Want local democracy? Too bad

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 pm, August 24th, 2009 - 45 comments
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Remember when John Key and Rodney Hide were saying that nothing was decided on the super-city, that the select committee would listen to the people and report back the changes they wanted?

Well, not only did the people let the Government know time and again that they didn’t want any supercity, a majority of submitters said if there was to be a supercity there should be Maori seats. They were, predictably, ignored*. Supercity goes ahead and without Maori seats.

Even Audrey Young is flabbergasted at the Key Government’s complete lack of respect for the process and its tin ear for public concerns. I doubt her concern will make it into the print edition though. I doubt the Herald will feel the need to fly its ‘democracy under attack’ banner as Auckland’s local government is stolen from the people and reshaped in the interests of National/ACT’s big business backers.

The Right gets exactly what it wants. All Pita Sharples can do is whine that the other boys are playing too rough.

Welcome to democracy under the Key Government boys and girls. Democratic process reduced to farce. Naked power grabs by the parties of the wealthy elite. A party based in leftwing principles so enslaved it will continue to vote for a rightwing government that completely ignores its wishes on an issue of central importance to its raison d’etre A complicit corporate media paying lip service to its duty to hold politicians to account to their promises and democracy.

Not exactly as advertised huh?

*[cue rightwingers in the thread ‘but Labour ignored submitters on the EFB – no, they changed it so the Human Rights Commission, for one, dropped its initial opposition – and, anyway, isn’t Key meant to be giving us a brighter future?]

45 comments on “Want local democracy? Too bad ”

  1. Every single council person could be a Maori, every single seat could be taken by a Maori, if Maori run for each seat in the next election, its called democracy.

    Having a seat set aside for one race is called racism.

    • Rex Widerstrom 1.1

      A question for those who are following this in more detail than I… does “Maori seats” assume a mutually exclusive dual roll, as with Parliamentary seats, with voters opting for one or the other, but not both?

      I’d also assume such seats would be needed if all seats on Council were ward votes rather than “at large” or a mix of both? Surely provided some or all seats are “at large” votes, Maori (and other ethnic and interest groups) would achieve representation. Or am I assuming incorrectly?

    • Armchair Critic 1.2

      I’d always wondered why your argument is a dumb-arse one.
      Try this – the seats would be set aside for the descendants of people who, by and large, had arrived before the ToW was signed, and who owned the land when the ToW was signed. With whom the Crown has an ongoing relationship, including a set of obligations. In short, it’s nothing to do with race, though if you feel like shit stirring please continue to run your dumb-arse argument. I can’t think any less of you for doing so.
      Oh, and the super city won’t be super, just big.

    • roger nome 1.3

      Moron!

    • pam 1.4

      I agree with Brett Dale. If Maori want to be represented then vote them in. If other nationalites want to be part of our Multi cultural society then vote them in.

      Giving them two seats to start IS racisim. What more do they want gifted to them? Be like the rest of us and stand and be counted on voting day!

      To all Maori elected into Parliment put up your worthy candidates for a proper election!

  2. Gosman 2

    I don’t think the issue was ever about whether or not the Super City should go ahead. That had already been decided as a result of the Royal Commission, (Which the Labour led government set up it must be stated), and the enabling legislation passed earlier on this year.

    It has always been the form of such a Super City that has been up for public input. In that you might have a point about the Maori seats on the Council however has the results of the Select committee hearings been publicied then?

    • Eddie 2.1

      No. There should have been a referendum to determine if Aucklanders want the merger. All the polls show they don’t

      • Tim Ellis 2.1.1

        So Eddie, will your friend Len Brown campaign on abolishing the super city?

        • Eddie 2.1.1.1

          I doubt it. You can’t go chopping and changing at enormous cost every few years. But he might establish the sub-councils like the royal commission recommended to restore some local democracy

          • Eddie 2.1.1.1.1

            Also, he wouldn’t have the power to disestablish the council, it would have to go through the local government commission process – the one that National has short-circuited to get its own way.

  3. Gooner 3

    Absolutely Eddie. And I fully expect you to write a post equally as scathing of Key who is ignoring the 88% who voted NO in the petition on Saturday.

    • Eddie 3.1

      What’s Key supposed to do? Make something that isn’t illegal even less illegal?

      You’re getting your sop, some new guidelines, what more can you expect from a question that doesn’t mandate a change in the law?

      • Rex Widerstrom 3.1.1

        Back in 2007 proponents of MMP in Ontario were blaming the wording of the question for the defeat of their proposition.

        I happen to believe NZers were duped on the supposed benefits of MMP during our referendum on the topic.

        But we have to assume that people voting know exactly what it is they’re voting for* or we set ourselves up as arbiters of the public mind, which we’re not. And in this case (he says, attempting to read the public’s mind 😛 ) it seems pretty clear it was to throw out Bradford’s law change.

        What is unclear is whether they’d want a return to the previous status quo, the Borrows amendment, or something else. The only sure way of determining that would be further referenda.

        * Or, as I have advocated before, compile a non-partisan multi-choice test on the referendum topic, with a certain mimimum score being required before voting eligibility but no limit on the number of attempts to get it right. This would require, however, that some people get over their fear of electronic voting which is based on outdated Diebold-type technology. Then we could have multi-choice referenda rather than one blunt yes/no question!

      • Gooner 3.1.2

        Select Committee submitters can’t mandate change either.

        • Eddie 3.1.2.1

          the purpose of the select committee process is for submitters to be able to contribute input to help shape the final legislation. So, yes, submitters can mandate change. In more technical regulatory bills, they often get very significant changes are a result of the process.

          Rex. I’m not arguing the people didn’t know what they were voting against the law as it stands. I still don’t think you can say that a vote on that question is a mandate for any specific change.

          • Rex Widerstrom 3.1.2.1.1

            Eddie, if you agree that people were voting against the law as it stands but there’s no way of telling what they want to replace it, then surely the only honourable course for Key is to return to the pre-Bradford status quo?

            It would then be up to those wanting change to promote their alternatives by way of referendum (or legislation).

            • Eddie 3.1.2.1.1.1

              Ah Rex, you’re moving me into checkmate here, not on top of my game this evening 🙂

              Fortunately, I don’t have to be fair and balanced – and scale matters. I don’t care so much about some law that isn’t being used anyway, I do care about the Right stealing away democracy in our largest city.

            • wtl 3.1.2.1.1.2

              People were voting for or against exactly that question. Apart from that, you can’t say anything else about what the voters intentions were (as a whole). Therefore, if one is going by the result, the law should be changed so that “a smack as part of good parental correction is not a criminal offence”. If the referendum organisers really wanted a mandate for the pre-Bradford law, they should simple have asked the question “Should the amended to S59, which removes the defence of reasonable force etc. be repealed”. Instead, they chose a question which was likely to get a very large majority for the answer they wanted. And even though many voters many have been voting for exactly that (the s59 amendment repealed), no one can say with any certainty what the electorate wants without a new referendum.

              Anyway, I’m done arguing about this. I’m with Eddie and think this is a peripheral issue which is a lot less important that other things such as the loss of democracy in Auckland or lack of action on climate change.

            • Rex Widerstrom 3.1.2.1.1.3

              For the record, so do I. But I think consistency is important in our leaders, and so is principle and a respect for democracy.

              The reason I see this as important is that it is such a small issue, and one that, if he honoured the outcome, wouldn’t risk any adverse reaction from National’s base.

              Which makes it all the more arrigant of Key to ignore it. He doesn’t even have the excuse of it being bad politics, as he might with the ‘supercity’ or climate change.

      • Mark M 3.1.3

        Your very wrong Eddie.
        Those who voted no were asked should a light smack be illegal.
        Currently a light smack is illegal.

        It is pretty clear that voting no is a mandate to change the law so a light smack is not illegal.

  4. Mothers4Justice 4

    I wish they could change the law so I don’t have to worry bout my 19 kids.
    Anybody seen that d4j C##T?

  5. JohnDee 5

    And the hole just gets deeper and deeper for the Maori Party. They are being shown up to being ineffectual to make any gains for Maori. Three years is all they are going to get before they destruct.

  6. wtl 6

    To be honest, I simple can’t believe that the Maori party is letting this issue go like that. I was at the hikoi, and there was huge support for the Maori seats. Pita Sharples was there and made reassuring noises about the Maori seats, but it appears that noises is all it was. From what I can see, Maori feel strongly about this. They won’t forget the Maori party giving up on the issue so easily.

  7. Eric C. 7

    If the Maori party teamed up with Labour, the Greens and Progressive(s) and brought the National Party Maori MPs (Te Heuheu, Parata, Henare and Quinn) with them they could get the Auckland Maori seats they want.

    Is anyone going to push that button or is all the ‘rage’ just a storm in a tea cup?

    Then again, we wouldn’t want to upset that nice Mr Key.

    • wtl 7.1

      Hmmmm…. Stuff is reporting exactly that, Maori party proposing amendments and getting support of some National MPs. Perhaps that really is the plan?

      • wtl 7.1.1

        Meaning, does anyone think that there could be an ‘arrangement’ between Key and Sharples about this? Or is that going a bit far? Not a good look letting it seem like Hide is running the show though.

        Regardless, it actually isn’t a bad tactic from the Maori Party, as long as they back it up with something stronger if it doesn’t work.

  8. Mothers4Justice 8

    Does the “nice Mr Key” sit down to do wee wee?

  9. Marty G 9

    how are you making your ip jump around like that dad? learning a few new tricks eh? your writing style will always give you away though. don’t know why you always attack yourself when using the other personas. maybe you think you deserve a smack?

  10. It’s strange that so many people don’t see what is in front of them.

    When councillors get elected by their constituents to fill seats on a council or in a parliament, they are our representatives. They are us and we are them. We are not different, we and them. That is our representation.

    They are not privileged; they are our servants.

    If Maoris wish to serve our greatest city, let them stand for election. They are not prevented from doing so and we can all celebrate that. Why should Maoris be exempt from the requirement to be chosen by the people they want to serve?

    Is it because they invoke the mystical rights of “tangata whenua”? I am a third-generation Kiwi of European ancestry, a proud New Zealander with exactly the same claim to be tangata whenua as the proudest Maori.

    This land runs in my blood, its body is my body and we both come from the same source. I don’t accept that the Maori have greater rights to representation than I do.

    The proper purpose of the Treaty of Waitangi is to be an instrument of unity. As two peoples signed it, so those two come together and are united under it. One law for each, no privilege or sanction withheld from either.

    We ought to remove the Maori parliamentary seats, which were a temporary measure anyway, and certainly resist forever the lazy, self-centred but transparent attempts by the Maori Party and others to garner special favour for one race over the other.

    Cheers,
    Richard Treadgold.

  11. wtl 11

    The purpose if the Treaty was to allow British settlement here while ensuring the rights of the original inhabitants were maintained. Unfortunately, the Maori have been screwed over ever since. Nevertheless, the original Treaty still stands and the partnership remains – the descendants of the Maori who signed the treaty should be provided proper representation in the government of the land. Nothing to do with race or special favour, but everything to do with honouring the agreement between two parties – now between the descendants of both sides.

    • wtl 11.1

      I’ll just add, no one is taking away your rights or saying that you are any less important because you are not Maori. All that is happening is the we are providing Maori – who were the original inhabitants of this land – a guarantee that they will be listened to when it comes to making decisions about the country. The Maori seats merely provide that guarantee, and that representation is not disproportionate to the population of Maori. Is that such a bad thing?

    • “the descendants of the Maori who signed the treaty should be provided proper representation in the government of the land.”

      The whole electorate is given representation by those they elect. This is the British system, which Maoris embraced in signing the Treaty with the Queen. This is part of the method which delivers the highly-valued British system of justice.

      “Nothing to do with race or special favour”

      But it is necessary to be Maori to be appointed as one of the guaranteed representatives; it is necessary for those representatives to promote the particular interests of Maoris, and that is the very definition of a racial system. So it has everything to do with race and special favour.

      “Is that such a bad thing?”

      Well, yes, it is, because it enshrines in the system what is fundamentally racism. None of us want that. At least, that’s what we all say. The lazy actually do want it, as witnessed by those agitating for guaranteed racial representation.

      I appreciate your comments about not reducing “my” rights to be heard, but, by the very same reasoning, Maoris do not in fact deserve special consideration merely because of their descendants’ prior habitation here. We have all been born in about the last hundred years; here.

      Cheers,
      Richard.

      • Pascal's bookie 11.2.1

        “This is the British system, which Maoris embraced in signing the Treaty with the Queen. This is part of the method which delivers the highly-valued British system of justice.”

        There were conditions though Richard. They did not just become subjects of the crown like any other, there were guaranteesmade in return. One of which was continued Tino Rangatiratanga. One way this has been recognised is as a right to guaranteed representation through these types of seats.

        Considering the extent of breaches of the treaty, and lack of recognition of rights, I’m not sure how valuable british justice has been on these shores.

        • Guarantees, yes, and no guarantee could be better than to make the Maoris equal to oneself. Not that anyone could elevate another party higher than themselves, for one cannot bestow powers on another greater than one possesses for oneself.

          The precise translation of tino rangatiratanga is disputed, but however it might be translated, it would not elevate Maori governing power above Pakeha governing power. Nor vice versa, for the treaty was signed between two “equal” parties. In providing for full electorate representation, the Queen provided for everybody. That fulfilled the treaty obligations.

          Remember, too, that in 1863 not even all Pakeha had the right to vote in parliamentary elections — it was based on ownership of land, I think, as it was in Britain. So for all Maori now to have the right to vote is a big advance on what the treaty envisaged.

          Whatever breaches of the treaty occurred previously, it’s notable that, in our manifestation of British law, we are coming to terms with them and attempting to set things right. This has not happened in all places of European settlement.

          I think British justice becomes more valuable the more it is practised.

          But the more significant issue of race-derived measures, answered by me above, seems to have gone unacknowledged.

          There is nothing in the treaty that elevates Maori above Pakeha or vice versa, or gives Maori any special right to representation in governing councils, yet that would be the effect of so-called “guaranteed” representation. For, in setting merely a number of councillors, there is nothing to set their race. If they turned out to be all Maori, good on them.

          Cheers,
          Richard.

  12. Batholomew Winstanley the III 12

    Yaaaaawn.

    What Labour really mean is that they reckon ‘urban Maori’ are likely to be a shoe in for Labour stooges.

    Perhaps if Labour hadn’t alienated Maori and Ratana during the Clark era they wouldn’t be dog whistling over race in Auckland now.

    Issues not race boys eh.

  13. bobo 13

    Well they still got the flag aye ? not all is lost..

  14. Tom Semmens 14

    Sharples was pathetic on morning report just now. Talk about the political battered wife. “Well, yes, John hits me but hey – I understand why he does it, and I love him and nothing will force us apart” would sum up Sharples performance.

  15. lprent 15

    Even the herald has an editorial condemning this weak-kneed response by the cabinet. Definitely a case of the tip of the tail wagging the dog. Pretty useless mutt

  16. gobsmacked 16

    The Herald, day after the Hikoi:

    “Speaking in Wellington after the protest, Mr Key said nothing was off the table while legislation was going through Parliament to set up the structure of the Auckland Council.

    [emphasis added, to highlight John Key’s lie]

    But he repeated that Maori advisory boards were a better means of Maori input and local government legislation allowed communities to decide whether there should be Maori seats, “rather than doing it by decree by Government”.

    His comments were at odds with Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples, who predicted victory for the protesters: “They’re almost ready to give in, don’t give up.”

    (end)

    And that sums it all up. Key speaks with forked tongue. Fools like Sharples listen and believe.

    This isn’t just about Maori seats in Auckland. It’s about a Prime Minister who simply can’t help himself – he tells people what they want to hear. Different audience, different message – on pretty much everything.

    How stupid do we choose to be?

  17. MikeG 17

    “A spokeswoman for Local Government Minister Rodney Hide said it was up to the select committee to make a recommendation on the northern boundary.”

    So Hide is happy to let the select committee make a recommendation about the boundaries, but not the Maori seats. Irrespective of the arguments for/against Maori seats, the democratic process is once again being abused by this NACT Govt.

  18. Gosman 18

    Referendums on local body amalgamations are pretty much as big a waste of time as the recent referendum on Parentally adminstered correction.

    It is highly unlikely that local communities are going to vote to merge with others into a larger unit where their collective say is going to be significantly reduced.

    Remember the local body reforms in the 1980’s, (introduced by Labour)? There is still a strong body of people pushing for places like Petone to go back to their previous status.

  19. Ianmac 19

    Key must have balanced the fall-out from making a decision against Maori seats, against the fall -out by waiting for the Select Committee. He chose the former. I think that this is a mistake because it will become a hook for “arrogance and denying democracy to the people etc”. Compare this with the claims of denial of democracy through the Electoral Finance Act.

  20. Ianmac 20

    Rex. I am surprised that you of all people believe that the referendum was a clear expression that the NOES wanted a repeal of the Repeal. Sigh.

  21. gobsmacked 21

    Hydra-Headed Monster Update:

    This morning, Sharples has attacked Hide, and Tau Henare has attacked both Hide and Sharples.

    Henare called Hide a “jerk off”.

    Manners not enhanced!

  22. Pascal's bookie 22

    Manners not enhanced!

    heh 🙂

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    4 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
    4 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, ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    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
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 1
    This is the first of a two-part guest post by Grant A, a long time reader and commenter with a keen interest in all things urban, especially cycling and public transport. He’s been thinking about how to fix Broadway. Stay tuned for Act 2! Readers might remember the pre-Christmas traffic snarl-ups in ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Road trance
    Sometimes technology is your friend and sometimes it can’t be bothered with you. Once you’re away from home and your dependable wifi, well, there’s no telling what will happen. I’ve been going in and out of high-speed and low-speed no-speed Internet pockets all over England and France and look, I’m ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • You Can't Undo Fake News
    Hi,I’ve been thinking a lot about Corey Harris, the 44-year old man who went viral after Zooming into his court appearance while driving. The headlines generated were basically all the same: “Man With Suspended Driver's License Dials Into Court Hearing While Driving”. The headlines said it all, and most people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – CO2 is the main driver of climate change
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago

  • 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    21 hours 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
    21 hours 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
    21 hours 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
    23 hours 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
    23 hours 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
    24 hours 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
    24 hours 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
    1 day ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
    New Zealand and Malaysia intend to intensify their long-standing, deep connections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “Malaysia is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends in South-East Asia – and both countries intend to get more out of the relationship," Mr Peters says.   "Our connections already run deep and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
    The end of Contracted Emergency Housing (CEH) motels in Rotorua is nearing another milestone as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces it will not renew consents for six of the original 13 motels, Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka says. The government is committed to stop using CEH ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
    The Government is providing a narrow exemption from the discontinuation of the First Home Grant for first home buyers who may face unfair situations as a result, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “The First Home Grant scheme was closed with immediate effect on 22 May 2024, with savings being reprioritised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Faster consenting for flood protection projects in Hawke's Bay
    Work to increase flood resilience in Hawke’s Bay can start sooner, thanks to a new fast consenting process, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell and Environment Minister Penny Simmonds say.  “Faster consenting means work to build stop banks, spillways and other infrastructure can get underway sooner, increasing flood ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Judge Craig Coxhead and Nathan Milner newest Māori Land Court appointments
    Tangata tū tangata ora, tangata noho tangata mate. Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka today announced acting Deputy Chief Judge Craig Coxhead as the new Deputy Chief Judge, and Nathan Milner as Judge of the Māori Land Court. "I want to congratulate Judge Coxhead and Mr Milner on their appointments ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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