web analytics

An eyesore for Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 3:28 pm, February 15th, 2015 - 77 comments
Categories: business, john key, scoundrels - Tags: , , ,

Steven Joyce has announced (because Key likes to stay clear of bad news) that SkyCity will not be seeking public funding for its convention center, so looks like it will be Key’s “eyesore”. This is mostly being described as a “backdown“, but there are other interpretations…

https://twitter.com/MatthewHootonNZ/status/566772292651192320

https://twitter.com/MatthewHootonNZ/status/566773531560513536

77 comments on “An eyesore for Auckland ”

  1. Sacha 1

    Keeping all the same concessions in exchange for a smaller building is *not* a backdown. Some media are so easily sucked in to narratives like the one built over the last week. Never learn.

    • Sacha 1.1

      And the Labour Party twitter feed joins the chorus of dunces claiming the casino backed down. Duh.

      • Colonial Rawshark 1.1.1

        Who could’ve guessed that SkyCity would rip the nation off by renegging on the quality of the Convention Centre, and that National would go along with it.

        It has surpised us all, I’m sure.

        • Murray Rawshark 1.1.1.1

          Who could’ve guessed that SkyCity would rip the nation off by reneging on the quality of the Convention Centre, and that National and Labour would go along with it.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1.1.1

            Not sure you can honestly interpret Little’s statement that way, given that he describes Sky’s threats as “a big issue”.

            • Murray Rawshark 1.1.1.1.1.1

              I haven’t seen what Little said. I’ve only seen a congratulatory email about people power.

        • Tracey 1.1.1.2

          THIS ^^^^^^

          AND were gifted primo auckland real estate in the form of the TVNZ site… some say worth $100m…

          All in all good work by Sky City and either incompetence by our guru govt or corruption

          • Sacha 1.1.1.2.1

            I recall reading $100m is the whole block, and the TVNZ land was sold to them for about $9m.

            • Tracey 1.1.1.2.1.1

              they got 2 pieces of land from TVNZ. The second was about 10.5m. I think the point the commentator i was listening to the other day was making that together that land is worth a heckova lot more than the price SkyCity paid

  2. Skinny 2

    When asked what about the eyesore on Auckland’s sky line Key will mutter something
    that makes no sense.

    When the media ask Morrison the silver tongued Aussie SkyCity boss, he will be struggling to contain himself from crying with laughter and reply;

    “It’s not like a convention centre the size of a shoe box is going to be a blight on anyone’s sky line, say for Mr & Mrs Sewer Rat….God I love doing business with you Kiwi’s.”

    Sorry about double post this belongs here tho.

  3. vto 3

    Good. Build a smaller one. Live within means. This is the correct thing. F#%k the flashy shit, just do it with some style.

    Selling the houses of the poor and giving money to a casino was alway so so very wrong ….

  4. Good to see that Andrew Little has spotted the downsizing issue:

    We did it. The government has buckled under pressure, with tens of thousands of Kiwis up and down the country forcing it to back down on plans to bail out SkyCity’s Convention Centre.

    Today, after almost 30,000 of you signed the petition against the bailout, the government and SkyCity have reverted back to their original plan and the Convention Centre will be redesigned to fit the original budget. Together, we’ve made a real difference.

    National’s backdown shows the power of what we can do by working together. Over the course of the last week, we’ve forced the government to move its position from talking about spending up to $140m on bailing out the centre, to it being their ‘least preferred option’ and now to ruling out any public money.

    There are still some big issues with the deal. National promised New Zealand a world-class, iconic convention centre – now they’re talking about a downgrade. We’ll keep holding the government’s feet to the fire on this, but right now we should all feel proud of this campaign victory.

    All the best,

    Andrew Little
    Labour Leader

    • McGrath 4.1

      One of those rare occasions where voters from both the Left and Right were united in condemning any cash to SkyCity.

      Good to see.

  5. Penny Bright 5

    Do you REALLY think Sky City would have walked away from their (in my considered opinion) BIG, FAT ‘money-laundering’ factory, in the heart of Auckland City?

    Seriously?

    Penny Bright

  6. CnrJoe 6

    So Skycity get a hotel (?) and Key gets a ‘win’.
    This game of a ‘horrible’ scenario which gives plenty of room to dial ‘back’ to a less horrible scenario which IS STILL a horrible scenario but can be spun to seem like a win win.
    6 years of this. Like John Keys nose tug.

  7. sabine 7

    define ugly

    pretty much any building apart from the pre 1940 ones are butt ugly. It seems that the only buildings build down town are ugly, if they are not ugly they don’t get approved.

    Sky City should be very pleased, they get to put a concrete slab shoe box convention centre and get to keep their extra pokie machines.

    suckers

    • Sookie 7.1

      Agreed. Central Auckland is full of cheap ass ugly buildings. Why not one more? NZ is full of cities and towns in stunning settings with truly shitty urban design. Whangarei, most of Nelson, central Auckland and so on…

      • idlegus 7.1.1

        dunedin has been in decline since the goldrush, kept us some wicked architecture. whangarei used to have a few old wooden & limestone building in its city, not any more.

  8. Ffloyd 8

    So just like that sky city have backed down. I smell a rat. It was too quick and too easy. Skulduggery afoot imo.

  9. logie97 9

    So we get an enlarged casino that we need like a hole in the head.
    So we get a convention centre that we need like a hole in the head.
    Key gets what he wants.
    Skycity gets what it wants.
    …and Labour are now hailing this as a victory????

    • Halfcrown 9.1

      I couldn’t have said it better.
      It is heartening to see there are others out there that can see through all the fucking bullshit.

      • Rodel 9.1.1

        Hooray for heroic Key and Joyce being ‘tough negotiators’. Sighs of relief that we don’t have to pay the $130 or so million extra for the casino appendage convention centre..
        Whew! aren’t Key and Joyce looking after our tax payers money …!(sarc)
        New media and oh no surely not Labour? hailing it as a triumph.

        Joyce coming out as the man to get things done..guess what- a prelude to his ascension and Johns quiet departure. Voters swallowing the bullshit.Well done nats.

    • tc 9.2

      Agreed the deal has a corrupt stench about it from the dodgy tender right through to the TVNZ land and this FFS Labour so much for being an effective opposition and using this to remind people of the shonkey saga overseen by the dealer in chief.

      They should be whacking key and Joyce with this, whatever next a major leaflet campaign.

  10. Colonial Rawshark 10

    I think that it is up to the architects to make sure that NZ gets a good result.

    Who has been given the design contract?

  11. fisiani 11

    The weeping and gnashing of teeth can be heard from the Labour Party as John Key and Steven Joyce play hardball with Sky City and we end up with a convention centre employing 800 people and injecting $47,000,000 into the economy.

    • Weepus beard 11.1

      I’m unsure what releases from the Labour party you have been reading. Perhaps the ones in your head?

      The Labour party have taken a positive line on this. It’s a win for the people of New Zealand, but that they have to be alert if the government tries to shift the goalposts again.*

      * That should read, when the government tries to shift the goalposts again.

      • phillip ure 11.1.1

        how is sky casino getting to build a smaller/shittier convention centre..

        ..and still walk away with their extra pokies..

        ..how the fuck is this in any way a ‘win’..?

        ..except for them..?

        ..nationalise the bastards..!

        • Weepus beard 11.1.1.1

          They’ve won the battle and Andrew Little has said,

          We’ll keep holding the government’s feet to the fire on this, but right now we should all feel proud of this campaign victory

          Didn’t you get the email?

          I’m prepared to accept that it is a victory in this battle. The war, as you say, is another story.

          • phillip ure 11.1.1.1.1

            next campaign:..lobby/push for full-nationalising of gambling/casinos..

            ..and then have a fall-back/comprimise position of partial-nationalisation..

            ..51% will do…

            ..nationalise the bastards..!

            • Weepus beard 11.1.1.1.1.1

              While it doesn’t seem like an industry that can lose money because, by definition, “the house always wins”, I’m against government involvement and promotion of gambling activities in any form.

              Lotto and horse racing is bad enough.

              • care to think that thru a bit more..?

                ..u wd rather have all of that money sucked off offshore..?

                ..if nationalised/partially-nationalised..

                ..those profits stay here..are spent here..

                ..and i know in an ideal/perfect world it wd be best to have no gambling..

                ..that ain’t gonna happen..

                ..so why not face that reality…

                ..and act accordingly..

                ..in the best interests of society as a whole..

                ..to continue doing the same thing..and hoping for a different outcome..

                ..is a definition of madness..

                ..eh..?

    • Wynston 11.2

      Fisiani, I note with interest that you have such strong convictions that you have to hide behind a nom de plume.!

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 11.3

      I draw Fisi’s attention to the following TV3 item.
      “Convention centre jobs figures disputed”

      “The Government’s figures for the number of jobs a national convention centre would generate are much higher than experts estimate.

      Prime Minister John Key has been saying the centre would create 900 construction jobs and running it would provide employment for 800.

      But a feasibility study by hospitality and travel consultants Howarth Ltd, commissioned by the Government, estimates it would create between 318 and 479 long-term jobs.

      There’s also doubt about the 900 construction jobs, the New Zealand Herald reports.

      Howarth director Stephen Hamilton says the 318 to 479 estimate is for the whole economy, not just the centre.

      “Some will be at the convention centre, some will be in the hotels and some will be additional taxi drivers,” he said.
      The company’s report says 150 construction jobs could be created each year over a five-year period, making a total of 750, but they would be filled by people already employed on other projects.

      Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/politics/convention-centre-jobs-figures-disputed-2012060509#ixzz3RnRC7Yrd

      • Pascals bookie 11.3.1

        And that was before they shrunk the centre. Whole point was for it to be bigger and better and top notch to attract the flashest big spenders. So those dodgy numbers are now defunct, and anyone who cites them is a hack.

    • North 11.4

      Well that’s what they said FusedAss @ 11 – 800 jobs yeah right – wanna bet whatever the figure is the majority will be zero hour slavery contracts. And if they made a fuck-up on the costings from day one what’s this business about $47 mill’. How reliable’s that ? People gotta wanna travel half the globe to sit in a concrete cube in Hobson Street first. We should all be happy for FusedAss though. Being that the EyeSoreCC will be an outpost of Planet Key (where there are no toilets) FusedAss’s all fixed up with a permanent job as many hours as FusedAss wants – Official EyeSoreCC Toilet Roll. “Oh, John tastes SO lovely !” wipe the chin.

      FusedAss Fucking Nutter with a crush on the headmaster !

    • Skinny 11.5

      It will be no surprise if someone lays a complaint tomorrow against both parties to the SFO for manipulation of SkyCity share price.

      • phillip ure 11.5.1

        there was some serious money made there..(value up by $77 million on that promised-gift news..

        ..buying beforehand..and selling at peak wd be the obvious first insider-trading pattern to look for..)

        ..there should be a forensic examination of the share-buying patterns before this surge..

        ..corruption isn’t always suitcases stuffed with used notes..

        • Skinny 11.5.1.1

          Absolutely Phil, classic pump and dump number. So the share price drops on the non government chip in. Joyce has set another trap by holding off announcing 10℅ pokie/table reduction, both to allow Key to drop this in the house. Also by not announcing today SC share price won’t drop more than Sky may expect.

          Hmm now who is has a reasonable knowledge of share trading?

          • tc 11.5.1.1.1

            A potential share trading investigation based on insider knowledge would not have the beneficiaries quaking in their boots.

            NZX is part of the cosy boys network and after tranzrail the cronies know they can do as they please……as they had done up to that point anyway.

    • Rodel 11.6

      fis
      precisely as the script was written.
      Sad that Labour and kiwis are so susceptible to the charades.
      Well done key.Joyce Sky City.

    • Lloyd 11.7

      I’ll believe that the centre will employ 800 people when it happens and not one day sooner. I also believe that if if employs 800 people one day the next it might employ 20. Conventions are most unlikely to be queued up to use the centre continually. The centre is likely to be an empty building a good part of the time, and if it is holding New Zealand events, the jobs are likely to have been taken from some other place where there is likely to be a loss of jobs with the final result being no new jobs. Only if the centre brings in foreign conventions will there be new jobs.

      I suspect anyone who can guarantee there will be a steady supply of foreign conventions lining up to use the facility is like the banker who can guarantee the exchange rate on the NZ$ next year – in other words a con-man.

    • mac1 11.8

      Fisiani, this is such a victory for National that ‘Honest John’ Key has magnanimously ‘jolly rogered’ his faithful lieutenant, Steven Joyce, by making him walk the plank for him.

      You say “and injecting $47,000,000 into the economy.”

      I’d prefer to say taking more profit than that in a year’s out of addicts, gamblers and the poor. As mickeysavage says in the Post above, they tried to take even more cash out of the young, succeeded in removing millions out of the productive economy and nearly succeeded in pirating another $140 million off the taxpayers.

  12. Tracey 12

    Tiso nails it again…

  13. Neil 13

    What does a $402 million eyesore look like?

    • Pascals bookie 13.1

      Ask Key, it’s his line.

    • that ‘eyesore’ claim by key was a shark-jump of some magnitude..

      ..it must be now clear to the dimmest national party voter..

      ..that key is a serial-liar..(not a good look in a prime minister..)..

      ..and that he will try on the most outrageous examples of bullshit..

      ..a ‘$402 million eyesore’..indeed..!

      • Hanswurst 13.2.1

        that ‘eyesore’ claim by key was a shark-jump of some magnitude..

        I doubt that, but it’s further evidence that Kay is neither especially astute nor especially clever. Once again, he offers up a stick to be beaten mercilessly and repeatedly with, and the MSM largely says, “No thanks”.

        • phillip ure 13.2.1.1

          i am talking about in the eyes of his true-believers..

          ….and i stand by that call..

          ..they are the ones he has shark-jumped for..

          ..imagine how this has gone down in gore..?

          ..(they’ll be harrumphing up and down the main street..)

  14. RedBaronCV 14

    Sky City get the extra pokie machines, a site owned by taxpayers at a bargain price, and in return they build a convention centre about the size of your average dunny that never attracts any business so after a couple of years it gets taken over to be part of the hotel??
    Watch for some serious downsizing and price inflation on the convention centre.

    • Exactly. These monopolistic misery-peddlers make me sick.
      Danyl at the Dim-Post has run an excellent series on this issue:

      https://dimpost.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/win-by-not-playing/

      Firstly, it is widely acknowledged by pretty much every independent economic analysis of convention centers you can find that they’re a massive scam that construction companies and politicians perpetuate on taxpayers. The promised benefits never match the tax write-offs and other public costs these companies impose, and in the case of casinos they’re completely wiped out by the negative impacts of the business.

      Secondly, this reference to regional competitors is very meaningful, because this is a strategy that casinos and convention center construction companies practice all over the world. They play regional (and in this case national) tourist destinations off each other.

      https://dimpost.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/on-hooton-on-sky-city/

      Key and Joyce will never be able to out-negotiate Sky City because of the massive asymmetry in resources between the two negotiating partners. This isn’t a new problem (although this government seems to think it is). The problem of how the state and the private sector interact in free market democracies has been with us for a while now, and solutions to all of these problems of influence-peddling and conflicts of interest and information asymmetry have been solved and implemented in New Zealand for several decades. We have the SOE model and the State Services Commission and laws and processes and the Auditor General and basically a whole fucking public service to avoid this exact situation which Key and his Ministers have blundered into. This disaster stems from the right’s contempt for the public service. They’re just bureaucrats. Glide time. It’s all walk-shorts and red tape. The idea that those hated bureaucrats were actually an apparatus designed to protect Key, Joyce et al and prevent them from making a huge, predictable and easily preventable mistake wouldn’t have occurred to them.

  15. Richard 15

    National / Sky City remind me of Cadbury’s…..no price rise, but less chocolate

  16. rawshark-yeshe 16

    and hasn’t the timing of it all distracted from the by-election up north and the reasons for it. Perfect panda posturing by pinocchio prime minister .. oh look ! Over there …..

    and share price manipulation as well !

    sigh.

  17. Ed 17

    Radio News has just talked about the decision meaning that Sky City will receive no money from the government for constructing the convention centre. I had thought that they were receiving both money (for marketing or running costs?) and benefits in kind (licenses that needed special legislation), and favourable treatment on purchase of land(??).

    Does anyone have a quick summary of what money (and value) they are receiving for this convention centre /gambling centre?) that will now be an eyesore instead of a “world-class convention centre)?

    The description surely be that they will not be receiving _more_ money!

  18. Clemgeopin 18

    John Key’s main profession before was being a foreign exchange currency gambler.

    In this Sky City casino skulduggery, Key has been a BIG loser and in the process, he has made New Zealand also a big loser in several ways.

    Allowing Sky City to renege on the agreed deal in which National promised New Zealand ‘a world-class and iconic convention centre’, in return for hundreds of extra gaming tables and machines as well as practically gifting the TVNZ land shows that Sky City has outwitted this dumb government hook, line and sinker. (unless it was a joint secret plan all along)

    The honorable and correct thing to do now are the following:

    * The convention centre should be built to the exact specification, design and standard as originally agreed upon by both the parties. I hope Key, Joyce and this government’s stupid negotiating team did not even manage to get such details during the initial signing of the deal/contract.

    * Any RISE in cost to the construction and other new expenses should be solely borne by Sky City who MUST keep to the previous agreement completely.

    * If they refuse to agree to this and insist on building the centre with a 10% reduction in size, quality, facilities etc, as Joyce has indicated, then the government should immediately

    (a) Cancel the deal.
    (b) Cancel the extra gambling tables and machines agreed upon previously.
    (c) Take back the TVNZ land/building at the exact price it was sold to Sky City.
    (d) Reallocate as before, the machines that were taken off from clubs etc.
    (e) Monitor all kinds of gambling more seriously and increase fines for misdemeanors by the operators.
    (f) In order to reduce the financial and social evil brought upon individuals and families by the scourge of gambling, legislate a programme to gradually reduce each year, all kinds of gambling in the country, not necessarily to eliminate it completely, but to reduce it drastically.
    (g) The tenders for the Convention centre should be called for again to see if some respectable entity is still keen (as they were before) to construct and make it a viable business for them. Shy City should be barred from this tender process. If none come forward, then the Government should build one, either as a valuable/profitable state asset, or by offering a public/private partnership through shares, 51% to 49%.

    • Clemgeopin 18.1

      Whoops, Correction:

      Fifth Paragraph, First *, second sentence:

      I wonder if Key, Joyce and this government’s stupid negotiating team did not even insist on getting those basic but crucial details during the initial signing of the deal/contract.

  19. Kenya 19

    Kind of bizarre to see people in this thread attacking the labour party here. Labour led and won this campaign and mobilised tens of thousands of people for it. That’s something we’ve not seen in a while.

    Yes, of course they’re going to claim the victory of stopping a taxpayer bailout and they’re going to congratulate their supporters. But they’ve also clearly said the govt has reneged on its promise with the talk of downsizing and they’ll be (to use Little’s words) ‘holding their feet to the fire over this’.

    I sometimes think commenters on this site are like beaten dogs. So expecting weakness and incompetence from Labour that your responses have become reflexive and counter-productive.

    • sabine 19.1

      this.

      there is no war to be won, only battles.

      and this battle mobilised a few ten thousand people to say no.

      That in little NZ is not a bad feat considering that there was no time, and the petition was mainly circulated on FB and by email.

      so there….every now and then we should breathe …..and again breathe

      • felix 19.1.1

        Let’s be clear on this though, the govt’s decision had nothing to do with Labour or lefties.

        It was opposition from the right that forced their hand. Their own supporters were against it.

        • Sabine 19.1.1.1

          the government was told in no uncertain terms by citizens of the right and the left that this is not going to be business as usual.

          and as such Mr. Little has been right, this battle was one by New Zealanders that refused to rubber stamp the activities of this current national government.

          so yeah….well done us on the left, the middle, the right and non-affiliated.

          edited….:)

          • felix 19.1.1.1.1

            Sure.

            Except that on the left we protest about this govt all the time and they couldn’t give a damn.

            The difference this time is that their own supporters protested.

            I think you’re mistaking the govt listening to their supporters for the govt giving a damn what the left think.

            • Clemgeopin 19.1.1.1.1.1

              Nevertheless, the left can and should make their protestations clearly and strongly in order to try and enlighten the people what the issue is all about and thus influence the thinking of people.

              If we don’t protest and make our views well, then it will be our failure and this nasty government’s easy win.

        • mac1 19.1.1.2

          “it was opposition from the right that forced their hand”

          This good point raises for me the whole issue of how this government operates. It seems to be government by “what we can get away with”.

          I’t’s driven seemingly not by honourable principles but by ideas which are floated to see how the public and especially supporters react, and then proceed after focus group style evaluations.

          In other words, let’s do what we can get away with while retaining popularity.

          The technique has other benefits in that the ‘opposition’ spends energy protesting, protesters such as in Auckland can be vilified, and the government is seen to be reasonable as it withdraws from unpopular positions. Also, the PM gets to get the credit where there is advantage and lesser lights in the government get to do the backdowns maintaining Key’s popularity.

          The Left has to find a counter to this.

          Less than before. though, but still we are getting ideas floated from the left which are too complicated or fraught with easy and/or deliberate distortion. For example, Maori sovereignty is a recent case.

          • Sabine 19.1.1.2.1

            what makes you think that it not always was like this. Essentially democracy only works if politians and citizens work together. The left and the right float their ideas or policies, and the public votes accordingly.

            However, it says a lot of our citizens and their ideas of new zealand considering that they have supported National almost lock stop. If some of these enablers and voters are now having second thoughts or are comming out of their rosy bubble realising that Nationals shit looks like shit and stinks like shit, than that is good.

            Will they vote left or opposition next time? Don’t know. Will they abstain voting next time because they can’t support whomever is supposed to lead National, i have no idea.

            but this time, in this particular case, the public has spoken, on the left and the right, National was forced to drop the ball and go home, tail between legs.

            And that is what labour has to do, inform about the ongoing business as clearly the media will not or only sometimes do their job, and continue to speak to New Zealanders instead of only trying to appeal to Left voters.

            There was a million people that did not vote last election and I know a few of them, most were male, most were white, most were middle aged, and most could not be arsed. It would be good if we could get them to go to the booth next election cycle.

  20. ScottGN 20

    It’s not often a Cabinet Minister calls a press conference on a Sunday afternoon. That, combined with the speed of the u-turn last week suggests the polling on this was not only bad for the government but was getting worse. And then this morning Key comes out and directly attacks Labour over the issue on Morning Report which I reckon gives us further insights into how the polling has played out. A really good effort from Little and Labour.
    Also, in spite of all the columns last year (Armstrong, Watkins, Small et al) assuring us that while the deal was a bit dodgy NZers didn’t really care that much, the size and breadth of the backlash indicates otherwise.

    • sabine 20.1

      30 thousand cared to sign a petition, and another few thousand cared enough to participate in a phone poll for TV 3 Campbell Live.

      Now that is quite a few people that ‘don’t’ care 🙂

      • greywarshark 20.1.1

        @ sabine
        This is part of ScottGN’s comment –
        “Also, in spite of all the columns last year (Armstrong, Watkins, Small et al) assuring us that while the deal was a bit dodgy NZers didn’t really care that much,
        the size and breadth of the backlash indicates otherwise.”

        Which says that media reports which indicated that NZs were okay with the deal were wrong and the backlash indicates otherwise, Which you have repeated in your reply.

        It is easy to skim a comment and get the gist but not the full meaning. We end up making pointless replies to misunderstood points when that happens.

  21. Ovid 21

    Chris Roberts from the Tourism Industry Association said on Morning Report that the convention centre would draw 33,000 visitors a year.

    Given that its capacity will be 3,000, that’s only 11 conferences per year. I doubt that’s enough to keep it in the black.

    • Sabine 21.1

      which centres will be loosing those 33,000 visitors or are these NEW visitors?

      Was that mentioned at all? or was this again a number pulled out of thin air to support this most important business venture?

      • greywarshark 21.1.1

        There was mention that there was a market for larger conventions than those of 1,000 presently available in this country. The tourism guy on Radnz said there was a big convention market and the bigger size centre would bring in $millions to Auckland and on that basis it sounded viable.

        There are these bigger convention places in Australia so they know already about how viable these are. So having a look at their profitability and use would be useful for us to judge. And thinking how long the present bubble of feverish spend up and fossil fuel extravagance will continue, will they get payback before the inevitable becomes unavoidably visible?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Maru (Taranaki)
    A Deed of Settlement has been signed between Ngāti Maru and the Crown settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The Ngāti Maru rohe is centred on the inland Waitara River valley, east to the Whanganui River and its ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Support in place for people connected to Auckland COVID-19 cases
    With a suite of Government income support packages available, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni is encouraging people, and businesses, connected to the recent Auckland COVID-19 cases to check the Work and Income website if they’ve been impacted by the need to self-isolate. “If you are required to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Statement on passing of former PNG PM Sir Michael Somare
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her condolences at the passing of long-serving former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare. “Our thoughts are with Lady Veronica Somare and family, Prime Minister James Marape and the people of Papua New Guinea during this time of great ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Drone project to aid protection of Māui dolphin
    The Government is backing a new project to use drone technology to transform our understanding and protection of the Māui dolphin, Aotearoa’s most endangered dolphin.    “The project is just one part of the Government’s plan to save the Māui dolphin. We are committed to protecting this treasure,” Oceans and Fisheries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New water regulator board announced as major Government reform moves forward
    Major water reform has taken a step closer with the appointment of the inaugural board of the Taumata Arowai water services regulator, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. Former Director General of Health and respected public health specialist Dame Karen Poutasi will chair the inaugural board of Crown agency Taumata Arowai. “Dame ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Supporting work to protect Northland reserve
    New funding announced by Conservation Minister Kiri Allan today will provide work and help protect the unique values of Northland’s Te Ārai Nature Reserve for future generations. Te Ārai is culturally important to Te Aupōuri as the last resting place of the spirits before they depart to Te Rerenga Wairua. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Critical step to new housing deal for Pacific communities
      Today the Government has taken a key step to support Pacific people to becoming Community Housing providers, says the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This will be great news for Pacific communities with the decision to provide Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding and a tender process to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Consultation opens on proposed Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on a proposed marine mammal sanctuary to address the rapid decline of bottlenose dolphins in Te Pēwhairangi, the Bay of Islands. The proposal, developed jointly with Ngā Hapū o te Pēwhairangi, would protect all marine mammals of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Three District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.    Two of the appointees will take up their roles on 1 April, replacing sitting Judges who have reached retirement age.     Kirsten Lummis, lawyer of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access
    Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access The Government changed the KiwiSaver rules in 2019 so people with life-shortening congenital conditions can withdraw their savings early The four conditions guaranteed early access are – down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder An alternative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Reserve Bank to take account of housing in decision making
    The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into account government policy relating to more sustainable house prices, while working ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Investment to reduce cochlear implant waitlist
    The Labour Government will invest $6 million for 70 additional adult cochlear implants this year to significantly reduce the historical waitlist, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Cochlear implants are life changing for kiwis who suffer from severe hearing loss. As well as improving an individual’s hearing, they open doors to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Māori wards Bill passes third reading
    The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill passed its third reading today and will become law, Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. “This is a significant step forward for Māori representation in local government. We know how important it is to have diversity around ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government delivers 1,000 more transitional housing places
    The Government has added 1,000 more transitional housing places as promised under the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan (HAP), launched one year ago. Minister of Housing Megan Woods says the milestone supports the Government’s priority to ensure every New Zealander has warm, dry, secure housing. “Transitional housing provides people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech doses arrives safely – as the first vaccinations take place in the...
    A second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrived safely yesterday at Auckland International Airport, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “This shipment contained about 76,000 doses, and follows our first shipment of 60,000 doses that arrived last week. We expect further shipments of vaccine over the coming weeks,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $18 million for creative spaces to make arts more accessible
    The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni has today announced $18 million to support creative spaces. Creative spaces are places in the community where people with mental health needs, disabled people, and those looking for social connection, are welcomed and supported to practice and participate in the arts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Moriori Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading
    Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little today welcomed Moriori to Parliament to witness the first reading of the Moriori Claims Settlement Bill. “This bill is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work from all the parties involved. “I am delighted to reach this significant milestone today,” Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government action reduces child poverty
    22,400 fewer children experiencing material hardship 45,400 fewer children in low income households on after-housing costs measure After-housing costs target achieved a year ahead of schedule Government action has seen child poverty reduce against all nine official measures compared to the baseline year, Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Entries open for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
    It’s time to recognise the outstanding work early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura do to support children and young people to succeed, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says. The 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open through until April 16. “The past year has reminded us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature benefits three projects
    Three new Jobs for Nature projects will help nature thrive in the Bay of Plenty and keep local people in work says Conservation Minister Kiri Allan. “Up to 30 people will be employed in the projects, which are aimed at boosting local conservation efforts, enhancing some of the region’s most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Improvements to the Holidays Act on the way
    The Government has accepted all of the Holidays Act Taskforce’s recommended changes, which will provide certainty to employers and help employees receive their leave entitlements, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said the Government established the Holidays Act Taskforce to help address challenges with the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ’s credit rating lifted as economy recovers
    The Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and faster than expected economic recovery has been acknowledged in today’s credit rating upgrade. Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) today raised New Zealand’s local currency credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook. This follows Fitch reaffirming its AA+ rating last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to National Remembrance Service on the 10th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake
    Tena koutou e nga Maata Waka Ngai Tuahuriri, Ngai Tahu whanui, Tena koutou. Nau mai whakatau mai ki tenei ra maumahara i te Ru Whenua Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga mate ki te hunga mate Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga ora ki te hunga ora Tena koutou, Tena ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government reaffirms urgent commitment to ban harmful conversion practices
    The Minister of Justice has reaffirmed the Government’s urgent commitment, as stated in its 2020 Election Manifesto, to ban conversion practices in New Zealand by this time next year. “The Government has work underway to develop policy which will bring legislation to Parliament by the middle of this year and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New creative service aims to benefit 1,000 peoples’ careers
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Social Development Hon Carmel Sepuloni today launched a new Creative Careers Service, which is expected to support up to 1,000 creatives, across three regions over the next two years. The new service builds on the most successful aspects of the former Pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Honey exporters busy meeting surging demand
    Overseas consumers eager for natural products in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped boost honey export revenue by 20 percent to $425 million in the year to June 30, 2020, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says.   “The results from the latest Ministry for Primary Industries’ 2020 Apiculture Monitoring ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers more wellbeing support for young people
    Thanks to more than $10-million in new services from the Government, more rangatahi will be able to access mental health and addiction support in their community. Minister of Health Andrew Little made the announcement today while visiting Odyssey House Christchurch and acknowledged that significant events like the devastating earthquakes ten ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government eases visa restrictions for visitors in New Zealand
    Two month automatic visitor visa extension for most visitor visa holders Temporary waiver of time spent in New Zealand rule for visitor stays Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Push for sustainable tourism gathers pace
    The Tourism and Conservation Ministers say today’s report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) adds to calls to overhaul the tourism model that existed prior to COVID19. “The PCE tourism report joins a chorus of analysis which has established that previous settings, which prioritised volume over value, are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government extends dietary supplements regulations
    The Government is providing certainty for the dietary supplements industry as we work to overhaul the rules governing the products, Minister for Food Safety Dr Ayesha Verrall said. Dietary supplements are health and wellness products taken orally to supplement a traditional diet. Some examples include vitamin and mineral supplements, echinacea, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand to join the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime
    The Government is joining the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (the Budapest Convention), Justice Minister Kris Faafoi and Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark announced today. The decision progresses a recommendation by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terror attack to accede to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Appointment round in 2021 for Queen's Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker announced today that an appointment round for Queen’s Counsel will take place in 2021.  Appointments of Queen’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice. The Governor-General retains the discretion to appoint Queen’s Counsel in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government support for businesses kicks in
    The new Resurgence Support Payment passed by Parliament this week will be available to eligible businesses now that Auckland will be in Alert Level 2 until Monday. “Our careful management of the Government accounts means we have money aside for situations like this. We stand ready to share the burden ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Final preparations to ensure Phase 1 of the vaccination rollout is ready to go
    A dry run of the end-to-end process shows New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is ready to roll from Saturday, when the first border workers will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “The trial run took place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch yesterday afternoon, ahead of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Free Period products to be available in all schools and kura
    From June this year, all primary, intermediate, secondary school and kura students will have access to free period products, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. The announcement follows a successful Access to Period Products pilot programme, which has been running since Term 3 last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government accounts remain in good shape
    The latest update shows the Government’s books are again in better shape than forecast, meaning New Zealand is still in a strong position to respond to any COVID-19 resurgence. The Crown Accounts for the six months to the end of December were better than forecast in the Half-year Economic and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New DOC strategy champions responsible enjoyment of the outdoors
    The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) new Heritage and Visitor Strategy is fully focused on protecting and enhancing the value of New Zealand’s natural, cultural and historic heritage, while also promoting a sustainable environmental experience, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It has been a quarter of a century since DOC first developed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to conclude its deployment to Afghanistan in 2021
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare have announced that New Zealand will conclude its deployment of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to Afghanistan by May 2021. “After 20 years of a NZDF presence in Afghanistan, it is now time to conclude ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting Māori to Succeed in Trade – International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organi...
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today. This is a special time in our country. A little over a week ago, it was the anniversary of the signature by Māori and the British Crown of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi), a founding document in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on the arrest of former dual citizen in Turkey
    The Government is in contact with relevant authorities in Turkey following the arrest of a former Australian and New Zealand dual citizen there, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Contingency planning for the potential return of any New Zealander who may have been in the conflict zone has been underway for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago