web analytics

A dereliction of duty

Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, April 7th, 2008 - 39 comments
Categories: helen clark, john key, labour, national - Tags: , , ,

John Key’s failure to ask a parliamentary question last week exposes a crisis of confidence in National’s ranks. It is unprecedented for an Opposition leader to be in attendance in the House for a full sitting week, and to not once challenge the Government.

This never happened when Helen Clark led Labour in Opposition from 1993-99. If she was at Parliament for question time, she took the lead question on the issue of the day – even if it meant purloining it from a colleague. Clark knew, and her colleagues accepted – if sometimes begrudgingly – that as shadow Prime Minister she had to lead the charge on the headline issues. It is an essential part of how an Opposition leader demonstrates that she/he has the wherewithal for the top job.

As Jasper wrote on Friday, a party’s performance in the House is an indicator of its mood, and right now, by sheltering Key, National is betraying its anxiety. Even National cheerleader Matthew Hooton conceded as much in his Sunday Star Times column yesterday. John Armstrong, writing in the Herald on Saturday, said Key’s deliberate non-engagement strategy, coupled with a barrage of policy initiatives from the government, was making National vulnerable and causing it to lose control of the agenda.

National and Key are playing a dangerous game. The party stands for nothing. It has offloaded unelectable policies that were once articles of faith, like welcoming the nuclear ships. Now they are screening Key from the day-to-day skirmishes in which an Opposition leader is supposed to show his/her mettle. Its election year strategy and “manifesto” have been wrapped into a single line: Let’s rely on a mood for change.

39 comments on “A dereliction of duty ”

  1. mike 1

    yawn…the amazing thing is he can say nothing at all and still have you pinko’s in a lather.
    Either you are very intimidated or trying to deflect the real news which is Labours hypocritical EFA rort

  2. IrishBill 2

    What “rort” would that be Mike?

  3. mike 3

    This one for starters IB http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10502422

    I like this quote “The Labour Party is much smarter than the Exclusive Brethren. The Exclusive Brethren used their own money.”

  4. rjs131 4

    Well i guess Tizard was anwering questions on thursday so who wouldnt run scared from asking questions of someone of such undoubted ability….

    If Key is so useless, are you suggesting that all the people who support him are complete and utter morons?

    Are you going to go on the record now and predict Key will be shown up by the good people of Helensville who will elect Darien Fenton in a landslide?

  5. Tane 5

    “The Labour Party is much smarter than the Exclusive Brethren. The Exclusive Brethren used their own money.’

    I’m not sure what this quote is supposed to mean. That Labour has colluded with an abusive sect in order to run a secret parallel campaign and undermine the party spending cap?

  6. Steve Pierson 6

    “If Key is so useless, are you suggesting that all the people who support him are complete and utter morons? ”

    Not at all. We believe that when they get see Key for what he is, rather than the Golden Boy image that the media has given him until last month, the people of New Zealand are more than intelligent enough to realise that he is too slippery and incompetent to be trusted with governing the country.

  7. gobsmacked 7

    Mike

    If that is the “real news”, a “rort” as you put it, why is the leader of the opposition not attacking it at every opportunity? The EFA came into force last year, and has certainly been in the headlines since. Where are Key’s speeches, soundbites, questions in the House? If the EFA matters, where is his leadership?

    You have proved Tillerman’s point.

  8. Stephen 8

    Anyhoo…this sounds a bit like the speculation over Helen Clark getting tipped over by Goff or Cunliffe – that is, exaggerated, searching for something that isn’t there?

  9. mike 9

    GS: Bill English is Nationals front man on the EFA and here is todays press release http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00196.htm

  10. Tane 10

    I don’t think anyone here is seriously suggesting Key is at risk before the election. Afterwards, I think English will almost certainly roll him within a term, regardless of the outcome.

    [captcha: ‘unionists value’ – you heard it first here on The Standard]

  11. gobsmacked 11

    But it’s the “real news” (copyright Mike).

    So what’s John Key’s job, again?

  12. big bruv 12

    “This never happened when Helen Clark led Labour”

    Is that Helen Clark or Helen Fraser?

  13. Tane 13

    Bruv, you’re not even making sense anymore.

  14. Occasional Observer 14

    Don’t lie, Tillerman. Clark rarely questioned Ministers while Bolger was overseas, and so too for Brash or English questioning Ministers while Clark was overseas.

    You’re simply coming up with a blanket statement that you know you cannot back up, and claiming it is “unprecedented”.

  15. Stephen 15

    Can YOU back that up?

  16. Lampie 16

    The Labour Party is much smarter than the Exclusive Brethren. The Exclusive Brethren used their own money.’

    Is just someone’s opinion as in the Editorial is just an opinion.

  17. Ruth 17

    Its election year strategy and “manifesto’ have been wrapped into a single line: Let’s rely on a mood for change.

    So? This strategy is as good as any other.

  18. rjs131 18

    English always attched the EFA stuff. Its no different that Clark not doing anything on flagship policies like the EFA, the foreshore and seabed act and closing the gaps

  19. randal 19

    I think the nats have given up. they know the electorate is not going to have a bar of the same right wing agenda that ruined the nineties for ordinary folk. they will try some some facetious advertising like they used at the last election but Labour will be ready this time.

  20. Matthew Pilott 20

    So? This strategy is as good as any other.

    I wouldn’t want to see any party in power without having been forced (if necessary, although it shouldn’t be) to give some pretty good detail on intended policies. If the NZ public is stupid enough to allow that to happen then very few will have grounds to complain about any actions by that government.

    Not a good idea – how do you hold a party to account when it hasn’t promised anything?

  21. Jay 21

    “Afterwards, I think English will almost certainly roll him within a term, regardless of the outcome.”

    Do you think that Goff will do the same to Clark if she loses the election?

  22. Tane 22

    Jay, usually when a PM loses an election they stand down voluntarily. I honestly don’t see Clark being forced from power, whatever the outcome of the election.

  23. Jay 23

    I wonder if John Howard thought the same thing. They both have certain similarities in terms of longevity and political nous.

    If I was a labour man it would be about the good of the party not the leader.

  24. BeShakey 24

    Well to skip through the trolling and get back to the topic, it sounds a bit weird to argue that Key is refusing to ask questions of people he can make look like idiots, in favour of only asking questions of someone that regularly makes him look an idiot. I think hes smarter than that, its funny that National supporters don’t.

  25. Cyclone 25

    Key shut up in question time last week because everytime he opened his mouth he got mocked by Michael Cullen. I think the Nats got sick of hearing Cullen read transcripts of Key responses to TV and radio interviews, complete with ums, ahs and evasions.

  26. Dean 26

    “This never happened when Helen Clark led Labour in Opposition from 1993-99. If she was at Parliament for question time, she took the lead question on the issue of the day – even if it meant purloining it from a colleague.”

    That’s actually not true. In fact, Clark was well known for not engaging when the PM wasn’t in the house.

    The PM hasn’t been in the house in the last week.

    It’s funny how some people wish to remember history selectively, isn’t it.

  27. Razorlight 27

    Once again the Standard blatantly lies with this statement.

    “It has offloaded unelectable policies that were once articles of faith, like welcoming the nuclear ships.”

    Can you please point to any time in the past 18 years when it has been National Party policy to welcome the nuclear ships. Im not asking for the personal opinions of members I want to see National Party policy proving your point.

    If I recall National were in government for 9 of the past 18 years. And guess what they didn’t change the law. No big bad nuclear ships came near.

    So please do not lie when you are criticising the National Party

  28. Stephen 28

    Not ‘gone by lunchtime’ then?

  29. Razorlight 29

    Was that National Party Policy or the unconfirmed thoughts of one member?

  30. Pascal's bookie 30

    Are you saying Don lied to those Americans when he was National party leader Razorlight?

    Because he didn’t say to them that his personal opinion was that the anti nuke policy was silly, he told them that it would be gone by lunchtime. That’s a policy statement.

    Just because he wasn’t prepared to outline that policy to NZ voters changes nothing. He made different statements about what his policy would be to diffrent audiences. So the question is, when was he lying? Personally I think it more likely that he would tell a politically damaging truth to a private meeting. The alternative is that he was lying to those Americans and was planning on discredting himself in their eyes if he became PM.

    And in any case why the 18 yr limit? (I don’t think Tillerman was saying that the National party has only recently started to stand for nothing). It was most definatly an article of faith under Muldoon, and when the legislation was passed National opposed it. Many Tory MP’s have opposed it the whole time. They didn’t change it because they knew it would render them unelectable. Which is what Tillerman said.

  31. Dean 31

    Pascal:

    “Are you saying Don lied to those Americans when he was National party leader Razorlight?”

    I think it was probably said in the same way as “be definition, I cannot leak”, or perhaps “haters and wreckers”.

    Neither are absolutely representative of one party’s policies, but both sound pretty bad when examined in isolation.

  32. Razorlight 32

    Pascal, the 18 year limit was to show the time National has been in government and opposition. If this was a policy of theirs, wouldn’t they have snuck it through some time during the 90’s. The fact is, it was never on their agenda.

    I do not think there would be one person who doubts Don Brash would have the policy gone by lunch time if he could. I am one rightie who agreed with him. But once again his National Party policy was the law would not change without a referendum and there was no plans for a referendum. Confusing, I admit. But definatley not the lie Labour attempts to potray as fact.

    However when we do want to see real evidence of a party dumping unelectable policies simply to stay in power we do not have to turn to far from our current government. For 8 years we have been told by Michael Cullen why tax cuts are a bad thing. However in 2008 and support for his government crumbling he is under orders to deliver significant cuts in this years budget. One of his favourite bully boys taunts come to mind. Flip Flop.

  33. To be fair Razorlight putting it up to referendum is a step closer to repealing the ban is closer than we are now and does seem a bit odd given the huge majority against it.

  34. Razorlight 34

    Robinsod, it may be a step closer to repealing the ban. But the fact remains, it is not and has not been National Party policy for over 18 years to repeal the nuclear ban.

    To state this on this blog as Tilleman did is mischievous and blatantly lieing.

  35. the sprout 35

    Key is tired, and having second thoughts about whether he really wants the job. His colleagues are getting tired of Key and wondering whether they want him to have the job.

  36. Draco TB 36

    Robinsod, it may be a step closer to repealing the ban. But the fact remains, it is not and has not been National Party policy for over 18 years to repeal the nuclear ban.

    Even to suggest that they would put it to referendum indicates that it was/is National party policy. It’s just not policy that is being implemented at the moment because it would make them unelectable.

  37. Matthew Pilott 37

    Right, National’s Nuclear policy from 2005 is that they would not allow nuclear ships in.

    Not change nuclear-powered ships policy.
    Under National, any change to the legislative ban on nuclear-powered warships entering New Zealand waters will require a clear public mandate by way of a referendum.

    And then straight afterwards they say they’d be happy to if the public would let them. This means they would be free to advocate change, encourage a referendum. This is equivocal – you could take the policy either way. That doesn’t happen by accident (or they would be explicit), so I think it’s a lie to assume they didn’t want to change NZ’s anti-nuclear policy.

    Contast that with current policy:

    The nuclear-free legalisation has become an iconic part of New Zealand’s national identity and will remain in place.

    I think that shows that they’ve removed (at least from any public view) their desire to change policy on nuclear ships. It is explicit and equivocal.

    Tillerman was right.

  38. Phil 38

    “Even to suggest that they would put it [the nuclear ship ban] to referendum indicates that it was/is National party policy. It’s just not policy that is being implemented at the moment because it would make them unelectable.”

    That is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.

    I want to see a referendum on MMP. Does that automatically mean I want to see it repealed?
    No, of course not – what it means is that I want the entire nation to have the opportunity to speak for their own preference, not have our elected representatives cajoled by the vocal minority ‘du-jour’.

  39. Ari 39

    Just a point- I wouldn’t call the Nuclear ban repeal a “key policy”. It’s a result of their key policy of toadying up to our “traditional allies”. (ie. the anglosphere)

    I am with you that National is being incredibly equivocal this election on all of its released policy. So far it seems to be painting a picture of “we’re like Labour, but we’re not really into that social welfare stuff, and we’d like to run the country as if it were a business.” It doesn’t seem to have any unique policy infrastructure in place to support this new centrist philosophy, however.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Funding boost for kaupapa Māori response to homelessness
    Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness) Marama Davidson has announced a significant funding boost today for kaupapa Māori approaches that support whānau into housing. $24.7 million will be allocated to support the delivery of He Ara Hiki Mauri – a tangata whenua-led response to homelessness. “Homelessness is not inevitable. By working ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    43 mins ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland barrister David Gary Johnstone has been appointed a judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Johnstone graduated from the University of Auckland in 1991 with a BCom/LLB(Hons), and joined Bell Gully as a solicitor, practising in general commercial litigation. During 1993 and 1994 he studied at the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New mental health facility a step closer for Gisborne
    Health Minister Andrew Little was at Gisborne Hospital today to mark the next step of Te Tairāwhiti’s new Te Whare Awhiora mental health facility build. The Health Minister turned a sod to mark the start of groundworks at the site, in preparation for the placement of a mauri stone. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • More rural broadband for regional communities
      New contracts will improve around 30,000 broadband connections in rural homes and communities Govt on track to see 99.8% of all New Zealanders receive access to improved broadband as a result of various connectivity programmes by the end of 2023, including those targeting rural regions Applications open for one-off ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Tauranga region to benefit from new funding and financing tool
    Tauranga will be the first region to use a new Government tool to raise funding for much-needed infrastructure. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be used to raise finance from private markets, which is then repaid via the levy on those who benefit from the infrastructure. The finance raised by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New committee established to drive better public health outcomes
    Some of the country’s most difficult health issues will be tackled by a newly established public health advisory committee, whose members have now been appointed. Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall says the new Public Health Advisory Committee will investigate and help address long-term health challenges facing Aotearoa. “We ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government and sector back innovative regional and wool projects
    $2.17 million for new food and fibre ventures in Taranaki $2.24m to develop high-value, sustainable cashmere industry $233,000 to prototype an acoustic, knitted textile product from strong wool for high-end commercial and residential interiors.  $530 million co-invested with business through the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund  The Government closes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Statement on the death of Sir Murray Halberg
    New Zealand has lost one our true sporting icons with the passing of Sir Murray Halberg, Grant Robertson, Minister of Sport and Recreation said today. “Sir Murray was an extraordinary athlete. His gold medal in the 5000m at the Rome Olympic Games in 1960 has been immortalised as part of New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ministerial talks in Canberra to progress trans-Tasman relationship
    The importance of cooperation in the Pacific to support the region’s recovery and resilience will be a focus of formal talks in Canberra tomorrow between the Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and her Australian counterpart Penny Wong. Nanaia Mahuta will meet Senator Wong for the second formal Foreign Ministers’ Consultations following ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Iwi and Government partnership delivers more rental homes for Pāpāmoa whānau
    Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) Peeni Henare attended the official opening of 10 new rental homes built for working whānau of Ngā Pōtiki ā Tamapahore in Pāpāmoa today. “The Bay of Plenty region is one of many regions facing significant housing challenges and this Government is taking action by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government investment to support growth of Māori businesses and jobs in the primary sector
    Total exports by Māori businesses have grown by 38% since 2017 to $872 million, with the majority from the food and fibre sector Launch of Rautaki mo te Taurikura action plan to support the continued growth of Māori food and fibre sector Support for Māori agribusiness innovation and workforce development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to address child abuse system failings
    The Government is adopting the majority of recommendations from an independent review into the actions of government agencies leading up to the death of 5-year-old Malachi Subecz, Minister for Children Kelvin Davis announced today. Following Malachi’s murder at the hands of his caregiver in 2021, Dame Karen Poutasi was appointed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More tools to help Police deal with fleeing drivers
    Increase the maximum driver licence disqualification period for a second offence of failing to stop or remain stopped, from 12 months to between 12 months and 24 months; Amend the Sentencing Act 2002 so that a vehicle can be forfeited on conviction for failing to stop. Offenders could have their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt books solid as global situation worsens
    The Crown accounts are in a solid position thanks to the Government’s careful financial management through a deteriorating global environment. For the four months to the end of October, the Operating Balance before Gains and Losses (OBEGAL) recorded a deficit of $2.8 billion, $274 million lower than forecast at Budget ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Expanded Dental Grants Available From Today
    ·       Increased Special Needs Grants for dental treatment are available to eligible New Zealanders available from today ·       New criteria means more Dental Treatment covered ·       People can now receive more than one grant in a year (any 52-week period), up to the maximum of $1,000 ·       Recent increases to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Exports tracking towards new record high growth
    Primary industry exports to reach new record high of $55 billion in 2023 Forecasts $2.9 billion higher than in June 2022 Tracking strongly towards a 4 per cent increase in the year ending June 2023, despite global downturn New Zealand’s record food and fibre export revenue is projected to reach ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New guidance for climate action at the local level
    The Government has released new guidance to support stronger links between New Zealand’s climate change goals, and local and regional planning. From today, it has become a legal requirement for local governments to consider the Government’s National Adaptation Plan and Emissions Reduction Plan when preparing or changing regional policy statements, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • World-first bedside blood test good for people, good for health system
    A single blood test that can diagnose heart attacks in minutes instead of hours, saving the health system millions of dollars and getting patients treated faster, is being rolled out in New Zealand hospitals, says Health Minister Andrew Little. “This research, led by emergency doctors at Christchurch Hospital, is ground-breaking,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New rongoā workstream announced alongside Therapeutic Products Bill
    A new workstream has been established within government to consider how rongoā might be protected in legislation. This comes as the Therapeutic Products Bill is introduced in Parliament today, Associate Minister for Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare said. “Under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Crown has an obligation to actively ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Therapeutic Products Bill introduced
    Legislation to modernise the way medicines, medical devices and natural health products are regulated has been introduced in Parliament today. The Therapeutic Products Bill replaces the Medicines Act 1981 and Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 with a comprehensive regulatory regime that is fit for the future. Health Minister Andrew Little said ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Climate Action Centre to support farmers maintain international edge
    New Climate Action Centre launched to support farmers reduce ag emissions through R&D investment 50:50 joint venture between Government and agribusiness to accelerate product development First Centre projects launched to get farmers the emissions reducing tools sooner Indicative funding commitment rising to $35 million per year by Joint venture partners, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Progress on firearms register and safety authority
    The launch today of a new firearms regulator to ensure the legitimate possession and use of firearms, and an online portal to apply for licences, marks a significant step towards modernisation and improvements in gun safety, Police Minister Chris Hipkins says.     Police is moving from being an administrator of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government sets out next steps for on-farm sequestration strategy
    Government to work with primary sector on developing a sequestration strategy Government confirms today it will bring all scientifically robust forms of sequestration into the Emissions Trading Scheme, starting from 2025. This will be done at full value, rather than at a discount, so farmers can realise the true potential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister concludes bilateral talks with Finnish PM
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin have concluded their first in person bilateral meeting in Auckland this morning. The Prime Ministers reiterated how their respective countries shared similar values and reflected on ways to further strengthen the relationship between New Zealand and Finland. “New Zealand and Finland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Plan to boost value & lift sustainability of NZ forestry sector
    Sector ITP to grow domestic processing and low-carbon wood products Grow the wood processing sector by 3.5 million cubic metres (25%) by 2030 Grow export earnings from value-added wood products by $600 million by 2040 Increase the use of domestic timber in construction by 25% by 2030 The Forestry and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government supports more energy-saving projects to help more Kiwis save money
    17 community energy-saving education projects share $1.7 million Builds on success of previous Government projects that have supported more than 13,000 households and 440 energy education events with more than 80,000 LEDs distributed Helping households to reduce their energy bills and make their homes warmer and more energy-efficient, is the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt funds new 80-bed mental health unit for Canterbury
    The Government has granted final approval for a new 80-bed acute mental health facility at the Hillmorton Hospital campus, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This is the second stage of Hillmorton’s major infrastructure redevelopment programme and is one of the largest investments ever made in New Zealand’s mental health infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Māori education momentum rolls on with new wharekura
    A new Year 1-13 wharekura will extend Māori Medium Education into Porirua West from 2027, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. “The establishment of Te Kākā Kura o Ngāti Toa Rangatira will over time provide a local option for up to 200 tamariki and rangatahi on the western side ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Easing administrative burden on farmers through new integrated farm planning projects
    37 new investments to simplify planning and reduce paperwork for farmers and growers Targeted projects for Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui, West Coast, Canterbury, and Otago Resources, a digital wallet and template tools to help farmers develop and integrate their farm planning. The Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Commerce Commission Chair appointed
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Dr David Clark has today announced the appointment of Dr John Small as the new Chair of the Commerce Commission. “Dr Small has made a valuable contribution to a broad range of the Commission’s work in his roles as associate member and member, which he ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Realising housing dreams for the Kāpiti Coast
    Much needed public housing is on the way for the Kāpiti Coast thanks to the Government’s purchase of a large vacant plot of land at 59-69 Raumati Road in Raumati Beach. “This purchase will ultimately mean more families have a place to call home and demonstrates our commitment to resolving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Decarbonisation industry milestone reached in Timaru
    A pioneering boiler conversion project is now up and ready to go, using woodchips to make potato chips, while slashing emissions. “McCain’s newly converted coal boiler will reduce CO2 emissions at its Timaru factory by 95% and is an excellent example of the great climate gains we can achieve through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Fiftieth Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations With China
    Chinese Embassy Reception Te Papa, Wellington   Tēnā koutou katoa, Da jia hao Let me first acknowledge Ambassador Wang Xiaolong, thank you for the invitation this evening, it is a pleasure to be here. I would also like to acknowledge current and former Parliamentary colleagues, as well as members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt keeps AM on the air in Northland
    Minister of Broadcasting and Media Willie Jackson and Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty today announced a $1.48 million package to fund the repair and replacement of three transmission masts in Northland to ensure AM radio can stay on air in the region. “This funding will secure the reinstatement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Multi million dollar package to tackle retail crime and reoffending
    A multi million dollar package to tackle retail crime and reoffending is the most significant crime prevention financial package in recent memory  New fog cannon subsidy scheme set up. Government to provide $4000 for all small shops and dairies in New Zealand who want a fog cannon installed, with shops ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding boost to support NZ’s game development industry
    New Zealand’s game developers will receive an immediate funding boost to help support the growth of local studios beyond the current Dunedin centre. “New Zealand’s game development sector has been rapidly growing. The latest data from the New Zealand Game Developers Association shows the total revenue for the industry is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • A new strategy for Pacific housing
    New and existing housing initiatives are being brought together to improve home ownership for Pacific people said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. Fale mo Aiga: Pacific Housing Strategy and Action Plan 2030, launched today, is the Government’s targeted response to the housing challenges faced by Pacific Aotearoa. Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government takes action on pay parity for healthcare workers
    Thousands of frontline community health workers – including nurses in aged-care facilities - are in for a pay rise as the Labour Government takes action on pay parity in the health sector. “I’m pleased to announce that Cabinet has agreed to on-going funding of $200 million a year so that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • World’s first algae-based local anaesthetic another step closer to reality
    A partnership between the Government and the Cawthron Institute has delivered a breakthrough in the production of a potent microalgal ingredient for the world’s first algae-based pain medication, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced.  “Scientists at Cawthron Institute in Nelson have developed a reliable and commercially scalable method for producing neosaxitoxin, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown sign Agreement in Principle| Ka waitohu a Ngāti Mutunga o...
    Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown have signed an Agreement in Principle marking a significant milestone towards the settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. Ngāti Mutunga are based on Wharekauri/Chatham Islands and are the second of two iwi/imi to reach agreement with the Crown. “Today’s signing follows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago