web analytics

Don’t celebrate too soon

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, February 17th, 2012 - 63 comments
Categories: brand key, election 2014, greens, labour, national - Tags:

National’s in retreat on every front. Its had to break its economic promises, again. Asset sales are a disaster. Ministers are exposed over the Crafar Farms, NZ on Air, and DJ Key affairs. The media’s gone off Key ever since he declared war on them. The bad stories that were getting nowhere a year ago now keep rolling. Even Mallard’s boorishness can’t halt National’s slide.

Politics does have tides, and high tide for National was in late 2009 when it was averaging 55% in the 3-month rolling average of Roy Morgans. But it took an awful long time for support to really drain. The rolling average was still 52.5% on election day. But only 47.5% ticked National in the end. They lost 5% in those final two weeks to NZF and the Conservatives. And it’s kept going out since then. 47% and 46% in January, their lowest results since November 2008. And that was before the last couple of weeks during which everything has gone wrong, very wrong, for National.

Of course, you would have to be a complete moron to believe that means National is sunk in 2014. Which is why I’m worried that Pagani and Shearer’s other strategists are already popping the champagne.

Joyce and Key are two of the wiliest buggers you’ll ever meet. And they know they need a third term to lock-in the ideological reforms they’re planning for this term. They will have a strategy.

It will be re-casting Key as the statesman – a serious man for serious times. Underneath that new Brand Key, there will be heavy dog-whistling against the poor and Maori (so often conflated in Pakeha minds anyway) through, for example, benefit ‘reforms’ and the Treaty water rights issue.

They will no longer be dreaming of knocking the Greens out of Parliament and wasting 4% of the Left vote. Instead, they will keep up with discrediting Shearer as a potential Prime Minister Something Labour seems happy to assist with, having him play second fiddle to Peters, Robertson, and Norman and, incredibly, not having him in the House Thursday to smash home the hits made on Crafar Farms.

Joyce and Key will calculate that, ultimately, people won’t go into the voting booth and tick Labour if they don’t believe in Shearer as a leader. They will further bet that not enough middle-class swing voters will be comfortable with voting with the Greens – even with their new, professional image – and that a lot of the swing vote will just stay home, which is next best to voting National in their eyes.

If worse comes to worse and they look like losing because Key’s brand is ruined, I expect Key would jump before Joyce pushed him. Funnily enough, Shearer might go if he looks unelectable too. Could be a question of which one gets rolled first in 2013.

So, yeah, its been a nightmare fortnight for National. But lets see the Left’s strategy to make it a nightmare three years. What is it they want voters to think when they think Shearer and when they think Labour or Greens, and when they think Key and National? And what lines are they going to use over and over again until they become true just like ‘tired and bereft of ideas’ did?

Cause the Nats aren’t just going to roll over and die.

63 comments on “Don’t celebrate too soon ”

  1. just saying 1

    I was disturbed to watch Bombers latest blog (haven’t yet figured out how to link to a particular post rather than just a particular blogsite).

    Matthew Hooton spoke at length about what an excellent leader Shearer will be, how he’s doing everything right, that he’d be foolish to listen to those who suggest he should do anything, and should instead keep roaming the country meeting people and “keep his powder dry”. It was eeerily in harmony with how it appears Shearer’s advisors appear to be seeing things. Hooton even said he expected Shearer will be the next PM.

    It wouldn’t matter except parliamentary Labour appear to be following the advice of the right-wing commentariat, and seem to continue to be hermetically sealed against any other opinion. They have proceeded with Shearer in the image of Goff, with all the same tactics and ideas that are killing Labour.

    It doesn’t seem there is any way to change the trajectory they are on. I think the Labour leader will be the next PM, but why should that worry National? They can push through a blitzkreig of right-wing “reforms” safe in the knowledge that Labour’s weak, ineffectual, and right-wing caucus will happily be their puppet, and won’t threaten the course they’ve set one jot. And the worst of the public revolt will likely happen after the (possibly early) election, and Labour will probably end up wearing more of the blame than they will.

