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Will Hipango strengthen Judith and create a Collins-Luxon faction?

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National Party all out of love for returning MP

National MPs have spoken out about Harete Hipango. They told political editor Jo Moir she could be more hindrance than help to the embattled party.

A liability and not a team player.

That’s how some in the National Party caucus have described returning MP Harete Hipango, who is next in line after the resignation of Nick Smith.

Known for her strong opposition to abortion law reform and euthanasia legislation, Hipango was only in Parliament for three years, but in that time raised the eyebrows of her colleagues with some of her more controversial takes.

I think on balance you would have to say Judith Collins, who has since the catastrophic election night result looked like a dead man walking, might take National into the 2023 election.

Pundits – myself included – had written Judith off and were merely counting the hours until she was rolled, but Judith’s rat cunning and cockroach survival skills by tripping up Nick Smith into resigning to bring in Hipango has changed the calculations between the Luxon-Bridges factions and could inadvertently bring about a Collins-Luxon faction.

Bridges is an old school Christian in the Bolger tradition where as Hipango and Luxon are throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care happy clappers for the blood of the lamb. The Christian Right are a block that could bypass Bridges to help Judith bring about the Armageddon.

Watch for the planned Caucus reshuffle to see if Luxon and Hipango are in play at the cost of Reti.

Internal political machinations aside, the ammunition woke activists are giving National in the looming culture wars gives Judith the opportunity to sell herself not as the Crusher but as the Defender of old school liberal values.

The hate speech debate, the gold plated bike cycle bridge, the testosterone tax on Ute’s and white privilege as school history all provide Judith a means to stamp her mark on the culture war arena that is becoming an ever present feature in social media politics.

Bait Twitter while feeding Facebook.

The 2023 election will be won by Labour and the Greens but Judith can cauterize the vote she is haemorrhaging to ACT.

 

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SCHEDULED LIVE @ MIDDAY: Buchanan and Manning on G7 NATO EU Get Behind US for the Biden-Putin Summit

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A View from Afar: Selwyn Manning and Paul Buchanan present this week’s podcast, A View from Afar, where they will analyse how leaders of the G7, NATO and EU juxtapositioned behind the United States to form a consensus-pact immediately prior to the Biden-Putin Summit.

United States President Joe Biden spoke of this in an impromptu media stand-up after the US-Russia bilateral. He said he owes G7, EU and NATO leaders a “debt of gratitude”, adding that it made a difference in that he (that is Biden, but also significantly Putin) knew he was representing a powerful global bloc at the US-Russia summit. And, that the USA was again accepted as the leader of western nations.

But with a grouping of the world’s strongest countries creating a new ‘consensus pact’, where does that leave small and regional powers like New Zealand, Australia, and many within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region?

The outcome of the series of summit meetings in Europe this week confirm; the world is being divided into blocs, one Western centric, the other not.

It is now clear, the US has re-committed to multilateralism, acknowledges there’s strength in numbers, and is revitalising the European alliance system.

It is also important to note, the G7 leaders (and those addressing Biden at the European Union) all focused on strategic competition with the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation.

However, for small and medium states outside these multilateral fora, how does the stark-rhetoric of the summit statements impact on China’s ‘traditional’ trade partners?

New Zealand stands at the fault-line of this challenge.

How does NZ navigate a stable path forward – a transition that’s designed to ease its trade-dependency on China – while schmoozing the western geo-demographic, so as to cut trade deals with the EU and UK?

Western multilateralism may indeed pose a problem to small powers. So what solutions do such countries have at their disposal?

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Dome Valley Shock Decision: why is a Chinese company dumping French radioactive waste north of Auckland?

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Dome Valley landfill gets approval after a split decision by planning commissioners

A massive and controversial landfill to take half of Auckland’s household and commercial waste has got approval after a split decision by independent commissioners.

The panel of independent commissioners today released its decision to grant resource consent for the landfill in Auckland’s Dome Valley.

The resource consent gives permission for Waste Management New Zealand to construct and operate a 60ha landfill on its 1000ha Wayby site.

Waste Management has said most of the land will act as a buffer from surrounding farms and forestry blocks.

The Dome Valley tip was always one of those things you didn’t bother getting involved in because you are under the illusion that a check and balance further up the system will stop such a fucking stupid idea from occurring.

You just assumed that a place so close to water systems that could actually be a dam wouldn’t be wasted on a fucking rubbish dump!

You just assumed that a place that can flood wouldn’t be a fucking rubbish dump.

You just assumed that decisions were being made on the best strategic interests of Auckland, not what was easiest for a Chinese mega company.

You just assumed that a Chinese mega company couldn’t influence like this.

You just assumed that Aucklanders would refuse to allow radioactive waste from the Pacific to be buried in a flood zone so close to water ways!

You just assumed that common sense would direct all of this, instead we get a toothless local council and a Chinese mega company who is planning for their interests not those who actually live there.

I don’t think the vast number of Aucklanders have any idea this is even happening, this could poison the Kaipara Harbour!

This decision is appalling and requires far more mainstream media attention than it is getting!

 

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MEDIAWATCH: Paddy on P 

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It’s funny having watched Gower endlessly angst over if cannabis should have been legalised or not when coming face first up against a real drug like meth.

This is what has always amazed me about us as a culture, we allow tobacco and alcohol which are far more lethal than weed to be sold while pretending cannabis is even in the same league of drugs as meth.

If drugs were rugby, meth is the All Blacks on steroids while cannabis is the First 15 from the Grey Lynn Intermediate School.

Gower’s journalism matters. Middle Nu Zilind trust him and cosmopolitan millennials who think The Project is current affairs like him. The talent factory at ZM think of him as John Pilger – if they had any idea who John Pilger was.

Gower’s revelations of how dangerous the meth trade has now become will make meth an election issue.

The approach required is going to be harsh but is a necessary medicine if we are to get this drug out of NZ.

And we really must. Gower’s conversation with Mexican Drug Cartels should see the elimination of meth as a national security issue.

Let me be as clear as I can for my fellow New Zealanders. I know you think you know crime, I’m certain you think you know the Mongrel Mob, Black Power, Head Hunters etc etc are bad. You’ve had dick head politicians pretending that our domestic gangs were some major danger to society.

Which is bullshit.

The domestic gangs have come about through alienation, poverty and cultural resentment. To conflate them to serious organised crime misdiagnoses the problem.

What is happening now is an unprecedented moment in the NZ crime landscape.

501s bringing a level of violence from the Australian underworld into NZ has created a vast power struggle between the domestic gangs and the 501 syndicates. The syndicates have Mexican cartel contacts and this is what has sparked a meth price and turf war.

Allowing the South American Cartels ANYWHERE near us is extremely dangerous.

NZ is the sleepy Shire, the South American Cartels are the Nazgul. Allowing the Nazgul to set up a local store in the weekend organic Hobbit Farmers Market doesn’t bode well for the Hobbits.

There must be a multi pronged response to get the Cartels out of here. They bring with them an uber violence and sophistication of corruption outside the scope of our experience.

We stop this now or we will become irreparably corrupted.

There needs to be a sit down with the Police hierarchy and domestic gangs to work together to remove the 501 syndicates.

The Police form a heavily armed and protected unit who hunt those syndicates.

Special prison wings created for the 501s with long term rehabilitation programs alongside long sentences.

Curtail demand by legalizing Cannabis & MDMA while making LSD, mushrooms and Ketamine prescription micro dosing.

Deal with the current meth epidemic by spending a billion each year on 14 month rehabilitation programs for those addicted to meth.

We have to heal the addicted, ruthlessly punish the syndicates and curtail demand by legalizing other drugs.

We must do everything to keep the Cartels out, watering down demand, eliminating market share and locking up franchisees are our best bet.

This will start becoming a major political problem if some new thinking isn’t urgently brought in.

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The America’s Cup is now Team Rich Pricks Cup

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News that the Team NZ quislings are taking their billionaire toy boat game off shore is a reminder of how disloyal capitalism really is.

The hundreds of millions in public money we have pumped into this fucking corporate pissing competition over the decades would build houses for every homeless person in Auckland, the only reason to put up with it was because it was held here, watching them cut a deal offshore is a reminder that this was never about NZ or our special relationship with the sea, this was and always has been a business while emotionally manipulating us with red socks and Dave Dobbyn songs.

The America’s Cup was always a rich pretty selfish girlfriend we could never afford and like a chump we’ve been dumped for something better overseas.

Good riddance to these elite arseholes, to paraphrase a breathless sporting broadcaster, ‘The America’s Cup is now Team Rich Prick Cup’.

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Waatea News Column: National’s bewildering evaluation of the impact of Colonisation on Maori is embarrassing

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It’s difficult to appreciate just how confused National seem to be when it comes to the impact of colonisation on Māori.

Paul Goldsmith’s claim that on balance, western technology and democratic infrastructure outweighed the almost total population collapse and disenfranchisement of 95% of Māori land in less than a century, seems bewilderingly simplistic.

Judith Collins waded into the debate by claiming she as an Anglo-Saxon was a victim of colonization, so she could sympathize with the negative backlash Goldsmith’s comments attracted.

Both responses manage to prove why teaching our own history is so incredibly important.

If the National Party Education Spokesperson thinks access to technology and voting once every 3 years balances out the near annihilation and vast loss of land caused by colonization while the Leader of the Opposition thinks she can relate because of the Norman conquest of Britain, we have a very long journey ahead to acknowledge the truth of our own past.

 

First published on Waatea News.

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Dr Liz Gordon: Only boys play rugby

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So you get your secondary school rugby teams together for a meet-and-greet with your major sponsor. And the new boss (just down from Tauranga, where they don’t have girls) gives a speech rattling on about the boys’ rugby games he has been to, talked about the boys’ competition and wished the boys luck. He “accidentally omitted” any mention of the nine girls’ teams that his company also sponsored. They were not even an afterthought.
They were standing right in front of him but were invisible.

In the ensuing uproar, Mr Tauranga said “my bad” and apologised. He was very, very, very sorry. He tried to talk to the Girls’ High principal, but she was very, very, very angry.
In damage control, the head of the Canterbury Rugby Union said that there was no malicious intent in the omission. Everybody knows how important girls’ rugby is. It is really important. Honestly.

Imagine if it had been the other way around, and Mr Tauranga had talked about the amazing success of the girls’ teams (they do much better than the boys in national competitions), that he had been to a few girls’ games and he wished the girls luck this season. There would have been calls for his head, or at least for another sponsor to be found.

As it is, his faux pas simply confirmed the natural order of things. Boys are top, girls bottom. Rugby is a man’s game, and women are an afterthought at best.
And, in the wider theme of gender politics, everybody knows, don’t they, that this is a bloke’s society. Women are undervalued, underpaid and often ignored. If we are lucky, they are an afterthought. And a large number of young women, who are excellent players of their game, were inducted into this depressing, demeaning social reality.

Dear Miles Toyota, thank you so much for sponsoring schoolboy (oops and girl) rugby, but actions speak louder than words, and I won’t be buying your Toyotas any time soon.

Dr Liz Gordon is a researcher and a barrister, with interests in destroying neo-liberalism in all its forms and moving towards a socially just society. She usually blogs on justice, social welfare and education topics.

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Political Caption Competition

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I’m going to tax the fuck out of this

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday – 17th June 2021

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Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

Moderation rules are more lenient for this section, but try and play nicely.

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Oh look at that – They Are Us Producers DID consult Muslim Community & Newshub call for cancellation of Rose Byrne

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I said the next tactic by the woke after the petition to cancel They Are Us was to threaten cancellation of the actress and lo and behold Newshub’s own Digital features editor penned an appalling emotionally manipulative threat to cancel Rose Byrne…

Opinion: A message to Rose Byrne, star of Christchurch terror attack film They Are Us: Take the backlash seriously

…it parrots Golriz’s woke dogma that this is a white supremacist movie because it focuses on Jacinda and not PoC.

Firstly – bullshit. How a young white female Prime Minister handled a white supremacy terror attack in the immediate aftermath by using kindness and empathy IS worthy of focus and actually IS the kind of movie the planet needs right now.

As for those claiming there was no consultation, that turns out to be a lie…

They Are Us producers consulted Christchurch Imams, but ‘deeply regret’ not doing more

…and for those claiming it’s too soon, you get this won’t actually be in theatres till about 2025.

If They Are Us actually gets cancelled we will be in an age of pre-censorship.

1984 was about constantly erasing the past to control the present. Cancel Culture erases the present to control the future

Watching so many citizens gleefully forming a mob to burn books they haven’t read has been terrifyingly insightful.

It’s not just that so many NZers want to cancel a movie they haven’t even seen as part of a  lynch mob, it’s that they also want to be congratulated for being so ‘progressive’ that is gasp inducing – they have all the misplaced certainty of book burners.

This is the age of pre-censorship, cancelling a movie before it even exists to punish expression outside identity politics dogma.

Killing a thought before it can be art is a grim utopia.

Welcome to Big Sister.

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Political Caption Competition

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Current G7 climate crisis response a tad underwhelming

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GUEST BLOG: Katy Thomas – Dear Jacinda: Medicinal Cannabis hope is dying. And us with it.

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Eddy collapses on the floor of the emergency department screaming.  “Neurology are expecting us!”  I call to the charge nurse as Ed claws at my face.  He pulls fistfuls of hair off my head as I recite his name, date of birth, NHI and presenting symptoms – “Uncontrolled seizures” I yell through the Perspex window and over Eddy shrieking expletives.  The other parents look on with sympathy at the ensuing mayhem, pulling their children closer. Just in case whatever he has might be catching.

He doesn’t want to be here.  Neither do I.  

Would you like a wheelchair?  Nope! I answer brusquely as I sweep him up into my arms.  He will just throw himself out and do more damage.  “It’s easier like this.” I say marching ahead to the ward to have him sedated.  The nurse nods, takes our bags and lets me stride away, sweating profusely under the weight of our winter weather jackets.  It is pouring outside like the rivers of fury raining down hot on my heart.  

We don’t deserve to be here.

“Relax sweetheart” I say discarding the used syringe and stroking his hair. Eddy’s eyes roll back in his head. Then his oxygen plummets.  On the way to neurophysiology we stop to get him a tank of oxygen.  His eyes fly open wide with alarm when the 3rd lead is attached to the back of his skull.  “It’s ok baby, I’m always here” I smile down on him.  Standing until the tangle of wires are taped to his head and fed into the machine that will monitor his brain activity for the next 48hs.

That is still recording him now as I write this beside him.

He’s agitated.  Ripping the pulse oximeter off, alternating between sitting up and rocking or pulling the ninja cap of wires off his head.  It’s 2.45am and I don’t remember the last time I went to bed on a Tuesday and woke up on Wednesday.  Between catching him and consoling him, holding him and writing about him to anyone who might care, who might be able to help it’s been months and months of all-nighters.  The only difference is now we are back in Starship.  

I thought we had done our time as in-patients long ago.

I’m pouring over certificates of analysis checking and rechecking the maths on our mega import of 36 bottles of CBD finally on it’s way here. It’s ludicrous to think after all these years, we simply don’t have anything even remotely biosimilar here in NZ.  Lengthy discussions with importers and clinicians this week has us all arrive at the same conclusion.  If we can’t get Eddy’s UK CBD in, the next step to make something to mimic the missing CBN is mixing THC and terpenes together.  It is pure madness that this is the next logical step for our government.  Remove our access to a product with no detectable THC and force us to consider THC instead when all we want is a CBD product with less than 0.15% CBN!

FYI anyone entering NZ is allowed 1 month of controlled drugs.

But any patient unfortunate enough to be living here needs much more than a simple prescription and original packaging. For resident citizens it requires a Special Access Application, to be completed by a specialist.  Good luck finding one who will do that and affording the fees for a private consult.  Beyond the Ministry approval of that application, you will also need an import license.  One per prescribed product, per patient, per application.  God forbid you be unlucky enough to fall outside the scope of monotherapy – multiply the price tag by how many meds you require and again by 5 to compare our prices with those of overseas patients.

Sometimes I lose track of where access ends and affordability starts in NZ.

Poor Eddy doesn’t know our government doubled down on press secretaries instead of investing in policy writers.  That the most restrictive regulatory environment in the world (ours) not only prevents local companies from bringing products to market, it is destroys all hope of providing clinicians that which they are most hungry for: data.  Medicinal cannabis products are proving exorbitant to manufacture and import under the current scheme, which minimises the potential for clinical trials.  Trials offer patients the opportunity to explore medicinal cannabis at low or no cost. Trials cost mega money and local medicinal cannabis companies are bleeding capital until they can recoup their investment in sales.  

Sales are that are dependent on prescriber confidence.  

This vicious chicken egg scenario has us looping helplessly back to the beginning of Eddy’s epilepsy journey without government intervention.  Now more than ever, we need help from the Ministry of Health.  I send one last email to Ministers Little and Whaitiri to highlight the importance of this import.  It is our last hope.

Hope is dying.  

And us with it.

 

Katy Thomas is a TV Presenter, business owner and patient advocate.  She has a petition at her blog site wellfitmum.com and you can learn more about her journey at Instagram.com/iamkatythomas   After Eddy was refused ketogenic diet support for his epilepsy through ADHB, she started ketogenic food company Keto Happy Co. to improve patient access and support.  When she isn’t working on that she is Mum to Eddy and Harry.

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Juliet Moses attack on Palestine solidarity protestors at the Christchurch counter-terrorism conference was wrong

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The New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses should never have been invited to speak at a counter-terrorism conference in the wake of the terror attack against New Zealand Muslims on 15 March 2019. 

As a mouthpiece for the Israeli Embassy, Moses uses every opportunity to make false smears of anti-semitism against the Palestine solidarity movement and anyone who calls for sanctions against Israeli to make it comply with international law. She did this today with her opportunistic attack on Palestinian solidarity protests at the counter-terrorism conference. 

Six of those killed in the mosque attack were Palestinians.

Moses has previously expressed deep-seated racism towards Arabs and Palestinians when she refused to take action against another Jewish Council member, David Cumin, who tried to justify Israeli snipers murdering unarmed Palestinian protestors in the Great March of Return Protests in 2018 by saying:

“…violent riots on the border with Israel to which they bring children to use as human shields. The quote of Israel’s first woman Prime Minister sums the situation up beautifully. Golda Meir said: “there can only be peace when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us” ”

 We approached Juliet Moses to complain and asked her to condemn this racism against Palestinians and repugnant slur on all Arabs because if anyone had said the same thing about Jews she would have quite rightly condemned it as anti-semitic. 

However, Moses refused saying:

“The NZ Jewish Council considers your complaint to have no validity. We will not enter into any further correspondence about it”

Moses is tone deaf to Islamophobia and anti-Arab and Anti-Palestinian racism.

 

 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday – 16th June 2021

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GUEST BLOG: Ian Powell – Slogans and sound-bytes don’t make a collective bargaining strategy; ask New Zealand’s nurses

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The Labour government’s ‘strategy’ for collective bargaining between district health boards (DHBs) and the various health unions can best be described as a slogan. The problem is that while slogans can make effective sound-bytes, a strategy they certainly are not. As result of this mistaken approach the Government has created a situation that undermines its credibility with health professionals (and the health unions that represent them) and the public.

In a recently published article by BusinessDesk I wrote about the application of the Government’s approach to DHB employed nurses represented by the NZ Nurses Organisation (NZNO). It risked escalating an otherwise resolvable collective bargaining dispute into a lengthy industrial cold war.

This risk is significant because nurses are by far the biggest part of DHB workforces, they are highly valued by the public (more than governments), and (learning from their previous negotiations that led to a high level of membership dissent) NZNO’s strategic approach is noticeably more member-driven.

Failure to understand nursing labour market realities

The Government’s approach fails to recognise the labour market realities for DHB employed health professionals. In the nursing context the slogan is to freeze the pay of higher paid nurses in order to pay more for their lesser paid colleagues.

Simplicity can be attractive but not when it is superficial. Its lack of substance means that it misses the boat in terms of the imperatives of the nursing workforce in DHBs. What is being offered to the lower paid may appear attractive in percentage terms but is on a low base thereby reducing the supposed income benefit.

More important is the fact that the lower paid are also the less experienced whereas the critical pressure point of the nursing workforce is the relatively higher paid more experienced nurses who we desperately need to retain. Retaining them also improves the ability to recruit younger nurses.

Before examining this further it is important to stress that the DHBs are not the cause of the problem that led to last week’s impressive national strike. Responsibility for this situation rests with Government. DHBs are the agents of government and act on their behalf adhering to instructions fudged as ‘guidance’.

This makes DHBs scapegoats as they have been in many other failings in our public health system. They are responsible for around 80% of the Budget’s Vote Health in order to provide community and hospital healthcare, but governments call the shots. DHBs have more in common with monkeys than organ-grinders.

Threats facing nursing workforce

The Government’s approach ignores the real threats facing the nursing workforce in DHBs. As with workforces in the rest of the economy, nurses are aging with growing numbers at an age to seriously consider retirement. Governments can’t control demographics. But they can control other threats.

These other threats begin with serious shortages in the nursing workforce. But, whereas much of the rest of the economy can reduce what they do in difficult times, DHBs can’t. There is no demand tap to turn off particularly for emergencies and acute care that can’t be deferred without risk of permanent disability or loss of life.

This seriousness is highlighted by the fact that the rate of acute hospital admissions is greater than the rate of population growth. It is arguably the biggest contributor to DHBs increased operational costs and their widespread deficits. The more serious outcome is that nurses are more overworked, over-stretched and fatigued. The risks to their health and to that of their patients is severe.

The pressure and stress on both experienced and inexperienced nurses are high. But the impact is different. The more experienced the nurse the more employable they are elsewhere, particularly in a country not so far away. Australia also has serious nursing shortages and active recruits to address them. Australia’s health system is not too dissimilar to ours and our trained experienced nurses are like gold.

Talking of gold, Australia offers considerably superior working conditions and salaries. Some of the better working conditions (particularly staffing) are due to the critical mass advantage of a country with a population five times larger. But it also has an overall average pay gap difference in its favour of around 25-30%. The lure of this pull factor on top of the powerful push factors in DHB land is huge.

Think for a moment of the over 60% pay gap facing fatigued and burnt out hospital specialists working in DHBs whose plight and wellbeing the Government is also ignoring.

A strategy based on an investment lens

Consequently NZNO has correctly identified first that more nurses need to be employed by DHBs to ensure safe staffing levels for their patients and themselves. Second, in a highly competitive labour market, nurses need salaries that enable DHBs to both retain more experienced nurses and recruit new ones. Recruiting new nurses becomes more difficult when they know that the system is losing experienced nurses to whom they would look to for professional support and leadership.

NZNO gets this but the Government to date doesn’t. If it wants to resolve this dispute before it further escalates, the Government needs to move beyond slogans and sound-bytes to strategically addressing the severe retention and recruitment needs of nursing. It needs to see nurses (and other health professionals) through an investment in human capital lens rather than a cost-containment commodity lens. It did this for businesses during the coronavirus shutdowns. Why not nurses and other health professionals struggling with workforce shortage crises?

If Government fails to grasp this reality it will be the ultimate loser whatever the bargaining outcome. It will lose the trust and confidence of the most trusted occupational group in the country and, in doing so, see its high popularity reduced by losing much public trust and confidence.

Slogans and sound-bytes might sound good to those who utter them at the point of utterance. But, in reality, with a discerning health workforce and public are more likely to be an own goal.

Ian Powell was Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, the professional union representing senior doctors and dentists in New Zealand, for over 30 years, until December 2019. He is now a health systems, labour market, and political commentator living in the small river estuary community of Otaihanga (the place by the tide). First published at Otaihanga Second Opinion.

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