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Tax cuts! No! Yes! Maybe! Look over there!

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 17th, 2016 - 90 comments
Categories: bill english, election 2017, john key, making shit up, spin, tax - Tags: , , ,

No country with record, climbing debt and homeless living in cars should be considering tax cuts. Bill English was right to rule them out for this term:

Budget 2016: Government rules out tax cuts

The Government says tax cuts are now off the table in this year’s Budget and possibly next year’s Budget as well. … “At this point, we’ve prioritised additional debt repayment over setting aside money in Budget 2017 for tax cuts.”

Just to be clear:

Government pours cold water on 2017 tax cut possibility

Because of a larger spending allowance in 2017, up to $2.5b in tax cuts were seen as real possibility in 2017.

However, in a pre-Budget speech in Wellington today Mr English stressed the focus for his government – if it has any spare money – will be paying down debt, not allocating money for tax cuts in 2017…

But what does Bill English know! He’s only the Finance Minister. Here’s Johnny to set him straight:

John Key hints he’ll fight election on $3 billion package tax cuts

Prime Minister John Key has effectively kicked off National’s 2017 election campaign, saying he is confident National could afford up to $3 billion in tax cuts after 2017 and he believes pressure for those tax cuts will grow. …

This isn’t just a case of National’s two top ministers being at odds. English is right, Key is lying and he knows it. But Key would rather we were talking about the mirage of tax cuts (again) than current events like the protection of corrupt tax havens or our homeless living in cars.

90 comments on “Tax cuts! No! Yes! Maybe! Look over there!”

  1. Fustercluck 1

    Just because it is obvious it does not mean it is ineffective. Expect to hear “tax cut” popping out in completely unrelated bits of news and PR for the foreseeable future.

  2. vto 2

    the slippery snake oil salesman strikes again

    • mary_a 2.1

      @ VTO (2) …

      “the slippery snake oil salesman strikes again”

      He’s been striking repeatedly for almost 8 years now, saturating NZ with his vile venom! And will continue to do so, if he’s not removed from office!

    • Peter 2.2

      …. with the help of radio friend Mike, one of the propagandist looking to control NZ group think …..

  3. vto 3

    asked about the clunky sound in the engine…. the salesman talks about how fast the car will go if you paint it red…..

  4. vto 4

    make something up to fill the gap ……… then just keep talking

  5. vto 5

    the oldest tricks in the book

    oldest tricks in the book

    some bunch of New Zealanders still falling for the oldest tricks in the book

    no wonder we have so many clunky sounding old cars

  6. reason 6

    Tax cuts did not work for boosting Don Brash in the polls …….

    http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/the-hollow-men-2008

    So they went for racism ……… and it almost got them over the line …

    It’s tried and trusted for them ………

  7. mauī 7

    If he’s talking tax cuts why not go the whole hog and launch the “KiwiTrusts” scheme for all NZers based in the Cook’s.

  8. Richardrawshark 8

    there could possibly be tax cuts..i might or might not… exactly

  9. I like this song… its far more sensible than the dark wizardry of John Key.

    Enjoy .

  10. Wayne 10

    You seem to forget that National believes in moderate taxes. Part of its core ideology. Just to deal with bracket creep/fiscal drag after 7 years requires a tax cut by lifting the thresholds.
    If the left does not think that is a good idea campaign on it.
    Any decent election should offer voters real choice. National inevitably will have a tax package that at least deals with bracket creep. No doubt National will also have a social package as well.
    The left presumably will want to increase taxes, otherwise their various social promises, which will always be larger than National’s, cannot be afforded.
    It could mean the next election will provide a very clear choice.
    Presumably that is what Standardnistas actually want.

    • vto 10.1

      you missed the point of the post Wayne

    • Sabine 10.2

      @ wayne
      The left presumably will want to increase taxes, otherwise their various social promises, which will always be larger than National’s, cannot be afforded.

      absolutly i agree with you.

      Roads? Who needs them?
      Schools? Who needs them?
      Hospitals? Who needs them?
      Surgery? Who needs them?
      Housing? Who needs that?
      Electricity? Who needs it?
      Water? Who needs it?
      Public Broadcasting? Who needs it?
      Libraries? Who needs that?
      ACC? Fuck it
      Unemployment benefits? Loosers not trying hard enough, we don’t need that?
      Working for Families? IF they can’t afford the kids they should not have them!
      Sickness Benefits? Its not my problem if your child, spouse, mother, father or other relative has health issues. Get on with it.

      Yeah, lets abolish taxes, all of them, Income Tax, Paye, GST, Gasoline Tax and whats not.
      If you need to travel a road or two, you will pay for it.
      Your water main is leaking, you will pay for it. Your child needs some education, you will pay for it.
      Your wife will also bring you food to the hospital in which you are – of course you will pay for that too – staying for the duration of your surgery.

      I so totally agree with you, taxes are for left leaning wussies that have no idea about how business function and only national will save us from these left leaning wussies and their social agenda of a well being citizenry being good for everyone. And when everything is a pay as you go we don’t need politicians either anymore, and they can finally get a real job and learn how to work. And they better do work, as there will be of course no unemployment benefit either.

      • Wayne 10.2.1

        Sabine,

        National never offers a binary choice of all tax cuts or all social and infrastructure spending, notwithstanding your caricature.

        Obviously National will offer a blend of the two.

        Just to take the first of your examples; roading. In Auckland everyone is aware of the huge projects on the northwestern motorway and western ring route tunnel. When these are complete next year traffic flows in Auckland will quite dramatically change, freeing up blockages right throughout the city. Many of the existing problems arise from the fact that everyone is forced onto a single motorway route. From next year there will be two routes.

        • Paul 10.2.1.1

          The M25.
          Look it up.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1.2

          In Auckland everyone is aware of the huge projects on the northwestern motorway and western ring route tunnel.

          Yes, we got more bloody roads when the majority of people wanted better public transport.

          When these are complete next year traffic flows in Auckland will quite dramatically change, freeing up blockages right throughout the city.

          Wow, are you truly that delusional?

          We’ve been promised lower congestion from more roads for the 50 years and every time we get more roads we get more congestion.

          Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

          From next year there will be two routes.

          And from next year there’s going to be another point of congestion and the pollution level which is killing hundreds of people every year will get worse.

          • Wayne 10.2.1.2.1

            Draco,

            Good road design does actually work. It is now 15 years since the central motorway interchange was rebuilt, increasing its capacity by 50%. Since then it has always flowed more freely than it did prior to the work being done.

            That is why I am confident that the Western ring route will have a major beneficial impact. A lot of the traffic currently going south on the Harbour Bridge will take the western ring route. Similarly airport traffic will be split between the current Epsom suburban routes and the western ring route.

            It probably means a new Harbour crossing can be put back for many years

            Just to take a small example of how intelligent road engineering males a difference. When an additional northern lane was added between Northcote and Esmonde Rd, there was a permanent improvement in traffic flow. If the same could be repeated going south from Esmonde Rd to Northcote this would be a huge advantage. It would avoid the back up on Lake Rd, since the motorway entrance could be two lanes instead of being choked from two lanes into one.

            • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1.2.1.1

              When an additional northern lane was added between Northcote and Esmonde Rd, there was a permanent improvement in traffic flow.

              I think you’ll find that it was the bus lane that did it and not the roading. Or, at least, not the single lane of roading without the rest of it.

        • Sabine 10.2.1.3

          yes dear.

          and also, can i have some of that stuff your are indulging in? cause it is good shit. really. really good.

    • dv 10.4

      “that at least deals with bracket creep

      Ohh you mean the chewing gum tax cuts Wayne!!!

      • dukeofurl 10.4.1

        Thats good , had forgotten about that one.

        And the zinger from Cullen 10 years ago

        “He noted that National did not alter the top personal tax rate during its nine years in government.”

    • Colonial Viper 10.5

      The left presumably will want to increase taxes, otherwise their various social promises, which will always be larger than National’s,

      Or just keep borrowing like the NATs
      Or reacquire the $$$ producing assets that the NATs keep selling off to mates
      Or simply issue new NZD instead of taking them from your savings.

    • Ovid 10.6

      This gives the Left a $3 billion kitty to develop new packages, even without tax increases. The “show me the money” refrain is well out the window.

    • Huginn 10.7

      Wayne:

      Bracket creep happens when inflation pushes everyone into a higher tax bracket.

      We haven’t got inflation; we may actually have deflation.

    • Oh yeah, a 2.5% increase in GST for everyone, the most paid and most regressive tax, is totally a “modest tax.”

      Get off it. National believes in selective tax relief for its mates, hence why they love “tax cuts” instead of permanently adjusting down tax rates.

      The fact is, the difference on the economy and taxes is that left-wing parties manage both better, and right-wing parties just rack up debt.

    • mikes 10.9

      Wayne, National is the tax and spend party, they just increase indirect taxes and fool many people. It is a fact that the best periods of economic growth and prosperity for most western nations have been during periods where the top income tax rates were much higher.

      Regardless, I think you missed the point of the article.

    • Expat 10.10

      Bracket creep only occurs when wages go up, not down.

      It’s a BS argument when the countries experiencing deflation, only those with a limited number of brain cells would fall for this argument.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 10.11

      New Zealand needs a large increase in tax on the wealthy, to be used to fund increased social and community spending. Good for NZ, good for the economy.

  11. Enough is Enough 11

    r0b

    As I said yesterday this is a good thing for Labour and the left.

    New Zealanders do not want tax cuts.

    Everyone knows that tax cuts are daft as they will lead to the rich getting richer and core public services being cut. If National want to do this then I suggest we quietly allow them to, so that they can be hammered during the election campaign. This a suicidal policy for them which they will be pay for for in the election.

    Labour should campaign on much higher taxes for the rich with a proportionate increase in public spending with a genuine commitment to end child poverty within three years.

    Who will vote against that?

    • Richardrawshark 11.1

      You underestimate the power of the dark side. Tax cuts, the greedy people will vote for tax cuts. They don’t care!

      • Enough is Enough 11.1.1

        If that is what people want then so be it.

        If it is such the bad idea that r0b and I both agree it is, then surely it wont be an issue and people will vote against it in favour of higher taxes and more core publics services.

      • Pat 11.1.2

        if there are a majority that cannot see the perversion in this we are stuffed anyway…

    • BM 11.2

      Middle NZ.

    • OneTrack 11.3

      Exactly how much higher taxes should Labour, the Greens and NZ First campaign on? And how do you define “the rich”? Those on 40K? 50K?

      If it is true that the 1%, has all the money, then you could double/triple the taxation on them, and it still wouldn’t add up to much. Which means you will have to cut into the 99% to fund the promises. I am interested how far into the 99% should be cut.

      • Enough is Enough 11.3.1

        There should be a lot less focus on the top 1% and more focus on the bottom 30%.

        The top 1% are looking after themselves quite nicely at the expense of the poor.

        Quite frankly no one should give a shit what the 1% have to say on tax because they will still be rich if we tax the 80%.

        All our focus should be on the unemployed and working poor. Lets work out what they need. We can work backwards from that point and then tell the rich how much of their fortunes they can keep.

      • mikes 11.3.2

        Exactly. Income tax has no affect on the rich, only those on salaries and wages.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 11.3.3

        The top 10% own 50% of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 50% own only 5%.

        So if you change tax on only the top 10%, to transfer only 10% of their wealth to the poorest half of NZ, you would double the wealth of the poorest half.

        If the likes of John Key could get by with $45m instead of $50m, the poorest half of NZ could have double what they currently have – which would give a profound benefit to NZ society and would be of more help to the NZ economy than JK’s extra $5m.

  12. Lanthanide 12

    National and Key have repeatedly said they’ll use the surplus to pay down debt (they said the same thing about the proceeds from the asset sales too). But that day never comes – it’s always used up for tax cuts instead.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Paying down public debt destroys money from circulation out of the economy. It’s a bad idea.

      • Lanthanide 12.1.1

        Paying interest also destroys money from circulation out of the economy. Paying down debt means we don’t have to pay interest.

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          You’re thinking like an individual.

          Instead, think like a country or a corporation.

          You never make an out of pocket payment on the interest or the loan principle, you simply roll the debt over and keep it increasing.

          • Lanthanide 12.1.1.1.1

            Eventually your creditors stop wanting to play that game; eg Greece.

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1.1

              They’re still giving Greece money.

              Remember that the money the creditors lend to Greece goes to paying off themselves and their mates.

              The alternative of course is to let Greece default.

              But notice how that isn’t being allowed by the creditors?

            • Nic the NZer 12.1.1.1.1.2

              Greece and NZ are fundamentally different. While Greece is in the Eurozone its financially beholden to the EU and their direction of the ECB. Those are the creditors we are discussing.

              In NZ there are no similar creditors. Parliament can modify the reserve bank legislation if it needs. There is no higher institution so NZ can not have the issues of Greece.

            • Nic the NZer 12.1.1.1.1.3

              http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/05/09/donald_trump_says_the_u_s_can_t_default_on_its_debt_because_it_prints_money.html

              Pay careful attention as Donald Trump explains that you (like swathes of the left) have been had for a fool.

          • Stuart Munro 12.1.1.1.2

            Paying down debt isn’t always the best use of money, but it’s better than flying sheep to Saudi or pimping flag referenda. Running up debt to no purpose, as Bill English has done, is not an indicator of competence.

        • Nic the NZer 12.1.1.2

          You have a fundamental missunderstanding. When an institution (say an insurance company) lends to the govt they expect to and do get more than they lend back. In NZ this is basically a risk free investment as the govt can always get the RBNZ to repay the funds by crediting this institutions reserve account (which is why the interest rate here is sometimes referred to as the risk free rate of return).

          The interest the govt pays on its debt does not destroy money (it creates a small amount). The issue is that you are subsidising businesses like insurance and banking by guaranteeing them a risk free investment.

      • If you believe your country is in a boom, (ie. overvaluing economic growth) arguably paying down debt is a very good idea, as reducing the money supply will slow down the economy.

        So there’s the cyclical reason to pay down debt.

        The other reason if if you think you’re overleveraged on resources, paying down debt might slow down the extractive sector slightly. (although that’s a bit of a blunt tool where more precise regulation would probably work better)

  13. Byd0nz 13

    Smash capitalism, stop voting for its bullshit.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      What do you want to replace capitalism with

      • BM 13.1.1

        Some system where he/she gets more of other peoples money.

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1

          I must say that I find the term “other peoples money” stupid. Is it your name you see on the dollar notes? Nope, its that of the Reserve Bank of NZ. Is it your face you see on the coins? Nope, its the head of Queen Elizabeth II.

          These things should give you a clue to whose money it is, and who it is that gives that money any worth or acceptability.

          TL/DR: money that you issue or that I issue ain’t gonna be worth shit. The money is issued by and given value by, the government.

          • BM 13.1.1.1.1

            Money is the representation of some persons labour/service or product.

            • vto 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Jeez BM, that is the entire problem with you right wing types – the simplicity you crave just misses entire swathes of reality. Your statement is worthless

            • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.1.1.2

              Not really. It’s actually the debt that the society owes to the person in resources. This is why private ownership fails.

              The actual money still belongs to the state though.

            • Paul 13.1.1.1.1.3

              You believe that?

              • BM

                It’s what most working people think.

                You work a 40 hour week and in return get $xxxxx amount of dollars, that money received is payment for the hours work.

                You’ve swapped your labour/skills for dollars.

                • Colonial Viper

                  It’s what most working people think.

                  but surely you don’t fall for that?

                  Further the name of the system is “capitalism” – it is capital which makes money, not labour. Labour’s share of income has been falling for decades.

                • Colonial Viper

                  You’ve swapped your labour/skills for dollars.

                  you’ve sold yourself for money, while someone else gets the benefit of your physical production and intellectual output.

                  Hence the original term “wage slavery.”

                  • BM

                    That’s how the system works, I work for whoever they pay me for work done.
                    If I think I’m worth more I can work for my self but that comes with much more risk and uncertainty.

                    This explains why tax is unpopular and tax cuts are popular as the individual has more money in their pocket at the end of the week.

                    • LOL so simplistic.

                      You could also run a business and have other people work for you. (ie. owning capital, hence the name “capitalism”)

                      Tax itself is unpopular, sure. But when you survey people about whether they’d rather pay a higher level of tax and get more public services, more than a simple majority say they would prefer that option. People know that tax buys things and that sometimes the government can get something that they can’t (by being a large enough buyer, or through economies of scale) on an individual level.

                    • BM

                      You lefties terribly over complicate basic stuff, this is why you get no traction with the voter, they just don’t know what you’re on about.

                      If the left ever want to get elected again they have to see stuff through the eyes of the average working New Zealander.

                    • b waghorn

                      “they just don’t know what you’re on about.”

                      Bm suggests that national voters are thick, who would of thought. 🙂

                    • ropata

                      I could support lower income tax, as long as there were commensurate taxes on land & financial transactions / speculation & capital gains.

                    • BM

                      I agree, we all know that taxes are a necessary evil and without them the country wouldn’t function.

                      More indirect taxation is the best approach, income tax and gst are rather in your face and people tend to take notice of those.

                      You want tax people without them knowing they’re getting taxed.

            • UncookedSelachimorpha 13.1.1.1.1.4

              Or rent extraction

      • riffer 13.1.2

        I’d like to replace capitalism with contributionism, a la the Ubuntu model.

        Yes, it would require a complete societal change. I’m good with that.

  14. Jack Ramaka 14

    Red Herrings and Dead Cats are the best bait to get the general population distracted from hotter topics fascinating these are being tossed around with the state of the NZ Economy wallowing in $120 Billion Debt?

  15. Observer (Tokoroa) 15

    .

    The Opposition should promise tax cuts and additional Services because they will have access to real wealth.

    The money will be provided by the very wealthy who over many years have indulged in Tax avoidance and Tax evasion. Evasion and Avoidance are in fact the same thing and are against the spirit of Democracy.

    The first declaration of the Opposition should in fact be the proud and clear enunciation of what a Democracy is. Evaders and Avoiders have no rightful place within a Democracy.

    If people are are unhappy with that, they should seek succour and shelter somewhere else and live under a Despot.

    Greed and lack of care for fellow human beings cannot be tolerated by a Democracy.

    We have witnessed the laziness of a Tory swill. We have witnessed their callous ways. Eight years of selling the assests of our Democracy. Eight years of providing no housing for new born or new arrivals. Eights years for greasing their asses at the expense of others. Eight years of self indulgence on a colossal scale.

    They are the Evaders and the Avoiders. They belong to Despots and not to Democratic Aotearoa.

    • OneTrack 15.1

      And when all of the evaders and “avoiders” have been imprisoned or forced offshore, who will pay the required taxes in Year 2?

      • Gabby 15.1.1

        You reckon they’re irreplaceable?

      • dv 15.1.2

        DUH
        evaders avoider Don’t pay now.

      • Augustus 15.1.3

        The ones who do now, instead of the evaders and avoiders? I’d even wear a GST rise to pay for the prisons

      • mac1 15.1.4

        I reckon it would be a fair deal to offer the people of New Zealand. We will give you $3 billion tax cuts when the evaders ante up with their estimated $7.4 billion annual share.

        “Dob in an evader, and save.”

    • Gabby 15.2

      Course, it could be Ponyboy trying to panic Labour into making dopey promises.

  16. Repateet 16

    And both of them would rather no focus being on the Ministry of Education corruption at Rangiora High.

  17. Policy Parrot 17

    The correct response for those guiding Labour here is to wait: let other groups do all of the talking/criticism. Simply state that “we are working on our tax policy, and will release details in due course.”

    Whether tax cuts are moral or not is not the question here, it is more; “are they politically popular?”, and “are the trade-offs worthwhile?”. If tax cuts become politically toxic, sock the government with their commitment, and if they become popular, think about how to respond in kind, i.e. a “tax cuts plus” type policy.

    Key has pre-announced a number, do some opposition prep and think about the various likely scenarios they would come up with (that would be popular both with middle voters and National’s base), and formulate some counter-proposals, i.e.

    – Tax cuts for lower/middle income earners are kept/similar to proposed Nat package.
    – Reintroduce the 5th threshold (old 39%/38% rate axed by National into 2010)
    – Essentially the message for middle income-voters is that Labour can deliver the same tax cut, but also increase social spending for underfunded areas, i.e. police, education etc.

    Wait for a few weeks after the 2017 budget for media coverage to clear, and then announce a shadow budget, with large contingencies, float ideas, and drip feed non-specific announcements, until campaign proper, and announce final costed plan 10 days out from the election.

  18. Observer (Tokoroa) 18

    .
    . To One Track

    . The wealth of the commoners.

    You see, poor chap that if Greedy Trolls aren’t gathering all the profits for themselves, putting it in hidden undisclosed places, as well as shipping lots overseas to their greedy friends, year two will pay for itsself.

    It sounds to me that you have been unable to understand that wealth goes to relatively few people with excessive cupidity for money and assets.

    If you had stayed at school until you were 7yrs old, you would have understood that babies need housing. Parents need jobs and living wages. They simply cannot afford to have the wealthy take all the resources and money out of the community.

    The resources have gone to wealthy people here and overseas. Which is why Auckland is the cruelest place in the world. Highest Housing costs; highest rentals; lowest relative wages.

  19. NZJester 19

    We could not afford the tax cuts they originally gave the rich when they first became the government, but that did not stop them borrowing us into debt to give them those tax cut.
    They will find the money somewhere for them and I’m betting it will be by flogging something off if they get back into power again. They have been systematically borrowing this country into debt and getting our assets ready to flog off. The making us a tax haven is just the icing on the cake for their rich backers.
    If you could trace where a lot of those anonymous donations to the National Party come from, I doubt much of it comes from New Zealand, as few people here could afford to fund them in the amounts they regularly receive (Makes air quotes gesture and winks) “anonymously”.

  20. Ben 20

    The merits of tax cuts aside, if you read the post slowly you will comprehend that BE stated no tax cuts in 2016 and 2017, and Key stated there was room for tax cuts after 2017.

  21. Ben 21

    The merits of tax cuts aside, if you read the post slowly you will comprehend that BE stated no tax cuts in 2016 & 2017, and Key stated there was room for tax cuts after 2017.

  22. Daveosaurus 22

    I still haven’t seen the ‘north of $50’ the lying fuckers promised me back when. Right before they put my taxes up.

  23. Chuck 23

    Oh my…objective achieved by National. Left in total disarray over possible tax cut for 2017!!

    Like moths to the light.

  24. Jack Ramaka 24

    The tax cuts are purely a ploy to get re-elected whether we can afford them or not.

    • whateva next? 24.1

      just like Thatcher (Rust in Peace) did, trouble is it worked…took everything else, and threw some coins at us…until….the poll tax, I am waiting for the tipping point here, what will it be?

    • ropata 24.2

      yep another bribe to keep their constituency on side and to quell any stray pangs of conscience

  25. I don’t disagree that tax should remain where it is in order for the government to be robust, but the trouble is telling people that they are financing the state when they don’t see where their money is going…

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  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    2 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    2 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    3 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    7 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    7 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    24 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    6 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    7 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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    19 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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    20 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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    22 hours ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    22 hours ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    22 hours ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    3 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    3 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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    3 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    6 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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    6 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    7 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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    7 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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    7 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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    7 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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    7 days ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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    1 week ago
  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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    1 week ago
  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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    1 week ago
  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
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