web analytics

Capitalism in its wonderful natural form.

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 pm, December 7th, 2009 - 29 comments
Categories: act, auckland supercity, Satire - Tags:

Natural Free Enterprise

Natural Free Enterprise

Following on from our report earlier this year about ideal places for libertarians to go, it appears that we are now seeing capitalism in its wonderful Ayn Rand style libertarian idealized form. Somali ‘maritime companies” have setup a stock exchange to help incubate free enterprise in its natural form. From Reuters we have this report.

HARADHEERE, Somalia (Reuters) – In Somalia’s main pirate lair of Haradheere, the sea gangs have set up a cooperative to fund their hijackings offshore, a sort of stock exchange meets criminal syndicate.

This is how capitalism naturally starts. A natural resource is discovered for risky exploitation, and the risk is shared throughout the wider community (before the inevitable bubble collapse). It allows successful and even unsuccessful entrepreneurs to offload offer their businesses complete with priceless customer goodwill to others. As a former pirate maritime entrepreneur explains:

“Four months ago, during the monsoon rains, we decided to set up this stock exchange. We started with 15 ‘maritime companies’ and now we are hosting 72. Ten of them have so far been successful at hijacking,” Mohammed said.

“The shares are open to all and everybody can take part, whether personally at sea or on land by providing cash, weapons or useful materials … we’ve made piracy a community activity.”

Such a public spirited benefactor of his fellow citizens. Reminds me of those wonderful people who fund support the Act party in their similar public spirited neo-libertarian formation of the council-controlled organizations (CCOs) to provide a natural resource for pirates to plunder managers to run efficiently.

Lets hope that the CCOs in Auckland give as many benefits to Aucklanders as the stock exchange is giving in Somalia:

The administration has no influence in Haradheere — where a senior local official said piracy paid for almost everything.

“Piracy-related business has become the main profitable economic activity in our area and as locals we depend on their output,” said Mohamed Adam, the town’s deputy security officer.

“The district gets a percentage of every ransom from ships that have been released, and that goes on public infrastructure, including our hospital and our public schools.”

Of course we Aucklanders already own the resources that Act is pirating running efficiently. So we’d have to assume that stripping the assets will make them even more profitable for someone long term. We can only hope that Aucklanders are amongst them.

But who can argue with this happy result and example of how people can better themselves through positive thinking and hard work. Sahra didn’t let adversity constrain her (and is an inspiration to us all)…

Piracy investor Sahra Ibrahim, a 22-year-old divorcee, was lined up with others waiting for her cut of a ransom pay-out after one of the gangs freed a Spanish tuna fishing vessel.

“I am waiting for my share after I contributed a rocket-propelled grenade for the operation,” she said, adding that she got the weapon from her ex-husband in alimony.

“I am really happy and lucky. I have made $75,000 in only 38 days since I joined the ‘company’.”

Of course there are probably some anti-capitalist, anti-free-enterprise wimps who would point at some losers from this new enterprise – like the crews, customers, insurers and owners of the ships. But the same wimps would disagree with trafficking in human slaves, selling heroin to children, or asset stripping Auckland. Clearly not fans of Ayn Rand, which means that they are obviously losers by philosophy.

Here is the video from earlier this year that seems almost prescient.

We can just hope that all libertarian and neo-libertarians go to this free-enterprise stateless nirvana. It will leave us richer.

hat-tip: The Strategist

29 comments on “Capitalism in its wonderful natural form. ”

  1. Your using Somalia is an example of Capitalism???


    Why not use Hone as an example of a decent humanbeing?

    • Gosman 1.1

      Or like using Zimbabwe as an example of Socialism. Then again that isn’t such a bad idea.

    • Actually compared to Bill English and Rodney Hide he is.

      If push comes to shove I’ll happily throw my lot in with Hone rather than the Pakeha white rich male leadership and their token female goofers.

      At least he is man enough to pay for his wifes travels out of his own pocket while those two hide behind their families to rip us off.

  2. lprent 2

    Did you read the Reuters link? It is pretty clear that a very natural form of capitalism, without the Unnatural constraints of the state are in operation there.

    Fits well into the act mindset

    • MikeE 2.1

      Ideal forms of capitalism are free from “force and fraud” tell me how on earth a pirate capital which involves using physical force to steal meets this description…

      You are deliberately getting mixed up between anarchism and libertarianism.

      even libertarians support a state for law and order/defense/protection of contract reasons.

      • lprent 2.1.1

        It usually seems to figure pretty low on their priorities when they’re attacking those very institutions.

        Listening to them waffle usually gives the distinct impression that they’d like no controls constraining them. If they are like Act, they just want controls on everyone else to reduce their competition – especially in the legal area.

  3. There is actually a pirate in Atlas Shrugged: Ragnar Danneskjöld sails the world stealing money from governments and giving it to rich people. He is one of the principle heroes of the novel (I am not kidding) and gives a stirring speech denouncing Robin Hood.

  4. outofbed 4

    Capitalism in its wonderful natural form – Socialism is BAD

  5. Quoth the Raven 5

    Of course one of the tenets of capitalism (and if you can find a good definition of capitalism than you’re doing better than me) is private property and pirates don’t respect private property. And Ayn Rand thought little of libertarians:

    Because Libertarians are a monstrous, disgusting bunch of people: they plagiarize my ideas when that fits their purpose, and they denounce me in a more vicious manner than any communist publication, when that fits their purpose. They are lower than any pragmatists, and what they hold against Objectivism is morality. They’d like to have an amoral political program.

    • Wayne 5.1

      How do you think private property is created in the first place?

    • lprent 5.2

      QTR: Yeah, but I can’t see the difference between them. For that matter I can’t see much difference for most of the creeds of the left, or the various creeds of the green, or what in the hell the religious see to argue about.

      I’m pretty damn pragmatic at looking at what works.

      I tend towards the left because many if not most of the right seem to tend towards stupidity or toy fetishes. Both lead to short-term thinking which is about as useless for long-term development as arguing about creeds.

    • Quoth the Raven 5.3

      Wayne – You could separate it into how property rights came about and how different claims to property have come about. How property rights emerged I don’t know (property rights theory is a sticky complex subject I have little motivaion to study in any great depth). I’m sure you can find something on the hows and whys of human communities coming to this arrangment.
      Maybe what you want to say is that property came about by theft. I have no doubt that many claims to property have origins in acts of theft like a corpations property that came from the state’s theft of land through imminent domain or the colonial theft of indigenous land etc. The fact that some claims to property may have their origins in theft doesn’t mean that property just is theft. You know the guy who said “property is theft” also said “property is liberty” and “property is immpossible” – See this>

      • Daveo 5.3.1

        How property rights emerged I don’t know (property rights theory is a sticky complex subject I have little motivaion to study in any great depth).

        You should probably look into this. All those Mises institute articles you link to and your objections to ‘forcing’ businesses to do this or that because it infringes on their property rights is based on a flawed right-wing theory of property.

        Here’s a good place to start: http://www.philosophyetc.net/2006/05/property-is-unnatural.html

        • Quoth the Raven

          Daveo – You’re being presumptuous again. I’m no propertarian. Of course property isn’t natural its an artificial human arrangement. What you think that article is supposed to inform me of that I’m not already aware of I don’t know. I linked above to a discussion of Proudhon why you’d think I’m a propertarian I don’t know. It’s clear to me your not interested in any meaningful engagement on libertarian ideas and would rather strawman and make your arguments from ignorance. The libertarian site I linked to above has an article on propertarianism: Absolutist Propertarianism Dissolves All Rights
          The mises.org articles are interesting articles on the folly of this or that government interference in the market or the fallacious thinking of keynesians or interesting bits of american history – read them you might actually learn a thing or two. Like this interesting article: The Goldwater Anomaly I don’t know that I’ve linked to any article on property rights unless it’s one of their numerous articles opposed to intellectual property. I read socialist websites too unlike narrow minded social democrats I can find interest in pieces from across the political spectrum.

        • Quoth the Raven

          That blog has an interesting new article on this very topic:

          An analogy to a more small-scale context may drive the point home. For the sake of argument, let’s presume that I legitimately own a home. Would it make sense for me to claim that by virtue of the fact that I own my home, anyone that visits must do literally whatever I tell them, and that I am justified in doing whatever I want to anyone that happens to occupy it at any given moment? Such a claim would be laughed out of court as a ridiculous propertarian justification for slavery and murder. But the state is just a large-scale embodyment of this. The members of the political class constitute the defacto “owners” of the territory that the state has jurisdiction over, and at the end of the day they have ultimate authority over the lives of everyone else within the territory. Asking “who is the legitimate owner?” isn’t enough. One has to ask “what kind of authority should an owner really have?”.

          So how propertarian are statists 😯

    • Funny how the dispossesed always have to respect the right to private property when it’s the robber barons “private” property and not the other way around.

      One of the issues the Somalian pirates have with the West is that we without paying or respecting the local population robbed their seas of their fish leaving them without a source of income or food.

      It’s basically just another the West robbes an indigenous people of their resources and wealth and cry foul when they start to fight back.

      • lukas 5.4.1

        do you cry yourself to sleep at night because you are white Trav?

        • travellerev

          Oh hi Lucas,

          I was almost afraid Lucas, I had lost one of my most faithful trolls what with you not trolling me when I announced Richard Gage’s visit in the last couple of weeks but here you are. Save and sound. Thank god.

          I think you’ll find there are plenty of “white” people disgusted with the policies of the the big corporate cabals and their distructive habits.

          • lukas

            It would seem that your ‘k’ key is still broken, want me to send you a new keyboard?

            Save and sound? not so much, we are in expansion mode so not that much saving going on. I am safe and sound though, and I do thank God for that 🙂

            I would have paid attention to Dick Gage, but ran out of tin foil so was too scared to go near him sorry.

  6. vto 6

    ha ha that is classic.

    But lprent you mix up the issues as often (you must let politics go sometimes). It seems a perfect exmple of how capitalism can work. The problem is that you mix it up with morality and laws.

    Separate them, define them, control them, and you have a very effective means of accomplishing all manner of goodness.

    I can’t believe you cannot see …

    • lprent 6.1

      I do. However ‘capitalism’ has the attention span of a kitten chasing a piece of string (been babysitting rockys kitten this weekend).

      A 5 year ‘plan’ is about as far as companies can think ahead in even broad terms – and that is if they are enlightened.. Sure they say that they have a broad long-term plans. However that gets new-broomed as regularly as the management cycles. That was pretty damn clear when I was working in corporates and when I looked at the research 20 odd years ago when I did an MBA.

      Now think of it. Parents regularly think a lot further ahead than that. Raising children demands it. Education systems, health systems, superannuation etc must all look ahead for much longer.

      Unfortunately so does running natural infrastructure monopolies, like these CCOs, because they have more than one objective. Think of the public health implications of a water CCO, and then think of them getting the scattered brained coherence of a typical corporate chasing short-term profits. All of the efficiency come from planning long-term.

      It really doesn’t work – look at the power infrastructure.

      I understand the arguments. But the issue is that free markets are good at short-term ‘planning’ and response. Even then they are only really effective when they don’t have natural monopolies. Think Telecom for instance..

      Perhaps you need to think a bit more clearly about the relative advantages both ways.

      Incidentally did you notice the categories.

      • vto 6.1.1

        true that in part. and that is why it needs to be separated and controlled. I think most wise capitalists recognise its limitations. but dont throw the baby out with the bathwater (or kitty out with the kitty litter). the natural human forces that drive capitalism drive. simple. make use of it.

        A bit like that old adage about the devil making work for idle hands. Put it to good use.

        The truth in truisms seems to be oft exposed in extreme situations. As your example.

        btw, most people think way beyond a 5 year time frame. Unless they have no stake in their industry.

  7. Pirate, robber baron or Robber baron what’s the dif.

    What’s lacking is not the constraint of Goverment but strong morals and a desire to live in peace and within your means and the opportunity to do so without being robbed or bullied.

    Corrupt and greedy leadership does not help and that is why they invented the Guillotine. I dont think I have to give any local examples but English and Hide come to mind.

    This is what Cheri Blair had to say in defence of her ever expanding need for more money as her husband is racking it in in Azerbadjian, meeting with faraway criminals and Ooh oops prince Edward, another scion of a well known robber baron family.

  8. Bill 8

    Isn’t it capitalism in it’s wonderful ‘natural’ form that brought the hell-zone that is Somalia into being?

    Unrestricted foreign factory fishing and sea dumping wiping out traditional means of securing a livelihood etc? (Let’s leave aside the civil war and the historical reasons for the Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia being awash with weaponry.)


    Forming co-operatives and using ransom monies for community projects seems like an exercise in self empowerment to me. If capitalism hadn’t ravished the place in the first instance then none of this pirate stuff would be happening.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Round 2 of successful energy education fund now open
    $1.65 million available in Support for Energy Education in Communities funding round two Insights from SEEC to inform future energy hardship programmes Community organisations that can deliver energy education to households in need are being invited to apply for the second funding round of the Support for Energy Education in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • New Ngarimu scholarships to target vocational training
    Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis today announced three new scholarships for students in vocational education and training (VET) are to be added to the suite of prestigious Ngarimu scholarships. “VET learners have less access to study support than university students and this is a way to tautoko their learning dreams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Recognising the volunteers who support our health system
    Nominations have opened today for the 2021 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, as part of National Volunteer Week. “We know that New Zealanders donate at least 159 million hours of volunteer labour every year,” Minister of Health Andrew Little said in launching this year’s awards in Wellington. “These people play ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Drug Free Sport supported to deal with new doping challenges
    Drug Free Sport New Zealand will receive a funding boost to respond to some of the emerging doping challenges across international sport. The additional $4.3 million over three years comes from the Sport Recovery Fund announced last year. It will help DFSNZ improve athletes’ understanding of the risks of doping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government support for South Auckland community hit by tornado
    The Government is contributing $100,000 to a Mayoral Relief Fund to support Auckland communities impacted by the Papatoetoe tornado, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Celebrating World Refugee Day
    World Refugee Day today is an opportunity to celebrate the proud record New Zealanders have supporting and protecting refugees and acknowledge the contribution these new New Zealanders make to our country, the Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi said. “World Refugee Day is also a chance to think about the journey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Face to face meeting delivers significant progress on NZ-UK FTA
    New Zealand and the UK have committed to accelerating their free trade agreement negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement in principle this August, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor announced. “We’ve held constructive and productive discussions towards the conclusion of a high-quality and comprehensive FTA that will support sustainable and inclusive trade, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government taking action to protect albatross
    New population figures for the critically endangered Antipodean albatross showing a 5 percent decline per year highlights the importance of reducing all threats to these very special birds, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall says. The latest population modelling, carried out by Dragonfly Data Science, shows the Antipodean albatross ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Adoption laws under review
    New Zealand’s 66-year-old adoption laws are being reviewed, with public engagement beginning today.  Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said the Government is seeking views on options for change to our adoption laws and system. “The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Wider roll-out of cameras on boats to support sustainability and protect marine life
    Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations.  Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker today announced the funding is now in place for the wider roll out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Plan for vaccine rollout for general population announced
    New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The rollout of the vaccine to the general population will be done in age groups as is the approach commonly used overseas, with those over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand introduces Belarus travel bans
    New Zealand has imposed travel bans on selected individuals associated with the Lukashenko regime, following ongoing concerns about election fraud and human rights abuses after the 2020 Belarus elections, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. The ban covers more than fifty individuals, including the President and key members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy grows driven by households, construction and business investment
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery have been reflected in the robust rebound of GDP figures released today which show the economy remains resilient despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Robertson said. GDP increased 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021. The Treasury had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Milestone 250th tower continues to improve rural connectivity
    The Government has welcomed the completion of the 250th 4G mobile tower, as part of its push for better rural connectivity. Waikato’s Wiltsdown, which is roughly 80 kilometres south of Hamilton, is home to the new tower, deployed by the Rural Connectivity Group to enable improved service to 70 homes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to lift on Tuesday
    Following a further public health assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government continues support for rangatahi to get into employment, education and training
    Over 230 rangatahi are set to benefit from further funding through four new He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re continuing to secure our economic recovery from COVID by investing in opportunities for rangatahi to get into meaningful employment, education or training ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NCEA subjects up for consultation
    The education sector, students, their parents, whānau and communities are invited to share their thoughts on a list of proposed NCEA subjects released today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. This is a significant part of the Government’s NCEA Change Programme that commenced in 2020 and will be largely implemented by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater quality
    The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • America’s Cup decision
    The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand. “The exclusive period of negotiation between the Crown, Auckland Council, and Team New Zealand ends tomorrow, 17 June,” said Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Food and fibres sector making significant strides towards New Zealand’s economic recovery
    The Government is backing the food and fibres sector to lead New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 with targeted investments as part of its Fit for a Better World roadmap, Forestry Minister Stuart Nash said. “To drive New Zealand’s recovery, we launched the Fit for a Better World – Accelerating ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to He Whenua Taurikura – New Zealand’s annual hui on countering terrorism and violent...
    Check against delivery Can I begin by acknowledging the 51 shuhada, their families and the Muslim community. It is because of the atrocious violent act that was done to them which has led ultimately to this, the start of a dialogue and a conversation about how we as a nation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • First period products delivered to schools
    The first period products funded as part of the Government’s nationwide rollout are being delivered to schools and kura this week, as part of wider efforts to combat child poverty, help increase school attendance, and make a positive impact on children’s wellbeing. “We know that nearly 95,000 9-to-18 year olds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago