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Anonymous Dom editor has a cry

Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, February 1st, 2010 - 86 comments
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I see the DomPost is running a sniveling editorial claiming Labour’s commitment to raising the minimum wage can’t be done.

It then breaks out the dodgy unadjusted maths to claim Labour would never have lifted the minimum wage to $15 if it was in power because it “only” lifted it by $5 last time and then gets into the old humbug about how raising the minimum wage increases unemployment (despite the fact unemployment was at its highest in the same decade National froze the minimum wage and at its lowest in the decade Labour raised it by more than 70%).

But my favorite piece is at the end where this anonymous whinger claims Labour is promising something that no party can deliver and bleating on about how bad that is!

These are easily do-able policies. Rather than get all right-wing and hysterical about them this Dom Post writer might like to reflect upon the fact that the real over-promise party is National.

“Stay away from Empty Promises” sounds like better advice for the architect of the cycleway policy, closing the wage gap by 2025 and the vacuous “ambitious for New Zealand” line than for the Labour Party.

But considering how many Fairfax journalists are on less than $15 an hour (my guess would be about a third) it’s understandable this anonymous manager would want to make raising the minimum wage seem impossible.

86 comments on “Anonymous Dom editor has a cry ”

  1. Bored 1

    We are talking jornos here, what do you expect? General knowledge, mathematical ability? All it proves to me is that editors sit on top of the pile by apeing their bosses views and being paid more than their underlings.

  2. BLiP 2

    How on Earth can someone spend so long in the newsroom and know how to gather facts to support a position . . . unless the Editorial is not actually written by a senior journalist anymore . . . I wonder if the Editorial is now for sale to the highest bidder . . .

  3. Blip. That was the impression I’ve been starting to form with the Granny Heralds Editorial musings.

  4. Olwyn 4

    A graceful, alternative argument from Tapu Misa, drawing on Rawls:

    • Pascal's bookie 4.1

      I know.

      Rawls.

      The smart one too, not the idiot son.

      In the newspaper.

      It wasn’t even an obituary, but an actual column talking about his basic ideas.

      Now that I’ve seen it, I expect I’ll die soon.

  5. Tigger 5

    Tax cuts. Promised by National when they knew they couldn’t deliver.

  6. this anonymous whinger

    Well said! What kind of coward publishes their opinion and doesn’t have the guts to put their name to it?

    • IrishBill 6.1

      I thought it would be a right-wing troll that took the bait on that one. I figure people know who I am quite well as I post as IrishBill consistently and have done since I started this blogging malarchy. Just as you have consistently posted under your handle.

      On the other hand I have no idea who this editorial writer is.

    • Bright Red 6.2

      yeah, that’s the humour Danyl. It’s ironic. One could even call it satirical.

  7. gerry 7

    Editorials are not anonymous. They are generally written by the papers editor. They don’t put their name to it because they assume anyone with half a brain would know that.

    • IrishBill 7.1

      It’s not just that you’re wrong that makes that funny but the fact you accuse others of being stupid.

    • Daveo 7.2

      They are generally written by the papers editor.

      No they’re not. They’re frequently written by senior editorial staff. It’s also been heard of for a senior manager to step in from time to time. The editorial is the editorial view of the newspaper – that doesn’t mean it was necessarily written by the editor.

  8. SPC 8

    Two respinses immediately came to mind on reading it.

    Making an issue of the high salaries some receive (and which are public knowledge), is a shot across the bows of plans to focus tax cuts on the top income earners. Similarly, there are hundreds of thousands of people on less than $15 an hour. Every single one earns less than some top income earners will receive if tax cuts proposed by some are enacted. This speaks to the theme of the Labour leaders speech, the interests of the many, not the interests of the few. Phil Goff is boldly going where Labour leaders have always gone, to the people for a mandate to act in their best interests if the Tory PM will not.

  9. Tigger 9

    I see Finlayson isn’t anonymous in his Herald opinion piece today…
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10623365

    If papers here are going to run spin for the government can they at least stop referring to it as opinion?

    • BLiP 9.1

      So the last 12 months have seen great momentum. I am very hopeful that 2010 is going to see a similar level of activity, especially in the Auckland region.

      That’ll be why National Ltdâ„¢ voted to ensure the voice of Maori was silenced in the lead up to and in the eventual privatisation of Auckland. Fuckers.

  10. The Voice of Reason 10

    Gerry is partially right that editorials are written by the editor. That holds true mostly on the provincial titles, where the editor has limited back up anyway. In larger titles, such as the Press, Granny H or the Dom, it’s likely to be the task of the deputy editor to oversee the editorial and it will be written by the deputy and a couple of other senior staff on a rota basis.

    The provincial editorials tend to be more pastoral and local in tone, attempting to connect with the community, rather than a sermon from the mount as seen in the Dom Post piece that Irish Bill has taken issue with.

    As APN and Fairfax remove all the senior roles from their editorial departments, we can be sure that the once clear division between the editorial and management functions will fade and the ability to write genuinely independant editorials will go as well.

    The good news is that losing all those sub editors last year has not affected the quality of headline writing in NZ, as this gem from Stuff illustrates:

    Charlize Theron splits up – report

  11. JD 11

    “I thought it would be a right-wing troll that took the bait on that one. I figure people know who I am quite well as I post as IrishBill consistently and have done since I started this blogging malarchy. Just as you have consistently posted under your handle.”

    So you’ve been a consistent anonymous whinger then?

    • IrishBill 11.1

      Dick.

    • Armchair Critic 11.2

      Why don’t you just tell us “It’s not what you say, it is who says it” that is important? RWNJ’s seem to have a thing for cronyism and nepotism and your comment makes you look like a RWNJ.
      In case you hadn’t noticed, your chosen tag does less to identify you than IB’s does. Hypocrite.

    • lprent 11.3

      Just as an aside. Did you notice in our top 50 commenter’s last year, that only one person wasn’t writing under a pseudonym (Rex – who lives in aussie). The same would apply in every blog.

      Ok – so why are you writing comments under a pseudonym?

      • lukas 11.3.1

        “Just as an aside. Did you notice in our top 50 commenter’s last year, that only one person wasn’t writing under a pseudonym (Rex who lives in aussie). The same would apply in every blog.”

        I find that rather interesting. I suspect that many people who comment under pseudonyms would not be as arrogant in person as they come across on blogs.

        • lprent 11.3.1.1

          Exactly. They aren’t. But carry on the thought

          I find the insistence by some people about the evils of pseudonyms to be somewhat daft. It allows a much freer discussion, which just needs a bit of judiciously applied over-the-top moderation to keep from spiraling out of control.

          The forums that I’ve been involved in over the last 20-30 years that require real names are dead boring. They operate like a bloody committee and aren’t that useful for peering around ALL aspects of an issue.

  12. TightyRighty 12

    When you’re at high school/uni/trade apprentiship, upskilling and maybe working, or playing sport or whatever, but assuming you work, you accept that you earn a lower wage because:
    A) what you do isn’t worth more
    B) you’re not experienced enough to earn more
    and/or
    C) you know that you are getting the skills required to earn more in your chosen career by finishing school/uni/trade apprentiship with qualifications

    why then, if the next level to your career is available and you haven’t taken the steps to achieve that, should you just deserve to earn more?

    I watched the southpark “fishsticks” episode on the weekend again, and everytime they talk about the mental gymnastics cartman indulges in, i think of the writers and majority of commentators on this site. just because you believe the “experts” opinions that side with your own, doesn’t make you right, and it certainly doesn’t make your critics RWNJ’s, idiots, etc etc

    • BLiP 12.1

      That you find cartoons so enlightening explains the kaleidoscope logic of your statement.

      • TightyRighty 12.1.1

        that you close your mind to methods of communication adds to your general bleakness and ignorance. what a grey, stupid world you must live in.

        • BLiP 12.1.1.1

          Your assertion that I have closed my mind to cartoons as a means of communication is verifiable false. Leaving that aside for the moment, what evidence do you have that the contributors to this blog have not also considered the opinion of “experts” which do not suit. Rather than having a wee blub, why not point to an “expert” you agree with which might reinforce the statements you make?

          And, no, sorry, Montgomery Burns doesn’t count.

          • TightyRighty 12.1.1.1.1

            BLiP, how about answering my question first?

            “why then, if the next level to your career is available and you haven’t taken the steps to achieve that, should you just deserve to earn more?”

            I have no evidence, i understand that people agree with and support the reasoning of experts whose views and opinions align with their own. I do the same, rightly or wrongly. I do tend to put my own slant on whatever is being said, which means i read, comprehend and then argue without reference. what i am concerned about is the use of the terms idiots, RWNJ’s etc to label anyone who disagrees with the common consensus here.

            “Your assertion that I have closed my mind to cartoons as a means of communication is verifiable false.” thanks for talking like a bureaucrat, grey and bleak.

            • BLiP 12.1.1.1.1.1

              “why then, if the next level to your career is available and you haven’t taken the steps to achieve that, should you just deserve to earn more?’

              If only it were as simple as that. Your grand, sweeping statement makes the assumption that everyone has equal access to taking “the steps” – it also has the implicit assumption that those who earn the least do so because it is their own fault. While I’m sure such a belief system makes it easier for you to step over beggars, it is a denial of reality.

              We are not talking about earning more, we’re talking about earning the same. Taking into account inflation, a person now earning a whole 25 cents per hour more, in fact, can purchase less this year than they did last year – people on the minimum wage have gone backwards.

              • TightyRighty

                hold on, everyone has a right to an education, and it is possible to get tertiary education with no cash outlay, just the ability to dedicate oneself to study for a few years. your answer is pathetic as it completely glosses over the fact that the steps are there to achieve a higher wage if one is ready to work towards it, and for it. you get a “did not achieve”

              • BLiP

                j u s t the ability to dedicate oneself to study for a few years

                Not everyone is like you. Some simply don’t have the ability, many don’t even have the inclination. Some prefer to work to live rather than live to work. There are also significant barriers to tertiary education in New Zealand, as pointed out by the OECD. Musicians and artists I know personally drift in and out of the work force because they are driven by their creativity, but now they have to spend more time working and less time being artists because the wages have gone backwards.

                But, seeing as how reality forms so little of your content, lets enter Wonderland and entertain the idea that you’re right. Yes, everyone in New Zealand just needs to pull up their socks and get a better job.

                Alright – what happens to the people following behind? Those who are entering the local work force for the first time – why should they earn less now than they could have just 12 months ago? I mean, Clueless said:

                National (Ltdâ„¢) will make tackling New Zealand’s growing underclass a policy priority this year and in government.

                “We are seeing a dangerous drift toward social and economic exclusion,” Mr Key warned in his State of the Nation address, ‘The Kiwi Way: A Fair Go For All’.”

                Geddit? The government says rah-rah-rah about making society more equal and that it is aware of the results of that inequity, yet sets about making things worse by ensuring the least well paid in New Zealand are even less well paid. Further, it backs up this heartless mendacity by repeating already disproved economic dribble that is being repeated in the media unquestioned. Your statements here duplicate that behaviour and add insult by insinuating blame.

              • TightyRighty

                I am not against the minimum wage, but the proposed $15 is to much to fast. it is possible for everyone to earn better than the minimum wage, as long as they are not of the mindset, “this is what i have got just accept it.” you hate the rich pricks for getting ahead, yet you think everybody should just hang out on the minimum wage, and pay rises are provided by the government. a little bit of drive and chutzpah will go miles in the business environment, if you aint got it, or won’t show it, then minimum wage is where you belong. Musicians? WTF? barriers to tertiary education? and your right, people may not be academically inclined. but i know a lot of tradies who earn more than most professional’s.

              • BLiP

                the proposed $15 is to much to fast

                Evidence?

              • TightyRighty

                how about showing me a single nation in the world that moved it’s minimum wage up 19% in one year, then i’ll listen to you. i tell you what i’ll even accept 15%.

              • BLiP

                Hehehe – shifting the goal posts. Must be a debate tactic you learned from Peter Griffin. And, what an aspirational, chock-a-block full of chutzpah response – the rest of the world didn’t, thus, New Zealand can’t either. I’m sure there’s a job for you in Treasury.

                I understand now you are expressing your opinion rather than comments based on any kind of evidence. That’s fine. But, if you don’t want to be called an idiot RWNJ could I suggest that you preface your baseless statements with:

                “I’m pulling this out of my arse but . . . “

            • TightyRighty 12.1.1.1.1.2

              that is weak. so freakin weak. all you had to do was find one document supporting even a 15% rise in the minimum wage, i found something, though i doubt it’s relevance. i leave the ball in your court, where it will likely remain.

              • SPC

                Labour is only proposing a 20% increase over 2 years – that is less than the increase 2005-2006 which from 9 to $10 was over 10%. So the increase in amount already has a local precedent – and the $1 a year increase was higher off the lower $9 base than as an average for the 2009-2011 period going to $15.

              • BLiP

                Facts and figures don’t county with UpTightWhitey.

              • TightyRighty

                what is this 20% increase over two years, it’s been demanded immediately? i can handle 5-7%. any more i think is unjustified, as it’s more than a decent raise + inflation.

              • TightyRighty

                i didn’t think so, you can’t provide any BLiP.

              • BLiP

                Perhaps you missed my reference to a report on the OECD-identified barriers to education and the link to Clueless proving his hypocrisy. I didn’t make any other statements which can’t be backed up.

                I’m still waiting for your evidence as why $15 is “too much too soon” – yes, I fixed your typos – although I see you’ve backed off on it now saying you *think* its unjustified. You’re not quite there because actually you only “believe” its unjustified. If you were really to think, you would see its not. But, hey, you’ve made some progress. There’s a good lad – there’s hope for you yet. Just gotta work on that “blame” fetish of yours.

              • TightyRighty

                BLiP, where to start, i’m not backing off. you haven’t provided a shred of evidence yourself that a 19% raise can be justified. as i said, do it and i’ll listen. stop playing verbal games and provide.

              • BLiP

                Okay – one more round – I believe it is justified because it makes up for the fact that the minimum wage was once 80% of the average wage but has, over the years, slipped down to less than 50%. This slippage has been a large part of the inequality that has developed between the rich and the poor and the creation of the underclass which impacts in both the health and justice areas. Also, an increase to $15 will act as a stimulus to the economy because people on such a low wage will spend most of it, plus the increase in GST will easily offset the increase in unemployment benefit. Then there’s the income gap between the unemployment benefit to consider which, might, act as an additional incentive for those who can work but don’t to reconsider – but that’s a whole other discussion. And, finally, perhaps most importantly, National Ltdâ„¢ owes it to its own voters to make good on its promises.

                There. Now your turn.

                What evidence do you have that $15 per hour is too much too soon?

              • TightyRighty

                blah blah blah, listening trot out the same old tired shit blip. it’s fucking boring. because you have no evidence to prove that a 19% will not wreck the minimum wage workers employment options in this fragile economy, you’re persistent defense of it, in the face of the fact you can’t find one single example to support your viewpoint anywhere in the world, means you are an idiot. not a small one, but a large, bucolic, wrung out panties, idiot.

                19% in one year is “too” much “too” fast (happy grammar cock?) because of the following reasons

                1) this is a 19% increase in a variable cost for people who employ workers who perform jobs whose production value is on the margin of the minimum wage. when my the price of a variable good goes up in my business, we find a substitute or change our methods

                2) someone who only produces $12.75 worth of goods or services every hour, is right now, just leaglly employable. those same people, who won’t do any more if the wage goes up, will be legally unemployable at a minimum wage of $15

                3) labour is a good, therefore it has a price, with ANY supply and demand model in a market economy, when prices go up, demand falls. and in fact with labour, once price reaches a certain point, the supply of labour curve bends back towards the vertical axis.

                4) while you might think that legislating the shit out of things is the only way to progress as a society, there are other options which i have pointed out frequentyl, but being a idiot, you disount these because you obviously don’t approve of personal advancement. ignoring musicians, who if they were any good would earna decent wage, it is possible to get off the minimum wage in a variety of methods in this country. you do not have to earn the minimum. however should you choose to be lazy, in getting better qualifications and/or experience, or at your job, then the minimum wage is for you. it’s a starting point.

                5) the fact the minimum wage is a starting point brings me to this, if you put the minimum wage to $15 per hour, then all those on, below, or slightly above $15 per hour will justifiably want a pay rise. what, if like the $12.75 worker, their job isn’t worth more than $15 per hour? do they still deserve a pay rise? or are they destined to be stuck with all those people who got something for nothing?

                there you go, you bleak and ignorant idiot. i have given you my reasons, now once again, provide me with one example of where a minimum wage increase of 15% or more in one hit has been beneficial.

              • BLiP

                Well done, UpTightyWhitey!! Its unlikely we will ever agree but wonderful to see that after a little prodding and nudging along you are able to explain that your position, really, is just opinion in the absence of fact. That you “own” the opinion and event attempt some sort of rationale rather than stand on the side lines, hands on hips yelling at The Standard like some hectoring parent is especially impressive.

                I can understand you not wanting to defend National Ltdâ„¢ and having no references to your assertions, and I appreciate the insight into your psyche with the statement that human beings are nothing more than goods. I know your nappies are all wet and chaffing because there is no other country in the world were there has been a similar raise in the minimum wage in one year and you think that means you have some how pulled off a win. That’s a pretty hollow position and with bleak outlook. From my view point,

                There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

                R F Kennedy

                I’ll leave the final word and last slice of Nasty Pie to you.

  13. JD 13

    Harsh burn IB but still no denial.

    • lprent 13.1

      Denial about what? That you aren’t a pitiful little whiner?

      Because you are.. Prove otherwise. Write something that has some substance rather than being a useless contributor to this sites comments

      I mean I’ve just looked at your last 20 comments and there is nothing of interest in any of them. Pretty tragic really. Stupid sniping with no humour or any points that anyone can even discuss. You look like a pathetic luser.

  14. I know as your official reviewer (:p) I should read this post but I can not get past what a pathetic and silly title this post has.

  15. Daveski 15

    Kind of hard to argue against the fact that given the economic good times, Labour choose not to increase the minimum wage. For the same players to make political gain of national not doing after the worst recession in 70 years is the type of intellectually bankrupt lines normally ridiculed here.

    To compound it, Labour oversaw massive increases in CEO wages and now in opposition wants to cap them. Flip flop anyone?

    There’s plenty of targets in the Nats and some strengths on the left. This isn’t one of them so I can’t see the point in digging further.

    BTW is it me or are the attacks here deliberating ignoring the points raised and focussing on the diversionary issues eg anonymity?

    • felix 15.1

      given the economic good times, Labour choose not to increase the minimum wage

      How much did they not raise it by? Anyone?

      • TightyRighty 15.1.1

        70% in nine years. not 19% in one though, or did they?

      • Daveski 15.1.2

        LOL … petard and hoist springs to mind. What I meant to say was Labour choose not to move to $15/hr (nothing stopping them according to your logic) but now same people demanding Nats do it when the economy been through a recession,

        Bugger that it didn’t come out that way tho!

        • felix 15.1.2.1

          I don’t entirely disagree with you Daveski. I think Labour should’ve put the min wage up to $15 when they cut the company tax rate.

          And yeah it does seem a bit on the nose that they suddenly back the $15 figure as soon as they hit the opposition benches.

  16. SPC 16

    Labour increased it from 7 to $9 over 6 years. While they did this unemployment continued to fall.

    In 2005 NZF and Greens campaigned on increasing the MW by a $1 a year till it was $12 in 2008 (despite these increases unemployment only turned back up with Bollards OCR recession). Labour could only form a coalition with either or both parties so adopted this policy.

    Continuance of this policy and the MW would be $15 in 2011 – which is why Mallard proposed 13.75 this year and $15 next year. Note Treasury forecast 5400-8100 job losses if there was an immediate increase to $15 this year – not if it was phased in over two increases. Thus there is the prospect of hundreds of thousands getting some increase if it went to $15 (and all those c$15 getting guaranteed CPI movements in future and of course upward pressure on wages usually paid higher than the minimum if their employer can afford it – and possibly less than 5000 jobs placed at risk.

    The increased tax off income and GST spending would cover the extra dole costs (and probably more generous treatment of people with non working partners as well). The needs of the many should be met.

    So yes while Labour was initially focused on reducing unemployment and accepting equal work for equal pay for younger workers, it has become a convert to increasing the minimum wage towards $15 c2011. This will be about parity with the Oz rate (now $14.32 but will increase this year and next to circa and or above $15. This is one area where government can ensure and afford pay parity (yeah sure marginal extra costs will flow on to users of services provided by MW labour, so what). Then having done that it can look at pay for teachers, nurses etc by maintaining tax rates and improving collection of taxes.

  17. todd 17

    Ive said this here before.If its such a good idea and it wont hurt jobs,increase the minimum wage to $30 per hour,why not?.Because the way I see it if you dont agree your whole story is buggered,as you will have to come out and say exactly how much before it will hurt the economy

  18. Transparent 18

    I don’t know how many of you actually try to survive on a low wage, not many I suspect. I’m a bus driver, I earn $15.03/hour. For my 40 hour 35 minute shift this week I will take home $490.00. I have an 18 year old living with me who is employed 1 day a week and who therefore relies on my wage to provide most of his life needs. I have a BA in Psychology so I don’t think I’m either stupid nor ignorant. I also happen to be a Transwoman and after 180 rejections the bus company I work for gave me a job. Where is the opportunity for me to climb the ladder, to magically become someone who actuall earns enough to pay my bills. My rent by the way is $320/week. If I could move up of course I would, please tell me how. I’m not complaining here, it’s my life and I am who I am but I get sick of the self righteous crap that passes for thought on this and so many other blogs. Start living in the real world, try supporting a teenager on my wage and you will understand the anger at a government that appears to be moving in a direction that will do nothing but make life more difficult for me while giving the really rich a tax cut that is worth more than I earn. By the way, since so many seem to dislike anonymous post (despite using pseudonyms themselves) My name is Joanne Perkins and I drive for Go Wellington, nexttime you’re on my bus, say hi

    • TightyRighty 18.1

      180 rejections? I take it they are not from go Wellington. good on you for persevering Joanne. that’s definitely more than i could handle.

  19. SPC 19

    todd, the minimum wage is by definition at a level below the average set by the market.

    Now one can argue that increasing the minimum changes the average, and even that increasing the minimum wage above the former average will increase the average. But no one advocating increases in the minimum wage is seeking to place it near the former or existing or future average.

    Now what are the natural limits – if there is a level of inelasticity, so that one could increase pay without too much job loss, one is simply passing on costs to others.

    Back a few decades and post WW2 we had the minimum wage around 80% of the average – it is now around 50%. In those times they chose to pass on costs to afford a high minimum wage and in an era of full employment by state job subsidy and a protected domestic market this was an option they chose.

    Given that most global market price sensitive local jobs have been lost we have the option at looking back to the past. Possibly not in that extreme form now that the RB operates to maintain levels of unemployment to combat inflation, but some way.

    Those who propose a higher MW – such as the Greens have an aspiratipn for a 66% of AW level. Perhaps a minimum of 50% and maximum of 66% is the way to go – increasing the MW within that range. It would be in this range at $15.

  20. prism 20

    Gee I feel left out. When I make comments or opinions on policy and give some background explanation and say what advantages would accrue from it there is often little registered interest.

    But if some smart mouth makes noticeably silly jibes everybody jumps in to take them on. What a waste of time if there are important things to think about, and not enough people of intelligence and discernment, such as in this site, doing that.

    It’s just falling for that childhood trick of tying a long string to someone’s door knocker, and then screened from view, pulling it. The householder responds and comes out, looks round surprised and goes back in. Answering once is the normal response, twice alerts you to the fact that someone is having you on. If you don’t respond quickly again then soon the child gets bored and finds another way to spend their aimless time.

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  • New station a platform for AirportLink to take off
    Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus ...
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    2 days ago
  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
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    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
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    3 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
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    3 days ago
  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
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    3 days ago
  • Flood recovery given further assistance
    The Government is contributing a further $1 million to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money ...
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    4 days ago
  • Funding for five projects to reduce food waste
    The Government is funding five projects to help address the growing problem of food waste, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “New Zealand households throw away nearly 300,000 tonnes of food every year, half of which could still be eaten. By supporting these initiatives, we’re taking steps to reduce this ...
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    4 days ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding event
    The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today - meaning residents on the West Coast of the South Island and in the Marlborough region hit by flooding over the weekend can now access help finding temporary accommodation, announced Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Poto Williams in Westport today. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11.59am (NZT) tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity by Chinese state-sponsored actors
    New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious ...
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    7 days ago
  • Remarks to Diplomatic Corps
    It is a pleasure to be with you all this evening. Some of you may have been surprised when you received an invitation from the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, and I would forgive you if you were. New Zealand is unique in having established a Ministerial portfolio ...
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    7 days ago
  • Early Pfizer shipment boosts vaccine schedule
    The largest shipment of the Pfizer vaccine to date has arrived into New Zealand two days ahead of schedule, and doses are already being delivered to vaccination centres around the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “The shipment of more than 370,000 doses reached New Zealand yesterday, following a ...
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    7 days ago
  • Backing for Bay of Islands predator free effort
    The Government is throwing its support behind an ambitious project to restore native biodiversity and build long-term conservation careers, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Predator Free Bay of Islands aims to eradicate predators from the three main peninsulas in the region, and significantly reduce their impact throughout the wider 80,000-plus ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government commits $600,000 to flood recovery
    The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort. They have announced ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government assisting local responses to heavy rainfall and high wind
    Acting Minister of Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says Central Government is monitoring the severe weather across the country, and is ready to provide further support to those affected if necessary. “My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this latest event, particularly communities on the West Coast and ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM Ardern chairs APEC Leaders’ meeting on COVID-19
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has chaired a meeting of Leaders representing the 21 APEC economies overnight. “For the first time in APEC’s history Leaders have come together for an extraordinary meeting focused exclusively on COVID-19, and how our region can navigate out of the worst health and economic ...
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    1 week ago
  • Health Minister welcomes progress on nurses’ pay
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s decision to take the Government’s improved pay offer to members and to lift strike notices is a positive move towards settling district health board nurses’ pay claims, Health Minister Andrew Little said. “It’s encouraging that the discussions between NZNO and DHBs over the nurses’ employment ...
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    1 week ago
  • Boost for Pacific regional business
    Pacific businesses will get a much-needed financial boost as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the new Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  The new $2 million fund will co-invest in Pacific business projects and initiatives to create ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM Ardern call with President Biden
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke with US President Biden this morning, ahead of the APEC Informal Leaders’ Retreat on COVID-19. “President Biden and I discussed the forthcoming APEC leaders meeting and the critical importance of working together as a region to navigate out of the COVID-19 pandemic”, Jacinda Ardern said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Renewed partnership creates jobs for New Zealand youth
    The Government has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, strengthening the partnership to get more young people into work.  The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is a nationwide network of all Mayors in New Zealand, who are committed to making sure all young ...
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    1 week ago
  • South Island areas prioritised in tourism fund
    Five South Island areas are prioritised in the latest round of decisions from a tourism fund that is supporting infrastructure projects from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island and the Chathams. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced details of 57 nationwide projects to receive support from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). ...
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    1 week ago
  • New code sets clear expectations for learner safety and wellbeing in tertiary education
    A new code of practice for the pastoral care of domestic tertiary and international students will be in place from January next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today The code, which makes clear that creating an environment that supports learning and wellbeing is a shared responsibility between tertiary providers, ...
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    1 week ago
  • First TAB New Zealand Board appointments announced
    The members of the first TAB NZ Board come with experience in racing and sport administration, business and governance, the betting industry, broadcasting and gambling harm minimisation. “This Board will progress from the excellent work done by the interim board, put in place in August 2020,” Grant Robertson said. “The ...
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    1 week ago
  • Northland Maori Pathways initiative introduced
    The Government has today launched Māori Pathways at Northland Region Corrections Facility, a ground-breaking series of initiatives designed in partnership with Māori to reduce re-offending and improve outcomes for whānau. A key part of the Hōkai Rangi strategy, Māori Pathways looks to achieve long-term change and involves a number of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Extended Essential Skills visas being rolled out
    Two year Essential Skills visa to provide certainty to at least 18,000 visa holders Streamlined application process to benefit at least 57,000 visa holders The Government is increasing the duration of some Essential Skills visas and streamlining the application process to provide more certainty to employers and visa holders while ...
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    1 week ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from Victoria to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from Victoria to New Zealand will be paused from 1.59am (NZT) Friday, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. The decision follows updated public health advice from New Zealand officials and a growing number of cases and locations of interest. The pause will run for at least ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Hydrogen arrangement signed with Singapore
    The signing of an Arrangement of Cooperation on low-carbon hydrogen with Singapore heralds the start of greater collaboration between it and New Zealand as both countries transition towards low carbon economies, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. The cooperation arrangement between New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Hydrogen agreement signed with Singapore
    The signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation on low-carbon hydrogen with Singapore signals the start of greater collaboration between the two countries as they transition towards low carbon economies, says Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods. The cooperation agreement between New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to LGNZ Conference
    Kia ora koutou katoa and thank-you for the invitation to speak to you all today. I would like to acknowledge Local Government New Zealand President Stuart Crosby, and Chief Executive, Susan Freeman-Greene, Te Maruata Chair, Bonita Bigham, and our host, Mayor John Leggett. I also acknowledge all the elected members ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to provide support for water reforms, jobs and growth
    The Government today announced a $2.5 billion package to support local government transition through the reforms to New Zealand’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services. The package will also stimulate local economies while creating jobs and unlocking infrastructure for housing. “New Zealand’s water systems are facing a significant crisis and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government Initiatives Contribute to Fall in Benefit Numbers
    Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit. “This Government’s plan to increase work focused support for Jobseekers is paying off,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “All up Benefit numbers ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tourism support package continues rollout
    Mental wellbeing support is being rolled out to five South Island communities most affected by the absence of international tourists. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash today announced details of how tourism operators and communities can access the help announced in May as part of the government’s $200 million Tourism Communities: Support, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZ-PNG Sign Statement of Partnership
    New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape signed the first ever New Zealand - Papua New Guinea Statement of Partnership today. “This new Statement of Partnership reflects the importance we place on the close economic, cultural and people-to-people links our two countries have ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Further advice being sought on new cases in Victoria
    Further advice is being sought from public health officials following seven new positive cases of COVID-19 in Victoria today, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “There are also a growing number of locations of interest that are of concern, including a sports stadium on Saturday and several pubs,” Chris Hipkins ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Learning Community Hubs supporting ethnic families
    As part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to working with the victims and those affected by the March 15 terror attacks, today Associate Minister of Education Hon Jan Tinetti released the report ‘Voices from the Ōtautahi’ on the Christchurch Learning Community Hubs. “It’s so important we continue to support the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Hundreds more hands funded to work for nature
    Supporting biodiversity protection through community-led projects and on private property will create at least 500 more jobs under the Mahi mō te Taiao/Jobs for Nature programme, Minister of Conservation Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The work we are funding includes everything from pest control and restoration planting to plant propagation, skill ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Saliva testing expansion for frontline border workers
    All frontline border workers who are required to be regularly tested for COVID-19 will soon be able to choose regular saliva testing as a full replacement for nasopharyngeal testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. Saliva testing will be expanded as an option for all those on a regular ...
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    2 weeks ago