Remember the consultative working group being established to develop the Wellington Regional Biodiversity Framework?
Sure you do. It’s the group which gives more voting powers to Maori than to non-Maori members in electing co-leaders and – while it has been set up in the name of diversity – wants members to have a good grasp of Treaty stuff.
It’s rare for a politician in New Zealand to be mugged while out walking, broadcaster Barry Soper observed after Green Party co-leader James was assaulted in Wellington last week, although many had got into “skirmishes” when out doing their job.
The attack on Shaw prompted the PM to say New Zealanders should be proud of the access New Zealanders have to their politicians, whose job is to serve the people, but this assault showed they can’t take that for granted.
Soper recalled National’s Lockwood Smith once being forced to take a back door out of a university rather than face angry students as Education Minister.
Move over Shane Jones – Grant Robertson might be keen to join you in assailing Air NZ for its appalling exercise in yield management at the weekend in jacking up round fares to Christchurch to $747 and $787.
It took a crisp call from Finance Minister Robertson, who holds Air NZ’s shares for the Crown, to boot common sense into the Auckland warriors who run the national carrier.
Fares were capped and compassionate fares made available.
Air NZ furthermore cancelled 17 regional services from Christchurch, saying, it was not possible to screen customers and their baggage.
But wait a minute. Those flights (on ATRs and Q300s) aren’t screened anyway.
Labour ministers’ enthusiasm for a capital gains tax appears to be waning by the day. Even the PM, Jacinda Ardern, no longer seems to be talking up the need to make the tax system “fairer” by bringing in a comprehensive CGT.
Revenue Minister Stuart Nash went so far as to say this week “there is nothing to consult on”.
Here is what he told Parliament on Thursday:
Nash: When I said I’m not consulting on a capital gains tax, I’m also not consulting on the 19 measures that the Tax Working Group considers would reduce compliance cost to small to medium enterprises.
The editorial agreed with Cr John Barrow, who said Horizons covers a wide Manawatu-Whanganui area area and live-streaming would get more people involved.
“The more scrutiny we get, the better”.
Editorial writer Jimmy Ellingham said it’s easy to argue that anyone can come along to watch a council meeting, but the realities of modern life make that difficult, especially for daytime meetings.
Horizons has 5500 followers on Facebook and even a tiny fraction of that number choosing to watch a live-stream of a council meeting would be a positive.
While the council voted to enhance democracy with live-streaming in its region, the same can’t be said of plans to give a privileged position to iwi to involve them more in managing Manawatū waterways. This issue was covered in another Stuff report.
As part of the changes, the council would create a committee councillors and iwi leaders would sit on to come up with strategies for different catchments.
Our financial ecosystem seems well and truly rooted.
Point of Order doffs its cap to Michael Reddell for alerting the public to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s plunge into political correctness.
Reddell draws attention, too, to the awful reality that a great deal of government improvidence goes undetected by the Point of Order Trough Monitor, which limits its surveillance to the profligacy of the inhabitants of the Beehive.
In particular, he has highlighted the Reserve Bank’s recruiting a “cultural capability advisor Maori” and wonders what this bureaucrat will do in an agency with three main jobs, none of them involving direct dealing with the general public – Maori, European, Chinese, Mexican or whatever:
the Bank issues bank notes and coins. That involves purchasing them from overseas producers, and selling them to (repurchasing them from) the head offices of retail banks;
it sets monetary policy. There is one policy interest rate, one New Zealand dollar, affecting economic activiity (in the short-term) and prices without distinction by race or culture. Making monetary policy happen, at a technical level, involves setting an interest rate on accounts banks hold with the Reserve Bank, and a rate at which the Reserve Bank will lend (secured) to much the same group. The target – the inflation target, conditioned on employment (a single target for all New Zealand) – is set for them by the Minister of Finance.
and it regulates/supervises banks, non-bank deposit-takers, and insurance companies, under various bits of legislation that don’t differentiate by race or culture.