What really matters this election – poverty

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, September 30th, 2023 - 38 comments
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This week National’s cruel beneficiary bashing inclinations came to the fore.

It announced a three strike styled sanction regime on beneficiaries who break new rules.

Possible repercussions include money management by the use of electronic cards and benefit reductions.

To add to this National is changing the way that benefits are calculated.  One of the things that Labour has done is to index benefits to average wage increases.

Previously benefits, apart from superannuation were indexed to the rate of inflation.  As society changes and gets more complex this means that beneficiaries gradually become worse off.

National chose to not upset a core part of its voter base, superannuants, by not applying the change to them.

But to all other beneficiaries it has decided to undo one policy that the Children’s Commissioner urged the Government to adopt, and it is a policy that has made a significant contribution to the 77,000 fewer kids living in poverty that this Government has achieved.

The savings over four years is in the vicinity of $2 billion.  National’s proposed restoration of interest deductibility for landlords will, according to its estimates cost about the same.  Fancy taking money off the poorest of us to give more money to landlords.

If you want to get an appreciation how cruel and heartless National’s announcements are can I urge you to read this piece by John Campbell.

He mentions Professor Richie Poulton who has been the director of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study since 2000 and who was asked about what was the most important thing for a happy and healthy life.

From Campbell’s article:

I asked Professor Poulton whether the study has shown if there’s one thing in childhood, perhaps above all others, that steepens the climb to a healthy and happy adult life?

“Poverty,” he said.

“What was most important about that original finding,” Richie Poulton told me, “was that you can’t really undo what happens during childhood. So the experience of intense or regular poverty is long lasting.”

Anyone familiar with Richie Poulton knows his capacity to describe the science of Dunedin’s longitudinal study in terms that are richly human. But on that August afternoon, he was making it political, too.

“This is where my research enters the personal fray,” he said. “This election is not going to be focused on children in poverty, because we’re bored of that. We’re tired of that. We’re sick of that. We’ve tried that, haven’t we? Have we tried that?

Yet, what do we need to address really importantly, really importantly? he asked, as if out beyond the waves now, looking back to a fading shore. And he answered his own question with a single word. “Poverty.”

Campbell then draws a link between crime and poverty that is that strong and that clear that it is appalling that National do not get it.

In December 2016, Richie Poulton and the Dunedin Study put out a media release headlined: CHILDHOOD DISADVANTAGE STRONGLY PREDICTS COSTLY ADULT LIFE-COURSE OUTCOMES. (The caps were theirs, but they feel appropriate.)

The study has been responsible for so many pieces of work – so many other studies. But this one feels so important, now.

The findings from the Dunedin study’s data had been published in Nature Human Behaviour.

Read this. Please.

“We integrated multiple nationwide administrative databases and electronic medical records with the four-decade-long Dunedin birth cohort study to test child-to-adult prediction in a different way, using a population-segmentation approach. A segment comprising 22% of the cohort accounted for 36% of the cohort’s injury insurance claims; 40% of excess obese kilograms; 54% of cigarettes smoked; 57% of hospital nights; 66% of welfare benefits; 77% of fatherless child-rearing; 78% of prescription fills; and 81% of criminal convictions.”

Twenty-two percent of the cohort – 81 percent of criminal convictions.

And if experiencing “intense or regular poverty” in childhood increases likelihood of criminality later in life, we may actually have achieved the remarkable perversity of having economic policies that create the disadvantage we then spend election campaigns arguing over how best to punish the consequences of.

I can speak with quite a unique perspective.  I have been a lawyer for young offenders out west since the 1980s.  I am at the stage now where I fairly regularly act for the children of earlier clients.  I have the dubious distinction of having acted for a number of ram raiders.  I know these kids and I know their parents.  I have read the reports on them and I have discussed with them what has happened and why it happened.

There are a number of contributions to what has caused them to act in the way they have but poverty is the overwhelming common feature.  It has badly affected their parents and their ability to be parents.  It badly affects the kids themselves.  Through inadequate housing and income it affects their education, their health, their confidence and their view of their place in the world.

Campbell and Poulton are right.  If you want to do something about crime do something about poverty.

National’s move, to make beneficiaries poorer and at the same time to increase funding for prisons is logical but callous.  It does not need to be this way.  If you want to avoid the dystopian future offered by National then vote to keep them out.

And I understand that progressives are disappointed with Labour for not having done enough.  But 77,000 fewer kids in poverty is something to celebrate not belittle.

And in a multitude of areas Labour has worked to improve the plight of those affected by poverty, especially the poor.

There are a whole lot of kids out there whose futures are riding on this election.  Vote wisely.

38 comments on “What really matters this election – poverty ”

  1. bwaghorn 1

    National punishing kids for the sins of their parents, parents who probably suffered the same punishment in their youth.

  2. ianmac 2

    This sums it all up so well: From above

    And if experiencing “intense or regular poverty” in childhood increases likelihood of criminality later in life, we may actually have achieved the remarkable perversity of having economic policies that create the disadvantage we then spend election campaigns arguing over how best to punish the consequences of.

    • Roy Cartland 2.1

      It's much cheaper to prevent poverty and crime than it is to deal with it. Cheaper for society (or community) that is, but it doesn't create 'value' for any shareholders. You can't make money off it.

      • Colin 2.1.1

        Actually, with increased privatisation, making a profit from increased crime and poverty would probably be a thing – a government paid for thing which means a government guaranteed profit.

        It'd be just like the private suppliers that WINZ used to 'teach' people how to look for work. They didn't actually teach people anything or help them in any way but they did get paid quite well.

    • Tony Veitch 2.2

      I'm not a bible reader, but I recall, I think, from my much earlier days, something about the sins of the fathers being revisited on the children and the children's children.

      Which old testament philosophy would sit well with an evangelical fundamentalist like Luxon and so many of his party!

  3. Barfly 3

    The evil of Ruth Richardson's actions – still continuing to deliver societal blight decades later.

  4. PsyclingLeft.Always 4

    This week National’s cruel beneficiary bashing inclinations came to the fore.

    They describe this as "love" ? !

    National says traffic light policy for beneficiaries driven by 'love'

    And Nat Louise..Upston with some fkn reckon !

    Its social development spokesperson Louise Upston told Checkpoint on Tuesday the sanctions could be "effective in encouraging movement from benefits to work".

    She said one employer had told her a person showed up for an interview in their pyjamas.

    "Their view was that person was not actively or seriously seeking a job with their business," she told host Lisa Owen.

    She would not reveal who the employer was, and acknowledged she had not independently verified their story.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018908581/national-says-traffic-light-policy-for-beneficiaries-driven-by-love

    The Nats..so called "love", kinda puts me in mind of the bully thugs who have love..and hate, tatted on their fist knuckles.

    If those Nat creeps (and ACT, who will be even more vicious)..gain power…the "love" flurry punches will be followed by the hate knockout.

    Cmon Left…we must stop them !

    • Barfly 4.1

      "National says traffic light policy for beneficiaries driven by 'love' "

      Heh – driven by the National Party's love of sadism IMO.

  5. Patricia Bremner 5

    When Christopher Luxon said infamously, "We don't want bottom feeders", a picture of a Feudal Lord came to mind.

    The Lord sitting at his table along with his chief cohorts "above the salt. "

    The selected others "below the salt".

    The so called "bottom feeders" taking the thrown scraps with no salt from the straw covered ground. The despised get "the trickle down".

    Now National's budget says the rich can let their dogs in to take some of the scraps in the straw first. Wow!!! just bloody wow.!!!

    We have to vote to beat their destructive plans. Come on the Left, otherwise this will create another desperate generation.

  6. SPC 6

    The deliberate choice to make both beneficiaries and workers poorer

    1.Beneficiaries. $2B savings, so they can count.

    2.MW workers to be made poorer, increases zero or lower than CPI increases – ACT wants the MW frozen for 3 years and National wants to increase them minimally.

    3.No FPA or industry awards that would raise the wages of those bottom half of workers (those below the median) offered a risible $10 a week tax cut – IETC adjustment).

    4.Even those above the median wage – who get $25 a week in tax cuts – $15 + the IETC would note that it is less than the rent increases they face each year and the $25 is all it is for the entire 3 years. And those who own are facing large rates and water cost increases in Auckland (because they are at their borrowing cap and cannot offload their water asset debts unless Three Waters goes ahead)

    Everyone renting would do better to have just one Green Party policy applied – a 3% pa rent increase cap delivers more benefit than the tax cuts over the 3 years.

    With the MW increases and FPA industry award policy of Labour alone, there is more to be realised by the government continuing for another 3 years.

    If the electorate votes otherwise, we will have to face a certain reality, some people vote their racism and their class to hold others down beneath them, And these are not well off wealthy privileged people.

    Things left undone

    Windfall profits tax – who benefits from larger margins on food price rises and mortgage rate increases … (obviously those who own shares in companies based in Oz)

    Borrow and make better the National Party policy of a stamp duty on houses worth over $2m, but have it at 5% (the Oz rate at this level of value) and apply it to domestic buyers – and continue the ban on foreigners.

    Announcing that the government will look at restoring an estate tax – at over $2-4M.

    24/36 OECD nations have one of these (it's nearly as popular as a common sense in a modern democracy as the 35 who have a CGT – we have the bright line test up to 10 years).

    It's time for Hipkins to chip in and demonstrate he can lead a progressive government – the polls indicate that part of the loss in support is a concern that Labour has lost its egalitarian vision. Once this happens it becomes a class contest and sometimes the middle class wants to just cut the burden and look out for themselves (and they do get played by fears about the underclass and Maouri being favoured by Labour). This on top of the post pandemic stress to release and the cost of living roadblock in the way is leading people to risk self harm of a NACT government because of the assurances of grifters who sense an opportunity to further their privilege. They prey on people when they are weak …

  7. That_guy 7

    So tax me, Chippy. Tax me and end child poverty. Until you do I’m voting Green.

    90 % Wonderful article from JC and I hope it resonates. There’s a bit in there that is yet more evidence that certain issues won’t be available for serious discussion this election cycle or until the lawsuits start and/or people actually listen to women, but whatever. I’ll take it at this stage, because the rest is excellent.

    • Patricia Bremner 7.1

      Watch TV1 Sunday 7.30pm. This is the theme.

    • newsense 7.2

      NZ Herald prepared to put Susan St John top when she criticises Labour’s tax policy, but not when she criticises attacks on the poor and the pitiful work done in their defense.

  8. barry 8

    National have costed the saving of $2Billion on benefits, but they haven't accounted for the increase in numbers on benefits due to their austerity measures.

    6% reduction in public service spend results in the loss of thousands of jobs directly and many more indirectly. Plus the PS is not being able to do the jobs the jobs they currently do, put costs onto other people which reduces the amount they can spend. Austerity is a big drag on the economy, and it takes years for the economy to recover. Austerity takes a small recession and turns it into a large, long lasting one.

    The total spend on benefits would be greater under National than it would be under Labour.

    • mickysavage 8.2

      Their calculation of increased incarceration costs was based on changes they clearly intend to make to sentencing laws. My take is that the benefit cuts by themselves will cost a huge amount.

      As Bill English said, prisons are a moral and fiscal failure. Shame his view no longer carrys any weight in National.

  9. Ad 9

    +1000 Mickey and hats off to your professional defences of the criminalised poor.

    Not enough of you in this world.

    The campaign fight is always worth it.

    • Patricia Bremner 9.1

      yes 100% Ad.

    • mickysavage 9.2

      Cheers. I enjoy the work. There is always the hope things can be swung around for them. But the politicing sends me spare …

      And yep the last few weeks clearly shows how important this election is.

  10. Hunter Thompson II 10

    Recently I watched a Youtube doco about homelessness in Vancouver, BC.

    Pretty depressing stuff, as many of the people in the downtown tent city were wasted on drugs. It seems fentanyl is the main narcotic used. Violent crime had also increased markedly.

    I don't think that the drug has arrived here to any extent, although it surfaced among Wairarapa drug users last year (they thought they were given meth).

    The effects will be dire if fentanyl becomes common; it is many times more powerful than heroin. One reformed heroin addict reckoned it would be impossible to kick a fentanyl habit.

    • Tricledrown 10.1

      It's here and doctors are over prescribing it. But nothing like the scale US doctors were pushed by big pharma many of these corporate criminals were nothing more than a drug cartel exploiting their massive power to avoid jail time and bankruptcy having all their assets seized and locked up for the murder of 100's of thousands of preventable deaths of everyday law abiding citizens getting hooked on Fentanyl.

    • newsense 10.2

      Kid died at a festival because of it iirc? Very nasty potent mess of a drug.

  11. Johnr 11

    Mickey, I've followed you for some time, and I value your thoughts. You talk good shit, keep on keeping on.

  12. Tricledrown 12

    The community spirit of NZ has been ground down by a selfish pursuit lifestyle where inanimate objects have become more important than our fellow human beings!

  13. newsense 13

    Well said Mickey!

    When asked about the evidence for his policy working Luxon said ‘I think it does.’ Yesterday more than 60% of kiwis polled said it mattered if National could pay for their tax policy.

    When they see a tax policy that is made up, so much punishment of the poor and ACT stealing our summer, among many other bizarre cuts Kiwis will take another look left and many will decide to stand with good kiwis like yourself.

    Please get out volunteering for a party on the left, take a friend, get out the vote- get everyone enrolled and make sure they vote…It’s not over yet.

  14. Wei 14

    In the end poverty is eliminated by heaving a flourishing and growing economy.

    Yep, change the taxation regime so that the rich pay their fair share. But in the end that constraints on national wealth is national output.

    Yet many on the left hate farmers, are against oil and gas exploration, are lukewarm about the international student market, tourism etc. In the end the most important determinant of a country's wealth is how much we money we can bring in through the front door, like any other business. That is where our priorities should lie.

    And in the end that wealth does trickle down, not as much as many would like but it does trickle down somewhat at least. Afterall we all benefit from living in what is still a first world country.

    • Barfly 14.1

      "Yet many on the left hate farmers"

      I disagree and would say that many on the left hate the polluters not the farmers.

      "are against oil and gas exploration"

      My understanding is that to avoid absolutely catastrophic climate change the world can't afford to extract all the aleady known reserves of gas and oil let alone identify more of it to destroy ourselves with.

      "are lukewarm about the international student market"

      I am against corrupting our immigration legislation to give profit to private 'education' providers who supply garbage courses to exploit the desperate 'customers' who come to New Zealand to work for money as supermarket shelf stackers et cetera.

      "And in the end that wealth does trickle down"

      I have read that the "bottom" 50 % of New Zealanders collectively own 2% of the wealth of the country. So I consider that claim to be utter bullshit.

    • Mike the Lefty 14.2
      1. There is no war on farmers – this is just National Party hyperbole
      1. The most important determinant of a country's wealth is how the wealth is distributed.
      2. Wealth does not trickle down, this is pure fantasy dreamed up by the rich to justify their wealth.

      If your priorities are what you say they are, then "pied piper" Seymour is the bloke you should be following, and don't blame anyone else when you find he has led you dancing and singing into the depths.

    • roblogic 14.3

      In the end the most important determinant of a country's wealth is how much we money we can bring in through the front door, like any other business. That is where our priorities should lie.

      This tired old line is a false analogy.. Sounds reasonable. But it's quite inaccurate, both fiscally and morally. Our wealth is much greater than a singular small minded number like GDP. The wealth of a nation is in its people, its values, and its natural ecosystems.

      What kind of business can print money, set laws, run an army, or imprison people? Much different from the constraints on the average business.

      (Yes some multinationals like BlackRock have this sort of power – which is quite dangerous to democracy IMO)

      Not to mention the fact that Labour governments have a better economic record than National – look it up. Spending into the economy stimulates growth. Austerity and cuts take us backwards

      An economy is a complex beast, it is sad that the right wing relies on false analogies & silly metaphors. However Kate Raworth's 'Doughnut Economics' model is one of the more thoughtful and accessible introductions to broader systems thinking than the small minded (chicago school) economists

      National voters seem to think we can’t afford to fix poverty – that is a filthy lie and an immoral choice to punish vulnerable people for their misfotunes.

    • roblogic 14.4

      It would be nice if you could provide evidence for some of your outlandish claims about the economy, the government's supposed hatred of farmers, and trickle down theory.

      As it stands your comment is just baseless RW propaganda

    • Colin 14.5
      1. A country is not a business and thus doesn't actually need foreign income
      2. The massive amount of pollution in our waterways is proof that the countries farms have gone beyond the lands ability to support them
      3. The decreasing fish stocks are proof that fishing is beyond what the seas can support
      4. The several hundred people that die early deaths due to pollution in Auckland alone is proof that we're burning hydro-carbons beyond the ability of the atmosphere to support it

      Significant evidence shows that we, as a country, are living beyond our means and its all driven by the profit motive.

      And I don't have any issue with looking for oil and gas exploration – I just don't think that it should be burnt once its been brought up which kinda puts a damper on selling it.

      • pat 14.5.1
        1. A country is not a business and thus doesn't actually need foreign income.

        It does if it wants access to the trading system that underpins international transactions…..probably what the overwhelming majority of kiwis desire as we dont produce hardly any of the products we desire/need….therein lies the problem.

      • Belladonna 14.5.2

        A country is not a business and thus doesn't actually need foreign income

        While this may be arguably true in theory, it fails the practical test immediately.

        NZ imports virtually all of the infrastructure, and the tools to build the infrastructure, which keep us as a first world country, rather than emulating Venezuela.

        Do you really think that you (and everyone in your family/community) can do without things like: medical drugs, medical technology, communications infrastructure, computer chips (both high end, and basic), batteries, even mechanical spare parts.

        While it might be possible to manufacture some of what we import – it would be neither quick to transition, nor cost-effective. And many components are simply not possible to source from within NZ (Lithium for batteries, for example)

        All of those imports, require a level of exports to pay for them. And, no, the countries which supply them aren't going to take kumbaya in exchange.

        • Colin 14.5.2.1

          While it might be possible to manufacture some of what we import – it would be neither quick to transition, nor cost-effective. And many components are simply not possible to source from within NZ (Lithium for batteries, for example)

          1. It most definitely is possible to make everything that we import using locally sourced resources. As far as I can make out, it would actually be more sustainable.
          2. Some 500 tonnes of lithium is washed down the Waikato every year from geothermal power generation. And, of course, we do have a lot of sea water within our borders as well.
          3. The pricing system is there to ensure that resources aren't wasted and that a country lives within its means (this is actually the main reason for a floating exchange rate) and yet, as I said, there's a lot of evidence to show that we're living beyond ours mostly in pollution and declining resources brought about by our present import/export model.

          Instead of continuing to do what we were doing in the 19th century we need to look to the future and shifting to a sustainable economy.

          • pat 14.5.2.1.1

            Which ignores the major resource we dont possess…the time/energy/labour/expertise to convert those scarce physical resources into useful/desired products at the required scale

          • Belladonna 14.5.2.1.2

            I think you are confusing what is available in trace amounts, with what is able to be commercially extracted. Lithium is only one example. Cobalt, rare elements (needed for chip manufacture amongst other uses), the list goes on. NZ certainly doesn't have extractable quantities of most elements.

            And the willingness of New Zealanders to tolerate mass factories. Given the NIMBY reactions to on-shore wind farms – what do you think the reaction would be to a massive increase in mining or manufacture?

            Perhaps you could kick in with which imported products 'we' should do without?

            Easy ones are things like clothes and shoes – which are certainly possible to manufacture here. Though we might have to be satisfied with wool and leather, rather than cotton and plastic-derivatives. Have you considered that the cost would put new clothes and shoes out of the reach of many Kiwis? And that we'd be going right back to the protectionist days of the mid-20th century (tariffs on imports, captive market for NZ companies).

            But, much more difficult to do without computer chips (which NZ doesn't have a hope in hell of manufacturing), and drugs. Most people are not willing to let family members die, in order to follow a philosophical self-sufficiency pathway.

            Try spending a day or so, looking at everything that you and your family use – and figure out how you would replace it – from resources only available in NZ.

  15. Mike the Lefty 15

    National seeks to keep its REAL agenda hidden from the voting public by basking in its default populism of being tough on crime, tough on gangs, tough on benefit fraud, etc. with the quiet nodding approval of the corporate lunches wealthy rural townie brigade, otherwise known as the "squeezed middle class".

    National's (with the enthusiastic support of ACT) real agenda is to stick it to the poor and the disadvantaged. Examples are reinstating the odious 90-day job dismissal act, reinstating the rights of landlords to be feudal squires, allowing loan sharks to once again make money off the vulnerable.

    And the most impressive policy of all: National will REDUCE the cost of living!

    Who wouldn't vote for a party that promises to REDUCE the cost of living?

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    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
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  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
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  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    3 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    5 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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  • Some “scrutiny” again

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

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    7 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

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    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

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    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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    1 day ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    1 day ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

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  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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  • School attendance continues to increase

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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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    5 days ago
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  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

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