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Cullen leaving Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, April 7th, 2009 - 67 comments
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The press statement from Michael Cullen on his departure from Parliament is here.

He will be missed, and probably not just by members of the Labour Party. He has been an outstanding Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. His attention to looking forward to circumstances such as the current world economic chaos has left us far better off than I would have believed possible in 1999.

However I’m sure that the targets of his wit in the house will be glad to see him leave for a less voluble position. It will provide less material for blogs such as ours.

67 comments on “Cullen leaving Parliament”

  1. Pat 1

    “He will be missed, and probably not just by members of the Labour Party.”

    He will probably also be missed by members of the Green Party.

    Outside of those two groups, you might be hard pressed to find anyone else who will miss him.

    He was a polarising figure in NZ politics. Amongst the public he is probably well respected, but not well liked. Labour needed both him and Helen gone so they can move the party forward.

  2. IrishBill 2

    While I think Cullen was a good finance minister, I think he pissed away opportunities including the chance to reform the reserve bank act. Paying down debt etc was good but the failure to rein in monetarism left us with the housing bubble and an appalling private savings record as well limiting our ability to respond to the credit crunch.

    I also am uncomfortable with The Standard re-publishing Labour party press releases. I will remove it and replace it with a link.

  3. Pat

    He is someone the right wing have demonised because they realise that he is so talented. He did polarise but only between reasonable kiwis and the loud but small group of people who insist on a tax cut no matter what the repercussions.

    He has been an exceptional Minister of Finance and under his stewardship the books have never looked better.

    When people retire in 15 years time they should take the opportunity to thank him for the Cullen fund and for Kiwisaver, presuming that they are not gutted in the meantime.

    • The Baron 3.1

      Yes, well your opinion is evidently equally biased. Being a fan of Labour’s policies does not excuse you from looking objectively at the evidence there, my man.

      One can argue that it would have been difficult for the books NOT to look good given the economic times we had during the first 8 years of the 5th labour govt. Did he make the most of the fair weather? OECD comparisons say otherwise; interest rates grew high due to the fiscal stimulus he pumped into the economy, which lead to increased currency inflows, strangling out export growth as the dollar got higher.

      I think that the role of a finance minister is the most difficult to judge objectively – and I don’t think I will try… (though, I evidently lean to the right, but I’m not really too impressed by Billy either).

      What I do think is evident though is that Cullen misread the public’s mood quite disasterously towards the end. Surely his personal dogged refusal of tax cuts played a large part in Labour’s demise in 2008. I think there are lessons in that for Labour, even if you don’t want to go down the tax cut route.

      • lprent 3.1.1

        I agree that he was mistaken about tax-cuts. He shouldn’t have put them in. We weren’t in a position that the fiscal position into the future was covered for all liabilities. In particular the liabilities for increased superannuation with only about a third covered.

        They were a beat-up from the right selectively using the wrong fiscal statements that looked only at the current fiscal statement rather than one including forward liabilities.

        The May 27th budget will highlight this, because Billy has to give taxcuts AND to account for forward liabilities under the Fiscal responsibility Act.

        Basically you’re wrong for the wrong reasons.

        • The Baron 3.1.1.1

          Good points, though I’m not so interested in the rights or wrongs of tax cuts (at least in this thread) – the point was more one of PR, and how I think Cullen ended up with a shitty image by the end of that process…

          • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.1.1

            Fair enough, and you’re probably right on the politics of it.

            The Nat’s and the media ran with tax cuts for years and years as a story. Cullen’s job as minister wasn’t to win elections though it was to look after the government’s books.

            I think anyone would be hard pressed to argue that the problem with the boom times was that we didn’t inflate the bubble enough… 😉

        • ripp0 3.1.1.2

          LP,

          The May 27th budget will highlight this, because Billy has to give taxcuts AND to account for forward liabilities under the Fiscal responsibility Act.

          How very interesting… AND… (for turned on monetarists along the treasury benches) a huge impediment to government economic/financial strategy. Basically in the current crisis with assets ‘locked’ and/or declining data relating forward liabilities (likely increasing).. puts the wrong folks in any PPIPs (public private investment partnerships) out front..

  4. Tim Ellis 4

    I wonder how Labour Party supporters feel about Cullen swallowing a few dead rats to do National’s bidding in those SOEs.

    • lprent 4.1

      I thought that was the whole point of the SOE’s. That the government acted as a shareholder with an ability to appoint directors. The government didn’t act as managers or even have that much of a role in governance apart from that. The issue shouldn’t arise.

      It certainly hasn’t been an issue for Bolger doing the same under a Labour-led government.

      If you know of plans to change this separation of governance and ownership, I’d be fascinated to find out….

      • Tim Ellis 4.1.1

        LP, Bolger’s appointment enraged many National Party supporters who saw the move as a sell-out on his part. Likewise I suspect many Labour supporters will be enraged with Michael Cullen.

        Yes, there is a separation of governance, ownership, and operational management through the SOE model. Yet SOEs are supposed to follow government policy–otherwise you wouldn’t have political appointments and “no surprises” policies with SOE boards.

        • lprent 4.1.1.1

          No surprises generally means that the board keeps the shareholder(s) informed on policies.

          They follow policy in the same way that the police do. If there are funds put in to help with a particular purpose, then that is what those funds are used for. Of course the shareholder can stop putting funds in for those (usually social) purposes. That however is less of a governance issue than a political one.

          The biggest area of conflict is in the shareholders ability to define the dividend from the SOE. That is something that looks like it is being abused in the case of TVNZ at present with the ridiculous dividend that Bill English is expecting when there is falling revenue. That should be looked at in the next review.

        • Felix 4.1.1.2

          Tim,

          That may well be true (about the enraged Nat supporters and equally enraged Labour supporters) but I don’t think it makes a blind bit of difference to the actual running of the SOEs, either by Sir Jim or Dr Mike.

          Hilariously, over at the bog they think Key’s master plan is to appoint Cullen because he’s a terrible economic manager, knowing that he’ll destroy Kiwibank in his ineptitude and fall right into Key’s cunning trap.

          • Tim Ellis 4.1.1.2.1

            I agree Felix… I think I agree at least. Are you saying that it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference to the operational management of SOEs who the directors of SOEs are? Because if you are saying that then yes I agree.

            The Cullen-destroying-Kiwibank theory is quite far-fetched. Mind you, if the National Government does have major plans to reform Kiwibank, it will be very hard for Labour to whack the Board about if Cullen is the Chairman.

            That’s why I think Cullen will have enraged many Labour supporters.

            Personally I think Cullen has a range of very useful skills, as Bolger did, which will serve him well as an SOE chairman. But I can’t help but think that many Labour supporters will think of him as selling out.

          • lprent 4.1.1.2.2

            TE: getting back to this discussion…

            I don’t think that many labour supporters are going to have a big issue with Cullen on those boards.

            Personally I think that the sewer rats are pretty much falling into the trap of believing their own rhetoric. Given what Cullen intended to do with the economy (rather than what the sewer thinks that he should have done), he did a amazingly good job at balancing out the competing demands. After all Cullen had as his primary tasks something like this..

            1. to get rid of the systematic unemployment we suffered
            from the 70’s onwards. Thereby freeing up revenue.

            2. to get rid of the accumulated debt that was chewing up about
            a third of the fiscal revenue.

            3. start to deal with the forward liabilities of an aging
            population.

            4. start working towards a greater equality of opportunity
            – ie reduce the effect that the accident of your parents
            had on your opportunities

            5. make sure there was time to do these, ie get elected.

            Generally as far as I understand the arguments used in the sewer over the years, they evaluate down to
            “Me and people like me should get more because we are lucky”.

            The rule of finance ministers is that they have to make the hard choices for the whole of society both now and into the future – not just for the self-promoted cretins who think that they should be privileged than they already are.

          • archdupe 4.1.1.2.3

            1. to get rid of the systematic unemployment we suffered
            from the 70’s onwards. Thereby freeing up revenue.

            MC had little to do with reducing unemployment – he can be congratulated however for not making it worse and taking advantage of favourable economic conditions.

            2. to get rid of the accumulated debt that was chewing up about
            a third of the fiscal revenue.

            Here he did well and used the favouable economic conditions to goood effect in reducing debt.

            3. start to deal with the forward liabilities of an aging
            population.

            Kiwisaver, Cullen fund will be remembered as his greatest achievement while finance minister – even Ket has remarked on this.

            4. start working towards a greater equality of opportunity
            – ie reduce the effect that the accident of your parents
            had on your opportunities

            Meh

            5. make sure there was time to do these, ie get elected.

            Meh

            Generally as far as I understand the arguments used in the sewer over the years, they evaluate down to
            “Me and people like me should get more because we are lucky’.

            Your understanding seems to be limited to bitter political claptrap and a view that people who earn a better than average wage do so because they’re lucky.

            • lprent 4.1.1.2.3.1

              archdupe: Your understanding seems to be limited to bitter political claptrap and a view that people who earn a better than average wage do so because they’re lucky.

              As a gentle warning. You’re probably just a simple idiot with the usual set of unthinking preconceptions of a wingnut about who votes and argues left. That is, I suspect that you consult the lint in your navel for guidance rather than using your brains (or doing a google search).

              Just for your information (if you can find space in that pealike thing you call a brain to store it in).. I’ve been in the top five percent of taxpayers since I left uni 28 years ago, except when I went back to university to get an MBA in Dunedin.

              Just to remove the other standard blinders that unthinking wingnuts like you use. I’ve also worked almost entirely in private industry as a manager and as a tech, helped set up a successful businesses exporting what is now known as SAAS, and spent a lot of the time at the bleeding edge of programming – because I like programming. I’m almost 50 years old, I’m not gay (for some reason wingnuts are obsessed by sexuality – I think they spend too much time massaging themselves), and I like the opportunities to be nasty to people who waste my time (so they don’t do it again).

              In various areas there are a lot of left (and right) commentators here with similar levels or better skills and life-skills. You learn whose opinions to respect. Your ones currently look like those of a voluble idiot.

              Now the probability is that you are just another low-skill (by my standards) wannbe. Is there any reason that I should consider your opinion as being anything apart from another foolish wingnut? I’d suggest that writing comments that show some use of intelligence or skills would be a start.

              In the meantime I’ll call social trends as I see them – without your idiotlogical blinkers.

              {now if this guy follows the usual form, he’ll start muttering about defensiveness or something similar. Where do they stamp these idiots out from ? Clay from Mordor?}

              • archdupe

                Lprent

                “Generally as far as I understand the arguments used in the sewer over the years, they evaluate down to
                “Me and people like me should get more because we are lucky’.

                The rule of finance ministers is that they have to make the hard choices for the whole of society both now and into the future – not just for the self-promoted cretins who think that they should be privileged than they already are.”

                “Just for your information (if you can find space in that pealike thing you call a brain to store it in).. I’ve been in the top five percent of taxpayers since I left uni 28 years ago, except when I went back to university to get an MBA in Dunedin.”

                Guess you’re just lucky eh ?

                • lprent

                  Yes I was lucky. My genetics, early health care, parents, public services like water and sewers, and schools contributed an enormous amount. I’d like that everyone had at least those opportunities.

                  Then I did some hard work. It is a pity about you though… such a waste of effort by society and your parents.

                  We write the posts, you’re welcome to argue with them. However if you want to argue climate change here, then you have to know something about the science of the topic and be prepared to defend your assertions with linkages to something that also relies on science. Simple faith isn’t sufficient, because I don’t value it and nor do most of the commentators.

                  • archdupe

                    “Yes I was lucky. My genetics, early health care, parents, public services like water and sewers, and schools contributed an enormous amount. I’d like that everyone had at least those opportunities.”

                    “Then I did some hard work.”

                    Congratulation on your hard work and the efforts of your parents as early health care, public services are a freeish education are reasonably uniform across NZ I’m sure you can admit the level of bombast in your comments regarding people who do well just being lucky.

                    “It is a pity about you though such a waste of effort by society and your parents.”

                    Not sure what you’re on about IMO I contribute to society rather a lot both in my professional and personal life not to mention my taxes.

                    “However if you want to argue climate change here, then you have to know something about the science of the topic and be prepared to defend your assertions with linkages to something that also relies on science. Simple faith isn’t sufficient, because I don’t value it and nor do most of the commentators.”

                    Yet people here will still argue that NZ should proceed with a local carbon neutral policy which would have a sever impact on our main export earner and would do close to nothing in relation to global climate change.

                    • lprent

                      …early health care, public services are a freeish education are reasonably uniform across NZ…

                      Bullshit. If you think that then you are severely mistaken and completely out of touch. For instance just look at the ERO rankings for schools and ask any teacher.

                      Yet people here will still argue that NZ should proceed with a local carbon neutral policy…

                      Yeah – point to one – I’ll bet that you cannot.

                      What we’re concerned about is that NZ is currently doing absolutely nothing effective to reduce emissions. Consequently our emissions keep rising. Each time a proposal is brought forward, narrow vested interests block it. The latest is the stopping of the ETS stopped by those morons in ACT.

                    • archdupe []

                      [Tane: Higherstandard, you’re still banned under this handle and every other handle you’ve posted under.]

                • Kevin Welsh

                  You’re my hero Archdupe.

              • Chris G

                archdupe just got owned.

          • Felix 4.1.1.2.4

            Ah no Tim, I meant the insane baying of fringe nutters like your mates over at the bog have no impact on the likes of Bolger and Cullen.

            So far it’s all Nact supporters who seem to be throwing their toys out of the cot – haven’t seen any lefties annoyed at this and I can’t really see why they would be.

        • r0b 4.1.1.3

          I suspect many Labour supporters will be enraged with Michael Cullen.

          Not this Labour supporter. Cullen is a good man who will work hard to serve this country in whatever he does. Thanks for everything Michael!

          • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.3.1

            I’m pretty much of the same view. Absolutely no bad feelings about this appointment, and think it’s a good call on the part of the Nat’s.

            The reaction from starboard is hilarious.

          • r0b 4.1.1.3.2

            The reaction from starboard is hilarious

            It certainly is. My god they’re a hateful bunch of little weenies.

            I was amused to see our own Tim Ellis posting over there: I think it’s a good move. Replace that traitor Jim Bolger who swallowed so many dead rats to do Labour’s bidding, with Michael Cullen, who will be seen as a traitor by the Labour Party for having to swallow dead rats to do National’s bidding.

            So sorry to disappoint you Tim!

            • lprent 4.1.1.3.2.1

              rOb and others looking at that extraordinary whining at the sewer:
              Generally voters on the left tend to be more rational than those on the right (in my experience). It comes from having a wider range of opinion to deal with as far as I can see.

              The voluble ‘right’ has been collapsing into a sort of a black hole of required shared opinion for decades. Rather than embracing diversity, they keep trying for extreme conformity. They huddle together like sheep on a cold night for comfort against the diversity of ideas in the world. I keep expecting them to start instituting the use of thought police (or karma points).

              • archdupe

                “I keep expecting them to start instituting the use of thought police (or karma points).”

                mmmmm bit like the climate change posts on this site ?

          • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.3.3

            That’s delicious.

            Everything seems to be so personal. It’s all betrayals, treachery, dirty rotten bastards and revenge.

            How exactly is Cullen needing to swallow dead rats do you think? Or Bolger for that matter? Isn’t it just a matter of having to work with people that you don’t agree with politically?

            oh noes! and. cooties!!

            Tim: Dead rats is what you swallow when you do things you hate, for the higher aim of getting power to do other things.

            Like supporting kiwisaver, the Cullen fund, wff etc and promising not to privatise stuff, all to get part one of a tax cut package. That’s a dead rat feast.

            Cullen isn’t doing anything like that.

          • r0b 4.1.1.3.4

            Everything seems to be so personal. It’s all betrayals, treachery, dirty rotten bastards and revenge.

            Well after all, it was one of the Nats own insiders (Keenan) who refered to the rank and file of National Party supporters as “barking mad”. Welcome to Kiwiblog – woof woof. Even so I’m a bit surprised to see that DPF himself brought in to the whole personal hatred thing completely. I thought he was smarter than that. Guess not.

          • BLiP 4.1.1.3.5

            Yeah – they really are a barbarous bunch of babbling baboons over there. I seldom bother with the sewer but your comments piqued my interest – far out – they really are quite rabid on this one.

            And I thought my comments were sometimes a little harsh . . .

  5. Pat 5

    Looking back at his legacy as Finance Minister there are a few bouquets and brickbats:

    The Cullen Fund and KiwiSaver. These will be his biggest legacies.. Both were far-sighted proposals which were needed and will be proven correct in the long term. Although I agree that contributions to the Cullen fund should be suspended until we can have some confidence that the investment markets have returned to some stability. Cullen should have allowed 2% contributions to KiwiSaver from the get-go. Once 50% to 70% of Kiwis have joined KiwiSaver, it needs to become compulsory and employee contributions stepped up gradually until they reach minimum 8% to 10%.

    For me his biggest disappointments as Finance Minister were his inaction and inability to intervene when the first finance companies started to collapse. Secondly he effectively engineered a recession by keeping the Reserve Bank focused on an inflation target instead of a growth target. 9 years focusing on a growth target may have seen NZ businesses profits and workers wages increase, thereby reducing reliance on supplementary benefits such as WFF. Thirdly he could have called the Banks to task to maintain a large proportion of lending to businesses instead of letting them just focus on the easy stuff e.g. housing sector.

    If he had done these, then he would truly have been the greatest finance minister. Alas, for me, he was far from it.

  6. BLiP 6

    Its reassuring to see Cullen heading to KiwiBank in that I suspect he would fight tooth and nail any privatisation maneouvering John Key and his mates may have in mind.

    Thanks to Michael, he’s done a good job. And good luck to him. He’ll need it.

  7. His wit??? He came off as childish, almost mocking people who thought different than him. It was extremely embarrassing the way he use to laugh off serious questions by members of the public, he was a jackass if you ask me, poor NZ post.

    Oh well at least he didn’t lie about his sexuality because he doesn’t have one.

    • Pascal's bookie 7.1

      wtf?

      • lprent 7.1.1

        I think Brett has a strange obsession that erects itself on occasions. It hasn’t been enough of an issue to warrant a striking off of the offending behavior. Although I have had to do it once recently like this for something that was even further out of context.

    • Chris G 7.2

      Gee Brett settle down

      Are you alright after hearing this news? Couple a panadol and a lie down perhaps?

  8. vto 8

    I wont miss him. At all. As someone said above his wit was a caustic type that made nasty fun of people.

    He also had envy bones – witness his maiden speech and his ‘rich prick’ comment to name but two.

    In addition his approach and words reflected a belief that people’s own money (read: working lives) was not their own but rather the govt’s, for taking and spreading around to his own whims. Proven by his constant reference to tax cuts as a ‘spend’. Nobody else in the world refers to a drop in income as a spend.

    On top of that Cullen, and the entire govt, rode the riches wave that resulted from 80s and 90s reforms and from world growth. I cannot see any measure of growth NZ experienced that is a result of his actions. In fact the reverse occurred – dropping down the OECD ladder, contrary to his own aspirations and endeavours.

    Time must pass before he can be judged objectively. Imo he will end up being assessed in the same light as Clark – didn’t really do much at all during a time of golden weather.

    I know many will rate him very highly. I would suggest tho that this adulation is similar to that which shone around Muldoon when he first left office – such was his similar band of blinkered fans.

    captcha: prime credit. ffs!

    • Kevin Welsh 8.1

      “I wont miss him. At all. As someone said above his wit was a caustic type that made nasty fun of people.”

      Better make sure you steer clear of KiwiBlog then vto.

    • aj 8.2

      Muldoon? adulation? were you around then?

    • George Darroch 8.3

      Yeah, he was smart, witty, and often nasty. He certainly wasn’t alone in that regard.

      I was hoping the departure of his generation would see an improvement in the institutional culture of Parliament, but looking at the frontbenches I think I was wrong.

      Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the best people in Parliament are those that are quiet and polite, and work well with others.

  9. Just trying to stoop to his level, its not wit if your not being nice.

    • lprent 9.1

      Like your writing that I struck off the other day? It was out of context, unfunny, and not nice… I was not amused, more appalled at the level of inherent stupidity displayed.

      But I have noticed that you expect a different standard to be applied to you than you apply to others.

    • Felix 9.2

      Um, I don’t think you’ve quite found his level just yet. You may be looking the wrong way.

  10. I could not be more angry about this appointment.
    While I agree that kiwisaver, the cullen fund and kiwibank have been good decisions almost everything else this man has done has been catastrophic for this country. Starting with the 39c tax rate. The increase in personal tax was the single biggest factor in creating the environment that caused the housing bubble. There is little point re litigating the railways, auckland airport and wellington lines company decisions because this is probably not a forum where I will get any purchase on those issues.. So let me say. This is not why I voted National. I shall never vote for them again.
    It really is a little club our parliament. My hopes that the new face of John Key would see an end to the theatre of partisanship while they are all feeding in the background.
    My contempt for John key is now as total as it already was for Michael Cullen.

    • Chris G 10.1

      My contempt for John key is now as total as it already was for Michael Cullen

      Hahahahah this is just fantastic.

      Maybe hes a mole in the National party! haha! Whats the bet thats the next thing you lot will say?

      CAPTCHA (I HAD TO CLICK REFRESH UNFORTUNATELY):

      – – – Unstable voters

      You know it Mr. C!

    • archdupe 10.2

      BB you should know that parliamentarians all have one thing in common – glee at gorging in the taxpayers trough.

    • r0b 10.3

      My contempt for John key is now as total as it already was for Michael Cullen.

      Don’t cry barnsey, you’ll still have your nice big tax cuts to keep you warm at night. Oh no – wait…

  11. Pat 11

    BB your contempt is ill-founded. Key has helped to engineer the swift departure of Labours two biggest political figures. Goff is a nice guy but he is as inspiring as a grapefruit in the morning, and Key will back himself to beat Goff any day of the week. Labours next cab off the rank Cunliffe is a pompous “vainglorious” twat, and by comparison Goff looks like Dan Carter. So Key has secured Labours impotence as a political force for at least the next 2 terms.

    Long term savior for Labour will be Jacinda Ardern. No-one else in their ranks comes close, but she needs time to develop her political experience and profile, and for others further up the pecking order to expend their leadership ambitions.

  12. gingercrush 12

    And just who are you going to vote for Barnsley Bill? Since if you support Kiwibank, Kiwisaver and the Cullen Fund its hard to see a party you could vote for. You couldn’t vote Act since they would love to see the Cullen Fund ripped to shreds. It couldn’t possibly be Labour etc since they put in Michael Cullen as Finance Minister in the first place. So you’re going to vote for some party that isn’t even represented in politics? Get real. That is the problem with bloggers. You’re so completely out of touch with anything of relevance that you just spout out bullshit.

    Oh and I also don’t buy into bullshit that this is some great political move by John Key either.

    • Chris G 12.1

      Bill and Ben, theres your new home disillusioned National (?) bloggers

      Embrace the anarchism?

  13. Cullen has a history of cruel behavior towards others that disagree with him, Im guessing he was a bully at high school and would mock anyway that came from a different view.

    People were hurting under hie reign, and he would just laugh at thier concerns.

  14. I cant remember writing anything about you being struck off????

  15. Your sounding like Cullen.

    • rainman 15.1

      Aaaaaarrrrgggghhhhhh!!! It’s “you’re”, as in “you are” with the “a” removed and an apostrophe inserted. How hard can it be to get this right?

      Sorry, as you were.

      • Felix 15.1.1

        Our Brett has quite a few things to learn about the use of the language before he gets to contractions, frustrating as it may be. It’s easier to read him if you imagine he’s rolling drunk and typing with bloodied stumps. I’m serious, try it.

  16. mike 16

    Cullen is lucky rich pricks in high places can rise above petty name calling.

    An extremely intelligent man who soiled his reputation with too much arrogance and bitterness.

  17. Chris G 17

    Gee all you righties seem to know Cullen so well.. Must have had a lot of chats over beers?

    What with: – Brett ‘knowing’ that he was a bully in highschool.
    – Mike ‘knowing’ he had too much arrogance and bitterness.

    • I agree with Chris G

      Name the incident rather than come out with the sweeping generalisation.

      When has Cullen exhibited cruel behaviour? You mean when he said “We won, you lost, eat that”?

      It was 9 years ago. They are 6 words. We should not judge the quality of the man by 6 words out of millions that he has said over the past 9 years.

  18. Irascible 18

    Congratulations on Michael Cullen’s talents as a strong fiscal manager being recognised. I’m sure that his time as Minister of Finance will be recorded as being one of the more successful and responsible periods of management in recent NZ history. It is a pity that the Engkeylish regime are busy dismantling the foundations in as they prepare to sell off the nation’s assets.

  19. Brett Dale 19

    Chris

    Leopards don’t change their spots.

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  • Applications open for forestry scholarships
    Applications have opened for 2021 Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships, which will support more Māori and women to pursue careers in forestry science, says Forestry Minister Shane Jones. “I’m delighted Te Uru Rākau is offering Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships for the third year running. These ...
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  • Excellent service to nature recognised
    The Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List once again highlights the dedication by many to looking after our native plants and wildlife, including incredible work to restore the populations of critically endangered birds says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. Anne Richardson of Hororata has been made an Officer of the New ...
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  • Wetlands and waterways gain from 1BT funding
    The Government will invest $10 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting to provide jobs in communities and improve the environment, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Forestry Minister Shane Jones have announced. New, more flexible funding criteria for applications will help up to 10 catchment groups plant ...
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  • New fund for women now open
    Organisations that support women are invited to apply to a new $1,000,000 fund as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response. “We know women, and organisations that support women, have been affected by COVID-19. This new money will ensure funding for groups that support women and women’s rights,” said Minister for ...
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  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
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  • Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery
    A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal Affairs ...
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  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
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  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
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  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
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  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
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  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
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  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
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  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
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  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
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    6 days ago
  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
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  • New appointments to the Commerce Commission
    The Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has today announced the appointment of Tristan Gilbertson as the new Telecommunications Commissioner and member of the Commerce Commission. “Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers,” ...
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  • Historic pay equity settlement imminent for teacher aides
    The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to settle the pay equity claim for teacher aides, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This will see more than 22,000 teacher aides, mostly women, being valued and paid fairly for the work they do. “Teacher aides are frontline ...
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  • Govt delivers security for construction subcontractors
    Subcontractors will have greater certainty, more cashflow support and job security with new changes to retention payments under the Construction Contracts Act says Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa. A recent review of the retentions money regime showed that most of the building and construction sector is complying with ...
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  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
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  • JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE ON THE FIRST AN...
    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
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  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
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  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
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  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
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  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
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  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
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  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
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  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
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  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
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  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
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  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
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  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
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  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
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  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
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