Auckland Council Elections

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 pm, August 16th, 2013 - 28 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, C&R, local body elections, local government, Politics - Tags:

Super City Rodney Hide

I thought I would do some posts about the Auckland super city elections.  This is the first of five intended posts and will deal with the Mayoral candidates.  The other four will deal with the Councillor elections on the North Shore, out west, in Auckland Istmus and in Manukau.  These elections are potentially the most important as a majority on Council can frustrate the most progressive of Mayor’s policy platforms.

Nominations are closed and the candidates have been announced.

There are 17 candidates for Mayor.  Len Brown should be safe.  He has raised some concern amongst the left but my own view is that overall he has done well and deserves support.  John Palino is probably going to be a distant second although John Minto’s principled campaign should deservedly attract some attention and a second place for him would be a tremendous result.  His proposal for free public transport ought to attract proper debate and consideration and I wish him well.

The other candidates should not trouble the statisticians.  Penny Bright will be there and her energy and commitment should be respected.  Uesifili Unasa may sap support for Len amongst Pacifica but to be frank I am still struggling to work out what his beef with Len is.

The rest will generally not be known.  There is a member of the Communist League and a Christian who is against abortion.  David Willmot is apparently roads first.  It would help if his website actually contained something and his campaign video from last time needs to be seen to be believed.

Reuben Shadbolt’s qualification to be Mayor is apparently that he is Tim Shadbolt’s son.  Our elected representatives should have greater qualifications than this.  Reuben is also seeking a seat on the Whau local board.  It may be that he thinks that the publicity of a Mayoral campaign will get him elected onto the local board.

Other candidates include Stephen Berry, a libertarian, who is standing for the affordable party.  The party’s website at the time of writing says that they are still seeking candidates.  Someone should tell them that nominations have closed.

I am afraid that I do not know any of the other candidates.

So it looks like the result is a forgone conclusion.  This could be bad in that the elections are important and a predictable Mayoral contest will suppress voter turnout.

The really interesting aspect is that there is no Community and Resident candidate.  It appears that C&R are in some difficulty.  In a city where the vast majority of Parliamentary seats are held by National you have to wonder why they do not have a Mayoral candidate.

28 comments on “Auckland Council Elections”

  1. jaymam 1

    I’ve not seen any left-wing candidates for Orakei. So are we just leaving it to C&R, with no-one else to counter their views?

    P.S. is everyone going into the moderation queue or is it just me?

    [Not sure what happened there jayman but I agree your comment should have gone straight through. But the last time the left nearly won in Orakei was in 1987 and those were strange times … – MS]

    • Michael Wood 1.1

      Dorthe Siggard is a good progressive candidate in Orakei.

      • jaymam 1.1.1

        It appears that some officious bastard (possibly from the Council) has decided to knock down the sole left-wing billboard in my area, probably under the wrong impression that the billboard is in the wrong place. In fact the area for billboards has been wrongly described, so all the other billboards are in the wrong place as well.
        Considering that all the C&R billboards everywhere didn’t comply for the font size and so now the font size rule has been rescinded after their billboards were put up, that’s a bloody cheek, and just a continuation of the right-wing bias of Auckland Council.
        I shall be photographing anyone who knocks down the billboard again, if I see it happening. I have warned the Council that they are wrong and should not be knocking down billboards.

  2. tc 2

    I reckon C&R figure there is more to be made from niggling away like they have been with banksy junior brewer positioning himself to go up next time unless he gets a comfy mp gig like goldsmith did.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Yep TC. I must acknowledge that C&R realise that the Mayoral position is important but Council still decides most things. So a solid majority of right wing Councillors could still do a lot of damage.

      I get the impression that the Government’s grudging support for the inner city loop was the kiss of death for them. They had been so opposed to it on the basis that it could not be justified then the Government accepted that the justification was actually really strong, too strong to ignore …

    • tc 2.2

      I meant to edit this in but didnt get an option….
      C&R have no need to be in mayoral robes when rortney and the hollowmen effectively handed akl over with supershity structure, job done so let len play around the nats do as the nats wish as nick smith has demonstrated.

      • mickysavage 2.2.1

        Yep. That is why I used the graphic for this post. Democracy may be kicking into action but the Hide designed super city is still dominating …

        • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.1

          You gotta love the Righties for institutionalising their Tory systems in place.

          A few lessons for the Left to learn there, methinks.

          • Tiger Mountain 2.2.1.1.1

            Yes Mark Ford leaves a trail of sackings and disrupted lives in his wake one way or another where ever he goes. And Rodneys virtually impenetrable CCOs have been the sting in the tail from the super city.

  3. Pete 3

    Should be an interesting contest down here in Dunedin this year. We use STV as our voting system for the council and the Greens are fielding a candidate, Aaron Hawkins, for mayor. His is the only electoral advertising I’ve seen so far, and his party has a strong activist base. I think they could field a lot more campaigners than Dave Cull, the current mayor. Given that Alliance-affliated Sukhi Turner won three terms, standing down in 2004, we might see a return to the left.

    Also of note, Pete George is running for council too (Edit and mayor as well).

    • mickysavage 3.1

      I agree that contests throughout the country are important. Maybe we could persuade r0b or someone else to post on the Dunedin contests.

      Wow and Pete is running for Mayor? If he could persuade Dunne to oppose the GCSB at its third reading he could have a chance …

  4. Craig Glen viper 4

    ” Uesifili Unasa may sap support for Len amongst Pacifica but to be frank I am still struggling to work out what his beef with Len is.”

    Maybe the Minister actually likes workers and thinks they deserve a decent wage MS, or maybe he can’t stand sellouts. Len does not deserve your support in my view Lens proved he is a Labour Party member for expediency only he is as bad as a scab as far as Im concerned, and Im looking forward to telling him to.

    • Murray Olsen 4.1

      Agreed. I can’t see how Len Brown can be considered remotely left wing after the way he sold out the wharfies. His stand on housing is less than inspirational as well. The South Aucklanders I know feel totally used, as if they were just his stepping stone on the way to greater things.

      I’d love to see John Minto get in. Local body elections can be full of surprises. Naturally he wouldn’t have much support inside council, but John knows how to work in that sort of situation without selling out.

  5. millsy 5

    Some questions that you all should be asking your candidates:

    1) What services would you like to see cut?
    2) What is your view on the outsourcing of council activities?
    3) What is your view on the sale of council assets?
    4) What you you see as ‘core council’ activities
    5) Are you a member of any political party?

    On the topic of outsourcing, it is interesting that there are a lot of smaller councils that have still kept their road maintainance and civil engineering services in-house, by the way of council owned contruction companies.

    Examples are Waitomo District Council, which owns Inframax, and the Tararua District Council and Central Hawkes Bay District Council which jointly own Infracon.

  6. Tanz 6

    Hide and the superciry. Auckland is suffering for that,, is it not.

  7. tc 7

    One issue that will hurt any new mayor is the mess the systems and processes of the merged former councils are still in.
    Wth makay as CEO and fords IT hatchett man from watercare installed the lid and spin on that will not go where it belongs being the transition authority who bullied, fudged, ignored solid advice then ran out of dosh and walked away leaving it supershitys issue.

  8. Jenny 8

    John Palino is probably going to be a distant second although John Minto’s principled campaign should deservedly attract some attention and a second place for him would be a tremendous result. His proposal for free public transport ought to attract proper debate and consideration and I wish him well.

    MICKYSAVAGE

    If the struggle for second is really between John Minto and John Palino. Personally I can’t understand why anyone would vote for Palino. Palino’s campaign is very well funded. Despite that, from what I can tell apart from supplying lots of vague waffle, where there is any detail, it is not much different to that being promoted by the incumbent, Len Brown.
    Supporters of those policies would be much better voting Len Brown for Mayor.

    Apart from signalling more freedom for developers. Polino puts up no detailed policy under the headings of transport and housing, the two big issues in this campaign. Surely, policy should be the first thing a candidate should be standing for. That they have policies and issues they want to promote different to the incumbent and that is why they are standing.

    Minto has lots of well thought out and costed policy and programs; from ending traffic congestion, to rental housing shortages, corporate feather bedding by council corporate managers over a living wage for council employees, and industrial relations. (Brown’s weakpoint)

    Minto’s downfall as compared to Palino is, Minto has no money behind his campaign.

    Palino has lots of money but no distinct policy.

    So really second place will be a contest between, on one hand, a candidate sincerely promoting public policy he thinks will be for the benefit of Aucklanders, and on the other, a candidate with the money to buy an election.

    If money wins. This will be a sad day for our democracy.

  9. A bit of history………….

    Don’t forget Greg, that when I stood for the Water Pressure Group, in the Avondale/Mt Roskill by-election, following the death of Phil Raffills, we got nearly 6,500 votes?

    Came second – about 700 votes behind Noelene Raffills.

    City Vision polled about 2,500 votes.

    I stood, because Water Pressure Group members were sick of the treachery of some City Vision Councillors, who had signed pledges opposing Metrowater, but then had ended up supporting Metrowater……

    Remember this?

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0111/S00029/local-body-election-challenge-decision-due-wed.htm
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Why I’m standing for Mayor of Auckland Council:

    I’m a proven and experienced ‘anti-corruption’ and ‘anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’.

    I will expose and stop corrupt corporate control.

    My track record stands for an open, transparent and democratically-accountable Auckland.

    I will open the books.

    Who really runs Auckland?

    Try googling http://www.committeeforauckand.co.nz/membership

    How?

    Through ‘Council Controlled Organisations’ (CCOs), where unelected businesspeople run the Auckland region like a business, by business, for business.

    It’s time to cut out the consultants and private contractors.

    Public monies should benefit the public majority.

    Rates, housing, transport and water services must be ‘cost-effective’ and affordable.

    We need a nationally-coordinated population, migration and employment strategy.

    ‘Market-led’ Auckland growth, pushing rezoning and housing intensification, is decimating communities against their wishes.

    Who benefits?

    Property developers, speculators and overseas investors.

    Following the ‘precautionary principle’ and ‘wellness’ model, will achieve a genuinely ‘clean, green’ New Zealand.

    We the people must take back our Auckland region from corporate control!
    ………………..
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    PS: If I thought any of the other Mayoral candidates could do a better job, I’d walk away now.

    I don’t – so I’m not.

    Kind regards,

    ‘Her Warship’ 🙂

  10. Did any of the other Mayoral candidates oppose the $UPERCITY from Day One?

    http://www.stopthesupercity.org.nz/

    It’s not complicated.

    The mechanism for the corporate takeover of the Auckland region has been through CCOs.

    ‘Council Controlled Organisations’ (CCOs), which are actually Corporate Controlled Organisations.

    CCOs must go.

    Council services must come back ‘in-house’, under the ‘public service’ model, and be directly under the control of elected representatives.

    Mayoral candidates who are not opposed to CCOs – just don’t get it.

    Mayoral candidates who have no or little local government background or experience, arguably cannot be expected to have a good grasp of the real underpinning issues, the problems or the solutions.

    As a tradesperson, with Advanced Trade in Sheetmetal Engineering, I understand the concept of ‘doing an apprenticeship’.

    When it comes to local government, I have been actively involved as a ‘community activist’ / Public Watchdog, since 1997, when Metrowater was inflicted upon us by Auckland City Council.

    Having had thus over 15 years experience, I have ‘done my time’, and am no ‘Johnny come lately’ – meant of course, in a caring way 🙂

    Cheers!

    Penny Bright

  11. Daveosaurus 11

    Reuben Shadbolt’s qualification to be Mayor is apparently that he is Tim Shadbolt’s son. Our elected representatives should have greater qualifications than this

    But it’s apparently still considered an adequate qualification for this country’s Head of State.

    It’s really time that a certain sector of NZ society got dragged, kicking and screaming, out of the 19th century…

  12. What, you really think John Minto could get second?

    Be honest, now.

    • QoT 12.1

      Oh fuck off, Brett. Micky’s post quite clearly states:

      John Palino is probably going to be a distant second although John Minto’s principled campaign should deservedly attract some attention and a second place for him would be a tremendous result.

      If you have difficulty with the longer words I suggest googling them.

      • Brett Dale 12.1.1

        qot:

        I read it, Savage was clearly suggesting, Minto could place second. I very much doubt that he will get anywhere near second place.

        • mickysavage 12.1.1.1

          As Qot said I stated that Palino would probably come second. He would be the weakest mayoral candidate the right have run for the Auckland Mayoralty ever, so I would not describe him as a shoe in for second.

          • Brett Dale 12.1.1.1.1

            You also said that it would be a great result for Minto if he gets second, I took it, that you
            think he is a chance to do this.

  13. karol 13

    I agree it’s all in the local boards/ward, and also with those above saying that Hide’s shadow has poisoned the whole Auckland Council set up.

    So Younger Shadbolt is standing for the Whau ward – and like his dad has a tendency to violence, according to the Herald.

    Looks like some Labour candidates in there, so look forward to your take on the battle for the wards/boards, micky.

    “Community Independents”, “progressive independents”, “totally independent”, “Community First”??? What can that all mean? How progressives are the “progressive independents”?

    Why don’t people choose names that give more of an indication of policy and approach to them?

    • Rupert 13.1

      I used to live across the road from Reuben Shadbolt. I’d rather have a TV chef for a mayor than a guy who used to stand on his balcony yelling at primary school kids.

      More recently, Reuben showed up at a meeting of the North Shore branch of the NZ Association of Rationalists & Humanists to try to get support for an atheist party. He was disruptive, and several of the attendees felt physically threatened. He also has some fringe medical beliefs that did not go over well with the rationalist side of the meeting.

      So, no, not getting my vote, regardless of parentage.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Young Pacific people can access earning and learning opportunities in Hawke’s Bay, Otago and South...
    Pacific young people living in the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions will have access to support services that have proved successful in helping young people find new earning and learning opportunities. “Tupu Aotearoa is about changing Pacific young peoples’ lives. Our young people are talented, they are smart, they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Protecting wellbeing – ACC HQSC Trauma Forum
    Introduction As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments. From those who hold people’s lives in their hands, to the people who research technique, technology and trends, your work is highly valued. A special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ economy in good shape – notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch
    Notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch – Wednesday 9 October 2019 Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
    Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important. “This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cultural Ministers Meeting
    Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni will represent the government at Australia’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers in Adelaide this week. “This year’s meeting is special because New Zealand is expected to become an International Member of the Meeting of Cultural Ministers at this Australian forum,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “The meeting is an opportunity to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 608 claims resolved by GCCRS in first year
    The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service has resolved 608 insurance and EQC claims in its first year in operation, Minister Megan Woods has announced. The government service, which celebrates its first birthday today, provides a one stop shop to help Cantabrians still battling to get their homes repaired or rebuilt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ economy in good shape
    Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There has been an increasing amount of attention paid to the outlook ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZTA to refocus on safety following review
    The Government is acting swiftly to strengthen NZTA’s regulatory role following a review into the Transport Agency, and Ministry of Transport’s performance as its monitor, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. An independent review by Martin Jenkins has found NZTA failed to properly regulate the transport sector under the previous ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Joint Cooperation Statement on Climate Change between the Netherlands and New Zealand
    The Netherlands and New Zealand have a long-standing and close relationship based on many shared interests and values. We value the rule of law, our democracies, and multilateralism.  And we value our environment – at home and globally. Right now there are major global challenges in all of these areas – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government putting right Holidays Act underpayment in Health
    The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark.  Initial sampling of District Health Boards payroll records has found that around $550-$650 million is owed to DHB staff to comply with the Holidays Act. It’s expected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government accounts show strong economy
    A strong surplus and low debt show the economy is performing well, and means the Government is in a good position to meet the challenges of global economic uncertainty. “The surplus and low levels of debt show the economy is in good shape. This allows the Government to spend more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministers approve application to expand Waihi mine
    New applications from mining company OceanaGold to purchase land in Waihi for new tailings ponds associated with its gold mines have been approved. Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Associate Minister of Finance David Parker considered the applications under the Overseas Investment Act. Earlier this year, applications from OceanaGold to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla launches with tribute to tangata whenua
    New Zealanders in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay will witness Māori, Pākehā and Pacific voyaging traditions come together today as the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla assembles for the first time, Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis says. “Tuia 250 is a national commemoration and an opportunity for honest conversations ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Visit to advance trade agenda with Europe and the Commonwealth
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker leaves tomorrow for Dubai, London and Berlin for a series of meetings to advance New Zealand’s trade interests.  In Dubai he will visit New Zealand’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 where construction is underway.  There he will meet Minister of State for International Cooperation, Her ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More cancer drugs confirmed – even more on horizon
    Confirmation that PHARMAC will fund two new cancer drugs is further evidence of the good progress the Government is making to improve the treatment of New Zealand’s leading cause of death, Health Minister David Clark says. From 1 December PHARMAC will fund alectinib (Alecensa) for ALK positive advanced non-small cell ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Boost for women in high performance sport
    An additional $2.7 million has been announced for the Government Strategy for Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation on the first anniversary of the strategy’s launch. Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson gave the opening address to the first Sport NZ Women + Girls Summit in Wellington today, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Parent support to help retain skilled migrants
    As part of its work to ensure businesses can get the skilled workers they need, the Coalition Government is re-opening and re-setting the Parent Category visa programme, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. The move will: support skilled migrants who help fill New Zealand’s skills gaps by providing a pathway for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Senior NZDF Officer to lead Peacekeeping Mission in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today announced Major General Evan Williams of the New Zealand Defence Force has been selected as the commander of a significant, longstanding peacekeeping mission in the Middle East. In December, Major General Williams takes over as Force Commander for the Multinational Force and Observers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nurses star as Govt rebuilds health workforces
    A record number of nurses are now working to deliver health services to New Zealanders as the Government’s increased funding and new initiatives rebuild key workforces start to show results, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. •    1458 more DHB nurses since the Government took office •    106 more midwives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New agricultural trade envoy appointed
    Farmer and former Nuffield scholar Mel Poulton has been appointed New Zealand’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy, Minister for Trade and Export Growth, David Parker, and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, announced today. The position supports key Government objectives, including raising the value of New Zealand agricultural goods and services. Mel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific and Māori voyaging heritage celebrated for Tuia 250
    New Zealand’s Pacific and Māori voyaging heritage is acknowledged and celebrated today as waka of the Tuia 250 voyage flotilla arrive in Tūranga / Gisborne. “Today we celebrate Tangata Whenua, the first people of Aotearoa, and the triumphs of the voyaging tradition that brought our ancestors here from Polynesia 1000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pacific languages are a root from which prosperity will grow
    “Fijian Language Week starts on Sunday and the theme reminds us how important it is that we each have something to anchor ourselves to, something that can help us pause and feel in control in a rapidly changing world,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. “Family, culture, faith, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ Government establishes innovative, industry-focused Airspace Integration Trials Programme
    The Government is establishing an Airspace Integration Trials Programme to support the safe testing and development of advanced unmanned aircraft and accelerate their integration into the aviation system, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods announced today. The Government will work with leading, innovative aviation industry partners to test and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago