Wee gripe: “lagging indicator”

Written By: - Date published: 1:48 pm, July 18th, 2009 - 51 comments
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John Key, sunny grin in place, says the recession’s all but over. Admits that unemployment will continue to climb (barring a miricle like, say, his government getting off its arse) until mid-2010. But he’s ‘relaxed’ about that. Says unemployment is just a “lagging indicator”.

Easy to say when you’re on $393,000 a year and have a few mil under the mattress. Dude just doesn’t get that he’s talking about real families sinking (deeper) into poverty, with all the consequences (crime, poor education, poor health, suicide) that go with that.

51 comments on “Wee gripe: “lagging indicator” ”

  1. Tim Ellis 1

    Slow news day eh zetetic? What next, your cheese scone recipes?

    • IrishBill 1.1

      Fuck off and write your own blog then.

      • Doug 1.1.1

        Touchy “Irish Bill” Very Touchy.

      • Tim Ellis 1.1.2

        Come on, IB. The telling part is “Easy to say when you’re on $393,000 a year and have a few mil under the mattress.”

        This post is just another attempt to take a swipe at John Key with little substance.

        • ak 1.1.2.1

          That’s right Timmy – there’s no substance to mass unemployment. Those of us who worked in the social services during the nineties reckon it was a cakewalk. Tears from adults are such a trifling lark eh Tim? And what do all those studies and stats prove – pffffft just more numbers, 1200 a week, schmelvehundred a week.

          Tell you what though Tim, not all of us have your wonderful way with words: and seeing as how you’re so proud of not being an “anonymous” blogger ‘n all, and seeing as how most of our clients don’t have computers ‘n stuff (losers seem to spend it all on food and suchlike!) and won’t ever see your insightful and compassionate comments, would you mind posting your address on this blog so that we can send people round to your place for advice? Thanks in anticipation Tim.

          • Tim Ellis 1.1.2.1.1

            Okay, ak. I will bite.

            What are you doing to create employment or save jobs, or look after those who have lost their jobs?

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Trying to show people that capitalism sux and that the economic theory that we’ve been using for the last 3 centuries is, in it’s most basic assumptions, wrong.

            • Tim Ellis 1.1.2.1.1.2

              So not a lot then, Draco.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.1.1.3

              Better than defending the present failure.

            • Zetetic 1.1.2.1.1.4

              Draco’s not the PM, Tim.

              PM’s got a responsiblity to the people of NZ to ensure the govt is enabling sustainable, high living standards. Best way to do that is high employment. Key doesn’t give a crap.

        • stormspiral 1.1.2.2

          ‘…just another attempt to take a swipe at John Key with little substance’.

          I don’t think ‘little substance’ would make a very good weapon, Tim. LOL

          But cheese scones might be nice. To cook and eat; not to throw around. I have a very good recipe.

    • MikeG 1.2

      Tim – what recipes have you got to get us out of recession. The NACT govt doesn’t even appear to be in the kitchen yet, it’s just leafing through the glossy recipe books unable to make a decision about the main course.

      • QoT 1.2.1

        Oh fuck, let’s not even go there. Roger Douglas’ “Recipe for Growing the Economic Cake” press release STILL gives me nightmares.

      • mike 1.2.2

        “The NACT govt doesn’t even appear to be in the kitchen yet”

        Still trying to fix the fucker after labour moved out. Pantry is bare and the oven is broke but once we get the gas back on look out…

  2. gingercrush 2

    I like the gripes. I don’t agree with any of them but they’re interesting and they’ve got a decent amount of comments.

  3. BLiP 3

    Yes, don’t you just love that Goober grin all over the face of the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, back in the real world, this week has seen:

    another iconic New Zealand company (Canterbury) bites the dust

    another finance company’s (Cleggs) directors face criminal charges

    another finance comany (Strategic) cannot repay its investors

    our foreign owned banks are found owe you and me over a billions dollars

    the economy gets an international credit rating downgrade

    over capacity in the dairy industry threatens deflation

    Japan’s economy moves into actual deflation for at least the next two years

    Australian owned Transpacific Industries gets out the begging bowl

    Australian export prices “fall off a cliff” – down more than 20 percent for the quarter

    Australia’s largest investment bank (Macquaries) starts falling to pieces

    the Bank of America reports a net 5.5 percent drop in income

    the US Citigroup costs for bad loans for the last quarter was $US12 billion

    another major US player (CIT Group) starts falling to pieces

    the largest US conglomerate (GE) reports a 47% drop in profits for the quarter

    American Express imposes an arbitrary pay cut on its 6,000 UK staff

    British Airways plunders 33 million pounds from its pension fund to stay alive

    Lloyds sacks another 1200 workers, the total for the year now 8.200 jobs gone

    and, confidence in the world economy drops for the first time in four months.

    I suppose in John Key’s mind these are all “lagging indicators” as well.

    • Pascal's bookie 3.1

      Yeah, he’s quite relaxed about that.

      • BLiP 3.1.1

        Any more relaxed and the prick would be dead – Mr Floppy in more than one way, for sure. He’s actually been looking more vacant-eyed since getting back from his Island Tour, I wonder if he’s developed a taste for the kava.

        • So Bored 3.1.1.1

          If Jonkey has seen BLiPs list he will be too busy running off to his brokers and taking short positions on foreign exchange and future put options on key companies. Any tips on the horses BLiP?

          • BLiP 3.1.1.1.1

            Hehehe – yeah mate, only trouble is the horse I like to follow like to follow other horses.

  4. Bill 4

    Interesting wee piece titled Stimulus Arithmetic talking of the US situation but perfectly applicable to NZ.

    The guts of the argument runs that it takes a 2% increase in GDP to reduce unemployment by 1% and that every $1 of additional spending will increase GDP by $1.50 while every $1 of tax cuts will only increase GDP by 90c or less.

    In other words it becomes quite simple to calculate the level of spending or the size of tax cuts required to boost GDP by amounts that will reduce unemployment.

    I don’t know the source of the underlying %ages, but find the argument worthwhile to the extent that it provides a concrete base for discussion beyond the ‘invest’ and ‘tax cut’ dichotomy.

    • jarbury 4.1

      I remember reading about the US stimulus package in a fair bit of detail when they were coming up with it. Quite interesting how the whole “return on money spent” could be calculated quite effectively. It was useful to compare the level of effectiveness of various ways to provide stimulus.

      From memory, the most effective means was through social security vouchers – which forced people to spend the funds they were given through the vouchers. The next most effective means were increases in benefit levels. After that came stuff like investing in infrastructure…. and so on. I think one of the least effective means was tax cuts – and particularly lump sum payments.

  5. stormspiral 5

    Source doesn’t matter. The linear figures could be right. Trouble is, linear arithmetic measures nothing but linear values, and no way is the world like that. The butterfly flutters its wings in Brazil, and the weather changes in NZ. Everything is connected to everything else.

    Paradox: Give more money to the rich to help the poor. Does that sound right? Does it make any sense at all?

    Well it could be sensible if we knew the rich would spend it on job creation. It’s a rehash of Muldoon’s mantra about the ‘trickle-down effect’ I know of no demonstrable success stories. The US bankers have already paid themselves $US18B (approximate figure) in personal bonuses out of the taxpayer funded $US700B bailout. .

    And why oh why would anybody want to repeat the mistakes of the past?

    Also, what makes you think those figures are ‘perfectly applicable to NZ’, or anywhere else? They are after all only a set of theoretical calculations. Linear has nothing to do with the real world.

    I think also that the same methodoligy could be applied to the opposite: give money to the poor so they can create more jobs. No? Yes. The poor would spend more money on things like food, which would create more demand and therefore more jobs, not to mention a little bit of justice along the way.

    If you ever have the energy, try looking at quantum maths and chaos theory, then try throwing in an imaginary number or two, or a strange attractor. I am serious. You do need a bit of calculus to do it, of course, but it’s much more interesting than linear arithmetic, and much more accurate at organic predictions.

    • Bill 5.1

      For clarity, I guess I should have said that the theory is applicable. If the basic premise is correct (and I’m not arguing it is…I simply found it to be an interesting take on matters) then I’d assume the same figures apply regardless of which country you are looking at.

      Of course the world is more complex than the theoretical tools we develop and deploy to help our understanding. But sometimes the theories ‘work’ even when they are based on demonstratively wrong ideas…eg you can calculate your geographical coordinates by employing calculations that stem from the idea that the world is stationary and the universe revolves around it.

      So the simple linear theory and the ‘rule of thumb’ figures may work insofar as they have been ‘close enough as will do’ when retrospectively held against a complex economic reality.

      But I wouldn’t know if that’s the case here. Perhaps others have come across the theory before and so can offer more substantive comment than me?

      • stormspiral 5.1.1

        “But I wouldn’t know if that’s the case here. Perhaps others have come across the theory before and so can offer more substantive comment than me?”

        Sorry. I did jump on you a bit, and you are right about linear models being useful. But they are no better than estimates. They can’t be because they cannot take into account the myriad variables, whereas the more advanced calcs can fine them down somewhat, but even they cannot come up with answers to the mathematical classic problems such as squaring the circle, or finding the square root of -1, though with powerful enough computers they can give it a fair go, with rather strange results.

        But my point about shifting the focus from rich to poor is a valid one, and (linear) mathematically feasible.

  6. John Key actually worked hard for those millions of dollars under his mattress.

    • stormspiral 6.1

      He certainly did. He was and is a professional gambler. Buying and selling currency Not exactly a job engendering occupation; nor production orientated.

      Way back when, we used to call men like him ‘wide boys’. He fits, including the plausible manner and fixed smile that somehow never seems to reach his eyes.

  7. tsmithfield 7

    Unemployment could be solved overnight.

    Do away with the minimum wage. Do away with the unemployment benefit. Let the market decide wages. Wages can go up and down depending on the firms ability to pay and their need to retain staff.

    I don’t expect people here to like this sort of solution one little bit. However, could anyone argue that it wouldn’t result in a very quick elimination of most unemployment?

    • RedLogix 7.1

      No that’s not ‘eliminating unemployment’, it’s called slavery.

      I understand perfectly that Tories still hanker for the good old days of servants, serfs an impoverished class of people you can abuse to your flinty heart’s content… but at least you could try to call things by their proper name.

      • stormspiral 7.1.1

        haha. And I thought he was providing a way to eliminate the people who are unemployed. Same thing, I suppose.

    • Quoth the Raven 7.2

      tsmithfield – I think Prof. Roderick Long, a free market advocate puts things best when he says:

      So in this case: when government passes laws giving group A unjust privileges over group B, and then passes another law giving B some protection against A, then repealing the second law without repealing the first amounts to increasing A’s unjust privilege over B. Of course a free society would have neither the first nor the second law, but repealing them in the wrong order can actually decrease rather than increase liberty.

      and then a quote from Carson:

      [S]ince the state’s intervention, directly or indirectly, has been in the interests of the plutocracy, it matters a great deal which functions of the state should be axed first. The first to go should be those forms of intervention in the market that subsidize economic centralization and the concentration of wealth, reduce the bargaining power of labor, and ensure monopoly returns to the owners of land and capital. The last to go should be those government functions that make the system of class exploitation marginally bearable for labor. In the words of Thomas Knapp of the Democratic Freedom Caucus, that means cutting welfare from the top down, and taxes from the bottom up.

      I don’t think you really have a full grasp of free market ideology. You have to be consistent and understand the consequences of reform. You’re blithely proposing market solutions without grasping the bigger picture of the plutocratic system.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.3

      It wouldn’t do anything for unemployment except possibly increase it.

      And, why are businesses allowed to pay less than cost price for something? Minimum wage is set far below the cost of supplying labour.

  8. AntonyB-Auckland 8

    I am in Act now actually support Libertarianz.

    I think this website is a service to NZ, increasing of our understanding and intelligence.

    The moral and caring, could look at Libertarianz.org.nz, apply a bit of thought and then understand this is the fairest and smart way to advance the country.

    I challenge anyone who cares and is working for the left to keep true to your values and then study free markets. I did not take me long and would not take you.

  9. Antony-Auckland 9

    I am in Act now actually support Libertarianz.

    I think this website is a service to NZ, increasing of our understanding and intelligence.

    The moral and caring, could look at Libertarianz.org.nz, apply a bit of thought and then understand this is the fairest and smart way to advance the country.

    I challenge anyone who cares and is working for the left to keep true to your values and then study free markets. I did not take me long and would not take you.

  10. tsmithfield 10

    It seems to me that for many of you your socialism only goes so far. As I understand it, socialism argues for equity for all. However, when it comes to employment/unemployment, for many socialists, the principles of equity don’t seem to hold up. Consider two scenarios:

    Scenario one:
    A business becomes unprofitable due to an economic downturn. Some staff are laid off to reduce wage costs.

    Result: Some people keep their current pay. Some people get far less on the dole.
    An unequitable situation.

    Scenario two:
    A business becomes profitable due to an economic downturn. Instead of cutting staff to decrease costs, the same costs are achieved by everyone sharing equally in a cut in salaries.

    Result: All people keep their jobs. All people share equally in the reduction of salaries. An equitable solution.

    I predict that those from a socialist type of background would immediately abandon their principles of equity for all when it comes to choosing between these two scenarios. I guess I will find out from the replies I get.

    • Bill 10.1

      In scenario 1, so what if the business is unprofitable? Gohere for another solution to the problem. An equitable one. Also encompasses foreclosures etc which you might find interesting. Otherwise go in about 20 paras for the employment/ production solutions.

      In scenario 2. Same solution as in above link.

    • Quoth the Raven 10.2

      tsmithfield – Socialism needn’t be equalitarian. There is a difference between equalitarian and egalitarian. Socialism is egalitarian. I’m sure many socialists are equalitarian, but historically and contemporarally there’s nothing to “socialism” that requires it to be equalitarian.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.3

      Are prices also going down in Scenario 2?

      Because if they aren’t then it’s likely that people are being asked to work for less than the cost of living.

      PS. Prices are still going up in this recession and wages are being cut.

  11. r0b 11

    Good heavens, an interesting comment from tsmithfield, mark the calendar someone!

    I think you’d find that a true Socialist would come up with:
    Scenario three:
    Workers collective takes over the business and fires the bosses to reduce wage costs.

    But even we wimpy Social Democrats aren’t limited by your two scenarios:
    Scenario four:
    Workers and bosses get together and jointly negotiate a solution (which might be some variant of 1 or 2 or it might be something else).

    What, you don’t like me inventing new scenarios? OK then. In an ideal world, if all bosses were angels then I think you’re right that Scenario 2 is more “Socialist”. However in the real world where some bosses are devils, Scenario 2 can become a tool to exploit workers and strip them of hard earned pay and conditions. Scenario 2 can’t be trusted unless the workers themselves are involved in the decision making.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      Which would require that they see the books and have a say in how much the bosses and owners are paid.

  12. The Pepper Block Kid 12

    I assume in scenario two you left the ‘un’ off unprofitable, TS.

    The wage cut solution proposed is not equitable. It is the socialisation of the losses, but to be equitable it would require the socialisation of profits as well. Retool your scenario that way and you’ll probably enjoy some support.

    And I think your assumption that socialism equals equity is way off the mark. There is a wide variety of thought and ideas on the left (and on the right, of course). I’m pretty sure the nearest the world has come to an experiment in that kind of equity was in Kampuchea. Didn’t end too well, as I recall.

    Modern socialism is difficult to define, but most Labour/Social Democratic parties in the West advocate a mixed model; an acceptance of capitalism with a strong social balance.

    That model seems to be acceptable to the Nats, as well. At least, it is what Mr Floppy promised at election time. Whether Bill English is on board is another matter.

  13. tsmithfield 13

    Quite agree with the socialisation of profits. If wages can be cut during a recession, then they should also rise when things are going well.

  14. tsmithfield 14

    Further to my previous comments, my opening comment about doing away with the unemployment benefit etc was intended to be provactive to engender some discussion.

    The point I am trying to make is that the reason for unemployment is that the job market and wage structure is too inflexible.

    What I would favour is a floating minimum wage on a job category basis. This could rise and fall depending on economic conditions affecting each sector. This would allow employers scope to reduce wage costs when the general conditions become difficult.

    On the converse, when conditions are good, employees will be paid more. So things should even out over time.

    Of course, employers would not be bound to pay the minimum, and may choose to pay more to attract staff.

    This solution would be equitable and help preserve jobs.

    It should be possible to do this with information that currently available in both the public and private sector.

    • Bill 14.1

      Why not allow…nay, insist, that the rate of profit is to rise and fall according to market conditions and that it is the rate of profit rather than the income of workers that takes the first hit during hard times?

      Companies that are putting through redundancies are often not losing money, merely making money at a slower rate. In such scenarios, redundancy should not be allowed to be an option. Profit margin and shareholder return should suffer first and foremost; not workers and their families.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 14.2

      Why did the business become unprofitable?
      Was it because it could not provide the service properly or was badly managed in the first place?
      Or was it because no one could afford its services owing to wages being poor, the government contracting its spending (taking away the local multiplier effects)failing the invest in the local area and those on benefits losing the last of their discretionary spending?

      Blaming it all on wages seems rather simplistic. I fact low wages may well have been the economic problem in the first place.

      • stormspiral 14.2.1

        Right on, Zaph and Bill. At least equitable pain for equitable gain. There’s a lot of confusion about equality and equitability.

    • Quoth the Raven 14.3

      tsmithfield – You’re quite happy to reform labour regulations, but you don’t seem to understand that, like I tried to point out in my first comment, it won’t make the market work better for people unless free market principles are applied more widely. I don’t think we need minimum wage laws, but if we got rid of it now there would be terrible consequences for most workers. We don’t have a properly functioning labour market. The bargaining power of labour is weak becaue we have a state enforced system of unequal exchange. Removing minimum wage laws will not change that. The capitalists need unemployment to weaken the bargaining power of labour. More quotes because others are much better at arguing than me:

      “Although individualists envision a society based on private property, we oppose the economic relationships of capitalism, whose supporters misuse words like private enterprise and free markets to justify a system of monopoly ownership in land and the means of production which allows some to skim off part or even most of the wealth produced by the labour of others. Such a system exists only because it is protected by the armed power of government, which secures title to unjustly acquired and held land, monopolises the supply of credit and money, and criminalises attempts by workers to take full ownership of the means of production they use to create wealth. This state intervention in economic transactions makes it impossible for most workers to become truly independent of the predation of capitalists, banks, and landlords. Individualists argue that without the state to enforce the rules of the capitalist economy, workers would not allow themselves to be exploited by these thieves and capitalism would not be able to exist . . .

      and Tucker:

      “If the men who oppose wages — that is, the purchase and sale of labour — were capable of analysing their thought and feelings, they would see that what really excites their anger is not the fact that labour is bought and sold, but the fact that one class of men are dependent for their living upon the sale of their labour, while another class of men are relieved of the necessity of labour by being legally privileged to sell something that is not labour, and that, but for the privilege, would be enjoyed by all gratuitously. And to such a state of things I am as much opposed as any one. But the minute you remove privilege, the class that now enjoy it will be forced to sell their labour, and then, when there will be nothing but labour with which to buy labour, the distinction between wage-payers and wage-receivers will be wiped out, and every man will be a labourer exchanging with fellow-labourers. Not to abolish wages, but to make every man dependent upon wages and secure to every man his whole wages is the aim of Anarchistic Socialism. What Anarchistic Socialism aims to abolish is usury. It does not want to deprive labour of its reward; it wants to deprive capital of its reward. It does not hold that labour should not be sold; it holds that capital should not be hired at usury.”

    • Draco T Bastard 14.4

      The point I am trying to make is that the reason for unemployment is that the job market and wage structure is too inflexible.

      I always found economic history to be far more interesting than economic theory. This is because it showed the effects of that economic theory and it was never right. There was always unemployment even when there was no minimum wage. Increasing supply has not resulted in increased demand etc etc.

      Modern free-market economics, which is what we’ve been held in thrall of for three centuries, is wrong. The evidence is there but nobody wants to look. It’s going to take a lot to bring it down although I’m sure that the seeds of it’s destruction exists in it’s ever increasing need of growth. The world is not infinite as we are finding out with anthropogenic induced climate change.

  15. stormspiral 15

    TS said

    ‘What I would favour is a floating minimum wage on a job category basis. This could rise and fall depending on economic conditions affecting each sector. This would allow employers scope to reduce wage costs when the general conditions become difficult.’

    There’s truth here, but setting a minimum wage based on job category would be both inequitable and fiendishly difficult because it would mean sorting out which jobs were worth what. And of course the present minimum wage would be totally unacceptable. It’s a recipe for poverty. The average wage could be a realistic benchmark, with everybody taking a raw percentage cut of all their pay earned that is over the benchmark. Thus, dignity could be preserved, and equity achieved, because everybody would be contributing according to their individual ability.

    TS
    ‘On the converse, when conditions are good, employees will be paid more. So things should even out over time.’

    Presumably, employers would be required to increase wages as conditions improved. Otherwise a lot of those paycuts could well become permanent, and the more it happened, the more it would happen.

    TS
    ‘Of course, employers would not be bound to pay the minimum, and could choose to pay more to attract staff.
    This solution would be equitable and help preserve jobs.’

    As long as employers’ power was constrained to make it equitable. Also, employers themselves would take paycuts, in line with those of their employees, not on a raw percentage basis, but on the same linear percentage formula as their employees were required to take.

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

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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