web analytics

Crossing the line

Written By: - Date published: 2:16 pm, June 25th, 2009 - 37 comments
Categories: child discipline, john key - Tags: , , , ,

Tuesday’s post, A Rankin headache started:

There must be an automatic recoil on the Government benches when Christine Rankin’s name is mentioned.

In the comments, “gobsmacked” makes the observation [abridged]:

John Key has decided to respond by indulging in some very nasty mud-slinging. This what he said in the House on Tuesday:

  1. ‘When National was in Opposition, we still cared about abused children and we did not spend our time playing political games. All those members care about is politics; they do not care about the abused kids of New Zealand.’
  2. ‘I go back to the point I just made: members on this side of the House care about abused kids. We look in the hospitals of New Zealand and see thousands of abused kids, and Christine Rankin has spoken out about the damage that is happening to those kids. We are going to do something about abused kids, because not enough happened under the previous Labour Government.’
  3. ‘I am more focused on the kids than on political point-scoring—but that is OK. Secondly, I do not believe Christine Rankin has been defiant; most sections of the media believe that she has been muzzled. Members on this side of the House care about abused kids, but members on that side do not.’

He said it three times, so it was obviously a planned line of attack. A very offensive one.

It was a disgraceful comment by the country’s Prime Minister, and he should be castigated for it. Sadly, he won’t be.

37 comments on “Crossing the line”

  1. randal 1

    yep keys attacks are pretty feeble.
    can he explain just what his government is doing about child abuse other than appointing totally useless bigmouths to positions to which they are grossly unsuited and ideologically opposed to.
    when christine rankin takes a stand for not assaulting children then she might have some credibility.
    at the moment she is just another strawman for the government.
    a big target with the hide of a rhinoceros.
    if the beltway cant calla spade a spade then get someone else.

  2. r0b 2

    I don’t know why anybody should believe a single thing that National says, either in opposition, or in government. “Personally guaranteed” tax cuts any one?

    NRT outlines another prime example of a 180 degree reversal in Nat rhetoric here:
    http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2009/06/judith-collins-thinks-labour-were-too.html

    But anyway, if we make the mistake of taking anything Key says seriously then this post is correct, it’s a pretty shameful line he was running on abuse.

  3. Tim Ellis 3

    For many years Labour has claimed to be the only party that cares about the least fortunate in society, and has consistently attacked National for not caring about whoever is at the bottom of the heap. I don’t see the problem with John Key turning the argument on its head. At least he won’t accuse Labour of being a “class traitor” for doing so.

    • r0b 3.1

      For many years Labour has claimed to be the only party that cares about the least fortunate in society

      So – That’s an interesting statement Tim. Could you please post a few examples of Labour claiming this?

      I don’t see the problem with John Key turning the argument on its head

      Applied economics is what politics is largely about, and it seems legitimate to make claims about which party is or isn’t taking care of people.

      But Key’s claims are different, he claims Labour MPs as individuals don’t care about abused kids. That’s just vicious.

      • Tim Ellis 3.1.1

        No, I’m not going to play your pedantic game, r0b. Google it yourself. You’ll find all sorts of hits such as “National doesn’t care about kiwi battlers”, from Phil Goff, through to Jim Anderton saying National doesn’t care, through to a post here at the Standard (hint, “Same Old National Party”, which refers to the National Party being vicious and punitive.

        Sure, painting your opponents as not caring is very tribal, but the Left have been doing it for years.

        • r0b 3.1.1.1

          No, I’m not going to play your pedantic game, r0b.

          So that’s a “no” then, you can’t back up your claims, as usual.

          Sure, painting your opponents as not caring is very tribal, but the Left have been doing it for years.

          As above, some of that is legitimate and some isn’t. Key has hit a new and very tawdry low here – he personally accused Labour MPs of not caring about abused children. It’s pathetic.

          • Tim Ellis 3.1.1.1.1

            Read my post again, r0b. I pointed you to multiple examples of Labour and the Left doing exactly as I said.

            Phil Goff personally accused National MPs of not caring about kiwi battlers, a couple of months ago. I didn’t see your faux outrage at Mr Goff then, but then again you wouldn’t win the hypocrisy prize you’re winning now if you had.

          • George D 3.1.1.1.2

            Labour have painted their opponents about not caring about the poor, and not caring about poor children. Not a huge amount in the last few years, but it does add up over time. You’d have to be blind not to have seen that rhetoric, r0b. They have never made the claim about their opponents that they don’t care about violence against children however.

            This certainly doesn’t justify the rhetoric from Key. Hypocritical, as they spent little of their energy proposing solutions, apart from “tough on crime.

          • r0b 3.1.1.1.3

            I pointed you to multiple examples of Labour and the Left doing exactly as I said.

            Ahh no, your claim was “For many years Labour has claimed to be the only party that cares about the least fortunate in society”. You’ve pointed to exactly no real examples of anything so far, and certainly not of Labour claiming what you said, to be the only party that cares.

            Labour might indeed have said such a thing, but if you’re going to go about stating it as a fact then you should be able to back it up. But then, you do have a long history of telling lies about Labour…

            Phil Goff personally accused National MPs of not caring about kiwi battlers, a couple of months ago

            As above, economic claims are more the realm of politics, and both sides indulge in this kind of rhetoric. But (also as above), a line has been crossed when Key accuses Labour MPs of not caring about child abuse.

          • craig 3.1.1.1.4

            National doesn’t care about Kiwi battlers

            http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00096.htm

            To be fair, both sides do this all the time. Hell Act say that if you really cared about the poor you’d adopt their policies. So do the Greens. The Maori Party implies the same thing about Maori.

            At the end of the day nearly everyone in parliament wants to make the country a better place. They disagree about HOW to make the country a better place. NOBODY wants little kids being abused, nobody wants poor people, nobody gets turned on by seeing homeless people on the street on little brown kids not getting a good education.

            John Key doesn’t actually think Phil Goff doesn’t care about abused kids, and I doubt Phil Goff thinks he does. It’s called politics. Both sides play up all this bullshit, which is why most NZers hate politicians and (if they actually read them) would hate the crap blogs like the Standard and Whaleoil etc write.

          • r0b 3.1.1.1.5

            To be fair, both sides do this all the time.

            Yes they do, within certain boundaries.

            John Key doesn’t actually think Phil Goff doesn’t care about abused kids, and I doubt Phil Goff thinks he does.

            Are you sure? He said “Members on this side of the House care about abused kids, but members on that side do not.’ That seems pretty unambiguous.

            It’s called politics.

            Then perhaps we should try and help clean up politics a bit by pointing it out when politicians cross the line, as Key has here. If there isn’t at least some reaction about it, it will just keep getting worse…

            I’m prepared to say when I think Labour cross the line, as they have with unacceptable comments on the private lives of some Nat MPs (National of course have done the same). I think it would be healthy if commentators on the other side of the political spectrum could make the same admission when required, instead of leaping for the blind ideological reflexive counterattack.

          • Tigger 3.1.1.1.6

            Has Labour actually said ‘we care about abused children and National don’t’? It’s one thing to say X doesn’t care about the poor/Maori/the environment/climate change etc – I expect this type of puffery and posturing from MPs – but to effectively say ‘your lot support child abuse’ is rather vile – I wouldn’t condone this from any MP of any party.

  4. Helen 4

    The “Guest post” author isn’t bothered that Key’s comments are entirely accurate.

    the Labour/Green anti-smacking bill was designed to de-legitimise good parenting
    because child abuse is perpetrated overwhelmingly by Labour-voters.

    While countless children are being beaten, broken and murdered in Labour heartlands like South Auckland, Rotorua and Mount Albert, Labour passed into law legislation which focused the attention of our law enforcement and judicial services on law-abiding citizens disciplining unruly children.

    Rotorua P-addicted beneficiary beating 3 year old girl to death = Labour Okay!

    Taxpayer slapping unruly child on the bottom in Freemans Bay supermarket = Labour Labour Bad!

    • Tigger 4.1

      Yes ‘Helen’, Labour hates children and wants them dead.

      I find Key’s ‘muzzling’ remark here puzzling. The only way Rankin has been muzzled is because National put her on the FC and, thus, are preventing her from ‘openly campaigning’ on what she believes in.

    • Pj 4.2

      Gee, I wonder what “Labour-voters” is code for

      • Helen 4.2.1

        It’s a collective term to describe the unproductive; the beneficiaries, the criminals, the HIV-positive/unskilled/illiterate immigrants and the intellectually feeble that constitute the Labour constituency.

    • Wow Helen

      What can I say?

      I must have missed that meeting where we authorised the beating and maiming of innocent children and authorised the prosecution of the Freemans Bay person who story does not appear to have been publicised. Has he or she been charged yet?

      Helen you are making as much sense as Key was.

    • Anita 4.4

      Helen,

      You’re going to produce some evidence that child abuse is “perpetrated overwhelmingly by Labour-voters”, right? Otherwise it might looking like you’re making things up for rhetorical effect.

      While you’re doing that you might want to figure into it that Rotorua is currently heartland National.

      • irascible 4.4.1

        Prior to Stevie Chadwick Rotorua was a National seat sat on firmly by Paul East.

  5. Tim Ellis 6

    Rob, the implication if a political leader says that their opponent doesn’t care, is that they are the only party who does care.

    Just last year, Helen Clark said in Parliament: “What is it about kiwis and the public interest that the National Party hates?”

    Last month, Catherine Delahunty claimed the National Government doesn’t care about women.

    During the by-election, Darren Hughes claimed that the National Party doesn’t care about the people affected by the Waterview route.

    Last year, Nanaian Mahuta said National doesn’t care about youth. She further said John Key was “rubbishing young New Zealanders and their views”.

    It’s been a major part of Labour’s description of National as uncaring.

  6. r0b 7

    Rob, the implication if a political leader says that their opponent doesn’t care, is that they are the only party who does care.

    That’s a pretty ridiculous claim. When National say that Labour don’t care about cutting taxes, are they claiming that they are the only party that does? Hello – ACT! When Labour say National don’t care about the environment, are they claiming that they are the only party that does? Hello – Greens!

    Your wacky “implications” are not facts Tim, never have been, never will be. Just do a bit of sanity checking when you write a comment. Before you hit submit, read it and ask yourself “is that actually true?”. If it is, fire away, if not, fix it.

    • George D 7.1

      r0b, Labour claim that National ‘does not care’ fairly often. The Greens claim that Labour and National don’t care about the environment.

      Mr “Guest Post” has a really good point here about National’s sick game, but you’re wasting it defending the indefensible.

      And when did The Standard start using so many unnamed guest posters?

      [lprent: When we started getting people sending in posts, not wanting to become a regular poster and not wanting to attach their name to the post. Frequently they don’t even want a psuedonym because of some of the bad habits by the people who like to ‘out’ psuedonyms on sperious grounds.

      I’m happy about the trend. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve always been of the opinion that content rather than identity is what is required for a post to be good. We do some rough vetting of the content before it gets put up. But since it usually is opinion and fair comment a high proportion gets through. The ones that don’t tend to be badly written or way too long.]

      • r0b 7.1.1

        you’re wasting it defending the indefensible.

        Not quite sure what indefensible thing you think I’m defending George? Please read the discussion carefully if you’re going to try and tell me…

        And when did The Standard start using so many unnamed guest posters?

        Recently and gradually.

  7. gobsmacked 8

    I made the original comment (which was simply quoting directly from Hansard) because of two things that struck me.

    The first is that Key’s line was prepared. That’s why he kept repeating it. Now, we all know that shouting “We’re good, you’re bad, nyah nyah” is part of the playground exchanges in the House (or on blogs!). But in this case, the Prime Minister had planned a line of attack – or somebody had suggested it to him – and he thought it was a good idea. Where was that little voice in the head which says “Better not go there”? It is a very revealing insight into his perspective on politics (shorthand: Crosby/Textor).

    Of course, John Key does not really believe that Labour MPs just don’t care about kids suffering horrible abuse. But he decided to say it anyway. Why?

    The second point – a bigger one, I think – is that the Prime Minister could make such an absurd and offensive statement and be given a free pass by the media. Compare that with Clark’s comments (unwise, IMHO), like “cancerous and corrosive”, or “haters and wreckers”. Or Michael Cullen’s famous interjection – “rich prick”.

    Those remarks became news stories. They entered the political lexicon. They are established in the folk memory. And if Key’s comments about child abuse had been made by Prime Ministers Rudd or Brown or President Obama, that too would have been front page news. Seriously, just think about it: “Hey, Senator McCain doesn’t care about abused kids.” Obama would be toast.

    But when John Key lashes out, way below the belt, it passes unnoticed. Nor is this the first time. It’s as if the Key image, the jokey-blokey, say-it-with-a-smile style, has conquered the critical faculties of the press gallery, and the wider media, so they don’t actually listen to what he is saying.

    He is all salesman and no product, but the media are buying. And as long as he gets away with it, he’ll keep doing it. That is a serious cause for concern.

    • Tim Ellis 8.1

      gobsmacked, I don’t think I’ve seen any criticism from you about headlines at the Standard which include such phrases as “National still hate women”, which was as recent as, wow, last week.

      [lprent: You mean a headline that expressed rocky’s opinion on NACT’s attitudes on issues that are important to her? Talk to her about it if you want the reasoning detailed comprehensively and long. “The Standard” doesn’t have opinions on post headlines because basically I don’t care that much about what posters put up as a headline provided it isn’t too long. ]

      • gobsmacked 8.1.1

        When did the Standard become Prime Minister?

        Tim, do you expect your leader to act as if he is ranting on the blogs? Do you believe the police do not need to act professionally, because – hey, the crims are worse?

        Don’t be so stupid.

  8. Tim Ellis 9

    How about this then, r0b? Last year Trevor Mallard said in the House: “I do not know why National hates the parents of children with special needs.”

    Last year, 08wire during the campaign claimed that John Key loves money and hates children.

    In 2004, Trevor Mallard said in the House: ” The facts that people are better off, earn more, and are more likely to be in jobs than previously are something that this Government is proud of. Tories hate that. They do not like workers to earn money.”

    In 2006 he said: “I just do not understand why Tories hate Kiwis who make money.

    Every time Labour attacks a National MP for “beating up” on a group of people, they are implying that Labour cares and National doesn’t. You can dance on the head of a pin as often as you like, rob, but the fact is Labour has been applying this technique for years, and as venomously.

    • gobsmacked 9.1

      So your argument, Tim, is that John Key is as bad as Trevor Mallard?

      Isn’t that the very opposite of the image he sells?

      • mickysavage 9.1.1

        Oh dear we are into the “you did it too” defence.

        You can always tell when the right are cornered because they then come out with “but in [insert year] [insert name of politician] was worse because he/she did [describe act]”

        It has to be the most unprincipled defence there is. Why am I not surprised?

        • the fonz 9.1.1.1

          not correct-a-mundo mickey.

          you’re being called out for being hypocrites. dress it how you want but it’s a pretty accurate tag and hypocrisy is so unprincipled.

          • Pascal's bookie 9.1.1.1.1

            yawn. I’ll see your bullshit claim of hypocrisy and point out that you are arguing ad hominem by claiming that because x is a hypocrite we should discard x’s argument.

            no one has yet presnted anything like this stuff coming from Labour. the best that they’ve come up with is comments from labour that ‘National doesn’t care about the battlers’. Things like that.

            There is a qualitative difference there. Labour was accusing National of siding with the wealthy. Key accused Labour of siding with child abusers. You may think those accusations are equivalent, I think that is a quite remarkable claim.

            Even if we accept though, just for fun, that there is hypocrisy involved, it of course cuts both ways.

            For years we were told that Labour argued in the gutter, and that National was above all that.

            What a pack of lies that all turned out to be.

          • mickysavage 9.1.1.1.2

            Fonz

            Details please.

            There are too many of you trolls who log on, make idiot generalised comments that cannot be backed up, and then refuse to debate the details.

  9. r0b 10

    Last year Trevor Mallard said in the House: “I do not know why National hates the parents of children with special needs.’

    What a silly thing for Trevor to have said. There Tim – see how easy it is?

    Last year, 08wire

    So not Labour then?

    In 2006 he said: “I just do not understand why Tories hate Kiwis who make money.

    What a silly thing for Trevor to have said.

    the fact is Labour has been applying this technique for years, and as venomously.

    Nonsense. Here we have the leader of the National Party, repeatedly running what appears to be a premeditated attack (as gobsmacked has pointed out) accusing Labour MPs of not caring about child abuse. It has crossed the line, it’s pathetic. Why is it so impossible for you to just say so Tim? Serious question, you might want to ponder it for yourself a bit.

  10. Pascal's bookie 11

    I suspect too, that in all of Tim’s examples, (that he has obviously googled but won’t link to), the rhetoric is in response to specific policies or statements.

    That is not to say that the rhetoric is nice, or fair, but only that it is about something.

    For example, Goff on the ‘Battlers’ was about National’s tax cuts which benefit the wealthy to a greater extent than Labour’s package, which National repealed.

    So while Goff was attacking the motive, which is always dubious, at least it was plausible based on actions taken by the National party.

    What the fuck is Key on about? What policies of Labour’s is he justifying this rhetoric with?

  11. Craig Glen Eden 12

    I have to agree with Pb well argued. Tim give up mate, Pb has just kicked your arse, I have to say though at least you tried to make some arguments Tim, unlike Helen. Stop taking the P girl it makes you totally stuuuupid.

    The worse line from the National party use to be Labour dirty, National clean. Now Key comes up with a new low line. The truth is National leak shit to the press and hardly ever have the balls to front anything, some think this is clever, I tend to think spineless. National like to play the we are above that dirty stuff line, but they ran the dirty stuff pretty consistently to undermine the last Labour Government.

    I still think if National could ever achieve the kind of benefits the last Labour Government did for NZ with reducing Government debit and reducing unemployment and child poverty we would all be happy.
    Bet they don’t, bet they cant, bet they never will. Key can chuck as much shit as he likes at Labour Mp’s he wont be a 10th of the PM Clark was. Key is desperate, desperate times desperate lines and what only 8 months in. He’s just a shit thrower, wow what a guy.

  12. nznative 13

    Parliament is a bloody disgrace.

    Most of the Mp’s in the main party’s treat us ( the citizens of New Zealand ) with contempt and this is reflected in politicians being viewed as devious and untrustworthy …………………. and thats Both sides.

    I view the two main partys like this : Labor = bad and rotten , Natianal’s = plain evil.

    When I go to the toilet I’m going for a ‘right honorable’.

    I think its good to see John Key keeping it in the sewer because it will just help more New Zealanders see them for the low lifes and scum they are ………

    Btw is’nt it interesting how the ‘mainstream’ and ‘conservative’ partys carry on like nasty prats and treat parliament with contempt yet the smaller fringe partys seem to act more like adults.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • PM’s remarks from joint stand-up with PM Morrison
    It’s my pleasure to be in Sydney today for our annual meeting, Prime Minister. It’s fair to say that since we last met, tragedy and disaster have befallen our two countries. They say that in moments of that nature, the true character of an individual comes to the fore. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government takes further action to protect New Zealanders from COVID-19
    Travel restrictions introduced for Iran from today No exemptions for students from China to enter the country Increased health staff presence at international airports  The Government has announced a suite of new actions as it steps up its response to the rapidly changing global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event for Waikato primary sector
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Waikato and South Auckland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support for farmers and growers. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Govt books in good position to respond to coronavirus
    The Crown accounts are in a strong position to weather any economic uncertainty as a result of coronavirus, with the books in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the seven months to January. The operating balance before ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Digital experts to provide advice on technological change
    Supporting New Zealand to make most of digital and data driven technologies will be the focus of a new Digital Council that begins its work today. Minister for Government Digital Services, Kris Faafoi, and Minister of Statistics, James Shaw, have confirmed the group of experts chosen to advise the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ Upgrade on South Island roads
    Safety and climate change resilience are behind South Island regional roading projects that are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.  As part of the NZ Upgrade, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities.  “I’m pleased to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Milford gets connected with NZ Upgrade
    Digital and air connectivity in Fiordland are getting a big boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.  As part of the $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme announced in January, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities, to be administered by the Provincial Development Unit.  “I’m pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ Upgrade for West Coast ports and roads
    West Coast ports and roads will benefit from an investment of $18.6 million to improve safety and resilience and enable future economic growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.   The $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced last month allocated $300 million for regional investment opportunities, to be administered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ Upgrade on North Island regional roads
    Regional roading projects that will improve safety and resilience are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. As part of the NZ Upgrade, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities. “I spend a lot of time in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Ōpōtiki Harbour finally gets green light
    The Eastern Bay of Plenty will finally get the harbour development it has wanted for decades, thanks to a $79.4 million central Government investment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. This game-changing project will revitalise the township of Ōpōtiki and the wider Eastern Bay of Plenty, creating hundreds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Land, air and sea: regions to benefit from NZ Upgrade
    Regional New Zealand will be a hive of activity in the coming months as the New Zealand Upgrade Programme delivers on its promise to modernise our infrastructure, prepare for climate change and help grow our economy. As part of the $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced by the Government last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Milestones marked with 2,000+ new cops
    A milestone has been reached with the graduation of more than 2,000 new Police officers since the Coalition Government took office in October 2017. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation today of Wing 335 marks a surge of 2,023 new officers, and coincides with some significant breakthroughs against organised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New diploma helps counter cyber security threats
    Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, have welcomed a new cyber security qualification as a step towards countering cyber threats and keeping New Zealanders safe. Attending the launch of the new Level 6 Diploma of Cyber Security at Auckland’s Unitec Institute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating 20 years of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
    Government Ministers today celebrated 20 years of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park/ Ko te Pataka kai o Tikapa Moana/ Te Moananui a Toi, and recognise there is much to celebrate and so much more to do to give nature a helping hand.   Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said “New Zealanders care deeply about nature.I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ economy in strong position to respond to coronavirus
    Prepared remarks on coronavirus by Finance Minister Grant Robertson to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University. Good morning ladies and gentlemen, The topic of this speech is the Budget 2020 priorities. But, given the considerable interest that I imagine is in the room about COVID-19 coronavirus, I do ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech at opening of Nadi Women’s Crisis Centre
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira ma. Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Ni sa bula vinaka. Namaste Thank you Shamima, Hon. Minister Vuniwaqa, community leaders and Women’s Crisis Centre staff for your warm welcome. It’s an honour and privilege to officially ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt acts on fuel market competition
    The Government has released a comprehensive response to ensuring New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump. This follows the Commerce Commission fuel market study which found motorists were paying more than they should for petrol and includes: Fuel Market Bill drafting, to pass mid-year Industry consultation in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech at Lautoka Mosque
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira ma Tēnā koutou katoa Ni sa bula vinaka As-salaam alaikum It is a privilege to be here today. Thank you for welcoming us to your house of prayer. Thank you for your warmth. Thank you for greeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Taupō Airport upgrade takes off
    Taupō Airport is to be upgraded and expanded through a $5.9 million Government funding boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Taupō Airport is the gateway to the Central North Island. It is essential for both keeping local people and businesses connected, but also to bring more people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Place-based assessment confirmed for Rotorua
    The Minister of Housing Megan Woods has confirmed the Government is working with Rotorua Lakes District Council and Te Arawa for the second place-based assessment to better understand the housing and urban issues affecting the city. “Every New Zealander has a right to a warm, safe and secure place to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More houses opened for New Zealanders
    19 new community homes (in addition to 14 opened in December) delivered in Takanini, Auckland 500 people housed by CORT Housing Trust by end of March 2,290 new public housing homes delivered in Auckland (November 2017 – December 2019). Another nineteen new public housing homes are being delivered in Auckland, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and India to strengthen ties
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker met today with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to discuss ways to strengthen ties between New Zealand and India.   “India is a priority relationship for New Zealand. We share common democratic traditions, growing two-way trade, extensive people-to-people links, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • The Indo-Pacific: from principles to partnerships
    Speech to the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) Delhi, India Wednesday 26 February 2020 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] The Indo-Pacific: from principles to partnerships Distinguished guests, good afternoon and thank you for your invitation.  It is good to be here at a time where New Zealand needs less of an introduction than ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to University of the South Pacific students
    Tihei mauri ora Te Whare e tu nei Te Papa e takoto Tēnā korua  No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa Ni sa bula Vinaka It is a real pleasure to be here today, and to have the honour of addressing you all. If you’ll indulge me I’m ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposed new measures to improve Aotearoa’s air quality
      Improved air quality to support better health and environmental wellbeing is the focus of proposed amendments to air quality regulations, says the Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  “Although our air quality is good in most places, during winter certain places have spikes in air pollution, mainly from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Water investment in Raukokore
    The remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokere will receive a Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $10.6 million for a water storage facility, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “This is great news for the rural community. The landowner, Te Whānau a Maruhaeremuri Hapū Trust, will use ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Lake Ōkaro lakebed transferred to Te Arawa as final piece of Settlement Act
    The Lake Ōkaro lakebed has transferred to Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis joined Te Arawa at Te Papaiōuru Marae in Rotorua to celebrate the reinstatement of Te Arawa Lakes Trust as a key decision maker over the bed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Better protection against late payments
    New legislation is being proposed which aims to reduce the stress and financial hardship caused by late payments to small businesses. The Minister for Small Business Stuart Nash is considering stricter rules around payment practices between businesses. “Late payments from large organisations to smaller suppliers can be crippling for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police partnership programme with Fiji launched
    A new partnership programme between the New Zealand Police and Fiji Police will focus on combatting transnational organised crime and enhancing investigative skills, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on the first day of her visit to Fiji. The programme will see: ·       New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Joint statement from Prime Minister Ardern and Prime Minister Bainimarama
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama met today in Suva, and renewed their commitment to continue to strengthen Fiji-New Zealand relations on a foundation of shared values and equal partnership. The Prime Ministers acknowledged the kinship between Fijians and New Zealanders, one that has endured over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $19.9 million from PGF for Kawerau
    A $19.9 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund will help develop essential infrastructure for an industrial hub in the Bay of Plenty town of Kawerau, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “The funding will go to three projects to further develop the Putauaki Trust Industrial Hub, an industrial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • PGF funds Mahia roading package
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.3 million on a roading package for Mahia that will lead to greater and wider economic benefits for the region and beyond, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced at an event in Mahia today. The $8.3 million announced consists of: $7 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 18,400 children lifted out of poverty
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed new reporting showing the Coalition Government is on track to meet its child poverty targets, with 18,400 children lifted out of poverty as a result of the Families Package.   Stats NZ has released the first set of comprehensive child poverty statistics since the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 20,000 more Kiwi kids on bikes
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today announced that Bikes in Schools facilities have been rolled out to 20,000 more kiwi kids under this Government. She made the announcement at the opening of a new bike track at Henderson North School in Auckland. “Bikes in Schools facilities give kids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Benefit settings rise in line with wages as of 1 April
    Benefit settings rise in line with wages as of 1 April   Main benefits will increase by over 3 percent, instead of 1.66 percent, on 1 April with the Government’s decision to annually adjust benefit rates to increases in the average wage. The Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, said ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Foreign and Trade Ministers to lead business delegation to India
    Strengthening New Zealand’s political and business ties with India will be the focus of Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters’ and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker’s visit to India this week. The Ministers are co-leading a high level business delegation to India to support increased people and economic engagement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister champions more Pacific in STEM – Toloa Awards
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio continues to champion for greater Pacific participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers with the announcement of the Toloa Awards, with 8 recipients of the Toloa Community Fund and 13 Toloa Tertiary Scholarships. “The Toloa Programme encourages more Pacific peoples ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Submission period for whitebait consultation extended
    Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has extended the date for people to have their say on proposed changes to improve management of whitebait across New Zealand.   Submissions were due to close on 2 March 2020 but will now remain open until 9am on Monday 16 March 2020.   “I have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New international protection for frequent fliers
    The endangered toroa/Antipodean albatross has new international protection for its 100,000km annual migration, thanks to collaborative efforts led by New Zealand, Australia and Chile.   Today, 130 countries agreed to strictly protect Antipodean albatross at the Conference of Parties on the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to regulate vaping
      No sales to under-18-year-olds No advertising and sponsorship of vaping products and e-cigarettes No vaping or smokeless tobacco in smokefree areas Regulates vaping product safety comprehensively, - including devices, flavours and ingredients Ensure vaping products are available for those who want to quit smoking   Vaping regulation that balances ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago