Cyclewatch

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, May 19th, 2009 - 32 comments
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key_normanTime: 54 days
Jobs created: 0
Built (km): 0 out of 1500
Cost thus far: $50m (Budget 2009)
Govt estimated cost (English): ‘Not $50m this year, next year, or the year after’
Country status: In recession

Eddie wonders aloud: “Who’s more deluded, John Key for thinking his cycleway spin would make people forget about unemployment, or Russel Norman and the Greens for joining in and giving the spin a boost?”

32 comments on “Cyclewatch ”

  1. Pat 1

    Only 54 days and the biggest hurdle (funding) has been overcome. Hard to fault progress on this so far.

  2. Eddie 2

    You’ve got to be kidding Pat. $50m won’t get you near the 4000 jobs Key promised. Not unless you want to pay each employee $12,000 and have them source their own construction material.

    It’s a joke.

    • Tim Ellis 2.1

      Sounds like sour grapes, Eddie. Even the Greens are on board with this one as a great idea. Jeanette has spoken in glowing terms about it and how it’s been added to the MoU with National.

      The greens seem to be cooperating with National on far more constructive things than they ever achieved with Labour.

      It’s also clear from Jeanette’s statements that the MoU was not a Russel Norman jack-up of the Greens. Norman is obviously very well supported in his caucus. Much as Labour Party activists want to paint Norman as an evil influence in the Greens (mainly driven by animosity towards Norman being unctuous enough to stand in Mount Albert), evidence suggests otherwise.

      At the risk of thread-jacking, I see Mr Mallard’s attempt to sideline Norman in Mount Albert is very similar to the way that Labour sidelined the Greens for the last nine years.

      • burt 2.1.1

        The Green party boys are supposed to be subs for the dominatrix Labour bitches

        That’s how it’s always worked and Norman is asking for a bloody good whipping if he keeps up this outrageous debacle of speaking for himself and his own party without tugging his forelock to his Labour mistresses. (and Trevor)

      • r0b 2.1.2

        The greens seem to be cooperating with National on far more constructive things than they ever achieved with Labour.

        Really? Examples please? It will be interesting to compare with the Greens record in say the last term with Labour. How do you suppose the greens feel about the gutting of the RMA?

        • Maynard J 2.1.2.1

          If you’re stupid enough to believe the hype around the cycleway then you probably think that it’s a big thing that the greens and national have added it to the mou.

          Look at it this way: the Greens support 50% of National’s recession-busting policy! You can’t blame the Greens that 50% of National’s recession-busting policy amounts to pissing into the wind.

          Disclaimer: I, too, think it is a great idea. It’s just not that big a deal, won’t save many jobs and is over-hyped. Sour grapes my arse tim, if it gets built I will cycle down it singing ‘kumbaya, John Key, kumbaya’. If Greens-NACTMP extended the 9-day scheme to the public service instead of letting their jobs be lost by the hundred you might get a nice word out of me. Unlikely given the PS are all second-rate citizens these days.

        • Tim Ellis 2.1.2.2

          Home insulation, energy efficiency, natural health products, and now the cycleway are all part of the MoU r0b. The Greens get full access to cabinet papers, officials, and input to government decisions, and cooperation with ministers.

          I would say that’s pretty good given just six months ago the Greens said they wouldn’t enter into any deal with National. It shows National does know how to manage MMP relationships.

          I expect many more of these things to come.

          • r0b 2.1.2.2.1

            Home insulation, energy efficiency, natural health products, and now the cycleway are all part of the MoU r0b.

            Some good stuff, and some inconsequential. But in no way, as you claimed, “more constructive” than what the Greens achieved with Labour:

            http://www.greens.org.nz/achievements

            It shows National does know how to manage MMP relationships.

            For six months yes, wonder if they’ll last a full term. If they keep pissing the Maori Party off (like Key’s total mishandling of the Fiji visit) off they may not…

  3. George D 3

    Yeah, what’s with the Greens supporting a cycling project? Haven’t they got the memo? Everything this Government does is bad.

    • Duncan 3.1

      The concern is that yet again the Greens have turned a PR debacle for National into a piece of greenwash.

      The cycleway’s a great idea in isolation, everyone agrees with that. The problem is when it’s used as a substitute for a jobs plan (remember it was launched at the jobs summit).

      The Greens have taken a project that’s going ahead anyway, but turning into a PR disaster for the government, and given it a new PR shine. What’s that going to achieve other than prolonging the popularity of this right-wing government?

      • Pat 3.1.1

        Wait for the Nats and Greens to add Pig Farm Reform to the MOU!

        A couple of more additions and they may as well make it a full blown coalition agreement.

  4. Nih 4

    I want a cycleway. I will never forgive the nattard scrubs if they fuck this one up.

    • burt 4.1

      But you will vote Labour eventhough they continue to bag the whole idea and do their best to make sure it’s a failure?

      Nih: Not invented here or No intelligence here ?

      • Eddie 4.1.1

        burt. No-one’s bagging the idea. They’re bagging the idea that it is a solution to the recession, like Key promised it would be.

  5. Natpicker 5

    Hope they build it wide enough for Jerry Brownlee….

  6. is the standard anti cycling? 6

    what about something constructive?

    • Eddie 6.1

      Not at all. I’ve repeatedly said that I support building cycleways but we were there, right at the start, saying there was no way a cycleway the length of NZ could be built for $50 mil and it wouldn’t create 4000 jobs or solve the recession by bringing in tourist dollars.

      Cycleways are cool but the Nats have been trying to sell them as something that they’re not. That’s what these posts are about.

  7. is the standard anti cycling? 7

    Hope they build it wide enough for Jerry Brownlee

    would need to be a 6 lane motorway…. for Gerry

    • Kevin Welsh 7.1

      I would say the last time Jerry Brownlie came even remotely close to exercise was they day he arrived kicking and screaming into this world.

      Maybe someone should ask his opinion of the cycleway?

      Shit, they will probably privatise it so he can buy shares in it. 🙂

  8. outofbed 8

    GREEN AGREE WITH NATIONAL CYCLING PROJECT shock
    Jez Eddie get over it
    Take a look at our voting record since the Nats formed GoV
    We are an independent grass roots Party
    It is not our fault that Labour is in opposition we increased OUR vote FFS

    I would say that’s pretty good given just six months ago the Greens said they wouldn’t enter into any deal with National
    I can’t recall them saying that link ?
    They might have said something about C & S however

    Eddie wonders aloud: “Who’s more deluded, John Key for thinking his cycleway spin would make people forget about unemployment, or Russel Norman and the Greens for joining in and giving the spin a boost?’
    or Eddie who can not see what the Greens are about

  9. toad 9

    Pat said: Wait for the Nats and Greens to add Pig Farm Reform to the MOU!

    A couple of more additions and they may as well make it a full blown coalition agreement.

    Hey, love it if the Greens could achieve that! Over a dozen media releases, several speeches in Parliament, and oral questions from Sue Kedgley, plus a Private Member’s Bill that, through bad luck in the ballot, never saw the light of day.

    And the Labour-led Government fobbed it all off and still attempted to deny there was an animal welfare issue re pig farming.

    I don’t expect the Nats to do any better, because they are, even more than Labour, in the pocket of the factory farmers who don’t give shite about animal welfare. And David Carter’s comments today don’t bode well!

    But if the Nats can torture themselves and agree to go there, then the Greens would consider extending the MoU to cover it. That MoU agreement is all about policy and trying to persuade the Nats to do something on agreed policy areas (which are rare).

    Some of you Labour people need to smarten up! We’re not under FPP any more, and haven’t been for 12 years. It is all about negotiations to forward a policy programme, but (and mportantly) without trading off other policy areas where we disagree.

    Guess you guys in Labour (or at least your caucus representatives) do this with the Nats anyway.

    It’s just that they fo it informally, like with the “nudge, nudge; wink, wink” agreement that Labour and National will always support each other over progressing “free” trade agreements.

    Meanwhile, on travesties of democracy like the Auckland Supershitty, Greens and Labour stand side by side as comerades in arms.

    • Duncan 9.1

      Toad, could you explain to me exactly what the benefit of extendng the MOU to the cycleway is? I’m a lttle confused. It was going ahead anyway, right? Everyone agreed it was a good idea in isolation but that the government deserved ridicule for trying to pass it off as something that will help create jobs and combat unemployment. So what do the Greens and people on the left in general get from this agreement? Looks like more easy PR and greenwash for National from where I’m sitting. They must be pissing themselves laughing at you guys, so desperate to prove you’re over Labour you’ve jumped straight into bed with them. All you’re doing is giving them credibility.

      • Pascal's bookie 9.1.1

        Good luck Duncan.

        I’ve asked the similar question, as a green voter (but not a member), a few times now.

        Yet to hear an answer from Toad or oob.

        I don’t think there is an answer and now I’ve got buyers remorse.

        • frog 9.1.1.1

          The only thing decided about the cycleway is the funding. The exact routes have not, nor have appointments to the advisory board been made. Kevin Hague will have input into these and other such decisions, which will ensure better outcomes. Kevin is interested in your ideas: http://blog.greens.org.nz/2009/05/19/gearing-up-for-a-bike-network/

          You will not hear the Greens say the cycleway is a substantial part of any stimulus package, but its a good project and one we’re happy to support.

      • burt 9.1.2

        Duncan

        I think it’s great the the Green party have got behind the cycleway. To me it shows the Green party would rather focus on the outcomes of government than the petty bitch slapping partisan crap that stopped Labour and the Green party from working together.

        Perhaps if Labour were not so arrogant and didn’t believe the people had lost their marbles voting for National then Labour might also look at it for what it is – good for the country first and a National party initiative second.

  10. climate justice 10

    Ive been talking with Jeanette about the MOU and national – will ask if I can print a few of the greens views here.

    Anyone come to drinking liberally weds Auckland at galatos (7pm) for some lively debate on such issues and more (including the left of labour void).

    cheers.

  11. Chris G 11

    Why are people still defending it as if $50mil is realistic and as if it will ever happen at all?

    Its clearly some class greenwashing and is a PR stunt. So to answer your question Eddie I believe the Greens are the fools for buying in to it.

    And burt spare the sanctimonious crap, lets be honest if Labour came up with a cycleway to pedal us out of a recession after a ‘talk fest’ you would start burning the flag.

    • gingercrush 11.1

      ….

      This is clearly going to be in the budget and will happen. PR only works in this case if you actually do it. By spending 50 million John Key will have done it. Now I don’t actually believe its mere PR though some on the left would have you believe anything they do is PR. But if you do buy into the idea that the cycle-war was a PR exercise. It will only work if there is funding for it. There is funding for it and it will happen. It will be economically successful. It will create jobs. It will add to New Zealand’s GDP. It will pay itself in taxes over time. Its actually a good idea.

      And FYI many on the right already hate the Cycleway idea and have done so since it was mentioned.

  12. Chris G 12

    I’ll be interested to see which wallet the (inevitable) added costs come out of.

  13. jarbury 13

    I’m pretty sure that since National became the government the Greens have voted against more legislation the Nats have proposed than Labour have. So who’s pandering to the Nats then????

    I mean Labour even voted for the RMA reforms at their first reading. Seriously! WTF????

  14. belingwe 14

    Road and commuter bicycling were dealt a death blow with the mandatory helmet law imposed in 1994. This cycle path if ever built will remain a white elephant. I say ditch the helmet law and get more people back on bikes. then look at fancy infrastructure.

  15. Errol 15

    Stuff the tip to tail cycle lane, I cycle every day. Here in christchurch and in other parts of N.Z the money would be better spent on teaching car drivers that cyclists have to obey the same road laws, but still drivers cut off cyclists and want cyclists off the road. Why because drivers are blind and stuck up little blind people to lazy to cycle.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 weeks ago

  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
    New Zealand and Malaysia intend to intensify their long-standing, deep connections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “Malaysia is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends in South-East Asia – and both countries intend to get more out of the relationship," Mr Peters says.   "Our connections already run deep and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
    The end of Contracted Emergency Housing (CEH) motels in Rotorua is nearing another milestone as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces it will not renew consents for six of the original 13 motels, Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka says. The government is committed to stop using CEH ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
    The Government is providing a narrow exemption from the discontinuation of the First Home Grant for first home buyers who may face unfair situations as a result, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “The First Home Grant scheme was closed with immediate effect on 22 May 2024, with savings being reprioritised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Faster consenting for flood protection projects in Hawke's Bay
    Work to increase flood resilience in Hawke’s Bay can start sooner, thanks to a new fast consenting process, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell and Environment Minister Penny Simmonds say.  “Faster consenting means work to build stop banks, spillways and other infrastructure can get underway sooner, increasing flood ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Judge Craig Coxhead and Nathan Milner newest Māori Land Court appointments
    Tangata tū tangata ora, tangata noho tangata mate. Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka today announced acting Deputy Chief Judge Craig Coxhead as the new Deputy Chief Judge, and Nathan Milner as Judge of the Māori Land Court. "I want to congratulate Judge Coxhead and Mr Milner on their appointments ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade and cooperation
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago

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