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Our Nation is now run by a Plutocracy – how will Kiwis take their country back?

Our Nation is now run by a right wing Plutocracy…

Last Thursday, Housing Minister Chris Bishop announced radical new plans to deregulate property development in New Zealand. He’s won praise for his efforts from across the political spectrum, including those on the political left and millennials who think Bishop is bravely fighting for the victims of the housing affordability crisis.

However, there are also signs that his deregulation will do little for housing affordability yet produce inferior housing and create all sorts of negative impacts on the urban environment. Instead of deregulating for “moral” reasons of combating housing affordability, it looks like Bishop and his government are simply implementing the demands of the powerful property development industry, especially those that have donated generously to the parties now in power.

Bishop’s “Going for Housing Growth” plan

The Minister of Housing has announced that he will enable property developers to “flood the market” with houses. And he’ll do this by reducing restrictions on where and how developers can build homes and commercial property. Council regulations and building codes created by communities and urban planners are being thrown on the bonfire. Bishop says he’s doing this because he wants cities to expand upwards and outwards.

According to Luke Malpass, the political editor of The Post, this is a radical and free-market programme being launched. Writing over the weekend, he explains that Bishop is taking power away from urban and town planners and giving it to the market. It’s all about the freedom of property builders and buyers to choose what they want.

Malpass correctly suggests that Bishop’s announcement is radically rightwing: “parts of his speech could have been from Milton Friedman’s famous 1980s book, Free to Choose. Choice is key, and casting away the impediments and bottlenecks to development is the name of the game. Consumers will ultimately decide the rest and developers will reflect those choices.”

Whether this results in urban sprawl and the conversion of farmland into suburbia should be left to “the market.” According to Malpass, Bishopbelieves that “if people want to live on city fringes in a cheaper, bigger house, with a bigger commute, that’s up to them.”

Similarly, the Herald’s Thomas Coughlan says the deregulation in housing and land use is comparable to the neoliberal reforms of the Fourth Labour Government: “In quite typical New Zealand fashion, and again reminiscent of the 1980s in the space of four years, we have gone from having some of the world’s most restrictive urban land markets to having some of the least. The Economist, an enthusiastic cheerleader of our 1980s reforms, has written warmly of New Zealand’s efforts to improve housing affordability through deregulation.”

Reflecting on Bishop’s speech and the generally positive response, Coughlan says there is now a bi-partisanship consensus in favour of property development deregulation: “Everyone has compromised. The left has had to embrace free-market thinking as a pathway to reducing the social ills of the housing crisis, the right has had to give up on its ability to control picturesque urban environments and to use the family home as a neverending stream of unearned wealth.”

…I think Kiwis are so shellshocked by the economy and the hard right romper stomper agenda that no one has understood the true scale of what Bishop has done here…

What Bishop’s deregulation means in practice

The idea of building much more housing, much more quickly, is incredibly attractive given the ill effects of the current housing affordability crisis. Yet the details of Bishop’s programme suggest that this will also have a number of highly detrimental impacts.

Urban sprawl is the most obvious. Bishop is taking away the ability of councils to impose urban-rural boundaries, which will open massive amounts of greenfields on the city fringes to be built upon, probably in a sprawling fashion. As Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown said this week, this will result in the loss of highly productive land for agriculture and at the “detriment of our unique landscapes, waterways, and harbours.” The impact on freshwater and ecosystems could also be severe.

Densification of urban areas will also now occur with fewer regulations for property developers and landlords. He’s allowing developers to build much tinier apartments without balconies. Bishop is selling this with reference to the stylish types of apartments in cities like Paris and Rome. And anyone who opposes this, Bishop suggests, is essentially favouring that people live in cars and emergency motels instead.

Although the property industry has responded extremely positively to all this axing of red tape, a few have been breaking ranks. For example, Christchurch property developer Vincent Holloway went on RNZ’s Morning Report on Friday to say that “the government’s changes were turning the situation into more of a free market for developers” in which developers could “build anything and let the market decide what it wants”.

Holloway expected the results would be very negative—ghettos, “shoe-box” apartments, and ugly buildings in the city centre. According to RNZ, he said typical apartments would “have tiny awning windows in apartment blocks stuck in the shade.” He also predicted that cities would have trouble accommodating the levels of stormwater created by this approach, leading to more flooding.

Similarly, developer David Whitburn, from Auckland’s Whitburn Group, told The Post that Bishop’s deregulation would lead to a disastrous housing situation in which vulnerable people would live in ghettos. He said Bishop’s policy would be a disaster: “there are many developers who are only interested in money. So they won’t apply good design principles to create good living spaces… It will be all about how many apartments can be squeezed in, and that will create some nasty, but more affordable accommodation.”

Urban housing commentator and activist Jane O’Loughlin also told The Post that Wellington was also likely to suffer from Bishop’s enabling of property developers to do what they wanted: “The idea that developers are there to create good quality, affordable housing for the population is a bit of a fantasy. Really, they’re there to make money… It’s not going to achieve a good city.”

The policy is also likely to stretch infrastructure in cities and towns everywhere. The lack of investment in roads, freshwater supply, schools, and sewage will create further problems.

Bishop has said that he will deal with infrastructure issues later this year. At this stage, the government will also be implementing some similarly radical and free-market reforms, which will alleviate costs from property developers and put them back onto future citizens.

…let’s not forget that the Real Estate Pimps are all behind this…

Bishop’s relationship with property developers

It’s no coincidence that the Minister of Housing made his housing deregulation announcements to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand last week. The property industry’s owners stand to benefit the most from these reforms.

Some have, therefore, suggested that property developers have been lobbying for these reforms. Writing on X, sociologist Peter Davis posted his analysis of Bishop’s programme: “Auckland urban sprawl here we come. With weakening of urban limits, reducing council powers, & removing medium-density, this is just what the developers who donated were looking for. Big capital gains to be made, long commutes, farm land appropriated.”

Before Bishop‘s announcement, National Party insider Matthew Hooton also wrote in the Herald that the Minister is “obsessed” with enabling property development. He points out that Bishop’s official reason for enabling property developers is a “moral” one – to solve the housing crisis. But he points to two more robust explanations for Bishop’s obsession.

First, it’s to keep house prices from getting further out of control as record-high immigration shifts into the country. Hooton says that the “Government’s commitment to keep immigration high” for economic growth means that new houses are required. He says, “The only reason we need new houses – and the only reason we’ve ever needed them this century – is to accommodate new immigrants.”

Second, it’s because “Bishop’s new houses are great news for property developers, construction companies and tradies”. Hooton points out that “Bishop has long advocated for Winton Land’s Sunfield development to house 15,000 people in cheap homes on the edge of South Auckland.” Therefore, Bishop is entirely friendly with the industry and keen to carry out the policies that will help them do more business.

Similarly, during last year’s election campaign, Hooton argued in the Herald that National’s housing policies had been created “with the help of lobbyists” for “the property-development industries”.

Incidentally, corporate lobbyist Georgina Stylianou has been one of the most ecstatic cheerleaders for Bishop’s deregulation this week. The former National Beehive staffer, turned lobbyist, now writes a politics column for The Post, and this week, she used it to praise the reforms in an opinion piece titled “How Chris Bishop has got it right with his housing plans”. She argued that the Minister is being driven by “his progressive values”, and she paints the reforms as a socialist triumph that the poor and homeless should be celebrating.

Taking on the idea that Bishop’s policies could be mistakenly seen as “the scrum being screwed towards property developers”, Stylianou suggests that instead, the reforms are simply about getting things done. She calls for Labour to adopt National’s property developer policies rather than oppose them, suggesting that Labour should tack on progressive elements rather than try to overturn them.

Donations to the Government parties from the property industry

The idea that property developers are driving the National-led Government’s housing programme is backed up by looking at who’s been donated to the parties in power. Those in the housing industry feature prominently in the three parties’ donor lists.

At the top of the list is a $500,000 donation from Warren Lewis to National last year. Lewis owns FMI Building Innovations, a “building systems and materials supplier.” National says it is the largest donation the party has ever received.

Property developer Trevor Farmer has given National $200,000 over the last few years. In the same period, he’s donated $215,000 to Act and $50,000 to NZ First. His business partner, Mark Wyborn, has given National $100,000 over the last couple of years, $200,000 to NZ First in 2023, and $50,000 to Act in 2021. And NZ First received $145,000 last year from Wellington property developer Vlad Barbalich.

One of the largest private developers in New Zealand, Manson TCLM, is partly owned by Culum Manson, who gave $70,000 to National in 2023. And Christchurch property investor Philip Carter donated $59,500 to National.

John and Michael Chow (“The Chow Brothers”) have also become big property players, partly due to their partnership with John and Max Key in recent years. In 2022, their family company, Stonewood Group, donated $44,000 to National.

Progressive Auckland housing developer Ockham Residential is involved in donations to parties. Last year, just before National came to power, the company’s Chief Executive, William Deihl, gave $20,500 to National (which followed on from owner Mark Todd donating $50,000 to Labour and $20,000 to the Greens).

The most interesting housing donations to National have been related to the Winton Land property group, of which lobbyist and former National Finance Minister Steven Joyce is a director.

In May 2022, the party received $52,000 from Speargrass, a holding company owned by Winton’s CEO, Chris Meehan. Then, in 2023, Meehan donated $103,260 to National and $50,000 to Act.

After the National received its first donation, Bishop, the party’s Housing spokesperson, put out a press release backing the Winton company in their fight with state housing agency Kāinga Ora. The company was taking legal action against Kāinga Ora, claiming more than $138 million because the government agency had rejected a request by Winton to help fast-track their “Sunfield” development plans in South Auckland projects using special powers under the Urban Development Act.

Of course, now Bishop is in charge of Kāinga Ora, and has ordered the agency to stop constructing more state houses. Meanwhile the Minister appears to be doing everything he can to supercharge the private sector to build houses for profit.

There’s more than symbolism here. Property developers like Winton are clearly the winners in a new deregulated housing market in which corporate lobbying and political donations appear to strongly influence public policy.

As Bernard Hickey notes…

“Real estate agents make commissions annually of about $1.6 billion. We really do have an economy that is a housing market with bits tacked on.

…the scale of hard right privatisation and the real east pimps paying for policy should stun and enrage Kiwis, but so many are still conflicted about eating Jacinda for having the temerity of saving 20 000 lives and being disgusted by what they elected.

So how will Kiwis take their country back?

Neoliberalism – leave it in the 80s. from Wellbeing Economy Alliance NZ on Vimeo.

This new attempt to wake Kiwis up to how manufactured their poverty really is thanks to the 40 year neoliberal experiment follows on from work from Bruce Jesson and Professor Jane Kelsey…

Professor Kelsey warns New Zealanders about the dangers of a “cocooned”, neo-liberal mind set in the free public lecture entitled “Transcending Neoliberalism: Moving From A State Of Denial To Progressive Transformation.”

Neo-liberalism is associated with free-market capitalism and the widening gap between rich and poor.

“The world is changing rapidly in very uncertain ways,” Professor Kelsey says. “A neoliberal mind-set of living for ourselves today and hoping tomorrow will look after itself permeates government, business, and many Kiwis’ psyches.”

Professor Kelsey suggests that New Zealand risks an economic, social and political catastrophe unless we are prepared to confront unhealthy symptoms that include a shallow productive base, dangerous levels of household and rural debt, chronic failure to invest in infrastructure, environmental unsustainability, and over-dependence on China.

She also addresses changes New Zealand needs to make to move beyond neoliberal, free market capitalism by applying values of truth, integrity and social justice to the potentially harsh realities of the 21st century.

…the enormity of the political gravity climate change adaptation and infrastructure resilience has created alongside the solidarity of a shared universal experience is materialising politically in a State that has to do things itself.

Your Poverty has been manufactured.

The 40 year neoliberal experiment in NZ cut the State back to the bone and the political project of the Right ever since is to tax-cut starve off revenue for the State so it can’t redistribute it in the first place.

The best way to start those values is via the Public Service Culture and processes.

For essential state service workers like teachers, like police, like Drs, like nurses, like ambulance and Firefighter services, we can match the rising inflation in wages, but the focus needs to be on expanding capacity, expanding State responsibility and expanding quality of work experience.

It is insane that our Ambulance Service is privatised, and the State should nationalise it immediately. As first responders, their obligations and responsibilities will only climb as society continues to rock from the shockwaves of Covid.

Professional Firefighters must be expanded to acknowledge the danger we are under from climate change and fire seasons.

Rather than compete with inflationary wage rises, focus on better conditions. 11 weeks paid holiday each year, 4 day weeks plus housing projects where subsidised rentals are available for houses.

We also need to start bonding Teachers, Drs and nurses with free education in exchange for  bonded work around NZ.

We shouldn’t be looking to slash public servants, we need more!

ACT want to amputate 5 Ministry’s while Luxon is promising to slash 14 000 jobs!

That is ideological vandalism, that’s not an actual plan!

Covid showed us the need for a strong State with capacity to step in and with the climate crisis here, we will continue to need a strong State with capacity!

The Right’s never ending march to amputate and slice down the State is so that the people don’t get used to a well functioning public service and so will politically agree to starve it of funds via tax cuts.

Global free market capitalism is dead, hyper regionalism is here. We need a bigger State with actual capacity rather than the threadbare barely regulated joke that it currently is.

We shouldn’t agree to cutting public services, we should fund their capacity and infrastructure rebuild while making the working conditions for those there a better quality!

Where should we get that money? Windfall taxes on the corporations and banks!

We need better conditions for those workers and the values of working 4 day weeks, extra holidays and housing solutions are aimed at making better working conditions as opposed to never ending inflationary wage pressures.

We need a sustainable bureaucracy rather than 7 figure technocrats who see their own fiefdoms and glass palaces as the measure of public policy achievements.

We need to debate for a bigger capacity State using the example Covid just gave us.

We need more Scientists, Drs, nurses, teachers, Police, more State houses and more infrastructure alongside policy that directly subsidises the cost of living like removing gst off food, free dental, free public transport, free food in schools and we will fund that extra increase through targeted new taxes to rebuild the capacity of the State.

The obviousness of our need for a Ministry of Works that actually builds shit is painfully clear to everyone by now.

Take Police in NZ, we have a pathetic 203 police per 100 000 NZers!

Compare that with 212 in England, 264 in Australia, 318 in Scotland, 349 in Germany, 422 in France, hell even Fiji at 227 has more Police per 100 000 than we do!

We don’t have the capacity to create a functioning State that lives up to our expectations in a liberal progressive democracy because we won’t tax the rich to find that infrastructure!

These new taxes will be a sugar tax for free dental, a financial transaction tax to lower GST on everything, a bank windfall profit tax to build more State houses, a social media journalism tax.

Taxes aimed at speculators and the wealthy to fund services for the egalitarian country we want NZ to be.

Let’s have the courage to actually argue and win over our fellow citizens for solution based policy that actually builds the capacity to have the extra drs, nurses, firemen, police, and teachers.

Let’s champion policies that subsidise people’s cost of living by redistributing from the few to the many.

The voters of NZ are still waiting for the Transformative change we promised them in 2017.

We need a Ministry of Works that actually builds the infrastructure we desperately need.

We need the State to do this because the Free Market has failed.

There has already been amazing work on the creation of a new Ministry of Green Works

Rising To The Challenge: A Ministry Of Green Works For Aotearoa

Two of the biggest crises of our times – housing and climate change – could be the target of a new Ministry of Green Works that would integrate important responsibilities related to safeguarding Aotearoa’s future, according to a report released today by FIRST Union.

A Ministry of Green Works for Aotearoa New Zealand: An Ambitious Approach to Housing, Infrastructure, and Climate Change is a policy report commissioned by FIRST Union from co-authors Max Harris and Jacqueline Paul that considers Aotearoa’s systemic infrastructural problems and how they could be addressed by a new governmental entity that builds on the former Ministry of Works and integrates several key departmental responsibilities to future-proof the country for significant challenges to come.

“From our experience in workplaces, we know that contracting is a broken model that has driven down wages and led to massive inefficiencies in construction and infrastructure,” said Jared Abbott, FIRST Union Secretary for Transport, Logistics and Manufacturing.

“As the report describes, the private sector doesn’t have the capacity to deliver on large-scale housing projects and inevitably there are now worker shortages due to poor conditions in the sector.”

“Finally there is insufficient coordination to tackle climate change under the current model – the public sector has limited powers to ensure green building standards in housing and infrastructure, and it’s not equipped to respond to other unexpected challenges, like quickly building managed isolation facilities, for example.”

The report argues that the right response to these problems will be consistent with seven values: honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi; manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata; Indigenous innovation; collaboration and coordination; creativity; safety and accessibility; and transformation of our economic model. The authors note that any new Ministry of Green Works must learn from its historic namesake and considers twelve risks related to its establishment.

The report contains feedback and interviews with experts including Ganesh Nana, John Tookey, Rosslyn Noonan, Len Cook, Andre Brett, Matthew Scobie, Syd Keepa, Judith Aitken, Susan Krumdieck, Alexis Harris, Murray Parrish, Jen McArthur, Troy Brockbank, Brendon Harre, Joe Gallagher, Ben Schrader, James Muir, Patrick Cummuskey, Andre de Groot, Ben Ross, Huhana Hickey and Nick Collins.

The report is being launched as the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) begins in the United Kingdom over the upcoming weekend.

“Even with our best intentions to fix our housing, infrastructure and climate problems individually, we will miss the boat if we don’t consider their interrelatedness and set firm goals that integrate core functions of all agencies – this is where a Ministry of Green Works comes in,” said Mr Abbott.

“When the last Ministry of Works was cut up and sold off during the extreme ‘reforms’ of the 80s, we ended up a decade later with the leaky homes scandal and a lot of pressing questions – we can’t afford to wait for the consequences of climate change to set in before we act.”

…we have better solutions and we need a bigger State.

It is time to go beyond the neoliberal 30% GDP debt straitjacket and build a new State to build the infrastructure that a allows adaptation and resilience.

Bernard Hickey argues that even if we agree to the neoliberal Wellington Consensus of 30% GDP debt, we could still borrow $60Billion and remain within that absurd ideological economic straight jacket so where should that $60billion be spent on resilience and adaptation?

We need future proofing ideas, we need a Ministry of Works to do it, we need big ideas and we need big new taxes to fund those big ideas, we need to build in self sufficiency, we need mitigation and adaptation.

Unlike Covid, whose worst was avoided, this Cyclone damage is real world and physical. The magnitude of what is required from the State politically resets National and ACT’s small Government agenda.

No one wants to hear about amputating the State when they are running to the State for protection.

This was the exact same mistake the Right made last time with Covid.

The Rights usual slash and burn of the State simply isn’t sustainable in face of how invested the State is going to have to be in the rebuild.

 

Universal Left 

Let’s ensure taxation is targeted at the corporates and the wealthy while subsidising the costs of the poorest.

I present the 10 point Left wing Economic Justice Plan for Aotearoa New Zealand.

1: Feed every kid in NZ a free nutritious and healthy breakfast and lunch at every school using local product and school gardens with parents paid to come in and help.

2: 50 000 State Homes for life built using the best environmental and social architecture standards using the public works act to seize land and immediately start building satellite towns using upgraded public transport hubs.

3: Free public transport plus vast infrastructure upgrade for climate crisis.

4: Doubling welfare payments and student allowances minus any bullshit claw backs from MSD plus Living Wage universally adopted as minimum working wage plus implementation of all WEAG recommendations.  

5: GST off food and essentials like tampons, toilet paper, condoms, oral health.

6: Free Dental services for everyone through public health.

7: Debt cancellation – student loans, welfare overpayments, beneficiary debt, easier debt cancellation.

8: Renter Rights – (rent freezes, end accomodation payments, long term tenancy arrangements) 

9: Buy out houses that can’t be saved, look at universal insurance for climate change events to cover those with no insurance, survival packs in every home, solar panels on every roof, vast increase in Civil Defence equipment, social licence of essential service resilience.

10: Properly funded public broadcasting with TVNZ advert free and merged with RNZ alongside properly funded journalism through NZ on Air with more money for the Arts and Science. If you can’t have good public journalism, the right wing media will destroy these other 9 advances. 

Don’t tell me we can’t afford any of this because we can if the wealthy are taxed!

There are 14 Billionaires in NZ, and 3118 ultra-high net worth individuals, let’s start with them, then move onto the Banks, then the Property Speculators, the Climate Change polluters and big industry.

There’s no point making workers pay more to rebuild our resilience, tax the rich!

-Sugar Tax

-Inheritance Tax

-Wealth Tax

-Financial Transactions Tax

-New top tax rate on people earning over $250 000 per year.

-Capital Gains Tax

-Windfall profit taxes

-First $10 000 tax free

The reality is that climate change will force us to adapt whether we want it our not.

The danger of woke middle class identity politics replacing class left analysis is that the politics devolve into a micro aggression deplatforming campaign that alienates rather than builds solidarity against free market capitalism.

The true demarcation of power in a. democratic capitalist state is the 1% richest + their 9% enablers Vs the 90% rest of us.

Identity Politics simply cements into place a caste system of intersectionism alongside a terminal tribal affiliation to your skin colour, gender or identity.

There needs to be far more common ground and shared values.

We need to remove the yoke of taxation from the 90% and reset it to the 10% richest.

The minefield of social justice and it’s never ending pure temple deplatforming of everything that triggers it will only drive people further from the Left in an intense economic downturn because you can’t eat virtue signalling aesthetics.

600 000 Kiwis need food banks each month while the Top 1% own 25% of wealth while the Bottom 50% owns 2% of wealth!

This debate is how the Class Left rip the talking stick away from the Wellington Twitteratti and the alienating woke activists.

Broad Church over Pure Temple every day!

We need to be kinder to individuals and crueller to Corporations.

 

Report into Tana shows Chloe was right to demand resignation

Wow.

Greens release Darleen Tana report summary showing ‘extensive’ involvement with troubled bike firm

  • Executive summary reveals Darleen Tana continued her involvement with E Cycles despite selling shares in April 2019.
  • She failed to disclose the personal grievance raised by an ex-employee against the company to the Green Party in 2020 and 2023.
  • Green Party co-leader Chlöe Swarbrick has urged Tana to resign from Parliament.

Tana’s only hope to date was some absurd conspiracy that her side of the story hasn’t been told and the Greens have been unfair, meaning she should stay in Parliament because she’s a Māori woman who understands  Māori science which is an extraordinary claim to make that somehow her identity is more important than her personal obligation to the Green Party list she was elected on!

The report the Greens hadn’t released was apparently her evidence, well it’s been released and the Greens had every reason to come to the conclusion they have,

Why Tana was under the impression that the report would vindicate her is utterly beyond me, but what this entire fiasco has shown is the steel of Chloe as Leader, her ‘Facts more important than feelings’ statement utterly undermined the emotional manipulation Tana has attempted and disarms the woke identity politics justifications.

This non-binary lady’s not for turning!

Chloe’s leadership has been strong and tough and her handling of this has built her up.

The NZ Left fall in love while the NZ Right fall in line, and right now the Left are loving AND respecting Chloe.

They have the opportunity at the Christchurch conference to end this nonsense by enabling the wake jumping legislation, now the report has been made public, the Greens must capitalise on this moment and end this silliness now.

There are two ways you can misunderstand something by being too far away from it AND from being too close to it!

Lived experience only goes so far if your lived experience is bad.

The Greens need way less lived experience and need way more professional experience.

ACT Party tells former National MP to burn Treaty for pharmaceutical industry

Minister David Seymour claims Pharmac ‘burned energy’ considering Treaty as he sets expectations

Pharmac Minister David Seymour claims the drug-buying agency “burned a lot of energy” considering the Treaty of Waitangi as he directs Pharmac to refrain from doing so.

It is one of several directives in his letter of expectations given to Pharmac in May that includes improving public trust and increasing consultation with patients and advocacy groups.

Seymour, who as Act Party leader has long campaigned for decreasing the Treaty’s application in Government, said the agency had “burned a lot of energy” on considering the Treaty as part of its work and inferred paying staff to do so was a waste of money as it wasn’t directly tied to Pharmac’s core role to purchase drugs and technologies.

“I do not believe this is an appropriate expectation to place on Pharmac,” Seymour said in his letter.

Let me get this completely straight.

ACT, a political Party who has a pimp from the Pharmaceutical Industry inside their caucus…

Investigation: David Seymour’s special medicines envoy has investments in Big Pharma

Former pharmaceutical company executive turned Act MP Todd Stephenson has been appointed to a special role representing Pharmac’s new government minister, his party leader and Associate Minister of Health David Seymour. Stephenson’s experience with drug companies is seen as a boon by some – but others are concerned about his links to Big Pharma. Journalist David Fisher investigates.

…is telling a Former National Party stooge Paula Bennett who has been appointed to Pharmac to tear up the Treaty to ensure white people get more medical money while ignoring the enormous institutional racism that impacts a Treaty partner.

When people attack The Māori Party rhetoric as violent, this is the actual practise of structural racism they are protesting against and calling out.

This is simply spite as public health.

WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: David Seymour and the Minority Tyranny of the Majority

We have a situation where the indigenous minority are being told by an even smaller political minority that their legal rights will be decided by an electoral majority whipped into hysteria by the very same political minority and call that ‘democracy’.

That ACT can simply call a select committee and negotiate a completely different Treaty arrangement where the Crown no longer has an obligation to work with Māori and is based on a radical interpretation of the Treaty that only David Seymour and his reactionary supporters believe in feels like a cruelty to entrench 19th Century white settler privilege rather than herald a new age of Treaty relations.

What ACT are proposing is a race baiting exercise rather than legitimate democratic proposal, it will set this country backwards and cause a level of civil disruption the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Springbok tour.

Taking such a radical position that ends the Crown’s obligation to work with Māori and pretend it’s for a high minded democratic value is insulting, offensive and cynically manipulative.

We collectively deserve better than ACT’s debate.

 

First published on Waatea News.

Minister Chhour still seems very confused over Military Boot Camps

Boot camp for youth offenders: First teens selected to take part in pilot programme

The 10 young offenders who will take part in the Government’s boot camp pilothave been selected and will begin a 12-month trial from July 29.

The 10 teenagers have been chosen from those already in the country’s youth justice residences who had been convicted of two crimes with a sentence of at least 10 years – the criteria for the young serious offender category the Government is seeking to write into legislation.

Children’s Minister Karen Chhour remains unaware of the finer details of the pilot, despite her and the Government coming under persistent questioning for information.

The total confusion over what these 10 kids we are sending to the Military Boot camps are actually going to do is deeply embarrassing.

The PM has admitted he doesn’t care of the Boot Camps don’t work meaning the $5million they have wasted on this is nothing short of a political virtue signal.

Alongside this we have the military who don’t want anything ti do with this.

We are spending $500 000 one each of these kids, shouldn’t we be spending that on the actual facilities and current infrastructure for these kids rather than pointlessly spending $5million  to make the Rights reactionary and nary voting base feel good.

Why are the bullshit feelings of right wingers so important now?

When Dr Incremental Max Rashbrooke is prepared to actually demand something, then a change is occurring on the Left

There ain’t no one more important to the woke-do-nothing-left and the Wellington Professional Consultant Class quite like Dr Incremental, Max Rashbrooke.

He was the voice that Labour, the woke-do-nothing-left and the Wellington Professional Consultant Class spent 6 years listening to, he was the one who said:

It’s not time to make a changeJust relax, take it easyYou’re still young, that’s your faultThere’s so much you have to knowFind a girl, settle downIf you want you can marryLook at me, I am old but I’m happy

He has done more to scream “NO” to any policy that would actually do something about inequality in NZ and this matters because Labour, the woke-do-nothing-left and the Wellington Professional Consultant Class all have a foot on the property market now and enjoy the fruits of capitalism and want to protest in a way that doesn’t actually impact their current Late Stage Capitalism privilege, which is why Dr Incremental Max Rashbrooke  was such an important voice to them.

Wealth Tax?

Renters Rights?

Financial Transaction Tax?

All were answered by Dr Incremental Max Rashbrooke with:

It’s not time to make a changeJust relax, take it easyYou’re still young, that’s your faultThere’s so much you have to knowFind a girl, settle downIf you want you can marryLook at me, I am old but I’m happy

However, now we have a hard right racist climate denying beneficiary bashing Government running shit, Dr Incremental Max Rashbrooke I has had to find a new tune with a bit more grunt as the identity politics left collapse in upon themselves…

Are there lessons for Hipkins in the UK Labour landslide?

Keir Starmer successfully bet on the British public wanting low-key, unfussy competence after the chaotic Tory years. But his New Zealand counterpart won’t be able to rely on a British-style wave of despair to carry him to victory in 2026 – something more inspiring is likely to be needed, writes Max Rashbrooke.

…when Dr Incremental is posting on the wokest NZ Community Noticeboard that the Left might have to do something more than identity politics, we have real change!

It’s like The Spinoff acknowledging their woke bullshit probably cost us the last election, or Chris Trotter admitting NZ First are corrupt or Sean Plunket accepting he’s held hostage by a far right Christian rich family – in other words, Dr Incremental finally admitting the Left might need to do more than cancel people on Twitter is a real breakthrough for the Wellington Left!

Preach brothers and sisters, for Babylon is just around the corner!

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – 18th July 2024

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In Occupied Palestine – 15 July 2024

In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Land

08:00, 15 July until 08:00, 16 July 2024

[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Gaza Strip

Air strikes: Heavy aerial bombardment on buildings, homes and many facilities.

Attacks: All over Gaza, there are air strikes, heavy gunfire, tank and artillery shelling, as well as missiles fired from Israeli forces and military occupation, especially in Khan Yunis. The Israeli Navy continues to fire missiles, targeting facilities and buildings along the entire Gaza shoreline.

Victims: 49 people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths since 7 October to at least 38,713. With another 69 wounded, thatnumber has risen to 89,166.

The daily average of men, women and children killed in Gaza is at least 144 and, of those injured, the daily average is 334.

How an immoral global leadership allows

Israel’s savage slaughter in Gaza to continue

As the world marked the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June, reports of widespread torture and abuse were emerging from all corners of Gaza and Israeli detention and torture centres in the desert. In observance of the occasion, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated: “Torturers must never be allowed to get away with their crimes, and systems that enable torture should be dismantled or transformed.” In Gaza today, Palestinians are subjected to two types of mass torture: the first is the abduction from their homes by Israeli soldiers during night-time military raids – stripping them down of “anything that resembles human beings” in Israeli torture camps. The second is the infliction of such horrific levels of violence on the entire civilian population that it constitutes torture.

Human shields: Israel’s hidden atrocities in Gaza

Israeli occupation forces have repeatedly used Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the beleaguered Gaza Strip as human shields since 1976, placing civilian lives deliberately and unnecessarily at risk, according to reports by several international human rights organisations. During the ongoing Israeli atrocities in Gaza, Israeli forces have largely intensified the use of this policy. Extensive evidence of the Israeli occupation army using human shields has been detailed in statements by its victims and in videos released online. Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has documented several testimonies of Palestinian civilians used as human shields by the Israeli occupation army who forced them into dangerous situations to secure and protect its military personnel and operations in several areas, including inside Al-Shifa Hospital. Nadeen Abu Aloun, a 23-year-old graduate who studied English, recalls three occasions Israeli troops used her as a human shield. Her home in Gaza City is adjacent to the Al-Shifa Hospital, where she lived with 24 people in the same apartment. The first time she was used as a human shield was on 20 March during the invasion of Al-Shifa Hospital. Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, and other international human rights organisations did, however, find ample evidence that Israel used Palestinian civilians as human shields.

West Bank

Israeli Army attack – economic sabotage: Jerusalem – morning, raiding Israeli Occupation forces, firing live ammunition, demolished fourbusinesses in the town of Hizma: a petrol station, tyrerepair shop, grocery store and carwash facility.

Israeli Army attack – 1 killed: Ramallah – 00:2005:45, Israeli Occupation forces stormed al-Bireh, raiding a currency exchange company and shooting dead one person: Ahmed Ramzi Abd Sultan.

Israeli Army attack – populationcontrol: Tulkarem – 14:20, Israeli forces, at Gate No. 104 on the Annexation Wall, opened indiscriminate fire towards Kadoorie University, forcing the evacuation of students and employees.

Israeli Army attack – 1 wounded: Hebron – 12:40, the Israeli Army stormed an area in al-Shuyukh, wounding a resident: Alaa Fayez Sarhan.

Home invasions – violence – 2 taken prisoner: Tubas – 01:4005:40, Israeli Occupation forces, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, stormed Tubas and invaded a number of homes, as well as the offices of the Gulf Exchange Company. Two residents were taken prisoner.

Home invasions: Nablus – 20:2500:15, Israeli forces raided Qusin village and searched a number of homes.

Home invasions – currency exchange business plundered: Jericho – 01:0003:00, the Israeli Army raided Jericho and invaded a number of homes, as well as the Gulf Exchange Company‘s offices, plundering large sums of money.

Home invasions currency exchange business plundered: Bethlehem – 03:3006:10, Israeli troops raided the city and invaded a number of homes, as well as the Gulf Exchange Company, stealing large sums of money.

Homes invaded and demolished: Bethlehem – 14:45, the Israeli military demolished five homes, in the village of al-Walaja.

Home invasions: Hebron – 04:5007:30, Israeli soldiers invaded Yatta, raiding and searching a number of homes.

Israeli police and settlers’ mosque violation: Jerusalem – 08:00, settler militants, escorted by Israeli police, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and molested worshippers.

Israeli Army landviolation: Qalqiliya – 14:15, Israeli Occupation forces bulldozed land, near the entrance to Azzun.

Occupation settler violence: Jerusalem – 17:00, Israeli Occupation settlers beatup a man, Hassan Nabil Da’na, in the city.

Occupation settler road-rage and injury: Jerusalem – 21:20, in Beit Hanina an Israeli settler drove his motor vehicle into, and injured, a man: Ihab Hisham Ibrahim Al-Birawi.

Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Nablus – 09:30, Israeli Occupation settlers invaded Luban al-Sharqiya village agricultural land,setting fire to olive trees and crops.

Occupation settler stoning: Salfit – 19:15, Israeli settlers stoned passing vehicles, near the entrance to Yasuf village.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Tulkarem – 03:2505:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided the Shweika suburb, taking prisoner two people.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 05:1007:55, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the city.

Raid – 3 taken prisoner: Nablus – 13:50, the Israeli Army raided the village of Qusin, taking prisoner three people.

Raid: Nablus – 21:5000:15, Israeli troops raided and patrolled Aqraba.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Bethlehem – dawn, the Israeli military raided the village of Abu Najim, taking prisoner one person.

Raid – 4 taken prisoner in refugee camp: Hebron – 03:1004:30, Israeli soldiers raided the al-Aroub refugee camp, taking prisoner four people.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – 03:10, Israeli Occupation forces raided the village of Wadi al-Shajna, taking prisoner one person.

Raid – abduction: Hebron – 03:5007:30, Israeli forces raided al-Samou and abducted a 17-year-old youth: Moataz Ahmed Abdullah Abu Awad.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Hebron – 04:0007:05, the Israeli Army raided Sa’ir, taking prisoner two people.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – dawn, Israeli troops raided the village of Deir Samit, taking prisoner one person

David Seymour Is Unfit To Serve As Minister – Te Pati Maori

Te Pāti Māori are calling for David Seymour to resign as Associate Health Minister in response to his call for Pharmac to ignore the Treaty of Waitangi.

“This announcement is just another example of the government’s anti-Tiriti, anti-Māori agenda.” Said Co-leader and spokesperson for health, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer.

“Seymour thinks it is inappropriate for Pharmac to consider the Treaty, I say it is inappropriate for a racist to decide the Treaty’s place in the health sector.”

“He has admitted that there was no proof that considering the Treaty was leading to bad health outcomes.”

“This announcement is nothing more than a racist dog whistle. He is letting his supporters know that he is doing his real job – erasing Māori rights and whitewashing Aotearoa.”

“David Seymour couldn’t care less that Māori die 7 years earlier than the rest of Aotearoa.”

“We are more likely to die from cancer and preventable illnesses but are the least likely to receive medical treatment.”

“If David Seymour is willing to turn a blind eye to data because it doesn’t serve his anti-Tiriti agenda, then he is unfit to serve as a Minister. People’s lives and oranga are at stake.”

“Our health sector should be guided by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the document that consents to this government’s existence. Our health sector should not be guided by the leader of a party who received 8% of the vote.” Said Ngarewa-Packer.

 

NZ Needs Better Insulated Homes, Not This – Labour Party

In the past, lack of standards has resulted in a generation of cold, damp homes in New Zealand that are expensive to heat and make people unwell.

“Minister Chris Penk’s proposition to cancel insulation in all homes in New Zealand will only add to our country’s cold, damp housing stock,” building and construction spokesperson Arena Williams said.

“The reason we need insulation standards is so future homes are warmer, drier and don’t make people sick. The Minister is not living in the real world if he thinks saving a bit of money up front is worth that.

“This is unbelievably short-sighted. It will cost people more in the long run, both financially and to their health.

“The Minister must take on board the feedback of 99% of public submissions at select committee and the endorsement of almost every advisory panel in the country for better insulated new houses, because we don’t want to keep being the country known for having cold, unliveable and expensive homes,” Arena Williams said.

 

Renters Suffer As Soaring Rents Feed Rising Inflation – Greens

The soaring price of renting is driving the rise of inflation in this country – with latest figures from Stats NZ showing rents are up 4.8 per cent on average while annual inflation is at 3.3 per cent.

“The everyday struggle for renters is worse than ever, and we are paying through the roof to live in houses that make us sick,” says the Green Party’s Housing Spokesperson Tamatha Paul.

“Successive governments have allowed the rental market to tilt further and further in favour of landlords – until this imbalance is addressed, many renters will remain locked in poverty.

“Rapid rent increases are the biggest driver of inflation, and the Government appears indifferent to how this affects the most vulnerable households during a cost of living crisis.

“Many rental homes are cold and damp, mould is all too common, and landlords often do the bare minimum when installing heating. To make things worse, the Government announced yesterday that it plans to roll back standards designed to increase insulation in new builds.

“People are forced to make an impossible choice between what they can afford, and living in a warm, safe and dry home. Many resort to cutting essentials like food and heating to afford their rent.

“What’s more, renters are afraid to ask landlords or property managers to fix problems like mould, leaks or the lack of fire alarms for fear they’ll be kicked out or have their rent hiked.

“The Government has given $2.9 billion in tax cuts to landlords, and has bent over backwards to their interests, entrenching the power imbalance that leads to families living in unhealthy homes.

“This is why the Greens are calling for rent controls which will limit the amount that landlords can increase rent and how often they can do this. We also need a Rental Warrant of Fitness to ensure quality, and for the Government to commit to building more public housing to make sure that we have enough affordable homes for everyone.

“Housing is a human right. Everyone deserves a warm, affordable and healthy home,” says Tamatha Paul.

National’s Climate Strategy Undoes Good Progress – Labour Party

National’s Emissions Reduction Plan will take New Zealand further from the economy we need to ensure the next generation has a stable climate and secure livelihoods.

“All the good work Labour did in government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure we meet our climate targets is being undone,” said Megan Woods.

“It’s irresponsible, shameful and shows how out of touch National and their coalition partners are about the climate emergency we find ourselves in. They’re leaving our kids and grandkids to pick up the tab.

“Under this plan we’re going to blow our budget by 17 million tonnes – the equivalent of 153 million car trips from Wellington to Auckland.

“Every tonne of emissions we blow our budget by, we have to pay for overseas.

“They’ve left New Zealanders in the lurch by cutting $3 billion in climate-related work in the Budget, and cut programmes such as the Clean Car Discount that encouraged sustainable transport, and the Government Investment in Decarbonisation Industry that helped large emitters transition to renewable energy.

“They say Labour wasn’t doing anything for climate yet they’ve spent their first seven months repealing climate policies. It is complete arrogance to claim you care about climate change when you’ve spent the first seven months of government undoing the previous government’s climate progress.

“It’s more short-term thinking from this government for a long-term problem,” said Megan Woods.

 

Green Party Releases Executive Summary Of Independent Investigation

Following consultation with named parties and thorough consideration of privacy interests, the Green Party is in a position to release the Executive Summary of the final report from the independent investigation into Darleen Tana.

“In line with our commitment to openness and transparency, we are pleased to share the Executive Summary of the independent, expert investigation into the actions of Darleen Tana with the public,” says Green Party co-leader Chlöe Swarbrick.

“This Executive Summary makes it very clear that Darleen has failed to meet the standards we expect – not only of MPs within our Caucus, but across Parliament entirely.

“Darleen was given multiple opportunities to be upfront about the serious allegations she was facing but chose to obfuscate instead of answering straightforward questions, prompting the need for an independent investigation.

“Now the public can see why Caucus was unanimous in requesting Darleen’s resignation from Parliament.

“We are deeply disappointed that Darleen Tana has not been forthcoming about nor taken accountability for very serious breaches of our kaupapa, nor even acknowledged the impact of her behaviour on others.

“Her staying on as an MP risks undermining the credibility of Parliament as well as the faith the public has in it as an institution.

“It is in the best interests of everyone that she resigns,” says Chlöe Swarbrick.

Click here for the Executive Summary of the independent investigation.

Government Back Off Track On Climate Action – Greens

Today’s Draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows the Government couldn’t care less about a liveable climate for all.

“The Government is pouring oil, coal and gas on the climate crisis fire. Today’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan lays bare that they have no plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050,” says Green Party co-leader and spokesperson for Climate Change Chlöe Swarbrick.

“In a nutshell, their ‘plan’ means largely giving up on stopping pollution at the source and a whole lot of wishful thinking.

“Their core strategy remains relying on the emissions trading market, which they continue to heap uncertainty onto and refuse to ensure works properly per the advice of experts and the independent Climate Change Commission.

“These actions don’t just have environmental consequences. They will disproportionately harm the lowest-earning New Zealanders. Once again, the Government is basically just saying, let them eat cake.

“The total emissions reduction from so-called ‘key policies’ is about a third of the impact that the reversal of the oil and gas ban would create. In their literal climate plan, they nick fossil fuel executives’ talking points and try to justify handing gas a lifeline.

“A year ago, we were on track to meet climate targets. Those aren’t abstract numbers. It’s the hard science necessary for life on earth as we know it.

“In just a year, Luxon’s Government has dragged our climate policies and ambition back to the dark ages. This costs more for all of us in the not-too-distant future, and the Government admits the lowest income households will be impacted almost four times as much as those on highest incomes by climate change.

“There are plenty of credible solutions, from mass investment in public transport, to energy efficiency and meaningful investment in decarbonising – which can be paid for by polluters. Perversely, these are all programmes which this Government cut as soon as they could.

“New Zealanders don’t need to accept the Government’s latest attempt to pull the wool over their eyes. Submit on this flimsy ‘plan’, contact your local MP, organise in your community and help ensure, for all our sakes, that this is a one-term Government,” says Chlöe Swarbrick.

Finding Your Financial Navigator in Christchurch

Navigating the waters of financial investments can be tricky, especially for savvy investors who want to maximize their returns while minimizing risks.

 

Hiring reliable financial advisers like Bradley Nuttall in Christchurch can make all the difference. This guide will walk you through the crucial steps to finding a trustworthy financial adviser to help you sail smoothly towards your financial goals.

Why Reliable Financial Advice Matters for Savvy Investors

In today’s complex financial landscape, reliable financial advice is more than a luxury—it’s necessary. For savvy investors, making informed decisions can mean the difference between growing wealth and facing significant losses.

 

Financial advisers bring expertise, strategic thinking, and an objective viewpoint, helping you to make the most of your investments. This guide aims to help you find the perfect financial partner in Christchurch.

Understanding Your Financial Needs and Goals

Before you look for a financial adviser, it’s essential to understand your financial needs and goals.

 

Are you planning for retirement, saving for a significant purchase, or looking to diversify your investment portfolio?

 

Identifying these objectives will help you find an adviser whose skills align with your needs.

 

Take some time to write down your financial goals. A clear picture will guide your search for short-term savings or long-term investments. Also, consider any unique circumstances requiring specialized advice, such as starting a business or dealing with inheritance.

 

Understanding your financial landscape lets you communicate your needs more effectively to potential advisers. This will ensure that you and your adviser are on the same page from the beginning.

Researching Financial Advisers in Christchurch

Christchurch boasts a vibrant financial community, but not all advisers offer the same level of service or expertise. Begin your research by seeking recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues.

 

Personal referrals often provide a good starting point, as they come from people you trust.

 

Online searches can also be helpful. Look for advisers with positive reviews and high ratings. Websites like the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and professional directories can offer lists of licensed financial advisers in Christchurch.

 

Remember to check each adviser’s credentials. Ensure they have the necessary licenses and certifications and verify their professional background. This diligence will save you from potential pitfalls down the line.

Qualities to Look for in a Reliable Financial Adviser

Finding a reliable financial adviser involves more than just checking credentials. Look for qualities that indicate trustworthiness and expertise. For instance, a good adviser should have excellent communication skills, making complex financial concepts easy to understand.

 

Experience is another crucial factor. Advisers with a proven track record in managing portfolios like yours are more likely to offer valuable insights. Additionally, consider their approach to risk management and whether it aligns with your comfort level.

 

Finally, look for someone proactive rather than reactive, staying ahead of market trends and adjusting strategies as needed. These qualities will ensure that your financial adviser is competent and fits your needs well.

The Importance of Transparency and Trust

Transparency is the foundation of any strong advisor-client relationship. Your financial adviser should be open about their fees, services, and potential conflicts of interest.

 

Ensure you understand how they are compensated through commissions, a flat fee, or a percentage of assets under management.

 

Trust is equally important. You must feel confident that your adviser has your best interests at heart.

 

Look for signs of integrity and honesty in your interactions. If something feels off, it probably is. A trustworthy adviser will be willing to answer all your questions and provide references if asked.

 

Building a relationship based on transparency and trust will give you peace of mind, knowing that your financial future is in good hands.

Meeting and Interviewing Potential Advisers

Meeting potential financial advisers is a critical step in your selection process. Prepare a list of questions covering their experience, financial planning approach, and how they would handle your specific needs.

 

During the interview, pay attention to how well the adviser listens and whether they provide clear, understandable answers. A good adviser should be able to explain their strategies in a way that makes sense to you, regardless of your financial literacy level.

 

Also, assess their willingness to tailor their services to your unique needs. One-size-fits-all solutions rarely work in financial planning. The interview is as much about assessing their competence as it is about determining whether you can establish a comfortable working relationship.

Making the Decision and Starting the Relationship

After meeting with several potential advisers, take some time to reflect on your impressions. Evaluate each candidate based on their qualifications, interview responses, and overall fit with your financial goals.

 

Once chosen, initiate the relationship by clearly outlining your financial goals and expectations. Establish a regular communication schedule to stay updated on your investment’s performance and any necessary adjustments.

 

Starting this new advisory relationship on the right foot will set the stage for successful financial planning and investment management.

The Value of a Good Financial Adviser

In conclusion, hiring a reliable financial adviser in Christchurch can significantly enhance your investment strategy and help you achieve your financial goals.

 

By understanding your needs, researching thoroughly, and choosing someone who embodies transparency and trust, you’ll be well on your way to economic success.

 

If you’re ready to take the next step in securing your financial future, contact a qualified financial adviser today. Whether new to investing or looking to optimize your current portfolio, professional guidance can make all the difference.