web analytics

Ball’s in your court, John

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, May 24th, 2012 - 65 comments
Categories: corruption, david shearer, john banks, john key, Shane Jones - Tags:

David Shearer, with Shane Jones’ support, has stood Jones down and asked the Auditor-General to investigate his handling of Bill Yan’s citizenship affair. It sets a new, high standard. Whether Jones was right or wrong, he at least has a coherent story and there’s no suggestion of a crime. Compare that John Key allowing John Banks to stay on as a minister while under criminal investigation and having repeatedly lied as he tries to get out of it.

Let’s compare and contrast:

In both cases (and Nick Smith’s case, for that matter) the MP is under attack over events that occurred in a previous role. Jones is no longer minister, Banks is no longer an Auckland mayoral candidate. Yet Shearer has said that Jones will be accountable for the correctness of his actions in that previous role, whereas Key has said no ethical standard applies to the behaviour of ministers before they were ministers.

Shearer has spoken directly with Jones and, from that, come to the decision that the best way to clear Jones’ name and clear the air is an independent investigation with Jones stood down in the meantime. John Key has still, weeks later, not spoken to John Banks about the Dotcom affair. He has rejected calls for an independent investigation. He has rejected calls to stand down Banks during the Police investigation. He’s even used the bizarre ‘well, it sure didn’t help Dotcom, so how can it matter?’ line to try to trivialise the issue.

Banks faked memory loss and lied to the media in an attempt to wiggle out of the issue. Jones said, from the start, that he wouldn’t discuss the matter until the court proceedings had ended. Then, in light of the growing media interest, he revealed the reason he approved Yan’s citizenship. No claims of memory loss, no rabbit in the headlights interviews, no blatant lies. And he obviously has confidence that his records will show that he did get the advice he says he did.

So, come on, John. Let’s see your high standards. Stand down Banks. Oh wait, you need his vote to pass the Budget and asset sales, eh? Guess principles get trumped sometimes, eh John?


Update: The court has found Yong Ming Yan not guilty of all five immigration fraud charges. David Shearer says:

The reasons we have asked the Auditor-General to investigate the case still stand.

Shane Jones must be given the opportunity to clear his name given the apparent differences in evidence given during the court case and Shane’s recollection of events.

“New Zealand is highly regarded as being a country with open and transparent government. We must protect that reputation and reassure New Zealanders that ministerial and departmental processes are sound.

65 comments on “Ball’s in your court, John ”

  1. tc 1

    Banker and high standards don’t even habitate the same suburb let alone city/country.

  2. Lanthanide 2

    So, come on, John. Let’s see your high standards. Stand down Banks. Oh wait, you need his vote to pass the Budget and asset sales, eh? Guess principles get trumped sometimes, eh John?

    Standing Banks down from his Minister position doesn’t in any way prevent him from voting on any legislation in the house.

    • Good point, Lanthanide

    • No but it runs the risk that Banks throws his toys out of the cot and either resigns or goes rogue.

      • Extremely unlikely he would do either. If he quits he’ll get voted in again and if he goes rogue he’ll have no one to buddy with

        • mickysavage 2.2.1.1

          In that case Key should do the right thing and stand Banks down. After all he will have nothing to lose and can look like he actually has some principles.

        • Pascal's bookie 2.2.1.2

          According to Hooten, Banks associates say he would indeed have gone feral.

          Why do you think he’d get voted in again? I doubt ACT would select him again, and it’s not clear National would endorse the ACT candidate anyway.

          • TheContrarian 2.2.1.2.1

            I meant “not get voted in again”.
            Sorry, typo 

            • McFlock 2.2.1.2.1.1

              I dunno. It might be an interesting experiment to see just how low that electorate will go, and whether the toryboys in yellow shirts will be placard-waving for him again 🙂

      • Lanthanide 2.2.2

        I think keeping Banks in his job is more about saving face than it is risking some sort of legislation roadblock.

      • burt 2.2.3

        No but it runs the risk that Banks throws his toys out of the cot and either resigns or goes rogue.

        I’m picking you supported the procrastination with Field for the same reasons.

        I think both should have resigned as soon as they brought parliament into disrepute but hey…. it’s not like anyone but the government de-jour get to evaluate what that actually means.

        As for Jones, what the hell did he think he was doing? There is a story here and the current revelation that he’s not guilty (in NZ) of immigration fraud makes no difference as far as I’m concerned. Who leaves their ‘prints’ on fraud when they are a billionaire and even have ministers doing extraordinary favours for them ?

    • Deano 2.3

      except it risks his resignation, triggering a 3 month gap in the govt’s majority.

      That’s clearly not a risk Key can take. Even if it was only a 25% chance.

  3. grumpy 3

    …just a slight difference, Jones was stood down for his behaviour as a Minister, Banks was doing something entirely legal as a private citizen, standing as a candidate for the Auckland mayoralty…………

    • Tigger 3.1

      Not declaring his gift from Dotcom, someone he’s been shown to owe a favour?

    • Deano 3.2

      Banks allegedly committed crimes that, if found guilty of, would require him to vacate his seat in Parliament. He is under police investigation. Jones is not being investigated for any offence. In fact, Yan’s just been found not guilty.

      • Yan’s not being guilty doesn’t have much to do with Jones because, as I understand, he was not a good character based on fraud in China, not NZ. 

        • Carol 3.2.1.1

          No, the acquittal is because of insufficient proof, even though there’s a suspicion remaining he was guilty.

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6976992/Not-guilty-decision-in-Yong-Ming-Yan-Case

          Justice Brewer said none of the five charges was proven to an adequate standard.

          He said the Crown was required to reach a high level of proof beyond reasonable doubt.

          “In this case, having considered the evidence and the submissions of consul and the inferences I feel I am entitled to draw from the evidence, I have concluded that the most the Crown can achieve is a high level of suspicion but that is not enough,” he told Yan.

          “The Crown has not proved its case on any of counts inter-related as they are beyond reasonable doubt.”

          So not so much that Yan has been cleared, but that he has been found “not guilty”.

          • Tom Gould 3.2.1.1.1

            Rubbish reporting. The Court found he committed no crime. They claimed he lied but the Court found otherwise. Not guilty on all five counts. But the butt-covering chooks write that up as a ‘not proven’ verdict. Pathetic. Who in their right mind would believe a bunch of officials found incompetent and unreliable by the High Court? Well, Garner I guess, and his weird looking buddy. Another example of how trial by media can get it horribly wrong. Will they apologise to Jones, I wonder?

    • Jackal 3.3

      grumpy

      Banks was doing something entirely legal as a private citizen, standing as a candidate for the Auckland mayoralty.

      Whether it’s legal or not hasn’t been determined by the police yet grumpy. There’s no real difference to Banks undertaking what could be a criminal act as a “private citizen” or an MP.

      Let’s put it this way: Is a bank robber allowed to run a bank, is a burglar allowed to become a police officer and is a known child molester allowed to work in a school? Just because they didn’t commit those crimes while in that line of employment?

      Banks should be stood down until the police investigation is concluded.

      • A private citizen lobbying the govt. on behalf of a third party is completely legal, dawg. “Whether it’s legal or not hasn’t been determined by the police yet grumpy” actually it has because it isn’t illegal and the police aren’t investgating.

        • Jackal 3.3.1.1

          I was talking about banks being investigated by the police for not declaring donations and other such corrupt practices. Don’t try to confuse the issue The Abecedarian.

          • TheContrarian 3.3.1.1.1

            “I was talking about banks being investigated by the police for not declaring donations and other such corrupt practices.”

            Which is why you quoted:

             “Banks was doing something entirely legal as a private citizen, standing as a candidate for the Auckland mayoralty.”

            Grumpy was talking about Banks lobbying as a private citizen and opposed to Jones as a minister. I think you confused yourself buddy.

             

            • Jackal 3.3.1.1.1.1

              We’re talking about what Banks did while he was lobbying, which looks decidedly dodgy.

              • So now you go from “I was talking about banks being investigated by the police for not declaring donations and other such corrupt practices.”

                To:

                 “We’re talking about what Banks did while he was lobbying”

                To be clear – Banks lobbying as a private citizen is not illegal or dodgy. 

                • Jackal

                  Yes! Lobbying in itself is not illegal. How anally retentive are you The Controlfreak?

                  • I think you have confused yourself again.

                    Do you want to go for a drink or something to clear your head? Send me a text, friend.

                    • McFlock

                      Seriously?
                      It’s quite possible that Banks was doing something illegal when he signed his list of campaign donations, which is why the police are investigating.

                      Cool bullshit distraction.

                    • “It’s quite possible that Banks was doing something illegal when he signed his list of campaign donations”

                      Yes, it is. Sounds very likely in fact 

      • thatguynz 3.3.2

        Love the bank robber example mate 🙂  After all, the bank robbers ARE running the banks!
         
        Sorry, my moment of levity for the day – I do agree with what you’re saying but that just made me chuckle.

    • tracey 3.4

      Did Peters get found guilty of anything related to the reason key demanded day after day that the former Pm stand him down??

    • felix 3.5

      “Banks was doing something entirely legal as a private citizen, standing as a candidate for the Auckland mayoralty”

      Private citizen my arse, grump. He was the Mayor of Auckland City, running for the mayoralty of the new Auckland City.

  4. Carol 4

    And breaking news on NZH site: Yan found not guilty on all five charges.

    • It should be an interesting day watching Farrar and the slithery one trying to spin this …

      • Carol 4.1.1

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10808099

        Not a lot of detail on the not guilty decision.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6976992/Not-guilty-decision-in-Yong-Ming-Yan-Case

        Justice Brewer said none of the five charges was proven to an adequate standard.

        In court supporting Yan was former Labour MP Dover Samuels, who outside court told reporters there should be an apology. He added: “It was all a stitch-up by ministry officials and the SIS [Security Intelligence Service]”.

        Why would such officials do a stitch up?

        • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1.1.1

          You havent had a run in with the bureaucracy. If they are thwarted they will try to get you some other way.

        • Jackal 4.1.1.2

          That’s a pretty serious accusation to make and I hope Dover isn’t just running his mouth off. It is plausible though, that they manufactured much of the information in the Fairfax article to paint Jones in a bad light is undeniable. Whether that extends into Immigration officials effectively misleading a court of law is something I hope the Auditor-General looks into.

      • Ant 4.1.2

        @micky: I’m thinking it will be the good old favorite of “some questions still need to be answered” without really saying what those questions are.

    • Deano 4.2

      that would seem to clear Jones.

      • tsmithfield 4.2.1

        It doesn’t do anything of the sort. The court case would have been on the basis of reasonable doubt, and related to the narrow issue of whether Yan had lied to immigration. Nothing to do with the character or the background of the guy that Jones was considering.

        This result should just shift the focus to that Labour guy Shane Te Pou, who’s brother worked in Shane Jones’s office.

        Revelations in court yesterday show the link goes further than just Jones, as Shane Phillips (also known as Shane Te Pou), a professional Labour Party fundraiser, had close links with Mr Yan, taking him on a trip to Hawke’s Bay which included a visit with then Labour Internal Affairs minister Rick Barker.

        His brother also worked in Shane Jones’ office.

        Te Pou had been paid 10k to help with the application.

        The fact that Yan believed he would get citizenship, against the strong contrary opinion of Immigration, and the fact that a number of politicians, mostly Labour, lobbied on his behalf is very smelly.

        • tsmithfield 4.2.1.1

          Sorry, the link for being paid 10k doesn’t seem to be showing.

          Here it is:

          http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/106322/businessman-'never-saw-citizenship-application

        • Bored 4.2.1.2

          Standing down wind from your own smokescreen TS? Probably why you did not mention the name Pansy Wong National.

          In case you have not quite caught on Shearer does not really have to give a fuck about whether Jones is guilty or not, he has done what Key should have done with Banks. No hiding that now, this ones a dead duck for the moment. All eyes back to Banks.

          • TheContrarian 4.2.1.2.1

            “he has done what Key should have done with Banks” Agreed.

             “Probably why you did not mention the name Pansy Wong National.” Because she had no power, merely spoke on Yan’s behalf.

            • Jackal 4.2.1.2.1.1

              Pansy Wong just happened to be travelling back and forward from China with other National MP’s so that her husband and business associates could conduct business on the taxpayer dollar… around the same time Yan said he was going to take members of parliament to China as well. Jones hasn’t been to China btw The Totalitarian. Didn’t you get the memo?

              • Pansy Wong – a Chinese mp going back to China with her Chinese business man husband?!!
                NO WAY!  MUST BE YAN!

                Hey, weren’t you the same guy yesterday that said:

                “Until we know the facts of the matter, all your speculation looks pretty stupid really!”

                • Jackal

                  So who exactly was Yan talking about then?

                  • Samuels, Wong, Jones and whomever else supported him.
                    But is their any evidence Yan actually took anyone, facilitated anyone going back to China at all? Nope – not one iota.

                    Like you said:
                    “Until we know the facts of the matter, all your speculation looks pretty stupid really!”  

                    • grumpy

                      To be fair, Chris Carter and Pansy Wong only asked for the matter to be looked into. Samuels advocated for a particular decision to be made – quite different. Just goes to show that this is not a matter of National v Labour, just one of corruption.

      • ianmac 4.2.2

        Yes Deano and as Eddie points out, the ball is in Key’s court especially since there is a police investigation on Banks. A good strategic move by Mr Shearer.
        And his opening of the Budget speech today after the reading of the Budget should be as good as the passionate one David gave in the House yesterday.

  5. Tom Gould 5

    Now the High Court has found the officials who implicated Jones to be incompetent and unreliable, Shane Jones can feel fully vindicated. I predict the A-G will find along similar lines. Nice if we could have the media subject to the same ‘independent scrutiny’ they demand everyone else be subject to? Nah, that would destroy the business model, and it make them actually work for a living like in the olden days.

    • Bored 5.1

      Seems to me that the media and the Court of Public Opinion is in charge of this whole fiasco. As Shearer said “guilty until proven innocent”. On that note Key won a Phyrric victory by keeping the media spotlight away from Banks.

      I was listening to Dimitri Orlovs podcast today and he made the statement that the public perception of media bias was kept manageably low through the media being allowed to attack their owners opinions on occasion to give the appearance of “independence and fairness”. The balance he noted was always temporary and on issues that did not really matter. I concur fully, our media is very slanted toward supporting this government.

    • higherstandard 5.2

      “Now the High Court has found the officials who implicated Jones to be incompetent and unreliable”

      Have you got a link for that ?

      • Deano 5.2.1

        they’ve just had their case rebuffed. Obviously, their evidence wasn’t believed.

  6. tsmithfield 6

    This case has nothing to do with the issue at hand with respect to Jones and links Yan had to the Labour party. The judge said as much himself:

    Justice Timothy Brewer said the case had nothing to do with political connections and commentary.

    His decision was based on the evidence in court about whether false declarations had been made on documents.

    He said he found that the Crown had not reached the level of proof of beyond reasonable doubt which the judge said was a very high standard.He said that on the evidence the most the Crown had achieved was a ‘high level of suspicion” and that fell short of the standard.

    So according to the judge, the case was only about whether declarations on documents were false or not, and that the Crown demonstrated there was grounds for a high level of suspicion with respect to Yan, but that the evidence didn’t overcome the threshold of reasonable doubt. So, as most here should know, a verdict of “not guilty” is not the same as “proven innocent.”

    Samuels seems to be absolutely besotted with Yan for some reason, despite still strong evidence that he seems to want to brush off glibly.

    • tracey 6.1

      The premise we operate under is a person is innocent until proven guilty. Mr Yan was not proven guilty, ergo he is to be regarded as innocent.

      Otherwise it’s just a case of picking and choosing which verdicts one likes.

  7. tracey 7

    Mr Samuels and Mr Peters were not found guilty of any crime but both were stood down, and Mr Key was happy that both were, vehemently opposing the idea that a leagl standard of behaviour is high enough for reps of the people. My how times have changed.

  8. DavidW 8

    if the SIS are involved, you might just see John Key supporting Shane Jones – now wouldn’t that make the shouters stop for a second or two and contemplate?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      It’s whaleoil so probably just more made up BS.

      • tsmithfield 9.1.1

        Maybe. But, according to him, he has seen it serious enough to take it straight to the police. So, I guess we will find out soon enough.

  9. Paw prick 10

    Yes higher princables!!
    Helen set the bar when she stood down Phillip field and Winston …………………oh wait……..oops.

    Don’t worry about a ban, I’ll show myself out

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government guarantees free vaccines for every New Zealander
    The Government has invested $1.4 billion in New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccination programme to ensure every New Zealander can receive a free vaccination, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Government has today confirmed for the first time the amount of money it has allocated over two years for vaccines and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    31 mins ago
  • Top Scholars from 2020 recognised at Parliament
    New Zealand’s highest scoring students have been recognised and presented with awards of excellence by the Prime Minister and Minister of Education today at Parliament.  Rohan Kumar from Hutt International Boys' School, and Yi Fan (George) Yang from Westlake Boys’ High School were today presented with the Prime Minister’s Award ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Speech to Contact Energy event at Parliament
    It’s great to be here to celebrate Contact Energy’s new 580 million dollar geothermal power station to be built on the Tauhara field near Taupō. I would like to congratulate Contact on this project, which will see a 152 megawatt power station operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Technical amendment to Medicines Act
    The Government is aware of a High Court decision today about processes to grant provisional consent to some approved medicines, and is making a technical amendment to modernise the law. The Court has said that while the Minister of Health can, under Section 23 of the Medicines Act, grant approval ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • COVID-19 fund benefits hundreds of thousands of learners
    More than 2,000 schools, kura and early learning services me ngā kōhanga reo have been funded to help more than 300,000 New Zealand children and young people affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. More than $30 million from the Urgent Response Fund has been allocated between ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Speech to the AI Summit
    Check against delivery. E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wā, tēnā koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, Tāmaki herenga waka, nei rā aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 milestone: 5000th vaccinator completes specialised training
    A significant COVID-19 workforce milestone has been reached, with the 5000th vaccinator completing specialised training to administer the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “A huge amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to boost numbers of trained vaccinators and this is a milestone worth celebrating,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Immigration Reset: Setting the scene
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you for being here tonight as I outline the government’s planning to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Australia New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting 2021
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit New Zealand for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting on 30 and 31 May. Prime Minister Morrison, accompanied by Mrs Morrison, will arrive in Queenstown on Sunday 30 May and talks will take place on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • International collaboration delivers new tools to help tackle agricultural emissions
    The Global Research on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), an alliance backed by New Zealand is delivering promising new technologies such as cow vaccines and probiotics to tackle agricultural emissions, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor said. Eleven research projects, funded and delivered under the alliance of 64 countries, have been recently ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Take your time and get home safe this Road Safety Week
    The Government is urging Kiwis to drive carefully and check their speed, Transport Minister Michael Wood said at the start of Road Safety Week.                 Michael Wood said despite the Government investing in safer roads, drivers still need to take care.     ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Budget boosts Carbon Neutral Government commitment
    Budget 2021 delivers $67.4 million to support the transition to a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 State Sector Decarbonisation Fund receives significant boost to support more schools, hospitals and other government organisations to replace coal boilers with clean alternatives Funding boost will also accelerate the Government’s ‘electric vehicles first’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Report shows progress on Homelessness Action Plan
    The Government has welcomed the release of the second progress report on the Homelessness Action Plan, showing that good progress is being made on every one of the immediate actions in the Plan. “Homelessness will not be solved overnight, but I am pleased to see that this plan is continuing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Arts and cultural festivals get funding boost
    One of New Zealand’s oldest cultural festivals and a brand new youth festival are amongst four events to win grants to help them grow, attract new audiences, and boost local economies.  Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has announced new support from an incubator fund launched last year to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt to rev up reductions in transport emissions
    The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to Net Zero by 2050, a Ministry of Transport report outlining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government recognises David McPhail’s contribution to New Zealand comedy and television
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni today pays tribute to David Alexander McPhail (11 April 1945 – 14 May 2021) – New Zealand comedian, actor, producer and writer. David McPhail ONZM QSM had a comedy career that spanned four decades, across both television and theatre.  “David’s contribution to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Support for drought-stressed regions fills a need
    An innovative iwi-led plan to help maintain water supply to a far North community battered by drought is set to get underway with support from the Government, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says.  “The impacts of climate change are not something that just our grandchildren will have to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • KiwiSaver default provider scheme improvements slash fees, boosts savings
    Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. The new default provider arrangements, which will take effect once the terms of the current providers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Industry leadership for our training system becomes reality
    Six new Workforce Development Councils formally established today will ensure people graduate with the right skills at the right time to address skill shortages, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. Every industry in New Zealand will be covered by one of the following Workforce Development Councils: •           Hanga-Aro-Rau – Manufacturing, Engineering ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Rotorua Emergency Housing update
    The Government has announced a suite of changes to emergency housing provision in Rotorua:  Government to directly contract motels for emergency accommodation Wrap around social support services for those in emergency accommodation to be provided Grouping of cohorts like families and tamariki in particular motels separate from other groups One-stop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further COVID-19 vaccine and economic support for the Pacific
    New Zealand will be providing protection against COVID-19 to at least 1.2 million people in the Pacific over the coming year $120 million in Official Development Assistance has been reprioritised to support Pacific economies in 2021 Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health and Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement on the escalation of violence in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Gaza
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today expressed Aotearoa New Zealand’s grave concern at the escalation of violence in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Gaza. “The growing death toll and the large numbers of casualties, including children, from Israeli airstrikes and Gazan rockets is unacceptable,” Nanaia Mahuta said “Senior officials met ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Trade Minister to travel to UK and EU to progress free trade agreements
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today he will travel to the United Kingdom and European Union next month to progress New Zealand’s respective free trade agreement negotiations. The decision to travel to Europe follows the agreement reached last week between Minister O’Connor and UK Secretary of State for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Business New Zealand
    Kia ora koutou katoa It’s great to be here today, at our now-regular event in anything-but-regular times. I last spoke to some of you in mid-March. That was an opportunity to reflect on an extraordinary 12 months, but also to reflect on how the future was shaping up. In what ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Te Hurihanganui growing with Nelson community celebration
    Nelson is the latest community to join the Te Hurihanganui kaupapa to drive change and address racism and bias in education, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Speaking at today’s community celebration, Kelvin Davis acknowledged the eight iwi in Te Tau Ihu for supporting and leading Te Hurihanganui in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Te Hurihanganui Nelson Community Celebration 
    Te Hurihanganui Nelson Community Celebration  Victory Community Centre, Nelson   “Racism exists – we feel little and bad”. Those were the unprompted words of one student during an interview for a report produced by the Children’s Commissioner in 2018. They were also the words I used when I announced the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Child wellbeing reports highlight need for ongoing action
    The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, while setting out the need for ongoing action.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Formal consultation starts on proposals for Hawera schools
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced a formal consultation for the future of schooling in Hawera. "Recent engagement shows there is a lot of support for change. The preferred options are for primary schools to be extended to year 7 and 8, or for a year 7-13 high school to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Government is progressing another recommendation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain by convening New Zealand’s first national hui on countering terrorism and violent extremism. He Whenua Taurikura, meaning ‘a land or country at peace’, will meet in Christchurch on 15 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Hundreds of new electric cars for state sector
    Total of 422 new electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the state sector $5.1 million for the Department of Conservation to buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure $1.1 million to help Kāinga Ora buy 40 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure 11,600 tonnes of carbon emissions saved over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Apartments give new life to former Trade Training hostel
    A building that once shaped the Māori trade training industry will now revitalise the local community of Ōtautahi and provide much needed housing for whānau Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The old Māori Trade Training hostel, Te Koti Te Rato, at Rehua Marae in Christchurch has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Opening of Te Kōti o Te Rato at Rehua Marae, Ōtautahi
    *Check with delivery* It is a great pleasure to be here with you all today. I acknowledge Ngāi Tūāhuriri and the trustees of Te Whatu Manawa Māoritanga o Rehua Trust Board. The opening of six new apartments on these grounds signifies more than an increase in much-needed housing for Ōtautahi. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major step to pay parity for early learning teachers
    Certificated teachers on the lowest pay in early education and care services will take another leap towards pay parity with their equivalents in kindergartens, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said in a pre-Budget announcement today. “Pay parity for education and care teachers is a manifesto commitment for Labour and is reflected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Wind Energy Conference
    Tēnā koutou katoa Tēnā koutou i runga i te kaupapa o te Rā No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa  Thank you Grenville for the introduction and thanks to the organisers, the New Zealand Wind Energy Association, for inviting me to speak this morning. I’m delighted that you ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium
    Speech to Through the Maze: On the road to health New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium Mōrena koutou katoa, Tēnei te mihi ki a koutou, Kua tae mai nei me ngā kete matauranga hauora, E whai hononga ai tatau katoa, Ka nui te mihi! Thank you for the opportunity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt to deliver lower card fees to business
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark has today announced the Government’s next steps to reduce merchant service fees, that banks charge businesses when customers use a credit or debit card to pay, which is estimated to save New Zealand businesses approximately $74 million each year. “Pre COVID, EFTPOS has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government support boosts Arts and Culture sector
    Government support for the cultural sector to help it recover from the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in more cultural sector jobs predicted through to 2026, and the sector performing better than forecast. The latest forecast by economic consultancy ‘Infometrics’ reflects the impact of Government investment in keeping people in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt takes further action against gang crime
    The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their families safe, Police Minister Poto Williams and Justice Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Thousands of MIQ spaces allocated to secure economic recovery
    Five hundred spaces per fortnight will be allocated in managed isolation facilities over the next 10 months, many for skilled and critical workers to support our economic recovery, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor say. “The Trans-Tasman bubble has freed up more rooms, allowing us to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Sign Language Week a chance to recognise national taonga
    This week (10 – 16 May 2021) is New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL), a nationwide celebration of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand. “We’re recognised as a world leader for our commitment to maintaining and furthering the use of our sign language,” says Minister for Disability Issues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago