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Widening movement for monetary policy reform

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 pm, June 24th, 2010 - 42 comments
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It’s good to see a consensus forming in the Left that change is needed to monetary policy, and it’s excellent to see so much agreement from the Right. Currently, the Reserve Bank manages monetary policy by moving the Official Cash Rate in an attempt to keep the rate of inflation between 1-3% target.

In the textbooks, they tell you inflation targeting works by taking money out of the pockets of borrowers and giving it too savers (when the interest rate is raised) to slow down the economy and vice versa when the economy needs a boost. And maybe that is how it works in a large economy that is primarily moved by its internal markets (the people who came up with this idea were thinking about the US).

But it doesn’t work like that for New Zealand. Mortgagees have dulled the effect of monetary policy on them by taking fixed rate mortgages that don’t move with OCR changes. As small trading nation with large current account and capital account flows, moving the interest rate impacts our economy mostly by moving the exchange rate. Higher interest rates bring in more hot money from overseas, that means for demand for NZD, meaning a higher exchange rate – and vice versa. Higher OCR = higher exchange rate and that is bad news for exporters. It is by hurting exporters that rising OCR cools the economy.

And this is doubly problematic because the hot money becomes cheap capital for the banks to loan out as mortgages. We saw this before the credit crunch: a wall of foreign credit that fueled the housing boom, while exporters laboured under a high exchange rate. It will happen again. It is already happening again.

Inflation targeting has always been a blunt tool and, in this country, it is hitting the wrong part of the economy.

The Fabians have been doing a great job bringing this issue to the fore. Now, Labour, in speeches from David Parker and Phil Goff, has confirmed that it will change the monetary policy, joining the Greens in calling for reform. Labour’s idea is to give the Reserve Bank more active powers over banks’ capital ratios (the fraction of capital that a bank is required to hold compared to the amount it has on loan).

Basically, rather than making borrowing more expensive via the OCR, the Reserve Bank could control how much the banks can loan by raising their capital ratios . Both serve to decrease the amount borrowed and increase the amount saved when needed to cool inflation. But the advantage of using capital ratios is it should have less of an impact on the exchange rate and would counteract the effect of hot money.

Labour is also talking about giving the Reserve Bank a wider mandate. Simply focusing on inflation is stupid, it makes inflation control an end in itself, which it shouldn’t be. Labour says it will add objectives such as full employment and a competitive exchange rate for the Reserve Bank to balance.

There’s been positive reception from the CTU, the Manufacturers and Employers’ Association, and the Productive Economy Council says “Goff’s announcement will split the business vote”. It may well happen if National remains stuck in the failed neoliberal ideology.

Unique in the world, we task our Reserve Bank with only one goal – keeping inflation in the target range – and give it one blunt tool to achieve it. Adding other objectives would bring us into line with other countries and giving the Bank better tools is long overdue. We need a smarter, more sophisticated approach to monetary policy and it is great to see the Left pushing for it.

42 comments on “Widening movement for monetary policy reform”

  1. RedLogix 1

    While I remain sceptical of Goff’s ability to take the PR fight back to the right wing spin machine, this speech and the one from Parker is a pleasure to read. Virtually every point in it is stuff I, and many others, have been making for years. The depth and cohesion on show here stands in stark contrast to anything Key has said…ever. Two aspects stand out in particular:

    1. Finally recognition of the need to tightly regulate the finance sector. When powerful unions dominated the scene over 40 years ago, the mere threat of wage driven inflation caused panicky govts to introduce policies limit their power. To the point where unions in this country are still regulated to within an inch of their lives.

    By contrast when an out of control finance industry unleashed a torrent of credit, that actually caused massive asset price inflation… the establishment refused to bat an eyelid. Mainly because so many of them were making out like bandits on the back of it.

    The consequence of excessive speculative debt is always the same, tears before bedtime. We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to deal to this…but of course with a PM who is an ex-banker I’m doubtful anything effective will be done.

    2. Both speeches are aimed squarely at the rural farmers and small businesses. This makes a lot of sense. With National having hopped into bed with ‘Waitakere Man’ and now so dependent on the urban Auckland vote their traditional rural power base is necessarily feeling a little jilted; and why we are getting rumblings around the formation of a new Country Party.

    While there’s a long and bad history between Labour and the farmers, if you talk sense these people they will listen. The world they inhabit has changed a lot in recent decades and maybe the old tribal rules don’t hold so strong as they used to. (Moving frequently around the Wairarapa I’m often surprised at the how soft support for National is, even among people whom a generation ago would have sooner cut their right arm off than vote left.)

    The other thing often overlooked by the left, is that these big rural electorates often return suprisingly large numbers of left voters…. for every conservatively leaning farmer, contractor and small business owner, there are plenty of working people of all sorts, often on very modest incomes. And there’s always a scattering of rural greenies too, folk who often have quite a high personal profile in their communities. But ultimately, more so than city voters, these people will tend take into consideration what they feel is good for their community and region come polling time. Creating a cohesive economic policy that makes sense to them could change the game.

    Now all that’s needed is to articulate effectively this without all the usual media spin and slant.

  2. riddler 2

    What are your formal qualifications Marty?

    I mean no offense, nor accusation, i simply wish to know.

    Regards

    Riddler

    [lprent: We don’t provide any information about authors apart from what they care to write. Personally I’d rate Martys formal skills in this type of post far higher than mine. I only have a BSc, MBA, and a few other qualifications.

    Read the About and Policy and abide by it on this site. I don’t allow people to try to probe for information about authors that is more than they care to provide.

    Any repetition of questions of this type will be rewarded with a long (>1 month) ban. Is that clear? ]

  3. IrishBill 3

    I’m a fan of using compulsory superannuation with an adjustable contribution rate to control inflation. Currently our exporters are forced to be currency speculators just to provide themselves some cover which is a ridiculous situation.

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      Taken out of employees pay packets I suppose?

      I think the point of the interest rate changes is that if you choose to borrow, you pay extra. If you don’t choose to borrow, or choose to save, then you benefit. Simply taking money out of everyone’s pay packets doesn’t give them a choice as to what they do with their money.

      It might work, but only if the range of increase was on the order of 1% for every 2% of the current OCR regime.

      • Bright Red 3.1.1

        “Taken out of employees pay packets I suppose?”

        Interest rate hikes are taken out of employees’ pay packets too, very high interest payments for those carrying debt (a very large chunk of the working population).

        The attraction of variable super payments is that the money isn’t lost to those workers as it is when their interest goes up, they just can’t consume it now.

        and you allow interest rates to be wholly determined by the market

        • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1

          Normally when the OCR rises, the main things that go up are mortgage and business loan rates. Retail lending and CC rates normally don’t move around much at all.

          Considering there’s a large portion of the population renting, those people won’t be affected by the rate rise as they don’t have mortgages. Taking money out of employee pay packets doesn’t affect businesses either.

  4. TightyRighty 4

    The problem with asking the banks to control inflation through capital ratios is that while it does help to control inflation, it also helps to put an unnecessary break on the economy, thanks to it’s overly large effect on the supply of money. Seeing as it puts brakes on lending by force rather than by price, no wonder the left has consensus on it. seeing consensus has been reached, the argument is now settled. the old wikipedia/AGW proof.

    • Bright Red 4.1

      the point of monetary policy is to put a brake (not break) on the economy when necessary, tighty.

      • TightyRighty 4.1.1

        Really BR? I thought the reserve bank just like putting the cost of money up for the sake of it.

        • Bright Red 4.1.1.1

          You’re the one who wrote: “The problem with asking the banks to control inflation through capital ratios is that while it does help to control inflation, it also helps to put an unnecessary break on the economy”

          as if the brake on theeconomy was a negaive side effect, not the point of the operation.

          • TightyRighty 4.1.1.1.1

            To increase the cost of borrowing and the reward for saving for the purpose of inflation control, so that workers aren’t locked in rounds of endless pay disputes, is one thing. to put brakes on the economy for the sake of it is completely different. it’s why current monetary policy works. and why forcing banks to adjust capital adequacy ratios as the reserve bank demands, is silly.

            • Bright Red 4.1.1.1.1.1

              I think you misunderstand – the point of increasing interest rates via the OCR is to put a brake on the economy so that that inflationary pressure subsides.

              If inflation in an economy can be compared to an overheated car engine, then the OCR or any other approach is about slowing down the engine so its cools off before it damages itself.

              The OCR is intended to work by reducing employment, wages, and economic activity so as to reduce inflation and make a healthier economy in the long-run. See page 6 of this RBNZ bulletin http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research/bulletin/2007_2011/2007jun70_2.pdf

  5. Damian 5

    This could be a good point of difference with the NACTs. HoneKey as a former money trader would rather stick with the staus quo as variability in exchange rates allows him and his mates to make money. Also there appears to be a degree on positive feedback to this as shown by comments to a similar article at interest.co.nz. It’s not the circut breaker Labour needs but just goes to show if you focus more on policy that matters to people, people will listen.

  6. The Baron 6

    This all sounds well and good until we see that Full Employment is on the wish list too. Rather than leading to a more managable monetary policy, instead we see what can only be described as pie in the sky, impossible to achieve stuff.

    • RedLogix 6.1

      So why do the Australian’s include it? It’s improbable that any nation could achieve and sustain absolute full employment; but it’s obviously one of a number of desirable goals.

      Virtually all dynamic economic macro models map some kind of relationship between employment, inflation, economic growth and credit creation. It’s NZ that’s out of step with the rest of the world by not including the employment component in it’s official macro policies.

      • The Baron 6.1.1

        Please note I didn’t say that some sort of employment component was necessarily a bad thing – I said a FULL employment goal was a bad one.

        Yet again though, we see monetary policy debate turning into a game of “here’s my wish list” rather than a careful consideration of the way these things balance together – and the consequences of that balancing act. Monetary policy doesn’t work by simply issuing a new set of dictums – all of these actions will have consequences.

        Some of the consequences that occur to me from the outset are (and I am by no means a pro here):

        – Dampening demand for credit through bank controls = harder for anyone to buy a house
        – Loosening inflation controls means greater value destruction, and savings erosion
        – Messy set of targets that will limit RB accountability

        Its irresponsible to leave these elements out of this debate, in my mind. I’m not saying anything about right or wrongs yet (apart from the idiocy of a full employment goal) – only that sensible decision making and debate in this regard requires analysis of ALL factors of these changes – not just the good bits thanks Marty.

        • RedLogix 6.1.1.1

          Dampening demand for credit through bank controls = harder for anyone to buy a house

          No…harder for people to bid silly prices on houses.

          Loosening inflation controls means greater value destruction, and savings erosion

          While at the same time you’re completely blind to the same effect caused by asset price inflation.

          Messy set of targets that will limit RB accountability

          What other countries seem to cope with ok. Maybe we could consider buying Treasury one of those new fangled computator thingies I’ve read about in overseas magazines.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.2

          full employment = X% of people unemployed at any one time

          The difference is that the left want that number to be as small as possible while the right want it to be as big as possible.

          Basically, all you’ve done here is show your ignorance.

        • Ari 6.1.1.3

          I’d rather people be stuck renting than that they bought a house they couldn’t afford and had it foreclosed when the market caught up.

          Inflation is already out of control, the current policy is completely ineffective in addressing it, so we should actually see an improvement for people actually trying to save under the proposed policy.

          The RB isn’t exactly accountable as it is, because its only goal is purely theoretical and it doesn’t have the tools to actually achieve it! Nobody can blame the RB for failing because it hasn’t even tried! I’d rather it be useful than simplistic, although getting it useful and accountable at the same time would be awesome. You have any more specific criticisms so we can talk ideas, or are you just trying to smear the idea of actually regulating the economy by saying broader targets than inflation necessarily imply a lack of accountability? Because they don’t, it’s just a problem one has to address in regulation. And in case you haven’t noticed, Labour governments in the last two decades have been a lot better at that than National ones.

    • Bright Red 6.2

      We’ve had full employment for long periods in the last century. From the 40s through to the early 80s, in the late 2000s. And it was government policy during our greatest period of prosperity.

      Full employment doesn’t mean everyone is in work. There is always some unemployment due to the normal churn as businesses open and close and people’s life circumstances change. Full employment means there is no structural unemployment – full employment is usually taken to mean about 3% unemployment because you can’t practically get lower than that in most cases.

      • The Baron 6.2.1

        Oh, so full employment doesn’t actually mean full employment – but 3% unemployment. Well if we write the goal that way then I’ll be hunky dory.

        I’d also note that our full employment policies at the end of the period you quote were delivered through massively bloated state enterprises, that operated mainly as employment sinks rather than productive businesses delivering services to citizens. That led in part to our massive debt burdens by the time Lange came along. Hardly the utopia you portray – and gives me a shiver that the Fabians are keen for us to repeat our silly errors of the past.

        • RedLogix 6.2.1.1

          Well if we write the goal that way then I’ll be hunky dory.

          Anything around or better than 3% is pretty much is the conventionally accepted definition of full employment. Your line that it should be 0% is just a dickheaded distraction.

          I’d also note that our full employment policies at the end of the period you quote were delivered through massively bloated state enterprises, that operated mainly as employment sinks rather than productive businesses delivering services to citizens.

          Actually no, that line is just another morsel of neo-lib nonsense that modern analysis has de-bunked. It turns out that while these large state-run ’employers of last resort’ were inefficient measured as stand-alone enterprises, when their total contribution to the economy is fully aggregated they performed rather well.

          They did actually deliver services, they did actually provide employment with dignity and in doing so ameliorated the substantial social costs of unemployment, and they did actually keep cash flows within the NZ economy, thereby helping to reduce the structural current account deficit issue we’ve been plauged with for decades.

          In addition many of these state enterprises provided excellent apprentiships and technical training to a high standard. Bear in mind that fully 70% of the skilled technical people in this country are over 55yrs old and are simply not being replaced in adequate numbers in recent times.

          The only reason why the neo-libs ran that lie was to justify privatising them at fire sale prices in order that they might be asset stripped.

          [Edit]:That led in part to our massive debt burdens by the time Lange came along.

          The really massive debt burden (as a % of GDP) got racked up in the last decade… the private sector racking up almost $190b in debt. Nothing to do with the state sector.

          • The Baron 6.2.1.1.1

            I’d be interested in learning more about this debunking of employment sinks that you talk of – would you care to provide me with some sources please?

            • RedLogix 6.2.1.1.1.1

              It’s not in any one place, but is a common theme found in the Post-Keynsian and Chartalists studies. A google on the term “employer of last resort” is an starting point. Also interesting are quite specific schemes to create real 0% unemployment like this from Wray and more generically this about Minsky.

              Besides it’s not rocket science…the argument I laid out above is pretty straighforward . Once you lose the very narrow framing of the neo-lib economic orthodoxy of the last three decades then a lot more options open up.

      • jcuknz 6.2.2

        I thought the full employment of the past was due to the fortunate position of having a tight control on imports and the incredibly favourable trading position of England taking all our produce .. it changed with the European Union I believe and we are unlikely to find an alternative. Is it not better for us, although not for the slave labour of countries we currently import from, to pay more for goods produced here in NZ. But people being people we often compare prices and moan that “we can buy cheaper in Fiji” was the cry of yesteryear I remember … we are our own worst enemy?

        But to get away from that red herring It does seem rather silly that we shoot ourselves in the foot each time the OCR is raised.

  7. Olwyn 7

    @ The Baron: Just because something has been done badly in the past does not mean it cannot be done well in the future. If we took that attitude to all systems, Capitalism would be long gone, with its tendency to generate crises. I think that using upward of 4% unemployment and denigrating the unemployed so as to keep wages competitive is disgraceful in the way that racism, slavery, etc are disgraceful. People who support this sort of thing not only lack sympathy for others, they also imagine that they are so far above the storm that such a fate could never be visited upon them.

    • The Baron 7.1

      And your solution is then…?

      Come on oh wise Olwyn, tell us what the humane/sympathetic/honourable monetary policy solution is.

      • Olwyn 7.1.1

        I do not have a solution, and neither it seems do you, but Goff’s suggestion, which Marty has highlighted, does seem like a step in the right direction.

        • The Baron 7.1.1.1

          As does every solution that promises the earth, but doesn’t tell you the consequences.

          Consequences which can be very real and very damaging when you’re talking about monetary policy – and even less sympathetic than the status quo.

          You need to start thinking a bit more for yourself rather than relying on your favourite colour of politician to tell you what right and humane is, me thinks.

          • Bunji 7.1.1.1.1

            What, like the neo-liberal orthodoxy that promises we’ll be richer because there’ll be a bigger pie, and the consequences that actually the vast majority aren’t, and wealth is concentrated into the hands of 2% of the population.

            – Periods of moderate inflation have actually been good for the weaklth of the 85% of the population that are workers (it’s the richest 2% whose wealth is eroded), so if inflation gets a bit higher due to multiple targets, it’ll most likely bring greater equality.
            – Full-employment (or near to it, and I thnk we can do better than 3%) also drives salaries and wages up (maybe we can catch Australia!), causing greater equality.
            – Greater equality of wealth tends to increase investment in production (unlike the neo-liberal years, where investment has declined massively). If more people have wealth to invest in their ideas, more of that wealth will be invested.
            – if everyone has less access to cheap credit, house prices will just be lower, in a reversing of the nuclear arms race.
            – business is desperate for a more stable exchange rate, the current forex lotteries don’t encourage any sort of investment.

            I think the widening of aims and changed monetary policy is a most excellent idea. I like Irish Bill’s variable compulsory super too, but don’t see it as an either/or situation. Always good to have more than one tool in your toolkit. If you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail, as they say.

          • Olwyn 7.1.1.1.2

            What a patronising answer. Do you think that concern for your fellow humans is at all times and places unaffordable?

            “I’d also note that our full employment policies at the end of the period you quote were delivered through massively bloated state enterprises, that operated mainly as employment sinks rather than productive businesses delivering services to citizens. That led in part to our massive debt burdens by the time Lange came along.”

            Even if you are right in this observation, it does not mean that the subsequent hollowing out of the productive economy, the invention of an underclass and burgeoning prison population are as good as it gets.

            There is I think some truth in the idea that people will choose to work for the public service or in some professional capacity if they can, and the productive base cannot reliably support too many going this way. But it is also true that if a free rein goes in the other direction people with money to invest prefer to have stuff than to do stuff. Which also has negative consequences.

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    and the Productive Economy Council says “Goff’s announcement will split the business vote’.

    It will do. Importers like a high NZ$ so that things can be imported cheaply while exporters like a low NZ$ so that there is more demand for their produce.

    The big problem with our floating exchange rate being controlled through the (normally high) OCR is that it kills business opportunities in NZ forcing us to have higher unemployment. It does this by making foreign made products artificially cheaper than the same product made in NZ. This results in more imports, less exports, higher trade deficit and lower employment.

    The Berl Report on the trains shows how much more benefit (effectively reducing the price by 2/3rds) we get from building the trains in NZ compared with importing them but the price is what this incompetent government is using to justify importing them. If the exchange rate was lower (as it should be) then the price to import would be higher and so the justification for importing wouldn’t be there. This would result in those trains being built here and bringing all the other benefits as well.

    Basically, the focus on inflation with the only control being the OCR has resulted in the NZ$ being priced higher than it should be which has resulted in an increase in inefficiency (it really is more expensive to import). Another example of market failure. IMO, time to re-peg the NZ$.

  9. Pascal's bookie 9

    It’s just crazy talk of course, the single tool single focus model is best and meddling meddlers should just accept that. There is nothing to discuss. Don Brash sez, and afterall, he and his ideas got rejected by the people so we have to pay attention to him.

    ‘cept the IMF doesn’t think so.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/15/2819537.htm

    • Rex Widerstrom 9.1

      Interesting you’ve had to go to the ABC for that link, Pb. I heard that story when it came out… was it even reported in NZ, I wonder, outside perhaps of the back of the business pages?

      It’s worth quoting from.

      Saul Eslake, former ANZ chief economist, and now program director at the Gratten Institute, says… “debate ought to include whether the objectives of central banks remain appropriate, and whether there ought to be broader consideration given to not only other objectives but to other means of achieving those objectives over time“.

      Not only does the central bank have too few levers to pull to control the economy, I believe it shouldn’t be the only one in the driver’s seat as it effectively is at present. The RBNZ wasn’t elected, doesn’t have to consult, and is anwerable to no one. After all, if Fred’s Bank loses its depositors money, its directors and currency traders will find the regulators and the SFO want answers. If the economy tanks, the RBNZ board just shrugs.

      Spreading both the objectives and the decision-making responsibility will permit not only the advantages Goff has enumerated (and Marty has done an excellent job of summarising) but spread the risk and broaden the number of minds tasked with considering these issues. That can only be a good thing, IMHO.

      • Lanthanide 9.1.1

        “but spread the risk and broaden the number of minds tasked with considering these issues. That can only be a good thing, IMHO.”

        Too many cooks spoil the broth, or alternatively, no one with sufficient power to force through the appropriate actions can result in nothing getting done.

  10. Name 10

    Looking at what Reserve Banks have achieved in the US, the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Japan &tc in the last decade I think you might as well give them a dart-board and a jar of fortune cookies as any set of targets.

    Give any economist a single target and at least he knows what he’s looking at. Give him two and all he can do is argue with himself. Give him more than that and his head will explode at the sheer imponderability of it all.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    7 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    7 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    12 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    19 hours ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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