web analytics

Daily Review 26/09/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 26th, 2018 - 81 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 …

81 comments on “Daily Review 26/09/2018”

  1. Kat 1

    Grant Robinson made a good speech in the house today. His point that the National opposition are now more interested in texts, emails, diary’s and goats above now mentioning the economy in any detail shows they just revel in “bad news”. The economy of course under this new govt is doing wonderfully well by most reports.

    The gotcha point scoring idiocy was then immediately backed up by Simon Bridges who stood up yelling and literally barking about how the govt is in “chaos”. It’s plain to see that the National opposition is rudderless, either that or it is being manipulated by an invisible puppeteer who’s identity remains open to conjecture.

    • Muttonbird 1.1

      +1. The invisible puppeteer is not invisible though. In plain sight are all the self absorbed NZ elite who simple cannot stomach a fair society.

      • Kat 1.1.1

        Crosby Textor tactics, death by a thousand cuts. Mind you it’s just dogs barking at the moment but the plan would be to keep it up and cause maximum distraction. Especially from how good the economy is going. But then its hard to imagine this opposition lot knowing what a plan was. They will just mindlessly carry on barking, must be time to really howl at Winston by now and keep up the ‘War on Winston’ at all cost.

        • Muttonbird 1.1.1.1

          It’s quite pathetic really. Where is the policy beyond joining Trump’s war on drugs and kicking people out of state housing?

          They seem micro-focussed on emails, texts, phone calls, and meetings rather than offering New Zealand what they would do differently.

          I expect that’s either because they don’t know what to do beyond barking at cars, or they continue along the same path to inequality, housing, infrastructure, and immigration problem, and a destruction of the environment for the profit of a few.

          • Kat 1.1.1.1.1

            National have never been a party of ideas, apart from cycle trails and new flags they have always promoted themselves as the party of sound economic management. It must be stinging them that notion has been well and truly debunked.

            • Muttonbird 1.1.1.1.1.1

              The cycle trails were a reasonably good idea but lets face it, anyone could think of that. Also, this was promoted by Key in his first days as PM and he failed to do anything at all after that except lie, pull women’s pony tails and do radio gags.

        • Ngungukai 1.1.1.2

          The Natzis need to destroy Winston and NZF at all costs otherwise they are toast 2020 ?

      • AB 1.1.2

        “the self absorbed NZ elite who simply cannot stomach a fair society”

        Even worse than that I reckon Muttonb – they cannot stand the mere idea of it. Because let’s face reality, a fair society is pretty damn unlikely to actually happen in more than a token way.
        Maybe it’s because of all that tremendously ‘hard work’ our elites are putting in to get that capital gain on their investment properties? It can be exhausting.

    • Ngungukai 1.2

      Slimey is acting the Goat ?

  2. arkie 2

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/367336/business-confidence-rebounds-in-latest-survey

    Business confidence rebounds in latest survey

    There’s been a rebound in business confidence, with most indicators showing some sign of improvement.

    The ANZ Bank’s monthly survey shows 38 percent of firms expect general business conditions to deteriorate over the next year, an improvement of 12 percentage points over August’s survey.

    Hence the tahr tweet perhaps?

    • Muttonbird 2.1

      Amazing what happens when people actually breathe and realise the sky isn’t going to fall on their heads.

      And when they realise what a great PM we have and that they could actually both do very well under her vision and contribute to a better New Zealand at the same time.

      • Kat 2.1.1

        And that is the other major chagrin for the National opposition, they have no answer to Jacinda Ardern and what a great leader and PM she is and how she stands tall on the international stage. While she is away promoting NZ they are left to bark at their nemesis. They don’t know what to do except sulk and throw hissy fits. You would think they would have got through most of the stages of grief by now.

      • Ngungukai 2.1.2

        Chicken little ?

    • chris73 3.1

      Karma that Winstons on the the receiving end of something like this for a change but Bishop never struck me as the type to make allegations like this unless he knew something

      • Muttonbird 3.1.1

        Chris Bishop knows a thing or two about snapchat.

      • Gabby 3.1.2

        Who do you reckon is Basher Bishop’s source chrissy?

        • Dukeofurl 3.1.2.1

          Bishop is going for broke after Peters said he would reveal the leakers name…. Now would Bishop have more than a passing interest in who that name might be

          • marty mars 3.1.2.1.1

            Time will tell.

            • Muttonbird 3.1.2.1.1.1

              I just don’t think it will. We’d know by now if we were ever going to. Bridges will have been smoothing over the situation with the leaker, offering all sorts of concessions (or blackmailing) in return for future loyalty, and we the public having been whipped into a frenzy will end up none the wiser having paid out the thick end of $500K after all the limos, and the time spent in parliament, and the enquiries.

              • marty mars

                Maybe – I think it will come out because bridges has staked so much on it. He may go the, “we know and we are dealing with it in house’ way but imo too many have gone on their hind legs about this including smiley collins – she will want someone to thrash bridges with as she lines up for eventual leadership of that shit of fools – Gnashinal

    • alwyn 3.2

      From your link in the Herald we have
      “I have not called nor had any reason to call Mr Haumaha since the controversy.”
      When Winston says things like that one should be suspicious.

      After all the statement would be technically true, or at least Winston would claim it was if the sequence of events was.
      1. Winston rings Deputy Commissioner Haumaha’s OFFICE, or better still his home, and asks that he please call Winston.
      2. Haumaha rings back and Winston assures him that everything is going to be OK.

      Winston will claim “I never rang Haumaha, I rang his Office”, or “I rang his family”, or even something as simple as “He rang me”. Whichever is appropriate.

      Incidentally what on earth do you mean by “Has Chris Bishop gone rogue?”

      • ScottGN 3.2.1

        If Bishop turns out to have fired a dud I think that will only serve to crystallise in the public’s mind the stupid game of ’gotcha’ politics that National has been pursuing.

        • alwyn 3.2.1.1

          And if he is right, and has the evidence to prove it?
          Like Farrar I would like to know whether he held up his “NO” sign.

          • In Vino 3.2.1.1.1

            I was highly amused the time he held up that ‘NO’ sign: the interviewer happened by chance to have reversed the expected outcome by the way he phrased the question, and by holding that sign up, Winston was in fact damning himself. Not that he noticed..

          • ScottGN 3.2.1.1.2

            If he is right and has evidence to prove his allegations, then presumably Mr Bishop will present that outside the protection of the House.

      • shadrach 3.2.2

        It’s not as simple as that alwyn.

        If the allegation is correct, the impropriety of such a phone call is destructive enough that any deception contained within his reported denial would be almost secondary, and Peters would be irreparably damaged.

        On the other hand, if the allegation is not correct, then I’d suggest Chris Bishop has just destroyed his own political career.

        Chris Bishop has put a stake in the ground against one of Parliaments greatest survivors. It’s high stakes stuff. For what it’s worth, my money’s on Peters. He’s just far too wily to commit such a stupid mistake.

    • Anne 3.3

      I’m thinking they’re clutching at any straw in an effort to combat the star treatment Jacinda Ardern is receiving in NY. It doesn’t have to be true… just so long as it feeds into the strategic meme of incompetence and supposed lack of transparency they are endeavouring to foster.

      In other words… “Dirty Politics” which is about all they seem to be good at these days.

      Even Peter Dunne is having second thoughts about them:

      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/09/former-minister-stunned-by-national-backing-trump-s-war-on-drugs.html

      • BM 3.3.1

        How do you reckon Arderns UN position pitch has gone?

        Ticked all the boxes? a cert for some Child poverty position?

      • Kat 3.3.2

        “clutching at straws” like the wee weasel blog trolls that are trying to promote the notion that Jacinda Ardern is somehow not the real leader or PM and that it is really Winston. Its misogyny for all to see.

    • Gabby 3.4

      Has he alleged anything outside the house yet?

  3. Ankerrawshark 4

    Chris @73 desperate tomes call for desperate measures……although by saying that I am not saying bishop is wrong. I don’t know

    • BM 4.1

      So what happens if Bishop is correct?

      • Barfly 4.1.1

        Not much

      • Chuck 4.1.2

        “So what happens if Bishop is correct?”

        Winston would be toast and have misled parliament…again (Glenn donation).

        Bishop has gotten Winston to bite and go on record.

        • Muttonbird 4.1.2.1

          Nothing will happen because it’s a beltway issue and the number of people who care is limited to a small section of politically activated and bitter National voters.

        • BM 4.1.2.2

          In what way would Peters be toast?

          Unfortunately, he’s in charge, I can’t really see him sacking himself.

          • Muttonbird 4.1.2.2.1

            Ardern is in charge.

            • BM 4.1.2.2.1.1

              Lol yeah, Arderns in charge.
              You’re a funny man Mutton Bird.

              • Muttonbird

                Who is the Prime Minister?

                • alwyn

                  Actually, if you check, it is currently Winston.

                  Have a look at Q2 today. He might only be described as Acting PM but he answers As the PM not FOR the PM. That is why the question asks about “he”.
                  “Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s statements and actions relating to Derek Handley and the Government Chief Technology Officer role?”

                  • Muttonbird

                    You could say Simon Bridges is the acting leader of the opposition given he’s on single figures support.

                    Who to replace him with though?

                  • ScottGN

                    In that case Bridges has made his usual hash of asking the question.

                • BM

                  Yeah I know it’s Ardern, but let’s be honest it’s in name only

                  Com’n fella we all know Peters is calling the shots.

                  This is the downside of MMP in NZ, you need 50% to rule, both of our two main parties are around 40%, Peters is in the box seat and he milks it for all it’s worth.

                  Labour was far more desperate than National so they sold their soul to Peters.

                  Peters is the unofficial PM, Ardern is just there for the smile and wave stuff.

                  • Muttonbird

                    It’s govern, not rule. Rule is for kings and queens in the middle ages which is where I suspect a lot of National voters draw their social values from.

                    Also, Labour and NZF are simply closer on policy than the Nats who are an outlier. Peter’s only crime was to cruelly string the hapless Bingles along before dumping him.

                  • ScottGN

                    As I understand it National made the mistake of approaching the Coalition negotiations mistakenly thinking THEY were in the box seat on election night and, consequently, didn’t really put enough effort into it.

                    • BM

                      They weren’t going to give what Peters wanted.

                      Labour was desperate if they’d lost Ardern she would have retired and their only ace would have disappeared.

                      2017, was do or die for Labour, shame they didn’t know Peters had no intention of ever going with National so he could milk Labours desperation for all it was worth.

                      And here we are today with Ardern being a figurehead PM and the real power behind the thrones Peters calling the shots.

                      Hardly surprising, he’s a very happy man

                    • Muttonbird

                      ^^^

                      That’s a ridiculous version of events. Labour couldn’t have hoped for much more on the night.

                      And National weren’t going to ‘give Peters what he wanted’, not because they were principled but because they were too far apart on policy. Winston Peters asked, “had enough?” in his campaign, and said he wanted to put a human face on capitalism in his coalition speech.

                      The issue was and is that National weren’t, are not, and never will be able to ‘put a human face on capitalism’ because they are uncaring people who work solely for the selfish among us.

                    • marty mars

                      BM rewriting history. The gnats tried and failed to take out Peters and he showed them who was boss. Little gnats crawling around begging for a deal – LOL such fun it was and still is to watch the gnat losers wank on – keep it up BM only 4-5 more terms to go.

                  • In Vino

                    Silly, aren’t you BM? Some people were also silly enough to think that about Elizabeth 1st for a while back in the day..

                  • Ankerrawshark

                    BM …..a party political broadcast from the national party via Crosby text or….

                    Hollow spin memes all you got. Read Gordon Campbell’s latest. I lol post it tomorrow

                  • Tricledrown

                    BM National did the dirty on Peters by releasing his pension info.
                    National have a long history of shitting on Winston and are crying over not getting his support.
                    National still have no support party and continuing to piss Peters off is a dumb strategy.

          • Chuck 4.1.2.2.2

            It will put Ardern in a very tight spot, her duty PM misleading Parliament.

            If she sacks him Winston will bring down the current Government, if she does nothing but a telling off it reinforces Ardern as a weak PM and a one-term wonder.

            So better hope Bishop was full of BS (depending on your political leanings of course!!).

            • ScottGN 4.1.2.2.2.1

              Misleading Parliament is dealt with by the Privileges Commitee not party leaders?

              • alwyn

                And the supposedly impartial Speaker has to refer the matter to the Committee.
                Trevor “impartial”? You have got to be joking.

                • ScottGN

                  And I supposed you thought the previous National appointed Speaker was a paragon of virtue in the impartiality stakes?

                  • alwyn

                    I didn’t think very much of the last Speaker as it happens.
                    On the other hand the one two before him was the worst that I can remember and I had some time to observe them all the way back to Algie in 1961.
                    Margaret Wilson was by far the worst.
                    Her successor, Lockwood Smith, was easily the best. Carter wasn’t great and I don’t think really wanted the job but I think he will be remembered more kindly than Mallard.
                    Trevor started off OK but he has reverted to his tribal Labour roots.

            • Muttonbird 4.1.2.2.2.2

              Bishop hasn’t managed to quote the phone call verbatim. In fact he is very vague about it so unless the call can be proved and the actual words recovered there’s not a case to answer.

              It’s a bit like snapchat as I understand it how the content disappears after one viewing…perhaps that’s why it was Bishop’s app of choice when communicating with kids?

            • BM 4.1.2.2.2.3

              It will put Ardern in a very tight spot, her duty PM misleading Parliament

              I’m sure the 900 odd people she got working for her will script the necessary weasel words speech that will exonerate Peters.

              • In Vino

                BM – you have expertise in weasel words, and I am sure that you will read into it what you want. Be prepared for disappointment: the country is not with you.

            • Ngungukai 4.1.2.2.2.4

              Bishop will be toast after this schimoozle he should stick to Snapchat or go back to school ?

              Winston will have his bases covered, Natzis are making mountains out of molehills ?

              Jacaranda getting rave reviews in the Big Apple ?

              • marty mars

                Why do you keep putting question marks after everything? You seem to do it whether there is any question or not? Is it because you don’t actually want to give your view? I also notice you put a space between the last letter and the question mark? Why do you do that? You may not want to answer? Or you may want to? Answer that is?

      • infused 4.1.3

        I’d suggest if correct, blip start increasing his list of Labour fuckups

  4. Anne 5

    Thanks for the caption ms. Appropriate.

    Spare a thought everyone for the anguish and feelings of shame he puts his victims through.

    • marty mars 5.1

      What caption? Why that rapist is on here I’ll never know – fuck that guy. Put a picture of all his victims up.

  5. Andre 6

    Interesting perspective on Kavanaugh and his alleged (mandatory weasel word) habit of assaulting women: it wasn’t so much trying to get his rocks off or an exercise of power, but more about being a try-hard to win approval from his arsehole group of male buddies.

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/brett-kavanaugh-allegations-yearbook-male-bonding.html?via=homepage_taps_top

  6. Ed 7

    Socialism or barbarism.
    Capitalism and extinction.

    “While economic growth continues we’ll never kick our fossil fuels habit

    We are getting there, aren’t we? We’re making the transition towards an all-electric future. We can now leave fossil fuels in the ground and thwart climate breakdown. Or so you might imagine, if you follow the technology news.

    So how come oil production, for the first time in history, is about to hit 100m barrels a day? How come the oil industry expects demand to climb until the 2030s? How is it that in Germany, whose energy transition (Energiewende) was supposed to be a model for the world, protesters are being beaten up by police as they try to defend the 12,000-year-old Hambacher forest from an opencast mine extracting lignite – the dirtiest form of coal? Why have investments in Canadian tar sands – the dirtiest source of oil – doubled in a year?

    The answer is, growth. There may be more electric vehicles on the world’s roads, but there are also more internal combustion engines. There be more bicycles, but there are also more planes. It doesn’t matter how many good things we do: preventing climate breakdown means ceasing to do bad things. Given that economic growth, in nations that are already rich enough to meet the needs of all, requires an increase in pointless consumption, it is hard to see how it can ever be decoupled from the assault on the living planet.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/26/economic-growth-fossil-fuels-habit-oil-industry

    • Dukeofurl 7.1

      Even in China , those brand new coal plants there were supposed to be cancelled by the central government, well the regional governments who build them have different ideas

      “259 Gigawatts (GW) of new capacity are under development in China, comparable to the entire U.S. coal fleet (266 GW). This represents a 25% increase in China’s coal power fleet.
      https://endcoal.org/2018/09/tsunami-warning/

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand First calls for tahr cull halt
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industry New Zealand First is supporting calls by hunters and the New Zealand Tahr Foundation (NZTF) to halt a large scale cull of Himalayan Tahr by the Department of Conservation in National Parks. The calls are supported by a 40,000 strong petition and the ...
    4 days ago
  • Response to Spin-off allegations
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First leader Winston Peters today scoffed at suggestions that a team of six political operatives have been dispatched to New Zealand to assist his campaign. ‘As President Ronald Reagan once said, ‘there they go again.’ ‘The clickbait journos can’t ...
    4 days ago
  • Jenny Marcroft MP to represent New Zealand First in Auckland Central
    New Zealand First is pleased to announce Jenny Marcroft as the party’s election 2020 candidate for the Auckland Central electorate. Jenny spent years working in Auckland Central, having spent a vast proportion of her broadcasting career there. She says she, "knows the place and knows the people." Ms Marcroft says ...
    5 days ago
  • Creating jobs and cleaning up our rivers
    New Zealanders deserve healthy rivers and lakes that are safe to swim in - but they have been getting worse for decades. That's why, with our latest announcement, we're investing in projects that will help clean up our rivers and lakes and restore them to health, within a generation. ...
    6 days ago
  • Jacinda Ardern: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Jacinda Ardern's speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    6 days ago
  • Kelvin Davis: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Kelvin Davis' speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Another week of major progress
    This week we moved into the second half of 2020 - and our Government delivered another week of big changes and major progress for New Zealanders. Read below for a wrap of the key things moments from the week - from extending paid parental leave, to making major investments in ...
    1 week ago
  • Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill that cut corners on environmental safeguards and public cons...
    The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations. ...
    1 week ago
  • Site of new freight hub revealed
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development A regional freight hub for the lower North Island will be built just northeast of Palmerston North, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Government is investing $40 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to designate and buy land and design ...
    1 week ago
  • Greens call for Guaranteed Minimum Income to alleviate skyrocketing debt with MSD
    Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is calling for the introduction of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and prevent more families entering into further debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  ...
    1 week ago
  • Winston Peters: Facts matter when taxpayer money is on the line
    There has been renewed focus on New Zealand First acting as a handbrake on the Government after our decision to not support Auckland light rail. We are a handbrake for bad ideas, that is true, but our track record since 2017 has seen New Zealand First constructively also serve as an ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raising minimum residency requirement for NZ Super passes first reading
    Mark Patterson MP, New Zealand First List MP New Zealand First’s Fair Residency for Superannuation Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill makes a significant change to NZ Super by raising the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 20 years, after age 20. “Currently, a migrant of ...
    1 week ago
  • Harsher penalties for assaults on first responders one step closer
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill in the name of Darroch Ball introducing a six-month minimum prison sentence for assaults on first responders has passed its second reading in Parliament. The new offence of "injuring a first responder or corrections officer with ...
    1 week ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission delivers Coalition promise
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Deputy Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in and ...
    1 week ago
  • Greens welcome huge new investment in sustainable projects
    The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand First demands answers from Meridian Energy
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits."While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers to waste water and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting New Zealand moving again: June 2020
    We wrapped up the first half of 2020 with a busy month, taking additional steps to support New Zealanders as we continue with our economic recovery. We rolled out targeted packages to support key industries like tourism and construction, helped create jobs in the environmental and agriculture sectors, and set ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori union leader appointed to Infrastructure Commission board
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has welcomed the appointment of Maurice Davis and his deep infrastructure and construction experience to the board of the Infrastructure Commission. Mr Davis (Ngāti Maniapoto), is the seventh and final appointment to the board led by former Reserve Bank Governor ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Click-bait journalism at its worst
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand’s click bait journalism is taking a turn for the worse, with yet another example of sensationalist, wilful-misrepresentation of the facts. “New Zealand First has worked constructively with its Coalition partner on hundreds of pieces of legislation and policy, and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party proposes transformational Poverty Action Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity.     ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF accelerates Rotorua projects
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Getting people into jobs
    This week, we rolled out the next steps of our recovery plan, with new infrastructure investment, extra support for tourism operators, and a new programme to get Kiwis into agriculture careers. The global economic consequences of COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge, but we have a detailed plan to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition commitment establishing Mental Health Commission delivered
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its final reading in Parliament today fulfilling a coalition agreement commitment. “This is an important step in saving the lives of New Zealanders and delivers a key coalition commitment ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whakatāne gets a $2.5m ‘turbo boost’
    Whakatāne has been given a $2.5 million boost to speed up previously funded projects and create more than 450 jobs in the next decade. Of those, the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs could be delivered in the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in town to make ...
    2 weeks ago
  • $2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $2.5 million to accelerate three infrastructure projects in Whakatāne, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This package is about ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Ground-breaking on NZ Post depot
    Hon Shane Jones, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises A new ‘super depot’ to be built for NZ Post in Wellington will create around 350 jobs during construction, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones says. Shane Jones today attended a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony for the parcel-processing depot ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Putting our economic plan into action
    Our strong economic management prior to COVID-19 - with surpluses, low debt and near-record-low unemployment - put us in a good position to weather the impact of the virus and start to rebuild our economy much earlier than many other countries. Now we're putting our plan to recover and rebuild ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Fleeing drivers hit new record-high yet again
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Law and Order Recently released Police fleeing driver statistics have shown yet another increase in incidents with another record-high in the latest quarter. “This new quarterly record-high is the latest in a string of record-high numbers since 2014.  The data shows incidents ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio is pleased to announce the inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week as part of the 2020 Pacific language Weeks programme. “I am so pleased that this year we are able to provide resourcing support to the Kiribati community in Aotearoa which will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New support package for wildlife institutions
    Wildlife institutions affected by a loss of visitor revenue during the COVID-19 lockdown are set to receive government support with nearly $15 million of funding available announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.  “Eco-sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and wildlife rescue, hospital and rehabilitation facilities provide crucial support for the recovery ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • 300,000 students to benefit from free mental health services
    The Government is expanding and accelerating frontline mental health and wellbeing services at tertiary education institutes (TEI) to help students manage ongoing stresses related to COVID-19. “The lockdown has been hugely disruptive for students. Many of them have had to relocate and move to online learning, isolating them from their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Gang crime, meth harm targeted in Waikato
    The Minister of Police says a major operation against the Mongrel Mob in Waikato will make a big dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks. “Senior leadership of the Waikato Mongrel Mob has been taken out as a result of Operation Kingsville, which resulted in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Supporting victims and families to attend mosque attack sentencing
    The Government is extending the border exception criteria to enable some offshore victims and support people of the Christchurch mosque attacks to attend the sentencing of the accused beginning on 24 August2020, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “We want to support our valued Muslim brothers and sisters who were directly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Boost for community freshwater restoration projects
    A project to support volunteer efforts to look after streams and rivers is getting a boost thanks to support from DOC’s Community Conservation Fund announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.  “The government is backing efforts to look after waterways with $199,400 for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More support for women and girls
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter today announced that funding for the COVID-19 Community Fund for women and girls will be doubled, as the first successful funding applications for the initial $1million were revealed. “Women and girls across the country have suffered because of the effects of COVID-19, and I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Crown accounts stronger than forecast with higher consumer spending
    The Government’s books were better than forecast with a higher GST take as the economy got moving again after lockdown, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Crown Accounts for the 11 months to the end of May indicate the year end results for tax revenue will be stronger than forecast. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt releases plan to revitalise wool sector
    A plan to revitalise New Zealand’s strong wool sector and set it on a new, more sustainable and profitable path was unveiled today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The newly-released report - Vision and Action for New Zealand’s Wool Sector - was developed by the Wool Industry Project Action Group ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding for Predator Free Whangārei
    Community efforts to create a Predator Free Whangārei will receive a $6 million boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The new funding, through Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd, will create around 12 jobs while enabling the complete removal of possums over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand to review relationship settings with Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand remains deeply ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding for Whangārei’s infrastructure projects revealed
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced details of a multimillion-dollar investment in Whangārei for infrastructure projects that will help it recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created through the $26 million investment from the Government’s rejuvenation package ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Managed isolation and quarantine update
    Following a second incident in which a person escaped from a managed isolation facility, security is being enhanced, including more police presence onsite, Minister Megan Woods said. “The actions of some individuals who choose to break the very clear rules to stay within the facilities means that more resourcing is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding for Kaipara district community waste programmes
    Waste reduction and recycling programmes in Kaipara are set to get a boost with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announcing a $361,447 grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) Sustainable Kaipara. “The new funding will allow Sustainable Kaipara to partner with local schools, kura, community ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
    Introduction, seafarers and POAL Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be online with you all today. Before I begin, I have to acknowledge that COVID-19 has disrupted the maritime sector on an unprecedented scale. The work of seafarers and the maritime industry is keeping many economies around the world ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago