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The year of the Greens?

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, September 23rd, 2011 - 55 comments
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Several commentators have suggested recently that the Greens have crossed some kind of “credibility threshold” and are poised for a strong performance in November. Here’s John Armstrong:

‘Green Wave’ shows party is serious

… Now comes – for want of a better term – the “Green Wave”. On a roll in the polls and having largely shed their image as a bunch of bicycle-clip-wearing eco-obsessives, the Greens have made their strongest pitch yet to be treated as serious participants in the debate on economic policy.

The party’s economic policy – released yesterday in the guise of a plan to create 100,000 “green” jobs – deserved better than the ritualistic slagging offered up by John Key and Associate Finance Minister Steven Joyce, who fronted in Bill English’s absence.

Sure, the plan’s central element – the creation of up to 81,000 jobs through building a new $6 billion to $8 billion export industry in renewable energy technology – should be treated with the same healthy scepticism as other claims of pending nirvana. But can those scoffing at the Greens come up with anything better?

John Pagani:

The Greens get it together

I’ve been impressed with the Greens lately. In elections since 1999 the Greens repeatedly positioned themselves in a way that made joining a government almost impossible. This seemed to be a deliberate strategy to avoid taking responsibility for actually making hard decisions an compromises.

After this election all the original Green MPs will be gone and the party seems ready to get a bit dirty: more serious, less radical, more electable, more capable of compromise in pursuit of tangible gains. …

The Greens have made some hard choices about their priorities. Choosing the issues to campaign on, and what policy they most want to achieve, means being realistic about what you have to say no to, at the expense of maybe disillusioning a few noisy core supporters. … Grouped under the clever slogan “for a richer New Zealand”, they’ve made their top priorities:

  • 100,000 kids out of poverty
  • Cleaning up New Zealand’s rivers and lakes, and
  • Green jobs for New Zealand.

… We’re still waiting for National’s plan.

There are several similar opinion pieces (and one dissenting view), as usual NZ Politics Daily has a good summary.

For myself I have mixed feelings.   I was a big fan of the party of Rod Donald and Jeanette Fitzsimons, and I’d hate to see the Greens lose their political soul.  On the other hand I support any party of the left, and I’m happy so see one doing well (yes even at Labour’s expense, I’d be happy see Labour dragged to the Green / Left a bit!).

I’d be particularly interested to hear what Green supporters think of the party’s “new direction”.  The proof of the pudding is coming up in November of course.  The Greens always seem to poll better than they perform in the election.  Will they break the mould this time?

55 comments on “The year of the Greens?”

  1. Jim Nald 1

    I would like to hear the Greens and Labour campaigning to nurture a richer Green Economy with smart Green workers and employers working hand in hand.

  2. DJL 2

    Sorry, unless Rusty looks straight into the camera and says something stronger than ” highly unlikely”,
    I can’t give them my vote. Would not like the Nats gaining credibility on the back of green voters.

    • Jim Nald 2.1

      Quite. I am not giving my vote to the Greens for Rusty to do a Nick Clegg.

      • outofbed 2.1.1

        Doh
        pst don’t tell anyone, The Greens will NEVER support National
        The “Highly unlikely” is code for ‘over my cold dead body,
        probably may pull in a few wavering Blue/Greens eh?
        I mean why hitch your wagon to the twitching corpse of the labour party

        • AAMC 2.1.1.1

          Yeah, nah..

          I’ve voted Green at every election, the fact they would publicly state their willingness to join with National suggests a move to a pragmatic unprincipled playing the game and to the focus groups like the rest of them.

          And so this time I’m more likely to vote Labour, although I prefer Green policy, cause I can’t support a National Coalition Government.

          Although part of me thinks, fuck it, why vote, sell up, move to the country, their ALL gutless.

          • James 2.1.1.1.1

            So you would vote for a party that has voted in support of National Party policy while the Greens refused, all because the Greens said they would work with anyone to forward good policies?

            • Jim Nald 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Ok, below is the relevant bit of the Green’s AGM remit of 5 Jun 2011 from
              http://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/independent-greens-could-support-labour-national-unlikely

              I will think about these and what was also quoted from Metiria there, and I will comment again later.

              “2011 election positioning

              “Agrees that for the 2011 general election, the Green Party, as an independent party, will campaign on the following political position:

              “(i) Based on current Labour and National Party policy positions, the Green Party has a preference to consider supporting a Labour-led government in the right circumstances, ahead of a National-led government;

              “(ii) The Green Party could work with a National-led government to progress particular Green Party policies as we have over the last three years; but based on current National Party policy positions and track record it is highly unlikely that we could support a National-led government on confidence and supply.”

              • Ari

                All the current policy on a coalition with National means is that the Greens don’t care about what party name their potential coalition partners would use- they care about policies and the way they’re implemented.

                National would have some dramatic changes to make if they wanted the Greens’ support- and in the event that National actually runs left enough of Labour on issues of key importance to the Greens, then National would get their support.

        • Tangled up in blue 2.1.1.2

          The Greens will NEVER support National

          If people haven’t figured that one out yet then there’s no helping them.

          • AAMC 2.1.1.2.1

            “The Greens will NEVER support National”

            “If people haven’t figured that one out yet then there’s no helping them.”

            So don’t say you will.

            • Tangled up in blue 2.1.1.2.1.1

              I didn’t say I would.

              If you want to vote for a party closer to National because of some misinterpretation about the Greens supporting National, go ahead.

              • AAMC

                Didn’t mean to suggest you said it, I meant the Greens shouldn’t say it.

                My point is that I never previously questioned my desire to vote Green, because they seemed to at least stand by their principles and say what they believed despite the potential political consequences.

                Thins seems to have changed. It may be a winning strategy.

                How I vote is yet to be decided, if there was a strong message from the Greens pre election, especially with the death of noe-liberalism in stark reality before us providing them a platform for that narrative, I’d be there in a second. If they keep playing the focus group game, it’ll just confirm to me that the political system is in disrepair and I’ll vote against National but begrudgingly.

      • toad 2.1.2

        That’s simply not going to happen because it is not the Green Party leadership’s decision to make.  The Greens make these decisions democratically.

        Any confidence and supply deal with another Party has to be ratified by a Special General Meeting of the Green Party at which every electorate is represented.  The Party’s membership therefore makes the decision, rather than its Leaders or MPs.  And National is never going to give swallow sufficient dead rats to reach a position that would convince the Green Party membership to support them governing.

        • thejackal 2.1.2.1

          Never say never Toad. The reality of the situation is that the Greens are the only party to propose policy that looks at tackling one of the worlds most pressing problems, climate change. There will come a time when even the ignoramuses that make up the denialist clique that is the National party will come to their senses. Their aperitif will be dead rats followed by a large jug of I told you so, with sprinkles of a collapsing dollar on top. The main will be some chunks of broken highways with a dead export sector for desert. By that time I doubt the Greens will even need Nationals support at all.

          • toad 2.1.2.1.1

            Fair enough.  I meant in the foreseeable future.

            • thejackal 2.1.2.1.1.1

              The difference being that it will be an increase in National supporting Greens policies, not Greens supporting National’s policies. Depending on how the numbers fall, governmental support for Green policies could increase as soon as the 26th November.

    • felix 2.2

      DJL, Jim: Indeed.

      oob: Code? I’ll take my promises in plain English, thanks.

      James: Irrelevant, it’s a question of Confidence & Supply. Any party should vote for policy they agree with regardless of Confidence & Supply.

      Toad: Wasn’t it a membership vote that got us to this position anyway? If so, how is relying on the will of the membership supposed to reassure me in any way?

  3. just saying 3

    Hate the way the ‘usual suspect’ pundits are spinning this increase in support as being a credibility issue, and that moving right, increasingly kow-towing to focus-politics, opening the door to “institutional capture” wider, and becoming more like the two main parties, is making them more appealing to voters. And they are encouraging the Greens to keep up the good work, and implying that they are moving in the direction of ‘maturity’ rather than just plain selling out.

    Seems to me that actually, the reverse is true and that voters are turning away from Labour in disgust, because they epitomise the kind of corruption these experts suggest the Greens are such good boys and girls for buying into.

  4. Afewknowthetruth 4

    A vote for National is a vote for a wolf that looks like a wolf and has behaved like a wolf every time it is in office. One can vote with the full expectation of ‘being eaten’, even if candidates dress as sheep for a few weeks before the election.

    A vote for the Greens is a vote for a fox dressed as a sheep.

    This sums it up nicely:’ less radical, more electable, more capable of compromise in pursuit of tangible gains.’

    Nature doesn’t compromise and nature cannot be negotiated with.

    Either something is green or it’s not. And the Greens are not. They promote ‘lite’ industrialism at the end of the industrial age: it’s rather like supplying an alcoholic with low alcohol beer and expecting the alcoholism to be cured by it.

    • James 4.1

      It’s more like rehab which is known to work better and more-reliably than going cold-turkey.

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 4.1.1

        Like Afewknowthetruth I welcome the end of the industrial age which Afewknowthetruth predicts with complete certainty will be over by 2013 tops. The only question is, what age should we choose next? Personally, I have always been a fan of the middle bronze age, personally but acknowledge that I am a bit of a romantic.

        • Afewknowthetruth 4.1.1.1

          TGF

          Please do not misquote me.

          Guy McPherson said ‘lights out for the American empire by 2013’.

          I said ‘a 70% chance of a major economic jolt by the end of 2011, a 100% chance of a major jolt by the end of 2012′ and collapse of most current economic arrangements by is more or less certain by 2015’.

          The end of the industrial age could be all be via a gradual process that takes place over the next decade or two, or could be way of a ‘black swan’ event. It’s impossible to pick ‘black swans’, which is why they are called ‘black swans’ 🙂

          However, it comes, it will be a lot faster than most people imagine, especially those who are expecting present arrangements to continue through the 2020s, 2030s and 2040s.

      • Afewknowthetruth 4.1.2

        Rehab? Not at all. The Greens promote continued addiction -just look at what they have on their website!

        ‘”We will create 100,000 new jobs through direct government investment in housing, by ensuring our state-owned energy companies capture the massive export opportunities in renewable energy, and, most importantly, by shifting the drivers for green jobs in the private sector.

        As well as stimulating jobs at a time of economic uncertainty, our initiative will make our economy more resilient and protect our natural environment, without going further into debt.”As well as stimulating jobs at a time of economic uncertainty, our initiative will make our economy more resilient and protect our natural environment, without going further into debt.

        “Our costed plans will mean we’re able to pay down debt more quickly than the current Government is planning to.”

        The Green Party’s economic priorities include plans for direct government investment, building sustainable infrastructure, supporting the greening of our small and medium-sized enterprises, driving clean technology innovation, introducing smarter regulation, getting the prices of resources and pollution right, protecting our ‘100% Pure’ brand, reforming capital markets, making our workplaces fairer, and measuring progress differently.

        Stimulating jobs and protecting the environment are mutualy exclusive concepts.

        ‘capture the massive export opportunities’ = pro-globalisation policy.

        There is no such thing as ‘sustainable infrastructure’.

        There is no such thing as ‘clean technology innovation’.

        There is no ‘right price for pollution’.

        ‘protecting our ‘100% Pure’ brand’ is a lie. NZ has one of the worst per-capita environments in the world.

        It’s drivel, followed by more drivel, followed by yet more drivel. But it will probably appeal to the scientifically illiterate.

        In practice, all we can do at the end of the industrial age is attempt to cushion the fall, whilst acknowledging that by doing so we are still wrecking the planet.

        • Ari 4.1.2.1

          Sustainable infrastructure isn’t just a buzzword, it actually has a specific meaning- it’s infrastructure whose fuels and construction materials renew within its normal operating lifespan.

          And I have to disagree with you on pollution, too: The right price for it exceeds the cost of cleaning it up perfectly, because often the time taken to clean it up has led to health risks for those exposed, and possibly those responsible for cleaning it. Sometimes cleanup isn’t even possible. If our best method of preventing pollution is to cost it, then polluters need to pay more than the overall cost of their pollution, so that it’s always in their interest to invest in technology that really is clean, and not just greenwashed, and if such technology doesn’t exist, there’s enough profit to be found in reducing pollution that it’s worth the research to develop it.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2.2

          Stimulating jobs and protecting the environment are mutualy exclusive concepts.

          QFT.

          Can’t be bothered writing it out again so here’s a link.

    • Bang on, capitalism doesnt do lite.

    • Muzza 4.3

      Well said. The Greens are nothing more than a false addition to fool the electorate further.
      Red , Blue , Green , Black. IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE PEOPLE!

  5. James 5

    What new direction? The Green’s evidence-based policies have always been about long-term thinking. I didn’t really understand NRT’s problem. Will these policies create jobs? Yes. So what’s wrong with focusing on that point when selling your policy to people who only want to focus on new jobs?

  6. Joe Bloggs 6

    There might be a whiff of credibility about the Greens were it not for the sanctimoneous self-promoting publicity stunts they’ve been engineering during the past few weeks.

    Their efforts to appear as a serious, credible and trustworthy alternative to Labour are diluted by the likes of Matt Dillon and the way that he misled the Waikato Times when his part­ner Melissa Camp­bell appeared in a story on Mon­day about her likely vot­ing inten­tions ahead of the election.

    Their efforts are further undermined when the Greens convenor, Georgina Mor­ri­son, claimed Max and his part­ner did not delib­er­ately mis­lead the media. The Waikato Times editor put the lie to that statement when he said Ms Camp­bell had every oppor­tu­nity to dis­close her partner’s role in the Green Party. Dur­ing the inter­view she was asked what her part­ner did, why she was sup­port­ing the Greens and how she became involved in Green issues but she did not dis­close her affiliations.

    And further undermined by their astroturfing initiatives… nothing wrong in using social media – but shilling for the Greens without advising you’ve been sent there to shill by the Greens HQ? Strikes me as a deceptive practice that positions the Greens fairly and squarely alongside the astroturfers from other major parties.

    … and further undermined by their deceptive “Job Creation” policy – as NRT points out its not really about jobs at all; rather its about greening our economy, with jobs as a byproduct. Not necessarily a bad thing of itself – but when greening our economy is presented in a tissue of lies dressed up as a job creation programme then the Greens credibility suffers.

  7. freedom 7

    The sooner we get over the defacto-FPP vehicle of Confidence and Supply and democratically run our Parliamnent as a MMP body, the better for our Nation. It will be difficult and we will probably not get it right immediately, but we the people voted for MMP.

  8. alex 8

    Personally I like the direction the Greens are going in. When Clark was PM I was a huge fan of Labour, but then I exited my teen years and realised leadership is about more than just an iron fist. The Greens are the real leaders of forward thinking and long term policy in the country’s political scene. What I really like about them is that they are looking beyond 2014. Sure, the jobs policy is short term, but with the number of unemployed out there we really need it, their policies on kids and rivers will not bear political fruit for a generation, and yet they still want to push them, because those policies will benefit the country more than any others being promoted this year. Its just that we will only see the benefits in a decade.
    They seem to be the only party which has a vision for the country in 2021, and I like that vision, a clean environment, high tech renewable energy economy and better social outcomes for the next generation.

  9. gingercrush 9

    I think its far too early to argue whether we’re seeing, “The Year of the Greens” when we’ve consistently heard it since 2005. Yes the Greens are a 5%+ party and therefore look to be in parliament after every election. But considering what they were polling prior to 2008 and what they actually got in 2008. Its a bit early wouldn’t you say.

    Also one day they’re going to be in government and so far that has pretty much stuffed every party that has done so. I guess the one difference would be that besides Act prior to Hide as leader every other minor party that has entered parliament post MMP have been parties based around personality and not issues focused.

    • Ari 9.1

      Yeah, the Greens tend to actually be skeptical (but hopeful) about such predictions, too. We’d love it if it all worked out our way, but we tend to overpoll at least a few times every election cycle. (much like Labour and National do too, for that matter- political winds change, or people say they want to vote for you but don’t get out on election day)

      I imagine actually being inside Government would be difficult for the Green Party, but given the strong pragmatic and democratic roots of the party beyond just personality politics, I’d like to hope it would be easier for them than other smaller parties.

  10. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 10

    I have been hearing wonderful things about the Greens. Mainly from candidate’s partners:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5658184/Green-candidate-apologises-to-newspaper

    • James 10.1

      I can’t find the article in question but really, she should know by now that she’s just someone’s partner; like that Gillard woman.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.2

      What has a candidates partner got to do with what ever party the candidate belongs to?

  11. Interesting that as Toad seems to be the only identifiable Green member posting here, everyone else is talking in a vacuum of information, using known biased media sources (kiwiblog? pfft!) as quotes.

    The policy process outlined by Toad is immutable, has been going that way for decades, and produces genuine flaxroots consensus decisions which flow up from membership to the elected representatives and internal elected party officers.

    The ‘not left, not right, but different’ position has been stated at every AGM since around 2006, to my memory. National’s spinners are picking up on it now because they’re desperate.
    The vote has always been that National will have to come a very long way before any of our policy points agree with their position – the wording is not about Green politics changing, but about charitable possibilities being expressed that the National Party may come to an understanding of the seriousness of climate change, the unsustainability of the current economic paradigms, and an acknowledgement that there is real anger amongst the unemployed young that need to be dealt with in a compassionate manner – all positions that they are resolutely digging their heads into the sand over.

    On the current state of National policy and observable behaviour (including a most cursory glance at Hansard for the past 12 months), I’d say the odds on hell freezing over & the Greens joining a pact with the devil are far more likely than forming a government with National in late 2011.

    I’d say go and compare Green policy announcements to National policy announcements on their website, but it appears that they still haven’t got any policy to campaign on. Too busy rushing through dictatorial legislation under urgency, I guess.

    • Ari 11.1

      I’m renewed again, I’m just slow on getting to the comments. 🙂

    • felix 11.2

      “Interesting that as Toad seems to be the only identifiable Green member posting here”

      In what sense are you using the word “interesting”?

    • McFlock 11.3

      The trouble is, as soon as you go outside the “left-right” dynamic, I worry that the rejection of clear differences in economic and social policy means that the Green definition of “highly unlikely” is also “different”.

    • Puddleglum 11.4

      Hi anarkaytie,

      I think the problem with the Green policy/position statement is less the question of whether or not the Greens would, in fact, enter a confidence and supply (including abstaining) or coalition agreement with National, and more that it adds rhetorical weight to the claim that a Key-led National government is ‘moderate’, ‘centrist’, ‘reasonable’, ‘balanced’, etc..

      The rhetoric in support of Key’s brand, remember, is constructed out of a thousand sound-bites that are consistent with that brand. This is one of those sound-bites.

      It does this – for the general public who are ‘highly unlikely’ ever to vote Green – because the way the position announcement was covered gave the impression that Key must be pretty moderate because even the Greens haven’t ruled out going into coalition with his government. I assume that the Green leadership had some control over how the position was covered.

      Beyond that rhetorical impression – that facilitates wavering voters to stick with Key –  I’ve also been very uncomfortable with this catchy “not right, not left, but different” slogan. I first remember hearing it from Tanczos when he was running for the leadership, but no doubt it predates that.

      I think that slogan is incredibly simplistic. Despite premature announcements of its death, the ‘left/right’ dichotomy will remain for the simple reason that it signifies one of the most fundamental features of societies that possess some form of hierarchy: The few at the top have an interest in preventing the many lower down from taking control.

      The only way to go beyond the ‘outdated’ left/right divide is to go beyond hierarchy (not just ideologically but in practice). I don’t see that happening any time soon. The claim that someone (or a party) can, in reality, be ‘neither left nor right’ in its practical effects is one – admittedly, extremely minor – step away from achieving such a non-hierarchical world.

      I say this simply because I believe the first step towards change involves the admission of reality.

      The extent to which the Greens still promote and defend social justice, participatory democracy, workplace democracy, alternative (collective) models of property ownership and the like is the extent to which they remain ‘left’. To the extent that they compromise on those issues in order to gain some environmental policies or ‘say’ at the top table is the extent to which they are ‘right’.

      BTW, that judgment depends not on my opinion but on the social, economic and political state of our world. It is a state out of which you cannot opt simply through an assertion of how you would like to be perceived (i.e., ‘different’, ‘beyond the old-fashioned dichotomies’, etc.).

      Tony Blair famously charted a ‘Third Way’ but it is not hard to place his government, and its practical effects, on the old ‘left/right’ spectrum.

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    I’d be happy see Labour dragged to the Green / Left a bit!

    I’d be happy to see Labour become a left-wing party again.

  13. newbie 13

    I simply don’t believe Russel Norman when he pretends to be pure and wave a Tibet flag- that seemed to come with the well- the kind of piety that Rod Donald and Fitzsimmons embodied.

    but it is good to see the Greens pushing green growth- for years I despaired of the worthy, but boutiquey issues distracting from the fact that a green perspective could easily and rewardingly be a mainstream one in NZ.

  14. millsy 14

    I have e-mailed the Greens and asked if their public transport policy included returning bus services back to public ownership. It would be interesting to see their reply…

  15. Pete 15

    The Greens may twist their words, but many fear they will enable National. Norman needs to come out and re-assert Green principles. Make it crystal clear to all:

    “We will never go with National, in any way shape or form”

    That’s what a true party of the left would do, surely….

  16. John D 16

    Greens:

    Anti mining
    Anti fossil fuels
    Anti farming
    Anti hydropower

    Did I miss anything?

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  • A coward’s ploy.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
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    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
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    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
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  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
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    10 hours ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
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    10 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
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    1 day ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
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    1 day ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
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    1 day ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
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    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
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    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    6 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    3 weeks ago

  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
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  • Making progress for our kids
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    7 hours ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
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    9 hours ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
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    12 hours ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
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    23 hours ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
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    23 hours ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
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    1 day ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
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    1 day ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
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  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
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  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
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    1 day ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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