web analytics

Armstrong slams National’s “disgraceful” arrogance

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, August 7th, 2010 - 41 comments
Categories: democracy under attack, Parliament - Tags: ,

Herald political editor John Armstrong has slammed National’s recent behaviour in Parliament saying it verges on “being a disgrace to itself and the institution”. This incredibly strong language from a senior journalist is the result of a National government that is undermining democratic accountability by refusing to seriously answer questions in Parliament. John Armstrong goes as far as to describe National’s attitude as “arrogant”.

Shame on National. That party’s behaviour in Parliament over the past couple of weeks has on occasion veered close to being a disgrace both to itself and the institution.

Those are incredibly strong words from a senior journalist. And the reason for Armstrong’s terse tone is the way government Ministers Gerry Brownlee and Steven Joyce decided they would first lie, then obfuscate, during Parliament’s question time about whether NZ’s income gap with Australia had grown.

What has been disturbing in this debacle, however, has been the way National has responded to parliamentary questions about the income gap. The low point came on Wednesday when Steven Joyce briefly deputised for Brownlee. Tributes to the fallen New Zealand soldier in Afghanistan had delayed normal proceedings and Brownlee had to leave to catch a plane before the House had got to his question.

A week earlier, Brownlee had told the House in response to a question from Labour that “yes”, the Government did have milestones by which it would measure the progress it was making towards closing the income gap, although he would not reveal them.

So eyebrows shot through the chamber’s ceiling when Joyce made the startling admission that there were, in fact, no such milestones. Even more startling was what Joyce said next. Brownlee had given Labour what was technically known as a “brush-off”. A perusal of Parliament’s standing orders fails to list a “brush-off” – technical or otherwise – as an acceptable means of answering a parliamentary question.

This is an incredibly serious attack on our democratic institution by Key Government ministers. Brownlee is Leader of the House and in that role should be helping to facilitate the running of Parliament, not undermining it. And Joyce as the Prime Minister’s closest Ministerial colleague should be doing likewise.

Parliament is the heart of public accountability. It’s a serious concern that National refuses to take the institution seriously.

It is true that the proceedings of Parliament often fly by under the public radar; listening to MPs talking is hardly the most popular past-time. But it’s incredibly arrogant of National to try to take advantage of this lack of interest by ignoring democratic accountability. This is yet another example an attack on democracy by the Key Government.

They won’t get away it.

41 comments on “Armstrong slams National’s “disgraceful” arrogance ”

  1. tea 1

    I like this one too…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10660113

    But in the article I picked up this:

    “Again, not a lot of people would have noticed that. Arguments about statistics do not make it to the top of the news bulletins.”

    I talked to someone yesterday who was intelligent and university educated who simply didn’t realise that Australian unions had played a big part in keeping wages comparatively high there, and that Howard had been voted out after the Work Rights bill there.

    If they can buy into the wages in NZ lower than Aussie line, and people leaving in droves line, why can’t they run a under unionised countrty sees wages lag line?

    This kind of thing where an Australian union is taking action in Australia to prevent us getting exploited and treated like a third world country should just be embararrased.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10616878

    It’s not front page news because of the news media’s priorities.

    • Pascal's bookie 1.1

      What amazes me are the stories they bury in the “insider’ column, which is tucked in the back of every Friday’s “the business” liftout.

      Doesn’t make it online, natch. But it’s actual journalism, of the ” wanna know why x said weird thing y? Knowing z helps explain it”

      In the news pages they just report that x said y and that opponent a said b. z, doesn’t get reported, because it wasn’t in x‘s interest to say and presumably a didn’t know about it. Or some variation.

      But it (“the insider”) quite often contains news in the old sense of something that someone doesn’t want someone else to know. News that just reports what x and <a have to say about something is the opposite of this. That’s telling people what someone wants them to know.

      If you don’t explain why that someone wants that message out, are you working for the reader, or the subject of the article?

      Journalists should be tattle-tales, is what they are fucking for.

      I’m glad that column exists, but it frustrates that it’s so little, so buried. (it’s also inconsistent and often shallow gossip, but that’s news, and still more valuable than much of what hits the front page)

      • tea 1.1.1

        Also that John Keys vascetomies and school girls fainting for him are in ‘nation’ or lead story and commentary or opposition can get buried under the ‘politics’ heading down the bottom of the page.

        • Pascal's bookie 1.1.1.1

          Exactly.

          Some ‘media event’ gets reported as news, and policy issues are reported along the lines of what pollies x and y say about it. Analysis is then given of how what they said will play among the voters, ‘who looks good, smart strong’ (looks good to whom exactly is often left unsaid), who ‘won the day’.

          This is absolutely useless. First up, how the fuck does the journo know how it will play among the voters? On what authority can they say that? If they have polling data, they should report it, otherwise they should stop pretending to know what voters think, and just report on the things they do have access to. Report on the politicians, and the policy, and leave the bloody voters out of it.

          The voters are relying on journo’s to explain what the policies are, how they fit into the political game playing, and who stands to benefit from those policies and games. They do not need to be told what they, as voters, collectively think about it. Especially given that is something the journo does not have any insight into. They do however have some control over how voters feel about things, because they are the source for voters information.

          And so, if journo’s want to be proven clever, and right and oracular, they report and shape public opinion, and focus their journalsim on that. Journalism as self fulfilling prophecy. Onto it politicians from all sides can use that sort of journalism quite nicely thank you very much.

          Citizens? Not so much.

          rant over.

          • Olwyn 1.1.1.1.1

            Indeed. I am particularly amused/incensed by Duncan Garner’s frequent, “Of course the perception is…” in cases where the only perception he can possibly be referring to is his own.

            Anti-spam word: accuracy

            • roger nome 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Garner usually assumes the role of National Party shill. He fits the bill perfectly (He’s so closet he now sees better at night time). Why must these repressed tories take thier masochistic tendancies out on the rest of society?

          • loota 1.1.1.1.2

            Next Labour Govt should use RNZ and TVNZ to remind our citizens what solid frakking journalism is about.

            Half the peeps who are ‘journalists’ now can leave and go work for Truth.

            (Would be a brave thing to do as a strong Fourth Estate will also make life so much harder as a pollie)

            captcha: tables (turned?)

            • Jacqui 1.1.1.1.2.1

              Nothing will change unless people complain and demand higher standards of their media. Anyone who has the time to whine on blogs about such issues, should cut and paste their concerns to the two media watchdogs (press complaints & broadcasting standards) – don’t bother writing to the TV cos or newspapers, as nothing will happen. The media have no choice but moderate their reporting if enough people complain to the authorities. Make it your election year promise.

            • Rex Widerstrom 1.1.1.1.2.2

              Next Labour Govt should use RNZ and TVNZ to remind our citizens what solid frakking journalism is about.

              “…by according them significantly better public funding on the condition that this all be directed to current affairs and news and primarily be used to re-hire senior, experienced people from PR and communications”, surely …not “use” them the way Goebbels would?

              I’d love to get back to reporting, but not at the derisive salaries media offers for most jobs. There’s senior roles that pay a decent wage, but those that have them and don’t want to go into PR hold on for dear life, which is why the same faces, voices and bylines appear time after time, even when they’re clearly tired. The majority of reporters are paid less than the average tradesperson, though their “trade” is a vital part of our democracy.

              Improving the quality of reporting is one thing where money does make a measurable difference. However in no way can that be tied to any government intereference in content or the best journalists won’t want a bar of it, no matter what the salary.

              • Draco T Bastard

                However in no way can that be tied to any government intereference in content or the best journalists won’t want a bar of it, no matter what the salary.

                Then why are they there now when there’s so obviously interference from upper management/owners now? I think you’re attributing more moral strength to journalists than they actually have.

                • Rex Widerstrom

                  Not denying there is now (though pointing out my comment was in the context of TVNZ / RNZ… you’ll get varying degrees at different news organisations across the country and across the world).

                  I’m saying that if there were a state-funded (but not state-controlled) news organisation that was well resourced and could afford to pay a few older and wiser heads to return to the profession then that would lift standards… but that those people (myself included) wouldn’t give up PR for… well, PR disguised as journalism. I’d rather be honest about being a shill.

                  Sure journalists generally don’t stand up to proprietors. But that’s at least partly because they have nowhere to go that isn’t either biased or totally screwed by the state of the market (e.g. a small community newspaper which can barely afford to pay you to stick your byline on press releases).

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    State support of a news organisation is the way to go if we want real news coverage but, yes, state control is obviously out. Even if you managed to get state control completely out of the equation, which shouldn’t be too hard, there’ll still be such accusations anyway.

                    Sure journalists generally don’t stand up to proprietors. But that’s at least partly because they have nowhere to go…

                    And is one of the reasons why authoritarians such as NACT like high unemployment. People will do as they’re told to keep food on the table and a roof over their head.

  2. Name 2

    Yes, they will get away with it.

    Public respect for and expectation of politicians is already below that for used-car salesmen and financial advisors so this behaviour simply confirms that we can expect nothing better.

    Frankly no-one with any shred of personal integrity would today consider becoming a politician so we are doomed to enduring the current crop of fifth-rate intellects and egos, and their wanna-be successors, until such time as Parliamentary salaries and perks are reduced to the same level as teachers, policemen and nurses and their ilk who do the really important work in society.

  3. Craig Glen Eden 3

    Thank goodness someone is outing this disgraceful behavior. I have been watching the questioning over the wages gap. Not only do they lie about the information and its interpretation but they then tell fantasy stories about the previous Governments History.

    While I accept you can argue from two different sides of a coin National ( Key, English, Brownlee,) are just lying. They will continue to get away with it until it is reported and the people start saying A what is the truth here and B thats not right that these political leaders are lying.

    The sad thing in this is that this level of arrogance has in some ways been created by the media and people like Mr Armstrong. John Key and his cabinet have never been asked hard questions and they have therefore not had the bad headlines that scream somethings not right here Eg Key fails to front on the Budget bla, bla.

    So the people are unaware because all they get is Key smiling and waving and the media going we like him he is so candid, candid that is when he is talking some bullshit I had a phone call from Bill and Mary story. The other thing he does when talking to the media is to say nothing ( Worth ) or say thats it Im finished bye. Once again this has worked for him because the Journos have let him get away with it. Until they start reporting on what’s actually going on then the current arrangement will continue because it works for them and the polls are telling them its its a successful strategy.

    • Herodotus 3.1

      CGE- yo appear to write as if this is a phenomenon. The political system has been failing us for quite some time. (If it ever did succeed in being for the peoples benefit) journalists have taken the easy route, and with fluf reporting and 30 sec sound bites could we expect anything else?
      I believe that Lockwood has made an attempt to realign things and restore any order to proceedings. But yet again we see the system destorying the individuals desires. I am sure that this has occuerre to the majority of MP’s. Great intentions but the system just oppresses them into summittance.
      JK is very photogenic and looks great in a flack jacket. Re NZ Herald this week, what more do we want from a leader?
      All that can be done is the scratched record of just asking the same question. (It worked for Lockwood regarding the Philip Field affair). It helps if the right Lab MP is asking the questions, and give that Lab MP this one topic to hound and harras. The easy way for Nats to deflect is to throw the question back to Lab, where is your answer? Political games with no winner

  4. prism 4

    The wages gap thing is such a shadow curtain of aspiration by governments, and it is a worry that defending statements on it are so important to the NACT government.

    What then is happening behind the shadow curtain? What about the real policies for which we need facts and efficacy presented so they can be examined and monitored? Smoke and mirrors. Government passing its edicts using urgency for instance – shouldn’t be allowed.

    We watch with horror as our democratic conventions are circumvented – are we as helpless as those watching the vast buddha artifacts destroyed by the Taliban? We need a constitution or some effective law to protect our democracry against depradations from the latest johnies-come-lately. They are a bunch of vandals who have got power and then use and abuse the fabric of democracy. tear at and weaken it for their short-term, narrow-minded, self-centred machinations.

  5. Chris 5

    Armstrong’s past columns and evidence of shonky thinking render his ‘senior journalist’ tag meaningless, and consequently, he can pen a column wagging a finger at Brownless for little effect.

    Armstrong is his own worst enemy by his behaviour, which I suspect he thought he was being clever, but wasn’t so in fact. Pity he’s unaware of it.

  6. Santi 6

    Unfortunately, National can get away with this sort of thing because the opposition is non-existent.

    Goff is a hopeless leader. Only when he goes, the party will start having a chance to regain power.
    That should happen circa 2020 or 2023.

    • gobsmacked 6.1

      The opposition was outstanding. Watch the clips that Armstrong refers to. Ministers on toast.

      Armstrong is right. The headlines today may not be about National’s lies and emptiness.

      But the election will be.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1.1

        The headlines today Saturday at 2:30 PM are about Chris Carter !!

        • gobsmacked 6.1.1.1

          But the election won’t be.

          The Carter story is inevitable today, with the council meeting. But irrelevant to the voters in 2011.

          The people who march and protest in Dunedin, in Auckland, in Christchurch, are not marching about Chris Carter. They care about their real lives. Real issues. And that’s what they’ll be voting on at the election.

          Journos think politics is only there to entertain them, so they get excited about soap opera politics. Fortunately, the public don’t.

      • Rosy 6.1.2

        Yes, Labour was outstanding, especially, IMO Clayton Cosgrove. His speech after question time was hard-hitting, relevant and reportable. But of course, it any mention of it seems to be missing from the MSM.

  7. coolas 7

    I saw this. Joyce grinned his way through the ‘brush off’ exchange.

    Parker asked the question. Whip Tremain, obviously briefed by Brownie tried to deflect, but Mallard forced Lockwood into a looking out of his depth, and partisan, when he wouldn’t/couldn’t rule on ‘brush off’. Instead he ‘told off’ a backbencher for shouting. Pathetic. (this stuff aint boring to me)

    Labour should start being real tough with Lockwood. “Mr Speaker is it acceptable for Ministers to lie to the House?” Again and again.

    Weakening the authority of the Speaker to the point of ‘no confidence’ is what Lookawoody deserves if he doesn’t act soon.

    • Herodotus 7.1

      If Lab tried that using the word “Lie” they will be banished out of the chamber. That word Ifrom recollection is about as bad a word that can be used within Parliament. Then it would appear that Labour is directionless and ill disciplined as they would tally up the greatest number of expulsions. It would just reaffirm peoples impressions of parliament and MP’s. Preschool adults playing games and being well rewarded and all the perks.

      • coolas 7.1.1

        So they have to say, “Mr Speaker, the other side are being economical with the truth.”

        • loota 7.1.1.1

          “So stingy with the truth that in fact, Mr Speaker, they make Scrooge McDuck look like Mother Teresa”

        • Akldnut 7.1.1.2

          “Mr Speaker, the Nat Govt are treating the truth like election policies, they’re not telling anyone”.’

  8. BLiP 8

    About time, Mr Armstrong, about time. Perhaps now you might like to exercise yourself about the contempt for parliament shown regarding the “blind” trusts – or how about the use of Urgency – or maybe the lies in relation to ACC – its not just this latest dishonesty which defines National Ltdâ„¢.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Bingo, Armstrong is still in NACTs pockets as he undoubtedly won’t address these lies by National.

  9. burt 9

    I though Armstrong was a hack for National;

    A love that will not die

    • Craig Glen Eden 9.1

      He is burt but it looks like even he can now see what we have been witnessing over the past 18 months.
      What he has probably realised is that the country is now in serious trouble and National have no plan. Pretty scary when your cheerleaders realise shit we have pumped this bloke up and his team and enabled it to happen,
      Maybe he is having a Saul moment “oh shit that makes me part of the political process instead of just reporting on it” and is trying to make amends

      Anti-spam word CONSEQUENCE.

    • burt 9.2

      Ooops, buggered up that link above; A love that will not die

      • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1

        two things burt:
        1.) Things change – even fans can get weary
        2.) He still hasn’t made a great deal about all of Nationals other lies which would tend to indicate that his love hasn’t died

  10. Arandar 10

    I’ve stopped my daily papers. I’ve stopped getting the Listener. I MySky the TV programmes I like and watch them later without the flamin commercials and all the BS. I find news and commentary and real journalism on line. I get opinion from these blogsites. Stuff the MSM. I’m sick of being played for a fool. I’ll not give them another $ if I can avoid it.

    • tea 10.1

      the Listener used to be a prominent national periodical. Used to subscribe. Have scarely read it in 3 years and when I did nothing new was brought to my attention nor was there any fresh or well argued point of view in it.

  11. Tiger Mountain 11

    The simpering Armstrong will be back to usual by next week, or looking for new employment. Fair enough for him to verge on accurate reporting for once when confronted with evidence like this, but not a practice likely to be often repeated I would suggest.

  12. Mac1 12

    Before the last election, an Editor told a senior Labour politician that the job of the media was “to change governments.”

    I think the news has travelled north to Armstrong.

    When that worm turns, the NACT government will be casts in the political lawn- ready for the roller.

  13. we need a new, young, guerilla minded breed of journos who will take to task the entrenched hacks and minor celebrities the msm have become.

    people who will stalk teh journos, run after them, knock on their home doors, stick a camera and mic in their face and ask them the hard questions about why they’re not asking the hard questions of the politicians.

    msm reporters are as much public figures whose lives should be placed under the same process of scrutiny as they place others under.

    I’d love to see duncan garner get accosted in an airport lounge or door knocked with a live cross to his house in the evening and asked for comment on a ‘real’ political story.

  14. peterthepeasant 14

    If Armstrong is that publicly upset you can bet that a lot of Nat insiders are also
    pissed off.

    There is a power play going on.

    JA is infatuated with JK.

  15. tc 15

    All in the name of perceived ‘balance’ from JA who must’ve had his idols not invite him to a lunch or something to pen this rant…….a pathetic excuse for a senior political journo with plenty of mates.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago