What to do with Treasury

Written By: - Date published: 2:28 pm, December 5th, 2008 - 38 comments
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It’s good to see Treasury’s extreme right-wing prescription for New Zealand has not been wholly embraced by the National Party – and it’s easy to see why. While Bill English (a former Treasury wonk himself) no doubt agrees with the policy ideas and direction outlined by Treasury, he has the disadvantage of being accountable to the public again in a few years’ time. Treasury, on the other hand, does not. Perhaps it’s time that changed.

The Treasury has long been a stalking-horse for the neoliberal project in New Zealand, in fact the Treasury was instrumental in kicking it off in the 1980s and 90s. Since then, regardless of who has been in government, their advice has been to further the neoliberal project of slashing workers’ rights, cutting taxes for the rich and underfunding our public services.

This time is no different. In the latest briefing, Treasury is suggesting a massive wealth transfer from the poor to the rich by increasing GST and cutting the top tax rate to 30%.

They want to amend the RMA to undermine community democracy by “trading off broad participation versus speed and certainty” and ruin the environment by changing “the balance between environmental protection and economic growth”.

They also want to, among other things, roll back workplace health and safety, take away your holidays, bring back discrimination against young workers and make it easier for your boss to sack you unfairly.

Reading the briefing it becomes apparent there’s little or no evidence provided to back up these policy prescriptions and nothing in the way of balance. It’s just the same old ideological crap they’ve been peddling since the days of Roger Douglas.

This raises an interesting question. When it becomes apparent that Treasury is to the Right of even the National Party and seemingly incapable of offering balanced advice, what’s the point of having it around? This question is even more relevant for a future centre-left government.

Perhaps it’s time to take a leaf out of Treasury’s books and apply to them the same standards they apply to others. I propose the next Labour-led government opens Treasury up to competition from the private sector. This will surely improve outcomes and lead to more balanced and less politicised advice.

Treasury will still exist, of course, but the government would tender out its advice to the private sector. According to Treasury’s own prescriptions, the level of service should improve and the quality of advice should rise significantly. Plus, the introduction of market pressures should put downward pressure on the bloated public sector wage packets of Treasury staffers.

The discipline of market forces can be wonderful thing. Treasury might like to try it.

38 comments on “What to do with Treasury ”

  1. IrishBill 1

    Perhaps we could dispense with them altogether and just employ one person to change the date on the briefings every year.

  2. Rich 2

    Rather than maintaining a monoculture, a future Labour government could require treasury to employ a board of economists from a range of different schools of thought, a bit like the UK’s MPC.

  3. Tane 3

    Well, that would be the sensible option. I still quite like the idea of getting Brian Easton, Roger Kerr and Jane Kelsey into a three-way fist fight until only one of them is left standing. The winner gets to write the brief to the incoming government.

  4. IrishBill 4

    My money’s on Jane.

  5. Tane 5

    I dunno, Roger Kerr strikes me as the kind of guy who’s taken a few blows to the head, and yet he’s still standing.

  6. ghostwhowalks 6

    Didnt Kerr take a few kicks to the goolies from Deborah Coddington as well.

    The mans a cybor !

  7. Tim Ellis 7

    Tane wrote:

    I propose the next Labour-led government opens Treasury up to competition from the private sector. This will surely improve outcomes and lead to more balanced and less politicised advice.

    An interesting idea, and I don’t have a problem with governments purchasing policy advice. I’m not sure that there are many private sector organisations with the capability to provide detailed analysis and policy advice. But I don’t see how it will provide “less politicised” advice. If Treasury knows it will lose work if it advises the Government something the Government does not want to hear, then that does not make the environment politicised. Likewise, if private consultants simply tell Government Ministers what they want to hear, then that does not lead to less politicised advice, either.

    I appreciate much of your post was written in jest, but it simply isn’t true that Treasury has some neo-liberal agenda. Their position is to provide policy options to the Government of the day and follow the current government’s policy prescription. It’s up to the Government to set the policy parameters and get analysis from the Treasury on the consequences of different policy options.

    As for particular prescriptions that the Treasury might recommend, I don’t see how that’s relevant. It’s a political decision as to which options are followed, and those decisions rest completely with the Minister of Finance. Bill English doesn’t come on television and say: “We are introducing a capital gains tax, irrespective of how the public feel, because the Treasury recommends it.”

    The Treasury is in the luxurious position of being able to recommend appropriate policy prescriptions on economic efficiency, irrespective of the political consequences of following those decisions. That’s how it should be.

  8. Tane 8

    Tim, good to see you recognise it was written largely in jest. But when you look at the briefings over the years it’s clear they’re from a very narrow and very particular ideological position.

    I realise it’s up to the Minister to decide on the value of the advice, as English sensibly has here, but my question is more around the value of the advice. If I were Minister of Finance in a centre-left government I’d find the latest briefing absolutely useless. I think Treasury is in serious need of reform to bring in a wider range of viewpoints.

  9. tsmithfield 9

    I’m interested in why you consider raising GST a transfer of riches to the wealthy.

    Surely higher GST means the wealthy pay more tax since they buy more things.

  10. gingercrush 10

    I think he was pointing to Treasury advice for personal tax cuts to be more in line with business taxes.

  11. Tane 11

    tsmithfield – GST is a regressive tax. Everyone pays more, but the poor pay a higher proportion of their income on GST than the wealthy so it hits them hardest.

    Meanwhile the rich are more than compensated through a cut to the top tax rate, while those on low-middle incomes get nothing.

  12. Stephen 12

    seemingly incapable of offering balanced advice

    Tim wrote a good post, but I would also ask: what on earth is “balanced advice”? Why not the best advice? As Tim said, they work in the sphere of economic outcomes (perhaps only GDP); I think it’s pretty likely that these prescriptions would make the ‘economy’ better, without necessarily increasing social welfare. Making actual decisions is for the politicians – the ones with ‘values’.

  13. Tim Ellis 13

    Tane said:

    But when you look at the briefings over the years it’s clear they’re from a very narrow and very particular ideological position.

    It’s the position of “what is best for the economy”. That isn’t the be-all and end-all of ministerial decision-making. The RMA is a classic case in point. It is a balance between economic and environmental interests. It’s Treasury’s role to advise what the economic trade-offs are. There are plenty of officials from other departments who are qualified to advise on the environmental imperatives. From those respective arguments, Ministers can make sensible decisions based on a range of policy advice.

    If I were Minister of Finance in a centre-left government I’d find the latest briefing absolutely useless. I think Treasury is in serious need of reform to bring in a wider range of viewpoints.

    Obviously I disagree. Treasury is already big enough as it is. I think Treasury’s advice in this area should be restricted to advising on economic efficiency. The MSD is perfectly capable of advising on welfare issues; the Ministry of Health is surely capable of coming up with good arguments for various public health initiatives, to name a few. Everything’s a balancing act. I don’t think anybody in Government really believes that Treasury’s briefing to the incoming government is going to be the only advice that a government receives on policy issues.

  14. We can outsource to our mates at Crosby/Textor, John has them on speed-dial.

    How about a Treasury focus group?

  15. Greg 15

    The reason treasury is so neo liberal is because it employs economists. Now most economists are very right wing (saying they’re not is akin to saying most scientists don’t believe in climate change). The beauty of treasury is that its not politicised so it can say what it wants with no political consequences.

    To look at the validility of arguments you have to first look where the incentives lie. For political parties the strong incentive is to win votes (to say what the public want to hear) – thats why National’s gone so leftish. Treasury’s sole incentive is to improve New Zealand – that way they get more respect and probably a higher pay packet. If you put the content aside, which group would you trust more?

  16. Tane 16

    Why not the best advice?

    It’s the position of “what is best for the economy’

    Because there is no simple ‘best’ answer. Economics is not a science and there are hugely diverging schools of thought on what works best. Furthermore, economic opinion is heavily reliant on value judgements, as is this Treasury report.

    When all opinion from Treasury is from an extreme neoliberal viewpoint I think there’s room for some balance.

  17. ghostwhowalks 17

    Isnt increasing GST in the present situation beyond reasonable economic advice , its so barmy as to defy belief.

    The UK for instance has cut GST.

    As for the rest of their forecasts, seem to be out of wack with actual results as well. yet still they are pumped out using the same spreadsheets that havent been updated in 20 years or so

    Then again if no one follows their advice they cant be shown to wrong….

  18. Stephen 18

    Because there is no simple ‘best’ answer. Economics is not a science and there are hugely diverging schools of thought on what works best. Furthermore, economic opinion is heavily reliant on value judgements, as is this Treasury report.

    When all opinion from Treasury is from an extreme neoliberal viewpoint I think there’s room for some balance.

    Well the advice in question is from an ‘incoming briefing paper’ or whatever, and I suppose the mandate for those is a question of economic efficiency – perhaps that is the ‘school’?.

    On the need for balance – the politicians with ‘X’ values can surely now ask Treasury to take those values into account in order to produce a new paper, couldn’t they?

  19. Tane 19

    The school is neoliberalism, it’s a particular way of doing things – deregulate, deregulate, deregulate – and it’s based on the value judgements inherent in the ideology. It’s certainly not the last word, or the only word, on economic efficiency.

    Respected economists, from New Zealanders like Peter Conway and Brian Easton, right through to Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz, would beg to differ from Treasury’s analysis. The right-wing economist’s trick is to make you think he’s objective and simply interested in ‘efficiency’.

  20. burt 20

    Tane

    Might be interesting to do a graph of economic growth vs treasury advice followed analysis. As you describe how useless the last few years of treasury briefings have been to govt, while I contemplate how NZ slipped quietly into recession over the last few years I wonder if Treasury are the ones who got it wrong?

  21. Tane 21

    The NZ economy grew faster under Labour than it did under National, so if you’re implying National listens to Treasury more than Labour and were right in doing so then you might want to re-consider your argument.

  22. burt 22

    Tane

    I’m happy with my position, because what I’m saying is you talk about how treasure advice over the last few years has been useless. Over the last few years our economy has stalled well in advance of the current global credit crisis. NZ growth has been slowing for some time. We are now in our third quarter of recession, something that makes us quite special in OECD terms. Dr. Cullen was well know for his ‘ideological burp’ comments about treasury.

    If you want to do a fair comparison, look at National’s last term prior to 1999 and Labour’s term that has just ended. It’s the fairest way to examine their relative policy impacts on growth. Labour inherited a strong economy in 1999, not so for National in 1990 or 2008.

  23. sweeetdisorder 23

    Tane

    “The NZ economy grew faster under Labour than it did under National….”

    Weak answer, you can not compare two governments under 2 different economic periods. Its comparing apples and oranges. You get a better idea comparing different counties under the same economic period (although not ideal) we see NZ slipping from 19th to 22nd place from 1999-2008 in the OECD GDP per capita.

  24. Tane 24

    sd – I know, I’m mocking burt’s simplistic attempt at an argument.

    Speaking of simplistic, I’d have thought you’d know better than to quote OECD numbers without context – such as the EU subsidies to laggard European economies that have pushed them up the table.

  25. sweeetdisorder 25

    Tane

    I said it was not ideal. But it is one measure of a countries strength against others in the same period. We should have done better. We didn’t. When developing countries were creating a sizable middle class, then goods such as dairy should have propelled NZ up the OECD scale many times why did we go down?
    ,
    Surely the EU subsidies vrs our outstanding dairy exports would have canceled each other out? Fact is we went down. Dress it up however you want.

  26. Tim Ellis 26

    GWW wrote:

    Isnt increasing GST in the present situation beyond reasonable economic advice , its so barmy as to defy belief.

    It wouldn’t happen in the present economic situation. I’m not an economist or a tax specialist, but the general idea is that when the economy is growing, you want to encourage saving by discouraging consumption, and encourage production by reducing personal and corporate tax.

    The problem with income tax is that you need to have very high and quite steeply progressive taxes to raise large amounts of revenue. Increasing GST by 5% would raise about $4.1 billion a year. You could lower all personal income tax threshholds by 5%, compensating all income earners for the increased GST, for about the same amount. The consequence would be far greater incentives to earn more, and lesser incentive to spend that money.

    As I say you wouldn’t do that in times of recession when you actually want people to dip into their pockets and spend more in the economy, but it seems to make perfect sense to me in the long-run.

  27. Gustavo Trellis 27

    Tim has it – the problem is people look at these things and assuming they will all be rolled out at once. Lowering tax brackets and freeing up some money now will work, and perhaps upping GST at some time in the future would be ideal. I’d be happy with a less aggressive tax structure in times of recession and a more aggressive ones to captalise on the good times for infrastructure investment. But then again, I’m not treasury, am I?

    Anyway, the point is not to just arbitrarily up GST without offsetting it pretty heavily for lower income earners, because it’s fairly well established that GST is regressive.

  28. Draco T Bastard 28

    TE wrote:

    I appreciate much of your post was written in jest, but it simply isn’t true that Treasury has some neo-liberal agenda.

    They’ve been trained in modern economics which has largely gone the way of Monetarism. They may not have any specific politicization but their training has taken care of that. They’re right-wing Neo-liberals and there’s almost nothing that can be done about it.

    SD wrote:

    …then goods such as dairy should have propelled NZ up the OECD scale many times why did we go down?

    At a guess I’d say it was because so few people directly benefited from the massive rises in the price of dairy and thus that increased return wasn’t adequately spread out through the economy.

  29. haha – that initial post was really well done. I need add nothing more, lest it taketh away from the original.

  30. gingercrush 30

    Eh it simply isn’t true that diary returns don’t benefit New Zealand. If anything the great economy we had for several years was a direct result of very good returns in dairying and agriculture. Those dairy returns go to the farmer who then spends in small provincial towns and cities, those workers in retail etc also spend it while the owners invest back in New Zealand via property and goods and services as well as investing in the sharemarket and companies. In otherwords the great economy New Zealand enjoyed for several years under a Labour-led government was due to consumer spending, exports and the housing boom not to mention proper investment in infrastructure again.

    First, the dollar hit a big low think 39 cents US. This combined with strong commodity prices saw great export returns. Secondly, increased immigration saw a number of people moving to New Zealand. High immigration and great returns on exports saw that money flow elsewhere in New Zealand. This saw consumer spending increase. Interest rates which were historically low and increased spending capacity saw investment in housing via people buying second homes etc. This also meant constant house price movements which made people feel they had more money than they actually did. Thus lead to high consumer spending. What it also saw was investment in building. Both houses and commercial buildings. Immigrants needed homes and people felt richer, thus house prices rose considerably. Investment in infrastructure by the government, immigration, the housing boom, consumer spending and great export returns saw unemployment fall to the lowest they’ve been since the 1970s. This meant more people had the capacity to spend money. Thus even more consumer spending.

    Therefore, farmers particularly dairy farmers felt much richer and they spent money or invested back into their farms meaning more spending. Immigration and consumer spending saw a big housing boom eventually leading to real investment in the stockmarket. Hence, why what was once in the late 2000s eventually made it way past 3000 and almost the mid 3000s.

    Labour was smart to not bring major changes to the country as we saw in the 80s and 90s thus there was a certain stability that allowed the economy to grow and prosper at a longer period than it should have. The only problem is the economy in many ways grew in a way not sustainable. Growing an economy via immigration (which has since ceased and has seen immigration fall while high emigration is also taking place), government investment, consumer spending and of course the housing boom is dangerous. Consumer spending is done via debt while housing prices remain only high for so long. Too much government investment can be dangerous and when you have unemployment at 3% eventually when things cool down you’re going to see that rise again. Not to mention the economy being on a high and increasing commodity prices saw many consumer items rise sharply while earning capacity stayed relatively slow.

    Eventually, there comes a time when we feel poor. That was already set in motion a year and half ago as the housing market cooled, the dollar was high, oil prices rose, several financial companies flopped, earning capacity is low etc etc. We were likely in for a slow period but then international money troubles means the low is lasting longer and is even more damaging.

    Thus DAIRYING was I believe a direct cause for great economic growth. Dairying combined with consumer spending, immigration, high export returns, investment in property, housing boom, investment in the stockmarket, government stability saw our economy rose as each of those things slowed so did our economy.

    The bad news is international forces made the down bit even downer. The good news is that those same forces that saw our economy be on a high are coming into play again.

    Eventually New Zealand’s low dollar, low interest rates and increased immigration along with recovery in commodity prices will see the return of a housing boom leading to lower employment and sharp increases in consumer spending. If we’re smart we’ll invest in more businesses which we didn’t do last time. We’re still far too reliant on consumer spending and housing booms for a larger economy. what we really need is the capacity to grow what we export outside of farming and tourism. We do that and our economy will be far stronger and we will see real rise in terms of where we are on the OCED.

    The greatest gift Labour gave us was their insistence to not do major reforms to our economy. The best thing we can ask for in a National-led government is stability. If National can run a stable government, eventually we will see a healthy economy again and strong growth.

  31. Draco T Bastard 31

    Eh it simply isn’t true that diary returns don’t benefit New Zealand.

    I didn’t say that it didn’t benefit NZ – I said that the direct returns were too narrow. $1m going to one person won’t benefit the economy as much as that same $1m going to 1000 people. You’ll get more velocity and need a wider range of services allowing for more businesses to grow.

    what we really need is the capacity to grow what we export outside of farming and tourism.

    This I agree with but NACT won’t do anything to bring it about – they will continue to over support farming instead.

  32. George 32

    Both in the standard today –

    “It’s good to see Treasury’s extreme right-wing prescription for New Zealand has not been wholly embraced by the National Party – and it’s easy to see why. While Bill English (a former Treasury wonk himself) no doubt agrees with the policy ideas and direction outlined by Treasury’- ‘what to do with Treasury’ Tane, December 5th 2008

    “Treasury’s briefing to Bill English as the new Minister of Finance must’ve pissed him off big time. Aside from the expected ideological burp (already covered in depth by No Right Turn) it reads like a long list of Labour achievements and calls on National is reign in its irresponsible promises.’ – Treasury – Labour left us in good shape- eddie, December 5th 2008

    while i appreciate the fact there are two different authors, can someone please claim the credit for being right?

  33. george. they cover two different aspects of the briefing – the first is treasury’s recommendations, the second treasury’s assessment of the position labour left us in

    captcha: ‘time sunshine’, i agree captcha, see youse later

  34. burt 34

    Tane

    sd – I know, I’m mocking burt’s simplistic attempt at an argument.

    More like mocking your own ability to think about what you are saying before you say it.

    According to you Treasury advice is useless… not following it has landed us in a recession… Yes it’s a pretty simple argument, pity you didn’t think of it before you forgot that Treasury is not the policy division of the current govt. Tim Ellis did spell it out pretty clearly.

  35. Ari 35

    Tim: I could get behind a GST increase to discourage spending if we use the 5% overall tax reduction to steepen the tax curve a bit, rather than relieve the top bracket- preferably by making the annual amount you’d earn on the minimum wage tax-free. We would also have to increase welfare payments to compensate for the increased spending tax, which I doubt would be popular, so you may actually end up with the impression that taxes are being increased from such a redistribution.

    According to you Treasury advice is useless not following it has landed us in a recession Yes it’s a pretty simple argument, pity you didn’t think of it before you forgot that Treasury is not the policy division of the current govt. Tim Ellis did spell it out pretty clearly.

    Firstly, he didn’t say Treasury advice was objectively useless, he said it is highly economically liberal (you can probably read that as “neoliberal”, if you like) and this bias can make some of Treasury’s less tailored advice (such as the post-election briefings) more annoying than helpful for left-wing governments. I think it’s a fair criticism that Treasury is not doing well enough in tailoring its advice to specific governments, especially as they’ve shot right of National this time.

    Secondly, prove that this recession resulted from not following treasury’s advice. That’s a very bold claim and it requires appropriate evidence, which I doubt you’ll find- because it so happens that there is a global credit crisis going on that is a far simpler explanation for our current, comparatively minor economic issues.

  36. burt 36

    Ari

    Tane said: “If I were Minister of Finance in a centre-left government I’d find the latest briefing absolutely useless.”

    So you are right, Tane didn’t say it was objectively useless, he said it’s absolutely useless.

    I think what Tane is not seeing, and it’s bloody obvious really, is that the longer the current govt deviates from the broad policy recommendations of Treasury the more Treasury advice will move against current govt policy.

    It’s a bit like trying to drive a car with a bent bent back wheels in a straight line, the further it travels the more ‘off track’ it gets and the more you need to haul on the steering wheel to try and correct it from running off the road.

    If we had an determined right wing govt for 9 years I wouldn’t be surprised to see quite strongly left wing policies coming from Treasury. We need to remember that Treasury act in the best interest of the country rather than the best interests of the current party governing. Treasury don’t really care if their recommended policies will win votes, they just care about projected economic outcomes.

  37. burt 37

    Ari

    Secondly, prove that this recession resulted from not following treasury’s advice.

    You are right, it’s probably impossible to prove. However our slide down the OECD ratings (which has not only just happened suddenly with the global crisis) is probably sufficient evidence to suggest to any reasonable person that NZ has been heading in the wrong direction. Well the wrong direction according to Treasury, it’s possible Tane thinks a slowing economy and falling GDP per capita is a good thing.

  38. burt 38

    Ari

    We would also have to increase welfare payments to compensate for the increased spending tax, which I doubt would be popular…

    That really is the crux of the issue. As far as Treasury is concerned, ‘popular’ is a marketing problem for the current govt. Govt deciding economic policy on what is popular is when we get allegations of ideological burps from Treasury.

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

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    2 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
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    2 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
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  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
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  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
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  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
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  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
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