The Auckland Mayor’s powers

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, October 18th, 2022 - 72 comments
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Yesterday newly elected Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown issued a Mayoral decree that Watercare, a Council controlled organisation, should no longer work on anything to do with the Government’s Three Waters reforms.

The lawyer in me wondered how he could do this.  Afterall Watercare is a private company whose shares are owned by Auckland Council.  It is a Council Controlled Organisation under the Local Government Act 2002.

And the law is pretty clear.  Council control is through preparation of a Statement of Intent, and if Council requires it, other plans.

So what powers does the Mayor have?

They are set out in legislation.  Section 9 of the Local Government Auckland Council Act states as follows:

9   Mayor of Auckland
(1) The role of the mayor is to—
(a) articulate and promote a vision for Auckland; and
(b) provide leadership for the purpose of achieving objectives that will contribute to that vision.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), it is the role of the mayor to—
(a) lead the development of Council plans (including the LTP and the annual plan), policies, and budgets for consideration by the governing body; and
(b) ensure there is effective engagement between the Auckland Council and the people of Auckland, including those too young to vote.
(3) For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), the mayor has the following powers:
(a) to establish processes and mechanisms for the Auckland Council to engage with the people of Auckland, whether generally or particularly (for example, the people of a cultural, ethnic, geographic, or other community of interest):
(b) to appoint the deputy mayor:
(c) to establish committees of the governing body:
(d) to appoint the chairperson of each committee of the governing body and, for that purpose, the mayor—
(i) may make the appointment before the other members of the committee are determined; and
(ii) may appoint himself or herself:
(e) to establish and maintain an appropriately staffed office of the mayor.
(4) The mayor must exercise the power in subsection (3)(e)—
(a) in consultation with, and acting through, the Council’s chief executive; and
(b) within the budget in the annual plan adopted for that particular expenditure (being an amount not less than 0.2% of the Council’s total budgeted operating expenditure for that year).

And who governs Auckland Council?  The Act is pretty clear, the governing body is the Mayor and the twenty elected councillors.

The Mayor by himself has some but not huge powers.  Without a majority of councillors behind him his powers are relatively limited.

Auckland is in a relatively unique position.  Thanks to Mayor Goff’s enhanced investments over the past six years our water quality is improving and more beaches are swimmable more of the time.  We have had much fewer incidents of crumbling infrastructure that other cities, such as Wellington has had.  Auckland needs Three Waters less than any other part of the country.

But as an example of what will be required to provide drinkable water in the future Watercare has recently increased prices by 7% and is planning to implement increases of 9.5% each year for the next seven years.

Brown obviously needs to get a lawyer in his office.  Currently he has a spin doctor, a former New Zealand First MP and someone who previously worked for Crosby Textor.

This approach is Trumpian in its audacity.  But it is also deeply disrespectful to the Councillors.  This is a decision for them all to make, not Brown exercising a mayoral fiat that does not exist.

72 comments on “The Auckland Mayor’s powers ”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    If it is yellow, let it mellow. It it's Brown, flush him down.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    The Trump analogy is apt.

    Guys like Hooten see Trump and the Brexit campaign as something to be admired and emulated. have no idea how to govern. What's more, they don't care. They just want to smash their enemies, real and imagined.

    They've got hold of the lolly shop via a septugenarian sock puppet and they are gleefully trashing the place. Once their gone they'll face no consequences. Hooten is a proven liar who routinely conceals his conflicts of interest , yet he is still regularly platformed in the MSM as a opinion writer in the Herald which also now breathlessly publishes whatever bullshit press release he puts out from the mayor’s office.

    a Oh and while we are on the Herald – Bernard Orsman "discovering" an ugly quartet of dirty National party operatives were behind what is clearly a desperately partisan new mayor some days AFTER the election? Do the Herald think I'm a fucking idiot? pull the other one. That information was IMHO deliberately suppressed to make sure people who don’t want a bar of dirty political operators didn’t know who was pulling Brown’s strings when they voted.

    Theses wide boys will try to lay waste to our institutions to further their stupid culture war and they'll get away with as much as they can. This sort of political gamemanship aimed at right's culture war enemies demands one response – a careful political program to bait Hooten/Brown until they got enough rope to hang themselves then sack Brown and appoint a commissioner.

    Unfortunately, our centrist Labour governments instinctive response to these issues is the same as the centrist response to the rise of right wing disloyalty everywhere – a paralyzed pearl clutching quelle horreur and an obsession with being the only side that still plays by the “rules”.

    This is exactly the same sort of lack of a muscular response to what amounts to right wing sedition as enabled Trump, Brexit and all the rest of it, but the centrists never get it.

    • Anne 2.1

      Unfortunately, our centrist Labour governments instinctive response to these issues is the same as the centrist response to the rise of right wing disloyalty everywhere – a paralyzed pearl clutching quelle horreur.

      It is leaving me ever more incensed. They seem to have lost their mojo or they are mixing with the wrong people. Whether one likes it or not you have to fight fire with fire – something this government seems to have lost sight of.

    • Ad 2.2


      Why Brown would staff up with operatives who are universally loathed in National for their multiple leadership coup betrayals – Tim Hurdle and Hooten – is pretty perplexing.

    • I will admit that "commissioner" sprang into my mind too

    • roblogic 2.4

      The safe centrist Left chooses the noble path of the Samurai, while their enemies rampage around the countryside shooting everything up with cannons and muskets. Useless.

      There is no honour in failing to fight, and then whining about fairness.

      • Ghostwhowalksnz 2.4.1

        You mean Labour should follow the path of The Greens and try and cull any leaders with centrist tendencies .

        How did that work out?

        • roblogic

          Most of Labour is centrist, I would prefer they actually did some left wing stuff now and then.

          • Ghostwhowalksnz

            Compared to John Key centrism , they are left wing

            This is the 2020s , no ones is going to do 1950-60s left wing stuff anymore

  3. Wayne Brown will be a One Term wonder.

    Full of his own importance, piss and wind.

    • Dean Reynolds 3.1

      He's 76 years old with health issues – he may not make even one term.

    • Ad 3.2

      So was Trump, and Trump has permanently and massively altered the entire United States political economy.

      Plenty of damage you can do in a term if you put your mind to it.

      • roblogic 3.2.1

        Trump weaponised the worst conspiracy theories and poisoned the minds of half of America. Likewise, the Mayor of 1.8 million souls has a massive platform that he can use to build unity and hope for a brighter future, or something darker.

        Why Democracies Are So Slow to Respond to Evil

        Thread on the rise of Anti-Semitism in America…

        …the resurgence of hatred against Jewish people in any society is a bright red flag warning us that a portion of that society has become delusional, intolerant and willing to embrace authoritarians. It is a sign of deep dysfunction…

        • Drowsy M. Kram

          Just back from a short walk – spied a few thrushes and blackbirds aplenty (some lighter than others) hopping about in the partial sun, contesting the better worm-hunting possies. As for "something darker", something browner could be good.

          "Pay no attention to the man behind the screen"

          The Cheshire Cat effect
          Each eye sees two different views of the world, sends those images to the visual cortex where they are combined, and creates a three-dimensional image. The Cheshire Cat effect occurs when one eye is fixated on a stationary object, while the other notices something moving. Since one eye is seeing a moving object, the brain will focus on it, causing parts of the stationary object to fade away from vision entirely.

          Where did that Jabberwock go? Behind you… BEHIND YOU!!!

  4. Leo 4

    brilliant! maybe i'll put up stickers of Wayne in all the toilet bowls in my next hospo establishment.

  5. X Socialist 5

    ''The lawyer in me wondered how he could do this. ''

    ''This approach is Trumpian in its audacity. ''

    Brown is gesturing. He becomes a hero for standing up to the gummint over 3 Waters. There's little risk. This government will be gone next year.

  6. Ad 6

    I don't understand why the Labour leadership in Wellington didn't come out for Efeso Collins, real strong and with money and with joint media appearances. In particular Ardern and the other Auckland-based MPs.

    They just let Efeso swing so now they they've lost Auckland politics to this guy, and this guy is going to do all he can to wipe Labour out in 2023.

    • Sanctuary 6.1

      "…I don't understand why the Labour leadership in Wellington didn't come out for Efeso Collins…"

      Well the Labour party wanted Richard Hills to run for mayor, a middle class centrist machine politician with the bonus of being gay was always what Labour would have preferred.

      My guess is it was a case of old fashioned preferring to stay in charge of the losing side to losing control of the winning one.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 6.2


      [Please don’t shout – Incognito]

      • Incognito 6.2.1

        Mod note

      • Ad 6.2.2

        Endorse does not equal support. And he had to beg.

        • Ghostwhowalksnz

          It does mean support .

          'He said the endorsement followed a thorough process and he was "gratified" to receive Labour members' support'

          Mayors are generally independent campaigns where they raise their own money and have their own policies. They arent Mps after all, who are 'chosen' by the party first.

  7. Peter 7

    There'll be those who love the Trumpian approach. They love that approach from Trump. They'd love it from anyone.

    Oh, except when they don't like it. If Jacinda Ardern went Trump, went on the dictatorial rampage they accuse her of being engaged in, they'd go off their heads.

    She might have the weight of Parliament behind her but they'd go crazy. We'd have the hollering about 'consultation' of course. From those who the rest of the time complain about investigation and discussion and working parties, consultation, instead of action.

    Due process? Rules, regulations legislation? DownTown Brown comes along and the zb mob is all afever about action, bugger the norms. Ardern trying the same approach, the gallows would be readied.

    • Ad 7.1

      You missed the bit where Ardern assumed masdive executive powers for half a term and had several hundred people protest against those powers at Parliament.

      They'd've done the same for any PM.

      • Ghostwhowalksnz 7.1.1

        The Government has always had massive executive Powers , and what they do , and the courts have confirmed this is done as provided for in the legislation.

        You dont seem to realise that the part of the Government that runs the country is called Executive Council for a reason

      • Peter 7.1.2

        You missed the bit where Brown demanding what he's going do before even formally meeting with those who are actually going to make the decisions, is more than slightly different than the 'The Government' as a whole or the Executive making decisions.

  8. Corey Humm 8

    Every election I have a good laugh about mayor's and city council candidates running on platforms and how tell the public they are gonna change things as if they truly believe they have some executive power.

    Mate you're just a glorified city councilor with single vote in a council with a few extra powers like appointing boards and panels.

    It's a shame that post 2017 the labour government didn't put a civics class in our school curriculums because by golly do the citizens but more importantly the politicians and would be politician's need an understanding of how government operates.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 8.1

      Auckland Council Mayor has a major power you arent aware of

      Seems like it matches more what Brown is doing than you think

      The mayor’s responsibilities include:

      • promoting a vision for Auckland
      • providing leadership to achieve the vision
      • leading the development of council plans, policies and budgets
      • ensuring effective engagement between Auckland Council and Aucklanders.

      Maybe you would like to walk back your claims which date to before the super city.

      Especially holding the budget power , a bit like a Minister of Finance does ?

      • woodart 8.1.1

        no. he is still just one vote at council meetings. mayors dont have that much say in changing things by themselves. witness what has happened at invers council over the last few years. auckland mayor is no different.

  9. Incognito 9

    It’s a shot across the bow but Wayne has jumped the gun; Council controls the CCOs and Wayne thinks he controls Council. Only in Wayne’s world.

    He shows his weak hand by the way he’s using public pressure to get what he wants, i.e., the action of a bully.

    Anywho, here’s the letter in full:


    • Ghostwhowalksnz 9.1

      Even the Council website says he can do the things he is doing

      I get that people think hes getting ahead of himself before being sworn in ,and certainly many things require a resolution of the full council

      But hes certainly made clear his vision and giving the leadership to achieve those visions.

      After even Goff opposed the 3 waters initiatives , so the new Mayor doing so is nothing new.

      • Incognito 9.1.1

        Sure, but where does it say that the Mayor can rule CCOs by decree?

        Did you like his ‘open letter’? Did you fact-check it?

        Is ‘governing’ through open letters the new open government that promotes transparency and accountability or is it a form of aggressive bullying?

        • Ghostwhowalksnz

          Of course . see my facts further down at 4PM about the Councils powers over the CCOs

          I do say that he cant rule by edict too.

          But also note my other fact from the councils website on what the Mayors responsibilities are

          Hes certainly doing the 'vision and leadership' thing, and of course even with Goff the council opposed 3 waters. So maybe the council already had passed a resolution opposing 3 waters .

          Maybe its your turn to fact check ?

          • Incognito

            I do say that he cant rule by edict too. [sic]

            Gaslighting much? Do you know the meaning of the verb rule?

            Maybe its your turn to fact check ? [sic]

            You either did not read the letter or took it as Gospel or both.

  10. Maurice 10

    …. and just like that he inhabits a little corner in the Left lobe of the brain rent free.

  11. Chris 11

    The guy's a megalomaniac. At least Muldoon had the mechanism to repeal the compulsory superannuation legislation after 'declaring' it void and 'ordering' officials not to implement it. Brown doesn't have anything like that behind him. He's just a mayor, that's it, with a divided council to boot. It's going to be fun watching his probably slow but sure demise. It mightn't even be that slow if he keeps the behaviour up. Wonderful, really.

  12. Ghostwhowalksnz 13

    Mickey , you left out another part of the Local Government Auckland Council Act

    58 Auckland water organisation must give effect to LTP and act consistently with other specified plans and strategies of Council

    (1)An Auckland water organisation must give effect to the relevant aspects of the LTP.

    (2)An Auckland water organisation must act consistently with the relevant aspects of any other plan (including a local board plan) or strategy of the Council to the extent specified in writing by the governing body of the Council.

    The Mayor Elect quite rightly cant issue edicts , and as Brown hasnt been sworn in yet he has no powers.

    It seems that the first meeting of the council will be very interesting as he will no doubt want 'plans and strategys ' be be issued in writing which have legal force for Water

    • Ad 13.1

      Watercare are a kingdom that doesn't care a fig about Council. Its had 30 years of corporate independence.

      Even if 3Waters dies they'll still probably take over the wee Northland precincts, adding to North Wsikato.

      • Ghostwhowalksnz 13.1.1

        Wellington Water runs one of more of the Wairarapa councils water services, as well as the metro wellington ones. I understand its by choice of the councils

        Thats what CCO are designed to do

  13. tinderdry6 14

    "Brown obviously needs to get a lawyer in his office. "

    He already has one.

    "Meanwhile, Brown’s campaign media manager Ben Thomas and campaign manager Chris Matthews are listed as political advisors and Max Hardy an advisor, although he is working for the law firm that has provided advice to Brown’s campaign."

    Hardy is a partner at Meredith Connell, the high-profile law firm that holds the Crown Warrant. Hardy’s profile page on the firm’s website states: “Max and his team know Wellington intimately, and how policy is made and legislation, regulation and decisions happen.”

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 14.1

      The previous council voted against 3 waters changes

      The Minute is linked here

      Brown is just instructing Watercare to follow the previous Council resolution as they are legally obliged to do so.

      See Local Government Auckland Council Act

      S 58(2)

      An Auckland water organisation must act consistently with the relevant aspects of any other plan (including a local board plan) or strategy of the Council to the extent specified in writing by the governing body of the Council.

      It seems that most of the comments questioning Browns ability over issuing 'edicts' dont realise the necessary resolutions were passed by the previous Council!

      Mr E Collins wasnt listed as present for that meeting on 23rd Sept 2021

      • tinderdry6 14.1.1

        I agree. My understanding is that Wayne Brown has done his homework and knows exactly what he can and cannot do. There may well be some posturing, but Brown has made his agenda very clear, and all power to him.

      • Incognito 14.1.2

        Brown referred to the previous Council vote in his open letter.

        Where (which resolution(s)) did the previous Council agree to instruct Watercare to stop working on Three Waters Reforms?

        • Ghostwhowalksnz

          I would think his instructions follow from the councils previous resolution opposing 3 Waters

          The legislation says Watercare 'must act consistently' with the councils resolutions.

          Thats been one of the issues with all the CCOs and port , Council hasnt been more direct with its requirements and has just left the boards to follow their own version of what needs to be done.

          Thats going to change

          • Incognito

            I would think his instructions follow …

            Enough said.

            • Ghostwhowalksnz

              S58 of the Watercare legislation

              'An Auckland water organisation must act consistently with the relevant aspects of any other plan (including a local board plan) or strategy of the Council to the extent specified in writing by the governing body of the Council.''

              Brown is just saying what the Council previously has – in a more wordy and ambivalent way- wanted

              The council passed a resolution- in writing- which gave its strategic direction which it seems they werent following. Brown has spelled it out

              The broader issue really is that these are mostly 'commercially' oriented directors who have positions where they arent subject to oversight from another organisation. They consider they are the best judge of what to decide . CCOs arent truly independent as the Council should exercise more active supervision

              • Incognito

                Clearly, I was referring to:

                Resolution number GB/2021/110

                MOVED by Mayor P Goff, seconded by Cr L Cooper:

                Where does the [previous] Council agree/decide that Watercare should stop working altogether on the Three Waters Reforms?

                If you cannot answer the question, just say so, instead of wasting my time.

                • Ghostwhowalksnz

                  Dont know what a strategy is do you , thats how you are wasting your own time

                  'act consistently with other specified plans and strategies of Council'

                  Thats been the problem all these years they dont 'act consistently' at all and the council hasnt cared. Although AT is the bigger issue but there he just wants them all gone .

                  Brown is the first one to say they arent acting in the manner required by law and GIVE them a direct order based on the previous council resolution. No doubt he will get another from the new council, as it was overwelming vote against last time.

                  Thats not to say 3 waters isnt a useful template for other parts of NZ

                  • Incognito


                    The WSE Bill has not yet been passed in Parliament but this is likely to happen later this year or (more likely, IMHO) early next year. In the lead up to WSE, 2 other Bills have already been passed:

                    1. the Taumata Arowai Bill
                    2. the Water Services Bill

                    Neither you nor Brown can ignore these Bills and the direct and indirect implications & consequences of these for Auckland.

                    Anywho, there’s a process that even Brown (i.e. the whole Council) must follow, but he and his advisory team seem to think that they’re above that and can rip up the rulebook.

  14. Meanwhile in the rest of NZ we are agog that Auckland now has its very own Trump-ette with scant regards for legalities.

    What crazy task is he going to be involved with today?

    What crazy misunderstanding of the law is he going to initiate today?

    Will he ever wear white shoes and 'gangster' pinstripe suits?

    Hair dye? Beard dye?

    On a serious note a very wise politician I once worked for said you've lost it when people laugh at you rather then with you.

    PM is meeting him shortly. Hopefully he will not be crass and rude. Will he bring his whole inner office to Wellington to meet her? Does he need his own plane perhaps Numpty1?


    • Peter 15.1

      "Meanwhile in the rest of NZ we are agog that Auckland now has its very own

      Trump-ette with scant regards for legalities."

      The USA version included scant regards for realities too of course.

      Brown is going to "fix it." Easy to say, easy to parrot, easy to remember, easy to fixate on.

      Trump was going to "Build the wall." Easy to say, easy to remember, easy to parrot. How did that go?

      • Ghostwhowalksnz 15.1.1

        Completely false .

        Brown is only making clear what even the previous council had a majority vote against ….in a long detailed resolution. Three waters. ( there may have been other votes apart from the Sept 2021 instance)

        Watercare under its legislation is obliged to act on the Councils strategy

        Plus the Council itself says the Mayors 'job' is to provide his vision and leadership for the city. I dont agree with all his vision but he won the election not me.

        • Incognito

          ( there may have been other votes apart from the Sept 2021 instance)

          Indeed, and it doesn’t confirm any of your or Brown’s reckons.

          • Ghostwhowalksnz

            Its merely saying they have submissions to the select comitte process.

            The Councils opposition to 3 Waters – for Auckland, remains

            Watercare did a lot of work after the Super city began on the smaller communities on Auckland fringes who were previously badly served by the 'rural' councils Rodney and Franklin.

            Im sure 3 waters will do a lot for many smaller communities around NZ . But its not necessary for Auckland.

            Whanganui for instance built a major water treatment plant across the river , it was designed badly and smelt up the whole area amoung other failings. They used outside consultants and the end result was as much money again was spend to replace some of the treatment process

            Hastings of course killed some of its residents and poisoned many others because its lack of expertise in managing its fresh water bores.

            The list is long of the various failings even fair sized cities face.

            • Incognito

              Its merely saying they have submissions to the select comitte process. [sic]

              Exactly! And they come out of thin air or someone, e.g., Watercare has to prepare for these, as well as dealing with the Bills that have already been passed in the lead-up??

              It almost (!) sounds like you’re saying that Brown doesn’t want to go ahead with those submissions.

  15. James Simpson 16

    The Mayor by himself has some but not huge powers. Without a majority of councillors behind him his powers are relatively limited.

    That is the point I made before the election and you seemed to disagree with me back then Mickey?

  16. skylark 17

    Of course Aucklanders are welcome to come and swim in our streams and harbours, and drink and cook with water that doesn't have the same infrastructure protection and investment that they have because our community can't afford to build for the holiday surges. (We stay out of the water and the surf when the Aucklanders arrive wink)

    • roblogic 17.1

      Yeah, that's the attitude of New Zealand south of the Bombays and it is crap.

      They are happy to take tourist $$$ but don't want to make any damn effort themselves. That's why 3 Waters is so vital.

      Auckland misses out again. We carried everyone during Covid. We have a functioning water supply. We pay more in tax than Wellington gives back. And now the politicians want to re-start mega immigration for "growth", which will all end up in Auckland making everything more expensive and difficult.

      Thanks for nothing.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • How Should We Organise a Modern Economy?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Willis fails a taxing app-titude test but govt supporters will cheer moves on Te Pukenga and the Hum...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • ELIZABETH RATA: In defence of the liberal university and against indigenisation
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the skewed media coverage of Gaza
    Now that he’s back as Foreign Minister, maybe Winston Peters should start reading the MFAT website. If he did, Peters would find MFAT celebrating the 25th anniversary of how New Zealand alerted the rest of the world to the genocide developing in Rwanda. Quote: New Zealand played an important role ...
    3 days ago
  • “Your Circus, Your Clowns.”
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 8-December-2023
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • End-of-week escapism
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Dec 8
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Witchcraft Laws: 1840/1858-1961/1962
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    4 days ago
  • No surprises
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #49 2023
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    4 days ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • A question of confidence is raised by the Minister of Police, but he had to be questioned by RNZ to ...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Xmas  good  cheer  for the dairy industry  as Fonterra lifts its forecast
    The big dairy co-op Fonterra  had  some Christmas  cheer to offer  its farmers this week, increasing its forecast farmgate milk price and earnings guidance for  the year after what it calls a strong start to the year. The forecast  midpoint for the 2023/24 season is up 25cs to $7.50 per ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • MICHAEL BASSETT: Modern Maori myths
    Michael Bassett writes – Many of the comments about the Coalition’s determination to wind back the dramatic Maorification of New Zealand of the last three years would have you believe the new government is engaged in a full-scale attack on Maori. In reality, all that is happening ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Dreams of eternal sunshine at a spotless COP28
    Mary Robinson asked Al Jaber a series of very simple, direct and highly pertinent questions and he responded with a high-octane public meltdown. Photos: Getty Images / montage: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR The hygiene effects of direct sunshine are making some inroads, perhaps for the very first time, on the normalised ‘deficit ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Oh, the irony
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – Appointed by new Labour PM Jacinda Ardern in 2018, Cindy Kiro headed the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) tasked with reviewing and recommending reforms to the welfare system. Kiro had been Children’s Commissioner during Helen Clark’s Labour government but returned to academia subsequently. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Transport Agencies don’t want Harbour Tunnels
    It seems even our transport agencies don’t want Labour’s harbour crossing plans. In August the previous government and Waka Kotahi announced their absurd preferred option the new harbour crossing that at the time was estimated to cost $35-45 billion. It included both road tunnels and a wiggly light rail tunnel ...
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Presents: Jurassic Park on 35mm
    Hi,Paying Webworm members such as yourself keep this thing running, so as 2023 draws to close, I wanted to do two things to say a giant, loud “THANKS”. Firstly — I’m giving away 10 Mister Organ blu-rays in New Zealand, and another 10 in America. More details down below.Secondly — ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Prime Minister's Dream.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • National’s new MP; the proud part-Maori boy raised in a state house
    Probably not since 1975 have we seen a government take office up against such a wall of protest and complaint. That was highlighted yesterday, the day that the new Parliament was sworn in, with news that King Tuheitia has called a national hui for late January to develop a ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Battlefield Earth – How War Fuels Climate Catastrophe
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). War, conflict and climate change are tearing apart lives across the world. But these aren't separate harms - they're intricately connected. ...
    5 days ago
  • They do not speak for us, and they do not speak for the future
    These dire woeful and intolerant people have been so determinedly going about their small and petulant business, it’s hard to keep up. At the end of the new government’s first woeful week, Audrey Young took the time to count off its various acts of denigration of Te Ao Māori:Review the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Another attack on te reo
    The new white supremacist government made attacking te reo a key part of its platform, promising to rename government agencies and force them to "communicate primarily in English" (which they already do). But today they've gone further, by trying to cut the pay of public servants who speak te reo: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • For the record, the Beehive buzz can now be regarded as “official”
    Buzz from the Beehive The biggest buzz we bring you from the Beehive today is that the government’s official website is up and going after being out of action for more than a week. The latest press statement came  from  Education Minister  Eric Stanford, who seized on the 2022 PISA ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Failed again
    There was another ETS auction this morning. and like all the other ones this year, it failed to clear - meaning that 23 million tons of carbon (15 million ordinary units plus 8 million in the cost containment reserve) went up in smoke. Or rather, they didn't. Being unsold at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Government’s Assault On Maori
    This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Even so, Christopher Luxon has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. In the NZ Herald, Audrey Young has compiled a useful list of the many, many ways that ...
    5 days ago
  • Rising costs hit farmers hard, but  there’s more  positive news  for  them this  week 
    New Zealand’s dairy industry, the mainstay of the country’s export trade, has  been under  pressure  from rising  costs. Down on the  farm, this  has  been  hitting  hard. But there  was more positive news this week,  first   from the latest Fonterra GDT auction where  prices  rose,  and  then from  a  report ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    5 days ago
  • ROB MacCULLOCH:  Newshub and NZ Herald report misleading garbage about ACT’s van Veldon not follo...
    Rob MacCulloch writes –  In their rush to discredit the new government (which our MainStream Media regard as illegitimate and having no right to enact the democratic will of voters) the NZ Herald and Newshub are arguing ACT’s Deputy Leader Brooke van Veldon is not following Treasury advice ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Top 10 for Wednesday, December 6
    Even many young people who smoke support smokefree policies, fitting in with previous research showing the large majority of people who smoke regret starting and most want to quit. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere on the morning of Wednesday, December ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Eleven years of work.
    Well it didn’t take six months, but the leaks have begun. Yes the good ship Coalition has inadvertently released a confidential cabinet paper into the public domain, discussing their axing of Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs).Oops.Just when you were admiring how smoothly things were going for the new government, they’ve had ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Why we're missing out on sharply lower inflation
    A wave of new and higher fees, rates and charges will ripple out over the economy in the next 18 months as mayors, councillors, heads of department and price-setters for utilities such as gas, electricity, water and parking ramp up charges. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Just when most ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • How Did We Get Here?
    Hi,Kiwis — keep the evening of December 22nd free. I have a meetup planned, and will send out an invite over the next day or so. This sounds sort of crazy to write, but today will be Tony Stamp’s final Totally Normal column of 2023. Somehow we’ve made it to ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Has the greenhouse effect been falsified?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealaders  have  high expectations of  new  government:  now let’s see if it can deliver?
    The electorate has high expectations of the  new  government.  The question is: can  it  deliver?    Some  might  say  the  signs are not  promising. Protestors   are  already marching in the streets. The  new  Prime Minister has had  little experience of managing  very diverse politicians  in coalition. The economy he  ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    6 days ago
  • You won't believe some of the numbers you have to pull when you're a Finance Minister
    Nicola of Marsden:Yo, normies! We will fix your cost of living worries by giving you a tax cut of 150 dollars. 150! Cash money! Vote National.Various people who can read and count:Actually that's 150 over a fortnight. Not a week, which is how you usually express these things.And actually, it looks ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Pushback
    When this government came to power, it did so on an explicitly white supremacist platform. Undermining the Waitangi Tribunal, removing Māori representation in local government, over-riding the courts which had tried to make their foreshore and seabed legislation work, eradicating te reo from public life, and ultimately trying to repudiate ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Defence ministerial meeting meant Collins missed the Maori Party’s mischief-making capers in Parli...
    Buzz from the Beehive Maybe this is not the best time for our Minister of Defence to have gone overseas. Not when the Maori Party is inviting (or should that be inciting?) its followers to join a revolution in a post which promoted its protest plans with a picture of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Threats of war have been followed by an invitation to join the revolution – now let’s see how th...
     A Maori Party post on Instagram invited party followers to ….  Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti, Join the REVOLUTION! & make a stand!  Nationwide Action Day, All details in tiles swipe to see locations.  • This is our 1st hit out and tomorrow Tuesday the 5th is the opening ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Top 10 for Tuesday, December 4
    The RBNZ governor is citing high net migration and profit-led inflation as factors in the bank’s hawkish stance. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere on the morning of Tuesday, December 5, including:Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr says high net migration and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Nicola Willis' 'show me the money' moment
    Willis has accused labour of “economic vandalism’, while Robertson described her comments as a “desperate diversion from somebody who can't make their tax package add up”. There will now be an intense focus on December 20 to see whether her hyperbole is backed up by true surprises. Photo montage: Lynn ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • CRL costs money but also provides huge benefits
    The City Rail Link has been in the headlines a bit recently so I thought I’d look at some of them. First up, yesterday the NZ Herald ran this piece about the ongoing costs of the CRL. Auckland ratepayers will be saddled with an estimated bill of $220 million each ...
    6 days ago
  • And I don't want the world to see us.
    Is this the most shambolic government in the history of New Zealand? Given that parliament hasn’t even opened they’ve managed quite a list of achievements to date.The Smokefree debacle trading lives for tax cuts, the Trumpian claims of bribery in the Media, an International award for indifference, and today the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Cooking the books
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis late yesterday stopped only slightly short of accusing her predecessor Grant Robertson of cooking the books. She complained that the Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU), due to be made public on December 20, would show “fiscal cliffs” that would amount to “billions of ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Most people don’t realize how much progress we’ve made on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections The year was 2015. ‘Uptown Funk’ with Bruno Mars was at the top of the music charts. Jurassic World was the most popular new movie in theaters. And decades of futility in international climate negotiations was about to come to an end in ...
    7 days ago
  • Of Parliamentary Oaths and Clive Boonham
    As a heads-up, I am not one of those people who stay awake at night thinking about weird Culture War nonsense. At least so far as the current Maori/Constitutional arrangements go. In fact, I actually consider it the least important issue facing the day to day lives of New ...
    7 days ago
  • Bearing True Allegiance?
    Strong Words: “We do not consent, we do not surrender, we do not cede, we do not submit; we, the indigenous, are rising. We do not buy into the colonial fictions this House is built upon. Te Pāti Māori pledges allegiance to our mokopuna, our whenua, and Te Tiriti o ...
    7 days ago
  • You cannot be serious
    Some days it feels like the only thing to say is: Seriously? No, really. Seriously?OneSomeone has used their health department access to share data about vaccinations and patients, and inform the world that New Zealanders have been dying in their hundreds of thousands from the evil vaccine. This of course is pure ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • A promise kept: govt pulls the plug on Lake Onslow scheme – but this saving of $16bn is denounced...
    Buzz from the Beehive After $21.8 million was spent on investigations, the plug has been pulled on the Lake Onslow pumped-hydro electricity scheme, The scheme –  that technically could have solved New Zealand’s looming energy shortage, according to its champions – was a key part of the defeated Labour government’s ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: The Maori Party and Oath of Allegiance
    If those elected to the Māori Seats refuse to take them, then what possible reason could the country have for retaining them?   Chris Trotter writes – Christmas is fast approaching, which, as it does every year, means gearing up for an abstruse general knowledge question. “Who was ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Forward to 2017
    The coalition party agreements are mainly about returning to 2017 when National lost power. They show commonalities but also some serious divergencies. Brian Easton writes The two coalition agreements – one National and ACT, the other National and New Zealand First – are more than policy documents. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Fossils
    When the new government promised to allow new offshore oil and gas exploration, they were warned that there would be international criticism and reputational damage. Naturally, they arrogantly denied any possibility that that would happen. And then they finally turned up at COP, to criticism from Palau, and a "fossil ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    Geoffrey Miller writes – New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the government’s smokefree laws debacle
    The most charitable explanation for National’s behaviour over the smokefree legislation is that they have dutifully fulfilled the wishes of the Big Tobacco lobby and then cast around – incompetently, as it turns out – for excuses that might sell this health policy U-turn to the public. The less charitable ...
    1 week ago
  • Top 10 links at 10 am for Monday, December 4
    As Deb Te Kawa writes in an op-ed, the new Government seems to have immediately bought itself fights with just about everyone. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere as of 10 am on Monday December 4, including:Palau’s President ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Be Honest.
    Let’s begin today by thinking about job interviews.During my career in Software Development I must have interviewed hundreds of people, hired at least a hundred, but few stick in the memory.I remember one guy who was so laid back he was practically horizontal, leaning back in his chair until his ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he left off. Peters sought to align ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Auckland rail tunnel the world’s most expensive
    Auckland’s city rail link is the most expensive rail project in the world per km, and the CRL boss has described the cost of infrastructure construction in Aotearoa as a crisis. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The 3.5 km City Rail Link (CRL) tunnel under Auckland’s CBD has cost ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • COP28 National Statement for New Zealand
    Tēnā koutou katoa Mr President, Excellencies, Delegates. An island nation at the bottom of the Pacific, New Zealand is unique.          Our geography, our mountains, lakes, winds and rainfall helps set us up for the future, allowing for nearly 90 per cent of our electricity to come from renewable sources. I’m ...
    2 days ago
  • Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and flood-affected regions in the Hawke’s Bay. The visit reinforced the coalition Government’s commitment to support the region and better understand its ongoing requirements, Mr Mitchell says.  ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity
    New Zealand has joined the UK and other partners in condemning malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Government, Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau Judith Collins says. The statement follows the UK’s attribution today of malicious cyber activity impacting its domestic democratic institutions and processes, as well ...
    3 days ago
  • Disestablishment of Te Pūkenga begins
    The Government has begun the process of disestablishing Te Pūkenga as part of its 100-day plan, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills Penny Simmonds says.  “I have started putting that plan into action and have met with the chair and chief Executive of Te Pūkenga to advise them of my ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend COP28 in Dubai
    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will be leaving for Dubai today to attend COP28, the 28th annual UN climate summit, this week. Simon Watts says he will push for accelerated action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, deliver New Zealand’s national statement and connect with partner countries, private sector leaders ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to host 2024 Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins yesterday announced New Zealand will host next year’s South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM). “Having just returned from this year’s meeting in Nouméa, I witnessed first-hand the value of meeting with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security and defence matters. I welcome the opportunity to ...
    4 days ago
  • Study shows need to remove distractions in class
    The Government is committed to lifting school achievement in the basics and that starts with removing distractions so young people can focus on their learning, Education Minister Erica Stanford says.   The 2022 PISA results released this week found that Kiwi kids ranked 5th in the world for being distracted ...
    4 days ago
  • Minister sets expectations of Commissioner
    Today I met with Police Commissioner Andrew Coster to set out my expectations, which he has agreed to, says Police Minister Mark Mitchell. Under section 16(1) of the Policing Act 2008, the Minister can expect the Police Commissioner to deliver on the Government’s direction and priorities, as now outlined in ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand needs a strong and stable ETS
    New Zealand needs a strong and stable Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that is well placed for the future, after emission units failed to sell for the fourth and final auction of the year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says.  At today’s auction, 15 million New Zealand units (NZUs) – each ...
    5 days ago
  • PISA results show urgent need to teach the basics
    With 2022 PISA results showing a decline in achievement, Education Minister Erica Stanford is confident that the Coalition Government’s 100-day plan for education will improve outcomes for Kiwi kids.  The 2022 PISA results show a significant decline in the performance of 15-year-old students in maths compared to 2018 and confirms ...
    6 days ago
  • Collins leaves for Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins today departed for New Caledonia to attend the 8th annual South Pacific Defence Ministers’ meeting (SPDMM). “This meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security matters and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Pacific,” Judith Collins says. ...
    7 days ago
  • Working for Families gets cost of living boost
    Putting more money in the pockets of hard-working families is a priority of this Coalition Government, starting with an increase to Working for Families, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “We are starting our 100-day plan with a laser focus on bringing down the cost of living, because that is what ...
    7 days ago
  • Post-Cabinet press conference
    Most weeks, following Cabinet, the Prime Minister holds a press conference for members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. This page contains the transcripts from those press conferences, which are supplied by Hansard to the Office of the Prime Minister. It is important to note that the transcripts have not been edited ...
    1 week ago
  • Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme scrapped
    The Government has axed the $16 billion Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme championed by the previous government, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “This hugely wasteful project was pouring money down the drain at a time when we need to be reining in spending and focussing on rebuilding the economy and ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ welcomes further pause in fighting in Gaza
    New Zealand welcomes the further one-day extension of the pause in fighting, which will allow the delivery of more urgently-needed humanitarian aid into Gaza and the release of more hostages, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said. “The human cost of the conflict is horrific, and New Zealand wants to see the violence ...
    1 week ago
  • Condolences on passing of Henry Kissinger
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today expressed on behalf of the New Zealand Government his condolences to the family of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has passed away at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut. “While opinions on his legacy are varied, Secretary Kissinger was ...
    1 week ago
  • Backing our kids to learn the basics
    Every child deserves a world-leading education, and the Coalition Government is making that a priority as part of its 100-day plan. Education Minister Erica Stanford says that will start with banning cellphone use at school and ensuring all primary students spend one hour on reading, writing, and maths each day. ...
    1 week ago
  • US Business Summit Speech – Regional stability through trade
    I would like to begin by echoing the Prime Minister’s thanks to the organisers of this Summit, Fran O’Sullivan and the Auckland Business Chamber.  I want to also acknowledge the many leading exporters, sector representatives, diplomats, and other leaders we have joining us in the room. In particular, I would like ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Keynote Address to the United States Business Summit, Auckland
    Good morning. Thank you, Rosemary, for your warm introduction, and to Fran and Simon for this opportunity to make some brief comments about New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.  This is also a chance to acknowledge my colleague, Minister for Trade Todd McClay, Ambassador Tom Udall, Secretary of Foreign ...
    2 weeks ago
  • India New Zealand Business Council Speech, India as a Strategic Priority
    Good morning, tēnā koutou and namaskar. Many thanks, Michael, for your warm welcome. I would like to acknowledge the work of the India New Zealand Business Council in facilitating today’s event and for the Council’s broader work in supporting a coordinated approach for lifting New Zealand-India relations. I want to also ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition Government unveils 100-day plan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has laid out the Coalition Government’s plan for its first 100 days from today. “The last few years have been incredibly tough for so many New Zealanders. People have put their trust in National, ACT and NZ First to steer them towards a better, more prosperous ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand welcomes European Parliament vote on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement
    A significant milestone in ratifying the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was reached last night, with 524 of the 705 member European Parliament voting in favour to approve the agreement. “I’m delighted to hear of the successful vote to approve the NZ-EU FTA in the European Parliament overnight. This is ...
    3 weeks ago

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