web analytics

Blueprint for a Crosby/Textor campaign

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 am, July 8th, 2008 - 41 comments
Categories: election 2008, national - Tags: ,

While trying desperately to paint Crosby/Textor as ‘just ordinary consultants’ and argue that C/T does nothing that polling and research companies do, National allies like the Herald have also puzzled over why National won’t just admit to being C/T clients. The answer is simple: C/T are not ordinary consultants giving media training or policy advise they specialise in anti-democratic practices and the reduction of democracy to marketing gimmicks. It is because their practices are so anti-democratic that they operate in secret and their clients refuse to publicly acknowledge buying their help.

Here’s the basic formula for a C/T campaign, like the one National is running now.

  • – Create a vague ‘Mr Nice Guy’ image for the leader, keep all attention on the leader but don’t allow coverage that gets deeper than the façade – Key has not been in a significant interview all year and turns away journalists daily. Label the leader ‘positive, ambitious etc’.
  • – Do not release any policy (why anyone would think it’s OK to seek to govern but not tell people what you will do in government, I can’t imagine, but the Herald does).
  • – Attack the opposing party whenever there is a sniff of an issue lie, use hit and run attacks do the damage but don’t offer a solution
  • – Give the leader a very tight script of attack lines, to be repeated whatever questions are asked
  • – Any criticism of this marketing product of a leader is to be labelled a ‘personal attack’
  • – Have allied groups carry out media events (truck strike, Asian crime protest) that target traditional voters of your opponents, not to get them to vote for you but to suppress their turnout for your opponents.
  • – If a negative comes up (ie a policy leaks or use of C/T becomes public) refuse to engage. Attack the source of the negative, if it’s a journo refuse to talk to them again the attack will be transparently bad but will muddy the waters in people’s minds and the smack-down on the journo will have a chilling effect on others.

Sound fimiliar?

Conservative parties hire C/T because this strategy is effective. It deadens political debate so that they don’t have to win on issues and, in the personality contest that replaces real democracy, the vague smiling guy is at an advantage. But it doesn’t work every time, especially once people see C/T is pulling the strings.

41 comments on “Blueprint for a Crosby/Textor campaign ”

  1. Where would fake eviction notices to state house tenants sit within your moral framework?

  2. r0b 2

    Where would fake eviction notices to state house tenants sit within your moral framework?

    For myself, a little uneasily, but much better than the real ones that National would have sent them.

  3. Higherstandard 3

    r0b

    Are you Lynton Crosby ?

  4. r0b 4

    Damn – busted!

  5. “Have allied groups carry out media events (truck strike, Asian crime protest) that target traditional voters of your opponents, not to get them to vote for you but to suppress their turnout for your opponents.”

    This just shows you’re becoming delusional SP. I think it’s a trait that seems to run deep in the left at the moment.

  6. MacDoctor 6

    Sound fimiliar? (sic)

    Yep. Sounds a lot like Labour prior to the 1999 election. Except that they portrayed Helen Clark as efficient rather than affable.

    Which was true. 🙂

  7. Lew 7

    r0b: Better get on your LearJet back to Canberra smart-quick before the pogroms arrive.

    L

  8. Higherstandard 8

    r0b

    Don’t worry I am the mole !

  9. Tane 10

    infused. David’s lashing out in response to his increasing irrelevance, but I can assure you he’s barking up completely the wrong tree. I actually feel kinda sorry for him, he’s just lucky Lynn’s not a litigious fellow.

    Hager envy, perhaps?

  10. bill brown 11

    infused:

    That’s a:

    c) misdirection

    Congratulations you’ve won a Propeller Cap in a colour of your choice.

  11. Ha! For a man who runs his polling company out of National Party HQ and works as a go-between for National and its wacky right front groups such as Sensible Sentencing Trust and Family First, Davey seems a little keen to throw stones.

    Oh and for the record? I know a couple of the Standardistas and Davey is so wrong I almost feel embarrassed for the wee fella. Is it just me or is he turning into Cameron Slater?

  12. r0b 13

    Don’t worry I am the mole !

    So I’m a Toad, you’re Mole, all we need to find is Ratty and Badger…

  13. Rob 14

    In response to Robinsod message above I think it is a real sad state of affairs when people in a country have to set up groups like Sensible sentencing or Family First

    Every one knows about the RSA killings and all the others that have happened while supposedly reformed killers are let out on parole.

    Family First has been set up not by National but by concerned citizens in terms of men not getting access to children.

    This Government is not Family orientated and never really has been in fact it doesn’t see the traditional family model as the correct one going forward.

    I believe these groups have been set up for valid reasons and for you to try and demonise them as righties just because they have become a protest voice is very simplistic.

    I believe this government has failed badly in many areas and the sooner it can critique itself the better off and the stronger the party will become

    [lprent: Ummm I thought I’d kicked you.
    Your comments are more rational – I’ll keep a watching brief.]

  14. So I’m a Toad, you’re Mole, all we need to find is Ratty and Badger

    I’ve been called a rat but on the other hand I do take joy in badgering rightwing folk…

  15. Ben R 16

    “Asian crime protest”

    What did this protest have to do with National or their advisors?

    My understanding was that this was a protest by a community who are sick of feeling persecuted and fearful.

    Essentially, a cry of help to the Government to put further resources into policing and to revisit sentencing for violent offences.

    I suspect the protest would have gone ahead regardless of whether National or Labour was Government.

  16. mike 17

    Why did my post get pulled?

    [Because what you wrote was libel against innocent third parties]

  17. Billy 18

    I’ve been called a cock. Does that help?

  18. mike 19

    “[Because what you wrote was libel against innocent third parties]”

    Just quoting a letter from a Labour source. I take it you will taking action then?

    [Tane: Mike, I’ve seen a copy of the letter too. It’s misinformed shit-stirring from a National Party activist and was sent to all Labour MPs.]

  19. Felix 20

    Rob, the Sensible Sentencing Trust is headed by a man who publicly states that it’s ok to kill kids if you’re frustrated.

    Is that the type of Traditional Family™ behaviour you’re into?

  20. Ben R. Did you hear that Peter Low guy, the head of the march, the one who went mental at Sean Plunkett on Monday morning? National party activist.

    Mike. the letter you’re quoting was written by a National party researcher. Labour was really confused when they got it and asked us about it.

  21. Rob 22

    Felix that is rubbish!! Garth Mcvicar set it up if I’m correct because his daughter was murdered and the killer got some pathetic sentence. Look I don’t care if it was Labour or National in if these incidents were happening under any Government.

    Then there is a cause for concern. I think its rally important that we stay objective in our thinking and don’t become totally blinded by either right or left ideology.

    Knowing our problems is half our cure. If we never face them because that doesn’t fit into the current agenda or thought patterns then we have a serious problem in the direction we are going.

    Robinsod I’m not a mole just a normal Kiwi bloke and there is becoming fewer and fewer of them around unfortunately.

    [lprent: Ummm I thought I’d kicked you.
    Your comments are more rational – I’ll keep a watching brief.]

  22. Dude – I never called you a mole.

  23. mike 24

    “Mike. the letter you’re quoting was written by a National party researcher. Labour was really confused when they got it and asked us about it.”

    I hope so because I would feel duped if any of the administrators of this site were paid Labour staff.

    [lprent: try reading the About]

  24. randal 25

    so is this right? garth mcvicar is a crosby textor mole?

  25. Oliver 26

    It’s all a bit rich when you guys jump up and down about crosby Textor considering that anything they do is tiddly-winks next to the Electoral Finance Act and legislating to block Darnton v Clark. When Muldoon was taken to Court under the Bill Of Rights 1688 he didn’t legislate the case out of the water but wore the result. If only Clark was so open to criticism.

  26. Phil 27

    “I’ve been called a cock. Does that help?”

    In summary;
    Billy’s a Cock, Sod’s the Ass, and they cohabitate a blog.

    Lynn will be live streaming the civil union here on The Standard.

    A gift registry is available at Ballentynes/Kircaldie’s and also your local Trade-Aid, to satisfy the gift purchasing habits of rich pricks and deluded hippies at the same time.

  27. Lew 28

    Oliver: You keep running this `tiddlywinks’ line. It’s like you’re hoping it will gain currency as you repeat it. Full marks for trying, but:

    1. The EFA’s failings have already had a shitload of coverage. You’re pissing into an ocean.

    2. Darnton v Clark was scuppered by due process of law. You might disagree with it, but the parliament does have the power to do such things. Your recourse is to the ballot box every three years. I recommend you campaign on a platform of banning all retrospective legislation.

    3. The pot-kettle-black argument you’re trying to run is a logical fallacy. Because parliament passed something its opponents consider undemocratic, that government’s supporters (note: not members) shouldn’t be able to criticise something the opposition is doing which is also anti-democratic? No. The principled action would be to stand against everything which is anti-democratic. It’s just that the question of what is anti-democratic tends to break along partisan lines.

    4. By comparison with the EFA you’re admitting that the Nats’ use of C/T is by your own standards anti-democratic, whereas those of us who support the EFA do not consider it to be anti-democratic. You by your own admission are knowingly supporting an anti-democratic party and its strategy. The Standardistas have no such moral contradiction.

    Congratulations! You got someone to bite your `tiddlywinks’ troll! Sorry I couldn’t be more help to your case.

    L

  28. Ben R 29

    “Ben R. Did you hear that Peter Low guy, the head of the march, the one who went mental at Sean Plunkett on Monday morning? National party activist.”

    I wasn’t aware of his political affiliation. Even if that is the case, I think you’re giving C/T a bit too much credit here.

    Groups are always going to make demands in an election year, I mean last time there was that 5% in 2005 campaign. Students protested the other day about debt, but I don’t think they were necessarily trying to help National. I think there’s a distinction between genuine protests and Swiftboat Veterans groups that are obviously have another agenda.

  29. T-rex 30

    Ben – I agree. Calling the anti-violence protests a media event marginalises the real concerns of the 10,000 people who took part. I don’t believe they are all National party supporters with an axe to grind – they’re a bunch of people who are genuinely concerned and want someone to talk to them and convince them something is being done.

    It might be that the events leading to the protest were sensationalised (though I don’t think so), but the protests themselves were genuine. I don’t think they deserve “you’re a bunch of anti-Labour complainers” in response. They deserve someone senior in the govt directly addressing them and their concerns, and spelling out what the plan is.

    If that involves nothing more than holding up a graph saying “actually crime is really low and you’re safer here than almost anywhere”, fine, though I can’t imagine that providing much comfort. I’d rather see them build up neighborhood watch or something in the area.

  30. Draco TB 31

    Rob
    The traditional family model that you speak of isn’t all that traditional. It was started up about 300 years ago at the behest of the capitalist class. The far more traditional family model is the extended family/whanau/clan. Source: Global Political Economy, John Ravenhill (ed).

  31. MacDoctor 32

    Draco:
    The nuclear family was not created but is a natural result of mobilizing the work-force (when it moves around a lot, it gets increasing hard to accommodate grandparents and relatives). It was certainly not an invention of some dark “capitalist class” – if one ever existed.

  32. Billy 33

    Down my way, if soemthing has been going on for 300 years, we regard it as a tradition.

  33. Felix 34

    Rob

    Garth McVicar on Bruce Emery stabbing a tagger to death:

    “a decent hard-working citizen is facing a murder charge because of his frustration over this issue.”

    That’s Garth’s level of compassion for the victims of crime who don’t happen to belong to his social set.

    He’s an extremist, a raving nut-job who you’d do well to learn a bit about before holding him up as some kind of “ordinary concerned kiwi”.

    He’s essentially D4J with organisational skills.

  34. Draco TB 35

    300 years ago the average family didn’t move much. In fact, there were laws discouraging it.

    Down my way, if soemthing has been going on for 300 years, we regard it as a tradition.

    Who said it had been going on for 300 years?
    All I said was that was how long the nuclear family had been encouraged.

  35. Felix 36

    The nuclear family is a relatively recent tradition.

    But Traditional Family Model™ has been here forever and is the only right way to live – it’s the only way approved by God™ and even though most of us don’t actually live like that, any other model is a perverted aberration invented by the Devil himself.

  36. Rob 37

    Felix

    Don’t see anything wrong with that statement he probably was a decent hardworking citizen until that moment when he lost his rag.

    There is a tremendous amount of frustration with tagging I remember the guy that chased five youths in Panumure who were tagging and dealt to them.

    The Police were going to charge him there was a public up roar and they ended up censuring him instead.

    I don’t believe in people stabbing but also don’t believe in the wilful destruction of other peoples property sometimes done under the guise of artistic freedom.

    I believe Garth Mcvicar has a lot going for him. I believe that if I had lost my daughter under such tragic consequences I probably would do the same. In the hope that I could keep some of the scum bags off the street.

  37. The attacks on Garth McVicar are winning you no friends. The very fact we need groups like SST should make you all hang your heads in shame.
    One upshot of recent events is we will see more instances of “have a go heroes” in the media. How long till somebody else gets killed? Either an attacker or victim who becomes an attacker.

  38. Tara 39

    Re. Crosby/Textor’s use of focus groups:

    http://www.userfocus.co.uk/articles/focuspocus.html

    They might come up with the “New Coke”.

  39. Felix 40

    Rob,
    you’ve beautifully demonstrated the hypocrisy of McVicar’s (and now your own) stance in your comment.

    But if you really equate stabbing someone (in the throat, to death, while they’re retreating) with willful damage to property then you’re not worth the time it would take me to explain it.

    barnsley,
    nobody needs groups like the SST.

  40. Ben R 41

    “nobody needs groups like the SST.”

    Presumably you haven’t had anyone close to you murdered? I recall a guy from one of my classes at Uni who was murdered & the parents soon joined the SST. I think there is a lot of anger at violent crime and there is a need for groups like SST.

    “But if you really equate stabbing someone (in the throat, to death, while they’re retreating) with willful damage to property”

    The difference is that McVicar’s stance focuses on unprovoked violence, not provoked violence which leads to an altercation. Obviously the response in this case is hugely disproportionate to the level of aggravation (I’ve been overseas lately – is that summary actually accepted by the Court?). So no, you can’t equate it to willful damage.

    Some people though would have little sympathy for the tagger because they provoked the incident.

    Taggers are bullies, they are young men who write on other peoples property knowing the owners will be too scared to confront them. I mean, why would someone confront a tagger? They may well be armed with a knife or other weapon (like the guy on Blair St earlier this year). If there’s more than one you’d likely end up getting bashed & suffering head injury, post traumatic stress disorder, depression etc like many victims of assaults…

    And what will the tagger get if you catch them? Community service, which I know from being a duty solicitor that people don’t worry about.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government commits further assistance for drought and flood-affected rural communities
    Farmers and growers affected by this year’s drought or floods in Marlborough, Tasman, West Coat, Canterbury, Otago and the Chatham Islands will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) from today, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced. “The Government is committed to easing the financial pressures on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Cook Islands youth lead Language Week
    The Cook Islands Language Week theme for 2021 highlights the vital role language plays in maintaining young people’s links to their Pacific home, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  “The Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week – theme is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Government offers formal apology for Dawn Raids
    A formal and unreserved apology for the Dawn Raids The Government will offer education scholarships as part of the apology Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Scholarship Training courses Support Pacific artists and historians to develop a comprehensive written and oral account of the Dawn Raids Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to Dawn Raids Apology
    Tēnā koutou katoa, Kia orana kotou katoatoa, Fakaalofa lahi atu ki mutolu oti, Tālofa nī, Mālō nī koutou, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakatalofa atu, Noa'ia 'e mauri, Kam na mauri, Malo e lelei, Sioto'ofa, Mālō lava le lagi e mamā ma le soifua maua, Oue tulou, tulou atu, tulouna lava ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Bridging the gap – last piece of Northcote Safe Cycle Route now complete
    The opening of two bridges over Auckland’s Northern Motorway is the last link of a cycling and walking route which provides a safe, active alternative for students and commuters, Transport Minister Michael Wood said today. Michael Wood cut the ribbon for the completion of the Northcote Safe Cycle Route, at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Progress in establishment of Aged Care Commissioner
    Recruitment for an Aged Care Commissioner will start next month, to ensure greater oversight of New Zealand’s aged care sector. “This sector is responsible for supporting a large and often vulnerable population. While most people are able to access quality care, there have been cases where that care has fallen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New record number of homes consented
    In the year ended June 2021, the actual number of new dwellings consented was 44,299, up 18 percent from the June 2020 year. In June 2021, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented rose 3.8 percent. In June 2021, 4,310 new dwellings were consented, an increase of 3.8 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Communities backed to tackle wilding pines
    Twelve community projects across New Zealand will receive a share of $2 million to carry out wilding pine control, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor announced as part of Biosecurity Week. “Wilding pines are a serious problem that threaten many of the unique landscapes that New Zealanders value. Community groups and trusts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health Minister Andrew Little responding to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's rejection of ...
    I was advised last night that the result of the ballot of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses Organisation members have rejected the latest proposal to settle their collective agreement. Let me be clear: the proposal was one they put to the Government. The Nurses Organisation rejected their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation introduced to Parliament
    Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Introducing the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, said the measures proposed were aimed at ending conversion practices which don’t work, are widely ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services to support people in central North Island
    New mental health and addiction services rolling out across the central North Island will improve outcomes and equity for Māori, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) Peeni Henare says. Today the Minister met with providers of the new kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction service, Poutama Ora, which will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New school site for booming West Auckland
    The Government will build on a new school site in West Auckland to cope with rapid population growth in the area, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Ministry is working with existing local schools to determine how the 1.5-hectare site at 279 Hobsonville Point Road will be used to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Trans-Tasman travel window to close at midnight tomorrow
    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi
    Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounds Funding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from here Milford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourism ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition
    The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech at the launch of the National Hepatitis C Action Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you Anglesea Pharmacy and Te Manawa Taki for hosting this event. As a doctor, I saw first hand the impact of hepatitis C. I met Moana in 2019; she came to the infectious diseases outpatient clinic at Wellington Hospital having tested positive for hepatitis C. Like ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030
    A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • School upgrades and new classrooms for West Coast, Tasman and Canterbury
    A funding injection from Budget 2021 to complete four shovel ready projects and new classrooms at six schools and kura will provide a real boost to local communities, Minister Dr Megan Woods announced today. “This Government has committed to providing quality fit for purpose learning environments and 100,000 new student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target
    The Government's highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Exemption granted for Wallabies to enter NZ
    Bledisloe Cup rugby will be played in New Zealand after the Australian rugby team received an economic exemption to enter New Zealand. Travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended on Friday for at least eight weeks following the worsening of the COVID outbreak across the Tasman. New Zealanders have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government backs critical health research
    Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Bay of Islands hospital facilities to bring services closer to home
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little have joined a ceremony to bless the site and workers for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa today. The new building will house outpatients and primary care facilities, as well as expanded renal care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Raukokore re-imagined with ‘smart’ relocatable rent to own housing
    Iwi, Crown Partnership Relocatable, fully insulated housing, connected to a new solar plant Provides a pathway to home ownership New housing in the remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokore shows how iwi and Crown agencies can work together effectively to provide warm, dry, energy efficient homes in a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cabinet accepts Turkish authorities’ request for the managed return of three NZ citizens
    Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year. Turkey has requested that New Zealand repatriate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning
    Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New station a platform for AirportLink to take off
    Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago