web analytics

Bob Parker is gone …

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, July 6th, 2013 - 41 comments
Categories: accountability, local government, uncategorized - Tags: , ,

bob parker clown

Bob Parker announced last night that he is not going to seek re-election to Christchurch’s Mayoralty.

At one level this is not surprising.  Christchurch’s Building Consent problems were a smoldering mess of an issue that kept getting worse and worse.  John Key and the Government thought for a long time that the problem was that consents were not getting processed quickly enough.  Even last month the emphasis was on the speed of consent processing.  Then suddenly the problem was that consents were being granted even though they may not meet the building code.  The last thing that Christchurch needs is doubt about the quality of its new buildings.

Things are that dire that Christchurch has lost its insurance cover for building consents, effective from July 1.  There is also talk that new buildings may have to be demolished.

This shows that Christchurch City Council’s governance is deeply, deeply flawed.  It appears that Councillors only understood the full extent of the problem recently.

What I cannot work out is why Parker or Brownlee did not pick up on this earlier.  It is not as if it was a subtle thing, the Council was issuing consents that may have been fundamentally flawed.  The first IANZ report issued last September should have rang alarm bells and added flashing red lights with bright neon spelling “warning”.

The main beneficiary of this will be Lianne Dalziel.  I cannot imagine a better person to be the next Mayor for Christchurch at a time where leadership needs to be skilled and passionate and the Council needs a complete reorganisation from the ground up.

41 comments on “Bob Parker is gone … ”

  1. karol 1

    Good to get such excellent analysis of local governance issues, micky.

    Ultimately, it looks like the buck stops with Gerry.

    Parker must feel he and his council are being made to unfairly shoulder all the responsibility, when it looks like blame should be shared with the government..

    Let’s hope Dalziel can step up and show the needed local leadership.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Thanks Karol but I obviously need a bit of help with the front page header stuff …

      • karol 1.1.1

        There should be a separate little box to add the front page blurb, underneath the main box where you type the post: called “Ultimate Tinymouse Excerpt”. If it’s not there, click on screen options at the top of the page – brings up the menu, including UTE. Default takes the beginning of the post.

        In the little box, you can type in something different.

      • Rogue Trooper 1.1.2

        …not with the illustrations though. 😀

    • David H 1.2

      But Gerry will wobble and wobble until the shit just falls on someone else. You watch I give it 2 weeks, and the NATS will be like a bunch of slavering hounds over a bit of meat and the meat will be named Parker. Because the blame can never fall on the Nats.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1

        +1

        Yep, it could never be that the fault lies with Brownlee and his demand for faster processing of consents.

    • Rogue Trooper 1.3

      some of the ‘buck’ should be taken out of Tremain’s hide.

    • Jimmie 1.4

      Yeah right. And if Brownlee had stepped in 6 or 12 months ago and appointed a crown manager over the council we would have weeping and wailing that the Nats were attacking local democracy. (Cue ECON)

      You basically have to face it that Parker and his inept CEO pretended that everything was hunky dory for too long until the facts caught up with them.

      Now they have been shuffled aside so that proper consent processes can be put in place to deal with all the building consent backlogs.

      Trying to smear the government unnecessarily just makes you look one-eyed.

      • mickysavage 1.4.1

        Jimmie

        It appears that last September a Crown Entity spotted major problems with Christchurch’s consenting processes. These were not you are taking too long sorts of problems, they were you are doing it wrong and the buildings you are certifying may not actually be safe sorts of programs. And even a couple of weeks ago the Government was still talking as if the problem was delay rather than quality.

        I thought at the time that intervention was totally inappropriate. Now that I am aware that safety and fitness are involved I believe that intervention is totally appropriate.

        But why did it take Brownlee and Williamson so long to act?

      • McFlock 1.4.2

        well, the nats would have appointed a crony who would (if chch were lucky) have been almost as competent as Parker, so this would still have happened. If not sooner and worse.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    How much effective oversight do elected officials really have over the professional bureaucracy of a City Council? I have serious doubts.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Putting politics to one side it helps to have a diversity of skills and experiences at the Council table. That way advice can be dissected and analyzed. For instance engineering experience is very helpful, accountancy is an important skill and every Council should have a lawyer 😀

      And there needs to be a certain tension between staff and the Councillors. The job of the Council is not to rubber stamp things but to second guess and review.

      Part of the problem I blame on the word processor. Documents are too long, the language too turgid and the meaning and intent far too unclear. And don’t get me started on meetings …

  3. vto 4

    We just had a consent issued that had two building code non-compliances. No matter, as we have built to in excess of the code on those two things anyway, no matter the consent and plans (as most people are doing – over the top construction for most).

    Of course, had we built to the plans and consent, inspectors would have (and did) picked up the matter post-building. Then they wipe their hands of all responsibility and say “fix it, our consent means diddly-squat”. God know why we even have consents such is their lack of rigour and the complete and utter lack of responsibility that Council takes for its consent. It takes none. This is the same for all Councils. Why have consents when they mean nothing?

    As for the staff – I feel for them. They have struggled under all of this and they continue to work with a smile and go out of their way to help at times. Good on them.

    As for Bob, he should have made this obvious decision some months ago. Now at least he will have a deserved place in the city’s history. Good for him.

    And go Dalziel. She is exactly what we need from now on…..

    • tc 4.1

      It’s not just chch, you can find a lot of this in akl to. The Nats building code changes in the 90’s together with trashing apprenticeship schemes has given us decades of shonkey builds that are falling apart now.

      A lot of retiring trades folk I’ve spoken to cant get out quick enough, they can’t get decent staff and the code and council inspectors are a joke as the standard they want to build to is beyond the code as they know what lasts and have that quaint old thing called a pride in their work.

      So you get the punter not understanding the job council want done isn’t necessarily the one you should have done, places the experienced builder in a tough spot.

      • JonL 4.1.1

        As an ex-inspector and builder, a lot of the inspecting staff are aware of what is required and go out of their way to help get to a satisfactory BUILDING solution (that also complies – that is their job, after all). They often aren’t helped by a sector of the authorities (and some inspectors, I must admit) who’s contributions to building integrity, compliance and cost effectiveness would be vastly improved if they were stuck head first down a manhole and concreted in! To a lot, they just get disheartened by seeming to bang their head against a (badly built) Hardietex wall, and chuck it in! Others stay in it, because, like some police, they try and make it work, despite the system. Some experienced builders are also, not as good as they think they are – I’d say 85% are great to work with, the rest……….

  4. Lanthanide 5

    That magazine cover of him really is nightmare fuel.

  5. MrSmith 6

    I laughed out loud when I heard about people having to wait 15 days for building permits when it was taking 3 months for EQC to just reply to emails, my house is still a broken mess after almost 3 long fuckin years. Insurance companies now dragging out the reconstruction so by the time they start there bank accounts will be full to overflowing from all the increased premiums they are now charging all of us, parasites.

    Christchurch needs leadership instead we get Clowns, Parker, Brownlee and Key.

    • Follow-the-money 6.1

      Maybe the GCSB told Key what you think about him, maybe even before you realised it yourself.

  6. Rogue Trooper 7

    some interesting observations ‘of’ Bob Parker :
    (from Campbell Live)
    -“concerned about a ‘dirty election’ ”
    -and “the political nightmare that is the Christchurch rebuild”
    -“so many things are ’emotional’ these days”.

    as an aside- What the ‘right’ want will cost us all; observe the species ‘politician’ in it’s natural habitat.

  7. Daveosaurus 8

    One question I haven’t yet heard any journalists ask, which should really be asked of Brownlee: of the allegedly non-compliant consents, what proportion of the work had been applied for by CERA with the standard “issue it – or else…” menaces?

  8. RedLogix 9

    I wonder what CCC’s own staff would have to say if they could?

    1. We’ve been expected to do 10, 20, 30 or more times more work with totally inadequate resources.

    2. We’ve struggled to attract qualified and capable people on the pay we’re allowed to offer.

    3. Our training budget got frozen.

    4. We’ve had layers of new procedures and auditing dumped on us that have slashed our productivity.

    5. We’ve had layers of management added, all of whom demand this and that from us … but none of whom progress any consents to completion.

    6. We’ve seen our ability to exercise professional judgement and discretion systematically stripped away from us, reducing us to idiot box-tickers.

    7. Everyone knew Marryatt was out of his depth.

    8. We’ve been beleaguered by an overwhelming task, we’ve been working our butts off for three years under huge personal and organisational stress … and somehow we’re still the bad guys. Why do I do this shit?

    • Macro 9.1

      My thoughts entirely! I understand that there was some outsourcing – but even so – these guys were always on a hiding to nothing.

    • mickysavage 9.2

      Agreed RL. My comments are addressed at management rather than the workers themselves. On reflection my comment about “reorganisation from the ground up” should refer to the top echelons of management.

  9. Follow-the-money 10

    I was wondering if the blowtorch is being pointed at Christchurch Council, so that it points away from everyone else. Others seem to hear similar bells ringing.

    Shakespeare couldn’t have written a better plot, if so (ok, it could have been Bacon, but that’s not the point…).

  10. Chooky 11

    Agreed….smells of dead rat somewhere…

    Maybe it is not a question of quality of engineering (and CCC building consents) but geology!..ie “houses built on sand” ..and sinking mud…and rising water tables..Maybe the Nat govt doesnt want to go there …..focus on the real question of geology ….because of implications for Ecan and that ‘can of worms’!!!!….. Just being a naughty conspiracy theorist here….Is it true that irrigation and fracking can sink/flood cities built on deltas ? I think some Canadian academic expert has done some research on this.

    How many buildings in Christchurch are structurally sound but sinking at one end or another or in the middle?….facts and figures?….how many of these are being condemned?.( Town Hall?) …If this is the issue, the CCC workers could be being made scapegoats for an impossible situation… regarding implications of consents and future insurance liabilities.

  11. BrucetheMoose 12

    Brownlee needs to go next. His atrocious handling of EQC and the major issues that continually impact on the city, such as completely ignoring the rental/property crisis, insurance woes and the entire central city rebuild is appalling. His ineptness is astounding beyond belief. Time for new leadership in this arena as well.

  12. mickysavage 13

    For a more detailed and nuanced view of the issues Puddleglum’s analysis should be read.

  13. For saying what needs to be said in far fewer words than I can ever seem to manage, mickysavage’s analysis should be read 🙂

    • mickysavage 14.1

      Flattery will get you everywhere!

    • RedLogix 14.2

      Or to put your wonderful analysis into one sentence PD; Parker finally realised that while he was able to steer his city through the disaster of the earthquake … the disaster that is Brownlee is a whole different matter.

  14. Chooky 15

    Or Parker realised he was part of the problem by recommending/instigating the annexation of Ecan away from Cantabrians’ democratically elected control and headed by responsible scientists and environmentalists balancing farmer irrigation interests…..towards a NatParty governance in the interests of dairying and big irrigation schemes.

  15. Chooky 16

    Hasn’t the new Christchurch Art Gallery, structurally/engineeringly sound, sunk at one end ?

    How many other new, structurally sound buildings are in the same situation….Has a count been done?…or is this issue being swept under the political carpet….and CCC workers being blamed for not delivering on consents( fast enough and then lacking in quality ).

  16. He did a good job, hope he enjoys his time with family, hats off to him.

  17. Sable 18

    I think Bob Parker did the best he could under trying circumstances. Having hapless, disorganised old Gerry Brownlee, flapping around in Christchurch can not have helped.

  18. muzza 19

    Local Governance, Central Governance…

    Same people, same mindset, same team, same outcomes!

    I’m sure the next puppet will be different!

  19. unicus 20

    A corrupt National Party government – a National Party dominated Council – a neo-lib CEO . Fishy ? – this reeks of tory predacity

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission report shows progress
    Health Minister Andrew Little welcomes the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission’s assessment that transformation of New Zealand’s approach to mental health and addiction is underway. “This is an important step in the Government’s work to provide better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Over $300m returned to COVID-hit travellers
    The Government’s Consumer Travel Reimbursement Scheme has helped return over $352 million of refunds and credits to New Zealanders who had overseas travel cancelled due to COVID-19, Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says. “Working with the travel sector, we are helping New Zealanders retrieve the money owed to them by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hundreds more schools join free lunches programme
    An additional 88,000 students in 322 schools and kura across the country have started the school year with a regular lunch on the menu, thanks to the Government’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches programme. They join 42,000 students already receiving weekday lunches under the scheme, which launched last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt’s balanced economic approach reflected in Crown accounts
    New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected. The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU). The operating balance before gains ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Over half of border workforce receive first vaccinations
    More than half of New Zealand’s estimated 12,000 border workforce have now received their first vaccinations, as a third batch of vaccines arrive in the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. As of midnight Tuesday, a total of 9,431 people had received their first doses. More than 70 percent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boost in funding to deliver jobs while restoring Central Otago’s lakes and waterways
    The Government is significantly increasing its investment in restoring Central Otago’s waterways while at the same time delivering jobs to the region hard-hit by the economic impact of Covid-19, says Land Information Minister, Damien O’Connor.   Mr O’Connor says two new community projects under the Jobs for Nature funding programme will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Next stage of COVID-19 support for business and workers
    The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend. Following two new community cases of COVID-19, Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt committed to hosting Rugby World Cup
    The Government remains committed to hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2022 should a decision be made by World Rugby this weekend to postpone this year’s tournament. World Rugby is recommending the event be postponed until next year due to COVID-19, with a final decision to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Support Available for Communities affected by COVID-19
    Community and social service support providers have again swung into action to help people and families affected by the current COVID-19 alert levels. “The Government recognises that in many instances social service, community, iwi and Whānau Ora organisations are best placed to provide vital support to the communities impacted by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt announces review into PHARMAC
    The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The Review will focus on two areas: How well PHARMAC performs against its current objectives and whether and how its performance against these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Impressive response to DOC scholarship programme
    Some of the country’s most forward-thinking early-career conservationists are among recipients of a new scholarship aimed at supporting a new generation of biodiversity champions, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. The Department of Conservation (DOC) has awarded one-year postgraduate research scholarships of $15,000 to ten Masters students in the natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to ANZLF Virtual Indigenous Business Trade and Connections Event
    I acknowledge our whānau overseas, joining us from Te Whenua Moemoeā, and I wish to pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you all today. I am very pleased to be part of the conversation on Indigenous business, and part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Main benefits to increase in line with wages
    Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today that main benefits will increase by 3.1 percent on 1 April, in line with the rise in the average wage. The Government announced changes to the annual adjustment of main benefits in Budget 2019, indexing main benefit increases to the average ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Maru (Taranaki)
    A Deed of Settlement has been signed between Ngāti Maru and the Crown settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The Ngāti Maru rohe is centred on the inland Waitara River valley, east to the Whanganui River and its ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Support in place for people connected to Auckland COVID-19 cases
    With a suite of Government income support packages available, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni is encouraging people, and businesses, connected to the recent Auckland COVID-19 cases to check the Work and Income website if they’ve been impacted by the need to self-isolate. “If you are required to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on passing of former PNG PM Sir Michael Somare
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her condolences at the passing of long-serving former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare. “Our thoughts are with Lady Veronica Somare and family, Prime Minister James Marape and the people of Papua New Guinea during this time of great ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the National Māori Housing Conference 2021
    E te tī, e te tā  Tēnei te mihi maioha ki a koutou  Ki te whenua e takoto nei  Ki te rangi e tū iho nei  Ki a tātou e tau nei  Tēnā tātou.  It’s great to be with you today, along with some of the ministerial housing team; Hon Peeni Henare, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Drone project to aid protection of Māui dolphin
    The Government is backing a new project to use drone technology to transform our understanding and protection of the Māui dolphin, Aotearoa’s most endangered dolphin.    “The project is just one part of the Government’s plan to save the Māui dolphin. We are committed to protecting this treasure,” Oceans and Fisheries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New water regulator board announced as major Government reform moves forward
    Major water reform has taken a step closer with the appointment of the inaugural board of the Taumata Arowai water services regulator, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. Former Director General of Health and respected public health specialist Dame Karen Poutasi will chair the inaugural board of Crown agency Taumata Arowai. “Dame ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • North Auckland gets public transport upgrade
    The newly completed Hibiscus Coast Bus Station will help people make better transport choices to help ease congestion and benefit the environment, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said today. Michael Wood and Phil Goff officially opened the Hibiscus Coast Bus Station which sits just off the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting work to protect Northland reserve
    New funding announced by Conservation Minister Kiri Allan today will provide work and help protect the unique values of Northland’s Te Ārai Nature Reserve for future generations. Te Ārai is culturally important to Te Aupōuri as the last resting place of the spirits before they depart to Te Rerenga Wairua. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Critical step to new housing deal for Pacific communities
      Today the Government has taken a key step to support Pacific people to becoming Community Housing providers, says the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This will be great news for Pacific communities with the decision to provide Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding and a tender process to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Consultation opens on proposed Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on a proposed marine mammal sanctuary to address the rapid decline of bottlenose dolphins in Te Pēwhairangi, the Bay of Islands. The proposal, developed jointly with Ngā Hapū o te Pēwhairangi, would protect all marine mammals of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Three District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.    Two of the appointees will take up their roles on 1 April, replacing sitting Judges who have reached retirement age.     Kirsten Lummis, lawyer of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access
    Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access The Government changed the KiwiSaver rules in 2019 so people with life-shortening congenital conditions can withdraw their savings early The four conditions guaranteed early access are – down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder An alternative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank to take account of housing in decision making
    The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into account government policy relating to more sustainable house prices, while working ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Investment to reduce cochlear implant waitlist
    The Labour Government will invest $6 million for 70 additional adult cochlear implants this year to significantly reduce the historical waitlist, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Cochlear implants are life changing for kiwis who suffer from severe hearing loss. As well as improving an individual’s hearing, they open doors to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Māori wards Bill passes third reading
    The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill passed its third reading today and will become law, Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. “This is a significant step forward for Māori representation in local government. We know how important it is to have diversity around ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers 1,000 more transitional housing places
    The Government has added 1,000 more transitional housing places as promised under the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan (HAP), launched one year ago. Minister of Housing Megan Woods says the milestone supports the Government’s priority to ensure every New Zealander has warm, dry, secure housing. “Transitional housing provides people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech doses arrives safely – as the first vaccinations take place in the...
    A second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrived safely yesterday at Auckland International Airport, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “This shipment contained about 76,000 doses, and follows our first shipment of 60,000 doses that arrived last week. We expect further shipments of vaccine over the coming weeks,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $18 million for creative spaces to make arts more accessible
    The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni has today announced $18 million to support creative spaces. Creative spaces are places in the community where people with mental health needs, disabled people, and those looking for social connection, are welcomed and supported to practice and participate in the arts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Moriori Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading
    Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little today welcomed Moriori to Parliament to witness the first reading of the Moriori Claims Settlement Bill. “This bill is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work from all the parties involved. “I am delighted to reach this significant milestone today,” Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government action reduces child poverty
    22,400 fewer children experiencing material hardship 45,400 fewer children in low income households on after-housing costs measure After-housing costs target achieved a year ahead of schedule Government action has seen child poverty reduce against all nine official measures compared to the baseline year, Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Entries open for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
    It’s time to recognise the outstanding work early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura do to support children and young people to succeed, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says. The 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open through until April 16. “The past year has reminded us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Jobs for Nature benefits three projects
    Three new Jobs for Nature projects will help nature thrive in the Bay of Plenty and keep local people in work says Conservation Minister Kiri Allan. “Up to 30 people will be employed in the projects, which are aimed at boosting local conservation efforts, enhancing some of the region’s most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Improvements to the Holidays Act on the way
    The Government has accepted all of the Holidays Act Taskforce’s recommended changes, which will provide certainty to employers and help employees receive their leave entitlements, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said the Government established the Holidays Act Taskforce to help address challenges with the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ’s credit rating lifted as economy recovers
    The Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and faster than expected economic recovery has been acknowledged in today’s credit rating upgrade. Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) today raised New Zealand’s local currency credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook. This follows Fitch reaffirming its AA+ rating last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to National Remembrance Service on the 10th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake
    Tena koutou e nga Maata Waka Ngai Tuahuriri, Ngai Tahu whanui, Tena koutou. Nau mai whakatau mai ki tenei ra maumahara i te Ru Whenua Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga mate ki te hunga mate Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga ora ki te hunga ora Tena koutou, Tena ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government reaffirms urgent commitment to ban harmful conversion practices
    The Minister of Justice has reaffirmed the Government’s urgent commitment, as stated in its 2020 Election Manifesto, to ban conversion practices in New Zealand by this time next year. “The Government has work underway to develop policy which will bring legislation to Parliament by the middle of this year and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New creative service aims to benefit 1,000 peoples’ careers
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Social Development Hon Carmel Sepuloni today launched a new Creative Careers Service, which is expected to support up to 1,000 creatives, across three regions over the next two years. The new service builds on the most successful aspects of the former Pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago