web analytics

Ask not what your country can do for you, DPF…

Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, November 14th, 2007 - 63 comments
Categories: dpf, election funding - Tags: , ,

davey220.jpg Interesting to see National Party blogger David Farrar is inciting his readers to start a political party to bypass/oppose the Electoral Finance Bill. Even more interesting is the fact that his rabid hoard are already calling for him to be its leader.

Here at The Standard we couldn’t agree more – if anyone has the political nous and experience to run such a thing it’s DPF. After all he is one of the founders of Kill the Bill, is probably the most vocal pundit on the issue and, as Tane points out, he’s probably able to get the 500 people he needs to register a party out of his KB readers alone.

So we’re asking you David, if you’re reading this, to put your money where your mouth is (so to speak) and to start this political party you speak of. The only real question is what to call it. I’m sure some of the folk in our comments section can kick-start that brainstorming session…

And if you need a bit more of a head-start here’s the link for registering.

63 comments on “Ask not what your country can do for you, DPF…”

  1. Robinsod 1

    Ha! – hilarious. But it raises a valid point about walking the talk. Oddly, I’ve just been having the same argument with Lee.

  2. Robinsod 2

    Oh and my pick for the name is the Democratic Association for the overthrow of the Dark Forces of Klark. Or perhaps the Exclusive Billren…

  3. Long time listener 3

    I always thought the New Zealand Herald needed a political wing… for some reason they were always rather cautious about directly jumping into bed with the National Party – perhaps DPF can be their new great white hope?

  4. Robinsod 4

    So Ltl, you’re suggesting “the NZ Herald party”?

  5. Benodic 5

    Wasn’t DPF complaining just the other day that Hone Harawira was being irresponsible for advocating that unjust laws should be broken? And now he’s encouraging people break the EFB because he thinks it’s unjust?

    There’s a word for that kind of behaviour, and it begins with a letter that looks a lot like a rugby goalpost.

  6. It’s different when they are doing it remember!

  7. Nih 7

    There does seem to be a lot of suggestion and agreement to fraud going on over there.

    I think they should call themselves the Partisan United Sans-Socialist Youth For Another Republic Today!

    Also Robinsod, whats your email address? You’re one hard person to pin down.

  8. Matthew Pilott 8

    I propose that DPF include Golden Showers in his party’s mandate. These are, apparently, still illegal under NZ law. Given he’s using the pettiest examples (most of which will probably not be illegal inder the bill, let’s wait before getting all blustery about it, people), I think this ‘piddling’ issue will fit in nicely 😉

    The party could then be called the “Electoral Shower Golden Finance Hollow Party”

    Hehe captcha is officially the schizznuts – “Slump National”.

  9. Brownie 9

    Well done on the pic guys – very good

  10. Robert owen 10

    Its like you’ve take a snapshot of his dreaming .apart from the lack of a nubile 18 yr old wench on his arm

  11. Robinsod 11

    Nih – it’s mickyporton[at]hotmail.com Oh and just to stay on topic: It could be called the “not the national party party (no really we’re not!)” It might be a bit long to put on bumper stickers though…

  12. Nih 12

    I reckon you should go with my one if you’re worried about length. It shortens down to a good acronym.

  13. Tane 13

    I can’t think of a name right now, but I reckon Dad4Justice would make a fine shadow minister for women’s affairs. Hell, he’s even got the political experience:

    http://republicans.org.nz/meet-the-republicans/candidates/peter-burns/

    Redbaiter for deputy leader?

  14. Matthew Pilott 14

    Redbaiter should be the Minister of Womens Affairs.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/11/nz_5th_best_for_gender_gap.html#comment-364206

    What a charmer.

  15. Nih 15

    Is it legal for a man with 14 criminal convictions to be in a political party?

    I know one thing is for sure: he’d be the weakest link if they ever got any steam up. “Our members may not visit their children without a security guard present and are schizophrenic”.

  16. Robinsod 16

    Nih – pure genius, can I post the link? But I’ve noticed the moderators have disappeared now so there might not be a lot of comment moderating. I have a sneaking suspicion that getting me banned for life might have been the only reason they were invented.

    Tin? Foil? Hat?

  17. r0b 17

    Clearly any such party would need the acronym “DPF”, so here are a few possibilities:

    David’s Party First
    Don’t Pick Farrar
    Don’s Pure Fundamentalists
    Desperate Party Faithful
    Dogged Partisan Freakshow
    Dodgy Political Flakes

  18. Robinsod 18

    Ooh, ooh, I like the second to last one!

  19. Tane 19

    Dodgy Political Funding?

  20. r0b 20

    PS – IP for minister of Hollow Propaganda…

  21. r0b 21

    Tane – “Dodgy Political Funding?”

    How did I miss that one!

  22. Tane 22

    Or you could call it the EFB Party – as in ‘Elections are For Buying’

  23. Long time listener 23

    Sorry to bring down the tone, but I can’t resist: “Eligible Fat Bachelors”.

    Ouch.

  24. Benodic 24

    I see they’re having a wee cry over at KB.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/11/some_electoral_finance_bill_ideas_for_election_year.html#comment-366684

    And DPF’s doing his best to push his silly post down the page with a yawn-inducing youtube clip of some dude’s coin collection and a two-liner quote from Audrey Young. I almost feel sorry for the guy.

  25. Robert owen 25

    good apart from the “Eligible”
    bit

  26. Lee C 26

    “Ha! – hilarious. But it raises a valid point about walking the talk. Oddly, I’ve just been having the same argument with Lee.”

    Yes robinsod. You ‘walk the talk’. If that means picking up on my submission to the Select Committe against the EFB and holding the spelling, vocabulary and grammar to ridicule. You also made some negative remarks about how well it was researched.

    I will grant you that small point it [my submission to the Select Committee against the EFB] was a lame showing I take responsibility for that. However,
    I’d never done anything like that before, so will do better should I need to in future.

    As for playing the ‘poor working class boy’ card, perhaps it is disingenous of me (even though I am).

    My suprize about this whole thing is: this (the VDS) is supposed to be the ‘good’ side – you know, stand up for the little guy and all that?

    What I can’t understand is how the world appears to be upside down?

    You have the kiwiblog. You can go there and engage in debate, propose views which run counter to the party line, and sometimes it gets heated. so be it.

    But the VDS is so full of ‘bile’ it beggars belief.

    My point is, once upon at time (maybe I am getting senile) the ‘left’ were the first to congratulate, encourage, support the little guy when he took a stand against the huge monoliths. When a government tried to deprive people of their liberties, it was the ‘left’ side of the debate which came to the party and went out on the streets.

    If people wanted to become more politically aware or active, it was the left which would foster them and take their cause up because the little guy didn’t have the resources to do it himself, and could do with the help.

    But not here. In this upside down world, if I want representation to oppose corrupt lawmaking, I have to go to the right of the spectrum. Join the KtB movement, because the left is politically deaf. Then I will have to endure the ridicule of the ‘left’ for joining an organisation which is only filling the vaccuum the left have allowed to form.

    In this world, if you want the assistance of the ‘left’ on this serious issue of constituional reform, you are shown the door and told in polite terms to basically ‘Go f**k yourself” The left have totally abandoned their initial belief system, and have sold out completely.

    What, because a law is proposed by a ‘Labour’ Government it cannot possibly be wrong?

    Did you leave your brains at home the day Helen was elected?

    I also have to question WTF was going through your tiny mind that you have to trawl through the Select Committee report looking for people you might recognise so you can use that as a means to ridicule them?

    I mean is your argument for the EFB so weak that you are reduced to that, given that by your own admission you coldn’t even see the point of making a submission to the Select Committee in the first place?

    So, when you ridicule the anti EFB movement, and the likes of DPF – bear in mind this situation was it was of ‘the left’s’ making, in many ways.

    That is a point for debate, not an invitation for the goon-squad to start with the invective (remember that other great virtue of the ‘Left’ – debate?)

  27. Benodic 27

    Lee the left have always stood for not allowing a minority to abuse their wealth and the privilege, whether it’s through employment protections, the welfare state or controls on election spending.

    The definition of advertising spending (which is what the fear campaign is based on) is being fixed in select committee. No one wants to stop you from expressing an opinion.

    The real battle, which National and DPF are well aware of, is over third party caps, transparency in donations and counting election spending from January 1st. These are all solid social democratic objectives, and if you think they’re somehow indicative of creeping dictatorship then you need to get yourself some perspective.

  28. Benodic 28

    Oh and Lee, can you try to keep the length of your posts down a bit? Being concise is a virtue.

  29. Peak Oil Conspiracy 29

    Lee:

    What’s VDS? Sounds like a horrible variety of veneral disease.

  30. Long time listener 30

    Meanwhile over at bileblog DPF’s making fun of Karen Carpenter’s anorexia, which she died of.

  31. Matthew Pilott 31

    Lee, just one point – your views are the ones in opposition to the majority here – don’t be surprised you get shouted down.

    Try the same at KB and you’ll get it a lot worse – you don’t see it because you’re generally in agreement with them. In fact I suggest you open your mind, ignore any left/right bias you may have and read through KB – I think you’ll find the invective and ‘bile’ a helluva lot worse over there – it’s just not directed at you!

    You’re also focussing on a single issue, and my view (that others at this site may or may not share) is that the bill will do a lot to stop organisations wielding undue influence, purely due to their financial means. There’s not a lot more undemocratic than that. Blanket statements about the left based upon this don’t mean a lot, or contribute a lot to any debate.

    Finally I would like to point out that when I argued with you yesterday, you called me a wanker (or perhaps said ‘wankers’ in general).

    So please consider your actions, a rational debate will degenerate very rapidly when those types of words are bandied about (for example, I possibly replied with the phrase ‘right-wing idiot’ – not very nice of me sorry, but ask and ye shall recieve)

  32. r0b 32

    When a government tried to deprive people of their liberties, it was the ‘left’ side of the debate which came to the party and went out on the streets.

    If people wanted to become more politically aware or active, it was the left which would foster them and take their cause up because the little guy didn’t have the resources to do it himself, and could do with the help.

    For the first time I’m moved to wonder if there is some home for Lee C after all. Yes, the left is the home of activism and debate.

    But – and it’s a big but – that doesn’t mean jumping on every hysterical beatup that comes along! Clearly the EFB was drafted hastily and in its original form it has faults. These have been pointed out in public feedback to the select committee, who are moving to correct the faults.

    Now we wait and see what comes out of that process. Call me a quaint old optimist (or a Liarbore hack – whatever you like) – I’m prepared to wait and see patiently. Others (DPF et al.) would rather use this time to drum up hysteria, as it suits their anti government agenda. They’re pretty good at it too.

    But have a little faith in NZ’s democratic mechanisms eh? Let’s see the final form of this legislation. If it turns out to be an evil attack on free speech, then I’ll join you on the barricades comrade.

    (And if it turns out to reasonably constrain the power of covert money to buy elections, then I’ll applaud.)

  33. Santa Claws 33

    “Lee, just one point – your views are the ones in opposition to the majority here – don’t be surprised you get shouted down.”

    Well, we know not to expect any sensible comments from you then Matthew. Sheesh, what waste of space you are.

  34. Nih 34

    Nih – pure genius

    It’s so true.

    can I post the link?

    Not just yet. It’s preferable that only like-minded people have access. I’ve held off passwording it for convenience. Save it for when you want to spring irrefutable proof of something on someone.

    But I’ve noticed the moderators have disappeared now so there might not be a lot of comment moderating. I have a sneaking suspicion that getting me banned for life might have been the only reason they were invented.

    Exactly. I think it’s time for a return to the battlefield, only with a few extra tricks up your sleeve. Ideally just let it run for a couple of months though.

  35. Matthew Pilott 35

    Santa, shouted down doesn’t constitute rabid abuse – I meant that there are likely to be plenty of strongly opposing views. Sorry if you were not able to understand that correctly sugar, I’ll dumb it down next time 😉

    You kind of illustrated your own point with that though, making an irrelevant comment and then calling someone else a waste of space. Try and be more constructive next time yeah…

  36. r0b 36

    I’ve been reading a bit of Kiwibog lately (my weak constitution can only take it in small doses). And I’ve noticed Santa actually trying to hold some people to account over there – whale for his unsavoury activities, even DPF for misquoting Helen Clark.

    So – there are hidden depths to Santa I feel. Here’s a rare “Santa – good on ya”. If only you would display a but more balance and reason at The Standard.

  37. Nih 37

    So – there are hidden depths to Santa I feel. Here’s a rare “Santa – good on ya”. If only you would display a but more balance and reason at The Standard.

    I saw this too and agree. Maybe the proximity of Christmas is ungrinching him.

  38. Long time listener:

    You’ve got a lot of nerve to refer to kiwiblog as bileblog. This is just a matter of hours after several of the Standard’s posters and commenters referred to other people as “paedophiles” and “apologists for child porn”.

    Tane, does your domain host realise you’re allowing this site to host such invective defamation? For that matter, does the EPMU?

  39. Tane 39

    Prick, you really must stop lying. No author on this site has ever called anyone a paedophile. One commenter did last night and their comment was deleted. For someone who’s quick to accuse others of lies and defamation you’re doing a pretty good job of it yourself.

  40. the sprout 40

    oooh oooh PLEASE can DPF start a party. i still think the NZ Herald Party is the most subversive and educational, but any of the above suggestions are good too.
    can we set up a seed fund for him to start the party? i would happily donate $50 to their cause. what can we do to get more traction on this wonderful idea?
    let’s see just what a man of his word he really is.

  41. Lee C 41

    Rob your trust in NZ’s democratic process is laudable, and so is your patience.
    you can’t have it both ways, though, if you trust in the democratic process,, you have to welcome debate.
    I see the words ‘hysterical’ and ‘rabid hoards’ (sic) employed to describe the alternative views, and that is where I begin to be suspicious of the agenda of those who use this kind of rhetoric.
    It’s like saying, in case people can’t think for themselves, we’ll whip up an emotive storm.
    It begs the question what is being hidden?
    Yes I am a one issue kinda guy. I work on one premise; our democracy has been hard-won (mostly by the left) and I would hate to see it betrayed (by the left, or right).
    Of course National have an agenda. But to the shame of the left, they are th only ones who have really picked up on the danger the EFB represents. If you check my opinions, you will see I have been similarly critical of the Nats and their supporters for being too ‘patient’.
    I have also noticed that when I have asked most supporters of the EFB what it is they disagree with about it they usually reply something like “It’s not perfect, but will be fixed at Select Committee.”
    I do not share their optimism, and I prefer to deal in specifics. And for future reference, I’m not biased, I ‘ll start a fight with anyone I disagree with. Trust me on that. ps I apologise for name calling anyone.
    Remember the phrase: ‘Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ it was designed to be a warning, not as a criticism.

  42. No, Tane, I did not say you called anybody a paedophile. A commenter called somebody a paedophile, another one claimed that I supported child porn, and you refused to acknowledge that either was wrong, and refused to censure any of the parties involved.

  43. Oops..
    Guess who is in the crap with his employer…
    Lynn Kelvin Prentice…….. best have a look at whaleoil and then perhaps the sits vacant.

  44. Robinsod 44

    Hey Bill you sociopath – you’re kidding yourself bro. If Whale goes through with this it’ll shine a light on all of your psychopathic filth. I reckon it could be quite a good thing. I’d imagine all you little righties will be desrerately deleting from your blogs. Ain’t google cache a wonderful thing?

  45. psychopathic filth! you write like you have eaten a thesaurus and having become constipated are now reduced to crapping out alphabet soup .Robinnome, I retired before 40 you numbskull, who is going to terrify me into desrerately (your spelling) deleting from my blog? The barista at my local cafe? My broker? My gardener?
    I can only assume that Lynn Kelvin Prentice is not monitoring his site tonight because if he was surely the sub standard would have disappeared by now…

  46. r0b 46

    Lee C – “Rob your trust in NZ’s democratic process is laudable, and so is your patience. you can’t have it both ways, though, if you trust in the democratic process,, you have to welcome debate.”

    Well surely, debate is necessary. If the public isn’t seen to care, then anything can happen. There is, however, a difference between debate, and the kind of language and tactics being used by some of those criticising the draft EFB.

    “I see the words ‘hysterical’ and ‘rabid hoards’ (sic) employed to describe the alternative views, and that is where I begin to be suspicious of the agenda of those who use this kind of rhetoric.”

    And when I see the words like “vile”, “corrupt” “desperate”, “power at any cost”, “death of democracy” and so on employed to describe draft legislation, then I begin to be suspicious of the agenda of those who use this kind of rhetoric.

    “It’s like saying, in case people can’t think for themselves, we’ll whip up an emotive storm.”

    Exactly! Nicely put.

    “I do not share their optimism, and I prefer to deal in specifics.”

    Well, we’ll know soon enough I guess, whatever emerges from select committee will be well scrutinised I’m sure.

    “I apologise for name calling anyone.”

    Well spoken.

    “Remember the phrase: ‘Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ it was designed to be a warning, not as a criticism.”

    And it is a good warning to be sure.

  47. Robinsod 47

    Bill – when you say retired you do mean “was institutionalised” I hope.

  48. Robert owen 48

    What is to me is interesting
    is the nutjobs
    Whaleoil
    D4J
    Redbaiter
    Barnsley Bill
    Isolent Prick
    I’m sure I missed a few
    Are so so so Angry.
    We on the left get pissed of over injustice and knowing what dirty tricks the Tories pull.
    But its not the centre of our being
    those guys are consumed by hate I consider them very dangerous.
    When as looks likely, the Left retain the Goverment benches next year these guys are going to fucking explode
    Very frightning, to much obsessive hate and anger with nowhere to go

  49. Nih 49

    You know how it goes. As soon as they start revealing what they think is socially advancing ‘personal information’ to back up their stupid opinions, you know they’re a nobody.

  50. Robert owen 50

    Fucking Mad as a meat axe

  51. the sprout 51

    if only they could get girlfriends.

  52. Robert owen 52

    If only I could get a girlfriend

  53. Amateur Scrabbler 53

    Boom! The New Zealand blogosphere drama explodes out of control?

  54. Camryn 54

    Robert Owen – Surely you can see that it seems exactly the opposite from the other side? Replace tories/righties with reds/lefties and make it about clinging to power rather than trying to seize it, and that’s exactly how Tane, Roger Nome, Robinsod, etc sound to those righties you listed.

    I wouldn’t actually worry about either side’s pent up anger though. People talk more extremely on the internet than they would in person. All the bluster from both is just virtual bluster.

  55. Robinsod 55

    Camryn – I agree there’s a lot of piss and vinegar behind internet comments but I’ve had several threats of violence directed at me by rightwingers (I don’t take them seriously but I’m not taking any risks – that’s why I like my anonymity). I’ve never seen similar threats made by anyone on the left of the spectrum.

    I’ve also not seen the left engage in the kind of “Lesbian feminazi cabal” invective that is standard vocabulary on the right (or the kind of bullying that Whale enacted on James Sleep).

  56. r0b 56

    Surely you can see that it seems exactly the opposite from the other side? Replace tories/righties with reds/lefties and make it about clinging to power rather than trying to seize it, and that’s exactly how Tane, Roger Nome, Robinsod, etc sound to those righties you listed.

    Camryn, surely you can see that there is a qualitative difference between political views that you disagree with (Tane et al.) and persons with serious emotional issues (d4j et al.).

    Blogs contain plenty of vigourous debate from both left and right, but I think Robert’s point is perfectly valid. For some reason, at this time, there are a small number associated with the right who seem to have anger problems.

  57. the sprout 57

    rOb you are really a bit too kind.
    anger problems are just the tip of the arseberg.
    there are also obviously misogyny problems (i guess women mostly laugh at them, or are frightened by them), homophobia problems (fear of people just like them), neophobia (fear of novelty and change), xenophobia (fear of people different to them), megalomania, delusions of entitlement, delusions of superiority, delusion of knowing what they’re talking about… the list goes on.

    it is good to see the fascist bloggers getting so rattled though, it is very encouraging.

  58. So, Robinsod, are you saying that you missed the invective yesterday, which saw several of the Standard’s regular commenters defame WO, DPF, and myself?

    Didn’t seem to me like you’d missed it, since you commented on the issue. Looks to me like you’re lying again, Robinsod. That’s very hollow of you.

  59. the sprout 59

    nice to see Whaleoil had since had his fat fucktard arse flensed by Mr Prentice’s reply, including an offer to help with legal action against Whaleoil.

  60. So, Sprout, you’re managing to contradict your fellow Standard-bearer. Here Robinsod says: “I’ve also not seen the left engage in the kind of “Lesbian feminazi cabal” invective that is standard vocabulary on the right”.

    Yet you refer to WO’s “fat fucktard arse”.

    How hollow of you, Sprout.

  61. Nih 61

    “Flense” is definitely my favourite word when it comes to being proactive about people like whaleoil and IP.

  62. the sprout 62

    yes guilty as charged IP, i do think WO is a fat fucktard and i’m really nasty.
    which is why i’m not a Standard bearer. the people who write here not only know the words professionalism, sanity and restraint, but they actually demonstrate it daily, unlike IP/WO/DPF/D4J – some of whom may have heard of the words, but none of whom show it.

    but i know you’re a stickler for staying on topic IP, so wasn’t it wonderful to see just what a shitter WO really is when faced with calm reason! clearly he isn’t entirely hollow if he’s that full of shit.

    i presume it was an attempt to deflect attention from having a DPF Party. come on Uncky Dave, show us what a big strong intelligent eloquent man you are. put your money where your mouth is. i am happy to donate seed money for your campaign.

  63. Robinsod 63

    Impotent Punter – You’re lack of logic is… nah, actually I can’t be fucked… Get back to work loser.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Significant investment in Raukūmara Pae Maunga to prevent Raukūmara forest collapse
    An iwi-Crown approach programme to restore the Raukūmara forest on the East Coast of the North Island and boost employment opportunities for whānau, particularly rangatahi/young people, will receive $34 million funding, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has announced. “Raukūmara Pae Maunga is a partnership with Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New partnership central to delivering more Māori housing
    Government agencies and partners are working closer together to provide more Māori Housing through the Te MAIHI o te Whare Māori – the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action (MAIHI). MAIHI is a kaupapa Māori approach that drives a system change to give effect and impact on Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Manawatū Gorge replacement highway drives forward
    Site work is soon to begin on Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, the project to replace the former SH3 route through the Manawatū Gorge, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Phil Twyford was today in Woodville at the signing of a formal agreement by members of the Alliance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Pacific Ministers meet to discuss regional economic priorities
    The Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) begins today and will focus on the major economic and social impacts of COVID-19 on the Pacific.  FEMM is an important congregation of Economic Ministers and senior officials from around the region, and for the first time, the annual meeting will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Formal apology and payment to George Nepata
    Cabinet has approved a formal apology and ex gratia payment to former soldier George Nepata, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. This payment is to recognise the New Zealand Defence Force’s failure to provide Mr Nepata with a safe system of work in April 1989 when, as a result of an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Report into Iain Lees-Galloway’s expenditure
    A report undertaken by Ministerial Services into Iain Lees-Galloway’s ministerial expenditure has found no evidence of any inappropriate transactions or spending. Ministerial Services undertook a line by line review of all his expenditure, including staff and spouse expenses for the period 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2020.  “I commissioned ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Managed isolation charges to start 11 August
    Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from 12.01am Tuesday 11th August, after they passed their last cabinet milestone today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. “The new charging system balances the rights of New Zealanders to return home and helps reduce pressure on the managed isolation and quarantine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Update on New Zealand and the Cook Islands travel bubble
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. Negotiations on the text of an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • One-stop ‘jobs and training’ shop goes live
    The Government has launched a new online, phone and onsite service to help New Zealanders connect to a range of employment support and products for workers and businesses affected by COVID-19, announced Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. Connected.govt.nz is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • MSD security guards to be paid Living Wage
    Security guards contracted to the Ministry of Social Development will be paid at least the Living Wage from next month supporting the Government’s commitment towards fair pay and employment conditions, announced Minister for  Social Development Carmel Sepuloni.   “MSD was  among the first government agencies to pay its employees the living ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New strategy to ensure nature thrives
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today launched Te Mana o te Taiao, the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy - a way forward that envisions Aotearoa New Zealand as a place where ecosystems are healthy and resilient, and people embrace the natural world. “Many of New Zealand’s plants and wildlife species ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Provider Languages Fund will support Pacific Wellbeing approach
    “Pacific languages, cultures and identity are essential to the health, wellbeing and lifetime success of our Pacific peoples and their communities in Aotearoa. The strength and resilience of Pacific Aotearoa is not only vital to their own prosperity but integral to the prosperity of all New Zealanders, and is particularly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19: More funding for schools and boost to construction sector
    ·       $38 million to help schools cover unexpected costs related to COVID-19 ·       $69 million upgrade for online learning ·       $107 million contingency funding to support school construction suppliers facing additional costs due to the lockdown. The Government is releasing $214 million from the COVID-19 response and recovery fund to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Stay safe on the tracks – Rail Safety Week
    Despite the Government installing safety upgrades around the country, people should still take care around rail crossings, said Transport Minister Phil Twyford launching Rail Safety Week. Phil Twyford said installing safety infrastructure is crucial, but we are encouraging people to be more careful around trains too. “We’re making good progress ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government backs Manawatū social housing project
    The Government is providing a cash injection to help Palmerston North City Council complete a programme to provide 78 social housing units for vulnerable tenants. The $4.7 million to build 28 units in the Papaioea Place redevelopment comes from the $3 billion set aside for infrastructure in the Government’s COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major funding boost for Predator Free Banks Peninsula
    A pest free Banks Peninsula/Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū is one step closer with a $5.11 million boost to accelerate this project and create jobs, announced Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage in Canterbury today. “This is a game changer for this ambitious project to restore the native wildlife and plants on Ōtautahi/Christchurch’s doorstep ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Major investment for indoor sports in Hawke’s Bay
    A Government grant of $6.4 million will expand the Pettigrew Arena in Taradale with new indoor courts of national standard. “The project is likely to take 18 months with approximately 300 people employed through the process,” Grant Robertson said. “The expansion will increase the indoor court space up to 11 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New infrastructure for Far North tourist town
    The Far North tourist destination of Mangonui is to receive Government funding to improve waterfront infrastructure, open up access to the harbour and improve water quality, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. A total of $6.5 million from the $3 billion set aside in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government remains committed to Women’s Cricket World Cup
    The Government has re-affirmed its commitment to supporting the hosting of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which the ICC has delayed from 2021 to 2022. “This is obviously a disappointing decision for cricket players and fans around the world and for the White Ferns and their supporters here at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Green light for Te Awa River Ride in $220m nationwide cycleways investment
    Cyclists and walkers will now have a safer way to get around Taupō, Tūrangi, and between Hamilton and Cambridge, with funding for shared paths and Te Awa River Ride, Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. “The Te Awa River Ride is the latest part of massive growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Six major ‘shovel-ready’ cycleways funded in Christchurch
    Six major cycle routes will be completed in Christchurch thanks to funding from the Government’s investment in shovel-ready infrastructure as part of the COVID-19 recovery Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. $125 million will be invested to kick-start construction and fund the completion of the following cycleway ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Police facilities for Whanganui
    Plans are underway for a brand new state-of-the-art hub for Whanganui’s justice and social agencies, following confirmation the ageing Whanganui Central Police Station is to be replaced. Police Minister Stuart Nash has announced $25 million in new infrastructure spending to improve facilities for the wider community, and for staff who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Relativity adjustment for Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu
    An adjustment payment has been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the relativity mechanisms in their 1995 and 1997 Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The latest payments to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu are $2,700,000 and $2,600,000 respectively to ensure the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Auckland rail upgrades pick up steam
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off the start of the Auckland NZ Upgrade Programme rail projects which will support over 400 jobs and help unlock our biggest city. Both ministers marked the start of enabling works on the third main rail line project ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • PGF support for Wairoa creates jobs
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $3.78 million in Wairoa will create much needed economic stimulus and jobs, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. PGF projects announced today include: $200,000 loan to Nuhaka Kiwifruit Holdings Ltd (operated by Pine Valley Orchard Ltd) to increase the productivity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Public and Māori housing to trial renewable energy technology
    Tenants in public and Māori housing may be benefiting from their own affordable renewable energy in future – a fund to trial renewable energy technology for public and Māori housing has today been announced by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Nanaia Mahuta. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $2.7m for Hokianga infrastructure
    Hokianga will receive $2.7 million to redevelop four of its wharves and upgrade its water supply, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Far North District Council will receive $1.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for the work on the wharves. “The work will include the construction of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New fund to support housing and construction sector
    A $350 million Residential Development Response Fund is being established to support the residential construction sector and to minimise the economic impact from COVID-19, the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods has announced. “The Residential Development Response Fund will help to progress stalled or at-risk developments that support our broader housing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government investment to boost Auckland’s community recycling network
    As part of a broader plan to divert waste from landfill, the Government today announced $10.67 million for new infrastructure as part of the Resource Recovery Network across the Auckland region. “This key investment in Auckland’s community recycling network is part of the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group ‘shovel ready’ projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Te Papa transformation starts at Cameron Road
    The Government is investing $45 million in the first stage of an ambitious urban development project for Tauranga that will employ up to 250 people and help the region grow, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the funding has been allocated out of the $3 billion ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 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 days 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 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days ago