We Need A Proper Constitution

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, September 20th, 2022 - 41 comments
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She’s in the ground and it’s time.

In May last year Prime Minister Ardern was centre stage at the Harvard Commencement Address and issued a dire warning that democracies can die, public institutions can wither, and states themselves can fall.

It is astonishing that a Prime Minister who has had to use legal and martial forces by the state against its own citizens in security and in public health, seen Parliament occupied for over a month, endured our worst terror attack, and made some of its deepest reforms in three decades in health, local government and water, cannot see any reason to connect weakening democracy to ourselves and hence a need for constitutional reform.

As Prime Minister Ardern herself stated while in London for the commemoration events, she will not act about the constitution unless and until there is a compelling reason to do so:

The only people who ever ask me about it are the media.”

This is a prime minister who simply will not act unless there is a strong and pressing will of the people to do so. That is her pattern.

So let’s go to  Ardern’s own words from that Harvard address, and turn that same to ourselves. When complaining about the corrosion of public discourse through social media, she said:

It ignores the fact that the foundation of a strong democracy includes trust in institutions experts, and government – and that this can be built up over decades but torn down in mere years.”

That’s just social media and its impact upon our Muslim community as a very good reason for constitutional reform that she herself has admitted.

In just one Parliamentary term we have seen, without specific electoral mandate, our democratic rights and input removed or deeply weakened by this government in water management, school boards, health, tertiary training, local government,  and independent oversight of children in need of protection. Ardern has stated her case that democracies can die, but that applies in New Zealand and from the left as much as anyone else.

Then there’s COVID19. Minister Parker has set out clearly what the legal and constitutional impact of COVID-19 has been. I have not been more chilled by the state than when I was stopped at Meremere by both the Police and the NZDF to determine whether I could drive out of Auckland for work, handing over three sets of approvals, while 99% of other citizens and residents were confined by force to their homes. Minister Parker could see the constitutional ramifications, even before they started re-nationalisation.

That’s them in their own words.

Why constitutional reform now?

Timing. The Queen is dead and what will replace her will be far weaker in its importance to us. The World War 2 generation is 95% dead. 90% of historic Treaty settlements are done. The Bicentennary is only 18 years away.

Then there’s politics. Mixed Member Proportional Representation has dampened ideological extremism and delivered greater Parliamentary diversity. But we’re not safer, nor stronger, nor clearer about where we are going for having it as a set of mechanisms.

Then there’s necessity. In a term or so all historic Treaty claims will be done. In 2048 the Antarctic Treaty will expire. The New Zealand Realm countries Tokelau, Niue and Cook Islands are going to get really important in territorial contests over resource. The relationship of the state to Maori is changing fast and often too fast. Then there’s deep institutional failure: the Royal Commission into state care, the security and intelligence failures from the Christchurch Massacre, and across the justice system continued instances of individuals unable to stop being crushed.

What could be in scope?

In no particular order.

  • Relationship of New Zealand to the United Kingdom.
  • The Canberra Pact of 1944 to come to the defence aid of Australia.
  • The role of the branches of government including the judiciary, armed forces, and NZ Police, including who they answer to and how operationally separate they are.
  • The role of the  Treaty of Waitangi and going through each of the provisions including right of the state to form and transfer property title, protection of rights to water and native lands, and all the rest.
  • Broad scope of regional and local government to the state. Coming out of that will be property rights, enforcement of contract.
  • Any lands or asset classes to be entrenched in Parliament for example National Parks and Marine Reserves.
  • Deep sea territorial reach.
  • What references to Australia.
  • Whether the Bill of Rights Act should be entrenched by a super-majority.
  • Rights of citizens and their defence, for example the right to detain, search, seize property, to jail, rights perhaps of compensation.
  • What if any references to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.

Then you might get to who runs the show. Purposes of the Governor-General, or if we decide to remove the sovereign what if any major changes for a replacement. If they remain largely ceremonial powers, not much changes. If an active President (insert te reo equivalent if you like), a lot changes: to whom do the core branches of government answer and how including judiciary and powers of the Supreme Court, NZDF, NZ Police, and role of Prime Minister. Elected or appointed by Parliament, full can of worms.

Mechanisms to amend the Constitution.

Maybe consider direct Parliamentary representation for Realm states. Ask the regional representation question. Ask the broad question of whether we are over-governened for our size or under-governed for our diversity.

Use useful precedents like the constitutional reforms of Singapore, Denmark, Netherlands, Fiji, Australia, Jamaica, France, and Canada.

Out of scope could be annoying distractions like changing the flag, the national anthem, or the country’s name. Don’t open the box called Australia. Don’t specify any electoral system. Maybe don’t get tangled in an Upper House discussion. Give people enough to get excited about but don’t expect catharsis, cathexis, or any examination involving masks or rubber gloves.

Keep it tidy. Don’t do a Chile and jam every progressive idea you can think of in it, and then see it burn like the Hindenburg.

Aim to get the legible basics on one side of a business card.

Timing

Aim for a Big Reveal in 2036, then down the runway preparing for the Bicentennary in 2040.

Working backwards:

2036-9                Bicentennary plans, mandate and outcomes

2033-6                Election of new entity heads, re-forming Parliament

2029-32              Engagement, legislation, process design and regulation

2023-26              Cross-Party agreement on scope, timing, and purpose

We should allow a gradual process to bed all this down. Depends on public appetite and of course on events.

It would be a job worth doing, clearly not within the appetite of this Prime Minister. But it’s well time to talk about it.

41 comments on “We Need A Proper Constitution ”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    Everyone wants a constitution, as long as it is a constitution that suits them…

    • Hunter Thompson II 1.1

      That's it right there – it surely is question-begging to assert we need a "proper constitution". What is meant by "proper"?

      But whatever constitution we get, the lawyers will do very nicely out of it, you can bet the house on that.

      • solkta 1.1.1

        I think by proper he means an actual constitution document. We have constitutional law but it is splattered around in a number of different pieces of legislation.

  2. Blazer 2

    It's a big project and a commendable one.

    When both National and Labour favour the status quo….who would have the determination,the fortitude to take it on?

    Maybe when the newer ,younger voters rebel against the 'open economy' we run and decide NZ's destiny should be more than a huge retirement home and profit centre for overseas companies,change may come ..about.

  3. Descendant Of Smith 3

    "while 99% of other citizens and residents were confined by force to their homes. "

    This bullshit doesn't help your case. It would be far more accurate to say 99% of us understood the need for health measures and voluntarily stayed at home but also saw the need for the state to intervene for the 1% that wanted to be dicks about it.

    Now I don't necessarily think the percentages were 99% and 1% – they are your pieces of nonsense but I'm sure my statement is far more accurate than yours.

    Was free as a bird to go to the supermarket when I needed to for instance and did so.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 3.1

      Was free as a bird to go to the supermarket when I needed to for instance and did so.

      Or go for a daily walk on car-free roads, surveying bears and other exotics – great times.

      • Descendant Of Smith 3.1.1

        Yep cause most people knew it made sense to stay home and not circulate. The end result was much fewer deaths than nearly every other country so the people were right.

        Nor was the approach a product pulled out of thin air. Pandemic planning had been going on for years under both National and Labour coalition governments and I'd say 90% of what was implemented was in those planning documents.

        Nobody wanted a pandemic but when it came New Zealander's responded well. That some people didn't like it and for some it was hard was always going to be the case.

        I look at my mate in the US in a wheelchair in an anti-vax state, anti-mask state who last I spoke to him hadn't been outside his house for over two years.

        Some of the alternative options weren't pretty either just different people affected and in different ways.

      • Sabine 3.1.2

        So as long it is within five kms of your home, enforced by police stopping and checking drivers as to their home addresses as it was enforced in lovely Rotorua, which ment that the redwood forest was literally a place only those living near by could go.

    • mikesh 3.2

      Perhaps, though, the decision should have been the governor general's rather than the PM's. as I understand it, it is GG's prerogative to declare a state of emergency, but usually on the advice of the PM.

      • Hanswurst 3.2.1

        You'd actually, seriously prefer decisions on something of that nature to rest in the hands of an unelected dignitary, rather than those of an elected government? I don't think I'll ever understand that sentiment.

  4. Stuart Munro 4

    You don't think a constitution might be a can of worms? A perceived pork barrel for minority interests like NZinc, and the usual suspects to fight for the champion's portion while ordinary New Zealanders look on aghast?

    Or for de Tocqueville's oligarchic lawyers (yes, you Palmer) to engineer something for their benefit with little or no relevance or value to the public at large?

    Elizabeth is barely even cold, and Charles's indiscretions thus far seem to go no further than scolding a servant who didn't check the pen for a key state occasion. There are many wrongs that can be laid at the door of the British monarchy, but largely speaking not by us.

    Let us see a few drafts before setting an end point on the process – and for God's sake, let the document be a popular one, not yet another wretchedly worthless technocratic imposition.

    • lprent 4.1

      and the usual suspects to fight for the champion's portion while ordinary New Zealanders look on aghast?

      Like the rort called the Taxpayers 'union'.

      • Stuart Munro 4.1.1

        NZ has an abundance of entitled groups looking for more than their share. A popular constitution is built on and stands and falls on, an equal franchise.

        The Taxevader's Union are nothing more than a subconscious declaration that they desperately want to be audited by IRD. NZ can afford to humour that craving.

        Issues like He Puapua, expect what might be some kind of affirmative action. But any such policy must survive a review under whatever the final constitution might turn out to be. And that is one of the more legitimate causes the constitution must navigate.

        Things like Trans advocacy will not fare well if the public have any meaningful input.

        With this in mind, a Palmerian solution is probably as far as government would be prepared to go – ineffectual, with no popular support – a game not worth the candle, and electorally costly.

    • Anker 4.2

      100% Stuart Munro

  5. Anker 5
    • We definitely need a discussion about the way forward for Aotearoa/New Zealand.

    He puapua declares constitutional transformation. This needs to be put on the table and clearer stated what is intended.

    I note Jacinda Ardern casually mentioned in an interview with the BBC that NZ will become a republic (this was before the Queens funeral I might add). I didn’t realize that that debate had been had.

    The UK and the monarchy are my whakapapa. Pretty pissed off that it can be so casually dismissed.

    The points you outline that need addressing eg, the relationship with the UK are bang on.

    I would also add if it is not there already our right to free speech, which is significantly eroded and will become more so if hate speech laws are passed.

    • Jack 5.1

      I too was very surprised with the PMs casual comment in a BBC interview Anker. There was an inevitability about it with zero discussion.

      Iwi views on what happens to the 1840 contract between Iwi and the Crown, when the Crown is removed would be interesting. Does it get torn up given the removal of one party to that contract?

      • solkta 5.1.1

        The Treaty has already transferred from the British Crown to the New Zealand Crown. When the New Zealand Crown transforms itself the Treaty will still be there, it is the founding document of this country.

        • Anker 5.1.1.1

          Who is the NZ Crown? Geniune question. I thought the monarchy, Charles 3 now was the King of NZ, so therefore if we get rid of the British Monarchy, we have no crown. I am not sure about this, just wondering.

          • solkta 5.1.1.1.1

            When NZ became independent from Britain "The Crown" became the New Zealand Crown with the British monarch as the head of state.

            https://youtu.be/SNh6hZL61JU

            Transcript

            Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer: One of the complexities of New Zealand relates to the expression, the Crown, well the Crown is a very complicated entitiy, the Crown wears many hats, its not just the crown on the head of the Queen, it is in a sense the government and how do you distinguish the crown from the government. Where does one start and the other end.

            Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias: Well the Crown is the successor of the British Crown and the Queen Victoria, was of course a party to the treaty. So the Crown, the executive in New Zealand if you like is the inheritor of the obligations that the Queen took on in 1840.

            Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer: The Crown is also the the principal part of the justice system, the judges are Her Majestys judges, the Queen is the fountainhead of justice. Ah, the public service operates in the name of the Crown and so the Crown is the Head of State as well.

            Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias: When I use the Crown, I'm really talking about the executive government but, that, that's perhaps a technical use and maybe people use the Crown to mean the state, because that's also possible. In which case it would embrace all branches of government, legislative, executive and judicial.

            Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer: So you see, these ideas merge together, they become quite complicated and people don’t understand them. It's, it's not surprising.

            https://natlib.govt.nz/he-tohu/korero/what-is-the-crown

            • solkta 5.1.1.1.1.1

              So when we get rid of the King the New Zealand Crown will still exist, but we will probably call it something else.

              • Anker

                Cheers,

                Seems very unclear to me.

                • Hanswurst

                  Why should we call it anything else? We talk about a head of state, but we aren't referring to a giant head; we speak of the houses of parliament, but we're not referring to where the MPs cook and sleep; we talk of cupboards, but we don't mean boards that we hang cups on; we refer to Charles III as 'King', despite his being a mere figurehead, who is, in all practical senses, powerless; is there really any advantage to adopting a more prosaic term for something that is in any case probably too complex to be grasped by the precious few who are so thoroughly literally minded as to be thrown by the use of the word 'crown' for something other than an actual crown or monarch?

                  [typo fixed in user name]

    • SPC 5.2

      She said she expected a republic within her lifetime.

      This leaves two scenarios

      1. a bicentennial republic or King William choice.
      2. she outlives King William.
      • lprent 5.2.1

        she outlives King William.

        Demographically likely.

        • Phil 5.2.1.1

          But for all of the genetic faults of royal inbreeding, the British ones do have a habit of living for fucking ages. William's great grandmother cracked 100 and famously got a telegram from her daughter. Both his paternal grandparents made it comfortably into their 90's. Oddly, Diana's parents both died relatively young (in their 60's).

          • lprent 5.2.1.1.1

            We're talking local XX vs in-bred XY here. Have a look at death rates of the male line. Their imported males usually lasted longer than the Windsors males.

  6. mikesh 6

    I think we should give some thought to the question of crown prerogatives. For example, it is the prerogative of the crown to appoint judges, but Donald Trump (though of course he is not part of the British system) appointed judges alleged to have been opposed to Roe v Wade, to the US supreme court. When appointments are made in this country I understand the crown is required to accept the advice of the PM. Is this an entirely satisfactory situation, or should the king, or GG, be able to make independent appointments?

    The crown also has a prerogative in the printing of of banknotes and the minting of coins. This was sensible since in these cases the authority of the crown acted as a guarantee of their acceptability. These days however demand deposits with the trading banks are also considered a form of money. Should there also be restrictions on the banks' creation of money by means of a simple bookkeeping entry? And what about the "independent" Reserve Bank governor: should his or her appointment also be a crown prerogative independently arrived at?

    It is believed by some that the head of state should be an apolitical figure, so should he or she sit outside the political arena? Even the election of a president doesn’t guarantee that.

    • lprent 6.1

      When appointments are made in this country I understand the crown is required to accept the advice of the PM. Is this an entirely satisfactory situation, or should the king, or GG, be able to make independent appointments?

      Not correct and simplistic even when you look at the US judges. They do have to get past senate and a lot of vetting inside the legal profession.

      The cabinet is one of the groups that the crown uses to select their officials, and the PM is is just one member of the executive council.

      Judges are largely selected by lawyers through various means before the PM as lead minister offers their name to the crown. If the PM tried to override that, then they'd find a few teeny problems – like judges and QCs disagreeing directly to the GG or the crown.

      The military and police hierarchy are highly involved in selecting their crown appointed leadership.

      Should there also be restrictions on the banks' creation of money by means of a simple bookkeeping entry?

      Perhaps you should read up on the role of Reserve Bank. Who do you think issues all money directly or indirectly. And if you think that politicians make that decision without getting a general agreement before the name goes before the crown, then you're sorely mistaken.

      All of the things that you're looking at are conventions – they are about as real as the convention that the crown accepts the PM's advice.

      It is believed by some that the head of state should be an apolitical figure, so should he or she sit outside the political arena? Even the election of a president doesn’t guarantee that.

      Having a monarchy and crown detached from the day to day running of their government, but still responsible for the powers that they let others to run directly , is not apolitical? Having the local GG appointed with widespread support from parliament, courts, military, police, maori, and dozens of other interest groups isn't apolitical enough for you? Why exactly?

      You really need to do some reading of history and to exercise your brain a bit…

      The system we have was hammered out over several revolutions and massive strife between parliaments and the crown. It was imposed on NZ, modified several times, and seems capable of all of the required adjustments to issues we have used on it so far. I can't see a reason to do more than tinker with it.

      • RedLogix 6.1.1

        Exactly. It is a stable and yet responsive system when necessary.

        Equally important in my eyes it decouples the symbolic figure-head of the state from the political leadership which when you consider how overseas major power republics are so very prone to personality cult autocracy – Putin, Xi and Trump being very proximate examples – is a very good thing.

        The younger version of me was all for getting rid of an ‘irrelevant monarchy’, but the older version has seen too many fashionable political changes that had unintended consequences.

        • lprent 6.1.1.1

          I have come to prefer our current state of being a republic in all but name.

          Mostly because reading the history of actual constitutional republics indicates that they are inherently unstable, subject to periods of ridiculous instability, and inherently subject to authoritarian rule.

          Currently the longest lasting republic of a substantial size is Switzerland, which became a republic in 1648 – as part of a international treaty that still holds today. Arguably the treaty to stop Swiss mercenaries being used as they had been in the 30 years and 80 years religious wars has provided the sustaining basis of their republics continued stability.

          The next oldest is the US, which has been showing its age recently with a rigid constitution allowing some authoritarian tendencies (think the Gulf of Tonkin incident or the unjustified 2003 invasion of Iraq) in a burgeoning of active authoritarian executive. Plus its eternal deadlocks in congress that are steadily forcing government by presidential decree.

          Next up is a Paraguay – that has had one of the most consistent records of being a republic in name only since before the Paraguayan war of 1864-1870. Essentially it has been a de facto dictatorship for most of its republican existence.

          Rather similar to all of its compatriots of Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Columbia, and the other republics spawned out of the dissolution of the Spanish empire in the 19th century.

          Basically having a stable republican government that doesn't fall into periodic de facto dictatorships for long periods appears to be the rule rather than the exception.

          This is a clear trend that goes all the way back to the Greek city-states and the Roman republic. It appears to be what the US is teetering on the cusp of now.

          Whereas constitutional monarchies like ours have a much better record of adaption without descent into dictatorship or revolution. It appears that shared fiction is a powerful way to avoid rigidity.

        • higherstandard 6.1.1.2

          Find it difficult to argue with any of the points that you've both made.

          Suspect it points to all of us suffering from the same age related grumpiness.

      • mikesh 6.1.2

        Having a monarchy and crown detached from the day to day running of their government, but still responsible for the powers that they let others to run directly , is not apolitical?

        I did not deny that it was. I merely questioned whether the same thing could apply to an elected president.

        I was also questioning why PM, cabinet or parliament has to be involved at all in some of these decisions.

        • lprent 6.1.2.1

          I merely questioned whether the same thing could apply to an elected president.

          Sorry – got the wrong end of the stick in that case. In theory yes.

          In practice it doesn't seem to be the case. Personally I think the issue is with term limits and impatience. You're trying to find someone who is willing to waste part of their life doing a ridiculous 'apolitical' job. It either means that you get a useless someone who is willing to do that and who you can't count on in a crisis or someone competent who gets frustrated with the role.

          Our GGs do it for a limited 5 year period, mostly from roles inside our public service system, and ultimately who aren't fully responsible for it. It has proved to allow people of high competence in a public service role on behalf of their remote boss. It is hard to see any of the recent GGs who wouldn't make their and their monarchs displeasure clear if parliament or the executive council tried to do something dodgy.

          The monarchy doesn't have term limits and is a lifetime career to which people have been trained from a early age as to being a pretty useless hod carrier with constitutional opinions – and ultimately the ability to constrain a government or parliament from poor decisions.

          Seems to work. It is really hard to find similar restraint amongst elected presidents, protectors, and other variants throughout history in republics.

          The Swiss Executive Council would probably be a better model for a what is known as semi-presidency if we had noticeable regional differences in NZ.

          I was also questioning why PM, cabinet or parliament has to be involved at all in some of these decisions.

          Absent of a revolution or the abdication of the NZ monarchy from the role.. Then the only way that this could be done is using Parliament under our current laws. We are a representative democracy without binding referendums.

          I don't think that we will get a revolution or our monarch abdicating or binding referendums any time soon.

  7. This is not a prime problem for NZ and New Zealanders.

    Environmental problems are! Rising sea levels/sinking coast lines/wild weather.

    Meeting and understanding Maori needs and wishes.

    Providing enough shelter food and work in a sustainable way.

    We need to be pushing for regenerative farming.

    We need to be developing ways to control and use our waste.

    We need to rebuild our supply lines., and look at food miles.

    We need to monitor "Let's make NZ ungovernable" proponents.

    There is no constitutional crisis in NZ, but there are enough concerns as it is imo

    By your own admission the PM listens to the people.

    devil Bloody Hurrah!! Who did you have in mind if not the people?…?

  8. Kat 8

    Timing. The Queen is dead and what will replace her will be far weaker in its importance to us……………"

    Events. That is what replaces the Queen and the PM at this time is wise to hold her counsel and keep the country's powder dry. The PM certainly said NZ will ultimately become a republic over time. This is the continuation and evolution of events that Queen Elizabeth 11 herself oversaw as Monarch in her subtle and deft handling of Deimperialization during the past seventy years.

  9. lprent 9

    I can't see any current or obvious compelling reason to change. You said it yourself…

    It is astonishing that a Prime Minister who has had to use legal and martial forces by the state against its own citizens in security and in public health, seen Parliament occupied for over a month, endured our worst terror attack, and made some of its deepest reforms in three decades in health, local government and water, cannot see any reason to connect weakening democracy to ourselves and hence a need for constitutional reform.

    Those powers were all there already to handle them in whatever manner was required. The Director General of health has the go to power on pandemics – that was set in the 1920s and updated twice since then. The police and military have pretty clear instructions in legislation and regulation on how to support. Same with everything else you mention.

    The basic problem is that you seem to be framing it as political entertainment rather than framing a need for it. Geoffery Palmer's piece was the same. It concentrated on that we could do it rather than why we would want to do it.

    Palmer also governed (in inverse) why the various treaties simply don’t matter either way. Apart from the Treaty Of Waitangi, the others can be flicked over easily.But also non eof them provide a reason why we need to change.

    Sounds like fashionista thinking to me.

    • Phil 9.1

      …concentrated on that we could do it rather than why we would want to do it… none of them provide a reason why we need to change.

      I think you could reasonably look to the bloodshed that America, India, and countless other nations have gone through over hundreds of years to rid themselves of a foreign ruler as a substantial reason why. We currently have an opportunity to do so with a considered, collaborative, process rather than one driven by hurried gunfire. By historical standards that's a rare opportunity.

      • lprent 9.1.1

        Probably pay to have a look at my comment further up where I criticise the historical inherent inability of republics to provide stable, responsive, adaptive, and democratic government.

        I wasn't looking at other countries. I was looking at why this nation would want to change its constitutional base.

        You drifted off into a silly fashionista argument about other countries which had all of the relevance of a Mike Hosking PR line about why we should change a flag. Which so far is all that this discussion has thrown up.

        The mere fact that we have an ability to change a flag or a constitutional basis of a state does not constitute a reason to do it.

        Sure it may please constitutional lawyers with providing a avenue of work, or placate someone with an Irish historical meme. But none of those things provide a reason for me to do it.

        The total interference in my life and my nations life back to a grandparents of being a constitutional monarchy has been an occasional traffic jam, and being forced as a kid to go to Eden park. All of the rest has been from our local government.

        So far I haven’t seen a actual reason offered to make the effort to change that I can’t attribute to people blindly following a fashion.

  10. Maurice 10

    The radical journalist Thomas Wooler mentioned constitutions in Black Dwarf back in January 1817:

    "States must either proceed, or retrograde. ……….

    The people ought to have remembered that they were the guardians of the constitution. Instead of that the simpletons expected protection from the constitution; which is in fact nothing but the recorded merits of our ancestors."

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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
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    15 hours ago
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
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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
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
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    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
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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
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    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
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    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
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    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...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
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    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
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    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
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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
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
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    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
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    1 week ago
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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
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    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
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
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    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
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    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
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
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    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
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    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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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    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
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    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
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    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS (ANZMIN) 2024
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon Richard Marles MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong hosted New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters MP and Minister of Defence Hon Judith Collins KC MP on 1 February ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Minimum wage set for cautious increase
    The adult minimum wage rate will increase by 2 per cent to $23.15 an hour from 1 April 2024, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden announced today. “This Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting the incomes of our lowest paid workers and maintaining labour ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Increased security improves ED safety over summer
    Increasing the number of security staff in emergency departments (EDs) over the busy Christmas and New Year period improved the safety of both staff and patients, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. 200 additional security staff (93 FTEs) were provided to 32 EDs in response to concerns raised by ED ...
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    3 weeks ago

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