TV One Colmar Brunton Poll

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The latest One News Colmar Brunton poll is out. National drop one to 47%, Labour gain that point to lift to 32%, the Greens rise to 13% and NZ First are steady on 7%.

The result in June was National 48, Labour 31, Greens 10, NZF 7

The poll was conducted between the 11th and the 15th of July. Labour released its analysis of the Auckland Housing data on the 11th. The poll has a 3.1% error rate from 1000 respondents.

The economic confidence survey continues its steady decline. Only 36% of respondents think the future will be better, down an astonishing 9% from last month.  41 % believe things are going to get worse, up a whopping 10%.

Labour got a decent lift in the last Roy Morgan poll and that rise continues in this One News Colmar Brunton. National appear to be driving on black ice. If there was an election held today, National would need probably need NZ First support to remain the Government. A Labour +NZF+ Greens combo would have a comfortable majority.

 

Edit: One News report:

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/global-economic-jitters-reflected-in-one-news-poll-6359149

119 comments on “TV One Colmar Brunton Poll ”

  1. BM 1

    If National won again in 2017, do you think the knives would come out for Little?

    Or is Labour thinking a a bit more long term these days.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      Too early to tell, and it depends what the margin of the loss was.

      And whether GR was deputy.

    • sabine 1.2

      If Nationals support drops again, do you think the knives will come out for Bill English Mr. Surplus, Nick Smith Mr. There is not Housing Crisis, Ms. Bennett All the Benefits are Mine. Mine. Mine?

      Just asking. you know.

      • keyman 1.2.1

        iam hoping the pitch forks will come out they have promised the brighter future a hollow promise deserves a stiff push back

    • Colonial Rawshark 1.3

      If Little scored as low as 25% or 27%, it would be a leadership contest again.

    • BM 1.4

      Right, so you reckon 30 is the cut off point.

      I have a feeling NZ first will do a deal with National at the next election shutting out Labour.

      • Lanthanide 1.4.1

        Quite possibly. I think National have to get to around 40-42% in order for NZFirst to credibly go with Labour / Greens. Or in other words, if National were on 44% and Lab/Greens on 44-46%, I think NZFirst would still go with National.

        The picture is a lot clearer now, with Conservatives having self-destructed. National dodged a bullet with that one.

      • Skinny 1.4.2

        That’s comical Blind Man. Winston won’t want to be going out unpopular, having to prop up a poison chalice. The senior statesman of New Zealand politics knows what common sense means and National have showed little since they took power.

        • BM 1.4.2.1

          Nah, next election will be the last for Key and Peters, they’ll kiss and make up

          Facts are ,NZ first has longevity as Nationals MAIN coalition partner, not as competition with the greens in a Labour led government.

          Just look at Northland, obviously National voting people have no problem with NZ First.

    • Rob 1.5

      If National lose in 2017 will Key be gone by lunchtime?

    • G C 1.6

      National axed Don Brash and Labour do like a good leadership change. I think Andrew Little is suitable as leader going into 2017. The socialist ‘Robertson Ardern’ combo would amount to a ‘dead cat bounce’ in the polls at best.

      If Labour looses in 2017 he’ll be dumped quick smart.

    • Facetious 1.7

      It will happen well before 2017. In 2016 GR will take over Labour leadership.

    • Rozgonz 1.8

      Angry Andy won’t make the next election as Labour Leader let alone the one after it

  2. RedLogix 2

    What does surprise me a little is the continued strength of NZ1.

    Note how ACT, UF and MP have all more or less vanished because they could not maintain relevance. But The Greens and NZ1 are saying things which resonate.

    The Greens are in it for the long haul, but of NZ1? What happens when Winston eventually retires? And where will that constituency go to?

    • Colonial Rawshark 2.1

      NZF has legs.

    • Sacha 2.2

      If Labour keep up the right-wing dogwhistling, they’re bound to attract 1 or 2% of Winston’s mob. And lose some to the Greens.

      • Bill 2.2.1

        They won’t attract any NZF vote because NZF can always dog-whistle louder and further on the xenophobic front.

        But I agree that they will bleed to the Greens if they keep up with their shit.

        • Lanthanide 2.2.1.1

          Fine by me. I’d rather both the Greens and Labour have distinct policy platforms, rather than the last election where Labour weren’t all that different from the Greens.

          For the record I voted Greens last year, due to them having a specific policy on Christchurch that was a lot more credible than Labour’s. Otherwise I’m a Labour voter.

          • Brendon Harre 2.2.1.1.1

            Lanthanide which particular Green policies did you like for Christchurch?

            • Lanthanide 2.2.1.1.1.1

              https://www.greens.org.nz/policy/smarter-economy/greener-christchurch

              From the full policy:

              The focus for the Council needs to be on what it can afford and what Cantabrians need, not on projects that are putting it under pressure to sell their well performing assets. Selling strategic assets, such as shares in the airport and port companies, or energy company Orion, to meet the current shortfall facing the Council is short-term thinking. These assets have strategic and regional importance and provide important dividend and revenue streams to the Council.

              More flexibility around the implementation of the $4.8 billion earthquake cost-sharing deal between the Council and the Crown is a much sounder option. The Green Party will commit to working with the Council on the cost-sharing agreement to remove any financial pressure on the Council to sell their strategic assets.

              As a part of a more flexible approach, the Green Party will open up the books on the anchor projects, including proposed costings, business cases, and how the projects stack up when considered against similar facilities in other centres, much of which is being kept secret by the National Government.23

              Postponing construction on some of these projects, particularly the covered stadium, will be a major saving for the Council and help balance the Council’s budget without needing to sell assets.

              I’ve been saying since it was announced that the covered stadium will never be built, and the convention center will never be built according to its current plans. AFAIK Labour didn’t have any specific concrete policy in this area, but the Greens did.

              Since I live in CHCH, this was a pretty self-serving voting choice on my part, but I think these are also the right things to do for our 2nd largest city in the long term.

        • Colonial Rawshark 2.2.1.2

          But I agree that they will bleed to the Greens if they keep up with their shit.

          in other words, the continuation of a long drawn out trend.

      • G C 2.2.2

        “Dogwhistling” – what a tired old expression. Labour have played brilliant political theatre here. The past week has diffidently been a big win for Labour and surely will renew vigour and booth morale within.

        • Colonial Rawshark 2.2.2.1

          apart from splitting the activists and causing dozens of resignations from Young Labour you mean

          • G C 2.2.2.1.1

            The last policy idea I heard coming from Young Labour was to fund more gender reassignment surgeries. That went down like a tone of bricks and was poorly timed.

            Young Labour is fully of ineffective, humanists blinded by individualism AND castrated by Political Correctness… …so forgive me for not shedding a tear over their resignations.

            • Mike S 2.2.2.1.1.1

              +1

              If they’re resigning over this issue then they ain’t real Labour anyway. Good riddance.

              • Precisely who do you think does a lot of the legwork for election campaigns – putting up hoardings, signwaving, leafletting, doorknocking?

                Hint: it rhymes with Young Smabour.

                • Galeandra

                  In my electorate it’s actually grey tops like me who disproportionately have time & inclination.
                  Hint: it rhymes with ‘good-neighbour’, and commitment doesn’t come just from paying union dues.

                • Sabine

                  I saw a lot of Young Nats during the election in Westieland where I work and play.
                  I saw Phil Twyford in his red bus doing street corners, every effn day of the week, rain and shine.
                  I saw the young guy from Mana and the Mana volunteers.
                  I did see a lot of Labour volunteers, however they did not call themselves Young Labour.
                  The ones that i did not see at all where the Greens and Young Labour.

                  And yes I agree with what GV said above. If they – Young Labour – are resigning over this, then maybe they need to find a place that accommodates them better.

                • Ron

                  Certainly not the youth in Labour or the Greens round here.

            • Charles 2.2.2.1.1.2

              That’s because you think people live in a vacuum?

              There is more traditional Labour ideology in gender re-assignment surgery policies than there is in “stopping foreign investment”.

              It’s not a long explanation, but I won’t bother since those that know, know, and those that say stuff like you don’t want to hear.

    • Lanthanide 2.3

      I guess Winston and NZ1 were substantially buoyed by their electorate win?

      If Shane Jones steps into Winston’s shoes, I think he could keep the party going for another election or two. Hard to say really.

      • Colonial Rawshark 2.3.1

        Nah Jones is not getting anywhere near the NZF chair, I reckon that whole thing was a Winston publicity ploy.

    • I don’t think the Māori Party have disappeared or are likely to. Marama Fox is a very good politician imo.

  3. Sacha 3

    It’s one poll that only takes in the first half of the week. I’d hold any major analysis until another couple of periods at least. Trends count – and the economic confidence one is worth watching.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      Agreed although drop in Key’s support as preferred PM unsurprising and must be troubling the nats.

      • Jester 3.1.1

        The elephant in the room is Andrews at 8%.

        Mickey, 75% of Labour just don’t rate him, so if that’s true who in your oppinion is the one to excite Labour and conversely excite NZ swinging voters.

        • Colonial Rawshark 3.1.1.1

          Little is doing fine on 8%, slow and steady is all that is needed at this point. Would be good to be in double digits by the end of the year though.

        • Anne 3.1.1.2

          75% of Labour voters (I presume you mean) still don’t know him Jester. That will change over the next 2 years. Don’t forget Helen Clark dropped to 4-5% then went on to become prime minister.

      • James 3.1.2

        So Key is on 40% and Little on 8% and you think that would have the Nats concerned.

        wow.

        • Lanthanide 3.1.2.1

          Oppositions typically don’t win elections – governments lose them. Especially third term governments.

        • RedLogix 3.1.2.2

          Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but generally the incumbent PM is always well ahead in the preferred PM poll.

          In other words there is a huge bias in this poll and I’m sure why they even bother measuring it, much less publishing it, without giving some indication how large this built-in bias is.

          • te reo putake 3.1.2.2.1

            Nicely put, RL. The question is both irrelevant and also kinda weird. If I say I’d prefer,say, Winston Peters, am I saying I want NZ First to lead the next Government or am I saying I want him to lead the Government we have today? If I nominate Andrew Little am I saying he should join the National Party?

            I reckon most people just say the name of the current PM, because that’s the first thing that pops into their heads. ‘Prime Minister? Er, it’s John Key isn’t it?’ That sort of thing.

          • Matthew Hooton 3.1.2.2.2

            That was not true of Jim Bolger.

          • Anne 3.1.2.2.3

            Yes, prime ministers are always way ahead of other party leaders. My guess is most people are so distant from the political scene that the only name they can be sure of is the PM’s’s name – whoever it may be.

            I remember back in ‘the good old days’ (yeah it was a long time ago) being asked by a pollster which Labour MP most impressed me. I only knew the name of one and that was Eddie Isbey (he’s been dead for decades) so I said Eddie Isbey.

            • RedBaronCV 3.1.2.2.3.1

              Actually I have a fond memeory of Eddie Isbey -dissing Muldoon

              • Anne

                It must have been around 1970 but that might be why I remember him. Muldoon would have been Finance Minister.

          • Keir 3.1.2.2.4

            Key was ahead in the preferred PM poll from May 07, and Clark was level pegging or ahead in the run-up to ’99. But yes, there’s a tendency to prefer incumbents, but on the other hand NZ voters do tend to re-elect incumbent PMs.

        • Stuart Munro 3.1.2.3

          Leadership popularity is almost completely meaningless – Key himself was basically unknown when he toppled Clark.

          • Matthew Hooton 3.1.2.3.1

            That’s not true at all. One of the more comical examples of how Key was extraordinarily well known before becoming PM was when the Dom-Post printed the so-called “terrorism files” including transcripts of the so-called Urewera “terrorists” talking about assassinating the prime minister. But they said they weren’t interested in the current one, but the new guy who was about to become PM. Of course, I recognise this was all big talk nonsense from some loonies, but it’s still an example of how Key really did take the political scene by storm after he rolled Brash and particularly after Waiting Day 2007 and the Aroha Ireland thing – and then the compromise with Clark over smacking.

            • Skinny 3.1.2.3.1.1

              Hooton after the mad professor Don Brash and slugger Bill English the 50 million dollar man John Key would have been a welcome change.

              How’s your hamstrings holding up for the big runathon?

            • Stuart Munro 3.1.2.3.1.2

              Must have missed the water cooler gossip – I was in Korea – the papers really told us nothing about the man.

        • G C 3.1.2.4

          Polling showing Labour could comfortably form a Government if elections were held today should be concerning – especially given the General Election was held less than a year ago.

          Is the “mandate” becoming marginal?

          • Colonial Rawshark 3.1.2.4.1

            Labour could comfortably form a government end 2013 as well; too bad there was no election that year – or this one.

            • G C 3.1.2.4.1.1

              Labour is diffidently turning a corner. The economic downturn is a big opportunity for Labour to suggest viable alternative policies. The public aren’t completely naïve – they know National are introducing many policies originally developed by Labour, yet watered-down and made ineffectual by National.

          • Rozgonz 3.1.2.4.2

            The mandate is set every 3 years at election time my friend and not by some opinion poll mid cycle. And I think National would be very happy with 47% support right now. I would consider that a mandate rather than cobbling together some unworkable coalition who at best can only muster 32% support.

  4. Bill 4

    So Labour made no inroads to NZF support in spite of throwing a Winston line. (Quelle surprise!).

    They may or may not have gained whopping 1% on National. (Margin of error blah)

    And they just might have lost 3% of their base to the Greens.

    • Clemgeopin 4.1

      The Greens are the easy riders. Labout does the hard yards.

      • gobsmacked 4.1.1

        Please tell us about all the issues where Labour have led and the Greens have followed. Since 2008, at least.

        CGT? Climate change? Raising benefits? Land sales offshore? Anything, actually?

        Let us know about these “hard yards” where the Greens took an easy ride.

        • Colonial Rawshark 4.1.1.1

          I knew someone would ask haha

          What it actually reveals is the insider Labour mindset vis a vis themselves and the Greens i.e. the Greens don’t have to take any serious positions on anything because they will never be in a position to be responsible in power for following through.

          • Bill 4.1.1.1.1

            I’m absently wondering if a similar mindset prevailed in Scottish Labour vis a vis themselves and the SNP right on up until their spectacular vanishing act.

          • marty mars 4.1.1.1.2

            I’m pretty sure clem voted Mana last time so hardly insider Labour mindset – they would always vote labour come hell or high water

    • cancerman 4.2

      I doubt this poll will have shown the really effect of Labours declarations on foreign house buyers. Will be interesting to see in future polls.

    • G C 4.3

      I’d be interested to know who former Conservative Party voters are now favouring?

  5. gobsmacked 5

    Presumably Labour’s expectation was to lose some to the Greens (“PC Liberal intelligentsia” – here I am!). And to take votes from Nats/Winston, for a net opposition gain.

    Well, they were half right …

    (But I accept it’s too soon really, most voters aren’t politics/media junkies, we’ll need a few weeks of polling for a definitive answer)

  6. Probably should have added this in the post, but well done the Greens. Is it possible that the 1% the Nats dropped was won by James Shaw for them and Labour’s lift came from elsewhere?

    • Colonial Rawshark 6.1

      Shaw has that X factor which will pull in some intelligent blue vote…

      • Yep, that’s what I’m thinking. It’s possible that he can draw votes away from National by appealing to people who are disillusioned, but don’t want to vote labour or NZF. Especially now that the Conservatives are goners.

      • BM 6.1.2

        Only if the greens show they’re willing to go into coalition with National, otherwise no chance.

      • Skinny 6.1.3

        Yes he was a wise choice as Norman’s replacement and equally smart is popping Genter into the finance role. I’ve found Juliet excellent to work with on common issues.
        Labour will need to get someone young along side Andrew Little as his deputy. Probably see Adern put there fairly soon I would imagine, be a smart decision for a few reasons.

        • Colonial Rawshark 6.1.3.1

          Sure, but note that Ardern simply isn’t that politically talented. B/B- material.

          • cancerman 6.1.3.1.1

            I agree have seen her a number of times talking in public and she isn’t quick on her feet when going off script. She is like a rugby player in an after match interview.

          • Skinny 6.1.3.1.2

            Point and wave works a treat, sign of the times. Once in power deputy goes to a partners party 🙂

          • G C 6.1.3.1.3

            yes, yes, keep the ‘Roberson Ardern’ combo on the kiddies menu.

  7. Michael 7

    31% is a bare minimum for Labour to pose as a credible alternative government. It also needs to show it can work with NZF and the Greens. It did work with NZF, between 2005 and 2008, but has always shunned the Greens (probably because it’s “new friends in the Business Community” don’t like them). Labour now needs to make sure it doesn’t lose its latest rating. I’d also like to see it appeal to the politically disengaed (aka it’s former base) by devising progressive policies but I realise that’s just a pipe dream now.

    • Skinny 7.1

      No party will chase the missing voters with policies that turn off sure voters, the last election clearly showed the fuckers prefer to stay under the radar.

    • Colonial Rawshark 7.2

      31% is a bare minimum for Labour to pose as a credible alternative government.

      Even at that level, 2 out of 5 votes in Parliament that a Labour Govt will need to pass legislation will have to come from other parties. A large number of Cabinet Ministers would also need to come from other parties.

      • Well, that’s a good thing, isn’t it? I’m cool with sharing power with the other two parties; they’ve both got things to offer a coalition. The Greens more so than NZF, I reckon, but MMP means taking into account the views of your support parties. Unless they’re franchises like ACT who just put up policies National really want an excuse to do anyway.

    • G C 7.3

      Perhaps the Green Party will dry up like a plant deprived of water. If economic conditions continue to decline the voting public could rally, ‘doubling-down’ on Labour in a effort to change the government.

  8. Eralc 8

    The poll was held in July, not June.

  9. James 9

    “31% is a bare minimum for Labour to pose as a credible alternative government”

    No its not when the other main party is in the high 40’s.

    Labour havn’t been credible for years.

  10. Sadbuttrue 10

    great…6 months on…no policy, leader rooted at 8% , grant Robertson missing in action…this is all tits up….here is some interesting facts…since union got the vote the two biggest programs on labour leadership has been on union people and not one on Labour leaders…what does this tell you.
    Sigh….time to vote strategic now…don’t vote

  11. Atiawa 11

    NZ voters have more interest in scrutinizing the All Black coach’s performance than the Prime Minister’s, especially this far out from the next election.
    Little needs to slowly chip away and continue to establish his credentials with the electorate.
    The economy and the National government will do the rest for him.

  12. Mike the Savage One 12

    Trying to win those votes from National, those “centre” votes, does not seem to be bringing enough support. Who votes National? The very persons that can live with rising house prices in Auckland, as their “wealth” increases. Those that have businesses and are professionals in the urban centres, they may be more pessimistic about the future, but are still safe. They love to keep their cars, few use public transport, and rather wish to keep things as they are, those are the “centrists” voting Nats.

    The first ones feeling the looming slow down, possible recession, will be the ones last hired, the ones in the blue collar and also common “service” jobs, and the ones living in the largely primary industry reliant regions, now facing gloomy times.

    As for business operators, they are hard to win over by Labour, as they are very profit driven entrepreneurs, who have in their vast majority never felt that attracted to parties with a social conscience and a tendency to regulate and “manage” economic activities.

    I still cannot believe it, that Labour seem to be less motivated, and do not even try to engage with the hundreds of thousands of non voters, who are diverse, but must surely have some concerns about their lives and future.

    We will be in for another repeat of the past elections, unless some profound changes are made. Greens sit firmly between ten to 15 percent, NZ First seems stable at 7 percent, maybe able to win 8 to 10 percent in the next election, but Labour, well, I am still not convinced they can get their act together soon enough.

    As for a Labour, Greens and NZ First alternative, well, who knows which side Winston will choose in the end?

    • G C 12.1

      I totally agree. Appealing to business… …replacing Grant Robertson with a new economics spokes person would be a good start.

  13. upnorth 13

    My gut feeling is there will a confidence vote on Little soon with him surviving but a complete rehash of the front bench.

    All done and dusted by Xmas so 2015 is all about a team working together towards 2017 BUT and it is a big BUT – it will all fall down because there is no one in the pool of Labour MP who can talk economy and finance – that is middle ground – tinkering with tax rates and employment laws is so low level the middle just dont give a dam about that stuff.

    Interest rates will be low for 2016 and 2017 which means provincial NZ will weather the storm – so Labour needs a burning platform – they have none – so sad

  14. ScottGN 14

    If anyone was ever in any doubt that the NZherald’s so-called Deputy Political Editor Claire Trevett was just a National Party hack, there’s ample proof in the absolutely crap piece she posted in the herald online yesterday evening.

  15. Sabine 15

    this is what is important

    Quote: The economic confidence survey continues its steady decline. Only 36% of respondents think the future will be better, down an astonishing 9% from last month. 41 % believe things are going to get worse, up a whopping 10%.

    the rest does not matter.

    if the confidence falls further, if farms start failing left, right and centre, if houses continue to raise 45.000 within not even 6 month, if job losses continue, then this can’t be good for National.

    Can Labour, the Greens, NZ First make hay out of this sorry situation? No idea, looking at this site, supposedly a ‘left’ orientated site, a site for the ‘opposition’ and I would not be surprised if National gets another go, cause clearly Labour does it too and worse, and can’t be trusted and when will they ditch Andrew Little.
    Frankly with Friends like these the Party does not need enemies. 🙂

    Maybe really we have to have bodies dead in ditches, hungry kids begging in Queenstreet. But as on Lady said the other day (pop up on my FB Feed in regards to shops turning on sprinklers on homeless sleeping in their entrance ways), maybe we should just abolish the City Mission and Food Banks and have the homeless work for blankets and a cuppa soup. Now that would teach them dignity and get them in a house pronto.

    • Kevin 15.1

      NZ First go with Labour and the Greens? You have to be kidding me. And so long as Labour keeps dropping the ball and proving that it’s unelectable, National will always be in power.

    • Kevin 15.2

      “maybe we should just abolish the City Mission and Food Banks and have the homeless work for blankets and a cuppa soup. ”

      Considering that most people who go to the City Mission and Food Banks are just there for free grub, too right we should abandon them. Instead have free lessons on how to budget and cook a cheap feed.

      As for the homeless considering it costs more to have someone homeless than what it does to house them then you give them subsidised housing. Not only does it make ethical and moral sense it makes economic sense as well.

      As for making them work I’m not one of those make them work for the dole types so no – too much unnecessary bureaucracy and wouldn’t be worth it anyway. Kind of like those work schemes in the 70s which turned out to be a complete failure. Give people real jobs, not fake ones.

  16. Kevin 16

    Little should have been given the boot after the Chinese fiasco. He is a gorm with all the charm thereof. Labour needs another Lange.

    • Mike the Savage One 16.1

      Labour needs another Norman Kirk, I dare think, one who survives the challenges of power and leads us into the future, one that can easily be planned and charted by a competent Labour leader and his team, if they only had the will to do so.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Kirk

      “Kirk had a reputation as the most formidable debater of his time and once famously said that people don’t want much, just “Someone to love, somewhere to live, somewhere to work and something to hope for.” “

      • McFlock 16.1.1

        noooooooooooooooooooooooo

        Labour doesn’t need a saviour figure.

        Labour doesn’t need a miracle.

        Labour will stabilise, grow more confident, and learn from its mistakes.
        It’s starting to already – regardlise of the last week, there are no caucus meltdowns, chris carters playing silly buggers, and pundit speculations about the inner workings of caucus seem to be more navel-gazing than reliably-sourced from Labour offices, let alone caucus members.

        • Mike the Savage One 16.1.1.1

          Cheers mate, have another one, while the going is gooood!

          • McFlock 16.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, sorry. The ghost of norman kirk will save us, even if cunliffe didn’t.

            • Ergo Robertina 16.1.1.1.1.1

              You can’t compare Kirk with Cunliffe.
              Cunliffe had a bit of an identity crisis with his faux moves to the left (I’m never sure if he was disingenuous or a lost soul – probably both).
              Kirk’s defining feature was his strong sense of self, and his confidence in New Zealand’s place in the world.

              • McFlock

                Like Lange?

                • Ergo Robertina

                  Lange didn’t have Kirk’s strength. He was ill-suited to the machinations of politics and went into his own shell. Bruce Jesson’s Fragments of Labour has interesting detail of Lange’s discomfort and singularity in certain situations.
                  Kirk had the ruthless streak. In at least one instance he announced the retirement of a long-serving MP who needed to move on.

                  • McFlock

                    lol nice move by kirk.

                    Anyway, I have a cynical bent, as folks might have noticed. I get suspicious of folks clutching on to saviour-figures – the vast majority of the time they’re wrong, and the rest of the time things go to pot when the saviour moves on.

    • Clemgeopin 16.2

      You are lucky that Iprent hasn’t given you the boot yet.

      • te reo putake 16.2.1

        It’s one of those cases where its more fun to let the troll make a fool of themselves for the enjoyment of the readers, Clemgeopin. But I suspect that sooner or later Kevin will come a cropper.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    15 hours ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    16 hours ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    18 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    1 day ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 days ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    4 days ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    5 days ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    6 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    1 week ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    1 week ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    1 week ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    1 week ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 week ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 weeks ago

  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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