UMR’s bombshell poll result

Written By: - Date published: 11:41 am, May 1st, 2020 - 142 comments
Categories: jacinda ardern, labour, MMP, national, Simon Bridges - Tags:

This will no doubt see a spike in National Party caucus zoom meetings. The Herald is reporting a new UMR poll that has National in the psychologically humiliating 20-30% band. From Jason Walls at the Herald:

The National Party has dropped below 30 per cent in a UMR poll while Labour has reached as high as 55 per cent.

And when it comes to preferred Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has reached a near record-breaking 65 per cent approval rating.

Her popularity eclipses that of her National Party rival, Opposition leader Simon Bridges, who is on a mere 7 per cent.

Bridges is attacking the result. Again from the Herald:

… speaking to the Herald, Bridges rubbished the poll.

“UMR are Labour’s pollsters and are consistently, badly wrong.”

He added that Labour “should be focused on getting New Zealand back to work, not leaking dodgy numbers.”

He should say why he has refused to share National’s internal polling results with his caucus over the past couple of months.

It is time for me to review my earlier calculations. At 29% National would be entitled to 35 seats not allowing for wasted votes.

Presuming the electorate vote swing was 6,000 rather than 5,000 then Hamilton East goes left as does Invercargill, and on a good day Northcote and Otaki. Rangitata is marginal.

Total electorate seats could dip to anything between 30 and 28 leaving room for either 5 or 7 list MPs. National’s list completion process is going to be brutal with this sort of scenario playing out.

142 comments on “UMR’s bombshell poll result ”

  1. ScottGN 1

    While UMR are Labour’s polling company this poll wasn’t done for the Labour Party but rather for corporate clients. Anyone one of them could have leaked it.

    • Sacha 1.1

      Yet Bridges gets away with the smear again, just like the last time. Our media have no pride.

      • Pride is not a virtue that journalists value.

        It is only headlines, "breaking news", or "opinon " that matters.

        OK there are some very rare exceptions.

        They will be accorded the respect they earned.

        [Fixed error in user handle]

        • David Mac 1.1.1.1

          Journalists find pride in invitations to join channel WXX and $250k a year. By and large they toot the tunes they are paid to pipe. Like all of us with a mortgage.

          I'm loving the rise of utube and Patreon. You don't need to be CNN to be heard, just a noteworthy voice.

          I'm hoping that via VPNs etc the Chinese people will be able to establish that we love them but we're really sus on those pulling the strings up there.

          • RedLogix 1.1.1.1.1

            I'm hoping that via VPNs etc the Chinese people will be able to establish that we love them but we're really sus on those pulling the strings up there.

            That is one of the big things to be hopeful about here; I'm seeing an evolving ability to tell the difference between a people and their government. Keep in mind there are millions of Chinese people who loath the CCP.

    • Dennis Frank 1.2

      RNZ headlines just now informed us that Labour has denied leaking the poll. So presumably one of the corporate clients deemed it a public service to inform us…

  2. Anthony Rimell 2

    As an aside, it's interesting that Granny Herald's piece on the poll had an embedded video of Simon attacking the Government on its supposed lack of support for businesses.

    Their love feast with National is undaunted.

    • Grafton Gully 2.1

      The one and only thing that will get us to a stable acceptable standard of living is a steady profit producing and sustainable export business sector. Nice holiday courtesy of covid – lets get stuck in now and find ways to make money. The rest of he world will be – so it's not going to be easy.

  3. observer 3

    Two different things: 1) the poll 2) the narrative.

    1) is hardly surprising. Only 55? National under Key peaked at 60 in their first term. National peaked at 55 in their second term. But at the election(s), they never had a majority to govern alone. I doubt Labour will either.

    The overlooked story is that both the Greens and NZF are very much in contention. "Labour at 55" is a very different story if the support parties are at 2%. But they're not. This is remarkable loyalty from their voters, even when their parties are sidelined.

    2) is popcorn time, obviously. Not just because of the numbers, but the response to the numbers from Nat MPs. Get a plumber in Simon, those leaks are turning into a flood.

    • Dennis Frank 3.1

      Yes, Greens at 6% & NZF 4%, I heard on RNZ midday news. ACT on 3%, so it looks like Seymour has indeed breathed life into the corpse.

      A 26 % differential between Labour & National will bend plenty of heads! Depends on the next poll how many though (not UMR). Bring it on, I say!

      I did expect the remarkable leadership performance from Jacinda, plus the success of the govt's covid-19 strategy, would have boosted Labour's polling, but sucking that many votes away from National is a huge surprise – if confirmed by the next poll.

    • ScottGN 3.2

      Nats peaked under Key by gobbling up every vote on the right. Labour is always going to have to share some of the left vote with the Greens and left leaning NZFirst voters and that’s as it should be. That fact makes these numbers pretty remarkable.

      • observer 3.2.1

        Absolutely. That's why the poll and the narrative (AKA headlines) are different.

        The "take" is 55, the real story is where that 55 has come from. Or not come from.

    • Lloyd 3.3

      In every election since national became national, that was 1935 for those that did not know, only 4 elections have ever been won by a margin of 50 % or more, for national that was in 1949 and 1951 and their average election result since 1935 is 44%

  4. Muttonbird 4

    Government block = 66%

    Opposition block = 32%

    How will the bag of flour raise his own profile without being able to campaign in his own electorate?

  5. Likely seats, using the MMP calculator:

    ACT 4, National 36

    Greens 6, NZF 7, Labour 67.

    • Sanctuary 5.1

      Hmmm, Labour-Greens government, pack Winston off to London as high commissioner and watch Shane Jones self-destruct as boss of NZ First while National licks it's wounds for three years.

      • Morrissey 5.1.1

        While National licks its wounds for twelve years, more like.

      • Tricledrown 5.1.2

        Sanctuary No flights to Covid decimated countries.

        Now China has stamped out Covid 19 Simple Soiman will be deposed before the election and land a plum Job in Bejing from his Sponser's.

    • ScottGN 5.2

      That’s nearly 20 seats gone for National! It’s going to be like Lord of the Flies in that caucus room.

      • Lloyd 5.2.1

        do not forget that fingers english led the nats to a resounding 20% victory

        • Andre 5.2.1.1

          Excuse me, a little fairness and accuracy, please. Give full credit where it's due, and all that.

          20.93%

  6. bill 6

    And if those crowds milling around fast food joints spark up a new round of infection, what then?

    It's no surprise that NZ Labour is riding high – the timing of NZs lock-down was a lucky break insofar as NZ was behind the infection curve of other countries locking down in March. That, and further to the misconception that NZ was 'on to it' like a dog out of trap five, Jacinda Ardern's public persona 'works' for many in NZ.

    • observer 6.1

      And if those crowds milling around fast food joints spark up a new round of infection, what then?

      The opposition want many more of those crowds. "Level 2 now, open for business" etc.

      So that's not going to do them much good.

      • bill 6.1.1

        I don't know if public health peeps are available and authorised to shutter any business not adhering to distancing rules. But if they're not, they should be.

        The 'random' tests that were carried out were performed mostly on older people from what I saw. But younger people would have been those more inclined to pop bubbles, aye?

        Anyway. Hopefully there isn't an uptick in infection rates.

        • Carolyn_Nth 6.1.1.1

          Yes, I think businesses can be shut down for breaching level 3 rules. Today Robertson has talked about businesses and people being checked by police for level 3 breaches – it includes reports of a number of private parties including people not in the same "bubble" – so Robertson says "don't be an idiot" because it will mean staying longer in level 3.

          • bill 6.1.1.1.1

            So police checks, not dedicated public health officials of some shape or form wielding actionable authority? – k.

            • Carolyn_Nth 6.1.1.1.1.1

              See Lyn's comment below. I recall Ardern saying something about spot checks from Health official to businesses under level 3.

              • bill

                k. Thanks. I scrolled. So no authority – just the bureaucratically vested powers to appeal to authority.

            • Paul Campbell 6.1.1.1.1.2

              I believe the chief medical officer can delgate under the Act

            • Tricledrown 6.1.1.1.1.3

              The Police have the Authority to enforce Health rules 1956 act.

  7. JanM 7

    Oh my goodness, this is going to be a very nasty election!

    • Rae 7.1

      My advice to any party who cares to listen, is that if it is to be dirty, to make sure that is only coming from one side.

    • David Mac 7.2

      Nah, Jacinda has latched onto the power of love. That's not so unusual in itself, every muslim clad woman at Womad is mainlining love but this lady is our Prime Minister.

      She is John and Yoko in that NY hotel room except she is running our country.

      All you need is love.

      Simon's chances are looking slim.

  8. Reality 8

    Hosking and Hawkesby will be apoplectic! Waking early today I listened to Hawkesby’s show for a few minutes. Talk about supercilious and snide. She was reading out the nastiest texts and berating Jacinda for asking people to be kind. It was horrible. I tuned out as I object to a complete lack of fairness and balance from this shallow airhead.

    • Tricledrown 8.1

      Wallowing in nastiness doesn't win anyone over infact many who normally support National are changing who they support .Carry on I say do your worst .

  9. Boxing Junkie 9

    Golden days people. This is the kind of polling base that leads to a 3 term (or maybe 4 term…) tenure.

    Would almost like to see John Key come back as leader for the ultimate 'rumble in the jungle' in September. Would love to see Jacinda dunk on him.

    • observer 9.1

      It's not a base.

      National's is 22, Labour's is 24 (actual votes in actual elections). If Jacinda fell under a bus Labour would lose 10% overnight. (Keep her away from buses!)

  10. weka 10

    It's still MMP. Lefties should be concerned about the Greens on 5 or 6%. Because the Greens out of parliament could cost the left an election, and because Labour can't take the necessary action on climate with no Greens or only a small handful (likewise welfare, and the ecological crisis).

    • weka 10.1

      anyone thinking the election is a done deal needs to remember what happened at the last election.

      • McFlock 10.1.1

        Very true, on both comments.

        I tend to view the Greens sort of as Labour's conscience, giving it addtional reminders of issues that need serious consideration.

      • observer 10.1.2

        It's certainly not a done deal. And "3 term triumphalism" is just foolish.

        I'd be reasonably confident that leftish voters will apply the same self-correction to the polls as previous elections. If the Greens look like missing out, they pick up enough support to get over 5%. Even more likely if Labour are riding high, as voters instinctively balk at single party rule.

        But it might require a few fights with Labour in the campaign, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

        • arkie 10.1.2.1

          Absolutely, and hopefully the Greens can leverage discussion around the marijuana referendum to their other popular policy proposals and boost their party vote further.

        • weka 10.1.2.2

          really tricky position for the Greens, but they did start the differentiation from Labour thing earlier in the year, so fingers crossed. Also, getting over the 5% isn't enough. We need more Green MPs if we are going to make progress on climate and welfare, although not having NZF in govt would also make a big difference I am sure.

      • Tricledrown 10.1.3

        Weka Boring Bill English lost the unloosable election.

        Simple Soiman at 7% continues to dig a massive hole for himself.

        • weka 10.1.3.1

          Little was on track to probably lose the election. Change of leader gave Labour the victory. Anything can happen between now and September. I think Labour are most likely to win, but it's not a certainty. eg if the Greens drop below 5% and Labour don't have a majority.

        • McFlock 10.1.3.2

          Learn from the nats: surest way to lose is complacency.

  11. Dennis Frank 11

    Cameron Slater: "The exact scenario that Chris Trotter and I discussed in last weeks podcast is now playing out in real life". https://thebfd.co.nz/2020/05/01/national-bleeding-out-in-the-latest-umr-poll/

    He quotes this tweet from Matthew Hooton : "I understand that @NZNationalParty’s private polling has not been shared with even its top four MPs since February, let alone the whole front bench or caucus."

    Hell, if I was a top Nat I'd be extremely pissed off at being frozen out like that. Hey Wayne, are they really that craven nowadays, d'you reckon??

    • Alfie 11.1

      Pardon me, but did I miss something over Easter? Has Slater Jnr risen from the dead?

      • ADHDave 11.1.1

        You know the momentum for a leadership spill at National is reaching fever pitch when Slater forgets that he's supposed to be a bankrupt with serious mental health issues and should be keeping away from hate- and intrigue-filled smear politics.

        It's like he never stopped. In fact, he didn't. But it's not like Slater to let his guard down, he must really think Bridges is about to become grilled cheese on toast and is so excited that Collins, Mitchell, Adams, Muller or whoever might get a crack, that he's forgotten to play his role as a mentally ill bankrupt.

        I mean, Slater played a real dirty master card by setting up the convenient coincidence of mental health incapacitation at exactly the moment he filed for insolvency to avoid paying damages in the judgement against him in the Matt Blomfield defamation court case.

        With premeditation and cynically perfect timing (and a good lawyer), Slater shifted all his business and personal funds and assets to companies and trusts controlled by his wife Juana Atkins (who went and bought a new SUV) and then declared himself bankrupt, along with his wife and lawyer's pleas for media to leave him alone, in a highly publicised but never publicly proven claim of mental health incapacitation.

        I *still* don't know why the courts let the stink-fish get away with that monster scam and miscarriage of justice.

        Slater also arranged (while in perfect control of his faculties) to copy the entire "intellectual property" of the WhaleOil blog out from under the Liquidator's nose, straight across to his new clone of it, TheBFD …

        … and then got on with his horrid hate-filled life almost as normal, frothing away under various fake nom-de-plumes on TheBFD but with all his financial activity managed under his wife's name.

        I am unsurprised to see the media failing to do any investigative reporting into his sudden reappearance as if nothing had changed, and a review of his posts on TheBFD back to the time of "incapacitation".

        Slater previously popped up briefly during the Jamie Lee Ross saga, but the media coyly avoided following up on him then, as now.

  12. woodart 12

    this is why herald has had key on repeatedly this week. damage control.

  13. Anne 13

    Could National elect a new leader before the election but who won't take over until after the election?

    That is, Bridges continues as leader then after they lose the election Luxon immediately takes over. That would enable the Nats to try and claw back the numbers pre-election on the basis this supposedly business savvy individual, Luxon will be the shining star of the future who will save NZ from economic ruin. Lots of people will fall for that one – especially speculators and would be speculators.

    • Gabby 13.1

      You know, I don't think I've heard a single comment or prognostication or even a rickn from Luxie, not even about Air NZ. He might turn out to be another Notatallnotatall.

      • woodart 13.1.1

        think the nats are keeping luxo well away from the disaster zone.

        • Anne 13.1.1.1

          Its no coincidence that Key has suddenly re-emerged from obscurity and is talking up Luxon like he is already the leader.

          My pick is: the UMR poll has merely confirmed what they already knew from their own polling and they are panicking. Hence the return of John Key to the political stage and – they hope – will save their bacon.

  14. AB 14

    29% sounds like a reasonable estimate of the number of people who actually benefit materially from National Party governments. "The comfortable third" as Trotter calls them. That National consistently gets low to mid 40's in elections is a marvel of image and narrative management. Even Bill (the assassin of hope) English managed it once. I don't see that this has changed fundamentally – instead we just have temporarily extraordinary circumstances of a poor Nat leader and a global emergency. It can all change very quickly.

  15. Fireblade 15

    Interesting poll numbers.

    Simon is a weak leader who acts like a prepubescent schoolboy. Simon needs to grow some balls and go all-out mongrel now. If he can't do that, he should resign and let a real man have a go, Judith would be perfect.

  16. georgecom 16

    Is that Leslie Nielsen running for cover, or is it Tim Macindoe?

    http://www.timmacindoe.national.org.nz

  17. Grumpy 17

    With the most recent announcement from Robertson on the new SME loans and his absolutely accurate attack on banks, is there no end to where Labour's approval can go?

    Certainly if we were a Presidential style democracy, Jacinda would be elected President for as long as she wanted.

    The question is whether the Party as a whole is popular or just Jacinda and Grant but at the moment I doubt Labour cares.

  18. observer 18

    One amusing notion (which won't really happen, but never mind) is that National could be the overhang!

    Hold their electorate seats, add zero from the party list.

    • Hush, observer, don't you dare suggest that. Our Paula might miss out!

    • Graeme 18.2

      Pity most of the National electorate candidates have been selected.

      But I wonder what inducements will be given to plonka electorate MPs in very safe blue seats to reconsider their future in politics and decide to spend more time with their families, followed by a prominent list MP being nominated for the seat in a late selection.

  19. ianmac 19

    The slight lift in ACT poll could be the far Right of The National Party bailing.

    • observer 19.1

      Returning home, really.

      ACT got over 5% in the first 3 MMP elections (96-02). Then Don Brash became National leader and picked up the ACT voters (no surprise, he was ACT enough to later become their leader too).

  20. Where's @Wayne?

  21. Chris T 21

    Govt leads polls during pandemic and leader being on TV every 5 minutes shocker.

    In other news, the sky is blue.

    • observer 21.1

      People not on TV every 5 minutes: Shaw, Davidson, Seymour. Winston a bit, but not that much. Leaders whose parties have not slumped.

      They've all had less coverage than Bridges.

      • Chris T 21.1.1

        People who vote Green just always vote Green.

        Seymour has been on TV criticising

        Winston has been on TV trying to have a purpose and saying the boarders should open at 2. Which everyone knows won't happen, but is a smoke screen.

      • Tricledrown 21.1.2

        Soimon Breedgis is making such a Dick of himself National Voters are looking for alternatives.

    • ScottGN 21.2

      The Leader of the Opposition has been given plenty of airtime by the media, certainly more than Phil Goff ever got after the Christchurch earthquakes. Bridges just hasn’t used his opportunity to speak to NZers very wisely.

  22. Phil 22

    Yeah, raise a glass to a successful and competent PM on this fine Friday. The result is phenomenal for Labour, but keep in mind that it comes at a time when New Zealand's performance in keeping Covid infections low is at its most stark differential from other, more high-profile, nations.

    Ironically, that very effectiveness puts us at even greater risk of second and third wave outbreaks (because we don't have earlier infections and herd immunity). That fact is not well understood by the general public, and I have no doubt mood in the country will turn extraordinarily sour toward a government that has to reimpose L3/L4 restrictions for a second or third time.

    • Carolyn_Nth 22.1

      Good luck with hanging out for herd immunity, anywhere. It has still not been established if someone who has been infected becomes immune. And if they do so, how long that immunity lasts.

      There still is no herd immunity for another coronavirus, the common cold, and this seems to be due to features it shares with some other (pre-Covid-19) coronaviruses.

      It is a worry that, until there is a vaccine, or medication that combats C-19, we will need to keep in place border controls, and some other physical distancing practices. Keeping up surveillance testing, and contact tracing can mean they will be able to contain any future outbreaks very quickly.

  23. National may think the way to win MMP is to become two parties. Judith seizes control in an ultra conservative coup, locking in the 24 base. Luxon leaves in disgust and forms a techy party with environmentalists and unionists and indigenous and christian representatives, like that Kim Dotcom party. And Max does the apps, and there would be some awesome savvy hacker type who knows all about finance and immigration laws. there's another 15. build it up from there, their not going for this election, perfect time!

  24. This is actually a vote for sensible Leadership, which Jacinda Ardern has provided. Simon Bridges was given a forum, and barked like an attack dog, or picked others to do that. Simon today said he thought we could safely go to L2. Really? On what grounds?

    We knew something was up when John Key came out of the woodwork. Luxton has been very quiet.. perhaps it is not an inviting prospect to be compared to the current PM who will not even be 50 in 10 years time . (forgive the ageism).

    • pat 24.1

      Its a vote for nothing…its a poll….4 months out from an election with the world economy in free fall

      Having said that…its a promising sign.

    • Gabby 24.2

      Luxie won't want to say anything that hindsight will throw back in his smirky face, let Slick Bodges blaze a path through the banana skins.

  25. lprent 25

    bill…

    Yes they can. All it takes is a request from a medical officer to the police or a more general one from the chief medical officer.

    The health act and other supporting acts penalties are draconian and very difficult to overcomr or appeal at a court level.

    Like the dimwitted people who tried to do a habeas in court last week will find. The first section of Part 3 of the Health Act 1956 outlines what medical officers can do.

    • bill 25.1

      That suggests a bureaucratic process – not the authority to shutter a place.

      • McFlock 25.1.1

        S70(1) gives the medical officer of health the power to shutter it, kill all animals inside it, pull it down, burn it, and force anyone associated with it to report for medical testing and quarantine.

        • bill 25.1.1.1

          So, that's cool (and not at all what Lynn wrote).

          How many Medical Officers of Health are there?

          • Craig H 25.1.1.1.1

            https://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/key-health-sector-organisations-and-people/public-health-units

            Not entirely clear, but I think 12 from that list.

            Also, Worksafe or site H&S reps can shut down a workplace.

          • McFlock 25.1.1.1.2

            Lynn wrote:

            The first section of Part 3 of the Health Act 1956 outlines what medical officers can do

            S70 is the first section in part 3. It gives them the power to "shutter a place".

            As for how many med.off.hlth are there, they're designated by the director general of health "as needed" (s7A(1)). But in regards to quarantine, it also includes any medical practitioner working for a medical officer of health. So quite a few medical practitioners at the moment.

            Have you even bothered looking up the health act at all, or do you just expect other people to do it for you?

            • bill 25.1.1.1.2.1

              Have you even bothered looking up the health act at all, or do you just expect other people to do it for you?

              McFlock. You're displaying that ability you have to be an utter twat. I looked up S70 (1) before responding to your initial comment. And S70(1) does not require any requests be made to the police – as per what Lynn wrote.

              In other words, I agreed with what you wrote and merely enquired about how many officers there are (Craig H has filled in that blank)

              • McFlock

                S71A empowers constables to force anyone to comply with requirements of medical officers of health, regardless of whether the medical officer asked them to enforce it.

    • McFlock 25.3

      Also Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002:

      91 Power to give directions

      (1)

      While a state of emergency is in force, a Controller or a constable, or any person acting under the authority of a Controller or constable, may—

      (a)

      direct any person to stop any activity that may cause or substantially contribute to an emergency:

      (b)

      request any person, either verbally or in writing, to take any action to prevent or limit the extent of the emergency.

  26. RedLogix 26

    I've looked at this result for some hours now, and you know what, I don't feel any need to over-analyse it. It's a good outcome in bad circumstances, there was plenty of opportunity to fuck this up as we've seen in so many other countries.

    Ardern has earned this the hard way, along with a whole of govt response that has been outstanding. To the extent the world has noticed.

    This crisis has a long way to run, with real potential for many ugly consequences we cannot easily predict. Facing these will demand competence and solidarity from the NZ people, but we have made a good start.

    I'm taking a long slow breath and soberly appreciating our great good fortune here. Nice; now back to work.

  27. Do not count your chickens before they hatch. Else where on a blog beginning with K the big issue seems to be that Boris has had a busy six months according to the Guardian.

  28. Maurice 28

    The 'hard' right has yet to emerge in New Zealand … perhaps it will not?

    ACT is surely NOT classically hard right.

  29. Tricledrown 29

    Weka Boring Bill English lost the unloosable election.

    Simple Soiman at 7% continues to dig a massive hole for himself.

  30. swordfish 30

    I'll have a few things to say on this UMR poll over the next few days … but for now:

    Jason Walls conflates & confuses on the leadership question.

    He tells us:

    And when it comes to preferred Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has reached a near record-breaking 65 per cent approval rating.

    So which metric is it ? … Leader Approval rating ('Favourability' as UMR call it) … orPreferred PM rating ?

    On Twitter, Walls seems to imply it is Preferred PM … & various journos & news outlets have repeated this (albeit generally following Walls by throwing the term “approval” into the mix as well) … the Guardian, by contrast, assumes it's the Favourabilty figure.

    Problem is: UMR have never measured Preferred PM ratings in the past … their detailed annual Mood of the Nation reports (no longer available online unfortunately) only ever presented Leader Favourability scores – an entirely different metric.

    So the historical import of Jacinda Ardern's 65% rating doesn't mean much in comparative terms until we know precisely which metric we're talking about.

    3 possibilities:

    (1) Having resisted it since they started polling in the early 90s, UMR have very suddenly started measuring Preferred PM ratings. Seems highly unlikely, but not impossible, I guess.

    (2) The 65% figure is actually Ardern's Favourability rating (the % who regard her leadership in a favourable light) & the leaker failed to explain this properly to Walls.

    (3) The 65% figure is actually Ardern's Net Positive Favourability rating (% Favourable minus % Unfavourable = + 65) & the leaker failed to explain this properly to Walls.

    Be useful to get some clarity on this.

    • Dennis Frank 30.1

      Well done (from one nit-picker to another). The devil must have had fun mediating between pollster & reporters. Why do we expect everyone to be on the same page when the culture of individualism has brainwashed all to believe in their right to create their own page?

      • Grantoc 30.1.1

        The popularity of the the PM and by extension the Labour party in this poll is hardly surprising. The poll was taken as I understand it around mid April.

        The level 4 lockdown was underway and about half way through. Ardern and Bloom were dominating the the news by way of their midday news conferences. Ardern in particular was communicating how things were and the way forward with impressive empathy and effectiveness. A culture of Group Think was rapidly taking hold amongst many in the community, encouraged by such phases as 'we're all in this together'. There was criticism of reporters and opposition politicians from the 'group thinkers' if they asked questions or, worse, criticised Ardern and the governments response at the time.

        These were ideal conditions for the Labour party pollster to conduct the poll. Under the circumstances it's surprising that support for the government and Ardern wasn't greater. These are also ideal conditions for Labour or their sympathisers to leak the poll results.

        I don't think the same conditions as described above will exist at the time of the election.

        • Dennis Frank 30.1.1.1

          I don't think the same conditions as described above will exist at the time of the election.

          They won't. Media reports pointing that out emerged a week or two back, with the suggestion that recession will replace covid-19 as political determinant.

          Which is why I & a few others are pushing for a recovery plan. Voters will not be impressed by adhoc responses. Doesn't matter how well the govt manages things between now & then. Next election will be won by whoever has the best plan for the future (provided they do their marketing with finesse).

          National will promote business as usual, on the basis that enough voters are too stupid to discern that it will no longer work due to adverse global circumstances.

          Labour neoliberals will want to copy National, but Labour progressives will be aghast at that prospect. Expect a real shitfight in Labour. They will try to keep that behind closed doors – could work, if goodwill prevails.

        • Tricledrown 30.1.1.2

          Grantoc looking at other countries and more recent behaviour by National I would not be surprised if National go down in a screaming heap.

        • observer 30.1.1.3

          True, the same conditions won't apply. But consider this …

          1) Ardern's approval rating was already high (and Bridges' low) BEFORE Covid-19 and the lockdown, for example:

          TV3 poll in February

          Ardern and Bridges have not transformed public perception of their leadership, they have merely had the opportunities to reinforce existing perceptions. Both have achieved this.

          2) As pointed out already on this thread, Labour at 55 is no surprise – you are correct about that. But you've ignored the fact that the other 2 gov't parties have maintained support, without the advantages you've described. That is much worse news for the opposition.

          • I Feel Love 30.1.1.3.1

            The Nats and RW troll attack lines before Covid was Adern was a weak leader, which clearly isn't the case.

          • Grantoc 30.1.1.3.2

            Observer

            I agree that the leadership approval rating pattern was in place prior to the impact of Covid- 19. The way in which this has played out under Covid- 19 is not at all surprising. For the reasons previously discussed you'd expect Ardern's popularity to increase and for Bridges to decrease.

            What is interesting to me, but probably not surprising given the circumstances, is the shift in the popularity of the main political parties under Covid – 19. Ardern's popularity and leadership skills, especially around communications, has had the effect of, currently, generating a significant shift in major party support towards Labour. (The smaller parties are largely irrelevant in this regard).

            Prior to Covid, with broadly the same approval rating figures for Ardern and Bridges being recorded in the polls, the party vote for the Nats was holding up in the mid 40% range; roughly the same as Labours. Under the UMR poll there has been a dramatic shift in party support, generated by Ardern's leadership and the Covid health crisis.

            As the impact of the economic challenges etc kick in over the next few months it will be interesting to see if this major party support holds up or if it begins to shift back towards National. As has been pointed our elsewhere it is likely to come down to who has the better vision and solutions to the economic challenges that the country faces. That puts National right back in the game because that debate will take place on a much more equal playing field.

            I would not be shouting from the roof tops as many Labour supporters are doing on the basis of the UMR poll that the the election is already won.

    • observer 30.2

      Yes. It's pretty basic stuff.

      "A? Yes or no?"

      "A or B or C or D?"

      You could easily approve of A but prefer B. Or approve of none, but still have to pick one.

  31. Stephen D 31

    I can’t reply but can post.

    Some limited front bench ideas.

    JA = PM

    JS = DPM

    GR = Finance

    GAJ = Transport

    CH = Keeps education, just

    MW = Health

    WP = London

    SJ = keep him in the regions

    TM = Social Development

    Just some thoughts.

    • Muttonbird 31.1

      Could you please be more clear. No one has time to decipher your initials.

  32. Stephen D 32

    JA = Jacinda Ardern

    JS = James Shaw
    GR= Grant Robertson

    GAJ = Julie Ann Genter, my bad with the initials

    CH = Chris Hipkins

    MW = Megan Woods

    WP = Winston Peters

    SJ = Shane Jones

    TM = Tracey Martin

  33. swordfish 33

    On this latest UMR leak:

    I see a smattering of giddy excitement briefly erupted on both Twitter & the Blogosphere as a handful of punters managed to convince themselves that a long-cherished Labour-Green Govt was just around the corner, with an ill-fitting, barely-tolerated, morally-conservative NZF sidelined to the dustbin of history.

    On the contrary, I'd say this UMR poll really hasn't been good for the Greens at all, whereas the Winstonistas are sitting in a relatively comfortable (though by no means rock solid) position.

    (1) Das Grün

    Bearing in mind the usual caveats when interpreting a single poll, … the Greens 5% rating doesn't look too healthy when you realise the Party almost always scores higher in the UMRs than in the Public Polls.

    Since the election of the Ardern Govt, Green support has, on average, rated around 2 points higher in the UMR compared to the Colmar Bruntons (both in terms of 6 month averages & comparing individual polls from these 2 polling companies when they're conducted at roughly the same time) … although the gap seems to be widening as time goes by … in the last 2 UMR leaks (where a CB was carried out around the same time) the differential is even greater with the Greens a significant 3 & 4 points higher in the UMR.

    So we might expect (on average) the Greens to be sitting on about 3%, possibly lower in any CB carried out this month.

    Meanwhile, the Greens' UMR ratings are generally about 1 point above their Newshub Reid Research figures. So perhaps 4% if an RR was conducted now.

    That's a pretty precarious position. Possibly just a temporary swing from Ardern-admirers among the Green faithful – grateful for the COVID-19 response – before they revert back to their default setting in a month or two … and possibly (like 2017) some strategic voting for the Vegetable Rights & Peace Party from erstwhile Labour supporters come Election Day … but I wouldn't be overly-excited (nor overly-complacent) at this stage.

    And 5% is certainly at the lower end of the Greens' UMR ratings over the last 3 years.

    We're relying, of course, on the various poll leaks that have made their way into the public domain … some (esp the big Nov 2018 leak) more authoritative than others.

    Greens UMR support:

    Context 1: First 12 Months of Ardern Govt (Big Nov 2018 leak of 12 UMR Polls conducted on a Monthly basis):

    Greens Range: 5-9%
    Greens Average: 7.25%

    Greens on 5%: 1 out of 12 Polls (higher in all others)

    Context 2: 2019 Leaks (3 UMR Polls):

    Greens Range: 5-9%
    Greens Average: 7.3%

    Greens on 5%: 1 out of 3 Polls (higher in others)

    Context 3: 2020 Leaks (4 UMR Polls – before latest)

    Greens Range: 5-9%
    Greens Average:7.5%

    Greens on 5%: 1 out of 4 Polls (higher in others)

    So 5% definitely at the lower end of Green UMR support whichever cluster of leaks you consider (at least in terms of the 19 UMRs we have data on). Could just be part of the normal ebb & flow augmented by statistical noise / but, who knows, might just prove a more decisive & potentially fatal shift.

    (2) The Winstonistas

    By contrast, NZF seems relatively secure on an above-average 6%

    NZF UMR support

    Context 1: First 12 Months of Ardern Govt (Big Nov 2018 leak of 12 UMR Polls conducted on a Monthly basis):

    NZF Range:4-7%
    NZF Average: 5.2%

    Context 2: 2019 Leaks (3 UMR Polls):

    NZF Range:4-5%
    NZF Average: 4.7%

    Context 3: 2020 Leaks (4 UMR Polls – before latest)

    NZF Range: 5-7%
    NZF Average: 5.8%

    • Dennis Frank 33.1

      The partisan leftist stance of the parliamentary Greens continues to alienate folks. Still, given how long they have continued to make the same stupid mistake I doubt precarious poll ratings will teach them anything. Stealing votes from Labour worked for the prior leftist co-leaders but pursuing that moronic zero-sum strategy failed to impress anyone other than the partisans.

      In the current situation they will have to pull finger to survive. Stop pretending that Green economic policy doesn't exist! People want a positive alternative to provide for the common good into the future. That alternative to neoliberalism is the edge the Greens need. I wish we had someone in parliament with intellect. If those there currently reckon they've got an intellect, now's the time to prove it!

      • KJT 33.1.1

        You complain about the Greens "leftist" stance, then in the next paragraph you want them to adopt a "leftist" set of policies.

        Which, in fact, they have.

        Que?

        • Dennis Frank 33.1.1.1

          Probably a generation gap between you & me. When I was co-leading Green policy development in the early years, the traditional Green `neither left nor right, but in front' framing was still governing our collective praxis. The Greens economic policy ended up suitably radical, but any leftist evaluation of the mix is purely subjective.

          The problem with the leftist stance is that it distracts the parliamentarians into identity politics (thus partisan thinking) away from the common good. That's a guaranteed vote loser due to the minorities not being where govt gets formed. Government is usually formed in the middle ground.

          We've known since it was first mooted as a truism (late sixties, in my experience) that the pragmatic centrist few who shift strategically between left & right when they lose confidence in the current govt are typically 3-5% and collectively produce our election outcomes. The Greens have yet to factor that in at the top level. Political naivety, but why take so long to learn the lesson?!

          • solkta 33.1.1.1.1

            All this time and you still don't get it. When the Greens say they are not left nor right they do not mean to say that they are Centrist but rather that they are too radical to fit on that axis. Centrists are people who are generally happy with the status quo who can lean a bit to the left or right depending on circumstances. As such they don't generally look to the most radical party as an option.

            You seem to be very confused as to whether you want the Greens to be a radical party with radical policy or a 'green' version of NZF.

            • Dennis Frank 33.1.1.1.1.1

              No such confusion here, actually. I agree with your second sentence, and the third with the caveat that it's generalising to exclude radical centrists.

              The point is that radicals can actually be radical in thought & opinion, while being centrist in praxis (collaborating). If the Greens stood in the middle of the political spectrum, like Archimedes suggested they'd gain the leverage to shift the world. Winston got their by default when Jeanette & Rod failed to grasp the opportunity.

              • Sacha

                You do not get leverage by standing centrally under the thing you want to move.

              • solkta

                If the Greens stood in the middle of the political spectrum

                How can you say that you agree with my second sentence and then say this? Praxis is the unity of theory and practice. When your actions don't correlate with your ideas and objectives, that is known as being full of shit.

                • Dennis Frank

                  Only to an observer who is prone to such subjectivism! Thing is, some use the political spectrum as a frame of reference and some transcend it. To those transcendent, signalling can work on a more sophisticated basis. To those locked into the frame, signalling only works if it refers to the position on the spectrum. Through the '70s & '80s, radical leading edge Green thought was outside that frame.

                  Political praxis kicked in via Capra & the German Greens but only gradually here due to the Values schism, so we had to reluctantly conform to the frame to get MMP in. I took the lead and advocated we adopt a leftist parliamentary alignment (Tuakau Annual Conference, '91) due to Bolger & the Nats capturing a couple of our leading environmentalists. It was a matter of urgency. Nobody disagreed, so we adopted that policy. But it was no longer necessary when we won MMP.

                  • solkta

                    Wow you must feel so guilty for having led the Greens astray.

                    • Sacha

                      Can't stop talking about it. 🙂

                    • Dennis Frank

                      No, it was essential at the time. They have to take responsibility for their own failure to learn from experience – if I did it for them it would be a breach of the relevant Green Charter principle…

                    • KJT

                      Dennis Frank is still pissed the Greens haven't listened to his superior intellect, when they figured out he was full of it. "Praxis". FFS?

                      Then we still have the Labour “centrists” who are resentful of the Greens. “For stealing, their! voters.

              • KJT

                There is no evidence whatsoever, for the mythical group of "middle ground swing voters", that "centrists" keep trotting out.

                It is simply projection, of their own wish, that their own comfort, continues!

                • Dennis Frank

                  Ain't something I dreamed up. It was originally asserted as fact by political scientists quoted in current affairs shows. Became a regular feature of political commentary here in Aotearoa through the '70s & '80s.

                  Obviously you will only learn that the theory of swing-voters is still valid if you examine election stats – no partisan would want to do that because it involves facing reality.

                  Amusing to see leftist partisans exhibiting the same denial syndrome as climate deniers!

                  • KJT

                    The stats never established that it is always a consistent group.

                    Which is what you are claiming.

                    I’m not even a “Lefty” in reality.

                    It shows how much the Overton window has shifted when a pragmatic capitalist businessman, who believes in the once common, New Zealand principles, of a fair go, equality of opportunity, and not sweeping fellow Kiwi’s under a bus, is considered, “left”.

                    Values which the Greens still reflect.

                    Never been a “partisan”. I leave that to political tragics.

                    “Centrists” have a lot to answer for.

                    • KJT

                      If the Greens ever abandon the values above, for "electability" then they will lose my support.

                    • Dennis Frank

                      Well, okay, fair enough. I haven't forgotten my own original bias against the swing-voters (`bunch of spineless creeps'). I'm just saying that the theory still seems to work. I accept that it is not a theory which can be proven via stats.

                      Re Green values echoing the older tradition of a fair go, I feel the same but you never see our parliamentarians say that. Lack of political nous. Would help build the Green vote if they articulated it to show folks we're as much part of the fabric of Aotearoa as them…

          • Tiger Mountain 33.1.1.1.2

            A green Green, like say Steve Abel, is preferable anyday over a Blue Green.

            • Dennis Frank 33.1.1.1.2.1

              Oh yeah, for sure. I'm gonna be putting him close to the top of my list ranking vote. Good to see a range of strong contenders though, even if expertise derives from other areas than environmentalism.

        • Sacha 33.1.1.2

          For those readers interested in evidence, here is the actual Green Party economic policy: https://www.greens.org.nz/economic_policy

          A recent applied example of that: https://www.greens.org.nz/greens_push_for_large_intercity_rail_infrastructure_to_ensure_sustainable_post_covid_19_rebuild

    • Sacha 33.2

      I agree, Swordfish. NZ First also has better campaigning leverage, whereas the Greens will find it harder to differentiate themselves unless Labour actually work with them on campaign planning rather than poach policy for themselves.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 hours ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    2 hours ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 hours ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    3 hours ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 hours ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    3 hours ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 hours ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    9 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    10 hours ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
    Hi,Before we get started, some very big fun Webworm news. I am launching a new journalism fund called Big Worm Farm!A really great thing that’s happened with Webworm over the last four years is that it’s grown. That’s great for a few reasons.Firstly — it means the work here gets ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    11 hours ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    12 hours ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    14 hours ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
    When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 day ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. Brian Easton writes – In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
    Help is comingI heard a whisperWhite caps turningThe breath of summerA distant drummingAnd liar birds callingEscape the anguish of our pastAnd prayOne of the major challenges of the the 21st century will be the mass migration of human beings around our globe.Some seeking economic opportunities, others fleeing repressive regimes, war ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    4 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    6 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
    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 ...
    7 days ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • After years of stability, Antarctica is losing ice
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by SueEllen Campbell Until recently, Antarctica’s ice has seemed surprisingly stable. In contrast to the far north, the southern continent’s massive ice sheets, glaciers, ice shelves (ice that floats on the ocean), and seasonal ice appeared to be reliably frozen: Enough snow fell ...
    1 week ago
  • Auckland’s Persistent Rail Issues
    Over the last few weeks in our weekly roundup we’ve commented on the frequent delays and cancellations that have occurred on the rail network this year since the rail network went back into full operation on the 22-Jan – with Kiwirail proclaiming they had ‘successfully delivered summer holiday infrastructure upgrades ...
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    25 mins ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS (ANZMIN) 2024
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon Richard Marles MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong hosted New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters MP and Minister of Defence Hon Judith Collins KC MP on 1 February ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Minimum wage set for cautious increase
    The adult minimum wage rate will increase by 2 per cent to $23.15 an hour from 1 April 2024, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden announced today. “This Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting the incomes of our lowest paid workers and maintaining labour ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Increased security improves ED safety over summer
    Increasing the number of security staff in emergency departments (EDs) over the busy Christmas and New Year period improved the safety of both staff and patients, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. 200 additional security staff (93 FTEs) were provided to 32 EDs in response to concerns raised by ED ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Step Closer for European Union Free Trade Agreement
    New Zealand has moved closer to ratifying the New Zealand – European Union Free Trade Agreement (FTA), with the First Reading of legislation to bring the Agreement into force being held in Parliament today.   “Almost a decade after preparatory talks first began on an FTA with the European Union, I’m pleased to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago

Page generated in The Standard by Wordpress at 2024-02-20T05:37:22+00:00