web analytics

Aucklanders revolt against Right’s Supercity

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, May 14th, 2010 - 37 comments
Categories: supercity - Tags: ,

The Right has forced the Supercity on Aucklanders who don’t want it, don’t need it, and won’t benefit from it.

Already, Aucklanders have been lumped with a bill of $81 million so far to pay for the business elite’s takeover of their city.

48.5% of Aucklanders in the latest poll oppose the Supercity they’re having thrust upon them with just 32.8% supporting it. But a ratio of 5 to 3, Aucklanders think that the Supercity will be bad for them personally. And they’re not bloody happy about it.

Despite acres of positive press from the Tory media and decades of public profile, the Right’s candidate, John Banks, is getting his arsed kicked 48% to 37% by Len Brown, a man who has been heavily critical of the Supercity and stands on the principle that local government should be controlled by local people.

You can almost hear the tears falling in the Herald editorial today, as they struggle to explain Banks’ failing campaign. ‘But, but he’s so famous and he hasn’t got into a fistfight in years, and bug business is right behind him’.

Aucklanders were denied their legal right to a referendum on amalgamation into the Supercity. But they’re getting a vote soon. And they’re going to punish the Right’s candidates. And, of course, Brown is also just a far better candidate.

lprent: Also Aucklanders check out OurAuckland, and if you haven’t voted in their referendum, then do so today.

37 comments on “Aucklanders revolt against Right’s Supercity ”

  1. MikeG 1

    The Herald’s Editiorial was almost amusing in it’s backing of the “father figure for this city of cities” !!

    And it’s not fair – “He may be copping the backlash over the Government’s poor handling of the Super City reform, which is unfair as he has voiced concerns over several aspects of that process.”

    What’s that saying – if you lie with dogs you’ll get fleas. Banks has an extremely close associationf with National and ACT, so surprise surprise, Aucklanders associate Banks with the Super City reforms.

  2. tc 2

    Banks represents the rights lack of care about who is the new supermayor as they’ve engineered supercity so it doesn’t matter who gets the fancy necklace.

    It’s a win either way as they’ve sold akl out, kept banksie alongside (as he’s such a loose unit if cut adrift) to front the ‘campaign’……the right wouldn’t be unhappy to finally nail banks into his political coffin when all’s said and done……RIP Banksie….not before time.

  3. randal 3

    cut to the chase.
    who gets all the shares in the new business entities created to steal the citys assets?

    • Bright Red 3.1

      the council, to sell as they wish. The point is that commercialisation is always a step to privatisation.

  4. Armchair Critic 4

    The whole theme running through the editorial was “why doesn’t everyone love little Johnny?” It’s a shame the Herald can’t or won’t see that little Johnny is not much of a mayor of little old Auckland, and he would be even less of a mayor of the Auckland region.
    Meanwhile, it appears that the link being made between the government’s plans to privatise large chunks of Auckland’s and the government’s close links with little Johnny has worked. People have realised that if they vote for Banks, the city’s infrastructure will be sold off.
    It is a real shame Whangarei currently has an MP who is more competent than Banksie, otherwise National could do everyone a favour and pension him off up north in 2011.
    There is a real opportunity here for opposition parties to say “we will actual fix Auckland, rather than gerrymander it.” Probably as part of rejigging local government throughout the country, rather than just Auckland (and Canterbury). Nothing concrete at present, just offering to actually do something sensible, preferably in accordance with what people want, and over a reasonable timeframe, (i.e. everything NAct didn’t do) would be good.

  5. Sanctuary 5

    “…The Right has forced the Supercity on Aucklanders who don’t want it, don’t need it, and won’t benefit from it…”

    I would disagree with this.

    Most Aucklanders were in favour of major reform of local governance. And therin lies the special genius of Rodney Hide. This vain glorious clown managed to take something most Aucklanders were broadly in agreement with and by dint of his inept and arrogant imposition of a corporatist fascist governance model turned the vast majority of Aucklanders against him. And worse for Nactional, the more Aucklanders hear about the SuperCity the less they like it. And they going to hear a lot more about it indeed.

    Of course, the good news is that not only is this a catastrophe for ACT – Hide is their one trick pony and he is now regarded as a cronyist lying buffoon by everyone except a vanishingly small band of loons – but also there is a major political disaster looming for National as well if Labour can turn the next general election in Auckland into a referendum on Rodney Hide.

    Every rate rise, every inflexible and heartless traffic warden, every burst water main at rush hour can and will be used as a stick to beat Hide and National with in Auckland. Labour’s message in Auckland should be party vote National equals a vote for Rodney Hide’s corruption.

  6. Undecided 6

    Im now decided decided Banks is a Fraudster given his polling methods. How can NZ’s most important job be entrusted to this man. DigiPoll (the first idependant poll) reflects the collective intelligence of the public showing Banks for what he real is, a washed up has been.

    • prism 6.1

      If the public is so wise why did Auckland vote in Banks as Mayor at all? The man wasn’t new goods like Key. Everyone knew he was a strutting actor like Key – his heartfelt comments about his favourite projects like not cutting bar hours etc showed him as the phony he is.

      He has been able to talk his way up despite his faults. Public speaking is a real art, and apparently in research it has been ticked as being more feared than death. ‘Sort of I’d rather be dead than heard’. Giving our preferred politicians a lot of practice might be a useful boost to an rise to high places equalling John Banks’.

      • prism 6.1.1

        Want to edit my comment. I’m still in time,. Noone else seems to have submitted. Tried twice ?

        • lprent 6.1.1.1

          Get that occasionally. Give me your OS and Browser versions and I’ll see if I can reproduce. Ajax isn’t exactly stable…

          Is anyone else getting issues with the re-edit? (answer in OpenMike please)..

      • lprent 6.1.2

        No-one of any real capability wanted the job? He got voted in on name recognition? The voter turnout dropped?

  7. B 7

    The herald called Brown’s popularity an “anyone-but-Auckland-City mentality ”

    I think its an “anyone but Banks” mentality. Banks has been the only mayor who has not firmly opposed much of the supercity reform – that’s why he’s unpopular. The other factor is that if you’re going to make the disparate factions of Auckland one city then the left will probably come out on top. The big cities of Waitakere and Manakau have left leaning councils and have usually voted left at general elections. Bring on the vote!

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    The Herald Editorial misses one point that counts against Banks – he’s National to the bone and the people of Auckland don’t like National after they stole our democracy from us.

  9. Adrian 9

    Encourage Winston to run in Epsom and Phil Twyford could win it. Hide is dogtucker even there.

  10. The Hun 10

    Didn’t Labour institute the royal commission report on Auckland reform that all but made it a foregone conclusion that a supercity must be formed?

    And before you start crowing that the ‘right’ setup the transition authority and shaped the makeup of the bureaucracy, shouldnt we wait to see how the thing works before we deride it?

    Fuck who am i kidding, you people (yeah im as good at generalising as you are) disagree with anything that your ideology didn’t come up with.

    • It did but there were a few major differences:

      1. The Commission was headed by a highly respected former Judge.
      2. Its proposal was totally different to the mess that we have now.
      3. In particular it thought that the local representation (board level) needed to be strengthened and also that it would let Auckland decide on what CCOs there would be and what they did.
      4. The 18 months of painstaking work performed was dumped within a couple of weeks of the release of the Commission’s decision.

  11. Gooner 11

    Opposing the Super City is easy, just like opposing anything is. But opposing it when it is a fait accompli seems odd.

    I oppose certain aspects of it; you can’t please all of the people all of the time. But I support the concept. The election should be focused on candidates who want to make it work, rather than complain incessantly about how “bad” it all is. Otherwise, Aucklanders will elect councillors who are not willing to be constructive and that’s bad for everyone inthe country, like it or not.

    • B 11.1

      you’re right its HOW its being implemented thats the problem. And its not complaining to speak out about the undemocratic way its being structured as Brown has done, he’s simply representing the majority view of Aucklanders which is what we want.

    • Roger 11.2

      Candidates who will make things work? You have Council Controlled Organisations that Council will have no control over. Local boards that cannot actually do anything without having to ask first. Boundaries that are too controversial to be forced on people. We may as well elect a bunch of pot plants considering the level of control our new council will have over local affairs.

  12. Gooner 12

    The speed or the structure or both?

    If it’s speed, I don’t think there was any other choice.

    The government made the decisions pretty quickly into its term and went about putting it in place. The other options were to make it over 5 years which meant it would be in place at the 2013 local body elections, or delay this year’s elections by a year to allow more time. I don’t think the first option was a goer; Auckland has waited too long. The second one would mean local body and general election in the same year which the public would not like.

    The “undemocratic’ way in which it is being implemented is a nice catch-cry but is not borne out by the facts. There is no legal duty to hold a referendum, despite what some opponents say. Thousands of groups, individuals, ratepayers etc were consulted during the referendum. The first bill set up the ATA so it going through under urgency is not a great drama. Sure, there are aspects of the third bill that some might find upsetting but thee is nothing undemocratic about parliament passing laws simply because the Left, in general, disagree with them. I am concerned about some of the CCOs being a little too far removed from accountability, but that can be changed by the council when it is elected.

    Overall, the poll this morning said 42% or so want this to improve management of the city; merging 8 councils into one involving $24 billion dollars was never going to be easy, but I’m glad action is finally being taken. Consultation is great, but sometimes we have a paralysis by analysis in this country.

    • lprent 12.1

      Consultation was done. There would have been pretty widespread support for what the Royal Commission came up with.

      However there is virtually no support for the incredibly ignorant and stupid plan that the ACToids and Rodney Hide foisted on us. Act is about to become history at the end of next year because of it. His plan for making sure that the rates abd charges on Aucklanders become profit centres for largely unaccountable monopolies and a self-perpetuating business clique in council probably won’t be too far behind.

      You’re a fool if you think that anything different will happen

  13. gingercrush 13

    I think the left risks being far too arrogant. Yes its likely the left will have more seats on the council than the right and yes its true the mayor is likely to be left. But we’re talking Local Government here and turn-out can be impressively low. Turn-out will be higher than previous council elections but lets not delude ourselves that it’ll be much better. Who is likely to turn-out more? Why Auckland City, North Shore and urban-rural areas while South Auckland and West Auckland turn-out less. That could be particularly problematic in regards to the mayoralty race.

    What I’m saying is if the left actually wants to run council then don’t go celebrating what the polls say and concentrate on getting your people to vote. Because its turn-out and who actually votes that will determine what happens in Auckland.

  14. Gooner 14

    Mickey, the royal commission practically lay the fault of Auckland with community boards – it recommended they be abolished. That would have removed local democracy. The government has done the right thing and re-installed them and got rid of the (mostly) useless councils.

    Clark & Cullen made a few tough decisions but in local government they made none. The Shand report was ignored, and the McLeod report on tax was used as toilet paper. At least this RC was put into action.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 14.1

      (mostly) useless councils- what do you mean by that? They certainly struggled to start with after the last lot of mergers, but satisfaction surveys have been increasing since.

      Don’t know much about developments elsewhere- But since its inception Waitakere Council has given us the Henderson Film Studios (a major new employer), Trusts Stadium, a new athletics stadium, a new indoor netball centre at Te Pai Park, numerous NEW libraries, new train stations at New Lynn, Glen Eden and Henderson and are facilitating a major new town centre at Wetsgate. Not bad for a (mostly) useless council. I’m sure the Manakau people can point to similar developments. Oh and they also got the Waitakere Ranges Protection Bill passed (despite the opposition of Paula Bennett).

  15. wtl 15

    BS, the Royal Commission understood the need to balance local needs vs. those of a centralised body, and recommended ways in which this could be done (shared governance). If you haven’t read the report, at least take a look at Rod Oram’s brief low down on it:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/business/2327720/Rod-Oram-Welcome-to-grater-Auckland

  16. Gooner 16

    You forgot Bob Harvey’s gold-plated $200 million dollar new council building.

    • Armchair Critic 16.1

      And you forgot Aaron Bhatnagar’s clean-up of John Key’s local beach (hint – it’s miles from Helensville). Which was done in spite of much more pressing priorities.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 16.2

      $40 mill (only out by a factor 5- pretty close). Which co-incidentally is the same cost as the new Supercity IT upgrade.
      If you are worried about overblown office budgets- how much do you think the new SuperCity centre in the CBD is going to set us back? Or do you envisage Banksie squeezing his new empire into his existing office?

  17. Gooner 17

    Nice to see you expect Banksie to be mayor 🙂

  18. tc 18

    As long as the likes of self serving wankers like Banksie and that tosser Aaron Bhatnagar are seen off I really don’t care who gets a shot at riding Rodneys Tiger.

    It may get better but with plonkers like these 2 and others being kept on it’ll only get worse…..ask surfers at Parkari/Te Ari point how they like their break ruined to keep re-sanding those elite suburban foreshore beaches so that mother nature can claim it back……a waste of money as well as a decent surf break happily endorsed by the mayor for remurera and his backers…..snort snort.

  19. RT 19

    Banks along with Citizens & Ratepayers need to be run out of town. If these pricks get back in they will continue to short change anyone outside their agenda. John Banks is much like John Key, loves to hog the limelight. You only see Banks and his C&R lackeys in the Auckland council paper, no room for any of the other Auckland councilors. Don’t get too engrossed with Banks, he can do didly without his C&R support team. Len Brown would be useless should C&R get a majority on the council, which means everyone else will get locked out from any decision making.

  20. ak 20

    Great opportunity for the Left here . Wanna make a difference? – then join up, burn some shoe leather, leaflet every box, write letters-to-ed and generally rip into it. This is another PCU (Polling-Cock-Up) by NACT, right on top of Mining the Bush (MB) (ok, sorry, that’s it with the capitals…)

    The Left’ll never beat the privately-owned press for influence, but Sandra Lee’s loverley Local Gov Act 2002 has drawn in myriads of our communities’ shapers and shakers – many if not most tories – and they like it. Really. At first they just liked the status (tories, after all), but an insidious osmosis has miraculously occurred: on being <em>compelled</em> to consult and interract with the <em>hoi polloi</em>, many of our former Colonel Blimps and used car salesmen have found Jesus – ok too far – but at least a wee tiny glimpse of the joy that ensues from engaging with and empowering the sterling citizens that comprise our communities’ grass roots. And they won’t want to lose that new-found empathy and purpose; they’ve seen the fruits, enjoyed the rush, and will now be willing to Fight for Democracy (sorry) alongside us.

    Auckland’s where the Kkey lies: and 2010 sweeps us in to 2011.

    As the only NZ politician with a platinum record for consistency, Jim’ll cream ChCh.

    Come in, Ak and Wgtn.

  21. jcuknz 21

    It is obvious that Jafas are just plain dumb .. at least those protesting about Supercity … since as the area is it is plain silly not to be a single entity. Then when it happens Auckland will be a bigger city than Dunedin instead of a collection of warring communities

  22. Carol 22

    jcuknz, the complaints are not about having a supercity, they are about it being done without consultation, and so that it will have a limited amount of democracy once its done – as you can see from the questions on the referendum linked in the initial article for thsi thread.

    I managed to fill out the online referendum today, even though the end date is given as yesterday. I hope it still will be counted.

    • Marty G 22.1

      well, I think the complaints are two-fold: Aucklanders wanted an actual say in whether they would have a supercity, and they wanted a say in how any supercity would function

    • lprent 22.2

      An interesting question that I’m trying to find out as well. I’m pulling the database, cleaning out, and checking the table now.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Remarks upon 77th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki Online Forum 77 years ago today, an atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. Three days earlier, on the 6th of August 1945, the same fate had befallen the people of Hiroshima.  Tens of thousands died instantly. In the years that followed 340,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    34 mins ago
  • Govt signs NZ–USA agreement launching new opportunities for space sector
    An agreement signed today between the New Zealand and United States governments will provide new opportunities for our space sector and closer collaboration with NASA, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash said. Stuart Nash signed the Framework Agreement with United States Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman. The signing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Govt strengthens emergency management cooperation between NZ and the US
    An agreement signed today between New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will strengthen global emergency management capability, says Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty. “The Government is committed to continually strengthening our emergency management system, and this Memorandum of Cooperation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • New Zealand to stay at Orange as winter continues
    New Zealand will remain at the Orange traffic light setting, while hospitalisations remain elevated and pressure on the health system continues through winter. “There’s still significant pressure on hospitals from winter illnesses, so our current measures have an ongoing role to play in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Boost for agricultural and horticultural science in schools
    More young minds eyeing food and fibre careers is the aim of new Government support for agricultural and horticultural science teachers in secondary schools, Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Government is committing $1.6 million over five years to the initiative through the Ministry for Primary ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Bumper breeding season boosts Kākāpō population
    Kākāpō numbers have increased from 197 to 252 in the 2022 breeding season, and there are now more of the endangered parrots than there have been for almost 50 years, Conservation Minister Poto Williams announced today. The flightless, nocturnal parrot is a taonga of Ngāi Tahu and a species unique ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Relationship with Malaysia to be elevated to Strategic Partnership
    The relationship between Aotearoa New Zealand and Malaysia is to be elevated to the status of a Strategic Partnership, to open up opportunities for greater co-operation and connections in areas like regional security and economic development. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta met her Malaysian counterpart Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah today during a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Call for New Zealanders to get on-board with rail safety
    With additional trains operating across the network, powered by the Government’s investment in rail, there is need for a renewed focus on rail safety, Transport Minister Michael Wood emphasised at the launch of Rail Safety Week 2022. “Over the last five years the Government has invested significantly to improve level ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Regional approach the focus at ASEAN and East Asia Summit talks
    The Foreign Minister has wrapped up a series of meetings with Indo-Pacific partners in Cambodia which reinforced the need for the region to work collectively to deal with security and economic challenges. Nanaia Mahuta travelled to Phnom Penh for a bilateral meeting between ASEAN foreign ministers and Aotearoa New Zealand, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • The beat goes on as Government renews support for musicians
    Extension of Aotearoa Touring Programme supporting domestic musicians The Programme has supported more than 1,700 shows and over 250 artists New Zealand Music Commission estimates that around 200,000 Kiwis have been able to attend shows as a result of the programme The Government is hitting a high note, with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to attend Guadalcanal Commemorations in the Solomon Islands
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare will depart tomorrow for Solomon Islands to attend events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. While in Solomon Islands, Minister Henare will also meet with Solomon Islands Minister of National Security, Correctional Services and Police Anthony Veke to continue cooperation on security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New programme to provide insights into regenerative dairy farming 
    The Government is partnering with Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited and Ngāi Tūāhuriri on a whole-farm scale study in North Canterbury to validate the science of regenerative farming, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.   The programme aims to scientifically evaluate the financial, social and environmental differences between regenerative and conventional practices. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More women on public boards than ever before
    52.5% of people on public boards are women Greatest ever percentage of women Improved collection of ethnicity data “Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees is now 52.5 percent, the highest ever level. The facts prove that diverse boards bring a wider range of knowledge, expertise and skill. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Awards support Pacific women
    I am honoured to support the 2022 Women in Governance Awards, celebrating governance leaders, directors, change-makers, and rising stars in the community, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. For the second consecutive year, MPP is proudly sponsoring the Pacific Governance Leader category, recognising Pacific women in governance and presented to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt investment into Whakatāne regeneration reaches new milestones
    Today Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash turned the sod for the new Whakatāne Commercial Boat Harbour, cut the ribbon for the revitalised Whakatāne Wharf, and inspected work underway to develop the old Whakatāne Army Hall into a visitor centre, all of which are part of the $36.8 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government determined to get a better deal for consumers
    New Zealanders are not getting a fair deal on some key residential building supplies and while the Government has already driven improvements in the sector, a Commerce Commission review finds that  changes are needed to make it more competitive. “New Zealand is facing the same global cost of living and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government exceeds Mana in Mahi target
    Mana in Mahi reaches a milestone surpassing 5,000 participants 75 per cent of participants who had been on a benefit for two or more years haven’t gone back onto a benefit 89 per cent who have a training pathway are working towards a qualification at NZQA level 3 or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government opens new research and innovation hub
    The Government has invested $7.7 million in a research innovation hub which was officially opened today by Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Dr Ayesha Verrall. The new facility named Te Pā Harakeke Flexible Labs comprises 560 square metres of new laboratory space for research staff and is based at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Unemployment remains low and wages rise despite volatile global environment
    Unemployment has remained near record lows thanks to the Government’s economic plan to support households and businesses through the challenging global environment, resulting in more people in work and wages rising. Stats NZ figures show the unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in the June quarter, with 96,000 people classed out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • First ever climate adaptation plan lays foundations for resilient communities
    Action to address the risks identified in the 2020 climate change risk assessment, protecting lives, livelihoods, homes, businesses and infrastructure A joined up approach that will support community-based adaptation with national policies and legislation Providing all New Zealanders with information about local climate risks via a new online data ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New mental health and addiction services making a difference for Māori
    Māori with mental health and addiction challenges have easier access to care thanks to twenty-nine Kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction services across Aotearoa, Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare says. “Labour is the first government to take mental health seriously for all New Zealanders. We know that Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Data and Statistics Bill Passes its Third Reading
    A Bill which updates New Zealand’s statistics legislation for the 21st century has passed its third and final reading today, Minister of Statistics David Clark said. The Data and Statistics Act replaces the Statistics Act, which has been in effect since 1975. “In the last few decades, national data and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further moves to improve the lives of disabled people
    The Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament today, marking a significant milestone to improve the lives of disabled people. “The Bill aims to address accessibility barriers that prevent disabled people, tāngata whaikaha and their whānau, and others with accessibility needs from living independently,” said ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to the China Business Summit
    Kia ora koutou, da jia hao It’s great to be back at this year’s China Business Summit. I would first like to acknowledge Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, former Prime Minister Helen Clark, His Excellency Ambassador Wang Xiaolong, and parliamentary colleagues both current and former the Right Honourable Winston Peters, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further changes to CCCFA Regulations will improve safe access to credit
    Narrowing the expenses considered by lenders Relaxing the assumptions that lenders were required to make about credit cards and buy-now pay-later schemes. Helping make debt refinancing or debt consolidation more accessible if appropriate for borrowers The Government is clarifying the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance (CCCFA) Regulations, to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government prioritises firearm prohibition orders to reduce gun harm
    The Firearms Prohibition Order Legislation Bill will be passed through all remaining stages by the end of next week, Police Minister Chris Hipkins said. The Justice Select Committee has received public feedback and finalised its report more quickly than planned. It reported back to the House on Friday.  “The Bill will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • National plan to protect kauri commences
    The Government has stepped up activity to protect kauri, with a National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) coming into effect today, Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor and Associate Environment Minister James Shaw said. “We have a duty to ensure this magnificent species endures for future generations and also for the health of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Support for Samoa’s Climate Change Plan and rebuild of Savalalo Market
     Prime Minister Ardern met with members of Samoa’s Cabinet in Apia, today, announcing the launch of a new climate change partnership and confirming support for the rebuild of the capital’s main market, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between Aotearoa New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Reconnecting with ASEAN and Malaysia
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta departs for the Indo-Pacific region today for talks on security and economic issues at meetings of ASEAN and the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, and during bilateral engagements in Malaysia. “Engaging in person with our regional partners is a key part of our reconnecting strategy as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement to the 2022 Review Conference for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
    United Nations Headquarters, New York City  Thank you, Mr President. Ngā mihi ki a koutou. I extend my warm congratulations to you and assure you of the full cooperation of the New Zealand delegation. I will get right to it. In spite of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the nuclear ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 10,000 more permanent public homes added under the Labour Government
    A major milestone of 10,037 additional public homes has been achieved since Labour came into office, the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods confirmed today. “It’s extremely satisfying and a testament to our commitment to providing a safety net for people who need public housing, that we have delivered these warm, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Sanctions on Russian armed forces and weapons manufacturers
    The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta has announced further sanctions on the armed forces and military-industrial complex of the Russian Federation. “President Putin and the Russian military are responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, which is a grave breach of fundamental international law,” Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government plan to boost health workers
    Easing the process for overseas nurses and provision of up to $10,000 in financial support for international nurses for NZ registration costs. Provide for the costs of reregistration for New Zealand nurses who want to return to work. Covering international doctors’ salaries during their six-week clinical induction courses and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Today marks one year since Government’s Dawn Raids apology
    A new  future between Pacific Aotearoa and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is the essence of a Dawn Raids Apology anniversary event in Auckland this month, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. One year ago, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern formally apologised to Pacific communities impacted by the Dawn Raids in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PM Speech to China Business Summit
    Tēnā koutou katoa Tuia ngā waka, Tuia ngā wawata, Tuia ngā hou-kura Let us bind our connection, let us bind our vision, let us bind our shared aspiration for peace and prosperity. This year marks a significant milestone in the New Zealand – China relationship.   Fifty years ago – 1972 – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cook Islands Language Week will close generational gap
    It’s Cook Islands Language week and the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio wants the community to focus on what it means to keep the language alive across the generations. “Our Cook Islands community in Aotearoa have decided to focus on the same theme as last years; ‘ Ātuitui’ia ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cost of Living support payment to reach over 2 million New Zealanders
    From 1 August an estimated 2.1 million New Zealanders will be eligible to receive the first targeted Cost of Living Payment as part of the Government’s plan to help soften the impact of rising global inflationary pressures affecting New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. The payments will see eligible ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s border fully open to visitors and students
    · New Zealand’s international border opens to all visitors, including from non-visa waiver countries, and international students from 11:59PM, 31 July 2022. · Cruise ships and recreational yachts able to arrive at New Zealand ports. This evening marks the final step in the Government’s reconnecting plan, with visitors from non-visa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government sets out plan to eliminate HIV transmission in New Zealand
    New Action Plan to eliminate HIV transmission released for consultation today $18 million Budget 2022 boost Key measures to achieve elimination include increasing prevention and testing, improving access to care and treatment and addressing stigma The Government has today released its plan to eliminate the transmission of HIV in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government support lifts income for beneficiaries
    A report released today shows Government support has lifted incomes for Beneficiaries by 40 percent over and above inflation since 2018. “This is the first time this data set has been collected, and it clearly shows Government action is having an impact,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “This Government made a commitment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago