Banks let down by the Crown (but not the judiciary)

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, May 21st, 2015 - 41 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, Ethics, law, uncategorized - Tags:

John Banks, like other citizens is entitled to due process. We have some underlying concepts within our legal system. These include:

  1. Innocent until proven guilty
  2. The right to not have to give evidence in your own defence (without fear or favour)
  3. The right to expect the lawyers will abide by their Professional Code of Ethics and the Laws of Evidence and procedure

As a former practicing lawyer I am appalled at the behaviour of the taxpayer funded crown prosecution service withholding documents from the Court. I am pleased to see that the Attorney General considers this worthy of further investigation.

In the wake of former MP John Banks’ acquittal on Tuesday, Attorney-General Chris Finlayson says he will look into details surrounding the case.

Finlayson said on Wednesday that he would look further into a memorandum the Crown didn’t disclose to the Court of Appeal and ” the facts surrounding it”.

He said as the Attorney-General he would not get involved in criminal proceedings but he was responsible for ensuring the Crown Law office had a good reputation.

Judges rely not just on the evidence in the form of documents and witnesses to determine a case but the integrity of the lawyers involved in the case. They are there to serve the Court as well as their clients.

95 Code of professional conduct and client care
  • The New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Society of Conveyancers, in exercising the powers conferred by section 94(e), must each have rules that include or provide for a code of professional conduct and client care, which will be a reference point for discipline and which will focus on, but need not be limited to,—

    • (a) in the case of lawyers, the duties of lawyers as officers of the High Court and the duties of lawyers to their clients:

    • (b) in the case of conveyancing practitioners, the duties of conveyancing practitioners to their clients:

    • (c) in the case of both lawyers and conveyancing practitioners, the duties imposed on them by their fundamental obligation to be independent in providing regulated services to their clients.


Further, their obligations are set out in the Schedule to the Regulations and include:

the rules are based on the fundamental obligations of lawyers set out in section 4 of the Act, namely—

  • to uphold the rule of law and to facilitate the administration of justice in New Zealand :

  • to be independent in providing regulated services to clients:

  • to act in accordance with all fiduciary duties and duties of care owed by lawyers to their clients:

  • to protect, subject to overriding duties as officers of the High Court and to duties under any enactment, the interests of clients.

The rules are not an exhaustive statement of the conduct expected of lawyers. They set the minimum standards that lawyers must observe and are a reference point for discipline. (emphasis added)

First and foremost a Lawyer’s duty is to the Court. Their second duty, to their client, is subject to their duty to the Court. This is outlined in Chapter 13 of the schedule link to above.

13 The overriding duty of a lawyer acting in litigation is to the court concerned. Subject to this, the lawyer has a duty to act in the best interests of his or her client without regard for the personal interests of the lawyer.

Duty of fidelity to court
  • 13.1  A lawyer has an absolute duty of honesty to the court and must not mislead or deceive the court.

John Banks, in my opinion is either a dishonest man or one intellectually incapable to fulfil many of the roles he has undertaken (from being a Minister of Police to an Executive Chair of Hujlich Financial Services to not reading a statutory declaration of donations – a legal requirement).  It scares me that he may truly believe that there is nothing wrong with making a declaration without reading the contents, and taking fees from shareholders to be an Executive Chairman, but not understanding or reading the company finances. Despite all of that he is entitled to have a fair hearing, in front of a competent and well informed judiciary. The process has worked insofar as eventually it has been revealed that information was withheld from the court. Kim DotCom did not withhold this information from the Court

I am not surprised that he has turned his attention/anger to Kim DotCom and the Solicitor General. The former is misdirected and the later a tad ironic. Next he will be saying the OIA isn’t rigorous enough.

I support any decision he makes to lay a complaint with the NZ Law Society against the taxpayer funded prosecutor/s who made the decision to breach their obligation to the Court and to hold the AG’s feet to the fire regarding a rigorous investigation of the withholding of the memorandum. I do so because it helps ensure the judiciary can function (which is also crucial in holding the Executive to account) and in weeding out lawyers who act solely in the interests of themselves and their clients without regard to their overriding obligation to the Courts.



41 comments on “Banks let down by the Crown (but not the judiciary) ”

  1. yabby 1

    Thank you Tracey for this.

    • aerobubble 1.1

      Does double jeopardy now apply, or can it go back to a private prosecution?
      Should we trust the Crown to take over private prosecutions in highly politicized cases, should the lawyer discover his own arse allegedly.

  2. Puckish Rogue 2

    This is why you’re one of the few people on here I take seriously

  3. Enough is Enough 3

    Brilliant fair and reasoned post.

    Well done Tracey

  4. Colonial Rawshark 4

    +1 Tracey

  5. dukeofurl 5

    You have to laugh at the idea the prosecutors are servants of the court and have a duty not to mislead.


    Of course the prosecution acts in the name of the Queen as well.

    That too is a big joke.

    Tracey you must live in a fantasy world if you really really think all this mumbo jumbo is true.

    Remember the Supreme court judge who had to be practically dragged from the bench because he didnt stand aside when he should have.

    Ordinary lawyers are notoriously venal, and dont get be going about prosecutors

    • left for deadshark 5.1

      Please expanded.

    • Tracey 5.2

      It’s “true”. It may not be enforced, but it is true, hence my emphasis on enforcement.

      • dukeofurl 5.2.1

        Funny how the C Of A was all concerned about a minor breach in the Banks case but in the Red Devils motorcycle case about 10 years ago didnt worry about faked prosecution, planted evidence, forged signature of registrar.

        Didnt seem to be enough prosecutional misconduct in that case even though it was thrown out by District and High court judges previously.

        Normally the CoA lets it go when the misconduct is ancillary to the original charges.

        The dates of a lunch were only one part of the evidence, there was evidence Banks called Dotcom to thank him for his donation etc. The lunch wasnt the be all for the conviction. Every one accepts Banks went to lunch with Dotcom ( to ask for money)

  6. Gareth 6

    John Banks broke the law. That much is not in dispute.
    He either did it unwittingly, in which case he’s stupid, or he did it knowingly, in which case he’s a criminal.
    He knew SkyCity was donating to his campaign, but he signed a document that declared the donation was anonymous.
    The Crown has failed to prove that he knew the donations were being recorded as anonymous.
    Personally, I believe John Banks is a smart guy, and since regardless of whatever DotCom has said, John Bank’s campaign did bank two cheques from DotCom for the same amount, dated the same day, it seems beyond belief that he would do that off his own bat unless John Banks asked him to.
    All John Banks had to do was check the donations document and record those donations truthfully and none of this would have happened.

    • dukeofurl 6.1

      Up to that point anonymous donations were a little game played by all politicians.

      They thought it was all about whether the donor wanted his name published, most didnt, so they would put it down as ‘anomymous” as in dont let the public know.

      Banks initially tried to use a legal principle that makes executives who sign documents in a casual way not responsible for any errors . his team tried to distance him from filling in the form and they claimed he just signed it as a matter of course.

      That didnt work out for him, but the Sky City cheque he walked out the door in his pocket had to be returned because it was in his own name rather than Team Banksy,

      So he got away on the technicalities on that one and so looked hard on other minor descrepancies with Dotcoms evidence

    • Clemgeopin 6.2

      “He either did it unwittingly, in which case he’s stupid, or he did it knowingly, in which case he’s a criminal”

      I think the major injustice here is that John Banks has been let off without any consequences for his possible misdeeds. That hasn’t been disproved!

      The courts could have criticised/censured the SG if any, but allowed a retrial nevertheless to test the voracity and truth of the so called new evidence from some two unknown/elusive Americans. Who are they? Are they reliable witnesses? Did they have a beef with KDC for some reason? Did they receive any money/gifts from Banks team or his wife for producing that new affidavit? Was there some misunderstanding/brain fades from any one involved in the case about the dates of the donation requests etc. There are too many unanswered, non cross-examined legitimate questions. For those reasons I think a retrial decision would have been more appropriate and the justice served better.

      As for Banks being stupid or Criminal, he certainly is not stupid, unless he ‘just came up the river on a cabbage boat recently’.

      • tracey 6.2.1

        He did have to resign as an MP sucking on the public teat?

        • leftie

          So? Do you think that is enough punishment? The nature of his crimes didn’t change, he shouldn’t have got off. He should have faced a retrial, where it was more than likely he would have still been convicted for a second time.

          • tracey

            Did I say that? I was merely pointing out he had not suffered no consequence as suggested by Clem.

            On what basis do you think he would have been convicted a second time.

      • leftie 6.2.2



  7. Stuart Munro 7

    Self-inflicted, no pity.

    • Tracey 7.1

      I am not suggesting you or I feel pity for him. I consider he is failing to accept that HE has played a part on the “hell” and “torture” he claims his family has endured. That would require him accepting personal responsibility for his own actions in this (not bothering to read something before declaring it was a true and correct reflection of the donations) and his part in his family’s suffering. had he done that I might feel some pity for him but he is oblivious to anything but the myth he has built in his own mind that he is Honest John.

      • Chris 7.1.1

        Given the original reasons the CA gave for overturning the conviction, do you think the result of a retrial would have been different (but for the recent acquittal, of course)?

        • tracey

          I’m not sure I understand your question Chris?

          Do you accept that he made a Declaration that the information in the donations form he was signing was true and correct to the best of his knowledge?

          • Chris

            A retrial was initially ordered because the CA regarded affidavit evidence that was ruled inadmissible at the first trial was admissible and that it had the potential to change the outcome. We don’t know for sure what the outcome would have been, of course, but that is why the CA ordered the retrial.

            I’m not questioning the significance of what’s since happened that has resulted in the CA issuing the acquittal following the recall application. I guess all I’m asking is whether you think the result of the retrial, had it gone ahead, would have been different, whether because of the inclusion of the further evidence or any other reason.

            • tracey

              Ah, thanks I understand the question. I will have to ponder but my thinking is that the C of A may have quashed the retrial as an admonishment to the Crown for its breach of ethics and obligations under the Practitioners Act, rather than on the basis that a new trial would have aquitted Banks.

              • Chris

                Yes, precisely, it did, which for me leaves the question over Banks’ guilt unanswered. I’m not belittling the significance of the Crown’s behaviour, but Banks was so quick to start prancing about as if he was cleared of any wrongdoing, which isn’t the case. I think this is lost on many, especially the way it comes across in the media. Fair enough, there’s now no retrial and Banks is free do what he likes, including stand for mayor. But the same doubt left following the CA’s initial decision to overturn the conviction and order a retrial is in fact still there.

                • tracey

                  I agree. BUT rest assured, Banks has suffered and feels damaged otherwise he wouldn’t have gone on his two-day circuit to change the facts.

  8. dukeofurl 8

    Lets look at another case of prosecutor misconduct that was thrown out by the High Court. back in 2002.

    “The Court of Appeal has unanimously overturned a stay of criminal charges laid against 20 associates of the Red Devils motorcycle club,
    ordered after revelations of police misconduct during an investigation.”

    So what was this misconduct, did someone leave a document in their briefcase ?
    Oh no, it involve faked charges and deceiving the court, forging signatures, the lot.

    “Undercover cop Michael Wiremu Wilson had infiltrated the Red Devils.
    To strengthen his credibility in the gang, police arranged for a fake search warrant of hislock­up in which they had placed apparently stolen equipment and drug paraphernalia.Police forged an illegible signature of a court deputy registrar, and arrested Wilson. Wilson appeared on several occasions before judges, who all believed they were dealingwith a genuine case.
    Soon after Operation Explorer ended, police sought to have Wilson’s charges withdrawn.

    So the Crown appealed the High court stay to the court of Appeal. Its interesting that the fakery involved Inspector Grant Wormald who was behind the raid on Kim Dotcom and the illegal actions there.

    The Court of Appeal didnt seem to find this a problem when he it wasnt a rich and powerful person, Red Devil motorcycle gang members arent entitled to the same judicial system as John Archibald Banks

    Im trying to find a link to the Court of Appeal decision but their website doesnt seem to give more than a months worth of decsions

    • tracey 8.1

      “prosecutor misconduct”

      police misconduct. Nothing you wrote points to a lawyer’s misconduct?

      • dukeofurl 8.1.1

        The police acted as prosecutors then and still do to this day.

        The falsity of their prosecution is breathtaking yet it was all batted away by the CoA

        The extra detail showed Detective Superintendent Drew even made up a false procedure in order to mislead the High Court judge . However its clear the ‘Crown’ forced him into this backtrack to provide the original procedure.

        Interesting that they considered a ‘stay of prosecution can not be used for disciplinary purposes’ [55]

        Yet the the Banks case the Court did exactly this, the procedures were different but the Crown was punished ‘because they misled the court’

      • dukeofurl 8.2.1

        The court said that case :

        However, when balanced against the weak causal link between the
        misconduct and the trial and the public interest in having serious criminal charges
        determined on their merits, we have concluded that it would not be an abuse of
        process for the trial to go ahead [118]

        One rule for Banks another rule for motorcycle gang members.

        Im not a lawyer but it was funny to see Appeal Court trawl through practically every other commonwealth court including Jamaica to find reasoning to support their decision but in the end it came down to let a trial take place- but now its not.

  9. Penny Bright 9

    Yes – I agree that the Crown should follow lawful due process – and there should be consequences if they do not.

    However – I believe that it would be a greater ‘miscarriage of justice’ for there not to be a retrial.

    I look forward to the transcript of the Police interview of John Banks being made available for public scrutiny, and for the Solicitor-General to appeal this Court of Appeal decision.

    If John Banks knew the identity of Kim Dotcom as a donor – he should not have signed off those 2 x $25,000 cheques as ‘anonymous’.

    John Banks should not have delegated the responsibility of compiling his ‘candidate’s returns’ to his Treasurer, who was not present at all meetings where donations were discussed or solicited.

    Let’s not get back to the scenario where those at the highest level of political power and authority are some type of ‘protected species’ to whom the rule of law does not equally apply?

    Penny Bright

  10. Nick K 10

    I am not surprised that he has turned his attention/anger to Kim DotCom and the Solicitor General. The former is misdirected and the later a tad ironic.

    You must have missed the part where KDC was caught lying about the date of the so-called lunch, or where he changed his story (after the Americans were located) to say there were two lunches.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1

      You must have missed the part when the Court of Appeal, in it’s judgement, let him off on a technicality, and the part where he signed a false election return, and the part where he admitted discussing donations with KDC.

      And the part where he didn’t get prosecuted for falsely reporting the Sky City donations because the time limit expired.

      • dukeofurl 10.1.1

        Thats a bit incorrect , the Sky City cheque that Banks walked out the door with in his pocket after asking for the money, had to be returned and re written with the name Team Banksy.
        This change led to the possibility that Banks didnt know that the final cheque was the same as the first cheque. ( Banks claimed he put the envelope in his pocket and didnt look at it- but he was never in the witness box to be tested on this)

        The time limit applied to both KDC and Skycity so was a different charge.

        The Skycity cheque was the one that started the ball rolling as Trevor Mallard complained to police when they put the donation in their annual report, and it wasnt on Banks declaration.

        Kim Dotcom only piped up after all the publicity because of Mallards move

      • Nick K 10.1.2

        And the part where he didn’t get prosecuted for falsely reporting the Sky City donations because the time limit expired.

        Wrong, again. That formed part of the charge and Justice Wylie found he was not guilty of that.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          …lets also not forget why all this happened. John Banks filed a false return of election donations for the 2010 Auckland mayoral election. If he hadn’t – if he’d just taken the time to read the papers being submitted under his signature – then things would have been quite different.

          I’m happy to let Professor Geddis have the last word.

          No, wait, I just want to add that John Banks is criminal hatemonger trash.

  11. Nick K 11

    Penny, Kim Dotcom didn’t give John Banks a cent.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1

      That’s right: KDC gave him two cheques for $25,000 each, and Banks signed a false election return that described them as “anonymous”, then lied to the media about it, then gave a completely different account of himself in court.

  12. Penny Bright 12

    Let us be reminded of what ‘honest’ John Banks said to the Police when they interviewed him.

    Looking forward to the transcript being made publicly available & can’t quite understand why it isn’t already, given it was played in Court?

    The ‘legal food chain’ is not yet exhausted.

    Proceedings do not stop at the Court of Appeal – there is still the Supreme Court…

    • dukeofurl 12.1

      Penny, a possible appeal grounds could be the CoA has withdrawn the retrial and ordered an aquittal because they “punished Crown law” for their mistake in ‘hiding’ the changed evidence.

      Its a big no no, as the Court has said on previous occasions, to use it powers to punish an error in procedure.

      Its clear this is the reason as they were in high dudgeon over the error

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand’s minerals future
    Introduction Today, we are sharing a red-letter occasion. A Blackball event on hallowed ground. Today  we underscore the importance of our mineral estate. A reminder that our natural resource sector has much to offer.  Such a contribution will not come to pass without investment.  However, more than money is needed. ...
    9 hours ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
    Increasing national and regional prosperity, providing the minerals needed for new technology and the clean energy transition, and doubling the value of minerals exports are the bold aims of the Government’s vision for the minerals sector. Resources Minister Shane Jones today launched a draft strategy for the minerals sector in ...
    9 hours ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
    The coalition Government’s legislation to restore the rights of communities to determine whether to introduce Māori wards has passed its first reading in Parliament, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Divisive changes introduced by the previous government denied local communities the ability to determine whether to establish Māori wards.” The ...
    12 hours ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
    The coalition Government has today introduced legislation to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling some of New Zealand’s key sectors, including farming, mining and other primary industries. RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop says the Government is committed to  unlocking development and investment while ensuring the environment is ...
    13 hours ago
  • Speech to Employers and Manufacturers Association: Relief for today, hope for tomorrow
    Kia ora, Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou kātoa Tāmaki Herenga Waka, Tāmaki Herenga tangata Ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrākei me nga iwi kātoa kua tae mai. Mauriora. Greetings everyone. Thank you to the EMA for hosting this event. Let me acknowledge ...
    14 hours ago
  • Government invests in 1,500 more social homes
    The coalition Government is investing in social housing for New Zealanders who are most in need of a warm dry home, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. Budget 2024 will allocate $140 million in new funding for 1,500 new social housing places to be provided by Community Housing Providers (CHPs), not ...
    2 days ago
  • $24 million boost for Gumboot Friday
    Thousands more young New Zealanders will have better access to mental health services as the Government delivers on its commitment to fund the Gumboot Friday initiative, says Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Budget 2024 will provide $24 million over four years to contract the ...
    2 days ago
  • Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passes first reading
    The Coalition Government’s Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which will improve tenancy laws and help increase the supply of rental properties, has passed its first reading in Parliament says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The Bill proposes much-needed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 that will remove barriers to increasing private ...
    2 days ago
  • Montecassino Commemorative Address, Cassino War Cemetery
    Standing here in Cassino War Cemetery, among the graves looking up at the beautiful Abbey of Montecassino, it is hard to imagine the utter devastation left behind by the battles which ended here in May 1944. Hundreds of thousands of shells and bombs of every description left nothing but piled ...
    2 days ago
  • First Reading – Repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
    I present a legislative statement on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill Mr. Speaker, I move that the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the Bill. Thank you, Mr. ...
    2 days ago
  • First reading of 7AA’s repeal: progress for children
    The Bill to repeal Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act has had its first reading in Parliament today. The Bill reaffirms the Coalition Government’s commitment to the care and safety of children in care, says Minister for Children Karen Chhour.  “When I became the Minister for Children, I made ...
    2 days ago
  • China Business Summit 2024
    Kia ora koutou, good morning, and zao shang hao. Thank you Fran for the opportunity to speak at the 2024 China Business Summit – it’s great to be here today. I’d also like to acknowledge: Simon Bridges - CEO of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. His Excellency Ambassador - Wang ...
    2 days ago
  • Assisted depatures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.    “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing ...
    3 days ago
  • Assisted departures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.  “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing them ...
    3 days ago
  • Government to rollout roadside drug testing
    The Coalition Government will introduce legislation this year that will enable roadside drug testing as part of our commitment to improve road safety and restore law and order, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Alcohol and drugs are the number one contributing factor in fatal road crashes in New Zealand. In ...
    3 days ago
  • Minister responds to review of Kāinga Ora
    The Government has announced a series of immediate actions in response to the independent review of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “Kāinga Ora is a large and important Crown entity, with assets of $45 billion and over $2.5 billion of expenditure each year. It ...
    3 days ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour is pleased that Pseudoephedrine can now be purchased by the general public to protect them from winter illness, after the coalition government worked swiftly to change the law and oversaw a fast approval process by Medsafe. “Pharmacies are now putting the medicines back on their ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand-China Business Summit
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Da jia hao.  Good morning everyone.   Prime Minister Luxon, your excellency, a great friend of New Zealand and my friend Ambassador Wang, Mayor of what he tells me is the best city in New Zealand, Wayne Brown, the highly respected Fran O’Sullivan, Champion of the Auckland business ...
    4 days ago
  • New measures to protect powerlines from trees
    Energy Minister Simeon Brown has announced that the Government will make it easier for lines firms to take action to remove vegetation from obstructing local powerlines. The change will ensure greater security of electricity supply in local communities, particularly during severe weather events.  “Trees or parts of trees falling on ...
    6 days ago
  • Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani win top Māori dairy farming award
    Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani were the top winners at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy awards recognising the best in Māori dairy farming. Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka announced the winners and congratulated runners-up, Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, at an awards celebration also attended by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Finance Minister ...
    6 days ago
  • DJ Fred Again – Assurance report received
    "On the 27th of March, I sought assurances from the Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs, that the Department’s correct processes and policies had been followed in regards to a passport application which received media attention,” says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “I raised my concerns after being ...
    6 days ago
  • District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins has announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges, to replace Judges who have recently retired. Peter James Davey of Auckland has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based at Whangarei. Mr Davey initially started work as a law clerk/solicitor with ...
    7 days ago
  • Unions should put learning ahead of ideology
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour is calling on the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) to put ideology to the side and focus on students’ learning, in reaction to the union holding paid teacher meetings across New Zealand about charter schools.     “The PPTA is disrupting schools up and down the ...
    7 days ago
  • Craig Stobo appointed as chair of FMA
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly today announced the appointment of Craig Stobo as the new chair of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). Mr Stobo takes over from Mark Todd, whose term expired at the end of April. Mr Stobo’s appointment is for a five-year term. “The FMA plays ...
    7 days ago
  • Budget 2024 invests in lifeguards and coastguard
    Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Coastguard New Zealand will continue to be able to keep people safe in, on, and around the water following a funding boost of $63.644 million over four years, Transport Minister Simeon Brown and Associate Transport Minister Matt Doocey say. “Heading to the beach for ...
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand and Tuvalu reaffirm close relationship
    New Zealand and Tuvalu have reaffirmed their close relationship, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says.  “New Zealand is committed to working with Tuvalu on a shared vision of resilience, prosperity and security, in close concert with Australia,” says Mr Peters, who last visited Tuvalu in 2019.  “It is my pleasure ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand calls for calm, constructive dialogue in New Caledonia
    New Zealand is gravely concerned about the situation in New Caledonia, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.  “The escalating situation and violent protests in Nouméa are of serious concern across the Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.  “The immediate priority must be for all sides to take steps to de-escalate the ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand welcomes Samoa Head of State
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met today with Samoa’s O le Ao o le Malo, Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, who is making a State Visit to New Zealand. “His Highness and I reflected on our two countries’ extensive community links, with Samoan–New Zealanders contributing to all areas of our national ...
    1 week ago
  • Island Direct eligible for SuperGold Card funding
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has announced that he has approved Waiheke Island ferry operator Island Direct to be eligible for SuperGold Card funding, paving the way for a commercial agreement to bring the operator into the scheme. “Island Direct started operating in November 2023, offering an additional option for people ...
    1 week ago
  • Further sanctions against Russia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further sanctions on 28 individuals and 14 entities providing military and strategic support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  “Russia is directly supported by its military-industrial complex in its illegal aggression against Ukraine, attacking its sovereignty and territorial integrity. New Zealand condemns all entities and ...
    1 week ago
  • One year on from Loafers Lodge
    A year on from the tragedy at Loafers Lodge, the Government is working hard to improve building fire safety, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “I want to share my sincere condolences with the families and friends of the victims on the anniversary of the tragic fire at Loafers ...
    1 week ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Auckland Business Chamber
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for having me here in the lead up to my Government’s first Budget. Before I get started can I acknowledge: Simon Bridges – Auckland Business Chamber CEO. Steve Jurkovich – Kiwibank CEO. Kids born ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Vanuatu to deepen collaboration
    New Zealand and Vanuatu will enhance collaboration on issues of mutual interest, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “It is important to return to Port Vila this week with a broad, high-level political delegation which demonstrates our deep commitment to New Zealand’s relationship with Vanuatu,” Mr Peters says.    “This ...
    1 week ago
  • Penk travels to Peru for trade meetings
    Minister for Land Information, Chris Penk will travel to Peru this week to represent New Zealand at a meeting of trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific region on behalf of Trade Minister Todd McClay. The annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting will be held on 17-18 May ...
    1 week ago
  • Minister attends global education conferences
    Minister of Education Erica Stanford will head to the United Kingdom this week to participate in the 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) and the 2024 Education World Forum (EWF). “I am looking forward to sharing this Government’s education priorities, such as introducing a knowledge-rich curriculum, implementing an evidence-based ...
    1 week ago
  • Education Minister thanks outgoing NZQA Chair
    Minister of Education Erica Stanford has today thanked outgoing New Zealand Qualifications Authority Chair, Hon Tracey Martin. “Tracey Martin tendered her resignation late last month in order to take up a new role,” Ms Stanford says. Ms Martin will relinquish the role of Chair on 10 May and current Deputy ...
    1 week ago
  • Joint statement of Christopher Luxon and Emmanuel Macron: Launch of the Christchurch Call Foundation
    New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and President Emmanuel Macron of France today announced a new non-governmental organisation, the Christchurch Call Foundation, to coordinate the Christchurch Call’s work to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.   This change gives effect to the outcomes of the November 2023 Call Leaders’ Summit, ...
    1 week ago
  • Panel announced for review into disability services
    Distinguished public servant and former diplomat Sir Maarten Wevers will lead the independent review into the disability support services administered by the Ministry of Disabled People – Whaikaha. The review was announced by Disability Issues Minister Louise Upston a fortnight ago to examine what could be done to strengthen the ...
    1 week ago
  • Minister welcomes Police gang unit
    Today’s announcement by Police Commissioner Andrew Coster of a National Gang Unit and district Gang Disruption Units will help deliver on the coalition Government’s pledge to restore law and order and crack down on criminal gangs, Police Minister Mark Mitchell says. “The National Gang Unit and Gang Disruption Units will ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand expresses regret at North Korea’s aggressive rhetoric
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today expressed regret at North Korea’s aggressive rhetoric towards New Zealand and its international partners.  “New Zealand proudly stands with the international community in upholding the rules-based order through its monitoring and surveillance deployments, which it has been regularly doing alongside partners since 2018,” Mr ...
    1 week ago

Page generated in The Standard by Wordpress at 2024-05-23T16:25:53+00:00