Category: New Zealand

NZ election: Jacinda Ardern victory result of core philosophy

Jacinda Ardern waves to supporters at an Auckland cafe on Sunday morning, after her election victory.

The trick with Jacinda Ardern is that it isn’t a trick. I once thought it might be. I now want a hug from Jacinda before I die. This permanent change comes from a place of shame. During my non-believer phase, circa March 2017, I spotted Ardern at a St Patrick’s Day festival of fiddly-dee songs. Probably in the way retired All Blacks players bore the new caps, I decided to give Ardern the benefit of my inglorious three years’ experience as an MP.

NZ election: Jacinda Ardern victory result of core philosophy

New Zealand invests in growing its domestic recycling industry to create jobs and dump less rubbish at landfills

New Zealand’s government recently put more than NZ$160 million towards developing a domestic recycling sector to create jobs as part of its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Zealand invests in growing its domestic recycling industry to create jobs and dump less rubbish at landfills

New Zealand’s Coronavirus Response Isn’t as Great as It Seems

She’s not that Kind (ODT)

Even Joe Biden — who sits on the conservative end of a Democratic Party more conservative than most of New Zealand’s political spectrum — has called for measures that go further than our government’s response. At various times, Biden has called for direct cash payments to families, freezing and forgiving rent payments, a moratorium on utility shutoffs, and forgiving at least $10,000 of student debt, a proposal that has been considered a laughable half-measure by American progressives, but has no comparable equivalent in New Zealand politics at the moment. That Joe Biden of all people has a more progressive vision than a New Zealand Labour-led government should prompt some serious soul-searching by our country’s liberals.

The worry is that even as the government has pumped more than $30 billion into financial markets, an inordinate number of New Zealanders now have less money to spend, and a bigger share of the meager income they do have has to be directed toward paying off debts, including any credit card and landlord debts they may have run up under lockdown. This is not only immoral, but as some economists have warned, could be economically disastrous, as less and less money goes toward buying the goods and services that drive the actual economy, and more and more goes into the world of finance.

via New Zealand’s Coronavirus Response Isn’t as Great as It Seems

New Zealand’s politicians just came up with a good plan — together – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Jacinda ardern and her cabinet

As Australia prepares for another climate policy reset, it’s easy to look to New Zealand and wonder what might have been.

Like Australia, New Zealand is one of the world’s largest per capita emitters and for many years both countries developed their climate policy in tandem.

But as Australia adjusts to another prime minister undone by climate change, New Zealand has just released its comprehensive roadmap for transition to a low emissions economy.

via New Zealand’s politicians just came up with a good plan — together – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)