web analytics

…and your children’s children

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 pm, May 20th, 2010 - 70 comments
Categories: class war, Economy - Tags: ,

When I wondered what the rabbit was the last thing I thought it would be was the rip shit and bust budget we saw today.

Let’s be clear on one thing. Borrowing a billion dollars while simultaneously cutting services to pay for tax cuts is not moderate or responsible or centrist. Even if the cuts are for middle and low income earners too. This really is some far right government-you-can-drown-in a-bath-tub stuff.

It also shows the government was clearly lying when they talked about the tax change being revenue neutral and it shows they were lying about the need to align corporate and top tax brackets.

The tax take hasn’t been this low in my life-time. In fact it probably hasn’t been this low since my granddad was a boy and that will mean that one way or another it will be our children and our children’s children that pay for this bribe.

Meanwhile Phil Goff and his funny wee team has been caught flat-footed and defaulted to bleating on about how the tax cuts aren’t enough. FFS – what’s his next move going to be? Criticising national for not introducing the death penalty?

Even ACT have managed only the most token of complaints. Must try harder? That lame angle should tell you something.

And what it should tell you is National have slipped one of the most right-wing budgets New Zealand has ever seen right under the radar.

70 comments on “…and your children’s children ”

  1. Bored 1

    Irish, thank God you have said it, somebody has too. Labour sucks, they need to get with the programme. As somebody who would not be able to live long enough to vote National, I find voting for this rabble a Hobsons choice. National Lite, no distinguishing features. Managerialists one and all, no sense or vision that the world has changed. The right wing budget only slipped under the radar because there is no left hand side to the screen.

  2. Doug 2

    Marty G had a post today saying National were on the decline in the Polls. Close Up had a small poll tonight 80/20 in favour of the budget we see where the Polls head in the coming months.

    • IrishBill 2.1

      People will bank it. The polls will jump a little for a couple of weeks but coming months? I wouldn’t be so optimistic if I were you.

    • zonk 2.2

      was that Close up where 3 bald white 50 year old men got together to worhsip John Key?

  3. just saying 3

    i agree with you – its really firghtening.

    Just wait for more of this favourite tactic….

    1 Cut an essential service by, say, 15 percent.
    2. Wait a while and then announce a funding boost for said service of, say, five percent.

    The next time complaints come in about the dire results of service cuts, the government is ready with it’s set answer – We’ve just boosted funding by five percent!

    Media “watchdogs” swallow it all, wag their tails, and lick more government ass.

  4. frustrated 4

    “This really is some far right government-you-can-drown-in a-bath-tub stuff.”

    Grow up we have state provided education up until heavily subsidised tertiary education, state provided healthcare and a number of other state provided benefits including a very significant social welfare spend. To suggest we have a far right government is laughable.

    Get some perspective and you might get some more traction with the bulk of the population.

    • IrishBill 4.1

      So we don’t have the lowest taxes since WWII? And health and education aren’t taking real cuts? And we’re not borrowing a billion dollars to pay for tax cuts?

      Do the maths. Then try again.

      • Quoth the Raven 4.1.1

        According to this tax as % of GDP was 26% in 1950. It was 34.5 in 2008 What’s it going to be now?

        • IrishBill

          That would be because state-owned business profits substituted (immensely) for company tax. Total state revenue was much higher than it is today. But unlike you, I’m not going to play statistical games to justify a command economy.

          • Quoth the Raven

            You did say taxes not total state revenue. I wasn’t playing statistical games it was a genuine question I presumed you knew the answer. So what then are the numbers for total state revenue?

            • IrishBill

              I don’t have the stats at hand. I’ll see about posting them over the next few days.

  5. just saying 5

    How can labour attack future service cuts that result from this budget when it has now told everyone the cuts should have been bigger.

    I despair

  6. Salsy 6

    Im surprised they went as far with tax cuts as they did. Given its their only trump card, and it has now been played. They have no other bribe left for 2011, when the pinch of health and education cuts and GST rise are fully felt by all.

    • Lew 6.1

      They’ve bet the farm on a massive economic recovery. Recall that this is the same crowd who, not two years ago, were howling that Cullen had stripped the cupboard bare.


      • Marco 6.1.1

        No they have bet the farm on the rugby world cup. National have the golden chalice of ten’s of thousands of tourists pouring money into the economy only months before the election. It’s a two term government every which way you look at it.

        • Lanthanide

          Although All Black losses in the past have historically been unfavourable for the incumbent government.

        • Fisiani

          All my predictions about the Budget came true. A massive and encouraging step change in the economy.
          Substantial tax cuts for all workers. Letting all workers keep more of their money.
          75% of workers only paying 17.5 % tax.
          The decade of deficits left by the incompetance and spite of Labour now reduced to just 5 years.
          The Tax bill for every company in NZ reduced by 6.67%. Yes 6.67% (30% down to 28% is 2/30*100)
          The Left will try to claim foul about some hypothetical poor person on $25,000 who owns 6 rental properties who will lose out. Yeah right!
          The big losers of Budget 2010 are the rich who cleverly worked the shonky socialist tax system to get dubious rental property depreciation, eligibility for WFF and student allowances.
          Last year Bill English saved the NZ economy and thousands of jobs in carefully and prudently taking the worst edges of the recession and now he has revved up the growth engine. Next year we move up a gear. 2011 we allow the many Kiwis with cash in their pockets to invest in succesful state enterprises and promote further growth and thousands of jobs. Near full employment is on the horizon.
          Arise Sir Bill. For so he should be.
          The architect of 6 further terms of National government and the golden years for New Zealand.

    • I dreamed a dream 6.2

      “They have no other bribe left for 2011, when the pinch of health and education cuts and GST rise are fully felt by all.”

      Of course they have one bribe left up their sleeves. If they find they need to, they will move up the tax thresholds across the board. For example they may move the top threshold to $100,000 from the current $70,000, etc. They cynic in me says they will do that especially if next year they need some boost in the polls before the Election 2011. Of course that will be irresponsible from them, but what do you expect? They’re already irresponsible today.

      But what can Labour do? Nothing much really. When you’re in government, you’re in the box seat and have the power of incumbency to do things.

    • Gosman 6.3

      Many economic commentators were stating in Radio NZ National this morning that the growth predictions are quite modest, certainly from a historical perspective of a country coming out of a recession they are low. This would mean if the growth is higher than predicted then the Government will have more to play with next year.

  7. Bill 7

    So if the economy grows at somewhere north of 3% over the next few years as Treasury (?) has predicted then the billion dollars will be covered?

    That means 3% plus of growth just to stand still or only go this far backwards?

    Which won’t happen ’cause there isn’t going to be 3% growth.

    Nothing even close.

    So has NZ as an economic entity just been steered off towards the cliff by Johnny Boy and his mates who at this very moment are reaching for the door handle so as to bail just before the freefall? And are the msm sitting in the back seat whooping, hollering and clutching themselves over how rad that sideways turny sliding thing was?

    Are we really, really screwed, or have I missed something?

    • IrishBill 7.1

      No, I think you’ve covered it off quite succinctly.

    • I dreamed a dream 7.2

      “Are we really, really screwed, or have I missed something?”

      Wait till next year, the 2011 budget will probably raise the tax thresholds to give more bribes to the voters.

      Then we’ll be really, really, really, really, really screwed!

  8. Rex Widerstrom 8

    Meanwhile the opposition is MIA.

    I was briefing a client today on the situation in NZ (it happened to be on justice issues, it could have been on anything). I tried to find nice things to say about Labour… primarily because I think my client was beginning to think I was some mad lefty or righty (indeed he pointedly asked me where my personal sympathies lay) because after bagging National’s stance I couldn’t find anything to say about Labour.

    “Errr… well when the Chief Justice spoke out they err… blogged on it…” was all I could come up with.

    It’s time most of them let go the teat and got out the damned way, they’re doing absolutely no good where they are.

    • Well, you are a long way away from the action, Rex, so your ignorance is excusable. Hope the client wasn’t too miffed.

      • Rex Widerstrom 8.1.1

        So what have they said they’ll do in that field, TVoR? I’m all ears…

        • On what field, Rex? Yours was a general comment:

          ‘(it happened to be on justice issues, it could have been on anything).’

          • Rex Widerstrom

            Ah yes, sorry. Was there anything in Goff’s response concerning policing, justice, courts etc? Any commitment to programs to keep people out of jail? To revoke “3 strikes”? To ensure Corrections is funded to provide adequate rehabilitation to anyone imprisoned and held accountable for so doing?

            I realise it’s not as exciting (to media) as how much money taxpayers might be about to receive (I’ve yet to find detail of the government’s Budget initiatives, if any, in that area) but it’s an area on which Labour could readily differentiate itself but to date has done an appalling job on. Which was why I made it a more generalised criticism, in line with IB’s post.

          • …and if you just meant justice issues, start here: http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/category/justice/

            • The Voice of Reason

              Aaaaargh, sorry, missed your response, Rex. Didn’t mean to be ruder than usual. The Red Alert stuff is good, of course, but, no, as far as I know, Goff hasn’t made specific reference to justice in his responses so far.

            • Rex Widerstrom

              Thanks, TVoR. Figured we’d crossed posts by the nesting of your comment (way to go with the numbering thing, LP!)

              A lot of stuff there which, while valid in its own right, is stretching the definition of “justice”. ECan and MMP “justice” issues?

              However, we do have posts lamenting the removal of funding from PARS and Te Huringa… does that mean Labour will restore it? I too lament it, it doesn’t mean I’m about to find several millions to fix it.

              Kudos to Clare Curran for acknowledging the Sycamore Tree Project, but all we get in that post is warm fuzzies. The STP also needs funding, as do other agencies that work with prisoners. And if Corrections was funded for, and held accountable on the delivery of, proper rehabilitation programs then the load on many of these agencies would be significantly lightened. If she’s as enamoured of it as she seems, tap her Corrections spokesperson on the shoulder and demand some support.

              The closest we get to policy is this from Lianne Dalziell:

              Next time Labour is in government we will expand the collaborative approach to include the underlying issues that not only help address crime, but also help address youth unemployment, youth suicide, teenage pregnancy, poor educational outcomes, poor mental health, bad relationships and a wide range of physical health problems.

              Yes yes, all wonderful stuff (and all costly, but we’ll leave that aside for the moment, it’s perhaps too early in the election cycle to start demanding program-by-program costings). But all these initiatives, even if they’re brilliant from day one, will take time, and won’t help those already imprisoned.

              Where’s the support for the stance of the Chief Justice on sentencing and related issues? Where’s the fervent rejection of shipping container prisons? Where’s the determination to hold Corrections (and any private operators) accountable for outcomes?

              The best thing Labour could do right now though would cost not one cent. It could pledge to end the law and order auction come election time, giving people a clear choice in this policy area at least.

  9. ianmac 9

    Campbell Live had a housing guru on and he believes fervently that the housing prices will drop by at least 5% or more.

  10. ianmac 10

    I have not heard anyone at all factor inthe effect of the ETS costs in July. Surely that is going to swallow up the tax cuts more!

    • Marty G 10.1

      we’re paying a billion this year in greenhouse polluter subsidies, if that helps. Of course, we’re paying as a country either way, the question is whether people pay when they pollute or pay as taxpayers.

    • Lanthanide 10.2

      I saw some “analysis” that the 28% corporate tax rate, rather than putting us ahead of Oz, will really just even the score because of the incoming ETS.

      • IrishBill 10.2.1

        That fails to take into account the fact the Aussies pay higher wages, have compulsory super and a payroll tax. It’s always been cheaper to do business here because we’re structured for cheap labour.

  11. ianmac 11

    Bill English was asked on Checkpoint (Mary Lamb?) to explain/quantify the number of jobs that their Budget would produce. His reply was to go on about the longterm view. Try the question again and then again. No answer which suggests that the answer is no new jobs. So weakness here?

  12. ianmac 12

    Inflation likely to rise 3-5%. Effect on tax cuts? Or will the tax cuts cause inflation? Interest rates will rise accordingly.
    (I don’t know anything other than what “experts” tell me. 🙂

    • Lanthanide 12.1

      Bollard doesn’t automatically raise rates because inflation has gone up. The cause of that inflation, and whether it is structual or one-off, is considered, then interest rates may rise as a result.

      GST-stoked inflation is definitely one-off.

  13. Hamish Gray 13

    There’s a difference between borrowing billions to encourage growth through incentivising and borrowng billions to pour into things like the Cullen Fund and additional public services (which some believe also encourages growth…. somehow). I guess which you think is a better use of money reflects where sympathies lie.

    But according to Labour, they would not only borrow billions more, they’d also cut taxes further. I guess it’s easy to say that when you’re staring down the barrel of another term in opposition, but it’s hardly fiscally responsible.

    • IrishBill 13.1

      Sounds like you want the government to pick winners. And Labour are dicks. If the best you’ve got is “labour would…” then I suggest you say nothing at all.

      • ‘And Labour are dicks’

        You differentiating between the members and the Members of Parliament, Irish? I’m not sure that every member is a dick, if you know what I mean.

        • IrishBill

          The labour that claimed tax cuts were not big enough in the house today are dicks. If the party can’t take the idiots leading the parliamentary arm in hand then they need to seriously reevaluate their strategy.

      • Herodotus 13.1.2

        Dont forget that all Phil has to say re GST is that we could eliminate GST off F& V. When this equates to $1-$2/week for the middle & low earners. There are many on this site and RA that have become nothing more than cheer leaders for the cause without examining the shallowness of Lab cause. Lab still wants to protect landlords and from RA they got the tax rorts wrong, LAQC’s,Trusts and the top tax rates etc and they were aware of this 2-5 years ago but did nothing. And on the Lab budget streaming that there was some dissappointment to fixing the rorts and that the panel would have done more, Lab setup the rorts in the first place. This is where for me their language is hallow to comment on this now, and also that they have lost contact with their base support by this appoligist approach
        This is a great opportunity to see what Lab has to offer in vision, their values (which I am confused as to who they represent), in leadership (Be it Phil, the strategists and senior members of Lab), and how this vision is to be applied. If in 2011 they fail it will be nothing but a self inflicted wound.
        The only winner on the left for me over Labs performance is the Greens, they also had the strategy (successful for me) to prepare an alternative budget and become proactive. The Greens also commented on the poor performance of the police in regard to Child abuse and the crap performance by the Police, again Lab is silent. So today we cou;d point to the point in time when the greens mature to becomming more than the poor cousin on the left,and Labs dominance on the left has taken a massive hit.

        • IrishBill

          You’re obsessed with this Phil guy. It’s like you think I care what he thinks. Get over it.

          • Herodotus

            At this moment he is carrying the banner for the left. As this site has some tendencies towards the left then yes I do. As without him then 2014 is a long way off, and that is dependand upon what damage or successful foundations he sets up.
            Also as also commented on there is far too much blind cheer leading by some towards Lab, withoutr any real anylising of what they stand for, and until there is an heir apparrent on the left, Lab will have to head the charge even if some here don’t follow their ideology (If we only knew what their ideology was? -)

            • IrishBill

              The left is a lot bigger than Phil Goff.

              • Herodotus

                Yes agreed, but as he is the leader & his legacy & Labs strategy could cost 1-2 elections. But as also stated The Greens could profit from Labours poor performance, so that will make some happier. Plus supporters need to review what the left is
                Even if you are a Nat supporter IB we need an oppostion to be strong, to keep the govt honest and to test & debate their policies

  14. Jimnald 14

    Tax con by the New Zealand neo-cons

  15. Labour’s been shown up because it never took on the property speculators, who wouldnt vote Labour anyway. Too frightened to scare the middle classes who put the cash into rentals. So much for the party of Savage and Fraser. Labour is hostage to middle class envy when the working class majority sits and stews.
    A real Labour Party that stands for workers who produce all the wealth would campaign on what the majority of workers want, decent jobs for all on a living wage, affordable housing, and a capital gains tax on any speculation in land or property which is parasitic on productive activity.
    Currency speculators would be thrown in jail, and polticians who own farms or shares that benefit from policy changes would also be thrown in jail as insider traders. And it would make the private sector properly account for all public subsidies and hold to national standards in ethics and morality such as democracy is not for sale (note to the Closed Brethren that Shakespeare is really God not the fake in the Bible or the fake in Parnell).
    That would leave many in the current NACT regime somewhat poorer if not in jail.

    • Rex Widerstrom 15.1

      There needs,surely, to be a differentiation between investment in productive enterprise (be it some guy’s start-up IT business in his garage or a manufacturer or even, heaven forbid, a farm (albeit one that didn’t need subsidies to survive)) and non-productive “investment”.

      Into that latter category would go, yes, property speculators, currency speculators and the like.

      I believe (I haven’t analysed this myself) property investors will be slightly worse off under this Budget? Or is that just spin?

      Either way, not worse off enough… not because I have a thing against people getting rich but because I want to see them get rich by starting businesses which produce things of worth (or provide services of genuine worth) and go on to provide jobs (on fair wages) for these workers about whom we’re both, it seems, concerned.

      • dave brown 15.1.1

        Land nationalisation would sort out the productive from unproductive types. Farmers would be rewarded by their production not land values. A capital gains tax on the unemproved value of land would do the same job.

    • Quoth the Raven 15.2

      Currency speculators would be thrown in jail,
      Your a softy Dave. In Soviet Russia they could and did execute people for holding foreign currency. And don’t get me started on the farmers. Collectivise the farms and bring back the seven eighths law I say.

  16. Name 16

    Currently there’s a LOT of money sloshing around the world looking for a temporary home. With the euro in crisis, US interest rates in the basement, sterling teetering on a devaluation and China stuffed to the gills with US debt there aren’t many places it can go. NZ with relatively high interest rates, stability and lots of foodstuffs to export to a hungry world looks like a safe bet. English and National are only doing what most people would do if their bank manager appeared on their doorstep begging them to take a loan.

  17. Draco T Bastard 17

    Meanwhile Phil Goff and his funny wee team has been caught flat-footed and defaulted to bleating on about how the tax cuts aren’t enough.

    FFS, at this rate I may be stuck voting Winston First 😛

  18. Lanthanide 18

    Seems to me that with all of the rates so so low, the only tax options for raising revenue future governments are going to have without hurting the “average taxpayer” and being thrown out of office (even if there is good reason for such a tax hike – see Italy) is going to be things like land and capital gains tax.

    Anyway, here’s what Labour should stand for, IMO:
    Raise the 30% threshold to 100k
    Keep the 33% rate at 100-120k
    Introduce 39% rate at 120k+
    Take GST off fruit and vegetables and local body rates

    This way someone on $100k gets a tax cut of $900/year. Someone on $120k gets the same. Someone on $135k gets $0 tax cut and everyone above pays more tax. The GST off fruit and vege and rates helps those on lower incomes and home owners, while also helping landlords that own many properties. This would open up room to introduce a CGT on investment property – further underscoring that rentals should be for income, not capital gains.

    • A Nonny Moose 18.1

      Yes, the Nats have certainly made it difficult for the next Labour government. If Labour come round and have to raise taxes, the Nats will be able to crow about “but look at what WE did”. It hurts that the average voter forgets so easily.

  19. M 19

    I thought John “I smile a lot because I’m being permanently fellated” Key was wallpaper but Phil Goff was even worse – he needs to get some training from Brian Edwards or a least someone who can give him some witty ripostes.

    Hpoefully this budget will wake up all the poor, deluded fools who thought it was time for a change and that National was looking out for their interests after they find themselves bitch slapped.

  20. Adrian 20

    It doesn’t matter what Phil Goff says they ( particularly TV ) will edit it. Didn’t he say that the cuts weren’t enough for the low incomers, but they cut the “for…incomers”. The big earners , tv producers, editors , presenters, are selective arseholes with no interest in Labour getting it’s message across.

  21. jcuknz 21

    John and Bill seem to have kept their promises as far as I am affected by the changes and there is a ‘north’ margin to help with the Emmission Trading increases which were going to affect us anyway.
    I will continue to think positively, except about the blog whingers, and if more people thought that way instead of this continual slagging the chances of the country recovering would be better.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Apartments give new life to former Trade Training hostel
    A building that once shaped the Māori trade training industry will now revitalise the local community of Ōtautahi and provide much needed housing for whānau Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The old Māori Trade Training hostel, Te Koti Te Rato, at Rehua Marae in Christchurch has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Major step to pay parity for early learning teachers
    Certificated teachers on the lowest pay in early education and care services will take another leap towards pay parity with their equivalents in kindergartens, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said in a pre-Budget announcement today. “Pay parity for education and care teachers is a manifesto commitment for Labour and is reflected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New Zealand Wind Energy Conference
    Tēnā koutou katoa Tēnā koutou i runga i te kaupapa o te Rā No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa  Thank you Grenville for the introduction and thanks to the organisers, the New Zealand Wind Energy Association, for inviting me to speak this morning. I’m delighted that you ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Speech to New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium
    Speech to Through the Maze: On the road to health New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium Mōrena koutou katoa, Tēnei te mihi ki a koutou, Kua tae mai nei me ngā kete matauranga hauora, E whai hononga ai tatau katoa, Ka nui te mihi! Thank you for the opportunity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Govt to deliver lower card fees to business
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark has today announced the Government’s next steps to reduce merchant service fees, that banks charge businesses when customers use a credit or debit card to pay, which is estimated to save New Zealand businesses approximately $74 million each year. “Pre COVID, EFTPOS has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government support boosts Arts and Culture sector
    Government support for the cultural sector to help it recover from the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in more cultural sector jobs predicted through to 2026, and the sector performing better than forecast. The latest forecast by economic consultancy ‘Infometrics’ reflects the impact of Government investment in keeping people in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt takes further action against gang crime
    The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their families safe, Police Minister Poto Williams and Justice Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Thousands of MIQ spaces allocated to secure economic recovery
    Five hundred spaces per fortnight will be allocated in managed isolation facilities over the next 10 months, many for skilled and critical workers to support our economic recovery, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor say. “The Trans-Tasman bubble has freed up more rooms, allowing us to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand Sign Language Week a chance to recognise national taonga
    This week (10 – 16 May 2021) is New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL), a nationwide celebration of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand. “We’re recognised as a world leader for our commitment to maintaining and furthering the use of our sign language,” says Minister for Disability Issues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Economic resilience provides more options in Budget 2021
    Securing the recovery and investing in the wellbeing of New Zealanders is the focus of Budget 2021, Grant Robertson told his audience at a pre-budget speech in Auckland this morning. "The economy has proven resilient in response to COVID-19, due to people having confidence in the Government’s health response to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to BNZ-Deloitte Auckland Breakfast Event
    Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today, and to share with you some of the Government’s thinking leading into this year’s budget. This will be my fourth time delivering the annual Budget for the Government, though the events of the past year have thrown out that calculation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Rotuman Language week affirms language as the key to Pacific wellbeing
    The first Pacific Language Week this year  makes it clear that  language is the key to the wellbeing for all Pacific people said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This round of language  weeks begin with Rotuman. As I have always  said language is one of the pillars of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Budget delivers improved cervical and breast cancer screening
    Budget 2021 funds a more effective cervical screening test to help reduce cervical cancer rates A new breast screening system that can proactively identify and enrol eligible women to reach 271,000 more people who aren’t currently in the programme. Budget 2021 delivers a better cervical screening test and a major ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ-France to co-chair Christchurch Call Leaders’ Summit
    New Zealand and France will jointly convene the Christchurch Call Community for a leaders’ summit, to take stock of progress and develop a new shared priority work plan. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the leaders’ meeting on the 2nd anniversary of the Call, on 14 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New South Wales travel pause to be lifted tomorrow
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the current travel pause with New South Wales will lift tomorrow – subject to no further significant developments in NSW. “New Zealand health officials met today to conduct a further assessment of the public health risk from the recently identified COVID-19 community cases in Sydney. It has been determined that the risk to public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • March 15 Collective Impact Board appointed
    The voices of those affected by the March 15 mosque attacks will be heard more effectively with the establishment of a new collective impact board, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. Seven members of the Christchurch Muslim community have been appointed to the newly established Board, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More young Kiwis supported with mental health and addiction services
    Nearly quarter of a million more young New Zealanders will have access to mental health and addiction support in their communities as the Government’s youth mental health programme gathers pace. New contracts to expand youth-specific services across the Northland, Waitematā and Auckland District Health Board areas have been confirmed, providing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New hospital facilities mean fewer trips to Auckland for Northlanders
    Northlanders will no longer automatically have to go to Auckland for lifesaving heart procedures like angiograms, angioplasty and the insertion of pacemakers, thanks to new operating theatres and a cardiac catheter laboratory opened at Whangārei Hospital by Health Minister Andrew Little today. The two projects – along with a new ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Fair Pay Agreements to improve pay and conditions for essential workers
    The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Fair Pay Agreements will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Establishment of the new Māori Health Authority takes first big step
    Sir Mason Durie will lead a Steering Group to provide advice to the Transition Unit on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim board to oversee the establishment of the Māori Health Authority. This Group will ensure that Māori shape a vital element of our future health system, Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Cycle trails move up a gear in Central
    Work on new and upgraded cycle trails in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Central Otago is moving up a gear as two significant projects pass further milestones today. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced new funding for the Queenstown Trails Project, and will also formally open the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government gives households extra help to reduce their power bills
    Nine community energy education initiatives to help struggling New Zealanders with their power bills are being given government funding through the new Support for Energy Education in Communities (SEEC) Programme.   “Last year we committed nearly $8 million over four years to establish the SEEC Programme. This funding will help ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Picton ferry terminal upgrade consent fast-tracked
    The planned upgrade of the Waitohi Picton Ferry terminal has been approved under the fast-track consenting process.  Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the decision by the expert consenting panel to approve the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment Project.    The project will provide a significant upgrade to the ferry facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with New South Wales paused
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced his intention to pause Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.  Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • “Supporting a Trade-Led Economic Recovery”
    Trade Policy Road Show SpeechManukau, Auckland   Kia ora koutou – nau mai, haere mai ki Manukau, ki Tāmaki.   Good morning everyone, and thank you for this opportunity to discuss with you current global challenges, opportunities and the Government’s strategy in support of a trade-led recovery from the economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Building consent numbers at an all-time high
    A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021 March 2021 consent numbers the highest since the 1940s Record number of new homes consented in Auckland The number of new homes consented is at an all-time high, showing a strong and increasing pipeline of demand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ backs moves to improve global access to COVID vaccines
    New Zealand welcomes and strongly supports the announcement made by the United States Trade Representative to work for a waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor said. “New Zealand supports equitable access to COVID vaccines for all. No one is safe from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago