web analytics

A try hard in America

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, July 19th, 2011 - 43 comments
Categories: Minister for Overseas Holidays - Tags:

Key’s off on holiday again. 5 days of taxpayer-funded travel and the only real meeting will be half an hour with Obama. But first, he’s in LA solely to have dinner with Warners. Value for our money eh? Key’s more excited about standing in the Oval Office so he can pretend to be powerful than achieving anything solid from his time in the US.

Even the msm wonder if the guy isn’t taking the piss:

John Key appears to have tacked on Los Angeles onto his trip to the United States for the sole purpose of having dinner with movie executives from Warner Bros tonight.

Key has arrived in LA for an otherwise low-key start to his five-day American visit.

He confirmed he will dine with executives from Warner Bros, the studio that became embroiled in an industrial relations dispute with New Zealand actors over the Peter Jackson-directed movie The Hobbit.

Key has no other significant engagements in LA other than the Warner Bros meeting.

I wonder who will pick up the bill for the meal? Oh right, we already paid. And $94 million more besides.

43 comments on “A try hard in America”

  1. andy (the other one) 1

    Audrey Young, twitter twatting a photo of the NZ Consulate afternoon tea and other inane fangirl drivel…

    Tuesday, 9am (NZT): John Key’s US trip has just begun. We landed in sunny Los Angeles a short time ago.

    He’s got two days here in California working up a sweat at afternoon teas, cocktail parties and receptions before the heavy lifting over two days in Washington.

    The programme is pitifully light in LA: two appointments in 10 hours, and one of them is afternoon tea with the consulate in a few hours.

    It’s a bit fuller in Silicon Valley and San Francisco tomorrow.

    Key loves nothing better than a deal and maybe some substance will emerge from his encounters with Warner Bros, Facebook and Google over the next two days.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10739430

    • Bright Red 1.1

      she’s taking the piss out of him, in a pretty low key way, I think. Although perpetuating this myth that he’s an amazing deal maker. I can’t name one good deal he’s made for New Zealand.

      • Lanthanide 1.1.1

        “I can’t name one good deal he’s made for New Zealand.”

        He went along with the S59 anti-smacking palava.

      • Rodel 1.1.2

        She has to be taking the piss. Audrey Young’s statements like the meaningless one quoted below must be tongue in cheek.. someone tell me she doesn’t really think at this level!! Please!!
        Nah. Maybe she’s really clever but making sure she doesn’t get tossed off the gravy train.
        quote……
        “It”s a bit like Key”s trip to India or US or anywhere — it brings the relationship into sharp focus and makes both parties stop and think about where their undertakings are at and what’s next in the relationship……. “

  2. freedom 2

    picture the meets with FB and Google,

    Google exec: “So Mr Prime Minister, what infrastructure do you forsee NZ investing in to accommodate the growing development of business in the Cloud?”

    PM: ” I saw some clouds yesterday from the cockpit”

  3. Craig Glen Eden 3

    Key swans around with more photo ops, mean while the surfs back hom in New Zuland deal with real rising inflation and trying to make ends meet.

    I understand that PMs and Ministers have to do over seas gigs but shit a brick, dinner with Warners Executives? This guy is a total bloody sell out, first the workers and now assets.

    • felix 3.1

      You don’t get it Craig.

      Whatever Key feels like doing at the time – helicopter rides, touching people who make movies, playing “Bill and Monica” in the oval orifice – that’s the PM’s job.

      So he’s always doing his job, ‘cos his job is whatever he’s doing.

      • Craig Glen Eden 3.1.1

        Yeah he might be doing his job but he is hardly productive. I suspect he wants to be seen shaking Obamas hand before the election, from what Young is tweeting she is not seeing much substance.

        So surely if the muppet’s as Key calls them have to be efficient so does he? Because at the end of the day we are all paying for his jaunt he is just a public servant after all..

    • That would be serfs. Here in Ragtown near the blacksands we get confused if you call us surfs.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    Repost from Open Mic:

    So John Key may not get to meet Obama after all. The day the meeting is scheduled is also the day that Obama has set as the deadline for sorting out the debt limit.

    If the republicans force it to the deadline, or as I think they will after the deadline (just to show Obama is powerless), then Key won’t get his meet and greet.

  5. queenstfarmer 5

    Oh right, we already paid. And $94 million more besides
    Well then I’m glad that John Key is at least going to get a dinner back off them in reduction of the damage caused by Helen Kelly.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Fuck off loser

      Our half billionaire (you know the one) gamed the system to rip more money off the tax payer for his Hollywood Masters. Workers and unions were a convenient scape goat. Especially when they were asking for exactly what their colleagues in successful film industries in Australia, Canada, the US and the UK already have.

      His threats to move production to Ireland or Estonia or wherever the fuck were never credible

      Key came running along like a good little lapdog

      • Deb 5.1.1

        Delightful I’m sure.

      • queenstfarmer 5.1.2

        So Helen Kelly was in on the plot, huh? Very clever. Especially while she was also getting so many actors and production personnel offside!

        His threats to move production…

        It was Warners threat, and thank goodness John Key was able to save the production for NZ.

        • McFlock 5.1.2.1

          Fuck you’re gullible. John Key “saved” the production?
           
          John Key was the money manager who got charged the “pretend to be angry – maybe we didn’t completely empty out their bank account” levy, but didn’t care because it wasn’t his money.

    • framu 5.2

      “caused by Helen Kelly.”

      really? explain

      how was it caused by HK ?

      • queenstfarmer 5.2.1

        By stupidly trying to dictate terms to a multinational studio in the most clumsy and inept fashion imaginable, and very nearly turning the whole apple cart over, forcing the Govt to appease Warners (yes that’s what they had to do) to keep the production here.

        • McFlock 5.2.1.1

          That’s one interpretation.
          The other is that Keyster ran to pay a half-requested bribe with money that belonged to other people, all because one incompetent employer took offense at being reamed in court for not knowing the difference between a service contract and an employment agreement. Oh yeah, and Keychain also rushed to ensure that the man would not have to treat workers fairly.

        • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.2

          So instead our weak kneed NZ govt let a multinational studio dictate terms to us. Great.

          Fuck off.

          • queenstfarmer 5.2.1.2.1

            Yes I’m sure that’s what the hundreds of workers currently employed on the films would have wanted the Govt to tell the producers (or just let Ms Kelly say it for them).

            The reality is that the Govt was forced to make a choice – risk a massive multi-film project and hundreds of jobs and possibly future projects all due to Ms Kelly’s tactics, or make concessions to guarantee it went ahead. It was a bad situation but the Govt got a pretty good outcome in the circumstances.

            • Jum 5.2.1.2.1.1

              queenstfarmers

              And thanks to all the incompetent queenstfarmers running this government, the TPPA will effectively allow every other multinational to control remaining free people and Kiwi owned assets in New Zealand; thieves the lot of ya.

            • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.2.1.2

              Hey buddy get this into your fucking thick skull

              NZ workers deserve the same rights and recognition in the entertainment industry as their colleagues in the successful Australian, Canadian, US and UK film industries. The movie was never going to be put back a year or moved to the Irish Winter or the Estonian Winter or the Czech Winter.

              The fact that you are backing a sell out card carrying union member-half billionaire traitor to his own country who decided to extract even more money on behalf of the Hollywood studios who run him, instead of backing NZ workers says a lot.

              The real target was massively increased tax payer subsidies for a film which is going to make hundreds of millions any way, not a few hundred thousand more in NZ worker benefits which included basic working conditions around things like break times and transport allowances.

              Frakin loser

              • queenstfarmer

                a sell out card carrying union member-half billionaire traitor to his own country
                Sheesh, even Helen Kelly backed off making nasty personal attacks against Peter Jackson. Did he refuse your application for a bit-role perhaps? 🙂

              • Speaking Sense to Unions

                “The movie was never going to be put back a year or moved to the Irish Winter or the Estonian Winter or the Czech Winter.”

                preferring to shoot in winterless Wellington I suppose.

        • framu 5.2.1.3

          QSF

          so the fact that,

          HK was called/stepped in AFTER the sh*t hit the fan,
          the resulting law change didnt even effect actors,
          the timelines in the drama have some very questionable disparities (which can be taken either way depending on your position)
          WB had already spent something like 1mil on pre production,
          the destination that they threatened to move the production to was heavily unionised,
          and that WB and PJ got a bigger subsidy which was exactly what PJ earlier called for in his review of film funding

          has no bearing on the matter?

          It simply all the fault of hellen kelly?

          I mean – your free to side with whatever version of events you like. Im not trying to convert you at all. But you seem to be missing the bulk of the argument when you lay the blame at the feet of HK.

    • Ianupnorth 5.3

      $94 million plus throwing away the legitimate rights of workers – the man is a coward.

  6. freedom 6

    let’s just hope Gould Arkansas doesn’t end up on his agenda

    or he may come back with a whole new box of tricks, as well as the Pennsylvania Avenue keychain

  7. Brett 7

    The bitchiness on this site is unreal.

  8. JS 8

    Radio NZ has squandered some of its tiny overseas travel budget to send a reporter on the trip. What I’ve heard so far verges on hagiographic. Even our public broadcasters seem hypnotised.

  9. Ianupnorth 9

    This paragraph pretty much sells why Key has gone….

    When they came down they [Warner Bros] said ‘come to the States, come and see us, come and see all the things we are doing’. They are very keen to build a long-term relationship with us. They see us as a strategic partner and New Zealand as a quirky but talented little market that’s quite cheap.”

    So it’s ‘come make your movies here’ because ‘you can pay our monkeys peanuts and we will back you all the way’
     
    The man is a criminal!

    And then he comes out with this gem…

    Before leaving yesterday, Key told reporters the Government wanted to build a partnership with Warner Brothers “like they have with the United Kingdom, where they film the Harry Potter movies.”

    In case you hadn’t noticed John, they were set in the UK, where they have lots of castles – plus JK Rowling is a socialist who demanded they were filmed there!

  10. freedom 10

    “The prime minister’s office had earlier advised that attempts to arrange trade related activities fell over because of the absence of key players and significant road works. ”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/5304085/PMs-special-movie-studio-meeting

    is he seriously blaming the lack of official meetings on Carmageddon ?
    or is ‘road works Trade Delegation lingo?

    • Ianupnorth 10.1

      According to one of the media reports the journey that should have taken 45 mins took 10!

    • Vicky32 10.2

      From what I heard on the BBC WS at the time, most of the nearby residents thought “Carmageddon” was heaven!

  11. Boris Clarksky 11

    Key’s off on holiday again. 5 days of taxpayer-funded travel and the only real meeting will be half an hour with Obama.

    A five day tax-payer funded business trip to a strategically important country? You’re right comrade! [deleted, homophobic]

  12. tc 12

    No JS not hypnotized but ‘aligned’ thanks to some clever management shuffles at RNZ with jackboot Joyce and CT past masters at media manipulation.

    You can’t blame Key with all the sycophantic treatment he gets why not make the most of it….at our expense. Say bad things get kicked off the tour is how it works now and the nats bear grudges for a long long time and NZ is a very small pool.

  13. Bill 13

    Production of National Party election ads wouldn’t be coming courtesy of Warner Bro studios by any chance?

  14. he’s probably got a script for warners about a humble kid called johnny…

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • National’s cuts shave $100K off KiwiSaver by retirement
    New analysis shows National’s constant cuts to KiwiSaver will reduce the average worker’s retirement savings by $100,000 over their working life, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “The former Labour Government launched KiwiSaver nine years ago today to boost ...
    7 hours ago
  • TPK struggles to measure Whānau Ora outcomes
    The Government needs to explain why so many vulnerable whanau are falling through the cracks, Labour’s Whānau Ora spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. The Minister of Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell attended the Māori Affairs Select Committee to highlight “gains” – ...
    10 hours ago
  • EY: TPP stamp duties on foreigners may have to apply to Kiwis
    The Government’s claim that a TPP-enabled tax on foreign buyers would amount to a ban has been exposed as folly by tax experts, who say that in most cases a tax would apply to Kiwi buyers too, says Labour’s Trade ...
    1 day ago
  • Project 300 short on facts
    A Minister’s pet scheme to employ 300 disabled people in Christchurch seems to be short on facts, says Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Poto Williams.  “Nicky Wagner cannot provide solid evidence to show that her much vaunted Project 300 has actually ...
    1 day ago
  • Who are they going to call?
    A cry for help from New Zealand’s longest-running crisis line highlights chronic underfunding of the sector by the Government, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Lifeline is THE go-to helpline for people in crisis, taking up to 180,000 calls each ...
    1 day ago
  • Five months too long for homeless to wait
    New figures revealing homeless people registered with Work and Income are waiting an average of 155 days to be housed shows the Government is totally overwhelmed by the housing crisis, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “What’s worse is ...
    2 days ago
  • Minister in cloud cuckoo land
    Hekia Parata needs a very big reality check if she truly believes every parent has the choice of sending their child to a private school, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Questioned in the House today about plans to pump ...
    2 days ago
  • Convention centre failure means years of uncertainty for CBD
    The failure of Gerry Brownlee’s planned convention centre deal leaves Christchurch facing uncertainty about when activity will be restored to the CBD, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods. “As one of the CBD’s major anchor projects, the convention centre complex ...
    2 days ago
  • PCE proves water quality still deteriorating
    The PCE State of the Environment Report shows that river water quality is continuing to get worse across large parts of New Zealand, says Labour’s Environment and Water spokesperson David Parker. “Water quality has deteriorated in Canterbury, Central Otago, Auckland, ...
    2 days ago
  • Families with new babies victims of today’s veto
    Families with new babies are the victims of an historical “first” for the New Zealand Parliament today. “For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because ...
    2 days ago
  • Crime on the rise…again!
    The Police Minister’s contention that Police have enough resources to meet the expectations of New Zealand communities is not reflected in the Police’s own statistics, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “Yet again, reported burglaries have increased in every region ...
    3 days ago
  • Private schools beneficiaries of extra cash
    Plans to give more taxpayer money to private schools at a time when state schools are struggling to make ends meet says everything about the National Government’s twisted priorities, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Not only did this year’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Inequality getting worse under National
    Inequality is getting worse under National with almost 60 per cent of the wealth in this country concentrated in the hands of the top 10 per cent according to Statistics NZ figures released today, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    3 days ago
  • Government freezes elderly out of insulation subsidy
    Government cuts to the Warm Up New Zealand insulation subsidy means it will now only be available for rental properties and could leave many elderly homeowners cold this winter, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “In this year’s Budget the Government ...
    4 days ago
  • Shewan report delivers rebuke to National
    John Shewan’s report into foreign trusts is a rebuke to John Key and the National Party who have protected an industry that has damaged New Zealand’s reputation, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Three years ago the Inland Revenue Department ...
    4 days ago
  • Auckland Airport rail analysis must be made public
    The Government should publicly release its detailed analysis of rail to Auckland Airport before it closes off options, so the public can have an informed debate, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Transport Agency today said it is ...
    4 days ago
  • Minister approved OIO consent despite death and investigations
    Louise Upston must say if she knew Intueri was being prosecuted for the death of a student and under a funding investigation when she approved its overseas investment consent to buy another education provider, says Labour’s Land Information and Associate ...
    5 days ago
  • Brexit vote costs NZ effective EU voice
    Despite being extremely close the result of the referendum in Britain reflects the majority voice, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “While we respect the decision to leave the EU, it goes without saying the move will usher in ...
    7 days ago
  • Pasifika Education Centre doomed
    The Pasifika Education Centre appears doomed to close down this December, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio  “In a written question I asked the Minister whether he would put a bid in for more money. His answer ...
    1 week ago
  • Onetai Station review a shameful whitewash
    A report released today on the Overseas Investment Office’s (OIO) good character test is a whitewash that does nothing to improve New Zealand’s overseas investment regime, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe. “The review of the good character test ...
    1 week ago
  • We need a national strategy to end homelessness now
    Long before I entered Parliament, housing and homelessness were issues dear to my heart. I know from personal experience just how hard it is to find an affordable home in Auckland. In my maiden speech, I talked about how when ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago
  • Capital feels a chill economic wind
      Wellington is on the cusp of recession with a sharp fall in economic confidence in the latest Westpac McDermott Miller confidence survey, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark.  “Economic confidence amongst Wellingtonians has dropped 12% in the past ...
    1 week ago
  • Dive school rort took six years to dredge up
    News that yet another private training establishment (PTE) has rorted the Government’s tertiary funding system since 2009 shows that Steven Joyce has no control of the sector, says Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe. “Like Agribusiness Training and Taratahi, ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s housing crisis hitting renters hard
    National’s ongoing housing crisis is causing massive rental increases, with Auckland renters being hit the hardest, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    1 week ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • Government holds Northland back
    New information shows Northland remains the most economically depressed region in New Zealand, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark. “The latest Westpac McDermott Miller regional survey found that more Northlanders believe their local economy will deteriorate this year than ...
    1 week ago
  • Rebstock report into MFAT leaks a disgrace
    An Ombudsman’s report on the Paul Rebstock investigation into MFAT leaks shows the two diplomats at the centre of the case were treated disgracefully, says Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi.  “The Ombudsman says one of the diplomats Derek Leask ...
    1 week ago
  • More families forced to turn to food banks for meals
    Increasing numbers of families are having to go to food banks just to put a meal on the table, according to a new report that should shame the Government into action, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    1 week ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Aussie reforms signal trouble ahead for school funding plan
    Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The signaled return to bulk funding is ...
    1 week ago
  • Toxic Sites – the down low on the go slow
    In  2011, I negotiated an agreement with the National Government to advance work on cleaning up contaminated sites across the country. This included establishing a National Register of the ten worst sites where the creators of the problem could not ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Aucklanders face new motorway tax of up to $2500 a year
    The Government wants to tax Aucklanders thousands of dollars a year just to use the motorway network, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Officials estimate the average city commute is 11.8km. This means for the average Aucklander commuting five ...
    1 week ago
  • 15 corrupt bank managers identified in student fraud
    New information show 15 bank managers in India have been identified by Immigration New Zealand as presenting fraudulent documents on behalf of foreign students studying here, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information ...
    1 week ago
  • National leaves Kiwi savers the most vulnerable in OECD
    News last week that Israel’s Finance Minister will insure savers’ bank deposits means New Zealand will be left as the only country in the OECD that has no deposit insurance to protect savers’ funds should a bank fail. Most Kiwis ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 week ago
  • Comprehensive plan for future of work needed
    A Massey University study showing many New Zealanders are unaware of the increasing role of automation in their workplace, highlights the need for a comprehensive plan for the future of work, says Grant Robertson, Chair of Labour’s Future of Work ...
    1 week ago
  • Another National Government failure: 90 day work trials
    On Friday last week, the Treasury released a report by MOTU economic consultants into the effectiveness of the controversial 90-day work trial legislation. The report found that there was “no evidence that the policy affected the number of hires by ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • Iraq mission extension case not made
    The Prime Minister has not made the case for extending the Iraq deployment another 18 months nor the expansion of their mission, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “Labour originally opposed the deployment because the Iraqi Army’s track record was poor, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Melanoma deaths could be avoided by an early access scheme
      The tragic death of Dunedin’s Graeme Dore from advanced Melanoma underlines the cruelty of this Government in promising a treatment but delaying for months, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King.  “Graeme was diagnosed with Melanoma last year. He used ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Assessing the Defence White Paper
    The Government’s recently released Defence White Paper has raised questions again about New Zealand’s defence priorities, and in particular the level and nature of public funding on defensive capabilities. The Green Party has a longstanding belief that priority must be ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis’ confidence drops again: Economy needs a boost
    Westpac’s consumer confidence survey has fallen for the seventh time in nine quarters, with middle income households ‘increasingly worried about where the economy is heading over the next few years’, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This survey is a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Relocation grant simply kicks can down the road
    The response by state house tenants and social agencies to the Government’s rushed plan to shift families out of Auckland tells us what we already knew – this is no answer to the chronic housing shortage, Opposition Leader Andrew Little ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Peace hīkoi to Parihaka
    On Friday a Green crew walked with the peace hīkoi from Ōkato to Parihaka. Some of us were from Parliament and some were party members from Taranaki and further afield. It was a cloudy but gentle day and at one ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Children’s Commissioner right to worry about CYF transition
    The Government must listen to the Children’s Commissioner’s concerns that young people under CYF care could be ‘negatively impacted’ as the new agency’s reforms become reality, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “Dr Russell Wills has used the second annual ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bill English exaggerates PPL costs to justify veto
    The Finance Minister has used trumped-up costings to justify a financial veto against parents having 26 weeks paid parental leave, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “Bill English’s assertion on RNZ yesterday that the measure would cost an extra $280 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must refund overcharged motorists
    Labour is calling on the Government to refund motor registration fees to three-quarters of a million Kiwi motorists whose vehicles were wrongly classified under National’s shambolic ACC motor vehicle risk rating system, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.“Minister Kaye’s ridiculous ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 90-day work trials an unfair failure which must change
    A new Treasury report shows the Government’s 90-day trials haven’t helped businesses and are inherently unfair, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Motu report found that 90-day trial periods had no impact on overall employment and did not ...
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere