Wayne Brown’s letters

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, October 20th, 2022 - 50 comments
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Wayne Brown (or is that Matthew Hooton) has over the past few days released a series of letters that are astonishing in their audacity.

Any complaint that he is not putting in the hard yards getting up to speed with the job of running the most complex city in the country can be temporarily forgotten.  Not only is he putting in the hard yards but he is also poking various beehives with sticks to see what the response is.

It reminds me a bit of Donald Trump’s first couple of weeks where he released a series of executive orders that had, or were supposed to have, a major effect.  Things like withdrawing from the TPPA, restarting the Keystone Pipeline, or barring international NGOs that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funding.

Unlike Trump, Wayne Brown has no executive power except in a few areas.  Nor does he have a supportive Council.  Instead he is trying to set the agenda and seeing how far centrists and even the left are prepared to move to his world vision by publishing a series of preemptive publicity strikes.

One of his advisors has links to Crosby Textor.  It shows.

His latest missive attacks Auckland Transport.  And there is a great deal of pro car anti bike rootin tootin in the letter, enough to fill a whole semester of stage one Political Science classes.

Like these nuggets:

I seek a complete change in approach at AT. You appear to have been focussed on changing how Aucklanders live, using transport policy and services as a tool.  Instead, AT must seek to deeply understand how Aucklanders actually live now, how they want to live in the future, and deliver transport services that support those aspirations.

Climate change will force us to change the way we live.  Business as usual will only accelerate what we are seeing now.  Either we adjust now or the environment will force us to change.

AT needs to exercise better judgement, as well as listen to and follow the wishes of local communities. That includes understanding that AT’s decisions impact the lives of people every day.  AT must understand the families who are struggling to move around the region: pick-up their children, do the groceries, get home safely after-dark, and juggle other commitments. You must understand the local businesses who rely on transport connections and their needs now and in the future. And you must recognise that the transport network materially impacts Aucklanders’ safety – especially at night, for women, for young people, the elderly and for shift workers. 

To my mine this is fancy language for maintaining our car centric status quo.

Aucklanders do not always have the choice of using an e-bike, a bus or even a train but rely on the roading and carparking networks to make their life functional.

While this may be the case it ignores the fact that every time someone in Swanson catches a train rather than drive to the city someone in Te Atatu South has a slightly better trip to downtown.  Public transport will not be for everyone but an improved system can suit many of us.

Brown wants AT to support peoples aspirations for transport and how they want to live in the future.  He wants less road cones.  He wants fewer new roads, which is not such a bad idea, but also wants to retain car parking buildings and to Invest in cycle lanes only where the per-kilometre construction cost is on par with costs in other jurisdictions.  He also wants AT to “understand and address the social and economic disruption of road reorganisation, including the cost of eliminating of kerbside town centre parking and vehicle pickup /delivery points”.  No more cycleways is one possible interpretation.

His proposed cost discipline may in one respect not actually be such a bad thing.  I agree with Greater Auckland that some of the recent cycleway projects are over engineered and too costly.  We could do a great deal by completing the network by a series of more discrete projects.

But the problem is that Brown is essentially proposing to do not very much at a time when urgent action is required.  Two months ago Auckland Council endorsed the Transport Emissions Reductions Plan which requires Auckland City to reduce transport emissions by almost two thirds by 2030.  The briefing document noted that under current policy settings emissions would only reduce by 6% by that date.

The proposals to get there are radical including these:

  • “Light vehicle VKT needs to reduce by half, requiring comprehensive alternatives to private car travel. Around half of all car trips are less than 6km in length and around half of all short trips (less than 2.5km) are taken by car.  It is these trips that represent the greatest opportunity for mode shift.
  • A huge increase in the uptake of walking, cycling, micromobility and public transport is required to replace trips no longer taken by car.
  • Cars will still have a place in the system, but they must be more efficient, with a higher proportion of the fleet being zero and low emissions.
  • Trips need to be shorter. This means land use must change so that people can more easily access services and amenities close to where they are.”

This will require considerable reshaping of our city in a very short time.  Brown’s proposal at face value proposes little change.

How this is responded to by Councillors will be interesting.  I expect that this will be put to the test in the near future.

50 comments on “Wayne Brown’s letters ”

  1. I think the first Council meetings will be a fascinating exercise in power dynamics. Would love to be a fly on the wall.

  2. Ghostwhowalksnz 2

    Yes the Mayor has little to no executive power ( same goes for PM -who has to have it endorsed by Cabinet which does have executive powers.)

    Yet the Council agencies are required to follow strategies and direction of Council and Im sure the vote of the full council backing him or not will happen fairly soon.

    Three Waters 'edicts' are just what the previous council had decided at a number of its meetings starting Sept 2021, which was opposition. What works for auckland doesnt mean it should for many other areas as Councils there have fallen well short . Im thinking West Coast, Hastings, Whanganui, Kaipara District ( Mangawhai) and of course Wellington.

    • Incognito 2.1

      You making up BS again angry

      Resolution number GB/2022/51

      MOVED by Mayor P Goff, seconded by Cr L Cooper:

      That the Governing Body:

      a) endorse the development of Auckland Council’s submission on the Water Services Entities Bill consistent with resolutions of the 23 September 2021 Governing Body meeting (Attachment C) and the Mayor’s Minority Report (Attachment D).

      b) delegate to the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Governing Body, and the Watercare Liaison Councillor, the authority to amend and approve the submission, including any amendments that might mitigate the negative impact of the Bill on Auckland.

      c) delegate to the Mayor and Cr Linda Cooper (as the Watercare Liaison Councillor) the authority to speak to the submission on behalf of the Governing Body at the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee.

      The motion was declared CARRIED by 15 votes to 5.

      https://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Open/2022/06/GB_20220623_MIN_10155.htm

      • Ghostwhowalksnz 2.1.1

        Submissions on the legislation like the passed Water Services Bill which are technical details, yes I read it

        'To ensure Water Suppliers are able to successfully manage risk across a number of regulatory frameworks, Watercare believe it is important to utilise tested approaches to duty of care statements and risk management'

        And such like minutitae

        They are still opposed as in the resolution you linked to the Council submission wants The
        latest Water Service ENTITIES legislation not to include Watercare

        3rd paragraph down

        Thanks for proving my point that the Council is opposed to 3 waters entities for Auckland. A resolution to submit on the legislation doesnt mean the Council is in favour of the major entities proposed.

        • Incognito 2.1.1.1

          A resolution to submit on the legislation doesnt mean the Council is in favour of the major entities proposed.

          non sequitur

          Engaging with the political process is non-negotiable. This requires work (aka effort, time & money). Somebody has to do the work. Brown wants this work to stop and says he has the backing of Council [the previous Council opposed it], pre-empting a vote on this by the full new Council and pre-empting the passing of WSE Bill. In any case, it is nothing major for Watercare and par for the course.

          • Ghostwhowalksnz 2.1.1.1.1

            Submissions to the Select Committee for the 3 Waters Entities bill by Auckland council/Watercare done and dusted some time back – the last I think was beginning of September. Which said they wanted Watercare excluded !

            Also a submission included the Local Boards, which I think were ALL opposed to as well . Watercare made its own submission included in that back in JULY

            Check the dates for yourself.

            https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_124081/tab/submissionsandadvice

            This is the Council majority stance before the election and Im sure will be confirmed when the new Council meets

            • Incognito 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Going in circles with you. The submission process was neither the beginning, end, nor the only action required, it is merely a step in a long arduous process. And when (!) WSE Bill has been passed there will be even more work required. Who's going to do that if not Watercare? A consultancy firm? Does Wayne Brown have veto rights in NZ Parliament and can he stop WSE Bill?

              You may want to educate yourself if you can get your head of the rabbit hole you seem to be stuck in:

              https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300714638/wayne-brown-playing-to-angry-crowd-on-call-to-halt-three-waters-work

              I’ll leave it to the other readers of this site to form their own opinion instead of listening to your reckons that sound very similar to the BS coming out Brown’s mouth:

              Cooper [Linda Cooper was the councillor liaison with the Council-owned company Watercare] said Brown was simply “playing to an angry crowd” with a letter that would have no impact if the government pressed ahead with amalgamating the country’s local body water operations into four regional bodies.

              “The public doesn’t want this, so he is emboldened,” Cooper told Radio New Zealand on Tuesday morning.

              “But he is not following due process.

              “You’ve actually got to get a majority of councillors voting for a change in statement of intent, then it will go to the [council-controlled organisation].”

              This is about Brown, how he conducts business, and not about Three Waters per se. Get it now?

              • Ghostwhowalksnz

                You dont get it my friend . The Watercare submissions were made months back.

                Unless you have some facts to back up this claim 'its ongoing' , its just waffle. Which is fine if you you want that approach.

                Trying to define the matters under discussion – the Post says Browns Letters- again seems to be because you cant argue the facts

  3. Sanctuary 3

    Three years of an old man shouting at his own people via Hooten and Hosking awaits Auckland.

    But let's be real. Hooten's real aim here is the Labour government. He wants to start an all-out shit show culture war, with the active connivance of NZME, with the aim of making Auckland angry and ungovernable in the hope it polarises the electorate in right's favour.

    Dirty politics Trump style.

    • AB 3.1

      But let's be real. Hooten's real aim here is the Labour government. He wants to start an all-out shit show culture war, with the active connivance of NZME.

      Spot on. Brown's delusional vanity and conceit makes him the perfect vector for infecting the mainstream/bloodstream with Hooten's extremism.

    • Anne 3.2

      Re Hooten:

      yes yes

      He's one of the dirtiest political actors in the country – carefully disguised as 'responsible commentary'.

      • woodart 3.2.1

        hooten has hitched his wagon behind a few different donkeys. and has picked up more than his share of donkey dust. possibly he will be labours best hope in auckland as he implodes yet again, through lack of smarts ,and unfounded overconfidence. senior nats keep him firmly at arms length now after the muller disaster. he is too smart for his own good, but not smart enough to for his job decription.

  4. Incognito 4

    Trump ruled by tweet, Sharma rules by Facebook, and Brown is old-school and rules by letter. Does he lick the stamps, spits on them, or does he [….] on them to make it stick?

  5. Ghostwhowalksnz 5

    Many dont seem to know what the Mayors job entails

    Well the Auckland council provides the details – which it had for Mayor Goff – who still is Mayor till new Mayor sworn in next week

    https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/mayor-of-auckland/Pages/mayors-responsibilities.aspx

    The mayor’s responsibilities include:

    • promoting a vision for Auckland
    • providing leadership to achieve the vision
    • leading the development of council plans, policies and budgets
    • ensuring effective engagement between Auckland Council and Aucklanders.

    The development of the Budget gives him some power akin to the Minister of Finance, but needs to be passed by Council of course.

    What he seems to be doing in last few days is 'promoting a vision for Auckland' and he certainly hopes the council will endorse by votes his leadership

    Its strange that some seem to think that the Government and Mahutas 'messaging' about 3 waters – which hasnt yet passed into law- supersedes Browns 'messaging' about the councils approach- which the previous council had voted to oppose

    • Incognito 5.1

      Brown’s messaging is two-pronged: OTOH, it is blunt & crass, but OTOH, it is sub-liminal dog whistling and using the Force. He, or rather his advisory team of grey man in in grey clothes doing black ops, is manipulating the great unwashed to reject Three Waters outright and wash it down the drain before it reaches a higher level than the kneejerk responses of the reptilian brain. You seem an all-too-willing advocate of this approach!? I reckon the PM is not so gullible.

      • Ghostwhowalksnz 5.1.1

        I seem to know more about it . Your language indicates you have never built a drain or designed one like I have.

        Ive said the 3 waters or similar is definitely needed for the medium and smaller cities- Hastings killed people for goodness sake. Watercare itself did a lot for smaller rural communities on Auckland outskirts which were neglected by their rural councils.

        For example Clarks Beach village on the Manukau had a sewerage scheme, nearby Glenbrook beach village didnt. Watercare built a sewer line to connect it up. Theres other work for clean water supply as well. If you have ever read Watercares updates many would know this, but Im wondering if the 'inner urban elites' brain deigns to such things

        The abusive tone doesnt become you

        • Incognito 5.1.1.1

          sigh

          Moving the drain posts, I see.

          Go dig a hole for yourself somewhere else.

          • Ghostwhowalksnz 5.1.1.1.1

            I was using real life situations to show the readers , while your clever metaphors might go down better for say the New York Review of Books readers

            Its all about the pipes and drains, without them we dont have a functioning city, inspite of what some think .

            Run for Mayor yourself my friend , it might be humbling
            Wellington had a different approach, their new mayor is someone from the professional politician class and an real life spin doctor/PR maven. A very capable person by accounts , but will it fix their pipes ?

            • Incognito 5.1.1.1.1.1

              It is about unblocking the sewage system of local politics marred by inaction (fatbergs) and poor decision making that is already costing ratepayers heaps and will cost future generations heaps more. That’s what Three Waters Reforms aim to address.

              Stop diverting.

              • Ghostwhowalksnz

                Really . You are diverting by raising Council resolutions to submit on the various 3 waters legislation packages. The first , already passed covers water quality issues . No real problems over that as its entirely necessary

                The current 'Entities' legislation which the council submitted its opposition to Watercare being included , which you falsely claimed to mean the Council supported it. ( never reading what they said)

                Im quite happy to correct your falsehoods , probably done in good faith but lack understanding, but now you say Im diverting ?

                Since you cant win on the facts no need to become a black letter lawyer and try to win on the wording and pleas to 'future generations'

                [Making up false statements about what I said.

                The current ‘Entities’ legislation which the council submitted its opposition to Watercare being included , which you falsely claimed to mean the Council supported it.

                Point to a comment of mine where I said that.

                You’re in Pre-Mod until then – Incognito]

                • Incognito

                  Mod note

                  • Ghostwhowalksnz

                    9.21am

                    You making up BS again angry

                    Resolution number GB/2022/51

                    MOVED by Mayor P Goff, seconded by Cr L Cooper:

                    That the Governing Body:

                    a) endorse the development of Auckland Council’s submission on the Water Services Entities Bill consistent with resolutions of the 23 September 2021 Governing Body meeting …….

                    The motion was declared CARRIED by 15 votes to 5.

                    This was about a Council resolution on submissions that both reference its Sept 21 opposition and also oppose Watercare being included in the Entities legislation.

                    Your falsehood was saying BS about my factual claims that the council had passed resolutions opposing the major 3 waters bill which takes over Watercare

                    Clearly you hadnt even glanced at the Council submissions, but made the claim in a misunderstanding that submitting to the select committee indicated support . For why else would you seem triumphant in a 'gotcha' … with emoji

                    If you are honourable you would admit your mistake in in your BS claim , which is false .

                    But as you want to have comments and moderation that raises interesting issues about boundaries ( ironic in that Brown certainly has overstepped his)

                    [Your continued and repeated BS is that previous Council wanted Watercare to stop work on Three Waters Reforms. This was and still is utter BS.

                    Then you claimed that I’d said that previous Council supported WSE Bill, which is again utter BS. Making submissions, pro or con, doesn’t imply support at all and I never said such a thing.

                    I can’t be bothered anymore with your ongoing falsehoods about the previous Council, Brown’s letters and his right to rule by decree, Three Waters, and digging holes for pipes & drains in the wop-wops. Take the rest of the month off – Incognito]

  6. satty 6

    In the picture, does W. Brown "complain" about the width of the footpath?

    To me it appears the footpath is too narrow to be usable, especially with the electricity poles on the footpath. Good to see broken yellow lines, because the "average" NZ car drivers would otherwise use the "footpath" as their own public parking space.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 6.1

      Its a rural area by the looks of it. Not even a suburban shopping strip would be that narrow.

      The width seems fine for a person to walk along.

      • Belladonna 6.1.1

        It's Upper Harbour Drive. So, a road which used to be major (access to the upper harbour bridge), before the new motorway intersection was put in place.

        The problem with walking (and cycling) is that the road ends on Albany Highway (a semi-motorway – 4 lanes at that point, and a really nasty intersection – even for cars, let alone unprotected cyclists) – which is deeply unfriendly to both pedestrians and cyclists.

        There are no destinations for people (shops, playgrounds, community facilities) anywhere within reasonable walking distance on or from Upper Harbour Drive – so everyone drives.

        There would (potentially) be reason to cycle (though many cyclists have also been critical of the cycle lane – and the accident rate for cyclists has also gone up since it was installed). However, it suffers from the not-joined-up thinking – it's a cycle lane that ends directly in a heavy traffic semi-motorway, with no further cycle path.

        In Auckland, we seem to have been suffering from a desire to put in cycleways, without thinking through where they are going, and who (potentially) will use them. The vast majority of people won't cycle 20K or more to work – certainly not to start with. However, there is real potential for shorter distance cycle trips (to the dairy, to the local library, to the swimming pool, etc.). But, for that to work, the cycleways have to start at the destination and work outwards. There is little point to setting up one in a suburban street which effectively goes nowhere.

        ATM, the local shopping centres, libraries, swimming pools, etc. – are all deeply unfriendly (infrastructure-wise) to cyclists (and, often, to pedestrians, for that matter).

    • Ad 6.2

      It's North Harbour.

      AT got a lot of complaints about car damage when they were installed.

      They will probably replace them with rubber ones.

      If anyone out there knows AT staff, just support them. They are the only people keeping our transport network alive. They are under incredible pressure and have essentially no allies right now.

    • Tiger Mountain 6.3

      WTF would be appropriate for this image.

      I have lived in the Far North community for 30 odd years, where this pest has also lived. One of his many properties is a small apartment on the end of an historic building–a long time Four Square shop–cantilevered and piled, over the Mangonui Harbour.

      When the store was renovated some years back, (you could see the water through the gaps in the floorboards previously), Browny took the opportunity to rearrange the footpaths and parking out front without proper consents, also knocking back disabled entry–archived at Northland Age. The result being he gets a carpark for his Jeep and arrogant warning signs–“Don’t even think of parking here, you will be towed” and everyone else has to put up with reduced road width. Since he became Auckland’s bane, the carpark has been gleefully used by all and sundry.

      The multi level apartments he built around the corner opposite Mangonui Wharf, are constantly being pumped out from underground spring water that is a well known local feature for engineers, which he claims to be.

      Look, he is easily sprung, but few seem to care what a degenerate he is. Brown has to be considered a puppet at the moment, with his National Party and ex Labour (Chris “the Lizard” Matthews) as minders and strategists.

      Councillors do your job!

      • Visubversa 6.3.1

        So pleased that someone else remembers the "lizard" moniker for Chris Matthews from the days when he used to throw his weight around at Labour Party meetings. Him and his mate the "Brothel Creeper".. His eyes were always the same colour as his face.

  7. Cricklewood 7

    I do like the part where he said Auckland transport should consult with the relevant local boards on descions like removing carparking etc.

    That way the community gets heard and the flip side to that is perhaps local boards could request Auckland transport work to reduce carparks if that's what the local community wants.

    Making the decisions more locally focused with local control will actually help bring people along with the change. Not to mention it might actually enthuse a few more people to participate.

  8. AB 8

    This is the telling bit in Brown's letter "You appear to have been focused on changing how Aucklanders live"

    i.e. it's the old "social engineering" accusation that was used so effectively against the Clark government in its last term. I remember arguing endlessly (and pointlessly) at the time, that all political ideas are social engineering, politics is in essence a disagreement about what sort of social engineering we want. There are other parallels too – the word 'woke' now serving the same purpose as 'political correctness' did back in 2008. This seems to be how the nexus of RW power (business, media, political parties) attacks and brings down even the most mildly centrist/leftish governments.

  9. Peter 9

    From a Brown letter:

    "AT must seek to deeply understand how Aucklanders actually live now, how they want to live in the future, and deliver transport services that support those aspirations."

    On Sir Dove-Meyer Robinson:

    "Robinson's main focus during his second period as mayor (1968) was his advocacy for rapid transit system for Auckland. Robinson's proposal for a bus-rail rapid transit plan was "to provide fast, modern electrified railways through the main traffic corridors of the region". The proposal had passenger trains every three minutes running from an underground subway terminal in the city centre with above ground tracks leading to Howick, Auckland Airport and a tunnel to the North Shore. The scheme was heavily criticized for its cost (an estimated $273 million in 1973) and both the ARA chairman Tom Pearce and most of its members opposed the scheme. The Third Labour Government reneged on an election pledge to pay for the scheme and the rapid rail proposal disappeared. Retrospectively, Robinson's idea to implement rapid rail was seen as a possible long-term solution to Auckland's subsequent transportation difficulties. The phrase; "If we'd only listened to Robbie…" has become common speech in Auckland whenever the city's transport system is debated."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dove-Myer_Robinson

    So, Brown's letter:

    How Aucklanders actually live now? On clogged, hardly coping roads. In a city with major transport infrastructural work under way impacting dramatically.

    How they want to live in the future? With unclogged high-class roads in every direction with orange cones never sighted, with no major transport infrastructural work to impacting lives.

    The solutions? There are none that will go past merely 'coping' and 'coping miserably.'

    The main and ongoing change will merely be in the volume of the caterwauling and the discontent about transport in Auckland.

    When Robinson wanted something dramatic to happen, (which would now have been the base for extending and developing) the population was about 600,000.

    Around 2030 the population will be 2 million, Brown will be well gone and Hooten will be working for the 3rd term National/Act government.

  10. Nic the NZer 10

    What's the picture about?

    Wayne Brown risking damage to road infrastructure, cones and injury to any passing cyclists?

    • roblogic 10.1

      He's doing the traditional Boomer ritual of celebrating a bike lane by observing how empty it is (and ignoring the road that is 100x more expensive and just as empty)

      • Nic the NZer 10.1.1

        He doesn't seem to have the mentality of a cyclist. Most cyclists are aware some drivers will treat them as if they have a target on their back. Wayne doesn't appear to have realized the Mayor can be spontaneously recognized in public, yet.

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  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    1 day ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
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    5 days ago
  • Dig this
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
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    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    6 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
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    1 week ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
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    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
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    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
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    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
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    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
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