Economy, Work, & Welfare Archive

  • Russel Norman

    Exports continue to simplify under National - by Russel Norman

    Export data released today from Statistics New Zealand shows a continuing and disturbing trend in the New Zealand economy — we are exporting less high-valued manufactured goods (down 12.5 percent) and less high-valued manufactured goods as a proportion of total exports. The chart says it all: Compared to other small, developed economies — some of […] read more
    July 24, 2014 12:56 pm - 1 Comment
  • Russel Norman

    A cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand - by Russel Norman

    Russel Norman- General debate speech, 23 July 2014 Together, it is possible to build a cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand. A New Zealand in which our rivers are clean enough to swim in and our precious beaches are safe from oil spills. A New Zealand in which every child has enough to thrive. And a […] read more
    July 23, 2014 3:54 pm - 7 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    National’s innovation policy in three charts - by Russel Norman

    If Steven Joyce is such a believer in innovation, why is he planning to cut his investment in innovation so dramatically? Here, in three charts, is what National’s long-term commitment to innovation looks like: 1. National will cut their investment in science and innovation by 21 percent, in real terms, out to 2023/24. 2. The […] read more
    July 17, 2014 1:12 pm - 4 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Coromandel meeting rejects TPPA - by Catherine Delahunty

    Last night more than 50 people crowded into a little hall in Tairua on the Coromandel and listened to global food and fair trade activist Andrea Brower from Hawaii and myself talking about food and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Andrea has written columns on these themes in both “The Huffington Post” and “Common Dreams“. […] read more
    July 15, 2014 4:47 pm - 3 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Enough to live on? - by Jan Logie

    Paula Bennett reckons people have enough to live on, and is trucking out averages as if it proves something, but on the ground, it’s not enough. Here’s some of the stories I’m hearing: A woman moved from out west to South Auckland because she’d found a house that met her needs for $100 less a […] read more
    July 15, 2014 12:02 pm - 17 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Govt backs Green plan for a second internet cable - by Gareth Hughes

    I’m cautiously optimistic of news that the government-owned company Research and Educational Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has signed a $65 million anchor tenancy contract with Hawaiki Cable Ltd for its proposed new second internet cable. We announced in December 2012 our plan to fund a much-needed second internet cable. The Green Party plans […] read more
    July 2, 2014 3:54 pm - 19 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Double win for Greens in economics this week - by Russel Norman

    National has finally relented to years of Green Party pressure to put the Government’s banking contract to competitive tender. This banking contract – the largest, most lucrative banking contract in the country – has been held by Australian-owned Westpac Bank since 1989 and has never been retendered since then. In 2010, we disclosed this cosy […] read more
    June 26, 2014 12:00 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Guest Post – Cr Paul Bruce – Don’t Scrap the Trolleys - by Gareth Hughes

    Lets be clear about this – the scrapping of the trolley buses is nothing to do with age of the fleet and power supply…it has nothing to do with the standard of the overhead wiring…it has nothing to do with the performance of the power stations or under powered trolleys…it has nothing to do with the age of the chassis – they were new 7 years ago. The decision to scrap the trolley fleet is based on prejudice and the... read more
    June 26, 2014 11:31 am - 2 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Equal pay will require a change of government - by Jan Logie

    Today EEO Commissioner Dr. Jacqui Blue joined previous commissioners in calling on all political parties to set targets to close gender and ethnic pay gaps. In the past two years there has been no change in the public sector gender pay gap in the 29 core government departments. The gender pay gap in the public […] read more
    June 25, 2014 5:35 pm - 1 Comment
  • Gareth Hughes

    Blueprint for the future: a Digital Manufacturing Strategy for New Zealand - by Gareth Hughes

    Yesterday I launched a component of the Green Party’s smart green innovation package, Blueprint for the Future – a digital manufacturing strategy for New Zealand. It deals with a range of technologies but the most notable, disruptive, and headline grabbing is 3D printing. My personal interest in 3D printing started about a year ago. I had read a bit […] read more
    June 10, 2014 5:45 pm - 3 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Service cutbacks for refugees arriving in NZ - by Jan Logie

    Out of all the people that come to our shores, refugees and asylum seekers are the most vulnerable.  They often carry many scars- some visible, some less visible.  They often have seen and experienced horrific conditions.  So when they arrive, having willingly accepted them, New Zealand has an obligation to provide services and the care […] read more
    June 9, 2014 12:19 pm - 3 Comments
  • frog

    How a carbon tax shift worked in British Columbia - by frog

    OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría described the implementation of British Columbia’s carbon tax “as near as we have to a textbook case, with wide coverage across sectors and a steady increase in the rate”. British Columbia’s centre-right political party, the Liberal Party, implemented a broad-based low rate carbon charge in 2008 of C$10 per tonne […] read more
    June 5, 2014 10:23 am - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    Defining the Election Issue: National and Green climate policy - by Kennedy Graham

    At its AGM last weekend, the Green Climate Protection Package was rolled out. -    It contains the over-riding goal of net carbon-neutral economy by 2050, with a National Carbon Budget comprising a series of five-yearly budget components to get to that goal. -    There will be an independent Climate Commission to advise the Government on […] read more
    June 4, 2014 9:07 am - 30 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Immigration – the Green Party perspective - by Jan Logie

    One of the many brilliant people I know is Pengjun Zhao. He is from China and we worked together at Otago University on urban sustainability. He came to NZ and was welcomed because we need his skills as a transport modeller to help us consider the consequences of different policy decisions on people’s mobility and […] read more
    June 3, 2014 3:09 pm - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Government undermines women’s work conditions – part A - by Jan Logie

    The Government has recently reported to the United Nations on the progress New Zealand has made towards gender equality and women’s empowerment over the last twenty years. In the report they point out that ‘changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 have had positive impacts on working conditions for women’. These positive changes include Part […] read more
    June 3, 2014 2:49 pm - No Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Youth homelessness in Auckland - by Denise Roche

    In Auckland there are around 15000 people who are homeless. About 7000 of these people are under 25. We heard about this on Monday at a forum hosted by the Auckland Council for people and agencies who work with the homeless. According to some of those agencies young people make up to half of all […] read more
    May 20, 2014 4:15 pm - No Comments
  • Jan Logie

    The Budget and poverty - by Jan Logie

    The glaring gap in this week’s budget was the absence of any measures at all to reduce child poverty, address the causes of poverty or raise the incomes of the poorest kids. The really nasty thing about the budget was that the absolutely most vulnerable children – newborn babies born into the families most lowest […] read more
    May 16, 2014 5:17 pm - 5 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    How the Budget looked for students… - by Holly Walker

    Yesterday’s Budget was a bit different for me – since I’ve been the students spokesperson for the Greens, each Budget has delivered cut after cut to student support. Last year we saw the Government crackdown on overseas borrowers and limit student allowances for older learners. In 2012, there were even bigger changes, including removing access […] read more
    May 16, 2014 3:04 pm - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    The right to Internet access - by Gareth Hughes

    The Internet has changed our world. It is now a major part of how people access information, express themselves, engage in financial transactions, and participate in the democratic process. UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue “…believes that the Internet is one of the most powerful instruments of the 21st century for increasing transparency in the […] read more
    May 15, 2014 4:09 pm - 3 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Polytechnics under attack - by David Clendon

    Teachers and other people who choose to work in education are generally quite positive, upbeat people – I think a sense of humour is a prerequisite to surviving and thriving in that environment!  Despite that, I’m seeing a lot of long faces and stressed people when I visit tertiary institutions, and the Tertiary Education Union […] read more
    May 14, 2014 1:14 pm - 1 Comment
  • Holly Walker

    Rent rises hurting students - by Holly Walker

    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has today released new research that shows the impact of rising rents on students. They identify the measly amount available to students through the accommodation benefit as contributing to the problem. Despite skyrocketing rents, the amount that students can receive per week to help out with accommodation […] read more
    May 13, 2014 5:17 pm - 5 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Giving money to beneficiaries – if only. - by Jan Logie

    Yesterday in another attempt by the government to distract us from their rapidly accumulating list of dodgy deals they announced a $3000 relocation grant to beneficiaries who can get a confirmed job offer for over 91 days in Christchurch. This seems to be a very poorly thought out response to a genuine problem in Christchurch. It shows us what happens when […] read more
    May 7, 2014 7:34 pm - 10 Comments
  • Steffan Browning

    Whose tree is it? Whose farm is it? - by Steffan Browning

    Whose tree is it? Whose farm is it? The announcement of the sale of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper and packaging businesses to Japanese interests, consolidates New Zealand’s forestry interests into foreign ownership. Over 70% of plantation forests are already owned by overseas interests and now all the major forest products processors are foreign […] read more
    April 28, 2014 10:57 am - 18 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Mourn the dead and fight for the living - by Denise Roche

    It’s Workers Memorial Day.  It is a time to remember those who went to work and didn’t come home.  In the last year 51 people have died on the job and around 1000 people have been on ACC for a year for work-related injuries and illness. The most dangerous occupations are in forestry, agriculture, construction, […] read more
    April 28, 2014 10:47 am - 2 Comments
  • 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 - 5 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 - 36 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 - 8 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 - 5 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