Year of reckoning for Ardern Government

The Labour led Government has to step up and prove it is as progressive and transformative as Prime Minister has promised.

In the Speech from the Throne at the beginning of the current term:

The programme I will outline today is ambitious.

This government is committed to major investments in housing, health, education, police, and infrastructure.

This will be a government of transformation. It will lift up those who have been forgotten or neglected, it will take action on child poverty and homelessness, it will restore funding to education and the health systems to allow access for all, it will protect the environment and take action on climate change, and it will build a truly prosperous nation and a fair society, together.

This will be a government of aspiration.

There will be a progressive tax system where everyone pays their fair share, according to their means…

This ambitious plan to take real action on climate change…

A nation in which fairness and equality of opportunity are not just aspirations but facts. And a nation in which all communities are empowered.

Last year was in the main underwhelming. Much was put on hold pending work groups and inquiries.

This year the rubber needs to hit the cycleway.

Sam Sachdeva – 2019: the year of action at Parliament?

A stream of working groups

For Jacinda Ardern’s Government, the biggest task may be dealing with the stream of reports and recommendations that start to come in from the various working groups it has set up since taking power.

Derided by National as an expensive abdication of responsibility and defended by the Government as necessary work after years of neglect, the truth probably lies somewhere in between.

What is undeniable is that the cost of running the groups will be eclipsed by the dollar figures attached to the recommendations that they make.

While the books are in healthy condition, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has already signalled to the Labour faithful that fiscal prudence is a guiding principle – an understandable position given accusations of economic vandalism hurled at left-wing parties, but one which could lead to disquiet if the governing parties are seen to be falling short of their voters’ expectations.

2019 may be the year when the public gets a better sense of whether the Government will be as truly transformational as Ardern has suggested, or if it may fall short of the hype (although it will be years or decades until we know for sure).

We will have to wait and see how things pan out through the year.

 

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  1. David

     /  16th January 2019

    Let’s hope we see an engagement with Gayford, anything else is just too much to put on a first time Mum

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    • thespectrum

       /  16th January 2019

      David@. Surely they would schedule the marriage for election year 🙂

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      • Patzcuaro

         /  16th January 2019

        That is what I would recommend, use it to start the election campaign. A state wedding perhaps live on free to air TV.

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        • thespectrum

           /  16th January 2019

          @Patzcuaro. No not a state wedding not cool. More the Kiwi home wedding in the back yard. Sending out invites on the back of old Xmas cards. Calling neighbours to “come over for a cold one ” that sort of home spun spin”. Doting dad changing nappies with one hand while turning the vegan steaks with the other. Jacinda in the SUV backing a trailer up the drive. The trailer gently comes to rest against a tree and Jacinda calls out “bugger it close enough for us, right lets eat.” The fans Will swoon 🙂

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          • Patzcuaro

             /  16th January 2019

            Who has Xmas cards these days, perhaps invites by Facebook to a street party.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  16th January 2019

              I doubt it; it would be rivalling the royal weddings with the blushing virgin bride in a white dress and long train.

            • thespectrum

               /  16th January 2019

              @Catkin / January 16, 2019
              “I doubt it; it would be rivalling the royal weddings with the
              blushing virgin bride in a white dress and long train”.
              The spin Dr’s would produce wedding attire producing
              so much talk that the PM’s popularity would soar.
              I think the numbers watching would be very high.
              Celebrity weddings drag em in.
              Especially as the broadcast would be in NZ time.
              Meghan Markle and Fergie had previous relationships.
              Charles, Andrew,and Prince Harry were not virgins when they married.
              Bit old fashioned of you Kitty.
              I think they would let on that they were marrying
              in a secret location known only by all the media 🙂

  2. lurcher1948

     /  16th January 2019

    More importantly,when will Simon Bridges get shafted….asking on behalf of Judith Collins

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    • Corky

       /  16th January 2019

      Little late for that now, Lurchy. Like most most things, the opportunity has past National by. It will take a big ball from left field to get them in winning form for the election.

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  16th January 2019

      lurch Dontcha think bridges is a little more honest than collins ??
      she has a degree in Obfuscation
      he has a degree in bad Communication

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      • thespectrum

         /  16th January 2019

        @Pickled Possum “she(Collins) has a degree in Obfuscation”
        To be fair everyone in politics in business in media/social media
        in communication has a degree in obfuscation.
        It’s a prime prerequisite 🙂

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  3. Duker

     /  16th January 2019

    The stream of working groups was matched by national back in 2009 and 2010.
    Indeed the ‘first named’ Tax Working Group came from that time, plus assorted investigations into taxi driver safety and other humdrum

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  4. Pickled Possum

     /  16th January 2019

    true sad story…
    Last year my son brought a house for 1.1 million dollars a poky little ex-state house that had been renovated to a high standard but still a poky little 3 bedroom house in a street with all ex state homes.
    .
    While he went for a 2-week trip overseas the scaffolding experts came and put up fences around surrounding houses and when he came home he rang the housing corp.

    He was told the houses were going to be demolished and 6 flats built
    (to house the homeless).
    He was aghast as he had asked were there any plans for the state homes in the district before he made a bid on the house.
    NO he was told, so this was a real shock.

    He offered the house to housing corp and they paid him the price he paid plus a little extra for his moving costs..
    While he was moving a window got broken so when housing corp came for the inspection they said right …. fix the window… 100 bucks later …

    Window fixed another 1.4 million dollar house brought they moved in happy and settled.

    Yesterday the housing corp demolished the house in preparation for the building of 6 flats on the section. YES DEMOLISHED and still, there are homeless in Auckland waiting for their homes.
    What the fuck national and labour what have you done.
    This all happened over a period of 8 months.
    Fark them all !!!! Waste of space Waste of money Putting stress on a young family.
    I will never trust national or labour again NEVER.
    Geeza who else is there???????????????????

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  16th January 2019

      3 million dollars will be the end cost for the flats land and who’s going to live in them.
      corky knows … hope, not the travellers mates.

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    • Blazer

       /  16th January 2019

      ‘He was aghast as he had asked were there any plans for the state homes in the district before he made a bid on the house.
      NO he was told, so this was a real shock.’

      who did he ask?

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      • Pickled Possum

         /  16th January 2019

        Council and housing corp

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        • Gezza

           /  16th January 2019

          I will never trust national or labour again NEVER.
          Seems to me it’s te Housing Corp you should be angry at. At the political level the Twyfords & Arderns & Bridgeses & Collinses & any or all of the pollies just come along for a tv stunt PR appearance & haven’t a clue or a care what’s happened before that.

          Geeza who else is there???????????????????
          Dunno. I could even be dead by then & not be concerned any longer. You never know what’s around the corner. 😉

          Assuming I’m still alive and kicking, though, I’m just going to have make a call on probably the best of the bad or unknown choices at the time. I will look again at parties and policies (if known) across the spectrum. If my vote(s) don’t count in the final result (like last time) I will still exercise my choice to vote on reasons, not political tribe.

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          • thespectrum

             /  16th January 2019

            @Gezza “I will look again at parties and policies (if known) [across the spectrum]” hey Corky your using my former scream name. See how my hypnosis is working on this site 🙂

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          • PartisanZ

             /  16th January 2019

            IMHO, while this is an immediate and direct result of Kiwibuild desperation on Labour-led’s part, its also a seamless (and seemless*) continuation of 4th Labour, then Bol-Shipley’s National, then 5th Labour then Key National’s ever increasing reliance on Real Estate [or FIIRE to be exact] to prop up the ‘pretense prosperity’ of Aotearoa New Zealand’s post-Rogerednomics neoliberal economy …

            FIIRE = Finance, Insurance, Immigration & Real Estate.

            Seemless = new word # 199 … PartisanZ!!! Sitting on a double-century …

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            • Blazer

               /  16th January 2019

              sansparty……#200 th -new word ….’individual with no allegiance to mainstream political parties!

    • thespectrum

       /  16th January 2019

      @Pickledpossum
      “true sad story…
      Last year my son brought a house for 1.1 million dollars a poky little ex-state house ”
      Why did your son buy a 1.1 poky little house? Could have bought 4 comfy three bedder’s here in Whangas and rented 3 of them out to needy folk. Just wondering.

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      • Pickled Possum

         /  16th January 2019

        his thriving business is based in Auckland
        he has renters in Auckland
        holiday bach by the beach
        I was the only one that thought it was poky
        they thought it was just right for them
        ps … don’t tell him I said it was poky pls

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        • PartisanZ

           /  16th January 2019

          That’s ‘Right’ … people should just up-and-move to where houses are cheaper … regardless of ties and commitments … regardless of lack of work … and make those houses more expensive … It’s a sure-fire sign of ‘growth’ in regional economies …

          Hell … give us ‘Four Lanes’ and ‘Northlanders’ can just commute to Auckland …

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        • thespectrum

           /  16th January 2019

          Renting is a thriving business. Here in Whangas 3 years a go a decent 3 bedder could be found for $170 p/w. Today the same place will cost at least $350 p/w.
          100% increase in some rentals in just 3 years and climbing.

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          • PartisanZ

             /  16th January 2019

            Yipeee … soon the kids in Whangarei will lose all hope of ever owning a house … and move to Kaikohe …

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            • thespectrum

               /  16th January 2019

              My Whangas is Whanganui 🙂
              $350 for a 3 bedder in Whangarei is probably cheap.

            • PartisanZ

               /  16th January 2019

              Oh, well, that makes it ALL all ‘Right’ … doesn’t it?

              Where will the “provincially abandoned” children of Whanganui move to?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  16th January 2019

          But there are plenty of houses in Auckland for less than $1,000,000. Good ones, not ex-staties. Why didn’t he buy something more upmarket ?

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          • Pickled Possum

             /  16th January 2019

            You obviously dont live in aucklans miss.its all about location and to find a solid real wooden house with character thats the price you pay.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  16th January 2019

              Well, if people want to pay extra for the name of the suburb, that’s their business. But I know people who live there, in perfectly good suburbs, who own houses that cost less than that and would be sold for less. It depends upon the priorities.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  16th January 2019

              There are plenty of lovely houses that are less than that; a quick look at Trade Me shows that. Houses in good areas, spacious, sea views…why would anyone choose a tiny wooden ex-statie when they could have a big one with gorgeous views for less money, also in a good suburb ? I don’t understand it.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  16th January 2019

              Miss fuck up

  5. thespectrum

     /  16th January 2019

    It is always a year of reckoning.
    The media has to have some thing to talk about.
    The media won’t say “quiet year ahead in politics
    as Government continues laying foundations for 9 year plan”.
    People would say oh ok I’ll check back in 2028.
    No money in those headlines 🙂

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  6. PartisanZ

     /  16th January 2019

    Daily Blacker-than-Red attack topics start up again for the New Year …

    Beats the daily Bluer-than-Blue ‘defend and aid’ topics we used to get … I guess.

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    • thespectrum

       /  16th January 2019

      National in power. Labour Polies “The Government must go”
      Labour in power. National polies “The Government must go”
      Same ole same ole 🙂
      The only thing more predictable is Warriors not winning the NRL title 🙂
      Go you ‘ors

      Reply
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