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Significant Step Forward In Fixing Cruel And Unjust Past – Green Party

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A significant milestone has been reached in the fight to strike an anti-Pasifika and unfair law from the country’s books after Teanau Tuiono’s members’ bill passed its first reading.

“Fairness is at the heart of this Bill. We had a group of New Zealand citizens who had their citizenship recognised and then had their citizenship removed by statute. That is unfair.” says Green Party spokesperson for Pacific Peoples Teanau Tuiono.

Teanau Tuiono’s Restoring Citizenship Removed By Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982 Bill would restore the right to citizenship for people from Western Samoa who were born between 1924 and 1949, fixing a cruel and targeted law from the Muldoon era.

“In 1982, the Government rushed through the Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act to deny New Zealand citizenship to Western Samoans.

“Earlier that year, the Privy Council found that because those born in Western Samoa were treated by New Zealand law as “natural-born British subjects”, they were entitled to New Zealand citizenship when it was first created in 1948. But the Muldoon Government took that right away – choosing to scapegoat a community over the rule of law.

“In March 2003 during the Government, a petition with over 90,000 signatures calling for the law’s repeal was presented to Parliament – but nothing changed.

“There are people alive today who were New Zealand citizens and had this right arbitrarily and egregiously removed through a shameful act. It is well past time to remove this law and put things right, and I’m honoured to have taken a step towards that today.

“I want to acknowledge my brother Faanānā Efeso Collins. I wish he was standing in this house today, and his leadership will continue to guide my mahi on this important Bill. This first reading is for him.

“I thank other parties for their support so far and call for continued cooperation to ensure the safe passage of this Bill into law. Together we can reconcile our past and forward as peoples who call the Pacific home,” says Teanau Tuiono.

Additional information:

  • New Zealand citizenship wasn’t created until 1948. Before then, New Zealanders were British subjects
  • At the time citizenship was created, New Zealand was administering present day Samoa (known until 1997 as Western Samoa)
  • In 1982, Falema‘i Lesa, a Samoan citizen living in New Zealand, was prosecuted for overstaying. She argued she wasn’t overstaying, as she said she was a New Zealand citizen
  • The Privy Council ruled that, because earlier NZ legislation had treated those born in Western Samoa after 13 May 1924 as “natural-born British subjects” for the purposes of NZ law, that cohort of people received NZ citizenship when NZ established its own citizenship in 1948
  • The Muldoon Government acted swiftly and in 1982 passed the Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982
  • The 1982 Act removed NZ citizenship from those people who, under the earlier NZ legislation, had NZ citizenship because they were born in Western Samoa between 13 May 1924 and 1 January 1949, and those claiming citizenship through those people by descent or marriage
  • The Restoring Citizenship Removed By Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982would mean that a person whose NZ citizenship was removed by the 1982 Act will be eligible for citizenship as of right, instead of having to go through the standard residency and citizenship application processes.
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Te Pāti Māori Celebrates Historic Taranaki Redress

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Today Te Pāti Māori joined Taranaki iwi in celebration as the Taranaki Mounga Collective Redress Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today.

The redress acknowledges the theft of 1.2 million acres of Taranaki and the desecration of the Mounga over 172 years at the hands of the crown.

It gives legal recognition to the personhood of Taranaki Mounga, it’s surrounding peaks and lands, vested under the name Te Kāhui Tupua.

“This is a momentous day for our Mounga and its descendants. I acknowledge our negotiators for their vision and dedication to their mokopuna,” said MP for Te Tai Hauāuru, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer.

“Today is a testament to the art of our resistance as kaitiaki. It is also a testament to the generosity of tangata whenua, who have given up so much and accepted so little in return in the name of peace and reconciliation.

“This is the first Treaty settlement bill to be progressed by this Government, and it is the first time they have showed any form of good will toward tangata whenua.

“We will not allow the Crown to congratulate themselves while they are actively erasing Te Tiriti o Waitangi through legislation like the Fast Track Approvals Bill.

“Our mounga has suffered from the mass destruction of its ngahere, the pollution of its waters, and the extinction of its manu. While today is for celebration, we recognise the hard work ahead of us to restore the mauri and the mana of Te Kāhui Tupua.

“We also recognise the continued threat this government poses to our mounga, our whenua, and our whakapapa,’ said Ngarewa-Packer.

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Navigating the IT Job Market in New Zealand: The Vital Role of Agencies

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Are you on the lookout for an IT job in New Zealand? Maybe you’re an employer seeking top talent to drive your company forward in the digital age. Either way, you’re likely aware of the challenges inherent in this dynamic and competitive industry. That’s where organizations such as Sourced IT Recruitment Agency come into play. These agencies serve as invaluable intermediaries, connecting skilled job seekers with employers hungry for talent. Let’s delve into the role of agencies in bridging the gap between IT job seekers and employers in the Kiwi job market.

Understanding the IT Job Landscape in New Zealand

New Zealand’s IT sector is thriving, propelled by innovation, digital transformation, and a burgeoning tech ecosystem. From software development to cybersecurity, data analytics to cloud computing, the demand for IT professionals spans a wide array of specializations. However, despite the sector’s growth, navigating the job market can be daunting for both job seekers and employers.

 

For job seekers, finding the right opportunity amidst a sea of job postings can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Meanwhile, employers face the challenge of attracting and retaining top-tier talent in a competitive landscape where skilled professionals are in high demand.

 

The Rise of Recruitment Agencies

Enter recruitment agencies, the unsung heroes of the job market. These agencies specialize in matching candidates with suitable roles, streamlining the hiring process for both parties involved. In the realm of IT recruitment, their role becomes even more crucial due to the specialized skills and expertise required.

 

Recruitment agencies act as mediators, leveraging their industry knowledge, networks, and resources to connect job seekers with employers. Whether you’re a seasoned IT professional looking for your next career move or a company seeking to fill critical tech roles, partnering with a reputable agency can significantly simplify the process.

 

Benefits for Job Seekers

For IT job seekers, working with a recruitment agency offers a multitude of benefits. Firstly, agencies often have access to exclusive job opportunities that may not be advertised elsewhere. This gives job seekers a competitive edge, allowing them to tap into hidden job markets and access roles that align with their skills and career goals.

 

Moreover, recruitment agencies provide personalized support throughout the job search process. From resume writing and interview preparation to career coaching and negotiation assistance, they offer valuable guidance to help candidates land their dream roles. This level of support can be invaluable, especially for those navigating the complexities of the job market or seeking to transition into a new sector within IT.

 

Advantages for Employers

On the flip side, employers stand to gain numerous advantages by partnering with recruitment agencies for their hiring needs. One of the most significant benefits is access to a pool of pre-screened and qualified candidates. Instead of sifting through hundreds of resumes, employers can rely on agencies to deliver a curated selection of candidates who meet their specific requirements.

 

Additionally, recruitment agencies often have a deep understanding of the IT market and can provide valuable insights into industry trends, salary benchmarks, and competitor analysis. This knowledge empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions and stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving landscape.

 

The Power of Networking

At the heart of recruitment agencies’ success lies their extensive network of industry contacts. Whether it’s cultivating relationships with top employers or nurturing connections with talented professionals, agencies leverage their networks to facilitate successful matches.

 

For job seekers, this means gaining access to opportunities that may not be publicly advertised. By tapping into the agency’s network, candidates can explore a broader range of options and increase their chances of finding the perfect fit.

 

Similarly, employers benefit from agencies’ ability to source candidates through proactive networking efforts. Rather than relying solely on inbound applications, agencies actively seek out qualified candidates through networking events, online platforms, and referrals, ensuring a steady stream of talent for their clients.

 

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

In today’s interconnected world, diversity and inclusion have become increasingly important factors in the workplace. Recruitment agencies play a pivotal role in promoting diversity by actively seeking out candidates from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. By embracing diversity, employers can tap into a broader talent pool and foster a culture of innovation and creativity within their organizations. Recruitment agencies facilitate this process by ensuring that all candidates, regardless of their background, have equal access to opportunities.

 

Streamlining the Hiring Process

The hiring process can be time-consuming and resource-intensive for employers, especially in the fast-paced IT industry. Recruitment agencies streamline this process by handling the bulk of the administrative tasks, from screening resumes to scheduling interviews. By outsourcing these responsibilities to experts in the field, employers can focus their time and energy on core business activities, while still ensuring that they attract and hire the best talent available. This efficiency not only saves time and money but also ensures a seamless and hassle-free hiring experience for all parties involved.

Specialized Expertise

In the fast-paced world of IT, specialized expertise is essential for navigating the nuances of different roles and technologies. Recruitment agencies specializing in IT recruitment bring a wealth of industry-specific knowledge to the table, allowing them to understand the unique requirements of each role and source candidates accordingly.

Whether it’s understanding the intricacies of programming languages, familiarity with DevOps methodologies, or knowledge of emerging tech trends, IT recruitment agencies possess the expertise needed to identify top talent with precision and accuracy.

 

The Human Touch

Despite the proliferation of technology in the recruitment process, the human touch remains paramount. Recruitment agencies offer a personalized approach that goes beyond algorithms and automation, focusing on building meaningful relationships with both candidates and employers.

From the initial consultation to the final placement, agencies act as trusted advisors, guiding clients through every step of the hiring journey. This human-centric approach fosters trust and transparency, paving the way for successful long-term partnerships between candidates and employers.

 

Conclusion

In the ever-evolving landscape of the IT job market in New Zealand, recruitment agencies play a vital role in connecting job seekers with employers. By leveraging their industry expertise, extensive networks, and personalized approach, these agencies streamline the hiring process, making it easier for both parties to find the perfect match.

Whether you’re a skilled IT professional looking for your next opportunity or a company seeking top talent to drive innovation and growth, partnering with a reputable recruitment agency can be a game-changer. So, why navigate the job market alone when you can have a trusted ally by your side? Reach out to a recruitment agency today and take the first step towards your next career move or hiring success.



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Govt Makes U-turn On Suicide Prevention Office – Labour Party

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Labour welcomes the Government’s U-turn on the closure of the Suicide Prevention Office, says Labour Mental Health spokesperson Ingrid Leary.

“Christopher Luxon’s point blank claims this afternoon in Question Time that the Ministry of Health’s Suicide Prevention Office will not be closed is a win for New Zealanders,” Ingrid Leary said.

“Following immense public backlash, it was a shame that health officials were forced to apologise for making cuts when they were told to do so by the Finance Minister according to her edict of 6.5 percent cuts.

“The buck should have stopped with the budget-holding Minister of Health Shane Reti who continues to avoid responsibility. Meanwhile, the Minister for Mental Health Matt Doocey has been blindsided by the mishandling, and the Government has had to chaotically scramble to save face.

“If the left and the right hands were talking to each other, and costs had been worked through ‘line by line’ as promised, this mess would have been avoided.

“It is still unclear whether the Health Minister knew, why the Mental Health Minister was blindsided by his own colleagues and why the Prime Minister is being left to clean up the mess.

“We will be watching to ensure the current resourcing remains so that the Office is able to deliver for people. It cannot be reduced to a parred-back shell that doesn’t have the function to do the work it needs to,” Ingrid Leary said.

 

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The TDB Daily 10th April 2024 – Best NZ Left, Independent and Progressive Politics opinion daily reading list

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Best NZ Left, Independent and Progressive Political opinion daily reading list

Because so much of the mainstream media is polluted by right wing free market ideologues pushing corporate interests:

TDB daily collates the best NZ Left Wing, Independent and Progressive Political Opinion and includes the best international voices.

Unlike Victoria University’s The Democracy Project, this will never be behind a Paywall.

We promise we will never link to The Spinoff.

DOMESTIC:

The Kākā by Bernard Hickey – Bishop more popular than Luxon in Curia poll

Chris Lynch Christchurch Newsroom – More Orange Rain Warnings for the South Island

RNZ – Department of Conservation proposes 130 job cuts

NZ Guardian – Blow to New Zealand media as two main news outlets announce programme closures and job cuts

Waatea News – Wairarapa Moana story shared with UN

Newsroom – Climate Change Commission lays down wero over methane targets

No Right Turn – Climate change violates human rights

Against the Current – Resistance is not terrorism 

Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza

Gavin Ellis – NZ media’s lab test results spell bad news

The Daily Blog – BREAKING: Wait what? Breaking Cook Strait Ferry Deal could cost us $200million?

The Daily Blog – New Curia Poll – Right Wing meltdown but Labour still failing

The Daily Blog – Professor Susan St John – Simplistic views of the causes of inflation don’t do the left any favours

The Daily Blog – MEDIAWATCH: Fringe Reality Check Radio – Go Bloke, Go Broke

The Daily Blog – ACT lied about number of sub machine guns so they could get more sub machine guns

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Jacobin – Nancy Fraser: Germany Canceled Me for Supporting Palestine

Haaretz – Biden Slams Netanyahu’s Handling of Gaza Campaign; Israeli War Cabinet Discusses Truce Talks

The Washington Post – This is the most consequential technology in America

Caitlin Johnstone – Gaza Asks Us A Question About What Kind Of Future We Want To Have

The Intercept – TERROR HUNTERS TRADE HAMAS FOR ISIS-K, PERHAPS WITH SOME RELIEF

Information Clearing House –Oh! ISIS-K. RIIIIGHT

 

 

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8pm Live Tonight: Waatea Straight Talk with Shane Te Pou & Political Panel with Bomber Bradbury

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8pm Live Tonight: Straight Talk with Shane Te Pou

TONIGHT:

8pm – Whakatane councillor Tony Boynton on why she started the movement around Maori wards.

8.20pm – Political Panel with Bomber Bradbury

9pm – Grant Williams Maori Trade maritime Union. Health and safety and privation by stealth of the Auckland ports.

9.30pm – Sport

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BREAKING: Wait what? Breaking Cook Strait Ferry Deal could cost us $200million?

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On Last nights ‘Working Group’, former Labour Minister and current Union negotiator Michael Wood told the show that the cost of breaking the contract with the Cook Strait Ferry deal would be $200 million!

$200 million!

And we still have to buy the fucking ferry!

Nicola Willis must resign if this is true!

Willis’ quest to find a good reliable Toyota Corolla version of what she has called KiwiRail’s Ferrari mega ferries could be quite difficult.

KiwiRail bosses told the select committee there was a shortage of second-hand ships and there was a huge queue for getting new ones built.

Indications from ship brokers were that there were only 22 second-hand ships in the world that would meet KiwiRail’s criteria, including the capability to cross Cook Strait’s notorious waters, and none of them were for sale.

We can’t tolerate a $200million contract break fee AND find all that money for tax breaks and tax cuts!

Let’s remember, Steven Joyce was active in killing the deal off because he wanted Ferry’s to carry Trucks and not Trains for his mates in the trucking industry!

This crony capitalism might cost us $200 million!

This Government knows the price of everything and the value of nothing!

 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – 10th April 2024

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

The Editor doesn’t moderate this blog,  3 volunteers do, they are very lenient to provide you a free speech space but if it’s just deranged abuse or putting words in bloggers mouths to have a pointless argument, we don’t bother publishing.

All in all, TDB gives punters a very, very, very wide space to comment in but we won’t bother with out right lies or gleeful malice. We leave that to the Herald comment section.

EDITORS NOTE: – By the way, here’s a list of shit that will get your comment dumped. Sexist abuse, homophobic abuse, racist abuse, anti-muslim abuse, transphobic abuse, Chemtrails, 9/11 truthers, Qanon lunacy, climate deniers, anti-fluoride fanatics, anti-vaxxer lunatics, 5G conspiracy theories, the virus is a bioweapon, some weird bullshit about the UN taking over the world  and ANYONE that links to fucking infowar.

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New Curia Poll – Right Wing meltdown but Labour still failing

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Greens surge, Act down in new poll, Chris Bishop now more liked than Christopher Luxon

The Green Party has surged by 3.3 points in the latest Taxpayers’ Union-Curia poll, scoring 14.6 per cent – a very high poll rating for the party.

The party’s friends on the left, Te Pāti Māori, have also enjoyed a good bump, rising 2.1 points to 4.6 per cent, in what was generally a good poll for the left wing parties. Labour was also up, but only by 0.4 points to 25.7 per cent.

Act was the biggest loser on the right, falling 2.8 points to 7.2 per cent, NZ First fell 1.1 point to 6.3 per cent. National was also down, but by just 0.3 points to 37.1 per cent.

When Chris Bishop is the more liked than the PM, you know you have a cult of personality with no personality.

The very predictable is happening now and we are seeing the backlash building against this hard right racist climate denying beneficiary bashing Government with the latest Curia Poll following hard win the heels of the Roy Morgan Poll which showed a massive collapse in confidence of right track/wrong track numbers which are always the precursor to a sudden earthquake in voter intentions.

The hard right racist climate denying beneficiary bashing agenda of this new Government is simply too extreme for Kiwis.

We are not a conflict driven people, most voted for National in the hope their house price would go up 10%, they sure as Christ weren’t buying into culture war revenge fantasies masquerading as social policy.

Any one of the extreme things this Government is trying on would be problematic, a cavalcade of them feels like a Goose stepping march through the cultural ruins of a broken country.

If people are angry and upset at the first 100 days, wait until National try to flesh the lobbyist talking points into actual policy and see how nakedly venal they are for the Rights Donor mates.

The Greens and Māori Party are having a field day while Labour still has no idea what it stands for.

Labour are too intellectually insecure to host an Opposition Summit in response to this hard right 100 day romper stomper and believe they just have to wait the Government out and voters will come back to them, which is fine but misses the extremism of the first 100 days of this Government and allows them off the hook for a visionless election campaign that had zero to offer voters.

Labour will continue to sit on their hands meaning the CTU needs to step up alongside Greenpeace, Auckland Action Against Poverty, Child Poverty Action Group to host an Opposition Summit with a far wider focus than Labour would have given it.

Yes Labour need to take from soft National voters, but they also need to appeal to their actual progressive base as well!

Labour are staring down a generational loss of the Auckland vote and if you can’t win Auckland, you can’t win the election.

If Labour are gong to sit on their hands, at least rearrange the talent pool to win those soft National voters WHILE appealing to the base.

Put Greg O’Connor into Police ffs he’s far more credible than Ginny and you know it!

Babs can keep Finance but give Parker the Economy and allow him to make the argument for a Capital Gains Tax AND a Wealth Tax AND a Ghost House Tax AND a Financial Transaction Tax AND a Sugar Tax! He’s the only one with the brains to manage this!

Make Arena Williams spokesperson on Auckland (she’s an incredible talent and Auckland needs a voice!) and make Damien O’Connor the spokesperson for rural economy and rural environment.

Will the quick Green Chloe leap over the lazy Red log?

The other main problem with Labour’s decision to sit on their hands and wait it out is that other political actors won’t do that!

Chloe is a unique candidate and allowing her to become the de facto Leader of the Opposition in terms of passion and vision is that you will get an demographic and class collapse in the Labour vote.

Without meaningful progressive policy, Labour lose the working class vote to apathy in Auckland and they lose the middle class vote to the Greens in Auckland.

Why would anyone under 40 vote Labour?

By sitting on their hands, Labour risk permanently losing that demographic to the Greens.

If the Māori Party and the Greens agreed to on Opposition Summit, Labour would have no  choice but to attend.

The Political Left have to understand they are in danger from this Government because National/ACT and NZ First intend to damage us permanently!

If we don’t start fighting back now, there won’t be anything left to Govern if we do win in 2026!

Is Labour going to stand with us and resist or are they going to wait the fight out and pretend to turn up later?

This is the Government’s motto:

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Simplistic views of the causes of inflation don’t do the left any favours

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Chris Trotter pillories Act’s Brooke Van Velden for her response to Jack Tame in  Q+A last Sunday.  While Act deserves all the scorn we can muster, this attack makes me very uncomfortable.

Jack had disingenuously asked her a patsy question: “Are income tax cuts right now in the best interests of lowering inflation?” Trotter had a gleeful ‘gotcha’ moment from her affirmative reply:

“ the word “WRONG!” should have flashed across the screen – in much the same way as incorrect answers are blasted on the British television show “QI”. Because, as Van Velden, herself, Hoggard, economics graduates everywhere, and even the reasonably well-educated person in the street, knows: cutting income taxes right now is most assuredly NOT in the best interests of lowering inflation.”

For Chris, it is a simple matter: inflation is what you get when “too much money is chasing too few goods”. He says:

As an economist, Van Velden would not hesitate to condemn the idea of putting additional dollars in the hands of people already under severe cost-of-living pressures. She would know that the increased spending power being injected into the economy would inevitably lead to further price rises, as the extra money chased the same quantum of goods and services.

I am an economist and I have a different interpretation. Yes, she may have given the answer that Jack Tame was trying to elicit with a trick question, but I also heard in the interview her frustration at the lack of understanding of the multiple and subtle causes of inflation. 

While for Chris, it is black and white: income tax cuts give people more money, ipso facto, they must be inflationary, Van Velden’s hesitation was because she was seeing the whole picture more clearly than either Jack or Chris. 

The old ‘money chasing too few goods’ explanation of inflation is far from satisfactory and leads to punitive recessionary policies and tight monetary policy. It is better to think of inflation in terms of demand and supply in the context of the state of the economy.  

First, there are numerous reasons to sheet home a lot of the problem to supply side issues, for example, overseas bottlenecks, profit seeking distortions in the banking and supermarket sector, and cost pressures from deliberate policy changes such as in transport. These cost side pressures affect supply and won’t be cured by fiscal cut-backs. 

On the demand side, those at the bottom of the heap supported by benefits and part time work are unable to meet their basic living costs fall further behind. Giving this group less in order to curb inflation is stupid and only further reduces their productivity and the supply side of the economy.   If they can’t eat, what do they do?  They spend even more energy and time trying to squeeze extra assistance from hardship grants or charities, or institutionalised foodbanks, loans and support from friends and relatives, or by taking on more debt. They get what they need in a highly inefficient way.

The next group are those struggling to live on low paid work. They are carrying an extraordinary tax burden. When a parent earns more than $48,000, surely a very low income, every dollar extra over this threshold is taxed at 30% but they may also lose 27% for Working for Families, 12% for their student loan, 25% in housing assistance. If for example they earn an extra $20,000 they might retain only 6 % or $1200 (or even less after ACC and KiwiSaver).  And then, when they spend their extra disposable income 15% is taken for GST. Why would they bother to work harder to help the supply side of the economy?  

Now think of a self-employed sole parent who offers much needed nursing services to the private healthcare sector.  Working hard and conscientiously, she suffers the claw backs detailed above, but furthermore, as soon as her gross client fees exceed $60,000, she has to register for GST.   This threshold has been unchanged since 2009.  GST is an effective charge on her labour unless she can increase her fees adequately to compensate. When she puts up her fees, it directly adds to inflation while reducing demand for her vital services.

I don’t necessarily endorse the tax package that the coalition has in mind, but giving low income people some relief from terrible poverty traps that come from fixed thresholds is unlikely to cause more inflation and may usefully enhance the supply side of a desperately inefficient economy.  

The other group paying the price of inflation reduction are those who have large mortgages because of the highly distorted housing market that was not of their making. With crippling interest payments, many of these vital productive members of society are simply leaving NZ. 

The group that has not been asked to sacrifice are the top one third who hold most of the wealth and for whom cost of living pressures are irrelevant as they can buy whatever they want.  They don’t need to know the price of a litre of milk or a block of cheese. They are the super wealthy who have benefited from untaxed gains and who as landlords think nothing of increasing rents regardless of justification and social impact. It is their spending that is the most damaging.  
Chris notes, 

It is also possible, of course, that throwing the New Zealand economy into a deep recession, and increasing social misery, will bring the inflation rate down dramatically. 

But the figures show we are already in a recession and its effects are evidenced daily by   welfare agencies dealing with increasingly high needs.  This means there is slack in the economy and suggests that a tax stimulus of the right kind, along with other regulatory controls, could help slow a further downward spiral without reigniting inflation.



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MEDIAWATCH: Fringe Reality Check Radio – Go Bloke, Go Broke

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Reality Check Radio: A panel of lepers judging a beauty contest

Ha.

Look at that.

There is a God…

Fringe station Reality Check Radio off air – Peter Williams PR video calls for donations

Fringe radio station Reality Check Radio (RCR) is off air, with pleas for donations to help it broadcast again.

A 14-minute professionally shot PR video, hosted by RCR host and former TVNZ star Peter Williams, outlines dire consequences to New Zealand society if the station can’t return to the airwaves.

Reality Check Radio launched a little over a year ago, born from the anti-vaccine movement and anger over the way New Zealanders were treated by the previous Labour Government during the Covid pandemic.

It has also built a support base on the back of criticism of mainstream media.

Over time, RCR has faced its own media critics, including from the likes of other new broadcasting entrants such as The Platform’s Sean Plunket.

…Peter William’s message on loop reads like the Jim Jones mass suicide tape.

This lunatic antivaxx fringe media outlet imploding shouldn’t be read as some great collapse of the toxic political polarisation we have seen spread like Covid on a Cruise Ship, unfortunately I fear it’s the exact opposite.

The problem for Reality Check Radio is that they ended up being less fringe than their insane listeners.

This is the same danger NZ First faces, you can flirt with this unhinged feral antivaxx conspiracy swamp kingdom electorate, but their radicalisation has sprinted ahead of the acceptable faces of the movement.

Nothing short of a Nuremberg Trial where Jacinda and the entire front bench of the Labour Party are hanged in public will satisfy the revenge lust of the anti vixx grievance crowd.

Sure, Reality Check Radio is unhinged, but their Sovereign Sherif followers are even more batshit crazy than the hosts.

The collapse of Reality Check Radio doesn’t signify a peak of the feral antivaxxers, it’s a horrifying canary in the coal mine of just how polarised the fringes on the Right now are in NZ.

 

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ACT lied about number of sub machine guns so they could get more sub machine guns

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Minister accused of ‘misleading’ comments on semi-auto gun stats

The Firearms Minister is being accused of misleading the public over the number of people allowed to have prohibited semi-automatics.

Military-style semi-automatics and centre-fire rifles were banned after the 15 March terror attacks, bar a few carve-outs for pest control and gun collectors.

Associate Justice Minister (Firearms) Nicole McKee has repeatedly said more than 6600 New Zealanders are licensed to possess semi-automatics.

RNZ has sought clarification from Te Tari Pūreke Firearms Safety Authority about the data the police business unit holds.

It confirmed 6847 licence holders have a firearms endorsement to hold special classes of arms items.

However, only a fraction – 1593 – can hold the firearms banned by the Labour-New Zealand First coalition in 2019.

Of that number, only 328 people – pest controllers – can fire them.

The rest with prohibited endorsements have firearms for collector, theatrical or heirloom purposes and have to store a vital piece of their guns at a separate address, making them inoperable.

The bulk of the 6847 endorsements account for pistols. The Christchurch shooter was not carrying a pistol.

Police Association president Chris Cahill said McKee’s comments had been very misleading.

“Clearly she is using these figures to try and suggest that semi-automatic firearms are already widely available when they’re not,” he said.

“That goes to the heart of why I don’t believe a gun lobbyist should be in charge of the firearms reform legislation or a review of the firearms registry.”

 

ACT have lied, lied and then lied again by pretending that there are already 6847 submachine guns out in society when the reality is the actual number of these weapons is 328!

ACT lied because they are beholden to the Gun Rights Fetish Glee Club now, and the Gun Rights Fetish Glee Club want the favourite toy of sociopaths, the AR-15, a military-style semi-automatic, they want those back on the streets for the retailers of these bloody things!

The only winners in ACTs policy are the AR-15 retailers!

Look.

I grew up on a farm.

There was a home kill shed just across my bedroom.

Guns are tools for farmers and hunters.

The vast, vast, vast majority of Farmers and Hunters treat gun ownership as the privilege that it is.

I have zero time for collectors, fetishists  and the self defence lunatics.

Attempts to have ‘combat shooting‘ made a valid sport is an attempt to spread gun fetishism and legitimise it.

The attempt to bring back the favourite submachine gun of sociopaths by ACT is driven by the Gun Lobby who have enormous power inside ACT policy now.

As for the terminology game and their freak out anytime we say sub machine gun.

If it looks like a sub machine gun.

Sounds like a sub machine gun.

And kills like a sub machine gun.

Then it’s a fucking sub machine gun.

Legitimate gun owners have nothing to fear, but we all have something to fear by allowing these gun fetishists to bypass our collective safety for their weird weapon love.

ACT are lying about the numbers so that you think there are already these bloody sub machine guns operating in NZ with no problems, that’s a lie!

There are not 6600 of these guns already in society, there’s only 328 of them!

Why the christ are we allowing these fringe fanatics who seem to get sexually aroused by guns to determine social policy on firearms?

This is not a ‘freedom’ we want or need.

 

 

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Winston Peters’ bluff and bluster in his General Assembly speech at the United Nations yesterday are a classic case of doing one thing at home and saying another for overseas audiences.

Peters’ described the war on Gaza as an “utter catastrophe” and labelled Gaza a “wasteland”. He went on to say Israel could “not be under any misconceptions as to its legal obligations”.

These were strong words but meaningless in the context of what the government has failed to do at home.

Mr Peters did not tell his international audience that the New Zealand government has:

  • Refused to stop New Zealand military exports which support Israel’s war on Gaza
  • Refused (and still refuses) to condemn Israel for any of its war crimes such as collective punishment, the mass slaughter of over 33,000 Palestinians – mostly women and children – the targeting of aid workers and deliberate starvation of Gaza’s Palestinian population
  • Refused (and still refuses) to call for an immediate permanent ceasefire in Gaza
  • Refused (and still refuses) to reinstate funding for UNRWA (let alone doubling its funding and bringing forward payments which the government has been urged to do)
  • Refused (and still refuses) to withdraw from the US war to target Yemen which is acting to oppose Israel’s genocide of Palestinians
  • Refused (and still refuses) to support or join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice
  • Refused (and still refuses) to shut down the Israeli Embassy
  • Refused (and still refuses) to grant humanitarian visas for Palestinians with family in New Zealand

Winston Peters stands with the US/Israel on Gaza in every important respect but has tried to give a different impression to the United Nations.

There was nothing in his speech which holds Israel to account for its war crimes – not even a single punctuation mark.

It was a Janus-faced performance at the United Nations.

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