Wayne’s budget has nothing to do with saving money

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, March 26th, 2023 - 53 comments
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We have heard numerous claims from Auckland mayor Wayne Brown and his supporters that the proposed budget is about saving money and getting rid of a nearly $300 million hole.

Unfortunately, these claims have often gone unchallenged by journalists and, when reporting on the current consultation process, are treated as fact.

This is a huge disservice to Aucklanders and hugely misleading.

Numerous people have come out against the proposal, from community groups, arts groups, councillors, local board members, MPs and economists.

Despite the mayor claiming that his proposal, put together by the council finance team, is the only option available, there are alternative budget suggestions that would retain many services and still allow Auckland Council to function.

But the truth is that the budget proposal is not about saving money.

If Aucklanders were in any doubt before, this week has shown that the budget is an ideologically driven plan that is not the best for Tāmaki Makaurau and the citizens who call this region home.

So what happened this week that has pulled the curtain back on Wayne’s budget and revealed the charade that it is?

The Mayoral Office Spending

At the beginning of the week there were calls for spending by the mayoral office to be subject to the same standards as the rest of organisation.

The mayoral office has $5.2 million to spend per year according to legislation and previous mayors have used this to hire staff and commission independent reports.

Phil Goff was so frugal with his budget that he returned around $3 million to council which earned him unexpected praise from the right-wing Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance.

His successor has no plans to be as responsible.

Instead of showing true leadership, Wayne Brown is taking a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude.

If he truly wanted to save Auckland Council money, he would follow Goff’s lead and reduce his office spend, returning $3 million to the council.

That $3 million could continue to fund Citizens’ Advice Bureaus across the region and also continue funding the Early Childhood Education centres that council run.

But Brown won’t do that because he is driven by neo-liberal economic ideology that says councils should only fund roads, pipes and rubbish.

He also won’t do it because he doesn’t like his predecessor and he cannot fathom following in Goff’s footsteps.

The LGNZ decision

Yesterday, Wayne Brown had the deciding vote on whether Auckland Council should leave Local Government New Zealand.

This isn’t the first time Wayne has dragged a council out of LGNZ.

He did it in the Far North when he was mayor up there and less than a year after the decision to leave LGNZ, the council voted (7 in favour, 3 against) to return to the national organisation.

This time, as in the Far North, Wayne painted leaving LGNZ as another cost-saving venture.

Aucklanders were told by the mayor that it would save Auckland Council $650,000 from the council’s budget.

The subscription fees for Auckland Council are $350,000.

It is unclear where he gets his figure from as, despite his claim that council pays for people to travel to meetings, elected members pay their own way.

He really doesn’t like LGNZ and his immature throwaway comments during yesterday’s debate showed a huge disdain.

But once again he is letting his ego and ideology get in the way of good decision making for Aucklanders.

Leaving LGNZ will mean that Auckland will no longer benefit from an LGNZ programme that provides over $1 million in savings per year in minimised street light electricity use.

Leaving LGNZ will also mean Auckland Council  will have to go it alone in lobbying to government ministers, would have to seek its own policy advice and will miss out on training for elected local council members, particularly for Māori, Pasifika and young elected members.

Lobbyists cost a lot of money, as do policy advisors.

The mayor and his supporters have not explained how they will cover those new costs, nor how Auckland Council will pay for invaluable training and support for newly elected members.

If the mayor was serious about making genuine savings, he would see that staying in LGNZ saves Aucklanders millions of dollars a year and provides millions of dollars per year in benefits.

So once again, Aucklanders have been lied to by their mayor and his ideological buddies.

The proposed budget is not about genuine savings in a crisis.

This is simply an attempt to drag Auckland back into outdated thinking that has been shown to have failed us time and time again.

I encourage everyone to feedback to Auckland Council and let them know loud and clear that you reject the proposed budget, and that you want the council to do a new budget. Submissions close at 11 pm on March 28.

I have already linked to the website for A Better Budget for Auckland above.

Other helpful links are as follows:

Together We Can

Stop the Cuts

Forest and Bird

Green Party

Petition to save Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Guest Post Anon

53 comments on “Wayne’s budget has nothing to do with saving money ”

  1. AB 1

    Most likely, Brownie was installed to sell revenue-producing assets to his backers – justified by shouting about a budget crisis.

    It's a staple of right-wing governments – somewhere on page 1 of the playbook. Sometimes (e.g. Key's tax cuts) you have to manufacture or exacerbate a budget crisis if there isn't a sufficient one when you get into office – sometimes you don't.

    • Mike the Lefty 1.1

      I remember when Key's government manufactured an ACC funding crisis as an excuse to increase ACC levies on people's wages. It was bs of course.

      [Typo fixed in e-mail address – Incognito]

  2. Belladonna 2

    This whole presentation by Brown is taking me right back to the bad old days of "User pays" – when all government provided services were costed out, and you were expected to make a proportion of that amount as revenue.

    Stupid, short-sighted, bean-counting mentality (it frequently cost more to charge for the service, than was received).

    There are legitimate issues to be debated: The rise in interest rates; the fall in the profitability of the airport income; the rise in the general cost-of-living impacting Council services as well; the cost of storm and associated weather repairs and future-proofing.

    Yes, we should (and this is the job of the Councillors, and local board representatives) debate value for money, and determine where the money is best spent.

    If the income pie is smaller, then there is always a choice to either make the pieces smaller, or to buy a bigger pie.

    • Are golf-courses (which certainly don't pay their way), more important than community houses and/or libraries?
    • Would it be a better decision to sell airport shares or to sell under-used lands (there's those golf courses, again)?
    • What does managed retreat look like – can that be a cost-positive (no longer required to maintain expensive roading and utility infrastructure to marginal areas).
    • Can we identify wasteful spending, and reallocate this?

    However, characterising this as a budget crisis – and demanding wholesale cuts to the services which make Auckland a vibrant community (or set of local communities) – is not helpful.

    I do wonder if some of this is a sacrificial lamb. In that, Brown can then turn around and tell Aucklanders: well, you demanded to keep the services – therefore there will be a 20% rates increase.

    • newsense 2.1

      Golf courses I kind of don’t mind, in a hypocritical way, if they’re public courses and providing that green therapy to the drinking class…in NZ golf is a much much more democratic activity than in most of the world. The Warriors love a game on their day off, or at least they used to.

      Tennis clubs though I’d build minimum 5 storey apartment complexes on with special dispensation starting tomorrow…using the majority view of sport funding as being rugby or achieving Olympic success of which it achieves neither. And it’d really annoy a lot of people in Parnell, Westmere, coastal type areas, block their sea views and more than likely bring undesirables into the neighborhood.

      Don’t forget Brown is just a more acceptable face of this guy in the Waikato. He didn’t want to link climate change to the floods, was slow to call in outside help and then blamed everyone else and implied it was keeping him from his tennis.

      The Waikato charmer:

      It talks of “the likes of councillors Sarah Thomson, Louise Hutt, [Anna] Casey-Cox, with the rest of their council greenies throwing heaps of our hard-earned rates at climate change”.

      “Now they’re ruining us all financially, and should be taken behind the Bike Shed and have the living s… beaten out of them before they do too much damage.”

      Imagine wasting money on climate change! After Esk Valley et al.

      • Mac1 2.1.1

        What our mysogynist Waikato charmer said, in part, "[In] my day that sort of thing was commonly spoken of. It wasn’t actually factual. You didn’t do that (have the living s… beaten out of them)- 'them' being three named women councillors.

        Tell that to the victim of a Tauranga MP who did do that, with a bed leg.

        Lest we forget……. lest we believe the lies…… lest we ignore or leave unchallenged the mysogyny, the casual violence, the callously thoughtless comments of haters and bullies……

      • Barfly 2.1.2

        "Remuera is the city's most valuable council-owned course by far, its 63.6ha valued for rates at $22.5m but $517.1m by Cameron Partners as an "alternative use value".

        Good luck trying to find out how many members they have I gave up on page 4 of google results.

        Wayne Brown the arsehat getting rid of CAB which is driven by volunteer workers but keeping billions of $ of golf courses including Remmers – a private club being charged peppercorn rent!

        • newsense 2.1.2.1

          That’s news to me, but not sense!

          Though it is very kiwi: exclusive private country club on el cheapo rent on public land…

  3. Martin C 3

    How many got of their backsides and voted?

    • Tiger Mountain 3.1

      Go to the top of the class…on that one comment anyway.

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-government/300836246/aucklands-election-by-the-numbers-1-in-5-nonvoters-filled-in-the-paper

      Lazy sods, or alienated, marginalised, transient sods? A contracted out electoral service, a crumbling postal infrastructure etc.

    • Liberty Belle 3.2

      I did. I voted for Brown, and so far he's doing exactly what he was elected to do, which is fix Auckland. Some people are losing their shit over it, but hey who cares.

      • newsense 3.2.1

        So what does a fixed Auckland look like?
        Fixed as in neutered?

        Got to remember some of us have lived through this Tory bullshit before.

        Make a financial crisis, hock off the family silver to your mates, leave an enormous deficit in terms of providing social services or dealing with problems, and when the other lot get in and have to spend to fix the problems call them irresponsible and demand we stop using money checking if apartments are being built properly etc. or providing for a future with more flooding or requiring denser populations. Try to keep things bottled up until we cark it at least!

        • Liberty Belle 3.2.1.1

          "stop using money checking if apartments are being built properly"

          That is a consenting activity that is charged to the developers/builders. It is effectively a revenue stream to council.

          "Make a financial crisis"

          This council did not 'make' the financial crisis. That was made by the previous council(s) who were unable to hold spending to affordable levels.

          "hock off the family silver to your mates,"

          Which mates? Do you have any evidence that anyone on AC is intending doing this?

          "leave an enormous deficit in terms of providing social services or dealing with problems"

          What social services ae you referring to? What problems will not be dealt with? Auckland has an infrastructure deficit that was built up under left wing dominated councils.

          "So what does a fixed Auckland look like?"

          Auckland has been heading towards being unlivable. The public transport system is a joke, and organisations such as AT and Panuku have become synonymous with incompetence or worse.

          A 'fixed' Auckland is one in which we have less debt, contained rates rises, a concentration on core services, and an accessible city.

          • Barfly 3.2.1.1.1

            Is your definition of "core services" Billions of dollars of Golf Clubs ?

            • Liberty Belle 3.2.1.1.1.1

              As an alternative to selling them for housing, yes.

              • Barfly

                Wastage of billions in assets for golf and yet deleting Citizens Advice Bureaux to save comparatively pocket change you are a true right winger sir and no that is not a compliment.

                • Liberty Belle

                  The golf courses are not costing billions of dollars to run. Instead of repeating mantra, come back with what you suggest we do with them.

                  • Barfly

                    Learn to read "wasting billions of assets" does not equal "costing billions to run" you disingenous fool. What to do with them – some should be converted into a mixture of parks, playing fields(thus being using far a far greater number of people than the golf courses) housing and shopping precincts with care to retain as many mature trees in the housing precincts as possible and utilising multiple housing construction companies to avoid housing monoculture and thus creating suburbs with character. The sales of the land will create enormous revenue to the council to reduce debt and the creation of much needed housing and shopping precincts will also create significant revenue for the council by virtue of the land being rated at its realisable value. angry

                    • Liberty Belle

                      You said “wastage of billions in assets…” not "wasting billions of assets". These are two different things.

                      If golf courses are retained as parks, they do nothing to address the waste you say is occurring by retaining golf courses. In fact that makes it worse, because golf courses have revenue that offsets costs. Unless you are advocating charging for access to parks?

                      If you’re advocating housing, then that means council selling off the golf courses (and that certainly has merit, as does council selling, eg the airport shares), however you have to accept that there will be loss of amenity, and loss of environmental benefit.

                      BTW – Have you ever played on a public golf course in Auckland? Do you understand the socio-economic profile of the average public course player?

                    • newsense []

                      He’s proposing to sell off Airport shares for a hit of sugar and a transfer of assets to those with disposable cash.

                      Identical playbook to previous liars- make a crisis, sell the farm.

                  • Christopher Randal

                    How many houses could be built on the golf courses? An indication would be the development at Takanini.

                    • Liberty Belle

                      That depends on the level of intensification. As I said above, there could be merit in converting some of the golf course land to housing, but the environmental and amenity impact has to be considered.

                  • georgecom

                    cut it from 18 holes down to 9 holes. put some land into higher density housing as well as some into local park and bush land (also serving as a big soak hole for flooding events). the 'public' get to continue using a golf course, some the land can be used for green spaces and some for housing and the council gets a really nice big wedge of cash it can use to pay down debts. Maybe a couple of golf courses could be looked at cutting in half. Brown, with his 'engineering back ground', can have a 'walk around' with some engineers and 'quickly sort out' how to cut the courses in half I am sure. problem sorted.

                    • Liberty Belle

                      Sensible suggestions. In fact, 9-hole golf is becoming very popular, because not everyone can afford the money or time to play 18 regularly.

          • newsense 3.2.1.1.2

            Fixing public transport by cutting it immediately, setting future uptake back further? That’s quite a miraculous feat.

            And I tend to believe Bernard Hickey and others that the panic over finances is horse shit.

            • Liberty Belle 3.2.1.1.2.1

              I tend to believe that the counter budget is to borrow and rate. That has failed.

              • newsense

                Whereas austerity during a crisis and in general has got a brilliant track record?

                Usually you prime the pump when it is needed- which you’d imagine it is after the floods.Though maybe not for those pulling in the pension and a salary while owning Auckland property in wealthier places where waterways were looked after?

                So rents and house prices are a one sided bet, while rates must be kept down? I mean that’s the job he’s doing, is not saving the city in any way. Protecting property owners from their costs.

                Defunding cycle safety roll out on school routes? With the public transport genius who gave us Parnell station? That is just the crankiness of the man who didn’t want to mention climate change around the floods as it wasn’t helpful.

                It’s buzz word policy and short termism. From the intellectual lineage that first didn’t want Britomart and then didn’t future proof it.

                • Liberty Belle

                  "Whereas austerity during a crisis and in general has got a brilliant track record?"

                  Austerity is a buzz word. You can do better. How about 'living within our means'.

                  • newsense

                    You are an expert aren’t you? Wipe out austerity as not a thing and reducing government to a Dickensian household budget. That’s quite a linguistic feat.

                    • Liberty Belle

                      Austerity is only in your mind. It's really just about living within our means.

            • Liberty Belle 3.2.1.1.2.2

              "He’s proposing to sell off Airport shares for a hit of sugar and a transfer of assets to those with disposable cash. Identical playbook to previous liars- make a crisis, sell the farm."

              The airport shares are returning nothing, and are costing ratepayers to hold. It makes absolute sense to sell them.

              • newsense

                Wait I’m confused- they have no value so we should sell them or they are too valuable for a council to have so we should sell them?

                • Liberty Belle

                  My comment was fairly clear. I didn't mention value. The cost of holding the shares is significantly higher than they are returning (which at the moment is zero. There is absolutely no reason for a council that is getting close to being $11bn in debt holding on to non revenue earning shares in an airport.

                  • newsense

                    So throw more natural monopoly shares to those who invest? Tourism not going to feature in the economy long term?

                    Must be a hard sell- here are some shares so worthless we had to fire sale them…

                    Beginning to think you were in on the original BNZ shenanigans…

                    • Liberty Belle

                      It's actually quite simple.

                      Auckland has debt of around 12 billion and rising.

                      Auckland has a current operating deficit of close to $300m.

                      Auckland owns a minority shareholding in an airport. It exercises no effective control over that asset and receives no dividend. Selling that asset will enable the city to reduce debt by around $2bn, and lower debt servicing costs by around $88m per year.

                      It's about as simple a decision as anyone could ever make.

  4. Thinker 4

    There's a saying attributed to Goebells that if you tell a lie big enough people will simply accept it.

    IMHO, Brown is adopting the same strategy.

    As far as the budget goes, though, Brown has one vote out of about 21 (and a possible casting vote). The councillors have been told that Brown doesn't always lay the full facts in them (incognito, here's your link:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/auckland-council-quits-local-government-nz-lgnz-chief-executive-refutes-wayne-browns-claims-of-a-boozy-conference-in-the-bay-of-islands/RM4RUY7Q7NAC5JROK3HPLD4D2I/) and I would hope there's enough councillors with a conscience and a brain big enough to see the woods for the trees to stop Brown getting his way.

  5. Liberty Belle 5

    "IMHO, Brown is adopting the same strategy."

    Are you suggesting brown has told lies about the financial position Auckland is in? Do you have any examples?

    • Barfly 5.1

      Are you suggesting he has told the truth? Seems unlikely to me.

      • Liberty Belle 5.2.1

        Just a few of problems with that (all quotes from Verity's article or links)

        "Close observers also know that both the Crown and our councils are now both very lightly indebted and nowhere near breaching any debt or interest limits relative to their incomes and assets."

        That's from the link to Bernard Hickey's piece. Except he's wrong. Measuring a council's debt to assets ratio is a nonsense, because council assets are not always able to be sold.

        "no external authority is worried about it,"

        That's also a nonsense. Council's have a monopoly. They have a captive income base, so it takes a hell of a lot to get ratings agencies twitchy.

        "you’ve heard how Auckland Council has got this supposedly massive “fiscal black hole” of $295 million."

        It's not 'supposedly' massive, it is massive. There is no way to sustain that without huge rates rises, or more borrowing, which just kicks the can on the future generations.

        "A Better Budget” is promoting a mix of higher rates and borrowing"

        And there it is. This so called 'better budget' hands it off to our kids. Or imposes higher costs on everyone, including those on low or fixed incomes.

        "But basically there are no zombies."

        Verity should stick to simple stuff. Auckland Council's debt is frightening, and increasing.

        So I'll point you to a salient warning sounded by Damien Grant, over 2 years ago, when he said this:

        "Auckland Council has become a bloated, debt-laden monster sucking in cash, employees and capital. It has taken on a range of projects and agendas from climate change to business development to promoting various social agendas that are rightly the preserve of central government."

        If anything, since then it got worse.

        • Thinker 5.2.1.1

          As a unitary authority, Auckland Council has the accountability for (Local Government Act 2002):

          The Local Government Act 2002 brought about a total change in empowering local bodies. It changed from the ultra vires approach to a more permissive approach that gave local authorities "full capacity to carry on or undertake any activity or business, do any act, or enter into any transaction".

          The Act included a focus on sustainability with the reference to the 'four well-beings' social, economic, environmental and cultural. The purpose of the Act is (a) to enable democratic decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, communities; and (b) to promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities, in the present and in the future.

          Plus, the accountabilities of a regional authority (RMA1991):

          • Planning for the integrated management of natural and physical resources
          • Planning for regionally significant land uses
          • Soil conservation, water quality and quantity, water ecosystems, natural hazards, hazardous substances
          • Controlling the coastal marine area
          • Controlling via resource consents the taking, use, damming or diverting of water
          • Controlling via resource consents the discharge of contaminants
          • Establishing of rules in a regional plan to allocate water
          • Controlling via resource consents the beds of waterbodies

          And other statutory obligations:

          • flood and river control under the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941,
          • reserves vested in regional councils under the Reserves Act 1977,
          • civil defence under the Civil Defence Act 1990,
          • regional pest management under the Biosecurity Act 1993,
          • harbour and water navigation under the Maritime Transport Act 1994,
          • hazardous waste under the HSNO Act 1996,
          • public transport planning under the Land Transport Act 1998, and
          • supervision of the safety of dams under the Building Act 2004.

          The RMA is under review and that might drive some changes to the scope of regional and unitary authorities, without the guiding hand of Mr Fixit.

          Bless you, LibertyBelle, for your unwavering support of Wayne Brown when so many people are shocked and awed.

          https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/poll-shock-auckland-mayor-wayne-brown-goes-from-big-election-win-to-poor-approval-rating-in-the-space-of-five-months/IQDRLYGRHRDKVK64YMX4VTSC5M/

          https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/21-03-2023/wayne-browns-interviews-since-being-elected-mayor-ranked

          • Liberty Belle 5.2.1.1.1

            Generally the MSM are shocked and awed, particularly people like Simon Wilson, who has had his reputation badly hit by his unwavering support for Efeso.

            As for Brown, he doesn't give a rats about polls. He's a grumpy old fart, but he has a job to do, and he's doing it. Without fear or favour.

            • newsense 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Yeh- deliver airport shares and low rate bills.

              Certainly if he doesn’t deliver on flood infrastructure and public transport these are something our children will be paying for over and over.

              CAB is something that will cause a lot of damage amongst people who can’t vote, or don’t vote, or don’t vote enough. It’s the kind of thing first generation immigrants use, or people returning to the workforce or people renting. It’s reassurance to people in times of anxiety and stress. Libraries and CAB still have a large amount of public trust. It’s the kind of thing an arsehole would do away with. It’s certainly not fixing the city in any way.

              • Liberty Belle

                "Certainly if he doesn’t deliver on flood infrastructure and public transport these are something our children will be paying for over and over."

                That's a joke. The current PT system is a dog, and that's Goff's legacy.

        • newsense 5.2.1.2

          Ahh Damien ‘a man of convictions’ Grant.

          Personally I’d rather listen to Bernard Hickey in the Kaka:

          The expert is saying that Auckland is not only in a good position with a gold-standard AA credit rating, but its position is solid enough to put a stable outlook on the rating. I’ve been reporting on these sorts of credit ratings for 30 years. It’s only when they start putting a borrower on ‘negative outlook’ and downgrading ratings that people should start to worry.

          But wait, there’s more. S&P actually said there was a chance it could upgrade…yes upgrade…Auckland’s credit rating if Three Waters goes ahead and, as it expects, Auckland’s population and economy continues to grow quickly and the central Government keeps helping fund infrastructure.

          • Liberty Belle 5.2.1.2.1

            As I said above, those ratings mean diddly. The alternative budget suggests increasing debt and rates, because council have a monopoly, and the legal right to collect whatever rates they wish. Unlike some, I'm actually not keen on hitting people already struggling with high cost of living with even more.

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    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    3 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
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  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
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  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    3 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
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  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    7 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

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    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

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    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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    1 day ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    1 day ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

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  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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  • School attendance continues to increase

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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

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