web analytics

ANZAC 4 SALE

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 21st, 2015 - 37 comments
Categories: capitalism, defence, iraq, journalism, war - Tags: ,

Has the spirit of ANZAC Day become subsumed by the commercial imperative? 

How disgusting it was yesterday to see John Key defending Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot’s branding of the joint Kiwi/Aussie Iraqi venture with the “ANZAC” label. While there are one or two similarities – the Kiwi/Aussie joint force is a small component of a much larger force being run by an overarching imperialist nation, for example – the differences are so vast as to render the “splendid sons of ANZACs” branding little more than war mongering propaganda. That it fits in quite nicely with the weekend’s fear mongering propaganda speaks of co-ordinated effort to gather the hearts and minds of New Zealanders to support this murderous corporate venture to secure oil reserves and maintain munition sales.

But its not just our government which is looking to assist multi-national corporations make profits by employing the ANZAC brand. Earlier this year, Australian banksters at ASB arranged as awful an example of native advertising as has ever been seen. That was pretty cheeky of the ASB because the Returned Services Association had already teamed up with the Australian banksters at ANZ

Another crew of dodgy Australians looking to profit from ANZAC branding here in New Zealand is SkyCity. WTF? After the way that company rorted itself a prize piece of central-city land and a 30 year licence to print money it now expects us to feel all warm and gooey because its using the poppy image to highlight its penile presence towering over Auckland. Crazy. There’s also various manufacturers getting into the act with special biscuits in special tins and special chocolates with special packaging. There’s even Trelise Cooper special poppy iPhone covers and wrist bands . . . the list goes on and on. 

Check out what the Xenu-fearing Scientologists tried on with a fund-raising venture for its Auckland HQ . . . 

anzac

anzac 2

 

. . . truly enturbulating!

Happily, in the last instance, the Australian RSL got onto this tiny aspect of the much larger Scientology fraud pretty smartly. The Veteran Affairs Minister Senator Michael Ronaldson delivered a well-deserved bollocking last year. His New Zealand counterpart, Craig “Novopay” Foss,  didn’t have anything to say.  Not surprising, really; National Ltd™ has always had a soft spot for chancers on the make, especially when they help out with PR-ing unpopular decisions. Just ask Tony Abbott. 

Its all just seems such a shame. Not only are we in a somnambulant march to hand over the freedoms our ANZACs died believing they were protecting, we are slowly replacing a solemn remembrance of their sacrifice and example with more war mongering in subservience to corporate profit making.  

37 comments on “ANZAC 4 SALE ”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    The problem with politicising ANZAC day it it makes ANZAC day a legitimate target for political protest.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      That doesn’t seem like a problem to me. ANZAC Day has always been political as it was a political decision to go in the first place.

      • Tiger Mountain 1.1.1

        parliament apparently did not vote to participate in the imperialist European WWI, it was an executive decision on the back of a letter from King George V.

        ANZAC gives me the shivers when young people treat it like going to the sevens or such like.

        Dawn parades did get heated while the Vietnam war was on when opponents tried to place wreaths etc and RSA members pushed back, and in the 80s when peace movement members pushing for a nuke free NZ held vigils and silent protests on ANZAC day.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1

          Sure, it wasn’t our political decision but it was still a political decision.

      • Ron 1.1.2

        +100
        Apart from the fact I am heartily sick of all the pro war Anzac material being published in papers on TV and on RNZ. It appears Saturday is going to be ‘donated’ entirely to propaganda supporting wars,
        Hopefully we will get a rest from it all next week but God knows what the papers are going to fill their papers with.

        • Tracey 1.1.2.1

          Many years ago an Aussie rugby league player (Laurie Daley) donated all of his $5000 match fee from the ANZAC test to the RSA. His reasons? He was paid enough and laying for Australia was honour enough, and the people who fought for Australia had done far more than he ever would. A rare insight from a sport figure. Stayed with me.

        • greywarshark 1.1.2.2

          I haven’t checked the papers yet – they usually have a list of observance sites and times for Anzac, but now I am told it is on the 27th. Or perhaps this is just the extra Monday tacked on as a holiday. I’m confused – the 25th has alwaysns been Anzac Day.

          • Tiger Mountain 1.1.2.2.1

            it has been “Mondayised”, meaning if the 25th falls on a weekend day as per this year, the immediately following Monday is a public holiday

          • millsy 1.1.2.2.2

            Thank you David Clark…..

    • The problem with insisting that ANZAC Day is unpolitical is that that’s an inherently political stance.

  2. jenny kirk 2

    Colin James has a reasonable antidote to all that “glorification” and commercialisation – refreshing to read – especially his last sentence. Here’s the link

    http://www.colinjames.co.nz/mateship-sacrifice-a-fair-go-and-all-that/

    • Tracey 2.1

      well said

    • Clemgeopin 2.2

      From the end of that article:

      “For the soldiers, war on Gallipoli and on the western front did involve courage and mateship and sacrifice (willing or not). It required endurance and resilience, coping with bad food, cramped, insanitary conditions and boredom — those were veterans’ primary recollections in interviews I did as a young journalist brought up on glory stories.

      And they had to survive deafening noise, gas and ubiquitous violent death of mates. Many of those the war did not kill or physically maim it scarred in subtler ways.

      Anzac stands for ordinary folk doing extraordinary things under duress. That is the true commemoration this weekend.”

  3. Charles 3

    When I was a kid, shops were closed all day ANZAC Day. Try it now.

    “Oh jesus I’ll go bust!”
    “You damn Commie!”
    “I’d have to fire all my staff to make up the losses!”

    Want to prove ANZAC Day isn’t just commercial? Go back to everyone closed, all day.

    “Oh now look, that’ll cost $2b in new stationery…”
    “We already have the flag debarcle, now you want another referendum!”
    “Why should I have to… (do anything about anything) ..?”

    Yeah. Thought so.

    • mary_a 3.1

      @ Charles (3) – we must be of the same generation, because I remember the same, when businesses were closed on ANZAC Day as a sign of respect for what the day represented.

      Now I see if ANZAC Day falls on a weekend, the following Monday will be yet another public holiday, which no doubt will see the shopping malls full of commercial trading. If that is going to be the case for the future, then how about the shops being closed all day on that particular holiday Monday?

  4. infused 4

    Yes BLIP, we know you hate John Key/National.

    [lprent: Read the damn post first then engage your inner bigot after you finish reading it. ]

    • felix 4.1

      Dude, you really should start reading the posts before commenting.

      • Tracey 4.1.1

        This is why Nat supporters are so big on the three R’s. Many of them failed them at school and now see the importance.

    • infused 4.2

      I did.

      National Inc/LTD as BLIP uses in virtually every post, which is really just a ploy to google bomb to push his own posts elsewhere.

      Yeah, not hard to see through at all.

      [lprent: You obviously either don’t understand google-bombing or you are having a go at BLip. I think the latter is far more likely based on your previous technical comments and as BLip doesn’t post elsewhere.

      Since you know the policy, banned for a month. A couple of weeks for attacking an author on their post, and more weeks for suggesting an ulterior motivation. ]

      • felix 4.2.1

        That’s weird, I thought you said it was all about hating John Key. Now you say it’s all about google ranking.

        I guess you still haven’t read it.

  5. dukeofurl 5

    Regarding the ASB;

    “. Earlier this year, Australian banksters at ASB arranged as awful an example of native advertising as has ever been seen. ”

    Often the reason the young unmarried went off to fight, is that they were sacked if they didnt enlist.

    Stevan Eldred-Grigg’s The Great Wrong War ( a very pro german view of the War in NZ)

  6. Clemgeopin 6

    Thanks for that excellent article, Blip. Made me cringe. Their behaviour is vomit worthy.

    We are being fooled by a set of very wealthy ‘so called leaders’ who would never send their own privileged kids to go and fight on our behalf in distant dangerous lands.

    We are being taken advantage of by our government and the crooked money-hungry corporates working for their shareholders.

    We are all being ruled and screwed by a set of awful arse holes.

  7. shorts 7

    I fear those trying to keep ANZAC day non commercial and for the purposes it is designed might be fighting a rear guard action… and to be honest I’m not sure its a battle worth worrying too much about…

    Patriotism and wars of stupid which took so many lives from us here, our allies and those we fought should be terrible lessons of history not propagandafests that play on a sense of nationhood that is more historic than anything

    Lest We Forget

  8. JonL 8

    “Has the spirit of ANZAC Day become subsumed by the commercial imperative? ”

    EVERYTHING has become subsumed by the commercial imperative!

    Thank you NeoCons for destroying the dreams of my youth!

  9. Philip Ferguson 9

    A reminder of what Gallipoli was actually about:
    https://rdln.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/gallipoli-invasion-a-dirty-and-bloody-business/

    Phil

    • Clemgeopin 9.1

      That was such a thought provoking article! Thanks phil.

      One should read the full article to understand the truth about that war.

      Impressive. Read it!

  10. Philip Ferguson 10

    And a reminder of what NZ involvement in World War I meant for the people of (western) Samoa: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/samoa-what-new-zealand-did/

    Phil

  11. saveNZ 11

    Fabulous sum up Blip.

  12. Paul Campbell 12

    Let’s not forget that the New Zealand government has already held a commission of inquiry into Scientology all the way back in 1969

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Cowen/audit/nzhome.html

    it found against them on all counts – they’re a scary bunch, adept at separating people from their money and their families – seeing them claim ANZAC as their own is completely in character – remember it’s all because they convince themselves that they are haunted by space aliens – tell your friends and family to give them a wide berth

  13. Stickler 13

    Your concerns are quite correct, but let me address the sugar issue.

    As you say, various manufacturers are bringing out their own versions of biscuits and confectionery under the term “Anzac”, seeing yet another opportunity to turn a serious commemoration into a festival of sugar consumption.

    The sugar-peddlers have already got Easter and Christmas, and from the Yanks they made sure New Zealand was force-fed Valentine’s Day and Halloween to fill seasonal lulls in sugar consumption. I’ll bet they’re eyeing up their chances with Matariki; that would fill a midwinter marketing gap.

    The original biscuits made for soldiers had to withstand weeks if not months at sea, and were more like hard tack. Yet on cooking websites, and TradeMe, birdbrains are offering up Anzac slices and cakes, and virtually any baked good with a scattering of oatmeal or a dab of golden syrup is now being being rechristened “Anzac” this or that. What do they think they are achieving? Finding a role for women in the testosterone-festival that is Anzac Day?

    Will our only form of commemorating anything in future be by shoving more sugar down our diabetic gobs?
    How does this commemorate all those mothers’ sons sent to their deaths by the wrong people, in the wrong place, and for the wrong reasons?

  14. idlegus 14

    “I see Tony Abbott is exploiting the memory of Anzac soldiers to try to justify sending our soldiers to fight in Iraq, by calling them the ‘splendid sons of Gallipoli.’
    I sincerely hope their mission in Iraq is not a disastrous failure, as Gallipoli was.” Sue Kedgely.

  15. Well, they’re selling commemorative ANZAC chocolate helmets at the supermarkets…

    Whaddya reckon?

    “Lest we forget” is just a bunch of hot air now.

  16. millsy 16

    It seem to be all about the glorification of war and the the recasting of the ANZACs as legendary demi-gods (some times unfavourably comparing todays ‘decadent and lazy’ youth to them).

    The whole thing leaves me uneasy. Why cant we get this worked up about more positive things, like the passing of the 1938 Social Security Act, or the building of the first state house, or free secondary education?

  17. Clemgeopin 17

    * “Australians and New Zealanders are being urged by Key and Abbott to turn out in force on Anzac Day to show they are not cowed by Islamic State terror plots”

    What has ANZAC day to do with Islamic state terror plots? They are two completely different unconnected issues. It shows that Key and Abbott either do not really understand what the war was about at all or they are simply milking it for their own ends. Am I correct?

    * “The best thing Australians and New Zealanders can do is to turn up in very large numbers at Anzac events, wherever they are, to support our values, our interests, our armed forces,” Abbott said.

    No, that is NOT the purpose of ANZAC commemorator at all! Is it?

    * “The soldiers being deployed to Iraq were referred to as the “sons of Anzacs”

    Sons of Anzacs? Really?

    * ” Key, Abbot and other leaders will be meeting at a special gathering at Gallipoli”

    Milk away!…and more photo ops and political exploitation of the solemn commemoration! Isn’t it?

    • BLiP 17.1

      Cunning, isn’t it? Even if ISIS didn’t exist and it was all peace, love and hugs in the Middle East, there would still be a massive turn out of Kiwis for this, the Centenary of the Gallipoli masssacre. What John Key and Tony Abbot are doing is seeking to frame that inevitable turn out as a show of support for their sending of troops into Iraq. The leveraging of inevitable events in order to portray something other than what they really are is a play straight out of the Crosby Textor Book of Black Arts.

      Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if both Abbott and Key were to pop up in Iraq on ANZAC Day with our brave troops for the photo-op of the year. Its only a 20 minute fighter jet trip from Turkey.

  18. Lest we forget eh? Let us remember then that they did not “fall”….they were gassed, blown apart, drowned, starved, shot and left to die, driven mad, blinded, maimed, burned alive….they did not “fight for our freedoms” ..they were tricked or forced to fight for Empire’s riches and King’s ambitions. They came to despise those, who from a safe distance, pushed War and Glory and Noble Sacrifice and found it in their hearts to respect their enemy, similarly lied to. And if you want to “remember” the bullshit NZ experienced surrounding this sickening industrial murdering 100 years ago listen to our current media and the current cowardly crop of “leaders” going all respectful and maudlin and patriotic with their dirty money grabbing hands all over anything ANZAC.

    On ANZAC day I remember the men in my family in my heart. And I stand in awe of and honour the decent lives that they built, solidly day after day, on their return from POW camps, the Pacific, the bombing raids and the killing fields of France.

    No dawn parades for me.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Building back better
    It’s a three-week recess in Parliament – so, no bills are going through the House and no select committees are meeting. But the hard work of our ministers continues, and many of our MPs are back in their electorates, taking the opportunity to meet with local communities and businesses about ...
    4 days ago
  • Greens call for a Warrant of Fitness for rental homes
    The Green Party is launching a petition today calling on the Government’s Healthy Homes Standards to be backed up with a proper Warrant of Fitness (WoF) for rental homes. ...
    1 week ago
  • Securing our recovery: By the numbers
    Our plan to secure New Zealand’s recovery from COVID-19 is working, with the past three months seeing the second-highest number of people moved off a main benefit into work since records began. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More Kiwis in work through recovery plan
    The latest statistics show the Government’s focus on jobs is working. The net number of people on a main benefit dropped by around 11,190 people during the past three months, with around 31,240 people moving off a benefit into work. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party appoints new Chief of Staff
    The Green Party has appointed a new Parliamentary Chief of Staff, Robin Campbell. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • We’re turning 105!
    It’s our birthday! Today, 105 years ago, the New Zealand Labour Party was founded. And we haven’t stopped moving since: fighting for workers’ rights, expanding protections to boost equality, and upholding democratic socialist ideals. We’re now the oldest political party in New Zealand and, as we celebrate our 105 years, ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government backs critical health research
    Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New Bay of Islands hospital facilities to bring services closer to home
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little have joined a ceremony to bless the site and workers for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa today. The new building will house outpatients and primary care facilities, as well as expanded renal care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Cabinet accepts Turkish authorities’ request for the managed return of three NZ citizens
    Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year. Turkey has requested that New Zealand repatriate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning
    Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 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, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks 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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks 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). ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks 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, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago