What a National/ACT Govt would mean

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, November 7th, 2008 - 44 comments
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National/ACT would would implement several major policies:

– it would weaken work rights. You could be fired without justification in the first 90 days of a new job if your employer employs fewer than 20 people.

– wages for low wage workers would fall. National would not increase the minimum wage and it would weaken the ability of these workers to strengthen their bargaining position by organising as unions.

– it would privatise ACC. Your accident compensation would depend on a private company paying out. Hope it doesn’t collapse, as insurance companies regularly do.

– it would cut Kiwisaver in half. Rather than getting matching contributions of 4% from your employer you would only get 2%.

– it would cut taxes for the wealthy. If your income is below $24,000, or $44,000 if you have a family, your tax cut would be smaller under National than Labour. If your income is below $80,000 National would give you at most $14 a week more in tax cuts than Labour. If your income is $300,000 you would get $90 a week more from National, on $500,000 you would get $165 more, and so on.

– it would weaken environmental protections in the Resource Management Act and the Emissions Trading Act.

– There would be toll roads charging up to $50 a week, paying for private owners’ profits. Schools and prisons would also be privately owned.

– A National/ACT Government’s instinct would be to cut public services, privatise, sell assets, and join in US-led wars.

44 comments on “What a National/ACT Govt would mean ”

  1. Sandip 1

    Yeah, but at least the country won’t be broke. Two tick blues – save us from the commies at the green party. Can you imagine a cabinet table with Locke, Bradford and Kedgley?

  2. Matthew Pilott 2

    Can you imagine a cabinet table with Locke, Bradford and Kedgley?

  3. Matthew Pilott 3

    [Insert stock Roger Douglas Comment here]

    [Yawn and wait for next comment]

    [Ends]

  4. Santi 4

    The brave captain of the Titanic still at the helm. How loyal.

  5. Rod 5

    Where did you get all that list of half truths and innuendo?
    Kees Keizler’s secret tapes, I suppose – they are deadly accurate and detailed revelations about the secret agenda, aren’t they?

  6. Higherstandard 6

    Crikey you must be desperate telling porkies like this.

    Most of your diatribe is flawed but lets just take a couple.

    “it would privatise ACC. Your accident compensation would depend on a private company paying out. Hope it doesn’t collapse, as insurance companies regularly do.”

    This is a lie – they’re looking at introducing competition into the employer sector of ACC. This would be much the same as at present with either ACC or a competitor to ACC deciding on whether to pay out.

    “There would be toll roads charging up to $50 a week, paying for private owners’ profits. Schools and prisons would also be privately owned.”

    For a start do you seriously think anyone would use a new toll road if they had to pay $50 per week when there is an existing alternative – piffle and to suggest that a National led government will sell off state owned schools is rubbish.

    Really Clinton people would take you a bit more seriously if you didn’t come out with such scare mongering crap.

  7. Jay 7

    Weakening the ETS, joining US-led wars both of those are assumptions. Increasing minimum wage is communist idea.

    You are as desperate as Helen Clark.

  8. gingercrush 8

    Scaremongering some? A National-Act party will fix the roads in this country. We will get more roads not less. They will be tougher on criminals. Their Job package plan for people who lose their jobs is substantially better than Labours. The end of political correct nonsense will finally be gone. Finally, a National-Act party means we will not have to succumb to the needs of the Green party who would have undoubtedly destroyed New Zealand with their nonsense.

    Two ticks National.

    Also most of your statements are all inherently wrong.

    – wages for low wage workers would fall. National would not increase the minimum wage and it would weaken the ability of these workers to strengthen their bargaining position by organising as unions.

    Low wages under a National government will not fall. Labour has been in government for nine years and wages have largely stayed the same for minimum workers.

    – it would privatise ACC. Your accident compensation would depend on a private company paying out. Hope it doesn’t collapse, as insurance companies regularly do.

    Nonsense. Most insurance companies are sound. Only badly structured ones fail. Simple. Choose an ACC provider with a good record. Sheesh you’re scaremongering.

    – it would cut Kiwisaver in half. Rather than getting matching contributions of 4% from your employer you would only get 2%.

    This is true. Can’t deny it. But I don’t think employers should ever had been in the position where they had to give 4%. I don’t even agree with 2%.

    – it would cut taxes for the wealthy. If your income is below $24,000, or $44,000 if you have a family, your tax cut would be smaller under National than Labour. If your income is below $80,000 National would give you at most $14 a week more in tax cuts than Labour. If your income is $300,000 you would get $90 a week more from National, on $500,000 you would get $165 more, and so on.

    You really are delirious. Tax cuts you got from Labour are staying. But in fact you will get more from a National-Act led government.

    – it would weaken environmental protections in the Resource Management Act and the Emissions Trading Act.

    Resource Managment Act wastes necessary money. Changing it is a good thing. Emissions Trading Act is terrible anyway. Have you not noticed that Europe are less gung-ho on Emission Trading Schemes these days.

    – There would be toll roads charging up to $50 a week, paying for private owners’ profits. Schools and prisons would also be privately owned.

    Stop making up facts that simply are not true. No government would be stupid enough to toll roads at such a rate. Any toll road, must have an alternative route. Don’t wish to pay what is likely to be more around 20 dollars. Simply take the non-toll free road. Schools are not going to be privately owned they’re simply going to be given more choices. As for prisons. The privatised prison National had was a great success. Labour was ideologically opposed to privatisation of prisons. They took a well-run prison and made it public again. Even when it was doing well. It was a great policy.

    – A National/ACT Government’s instinct would be to cut public services, privatise, sell assets, and join in US-led wars.

    Public services will not be cut. Assets will not be sold. And how will National-Act join any US-led war when its now Obama that is in power.

    Keep telling phony lies. But I would take a much bigger National party in a National-led coalition over a smaller Labour with a huge Green party anyday and so will most of New Zealand. Exactly why tomorrow a National-led government will be elected.

  9. Matthew Pilott 9

    Increasing minimum wage is communist idea.

    Key to Jay: You’re an idiot. paying everyone the same wage is a communist idea.

    Weakening the ETS, joining US-led wars both of those are assumptions

    The first isn’t, Key has been very explicit there. The second is – and it is less likely with Obama, since it requires a US war to happen. But if they throw one, National in the house braying for our blood to be spilt.

    For a start do you seriously think anyone would use a new toll road if they had to pay $50 per week

    Apparently they’d want to. That’s what you need to charge to make a PPP effective (profitable), innit?

    This would be much the same as at present with either ACC or a competitor to ACC deciding on whether to pay out

    Sure, a private insurance is going to jump in a ‘no fault’ market, and pay out just like ACC. Then they’ll donate all their profit to charity…

  10. Stephen 10

    What assets are they going to sell again? Jeeeez

  11. Matthew Pilott 11

    Gingercrush:

    We will get more roads not less.

    Labour spent a lot more on roads than National did last time. Do you think Labour have been tearing them up or something?

    You really are delirious. Tax cuts you got from Labour are staying.

    National would not adjust the 21c bracket upwards as Labour would. You are wrong there.

    No time for more, shame because there are so many easy pickings

  12. Jay 12

    Matthew Pilott – It’s a communist idea because it’s closing the gap to far between someone who works with no skills, and someone who works who took the time to get a degree, diploma, certificate or whatever. It’s a further step towards it.

  13. infused 13

    lol is all I can say.

  14. Vinsin 14

    Ok Jay, by your rationale someone who has a degree that works in a retail store – performing the same role as everyone else – should get paid more than everyone who doesn’t. What does that reek of? And just to be clear It isn’t a step towards communism, it’s a step towards a healthier society.

  15. gingercrush 15

    Labour did rather well in some infrastructure projects in these nine years. But you are forgetting. The only way Labour can lead is to concede in several areas to the Green party. That would include infrastructure.

    Low income tax payers do not lose out in a National government. They keep their working for families they get a tax cut. The only thing is because low income people pay less taxes they don’t get that much from a tax cut.

    And I don’t really care. Because its the middle income earners and rich people that pay the majority of taxes in this country and earn the money for low income families to get their working for families packages in the first place.

  16. Higherstandard 16

    Vin

    I think Jay is suggesting that someone in a professional role such as lawyer, doctor, engineer etc etc should be able to charge or get paid more than someone in a less skilled profession.

  17. Jay 17

    Vinsin – Wow, you’re an idiot. I thought it was pretty obvious that I was referring to people with a degree, diploma, certificate working in their specialized area, but I guess I had to spell that out for you.

  18. Bill 18

    What you forgot to mention was the possibility of a resurgent democratic tradition emerging off the back of a Nat government unleashing the policies they have been somewhat quiet about during the campaign.

    As I commented before, a lot of people about to vote for the Nats are basing their vote on JK perceived affability and expect a government not too dissimilar to a Lab led one.

    They are in for a shock should the polls be accurate and will be looking for ways to express their feelings of betrayal.

    Labour should have pursued genuine left policies over the past terms instead of the annoyingly conservative ones they did pursue that ultimately satisfied no-one and left a lot of people feeling hacked off and trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea thanks to the continuing morphing of what had once ( a long time ago) been a left wing party into a centre right one.

    So, here we are (as far as the two largest parties go) with on the one hand a vote for right shite and on the other a vote for right right shite. What a choice!

  19. Julian Garrett 19

    Which 3 people in the country earn more than $500000?

  20. Tim Ellis 20

    Nice try, Steve.

    I suggest you take a long, warm bath from about 5pm tomorrow afternoon. It will get rid of much of your nervous tension and anxiety, and make you less upset when Helen Clark’s government is drubbed out of office.

  21. cha 21

    Julian Garrett of FIGJAM fame?.

  22. Santi 22

    Steve, why so nervous? Are you getting enough? 🙂

  23. Pascal's bookie 23

    Tim. Sad mate. It’s all rather personal with you isn’t it. I thought it must piss you off no end that the only reason the Nat’s might win is that they have become Labour plus, but now I see I was wrong. You don’t care as long as the personalities change.

    We’ll take policy wins any day chump, and if a NatACT gov’t lurches right, we’ll bid them a fond farewell in 3 short years or less.

  24. John Stevens 24

    Greens will ensure that you will lose your job by making business harder for multi-nationals to operate in NZ.

    There are 2 real choices:
    1. A National led govt.
    2. A Labour/Green led govt. The Greens will lead NZ to oblivion.

  25. Mike D 25

    The simple answer to the question posed by the title of your article is….

    relief, finally we can get on to looking forward a fixing the complete mess that Labour has created. I for one have had a complete gutsfull of the Labour government and their associates.

    One more sleep people and it is all over,

  26. Tim Ellis 26

    Same advice to you, PB. Instead of getting so angry and worked up that your beloved Labour Party is getting tossed out of office, try taking a nice, relaxing walk in the woods. Get that rage out of your system.

  27. thanks for listing the reasons why I’m voting for National/Act 😀

  28. Lampie 28

    “Matthew Pilott – It’s a communist idea because it’s closing the gap to far between someone who works with no skills, and someone who works who took the time to get a degree, diploma, certificate or whatever. It’s a further step towards it.”

    Gee Jay where you get this bullshit from? This isn’t a Labour idea. Raise in minimum wage is usually a minor party wish. one has to be careful with minimum wage

  29. Matthew Pilott 29

    There are 2 real choices:
    1. A National led govt.
    2. A Labour/Green led govt. The Greens will lead NZ to oblivion.

    There are 2 real, choices:
    1. A National/ACT led govt. Roger Douglas will lead NZ to oblivion. (after Key goes – remember – Key won’t accept Douglas in Cabinet. That doesn’t mean Douglas sits out, not by any stretch of the imagination. Hide+English+McCully+Smith’nSmith+Ryall+Douglas+Brownlee+Mapp+Power+
    Williamson=nosuchKey)
    2. A Labour/Green led govt.

    [easy]

  30. gingercrush 30

    Four polls all tracking the same. They show National-Act-United Future without depending on the Maori Party. Helen Clark may be optimistic. But its too late. I await her horrid speech tomorrow night. She is going to be one angry person.

  31. Pascal's bookie 31

    Hit a nerve Tim?

    You know that the electorate doesn’t like right wing policy, that’s why you’ve kept to the boring sophistry and the ‘Labour sux, aren’t they negative’ cornswaddle. Even if they win there is no mandate for policy change.

  32. bill brown 32

    Two other good articles here:

    Nufact

    LPG

    Sent them to a few waverers so they can make up their own minds.

  33. Matthew Pilott 33

    But its too late. I await her horrid speech tomorrow night. She is going to be one angry person.

    Aww, it must be your first election.

  34. Jay 34

    Lambie – I got that “bullshit” from the second point of SP’s post, have a read.

    “National would not increase the minimum wage and it would weaken the ability of these workers to strengthen their bargaining position by organising as unions.”

    Not sure about Labour, but it is definitely a Green policy. If Labour somehow managed to get back in this would mean a lot of Green seats, with more influence.

  35. gingercrush 35

    Third election as a voter. My first was the horrid 2002 election. Which if you were one of the 27% left voting National was a horrible situation to watch. Been watching elections since 1993. Typically watch Tv One though last time, they simply had too many people. Its fine to have a few commentators but they seemingly had 20 or so. TV 3 was pretty good last time but I didn’t enjoy their debate between John Key and Helen Clark. If their election coverage is like that was I simply will not be watching.

    If Labour is going to lose, which I think even those on the left have to say looks likely. Then she has two choices. Either she delivers a spirited gracious response which she can do. Or instead she gives a speech that gives off angry vibes. I would hope its something similar to the last debate on TV One.

  36. Lampie 36

    it is the nonsense of a MacD’s worker earning the same as a Doctor, that’s my point.

  37. Rakaia George 37

    If we get a National-led government, it will be the first time in my life (at 37) that I will have voted for a party that has ended up in government. I’m kind of curious as to what that will feel like.

  38. Felix 38

    That make’s you Rakaia “Curious” George. 😉

  39. Ben R 39

    “it would cut Kiwisaver in half. Rather than getting matching contributions of 4% from your employer you would only get 2%.”

    Won’t this make Kiwisaver a lot more realistic for a lot of employees? I might even sign up myself.

  40. Vinsin 40

    Jay and Higher Standard, I have a degree. The comments Jay made were as a result of Matthew Pilott talking about the minimum wage. Therefore – and maybe you could follow my logic here – my comment was in regard to Jay, “Matthew Pilott – It’s a communist idea because it’s closing the gap to far between someone who works with no skills, and someone who works who took the time to get a degree, diploma, certificate or whatever. It’s a further step towards it.” This is in reference to Pilott’s comment on the minimum wage. So, to reiterate my comment was based on minimum wage. So, Jay clearly you can’t remember what you’re thinking from one minute to the next. Degrees shouldn’t have – and don’t have – any bearing on minimum wage – that was my point – this is why raising the minimum wage is not a step towards communism.

    Higher Standard, I agree with you someone who has skills gained from higher education ie a lawyer, an accountant, a doctor, an executive – whatever career you want to name – should be able to charge more, and get paid more than someone who doesn’t have those particular skills. However, i’ve yet to see a doctor earning a minimum wage, so i fail to see the relevance of talking about people who aren’t on minimum wage getting less because in fact they get more. If you’re talking about people like lawyers, doctors and so on getting taxed less because of their skills then once again I have to ask why put so much emphasis on the fact that someone might have a degree, diploma, or whatever – as Jay so beautifully put it. Imagine the can of worms our tax policy would be if a Doctor was taxed at 28c on the dollar and a Lawyer was taxed at 33c on the dollar; if you want to talk about people with a specific set of skills being taxed less – or more – than you have to get specific about their skills and quantify them.

    Obviously this would be completely ludicrous but it emphasizes my point that degrees don’t play any role in income. Anyone can earn a degree or a diploma it doesn’t actually prove someone is more talented at something then anyone else, all it proves is that they have should have more knowledge on their particular degree than someone who doesn’t.

    How many self made millionaire’s left school and made something of themselves? Should they be taxed more because they don’t have degrees? No, of course not.

    What I’m saying is the simple fact that skills learned from higher education shouldn’t and don’t have any bearing in terms of income, or income taxes – if you’re a good lawyer you’re going to make more money than someone who isn’t. (Pretty simple huh?)

    Our tax system – in my opinion – works on the fundamentals of what’s fair and reasonable, it’s not fair or reasonable to tax everyone at the same rate. Those who earn less should be able to pay less in taxes, those who earn more should pay more in taxes because they can afford to. It’s not a perfect system but it’s the only one that makes any real sense, Jay and Higher Standard if you have any better ideas that happen to be fair and reasonable and that don’t plunge the country into catastrophic debt that requires the selling off of every public service I would like to know of them; otherwise i’d ask you to leave your free-market, cut and slash, trickle down policies where they belong – in the bin.

  41. Luke 41

    Sounds great! See you all Monday….it’s going to be a great weekend…..Change is in the air my friends!!!!

  42. Matthew Pilott 42

    Sorry GC, that was quite a flippant comment from me. I just wouldn’t ever expect a losing political leader to make an angry and bitter concession speech, and thought it was a rough thing to sy. I think Key’s concession speech will be very gracious…if required.

    Won’t this make Kiwisaver a lot more realistic for a lot of employees? I might even sign up myself.

    There is currently a transitional amount you can pay, if I understand correctly. Won’t actually be 4% until 2011.

  43. gingercrush 43

    I’ve actually been pondering a bit. If the election points to both National-Act-United Future and Labour-Green-Progressive requiring additional support from the Maori Party. Who will speak first? Key or Clark?

  44. Matthew Pilott 44

    gingercrush,

    Good question. The Maori Party policy is that they will hold a nationwide series of hui, open to those on the Maori roll, and ask what they wish for.

    Turia seems to prefer National, but I gather the others feel differently. For me, the question would be whether they will ask what the people want at the hui, or try something a little different – e.g ‘Key has offered us this, do you accept?’

    What I’m suggesting is that this series of hui could easily be influenced to aim for a certain outcome. However the feeling is still very strong that Labour works for Maori interests – so whether they would tolerate being led in such a fashion is another question.

    I’d suspect Key and Clark will both try to get in first, and make offers and counter-offers – there is no formal procedure to follow. It’s a race to the governor-general’s house, and the one with a government at the end wins!

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    3 days ago
  • Shane Jones has the zeal, sure enough, but is too busy with his mining duties (we suspect) to be ava...
    Buzz from the Beehive The hacks of the Parliamentary Press Gallery have been able to chip into a rich vein of material on the government’s official website over the past 24 hours. Among the nuggets is the speech by Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and a press statement to announce ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Cut the parliamentary term
    When Labour was in power, they wasted time, political capital, and scarce policy resources on trying to extend the parliamentary term to four years, in an effort to make themselves less accountable to us. It was unlikely to fly, the idea having previously lost two referendums by huge margins - ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • More terrible media ethics
    David Farrar writes – The Herald reports: When Whanau Ora chief executive John Tamihere was asked what his expectations for the Budget next Thursday were, he said: “All hope is lost.” Last year Whānau Ora was allocated $163.1 million in the Budget to last for the next four years ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Bringing our democracy into disrepute
    On Monday the government introduced its racist bill to eliminate Māori represntation in local government to the House. They rammed it through its first reading yesterday, and sent it to select committee. And the select committee has just opened submissions, giving us until Wednesday to comment on it. Such a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The censors who’ll save us from ourselves… yeah right!
    Nick Hanne writes – There’s a common malady suffered by bureaucracies the world over. They wish to save us from ourselves. Sadly, NZ officials are no less prone to exhibiting symptoms of this occupational condition. Observe, for instance, the reaction from certain public figures to the news ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • The case for commissioners to govern the capital city
    Peter Dunne writes – As the city of Tauranga prepares to elect a new Mayor and Council after three and a half years being run by government-appointed Commissioners, the case for replacing the Wellington City Council with Commissioners strengthens. The Wellington City Council has been dysfunctional for years, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Thoughts about contemporary troubles.
    This will be s short post. It stems from observations I made elsewhere about what might be characterised as some macro and micro aspects of contemporary collective violence events. Here goes. The conflicts between Israel and Palestine and France and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Blurring The Lines Around Political Corruption
    It may be a relic of a previous era of egalitarianism, but many of us like to think that, in general, most New Zealanders are as honest as the day is long. We’re good like that, and smart as. If we’re not punching above our weight on the world stage, ...
    3 days ago
  • MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Bryce Edwards writes – Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • King Mike & Mike King.
    I built a time machine to see you againTo hear your phone callYour voice down the hallThe way we were back thenWe were dancing in the rainOur feet on the pavementYou said I was your second headI knew exactly what you meantIn the country of the blind, or so they ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The register published on Tuesday contains a ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • How much climate reality can the global financial system take without collapsing?
    Microsoft’s transparency about its failure to meet its own net-zero goals is creditable, but the response to that failure is worrying. It is offering up a set of false solutions, heavily buttressed by baseless optimism. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 24-May-2024
    Another Friday, another Rāmere Roundup! Here are a few things that caught our eye this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, our new writer Connor Sharp roared into print with a future-focused take on the proposed Auckland Future Fund, and what it could invest in. On ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Earning The Huia Feather.
    Still Waiting: Māori land remains in the hands of Non-Māori. The broken promises of the Treaty remain broken. The mana of the tangata whenua languishes under racist neglect. The right to wear the huia feather remains as elusive as ever. Perhaps these three transformations are beyond the power of a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, May 24
    Posters opposing the proposed Fast-Track Approvals legislation were pasted around Wellington last week. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: One of the architects of the RMA and a former National Cabinet Minister, Simon Upton, has criticised the Government’s Fast-Track Approvals bill as potentially disastrous for the environment, arguing just 1% ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to May 24
    There was less sharing of the joy this week than at the Chinese New Year celebrations in February. China’s ambassador to NZ (2nd from right above) has told Luxon that relations between China and New Zealand are now at a ‘critical juncture’ Photo: Getty / Xinhua News AgencyTL;DR: The podcast ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Beijing troubleshooter’s surprise visit
    The importance of New Zealand’s relationship with China was surely demonstrated yesterday with the surprise arrival in the capital of top Chinese foreign policy official Liu Jianchao. The trip was apparently organized a week ago but kept secret. Liu is the Minister of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) International Liaison ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • UK election a foregone conclusion?  That’s why it’s interesting
    With a crushing 20-plus point lead in the opinion polls, all the signs are that Labour leader Keir Starmer will be the PM after the general election on 4 July, called by Conservative incumbent Rishi Sunak yesterday. The stars are aligned for Starmer.  Rival progressives are in abeyance: the Liberal-Democrat ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #21 2021
    Open access notables How much storage do we need in a fully electrified future? A critical review of the assumptions on which this question depends, Marsden et al., Energy Research & Social Science: Our analysis advances the argument that current approaches reproduce interpretations of normality that are, ironically, rooted in ...
    4 days ago
  • Days in the life
    We returned last week from England to London. Two different worlds. A quarter of an hour before dropping off our car, we came to a complete stop on the M25. Just moments before, there had been six lanes of hurtling cars and lorries. Now, everything was at a standstill as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Forget about its name and focus on its objective – this RMA reform bill aims to cut red tape (and ...
    Buzz from the Beehive A triumvirate of ministers – holding the Agriculture, Environment and RMA Reform portfolios – has announced the introduction of legislation “to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling development in key sectors”, such as farming, mining and other primary industries. The exact name of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • More National corruption
    In their coalition agreement with NZ First, the National Party agreed to provide $24 million in funding to the charity "I Am Hope / Gumboot Friday". Why were they so eager to do so? Because their chair was a National donor, their CEO was the son of a National MP ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Submit!
    The Social Services and Community Committee has called for submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 3 July 2024, and can be made at the link above. And if you're wondering what to say: section 7AA was enacted because Oranga Tamariki ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Reading the MPS numbers thinking about the fiscal situation
    Michael Reddell writes –  The Reserve Bank doesn’t do independent fiscal forecasts so there is no news in the fiscal numbers in today’s Monetary Policy Statement themselves. The last official Treasury forecasts don’t take account of whatever the government is planning in next week’s Budget, and as the Bank notes ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Charter Schools are a worthwhile addition to our school system – but ACT is mis-selling why they a...
    Rob MacCulloch writes – We know the old saying, “Never trust a politician”, and the Charter School debate is a good example of it. Charter Schools receive public funding, yet “are exempt from most statutory requirements of traditional public schools, including mandates around .. human capital management .. curriculum ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Paranoia On The Left.
    How Do We Silence Them? The ruling obsession of the contemporary Left is that political action undertaken by individuals or groups further to the right than the liberal wings of mainstream conservative parties should not only be condemned, but suppressed.WEB OF CHAOS, a “deep dive into the world of disinformation”, ...
    4 days ago
  • Budget challenges
    Muriel Newman writes –  As the new Government puts the finishing touches to this month’s Budget, they will undoubtedly have had their hands full dealing with the economic mess that Labour created. Not only was Labour a grossly incompetent manager of the economy, but they also set out ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Rishi calls an Election.
    Today the British PM, Rishi Sunak, called a general election for the 4th of July. He spoke of the challenging times and of strong leadership and achievements. It was as if he was talking about someone else, a real leader, rather than he himself or the woeful list of Tory ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Photo of the Day: GNR
    This post marks the return of an old format: Photo of the Day. Recently I was in an apartment in one of those new buildings on Great North Road Grey Lynn at rush hour, perfect day, the view was stunning, so naturally I whipped out my phone: GNR 5pm Turns ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Choosing landlords and the homeless over first home buyers
    The Government may struggle with the political optics of scrapping assistance for first home buyers while also cutting the tax burden on landlords, increasing concerns over the growing generational divide. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government confirmed it will dump first home buyer grants in the Budget next ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Orr’s warning; three years of austerity
    Yesterday, the Reserve Bank confirmed there will be no free card for the economy to get out of jail during the current term of the Government. Regardless of what the Budget next week says, we are in for three years of austerity. Over those three years, we will have to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • An admirable U-turn
    It doesn’t inspire confidence when politicians change their minds.  But you must give credit when a bad idea is dropped. Last year, we reported on the determination of British PM Rishi Sunak to lead the world in regulating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Perhaps he changed his mind after meeting ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Can we really suck up Carbon Dioxide?
    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). Is carbon dioxide removal - aka "negative emissions" - going to save us from climate change? Or is it just a ...
    5 days ago
  • Public funding for private operators in mental health and housing – and a Bill to erase a bit of t...
    Headed for the legislative wastepaper basket…    Buzz from the Beehive It looks like this government is just as ready as its predecessor to dip into the public funds it is managing to dispense millions of dollars to finance – and favour – the parties it fancies. Or ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Why has Einstein Medalist Roy Kerr never been Knighted?
    Rob MacCulloch writes – National and Labour and ACT have at various times waxed on about their “vision” of NZ as a high value-added world tech center What subject is tech based upon? Mathematics. A Chicago mathematician just told me that whereas last decade ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Contestable advice
    Eric Crampton writes –  Danyl McLauchlan over at The Listener on the recent shift toward more contestability in public policy advice in education: Education Minister Erica Stanford, one of National’s highest-ranked MPs, is trying to circumvent the establishment, taking advice from a smaller pool of experts – ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • How did it get so bad?
    Ele Ludemann writes – That Kāinga Ora is a mess is no surprise, but the size of the mess is. There have been many reports of unruly tenants given licence to terrorise neighbours, properties bought and left vacant, and the state agency paying above market rates in competition ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    The scathing “independent” review of Kāinga Ora barely hit the table before the coalition government had acted on it. The entire Kāinga Ora board will be replaced, and a new chair (Simon Moutter) has been announced. Hmm. No aspersions on Bill English, but the public would have had more confidence ...
    5 days ago
  • Our House.
    I'll light the fireYou place the flowers in the vaseThat you bought todayA warm dry home, you’d think that would be bread and butter to politicians. Home ownership and making sure people aren’t left living on the street, that’s as Kiwi as Feijoa and Apple Crumble. Isn’t it?The coalition are ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Getting to No
    Politics is about compromise, right?  And framing it so the voters see your compromise as the better one.  John Key was a skilful exponent of this approach (as was Keith Holyoake in an earlier age), and Chris Luxon isn’t too bad either. But in politics, the process whereby an old ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – How does the Medieval Warm Period compare to current global temperatures?
    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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result of his non-disclosure could even see ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Get your story straight, buddy
    The relentless drone coming out of the Prime Minister and his deputy for a million days now has been that the last government was just hosing  money all over the show and now at last the grownups are in charge and shutting that drunken sailor stuff down. There is a word ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A govt plane is headed for New Caledonia – here’s hoping the Kiwis stranded there get better ser...
    Buzz from the Beehive Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to riot-torn New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home. Today’s flight will carry around 50 passengers with the most ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Who is David MacLeod?
    Precious declaration saysYours is yours and mine you leave alone nowPrecious declaration saysI believe all hope is dead no longerTick tick tick Boom!Unexploded ordnance. A veritable minefield. A National caucus with a large number of unknowns, candidates who perhaps received little in the way of vetting as the party jumped ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Four Knights
    Rex Ahdar writes –  The Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, likes to trace his political lineage back to the pioneers of parliamentary Maoridom.   I will refer to these as the ‘big four’ or better still, the Four Knights. Just as ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Could Willie Jackson be the populist leader that Labour need?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  Willie Jackson will participate in the prestigious Oxford Union debate on Thursday, following in David Lange’s footsteps. Coincidentally, Jackson has also followed Lange’s footsteps by living in his old home in South Auckland. And like Lange, Jackson might be the sort of loud-mouth scrapper ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago

  • Minister to Singapore for defence, technology talks
    Defence and Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Judith Collins departs for Singapore tomorrow for defence and technology summits and meetings. First up is the Asia Tech X Singapore Summit, followed by the Five Power Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers Meeting and wrapping up with the Shangri-La Dialogue for Defence Ministers from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Major investment in teacher supply through Budget 24
    Over the next four years, Budget 24 will support the training and recruitment of 1,500 teachers into the workforce, Education Minister Erica Stanford announced today. “To raise achievement and develop a world leading education system we’re investing nearly $53 million over four years to attract, train and retain our valued ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
    1.  New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters; Minister of Health and Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Dr Shane Reti; and Minister for Climate Change Hon Simon Watts hosted Cook Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Hon Tingika Elikana and Minister of Health Hon Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown on 24 May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed today that Vote Foreign Affairs in Budget 2024 will balance two crucial priorities of the Coalition Government.    While Budget 2024 reflects the constrained fiscal environment, the Government also recognises the critical role MFAT plays in keeping New Zealanders safe and prosperous.    “Consistent with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New social housing places to support families into homes
    New social housing funding in Budget 2024 will ensure the Government can continue supporting more families into warm, dry homes from July 2025, Housing Ministers Chris Bishop and Tama Potaka say. “Earlier this week I was proud to announce that Budget 2024 allocates $140 million to fund 1,500 new social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s minerals future
    Introduction Today, we are sharing a red-letter occasion. A Blackball event on hallowed ground. Today  we underscore the importance of our mineral estate. A reminder that our natural resource sector has much to offer.  Such a contribution will not come to pass without investment.  However, more than money is needed. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
    Increasing national and regional prosperity, providing the minerals needed for new technology and the clean energy transition, and doubling the value of minerals exports are the bold aims of the Government’s vision for the minerals sector. Resources Minister Shane Jones today launched a draft strategy for the minerals sector in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
    The coalition Government’s legislation to restore the rights of communities to determine whether to introduce Māori wards has passed its first reading in Parliament, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Divisive changes introduced by the previous government denied local communities the ability to determine whether to establish Māori wards.” The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
    The coalition Government has today introduced legislation to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling some of New Zealand’s key sectors, including farming, mining and other primary industries. RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop says the Government is committed to  unlocking development and investment while ensuring the environment is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
    The decision by Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to approve the continued use of hydrogen cyanamide, known as Hi-Cane, has been welcomed by Environment Minister Penny Simmonds and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay.  “The EPA decision introduces appropriate environmental safeguards which will allow kiwifruit and other growers to use Hi-Cane responsibly,” Ms ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to Employers and Manufacturers Association: Relief for today, hope for tomorrow
    Kia ora, Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou kātoa Tāmaki Herenga Waka, Tāmaki Herenga tangata Ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrākei me nga iwi kātoa kua tae mai. Mauriora. Greetings everyone. Thank you to the EMA for hosting this event. Let me acknowledge ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government invests in 1,500 more social homes
    The coalition Government is investing in social housing for New Zealanders who are most in need of a warm dry home, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. Budget 2024 will allocate $140 million in new funding for 1,500 new social housing places to be provided by Community Housing Providers (CHPs), not ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • $24 million boost for Gumboot Friday
    Thousands more young New Zealanders will have better access to mental health services as the Government delivers on its commitment to fund the Gumboot Friday initiative, says Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Budget 2024 will provide $24 million over four years to contract the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passes first reading
    The Coalition Government’s Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which will improve tenancy laws and help increase the supply of rental properties, has passed its first reading in Parliament says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The Bill proposes much-needed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 that will remove barriers to increasing private ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Montecassino Commemorative Address, Cassino War Cemetery
    Standing here in Cassino War Cemetery, among the graves looking up at the beautiful Abbey of Montecassino, it is hard to imagine the utter devastation left behind by the battles which ended here in May 1944. Hundreds of thousands of shells and bombs of every description left nothing but piled ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • First Reading – Repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
    I present a legislative statement on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill Mr. Speaker, I move that the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the Bill. Thank you, Mr. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • First reading of 7AA’s repeal: progress for children
    The Bill to repeal Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act has had its first reading in Parliament today. The Bill reaffirms the Coalition Government’s commitment to the care and safety of children in care, says Minister for Children Karen Chhour.  “When I became the Minister for Children, I made ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • China Business Summit 2024
    Kia ora koutou, good morning, and zao shang hao. Thank you Fran for the opportunity to speak at the 2024 China Business Summit – it’s great to be here today. I’d also like to acknowledge: Simon Bridges - CEO of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. His Excellency Ambassador - Wang ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Assisted depatures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.    “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Assisted departures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.  “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to rollout roadside drug testing
    The Coalition Government will introduce legislation this year that will enable roadside drug testing as part of our commitment to improve road safety and restore law and order, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Alcohol and drugs are the number one contributing factor in fatal road crashes in New Zealand. In ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister responds to review of Kāinga Ora
    The Government has announced a series of immediate actions in response to the independent review of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “Kāinga Ora is a large and important Crown entity, with assets of $45 billion and over $2.5 billion of expenditure each year. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour is pleased that Pseudoephedrine can now be purchased by the general public to protect them from winter illness, after the coalition government worked swiftly to change the law and oversaw a fast approval process by Medsafe. “Pharmacies are now putting the medicines back on their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand-China Business Summit
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Da jia hao.  Good morning everyone.   Prime Minister Luxon, your excellency, a great friend of New Zealand and my friend Ambassador Wang, Mayor of what he tells me is the best city in New Zealand, Wayne Brown, the highly respected Fran O’Sullivan, Champion of the Auckland business ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New measures to protect powerlines from trees
    Energy Minister Simeon Brown has announced that the Government will make it easier for lines firms to take action to remove vegetation from obstructing local powerlines. The change will ensure greater security of electricity supply in local communities, particularly during severe weather events.  “Trees or parts of trees falling on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani win top Māori dairy farming award
    Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani were the top winners at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy awards recognising the best in Māori dairy farming. Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka announced the winners and congratulated runners-up, Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, at an awards celebration also attended by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Finance Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • DJ Fred Again – Assurance report received
    "On the 27th of March, I sought assurances from the Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs, that the Department’s correct processes and policies had been followed in regards to a passport application which received media attention,” says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “I raised my concerns after being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins has announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges, to replace Judges who have recently retired. Peter James Davey of Auckland has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based at Whangarei. Mr Davey initially started work as a law clerk/solicitor with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Unions should put learning ahead of ideology
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour is calling on the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) to put ideology to the side and focus on students’ learning, in reaction to the union holding paid teacher meetings across New Zealand about charter schools.     “The PPTA is disrupting schools up and down the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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