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Whose interests are the Nats working for?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, April 22nd, 2013 - 82 comments
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If Labour and the Greens were talking about nationalising the dairies or taking over the factories, I could understand their cries of ‘protect property rights’ but, actually, Labour and the Greens aren’t nationalising anything, they’re just changing the system that National invented in the 1990s. And the companies that will lose profits are government creations.

Now, take a gander at the current ownership of the electricity companies and what it would look like post-asset sales (assuming National’s projection of 33% to foreign institutions, 33% to local institutions, and 33% to ‘mum and dad’)

Current ownership:

current ownership of the electricity gentailers

Two-thirds of the companies are currently government-owned, a further 15%+ is foreign-owned. Only 1% is owned by small ‘mum and dad’ retail investors.

Post asset sales projected ownership:

post asset sales ownership of the electricity gentailers

If the asset sales go the way National expects, the gentailers will still 35%+ government-owned, with foreign ownership making up a further 25%. Only 10% will be owned by ‘mum and dad’.

So, why are National and the Right pitching a fit at the prospect of the Crown and foreign institutions losing superprofits when that’s the price of households and businesses getting lower power prices? Real businesses are looking forward to paying less for power but National says ‘stuff them, we’re looking out for the Crown’s stealth tax and Origin Energy’s profits’.

It’s mad. Well, it would be mad if the Right actually believed in helping business. If the Right was about helping business it would be against all rent-seeking in the non-tradable sector, whether it’s the Crown and Origin exploiting the electricity market for super-profits or ‘investors’ riding the housing and rural property markets for tax-free capital gains, because this rent-seeking is vampirism that sucks the life out of the economy, increases our foreign debt, drives up our exchange rates, kills jobs.

But National’s not against these things, are they? No. Because they don’t stand for a more efficient, wealthier economy. They stand for protecting the interests of the elite, protecting the status quo, no matter how stuffed the status quo might be, no matter how much it hurts businesses and Kiwi families.

Update: Now, the Right’s line is becoming ‘first they came for the electricity companies’ superprofits…’ and insinuating that next Labour and the Greens will nationalise the foreign-owned supermarket duopoly. (Because sorting out that broken market would be so awful). Of course, it means no such thing. The electricity market needs fixing. Families and businesses oughtn’t be paying superprofits to the Crown and foreign investors. NZ Power will deliver that. And the market and the Right know it. That’s why they’re trying to scare up the ‘threat’ that other broken markets will be fixed.

82 comments on “Whose interests are the Nats working for?”

  1. One Anonymous Knucklehead 1

    “…other broken markets will be fixed…”

    A knucklehead can dream…

  2. Paul 2

    I think a pledge to break the supermarkets’ duopoly would be very popular.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Exactly. And this is the line:

      “Labour/Greens would support a referendum which asks if NZ’s supermarket duopoly needs to be restructured to provide consumers, suppliers and employees a better deal”

      • Jim Nald 2.1.1

        That, or by building in greater competition (to benefit the consumer citizen, not the richest NZers or foreigners) as per the suggestion below.

        Basic, common household consumables can be purchased more affordably from a government-initiated nationwide cooperative … and higher-end, specialist, imported or luxury foods and products can be the preserve of the duopolies.

        This makes it more competitive in NZ and enriches the ‘market’ options for consumers.

        Still well within the existing paradigm, quite neo-liberal and nothing radical or socialist haw haw.

        😉

        • ghostrider888 2.1.1.1

          groovy Jim

        • Foreign Waka 2.1.1.2

          Bit too much control of basics by the government. Looks like Russia to me before Glasnost and Perestroika. I used to live in Europe and we had a good lough about the buying power of the Russian Government. One week you could get Toilet paper, but the rest of the shelves were empty. The next week it was soap, cheep stuff – the kind that was used to hand wash laundry. Week after that it was fish in tins, etc… I really doubt that anyone likes to have this happening. However, all that is needed is approval to let competition settle. Aldi, and international chain is already in Australia. The same principle could apply in the furniture sector. Ikea comes to mind. Wonder why they have not settled here, hmmm……. It is from my perspective a perverse twist of corporate using Stalinist strategy that is being strongly advocated by vested interest.

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.2.1

            FW sorry you got it wrong, the govt sponsored groceries co-op would simply be another player in the space. You want increased competition, here it is.

            PS if a government can keep troops at the front line supplied daily with toilet paper, bullets and meals, I’m sure they’ll do ok.

            • Foreign Waka 2.1.1.2.1.1

              CV – all I am saying is that I have seen the actual living model of a governmental agency running distribution of the basics to the folks (not military, they got meat!) What I have written is not a joke, it is based on FACTS. Humans will be the same and greed is not a prerogative of the wealthy, belief you me.
              Competition is still a functioning tool to control prices spiraling out of control. Don’t forget, the “free” (yeah right) market will price what the market can bear. Perhaps even until it breaks. By then there is mayhem and another lot makes bundles of money. I could go on about this but being a European makes me very weary of too much government.

              • Colonial Viper

                Sorry FW I don’t accept the idea for one second that the public sector cannot run an effective and efficient logistics and supply operation.

                What I have written is not a joke, it is based on FACTS

                No one is talking about replicating 1980’s Soviet Style Bureaucracy in the southern seas.

                • Foreign Waka

                  I accept your views but disagree with the idea of a public sector running a business of food supply. It does not appeal to me at all, sorry.

    • Jim Nald 2.2

      Bloody good idea!!!

      Singapore has a chain of supermarkets that provides affordable prices for basic vegetables and fruit, cleaning items and other common household items.

      The supermarket chain is called NTUC. Guess what that stands for?

      http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/FerretAbtUsView?langId=-1&storeId=90001&catalogId=10051&Corporate=Y

      And all that coming from a socialist, oops, capitalist market like Singapore .. haahhh.

      For us, establishing a key supermarket chain throughout NZ (NZ Supermarket? Kiwi Supermarket?) with primarily or largely locally-sourced vegetables, fruit and common household items that are at fair, affordable cheaper prices would be great. There may not be a totally blank slate to start from as a number of existing locally owned cooperatives can be joined up to kickstart such a nationwide supermarket coalition.

      This policy proposal, which still fits within the competitive free-market model, can be strategically used to embrace, or in some way adapt in some way, Labour’s policy on GST-free fruit and vegetables.

      Come on, Greens, Winston and Mana, come on board and you know you can all do this!

      • Ad 2.2.1

        Why do we need to go there with supermarket regulation and buy into their Dancing Cossacks mythology? In any given weekend there is a farmers market in your town or neighbourhood. You don’t have to pay GST, cash is king, bargaining is fine if you feel inclined, organic is quite possible. It supports local growers, decreases duopolistic power, and its a whole lot more fun than the malled mechanised shopping experience. Unless you’re really that into flourescent lighting, rude trolley driving, and Val Doonican and the Mancini Strings over and over again.

        • karol 2.2.1.1

          No farmers market near New Lynn, Auckland as far as I’m aware. I have only come across them in rural or urban fringe areas.

          • Ad 2.2.1.1.1

            Your best ones are Avondale market, Titirangi, Blockhouse Bay.

            • karol 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Thanks. Yes, Avondale is close to New Lynn – and Titirangi and Blockhouse Bay – I’ll try to swing by one of them on a weekend when I’m not working.

              As I work most weekends, I tend to miss a lot of such things.

          • chris 2.2.1.1.2

            Is Avondale not close to New Lynn anymore?

          • Ad 2.2.1.1.3

            If you want to payer significantly for higher quality, I would also recommend the Grey Lynn one. But get there before 10.30am as it sells out.

          • infused 2.2.1.1.4

            They are everywhere in the lower north island.

        • ghostrider888 2.2.1.2

          Ad -Supermarkets provide a one-stop-shop regarding commuting concerns

          • karol 2.2.1.2.1

            Yes, that’s another problem. I try to walk and use public transport as much as possible.

            However, I have started growing some of my own veges – still got my L Plates on, and have limitations in being in rental accommodation.

            • ghostrider888 2.2.1.2.1.1

              Excellent having a few greens, even Silver beet or salad greens, out the back to cut as required; a fruit tree / vine or two, broccoli grows quite fast.That is the unfortunate fact of Auckland; cycling difficulties; however, the mechanic in me used to bike from Pap. to East Tamaki (40 mins) work 12 hours, bike home. (yet I was so much younger then, and consumed kegs of fluid) 😉

      • Jim Nald 2.2.2

        By the way –

        Shopping at the Singapore NTUC supermarkets for pensioners (hello, NZ First!) and low income individuals allow them a discount or a redeemable points system of some sort. They can apply for a discounted membership card or something like that.

        Will find out more from contacts there or Google.

        • Jim Nald 2.2.2.1

          Here ya go:

          “2 % Discount To Elderly on Tuesdays
          Since 2002, FairPrice has been extending a 2% discount to senior shoppers aged 60 years and above when they shop on Tuesdays*. This is to provide financial relief for seniors who are no longer working and earning an income. It also serves to encourage active seniors to shop for the family and promotes an active lifestyle for seniors as well as family bonding. On average, about 80,000 seniors enjoy the 2% discount every Tuesday at FairPrice stores.
          *Valid for purchases up to $200 per customer per day”

          “LinkPoints and Rebates
          LinkPoints loyalty programme was rolled out in 1999 to provide greater value and savings to customers. Customers can use their accumulated LinkPoints to offset their purchases instantly at FairPrice stores. Every year, more than 500,000 FairPrice members will also get attractive rebates for their purchases.”

          “Yellow Dot Items
          To help customers stretch their dollar further, FairPrice introduced a range of “Yellow Dot” basic items that are 20 to 25 percent cheaper than comparable top national brands. The lowest-priced in their respective product categories, these basic items can be identified by a yellow dot on point-of-sales materials at FairPrice stores.”

          Source: http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/FerretAbtUsView?langId=-1&storeId=90001&catalogId=10051&content=Community_Cost_Of_Living&Corporate=Y

          And some info on Wikipedia:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Trades_Union_Congress

          A NZ-like NTUC supermarket chain can also be a vehicle to rejuvenate Rod Donald’s “Buy New Zealand” campaign.

          • DrStoat 2.2.2.1.1

            NTUC works in Singapore for a number of reasons not applicable to high-cost New Zealand. First, there is no minimum wage legislation. The workers in NTUC are paid very little by Singapore standards (of course, they also therefore pay no tax and are recipients of certain Singapore government grants and assistance, such as HDB (public) housing and Medisave benefits from their CPF (compulsory superannuation). Company tax is much lower. Health and safety requirements are less onerous. NTUC also benefits from its close links to the government, making it easier to get the necessary permits to employ foreign workers (since by and large the salaries that NTUC pays would be too low for highly educated Singaporeans.) Most of the workers are Chinese nationals. I know this because I shop at NTUC. There’s one just around the corner.

            Next, the produce that NTUC sells is mostly imported, with a few exceptions, from regional economies, primarily Malaysia and Thailand. Singapore does not have much primary produce, mainly some poultry and vegetables. The cost of importing such produce is lower than it would be for a New Zealand equivalent because of distance (land border between Malaysia and Singapore and Thailand and Malaysia makes trucking viable) and again wages (since neither Thailand nor Malaysia have minimum wages or other social welfare schemes; though there are policies in place to prefer the bumiputra (native Malays) in Malaysia). There are much less rigorous controls on such things as the length of working day, commercial driving hours, health, safety and the environment than there are in New Zealand.

            In short, an attempt to replicate NTUC in New Zealand would be unlikely to provide the same level of price differentiation that NTUC can offer in deregulated Singapore because the cost basis is quite different.

            • ghostrider888 2.2.2.1.1.1

              well, lets see, for a start;
              -labour costs are being wound down by NAct
              – more public housing sounds like an Excellent idea
              -along with compulsory super / KiwiSave
              -Health and Safety is fairly odorous here too
              -and supplise, supplise, cheap migrant labour is on it’s way. 🙂

            • Jim Nald 2.2.2.1.1.2

              Mixed analysis there DrStoat. Some are reasonable comments but others are off mark. Will find time to address some of them. Enjoy Singapore. I’ll be passing through there in a few months.
              Btw, I know a few feng shui masters and mian xiang readers there and they have been giving very accurate accounts of liar key and predicting how he will fall. Not long now. It will be swift when it happens.

        • veutoviper 2.2.2.2

          Hi Jim

          That is very interesting re the special Singapore supermarkets.

          Here in NZ, thanks to Winnie’s Super Goldcard, superannuatants can get some discounts on various services including free public transport – and also from time to time, a 5% discount at Countdown on specified days from time to time. These Countdown discounts only appear to be available about three or four times a year.

          http://msdsupport.custhelp.com/rd?1=AvUG~wqQDP8S~5nxGtIe~yL~Jvsq~9j~Ly7~Xjr~&2=86

          • Foreign Waka 2.2.2.2.1

            We should not deny the elderly people some relief as they do not get much in the first place and inflation is driving most of them to the poor house. I really find it disgusting that every time things get tough the elderly bashing starts.

            • ghostrider888 2.2.2.2.1.1

              sorta’ like the bashing of the bennies and the young?

              • Foreign Waka

                Yep, same thing. It’s a very wicket mind that focuses right away on the weakest in society.

  3. Ad 3

    I know that ACC and Fonterra and Zespri and Pharmac are only mildly related, but there’s something too when a thousand farmers can turn up in Gore and say “we need more purchasing power, we need more unity”. That’s a strong economic nationalist message. Almost everything we consume is formed by oligopolies whose prices are set globally, and greater unity is good.

    But is state intervention as proposed under Kiwipower the only way to get such aggregate autonomy back? Probably for 80% of New Zealand yes. But for 20% – those who own a disproportinate amount of New Zealand’s wealth – they need to be persuaded to reverse the great hollowing out of capital.

    The sale is happening, whether we agree with it or not. Who knows, maybe the share register will tilt more local after this, and more democratically distributed. But for myself Labour-Greens are sending the investor signal that they are not to be trusted, that they are a fickle majority shareholder who are also regulator and will not fully renationalise. At the moment their policy drives of “No Asset Sales” and “Regulate electricity generation hard” are attacking each other. Will more Infratils form after this? Not under this policy mess.

    • weka 3.1

      “I know that ACC and Fonterra and Zespri and Pharmac are only mildly related, but there’s something too when a thousand farmers can turn up in Gore and say “we need more purchasing power, we need more unity”. That’s a strong economic nationalist message.”

      Yes, and farmers have used that power to inflict some of the worst environmental degradation I’ve seen in my life time. Fonterra has NOT been good for NZ, and ultimately it won’t be good for farmers either. We shouldn’t be using Fonterra as an example unless we want to train another generation of kiwis that greed is good and hey here is another tool with which to practice it.

      • weka 3.1.1

        Thinking about it, it’s not a nationalist message. A nationalist message would have had the govt setting up a Fonterra like structure, alongside measures that protected the environment and brought us cheap milk and cheese. Where do you think the profits are going?

        • Ad 3.1.1.1

          You are confusing nationalism with consumer protection, which is precisely my point. There is currently no distinction between nationalist control of corporations, and a policy that seeks to benefit consumers through price. Labour now has two flagship and separate policies that are in conflict: one seeking to achieve lower prices, one seeking to sustain existing levels of sovereign ownership.

          If Labour cannot clarify this quandary fast, it will feed into a National narrative in which everything is seen to be up for state control. It’s the Dancing Cossacks narrative all over again.

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.1

            NZ Power is a classic social democracy approach to the capitalist marketplace. There is, as you imply, no philosophical critique or control of foreign corporate ownership there. Just mild limitations on how much profits they can draw out if the country.

          • Foreign Waka 3.1.1.1.2

            Labour has explained how the price will be “regulated” due to buying in a similar fashion like Pharmac. Most western democracies do use this type of model to control what is essentially a monopoly. Unless power can be generated in each household to cover all usage, none of that would be necessary. Who knows, this might one day be a possibility. (Solar panels?)

  4. The nats conveniently forget that there are existing institutions such as the Commerce Commission that has the power to regulate on excessive profits and market dominance. The only problem is that the system clearly does not work. The Labour Green proposal will increase compliance and reduce super profits and if overseas shareholders take a haircut then so be it.

    The most annoying aspect of all of this is that we, the people of New Zealand have constructed the infrastructure such as dams and power lines to generate and transport the electricity and we have paid the debt for doing so. Running costs are minimal. Yet this Government thinks it has the right to sell shareholding in our assets off to private entities who will then charge us for electricity which our assets are producing. They will profit whereas we should be the ones who profit.

    If this “creeping socialism” works then of course we should try it in other areas.

    Finally here is a West Wing Clip featuring Matt Santos picking up the mantle of “liberal” during a presidential debate. Change “liberal” for “socialist” and I think he has it about right.

  5. tc 5

    Regulating those Ozzie banks would be popular FFS we’re less than the size of melbourne on the butt end of the world where competition isn’t keenly sought in many markets as we’re too small for the global players to be bothered.

    This actually plays into the oppositions hands as they don’t have the logic to defend their position on merit they’ve gone for the reds under the bed scare tactics….note to Joyce and co, that’s over 30 years ago things have moved on if you bothered to look outside your insular limo driven leafy suburban troughing world

    • But that’s *splutter* socialism. Better to have a foreign bank rip the guts out of our country than be socialist.

      Isn’t it?

      • karol 5.1.1

        Heh. The whole red scare tactic could backfire – people may begin to realise the scare tactic is a sham, then begin to wonder why the NActs have been using “socialism” as a scare tactic. And then begin to think it can’t be that bad after all.

        When I went to the UK in the late 70s, many there saw socialism as a positive thing. Thatcher set out to change that. She starting spitting out the word “socialism” as if it was the work of the devil hirself.

  6. Paul 6

    I think, as long as the leaders of the left parties are strong, united,coherent, courageous in the face of right wing vitriole from the media, then it would be easy to explain to New Zealanders at the moment why a country with more regulations would be a good place to be.
    There are so many real life examples that kiwis can identify with.
    It was a lack of regulation that caused Pike River
    It was a lack of regulation that caused the CTV building
    It was a lack of regulation that caused leaky homes
    It is a lack of regulation that means insurance companies don’t pay up in Christchurch
    It is a lack of regulation that causes the supermarkets to rort the price of food
    It is a lack of regulation that causes the energy companies to gauge the price of power

    So what exactly is wrong with regulation?

    To most people this argument would be clear.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      “A solid framework of regulations and standards creates a safer more predictable economy for employees and small businesses to succeed in without being taken advantage of by powerful players”

      • aerobubble 6.1.1

        We have little public service corruption because all the money is in deregulating and empowering a few to control local markets. Why bribe a public servant when a politician will write up your market stranglehold of choice and pass it without a whimper from a upper chamber.

        Labour and Greens are planning to release a huge amount of built up value and hand it over to small companies and individuals by lowering energy prices, National say no! how absurd Key suggests, the money invested in new energy infrastructure is for a few to hold on to. Just like
        GST, taxpayers are heavily taxed, investment is made, but at the end of the game when the
        music has stopped the value ownership is privately held by a few.

    • Tim 6.2

      Don’t ask me for links after a quarter of a century, but its also the LACK of regulation that the disciples of the neo-L espoused (the doddering Douglas, the LambBurger, later – the RRL enterprise et al) that assured us all the opposite would occur. Waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting…… Here’s an idea: what say some investigative journalist looks at what was promised under the TINA ideology, and what has been delivered over the past quater Century plus!.
      Won’t happen, I know – if only because the MSM is predominantly post-4th Estate ‘journalists’ (and I use the term loosely) whose life’s experience began around the time this round all began, and for whom any historical context is – well – boring (as well as job threatening).

      • Paul 6.2.1

        I prefer the term corporate media more as it clearly describes the media as being owned.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.2

        Here’s an idea: what say some investigative journalist looks at what was promised under the TINA ideology, and what has been delivered over the past quater Century plus!.

        Good job for Nicky Hager or someone like him.

    • ghostrider888 6.3

      bring in The Regulators, Paul

  7. vto 7

    .
    Collectivism is something that the business world embraces with a fervour. They are in fact more socialist and cooperativist than most lefties. e.g. Fonterra, Foodstuffs, fertiliser, most all limited liability companies, it goes on and on.

    But their blinkers are on so tight that their faces have grown around the leather straps and they now think it is quite normal to have blinkers. They can’t see nuffink.

    • Ad 7.1

      When industry asks for it, New Zealand governments often do act to collectivise, and those in the industry are are stronger for it.

      But that makes regulators that are fully independent of Government or industry absolutely vital, because the more an industry collectivises, the more price control they can exercise.

  8. Matthew Hooton 8

    Do you include ACC, the Cullen Fund and KiwiSaver funds in “other institutional”?

    • Why bother spending money on Aussie merchant bankers so that shares owned by the Crown can be transferred to other Crown entities. Bit of a straw man argument doncha think?

    • Ad 8.2

      Are you really sure that they are buying? They appear to be offloading generator shares not acquiring. Your faith in local ownership is misplaced.

      In fact looking at either National or Labour as majority shareholders rtight now, coldly, would you invest in this policy train wreck?

      And do you include those institutions as “Mum and Dad investors”?

    • Paul 8.3

      I think I can guess Matthew’s spin on Nine to Noon today….
      Wonder if Kathryn Ryan will challenge him for a change

    • Poission 8.4

      Do you include ACC, the Cullen Fund and KiwiSaver funds in “other institutional”?

      the same argument applies to the idelogical constraints by the NATS on CGT and debt asset loading which has forced the price of the NZ dollar up.

      This has in effect depreciated the value of the overseas holdings ,greater then the losses by the GFC.

    • Lightly 8.5

      the first two are clearly under ‘govt agencies’.

  9. muzza 9

    Nice work Eddie!

    So, why are National and the Right pitching a fit at the prospect of the Crown and foreign institutions losing superprofits

    1: Because *The Crown*, and *foreign institutions*, are one and the same!

    2: Those entities sole ambition is control, to ensure that nations do not become self sufficient, do not have control over their natural resources, and do not have control over their monetary policies, hence creating *scarcity* in key life supporting sectors, and to remove the ability to govern in the best interest of the nations peoples!

    3: The government of NZ is owned/controlled by the entities in #1 – Which is why the country is broken!

    If there was a credible opposition leader, *the right* would be dead a buried by now, as it turns out they all work for the entities referred to at #1, which is why Shearer is in the position he is.

    Quiet reservation over this NZ Power situation, because until such time as it comes to fruition, its little more than a sales pitch!

  10. Prime Minister John Key, as an ex-Wall Street bank$ter, and former Head of Derivatives for Merrill Lynch, is looking after the interests of investors and his bank$ter/ corporate mates.

    (Remember – he is still a shareholder in the Bank of America.
    This would be unlawful if he were the Prime Minister of Australia.)

    Coming from a private sector/ corporate background, where he is used to making deals over dinner and over the phone, he appears to still have little idea about his statutory duties arising from the PUBLIC sector legislation which covers his job as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

    I am still awaiting an official acknowledgment for the following:

    ‘Open Letter’ / OIA request to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key :”How are you ‘inducted / familiarised’ with your statutory duties arising from the Public Records Act 2005?”

    5 April 2013

    ‘Open Letter’ / OIA request to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key :

    “How are you ‘inducted / familiarised’ with your statutory duties arising from the Public Records Act 2005?”
    ______________________________________________________________________________

    Prime Minister of New Zealand
    John Key

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Given your previous background at the highest levels of the private sector/ banking and finance corporate world (being the former Head of Derivatives for Merrill Lynch, and a former Foreign Exchange Advisor for the New York Federal Reserve), it may have been your custom and practice to ‘do’ internationally significant deals over dinner or over the phone?

    However, you are now Prime Minister of New Zealand, ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ (according to the 2012 Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’, along with Denmark and Finland).

    http://www.transparency.org/cpi2012/results

    As New Zealand is ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ – we should arguably be the most ‘transparent’?

    Arguably, the laws, regulations and culture which apply in the private, corporate world – are NOT the same which should and do apply to the public sector, of which you are now in charge, as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

    May I respectfully remind you of the pivotal legislation which covers the public sector / public service, as outlined on the NZ State Services Commission website:

    http://www.ssc.govt.nz/legislation

    Contents
    · Title page
    · Crown Entities Act 2004
    · Human Rights Act 1993
    · NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990
    · Official Information Act 1982
    · Protected Disclosures Act 2000
    · Public Finance Act 1989
    · Public Records Act 2005
    · State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986
    · State Sector Act 1988
    ______________________________________________________________________________

    In particular – may I draw your attention specifically to the Public Records Act 2005:

    http://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2005/0040/latest/DLM345536.html

    3 Purposes of Act
    ·
    (a) to provide for the continuation of the repository of public archives called the National
    Archives with the name Archives New Zealand (Te Rua Mahara o te K?anatanga); and

    (b) to provide for the role of the Chief Archivist in developing and supporting government
    recordkeeping, including making independent determinations on the disposal of public
    records and certain local authority archives; and

    (c) to enable the Government to be held accountable by

    (i) ensuring that full and accurate records of the affairs of central and local government
    are created and maintained; and

    (ii) providing for the preservation of, and public access to, records of long-term value;
    and

    (d) to enhance public confidence in the integrity of public records and local authority records;
    and

    (e) to provide an appropriate framework within which public offices and local authorities
    create and maintain public records and local authority records, as the case may be; and

    (f) through the systematic creation and preservation of public archives and local authority
    archives, to enhance the accessibility of records that are relevant to the historical and
    cultural heritage of New Zealand and to New Zealanders? sense of their national identity;
    and

    (g) to encourage the spirit of partnership and goodwill envisaged by the Treaty of Waitangi
    (Te Tiriti o Waitangi), as provided for by section 7; and

    (h) to support the safekeeping of private records.

    (My underlining)
    ______________________________________________________________________________

    Please provide the following information:

    1) What is / was the process by which you were ‘inducted / familiarised’ with this above-mentioned key legislation which now covers your statutory duties as the Prime Minister of New Zealand?

    2) What was / is the role of the NZ State Services Commission, in ensuring that you were ‘inducted / familiarised’ with this above-mentioned key legislation, which now covers your statutory duties as the Prime Minister of New Zealand?

    3) What is / was the process by which you were ‘inducted / familiarised’ with the above-mentioned Public Records Act 2005, which now covers your statutory duties as the Prime Minister of New Zealand to:

    “enable the Government to be held accountable by?

    · (i)ensuring that full and accurate records of the affairs of central and local government are created and maintained ”

    4) What was / is the role of the NZ State Services Commission, in ensuring that you were ‘inducted / familiarised’ with the above-mentioned Public Records Act 2005, which now covers your statutory duties as the Prime Minister of New Zealand to:

    “enable the Government to be held accountable by?

    · (i)ensuring that full and accurate records of the affairs of central and local government are
    created and maintained”

    5) How many staff are employed in your ‘Prime Minister’s Department’?

    6) Please confirm that you have staff in your ‘Prime Minister’s Department’, who have the responsibility for ‘diary notes’ / memos / minutes (and the like), of affairs of State, in order to ensure that your above-mentioned statutory duties as Prime Minister of New Zealand, under the Public Records Act 2005, are carried out in a proper way.

    7) Please provide the information which explains why you are relying upon your (proven to be unreliable) memory, for matters such as your role in the appointment of Ian Fletcher as Director of the GCSB, when you have a statutory duty as Prime Minister to:

    “..enable the Government to be held accountable by
    · (i)ensuring that full and accurate records of the affairs of central and local government are
    created and maintained”

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’
    2013 Auckland Mayoral Candidate

  11. Good news!

    I have just received a formal acknowledgment that my above-mentioned OIA to Prime Minister John Key has been received by his office.

    So – I should get a reply within 20 working days – which should be 3 May 2013.

    Excellent!

    Should be FASCINATING 🙂

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation’ campaigner’
    2013 Auckland Mayoral Candidate

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com
    http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    …and insinuating that next Labour and the Greens will nationalise the foreign-owned supermarket duopoly. (Because sorting out that broken market would be so awful).

    We can only hope that they do look to fixing it at least. Their best bet in doing so would be to make a government distribution system and not a supermarket. Order online a minimum of one week before hand with free delivery.

    Savings would come in the form of less waste especially in fuel use.

  13. fambo 13

    It’s called ratcheting up the “fear factor” and there will probably be plenty more of this as we get closer to the election, much of it targeted at the Greens

    • MrSmith 13.1

      I wouldn’t be worried about the Greens, they seem to getting their messages across loud and clear, it’s the other lot that will fuck things up, hopefully Cunliffe has done his time in purgatory and they let him off his chain soon, please.

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    Rural developments not meeting consents, study shows

    A study has found that 35% of agricultural property developments are not meeting environmental consent requirements.

    So, is National going to prosecute these scum or re-write the laws so that it all becomes legal?

    • ghostrider888 14.1

      with NAct and their current Minister milking the environment, it will be the latter Draco

  15. THE MIGHTY RIVER POWER SHARE FLOAT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED!

    The sale of Mighty River Power can still be STOPPED!

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/mrp-offer-temporarily-suspended-share-refunds-offered-ck-139035

    How many folk who are not Dumb or Mad investors are going to now withdraw and get refunds for their shares in Mighty River Power?

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation’ campainger

    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    • karol 15.1

      Excellent news!

      • Paul 15.1.1

        +1

      • Mary 15.1.2

        Yes, that is good news. But I can’t help thinking that the timing of the Shearer/Norman announcement was a blunder – not because they should’ve sorted out their joint approach sooner, but because Shearer was too slow to act on what Labour’s position would be. That lag allowed for all sorts of speculation, from the Left on Shearer’s inability to commit to a position and that Labour’s right-wing tendencies suggest Labour is secretly supportive of the asset sales. And then this latest announcement, while better late than never, has allowed the accusations from the Right, how ever spin-laden and ridiculously scaremongering, of “economic sabotage” etc, that may sound on the face of things quite plausible to the average punter susceptible to such nonsense. Shearer and his advisers and strategists ought to have predicted this.

    • joe90 15.2

      Link wouldn’t work for me – here’s the google cache.

  16. Mary 16

    “Hey Clint, are we pleased?”

    Proper answer: “It’s not a matter of being pleased or not that people are having to rethink whether they’re going to invest in MRP shares. We’ve said all along that the government should not be selling shares in the power companies, Air NZ or any other assets linked to essential services. The government’s asset sales policy is economic lunacy so if what the government’s now saying means that people are choosing not to buy shares then that’s good, but you can’t say that our announcement is somehow responsible for depriving people of the opportunity to buy shares, because we’ve said all along that those shares should not be sold, so nobody’s missing out on anything.”

    Come on Gareth, is this too difficult to say? Maybe you and Clint should swap jobs?

  17. Help 17

    Unbelievable 300m wiped from my kiwisaver

  18. KJT 18

    Taxpayers only lose from the loss in value if assets sales/theft go ahead.

    This is even more of an indication that infrastructure sales are a daft idea and only intended to benefit the large potential shareholders that fund National. And give National politicians their highly paid board figurehead jobs after they leave parliament.

    The fact that National is still determined to push through the sales at any cost to taxpayers proves it is either ideological or motivated by self interest. Crooks or fools?

    Labour and the Greens should be doing everything possible to stop the theft.

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    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago