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Who’s Tourism Minister again?

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, June 25th, 2013 - 45 comments
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Back in 2008, a bright new thing called John Key said that, if he became Prime Minister, he would take the Tourism portfolio. He said “it’s an industry that’s particularly important in maintaining and boosting this country’s employment levels and growth prospects” and “we can do an awful lot better”. International tourism revenue has fallen 20% since 2008, $2 billion a year from its peak.

It’s not like this started with Key. But he did promise to turn it around. And he’s failed completely. Worse, the number of tourists is increasing while the amount that they’re spending is falling. That means we take on all the infrastructure and environmental costs of their visits but get less money in return. When’s someone going to call Key out on that?

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45 comments on “Who’s Tourism Minister again?”

  1. Tamati 1

    Blame the high dollar. Simple

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      The Hobbit is the start of an upward trend, I can tell.

      • Tamati 1.1.1

        High dollar hits tourism operators twice over.

        More expensive for foreigners to visit New Zealand. So fewer come, and those who do spend less.

        Cheaper for Kiwis to head overseas. So fewer domestic tourists.

      • weka 1.1.2

        “The Hobbit is the start of an upward trend, I can tell.”

        Don’t worry CV, give it six months, it just needs time to pick up and get going 🙂

  2. dewithiel 2

    He’s only interested in the sort of tourism that’s associated with Sky City. Couldn’t give a rat’s arse about the 100% pure stuff and all that hokum because it’s only aspirational, not really profitable. As for employment, well, he’s not interested in serfs and, anyway, all his friends are employed and well-remunerated in their crony capitalist jobs.

  3. BLiP 3

    Heh – John Key Minister of Tourism promoting New Zealand on the international stage . . .

    – 100% Pure Bullshit

    – jokes about Maori cannibalism

    – slobbers over Liz Hurley

    – using the word “gay” as a form of insult

    – describing David Beckham as “thick as batshit”

    – talking up the Korean conflict

    . . . such is his mastery at the promotion of New Zealand that under the GCSB legislation he is forcing though parliament he would be a likely candidate for further investigation by the spies on the grounds of economic treason.

  4. Rogue Trooper 4

    Soundshell:
    -evident now, the growth in middle-class Chinese, gonna explode over the next 20 years.
    -their tourism needs (as often examined in the MSM) are quite different from those of the western tourist.
    -cranes of a feather; asian restaurants, food halls, quick visits to attractions, prudent with money, comparitively conservative.
    -may have to re-jig a great deal of what is on offer, as has also been commented on by mainstream journalists.
    It’s all about Face. 😀
    (maybe Paula could donate her karaoke machine, and put it to better use).

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Its quite possible that growth in the Chinese middle class is going to *implode*

      We will know in the next 6-12 months.

      • Rogue Trooper 4.1.1

        I don’t think so Colonel; numbers my friend, numbers; see the Guardian article linked concerning Australia yesterday; tourism and education. Keep the ‘numbers’ in mind, and what we all do when we have expired the distractions to be had at home. 😉

    • Tamati 4.2

      That’s a common misconception that all Asian tourists want to be stuffed into buses and ferried from one Asian restaurant to the next, briefly stopping at Mt Cook on the way.

      Generally the ‘first wave’ of tourist demand these pre-packaged deals, but the market eventually matures and tourists become more independent and out going.

      • Rogue Trooper 4.2.1

        they are a ‘mature’ market indeed. discerning.

        • Tamati 4.2.1.1

          Not yet. But will do, just as the American, German and Japanese markets have.

          • Rogue Trooper 4.2.1.1.1

            as quoted in yesterdays link “London is closer…”; there is a little anglophile in many of us.

  5. Rob 5

    Looks like the steepest rate of decline was 03 – 06. It should not have been as this was well before GFC and the dollar was much more attractive for tourists. I wonder what went wrong.

    • Allyson 5.1

      Graph shows a confirmed downward trend from 2003. I would be interested in any data that would explain this

      • David H 5.1.1

        Not really it as hovering a around 6.5-7 Billion until 2008/9 where it plummeted to 5.5 Billion

    • dumrse 5.2

      I’m guessing JK was in power during those years was he ?

  6. tc 6

    Who is the clown on the right, I recognise fozzy bear.

  7. Wayne (a different one) 7

    Source – Labour Party number crunchers?

    Of course, conveniently tweaked to suit a particular slant!

    It’s amazing what you can do with stats.

    This release, at the same time Tourism New Zealand announce, total arrivals up 5.8% on the corresponding period last year and Holiday arrivals up 9.4%.

    Our Tourism Minister, Mr Key seems to be making a very good fist of it. Go figure.

    Oh shit! not another own goal – how many now in the last few weeks – too many to count.

    [lprent: I guess you didn’t read the post too well. The source in in the link on the left below the chart. Looks like something out of the MED = Ministry of Economic Development.

    Please don’t waste my time having to doing your reading for you. Be less lazy and more observant.. ]

    • Winston Smith 7.1

      Don’t be bringing in your facts from tourism nz, its not helpful

    • felix 7.2

      Slowly now Wayne: Yes there are more arrivals, but they’re spending so little that even though there are more of them we’re making less money from them in total.

      Yes indeed, amazing what you can do with statistics when there are idiots like you around to swallow them.

  8. Allyson 8

    You guys seem to have an hobbitual dislike of our fine PM 🙂

  9. Bill 9

    Cruise ships are apparently a fairly cheap way to ‘holiday’. And down this way, cruise ship numbers are (unforunately from my point of view) healthy. But people on cruise ships put absolutely no money into camping grounds, B&B or any other tourist type of accomodation -that all belongs to the cruise ship company. What they do is pay up front for a day tour….so no ‘passing trade’ from tourists in camper vans or what not. And the operators who run the tours (if they’re ‘wise’) expand their operations to provide food or whatever else if they can. And that’s fine if you have an enterprise that’s lucky enough to be in the ‘right’ location (ie, fairly coastal – near a cruise ship terminal) and to be ‘in the loop’. Otherwise, you’re screwed.

    So NZ has more people coming into the country. But for shorter periods of time. And a lot of the money they would have spent into the NZ economy is instead going to the cruise ship companies. And a lot of the rest is going to a fairly select few who are in a position to ‘win’ tours from the cruise ships.

    I just wish the cost of bunker fuel would sky rocket…

    • Hayden 9.1

      So NZ has more people coming into the country. But for shorter periods of time.

      Any idea how the passport thing works when travelling from overseas to NZ? Are they processed as an entry at each city? If so that could be skewing the numbers a little bit.

      A quick Google isn’t that informative…

      • Hayden 9.1.1

        I thought your quote included something about cruise ships, but apparently not. I meant on a cruise ship, e.g., entering at Auckland, then Tauranga, then Wellington, etc.

    • rosy 9.2

      So NZ has more people coming into the country. But for shorter periods of time

      Any idea if New Zealanders living overseas are counted as tourists when they return to see family/holiday?

  10. Paul 10

    Key became tourism minister to push through the Gambling legislation. He has succeeded in bringing the kind of tourists Sky City and his corporate masters want for this country.
    This country, thanks to puppet Key, is going down the gurgler fast.
    And the sheep of New Zealand are asleep, watching the All Blacks and wondering who’ll win X Factor.

    • Yes 10.1

      Um the same people where asleep when labour built the sky city..lol

      • the pigman 10.1.1

        LOL – how old are you, Yes? Either too young to remember the casino coming up in the 90s or too old and suffering from senile dementia.

  11. Yes 11

    Oh dear let’s not forget that the GFC might of had an effect…like didn’t that start in 2008 hmmm you seriously look at things in isolation.

  12. He’s Minister of Tourism. Hawaiian Tourism – http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/john-key-minister-for-tourism-mia/

    Unlike Helen Clark, he spends his down-time on a beach in Hawaii. Not exactly a vote of confidence in our own tourism industry. Clark at least spent (most?) her holidays here in NZ.

    • Yes 12.1

      No she didn’t..quite few shots of her climbing mountains

      • Yes 12.1.1

        Oh the UN is based in Timaru isn’t it?

        • Richard 12.1.1.1

          7 Things John Key could do (or should have done) as Minister of Tourism:

          1. Lowered himself to have a holiday in NZ for a change (Domestic Tourism is actually a huge part of the industry. Showcasing NZ’s regions might encourage Kiwis to holiday at home)
          2. Kick Gerry Brownlee’s fat arse for insulting Finland – we don’t need that perception of arrogance (even if Finland is only a small source of tourists)
          3. Try to appreciate the depth and breadth of the tourism industry in NZ, and why people chose to come so far to our country when other desirable (and cheaper) countries are closer.
          John Key’s Koru Lounge perception of tourism is naïve and damaging.
          4. Don’t make such a tit of yourself with the international media (We really should offer Stephen Sackur residency – why can’t our own media put that sort of blowtorch on our politicians).
          5. Of course we are not 100% Pure, but people wouldn’t be calling you on this if your Government’s actions weren’t so impure (mining in National Parks, Kyoto, gutting of DoC, weakness on international environmental issues to name but a few).
          6. Try to encourage sustainable increases in Tourism. Don’t go for the mass tourism bonanza markets (e.g. 1 million Chinese in 10 years or whatever). Aim for the niche market in countries such as China. Chinese people do exist that want to visit NZ, self drive and explore the regions. But they won’t come if you fill the place with bus tours. Offer yourself as something different in a place like China. We have seen boom and bust in many Asian tourism markets (Japanese tourists in the 80’s and 90’s for example).
          7. Recognise that a budget tourist who stays for three months might spend more that a Chinese tourist (average stay 6.5 days) and that more of that money is likely to stay in local communities.

      • Te Reo Putake 12.1.2

        We have mountains in NZ, fool. HC alternated her holidays between here and overseas. Of course it could be said that Dunnokeyo holidays exclusively in NZ and does his real work in Hawaii.

    • lprent 12.2

      Clark at least spent (most?) her holidays here in NZ.

      About half when she was PM. These days she seems to spend all her holidays here.

  13. Whatever next 13

    Not a very big basket to put all your eggs in John

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    The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development’s public shark-jumping exercise the other week got me thinking. While their flagship policy of a new megabillion eastern tunnel project is a bit mad, their report does a reasonable job of diagnosing one… ...
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  • Why are whistleblowers being prosecuted as spies?
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
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  • Spend and Tax
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    Briefing PapersBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • The birth place of the artist
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  • Gordon Campbell on the rise of the far right, and battle bots
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  • Why Corrections prevented Tony Robertson from getting treatment in prison
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  • Have We a Housing Policy?
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  • Have We a Housing Policy?
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    2 days ago
  • Climate denial arguments fail a blind test
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    2 days ago
  • Palmerston North librarians gather to support UCOL colleagues
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  • Accountability for Iraq?
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  • Accountability for Iraq?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago

  • Police Minister admits resolution rates fall short of expectation
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    46 mins ago
  • Mojo Mathers: A better deal for animals in Budget 2016
    Currently we are failing animals in NZ. On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect. In reality it seems that only the very worst, most extreme cases… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    51 mins ago
  • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
    Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei
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  • Dairy exports fall of 11%: Budget action on diversification needed
    Dairy exports have fallen 11 per cent compared to this time last year, a fall of almost $1.5b, showing the Government must take clear action on diversifying the economy in tomorrow’s Budget, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David… ...
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  • Investors driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland
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    5 hours ago
  • Budget must deliver on paid parental leave
    Budget 2016 must deliver 26 weeks paid parental leave by April 2018 – anything less will be short-changing families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “My Bill which is before Parliament this afternoon has majority support and does just that. I… ...
    5 hours ago
  • Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English
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    23 hours ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 day ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 day ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
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    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • A great Budget would
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 day ago
  • Budget building materials policy backfires
    On the eve of this year’s Budget official figures show Nick Smith’s Budget 2014 centrepiece to reduce the cost of building materials has backfired, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials have spent the… ...
    1 day ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
    This Thursday Bill English will deliver his eighth Budget. Will it continue the trend of previous National budgets, making tertiary education less affordable, putting only token funds into innovation, and subsidising polluters? Budgets aren’t what they used to be. Once… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 day ago
  • Govt must come clean on tax cuts in Budget
    National is making a mockery of the Budget process by dangling the promise of tax cuts but failing to include them in the Budget, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “National’s tax cut promises have turned into a farce. One… ...
    2 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech
    Today I want to talk about success. As we know success can come in many different forms, from the fact you all made it here at such an early hour on a Monday, for which I am very grateful, to… ...
    2 days ago
  • Budget must deliver for middle New Zealand
    The Government must ensure next week’s Budget stops the squeeze on middle New Zealand and delivers shared prosperity for all New Zealanders, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. The call follows new research commissioned by Labour that shows working… ...
    3 days ago
  • Our housing emergency – why we have to act
    Marama and Metiria at Homes Not Cars launch On Thursday, Metiria Turei announced the Green Party’s plan to start addressing the emergency housing crisis facing our country. Too many people are without homes right now – homeless. It is the… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Car rego victims must get a refund
    Motorists who have been overcharged for their car registration should get a refund, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “Minister Nikki Kaye’s ‘faulty risk’ rating scheme has blown up in her face with over 170 different models of car having… ...
    5 days ago
  • Council statement shows they just don’t get it
    The Auckland Council’s statement today shows they don’t understand the problems created by the urban growth boundary, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “I have been the first to defend the Auckland City Council when Bill English has been blaming… ...
    5 days ago
  • Inspecting electronic devices a potential privacy threat
    Labour is expressing concern for New Zealanders’ privacy rights as the Government signals Customs will have the power to inspect electronic devices coming across the border, says Labour’s Customs Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene. “We agree that customs officers should have the… ...
    5 days ago
  • The Price of Water
    This week I hosted a public meeting at EIT in Hawkes Bay to discuss how we might put a price on the commercial use of water, so that water may be valued and treated more sustainably. I invited a… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    5 days ago
  • Caption It NZ!
    Today I received a petition from the NZ Captioning Working Group urging the government to legislate for accessibility via closed captioning for deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders. It was timely because today is the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Older Kiwis to miss out on electives
    The Government is not doing enough elective surgery to keep up with New Zealand’s ageing population, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s damning that the targeted national intervention rate for cataract and knee and hip surgery is the same… ...
    6 days ago
  • Most principals say their college is underfunded
    The Government must substantially increase funding for secondary schools in next week’s Budget after a new survey found 86 per cent of principals consider their college under-resourced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Just 14 per cent of secondary principals… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour calls for independent inquiry into illegal fish dumping
    The Labour Party is reiterating its call for an independent inquiry into New Zealand’s fishing industry after two reports revealed the Ministry for Primary Industries turned a blind eye to widespread fish dumping in New Zealand waters, says Labour’s Fisheries… ...
    6 days ago
  • Mt Karangahake and Newcrest Mining
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    7 days ago
  • Robbing Aucklanders to pay Rio Tinto
    New Zealand’s national electricity grid stretches the length of the country and contains some 11,803 kilometres of high-voltage lines and 178 substations. It wouldn’t make sense for competing power companies to duplicate and build their own expensive electricity transmission system… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 week ago
  • Government should abolish Auckland urban growth boundary
    The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Over 25 years the urban growth boundary hasn’t… ...
    1 week ago
  • Kiwis don’t want iPads for Land deals
     It is outrageous that schools are relying on money and iPads from foreign land investors to meet the learning needs of their students, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  “Several OIO land applications by offshore investors have claimed that without… ...
    1 week ago
  • Homelessness – National has failed all of us
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    1 week ago
  • Moko case should never have been manslaughter deal
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    1 week ago
  • Overseas investor funds school’s digital devices
    The Government must address the inequality laptops and tablets in classrooms are causing after a Queenstown school was forced to use a donation from an overseas investor to get their students digital devices, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Documents obtained… ...
    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
    This Government has consistently failed to recognise the links between Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) and intimate partner violence. For me, the recent review of CYFS has highlighted this misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and its impacts… ...
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    1 week ago
  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
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    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
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  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
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  • Key plucks $3b out of thin air – reckless and irresponsible
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    1 week ago
  • John Key woefully out of touch on homelessness
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    1 week ago
  • Under-reporting shows need to review quota system
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    1 week ago
  • Investigations into tertiary institutions overdue
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    2 weeks ago
  • Investigations into tertiary institutions overdue
    A Tertiary Education Commission investigation into the Tai Poutini Polytechnic is overdue and should have been launched last year, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “Labour has been calling for an inquiry into potential rorts at Tai Poutini… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where is the fair share for most New Zealanders?
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    2 weeks ago

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