web analytics

Then they came for Child Youth and Family

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, April 2nd, 2015 - 162 comments
Categories: national, poverty, privatisation, same old national, welfare - Tags:

The Government has announced plans to review Child Youth and Family.  Anne Tolley has said that the Department is eight to ten years behind in its thinking in areas such as how children in state care are supported.  Since National has now been in power for approaching seven of those years the comment is a damning acknowledgment that this Government does not have a clue about issues concerning children and young people.

The review is an attempt to stigmatise very dedicated social workers and blame them for things beyond their control.  It is no coincidence that aspects of child care may be worsening at the very time that child poverty rates are increasing.  But if you want to do something you address the cause, not the response.

Tolley has announced a review panel headed by Paula Rebstock.  Appointing an economist to head a review of an organisation such as Child Youth and Family shows you where the priorities will be.  The other panel members include the Commissioner of Police, the head of a UK charity for kids, the former Chief of Staff for the Maori Party and a Professor of Psychology.  There is no one from Child Youth and Family and no one who works with troubled young people in New Zealand.

The terms of reference suggest that outsourcing of services is on the cards.  There will clearly be a focus on the Department’s spend with the desire to cut costs wherever possible.  The paper is full of that really annoying management speak that dominates review documents like this.

The proposal matches the Government’s usual shock and awe approach to reorganisations.  Appoint a panel to come back with preordained views from carefully drafted terms of reference.  Create the impression of action by throwing up a number of ideas at once.  Blame hard working public servants for things beyond their control.  Then privatise.

162 comments on “Then they came for Child Youth and Family”

  1. Gary 1

    I’m having a feeling of de ja vu, didn’t Redbstock chair the last CYF review?

  2. felix 2

    It’s weird. I don’t remember Paula Rebstock ever being elected, yet the govt put her in charge of all their decisions.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      We live in a dictatorship where we get to elect the dictators every three years.

    • Anne 2.2

      Paula Rebstock:

      She looks a dreadful woman.
      She sounds a dreadful woman.
      She is a dreadful woman.

      She is there to do the government’s ideological bidding which in essence is: destroy the Welfare State and lay foundations for a trimmed down market-place oriented outfit designed to punish the clients – abused children in this case. Shove em in to a kid’s concentration camp and staff it with ideological fundies to sort them out. Is Madam Rebstock out of a job? She would be ideal to run the joint on a big fat corporate salary?

      • miravox 2.2.1

        “destroy the Welfare State and lay foundations for a trimmed down market-place oriented outfit designed to punish the clients – abused children in this case. “

        Designed to funnel profits to the private sector. Failure to provide services they’re contracted to provide is simply collateral damage and a way to syphon off more money from the taxpayer to fix it, I reckon.

        I don’t think they think about the people who might be damaged at all.

        • Anne 2.2.1.1

          The moment has come where The Greens and Labour should show they can work together as a team. And if the Peters Party throw in their lot behind them too – and I don’t see why they wouldn’t – then it could be the real start of the end of this god-awful government!

      • Unicus 2.2.2

        “She looks a dreadful woman
        She sounds a dreadful woman
        She is a dreadful woman ”

        We are Talking about Rebstock and Tolley arent we ?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.3

      Notice its another one of the major revamps, like state housing, that werent mentioned in the election.

      And in ‘mention’ I mean up on the list of things we will do in our first 6 months .

      Sell off state houses

      Send troops to fight ISIS

      Privatize CYF

      NO Mention in their detailed campaign policies.

      • halfcrown 2.3.1

        “NO Mention in their detailed campaign policies.”

        What campaign policies? I don’t recall any of them being mentioned.

  3. Disabled Liberation Aotearoa NZ DLANZ 3

    Right On Mickey to express your concerns. Metiria Turei was on Radio Waatea this morning, as was this item ared on TV3 Firstline. They like you, see the terms of reference more focused on economic issues rather than for the betterment of those most affected.

    Typical of a ‘Conservative’ / Political attitude which is prepared to trade Equality for Efficiency. The make up of members do not include Children’s advocates; Parent Groups or Workers in the field. Instead we see the same old faces of Scientific Disciplines who as you sat,, try to avoid Causes and continue to waste time and money and people resources ‘band-aiding’ Disabled are well aware of this being invoked on the Disability Sector, so DLANZ stand in Solidarity against Systemic Hypocrisy.

    It is really important to monitor how this progresses and Media needs to be at the forefront . Waiata Song ”Where Do The Children Play?” Cat Stevens aka Yousif Islam

    Regards and keep smiling

    Doug Hay
    Cordinator

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      Typical of a ‘Conservative’ / Political attitude which is prepared to trade Equality for Efficiency.

      Equality is more efficient. What they’re actually doing is giving our wealth to the rich under the guise of higher efficiency.

    • tracey 3.2

      Thanks Doug. Any noise from the Maori Party on this?

      • Disabled Liberation Aotearoa NZ DLANZ 3.2.1

        Not much Tracey….Dale Husband was talking to NZ First Pita Parone on another issue and it was mentioned that little had been heard, As this government has an obligation under Te Tiriti o Waitangi..The Treaty of 1840…then Maori Women’s Welfare League should be there as of right.

        DLANZ note there appears also to be no representatives from the Disability Sector.This is not in line with Disabled / Hauaa NZ Disability Strategy / Whakanui Oranga 2001 starting with Objective 15…Value Whanau / Families and People providing ongoing support”…

        And I totally agree with Draco’s comment that..’Equality is more efficient”

        Kia kaha and keep smiling
        Doug

        • tracey 3.2.1.1

          I wish they would speak more. I would like to know if this has been announced following any consultation with them.

          I am concerned that someone from the British experience is being seen as more expert/qualified than someone from our sector.

          Can anyone recall if someone from CYFs has ever been on a Police Review?

  4. One Anonymous Bloke 4

    I don’t know why they bother. We all know their answer is SERCO. Why the fuck don’t they just get on with it.

    The best response to privatisation is nationalisation without compensation, and asset seizure, and a warning that the next time they bribe the National Party they’re all going to jail.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      The best response to privatisation is nationalisation without compensation, and asset seizure, and a warning that the next time they bribe the National Party they’re all going to jail.

      QFT

      Except that it can’t just apply to National. After all, it was Labour that started the privatisation of our assets causing increased poverty.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.1

        The point is there has to be a major disincentive (since increased infant mortality doesn’t seem to deter them).

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          Definitely.

          IMO, if policies put in place by a government cause higher death rates and they were informed that they would then everyone in that government gets to go to jail for murder. We can be pretty certain that this review will cause policies that will increase suicides and other deaths.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.1.1.1

            Which raises a legal issue: claim of right.

          • Gosman 4.1.1.1.2

            The problem is it would be a value judgement over whether the policies of a particular government led directly to the deaths or not. Just as you probably don’t balme the Chavist regime for the increased deaths as a result of the brreakdown of their heatlth system I am sure people would also argue that National policies haven’t led to increased deaths either.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.2.1

              It’s not a question of argument but of evidence shown both before and after.

              • Gosman

                Not really. There is plenty of evidence for the results of bad left leaning polcies around the world. You would probably argue (and I believe I have seen you do so) that the negative outcome is not the result of the policies themselves but of the actions of selfish individuals who can’t abide following the policies. That is where we get in to semantics rather than evidence. The same would apply to any analysis of the impacts of right leaning policies. Any so called expert you put up I am sure I could find someone to counter it.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  You would probably argue (and I believe I have seen you do so) that the negative outcome is not the result of the policies themselves but of the actions of selfish individuals who can’t abide following the policies.

                  Actually, I argue on the evidence and the evidence usually shows that some Left-wing policy has been implemented in a very Right-wing way that then failed. A good example is the Obama Care package. On the surface it’s a Left-wing policy but its implementation is pure Right-wing and so it will ultimately fail. There’s also the fact that the Right-wing will always attack Left-wing policy to ensure that it fails often by changing the policy once they’re in power. The National Party’s changes to the ETS and attempts on the RMA are proof enough of that.

                  Any so called expert you put up I am sure I could find someone to counter it.

                  You’re talking opinion, not evidence and the chances are that one of them wouldn’t be an expert either. The same as Lord Monckton isn’t a climate expert but still argues climate change despite all the actual experts and evidence showing that he’s wrong.

                  • Gosman

                    How do explain the shortages in Venezuela then? I believe you may well have attempted to blame them on the US (although I could be wrong on this point) and not the policy of price controls implemented by the Chavista government.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Venezuela food shortages: ‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food’

                      From an over-reliance on imports to price controls and, quite simply, a lack of funds, food shortages in Venezuela have not only peaked but they have lasted longer than ever.

                      RWNJ policies strike again.

                      Venezuela should not have a shortage of anything as they are more than capable of producing everything they need from their own resources. If the Venezuelan state created enough money (doesn’t have to be a lot) to pay people to utilise their own resources and paid out a UBI then there would be neither shortages nor poverty.

                    • Gosman

                      As I suspected you just can’t blame any problems on wrong headed left wing inspired policies. It is always Right leaning policies that are to blame in your world. Thankfully it is unlikely we will ever live in a world where you get to decide if a set of policies have caused harm or not and then dish out the punishment after.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      As I suspected you just can’t blame any problems on wrong headed left wing inspired policies.

                      I use evidence to see where things have gone wrong and there’s no doubt that things have gone wrong. It looks to me as if they’ve put in place policies piecemeal – effectively, they’ve put in place only half or less of the required policy.

                      Re-appropriating land shouldn’t have that land go fallow.
                      Price controls shouldn’t have the stores go empty.

                      It is always Right leaning policies that are to blame in your world.

                      It’s not my world but reality. RWNJ policies increase poverty while making a few rich people richer. That’s all they’ve ever done or ever will do.

                    • Gosman

                      Price controls generally do lead to stores going empty or at least shortages. It is the basic principle behind the law of supply and demand. The fact you stick your head in the ground and pretend otherwise is your issue but it should mean you are precluded from using your powers of deduction to attribute blame for the negative outcome of any set of policies.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      It is the basic principle behind the law of supply and demand.

                      Contrary to what idiots believe that’s not actually a law. Steve Keen on the subject.

                      Here’s a question: If supply was adequate at a price and that price was then locked in why would supply then become inadequate?

                      Can’t be inflation because there isn’t any thus the only reason must be because the capitalists are upset about not being able to drive up profit at will.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      We aren’t talking about Venezuela.

                      We’re talking about increased infant mortality in New Zealand.

                      The World Bank, the OECD, the NZ Law Society, not to mention assorted charities and medical professionals all present evidence that falls on deaf ears.

                      The National Party attacks children, both figuratively and literally.

            • tracey 4.1.1.1.2.2

              What do you think of the composition of the group referred to in the post?

              • Gosman

                Aside from the panel head and obviously Mike Bush (because he is a Copper) why would you have any objection to any of the other members of that panel?

    • Gosman 4.2

      Which is where countries like Venezuela and Cuba end up as a result. Broken economies where people are desperate to leave.

      • adam 4.2.1

        How about your free-market love state Mexico Gossy?

        Answer the failures of NAFT, and the rise of the death rates in Mexico Gossy?

        Mexico a shinning light in free-market thinking.

        Shit Gossy you use to think some, before you put your foot in your mouth, what happened?

        • Gosman 4.2.1.1

          Of the two countries Venezuela and Mecxico I know which one I would prefer to live in. It isn’t the one with shortages of toilet paper.

          • adam 4.2.1.1.1

            So you again ask questions, but are not willing to answer any?

            You unwilling to be wrong? Are you so desperate to be right? Mexico is a disaster area, ask those fools from that white-wear company.

            All I see is a Mexico over run with gangs, indeed Venezuela has a gang problem as well. But lets face facts Mexico, is worse – how many Mexico’s are willing to end up in a ditch every night to get away? Funny how money, or the love of money funds an never-ending line of young men and women into the grind of so called easy money.

            So back on topic – CYPS is going to exposed to free-market ideology. And you want to argue about central America – Sheesh Gossy you know the free-market is a lie – especially when monopoles like the corporations are at the wheel.

            • Gosman 4.2.1.1.1.1

              There was no question in my statement above and I answered your question. Mexico is in infinately better state than Venezuela who also has massive crime as well as a failing economy.

              • adam

                And Mexico has an economy?

                Funny you not wanting to face up to the fact many many economies have been destroyed by blind devotion to ideology on the right. I happy to admit ideological idiots on the left are deeply destructive. But, economies like Mexico are a disaster in slow motion for the people living in them – and that is the result of ideological rigidity, by people like you Gossey.

                The right have that disease in spades at present. Ideology trumping, practicality, intelligent thinking, and economically sound decision making. And If we get back to the original post. What we have is a committee set-up with people who have a track record of ideological purity and rigidity.

              • KJT

                “Mexico is an infinitely better state than Venezuela”.

                Which one are people trying desperately to get out of. At the risk of dying in the desert or being shot at the Texas border.

                LOL. Have you even talked to anyone that lives in either.
                Or who has been to that capitalist paradise, Colon, recently!

                Not to mention that other blazing success of US colonialism, Haiti.

              • KJT

                Juarez, Mexico,. The worlds most dangerous city. Colon, Columbia bullets flying around everywhere. Chicago!

                Venezuela is almost crime free, by comparison

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    Tolley has announced a review panel headed by Paula Rebstock.

    Which means that it’s going to be neo-liberal ideology that will punish people rather than address the cause which is neo-liberalism itself.

    The terms of reference suggest that outsourcing of services is on the cards.

    More privatisation.

  6. Gosman 6

    The typical leftist solution to any problem it seems is to throw more taxpayer money at it rather than look at how things can be done better with the existing funding arrangements.

    • vto 6.1

      So the typical rightist solution to any problem it seems is take more taxpayer money away from it rather than look at how things can be done better.

      • Gosman 6.1.1

        You are making an assumption that the review will lead to less money. Don’t you think spending money more wisely is a good thing?

        • Hateatea 6.1.1.1

          Are you suggesting that spending money on another review when the last one is barely two years old is responsible financial management? Does Paula Rebstock deserve more money as a per diem than social workers receive in a month or that caregivers receive in four months?

          Surely you jest?

        • miravox 6.1.1.2

          How is spending money on profit-making better than spending it on skills, wages and time?

        • tracey 6.1.1.3

          How much will the review cost Gosman?

    • So the typical rightist solution to any problem it seems is throw more taxpayer money at Paula Rebstock rather than look at how things could be done better by talking to actual experts in the area.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1

        +1111

      • Gosman 6.2.2

        Does this mean you are not against the review just who is conducting it?

        • Jones 6.2.2.1

          The devil is in the detail… in this case the Terms of Reference. I haven’t read the Terms of Reference for this review but the composition of the panel chaired by Paula Rebstock suggests a Terms of Reference loaded to elicit a pre-determined outcome. Happy to be proved wrong.

        • I’m against your gross oversimplification of the concerns raised in the post.

        • KJT 6.2.2.3

          As Rebstock so far, has fucked up everything she has touched. I would have thought you would be worried about the obvious waste of tax payers money with her continued employment.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.3

      And I bet you didn’t even consider that the present funding arrangements just don’t provide enough and are actually the main cause of the problems.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.4

      So its OK to throw more money at one lane bridges ?

      Or Charter schools?

      Or even the subsidies for Wanganui Collegiate if they werent succeeding in their own terms why is it the states job to rescue them ( especailly in area with excess capacity at existing schools)

      Coming soon the ‘rescue of Fonterra’ . Wont be this year, but within 3 years will happen.

      Remember as we saw with the former Telecom offshoot Chorus, needed to be rescued from its low bid for UFB

      • Gosman 6.4.1

        No. I thought the election bribes were appalling. It just goes to show how left wing the National party has become under John Key.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.4.1.1

          The corruption shown by the National Party in the recent buy-election is typical of right-wing parties.

        • tracey 6.4.1.2

          and your solution? To vote for the party that props them up?

          • Gosman 6.4.1.2.1

            I can’t control what National does and considering the governing alternative to National is just another flavour of pork barrel I choose the lesser of the two evils approach. Act has stated it’s position quite clearly against the policies promoted by National during the byelection but won’t bring the government down over the issue.

            • tracey 6.4.1.2.1.1

              so you don’t like national but like the others less, except ACT, who you like but don’t have the balls to stand up for their policies. So you will continue to support and ensure NZ gets more of what you state you don’t like.

              Thanks for clarifying…

              • Gosman

                I just told you Act has been stating their opposition to these policies. They aren’t going to bring down the government on a point of principle though. I believe doing that is called politics.

                • tracey

                  There was no question mark in my statement Gosman, I was summarising your stated position. Funny how you answer questions never asked while ignoring or re framing ones asked. Pretty wrong headed thinking.

                  compromising your principles … there’s lots of words for it.

                • left for deadshark

                  aren’t going to bring down the government on a point of principle though. I believe doing that is called politics.

                  Thats called,not biting the hand that feeds them.Do not forget Gosman.act would not be their other wise,Patsies.

                • RedBaronCV

                  And more people in Northland want to legalise weed than voted for ACT.
                  The thoughts of ACT are utterly irrelevant.

        • adam 6.4.1.3

          “It just goes to show how left wing the National party has become under John Key.”

          Fatuous statement of the day.

      • gsays 6.4.2

        hi ghost, howabout $1.6 B (or was it $1.8?) to south canterbury finance?

    • Skinny 6.5

      Weasel words, tell it straight. Job cuts then bring in the consultants and contractors. Same oil snake oil recipe just a different label.

      Shift in wealth by stealth.

    • tracey 6.6

      Have you read the post about CYF’s and the other one with a report about increased benefits in Norway.

      And as for your throw money at it doesn’t help mantra.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/free-money-might-be-the-best-way-to-end-poverty/2013/12/29/679c8344-5ec8-11e3-95c2-13623eb2b0e1_story.html

    • dv 6.7

      So Gossy the panel are working for free

  7. Hateatea 7

    As someone who has had daily contact with the people who work for CYF over almost thirty years and has been a CYF foster parent for about twelve of those years, I refute any suggestion that it is not child focussed and is ten years behind the times.

    We expect a great deal from all of those who work in the caring professions: doctors, nurses, home helps, caregivers for the elderly, frail, mentally unwell, teachers and social workers and for the most part they live up to our expectations. No organisation gets everything right all the time but in the case of CYF, because they are working with those very vulnerable children whose families are struggling with parenting them, we as a society expect them to get it right all the time.

    I interact with some outstanding people as I provide support for children in the care of CYF. I find their passion for their role to be inspiring and humbling. They have ongoing training and supervision to ensure that they can provide best service to the children and their families for whom they have responsibility.

    Are they sufficiently resourced and staffed to meet ‘society’s’ expectations? I don’t think so myself. Decisions from Family Group Conferences often seem to run foul of the limitations that budgets impose on the agency and contracting out will not help that. It will just fragment service.

    We have already seen the closure of several family homes because it is difficult to find people to put their lives on hold while they work with some very damaged and troubled young people. Societal pressures mean that fewer families can juggle the extra work load that comes with offering a home to a foster child. There are almost always more meetings with schools, medical professionals, social workers etc than you can imagine and, for some, the disruption is not sustainable over a long period of time.

    Anne Tolley and Paula Rebstock need to come down and spend some time at the flaxroots before they try to implement far reaching changes.

    My greatest fear is that they may drive very good people out of this very challenging and important role that they undertake on behalf of us all and leave the children totally behind. The children are the central focus of CYF, they are our future and not fodder for Anne Tolley and her political career.

    He mokopuna, he taonga – children are treasures

    • ianmac 7.1

      Hateatea. A great contribution thanks. And what makes it even greater is your plain talking completely free of cloudy jargon and bureaucratic nonsense.
      The Rebstock will read like that? Doubt it!

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Decisions from Family Group Conferences often seem to run foul of the limitations that budgets impose on the agency and contracting out will not help that. It will just fragment service.

      Privatisation isn’t about producing a better service but about increasing profits.

      Anne Tolley and Paula Rebstock need to come down and spend some time at the flaxroots before they try to implement far reaching changes.

      You’re asking them to put aside their ideology and cater to reality. I can assure you, that’s not going to happen. Just look to Gosman’s typical RWNJ reply that we all need to do more with less (Except the rich who will get more tax cuts).

      My greatest fear is that they may drive very good people out of this very challenging and important role that they undertake on behalf of us all and leave the children totally behind.

      And when they do they’ll just blame someone else. These National Party people refuse to take responsibility for their actions.

      • Anne 7.2.1

        Great comment DTB.

      • tracey 7.2.2

        “Privatisation isn’t about producing a better service but about increasing profits.”

        yes sir! Beholden only to shareholders rights to dividends.

    • NZJester 7.3

      They may be treasures, but this government loves to sell our treasures to the private sector!

    • mickysavage 7.4

      Thanks Hateatea.

      I have had very regular contact with CYF over about the same time and I cannot speak highly enough about their dedication and profession.

      The basic problem is resources. If you have a young person with a drug or alcohol problem for instance there are very few facilities available and it takes far too long to get them placed. Hi level review of managerial structures will not solve this.

      • Hateatea 7.4.1

        Speedy access to age appropriate care and treatment for young, at risk, already troubled children is indeed difficult to find. A lot of days I feel anger well up as I hear that a child doesn’t have severe enough problems to qualify for service a, b, c, d or e.

        We need to have good, sturdy fencing at the top of the cliff instead of well equipped ambulances at the bottom. A child shouldn’t need to be in crisis to get the professional help. This is not a criticism of CYF but rather that of the other agencies who are all protecting their budgets and resources and trying to ensure that the most worthy are those who receive help. In the meantime the social workers, parents and carers do their best.

        I also believe that more should be done to work with parents and whanau so that fewer children are uplifted, not more. Families in crisis because of unemployment, ill health, poor housing, addiction etc are huge consumers of societies resources. Could we do better by them? Yes, we can if we make the choice to do so. Will reviewing and remodelling CYF solve the problem? Highly unlikely because most often CYF is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff and poverty and stress are making glaring gaps at the fence above.

    • tracey 7.5

      Thanks for a viewpoint oft overlooked in media and by politicians seeking to reinforce people’s unfounced beliefs.

    • Olwyn 7.6

      When I see the name Rebstock associated with anything my antennae twitch. And my greatest fear is that we are moving toward a situation where fostering becomes the answer to a question that should never have arisen in the first place. Don’t get me wrong Hateatea, I admire what you do, and I acknowledge that there is a genuine need for people like yourself to step in where a child is in danger. But I would not like to see children who should rightly be with their parents ending up in foster care due to a lack of work, benefits or housing being inflicted on the family. It is one of the reasons why I don’t like child poverty being treated as a separate issue from poverty in general.

      It is scarily easy to see a version of the stolen generation emerging, where single mothers etc. are kicked off benefits/out of housing, and their children given to “nice middle class parents” who will be better placed to pay off overpriced houses with the subsidy.

    • TheBlackKitten 7.7

      Interesting comment & since you have experience in this area I would like to ask you a question.
      Do you remember the 9 year old girl out in West Auckland a couple of years ago that was found by the police hiding in a wardrobe with horrific injuries inflicted upon her by the family members she was living with?
      Why was that child not removed from that environment before hand? Plenty of people, including her school had tried contacting authorities about her condition.
      It was revealed that this child was subject to torture such as having toe nails torn off and salt poured into the wound and clumps hanging from her scalp due to the adults in her household grabbing her and dragging her around by her hair.
      I am sure that there are some very dedicated passionate people that work on the ground floor of CYF and other agencies that put their heart & soul into helping disadvantaged children but this particular child for some reason, was left in a house and was subject to such cruelty and it was only the result of the police visiting the house due to neighbourhood complaints about a domestic dispute that rescued her from such horrific conditions.
      Why did no one follow up on complaints about her condition and end her terror earlier?

      • tracey 7.7.1

        And yet… the police are not having a wholesale review… and they have been found in all kinds of lapses including recently where the majority of evidence was from CYF files.

        I wonder how many children could be assisted by the funds being diverted to Ms Rebstock and Co.

        What is your occupation BK?

        • Sabine 7.7.1.1

          BK is something of an Ayn Rand Fangirl, and National Mouthpiece it seems….i hope she gets paid more than minimum wage…:)

          anyways, i think what Olwyn said is important. We can not seperate Child Poverty from Parent Poverty.

          If kids go hungry, in 90 % (at least if not more) the parents have gone hungry and maybe paid electricity or rent first. Having been friend to a few single mums, (two divorced and one single by kicking dead beat dad out of the house) – i have seen the mums feed the kids and then there was nothing left, i have helped with food, paid electricity and the likes when cash was short.

          I have seen the battles these mothers had with Child Youth services….and no the mums were not abusive, or guilty of neglect. If anything they were guilty of working low paying jobs, they were guilty of not receiving any money for the kids from the kids fathers etc etc.

          We need to address Adult Poverty, Family Poverty first and foremost. All the other stuff….it is just another attempt at finding at blaming someone else for the failings of this current government.

    • Murray Simmonds 7.8

      Thank you Hateatea for a thoughtful and worthwhile contribution to what seemed to be developing into a mindless debate stage-managed by a couple of idiots who don’t understand the meaning of the word “HUMANITY”.

      “My greatest fear is that they may drive very good people out of this very challenging and important role that they undertake on behalf of us all and leave the children totally behind. ”

      Yes, I have no doubt that this is precisely what they intend. Aided and abetted, of course by right wing myopes, (a couple in particular) who just HAVE to contribute their one-eyed bullshit to this forum.

  8. Sable 8

    Maybe they could base their policy on Oliver Twist or any other Dickensian classic.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1

      The classic they are thinking of is ‘The Wolf of Wall St’

      Its forgotten now but there were two films called Wolf of Wall St, the first in 1929

  9. NZJester 9

    All hail National’s roll-out of reduced CYF services and the pork contracts to be handed to Nationals friends in the private sector.
    As per normal you can bet OIA information will not be available from any of the private companies that National will be funding in the future to do all the CYF services and even more Government accountability information on their mishandling of poverty can be hidden from the general public.

  10. tc 10

    We have some outcomes that requires a sham consultation and review process to proceed it so up steps Rebstock.

    Her previous sterling efforts include delivering a supermarket duopoly, consolidating the building industry further into fletchers hands and same with TV into sky’s mitts amongst other efforts so she is emminently qualified.

  11. Paul Campbell 11

    Of course outsourcing is going to save money, CYF’s social workers aren’t paid enough, but social workers working for NGOs are paid far far worse.

    The people working at CYFs have a terrible job, there aren’t enough of them and they deal day by day with crisis, they have to make life changing calls (is that kid being abused? or does the neighbour have a grudge?) on a deadline, and if they screw up someone’s life is ruined and they end up on the front page of the paper – you never read in the paper about the great things that CYFs do.

    IMHO fully qualified social workers should be paid on a par with teachers, rather than living on the margins, whether they work at CYFs or not.

    So long as Tolley’s plan is to look after the consequences of National’s disasterous social and economic programs by spending the least amount possible things will only get worse.

    (Disclaimer: my partner is a social worker who doesn’t work for CYFs)

    • Hateatea 11.1

      I endorse your comments vis a vis social workers pay and the stressful job that CYF social workers undertake on our behalf.

      Blessings to your partner for working in this difficult field. Whether it be for children, the aged or the unwell, it can be very,very challenging work.

    • tracey 11.2

      Many NGO’s can’t afford a FT social worker on their books. Relying on volunteer goodwill.

      Teachers/nurses/social workers

      IF we get their rights and wages and level of respect in line with police officers, watch our world change.

      • Gosman 11.2.1

        Are there more social workers now than 20 years ago and have the numbers kept pace with the population growth or exceeded it?

        • tracey 11.2.1.1

          Do tell?

          • Gosman 11.2.1.1.1

            It was a question. I have tried to find statistics around it but no luck so far. I suspect the numbers of social workers has increased significantly over the past few decades and have risen at a faster rate than the population has also risen over that time. However it is no good relying on suspicion only hence the point of the question.

            • Jones 11.2.1.1.1.1

              Having worked in and around the public sector for the best part of a decade now, and across a wide-range of government agencies, my observations are the public sector is continually being asked to “do more with less”, particularly on the front-line – where resources are needed the most. So I suspect the numbers of social workers have not increased significantly in comparison to an increase in numbers of people requiring CYFs services.

              However, my main concern is with the frequency and scope of reorganisations and reviews. Politicians and senior management are able to make their portfolios a constant moving target, thereby making it too complex, or impossible, to measure any meaningful progress.

              • Draco T Bastard

                However, my main concern is with the frequency and scope of reorganisations and reviews. Politicians and senior management are able to make their portfolios a constant moving target, thereby making it too complex, or impossible, to measure any meaningful progress.

                QFT

  12. ghostwhowalksnz 12

    I wonder if the message will go out that ‘Salvation Army’ could be running these services.

    Without asking them first of course.

    The main reason why its the states responsibility, and the states only, is that in a lot of instances the children are taken from parents under compulsory order.

  13. tracey 13

    No announcement of a complete review of the Police though? If it weren’t for CYF we wouldn’t have much of the information about how the Police conducted the Roastbuster “investigation”. BUT a former Minister of Police thinks CYF’s is the organisation in need of a big overview…

    Interesting that women get appointed, as Ministers and reviewers…

  14. Penny Bright 14

    Where’s National’s review of CORPORATE welfare?

    Penny Bright

  15. The Murphey 15

    Another example of the most vulnerable being ‘murdered for profit’ with the contracts having been signed some time in the past and the review little more than lip service to a ‘process’

    Q. How many such examples will it take before people understand they are being ruled over by a system which is anti human and anti environment ?

    The system will not change it must be changed

    Until then misery death war and blood are the offerings

  16. infused 16

    Services are already outsourced. I look after a number of them. You need to actually do some research to get some grasp of what you are attempting to talk about. You don’t seem to have any idea.

    • mickysavage 16.1

      I have worked in Youth Justice for 28 years. I am well aware that services are provided by private entities. The suggestion is that there is further privatisation of services presumably those provided by social workers.

      • Gosman 16.1.1

        This suggestion is based on what evidence beyond supposition?

        • mickysavage 16.1.1.1

          Because so much is already provided privately. Besides you should ask Tolley this.

          • Gosman 16.1.1.1.1

            That seems to be a very circular argument. The point is you don’t know the outcome of this review. You can have your suspicions but until such time as they report you are merely speculating.

            • The Murphey 16.1.1.1.1.1

              Q. Why are you so interested in threads such as this ?

            • McFlock 16.1.1.1.1.2

              If this government were a mad dog, you’d argue that the bared teeth, growling and frothing at the mouth all mean nothing and that the idea that it is going to bite is mere speculation.

          • adam 16.1.1.1.2

            Should not the question be?

            If you set up a committee with all the usual ideologues and worshippers of cupidity. We should expect something different, how?

            When we know and they know –

            It’s just a iterative process.

            I for one, am sick and tired the dilettantes on the right obviating. This is real peoples lives here, not things to be fitted into some idiots ideological purism – for the sake of a few bloody dollars.

        • miravox 16.1.1.2

          “This suggestion is based on what evidence beyond supposition?”

          Bullet point two of the Scope in the Terms of Reference that this post links to. You did at least glance at it before quizzing the author didn’t you?

  17. Papa Tuanuku 17

    why is an all white panel?

    • adam 17.1

      It is, isn’t. I wonder if the token factor, of appointing Helen Leahy, was really that well thought out?

  18. saveNZ 18

    With regard to the CV of Paula above. She is from the US, educated outside of NZ, and seems to be on the board of some of the most under performing companies or organisations in NZ!
    Paula is the Deputy Chairwoman of New Zealand Railways Corporation,
    Hello, railway is a joke in NZ!
    Chairwoman of the Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Commission,
    Savings in NZ are a joke and look at the insurance industry too and Chch!
    Chair of Probation Expert Panel (Probation Service)
    Didn’t escaped murderer Phillip Smith just go off on a trip to South America after being on Probation?
    and a Member of the Shared Services Establishment Board (Health).
    Health system is in crisis.
    Get some guts, and put in Kiwi raised and educated Kiwis who can actually get REAL results not just Fuck everything up by cutting costs and move on and claim zero responsibility!
    What an underwhelming CV!

    CYPS are fucked with her doing the ‘review’!

    Get someone who actually has real experience in child protection services like a doctor or family lawyer who sees it first hand!

    • Gosman 18.1

      Health system in crisis – Really??? I haven’t seen or heard any major news story involving some sort of major Health sector problem for years. They were pretty routine during the 1990’s.

      • saveNZ 18.1.1

        @Gosman

        That is because the MSM doesn’t run stories about the health sector anymore.

        Chocolate bar size downgrades and X factor bullying are far more news worthy!

        • Gosman 18.1.1.1

          Then I would expect lots of articles about the crisis on blogs like this. There should be at least a few about the increase in deaths and overworked staff and of course huge waiting lists for all sorts of procedures. I would also expect articles about the opposition stating how much a crisis the NZ Health secor is in and how they will fix it by pumping shed loads of additional taxpayers cash at the problem.

      • Paul Campbell 18.1.2

        you obviously don’t live in Dunedin or anywhere else where National doesn’t think it can’t get votes

      • tracey 18.1.3

        example 1

        young man aged 30. Has secured full time salaried work for first time in many years due to health problems. Part of that heath problem is now totally deteriorating hips which need replacement. Has been seeing a specialist for years. 6 months ago he was put on a waiting list for hip replacement. A month ago he was removed from it. His sleep is down to 2 hours a day due to the pain. He is now practically immoble.

        He can longer attend his workplace on a regular basis.

        His specialist is doing all he can to get him back on the waiting list… note on the list not to the top.

        I have many more examples.

        Do you have private health insurance Gosman?

        I do.

        • Northshoredoc 18.1.3.1

          This case does concern me…..

          Can you confirm which DHB it relates to as on the face of it this should be a priority surgery for the orthopaedic list.

        • adam 18.1.3.2

          Why have private health insurance Tracy – don’t you pay taxes?

      • nukefacts 18.1.4

        The 1990’s were interesting – Shipley et al deliberately starved the health system of money to implement funding/provider splits then privatisation. Thankfully she got thrown out on a wave of corruption and dirty dealing before she could really get going on the second.

        Now we have an approx. 25% cut in funding that National have enacted at the last budget (real cuts, plus no compensation for inflation and population growth). You haven’t heard about it because the Media are so far up the Natz colon they couldn’t turn around to see the light at the end of the tunnel representing truth! The Parliamentary Library analysed the numbers: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1405/S00320/spin-hides-massive-budget-cuts-to-health-and-education.htm

        What about all that unmet need out there? Oh says the Nats, that’s anecdote but we won’t measure it. Well GP’s and hospitals ARE seeing it, reflected especially in big upturns in highly serious cases requiring expensive surgical intervention, that should have been seen earlier but were deferred or thrown off waiting lists to keep budgets under control.

      • DoublePlusGood 18.1.5

        Had a look at health stats recently?

      • Descendant Of Sssmith 18.1.6

        Here’s a DHB report from Hawke’s Bay.

        http://www.hawkesbay.health.nz/file/fileid/50326

        What’s also interesting about this report is that it re-affirms that poverty is a key factor in poor health outcomes.

        Like that’s rocket science.

        So just like reviewing CYF reviewing the health system would make little difference.

        (Though I’d rather have a fully integrated nation health system that the stupid fake competitive board system we have at the moment).

        What will make a difference is a much better distribution of jobs and wealth, ensuring all children get off to a good start and are well fed, less affliction of what are really moral than practical and necessary obligations on unemployed, unwell and parents through the benefit system and a much more communal caring society,

        So yeah health is in crisis and they know it – they just recognise that like CYF they are also the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

        It doesn’t matter where you look – health, housing, education, protection of young people – the practitioners in those organisations seem to recognise that they are a result of the poor economic and societal changes we have made over the last 30 years.

        Those changes that have resulted in increased inequality. Those that have benefited are smug and have a great desire to inflict more of the same – their greed no knows bounds and the evidence they choose to look at is that which suits their ideology. Why not it’s what their political masters expect of them.

  19. saveNZ 19

    BTW Gosman coming out to bat for Paula redneck oops I mean Rebstock how is your power bill going? Noticed how the daily rate of power is now up to $1.70 per day in some companies BEFORE ZERO power, then maintenance change and GST on top. Thanks Paula for being assoc commissioner of the commerce commission! You really stop Kiwis being ripped off!

    I feel safe for the poor children of CYPS with you in charge of a review, NOT!

  20. Once was Tim 20

    Good post MckyS. By now, we SHOULD know what a Natzi reorganisation means …. their past efforts have been so bloody spectacular – especially when they’re conducted by that ticket clipper (Joyce) who seems to have earned the title of Mr Fixit – as opposed to Mr Fuxit). One really only has to look as his past form as evidenced by that TOTAL bugger’s muddle of a Munstry called MoBIE (Any irriot could/should have seen the intent of that little exercise – and we now have the apologists- including the corporatised CEO in desperation trying to make excuses for something that was NEVER going to work (I mean ……. Immigration is now in amongst that total fuck-up with staff trying to get people to do their work for them – I’d elaborate (with what’s now 3 specific cases) but it’d take too long but it involves immigrant international students/ fucking horrible employers/ deportation orders to be executes asap before things get embarrassing/ great lumbering lumps of lard enforcenment officers – with apologies to whoever it was that objected to my last use of the word lard (with bedroom relationships to immigration ‘consultants/advocates/advisors)…..
    ANyway – that’s that Mr Fixit. Rebstock’s record isn’t any better.
    These Natzis seem to have a ‘tearist slama “death-cult”‘ phobia about things – applying labels (as per the Croz/Txt ideology) in the hope it’ll stick. Unfortunately it HAS stuck for the past 6 years but I’m thinking even parts of the MSM are starting to wise up – if only because one of their own has been affected recently – even causing a buy election. They’re the foreskins of the pot and kettle and the colour-blind/black-and-white blind junta that can’t see shades that range between balck and fucking white.

    Things in the 60’s and 70s AND well before weren’t that great ….. but if anyone thinks that a neo-lib, corporatisation, run-as-a-bizz approach is going to make it all better – KEEP FUCKING THINKING!

    Btw people – Just what IS YOUR (Y O U R) definition of fascism? Because what I understand it to be ( as some have commented – it should really be referred to as ‘corporatism’), means our Dear Leader John (fawn fawn) with the son who is a d-d-d-d-DEE- j-j-j-j-JAY – relexd;cumftuble and a liberated daughter – equally comfotable with displaying her bits (both – a la R E A L I T Y TV stoil IS the closest thing NZ has come to a nanny-interventionist-surveiling-corrupt-personality-driven STATE we’ve ever had.
    Really its just that the sound-bite oriented, bit-by-bit means of the populace’s understanding (incrementalism) hasn’t yet noticed. (Moik Sabin anyone?)

    • tracey 20.1

      The thing is Tim, it’s perfectly OK to call people commies and socialist, to use Helengrad as a label for the last PM but compare Key to facist leader and it’s committing the cardinal sin.

      Godwin, it seems, didnt see fit to provide for the resorting to commie epithets. Prolly co she was a fascist 😉

      • Northshoredoc 20.1.1

        People who call Helen Clark a communist are just as dim as those who call key a Nazi/fascist.

        All a bit silly really.

        • tracey 20.1.1.1

          you jackbooted stalin loving doctor.., 😉

        • DoublePlusGood 20.1.1.2

          Only an anarcho-syndicalist would say that!

        • Once was Tim 20.1.1.3

          I’m not ekshully surprised a north shore doc would come up with that. The rot goes back a long long way – a Northshore doc willing to pass jusdgment on others (especially the likes of PU), all the while knowing his own son finds it ok to have a little lapse from time to time.

          You’re a smart fella Northshore but just like the keyster – you’re totally ok with the double standard. Arrogant and full of bullshit.

          There’s a ‘hotspot across the ditch’ that’s prayig and spinning.
          For me – you’re one of the reasons I find it hard to engage with this site sometimes altough I suspect you’re aware of some potential little embarrasments (Things like “Pillars” and the Ork da york communiy centre.

          (Btw ……. Winnie the Poo has a number of possibilities dontcha think?

          • Northshoredoc 20.1.1.3.1

            I suspect that the reason you find it hard to engage with this site is that like Phil u you can be largely incoherent.

  21. The Chairman 21

    It’s interesting to see that the discontent largely being expressed here doesn’t reflect the reported position of the opposition parties.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/cyf-overhaul-welcomed-by-opposition-parties-2015040205

    • The Chairman 21.1

      In other words, this discontent seems to have no political representation/voice.

      • tracey 21.1.1

        I can’t find MP statements on this. I know they are not Opposition. Or Peter Dunne.

        The political division will, no doubt, show up during the process and when the recommendations come out, and what parts are implemented.

        Do you not find it odd that no one from Child centered anything from NZ was considered for the group, while a Brit was?

        • The Chairman 21.1.1.1

          There were supportive comments from opposition MPs in the link I provided above.

          One can only hope support will waver as the process proceeds .

          No representation from Child Youth and Family is not only odd, it’s outrageous. And it’s something opposition parties should be pointing out from the get go.

          To be clear, I share most of the discontent being expressed here. And like most, I’m disappointed there seems to be no political representation of the concerns expressed.

          • tracey 21.1.1.1.1

            Sorry, by MP I meant Maori Party…

            I get very frustrated by how little they share publicly, including if they were consulted before something like this, in terms of the review and the panel.

            I suspect the review opens the door for the Opposition to expose an economically framed/driven review and the shortcomings on any recommendation implementation…

            • The Chairman 21.1.1.1.1.1

              Indeed, Tracey, this does open that door.

              Therefore, instead of overlooking this and welcoming the review one would have expected opposition parties to act accordingly and highlight this. Thus, expressing and representing the concern largely being expressed here.

              It would be interesting to know if the Maori Party have any concerns.

    • lprent 21.2

      *sigh* Have you ever considered that an MP is not a political parties, that political parties don’t have opinions because they aren’t individuals, and that the comments here are not made by politicians or political parties?

      What you are looking at is a few individuals who are members of a party reflecting either a general policy position or a political positions by MPs and their staffs. In all probability no-one here was ever involved in the process.

      Based on your meaningless dribble (and we won’t speculate from which orifice you produced it from), are you just a fool or do you have mental defect?

      Use your brain please rather than just doing graffiti by being a simple wanker….

      • The Chairman 21.2.1

        As comments here are largely made anonymously, I have no idea who most commentators are.

        Political parties generally have a party position.

        I was highlighting that opposition parties reportedly welcome the overhaul, thus the discontent largely being expressed here isn’t being expressed by opposition parties.

        In other words, isn’t being expressed as the party’s position or party line.

        Whether individual MPs feel otherwise and whether they comment here doesn’t change the fact that collectively no political party holds a position that represents this seemingly widespread discontent.

        • saveNZ 21.2.1.1

          I think child youth and family need an overhaul.

          Just by someone who has a clue and gives a damn. Not an American economist aka Paula R. Who’s has a very underwhelming success rate locally and seems to be just another ‘woman’ from Washington here to create the next US state in NZ with American ‘values’ on turning social welfare into corporate welfare.

          In fact there should be a new government organisation in corporate welfare.

          CWNZ. Corporate Welfare of New Zealand. Key, Joyce and assoc at the helm and Paula R. as the chair. Sky City are a founding member. Ports of Auckland, Roading companies, Power companies, (remember the woman who died after her oxygen machine was cut off by Mighty River Power) etc etc

          There is also the international arm, GCSB for 5 eyes, ministry of defence as Fire fodder in the middle East etc etc That is IGWNZ (International Government Welfare NZ)

          I sure the good contributors of The Standard have many nominations for CWNZ and IGWNZ.

    • the pigman 21.3

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/67589148/child-abuse-rise-sparks-child-youth-and-family-review

      “Labour Party children spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern says evidence pointed to CYF already being “stretched as a department” yet it was working with 20,000 more children with no new resources.

      There were ongoing concerns about CYF’s ability to do the job, she said.

      “It’s not only about ongoing resourcing issues, but also about whether CYF is equipped and supported to do what it is tasked to do – improving the lives of vulnerable young Kiwis.”

      She said some of the terminology being used around the review, including an “investment approach”, was disturbing.

      Hardly sounds as if she’s getting in behind the Natzis and Rebstock does it?

      • The Chairman 21.3.1

        It was far from a hard stance and overall she still welcomed the review despite of this .

        There were no calls from Labour to change the head or make up of the independent panel.

  22. millsy 22

    Two words: Destiny Church.

    Need I say more?

  23. joe90 23

    And we’re off, again.
    /

    Recommendation 1
    a) In the short term, more accurately define and articulate Child, Youth and Family’s
    operational mandate and core business in care and protection to:

    reflect and target its focus on assessing and protecting the most high need and
    the most vulnerable children and young people

    provide greater clarity and guidelines for social workers and referring agencies as
    to which children and young people may require a statutory child protection
    response, and which would be better supported by a non-statutory response.
    b) Work with government and non-government partners to develop clear and
    commonly understood definitions of needs, risks and outcomes for vulnerable children
    and young people to:

    provide clarity for both Child, Youth and Family social workers and partner
    agencies, enhancing the ability to work collaboratively and provide a range of
    services around children with multiple and varying levels of need

    support and assist the strategic direction of the Vulnerable Children’s Board in the
    development of both improved capacity and capability to work effectively with
    vulnerable children and their families across all sectors – both government and
    non-government

    re-negotiate contracts with non-government providers to offer more services and
    support for children who are currently directed to Child, Youth and Family.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_0Qy1GmA4_cJ:https://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/media-releases/2014/workload-and-casework-review.pdf+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz

    http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/media-releases/2014/statement-from-brendan-boyle-chief-executive.html

  24. the pigman 24

    I got the impression (and I do not recall where) that the government was considering changes to the CYF Act to reduce the number of children living with whanau/extended family and subject to care plans for long periods by encouraging a more UK-style “permanency” (adoption)-first approach.

    Having worked for a local authority in the UK doing the C&P work, the idea that more adoptions will reduce the net financial burden on the state is completely absurd (at least with the resources that are thrown at supporting permanency over there).

    Social workers in the UK tended to regard extended family placements with enormous derision, too. They seemed to assume that if the child’s family life was arse, the extended families’ lives would be munted by extension.

    Whatever the case, I can’t see the Maori Party coming on board to support changes that will see more Maori kids raised in “more suitable white families”.

  25. RedBaronCV 25

    How come the Police Commissioner has the time to sit on this? Oh that’s right his cops don’t investigate the alleged sexual abuse of 13 and 14 year olds so he has all the time in the world.

  26. Jim 27

    Nice- 5 sitting MP’s have name suppression for child abuse- and they are now going to
    “reform” CYFS. Anyone who lets the Govt and their MP’s anywhere near their children, needs their heads read. or needs to get off the welfare/ warfare system at least. It is designed to cripple parents – so the State has easier access to their kids. Same model in Britain – in fact they designed it. Its a govt procurement operation- nothing more or less.

    • saveNZ 27.1

      That is terrible. I knew quite a few MP’s were corrupt I didn’t realise so many of them are being investigated for child abuse. No wonder we have such high family violence, if some MP’s have a vested interest in keeping it that way.

      Look at the UK with the scandal with Greville Ewan Janner, Baron Janner of Braunstone a British Labour politician, lawyer and author being investigated for child abuse and his victims were denied justice when they reported it because of who he was.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Earth’s artificial rings
    Satellites pass over NZ all the time (literally). Here I focus on the 187 Planet Labs ‘Dove’ Earth-imaging satellites, and I show that one can determine in advance where they will be, enabling scientists on the ground to correlate their environmental and other data collection with opportunities to get imaging ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 hours ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
      The Council of Disobedient Women has learned that the Prefect of Aro Valley has been promoted to a new role with the blessing of the Pope of Wellington. Softy Jejune Parson has been appointed Mother Superior of Woke Wellington for the work she has been doing calling out heretics, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 hours ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
    On both sides of the Atlantic, some purportedly “contentious” and “difficult to deal with” leadership contenders to lead the US and UK, as President and Prime Minister respectively, seem to have thrown a few spanners into the works of the normal messaging most are used to hearing constantly. Except they’re ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    8 hours ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
    In Question Time today the Prime Minister was naturally facing questions about Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his dubious party financing arrangements, which seem to violate electoral finance law. Her response was to pretend that it was nothing to do with her, and that she is not responsible for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I saw an article claiming that “king tides” will increase in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    18 hours ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
    It has been revealed that firing ranges used by the NZDF while deployed to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, contained unexploded ordnance that caused numerous deaths and injuries after the NZDF withdrew the PRT in April 2013. In 2014 seven children were killed when an unidentified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    18 hours ago
  • Still denying responsibility
    Stuff's story on NZDF's negligence around its Afghan firing ranges has produced a result, with a commitment from the Prime Minister for an urgent cleanup. But this doesn't mean NZDF is accepting responsibility for the deaths and injuries that have occured - they're still refusing compensation. Which given that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    2 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
    Next year is an election year, and Labour needs money to fund its campaign. So naturally, they're selling access:Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-head to lunch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at its annual conference later this month. [...] On the weekend beginning November 29th, around 800 delegates will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    3 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    3 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    6 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    18 hours ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    7 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago

  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago