What does the Government have against Māori wards?

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The Government is moving with urgency to reverse Labour’s repeal of referenda for Māori wards on local councils.

There are a couple of barbs.

Every Council that created Māori wards without a referendum since the amending legislation was passed and who wishes to keep the wards will have to hold a binding referendum on whether the ward should continue.

And everyone has until 5 pm tomorrow to submit on the bill, which was introduced last Thursday.

The time frame is extraordinarily tight.

The right have pointed out that Labour introduced the previous bill on February 9, 2021 and required it to be reported back by February 15, 2021.

Nanaia Mahuta gave this justification for pace when the bill was introduced:

You will hear in this House tonight many people over there say that there is not enough time in select committee. But I can remember in 2002, under the Local Government Act, when the 5 percent poll provision was put into legislation, how challenging it was to get unanimity across the House to remove a discriminatory law. But here’s the thing: some years later, when we became Government last term, I got a letter from Local Government New Zealand, and, in fact, it was one of the major priorities that they brought to my attention. I had to trawl back through my records and find that letter.

On 22 March 2018, the then president of Local Government New Zealand, David Cull, wrote to the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, the Rt Hon Winston Peters, and the Hon James Shaw, as the respective leaders of the coalition confidence-and-supply Government, asking that the poll for Māori wards and constituencies be removed. I note this particular comment in his letter: “As noted, these poll provisions apply only to the establishment of Māori wards and constituencies. That they do not apply to other wards and constituencies marks the provision as discriminatory to Māori and inconsistent with the principle of equal treatment enshrined in the Treaty of Waitangi. Either the poll provisions should apply to all wards or they should apply to none. The discriminatory nature of these polls is not acceptable.” Tonight, we are rectifying that by ensuring that we can put through the House—yes, under urgency, but, again, it’s an idea whose time has come—the move to remove this discriminatory poll.

So to clarify Local Government can set up all sorts of representative structures and wards. But if they are a Māori ward then a petition by 5% of the population can require a referendum.

During that debate one Christopher Luxon said this:

[W]e know there are diverse and different communities all across New Zealand, and some may well choose to have Māori wards and constituencies and others may not. But that should be their decision. They should make their decision, not us sitting here”.

Fast forward to now and National intends to require those areas which have more recently set up Māori wards to hold binding referenda.

But the difference is that *all* councils that have set up the wards since Mahuta’s law change have to hold referenda. They do not have a choice. So much for allowing Councils to make their own decisions on matters.

The Waitangi Tribunal has conducted an urgent hearing and recommended that the amendment be halted “to allow proper consultation between the treaty partners with a view to agreeing how Māori can exercise the guarantee of tino rangatiratanga in article 2 to determine their own dedicated representation in local government.”

Fifty Mayors have written to the Government and urged that the legislation not be proceeded with. According to the letter:

Māori wards and constituencies should be treated like all other wards and that decisions should be made at the council level. Polls aren’t required on any other wards or constituencies, and requiring them will add increased costs to councils.

Of course the real intent is to have ugly divisive referenda during next year’s local body elections. Hobson’s Pledge must be salivating at the chance to use Atlas resources to run a divisive and ugly campaign during the election campaign. And no doubt those candidates who drink the Hobson Pledge kool aid will do well.

As said by Arena Williams in Parliament:

The Government comes to this House and they say that there is a choice for local councils, but the choice is that they can either scrap Māori wards that exist, or send them to a binding referendum that they know will be ugly, because these politics are ugly. Do you know why these politics are so ugly? It’s because we have parties on that side of the House who are drumming up an ugly, divisive debate that has no place in Aotearoa, which is imported from US politics, which is about kicking people when they’re down—in this case, kicking Māori. But it could be anything. It could be kicking renters when they’re down, by taking away 90-day no-cause elections. It could be kicking disability communities when they’re down, by taking away the very entitlements they rely upon. This Government is on a collision course to take it out on the people who cannot fight back, and it’s shameful.

It’s shameful that we are having a debate in this House today which has been couched in terms of re-democratising, of making things better for the communities, when, in fact, we have mayors around the country saying to the Government that this will drum up the kind of rhetoric in their communities that they do not want to oversee, that this is something which mayors in Aotearoa are saying will be hurtful and divisive and undermine social cohesion in Aotearoa. We should listen to them.

Unfortunately the Government is not listening to the voices of reason. It just wants to have a fight.

If you get a chance make a submission. But you only have until midnight tomorrow.

49 comments on “What does the Government have against Māori wards? ”

  1. tc 1

    "…the Government is not listening to the voices of reason. It just wants to have a fight."

    Nailed it micky, distract the punters and blow that dog whistle hard.

  2. Belladonna 2

    It's in the coalition agreement, and NZ First campaigned on it as a policy plank. So can hardly be a surprise to anyone.

    Restore the right to local referendum on the establishment or ongoing use of Māori wards, including requiring a referendum on any wards established without referendum at the next Local Body elections.

    https://assets.nationbuilder.com/nationalparty/pages/18466/attachments/original/1700778597/NZFirst_Agreement_2.pdf?1700778597

    If councils believe that this is widely supported by their residents – then they won't have an issue in holding a referendum at the next election.

    • Except Belladonna it is an expense in straightened times, for politics.

    • mac1 2.2

      There is more than one issue. I have just put in a submission on the Bill. My arguments, five in all, are these.

      My principle argument is that this is discriminatory against Maori and is therefore wrong.

      My second argument is that this is an unnecessary cost for ratepayers.

      My third argument is that it will promote ill-feeling within the community based on race issues.

      My fourth argument is that it denies local authorities the right to decide whether they should have Māori wards, or for that matter any other ward basis such as rurality. We elect our local body representatives and in the way of democracy we afford them the right and responsibility to make decisions on our behalf.

      My fifth and last argument is the ethical burden of living in a society that still accepts discrimination.

      At least numbers 2,3.4 will apply to local authorities I would hope.

      • Traveller 2.2.1

        On your arguments:

        1. The reverse is true. Māori get exactly the same access to representation as non-Māori without Māori wards.

        2. So are Māori wards and elections within those wards, including, managing the rolls.

        3. The reverse is true. Māori wards promote racial division, because they are (rightly) seen as providing extra representation on the basis of race.

        4. It is not, and should not be, up to local authorities to determine. This is a matter that should be determined by the people.

        5. Dedicated Māori seats are discriminatory. They are also patronising. Māori are perfectly capable of being elected in general wards, as they have shown in both local and national politics.

        • mickysavage 2.2.1.1

          On your arguments:

          1. Not true. Maori wards will be treated entirely differently to other wards. And it will be compulsory in some cases to have a referendum. The choice of our elected representatives will not matter.
          2. Maori wards cost no more than other wards to maintain. There is one global cost which is spread amongst all wards.
          3. They provide representation according to numbers. The general approach is that a discrete group of electors will vote for their representative. This will ensure some representation of Tangata Whenua.
          4. It is up to local bodies to determine their electoral system. The proposition is that if they decide on having Maori seats they have to go to the stress and expense of a referendum.
          5. Article 2 of the treaty preserved Tino Rangatiratanga to Maori. This is a treaty obligation not discrimination.
          • Traveller 2.2.1.1.1
            1. How is "Māori get exactly the same access to representation as non-Māori without Māori wards." not true?

            2. They are an additional ward, so my point stands, and you have confirmed it.

            3. Wrong. Only Māori can vote in Māori wards, so representation is reserved for people on the basis of race.

            4. Electoral systems are changed based on referenda. Or at least they should be. Going to the 'stress and expense' is democracy.

            5. That depends how you interpret Tino Rangatiratanga. I argue that cannot seriously be a justification for anything more than equality of suffrage.

            • adam 2.2.1.1.1.1

              3. Wrong. Only Māori can vote in Māori wards, so representation is reserved for people on the basis of race.

              Can you stop with the lies? reserved, what a pile of dog crap. Māori wards, were designed to encourage a section of the population who do not vote, to vote.

              People on the Māori roll vote for Māori wards. The roll is not based on race. Also the wards are formed on the Māori roll. So nothing extra, nothing reserved, just democratic enhancing.

              • Traveller

                Māori wards, were designed to encourage a section of the population who do not vote, to vote.

                And they failed. Māori wards did not inspire voters: What next to boost democracy? | RNZ News

                People on the Māori roll vote for Māori wards. The roll is not based on race.

                Can you re-read that please, and try to argue it isn't nonsense.

                • adam

                  One election, and your calling doomed!!

                  If people are not engaged, one election is not going to fix a fucking thing.

                  My guess, Māori vote will now collapse totally. Can't trust the racist fucks changing the rules every two minutes to suit them and their racist mates.

                  You get the Māori roll is not based on race right?

                  • Belladonna

                    Māori roll is not based on race right?

                    Yes, it absolutely is. You cannot be on the Maori roll if you aren't Maori.

                    The Māori Electoral Option is a chance for all enrolled voters of Māori descent to choose which electoral roll to be on — the general roll or the Māori roll.

                    https://www.elections.nz/democracy-in-nz/what-is-an-electoral-roll/what-is-the-maori-electoral-option/

                  • Belladonna

                    Quote from the legislation

                    76 Māori option

                    (1)A Māori who is eligible to be registered as an elector may choose to be registered as an elector of—

                    (a) a Māori electoral district; or

                    (b) a General electoral district.

                    So you have to be Maori to exercise this option. Other government legislation uses ancestry to define what 'Maori' is.

                    most statutes use ancestry criteria to define who is a Māori. The Māori Land Act, and numerous other statutes, define Māori as “a person of the Māori race and includes any descendant”. Only persons of Māori descent can enrol in a Māori electorate to vote for candidates to occupy Māori seats in Parliament, or lodge a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal. Ancestry is the closest concept to whakapapa (genealogy), which has customarily underpinned any claim to being Māori.

                    https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/journals-and-magazines/social-policy-journal/spj23/23problem-of-defining-an-ethnic-group-for-public-policy-who-is-maori-and-why-does-it-matter-p86-108.html

                    Maori, of course, do not have to be on the Maori roll – and the vast majority, who would be eligible, in fact choose to be on the general roll.

                    • adam

                      Not a link to an act of law, but a guide line written by MSD.

                      Sad, just sad. As MSD is one of the worst abusers of the poor and downtrodden in this country. Lets not forget they have overseen some pretty horrific shitfuckery, particularly towards disabled, with some tragic out comes.

                  • Belladonna

                    What part of quote from the legislation did you miss.

                    Perhaps you can link to the legislation which says that *anyone* (regardless of whether or not they have Maori ancestry) can opt to be on the Maori roll.

                    I'll wait…..
                    But not hold my breath, because I am 100% confident that you won't be able to do so.

                    But, hey, it doesn't matter – if you think a law is 'unjust' you feel there is no obligation for anyone to follow it.

                    • adam

                      Oh look were back to the whole make up a point that was never said, to knock it down type of discussion, how very SIS of you. Check in the mail?

                      I'm not the one pushing a Blutschutzgesetz ideology you are.

                      I said, it's not based on race.

                      Ball back in your court.

                      Got anything, except another round of you making shit up?

                  • Belladonna

                    I said, it's not based on race. Ball back in your court. Got anything, except another round of you making shit up?

                    I've provided the quote from the legislation (note, from the link you yourself gave), which says it is.

                    Still waiting for you to provide a link (any link) to a credible source which says that anyone (whether or not they have Maori ancestry) can opt for the Maori roll.

                    Ball in your court. But until the linked evidence is provided, I'm going to regard this as just another of your fact-free rants.

                    • adam

                      Come on sunshine read the act again, where does it say race?

                      It says "A Māori" that is not a race.

                      My statement stands, the Māori roll is not based on race.

                      Fact free rant – better than far right codswallop.

      • Drowsy M. Kram 2.2.2

        Arguments that appeal to me, #3 in particular – ill-feeling nourishes our CoC govt sad

  3. Traveller 3

    "But the difference is that all councils that have set up the wards since Mahuta’s law change have to hold referenda. They do not have a choice.

    And neither should they. This is a constitutional matter, and should be determined by seperate referendum, a right Mahuta removed.

    "So much for allowing Councils to make their own decisions on matters."

    Is there a wider context to Luxon's quote that informs your implication that he was referring to Councils when he used the phrase "diverse and different communities all across New Zealand,"? In the absence of context, it seems more likely he was referring to the communities the council's serve, not the councils themselves.

    • Maurice 3.1

      "since Mahuta’s law change"

      That is exactly what the present Govt has against Maori Wards. The Wards were part of the 'co-governance' structure that the present Coalition believe they were elected to remove.

      Not being brave enough to do it by legislative fiat they are setting it up so that their grass roots constituency can do it – democraticaly – at Council level.

  4. adam 4

    So were broke, local government has no money. And central government in their wisdom adds an extra expense to the bottom line. Via referendum. Will the wankers forcing this on our broke local governments be paying for this?

    At the end of the day we had a program which engages Māori with local politics. Actively promoting democracy. Sorry the anti-democratic wankers Māori did not get any more rights or voting power – but a reason to actually vote for a change.

    I see the usual suspects on this site are pushing the anti-democratic lies of the government. Such a coalition of shitfuckery.

    They want to destroy society so they can create a greed focused utopia for the morally bankrupt. This is just one more morally bankrupt idea they keep pushing.

    • Traveller 4.1

      At the end of the day we had a program which engages Māori with local politics.

      Māori are engaged already with local politics. There is no impediment for Māori to be further engaged, if they so wish.

      • adam 4.1.1

        Māori are engaged already with local politics. There is no impediment for Māori to be further engaged, if they so wish.

        What a sick little lie.

        They were not engaged, and that was the problem. A solution was found, and it was democratic. But there is some who find democratic enhancement a problem.

        • Traveller 4.1.1.1

          No, Adam, Mari wards failed, despite the excuses.

          But despite widespread publicity for the Māori wards, there's no evidence of increased voting.

          Māori wards did not inspire voters: What next to boost democracy? | RNZ News

          • mickysavage 4.1.1.1.1

            Maori wards have not failed. Their turnout is low because of clear reasons. But their representatives are overwhelmingly good and do their best to ensure that Te Ao Maori is given prominance.

            • Traveller 4.1.1.1.1.1

              I was responding directly to Adam's comment that They were not engaged, and that was the problem. The problem wasn't solved by Māori wards.

              As to your second comment, Māori representation at local government has been on the rise for decades. In 2004 just 4.2% of local government officials were Māori. By 2019, that was 13.5%. (Disproving the big lie | Kiwiblog)

              • adam

                One election, and the numbers were up in my area. Not huge, but when people are disengaged and distrustful of lying sacks of shit who spin everything to fit their racist agenda. One needs to wait to see improvement. Other wises the spinning racist pieces of shit win again.

    • georgecom 4.2

      yup. David Spendmore is going to cost rate payers $100,000 a time for a referendum, council by council. Millions of dollars of rate payers money wasted as a time when we have a cost of rates crisis. the guy talks about wasted money but then wastes more of it than anyone. david spendmore, and more, and more……….

  5. David 5

    What is the issue with having a referendum?

    If idea of maori wards is a good thing, and there is sufficient public support, voters will be in support of the maori wards.

    • Incognito 5.1

      Hmm, I don’t know, but it could be low voter turnout at Local Elections and that the majority vote could already be heavily biased to one outcome based on demographics alone.

    • mickysavage 5.2

      Why only have referenda for Maori wards and no other arrangements?

      • David 5.2.1

        I’m unaware of what the “other arrangements” are. But a referendum would be a good idea, if the council wanted to add a ward for a certain group.

    • Graeme 5.3

      Well, as mickysavage said above why not have referenda for other representation issues.

      Down here Otago Regional Council are currently having a representation review that will most likely result in Dunedin loosing one of it's 6 councillors and Dunstan (Central Otago) gain one to go with our current three.

      If this went to a referendum it's pretty obvious how it would come out. Thankfully the decision will be made by our elected representatives with the advice of Council staff and public submissions.

      I don't see why Māori wards should be any different where there is a Māori community sufficient to warrant one.

      • Traveller 5.3.1

        Because they are two completely different issues. A representative review is simply about the balance of population. Māori wards are about providing representation on the basis of race alone. Apart from that, Maori seats failed to increase participation, at a time when Maori representation around the table of local government has grown significantly.

        • SPC 5.3.1.1

          CDI? OR!

          A representation of people based on area and its population is unrelated to representation of people by electoral roll (and or party list). Does the EC know?

          And Maori are not a race, but an indigenous ethnic people (part of the Polynesian group). Being one is based on ancestry and associated with an iwi (or multiple) of recent times) ancestry tradition.

          You seem to have a problem with greater Maori representation on councils, despite low turnout in wards.

          Is this related to an opposition to growing Maori electorate MP numbers, despite low voter turnout in Maori electorates?

          • Traveller 5.3.1.1.1

            A representation of people based on area and its population is unrelated to representation of people by electoral roll (and or party list).

            That's not what I said.

            You seem to have a problem with greater Maori representation on councils, despite low turnout in wards.

            I have no problem at all with greater Māori representation on councils. We have achieved that already without Māori wards. https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2021/02/disproving_the_big_lie.html

            • adam 5.3.1.1.1.1

              At the end of the day the Māori wards are about building trust, engagement, and leadership. Not just representation. It does appear you do have a problem with Māori setting an agenda which is about enhancing democracy.

            • SPC 5.3.1.1.1.2

              My point was that having wards or not having wards has not stopped a decline in participation in council elections, so why the focus on participation rates in Maori wards?

        • Kokako 5.3.1.2

          This is painful. You are being deliberately obtuse as to the benefit of voter engagement of an indigenous population that is overrepresented in negative public health and civil rights data. Shame on you.

  6. Drowsy M. Kram 6

    No Maori Allowed: New Zealand’s Forgotten History of Racial Segregation
    It is unacceptable that in the second decade of the twenty-first century, many New Zealanders do not know what happened at Pukekohe and are oblivious of the extent of racial intolerance against Māori across the country during the segregation era. Ultimately, this is a story about the exploitation of people who were dehumanised, deemed to be expendable, and treated as second-class citizens in their own land.

    Our shameful CoC govt is tapping into racist sentiments in Kiwi society to achieve its regressive goals – they are bent on a path that favours the beneficiaries of polarisation.

    When these binding referendums on Māori wards are held, with abolition being inevitable (New Zealand is "racist as f**k"), some local councils will find ways to ensure continued representation of Māori interests. My local council is moderately progressive in this regard.

    https://www.pncc.govt.nz/Participate-Palmy/Elections/Maori-wards

    And, of course, Māori wards will be back in due course. New Zealand was founded on a partnership between Māori and the Crown. Neither group/entity is going away.

    https://www.mfat.govt.nz/assets/Trade-agreements/DEPA/DEPA-Treaty-of-Waitangi-New-Zealand-August-2019.pdf

  7. Ad 7

    This matter should be in the hands of the Electoral Commission, not thrown around by each new government. National should listen to those mayors who wrote to them.

    We have such weak local and regional government here that undermining local government choice yet again just discourages anyone from participating in it.

    It is pathetic that on the one hand this government say they are 'empowering' councils to come to their own arrangements about water, while gutting their RLTP choices, and constraining how Councils choose to enable democracy.

  8. tWig 8

    SPC and Traveller, perhaps missing the point in discussing Maori elector turnout. For many, they may have thought the people standing would be a guaranteed shoe-in. The point is having a councillor focused on Maori issues with a voice at the council table.

  9. AB 9

    Maori are not a 'race'. They can't be – because there is no such thing as 'race' anyway. It has no biological basis and is a relatively recent social invention (maybe 400 years) that created racial hierarchies in order to justify European colonial activities such as slavery, land theft and the ethnic cleansing or genocide of indigenous people.

    Interestingly, there is a much longer prior history of what we would now call 'white' people being enslaved by the Greeks and Romans onwards. This got conveniently forgotten, as it jarred with the theory that slavery was justified by the racial inferiority of black people. *(Painter, 2010)

    So Maori have their own electoral wards because of their indigeneity, not 'race'. The desire to get rid of Maori wards seems to have two main motivations:

    • an attempted denial of the fact that New Zealand is a fairly recent colonial project – and that the facts on the ground concerning Maori well-being show that we still have to find ways of giving that project moral legitimacy
    • a cynical attempt to win elections by stoking animosity of the majority towards a minority, while dishonestly claiming to do the opposite by reducing 'division'

    * Painter, Nell Irwin. The History of White People. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010

    • SPC 9.1

      Rome killed or enslaved everyone in Dacia and then renamed the place Romania.

      They killed a third and enslaved a third in Gaul, such was the way of "empire". There was taxation, or tribute, from areas ruled over and the highest form of tax was slavery.

  10. Jim 10

    All this talk about being indigenous. Everyone's ancestors are indigenous to somewhere. NZ has no indigenous people. We can all track our own or our ancestors arrival from somewhere else, by boat or by aircraft. Therefore we are all either immigrants or descended fro immigrants Five hundred odd years in a country doesn't make you indigenous to that country Aboriginals in Australia are indigenous. Only flora, fauna and some birds are indigenous to this country.

    I agree with the comments made by David, Traveller and Belladonna. It seems trying to have a reasoned discussion with the other commentators is on a hiding to nothing.. In this country there is nothing legally holding any one back from participating in either local body or general elections. It is a personal choice , so please don't blame the system, colonialism or any other fashionable excuse, for low voter turnout. This is not apartheid South Africa.

    • Descendant Of Smith 10.1

      "have a reasoned discussion "

      As if you saying Maori are not indigenous is any attempt at a reasoned discussion.

      Whether or not Maori are indigenous isn't even the issue and just a red herring anyway. It is just a racist response to try and argue for European domination of political systems in a country that they, capitalist Europeans, consciously and deliberately colonised – recognising at the same time this capitalist imposition on local populations was also happening in places like Scotland as well.

      Defining indigenous isn't clear cut anyway. Your assertions are non-sensical.

      https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/5session_factsheet1.pdf

      Then you double down with unreasoned bull-shit like this

      "fashionable excuse" and this "This is not apartheid South Africa" to both dismiss and minimise genuine concerns about representation and to imply that some form of apartheid is taking place.

      The real question is more something like "Maori were the local population in New Zealand when Europeans arrived and with whom we signed a Treaty that guaranteed them certain rights. As the number of European settlers grew many of these rights were breached. We rightfully entered into a Treaty process to resolve these breaches – a process in which Maori have been remarkably generous in accepting settlements and apologies far less in value as to what was taken. What has been evident through that process, and highly evident before that, is that Maori culturally have a much stronger communal and long term approach to things like land management, environmental controls, exploitation of resources, the accrual of benefits and so on.

      As the population through migration is now dominated by non-Maori which has for instance put in systems of majority rule voting then Maori views can easily be disregarded and ignored. This has happened for a long time and in fact enabled the dispossession of land, etc in the first place.

      To build on the progress of the Treaty settlements and to ensure that the often different viewpoints of Maori re considered, discussed and are able to have some influence then what systems need to be modified to ensure this?

      Maori wards on councils helps achieve this. It seems a quite reasonable way to do this in my view and I have little fear of this. Since it has been implemented I have heard many say that it has really added value to council meetings and has improved local relationships with iwi.

      It isn't clear to me what people like yourself are so afraid of. I get what capitalism is afraid of – they can't just do what they want to extract profit but unfetterred capitalism is always exploitative. Part of the 18th and early 19th century opposition by capitalism towards Maori was due to the communist collective nature of their culture.

      As a society we should want better outcomes for our Maori population. We should support things that help achieve that. We shouldn't just impose our values – we need to listen to theirs and share some power with them in order to do this. Improved outcomes for Maori are improved outcomes for us all.

    • SPC 10.2

      The first settlement people in the Americas came from Asia.

      The Aborigine arrived in Oz soon after leaving Africa, but went via south Asia.

      The first homo sapien settlement in Europe occurred after the Neanderthal.

      The I Y chromosome people are the longest (by identifiable male line) surviving group in Europe today. In a sense no one else there is indigenous.

      The Maori are the first known settlement group here and their culture developed separate from other Polynesians in this place.

      In some countries the topic is moot, Indians in India, Han Chinese in China – where did they migrate from – their cultures developed in these areas.

      At the world level, Maori are recognised as an indigenous people, so your reckons account for nought.

  11. Maurice 11

    The other effect of Maori Wards (which are global – i.e. whole of Council area) is that those who can opt for voting in the Maori Ward (only those in the whole Council area that are on the Maori Electoral Roll (for National Elections) are LOCKED out of a vote on their local Ward for local representation. A way of purging Maori Electoral Roll voices from the Ward area they actually live in? This has most effect on those Councils which are more rural – that is District Councils – where it makes them a minority put in a box and prone to being out voted …..

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    There's a couple of pieces about architect-of-our-constitution Geoffrey palmer's views on the current government doing the rounds today. The first, on Newsroom is an excerpt from a speech he gave to a Young Labour meeting last weekend, in which he says NZ an executive paradise, not democratic paradise. The Spinoff ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • National’s secret schools
    The government just introduced its Education and Training Amendment Bill to the House. The name is deliberately obfuscatory, because what the bill actually does is reintroduce charter schools - effectively allowing National to privatise the education system. That's corrupt and it stinks, but to add insult to injury, National's new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 25
    Confidence about future job availability collapsed after Budget 2024 to lows last seen during the the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Employee confidence in more jobs being available in a year’s time collapsed in the first two weeks of June after the Budget, falling ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    22 hours ago
  • “I Don't Care”
    Walking through the rooms in my headI came across your image,You looked at me with that sweet smile and saidSomething they won't let me repeatWe hurt the ones we love the mostIts a subtle form of complimentAfter you’ve watched Christopher Luxon for a while you think to yourself - that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    22 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cancer drugs, and the Great Ferries Cancellation Disaster of ’23
    The decision taken last December to cancel the contract for the two purpose-built Cook Strait ferries – without having a Plan B in mind, let alone in place – has been a calamity that’s going to haunt New Zealand for decades to come, long after the Luxon government has been ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    22 hours ago
  • June-24 AT Board Meeting
    Today the Auckland Transport board meets again,so I’ve taken a look through the items on their public agenda to see what’s interesting. Musical Chairs The first item of note is another change to the make-up of the AT Board. The legislation that established Auckland Transport allows for Waka Kotahi to ...
    1 day ago
  • Colonial oppression in Kanaky
    How does France deal with opponents of its colonisation of the Pacific? Arrest them and deport them to France to face prosecution in a foreign court: A group of pro-independence leaders charged with allegedly organising protests that turned into violent unrest in New Caledonia last month was indicted on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Media Link: Post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism” on “A View from Afar.”
    On this edition of AVFA Selwyn Manning and I discuss post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism. It seems that a post-pandemic turn to more nationalist economic policies may have encouraged the rise of populists who use xenophobia and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s vice-signalling
    Two weeks ago the climate denier government announced they would be giving farmers what they want and removing agriculture from the ETS. On Friday they introduced the bill for it to the House. Due to past efforts and backdowns, the Climate Change Response Act has a lot of inactive clauses ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Left’s Joyous Cherub: Keith Locke, 1944 – 2024.
    The Struggle Continues: Keith Locke belonged to a generation that still believed in a world that could be, through struggle, relieved of its chains. That struggle constituted the core of a life lived with purpose, courage and determination. MANY NEW ZEALANDERS would, no doubt, have been surprised to discover that Keith Locke was ...
    2 days ago
  • The Night Before Yule: A Reprint
    A couple of my stories – A Breath Through Silver, and The Last Libation – have previously earned themselves reprints. Well, I am pleased to report that the nice people at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (https://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/) have included my narrative horror-poem, The Night Before Yule, in their newly-compiled Best Of anthology. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, June 24
    TL;DR: Responding to the grounding of the Aratere over the weekend, the Government has signalled it will buy new replacement ferries, but only enough to replace existing freight capacity.That would effectively limit Aotearoa-NZ’s ability to handle any growth in population or the need to reduce emissions by shifting freight from ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Greater Auckland 2.0 – we need your help!
    Hi, we’re Greater Auckland. We’ve been a part of the landscape for over 15 years now. Over that time, we’ve provided informed commentary, evidence-based analysis, and inspiring visions for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. You might know us from such hits as: The Congestion-Free Network 2013 (and its 2017 ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Distractions and Inaction.
    Fancy, a fast carA bag full of lootI can nearly guaranteeYou'll end up with the bootThe Prime Minister arrived home, perhaps a bit surprised, maybe even secretly a little pleased at the diversion, to find the country falling apart. Things going more badly that even his c-list, self back-slapping, trip ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates
    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    3 days ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    3 days ago
  • Public Service Day
    Good morn or evening friendsHere's your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I'm about to sayCould mean the world's disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and painIt's thatLove's in need of love todayDon't delaySend yours in right awayHate's goin' 'roundBreaking many heartsStop it pleaseBefore ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    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. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    4 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
    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
    4 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    6 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    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). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    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 ...
    1 week ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
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    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    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
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
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    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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