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Bridges is rattled, and confused

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 pm, April 9th, 2014 - 97 comments
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Simon Bridges is under considerable pressure.  Yesterday he appeared to have been caught out when it was disclosed that the areas he had designated [for oil exploration] included DOC’s largest forest park, an area described by DOC as “pristine” and “untouched”.

Today in Parliament Russel Norman asked him about this decision.  The film makes entertaining viewing.

It appears that a number of parks are included and Norman listed some of them.  They include:

Kakapōtahi Ecological Area, Te Wharau Ecological Area, Deep Creek Ecological Area, Mōkihinui Forks Ecological Area, Upper Tōtara Ecological Area, Doctor Hill Ecological Area, Mount Hārata Ecological Area, Coal Creek Ecological Area, Kaniere Ecological Area, Three Mile Hill Ecological Area, Greenstone Ecological Area, Mount Richmond Forest Park, Te Wharau Wildlife Management Area, Orikaka Ecological Area, Bell Hill – Granite Hill Ecological Area, Fletcher Creek Ecological Area, Card Creek Ecological Area, Lyall Historic Reserve and White Creek Fault Scientific Reserve.

Bridges then appears to have had something of a brain explosion.  He tried to defend himself by claiming “that was not the case when under his [Norman’s] watch there were 12 mining permits, including for exploratory petroleum, in the very area—the Victoria Forest Park— where he now says there should not be any mining in.”

Bridges then said “Russel Norman allowed open-cast coalmining in that area when he was …” until he was cut off.

It appears that Bridges thinks that Norman was a former Minister for Mining.  Someone needs to advise him that Norman has never been a Minister.  Bridges appears to be as confused as to the membership of previous Cabinets and he is about where he is allowing exploratory drilling.

97 comments on “Bridges is rattled, and confused”

  1. geoff 1

    It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so fucking infuriating that we are at the mercy of these idiots.

  2. tc 2

    Another own goal from team nact, maybe jamie lee ross can help him.

    My what a dream team this govt has.

  3. Disraeli Gladstone 3

    What’s bizarre is that he kept doing it even after both Mallard and Peters had essentially gone “umm, what? Norman hasn’t been in government, you idiot.”

    It’s like he had the lines on his notes and could not deviate from them. He was incapable of thinking on his feet.

    Another previously talked about future National leader bites the dust. Joyce and Bennett must be rubbing their hands together with glee.

    • karol 3.1

      I can see why John Key and Maurice Willliamson made an early get-a-way- “You’re on your own, Simon”.

      At one point Bridges looked like he was praying.

      • Rosie 3.1.1

        He is the “son of a preacher man” so it’s possible, and in Bridges’s position, prayers may be all he has. He certainly hasn’t got a quick wit and intelligence to rely upon, so intervention from the cosmic source maybe something he seeks when things get “trickey”.

        • Rosie 3.1.1.1

          I’m sorry, I can’t help myself.

          Here’s Dusty Springfield with Son Of A Preacher Man

    • Lanthanide 3.2

      I really hope he is a future National leader. Should be about as successful as Blinglish was.

  4. Dan1 4

    Their first response is to lie. Their eyes change: how dare they question my version of reality!

    He is another psychopath like his leader.

    Cleckley’s symptoms follow:

    Superficial charm and good "intelligence"
    Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
    Absence of "nervousness" or psychoneurotic manifestations
    Unreliability
    Untruthfulness and insincerity
    Lack of remorse and shame
    Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
    Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
    Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
    General poverty in major affective reactions
    Specific loss of insight
    Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
    Fantastic and uninviting behavior with drink and sometimes without
    Suicide threats rarely carried out
    Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
    Failure to follow any life plan.

    Some I can’t answer for, but both clots exhibit quite a few of the symptoms.

    • McFlock 4.1

      nah, bridges is just a fucking meathead who sticks with the script (even when it’s broken) because he can’t think of anything himself.

    • JonL 4.2

      Key is definitely a psychopath….Bridges?………I’d tend to go more with McFlock.

  5. Jim 5

    So what I took from this exchange was:
    1. Bridges is way out of his depth.
    2. The speaker is National’s lap dog
    3. Norman is smart, but a bit of a poser

    To be honest, the one that surprised/concerned me the most was the speaker. He excused the repeatedly incorrect assertion by Bridges by blaming the length of Norman’s question – a ruling which surely deserved a point of order of its own for its bias.

    • blue leopard 5.1

      +1 re the Speaker’s reaction – it appeared he was saying that if a member of the Opposition asks a ‘political’ question (not that I consider that one to be that much of a ‘political’ question – rather a fair one) that National members are perfectly entitled to just ‘make shit up’. This was a completely unacceptable ruling.

      • Disraeli Gladstone 5.1.1

        All the opposition MPs should come into the debating chamber with t-shirts with “I miss Lockwood” on them.

        • blue leopard 5.1.1.1

          I actually don’t think Lockwood was much better – he was just better at ‘appearing’ fair – he made plenty of unfair rulings and allowed National to continue lying and not have issues addressed properly.

          I agree though, the opposition parties need to make a very united stand to this ruling (and other ones too but this one really takes the cake) – it is outrageous to allow someone to make false statements and continue to do so. It just turns parliament into an unholy fiasco.

          • Disraeli Gladstone 5.1.1.1.1

            Lockwood wasn’t perfect. But I’d say he was the best Speaker that I’ve seen New Zealand have. So that goes back to Hunt, I think (who was pretty good himself if memory serves). Admittedly, only four people, but I’d definitely have Lockwood as the best and David Carter so far back at the bottom (with Hunt and Wilson in between and in that order). Lockwood did hold National to account a fair bit (not all the time, no) and he made ministers answer the question (as opposed to just addressing it). Even Key got called up about that.

            He was decent. That’s a sentiment I’ve seen expressed by a lot of Greens and Labour MPs.

            • blue leopard 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes a lot of people seem to like him – I found him still very bias and sometimes think that overt bias is preferable solely because then more people notice it and therefore is less likely to be swallowed. (A bit sad to have to choose between two different types of bias) But, yes perhaps Lockwood did have a bit more respect for rules and therefore could be appealed to on those grounds.

              I don’t have much to compare with because I only started following parliament when Lockwood was in.

              It seems a bit odd that a person from a political party is chosen as speaker – seems like it would be better if the speaker was chosen from somewhere a little more removed because it seems like a pretty tall ask to expect someone to make unfavourable rulings against one’s buddies.

            • Grace Miller 5.1.1.1.1.2

              If you remember Lockjaw Smith from the children’s quiz show ‘W3’ you’ll remember he hardly covered himself in glory, even then! He insisted on the children calling him ‘Sir’ at every opportunity; it was cringeworthy.

              He moved to Speaker of the House, with a sorrier set of kids to keep in line.

              Bridges ought to lay off the glass pipe; it’s makin’ him jittery and paranoid. 😉

              Watch his interview on Campbell over deep sea drilling – even knowing the two don’t much care for each other doesn’t excuse his grating, shouting, bullying performance!

              And is this news today? Only here, sadly. What a clown.

            • McFlock 5.1.1.1.1.3

              Lockwood was the sort of ref where dicey calls always seemed to fall in favour of one particular team, just at the important point in a match.

              Carter is a WWE referee, without the showmanship: blatantly biased and incompetent to the point of making shit up and scoring points accordingly. Arguing that bridges’ lies were fine because they weren’t a necessary part of the answer was just nuts.

          • Tracey 5.1.1.1.2

            i disagree. i thought wilson would be a great speaker but she was too partisan.

            i think lockwood was very even handed, which is why he got london. he had to go.

            disraeli

            nice idea about the t shirts.

            • felix 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Yeah Lockie was head and shoulders above any speaker I can remember EXCEPT when dealing with John Key, whom he let get away with absolute mayhem.

              • thatguynz

                I admit that I’m showing my ignorance on this, but why can’t the Speaker role be independent?

                • felix

                  Good question. I think only elected members of parliament can actually speak in the chamber.

                  But then the Clerk has to speak to conduct party voting, so exceptions to that are possible.

                  Any constitutional lawyers or historians around today?

                • Tracey

                  i suspect it is related to the idea that the place is full of “honorable gentlemen” , and having someone in the chair who knows the rules and practise.

                  • Wensleydale

                    That place hasn’t been full of honourable gentlemen since the last of the builders left.

    • Rodel 5.2

      Jim
      It was most unfair to ask questions to Simon, questions which had more than three big words in the sentence.

      • blue leopard 5.2.1

        lol

      • Wensleydale 5.2.2

        True. If you look carefully at the table in front of him, you’ll find that unlike that of other ministers, his is covered with lego and colouring books.

  6. RedBaronCV 6

    A minister so loved by his civ’s that they ensure his interests are looked after at every turn.

  7. One Anonymous Bloke 7

    Simon Bridges, you piece of shit.

  8. One Anonymous Bloke 9

    Bridges isn’t confused. he perjured himself deliberately, in the highest court in the land, to avoid his personal responsibility.

    He’s incompetent, so he tell lies. Just like the lying Prime Minister. Why bother arguing with scum? We might as well negotiate with the Ebola virus.

    • Murray Olsen 9.1

      As an ex-prosecutor, perjuring himself in court would come naturally. I’m surprised he does it so badly, but maybe that’s why he had to change careers?

      • North 9.1.1

        He’s found himself a new judge in Speaker Carter who lets him get away with all sorts of shit that he’d get blasted for in the inferior courts of the land. Wee ex-Crown prosecutor Simon’s a glib lying piece of shit with the intellectual morality of a lizard. We know that. So his latest dance is more or less unremarkable except as to roll in the aisles at. Most of the cabinet are mirror images. Look at Paula Bennett(oinette).

        Carter however is abominable. Treats Parliament like his home paddock. Swear at the dogs, walk outside and piss off the porch whenever he feels like it. A Tory backwoodsmen who demeans the office.

    • Stuart Munro 9.2

      I’m astonished myself at how far parliamentary standards have fallen.

      Traditionally a minister who lies to the house in respect of his area of competence must resign.

      Bridges lied.

      Why is he still in parliament?

      • felix 9.2.1

        But lying is his area of competence.

      • Tracey 9.2.2

        because this govt has made lying normal.. it started the day key said on tv he was an honest man and would hold his ministers to a higher standard than clark…

        orchestrated litany of lies comes to mind

        • North 9.2.2.1

          Makes “Eeh it’s all Labour’s fault !” look like a sweet kiss. What a spineless little dork is wee Simon. Wouldn’t give him the gloss…….

          Check out the picture. In training with Daddy.

          • Tracey 9.2.2.1.1

            Agreed

            Master: If you look like you give a shit, and then say you give a shit, Grasshopper, it matters not that you leave your footprints all over the pristine forest floors.

            Grasshopper: But Master, are we not supposed to leave no trace of where we have been

            Master: chuckle. Oh grasshopper, have you leanred nothing, we will not be around for the clean up, we will be in Hawaii.

  9. fender 10

    This is a serious work incident and the boy Bridges should be drug tested.

    • Rodel 10.1

      Not drug tested..IQ tested. Probably low 80’s at a guess.

      • McFlock 10.1.1

        Good haircut, can smile, can’t think for himself, follows simple directions to the letter… a PM’s dream cabinet member. Zero plotting, all fall-guy.

      • Rosie 10.1.2

        In fact, Bridges is so Tard that Greenpeace are saying that he should be sacked for his incompetence:

        “Simon Bridges has got to be sacked. He’s utterly, eye-wateringly incompetent.”

        http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00150/bridges-has-got-to-be-sacked-say-greenpeace.htm

        So, he’s a liar and isn’t up the job. If Key doesn’t get rid of him, then Tauranga, it’s up to you on 20th September to do so – the man is a danger to the environment and to workers too with his Employment Relations Amendment Bill

  10. Tracey 11

    interesting that mr key thinks that just because doc has something on its website doesnt mean its true… an accidental insight into the pm’s view of information? he knows how much national bullshits on their website etc?

  11. Facts and opinion weigh heavily against – Simon Bridges guilty of blatant bull

    Once could be excused as a slip but making three similar claims means Bridges looks guilty of extreme ignorance or he made blatantly false claims. Either is inexcusable for a Minister.

    • Tracey 12.1

      like dropping in for a cuppa on the way to the airport…

    • freedom 12.2

      Well done on getting Politicheck out of the gate.

      Just looked through your first Politicheck offerings…. all five of them.

      IMHO, with everything that has happened in the past six years of this National Government, it was somewhat of a shock to see the lead off articles for the big fact checking site only deal with current affairs instead of things like;

      :What the level of available funds were in the EQC coffers pre the CHCH quakes?
      :Did the mining and drilling permits follow correct procedure?
      :How many unemployed people are in New Zealand, compared to the MSD figures?
      :Pretty much everything on Blip’s list?

      Maybe I misunderstood what Politicheck was set up to do but it appears to be little more than just another blog, but one without comments. Even the “verdict” seems to be something that will be easily manipulated into whatever message of the day you are peddling. A good idea might be to list what the “verdict’ ratings actually mean.

      May I suggest a page where “Interim” verdicts can be easily linked to, i.e: tracked, or do you expect people to keep track of these things themselves?

      And the whole layout of the articles themselves is atrocious, it just looks like a big copy-paste blog with no easily identifiable difference between the copy-paste statements and the fact checking responses. The choice of template is not well thought out if clarity was intended. The chosen format allows a subtle repeating of the message, even when that message is the thing being fact checked. The Labour- National Super article being a good example.

      A simple boxing around the copy paste statements might be a good start.

      It’s early days, so I am sure I am not alone in saying I look forward to seeing how it develops.

      p.s. how is that weekly budget for poor people coming along?

      • Tracey 12.2.1

        Oh, I see, all his posting of links and figures the last few days was sow e would click on one of his links when his site opened…

        Pete, why did you not fact check the first statement of Bridges that you quoted?

        “There are over a thousand such areas, and I had not heard of all of them”

        • Pete George 12.2.1.1

          Because it wasn’t what seemed of most interest to people. I’ll see if it’s worth adding to the list.

          • Tracey 12.2.1.1.1

            so, criteria is what interests “people” not lets check the veracit of his statements.

            • Pete George 12.2.1.1.1.1

              Both interest and checking veracity. We can’t check everything all politicians say so have to pick the most pertinent issues of most interest to people. We can’t risk being accused of being too tedious and nitpicking, can we.

              • Tracey

                Then might i suggest you don’t start your quoted portions with a fact you haven’t checked? OR state that you haven’t checked that fact.

                Given Bridges was being accused of lying or making things up, whether there are “over a thousand” has some import.

                • I didn’t know it wasn’t a fact. And it’s very confusing with all the differently named parks, reserves and areas. Searching ‘ecological areas’ looks like taking a bit of work.

                  If you can post details here or email me it will speed up the process.

                  And it looks like this may be covered more in question time today.

                  • Tracey

                    what do you mean you didnt know it wasnt a fact? Did you know it was? If yes, how do you know.

                  • Mainlander

                    Pete just tell that hate filled hag to fk off she offers nothing but bile to any conversation on here

          • freedom 12.2.1.1.2

            I agree with what Tracey said.

            There are over a thousand such areas, and I had not heard of all of them

            Isn’t this statement of fact by a Minister of the Crown a complete no-brainer for a political fact checking site that has chosen to focus on the very topic whence the statement came, or am i mistaken?

            And what exactly is your qualification for this reply to Tracey’s question?

            Because it wasn’t what seemed of most interest to people

            Did you do a poll? In the precious few hours between events and posting, was their a flurry of emails by people who psychically knew you were considering doing the piece? Did you send out Carrier Pigeons?

            What is silliest of all about your reply, and the post in general, is that the story only happened yesterday. You have made numerous comments here about the thorough and time consuming process of fact checking and how Politicheck are going to be all about the integrity and yet you fall flat on the very first fact stated in that post.

            But Pete, as far gathering public opinion goes, here’s an idea.

            Once a week/month you could put up a post on Politicheck which is really a series of ‘mini posts’ being the top issues the editorial team feel should be looked at.

            As you are using ‘likes’, people can ‘like’ their preferences, and you will have an easy polling system for what your readers deem to be articles of interest for your team to work on.

            By the content so far I sense there will always be a ‘news of the day’ aspect but surely, after a month in the job, there is a long list of topics and events that you and your team are considering work on. SO, if the public input is so central then why not get the public’s opinion?

      • Pete George 12.2.2

        Re blog format, this is an interim option so we can start operating pending the development of the website. Some of the formatting issues have been addressed.

        More features will be built in to the website.

        Since before I became involved it was decided to focus mostly on topical and election related issues. We don’t want to flood it with too many posts at this stage, we’re easing into action.

        As time permits we will look back as well. If you want to contribute that would be welcome, from tips through to detailed checks. It’s all voluntary time amongst other commitments so we’ll fit in what we can and accept any assistance.

        I’ve got BLiP’s list and we’ll be looking through that.

        • Dave kennedy 12.2.2.1

          Good on you for attempting this, Pete, I just visited your new blog and think it is worthy of support. Obviously all parties would like to see a bias towards them but I admire your attempt to be impartial. All parties should be held to account for the accuracy of their claims but it does strike me that while some are genuine mistakes or sloppy research, a good number seem to be deliberate. Intent is a very important aspect to focus on although not easy to prove.

    • felix 12.3

      Yes well done getting ScrittiPolitti up and running.

      Can I suggest we all give Pete a bit of a fair go about this? I know his style of interaction here can be a pain in the arse but at least he’s trying something.

      Perhaps if we can try to be constructive with our criticism we might actually help build something for the common good rather than tearing it down at the first sign of a flaw.

      Or maybe it’s a waste of time and I’m kidding myself. I don’t know. But we’ll never know if we don’t at least let him have a go. All I am saying… ♫ is give Pete a chance. 😀

      • blue leopard 12.3.1

        +1 Felix

      • Tracey 12.3.2

        i agree. my questions above are supposed to be helping get further clarity for the project.

        i know that it is easier to criticise than create.

        • freedom 12.3.2.1

          Yup, criticism is certainly easier and because I do actually create stuff on a regular basis, I certainly know how important criticism is. I am attempting to be completely constructive in my Politicheck comments, but forgive me if a few comments are somewhat coloured by a constant gnawing in my gut that the whole thing is one big distractionary scam.

          Here at The Standard I think we will have to be careful that whatever pops up on Politicheck does not swamp the content here. This is going to be especially central to the Open Mike as the Election campaign progresses. Politicheck might be a good thing and we all can certainly encourage those that run it to do something positive, if that is the desired outcome for them.

          Maybe The Standard operators and mods could get together and consider a Politicheck board? A place where discussion on Politicheck items can be separated from general discussion. Or at least a policy guiding future discussion of the site?

          Politicheck was set up to be different from other blogs. As its mission does fall outside of what other blogs are, and if those differences are highlighted, then perhaps it will help Politicheck find its feet and become the resource we all hope it can be.

          • Tracey 12.3.2.1.1

            i have misgivings, based more on what i consider to be petes lack of experience as an editor or fact checker.

            • Pete George 12.3.2.1.1.1

              They are important aspects but it involves a lot more than just that.

              • Tracey

                do you have past experience as an editor, or any traing as an editor?

                • No training.

                  In the early 1980s I wrote and edited a computer user magazine, I wrote a correspondence course on computing and I wrote a book “Computing for beginners”.

                  For thirty years I’ve written and edited many course notes, training manuals and operating procedures – precision is essential.

                  I wrote and edited a book of poetry in 2009.

                  I’ve edited blogs for several years.

          • Pete George 12.3.2.1.2

            Politicheck is a project with a genuine aim to help improve political information, debate and behaviour. If all parties become more open and honest then we all benefit, whether our favoured party is in Government or not. We have different political backgrounds but have a common goal – better politics. That’s something that many voters want.

            I don’t want it to be an isolated enterprise. We’re in a social media world were there’s a lot of interaction, so I think we can all do better by harnessing this.

            So I want to crowd source this as much as possible. There’s already a lot of holding to account and fact checking done on blogs, so it makes sense to utilise, build on and integrate rather than work in isolation. Political blogs can still do what they want but can provide appropriate material into a neutral library. We’ll look for and pick up material anyway but working together will work better. Blogs will be a good source of leads and some detail, and Politicheck will become a useful source for blogs.

          • lprent 12.3.2.1.3

            What about a page (ie not a post) with comments? If I attach it to and item on the menu it can be persistent.

            As well as easter & anzac day I’m having a week off work from the 28th to the 2nd specifically to have time for TS. While I’m working the three days between easter monday and anzac day (I got the short straw), Lyn is away doing a writers retreat off the net. So I will be at a loose end in the evenings then as well.

            I’m sure that I will have time to do it..

  12. freedom 13

    Simple Simon met a mine man,
    mining here and there;
    Says Simple Simon to the mine man,
    How about right here?

    The mine man Says to Simple Simon,
    Is it not a special forest?
    Says Simple Simon to the mine man,
    Only if you’re honest.

    Simple Simon walked away,
    He thought about some drilling;
    Printed permits night and day,
    Had oil barons grinning.

    Simple Simon topped it all,
    With porkies in the chamber;
    Ministers should really know,
    The Ministers they’re naming

    • Tracey 13.1

      VERY GOOD!

    • Rosie 13.2

      A round of applause to you freedom 🙂

      • freedom 13.2.1

        cheers,
        I do wish I had written “digging here and there;” and ” T’is not a special forest? “,
        just for the timing and playfulness of the words but I missed the edit deadline when it struck me. In my defence, it was only one coffee into the day. That barely gets me across the studio floor 😯

  13. Tracey 14

    I can’t tell whether the picture looks like dad telling off one of his sons, or a headmaster explaining to a Head Boy how he fucked up everything for the school

  14. Lez Howard 15

    Bridges.. Key, Banks, National Wankers Paradise

  15. Delia 16

    I have always thought I followed politics reasonably well. I was surprised to learn we have had a Green govt previously and that Russel Norman had actually made decisions in that govt. It just shows I must be as deluded as some of those National MPs are.

  16. srylands 17

    It was a shocking performance by Bridges. But this is yet another example of you not focusing on the real issues – which is growth and wealth creation. What do you want the Government to do? Stop mining? There is no alternative but for New Zealand to press ahead with expanded mining and intensive farming. Unless the left wants Zimbabwean style welfare checks for its constituents. Because “green jobs” won’t do it.

    • blue leopard 17.1

      It is a big issue when the speaker of the house tells parliament members that it is perfectly o.k for a minister to make up stuff when questioned in a manner deemed ‘political’ by the speaker.

      Parliament time is a time for the government of the day to be questioned and called to account – this is an integral part of our democratic system.

      Ministers should not be supported by the speaker of the house when speaking fiction at any time – for the speaker to do so simply turns this important process into a farce.

    • vto 17.2

      “There is no alternative but for New Zealand to press ahead with expanded mining and intensive farming.”

      so what happens when it is physically not possible to keep doing this?

      and why wait until that point to do something about it?

      and the real issue is not “growth”. that is the single most misleading cry on the planet. think about it srylands – why do you supposedly need growth? what for? I tell you what for – to pay the interest on printed paper money / debt creation.

      you seriously need to expand you mind

    • McFlock 17.3

      But this is yet another example of you not focusing on the real issues – which is growth and wealth creation.

      Maybe you should write a post on growth and wealth creation yourself. Personally, I reckon that a minister blatantly lying to the house is a pretty important issue, too.

    • Tracey 17.4

      given the rich have gotten richer since 2008, wealth creation doesnt seem to be a problem. unless you are the poor bastards the wealthy are still not giving pay rises to despite the rockstar economy.

      you are just a parrot slylans

      “growth and wealth creation. growth and wealth creation. growth and wealth creation.”

      only takes a few times for it to become meaningless…

  17. Tracey 18

    why is there more outrage at dotcom, currently facing extradition, than john banks, sitting pm and former cabinet minister on criminal charges? not even front page news when he is back in court?

    • MaxFletcher 18.1

      Probably because Dotcom is still shamelessly self-promoting himself whereas Banks appears to be trying to fade away.

      • Tracey 18.1.1

        last time banks faded away, it was executive director of hujlich. he may be quieter at the moment but that doesnt mean he isnt damaging people everywhere

  18. captain hook 19

    sure he is confused. he is such a vain little popinjay the most he can consider is if the photographer has got his right side or not.

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  • COVID-19: More funding for schools and boost to construction sector
    ·       $38 million to help schools cover unexpected costs related to COVID-19 ·       $69 million upgrade for online learning ·       $107 million contingency funding to support school construction suppliers facing additional costs due to the lockdown. The Government is releasing $214 million from the COVID-19 response and recovery fund to ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Stay safe on the tracks – Rail Safety Week
    Despite the Government installing safety upgrades around the country, people should still take care around rail crossings, said Transport Minister Phil Twyford launching Rail Safety Week. Phil Twyford said installing safety infrastructure is crucial, but we are encouraging people to be more careful around trains too. “We’re making good progress ...
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  • Government backs Manawatū social housing project
    The Government is providing a cash injection to help Palmerston North City Council complete a programme to provide 78 social housing units for vulnerable tenants. The $4.7 million to build 28 units in the Papaioea Place redevelopment comes from the $3 billion set aside for infrastructure in the Government’s COVID-19 ...
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  • Major funding boost for Predator Free Banks Peninsula
    A pest free Banks Peninsula/Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū is one step closer with a $5.11 million boost to accelerate this project and create jobs, announced Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage in Canterbury today. “This is a game changer for this ambitious project to restore the native wildlife and plants on Ōtautahi/Christchurch’s doorstep ...
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  • Major investment for indoor sports in Hawke’s Bay
    A Government grant of $6.4 million will expand the Pettigrew Arena in Taradale with new indoor courts of national standard. “The project is likely to take 18 months with approximately 300 people employed through the process,” Grant Robertson said. “The expansion will increase the indoor court space up to 11 ...
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  • New infrastructure for Far North tourist town
    The Far North tourist destination of Mangonui is to receive Government funding to improve waterfront infrastructure, open up access to the harbour and improve water quality, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. A total of $6.5 million from the $3 billion set aside in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund ...
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  • Government remains committed to Women’s Cricket World Cup
    The Government has re-affirmed its commitment to supporting the hosting of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which the ICC has delayed from 2021 to 2022. “This is obviously a disappointing decision for cricket players and fans around the world and for the White Ferns and their supporters here at ...
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  • Green light for Te Awa River Ride in $220m nationwide cycleways investment
    Cyclists and walkers will now have a safer way to get around Taupō, Tūrangi, and between Hamilton and Cambridge, with funding for shared paths and Te Awa River Ride, Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. “The Te Awa River Ride is the latest part of massive growth ...
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  • Six major ‘shovel-ready’ cycleways funded in Christchurch
    Six major cycle routes will be completed in Christchurch thanks to funding from the Government’s investment in shovel-ready infrastructure as part of the COVID-19 recovery Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. $125 million will be invested to kick-start construction and fund the completion of the following cycleway ...
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  • New Police facilities for Whanganui
    Plans are underway for a brand new state-of-the-art hub for Whanganui’s justice and social agencies, following confirmation the ageing Whanganui Central Police Station is to be replaced. Police Minister Stuart Nash has announced $25 million in new infrastructure spending to improve facilities for the wider community, and for staff who ...
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  • Relativity adjustment for Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu
    An adjustment payment has been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the relativity mechanisms in their 1995 and 1997 Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The latest payments to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu are $2,700,000 and $2,600,000 respectively to ensure the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Auckland rail upgrades pick up steam
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off the start of the Auckland NZ Upgrade Programme rail projects which will support over 400 jobs and help unlock our biggest city. Both ministers marked the start of enabling works on the third main rail line project ...
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  • PGF support for Wairoa creates jobs
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $3.78 million in Wairoa will create much needed economic stimulus and jobs, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. PGF projects announced today include: $200,000 loan to Nuhaka Kiwifruit Holdings Ltd (operated by Pine Valley Orchard Ltd) to increase the productivity ...
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  • Public and Māori housing to trial renewable energy technology
    Tenants in public and Māori housing may be benefiting from their own affordable renewable energy in future – a fund to trial renewable energy technology for public and Māori housing has today been announced by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Nanaia Mahuta. ...
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  • $2.7m for Hokianga infrastructure
    Hokianga will receive $2.7 million to redevelop four of its wharves and upgrade its water supply, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Far North District Council will receive $1.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for the work on the wharves. “The work will include the construction of ...
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    3 days ago
  • New fund to support housing and construction sector
    A $350 million Residential Development Response Fund is being established to support the residential construction sector and to minimise the economic impact from COVID-19, the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods has announced. “The Residential Development Response Fund will help to progress stalled or at-risk developments that support our broader housing ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government investment to boost Auckland’s community recycling network
    As part of a broader plan to divert waste from landfill, the Government today announced $10.67 million for new infrastructure as part of the Resource Recovery Network across the Auckland region. “This key investment in Auckland’s community recycling network is part of the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group ‘shovel ready’ projects ...
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  • Te Papa transformation starts at Cameron Road
    The Government is investing $45 million in the first stage of an ambitious urban development project for Tauranga that will employ up to 250 people and help the region grow, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the funding has been allocated out of the $3 billion ...
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  • Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer
    Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. The Infrastructure Reference Group has provisionally approved $20 million for New Plymouth company Hiringa Energy to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen-fuelling stations. ...
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    4 days ago
  • New training centre to upskill workers
    A new trades training centre to upskill the local workforce will be built in the South Waikato town of Tokoroa through funding from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Government will contribute $10.84 million from ...
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  • Subsequent children legislation to change
    The Government has agreed to repeal part of the Oranga Tamariki Act subsequent children provisions, Minister for Children Tracey Martin announced today. “There are times when children need to go into care for their safety – the safety and care of children must always be paramount,” Minister Martin said. “But ...
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    4 days ago
  • Funding to expand mental health support for Pacific peoples
    A $1.5 million boost to grow primary mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples in Auckland, Hamilton and Canterbury will lead to better outcomes for Pacific communities, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.  Pasifika Futures has received funding to expand services through The Fono, Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest by ...
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    4 days ago
  • Funding boost for sustainable food and fibre production
    Twenty-two projects to boost the sustainability and climate resilience of New Zealand’s food and fibres sector have been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The $18m funding will deliver practical knowledge to help farmers and growers use their land more sustainably, meet environmental targets, remain prosperous, and better understand ...
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    4 days ago
  • Mature Workers Toolkit launched on business.govt.nz
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson welcomes an initiative that assists employers to get mature workers into New Zealand small businesses. The disadvantages that older people face in the workplace was highlighted in the whole of Government Employment Strategy.  In order to address this, a Mature Workers Toolkit has been developed and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Trans-Tasman cooperation in a COVID-19 world
    New Zealand and Australia reaffirmed today the need for the closest possible collaboration as they tackle a global environment shaped by COVID-19, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said. “In these challenging times, our close collaboration with Australia is more vital than ever,” said Mr Peters. Mr Peters and his Australian ...
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    4 days ago
  • Pike recovery efforts now in unexplored territory
    The recovery and forensic examination of the loader driven by survivor Russell Smith means the underground team are now moving into an area of the Pike River Mine that has not been seen since the explosion, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little said. “The fifth and last robot ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government confirms CovidCard trial to go ahead
    The Government has confirmed a community-wide trial of CovidCard technology as it explores options for COVID-19 contact tracing. “Effective contact tracing is a vital part of the COVID-19 response,” Minister of Health Chris Hipkins said. “While manual processes remain the critical component for contact tracing, we know digital solutions can ...
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    4 days ago
  • Enhanced process for iwi aquaculture assets
    The government is proposing changes to aquaculture legislation to improve the process for allocating and transferring aquaculture assets to iwi. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has introduced the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Amendment Bill to Parliament. It proposes a limited new discretionary power for Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited (ToKM). ...
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    4 days ago
  • Bill introduced to fix National’s Family Court reform failures
    The Minister of Justice has today introduced the Family Court (Supporting Children in Court) Legislation Bill – the next step in the ongoing programme of work to fix the failed 2014 Family Court reforms led by then Justice Minister Judith Collins.  The Bill arises from the report of the Independent ...
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    4 days ago
  • DOC takes action to adapt to climate change
    A new Department of Conservation (DOC) action plan tackles the impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s biodiversity and DOC managed infrastructure including tracks, huts and cultural heritage. Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage says extreme weather events around the country have really brought home our vulnerability to changing weather patterns. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Reduced international Antarctic season commences
    A heavily scaled back international Antarctic season will commence this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods have confirmed. “Antarctica is the only continent that is COVID-19 free,” Mr Peters said. “Throughout the global pandemic, essential operations and long-term science have continued at ...
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    4 days ago
  • New high performance sports hub for Upper Hutt
    The Government is providing up to $30 million to help fund the NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport in Upper Hutt - an investment that will create 244 jobs. “The sports hub is designed to be a world-leading shared service for a range of sports, offering the level of facilities ...
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    4 days ago
  • Govt keeps projects on road to completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today transport projects currently in construction will continue at pace due to extra Government support for transport projects to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. To keep the $16.9 billion 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme going the Government has allocated funding from the COVID Response and ...
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    4 days ago
  • First project utilising $50 million ‘shovel ready’ fund for rural broadband announced
    $50 million for further rural broadband digital connectivity has been allocated from the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the COVID Response and Recovery Fund has been announced by Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure and Kris Faafoi, Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media. The investment will go to boosting broadband ...
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