web analytics

A tale of two hospital announcements

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, August 26th, 2017 - 54 comments
Categories: health, jacinda ardern, labour, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, uncategorized - Tags: , , , ,

Good news for Dunedin:

Labour matches National’s promise of new Dunedin hospital – fully funded by the taxpayer

Last week National leader Bill English visited the city, and pledged to rebuild the facility for $1.4 billlion within 7-10 years.

He said National would look at co-funding the project with the private sector and was greeted at the hospital by protesters, rallying against health care cuts.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says her party would build a new hospital without using PPP (public private partnership) – and says they would relocate it to the city centre. …

Note that National promised a hospital rebuild in 2014 and it never happened. This time round let’s hope Labour is in a position to deliver! Labour’s pledge to fully fund it is a real point of difference between the two promises. The receptions that they both received is another. While English and Coleman ran away out a back door to escape equal pay protestors, Jacinda Ardern’s reception was – enthusiastic…

54 comments on “A tale of two hospital announcements”

  1. Nick 1

    People Momentum plus good policies plus charismatic leader plus announcements like this Hospital…. A new Govt is coming.

  2. Dspare 2

    The increased cost of PPPs (due to the need to turn a profit) is an important factor in avoiding them. As important is how they can be used to avoid public scrutiny under the guise of commercial sensitivity. Also, the use of contractors and subcontractors to hide the use of inferior materials and working conditions which a government operation can not get away with. Their supposed benefits are all accounting tricks in hiding costs – which is of course why they are so appealing to English’s National government.

    Ms Ardern said a public-private partnership would make for a slower rebuild, as the Government would have less control under that scenario… She spoke to patients about Labour’s hospital build plan and also discussed the hospital food provided by Compass….
    A hospital doctor, who declined to be named, told the Otago Daily Times she and many of her colleagues were pleased with Labour’s announcement.

    The hospital was “falling down” and there was increased risk of infection because of the state of the building, she said.

    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/election-2017/ardern-pledges-quick-hospital-construction

    The Compass fiasco is a good case study in how public concerns can be systematically disregarded in the pursuit of a PPP. Unfortunately, the ink is dry on that contract, so it is likely to be locked in until people start coming down with food poisoning.

    [edit. Also this (from yesterday):]

    New Zealand Nurses Organisation Dunedin organiser Lorraine Lobb said public hospitals should not be used as profit-making entities.

    Mrs Lobb said there was not enough money in the health sector to provide a profit.

    ”There is no profit in health. That’s why there’s a deficit now.”

    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/health/nurses-against-ppp-rebuild

    • JC 2.1

      Not just in Dunners…

      Senior doctors support [Saturday’s] protest by West Coast people over the shoddy decision-making and flawed funding model for a new local medical facility,” Association of Salaried Medical Specialists executive director Ian Powell said”It’s about the Government foisting an unwanted public-private partnership called ‘capital recycling’ on the West Coast District Health Board under the guise of doing the local community a good turn.

      “In fact the funding model being imposed is likely to strip millions of dollars out of patient care in the region.

      “We believe that the additional cost of this dodgy funding method is likely to be up to $1 million more than the normal method of funding new hospital buildings each year for up to 34 years.”

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/west-coast/96145641/seniors-doctors-back-reasons-for-protest-against-new-west-coast-health-centre

    • Macro 2.2

      The Holiday Highway from Orewa to Puhoi built under Labour in a PPP with Northern Gateway and now a toll road on State Highway 1 should never have happened. By the time one fiddles around to pay the $2.30 online, for each trip you might as well travel via Wiawera.

      • I think you’ll find that’s where Labour are getting some of their distaste for PPPs from. They’ve done them themselves and have learned the lesson that they’re a really stupid idea.

      • eco Maori/kiwi 2.2.2

        Yea those toll roads are a pain if you don,t pay in five days the cost go up significantly most people just avoid them because the systems to pay these tolls are to complicated the tolls should just be added to your Rego Keep it simple and the traffic on these toll roads would increase the traffic is Minimal at the moment. In the Bay of Plenty

  3. ScottGN 3

    Health is becoming the sleeper issue this election especially here in the South. Coleman has been on Checkpoint more in the last week than the whole of the last term of government.

  4. ianmac 4

    Before the 2014 election they promised a new Bridge on Highway One out of Blenheim. No sign of one yet. Promises promises!

    • JC 4.1

      The government promised during the Northland by-election campaign in 2015 to replace 10 bridges in the region.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/323729/work-to-start-on-northland-bridges-this-year

    • Tracey 4.2

      Perhaps Jacinda needs to start rememvering these for the debates…

      2014 said dunners can have a hospital…. oops sorry

      New Blengeim Bridge… oops sorry

      There must be more methinks

    • swordfish 4.3

      Continuing my informal yet rigorously-enforced policy of highlighting the 2014 Party Vote in TS regulars’ home towns (at least during the current election campaign) – last time Cinny in Motuekahttps://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-12082017/#comment-1367618
      … this time ianmac in the People’s Republic of Blenheim

      Blenheim (Kaikōura + Te Tai Tonga Blenheim Booths)
      2014 Party Vote

      Blenheim …. (Kaikōura Seat) …… (NZ)

      Lab 23% ………………..(17%) ………… (25%)
      Green 8% ……………… (9%) ………… (11%)
      IMP 0% ……………… … (0%) ……..…….(1%)
      Left 32% …………….… (27%) ………… (37%)

      NZF 11% ……………… (10%) ………… (9%)
      Oppo 43% ……………. (37%) ………. (46%)

      Nat 50% …………….….(57%) …………(47%)
      Govt 51% ………………(58%) …………(49%)

      Cons 5% ………….…….(5%) …………… (4%)
      Right 56% ……………..(62%) ……..……(53%)

  5. lurgee 5

    When English announced the new hospital, it was described hereabouts as a ‘casual bribe’; is the Labour proposal the same, or is it magically somehow different?

    • I note differences:

      1. Dunedin needs a new hospital – that’s not arguable
      2. National promised it in such a way that Dunedin may not actually get that new hospital – PPP, an extended time frame and it may be possibly be in the city centre
      3. Labour promised it ASAP, fully funded by government and that it would be in the city centre

    • Paul Campbell 5.2

      (as I explain below) the thing is that National think it’s a bribe, here in Dunedin we think it’s a necessity that’s far too long in coming – Bill thinks he’s bribing us, we’re rolling our eyes and hoping that fewer people will die in the long run

    • Gabby 5.3

      Bingles basically reminded people the hospital was due for replacement.

    • Tracey 5.4

      Nats have had nearly 9 years to address this but wait til the election campaign?

    • Tricledrown 5.5

      Luther National have been underfunding healthiness around the country by funding on an overall average age not on the needs of communities.
      i.e.. North land is being underfunded Coleman has just funded for a middle class district not for a high needs impoverished spread out DHB.
      Southern District National Coleman have funded this area on the overall average age of NZ when this health board is also spread out and has a much higher number of aged people needing more expensive healthcare.
      Now National is looking at looking this election suddenly the Southern District Health Boards deficit is suddenly no longer a problem as Coleman finds $20 million he said wasn’t going to fund the deficit under any circumstances asking SDHB continually to make cuts to pay for the deficit.
      This shows and highlights Nationals short comings and desperation.

  6. Heather Grimwood 6

    Huge and sincere enthusiasm for Jacinta and Labour’s determination for early hospital rebuild. Wonderful speech ..obviously from person of stature completely conversant with the policy.
    Jacinta would present and represent New Zealand magnificently on the world stage.

    • Reality 6.1

      Jacinda is a class act and I look forward to seeing her as our PM and on the world stage. She is a very quick learner – look how she has flourished in just three weeks!

    • lurgee 6.2

      Problem for Labour is that National got it’s announcement in first, so it looks like Labour are playing catching up, and trying to garner attention by promising more bells and whistles.

      if they’d made the announcement first, then National’s proposal would look like too little, too late.

      • Heather Grimwood 6.2.1

        to lurgee at 6.2:Believe me, no ‘catching up’ involved ! On the contrary, intensive, informed planning was needed for Labour’s policy .
        Southerners have long known what is needed and pressured for same on steeply escalating timescale. The issues have been publicised by patients and their relatives, involved professionals ( where else have you heard/read actual surgeons and nurses at coal face speaking/writing of the situation ?), the City Council, etc, long-time and ably championed by David Clark, Labour M.P. for Dunedin North and shadow Minister of Health.

      • Tracey 6.2.2

        It worked for Nats in 2008. Now some 9 years later they are up against the “why now when they had so long to do not promise. Oh cos Jacinda might win!”

      • Ovid 6.2.3

        David Clark has been lobbying for a new hospital for a couple of years, so this announcement wasn’t unexpected – at least for people paying attention.

      • Tricledrown 6.2.4

        Lurgee Labour have been leading a campaign in Dunedin a long with the Dunedin City Council demanding National fix or build a new hospital near the medical school.
        Coleman said no date had been set and No guarantee for a centrally located hospital with his preferred rebuild being the cheapest option at Wakari undermining the Medical School.
        Funny now Labour has rise.n in the polls Nationals lolly scramble bribes are highlighting their deficiencies.
        Still no guarantee of a build date from National but private funding and expensive leasing model revealed.
        National have passed off Dunedinites for to long cutting underway playing politics with healthcare delivery .
        National will’m loose support for its tight fisted unfair delivery of healthcare .

  7. Siobhan 7

    Labour’s pledge to fully fund it is a real point of difference between the two promises….which only goes to further highlight the question..why are Labour allowing their budget/spending limits to be dictated by the National Party?.

    Oh, sorry, “keep spending within “the recent historical range””.

    Its like we think were voting for a ‘New Deal’…but really we just want ‘The Old Deal’, but done nicer please.

    We run a real risk of having Labour/Adern get in for a few years, applying a few band aids, and smilingly easing us into our Orwellian future on the UBI, a UBI granted to the citizens at the behest of the Corporations and Landlords.

  8. Paul Campbell 8

    I live in Dunedin …. National’s announcement came over in the tone of an election bribe, even Blinglish showed up to announce it ….

    But the thing is from a Dunedin perspective a hospital that works, that doesn’t have bits that make people in crutches climb stairs to avoid the asbestosed bits (lifts), where the operating rooms don’t leak when it rains, etc is a necessity, not some frippery you give away at election time – the big question is not “why does it cost so much” it’s why didn’t it happen at the last election? or the one before that? fixing it is not the election bribe you think it is

    So Bill if you want our vote, and you’re prepared to bribe us for it, where’s our real bribe? how about taking the traffic lights out of the middle of the motorway so that we have some hope of doing 80kph on it (forget about 110kph, we just want a real motorway) – or bring back the commuter trains we had when I was a kid, it’s a pity you pulled out all the stations or how about kicking in $100M to get the city out of the debt hole it’s in after you made us build a stadium for your rugby cup thingy – after all if you’re prepared to do these things for everyone else, why not us

    Oh yeah Bill, while you’re listening – remember when you took away our elected health board and replaced it with your own appointed manager because they weren’t performing the way you liked …. and now your replacements have turned out to be a far worse disaster, people are dying, when are we going to get our democracy back?

    • Graeme 8.1

      The best thing a government, of any stripe, can do for Dunedin is to get it a self-sustaining economy so it can stand on it’s own and not have to try and clip the ticket of surrounding regions that don’t have connection to Dunedin any more. From a Central viewpoint I’m a little suspicious of health services centralising in Dunedin as this often means less up here or Invercargill and having to travel to Dunedin, which is really hard. that’s a 4 hr drive and there’s no air service, we can get to Christchurch (or Auckland for that matter) easier than we can get to Dunedin. Town isn’t Dunedin any more.

      Initiatives like moving administrative functions to Dunedin fromAuckland or Wellington and incentives for manufacturing to get the place humming again.

      • Paul Campbell 8.1.1

        I’m not sure we really had a say in the merger that created the SDHB, it was sort of foisted on us by the same govt that we all see is now responsible for the mess our local health system has begun

      • tracey 8.1.2

        It must also be a concern that the University is shedding staff, and currently has all staff reappkying for their jobs.

        • timeforacupoftea 8.1.2.1

          Tracy that is a load of rubbish what you are saying that “all staff reapplying for their jobs”. STOP ! get your facts correct !

          Leave our leader to use her skills and Qualification : Bachelor of Communication Studies. Major subjects : Public Relations, Politics _ to win this election.

          • Tracey 8.1.2.1.1

            Well I have colleagues in 2 different departments who have been told they must all reapply for their jobs.

            • tracey 8.1.2.1.1.1

              Well, time for a cuppa, I have colleagues in 2 different departments who have been told they must all reapply for their jobs.

  9. Stuart Munro 9

    The hospital is a big deal to Dunedin, and because of the Med School it’s pretty tied up with the University too. Most of the senior folk are too polite to say what they really think of Bill’s austerity pogrom. But the nurses are not. Dunedin is not fooled, and not happy with Bill at all.

  10. Michael 10

    “This time round let’s hope Labour is in a position to deliver!” Let’s hope indeed, but let’s not forget Labour’s “promise” to increase health spending is heavily conditional on the money getting spent “over time” and “as condtions allow”.

    • Tricledrown 10.1

      Michael so what are Nationals conditions make a promise after years of deliberately underfunding the SDHB and abusing management and staff.
      National has lost 1,000s of votes in Dunedin and the South.
      Funding has been deliberately cut with the funding model used .
      National have used the average age of NZ to fund SDHB with the SDHB has the largest % of older people needing much higher levels and more expensive healthcare.

      • timeforacupoftea 10.1.1

        I doubt National ever has had those votes you talk about Tricledown.
        Dunedin North and South are true safe labour seats.
        We in Dunedin have been shafted by both Labour and National since the 1960’s.
        In more recent times just ask David Benson Pope, EX Labour MP shafted by Helen Clark for something that never happened, but made Helen look strong for dumping the poor blighter.

        The SDHB in Dunedin has been in a rundown state forever, 30 years or more.
        We have had terrible boards, terrible theft, IT staff imprisoned etc etc.
        I am surprised there has not been a documentary made on how to rip off the public purse from our area alone.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Vaping legislation passes
    Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill regulates vaping products and heated tobacco devices. “There has long been concern ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government repeals discriminatory law
    A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government. “Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced under urgency in 2013 by a National Government,” Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • More competitive fuel market on the way
    Kiwi motorists are set to reap the benefits of a more competitive fuel market following the passing of the Fuel Industry Bill tonight, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.  “This Act is where the rubber meets the road in terms of our response to the recommendations made in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government delivers on rental reforms promise
    The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi. “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • New rules in place to restore healthy rivers
    New rules to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater passed into law today. Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed the gazetting of the new national direction on freshwater management. “These regulations deliver on the Government’s commitment to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister announces new Consul-General in Los Angeles
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Jeremy Clarke-Watson as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Los Angeles. “New Zealand and the United States share a close and dynamic partnership, based on a long history of shared values and democratic traditions,” Mr Peters said. “Mr Clarke-Watson is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Rental reforms provide greater support for victims of family violence
    Victims of family violence can end a tenancy with two days’ notice Landlords can terminate tenancies with 14 days’ notice if tenants assault them Timeframe brought forward for limiting rent increases to once every 12 months Extension of time Tenancy Tribunal can hear cases via phone/video conference Reform of New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Apprenticeships support kicks off today
    Two employment schemes – one new and one expanded – going live today will help tens of thousands of people continue training on the job and support thousands more into work, the Government has announced. Apprenticeship Boost, a subsidy of up to $12,000 per annum for first year apprentices and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Infrastructure to transform Omokoroa
    The Government is funding a significant infrastructure package at Omokoroa which will create 150 new jobs and help transform the Western Bay of Plenty peninsula, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the Government is investing $14 million towards the $28 million roading and water package. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Bill passes for managed isolation charges
    The Bill allowing the Government to recover some costs for managed isolation and quarantine passed its third reading today, with charges coming into force as soon as regulations are finalised. Putting regulations into force is the next step. “The COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill and its supporting regulations will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Unemployment drop shows Govt plan to protect jobs and support businesses is working
    Today’s unemployment data shows the Government’s plan to protect jobs and cushion the blow for businesses and households against the economic impact of COVID-19 was the right decision, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ said today that New Zealand’s unemployment rate in the June quarter – which includes the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New role to champion reading for children
    A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal Affairs and for Children, Tracey Martin announced today. The Reading Ambassador, announced at a Celebration of Reading event at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Funding boost for Community Law Centres
    Community Law Centres will receive a funding boost to meet the increased need for free legal services due to COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. The $3.5m funding is for the next three financial years and is additional to the almost $8 million for Community Law Centres announced in Budget ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New Zealand joins initiative to boost women’s role in global trade
    New Zealand has joined Canada and Chile in a new trade initiative aimed at increasing women’s participation in global trade. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker, together with Canada’s Minister for Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrés Allamand, and Chile’s Vice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government provides $2.2m to heritage buildings for quake strengthening
    Building owners around New Zealand have benefited from the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding with grants totalling $2,230,166. “The Heritage EQUIP grants for seismic strengthening assist private building owners to get the professional advice they need to go ahead with their projects or support them to carry out the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Better hospital care for Northland babies and their whānau
    •    New paediatric facilities, including a Special Baby Care Unit •    Up to 50 extra inpatient beds  •    New lab facilities  Northland babies and their whānau will soon have access to improved hospital care when they need it with Health Minister Chris Hipkins today confirming new paediatric facilities and more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Green light for Wellington and Wairarapa in $220m nationwide cycleways package
    People walking and cycling between Featherston and Greytown, or along Wellington’s Eastern Bays will soon have a safe shared path, as part of a $220 million shovel-ready cycleways package announced by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. “During lockdown we saw many more families and kids out on their bikes, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • New Zealand expresses condolences on passing of Vanuatu High Commissioner
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today extended New Zealand’s condolences following the death of Vanuatu’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Johnson Naviti, who passed away yesterday afternoon in Wellington. “Our thoughts are with the High Commissioner’s family and colleagues during this difficult time. This is a terrible loss both to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces allocation of three waters funds for councils
    The Government has today set out the regional allocations of the $761 million Three Waters stimulus and reform funding for councils announced by Prime Minister Hon Jacinda Ardern this month.  "I want to thank Councils around the country for engaging with the Central Local Government Steering Group who have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding boost for students with highest learning support needs
    Students with high and complex learning needs, as well as their teachers and parents, will benefit from a substantial increase to Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funding, Associate Education Minister Martin announced today. “Nearly $160 million will go towards helping these students by lifting their base support over the next four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt connecting kiwis to affordable, healthy food
    Funding for innovative projects to connect Kiwis with affordable, safe and wholesome food, reduce food waste, and help our food producers recover from COVID-19 has been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of families facing unprecedented financial pressure. Foodbanks and community food service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Getting infrastructure for housing underway
    Eight shovel-ready projects within Kāinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure upgrades will ensure that the provision of homes in Auckland can continue apace. “The funding announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Napier walk and cycleway to improve safety
    The Government is funding a new separated walking and cycleway path along Napier’s Chambers and Ellison streets to provide safer access for local students and residents across Marine Parade and State Highway 51, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Funding of $2.7 million has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PGF creates more than 10k jobs, success stories across NZ
    More than 13,000 people have been employed so far thanks to the Coalition Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced. The number of jobs created by Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investments has outstripped the 10,000 jobs target that the Government and Provincial Development Unit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inaugural seafood awards honour sustainability
    Scientists and innovative fishing operators from Stewart Island and Fiordland to Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington have been honoured in the first ever Seafood Sustainability Awards. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has congratulated the winners of the inaugural Seafood Sustainability Awards held at Parliament. “The awards night honours six winners, from a wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Climate resilience packages for regions
    The Government is providing an investment totalling more than $100 million for regions to protect against and mitigate the effects of climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones have announced. Six regions will receive funding from the $3 billion allocated to infrastructure projects from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Southern Waikato shovel ready projects get the green light
    Three major local projects at Te Kuiti and Otorohanga have been given the money to get moving after the impact of Covid 19, says the Minister of Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  The projects range from a Sports Centre for Te Kuiti, a redevelopment of the Otorohanga  Kiwi House and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand extends Middle East and Africa peace support deployments
    The Coalition Government has extended three New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa by two years, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.  “These deployments promote peace in the Middle East and Africa by protecting civilians and countering the spread of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt progress on climate change essential, risk assessment shows
    The release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment shows that the progress this Government has made to solve the climate crisis is essential to creating cleaner and safer communities across New Zealand. “Because of this report, we can see clearer than ever that the action our Government is taking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $10m sport recovery fund open for applications
    The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020. “The fund opens today for five weeks – closing on September 6. The amount awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rakitū Island declared latest predator free island
    Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today declared Rakitū Island, off the coast of Aotea/Great Barrier Island, predator free. “I’m delighted to announce that with rats now gone, Rakitū is officially predator free. This is a major milestone because Rakitū is the last DOC administered island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding to restore significant Māori sites in the Far North
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcements following a service at the historic St Michael’s Anglican Church at Ōhaeawai today.  Just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Big boost for Chatham Islands’ economy
    The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the islands, first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More initiatives to reduce energy hardship
    The Government is delivering more initiatives to reduce energy hardship and to give small electricity consumers a voice, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today. “In addition to the initiatives we have already delivered to support New Zealand families, we are responding to the Electricity Price Review with further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Turning the tide for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin
    Government, iwi, NGOs and rehabilitation groups are working together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin following a series of terrible breeding seasons.  The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage helped launch the Five Year Action Plan at the annual Yellow-Eyed Penguin symposium in Dunedin today. “I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Taskforce ready to tackle tourism challenges
    The membership of the Tourism Futures Taskforce has now been confirmed, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua today. “The main purpose of the independent Tourism Futures Taskforce is to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis said. Joining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Investing in the tourism sector’s recovery
    More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. A $400 million Tourism Recovery Package was announced at Budget 2020, and with today’s announcements is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Permits to be required for exporting hard-to-recycle plastic waste
    From 2021 permits will be required for New Zealanders wanting to export hard-to-recycle plastic waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, today announced the requirements as part of New Zealand’s commitments to the Basel Convention, an international agreement of more than 180 countries which was amended in May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Growth in new building consents shows demand is still high
    The building and construction sector is still showing strong growth, with the number of new dwellings consented up more than 8 per cent compared to last year, reflecting a welcome confidence in the Government’s COVID-19 response package, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “While it is still too ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection
    Government investment of $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection will allow local communities to address long-standing flood risks and provide jobs, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Rotorua today. These projects are being funded by the Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) shovel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago