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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  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    4 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    4 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    4 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    6 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    7 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    7 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    1 week ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago

  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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