Wanganui: a Laws unto itself

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, September 4th, 2009 - 45 comments
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The Wanganui District Council (Prohibition of Gang Insignia) Act 2009, which prohibits the display of gang insignia in a public place, so clearly infringes of freedom of expression and association that it’s almost as though it was made up as an exam question for law students in a Bill of Rights class.

The Act defines ‘gang insignia’ to include any so-called ‘representation’ commonly displayed to denote membership of or support for a gang. By my reckoning, that could render an outfit of red, black and white clothing ‘gang insignia’ of the Mongrel Mob, or yellow, black and red ‘gang insignia’ of the Tribesmen.

The Council is also empowered, at any time it sees fits, to classify any other organisation, association or group as a ‘gang’, but there’s no hint as to when or why an organisation might be designated a ‘gang’ – the Council has apparently boundless discretion. So (and, given Wanganui’s mayor, this worries me) the Wanganui Council seems to have carte blanche for limiting the movements and activities of any group it takes a disliking to.

I think we should be concerned that two significant democratic freedoms expression and association are now contingent (at least in Wanganui) upon the Wanganui Council’s whims. Especially since there’s no real evidence this law will even achieve its goal of reducing gang crime.

Oh, and this isn’t just a Wanganui thing. Looks as if Timaru likes the idea too.

45 comments on “Wanganui: a Laws unto itself ”

  1. Principessa 1

    Those little green and blue Girl Guides seriously tick me off- what with them waving their chocolate biscuits in my face when I’m trying to do my shopping. Who do they think they are- do they think they own the town square or something? They move around in packs with their “branding” looking all smiley and stuff. It makes me sick. The should all be locked up for breaches to child labour laws.

    • Pascal's bookie 1.1

      Too right. And don’t get mestarted on those menacing bands of militarised lunatics that come christmas time sprout like mushrooms on street corners ‘soliciting’ money whilst assaulting our eardrums with brass band renditions of so called carols.

      • Rex Widerstrom 1.1.1

        I think you’re on to something, PB.

        Lhaws is a closet Mormon and he’s limiting the competition.

        The only way we can strike back is with a ban on shiny suits and bicycles across the rest of the country, so Whanganui becomes a Mormon enclave, the streets gridlocked with bicycles and everyone fighting over who gets to talk about Jesus and who has to listen.

        At least then the Mhayor might have to adopt the protective underpants and relinquish the “leave nothing to the imagination” lycra. That alone makes it worth doing… watching him jogging by is akin to seeing someone on their way to drown a very, very small kitten in entrapped in a plastic bag.

  2. snoozer 2

    Is it just me or is there a racist element underlying everything that Laws does?

    Seems like everything he’s done has been built on tapping into anti-Maori sentiment.

    • Swampy 2.1

      Laws is two things. A fool who is tapping into the rigid monocultural conservatism of small towns like Wanganui, and a mayor who has to deal with significant social problems in his city that are caused by liberal laws passed by Parliament who has abrogated its leadership responsibilities.

      The second part is most relevant as, although influenced by the first, many similar measures are and have been enacted around the country in response to the same kind of problems that are happening nationwide.

      The biggest problem for mayors is they have no judicial powers unlike the Government so I expect a lot more of these problems will be brought back into Parliament to deal with as this one has been.

  3. Tom Semmens 3

    It is poor, working class New Zealanders who suffer most at the hands of gang violence and intimidation. Why on earth is a left-wing blog protecting these criminals? Is it just because you don’t like Michael Lhaws? It is all well and good to sit about in a trendy inner city suburb and hand wring about abstract attacks on freedom of expression, but that doesn’t cut much ice with the poor people who are being terrorized by these street thugs. They want action, and on this issue Lhaws, for all the wannebe right wing demagogue he is, is more in touch with the thinking of working class new Zealanders than many on the left.

    Somehow German democracy survives having laws than ban Nazi organisations. Most European democracies have laws that allow for prohibited criminal organisations like the mafia or the IRA or ETA. I see no reason why we can’t have such laws here to get rid of the evil canker of criminal gangsters. If Lhaw’s law is the first step on that road then I say good on him.

    • Eddie 3.1

      It is poor, working class New Zealanders who suffer most at the hands of gang violence and intimidation. Why on earth is a left-wing blog protecting these criminals?

      A left-wing blog is publishing a guest post from a reader who has human rights concerns about a piece of legislation. It’s not an official view. If you want to write something in support of the law from a left-wing persepective then flick us a guest post and we’ll publish that too. Broad church, comrade.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      I think the post is more about the council/government stepping on everybody’s rights rather than about the gangs themselves. Sure, make the criminal organisations illegal but this isn’t the way to do it where the council has enough leeway to pronounce any organisation that upsets it a “gang”. They really need to prove that the organisation is up to illegal activities and then ban it and any association with it.

      • Pascal's bookie 3.2.1

        And ahem, are they banning the patches from the city, or just telling the gangs to keep their patches in the bloody ghetto where they belong please and stop making mainstreet look unsightly.

    • killinginthenameof 3.3

      A gang patch ban is just petty populisim, and does nothing what so ever to address the problem. Really Laws is just protecting his own position, at the expense of actually doing something to solve the real problem, which is violent crime. discusting.

    • Swampy 3.4

      Good point. In order to have these “human rights” our Parliament passes laws that do away with public order and discipline and weaken the justice system.

      So that these “human rights” can be exercised by an extremist minority of people who would have formerly been classified as criminals.

      But of course other kinds of criminals get away with crime more because the justice system is so weak that people are often not locked up like they would have been in the past. The youth justice system is weak too and so kids grow up in these gangs that would not have been tolerated in the past.

  4. RedLogix 4

    Well like Tom I’m not so sure that banning gang patches is such a bad thing. There is no way we should be defending criminal gangs who prey on the poorest in our communities. While I can understand that there is potentially a freedom of expression issue here, I’m not sure that this trumps all the harm and misery that gangs cause.

    I’m struck by the similarity here between this ‘banning of gang patches’ and the ‘S-59 Repeal’ issue. Both are largely symbolic measures. Our guest author notes, Especially since there’s no real evidence this law will even achieve its goal of reducing gang crime., which is strickingly similar to the ‘banning smacking will not have any effect on real child-abuse’ argument. Which at a purely literal level was always a valid, if narrow, argument. The real purpose of both pieces of legislation is to de-legitimise an undesired behaviour… in one case the all too frequently whacking and hitting of children, and in the other, the long history of vile, parasitic and initimdating behaviour of gangs.

    While petty consistency is the hob-goblin of small minds, I’m persuaded that this goes beyond the mere petty. Logically if we are to support the intent of the S59 Repeal, we also have to accept the same purpose for this legislation.

    The difference of course is that while the S59 Repeal was a broad measure that impacted on all families and parents and provoked massive resistance, the Prohibition of Gang Insignia Act selectively impacts only a small minority of one racial group… and the majority will happily accept it.

    • Pascal's bookie 4.1

      A couple of points,

      You don’t normally have a right to hit people, but you do have a right to wear what you want.

      Gangs aren’t exactly seen as legitimate at the moment, which is why it is an easy enough matter to legislate against them.

      • RedLogix 4.1.1

        Pb,

        but you do have a right to wear what you want.

        Again not an absolute right. For a start we are required to wear a certain minimum covering in public… although I accept that’s pretty tangential argument… it does establish that society already imposes some restrictions around clothing.

        More compelling to my mind would the huge reaction in France when they banned the wearing of Middle-Eastern burqha’s in schools. Again many liberals argued the ‘people should be able wear what they like’… but underlying this was the intent to reject what the burqha stood for, a deeply repressive ‘honour system’ that hugely oppresses millions of women.

        No-one cares a rats-patui about the actual gang insignia themselves, it’s what they stand for that creates concern.

        • Quoth the Raven 4.1.1.1

          society already imposes some restrictions around clothing. Yes and it is not the place of government to do so FULLSTOP. There shouldn’t be any laws requiring people to wear a “minimum” of clothing. There shouldn’t be any laws against the wearing of burqhas:

          The feminist writer Joan Wallach Scott, discussing the affair in The Politics of the Veil, notes that it was at this point that the media focused on the story of two girls, the Levy sisters, who had converted to Islam and chose to wear the hijab. What was interesting was that they were under no social pressure to convert. Their parents were atheists, and the father didn’t approve of their conversion. But, seeing the hysterical media response, he suggested that his children might decide for themselves if they wanted to abandon their faith. He expressed astonishment at the attitude of the ‘Ayatollahs of secularism’ who wanted to boss his kids about. That this was the chosen symbol for the media campaign was telling. It would seem to indicate something about the complexities of faith, and of identity. It would seem to tell against the simplistic wisdom according to which the ‘foulard’ (or ‘le voile’ as it was increasingly called) is imposed by a patriarchical family. It certainly doesn’t support the spurious racist conspiracy theory that Islamist troublemakers are simply using the garment to create “Muslim ghettos” and advance a state of conflict with “the West”. But that isn’t how it was received, and the ensuing debate corroborated the ultimate decision to ban the headscarf in French schools – a net loss for personal liberty, and for secularism at that, which was cheered as much by the far left as by the far right. It didn’t maintain the state’s neutrality as regards religion; it essentially said that Islam is incompatible with the Republic. It increased the state’s interference in personal affairs. The justification for such interference was that the headscarf was too conspicuous a symbol of Islam, and therefore a kind of proselytism – not just for Islam, it was claimed, but for jihad. As Scott puts it, the garments are seen as “enemy flags” in the Republic.

          and as to Gang patches, I’ll rephrase Voltaire: “I may not agree with what you wear, but I will defend to the death your right to wear it.’

          Frankly I wouldn’t care if you walked down my street naked with a dildo strapped to your head. I just don’t give a fuck.

          • Maynard J 4.1.1.1.1

            If you had your way we could hold a referendum to change the name to Wang-anui.

            • Rex Widerstrom 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes, well the whole “there shouldn’t be any laws requiring people to wear a “minimum’ of clothing” thing certainly means there’d be a lot of wangs in Wang-anui. As opposed to the present situation, wherein there appears to be one absolute cock.

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.2

            Rules and regulations are a normal part of society. Without them society falls apart because a few people will always believe that they can do what they like no matter the consequences or morality of it.

            That said, I agree that banning the patches is going too far. Ban the gangs as criminal organisations and the patches are banned by default. This, of course, produces other problems:
            1.) The criminals will go further underground making them harder to track and
            2.) result in even more covert police operations.

            I still think banning the gangs is a good idea.

            • Lewis Carroll 4.1.1.1.2.1

              A short direction
              To avoid dejection,
              By variations
              In occupations,
              And prolongation
              Of relaxation,
              And combinations
              Of recreations,
              And disputation
              On the state of the nation
              In adaptation
              To your station,
              By invitations
              To friends and relations,
              By evitation
              Of amputation,
              By permutation
              In conversation,
              And deep reflection
              You’ll avoid dejection.

              Learn well your grammar,
              And never stammer,
              Write well and neatly,
              And sing most sweetly,
              Be enterprising,
              Love early rising,
              Go walk of six miles,
              Have ready quick smiles,
              With lightsome laughter,
              Soft flowing after.
              Drink tea, not coffee;
              Never eat toffy.
              Eat bread with butter.
              Once more, don’t stutter.

              Don’t waste your money,
              Abstain from honey.
              Shut doors behind you,
              (Don’t slam them, mind you.)
              Drink beer, not porter.
              Don’t enter the water
              Till to swim you are able.
              Sit close to the table.
              Take care of a candle.
              Shut a door by the handle,
              Don’t push with your shoulder
              Until you are older.
              Lose not a button.
              Refuse cold mutton.
              Starve your canaries.
              Believe in fairies.
              If you are able,
              Don’t have a stable
              With any mangers.
              Be rude to strangers.

              Moral: Behave.

            • Quoth the Raven 4.1.1.1.2.2

              Rules and regulations are a normal part of society. Without them society falls apart because a few people will always believe that they can do what they like no matter the consequences or morality of it.
              Yes and no. Societal norms are “a normal part of society”. Like the societal norm of wearing clothing in public. The question is whether you want to put the coercive power of the state behind those norms. I don’t.

              I know I flood this site with anarchist links, but others have argued the points far better than me: A society based on love.
              Decoupling society and State.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.2.3

              The question is whether you want to put the coercive power of the state behind those norms. I don’t.

              Actually, it’s more a question of being able to get rid of them. IMO, you can’t because some people will abuse the idea. No rules = no rules and I can do what I like rather than the No rules = I should be considerate of others and the environment. The latter is what I think you’re trying for but the former is what you’ll get. Admittedly by a minority of people but the amount of damage they could do is far more than anybody is willing to pay for.

              No rules are perfect but we can work on that.

            • travellerev 4.1.1.1.2.4

              QtR,

              Thanks for that link very nice writing indeed.

        • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.2

          The France thing is complex though. The arguments you raise were certainly tossed around, but IIRC think the ban was actually about enforcing an already existing policy against religious insignia in state schools. Or perhaps extending it to Muslim dress codes that had not been foreseen when the policy was initially drawn up. The actual argument was about the secular state, not women’s rights.

          I disagree that this is not about the patches per se. The argument as I understand it is that the patches have such mana within the gangs that it is apowerful place to hit them. I’m not convinced that the ban won’t increase that mana. These guys see themselves as outlaws, and the patches signify that.

          Secondly the ban is supposed to stop the gangs being so intimidating, which again, means that it is about the patch. I think that we should be banning and enforcing the bans against behaviours that are offensive, rather than trying to identify individuals or groups and coming up with bans to target them as people, seperate from their actions.

          If the target of the law is the criminality the gangs stand for, arrest them for their criminality.

  5. rave 5

    Prohibit the banksters, they create the conditions for so-called gangs. Not surprising that the white settler mentality still rules in the little towns built on the traditions of the gung-ho militias of the land wars.
    Good on the school kids of Otaki for ‘outing’ the racist Laws.

  6. Relic 6

    Many politicians have indulged in banning type intitiatives. I recall Norm Kirk’s ‘take the bikes off the bikies’ rhetoric, decades before Collins “crush and crate ’em’. The insignia bylaw however is not an abstract attack on freedom of expression, it is an actual one.

    The “Filthy Few’, BP, Mongrels and all their unpleasant bretheren are annoying reminders of an unpleasant society. Petty authoritarianism can slip by when aimed at such unpopular targets, but who will be next is a legitimate question. The mincing Mr Laws has probably done his dash for now, but which small town shithead will be next to try and ban something from main street?

    Civil liberties is the issue. For instance, I always opposed tasers for police use. Not just because they are unsafe, but also because the cops were unlikely to use them merely as a defensive device. And so it has proven, they are regularly deployed in a coercive manner. Cardiac arrest by taser coming to a demo near you.

    • The Voice of Reason 6.1

      First they came for the Filthy Few, then they came for …

      The major difficulty is that it is an entirely symbolic gesture and narrowly focussed on the central city in the same way liquor bans are. Gang members do not wear patches when out robbing nor when they are out doing the groceries. I have not seen a patched gang member in the Ave (the main street) since the occupation of Moutua gardens over a decade ago. It’s a complete non-issue.

      Wanganui does not have a gang problem that is out of proprtion to the rest of NZ. In fact, due to some terrific work by the local cops after the toddler shooting, there are a dozen less of these fools on the streets and the rest have kept a low profile since that time. I only wish the parents of that kid were also locked up. They had a choice about the environment she was brought up in and chose the gang lifestyle anyway. Her death, her blood, is on their hands, too.

      I grew up there, still spend a lot of time there for work, sporting and family reasons and I am not naive about the damage gangs do. But the damage done by the mayor’s campaign of fear and loathing has arguably cost the city more. If he wanted to really have a go, the ban would apply to Castlecliff, Aramoho and Wanganui East, where these twats live and commit most of their crimes. Of course, these are mostly working class areas and pretty hard for the mayor to see from his house on St Johns Hill.

      The effect of this fashion legislation is a just a NIMBY for the bourgeois. Keep the thugs out of town and back on the other side of the tracks where they belong. Laws dosn’t give a flying one about the real crimes that gangs commit, as long as they keep it to the poorer parts of town.

    • Rex Widerstrom 6.2

      Cardiac arrest by taser coming to a demo near you.

      And with “bipartisan political support” too, at least in Australia.

      Because of course the only alternative when someone won’t do what you command is to taser them… 28 times if necessary, as is mentioned in that report. Funny how “contain and control” is a well-accepted strategy for everything from deadly virus outbreaks to military operations but it’s beyond the Police when in the midst of a confrontation.

      They’ve done a brilliant PR job on the stupid pollies, though. The justifications put forth by both sides of politics amounts to “Well, if they didn’t risk killing you by torturing you with electricity, they’d have to certainly kill you with their guns”. Brilliant thinking from the bozos supposedly representing us (Note to politicians: that’s the people the tasers are aimed at… you know, the ones who elected you?).

  7. Alain Bonard 7

    Two points, comrade.

    (1) Our judicial system is quite capable of prosecuting groups or associations engaged in criminal activities. Prohibiting insignia showing group affiliation is discriminatory and a tragic waste of time and resources in difficult times.

    (2) It is spelt Whanganui. “Whanga” means harbour, “Nui” means
    large .. throughout Polynesia. We live in Polynesia. We do not live off the coast of Europe or North America. We should at least respect the indigenous language.

    Alain.

  8. grumpy 8

    At first I thought it was typical Laws showmanship but I saw the Sainsbury interview with the kids and their teacher last night and I have almost changed my mind.

    The children and their teacher used the word “ängry” many times to describe their feelings about the “h” and that is Laws’ point.

    When school children are “angry”, with a sense of superiority, entitlement and are highly politicised, then Laws’ reaction can be understood.

    Still think he’s a wanker though – but he does have a point.

    • Ari 8.1

      They aren’t politicised. They’re politically engaged.

      Young people can be and often are independent political agents, and Michael Laws is once again shooting from his hip.

      • Tigger 8.1.1

        If these children had written Laws a letter praising his position he would have had them all come to the council chamber on his dime and shout them all ice cream. And he would have made speeches about how wonderful it is that children are political and thinking right.

        Instead he’s just being a bully – doing the typical ‘if you don’t agree with them then I’m gonna beat you down’ and call you PC’ reaction – a fundamental right-wing tool.

        Come to think of it ‘right-wing’ tool describes Laws perfectly…

    • Pascal's bookie 8.2

      What point? Aren’t people allowed to be angry? Maybe they’ve got something to be angry about. I think if you are angry, writing a letter explaining why you are angry is a very sensible response. Doesn’t hurt anyone. Dialogue is a good thing for anger, I think.

      Laws seems angry an awful lot of the time. Maybe that’s ok though cause he’s a grown up, but he never really explains his anger. He’s just all over the place like an angry person’s shit.

      Take his repsonse to these kids. He doesn’t explain why he thinks they are wrong, just says they are and then changes the subject to ‘why he thinks Maori should stfu’ like some kiwiblogging halfknuckle.

      The simple fact is though, that these are school kids, doing some school work. Laws should have recognised that. I would assume they were learning about writing, arguing and democracy. The subject of the letter, let alone the ‘anger’ is almost incidental.

      What has Laws helped them to learn?

      • fraser 8.2.1

        “Aren’t people allowed to be angry?”

        – also – according to the teacher on nat rad yesterday the maori word for “angry” is one of those ones that has multiple meanings.

        So it could all be a lost in translation issue to say that the kids were angry in the europeran use of the word

  9. Ianmac 9

    Pascal: “I would assume they were learning about writing, arguing and democracy. The subject of the letter, let alone the ‘anger’ is almost incidental.”
    Exactly. Exercising democratic rights are essential for our democracy to continue. The lesson for kids here is that the printed word is powerful. And that even kids have the right to speak and should do so in the future to counter apathy. And that the response to a letter might be negative but at least not just a kind pat on the head.
    The gang patches might be a symbol but shouldn’t people be held to account for actual crimes? The patched member who was arrested was because he was speeding. Fair enough. But the dress code? Don’t think so.

    • gargoyle 9.1

      The other lesson for the children is that politicians, be it local or government based, are prats.

  10. Brett 10

    Look the whole event was staged.
    In reality the only thing those kids would get angry about is if they didn’t get KFC at least once a week.

  11. Macro 11

    It’s that canary-yellow Jacketed Mob that I find offensive! They have a patch on the front spelling ACT. Anti-Christ Troublemakers or something. Mean b*****ds the lot of them!
    Thank you Mr Lhaws for the wonderful work you have been doing on behalf of all the bigots in this country, I hope you ban Rodney and his Gang (who steal from the poor to give to the rich) when he comes to town too.

  12. Galeandra 12

    Well done Brett, yet another racist slur.
    They wrote letters about what they cared about. Listen up.

  13. Akldnut 13

    There are many words with many translations Search angry here, I like “tÅ«pehupehu” (stative) be angry, annoyed, antagonized, enraged, furious, incensed, indignant, infuriated, irate, outraged, riled.

    Strange that they picked a powerful word like “Angry” when it could also mean something like any of the rest

  14. Tom Semmens 14

    @Redlogix – “…I’m struck by the similarity here between this ‘banning of gang patches’ and the ‘S-59 Repeal’ issue. Both are largely symbolic measures…”

    I agree there is a similarity – both are symbolic but more importantly BOTH ARE ABOUT PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE FROM VIOLENCE IN OUR SOCIETY. I voted “yes” in the referendum. To be consistant, one should also support any measure designed to dissipate the powers of any vector for violence.

  15. Swampy 15

    It was very telling listening to the Principals Federation rep on the radio yesterday morning talking about the recent school invasions.

    He said basically “Schools have now got higher standards than society whereas they used to be at the same level. Society has lowered its standards” and that is why there are more problems with physical intimidation and threats at schools.

    Cause of course the problem is that your precious Labour Party and other parties of the left support that these standards should be lowered by passing laws to do away with discipline and values and individual responsibility and public order and a proper justice system. That’s why mayors are now having to deal with all these social problems like drunkenness and gang wars and boy racers. Parliament has said “we are not interested any more, we don’t care.”

    So a bit less bleating about “freedom of expression” and blah blah blah would do, as I have said before, how many people really think you should be allowed to burn the New Zealand flag at an RSA parade, not many. LOL

    • Marty G 15.1

      you’re blaming gangs fighting in schools on the smacking ban?

      I mean, I know you’re a loon but there’s crazy and then there’s crazy

  16. Swampy 16

    Notice I did not mention S59.

    However the development of lawlessness in society is directly related to weakening discipline (both in schools and in society) and also the the justice system.

    Basically the public (unlike Parliament) still want the issue of crime to be addressed properly by whatever it takes, the mayors have to deal with these problems in their cities where Parliament can sit in their ivory towers and say it is not their concern, the problem being the mayors have very limited remedies.

    Also the fact that police have increased powers to smash gangs yet they have not done so is a serious question.

    This particular piece of law has limited impact in my view but it and measures like the boy racer laws are responses to the frustration that people feel about the increased violence in our society and Parliament’s unwillingness to substantively address it. The result of Parliament doing away with corporal punishment in schools is that the disruptive children have not gone away and now they are expelled instead.

    All of the liberal handwringing and passing liberal laws and all that nonsense has not done anything to deal with the social problems that lead to bad behaviour in schools. Just like it has not stopped gangs either.

    • lprent 16.1

      I’d say that the development of lawlessness has a lot more to do with long periods of unemployment for a lot of people in the 1980’s and 1990’s. It caused a *lot* of damage on families and their kids growing up in hopeless poverty. That seems to show up on almost every area of social work from kids to womans refuges.

      But you wouldn’t know that. Because it is pretty obvious that you are just talking theory. If you’d lifted your fat arse out into the community and done any work with the kids, you would actually have an opinion that isn’t based on pure bullshit.

      How about doing something somewhere rather than being a parasite

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    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    2 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    3 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    5 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    7 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
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