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The end of conventional wisdom?

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 pm, February 6th, 2016 - 69 comments
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After Bernie Sanders’ dead-heat with Hillary Clinton in Iowa, the race to the Democrat nomination at the upcoming convention just got much more interesting. A Quinnipiac poll now has him trail her nationally by two points. Just as with Corbyn in Britain, the pundits are tying themselves in knots trying to make sense of it.

He’s unelectable, some say. He can’t handle foreign policy, say others. Or he’s too old, even though his appeal is to youth.  Or the art of government is the need to compromise. None of it is working – in fact, the longer this goes on it is increasingly Clinton who appears unelectable.

The similarities with the totally unexpected but overwhelming victory of Jeremy Corbyn in Labour’s leadership election in Britain are considerable. Both men have spent a lifetime in parliamentary politics fighting for justice from a principled base without any perceptible success to date. However given the nationwide platform of a leadership contest, they don’t have to ask themselves what the polls might tell them. They know what they think and they know what to say.

Sanders is a much more accomplished communicator than Corbyn, and as a very recent Democrat he doesn’t have the albatross of an anchorless and rudderless Parliamentary party around his neck. But their messages are the same – democracy is in danger because politics has become the preserve of the very rich, and ordinary people are denied the access to good education and health that is their right.

That the army of media pundits and political advisers who feast off the millions, indeed billions, spent in elections in America find Sanders’ unrelenting attack on America’s bought democracy unpalatable should come as no surprise.

But the fact that that message is resonating so powerfully for those who are brave enough to declare it is the single most important feature of these elections. The genie is out of the bottle, and available to help others who choose to follow the path that Sanders and Corbyn have opened up.

69 comments on “The end of conventional wisdom?”

  1. McGrath 1

    It’s the rejection of establishment candidates of favour of those considered non-establishment and not beholden to third parties as is common in the US (e.g. The Senator for Texax funded by Big Oil).

    • AmaKiwi 1.1

      Elitism versus democracy is the issue of this era.

      The NZ Labour party caucus is the epitome of elitism. The Labour caucus abhors binding referendums. The leader and caucus decide and the NZ population is supposed to obediently defer to their infinite wisdom. (Reference below)

      Yanis Varoufakis is about to launch a pan-European movement to democratize the European Union by giving the people direct (binding referendum) control over Brussels.

      Reference for Labour party elitism: I have personally questioned every Labour leader from Helen Clark to the present about binding referendums. None has the slightest respect for binding referendums.

      For more on Democratize Europe movement see http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/ and
      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/05/eu-no-longer-serves-people-europe-diem25

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1

        Reference for Labour party elitism: I have personally questioned every Labour leader from Helen Clark to the present about binding referendums. None has the slightest respect for binding referendums.

        And that is why National were so successful in their attack on Labour when they said that Labour acted as if they knew best.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1

          The Labour hierarchy treats its membership primarily as delivery mules and cash cows.

          Further, the members of its caucus reckon that they are pretty super smart compared to the rest of the membership.

          • AmaKiwi 1.1.1.1.1

            “the members of its (Labour’s) caucus reckon that they are pretty super smart compared to the rest of the membership.”

            In today’s world no one is super smart. Individuals can be super smart in their own field of expertise, but NZ and the world have become so complex that NO ONE can understand anything more than a few pieces of the huge puzzle.

            There are NO elites who can comprehend the whole. There are people with huge egos who think they know it all. We call them “politicians.”

  2. Brendon Harre -Left wing Liberal 2

    Hi Mike

    Re: “But their messages are the same – democracy is in danger because politics has become the preserve of the very rich.”

    I wrote an article about the TPP where it seems we may be in danger of losing important aspects of our democracy. Pro-TPP people have to give some pretty robust answers to some fundamental questions IMHO.

    Check it out.
    View at Medium.com

  3. Incognito 3

    If your values align with: elitism, privilege, unfairness, inequality, arrogance, greed, selfishness or intolerance to name a few you’d be unlikely to vouch for Sanders or Corbyn IMO.

  4. pat 4

    a question….what is Peter Dunns position on TPPA does anyone know?….just done a google and found zilch.

  5. Ad 5

    Amazing how the left always find a reason to keep the best and most electable woman in the world well away from the real jobs.

    Guaranteed they will do it to Clark as well.

    Sanders ain’t a genie, or Jesus, and it’s only his sideburns are Elvis.

    • Pasupial 5.1

      Ad

      You are seriously saying that Clinton is; “the best and most electable woman in the world”? Why did she lose the 2008 primary to Obama then, if she is so electable? As for; “real power”, she has been both a Senator and Secretary of State. What did she do with that power? Voted for both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and facilitated the power-vacuum in Syria that allowed the rise of IS.

      With regard to your comment above (at 3.1); yes, I would say that Sanders is the only progressive in the 2016 presidential contest. But also; yes, Sanders is no; “genie, or Jesus”. I might have preferred that Elizabeth Warren had stepped up to contest this election, Sanders only put his name forward after she refused to do so.

      • Ad 5.1.1

        Did you know Obama is not a woman?

        • weka 5.1.1.1

          I think your argument is self-serving but not genuine. You appear to be arguing that lefties are undermining a woman candidate, but that’s because you think Clinton is the appropriate choice rather than Sanders and not because of gender. It doesn’t make sense.

          btw, there was a time in NZ when Ruth Richardson and Jenny Shipley were the most electable women here. Ditto Thatcher in the UK. Look how that worked out.

          As for the ‘best’ woman in the world, that’s the real insult. There are plenty of women in the world far better than Hilary Clinton (not that I think she is so bad for what she is, but what she is isn’t what is needed).

          • arkie 5.1.1.1.1

            Hear hear.

            Not a genuine argument at all, with characteristic clumping of and dumping on ‘the left’. The idea that Sanders supporters would vote for the GOP in the general if Clinton is the Dem nom is both divisive and untrue.

            • Raf 5.1.1.1.1.1

              …. and also ridiculous when you examine how the ‘right’ and ‘left’ compare when it comes the advancement of women! Wake up, Ad, you’ll get left behind.

  6. Brian Smith 6

    …..and it’s not amazing how the far right always promote anything that will maintain their selfish lifestyle of enriching themselves and their narcissistic habits at the cost of the greater good (and democracy), a concept which is anathema to them.

  7. Tautuhi 7

    Looks like Bernie Sanders has some momentum, seems quite rational and educated.

  8. savenz 8

    The reason Sanders and Corbyn are popular is because they are considered more honest and with more solutions to the world’s problems.

    There are too many on the ‘left’ who are careerists, right-wingers and Republican Lite, (Hillary), Conservative Lite (the blairites) and National Lite (parts of the NZ Labour party). The left so far have offered few new solutions and are shrills of the same donors as the right wingers.

    The public have woken up and had a gutsful. For years they voted either ‘right’ or ‘left’ only to find out that the ‘Left’ people also support big business, big business tax avoidance, the finance industry and wall street, the oil lobby groups, war in the middle east, neoliberalism, taxing the middle classes more while expecting taxpayers to bail out big business i.e. the banks when they get too greedy and crash the system (while getting their bonuses), the grotesque examples of corporate welfare, the back yard deals, the trade deals for corporates that allow the taxpayers to have massive liabilities, the selling off of peoples countries and assets, to the highest bidder or crony of the government.

    Yep many people have woken up all right and it is not just the poor, it is the middle classes, the so called ‘rich’ (i.e. even the Nat supporters have had a gutsful i.e. Northland’. Conservatism didn’t use to mean Corruption and dirty tricks, and having criminals as politicians.

    Some politicians still don’t get it. Pollsters and spin doctors have overtaken common sense and real policies – being so far removed from reality – and with traitors in their own corner, it is taking them a while to get to grips with it all. Others are just riding the sell off wave as far as it will take them and with exit property in Hawaii and probably billions in the bank, feel immune to any consequences. That is why they want surveillance so much, to feel safe as the public get angrier and their opposition need watching and undermining too.

    No one trusts the main stream media anymore, they have blown their own credibility and ironically are destroying themselves by being openly a propaganda machine.

    MSM have to give away their newspapers, have fired most of their journalists and soon advertisers will look beyond their fake figures and with their falling profits as the deflation hits (decades of wage decline can do that, having everything built at 65 cents an hour that falls apart in 2 minutes but pollutes the environment for 200 years!) – hopefully the MSM will be the first casualty! I mean who knew before Campbell Live kill off that they got their rating from only 600 viewers and then the TV stations themselves had their fingers all over that pie. Somehow over 4 million is extrapolated from 600 sample – even though it is close to being below the margin of error!

    I’m not the only one that is surprised that Laugh out Loud Animals 2, and Cops 2 are such raters!

    Probably because it is as real as reality TV!

    • Wainwright 8.1

      The public have woken up and had a gutsful. For years they voted either ‘right’ or ‘left’ only to find out that the ‘Left’ people also support big business, big business tax avoidance, the finance industry and wall street, the oil lobby groups, war in the middle east, neoliberalism, taxing the middle classes more while expecting taxpayers to bail out big business i.e. the banks when they get too greedy and crash the system (while getting their bonuses), the grotesque examples of corporate welfare, the back yard deals, the trade deals for corporates that allow the taxpayers to have massive liabilities, the selling off of peoples countries and assets, to the highest bidder or crony of the government.

      Quote for truth.

    • Incognito 8.2

      Almost everything nowadays is poll-driven. When the polls change things in real life might change too. So, there’s an obvious strategy for change as exemplified by Corbin and Sanders; they changed the poll results in a pro-active way rather than following the polls in a reactive way. Polls tell you very little in specific terms and almost nothing about underlying sentiments, emotions or psychology. Therefore, (growing) dissatisfaction can go undetected in polls for a long time. Polls are such a crude instrument and they are almost without exception retrospective even when polling on expectations and forward-looking statements; that’s human nature for you and pollsters know this I believe.

      • savenz 8.2.1

        @Incognito – we are at the point where polls are not only manipulated but also run by stupid people with outdated practises. All around the world right and left polls are not actually as accurate as they used to be.

        In my view in NZ we are pretty close to…

        Good quote by Metiria in her state of the nation speech…

        “There’s this story about Michael Joseph Savage before he became the first
        Labour Prime Minister. He was an opposition MP for a very long time, and during
        the 1920s he used to tour the country building support for his new party. And he
        warned people that the economic system was broken. That it was unfair. And
        that it had corrupted the political process. That the system was rigged in ways
        that were dangerous and unstable. And he talked about the role of government
        in fixing these problems. Preventing collapse. Making things fair again.

        And one day, the story goes, he asked a farmer at one of these meetings, ‘Do I
        have your vote, sir?’ And this farmer said, ‘Well, you’ve got a lot of big ideas.
        Some of them sound right. But you and your party have never been in
        government. And I’ve learned on the farm that you never let a man watch your
        stock unless they’ve done it before. So you do not have my vote.’

        Years later, in the mid-1930s, Labour still had never been in government. By
        then New Zealand was in the depth of the depression. The agricultural sector
        was the backbone of the economy and it had collapsed. There was mass
        unemployment. Mass farm bankruptcies. Riots. During the election campaign in
        1935 Savage was by then the leader of the opposition. He went back to this
        province and saw the same farmer and said, ‘Do I have your vote yet? Are you
        going to let me look after your stock?’ And the farmer replied, ‘I don’t have any
        stock anymore and that’s why you have my vote.’”

        The Kiwi currency is property. At present approx 65% of Kiwis still own property so an attack on property via capital gains taxes did not go down well for the opposition last election. (Kinda of like taxing the farmers stock as they sell it, while rewarding the buyers taking their farms) but their will be a turning point where as Kiwis become tenants in their own land they will have had enough:)

        Kiwis have had enough now. By next election due to the alarming amount of transfers of Kiwi assets offshore or within offshore control we will be on our way to being tenants in our own country or at least the poor cousins. Globalism should not mean inequality, turning NZ into a banana republic, creating massive agrifarms run by corporations and wall street and domination of economic capital .

        Likewise targeted migration should be turning NZ into a melting pot of ideas and cultures and introducing new skills, NOT as a way to prop up the property bubble by having it as an investment category, pretend we have a rockstar economy, lower wages, and turn Kiwis on local wages into perpetual tenants and ruin our heritage by rewarding speculators and off shore investors building for immigrants and speculators McMansions or shoeboxes rather than like the State houses of old, Kiwi families.

        • ropata 8.2.1.1

          +1 another corrupt money laundering scam was exposed in the HOS today (not yet online), with millions funneled into the property market via the elite investor immigration category ($10 million plus, as per Kim Dotcom)

        • Incognito 8.2.1.2

          Yes, good points. I will place a long comment on polls in OM tomorrow; I’ve been sitting on that for too long.

    • Ad 8.3

      All good and Dib Dib.

      Sanders, Corbyn, and Trump all just become talismans of purity and idealism.

      Clear everything away, they promise, and it’s easy!

      Bragg: ‘still waiting for the great leap forward’

      • weka 8.3.1

        Are we debating in caricature now?

      • Olwyn 8.3.2

        I am not sure what your style is Ad. Your arguments seem to be of the “you need to appeal to the centre” and “you want someone who won’t rock the boat” kind. I think that those arguments began to seriously lose traction in 2008, and continue to do so. Since 2008 it has been patently obvious that the neoliberal model is never going to deliver for a large section of the population, and that its adherents want it that way. No more “nation of stake holders” at the end of the rainbow, just an ongoing squeeze accompanied by gloating reports of “growth.” Most of the putative left of the political class either failed to pick up on this, or chose to give precedence to their own careers. Hillary Clinton is one of them. Yes, she has the contacts, and the favours to call in, etc, but many of the people whose votes she needs have given up caring – her status is conditional on her not representing them, and they know it. At least with Sanders they can see a shred of hope.

        • arkie 8.3.2.1

          Hear hear

        • savenz 8.3.2.2

          Ad to me, seems to represent the Helen Clark years and the right side of Labour.

          “Sanders, Corbyn, and Trump all just become talismans of purity and idealism.”

          Remember under left neoliberalism, purity and idealism and bad and you should compromise and give up your principals to win. “The 1980’s – 2015’s” style of politics which has delivered increasing inequality and is in danger of wiping out the middle class and a bizarre return to a 19th century model of extreme wealth and power to extreme poverty.

          The middle class are not benefiting from their politicians ‘giving up principals’ from the last 30 years so they are looking for a different message. It may have taken a while but the tide has now turned and the financial crisis outcome has left a massive bitter taste worldwide in people mouths especially when the banks and their ilk got away with it and were provided corporate welfare to boot via the tax payer and now with all their cash are transferring more wealth in their favour, buying up/trading all the things they can get which are essential so they can trade and extort more, such as water, power, housing, education, detention, justice, food supplies. Buying up politicians as we speak.

          TPPA is a way to guarantee more corporate welfare and their current situation to continue unabated.

          • Olwyn 8.3.2.2.1

            … under left neoliberalism, purity and idealism and bad and you should compromise and give up your principals to win…

            That worked to some extent when the new neoliberal order could still claim that it would end up being better for everyone. It no longer makes this claim and it no longer can. So all that is left for left neoliberalism is the odd little “victory” that goes nowhere toward compensating for insecure jobs and living arrangements, along with the chance to applaud the career progress of persons you don’t actually know and aren’t much interested in either.

    • AmaKiwi 8.4

      Most contemporary political systems are competitive, NOT cooperative.

      This is a core problem. The “Left” elite and a “Right” elite and locked in eternal combat. (The adversarial model.)

      I believe cooperative solutions are best. I think my neighbors do, too. A form of government based on cooperation would require (at a minimum):

      1. Binding citizen initiated referendums. Extremist laws are pointless because they will probably rejected by the wider population in a referendum.

      2. A bill cannot become a law unless passed by most of parliament (2/3 or 3/4, for example). This necessitates cooperation between the parties to get a bill passed.

      Cooperative decision making is ISSUE based, not personality driven. Everyone is free to be “left wing” on some issues and “right wing” on other. The people are sovereign, not parliament.

      • savenz 8.4.1

        @AmaKiwi exactly.

        We are constantly being fed this drivel about ‘competition is good’. It is crap!!! I hate the way it is ruining our kids in particular as they are pushed into some regime of robot achievement from imbeciles like Parata who wouldn’t know how to get the best outcome if her life depended on it and is corrupt to boot.
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/76381443/Education-Ministers-consultant-tells-charter-school-to-put-land-before-students

        Imagine a war situation. What works best? Soldiers who are all ‘competing’ against each other for promotion etc and for the highest pay packet (even if offered from the enemy) or soldiers who co operate and put the ‘team’ effort first to win. Imagine if the 2nd world war was fought under the ‘competition’ model!

        I think we know the answer.

        Unfortunately our politicians and companies have pursued a diabolical ideology of ‘competition’ that does not work in the real world.

        Time to change this ‘competition’ and ‘greed is good,’ regime of propaganda.

      • Incognito 8.4.2

        Agreed.

      • Colonial Viper 8.4.3

        Fixed Term Parliaments Act – just like the UK has passed.

        Just because a government can’t pass a piece of legislation doesn’t mean that the government falls.

        The party in government needs to work with other parties to get the numbers.

  9. Coaster 9

    Sanders is doing well because people are realizing democracy does give them power to say enough is enough.

    People world wide have had enough, the nz labour party should listen to bernie sanders.

    People are not stupid, they just need to beleive that there vote can make a difference.

    • Ad 9.1

      Obama redux.
      And look where we’re at.

      • savenz 9.1.1

        @Ad – that is why people should vote Sanders not Clinton.

        Look at Obama – voted in on Obama care and improving health care for Americans yet some how is championing a deal TPPA which increases the cost of Health care and will lead to around 500,000 US job losses.

        People have had enough of sell out politicians! Sanders might not be perfect but at least he is not bought by corporations!

      • arkie 9.1.2

        2008 Obama campaigned like Bernie but governed in half-measures.

        Sanders record and commitment is evident throughout his career.

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.3

        Obama redux.
        And look where we’re at.

        Obama is a tool of the banksters and the corporate oligarchs. A champion of the TTP/TTIP and of Guantanamo Bay.

  10. Observer (Tokoroa) 10

    @ Mike Smith

    Thanks for running your Bernie Sanders item.

    Bernie is in his golden prime at 74yrs and is capturing the younger generation by his long standing clarity, strong honesty and wisdom.

    I would like you to read what its like in America ….where outrageous burden is placed on the middle class. The extract I have chosen is from: “The Populist Prophet” by Mary Talbot, Oct 15 2015 USA.

    ” Sanders’s message is particularly potent for young people who are struggling financially. Several weeks after the rally, I wrote to Dawn York, and she said that she had been thinking about “how refreshing it was to have someone point out to us that, as hardworking Americans, some things aren’t a privilege, they are a right. . . . I’m self-employed, I started my own business three and a half years ago, and my husband works full-time for Whole Foods—and we barely get by. We own a home, we both graduated from college, and we work more than forty hours a week, and we can barely put oil in our heating tanks in the winter. We have no savings and no way to financially handle any hiccups that may come our way. And I had to be reminded that it shouldn’t be that way.”

    The Government of John Key and Bill English is the government of the Poor House.

    Thanks Mike

    • happynz 10.1

      Mary’s predicament is the same as many NZers. However, many in the US don’t enjoy any safety net (yes,it can be said NZ’s net looks tattered lately).

  11. Tautuhi 11

    Can we continue to trust the NACT parties to look after our houses, farms, businesses and our bank accounts?

    $10 Billion Debt to $120 Billion Debt in 6 years plus selling State Assets.

    With the Chinafication of Auckland, Auckland Grammar School is now refferred to as Asian Grammar School?

    • AmaKiwi 11.1

      But can small businesses trust a Labour led government to protect them from oppressive regulations and business destroying union demands?

      No. Which is why they vote National.

      A cooperative form of government (see 8.4 above) gives everyone a chance to present their case and let the wider community decide what is reasonable and what is excessive.

      • savenz 11.1.1

        “But can small businesses trust a Labour led government to protect them from oppressive regulations and business destroying union demands?”

        That analogy sounds just like Nat speak to me.

        What regulation? We just had Pike River Mines – no one held account. If anything, someone needs to tighten regulation and to account people to account for killing people in this country.

        • AmaKiwi 11.1.1.1

          @ savenz

          Good. It is meant to sound like “Nat speak.”

          I want a form of government where all points of view are respected. I want government that tries hard to strike a balance between the needs and aspirations of all. In your example of Pike River: What regulations do we need that will protect both workers and the company’s capacity to be profitable?

          Nats are human, too.

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1.1

            I know plenty of NAT voters who are good, caring, practical people who wouldn’t hesitate one second to help you out of a jam.

  12. Bill 12

    Sturgeon ‘called it’ and the party she fronts won handsomely (A far better politician and person that Clinton btw Ad 😉 )

    Corbyn tapped the same vein in the public conscience (but in England) and won his leadership contest handsomely.

    Sanders is tapping the same vein (but in the US) and is essentially doing a Stugeon/Corbyn.

    I’ve written about this a few times, but with only passing reference to Sanders, and I agree that The genie is out of the bottle, and available to help others who choose to follow the path that Sanders and Corbyn have opened up. (Except it was Sturgeon who cut through the shit first 😉 ).

    Anyway, NZ Labour ain’t listening and further, as said on previous occasions, has no time served back-bencher who has stuck to their guns throughout the past decades of capitulation and accommodation by statists to market forces.

    If NZ Labour need any convincing, then I’ll repeat what I said in a face to face with two of their last leadership candidates. Look to the SNP and learn! That, by the way, is something that Labour in Scotland have miserably failed at. They, like NZ Labour, is still running with candidates who embraced the strategy of capitulation and accommodation. As a result they are going to be shovel whacked back into the hole they’ve dug themselves in the up coming May elections.

    Will that up coming failure be used to attack Corbyn? Of course it will. Should the attack be considered anything other than disingenuous? Of course it shouldn’t.

    Will the likes of NZ Labour learn anything from what’s about to happen in May; or from Sanders; from Corbyn?

    From their recent track record that has screamed of an unwillingness to look beyond their own navels, it has to be said, probably not…and the “Ted Talk” Greens will toddle along somewhere just outside the wake of Labour’s “ploughing ever lower in the water” ship.

    • savenz 12.1

      @Bill unfortunately you may be right.

      But I am an optimist!

      Miracles can still happen.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        No mate, there ain’t no JC or other prophet in the Labour caucus available to work no “miracles.”

        And the line between “optimism” and “self-delusion” is one we should not cross, especially in politics.

        Time to leave Labour behind in both mindset and in actuality, and move on to the new kind of politics that Bill, Amakiwi and others are pointing at.

    • ropata 12.2

      +1 Bill
      As did Justin Trudeau in Canada

  13. Observer (Tokoroa) 13

    @ Amakiwi

    It would be good if Moral Decent Nacts took a stand and helped to lead our country away from Key/English mismanagement. Lead away from what?

    From outrageous housing costs; outrageous rental costs; outrageous fees on students; overcrowding; disease; stupid decisions; bad negotiations; illiterate charter schools; poisonous regard for indigenous Maori …from horrendous debt. From Ministers with bloated self smugness like the ungracious Paula. Even if the decent Nacts could get some heat into housing for ordinary kiwis, and decent employment laws for all NZ employees. It would something.

    It is a big task to clear up Key / English hellish mess. But it must be done.

    Was only a short while ago that the silly man climbed into a cage and toyed with a bar of soap – as used for anal rape in new Zealand prisons.

    Buggering things up comes so easy to simpleton key.

    He is in the process of sodomising the whole middle class of New Zealand. Whilst giving great gifts ( in an underhand process) to his beloved gambling den.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      it would be good if Moral Decent Nacts took a stand and helped to lead our country away from Key/English mismanagement. Lead away from what?

      From outrageous housing costs; outrageous rental costs; outrageous fees on students; overcrowding; disease; stupid decisions; bad negotiations; illiterate charter schools; poisonous regard for indigenous Maori …from horrendous debt. From Ministers with bloated self smugness like the ungracious Paula. Even if the decent Nacts could get some heat into housing for ordinary kiwis, and decent employment laws for all NZ employees. It would something.

      National has successfully settled some of the most contentious and difficult Treaty claims.

      “Outrageous housing costs” – Auckland house prices became utterly unaffordable by international standards 2005-2006. Remind me who was in power at the time.

      “from horrendous debt. ” English has kept spending into the NZ economy. He deserves credit for this. National believes that we can afford NZ Super; Labour does not. Points to National.

      “From Ministers with bloated self smugness like the ungracious Paula.” Maybe you should look at the likes of David Shearer and compare.

      “bad negotiations” The TPP? National’s negotiations haven’t been bad enough to stop Labour from staying with the TPP.

  14. Observer (Tokoroa) 14

    Sure CV …things are just dandy ….and Bernie Sanders is a fool.

    Nite nite.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      just making the point that National remain this strong halfway through their third term for some good reasons.

  15. AmaKiwi 15

    @ Observer (Tokoroa)

    I am a lifelong Labour member. But since Helen’s departure (Nov. 2008) the Labour caucus has frequently been my enemy.

    That’s a very damning statement. Now they are mumble-fucking on TPPA.

    This caucus is NOT a group I can look up to.

    No wonder the Nats keep winning.

  16. Observer (Tokoroa) 16

    Hi AmaKiwi

    It is not for me to tell you who to vote for. I wrote to you asking if some honest moral National members could do some democratic good for the wider wider community.

    Particularly in the Housing and Rental areas. But also in the basic necessities including adequate heating.

    I might write to you again. Okay?

    • AmaKiwi 16.1

      @ Observer (Tokoroa)

      Getting personal, I grew up as an idealist. I’ve evolved into what I would call more of a realist. I think each and every one of us is both generous and selfish.

      Milton Friedman, the hero of Thatcher and Reagan and the prophet of unfettered free markets discovered near the end of his life that unfettered greed is not entirely good. He admitted there is a need for government regulation and control to prevent the abuses of excessive business greed.

      I think the present battle is between those who think we can rely on politicians to regulate greed and those of us who say, “Politicians are by definition people who are obsessed with their own greed for power. The alternative to politicians with unlimited power is a more direct democracy where the public can decide what is reasonable and what is excessive.”

      During the last election I posted here saying, “I think my dictator (Cunliffe) will be a better dictator than their dictator (Key). What I want are NO dictators.”

      If we, the people, do not place legal limitations on real estate and housing practices, I don’t see anything changing.

      P.S. At last count about 60% of Labour MPs owned more than one property. Those properties are not devoted to housing the needy.

  17. Henry Filth 17

    I thought that Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern were supposed to have changed US politics forever.

    Irreversibly.

  18. DS 18

    Sanders is still unlikely to actually get the nomination (he does quite poorly among ethnic minorities, who constitute a large portion of the Democratic base), and as President he would be hamstrung by a gerrymandered Republican House of Representatives, but in 2016 he’s far from unelectable.

    The real issue is that moderates no longer decide US elections. Turnout does. US politics is more polarised now that it has been since the Civil War – which means that people will vote Democrat or Republican regardless of who the nominee is, and which in turn is good news for Democrats, since their demographic base is expanding.

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  • “This is a genuine crisis situation”: Minister Shane Jones talks about drought in Northland
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones was on RNZ’s Morning Report talking about the recent droughts in the Northland region and what the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is doing to alleviate its impact. The PGF recently announced a funding of $2 million for temporary water supplies to Kaikohe and Kaitaia, ...
    23 hours ago
  • Shane Jones defends water storage and real meat, hits out at local councils and director James Camer...
    Speaking to The Country’s Jamie Mackay, New Zealand First MP and Cabinet Minister Shane Jones talks water storage, plant-based meat imitation, and superstar Hollywood director James Cameron. While water storage may have its critics, Minister Jones defended the scheme by saying: “unless we invest and continue to invest” in this ...
    1 day ago
  • Shane Jones: Iwi leaders are sell-outs for blocking water action
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is accusing northern iwi leaders of selling out Māori by voting for ideologically-driven court cases rather than practical steps to increase water supply. “I just think that iwi leaders who think that water issues are going to be solved by perpetually fighting in the ...
    1 day ago
  • Government-funded security system in dairies foils robbery
    A dairy owner in St Kilda, Dunedin was delighted to hear that an attempted robbery of his establishment was foiled by a government-funded security system. Sean Lee was delighted at how well the anti-theft smoke system worked. When a knife-wielding man entered the store, the shop assistant immediately pressed a ...
    2 days ago
  • Customs nabs more than 3 tonnes of drugs bound for New Zealand in 2019
    Customs says it stopped more than three tonnes of illegal drugs coming into New Zealand last year. This includes 1,180kg of methamphetamine, 329kg of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine precursors, which could have been converted into 246kg of methamphetamine, 739kg and 6469 pills of MDMA or Ecstasy and 60kg of cocaine. Offshore, ...
    2 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund pays for temporary water supply in Northland
    Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Up to $2 million will be allocated from the Provincial Growth Fund to set up temporary water supplies in Kaikohe and Kaitaia where drought is biting hard, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Drought conditions in Northland have led to ...
    2 days ago
  • Christchurch trial new defense against fleeing drivers
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Law and Order New Zealand First welcomes the deployment of an Eagle Police helicopter in Christchurch in what is a step towards fulfilling its long-standing goal to increase the use of police helicopters for the front line, particularly in addressing the scourge of fleeing drivers. Christchurch leads ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: A Government of progress
    It may have been the first sitting week of 2020, but our Government is already in full-swing - managing a strong economy, investing in infrastructure, and working to break the cycle of homelessness. Read below for all that, and more... ...
    6 days ago
  • Winston Peters calls Opposition “lemon suckers” during debate on gang numbers
    In a heated debate in Parliament, National's Deputy Leader Paula Bennett claimed that “nearly 1600 patched gang members have been added” since the Coalition Government took power. To illustrate her point, she altered a chart used by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to show her government’s progress in housing to instead ...
    6 days ago
  • Speech by the Rt Hon Winston Peters at Parliament’s Opening 2020 ‘We all Need Insurance’
    Speech by the Rt Hon Winston Peters at Parliament’s Opening 2020 "We all need insurance" This year New Zealanders are going to have a clear choice to make That choice is between: Optimism versus pessimism; More progress versus back to the future; Investment versus divestment; Unity versus division. New Zealand ...
    1 week ago
  • 8 ways the Big New Zealand Upgrade will change New Zealand
    The Government has announced the biggest investment in New Zealand’s infrastructure in a generation with the New Zealand Upgrade Programme. ...
    1 week ago
  • Shane Jones slams Auckland Airport’s board over runway closures
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has slammed the Board of Auckland Airport following the airport's runway closing twice within two weeks due to maintenance. Around 2,000 passengers were affected by last week’s runway closures, according to 1NEWS. Another maintenance closure on January 24 saw two international flights and three domestic flights ...
    1 week ago
  • Public media business case a practical step
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Broadcasting New Zealand First supports the commissioning of a business case to assess the viability of a new public media entity. “A strong media environment is critical for a healthy democracy. New Zealand First is a strong supporter of a diverse, independent media,” New Zealand First broadcasting spokesperson ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Waitangi
    This week, the focus was on Waitangi - a great opportunity to reflect on who we are, and who we want to be as a nation. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • West Coast tech firms and iwi get Provincial Growth Fund cash boost
    Pounamou and technology industries in the West Coast region are set to receive more than $2 million in Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding. This was announced by the Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau during Waitangi Day commemorations in Hokitika. He said $800,000 would be given to Development West ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Unemployment down, wage growth up proof of strong labour market
    Clayton Mitchell MP, New Zealand First spokesperson for Labour and Industrial Relations Unemployment and wage growth numbers released by Stats NZ today demonstrate a labour market in good shape with unemployment falling to 4.0%, the underutilisation rate falling to an 11 year low, and wage growth at a 10-year high ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes official opening of Te Rau Aroha Museum
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Defence New Zealand First Spokesperson for Defence Ron Mark, welcomes the official opening of Te Rau Aroha, a new museum at Waitangi Treaty Grounds as part of our Coalition Agreement. “It is a great honour to be part of an effective Government ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech: Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Good morning, Let us start with important acknowledgements. First, this special day, in remembrance of the 28th Maori Battalion, is also to honour all those men and women who have risked their lives in the service of our country. Second, special guest Robert ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: “New Zealand will look to build on relationship with the UK”
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand will look to build on its relationship with the United Kingdom and recommit to the European Union, after the country officially left the continental union recently. The Minister said New Zealand already cooperates closely with Britain on defence and security issues and has ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government charters Air NZ flight to assist Wuhan departure
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs The Government has agreed with Air New Zealand to charter an aircraft to assist New Zealanders leaving Wuhan, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.  The aircraft will have capacity for around 300 passengers and will fly from Wuhan to ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Dargaville pontoon to be upgraded
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund will invest $4 million for Kaipara District Council to upgrade the Dargaville pontoon, the first in its plan to improve wharves on Kaipara Harbour, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Up to $12.7m for Northland water projects
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Government will provide up to $12.7 million to make Northland more resilient in the face of extreme weather, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Water is ...
    3 weeks ago

  • PM speech at Parliamentary Chinese New Year celebration 2020
    Nǐn hǎo (Hello in Mandarin). Xīn Nián Kuài Lè (Happy New Year in Mandarin) Néi Hóu (Hello in Cantonese). Sun Nin Fai Lok (Happy New Year in Cantonese) Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you for your invitation to attend this celebration today. I would like to acknowledge ...
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  • Tougher penalties for gun crime a step closer
    Tougher penalties for gun crime are a step closer with the passage of firearms reform legislation through another stage in Parliament. The Arms Legislation Bill has tonight passed its Second Reading. “The changes have one objective - to prevent firearms falling into the wrong hands,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. ...
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    14 hours ago
  • Arms Legislation Bill: Second Reading
    Introduction Mr Speaker We all know why we are here today. It has been a long journey. The journey did not actually begin on 15 March 2019. It began on 30 June 1997. Almost 23 years ago, Justice Sir Thomas Thorp told us what was wrong with our firearms legislation. ...
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    16 hours ago
  • New era for vocational education
    The Government’s work to put trades and vocational education back on the agenda took another major step forward today with the passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is a watershed day for trades and vocational education. These law changes formalise ...
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    18 hours ago
  • Bill to Amend the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act
    Speeding up the return of Christchurch regeneration activities to local leadership is behind the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament today by Minister Megan Woods. “As we approach nine years since the February 2011 earthquake in Canterbury, and with the transition to local leadership well underway, the time ...
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    18 hours ago
  • Milford Track to partly reopen after storm damage
    Hundreds of New Zealanders and international visitors will be able to get back out into nature with the Milford Track partially reopening next week, after extensive assessments and repairs, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The popular Great Walk has been closed since 3 February after an extreme ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Government drives low-emissions transport momentum
    Up to 110 new EV chargers nationwide in cities and regions 50 electric vehicles for ride-sharing The Government is helping deliver more infrastructure and options for low emissions transport through new projects, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. Tauranga, Nelson, Levin, New Plymouth and Oamaru are just some ...
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    1 day ago
  • Kiwis better off under Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are increasingly better off under this Government as wages rise and families have more disposable income, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ reported today that average household disposable incomes after housing costs rose 4.9% in 2019. This was the highest rise in four years and came as ...
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    2 days ago
  • Another step towards restoring rights for screen production workers
    All New Zealanders need to have their voices heard at work to ensure we have an inclusive and productive economy. Today we introduce a Bill to do this for workers in the New Zealand screen industry, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Screen Industry Workers Bill will ...
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    2 days ago
  • Enhanced Taskforce Green for Southland and South Otago
    The Government has announced further help for the Southland and Otago regions to speed up recovery efforts from the floods.  “I’ve approved Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG), making $500,000 available to help with the clean-up in Fiordland, Southland, and the Clutha district in Otago,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.  ...
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    2 days ago
  • Employers and Industry take the lead to connect students to vocational education
    Following the announcement that more than 340 schools will be funded to run events promoting vocational education, the Government has announced it will fund a further 257 events to be run by employers and industry. “These industry-run events will allow more than 30,000 students to connect with more than 2,000 ...
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    2 days ago
  • Rental reforms a step closer with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
    Today the Government is making progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill in Parliament.  “This Bill includes a series of reforms to improve the wellbeing of the 609,700 households that live in rented homes, and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Biosecurity Minister announces world first eradication of pea weevil
    A Government programme to wipe out pea weevil has achieved a world first, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor today announcing the successful eradication of the noxious pest from Wairarapa. This means the nearly four-year ban on pea plants and pea straw was lifted today. Commercial and home gardeners can again grow ...
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    3 days ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for Southland flooding
    Southland residents hit by flooding caused by heavy rainfall can now access help finding temporary accommodation with the Government activating the Temporary Accommodation Service, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare announced today. “The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to help ...
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    3 days ago
  • Bridges: Over-hyped and under-delivered
    “Is that it?” That’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s response to Simon Bridges’ much-hyped economic speech today. “Simon Bridges just gave the most over-hyped and under-delivered speech that I can remember during my time in politics,” Grant Robertson said. “It’s not surprising. Simon Bridges literally said on the radio this morning ...
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    3 days ago
  • Police to trial eye in the sky in Christchurch
    A trial deployment of the Police Eagle helicopter in Christchurch will test whether the aircraft would make a significant difference to crime prevention and community safety. “The Bell 429 helicopter will be based in Christchurch for five weeks, from 17 February to 20 March,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. “The ...
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    3 days ago
  • Momentum of trade talks continues with visits to promote Pacific and Middle East links
    The Government has kept up the pace of its work to promote New Zealand’s trade interests and diversify our export markets, with visits to Fiji and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker. Building momentum to bring the PACER Plus trade and development agreement ...
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    3 days ago
  • Coalition Govt’s investment in Customs nets record drugs haul: 3 tonnes stopped at borders in 2019
    The Coalition Government’s investment in a strong border and disrupting transnational organised crime produced record results for stopping drugs in 2019, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The illegal drugs were seized at the New Zealand border by Customs, and overseas by Customs’ international border partners before the drugs could ...
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    3 days ago
  • Separated scenic cycleway starts
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off construction of a separated cycleway alongside Tamaki Drive. A two-way separated cycleway will be built along the northern side of Tamaki Drive, between the Quay Street Cycleway extension and Ngapipi Road. There will be a separate walking path alongside. Phil Twyford said giving ...
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    4 days ago
  • Earthquake-Prone Building loan scheme: eligibility criteria announced
    Owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings will have certainty about the financial support they’ll be eligible for with the release of criteria for an upcoming assistance scheme, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing ...
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    4 days ago
  • Travel restrictions to remain in place as coronavirus precaution
    Temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The restrictions which prevent foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China from entering New Zealand have been extended for a further 8 days. This position ...
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    5 days ago
  • Over $1 million to help Tairāwhiti youth into employment
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today that Tairāwhiti rangatahi will benefit from an investment made by the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) scheme. The funding will go to the Tautua Village, Kauneke programme and the Matapuna Supported Employment Programme which will fund 120 rangatahi over two years. “Both programmes work ...
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    6 days ago
  • School attendance has to improve
    All parents and caregivers need to ensure that their children go to school unless they are sick, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said today. “The school attendance results for 2019 show, across the board, a drop in the number of students going to school regularly,” the Minister says. “Apart from ...
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    6 days ago
  • Crown and Moriori sign a Deed of Settlement
    A Deed of Settlement agreeing redress for historical Treaty claims has been signed by the Crown and Moriori at Kōpinga Marae on Rēkohu (Chatham Islands) today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced. Moriori have a tradition of peace that extends back over 600 years. This settlement ...
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    6 days ago
  • Waikato Expressway driving towards completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today with Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII officially opened the country’s newest road, the $384 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The 15km four-lane highway with side and central safety barriers takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly town, across lowlands and streams ...
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    6 days ago
  • 3400 New Zealanders treated in first year of new hepatitis C treatment
    The rapid uptake of life-saving new hepatitis C medicine Maviret since it was funded by PHARMAC a year ago means the elimination of the deadly disease from this country is a realistic goal, Health Minister David Clark says. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which attacks the liver, proving fatal ...
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    6 days ago
  • Kaupapa Māori approach for homelessness
      Kaupapa Māori will underpin the Government’s new plan to deal with homelessness announced by the Prime Minister in Auckland this morning. “Māori are massively overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness, so, to achieve different outcomes for Māori, we have to do things very differently,” says the Minister of Māori Development ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government steps up action to prevent homelessness
    1000 new transitional housing places delivered by end of year to reduce demand for emergency motel accommodation. Introduce 25% of income payment, after 7 days, for those in emergency motel accommodation to bring in line with other forms of accommodation support. Over $70m extra to programmes that prevents those at ...
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    1 week ago
  • Important step for new financial conduct regime
    Clear requirements for ensuring customers are treated fairly by banks, insurers and other financial service providers are included in new financial conduct legislation that passed its first reading today. “The recent reviews, by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank of New Zealand, into the conduct of banks and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Applications invited for $7 million Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
    Applications are now open for the fifth round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today.   “I am delighted to open this year’s fund which has some $7 million available to support performing arts venues, galleries, museums and whare ...
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    1 week ago
  • Law Commission appointment celebrates Māori and women
    The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu on her appointment as the next President of the Law Commission.  “Amokura Kawharu will be a standout in her new role, leading in an innovative and forward looking approach to the law reform process. She will ...
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    1 week ago
  • Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu Appointed Law Commission President
    Auckland University legal academic Amokura Kawharu has been appointed as the next President of the Law Commission, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.    Associate Professor Kawharu will take up her new appointment on 11 May 2020.   “I would like to congratulate Associate Professor Kawharu on her appointment,” Andrew ...
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    1 week ago
  • Minister of Employment launches Youth Ready Employer Programme
    A programme for employers to help them engage effectively with younger employees was launched today by Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson. The Youth Ready Employer Programme contains a range of on-line templates that employers can easily access to help with employing and retaining young people in their businesses. The programme ...
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    1 week ago
  • Budget 2020 date announced
    Budget 2020 will be delivered on Thursday 14 May, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “This year’s Budget will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also preparing the economy for the future. “Those challenges and opportunities cannot be resolved in one budget, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s tribute to former Prime Minister Mike Moore
    I move, That this House place on record its appreciation and thanks for the devoted and distinguished service to New Zealand by the late Rt Hon Michael Kenneth Moore, member of the Order of New Zealand, a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, an Honorary Member of the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Northland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Northland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on our farmers and growers and additional support ...
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    1 week ago
  • Police disrupt methamphetamine trade
    The Minister of Police says an operation to smash a trans national drug smuggling ring today will make a significant impact on the methamphetamine trade fuelling harm in our communities. Police have announced 10 arrests and the seizure of up to five million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs after an ...
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    1 week ago
  • Crown accounts in good shape to counter global challenges
    The Government’s books are in a strong position to withstand global headwinds, with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the six months to December. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above ...
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    1 week ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Race courses can improve safety with this year’s second round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced the second funding round of 2019/20 is open with $347,875 available for distribution. “The racing industry is integral to the economic and social fabric of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Strengthening New Zealand’s Immunisation System
    Hundreds of thousands of young adults will be offered measles vaccinations in a new campaign to strengthen New Zealand’s immunisation system, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said at its launch in Auckland today. “About 300,000 young adults aged between 15 and 29 are not fully protected against measles, and ...
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