The root of the problem

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, May 21st, 2009 - 58 comments
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I reckon New Zealand’s a bit of an economic miracle really. Small country, new country without centuries of infrastructure, middle of nowhere, good only at making dead animals and animal products. Yet we’ve got one of the highest living standards in the world. Not that you would know it from our ‘business leaders’. Always whining the country hasn’t made them rich enough. But maybe we can do better. I’ve worked out the problem.

It’s our business ‘leaders’.

Yesterday, we were ranked dead last in quality of fund management, because our financial institutions aren’t transparent and too inclined to screw their investors.

Same day we ranked 12th in a ‘stress test’ of how well countries are placed to handle recessions. We ranked 7th in our government’s ability to react well. 11th in society’s robustness and adaptability. Our businesses dragged us down – 11th in business, 30th in economic outlook.

Our glorious business leaders spent the last 10 years of record growth pocketing huge profits and whinging for tax cuts. They should have been investing in our economic future. We’re meant to buy this myth that these are the smartest men in the room. Most of them can’t understand something as simple as climate change or that booms don’t last forever. They’re anti-intellectual, greedy, and shallow.

And they’ve got no ideas.

Look at the jobs summit. John Key gets a couple of hundred supposed business geniuses together to solve the recession. The only actual ideas that come out of it: a half-assed version of the unions’ four day week and a cycleway. (Whatever happened to those 40-50 other ideas Key promised were being worked on?)

After the stunning success of the jobs summit, two ‘business leaders’ are holding an entreprenuers’ summit today. Meant to solve the parts of the recession that the jobs summit didn’t. If you want to listen to 15 minutes of drivel, listen to them explain their ideas on 9 to noon yesterday.

The low quality of our managers drag this country down from big company to small. Because of Rob Fyfe, Air New Zealand is suffering loss of brand and customers over a pay rise for 240 staff that’s worth less than Rob Fyfe himself got last year. You’ve got Lane Walker Rudkin where managerial incompetence has led to the business laying off close to 200 workers and cheating them out of their redundancy. Meanwhile the CEO of Lines Company is threatening to lock-out 40 staff because they want a 2% pay rise totalling $26,000. Dude got a $30,000 increase on his $300,000 salary last year.

Of course, the worst businesses are the foreign parasites, the banks. They treat our country like a Chinese bear’s gall bladder. They milk us all they can without actually making us collapse. Billions a year sucked out of our economy in return for inferior quality bank services.

So what do we do about it? Buggered if I know… tax cuts?

58 comments on “The root of the problem ”

  1. Pat 1

    Attention The Standard: Looks like the crap filter has been turned off again.

  2. I actually think this is a very good post. If you disagree Pat, please say why you do so.

    It is a point that is not often made, that perhaps it is the business leaders who are dragging us down because they’re so “short-term oriented”.

    That seems like the real definition of right-wing, to be honest: short-termism.

    • felix 2.1

      Pat can’t do that, neither can the others. They don’t like Zetitic because the way he/she writes challenges the reader to respond directly to the substance.

      They don’t like this so they’ve settled on a strategy of dismissing everything he/she writes out of hand.

      Sad and transparent, yep, but there you have it.

  3. Bill 3

    As for bosses like any noxious weed strangling the environment. Cut them down, pull them out by the roots and burn. Spread the ashes liberally to aid healthy growth of newly planted beneficial seeds.

    Only speaking figuratively of course…

  4. Luke H 4

    So what do we do about it? Buggered if I know tax cuts?

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/05/20/1245b04fc5e7

    “The report also says there is no tax incentive for long-term investing.”

    So, er, yes, it looks like tax cuts would be a good idea.

  5. Kevin Welsh 5

    I’m with Zetitic on this one. Although it would be easy to argue that his post is a over simplification, the general guts of it is spot on.

    The managerial class in this society is not above criticism yet the backlash from any sort of criticism gets you labelled as a luddite greenie or a communist.

    The examples given in this post are perfect examples of what is wrong in the country, but in saying that, it is not indicative of all employers. I have worked at my current job now for five years because the people I work for reward hard work and are interested in more than how many hours I put in.

    • Bill 5.1

      You having a workplace affair there Kevin? (“..the people I work for….are interested in more than how many hours I put in.” )

  6. Zaphod Beeblebrox 6

    You don’t get to be CEO of a large company by taking risks. That is what people who start up companies do. When they become profitable they get bought out by large companies who have no original ideas. Its not actually that good for your economy to have a small number of dominant companies.

    • Pascal's bookie 6.1

      Exactly. And as kevin says, the backlash always comes against anyone suggesting that the private sector has a bureaucracy with all the problems that come with that.

      Righties get all het up about taxpayers getting shafted by civil servants, but capture of companies by management scarcely gets a mention, in fact it gets praised as near best practice, because somehow in the prvate sector, bureaucrats acting in their own best interest is somehow supposed to be best for shareholders.

  7. Relic 7

    Well, it is “deja vu all over again’ really, yes businesses large and small squandered the dough during the Clark years as they did during the Employment Contracts Act Bolger/Shipley years. Workers fightback ability on the ropes in the 90s, and what did most tinpot bosses do with this rare chance? in these here parts (Far North) they built more baches and bought more toys.

  8. Ben R 8

    “Billions a year sucked out of our economy in return for inferior quality bank services.”

    Do you have some evidence of this? How are our bank services inferior?

    • Zetetic 8.1

      You think our banks are good Ben R? You’re the only one.

      Creating a housing bubble by piling cheap credit into the market. 0% deposit. Running their mortgage rates just a touch above OCR screwing monetary policy.

      Now, keeping interest rates higher than they need to be.

      Creaming huge profits both ways.

      Internet banking that’s crap compared to other countries. Just getting smart cards now. Visa Electron has been around 10 years overseas.

      • chris 8.1.1

        Ok this is just retarded. We have a very advanced banking system becuase we’re a first world country the size of Sydney. So we don’t have smart cards, who gives a fuck? We’ve had eftpos longer than anyone because the banks trial things here then launch. Man lay off the marxist bullshit for a second.

  9. tsmithfield 9

    Zetitic “They should have been investing in our economic future.”

    They do. Its called paying taxes, providing jobs, and spending in the local economy.

  10. You forgot to mention that NZ is on the 20th place in the list of 52 police states and that the UN has condemned NZ for introducing tasers and that they have added10 more advises to the list of 8 on how to not become a torturing police state.

  11. help! purgatory

  12. Ron 12

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  13. exbrethren 13

    Add to that Peter Talley threatening to close down his Motueka factory if the Tasman DC dares trying to upgrade the water supply and charge him.

    Sealord threatening to cut yet more jobs unless workers take reductions in their pay and conditions.

    The bleating of certain commentators would be that well people have to tighten their belts in such bad times. This is horseshit in these cases as both companies are still highly profitable and are just cheating their workforce whilst creaming off more for the CEOs and shareholders.

    These people are crooked.

  14. Tom Semmens 14

    What we have to grasp is we have no tradition of entrepreneurship in this country, and our tax and bankruptcy laws show we have no real inclination to create one. I also heard the painful pap from the puffed up “entrepreneurial leadership team” on Natrad. It was cliché ridden rubbish from people who got lucky once by being in the right place at the right time and who clearly are still trying to work out how they got there. Let’s face it – we had a semi-command economy until 1984, when we replaced it with a new elite of financiers and kleptocrats.

    We don’t have a “business class” if by that term you mean a class of people who are prepared to take risks and create wealth with innovative new products and ideas. What we have is old boy’s managerialist elite, who seek rentier incomes by any means so they can ticket clip natural monopolies with little or no risk or innovation – and they are not even very good at that most of the time. It is a decadent and corrupt “business” model more akin to some backward South American dictatorship than an advanced first world liberal democracy (this similarity of decadence is probably the origin of the also similar extremist right wing political views held by business elites here and in places like Chile and Argentina).

    New Zealand SME’s are often criticised for lacking ambition and vision, but the bottom line is the average self-employed Joe on struggle street (i.e. a REAL entrepreneur) knows in his heart he can’t trust the two-bit oligarchs and rentiers not to knobble him through monopoly behaviour. He wants to get enough money to get out before governments ruling in the interests of a parasite class change the business environment in a way to wreck him. Get a house, a boat, a bach and a BMW then flick the business with a sigh of relief that you had made it. Retire early at 55 with five rental properties to keep you going and you’ve achieved the Kiwi dream. Oh and why rental property (apart frrom the tax reasons)? Because who in their right mind in this country would trust our financial class with their money? Everyone knows they’ll rip you off in a trice with poorly regulated finance companies, dodgy insider trading and unethical practices. Better to keep your money where it is literally safe as houses.

    It is a limited dream, but limited dream for good reason. Reasons like a lack of cheap venture capital. Like a lack of Research and Development tax breaks and funding. Reasons like an obsession with rigid neo-liberal dogma that hold tax cuts are the way to do anything and everything. Reasons like a tax system engineered by the acolytes of the oligarchy to ensure that it wildly rewards unearned capital gains and rentier income whilst punishing those who create wealth.

    • SPC 14.1

      And the irony is that the farming sector – the most internationally competitive industry we have is as dependent (for a return on their lifes work) on the untaxed capital gain on the rising value of their (land) property business as the landlord of the city who battery farms tenants.

      Only now with Fonterra and with Fast Forward or such is there a prospect of this industry developing via R and D higher profits/incomes for returns independent of land value.

      • RedLogix 14.1.1

        Tom,

        A nice perceptive comment. Absolutely agree with your comments about property investment. Any other form of investment in this country runs far too high a risk that you will loose all your money. By contrast, a house and a piece of land is always there, and no matter what goes wrong, you stand a chance of making a recovery.

        I own a number of rentals. I would much prefer to put my money into a more productive vehicle, but unless you an insider, or have privileged access to market information… you will be screwed over. Mum and Dad investors are suckers to be pumped and dumped.

        If you want to gamble with your cash here in NZ, the TAB is a better bet.

        • chris 14.1.1.1

          Yes tom fantastic comment. entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking are the future. NZ’s boys club corporatism will be the death of us.

  15. serpico 15

    The ‘stress test’ is about to rise with the Don Brash inquiry.Oh my.Now the root of the problem is?

    • Zetetic 15.1

      Nah. Key has ruled out an inquiry. I say have the thing. Smoke out the National leakers.

      • Pascal's bookie 15.1.1

        “Key has ruled out an inquiry.”

        Coverup!

        I/S covers Brash here, this morning:

        http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2009/05/don-brash-versus-laws-of-evidence.html

        stuff updates here:

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2429823/Brash-welcomes-email-investigation

        Mr Broad said continued questioning of the police role could undermine public trust and confidence in the force.

        He ordered a full review of the case, including the recent release of the highly edited file, to be conducted by Auckland assistant commissioner Steve Shortland, with an independent adviser working alongside him.

        The adviser, likely to be a Queen’s Counsel, would be appointed after consultation with Dr Brash.

        So donny darko brooding away wants his enemies outed, whoever they is.

        I think he’s talked himself into believing it was Labour, can’t let it go and will keep muttering away about corruption in the police until he gets some answers he likes. The police can’t have that, so they are going to investigate their investigation. Labour, meanwhile, is quite happy for the unredacted police file to be released.

        Parliamentary Nat’s are quiet mostly. Key is all:

        Speaking to reporters this afternoon Mr Key said he understood Dr Brash’s concerns but a commission in inquiry was a very expensive option that would divert police resources from fighting crime.

        Police had found “gaping holes” in security of the former leader of the opposition.

        “The issue is not that the police want to reach a successful conclusion, it’s that they’ve been unable to provide a successful conclusion,” Mr Key said.

        Speaking before being made aware of Mr Broad’s announcement, Mr Key suggested Dr Brash take his “serious allegations” against police to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

        I/S looks smart, Brash looks paranoid and bitter, the police look pissed off, Key’s got tranzrail eyes.

  16. Luke H 16

    “They should have been investing in our economic future.’

    Telecom wanted* to do that but it was making too much money, so the government demanded that Telecom let Orcon and all of the other competitors get their grubby hands on Telecom’s infrastructure.

    Way to promote investment in infrastructure, Labour.

    * Note: the reason Telecom wanted to invest that money was because they could make a profit. Socialists love to take away the possibilities for making a profit and then blame ‘market failure’ when nobody wants to build railway lines or lay fibre-optic cables.

    • Daveo 16.1

      Good old Telecom, the company that made big money deunionising and deskilling its workforce, then hired out their labour to competive contractors to permanently screw wages down. Then, after all that, abused its market dominance to shut out competition and screw the country’s broadband infrastructure. Yeah, great example Luke. It’s clearly all the socialists’ fault.

  17. inpassing 17

    Well said that blogger – Zetitic!

    At worst, comparatively, the piece fits snugly into a once fashionable provocation theme. (recall PM Shipley if you will, always bashing ears that one..! )

    At best, it hollers wake-up!

  18. Clarke 18

    I think Tom’s got it pretty much right.

    There are plenty of fantastic Kiwi entrepreneurs who are adept at building great businesses. I’ve met them in London, New York, Silicon Valley, Sydney, Singapore …. and only occasionally at home. Most people with the drive and big ambitions want to play on the world stage, and some of them do so in spectacular style.

    But you’ll also find that when they come back to NZ, it’s inevitably for lifestyle reasons – to give the kids a better place to grow up, to make sure they spend time with ailing parents, to escape the rat-race. Many of these people simply aren’t interested in working huge hours to build another empire … they’ve been there, done that, and don’t have anything left to prove.

    If you’re putting lifestyle ahead of income, then New Zealand is the best country on earth. And if you’re hell-bent on building a huge company and changing the world, then in most cases you’ll be overseas.

    The people who loudly proclaim we need to have bigger and better businesses have lost sight of the main goal – we’re here because of the truly fantastic lifestyle, and the company is just a means to an end. And lowering company taxes (or some other piece of right-wing nonsense) won’t make a blind bit of difference to that.

    • Zetetic 18.1

      Yeah those wonderful entrepreneurs. What was their big idea when 100 of them got together for a day? Make New Zealand a ‘no-moan zone’.

      If you gave a room full of 12 year olds an hour and the best idea they came up with was ‘Make NZ a no moan zone’ you would have to conclude they were a bunch of morons.

      • chris 18.1.1

        Got a better idea? Nationalise the country perhaps? Honestly it’s people like you that make me embarrased to be a labour supporter. You’re so naieve about how the corporate and innovative world works that you demonise it automatically rather than realising that it is thanks to this world that we have our living standards and our public services. Don’t bite the hand that feeds too hard or it will slap you.

        Oh and i’m not apologising for a crappy summit, but it is entrepreneurs who create wealth.

        • Clarke 18.1.1.1

          Really? Like those “financial entrepreneurs” with their “innovative products” at Lehmann Brothers?

          • chris 18.1.1.1.1

            well no because they wern’t entrepreneurs creating new businesses and licensing innovative products and actually creating wealth. they worked for a bank. i’m sure you can see the difference?

  19. Lew 19

    And the lead idea out of this entrepreneurship summit? A cottage industry of possum-skin gloves (audio).

    The moment of zen for me is right at the start, where Greg Howard gushes about how good it is to be around `people who think like me’ – that is, those who don’t dismiss ideas as obviously idiotic; people I would call `uncritical to a fault’.

    Now, don’t get me wrong – I think it’s a wonderful idea if it will work, but I see no evidence that it will, or consideration given to the possibility it might not. The business model, as far as I can see, runs like so:

    1. Government bans 1080 to ensure there are plenty of possums and place a $5 bounty on each one.
    2. Entrepreneurs train and employ unemployed rural Māori to trap possums.
    3. ???? (a)
    4. Turn possum skins into gloves.
    5. ???? (b)
    6. Profit! ($500 million of it, apparently)

    The reason I use the double-underpants-gnome business model here is that there are (at least) two vulnerable points in the model, which even I can see. They are the supply point for raw material and the demand point for finished product. As follows:

    a. Possums, being wild, are not in steady permanent supply. Local populations of possums in easily-accessible locations will quickly be hunted out and populations of possums in less-viable locations will become the quarry. Eventually possum numbers will diminish to the point where the business model is no longer viable because there are too few possums, or because they’re in locations which are too marginal. Or, and this is a worse possibility, possum cartels will emerge, cultivating and maintaining populations of possums within a location so as to maintain a steady supply of skins. The NZ bush will be entirely dependent on trappers (that is, entirely dependent on the market) for control of possums, and that means when the market fails, the bush dies – to a worse extent than currently since 1080 does a pretty good job of getting rid of possums. There’s also the consideration that only possum skins of a certain weight, colour or whatever according to seasonal and regional variations will be harvested. I assume the bloke has already figured this out, though, since he already sells these products.

    b. A high-value, niche product of this sort doesn’t sell itself, and frankly, if there was that much demand for alternative fibres, would we not have seen some of it already? All in all, I can’t help but think it’s a bit too easy to talk about $100-500 million.

    I can see one entrepreneurial aspect of this scheme, though – Greg Howard has convinced a bunch of canny Atlases to back a call which will massively expand his business model (and his company’s products) above all their own, and win a swag of free publicity into the bargain. Well done that man.

    L

    (Edit: I’ve given the impression I’m totally down on this idea – I’m not. This could be very good for some people in some regions of the country, and especially for rural unemployed Māori, and in that regard I think it’s great. I just don’t think it’s a recession-beater. It’s a cottage industry. We already have thousands of those.)

    • Zetetic 19.1

      Lew’s right.

      Last time we tried to seriously control possum numbers/have a major possum fur industry with bounties possum farming was exactly what happened.

      Then the market for high-end fur basically disappeared. I haven’t read that people are back into wearing the fur of dead animals.

      Most people don’t view possums as pests like we do.

  20. vto 20

    ” We’re meant to buy this myth that these are the smartest men in the room. Most of them can’t understand something as simple as climate change or that booms don’t last forever. They’re anti-intellectual, greedy, and shallow.”

    Wrong on every count

    pathetic

  21. bobo 21

    The best our so called entrepreneurs can come up with is a “no moan zone ” poster?? is it an in house joke?

    • Zetetic 21.1

      Sounds like a bloody joke.

      But no that was one of their top of ideas. They think if we’re a nation of moaners. If we stop we’ll be like Australia. By which I guess they mean we’ll have mineral wealth and better weather.

  22. jason rika 22

    hey Ben R. Check out westpac. Lost 10 million in transaction cock-up. Pretty good example of incompetent bank if you ask me.

    • vto 22.1

      really jason? how much you lost in the last year due to being too smacked? Compared to your income? Shall we compareo?

    • Bill 22.2

      If only the law is changed so that recipients don’t have to disappear overseas….49 more wespac fuck-ups and $500 000 000 hits the money-go-round!

    • Clarke 22.3

      Yeah, those Westpac types got it completely around the wrong way – taxpayers are meant to shower banks with unearned money, not the other way round!

      Note to Westpac: bailouts run *from* taxpayers *to* banks. Must try harder.

  23. gingercrush 23

    There are already people collecting possum fur and they’ve been doing it for a while. My own father did it last season and will be doing it again this year. In regards to the fur. They’re not fussy whatsoever. No longer do you need to skin up the possums you just pluck the fur. It is already used in the making of clothing. Already there exists companies that pay people. There was a country calendar episode a while back that directly looked at this issue. Making gloves could I guess potentially work though it likely would flood the market. Meaning those people who already have jobs getting possum furs and those companies that are already making that fur into clothing and other goods will see their prices lower.

  24. gingercrush 24

    The funniest thing is I suggested possums a few months back here on this blog.

  25. Swampy 25

    You forgot to mention the electricity companies (mostly state owned).

  26. Nick 26

    Hell, this is the funniest line of comments I have read for a long while, cant fault Zetitic and just great to read the possum story…if it was’nt so sad you would laugh too loudly. Shows the acolytes of the right for what they are, complete pillocks….

    • Clarke 26.1

      You’re right, Nick … although Zetetic has had to work pretty hard on this – after all, it’s New Zealand’s A Team of Entrepreneurship we’re talking about here! It’s pretty difficult coming up with insightful criticism of such a group of high achievers – it’s not like making fun of a bunch of clueless muppets at all. That would be much easier.

  27. Tim Ellis 27

    What an extraordinary post, and even more extraordinary comments.

    If senior businessmen are so stupid, and anti-intellectual, and don’t have the capacity to think in the long-term, then why doesn’t everybody do it? If it’s such an easy step, then how is it that all of the people complaining about the stupidity of senior executive management (none of whom appear to have any experience of senior executive management), don’t take the leap themselves?

    There is a very high proportion of industry that is owned and managed by the State. Is this a better model? Can anybody produce evidence that SOEs perform more effectively, produce better quality products and services than their privately-owned counterparts, treat their staff with more respect, deliver better returns to shareholders, and have a greater regard for the needs of consumers?

  28. randal 28

    actually we are damm lucky to have any industry at all
    without the first labour government and their aggressive policy of import substitution there would be nothing here at all except the sheepocracy
    erkkkkk!

  29. Clarke 29

    Tim Ellis:

    f it’s such an easy step, then how is it that all of the people complaining about the stupidity of senior executive management (none of whom appear to have any experience of senior executive management), don’t take the leap themselves?

    Many of us have – and still do – run companies, employ people, and occupy senior management positions. Many of us have very direct experience of executive management – and it should be a salutary lesson that not every company director supports a right-wing government that is undermining the very qualities that make this such a fantastic country.

    As a company director and as someone who has occupied very senior positions in public companies here and overseas, I care much more about the equality of my society than the size of executive bonus cheques. I care much more about the very real world of child poverty and families that have to make decisions between paying the electricity bill and putting food on the table than any notional discussions about GDP growth or productivity statistics.

    As a company director I am appalled by the cynical looting of the country. I do not approve of the current government that condones $4 billion of electricity overcharging by stating that the offending monopolies don’t have to pay it back. I am deeply offended by the very idea that $4 billion has been taken out of the pockets of New Zealanders – money that could have put food on the table, and bought winter clothes, and paid mortgages – and used it to enrich (in the case of Contact) predominantly overseas shareholders.

    I dislike intensely the idea that the OECD productivity figures are about to improve in New Zealand, solely because we are making more people unemployed.

    The way I run my company and employ my staff and work in my industry bears no resemblance to the caricatures you’re providing. I am not a member of the Business Roundtable, and amongst a very wide range of business contacts stretching over some decades I have never met a single person who is.

    I do not want a personal tax cut – I want a fairer New Zealand.

    So you can take your comments about our alleged lack of “experience of senior executive management” and – in the vernacular – blow it out your ass.

    • chris 29.1

      Great comment, if only people here could realise that not all business people want to give sir rog head this blog would be a better place.

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    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    3 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    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 ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    5 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
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