The importance of party unity

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, October 7th, 2020 - 83 comments
Categories: election 2020, jacinda ardern, Judith Collins, national, paula bennett, same old national - Tags:

If a party wants to become Government there are a few characteristics that is has to have.  Fiscal competence is one.  And unity is another.

Currently National has neither.  Its fiscal strategy is a $10 billion dollar joke.  And it is clearly factionalised and divided.

After yesterday’s incredible story about Denise Lee’s leaked email attacking Judith Collins for not understanding Auckland issues and for making policy on the hoof there was this extraordinary twitter fight between former chief of staff and occasional Standard reader Matthew Hooton and former Deputy Leader and pseudo westie Paula Bennett.

Newshub has the details in this video.

Believe me I know how this works.  I lived through the Labour experience in 2014.  Leaks are the weapons used by dissenters and if used properly can catch out and undermine leaders and make them look like fools.

But it is when the fight goes public that you know things are really bad.  I have not seen this level of public disruption from National for decades.  Here are the tweets for all to see.

Bennett’s tweet is astounding.  So National had has policy, benchmark polling and campaign work prepared but the previous leadership refused to share it.  Strong team eh.

Hooton is not showing signs of backing off.

This is very messy.  During Labour’s darkest times at least the dissent only erupted publicly after the election.

And it gets worse for National.  The only way to describe last night’s debate is Jacinda was ascendant and Judith was appalling.

The most important feature of a campaign is momentum.  Yesterday’s events have well and truly killed any momentum National may have had.

83 comments on “The importance of party unity ”

  1. Muttonbird 1

    Someone needs to ask the good Reverend at St Thomas Tamaki just how often Judy and her boof-head husband turn up to Sunday service.

    • Chris T 1.1

      It is interesting you throw personal abuse at both Collins and her husband and then make out they are the boof heads.

      • In Vino 1.1.1

        If one reeks of personal hypocrisy, one can expect some borax.

        • Chris T 1.1.1.1

          I haven't seen her husband spouting hyprocisy.

          • woodart 1.1.1.1.1

            do you spend much time with him?

            • Chris T 1.1.1.1.1.1

              No

              I just watch media.

              Wouldn't know him if I bumped into him.

              Just find it funny Muttonbird choses to slag the bloke off, because he doesn't like his wife.

              Personally would never slag off Ardern's partner, no matter how much he wastes police time pretending to smuggle eggs into countries.

              • solkta

                There is good reason to slag him off. Did you not see the national memes thing in the media you watch? Or on here:

                https://thestandard.org.nz/left-wing-twitter-is-the-worst/#comment-1747064

                • Chris T

                  Why

                  Are people now not allowed to voice their opinions on their own social media?

                  • solkta

                    Of course they are "allowed" to voice their opinions. But as mickysavage points out in the post i linked to:

                    As much as possible leaders’ spouses should be left out of the media gaze. But regularly and publicly attacking the opponent with racist misogynist material makes them fair game.

                    The guy is a boof-head. Fair comment.

                  • froggleblocks

                    So you're pointing out that Collins' husband is allowed to voice his own opinions on his own social media, while telling Muttonbird that they can't voice their opinions on (this) social media?

                    Do you not see a little bit of hypocrisy there?

                    • Chris T

                      I haven't said Muttonbird needs to do anything.

                      Just questioned his crass messages and slight hypocrisy.

                      If you can point out where I have feel free to post

                    • Tricledrown []

                      Chris T crying in your beersies when your party and leader are deeply involved in Dirty Politics and get caught out and then get caught time after time denying .

                      You can 't pathetically claim to be the victim all the Crap has come back and now sticking and being amplified as National tries more lowdown Dirty tricks to win at all cost's.

                      National has no one to blame but itself and its ingrained corruption.

                  • Rapunzel

                    Well that's a little creep down memory lane

          • Patricia Bremner 1.1.1.1.2

            He has put awful stuff up on facebook.

        • peter sim 1.1.1.2

          Exactly where did J Collins get the information that Samoa was a month ahead of NZ i in clovid lock down?

  2. Pat 2

    Appalling in personality, though I thought she had the better of the 'debate'…though it seems from reportage I'm very much in the minority and happy to be so.

    • Gabby 2.1

      No Sarrrrandar Pat!

    • ianmac 2.2

      Always interesting to know the reasons for the opposite view Pat. What do you think were the 3 top reasons for Judith's win?

      • Pat 2.2.1

        Only saw the second half but thought that collins scored a couple of telling hits on Ardern (and also revealed her character, which imo a negative)whereas aside from a couple of quips about Brownlee Ardern didnt manage to nail Collins on anything, though she came close once but Collins was quick enough with a good retort. All in all while some policy was broad brushed there was nothing there to change anyones mind but Collins got it on delivery, not content IMO….but as noted just about everyone else is calling it the other way so Im happy, not that it will make any difference…and nearly 400,000 had voted before it aired

  3. Andre 3

    Unity, huh?

    As a committed atheist, I'm always amused by lines like:

    This distinguishes the one true faith from papists.

    • Pat 3.1

      I thought Hooton was only around fifty?…..that sort of rhetoric went out about the time he was born.

      • Gabby 3.1.1

        I'd like to hear from the photographer akshly. Must've been a very cunning stealthy one to get a snap from that angle and so nicely posed, without Codger's cooperation.

        • Muttonbird 3.1.1.1

          There was certainly more than one. She tacitly invited them in.

          • Gabby 3.1.1.1.1

            Did she ask the photographers, whom she didn't invite in, where they'd like her to sit? Or would kneeling look better?

        • JanM 3.1.1.2

          There is no doubt in my mind that that was posed for the camera. She has seriously resurrected 'truthiness' in the public eye.

        • Robert Guyton 3.1.1.3

          Monty Python's Black Knight was reduced to kneeling, but fought on, uber-confident of winning!
          Nek minnit!

      • Muttonbird 3.1.2

        It also highlights how far the political right have retreated to their core value – social division.

      • Anne 3.1.3

        What an arrogant and detestable creep Hooton is. The word papist is a disparaging term used by National Party-voting protestants who imagine they are superior beings. So, he went to Kings School and Kings College and thinks that gives him the right to look down his nose at others.

        I remember that attitude existed 60 plus years ago when I was growing up. It astonishes me there are people around who still think that way.

        • Pat 3.1.3.1

          guess I must move in the "wrong" circles

          • Drowsy M. Kram 3.1.3.1.1

            Hooton's 'God' moves in 'mysterious ways' laugh

            Ardern’s ‘moves‘ remain a mystery to English Bridges Muller Collins.

          • In Vino 3.1.3.1.2

            'Papist' was commonly used in earlier times – certainly at the time of Guy Fawkes – but only students of history and well-read people would use the word nowadays. I took the sentence as a nice piece of irony by Hooten, worrying about who kneels when praying indeed! He is at least reasonably literate by modern standards, and maybe some people are becoming a little too dependent on 'sarc' tags. Personally, I do not want to 'sarc' tags appearing in newspaper columns, thanks…

            • Matthew Hooton 3.1.3.1.2.1

              Thank you. Of course it was. Calling Anglicanism "the one true faith" would, I'd have thought, made that pretty clear.

              • Dennis Frank

                Ah, Nats doing irony? Many would not believe such a thing possible. Clearly you're a cut above the hoi polloi. Do they actually have a patrician faction? If so, would explain the friction at the divide.

                Collins saying on the radio earlier that they don't actually have a local govt spokesperson makes the screenshot of the title of the woman claiming to be it seem a tad fractional. Perhaps a fraction too much friction happening? Or perhaps one of the two was doing irony?

              • Pat

                Ah sorry Matthew….us poorly educated folk call them Catholics these days…if we think it's necessary to distinguish.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.1.3.1.2.2

              Personally, I do not want to 'sarc' tags appearing in newspaper columns, thanks…

              The problem being that sarcasm doesn't really come across well in text as it's missing a lot of the queues that would be available face to face such as tone and expression.

              In other words, to get sarcasm across in text requires very careful writing or /sarc tags.

              • Incognito

                The problem with face to face is that I cannot easily tell the difference between queues and cues, which is much easier in written language 😉

              • In Vino

                I never saw a 'sarc' tag in Oscar Wilde's written works. Maybe our readers need to sharpen up..

            • Incognito 3.1.3.1.2.3

              It was a tweet. Personally, I think MSM headlines resemble tweets more and more and my fear is that newspaper will be replaced by Social Media altogether. I think we’re almost halfway there.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.3.2

          It astonishes me there are people around who still think that way.

          Doesn't surprise me in the slightest. The only way to have multiple faiths is if people believe their one is better than all the rest.

        • RedLogix 3.1.3.3

          Agreed Anne. I was brought up in a middle class Anglican church, but I've never heard or used the term 'papist'.

          When my mother was a child she was off school for much a year with whooping cough (it was a big deal in those days), and no-one in her immediate family could or would care for her. Except for a fairly distant Catholic family who took her in and cared for her, despite already having numerous other children in the household.

          She took great care to explain this to me, and made it clear that in her mind these old denominational conflicts were an abomination.

          My partner of many decades grew up in a Catholic family, and while both of us hold many strong views about the failings of that Church as an institution, we both deeply appreciate her extended family and get together with them whenever possible.

        • tc 3.1.3.4

          Don't forget the behaviour that copped him a life ban here by placing someone in danger.

          A man at home on the right with all his mates shilling for a living.

  4. Enough is Enough 4

    Love the concern trolling almost as much as I loved Paula taking the bait- in public.

    What a shambles

  5. Muttonbird 5

    Collins either has zero control over her staff or she's lying:

    Stuff reported on the day one of Collins' handlers actually checked with church staff whether it was okay for the media pack to follow her into the church.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/10/nz-election-2020-judith-collins-blames-the-left-for-criticism-of-church-photo.html

    And she’s now in full cornered John Key mode:

    Despite the leaders of the Labour and Green parties having nothing to say publicly about Collins' prayer session, she said "the left" had been "really obnoxious" about it. It's not clear who she was referring to.

    It’s all a left wing conspiracy!

  6. Ad 6

    I'm looking forward to three more years of a Labour led country.

    So fun to see the right going through what we went through in the late 1990s.

    • Stunned Mullet 6.1

      I'm not looking forward to the next three years.

      At present National are utterly woeful and will make an appallingly weak opposition…that wouldn't be so concerning if the economy was booming and the current Labour lineup included more than a handful of competent ministers.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        Having a strong opposition doesn't really make for better government.

        For that a better democracy is required rather than the elected dictatorship that we have.

        • Stuart Munro 6.1.1.1

          I think it's more of a veiled oligarchy – Muldoon was the last one that really dictated. But they've certainly made a fine mess of things.

  7. Incognito 7

    A ‘leader’ who does have no confidence in their ‘team’ doesn’t receive to trust and respect in return. This rag-tag shambolic collection of MPs fearing for their political lives needs to sort their shit. If you cannot work as a team with your own people, how on Earth can you expect to be able to work with coalition partners or the State sector? Judging by the last three years, National will need at least two more terms to clear out dead wood and re-invent itself. In the meantime, they will suffer from a thousand cuts from competing parties. Lowering the electoral threshold would increase National’s agony.

    • Pat 7.1

      lowering threshold is a double edged sword so both major parties will fight it tooth and nail

      • Incognito 7.1.1

        Yes, which is a pity. In the current climate [no pun], I think National is more vulnerable.

        • Pat 7.1.1.1

          in the current climate Im not sure its a good idea to facilitate fringe groups….but then i guess that depends on the definition of fringe

          • Incognito 7.1.1.1.1

            I’d call them “minor parties” and, IMO, they serve a purpose in a (our) democracy. If the Greens and NZF don’t make the cut, we might end up with just three parties ‘representing’ the people in NZ Parliament. Maybe that’s a good thing in the current climate?

            • Pat 7.1.1.1.1.1

              as said…it depends on your definition of fringe…will we lament the fact that Advance NZ wont have a seat at the table?

              • Incognito

                Only if you’re a supporter and voted for Advance NZ, in which case your vote doesn’t count the way you’d like to and you won’t necessarily feel represented in Parliament in the same way as others. But hey, that’s ok, because we live in a democracy 😉

      • Phil 7.1.2

        Yeah. If the threshold was drastically lowered (or completely removed) NZF would be back, but so would TOP, the Maori Party, The New Conservatives and potentially even Advance NZ. On balance that's probably a national-leaning gaggle of small parties.

        • Pat 7.1.2.1

          Its more the fragmentation of purpose thats a concern…parliament dosnt function terribly well as a melting pot of ideas and if the electorate breaks up into ever increasing factions where does the discussion occur?….having said that no threshold is more democratic.

      • Ed1 7.1.3

        I believe it is sometimes worth taking the high ground. Labour and the Greens would I believe benefit from having the integrity to accept the recommendation of the last review of the electoral system and to lower the threshold – from memory 3.5% was recommended. If a political party gains enough party votes to elect over 3 MPs, then I believe they deserve to be in parliament. On the other hand, the "coat tailing" provision which waives the threshold requirement for a party than gets an electoral seat should be removed, as it distorts the proportionality of parliament. If the results are what we expect it is possible that these changes could be made with a true statement that they would not have affected seats allocated at the 2020 election.

  8. Stephen D 8

    Looking forward to the January BBQ season. The fight for the heart and soul of the National Party will be at stake. Will the Christian Right prevail? The Farmers rump?Business men for sale? What’s left of the urban liberals?

    My popcorn futures are looking good.

    • woodart 8.1

      think it will be taken over by a nth shore farmer looking for a quick do-up, so a combo of what you suggest.

    • Georgecom 8.2

      Can I order a very large carton please

      delivery day before national party summer caucus bbq

  9. mac1 9

    Sorry, Stephen D, I grow my own. But you're right. The BBQ season will show more singed eyebrows and reputations than caused by errant gas lighters. The sound of spitting will be more than just the lamb. There will be little noise of champagne corks popping; rather the muted conversations of huddled green-beer-bottle-supping men and panic amongst the canapés.

  10. NZJester 10

    National has never had either, it has only ever had the illusion of both.

    They always leave the county in a bad state. A lot of the underfunding from their previous time in the treasury benches is still being cleaned up. The health system still needs a lot of repair that will take another term or more. The environmental impact of their policies will take decades to fix
    Ops on my phone and put in the wrong name. Should have been NZJester not TheNZJester

    [Fixed error in user name]

  11. observer 11

    This is very funny …

    Party unity in Ponsonby!

    (clue: Hamish Price. If National are still using him, then they really are divided and lost).

    • Gabby 11.1

      Hammish must've been taking a break from leading opinions up the garden path.

      • observer 11.1.1

        I honestly was feeling a bit sorry for Emma Mellow. She stepped into a mess, created by National's caucus, not her.

        But then she chose Hamish Price as her campaign manager. If she's happy to embrace the toxic, then she deserves the consequences.

    • Robert Guyton 11.2

      This is the best lead-up to an election, ever!

      • Incognito 11.2.1

        For some, it might end with a sickening thud and a shattering of dreams in the wind of oblivion. I just hope (!) I won’t be among those.

  12. Georgecom 12

    News today that National is struggling to find people who actually want to meet Collins out on the streets and are needing to “plant” supporters amongst the populace to make it look like Collins is liked and supported. Rent a supporter.

    • Incognito 12.1

      She could use her hubby. Vernon Tava used that trick and didn’t think it was misleading.

      • woodart 12.1.1

        no. collins has already admitted she has no control over her husband, so , hard to make him wander the streets, pretending to be a fan.

  13. weka 13

    "Bennett’s tweet is astounding."

    Incredible. Do you think it's true, or PB being vicious?

    • Peter 13.1

      Good for Bennett telling it as it is. (was)

      Of course she always tells the truth. I won't look at the calendar but I'm happy to think about a timeline.

      Hooton goes to to work in a 'role in National Party leader Todd Muller's office.'

      Muller was trying to be the leader of the party and lead them into the election to see them the next Government. Hooton clearly worked very closely with Muller and was a 'personal friend of Muller's for 30 years.'

      They worked so closely together that Hooton was not trusted with information about policy, benchmark polling, campaign themes and or a campaign grid.

      Maybe they were distinctly party business so not in Hooton's realm. No, can't be that, the leader makes the policy and announces it as we've seen this week.

      The unified party with the high calibre and ability on board were to rise like a phoenix after the Bridges debacle. Remember the photos?

      All that though was bathing in a sea of bitchiness and back-stabbing. Ah, Paula Bennett.

      It is so appropriate that Collins is the leader now and gets a chance to flaunt the bitchiness. Someone's obviously told her that's what will sell her, people like it. Trouble is she listened to someone who said that or relied on her true practised and innate self and came up with it herself.

      No-one actually told her there is a world out here. Basing your behaviour on the way the National caucus operates and just is, is slightly misguided. Bitchiness, nastiness, lack of trust, back-stabbing, arrogance and incompetence are not what people want and don't reflect what most people and communities are.

  14. Georgecom 14

    The last 2 odd days has echoes of Don Brashes last days on the election hustings back in 2005. A carefully constructed election campaign coming apart at the seams. For brash of course it was his duplicity. For Collins it is her caucus lack of respect and for her and dislike of her. Nevertheless in the final few days when the leader should be gaining momentum a series of events come along to tarnish them, cause people to question them and force them to be continually defend their position. Karma is returning to Collins at the worst possible moment for her.

  15. peter sim 15

    Really ? Photographers stalk church visitors?

    That was a very carefully pre arranged photo op by JC (?).

  16. Uncle Scrim 16

    What amazes me is why National, under 3 different leaders, has consistently thought there are votes to be gained from undermining and trashing NZ's Covid response success story. For months it was Australia had the best approach, then Taiwan was great (yay, one country in the world did better than us, good on them), then Collins tried Australia if you don't count Victoria, now it's Samoa. Sure they've wanted to tarnish Ardern and Labour, but NZers are very attuned to international news/comparisons and warmed by punching-above-our-weight stories; at worst, it risks appearing unpatriotic – why would anyone think that was a good tactic?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking
    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.
    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    2 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?
    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.
    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent
    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac
    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation
    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...
    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz
    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    3 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again
    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister
    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    3 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.
    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16
    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother
    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    4 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1
    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15
    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    4 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ
    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    5 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Questions from God
    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    6 days ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Women in Space.
    Count downThree twoI wonderIf I'll ever see you againI'm 'bout to take offI'm leaving youBut maybeI'll see you around somewhere some placeI just need some spaceA brief reminder that if you’re a Gold Card holder you can subscribe to Nick’s Kōrero for 20% off. You’re also welcome to use this ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
    Midway through the news conference that many American political commentators had built up as critical to Joe Biden’s re-election chances, the US president said European leaders are not asking him not to run for a second term, “they’re saying you gotta win”.The problem for Biden and his advisors is that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Govt flounders while ocean temps soar
    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items of climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer, most of which they discussin the video above. According to experts, the rate of ocean surface warming around New Zealand is “outstripping the global ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Learning From Brexit
    Whether Britain leaving the European Union was right or wrong, good or bad is for the Brits to decide. But there are lessons about international trade to be learned from Brexit, especially as it is very unusual for an economy to break so completely from its major training partner.In Econ101 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of Friday, July 12 are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns
    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    46 mins ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'
    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs
    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals
    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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    1 day ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • School attendance continues to increase
    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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    1 day ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
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    1 day ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights
    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language
    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
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    2 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery
    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
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    2 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki
    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
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    3 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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    3 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston
    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
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    3 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship
    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
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    4 days ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality
    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
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    4 days ago
  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers
    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
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    4 days ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy
    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
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    5 days ago
  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants
    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
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    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
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    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
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    1 week ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
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    1 week ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
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  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
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  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
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  • Government creates MAG for retail crime victims
    The coalition Government is establishing a Ministerial Advisory Group for the victims of retail crime, as part of its plan to restore law and order, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says.  “New Zealand has seen an exponential growth in retail crime over the past five ...
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  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
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  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
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  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
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  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
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  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
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  • Granny flats popular with all ages
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  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
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  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced a further $16 million of support for Ukraine, as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The announcement of further support for Ukraine comes as Prime Minister Luxon attends the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “New Zealand will provide an additional ...
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