By-election: Michael vs Fia?

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, December 1st, 2016 - 36 comments
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The Mt Roskill by-election is between Michael Wood and Parmjeet Parmar.

But as far as who’s the competition to take the vacant MP spot in Parliament?  Well, Parmjeet is already a list MP, so it would be National List candidate Misa Fia Turner.

She thinks Donald Trump was ‘anointed by God’, and has views on stigmata that are certainly outside the mainstream.

Now Michael is a good Anglican boy, whose faith is very important to him; but I think he’s wise enough not to see politicians as ‘anointed by God’.

Little else is known about Turner, who’s reluctant to talk to media, but she was involved in a mini-scandal about her right to use the Samoan chiefly title Misa last election.

There’s clearly only one way to vote if you want to see a quality MP added to parliament.

As far as Roskill representation, it’s fairly amazing how Parmjeet is trying to cast herself as the ‘local’ candidate.

On her facebook page she talks about “giving Mt Roskill the strong local voice it deserves”, about how she has a “local track record of getting things done on your behalf”, and how she is “the only candidate with the local track record of experience and success in getting things done for the area”.

Yes, the woman who lives in Eastern Beach and only opened an office there 7 months ago (and only started her website 8 months ago when the by-election possibility raised its head) is the local, and not the guy who’s lived there for a long time, representing the community at Local Board level for the last 6 years, Chair of local school Waikowhai’s Board of Trustees, hell, not just local Labour chair but even ran Phil Goff’s campaigns some elections back.

Sure you’re the ‘local’ candidate Parmjeet?

[I’ll be helping on Saturday: if you can too, get in touch with Michael – through his facebook or twitter]

36 comments on “By-election: Michael vs Fia?”

  1. save nz 1

    Let’s hope Michael Wood wins it! Good luck.

  2. Muttonbird 2

    Not sure what voters who intend to vote Parmar expect she’ll do for them. Cover some bus-stops and fix a few footpaths seems to be the back-bone of her campaign. That, and spending cuts in the constituency, obviously.

    If Mt Roskill elects her then they will have got what they deserve, and we all will have got what we deserve in Misa Fia Turner…

    • Wensleydale 2.1

      I’m not sure anyone deserves Misa Fia Turner. It’d be like electing the Witchsmeller Pursuivant as your local MP.

  3. Scott 3

    I think Parmar’s approach needed to be simpler. It is clear that a good number (probably enough) of those that voted last time wanted a National led government even if they voted for Goff as the electorate MP. You could assume that that hasn’t changed.

    I think her message ought to have been “Do you want a local representative with the ability to influence Government decisions on things that matter to this community, or do you just want someone new to shout slogans from the opposition benches and achieve nothing?”

    Sometimes they make this all more complicated that it needs to be.

    • Anne 3.1

      … or do you just want someone new to shout slogans from the opposition benches and achieve nothing?”

      And you would be the first to accuse them of being a bunch of lazy good for nothings if they didn’t hold the government to account from the opposition benches.

      • Nessalt 3.1.1

        Labour haven’t held the National government to account for much in the last 9 years. Labour aren’t an effective opposition, it’s why they aren’t seen as being ready for government.

      • Scott 3.1.2

        I’m not saying it is valid (or even that I have a crystal ball for the 2017 election), I just think that is the type of core message she ought to have run rather than allowing any sidetracking into silly stuff like who lived where for how long or who is a member of a school board.

  4. james 4

    Nice interactive by the NZHerald on the byelection.

    http://insights.nzherald.co.nz/article/mt-roskill-byelection

  5. Yes , … I saw that interview between Wood and Parmar , I was mildy bored listening to it but one thing that did make me laugh was when Parmar claimed she was local… and when asked about where she lived , – she said she is living in Eastern Beach…

    I mean really…. how more opportunistic than that can you get ?

    That fact and that fact alone should be raising eyebrows about her credence for a start.

  6. National Party President Peter Goodfellow did not comment on the content of Ms Turner’s posts.

    But he said in a statement that it “seems like dirty tricks from the Labour Party…”

    Those fiends! Pointing out stuff she actually wrote!

    • Red Hand 6.1

      It does “seem” doesn’t it Pete ? But what would a President of the National Party know about dirty tricks ?

  7. Exile 7

    Since I am Labour and not just an opinionated commenter I have been assisting with this campaign.
    We are in deep shit here. The area is rapidly changing, the old labour voters in the ward, bluecollar whites and pacific islanders are quickly making way for CBD workers and more successful migrants coming out of Asia (both China and India). The migrants out of China (or Chinese decent) don’t seem at all interested in voting, the Indians who vote seem to by default vote for the Indian name.
    The only Asian who I spoke to that I got to vote was one who decided to join us for all the wrong reasons. She, a Malaysian Chinese, stated loudly “ahhh indians are snakes Ill vote for the other person” and asked us to write down the name of our candidate. And I should appologise for not taking the debate with her there and then.

    This is an area where when there is a general election we will need to filed a good team to hold on. Phil goof won the area by default almost, but he had name recognition. I still think the ward is 55% red, but us fielding a leftwing candidate and we will loose this ward.
    Our best bet this time round is that too few of the middle class white voters actually care enough to vote. This byelection is about bringing out the votes and we are lucky to have the great organising abilities of our Polynesian supporters. They know how to bring out the votes and we will owe them a big thank you if we win here.

    Knocking doors in Three kings, was an eyeopener. having canvassed not too far from where Phil Goffs old electorate office was (Three Kings) have been and my humble opinion is that we are winning 30% of the votes here. Thats virtually the population that hasn’t sold their houses yet (all houses are worth 1 million plus today). Further to the right, towards Mt Roskill grammar there are a lot more statehouses and also a higher degree of Polynesians, my fellow doorknockers reported that we have much greater support here and its a matter of bringing out the vote. Mt Roskill South is solid Labour luckily enough.

    Anyway, my canvassing is by no means any scientific proof for what the results will be, ts just an eyeopener to me to see how much votes we have lost in an old core Labour bastion such as Mt Roskill. I predict we win this, by a very small number ths time round.

    • save nz 7.1

      Welcome to Nationals social cleansing strategy in Auckland.

      • Wensleydale 7.1.1

        Social cleansing is such an unpalatable turn of phrase. ‘Gentrification’ is a much more pleasant euphemism for shoving all the brownies out to make way for more National voters.

        • save nz 7.1.1.1

          It’s more taking out Maori, Pacific and Pakeha being socially cleansed for migrant National voters.

          That’s what’s happening in Auckland. Where do you think the 70,000 people per year go? Over 9 years of National we have potentially 630,000 new migrants that listen to MSM, want their parents to come over no questions asked and issue 200,000 work permits for overseas students and overseas fruit pickers.

          When 60% settle in Auckland we have a housing crisis. If you wonder why Labour is failing, part of it is direct voter selection of migrants by National to help them win elections and prop up the economy so their bad economic policy is not revealed. Wonder why we get a pitiful amount of refugees? They don’t fit the National selection process. Why the Danish PHD migrants somehow don’t qualify here?

          I’m not blaming migrants why would you not want to settle in NZ? I’m blaming government policy for pushing out the Kiwis who can’t afford to live in Auckland on the local wages, which migrants can avoid by having family money when they come into NZ or jobs overseas. I’m blaming the National policy on pushing the superannuation and health crisis onto the younger generations of NZ.

  8. It’s always seemed super weird to me when a Party runs a list candidate already in Parliament for a by-election, so that if they won you simply get whoever’s at the next-to-bottom position on the Party List. It’s good to see that scraping social media feeds have revealed national’s next substitute MP as a complete crank.

    Of course, I’d generally just prefer that we treat electorate MPs like List MPs when they leave parliament, rather than changing the party balance after the election, but that’s because I don’t like electorates in general.

  9. greg 9

    not to mention shes dishonest nasty bit of work
    i already voted for woods

  10. alwyn 10

    It is pleasing to see that the Labour Party are finally learning the methods of campaigning. They are now copying the techniques developed by, I think, Mathew Hooton.

    Remember when Helen Clark quit Parliament? One of the Labour List MPs, Twyford I believe desperately wanted the Mount Albert nomination.
    However if the party gave it to him and he won Judith Tizard was next in line. Hooton proposed that National run a campaign with a slogan like “Vote Twyford and get Tizard too”.

    The Labour Party seemed to totally lose their nerve and insisted that it hat to be a new person, in this case David Shearer.
    Now the Labour Party is running the same scare tactic approach.
    Congratulations. It took you a long time but you are finally getting the hang of things. Have you said thank you to the method’s inventor?

    • Leftie 10.1

      P Off to your condescending claptrap Alwyn.

    • Heh,… Tootin Hooton,…

      What was that Hooton said about Key and his tax havens again , Trev ?…

      Oh yes, … that he wasn’t too happy with Key and the way his govt is acting these days…

      Wise fella , that Hooton,… already sniffing the winds of change to be ready for the next changing of the guard…

  11. ScottGN 11

    It looks like the PM can’t get away from Parmjeet fast enough. When she loses on Saturday it’ll be because her campaign was not just rubbish to start with (after all she’s a pretty rubbish MP) but it spectacularly fell to bits with the arse-over sting they and their lackeys in the media tried to pull on Michael Wood early on. Take a bow (again) Stephen Joyce!

    • Wensleydale 11.1

      Mr Fix-It seems to be losing his touch. Mr Balls-It-Up-Completely is probably more appropriate ever since the Northland campaign.

    • Who this guy?

      The National party campaign manager for the Northland seat who gifted it to Winston Peters NZ First ?

      Our one and only behind – the – scenes- back – door – man who made damn sure John Campbell was silenced when Campbell fronted a brilliant documentary covering the skulduggery behind the illegal setting up , imprisonment and extradition of Kim Dotcom?

      ( BTW : TV3 has taken that documentary offline … wonder why , Mr Joyce…)

      Some would call it Karma, others would say you reap what you sow …

  12. But fear not,… we have other resources….

    Think very , very carefully who you vote for this Saturday,…. and then ask yourself, …

    ”Do I really want to continue support for a govt that behaves like this ? ” …

    If not, … then you know who you should be voting for.

  13. And yes , this is not about John Campbell , or Kim Dotcom or Pike River or dildos thrown at Stephen Joyce,… but it IS all about seeing the broader picture of just what sort of govt this is and just what sort of PM John Key is .

    And the character , ethics and morals of those who are in positions of power yet abuse that privilege DO have a huge impact on a nations peoples, – as do economics. Particularity neo liberal economics.

    And so again, think CAREFULLY who you vote for this coming Saturday. A vote for blue is a vote for the continuance of the same sort of duplicity we have seen for the past 8 years.

  14. Cinny 14

    All the best to local man Michael Wood

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago