web analytics

88 flavours of bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 7:16 am, August 2nd, 2013 - 31 comments
Categories: john key, Spying - Tags: , , , , ,

Yesterday Key played the reds under the beds terrifying terrorists card to try and justify his spying Bill:

Key terror claims under fire

The Government intensified its sales job on the GCSB Bill yesterday, with the Prime Minister claiming some New Zealand citizens have had al-Qaeda training in Yemen. …

In an apparent bid to emphasise the need for effective spy agencies, Mr Key yesterday said on More FM that some New Zealanders had travelled to Yemen to attend al-Qaeda camps and were under surveillance.

He refused to give further details but, asked later in the day, said he had signed warrants for surveillance of “a small number” of people who were in Yemen.

… It doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve broken the law at this point.”

One is a “small number”. Two is a “small number”. 88 is a big number:

The bill was written after the Kitteridge report found 88 cases in which the agency might have spied unlawfully on New Zealanders on behalf of agencies such as the police and SIS.

So who were the other 80-plus (non Yemeni visiting) Kiwis who have been spied on? That’s right – the government won’t tell us. But the examples of people who we believe have been spied on recently are Kim Dotcom and two journalists, Jon Stephenson and Andrea Vance. Journalists. The government sees them as the enemy:

NZSIS has special protocol for spying on journalists

The country’s internal intelligence agency has a special protocol for spying on journalists, the Prime Minister’s office has confirmed.

The revelation of the protocol came in a letter which effectively confirmed journalists as valid targets for NZSIS surveillance.

Presumably there is some tiny but “real” risk of terrorist action in NZ. But it doesn’t justify the broad powers of the Key-Dunne spying Bill (as terrorism expert Professor Robert Patman just stated on Morning Report). Recent experience and the government’s own protocols show that these spying powers will be used on activists and journalists that the government of the day doesn’t like. The 88 who have been illegally spied on already call bullshit.

31 comments on “88 flavours of bullshit ”

  1. Sable 1

    Its McCarthyism all over again. Sadly there are people who will be happy to sell their rights on the assumption that this tool will keep them safe from a threat that doesn’t exist.

    • Bill 1.1

      from a threat that doesn’t exist.

      Yup. Nice to see you haven’t unquestionably adopted that ‘presumption’ about a ‘tiny but real risk of terrorist action in NZ.’ Zero oxygen and maximum derision should be given to that kind of bullshit.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Hi Anthony. More than the 88 flavours, I believe what we have seen in the last week is the revelation of events with the severity of a constitutional crisis.

    Yes, terrorism presents some risk. But the real danger is in allowing ourselves to fall for the authoritarian impulses of those who would use terrorism as an excuse for an undemocratic power grab.

    Key must stand down as Minister of the Intelligence Services and his Chief of Staff must be relieved of duty, until such time it is shown that both men have acted legally and appropriately within the national interest in both those roles.

    • Arfamo 2.1

      A butterfly flaps its wings near a kiwi journalist in Afghanistan and causes a storm in the USA:

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/8994947/Editors-want-answers-in-Kiwi-spying-claims

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        well put

        • Arfamo 2.1.1.1

          Key must stand down as Minister of the Intelligence Services and his Chief of Staff must be relieved of duty, until such time it is shown that both men have acted legally and appropriately within the national interest in both those roles.

          Just re-read your comment above. You’re right. If the Minister responsible for the Intelligence Services was anybody other than the Prime Minister the clamour from all sides for a stand down during an immediate investigation would probably be deafening.

  3. richard 3

    Three very good pieces on RNZ this morning

    Palmer: Parliamentary Service resignation doesn’t surprise former PM
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2564233/parliamentary-service-resignation-doesn%27t-surprise-former-pm

    Dr Paul Buchanan: Security Analyst – blaming terrorism for bill is a last resort
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2564234/security-analyst-blaming-terrorism-for-bill-is-a-last-resort
    (a pity that GR was in a hurry to get to the next item

    Brent Edwards: GCSB saga: Are there more scalps to come?
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2564235/gcsb-saga-are-there-more-scalps-to-come

  4. tricledrown 4

    The enemy of the freedoms that we enjoy is john keys vanity it knows no bounds
    now media will be hunting him like a pack of hounds.

  5. vto 5

    Was there a noticeable anti-Key flavour to TV3 news last night?

    • David H 5.1

      Well when i started watching the late tv3 news, I did have to check I was on the right channel, because in the first 5 minutes I was laughing so much. And having Isky, I was able to rewind it, and have yet a second good laugh. Some of the best comedy I have seen in ages. And all at the Shonkey ones expense.

      Edit: There was one thing that did disgust me, and that was Key saying “we didn’t lose any sleep over it” Arrogant prick.

      • vto 5.1.1

        “we didn’t lose any sleep over it”

        That’s his poker face, that is all. Pretending calm when he has used all his aces……

    • Arfamo 5.2

      Was there a noticeable anti-Key flavour to TV3 news last night?

      Oh my word, yes. Lol. TV One news at 6 was the opposition’s dream-come-true.

  6. ak 6

    Imagine the police discover crimes against 88 victims. They’ve nabbed the crooks, so what’s their next automatic obligation?

    That’s right, inform the unaware 88.

    But what if the crooks were other cops? Acting under orders from the top cop in the land?

    What if revealing those 88 victims would also reveal other crimes?

    Like using illegal state actions for purely political purposes?

    And if the 88 were only the tip of an iceberg?

    Well then we’d see some very worried eyes I’d say. And hear of every distracting thing but the 88.

  7. One Anonymous Knucklehead 7

    Key is clueless or cynical. He talks about balancing human rights against the government’s rights, apparently unaware that government’s don’t have rights, John, they have duties and responsibilities.

    • bad12 7.1

      Not clueless, cynical and Slippery, you can see the cynicism and Slippery-ness in the way the Eaggleson emails were first admitted to by the Slippery one in the Parliament,

      First, there was the apology IF his Chief of Staff had done anything wrong, then the release of the first email which while bad gave him and opportunity to ‘spin’ by attaching ‘meanings’ to the phrasing of the email,

      All the while holding back on the second email AND the 22 emails sent by Henry to Parliamentary services and only releasing the 2nd Eaggleson at the peak of the heat after the 1st was released,

      Cynicism is then knowing Russell Norman now knew of the 22 Henry emails, is to have Steven Joyce while the Prime Minister is absent from the House admit to the 22 Henry emails existence and then refuse to divulge the contents of them,

      If what Peter Dunne say is true, that Henry approached Him asking for details of specific conversations/texts between Dunne and Vance on their private mobile phones then 88 flavors of bullshit will end up choking the Slippery little Shyster we have as Prime Minister…

    • weka 7.2

      “Key is clueless or cynical”

      Or calculating and doesn’t give a shit. People like him are in effect traitors, the consitutional wellbeing of NZ is only important in so far as it helps the real agenda.

      • bad12 7.2.1

        Oh calculating and giving a s**t about His own skin Weka,desperation yesterday caused Him to come out with the ”Al Quaeda terrorists in New Zealand line”, and to give the Slippery little Shyster His due, to a certain extent His releasing of what is essentially classified information did exactly what He intended it to do,

        When in deep s**t change the subject, consider which story the bulk of the media run with last night as various experts came out of the wood work going tut tut about His tenuous use of such ‘terrorists’ as reasoning to empower the GCSB with far wider powers than they currently possess,

        Backing down from ‘terrorists’ will be a breeze for Slippery the Prime Minister when the truth emerges that it is in fact terrorist in the singular that has traveled to the Yemen, but, thats small change to Him as He has got to lead the narrative for the day and the 2 other items of deep interest that are likely to further tarnish the Slippery over-coat he constantly relies upon to fool the mass of the public went largely unnoticed and unmentioned amid the furore surrounding terrorists,

        Firstly there was Russell Norman’s revelation yesterday in the Parliament that there are a further 22 emails from the Henry Inquiry to Parliamentary Services which the Prime Minister conveniently up to the point of being directly asked about these 22 emails during the Parliaments question Time has not thought ‘important’ enough to mention and up to this point the details of which he refuses to release,

        Russell Norman i am sure is not about to forget about these 22 emails simply because the Prime Minister has dragged, conveniently on the day Russell asked about them, a large red herring in the form of a NZ terrorist in Yemen across the track, but the Prime Minister knows that and has simply used terrorism’s threat to have the bulk of the media not mentioning these 22 emails or the fact that the Prime Minister has up to yesterday seen fit to keep them and their contents secret,

        Also yesterday Dunne publicly, on Prime News at 5.30 stated that Henry on behalf of His inquiry had directly asked Dunne about specific texts/conversations between Dunne and Vance on their respective mobile phones, again Slippery the Prime Minister dodges a bullet, the major channels at 6 gave this not a mention instead taking up the Prime Minister’s red herring of NZ terrorists,

        This post kindly points out that the SIS have a ‘special protocol’ for spying upon NZ Journalists and Vance has also stated She believes that the Henry Inquiry was operating with knowledge that could have only been garnered from Her personal land-line telephone,

        Duck, dive, dodge, yesterday the Prime Minister did just that because if it becomes general knowledge that the SIS has been using a ‘special protocol’ to spy on not only Andrea Vance but the rest of the Parliaments press pack then quite frankly they will tear Him a new hole where one was never intended nor previously existed…

        • weka 7.2.1.1

          Yeah, I haven’t really been following it all in the past few days, too much going on to keep up with. For all I know Key is telling lies and there are no terrorists, not even one, just people of interest in Yemen or NZ, or people who perhaps might look like they are people of interest.

          What I was getting at is that if Key’s real job isn’t PM of NZ, but to push NZ further along the path whereby it loses more sovereignty to Key’s rich mates and overlords, then callous and calculating is a better bet than clueless of cynical. Quite different things. If his job is to monkey wrench NZ democracy, then even if he goes down in a screaming heap by the end of it, mission accomplished. I wish he were merely clueless or cynical.

          • Arfamo 7.2.1.1.1

            when the truth emerges that it is in fact terrorist in the singular that has traveled to the Yemen, but, thats small change to Him as He has got to lead the narrative for the day and the 2 other items of deep interest that are likely to further tarnish the Slippery over-coat he constantly relies upon to fool the mass of the public went largely unnoticed and unmentioned amid the furore surrounding terrorists

            I dunno. Look at this Stuff Poll today. I realise this doesn’t mean all these people think it’s proof he’s shonKey, but still … I reckon they are waking up to it….

            How is the prime minister handling the Parliamentary phone records scandal?

            Well
            162 votes, 12.3%

            Badly
            865 votes, 65.7%

            It’s more a Parliamentary Service issue
            159 votes, 12.1%

            Don’t really care
            130 votes, 9.9%

            Total 1316 votes

            • Colonial Viper 7.2.1.1.1.1

              The low “don’t really care” vote is going to be scary for the NATs.

              • Arfamo

                Funny thing. The Herald hasn’t run a similar poll. Must’ve been distracted by something else….I have a theory that Stuff readers watch TV One news at 6, because they roasted Key last night.

            • bad12 7.2.1.1.1.2

              Yes my point exactly, Slippery the Prime Minister is ‘privy’ to how well He is doing week by week on any particular issue and government in general, his own party continually polls the electorate to garner this information,

              Those ‘spinning’ on behalf of the Prime Minister can claim that the ‘average bloke’ isn’t concerned about the GCSB clusterf**k of scandals all they like but when ‘clusterf**k’ is the central and only news emanating from the center of political power the Prime Minister has a problem that those not interested in the core issues of that clusterf**k will pick up on the negatives for the Prime Minister on all sorts of other levels,

              If the Stuff poll is a relevant cross section of the voting public then i suggest that the Prime Minister has more than just a ‘problem’ remembering that we have month’s of revelations yet to come from the privileges committee to the Dotcom extradition hearings…

  8. marsman 8

    Chris Findlayson claims people opposing the GCSB Bill are scaremongering while John Key is scaremongering with his Yemen claim.

    • David H 9.1

      Well then if we ALL do the same Google searches. It’ll keep them running round after their tails for years!!

  9. Bill 10

    Oh gawd! Robert (the US were victims of their own benevolence in Vietnam…Iraq’s rightfully invaded due to WMD’s…etc…etc) Patman’s a ‘terrorist specialist’ now, is he? ffs

  10. Bob 11

    Where do I start here.

    “One is a “small number”. Two is a “small number”. 88 is a big number”
    Does this mean in priciple you agree we do need powers to spy on ‘One’ or ‘Two’ people? All the GCSB bill is doing is clarifying the contradiction in the 2003 laws passed by Labour that meant that the NZSIS, Police and Defence Force could obtain a warrant allowing the GCSB to spy on people of interest to them, including NZ residents and Citizens. The issue being, the GCSB’s own legislation then said they couldn’t give the NZSIS, Police and Defence Force the information they collected under the legally issued warrant! This is what has happened 88 times over the past 10 years (there have been more NZers win $1m or more in Lotto in that time!).

    “… It doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve broken the law at this point.””
    This is true, because it depended on the interpretation of the above contridiction.

    “The bill was written after the Kitteridge report found 88 cases in which the agency might have spied unlawfully on New Zealanders on behalf of agencies such as the police and SIS.”
    To FIX the above contridiction.

    “So who were the other 80-plus (non Yemeni visiting) Kiwis who have been spied on? That’s right – the government won’t tell us”
    Because they don’t have too under the existing legislation, and there is no oversight over the existing legislation, the GCSB bill before Parliament goes some way to rectifying this.

    “The country’s internal intelligence agency has a special protocol for spying on journalists, the Prime Minister’s office has confirmed”
    This was put in place while Labour was in Parliament, and has been removed since this has been found.

    “Presumably there is some tiny but “real” risk of terrorist action in NZ. But it doesn’t justify the broad powers of the Key-Dunne spying Bill”
    The tiny risk is the reason for this bill, if there were no spying powers in NZ we wouldn’t know what the risk is! Plus, having no legislation in place means there would be no deterant, just like almost all legislation in place to save people from themselves, i.e. if we removed legislation on speeding while driving your car, would you expect people to drive slower, faster or not change their habits?

    Now, just to front foot comments about the Human Rights Commision, the Law Society etc. All of their comments were made prior to the changes in legislation that Peter Dunne made prior to the second reading. The changes the Dunne negotiated has tightened the oversight of the bill, and covered the main concerns about the legislation as it stood at its first reading.

    Another thing, before people start saying ‘what about Meta-data’, ‘this gives the GCSB broader powers’ etc. Please make sure you do not confuse the GCSB bill with the TICS legislation. Now the TICS legislation IS something to get up in arms about!

    • richard 11.1

      You are being misleading. There cannot have been any legal warrants for the GCSB to collect information on New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. This is because it is expressly forbidden in the 2003 Act and it is against the purpose of the GCSB as defined by the Act.

      There may have been legal warrants for the police and NZSIS for this but it could not have been used by the GCSB under any circumstances.

      For your edification:

      Under Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003 the purpose of the GCSB is:

      7. Objective of Bureau
      (1) The objective of the Bureau is to contribute to the national security of New Zealand by providing-
      (a) foreign intelligence that the Government of New Zealand requires to protect and advance-
      (i) the security or defence of New Zealand; or
      (ii) the international relations of the Government of New Zealand; or
      (iii) New Zealand’s international well-being or economic well-being; and
      (b) foreign intelligence to meet international obligations and commitments of the Government of New Zealand; and
      (c) advice, assistance, and protection to departments of State and other instruments of the Executive Government of New Zealand in order to-
      (i) protect and enhance the security of their communications, information systems, and computer systems; or
      (ii) protect their environments from electronic or other forms of technical surveillance by foreign organisations or foreign persons.
      (2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(a)(iii), the interests of New Zealand’s international well-being or economic well-being are relevant only to the extent that they are affected by the actions or intentions of foreign organisations or foreign persons

      Section 14 of the Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003 states,

      Restrictions imposed on interceptions
      14 Interceptions not to target domestic communications
      Neither the Director, nor an employee of the Bureau, nor a person acting on behalf of the Bureau may authorise or take any action for the purpose of intercepting the communications of a person (not being a foreign organisation or a foreign person) who is a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.

  11. Jenny 12

    Something to ask the Prime Minister in question time, perhaps.

    Can the minister responsible for the secret security services tell the house how many,if any, of the 88 New Zealanders illegally spied on by the GCSB are terrorists?

    Supplaemtary question:

    Is it: One?

    Is it Two?

    Is it Ten?

    All of them/?

    None of them?

  12. BLiP 13

    More bullshit from John Key . . . the latest additions:

    I have the utmost respect for the media and the role it plays in New Zealand’s democracy

    the Henry Enquiry did not access a journalist’s building-access records

    the Greens are opposed to the GCSB and the SIS even existing

    the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because there are al-Qaeda trained operatives living here

    John Minto is in the Green Party

    the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because of the terrorist threat, even though official reports released over my signature say there is no risk and the SIS has the matter in hand

    . . . keep it up, John. I’m lovin’ it.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand Sign Language Week a chance to recognise national taonga
    This week (10 – 16 May 2021) is New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL), a nationwide celebration of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand. “We’re recognised as a world leader for our commitment to maintaining and furthering the use of our sign language,” says Minister for Disability Issues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    41 mins ago
  • Economic resilience provides more options in Budget 2021
    Securing the recovery and investing in the wellbeing of New Zealanders is the focus of Budget 2021, Grant Robertson told his audience at a pre-budget speech in Auckland this morning. "The economy has proven resilient in response to COVID-19, due to people having confidence in the Government’s health response to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to BNZ-Deloitte Auckland Breakfast Event
    Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today, and to share with you some of the Government’s thinking leading into this year’s budget. This will be my fourth time delivering the annual Budget for the Government, though the events of the past year have thrown out that calculation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Rotuman Language week affirms language as the key to Pacific wellbeing
    The first Pacific Language Week this year  makes it clear that  language is the key to the wellbeing for all Pacific people said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This round of language  weeks begin with Rotuman. As I have always  said language is one of the pillars of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Budget delivers improved cervical and breast cancer screening
    Budget 2021 funds a more effective cervical screening test to help reduce cervical cancer rates A new breast screening system that can proactively identify and enrol eligible women to reach 271,000 more people who aren’t currently in the programme. Budget 2021 delivers a better cervical screening test and a major ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • NZ-France to co-chair Christchurch Call Leaders’ Summit
    New Zealand and France will jointly convene the Christchurch Call Community for a leaders’ summit, to take stock of progress and develop a new shared priority work plan. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the leaders’ meeting on the 2nd anniversary of the Call, on 14 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New South Wales travel pause to be lifted tomorrow
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the current travel pause with New South Wales will lift tomorrow – subject to no further significant developments in NSW. “New Zealand health officials met today to conduct a further assessment of the public health risk from the recently identified COVID-19 community cases in Sydney. It has been determined that the risk to public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • March 15 Collective Impact Board appointed
    The voices of those affected by the March 15 mosque attacks will be heard more effectively with the establishment of a new collective impact board, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. Seven members of the Christchurch Muslim community have been appointed to the newly established Board, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More young Kiwis supported with mental health and addiction services
    Nearly quarter of a million more young New Zealanders will have access to mental health and addiction support in their communities as the Government’s youth mental health programme gathers pace. New contracts to expand youth-specific services across the Northland, Waitematā and Auckland District Health Board areas have been confirmed, providing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New hospital facilities mean fewer trips to Auckland for Northlanders
    Northlanders will no longer automatically have to go to Auckland for lifesaving heart procedures like angiograms, angioplasty and the insertion of pacemakers, thanks to new operating theatres and a cardiac catheter laboratory opened at Whangārei Hospital by Health Minister Andrew Little today. The two projects – along with a new ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Fair Pay Agreements to improve pay and conditions for essential workers
    The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Fair Pay Agreements will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Establishment of the new Māori Health Authority takes first big step
    Sir Mason Durie will lead a Steering Group to provide advice to the Transition Unit on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim board to oversee the establishment of the Māori Health Authority. This Group will ensure that Māori shape a vital element of our future health system, Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Cycle trails move up a gear in Central
    Work on new and upgraded cycle trails in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Central Otago is moving up a gear as two significant projects pass further milestones today. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced new funding for the Queenstown Trails Project, and will also formally open the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Picton ferry terminal upgrade consent fast-tracked
    The planned upgrade of the Waitohi Picton Ferry terminal has been approved under the fast-track consenting process.  Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the decision by the expert consenting panel to approve the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment Project.    The project will provide a significant upgrade to the ferry facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with New South Wales paused
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced his intention to pause Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.  Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • “Supporting a Trade-Led Economic Recovery”
    Trade Policy Road Show SpeechManukau, Auckland   Kia ora koutou – nau mai, haere mai ki Manukau, ki Tāmaki.   Good morning everyone, and thank you for this opportunity to discuss with you current global challenges, opportunities and the Government’s strategy in support of a trade-led recovery from the economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Building consent numbers at an all-time high
    A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021 March 2021 consent numbers the highest since the 1940s Record number of new homes consented in Auckland The number of new homes consented is at an all-time high, showing a strong and increasing pipeline of demand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ backs moves to improve global access to COVID vaccines
    New Zealand welcomes and strongly supports the announcement made by the United States Trade Representative to work for a waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor said. “New Zealand supports equitable access to COVID vaccines for all. No one is safe from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passes first reading
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has passed its first reading and will now be considered by Parliament’s Justice select committee. “The Bill updates and improves New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm,” Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement on The Speaker and Annual Review Debate
    “The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Any investigation of claims of sexual assault should be in a manner ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt motoring towards zero-carbon buses and protecting drivers’ conditions
    Transport Minister Michael Wood is seeking feedback on options for the next phase of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) review to better protect bus drivers’ pay conditions, and also achieving the Government’s target of fully decarbonising the public transport bus fleet by 2035. Michael Wood said investing in our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Drop in unemployment shows Govt economic plan is working
    The Government’s economic recovery plan continues to be reflected in the labour market, with more people in work and unemployment falling. Stats NZ figures show employment rose by 15,000 in the March quarter, with 14,000 more women in work. The unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government sets pay and workforce expectations for the Public Sector
    The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful health and economic response to COVID-19. This has been supported by the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Author Ben Brown is New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador
    Lyttleton writer Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) will be New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, promoting the value of reading for children and young people, Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. A poet and award-winning author, Ben Brown writes books, non-fiction and short stories ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Celebrating New Zealand’s firefighters this International Firefighters’ day
    With two fire stations already complete, and building underway on 16 fire stations around the country, today we celebrate International Firefighters’ Day for the important role firefighters have in keeping communities across the country safe, says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. The work is progressing due to Government funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Ron Brierley knighthood to go
    Ron Brierley has written to the Clerk of the Executive Council to tender his resignation as a Knight Bachelor. The Queen has been informed. The forfeiture follows the Prime Minister initiating the process to remove his Knighthood. The Clerk of the Executive Council wrote to him on 6 April 2021 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Employment boost for rural communities
    The Government is continuing to create opportunities for at-risk rangatahi overcome barriers to employment, education or training with the next tranche of He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re focused on supporting rangatahi to get what they need to progress in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago