Both Eyes Open shows activism alive and well

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, September 24th, 2008 - 35 comments
Categories: activism, election 2008 - Tags:

The Vote with Both Eyes Open posters had a star turn yesterday when Annette King presented them as evidence that activism is alive and well in New Zealand despite attacks from National that the Electoral Finance Act is scaring people off. Bill English didn’t look at all comfortable as King read from the poster about him, listing his actions as a minister in the 1990s.

Gerry Brownlee rose to ask how the posters King had could be in such good nick if they had been removed from lamp-posts. Well, the answer is obvious, Gerry. You can download them from Vote with Both Eyes Open, or from The Standard’s Campaign Hub where you can find materials authorised by a number of different people. Looking at our stats package, I can see that these posters and materials have been downloaded hundreds of times, presumably to be printed out in substantial batches all around the country. I’ve seen many Both Eyes Open posters around Wellington and I know thousands of leaflets from the Hub have been distributed.

But this is just the beginning, we need to get tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of leaflets and posters out there before election day. We need more authorised designs sent in for posting on the Hub to be printed off. Bill English says it can’t be done because of the EFA. Show him how wrong he is.

35 comments on “Both Eyes Open shows activism alive and well”

  1. vto 1

    You talk absolute dribbly dribble very often SP.

    How on earth can this be called ‘Both Eyes Open’ when it fails to mention Clark’s role in rogernomics and the supposed ‘failed policies of the past’. Similarly Cullen and many others. The number of possible posters across the entire specturm would be uncountable.

    It is clearly in fact ‘One Eye Open’.

    What a load of horse poop.

  2. Matthew Pilott 2

    vto, instead of a piss, whinge, cry and moan here, I think the point is you start your own campaign, and see if it gets any support.

  3. vto. if you want to have a cry about the name they gave themselves, go complian to them on their website.

  4. Patrick 4

    vto – instead of whining like a school kid, why don’t you create and distribute your own posters – it’s quite legal under the EFA.

  5. yl 5

    your a dork vto,

    clearly Steve didnt name it. He is only writing about them.

    Why would you complain to Steve about what they are doing. Go to the site and do it yourself.

    I have also seen these posters throughout Palmerston North. It is good to see the message is getting out there.

    Kia Kaha both eyes open

  6. vto 6

    harden up.

    no campaigning like that for me. I’ll waste the odd bit of time here exposing the flaws and double triple standards of various ideas and philosophies of the version of the left espoused here.

    re accusing SP of the name etc – woops. but it is still a load of horse poop to call it ‘Both Eyes Open’ when it is as one-eyed as dun mihaka during the queen’s visit.

  7. Scribe 7

    I know it isn’t your site, Steve, but do you know if the Both Eyes Open people would accept posters exposing Labour MPs in the same way they have National’s? Or is it just producing anti-National material (which is their prerogative, of course)?

  8. vto 8

    You know, that’s the thing about ‘campaigning’. Each side presents its ideas as truths when it is always far from it. And that causes the annoyance meter to redline. And these crappy posters (actually quite good unfortunately) are a perfect example of pretending to present factual info when it is clearly just one slice of a far bigger picture.

    It’s like Winston Peters claiming to have told the truth at the PC, when the truth he refers to is his comment about the morning’s coffee being crap.

  9. Patrick 9

    So vto – the grand total of campaigning you are going to do this year is whining on left wing blogs? Good on you.

  10. yl 10

    Scribe,

    i know that it is a leap of faith. But have you actually read the posters.

    Everything on the poster is true. None of it is made up. This means that if you thought privatization, global warming is a hoax etc were correct ideas then the poster would be encouraging you to vote for the MP.

    This makes the fact that they are only of National MP’s irrelevant.

    The posters are only anti national if you disagree with what they are saying. It depends on if you think the ideas are correct or not.

    In that scene they dont tell you to vote either way, but rather make sure you know what the MP has done when they are voting. Think of it as public education.

  11. vto 11

    yep. thanks.

    and hopefully it will not be just digs in the ribs that provoke responses, as currently hard questions just get ignored. more response on this horse poop than anything else.

  12. Scribe 12

    yl,

    But have you actually read the posters. Everything on the poster is true. None of it is made up.

    Have you read my post? I didn’t suggest what the posters said weren’t true. I asked if Vote with Both Eyes Open would accept similar posters detailing the actions of Labour MPs.

    Based on what you’ve said, surely the answer would be yes. After all, the Vote with Both Eyes Open would mean being exposed to the voting records of MPs from both sides of the aisle, right?

  13. yl 13

    Scribe,

    no i dont think that this group needs to do them from both sides.

    The education of National MP’s to the wider public is because they have been involved with saying climate change is a hoax, privatized New Zealanders key assets. And in Lockwood’s case lied about abolishing students fees.

    Now 9 years on we seem to have the same MP’s saying very different things. These posters aim to make sure the wider public know what they have done in their past.

    If Both Eyes Open want to set up posters showing this then it is up to them. If you want to create Labour ones then go right a head. It is the joys of living in a democracy. But make sure that you register as a third party.

  14. Matthew Pilott 14

    Scribe and vto, when Labour were going for election in 1999, you could have made similar posters about Labour MPs, detailing their role in a previous government.

    The public would have been able to read those posters, and decide whether what those MPs had done in the past was relevant to what they would do if sucessful in 1999.

    Was there any indication in 1999 that Labour was looking to continue its abberant right-wing turn of the 80s? I didn’t think so; you might have thought otherwise, and subsequently been proven wrong.

    Now, with these posters – the public will look and decide: is there anything National are doing now that makes their previous tenures seem relevant? Answer is yes, for me, and many others. I may be proven wrong. I hope I don’t get to find out, but if I do I will welcome being wrong.

    Anyway, make all those posters about Labour MPs in the 80s if you wish – but seeing as they’ve had power for the last 9 years I can’t see why any member of the public would think they’re relevant.

    Both eyes open indeed – keep your mind open too!

  15. Felix 15

    Scribe actually pointed out in his original question that of course it is their prerogative to publish whatever they see fit to (within the law of course).

    Scribe, were you just asking if anyone here knew if there was a stated policy about what they will publish?

  16. vto 16

    MP, you make a point.

    Re the actual point of the posters (to move the ding dong on) and Nats previous positions compared to today – as I have said before, if there is a ‘secwet agenda’ out there and it gets implemented, as these posters expressly imply, then the Nats will be the most hated people in the land and the party will shrivel to a raisin before the sun goes down.

    That is why I do not accept there is a ‘secwet agenda’ and some covert plan to start re-implementing the policies of previous nat and lab govts, contrary to their current ‘manifesto’.

    I sincerely hope (if there is a change of govt) for the sake of the country and our democracy that you fullas are wrong about the implication behind the posters.

  17. Scribe 17

    Felix,

    You and I are rarely on the same page, but thanks for reading what I actually said.

    Yes, I was asking if the website would run, for example, a poster submitted by outsiders outlining policies of Labour MPs.

  18. yl 18

    vto,

    what do you mean?

    If you have time go to a Library or are lucky enough to have the National Party 1990’s manifesto titled “A Decent Society” read through it. Because Jim Boldger promised a change of direction for New Zealand, away from the market policies that Labour had been working with for the previous 6 years.

    Instead we saw a continuation on these market policies. Some would argue that we saw even more drastic reforms.

    During those nine years the National party did become hated by a lot of New Zealanders. This is reflected in there 20 something percent polling at the 2002 election.

    Unfortunately with the public being so trusting all it takes is 9 years apparently, for the public to forget about the 1990’s, and be ready to give their vote to a party that is singing from a new song sheet. Despite the fact that the people singing are the same.

  19. Felix 19

    Why don’t you ask them?

  20. Scribe 20

    I thought some of the people involved would visit The Standard from time to time and expected it might be answered more quickly here.

  21. yl 21

    Scribe,

    I really doubt that they would because they do not think that Labour MP’s Green MP’s ACT MP’s Maori MP’s etc have the same credibility issues that they have National MP’s.

    Here is the link to post a comment http://botheyesopen.org.nz/?p=5#more-5

  22. Matthew Pilott 22

    Scribe – I imagine it is a left-leaning group and would be unlikely to, but it depende on your message. If you had material about holding politicians to account for their promises or relevant record, then you can only try. I was more addressing vto with my previous point, but still wanted to suggest that you couldn’t expose Labour MPs in the same way as those posters expose Nationals’.

    vto – I believe there are many ways that National could get around the intent of their words on various promises. I.e. keep an SOA, but ‘rent’ all their assets to a private company. A secret agenda need to be trying to get elected and then expressly violating all of their promises, as you seem to be implying.

    Over and above the promises is the idea that this is a new, fresh, centrist National. What if that’s just an electable facade? That’s where my thoughts lie – if they were to get in that facade would slip very quickly and a lot of stuff they haven’t talked about will come out quick-smart, with plenty of excuses as to why they’re necessary.

    Many voters would find it difficult to respond to such a course of action. Especially because they have no ‘manifesto’ (interesting you chose that word), and I understand have chosen not to relsease one this year. Hardly reassuring in of itself. Just think how little detail there is about what they will do – they could get in and do whatever they want, and there will be so little with which to hold them to account.

    That’s my view of a secret agenda. A little more subtlety and creativity, same effect.

  23. Matthew Pilott 23

    Meant to be SOE, not SOA.

  24. vto 24

    yl,

    1990 was one year when my vote went to the left, contrary to the vast bulk of the population. I had certain views of the then nat and lab lots.

    My views today are quite different when it comes to credibility, trust and honesty. Oh, and policies that work for NZ. And labour falls well short.

  25. Anita 25

    Does anyone know where the strategic deficit theory is at with National?

    That is, give tax cuts, commit to other spending, “suddenly discover” that the fiscal situation is worse than expected and that service cuts are regrettable but unavoidable. The 2005 Nats seemed to be constructing this, the 2008 Nats have a very similar look about them.

    I guess we can’t do the maths until their tax cuts are announced, but the rest of their spending promises look pretty dubious.

  26. vto is having a whinge and having a cry. Typical tory boy!

    [lprent: Over the top. But I see vto has already explained that. ]

  27. vto 27

    MP, we will have to disagree and wait and see.

  28. vto 28

    illuminatedtiger, wtf you on about? I had a dig at the start and then have swapped some views with others. As one of the lone people more from the right on here I guess I will get subjected to more shit than others. So, great bit of shit. Useless turd.

    To fire some shit back – why is that so much shit-throwing from the left sounds like comments you would expect from catty schoolgirls, schoolgirl?

  29. Chopper Read says harden the fuck up vto!

  30. Matthew Pilott 30

    vto – hopefully we never find out! heh…

    *but* – do you honestly think they’re going to be positive, ambitious and happy, and do nothing like the tricks of the past – privatise ACC, slash benefits, raise super age, sell assets, bulk fund schools and such? You genuinely don’t think that, or some equivalent I lack the imagination to imagine, will happen?

  31. Matthew Pilott 31

    Eh IT? He’s not trolling… Whilst I find that chopper clip very funny, it’s not called for here.

  32. vto 32

    ha ha, Chopper Read. Great call – bonus point.

  33. vto 33

    MP, stop putting doubts into my mind.

    But seriously, no I don’t believe they will. But I do suspect they will, during a first term, push for a mandate for changes during subsequent terms along lines that veer towards those things you say (I say veer because I don’t believe the public have an appetite for any sort of a sharp turn – in any direction).

  34. Matthew Pilott 34

    Ok, vto, so they’re pushing for a mandate. That would mean that their public facade is fairly strong, although in reality they haven’t changed – just trying to moderate their actions out of necessity.

    But what if conditions dictate such a turn is required? It wouldn’t be hard for a government to engineer those conditions. Lew had an example of allowing a little bit of competition into ACC. All the lucrative stuff gets targeted, leaving ACC to pay the heavy bills. Suddenly, our world-leading insurance scheme is struggling. “Well I’m sorry, New Zealand, but we’ll have to privatise it…”

    Insurers profit, people have “choice” (wow – Tower or AMI, I must be in heaven), and on average, the public loses out.

    One example of many possible.

  35. Im happy to see a lot of vote national and anti labour posters in my area of town, and considering that I’m in a labour strong hold, its looking good, although I disagree with the vandals who have destroyed Labour’s billboards.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Young Pacific people can access earning and learning opportunities in Hawke’s Bay, Otago and South...
    Pacific young people living in the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions will have access to support services that have proved successful in helping young people find new earning and learning opportunities. “Tupu Aotearoa is about changing Pacific young peoples’ lives. Our young people are talented, they are smart, they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Protecting wellbeing – ACC HQSC Trauma Forum
    Introduction As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments. From those who hold people’s lives in their hands, to the people who research technique, technology and trends, your work is highly valued. A special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy in good shape – notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch
    Notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch – Wednesday 9 October 2019 Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
    Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important. “This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Cultural Ministers Meeting
    Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni will represent the government at Australia’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers in Adelaide this week. “This year’s meeting is special because New Zealand is expected to become an International Member of the Meeting of Cultural Ministers at this Australian forum,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “The meeting is an opportunity to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 608 claims resolved by GCCRS in first year
    The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service has resolved 608 insurance and EQC claims in its first year in operation, Minister Megan Woods has announced. The government service, which celebrates its first birthday today, provides a one stop shop to help Cantabrians still battling to get their homes repaired or rebuilt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ economy in good shape
    Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There has been an increasing amount of attention paid to the outlook ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZTA to refocus on safety following review
    The Government is acting swiftly to strengthen NZTA’s regulatory role following a review into the Transport Agency, and Ministry of Transport’s performance as its monitor, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. An independent review by Martin Jenkins has found NZTA failed to properly regulate the transport sector under the previous ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint Cooperation Statement on Climate Change between the Netherlands and New Zealand
    The Netherlands and New Zealand have a long-standing and close relationship based on many shared interests and values. We value the rule of law, our democracies, and multilateralism.  And we value our environment – at home and globally. Right now there are major global challenges in all of these areas – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government putting right Holidays Act underpayment in Health
    The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark.  Initial sampling of District Health Boards payroll records has found that around $550-$650 million is owed to DHB staff to comply with the Holidays Act. It’s expected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government accounts show strong economy
    A strong surplus and low debt show the economy is performing well, and means the Government is in a good position to meet the challenges of global economic uncertainty. “The surplus and low levels of debt show the economy is in good shape. This allows the Government to spend more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Ministers approve application to expand Waihi mine
    New applications from mining company OceanaGold to purchase land in Waihi for new tailings ponds associated with its gold mines have been approved. Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Associate Minister of Finance David Parker considered the applications under the Overseas Investment Act. Earlier this year, applications from OceanaGold to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla launches with tribute to tangata whenua
    New Zealanders in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay will witness Māori, Pākehā and Pacific voyaging traditions come together today as the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla assembles for the first time, Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis says. “Tuia 250 is a national commemoration and an opportunity for honest conversations ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Visit to advance trade agenda with Europe and the Commonwealth
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker leaves tomorrow for Dubai, London and Berlin for a series of meetings to advance New Zealand’s trade interests.  In Dubai he will visit New Zealand’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 where construction is underway.  There he will meet Minister of State for International Cooperation, Her ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More cancer drugs confirmed – even more on horizon
    Confirmation that PHARMAC will fund two new cancer drugs is further evidence of the good progress the Government is making to improve the treatment of New Zealand’s leading cause of death, Health Minister David Clark says. From 1 December PHARMAC will fund alectinib (Alecensa) for ALK positive advanced non-small cell ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Boost for women in high performance sport
    An additional $2.7 million has been announced for the Government Strategy for Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation on the first anniversary of the strategy’s launch. Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson gave the opening address to the first Sport NZ Women + Girls Summit in Wellington today, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Parent support to help retain skilled migrants
    As part of its work to ensure businesses can get the skilled workers they need, the Coalition Government is re-opening and re-setting the Parent Category visa programme, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. The move will: support skilled migrants who help fill New Zealand’s skills gaps by providing a pathway for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Senior NZDF Officer to lead Peacekeeping Mission in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today announced Major General Evan Williams of the New Zealand Defence Force has been selected as the commander of a significant, longstanding peacekeeping mission in the Middle East. In December, Major General Williams takes over as Force Commander for the Multinational Force and Observers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nurses star as Govt rebuilds health workforces
    A record number of nurses are now working to deliver health services to New Zealanders as the Government’s increased funding and new initiatives rebuild key workforces start to show results, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. •    1458 more DHB nurses since the Government took office •    106 more midwives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New agricultural trade envoy appointed
    Farmer and former Nuffield scholar Mel Poulton has been appointed New Zealand’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy, Minister for Trade and Export Growth, David Parker, and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, announced today. The position supports key Government objectives, including raising the value of New Zealand agricultural goods and services. Mel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific and Māori voyaging heritage celebrated for Tuia 250
    New Zealand’s Pacific and Māori voyaging heritage is acknowledged and celebrated today as waka of the Tuia 250 voyage flotilla arrive in Tūranga / Gisborne. “Today we celebrate Tangata Whenua, the first people of Aotearoa, and the triumphs of the voyaging tradition that brought our ancestors here from Polynesia 1000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages are a root from which prosperity will grow
    “Fijian Language Week starts on Sunday and the theme reminds us how important it is that we each have something to anchor ourselves to, something that can help us pause and feel in control in a rapidly changing world,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. “Family, culture, faith, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ Government establishes innovative, industry-focused Airspace Integration Trials Programme
    The Government is establishing an Airspace Integration Trials Programme to support the safe testing and development of advanced unmanned aircraft and accelerate their integration into the aviation system, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods announced today. The Government will work with leading, innovative aviation industry partners to test and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Safety upgrades and certainty for Ōtaki highway
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today welcomed the NZ Transport Agency’s decision to fund urgent safety improvements and confirm the designation of the Ōtaki to North of Levin highway. Safety upgrades will be made along 23.4km of the existing state highway, running along SH1 from the end of the Peka Peka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Playing our part to support refugees in our region and the world
    New Zealand playing its part in Asia-Pacific and globally are behind changes announced today to the Coalition Government’s three year refugee quota policy, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “We are proud to be a welcoming and inclusive nation committed to supporting some of the world’s most vulnerable people to rebuild ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting thriving inclusive communities
    Creating thriving regions and inclusive local communities is the aim of the Welcoming Communities programme being rolled out across the country, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway today. A successful pilot of the scheme ran over the last 2 years led by Immigration New Zealand and involved ten councils across five regions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Takahē population flying high
    Takahē may be flightless but their population is flying high with the official count reaching 418 after a record breeding season that produced an estimated 65 juveniles, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “The population reaching a high of 418 is great news for takahē which were considered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand makes further climate commitments
    New Zealand is today taking action to reduce the potent global warming hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, Climate Minister James Shaw and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. “The global agreement to reduce these potent greenhouse gases is another step in New Zealand’s commitment to reduce global warming. It is estimated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago