web analytics

Cheap and nasty

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, August 17th, 2013 - 36 comments
Categories: economy, housing, national, schools - Tags: , , ,

So, the Nats finally work out what every project manager, and indeed most householders, already know. The “cheapest” tender is not necessarily the best tender (or the cheapest, in the long run). It is to weep:

Huge cost of rotten school alters Govt views on tenders

The horrendous cost of repairing a leaky Auckland school is changing the traditional Government view that the cheapest tender is the best tender.

The Ministry of Education has paid $19.5 million to repair Macleans College, which has had to remove 23 rotten buildings from its Bucklands Beach site. … More than 300 schools and 800 buildings nationwide have been affected at a total cost of at least $1.5 billion. …

The known cost of the entire leaky building saga is $11.2 billion, but the true cost is believed to be at least twice that figure

Lessons?

These costs had prompted the Government to review how it chooses tenders for taxpayer projects. “(Macleans) was the worst contract we’ve ever done and yet we got it for the cheapest price. ‘Cheapest price wins’ is a mentality that we’re changing,” he said.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce proposed new rules for Government procurement in April. He said the emphasis would shift from who can deliver the lowest costs to who can deliver the best value for money and other direct financial benefits over the life of a contract.

Imagine – just imagine – if the Nats had managed to work this out before trashing over 100 jobs at the Hillside Workshop when they went with a slightly cheaper Chinese rail tender.

Imagine – just imagine – if the Nats could consider the long terms cost and benefits over the whole range of policy portfolios. Most crucially the environment. Climate change is the leaky building fiasco on a global scale, and the Nats are still stuck with the cheapest tender.

36 comments on “Cheap and nasty”

  1. wyndham 1

    Do these structural failures not go back to the disastrous National govt. policy of removing ‘controls’ on the type of timber used? Which allowed the use of untreated pine in so many buildings and that has ended up costing taxpayers billions of dollars?
    It is amazing to me that when a massive (yes,massive) govt. cock-up on this scale occurs, there is just a shrug or two, nobody accepts blame, the minister of housing apportions cost of repairs to both individuals and taxpayers – – – and it’s all over. No responsibility. No sackings. It’s a strange system!

    • BM 1.1

      Pine in buildings has never really been treated

      It wasn’t the timber that was the issue it was the building designs and systems that failed.

      The only timber that wouldn’t have rotted would have been stuff H3 rated and upwards and that level of timber preserving has never been used in housing construction.

      If I remember correctly timber in houses was done to a H1 standard, which was mainly to stop borer not repel moisture and water.
      Kiln dried timber was supposed to achieve this level of protection without the need of applying treatment.
      By kiln drying the timber the ligin in the wood sets hard which makes the wood tough to eat for the borer.

      Timber used in the construction of houses was never ever designed to get wet.

      • wyndham 1.1.1

        Then why did the problem not arise prior to the removal of controls ?

        • BM 1.1.1.1

          Systems changed, new products were tried.

          Pretty much all houses that failed were of that monolithic look and had the exterior cladding directly attached to the timber framing.
          Unfortunately that was a popular architectural style which was the reason we had so many leaky buildings.

          There has been cases of houses with rot prior to the removal of controls, like those Tudor styled houses you used to see.
          I’ve heard of quite of few cases of people pulling off the cement board and finding rotten framing underneath or there was a style of cheap house back in the 80’s where the flooring panels failed because they got wet and turned to mush.

          • RedLogix 1.1.1.1.1

            But the point being that prior to the 1992 Reforms (based on the ideological idea that the industry and market would know how to deliver the best result) the kind of construction you describe was simply not permitted.

            While I agree that there was scope back in the day to carefully expand the range of prescribed methods, what they did instead was more or less throw out the old book and open the door to a flood of wild-west experimentation.

            Result = $30b fuck-up.

            The known cost of the entire leaky building saga is $11.2 billion, but the true cost is believed to be at least twice that figure

            That was just the figure in the private and commercial sector, thought to be actually closer to $22b It was estimated that there was at least another $8-11b of risk in the public sector as well. Hence my very rough $30b)

            • BM 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Thought this was quite interesting. good brief summary for people who may be interested in the leaky homes disaster

              http://www.consumerbuild.org.nz/publish/leaky/leaky-background.php

              Thought it was quite interesting that it was 1998 when kiln dried untreated timber was first used always thought it was a lot earlier.

              • ghostwhowalksnz

                The stucco look came in earlier than that, along with parapets, removal of overhang and balcony’s clad with monolithic.
                Another factor was the introduction of ‘competition’ in the issuing of building consents, all of which dissapeared once the chickens cam home to roost leaving councils ( and ratepayers) as the only ones who couldnt run away

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1.2

              But the point being that prior to the 1992 Reforms (based on the ideological idea that the industry and market would know how to deliver the best result) the kind of construction you describe was simply not permitted.

              The fact is that markets are useless for governing indirect relationships between multiple parties, particularly in the instance where counter-party risk is essentially hidden for a time or effectively traded on to an indirect party. The typical result: the private sector profits then walks away, the consumer loses, and the public sector has to pick up the pieces.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1.1.1.2

            “Systems changed…”

            Or, as Wikipedia puts it “The Building Act 1991, which came into effect about 1994, changed buildings controls from a prescriptive system to a more self-regulated regime. In addition, the Government dropped the apprentice training system for builders and the related building trades.”

            So, they deregulated, with the inevitable consequences that opponents of the bill predicted, and its supporters are still in complete denial about, and still determined to infect everything and everybody with this delusional brain disease called the “high trust” regulatory model.

            • BM 1.1.1.1.2.1

              Did a lot of damage the fourth Labour government, shame Lange was such a hopeless PM and let Douglas and the rest of the Act members do whatever they wanted.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                Shame the incoming National government went even further than them too.

                And shame on you for supporting them.

                • BM

                  Did lead to MMP though, you’ve got to be happy about that .
                  Without National running rough shod over the peoples wishes, MMP would have never happened.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    yeah this nation is damn lucky with the MMP thing. Its going to prevent a lot of the very bad problems we see with UK and US politics, although its hardly a bed of roses itself.

                    I think the party vote threshold needs to be dropped to 3.5% however. But usual story, I do not expect either of the major parties – or even the Greens – to support such a move nowadays.

                    • BM

                      Yeah I voted MMP at the time because I was pissed at the arrogance shown by National and Labour.
                      The big “Fuck you plebs” mentality shown by the major parties of the time had to change.

                      My only complaint is having wankers like Dunne and Peters holding the balance of power and the major parties having to bow and scrape to these insignificant little turds.

              • ghostwhowalksnz

                What part of who was in government in 1991 dont you understand

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2

          Six months in a leaky house

          That addresses the history of treated timber in houses in NZ.

  2. RedLogix 2

    Contracting in this country is a dog-eat-dog, shit-fight. For the most part.

    Before the contract is signed the client looks to screw the most out of the contractor for the lowest price. After the contract is signed the contractor looks to screw as much as possible out of the client. If it all turns to custard they both look to dump as much risk as possible on the subbies.

    All founded in some idiotic belief that the invisible hand of the free-market magically delivers the best engineering. In fact in my experience the lowest price invariably delivers the lowest value, highest risk outcome.

    In the UK over the last decade a number of alternative and more intelligent contract forms have become more popular, eg http://www.ice.org.uk/ICE_Web_Portal/media/northeast/NEC_13-03-12.pdf or http://www.neccontract.com/about/index.asp

    The NEC system is based on the idea that sound Project Management principles have to be the core of the contract, not legal or commercial ones. If the project is conceived and managed correctly …then the execution, delivery and commercial outcome will be correct.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Oh wow, project and operations management is actually important for real delivery of real value, who would have thought.

  3. pollywog 3

    And now central govt is looking to play fast and loose with cutting local body development levies.

    Councils will have no choice but raise rates or sell more assets. It’s a lose lose all round for the citizenry and win win for developers and govt looking to prop them up while hoping to fix their hands tighter on council levers.

    • Greywarbler 3.1

      Interesting that ACT was behind the local government reorganisation. This outfit is a subversive entity being enabled to undermine our whole system of public control of government and maintaining reliable and fair procedures and standards. They have found an entry point to capture and control our democracy and our commons. Douglas started in Labour, was part of a subversion gang, started ACT and continued under the system of elected people’s choice political parties. Suckers you can always find when you’ve got money and speak confidently.

      Actually ACT is a terrorist group working under the umbrella of a democratic system but they are like borer beetles, a hole here and there eating away behind the walls and carpets till the place sags and falls when given a good kick. That’s their intention, they just assume a mask of concern like the French secret service operatives.

  4. BrucetheMoose 4

    When the National led government started on to downwards path of a deregulated building industry in the early 1990’s, they were clearly warned by certain industry experts and advisors, that there would be eminent risk to building standards , not only in relation to buildings, but across the construction industry as a whole. They completely ignored this advice. I personally remember one expert predicting major problems arising in ten years time. That was in 1991. Fast forward to 2001 -the Leaky Buildings disaster finally comes to the forefront of public attention.
    The Labour government spent most of it’s term trying to remedy the situation. Starting with major review of the entire building industry to determine what the fundamental problems effecting the industry were. The Building Industry Authority, the supposed regulator of the industry, was found to be inefficient and under resourced. This was disbanded and the governance brought under the new Dept. Building and Housing. The NZ Building Act and Building Code were deemed out of date and were strengthened. Under these Acts, Local Building Consent Authorities were brought into line, requiring them to be more rigorous in the quality of auditing applications for building works and in the subsequent inspection process.
    The Labour government introduced the Modern Apprenticeships Programme, an attempt to raise skills and overall attitudes, but with nearly a decade of neglect to training levels behind the industry and training institutions, this was never going to be a quick fix.
    There were many other aspects effecting the building industry that were, or needed to be addressed, the whole tendering process being one of them. This has been one of hardest to deal with, as the lowest sum generally rules. However, this was one of the key issues identified in the early stages when analysing the underlying problems effecting the building industry. More than twenty years later the government finally starts to get it – maybe.

  5. cricklewood 5

    It all comes back to that old adage that you get what you pay for. If you get a collection of quotes and ones is cheaper by a big margin they either made an error or they Will plan to come back for more. Its hard to have sympathy for people who work on lowest price.

    • RedLogix 5.1

      I could produce a book full of examples cricklewood.

      I can produce a two real examples that killed people. Despite explicit written warnings.

      In both cases dumrse management destroyed their own businesses. But as usual, white collars fuckup, blue collars get fucked. (Yes that is meant to be as bitter as it sounds.)

  6. jaymam 6

    Macleans College was opened about 1980, so would have had borer-resistant framing timber. Obviously there was something wrong with the cladding or flashings for the timber to rot.
    Remuera Intermediate School was built around 1953 and much of the untreated framing was riddled with borer, but not rot that I could see.
    Around 1992 my architect was scathing about the new cladding designs that other architects were starting to use.
    Of course it is not necessary to have rot-proof timber in the framing. If the framing gets wet there are other major problems.

    • BM 6.1

      This, if the timber has got wet obviously something has gone drastically wrong.

      • joe90 6.1.1

        This, if the timber has got wet obviously something has gone drastically wrong.

        Timbers have always been getting wet, remove any window from an old weatherboard bungalow and you’ll find sound but water damaged jack-studs, lintels and bottom trimmers, but the building methods and exterior cladding of the day allowed enough ventilation to dry the framing.

        Modern design and methods – monolithic with little or no eaves, poorly thought out balustrade solutions, a reliance on compound seals rather than physical barriers and plain old piss poor skills all allowed excess moisture ingress.

        Once things got wet modern materials and their hermetically sealed finishings ensured that the moisture would never escape which in turn allowed the likes of non-traditional enemies like stachybotrys to thrive on kiln dried timbers which were never treated for infestation.

        (the reason for not treating was that kiln drying made timbers too hard for the traditional enemies to sink a tooth)

        And again, because of the well sealed systems used, moisture was able to sit for long enough to actually rot timbers which were never supposed to stay wet.

        (kiln dried timbers were always expected to be able to withstand reasonable cycles of wetting and drying)

    • ropata 6.2

      An old tradesman will tell you that all houses leak, moisture always finds a way to creep in. It’s a matter of how much, and the crucial part is allowing the moisture to exit. As he put it, allowing houses to “breathe”. Sealing every corner with silicone is not a substitute for proper joinery.

    • alwyn 6.3

      The original college did open about 1980, as you say.
      However there were new houses, or whanau opened in 1997, 2001 and 2003.
      Does anyone happen to know which of the Whanau at the school are affected?
      If it was the most recent two it would have been under a non-National Government of course.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.4

      There’s a difference between borer an rot. Rot is caused by fungus which H1 standard is not proof against although it does help somewhat.

  7. Ed 7

    “He said the emphasis would shift from who can deliver the lowest costs to who can deliver the best value for money and other direct financial benefits over the life of a contract.”

    Of course one way to be able to assess costs over the life of a building, is to make sure the contract covers that period, by for example making the contract into something like a PPP, so that the builder is responsible for fixing mistakes. That works well for ensuring an ongoing income to the preferred winner of a tender, who can of course always fold and start again under a new name if the maintenance costs get out of hand – it seems every statement of National has to be read from a perspective of seeing how private companies can be gifted money from public funds . . .

  8. Greywarbler 8

    Nick Smith took on this untreated framing problem. Can it be that he has some creds from this?

  9. Molly 9

    I understood that Carter Holt Harvey made a concerted ( and successful) lobby to get the standards changed. Even remember a conversation at the time with a builder predicting dire outcomes from the change.

    Link to documentary article: http://www.theaucklander.co.nz/news/blasted-rotters/1060709/

  10. srylands 10

    “Imagine – just imagine – if the Nats had managed to work this out before trashing over 100 jobs at the Hillside Workshop when they went with a slightly cheaper Chinese rail tender.”

    It wasn’t a “bit cheaper”. On the locomotive tender Hillside came 6th. Across all the products with hillside there were problems with the necessary confidence in quality and delivery times.

    The only way Hillside would have worked would have been via subsidies – i.e the “corporate welfare” that is decried here.

    The idea that New Zealand can produce trains competitively is even more ridiculous than the idea that we can produce motor vehicles.

    Back to the main post – government agencies do not (and never have) simply chosen the cheapest tender. Sometimes the most expensive bid is chosen because it wins on the other metrics (quality/timeliness).

    The leaky buildings fiasco was a regulatory failure around building standards. It was not a problem with tendering processes.

  11. tracey 11

    Mcleans college had advice that the problem coukd be dealt with for much lesz but the property manager was told by higher up to notvtalk about it cos this way they could get new buildings.

    bm

    given all buildings leak having closed systems with utkd made no sense and wouldnt have got past an apprentice raised eyebrow in 1998.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New appointments to the Commerce Commission
    The Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has today announced the appointment of Tristan Gilbertson as the new Telecommunications Commissioner and member of the Commerce Commission. “Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Historic pay equity settlement imminent for teacher aides
    The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to settle the pay equity claim for teacher aides, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This will see more than 22,000 teacher aides, mostly women, being valued and paid fairly for the work they do. “Teacher aides are frontline ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt delivers security for construction subcontractors
    Subcontractors will have greater certainty, more cashflow support and job security with new changes to retention payments under the Construction Contracts Act says Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa. A recent review of the retentions money regime showed that most of the building and construction sector is complying with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE ON THE FIRST AN...
    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago