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Christchurch East maneuvering

Written By: - Date published: 12:50 pm, June 24th, 2013 - 33 comments
Categories: by-election 2013 - Tags: , ,

So it looks like Labour’s Christchurch East candidate when Lianne Dalziel steps down will be either Clayton Cosgrove or James Caygill. The first question you ask is ‘why wouldn’t Clayton just stand in Waimakiriri again?’. He’s won it four out of five attempts and Wilkinson only has a 600 majority. A slight swing will win it for him again, why give that up? The answer is troubling.

As with Ikaroa-Rawhiti, the leadership seems to be prepared to override the local membership and create collateral damage (the former, losing a credible Left journo, the latter, giving up on winning back Waimakariri), and run a campaign in which those things are factors for the sake of getting a pro-Shearer-Robertson candidate in (Ikaroa-Rawhiti, Shane Taurima, in Christchurch East, Kelvin Davis comes in if Cosgrove becomes an electorate MP).

Isn’t it a little bit odd that the leadership would be placing such high priority on replacing departed Cunliffe supporters with leadership loyalists? Isn’t the leadership question settled until the election, and beyond if Labour wins? Why not take the sensible, easy route of letting the locals have who they want (especially since they’re likely to get who they want anyway) and concentrate on winning hearts and minds – or, better yet, concentrate on winning the election?

The priority that the leadership is placing on internal numbers is a reminder of how close those numbers are – remember, it was only a last minute defection that saved Shearer at the start of this year (and the defector didn’t exactly get her full 30 pieces of silver, so can’t be counted on again). Nonetheless, there’s no leadership spill in the offing. Which suggests the leadership is being paranoid and/or that Robertson is already trying to get the numbers he needs post-election – which assumes an election defeat. This is a siege mentality and an inward focus that does the party no good, and sees National get an easy ride from a distracted Labour leadership.

The lesson that the Shearer-Robertson leadership should have drawn from Ikaroa-Rawhiti is that they don’t have the power to parachute in a candidate of their choosing against the locals’ will. Caygill v Cosgrove would be slightly more complicated because the unions don’t like Caygill because of his dad and don’t like Cosgrove because he’s from the Mike Moore school, which makes it hard to predict which way the union vote would go. But, still, given the popularity of the leadership, in a competition between a local candidate and a leadership-backed carpetbagger (even one from just up the road) the money will have to be on the local.

The irony is that the likely outcome is Clayton does put his hat in the ring is that he will lose the Christchurch East nomination and, by having shown himself to be a fairweather friend, damage his chances of winning back Waimakiriri. And that just leaves the leadership with a second embarrassing nomination loss this year, a more pissed off base, a new MP who knows the leadership is no friend of his, and another old tusker taking up a list place.

I would suggest a different strategy: drop the siege mentality. Let the locals have who they choose (as long as they aren’t mad). Show that you are with the membership, not apart from it. Go out there and win the by-election, then win the election.

33 comments on “Christchurch East maneuvering”

  1. mac1 1

    I suspect, unless people here are saying that they know through incontrovertible evidence, that what is a corollary (getting Davis in) is actually being stated as the primary motivation. This of course depends on whether Davis is a Shearer supporter actually, and also on whether that matters to him, Shearer or the caucus.

    How much of this post is conjecture, how much based on dislike of the present leadership, how much connecting up dots which ought not to be? Let’s all, if we can, step outside the leadership question and apply some solid logic or some solid well-based facts.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Well, if you want to step outside the leadership hypothetical, the answer is easy: let the electorate party members select whoever they think will best represent them.

      • Te Reo Putake 1.1.1

        “Which suggests the leadership is being paranoid and/or that Robertson is already trying to get the numbers he needs post-election – which assumes an election defeat.”

        Robertson already has the numbers to roll Shearer, if Camp DC voted with him. The problem is that he doesn’t have the numbers to replace him as leader. If he went for a spill, we could have the weird situation where Shearer gets dumped, then gets re-elected.

        And it doesn’t assume an election defeat at all. We’ve seen that in NZ (Bolger dumped post election for Shipley) and in Oz (Rudd for Gillard).

        Re: the unions, I think you are wrong on both counts, EDDIE. Caygill will not be damned for the sins of his father and Cosgrove remains friendly with the Canterbury unions, particularly the EPMU. So it may well be that the members vote is the decisive one in the process, if the others blank each other out.

        Edit: didn’t mean to put this as a reply to CV, but as it touches on points CV raised, I’ll leave it there.

        • Daveo 1.1.1.1

          Shearer would almost certainly resign if he lost a no confidence motion in caucus, and Robertson already has the numbers to force it.

          The issue is this – Robertson knows rolling Shearer would mean he’d face Cunliffe and possibly Little in a party-wide leadership run-off. Against one or both of those two he’d struggle to win the party and union support he needs to win the leadership. Therefore, it’s in Robertson’s interests to keep Shearer in power.

      • mac1 1.1.2

        So long as the membership is strong enough, and not so small that it acts as a local’s fiefdom, so be it. The party has rules for this.

      • Tom Gould 1.1.3

        Which suggests the local membership will be denied a say? The rules are clear, in fact democracy reigns in the Labour Party if all the post conference rhetoric is to be believed. Why the nasty personal attacks on Cosgrove in the media, in what is actually an internal party selection process?

  2. Leopold the Viper 2

    Let Occam’s razor apply and go to the simplest explanation: no matter how difficult it is to find a way to muck things up, Shearer and Co will find it

    • mac1 2.1

      Occam’s razor told me that no matter what the post is about, it would bring out the anti Shearer brigade. The post is full of conjecture. It’s full of questions and words like ‘looks like’, ‘seems’ and ‘should’ and ‘it suggests’.

      The post does say that the locals should and will have their way. Head Office has a say and so does the membership. What’s the strength of the local party membership? That determines the local input. Weak memberships should not by themselves determine a candidate, for it’s too easy to subvert that process. A strong local membership should prevail. So let that happen and the last paragraph concerning getting on with the by-election and then winning the general election which I do agree with, will come about. The rest is conjecture and as such not helpful.

      • just saying 2.1.1

        Weak memberships should not by themselves determine a candidate, for it’s too easy to subvert that process.

        From my own experience, weak local offices, in the sense of a chosen few locking the rest of the membership out of participation and decision-making, seems to be the (deliberate) order of the day, in the current Labour Party. Which kind of paves the way for a head office dictatorship.

        • mac1 2.1.1.1

          just saying, are you aware of the LP rules regarding candidate selection? Members have a vote- the floor vote. The local LEC carries votes according to the membership. I have been in a situation where the local membership was so strong, in a National seat, that the LEC carried four votes, the floor vote one and Head office three. Locals outnumbered HO 5 to 3. Guess who got the candidate of their choice, and rightly so, and all agreed? If the locals join the party in sufficient numbers, then they carry the day- no matter who HO might or might not prefer. It never seemed to be an issue. Never seen a Head Office dictatorship, sorry.

          I am buggered to know how a member can be locked out of participation or decision-making in candidate selection. A member is entitled to attend a selection meeting, and vote.

          Now if you have a LEC of a handful and a membership deliberately kept low because as I spoke of above a fiefdom approach to electorate affairs, which happens in all sorts of organisations, then be aware of that, and get the membership up. Don’t sit back and allow others to take over or dominate committees. Organise. Join. Participate. If you do all that, then you have a right to complain- but you won’t because you and like minded good folks predominate. Any party also has its fair share of whingers, too. MMP got rid of a few, as they sloughed off into the minor parties where the opportunities were greater for influence, malign or otherwise.

          I believe the bigger the membership, the better the democracy within the organisation. Apparatchiks love small numbers and apathetic members. Easy to control. Over to you!

          • just saying 2.1.1.1.1

            I formally requested that I be informed of the times and locations of our local electorate meetings because none had been provided to me. That was more than a month ago….
            Over the phone I had been given the ‘secret squirrel’ information of when in the month these meetings occurred, but I was required to await the details.

            I think it would be fairly easy to ‘accidentally’ fail to inform non-select members of the time and location of the candidate selection meeting. However, I have no evidence that this has or will occur.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Pebble and Douglas used to pull this kind of shit routinely. Going so far as to ring head office up in Wellington saying, oh such and such has recently passed away, please take them off the voting members list.

              • mac1

                Couldn’t do that too often- when the recent dear departed sends in his/her sub for the next year?

                Which voting members list, CV? When I turn up for a Labour meeting where I am to be able to vote such as a candidate selection meeting, then the membership list is searched and/or I am asked for my membership card.

                Once again, it would not happen often that dear recently departed members turn up at meetings to vote and produce their membership card without further consequences.

                I actually wonder whether someone told you what is politely called an ‘urban myth’?

                • Colonial Viper

                  Couldn’t do that too often- when the recent dear departed sends in his/her sub for the next year?

                  mac1 – by the time the error is corrected with “next years subs” the floor vote is already over. But on the day which matters you cannot be issued with a voting card if your name is not on the list. You know that.

                  • mac1

                    And we both know the absolute furore if a member was turned down at the door for a chance to vote on the grounds that they were no longer on the list, having paid their sub, turning up with their up to date membership card or their life membership and then, if that were not enough, to be told that the reason was because HO had been informed they were dead. Especially if the deeds were sheeted home to the MPs of the time, as you aver.

                    Records are kept as to why deletions occur.

                    I’m interested in your reason/s as to why you bring into the debate hearsay or urban myth, (because you’ve not challenged my interpretation on that) matters that must be at least 17 years old with the actions of Prebble and Douglas because both Prebble and Douglas, of whom we both probably do not mourn the political demise, were standing as ACT members in 2006, the first MMP election.

                    The NZLP changed with MMP as former members sloughed off to join parties ranging from the Alliance to ACT. I for one rejoiced to know that some very personally difficult and ‘one issue’ style members were gone to other parties.

            • mac1 2.1.1.1.1.2

              You’ve mentioned this before, just saying. I’d counsel you to assertively pursue this with the local LEC secretary or Chairperson, or with the NZ Council rep for your area, or an MP. Having had the first two jobs in my CV, I’d postulate first human error, forgetfulness and good old “‘not yet got around to it.”

              Get a constitution and rule book and know your rights as to what you can attend etc. Best of luck with all that. It should be happening for you.

  3. Cant remember my last username 3

    Not sure i read this right but isnt Gilmore implying he will run??

    http://aaronwgilmore.wordpress.com/

    “Many locals have asked what am I going to do as part of this. The answer to that is simple. The by election is not likely till after show week. So good things come to those who wait. After being hounded out of public office, after being called all sorts of things that are un true, other than being rude to a barman. After being ridiculed from initially trying to apologise for the behaviour of someone else’s wasted girlfriend, as well as my rudeness, (more on all that rubbish some other time), I have learnt to hold my cards very closely. Bottomline, I do not want to see Labour hold onto the seat, as I do not think that is the best thing for the people.”

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      After being ridiculed from initially trying to apologise for the behaviour of someone else’s wasted girlfriend

      Wow, a real charmer and gentleman, our Gilmore.

    • Chris 3.2

      blimey you could stick Rodney Hide as a candidate in ChCh East and Gilmore still wouldn’t have a chance. Talk about kidding himself.

  4. Socialist Paddy 4

    I don’t know why Cosgrove is held in such high regard. At the last election he did his best to persuade people that he was not a Labour Party candidate – http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2011/11/debranding.html (sorry for the use of a Kiwiblog article but what Labour candidate would not have the logo in an advertisement?)

    And sure he only just lost the seat but he got thumped in the party vote. As Danyl McLaughlan confirms he lost around 15% points of party vote last election – http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/may-i-monsieur-offer-my-services-without-running-the-risk-of-intruding/

    Honest Congrove would be just as comfortable if not more comfortable in a National Party caucus. Wasting a Labour electorate on him would be a travesty.

  5. Winston Smith 5

    My two cents:

    “Why not take the sensible, easy route of letting the locals have who they want”

    – Should be this for every party, sadly it isn’t

  6. mac1 6

    Socialist Paddy, Cosgrove does not put NZLP logos on his hoardings. As far as I know, he never has. Part of his appeal to a conservative electorate was to promote himself as a hard-working local man- which he is.

    Did he lose the NZLP party vote in Waimakariri or did the NZLP? Electoral wisdom had it (under FPP) that 500-1000 votes were influenced by the candidate and the rest were party votes. Under MMP, it’s difficult to say that 6000 extra votes went to Wilkinson because of Cosgrove the man, especially when his own personal vote held up much the same from 2008.

    I do like arguments to have a spice of logic. BTW, personally I do not favour Cosgrove as a man, but blaming him for losing NZLP party votes and yet keeping his own vote while still losing does not fit the facts.

    • Socialist Paddy 6.1

      Mac1.

      Cosgrove should be putting labour logos on everything. He may want to appeal to the locals but the sight of a Labour MP not being proud of having the branding is frankly bizarre. If you are looking for an explanation for the major loss of party vote support the lack of branding could be it.

      Candidates going for the electorate vote actually makes things worse. Many New Zealanders split their vote. They want to share the love around I suppose. Grabbing their electorate vote means that there is less chance of the all important party vote going your party’s way.

      Give me a candidate who will work to maximise the party vote every time over someone who tries to maximise their personal support to the detriment of the party.

    • Colonial Viper 6.2

      Someone will already have done the analysis on all Labour held seats as to whether or not any given MP did better or worse than their peers in terms of electorate and party vote swing.

      Nice to see Phil Goff increased both his electorate and party vote in 2011, almost no other Labour MPs did.

      • Coronial Typer 6.2.1

        Faint praise given he led the party to its worst defeat in a generation. His weak leadership was a major factor in the poor results in so many other electorates. Clearly all he could lead was his own interests.

        On Robertson: why move officially this side of the election? Like Rudd, make them beg as they stand on the ashes of their cohort. Indeed since he operates most of the smaller levers in policy and offices, why move at all? Robertson permanently re-positioning internal control seems the optimum political risk/return dynamic.

        • Colonial Viper 6.2.1.1

          And here I thought Labour was here to give the nation leadership and guidance through tumultuous times of climate change, peak debt and resource depletion.

  7. Anne 7

    I would suggest a different strategy: drop the siege mentality.

    That is the best piece of advice in the post. Interestingly my experiences suggest the siege mentality is coming form the senior echelons of the parliamentary Labour Party not the membership. I note one of the major MSM outlets claimed it was the other way around.

    I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the rest of the post, but I have the impression that Lianne Dalziel played it very close to her chest and the Labour leadership were not privy to her decision much before the rest of us.

  8. Stephen 8

    This piece assumes that the leadership is the source of the rumours.

  9. vto 9

    sounds like typical politics expect typical results

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    5 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    5 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago

  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago