web analytics

A meaningless list

Written By: - Date published: 6:53 am, June 26th, 2012 - 69 comments
Categories: accountability, national - Tags:

National’s latest plan to save the country – make another list of targets! Targets that we won’t know have been achieved or not until 2018 – National would need to be a 4 term government to ever be held accountable to these targets. Once again, you can’t help but quote the New Zealand Institute’s critique of National’s promise ‘close the gap with Australia’: a goal is not a strategy.

Funnily enough, closing the gap is not on this list. What is on the list is a curious mix of the utterly unambitious, the impossible, and the deceptive.

I’m just going to look, mainly, at the ones that are billed as ambitious but are actually just extensions of the current trends

Check out the NECA targets:

Isn’t there something odd about those graphs? Isn’t it actually the ‘to reach target’ line that best fits with the trend over the past decade? The ‘current trend’ lines look unreasonably low. By my reckoning, the NCEA goals will more or less be achieved just on current trends. And, if they wouldn’t, well what’s the plan to get there? Where’s the extra, targeted money? There isn’t any plan, there isn’t any resources.

Then, there’s the rheumatic fever target:

I can’t help but notice that RF rates were flat to downward trending before National came to power. They’ve increased by about a third under National. Turning this around would be worthy, RF is just one disease of poverty caused by overcrowding and poor quality housing. But where’s the housing programme to get there? Where are the standards for private landlords?

Then, there’s the crime rate target:

OK. Looks ambitious but, actually … for starters, the ‘start’ point is well above where crime actually is (922 at the end of 2011) and 833 by 2017 is above where the long-term trend is taking us:

Finally, the benefit target. 23,000 fewer people who have been on the benefit for longer than a year by 2017. Does anyone know by how much the number of people who have been on benefits for longer than a year has increased under National? 42,000.

So, this ‘ambitious target’ is to undo half the damage we’ve seen under National. And, there’s no plan to do it. The solution to people being on benefits is jobs. But National says that only the private sector can create jobs (except when they’re promising 170,000 jobs in the next four years). So, how can it be a government target to get people off benefits if they don’t control how many jobs there are for people? Like the NZ Institute said: a goal is not a strategy.

69 comments on “A meaningless list ”

  1. tc 1

    More platitudes for the sheeple to lap up and think ‘by golly those chaps are onto it bravo and tally ho onto surplus’.

    Why shouldn’t shonkey and co think these will not lure the focus off their appalling record of non achievement while they flog off the assets as the media lack the motivation to ever pull them up with facts.

    You’re seeing an orchestrated set of dog whistling to smoke up the joint while they plunder the family assets and education/welfare/crime are proven emotive topics they’ve been consistently using to those ends, oh and screwing them up because they can.

  2. So, how can it be a government target to get people off benefits if they don’t control how many jobs there are for people?

    James, you either ignore or don’t listen to what National says they want to do.

    Governments don’t control how many jobs there are, they can’t force businesses to have specific numbers of employees.

    Building a more competitive economy

    A competitive economy trading successfully with the world is the best way to build sustainable economic growth that creates jobs and grows incomes.

    National’s approach to economic development recognises that competitive and growing businesses create new jobs. We’re working across different industries to remove obstacles to investment, and to provide the right underlying conditions for growth, so our businesses can prosper, trade profitably, and grow.

    http://www.national.org.nz/PDF_General/Economic_Development_policy.pdf

    National have openly and widely promoted this approach. There’s plenty to debate with it. It’s hard to intelligently criticise something that you don’t know – or ignore.

    • JH 2.1

      I haven’t ignored what National says they want to do.

      The economic development policy doesn’t work. They under-delivered by 16,000 on their job projections for last year.

      Actually read the quote you put in there – none of that is actual policy, it’s platitudes. In fact, wasn’t the economic development policy the one where they had that 120-point list? whatever happened to that list?

      God, I wish you would just go back in your hole, Pete. Everyday you come here and act like a dick and generally destroy any attempt at real conversation. I’m only not banning you because it’s instructive for us to see the way the moronic Right thinks.

      • Pete George 2.1.1

        Everyday you come here and act like a dick and generally destroy any attempt at real conversation.

        Really? Offering different information and views destroys “real conversation”. Or do people and parties not like their prescribed conversations challenged?

        Rules
        We encourage robust debate and we’re tolerant of dissenting views

        Really?

        (Yes really. We have an enviable record on robust debate. But it’s not a fuckwits’ charter. JH )

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 2.1.1.1

          Petey: “Offering different information…”

          Information? And then you woke up.

          “Governments don’t control how many jobs there are…”

          And right on cue, Rosy demolishes your assertions with one simple fact: the unemployment rate in Austria.

          Here’s another one: NZ government spending as a percentage of GDP: currently around 35% (32% between 1999 and 2008).

          Responsibility for 35% of GDP = no control over employment rates?

          You can’t even come up with robust idiocy, let alone debate.

          • freedom 2.1.1.1.1

            credit where it’s due,
            Pete’s information is generally as different from reality as you can get

    • Government policy has no effect on job creation?  You are such a crack up Petey.  Your failure to understand economics is very apparent.

      Yet you are convinced you are right?  How do you expect us to have a meaningful debate with you when your beliefs are so rigid? 

      • rosy 2.2.1

        Hey Pete, do you know that Austria has an unemployment rate of 3.9% – in the middle of the European financial crisis? Do you know why that is? – the government plans for job creation and to save jobs – like subsidies to allow firms to keep staff on during the recession and a jobs council that analyses all government policy in terms of it’s impact on jobs. The opposite of NZ government policies that are set for ‘market forces’ to control job creation. So yeah, government policy has a direct effect on jobs.

        • TightyRighty 2.2.1.1

          What’s the unemployment rate in the non mining states versus the mining states rosy? Might paint a different picture of your “government knows best” dichotomy.

          • Pascal's bookie 2.2.1.1.1

            lol.

          • freedom 2.2.1.1.2

            Austria tighty, A u s t r i a

            wikipedia note for those who are interested in mining jobs in Austria
            Mining in Austria is an industry on the decline.

            After a period of postwar expansion, mineral production has stagnated in recent decades, and metals mining continues to decline, because of high operating costs, increased foreign competition, low ore grades, and environmental problems. All the metal mines in the country were closed, except an iron ore operation at the Erzberg mine (producing 1.8 million tons of iron ore and concentrate in 2000) and a tungsten operation at the Mittersill mine, which was the West’s largest underground tungsten mine. Most of the growth in the mineral resources area was in the production of industrial minerals, the area in which future mining activities will most likely be concentrated, mostly for domestic consumption.

            • rosy 2.2.1.1.2.1

              Thanks Freedom… It still has a bit of natural gas too…

              Anyway, what can the government do to create jobs? This – Principles of the Austrian labour market policy

              – reduce qualitative imbalances between supply and demand by promoting the creation of new and safeguarding of existing jobs;
              – reduce gender-specific segregation in the labour market;
              – achieve and maintain full employment; this means a sustainable integration in adequately paid jobs on the primary labour market for workers to gain a livelihood;
              – take active measures to improve skills in the widest sense of the term aimed at reducing unemployment, securing employment, helping people take up work, and supplying suitable workers to business and industry;
              – to the fullest possible extent ensure equal opportunities, contribute to eliminating gender segregation on the labour market with a view to reconciling work and family life;
              – enhance transparency on the labour market to accelerate and optimise the matching of supply of and demand for labour;
              – develop human resources by offering early outreach and support to businesses on issues that (might) have an impact on the labour market, by helping resolve questions of staff recruitment, skills training and shifts in working hours, and by devising alternatives to structurally-induced redundancies;
              – altogether, give preference to activation over passive income provision to the unemployed. But the latter’s livelihood must be ensured by the prompt and proper payment of benefits they are entitled to. Conversely, any wrongfully claimed benefits must be claimed back without delay;
              – counteract long-term unemployment induced social marginalisation, especially among older workers, by taking comprehensive measures. Assist individuals thus affected with activating their personal skills and finding access

              Rather more specific that ‘building a competitive economy.’

      • Pete George 2.2.2

        Not surprisingly you totally misunderstand, or deliberately misrepresent.

        How do you expect us to have a meaningful debate with you when your beliefs are so inaccurate?

        • mickysavage 2.2.2.1

          Question, do I go around in bleeding circles trying to show Petey the justification for my comment or do I just ignore him and enjoy the phenomenon that is the Standard and try to ignore his continuous attempted derailments of threads.

          I think I will have a Petey free day.

          But in the expectation this will be responded to Petey you said “Governments don’t control how many jobs there are”.  You then quoted National Policy suggesting that a free market was the best way to grow employment, that is essentially the Government should do nothing.

          I suggested that this is bollocks and Government action is important.  You just have to look around the world and throughout history to realise this is so.

          Now wait for response in three … two … one 

          • Pete George 2.2.2.1.1

            Claiming National has no plan and do nothing and then dissing all their plans and everything they do seems odd and contradictory.

            that is essentially the Government should do nothing.

            It is nothing like that. This government, like any, does many things, some of which affect the economy and the job markets.

            There are plenty of things National does that merits debate and and some deserve criticism. There will always be arguments over the balance between private sector and public sector employment and job creation.

            Of course Government action is important. It’s the aim and methods of that action that’ needs debating.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 2.2.2.1.1.1

              PG 7:20: “Governments don’t control how many jobs there are…”

              PG 8:53: “This government, like any, does many things, some of which affect the economy and the job markets.”

              Flippy floppy wishy washy waffle wiffle, from Pete George, the embodiment of meaningless shite.

              • I didn’t think that would be hard to understand. Government obviously affects jobs, but it can’t control how many there are (and not go broke).

                If government could control how many jobs there are shouldn’t we have had zero unemployment during the Clark nine years?

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  No.

                  There are always people in transition between jobs (from getting the sack, for example), and of course there are also unfortunately people who are essentially unemployable.

                  • freedom

                    what does Pete do for a job again?

                    • felix

                      He generates visionary action-items, reinvents mission-critical vortals, and incentivises compelling initiatives to enable world-class deliverables.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      For some reason, I associate Pete with the cane happy teacher in Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Roger Waters describes PG rather well, I think:
                       
                      When we grew up and went to school
                      There were certain teachers who would
                      Hurt the children any way they could
                      By pouring their derision
                      Upon anything we did
                      And exposing every weakness
                      However carefully hidden by the kids
                      But in the town it was well known
                      When they got home at night, their fat and
                      Psychopathic wives would thrash them
                      Within inches of their lives
                       

                    • Te Reo Putake – that sounds self inflicted, you do realise you’re the dunce of derision here? Maybe not.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Ooooh, I think I may have scored a palpable hit on a palpable sh1t.

                    • Funny, you’ve done it again.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Yep, it ain’t hard making you look silly, Pete. After all, you do the bulk of the work yourself.

                • mike e

                  Wasn’t peter dunny apart of that successful Clark govt Propagada pete.

            • mickysavage 2.2.2.1.1.2

              You have just reconfirmed why debating with you is so pointless.  You have no understanding of left right politics or economics or history.
               
              You also resort to a series of semantic debates and you try and drag everyone else here down to your level so that you can beat us by experience.
               
              National’s philosophy is laissez faire, that is it thinks the Government should do nothing and leave it all to the market.  You say that this does affect the economy and therefore it is the Government doing something and I guess semantically that you are right.  But we are then in the unusual position where “doing nothing” is “doing something”.
               
              See the problem?

              • I see your problem.

                “You have no understanding of left right politics or economics or history.”

                “National’s philosophy is laissez faire, that is it thinks the Government should do nothing and leave it all to the market. ”

                You’re confusing right politics theory with National practice, which are very different.

                National practice has mostly overlapped Labour practice over the last quarter of a century, they are both largely centrist, both with a bit of leaning both ways. National has been criticised strongly from the actual right for doing nowhere near enough different to Labour.

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  More bullshit.

                  National’s actions in government are as far to the right as their polling tells them they can get without electoral annihilation.

                  Employment law is “centrist” is it? On the one hand, as a creature of “the centre” it’s nice of you to accept responsibility for our stagnant wages and mass exodus to Oz, but on the other, you’re “not even wrong”.

                  • Not bullshit – as often as I see National called right wing here I see them called left wing elsewhere.

                    Employment law is tweaked a little by both National and Labour, but it’s nowhere near extreme either way. Except that it may seem extreme to those who are more extreme.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Nowhere near extreme? Is that the new benchmark, Pete?

                      Or is it a strawman? The thesis is that employment law in NZ is more to the right. Not “centrist”.

                      Unless your claim is that the centre is responsible for this, I suggest you rethink your position.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Tweaked? An unfettered right for bad bosses to sack staff for no reason at all is a tweak? That’s very comforting for the newly unemployed, Pete. The removal of bargaining and access rights for unions is a tweak, too? The removal of access to union negotiated employments agreements is a tweak, as well?
                       
                      Or are these things symptomatic of an adherence to the discredited philosophies of the dry right? I’m thinking its the latter.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      PG, the policies of the last 30 years have been far right wing and not even close to centrist. This includes the last Labour led government. This government, with the connivance of the Hair God, is going even further to the right.

              • Jackal

                mickysavage

                National’s philosophy is laissez faire, that is it thinks the Government should do nothing and leave it all to the market.

                National has done something, they gave a disproportionate tax cut for higher income earners. Being that a lot of those people are private sector business owners, National blindly expected unemployment to reduce.

                However they fail to understand that the rich have no reason to create jobs while their incomes are increasing and there are other safer investments like unproductive housing to sink their money into. Nact increasing the wealth of the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor was in fact a disincentive to job creation in New Zealand, as the woeful unemployment figures attest to.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Being that a lot of those people are private sector business owners, National blindly expected unemployment to reduce.

                  Considering that John Key did promise to lower wages are you sure they did it blindly? Sure, the people who voted for them may have done so blindly but I’m not sure you can say that about the upper hierarchy within National, the ones that actually set policy. There’s too much history showing the opposite happens under Nationals preferred policies and that hierarchy will know that history.

            • Ed 2.2.2.1.1.3

              What plan was being dissed, Pete?
              Can you give a clear explanation of plans/ methods for meeting any one of the targets?

              I’m not aware of any plans – isn’t that the point of the whole discussion?

          • freedom 2.2.2.1.2

            the circles trip would be a long long day
            and at its end you would only be reaching for the kill switch

            Pete lives on a mobius strip where government policy and economic reality inhabit either side, see each other from a distance but remain absurdly ignorant of their coactive reality

    • muzza 2.3

      “National’s approach to economic development recognises that competitive and growing businesses create new jobs. We’re working across different industries to remove obstacles to investment, and to provide the right underlying conditions for growth, so our businesses can prosper, trade profitably, and grow.”

      –Translation, National will alter legislation to ensure that the corporate monopolies are able to to employ more shelf stackers and and check out people…We are not sure who they will be serving at the til, because this policy keeps wages really low, and akshully we never knew how to raise them anyway.
      Those difficult industries such as unions, which keep members wages above what our pay masters are happy about are a bit of a pain, but we are working to get rid of them, so we can fool some people with the word ‘growth & prosper”
      Little Timmy Grosser is working hard to further our trade ties by selling out what is left of NZ, which will tie nicely in with the asset sales, and we can really bee seen as a “global player” by the WTO etc, “perhaps I should check about a job there, or maybe head the IMF, yeah that sounds right”

      Pete, do you ever think that being part of a system where all you do is support the selling out of this country might at sometime come back at you….

      My mistake, of course it already has, sycophant

    • lprent 2.4

      As far as I can tell National have been systematically destroying our ability to start new businesses that earn new income (and jobs) for the country. They have a clear preference for businesses that can loosely be described as crony capitalism – you don’t have to have brains – you just have to have contacts.

      In other words:- selling extractive rights and legal priviledge to overseas interests while taking a cut as bankers, accountants, lawyers, real estate agents, and ‘consans’ on the way through. Now try and show me ANYTHING that National have initiated that doesn’t fall into those two categories. Mind you I rather expect that you will be incapable of telling the difference.

      I usually describe this as the Kings College approach to business. Monumentally dumb people who have the illusion that they are being smart when all they are capable of in business is acting as simple estate agents. It is a negative sum game for the country and National never seem to tire of doing it

      • Pete George 2.4.1

        If Labour and Greens had been able to form a government this term what would they have done differently regarding job creation, and how much better don you think our unemployment and our economy would be doing by now?

        • mickysavage 2.4.1.1

          Heaps and the economy and the number of employed would be way better.

          • Pete George 2.4.1.1.1

            Ok, thanks, I didn’t realise it was that simple and would be so successful. Next election I’ll vote for Labour, or a potential coalition party.

            • felix 2.4.1.1.1.1

              Yes you should, and seeing as you’re closest to the Green Party on policy (as opposed to self-image) you should start there.

            • bbfloyd 2.4.1.1.1.2

              Oh joy,…. yet another potentially useful debate wrecked by lill’ pete’s self promotion… I just wish that it wasn’t his own personal issues he continually foists on everyone…

              I know you don’t possess the wit, or the empathy with humans to follow this pet “little hair”, but inflicting your personal, and intellectual obsessions with yourself on people who aren’t trained psychotherapists is actually an act of abuse…

              Even the myriad opportunities you provide me for developing my lampooning skills aren’t justification for your obnoxious, overbearing lookatmelookatmelookatme noises… once in a while, it would be nice to be able to read these posts without having to wade through your enacting of your personal dramas all over the comments section….

              Yes, we understand that you have set yourself to replace “bad hair”pete when he’s finally worn out his welcome with right thinking people…. word of advice.. if you want a better than snowball in hells chance of being elected, best not to let too many people see you for what you really are….

              Havn’t you learn’t a thing from watching johnny”sparkles” operate? now there’s a piece of work to emulate, wouldn’t you say?

            • mike e 2.4.1.1.1.3

              About time you woke up to hisTory tory govts have always had higher debt and unemployment.
              Pathetic and Gullible

        • tracey 2.4.1.2

          i thought it was national who had to do better, delivering 2008 promises and all their ranting from the opp benches. Is mr dunne feeling proud right now, and if yes, of whar exactly, give me a list

        • Pascal's bookie 2.4.1.3

          Well given that it’s well under ayear since the lection Pete, I’m not sure what you’d expect.

          But one policy off the top of my head that might show pretty quick results was the idea of paying subsidies to employers to take on apprentices and what not. The money now spent on the dole for a young person would be going toward their wage. That would help in anumber of ways. Quite obviously it would change the cost of employing someone. Secondly it would help in the medium term with the skills issues in trades. Thirdly it would get young people doing something and help to alleviate the long term problems that can arise when young people don’t get a good start. Fourthly the people employed would be getting more in the hand than they would off the dole, this means they’d be spending more = more demand.

          National seems to think that the reason people aren’t being employed is that there are barriers in the way, put there by the government. They think that if they can remove those barriers, employment will follow.

          I don’t see in your quote what those barriers are. Without that info, there is no policy. What excatly is it that the government is going to do. “creating conditions” is not a policy, is a strategy of policy. So what is the policy?

          It’s like a military commander saying his plan is to degrade the enemies fighting capacity. That’s crap, a plan would be saying we will use cruise missiles to destroy their C&C networks, and then send in armoured battalians with close air support to attack enemy positions.

          I suspect that the main barrier to companies investing in new plant, or hiring, is lack of percieved demand. They won’t invest if they feel that they won’t get a return. If the government isn’t fixing that, or even acknowledging it, then how can they fix it?

      • Murray Olsen 2.4.2

        Crony capitalism is all they know how to do. What amazes me is that so many people don’t recognise this, maybe because they’re busy trying to make the right contacts.

    • tracey 2.5

      i think you have forgotten their 2011 billboards relating to more jobs, and the job summit.

      Aspirational is the word he turns to to make it sound like hes doing something.

    • KJT 2.6

      PG. If you think Governments cannot create jobs you live in cloud cuckoo land. look up the “New Deal”.

      • Colonial Viper 2.6.1

        And the private sector is DEFINITELY not creating jobs.

        This is of course what happens when financial capital is hoarded by wealthy institutions and individuals, as opposed to being put to work in the real economy.

        What a Government can do is to force a fraction of that hoarded capital to be expended into general economic circulation again.

        Its a powerful ability and the right wing are dead scared of it.

    • mike e 2.7

      pompous git Bit late in the day after 4 years in power unemployment rate continues to get worse.
      National are making the figures look better by denying the people who aren’t looking for work as unemployed + the numbers going to Australia each year has continued to rise every year National has been in power.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.8

      A competitive economy will always result in higher unemployment and poverty as capitalists reduce employment to a) reduce immediate costs thus boosting profits and b) over time the higher unemployment will drive wages down and thus boost profits.

      Exactly as we’ve been seeing over the last three decades since the 1st Act 4th Labour government introduced their neo-liberal reforms.

  3. Peter 3

    Thanks for taking the trouble to establish the facts and carry out the analysis in such a short space of time. Where are the MSM on this?

  4. Dv 4

    Can any one list ANY of Nats targets they have met in 4 years?

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Reduced taxes for the rich; place their own people in senior positions throughout the public sector; suppressed organisation, wages and working conditions for those still employed.

      Pretty successful so far, although I am sure they wanted to achieve more by now.

    • tracey 4.2

      oh stop being so negative, you need to be aspirational and make a new list

    • Deano 4.3

      Does anyone have a list of all the lists?

  5. tracey 5

    Pete, how are they implementing the policy statemeny you quoted above, and by what measure is success deemed? They have been doing this since late 2008. Remember they knew about recession and gfc when writing their 2008 policy. By the end of this year real construction will blossom in chchch and the excuse of the earthquake becomes the benefit of the earthquake, will they take credit for the positive impacts..?

  6. It all about the Crosby Textor Aspirational politics, National are trying to take control of the media agenda.

    They lost control of the spin months ago and this is their big move to get back on track; watch for some follow announcements Tuesday/Wednesday. Waters might calm then we will see some lollies around the asset sales.

    It is like Mark Textor has got his hand up John Keys ass like a sock puppet.

    http://www.crosbytextor.com/news/pollster-textor-warns-the-right-it-s-wrong/

    • freedom 6.1

      “Mr Textor said voters wanted governments to provide a stable workplace system that allowed for equitable outcomes and individual rewards”
      don’t let PG read that, his brain might explode trying to meld the puppetmasters’ words with his belief that governments don’t influence the employment market.

  7. @Freedom it is ludicrous how easy it appears to manipulate the body politic.

    • freedom 7.1

      http://www.whale.to/b/bernays.pdf

      Propaganda, Edward Bernays 1928
      for those who never read it

      • Bored 7.1.1

        That prat Freud reckoned women had penis envy and secretly needed nobs, his son in law Bernays reckoned the best way to control the masses was to convince them they did not have enough (of anything) and then to give it to them. Two very sick individuals.

        • freedom 7.1.1.1

          (possibly being a tad defensive here but i never commented on the book, simply provided a link. As an acknowledged mass media manual, i thought some may find it useful. )

  8. Jackal 8

    Oh dear! One of the first things you learn in motivational courses is to not set unrealistic targets. Nationals list is nothing but propaganda.

    • Te Reo Putake 8.1

      Indeed, Jackal. I don’t think National even get close to the usual SMART criteria (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timebound).

    • ad 8.2

      Coldly, in politics you should set no targets, only aspirational goals.
      You are never completely in control of all the causal factors, let alone the resourcing (like tax income) to achieve them.

      I recall how Helen Clark tried to to get out of the GDP growth commitments when she launched GIF. She knew policy has only limited agency.

      Key is going to regret this, because every quarter we will now get reports from the Departments showing how they are tracking. Each of those will become a news cycle in themselves. Each one of them will mean he or his responsible Minisers will have to explain, which is a spectacularly bad place to be in politics.

      They will likely be repeated endlessly by all Opposition parties in 2014. Just like his promise to reurn to budget surplus in that year.

      Seriously bad mistake from Key and his office – smells like a short term misdiretion launch to smoke “Asset Sale Day”, but with really bad long term rediretion heat-seeking downside.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa   Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei i raro i te kaupapa o te rā Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More freezers and South Island hub to support vaccine roll-out
    A South Island hub and 17 new ultra-low temperature freezers will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new freezers arrived in New Zealand on 27 May. They’re currently being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech at the release of Climate Change Commission's final advice
    Good morning – and thank you Prime Minister. Over the last three and half years we have been putting in place the foundations for a low-carbon Aotearoa that will be a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and prosperity for decades to come. In that future, many of our everyday tasks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Achievable blueprint for addressing climate change released
    Report says Government making good progress on emissions reduction, but more action required Meeting climate targets achievable and affordable with existing technology Economic cost of delaying action higher than taking action now Benefits from climate action include health improvements and lower energy bills All Ministers to help meet climate targets ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to release of Climate Commission final report
    A few years ago in a speech in Auckland, I compared climate change to the nuclear free movement of roughly four decades ago. And I did so for a few reasons. Firstly, because the movement of the 1980s represented a life or death situation for the Pacific, and so does ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Barrister Michael Robinson has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Robinson graduated with a BA and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1996, and commenced practice as a solicitor with Brookfields in Auckland.  In 1998 he travelled to London ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government takes action to improve protections for subcontractors
    The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill – which provides greater financial protection for subcontractors, has passed its first reading today. The Bill amends the retention provisions in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to provide increased confidence and transparency for subcontractors that retention money they are owed is safe. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 1 million more Pfizer doses to arrive in July
    Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July, COVID1-9 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These consignments will double the total number of Pfizer doses we have received this year to more than 1,900,000 – enough to fully vaccinate almost 1 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Long-term home of the Independent Children’s Monitor identified
    The Independent Children’s Monitor (Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake), which is currently located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), will become its own departmental agency within Government. “Following the recommendations of several reviews, Cabinet agreed in 2019 to build a significantly expanded independent monitor for children in care,” Carmel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Racing Integrity Board members announced
    The new Racing Integrity Board will be up and running from July 1 to ensure high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism in the racing industry. Racing Minister Grant Robertson today announced the appointments to the new Board: Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM – Chair Kristy McDonald ONZM QC Penelope ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt crackdown on organised crime continues
    A major operation against multiple organised crime groups with international links will make a significant dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks, Police Minister Poto Williams says. “I want to take an opportunity to congratulate the Police for their role in Operation Trojan Shield. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Farm planning framework supports farmers into the future
    A new framework, agreed between Government and industry, will make it easier for farmers and growers to integrate future greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater regulatory requirements into their farm planning, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “The Good Farm Planning Principles Guide out today, provides guidance for how farmers can organise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for Canterbury
    The Government has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to the Canterbury floods. The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Hon Carmel Sepuloni says $500,000 will be made available to help with the clean-up. The flooding in Canterbury has been a significant and adverse event damaging farmland, homes, roads ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago