web analytics

Another handout for bludgers?

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 pm, December 5th, 2010 - 46 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war - Tags: ,

Warners bludge $30 mil out of us. Kiwifruit growers get a blank cheque while other firms go under. Farmers have their hands out cause it hasn’t rained. Rich finance investors get us to cover their losses. Now, a $10K a night resort wants us to pay for some royals to stay there. Apparently, it’ll be great value for money – that’s what corporate bludgers always say.

46 comments on “Another handout for bludgers?”

  1. ghostwhowalksnz 1

    Normally celebs get to stay free.
    Thats what happens with the so called ‘ goody bags’ given out to A listers at awards ceremonies.

    But they must have known international wheeler dealer John Key would be involved so the price went up

  2. Sanctuary 2

    Why should New Zealanders even want to pay for a couple of good for nothing toffs to have a honeymoon here? Last time I looked, William Windor’s old man wasn’t exactly short of a bob or two.

  3. PC Brigadier 3

    I welcome the royal couple here. I am prepared for the NZ Govt to fully pay for their visit also. Provided, that while they are here they have authority from HRH to sign away NZ as a republic – we should pay for the ceremony for that also.
    Otherwise, I’d prefer we refused any royal visits under any circumstances.
    Unless Womens Weekly pays for it???

  4. just saying 4

    This message, these sorts of comparisons should be relentlessly plugged by the left in my opinion. People need to realise that they are being conned, and have been conned for some time

    I’ve been talking to a couple of right winger friends, and getting concessions like ‘the governemnt always manages to find huge sums of money for its friends at the same time as cutting “unaffordable” services’, and ‘we might have complained abour then at the time. but the workforce was a better place when there were unions’.

    Ridiculously small sample I know, but, I feel there are many who already have ‘inklings’ of grave misgivings that could be built on, even if they do keep relapsing into the stupor of “There is no alternative, This is how it is etc.

    • vto 4.1

      Agreed just saying. Anecdotals point in that direction. And this governments handout mentality is a lightning rod for it.

      Handouts for drought farmers in Marlborough. Don’t they have insurance? Many people in Chch quake without insurance miss out near completely.

      Handouts for movie makers.

      Handouts for a random collection of motley finance company investors.

      Handouts for families with kids.

      Handouts for retirees with millions.

      Handouts for students.

      Handouts for unemployed people who have lost their job.

      Handouts for farmers in Southland for the 10 yearly 100 year storm (seriously, farmers gotta sort their own industry-wide compo scheme for these regular events rather than ask the taxpayers to pay for it).

      Handouts for kiwifruit growers when a known risk eventuates. (what’s that about, o wise risk-man Key?)

      It is absolutely bloody ridiculous how many sectors and groups and people get a cheque from the gummint. What a farce. This is something I railed against re Clark and Cullen. If anything, it has got worse. The amounts going to people and sectors who already have some wealth and insurance capacity seems to have risen exponentially. Joke.

      • jcuknz 4.1.1

        Remember the cries of woe when [Sir]Roger Douglas was Minister of Finance and cut back on the farming lolly scramble? These politicians simply cannot win with the fickle public.

  5. ghostwhowalksnz 5

    We can even get Jacksons Gulfstream jet to fly them here and back. Since we are paying for that anyway

    • vto 6.1

      Ha ha, I am sure if there happen to be any aliens hovering in space above NZ the only sound they will hear will be a sound like 4 million pigs squealing and snoughling and pushing and shoving around the trough.

      oh me oh my

    • g_man 6.2

      Yes, I noticed that story too. Papakura District Council chief executive Theresa Stratton gets a redundancy payment of $209,730, then Len Brown gives her a job a few weeks later as a senior planning adviser in the mayor’s office.

      Lucky John Banks didn’t get in, eh?

      • Bright Red 6.2.1

        g_man. Is the problem that she is being employed by the new council or that she got a redundancy package from the old one?

      • toad 6.2.2

        She has gone from her permanent employment with Papakura District Council, which had a generous redundancy agreement) to a fixed term position where she has no job security past its expiry and no redundancy package when her position is disestablished.

        I can’t see what all the fuss is about here. It seems only fair that she is able to keep her redundancy payment.

        • jcuknz 6.2.2.1

          And no doubt the IRD will take/ have taken a good slice of it. So we all get a bit of it that way. Just money going around and around and keeping people employed.

    • Bright Red 6.3

      yup, that supercity really has been a huge expense, eh, higherstandard?

      And after Rodney Hide said the cost would be “miniscule”

      You’re not blaming Len Brown for this eh? He just hired an unemployed person. It was Papakura that paid her the redundancy – and it was the government-appointed Auckland Transition Agency that set the rules about technical redundancies.

      • higherstandard 6.3.1

        It’s just business as usual BR, whether it’s a step to the left or a jump to the right there’s still a sty full of piggies ready to trough off the tax/rate payer.

        • Bright Red 6.3.1.1

          she was sacked and now she’s got a new job. what’s she done wrong?

          the fault is with the creators of the supercity.

      • jcuknz 6.3.2

        I saw somewhere that it came in under budget. Didn’t really pay attention because the the multi-city concept was silly and had to end, the sooner the better, and NACT bit the bullet.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.3.2.1

          Link please because everything I’ve seen so far is that it’s a few tens of mil over budget.

          oooo, I like this bit:

          And Hide is “disgusted” with claims the reforms could bring $47 million in redundancy costs. The number has been cited by Labour as a consequence of job losses as staff from existing councils are merged into the new set up.

          Seems that Labour was correct and Rodders was distracting.

        • Colonial Viper 6.3.2.2

          I saw in my dreams that the whole Super City was achieved for just $100M, allowing rates to be lowered, and parking wardens to become friendly and lenient. Then I woke up with my dog, called Rodney, having shat on my bed.

          I saw somewhere that it came in under budget.

          If you mean the budget of NZ, yes it did come under budget.

          Didn’t really pay attention because the the multi-city concept was silly and had to end

          Wow. Hundreds of millions up in smoke to resolve a problem that was ‘silly’ with no idea if the resulting outcome will be less ‘silly’ only different.

          Yeah. Good one.

          Actually I thought the ShuperShitty was about Rodney and John ignoring Aucklanders and corporatising the city by dictat. So how did you reckon it worked out for them and their agent, Banks?

          • felix 6.3.2.2.1

            How’d it work out for them?

            “and we would’ve gotten away with it if it weren’t for these meddling kids…” that’s how.

  6. toad 7

    Absolutely pukemaking.

    If the Diana Moore thinks it would be good for NZ tourism to have the royal bludgers honeymoon here, then why don’t she and her mates in the tourism industry stump up the dosh themselves. Now that would be a novel idea!

    • Tigger 7.1

      Agreed Toad – not sure why they have their hands out over this one. Surely it is an investment by their business. Seems they’re using the whole ‘present’ idea to get some free promotion.

      By the way, how desperate will Key be for a photo op with the happy couple. Answer – cringingly desperate.

  7. john 8

    The Irish people are being bludged of Mega Big Time. Private Investors made bets in the Irish economy which went sour when the American Ponzi scheme crashed and triggered the Ponzi scheme in Ireland to crash too. The Public sector had no problems at all until the criminally stupid scared sh.tl.ss Irish Government decided to protect their greedy money grubbing class by pledging the people’s accounts (In the black no Problem) to bail out the get rich quick club!
    Socialism for the rich Darwinian survival for the workers! It’s f.ck.ng OUTRAGEOUS.

    “Well, we got to it via the bust of the financial sector that Ireland certainly didn’t cause. It was very much a American-made crisis. But insofar as a good part of the Irish boom involved Irish Banks borrowing short in order to lend long to their property boom, and to some extent to lend to foreign investors who were creating jobs, a lot of them American companies but borrowing from Irish Banks, the result of that when the financial boom ended in the United States was that the knock-on effect meant that Irish banks were virtually bankrupt.

    JAY: But what do you make of the argument that the reason these countries are in difficulty is ’cause there’s too much entitlement programs, the pension age is too low, unemployment insurance is too high, and so on?

    PANITCH: I think it’s ludicrous. This isn’t the problem. The problem is not that Irish workers are too well off. The problem is the enormous wealth inequality, and above all inequality in power, and irrational investment that has gone on in these countries. And it will mean, if people are going to try to maintain something like the civilization that we’ve known, it’ll mean redefining what our standard of living is. It will mean that we will not be able to engage in the kind of individual consumption, and have to turn to the kind of collective services that would be so rational and so needed – much more, much more extensive public transit and freer public transit, rather than private transit through automobiles that reproduces the ecological crisis and worsens it.

    Refer link:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22263

    • john 8.1

      The Capitalist class have depressed wages for 30 plus years and pocketed huge wealth increases from productivity gains and then caused immense bubbles offering the same money as debt to workers whose depressed wage levels can’t service!

      “productive potential in the advanced economies is considerably greater today than it was during the height of the welfare state, which means it is easier to provide even higher quality public services and more generous welfare programs than in the past.

      When we look at the budget picture in the long-run, what has changed is that large corporations and the wealthy have managed to avoid paying the taxes they used to be required to pay. Not only Tories but the Labour Party has lost the political will to require them to pay their fair share of what it costs to provide adequate public services and welfare. That is what is creating long-run deficit problems in the UK, which means after the economy is up and running again the solution to any deficit problems is to force those who have benefited tremendously from capturing over 90% of productivity increases over the past thirty years toante up!

      Also the people have to pay for their bets gone wrong! Make these bludgers pay up!!!

      • bill 8.1.1

        Hasn’t anyone told you that the world is now run by and for the banking community. It is the same small elite group of people in Wall Street an the City of London, who have brought our economies to the brink of disaster, who have now turned their attention to attacking nation states. Nothing can stand in the way of protecting their interests – and wealth. But if we have reached this situation it is due to our politicians neglecting the people in favour of the bankers The removal of monetary controls, the Glass Steagall Act- thank you Mr Clinton – coupled with globalization has allowed the corporate and financial world to amass untold wealth. Governments allowd tax evasion on a massive scale by rubber stamping tax avoidance schemes – dreamed up by the financial sector – and allowed the proliferation of tax havens for them to hide all the loot. Now they are now biting the hand of the master who fed them. So blame the politicians for the mess. However all is not lost if Governments get their act together and put the monster back into its cage through legislation that will lead to an even playing field. There is no moral or economic sense in so much wealth disappearing into the hands of so few. We need a prosperous middle class with spending power to stimulate growth.

        [We have an author here called Bill. Could you adopt a slightly different handle “Bill X” or whatever? Thanks. — r0b]

  8. Bill 9

    So the Lake Okareka Lodge saw an advertising opportunity, put a spin on it and the SST phoned around other resorts on the back of the Lake Okareka Lodge’s spin to put up a space filler story.

    Big deal. Or am I missing something?

  9. This is the same thinking that’s seeing the Australians slither on their bellies to Oprah, adorning the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a huge illuminated “O” during her stay.

    Pass the bucket, nurse.

    Then there’s the taxpayer funded police escort, the road closures for her motorcade etc.

    How appropriate that it was an Australian social commentator, AA Phillips, who coined the term “cultural cringe”. It’s clearly still alive and well in New Zealand, too, if the idea of couple of chinless Sloans having their first marital bonk on our shores is enough to get anyone the least bit excited.

    • felix 10.1

      Oprah’s a bit different though, she’s an actual deity whereas the Windsors are mere celebrities.

    • Sean Brooks 10.2

      I just think you hate anything American.

      • Yeah, Sean, yeah I do. Which is why I had dinner under the golden arches on Saturday night, why I have an extensive DVD collection of mostly American TV series and movies, and why I think those damned Yankee Windsors are a waste of space. You got me.

  10. Sean Brooks 11

    Farmers are bludgers????? Never worked on a farm myself, but I think those guys probably put in a decent days work.

    • just saying 11.1

      They seldom pay income tax (see Cactus Kate for the evidence) but are forever demanding, and often receiving, state subsidies from everyone else’s, despite sitting on real estate worth $$millions.

    • KJT 11.2

      Used to think so until I worked on a rig with a whole lot of Taranaki cockies. They were in a state of shock about having to work a real 12 hour day. I thought it was a rest from my normal job.

      I have asked in many places to be shown a farmer who pays taxes only to be met with a deafening silence.

      If a drainlayer or builders asked for help for his business because prolonged rain prevented him doing anything he/she would be laughed at. Farmers expect it all the time.

    • Colonial Viper 11.3

      To be clear, not everyone who works long hours on a farm is the farmer. In fact the farmer doesn’t have to be anywhere near the farm.

  11. Gina 12

    Maybe farmers are lazy now but I come from a dairy farm and my dad was up at 4am every morning 7 days a week for most of the year and he would usually finish at 8 pm at night after milking. Those were bad times for farmers who hardly made a profit after paying expenses. All the subsidies were dropped and the tanker driver earned a lot more money than my dad. It depends where you are farming and what your debt burden is. Then the Nats really finished him off at retirement. Farm prices were very low at the time and National introduced means tested superannuation. They couldnt have lived on a pension and the farm wasn’t worth much so bought another business with a huge mortgage attached where dad in his late 60’s was still working 7 days a week. It basically killed him off early. Mr Rockefeller would have been really pleased about that. You should see him talking on video on the net about how there are just too many people and they are living too long. The aim of austerity is in part to kill the poor off at a younger age.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      The aim of austerity is in part to kill the poor off at a younger age.

      Yes, great fiscal savings there (pensions, health, housing, nursing homes). You just need to make sure that the hospital system is so clogged up and underfunded that the poorfolk expire while they are still being considered for the waiting lists and before any truly expensive medical care gets wasted on them.

  12. MrSmith 13

    The house of windor’s coming here for Free. I wouldn’t let them smell my shit for free.

  13. Jeremy Harris 14

    Yes lets get the government to pay for two boring, average, young, wealthy, white people’s honeymoon…

    Support for the monarchy bewilders me on many levels…

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      Can’t understand it myself.

    • felix 14.2

      Amazing isn’t it? A week’s acom would be 70 grand.

      I’m sure the people living in garages on the HNZ waiting list can see the promotional value for NZ.

    • Colonial Viper 14.3

      Support for the monarchy bewilders me on many levels…

      Natural extension of commoners supporting rich people – because they are our betters and deserve not just our generous support today, but even more of it tomorrow.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer
    Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. The Infrastructure Reference Group has provisionally approved $20 million for New Plymouth company Hiringa Energy to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen-fuelling stations. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New training centre to upskill workers
    A new trades training centre to upskill the local workforce will be built in the South Waikato town of Tokoroa through funding from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Government will contribute $10.84 million from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Subsequent children legislation to change
    The Government has agreed to repeal part of the Oranga Tamariki Act subsequent children provisions, Minister for Children Tracey Martin announced today. “There are times when children need to go into care for their safety – the safety and care of children must always be paramount,” Minister Martin said. “But ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Funding to expand mental health support for Pacific peoples
    A $1.5 million boost to grow primary mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples in Auckland, Hamilton and Canterbury will lead to better outcomes for Pacific communities, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.  Pasifika Futures has received funding to expand services through The Fono, Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Funding boost for sustainable food and fibre production
    Twenty-two projects to boost the sustainability and climate resilience of New Zealand’s food and fibres sector have been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The $18m funding will deliver practical knowledge to help farmers and growers use their land more sustainably, meet environmental targets, remain prosperous, and better understand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Mature Workers Toolkit launched on business.govt.nz
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson welcomes an initiative that assists employers to get mature workers into New Zealand small businesses. The disadvantages that older people face in the workplace was highlighted in the whole of Government Employment Strategy.  In order to address this, a Mature Workers Toolkit has been developed and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Trans-Tasman cooperation in a COVID-19 world
    New Zealand and Australia reaffirmed today the need for the closest possible collaboration as they tackle a global environment shaped by COVID-19, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said. “In these challenging times, our close collaboration with Australia is more vital than ever,” said Mr Peters. Mr Peters and his Australian ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Pike recovery efforts now in unexplored territory
    The recovery and forensic examination of the loader driven by survivor Russell Smith means the underground team are now moving into an area of the Pike River Mine that has not been seen since the explosion, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little said. “The fifth and last robot ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government confirms CovidCard trial to go ahead
    The Government has confirmed a community-wide trial of CovidCard technology as it explores options for COVID-19 contact tracing. “Effective contact tracing is a vital part of the COVID-19 response,” Minister of Health Chris Hipkins said. “While manual processes remain the critical component for contact tracing, we know digital solutions can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Enhanced process for iwi aquaculture assets
    The government is proposing changes to aquaculture legislation to improve the process for allocating and transferring aquaculture assets to iwi. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has introduced the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Amendment Bill to Parliament. It proposes a limited new discretionary power for Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited (ToKM). ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Bill introduced to fix National’s Family Court reform failures
    The Minister of Justice has today introduced the Family Court (Supporting Children in Court) Legislation Bill – the next step in the ongoing programme of work to fix the failed 2014 Family Court reforms led by then Justice Minister Judith Collins.  The Bill arises from the report of the Independent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • DOC takes action to adapt to climate change
    A new Department of Conservation (DOC) action plan tackles the impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s biodiversity and DOC managed infrastructure including tracks, huts and cultural heritage. Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage says extreme weather events around the country have really brought home our vulnerability to changing weather patterns. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Reduced international Antarctic season commences
    A heavily scaled back international Antarctic season will commence this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods have confirmed. “Antarctica is the only continent that is COVID-19 free,” Mr Peters said. “Throughout the global pandemic, essential operations and long-term science have continued at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New high performance sports hub for Upper Hutt
    The Government is providing up to $30 million to help fund the NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport in Upper Hutt - an investment that will create 244 jobs. “The sports hub is designed to be a world-leading shared service for a range of sports, offering the level of facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Govt keeps projects on road to completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today transport projects currently in construction will continue at pace due to extra Government support for transport projects to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. To keep the $16.9 billion 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme going the Government has allocated funding from the COVID Response and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • First project utilising $50 million ‘shovel ready’ fund for rural broadband announced
    $50 million for further rural broadband digital connectivity has been allocated from the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the COVID Response and Recovery Fund has been announced by Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure and Kris Faafoi, Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media. The investment will go to boosting broadband ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Ultra-fast Broadband programme hits major milestone with more than one million connections
    The Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has congratulated the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) programme on its major milestone of connecting more than 1 million New Zealand households and businesses to UFB. “This milestone has been 10 years in the making and demonstrates the popularity of the UFB network. “Uptake ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Vaping legislation passes
    Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill regulates vaping products and heated tobacco devices. “There has long been concern ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government repeals discriminatory law
    A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government. “Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced under urgency in 2013 by a National Government,” Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More competitive fuel market on the way
    Kiwi motorists are set to reap the benefits of a more competitive fuel market following the passing of the Fuel Industry Bill tonight, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.  “This Act is where the rubber meets the road in terms of our response to the recommendations made in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers on rental reforms promise
    The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi. “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New rules in place to restore healthy rivers
    New rules to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater passed into law today. Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed the gazetting of the new national direction on freshwater management. “These regulations deliver on the Government’s commitment to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Foreign Minister announces new Consul-General in Los Angeles
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Jeremy Clarke-Watson as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Los Angeles. “New Zealand and the United States share a close and dynamic partnership, based on a long history of shared values and democratic traditions,” Mr Peters said. “Mr Clarke-Watson is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rental reforms provide greater support for victims of family violence
    Victims of family violence can end a tenancy with two days’ notice Landlords can terminate tenancies with 14 days’ notice if tenants assault them Timeframe brought forward for limiting rent increases to once every 12 months Extension of time Tenancy Tribunal can hear cases via phone/video conference Reform of New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Apprenticeships support kicks off today
    Two employment schemes – one new and one expanded – going live today will help tens of thousands of people continue training on the job and support thousands more into work, the Government has announced. Apprenticeship Boost, a subsidy of up to $12,000 per annum for first year apprentices and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Infrastructure to transform Omokoroa
    The Government is funding a significant infrastructure package at Omokoroa which will create 150 new jobs and help transform the Western Bay of Plenty peninsula, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the Government is investing $14 million towards the $28 million roading and water package. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Bill passes for managed isolation charges
    The Bill allowing the Government to recover some costs for managed isolation and quarantine passed its third reading today, with charges coming into force as soon as regulations are finalised. Putting regulations into force is the next step. “The COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill and its supporting regulations will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Unemployment drop shows Govt plan to protect jobs and support businesses is working
    Today’s unemployment data shows the Government’s plan to protect jobs and cushion the blow for businesses and households against the economic impact of COVID-19 was the right decision, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ said today that New Zealand’s unemployment rate in the June quarter – which includes the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New role to champion reading for children
    A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal Affairs and for Children, Tracey Martin announced today. The Reading Ambassador, announced at a Celebration of Reading event at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding boost for Community Law Centres
    Community Law Centres will receive a funding boost to meet the increased need for free legal services due to COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. The $3.5m funding is for the next three financial years and is additional to the almost $8 million for Community Law Centres announced in Budget ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand joins initiative to boost women’s role in global trade
    New Zealand has joined Canada and Chile in a new trade initiative aimed at increasing women’s participation in global trade. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker, together with Canada’s Minister for Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrés Allamand, and Chile’s Vice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government provides $2.2m to heritage buildings for quake strengthening
    Building owners around New Zealand have benefited from the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding with grants totalling $2,230,166. “The Heritage EQUIP grants for seismic strengthening assist private building owners to get the professional advice they need to go ahead with their projects or support them to carry out the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Better hospital care for Northland babies and their whānau
    •    New paediatric facilities, including a Special Baby Care Unit •    Up to 50 extra inpatient beds  •    New lab facilities  Northland babies and their whānau will soon have access to improved hospital care when they need it with Health Minister Chris Hipkins today confirming new paediatric facilities and more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Green light for Wellington and Wairarapa in $220m nationwide cycleways package
    People walking and cycling between Featherston and Greytown, or along Wellington’s Eastern Bays will soon have a safe shared path, as part of a $220 million shovel-ready cycleways package announced by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. “During lockdown we saw many more families and kids out on their bikes, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand expresses condolences on passing of Vanuatu High Commissioner
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today extended New Zealand’s condolences following the death of Vanuatu’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Johnson Naviti, who passed away yesterday afternoon in Wellington. “Our thoughts are with the High Commissioner’s family and colleagues during this difficult time. This is a terrible loss both to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces allocation of three waters funds for councils
    The Government has today set out the regional allocations of the $761 million Three Waters stimulus and reform funding for councils announced by Prime Minister Hon Jacinda Ardern this month.  "I want to thank Councils around the country for engaging with the Central Local Government Steering Group who have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding boost for students with highest learning support needs
    Students with high and complex learning needs, as well as their teachers and parents, will benefit from a substantial increase to Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funding, Associate Education Minister Martin announced today. “Nearly $160 million will go towards helping these students by lifting their base support over the next four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt connecting kiwis to affordable, healthy food
    Funding for innovative projects to connect Kiwis with affordable, safe and wholesome food, reduce food waste, and help our food producers recover from COVID-19 has been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of families facing unprecedented financial pressure. Foodbanks and community food service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Getting infrastructure for housing underway
    Eight shovel-ready projects within Kāinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure upgrades will ensure that the provision of homes in Auckland can continue apace. “The funding announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Napier walk and cycleway to improve safety
    The Government is funding a new separated walking and cycleway path along Napier’s Chambers and Ellison streets to provide safer access for local students and residents across Marine Parade and State Highway 51, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Funding of $2.7 million has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago