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Wage gap $40 a week wider under Nats

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, July 28th, 2010 - 92 comments
Categories: national, wages, workers' rights - Tags: , ,

Closing the wage gap with Australia was one of National’s key promises in the leadup to the 2008 election. More than anything, National claimed, the 30% wage gap with Australia was proof that nine years of Labour government had failed New Zealanders.

It didn’t matter that the wage gap had opened up under National in the first place, or that it had remained steady and actually started to close under Labour. National assured the electorate that it was Labour’s fault and that they were going to fix it.

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Of course, the authors writing on The Standard knew that National’s posturing about the wage gap was driven more by focus groups than any genuine concern. They called National on their dodgy figures while political reporters lapped them up uncritically. They explained that simply cutting taxes was no plan to lift incomes, and that National’s planned employment reforms would only dampen wages like we saw in the 1990s. There was post after post after post after post explaining that National had no plan to close the wage gap, and in fact its donors, its core supporters and its own neoliberal ideology favoured relative wage reductions rather than increases.

Sure enough, Claire Trevett reports in this morning’s Dom Post that the wage gap has in fact increased by $40 a week since National gained power.

The wage gap between New Zealand and Australian workers has widened by $40 to $580 a week since National came to power in late 2008 promising to address the income gap.

Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee yesterday claimed the gap in average wages was now less than it was when Labour left office in November 2008, after being questioned about it by Labour’s David Parker.

However, a comparison of average weekly earnings in November 2008 and February this year shows New Zealand wages grew by 5.2 per cent over that period while Australia’s grew by 6.7 per cent.

Australia’s ordinary average wage rose from A$1165 to A$1243 while New Zealand’s went from NZ$891 to NZ$947. On yesterday’s currency rates, the gap widened from $540 a week in December 2008 to $580 in March this year.

This is no big surprise, no abberation. Once in government, the party of big business was never going to strengthen workers and lift their wages to Australian levels (in fact, as we’ve seen in the last few weeks their instinct is quite the opposite.) The only amazing thing is how long National managed to get away with their spin and empty rhetoric before someone decided to call them on their bullshit.

[If you still believe National ever had a genuine plan to close the wage gap, take a look at Brownlee’s pathetic performance in the video below.]

92 comments on “Wage gap $40 a week wider under Nats”

  1. Pete 1

    But it’s all about a long-term game of ‘growing the pie’, ‘equality of opportunity (but not outcomes)’, and ‘trickle down’ – seriously.

    We’ll catch up as soon as those October ’10 tax cuts kick in and the ‘step-change’ and the ‘rolling maul of changes’ and investment in infrastructure (i.e. cycleway) help us all see the National government’s ‘relentless focus’ has all been worthwhile – I’m convinced.

  2. Pascal's bookie 2

    Credit where credit’s due:

    Note that Claire Trevett steps out of the ‘he said/she said’ model of ballanced reporting and runs with an objective “he said/facts are” model of journalism.

    Nice.

    • Craig Glen Eden 2.1

      Good points Pb, another day rolls on and another piece of National Party Rhetoric bites the dust and sadly for NZe’s the Gap will only get worse. Aussie is looking better and better sadly!

    • A Post With Me In It 2.2

      One can only hope that this is a “step change” to proper journalism. But I am not holding my breath.

      Can they back date the journalism to call out billy boy on his previous lies also?!

      • Roger 2.2.1

        Yes, sadly Gerry Brownlee’s answers were essentially even more stupid than the norm and probably invited journalists to do the research required into finding out the facts.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.3

      Claire will be in big trouble now, the ex journo heavies in the Beehive will punish her for this one

  3. exbrethren 3

    Key will be disappointed. Wages increasing must be a blow – as he said he’d love to see wages drop.

  4. Pete 4

    Let’s see how the PM and Minister of Economic Development get on with Oral PQs 1 and 6 today.

    1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with his Minister of Economic Development’s statement yesterday that the current weekly income gap between New Zealand and Australian full-time workers “is certainly a lot less than it was when Labour was in office’?

    6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: What was the gap, expressed in New Zealand dollars, between the average gross weekly wage or salary paid to an adult full-time worker in Australia compared with New Zealand in December 2008, and what was the gap in March 2010?

    Noice.

    I’m with PB BTW – Trevett’s work is definitely worthy of special credit simply for breaking the mould. (And cheers for the post Marty).

  5. Wow Brownlee really put his foot in it.

    It is Key’s turn today. Question 1 is

    “Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with his Minister of Economic Development’s statement yesterday that the current weekly income gap between New Zealand and Australian full-time workers “is certainly a lot less than it was when Labour was in office’?”

    And question 6 is

    “Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: What was the gap, expressed in New Zealand dollars, between the average gross weekly wage or salary paid to an adult full-time worker in Australia compared with New Zealand in December 2008, and what was the gap in March 2010?”

    Brownlee could not lie straight in bed. He claims that he did not know the figures but the gap had gone down. But Trevett confirms that the gap had gone up.

    My porkie detector went haywire when I watched that video.

  6. felix 6

    I’ll be surprised if they both show up in the house today.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1

      Theyll create a diversion, multiple points of order and so on.
      Its Jerrys day job to muddle and obstruct in the house.

      Expect to hear that NZ has more cats per head or detergent washes clothes cleaner in NZ now that Labour has been stopped from soiling housewives laundry

      • Pete 6.1.1

        I’d bet on blaming the effective reduction in our comparitive wages on the last three terms of the Labour government – it’s still got currency. I think I hear it in at least every other Oral PQ.

        Question is, when does this stop being an excuse for
        1. inaction, and
        2. doing the opposite of what’s needed?

        • Tigger 6.1.1.1

          Pete’s nailed it – that’s their trick when cornered, just scream loud that Labour is to blame. It’s bogus at the best of times but ultimately it’s like a fireman standing the street complaining that they didn’t start the fire so why should they put it out.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1.1.1.1

            Gerry cant blame Labour ‘today’ because yesterday he said the gap had closed under National but didnt have the numbers.
            So when its good its national and when its bad its labour ?
            Sorry Gerry, foot in mouth

            • Carol 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Today Gerry didn’t argue this. He and Key argued that, in fact, they had figures to show that the gap in wages betwen Aussie & NZ had narrowed. He said his figures showed that, in terms of relative spending power in both countries, the gap had narrowed – unlike under Labour where he claimed the real gap had grown.

              Browlnee also got into an extended explanation about which series of figures needed to be looked at – lost me. I guess I would have needed figures in front of me and some time to follow his logic. Brownlee tabled his figures.

              Goff and Labour a little later came back saying that, even with the figures that Brownlee & Key had tabled and discussed in heavily massaged terms, the gap had grown.

              Each side stuck to their story. So, now I need someone to look at & present the figures, and explain to me which party has the correct analysis of the figures…. or indeed, which are the correct figures.

              • Pete

                And voila:

                Hon JOHN KEY: … It took 9 years for Labour to make a complete and utter mess of the economy; it might take a bit longer than that for us to sort it out.

                http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Business/QOA/a/f/7/49HansQ_20100728_00000001-1-Income-Gap-Parity-with-Australia.htm

                • Carol

                  So National are having a bob each way: ie the wage gap has ACTUALLY decreased between Aussie & NZ under National; but anyway, any lack of result is Labour’s fault..??!!

                  • Prepare for the stretching of your brain trying to accommodate the maschinations of the National Party where they promised to close the gap, did really dumb stuff which made the gap bigger but continued to blame Labour for it even though with the benefit of hindsight Labour did a very good job.

                • Armchair Critic

                  And what he meant was:
                  Hon JOHN KEY: It took 9 years for Labour to make a complete and utter mess of the economy; it might take a bit longer than that for us to sort it out sell it all off to our backers.

    • Armchair Critic 6.2

      I expect they will be good employees and produce a doctor’s certificate explaining their one day absence. Just like the rest of us might shortly be expected to do…..

    • Fisiani 6.3

      So John Key and Gerry slam dunked Labour today. Chortle.
      It was great to see the apoplectic faces on the opposition benches as the firecrackers fizzed and spluttered out

      • Carol 6.3.1

        Well, it was hard to work out how much there was a real basis for National’s claims today, and how much was creative accounting. But time will tell when a few people actually look at their figures closely.

        It could just as easily have been a National own goal.

      • gobsmacked 6.3.2

        Fisiani is clearly on spin duty overtime, with that absolute whopper.

        Key was anything but “relaxed” today. His most unconvincing performance in ages. And that’s with a whole day’s notice.

        He usually sees off Goff by using his adolescent comedy routine, but it didn’t work today.
        It’s not a pretty sight when a comedian’s trying too hard and needs the canned laughter. Better just get off the stage.

      • Craig Glen Eden 6.3.3

        Open your good eye Fisiani then put in your hearing aid and yup Key was talking shit! thats what shit sounds like. what a bad week for National its all starting to unravel as the taste of the John Key wine becomes a distant memory.

  7. tc 7

    I always thought that the nats campaign of closing the gap meant actually moving to OZ……there’s no other way it’ll be achieved under their stewardship.

    Ya know much like any bankers rhetoric about security, great returns, cheque’s in the mail etc etc

  8. Craig Glen Eden 8

    Where are all the wing nuts today are they all sick as well?

    • Even wingnuts do not want to defend the indefensible.

    • loota 8.2

      I want to see the wing nuts provide proof of illness dammit.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 8.3

      Having a holiday in London with the olds – you didnt think there was more than one !!

    • Andrew 8.4

      Unlike you lefties that all seem to hang out on this blog all day with nothing better to do than being ready to congratulate and high five each other on another awesome smack down on a n00b RWNJ …. we are all out working. You should try it some time.

      Do your bosses know how much time you spend on political blogs every day of the week?

      Anyhoo, back to the point at hand. From the same article:

      “The increase is unsurprising. Australia managed to stay out of recession during the global economic crisis while New Zealand was in recession for much of that period, with pay freezes common.”

      Think that pretty much hits the nail on the head. Would have been nice if we had stayed out of recession, but we didn’t, hence the consequences.

      • Carol 8.4.1

        You assume we all work 9-to-5 weekdays.

        Shane Jones is being very impressive on Key/National’s lack of narrative, plastering over underlying emptiness by focusing on marginal issues. National’s lack of leadership, Key’s emty rhetoric, and being out of NZ too long to really understand what’s needed in NZ.

        Jones is a very good speaker.

        • Tigger 8.4.1.1

          He also assumes we all work for someone else or that we are not the boss or that we’re not on call 24/7 so aren’t as strict on ourselves between 9 to 5 as some others… I thought righties were all about flexibility in the workplace.

      • Pete 8.4.2

        “a n00b RWNJ …”

        …speaking of…

        “Unlike you lefties…”

        How do you explain Kiwiblog et al Andrew?

        Jeez, it’s like fish in a barrel with some of ’em…

        • Andrew 8.4.2.1

          Farrar is on holiday, i guess he will get around to commenting on it when he feels like it. Hop back in your barrel, there’s a good fishie

          • Pete 8.4.2.1.1

            Say what?

            You were talking about the comments here, I was talking about the comments there… or have they dried up while Farrar holdays? Nup? Ok then.

            Thanks for adding to the discussion.

            • bobo 8.4.2.1.1.1

              I hope Andrew puts “telling off lefties for wasting work hours” for 3.45pm and 4.08pm on his timesheet today.

          • Kevin Welsh 8.4.2.1.2

            Yeah, I can hardly wait to check out the latest photos of his bath house tour of Turkey.

      • Craig Glen Eden 8.4.3

        We are the bosses Andrew, havent you worked it out yet? Hell nothing worse than a dumb wingnut as an employee aye.

        Its only in your deluded world Andrew that the boss could only be a Tory.

        “The increase is unsurprising. Australia managed to stay out of recession during the global economic crisis while New Zealand was in recession for much of that period, with pay freezes common.’ So they did the right thing economically we did the wrong thing Get it Andrew or shall I type it slower.

        • Andrew 8.4.3.1

          We were in recession before the rest of the world numb nutts. That started under labours watch. Now, did you get that, or should I type slower?

          • IrishBill 8.4.3.1.1

            Actually our early recession has been a lot shallower than other countries. That’s because we started from a lower government debt ratio. I’m not saying it couldn’t be a lot better as Cullen wussed out on targeting the housing debt bubble, because of his pathological fear of regulating the private sector, but his moves to pay down debt and boost savings through the super fund and Kiwisaver gave us some breathing room.

            And it’s spelled “nuts” and “labour’s” you fucking moron.

            • Andrew 8.4.3.1.1.1

              Don’t call me a fucking moron you anonymous coward. I was responding to a snarky comment made at me, I responded with facts. So why would you call me a fucking moron? Nice work! It’s tricky typing on an iPhone. Sorry I didn’t pass the Irish spelling bee.

              • IrishBill

                My house, my rules. You’re banned for life. Fool.

                • Andrew

                  Oh, and I can comment under any IP and email address I choose, so just try banning me.

                  • loota

                    IrishBill is right though Andrew, you are a fucking moron.

                    (Please excuse the language, Irish).

                • Herodotus

                  IB- just minor issues Lab lost the Oct 90 election yet this graph displays the 1990 year as blue, also there is no 2008 year data to finalise the trends of the red team. I would hate for incomplete data to be used by either side. It would also be of interest to see the graph continue to incorporate the blue teams reentry into the chart, also the 84-90 to see from what base we started. As I think pre 84 NZ was a basket case and data would have minimal relevence.

          • mickysavage 8.4.3.1.2

            We were in recession before the rest of the world numb nutts.

            The sad thing about having an agrarian based economy and suffering a drought is that your income goes down. Now please explain why Helen is to blame?

            • loota 8.4.3.1.2.1

              Replying to Andrew makes me think that we’re all just going to get dirty while he squeels in enjoyment.

  9. tc 9

    Yes indeed the paper mache political sculpture known as NACT built upon the business rountable/insurance council/fed farmers/booze industry and others paper and paste is showing up as the short term, don’t look too hard, flimsy piece of crap that it is…..would’ve washed away months ago if we had an MSM with hoses instead of lederhosen.

  10. tsmithfield 10

    Marty being disingenuous again.

    Firstly, Claire Trevett referred to the wage difference in the context of the current exchange rate. Therefore, if the Kiwi suddenly surges against the Auz then the difference will disappear or perhaps go the other way. Also, a lower exchange rate is good isn’t it? Makes our exports more competitive. If we export more then we will close the gap. I bet you will be stamping your feet demanding action to reduce the exchange rate if we are at Auz 90 cents again.

    Secondly Trevett herself says:

    “The increase is unsurprising. Australia managed to stay out of recession during the global economic crisis while New Zealand was in recession for much of that period, with pay freezes common.”

    Australia was one of the only countries to stay out of recession. This was due to Australia enjoying massive exports to China over that period. Therefore, it is a bit rich to criticize National when the conditions have made it virtually impossible not keep up no matter what we did. I doubt very much that Labour would have been able to do much differently without putting the country massively further into debt.

    • Pete 10.1

      It’s almost as if suggesting that we’d ‘catch up with Australia’ was a ploy to get elected or something – go figure.

      • tsmithfield 10.1.1

        So was the “promise” of closing the gap with Australia to be met within a given time frame? I seem to remember National saying it would take a long time to achieve this.

        • mickysavage 10.1.1.1

          Aw TS they did promise. I remember it clearly.

          You mean they never intended to keep their promise?

          • tsmithfield 10.1.1.1.1

            “Aw TS they did promise.”

            Link?

            • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.1.1.1

              It was just yesterday t, that gerry was saying they were already closing it…

              “Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee yesterday claimed the gap in average wages was now less than it was when Labour left office in November 2008, after being questioned about it by Labour’s David Parker.”

              Try and keep up.

              • tsmithfield

                According to Travett the difference was exchange-rate adjusted. Given that the rate has recently been as low as 75 cents recently and is now at 81 cents, the gap has been closing compared to when the rate was 75 cents.

                • loota

                  well if we keep jacking up our OCR and attract overseas currency to speculate on the NZD, its value should keep going up versus the AUD. In this way we will sooner or later reach wage parity with Australia, and no more kiwis will leave for Aussie jobs.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  I heard you the first time t, and holy shit you’re right. If we had parity with the euro, then we might even catch up. Be ahead even.

                  But sfw?

                  Not even the parliamentary tories are fucking shameless enough to run the line you’re attempting, and they’re so godawful blatant they’ve got Dumkoff Garner calling them hacks.

              • Carol

                Did Brownlee say that yesterday?

                Brent Edwards on Nat Rad, said that in referring to the figures Key & Brownlee were using today, the Nats carefully left out mentioning 2008. The Nats said that in terms of spending power, the Aus-NZ wage gap was now smaller under National than various other specified years under Labour. Edwards said that they carefully left out 2008, because, even with Nat’s adjusted figures, the Aus-NZ wage gap between Labour’s last year in office and now had grown.

            • mickysavage 10.1.1.1.1.2

              TS

              Link?

              You have to be kidding. Key has said this so many times, just Google it.

              I do note that National has taken down its 2008 policy from its website. I can understand this decision. If you remove your promises from public scrutiny then you can subsequently deny ever making the promise and people cannot prove you are lying …

              • tsmithfield

                Have done that. Nothing particular came up. From what I remember it was more of an “aspiration” and did not have a set time frame.

                • Armchair Critic

                  [National and ACT] have agreed on the concrete goal of closing the income gap with Australia by 2025.
                  Straight from the coalition agreement between ACT and National, TS. Have a look at page 2.
                  Have a look at the terms of reference of the 2025 taskforce, too. If wage parity was not one of National and ACT’s goals, why is it part of the taskforce’s terms of reference?
                  Aspirational? – I don’t think so. More BS from NACT? – pretty much.

                  • tsmithfield

                    Exactly Armchair,

                    Certainly a lot further out than 2010.

                    So why the big fuss about a slight movement due to exchange rate fluctuations over the short-term. Its a long way to 2025 yet.

                    • Armchair Critic

                      The fuss will be because, while we may be on the road to parity, we are heading in the wrong direction.
                      Got a reference to show the change is due solely to exchange rate fluctuations?

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      NZ Dollar would get you 85 cents in Nov 08 there ts.

                      So as stupid as I thought your argument was, it’s actually worserer.

                    • Herodotus

                      Sp PB all we need to do is increase the OCr to 8% watch the NZ:Aust cross rate and then magic NZ has caught up with Aussie wages.
                      This graph only views gross wages I gather no cross over re cost of living, govt assistance, providing for the future, quality of life etc.
                      Like all pollys asspirational comments they are hollow but great sound bites. Clark did this, Bulger, Lange, Muldoon etc. The only difference is the esculation of rhetoric, I cannot wait for 2011 and watch 2 inferrrior teams the red in one courner and the blue go at it, great inspriation and like the 08 crash we the voter gets to clean up the damage from the non delivery, as increasing nos. leave middle class society and become the new growth area lower middle.
                      Aspirational in rhetoric, unambitious in what the govt delivers.

                    • tsmithfield

                      “The fuss will be because, while we may be on the road to parity, we are heading in the wrong direction.”

                      Look at the graph above, armchair. Look at the red part. Notice something.

                      The reference for exchange rates is given in my earlier post and is from the article that Marty referenced.

                    • Armchair Critic

                      Look at the graph above, armchair. Already did.
                      Look at the red part. Hard to miss it
                      Notice something. Yes – it appears to show that, after widening rapidly under the disaster that was the 1990s under National, the wage gap remained consistently bad under Labour in the 2000s.
                      Under National it is now getting worse, again. Notice that, TS? National agreed to try to improve it, and at present they are failing. Notice that, TS?
                      You don’t have a reference that shows the worsening is solely due to exchange rate fluctuations, and neither does Marty. That’s because the widening wage gap is due to other factors, including National’s appalling economic management and total lack of a plan (beyond “steal what you can”).

                  • tsmithfield

                    Actually, I noticed several things, Armchair.

                    Firstly, there was a considerable period when the wage gap was going in the wrong direction under Labour. What it shows is that short-term trends don’t mean a hell of a lot when you’re considering long-term goals. Its like saying that climate change is wrong because of a cold day.

                    Another thing is that sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better. Try learning a new skill and you will find this out. Similar with making changes in the economy. Sometimes restructuring etc that is required can cause short term pain. As the saying goes, “short term pain for long term gain”.

                    The earlier trend was under National was more to do with the explosion in commodity prices. Have a look at some graphs for price trends of commodities that Australia produces over the last 30 years or so.

                    Finally, as I mentioned earlier, there was obviously a fairly major short-term hiccup that Australia survived better than almost anyone else, thanks to China soaking up huge quantities of their commodities. So, its not surprising that over the short term wages have done better in Australia than NZ.

                    • loota

                      Yes you’re spot on, its important not to mistake short term trends and read into them more than they are.

                      So in the short term, NZ incomes are falling further behind Oz, that is neither here nor there in the scheme of things. So placing that in context over the last ten to fifteen years to check out the longer term trend…and, uh unfortunately, its completely consistent with NZ wages falling further behind Australia in the longer term as well.

                      Re your comment on a boom for Australian commodities, yes that is also fair enough, but we should consider that a real economy is built on a series of one offs – deals cut, industries developed, markets opened, short term opportunities taken when they appeared. Those one offs are valid and important to consider because each one can go someway to building a bit more strength into an economy.

        • gobsmacked 10.1.1.2

          It’ll be 2025. Don Brash is onto it.

          Oh wait, his report’s been chucked in the bin.

          Next …

  11. illuminatedtiger 11

    “We would love to see wages drop” – John Key

  12. ghostwhowalksnz 12

    During Keys tirade answering this oral questions, he sounded as though hes been to a long lunch!

    Seriously , was Key drunk in the House

    • Carol 12.1

      Key’s speech in the House today seemed slurred to me. As I watched it I started wondering, “What is he on? Or is that the way he talks all the time & I was just noticing it?”

      • gobsmacked 12.1.1

        When he’s under pressure, Key talks faster. So he gabbles and slurs more. It’s a dead giveaway.

        Ask any detective: when the crims lie, they lie fast.

        • illuminatedtiger 12.1.1.1

          Has anyone ever noticed that when answering questions he doesn’t blink?

  13. gobsmacked 13

    3 News had a good report tonight, exposing John Key as “slippery”.

    There are statistics, damn statistics, and John Key’s statements to Parliament.

    • Carol 13.1

      Yes, I noticed Garner referred to Key’s use of statistics in the House today as “slippery”, for focusing on earlier years and not mentioning the gap since 2008. He said that afterwards Garner pinned Key down to agreeing that, even on his own statistics, the wage gap had increased between Aus & NZ by $22.00 since 2008.

      But Garner ended by saying that the gap should close a bit when the Nats’ tax cuts start to have an impact at the end of the year. In contrast, Brent Edwards on Nat Rad reckoned Key & Brownlee’s predictions of the gap closing in future were not very realistic.

      • Carol 13.1.1

        In reading the Blue’s series here on “The States of John Key”

        http://www.thestandard.org.nz/the-states-of-john-key-%E2%80%93-nasty-side/

        http://www.thestandard.org.nz/the-states-of-john-key-%E2%80%93-telling-the-truth/

        The states of John Key – Avoidance

        I have wondered about the difference between using such skills in the context where he developed them (as a finance trader), and using them as a politician. As a finance trader, was he used to having a large amount of his moves and strategies made public? Was he able to get away with being “slippery” because few would see how he operated with diverse people in different contexts?

        Whereas in politics much more of the way Key operates is a matter of public record. In stretching the truth today in the House, and avoiding dealing head-on with the rise in the Aus-NZ wage gap, did it not occur to him in advance that journalists would notice he was avoiding making a direct comparison between 2008 & now?

      • kriswgtn 13.1.2

        “But Garner ended by saying that the gap should close a bit when the Nats’ tax cuts start to have an impact at the end of the year”

        But he forget to remind the public about the gst rise
        ooohh achieving is my anti spam word

        the NACTS achieving exactly what they set out to do. and it got NOTHING to do with closing the gap

  14. Zaphod Beeblebrox 14

    The gap is much larger than what it appears to be because Key is neglecting to mention-

    1. Australians get 10% of their wage contributed to their super. If you salary sacrifice you get a lo of it tax-free

    2. NZ is soon to have 15% GST versus 10% for Oz.

    3.Workers in Oz can claim things like work uniforms, self education expenses, travel between work places, school uniforms and home office expenses even if they are PAYE employees. Thats even before you consider the plethora of rebates- health insurance, child care, school fees and books etc etc etc..

    Not sure slippery and double Dipton included all that in their calculations.

  15. Daveosaurus 15

    Lynn, if you’re reading, I see an error in the headline image as viewed from the site’s main page (i.e. the image at http://www.thestandard.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/national-brighter-future.gif ).

    It’s missing a silhouette of a number of empty seats and a couple of brain-dead robots.

    Hope that helps.

    [lprent: Ummm I wonder who they are? The thumb images get cut off to make a square image… ]

    • Daveosaurus 15.1

      Not on Firefox version 3.6.8 on Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 it isn’t – not the first one on the headline article, anyway. The other images are cut down to 100px x 100px, but the one in question is showing the full image, taking up the entire right-hand column.

      • loota 15.1.1

        I should say, I am running those exact specs and that headline image is alot bigger than 100×100, looks like 400w x 300h, and yes it fills up the width of that right hand column.

  16. randal 16

    the fact of the matter is that our wunnerful lil ole country will never catch up to australian wage rates and like superannuation it has become a perrenial bone of contention that willnever be solved.
    unless.
    national is the party of business.
    where is the new business?

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  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    14 hours ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    17 hours ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    19 hours ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    20 hours ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    22 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
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