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The magical world of New Zealand’s, Neo-Liberal right wing.

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It has been obvious that some people live in a different world than the rest of us.

One where Chicago school economics, work!
One where you save the village by blowing it up!
One where global warming can be stopped, Canute like, by legislation.
One where dropping wages and giving everything to bloated financiers, makes us better off!
One where removing money from an economy makes it work better.
One where every country is going to get rich by out exporting every other country.
One where enabling greater inequality than the dark ages, works!
 

The one with the trickle down fairy. “Give us the money and we will p– on you”.

The market fairy. “Leave it to the market and we will cut your wages,impoverish your children, and tell you it is a brighter future”.

The Austerity fairy. “We will become better off by becoming poorer”.

The catching up with Australia fairy. “We will catch up with Australia by doing almost the opposite of everything they have done”.

The Democracy fairy. “We will let you vote, to change the names in Government, or on a few social issues which do not affect our making money off you, but not to make any meaningful changes to the way the country is run”.

The privatisation fairy. “We will ensure that the NZ current account is forever in deficit, by selling all the income earning assets”

The debt fairy. “We will cut debt by borrowing $300mill a week, to pay for unaffordable tax cuts, to pay for our Hawaii holidays”.

The Job fairy. ” We will increase the number of jobs by putting thousands out of work, and cutting the unemployment benefit”.

The “We support business” fairy. While ensuring New Zealanders have no money to buy from local businesses, and increasing small businesses costs.

The better future fairy. “We will give you a better future by paying you less, charging you more and cutting services”.

It is pretty obvious which side of the political spectrum is on another planet. Planet Key! 
(New Zealand’s,  financial industry shill, Prime Minister).

First Published in. http://kjt-kt.blogspot.co.nz/

82 comments on “The magical world of New Zealand’s, Neo-Liberal right wing.”

  1. Follow-the-money 1

    No, you’ve got it all wrong. Trickle-down is goood, welfare-system is baaad.

    Look, ok, we’ve been trckled-on since 1984, and that’s nearly 30 years and it’s bound to be be a bit frustrating, for the bottom 90% of Kiwi Mums and Dads. But just have faith for a bit longer and remember there’s no gain without pain and, anyway, There Is No Alternative. If you can remember just one thing (we know thinking is difficult for the bottom 90%), then remember that.

    Sleep tight, knowing that the benefits of the free market will surely start to trickle down on you when you least expect it. Maybe, tomorrow, when the tax-free capital gains from those MRP shares start kicking in…

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      That warm “trickle down” on our heads looks yellow and smells like piss.

    • weka 1.2

      Follow-the-money, I think you are a bit behind the times. That’s the OLD trickle-down theory, work hard and be patient and all will be well. It was for a country where most people still cared.

      The smart new shiney one says that the theory is True, therefore it works. If your life is shit, it’s your own fault. Trickle down has been in practice for all this time now, and because the theory says it works, it must, therefore the people that are doing well are evidence of that, and the people that aren’t doing well are lazy/not trying hard enough/bludgers. With the new theory, people who are not doing well, well they just bring everyone down, so they must be incentivised to get with the programme. And if that doesn’t work, they have to be punished. This is the theory for a country which has now socialised a couple of generations into selfishness and greed.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.1

        Money, or rather capital, has a normal tendency to rise like cream, to the top. Which is why structures of government and society are needed to keep redistributing it.

        The Right have been consistent in breaking down those redistributive mechanisms, and the Left…well, the Left bitch about it as they fight a dying rear guard action.

  2. vto 2

    Imo the main problem stems from treating people as a commodity, as a tradeable input unit like a nut and a bolt.

    The right wing cocks simply can’t see that people are not nuts and neither are they bolts.

    It is like they are brainwashed and unable to think for themselves.

  3. srylands 3

    The $300 milion per week was mostly used to pay welfare payments.

    The tax “cuts” were just a change to the mix.

    ““We will cut debt by borrowing $300mill a week, to pay for unaffordable tax cuts, to pay for our Hawaii holidays”.”

    This is just inciting petty jealousy. Hundreds of thousands of NZers went overseas for holidays last year. And John donates his entire salary to charity.

    Just petty hysteria. Reasoned people don’t write stuff like this.

    PLus the whole “unequal” thing – really? NZ sits about the middle of the pack in the OECD. We have a generous welfare safety net a highly – very highly – progressive tax system so the higher income folk pay nearly all the taxes. I could go on and on.

    Pure fantasy. It fucking amazes me. I printed this out and passed it around to 11 people – they all – every one of them laughed.

    • KJT 3.1

      Here we go again. Assertions from Sryland unsupported by evidence, and facts. Of course.

    • KJT 3.2

      And 100 of thousands of New Zealanders have to chose between paying their power bill and feeding their kids.

      In one of the worlds most resource rich, per capita, countries.

      • srylands 3.2.1

        “In one of the worlds most resource rich, per capita, countries.”

        The problem of NZ living standards slipping has been well researched by the Treasury over the last 10 years.

        “Long-term productivity growth is not yet meeting our aspirations, which means many of our aspirations for a better quality of life are going unmet.”

        http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/media/03apr08

        The answers to New Zealand’s problems are multiple, but now well known. The current government is moving in the right direction on these policy fronts. Of course it could go faster and harder in some areas but it is limied by the electorate’s capacity to handle change.

        • KJT 3.2.1.1

          And. Your evidence that National is heading in the right direction?

          You do know that inequality in New Zealand is rising faster than almost any where else, including such shining lights, as the UK.

          And the rate of economic growth, a right wing indicator, slows every time we lurch to the right.

          And our economy would be still in recession, as the rest of the world gets out, if not for the entirely fortuitous stimulus from the earthquake.

          National are doing the same things that caused a recession in the 90’s, when the rest of the world was not having one, by the way.

          Productivity has risen much faster than wages growth, which means that someone may not be living within our national income, but it ain’t ordinary wage earners, skilled workers (whose pay has been kept artificially low by immigration policy) , the low paid or those on welfare..

        • KJT 3.2.1.2

          Treasury is so mired in Neo-Liberal theology that we may as well cut costs and replace them with a windup Don Brash doll. Endlessly repeating, “cut taxes, cut services, cut wages and we will all magically become better off”.

          After 30 years of listening to treasury, we are still going backwards, as you said so yourself, above.

          Where is the better future they promised in the 80’s.
          “Give more money to the rich and they will invest in New Zealand” they said. Well they took it and run. Cut wages and costs instead of upgrading plant. Hence our low labour productivity due to lack of capital investment. We work some of the longest hours in the OECD.

          “Lunacy is repeating the same failure and expecting a different result”.

          • KJT 3.2.1.2.1

            As for not living within our earnings.

            Again this March Quarter we had a surplus in goods and services trades, but a 2.6 billion DEFICIT in investment income. The “trickle up” effect, at work.
            http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/balance_of_payments/info-releases.aspx

            • blue leopard 3.2.1.2.1.1

              Srylands comment re people laughing on reading this excellent post, says very little.

              People laugh at things when what they have been asserting is undeniably refuted

              People laugh at things that cut through the usual bullshit

              People also laugh at things when they feel that is the response expected of them. (Social pressure)

              People can laugh for any number of reasons.

              Well done KJT, this post really cuts through the crap, if you have made people laugh while doing so, all the better.

              • Colonial Viper

                The neoliberal experiment is going down in crisis all around the world.

                Even as the economic patient lies dying from the side effects of bad medicine, the crazy doctors want to force feed the patient even more of the same.

                The true (short term) beneficiaries of this Frankenstein experiment: the top 0.1%.

              • McFlock

                I smiled a bit.

                Then I laughed out loud when spylands claimed to be the last office worker in NZ who prints blog posts out to share with friecolleagues and subordinates, rather than using email or social networking.

    • vto 3.3

      ” I printed this out and passed it around to 11 people – they all – every one of them laughed.”

      Ha ha you and your workmates, sitting in an office, need to get out in the real world and do some real work.

      Oh, and please see my reply to that last stint on the Housing thing yesterday here http://thestandard.org.nz/reaction-to-housing-policy/#comment-672621

      • srylands 3.3.2

        “Ha ha you and your workmates, sitting in an office, need to get out in the real world and do some real work.”

        No fail.

        One was my partner – who voted for the Greens in the last two elections.

        Three voted for Labour last time.

        Four strong National supporters.

        The rest I don’t know.

        But they all thought it was crazy stuff. No wonder the Polls are going south.

      • Ennui 3.3.3

        Thanks VTO for the comment you and your workmates, sitting in an office, need to get out in the real world

        I just did…in that haven of Chicago school economics the Good Ol’USA there were homeless people (mainly black) with no visible support on every streets corner in San Fran. The current paranoia amongst the well healed in the US and on the TV is that Joe Average is going to join them. Whole cities (like Detroit) are declaring bankruptcy.

        Saw it all with my own eyes, srylands needs to get outside for a few moments, try deepest Otara sry.

    • Colonial Viper 3.4

      srylands – how can it be “petty jealousy” when it is the Right Wing which absolutely hates beneficiaries getting even $100 a week?

      It’s more like the rest of us understand inequality and unfairness, while you are a shill for the plutocrats.

    • KJT 3.5

      “The $300 milion per week was mostly used to pay welfare payments.”

      Which makes it patently obvious that the tax cuts for the rich were a blatantly unaffordable election bribe.

      • Rosetinted 3.5.1

        I think it is patently obvious that the country can’t afford the luxury of having so many people not earning and having to keep them alive with welfare. We are unable to interfere with the market (taking the line of least resistance to doing what is easiest for us and most agreeable to the wealthy) and we must therefore accept that there will be growing numbers of people who fail to show the required energy and determination to be self-supporting.

        Obviously the rubbish dump situation will have to be restructured and the NACT-led new housing areas on the outskirts of the cities in these ‘greenfields’ (about to turn grey) areas can be near rubbish dumps where the needy can provision themselves and do useful work pawing through the dumps for saleable goods.

        The green idea of having homes and jobs close by without expensive and extensive travel required will be met so that would be a plus. Charter schools without much state input or monitoring can cater for ‘these people’. A very good forward-looking policy package that will cut welfare costs and create communities of similar interest is bound to appeal to our NACT supporters. /sarc

        (I just put this because it is possible that those callous cold-hearted b..s on the right wing would be quite happy for us to have our own favellas or Indian type garbage enterprises. And commentators are referring to a caste like mentality amongst the upper middle class already.)

        • srylands 3.5.1.1

          The prescription for genuinely higher living standards is pretty clear.

          “Working Towards Higher Living Standards for New Zealanders”

          http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/research-policy/tp/higherlivingstandards

          • Rosetinted 3.5.1.1.1

            Does that treasury publication form part of the fairy story ‘The one with the trickle down fairy. “Give us the money and we will p– on you”?

            If I want to read fiction I like detective stories where the police strive to find the truth and catch and deal with the miscreant. Open-ended stories where the plot changes all the time and there is a choice of bad endings are too way-out for me. I like a good plots with believable characters and a successful end with every chance of a happier future afterwards.

            • srylands 3.5.1.1.1.1

              I think you are being disrespectful to the Treasury.

              The Australian Treasury is doing similar work. In fact providing sound frameworks for advancing well being is an important role for economic advisors in the OECD. When Labour is elected I expect they will be drawing heavily on this work. (Remember that free markets primarily serve the workers – not producers!)

              The new Labour Minister of Finance will be absorbing all this in either 2014 or 2017. A Minister of Finance in New Zealand basically needs to get with the programme when he (or she) gets elected. He can’t sit in the Beehive ranting about markets are evil. The dollar would crash and they would lose the next election. Even left wing polies want to get re-elected.

              “Treasury’s Wellbeing Framework”

              http://www.treasury.gov.au/PublicationsAndMedia/Publications/2012/Economic-Roundup-Issue-3/Report/Treasury8217s-Wellbeing-Framework

              • Arfamo

                To be honest mate I reckon Treasury is being pretty disrespectful to the rest of us quite often. They’re neo-lib infested bean counters. But they favour a Capital Gains Tax, so if you don’t, aren’t you being disrespectful to them?

                “(Remember that free markets primarily serve the workers – not producers!)”

                Now you’re just being absurd for the sake of it.

                • srylands

                  I do favour a Capital Gains Tax. Most Treasury offcials are not bean counters – probably less than 5%.

                  • Arfamo

                    Ok. Forgot that bean counters means accountants. They’re still too mesmerised with corrosive neo-liberal economic policies. Need a new direction. It’ll have to come from a new government eventually.

                    I do admire your tenacity though. Well maybe not admire…but I kind of respect it.

                  • tricledrown

                    Economists

              • McFlock

                What a load of shit. Capital flight and economic collapse? That’s what you guys (tory economists) promised all through the last labour govt.

                1: Workers are the producers;
                2: free markets level workers down internationally, but favour those with capital
                3: currently the dollar is too high (held there by capital markets) and a drastic reduction in the dollar (say by a third or even half) would boost incomes for those who build, rather than those who collect. Yes, import prices would increase, but that would make manufacturing more profitable.

                At the moment NZ is a small fish in the middle of a big river. We need to get to the smaller pools or tributaries and away from the main current, otherwise we’ll be et or go over the waterfall (it’s a big drop, and we’re close to the edge).

                • Arfamo

                  See McFlock talks a lot of economic sense srylands. Consistently. People in Treasury need this kind of thinking. They’re too mono-dimensional.

              • Draco T Bastard

                (Remember that free markets primarily serve the workers – not producers!)

                /facepalm

                The workers are the producers moron and we know that the free-market doesn’t serve them. The increasing poverty we see in NZ and around the world in other developed countries that follow the myth of the free-market proves that.

              • Rosetinted

                I’m being disrespectful to the Treasury. Hah. I should be touching my forelock, and am too much of an ordinary citizen to criticise my betters is that it??

    • David H 3.6

      @Srylands I would really like you to provide a link for this statement.

      “And John donates his entire salary to charity.”

      “Key wouldn’t elaborate on what charities he supported, nor how large a portion of his salary he donated. He said his “personal decision” was not something he wanted publicised.”

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/573560/Key-pledges-PMs-salary-to-charity

      Or this
      http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/key-continue-donating-part-salary-if-made-pm-33853

      FFS when are we going to get a decent variety of troll? One who could actually put some sort of argument to support their outrageous claims.

      Reminds me of the saying from Forrest Gump “Stupid is that Stupid does”

      • srylands 3.6.1

        Here is a link to a statement that all of the PM’s salary is donated to charity:

        “Good one John Key! Key donates his salary to charity”

        http://www.fishing.net.nz/asp_forums/good-one-john-key_topic65278_page2.html

        • framu 3.6.1.1

          a link to a comment on a fishing forum is your evidence?

          your pathetic mate – if key did donate his salary to charity there would be evidence being pushed left right and center from the nats

          again – all he said is that he would – there is zero evidence that he does

          • felix 3.6.1.1.1

            framu: “again – all he said is that he would – there is zero evidence that he does”

            No, he never said he would donate his salary. This is a myth.

            For several years now I have been asking for references to him saying he donates or intended to donate his salary.

            Not a single one has been produced, ever.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.6.1.2

          The only valid evidence would be a copy of his pay slip with all the money being given out to these charities by parliamentary services. Until I see that then, considering that John Key is a proven liar, I’m just going to consider that he’s lying about that as well.

          • TheContrarian 3.6.1.2.1

            Not sure it works like that, Draco.

            Parliamentary Services doesn’t pay the charities, they pay Key who then pays the charities.
            His payslip would only show his salary, nothing more.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.6.1.2.1.1

              He could instruct them to and it’s the only way that I’d accept that he was actually giving his salary to charity.

            • felix 3.6.1.2.1.2

              “they pay Key who then pays the charities”

              Except he doesn’t, and he never said he did. It’s a myth.

          • Jason Rika 3.6.1.2.2

            Donations are tax deductable.

        • Murray Olsen 3.6.1.3

          A fishing forum? Haha. Will they still love him after he cuts their snapper quota?
          In fact, I might have even seen you out fishing once. I was with a mate pulling up snapper and kahawai off Rakino, with kingies following them up, when a gin palace full of NAct types turned up. They did a couple of circles around us, intently peering at their colour fish finder, during which we pulled up 3 good snapper. Not seeing any little fish pictures on their screen, they left, loudly proclaiming that there was nothing there. These are the type who think they have the answers for the rest of us. FFS.

  4. Frank 4

    ‘And John donates his entire salary to charity’

    Errr, no he dosn’t.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      I’m sure he has a family trust or two which he considers “charitable”.

      • idlegus 4.1.1

        i recall reading at the time when he first said that was he donated half his salary to his sons school! i can’t recall the link or anything but i guess my assertion is as good as any anonymous bodies huh.

        • felix 4.1.1.1

          I’ve been asking for these mythical links for several years and so far not a single one has been produced.

          It is a myth. He does not donate his salary.

      • Rosetinted 4.1.2

        We should all be more charitable to our lovely PM Jokeyhen. He has such a nice smile, and is such a friendly person, just like one of us really.

  5. Steve Wrathall 5

    “global warming can be stopped”?? What global warming? Even the UK Met Office has been forced to admit that it has paused for 15 years despite the so-called “pollutant” CO2 reaching 400 ppm
    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/news/recent-pause-in-warming

    • BLiP 5.1

      From your link . . .

      . . . The final paper shows that the recent pause in global surface temperature rise does not materially alter the risks of substantial warming of the Earth by the end of this century. Nor does it invalidate the fundamental physics of global warming, the scientific basis of climate models and their estimates of climate sensitivity . . .

      . . . care to reconsider your assertion?

    • johnm 5.2

      Steve Wrathall
      “It hasn’t warmed since 1998” For global records, 2010 is the hottest year on record, tied with 2005.
      Last year the Arctic Summer ice retreat was the most extreme on record. Australia’s last summer broke records everywhere. Wildfires are more extreme than ever recorded before. The Oceans are warming up killing coral.
      You are so willfully ignorant Steve Wrathall that I for one shall ignore your posts in future you’re just a troll trying to muddy the waters.

      “CO2 is not a pollutant”

      Through its impacts on the climate, CO2 presents a danger to public health and welfare, and thus qualifies as an air pollutant

      • johnm 5.2.1

        “2013 shaping up to be one of Australia’s hottest years on record”

        http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/2013-shaping-up-to-be-one-of-australias-hottest-years-on-record-20130730-2qvly.html

        “The last 10 months have been abnormally warm across Australia and we’ve seen a notable lack of unusually cold weather this winter. Are we heading for the hottest year on record?

        The more significant records for this period include:

        Australia’s hottest day on record
        Australia’s hottest week on record
        Australia’s hottest month on record
        Australia’s hottest summer on record
        Australia’s hottest September to June (10 months) on record

        A feature of the last 10 months has been the persistence of unusually warm temperatures. Every calendar month since September 2012 has had temperatures 0.5°C or more above normal. The result has been a national mean temperature anomaly of +1.03°C for the past 10 months, well ahead of the previous record of +0.94 °C set in 1997-98.”

    • Draco T Bastard 5.3

      Why doesn’t the temperature rise at the same rate that CO2 increases?

      The rate of surface warming has slowed in the past decade. Yet the physical properties of CO2 and other greenhouse gases cannot change. The same energy they were re-radiating back to Earth during previous decades must be evident now, subject only to changes in the amount of energy arriving from the sun – and we know that has changed very little. But if that’s true, where is this heat going?

      The answer is into the deep oceans.

  6. Rosetinted 6

    John Cleese shows how to cope with the confabulations of politics from left and right.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKp7HDv01hk&list=UUo8k-VTdmsKNGWHwDIa-o3g&index=15

    John Cleese SDP/Liberal Alliance political broadcast 1987

  7. tracey 7

    Why would a green voter think it was crazy and your workmates are much more open about who tgey voted for than any workplace ive been in.

    • Rosetinted 7.1

      Because they have right wing solidarity! They gather in a circle with their weapons ready to take on the dreaded fierce, three-eyed lefties.

    • srylands 7.2

      Because not all Green voters are hard core. There are a number of “soft” green voters who liked the Greens because they were disenchanted with the major parties and they liked the idea of helping the flowers grow, promoting low energy light bulbs, and promoting PT. When J Fitzsimmons and R Donald were around that set up looked cool.

      Then R Norman came along with his economic policies. The effect of R Norman on those soft supporters is yet to be felt.

      Example:

      I know a woman whho lives in Mount Victoria (Wellington). She has been a strong Green supporter. But she wouldn’t be seen dead on a bus, and she wants Transmission Gully built so she can get to her bach on the Coast on the weekend.

      • Rosetinted 7.2.1

        You give individual anecdotes. srylands That doesn’t sound like a dry factual analytical economist.

      • Chooky 7.2.2

        @sryland ….those softy trendy Green pretenders, you give as examples , are not normal Greens and you know it!…….

        In fact the right wing sees Green economics as the number one threat ….because laissez faire capitalism and right wing capitalists have no where to go with their capitalist profit economics except further plunder the Earth and the natural environment and screw up the egalitarian society …..And they come smack up against the Green Movement with alternative economic theory and values…..And increasing popularity! …And in fact it is the way of the future !

        • Chooky 7.2.2.1

          also rysland …You neglect to mention that both Rod Donald and Jeanette Fitzsimmons were/are also formidable Green economists

          …You seem to be wanting to mark Russel Norman out as some sort of exception and threat…as well as split the Green movement into 1.) soft daffy duck fluff heads and 2) OMG dangerous communists (of the SWP Australian red headed variety)!

          …..smile …. your cunning strategms wont work ….because this is an international Green movement that you can not stop….and it has supporters from all walks of life and all social classes

          ( and they dont want huge multi- million dollar motorways built just so they can run their little cars up the coast to their batch at the beach…..snort….what sort of a Green is that?….a phoney wanna be trendo )

      • bad12 7.2.3

        Seeing as you claim to be ‘an economist, strylands, and, you claim also that printing money is ruinous to an economy, rampant inflation and all that, how about you give us all your economic analysis as to why there is NO inflation evident in the US economy while that country has been printing trillions of dollars for the past 4 years…

        • srylands 7.2.3.1

          umm because the USA otherwise would have had deflation? and their risk free nominal interest rates were close to (or at) zero?

          • Colonial Viper 7.2.3.1.1

            Bullshit, there is plenty of deflation going on in the US: income deflation, that is.

            Also the printing of money in the US has done nothing except:

            1) Reinflate the housing securities bubble…yes they are right back at it in the US now, securitising income streams from housing/housing mortgages all over again

            2) Inflating the Dow Jones to new highs

            3) Exporting commodities inflation all over the world, destabilising many poorer nations.

            4) And of course, greatly increase the wealth of the top 0.1% while impoverishing the real economy.

      • Arfamo 7.2.4

        I’d hate to be seen dead on a bus too. I’d rather pass away in my bed peacefully at home.

      • karol 7.2.5

        I’ll see your anti-bus “greenie” and I’ll raise you a couple of Green Party voting colleagues who take public transport to work.

  8. tracey 8

    Does the pm claim the 33% rebate on his donated salary…

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Has the PM ever claimed the rebate on his 33% donated salary

      Maybe we should go to the US system…politicians to make their tax returns public.

    • felix 8.2

      No, because he doesn’t donate his salary.

      Where do people get the idea that Key got to be a multi-millionaire by giving away over a million dollars every parliamentary term?

      Utter nonsense.

  9. Martin 9

    “Society is like a stew, if not stirred once in a while a layer of scum floats to the top” Edward Abby
    “and the bottom gets burned,” -me

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    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    2 days ago
  • We need to work smarter not longer
    The charade of this Government’s sound economic management is unraveling. Misleading GDP figures, pumped up by property speculation and high immigration, have given the impression that all is well, masking our continued productivity decline compared to OECD countries. In fact, ...
    GreensBy Barry Coates
    2 days ago
  • Statement on John Key’s resignation
    Labour Party Leader Andrew Little has acknowledged John Key’s contribution to Government.  “John Key has served New Zealand generously and with dedication. Although we may have had our policy differences over the years, I respect the Prime Minister’s decision to ...
    2 days ago
  • Positive plan secures victory
    The victory of Labour’s newest MP, Michael Wood, in Mt Roskill is the result of a well-organised campaign run with honesty and integrity, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “I congratulate Michael Wood on his great victory. He will be a ...
    4 days ago
  • Wave of support for Kiwibuild continues to grow
    Apartment builder Ockham Residential has become the latest voice to call for the government to build affordable homes for Kiwi families to buy, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Helen O'Sullivan of Ockham has now joined prominent businesspeople like EMA ...
    5 days ago
  • Cuba Si Yankee No – Fidel Castro and the Revolution
    The death of Fidel Castro is a huge historical moment for the older generation who grew up with the toppling of Batista, the Bay of Pigs debacle, the death of Che Guevara and the US blockade against Cuba. For younger ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    5 days ago
  • Government slashes observer coverage, fails snapper fishery
    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has more than halved the number of fisheries observers in the East Coast North Island snapper trawl fishery (SNA1). This reduction in observer days, combined with major failures in an unproven and controversial video ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    5 days ago
  • ‘Exemplar’ Māori Land Court under siege
    TheMāori Land Court, hailed as an “exemplar” by the Ministry of Justice chief executive and Secretary, Andrew Bridgman is under siege by the Government through Māori land reforms and a Ministry restructure, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri. ...
    5 days ago
  • He Poroporoaki ki a Te Awanuiārangi Black
    Kua hinga he whatukura o Tauranga Moana. Kua hinga rangatira o te iwi Māori. Ka tangi tonu ana te ngākau nā tāna wehe kei tua o te ārai. E rere haere ana ngā mihi aroha o mātou o Te Rōpū ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    6 days ago
  • CYF reforms ignoring whānau based solution
    When approximately 60 per cent of children in state care are Māori processes need to change in favour of whānau, hapū and iwi solutions, said Labour’s Whānau Ora spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.  “Widespread concern about Government reforms of Child Youth and ...
    6 days ago
  • Hip and knees surgery takes a tumble
    The statistics for hip and knee electives under this Government make depressing reading, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “Under the last Labour Government we achieved a 91 per cent growth in hip and knee elective surgery. Sadly under this ...
    6 days ago
  • Parata’s spin can’t hide cuts to early childhood education
    No amount of spin from Hekia Parata can hide the fact that per-child funding for early childhood education has been steadily decreasing under the National government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “In the 2009/10 year early childhood services received ...
    6 days ago
  • Nats will jump at chance to vote for KiwiBuild Bill
    National will welcome the chance to vote for a real solution to the housing crisis after their many, many failed attempts, says Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis. Kelvin Davis’s Housing Corporation (Affordable Housing Development) Amendment Bill was ...
    6 days ago
  • Million dollar houses put homeownership out of reach of middle New Zealand
    35% of New Zealanders now live in places where the average house costs over a million dollars, and it’s killing the Kiwi dream of owning your own place, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Latest QV stats show that Queenstown ...
    6 days ago
  • Opportunity for political parties to back Kiwi-made and Kiwi jobs
    The First Reading in Parliament today of his Our Work, Our Future Bill is a chance for political parties to ensure the government buys Kiwi-made more often and backs Kiwi jobs, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. The reading ...
    6 days ago
  • Solid Energy must open the drift
    Solid Energy is showing no moral spine and should not have any legal right to block re-entry into the Pike River drift, says Damien O’Connor MP for West Coast-Tasman.  “Todays failed meeting with  representatives from the state owned company is ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000 at risk students “missing”
    A briefing to the Minister of Education reveals 20,000 at-risk students can’t be found, undermining claims by Hekia Parata that a new funding model would ensure additional funding reached students identified as at-risk, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. ...
    1 week ago
  • Crime continues to rise
    Overall crime is up five per cent and the Government just doesn’t seem to care, says Labour’s Police Spokesperson Stuart Nash. ...
    1 week ago
  • Treasury fritters $10 million on failed state house sell off
    The Treasury has wasted $10 million in two years on the National Government's flawed state house sell off programme, including nearly $5.5 million on consultants, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. "New Zealand needs more state housing than ever, with ...
    1 week ago
  • National slow to learn new trade lessons post TPPA
    Yesterday, the Minister for Trade misused economic data in order to try to make the case for more so-called ‘trade agreements’ like the TPPA which are actually deregulatory straitjackets in disguise. In welcoming a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade ...
    GreensBy Barry Coates
    1 week ago
  • Skilled migrant wages plummeting under National
    Wages have plummeted for people with skilled migrant visas working in low-skilled occupations, driving down wages for workers in a number of industries, says Labour’s Immigration Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Documents acquired by Labour under the Official Information Act reveal that ...
    1 week ago
  • Child abuse apology needed
    The Government's failure to act on recommendations from Judge Henwood, based on years of work by the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service (CLAS) will further undermine any faith victims may have put into the process, says Labour’s Children’s Spokesperson Jacinda ...
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank again highlights National’s housing failure
    National’s failure to deal with the housing crisis in New Zealand is once again being exposed by the Reserve Bank today, in a scathing assessment of the Government’s response, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson “Governor Wheeler is clearly worried ...
    1 week ago
  • Palm Oil Labelling: Possible Progress?
    On Friday, the Minister for Food Safety, along with her Australian colleagues finally looked at the issue of mandatory labelling of palm oil. We’ve been calling for mandatory labelling for years and we were hoping that the Ministers would agree ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    1 week ago
  • National: Fails to achieve
    The ineffectiveness of the National Government’s approach to schooling has been highlighted by the latest Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) report released overnight, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. ...
    1 week ago
  • Faster into Homes – a new pathway for first home buyers
    This week Parliament will select another members’ bill from the cookie tin (I kid you not, it really is a cookie tin) and I’ve just launched a new bill I’m hoping will get pulled – to help people get into ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 week ago
  • Selling off our state housing stock isn’t working for NZers
    I want to end homelessness and ensure that everyone has a warm, safe, dry home. This National Government has let down New Zealanders, especially the thousands of New Zealanders who are struggling with something so basic and important as housing. ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago
  • Government needs to ensure fair deal on EQC assessments
    Kiwis affected by earthquakes might not get a fair deal if the Government pushes ahead with secret plans to let private insurers take over the assessment of claims, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods. “Under questioning from Labour the Government ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s priorities the real ‘load of nonsense’
    The Prime Minister’s fixation with tax cuts, despite a failure to pay down any debt and growing pressure on public services is the real ‘load of nonsense’, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “We’re getting mixed messages from National. John ...
    1 week ago
  • Free Speech and Hate Speech
    Last week we were very concerned to hear that an Auckland imam, Dr Anwar Sahib, had been preaching divisive and derogatory messages about Jewish people and women during his sermons. It was a disturbing incident coming at the end of ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 week ago
  • Young Kiwis struggling under record mortgage debt
    The Government needs to step in and start building affordable homes for first homebuyers now more than ever, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    1 week ago
  • Tairāwhiti says No Stat Oil!
    Tairāwhiti says yes to a clean environment for our mokopuna today and for generations to come. Tairāwhiti are have a responsibility to uphold their mana motuhake over their land and their peoples and are calling on the Government to honour ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago
  • Swimmable Rivers tour – Ōkahukura/Lucas Creek
    When Environment Minister Nick Smith said in Parliament that some waterways – like Auckland’s Lucas Creek – are not worth saving because no-one wants to swim in them, he forgot to ask the locals we met last week who have put ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Wellington business relief package needs flexibility
    The Government’s Wellington business support package is welcome news but needs to be implemented so that all affected businesses get the help they need, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. “Wellington businesses will be pleased that the Government ...
    1 week ago
  • EQC’s staff cuts show disregard for quake victims
    The Earthquake Commission’s stubborn insistence on slashing its workforce and its operational funding by nearly half shows callous disregard for victims of the Kaikoura earthquake and the thousands of Cantabrians still waiting to resolve claims, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan ...
    1 week ago
  • Maori Land Court job losses must be delayed
    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must request that pending job losses at the Māori Land Court are put on hold until the Māori land reform process is resolved and the risk of losing centuries of collective institutional knowledge is ...
    1 week ago
  • Financial support needed for urgent earthquake strengthening
    The Government must provide urgent support to residents for important earthquake strengthening work so that it happens quickly, says Grant Robertson, Wellington Central MP.  "I support the call from Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to bring forward work to strengthen the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour welcomes equal pay
    Labour has long appreciated the value of women’s work and welcomes the Government’s decision to address pay equity for women, say’s Labour’s associate Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Sue Moroney. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Surgeons’ letter a damning indictment
    A letter from Waikato Hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons claiming that hospital managers are stopping them from making follow-up checks on patients is a damning indictment of the health system, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s terrifying that one woman’s elective ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of touch Nats continue state house sell-off
    The Government should be focused on building houses for families to buy and more state houses for families in need, not flogging them off, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National’s state house sell-off does nothing to help people ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Joyce drags feet while Capital businesses suffer
     Wellington businesses affected by the earthquake are continuing to struggle while the Government drags its feet on getting a business assistance package up and running, says Grant Robertson, Wellington Central MP.  “Steven Joyce needs to front up with an assistance ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Health and Safety Act fails to reduce work fatalities
    After the Pike River tragedy, New Zealanders realised that workplace health and safety culture needed to change. Last Saturday marked the 6th anniversary of the tragedy that killed 29 miners at the Pike River mine on the West Coast of ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    2 weeks ago