Why life in Labour is complicated

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From Gordon Campbell, who offers useful some thoughtful observations on the challenges ahead for Labour when figuring out what lies ahead with Chris Carter. Campbell says:

…much of the content of the notorious anonymous letter concerned itself with a specific statement by Goff on Radio Sport that he was relatively blasé about workers trading off their fourth week of annual leave, provided they did so freely. Labour Party president Andrew Little has now contradicted that statement, and said that the fourth week is not for sale, period…So, that’s an interesting twist to the story. Is Chris Carter is to be condemned for raising anonymously what his party president confirmed only days later…

To outsiders, the whole process may seem to be bogging down now in messy detail. Natural justice is often messy though because competing rights are involved. Decisive driving is always easy on a one way street. This one isn’t clear cut. …

For students of politics this is the stuff that makes great essays – but unfortunately it has some big real life realities. Gordon Campbell highlights just what a challenge this presents:

It is now up to Andrew Little to find a way through this morass in a way that will not do further damage to his party and his parliamentary leader. That path now looks a lot less clear that it seemed last Friday.

73 comments on “Why life in Labour is complicated ”

  1. comedy 1

    Couldn’t he have just precis’d it as

    “Politics is chocka with fuckwits, and then there’s the fuckwits figuring out how to deal with the fuckwits.”

    And all on the back of the long suffering voter/taxpayer or are we fuckwits for continuing to tolerate these ijits.

  2. Brett 2

    Why life in Labour is complicated:

    Labour seems to be a group of parties within a party.
    You could almost say Labour is an “Alliance” of parties and we all know how successful that was.

    • lprent 2.1

      Yep. So is National, Act, Greens, NZ First, and even the Maori Party.

      They are all parties where the faction size ultimately drops to a single person as it is seldom that you ever get one person entirely agreeing with another across a range of issues.

      That is the nature of political parties…

      • Brett 2.1.1

        What I was getting at was that Labour to me now looks more like the Alliance than Labour.
        In my view, for the health of the Labour party these people who would be more at home within the Alliance should leave and reform their own party as they scare off middle New Zealanders.
        Labour needs to be positioned just to the left of centre.

        • felix 2.1.1.1

          Ok. In what way does Labour now look like the Alliance?

          If you mean there seem to be several factions or elements making up the whole then Lynn has answered you. It’s a party. That’s what parties are.

          If you mean something else, what? Be careful not to be circular.

        • Pascal's bookie 2.1.1.2

          Here’s what you said:

          Labour seems to be a group of parties within a party.
          You could almost say Labour is an “Alliance’ of parties and we all know how successful that was.

          That’s a pretyt weird way of saying you think they are too left wing, which is probably why people got confused.

          • Brett 2.1.1.2.1

            Yes Labour is too left wing.
            Labour doesn’t need to be or shouldn’t be, radical or ground breaking., leave that stuff up to the greens,Alliance etc.

            Mainstream New Zealanders are either going to vote Labour or National and if you look too freaky you will scare them off.

            • felix 2.1.1.2.1.1

              WTF does that have to do with “Labour seems to be a group of parties within a party.”?

            • Pascal's bookie 2.1.1.2.1.2

              That’s all fine, but unless you define things it’s just tautology.

              For starters, what is centrist, and what is radical? Is it that certain policies are in and of themselves radical, or is it that polices are radical only if few people support them?

              What is the centrist position on asset sales for example?

              Is it:

              No asset sales. Some asset sales. Sell the lot.

              the answer of course is, ‘whatever most people want to do’. Which is in NZ’s case, at this point in time, ‘No asset sales’.

              So what are these radical left wing positions that you think Labour is taking?

              FTR, I’m not Labour, they are too centrist for me, in areas I think are important.

              • loota

                I think a lot of the Right believe the Labour works on cook book ideology – because that is what the Right themselves do. (although there are clues that may in itself be changing).

                However in Labour there has always been a lot of room for intellectual/academic nuance and debate.

                The downside is that sometimes, it has meant that Labour has not been ideological Left enough and has even given way to crack pot right wing intellectualism and free marketeering e.g. Freidman et al.

  3. gobsmacked 3

    It isn’t that complicated.

    Look outwards, not inwards. Deal with all media questions on Carter by politely, firmly saying: “He’s not in the Labour caucus. Next question.” Don’t let mouth run away, speculating, huming and ha-ing (Mr Little, I’m talking to you.). Short, sharp. Finish.

    Look at Labour in the House this afternoon. Outstanding. Goff, King, Parker, Mallard, all brought their A game, and tore National’s bumbling fumbling Ministers apart. Key was hopeless.

    Issues. issues, issues. Focus, focus, focus.

    Look outwards, not inwards.

    John Key wants Labour to talk about Chris Carter, and Phil Goff.

    Labour wants to talk about wages, jobs, prices, education, workers’ rights, ACC … etc, etc.
    So that’s what they should do.

    Not complicated, really.

    • Anne 3.1

      Couldn’t agree more gobsmacked. And yes, Labour did a fabulous job today in the House. If this is what the Carter saga has done to them, then it’s been a blessing in disguise. If Labour can keep up these performances, the MSM are going to start revising their attitude towards them and that can only be good.

  4. Bill 4

    Walking in lock step to a Party Line awlays fall..s o….ver tislef.

    Given time. Every time. Guaranteed.

    Which leaves two options.

    1. Democratise and so dispense with Party Line nonsense.

    2. Allow the dictatorship, the natural default position of Party Line structures to emerge.

  5. joe bloggs 5

    It’s an interesting conundrum alright and it plays a little to the willingness to compromise.

    Does one compromise one’s principles by denying the workers their choice of how they spend their fourth week of annual leave, or does one compromise union-led ideology and give the workers the right of choice as long as it’s done under no duress.

    “Under duress” – there’s another conundrum. Did Phil flip flop under duress or did he have an epiphany about worker’s rights (an epiphany called ‘Andrew’ maybe?).

    But seriously for a moment, Andrew Little does indeed have a difficult row to hoe. One of the great strengths of a strong and successful leader is her ability to unite and draw along a following; and when the following would not voluntarily unite, it is made to unite.

    One of the great weaknesses of a strong leader is that survival instincts kick in and the strong leader is surrounded by weak followers – never truer than in politics, where every small indiscretion can be laid bare by the envious others, and naked ambition is ruthlessly crushed.

    But if there’s no strong leader then factionalism breaks out. And that’s what we’re seeing now – the gap between Goff and Little could never have been wider than it is now; maladroit Carter is vocalising what others are thinking; the Te Atatu cabal has a life of its own; Cunliffe’s denying any involvement …

    “Messy detail” is bang on. Messier still – speculation about who replaces Phil. Cunliffe? Street?? Dyson???

    Whoever it is will need to stamp their authority on Labour pretty damn quick and resonate with the electorate, or risk gillarding themselves.

    • gobsmacked 5.1

      Joe Bloggs provides a perfect illustration of my post above. The right wing trolls want to destabilise and mislead. Labour shouldn’t take the bait.

      The alleged discrepancy between Little and Goff is absolutely minuscule, compared with the numerous contradictions – on the record – between the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister.

      The right know this. Hence their love of the distraction.

      • sean14 5.1.1

        The right wing trolls want to destabilise and mislead.

        Labour are doing that themselves. One of your MPs has gone rogue and called for a new leader where none exists, and the President is openly contradicting the Leader on policy.

        The right wing has nothing to do with that, all it has to do is sit back and watch.

        Labour is going to have to sort its own shit out, and fast, if it wants to convince voters it can run a country.

        • The Voice of Reason 5.1.1.1

          “and the President is openly contradicting the Leader on policy.”

          Crikey, Sean, when did that happen? It hasn’t hit the media yet, so can you give us the details?

          • sean14 5.1.1.1.1

            Phil Goff on cashing up the fourth week of annual leave:

            Well, I don’t have huge objections to that, as long as the decision is freely arrived at by the worker, and the worker is not pressured to do it. If you’ve got that safeguard in, then if somebody chooses to do that, then I’m quite relaxed about it.

            Andrew Little on the same topic:

            When Labour is returned to Government next year the minimum annual leave entitlement will be four weeks. There will be no tradability of the fourth week of annual leave.

            Duh.

            I also note that Phil Goff is becoming relaxed about a lot of topics lately. They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  6. Another point. If he is stressed and needs to take leave, who is his employer and who is responsible for this workplace hazard??

    As many have said, this will have the exact opposite effect that Carter intended and likely the worst possible outcome for Labour.

    In many respects, it was easy to predict given the strength and heights reached by HC. Her popularity within her constituency rivals that of Key. I suppose the only positive for Labour is that National risks exactly the same problems at some stage in the future unless they suss out their succession plan.

    Kudos too for taking this head on Dancr – Labour has to at some stage if it is to rebuild itself and its credibility.

  7. vto 7

    This is a good look for Key and a terrible look for Carter (who people will think no longer cares), for Goff (eyes glaze over), and for the labour party (back to the days of old).

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3984399/Key-questions-whether-Carter-unwell

    Key has smiled, nailed a big sign up for the public to see (Look, Labour MPs throw sickies when they’re not sick and this is exactly why employment law needs changing), and will come out soaring ahead.

    • gobsmacked 7.1

      Carter is not in the Labour caucus. So it has nothing to do with Labour.

      And if Key wants to go down this path, he’s asking for trouble. Bring on the next sick Minister … or next Richard Worth, who was told to stay away – remember?

      • vto 7.1.1

        You miss the point gobsmacker – all those things you point out mean absolutely diddly-squat to joe public. Key’s comments here will resonate, for better or worse.

  8. tc 8

    2 words for you assorted trolls/RWNJ’s etc……..Richard Worth.

    Cuts both ways but at least carters situation is open for folk to make their own judgement whereas Sideshow doesn’t have the guts to front up over why dodgy dickie was shafted.

  9. tsmithfield 9

    So if Labour seriously believes that Carter is (mentally) sick, then why have they expelled him from the caucus? Surely the appropriate course would be to send him for treatment, therapy, whatever, and then welcome him back with open arms when he has “recovered”.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1

      I dont think they are saying hes mental, more than its ‘stress’ related.

    • felix 9.2

      They expelled him for stupidly writing a stupid letter.

      Why was Richard Worth sacked? Or did he resign? (Key says both)

      • comedy 9.2.1

        Serial rooting and not for truffles !

        • felix 9.2.1.1

          Cite please.

          AFAIK Key has never given a reason for Worth leaving the job.

          If you know otherwise please show.

          • comedy 9.2.1.1.1

            I think Key was advised to STFU lest it turned into a Carter… dunno why, he should have just told it like it was. The public tend to prefer it that way, unfortunately a politician’s first instinct is to obfuscate closely followed by the instinct to lie and the instinct to trough.

            • felix 9.2.1.1.1.1

              I assume by “turn into a Carter” you mean “sack him openly with a clearly explained reason”.

              God forbid.

              p.s. I’ll take that as a “no” to my question as to whether you know otherwise.

              • comedy

                No by ‘turn into a Carter’ I was referring to insinuating he was mad and then having him pull the get out of jail stress excuse and engage a lawyer and then proceed to hang around like a particularly odious flatus.

      • jbanks 9.2.2

        Who cares? It’s called taking care of business. You know, what a leader is supposed to be competant of doing.

        • felix 9.2.2.1

          You mean like Goff did with Carter? Sack him and tell us why? I agree, that’s how you do it.

          On the other hand Key showed no competence at all in dismissing (if that’s what happened) Worth.

          So apparently you’re happy that we have no right to know why Ministers are removed from their posts. There’s a word for that type of society banksie and it’s not a pretty one.

          p.s. I expect you will now be just as disinterested in commenting on Chris Carter’s situation.

          • jbanks 9.2.2.1.1

            So Cater has been expelled from the Labour party and the issues not being embarrassingly dragged on then? GG Goff!

            • felix 9.2.2.1.1.1

              No he’s been expelled from caucus, dummy. Took about a day.

              I guess the whole disgraceful Worth saga has gone down the memory hole for you. Ask your mate ts to remind you about it – he had very strong feelings about it at the time.

              • comedy

                Yes expelled from caucus and sitting on his bum at home all on his existing salary/perks, not that Goff can do a thing about that – t’is a hard existence being a politician.

                • jbanks

                  “No he’s been expelled from caucus,”

                  That’s my point you idiot. He’s still part of the Labour party, and Labour’s national council won’t get a chance to start the process to expel him for months.

                  Bunch of amateurs.

                  • lprent

                    You’re exaggerating again.. Do you ever tell anything approximating the truth or is that simply beyond you? I’m starting to view you as being a simple minded troll who adds little or nothing to our site. In which case you might be gone sooner than Chris is.

                    August 7th is the date of the next NZ Council meeting, which is when something will be decided.

                    • jbanks

                      What am I exaggerating? The council want to go through a process where Carter can put forward his side of things before they decide whether to expel him. Am I wrong in thinking that Carter is on taxpayer-funded sick leave for two months so they won’t be able to hear from him until then? What am I exaggerating?

                      Or is it you just don’t like facts being brought to your site?

                    • lprent []

                      The choice Chris has is if he wants to make a statement to the NZC in person, in writing, or not to be present. What (apart from listening to other idiots) makes you think that this is an employment situation or that sick leave has any relevance. The issue is if He stays in the party.

                      His direct “employer” is parliament – not the NZLP. He is an electorate MP which means even the waka jumping laws don’t apply Anyone with even a basic level of understanding of NZ politics knows this.

                      Now do you understand why I think that you’re bit of an idiot for trolling this line all over this site? For that matter why no one apart from me bothers to engage with you. They’re just waiting for a moderator to decide to drop toleration. At least I’m relatively nice. I attempt to warn idiots (so they have a chance to learn) before I ban them.

                    • vto

                      Tell me, oh wise labourites … who else in the world has TWO MONTHS SICK LEAVE ?

                  • loota

                    Well vto lets ask the question then: who knows how many days of sick leave Chris Carter has accrued. We’ll start the conversation from there, or even from a reasonable guess of that statistic.

                    captcha: GRANTS

                    • vto

                      why should sick leave accrue? what sense does that make?

                    • jbanks

                      “The choice Chris has is if he wants to make a statement to the NZC in person, in writing, or not to be present. What (apart from listening to other idiots) makes you think that this is an employment situation or that sick leave has any relevance.”

                      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10663227

                      The leave means any decisions about Mr Carter’s future in the party may have to wait for weeks as Labour Party rules mean Mr Carter needs an opportunity to put his case before action is taken against him.
                      While suspended from caucus Mr Carter is still a Labour MP.
                      Mr Little said Mr Carter had “sought some medical assistance, he has been diagnosed as suffering severe consequences of stress and that necessitates some time off”.
                      Any decision, such as stripping him of party membership, could not now be quickly made.
                      “Our rules state that Chris Carter needs the opportunity to be heard before any disciplinary action is taken,” Mr Little said yesterday.
                      “He will not be able to do that on Saturday because he is unwell.”

                      who’s the idiot now?

                    • Armchair Critic

                      I’ve never had sick leave not accrue. But then, I’m not an MP. And I can’t find any reference to sick leave for MPs in legislation – is it in some kind of manual? There is an interesting bit of legislation about mental illness and MPs, though. Why wouldn’t sick leave accrue for MPs?

                    • felix

                      banksie: “who’s the idiot now?”

                      Um, you if you think anything in that article relates to an employment situation or sick leave.

                      Lynn really has the patience of a saint sometimes.

                      vto, I’ve always had sick leave accrue too. Don’t know if that’s the usual way though.

                    • loota

                      why should sick leave accrue? what sense does that make?

                      seems like vto has never worked in the real world before. What are you a Young NAT uni student paid by your mum’s electorate office to make illogical statements online?

                    • vto

                      jbanks, what idiot are you talking about? (leave out the obvious reply)

                      why should sick leave accrue? that makes no sense no matter nonsensical legislatability..

                    • vto

                      ha ha silly loota toota

                    • Armchair Critic

                      why should sick leave accrue?
                      Because s66 of the Holidays Act says is should. But that is for employees. Whether Chris Carter’s membership of the Labour party should be terminated is an entirely separate question.

  10. toad 10

    Meanwhile, National appears to have its own self-inflicted trouble brewing re political relationships:

    Prime Minister John Key today hinted it might be easier for the National Party to work with New Zealand First if Michael Laws was its leader.

    Lhaws, FFS!!! What a stupid thing to hint. Having anything to do with that malevolent little fascist is surely the kiss of death for any political party. But Key seems to be encouraging him. This will not go down well with the social liberal faction in the National Party (with which Key is normally associated).

    • Pat 10.1

      Well Goff reckons he can work with NZF and the Greens. Has he asked the Greens about that, Toad? Do Norman and Turei want to sit around a cabinet table with Peters and Laws?

      • toad 10.1.1

        Lhaws is a vile bigot – anathema to everything the Greens support. I can’t imagine the Green MPs ever sitting around the Cabinet table with Lhaws.

        If that were to ever be proposed, the Green Party membership would be in revolt. Unlike other political parties, the Greens require their membership to support through a Special General Meeting any confidence and supply arrangement. I suspect that if one were ever proposed involving Lhaws having a cabinet post, it would not only be rejected but the Green leadership would be challenged as well.

        So it won’t happen. As for Peters, I think there would likely be serious issues there too – the Green leadership all but ruled that out before the last election.

        • Lanthanide 10.1.1.1

          Yes, but it is possible there would be a parliament make-up such that without the Greens, NZF and Labour agreeing, National and/or ACT/MP could end up governing as a minority. I think that is more repulsive to the general green member on the street than doing a deal. Then again maybe the Greens would try and deal with National in that case, but given their public “picking and choosing” they did before the last election clearly siding with Labour, I find that unlikely.

          • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.1.1

            Can anyone honestly see Lhaws sitting around the table with Labour? Or the maori Party? It’d be the death of any and all of them.

          • Policy Parrot 10.1.1.1.2

            While the idea of an anti-coalition has been bandied about before, prior to the last election, with respect to National/ACT, such a grouping would have at best significant difficulties agreeing to be nice to each other for three years, let alone any comprehensive policy direction.
            It would be in effect, a castrated Labour-led administration stuck in a status quo holding pattern. It’s not that I don’t see Lab-Greens-NZFirst as an option, as that was essentially the 2005-08 grouping that backed Clark’s final term, but the Maori Party as well?!

            Either NZFirst or the Maori Party would have more to gain by propping up a National-led administration than working with each other on the same side. There would either have to be a more significant public distaste for National than there currently is, and in such circumstances their polling would likely fall, thus rendering the point moot; or our political landscape would need to more heavily polarised (quashing any ability to go both ways).

            In addition, if National+ACT does not achieve a majority on their own, their ability to impose their most favoured political policies becomes nought (bar selling out), and the NACT would then become neutered in the same way.

        • vto 10.1.1.2

          “the Greens require their membership to support through a Special General Meeting any confidence and supply arrangement. ”

          You see, now that sort of thing is they way tings should be. It has always been said – follow the hippies ……… true

          • felix 10.1.1.2.1

            It is also said “never go with a hippie to a second location”.

            Toad, National is by and large “anathema to everything the Greens support” too. Didn’t seem to matter when it came to signing the MoU though did it?

            • vto 10.1.1.2.1.1

              not quite felixes, the nats and greens agree that the only people that can own land in nz are the people that live in nz.

              that maketh moi happy

  11. Tanz 11

    Such awful behaviour. No wonder the public can’t behave, given the example set by our rogue poliitcians. It’s a privilege to be an MP, with many benefits attached, not enjoyed by the rest of the workforce. Kids in a daycare centre are better behaved than this, I think the lot of them are shameful, and NZ society reflects this. Has any MP actually had a real job, or had to scrabble for money, ever?

    • The Voice of Reason 11.1

      That’s a good question, Tanz. I suspect the answer is most of them, at least in the sense of a few years at uni in a damp flat eating noodles, then the years of struggle; marriage, mortgage, moving up the ladder etc. I suppose Goff might win the ‘prolier than thou’ award; state house to lifestyle block trumps state house to Hawaii if you’re looking for street cred.

      But every year at an MP’s salary (and benefits) has the risk of creating a disassociation from the voters. Add in ego, public approval and public rejection in equal measure and there’s a real possibility that any empathy quietly dies. At it’s extreme, we end up with pollies who despise the voters. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Michael Laws.

      • Bill 11.1.1

        “…state house to lifestyle block trumps state house to Hawaii if you’re looking for street cred. ”

        Nope.

        Just one greasy pole climber got further than the other.

  12. The Voice of Reason 12

    jbanks at 9:15 pm wants to know who the idiot is. Happily, it’s still him.

    Lprent is right. The process of deciding whether he stays a member of the Labour Party is is not an employment issue. They are not in an employment relationship. Delaying the decision about his membership of the voluntary organisation he was, until recently, representing in Parliament has nothing to do with whether he has sick leave available to him. It’s a completely separate matter.

    • jbanks 12.1

      His mental heath leave is relevant because it has meant that he can’t be expelled from the party anytime soon. It will not be happening this weekend.

      So lprents claim that “August 7th is the date of the next NZ Council meeting, which is when something will be decided. is idiotic.

      He is still a member of the Labour party and it’s messy & not a good look.

      • The Voice of Reason 12.1.1

        Nope. Stop dissembling. What you were challenging was this line from Lprent:

        “What (apart from listening to other idiots) makes you think that this is an employment situation or that sick leave has any relevance.”

        The illness is preventing his attendance at the meeting, not the leave. Lprent remains right. You remain an idiot.

        • jbanks 12.1.1.1

          “The illness is preventing his attendance at the meeting, not the leave.”

          So the “sick leave” isn’t preventing his attendance?

          Step away from the wacky backy.

          He’s has leave because of his illness. They’re kinda related. Nothing can be done on the 7th.

          • The Voice of Reason 12.1.1.1.1

            You’re starting to get it, jb. The sick leave isn’t preventing his attendance at the Labour party meeting, the illness is. The sick leave is preventing his attendance at Parliament and that is an employment matter, unrelated to his membership of the Labour party.

            Whew! That was hard, eh? Trying to recognise, reconcile and understand two separate but similar processes is so confusing, it’s no wonder they only let the adults do it.

        • lprent 12.1.1.2

          And he can do a written submission on his behalf, remote in on a phone or Skype, send a representative, or not defend his pretty indefensible actions. He doesn’t have to attend in person.

          • jbanks 12.1.1.2.1

            Lprent that’s my whole point, he can’t do any of those things if he is not in the right mental state to do so. Little has said that Carter needs the opportunity to be heard before any disciplinary action is taken. How can Carter’s defence (written submission, representative etc.) be considered when the other party (NZ Council) knows about his impaired state?

            I could be wrong, but I don’t think that the council will be able to do anything until Carter is back from his leave.

            And IMO Goff stuffed up here by publicly attacking Carter about his mental health which just invited Carter to drag on this embarrassing debacle as long as he can. Which brings me back to my original point that Goff handled this poorly and he could learn a thing or to from Key who handled things in such a way that there was no mess.

  13. Santi 13

    I confess to liking the decisiveness and courage shown by Goff in the handling of the Carter affair. He has been tough and demanding. I support his very strong leadership.

    With Goff at the helm Labour could win in 2017, I mean 2011.

  14. Awww does bubba need a holiday in NY with aunty Helen ? Here’s what her advice should be.

    Chris you panty waisted blouse, grow a pair and stop being such a lil bitch or i will pimp slap you. i suggest you pull your head outta your arse and get back in the trenches quick smart.

    Act like nothings changed and if you truly believe in Labour, then front up and get back to the job of holding the gov’t accountable for their dodgy dealings.

    Jeez Chris, i thought i housetrained you better than that. Guess not huh ?

    And what’s with this stress related illness bullshit ???…muthafucka please !!! you’re seriously taking the piss now in trying mine and the public’s patience and it’s not going to wash with anyone.

    For fucks sake man up, don’t embarass me again with your rookie antics or there’ll be more than time out on the naughty step waiting for you when i come home….kapish ??? I mean it, don’t make me come back there to sort your shit out or there’ll be tears and it won’t be pretty.

    now run along, aunty’s got some real problems to deal with, like sorting the worlds shit out…there’s a good lad

  15. Doug 15

    Why life in Labour is complicated.
    It is more complicated with the release of the new TV3 Poll.

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    16 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Dominik Scythe on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Friday, July 11 are:Climate: Transport Minister Simeon Brown said in a release the Government's plan to reverse New ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    18 hours ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 12
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s climate strategy ‘pamphlet’, its watering down of Clean Car Standards and its general lack of coherence;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    18 hours ago
  • Casey Costello strikes again
    Summary: A track record of deception is becoming evident in the Government’s Coalition alliance. Ministers across all parties have been found to either lie without contrite, and/or act unlawfully and unreasonably. The rails are coming off quicker than a marshmallow induced fantasy train ride as the conductors throw caution to ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
    Open access notables Antarctic Bottom Water Warming, Freshening, and Contraction in the Eastern Bellingshausen Basin, Johnson et al., Geophysical Research Letters Cold winds blowing over polynyas (areas of ice-free water) on the Antarctic continental shelf create sea ice, forming very cold and somewhat salty, hence very dense, waters. These dense ...
    1 day ago
  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashWe’re back after a three-week mid-winter break. I needed a rest, but back into it. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
    Yesterday the government released the advice on its proposal to repeal the offshore fossil gas exploration ban, including a Climate Implications of Policy Assessment statement, Cabinet paper, and Regulatory Impact Statement. I spent some time looking at these last night, and the short version is that the government's plan is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • A criminal minister
    RNZ reports that cancer minister Casey Costello has been reprimanded and forced to apologise by the Ombudsman for acting "contrary to law" in her handling of an OIA request: Associate Health Minister Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced to apologise for trying to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    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 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
    Please note: This is a personal reflection and does not refer to politics. These entries are not sent to subscribers.Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHubris and Pride Out of the fire and into the frying pan? Swimming with the big sharks Tonight, I am excited. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
    Nothing can warm your heart like the sight of your daughter stepping off a train. Mary-Margaret arrived on Saturday to ride with us to Vienna.You know your way around a bike? the guy at the hire shop asks her. Yep. She’s ridden them on rail trails, Auckland’s mean streets, commutes ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
    Christopher Luxon is finding his foreign policy feet. Now eight months into the job, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is in Washington DC this week to attend the NATO summit. It is the third year in a row that Wellington has been invited to the annual gathering of the North Atlantic ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
    As the climate crisis has grown worse, the tactics of the polluting industries have shifted. From denying climate change, they then moved on to pushing "carbon capture" - dumping their emissions underground rather than in the atmosphere. It's a PR scam, intended to prolong the life of the industry we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
    The Way We Were: An indelible mark was left upon a whole generation of New Zealanders by the Great Depression and World War II; an impression that not only permitted men and women of all classes and races to perceive the need to work together for the common good, but also ...
    2 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
    Hi,There is an all too common story within the guru community, and we see it play out again and again. The end is nearly always the same — a trail of victims and confusion left in the guru’s wake.As seen in the recent case of Russell Brand, the guru simply ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • American Boy
    Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some dayTake me to New York, I'd love to see LAI really want to come kick it with youYou'll be my American boy…Love letters straight from the heart. Hmm, I think that’s a different tune, but that’s where we’ll begin. With ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;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 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    3 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
    “This cannot be real life!” Confronted with the choice of recommitting themselves to the myth of Joe Biden, or believing the evidence of their own eyes, those Americans not already committed to Donald Trump will reach out instinctively for the President they wish they had – blind to the President they ...
    3 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
    Let’s Go Crazy! AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) rarks-up the voters of New York’s 16th Congressional District.HAVE WE MOVED past peak progressivism? Across the planet, there are signs that the surge of support for left-wing causes and personalities, exemplified by the election of the democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) to the US House ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
    Once fastened servile now your getting sharpMoving oh so swiftly with such disarmI pulled the covers over him shoulda' pulled the alarmTurned to my nemesis a fool no fucking godTuesday morning usually provides something to write about with a regular round of interviews for the Prime Minister across Newshub, TVNZ, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
    Last week at the Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Kiwirail gave an update about the state of the network and the work they’re doing to get it ready for the opening of the City Rail Link. There were a few aspects that stood out to me so I’ve pulled them ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
    This article by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, University of Kansas is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Federal Chevron deference is dead. On June 28, 2024, in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court overturned the 40-year-old legal tenet that when a federal ...
    4 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
    Note: This is a long readPolitical discourse on social media taught me that bad faith operators and tactics are not only prevalent, they are widespread and effective.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Their objectives are much narrower than one might imagine.The ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
    Usually I start with some lyrics from the song at the end of the newsletter, to set the mood. But today I’m going to begin with a bit of a plea. About six weeks ago I decided to make more of my writing public with the hope that people would ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
    This is republished from an earlier write upDavid Seymour is part of the ACT Party. He's backed by people like Alan Gibbs, and Koch money. He grew up as a right wing lobbyist - tick tick tick. All cool and fine - we know.What's also been clear is a fervent ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
    Hot take: it should be affordable to live in Auckland. You may not be surprised to learn I’m not the only one with this hot take. Indeed, the Minister of Housing recently took the notable step of saying house prices should come down, something common wisdom says should be a politically ...
    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    5 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
    I can remember 1997. Even living on the other side of the world, having a Scottish father and Welsh grandfather meant I acquired a childhood knowledge of British politics via family connections (and general geekery). And yes, I inherited the dark legends of that evil folk-devil, Margaret Thatcher. So when ...
    5 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
    Snapshot postToday, Shane Jones was courageous enough to front Q&A with Jack Tame. Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Jack Tame is a bit of a legend. And that’s only because he strikes me as a good journalist i.e. well ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
    Strictly biz, don't play aroundCover much ground, got game by the poundGetting paid is a forteEach and every day, true player wayOne month ago tens of thousands of Kiwis took to the streets to protest against the coalition’s Fast Track legislation. Concerned that it would prioritise some people making a ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Strangers and others
    For a moment yesterday I thought I might have been trailing my old friend Simon Wilson across the Danube, over cobbled stones, and into the old town square of Linz. Same comfortable riding style, same jacket, same full head of hair, but no, different friend of cycling.There is a kindred ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
    IntroductionIn New Zealand, the National party generally retains a reputation of being pro-business and pro-economy.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.The underlying assumption is National are more competent economic managers, and by all accounts Luxon and his team have talked ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Newshub Signs Off
    Wait for the night, for the light at the end of an era'Cause it's love at the end of an eraThe last episode of Newshub, the final instalment of TV3 News, aired last night. Many of us who took the time to watch felt sad and nostalgic looking back over ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Pharmac Fiasco
    If you don’t understand how things work you make foolish mistakes. To explain how the government got into its cancer drugs muddle, we need to explain first how New Zealand’s pharmaceutical purchasing system works. There is a parallel between Pharmac and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The Government sets ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • An unexpected honour.
    One can take many things as a budge of honour but this was somewhat unexpected. Was it something that I said? See line 3: https://mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/1959715/ ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • An Ode to the British Tories
    The legend Jonathan Pie nails it in under 5 minutes. There is more, of course, but his summary is both fair and an outstanding take on the UK Conservative Party’s right wing legacy.Austerity, cuts to the public service, trickle down economics, corruption, policies favouring corporations and the wealthy, underinvesting in ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Knives out for Kāinga Ora
    Note this a longer read.TLDR: Bishop had always intended to shortchange Kāinga Ora and malign the Board and Executive. The $500,000 independent review of Kāinga Ora was anything but, and poses serious ethical issues in both conduct and outcomes. Kāinga Ora had a debt to assset ratio of 0.25 when ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Something's going to change
    If you’re selling your soul, working all dayOvertime hours for bullshit payNothing’s gonna change if all you do Is wish you could wake up and it not be trueJoin a union, fight for better payJoin a union, brother, organise todayYou’ll see where the problem really liesWhen the union comes around: ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 5-July-2024
    Welcome to the second half of the year! And another roundup of stories that caught our eye over the week. As always, feel free to add anything we’ve missed, in the comments. The fortnight on Greater Auckland Last week was a short week, but nonetheless action-packed: On Monday, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • How the team of 5 million lost the game
    A study of the 2020 election has found that though the swing to Labour was the biggest vote shift in New Zealand for more than a century, it was not structural. Indeed, the fundamental electoral forces that drove the result were not dissimilar to those that had emerged in the ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #27 2024
    Open access notables Climate-driven deoxygenation of northern lakes, Jansen et al., Nature Climate Change: Oxygen depletion constitutes a major threat to lake ecosystems and the services they provide. Most of the world’s lakes are located >45° N, where accelerated climate warming and elevated carbon loads might severely increase the risk of ...
    1 week ago

  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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