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This is how you win

Written By: - Date published: 2:14 pm, October 29th, 2011 - 68 comments
Categories: election 2011, labour, national - Tags:

Sprout’s post says it all. Labour’s opening address blew National’s out of the park. But I can’t help myself, I have to put in my analysis of why National’s was so awful and Labour’s so good.

I tried to watch National’s opening address from the perspective of ‘how would this look to someone who is not politically engaged?’ but I spent half the time laughing through-out it. It was just so, so bad.

What possessed them to just a format of Key, small and alone on a stage, rambling off long, boring answers to scripted, soft questions in a fake town-hall meeting? And, why didn’t they look at it when they had produced it and bin the results immediately? It demolishes the myth of the National PR machine. These guys aren’t good. They’re amateurs who’ve just been lucky until now.

I loved how the conveniently ‘ethnic’ audience members in the foreground looked either bored or skeptical when they cut to them.

And, only mentioning at the end that this was meant to have been a real town hall meeting (which it clearly wasn’t) even if you’re going we such a silly format, why not have him talking to camera in the car as he arrives – set the scene? Or, better, why not come up with a concept that isn’t stupid?

Far from making Key look presidential, he looked small and waffling. This is why he doesn’t do long-form interviews, It was terrible TV. I don’t know if he is good in genuine town-hall meetings. I suspect that, if he is, it’s because he uses humour to engage the audience. There wasn’t any humour in this fake town-hall. Just dead eyes and blah, blah blah. Were they trying to boor the audience into changing the channel before Labour’s?

Key spent quarter of the time on the defensive about national standards – on the defensive! In his own opening address!

He mentioned only one new policy, asset sales, and he got the number of companies on the block for privatisation wrong too.

It almost looks like they have no money. It’s the same with the tv ads too. But, that can’t be right… Are they keeping their powder dry for a second election? Or are they just a bit shit?

The Labour one was bloody moving. And it was really clever to use the 20 minutes as a documentary about who Labour is and what they stand for, rather than haranguing or trying too hard to ‘sell’ (which the Greens did, although their address was still lightyears ahead of National.

I was worried it could have come off as trite to someone not rooted in the Left’s values. But I got texts from people who aren’t strongly political saying that it was brilliant. saying it would make them vote Labour. Did you read the comments in Sprout’s post? there were people who had never dared to comment before saying ‘fuck it, this is what I believe in and I’m going to say so’, there were people who said they had donated or joined the party on the strength of it.

Labour has made its base proud and, I’m sure, won tens of thousands of votes with this one move.

I think that the success of it was that there was a geniune ‘kiwiness’ about what Labour presented and it said ‘our values are your values, we’ve been alongside you, we’ve delivered what you want, and we still hold true to those values’.

Having the MPs telling the stories of how their values were shaped, stories that resonated with the audience and humanised the MPs was brilliant. And the choice of MPs in the address was very clever and very strategic. Apart from the leader and the finance spokesperson, all the others are in seats that Labour lost last term (or the term before, in Napier’s case) and want to win back. Apart from O’Connor all those MPs were first termers, showing Labour’s new face, while linking to its history. That was brilliant exposure for up and coming MPs in marginal seats. And they all presented wonderfully.

Almost out of nowhere, Labour has seized the discourse. It is dictating the run of play with its policies, its framing, and, now, with its marketing. This is how you win.

68 comments on “This is how you win”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    This is awesome for Labour. And now to make it happen in every neighbourhood and on every street.

    John Key has explaining to do.

  2. well said, good analyses

  3. Nick C 3

    “It demolishes the myth of the National PR machine. These guys aren’t good. They’re amateurs who’ve just been lucky until now.”

    So you and others will stop your delusional rantings about how National are only popular because the evil genuises at Crosby Textor have mastered the art of mass manipulation?

  4. Jimmie 4

    I didn’t watch any of the broadcasts along with 95% of kiwis – would rather sit watching grass grow.

    I would question that if Labour have been doing so well lately with the Rena grounding, gas pipe leaks, John Key making a fist of everything why aren’t voters registering this?

    The Herald poll today says the same old story Nats up, Labour down, big gap between them.

    Why is it that the nasty right wing bloggers get air time on MSM (Farrar & Slator) and you guys don’t?

    Its simply this – you guys live in a fantasy world where the saints from Labour can do no wrong and the evil Nats can do no right.

    Its ineffective and so parochial that you all come across as so one eyed that you might as well rename this blog thecyclops.org.nz.

    If you read Slator’s and Farrar’s blogs they come across as pro National but if they think that the Nats have done something wrong they say it and say it loud – not defend the indefensible.

    If you and the rest of Labour’s supporters did a lot more critical analysis of your own party then it would be a lot more effective and with the elevation of more principled MP’s would have a greater chance of getting into government.

    I tell you if Labour gets hammered this election then you all will need to change the way you run this blog and your party – back to the basics and win in 2014 otherwise the Nats will get a free run for the next 6 years.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Its simply this – you guys live in a fantasy world where the saints from Labour can do no wrong and the evil Nats can do no right.

      You obviously didn’t see the fisticuffs in the Labour footage from the 1980’s, and commentary on Roger Douglas not being part of the Labour philosophy and leaving to form ACT.

      The real fantasy world is that of free markets, neoliberalism and the supremacy of capital and bankers.

      That’s a fantasy world which has been crushing NZ Labour for decades.

      I tell you if Labour gets hammered this election then you all will need to change the way you run this blog and your party – back to the basics and win in 2014 otherwise the Nats will get a free run for the next 6 years.

      We don’t take instructions from Born to Rule pricks. Labour is returning to its heart.

      • Gregor W 4.1.1

        Viper –

        How can you take Jimmie’s comment so poorly?
        Its ugly.

        I don’t completely agree with Jimmie’s comments – I would say that the promo indicates that the NZLP are, from a brand perspective, clearly trying to get back to their roots with this pitch – but your response is vicious and childish.

        You’re a smart guy. You don’t need to get into name calling.

        • bbfloyd 4.1.1.1

          you could leave out the patronising as well gregg…..especially as the first attempt at political analysis we see from you is laughably facile.. “trying to get back to it’s roots with this pitch” …the chicken comes after the egg don’t you know…….the fact that you can accept the concept of political parties realigning their philosophical basis for existence through an advertising campaign has given me an idea for a cartoon…..btw, it’s usually after a long, and in depth series of debates, and soulsearching that any such realignment, or reaffirmation of core, founding philosophies can take place….

          the only party in new zealand able to assimilate whichever philosophies are politically expedient at a moments notice is the new zealand national party…. it’s a practice that would have ensured they never…ever.. saw the treasury benches if their sponsors didn’t own the news and information networks….which.. of course is where your reality lies it seems.. in the world television reality… la la la la laaaah!

          • Gregor W 4.1.1.1.1

            bbfloyd –

            I am complementary of the NZLPs efforts – the PR machine did a great job – but when I question why someone is attacked for presenting a opinion.

            CV calls a poster a prick for no real reason, I call him on it as I think it’s beneath him, and you pile in with the some smug sanctimonious rant. Admittedly, I’ve only just recently taken a look at The Standard so this may be the style – who knows.

            Whatever floats your boat I guess but just so you know, I’m not really interested in getting into a pissing contest with a keyboard warrior.

            All I’m saying is that it costs nothing to be civil. Good luck with your cartoon.

            • Ari 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Although I don’t like the term rich pricks, I’m going to completely disagree with you that it costs nothing to be civil. There are some philosophies so odious that they deserve impassioned and harsh criticism- sure, that should be reserved for the ideas themselves more than actual people, but nonetheless, being “civil” often amounts to downplaying or shutting up about your disagreements, which is a huge price to pay.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.2

      Polls are not votes !

      Spare the platitudes for Keys next meeting at a closed cinema.

    • The Voice of Reason 4.3

      “I didn’t watch any of the broadcasts along with 95% of kiwis …”
       
      Average viewer ship of 250000. That’s a fair swag of the voting population, jim jim. Bound to be few swing voters among ’em, aye?
       
      “If you read Slator’s and Farrar’s blogs they come across as pro National but if they think that the Nats have done something wrong they say it and say it loud – not defend the indefensible”
       
      Don’t bother checking Kiwiblog for criticism of the Nat’s effort last night. Farrar is presently sitting in a darkened corner with his hands on his ears going ‘nananana, can’t hear you’. Whale went with ‘boring’, which suggests he didn’t watch it.
       
       

      • Lanthanide 4.3.1

        Average viewership of 250,000 out of a country of 4,417,00 is 5.8%.

        Of course the people who viewed are more likely to be voters, which is what counts.

    • RedLogix 4.4

      Interesting Jimmie. I do have one sincere question.

      What is it that John Key has actually done that is causing the polls to be so favourable to him?

      I mean given that most New Zealanders are not members of a political party, never read their policy statements, refuse to watch political broadcasts and generally consider all politicians beneath contempt…and like yourself pride themselves in knowing a little about politics as possible… you would expect that the polls would reflect that.

      If you asked people about any other topic they didn’t care much about you would expect that the results would be sort of randomly distributed, reflecting a lack of strong opinion or knowledge.

      So why then this continued dominance in the polls? Where do you think that comes from?

      • KJT 4.4.1

        He is the one we see praised on TV most often.

        Unfortunately most of the population have decided that nothing they can do will change anything, so they have totally switched off looking at policies.

    • Carol 4.5

      You can’t read much of the Standard comments, then – people here are lkifet wing, but not all are Labour supporters, and Labour does come in for afair bit of criticism here. I think CV replied as he did, because right wingers come here fairly frequently and make just the same sort of criticism as Jimmie…. and it’s so wide of the make it’s in fantasyland. It gets boring to have to keep repeating this.

      Kiwiblog is much more pro-National than the Standard is pro-Labour.

      • Gregor W 4.5.1

        Maybe. But criticism that is a POV shouldn’t warrant a personal attack.

        And you’re right – I don’t normally comment here. I tend to stick to RA and Dimpost.

  5. ianmac 5

    Eddie:”And, why didn’t they look at it when they had produced it and bin the results immediately?”
    Absolutely. Show it to Mrs Key and she would have said bin it.
    Well if I were a Nat I would say bin it! Their loss. Labour’s gain!

  6. Anthony 6

    National have always been a bit crap at their advertising/branding, their strength has been getting reporters to tell their story for them (and defend them).

    • Deadly_NZ 6.1

      Yeah Just watching that NACT ASS kisser Garner trying to put words into others mouths on the Nation, How can he still collect his pay without a guilty feeling? But gotta make sure that the 43 mil the NATS ‘loaned’ media works is value for money.

  7. mike 7

    I’ve already ranted about this on Sprout’s post but I’m seriously in shock over how bad National’s address was. Labour pulled out all the stops and came up with something brilliant. They didn’t need to. John Key looked so bad it was beyond belief that the National party would approve it. Did the entire National PR team die in a plane crash or something?

    To paraphrase Eddie, why not come up with something that isn’t shit? I’m truly puzzled that National apparently forgot that it’s good to do PR stuff that is not shit. WTF?

  8. randal 8

    The voters know that they need a steady hand in charge and not a flake.
    Phil Goff has all the attributes needed to guide a steady course through the rocky times ahead.

    • queenstfarmer 8.1

      Phil Goff has all the attributes needed to guide a steady course through the rocky times ahead

      It’s interesting to see the varying (i.e. inconsistent) comments about presidential campaigning and focussing on personal attributes vs policy. According to some, when National draws attention to John Key’s attributes it shows they have no policy. Yet making such statements about Phil Goff is fine.

      I have no problem with either. Actually I think Phil should get his “personality” out there. Of course, because he’s a politician, to ordinary folks he’s a dick – like John Key and all other MPs – but we are used to that with MPs, so it is all relative. When he is not getting all worked up, Phil Goff comes across very well.

      As far as attributes and integrity go, from what I have seen I would generally be happy to have Phil Goff as my prime minister.

      • Crashcart 8.1.1

        One labour suporter saying he thinks Phil would be best to lead us forward hardley goes against labour itself basing this election on policy. If Naional chooses to make it all about JK you can hardley get bent out of shape when oposition supporters say they don’t think JK is the man to do the job.

  9. Zaphod Beeblebrox 9

    When you have a compliant media and never do decent interviews, you lose the capacity to present your arguments and your presentation skills get slack. Key is going to hate the blowtorch if the media can get to him. That what happened when he foolishly agreed to do the BBC HardTalk interview.

  10. My god. Having heard about the national one I thought I had better watch it – I am stunned at how bad it is. Incredible. Key looks pasty, hollow, scripted and flat.

  11. Blue 11

    National’s shocker of an opener goes with their recycled billboards as an example of how complacent they are. Their whole campaign has shown no imagination whatsoever.

    I think they really thought that they didn’t have to try this election.

    • Lanthanide 11.1

      Either they think they didn’t had to try, or that they can just keep doing what they’ve doing and everything will work out fine. Evidently they didn’t plan on Labour pulling out all the stops with a risky strategy.

  12. ianmac 12

    And again what will be plan B for Joyce if Key continues to look foolish? They have bet the whole amount on Little John’s skinny shoulders.

  13. Lanthanide 13

    Stuff have a negative piece on National’s opening, but nothing about Labour’s.

    Anyway, I found this interesting:
    “It wasn’t scripted in so much as they are the answers I give to those questions and I get them everywhere. Quite frankly they will be the same answers I give on Monday and in the debates.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5875729/Key-defends-campaign-advert

    I can understand why National went with the format they did. But they should have been honest about it and carted Key around these meeting (which apparently he has all the time? never heard of them till now) and recorded actual exchanges with actual members of the public, not paid actors. Splice them all together. It might look a little low-rent, but that’s better than the overly-produced low-budget flim flam that they gave.

    • ianmac 13.1

      Yes. It seems that the cue is say “National Standards” = spiel on Education and not addressing the question.
      And cue “Violent Society” = spiel on Crime and policing and not addressing the question. etc etc.

      If he does this in a debate such as in TV1 Monday, he will be in trouble. (If the astute Sainsbury is the Moderator look out – or not. Ha! 🙁 )

      • seeker 13.1.1

        Very interesting Lanthanide, well spotted:

        ‘It wasn’t scripted in so much as they are the answers I give to those questions and I get them everywhere. Quite frankly they will be the same answers I give on Monday and in the debates”

        So rather than reading the written -for -him -speech, he is memorising the written- for -him -answers and just repeats them over and over again wherever he goes so he doesn’t forget them. Just like memorising a script, only it’s not a script, it’s scripted answers. He can then deliver them, on cue, at both matinee and evening shows, giving the polished performance he is so admired for and where no real thinking skills are required. Just good old rote learning and a fake persona.
        Who knows he may score a role in a Peter Jackson masterpiece, although I think he should leave Friday’s rather ghoulish evening performance out of his portfolio when he next auditions.

        Stop press:
        Aspiring thespian john key auditions for the role of a small fictional character with large hairy feet:
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10762437

  14. Dotty 14

    I’m afraid I have to go with Matthew Hooten’s assessment (see Dim Post):
    “National was deliberately trying to kill the audience for Labour and the Greens. Brilliant strategy, executed even better.”

    Because nothing else makes sense.

    • McFlock 14.1

      Lol. So rather than simply being bad,they were intentionally awful and succeeded, but still managed to have 287,000 viewers watch Labour but only 255,000 watch their own? 
      I think their bad strategy went bad.
       

    • Agreed this is the only possible rational explanation for how bad it was.

  15. Ianupnorth 15

    Interesting; I was listening to the radio in the car this morning and Shonkey was name checked several times, always in a positive light – opening the Victoria Park Tunnel, then flying to Christchurch to open the new container mall thing, before meeting with someone, etc. The previous night on the news it was him, The Hobbit, Peter Jackson, all nicey nicey.

    It really made me realise the extent to which the media give him a cruisy ride. 

    • McFlock 15.1

      This is their strategy, to build a cult of fuzziness around brand key. But the flipside is that themore that works, the more his fans will want to know about him. So they’ll watch his debates. And he will most likely suck. And if the RWC is anything to go by, he’s already overexposed.

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.1

        He’s on every friggin billboard.

        Now, when I see one I have to smile (and wave?). Put him on another street corner, and yet another one and another one please

        • Dotty 15.1.1.1

          Yeah, lucky me, I live in Helensville (the electorate not the town). No escaping from his mug… it’s on every second property down the main road…

  16. Irascible 16

    I watched the NACTional opening address and initially thought I was being shown a promo for a funeral directors’ pre death funeral planning convention, a la Six Feet Under, then the plastic marionette appeared and announced he was to be John Key and I thought it was a dream sequence in Six Feet Under.

    The audience, who looked as though they, too, were stuffed puppets waiting back stage to have their strings pulled when the central puppet asked for questions appeared as unconvinced by the scripted answers as a soporific NZ TV audience must have been.

    On the other hand the Labour Documentary address didn’t treat its audience as fools to be patronised and talked at but presented a great vision of why NZers should be proud of the Labour governments of the past and be proud again by re-electing the Labour Party again on the 26th.

    • Lanthanide 16.1

      Six Feet Under has better writers. It also has better actors – they can actually pronounce words without mangling them.

      • Irascible 16.1.1

        My apologies to the script writers of Six Feet Under. It’s a pity Key opted to play the part of the animated corpse in the NZ produced promo of a rewrite by crosby-textor. I hope the original production ccompany sue for criminal denegration of their productioon values.

  17. gobsmacked 17

    To answer Jimmie’s comment above …

    If you have any political antennae at all, you can get a pretty good idea of when people are just parroting the party line, and when they really mean what they say.

    There has been plenty of critical commentary on Labour in the left blogosphere over the past 3 years – including on the Standard, and Red Alert (comments section). Goff & co have deserved that criticism, with too many avoidable mistakes, too many missed opportunities.

    Last night wasn’t one of those times. Jimmie, if you bothered to watch National and Labour’s broadcasts, you would see that for yourself.

    Go on, check them out. Make up your own mind.

    Unless, of course, you prefer not to decide for yourself … which would be kinda ironic, eh?

  18. burt 18

    Do we want more of this in NZ ?

    Stuff: Qantas grounds all flights.

    • KJT 18.1

      Yes we do. 83% increase in worker productivity and only 15% in wage rises since 84.

      And it was worker productivity increasing in NZ as capital investment decreased when more money was gifted to the banks and multinationals to spend overseas.

      The Cooks and stewards were dicks, but they did not take 14 billion a year out of the economy.

      • Colonial Viper 18.1.1

        I know, lets sell half our power assets so we can make that rate of loss closer to $15B p.a.

    • Craig Glen Eden 18.2

      Hell no burt we dont want higher wages in NZ, Nzers just go to Aussie for that!

      BUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT dah.

    • Draco T Bastard 18.3

      What, exactly, are you complaining about burt? Because from where I’m sitting the only reason that the planes stopped flying is because of the dictators sitting at the top. You know, the ones you support whole heartedly.

  19. RedLogix 19

    This is why wages are higher in Australia. (And 100,000 kiwis went there in the last three years.)

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Must be about 800K NZ born Kiwis living in Oz now. Just wait until their economy slows down further. Most Kiwis cant get the dole there. Serious job losses will mean that they start moving back this way asap.

      Numbers on the dole could double in a blink of an eye.

  20. big bruv 20

    Goodness me!

    If you lot really think the blatant lies (did Murapara really become a shit hole in just three years or did Labour ignore the place for nine long years?) in the Labour parties opening address is going to see the country take a giant lurch backward and vote in a Labour government then you are clearly delusional.

    Labour are suggesting that 1970’s style unionism is the answer, have you not seen the damage union scum are doing to the once great Qantas brand?

    Thankfully there is no chance that Goff will be the next PM, while I might not be a big fan of Key he is sure as hell a far better man to lead this nation than anybody on the left.

    I am fairly sure that in less than one months time I will be able to shove those famous words back down your collective throats.

    We won, you lost, eat that.

  21. rosy 21

    “have you not seen the damage union scum are doing to the once great Qantas brand?”

    Dunno, I thought it was the management that had locked out the workers. They’re also the ones that signed overseas maintenance contracts that have made the company subject to inquiries, negative news reports and internet jokes .

  22. big bruv 22

    When faced with totally unreasonable demands from union scum the management have no other option than to lock out the ‘workers’.

    Thankfully the likes of that parasite Helen Kelly will never have the power that the union scum have in Oz, can you imagine how much damage she and her fellow non PAYE paying low life would cause to our economy if they had the chance.

    • rosy 22.1

      Yeah, totally unreasonable to negotiate for the same pay for the same job across the company.

  23. big bruv 23

    Rosy

    Like most on the left you are not telling the full story are you.

    Jestar is not Qantas, yet Jetstar staff want the same pay and perks.

    • rosy 23.1

      And you’re brushing over what appears to be a complicated negotiation…

      http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/subsidiaries/global/en

      Jetstar’s Australian operation is wholly owned by Qantas but is managed separately and operates independently, with the Australian headquarters in Melbourne.

      “yet Jetstar staff want the same pay and perks.”

      Yet Jetstar flights are not being disrupted . Go figure. I’m guessing that from a management perspective this is much bigger than pay and perks for Jetstar staff, and it’s more about retaining the ability to set-up cheaper operations overseas. I’d be interested to read the timeline of all this.

  24. tsmithfield 24

    Actually, I hope that Labour do communicate their message well.

    One of the problems with effective communication is that if the message is one that people don’t want to hear, then communicating the message more effectively is likely to turn people off more.

    Hence, policies such as compulsory Kiwisaver are likely to be as appealing as a cup of cold sick to most NZers who hate being forced to do things by the government, especially when it comes to investing their hard-earned money that they might like to put elsewhere for a better return. So, from my perspective, I hope that Labour communicates this message as loudly and clearly as possible. 🙂

  25. big bruv 25

    I see that Whale has posted about another of Goff’s blatant lies.

    Is Goff just unable to tell the truth?

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2011/10/goff-doesnt-use-crown-limos-nek-minnit/

  26. big bruv 26

    [Deleted…RL]

    • Colonial Viper 26.1

      I prefer stuff.co.nz, even if you do prefer to feed from the gutter yourself.

      Hey didn’t Key lie about not raising GST? Or owning Tranzrail shares?

  27. big bruv 27

    Viper

    [You have reached the end of the line at this site….RL]

  28. felix 28

    big bruv running to Kiwiblog to cry about being banned for “expressing an opinion” in 5…4…3…2…

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    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 ...
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  • 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 ...
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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. ...
    6 days 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?" ...
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
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    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. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
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    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
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    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    1 hour 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 ...
    4 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    5 days 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    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! ...
    2 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.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    3 weeks 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
    20 hours 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    7 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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