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Time for Nats to front up over lost dividends

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, November 5th, 2011 - 69 comments
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Labour’s fiscal strategy takes National’s projections and adds or subtracts money for its policies. The clever thing is they alter the Nats’ projections to remove all the dividend revenue from assets they want to sell. How much is taken off National doesn’t affect if Labour gets back to surplus in 2014 – but it makes National’s projections more accurate. The Nats are complaining.

It’s totally dishonest of the Nats to have booked the revenue from asset sales (which, by the way, they don’t have a mandate for) but not the lost dividends. By Labour’s sums, $800 million of returns would be lost in the first four years and $11 billion by 2026.

English is complaining it’s too much. He reckons it’s $400 million in the first four years.

Well, let him produce the real numbers. Because, so far, he has resolutely refused to be up front with Kiwis about the cost of selling our assets.

It’s interesting that the Nats are only disputing $400m out of four years worth of budgets that total $300 billion. And not disputing Labour’s own numbers but how much Labour has pinged National for over the loss of dividends.

Labour has fronted up and said ‘National would avoid $3.6 billion of borrowing over the next four years for capital investment by selling assets, but we’re not going to sell those assets – so, yup, we’ll have to borrow $3.6 billion more than them to pay for those schools and hospitals but we’ll keep our assets and, in the long run, we’ll be a lot better off as a result.’ All National is arguing that Labour would have to borrow $4 billion more, not $3.6 billion.

That’s a pretty far cry from the $17 billion (or was it $14 billion, or $18 billion, or $11 billion) that John Key was saying during the week.

National has conceded that Labour’s numbers and Labour’s path to surplus are solid. All the Nats are whining about is being called out on how dishonest they have been with New Zealanders about the cost of their own asset sale plans.

Labour has put up an impressive set of numbers. National’s one angle of attack is now blocked and their momentum is stopped.

Now, let’s see Labour go after National over exactly how much we stand to lose in dividends if National sells our assets.

69 comments on “Time for Nats to front up over lost dividends”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    I’d also like National to explain why, if the average dividend from the power companies is $300m, how they will manage to sell them for $5-7b. This would work out to a dividend of ~$150m on a sale price of $5-7b, or 3% to 2.1% return.

    Why would anyone pay such a large amount of money for such a low rate of return – I can get a 3.4% interest rate at Rabo right now.

    Either their sale price is highly inflated, or their reported dividend of $300m is low-balling the real dividends. Or both.

    • The dividend the companies pay is different to their earnings.
       
      The power companies have been reinvesting heavily and their worth has been going up considerably.  A considerable part of the earnings is retained rather than paid out.
       
      National’s analysis ignores this and tries to paint them as having a low return so that the loss is minimised.
       
      You are right Lanth, they are trying to low ball the real dividends because the decision does not look as stupid as it otherwise would.

      • Hami Shearlie 1.1.1

        By the time the kiwis wake up, our assets will be owned by overseas interests, and John Mon-Key will be sunbathing in Hawaii! Loyalty to country is not a trait I would bet on with the smiling simian!

    • Tom Gould 1.2

      This question has been asked before, a number of times, along with the one about booking the sale money and the post-sale dividends. Seem the Tory claim over the past few days is that the ‘hole’ in Labour’s numbers is $14b, and $11b, and $6b, and $1,6b. All claims are correct, simulaneously, it seems. Similar to their asset sale scam, which switched overnight from paying debt to funding election bribes. But there is not a single journalist, financial or political, who is allowed to touch it. The instruction is to re-elect Key. And that is what they will do. Outside the MSM, however, there is hope.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      It’ll be both. Inflate the sell figure for the masses to make it look like we get a lot of money if we sell and deflate the income both to make it look like we’re not really losing a lot and to also push down the sale price. When we don’t get as much as expected they’ll just say it was the market that no one would pay so much for so little return.

    • TighyRighty 1.4

      Errr, wouldn’t that just be the return on the ~50% of the powere companies they are planning to sell instead of th whole lot?

  2. Jester 2

    Quick question. The Labour projected initial dividend of $800m. Will this be used to reduce debt or allocated for future policy? Not sure from the fiscal release the other day?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1

      What a silly question. The fiscal release shows how a Labour-led government will pay down debt, year by year. Black numbers indicate pluses, red numbers denote minuses.
      Clear now?

      • Jester 2.1.1

        Its not as silly as you would presume.

        Im just looking at three seperate media releases stating that Labour “expect” to use in totality the retained dividends for 1) Investment back into SOE regeneration. 2) Future policy initiatives. 3) Debt reduction.

        Im not interested in the muddy waters of spreadsheets, but confused when 3 seperate ministers are trying to get electoral traction from the same block of capital.

        As a voter I think I should be informed on what is more important to labour when they make the decision to retain assets. Reinvestment(Goff)? Policy(Chauvel)? or Debt (Cunliffe)?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1

          Well you answered your own question – three of their priorities are: 1) Investment back into SOE regeneration. 2) Future policy initiatives. 3) Debt reduction.
          What “muddy waters”? If you’re on Windows, go to Labour’s spreadsheet, then click “start (the start menu usually at the bottom left of your screen) -> all programs -> accessories -> Calculator”. That will bring up a calculator, and you can use that to check Labour’s sums. If you’re a little bit more internet and technically savvy, find a copy of “open office” and use it to recreate the spreadsheet yourself. It’s not difficult, it’s just time consuming.
          While you’re doing that, you will notice that Labour’s policies are costed line by line. So please, stop being so lazy and do some reading.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2

          Im not interested in the muddy waters of spreadsheets, but confused when 3 seperate ministers are trying to get electoral traction from the same block of capital.

          That “block of capital” is measured in hundreds of millions of dollars per year which means that it’s possible to do all three with them.

          • Jester 2.1.1.2.1

            Thanks for that. It clear to me now that with all reputable commentators suggesting that the global economy is a long way from recovery a future labour govt has based part of its fiscal package on:

            A divend projection that is akshully three times more than treasurey projects.

            A 2.5% return when over fund lifespan is only returning 0.5% against cost of borrowing and YTD is akshully -11.75% the cost of borrowing.

            That bit seems abit reckless to me. But i do like the idea of keeping SOEs NZ owned. I do think its odd that we borrow offshore so we can retain SOE ownership then use the dividends to bolster a risk based investment fund that only invests 17% in New Zealand and 87% offshore for so little return or in this years case for a 11.75% loss. But i guess it will all come out in the wash.

            Clear as mud now. Cheers

            • Puddleglum 2.1.1.2.1.1

              So, your “quick question” at 2, phrased so innocently, was a set-up? You already knew your line of attack.

              As for NZSF performance, as you point out, in the middle of a prolonged recession the fund is still at 0.5% over the risk free rate of return, which is impressive.

              Your 11.75% ‘loss’ is also misleading. It’s for the July, August, September months in the 2011/2012 (June to June) year to date. The return for the full 2010/2011 year was +22.16%.

              Also, your figures of 17% investment in NZ and 87% invested offshore makes a remarkable 104% being invested. Truly impressive. In fact, as at end September 2011 the fund had 21% invested in NZ. (Not sure where you got the 17% figure?).

              As for the decision not to include the NZSF super fund in the net debt calculation for budget 2008, that was because the fund was being ‘set aside’ for pre-funding superannuation.

              As John Key has noted, we live in extraordinarily volatile times and it therefore makes sense to now see the fund as potentially accessible, given the extraordinary economic environment (you know, the worst global economic conditions in 80 years that Key keeps reminding us as justification for his government’s poor performance?).

              I’m surprised you don’t agree that the NZSF should, now (in these present dire, unprecendented circumstances), be included as part of the net debt calculation. Or are the circumstances not that dire and John Key is misleading us? 

        • Puddleglum 2.1.1.3

           when 3 seperate ministers

          Have you had a premonition, Jester? 

  3. freelunch 3

    James the $400 million is the first of some dodgy assumptions underpinning Labour’s package – and btw since the dividend losses are greater outside the first four years they have overestimated revenue by more from 2015/16 onwards. That said, the foregone revenue from mixed ownership is less than projected so they are either knowingly misleading the public or simply inept.

    They have also changed their accounting treatment of the Superfund from how they did when last in Government. They now include it within the net debt calculation when they didn’t before – why is that?

    The claim that the Fund will earn 2.5% above the cost of government borrowing is sham. Over the life of the fund it has only returned 0.5% over the cost of government borrowing. The 2.5% is its performance target over a time weighted 20 year period. Eight years in its nowhere near achieving that. Its performance YTD in 2011 is significantly worse than the cost of government borrowing. In fact YTD it’s -11.75% against the cost of government borrowing.

    http://www.nzsuperfund.co.nz/files/Fund_performance_to_30_September_2011.pdf

    I’m also curious as to people’s opinions about Labour maintaining National’s public service expenditure control and implications for jobs and maintaining the tight control on core health/education/justice expenditure which Labour etc has been saying leads to public service cuts. Why are Labour enacting tax cuts, the biggest part of their package, when allowing the above to occur?

    Teachers and nurses can’t be happy.

    [I’m not sure how much more clearly I can say this: the dividends don’t affect Labour’s fiscals, they affect National’s. And on the Superfund, Labour always used net debt including the NZSF. James]

    • freelunch 3.1

      Sorry James but Labour didn’t include the NZ Superfund when last in government as evidenced in the following quote from Budget 2008…

      “Financial assets of the NZS Fund are excluded from the calculation of net debt as they are set aside to partially pre-fund the future cost of New Zealand Superannuation.” Budget 2008

      http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/befu2008/befu08-pt4of9.pdf

      And sorry the assumption about foregone dividends do effect Labour’s financials. Treasury’s estimate is $300 million foregone to the government at total implementation of mixed ownership. Not the $900 million that Labour is suggesting.

      http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/2011/supp2010is/b11-supp2010is.pdf

      Treasury goes on to state:

      …no significant ongoing impacts are expected on the operating balance from extending mixed ownership, with the impact of foregone dividends and retained profits being offset by lower interest expenses from reduced Crown borrowing. P. 25

      • mik e 3.1.1

        Thats the same argument nick smith used on the ACC fund as well the market will recover long term investment is not for the faint hearted
        WE know how accurate treasury is being the round tables publicly funded mouth piece
        The whole time National have been in power the Treasury have over estimated all figures related to Nationals policy and this is no different Underestimated Labours figures FACT
        Energy is the new Gold
        Renewable energy is the new diamond investment returns on the energy companies have been going up for ever since I can remember.
        Freelunch for Nationals corporate mates coming their way after the election
        Corporate Cronieism[welfare]

      • KJT 3.1.2

        National/Treasury forgot/lied about the re-invested dividends that will now go to private shareholders.

        The costs of readying assets for sale. Like NZRC. $300 million spent on it before being sold for 300 million. 300 million profit made by new owners after sale.

        And the cost of restoring asset stripped SOE’s to public ownership and functioning levels, after National say, “we are too far in debt, have to sell them totally”.

        14 billion a year. Plus the costs of restoring Air NZ and Rail.

      • In Vino Veritas 3.1.3

        freelunch 1, James 0. Nice work freelunch. Have a look at the late Roger Kerrs blog and his series on privatisation and loss of dividends. It pretty much demolishes Labours current arguments around asset sales and makes this thread moot.

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.3.1

          Kerr and his types made lots of profits from privatisation of state assets.

          And the loss of dividends to the tax payer occured because the dividends went straight into the pockets of private investors, like himself.

          No wonder he liked privatisation and the loss of state dividends.

          He made himself richer with them.

          • In Vino Veritas 3.1.3.1.1

            Colonial, I know our beliefs are different, but couldnt you just read Kerr’s series? You may be enlightened.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Ah, look at that, another RWNJ parroting C/T lines with absolutely no understanding of what he’s saying.

  4. Salsy 4

    I like Phil’s Merril Lynch calculator retort. I can just imagine it – It takes pension funds, taxes, govt savings, state assets, working peoples homes and investments and magically passes them on to the rich.. The Greek calculator might just do some wonky maths, but wonky and purposely decietful are worlds apart.

  5. Rijab 5

    National are holding the narrative on this issue, whether Labour’s figures are correct or not. Labour must find a way to retake the narrative of the election and get the focus back on who has better policies for our future; there is simply no point in continuing to throw mud over figures with the NATs. Each day that this argument continues is another day National retains 50% + in polling, people simply don’t and won’t believe Goff and Cunliffe over Key.

    …this is exactly what Lord Ashcroft was here for, and to be honest right now Key is pulling things off quite well with his stupid ‘witticisms’ that the media are crediting him for.

    • Tigger 5.1

      Hard to change a narrative that the MSM are driving. They’ve already declared National the victor. And they should be ashamed for their part in such an undemocratic display.

      They like to crow that they are free and fair but they’re not, they’re slaves to their corporate masters.

      • handle 5.1.1

        Labour won the first few days in most media coverage. Then they decided they could afford to stuff around over the figures when it was obvious the Nats were preparing to attacking those. Foot meet gun.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Labour must find a way to retake the narrative of the election…

      That’s a little difficult when the MSM don’t want that to happen and so ensure that it won’t.

      • Rijab 5.2.1

        so true …

      • TighyRighty 5.2.2

        Maybe if labour had something interesting to say, the media would publish it. Oh wait, the media do publish the interesting things labour says, it’s just that labour then goes and fucks it up. Every time. Without fail. So the media reports that too. It humours me no end that you see a media conspiracy when the media call it how they see it when labour don’t get it right and then the media magically become fair and balanced when it’s positive for labour, and the media are still just calling it as they see it.

        • RedLogix 5.2.2.1

          Labour has had all the interesting things to say. At least a dozen significant policy releases, from the introduction of a CGT, to raising the retirement age, to improved employment law, to the ChCh insurance and rebuild situation .. specific details on tax reform, elimination of GST on fruit and vege, no asset sales… right down to doubling funding for DOC (one that’s definitely got my vote.)

          Yet the well-paid hacks in the media have done nothing but sneer at any Labour does, while ignoring the fact that National has done almost nothing except give them nice fat tax cuts. Oh wait…

          • TighyRighty 5.2.2.1.1

            Really? I remember positive sentiment from the “well paid hacks” at the general thrust of most labours policies. It’s when the details get examined that the “sneering” as you eloquently put it starts. So going back to my earlier line of reasoning, labour fucks it up.

            You can’t get angry at the media when all they are doing is reporting what labour are doing and if neccessary pointing out why labour are getting it wrong.

            Have you read Lew’s post yet?

            • Colonial Viper 5.2.2.1.1.1

              Meh. Political parties make mistakes, National AND Labour.

              The MSM gloss over National’s, and focus on bs trivia around Labour’s.

              • TighyRighty

                Pardon? Phil Heatly vs Chris Carter. One resigned his cabinet position and did a mea culpa to the public in th media, one whined and told the media to piss off, which by extension is the voting public of new Zealand, and stop picking on him just because he’s gay.

                Maybe the media are going to be a bit more favourable to people who don’t view them as the enemy. Berating the media for reporting your fuck ups and general poor performance as it happens isn’t going to win you any friends.

        • Colonial Viper 5.2.2.2

          Yeah if your theory was right, when Key fucks up he too would get a hammering. But no, when he changes his numbers on Labour’s funding shortfalls from $17B to $16B to $14B back to $15B he gets a frakin pass, just another billion dollars up and down as he pleases.

          • mik e 5.2.2.2.1

            CV just Google merrill lynch toxic derivatives

          • TighyRighty 5.2.2.2.2

            You think that’s a fuck up the media should publish and comment on? Take your hand of it and try getting out in the real world.

            • Colonial Viper 5.2.2.2.2.1

              Oh a billion dollars up and down from day to day is no problem now? Just small cheese?

              You sound like one of the global bankster occupiers, just like John Key is.

              • TighyRighty

                Spare me from your stupidity. I’ll tell you why John Key didn’t fuck up with changing the amount he believed labours policies would cost th country. They aren’t national party policies.

                • KJT

                  That “show me the money” comment was in itself a lie. Key knew that Labour policies were costed within an inch. Unlike his borrow and hope.

                  • TighyRighty

                    An inch? If they were that finely costed, why did phil founder completely? How come he had nothing at all, not even approximate numbers? He didnt need I be spot on as it was a debate, but he needed something. you’d think that if they had costings that were within an inch he would have had some idea. But he didn’t, so they arent.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      It was work in progress and Phil doesn’t like to make shit up on the spot like Key does.

                    • TighyRighty

                      No, Phil just wants to whack it on the bill like in 2009. He’s had three years to get it right. Three weeks foot from a collection and phil can’t bring up any of the details on any of his costs in a debate? If you think that’s a good sign, nope, no need to say it. We already know how much of an idiot you are.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Key shifted his numbers back and forth like a yoyo. The MSM did not pull him up on it, the good ol lap dogs that they are.

                  They should have questioned him at length where his numbers were from and why he was shifting them at will.

                  A billion dollars up one day, a billion dollars down the next. Not a trivial matter, when it comes from the mouth of the NZ PM.

                  • TighyRighty

                    These aren’t the numbers for nationals policy, they are for labours policy. so why should John Key have to know more about labours policy costings than labour itself does? The media might question why John Key was a billion up or a billion down on alternate days about his own policies, but not the oppositions.

                    Idiot.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      So you’re saying that the National PM is enabled by the MSM to make billion dollar numbers up and not be held to account for what comes out of his mouth?

                      And that it is OK that he makes those numbers up even though he doesn’t know the details of Labour Party policy?

                    • TighyRighty

                      The prime minister spoke at the same debate as phil goff and had a better grasp of labours figures than phil goff did. You can call that enabling i guess. Phil was also enabled by the msm to show he did had the costings, but instead the public was enabled by the media to see that phil goff didn’t know shit about how much his policies would cost.

                      Seeing as labour managed to make most of their numbers about their own policies up, I’d say yes, it’s fine for John Key to have a guesstimate about how much labour party policies would cost the country. We should borrow trillions to invest in the super fund if you follow labours logic.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Typical moronic right-wing bullshit.
                  Key was claiming there was a problem with Labour’s costings. It is up to him to make his case, but when he started lying about the figures, it was obvious he didn’t have one. That being the case, the “news” was in fact: “New Zealand Prime Minister caught in a lie.”

                  • TighyRighty

                    He didn’t have a case? Yes he did, labour are going top borrow more than national over the next three years. There is no lie there, labour themselves admitted it. The question is by how much, John Key shouldn’t have to know more about labours policies than phil goff, but he does.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      John Key needs to be held to account for making up numbers that he didnt actually know.

                      Most honest people, when they don’t know shit, keep their mouth shut.

                      The MSM needs to pay attention and question Key on the billion dollar numbers he keeps uttering.

                    • TighyRighty

                      Phil Goff needs to be accountable for the fact that John Key knows more than phil goff about the costs of labours policies.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      John “Billion Dollars Up One Day, Billion Dollars Down the Next” Key

                      Boy our PM is a real financial speculator

                    • TighyRighty

                      What’s a billion when labours got the cheque book? Only an extra billion in debt would almost be a relief if labours in power.

    • marsman 5.3

      Key has turned the election campaign into a circus so he won’t have to front up to the real issues. If in doubt act the clown. He needs to be stopped in his tracks, wherever he goes people should chant ‘show me the jobs son, show me the jobs’ and ‘ stop lying to us’.

    • Hami Shearlie 5.4

      Maybe Labour should be publicly asking questions about National’s involvement with “Lord”(grubby bought-and-paid-for title ) Ashcroft. He’s decidedly dodgy, seemingly avoiding paying his tax by living anywhere else. The Tories in the uk are rapidly distancing themselves from him! Even the business people in the uk are apparently aghast at his business practices! Mon-Key sure looks shifty when you bring up the name of Ashcroft, noticed that?

  6. One Anonymous Bloke 6

    Akshully I think this strategy might akshully rebound on Brand Key. Labour’s figures are solid. The area in which Brand Key’s figures are dodgy is the most unpopular of their policies – asset sales – if the narrative focuses on the dishonesty implicit in their numbers, on top of the bankruptcy of their ideas, this will be a plus for Labour.

  7. Hilary 7

    Economist on RNZ this morning predicting the collapse of global capitalism by 2014 – ie during next parliamentary term. Commentators should be asking parties about their policies for this.
    I would be prepared to bet that if things get really tough and messy that Key won’t stick around.

  8. mik e 8

    He’ll get his old job back
    Toxic derivatives salesman @ Merrill Lynch
    Merrill Lynch’s $74 trillions in US dollars of Toxic Derivatives ,Now the BOA’s Toxic Derivatives could cause this Melt down because their ashcually worth Zilch.
    Bank of America are trying to foist them onto the US taxpayer either way this ponzi scheme Which Jinxed Key hand in as the Currency trading arm of ML was deeply involved in this Ponzi SchemeThis $74 trillion US will be the biggest loss in financial history We johnny Will have to take a $5 million dollar hair cut while the rest of us take a hair cut with him.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      ML is holding $74T of potential derivative liabilities? Where did you get that figure?

      It seems large – I might have accepted a figure 1/4 that…

  9. Hami Shearlie 9

    If he stays in Govt he’ll be scalped by the public, so no haircut needed- savings: $5 million! The blind trust will be ecstatic!

  10. One Anonymous Bloke 10

    National’s Johnkey figures are a good attack line for Labour, but a better one is “show me the jobs”. By all means run both of them, but until the meeja hire someone who can do sums, they’re just going to run he said she said stories on the costings.

    It’s high time we had genuinely independent media on the BBC model (and I bet we can improve on that), especially since it returns a profit to the taxpayer.

    • Hami Shearlie 10.1

      And, what constitutes a “job” according to National – how many hours a week? I heard Paula Bennett say recently that there will be jobs available doing housework etc – to help old people to stay in their homes – but National has savagely cut the hours for home help for the elderly? Mary Wilson really got Paula on the ropes on Checkpoint the other night – that needs to happen more often to National MPs, notice many of them turning up to public meetings to debate? Very, very few! Especially not Paula!

  11. randal 11

    hey micky s. its typical national party behaviour to sell the states assets after the re-investment has gone in so the oiks wont have to pay for that . If there is any fat they will slice that off and keep it for themselves.

    • In Vino Veritas 11.1

      randal, you may recall that Phil Goff has sold over $9 billion of assets. Key has yet to sell any.

  12. Tombstone 12

    Tell me Key is not planning on selling Air New Zealand assets …. !

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    2 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    2 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    6 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    6 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    6 days ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    6 days ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    7 days ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    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 According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    1 week ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How much does flying contribute to climate 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 How much does our use of air travel contribute to the ...
    SciBlogsBy Shaun Hendy
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The task before us
    Two weeks ago, the Zero Carbon Act became law. Right this moment, the Climate Change Commisison will be working on its initial budgets for 2022-25 and 2026-2030, and the UN has just given them a very clear steer:Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles deaths and antivax misinformation
    Today the death toll from measles in Samoa rose to 32. All but four of the dead were less than 5 years old. Absolutely terrible, heartbreaking, news. That statistic alone should be enough to give the lie to the common claim by antivaccination activists plague enthusiasts that “measles is a ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia: the state murder of Dilan Cruz
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh It is late here in Bogotá, almost 11.30pm on Monday the 25th of November as I write this. The day began full of hope with yet more massive marches throughout the country, a mix of the International Day of Non-Violence Against Women and the National Strike. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote
    Anti-fluoride activists are rubbing their hands in glee over what they claim is “yet another study” showing fluoride harms the brains of children. But their promotion relies on IQ relationships which the paper’s authors acknowledge disappearing when outliers or other factors are considered. And they completely ignore other relationships ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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