web analytics

Daily Review 05/04/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 5th, 2018 - 50 comments
Categories: Daily review - Tags:

Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

50 comments on “Daily Review 05/04/2018”

  1. Pete 1

    In normal circumstances is Richard Griffin of RNZ called Richard or Dick?

    • Anne 1.1

      I wasn’t impressed by his ‘presentation’ at this morning’s select committee hearing.

      He put on an emotive display that didn’t ring true to me. I was half expecting him to put his head in his hands and start crying. In contrast his CEO remained calm and measured as one would expect from a professional.

      • Anne 1.1.1

        And Andrew Geddis sums up the current impasse very nicely. We will know in the not too distant future who is right and who is wrong:

        https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/354182/politicians-seek-different-narratives-at-rnz-hearing

        • Treetop 1.1.1.1

          Being a victim of political theatre does ruin a person’s career.

          Melissa Lee has contributed to ruining Hirschfeld and Lee will not stop digging until she gets Curran.

          Is it a sackable offence to show an error of judgement and then to try and correct it?

          • Stunned mullet 1.1.1.1.1

            Pfffftttt – this entire fiasco is down to one Clare Curran amongst a parliament of woeful politicians she manages to stand out in a blaze of incompetence.

            • Treetop 1.1.1.1.1.1

              8 June 2009 Melissa Lee had a bad week. A comment about crims and motorways and some funding issue to do with a promotional video.

              An apology was given for the crim comment.

          • mary_a 1.1.1.1.2

            Only a sackable offence if it’s Labour. However not so for Natz. Then it’s a case of look over there …

        • Muttonbird 1.1.1.2

          Geddis describe the hearing as political theatre. I go further and call it a circus. A circus eagerly promoted and subscribed to by both Griffin and the Nats. Someone need to OIA the crap out of Griffin’s communications with Lee in particular.

          Remember when the Nats said they were going to use the select committee process to disrupt the government? This is what they meant.

          Thankfully it means absolutely zero to the voter.

          20 cent petrol tax in Auckland however…

    • Ad 1.2

      In normal circumstances a Minister would require RNZ to implement the Labour policy manifesto, provide it with the funding to do so in the budget, and let them go to it.

      That is normal circumstances.

      Instead the Minister sought to undercut the RNZ Chair, meet with the Head of News during the critical pre-budget phase, lie about it, and as a result got a major civil servant fired.

      Richard Griffin has steered RNZ through massive transformation on the smell of an oily rag and should be heartily congratulated for it. The Minister should be fired.

      • Anne 1.2.1

        We don’t know if that is what “the Minister” was trying to do – undercut the chair. Apparently Curran and Hirschfeld know one another quite well so it would be natural she wanted to have a post election chat with Hirschfeld. And it wasn’t Clare Curran who lied. It was Carol Hirschfeld. What we don’t know is why she lied.

        However, if it transpires Curran did advise Griffin in no uncertain terms to write a letter (she claims she didn’t- he claims she did) then her future as a minister is in jeopardy.

        • Ad 1.2.1.1

          We know that undercutting the Chair was what she meant to do, because that is the effect of what she did, and it is the design of what she did. She met in secret, because she knew that she should be communicating with the Chair. Then lied about it, and roped in Carol Hirschfeld to lie for her as well – four times according to Griffin at Select Committee today.

          The net result will be that RNZ will get their budget money, they will do with it what they please instead of being directed by the Minister and enforce Ministerial contact only through them, Curran and the government as a whole will be treated like an infectious tropical disease by RNZ for the whole term, Curren will be radioactive to every other political reporter in Wellington, and Curren will be out in the next reshuffle.

          Time Labour stopped treating RNZ like a pet they think they can pull on a leash if they put treats on the end.

          • Anne 1.2.1.1.1

            She met in secret, because she knew that she should be communicating with the Chair.

            Really? At one of the biggest and busiest cafes in Wellington?

            As for whether she knew she should not be there, on past performance I doubt it even entered her head. By all means have a chat with Hirschfeld but don’t go where everyone can see you. It’s called being stupid and that’s why she was reprimanded and rightfully so.

            We await chapter two (probably next week) and if it transpires she’s been stupid again then she’s a gone-burger I would say.

            • Ad 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Really.

              It’s not stupidity. She had to recall the RNZ Chair to the Select Committee today to make them explain that they had not knowingly lied to Parliament on precisely that point. Where Griffin the Chair had to defend himself by noting that Hirschfeld had lied about it four times to him and his Chief Executive. Curren also had to explain to Parliament on the same point. Ardern just looks weak on the discipline of her own Party, and her own Cabinet.

              It’s not stupidity.

              It’s cowardice.
              She hung Hisrchfeld out there, and her career died for it.

              She knows full well that it is only appropriate to engage with the Chair or in limited circumstances the Chief Executive. That is the long established separation of political from the executive.

              Curren will now walk Parliament’s corridors as a political Undead.

            • Treetop 1.2.1.1.1.2

              Anne I have always liked your style (thinking outside the box and connections made).

              Lee would be interested in knowing what changes would be made at RNZ. Lee was very involved with Asia Downunder.

              Look up the history.

              • Anne

                Thanks for the compliment Treetop. 🙂

                Yes, I remember that controversy. Can’t recall the details but I guess that’s why she kept her head down for years.

                • veutoviper

                  Wikipedia has a pretty good summary of Melissa Lee’s history.

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa_Lee

                  I did not realise that she was originally a journalist with 23 years under her belt before coming into Parliament in 2008 (so her path may well have first crossed with Griffin’s many years ago).

                  The real controversy was in 2009 when she became the National candidate in the Mount Albert by-election.

                  On 13 May 2009 Lee told a candidates’ meeting that the SH20 Waterview Connection could divert criminals from South Auckland away from the electorate. Lee apologised the next day, saying “if South Auckland people (find) my comments offensive, I apologise. It wasn’t about them. It was about criminals.” Prime Minister John Key later said the remark was a “stupid statement to make”.[9] Later that day she apologised again saying, “I apologise unreservedly for the comments I made regarding South Auckland… I sincerely regret my remarks.”[10] In the by-election, Lee attracted only 3,542 votes, coming a distant second to Labour’s David Shearer’s 13,260 votes.

                  During the By election, allegations were made in May 2009 that Lee’s production company Asia Vision had spent New Zealand on Air money making a promotional video for the National Party ahead of the 2008 election. Lee called the allegations “ridiculous”, saying that all work on the video was done by volunteers. The Green Party referred the video to the Electoral Commission, saying that it should have been declared as an election expense.[11][12] An investigation conducted by New Zealand on Air later cleared Lee of the charge of misuse of funding.[13]

                  Later in 2009 Lee used NZ$100,000 of contingency funding to increase the markup for Asia Downunder in violation of her contract with New Zealand on Air, which she described as “an innocent error”.[14]

                  In April 2011 Lee courted controversy when, after she had made a speech supporting the controversially rushed-through copyright law 92A,[15] it emerged that hours earlier she had tweeted “Ok. Shower… Reading … And then bed! listening to a compilation a friend did for me of K Pop. Fab. Thanks Jay”[16] which appeared to contradict her stance on law 92A.[17]

                  So, not the squeaky clean image she appears to be trying to portray in her ‘outrage’ at Curran’s behaviour.

          • repateet 1.2.1.1.2

            It might be time for Labour to stop doing this and that.

            Isn’t it also time for people like you to stop speculating on what people did, their motives and what they meant too do and then presenting it as fact?

            Well, no it isn’t, because speculative, negative bullshit is good ammunition in a political war.

    • Ed 1.3

      I would fire him.

    • Ed 1.4

      He is the head…..

  2. AsleepWhileWalking 2

    Omg…last government again hidden costs..

    This time earthquake costs substantially are higher. Listening to RNZ atm

    “It was the willful ignoring of the problem” – says Minister (*ahem* not the only issue where that phrase applies). Asks Treasury for urgent advice.

    • Ed 2.1

      Declare a national crisis over the state of the country based on the condition it has been passed on.
      Introduce high taxes for corporations and the wealthy to repair the damage of our infrastructure.

  3. Kat 4

    Melissa Lee – 3……penalty
    Clare Curran – 5….try…unconverted

    Halftime………..game resumes soon.

    Rugby analogies can work eh.

  4. joe90 5

    America, and Americans.

    About a month ago, news surfaced that Google was working with the United States Department of Defense on drone software called “Project Maven.” The project applied Google’s image-recognition techniques to the millions of hours of drone footage collected by the military with the goal of identifying people and objects of interest. At the time, some Google employees were reportedly outraged at the news, and now The New York Times reports the situation has escalated to a formal letter being addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

    The letter, which The Times reports has “garnered more than 3,100 signatures” comes right out in the first paragraph and demands the project be cancelled:

    Dear Sundar,
    We believe that Google should not be in the business of war. Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled and that Google draft, publicize, and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.

    The letter goes on to say that “building this technology to assist the US Government in military surveillance—and potentially lethal outcomes—is not acceptable” and that Maven will “irreparably damage Google’s brand and its ability to compete for talent.” The letter even invokes Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” motto.

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/04/google-should-not-be-in-the-business-of-war-googlers-decry-pentagon-project/

  5. Jenny 6

    Greenpeace launches a new petition

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave the strongest indication yet that she is seriously considering and end to oil and gas exploration permits when she personally collected a petition from Greenpeace outside Parliament on 19 March.

    An open letter supporting the Prime Minister to take action has been signed by over 60 esteemed New Zealanders.

    Oil and gas burning drives climate change, exploratory oil drilling risks catastrophic spills, and seismic blasting harms whales and other marine life. Oil exploration has to be stopped.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says climate change is her generation’s nuclear-free moment. And we agree! Going nuclear free meant stopping the nuclear ships. Taking action on climate change means stopping the oil exploration ships. So let’s do this! Let’s lead the world by ending oil exploration in NZ waters.

    Sign and share this petition now to call on Jacinda Ardern and the new Labour-led Government to match their words with action by putting an immediate end to offshore oil exploration.

    https://act.greenpeace.org/page/15809/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=facebook_promotion&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=climate&utm_term=jacindablockoffer.makeoilhistory-fb-008&utm_content=paid_promo

    SIGN THE PETITION
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: I ask that you make climate change your “nuclear free moment” by ending offshore oil exploration, seismic blasting and drilling in NZ waters, and stop the ‘Block Offer’ process.

    Signed so far:
    51080
    Share to help us get 55000 today!

    https://act.greenpeace.org/page/15809/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=facebook_promotion&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=climate&utm_term=jacindablockoffer.makeoilhistory-fb-008&utm_content=paid_promo

    • Ed 6.1

      Signed

    • Ed1 6.2

      How much will breaking contracts cost hte government in (a) money and (b) reputation?
      Since there is not much exploration going on anyway, is stopping any new contracts enough?

  6. Kat 7

    “Already beset by political mismanagement, weak prime ministerial leadership and ethical scandals, the government may fear the process of gently walking back Robertson’s overly staunch fiscal parameters”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12026908

    “Who do you think you are you kidding Mr H………..”

    And so that old Dads Army song gets another airing on behalf of Mr Hooton.

    • Ed 7.1

      The Herald sucks.

    • Ad 7.2

      Don’t have to like his politics, but Hooten is a good and keen observer of the political plays, and he is right this time as well.

      This is already a confused, undisciplined, and directionless government.

      We are less than 4 weeks away from Budget 2018 and still have zero pre-budget announcements. Their political management is currently deserting them.

      • Barfly 7.2.1

        Nah overwrite the narrative with budget blockbusters

        • Ad 7.2.1.1

          Yes that is the Old Skool alternative.
          I doubt it.

          Most of it is pre-forecast in December PreFu and Budget prioritization.

      • Kat 7.2.2

        Yes total failure as a govt after 6 months, such a long tenure. Imagine if this govt turns out as bad as the last govt after 9 years. Hooton will have a field day, yeah right.

        The confused, undisciplined, and directionless narrative the National opposition are trying to promote against the govt is so obvious and ultimately bound to get little traction once National finally work through the seven stages of grief.

      • Sacha 7.2.3

        “zero pre-budget announcements”

        so Transport doesn’t count.

  7. Ed 8

    Craig Murray continues to reveal a different perspective to the lies of bumbling Boris.

    “What is left of the government’s definitive identification of Russia as the culprit in the Salisbury attack? It is a simple truth that Russia is not the only state that could have made the nerve agent: dozens of them could. It could also have been made by many non-state actors.

    Motorola sales agent Gary Aitkenhead – inexplicably since January, Chief Executive of Porton Down chemical weapons establishment – said in his Sky interview that “probably” only a state actor could create the nerve agent. That is to admit the possibility that a non state actor could. David Collum, Professor of Organo-Chemistry at Cornell University, infinitely more qualified than a Motorola salesman, has stated that his senior students could do it. Professor Collum tweeted me this morning.”

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/04/knobs-and-knockers/

    • joe90 10.1

      Nah, Galloway’s a belligerent blow-in mouth who’s never met an authoritarian he that he didn’t like.

      This man was brilliant, with insight to burn.

      Stop what you're doing and watch this clip from a Martin Luther King Jr. interview.pic.twitter.com/kox0ddsE31— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeagueTSL) April 5, 2018

      • adam 10.1.1

        Funny when Dr King started to talk about economics, they killed him. He just got to scary for the establishment.

        You want to scear the establishment here, talk about the economic oppression which lives in this country. The majority of which has been directed at Maori, specifically the stealing of their land and the destruction of their culture.

  8. joe90 11

    Merchants of fear and hate.
    /

    There are people being murdered in this video: macheted to death, burned alive.It was made by Cambridge Analytica. And distributed by AggregateIQ – the Canadian firm @vote_leave used in Brexit. To scare voters.https://t.co/xemXxqsXlN— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) April 4, 2018

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/04/cambridge-analytica-used-violent-video-to-try-to-influence-nigerian-election

  9. Pat 12

    “The IEA provides an energy roadmap that is supposed to lead us to safety, but in fact it takes us over the cliff,” says Greg Muttitt, research director at Oil Change International. “Any government or financial institution that uses these scenarios as a basis for investments in oil and gas is getting seriously bad information. It’s shocking how far off the Paris agreement they are.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/05/iea-accused-of-undermining-global-shift-from-fossil-fuels

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government delivers funding boost for ethnic communities
    Ethnic communities will be able to plan and deliver more community initiatives thanks to an increase in Government funding, Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa said today. “Ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place we can all be proud to call home has been a key priority of our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt supports Southland farmers in sustainability
    Healthier waterways, better productivity and farmer wellbeing are front and centre in a new project involving more than 1000 Southland farmers and growers. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced that the Thriving Southland Change and Innovation Project is the first region-wide extension programme supported by the $229 million Sustainable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Flood of support for Top of the South catchment
    Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Government funding support Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage announced in Canvastown today. “Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their local river without getting sick, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
    Eight Queen’s Counsel have been appointed under a process that includes the new criterion of a commitment to improving access to justice, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. “The new criterion was included this year. It emphasises that excellence and leadership in the profession can be seen through a wider, community ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major expansion for Wellington’s Onslow College
    Onslow College in Wellington will get 20 new classrooms for more than 400 students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The much-needed investment will relieve growth pressure the school has been experiencing for some time. Seven existing classrooms which have deteriorated over time will also be replaced, bringing the total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Talented young Kiwis awarded PM’s Scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    More than 250 young New Zealanders will add international experience to their education, thanks to the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA), Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This round of scholarships supports 252 recent graduates or current students to undertake study, research or internships ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to improve competitiveness and transparency in the retail fuel market
    Consumers will benefit from a more competitive, transparent retail fuel market as a result of changes the Government will be making in response to the findings of the Commerce Commission’s study of the fuel sector. “We accept the Commission’s findings and, as the Prime Minister has said, we’re ready to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More cancer medicines for more people
    Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands of people have more treatment options PHARMAC has today announced that it has approved two new medicines for funding – fulvestrant for breast cancer and olaparib for ovarian cancer. This follows earlier decisions on advanced lung cancer treatment alectinib, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government acts to sort out electoral ‘coin toss’ problem
    The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the Government will consider making changes to local electoral legislation before the 2022 elections to fix the problems that have arisen where elections are settled by a coin toss.  The Minister says the recount process in the Murupara- Galatea ward at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions
    New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to empower urban development projects
    New legislation to transform our urban areas and create sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities will tomorrow be introduced to Parliament, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said. “The Urban Development Bill gives Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities the tools it needs to partner with councils, communities, mana whenua and private developers to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Early Learning Action Plan to kickstart long term change
    Today’s launch of He taonga te Tamaiti: Every child a taonga: The Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029 provides the foundation for long-lasting changes to early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.   “Early learning will be one of the Government’s top education priorities going into 2020,” Chris Hipkins said.   ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Climate change lens on major Government decisions
    Major decisions made by the Government will now be considered under a climate change lens, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. “Cabinet routinely considers the effects of its decisions on human rights, the Treaty of Waitangi, rural communities, the disability community, and gender – now climate change will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Tertiary Education Commission Board announced
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced the appointment of Māori education specialist Dr Wayne Ngata and Business NZ head Kirk Hope to the Board of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Dr Alastair MacCormick has been reappointed for another term. “Wayne Ngata, Kirk Hope and Alastair MacCormick bring a great deal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Next phase of Pike River recovery underway in time for Christmas
    The next phase of the Pike River Re-entry project is underway, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little says. “Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Insurance contracts to become easier to understand and fairer for consumers
    New Zealand consumers will have greater certainty about their insurance cover when they need to make claims as a result of proposed government changes. “Insurance is vitally important in supporting consumers and businesses to be financially resilient when unexpected events happen,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • A new opportunity for Ngāpuhi collective and regional negotiations
    The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The Crown is also ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Referendums Framework Bill passes third reading
    A Bill enabling referendums to be held with the 2020 General Election has passed its third reading. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Act is important for upholding the integrity of New Zealand’s electoral process. “The Government has committed to holding a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis at the next ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Referendums website and initial cannabis Bill launched
    The first release of public information on the two referendums to be held at next year’s General Election was made today with an informative new Government website going live. Additionally, the draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill has been released, showing the strict controls on cannabis that will apply if ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to ban foreign donations
    The Government is taking action to protect New Zealand from foreign interference in our elections by banning foreign donations to political parties and candidates, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Legislation will be introduced to Parliament this afternoon and passed under urgency. “There’s no need for anyone other than New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Governments and tech converge to strengthen joint response to online terror events
    Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. The workshop aims to refine and strengthen the response in the event of a terrorist attack with online implications. Companies, governments, civil society experts and NGOs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cancer Control Agency to drive improved care
    The new independent Cancer Control Agency has formally opened today, delivering on the Government’s plan to improve cancer care in New Zealand.         Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Health David Clark marked the occasion by announcing the membership of the Advisory Council that will be supporting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supporting small business to prosper
    Small businesses who deal with government departments are set to be paid faster and have improved cash flow as a result, under a new strategy released today. The Government is backing recommendations from the Small Business Council (SBC) and has agreed to implement three initiatives immediately to support business and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Bill has biggest education changes in decades
    The Education and Training Bill 2019, introduced in Parliament today, proposes the biggest education changes in decades and is an important step towards improving success for all our learners, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “The Bill’s rewrite of education legislation is long overdue. Indeed one Education Act, parts of which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Bali Democracy Forum to focus on democracy and inclusivity
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Bali to represent New Zealand at the 12th Bali Democracy Forum that will be held on the 5-6 December. “The Forum is a valuable opportunity for Asia-Pacific countries to share experiences and best practice in building home-grown democracy and fostering ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Innovative technology and tools to better manage freedom camping
    A package of new and expanded technology and other tools will encourage responsible camping and help communities and local councils better manage freedom camping this summer, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. “Our Government has been investing to improve the freedom camping experience for everyone because we want to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Improving wellbeing by understanding our genes
    The government is laying the groundwork to understanding our genes – work that can help us tackle some of our biggest health challenges, like heart disease and diabetes, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. $4.7 million has been invested in the Genomics Aotearoa Rakeiora programme. The programme will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government investing to future proof school property
    Nearly every state schools will receive a capital injection next year valued at $693 per student to bring forward urgent school property improvements, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.  The one-off cash injection is the first project to be announced from the Government’s infrastructure package ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Infrastructure investments to be brought forward
    The Government has decided to bring forward major investments in New Zealand’s infrastructure to future proof the economy. “Cabinet has agreed to a significant boost to infrastructure investment. I have directed the Treasury to help bring together a package of projects that can be brought into the Government’s short and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago