web analytics

Bridges to Nowhere

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 pm, February 29th, 2016 - 37 comments
Categories: accountability, infrastructure, nz first, Politics, same old national, transport, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , ,

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has been derailed by his underlings at Kiwirail. Or he’s been caught lying. Or he hasn’t got the first clue about what’s going on in his portfolio. Whatever his specific inadequacy is, his resignation should be on John Key’s desk in the morning.

Bridges has repeatedly said that the Otiria to Portland line in the North was not going to be closed. This evening, the truth came out.

Kiwirail has told major customer MWC (Marasumi Whangarei Co.) that the line north of Kauri will be mothballed next year. Leaked documents show that maintenance issues and knackered wagons mean the line is no longer viable. In short, Minister Bridges has failed to make sure a major rail corridor he is responsible for remains open, despite repeatedly saying it was not under threat.

This is a huge blow for the region. MWC will have truck its logs south to the port, further congesting and ruining the already substandard Northland roading network. Remember John Key’s by-election promise to fix Northland’s bridges? Did Key also know what was coming, putting money aside to minimise the damage the extra trucks would do?

Northland MP Winston Peters accuses Bridges of lying, claiming the Minister was in the know about the line’s grim future. The emails show that days after Bridges assured the house there were no plans to mothball the line, Kiwirail were sending emails that said precisely the opposite.

“When you say something that’s not true like that, you’ve got to be accountable as a minister and so he should resign,”, says the Northland MP.

Even if Bridges hasn’t lied, he’s clearly held in contempt by his staff at Kiwirail. If he didn’t know, it can only be because they were deliberately keeping him out of the loop or he simply wasn’t asking the right questions and they were smugly avoiding tell him what was really going on.

Whichever scenario is correct, lies, deception or incompetence, in a decent government with genuinely high standards, a minister this hopeless would himself have come to the end of the line. But we’ve come to expect so little from John Key, I’m picking Bridges will asked to discover he has an urgent meeting overseas and do a McCully until the dust settles.

In the meantime, the people of Northland have been shunted aside by this Government yet again.

Why does Key hate everything north of Omaha beach? Did he once stub his toe on a Kauri tree or something?

tereoputake.wordpress.com/

twitter.com/tereoputake

tereoputake@gmail.com

 

37 comments on “Bridges to Nowhere”

  1. Hayden 1

    I think you’ve omitted a “not” in the second paragraph.

    [Cheers, fixed. TRP]

  2. b waghorn 2

    Key was heard to mutter “pay backs a bitch northland”

    not really but could have

  3. Kevin 3

    Natz hate rail. Period. But they love trucks and big flash roads.

    Kiwirail should not be responsible for the upkeep of the rail lines in the same way truck companies should not be responsible for road maintenance.

    The sooner the rail network is brought under the LTSA the better so the best solution can be applied to each transport need.

    • b waghorn 3.1

      Absolutely , let the trucking companies own the rolling stock to carry their logs.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Natz hate rail. Period. But they love trucks and big flash roads.

      Yep. Trucks use up a huge amount more resources than rail and thus make more profit for their donors. Not sustainable or efficient but they do make profits.

      • saveNZ 3.2.1

        +1 D T B

        Of course they make profits because public funds underwrite the roads and heavy maintenance required and they just get to pay road user charges like everyone else.

        Are National running down Kiwi rail with a view to sell it again?

        Anyway at least Northland now has an MP that cares even if we are landed with a spiteful government.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1

          Are National running down Kiwi rail with a view to sell it again?

          Probably with a view to destroy it and get rid of it completely now that it’s already been run down and profits can’t simply be realised by selling off shit as happened in the 1990s.

  4. Stuart Munro 4

    The Gnats are going off the rails on a crazy train.

    • Kano 4.1

      Millions of Kiwis… Living as fools..maybe it’s not too late… To get rid of these natwits… And forget ponytail ga..e…a..ate

  5. Does the proposed takeover of the construction company ( Higgins ) by the Fletcher Group have any thing to do with the lack of investment in Kiwi Rail ?

    Could we be about to see more toll roads, after all it would be a great new revenue earner for the Fletcher Group.
    And they do have plenty of inside knowledge within the Govt.

    • Good question! Certainly, the road lobby are the real winners out of this cock up.

      I’m told Higgins overextended themselves, buying up every roading and construction contract going. That left them unable to carry on as they were without big investment and they were simply unable to say no to Fletcher’s takeover offer. At least that’s what the boys from the black stuff tell me. It’s not my area of expertise.

      • Ad 5.1.1

        On the Fletchers side they needed Higgins because they had consistently failed to win any major roaring contract since the Wellington War Memorial cut-and-cover nearly a decade ago. They’ve just been awarded one of the Waikato SH1 jobs, but their culture is Neanderthal; lumbering, retreating, needing fresh genes.

        • gristle 5.1.1.1

          Sorry AD, but could you tell me who is doing the motorway that runs from McKay’s crossing (linking Wellington to Kapiti).

    • NZJester 5.2

      They don’t need inside knowledge of within the government. They simply tell the government to jump and they respond “How high?”

  6. AmaKiwi 6

    Te Reo Putake

    You should be writing copy for the Labour and/or Greens caucuses.

    This kind of biting criticism is what opposition parties are SUPPOSED to be doing. Winston has got the message.

  7. Scrutineer 7

    I remember watching Peters question Bridges in Parliament. Looks like through this leak Winston has exposed the Transport Minister most certainly not revealing he knew well before October that the log freighting contract was not going to be renewed. Kiwi Rail is a SOE and both himself and the SOE Minister would have regular meetings with the chair of the board and the CEO of Kiwi Rail. Looking between the lines the National Government are secretly killing off the Northland line. If I recall correct this Japanese owned company was transporting logs by rail from Dargaville till the line had a derailment and was closed. Here is the Hans from back in October;

    • Tc 7.1

      Go winnie, slimy bridges is an easy target as hes a smarmy lying toadie the hollowmen would consider expendable.

  8. Scrutineer 8

    Sorry Administration usually enjoy reading blog sites but not often one to comment. The TV3 news clip has raised my curiosity and Simon Bridges looked very guilty the way he peered at the reporters information held in front of him. I also smell a rat with the Prime Minister coming in to try down play the information as one persons view. I have noticed when Key is quick to react it usually means something isn’t quite right.

    Anyway you can put money on it that oral question time will be very interesting this week as Bridges will be facing a grilling from Peters. I’m retired so I will be tuning in to see what develops.

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/business/qoa/51HansQ_20151020_00000004/4-kiwirail—northland-network-and-freight

    • Ad 8.1

      Kiwirail is a spectacular problem for the government: while not dying it’s got massive risks of further selloff.

      They still haven’t agreed on who is going to own and operate the tracks for the $2.6billion City Rail Link. Even though much of it is under construction already.

      They know the Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga Expessway will actively decrease Kiwirail’s remaining profitable port-to-port business as it makes trucking so much easier.

      They are continuing to press forward with plans to get SH1 to Warkworth and finally over the Brynderwins to Northport, which will kill the whole Northern Line flat.

      After the demise of Solid Energy and the West Coast lines, the only major national bulk customer left is Fonterra.

      National are leading us quickly down a path to Kiwirail’s destruction, and just keeping two metro lines going with massive local subsidies.

      It is a government undertaking one of the worst, most mode-monopolising, and anti-COP21 moves possible.

  9. Lara 9

    Great.

    That’s just all Northland needs.

    Driving up further north yesterday I noticed a great many trucks. Carrying all kinds of stuff, including logs heading south.

    They’re an accident waiting to happen. Hit one of those things and you’re dead for sure.

    While there’s a perfectly good rail line beside SH1 mostly unused. That freight should be on rail.

    Must be some pretty strong vested interests lobbying Government to keep that fright in trucks. And keep their profits rolling in.

    Rail is one of those things that is better done by Government IMO. Not sure if there are many examples of rail being nicely profitable in private hands. But Government maintaining a rail network, not necessarily for profit but to break even if possible, could be considered a public good. Keeps our roads safer and requiring less maintenance.

    The costs saved on road maintenance and deaths surely would offset any costs in maintaining rail networks.

    • Jenny Kirk 9.1

      There have been plenty of accidents with trucks in the north, Lara. Horrific crashes.

      And the absolute stupidity is that the transport people are going to allow even bigger, higher, heavier trucks on our roads – roads which are often narrow, winding, unstable and ALWAYS needing to be repaired. We have objected, but of course govt knows best !

      As to whether Simon Bridges knew or not, he must be the only person around who hasn’t known the one remaining rail link in the north was going to get the chop. The only question we all had was : when ?

      • Lara 9.1.1

        Yeah, true. I read about another one just yesterday.

        Every time I have to get on SH1 it feels like I’m playing Russian Roulette with my life.

        Large fast moving trucks driven by drivers with too little sleep, overworked and underpaid, on potholed narrow winding roads…

        Goddam it’s insane.

        And that railway. Sitting there. Unused.

        Where is the value for human life and decency in this land?

        And before the truck drivers complain “I’d be out of a job” No. Just, no. There are plenty of other things / jobs we can do in this land. No one’s job should endanger the lives of so many other people.

  10. RedLogix 10

    This and the Gisbourne Line failure are examples of deliberate govt policy to kill off Kiwirail. Deliberate choices have been made to allow these lines to run down and become noncompetitive.

    In particular the Northland line has become slow and load limited, with a particularly troublesome 574m long Makarau Tunnel 9km north of Helensville, built in the 1890’s through some very difficult ground. In order for this line to ever achieve modern loadings it needs replacing.

    An energetic govt that understood their role to invest and build the nation’s infrastructure would see beyond the immediate costs … but not this lot of lazy, shiny-arsed bankers who’ve never done a day’s real work in their lives.

    • Jenny Kirk 10.1

      Totally agree with you, too, RedLogix.
      Its disgraceful just how poorly the northern line has been maintained – and what a sheer waste of an asset for transportation. This govt is too much under the thumb of the big trucking companies.

      • Tc 10.1.1

        Follow the money…which is nigh on impossible as they tweaked the EFA to shield such contributions.

    • b waghorn 10.2

      There’s a lot of “jobs jobs jobs” in getting the rail fully functioning in nz.

  11. Brutus Iscariot 11

    The roads are a bloodbath up there because of those fucking logging trucks. Motorways are the only rightful roads for heavy trucks, the rest of freight should be on rail. There is a massive hidden subsidy for trucking companies that makes a mockery of the explicit subsidy to the rail network.

  12. Macro 12

    Expect Bridges to be promoted and become deputy PM in the near future, such is his capacity!

    /sarc

  13. Warren 13

    I agree all I worked in the rail industry for 30 odd yrs and towards the end of my time there the writing was on the wall they put all there eggs in the 1 basket ie fonterra and westcoast coal now the coal has bitten the dust it’s only time that the guts falls out of the milk trade and rail in this country will be gone the Nats don’t want rail

  14. KiaOra 14

    If KiwiRail is doing such an outstanding job, why are there only 2 freight trains a day going north from Auckland? One is logs and chips, the other containers. This is competition against the second busyiest road in NZ for trucks – SH1 Ak to Whangarei. That is the best they can do?
    As for the Northland line, a fat contract to haul bulk logs each day, every day – that is what trucking companies kill for and work on the finest margins. I can’t imagine a trucking cmpany saying they weren’t interested because the trucks were too old. Go and buy a few more wagons Kiwirail.

  15. Graham. 15

    The Trucking Companies Pay Lobbyists to Convince the Govt that their Idea is a Good one ..and if Approved there will be a Big Bag of Cash as a Bonus..Major Donations to the Party Election Campaign

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Hon Shane Jones announces candidacy for the seat of Northland
    Hon Shane Jones, NZ First List MP based in Northland New Zealand First MP Hon Shane Jones has today announced his candidacy for the electorate of Northland. Speaking at a New Zealand First meeting in Kerikeri, Northland, Mr Jones said it was a privilege to be selected by the Party ...
    1 hour ago
  • Foreign Minister announces two diplomatic appointments
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced two diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s High Commissioner to India and Consul-General to Hong Kong. “As New Zealand recovers from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever. That is ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Recover and rebuild
    We started the week by announcing free apprenticeships to support Kiwis into work and to help get New Zealand moving again - and we ended the week by extending the wage subsidy to 40,000 more businesses, helping to protect businesses and workers alike.  ...
    2 days ago
  • How Budget 2020 is backing businesses
    We’re confident in the ability of Kiwi businesses to succeed in the face of COVID-19, and our Government is committed to doing our bit to enable that success. Kiwi businesses have always been innovative and resilient, and the COVID-19 pandemic has proven this yet again. Many businesses are finding new, creative ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand First confirms its first tranche of candidates
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the names of its first tranche of candidates for the 2020 election. The includes all sitting New Zealand First Members of Parliament except Clayton Mitchell MP who earlier today announced he will not be seeking re-election. In alphabetical order they are: MP ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand First MP Clayton Mitchell not seeking re-election
    Clayton Mitchell MP, New Zealand First List MP based in Tauranga New Zealand First MP Clayton Mitchell has decided not to seek re-election in this year’s General Election.  “After serious consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to pursue other passions in my life and spend a lot ...
    2 days ago
  • Five new Lockheed Martin Super Hercules aircraft to replace ageing fleet
    Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced that new Lockheed Martin Super Hercules aircraft would replace the outdated and costly 1960s Hercules fleet. The $1.521b project will include a flight simulator for staff training and other supporting infrastructure. "This fleet will ensure the Defence Force can continue to support New Zealand's ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens urge police to rule out armed police patrols following George Floyd’s death
    The Green Party is urging the New Zealand Police to rule out the use of Armed Response Teams, following their recent trial in communities around Aotearoa. ...
    2 days ago
  • NZ First fought for changes to “poorly-targeted” rent dispute policy
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has described Labour's original COVID-19 commercial rent dispute proposal as "poorly targeted". Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced a temporary law change to force commercial landlords and renters to consider COVID-19 in disputes over rent issues, almost two months after the Government first floated the idea.  But ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand First ensures commercial rent dispute clause fairly applied
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First acknowledges that some small businesses have been struggling to meet fixed costs due to the loss of revenue by COVID-19. We also know some businesses are at greater risk of insolvency when they cannot come to a reasonable ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand First disappointed that Section 70 spouses won’t get relief
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First is disappointed that the removal of the spousal deductions has had to be delayed by the Ministry fo Social Development, due to COVID19 workload pressures. “New Zealand First has always stood for fairness when it comes to superannuation ...
    5 days ago
  • Winston Peters receives petition demanding more protection for nurses
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First On the steps of Parliament today the Leader of New Zealand First, Rt Hon Winston Peters received a petition from registered nurse Anna Maria Coervers, requesting an amendment to the Protection for First Responders Bill which will ensure the legislation also include registered ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Getting our economy moving
    It's been a busy seven days as we start to rebuild New Zealand together. From delivering extra support for small businesses, to investing in our artists and arts organisations, to cutting red tape on home DIY projects, we're rolling out our plan to get the economy and New Zealand moving ...
    5 days ago
  • Winston Peters: If protests condoned ‘why are we not at level 1?’
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says alert level 2 restrictions have to be discussed during today's Cabinet meeting. Thousands gathered across the country, including at Parliament, yesterday for Black Lives Matter marches where social distancing and mass gathering rules were flouted. Mr Peters said the breaching of Alert Level 2 rules at ...
    5 days ago
  • Northland rail work to help create regional jobs
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Owned Enterprises KiwiRail’s Northland rail upgrade steps up another gear today and will help Northland recover from the impacts of COVID-19, State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters says. The Government is investing $204.5 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to ...
    6 days ago
  • Green Party statement on the death of George Floyd
    “Today and every day we stand in solidarity with George Floyd’s family, friends and community who feel pain and fear about his untimely death at the hands of Minneapolis police”, said Green Party Co-leader and Māori Development spokesperson Marama Davidson. ...
    6 days ago
  • Lake Brunner’s Mount Te Kinga to go Predator Free
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Hon Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation The West Coast forests of Mount Te Kinga at Kotuku Whakaoho/Lake Brunner are the latest predator free project to receive Government funding, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    1 week ago
  • Green Party welcomes crucial financial support for creatives
    The Green Party says new government support for creatives and artists is a vital lifeline for a sector struggling to survive the COVID crisis. ...
    1 week ago
  • Strongest ever water reforms mean swimmable rivers within a generation
    The Green Party says major freshwater reforms announced today provide the strongest ever protections of our waterways, to help ensure the next generation can swim in the rivers of Aotearoa. ...
    1 week ago
  • Greens work to secure inquiry into Wild West student accommodation sector
    The Green Party has begun the process for a Select Committee inquiry into student accommodation, which has been exposed during COVID-19 as an under-regulated sector that straddles students with unfair debt. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand joins global search for COVID-19 vaccine
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods,  and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Budget 2020: Five things to know
    Budget 2020 is about rebuilding together, supporting jobs, getting business moving and the books back into the black. It’s an integral part of our COVID-19 economic response, and our plan to grow our economy and get New Zealand moving again. Here’s a quick look at the five top things you ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party unveils its candidate list for the 2020 election
    The Green Party is pleased to reveal its candidate list for the upcoming election. With a mix of familiar faces and fresh new talent, this exceptional group of candidates are ready to lead the Greens back into Government. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition Government approves essential upgrades on Ōhakea Air Base
    The Coalition Government has approved $206 million in essential upgrades at Ōhakea Air Base.  Defence Minister Ron Mark said the money would be spent on improving old infrastructure. He said safety issues would be addressed, as well as upgrades to taxiways, accommodation and fresh, storm and waste water systems. "This ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Attributable to the Rt Hon Winston Peters
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First “I am not persisting with this case just for myself, but for all people who have had their privacy breached. Privacy of information is a cornerstone of our country’s democracy. Without it our society truly faces a bleak future. We now ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Great Walks bookings open next week
    This summer presents a great opportunity for New Zealanders to get out into nature with bookings on Great Walks for 2020/21 set to open next week, says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.  Bookings for the Great Walks will open between 9 and 11 June, excluding Milford and Routeburn tracks which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ministerial Diary April 2020
    ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt extends support schemes for businesses
    Extra 40,000 businesses to be eligible for wage subsidy extension Small business cashflow support application period extended The Government is today announcing further support for businesses that continue to be affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, as the broader economy becomes one of the most open in the world following ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Five new Super Hercules to join Air Force fleet
    The Coalition Government has confirmed five Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft will be purchased to replace the existing fleet, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.  “Last year, Cabinet selected these aircraft as the preferred option to replace the current Hercules fleet. Procurement of the Super Hercules has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New public housing sets standard for future
    New public housing that will save tenants money in energy bills, and provide warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes, is setting the standard for the Government’s future public housing programme, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. Dr Woods opened the new Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities complex, which has a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Wairarapa Moana seeks international recognition as vital wetland
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage is celebrating World Environment Day with an announcement of a major step towards Wairarapa Moana being recognised as an internationally significant wetland. “Wairarapa Moana is an ecosystem of 10,000 hectares of wetland and open water that provides a home for indigenous fish, birds and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • First Police wing to complete training post lockdown
    A new-look Police graduation ceremony to take account of COVID19 health rules has marked the completion of training for 57 new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash attended this afternoon's ceremony, where officers of Recruit Wing 337 were formally sworn in at the Royal New Zealand Police College without the normal support of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government makes further inroads on predatory lenders
    Mobile traders and truck shops must adhere to responsible lending requirements Interest rate cap on high-cost loans Lenders prohibited from offering further credit to an applicant who has taken two high-cost loans in the past 90 days The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Kris Faafoi, has signalled an end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New survey shows wage subsidy a “lifeline” for businesses, saved jobs
    94% of firms say wage subsidy had positive impact on cashflow 62% of firms say support helped to manage non-wage costs like rent A survey of business that have received the Government’s wage subsidy show it has played a significant role in saving jobs, and freed up cash flow to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tax changes support economic recovery
    New legislation introduced to Parliament today will support growth and assist businesses on the road to economic recovery, said Revenue Minister Stuart Nash. “The Taxation (Annual Rates for 2020-21, Feasibility Expenditure, and Remedial Matters) Bill proposes that businesses can get tax deductions for ‘feasibility expenditure’ on new investments,” said Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $4.6 million financial relief for professional sports
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has welcomed the first release of funds from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced as part of Budget 2020. Sport NZ has announced that $4.6 million in funding will go to the Wellington Phoenix, NZ Warriors, Super Rugby teams and the ANZ Premiership ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Critical support for strategic tourism assets
    An iconic New Zealand tourism attraction and the country’s 31 Regional Tourism Organisations are the first recipients of support from the $400 million Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, to help position the sector for recovery from COVID-19, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. The plan includes a Strategic Tourism Assets Protection ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supporting Kiwi businesses to resolve commercial rent disputes
    The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. A temporary amendment to the Property Law Act will insert a clause in commercial leases requiring a fair ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prompt payments to SMEs even more urgent
    The Minister for Small Business says new data from Xero highlights the urgency of prompt payment practices to small and medium enterprises as we move into economic recovery. Last month Government ministers wrote to significant private enterprises and the banking industry to request they join efforts by government agencies to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Free period products in schools to combat poverty
    Young people in Waikato will be the first to have free access to period products in schools in another step to support children and young people in poverty,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  During term 3, the Ministry of Education will begin providing free period products to schools following the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Response to charges in New Plymouth
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash has issued the following statement in response to charges filed against three Police officers this morning in the New Plymouth District Court. “Any incident involving a loss of life in Police custody is taken very seriously. The charges today reflect the gravity of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt boosts innovation, R&D for economic rebuild
    $196 million for Crown Research Institutes $150 million for R&D loan scheme $33 million for Māori research and development opportunities $12 million for the Nationally Significant Collections and Databases $10 million to help maintain in-house capability at Callaghan Innovation New Zealand’s entrepreneurs, innovators and crown researchers will benefit from a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Temporary changes to NCEA and University Entrance this year
    Further temporary changes to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) will support senior secondary school students whose teaching and learning have been disrupted by COVID-19. “The wellbeing of students and teachers is a priority. As we are all aware, COVID-19 has created massive disruption to the school system, and the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Extended terms for the directors of the Racing Industry Transition Agency
    Minister for Racing Winston Peters today announced that the terms for the directors of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) have been extended to 30 June 2021. Due to the COVID-19 crisis the transition period has been extended to ensure that the Racing Industry Bill can complete its progress through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Healthy Homes Standards statement of compliance deadline extended
    The deadline for landlords to include detailed information in their tenancy agreements about how their property meets the Healthy Homes Standards, so tenants can see the home they are renting is compliant, has been extended from 1 July 2020 to 1 December 2020.  The Healthy Homes Standards became law on 1 July 2019. The Standards are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission board appointments announced
    Justice Minister Andrew Little today announced details of further appointments to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. “I am pleased to announce Paula Rose QSO OStJ as Deputy Chief Commissioner for a term of five years commencing on 15 June 2020,” said Andrew Little. “I am also pleased to announce the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Release of initial list of supported training to aid COVID-19 recovery
    The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will pay costs of learners of all ages to undertake vocational education and training The fund will target support for areas of study and training that will give learners better employment prospects as New Zealand recovers from COVID-19 Apprentices working in all industries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Emission trading reforms another step to meeting climate targets
    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will finally start to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas pollution as it was originally intended to, because of changes announced today by the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw. The changes include a limit on the total emissions allowed within the ETS, rules to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Queen’s Birthday Honours highlights Pacific leadership capability in Aotearoa
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List provides an abundance of examples that Pacific people’s leadership capability is unquestionable in Aotearoa. “The work and the individuals we acknowledge this year highlights the kind of visionary examples and dedicated community leadership that we need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt backing horticulture to succeed
    The Government is backing a new $27 million project aimed at boosting sustainable horticulture production and New Zealand’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our economy. During and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Applications open for forestry scholarships
    Applications have opened for 2021 Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships, which will support more Māori and women to pursue careers in forestry science, says Forestry Minister Shane Jones. “I’m delighted Te Uru Rākau is offering Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships for the third year running. These ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Excellent service to nature recognised
    The Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List once again highlights the dedication by many to looking after our native plants and wildlife, including incredible work to restore the populations of critically endangered birds says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. Anne Richardson of Hororata has been made an Officer of the New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Wetlands and waterways gain from 1BT funding
    The Government will invest $10 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting to provide jobs in communities and improve the environment, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Forestry Minister Shane Jones have announced. New, more flexible funding criteria for applications will help up to 10 catchment groups plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New fund for women now open
    Organisations that support women are invited to apply to a new $1,000,000 fund as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response. “We know women, and organisations that support women, have been affected by COVID-19. This new money will ensure funding for groups that support women and women’s rights,” said Minister for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery
    A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal Affairs ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago