jail for ever more minor offenses.

                      Basically the US is one of the most unfree "democracies" around as is shown in their piss-poor.

                      The Democrats tend to be a bit better – but they still do many of the same things like gerrymandering.

                      If you think otherwise, then I'd say that you are an ignorant idiot who doesn't focus enough on what you are blathering about.

                    • Shadrach

                      "Ah no it isn't free in many parts of the US. Not unless you discount count the use of peoples time to be 'free', and the cost of getting identification or getting to vote isn't trivial either."

                      She's a bag lady. What else will she be doing with her time?

                      “Making voting on work days rather than weekends (and opposing holidays on voting days). etc”
                      She’s a bag lady. I dare say she doesn’t work?

                      As for the other issues, like long queues etc, so what? Costs nothing to queue. And the bag lady will be queueing alongside others so she is not at any disadvantage.

                      PS you can't resist the personal dig can you?

          • the other pat 4.1.1.1.3

            capitalism works by giving the majority of assets/resources to the minority……if you were talking enlightened capitalism i might agree to an extent.

            after 9 years of "normal" capitalism in nz i think you should indeed all be shot!

      • Marcel Proost 4.1.2

        "Free market liberalism works pretty darn well, given the obvious evidence on the Planet Earth."

        Congratulations for being a 1%'er and therefore having the privilege of calling the renaissance of Dickensian times as 'very well working economics'. Thanks to 30+ years of your greed and delusions, we now have homelessness, poverty, suicides, relative costs for the essentials of life and degradation of infrastructure at the highest levels since the great depression. You must be one hell of a clued-up economist, Ms Boag…

  5. Dukeofurl 5

    Regarding Papakura 'selling' its water /sewerage operations in 1997 under a 30 year franchise

    Wrong Hawkins. It wasnt George , later a labour MP, but David Hawkins, he could be a brother but Im not sure

    [Right you are will change – MS]

    • Donald 5.1

      The same David Hawkins is currently … (wait for it) … Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Watercare.

  6. higherstandard 6

    A choice between Goff and Tamihere for the long suffering Auckland ratepayer along with the usual cabal of munters and troughers running in the various wards….oh what joy.

    • Mark Graham 6.1

      Not the usual. Feel free to vote for me and Cathy if you're in Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa ward.

      • Sacha 6.1.1

        Exactly. Some decent people standing for council. And Tamihere has no show without overt backing from the Nats.

  7. Morrissey 7

    John Tamihere? He's not a fit and proper person to sit behind a freaking microphone, leave alone entrust to running a huge city.

    https://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2018/12/liars-of-our-time-no-4-willie-and-jt.html

    • michelle 7.1

      that was what people said about jhonkey and he got 9 yrs to wreck our country and divide us

  8. marty mars 8

    John needs to button his shirt up put a tie on and get a haircut. THEN he may be taken seriously.

    • Morrissey 8.1

      That dopey chatterbox Ben Shapiro wears a tie, and has a conservative haircut, but no one with an IQ above room temperature takes him seriously. Tamihere needs a fundamental upgrade, not cosmetics.

      • Shadrach 8.1.1

        Ben Shapiro graduated high school at 16. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in political science. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. How's that for 'dopey'?

        PS – I didn't think lefties judged people by what they wear?

        • Morrissey 8.1.1.1

          Listen to him talk: he's about as clever and coherent as a drunk ringing up NewstalkZB in the small hours of the morning.

          • fustercluck 8.1.1.1.1

            You can type that out, Morrissey, but that does not make it true. I think Shapiro is a monopolist shill but the dude can lay out an argument (which is more than the ad hominem specialists here generally do).

            • Professor Longhair 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Methinks one "fuster**uck" has not actually viewed Shapiro's humiliations as shown in those clips provided by Mr Breen. Could we ask that he do so before he makes a fool of himself by making such preposterous claims about someone so abjectly unable to "lay out an argument."

              • Gabby

                Morsissey seems pretty sure that disagreement with his good self is conclusive evidence of vile moral turpitude. You'll be okay though I reckon prof.

                • Sacha

                  Subtle. 🙂

                • Morrissey

                  Point of interest, Baggers: some years ago the Professor was himself arraigned on charges among which were included the phrase "gross moral turpitude." He had to make a hurried departure from the exclusive girls' finishing school in Switzerland where he taught elocution, and ended up teaching philosophy for a time at Denver State University. Similar charges were brought against him at that institution, and he is presently working as a stand-up comedian on a Turkish cruise ship.

              • greywarshark

                "Laying out" is what you do to dead things isn't it?

                • Morrissey

                  Ben Shapiro’s braindead “arguments” should be thrown onto a scrapheap and left to the rats and seagulls.

          • Shadrach 8.1.1.1.2

            That says more about you're intellect than his.

            • Professor Longhair 8.1.1.1.2.1

              A somewhat bewildered soul has a go at our friend Breen thusly: "That says more about you're [sic] intellect than his."

              Why is it that these fellows lay themselves open to such ridicule? Actually, we know the answer, so no response required, ladies and gentlemen.

            • Muttonbird 8.1.1.1.2.2

              *you're. Lol.

        • Siobhan 8.1.1.2

          Thats the same Ben Shapiro that said, way back in 2017, that Global Warming is no biggy because “if the sea level rises five or ten metres” people will just “sell their homes and move”?

          Just checking.

          • Professor Longhair 8.1.1.2.1

            Dat's da one!

          • Shadrach 8.1.1.2.2

            I'm sure he has said many things you don't agree with. He's said many things I don't agree with. Doesn't make him 'dopey'. That's why I posted his academic record.

            • Morrissey 8.1.1.2.2.1

              It's not that he says things that people "don't agree with." Everyone does that; nobody's perfect. The problem with Shapiro is that he quite clearly lacks the ability to defend his disgusting and outrageous statements. His "academic record" amounts to nothing when you consider just how incompetent and poorly informed he is.

              Your going to bat for this despicable and stupid fellow reminds me of a sad case a few years ago, when some fool on Google Groups—a "credentialist" like yourself—tried to claim that that stumbletongue Simon Bridges did not deserve to be called "not very bright" on the grounds that he had been "accepted for study at Oxford."

              https://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2018/01/simon-bridges-is-young-not-very-bright.html

              • Shadrach

                "It's not that he says things that people "don't agree with." "

                Not people. You. And that's exactly what this is about. It's typical of many people on the left and right. You don't like an opinion, so you label the purveyor of that opinion an idiot. Or despicable. Or stupid. You really are so transparent. Even down to your self promotion.

    • Visubversa 8.2

      Women are not going to forget his "front bums" comments, or the Roastbusters rave. Others won't forget the animal cruelty – he moved house and abandoned his 2 ginger cats. Why would we want that loudmouth for Mayor?

    • michelle 8.3

      What John needs is a chance people say Maori need to put their names forward and they say we all have the same chance to go for council as it is a democratic process and yet when they do the establishment all poo poo on the person no wonder our Maori people are put of we will always be at the mercy of our pakeha whanau and they tend to go for their own

      • marty mars 8.3.1

        yep – he's not my cup of tea but you have to say at least he gives it a go and that is worth a bit I suppose.

      • Visubversa 8.3.2

        His ethnicity has nothing to do with it. We "poo poo" him because he is a big, steaming pile of it, rgardless of his ethnicity.

  9. Sacha 9

    The mayor of Auckland does not have the powers to privatise Watercare, and nor does the Council. Tamihere, Boag, and McCarten all know this.

    It would be good if media pointed that out rather than faithfully relaying the lies.

  10. Nick 10

    No to Tamihere. He's often incoherent and talks gibberish.

  11. woodart 11

    next nat gov gets in, makes shit up about acc crisis(nick smith ,remember)forces acc to either flick auck water or force a higher dividend to artificially boost gov books(blenglish, phucked solid energy by doing exactly that). nek minit, auck water bills go through roof…..flakey policy from a flakey candidate….

  12. Gabby 12

    The jerky nature of Hammy Tami's policies might just be down to him being a jerk.

  13. WeTheBleeple 13

    How a right wing governments water policies (penny pinching) have completely fucked over India.

    https://qz.com/india/1656211/indias-neglect-of-water-conservation-raises-spectre-of-drought/

    AKA – why capitalists should get their filthy fucking hands off our water.

    • greywarshark 13.1

      Underneath those fleshy smug masks is a bleached skeleton. But they consider themselves immortal, and other people dying isn't of concern to them.

      • WeTheBleeple 13.1.1

        I could've introduced the article a lot better it really got my goat that a comprehensive and intelligent water strategy that could pull the country back from the brink got shafted immediately upon the current government getting in in 2014.

        A water strategy I've been promoting this whole time… small scale earthworks and planting broadly administered. Seems a countries experts and experience drew the same conclusions. They nearly saved the day… I'm freaking livid.

        This right wing pack of bastards stripped the plan to around 3% of the original lending all benefits to a select few while shitting on everyone and everything else. May they lose in a landslide of epic proportions. A landslide formed in the catchments they've abandoned.

        I hope the Indian people are aware of this huge betrayal. I hope all other drought prone regions are learning from all this. Including in NZ where not only agriculture but power is increasingly reliant on water resources we're squandering as if it's infinite.

        • WeTheBleeple 13.1.1.1

          Their inability to see past their nose is financial vandalism on an unprecedented scale.

          Here's some people employing the strategy – two crops per year instead of one, animal fodder, diets improved, incomes rising.

          Empowering people is antithesis to these power hungry fuckers.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi4P8QdX7R0

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwCX0JKgl7U

          I've been compiling an article about the links between drought and flood, and how it ties to reduced rainfall. Should upset a few punters. Maybe here on TS, I'll see if I can get a broader audience for it first.

    • mauī 13.2

      Bleep, I thought you were on a self imposed ban? Wonderful to have you back nonetheless.

      • WeTheBleeple 13.2.1

        Yeah I am on a (half-assed) self ban – except for HTGT – but water is very near and dear to my heart. And it has been my writing focus this past week.

        Water in the hands of capitalists needs to be taken far more seriously than most realise. It is the key to all of life and they have no respect for life. Water is the commons, not to be privatised. All water privatisation should be rethought and reversed. Water bottling for community profit not private.

        Whole catchment management to ensure supply, soil retention, afforestation, riches for all, not the few.

        We stand a very real risk of water crisis in this wee paradise. Will the capitalists save us?

        Hahahahaha. Of course not. What, you don't own water shares, then screw you!

        Privatisation of water is the shirking of Govt responsibility to care for our most precious resource. It is an abandonment of the public. It is a betrayal of the Treaty.

        • KJT 13.2.1.1

          Just been talking to a recent arrival from the UK, about the costly and risky water supplies after privatisations in the UK.

          You have to be bloody daft to even want to go there.

          Flint Michigan, anyone.

        • the other pat 13.2.1.2

          thank you for this…..yell it from the rooftops or the mangy fuckers will just sell it to the chinese like down in Canterbury

          • WeTheBleeple 13.2.1.2.1

            I agree except it's not so much 'sell it to the chinese', as it is 'sell it to the highest bidder'. Capitalism crosses borders, steals your shit, moves on.

  14. observer 14

    Goff isn't great, but he does pass the basic 'competence test'.

    Whereas Tamihere is just one of those people who stand for mayor because they're bored and love the sound of their own voices, like Michael Laws.

  15. Ken 15

    John has likely been offered a substantial commission by a corporate entity.

    Water should never ever be privatised – not even half of it.

  16. Jum 16

    Rodney hide is probably behind this. Without Len Brown being Mayor, we wouldn't have our asset now. JKeyll and Hide had that sown up until Brown came in and promised not to sell it. Matt McCarten??? I deleted what I wanted to say about Matt, man of the people McCarten no

    Tamihere is lying about selling 49%, leaving the asset still in our hands. Anything sold over 29%, you've lost control. Greed wins if we allow him to win the chains.

    The CCO needs to be dragged under control if they're assisting Hide and Tamihere, in any way, to betray Aucklanders. David Hawkins sold Papakura for a $. The council and cco will not promise to keep our water out of contracting out territory. They need to be reminded they are public servants not a plutarchy.

    What funding is behind Tamihere?

    • Graeme 16.1

      It's really 24.9% that's the maximum that can be sold off without loosing control, or the ability to control over 75% of votes to pass a special resolution at a meeting.

      But in reality that doesn't affect much, Queenstown council sold a 24.9% stake in our airport to Auckland International Airport and AIA seem to be calling the tune and the QAC is trying to tell Queenstown and Wanaka that they will do what they like and stuff the noise. Looks like locals in both towns are going to have quite a battle over airports and noise

      • KJT 16.1.1

        Yep. Minority shareholders have legal rights. Including the right to sue major shareholders if the company is not being run to maximise profit.

        • Graeme 16.1.1.1

          Yeah, while AIA's 24.9% shareholding of Queenstown Airport has brought benefits to Queenstown through better management of the airport and many more flights, our airport has become the de-facto regional airport for the lower South Island. Around half the passengers are related to places outside Queenstown.

          The airport company came within a whisker of having it's annual plan rejected by council, it's 75.15 owner last week. so an interesting road ahead for our airport company and it's 75.1% ratepayer shareholders.

      • Jum 16.1.2

        Thanks for the % correction, Graeme. Much appreciated.

  17. Ad 17

    At 100% ownership Auckland can and does require Watercare to come in and model water use versus impact by deprivation index. I've seen them from up close having to come back to Council multiple times in a week before the LTP is set, so that the democratically elected representatives determine the best and most equitable outcome by impact on people.

    At 51% they will have even less control than central government has over its electricity generators. At least with electricity you have a strong and practiced price regulator. There's no price regulation for water other than a simple legislative command which few have the resource or will to challenge.

    I would be interested in a candidate who had a policy for how to bring the Vector 75% shareholding under Council control again.

    For all its legendary faults since building the stadium, at least Dunedin Council can put the blowtorch to its companies and to its Holding company.

    • Graeme 17.1

      For all its legendary faults since building the stadium, at least Dunedin Council can put the blowtorch to its companies and to its Holding company.

      Would be nice if residents and councils outside Dunedin City could put a similar blowtorch to DCH and it's companies that raped and pillaged to pay for that bloody stadium, amongst other things.

      • McFlock 17.1.1

        Amazing how many old powerpoles were replaced around town when a whistleblower told the ODT they were extracting dividends to the point of turning infrastructure into serious safety hazards.

        CCOs are just the local version of SOEs. They shouldn't be sold, they should be reabsorbed by the legislative and executive bodies that theoretically control them.

        • Graeme 17.1.1.1

          Odd that it took 7 years to get some action and then it was around where the money had gone when Roger Steel was killed in 2010 when the pole he was working on failed There were lots of other incidents too.

          And the pole replacement programme they made a big fuss over a couple of years ago seems to have quietly gone on the back burner. There's still red tagged poles in public view, what can't be seen is unknown. Really fortunate we haven't had a big snow for a long time, but that could be more the issue as snow damage sorted out the rotten pole issue.

          Also there seems to be a managed retreat from rural spur lines with switch gear being moved back up toward main trunk lines.

  18. NZJester 18

    Privatization just drives down worker wages and the quality of the service while saving no money in the long run. As time goes by it also tends to get more expensive as those in the top positions get stupidly higher paychecks and in trying to save money to fund their higher paychecks upper management tend to make bad decisions like cutting maintenance costs that makes the infrastructure tends to start to fail earlier and need costly replacement when a good maintenance program would have kept it from needing to be replaced for way longer. Good mantanence puts back needed replacement for decades while spreading out the need for parts to be replaced all at once so you are not up for one big lump sum and have to borrow big money to do it.

  19. KB 19

    But the current Council has already passed a targeted water rate so that important infrastructure can be built.

    Goff says it's a decade to clean up Auckland's beaches. Tamihere says it needs to be faster, and $4.9b of infrastructure investment is aimed to vastly accelerate that.

    Yes, it will cost Aucklanders more. So what if it leads to clean waterways? Or….is paying more to clean up rivers a "do as I say, not as I do" edict from people here towards just the rural sector?

    • mickysavage 19.1

      Good question. Goff's targeted rate was thought to be at the limit of what was possible. Sure it will take 10 years but without it cleaning up our waterways would take 30 years plus.

      I agree make it as quick as possible.

      But you don't have to sell watercare shares off. Just go out and propose say a 10% rates increase. Just so that the money is there. But then see how Auckland responds. I thought that Goff was brave for proposing the targeted water rate and he pushed it probably as far as was possible. Your suggestion will not be sellable to the electorate.

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    10 hours ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    11 hours ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    11 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    16 hours ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    17 hours ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    19 hours ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    2 days ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    3 days ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    4 days ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    4 days ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    5 days ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    6 days ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    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 What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
    Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Carbon prices must rise
    When Parliament introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme, it was worried that carbon prices might get too high. So it introduced a "fixed price option", allowing polluters to pay the government $25 in the place of surrendering credits. The result was predictable: after we were thrown out of international carbon markets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosure
    The government will finally be requiring large New Zealand companies to disclose their climate change risks: New Zealand finance companies will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force around 200 large financial organisations in New Zealand to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Tackling the hard issues – trust and relationships
    By Claire Grant, Genomics Aotearoa Communications Manager Community consultation is becoming an increasingly important aspect of research programmes in New Zealand, and with that comes the art of relationship building. Engagement between scientists and user-groups is certainly nothing new. But as stakeholder involvement becomes more of a requirement for science, ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    7 days ago
  • Equality Network – September Newsletter
    Read the Equality Network newsletter here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The Left’s Lost Allies.
    Rebels In A Wrong Cause: The truly frightening thing about Jami-Lee Ross’s and Billy Te Kahika’s success in persuading thousands of New Zealanders that Covid-19 is just another trick, just another way of stealing away their power, is realising just how many of them once marched at the Left’s side. ...
    7 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Low-Hanging Fruit
    In a couple of months, the 53rd Parliament will meet in Wellington, and approximately 120 MPs will be sworn in, many of them for the first time.They will all have political goals, some aligning with their party platforms, some not, some complex, and some simple, but they will gain one ...
    7 days ago
  • Closing the Gap thinks that Labour’s proposal to raise the top tax rate is great but………
    Media Statement For Immediate Release 10th September 2020 The income and wealth inequality lobby group, “Closing the Gap” thinks the Labour proposal a great start says Peter Malcolm, a spokesperson for the group. But they need to be aware of what many of the rich do and of what do ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: No nonsense
    ACT is pushing a "no-nonsense climate change plan". What does it involve? Repealing the Zero Carbon Act and Emissions Trading Scheme, reversing the fossil-fuel exploration ban, and allowing mining on conservation land. In other words, repealing any policy which might actually reduce emissions. Which is the very definition of nonsensical. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • My Climate Story: Coming full Circle
    This blog post is a follow up to my recap of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training I recently participated in. One of the exercises we were asked to complete was to write about our respective "Climate Story". This is a slightly updated version to the one I had submitted during ...
    1 week ago
  • A bill to criminalise wage theft
    Wage theft is a problem in New Zealand, with a widespread practice of forcing employees to work without pay, and regular cases of underpayment and exploitation. One reason why its such a widespread problem is impunity: rather than a crime, wage theft is merely a tort, dealt with by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: What the voting age debate tells us about our disconnected political media
    New Zealand’s media and online politics often reflect the values of liberal and progressive agendas. According to Liam Hehir, the current proposals to lower the voting age to 16 years – which the media overwhelming supports – is indicative of a wider mismatch with society, which is not good for ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Why Pay Taxes?
    My wife and I, through a combination of good luck and good management, have managed to retire in comfortable circumstances. We celebrate our good fortune by making relatively small but regular donations to a range of good causes – to rescue services like the rescue helicopters, St John’s Ambulance and ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Now everyone’s a statistician. Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong
    Jacques Raubenheimer, University of Sydney If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context. For instance, we may cherry pick statistics supporting our viewpoint and ignore statistics showing we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More timid bullshit from Labour
    Over the weekend, Labour released its welfare policy: an increase in benefit abatement thresholds. And that's it. Faced with clear evidence of ongoing hardship among beneficiaries and a call from its on Welfare Expert Advisory Group to raise core benefits by between 12 percent and 47 percent, Labour's response is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Police Kill as Part of their Social Function
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (Bogota; 09/11/2020) The murder of Javier Ordoñez in the neighbourhood of Villa Luz in Bogotá, Colombia at the hands of two policemen brings to the fore the issue of police violence and its function in society. First of all we should be clear that we are ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #37
    Story of the Week... La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS...  Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... Humans exploiting and destroying nature on unprecedented scale – report Animal populations have plunged an average of 68% ...
    1 week ago
  • The 2019 measles epidemic in Samoa
    Gabrielle Po-Ching In November 1918, the cargo and passenger ship Talune travelled to Apia, Samoa from Auckland, carrying a number of passengers who had pneumonic influenza. From these passengers stemmed the biggest pandemic Samoa had ever seen. With around 8,500 deaths, over 20% of the country’s population at the ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Shifting all Isolation/Quarantine Facilities to a Single Air Force Base: The Need for a Critical Ana...
    Prof Nick Wilson*, Prof Michael Baker In this blog the arguments for and against shifting all COVID-19 related isolation/quarantine facilities to a single air force base at Ōhakea are considered. The main advantage would be a reduction in the risk of border control failures, which can potentially involve outbreaks ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • The difference between Green and Labour: a tale of two Finance Ministers
    So the Greens co-leader James Shaw recently made a mistake. In his role as Associate Finance Minister approving funding for “shovel-ready” projects, he fought hard for a private “Green school” to get funding to expand their buildings and, therefore, their student capacity. There are many problems with what he did: ...
    Cut your hairBy calebmorgan
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – The missing election policy on free dental visits
    Over the last three years there have been growing calls for the government to provide dental services under the health system – universal free dental care. This is because at the moment there’s an anomaly in which teeth are regarded as different from the rest of the body which means ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #37
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 6, 2020 through Sat, Sep 12, 2020 Editor's Choice With California ablaze, Newsom blasts Trump administration for failing to fight climate change Trinity River Conservation Camp crew members drown ...
    1 week ago
  • Letter to the Editor
    Dear Sir, As we head into the run up to the upcoming election I feel it is my duty to draw your attention to the lack of fun we are currently forced to ensure by the Adern regime. In their efforts to keep the nation’s essential workers, health compromised people, ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    1 week ago
  • Participating in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training
    It finally happened: about 13 years after first watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT) in 2007 when it became available in Germany, I recently completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training! Participating in this particular training had been on my to-do list for quite some time but it ...
    1 week ago
  • Dysfunctional Design
    Windows 95 is famous for requiring the shutting down the system by clicking ‘start, like stopping your car by turning the ignition key on. Why are so many interfaces so user-unfriendly? The Covid app to register your entering premises can be so clumsy. Sometimes I have signed in, sat down ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Josh Van Veen: Can we trust the polls?
    Is the 2020 election result really the foregone conclusion that the polls and commentators are suggesting? Josh Van Veen suggests otherwise, pointing to some of the shortcomings of opinion polling, which could ready some politicians to say “bugger the pollsters” on election night.   In November 1993, opinion polls foretold ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • The UK wants climate action
    Back in 2019, six select committees of the UK Parliament established a Citizen's Assembly to investigate how to respond to climate change. The Assembly's deliberations were forced online by the pandemic, but it has finally reported back, and overwhelmingly supports strong action: Taxes that increase as people fly further ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • In the US, the End of Days.
    I am feeling a bit impish today and so for no particular reason I thought I would share this thought, which I first posted over on twitter: “Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, heatwaves, street protests, armed vigilante militias, a lethal pandemic and a corrupt authoritarian using the federal government for partisan and ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Government too slow in deploying military to assist with Covid-19 response, former defence minister ...
    Wayne Mapp (Photo: Tsmith.nz via Wikimedia) A former Minister of Defence says the government was too slow to involve the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in New Zealand’s response to Covid-19. But Wayne Mapp, a National MP from 1996-2011 who served as Minister of Defence for three ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Underwhelming
    Transport is our second biggest polluter after agriculture, making up 17% of our national emissions. Cars and trucks emit 15 million tons of CO2 every year. So, if we're serious about tackling climate change, we need to eliminate this entirely. Public transport and better urban design will be a key ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Five things we know about COVID-19, and five we don’t
    Five things we’ve learnt 1. We know where the virus ultimately came from We know that the virus originally came from bats, and most probably a species of horseshoe bat in South East Asia. However, the spike protein in SARS-CoV-2, which allows the virus to attach to cells and infect ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Stewardship land is conservation land
    The Greens' greatest disappointment while in government this term has been the failure to implement a ban on mining on conservation land. Promised by Jacinda Ardern immediately after gaining power, it had long been assumed that the problem was NZ First (who have a long history of environmental vandalism). But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The price of Green co-operation just went up
    If they get into Parliament, everyone expects the Greens to form a coalition with Labour. But James Shaw has said that that might not be the case, and that they might instead choose to sit on the cross-benches: The Greens are prepared to forego a coalition or confidence and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Swimming with whales: you must know the risks and when it’s best to keep your distance
    Chantal Denise Pagel, Auckland University of Technology; Mark Orams, Auckland University of Technology, and Michael Lueck, Auckland University of Technology Three people were injured last month in separate humpback whale encounters off the Western Australia coast. The incidents happened during snorkelling tours on Ningaloo Reef when swimmers came too close ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Driving Out The Money-Changers Of Reactionary Christianity.
    Den Of Thieves: They describe themselves, and the money-making rackets they dignify with the name of church, “Christian”, but these ravening wolves are no such thing. The essence of the Christian faith is the giving of love – not the taking of money. It is about opening oneself to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Could academic streaming in New Zealand schools be on the way out? The evidence suggests it should b...
    David Pomeroy, University of Canterbury; Kay-Lee Jones, University of Canterbury; Mahdis Azarmandi, University of Canterbury, and Sara Tolbert, University of Canterbury Academic streaming in New Zealand schools is still common, but according to recent reports it is also discriminatory and racist. Also known as tracking, setting and ability grouping, streaming ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A Time To Begin Again.
    A New Holy-Day: Perhaps, by accepting this gift of Matariki from the first arrivals in Aotearoa, we late arrivals, shorn of our ancestors’ outlandish fleeces, can draw strength from the accumulated human wisdom of our adopted home. Perhaps, by celebrating Matariki, we can learn to take ownership of our colonial ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s tax trauma victims and how they might help the Greens
    If there was any doubt left, we can surely call it now. Time and date. End of. Finito. Perhaps you thought you saw a flickering eyelid or a finger move? You were wrong. Labour has given up on tax reform for the foreseeable future. One of the key remaining left/right ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 weeks ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – Labour gives up on tax transformation
    Will the rich get richer under Labour’s latest tax policy? Based on the analysis in reaction to yesterday’s announcement, the answer would seem to be yes. The consensus from commentators is that inequality and severe economic problems will remain unchanged or even be made worse by Labour’s new policy. Although ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour on energy: Business as usual
    Labour has released its energy policy, and its basicly business as usual: bring forward the 100% renewable target to 2030, build pumped storage if the business case stacks up, restore the thermal ban and clean car standard (but not the feebate scheme), and spread a bit of money around to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Overshoot
    California is burning down again. In Oregon, the city of Medford - a town the size of Palmerston North - has had to be evacuated due to the fires. In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Rene has become the earliest "R"-storm to form since records began, beating the previous record by ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our Government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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