web analytics

Coleman to regulate high sugar industry

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, December 1st, 2015 - 32 comments
Categories: child welfare, Economy, families, food, health, Social issues - Tags:

 

Remember the squeals about Nanny state when Nats were in Opposition? And the squeals that we can’t possibly legislate against the high sugar foods that are killing our children and costing billions in healthcare bills cos that would be interfering in people’s freedom to choose and cos there isn’t really eveidnce for stuff? Can’t legislate to make Developers personallly liable for ten years for faulty work cos that would stop houses being built (no evidence of this either)?

Apparently sunbed operators are the biggest current threat to our current and future health which requires legislation priority…

Imagine if Coleman, as Minister for Helath was making the following statement

Public health advocates have called for a complete ban on all high sugar food, given the well-established link between these products and childhood obesity, diabetes, heart disaease and shortened life span the PM’s Chief Scientist, Peter Gluckman, has a report stating a sugar tax will help.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said there is a voluntary regime in place for the manufacture and sale of high sugar food but where there is is self regulation it is often ignored.

Because of the danger high sugar foods potentially pose it’s important to have a regulatory body and licensing/education regime to ensure manufacturers and retailers only provide food that has healthy outcomes.”  This is made up. Coleman did not actually say this.

A report contains his views on sunbeds

Public health advocates have called for a complete ban, given the well-established link between sunbed use and skin cancer.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said there was an existing voluntary standard in place for the use of sunbeds, but this was often ignored.

Because of the danger sunbeds potentially pose it’s important to have a licensing and training regime that ensures there are no cowboy operators in this industry.

To see what he thinks about his boss’s Chief Scientist’s recommendation from WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity for  dealing with high sugar foods read this link.

Evidence is a problem. Mostly because no one has tried it to enable it to be studied, so making the accusation of no clear evidence is an easy (and cowardly) out for any politician.

There is an attempt to get evidence though. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Using price policies to promote healthier diets. Copenhagen, Denmark: WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2014.

The TPP throws an extra hurdle in the way. IF New Zealand brought in a tax, it might avoid being sued (M Hooton suggests we are small and insignificant so safe from being sued. He suggests only G8 countries get sued.). BUT not suing us would set a precedent (insofar as there is a system of precedent un the Investor  Dispute Resolution Process. It might lead to other countries trying something new to defeat the problem.

In fairness, you can’t legislate for everything. So you prioritise. Children or clients of sunbed operators?. Children or client sof sunbed operators?. Its a tough one. For THIS Government.

32 comments on “Coleman to regulate high sugar industry ”

  1. tracey 1

    I’m sure this has nothing to do with it

    Dirty Politics and the health advocates

    • BLiP 1.1

      The Filth Section of John Key’s Dirty Politics Machine is still at it with what looks like another hit job from Carrick Graham. This one puts the boot in just for fun and also to serve as a warning to whomever might next take up such a role.

      http://www.donotlink.com/hib9

  2. Lanthanide 2

    Reading the headline I was surprised that the government was actually doing something.

    Then disappointed to find out that they aren’t.

    • tracey 2.1

      Disappointed but surely not surprised? Afterall those adults for whom browning their skin is critical and life threatening need protection first.

  3. One Anonymous Bloke 3

    Who uses sunbeds? You might imagine that they made bad choices, and need to take more personal responsibility.

    Obviously there’s a good reason that doesn’t apply to them.

  4. Detrie 4

    I thought only Mexico had done something with a tax on sugar. But after viewing the WHO Euro report seems there are many others, with ample evidence proving the value of a tax. For the Minister to say there’s no evidence is just delusional, showing he has no interest in child health, or even lowering our overloaded health system costs. This is not a government, but a group of weak-minded people that will stick with some obscure idealology at any cost

  5. … the high sugar foods that are killing our children and costing billions in healthcare bills…

    Killing our children? Are they choking on their cornflakes or something? And it’s carbohydrates in general that are causing conditions that result in billions being spent on healthcare, not the subset of carbs that end in “ose.”

    The problem with taxing high-sugar foods isn’t that it won’t make people eat less sugar (sugar here assumed to mean stuff-with-names-ending-in-‘ose’ rather than carbs-in-general), or that eating less sugar isn’t a good thing. It probably would make people eat less sugar, and eating less sugar is a good thing. The problem is that lobbyists are using it as a scapegoat for their failed dogma, and by indulging them we continue to accept the dogma that’s given us an ever-growing league of fatties.

    In short, there’s no point in taxing carbs-ending-in-ose while simultaneously encouraging people to base their diet on grains and starch. As it stands, the idea is a stupid one and the government’s right to reject it.

    • tracey 5.1

      Gluckman should be sacked, yes?

      • Psycho Milt 5.1.1

        Gluckman’s a scientist. His views on social science matters aren’t of significantly greater value than anyone else’s.

        • tracey 5.1.1.1

          Can you post your linsk to research concluding sugar taxes make no difference?

          • Psycho Milt 5.1.1.1.1

            Make no difference to what? As mentioned above, I expect taxing sugar would cause people to eat less of it, assuming the tax was set at a high enough level to influence demand, so it would make a difference in that respect. Whether it would make a difference to population levels of obesity and Type 2 diabetes is another question, and it’s really up to the tax fans to provide the evidentiary basis for that. There’ll be a significant hurdle to get over in demonstrating that high-sugar products wouldn’t simply be replaced with other carbs that rate high on the glycaemic index, mind. If you have a look at that index, the amount of stuff that rates higher than Coca Cola is impressive.

        • tracey 5.1.1.2

          Yes, you keep telling yourself that while talking about lobby groups…

    • Corokia 5.2

      “there’s no point in taxing carbs-ending-in-ose while simultaneously encouraging people to base their diet on grains and starch.”

      There IS a point in taxing high glycemic index carbs (those ending in -ose), because those cause the quickest spike in blood sugars requiring more insulin release. It’s the massive dumps of insulin that eventually lead to insulin resistance in susceptible individuals ( aka type 2 diabetes.)

      BTW looks like you are out of touch with 21st century healthy eating recommendations .People are not being encouraged to base their diet on grains and starch. The message now is the ‘healthy plate’ which is half fruit and veges, a quarter carbs and a quarter protein.

      • Psycho Milt 5.2.1

        There IS a point in taxing high glycemic index carbs…

        That would put white bread and other refined carbs near the top of the taxation candidates’ list.

        The message now is the ‘healthy plate’ which is half fruit and veges, a quarter carbs and a quarter protein.

        The bollocks plate, more like. Kind of funny that the same people demanding we put a tax on sugary foods issue nutritional guidelines that advise eating a lot of fruit.

        • Corokia 5.2.1.1

          “That would put white bread and other refined carbs near the top of the taxation candidates’ list.”
          Yes, if we were serious about obesity, then they probably should be, but nothing gets blood sugars up faster than a sugary drink, so it’s a good place to start.
          (In a logical world fruit juices would be up there too, but at least there is a little nutritional value in them, there is none in soft drinks.)

          Nutritional guidelines I have seen recommend 2-3 servings of fruit a day- would you call that ‘a lot’?

          • Psycho Milt 5.2.1.1.1

            Yes. That’s a lot of sugar. Maybe someone should tax it?

            • Corokia 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Would you be suggesting that soft/fizzy drinks and raw fruit are equivalent and should be taxed at the same rate?

              Even if you were, there would be twice the tax on the fizzy
              Medium sized apple (150g incl peel & core) 14.6g carb
              “Slimline” can of coke (300ml) 31.8g carb.
              source = calorieking.com.au

              • They’re not equivalent, in that fruit does have the odd nutrient in it as well as sugar – but if we’re going to tax sugar, we should tax sugar.

                • Corokia

                  We can just tax foods and drinks that have no nutrient value.

                  • So much for the tax on sugar. Having written that off in favour of a tax on nutrient-free products: presumably there’d be an exemption for water? Some mechanism to prevent “new Coca Cola with added nutrients?” Taxing stuff is a messy business.

                    • Corokia

                      Ok ,lets just go back to taxing soft drinks then. Like Mexico- where it has resulted in a decrease in consumption.

                    • David

                      “Ok ,lets just go back to taxing soft drinks then. Like Mexico- where it has resulted in a decrease in consumption.”

                      Has it resulted in a decrease in obesity?

        • galeandra 5.2.1.2

          Recent research from UK iirc demonstrated with a study of children that cutting sugar while maintaining the calorific value of diet demonstrated quite clearly that SUGAR itself was a contributor to serious ill-health. Can’t provide link sorry.

    • wtl 5.3

      These is scientific evidence that suggests that the fructose component of common table sugar (i.e. sucrose) is not metabolised in the same way as other carbohydrates, and contributes disproportionately to metabolic disease. Thus, specifically targeting high sugar foods does have a valid scientific basis.

      • Psycho Milt 5.3.1

        Is that “scientific evidence” as in “evidence obtained using the scientific method” or is it “scientific evidence” as in “conclusions leapt to by people who do observational studies but want to pretend they’re doing science?” In any case, if it were fructose rather than insulin response that’s behind lipogenesis and metabolic syndrome, it would be fructose we should tax – it’d be kind of funny if apples and oranges ended up getting taxed at the same rate as Coca Cola, but taxes often have unintended consequences.

        • tracey 5.3.1.1

          God we are back to your “anything less than quantative research” has no value hobby horse. Take it to Open Mike Psycho Milt.

  6. AmaKiwi 6

    “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of a NZ state house and into the halls of Merrill Lynch.

    Thou shalt have no other gods before profits.”

  7. CR 7

    I would support public education and health promotion over taxation. The messages to promote could include for example

    1. portion sizes (there used to be a ministry of health poster visually depicting healthy portion sizes against a pack of playing cards – have looked but can not find it now)

    2. frequency of sugar consumption (especially important for dental health – water between meals and limit sugary drinks to mealtimes only), ask any dental nurse why

    3. Labelling – nutritional information and how to interpret this labelling.

    It would be good if we could aspire to improve all people’s understanding so we are all able to make healthier choices. Prevention is better than punishment

    • AmaKiwi 7.1

      Ask fat people what would be most helpful for them.

      Top-down thinking: Everyone has a solution for the other person’s problems.

      • tracey 7.1.1

        Do all fat people understand why they are overweight?

        • AmaKiwi 7.1.1.1

          Do you?

          My partner is a GP and sees many overweight people who desperately want to lose weight. They KNOW the challenges they face daily. They know corporate profiteering makes their struggle more difficult and what this government could do but does not do.

          • tracey 7.1.1.1.1

            I get that. I wasn’t dissing “fat” people.

            For example, someone can be depressed but not know they ahve a chemical imbalance that is causing it.

            For what it is worth since being place don a particular medication my weight has balloned. I eat healthier than I have in decades, walk and do weights. Sugar almost gone, yet the most I have lost in over 3 years is 4 kgs.

            SO, I get what you were saying, but believe it needs a combination of stuff, including willingness by our Governments,

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand Sign Language Week a chance to recognise national taonga
    This week (10 – 16 May 2021) is New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL), a nationwide celebration of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand. “We’re recognised as a world leader for our commitment to maintaining and furthering the use of our sign language,” says Minister for Disability Issues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    57 mins ago
  • Economic resilience provides more options in Budget 2021
    Securing the recovery and investing in the wellbeing of New Zealanders is the focus of Budget 2021, Grant Robertson told his audience at a pre-budget speech in Auckland this morning. "The economy has proven resilient in response to COVID-19, due to people having confidence in the Government’s health response to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to BNZ-Deloitte Auckland Breakfast Event
    Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today, and to share with you some of the Government’s thinking leading into this year’s budget. This will be my fourth time delivering the annual Budget for the Government, though the events of the past year have thrown out that calculation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Rotuman Language week affirms language as the key to Pacific wellbeing
    The first Pacific Language Week this year  makes it clear that  language is the key to the wellbeing for all Pacific people said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This round of language  weeks begin with Rotuman. As I have always  said language is one of the pillars of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Budget delivers improved cervical and breast cancer screening
    Budget 2021 funds a more effective cervical screening test to help reduce cervical cancer rates A new breast screening system that can proactively identify and enrol eligible women to reach 271,000 more people who aren’t currently in the programme. Budget 2021 delivers a better cervical screening test and a major ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • NZ-France to co-chair Christchurch Call Leaders’ Summit
    New Zealand and France will jointly convene the Christchurch Call Community for a leaders’ summit, to take stock of progress and develop a new shared priority work plan. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the leaders’ meeting on the 2nd anniversary of the Call, on 14 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New South Wales travel pause to be lifted tomorrow
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the current travel pause with New South Wales will lift tomorrow – subject to no further significant developments in NSW. “New Zealand health officials met today to conduct a further assessment of the public health risk from the recently identified COVID-19 community cases in Sydney. It has been determined that the risk to public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • March 15 Collective Impact Board appointed
    The voices of those affected by the March 15 mosque attacks will be heard more effectively with the establishment of a new collective impact board, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. Seven members of the Christchurch Muslim community have been appointed to the newly established Board, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More young Kiwis supported with mental health and addiction services
    Nearly quarter of a million more young New Zealanders will have access to mental health and addiction support in their communities as the Government’s youth mental health programme gathers pace. New contracts to expand youth-specific services across the Northland, Waitematā and Auckland District Health Board areas have been confirmed, providing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New hospital facilities mean fewer trips to Auckland for Northlanders
    Northlanders will no longer automatically have to go to Auckland for lifesaving heart procedures like angiograms, angioplasty and the insertion of pacemakers, thanks to new operating theatres and a cardiac catheter laboratory opened at Whangārei Hospital by Health Minister Andrew Little today. The two projects – along with a new ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Fair Pay Agreements to improve pay and conditions for essential workers
    The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Fair Pay Agreements will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Establishment of the new Māori Health Authority takes first big step
    Sir Mason Durie will lead a Steering Group to provide advice to the Transition Unit on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim board to oversee the establishment of the Māori Health Authority. This Group will ensure that Māori shape a vital element of our future health system, Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Cycle trails move up a gear in Central
    Work on new and upgraded cycle trails in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Central Otago is moving up a gear as two significant projects pass further milestones today. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced new funding for the Queenstown Trails Project, and will also formally open the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Picton ferry terminal upgrade consent fast-tracked
    The planned upgrade of the Waitohi Picton Ferry terminal has been approved under the fast-track consenting process.  Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the decision by the expert consenting panel to approve the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment Project.    The project will provide a significant upgrade to the ferry facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with New South Wales paused
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced his intention to pause Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.  Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • “Supporting a Trade-Led Economic Recovery”
    Trade Policy Road Show SpeechManukau, Auckland   Kia ora koutou – nau mai, haere mai ki Manukau, ki Tāmaki.   Good morning everyone, and thank you for this opportunity to discuss with you current global challenges, opportunities and the Government’s strategy in support of a trade-led recovery from the economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Building consent numbers at an all-time high
    A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021 March 2021 consent numbers the highest since the 1940s Record number of new homes consented in Auckland The number of new homes consented is at an all-time high, showing a strong and increasing pipeline of demand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ backs moves to improve global access to COVID vaccines
    New Zealand welcomes and strongly supports the announcement made by the United States Trade Representative to work for a waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor said. “New Zealand supports equitable access to COVID vaccines for all. No one is safe from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passes first reading
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has passed its first reading and will now be considered by Parliament’s Justice select committee. “The Bill updates and improves New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm,” Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement on The Speaker and Annual Review Debate
    “The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Any investigation of claims of sexual assault should be in a manner ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt motoring towards zero-carbon buses and protecting drivers’ conditions
    Transport Minister Michael Wood is seeking feedback on options for the next phase of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) review to better protect bus drivers’ pay conditions, and also achieving the Government’s target of fully decarbonising the public transport bus fleet by 2035. Michael Wood said investing in our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Drop in unemployment shows Govt economic plan is working
    The Government’s economic recovery plan continues to be reflected in the labour market, with more people in work and unemployment falling. Stats NZ figures show employment rose by 15,000 in the March quarter, with 14,000 more women in work. The unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government sets pay and workforce expectations for the Public Sector
    The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful health and economic response to COVID-19. This has been supported by the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Author Ben Brown is New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador
    Lyttleton writer Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) will be New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, promoting the value of reading for children and young people, Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. A poet and award-winning author, Ben Brown writes books, non-fiction and short stories ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Celebrating New Zealand’s firefighters this International Firefighters’ day
    With two fire stations already complete, and building underway on 16 fire stations around the country, today we celebrate International Firefighters’ Day for the important role firefighters have in keeping communities across the country safe, says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. The work is progressing due to Government funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Ron Brierley knighthood to go
    Ron Brierley has written to the Clerk of the Executive Council to tender his resignation as a Knight Bachelor. The Queen has been informed. The forfeiture follows the Prime Minister initiating the process to remove his Knighthood. The Clerk of the Executive Council wrote to him on 6 April 2021 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Employment boost for rural communities
    The Government is continuing to create opportunities for at-risk rangatahi overcome barriers to employment, education or training with the next tranche of He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re focused on supporting rangatahi to get what they need to progress in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago