web analytics

Daily review 19/02/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:39 pm, February 19th, 2019 - 77 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 …

77 comments on “Daily review 19/02/2019”

  1. Kat 1

    Simon Bridges is a cyborg instilled to gradually but firmly establish negative ideas and attitudes in the minds of voters about the coalition govt. There is no other way to describe his robotic repetitive “bark bark bark bark” behaviour. If he is a real human being then he needs help. And so does that creature (?) sitting beside him in the house.

  2. Cinny 2

    Good stuff Winston.

    Helping people without taking political sides.

    New Zealand contributes $500K humanitarian funding to the Venezuela crisis

    ‘New Zealand will provide $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide shelter and access to basic services for refugees and migrants.

    The funding is in addition to the $145,000 New Zealand provided to support healthcare facilities, equipment and medical care for Venezuelans in Colombia and Brazil last year through the World Health Organization and the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).’

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/new-zealand-contributes-500k-humanitarian-funding-venezuela-crisis?auto=0

  3. BM 3

    The public housing waitlist has rocketed past 10,000 as more people wait longer for public housing.

    At the end of 2018 fully 10,712 eligible households were waiting for state or social housing – 73 per cent more than a year ago, and over three times the number waiting at the end of 2015.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/110709977/public-housing-waitlist-cracks-10000-with-more-families-waiting-for-longer-for-housing

    Going to get a lot worse.

    Twyford must have nightmares about Judith Collins, she just smashes him every time.

    • Cinny 3.1

      That’s awful for those waiting.

      From the same article…..

      “This is despite the Government building 1658 new public housing places over the last year, the largest increase in a decade.”

      • BM 3.1.1

        What did he think was going to happen if the government jumped up and down on Landlords with jackboots?

        Shortage of rentals? OMG who would have thought?

        As for those left-wing dimbulbs who said it doesn’t matter if landlords sell up, it’s a zero-sum game, idiots you’ve made a bad situation so much worse.

        • Cinny 3.1.1.1

          The prior national governments approach to housing is to blame.

          Current government is building more state houses. At least they are doing something. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

          How dare the govt prioritise the people over some landlords?

          The thing is everyone knows national created the crisis, so any suggestions by them is usually met with gales of laughter.

          • BM 3.1.1.1.1

            How dare the govt prioritise the people over some landlords?

            The thing is everyone knows national created the crisis, so any suggestions by them is usually met with gales of laughter.

            I’m sure the thousands of people kicked out of their rentals and who are now currently homeless are laughing their arses off.

            • tc 3.1.1.1.1.1

              How many state houses did national flog knowing we had a housing crises ?

              Try a factual answer for once rather than some diversionary trying to be funny bs. It’s lame dude.

            • marty mars 3.1.1.1.1.2

              They’re certainly laughing at the sad useless gnats – imagine if that rabble were in power lol what a joke. Remember their laughing and saying ‘there is no housing crisis ha ha ‘ the gnats have condemned good kiwis to living in substandard conditions by their heartless inaction. No one forgets that buddy.

            • Cinny 3.1.1.1.1.3

              ‘I’m sure the thousands of people kicked out of their rentals and who are now currently homeless are laughing their arses off.’

              They will be if national suggests they can fix the housing crisis and helps the people over investors.

              Straight up, I’ve heard some of them already.

        • Sabine 3.1.1.2

          yep, lets regulate air bnb as a business with regulations, health and safety inspections, licensing, and taxes levied and lets see how many properties will go back on the regular rental market, as that in many areas of the country is the issue, or are you saying that the Landlords of Queenstown are hard done by 🙂

          Landlords (as the name says) don’t sell a hovel, the money is in the land not the wooden shack or the gjgardner Mcmansion.

          the only dimb bulb around here is you, not because you can’t think, but because you refuse to think.

          • Charlie 3.1.1.2.1

            Time we got rid of scumbag land – lords, what an outdated concept from feudal times. BM is probably one or dreams of being one, bet his sheets stand up all on their own.

          • BM 3.1.1.2.2

            Don’t get me wrong if you’re a landlord there’s obligations and responsibilities you have to meet.
            I could never rent a place to someone that was damp and cold, if I wouldn’t live in it, then I wouldn’t expect anyone else to.

            The problem here is Twyford because he’s more interested in political optics than finding workable solutions, he’s completely fucked up the private rental market and made the NZ housing problem so much worse.

            He should just fuck off before he does any more damage, egotistical amateur.

            • tc 3.1.1.2.2.1

              We voted out the govt who did damage across many sectors in 2017, do try and keep up.

            • Pat 3.1.1.2.2.2

              big bill for the rentals eh BM?…bugger

            • Sabine 3.1.1.2.2.3

              Mate, for all his faults, Twyford is at least trying and that is more than can be said of every single current member of the No Mates Party.

              You want to scream incompetence and stupidity, go yell at the Party that had nine years to do something and did shit all. Nick Smith insulation standard of 1976. Fuck him. Paula Benefit there is no housing crisis? Feed a pie or a snickers to that mean vile sorry excuse for a human being. Bill English, housing welfare fraud. John Fucking Key? the man who ‘resigned’ giving the country a one week notice, make him a fucking Sir so he can pretend to have some class. Nicki Kaye make a breakfast for 3.50 while you live in a car. Amy Adams, irrigation is good especially for my farms.

              In the meantime working people and their children sleeping / living in vans, near public toilets, in public parks because as Kiwis they can’t afford to rent nor to buy. And why?

              Because the No Mates Party, every single member of them, that you support, did nothing. Fucking Nothing. Nada, Zilch, Nix, Niente. The only thing they could do was crow about ‘building permits issued’ and keep state houses run down, refusing to fix them, milk the housing corp of dividends for a fake surplus rather then reinvesting money into the housing stock and selling state houses and pensioners flats to the next developers mate.

              So no, Mate, you and your ilk, don’t get to decide who does a good job or not, when you have a record of nine years, fucking peoples lives up beyond believe. When you have had nine years to do something, and your guys could not do a single thing.

              So your obsession with twyford is what makes you dumb. Again, not because you are not intelligent, but because you don’t want to think, you refuse to think and above all you put Party before country. For fucking shame man.

              • Ad

                One would at least like to know the measures by which Housing New Zealand is being held accountable for homelessness …

                … unless it’s one of those “wellbeing” measures this government just can’t get around to.

                Seriously Budget 2019 is locked and 2 months away, and the PM still can’t say how it’s going to work.

                Pretty convenient to not be able to be held to account.

                • Sabine

                  holding someone accountable is not the issue.
                  the issue is that after nine years of fuck all you don’t get to scream resign to someone who actually did/does something.

                  is it enough? no
                  will it be enough at the end of the first term? no
                  but it is better then doing nothing and that is all the No mates Party does. Nothing. That and sad sausage sizzlers to make up for lack of testicular fortitude.

                  And above all it is eons better then the constant lying by the no mates party. Cause that is what they did when it came to the housing crisis, they lied, every single time Ms. Benefit stood there and said there is no housing crisis she lied, every time nick smith pointed to a utility box and said this is crown land and we’re gonna build on it, he lied, when the double dipper double dipped and said i did not know, he lied _ the guy never did anything else his whole live but live of the government tit, he knew.

                  So i wait for what labour does, and when they start doing nothing, when they spend millions on sheep for the Saudi Arabian desert rather then building houses/flats and the likes, when they milk the housing corp of dividends to pretend to have a surplus cause they don’t have the tax income after a tax cut for the haves, until then, like BM go cry up another tree. cause your party, your men in suits and their enablers had nine years to do something good for this country and they did nothing.

                  • Ad

                    Being slightly better than National is not enough.

                    Maybe for you, but not for me.

                    They got elected on more than that and it’s time they showed they can do what they promised.

                    • Sabine

                      slightly better then National is all we need.

                      and is it not sad, that no one actually has to try real hard to be better then them, they are that bad.

                      they got elected on bringing about change, and they have started doing that.
                      my friend who is on a benefit, can finally go to her doctor and afford food for the week in the same week!!!!. Why? Because her doctors visits are now cheaper then they were under National. For someone who has survived thyroid cancer and needs regular medication, that is a lot of money saved.
                      She is also a tenant who moves every two years on average – or when the house goes on the market for sale, or when the rent goes up to a point where she can’t afford it anymore. She now has no more one week fee to give to real estate people.

                      These little changes may mean nothing to do you, but they make her life much easier and cheaper.

                      oh and the heating allowance….my mother in law was happy about that too. 🙂

                      and these are just a few of the many little things that happened since the new government came about, plus new houses. Yei! Win! Well done!

                      So its not that they are just a bit better then the No Mates Party, they are better.

                      But feel free to send a letter to the NO Mates Party telling them how they too could be just that bit better then Labour, and who knows maybe they will. And then – with two parties taht are trying real hard to be good – maybe the things in this country that need changing would change. But then the current lot would never do anything for beneficiaries not named Paula, John and Bill.

              • alwyn

                You certainly don’t let the facts get in the way of your ranting do you Sabine.

                A few minor little facts for you.
                “As at October 31 there are 776 state houses and 124 emergency houses under construction in Auckland and 464 state houses and nine emergency houses contracted with construction yet to start.”.

                That was in Auckland. It doesn’t include what they were doing in the rest of the country.
                https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/99852104/housing-new-zealand-has-nearly-4000-auckland-state-homes-worth-more-than-1m

                The October 31 they refer to was in 2017. Labour had officially been the Government for a whole week but I don’t think even you would try and claim that they accomplished this.
                That was the National Government’s doing wasn’t it? And what do you claim?
                “Because the No Mates Party, every single member of them, that you support, did nothing. Fucking Nothing. Nada, Zilch, Nix, Niente.”
                What a load of tripe you utter.

                • McFlock

                  Yeah, those are the lying fucks – announce they’re building new state homes in june, yet the total state housing stock has dropped by another 200 dwellings when september comes around. Like pretty much every other HNZ quarterly report when they were in office.

                  Little more than a street hustle – follow the cup, but the pea is never under the one you pick and you always lose.

                • Sabine

                  same for you as for BM, dumb, not because you are not intelligent, but dumb because you refuse to think. And you lie. Blantatly, just like the rest of the NO Mates Party.

                  ” The number of Housing New Zealand dwellings built each year in Auckland has increased from 37 in the 2013 financial year to 182 in the 2017 financial year.

                  so in 4 years the NO Mates Party build 145 houses. 🙂

                  Meanwhile demolition of Housing New Zealand dwellings increased from 69 in the 2013 financial year to 369 in the 2017 financial year.

                  it demolished 300, which leaves a net loss of 155. 🙂

                  As at October 31 there are 776 state houses and 124 emergency houses under construction in Auckland and 464 state houses and nine emergency houses contracted with construction yet to start.”
                  .

                  no housing crisis says
                  https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/80320513/john-key-defends-govt-housing-action-rules-out-misplaced-housebuilding-programme

                  https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/308190/housing-crisis-anyone-got-a-plan

                  https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/303946/auckland-housing-'we've-lost-the-plot

                  https://www.interest.co.nz/news/84473/paula-bennett-and-john-key-announce-nz3036-mln-package-spending-emergency-housing

                  last but least, here is the Ponytail Puller telling local government that they could borrow money to build infrastructure for the housing needed for their population living in cars. Oh and pay it back in 10 years. Cause government is not gonna do anything. Not under the NO Mates Party.
                  https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/81703095/prime-minister-john-key-unveiles-1-billion-housing-pitch
                  The Government is hoping construction on tens of thousands of new homes will be sped up with a new $1 billion infrastructure fund.

                  Prime Minister John Key said the fund would provide interest free loans to councils in high demand housing areas to fund the new roads and other infrastructure needed to support new housing developments.

                  ” The Government will borrow the $1 billion required, and councils will have to repay the money within 10 years from rates and developers contributions.”

                  I think they call it chutzpah.

                  the sad thing about you willfully dumb guys is, there is ample record out there to show you off as the do nothing dudes that you are.

                  Your Party, the NO Mates Party, did nothing. did see nothing. did nothing.

                  NOTHING, Nada, Zilch, NIX, mind they did build a sheep breeding station in the desert of Saudi Arabia. I guess that counts as doing something. 🙂

                  • gsays

                    You’re on fire Sabine.
                    Excellent.

                  • alwyn

                    “” The number of Housing New Zealand dwellings built each year in Auckland has increased from 37 in the 2013 financial year to 182 in the 2017 financial year.

                    so in 4 years the NO Mates Party build 145 houses. “.

                    Do you realise just how stupid you are when you wrote this statement?
                    You did see the bit that says ” built each year”.
                    Are you really so silly that you don’t understand what that means?

                    • Sabine

                      my bad.
                      i stand corrected.

                      in saying that
                      4 years

                      build 145 per year = 580 houses
                      demolished = 300
                      net build in 4 years = 280 houses or 70 houses per year,

                      and you guys want to complain about the current government.

                      https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/01/24/413522/government-builds-273-of-1600-houses\

                      “January 29: The original version of this article gave a misleading impression about the Government’s progress on its target of building 1600 state and social houses each year.

                      While the number of state houses built as provided in story was accurate (273 out of 1000), it did not include the equivalent number of houses built by community housing providers.

                      Figures provided by the Housing Minister’s office show that 588 community housing places have been delivered so far, meaning 867 of the 1600 state and social houses have been built as of halfway through the financial year.

                      We are placing this clarification above the original article to make clear the most accurate figures. We have also amended the headline and excerpt for the story.”

                      so in two years the current government build as many houses as the NO Mates Party did in 4 years, plus 588 community housing places have been delivered. So as per the correction above, 867 dwellings/houses/apartments/units have been created.

                      Your party did nothing but demolish state assets to sell of to the highest private bidder selling houses for million dollars on hte private market while not giving a flying fuck about the people in this country that need access to social housing.
                      And you can go about insulting me as much as you want, all day long honeybum, it is still true that your Party did nothing, Zilch, Nada, Niente, other then enrich themselves.

                      bye now honey. Go get a snickers. you need it.

                  • left_forward

                    Very good Sabine.
                    You got it.

            • Cinny 3.1.1.2.2.4

              He hasn’t fucked up our private rental market. Look after your tenants and they’ll look after your investment. IE don’t rip them off and most of the time they won’t trash your rental.

              When people don’t feel valued, that’s when things can go wrong. Call it being considerate.

              But when greed kicks in well… hello Air BnB lets take advantage of that instead.

              Sabine is completely correct re Air BnB, it’s a major issue. And another legal loop hole that needs to be closed.

              As the digital world changes and develops we need to make sure NZ laws keep up to date, or we’ll just get exploited by loop hole cowboys.

              national is infested with loop hole cowboys.

              PS We’ve a rental portfolio and are happy to pay a CGT.

          • Muttonbird 3.1.1.2.3

            This.

            The disruptive technology of airbnb is primarily to blame for the reduction in available medium and long term rentals available to young families.

            You see rental owners crowing about it all the time which betrays the claim that they are somehow good citizens providing for those less fortunate.

            Further eroding this claim is the fact they squeal like stuck pigs when it is asked of them to provide something as simple as a warm and dry house for tenants who pay most of their wages in rent.

        • Psycho Milt 3.1.1.3

          What did he think was going to happen if the government jumped up and down on Landlords with jackboots?

          And the evidence that government measures to reduce shit behaviour by landlords has caused this increase in the state house waiting list is?

        • millsy 3.1.1.4

          Most of those people on the housing wait list wouldn’t have been able to get a private sector rental anyway.

          You have to remember that this all blew up under National, when they sold houses and purged the waiting list. Landlords could do what they like back then.

          Touble is, when you let landlords do what they like, they put rents up by 100%-200% and they kick tenants out on a whim.

    • Peter 3.2

      Collins is a real hero hero smashing Twyford.

      What I don’t get is if she”s so effing brilliant why does Twyford and co. have such an effing housing crisis to deal with?

      Am I allowed to call her a useless grandstanding bitch?

      • Muttonbird 3.2.1

        Am I allowed to call her a useless grandstanding bitch?

        Absolutely. You forgot corrupt, though.

  4. Macro 4

    Does the Leader of the “Opposition” stand by all his Parties statements, policies, and actions?

    • Tony Veitch [not etc.] 4.1

      Precisely, Macro.

      For my sins I listened to some of the debate on the Prime Minister’s statement after question time in the House.

      What struck me was the total lack of realisation from the nats that the problems the Coalition is dealing with were of their (the nats) making.

      It’s as if a door has closed on their collective memories – or to echo George Orwell, before 2017 good, after 2017 bad.

      Unbelievable functioning, refined hypocrisy

      • Sabine 4.1.1

        in the US they say that the Republicans are never at fault, they are only ever faulted.
        The No Mates Party here is made from the same cloth. Never at fault, but always faulted by the others, by circumstances, by life, and stuff.

    • greywarshark 5.1

      I want the human right to live my life without filtering every comment in case the
      triumphant, self-righteous gender police are listening and going to harass me or
      send me to the naughty chair or worse.

      • I feel love 5.1.1

        You don’t see the irony in getting outraged by someone else’s outrage? If people wanna be gender WTF ever I couldn’t care less. No one is stopping you being self righteous, or me, or whoever. Filter or don’t filter, defend or don’t defend, why do people get their knickers in a twist about “them” stopping “them” from being them selves?

        • greywarshark 5.1.1.1

          I feel? try thinking!
          It would be good if smarmy fools like you actually knew what you were talkinmg about. Which would involve having enough brain cells to read and absorb the meaning of a comment more than 20 words.

      • Sabine 5.1.2

        Purists come in all shapes and colors.

        And they are the worst. everything is either or, no greys. Oh well.

    • Anne 5.2

      Agree bwaghorn. It’s the PC stuff gone mad.

    • mary_a 5.3

      Absolutely agree 100% bwaghorn. Ridiculous PC nonsense gone too far.

      We live in crazy times.

    • Yeah we can all be like farmers lol

      “Sexist responses to a backpacker’s job ad are a blow to New Zealand’s image and to an industry already struggling to find good workers, farmers warn.”

      https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/110691721/sexist-comments-on-job-ad-damage-new-zealands-image-farmers-warn

      • McFlock 5.4.1

        lol

        personally, my objection to the chocolate thing is that it’s just another marketing ploy shipped over from the USA, like halloween. And before some pedant points out the English tradition: pumpkin “jack o’ lanterns”

        • marty mars 5.4.1.1

          Yep that whole gender review party stuff is downright weird and odd imo. Not so good to sell chocy I would have thought but obviously someone thought different.

          • Sabine 5.4.1.1.1

            it is a marketing gag to support Plunket.

            for what its worth, the day expecting parents can see on a ultrasound the sexual attributes of the child – is the day they can plan to buy boy or girls stuff.
            They still have to birth the child to a. discover anything like intersex or b. the child still had to grow up a bit to actually be able to prefer a gender or a way of being called. So this whole outrage on either side is just idiocy.

            it is a marketing gag. i would rather worry about the food coloring added to white chocolate to make it pink or blue.

            And in saying that there exist a true pink colored chocolate, and she is yummi
            Ruby chocolate by Callebaut. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_chocolate

          • McFlock 5.4.1.1.2

            It’d be funny watching the outrage if ~30% of the chocolates were rainbow 🙂

      • bwaghorn 5.4.2

        A farmer fb friend of mine suggested whittikers do a rainbow block. Very enlightened some of us farmers!!

  5. Observer Tokoroa 6

    National drowning and crouching. Glugggg

    The Trolls are making sure that National misfits are all well known.

    Not a house built by Key or English or Mrs Bennett –

    Or the Footloose Judith Collins who is also known as Spouse of David Wong Tung, Judith is a ” toughie ” who has achieved nothing in 20 years of sitting her Bottom in Parliament. Total robust rogue and Failure.

  6. joe90 7

    ‘Murica.

    Goodloe Sutton — who is the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama — confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser on Monday that he authored the Feb. 14 editorial calling for the return of a white supremacist hate group.

    “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” Sutton said.

    Asked to elaborate what he meant by “cleaning up D.C.,” Sutton suggested lynching.

    “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them,” Sutton said.

    When asked if he felt it was appropriate for the publisher of a newspaper to call for the lynching of Americans, Sutton doubled down on his position.

    “… It’s not calling for the lynchings of Americans. These are socialist-communists we’re talking about. Do you know what socialism and communism is?” Sutton said.

    In the newspaper editorial, Sutton wrote:

    Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama. They do not understand how to eliminate expenses when money is needed in other areas. This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.

    https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/02/18/alabama-newspaper-ku-klux-klan-to-night-ride-again-linden-democrat-reporter-goodloe-sutton/2910436002/

    https://heavy.com/news/2019/02/goodloe-sutton/

    • Sabine 7.1

      a yes, the white working class male with economic anxiety.

      i like how he wants the ‘democrats of the republican party’ hanged also. he is advocating for an equal opportunity lynch mob.

      but i guess he needs to blame someone for the reduction in tax returns thanks to the ‘tax cuts’, aka the Trump Tax reform for the haves.

    • millsy 7.2

      You kind of expect this stuff to come out of that part of the world.

  7. Muttonbird 9

    It’s so sad. Here the NZ Police admit they had absolutely no idea what they were doing in the aftermath of the Pike River disaster.

    The Nats just aren’t happy until every public service is gutted to the extent they can’t do the job required of them.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/110718379/police-admit-chain-of-evidence-for-pike-river-mine-diabolical

    • Exkiwiforces 9.1

      All I can say is WTF and we need to bring back the Mines Dept as a stand alone Government Dept like any modern Western style Government has like Oz, GB, EU and Canada.

      This shit has gone to far as we are forgetting the past IRT Mines Accidents and it needs to end now along with all the other that has happened since 1984! As every Government Dept has been ran in the ground and that’s before we start looking wagers, living and employment standards compared to similar countries including *Australia in size, population and economic wealth.

      But how to 30 odd years of the BS Neo Con/ Lib economic theory, but how do it without the pain that happened in the mid 80’s to the 90’s is the question?

      I’ve included Australia, as most expat moved there during the mid 80’s and now. Also they have CCT, compulsory Super, award rates with a strong Union base, a healthy infrastructure building plan that is slowly kicking goals etc etc.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Emission trading reforms another step to meeting climate targets
    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will finally start to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas pollution as it was originally intended to, because of changes announced today by the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw. The changes include a limit on the total emissions allowed within the ETS, rules to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Queen’s Birthday Honours highlights Pacific leadership capability in Aotearoa
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List provides an abundance of examples that Pacific people’s leadership capability is unquestionable in Aotearoa. “The work and the individuals we acknowledge this year highlights the kind of visionary examples and dedicated community leadership that we need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Govt backing horticulture to succeed
    The Government is backing a new $27 million project aimed at boosting sustainable horticulture production and New Zealand’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our economy. During and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 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, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago