Thank you Andrew – go well Jacinda!

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, August 1st, 2017 - 54 comments
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Unlike lprent I am not discouraged by Little stepping down.

Andrew Little, good man. He did a lot of good for the Labour Party, and would have made an excellent PM. Many thanks to him. But whatever Labour was doing wasn’t working. Little doomed himself when he speculated about resigning – the media’s just going to tear you apart after that. Stepping down before the caucus meeting was the right thing to do, and the act of a decent man (see also press release below).

Jacinda has been confirmed unopposed as the new leader (Davis as deputy). That’s a real opportunity. Jacinda is a genuinely new generation, charismatic, and popular. She’s the chance of bringing new people to Labour, and the chance of a way forward. All the best to her!


Andrew Little’s press release on Scoop:

Statement from Andrew Little
Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 10:07 am
Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party

Andrew Little

Leader of the Opposition

MEDIA STATEMENT

1 August 2017

Statement from Andrew Little

Today I have announced that I will step down as leader of the Labour Party.

I’m proud to have been leader of the Labour Party, and have given this position my absolute and unwavering dedication, just as I have done so for more than 25 years in the Labour movement.

While obviously this is a sad decision, I have been privileged to have led a united, talented team of Labour MPs, proud to have progressed the values and issues that New Zealanders care about and proud to stand with working New Zealanders.

I remain committed to the Labour cause of putting people first, lifting the rights of working New Zealanders and strengthening Kiwi families.

The Labour team of MPs and staff have worked incredibly hard during my leadership, however recent poll results have been disappointing.

As leader, I must take responsibility for these results. I do take responsibility and believe that Labour must have an opportunity to perform better under new leadership through to the election.

I am determined to make sure that Labour fights this campaign with the greatest of resolve, because far too much is at stake for far too many New Zealanders.

New Zealand needs a Labour-led Government, and in order to achieve this Labour must fight without questions over its leadership.

The campaign is on a good footing, Labour’s caucus is united and the party is healthy.

My colleagues in the Labour Party caucus will elect a new leadership team this morning. I wish my successor all the very best in their new role, and offer my wholehearted support to them.



54 comments on “Thank you Andrew – go well Jacinda! ”

  1. Ovid 1

    And now it’s confirmed. Ardern is leader and Davis the deputy.

  2. Bunji 2

    Thank you Anthony.
    I don’t blame Labour Caucus either. I thank Andrew for uniting Labour for the last 3 years & getting Labour moving in the same direction. Not sure why there was a lack of cut-through to the public, but hopefully Jacinda can get that.

    Can you please put up live stream of formal announcement of Jacinda&Kelvin as new team at midday?

  3. RRM 3

    Hear hear, I wouldn’t vote for him (obviously) but he seems like a good honest guy. Better luck in his next endeavours.

    • garibaldi 3.1

      Go back to your union bashing RRM. You’re not needed here.

      • RRM 3.1.1

        I <3 haters 🙂

        • lprent 3.1.1.1

          As a gentle warning RRM. Curb your tendency to do dumbarse trolling.

          I have a low tolerance for it these days due to a lack of time, and tend to give a very fast 4 month ban when I detect it. Add to the discussion rather than give me cause to look at you with my moderator cap on.

          • RRM 3.1.1.1.1

            I have been nothing but complimentary of Andrew Little today. You look and see if I haven’t.

            At least he was a union man and, therefore, by definition, for those who work.

            • In Vino 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Weasel words RRM. May I quote your comment No.40 (11.18am) from Bunji’s post?
              “Little seemed like a decent guy to me. Just not quite right for that job.
              Thanks trade unions for your influence and control over who gets to be labour leader. It keeps the party divided and weak, therefore it’s good for New Zealand!”
              Garibaldi is right – you are a Tory Union-basher. And the implication is that Little – even if he was a decent guy, was forced upon the party by the dastardly unions. “Just not quite right for that job” indeed…
              Take responsibility for the bilge you write – don’t try to veneer over it.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Asking a right winger to display some personal responsibility begs disappointment.

  4. The NZ Herald is right into the Dirty Politics campaign with Jacinda now – a large picture of her looking frumpy , head down … didn’t take them long ,… there needs to be some complaints laid about all this … broadcasting standards and electoral interference or something…

    WHAT . A . PACK . OF . ARSEHOLES . NZ . HERALD

    • Ffloyd 4.1

      I have the feeling that key is lurking in the background. Orchestrating.

      • WILD KATIPO 4.1.1

        Nah. Just a few good mates of Mattew Hooten in the Labour party. And as I maintain , they need to be purged. Neo liberals belong in either ACT or National.

        Not Labour.

    • Jilly Bee 4.2

      My thoughts too about that photo WK – also Audrey Young, Barry Soper, Matthew Hooten et al are all weighing in now with their six-penneth worth. Dirty Politics 2017 style, here we go. My initial response to Andrew’s resignation was a weary ‘Oh No’ to whoever was in my hearing range (just a couple of cats actually!), and then I was going to resign from the party I have been a member of on and off for over 40 years and stop my monthly donations to VFL. Have calmed down now after also pondering who the hell I would vote for, but the other parties just don’t add up, though if push came to shove I could vote for the Green Party. I actually went to school with Gareth Morgan, he was a few years younger than me, but no TOP for me. So, come on Jacinda Ardern and Kelvin Davis, show us what you are made of. Just caught a bit of the live stream interview with Jacinda giving that odious Paddy Gower a serve – you go girl (and Kelvin).

      • Wensleydale 4.2.1

        She needs to keep that up. Giving Gower stick, I mean. He’s a smug hobgoblin of a man, and she’ll likely win a few hearts and minds by slapping him down every now and then.

    • rhinocrates 4.3

      Doesn’t come on rolls, doesn’t absorb, coarse texture, all these ugly black markings instead of pastel images of seashells and starfish. Not even scented. What use is it?

  5. Ovid 5

    One positive note is that Ardern signals a generational shift and aside from David Seymour is the only Parliamentary party leader under 40.

    She may yet weave the same magic Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau have enjoyed. In the US presidential election last year, Xers + Millennials outweighed Boomers. If not this year then very soon it will be the same case here.

    • DoublePlusGood 5.1

      The allusion to Macron and Trudeau is apt – both of these have pretended to be left wing but are actually committed neoliberals.

      • Ovid 5.1.1

        You’re not going to pull in soft Nat supporters without appearing moderate. Surges between the Greens and Labour are not enough.

  6. nzsage 6

    I like Andrew, a honest, hardworking man and with something very rare in politics, integrity.

    However, the bigger picture is getting Labour into power at the next election and I think he’s done the right thing by resigning.

    Jacinda WILL give Labour a boost in the polls.

    Let’s hope, for the sake of the majority of New Zealanders, it’s enough to get them across the line.

  7. indiana 7

    When National won the last election, there were many commentators here that said that National did not have a mandate, as there was such a low voter turn out and proportionally they did not have the mandate of the NZ public. I’m expecting voter turnout to be even lower this time round. If Jacinda some how pulls it off, will she have a mandate?

  8. Cinny 8

    Thank you Andrew, you’ve worked so very hard. A true team player, he was never in it for himself. I wanted to vote for you Andrew.

    Jacinda I had the pleasure of meeting you a few months back, amazing lady, all the best to you.

  9. SP 9

    My party vote will be going to Labour for the first time in a very long time! Finally someone that I can relate to. Go well Jacinda!

  10. kane656 10

    Thanks Anthony. My thoughts exactly. Andrew did a good job and had external factors against him most of the time.

    I think this will be a good thing for the party, and hopefully the country as whole when it comes to election time. No more questions about leadership. A really clear vision. And for the first time in a long time, Gen Y and Zers on the left have someone in Jacinda they can really connect with in the Labour Party. And it would seem she can connect well with members of the caucaus too.

    I can see the polls going up (and up) for her and Labour as her profile increases. Momentum will create even further momentum. Social media will go into overdrive. Pics of her and her partner (well-known ex-bFM personality Clarke Gayford) in the womens’ mags. Suddenly things will look brighter. Could we even see the first PM in history DJIng at her election night victory?

    Go Jacinda!

  11. savenz 11

    Totally disagree, Little’s strategy was working.

    Yep the Labour/Greens/NZ First alliance was on 50% beating National 47%.

    So apparently that was not acceptable to National and to MSM – so pressure was put on to give National the help they need to keep selling off our country and importing in cheap workers but derailing the steady hand aka Andrew Little keeping the alliance in place.

    Andrew Little was a fucking hero, against all the odds ensuring that the alliance could work and beat the Natz.

    Little got results that mattered – the guy was beating the Natz and NZ First voters overwhelming wanted an alliance with Labour – together they were on 50% with the Greens.

    So Andrew Little got fucked over somehow and made to feel like a loser, before he could even play his final cards to take out the Natz.

    It was all fake news of doom and gloom, his collaborative strategy was winning!

  12. Andre 12

    Hmm, could be interesting negotiations around the Prime Ministership.

    Suppose the results end up something like 22 Labour/16 Greens/16 NZ1st. Then Labour doesn’t really have much of a claim to being the senior member of the group. Of the party leaders, Winston would have by far the most experience and seniority, with Metiria next, then Jacinda, then James.

    A year apiece as PM and Deputy for Winston, Metiria and Jacinda?

  13. Louis 13

    Gosh if only people had of been this supportive of Labour when Andrew Little was leader. How many parties have won after a leadership change this close to an election?

  14. Henry Filth 14

    The timing just makes me think of 1990.

    • With good reason – it features similar levels of mindless panic and will have a similar effect on voters.

      • swordfish 14.1.1

        Nyet

        Moore replacing Palmer 6 weeks out from 1990 Election saved Lab a number of seats + about 2 % (according to NZ Election Study). He repelled some but attracted more.

  15. Adrian 15

    Andrew would have made a very good Prime Minister but in this new media age its is all about the salesperson.
    Watch Jacindas approval among women jump markedly, I know of 3 Nat women who will now vote for her but they never would have voted for AW. It is simply about the spokesperson for the things that concern even quite a few Nat women, child poverty, health and education. Hard things to sell to the target audience by an older white male.
    ( Disclaimer: I’m one ! )
    And I haven’t even mentioned the young.
    I suspect that she is secretly the leader that a very large proportion of our Labour Party has wanted all along.
    She owned that press conference like no other Labour leader has done since Helen Clark and with “relentless optimism ” theres your slogan right there.

    • I suspect that she is secretly the leader that a very large proportion of our Labour Party has wanted all along.

      Yes, the speed of the transfer was amazing. Almost like it was planned.

      She owned that press conference like no other Labour leader has done since Helen Clark

      Yep, she did well in it.

  16. seeker 16

    @lprent

    Not being able to write comments too easily anymore I would like to say that I totally agree with everything you have written in your post and your comments (not sure about NZF one tho’) Thank ypu for expressing them so well. Am voting Green too now.

    • seeker 16.1

      Oops my comment is on wrong post, should have been on lprent’s “O.K. so I’m pissed off with the Labour caucus…”.
      This dopey mistake just reinforces why I don’t comment too much anymore!

  17. Marcus Morris 17

    A seamless and inspired transition. My first reaction to the news that Andrew Little might stand down was one of mild dismay but I had not seen this combination coming. Now I feel energised.
    Andrew Little is a sincere and able person but, from the outset, he lacked the x factor needed to get wide public support, especially from the swinging voter, so essential for success in any election.
    Over the last fifty years Labour has had three such figures, Norman Kirk, so tragically taken in his prime ( and how the country has suffered from that loss), David Lange ( whose legacy was principally his stand for an independent foreign policy – Tomorrows Schools was a disaster) and Helen Clark. All three were, in their own way, charismatic and certainly strong orators. Andrew really has neither of these qualities. Neither of course did a whole succession of National leaders, especially the current incumbent but such is the psyche of New Zealand’s conservative element (little c intended) that those elements are not essential.

    Jeremy Corbyn ran a magnificent campaign in Britain a very short time ago and with little more time to have done it in. Every New Zealander who is tired of what must rank as the most duplicitous government in modern times, needs to get behind and promote the new faces (Greens included) of the Left and do their best to return New Zealand to the just and fair society it once was. Three more years of Tory neglect is going to make that adjustment very difficult indeed.

  18. silvertuatara 18

    Jacinda will make a fantastic prime minister, and I am also really happy to see Kelvin Davis assume the role of Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

    I know of many 40-50 year olds that have the upmost respect in the way Jacinda Adern approaches politics.

    Jacinda has also brought a level of dignity to politics that has not been seen in the last 9 years within the current National Government. Jacinda has stood above personal attacks on her appearance and does not involve herself in petty/ and or dirty politics which is refreshing to see.

    Yet at the same time Jacinda will not back away from asking the hard questions of the current National government, both through the press and within parliament. So if you ask me who I would be comfortable with as being the next female prime minister of New Zealand when comparing Jacinda Adern, with say, National’s Paula Bennett, Nicky Kaye, etc, Jacinda wins easily through her advanced intellect and greater emotional intelligence.

    And I am looking forward to seeing Kelvin Davis’ and Jacinda Adern’s greater prominence resonate in a manner that will be positively embraced by the Maori population as a whole, so that Labour, as part of the wider left movement is seen as a fresh and credible option for support this election so as to displace the National Government who have failed New Zealand’s middle and lower (for which Maori are over represented in) classes over the past 9 years.

  19. RedLogix 19

    A thoughtful comment from Gareth Morgan:

    It’s an awful day for Andrew Little and I for one am sad to see him go; he’s a gentleman and for sure has the interests of New Zealanders who are struggling deeply ingrained in his being. That matters.

    While Andrew has gone I would say that his departure does not address Labour’s challenge to stay relevant in 2017. What would do are policies that are designed for the 21st Century and not attempts to rehash a 1970’s tax and targeted welfare regime that is well past its use-by date.

    Labour has gone so close to trying to promote stuff that’s relevant to the plight of increasing numbers of New Zealanders who are not sharing in the prosperity that the rest of us are. Their “Future of Work” conference and capital gains tax initiatives have been just two examples. But each time the party has pulled back for fear of opening too big a policy difference with National, the incumbent government. And that has been a loss for voters who need contestability of ideas if they are going to find the best way forward.

    http://www.top.org.nz/labour_in_trouble_is_not_good_for_new_zealand

    • I’d agree with him there.

    • DoublePlusGood 19.2

      Spot on commentary from Gareth. He’s can be quite astute from time to time, when he decides to take a break from calling people morons.

    • rhinocrates 19.3

      Likewise. I respect Gareth Morgan as a commentator who has something interesting and astute to say. As a politician… well, that’s an unknown.

      when he decides to take a break from calling people morons

      The problem with intelligent people is that most of the time, especially in politics, they are dealing with morons – just look at the major parties’ front benches that are stuffed with the intellectual equivalent of Christmas Puddings who couldn’t find jobs elsewhere and use parliament as a stepping stone to corporate board memberships. People like Morgan can be forgiven for forgeting that they aren’t the only smart people around.

      • RedLogix 19.3.1

        I’ve just come out of a two hour meeting with someone very much like Morgan. Incredibly smart and if you say stupid things around him you do get the ‘moron’ treatment PDQ. It can be bit bloody at times.

        But he does keep me on my toes, and I have nothing but respect for what this man has achieved in his chosen field.

        I imagine a lot of people find it hard to distinguish between bullying and challenging. Especially when you’re on the receiving end of it. The difference is a question of motive and outcome; bullying is intended to diminish and demean, while challenging may be uncomfortable, it creates new possibilities.

        I can see how Morgan’s blunt presentation offends a lot of people; but I find him interesting.

    • mosa 19.4

      Word’s of truth !!!!!!!!!

  20. dave 20

    Can’t believe labour were so dumb here.

    Ditching the leader this close, and for Jacinda. Seriously?

  21. rhinocrates 21

    Well good luck to Jacinda Ardern and I’m glad to see someone as spirited as Kelvin Davis as her deputy instead of one of the lukewarm bowls of porridge as her deputy.

    Personally, I’ve not seen much from her yet, but people I respect speak well of her, and these are politically volatile times when safe extrapolations are not at all safe.

    I’m sure that Little is a nice guy, indeed a gentleman, in his limited way, but he would have been a competent dependable senior minister or a good steady hand in safe, steady times. His very inoffensiveness was his weakness however – it indicated that he’d never offer a real change. His willingness to back down on the 90-day law so easily and his willingness to ridicule transgender folk for a cheap score showed his lack of backbone.

    Ardern still seems to me someone who is privileged, not someone who has had to fight. Her dismissal of Metiria’s necessary and desperate dealing with Winz was nasty and showed her disconnection from the struggles many New Zealanders face daily.

    Hopefully Kelvin Davis will compensate for that. He seems to have a popular appeal that Labour’s incredibly tin-eared selection of the misogynists O’Connor and Jackson as candidates are supposed to have, but obviously don’t. Women and minorities vote FYI, and you don’t have to be an awful reactionary bigot in the advanced stages of testosterone poisoning to be populist (and why, for God’s sake, Nash? Just tell him to join National and be honest).

    Thankfully, it wasn’t just a caucus schemer like Robertson or Parker that was selected. However, the self-appointed nobility are still around, aided by people like Pagani, Quinn and Iagreewithmatthew (is his name Williams? I forget). If Labour is unable to make a government after the election, then the opportunists will be out with their knives once again. That will be Labour’s death-knell and demonstration of its terminal decadence as a party.

    I’ve a little smidgeon of hope that there will be a Labour-led government supported by the Greens and the Maori Party. Now, I know that the latter may seem like a strange choice, but Labour has to admit that it took Maori for granted and the split that produced the Maori Party was an avoidable catastrophe. The Maori Party in coalition with National has not delivered for Maori and that is well known. Weka, I disagree that Tuku Morgan has been “unnecessarily antagonistic.” That anger was well-earned and he needs to make his party’s position clear while making his own detachment from National credible as a consistent concern for Maori, not attachment to a party of capitalists. If Adern and Davis can build a bridge with him, that would be a great thing. Labour’s dealings with the Maori Party in the coming weeks may be critical.

    • The Maori Party in coalition with National has not delivered for Maori and that is well known.

      Which is why they’re now on their deathbed pleading with Labour to work with them.

      • greywarshark 21.1.1

        If the Maori Party can work with Labour it is right for Labour to have some sort of working agreement with them and give them the opportunity to advance good Maori policies. Also to ensure that the good ones they have built up are not left to drift without sufficient funding. We could look forward to another renaissance. That would be heartening.

    • Anne 21.2

      Her dismissal of Metiria’s necessary and desperate dealing with Winz was nasty and showed her disconnection from the struggles many New Zealanders face daily.

      Yes. that dismayed me too rhinocrates. She was pandering to the ignorance of the middle classes who have never been in that situation and therefore don’t have a clue what it was like for the many thousands thrown on the scrap heap in the 1990s… trying to live on $130 per week and disallowed by law to make up the shortfall with a bit of part-time work. The destitution of so many finally prompted the Bolger govt. to introduce an $80 gross income per week from other sources over and above the benefit. It was increased to around $100 (not quite sure what it is now) by the Clark govt, in the 2000s.

      As one of those affected at the time I found that statement of Jacinda’s revealing.

  22. mosa 22

    Yes Anne i was on the sickness benefit from 1999 to 2002 with a neck injury that ACC would not cover.
    I was able to work 12 hours a week in a low risk job while i waited for surgery and to supplement the benefit which was very little to live on by $80 per week.

    You have to know what it is like to live or exist on a low income which is why i had some sympathy with Metiria and her disclosure of claiming allowances from the system that is so punitive and destructive.

    If the amount you can earn has improved…. fantastic.

    As for Jacinda i would not worry too much because the Greens will be Labours conscience in government.

    • rhinocrates 22.1

      As for Jacinda i would not worry too much because the Greens will be Labours conscience in government.

      Labour needs one, for sure. They’ve been trying so desperately to gain the Nat voters for so long, they’ve forgotten who they are. Mumbles the Clown once said that gaining a National vote was worth twice as much as any other, and while he’s gone, that thinking remains.

      If they make a government, they need a conscience to be as big a part of that coalition as possible, and for that reason I’ll be voting Green.

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    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    3 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    4 days ago
  • Juggernaut
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
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    5 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
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    6 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
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    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
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  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    1 day ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    1 day ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
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    2 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
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    2 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
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    2 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
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    3 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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    3 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
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    3 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
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