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The family problem

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, December 25th, 2010 - 36 comments
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Kiwis frequently like leading the world in the many ways that outmatch our ‘weight’. I wish we weren’t leading the world in this one.

We have one of the worst youth unemployment rates in the world. The Economist compiled this chart showing the ratio of unemployment in the 15-24 age group compared to that of the 25-54 ago group. In our case we are world leaders in the worst way. If you are young then you’re four times as likely to be unemployed as the older age group.

THE global recession has hit young workers particularly hard. In the mostly rich countries of the OECD, the youth-unemployment rate (the unemployed as a proportion of the labour force aged 15-24) increased by 4.9 percentage points between 2007 and 2009, to 18.4%. By the second quarter of 2010 it had risen to 19.6%. Young people typically struggle to gain employment and are the first to be laid off; in nine countries more than one in four are now jobless. Spain has the highest youth-unemployment rate, at 42%, more than twice the unemployment rate of adults aged 25-54. In New Zealand, Sweden and Luxembourg, the youth-to-adult unemployment ratio is more than four. Germany has the lowest ratio (1.3), largely thanks to its successful apprenticeship system. The OECD warns that recovery will be slow and forecasts that youth unemployment will still be around 20% by the end of 2011.

The favourite excuse for some on youth unemployment is minimum wage rates. However, when you look at minimum rates by country and then look at the chart above, there does not to be a significiant correlation overall. There is lots of room to cherry pick individual countries. In fact when you look at almost any correlation the only one that appears to make a difference is the attitude of the society towards youth unemployment and how much resource they throw into making sure it doesn’t happen..

Knockon effects of youth unemployment get quite extreme over the longer term. The longer that kids are unemployed, the more damage they take to their confidence and skill, and less likely it becomes for them to have a productive work life later. The effect isn’t confined to the people directly unemployed. It carries through to their families as well.

Perhaps this Xmas, kiwis should review if having one of the worst youth unemployment rates in the world is how they wish to lead the world?

36 comments on “The family problem”

  1. Bill 1

    On first blush, that would appear to be a component of an argument for lowering the retirement age, no?

    • lprent 1.1

      Not really, the group that they compared against excluded the 55 and over for a reason. They also have high unemployment.

    • Lanthanide 1.2

      Someone who is retiring because they’re 60 is unlikely to be replaced in exactly the same role by someone who is 20.

  2. Zaphod Beeblebrox 2

    If we pay them $1 per hour we may be able to match Australia. Then again it would be easy to move back to Australia, so your kids could have jobs when they finish school- not that hard to do.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    This is a shocker. The damage this is doing to the future of NZ can’t be calculated. A youth population which doesn’t have the opportunity to develop good work habits, attitudes or skills is going to turn into an adult population which doesn’t have good work habits, attitudes or skills.

    As for career options? DPB anyone?

    Frakin cynical NATs.

    • Bill 3.1

      A youth population which doesn’t have the opportunity to develop good work habits, attitudes or skills is going to turn into an adult population which doesn’t have good work habits, attitudes or skills.

      There’s a bit of a qualifier missing there. The work habits, attitudes and skills you refer to are presumably those to be utilised or exploited in the context of Capitalist work relations? But good work habits are not dependent upon, and are arguably damaged by the orthodox structures of work environments.

      Attitudes too, are warped by that environment. And the development of skills is not wholly dependent upon that environment either.

      A bit of freedom from an oppressive orthodoxy that insists that an acceptance of degrees of disempowerment and exploitation are ‘good’, and that such acceptance is the key to the only path that can lead us to a meaningful working life could well be a good thing.

      I’m not saying it will pan out that way.

      Our accepted orthodoxy is very successful in crowding out or shutting down any propositions that suggest other ways of developing our work environments. And so ‘unthinkable’ alternatives that would be rewarding and meaningful in both psychological and material senses get to be ‘still born’.

      Which means, I guess, that in the absence of ‘prohibited’ thoughts, you’re right. Far too many unemployed will ‘waste away’ as they await their grand opportunity to become atomised wage slaves.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        There’s a bit of a qualifier missing there. The work habits, attitudes and skills you refer to are presumably those to be utilised or exploited in the context of Capitalist work relations?

        I’d argue that even in socialist work relations e.g. a dozen people working co-operatively together in a business enterprise that they are each part owners of, and each have an equal say in, certain basic work habits, attitudes and skills are required.

        For instance, turning up to work on time, appropriately dressed, fit for duty. Being able to see what needs to be done and doing it without needing to be told. And the ability to gain and use value adding skills on a consistent basis. Good communications skills.

        Yes these are all things useful for a capitalist enterprise. Interestingly though, IMO they are also useful – or adaptable – to work in a socialist enterprise. Although in a socialist enterprise, everyone needs to think a little bit more like an enterprising owner/innovator, and not like a capitalist do-what-you-are-told serf-drone, so there is a bit of a difference in emphasis.

  4. John H 4

    You do know it’s Christmas Day don’t you, miserable pricks. Why not leave the politics aside for one day a year?

    You obviously (hopefully?) don’t have kids (given you’re spending Christmas morning posting your leftie spin on a blog) which is quite possibly why you don’t understand the damage abolishing youth rates has caused.

    Anyway, relax, have a glass of Chardonnay and put your feet up for 1 day, eh?

    • lprent 4.1

      There was zero direct politics in that post – if you saw any then it probably points to you having a guilty conscience.

      • Logie97 4.1.1

        @John H. Guess you were looking in the mirror as you typed your comment. Might come as a surprise to you , that rust never rests, and as bright and cheerful as you might like the rest of the world to be on this day, reality goes on.

        “During times of famine, if they would only resign themselves to eating paté crust!”

        Cheers, hic.

    • bbfloyd 4.2

      john.. nice little rant by the way. but what are you doing here , if not indulging yourself with a bit of petty political pointscoring.

      bit of the old pot calling the kettle black?

    • millsy 4.3

      Do you really want a low wage economy John?

      Is is cutting wages your answer to everything?

      Why not just bring back slavery?

  5. burt 5

    Youth rates….

    • trademark 5.1

      While we’re at it, why not have elderly rates? If 55s+ have high unemployment too, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a lower rate of pay in order to get a shot at being redeemed by the glorious purifying forces of the capitalist mode of production.

    • bbfloyd 5.2

      good old burt… still no more than a thin echo.

    • jbanks 5.3

      The correlation between removing youth rates and increased youth unemployment is plain and simple.

      Why would employers hire someone not as good for the same price as someone better?

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.1

        Why would employers and the National Government disagree with pushing everyone’s wage rates down? Oh that’s right, they don’t that’s exactly what they, and you, want.

        So jbanks, if we halved wages for youth, would we halve youth unemployment?

        How many adult workers would lose their jobs and be replaced by cheaper 19 year olds?

        IMO all wages must go UP and must go UP substantially.

  6. Adrian 6

    I think you will find that us and the other highest ranking countries also have the highest youth, particularly male, suicide rates as well. The NActs probably think one problem will solve the other. Arseholes!.

  7. Redbaron77 7

    New Zealand has been traditionally reluctant to address widespread youth unemployment during recessions. Society tends fall back on self-referenced half-truths that it some how exemplifies a lack of character within the next generation rather than properly address it. However the long term impact of being unemployed for extended periods during one’s youth as well as the associated curse slim opportunity can have long term ramifications for otherwise responsible individuals caught up within the maelstrom.

    The net result is twofold. There is an increased risk of people falling into a semi-suitable job path due to the economic situation and failing to properly utilize their abilities over a long term course of their lives. Society likewise misses out on their latent but unexpedited contributions and also with having to deal with the supervenient risks associated with than normal levels of frustration through a range health and social issues.

    However the pattern of high youth unemployment due economic downturn will be ongoing until society properly recognises its risks and shoulders some of them by developing tangible policies to address it.

  8. kinto 8

    People whinging about youth rates tend to forget there are advantages to employing young people too, faster learners, happier to work odd hours, available for more hours over busy school holiday periods, easier to push around, less likely to go to employment court ect ect

  9. SPC 9

    It’s because of an employer expectation of educational training before employment (and if lacking skilled locals their access to skilled immigrants) – our transition from apprenticeships and trainee positions is now virtually complete.

    While we now have the strategy of people being in work or education or training till 18 – this is because half of those on the dole under 18 back in 1999 spent 5 of the next 10 years on benefits – the thing is the growing numbers of teenagers who are Maori and Polynesian and the consequent need to lift their school achievement so they go onto tertiary study.

    Moves to link high school students (cNCEA level 2) to part-time work experience and or work training placements may we one effective response of late we can go further with (possibly Level 2 over 2 years part-time and Level 3 over 2 years part-time?).

  10. jcuknz 10

    Whatever the short term answer is, the long term one is that we need fewer people to run our society assuming there will not be any more wars to kill off the younger members of society on a regular basis. But there becomes a point when a modern society, or any society, cannot function with less people and it starts to retreat towards a stone age .. it seems to me that we need to find the correct balance point which also balances with the ability of the world to support us.

    • Logie97 10.1

      jcuknz
      unfortunately after a day or two posts such as yours get lost in the ether…

      Open mike 29/11/2010


      Open Mike on 29 Nov had a related thread.
      Unfortunately it’s those few who will control the direction of society and the voice of the masses will count for nowt.

  11. jcuknz 11

    While Germany apparently leads in the matter of youth employment it is not the happy place it once was due to workers taking wage cuts etc to promote exports ….and like my impression of the current NZ situation that the change in money situation .. there the change to the Euro … here the tax-cut/GST rise swap … both have led to increased prices with people having little or no more money to meet them. prices being put up by people not really understanding the situation so up they go to be ‘on the safe side’.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/world/europe/25germany.html?pagewanted=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a2

  12. Deadly_NZ 12

    As someone who has hired young teens from 14 to 17 let me tell you a li\ttle about what you are getting.

    Girls are better than Boys, for some reason Boys brains are not wired right, they are only interested in Cars , Girls etc etc. So are more likely to let you down. Especially if there is a party. Girls are more reliable easier to teach or give instructions to and not afraid to ask questions if they are not sure. (Boys just seem to think they know it all). And if girls have an invite to the party they will usually work first or even ask if they can leave early. Boys just don’t show up. Now I managed fast food places for 8 years Pizza parlours and Burger shops and in that time I probably hired 100 or more teens and I only ever had to fire ONE not a bad ratio. Also the teens that learn Goood work and money practises are less likely to be the ones causing trouble all over the place, it also gives them a feeling of being valued…

  13. Douglas 13

    What are the age demographics of those societies? Surely the proportion of older to younger people in the population has an effect? I don’t know what that might be and looking at the graph doesn’t hint at any obvious effects but the age demographics will certainly impact the results

  14. jacqui 14

    Seems a bit daft that NZ is one of the world’s best country’s in terms of educational achievement yet we can’t find jobs for our school-leavers. Where is the incentive for our young to achieve? No wonder the smartest move overseas. University places should be focussed on what NZ can actually offer in terms of employment so at least tertiary education reflects what is available in the workplace – Lincoln University being a good example. Currently the void is filled by lesser-educated migrants, who have the right level of training and qualifications. More can be done to ensure our young get the right apprenticeships but the whole education to work system needs common sense and logic applied. What’s the point churning out media studies students if there are only a handful of jobs on offer each year? We are setting our young up to fail but this country is failing its youth on many other levels too.

    • Carol 14.1

      I agree there should be more focus on vocational training targetted at the jobs available. However, university education is about more than vocational preparation. There should be courses aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills required for citizenship in a democracy, and to further the knowledge and understanding of all realms of society (economy, science, philosophy, etc)

    • Colonial Viper 14.2

      So why aren’t our highly paid so-called ‘worth it’ business and political leaders creating an economy (+ soceity) which is going to productively utilise our highly trained, smart, young people.

      Interesting question eh. Is it a lack of motivation, a lack of ability, or ideology getting in the way of our ‘leaders’.

      If a young person finishes their trade cert or a BA/BSc/BCom etc there should be a long list interesting $35K-$45K p.a. jobs waiting for them in this country.

      There are not, and there have not been for many years.

      Only sensible option, now that UK/Ireland are in a hole, is to leave for Australia. But even things aren’t all rosy there these days.

    • burt 14.3

      jacqui

      The last govt just overtaxed and paid off debt doing nothing to address this issue. The current govt taking over a stagnant low wage economy from the prudent Labour party are well placed to make sweeping changes but I’m not holing my breath. Education is a really good political football and as National standards shows us Labour will probably just reverse it all on principle throwing the baby out with the bath water for popularity.

      • Colonial Viper 14.3.1

        lolz still blaming the previous administration? When the National Govt has allowed wages and employment levels for Maori, women, pasifika to collapse over the last two years, and has conducted a deliberate wage suppression strategy amongst all other workers.

        • burt 14.3.1.1

          Oh god here we go again. It’s like the 9 years of Labour mismanagement leaving a low wage economy in recession just two years ago never happened for you. I’m picking in your world we went directly from the failed policies of the 90’s to today and we need Labour to rescue us.

          • Colonial Viper 14.3.1.1.1

            Failed policies of the 1990’s? You mean Ruth Richardson’s Thatcher like free market reforms? Ruthanasia?

            Lolz mate 9 years of budget surpluses under Labour, on track for 3 strikes out for Bill and John.

            What, do you reckon National giving another tax cut to the rich will help? Of course it will.

            Help the rich that is.

          • bbfloyd 14.3.1.1.2

            burt,,, that warm safe place that you keep retreating to, that you seem to be mistaking for john keys wisdom and statesmanship, is actually your own rectal cavity… you really need to stop doing this shit!!

      • millsy 14.3.2

        Hey burt,

        How many hospitals did National close between 1990 and 1999? How many hospitals did Labour close between 1999 and 2008?

        Labour raised tax to keep hopsitals open. Simple

  15. Cannot think of a clever name 15

    Being a little picky

    “We have one of the worst youth unemployment rates in the world.”

    should read

    We have one of the worst ratios of youth unemployment as compared to adult unemployment.

    Unemployment rate is commonly accepted as the actual %age of those unemployed within a specified group. In absolute terms our youth unemployment is a bit over the OECD average and our 25-54 age group rates are reasonably below the OECD rate. If one was just concerned about the ratio then Estonia with absolute youth unemployment double with ours would be seen as better, which it obviously isn’t.

    Not that the ratio isn’t important as it does indicate relative difficulty of the youth joining the workforce.

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
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    5 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to Government Economics Network 2019 Conference
    I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues in our national life: the housing crisis and the poor performance of our cities. The argument I want to make to you is that generations of urban land use policy have lacked a decent grounding in economics. The consequences ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
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    7 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago