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Denial in Politics

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 pm, December 17th, 2016 - 33 comments
Categories: bill english, campaigning, Dirty Politics, john key, kremlinology, Politics, us politics - Tags:

There’s a lot of it around. The Democrats and their media and spook allies are in a complete lather over Putin’s supposed personal influence in the US election. Confident of victory and its spoils up till midday on election day, the Clinton team are incapable of assessing just what a debacle of a campaign they ran, still less what they need to do now.

Their grief denial stage is running so long and has become so extreme that it looks likely that any swift rebuild of an effective electoral opposition by the Democrat Party is not on the cards. They could be doomed to further irrelevance for several more stages in the US biennial electoral cycle. Contrast this with the swift and hard-hitting review instigated by Reince Priebus after the 2012 Presidential election. Those who think that Trump is a political novice not likely to last should note that the same Reince Priebus is now his Chief of Staff. Trump didn’t campaign to the formula in all respects, but he may use it to govern.

Denial in politics can take a variety of forms. When you are in the middle of a campaign that is not going well, it is all too easy to construct and cling to an unrealistic path to victory, and even more importantly to underestimate the strengths of your opponent. Labour did this in 2008; we built a  negative campaign around attacking John Key that was a mistake and did not work. As Bryan Gould has recently noted, we underestimated him to our cost.

Labour’s campaign style is still excessively negative, and not yet clearly focused. Now that Key has gone, it will be crucial that Labour does not underestimate Bill English. He has many different and arguably more admirable characteristics than his predecessor. Nobody’s fool, he has been tested in the fire and not found wanting for some time now. He does have some vulnerabilities with all his eggs in the so-called “social investment” basket, but they will need careful research and even more careful communication to be effective.

 

 

33 comments on “Denial in Politics”

  1. English was and is capable of stupidity–double dipping. His religious thing, holds him back to a lesser lying degree than key achieved,-not completely. His lying tic is not so obvious when defending underling staff lies than defending his own lies/ cover ups. Hence we see brownlee leap in to defence mode at kaikora whilst English stayed out of the front line .Gonna see a lot of this under his and the multitude of national party advisers tutoring. He needs time to think, key could deflect at the speed of light, not so this southern person, a steady as we go man at the helm sort of angle. But not as many print columns as his departed boss, Maybe the media will concentrate more on the underlings as per kiakora??

    • Chris 1.1

      The slither of moral fibre English may have over Key will be mopped up by Bennett’s narcissism and incompetence. Without Key the nats look shallow and lost. Bill will be back to 2002 popularity levels in no time. There’s one thing that could save them at the next election, though, and that’s going into Pike River mine. Little needs to take a stand now, before English does, a proper stand with an unfaltering intention to follow through if elected.

    • lprent 1.2

      The antipathic public meeting is a weak point for him. He hasn’t had to do too many since 2002.

      However you have to remember that fronting these things are few and far between for a PM. Usually the worst is fronting reporters on the chase of a story, and the usual deflection is to get the details ready beforehand.

  2. lprent 2

    The democrats do need to get over it. But there is a real issue there as well.

    Similarly I agree about English and Labour. They need to tread carefully simply because he has different strengths to Key and they are likely to revolve around levels of trust for competence rather than trust because of likeability (which Key was eventually rapidly losing).

    What has been interesting in recent weeks has been the number of Republicans who have been coming out with information about their systems being hacked in the leadup to the US election.

    It has become increasing clear that almost regardless of what Trump would like, he is going to get the enquiry that he’d probably prefer not to have about who exactly has been doing this hacking on such a wide scale during the election campaign.

    Certainly every other open political state, including ours, is going to have to look at the same vulnerabilities. The Germans are certainly increasingly hardening their systems – especially after the US got into them so deeply a decade ago. They will just proceed off into the hitherto divorced party systems.

    About time to start testing and hardening the political party systems here. They never did look that hardened to me. Bad enough having the ethically challenged but fortunately incompetent internal arseholes like Slater and his “funder” trying to do it.

    I’d hate to think what competents could do.

    • Huginn 2.1

      Too right, LPRENT,

      Take it as given that Putin hacked the DNC because he hated Clinton and maybe thought he liked Trump.

      Also interesting is the way that the RW used facebook to monetise bullshit. Bullshit went further on the pro-Trump sites because the RW developed distribution channels to spread it around. It made money for them, and it gave them access to Google and Facebook advertising analytics that helped them identify and target the tiny group of voters they needed to get the Electoral majority.

      Putin piggy-backed on this network.

      • Conal 2.1.1

        One thing I thought remarkable was how the production of pro-Trump “fake news” was effectively outsourced to young Macedonian web entrepreneurs, who could justify backing Trump purely for the advertising revenue from Trump loyalist web “news” consumers, without even any political or ideological consideration. Trump was their man because there were Trump-loyalist eyeballs to monetise.

        At the same time, I’ve seen a lot of “liberal” Democrats make the mistake of thinking that the Macedonians were the driving force there, when actually they were just bright young things responding to a market signal. The real driver there was not the Macedonians, and actually not even Trump himself, but the level of crazy disillusion in the US electorate, who had rejected the false narratives of the mainstream media and were instead latching on to whatever alternative false narratives were available in the marketplace of ideas.

        What is behind that ideological crisis in the US population? It’s not a random increase in craziness. Neither is it due to Trump’s or Putin’s mesmeric powers; it’s the product of the economic and social crises that have struck the US in recent years, throwing millions of people out of work, throwing millions of people out of their homes, and raising inequality to levels not seen for a century, possibly never. These crises have not been explained by the mass media: they’ve been obscured and mythologised. The government hasn’t solved those crises; the best they’ve done is paper them over. The criminals responsible haven’t been paraded in orange jumpsuits to prisons; they’ve been bailed out to the tune of a trillion dollars. It’s the establishment own failures that have brought about the critical weakness of the establishment’s ideological hegemony.

        • Huginn 2.1.1.1

          I think the Macedonians were piggy-backing on an existing network of RW sites. They got lucky.

          Jonathan Albright has done the hard work mapping out the infrastructure of bullshit. His site is well worth a visit:

          View at Medium.com

          These are sites like Prison Planet and Breitbart. They generated bullshit and passed it around and every time, thus ‘generating content’. Google reached through and planted advertising on these sites. The site owner gets paid very time someone clicks onto an ad, so it incentives ed them to make more lies.

      • Xanthe 2.1.2

        NO Huginn ! Do not ” Take it as given that Putin hacked the DNC ” So far there is NO evidence of that. Perhaps you think that if enough poeple repeat that it will magically become true?

        • Andre 2.1.2.1

          Just out of curiosity, what evidence would convince you that Russia was involved?

          Tracing the spear-phishing e-mail that nabbed Podesta back to an IP address used by Russian hackers?

          Traces of Russian settings in the hidden metadata in released hacked e-mails?

          Putin caught on video going BUWAAAAH-hahahaha those stupid Dumeerikans fell for it?

        • kiwi 2.1.2.2

          was,nt a hack it,s been confirmed was a leak from inside the DNC

          OT is it true shonkey donated $NZ14m taxpayer dollars to the corrupt clinton foundation , has this anything to do with his sudden resignation?

          this foundation is still under going intensive FBI investigations for all manner of sordid crimes.

          • Psycho Milt 2.1.2.2.1

            was,nt a hack it,s been confirmed was a leak from inside the DNC

            Really? That would be big news and an enormous embarrassment for every US intelligence agency – funny I haven’t seen this confirmation reported.

            OT is it true shonkey donated $NZ14m taxpayer dollars to the corrupt clinton foundation , has this anything to do with his sudden resignation?

            As you’ve written it, no it isn’t true – in various ways:

            1. No, “shonkey” didn’t donate taxpayers’ dollars to the Clinton Foundation, the NZ government did. Key doesn’t have taxpayers’ money at his personal disposal.

            2. Calling it the “corrupt” Clinton Foundation assumes wrongdoing that hasn’t been shown to exist anywhere other than in the heads of the left and right’s loonier fringes.

            3. No, it won’t have anything to do with his resignation, for reasons 1 and 2 above.

            • kiwi 2.1.2.2.1.1

              thanks for your reply psycho,
              why is our government donating to this foundation?
              Assange confirmed the leak as coming from inside DNC.
              Two independend doco,s worth a look clinton cash , hilliarys america, both
              very revealing.

              Where is Eric Braverman ?
              Who was Seth Rich ?

              • It’s a leak because Julian Assange says so? That’s not “confirmed,” that’s “asserted.”

                Why is our government donating to this foundation? Well, because it’s a charity. The bit you’re interested in is why this particular charity – it’s because the charity is run by influential people, and it makes it easier for MFD staff to deal with those influential people if they represent a donor. To ideologues who’ve never been responsible for anything important, that’s corruption – to everyone else, it’s diplomacy.

  3. Huginn 3

    Clinton’s campaign a debacle? Really?

    -After 8 years of Democrat political rule, the US was ready for a change.

    -The stakes were higher this election because of the Supreme Court nominations coming up. That’s a big incentive to vote conservative.

    -Clinton is a woman. She was always swimming against the tide.

    On this alone, the Republicans should have won by a landslide. Instead they ran a divisive campaign which they won by a very narrow majority. It should have been Clark 1999; instead they ran Mullion 1981.Clinton ran an excEllen campaign

    • Huginn 3.1

      Ah, struggling with a small device.

      For the Republicans, this should have been Clark 1999. Instead they ran Muldoon 1981.

      She’s left the Democrats with a broad, united base; a gift to whoever succeeds her in 2020, but also in 2018. A boomer doing the right thing.

      Clinton ran an excellent campaign.

      • Nick 3.1.1

        Clinton ran a terrible campaign…..she lost (against Trump !!).

        She would have lost to Sanders if the DNC was playing nice.

        Instead Dems are another version of the Republicans, beholden to Wall St, etc

      • adam 3.1.2

        Do you understand the word denial Huginn? It would appear not by your post, not only did the democrat’s lose the presidential race, they got wiped in all the other elections as well.

        The h.r.c campaign was bloody awful, she failed in the democratic primaries, and slept walked through the presidential. This looking for a scapegoat anywhere but themselves, is making them look stupid.

        Mind you many left wing parties are looking fifthly at the moment, that happens when you to take corporate money. You start sounding like, and acting like, the Tory scum who pay you.

  4. The Democrats and their media and spook allies are in a complete lather over Putin’s supposed personal influence in the US election.

    Well, there is a reason for that, given that Putin almost certainly did set his cyber warfare crews to work on it, and the success that they had. Not least, the concern will be about how vulnerable to this kind of attack it’s shown the US to be, especially since China is also putting a lot of effort into developing capability in this kind of warfare. Even if the Democrats had won anyway they and the intelligence services would be shitting themselves over what this means for US security and how they can respond to it.

    • Xanthe 4.1

      Thats right syko just keep on repeating it and it will become true always works always has always will

    • Nick 4.2

      A UK ex Ambassador said that he was given the emails by Dem insiders and he passed them on to Wikileaks……not the Russians.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1

        Too many unknown unknowns* swirling around that chap to take him at face value. He may be telling the truth. He may not.

        *see his Wikipedia entry…

    • Anne 4.3

      Putin almost certainly did set his cyber warfare crews to work on it, and the success that they had. Not least, the concern will be about how vulnerable to this kind of attack it’s shown the US to be, especially since China is also putting a lot of effort into developing capability in this kind of warfare.

      The world was warned years ago that cyber-warfare was just around the corner so it comes as no surprise that Russia hacked into both the Democrat and Republican communication systems. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either very selective with their reading material or living in denial. And, as lprent pointed out, America did it to Germany about 10 years ago, although they didn’t use the information gained to discredit the government. And the latest? Russia is probably planning to do a hack job of some sort on the Germans – election this coming year. Putin doesn’t like Angela Merkel I suppose, who also happens to be a woman.

      I expect NZ is equally vulnerable to this type of warfare (as part of a wider region of attack) so it should come as no surprise our intelligence services’ budgets have been markedly increasing in recent times. We’re in a different world now folks. We either keep up with it or we go under.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11765820

  5. gsays 5

    Too right there is a lot of denial gong on.

    The gist of the post, I thought, was English as PM, and how labour (the left), need to campaign.

    So what happens? We get squabbling over our opinions,on stuff we don’t KNOW, just what we THINK is right.

    Fwiw I think the major failing will be the lack of a vision of an alternative govt.
    Eg pike river. Listening to little speak to the families and supporters at parliament it was full of qualifiers. IF elected, get a REPORT, IF report says safe, then enter mine.
    Why not already have report and state we will move heaven and earth to enter mine.
    Where is language re framing pike river. Corporate homicide, manslaughter, negligence, culpable, blood money etc etc.

    It will be the lack of a bold, well articulated alternative that sees the Tories reelected.

  6. NZ Groover 6

    Big up’s to you Mike. I think you may finally be getting it. Labour’s inability to make headway in the polls, Brexit, Trump. You’re not quite there, but definitely a lot closer than most on this site.

  7. Brendon Harre 7

    Hillary campaigned on a status quo message when the public mood was the status quo is not working for most people. That is why she failed to get out the vote. National will have the same problem. We have already seen it Mt Roskill.

  8. Brendon Harre 8

    Hillary campaigned on a status quo message when the public mood was the status quo is not working for most people. That is why she failed to get out the vote. National will have the same problem. We have already seen it Mt Roskill.

    • Mike Smith 8.1

      Hillary Clinton represented the Washington/Wall Street establishment. She lost the election in the rust belt which was previously Democratic heartland and was taken for granted as shown by the fact that she didn’t think it necessary to visit Wisconsin.
      I don’t think it would be wise for Labour to rely on the National Party failing to get out the vote here based on electorate dynamics in a by-election.

  9. Xanthe 9

    The reason hillary clinton lost is the same reason (based on the extent of denial demonstrated here) that lab/grn will lose in 2017, identity politics. the majority are sick of it. Either they vote right or they dont vote. Sad really

  10. joe90 10

    identity politics. the majority are sick of it

    Yes, fascist thugs have always been sick of identity politics civil rights.
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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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    16 hours ago
  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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    23 hours ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    1 day ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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    2 days ago
  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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    2 days ago
  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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    3 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    3 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    4 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    4 days ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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    5 days ago
  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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    6 days ago
  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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    6 days ago
  • Queenstown infrastructure package to bolster local economy
    A central Government partnership with Queenstown will help unlock around $300 million of projects in the township and create about 320 direct jobs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced today. The Government will contribute $85 million to the Queenstown Town Centre ($35m) project and Stage One of the Queenstown Arterials ...
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    6 days ago
  • Key appointments to ensure high quality healthcare for New Zealanders
    Health Minister Dr David Clark welcomes the appointment of Auckland coroner Morag McDowell to the role of Health and Disability Commissioner. He is also pleased his appointments to the inaugural Paramedic Council were confirmed by gazette this week. The new Health and Disability Commissioner Ms McDowell will commence the role ...
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    6 days ago
  • Whakatāne Māori food producers receive $2.1m PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $2.1 million in a blueberry orchard initiative, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The Meihana Koata Trust will receive a loan from the PGF’s Whenua Māori allocation to develop an 18.8 hectare blueberry orchard on ...
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    6 days ago
  • PGF investment in Rewa’s Village
    A well-known Māori tourism in Northland will receive $1.25 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for much-needed redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia Charitable Trust will use the funding to upgrade Te Pā Kāinga o Rewa, or Rewa’s Village, in Kerikeri. The long-established ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government partners with Ngāti Rēhia to create kauri sanctuary
    The Government and Northland iwi Ngāti Rēhia have today announced up to $6.25 million in One Billion Trees funding for a new kauri sanctuary. Forestry Minister Shane Jones said the sanctuary would help protect kauri by creating New Zealand’s first bio-secure kauri sanctuary, free of kauri dieback disease. “I am ...
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    6 days ago