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David Seymour thinks ACT is the environmental party

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 27th, 2016 - 72 comments
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Yep you read this right.  David Seymour has gone on the offensive and has claimed that ACT is more of an environmental party than the Greens.

From Stuff:

ACT leader David Seymour is readying to fire shots across the Green Party bow, accusing them of “socialist economics” and neglecting the environment.

He said they also “just really piss me off”.

First example of supposedly random use of invective there to make him look tough.

The rank and file behind the single-MP party will gather at Auckland’s exclusive Orakei Bay this weekend for their annual conference, which is expected to carry a heavy environmental theme.

It’s understood Seymour will announce an environmental policy, geared around private enterprise playing a greater role in conservation.

It’s unclear exactly what that will include, but is expected to centre on Government incentives to increase private environmental custodianship, and moves to better define ownership.

Seymour was keen to boost the party’s environmental credentials, saying they had gone under-reported in the past.

ACT’s environmental credentials were under reported because they were non existent.  I had a quick look at the website and discovered that amongst their principles was one to “[p]rotect our natural and built environment with Smart-Green policies”.  Go those smart green policies.  Who could disagree?

I then thought I would check on their climate change policies.  Surely in these post COP21 days even ACT would believe that climate change is a reality and we need to do something about it.  But the results of my search were disappointing …

act climate change search

The only environmentally related policy I could find was one on RMA reform.  And it suffered from the unfortunate feature that it was gibberish.  Read it for yourself and see if you can make sense of it:

ACT believes that the Resource Management Act is a case study in poor regulation, with major economic impacts.  If red tape and regulation is the most urgent reform area, then the RMA is the most urgent piece of legislation to reform.  It is beyond redemption by small changes, in fact much of its current deficiency is the result of two decades worth of attempts to improve upon a base of fundamental flaws.  Specifically, the RMA does not seek to remedy clear market failures, but rather introduce a central planning approach to the use of resources.

ACT will rescind the RMA. It will be replaced by the restoration of a greater role for common law actions and remedies.

ACT will set up an expert taskforce to determine what planning laws New Zealand does need relating to public goods, such as flood control, border protection and problems of non-point source pollution.  Any new law will start with the premise that protects private property rights and makes property owners liable for any nuisance they cause.

The english teacher of the person who wrote this would justifiably right now be hanging their head in shame.

But apparently it is time for ACT to boldly step out and claim the mantle of being the environmental party while at the same time chipping at the Green Party.  Again from Stuff:

“They have squatted on this piece of political real estate, while doing bugger all for the environment and often doing things that are counter-productive, because they don’t understand markets.

“They annoy me enormously, and I just think it’s wrong because I actually do care about the environment and I think it’s an important part of being a New Zealander,” he said.

“What you’ve got is a group of people who are actually running a completely separate agenda which is socialist-economics, and neglecting [the environment].

“The reality is they just piss me off.”

Cue further testosterone driven comment from Seymour.  And question how the Greens, who have regrettably always been in opposition, could achieve more.  Maybe they should find an electorate which National is willing to cede and promise unswerving loyalty just so that they can be a miniscule part of a government.

 

The Green Party leadership declined to comment.  Obviously they have better things to do than address idiotic claims.  But an anonymous spokesperson said this:

ACT seems to be claiming some kind of road to Damascus epiphany that the environment is worth saving.

“David could start by supporting our call for a moratorium on further dairy conversions on the Waikato River to help make it swimmable again.”

As an example of ACT’s green creds delegates can book a ride in a high powered Tesla sports car that can outpace most high-performance sports vehicles.  They clearly do not understand the concept of sustainability.

Other speakers will talk about child poverty, the Government’s position on superannuation and victim support.  The sense of spin is high.  All parties wish to address these issues which clearly focus groups say are important.  They just have different solutions, so can’t we all just agree that it is all about the kids?

There is nothing like a saying something stupid to get some social media blowback to happen and get some publicity. Much as I enjoy social media the cynical creation of clickbait and pseudo controversy is one of its less appealing features.

72 comments on “David Seymour thinks ACT is the environmental party”

  1. Alastair 1

    For anyone who has not seen the link on reddit, here’s an archive copy of ACT’s climate plicy before it was taken down…

    Archive copy of ACT climate policy

  2. Good digging, MS. It looks like ACT’s environmental credentials are as substantial as, um, a hologram.

  3. Stuart Munro 3

    It’s a much more promising vote winner than incest – most prospective ACT voters reproduce asexually by budding. But it lacks the essential element for breathing life into the party https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOcJwt8XB4M …electric eels.

  4. Chooky 4

    Weird…I thought ACT supported Monsanto?…and its affiliates acted as PR agents for other big American multinational companies…including those involved in GM agriculture, herbicides like glyphosate or Round Up and chemicals like 1080?

    …say it isnt so

    Is Act now supporting organic farming?

    Is Act now against the TPPA?

  5. BM 5

    Act is after the urban house wife vote.

    • more likely just the idiot vote – no one who votes green will be sucked in by this blatant bullshit, they just aren’t that shallow and silly – some gnats will be though so I expect the gnat support to plummet lol

    • Really? That’s a very specific demographic to be pinning a party’s hopes on. Is it just an Epsom thing?

      • marty mars 5.2.1

        I find it funny because I doubt bm even knows what that demographic is, let alone met some. Just a line on his briefing sheet…

      • BM 5.2.2

        This is just my guess, but there is apparently few women who’s husbands vote right and they vote green., who knows could be a few % points in it.

  6. Andre 6

    Maybe Seymour wants to try the “repeat it often enough and people will believe it even though it’s obvious bullshit” tactic to peel off some blue-green votes. After all, it’s worked for National calling themselves centre-right.

    • Nic the NZer 6.1

      If ACT starts to get votes off National then its bye bye ACT. Thats what happened to the Conservatives last election (they decided to be independent but ultimately failed).

  7. Bit riduculous, but probably a (small) step in the right direction for the body politic. ACT have clearly done their focus groups and polling, and found their previous position to be untenable.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      So, they’ve doubled down on it by declaring that their previous position is actually green. This despite the fact that even regulated capitalism has done huge amounts of damage the world over private property is often the cause of substantial damage that the state then has to clean up. The Love Canal is a prime example.

      • greywarshark 7.1.1

        @DracpTB
        Thanks for giving us that very authoritative summary of an environmental and governmental rort. As for blaming it on the business community it seems that the authorities in charge are equally to blame, from first allowing chemicals to be dumped in the Canal to then ignoring it instead of marking it as a dangerous area. The School Board could hardly have bought the land if so marked, they would never have got away with ignoring its true history and just viewing it as cheap land.

        Then the disgusting behaviour continues. And that crooked scientist at the end doing a reversion about toxicity. What a lot of shites getting far away from the propaganda about the wonders of modern western democracy. At Chernobyl the team that went forward to close down the reactor laid down their lives for the greater good. They knew they would die quite soon after but still went. Look at what happened at Niagara Falls also the lists of other sites in the USA, how can that capitalist country consider itself superior to communism when judged objectively.

        And I checked what was known about the crusading journalist Michael Harold Brown.
        He has written many books, what a wide ranging writer. He received Pulitzer award for his work. He also returned to his Catholic faith and Google entries are full of this which overwhelm his other contributions. This link covers his authorship.
        http://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n79132156/

  8. rhinocrates 8

    The rank and file behind the single-MP party will gather at Auckland’s exclusive Orakei Bay this weekend for their annual conference, which is expected to carry a heavy environmental theme.

    Where? I thought that cellphones had made phone booths obsolete.

  9. weka 9

    Biggest crowd funding in NZ history buys piece of iconic beachfront. A week later ACT claim to be for the environment. Can I just say focus group?

    The more cynical me sees National’s sticky little fingers creeping out from their privatisation agenda. They can’t promote the privatisation of DOC themselves so get ACT to do it. Not sure if I actually think that, because ACT are so inept that this move should generate much ridicule. Except MSM. And Dirty Politics. We probably shouldn’t laugh too hard.

  10. According to reporter Katie Bradford, ACT President John Thompson tells David Seymour at the conference opening:

    “I assure you you will not be on your own in Parliament after the next election”.

    Giovanni Tiso reckons that means they’re going to get him a puppy.

  11. Act and the Greens are both for BAU, and kiwi Saver.
    At least Act tell the truth, they admit to being pro growth.
    The Greens with their ‘smart growth’ bullshit are way less honest.

  12. fender 12

    Ha ha ha, Act deletes their climate change policy from their website.

    • weka 12.1

      Oh dear.

      Seymour “The thing about websites is that you can always say that something was or wasn’t on a website at some point in the past,” he said.

      “It’s the easiest thing in the world to claim and impossible to prove.”

      If you put this URL into the internet archive, you can download ACT’s climate change policy.

      Click to access policy18.pdf

      https://archive.org/

      • fender 12.1.1

        LOL, “impossible”

        Seems stupid Seymour had ALL his blood removed

        • weka 12.1.1.1

          He looks happy on it.

          • fender 12.1.1.1.1

            He does, despite being told he doesn’t qualify to donate his brain to science.

            • Lanthanide 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Surely brains from all parts of the intelligence spectrum are useful for scientific research? How else will we be able to root out the afflictions that cause people to deny reality?

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.2

        Seymour called later to confirm that the policy had been on the website’s server but not actively linked to for “a long time – at least two years.”

        He emphasised that his party was focusing on the 2017 election, not the past.

        LOL

        Typical RWNJ – got caught lying and thus tried to shift the blame and the goal posts.

  13. weka 13

    Seeing as how ACT have misplaced their policy, here’s a copy (the formatting is shit, so I’ll do an edit tidy up). Micky, sorry about the length, but I suspect it won’t stay visible at the Internet Archive.

    ACT Climate Change Policy

    Goal

    That no New Zealand government will ever impose needless and unjustified taxation or regulation on its citizens in a misguided attempt to reduce global warming or become a world leader in carbon neutrality.

    Background
    ●TheLabourGovernmentisdeterminedthatNewZealandwillleadtheworldintheracetocarbon neutrality even though nothing New Zealand could do, including disappearing off the face of the planet, would have any impact on global climate.

    ● New Zealand is not warming. There is no warming trend since 1970 and the slight warming trend since 1950 is not statistically significant.

    ● Ifitweretowarmmoderately,wewouldlikelybenefitintermsofland-basedproduction,human health and reduced heating bills. Arguments that we would lose from sea-level rise or more extreme events are unproven conjectures.

    ● PoliciestoreduceemissionsinNewZealandcouldnotconceivablyreduceglobalwarming,evenif warming were globally harmful.

    ● TheGovernmentratifiedtheKyotoProtocolinadvanceofAustraliaforshort-termpoliticalgain without the benefit of any supporting analysis from Treasury. New Zealand can expect to pay billions of dollars to foreign governments like Russia, for carbon credits to offset their emissions.

    ● Nowthegovernmentwantstoforceusalltopaymoreforfuelandelectricitybeyond2012.

    ● Treasury’sanalysisoftheEmissionsTradingSchememadenocasethatitsbenefitswould exceed the costs. The scheme lends itself to corrupt allocations of permits and seedy MMP negotiations were necessary to ram it through parliament.

    ● ItisrecklesstodistorttheNewZealandeconomyinthecauseofanineffectualProtocolthat expires in 2012 and won’t be rolled forward because its 1990 targets are unacceptable to China and the United States.

    ●TheNZInstituteofEconomicResearchstatesintheir2008study“TheImpactoftheProposed Emissions Trading Scheme” that:
     Dairy land values will fall by 40%
     Beef and sheep land values will fall by 23%  Annual household incomes will fall by $3,000  The average hourly rate will fall by $2.30
     Annually 22,000 new jobs will be lost

    ●OnlyACTopposesLabourinseekingtoforceNewZealanderstopaymuchmoreforenergyand electricity.

    ●ACTbelievesthatNewZealandcanplayaresponsibleroleintheinternationalcommunitywhile keeping its powder dry. In particular, it should not move faster than Australia or the United States.

    http://www.act.org.nz

    Authorised by Nick Kearney, 137 Beach Haven Rd, Auckland.

    Principles

    Freedom – People should be free to live and work how they choose, including making their own decisions as to what light bulbs to use, unless there is clear scientific evidence that their actions are damaging the environment, or unless they are harming others.

    Put New Zealanders needs first – Until there is clear scientific evidence that we should do otherwise, energy policy should be primarily concerned with affordability and stability of supply.

    Proceed with caution – The precautionary principle works both ways. „Green Business‟ opportunities which address non-existent problems and needs are not “business opportunities” but a massive risk and likely to destroy wealth on a massive scale

    Do not make needless rods for our own backs – The government is globally unique including methane gas (produced by ruminants) in calculating our Kyoto commitments. This is extreme, contrary to all other member countries and should be amended

    Distinguish between real pollutants and carbon dioxide – carbon dioxide is a vital and necessary greenhouse gas crucial for plant growth and human survival

    Make decisions based on sound science – not on blind belief or ideology which is increasingly divorced from reason

    A commonsense approach to Climate Change would recognise that:
    ● There is no point destroying our economy in pursuit of „carbon neutrality‟ if carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are not driving global warming.
    ● Any carbon trading scheme is prone to fraud – and indeed invites fraud
    Policy Detail
    ● ACT will repeal the Emissions Trading Scheme and withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol
    ● Major investments in infrastructure will not depend on the anti-global warming hypothesis for
    their economic viability. (Hydro power and geothermal power stands on its own feet.)
    ● Reform the Resource Management Act and Local Government Act to be neutral on climate change and „sustainability‟ (often a code word for anti-global warming).
    ● Reform Transport legislation to make transport serve efficiency and mobility rather than „sustainability‟ unless a real issue of sustainability can be identified
    ● Ensure that government agencies and advisors acknowledge any conflicts of interest.
    If you believe that New Zealanders should not be taxed on the basis of unproven global warming theories, then give ACT your Party vote, for better informed policy on climate change.

    http://www.act.org.nz

    Authorised by Nick Kearney, 137 Beach Haven Rd, Auckland.

    • Incognito 13.1

      These are impeccable credentials as an environmental party. Trump would vote for them.

    • I’ve no argument with this bit: “The [Emissions Trading] scheme lends itself to corrupt allocations of permits and seedy MMP negotiations were necessary to ram it through parliament.” I’m thinking of the current government’s one, but it would apply to any emissions trading scheme – our government’s claim to be meeting its emissions control commitments by handing cash to dodgy Russian and Ukrainian outfits is a case in point.

      • Lanthanide 13.2.1

        Act’s policy *should* be to replace it with a simple carbon tax, and make it a simple market signal for user pays.

    • pat 13.3

      thats about as close as you can get to being a denier without actually saying “read my lips, there is no such thing as climate change”

    • Nick K 13.4

      That’s me authorising that statement and I haven’t been the party secretary for six years!

      • miravox 13.4.1

        Haha – 6 years and the ACT environmental policy hasn’t changed.

        Exhibit Number One for how much the environment means to that party.

        (else they thought this one was perfect…. see above sentence)

  14. gsays 14

    This perhaps belongs in open mike.
    Hi all, firstly I an extremely grateful for the standard and deeply appreciative of the work the authors do. Also enjoy reading comments from most of the community.
    It is appointment reading almost every day.

    Now the sticking point- while what seymour(or any Tory) spouts is of small interest (hum your enemies tune etc), I am keener to read about what plans/vision/aspiration are formulating on the left of the spectrum.

    I realise I am due an uppercut for this, however..

    • Ben 14.1

      Are you new here? The Left don’t have any coherent policy (except for spending all their pennies on free education – in 2025, if they win 3 elections in a row…) and simply remain focussed on the negative politics of attacking everyone else’s policies.

      I believe that people have cottoned on to the fact that the Greens are green in name only, and certainly not the party they were 10 years ago. Shaw has further confused/diluted their cause as he is trying to come across as business friendly. If Green support erodes into next year, it will be interesting to see how Little handles the internal pressure for Labour to distance themselves from the Greens again.

      It doesn’t help the Green’s cause when the latest expenses show that in October, November and December the average Green MP spent $7992 on air travel — the highest average amongst political parties. Must have been an increase in larping meets late last year. They try to explain it away by stating they will plant more trees, but explaining is losing.

  15. McFlock 15

    ACT will rescind the RMA. It will be replaced by the restoration of a greater role for common law actions and remedies.

    lol
    So their environmental policy is to remove regulation and leave it to individuals to sue corporations that put tonnes of cowshit in the local water supply?

    That’s gotta work, because the 19th Century was awesome for the environment. /sarc

    Crime, economics, environment, social welfare… seriously, does Act have any policy that wasn’t written 150 years ago?

    • Draco T Bastard 15.1

      Give them time and they’ll go pre Magna Carta on us.

      • Stuart Munro 15.1.1

        Hooten thinks he’s channelling Lee Kuan Yu.

        Lee rebuilt a pretty flattened Singapore – he improved incomes and living standards and so he had some assent. But he was a despot – he ruled by fear.

        Gnact have not improved incomes or living standards. They do not have assent. And New Zealanders are not afraid of them either.

        • Sacha 15.1.1.1

          “Gnact have not improved incomes or living standards.”

          For their targeted beneficiaries, they most certainly have. And persuaded many more that it benefits them. No point in denying the underlying reality we seek to change.

          • Stuart Munro 15.1.1.1.1

            Perhaps we move in different circles, my cohort are all losing ground – I think Lee would scold these pretenders fiercely – and home ownership would be one of the sticks he’d beat them with. There is a theory about island and continental behaviour – goes to manners & solidarity – Lee never forgot he was on an island.

  16. Philj 16

    Read about the green ACT party and laughed. Is he saying the government can’t be responsible to look after the environment? The corporates can do a proper job of running things. Maybe that’s what the TPP is all about. Less government, more multinational.

    • pat 16.1

      we know its farcical, but suspect there is a young cohort in the electorate who would vote Act but for their environmental policy (or lack of)….you can be sure it has been canvassed

  17. greywarshark 17

    It’s time for a rebirthday party. ACT is going to blow helium into the fashionable green balloons of the day whose time has come, and will rise again and ascend into the political heavens. They think!

    I do like your image. Very ap(c)t.

  18. Smilin 18

    if McGillicuddy Serious was back as a force we might get rid of some of the idiocy that we have to endure from Key and Act and all the others who think its alright to laugh the country into the ground by wasting money talkin BS and calling it being a representative of the voter

  19. Tautuhi 19

    Just Making up bullwacky to try and win votes?

  20. Rodel 20

    Saw act’s David wotsisname? on TV with his brilliant repartee.
    vis.”The greens have got the sizzle but we’ve got the sausage.”
    and a few other forgettable witticisms .(cue: obsequious applause by all 30 act members at the conference)
    Dear Jeeesus the sheer brilliance of this one of my ‘leaders’ fills me with so much pride.
    Honestly he’s transparently stupider than Hide and Brash together (and probably Trump ).

  21. Xanthe 21

    His central point that the greens arnt an environmental party and are simply filling that space is correct. They piss me off for the same reason. It is a dishonest position that contributes to the lack of voter engagement

  22. upnorth 22

    I like Seymour and I think ACT have to show more substance on green credentials if this is what they truly believe but Seymour has done something right.

    He has called out the Greens on their failure to actually achieve anything and they don’t practise what they preach – e.g. air miles.

    I think it is important that Green MP’s are all List MP’s and why we have a stubborn 7-8% of voters who will vote Green which I have no problem with, those voters should be actually asking the Greens what have they actually achieved.

    ACT will now set the motions in play and I can see the Greens lose 2-3%

    ACT will pick up maybe to 3% possibly 5% off National and NZF vote because Winston will call it a day one day – so if you have a bit of a think about it you could say the centre right parties in NZ could be well over 50%.

    This leave me with this nagging thought – I am clear in my mind Labour policies in November are going to be laughable at best and poorly thought through and it is very possible that Labour could plunge to 25% and Greens 5-7% if ACT gets their message across properly.

    Centre Left could struggle to get to 35%

    If the Greens who are in a vulnerable position at the moment and their leaders lack lustre what would happened if Greens missed the threshold of 5%

    It is very possible for a third party – remember NZF suffered this.

    I have grave fears for the centre left and left leaning thinkers in this country.

    Corban in UK only won an internal party vote – he is yet to go to the polls – it will be a rude awakening when Labor get smashed and NZ Labour will find out quickly that hard left policies scares the living daylights out on NZ’ers.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 22.1

      🙄

      Thanks for your concern. It’s so obviously offered sincerely, in good faith. It’s so unfair that people think you’re malicious and full of hate.

    • Chooky 22.2

      ACT is the absolute antithesis of all that environmentalists and genuine Greenies stand for

      …ACT is a hard right wing USA corporate sponsored political party and affiliated PR machine who wield far more influence in New Zealand politics than they have numbers of supporters on the ground.

      ACT is the USA corporate think tank of the Nactional Party eg Charter Schools

      It is an absolute farce that ACT is now trying to rebrand as Green

    • Morrissey 22.3

      What did you think of ACT’s pro-incest leader Jamie “The Thinker” Whyte?

    • Luo Ge 22.4

      Dream on, mate.

      ACT policies are destructive, and will never be widely accepted in this country. Hard right policies scare the living daylights out of people in NZ.

      • Otipua08 22.4.1

        Don’t be so sure. NZ has shifted well to the right of where it was positioned 40 years ago. Key is working hard to make the default political position hard right. Labour is basically impotent! Popular media is saturated with Keys appearances. His appeal to the masses as an ordinary, sport loving, beer at the barby, fun loving dude, while behind the scenes, dismantling NZ socially and environmentally, while rebuilding it as NZ Inc ™, South Pacific branch of US of A Inc.

  23. I think in some ways the best thing to take from this is that David Seymour/Act think that supporting recycling makes them the environmental equivalent of the Green Party, who won’t stop talking about swimmable water, and thought that Labour’s ETS was almost not worth voting for it was so weak.

  24. Bearded Git 24

    Hate to say it but I support Seymour’s ideas on sanctuaries, talked about at the end of the video.

    But I disagree that we need to sell Landcorp (or anything else) to fund the sanctuaries. (This is ACT’s real objective not the sanctuaries which are a smokescreen.) Maybe we should take $100m per year out of the defence budget to fund them.

    • maui 24.1

      From what I’ve seen, Seymour talking about throwing money at community conservation groups seems a bit silly. The ability to trap pests and grow native plants is a fairly inexpensive exercise for groups, and groups are usually of a small size anyway looking after small areas, in a lot of cases why would they need large amounts of money? If we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars to spend, then large scale projects are in order, and he’d be talking about huge 1080 operations or fenced sanctuaries (which are very expensive to construct and maintain I might add). In that case why not instead just fund DoC properly so they have the feet on the ground like they used to and so they can fund projects like 1080 in the Northland forests that have been and continue to be devastated by possums. In the old days before DoC (and things weren’t so driven by money), the Forest Service seemed to be well funded and resourced. That’s what we need to get back to. If they can’t find the money, what about taxing corporations some more, they’re the culprits destroying our environment on a large scale.

  25. Lloyd 25

    If ACT is going to replace the RMA with “market forces”, then they should explain that to the green-leaf suburbs voters. Any person with a few brain cells will realise that market forces will mean that the average Remuera property owner will make more money erecting a 15 story tower block than they will from erecting the three story town house the neighbours are concerned about at the moment…….

  26. Tautuhi 26

    ACT should be pushing for the legalisation of marijuana then they are bound to pick up the Green Vote, the sandal wearing,dope smoking Greens will switch sides no problem?

  27. One Anonymous Bloke 27

    Once upon a time, in a land far far away from David Seymour…

    I think I will be the only person speaking in this debate who has any qualifications in environmental science.

    It is not that that should count, but I think that it is significant for what I am about to say—that is, that the entire climate change – global warming hypothesis is a hoax, that the data and the hypothesis do not hold together…

    Rorting hypocrite Rodney Hide, ACT party slush-fund leader, Speech to Parliament; Tuesday, September 2 2008

  28. Mike C 28

    Well let’s face it … even if Hell froze over … Labour wouldn’t want to hook up with the Greens. LOL.

    At least Seymour is trying to create a Blue Green scenario … which is more than what Little etc are trying to do.

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    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: Trans-Tasman bubble to help tourism industry make swift recovery
    A quick start to a trans-Tasman bubble could see the tourism industry make a swift recovery, according to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. "I believe tourism will turn around dramatically faster than people think," Mr Peters told reporters after Thursday's Budget. "Why? Because I think the Tasman bubble is [going ...
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  • Rt. Hon Winston Peters: Budget Speech
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First   Please check against delivery https://vimeo.com/418303651 Budget 2020: Jobs, Business and Balance   Introduction Acknowledgements to all Cabinet colleagues, and party ministers Tracey Martin, Shane Jones and Ron Mark, Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau and to caucus colleagues. Thank you for your support, your ...
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  • Jacinda Ardern’s 2020 Budget Speech
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  • Budget 2020: Next steps to end family and sexual violence
    The 2020 Budget includes significant support to stabilise New Zealand’s family violence services, whose work has been shown to be so essential throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. ...
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  • Investment in housing gives more people access to the home they deserve
    The Green Party says huge new investment in public and transitional housing will get thousands more families into the warm, safe homes they deserve.  ...
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  • Budget 2020: Huge investment in green nature based jobs jump starts sustainable COVID recovery
    The Green Party says the $1.1 billion environmental investment in this year’s budget to create thousands of green jobs will help jump start a sustainable recovery from the COVID crisis. ...
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  • Grant Robertson’s 2020 Budget Speech
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  • Winston Peters tells struggling migrant workers ‘you should probably go home’
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today the Coalition Government told foreigners at the start of the Covid-19 crisis that if their circumstances had changed dramatically, they should go home. "And 50,000 did," Mr Peters said. Official advice to Cabinet revealed there is potentially 380,000 foreigners and migrant workers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes today’s Alert Level 2 announcement
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the decision today to go to Alert Level 2 from midnight Wednesday, says Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. Alert Level 2 will mean a return to work for the vast majority of New Zealand’s businesses. A return ...
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  • Nurses to be protected after amendment to First Responders Bill
    Nurses now look set to get more protection from violence at work, under a proposed new law. This after NZ First MP Darroch Ball's "Protection for First Responders Bill", which introduces a six-month minimum sentence for assaults on first responders, will now also cover emergency department healthcare workers. The ...
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  • Nurses to get more protection, added to ‘First Responders’ legislation
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Law and Order Spokesperson An amendment to the ‘Protection of First Responders Bill’ is being tabled which will see emergency department healthcare workers included in the legislation. “During this COVID-19 crisis we have seen reports of violence and specifically increased incidents of spitting towards ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones: Northland port could be economic haven
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is breathing new life into the proposal to move Auckland's port to Whangārei to help in the economic recovery post Covid-19 pandemic. If New Zealand First was returned in the September general election, Minister Jones said a priority would be development of an "economic haven" at Northport, ...
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  • PGF grant for Ventnor memorial
    The plan to build a memorial to the SS Ventnor, and those who were lost when it sank off the Hokianga coast in 1902, has been granted $100,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund. Originally planned for a site near Rāwene cemetery, the memorial will now be built at the new Manea ...
    3 weeks ago
  • 75th anniversary of V.E Day
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader Leader of New Zealand First, Rt Hon Winston Peters said: “Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day – marking the end of World War II in Europe." Millions died in the six years of war, and families were torn apart. 75 years ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Getting the job done
    From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Government has committed to providing calm, clear, and consistent communication, including regular press conference updates from the Prime Minister. While New Zealand is at Alert Level 3, we're making sure that New Zealanders are kept informed and up-to-date with all the latest ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters responds to Simon Bridges’ ‘my sweetheart’ comment
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters spoke to The Country's Jamie Mackay. A day earlier, National Party leader Simon Bridges was on the radio show and referred to the Deputy Prime Minister as, "my sweetheart Winston". Mr Peters swiftly dismissed the question of whether Bridges had changed his mind about ...
    3 weeks 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 ...
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  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
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  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
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  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
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  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
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  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
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    2 days 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 ...
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    3 days 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 ...
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  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
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    4 days 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 ...
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  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
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  • 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 ...
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    5 days 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • $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 ...
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    6 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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    6 days ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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    7 days ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
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    1 week ago
  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
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  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
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    1 week ago
  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
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    1 week ago
  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
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  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
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    1 week ago
  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
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    2 weeks ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to close tobacco tax loophole
    The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The legislation, which doesn’t affect duty free allowances for ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $62 million package to support families through the Family Court
    The Coalition Government has made a significant $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to start the reform of the Family Court and enable it to respond effectively to the increased backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced the Family Court (Supporting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tailored help supports new type of job seeker – report
    The Government’s expanded services to support people into jobs will help an emerging cohort of New Zealanders impacted by COVID-19. The impacted group are relatively younger, have a proportionately low benefit history and have comparatively higher incomes than most who seek support, as captured in a report published today from ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • A modern approach to night classes
    New funding to boost Government-funded Adult and Community Education (ACE) will give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This includes a modern approach to rebuilding night classes, which were slashed in the middle of our last economic crisis in 2010,” Chris Hipkins ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call makes significant progress
    Significant progress has been delivered in the year since the Christchurch Call to Action brought governments and tech companies together in Paris with a single goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardent says. On its first anniversary, Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron as ...
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    2 weeks ago