web analytics

Bye bye Paula

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, June 29th, 2020 - 79 comments
Categories: national, paula bennett, politicans, same old national, uncategorized - Tags:

Paula Bennett has announced that she is standing down from politics and will not seek re-election on National’s list at this year’s election.

A month ago she was deputy leader and head of National’s campaign.

Now her career is no more.

Clearly the message has been given to her that she had no future.  And like Anne Tolley over the weekend she has announced her decision to move on and spend more time with her family.

She claims that she has improved people’s lives and livelihoods.  History would beg to disagree.

It was her attacks on ordinary people that really annoyed me about her.  She was steeped in dirty politics and used the power of the state to attack and embarrass individuals who stood up against her.

She had the nickname Paula Benefit which was hilarious given her disdain for those of us who have to from time to time rely on state support.

She also claimed to be a westie and thought that the wearing of fake leopard skin was a qualifying requirement.  Note to Paula, compassion and being down to earth and caring for the environment are much more important characteristics.

Later, Paula.

79 comments on “Bye bye Paula ”

  1. bwaghorn 1

    Quite possibly the one and only great thing muller will do for this country is seeing booting this woman out of politics.

  2. In some welcome news, one of National's most vicious, self serving and bullying MP's has announced she is not contesting the next election.

    Paula Bennett, or, as she's known by her Tory colleagues, Paula Benefit, took all the state could offer as a young and lefty solo mum, then whipped the ladder away from women in the same position when she rose to the role of Social development Minister under John Key.

    She'll probably best remembered for brutally bullying two beneficiaries in July 2009. Minister Bennett deliberately released the benefit details of two young women who had been critical of the Key Government's policy of abolishing the Training Initiative Allowance (TIA), an allowance Bennett herself had used to gain an education.

    In opposition, she helped lead National to historically low poll results as Deputy Leader under Simon Bridges, then got dumped.

    No surprise then that she would go.

    However, her claim that she is going to start a career in business is kinda odd. Like most of the National caucus, she has no significant experience in making money through hard work and enterprise.

    It'd be ironic if she ends up applying for a benefit.

    • RosieLee 2.1

      On the pension she'll have?

    • Ad 2.2

      +100

      My sentiments exactly.

    • mickysavage 2.3

      I see you and me had a race to put this post up TRP!

      Who could forget the terrorising of state home dwellers through bogus claims of methamphetamine contamination?

      Or the attacks on Te Puea Marae's Hurimoana Dennis after he had the temerity to show up National by housing the homeless?

      Or many more examples …

      • Chris 2.3.1

        Or her refusal to reverse individual debts many people are repaying, often in the tens of thousands of dollars each, because of a need for emergency housing, most of which were wrongfully established. She's a total piece of work.

      • Hi, ms. I guess we both had our mornings brightened when the glad tidings came through!

        I'm looking forward to a whole bunch more Tory MP's being moved on by the voters in a couple of months but that's gonna require a lot of door knocking and phone calls.

        TS readers can play their part:

        https://www.labour.org.nz/volunteer

        https://action.greens.org.nz/volunteer

    • roblogic 2.4

      "It'd be ironic if she ends up applying for a benefit."

      And then wondering what arsehole cancelled the TIA

    • Morrissey 2.5

      Two and a half years ago, Penny Ashton executed a brilliant takedown of Paula Bennett's hypocrisy, after Bennett had a rush of blood to the head and strayed off message following her bariatric surgery…

      PENNY ASHTON: Yeah. And I’d just like to say that I think, you know, Paula Bennett is brave coming out and saying this and talking about it, and I think that’s fantastic. Obviously I’m a very staunch Labour supporter but, you know, anybody that’s fat-shaming her over this and making jokes about it is terrible. Um, she did say, however, she made this comment: “People treat you differently when you’re overweight and when you’re seriously overweight from when you’re not. People have this perception of people who are overweight, that it’s all in their own hands, and they’re just greedy people and they can’t control how they eat.” My husband made a little alteration to it and put it on Facebook, that said: “People, I think people have this perception of people who are POOR, — [orchestral music swells up from this point]—- and that it’s all in their own hands and that they’re just lazy people and they can’t control how they spend.” So I’m just putting that out there for a little alternative to her thing on her Ministry portfolio.

      https://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2018/11/stony-silence-from-jim-mora-as-penny.html

  3. weka 3

    Excellent news.

    There's some kind of symmetry to this announcement coming at the same time as the Greens release the most progressive social security policy we've seen in my lifetime. Let this be sign of better things to come.

  4. Chris 4

    If she had the foresight to understand Muller's leadership is temporary she may've stayed on. I'd prefer her to stay. There're plenty of potential numpty leaders who'd give her a high position. Heck, they may have even made her leader, which isn't that far-fetched given the depth of her party’s MPs. She may have even been more valuable as leader than Bridges, and that's extremely valuable.

  5. Good riddance to the main player in the meth testing scam that evicted hundreds of vulnerable HNZ tenants on false pretences, leaving tons of houses empty in the middle of a homeless crisis

  6. Grant Insley 6

    Another rooster becomes a feather duster?

  7. mac1 7

    How do you tell the difference between an anchor and a resigning National MP? When you throw them overboard, the anchor sinks and the MP ends up clinging onto some business board.

  8. Byd0nz 8

    Glad to see the back of her,
    What a lovely gift,
    This can only deepen more,
    The Nat's supporters rift.
    Bring on September,
    Winston and Paula, bye bye,
    How good to think Mike Hoskingites,
    Will hold their heads and cry.
    How grand it will be,
    Getting rid of the rot and Covid too,
    The future looks more bright,
    Red being the colour with fuck-all blue.

  9. UncookedSelachimorpha 9

    Good riddance to nasty.

    My bet is she will prove to be of limited use in an actual business. No sign of actual skill or talent in that one.

    • Anne 9.1

      Well, she could always start up a second-hand boutique shop with all the clothes she acquired over the years. Never saw her in the same outfit twice. We could take it in turns to swan in and try them on. The TS men could pretend to be cross-dressers and report her reactions. 😮

  10. silvertuatara 10

    I hope that Paula becomes involved in a career that is product centric focused as opposed to being person centric focused……surely their is some company out their which sells widgets or thingy-ma-bobs which the sale of, or lack there of, will have no adverse consequences to the general population base of NZ, and she and her pending business mates can make an ethical dollar on, at nobody else's expense.

    [Fixed error in e-mail address]

  11. Muttonbird 11

    Sweetie zips it.

  12. Insightful from @sarahhbickerton:

    Regardless of your feelings regarding Bennett, this is huge news, and doesn’t bode well for National, as it speaks to the fractures in the party currently. Also, even at her low demoted position, she was the highest ranked Māori MP in National.

  13. Incognito 13

    A leopard doesn’t change her spots but she sure can run fast when the rats stormed and took over the sinking ship.

  14. I hope Bennett considers a tell all memoir of her time in parliament

    • Incognito 14.1

      The Specials bin at the Warehouse will soon be overflowing with all those memoirs and other brain farts by National MPs.

    • Anne 14.2

      God, not another one. We've just had one of those from JC.

      Mind you, fun to be had airing all the dirty laundry.

      • francesca 14.2.1

        The only fun, but theres been a few gems from the JC one .Indicative of how the party’s run
        Lets face it, most of the books written by flash in the pan celebrities are stocking fillers

    • Stuart Munro 14.3

      51 Shadz of Leppidskin, Sweetie.

      Daren’t read it.

    • tc 14.4

      It'd be full of gem's like;

      Big night out, hangover not helping as Bill had marked my home work with a 'see me' again.

    • Gabby 14.5

      I suspect she'd sue anyone who told all.

  15. She wants the challenge of a new career. No doubt Harcourts Real Estate are competing with the Caci Clunuk for her buzzniss ekyamun and as an example of how you too can pull yasef up by the bootstraps and make something of yasef.

    Ploise, Paula, close the door on your way out. In many ways ear Paula is worse then the Crusher.

    Just one question: who's gunna write your loif story? There'll be story tellers from the Granny the Herald, to documentary makers from arsehole to breakfast, to advertising igzekatuvs lining up for a piece of the ekshun. Be woise though Paula: unless ya wanna come across as real tacky, seek advice from the Anne Tolley Finishing School for Ladies before you fall for any of it, and make sure you stay in polite company at all toimes.

    • AB 15.1

      " buzzniss ekyamun"

      Ouch!. A dead cliche mispronounced – like a dagger in the eye.

    • Incognito 15.2

      I’ll make an unkind comment: Bennett was good at getting up people’s noses so maybe she could help out at the borders.

      • OnceWasTim 15.2.1

        I'm afraid I've disobeyed my dear ole mum who once said if you can't say something kind, don't say anything.

        I have no problem saying unkind things to people who are unkind to others – especially when their motivation is about themselves (often dressed up as 'personal responsibility). Fuk 'em! Goose and Gander sauces and drizzles of Olive Oil.

        And although Paula is a bit 'coy' about her future when confronting media clamouring for a response, there'll be a heap of tunities for her to continue along the route of doing something personally challenging and inspiring that she'll be equally proud of in future. Promoting Bryan and Hannah and little Jevon might be one of them, or even as a spokesperson for the petrochemical industry specialising in plastics.

      • ianmac 15.2.2

        Up their noses indeed though PB would probably use barbed wire.

  16. ianmac 16

    Yeah good riddance! Anyone got the total of Nats abandoning Ship?

    • mac1 16.1

      15 announced since 2017 as far as I can see, one resiled; 55 National MPs so 25% turnover in three years…. so far!

      Sarah Dowie, David Carter; Ann Tolley, Paula Bennett, Nicky Wagner, Amy Adams (but resiled);Alastair Scott; Maggie Barry; Jonathan Coleman; Steven Joyce; Bill English; Chris Finlayson; Jami-Lee Ross; Nuk Korako; and Nathan Guy.

  17. taxicab 17

    This is more likely a demand from Winston that Bennett along with Tolley walk the plank so NZ first can at least discuss a coalition with National , he's as thin skinned as Trump when it comes to retribution and National doesn't stand a chance without NZ first .

    • roblogic 17.1

      Good conspiracy theory. Another is that the Nats are trying to clear out the dead wood before their impending election defeat makes it look even worse.

  18. ScottGN 18

    It’s going to take forever to get through the Nats valedictorys before parliament rises for the election.

  19. mary_a 19

    From what I know of Paula Bennett's adult life, with perhaps one maybe two exceptions, she has been a state dependent right up until the present time! So can't see her making too much of an effort in the private world of business!

    Good riddance to PB, a rotten, vile piece of work if ever there was!

  20. Robert Guyton 20

    Todd Muller "singled out her work on the Paris climate change agreement as Climate Change Minister" … as a particularly noteworthy achievement.

    Ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffs!

  21. RedBaronCV 21

    Made my day.. Now how to "persuade" Judith Collins to do the same

    Frankly I wouldn't touch any business Paula was involved in with a barge pole.

    But the nats seem to have 5 women out of 15 retirements. How pale male stale is the next potential nat caucus going to look?

  22. Enough is Enough 22

    Thank you Paula

    I never agreed with your politics or much that ever came out of your mouth. But I'm one who believes everyone in Parliament deserves a certain degree of thanks.

    • Anne 22.1

      Hey E is E. it’s just a bit of fun.

      From me to the participants: thanks for the chuckles – especially Incognito @ 15.2

    • tc 22.2

      It also deserves to be respected, she failed it on that count many times over.
      She’ll trouser the pension and sinecures to ensure it stays zipped sweetie.

  23. Nick 23

    [deleted] off [deleted]

    [Succinct but please tone down your language because it is crossing the line of acceptable, thanks – Incognito]

  24. Dean Reynolds 24

    Thank god that vile creature is buggering off – what a trougher!

  25. McFlock 25

    The end of another error.

    • Halfcrown 25.1

      Ha ha. I like it. Just brilliant. I always like reading your posts McFlock, but that one is a classic.

  26. Cinny 26

    News worth celebrating 🙂

    Last time I checked at least a third of current nat MP's aren't seeking re-election.

    It must be getting close to half now.

    I'd like the media to start asking national questions about why so many of their MP's are leaving. Because the 'family reasons' line is wearing a bit thin.

    • Musical chairs anyone? or Pass the Parcel.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 26.2

      Nat MPs know their new captain is still steering towards a general election 'iceberg'. That sinking feeling and a shortage of 'list seat lifeboats' is causing some 'recalculations'.

  27. NZJester 27

    "She had the nickname Paula Benefit"

    Her nickname among people I know was "Pullya Benefit" for her habit of doing everything she could to get benefits canceled.

  28. gsays 28

    Something about doors not hitting an arse on the way out.

  29. Ken 29

    Well I'm torn…..

    On one hand, I'm very happy to see the back of her.

    On the other, I was keen to see how many votes someone as toxic as Paula would have lost National come September.

  30. Just Is 30

    Interesting really, Nats have fallen over themselves attempting to achieve a Labour scalp (Clark) in collusion with the msm yet the success alone of the Coalition Govt has seen 15 Nat MPs resign/retire.

    The Coalition, the quiet achievers, working for NZers to rid the country of undesirables.

  31. Ed1 31

    Newsroom at least appears to have some balance in its reporting:

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/1278081/anne-salmond-on-clickbait

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/1281130/judith-joylessly

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/1255825/in-the-absence-of-calm

    And I saw somewhere that we are up to 61 days without community transmission!

    • Paddington 31.1

      Newsroom is one of the very few sources actually doing quality journalism. Perhaps the only source.

  32. Craig H 32

    The National Party and Paula Bennett have come to terms of agreement for her release. Best wishes in her future endeavours…

  33. mosa 33

    Well this a non event. Whats next.

  34. Treetop 34

    First time I have agreed 100% with anything that Bennett has said.

  35. millsy 35

    She was a nasty piece of work.

    Though we haven't seen the last of her. The non profit-industrial complex and various iwi trusts and organisations that get fat from government contracts await. That other Westie pariah, JT might give her a job in his empire.

    Dont let the door hit you on the way out, sweetie.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Keynote address to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand conference
    Speech to the CAANZ conference - November 19, 2020 Thank you, Greg, (Greg Haddon, MC) for the welcome. I’d like to acknowledge John Cuthbertson from CAANZ, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson, former fellow MP and former Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne, other guest speakers and CAANZ members. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Expert independent advisory group appointed to strengthen the future of Māori broadcasting
    A panel of seven experts are adding their support to help shape the future of Māori broadcasting, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has announced today. “Today I will meet with some of the most experienced Māori broadcasters, commentators and practitioners in the field. They have practical insights on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government to review housing settings
    New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus is on improving access to the housing market for first home buyers and ensuring house price growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Crown accounts reflect Govt’s careful economic management
    The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance before gains and losses, or OBEGAL, was in deficit. However that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Community launch marks next step in addressing racism in education
    The launch of Te Hurihanganui in Porirua today is another important milestone in the work needed to address racism in the education system and improve outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Budget 2019 included $42 million over three years to put Te Hurihanganui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations
    The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Wakatū Nelson regional hui on trade
    First, I want to express my thanks to Te Taumata for this hui and for all the fantastic work you are doing for Māori in the trade space. In the short time that you’ve been operating you’ve already contributed an enormous amount to the conversation, and developed impressive networks.  I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Primary Industries Summit
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the significant contribution the food and fibres sector makes to New Zealand and how this Government is supporting that effort. I’d like to start by acknowledging our co-Chairs, Terry Copeland and Mavis Mullins, my colleague, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Fast track referrals will speed up recovery and boost jobs and home building
    The Government is taking action to increase jobs, speed up the economic recovery and build houses by putting three more projects through its fast track approval process. “It’s great to see that the fast-track consenting process is working. Today we have referred a mix of potential projects that, if approved, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings
    A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings. The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Revival of Māori Horticulturists
    The rapid revival of Māori horticulture was unmistakeable at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards, with 2020 marking the first time this iconic Māori farming event was dedicated to horticulture enterprises. Congratulating finalists at the Awards, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said growing large-scale māra kai is part of Māori DNA. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Emergency benefit to help temporary visa holders
    From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies
    Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Farmer-led projects to improve water health in Canterbury and Otago
    More than $6 million will be spent on helping farmers improve the health of rivers, wetlands, and habitat biodiversity in Canterbury and Otago, as well as improving long-term land management practices, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Four farmer-led catchment group Jobs for Nature projects have between allocated between $176,000 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tupu Aotearoa continues expansion to Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman & Northl...
    Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman and Northland will benefit from the expansion of the Tupu Aotearoa programme announced today by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. The programme provides sustainable employment and education pathways and will be delivered in partnership with three providers in Northland and two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New primary school and classrooms for 1,200 students in South Island
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled major school building projects across the South Island during a visit to Waimea College in Nelson today. It’s part of the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “Investments like this gives the construction industry certainty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister of Māori Development pays tribute to Rudy Taylor
      Today the Minister of Māori Development, alongside other Government Ministers and MP’s said their final farewells to Nga Puhi Leader Rudy Taylor.  “Rudy dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori, and his strong approach was always from the ground up, grassroots, sincere and unfaltering”  “Over the past few ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister to attend APEC Leaders’ Summit
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and associated events virtually today and tomorrow. “In a world where we cannot travel due to COVID-19, continuing close collaboration with our regional partners is key to accelerating New Zealand’s economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “There is wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Infrastructure NZ Symposium
    Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pike River 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Service
    Tēnei te mihi ki a tātau katoa e huihui nei i tēnei rā Ki a koutou ngā whānau o te hunga kua riro i kōnei – he mihi aroha ki a koutou Ki te hapori whānui – tēnā koutou Ki ngā tāngata whenua – tēnā koutou Ki ngā mate, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Huge investment in new and upgraded classrooms to boost construction jobs
    Around 7,500 students are set to benefit from the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “The election delivered a clear mandate to accelerate our economic recovery and build back better. That’s why we are prioritising construction projects in schools so more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Keeping Pike River Mine promises 10 years on
    Ten years after the Pike River Mine tragedy in which 29 men lost their lives while at work, a commemorative service at Parliament has honoured them and their legacy of ensuring all New Zealand workplaces are safe. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the event, along with representatives of the Pike ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers
    New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These strengthened rules – to apply to all international airports and ports – build on the mandatory testing orders we’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More public housing delivered in Auckland
    The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods. The Thom Street development replaces 16 houses built in the 1940s, with brand new fit-for-purpose public housing that is in high ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines
    The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. “This agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will leave a conservation legacy for Waikanae awa
    Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The new funding will give a four-year boost to the restoration of the Waikanae awa, and is specifically focussed on restoration through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Dunedin Hospital project progresses to next stage
    As the new Dunedin Hospital project progresses, the Government is changing the oversight group to provide more technical input, ensure continued local representation, and to make sure lessons learnt from Dunedin benefit other health infrastructure projects around the country. Concept design approval and the release of a tender for early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Jump in apprentice and trainee numbers
    The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • ReBuilding Nations Symposium 2020 (Infrastructure NZ Conference opening session)
    Tena koutou katoa and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. Can I acknowledge Ngarimu Blair, Ngati Whatua, and Mayor Phil Goff for the welcome. Before I start with my substantive comments, I do want to acknowledge the hard work it has taken by everyone to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand's biosecurity champions honoured
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners of the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. “These are the people and organisations who go above and beyond to protect Aotearoa from pests and disease to ensure our unique way of life is sustained for future generations,” Damien O’Connor says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa Conference
    speech to Tourism Industry Aotearoa annual summit Te Papa,  Wellington Introduction Nau mai, haere mai Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, Ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Thank you Tourism Industry Aotearoa for hosting today’s Summit. In particular, my acknowledgements to TIA Chair Gráinne Troute and Chief Executive Chris Roberts. You ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets announced as Government’s second market study
    The Government has today launched a market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries.   “Supermarkets are an integral part of our communities and economy, so it’s important to ensure that Kiwis are getting a fair deal at the checkout,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Masks to be worn on Auckland public transport and all domestic flights
    Masks will need to be worn on all public transport in Auckland and in and out of Auckland and on domestic flights throughout the country from this Thursday, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins said today. “I will be issuing an Order under the COVID-19 Response Act requiring the wearing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand signs Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
    Increase to New Zealand’s GDP by around $2 billion each year Increase opportunities for NZ exporters to access regional markets Cuts red tape and offers one set of trade rules across the Asia Pacific region New government procurement, competition policy and electronic commerce offers NZ exporters increased business opportunities Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister acknowledges students as exams begin
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has recognised the extraordinary challenges students have faced this year, ahead of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which begin on Monday. “I want to congratulate students for their hard work during a year of unprecedented disruption, and I wish students all the best as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister meets with key ASEAN and East Asia Summit partners
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today attended the ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit and discussed with Leaders a range of shared challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region, including: The ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic; The importance of working collectively to accelerate economic recovery; and Exploring further opportunities for partners to work more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Veterans Affairs Summit held in Korea
    A Ministerial Summit on Veterans’ Affairs was held in the Republic of Korea this week. Ministers with veteran responsibilities were invited from all 22 countries that had been part of the United Nations Forces during the Korean War (1950 – 1953). The Summit marked the 70th anniversary of the outbreak ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clear direction set for the education system, skills prioritised
    The Government has released a set of priorities for early learning through to tertiary education and lifelong learning to build a stronger, fairer education system that delivers for all New Zealanders. “The election delivered a clear mandate from New Zealanders to accelerate our plan to reduce inequalities and make more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • A Progressive Agenda
    Speech to the Climate Change + Business Conference, November 12, 2020 Tena koutou katoa Thank you for inviting me to speak here today. It is great to see us all come together for a common cause: to redefine our future in the face of unprecedented times.  Covid-19 and climate change are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago