web analytics

Bullies

Written By: - Date published: 4:36 pm, July 13th, 2008 - 48 comments
Categories: national, spin - Tags:

Why is it that the right are so much more litigious than the left? The recent example of Crosby Textor threatening legal action over JafaPete’s minor inaccuracy on his blog is just the latest bit of overkill. For those of you who don’t know the background to it, JafaPete put up a post stating Crosby Textor Crosby had been successfully sued for push polling in Australia when if fact it was Mark Textor as an individual. No big deal? Well apparently a big enough deal to require a polite but firm letter from the firm’s lawyers and a published apology from JP.

And it seems they’ve done the same thing to the NBR. Which I guess shows that they are non-partisan in their litigiousness at least.

The stifling of dissent is of course straight out of the CT handbook and is just a variation on the same theme that brought us the ridiculing of Hager as a “conspiracy theorist” or a “thief”. Neither of which they have any proof of (nor have they produced one skerrick of proof that his evidence is wrong).

Similar threats were leveled against us for using John Key’s image for satirical purposes last year and who could forget the attacks on Greg Robertson, the journalist who quoted Key saying “we would love to see wages drop” or the attempts to bully Barry Soper out of quoting Bill English and Kate Wilkinson?

The irony of this is that despite all these attempts to bully and defame their critics the right are now crying “personal attack” over the questioning of their policies and their leader’s credibility.

I’m thinking their strategy is hypocrisy as crop-circle: so big you can’t recognise it from the ground.

48 comments on “Bullies”

  1. coge 1

    Stifling of dissent. Now, where have I seen that happen before?

  2. And the right claim to be for free speech!

  3. IrishBill 3

    Coge, probably over at Kiwiblog. As I understand it David has banned or moderated nearly all of the left wingers there. I urge you to go over to Kiwiblog immediately and call him to account for it.

    But BOT, it seems to me that the pushpoll has been superseded by the blogosphere as a means for pushing political smears. It’s not surprising then, that CT are paying attention to political blogs here.

  4. What a load of bully beef bollocks.

  5. Enjoying your ban from Kiwiblog Peter?

  6. No comment tiger tuger !!

  7. Until September! Who’s been a bad boy then. I hope for everyones sake that your brand of vulgarity doesn’t become a permanent fixture here.

  8. The only branded vulgarity that flows around here is from the frothing mouth of a twisted tiger, who is not the full quid. End of story boy!

  9. “For those of you who don’t know the background to it, Jafapete put up a post stating Crosby Textor had been successfully sued for push polling in Australia when if fact it was Mark Textor as an individual.”

    A small point, but I said it was Crosby, relying on a Guardian article. I knew that was alleged that one of them had engaged in the alleged push-polling, couldn’t recall which, and up came the Guardian article on google.

    So I got it wrong. Unlike many of the kiwiblog right, I’m always happy to apologise when I get something wrong. No problem. And the lawyer was very nice about apologising to me when he accidentally used my name in a subsequent comment on my blog (since removed).

    Postscript: What did you get banned for so long from KB for, Peter, me old China? You can comment on my blog as long as you behave yourself.

    [IrishBill says: Thanks Pete. I’ve fixed the post up.]

  10. We all get it wrong at times jafa,for example, just look at the present bully beef gummint. Who will can them? Tiger tea anybody?

  11. Rex Widerstrom 11

    Lynn you really want to have a look at the way your scripts handle the TITLE tag… this appears in the sidebar as “Bullies at the Standard 2.0”. Not sure that’s quite what you want archived in Google for the next 6000 millenia 😀

    Leaving aside digressions on Hager (I could go on about the validity or otherwise of source material being a separate issue to one’s interpretation of that material, and thus defending him on that basis is as valid as going along to your book group and defending your spouting of radical Darwinist capitalism because you happen to have read a perfectly valid copy of “The Wealth of Nations”, but I won’t 😉 I agree with you.

    The recourse to lawyers and writs (or even threats of writs) for defamation is becoming the new last refuge of the scoundrel.

    Of course it would help if defamation laws were reformed so that those of us genuinely defamed were able to afford to seek redress whilst those clearly using the process to muzzle valid criticism found it too expensive, but that’d require some careful thought and political action.

  12. Blar 12

    If JP and the NBR were right, I highly doubt they would have backed down. Accusing a polling company – whose chief pollster is incidentally a highly respected member of the Australian Market & Social Research Society – of push-polling is a pretty big deal.

    I don’t see how telling a blogger or a media outlet to tell the truth stifles dissent. It’d be helpful if you could deal with the veracity of what JP and the NBR wrote rather than chuck poo at Crosby Textor

  13. The only branded vulgarity that flows around here is from the frothing mouth of a twisted tiger, who is not the full quid. End of story boy!

    Come on dad. I’ve seen everything you’ve had to say at Kiwiblog and TBR and I don’t think any of it could be considered G-rated.

  14. Anita 14

    One of the (many) things that baffle me is why the media is taking it. They’re clearly being bullied by the Nats and their friends and allies, yet they’re continuing to potter along as if Key was the smiliest happiest nicest man anyone could ever want their daughter to marry.

    Do they not link him with his minders’ actions?

    Are they so sure the Nats are going to win and that they’ll continue their bullying ways that they’ll do anything to butter Key up?

    Huh? Huh? 🙂

  15. Nasty tiger ; Your opinion, and I am happy police have spoken to me offering assistance, so we can nail the anonymous creeps who threatened “to do me in and rape my daughter”. They understand my genuine concerns and building frustration with the depraved comments from alex burns@atheist, dad4justice@muslim and fugley.Malicious phone calls 24/7!! The internet is a disgusting environment that is abused by evil cowardly creeps. Blog owners only get one side of story when they ban me. At least the police FINALLY understand tiger !!I hope it wasn’t you naughty tiger?

  16. IrishBill 16

    IT and dad, please take your argument elsewhere.

  17. “If JP and the NBR were right, I highly doubt they would have backed down.”

    Blar, Do I have to spell it out to you in baby language?

    I put “Crosby” when I should have put “Textor”. Big friggin’ deal. That’s sloppy checking, not about veracity.

    It wasn’t C/T who did the push-polling (or “attitudinal survey”) in the 1995 byelection. It was Rot Morgan, on behalf of the Liberal Party. But Textor and his boss the Director of the Liberal Party both wrote letters apologising for the polling, and the LP paid out $80,000 or so. Why would they do that?

    If the Australian Market & Social Research Society want to honour Textor, says nothing I didn’t already know about market researchers is my view.

  18. Meanwhile people viciously slander Hager calling him a liar, a thief and a hacker and Hager does nothing. I admire his tolerance of such lowlife right wing scum.

  19. Why is it that the right are so much more litigious than the left?

    Because the left have nothing to lose.

  20. Blar 21

    “Meanwhile people viciously slander Hager calling him a liar, a thief and a hacker and Hager does nothing”

    Maybe he doesn’t take issue with it because he likes to play the victim card and at least one of three appears to be true.

  21. lprent 22

    Rex: Good point – looking now.

    Fix1 in place. Now is there a better way to do this.
    Fix2 in place. That will do it. Pop into version control.

    Thanks Rex

  22. Anita 23

    Blar,

    Personal attacks and defamation becomes you; welcome to the National Party campaign team.

  23. Live Free Or die Hard 24

    [lprent: deleted – you are banned I believe – starting the enforcement process]

  24. Draco TB 25

    Meanwhile people viciously slander Hager calling him a liar, a thief and a hacker and Hager does nothing. I admire his tolerance of such lowlife right wing scum.

    I really wish he would take them to court though. These people will continue to spout the lies and slander to instill doubt in peoples minds. Do that enough and people will no longer believe what he writes no matter how solid the evidence and that will be very bad for the country.

    It’s also the only way to stop them as they themselves say all the time – people doing the wrong thing need to be punished. I don’t like it but in this case it happens to be true as it’s the only language that they understand. As far as they’re concerned they must be right because Hager isn’t doing anything to stop them.

  25. As far as they’re concerned they must be right because Hager isn’t doing anything to stop them.

    Ah yes – the ol’ pigf*cker scenario…

  26. Chris S 27

    lprent – is that really much better?

    The Standard 2.01: Bullies

    [lprent: I think that with ‘Bullies’ as a post title, it has problems if we put the site name near it (regardless). I Could just remove the site name. Going shopping I’ll think about it afterwards]

  27. Ok I’ve had it. Dads4justice is not OK. Standard please judge and ban

  28. randal 29

    d4j’s last post was more than one sentence long and almost coherent. is he buying his material from CT?

  29. bill brown 30

    Lynn,

    How about “on” instead of “:”

    [lprent: I thought about it. But I could see ways that anything I used on the right of the post topic could create a possible problem. It seemed expedient to make it clear what was topic and what was the site.]

  30. Dean 31

    Anita:

    “Personal attacks and defamation becomes you; welcome to the National Party campaign team.”

    Your irony is breathtaking. For 10 points, can you tell me which of the current Labour front bench have ever called across the chamber “take your pills” to a member of the opposition? For bonus points, please explain how this is not a personal attack and how you see fit to bury your head in the sand over that when you choose not to over things National members say.

    Absolutely pathetic, Anita. People like you breathe new life into that tired old cliche “the double standard”.

  31. Anita 32

    Dean,

    To repeat myself, I am not a Labour party supporter. I don’t support that behaviour of the Labour front bench and it goes on the (rather long) list of reasons I won’t vote for them.

  32. Dean 33

    “To repeat myself, I am not a Labour party supporter. I don’t support that behaviour of the Labour front bench and it goes on the (rather long) list of reasons I won’t vote for them.”

    Fair point, and if I said anything to imply that I thought you were then I apologise.

    But it is a huge double standard to attack National for using personal attacks when Labour are just as bad.

    [lprent: Dean – you should know by now that there are all types of people here. Not all of them are Labour supporters. Some of them feel about being associated with any party like you would feel like if someone said (at a guess) you were responsible for NZ First. Think before you write – maybe use the search to look up what they’ve said previously before you write.]

  33. randal 34

    oh gosh. maybe they should have a refereee and fine mp’s for not being role models. what is the world coming to now. I cant stand it. its all too sad.

  34. Lew 35

    Dean: “But it is a huge double standard to attack National for using personal attacks when Labour are just as bad.”

    It is only a double standard if the person pointing the finger is a Labour supporter, or conversely when complaining about Labour’s bad behaviour if one is a National supporter. I suppose you could argue that while SP and the majority of the Standardistas are declaredly not Labour voters, they are Labour supporters in a sense because to be National’s enemy is in a sense one must to an extent favour Labour.

    However, it’s a long bow. A much shorter bow are to apply this criticism to those who explicitly are National supporters whose constant finger-pointing about dirty tactics employed by Labour are not so much to criticise the employment of dirty tactics in the general case, but as a sort of `they did it too!’ schoolyard taunt.

    Care to distance yourselves from those folks? Or are we to understand by your refusal to do so that you endorse them?

    L

  35. Graeme 36

    The stifling of dissent is of course straight out of the CT handbook and is just a variation on the same theme that brought us…

    the apology from Radio NZ for airing comments that Nicky Hager was a thief?

    Do you think Nicky was taking a leaf from CT for that? That he was bullying?

  36. Dean 37

    [lprent: Dean – you should know by now that there are all types of people here. Not all of them are Labour supporters. Some of them feel about being associated with any party like you would feel like if someone said (at a guess) you were responsible for NZ First. Think before you write – maybe use the search to look up what they’ve said previously before you write.]

    Good point, lprent. However, at least I issued a genuine apology.

    Could you also point this out to r0b? He seems to be of the opinion that I’m a National supporter because I don’t like Labour.

    It might be a good idea if he thought about what he wrote before he wrote it, too.

    [lprent: Yep – I was impressed with the apology – that is why my note was an explanation rather than other possible actions.

    If rOb does make that class of statement:- that you as a member/supporter of a party were responsible for other members/supporters actions when you aren’t a member/supporter of a party (and weren’t defending them anyway) – feel free to draw it to my attention. It would be an unjustified provocation that is liable to lead to a flame war.

    From my observation, rOb doesn’t do that. But he does challenge people defending behaviors that he disapproves of, and then tends to get quite tenacious about following up. But he is usually quite meticulous about it from what I’ve seen. After all he was the person who commented early this year that I should improve the search functionality to include comments – which eventually I did.]

  37. Dean 38

    Lew:

    “Care to distance yourselves from those folks? Or are we to understand by your refusal to do so that you endorse them?”

    I am most definitely not a National supporter. And I do not endore the stupidity of some of it’s supporters.

    However, I think you’re glossing over the main point.
    Just because one is a supporter of one party or another doesn’t mean double standards ought to be overlooked, as with the whole “National is Nasty!” theme people like SP are touting. Anyone with any reasonable degree of intelligence can see where both parties are just as bad as each other.

    To continue to pretend that it’s ok because this is a left-leaning blog is just silly. Some people point out the whole “kiwiblog right” and they have an excellent point, but this site has it’s share of the “standard left” – those who are so convinced by their own riteousness that the reality of their own supported party evades them.

  38. Imagine if labours pr company decided to hold the right to account for every “accident” they had made posting online, hell it woudl be enough to bankrupt whale oil (again??) easily!

  39. Oliver 40

    Crosby/Textor are entirely within their rights to see that incorrect information about them isn’t published. National Radio issued an apology to Hager and you didn’t call that a result of bullying.

    I am 100% convinced that you only call this bullying because it came from Crosby/Textor, if any other organisation had done the same to David Farrar I’m sure that you’d applaud their defence of their right to fight libel/slander.

  40. Phil 41

    “Why is it that the right are so much more litigious than the left?”

    All the talented lawyers sit on the right hand side of the political spectrum. Look at the hash Labour has made of complying with it’s own law – the EFA.

    Random thought of the day; is that why they call it “left-overs”?

  41. higherstandard 42

    ‘All the talented lawyers sit on the right hand side of the political spectrum’…….. nope there is nothing to suggest this and in fact much to suggest just the opposite.

    Regardless of where they sit most are, however, happy to gorge on the government coffers.

  42. Ari 43

    Because the left have nothing to lose.

    More like the left wingers don’t have the cash to waste on petty squabbles and suppressing freedom of speech.

    Oliver: Sure they are entitled to ask for corrections, but do they need to go through a lawyer to do it? It’s kind of like warning someone who was about to unknowingly stray onto your property that you have guard dogs that haven’t been fed recently.

  43. Oliver 44

    Ari,

    If you go through a lawyer from the start you know that nothing will get done in a manner that can queer the pitch for any potential future litigation, mediation or arbitration.

  44. Anita 45

    I’m pretty sure it’s possible to get straightforward factual inaccuracies sorted out without having to wave lawyers around.

  45. If true it is very different from the US where the trial lawyers mostly vote Democrat. Although I suppose that can hardly be called left wing in the NZ context.

    I think it’s bizarre to hit a blog with a legal letter – unless perhaps he had a previous warning. Surely a quiet note would have been enough to get a correction.

    It happened a few months ago too. Is it becoming a pattern?

  46. Swampy 47

    “Why is it that the right are so much more litigious than the left?”

    Why is it that the left are so much more condemnatory and denigratory than the right?

  47. Swampy 48

    Hager’s claims are not based on solid evidence, credible research requires more than one source.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • PM’s remarks from joint stand-up with PM Morrison
    It’s my pleasure to be in Sydney today for our annual meeting, Prime Minister. It’s fair to say that since we last met, tragedy and disaster have befallen our two countries. They say that in moments of that nature, the true character of an individual comes to the fore. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government takes further action to protect New Zealanders from COVID-19
    Travel restrictions introduced for Iran from today No exemptions for students from China to enter the country Increased health staff presence at international airports  The Government has announced a suite of new actions as it steps up its response to the rapidly changing global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event for Waikato primary sector
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Waikato and South Auckland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support for farmers and growers. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Govt books in good position to respond to coronavirus
    The Crown accounts are in a strong position to weather any economic uncertainty as a result of coronavirus, with the books in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the seven months to January. The operating balance before ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Digital experts to provide advice on technological change
    Supporting New Zealand to make most of digital and data driven technologies will be the focus of a new Digital Council that begins its work today. Minister for Government Digital Services, Kris Faafoi, and Minister of Statistics, James Shaw, have confirmed the group of experts chosen to advise the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ Upgrade on South Island roads
    Safety and climate change resilience are behind South Island regional roading projects that are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.  As part of the NZ Upgrade, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities.  “I’m pleased to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Milford gets connected with NZ Upgrade
    Digital and air connectivity in Fiordland are getting a big boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.  As part of the $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme announced in January, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities, to be administered by the Provincial Development Unit.  “I’m pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ Upgrade for West Coast ports and roads
    West Coast ports and roads will benefit from an investment of $18.6 million to improve safety and resilience and enable future economic growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.   The $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced last month allocated $300 million for regional investment opportunities, to be administered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ Upgrade on North Island regional roads
    Regional roading projects that will improve safety and resilience are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. As part of the NZ Upgrade, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities. “I spend a lot of time in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ōpōtiki Harbour finally gets green light
    The Eastern Bay of Plenty will finally get the harbour development it has wanted for decades, thanks to a $79.4 million central Government investment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. This game-changing project will revitalise the township of Ōpōtiki and the wider Eastern Bay of Plenty, creating hundreds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Land, air and sea: regions to benefit from NZ Upgrade
    Regional New Zealand will be a hive of activity in the coming months as the New Zealand Upgrade Programme delivers on its promise to modernise our infrastructure, prepare for climate change and help grow our economy. As part of the $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced by the Government last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Milestones marked with 2,000+ new cops
    A milestone has been reached with the graduation of more than 2,000 new Police officers since the Coalition Government took office in October 2017. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation today of Wing 335 marks a surge of 2,023 new officers, and coincides with some significant breakthroughs against organised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New diploma helps counter cyber security threats
    Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, have welcomed a new cyber security qualification as a step towards countering cyber threats and keeping New Zealanders safe. Attending the launch of the new Level 6 Diploma of Cyber Security at Auckland’s Unitec Institute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating 20 years of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
    Government Ministers today celebrated 20 years of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park/ Ko te Pataka kai o Tikapa Moana/ Te Moananui a Toi, and recognise there is much to celebrate and so much more to do to give nature a helping hand.   Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said “New Zealanders care deeply about nature.I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ economy in strong position to respond to coronavirus
    Prepared remarks on coronavirus by Finance Minister Grant Robertson to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University. Good morning ladies and gentlemen, The topic of this speech is the Budget 2020 priorities. But, given the considerable interest that I imagine is in the room about COVID-19 coronavirus, I do ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech at opening of Nadi Women’s Crisis Centre
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira ma. Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Ni sa bula vinaka. Namaste Thank you Shamima, Hon. Minister Vuniwaqa, community leaders and Women’s Crisis Centre staff for your warm welcome. It’s an honour and privilege to officially ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt acts on fuel market competition
    The Government has released a comprehensive response to ensuring New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump. This follows the Commerce Commission fuel market study which found motorists were paying more than they should for petrol and includes: Fuel Market Bill drafting, to pass mid-year Industry consultation in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech at Lautoka Mosque
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira ma Tēnā koutou katoa Ni sa bula vinaka As-salaam alaikum It is a privilege to be here today. Thank you for welcoming us to your house of prayer. Thank you for your warmth. Thank you for greeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Taupō Airport upgrade takes off
    Taupō Airport is to be upgraded and expanded through a $5.9 million Government funding boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Taupō Airport is the gateway to the Central North Island. It is essential for both keeping local people and businesses connected, but also to bring more people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Place-based assessment confirmed for Rotorua
    The Minister of Housing Megan Woods has confirmed the Government is working with Rotorua Lakes District Council and Te Arawa for the second place-based assessment to better understand the housing and urban issues affecting the city. “Every New Zealander has a right to a warm, safe and secure place to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More houses opened for New Zealanders
    19 new community homes (in addition to 14 opened in December) delivered in Takanini, Auckland 500 people housed by CORT Housing Trust by end of March 2,290 new public housing homes delivered in Auckland (November 2017 – December 2019). Another nineteen new public housing homes are being delivered in Auckland, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and India to strengthen ties
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker met today with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to discuss ways to strengthen ties between New Zealand and India.   “India is a priority relationship for New Zealand. We share common democratic traditions, growing two-way trade, extensive people-to-people links, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • The Indo-Pacific: from principles to partnerships
    Speech to the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) Delhi, India Wednesday 26 February 2020 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] The Indo-Pacific: from principles to partnerships Distinguished guests, good afternoon and thank you for your invitation.  It is good to be here at a time where New Zealand needs less of an introduction than ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to University of the South Pacific students
    Tihei mauri ora Te Whare e tu nei Te Papa e takoto Tēnā korua  No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa Ni sa bula Vinaka It is a real pleasure to be here today, and to have the honour of addressing you all. If you’ll indulge me I’m ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Coromandel Conservation gets a boost
    Conservation efforts in Coromandel and Hauraki are getting a much needed helping hand thanks to DOC’s Community Conservation Fund, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage in the Kauaeranga Valley today.   “Our natural environment is important to New Zealanders, and everyone has a role to play in protecting it. We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposed new measures to improve Aotearoa’s air quality
      Improved air quality to support better health and environmental wellbeing is the focus of proposed amendments to air quality regulations, says the Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  “Although our air quality is good in most places, during winter certain places have spikes in air pollution, mainly from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Water investment in Raukokore
    The remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokere will receive a Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $10.6 million for a water storage facility, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “This is great news for the rural community. The landowner, Te Whānau a Maruhaeremuri Hapū Trust, will use ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Lake Ōkaro lakebed transferred to Te Arawa as final piece of Settlement Act
    The Lake Ōkaro lakebed has transferred to Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis joined Te Arawa at Te Papaiōuru Marae in Rotorua to celebrate the reinstatement of Te Arawa Lakes Trust as a key decision maker over the bed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Better protection against late payments
    New legislation is being proposed which aims to reduce the stress and financial hardship caused by late payments to small businesses. The Minister for Small Business Stuart Nash is considering stricter rules around payment practices between businesses. “Late payments from large organisations to smaller suppliers can be crippling for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police partnership programme with Fiji launched
    A new partnership programme between the New Zealand Police and Fiji Police will focus on combatting transnational organised crime and enhancing investigative skills, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on the first day of her visit to Fiji. The programme will see: ·       New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Joint statement from Prime Minister Ardern and Prime Minister Bainimarama
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama met today in Suva, and renewed their commitment to continue to strengthen Fiji-New Zealand relations on a foundation of shared values and equal partnership. The Prime Ministers acknowledged the kinship between Fijians and New Zealanders, one that has endured over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $19.9 million from PGF for Kawerau
    A $19.9 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund will help develop essential infrastructure for an industrial hub in the Bay of Plenty town of Kawerau, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “The funding will go to three projects to further develop the Putauaki Trust Industrial Hub, an industrial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • PGF funds Mahia roading package
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.3 million on a roading package for Mahia that will lead to greater and wider economic benefits for the region and beyond, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced at an event in Mahia today. The $8.3 million announced consists of: $7 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 18,400 children lifted out of poverty
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed new reporting showing the Coalition Government is on track to meet its child poverty targets, with 18,400 children lifted out of poverty as a result of the Families Package.   Stats NZ has released the first set of comprehensive child poverty statistics since the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 20,000 more Kiwi kids on bikes
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today announced that Bikes in Schools facilities have been rolled out to 20,000 more kiwi kids under this Government. She made the announcement at the opening of a new bike track at Henderson North School in Auckland. “Bikes in Schools facilities give kids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Benefit settings rise in line with wages as of 1 April
    Benefit settings rise in line with wages as of 1 April   Main benefits will increase by over 3 percent, instead of 1.66 percent, on 1 April with the Government’s decision to annually adjust benefit rates to increases in the average wage. The Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, said ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Foreign and Trade Ministers to lead business delegation to India
    Strengthening New Zealand’s political and business ties with India will be the focus of Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters’ and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker’s visit to India this week. The Ministers are co-leading a high level business delegation to India to support increased people and economic engagement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister champions more Pacific in STEM – Toloa Awards
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio continues to champion for greater Pacific participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers with the announcement of the Toloa Awards, with 8 recipients of the Toloa Community Fund and 13 Toloa Tertiary Scholarships. “The Toloa Programme encourages more Pacific peoples ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Submission period for whitebait consultation extended
    Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has extended the date for people to have their say on proposed changes to improve management of whitebait across New Zealand.   Submissions were due to close on 2 March 2020 but will now remain open until 9am on Monday 16 March 2020.   “I have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New international protection for frequent fliers
    The endangered toroa/Antipodean albatross has new international protection for its 100,000km annual migration, thanks to collaborative efforts led by New Zealand, Australia and Chile.   Today, 130 countries agreed to strictly protect Antipodean albatross at the Conference of Parties on the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago