Economy, Work, & Welfare Archive

  • Russel Norman

    Green bonds set to help finance green economy - by Russel Norman



    Twenty-five of the world’s largest banks – including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley – recently released the governance framework for a green bond market which is seeing billions of dollars flow into green economic opportunities around the world. While there are still some concerns with […] read more
    April 22, 2014 12:53 pm - 2 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “Stick to your knitting”…Gratuitous insult from Minister Groser to NZ scientists - by Kennedy Graham



    Climate Minister Groser continues to insult the New Zealand people – this time through our leading scientists. On Monday the IPCC released Working Group III’s section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Building on Group I (science) and II (impact), this one addresses strategy (see my blog-post of 15 April). In a possibly unprecedented action, leading […] read more
    April 16, 2014 2:25 pm - 8 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    IPCC 5th Assessment Report – exposing NZ on climate policy - by Kennedy Graham



    The IPCC’s 3rd Working Group has just released the final section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Following WGI report on the science and WGII on impact, this one focuses on a response strategy. The Report recalls that annual global emissions were 38 Gt. (billion tonnes) in 1990 and 49 Gt. in 2010.  Some 40% of […] read more
    April 15, 2014 8:15 am - 18 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Permitted musings on climate change - by Kennedy Graham



    My blog-post of yesterday on the spiritual-philosophical dimension of climate change evoked a particular response, pretty much uniformly positive.  Today I allow myself even freer reign.  Next week I shall revert to the normal practicalities of daily politics. In yesterday’s comment I recalled the yearning of some official delegations in the IPCC process to evoke […] read more
    April 4, 2014 10:54 am - 33 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Earth’s climate … and the matter of the human spirit - by Kennedy Graham



    There is something surreal to the climate epic that is beginning to define the fate of the planet – and the human species with it. This was portrayed last week in the muted diplomatic exchanges that echoed along the corridors in Yokohama, marking the adoption of the IPCC’s Working Group II’s 5th Assessment Report on […] read more
    April 3, 2014 12:31 pm - 7 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Students reveal the negative impacts postgraduate cuts are having - by Holly Walker



    Last month I posted about the damaging impact the cuts to postgraduate student allowances could have on the future psychology workforce in New Zealand. Steven Joyce, the Minister for Tertiary Education, claims this is not an issue because students can borrow living costs and therefore don’t need an allowance. However, this does not tally with what […] read more
    April 3, 2014 11:01 am - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    The future of Earth’s climate - by Kennedy Graham



    The IPCC has released today the 2nd Working Group’s report of its 5th Assessment Report. The WG II report follows the WGI report on the scientific basis of climate change, released in Sept. ’13. This report assesses the impact on the planet of the expected climate change.  A 3rd report by WGIII, due mid-April, explores […] read more
    March 31, 2014 1:45 pm - 50 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    All New Zealanders deserve to live in dignity – stories from the frontline of Work and Income - by Jan Logie



    Over the last week or so several very brave people have shared their experiences online of the challenges they are experiencing dealing with Work and Income. It is important to acknowledge how brave it is to share these experiences when the government has continued to characterise people requiring income support as work shy, drug taking, […] read more
    March 20, 2014 3:55 pm - 9 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Workers productivity not matched by pay boosts - by Denise Roche



    The benefit of the so called rockstar economy to ordinary working New Zealanders is missing in action.  As labour productivity is surging the benefits are definitely not trickling down to workers. Statistics New Zealand points out that from 1996 to 2013, labour productivity grew more in Australia than in New Zealand, up by an average […] read more
    March 19, 2014 5:31 pm - 25 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Looking after our recent migrants - by Jan Logie



    No, I’m not talking about overriding citizenship guidelines in return for political donations. A quarter of the New Zealand workforce was born overseas. NZ has one of the highest per capita inflows of permanent migrants in the OECD and one of the highest outflows of citizens. The last figures available showed the net fiscal contribution […] read more
    March 13, 2014 6:09 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    The election, the G20, and the climate – very simply: a matter of priorities - by Kennedy Graham



    In New Zealand, we observe the quaint constitutional custom of having the political leader of the nation decide the date of the next election. This of course is done with the utmost objectivity.  Yesterday Prime Minister John Key chose 20 September. The objective reasons he advanced were that a number of leaders of the G-20 […] read more
    March 11, 2014 8:58 pm - 14 Comments
  • Julie Anne Genter

    The Christchurch City Carpark Debate - by Julie Anne Genter



    While in Christchurch last week, I realised that parking is still an ongoing and contentious debate in the rebuild. Christchurch developer Stephen Collins was quoted in The Press recently saying “the reason the malls are so successful and the central city was in decline is because you can go to a shopping centre, park right […] read more
    March 6, 2014 9:27 am - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    The future is brighter for solar - by Gareth Hughes



    The solar industry is seeing tremendous growth around the world: in the U.S. every four minutes another panel is installed on a home or business’ roof, and Australia already has one million homes with panels. read more
    March 3, 2014 5:09 pm - 311 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Wages fail to keep up with productivity gains - by Denise Roche



    The Government has announced that from April 1 2014 the minimum wage will be increased by 50 cents to $14.25 per hour. read more
    February 25, 2014 3:15 pm - 12 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Tribute to a Pacific Leader - by Catherine Delahunty



    This week the Pacific and the world community lost a wonderful leader of sustainable forestry. Yati Bun from Papua New Guinea died suddenly while visiting a Pueblo community forest in the mountains of Mexico. Yati was travelling with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) of which he was an international board member. I had the privilege […] read more
    February 21, 2014 4:01 pm - 4 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Christchurch City Council needs to keep our assets - by Eugenie Sage



    Christchurch Mayor, Lianne Dalziel’s State of the City speech this week was a welcome signal that under Dalziel, the Council is determined to assert its right to represent Christchurch citizens and shape the city’s future. The Council appears to be engaging with CERA in a more muscular and confident way, rather than being cowed and […] read more
    February 21, 2014 11:12 am - 1 Comment
  • Jan Logie

    Protection for migrant workers – bad legislation to address a real problem - by Jan Logie



    Today we heard submissions on the Immigration Amendment Bill. The primary purpose and the flagship of this bill is making the exploitation of migrants on a temporary entry visa with work conditions an offence and making the employer liable for deportation. Previously, these sections covered only unlawful workers. It will enable employers who exploit workers […] read more
    February 20, 2014 5:48 pm - No Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Mum in the House – it’s getting easier - by Holly Walker



    Three weeks into our experiment combining parenting and Parliament and I am pleased to report that it is getting easier. read more
    February 18, 2014 10:36 am - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Taking the power back– Green Party Solar Homes policy - by Gareth Hughes



    Solar Homes is about breaking free from the big energy companies and taking the power back. read more
    February 17, 2014 10:43 am - 32 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    We can make history in 2014 - by Gareth Hughes



    ” A Green government will invest in our people, will protect our environment and will build an economy which works for everyone.” read more
    February 12, 2014 7:34 pm - 11 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “People … may have been caught out…I just hope he gets his projections right in the future…” – The Groserian theory of emissions reductions - by Kennedy Graham



    Every now and then, things emerge in the give-and-take of daily life that illuminate insights with a deeper, underlying significance.   Such was the case yesterday. Some of us around the planet harbour a passing concern that dangerous, and perhaps catastrophic, climate change is likely if global greenhouse gas emissions do not begin to reduce very […] read more
    February 12, 2014 9:13 am - 26 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Aspiring Northland - by David Clendon



    Finance Minister Bill English got it half right when he said recently that models of government intervention that had been applied in the Far North over the last thirty years had “disempowered them rather than helped them”.  Mr English told the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee that there had been a culture and a climate […] read more
    February 3, 2014 10:37 am - 29 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Do you feel power prices are too low? - by Gareth Hughes



    Rising power prices under National or cheaper, cleaner power with the Greens – I know which future I prefer. read more
    January 31, 2014 11:39 am - 9 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Climate policy vs. Princess and the Pea – better to stick with the story-books - by Kennedy Graham



    As we all now know, we are running out of time to prevent dangerous climate change.  Twenty-one years after Earth Summit and the UN Framework Convention, we are still to strike a global agreement that will bind all countries to curb and then reduce emissions to stay under the 2°C threshold. In fact, we are […] read more
    January 31, 2014 10:46 am - 21 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Mum in the House - by Holly Walker



    Today is a big day for me on a personal level – it’s my first full day back in the House after taking parental leave to welcome my baby girl Esther into the world. She is 16 weeks old. read more
    January 28, 2014 4:09 pm - 3 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    It’s time for an inquiry into safety in the forestry sector - by Denise Roche



    Last week two forestry workers were seriously injured and another killed in forests near Whakatane, Gisborne and Wairau. This comes on top of 10 deaths last year in the sector and another 90 serious injuries.  Despite this the government – and Labour Minister Simon Bridges – is still silent on supporting an inquiry and tighter […] read more
    January 21, 2014 5:25 pm - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    A global climate policy – thoughts for Xmas - by Kennedy Graham



    These past five weeks, I have visited Europe studying climate policy.  I attended the UN’s 19th climate conference, UNFCCC COP-19, in Warsaw.  After Poland, I visited Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom and European Union (Brussels).  And I retraced my UN steps to the Middle East (Jordan) and spoke with leaders there as well. Humanity, […] read more
    December 20, 2013 12:16 pm - 36 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    The EU’s climate policy – swimming against the tide - by Kennedy Graham



    I have argued earlier that the EU is leading the world on climate record and policy.  It is.  The EU-27’s emissions dropped 16% from 5.6 Gt. in 1990 to 4.7 Gt. in 2010, where ours rose 22%.  Its targets are better than others, and its policies are serious and rational. Yet everything is relative.  No […] read more
    December 18, 2013 10:12 am - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    Regional/National climate policy – 4. European Union - by Kennedy Graham



    They are not perfect but they lead the world in climate policy. If humanity rescues itself from dangerous – or worse, catastrophic – climate change, it will not be because of the US, or the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) or CANZ (Canada, Australia, NZ).  It will be because of the EU. Before the defining […] read more
    December 17, 2013 10:51 am - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    My 2013 Best Efforts from a Biased Participant - by Catherine Delahunty



    Tired of the conventional list of dubious political achievements? Join me in constructing your own from an openly biased rather than faux-neutral list of successes. 1, Big ups to Jan Logie and Lee Rhiannon (Aussie Green MP) for confronting the Sri Lankan Government on human rights the week before CHOGM in Sri Lanka! 2. Congratulations […] read more
    December 16, 2013 11:02 am - 4 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    National climate policy – 4. United Kingdom - by Kennedy Graham



    And what of the UK? -    In 1990, Britain’s gross emissions were 773 Mt.  New Zealand’s were 60 Mt. -    In 2011, Britain’s were 550 Mt., a drop of 29%.   New Zealand’s were 76 Mt., an increase of 27%. -    For 2027, Britain’s are budgeted (in law) to be 390 Mt. on average, and probably […] read more
    December 13, 2013 11:09 am - 110 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Small (business) is beautiful - by David Clendon



    Not too many  years ago the thing NZers were most likely to know about Finland is that some people from there were really good at driving fast.  Then came Nokia, the remarkable company that went from making paper and gumboots to being the world leader in mobile phone technology.  A recent article in the NBR  […] read more
    December 12, 2013 11:43 am - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Tax breaks for oil companies? - by Gareth Hughes



    “What’s next? Community bake sales for deep sea drilling rigs?” read more
    December 11, 2013 11:51 am - 7 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    The future of Huntly? - by Gareth Hughes



    “Huntly…is a symbol of the ‘think big’ centralised fossil fuel-dominated electricity system that served us reasonably well for its time, but like the faded and peeling paint inside the station, it is an old-fashioned reminder times have changed.” read more
    December 10, 2013 2:26 pm - 56 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Child poverty and the government response - by Jan Logie



    In October Child Poverty Action released a report ‘Benefit sanctions: Creating an invisible underclass of children?’ which found government policy “… effectively creates a class of economically vulnerable, invisible and unequal children whose wellbeing is intimately tied to the welfare/labour market status of their caregivers. This necessarily means some children will not have the same […] read more
    December 9, 2013 4:23 pm - 14 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Keeping more of Meridian in public ownership - by Russel Norman



    Yesterday, I announced a new plan that will keep more of Meridian Energy in public ownership. Purchasers in the Meridian sale are paying for it in two instalments. They paid $1 in October and, in May 2015, they will be required to pay a second instalment of 50 cents, at which point their instalments receipts […] read more
    December 9, 2013 10:25 am - 6 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    The gender pay gap – an update - by Jan Logie



    The latest census has given us an update on the state of the gender pay gap. Since the last census men’s median income only increased by 15.9 percent and women’s median income while increased 20.9 percent. That might make you think things were improving until you read ‘Men were more likely than women to have […] read more
    December 6, 2013 12:41 pm - 3 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    National Climate Policy – 3. Norway - by Kennedy Graham



    And what of Norway? It’s oil on troubled waters.  Norway has the oil.  And it has hydro.  Both are, to some extent, problematic. Oil makes it rich – what some say is the ‘divided economy’.  There is the oil-driven part that revs up prices (a dinner out for two in Oslo is over 50% higher […] read more
    December 6, 2013 12:30 pm - 2 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    National Climate Policy – 2. Sweden - by Kennedy Graham



    Under the traditional CBDR/RC principles, plus the latest phrases conceived in Warsaw and growing fast – ‘bounded flexibility’, spectrum of commitments’, ‘equity reference framework’, ‘fair contributions’, what of the national policies of Sweden and New Zealand? While New Zealand devoted the ‘90s to promoting land-use and forestry as ways of making our national climate-life easier, […] read more
    December 5, 2013 12:19 pm - No Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Dying for a job - by Denise Roche



    Three more workers lost their lives in forestry related deaths over the last 10 days and the government still sits on their hands and refuses an inquiry into health and safety in the industry. In February this year the NZ Council of Trade Unions embarked on a high profile campaign and petition to launch an […] read more
    December 5, 2013 11:06 am - No Comments