web analytics

What I want from a 4th term Labour-led Govt

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, September 8th, 2008 - 140 comments
Categories: election 2008 - Tags:

With the election fast approaching, here’s a non-exhaustive list of policies I would like to see from a 4th term Labour-led Government. Hopefully, other Standardistas will have time to make their own wish-lists too:

– Serious investment in low-oil/low-carbon infrastructure. If we’re not to let peak oil catch us unprepared, we have to get serious now. I would like to see a fourth term government set sustainability rules for new housing developments, switch far more money into public transport, and subsidise sustainable building techniques.

– Deepen democracy. We need to rebuild people’s interest in politics and empower them to believe they can make a difference. Citizen assemblies should be used to tackle tricky policy issues – like electoral funding and euthanasia. Citizen assemblies have popular legitimacy because the policy is developed by ordinary people and put to the people in referenda. Overseas experience shows that when ordinary people are asked to learn about an issue and develop a policy response they come up with leftwing answers. There needs to be a new emphasis on teaching democratic participation in schools. And the parties of the Left need to focus on rebuilding themselves as the mass parties they once were. This helps to protect social democracy from the Crosby/Textor, ‘me, me, me’, false popularism of the new Right.

– A sovereign wealth fund run along the lines of the Cullen fund with a mandate to bring into public ownership assets of importance (both in NZ and abroad) to the New Zealand economy. Economic conditions globally are undoubtedly going to get more difficult in coming years. We need to act to ensure that important assets are run in the interests of New Zealand, not foreign owners. The fund could receive its investment money from an annual injection by the Government, by offering bonds through Kiwibank, and/or by setting up a Kiwisaver fund for the purpose.

– A review of the Reserve Bank Act to find better ways to keep the lid on inflation than strangling the export sector.

– Lifting the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, improving the bargaining power of workers through MECAs, preventing passing on of union-won benefits to other workers (a union-busting practice).

– Re-nationalise Contact and reunite the power companies to get rid of this ridiculous system we have now.

140 comments on “What I want from a 4th term Labour-led Govt”

  1. In no particular order:

    – Initiatives to get uni fees down. As a student who is facing graduation with 10k of debt on his head I’m getting a bit tired of being talked down to on issues of student debt by those who got their education for free.

    – Lessons on politics and citizenship in schools as advocated by Sue Bradford. It was depressing to hear a previous co-worker declare New Zealand to be one of the states of America. Obviously that was an extreme example but there is a huge lack of awarenss among young people in this country.

    – A crackdown on employers who exploit youth. The practices employed by some are a downright disgrace. Split shifts, casual contracts for genuinely part-time workers, stingy managers, unfair dismissals. I think it’s about time the young in this country were treated with a bit of dignity when it comes to work and if it requires legislation then so be it.

    – A genuinely independent foreign policy. Helen Clark was wise to not drag us into the Iraq quagmire but what the fuck happened when the Butcher of Qana strode into town? A bench warrant was issued for this scumbags arrest for war crimes but Michael Cullen overruled it!

  2. Joe Blogger 2

    – Increased front line police officers in high crime areas like South Auckland.

    – The setting up of a government fund to immediately pay out court fines/compensation to the victims of crime and for debt to be paid back by the offender to the Government instead.

    – A directive issued to all judges that offenders involved in multiple crimes should receive consecutive sentences not cumulative.

    – An overhaul of the Welfare system to allow easier access to assistance to those in genuine need and easier administration by those involved in the process.

  3. lprent 3

    Oh darn I’ll have to find some time for this.

    I have to say that I’m such a centerist / business orientated compared to to the youthful exuberance Steve or IT displays. I’m interested in really boring parts of government that make a difference over the long term.

    For instance in the area that Joe Blogger is taking about, I actually see one crying need. We have to be able to move cases through the court in a more timely manner. At present the main constraint seems to be the actual capacity of courts in NZ. It is ridiculous that it can take 14 months to get a trial in a criminal case at district court level.

    I’m not even going to talk about the delays in a civil trial at the High Court.

    Those things are more fundemental to having an equitable system of justice than the quick-fixes/soundbites that Joe Blogger is talking about in his first 3 points. It is also a lot harder to achieve.

  4. Bill 4

    Within the current social democratic framework….

    Raising benefits to pre 1991 levels.
    Reverse their scrapping of special benefits.
    Scrap the ERA
    Promote meaningful expressions of democracy in the workplace.
    Free health care and education.
    Get back control of the reserve bank.
    An unequivocal abandonment of neo-liberal economic policies.
    Take important industry and infra-structure out of private hands

    Going beyond the current social democratic framework….

    1) Developing substantive dialogue and exchange (trade and cultural)with Venezuela. Learning from and implementing variations of processes successfully developed through the Bolivarian Revolution.

    2)Standing up on the world stage as supporters of a multi polar world.

    3)Devolving power and decision making to the local level.

    Guess I better not be holding my breath then?

  5. principessa 5

    Free Public Transport.

  6. Muldoon Magic 6

    [deleted]
    [lprent: goodbye Rob. He was almost sounding rational there…]

  7. Bill 7

    Muldoon Magic… “Then we can have in a Centre right Government that is Business friendly with an economic vision to grow the Economy…”

    Where the fuck you been lad? What you think you’ve had for the past 9 years? A centre left government? Wow!

  8. Just a few one liners:

    More support for Asian language teaching in New Zealand schools.

    Reintroduce overtime and penalty rates.

    A tax bottom free bracket.

    Remove the secondary income tax (which hurts those trying to pull an income from two part time jobs).

    Remove the two week stand-down for benefits (two weeks is a long time to survive without money).

    Greater support for peace building initiatives internationally.

    Reduce the amount of tied aid.

    Riparian planting along all waterways.

  9. whoops, should be – a bottom tax free bracket (up to $6k, perhaps?)

  10. Billy 10

    To be left alone.

  11. Chuck_NZ 11

    A recount

  12. Vanilla Eis 12

    George: The secondary tax rate is there to protect you from being hit with a tax bill if your combined income exceeds 38k (soon to be 48k?).

    You can still apply for a rebate at the end of the financial year for all the extra money you paid in tax. It’s not perfect (admittedly, those working two jobs are least likely to be able to give up a few dollars extra a week in exchange for a lump-sum once a year) but it’s not over-taxation.

  13. Tane 13

    Now Billy, you don’t want that. Your wealth is built on legally codified power relationships. Remove that legal protection and you can wave goodbye to your fancy fennel and pork rolls.

  14. IrishBill 14

    Tane has a point, Billy. But apart from the minor stuff like laws to make theft and murder illegal and a bit of taxation (which is low by international standards), can you tell me exactly how the government has intruded on your life in the last three years?

  15. Vanilla Eis, thanks for clarifying that. I’m also not sure what effect the recent tax cuts will have on this situation (if any).

  16. You want to have trade with Venezuela? why not come out and say what you really want, you want us to be socialist.

    [um, Brett, you’ve been asked not to post while stoned. There’s no embargo on trade with Venezuela at present. We probably do a little trade with them. I am a socialist but my post is on practical policies next term, I don’t expect a Labour-led govt to overthrow capitalism and institute socialism next term. SP]

  17. Billy 17

    IrishBill, by way of example, it has stopped me and Tane enjoying a tab in the boozer.

  18. burt 18

    1) put the best interests of the public ahead of the best interests of the Labour party.

    Too much to ask?

  19. randal 19

    A JOB

  20. Billy 20

    Ooh, nice. Can we please organise randal a job in the PM’s office?

  21. Can you organise one for me too? I’m finishing this degree sometime next year.

  22. Anita 22

    I’m going to restrict myself to only four points (the list would be endless otherwise).

    – end poverty in New Zealand. End child poverty in 3 years, all poverty in 6. This means increasing both financial assistance to our poorest and access to all services

    – health and education are rights. No-one in NZ should pay to access core health or education services – no “optional” fees; free all the way.

    – dismantle the capitalist market-based economy. Let’s be a country focussed on people not stuff.

    – honour, accept and include diversity in all its forms. This means sorting out genuine gender equality, real equity for people with disabilities, repealing legislation designed to enforce conformity (eg the Terrorism Suppression Act), and addressing political participation to name only a few.

    Wow – four isn’t many, I didn’t even have room for climate change 🙂

  23. IrishBill 23

    Billy, what’s a tab?

  24. Bill 24

    Brett.

    I don’t want either of ‘you’ to be anything in particular. Or did the ‘us’ refer to some constituency you represent? Or some entity you over empathise with? Whatever. Same answer.

    Meanwhile, there is trade with Venezuela. What’s your problem? Socialism? Like Freddie and Mae getting nationalised to save the sorry collective arse of private institutional investors?

  25. Billy 25

    Cigarette.

  26. Billy 26

    dismantle the capitalist market-based economy

    With what do you propose to replace it, Anita?

  27. Billy 27

    I don’t expect a Labour-led govt to overthrow capitalism and institute socialism next term.

    Me neither. Seems to be Anita’s humble goal though.

  28. Bill 28

    Reading through the comments here, it strikes me that most of what is wished for, can only, maybe, be associated with Labour in a ‘once upon a time’ fairy story way.

    So any such changes will come about in a Labour led government only very much in spite of Labour.

    Still want to see them done for misleading advertising/branding. In fact, put that to the top of my wish list.

  29. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left 29

    Heres what Big Bruv of Kiwiblog “expects” from a 4th Term Labour Govt
    * 24 hour state funded child care
    * Gay adoption
    * One social worker per child
    * Late term abortion
    * Changes to rape laws that put the onus on the accused to prove his innocence
    * Hate speech legislation
    * Mandatory race, gender and sexuality quotas in senior business appointments
    * Massive increases in DPB and unemployment benefits for single mothers

    so what I want from a 4th term Labour Govt is simple

    keep up the Working for Families (no increases needed)

    Extend the FREE ECE to two year olds

    And most importantly free anti-paranoia drugs for Big Bruv and his buddies
    we have let them suffer needlessly for too long

  30. Tane 30

    Meanwhile, Matthew Hooton well and truly jumps the shark over at policy.net with:

    Would a 4th term Clark Government abolish the free press?

  31. Sarah 31

    1/ Lower the first two tax brackets and raise significantly the third (to around 47%). Allow more individuals to take more control of their lives and shape their own destinies.

    2/ Substantially increase spending within Education. If New Zealand wants to be prosperous in the future then we need to work on education and we need to increase human-investment.Add ten grand straight away to the pay packets of all teachers. These are the people who will build and nourish our next generation. Bring in initiatives to lower university fees. Get rid of zoning and increase competition between our children within the education sector.

    3/ Remove beauracacy within health and ensure that the output of operations and doctors services match the money which goes in.

    4/ The disenstablishment of the Standard.

    5/ Wait. A 1st term National-led Govt instead.

  32. Bill 32

    dismantle the capitalist market-based economy

    With what do you propose to replace it, Anita?

    Sorry for crashing in. Here you go Billy, and Magic Muldoon…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participatory_economics. No market. People and socially useful production only. Have a read.

  33. Muldoon Magic 33

    [deleted]
    [lprent: goodbye Rob.]

  34. What I want from the Next Government who ever they may be.

    Policies based on stats and hard data not bad science.

    Acknowledgment that Taggers are criminals and not artists

    More Police, and more rights for the Police.

    Business studies to be compulsory at schools.

    A Flat tax.

    GST to be taken off of all food.

    More money on Health.

    Any policy that is not based on race.

    Try to mend relations with our traditional allies.

    Any party that wont ask you where you are from or what your religion is if you want to immigrate here.

    A party that would make any immigrate sign a contract that they wont go on welfare.

    A party that stands up for people saying what they like, how they like.

    A party that will try to have as little as impact on people’s daily life as possible.

    A party that believes in personal responsibility.

    [lprent: Taggers are definitely not artists around here. Anyone starts trolling to leave their mark and I terminate their access with prejudice and a few well chosen words – usually when they boast of their self-inflicted martyrdom. Taggers take all kinds of forms, I think you should widen your scope.

    Actually I tell a lie – there are some taggers who are tolerated here. I find that I have a morbid fascination… ]

  35. george 35

    free public transport

  36. I have to say agree with Anita on her four points, particularly a determination to end child poverty in this country. I can’t say I think Labour have any intention of abolishing the current order however. Their modus operandi is very much ‘strong market based economy, with Government intervention for gaps and failures, in order to pay for a high level of social services’. Classic ‘social democrat’ style Government.

    What is needed is the Government using better ways of measuring wellbeing than GDP, such as the tools Marilyn Waring has developed.

  37. Patrick 37

    I really wish the righties actually had something to contribute, but it seems their minds are as vacuous as the National party policy platform.

    Anyway, here are some thoughts from me:

    – Massive spending on public transport. Electrify Auckland’s railways, extend it to the North Shore and Airport. More, better, trains for Wellington. Look at electrifying the main trunk line between Dunedin and Chch, and if feasible, reintroducing a passenger service on that.

    – End child poverty. This is huge, and while I have some ideas on how to achieve it, I don’t think any of them alone could do it.

    – Increase funding for state owned schools to a level where they don’t have to ask for donations from parents. Then ban it.

    – Continue to increase the minimum wage, also look at increasing benefits.

    – Alter the certification system for builders and construction works to a tiered system.

    – George, I love your riparian planting planting idea, that’s going on my list.

    – Encourage more “brown field” housing developments, ensuring maximum access to public transport.

    – Reform of the DHB system. I have no idea how or why, but make sure that health professionals and community health people are well included in this.

    I think I should stop before I get carried away…

  38. Ben R 38

    WINZ to offer food/health/clothing vouchers for essential childhood items rather than money.

  39. BENR

    Excellent policy.

  40. Brett, seriously, not while you’re stoned. I mean look at your wish list:

    Policies based on stats and hard data not bad science. – which polices are based on bad science now? this better not be some retarded anti-climate chance rants.

    Acknowledgment that Taggers are criminals and not artists – um,tagging is crime, that seems to be acknowledgment.

    More Police, and more rights for the Police. Police have powers, not rights, and any particular powers you want them to have? arbitrary arrest? and how are you going to pay for them when you’re cutting taxes?

    Business studies to be compulsory at schools. dumb on so many levels.

    A Flat tax. 27% flat tax? I didn’t think so. So what would you cut?

    GST to be taken off of all food. And where would lost revenue be cut?

    More money on Health. This after you’ve slashed taxes.

    Any policy that is not based on race. which are now?

    Try to mend relations with our traditional allies. They are mended

    Any party that wont ask you where you are from or what your religion is if you want to immigrate here. – they have to ask where you are from and they don’t ask your religion.

    A party that would make any immigrate sign a contract that they wont go on welfare. – so a tax paying citizen wouldn’t be allowed to get a benefit if they need it just because they immigrated here? Racist.

    A party that stands up for people saying what they like, how they like. people are allowed to, they can even spend huge amounts trying to influence people’s votes, they just need to be honest enough to say who they are.

    A party that will try to have as little as impact on people’s daily life as possible – this is the same party you want to give more powers to the Police?

    A party that believes in personal responsibility. – If you believe in personal responsiblity then why do you want a more powerful State that has more powerful Police to force people to behave in certain ways? Surely, demanding the State do more to control people’s behaviour is the antithesis of personal responsiblity.

  41. Patrick, you know how to end child poverty?

    Please tell us, because no one on the face of the planet has been able to figure it out.

  42. Steve:

    Why is making business studies compulsory at school dumb?

  43. Wish it would stop raining 43

    The list could be endless but here is something that would give me more incentive to stay with labour and not party vote green

    more investment in adult literacy and numeracy issues. Many people have difficulty gaining better skills for better jobs, however it is so under resourced the waiting lists are huge (and often relies on volunteers

    Decent training programmes for the long term UE/SB and IB. It was so annoying to be almost placing a long-term UE client and then boom they were off on another course to keep them off the UE books and would have to plead with case manager to be able to keep working with them because you were almost at the point of them being work ready to go into a course. Many of my clients had been on heaps of the same type of course, were cynical and costs tax payers a lot

    The public sector acting as good role models and walking the talk by giving people opportunities and second chances to work there. Especially ESOL migrants and people with criminal records.

    Treating tertiary students like adults when they hit 20 years old so they are not at the mercy of mummy’s and/or daddy’s income. Think of it as an investment if they get the same as someone on the dole to get decent skills to put back into the community.

    Recognising that the voluntary sector is dwindling, yet society has relied on the unpaid labour of many. Give incentives to people who do want to volunteer such as recognised time off work

    If someone is working two part-time jobs because that is all they can get, stop penalising them with secondary tax.

    Bring back studentships and bonds for people to pay their way back from their studies by going to less popular areas

    Cut back on Public Sector head offices (especially middle management) and employ more people in the service centres or regional centres so these centres don’t have to be told they have to save $5 a day per person etc or a completely understaffed while head office employs another policy analyst

    Don’t ever ever ever have a go at solo parents again especially single mothers to try and satisfy employers’ needs to have cheap labour but try and fob it off that it was a positive way to get women back into the workforce – Helen you almost blew it for me there!!

  44. Crank 44

    End child poverty…lasting world peace.

    This post is starting to resemble a Miss World pageant.

    [lprent: A pathetic attempt at satire. F. Why did you bother to write]
    [lprent: As crank pointed out – observational comedy, not an attempt at satire. I’d say a B- for observational comedy]

  45. insider 45

    – Free money

    – The right to take money off other people to spend it on projects I think are best

    – The right to take assets off people and companies I don’t favour and to give to those I do, or to run them myself because I am far smarter than anyone who actually does it for a living

    – more free money

    [lprent: An poor attempt at satire. D-]

  46. Personal responsibility is making sure people understand that the Government is not responsible for where you are in life, that the Government is not there to offer you cradle to the grave support, the Government is not there to pay your bills, you are and you alone.

  47. Matthew Pilott 47

    Brett Dale, how does compulsory business studies fit in with your concept of personal responsibility?

    And incidentally, given that humans are societal animals (that looks wrong, but I’m sure the concept is discernable), why do you want to undo the work of our civilisation thus far? Do you, for example, seriously thing society is regressing in every way (and how can you determine that accurately enough to be sure you’re correct)?

  48. sean 48

    * more hospital and health board management staff so we can work out where all the money is being misspent
    * fart tax on greedy farmers
    * raise the top tax rate to 45% so that more income can be redistributed to more deserving Kiwis who do the real work (like supermarket workers)
    * free public transport for people struggling on benefits
    * free university for Maori people
    * compulsory KiwiSaver
    * tax foreign owned banks so they don’t rip off hard working Kiwis as much
    * abolish the ability to claim interest payments on property investments as expenses, so the greedy investment property owners stop ripping off hardworking Kiwis

    [lprent: An interesting attempt at satire. C-]

  49. The PC Avenger 49

    Brett, it’s a pity those countries that do take responsibility for their citizens, do offer cradle to the grave support, and do assist in paying bills tend to be the best countries to live in, with the highest standards of living, high per capita GPD, low crime, and high generational mobility. Otherwise your “I GOT MINE” world view might have some merit.

  50. Matthew:

    I believe that children should go to school, I just think what we are focusing on the wrong subjects.

  51. PCavenger:

    Name the countries please.

  52. Brett, you’ll hate the answer. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland.

    And before you go “but they’re rich” (indeed they are), these policies were begun well before their prosperity. And it’ll probably surprise you that these “nanny states” rank as some of the happiest on earth.

    I believe in personal responsibility. But I also believe that the policies of the right trap people in poverty, where a swing of bad luck can wipe out all that hard work and responsibility you’ve taken.

  53. Crank 53

    lprent,

    I think my comment fell into the realm of observational comedy rather than satire.

    Can I please be re-marked.

    [lprent: Sorry – I thought it was in the stream of satirical right derived estimates on left wish-lists (there must be a useful thesis in there for someone – if only for questions about the distribution of anti-paranoia drugs as someone earlier pointed out.).
    But you are correct. Your comment appears to not be from that sequence. This is what happens when I document code all day. ]

  54. Crank 54

    George Darroch,

    ‘And it’ll probably surprise you that these “nanny states’ rank as some of the happiest on earth’

    Interestingly these countries you mention have the highest suicide rates in the OECD. Perhaps Not the socialist utopia that they appear.

  55. Bill 55

    Is it a case that

    a)right wing commentators on this blog are so privileged as to not require government policy to improve aspects of their life?

    or

    b)right wing commentators on this blog are numpties?

    or

    c) a combination of a) and b) applies?

  56. Anita 56

    Crank,

    Interestingly these countries you mention have the highest suicide rates in the OECD.

    Reference?

    The first <a href=”http://www.oecdobserver.org/images//1792.photo.jpg”ref I found (OECD 2005 using 2002 stats, so you might have something newer) shows Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland well in the lowest half of the OECD and all better than NZ.

  57. Your using Denmark is an example?????

    Just dont become a cartoonist there.

  58. Draco TB 58

    1.) 0% interest home loans for the home that you live in and would cover up to 100% of the value of the home. These would be funded from the reserve bank by the simple expedient of printing the money. Any registered financial “person” would be able to administer these mortgages for a fee which must be a fixed sum/year. Repayments would be set as a percentage of weekly income (there will be strict income testing on these loans). There would be strict conditions on the loan such as not being able to get one more than once every 5 years. These would be first extended to those most in need then, over time, extended to everyone.

    2.) Legislation supporting the concept of a Self Owned Enterprise. Strict rules to be govern these such as not being able to sell shares, employees of the business are the controllers and a minimum reinvestment from profit.

    3.) Full funding of schools and universities and a universal student allowance that can actually be lived on.

    4.) Free biannual physical checkups for everyone. This is both to encourage better eating habits and to try and catch cancers in the early stage of the disease.

  59. Crank 59

    Anita,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_OECD_countries_by_suicide_rate

    According to this they all higher than NZ, Aus, US, UK (all the evil capitalist bastards).

  60. Felix 60

    Ok Brett, I wasn’t planning on it anyway but please do tell me why I shouldn’t become a cartoonist in Denmark.

    Apart from my appalling sense of humour and lack of artistic ability of course.

  61. Anita 61

    Crank,

    Nope. According to your reference Norway and Iceland both have lower suicide rates than NZ, Sweden has the same rate, and Denmark’s is higher.

    Anyhow that reference’s stats are a bit bogus because they don’t match year-on-year, so even if they did show what you said they do (and they don’t) they’d still be dubious. You could try to OECD figures I put in, or the MoH ones.

  62. leftie 62

    I heard the rumours of a universal student allowance a while back. I think a livable one is a great idea. It would be very useful to those that have a mortgage, but want to change career or even get a career. Any attempt to reduce students racking up debt has got to be a good thing.

    A genuine attempt to lift wages, tax cuts don’t cut the mustard with me, especially under a National Government (heres your tax cut, now screw you with employment law or increased costs for public services). Keeping unemployment low is a good start, now other steps need to be taken. Lets give the Right something to really cry about, and stop their empty harping about the NZ/Aus wage gap, plus Kiwis taking flight overseas.

  63. higherstandard 63

    After reading the wish lists above it appears whoever gets into parliament isn’t going to please many of those making comments.

  64. higherstandard 64

    Some kind of odd illusion to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy I think Felix.

  65. Lord Hyperbole 65

    By jolly golly the mere thought of another round of Miss Clark’s regime will make me rather irate. Suicide and outta here rates are going to triple at the hideous prospect.
    [lprent: You’re looking to me like a troll. Lift your Standard or leave. So far I haven’t seen anything useful in any of your comments. ]

  66. Bill 66

    Draco TB

    you number 2.) Legislation supporting the concept of a Self Owned Enterprise. Strict rules to be govern these such as not being able to sell shares, employees of the business are the controllers and a minimum reinvestment from profit

    already exits. Its the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1908. Workers own nominal (cant trade or accrue in value) shares. The workers are the owners.

  67. vto 67

    Draco, your number 1 (at 6.35pm) would be a dream come true for all those wide-boys you no doubt have little time for. Make lotsa rules and distortions, make lotsa loopholes and contortions…

    And as for Bill who said;

    “Is it a case that
    a)right wing commentators on this blog are so privileged as to not require government policy to improve aspects of their life?”

    That statement would have to illustrate one of the most profoundly disturbed outlooks on life on planet earth I have ever heard.

    You sound like you play accidental tricks on yourself.

    Crank said it best when he compared the wish lists on here to some Miss World pagaent.

  68. Anita 68

    hs,

    After reading the wish lists above it appears whoever gets into parliament isn’t going to please many of those making comments.

    Sad but true.

    Why do we have governments that are so much less courageous than the voters?

  69. mike 69

    “A JOB” randell – if you have been unemployed for a while you would surely have made it onto the sickness benifit with the rest of them by now?

  70. higherstandard 70

    Anita

    “Why do we have governments that are so much less courageous than the voters”

    Possibly because they have to live in the real world and not the bizarre fantasy land inhabited by some of those commenting.

  71. Tougher law enabling registration of companies and greater powers to the courts to intervene and impose liabities on directors and shareholders.
    Mandatory abitration in industrial disputes which dispupt public services, such as health and education. Centralised industry bargaining.
    Certain end to cruel farming practices such as battery hen farming. Increase funding for science and reseach and mechanisms which ensure scientific independance.
    More genuine power sharing with Maori.
    I agree most with others of the need to end poverty by not providing tax cuts and investing that money and more into communites.

  72. Bill 72

    HS

    “Possibly because they have to live in the real world and not the bizarre fantasy land inhabited by some of those commenting”

    What? Governments exist to facilitate the functioning of the market. And the market is a construction which could be termed as delusional with ‘nice’ psychotic side effects.

  73. vto 73

    alexandra;
    “Tougher law enabling registration of companies and greater powers to the courts to intervene and impose liabities on directors and shareholders.”

    That is the whole point of the limited liability company. The limited liability. The legal structure more responsible for the creation of today’s wealthy society than almost any other.

    It would be a fooooolish fool who effectively got rid of that. It allows people to tke risks they would otherwise never at all in their wildest dreams entertain. Ever used one?

    If people do not wish to take up the risk of dealing with such a legal beast then best not take up that risk.

  74. lprent 74

    mike:

    …if you have been unemployed for a while you would surely have made it onto the sickness benifit with the rest of them by now?

    Oh a reader of urban myths… How disappointing. Either that or you have no ability to do basic maths just like Judith Collins.

    Tell me Mike, what happens to population percentages when you have an increasing population? For instance if you have say 1.5% of 2 million, and then have 1.5% of 2.5 million? The absolute numbers go up right.

    Then if you’re a mathematical moron like Judith Collins you start claiming that the number of sickness benefits is spiraling out of control.

    Steve did a post on the inability of some Nay’s MP’s to understand maths..

  75. Pascal's bookie 75

    Tane Meanwhile, Matthew Hooton well and truly jumps the shark

    Don’t he but, and you see he ends up giving props to dear old Bryce, who supports him in comments. Sheesh.

  76. No kidding Vto! Thats one side of the argument. However the prinicple of limited liability has come at a huge price of the many who have been abused and just plain ripped off. Protection of the unconcionalbe is not the role of the law. It is not the role of the law to put above all else, economic interests of a few at the expense of what is right and decent. Whats more what I think is fooooolish, is your patronising and misrepresentation of what I said. I was not calling for the end of limited liability, but a strengthening of the legistlation to enable the judiciary to do what they ought to.

  77. rave 77

    Self-owning businesses? Do you mean like farmers co-ops? Did you notice that while we are making wish lists, the co-ops are being bought up by listed companies one of which is part-owned but not self-owned by John Key?

    The semi-nationalisation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Fay by the US federal reserve gives the lie to all the profiteers that they owe their profits to the market. The market only exists because the public subsidises the private losses.

    Since this fictional nationalisation does not actually mean that ordinary people as workers and taxpayers can now self-own FM and FF we need real public shareholding.

    Steve’s proposal that more state investment based on a Sovereign Fund is one model of actually putting public property rights in the hands of ordinary people, as opposed to using their meagre wages to keep paying rents and taxes to bale out the billionaires until they take back control.

    Hand in hand with this Steve is right to say we need more education and participation in politics so that the majority can actively take control over that public shareholding. That is, the ‘sovereign’ is not the bosses’ state masquerading as ‘public’, but the people who produce the wealth and now own it.

  78. vto 78

    and a more positive post… if labour gets a fourth term (heaven has forbid it btw) and continue along their recent direction then how about this to aim towards a fifth term;

    1. further easing of tax rates (remember when taxes are cut the money doesnt leave the system, it continues in a faster spin cycle and the multitude of other taxes hoover up extra through the extra spinnage).

    2. back off the nannyisms and trust in your fellow manwoman.

    3. do not rush laws through parliament.

    4. get Cullen to say something nice about rich people.

    5. take your hands off the electoral system. that is for the people, not the government.

    6. continue to be brave in foreign policy.

    7. etc

  79. “Why do we have governments that are so much less courageous than the voters’

    That’s because parties that want to please 35-50% of the voters are by nature conservative, trying to please everyone and not take any unnecessary risks (even ones with potentially great payoffs). If you want spice, in the MMP environment, you’re best to vote for a minor party like NZF, the Maori Party or the Greens, who only have to please their limited 3-10% constituency. Of course, the larger party is likely to resist their attempts to make things interesting, as we saw in 1996-1999 and 1999-2002, when two parties with opposing philosophies were paired. Weren’t those years fun?

    Wait for the next round of fireworks, and see another test of wills. Clark vs Norman/Fitzsimons? I hope they’re not going to be lambs to the slaughter, should their side carry the election.

  80. vto 80

    oh alexandra, who’s the patronising one? I responded to the simplistic nature of your comment in kind.

    Either way though – if you weaken that limited liability then you will reduce the risks people are prepared to take, with consequent consequentiality. Who wants to be a director of a company today? Ask Bryers – even he didn’t want to know, and he is a true crook.

    There are plenty of laws available to punish the naughty amongst us. The problem imo arises in enforcement and in caveat emptor.

  81. Paul Robeson 81

    Gee

    there was some interesting stuff there before that degenerated.

    Is Sarah (bless her cottonsofts) John Key? she seems to have some severe conflicts…She wants to be nice, but she wants to hate the left wing.

    She wants wages to be raised for teachers- the PPTA being one of the few surviving unions during the ECA – but she imagines a first term National government will do this. Perhaps.

    Very JK- cut taxes significantly, slash bureacracy and increase spending.

    I am more than a mite concerned that all these worthy social ideas are being put forth without some serious discussion of investment in public transport. The systems in our cities are sub-par.

    Apologies Patrick- somehow missed that.

    But are petrol prices likely to be lower, the same or much higher in 30 years? If we have a significant increase in no-car or recreation-car families will our infrastructure be able to cope?

  82. Janet 82

    I would like the new government to do some real thinking about promoting democracy, inclusion and participation for all citizens. Maybe a serious discussion about lowering the voting age to 16 or younger, and more use of citizens’ juries. It would be great to see all three NZ official languages taught from year 1 (that means te reo and NZ Sign) and the teaching of other languages encouraged. More emphasis on citizenship studies in and out of school (eg through TV discussions). The promotion of equity (that would include getting rid of child poverty and inequities in health, education etc). And discrimination of all kinds banned so eventually it becomes such an uncommon concept that legislation won’t be needed. That’s a start/

  83. Anita 83

    Janet,

    Thanks-you, I want to come live in your world! 🙂

  84. Owen Glenn 84

    [deleted – identity theft]
    [lprent: Just another idiot]

  85. Draco TB 85

    Bill:

    already exits. Its the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1908. Workers own nominal (cant trade or accrue in value) shares. The workers are the owners.

    A quick read of that legislation indicates that it is not quite what I’m after. It’s also a great example of legislation that needs updating.

    VTO:

    Draco, your number 1 (at 6.35pm) would be a dream come true for all those wide-boys you no doubt have little time for. Make lotsa rules and distortions, make lotsa loopholes and contortions

    Would you clarify please?

    That is the whole point of the limited liability company. The limited liability. The legal structure more responsible for the creation of today’s wealthy society than almost any other.

    True, but we really need to question if we wish to continue that way considering that people are causing huge amounts of damage, making millions doing so and aren’t held responsible in any way. There are also other forms of investment available – not just the capitalist one.

    Rave:

    Self-owning businesses? Do you mean like farmers co-ops?

    Not really. Co-ops are reasonably good but they are owned by those in the co-op. A self-owned business is by itself but the control of that business would fall to it’s employees. Any profits after reinvestment would also go to the employees.

  86. r0b 86

    Free education.

    Proper public transport (as part of a range of measures to address climate change).

    State funding of political parties – every cent visible and publicly accountable (get private funding and influence out of the political process).

    A fifth term. Heh.

  87. vto 87

    Draco, I wondered whether that may have a little confusing. What I meant was that your suggestion was too riddled with potential problems. And the old truism that complications increase exponentially – make a rule, double the complexity, make two rules and multiply it by four, three rules and multiply it by nine.

    Too complex. Too many rules = too many loopholes.

    Th thought behind the idea is good but human nature being what it is it would get abused to high heaven and create distortions from here to contortionland.

    Re limited liability companies and the occasional damage – is it really that bad? Sure there are problems but perhaps some sort of measure would be appropriate first. I consider the benefits of the system as it is today outweigh any downsides. It would take serious and long deliberations before adjusting that particular setting imo, given the potential downside resulting from such interference.

  88. vto 88

    Owen Glenn is that really you?

    Good luck for tomorrow and give ’em heaps

  89. Owen Glenn 89

    [deleted – identity theft]
    [lprent: Just another idiot]

  90. Lew 90

    I guess, by the lack of punctuation and general incoherence, that `Owen Glenn’ here is in fact Rob.

    L

    [lprent: could be – now moderated to hell]

  91. vto 91

    excellent. all eyes will be on you.

    Did you sail your boat down?

  92. Owen Glenn 92

    [deleted – identity theft]
    [lprent: Just another idiot]

  93. vto 93

    oh dear. You can borrow mine – its an old beauty from the 1930’s but its survived afloat through every storm since. You may need such a proven rider on the storm while you’re here!

  94. jaymam 94

    Owen Glenn, if that’s really you, on what occasion did you first meet Helen Clark and not know who she was? I have the meeting recorded on tape.

  95. Dean 95

    Draco:

    “1.) 0% interest home loans for the home that you live in and would cover up to 100% of the value of the home. These would be funded from the reserve bank by the simple expedient of printing the money.”

    You do understand the concept of inflation, don’t you?

    Actually, I think this quote should be repeated back at you every time you post.

  96. Dan 96

    SP, congratulations on a great thread. The substance of peoples’ replies suggest the Nats mistake of being slow with policy is a bigger negative than they anticipated. With the exception of the bovver boys on the right, a whole raft of policies have been raised from across the political spectrum, most of them centre/ centre left with very little to frighten any NZ citizen. The idealism and humanity implied is great. Maybe that is the difference between the Nats and the rest: the Nats looking after self, those of the centre and left looking after community as well as self.

  97. Proctor 97

    While I’d love for student debt to be forgiven I’m thinking that this is one of those sweet fantasies that won’t actually be realistic.

    To be honest – I’d be pretty happy with a continuation of L/P/G’s current policy path, with perhaps more emphasis on sustainability.

    And the idea of raising teacher’s salaries by $10K – brilliant. Do it. I couldn’t be one but fully respect those that are mad enough to be a teacher.

  98. burt 98

    Dan

    That is complete poppycock. “the Nats looking after self, those of the centre and left looking after community as well as self.”

    Which part of driving productive, entrepreneurial people out of the country is good for the community? This so called ‘good for the community’ stated above is a pile of “wish list” BS. It’s like someone sitting down at home on Wed night with their ‘Big Wednesday’ ticket in hand saying ‘Then I’d buy this, then I’d buy that…’

    I ask one thing;

    1) Put the best interests of the public ahead of the best interests of the Labour party.

    Too much to ask?

  99. mondograss 99

    Progressively fund a teacher aide for each classroom, beginning with the decile 1 schools and going forward from there. Up to the schools whether the aide spends their time in a specific room, or working with certain specialist programmes or kids, but it would alleviate a huge drain on school operations grants\parents donations and would substantially improve the quality of primary school education by the simple expedient of allowing the teacher to spend more time teaching and less time having to manage the kids\keep them on task etc.

  100. Draco TB 100

    VTO:

    Too complex. Too many rules = too many loopholes.

    Th thought behind the idea is good but human nature being what it is it would get abused to high heaven and create distortions from here to contortionland.

    The problem with truisms is that they’re only partially true 😛
    Such a scheme could be kept extremely simple especially once it’s in place and available to everybody. I did consider that it would be open to abuse which is why I suggested the 5 year cool down and that it can only be applied to the house that you’re living in. These should effectively prevent speculation and everybody trying to buy up hundreds of houses to rent out.

    We do needs rules though and do have them so arguing that having some to do with home finance is going to be too complex is a little disingenuous.

    Re limited liability companies and the occasional damage – is it really that bad?

    Considering all the collapsing finance companies over the last couple of years can we say that it’s occasional?
    It’s not that simple of course but such systems are put there simply to protect people from taking full responsibility of their actions. If a person buys shares in a company that knowingly poisons a stream means that that person is responsible for that action even if they didn’t make that decision or even know that the decision had been made. That’s the nature of supporting actions by a company and by buying shares you are supporting those actions.

    I do find it amusing that people always go on about personal responsibility but then come up with lots of ways (limited liability, trusts, externalities etc) to avoid that responsibility.

    Dean:

    You do understand the concept of inflation, don’t you?

    Yes, I do. Any money printed by the reserve bank needs to be removed from the economy so that it remains inflation neutral. This, amazingly enough, is how the present banking system works. Ergo, this system really won’t make any significant difference to inflation if it’s introduced slowly which I said would be the case in the original post.

  101. Jared 101

    What I would like to see from the next government, not necessarily a labour led coalition.

    -Increased funding for Schools. The education system is severely under funded with unrealistic development programmes in place that schools cannot achieve under current funding levels without additional support. People chastise schools for asking for a donation, but many rely on donations for the developments that the government love to wank on about. If people want education to be truely free, then schools need more funding.

    -Lower taxes at the bottom. In many ways I envy the Australian Tax system where income up to $6000 isn’t taxed. Lower taxes would be nice overall, and I think there is certainly room to move further than Cullen is letting on. Borrowing to support tax cuts aren’t necessarily a bad thing either, considering the impact increased income would have on consumer spending and saving.

    -Renationalise public transport operators so that subsidised routes are not out to provide a profit to operators, but to only break even. Free public transport would be nice, but I would prefer a nominal fare that covers costs only.

    On that same note, I think there is far too much of a focus on rail within Auckland. Rail reaches primarily West and South only, and even then only those close to the rail feed onto the routes. Far more of the population cannot utilise rail efficiently, and a more effective option than Buses and rail needs to be looked at.

  102. Dean 102

    “Yes, I do. Any money printed by the reserve bank needs to be removed from the economy so that it remains inflation neutral. This, amazingly enough, is how the present banking system works. Ergo, this system really won’t make any significant difference to inflation if it’s introduced slowly which I said would be the case in the original post.”

    No Draco, I really don’t think you have thought your cunning plan through.

    What will happen to house prices?

    I can’t believe im debating “print more money!” with someone who believes it’s a good idea.

  103. John McCain 103

    [deleted – identity theft]
    [lprent: another idiot]

  104. John McCain 104

    [deleted – identity theft]
    [lprent: another idiot]

  105. Mausist 105

    I would like to see a programme to properly insulate every house that needs it. As George Darroch pointed out on PA system, this would help reduce energy use and lower the burden on the health system. It would also maintain the construction industry after the end of the housing boom, at least for a while, in the Keynesian stylee.

    There is no reason why anyone should be able to see their breath inside, during the day, in a home in New Zealand (unless they’re playing silly buggers with the freezer).

  106. RedLogix 106

    I can’t believe im debating “print more money!’ with someone who believes it’s a good idea.

    errmm…’printing money’ is exactly what the commercial ‘fractional reserve’ banking system does everytime it creates a mortgage.

    All Draco is suggesting is that perhaps the creation of money supply could be a public sector function, operating to benefit New Zealand rather than a privatised function that currently enriches the owners of several large Australian banks.

  107. Dan 107

    Burt, back your “poppycock” claim with some data. I am sure some are disallusioned businessmen, but the majority in my experience tend to be retirees, the young with a sense of adventure, and young married couples, all attracted by the advantages of the larger and more diverse economy in Australia. All are motivated by individual betterment. The prospect of higher wages in Australia also encourages individuals, but higher wages are not on National’s wish list.
    NZ still rates very highly for the ease of doing business. As many have already pointed out, there are a series of taxes and fees in Australia that mean apparent tax advantages are not so crash hot.

  108. vto 108

    Draco, re limited liability companies and the occasional fallout, you referred to the losses by many finance companies of late. Your implication is that these companies have been criminally run, leading to their failure.

    wrong wrong wrong. Sure there are one or two which appear to have been at the hands of rogues. But these rogues would be operating in business no matter the legal structures available to them. So the argument you make I dont think solves the problem.

    But further – there is some myth circulating out there in sillyland that these companies failed because of bad people at the helm. I tell you what they actually failed of (from very close personal experience).

    They failed because the punters all decided to pull their money out at once. It is called a run. Few financial insitutions ever survive them.

    So quite frankly the problem rests at the feet of the depositers. Their own greed saw them get excited at the prospect at the thought of an extra 2% per annum over a bank (who cares about the risk ay?), and then now their own fear (other end of the spectrum from greed) sees them acting like lemmings in taking all their money out.

    That is what has happenned.

    It is of course very sad when people lose their savings. But they should take responsibililty (or their advisers). The info on the business these finance companies transacted was all there for the checking.

    Anyway, there are mullions of companies operating in NZ. What is the proportion that cause problems or are rogues? And once you have that answer, ask yourself whether anything would change with whatever new structure is put in in replacement.

    You would do considerably more damage than good by sheeting home excessive liability, especially to the shareholders.

  109. vto 109

    So Draco, it logically follows (re finance company failures) from the facts of the situation and your line of reasoning that liability for the losses should be sheeted home to those responsible, namely the depositors. Not just for their own losses, but those of the finance companies and those of fellow depositors. Can’t have you cake and eat it too…

  110. Lampie 110

    Correct me if I’m wrong. National now supporting “anti-smacking” bill unless evidence suggests otherwise. I thought they were against it? Any case, another “me too” and “cover my ass” no leadership example from John Key.

    Mr Key, for God sake, actually show what you stand for, grow some balls!!

  111. Bill 111

    All this talk of company structure leading to potential rip off scenarios; of externalising (socialising )costs while privatising profits…simple solution.

    A production and distribution system sans market.

    Anita wished for it and many others have implied it with their wish to end child poverty and other inequities.

    If you go here http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/topics/parecon and actually read through it, you’ll see that almost everything on the various wish lists is achievable.

    The cause of inequity and impoverishment and the one common underlying factor in all those things people wish to see changed, eradicated or improved is the market.

  112. A Republic Advisory Committee 2008 – 2010, election of the Governor-General by public nominations in 2011, commitment to a referendum on a republic by the year 2015, prompting the debate on the issue, entrenchment of the existing statutory constitutional framework…

  113. Janet 113

    I see that John Key is now going to take money away from the Families Commission which is doing some world leading social research on the nature of families and give it to Christian parenting groups!!!!

    Let’s get back to some idealism and hope for humanity.

  114. Bill 114

    Christian parenting groups? For real? So Maori and a ‘million and one’ other kinship arrangements are…what? Oh dear.

    Actually, what precisely the fuck IS a ‘christian parenting group’ when it’s at home?

  115. vto 115

    it’s where you teach christians how to behave properly

  116. Bill 116

    vto

    and proselytise those who are not Christian; instil in them a ‘proper’ morality; have them ‘adopt’ Christian norms of behaviour…sounds very ‘lost generation-ish’ to me; very ‘civilising’.

    Janet

    you have a source?

  117. Pascal's bookie 118

    “it’s where you teach christians how to behave properly”

    lolz

  118. Felix 119

    And Key may well be kissing Peter Dunne’s support goodbye with that ill-advised bit of sucking up to the chrissos.

    If I were a Key supporter I’d be so disappointed with his performance.

  119. Bill 120

    What the hell is Key on about when he says “The current Government won’t touch them because they’ve got a Christian-based perspective?”

    According to the website :- The Families Commission undertakes research, provides policy advice, consults the public and provides information to families and those who work with them

    Parents Inc runs programmes.

    Besides,Parents inc are certainly not short of money. They have a pile of sponsors… After the major corporate sponsors AMI, Toyota etc it has 50 organisations giving it grants

  120. Bill 121

    “The current Government won’t touch them because they’ve got a Christian-based perspective?’

    During the year ended 31 March 2008,
    $75,524 was received from Community Organisation Grants Scheme,
    $261,455 from Aoraki Polytechnic (Community Education Funding) and $100,000 from the Lotteries Grants

    (https://www.parentsinc.org.nz/assets/PDFs/Annual-Report-2008.pdf)

    Wish the government wouldn’t touch me to the same degree!

  121. RedLogix 122

    It’s all very easy being cynical about religion, the history of all of them is an extraordinary thing… but an honest appraisal also reveals an enduring core of those ancient bulwarks, love, hope and charity.

    Yes those words do sound very old fashioned, redundant even in this modern age… but let me for a moment indulge in some broad hand waving. All human society has three deep roots, the material (science/technology/commerce), the philosophical (the political/legal dimension) and the spiritual (religion/arts) entwined together.

    Science without faith becomes cold and dehumanised.

    Politics without faith descends into tyranny.

    Faith without science is mere superstition.

    To my mind, a just and healthy society happens when these three forces act in a mutual, synergistic balance, each evolving as civilisation progresses. From the material and philosophic perspective the modern world has experienced massive upheaval and change over the last few centuries, we have abandoned many old ideas and institutions that we once taken as unquestioned givens by our ancestors (eg the divine right of kings, feudalism, a physical heaven and hell). Modern science has given us a wholly different view of material reality and our modern notions of human rights and justice drive our political systems in ways quite unimaginable to the kings and emperors of old.

    Equally the old churches and institutions of religion have fallen away, and I suggest, are yet to be replaced with a form that is both intellectually and ethically robust to minds and hearts of future generations.

  122. higherstandard 123

    Bill

    “Parents Inc. receives no direct government funding although a portion of our funding revenue comes from Aoraki Polytechnic (community education grants) as well as from New Zealand Lottery Grants and Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS).

    From their report it appears this accounts for 7% of their funding.

    Regardless of this I’m not sure from the comments above whether commenters are arguing that money diverted from the parents commission to groups such as Parents Inc is a good thing or a bad thing.

    In my opinion they appear to do a very fine job and would merit direct government funding.

  123. Draco TB 124

    VTO:

    Your implication is that these companies have been criminally run, leading to their failure.

    That was not my intention. I was trying to show that when you support the actions of a company by buying shares in that company that you should take the bad (losses) with the good (profits). Limited liability prevents this allowing people to have their cake and eat it to. Depositer runs have been a fact of banking since the fractional reserve banking system was introduced.

    Like I said earlier – the present system has got us here but is it the system that we need to go into the future with? I’m saying that it isn’t due to the fact that it collapses regularly (due to peoples greed and stupidity as you pointed out) and is failed system due to requiring poverty to work as well as it does.

  124. r0b 125

    Good stuff RL – thanks for that.

  125. higherstandard 126

    RedLogix

    I hope you don’t take this as being too patronising but that’s a brilliant comment well done.

  126. outofbed 127

    So Key abolishes family commission, bye bye United future
    so Key abolishes Maori seats, bye bye Maori Party
    So Key won’t work with Douglas, bye bye Act
    So Key won’t work with Peters, bye bye NZF
    Just the Greens and Progressive left then eh ?

  127. Vanilla Eis 128

    oob: You forgot the possibility of a grand coalition of Labour and National – but who gets to be PM?

  128. higherstandard 129

    Elvis

  129. vto 130

    Draco, acknowledged to some extent but to sheet home losses and liabililty to shareholders is completely contrary to the whole purpose of limied liability companies. It has some downside, as you poiint out, but it is responsible for ridiculously more good than bad. Just look at how the (naughty) capitalist system has developed since its invention, and the increased wealth, across the board, since then.

  130. Bill 131

    HS
    I don’t quite know how direct government funding would work. Isn’t that the function of COGS etc…to funnel funding and attempt to create a spread of such funding?

    Do any community groups get direct government funding, faith based or otherwise?

    I ask because I don’t know. I’d be surprised if that was the case.

    Parent inc have access to tax payers money and, I’d assume, have access to the Families Commission same as any other orgs based around family issues.

    JK was being disingenuous….again.

  131. bill brown 132

    “Science without faith becomes cold and dehumanised.”

    Science with faith is not science.

  132. rave 133

    I would like the members of the Labour led government and all its supporters to read this moving statement by the Cuban Celia Hart who was killed in a car crash not long after she wrote it.
    It is about how global warming is visiting the ‘demon’ onto the Caribbean and how Cuba’s revolution gives it at least some basis for human resistance.

    http://www.marxmail.org/msg48175.html

  133. Roger 134

    Just four things:

    Extend ECE to Playcentres so that all NZQA-approved ECE providers have access to 20 hours free pre-school education

    Make kiwisaver compulsory and use more of the savings here in NZ to reduce reliance on overseas capital

    Optional Income Splitting for tax purposes to provide greater flexibility for parents and

    End Child Poverty by 2017.

  134. Robinsod 135

    Make kiwisaver compulsory and use more of the savings here in NZ to reduce reliance on overseas capital

    Agreed but also make the rate variable under the reserve bank act and use it as one of the levers to control inflation.

  135. Nedyah Hsan 136

    A bounty for those frakking possums. $10 a skin. Possum fur is warm, well regarded, and they’re a complete pest. Screw PETA.

    Abolishment of Family Trusts being exempt from bankruptcy proceedings. The assets in the trust would have to have got there somehow.

    Set minimum jail terms. No parole at all. Manslaughter = 15 years minimum.

    No extras in prison – no tv, no sky, basic food. Basically make prison as unattractive as possible, while still treating prisoners like humans.

    Education: Graded pay scales for teachers 1 -3 years $50,000 4- 7 years $70,000 8 – 12 years $100,000. Every four years in teaching, the pay increases by $10,000
    Increase state funding to schools.

    Disestablish PHARMAC and set up a new drug approval authority with a specific mandate to test new drugs in NZ and not wait for overseas testing.

    Bring back the NZ Safety Authority. Our safety standards used to be the envy of the world. When it was disestablished , the quality of products sold to us dropped drastically. E.g. an egg beater that was bought in 1975 still goes perfectly. An EB bought in 2007 fell apart after 6 months.

    Drop personal tax to 29% maximum.
    Remove LAQC tax advantage. Allow people to be eligible for rebate of up to 30% of interest charged on a personal mortgage (must be in personal names, not in trust or other)

    Of course, it’s all just a pipedream

  136. Anita 137

    Nedyah Hsan,

    Disestablish PHARMAC and set up a new drug approval authority with a specific mandate to test new drugs in NZ and not wait for overseas testing.

    Pharmac is the funding agency, Medsafe is the approval authority. I think you’re saying you want to replace Medsafe.

  137. jbc 138

    Nedyah Hsan – an eclectic wish-list. Interesting.

    Education: Graded pay scales for teachers 1 -3 years $50,000 4- 7 years $70,000 8 – 12 years $100,000. Every four years in teaching, the pay increases by $10,000
    Increase state funding to schools.

    I’ll agree that many teachers should be paid as the valued professionals that they are (ie: a whole lot more) – but I think that pay increases for seat-warming longevity is not a good recipe for educational outcomes (or for retaining good staff in any organisation for that matter). The smart/keen ones will be lured/pushed away long before.

    I think that an excellent teacher (no matter what their age or experience) who motivates their students and lifts their attainment year after year is worth more than 10 stale old cranks. At least that’s what I’d want for my kids anyway.

  138. Bill 139

    Somewhere up this thread there were comments about JK intentions on the family commission.

    So, after flip flopping he says:-

    “Some of the advocacy undertaken by the Families Commission has been important, but some in our view has also been unnecessary and I would like to see more spent on the coalface,” he told reporters.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4686768a6160.html

    Except the Families Commission does not ‘do’ advocacy. From their site…

    “Under the Act, we are mandated to focus on families generally, and cannot advocate on behalf of individual families or cases.”

  139. Most of the items on the (sane) wishlists above are already Alliance policy, and fully budgeted too. So why not give your support to a party that wants the same things you do, instead of futilely hoping Labour will change?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • “People’s Faces” by Kate Tempest
    Heard this on Radio NZ this afternoon. Perfectly captures how I'm feeling just now.It's always good to find new music, though it would be nice to be hearing something celebratory. Even "Things Can Only Get Better" would be welcome, if it was accompanied by a thumping Labour victory. ...
    3 hours ago
  • A reflection on the British general election
    by Don Franks Like New Zealand, Britain is officially a country of equal opportunity under the rule of law, with increasing hardship for those at the bottom. When there’s an election, and the party most obviously callous towards poor people wins, decent folks are dismayed and bewildered. “What the hell ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    8 hours ago
  • Well, crap
    UKanians went to the polls yesterday in early elections aimed at resolving the Brexit impasse. And they certainly have, delivering a huge majority to the Tories, and (barring internal rebellions of the sort which delayed Brexit) giving them the power to do whatever they want. And thanks to the UK's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Austerity meets fresh resistance in Iran
      by Karim Pourhamzavi Mass protests are occurring across Iran, taking place in over 100 cities.  The protests have been sparked by the government’s cutting of fuel subsidies, a measure which caused fuel prices to double overnight. Mass protests are hardly new in Iran, but there is an important difference ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • Oh No! It’s a …..
    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 day ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    1 day ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    2 days ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    2 days ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    2 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    2 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    3 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    3 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    3 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    4 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    5 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    5 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago