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Brash emails hit headlines again…for the wrong reason

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 pm, March 8th, 2010 - 61 comments
Categories: brand key, brethren, crosby textor, Media, Politics - Tags: , , ,

The leaked emails which helped bring about the downfall of former Nat leader Don Brash hit the headlines again today, for all the wrong reasons.

Journalists have already forgotten the insidious tricks and dodgy connections still maintained by the top echelons of the National Party. The real story is not the emails, but their contents, published in Nicky Hager’s Hollow Men. The media have a duty to intensely scrutinise the modern National Party (and other parties) for the same old tricks.

These were emails that revealed National Party connections to shifty organisations like the Exclusive Brethren. They revealed underhanded donations, radical right-wing ideology, and “dog-whistling” strategies to attempt to trick Kiwis into voting for them.

And Don Brash was just one of the men involved.

The big players are all still present in National. They include the highly influential Minister Steven Joyce, who as the 2005 campaign manager for the Nats worked very closely with the Exclusive Brethren on their $1m campaign to oust Labour. During the campaign Joyce was adamant he’d had no such connections, but The Hollow Men revealed him to be nothing more than a liar. Now, the media love him.

Of course let’s not forget about the Prime Minister John Key himself, who was fingered in the book as receiving emails from the brethren, and treated as an ‘insider’ by the Brash camp. And Key’s Government is still using many of the same Crosby/Textor strategies today. In fact Crosby/Textor are still Key’s first PR port of call.

Key may not be crying ‘one law for all’ (rather, that seems Phil Goff’s forte lately). But Key is using the same old Crosby/Textor tactics to sell tax cuts and cuts in public services. The extent to which the deception of language is used pushes morality to the brink. Apparently, under Key’s regime tax cuts for the rich will make the poor better off, and cuts in the state sector will consolidate public services.

And why wouldn’t the Nats continue using the same tactics? It’s worked wonders for them.

Ironically it was those Crosby/Textor tactics that got the Nats out of the Hollow Men pit in the first place. The story was turned swifty away from the email contents to the question of who “stole” them… The story was now a “who dunnit”.

It was a remarkably successful Tory decoy that journalists are still falling for hook, line, and sinker.

It’s time they woke up.

The media have a duty to remember the book that did their job for them.

61 comments on “Brash emails hit headlines again…for the wrong reason”

  1. SHG 1

    There’s something about people who continue to rail against the demonic influence of Crosby/Textor that puts me in mind of geriatric Japanese soldiers on Pacific islands, refusing to believe that WWII had been over for decades.

    • Tiger Mountain 1.1

      Well SHAG, Crosby/Textor are still around, senior nats are still lying, doesn’t seem that too much is over.

    • Marty G 1.2

      Crosby Textor still does all the real market testing for the Nats,focus grouping etc. Farrar’s Curia is too useless to be trusted with anything but the fortnightly poll he does for them.

  2. I would say the leader of a political party having his emails hacked into, is a massive story.

    • Marty G 2.1

      they weren’t hacked. they were passed to Hagar by an insider. Bill English is the prime contender and there’s various other people inside National who had motive and opportunity. Including Key, who, remember had had a failed coup against Brash only months earlier and got Brash’s job when he resigned because of this book.

      What was in the emails is far more interesting than who leaked them.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      Trying to spin away the corruption there Brett?

      • Brett Dale 2.2.1

        Dont care what party it is, someone getting into someone else’s emails and sending them to a Journo is wrong.

        • Mr Magoo 2.2.1.1

          So is lying. So is being a disingenuous, wretched troll of a human being.

          Like wot was uncovered in dem emails gov.

          The truth wants to be free.

        • lprent 2.2.1.2

          I suspect that parties had nothing much to do with it. However some individuals might – probably card-carrying members of the National party from the available evidence.

          • Mr Magoo 2.2.1.2.1

            I was talking about the contents of the email.

            Basically National were lying and cheating and being general bastards as per usual.

            This information wanted to be free.

    • Lew 2.3

      I would say that, too, Brett. Imagine if it had happened, and one of the two (three?) separate investigations had found the slightest shred of evidencethat wrongdoing had been committed — it would be a genuine story.

      L

    • I would say the leader of a political party having his emails hacked into, is a massive story.

      Hacked or copied?

      • the sprout 2.4.1

        Indeed.
        Unlike Brash but like the police, the report maintains it was extremely unlikely to have been a hack.
        Considering it was always obvious it was someone from the inside, it’s not surprising the police weren’t all over it like a crime of the century.

    • Kevin Welsh 2.5

      As they said on 3 News tonight, he would regularly leave printed out copies of his emails in the “to be shredded” basket..

    • George.com 2.6

      You would be correct Brett, a massive story if the leader of a political party DID have his emails hacked. It would be Brett, if it ever occurs. In the meantime, we are left with the story of someone inside National leaking Brashs emails. That is also a massive story. You should be more careful where you leave your ‘trail of blue herrings’.

      I note (Ron McDon) Key is still spinning the myth about a hack. Wonder what he has to gain by it?

  3. Bill 3

    Who stole the global change emails? The media ignored the messenger and focussed on the message.

    Who taped the Nats at their conference? The media focussed on the messenger and ignored the message.

    Who leaked the Nats emails? The media focussed on the messenger and ignored the message.

    And I’m willing to bet my shirt that by and large, leaks or info gained by stealth will be treated in the following predictable fashion.

    If the message is detrimental to market fundamentalists and their bull, then the messenger will be sought and the message ignored.

    If the message is useful to market fundamentalists and their bull, then the messenger will be ignored and the message trumpeted.

    C&T and their ilk might help to make the dynamics from a situation play out as outlined above, but they are only acting under instruction.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    The story was turned swifty away from the email contents to the question of who “stole’ them The story was now a “who dunnit’.

    I’m still amazed, and saddened, that that actually worked. The journalists should have been all over that with questioning like; “Ok, So the emails were stolen so you admit that they are real then?” followed by “As they’re real and accurate what do think of the corruption that the emails show as being endemic to the National Party of which you appear to be a main practitioner?”

    Unfortunately, our journalists are rather pathetic at their job of informing the public.

  5. Key went down in my estimation today, hard to imagine I know but it is possible, if only just.

    Nicky Hagar has stated that he received emails from no later than 2004. The election occurred in 2005. If Labour had any of the information contained in Hagar’s book before the election you can bet with boots on that they (we) would have used it.

    Hagar is not Labour’s friend. Anyone remember “Seeds of Distrust” launched just before the 2002 election?

    And Key says today without support that a leftie hacked the PS server??

    He really is full of siht.

    When is the next election?

  6. the sprout 6

    Yep, you really have to wonder who in National stood to gain the most by taking Brash down.

  7. Wow the temperature of the posts over the last 15 minutes is really, really high. I sense universal opposition to the crap line that Key is spinning.

    He could at least harbour the possibility that what he is saying has the slightest chance of being true before saying it.

  8. mike 8

    Forget their stooges the national frontmen – how the hell are we going to destroy crosby textor?

  9. Tanya 9

    National are a joke, they can’t even be honest, or listen to the public. Smile and wave – boring.

  10. mike 10

    without wishing to be conspiratorial – I believe the whole of this present bunch are a political mafia, and their agenda threatens our society and culture. we need to defend ourselves. I don’t see that garlic is going to do it.

  11. Anne 11

    I disagree about the messenger. It has become a story in itself. We now know it is a current, senior politician because Hagar confirmed as much on TV3 tonight. Have a look at the Tumeke blog site. Bomber has a highly plausible story to tell!

    I’m still struggling to learn how to link to other sites. Could someone link to Tumeke?

    [lprent: Try this link. ]

  12. Rodel 12

    The rumour I heard about the email disclosure started something like , “Hell hath no fury……”

    • Marty G 12.1

      yeah, this was the first one I heard.

      She worked in Brash’s office. Had access to all the materials including the non-email stuff, and had motivation. She’s mentioned, if I recall correctly, twice and by first name only in the book. But I don’t think she could have acted alone.

  13. Heaton 13

    Hi Anne.
    The way National work it wouldnt surprise me if Key or English leaked the emails as they would have the most to gain.
    They are great for rolling there leaders from past experience.

    Here is the URL to Tumeke. http://tumeke.blogspot.com/
    In that link I Cant work out why a IT manager would make a comment as should of operate in strick confidence and not pass on any information.
    Anyway Tanya Mickey etc I would wount vote for them either as full of Lies

    • Marty G 13.1

      From Tumeke:

      “And if the leaker was a spouse of a front bench National Party MP wouldn’t you be the first to spin it elsewhere?”

      The Mary English theory. She couldn’t have done it alone.

      From memory, at the start of the book Hager says there were six senior National figures involved, and I have no reason to doubt him.

      Giving this info to Hager was a very well thought-out move, I find it hard to believe one person did it all on their own and has never talked, never been found out.

      Farrar’s posts on the issue and his comment to Hager that he owed it to history to reveal the leaker shows the Nats are still desperate to find the mole in their ranks.

  14. Armchair Critic 14

    WTF is this even being discussed?
    We all know who leaked the emails, in our own minds, and most of us will never have it confirmed beyond reasonable doubt.
    The only news today is that the Police will not proceed further.
    But this is old, old news – what is it, six years ago, now? Meanwhile the NACT juggernaut bowls on with its plans to raise taxes, ruin Auckland and privatise its publicly owned assets, mine national parks, rort the taxpayer, increase subsidies to farmers, remove the right to freedom of expression, encourage the extinction of whales and do nothing about the economy or unemployment.
    It is not as if the content of the emails told me anything I didn’t already know about the principles held by the National party.
    Will the senior figure resign as a result? Unlikely. This is a distraction, and a not even a particularly interesting one.

    • Marty G 14.1

      It would rip National apart if a senior minister was implicated.

      • Armchair Critic 14.1.1

        True.
        It’s a question of whether the “high damage-low probability of success” strategy is more likely to succeed than the “low damage-high probability” strategy. Much as I’d love to see a senior minister implicated, I don’t expect it will happen. Meanwhile, even in a parliamentary recess, the destruction elsewhere continues.

  15. BLiP 15

    Hooten makes an interesting comment at 2:30 in this piece saying that some of the leaked information could only have come from Diane Foreman’s home . . .

    But, yeah – the “who” is far less significant than the “what”. While the media is tearing around disappearing up its own arse, Crosby/Textor has simple lifted the template and plopped it down around John Key. The sorts of questions that need asking now are: did National Ltdâ„¢ campaign on a platform of strip mining the conservation estate, trashing the 100% Pure brand, industrialising the whale fisheries, raising taxes, dismantling ACC, removing legal protections in the labour market, reducing wages, privatising Auckland, and shredding the public service? What else do they have in store for us?

  16. gitmo 16

    I think you should organise a trip to Melbourne to check out Key’s signature again.

    captcha panty sniffing

    Ah I see Armchair critic has made th same point.

  17. This is from our Glorious Leader as reported in the Herald:

    “That’s a great, sort of, nonsense, fiction put out by the left. Or bollocks is another way of putting it.”

    He firmly believed that the system had been hacked into – “but I can’t back that up” – and he had a theory on who it was.

    When pressed by journalists, Mr Key said: “There’s no question other people had access to that system. It’s a statement of fact. There are contractors that had access to those old systems.

    “The system had no capability of knowing who went in and out of it. That was one of the faults of the system.”

    Mr Key said he was not worried about his email being hacked.

    Putting to one side the language it appears that our Glorious Leader firmly believes in something that he cannot back up. There is a word for that isn’t there?

  18. The Baron 18

    You know what I still find disgusting about this whole matter?

    Labour’s horrible treatment of the Exclusive Brethren – and the perpetuation of what is basically a demonisation for political purposes, and further carried out by you here Michael.

    I understand that Labour didn’t like the fact that someone wanted to stump up $1m to oppose them. I’m not arguing the merits of that. But what I don’t like is how Labour and its members continue to persecute these people in a manner that is simply unacceptable in a supposedly free and liberal country like New Zealand. “Shifty” organisations like them huh?

    The Brethren have extreme religious views, and indeed some hinky social practices. Fine, not my cup of tea, but good luck to them. But they do not deserve to be continually singled out, ridiculed, and slandered by desperate Lefties who want to create an enemy as part of their political agenda.

    So why do you continue to perpetuate this, Michael? Wanna tell me why you see fit to tar the thousands of Exclusive Brethren with this brush, based on the actions of, what, seven of their leaders? When will you stop and just leave them alone?

    And I’d also love to know how all of you on this site think this persecution is justified?

    • The Baron 19.1

      Wow, thats some pretty blatant link whoring. If I wanted to read you, Bomber, I know where to look.

  19. Bomber 20

    Cheers Baron, here’s something special just for you

    The Brethren have extreme religious views, and indeed some hinky social practices. Fine, not my cup of tea, but good luck to them. But they do not deserve to be continually singled out, ridiculed, and slandered by desperate Lefties who want to create an enemy as part of their political agenda.

    They deserve all the contempt they receive. They HID who they were with their smear campaign, they tell their members NOT to vote yet are prepared to use their tax free wealth under church charity status to try and spin who we should vote for. They are intellectually bankrupt and without honour. They deserve nothing less.

    • They HID who they were with their smear campaign…

      Seven members of the Exclusive Brethren may have done this. The church did not, and the members of the church certainly didn’t all do it. Save your contempt for the “secret seven”.

  20. Stacktwo 21

    So let me see if I’ve got this right – This was some sort of wizard adventure involving the Secret Seven and the Famous Five, Brash, Key, Joyce . . . and Mr and Mrs English? And Constable Plod, as usual, let them all get the better of him. My question is, does anyone know what Noddy was up to?

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    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    6 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    1 week ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    1 week ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    1 week ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    1 week ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    1 week ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    1 week ago

  • Decisions made on urgent turf maintenance
    The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has announced that urgent maintenance of turf and care for plants in non-plantation nurseries will soon be able to go ahead under Level 4 restrictions. “The Government has agreed that urgent upkeep and maintenance of biological assets will be able to go ahead ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Acknowledging an extraordinary te reo champion
    E tangi ana a Taranaki iwi, e tangi ana te ao Māori, otirā e tangi ana te motu. Mōu katoa ngā roimata e riringi whānui ana, mōu katoa ngā mihi.   E te kaikōkiri i te reo Māori, e Te Huirangi, takoto mai. Takoto mai me te mōhio ko ngā ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown
    Today is day 15 of Alert Level 4 lockdown. And at the halfway mark I have no hesitation in saying, that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge. In the face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
    All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Inquiry report into EQC released
    The Government has today released the report from the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright.  Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson says the Government wants to learn from people’s experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes and other recent natural disasters. “Dame Silvia’s report documents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports air services to offshore islands
    The Government has stepped in to support vital air links to our offshore islands, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island and Motiti Island, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “As part of our $600 million support package to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the Government has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago