Welcome to NZCPR.comWelcome to the NZCPR.com website! We hope you find value in our public policy research and commentary. We do not shy away from the tough issues but speak out where ever strong voices are needed. Our firm belief is that informed citizens are at the heart of a well-functioning democracy.
Select Committees invite your input:
- Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People's Commission Bill
- Budget Policy Statement 2021 (Budget 2022)
- Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill
- Palmerston North Reserves Empowering Amendment Bill
- Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill
- Maniapoto Claims Settlement Bill
- Education and Training Amendment Bill (No 2)
- Accident Compensation (Maternal Birth Injury and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
- Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill
- Māori Purposes Bill
- Inquiry into learning support for ākonga Māori
- International treaty examination of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure
- Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill
- Remuneration Authority Legislation Bill
- Incorporated Societies Bill
- Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
- Data and Statistics Bill
- Human Rights (Disability Assist Dogs Non-Discrimination) Amendment Bill
- Protection of Journalists’ Sources Bill
- Crimes (Child Exploitation Offences) Amendment Bill
- The Real Story Behind Firearms Misinformation
- Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union Deeply Disappointed By Result In James Gardner-Hopkins Penalty Hearing
- Taumata Arowai Seeks Feedback On New Drinking Water Guidance
- 5000 Hectare Huiarua Station Sale Invites Patagonia Fires To East Coast
- Singh And Smith Top Family Names For Babies In 2021
Live News Feeds (Herald)
- Tonga eruption: Satellite images reveal extent of damage in Pacific nation
- Brian Tamaki in custody: What he can expect as an inmate during the Delta outbreak
- Covid 19: Has NZ dodged another Omicron bullet?
- Maraetai Beach rescuers recall harrowing moment woman was pulled from water
- Tairua Bar tragedy: Family 'inundated' with support as two children remain in hospital
- Weak positive Covid-19 case on the West Coast
- Taranaki man jailed for kidnapping ex, threatening sell her to a gang
- Southland heat set to fizzle out as cooler temperatures loom
- Tonga tsunami: Auckland Council technical experts on standby to help with clean-up
- Covid-19: Brian Tamaki appeals prison stay for alleged bail breach
Category: Welfare Reform
The Labour Government’s $2 million Welfare Expert Advisory Group’s report was made public last Friday - in the same week that labour market figures showed the number of New Zealanders with jobs had fallen by 4,000 in the past three months. If enacted, their 42 recommendations would dramatically deepen the dependency trap.
The Welfare Expert Advisory Group has delivered what the Green-driven government wanted - a recommendation to wildly increase wealth redistribution - an ideological affirmation. Instead of this charade the Green's 2017 welfare policy could've easily been printed and circulated saving over $2 million in the process.
The response to the Prime Minister's message that the Government was setting up a $20,000 Mayoral Relief Fund to help the community get back on its feet, would have been incredulity - $20,000 to support a community devastated by fire in contrast to the announcements made in the lead up to Waitangi Day of over $220 million to appease Maori.
Can I begin my comments today by saying how much I appreciate your invitation? I have no doubt that some of you see me as a racist of the worst kind. It is a great tribute to you that you are nevertheless willing to have me here today, at this place of great importance in our history, even though you may disagree with me on a whole raft of fundamental issues.
On the face of it, the Labour-led Government would have finished last year well pleased with their progress. Their coalition was holding together strongly and the minor parties had each achieved some big policy wins.
On behalf of the New Zealand Centre for Political Research, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! Thank you so much for your encouragement and help over the last 12 months - the NZCPR simply couldn’t achieve what we do without your wonderful support.
For nine years in opposition, Labour vilified wealth creators for political gain, only to find their tax revenue now depends on them! It's not easy for a Party that’s beholden to the anti-business trade union movement for funding and electoral support, and totally reliant on the extremist Greens to stay in Government, to revive business confidence.
More than half of Winnipeg’s Indigenous homeless population are former State wards. Many were born with irreversible brain damage caused by alcohol in their mother’s womb at a crucial time, resulting in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Their irresponsible parents placed their own selfish drinking and drug taking ahead of their duties as parents.
Politics is a battle of ideology and influence. While social media has the virtuous intent of connecting people and communities, it has also become the frontline for a colossal struggle between propaganda and the truth.
A critical shortage of workers in the kiwi fruit industry - while 118,755 New Zealanders are registered as unemployed - is symptomatic of a welfare system that is failing to ensure able-bodied beneficiaries transition into work.