The Left Do Not Own Maori

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, November 26th, 2023 - 52 comments
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Labour, the Greens and liberal parts of the media have not adjusted to the fact that liberal and Maori are different things.

To start with, the super-liberal state-owned media frame current Maori political representation as within Labour, Greens, or Te Pati Maori. Typically, they do not mention the Maori within New Zealand First, ACT, or National.

Mihingarangi Forbes said a few days ago in a hot breath of histrionic catastrophism that “I think they’ve burnt the house down and literally repealing everything they assume to be race-based. … I think the Treaty has been robustly analysesd and defined by our most brightest legal minds in the country … if it’s up for more discussion, the place for that is with them not so much the general public.”

With just 17 years to go to our bicentenary, proposing that you don’t need to take the public with you on a constitutional document is an appalling arrogance. Labour and the Greens were told this by voters up and down the country for over a year. They didn’t listen, so they got their parliamentary asses handed to them. Moist left commentators like Forbes need to do their grieving elsewhere and then figure out how Maori within power are shifting.

Labour and the Greens do not have a right to presume Maori will support them. Maori-roll voters turned their backs on them and only supported Labour sufficiently in one Maori electorate.

The Green Party have two Maori MPs. The Greens have fewer Maori MPs than either ACT or NZFirst. Neither Labour nor Greens can claim to represent Maori better than the current government.

The left have to get over themselves.

Maori, being complex but rational beings with diverse interests, will engage with the government because that is where power and leadership and public funding is. Likely that is the situation for the next six years.

There is every reason to believe that Maori will do as good if not better under this government than they did under Labour-Greens in the previous term. It was great that the previous government gained massive volumes of funding for various institutions, and made a huge symbolic lift to the status of Maori culture with the new Matariki public holiday. It was not great that when it came to standing up for many other policies, because the government decided to make a bonfire out of them rather than stand up straight in the election. Funding and symbolism were not sufficiently material to enough Maori voters.

So why weren’t Maori voters just grateful to the left?

In its most polemical form, we can get James Baldwin to state it clearly: “I am not your nigger.” Baldwin was very difficult to pin down as a revolutionary, a radical, or a black pacifist. Beneath his rage you can still discern a reach for unity. What he hated was being treated as if his anger was inappropriate or worse an impediment to black progress, or even that it would take a particular form. Even at its friendliest, the culture still condescends. Black people operate in United States cultures in as complex a set of forms as any other. Same here.

We can see that calculus in the results that are in cabinet now, where Maori have made it through party membership and candidate selection, and voting, and ranking, and coalition negotiations, to now be in power. They are working through the system gaining power and influence and responsibility. On their own terms. On terms that the left clearly doesn’t yet understand.

With that in mind let’s turn to Maori in Cabinet. In no particular order:

  • Nicole McKee (Ngapuhi), Minister for Courts, Associate Minister of Justice
  • David Seymour (Ngapuhi), Deputy Prime Minister in 18 months

Check this context for him:

I went to a school [Raumanga Middle School] where probably most of the students were Māori  – and I grew up in Northland, which has a higher proportion of Māori than most other parts of the country. So, I was at ease in a Māori world, or at least in a mixed Māori and Pākehā world.”

Check out also:

  • Shane Jones (Te Aupōuri and Ngāi Takoto), Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, Minister for Regional Development and Resources, Associate Minister of Finance, Associate Minister of Energy
  • Winston Peters (Ngāti Wai iwi, but also of Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi), Deputy Prime Minister from now, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Racing
  • Casey Costello (Ngāti Wai, Ngapuhi), Minister of Customs, Seniors, Associate Minister of Health, Immigration, and Police
  • Shane Reti (NgāpuhiNgāti HineNgāti WaiTe Kapotaiand Ngāti Maniapoto), Minister of Health, Pacific Peoples Minister)
  • Tama Potaka (Minister of Conservation, Māori-Crown relations, Māori Development, Whānau Ora, Associate Minister of Housing

Out of the 20 Cabinet members, 7 are Maori. That’s well over the Maori population proportion of 17%.

Astute followers of New Zealand politics will also know that the public board positions are at least as powerful as most Ministerial positions. So one might expect the ‘downstream ticket’ effect of appointing Maori (just as Labour did) into such major boards as TVNZ, RNZ, Transpower, Pharmac, ACC, Reserve Bank, NZTA, Infrastructure New Zealand, AgResearch and other CRIs, and the many other quangos that actually exercise the real power in New Zealand. That’s one to watch through the Appointments Committee.

Let’s get back to that question of why Maori didn’t support a return to power for the left.

As commentator Jon Stokes (Raukawa, Maniapoto) noted:

It is more likely Māori voters did what most voters do leading up to the election: asked themselves whether their lives and the experience for their whanau and community had improved under the current government, or not.

Whether change would improve things or make things worse. This would be measured against the very immediate impact on everyday life, including the cost of living, rent/mortgages, crime, access to quality health and education.”

And now we need to follow the money.

Some sectors of Maori have learnt over the last century that the commercial interests they have developed must be defended from the interference of government. A typical case in point is the flat rejection by Maori fishing interests of a Kermadec marine sanctuary – despite years of intensive negotiation with both National and Labour.

These commercial interests are vast and need substantial mediation with central government – as one can see with their engagement via MFAT.

The Maori economy is growing up to about $70 billion already and will likely continue to outpace the rest of the economy.

To get just a glimpse into the breadth and complexity of Maori interests in governance, in 2020 there were 1,230 Maori authorities, and three fifths of those were considered essential during the COVD lockdown. Maori authorities exported about $755 million worth of goods in 2020, about half of which went to China. And the average Maori farm is about five times the size of the average New Zealand farm.

We don’t need to go into the massive scale of development that Ngai Tahu or Waikato Tainui are into now. But it’s worth pointing out that Maori commercial interests need the state neither more nor less than the rest of New Zealand’s commercial interests. There have to be rational reasons to engage with each other, not a presumption of perpetual statist dependence.

Maori commercial interests are not the same as the interests of the left, and it is not up to Maori explain that to the left. In fact it is more likely that Maori commercial interests will find it easier to deal with the new government than the previous one.

Maori are not owned by the left. Maori interests are not the same as the interests of the left. Maori voters will continue to vote in their own interests. Maori are now significantly in power and in power on their own terms – likely for the next six years.

The left will regain power in part when they figure this out.

52 comments on “The Left Do Not Own Maori ”

  1. Tricledrown 1

    Te Party Moari have got good candidates who can communicate with the constituency. Labour will most likely never control the Maori seats again and for the same reasons Labour lost support. Candidates who are appointed by Labour's hierarchy carpet baggers and useless MPs who just.make up the numbers.The main reason why Labour lost was those 5to6 Cabinet members who let Labour down badly. Kiri Allen did the most damage'Michael Wood pure stupidity ,Nash like wise'David Clark a complete dipstick going out not once but twice under lockdown in a Labour signed van ,then getting the grocery lobbiest's to write and promote the enquiry into the grocery lobby and letting them continue to own shares in the Warehouse there only real competition ! Clare Curran doing policy in a Cafe instead of committee's. Labour need better candidates who can be team player's.

    If Labour had none of these scandals they would have scraped home.

    But being late with bringing in Medical staff while other countries did not sit on there hands.Then Australia brought in seasonal workers kept them isolated to harvest valuable crops to keep supplies up prices down while our crops were left to rot compounded by cyclones caused a bigger spike on inflation.Not clearing the conspiracy theorists out of parliament grounds was another big mistake.More money should have been made available to Auckland and Aucklanders for the second lockdown.Instead of giving $50 billion to the grotescly profitable big 4 overseas owned banks who pay no Tax in NZ, That caused massive unecessary house price inflation increasing homelessness. Then Kiwibuild by another imcompetant Cabinet minister.Labour were the architects of their own downfall.Yet the left block only failed by a few seats.Closer than most predictions and not to bad considering the right block spent 5to 6 times more Money than the left block.

    • Louis 1.1

      There have been times when Labour lost the Maori seats and won them back, so to claim "Labour will most likely never control the Maori seats again" is just wishful thinking on your part.

    • Belladonna 1.2

      Kiri Allen did the most damage'

      I disagree with this.

      Everyone that I know, on all sides of the political spectrum, was highly sympathetic to Allen. And recognized that her behaviour was the result of intolerable pressure due to personal circumstances (probably made worse by the pressure of her job). That's not to say people were excusing her, or saying that what she did was acceptable. But they were deeply sympathetic – and very much 'there, but for the grace of God'. There was no associated splash onto Labour (except, possibly, in her local electorate). The damage Labour may have taken was over the loss of a highly talented and able Minister, who had real leadership potential for the future – at a time when these appeared to be very thin on the ground.

      Wood and Nash, on the other hand, were perceived as arrogant and out of control. And Labour's reputation did take a significant hit. While Clark and Curran were also less-than-competant – they had pretty much been forgotten by 2023. Timing does matter when it comes to political scandals.

      • newsense 1.2.1

        When your previous image was as a go getter, who was there to get things done, first on the ground when help was needed, and perhaps a bit of a maverick, someone unable to control their public actions or image isn’t much of an election campaign. Sympathy may mean understanding, but it doesn’t equal votes for your party.

        Nash sharing cabinet info is arrogance. It’s clear to see he saw himself as above the rules and helping out his business mates. But confusingly that seemed to be his job in Labour?

        Wood’s behaviour is simply baffling and there hasn’t been an explanation for what happened that can remotely be comprehended. Daft.

        The National research unit was funded and brutal. I’m sure they’re sitting on much more too. The timing was rolled out by them in time for the election. Bang, bang, bang.

        Hard to know where Chippy stood, seeing 3 of his most likely rivals go down, but also his ministry’s reputation and key talent too. Too late to build up the profiles of others in Labour and there was little inclination to do so.

        • Anne 1.2.1.1

          Wood’s behaviour is simply baffling and there hasn’t been an explanation for what happened that can remotely be comprehended.

          I agree with you newsense. From what I knew of him his behaviour was out of character. I know the Opposition used the apparent lack of judgement to discredit him, but he was a competent minister with a big political future ahead of him.

          Despite the fact he was reminded several times he simply never got round to sorting is trust accounts. I wonder if there was personal problems back at home in Auckland that was taking up his time. We may never know,

  2. georgecom 2

    it's worth pointing out that race politics can be different from labour/capital politics. the 2 can intersect regularly, especially given that the expansion of the British and other empires was entwined with the development of capitalism. But empire building had other strands and motivations as well. So I agree that Maori politics is not a straight carry over to left/socialist politics, neither are identity politics. That is why first and foremost I see things through a left/socialist perspective. The current position of the Maori Party lines up (imo) heavily along a left/socialist however previous iterations such as under Turia/Sharples not so heavily.

  3. SPC 3

    There is a bit of a discombobulation here – Maori are not just a collective (as per corporate iwi), but also a people with some negative social statistics as a whole.

    The elected government is offering less, not more assistance, to Maori as a people and also less to all those in the negative social statistics category.

    The Maori electorate voting in 2023 was self protective – having voted in Labour MP's to be part of the government, they have voted for their own independent position under a National led one. It was not that way on the party list.

  4. Blazer 4

    The irony is, that imo Labour were seen to be pandering to Maori…i.e -3 Waters,Co-governance and were punished by mainstream voters irrespective.

    That Maori deserted Labour in droves to vote for TMP is a backlash against the National lite campaign Hipkins ran.

    With senior,experienced Maori Labour ministers defeated,I cannot see voters coming back again.

    Labour have a huge job on their hands, as not only have they lost the Maori vote,but also the socialist vote has abdicated to….'greener' pastures.

    • georgecom 4.1

      if Labour find themselves in a similar position that National does, needing support partners who are not just simple to fob off, I am not upset about that. Had Labour been able to form a govt this time round I would have been very happy with them being 'forced' into a CGT by their coalition partners and would have been happy to have them 'forced' to make plans to accelerate addressing climate change. The stage addressing CC got to in 2023 lays the foundation for more action

  5. Anne 5

    Mihingarangi Forbes said a few days ago in a hot breath of histrionic catastrophism that “I think they’ve burnt the house down and literally repealing everything they assume to be race-based. …

    .
    She spoke in a moderate and reasonable manner as she always does. However what she had to say IS catastrophic for Maori and Pacific Islanders . The key word is "assume". That is exactly what the right-wing are doing…. making false assumptions out of legislation that is (soon to be was) aimed at helping improve the current poor outcomes for most Maori and Pacific Islanders. And they are doing it out of ideological and racist-based spite.

    What is sickening is listening to Seymour claiming how much he wants to help Maoris while he prepares to do the exact opposite by repealing legislation that would have helped drag many of them out of poverty and discrimination.

    I used to refer to PM, John Key as "a snake in the grass". He was an angel compared to this bastard.

    • SPC 5.1

      Seymour's style to gangstalk Maori on behalf of the majority and then gaslight resistance (the idea that being equal under the law is better than being provided for – dismissed as dependency). This is in keeping with the double-speak of libertarian freedom for the haves with an authoritarian order to manage any underclass.

  6. AB 6

    Individual Maori are naturally more than accepting of market economics if they can be on the winning side of it. That's essentially why some Maori don't vote left. Both the political left and the right have always known that. There's nothing new in this fact.

    What I think Forbes was talking about, and what is under assault from this new Government, is not individual Maori as such, but the notion of Maoriness, i.e. the idea that there is a different, culturally-based perception of the world that comes from being Maori, that the prior indigeneity of Maori confers rights in this area under the Treaty, and that the NZ state needs to recognise that difference and to some extent accommodate it in how it goes about its business. There are some areas, such as the management of natural resources, where the Maori worldview seems to be mostly congenial to the environmental left, but I suspect there are other areas where it isn't.

    I would call what the new government is doing "cultural cleansing" – the polite cousin of ethnic cleansing. It's the erasure of a distinct Maori worldview and rights in natural resources as things worthy of consideration by governments. And the attempted erasure is happening out of a concern that it is a potential limitation on the free operation of capital.

    • SPC 6.1

      There is a global concept of capitalism where it is the nation state itself that is a constraint on its supremacy as prime mover of activity. The concept of an indigenous people with rights (and here Tiriti prior to UNDRIP) is an added layer to that.

      Thus nations with international corporations tend to seek trade agreements with rights to investors.

      Thus a government seeking to solve lack of infrastructure with international investment would first remove whatever seemed to be an impediment.

      Thus overturn the WT decision as per water rights after the sale of power assets. And having kicked co-governance to touch seek to pave the way for urban councils to partner international water supply corporations. The money raised used by councils for their other water responsibilities.

      • AB 6.1.1

        Yes – that looks like the wider context I hadn't considered. Though I think some of what we see now is smaller-scale domestic capital working in its interests. It's a bit like concentric circles with increasing scale.

  7. Steve Otto 7

    The left do not own Maori, Maori own the left.

  8. Anker 8

    100% Ad. One of the best posts on the Standard.

    Maori are not a feeking hive mind.

    Mihi Forbes and Dita de Boni, came across as pathetic partisons (especially the later ) on the nation.

    I think I read Maori make up 29% of the Cabinet.

  9. SPC 9

    Let’s get back to that question of why Maori didn’t support a return to power for the left.

    And what more, than maximising the number of TPM MP's, could Maori on the Maori electorates do to help?

    And why was it that the result was realised by being more to the left (wealth tax) than Labour?

  10. Kat 10

    This post shows that many commentators have widely differing views on Maori and politics. Attempting to define the Maoriness of various individuals solely to justify some mathematical percentage for representation in power comes across as typical pandering to the mores of colonialism.

    David Seymour looks, talks and behaves about as much a Maori as Thomas Robb…..

    • pat 10.1

      "..behaves about as much a Maori"

      ??????

      • Kat 10.1.1

        "??????????"

        In Maori terms, behave in a way that is culturally proper or appropriate…….

          • Kat 10.1.1.1.1

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tikanga_M%C4%81ori

            As I said David Seymour looks, talks and behaves about as much a Maori as Thomas Robb…..

            • pat 10.1.1.1.1.1

              And what cultural norm has David Seymour breached that leads you to compare him to Thomas Robb?

              • Kat

                He hasn't breached any….as I said David Seymour looks, talks and behaves about as much a Maori as Thomas Robb…..

                • Belladonna

                  This seems to be an inherently racist statement. The assertion that there is any such thing as "Maori" behaviour.
                  Do people have to don 'blackface' to meet your standards of Maori-ness?

                  • Kat

                    Hello Prima……see you are questioning your own senses, mind, observation, judgment……once again…..

                    • Belladonna

                      Gotcha. Everyone who disagrees with you is just plain wrong.

                      Have a nice life in your bubble, 'Astrophe'

                    • Anne

                      Speak for yourself Belladonna. Everyone you choose not to agree with is always wrong and you are always right. I doubt it has ever crossed your mind you could ever be wrong.

                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      Anne (@11:22 pm), to be fair, everyone gets it wrong sometimes.
                      I recall being almost knocked off my chair earlier this month.

                • pat

                  He hasnt breached any cultural norms and yet you write…..

                  "In Maori terms, behave in a way that is culturally proper or appropriate……."

                  And this vague conflicted reasoning leads you to equate him with the Ku Klux Klan?

                  • Kat

                    Just a question Pat, are you and Prima a twosome….. or just a onesome…….just keeping things in 'context'……. as it were…….

                    • pat

                      Nice side step…you should play rugby, or perhaps you do.

                      It appears the basis of your argument is David Seymour isnt Maori because you dont like him.

                      You can like/dislike whomever you wish, indeed many vote on that basis but its not a very influential argument to convince others of the soundness of your position.

                    • Kat

                      Pat, you should play tiddlywinks…perhaps you do.

                      I am not out to influence or convince anyone….I just tell it as it appears…….David Seymour is as much a Maori as Thomas Robb……

                      So flick your squidger and provide an alternative appearance…..

        • Anker 10.1.1.2

          How does a culturally appropriate person behave? Do all Maori behave in a culturally appropriate way?

          My husband's Maori and when I read him your comment, he said that person doesn't understand people.

          I think many on the left believe all Maori should agree with the left, sort of a "right think".

          I still don't know what you mean by behave in culturally appropriate way. How does Marama behave that is culturally appropriate in an interview????

          I noticed David greeted Jack in Maori. Clearly that's not enough for you

          • Kat 10.1.1.2.1

            Do you understand the meaning of the word 'context' in English……..nothing to do with left or right think……..I only ask given your question….. context provides us with the information we need to fully understand, evaluate or interpret the ideas in the language as written…….are you aware who Thomas Robb is……..the man from Arkansas USA……

    • roblogic 10.2

      Seymour addressed the crowd at Waitangi this year in excellent Reo.

      Why he chooses to pander to white supremacists and gun nuts is a separate (disgusting) issue

  11. Corokia 11

    Labour won the party vote in all 6 Maori electorates, closely followed by Te Pati Maori ( who had very left wing policies)

    Just saying

    • Blazer 11.1

      Yes ,tactical voting was evident.

      When Nania Mahuta and Pene Henare get rolled..it does speak volumes and signals the effect of a new ,more future looking,youthful inspired movement not satisfied with the direction of Labour.

      As a bloc the Greens and TPM can surpass Labour in coming elections imo.

  12. Don't blame the Left. It seems to me that Māori were a large part of the Cooker movement. Marae were hotbeds of anti-government conspiracy bullshit. Malevolent liars and dirty politics operators found their message resonated with Māori (understandable) suspicion of authority.

    Then there are selfish pricks like Winston and Shane Reti selling them the delusion of abandoning class solidarity and pulling oneself up by the bootstraps.

    Along with the corporate media's full spectrum campaign of fear and paranoia against the Left. Amazing how all the ramraids have stopped, cost of living is magically solved, petrol doesn't matter now.

    Māori have been sold a lemon, just like the rest of NZ, but we haven't realised it yet.

    • Rolling-on-Gravel 12.1

      • Along with the corporate media's full spectrum campaign of fear and paranoia against the Left. Amazing how all the ramraids have stopped, cost of living is magically solved, petrol doesn't matter now.

      This is what I hate about our media. So supine to the agenda of capital that it's willing to artificially problematise a set of political parties & ideologies by bringing in a whole set of nearly nonassociated events to negatively colour these parties and ideologies with the spin that these parties & people cannot solve these problems or it is their fault.

      If I had my way, we would have legislation or pressure to make sure that media doesn't bia anybody to artificially hate any kind of political parties and that any malfeasance gets uncovered.

      It really does anger me that we are so willing to let our media conspire against our best interests through tugging on our worst tendencies such as fear and bigotry.

      Fuck that noise. OUR MEDIA SHOULD NOT PUT US IN AN ARTIFICIAL STATE OF FEAR AND HATE!

      Separate media from capital. Make journalism serve us. Independently fund the media and direct the media to report the truth with no lean or directly declare the lean but separate it from other media that does not lean and do not promote it.

    • newsense 12.2

      Maori using fringe religions to give them a bit of power outside mainstream structures is also nothing new.

  13. Tiger Mountain 13

    A class left objective analysis shows the majority of Māori are working class, there have long been Māori entrepreneurs, business people, and a scattering of academics etc. Māori will do what they will as do pākehā and tauiwi working class–particularly after 40 years of neo liberalism–but–there is also a parallel Māori world, little known to many bal’heads but most significant with a whole different ethos and set of behaviours.

    Class relationships are an effective way to view disparate groups of people and individuals in my view. A colonised group such as Māori however might get an exemption from “identity politics” because not only are they exploited by capitalism like the vast majority of us, they also were subject to the confiscation of most of their land and economy and attempted extinguishment of their very race and culture.

  14. newsense 14

    Ad the prophet hyping his own drum.

    Maori who voted identifying as Maori voted for the left twice over.

    Yes there are blue Maori. And rich Maori. And Maori related to some of the biggest racists we know. Queenites, Kaupapa and those that never signed or fought. Not ducking new!

    It’s hard to know if this is just one of those old tired anti-identity politics posts dressed up as some advice from the second coming. IE we can’t have a minimum wage and have policies that support positive sexual and ethnic identity.

    We reached a taihoa moment in the way we proceed in our biculturalism. And we have international superpowers with enormous interest in our multi-culturalism. Not much analysis there yet about the Auckland results.

    Labour did a poor job of selling its legislation. Across the board. The political planning and marketing behind, not just 3 Waters, but the lot of it was weak. No point getting to resource management and award wages in the last week of office. No point overloading the slate then backing off principled legislation looking like cowards. The Greens achieved the most significant work of the two governments in my opinion.

    But also Ad by the same token is now pretending a cyclical backlash that we’ve seen time and time again is something new.

    It’s all in the wash. But it’s not some great new revelatory key to everything.

    Identify core principles. Communicate these clearly. List legislation that furthers these. Don’t try to hide debt in 3rd structure books. If you have co-governance set out clearly what responsibilities and rights that gives. Don’t set out to BS us. In between chuck in a few electorally tasty, but still principled things such as interest off student loans. Left wing parties announcing cutbacks and prudence as their only principles are unnecessary. Left wing parties doing things competently and with consistent principles are what is required. Don’t try to do so much it’s half arsed and unfinished.

    Maori on benefits will be worse off. Maori renting will be worse off. Maori in jobs in the gig economy or in lower paid industries will be worse off.

    And again, you confusingly say thrice Maori didn’t vote left. Maori identifying as Maori voted left twice. Labour is the party that cut its Maori caucus by giving Maori low list rankings. It still retained a significant share of the party votes of those in the Maori seats. It still represents those voters.

    • roblogic 14.1

      IMO Te Paati Māori picked up more seats because people were tired of do-nothing Labour and "captain's call" Hipkins ruling out substantial change for low income/working class Kiwis.

      Labour did a poor job of selling their programme to middle NZ but there was lots to like for Māori.

      The right wing campaign against everything Labour and Green probably resonated with Māori to some degree also – hence the move to TPM

      • newsense 14.1.1

        I mean we are told that the party vote is what matters under MMP right?

        Labour won the party vote in every Maori electorate. In one by over 50%.

        Are you suggesting that TPM is not a left aligned party? With policies including a wealth tax and free dental care?

        Ad posted this insight before, but not what should come of it.

        Should we keep a list of a town’s population by race and only have bicultural signage where Maori are statistically significant? And what would make Maori statistically significant?

        Should the Treaty only apply to those who have ancestors that were Queen Victoria’s citizens and not Dutch derived South Africans or those from other countries who didn’t sign, or indeed tribes who didn’t sign? Perhaps if you have half the blood of one you can be consistent with the Treaty half the time? Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays?

        As I’m sure it’s better to do from what NZ has done across the 20th C- let’s assume collective Maori rights in any given situation as nil and then waste time as an immature nation going through protests and court action to determine Maori rights in every sodding case, rather than the novel approach of including Maori upfront to avoid this.

        Or just admit that there is an attempt to legally change the underpinning of NZ sovereignty to conquest/terra nullius through a bare majority at the ballot box. Or as best as can be done. Like it is in Hawaii. Where some love a holiday. Exit through the gift shop.

        • roblogic 14.1.1.1

          Not quite following your point, I was just speculating about why Labour appeared to lose votes to the other parties of the left.

          The Treaty was between Māori and the Crown – but the Crown represents *all* citizens regardless of ethnicity.

          Agree that Seymour is an idiot opening a can of worms with his referendum talk…

  15. Simbit 15

    To quote another famous African American, there are house niggers and field niggers…

  16. newsense 16

    Te Rauparaha and the Elizabeth was local capitalism at its finest.

    Labour needs to stop trying to teach history or languages and encourage more entrepreneurs of this kind!

    I’ve finally understood what Ad is talking about.

  17. NZ Jon 17

    The Green Party have two Maori MPs.

    The Greens have 6 Māori MPs (and 2 Pasifika MPs):

    • Marama Davidson
    • Teanau Tuiono
    • Hūhana Lyndon
    • Darleen Tana
    • Kahurangi Carter
    • and of course the amazing Tamatha Paul 🙌

    Would hate for Ad to be accused of not being able to count correctly…

    💚

    • Ad 17.1

      Hey good correction I went off their old published list on their site.

      Appreciated. Heat thing back at yer.

  18. It strikes me that all ethnic groups divide on class lines, that is, ethnicity is a challenging basis upon which to argue for alternatives to Capitalism. Whilst post Modernism has wasted so much time and effort in renewing a tired pluralist understanding of political power, ethnicity/nationalism has been a constant challenge to the Left for much longer. Just one instance of such complication – have a look at the knots in which the Left across France, Germany and the UK tied itself coming to terms with the First World War.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 hour ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    2 hours ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 hours ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 hours ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 hours ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    8 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    9 hours ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
    Hi,Before we get started, some very big fun Webworm news. I am launching a new journalism fund called Big Worm Farm!A really great thing that’s happened with Webworm over the last four years is that it’s grown. That’s great for a few reasons.Firstly — it means the work here gets ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    10 hours ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    11 hours ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    13 hours ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
    When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 day ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. Brian Easton writes – In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
    Help is comingI heard a whisperWhite caps turningThe breath of summerA distant drummingAnd liar birds callingEscape the anguish of our pastAnd prayOne of the major challenges of the the 21st century will be the mass migration of human beings around our globe.Some seeking economic opportunities, others fleeing repressive regimes, war ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    4 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    6 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    7 days ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    7 days ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • After years of stability, Antarctica is losing ice
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by SueEllen Campbell Until recently, Antarctica’s ice has seemed surprisingly stable. In contrast to the far north, the southern continent’s massive ice sheets, glaciers, ice shelves (ice that floats on the ocean), and seasonal ice appeared to be reliably frozen: Enough snow fell ...
    1 week ago
  • Auckland’s Persistent Rail Issues
    Over the last few weeks in our weekly roundup we’ve commented on the frequent delays and cancellations that have occurred on the rail network this year since the rail network went back into full operation on the 22-Jan – with Kiwirail proclaiming they had ‘successfully delivered summer holiday infrastructure upgrades ...
    1 week ago

  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
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