Willis’s budget analysis is either deeply cynical or evidence she does not know what she is talking about

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I almost feel sorry for Nicola Willis.

She is under some pressure trying to make National’s tax cut policy work.  After all she did promise to resign if she did not deliver tax cuts.

Remember when she said:

I am going to ensure that National meets it commitment to deliver tax reduction. I do care that it adds up. If we didn’t deliver tax reduction, yes, I would resign, because we are making a commitment to the New Zealand people, and we intend to keep it.

There are weasel words included in this.  She is not saying how much and to who.  But no doubt she will be reminded of what she said.  Repeatedly.

And there are some rather big holes in National’s calculations.  The end of the foreign buyer tax will hurt.  There are also major questions about other funding sources in particular the online gambling tax.  Increasing rates of cancer so that you can afford to give landlords a tax cut is a sign of how desperate things are.

So Willis has used the tried and true method used by desperate politicians and that is to make baseless allegations against Labour to try and create confusion.  Either that or she has no idea of what she is talking about.  Either possibility is concerning.

Yesterday she started talking about fiscal cliffs and hinted darkly that there were hidden features in the Government’s finances.  From Radio New Zealand:

“I am concerned by the scale of the financial challenges left to us by the outgoing government. I am still receiving advice on both the number of those challenges, their size, and the options available,” she said.

They came in two broad categories, Willis said: Risks referred to in the pre-election update but with their true scale and urgency not made clear for reasons including commercial sensitivity; and government programmes set to expire because they were only funded on a short-term basis.

“I think what they did is they found clever workarounds to make the books look better than they really are. For example, it is absolutely permissible for a government to only short-term fund a programme, that is allowed, but where you know that you will have to go back to fund it in future Budgets – then actually you should just be funding it for the long term.”

One example for that second category was Pharmac funding, she said.

“Did they really intend to withdraw funding for listed medicines, and if not why didn’t they account for that in their pre-election update?”

Other examples she offered were a cybersecurity programme for schools, and funding for the school lunches programme.

The practice was “extremely disingenuous,” she said. “It makes the books look better in future years even though it is highly unlikely ministers genuinely intended to stop funding those programmes.”

She obviously does not want to do the tough job of actually reading and comprehending Budget documents.  Instead she is insisting for a Reader’s Digest version so that she can get her head around what is in the country’s finances.

Grant Robertson did not hold back in response.  About the list he said:

“It already exists, it’s called the Budget. We put it out every year. And all of those things are in here,” he said, holding up a copy. “How can we be hiding something that’s literally in this document?”

Deciding how to handle time-limited funding was just part of the job, he said.

“I inherited a number of time-limited pieces of funding and what you do at each Budget is you go back and you look and say ‘Well are we going to extend that? Are we going to baseline it? Are we going to look at another way of doing it? This is literally the job that Nicola Willis has signed up for and she seems to think it’s some kind of scandal.”

He pointed to the school cybersecurity funding.

“Nicola Willis seemed to suggest that particular example she gave today was, quote: ‘Buried in the estimates’. It’s on page 89 of a 154-page document. It is not buried.

“If she couldn’t make it to page 89 of the Budget I’m really, really concerned at what kind of finance minister she’ll make.”

This is nothing new.  In the last National Government Nick Smith specialised in bogus figures and analysis to claim that there was a crisis with ACC funding when it was clear there was not.  Read any of the Standard posts on the topic to get a feel of what was happening.

This incident is evidence either that National will cynically make baseless claims to attack Labour or that Nicola Willis has no idea about what she is talking about and has not been doing her most basic job of reading and comprehending previous budget documents.  Or possibly both.

75 comments on “Willis’s budget analysis is either deeply cynical or evidence she does not know what she is talking about ”

  1. Adrian 1

    When a basic lunch for kiddies becomes a fiscal cliff then we are truly rooted.

  2. feijoa 2

    She is laying the ground work for austerity.

    • Rolling-on-Gravel 2.1

      Ding dong.

      This with the "the books are bad" rhetoric is the way they will get their electronic monitoring & selected doctors for medical certificate for the benefits through.

      Be aware and be ready to protest.

      • gsays 2.1.1

        By electronic monitoring, does that include the 'debanking' of individuals?

        A'la China and Canada during the truckers protest. A tactic I recall being celebrated by some 'lefties' and 'progressives' round these parts.

        Our Commonwealth cousins have set an extremely worrying and damaging precedent.

        • Rolling-on-Gravel 2.1.1.1

          I don't mean in the conspiracy sense. I don't at all agree with them.

          Actually:

          I meant in the electronic monitoring of beneficiaries' bank accounts.

          Here is the part where it is mentioned in the ACT's coalition agreement with National:

          "Social Services

          • Implement sanctions, including electronic money management, for beneficiaries who can work but refuse to take agreed steps to find a job.

          • Develop an approved pool of doctors who can issue medical certificates to go onto a health and disability related benefit."

          This is the link to the full coalition agreement between ACT and National:

          https://assets.nationbuilder.com/actnz/mailings/6945/attachments/original/National_ACT_Agreement.pdf?1700781466

          • Rolling-on-Gravel 2.1.1.1.1

            I didn't realise when I said electronic monitoring I meant electronic money management.

            I am guessing that means either extending the purpose of the Green card we use to buy food with to making beneficiaries "spend correctly" or looking at how they spend their money from some kind of mechanism.

            And given a lot of people who are on Jobseekers are usually not "disabled enough" for Supported Living (I am on it) are usually not able-bodied enough to easily get a job, this is where they will want to control beneficiaries until they stumble and die or wreck their bodies further.

            Sanctions are generally a tool of austerity. This tells us that ACT wants to enact austerity and they will likely enact more of these sort of things.

            This is worrying, no matter what terminology I consciously or unconsciously use.

          • gsays 2.1.1.1.2

            Nothing conspiracy about getting debanked.

            It happened to some folk who had the temerity to fiscally support the truckers.

            My point is this technology is widely available and if this regime is half as heartless as they appear (needing smokers tax dollars and gleefully announcing the removal of fair pay agreements) then we may find ourselves side by side resisting the state's further encroachment into our lives.

        • Ghostwhowalks 2.1.1.2

          Canada declared a National emergency for its actions against the Truckers blockades. Rather coy calling them 'protests' isnt it when like the Wellington occupation it quickly degenerated into violence from the fringe groups it attracted

          • gsays 2.1.1.2.1

            One man's protestor is another's hater and wrecker.

            I clearly referred to one who merely donated money to the protestors.

            Speaking to a senior detective recently, the demographic of the the parliament protest didn't change much until the final few days. as opposed to the "quickly degenerated into violence" revisionist narrative.

      • Foreign waka 2.1.2

        This country is being divided, not by the current parties elected but by those who want to topple a democratic selected government. This is shameful really, the government was not even sworn in and the hounding and disrespect for the country, the constitution (if there is one) and the law of the land is breath taking. Totally uncalled for, not abiding by the standard of the house is just beyond belief. Hugely disappointed, not even sure what there is left to say.

        • observer 2.1.2.1

          At the 2020 election a party received a majority of the votes, for the only time under MMP. They then formed a government.

          Because of the election result, all criticism of their policies immediately ceased.

          Right?

        • Populuxe1 2.1.2.2

          What nonsense. You're the one being anti-democratic for denying the right to protest.

  3. Incognito 3

    Whining Willis is setting the scene for her attempted cover-up of her inevitable failure to make her numbers add up. National’s so-called tax package was already ripe for the recycle bin before the coalition agreements and it only got worse after that thanks to the likes of retrospective changes to tax deductibility for landlords by the tune of $900 million or so, for example.

    https://newsroom.co.nz/2023/11/28/now-sworn-in-new-govt-turns-attention-to-tax-package/

    The thing with ‘laser focus’ is that people tend to follow the dot on the screen of the laser pointer and miss everything else. If that fails, produce a few loud bangs and bounce a few dead cats on the table through the likes of Chris Bishop.

    PS Watch Winston Peters go quiet when a mini-scandal such as leaked Cabinet papers hits & hurts the NACTs.

  4. Ad 4

    She'll win the week looking shocked, but wait for mini budget.

    • Incognito 4.1

      She should have an ice cream and watch a movie, as we can all afford that now, can’t we?

      • Ad 4.1.1

        She's going to deliver a tax break of some kind by March 2024 or make National look total idiots.

        • Incognito 4.1.1.1

          You can be more specific on what they promised and agreed on in the Coalition Agreements, which is “tax relief of up to up to $100 per fortnight for an average income household” “coming into force from 1 July 2024.” Note that this is outside the 100-day plan that was confirmed about a week ago and which doesn’t mention anything about these tax cuts at all.

          They are likely to deliver on their promises, by and large (but watch the rhetoric), but the other side of the ledger will look much worse than they said during the election campaign and they’re shiftily trying to shift the blame on the previous Government, as expected.

          • Foreign waka 4.1.1.1.1

            Well, I disagree with that. Mr. Robertson certainly is not a great finance buff, so much is certain. And it is very likely – I stretch very – that figures have been creatively explained.

            The government forecast a budget deficit of NZ$11.4 billion ($6.7 billion) for the year ending June 30, 2024, much larger than a deficit of NZ$7.6 billion estimated in May. – 11 Sept 2023

            Does anybody really belief that you can print money like there is no tomorrow without consequence?

            • Incognito 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Your seemingly ‘firm’ opinion is on shaky ground if you’re not even sure of what was explained in Budget 2023 that was released on 18 May of this year with the assistance of a team in Treasury.

              You can read all about it here:

              https://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/budgets

              If you have trouble with it, as Nicola Willis does, then use ChatGPT to help you out, you might even finish reading it before Willis does.

              Did you get those impressive numbers from Chris Bishop by any chance and did you double-check them? Willis seems to be still stuck on the Executive Summary and Media Statements released in May. The poor woman needs help, obviously. Where are those financial wizzes Joyce and Goldsmith when you need them??

              There may indeed be a few who think that money can be printed justifiably under certain circumstances. However, this Government will let the razor gang lose and apply selective austerity to give taxpayers’ money to a small section of their voter base, and an even smaller section of the NZ population, and most likely borrow to make up for the shortfall aka the widening and deepening hole that they opened up, yet again. Some international agencies have already warned about the inflationary risks of this Government’s policies. So, perhaps Willis and Bishop need to explain it ‘creatively’ to them …

  5. Nick 5

    Just the latest chapter in NZ's sad history since the collapse of organised class struggle. The capitalist class know NZ is ripe for the picking and there is realistically not going to be any effective resistance to selling off what's left and push wages back into the dirt both directly and by over supplying the labour market. They will cash in the future to bolster profit today, for a glimpse of the future take a look at any third world country in the grips of IMF etc debt.

  6. They always intended to take from the very marginal and give to landlords.

    Nicola is 'preparing the path'.

    They sang "Overspend", so often, and she is not finding the "fat" in the documents, so now the tune is "Fiscal cliffs." to explain why cuts are necessary.

    When hundreds are made unemployed, they claim on tax rather than pay it, that alters the books.

    Life is becoming hard for Nicola, and Ministers will come with demands, wanting to curry favour with her Boss, who will continue with both banalities and dismissive statements, and his "Make NZ Great again". attitude, saying he is "governing for all" while overseeing destruction of agreements and systems.

    Nitpickers unite.

    • Rolling-on-Gravel 6.1

      Agreed, Patricia.

      This will be where ACT & NZF & NAT will be able to enact its true colours.

      They will use this to enact their true policies.

      Scrapping the smoke-free legislation is just the start.

      This will be how they'll get through their policies of electronic monitoring of beneficiaries and selected doctors for medical certificates and etc.

      This will pave the way for their version of austerity.

      It is a political choice.

      We should be prepared to protest.

      • Foreign waka 6.1.1

        I think they should prescribe vapes – some have 5x the amount of nicotine of a single cigarette.

  7. Adrian 7

    She doesn’t have a boss Patricia she thinks she is the boss because after all she holds the purse strings.

    • Anne 7.1

      Both Luxon and Willis are perfect examples of Dunning Kruger in practice.

      You can fool some of the people some of the time etc… but there will come a time when most people will have seen through both of them. The question is: how long will it take – one term or two terms?

      • Chris 7.1.1

        I'm guessing less than one. Willis is one of the most vacuous MPs in her party. Luxon's up there too. So much so even the most unthinking of NZ's racist majority will begin to see through them. The most apt question I think is which will come first: Willis attempting to roll Luxon? -or Peters wrecking the coalition to deny Seymour's day in the sun in 18 months time?

        • Populuxe1 7.1.1.1

          I think you're misreading toeing the line as vacuity. While it might not be saying much, she's smarter, or at least more cunning, than the likes of Luxon and Bishop, and she'll be seething about not getting the deputy PM job.

          • Kat 7.1.1.1.1

            "She" is definitely vacuous….cunning requires some ability to achieve things in a clever way………nothing that's clever so far…….and you can tell when she is covering things up by the tacky use of corporate executive jargon……..such as 'fiscal cliffs'…….

          • Anne 7.1.1.1.2

            Yes. she's smart in a cunning sort of way. So is Luxon.

            I don't count their kind of 'smartness' as indicating high intellectual ability or sound cognitive ability. Been associated with numerous Luxons and Willis's over the years to well know the difference.

            A good example of a former PM with all the abilities in abundance was Helen Clark and she is the one imo that history is going to highlight above all the others and not just in NZ.

            • Rolling-on-Gravel 7.1.1.1.2.1

              Best PM in my lifetime… so far.

            • Chris 7.1.1.1.2.2

              I get physically ill watching clips of Helen Clark speak. Her refusal to restore benefit rates after Ruth Richardson's mamouth cuts in 1991 despite promises to the contrary, followed by an insistence on continuing with the previous government's anti-beneficiary agenda, and then the Foreshore and Seabed Act are what did it for me.

              There's much to be said for the old adage 'you can judge a government by the way it treats its vulnerable', and Clark treated Aotearoa's most vulnerable like shit.

              • Rolling-on-Gravel

                That's why I said "…so far."

                I wish there was somebody who could dump all that neoliberalism and Helen Clark was the best of the neoliberals.

                Even Helen Clark wasn't enough.

                Jacinda came close but for some reason she decided to keep the two-tier welfare system during COVID-19.

                I'm still waiting for that moment where somebody like Michael Joseph Savage or someone whose government is even better to come along in the 21st century.

                I've never ever actually experienced anything like that yet.

                • Kat

                  The first govt that puts people first, fair wages that workers can live on, makes home ownership take precedence over the speculation in housing, re establishes a 21st century ministry of works and other strategic govt depts that were thrown out in the flawed ideology that govt shouldn't be involved in the business of building and managing strategic infrastructure, then we may see a govt akin to the values of Michael Joseph Savage.

                  • Rolling-on-Gravel

                    I would vote for that if it is truly viable and not shouted down like with so many people like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn.

                    It also has to take a perspective that includes disabled people, Maori people, gay people and poor people into account along with an ecological consciousness.

                    That's the government that I want for the future.

                    • Anne

                      I felt less afraid during the Clark & Ardern years than under the Key years because at least I didn't feel as if they were watching over my shoulder to see what I'm doing, even if I had issues with them.

                      Hell yes, but it goes back further than John Key. For instance the "commie" accusation was still a thing in the 80s and 90s, Anyone who was an active member of the Labour Party came under scrutiny, especially if you were a public servant.

                      After the election of the Lange government I was bullied and harassed and it was eventually taken beyond the work place. It got hellishly nasty and in those days there was nowhere to go for help. The PSA was ineffective due to the bully-boy tactics of Muldoon and there was no employment tribunal.

                      In fact the Muldoon days are an excellent example of what is in store for this country if this bunch of thugs are given carte blanche to do what they like.

                  • Belladonna

                    Given the international trends towards more right-wing governments – it seems unlikely that you will see your nirvana any time in the near future.

                    • Descendant Of Smith

                      Won't that depend on how quickly the predominantly European baby boomers die off.

                      I still argue that much of the economic decline is due to them stopping spending as they retire. Big difference between two incomes, no mortgage and no kids to being on super.

                      Some can continue working but not all by any stretch – and why should they anyway. Haven't the capitalists made enough money off their weary bodies?

                      First baby boomers will be turning 78 this year – those that make it.

                    • bwaghorn

                      I don't know the coalition of cancer is looking wobbly as fuck , Chippies had a road to Damascus moment after his loss , could get interesting.

                • Anne

                  @ RoG
                  Helen Clark was no neoliberal fan. I knew her well once. She was old school Labour in the sense she despised the 'born to rule' mentality of National and the conservative nature of their policies.

                  By the time she became PM in 1990 the neoliberal mechanisms were firmly in place, not just in NZ but amongst those countries we traded with and were allied with. To turn the country around was going to be a laborious task which could only be achieved slowly. Had she tried to rush the exercise she would have frightened the younger horses in particular who had known nothing else but market-place ideology.

                  She worked at it assiduously and there is every chance that one more term between 2008 and 2012 would have seen a new acceptance of a partial return – at the least – of the previous social contract ushered in by Michael Savage. It would not have looked exactly the same, but much better than what we have ended up with.

                  It didn't eventuate and we reverted back to full neoliberalism under John Key which we know from experience is the source of the inequalities that exist in today's society.

                  • Anne

                    My apols. Clark became PM in Nov. 1999. blush

                    • Rolling-on-Gravel

                      Thanks, I did feel some sense of sadness when I saw her defeated by Key and I wish she could have held on just for one more term. Same for Chris Hipkins & Jacinda Ardern.

                      Even though they were all effectively working under neoliberalism, I'll have to say, I felt less afraid during the Clark & Ardern years than under the Key years because at least I didn't feel as if they were watching over my shoulder to see what I'm doing, even if I had issues with them.

                      I wish I could see what it's like to live outside these constraints. It would be going towards either disaster or surprising because it might turn out to be a different sort of good. Different but good.

                      As Oscar Wilde said:

                      "A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.”

                      ― Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

                      To revise Mr. Wilde a bit, I'd say it's good to dream then go back to reality and strive towards what you've dreamed of, even if you don't completely get what you want.

                      So, yeah, I want to do better than before. We need to.

        • Foreign waka 7.1.1.2

          "even the most unthinking of NZ's racist majority" – is this a racist statement or can you verify what this means please. Thank you.

  8. SPC 8

    The budget news merely shows the governments net debt is up because of market changes in some asset values – but otherwise revenues are up on forecast and spending slightly down.

    It's only beyond her control because of the coalition agreement is not good for the economy.

  9. James Simpson 9

    Net Debt is $8b higher than forecast at the PREFU.

    Unfortunately this is exactly what National needs to justify what they are about to unleash.

    • Rolling-on-Gravel 9.1

      Exactly why I genuinely despise "debt" and "save money" talk from conservatives and right-wingers. They never say what it actually means, that they don't think the rest of us should try to build a new future nor that we should have a better sort of life. It just means they want to cut services for us the "hoi polloi" and let us go in favour of what they consider as the social "betters" that they so covetously want to be amongst while looking down on other people despite being among them.

      Tough luck. For such slavishness, this sort of thing won't be well rewarded.

    • SPC 9.2

      It just means a market change in asset values

      The NZSF (Cullen Fund) ACC etc will have a had a fall in total value – money moving to bonds from stocks with higher interest rates.

      • James Simpson 9.2.1

        Try explaining that to 99% of the population

        • bwaghorn 9.2.1.1

          Gee if only we had a finance minister that was honest and went on the news explaining things ,rather than a dishonest #$%^ that is going to use it as excuse to unleash the worst kinda shit that only right-wing governments can

    • Nic the NZer 9.3

      A whole $8billion? That seems quite a big number for the forecast to be out by? What is the typical margin of error on budget figures anyway? Is it give or take half or several billion to be a good guess?

    • Ghostwhowalks 9.4

      NETT debt is a fiction.

      The governments borrowing are GROSS debt. Thats the amount to be paid back and which interest is paid on.

      The various government bodies , ACC, EQC, NZSF that hold huge massive financial assets are a different category- they rise and fall with the markets and their assets are ring fenced from the Finance Ministers fingers

      NZSF $67 bill

      ACC $47 bill

      EQC around $250-300 mill ( severely depleted from earthquakes and floods in last decade. But they also have Reinsurance for maybe $10 bill which requires an annual premium and government guarantee also a premium paid

  10. Chris 10

    "So Willis has used the tried and true method used by desperate politicians and that is to make baseless allegations against Labour to try and create confusion. Either that or she has no idea of what she is talking about."

    The two aren't mutally exclusive, as Willis has so aptly demonstrated.

  11. UncookedSelachimorpha 11

    With NAct I always think of Oscar Wilde "…someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing"

    …but it seems they don't know the price either!

    • yes Yes, value. If it does not have a price it does not have value. Must turn a buck in Willis World. Fiscal Cliff means a money pothole. One she isn't sure she can fill.

  12. John 12

    We all know the books are in bad shape?

    • observer 12.1

      AAA credit rating. That's a non-partisan assessment for you, from the international agencies.

      What's yours?

      • Chris 12.1.1

        I just hope Robertson's getting cut-through with his responses to Willis' incompetence. Telling her to "read the budget" mightn't quite cut it. The stupid and racist among us are likely to not understand.

        • newsense 12.1.1.1

          Don’t worry the unbiased press are all over it. Letting them get away with lies.

          Luke Malpass officially a cock. What a dickhead. When Mike Hosking shared his man love for Key, at least his idol had earned it to some degree.

          ‘Left wails’ the headline when it’s clearly a Maori protest.

          Reports Luxon ‘I don’t even know.’ Brandishing his incompetence.

          https://www.thepost.co.nz/politics/350124535/left-wails-while-government-dismantles

          Quick back to solving today’s problems with the solutions of the 90s or the 1890s…

  13. Reality 13

    Nicola Willis (she with the rasping voice) is one of the most smug and nauseatingly self-satisfied politicians ever!

    • Adrian 13.1

      You’re right Reality, a few weeks ago a few ex-school mates of hers used almost the same words about her at school. Can’t remember where I saw it.

      • Descendant Of Smith 13.1.1

        Friend of mine who was at university with her said she was the most horrible person on campus. Couldn't believe at the time she saw her first campaigning that she was going into politics.

  14. Georgecom 14

    Rock Solid on her costings before the election Whilst almost everyone else was calling the costings fanciful or BS. A classic case of make up some BS to get elected and then worry later how to pay for it. Nicola now finds herself having to pay for it and has to make up some more BS to cover her earlier BS.

  15. JeffB 15

    I wish someone would conduct a poll. It is fun watching my hard right friends skirm as they are faced with the undeniable and indefensible incompetence and deceitfulness of this government. Some of my bellwether friends have already said they won’t vote National again,

    • Chris 15.1

      Yes, this will be the undoing of them, when their own start to revolt. It's simply not credible that what this government feels determined to destroy won't be opposed by those from within. Luxon has misread everything. The nature and consequences of what he's doing will override any sense of loyalty to the party. This is one of several reasons why he's toast already.

  16. Mike the Lefty 16

    Didn't someone whisper to Luxon and Willis that running a country's economy is a bit different from playing a game of Monopoly?

  17. John 17

    Being second to last to Equatorial Guinea says it all about Labour’s fiscal management.

  18. John 18

    More shocking revelations daily of Labour’s dereliction of duty,in their management of the economy.

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  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    12 hours ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    13 hours ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    1 day ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
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    4 days ago
  • Dig this
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
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    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
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    6 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    7 days ago
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    1 week ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • After years of stability, Antarctica is losing ice
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    1 week ago
  • Auckland’s Persistent Rail Issues
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    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 mins ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • State of the Nation
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
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    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
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    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
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