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The fundamental question

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, November 7th, 2008 - 44 comments
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The fundamental question of politics is how the wealth of society should be divided among the members of society. We live in a capitalist society. That means it is the people who own the capital (businesses, factories, farms) who own the things that are made and get to choose how to divide the wealth between themselves and the people who work in their businesses and factories, and on the farms. Governments can change this balance by giving workers more rights or fewer rights, rising or lowering the minimum wage, taking wealth off those who get most and using it to provide public service free for everyone.

These graphs show the economy, the annual amount of wealth produced by our society. It is divided into the amount that is paid to workers in wages and salaries (in red) and the part kept by the owners of capital (in blue). Notice how the portion going to workers fell when National from when National started governing in 1991 to 2000 when Labour came to power and how the workers’ share has grown since then.

Fundamentally, that’s the choice between Labour and National.

National was founded by and continues to be run and backed by the owners of capital – businessmen and farmers. In their natural self-interest, they have a political party that makes sure they get a bigger share of the wealth by not placing restrictions on the use of capital for the individual gain of the owners, lowering taxes and cutting public services, and weakening the power of workers to demand a larger share.

Labour was established by and continues to be run and backed by people from the workers’ rights movement. In their natural self-interest, they have a political party that makes sure they get a bigger share of the wealth by restricting capital so that it acts in the broader interest of society, redistribution of wealth to poorer workers through taxation and public services, and strengthening the power of workers to demand a larger share.

When National says it wants ‘change’ it is actually saying it wants to restore a time when the balance was more in favour of the owners of capital. When Labour says it offers ‘stability’ it is actually saying it offers to continue a gradual evolution of the balance in favour of those who do the work.

The size of the circle grows over the years as the economy grows. One fundamental of National-type parties is to promise to make the economy grow faster to make up for the fact that those who do the work, most people, get a smaller share of the economy when they govern. However, Labour also wants to grow the economy as the easiest way to increase workers’ wealth without facing resistance from the capitalist class. When you compare their records, it has been Labour that has grown the economy faster while also growing the share that goes to workers.

The Greens argue (and Labour agrees to an extent) that, while giving a fairer share to workers is important, we must also make sure that in growing our wealth we don’t destroy the foundations of that wealth, our environment. If we abuse our natural resources, the amount of wealth we have will start to decrease. Moreover, they argue we shouldn’t be so obsessed with creating more ‘stuff’ in the first place.

The Maori Party argues that, while giving a fairer share to workers is important, the capitalist/worker divide is not he only one in society. They argue that as well as not getting a fair share as workers, Maori don’t get a fair share because they are Maori and deserve a fairer share.

ACT argues the market is the only fair way. The Progressives basically agree with Labour. United Future does what’s best for Peter Dunne’s pay packet.

44 comments on “The fundamental question”

  1. It would be interesting to see the number of people in the red section versus the number of people in the blue section.

  2. There are 2 million people in work (so in the red slice). The remaining 1 million adults are not all in the blue blue, probalby most aren’t – most are benefacires, stay at home parents, or students.

    There’s actually a third, small slice, people whose incomes are government payments – benefits of super. That’s pretty steady at about 10%.

    there is overlap between the red and blue slices too. some, probably most, people who own capital also get a wage or salary, and some people who earn a wage or salary also own capital. But the people who own most of the capital are a very small group – off the top of my head I think it’s the wealthiest 10% of adults (300,000) who control 50% of the wealth.

  3. DeeDub 3

    Yep, I’d like to see the approx. numbers of people too . . .

  4. lol @ “United Future does what’s best for Peter Dunne’s pay packet” thats the most truthful piece of information in the media coverage of this election!!!

    It is an awful pity that so many good, hard working people have been duped by JK into believing that our country is going to hell in a hand basket. Western Society has been structured so that we are self-destructive as a species, so crime and other bad things will get progressively worse as the population grows.

    So, fundmentally, it does not matter who you vote for, because at the end of the day, with the monetary system in place, the rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer. That can plainly be seen. Do some research, i suggest zeitgeist.com and watch the documentry zeitgeist and zeitgeist addendum

    It is very enlightening

    Good luck to the left tomorrow, at least their hearts are in the right place (their rib cage) not where the right keep theirs (in their wallet)

    Kia Kaha Aotearoa

  5. tsmithfield 5

    We don’t need a more evenly divided pie. We need a bigger pie. A small pie that is evenly divided will most likely provide less to workers than a larger pie that may be less evenly divided in favour of businesses. Businesses will use the capital to grow their business and create more jobs and wealth for workers.

    That, my friends, is the primary difference between National and Labour.

    [Labour has grown the eocnomy faster than National did in the 1990s. So a fairer divide and a parger pie – 2-0 for Labour? SP]

  6. milo 6

    Steve Pierson: Your fundamental question is only half the issue. The other half is how to increase the wealth of society. It is not a fixed cake, varying only due to the cycles of the world. The size of the cake depends on economic policy and political and economic institutions.

    And that is my fundamental disagreement with you. Yes we need fairness, support, citizenship and the rest. But we also need productivity, innovation, reward and growth. History (and current events) shows that is what has made western societies successful.

    If you can’t put any priority on increasing the size of the pie, you might as well go back to the stone age. And if it’s all due to international currents, how do you explain that we have dropped down two places on the OECD ladder, and used to be much higher?

    My 2c worth.

    [read the post, I talk about growth. If growth is over overridding importance to you, you should vote Labour on its record. SP]

  7. DeeDub 7

    tsmithfield
    November 7, 2008 at 10:39 am
    ” Businesses will use the capital to grow their business and create more jobs and wealth for workers. ”

    If you can show me ONE documented example (in NZ) where this has EVER led to better pay and conditions for workers without the involvement of government regulation and/or unions I would be very, very surprised?

    Feel free to trickle down your own leg, mate, but keep your crackpot theories to yourself!

  8. trickle down your own leg. puntastic

  9. randal 9

    new zealand is still an area of recent settlement where we grow stuff and nobody will invest unless they absolutely have to
    (mainly because they cant trust kiwis)
    trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear in these conditions is akin to a severe delusion bordering on psychosis but eternally useful for beating political opponents with
    better for kiwis to learn to live within our limitations instead of the never ending promises of more stuff
    just look at the highways on sunday afternoons and you will see that kiwis have more stuff than they know what to do with
    I mean all they do is drive round and go home again
    they cant actually do anything useful
    that is the next big thing
    show kiwis how to do something useful
    not promise them more trade goods

  10. sorry about not getting the typos before I published, that’s what you get when I don’t sleep mroe than 6 hours for nights on end. Corrected now.

  11. John Christian 11

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. See http://www.stats.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/61D5633A-FC9C-4794-BFA9-23578BE9EC5A/35293/nayemar07revgdpbreakdown1.xls for the data. All this shows is that the New Zealand economy is becoming more capital intensive (a good thing because it is probably a means to increased productivity). As to how many on each side – I’d hazard a guess that there are more on the capital side since a glance at Table 2.2 shows imputed returns from owner occupied accommodation represents 12% of the total “surplus to capital”.

    [more capital is good (as long as its environmentally sustainable), that doesn’t mean though that the owners of capital should get a larger share of the wealth. SP]

  12. Matthew Pilott 12

    randal – can you do haiku? Your posts have a vaguely lyrical quality to them.

  13. Vinsin 13

    john, what program does your link open with, can’t seem to open it.

  14. Matthew Pilott 14

    vinsin – MS Excel. Or openoffice…

  15. Vinsin 15

    bummer don’t have either of those and don’t have time to read it, must go and do my special vote and get back out on the streets. Get out there people! There isn’t long to go.

  16. Ianmac 16

    Not sure if supposed to do this but Russell Brown has a great summary of the Clark years at Public Address; heartwarming:
    http://www.publicaddress.net/5486#post5486

  17. Quoth the Raven 17

    United Future does what’s best for Peter Dunne’s pay packet.

    It costs a lot to keep a man like that in hairspray.

  18. tsmithfield 18

    Deedub “If you can show me ONE documented example (in NZ) where this has EVER led to better pay and conditions for workers without the involvement of government regulation and/or unions I would be very, very surprised?”

    Deedub, you obviously have little experience in the real world. I run a small business. I also employ a number of people. My house is mortgaged up to the hilt for the business. Despite the fact that I am taking all the risks, I actually pay my workers better than myself and pay them at the top of the pay bracket in order to retain them. None of our people see the need to belong to a union and are very happy with their working conditions.

    There are lots of small businesses out there like mine.

    In contrast, from what I have seen, unions very often cost their workers money. For instance, it is common for them to sacrifice the wages of their members to strike for an extra 1% although the amount sacrificed in wages will never be recovered even if they are successful in getting the increase.

    Tell me, have you ever tried to run your own business? I would be interested to know.

  19. tsmithfield 19

    SP “Labour has grown the eocnomy faster than National did in the 1990s. So a fairer divide and a parger pie – 2-0 for Labour? SP”

    Na. The pie for the whole world was growing over the same time. The pie couldn’t help but grow, despite Labour. If Labour is to take credit for the growth in the pie, it also needs to take credit for the recent crash in the world markets. You can’t have it both ways.

    [NZ out grew Aussie, the Uk, Japan, and US under Labour, it was behind them under National see this link http://www.thestandard.org.nz/nz-growing-faster-than-aussie-us-japan-and-uk/ .SP]

  20. tsmithfield. your ilk has tried these arguments a hundred times on this blog and i’ve provided the data to counter them – you’ll notice righties that hav been arond a while, like HS, don’t bother running these disproven lines anymore. go to our archives and look at the posts on economy and wages to learn more

  21. bobo 21

    Ianmac – Russell Brown sums up Labours term in government well, but his comment to liking Chris Finlayson because hes an academic was strange, watching some of his speeches in the debating chamber he came over one of the nastier tories reminding me of Tim Stamper out of house of cards for some reason..

  22. tsmithfield 22

    SP “NZ out grew Aussie, the Uk, Japan, and US under Labour, it was behind them under National see this link”

    Considering that we produce mainly milk and food, it is scarcely surprising that we would grow quickly given the high world demand for these things over the last decade. Look at how milk prices have gone for goodness sake.

    Rather than just point to the figures, SP, how about making some sort of linkage between what Labour has done and what has happened; i.e. show me cause and effect. All you have done is talk about the effect that happened while Labour was lucky enough to be in charge.

  23. well, tsmithfeild. if it’s all about luck, why would National be better? I don’t have time to give you the same facts I’ve given out a hundred times, read the workers rights posts to see how National’s policy made the recessions in the 1990s worse by letting unemplyoment rise, cutting spending, and cutting benefits.

  24. Ben R 24

    Wake Up Aotearoa,

    “Western Society has been structured so that we are self-destructive as a species, so crime and other bad things will get progressively worse as the population grows.”

    Can you point to a society where crime and bad things did not get progressively worse as the population grew? My understanding was that western society is actually relatively peaceful:

    http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/articles/media/2007_03_19_New%20Republic.pdf

  25. tsmithfield 25

    SP “well, tsmithfeild. if it’s all about luck, why would National be better?”

    SP, from my perspective as a small business person, the amount of compliance we are required to fund is ridiculous. I spend at least 20k per year on compliance (GST, tax etc). That is a good part of another salary. From what I have seen, Labour is going to make this worse for small business people (compulsary redundancy etc). These types of things are total disincentives for employing more people and growing a business. If National can reduce the compliance cost side of things it will make it a lot easier for me.

  26. randal 26

    mp..yes
    but you have to pay!

  27. randal 27

    tsmithfiled
    dont you read the newspapers
    New Zealand has some of the lowest compliance costs in the whole world
    THE WHOLE WORLD!
    if you cant keep up with them then you should not be in business
    the requirements are not that dificult or onerous and are free of the corrup[tion found elsewhere in the world
    count your blessings
    and
    relying on natoinal isa false hope too
    they want more tax from you
    this is not the USA but a finely tuned micro economy with very little room to move and JOhnKeys and the rest of the nats are salivating at the thought of getting their hands on the controls
    watchout
    you just might get what you wish for!

  28. Ianmac 28

    The story of the Nats using their Research Unit to look for dirt on Peter Davies at the same time Key was despising Labour for using the Research unit to check John Key’s credibility is published on-line on the NBReview
    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/national-used-oia-dig-dirt-clarks-husband-37481#comment-6363

    And to be aired on Alt Tv tonight but too late of course.

  29. tsmithfield 29

    Randal: “if you cant keep up with them then you should not be in business
    the requirements are not that dificult or onerous and are free of the corrup[tion”

    So you have actually tried being in business, Randal?

    Actually, I could tolerate a Labour government if they were governing alone, although I would never actually vote for one. What really scares me is your prospective bedfellows and the influence they are likely to have. It will be compliance on steriods IMO.

  30. gomango 30

    On the last day before the election, you could do a much better job of presenting those graphs. I look at them and its not obvious what the trends are that are so good or bad. Might I suggest you get a copy of “How to Lie with Statistics” by Darrell Huff – the best book ever written about the statistics.

    Try doing those graphs as a histogram, percentages up the side, y scale starts at 40% – and you’ll be sweet. Throw in fatness of the bars to illustrate size of the economy and you’re laughing.

    The book also talks a lot about confusing correlation with causation or with outcomes – if you control GDP growth for factors beyond Govt control the growth isnt that remarkable – (we just happened to be concentrated in one of the highest performing commodity sectors over the last 10 years) with a huge comparative advantage (pasture versus corn) and got lucky. Adjust the data for luck and the story is very different (think productivity of capital – got worse under Labour. Think value of commodity exports versus value of services and value added goods exported etc).

  31. Daveski 31

    The compliance cost issue is interesting.

    I suspect that NZ does have relatively low compliance costs. No problem with that.

    I also suspect that NZ’s economy is quite different to the other economies so that there are a lot more small businesses/owner operated types than other economies. To these types of business, compliance costs do matter. To larger corporates, it matters little as they have the staff, expertise and grunt.

    Unfortunately, we repeatedly see anti-employer and business sentiment all in aid of doing the best for the worker. That’s great when you are a unionist, student or academic. When it comes to paying bills, people actually want jobs. The reality is that unionists, students and academics don’t actually create a lot of jobs.

    Yes there needs to be a balance. But unless the “workers” work with the “capitalists”, we will all be worse off, particularly the workers.

    One of the reason the righties don’t argue back is that your positions are fixed and based on graphs that will be constructed to prove your point. You valid criticisms of poor policies in the past aside, I suspect you haven’t been in the position of creating a productive enterprise or directly paying staff yourself which is why your opinions are rather prescriptive.

  32. Draco T Bastard 32

    Businesses will use the capital to grow their business and create more jobs and wealth for workers.

    How do you know that the workers won’t? The extra income may be enough for them to start their own business (Not that workers aren’t already in business).

    But we also need productivity, innovation, reward and growth.

    Yes, we do need all of those but our present socio-political system actually prevents a hell of a lot of them. A couple of examples to make the point:
    Example 1:
    The IBM PC: Launched in 1981 by IBM using off the shelf parts it became the default standard because it was easily reproducible. Other machines such as the Amiga and the Mac were much better but, due to being proprietary, couldn’t be copied by other firms. This led to all the innovation going into the PC and is a good example of the market actually working.

    Example 2:
    MS Windows: Bound by copyright and patents it’s almost impossible to produce a Windows compatible OS. Even if you managed to produce an OS that was compatible and didn’t infringe upon those patents and copyright you would find yourself dragged through court to prove it. So, unless you’ve got a few million $$$ to spare for frivolous court cases you won’t be getting to market. All innovation is controlled by MS. This is an example of market failure brought about by the capitalistic system we exist in. If the governments of the world really wanted to break MS’s monopoly then they would be legislating for Windows (and all other OS’s) to become an open standard.

    If National can reduce the compliance cost side of things it will make it a lot easier for me.

    Labour and their coalition partners are already working on it and will probably do a better job of it than National will. This is proven by history.

  33. Daveski 33

    DTB

    Example 3: Any state controlled economy – North Korea, Cuba, NZ under Muldoon!

    Example 2 is riddled with holes. What about Apple? I assume you are using Firefox? What about Google and Google Apps? OpenOffice? MySQL?

    What about TCO? The biggest issue with migrating away from MS is not licensing – there are plenty of products equal to MS. The biggest cost is the training followed by compatibility (which is where there are some valid grounds).

    Organisations stay with MS not because they are forced to by MS but because it is convenient, easier, and while licensing costs are higher, total costs (at least in the medium term) are lower.

  34. Jimbo 34

    Steve –

    In my view, this analysis is all a bit simplistic. I’m not convinced the modern world is an ongoing struggle between workers/captialists along the starkly-drawn lines you propose.

    If you are correct, though, you’ve ignored one important question – How do you compensate people for taking risks…?

    The owners of capital take greater risks than people who sell their labour only. They take on bank loans, they employ other people, they risk their own accumulated weath in opening new businesses.

    Someone who works for a wage would never have to actually pay out money in order to work. New business owners, on the other hand, might go years without drawing money out. Some businesses might totally fail, forcing their owners to sell up their own homes.

    I am not saying one is better than the other. We need both types of people to have a functioning economy.

    However, the greater risk-taking means that the rewards of being a capitalists must be, on average, higher.

    Why risk your own house, why work for nothing, if on average you ended up exactly the same as the bloke down the road who never took any of those risks?

  35. randal 35

    sorry tssmithfiled
    I used to vote natoinal too but they are far too scary now.
    if they could only adjust their policies to reality they might stand a chance but I cant see myself or any other sane person voting for them now
    and my original contention still stands
    if you are smart enough to run a business then you should be smart enough to fill in a few forms

  36. Swampy 36

    Labour has grown the economy by pushing housing prices out of reach of ordinary New Zealanders, including the workers you cite in your commentary.

  37. Swampy 37

    Example 2: MS Windows
    Why does “Windows compatibility” matter? Linuxheads don’t give a toss.

    I work at an MS site. We use Windows because it is streets ahead of anything else out there. It is massively well supported and is a lot simpler to install and maintain than anything in the Linux world so far.

  38. Swampy 38

    “[NZ out grew Aussie, the Uk, Japan, and US under Labour, it was behind them under National see this link ]

    Inflation in NZ under Labour has outstripped National. The cost of housing has skyrocketed, the cost of electricity, For you low income “red” slice those are big chunks of their weekly income. Meanwhile Labour takes the hundreds of millions out of Meridian, the biggest power SOE to pay for Kiwirail and other election promises.

    Also the Labour Party lied when they said doctors’ fees have been cut. Mine haven’t gone down at all.

  39. bobo 39

    Swampy electricity prices can’t have skyrocketed, Max Bradford told me they would come down under competition ??

  40. Jasper 40

    Nah, the fundamental question is why would National be so keen to repeal the EFA IF they win?
    Could it perhaps be that they will have to show the identity of all their donors thereby revealing just who actually backs them?
    Tis a crying shame that no ones really done any further investigation into why they’re incredible keen to repeal it, whereas the greens want it to go even further.

    Re the Maori Party – everything about them I fundamentally disagree with. Your point that “They argue that as well as not getting a fair share as workers, Maori don?t get a fair share because they are Maori and deserve a fairer share.” you also forgot to mention that if it weren’t for colonialism Maori would have
    Turiana Turia makes me sick with her racial and divisive politics. If Maori really want to get a fairer share, howsabout the majority actually do something

  41. randal 41

    swamp it is not labours fault that you have to se your psychonalyst 5 times a week
    get a grip man
    harden up

  42. Lampie 42

    Also the Labour Party lied when they said doctors’ fees have been cut. Mine haven’t gone down at all.

    funny mine has gone from $50 to $16 hmmmm

    perhaps you should shop around

  43. Chris 43

    tsmithfield: Your argument is kind of simple and very anecdotal. Do you think it should be easy to own and operate your own business? It completely goes against the concept of capitalism.

    Capitalism in it’s basic format relies on workers and the market can only survive if the people in it are buying goods. The people who own the factories, farms, etc want people to work for them so that the people will buy their goods and ensure there is little competition in the marketplace. This is basic Fordist philosophy and is still very much in use today.

    If it were easy to start up a business, pay staff and get rich; then everyone would do it – which means there would be a very large amount of competition and a saturated market. True capitalism is difficult for the capitalists (the people owning the business), and easier for the worker. This encourages people to work instead of creating more competition.

    This is easily highlighted in anecdotal story after anecdotal story (JK being one of them) where a poor kid with nous and intellect struggled through adversity to become a very rich person. It requires lots of luck, skill, passion and above all risk.

    So, your argument therefore is flawed! You want a growing labour-force with higher incomes for those labourers because it will ensure the market-rate for staff is kept competitive and also ensures there is less competition in the market for your business. It also will encourage more buying of products and goods, which helps keep an economy ticking well.

    Then again – if you can’t handle the jandal – get off the beach if you know what I mean.

  44. DeeDub 44

    tsmithfield “Tell me, have you ever tried to run your own business? I would be interested to know.”

    Yep, I have been involved in a few businesses over the years. I’ve also been an employee, a contractor, unemployed, and I’m currently self-employed.

    It’s irrelevant to this discussion. And my point has been eloquently made by many people above.

    You’re dreaming if you think a National government will do a THING for small business, mate. They’re all about their big, multi-national mates.

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    3 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
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    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    4 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    7 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
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    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    11 hours ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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    6 hours ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
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  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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