    Win-win-win for the one percent. Looking like a potential game-set and match from where I’m sitting right now.

    [lprent: It has a ‘interesting’ layout that appears to be common in function to a lot of blogger sites. The permanent link is in the time at the bottom of the post next to the authors name. It is a bit daft and quite non-obvious.
    (It also a prominent blog ranking that hasn’t updated since dec 2009) ]

    • This week has really seen the wheels fall off the Government.
      But the danger for Labour is that the support that is shaken loose could go anywhere.
      Peters (damn him) is performing well.  He has the sense of drama and gravitas that will attract people.
      The Greens are doing well.  Mojo Mathers problems are mana from heaven.  Not only will the Government have to back down but in the process they have made a martyr of her.
      And Labour has Mallard scalping some tickets.  DOH.
      Shearer needs to see Brian Edwards.  Quick fast.

      • Anne 1.1.1

        It’s starting to look like a three pronged Opposition Party consisting of Labour, Greens and NZ First. A damm good idea if each party sets aside their respective political egos and works closely together. Shearer’s excellent management credentials together with Norman’s impressive analytical abilities and Peter’s political acumen could create a powerful triumvirate not even a re-vamped Joyce initiated National Party strategy could overcome.

        Isn’t that what MMP is supposed to be all about?

      • Cactus Kate 1.1.2

        + 1 is it?

    • Jackal 1.2

      The residual policy effecting the incoming government is an interesting aspect, which the Natz have often used to their advantage. In fact one of their favourite first term excuses was that it’s all Labours fault. However I don’t think this will be such an issue after the next election. I suspect a change in government will allow a lot of light to be shone on National’s incompetence and treachery.

      Being that policy takes time to cement into social change, Zetetic is absolutely correct in saying National need a third term to ensure their ideologically defunct policies are implemented properly. Although their progress has recently been hampered, their determination to push through their out-dated policy ideas in complete ignorance of all factual evidence needs a third term to reach critical mass.

      In other words we’re fucked if that happens. New Zealand will be sold, we will have oil and fracking destroying the environment all over the place, and corporate corruption will be rampant as the poor and already downtrodden are further marginalized.

      I’m not sure it was necessary to have Shearer in the house pushing the point further in. Others in the opposition seemed to have it well under control. Certainly it is not desirable to have Shearer appear like an attack dog, while Key is being portrayed in the MSM as a statesman. You really only need one attack-dog, with a number of holders to be effective.

      The feedback that I have heard is that people believe Shearer will be the next PM.

      Re: Link to specific article. Copy and paste the address in the pages header from the article you are reading. If you have found the article by going to the main (home) page, and there is no link to the article itself, copy the title of the article and then search it in google + the site title, in this case Tumeke. I found nothing disturbing in his latest blog article:


      You can do the same for The war on news, which was also quite reasonable:

      • just saying 1.2.1

        “The feedback that I have heard is that people believe Shearer will be the next PM.”

        Why not, he’s been annointed by National?

        Do you really think ‘a little less bad’ in government is enough after the bulk of the long-term damage has been done?

        • Jackal

          National have “anointed” Shearer as the next PM over Key or whoever replaces him? I think not. Some National commentators endorsed Shearer over Cunliffe, but that wasn’t what I was talking about.

          “A little less bad” [sic]. I think Labour would be a lot better than National, if that is what you’re getting at?

  2. Shona 2

    “What is it they want voters to think when they think Shearer…”
    That is the underlying theme Zet, voters AREN’T thinking of Shearer he is not in the picture at all. About as effective as a nice warm milk pudding. Not the leader we need. Just heard Parker ,on morning report, stating the obvious key points about why asset sales are a disaster for the economy and sadly he had all the impact of a fluffy cushion. Cunliffe is the man to bring down Key. We all know it.
    FFS! when Michael Fayand Winston Peters are the only people who can give hope to the left it is a dark time indeed in NZ

    • Chris Oden 2.1

      I agree. I like Shearer but he doesn’t seem to pack much of a punch when speaking.Heard Parker too and had to keep reminding myself to listen it was so dull. Do these men truly believe in what they are saying. Where is the passion! Starting to think Cunliffe would have been a better bet.Labour needs to get cracking!With the absolute turmoil the nats are going through at the moment this is the time to STRIKE! key(and english)are looking more vulnerable every day.If national gets through present strifes on top it will only be because Labour did not seize their opportunities. They need to show some backbone.

      • Ross 2.1.1

        I’ll be surprised if Cunliffe isn’t leader by the next election.

        I wouldn’t get too exicted by the last couple of weeks. And I certainly wouldn’t say the wheels have fallen off. Asset sales are a disaster? How many have we had lately? None that I’m aware of. What you seem to be saying is that asset sales will be a disaster….

        • Shona

          NZ Rail, Telecom, Air NZ , Contact Energy Ring any bells Ross ??? All State asset sales all disasters for the NZ economy. Stripped, rundown bailed out by the tax payer or just a shafting machine for foreign owners with profits all going offshore in the cases of Contact and Telecom.

          • Colonial Viper

            These right wingers have memories the length of sandflies.

            • Ross


              You might need to expand on what you’ve said….Labour part-sold Air NZ. Why did they do that and what were the disastrous results?

              • Ross

                This analysis does not suggest that privitisation has been an unmitigated disaster, nor has it been a rip-roaring success in every case.


              • Shona

                Labour bailed out the private owners of Air NZ so they didn’t go completely belly up and snapped up by Quaintarse (Qantas) in the fallout from the spectacularly incompetent manner in which ,what was arguably the world’s best airline, Air NZ, had been run into the ground. That is, running at a loss for more than 4 consecutive quarters. We were going to lose our provincial routes completely. And that matters to an export lead economy with roads like ours. No air service to rural areas is not a strategy for economic success Ross, irrespective of how blue tinged your blinkers may be.

                • James

                  Errr, factually incorrect.

                  Air NZ was struggling mainly due to it’s own incompetence at trying to operate an airline in Australia.

                  Ansett Airlines was a budget brand much like the failed Australia Air, and Air New Zealand had full operational control.

                  It eventually went belly up and the resulting losses on the loan left Air New Zealand teetering on the brink.

                  Labour ploughed shares into the freemarket to shore up our first ever National Airline to stop it from going into receivership, and that was when our mixed ownership model really got understood.

                  Since then, we’ve become a bit smarter and have started to understand that assets that return a dividend to the government can be spent for the good of the country, since we understand the basic concept that our power bills pay the rich mans wallet.

                  Oh, and those private owners you speak of Shona? They were the Mum and Dad investors. Not MNCs.

                  We need those power bills to pay our wallets, not the rich mans as happens under mixed ownership.

              • stever

                No, Air NZ was basically a private company that the government bought part of to stop it disappearing. Labour did not, therefore, partly sell it!

                What Labour did with AirNZ is ***the opposite*** of what the current government is proposing—Labour part-bought AirNZ, the NACTs what to part-sell things!

              • RedLogix

                Oh get it right Ross; Labour part-purchased Air New Zealand. In particular it only brought those shares that were available from the private owners who had to sell them.

                The rest of the shares were not for sale, and there was no real need to buy them in order to control the company.

              • Frank

                “Labour part-sold Air NZ.”


                Damn, how can people get recent history so wrong???

          • Inventory2

            Who sold Telecom Shona? Let me educate you; a LABOUR government, with Phil Goff sitting at the Cabinet table…

            • felix

              What does that have to do with it?

              It was a stupid idea when Labour did it, it was stupid when National carried it on, and it’s even stupider now that National with the benefit of hindsight are going to make the same stupid mistakes all over again.

              Stupid stupid stupid.

              • RedLogix

                Well seeing as how you mention it felix.. terminally stupid it would seem.

                But what we now see among their parties – however intelligent their guiding spirits may be – is the abandonment of any pretence of high-minded conservatism. On both sides of the Atlantic, conservative strategists have discovered that there is no pool so shallow that several million people won’t drown in it. Whether they are promoting the idea that Barack Obama was not born in the US, that man-made climate change is an eco-fascist-communist-anarchist conspiracy, or that the deficit results from the greed of the poor, they now appeal to the basest, stupidest impulses, and find that it does them no harm in the polls.

        • Frank

          We haven’t had a World War lately either, Ross. Can’t say I’m missing that.

          • Colonial Viper

            Sadly, when international debt levels reach stratospheric heights like they are now, wars become far more likely than unlikely.

      • “..I agree. I like Shearer but he doesn’t seem to pack much of a punch when speaking..”

        can i suggest you watch him getting key on the run during questiontime on wednesday..

        ..that may make your view more nuanced..


        • Chris Oden

          Thank you. Watched as you advised and was totally impressed. Long may it continue. Just for the record I do prefer Shearer but was a bit disappointed in his TV appearance. We know how fickle the public can be,however I suppose anyone would seem quiet next to Winnie.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.3

        With the absolute turmoil the nats are going through at the moment this is the time to STRIKE!

        Exactly, with the correct pressure this government could be toppled before this year is out but it won’t happen. Not with Labour under Shearer. Actually, I’m not sure Labour could do it anyway – they’re far too right-wing. About the only person standing up for NZ and with the chutzpah to do it is Winston.

    • Hami Shearlie 2.2

      Agreed re Cunliffe! He gives Key nightmares I’m sure!

  3. tc 3

    Shearer needs to referesh the old guard and put DC on finance, Parker should be slamming Blinglish over the ‘guess’ and other crap coming out about RONS etc yet seems to perform like it’s all a bit of a bore….where’s the passion. Like Goff, Parker’s coming across as a carrer pollitician which turns voters off….place him in Energy where he’s got skills.

  4. Enough is Enough 4

    I advocated for the appointment of Shearer as a leader and still believe he has the potential to attract voters from the Nats.

    However he needs to step up and take control. The sun is shining on the opposition and there are issues galore available for Shearer. Yet on Campbell Live he appears standing next to Winston. They were arguing the same point but Winston being Winston was always going to come off looking better. He should have never agreed to stand next to Winston. It was a tactical fuck up because it plays into the rights meme that Winston and Norman are the real opposition leaders.

    It is the simple things.

    • Blue 4.1

      Winston and Norman are the real opposition leaders. Shearer hasn’t scored a single political point so far. 0 runs on the board.

      It’s Peters and Norman who are racking up the points. Labour is looking pretty useless right now.

      • smokeskreen 4.1.1

        Agree with your comments. Also we need David Cunliffe as Labour leader sooner rather than later.

        • Smokscreen
          I have a feeling that you are a Nat supporter who is hoping to sow seeds of doubt regarding the Labour leadership/,Well you lot are not going to pull the same disgusting way you destroyed Phil Goff. Shearer’s past indicates that he achieves quietly but surely. Labour has chosen a very good leader who I am sure will bring back the old values of Social Democracy or Democratic Socialism using the old Fabian way “gradually
          but surely . Just give him a bit of time after all he’s only been leader a few weeks.

          • H.Crown

            With respect TPP. I really don’t think Smokscreen is a National party supporter. I agree with everything Smokescreen says. When the new leader debate was on a few months ago I expressed my concerns on this forum about Shearer, and stated that it was highly suspicious when the bloggers from the right were claiming he was the best person as leader of the Labour Party. The right are scared shitless of Cunliffe as they know he is a good solid intelligent debater, and he will take it to Key and the National Party and outperform them in any debate. We don’t need another Chivalrous Knight in Shiny Armour taking his time as you have suggested, the likes of Bill Rowling or Colin Moyle, both excellent politicians with lots of vision for the future for ALL New Zealanders. But they were perceived as weak after being completely destroyed by Muldoon and a few others. After Phil Goff, who was also tainted, the Labour party needs someone who will go for the Jugular. Politics is not and has never been a gentleman’s game. We need someone who will ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK Now, not just Key and his government, but any other hostile entity be it commentators like Farrar or the right controlled media, until the message cannot be ignored and it is finally out to the general public. After seeing Cunliffe blow Brash out of the water on Q&A over Asset sales, I feel along with Smokescreen the sooner they make Cuncliff the leader the better. Shearer comes over as a very nice guy, but a very nice guy is the last thing the Labour party needs at the moment.
            Several incidents recently has convinced me Shearer is not the best person, He let Key get away without any debate on his Radio Show which was illegal, and let the MSM bury it, was absent from the house when the Crafar farms debacle surfaced, and has simply rolled over without even a whimper when TVNZ a so called public broadcaster informed the Labour party that they were not going to have a regular spot for him ( Shearer) on that pathetic excuse for a news programme called Breakfast, unless he had something to debate or of interest. Well let’s have someone who will give them something to debate, like show the arsholes up for what they are every bloody morning.

        • Peter


          The logic behind putting Shearer in was shonky then, and it’s looking even more so now. Beltway thinking is the cause, but the answer to a fault in Beltway thinking seems to be more Beltway… A bit like neoliberal logic too…


      • thatguynz 4.1.2


    • Uturn 4.2

      I thought the Shearer and Winston Show was both tactically sound and indicative of a team that already knew it was going to win 2014 and knew what each step would be months ago. No one would be photographed in the same room as Winston, let alone agreeing with and beside him on a prime time show, unless it was part of a larger tag-team strategy. Winston’s “…some stupid politicians…” comment made Shearer look like a Statesman compared, but also sold the picture that Winston’s people were supported by Labour people. It was a picture of a kind of unity that desperate voters will flock to soon as things get even worse under National.

      This is great news if you think Labour have the answers NZ needs, which personally I don’t, or if you still believe Labour are a left-wing workers party.

  5. Tombstone 5

    Have to admit Shearer doesn’t really seem to be making much noise at the moment despite having plenty to bark back at National about. He just seems a little too quiet when he can ill afford to be. He needs to step up to the plate now and start swinging if he wants to expose Key for the failed leader that he really is.

  6. ak 6

    Damn right. It’s the fire in the gut that’s missing. The Winnie/Jim Knox gravitas and strong-eyed loop to the lead; ready to head the mob, not a neutered huntaway lending background baying.

    When even Norman can show flashes, you know it’s not rocket surgery. Goober the special-K breakfast snack is on a downward spiral, as the appetite for real meat grows.

    It’s Angst City out there: the farmer lying down with the Maori, and the flock a-flutter; Rasputin Joyce and the Chief pharisee frantically phoning Holmes and the scribes of Hate.

    Brownie-bash and bennie-bash painted and primped for the final, desperate throw.

    And in the East: a star of impending doom for the Magogs of Greed as bullshit bursts from Christendom to Cathay. Just guessing, my arse: the skids are Greeced, and it’s all downhill from here.

    Get your hopes up alright, brothers and sisters. A little firewater in the belly of the shearer, and the town will be painted red by 2013.

    • Jackal 6.1

      Hopefully sooner rather than later. The main strength in Shearer at the moment is that the right is having trouble discrediting him… their lies aren’t sticking.

  7. “..and, incredibly, not having him in the House Thursday to smash home the hits made on Crafar Farms…”

    that also did my head in..wednesday was his first ‘score’…

    ..and there was so much more..

    ..and then a no-show..?

    ..what were he/they thinking..?


  8. Dr Terry 8

    Already many of the Left are realising the mistake that is Shearer. The one useful thing Shearer pulled off was selling himself (along with the heroics). I have yet to see from abroad an independent assessment of his worth. (In person, as a member of his electorate, he let me down a couple of times).
    How is it that New Zealanders interpret self esteem and assurance, which Cunliffe deservedly possesses, as “arrogance”? If there has been any arrogance, it came from Shearer. I hope for better things, perhaps Shearer is just biding his time. We will have to wait a bit, and see if he is, or is not, a clone of Goff.

  9. ianmac 9

    My goodness. There is fear in the Nat camp. Why else the campaign to diminish Mr Shearer on this site?

  10. Tiger Mountain 10

    ‘silent T’ will be back, nothing shearer, er surer.

  11. I imagine Labour will be happy with Winston and Norman playing Wing Attacks. they’ll get more opportunity both in Q time and with the media than Labour 2IC’s to hammer the opposition but they won’t taint Shearer with the “going negative”, image. If Shearer gets a rep for getting out there and talking to provincial NZ, that may be enough to make him relevant and give him more airtime than Goff.

  12. tsmithfield 12

    Zetetic rightly expresses caution in the article.

    National will try and get all the unpopular stuff out of the way early in the term. So, I would expect support to drop further. However, if they are able to sweeten the latter half of the term, then support could bounce back quite considerably.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      National will try and get all the unpopular stuff out of the way early in the term. So, I would expect support to drop further. However, if they are able to sweeten the latter half of the term

      Asset sales will take the entirety of the 3 year term to complete. As for getting the bad stuff out of the way in the first half of the term – that simply gives voters time in the last half to digest how bad.

      • tsmithfield 12.1.1

        Time will tell. I suspect at least one asset will be sold in the fairly near term, and people will see that the sky hasn’t fallen in.

  13. infused 13

    I’ve been so busy I haven’t even watched the news since xmas. But, I’ve heard very little of Labour apart from Mallard. The only other thing I’ve heard is the crafter farm issue.

    So, for the people not paying any attention at the moment, does this all really matter? I don’t think so to be honest.

    I don’t find the Mallard thing bad at all really for Labour. The question time was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. In saying that, Mallard even seemed to take that in his stride… I still think he’s a prick non the less.

    • ScottGN 13.1

      So you have been so busy you’ve managed to miss almost all of what must surely be the most shambolic start to a parliamentary term for any govt in recent times, yet you just happened to catch the QT roasting of Mallard? How convenient.
      At any rate if what you say is true and no one is paying any attention and the airwaves are devoid of politics at this time of the year then the fact the Govt’s numbers are gradually and steadily declining according to the available polling is great news isn’t it? Surely it just lends more credence to the suggestion that a change scenario is starting to develop?

  14. adam 14

    I can’t help thinking that Andrew Little will be/should be the next PM because Shearer does appear to be too diplomatic so far. I heard some second hand criticism of Shearer supposedly made by a former lecturer of mine at Waikato University saying he was quite right-wing in his beliefs and vision for New Zealand despite his ‘humanitarian’ background in the middle east, but I can’t find any verifiable evidence of these accusations so far. Several posters here seem to think or believe that Shearer will indeed be our next Labour PM but I would like to see Andrew Little in that position so that Trade Unionism can be reinserted, rebranded and placed once again into the heart of our employment legislation. Anti Union rhetoric from certain Labour MPs is unacceptable and Shearer could very well be of that ilk.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Bringing back the health of Hauraki Gulf
    New marine protection areas and restrictions on fishing are among a raft of changes being put in place to protect the Hauraki Gulf for future generations. The new strategy, Revitalising the Gulf – Government action on the Sea Change Plan, released today, draws on input from mana whenua, local communities, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Speech to AI Forum – Autonomous Weapons Systems
    AI Forum New Zealand, Auckland Good evening and thank you so much for joining me this evening. I’d like to start with a thank you to the AI Forum Executive for getting this event off the ground and for all their work and support to date. The prospect of autonomous ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Round 2 of successful energy education fund now open
    $1.65 million available in Support for Energy Education in Communities funding round two Insights from SEEC to inform future energy hardship programmes Community organisations that can deliver energy education to households in need are being invited to apply for the second funding round of the Support for Energy Education in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New Ngarimu scholarships to target vocational training
    Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis today announced three new scholarships for students in vocational education and training (VET) are to be added to the suite of prestigious Ngarimu scholarships. “VET learners have less access to study support than university students and this is a way to tautoko their learning dreams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Recognising the volunteers who support our health system
    Nominations have opened today for the 2021 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, as part of National Volunteer Week. “We know that New Zealanders donate at least 159 million hours of volunteer labour every year,” Minister of Health Andrew Little said in launching this year’s awards in Wellington. “These people play ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Drug Free Sport supported to deal with new doping challenges
    Drug Free Sport New Zealand will receive a funding boost to respond to some of the emerging doping challenges across international sport. The additional $4.3 million over three years comes from the Sport Recovery Fund announced last year. It will help DFSNZ improve athletes’ understanding of the risks of doping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government support for South Auckland community hit by tornado
    The Government is contributing $100,000 to a Mayoral Relief Fund to support Auckland communities impacted by the Papatoetoe tornado, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating World Refugee Day
    World Refugee Day today is an opportunity to celebrate the proud record New Zealanders have supporting and protecting refugees and acknowledge the contribution these new New Zealanders make to our country, the Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi said. “World Refugee Day is also a chance to think about the journey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Face to face meeting delivers significant progress on NZ-UK FTA
    New Zealand and the UK have committed to accelerating their free trade agreement negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement in principle this August, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor announced. “We’ve held constructive and productive discussions towards the conclusion of a high-quality and comprehensive FTA that will support sustainable and inclusive trade, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government taking action to protect albatross
    New population figures for the critically endangered Antipodean albatross showing a 5 percent decline per year highlights the importance of reducing all threats to these very special birds, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall says. The latest population modelling, carried out by Dragonfly Data Science, shows the Antipodean albatross ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Adoption laws under review
    New Zealand’s 66-year-old adoption laws are being reviewed, with public engagement beginning today.  Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said the Government is seeking views on options for change to our adoption laws and system. “The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Wider roll-out of cameras on boats to support sustainability and protect marine life
    Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations.  Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker today announced the funding is now in place for the wider roll out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Plan for vaccine rollout for general population announced
    New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The rollout of the vaccine to the general population will be done in age groups as is the approach commonly used overseas, with those over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand introduces Belarus travel bans
    New Zealand has imposed travel bans on selected individuals associated with the Lukashenko regime, following ongoing concerns about election fraud and human rights abuses after the 2020 Belarus elections, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. The ban covers more than fifty individuals, including the President and key members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ economy grows driven by households, construction and business investment
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery have been reflected in the robust rebound of GDP figures released today which show the economy remains resilient despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Robertson said. GDP increased 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021. The Treasury had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Milestone 250th tower continues to improve rural connectivity
    The Government has welcomed the completion of the 250th 4G mobile tower, as part of its push for better rural connectivity. Waikato’s Wiltsdown, which is roughly 80 kilometres south of Hamilton, is home to the new tower, deployed by the Rural Connectivity Group to enable improved service to 70 homes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to lift on Tuesday
    Following a further public health assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government continues support for rangatahi to get into employment, education and training
    Over 230 rangatahi are set to benefit from further funding through four new He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re continuing to secure our economic recovery from COVID by investing in opportunities for rangatahi to get into meaningful employment, education or training ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NCEA subjects up for consultation
    The education sector, students, their parents, whānau and communities are invited to share their thoughts on a list of proposed NCEA subjects released today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. This is a significant part of the Government’s NCEA Change Programme that commenced in 2020 and will be largely implemented by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater quality
    The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • America’s Cup decision
    The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand. “The exclusive period of negotiation between the Crown, Auckland Council, and Team New Zealand ends tomorrow, 17 June,” said Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Food and fibres sector making significant strides towards New Zealand’s economic recovery
    The Government is backing the food and fibres sector to lead New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 with targeted investments as part of its Fit for a Better World roadmap, Forestry Minister Stuart Nash said. “To drive New Zealand’s recovery, we launched the Fit for a Better World – Accelerating ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to He Whenua Taurikura – New Zealand’s annual hui on countering terrorism and violent...
    Check against delivery Can I begin by acknowledging the 51 shuhada, their families and the Muslim community. It is because of the atrocious violent act that was done to them which has led ultimately to this, the start of a dialogue and a conversation about how we as a nation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • First period products delivered to schools
    The first period products funded as part of the Government’s nationwide rollout are being delivered to schools and kura this week, as part of wider efforts to combat child poverty, help increase school attendance, and make a positive impact on children’s wellbeing. “We know that nearly 95,000 9-to-18 year olds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago