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Dunne has no mandate to vote for asset sales

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, March 11th, 2012 - 113 comments
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“What the public of New Zealand really do not like is politicians who say one thing before an election and do something else after it. And I invite every member of this House to look at every statement United Future made prior to the election and every statement subsequently and try to draw a difference” – Peter Dunne.

Before the election, Dunne never said he would vote for asset sales and said he would keep water rights in public hands. Now, he’s voting for asset sales.

United Future supporters will dance on a head of a pin (in fact, I think they could all fit on top of one with room to spare) and say that that Dunne never ruled out supporting National’s asset sales programme. And he didn’t. But he never said he would support them either. And he purposely gave the impression he was anti-asset sales by ruling out ever supporting the sale of certain assets or full sales. It was a strategy calculated to deceive voters into thinking he was against all asset sales. Dunne never sought, nor obtained, a mandate to vote for National’s asset sales.

113 comments on “Dunne has no mandate to vote for asset sales”

  1. AnnaLiviaPlurabella 1

    Lord Dunne of Ohariu, The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, and Lady Jennifer, today joined the Queen as a guest at Barmoral Castle. This unique expression of hospitality is testimony to the single minded determination of Lord Dunne (don’t call me Pete). Unnamed Palace sources said the level of supplication shown by Pete was “Awesome”. Lord Dunne said the invitation was the “hairiest moment of my life”. “I’ve party hopped and strutted and puffed and brown-nosed, forever it seems, and I’ve finally achieved an invitation to the classiest Tea Party of them all. One might say, that this, my fourth party, is my real home.

  2. Pete 2

    Give it up.

    The vote in Ohariu was strategic for.National and against Labour.

  3. Zetetic dances on his own pin.

    It was a strategy calculated to deceive voters into thinking he was against all asset sales.

    Funny, those who wanted to marginalise and ignore him then now claim they were deceived.

    Dunne never sought, nor obtained, a mandate to vote for National’s asset sales.

    a) where you aware of Nationals proposals for asset sales?
    b) where you aware that if elected Dunne would be a part of the National led Government?

    “Mandate” is an irrelevant argument. Or would you claim that Labour and Greens don’t have a mandate to oppose asset sales?

    • shreddakj 3.1

      What are you smoking? Labour and Greens campaigned against asset sales, it’s not even comparable to Dunne.

      • Pete George 3.1.1

        Labour and Greens campaigned against asset sales

        And how much of a mandate did they get?

        Labour’s main campaign focus was asset sales, but not the Greens (their prime 3 part focus was 100 Green jobs, 100 kids out of poverty and water quality).

        • McFlock 3.1.1.1

          Labour
          Greens
          NZ1
          Maori Party
           
          all campaigned against asset sales.
          Together got more than 50% of the votes.
          Dunne’s rotten borough distorts parliament.
          There is no mandate for sales: full, partial, or even notional.
           

          • Te Reo Putake 3.1.1.1.1

            Even ACT’s replacement, the Conservative party, opposed the sales. As I read the final percentages, National +ACT+UF totals only 48.98%, tens of thousands of votes short of a mandate.

          • Pete George 3.1.1.1.2

            No parties campaigned against asset sales anywhere near the extent of Labour.

            And they didn’t get more than 50%:
            National 1,058,636
            Labour+Green+NZF+Maori 1,041,835 (46.56%)

            On your contention there would be no mandate to do anything, rendering every Government we have had powerless.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 3.1.1.1.2.1

              Now you’re starting to get it.

              The most capable leaders bring the people along with them, so that the people consider the leader’s achievements as their own. This is the opposite of powerless.

            • Te Reo Putake 3.1.1.1.2.2

              Pete, national campaigned on the basis of gifting these assets to their mates and their vote went down. ACT also campaigned on the same basis and ceased to exist as a party as a result. UF campaigned on moderating the excesses of National and while that has turned out to be a lie, they also saw their vote drop. Those 3 parties failed to get a mandate for the sales and the majority of Kiwi voters who bothered to vote, voted for a party opposed to the sales.
               
              Those facts are why this Government only has a wafer thin majority for pushing through this legalised theft. The wafer in question, Peter ‘I use my hair as weathervane’ Dunne has a big choice to make. Asset sales or electoral oblivion.

              • You’ve made many mistakes.

                national campaigned on the basis of gifting these assets to their mates
                No they didn’t, you are using opposition bullshit.

                and their vote went down.
                No, it went up from 1,053,398 to 1,058,636 or 44.93% to 47.31%

                ACT also campaigned on the same basis
                No they didn’t.

                and ceased to exist as a party as a result.
                That’s debatable, the party exists but isn’t in a great state.

                UF campaigned on moderating the excesses of National
                Yes.

                and while that has turned out to be a lie
                No it hasn’t, some has been written into the C&S agreement, more is happening ongoing, and much is yet to unfold.

                The rest is just waffle. You got one right.

                • Te Reo Putake

                  Yeah, you got me on the Nat figures, Pete. And they got one more seat in parliament overall. Should have checked the stats, but the point remains, they have no mandate for the sales. And in the previous Parliament they probably could claim they did, based on theirs and ACT’s numbers. However you spin it, they have no mandate now.
                   
                  My other points remain totally correct though and while I can understand your continued denial of Dunne’s duplicity, I’m not sure why you think ACT didn’t campaign for the sales. They only had two policies; asset sales and whatever else John wants.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  I’ve aske bdefore about what UFs moderating influence is, and I can’t recall a response, so i’ll ask again, seeing you think it is real.

                  What did National want to do, but can’t do because UF has moderated them. It seems to me that UFs policy on asset sales was that National’s policy was just right, like the little bears porridge. Thta’s not moderating national, that’s just agreeing with them.

            • McFlock 3.1.1.1.2.3

              True, I forgot Mana.
                      
              And we’re not talking about “any” policy. We’re talking about the most widely flagged policy of the campaign. That parties explicitly (bar UF, seems to be some issue about that) either supported or opposed.
                   
              National – with the indispensable help of Dunne – are pushing through policies that they know the majority of the country don’t want. Policies on an issue that goes to the core of who we are as a nation and how we want to go into the future.
                  
              Fuck “mandate”. That’s a special kind of arsehole, in the area of treason.

              • Overstatement somewhat. We’ve sold more assets before and the core of the nation hasn’t disintegrated. I’m sure we will survive a handful of part sales.

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  …especially when we simply return our property by legislative fiat.

                  • The sabotage to lose but prove a point at any cost trick.

                    I’ll be very surprised if Labour buy into that approach. Harawira has but that will put him offside with all but a few radicals who have no hope of being in government.

                • Colonial Viper

                  We’ve sold more assets before and the core of the nation hasn’t disintegrated.

                  Sure, if you ignore the 1 in 6 New Zealanders who have left for overseas, and especially to Australia for economic reasons.

                  And yeah, Dunne would be an economic traitor of the worst sort.

                • McFlock

                  Overstatement somewhat. We’ve sold more assets before and the core of the nation hasn’t disintegrated. I’m sure we will survive a handful of part sales.
                       
                  Actually, I’d say that we have lost something that was special about NZ in the last few decades. Our media have learnt how to report the deaths of homeless people without getting too worried about it.  The calibre of our politicians has plummetted to the point that our Speaker makes no pretense at impartiality. We have steadily slid down the OECD in terms of standards of living. But mostly we reward active troughing and corruption where once we merely trusted that nobody would be that crass.
                      
                  It’s not just down to asset sales, but piece by piece we sold our souls and our community for cheap plastic imported shit. Most of the population have had enough. The government is still in troughing mode.

                • Lanthanide

                  “I’m sure we will survive a handful of part sales.”

                  I’m sure the country would “survive” if we executed everyone receiving a benefit, too. But that doesn’t make it good policy, or that “survival” should be the basis on which we judge whether a policy is acceptable to implement or not.

                  • The country has survived much more significant policies than MOM.

                    I don’t recall us ever executing someone on a benefit.

                    • McFlock

                      But you never try to dissemble or distract, no…

                    • Lanthanide

                      Again, what does “surviving” have to do with whether we decide a policy is worth implementing?

                      It’s like using as our basis for whether we should implement any policy, “will this policy kill 10,000 people? If not, then we should implement it”. You’re setting the bar so high (only anything that impinged on ‘survival’ wouldn’t be implemented) as to be meaningless.

  4. Kotahi Tane Huna 4

    The notion of “mandate” is bullshit. Governments are mandated to govern, not given carte blanche to do as they please.

    Even if I concede that point (which I don’t), the idea that the voters of one electorate can convey a mandate that affects the wider community is dubious in the extreme.

  5. Pete 5

    Even if I concede that point (which I don’t), the idea that the voters of one electorate can convey a mandate that affects the wider community is dubious in the extreme.

    Then you’d better unwind a lot of Labour’s policies, then.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1

      Or alternatively I could find your suggestion to be indicative of low intelligence and worthy of ridicule.

      • Pete George 5.1.1

        No, it’s a fair point.

        If you want to talk mandates Labour (who based their whole campaign on anti asset sales) has a much weaker mandate than National.

        Every voter should have been well aware of National’s intent on going ahead with some degree asset sales and would have voted with that in mind.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.1.1

          Labour did not “base their whole campaign” on anti-asset sales, and there goes your entire argument. Better luck next time.

          • Pete George 5.1.1.1.1

            Wrong. Labour devoted far more of their campaigning to anti asset sales than National did to their MOM.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Are you dense? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question. In ACT wannabe land, “far more” means “whole”.

          • Pete 5.1.1.1.2

            It was their trump card. The one thing they shouted most loudly about. Everyone was quite clear that a vote for Labour was a vote to oppose asset sales.

            Result: record loss

            Better luck next time.

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Actually the record loss is still held by the driver and champion of the asset sales: Bill English.

              • Jester

                Arguing about who is the biggest loser and 2nd biggest loser is hysterically funny.

                Reminds me of the tv show. You may win the competition but by even competing for the title you are still fucking useless by default.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.1.1.2.2

              A vote for Labour was a vote for a minimum wage rise, capital gains taxation on investment property, the extension of WFF to beneficiaries, etc. etc.

              As a Green voter I think a lot of those policies make sense, but what was your point again?

              • Why are you leaving out their key campaign focus?

                Another serious misjudgement was Labour’s conviction that their campaign ace-in-the-hole was their opposition to the sale of state assets.

                http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2012/01/random-thoughts-on-why-labour-did-so-poorly-in-the-election/

                They shoved most of their other policies (and leader) into the background, except for the $15 minimum wage.

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  Oh well if appeals to authority impress you; from the same article:

                  As it turned out, Goff won one of the three televised debates hands down and, in my submission, had an honourable draw in the other two. But it was simply too late. I suspect that if Goff had won all three debates hands down, the outcome would have been no different. The country wasn’t listening.

                  My emphasis.

                  Oops, your authority puts Labour’s result down to apathy.

                  • Now you’re starting to get it.

                    Labour’s campaign in the last five days before the election will focus on a single policy – opposition to National’s promised sale of up to 49 per cent of five state-owned assets.

                    Two words – asset sales – had defined the election campaign, Mr Goff said.

                    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10767556

                    There was general apathy and the country wasn’t listening to Labour’s over the top anti asset sales campaign.

                    And from a Goff final week speech called The Countdown to Stopping Asset Sales:

                    This is my pledge to you today.

                    I will travel across the country to spread this message.

                    I will look people in the eye and tell them that only a vote for Labour can stop the asset sales.

                    I will work harder this week than I ever have.

                    I will not rest because this is our last chance to save our assets.

                    He mustn’t have put much hope in a post election petition and referendum.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      “The nation’s love affair with John Key, without doubt the greatest exponent of the photo opportunity and ‘skinetics’ in the history of New Zealand politics…”

                      Your authority thinks that National won the election because people voted, for want of a better phrase, for John Key’s teeth, and according to you that delivers a ‘mandate’.

                      The election was not a referendum on asset sales, no matter how hard you try.

                    • Hanswurst

                      Well, the issue with the petition remains to be seen. The left’s loss notwithstanding, Goff’s all-out campaigning may turn out to have been effective yet. After all, National’s wafer-thin majority and the resulting scrutiny of that ineffectual and increasingly forlorn figure, Mr. Dunne, seem to be undermining the right’s authority and decisiveness on asset sales and the PoAL dispute.

                  • I’ve not claimed the election was a mandate on asset sales.

                    The election enabled National to put together a government with two slim majority options, and so as long as they don’t have dissent in their own party and can get either of their two options onside they can promote any policies their coalition agreements allow.

                    Losing parties can grizzle and claim all they like but it doesn’t change our democratic facts.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Well, you’d best make up your mind for once, Pete. If the election was intended to gain a mandate for asset sales, then National failed to get that mandate. If the election wasn’t intended to get a mandate, then National still have no mandate.

                    • I’ve already said that ‘mandate’ is pretty much meaningless. Those that claim there’s no mandate are clasping at straws, with no grip on reality.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Its the leader of your party about to help pass the Peter Dunne Epitaph bill who has no grip on the coming reality.

                    • McFlock

                       

                      I’ve already said that ‘mandate’ is pretty much meaningless.

                      So basically, pete, the source of disagreement is that you have no understanding of ethices or the actual objectives of democracy? Good to know.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      “I’ve already said that ‘mandate’ is pretty much meaningless. Those that claim there’s no mandate are clasping at straws, with no grip on reality.”

                      “Mandate” has no meaning, the government has one, and I’m the one struggling with reality. Yes, that sounds like a steaming midden of Dunne to me.

                    • To help you with reality the government has 61, 62, 63 or 64 votes in parliament. Quite simple really.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Yes, Pete, on Earth we call that “a majority”. “Majority” and “mandate” are not interchangeable concepts. Quite simple really.

                    • Yes, you’re right, simple. Now try and explain to Zetetic.

                      It’s got nothing to do with “Dunne has no mandate to vote for asset sales”, Dunne is a part of a parliamentary majority (so far) on MOM.

                    • McFlock

                      A majority that wouldn’t exist if Dunne didn’t want to sell the country down the river.
                       

      • Pete 5.1.2

        You could, but it would signal you’ve already lost the point as you can’t counter.

        Labour ran with a majority of 61/121 in their third term. And as PG points out, the “mandate opposing” is very weak if you use your own criteria of counting the numbers.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.2.1

          My own criteria of counting the numbers? Remind me how your failure to understand a word I’m writing means you can simply make up bullshit I didn’t say.

          • Pete 5.1.2.1.1

            They have a mandate to govern. They have the numbers to govern. They have the mandate and numbers to part-sell assets.

            End of story.

            If Dunne was agreeing with Labour policy, as he did for many years, there would be no question of “mandates”. It’s a feeble attack line made by intellectual lightweights.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.2.1.1.1

              Once again you demonstrate that you do not understand what I am saying. That’s ok, I’ll try and spell it out more clearly.

              Any party I vote for would be very foolish to assume that my support in an election equates to support for all their policies. Equally, not voting National doesn’t mean I reject everything they have done: I support their policy of not legalising assault on children, for example.

              Any politician who claims a mandate for an individual policy risks losing any support I may otherwise have given them: it is only ever used as a means of suppressing debate.

              However, let’s say you are correct (lol), and National has a mandate to sell 49% of SOE assets to New Zealand Mum’s and Dad’s as first priority, and a mandate to realise $6bn from the sale, and a mandate to use the funds to pay down debt.

              Penny dropping yet?

              • muzza

                The penny can’t drop for the likes of Pete, as it is simply that he is not bright enough to understand that the JK lead government is on a mission to ensure that the hard, strategic assets are freed up so the theieves will have best chance to get their hands on them with as little resistence as possible. How does this benefir the country, well its doesn’t, and anyone with a shred of intelligence understands this.

                Maybe Pete is likey to benefit directly from the new MOM, either by way of fees, commissions etc.

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  …thirty pieces of silver is the going rate for Quislings, I believe.

                • Pete

                  I think you’ll find it will be mostly owned by Kiwisaver funds and Iwi. Are these the thieves to which you refer?

                  • muzza

                    Dont be a silly troll Pete, you know what I am referring to, or maybe you don’t!

                    Go have wee look around the globe at the theft of hard assets, lands and the attempts to steal whole countries is on, and they are going for it like bandits!

                    Your ilk cant put together s single cogent argument that stacks up!

                    Nz is going to get it, that much is for sure….this is the thin edge…

                    Troll on!

                  • McFlock

                    And I think you’ll find that the magical faery folk will come and lead us to a land of wonder…

                  • Kotahi Tane Huna

                    Thieves to which I refer? Do tell.

                    Edit – um, I see you were responding to Muzza, not me. Please ignore this comment 🙂

              • Pete

                Silly semantics. You’re claiming a government doesn’t have a mandate on a policy by policy basis.

                Government doesn’t work that way.

                A policy may be unpopular, but because they have a mandate to govern, they have a mandate to pass any policy, popular or not. You might recall s59.

                Dunne was elected on the basis he would support National, and National have a policy of PPP. If the policy was as important to people as you’re making out, they would have voted *against* National and, by extension, the PPP policy.

                They didn’t. Ergo, whilst they may not specifically endorse the policy, they don’t care enough about it to cast their vote against it.

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  No thoughts on the fact that they voted for Mom ‘n’ Pop owners of a $6bn share float which will bring prices down by increasing efficiency?

                  Since that is what National campaigned on, by your definition they have no mandate for the current proposal.

                  Oh, and the argument that “government doesn’t work that way” is ridiculous. “Government doesn’t work” by forcing legislation through without consultation, and yet that is the way this government behaves. “Government doesn’t work” when the ruling party solicits and accepts overseas bribes for law changes, and yet that is the way this government behaves.

                  And, by the way, the High Court doesn’t seem to think that government works that way either.

                  Perhaps it’s just a difference of ethics, though. I expect the government to consult, debate, argue in good faith, and make decisions based on sound evidence rather than whatever some steaming midden of Dunne thinks. When a politician starts invoking their mandate that is the ultimate appeal to authority, and a sure sign that logic and reason cannot help them.

                  • Pete

                    Whilst I disagreed with much of what Labour did, I never questioned their mandate or authority to do it. They were the government, they campaigned on the policy, the people voted them in to enact that policy, and that is what they did.

                    But when it comes to National, there are endless calls for “consultation” and questioning of their authority to govern, and pass policy they campaigned on.

                    The policy was signaled a long way out. Labour talked about little else. The public decided.

                    It didn’t go your way.

  6. Are there people, aside from Pete ‘Wormtongue’ George, who believe that Dunne is showing any credibility/responsibility/loyalty at all over this issue? Dunne’s minion is the only defender of the shameful behaviour of the UnitedFuture leader around the sale of our assets and I wonder why you humour him here. Is it merely for our entertainment? It palls, it palls!

    • You could ask the moderators to enforce a closed shop of selective criticism with no debate or dissenting options allowed. But you may find that approach palls to them.

    • Pete 6.2

      Dunne is doing what we voted him to do – support National.

      The combined “forces” of Hughes ‘n Chuckles lost. No mandate.

      • McFlock 6.2.1

        Actually, wasn’t Dunne’s platform to moderate the governing party, or some such crap?
           
        Rubberstamping unaltered policy isn’t keeping them in check. 
          
        oooo – mondayising – forgot that. Major display of independent thought there /sarc

      • muzza 6.2.2

        The country is going to lose you sorry little peon….

        It’s beyond your ability to rationalise past the end of your own nose from your posts though…

        Dick!

        • Pete 6.2.2.1

          Stunning argument.

          Sour grapes, eh. Better luck next time.

          PS: Chuckles ‘aint the right man for Ohariu. Dunne is everywhere in this electorate – he’s the quintessential electorate MP, partly because he doesn’t have a party list position to fall back on.

          We get huge bang for our buck with Dunne and a direct line to power. With Chuckles and Ronald, we get low level party minions.

          • Mark 6.2.2.1.1

            Every electorate has the same power – Ohariu just chose to use it.

            Imagine if it had been one seat the other way and Hone held the balance of power. The voter turnout in Te Tai Tokerau was 40%! He got in with only 6000 votes to his name (NB. Dunne had twice that number). If this blog has any integrity it should be slamming Hone also for having no mandate to even open his mouth. Clearly integrity is lacking here though and verbal abuse wins out over facts.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 6.2.2.1.1.1

              Oh get down from your pulpit. Political debate is always “robust” – that’s why it’s banned in polite company.

              Your point about Hone is well made – a slight swing to the left could have delivered him the balance of power. Which doesn’t worry me in the least, but I’m sure you regard as something akin to “dogs and cats living together”.

            • Pete 6.2.2.1.1.2

              Indeed. If Dunne was voting the way they wanted him to, they wouldn’t be talking about a lack of mandate.

              The mandate argument is a red herring.

              And a very silly one…..

          • muzza 6.2.2.1.2

            “Sour grapes, better luck next time”

            I’m not a party voter, and your attitude that this is some sort of competition that can be won or lost is indicitive of a large number of morons this country has still in it, on all sides..

            Sadly attitudes such as this will take us all down with it….So thanks Pete, very much, I am sure you younger family members will be thankful in years to come!

            • Pete 6.2.2.1.2.1

              “Take us down”?

              Oh for crying out loud. Anyone would think Dunne was voting for Armageddon. Three years from now, everyone will be wondering what on earth all the fuss was about.

              Do you think the public should own a Hotel chain? How about 100% of an airline? Given we don’t, has this resulted in us “going down”? Will our children fail to thanks us?

              • muzza

                Specifically I am referring to the power companies for the time being, as they are somewhat cucial, as I am sure you would agree..

                To cite the spurios examples you did was to attempt to deflect into unimportance, the rather serious nature around energy supply, and the control over it!

      • mikesh 6.2.3

        No doubt many National supporters voted hm in “to support National”. So in fact he is just a “lackey”. who didn’t make into parliament on his own merit.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 6.3

      “Wormtongue”

      Genius 🙂

  7. AT LAST!

    Finally – some traction on the application of ‘one law for all’ to those whom most loudly espoused it?

    WE NEED AN URGENT PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY into why John Banks and Don Brash were never prosecuted by either the former Securities Commission, the Finance Markets Authority (FMA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), or the NZ Police.

    Arguably, the balance of power in New Zealand ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ is being held by a yet-to-be charged ‘white collar’ criminal – who couldn’t competently run a Kiwisaver Scheme?

    And is now the MINISTER FOR REGULATORY REFORM?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/latest-edition/6555733/Petition-stalks-Banks-Brash

    Those who are opposed to state asset sales should, in my considered opinion. do what they can to support the call for this inquiry.

    The vote of John Banks is arguably quite pivotal here.

    Cheers!

    Penny Bright

    • You’re on the wrong thread with this Penny.

      That linked article says:

      The FMA said the Securities Commission “obtained the advice of respected counsel on this issue. That advice was then reviewed and confirmed by a Queen’s Counsel. The commission considered that advice and the results of its investigation carefully.
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      “It formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to show that either Dr Brash or Mr Banks would have known that the prospectus contained misleading information.”

      Wouldn’t it be odd if politicians decided if politicians should be charged or not?

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 7.1.1

        Yet the judgement against Graham et al makes it clear that they had no intention to deceive, and no knowledge of the facts. Precisely the same argument employed to allow Brash and Banks to walk free.

        Come on Pete, tell us all why that’s all fine and above board, won’t you?

        • Pete 7.1.1.1

          Ho ho. Penny Bright taking action against Banks?

          How strange. How strange indeed.

        • Pete George 7.1.1.2

          Kotahi Tane Huna, I don’t know the facts of either case so I won’t make any comparative assumptions.

          I think our legal system is capable of getting most things right most of the time – and a significant factor is the separation of politics from justice.

          Do you think politicians should decide who is prosecuted?

      • Penny Bright 7.1.2

        Shouldn’t politicians investigate WHY four ‘regulatory bodies’ have failed to apply ‘one law for all’ to those whom most loudly espoused it – former and current ACT Party Leaders John Banks and Don Brash?

        Why is the ‘new’ Finance Markets Authority (FMA) regurgitating the view of the former Securities Commission which it replaced ?

        Isn’t it fair to say that the reason for the replacement of the former Securities Commission by the FMA – because with the collapse of so many finance companies and the loss of so many billion$ of monies by ‘mum and dad’ investors – the former Securities Commission was widely regarded as being ‘useless’?

        I’ll say it again.

        In my considered opinion, the failure to prosecute former fellow Directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd Don Brash and John Banks, for signing Huljich Kiwisaver Scheme registered prospectuses dated 22 August 2008 and 18 September 2009 can be ‘arguably perceived as a corrupt form of political protection’.

        I’m sure that there will be a significant number of concerned New Zealanders who will support the call for such an inquiry – especially given the ‘perceived’ status of New Zealand as ‘the least corrupt country in the world’?

        Penny Bright

    • starlight 7.2

      I know you are on the wrong thread,but wikipedia has some info on this subject,i had a look
      at it,there is definatley a questionable act that needs investigating and that is when the investment
      arm was going under,they changed the company and name,made peter in charge and the rest
      is history,he took the wrap for the other two.
      Truth always has a way of comming out.

    • mikesh 7.3

      If JB is forced to resign over this the resulting bye -election will see a National member returned, so the relative numbers won’t have changed.

  8. Kotahi Tane Huna 8

    In reply to PG @ 7.1.1.2

    Good point Pete: I have only read media reports in either case, not the actual judgements. Under normal circumstances I’d go looking for the judgements themselves but I am feeling very lazy. Please feel free to try and get better information.

    My first reaction to your question is that politicians decide who should be prosecuted all the time when they pass laws. People who sign untrue statements, for example.

    But I know what you mean.

    I am not sure sure about the accuracy of our legal system – there is so much evidence of biases in courtrooms overseas our judges would have to be superhuman not to fall prey to them. Even the fact of having had a recent meal can affect judgements that are handed down.

    I think it is clearly in the public interest that negligent actions by directors be prosecuted. The Graham judgement makes it clear that ol’ Doug had no criminal or even shifty intent (leaving aside the innate shiftiness of the whole industry, which is another story), and I personally would not see it as a barrier to future employment, but your signature is not a rubber stamp, and that alone is enough to get them all in hot water: they breached a duty of care.

    I think the decision to let Banks and Brash walk may or may not be valid, but it is surely a legitimate question for debate. The decision has been made – can such a decision be appealed? Wouldn’t that be a bit like what happened to Julian Assange?

    That is the legal and ethical niceties addressed if not taken care of. Now then, how does it look from a PR angle? 😈

  9. My first reaction to your question is that politicians decide who should be prosecuted all the time when they pass laws.

    No, they don’t decide who should be prosecuted at all, they decide the laws under which the police and judiciary decide who should be prosecuted.

    Our justice system has flaws for sure, and some really stink things do happen, but it’s better than most if not all alternatives. One of the last thing we want is politicians actively involved in any part other than writing the laws.

    I’d expect prosecutors to be particularly careful considering ex politions of that profile in a case.

  10. Reagan Cline 10

    KTH. You probably crave a leader. Does the thought of being led excite you ?

  11. Nick 11

    Unfortunately Peter Dunne is my local MP, I hope this spineless and pathetic stand on asset sales costs him any chance of a return in 2014. He knows that if he had clearly and unabiguously come out in support of these asset sales before the election he would’ve risked not being returned to parliament.

    I’ve asked him why he thinks Kiwibank, Water and Radio New Zealand are so important as to be off the table but energy supply is not. Its a double standard, one he played to good effect in the election sounding like he was supporting all sides of the debate simultaneously. If the good people of Ohariu supported National they would’ve voted National, instead they voted for National tempered by a ‘moderate’ voice who has just turned out to be a lap dog as he has been for years (no matter who’s in power).

    The fact the he won Ohariu gives him a mandate to represent us in parliament, not a mandate to be the sole deciding factor in selling these key assets, or mindlessly enable a significant and damamging policy to be passed.

    The majority of New Zealanders don’t want these partial asset sales, polls consistently show this, I’d be interested to see what Peter Dunne’s inbox shows about public opinion on this matter..

    Winning the seat doesn’t give you three years carte blanche to do what you feel like (or your bosses in National are telling you to do). It gives you the right to represent the thoughts, concerns, ideals of the people in your electorate throughout your term in parliament.

    Key’s going to leave before 2014 taking a shiny new CV with him and a lot of new big business buddies, there are going to be a lot of people close to him and his policies that get badly burned in the next election, Peter Dunne has the oppurtunity to be a public hero but seems to have decided he isn’t up to it.

  12. Mark 12

    Was David Lange a special kind of arsehole? Did he commit treason also?

    Cut the violence; its only politics. Power to the people and smaller government.

    • McFlock 12.1

      Lange was weak.
      Douglas and Prebble, on the other hand – hell yes.

    • McFlock 12.2

      “only politics”?
           
      Only people’s livelihoods, quality of life and sometimes lives, you mean.
        
      I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: politics is not a game. Government affects real people in real ways.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 12.3

      McFlock is right, Mark – “poverty is violence”, for example, and your desire for “smaller government” goes against the established evidence, if the nation’s well-being is your goal (unless you have substantial evidence to the contrary that is). Speaking of smaller government, in 2008, government expenditure was 31% of GDP – the same value as in 1999. It is now 35%.

      So clearly “larger government” – as embodied by this one – doesn’t really help things either. Jeez, perhaps it’s the things the government does. Ya think?

      Sorry, I used that old lefty trick – “The Reality Check.”

      • Pete George 12.3.1

        Poverty isn’t violence. Many things contribute. Alcohol is a common factor. But violence is violence. Most poor people and most drunk people don’t usually resort to violence.

        If people with a predisposition to violence are in poverty the pressures can make violent behaviour more likely, more frequent and more violent, but poverty does not cause violence, just like rich power complexes don’t cause violence.

        Violence is so prevalent because we have a culture that has accepted violence as ameans of expressing anger and frustration, and displaying power.

        Solutions to violence are quite different to solutions to poverty. Theoretically poverty could be instantly overcome with a lotto win, but that wouldn’t remove the predisposition to violence.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 12.3.1.1

          Pete, the fact that you spent four paragraphs debunking a slogan might be considered a measure of the slogan’s effectiveness.

          “Inequality is violence” would be more accurate, but “poverty is violence” has a much better stylist, no?

          • Pete George 12.3.1.1.1

            Inequality isn’t violence. I’m not sure if forty paragraphs would get it through though.

            No poverty orn inequality to blame in this thread that led to violence.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 12.3.1.1.1.1

              No, no no no no no no no no. No.

              Slogans (or hair if you prefer) like that are not the same as arguments. Let me break it down for you.

              The level of equality in any developed nation correlates very well with levels of violence. Levels of equality are a function of policy, not circumstance.

              So the slogan is intended to help enable the wider debate, you see?

              • Yeah, there’s a lot of violence in Syria at the moment, and I don’t think it’s those who may be in poverty who are inflicting most of it.

                What do you think equality is? Attainable?

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  Oh puleeze!

                  Do you understand the difference between “equality” and “level of equality”? Yes or no?

                • muzza

                  PG are you working from your masters inbox today?- He’s got you working a Sunday responding to all the shit he is getting via email and the net, come on man, time to see when you have been taken for a ride. Surely you have more to offer than that, its not weak to admit you have made a mistake. You won’t learn that from your boss!

                  Its a fluffers life eh….

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  Pete George mixes metaphors well
                  But his arguments are shot to hell
                  Cos the violent wealthy
                  Are a symptom unhealthy
                  Inequality’s consequential.

      • Mark 12.3.2

        I agree – National has made government larger. That is bad.

        I can’t think of any example where large government has been good for the people and not just the rulers themselves. Ever. Think Nazi Germany and The Soviet Union – very different political ideals but a large government system which means oppression of the people.

  13. mikesh 13

    Lets look at the situation from Dunne’s point of view. He can see 60 votes favouring asset sales and 60 votes opposing. Therefore he can’t claim the policy deserves support on the basis of some sort of “mandate”. In fact if there is a mandate it his vote that will have created it, so he needs to ensure that his vote is wisely used. And if he is voting for asset sales just because that was what he had to do to obtain a cabinet post, then he is corrupt.

  14. marsman 14

    Well said mikesh.

  15. Reagan Cline 16

    Nick, your second to last paragraph is spot on mate. And its so good to get the story from one of his consituents.

  16. portia 17

    On-topic question (sort of): wasn’t there talk of a petition for a nationwide referendum on asset sales? Maybe around the beginning of last week? I seem to remember hearing it on Morning Report, but maybe I was still asleep.

    • Nick 17.1

      There was talk of a petition, National said they would ignore it but if the petition gets enough signatures then they have to at least hold the referendum which will give the public a clear voice on this issue no matter what the eventual outcome.

      I’d certainly sign it if I knew where to do it.

    • There has been talk of a petition and they have suggested a proposed referendum question which would give National and easy out.

      A political journo last week suggested it would tale 16-18 months to get a result, by then one or two assets may have been part-sold already.

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • The Air New Zealand bailout
    Stuff reports that the government is going to have to throw $2 - 3 billion at Air new Zealand to get it through the pandemic. Good. While international routes are basicly closed, Air New Zealand is a strategic asset which is vital to our tourism industry, not to mentioning airfreight. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why NZ’s tough coronavirus travel rules are crucial to protecting lives at home and across the Pac...
    New Zealand’s border restrictions will come with significant job and business losses in the tourism sector, both at home and in the Pacific. But the new travel rules are absolutely necessary to protect the health of New Zealanders and people right across Pacific Islands, because New Zealand is a gateway ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The tiniest of teeth
    Back in early 2018, as a shoddy legal tactic to try and avoid the prisoner voting ban being formally declared inconsistent with the BORA by the Supreme Court, Justice Minister Andrew Little floated the idea of greater legal protection for human rights. When the Supreme Court case didn't go the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • One simple, common factor to success against COVID-19
    Professor Philip Hill and Associate Professor James Ussher Most infectious diseases have an Achilles heel, the secret is to find it. The question is if we don’t have a drug or a vaccine for COVID-19, is there something else we can do to beat it? Some people estimate that, without ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • National should isolate Simon Bridges
    The Coalition Governments $12.1 billion economic package to help combat the financial effects of COVID-19 was generally well received across the board, even amongst many business leaders who would normally be critical of a Labour led Government.However there was one glaringly obvious exception, Simon Bridges. The so-called leader of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How testing for Covid-19 works
    With confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand up to 12, many influential people are writing open letters and opinion pieces and doing press conferences asking why we aren’t pulling out all the stops and testing thousands of people a day like they are in South Korea. The thing is, ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 weeks ago
  • The COVID-19 package and the limits of capitalism
    by Daphna Whitmore The willingness to put human life before business shows that sometimes capitalism is capable of suspending its relentless drive for profit. For a short time it can behave differently. Flatten the curve is the public health message since COVID-19 suddenly overwhelmed the hospital system in northern Italy. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Black April, May and June?
    Worldwide, the 1918 influenza epidemic – wrongly called ‘Spanish’ flu – lasted about two years. However, it lasted about six weeks in New Zealand (remembered as ‘Black November’, because the dead turned a purplish-black). It is thought about 7000 Pakeha died and 2,500 Maori. The population mortality rate was about ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID 19 has struck… as has a lot of terrible ineptitude from far too many
    In a world and a time when the worst off and most vulnerable have been asked, time and again, to foot the bill for the complete subjugating to the will of the 1% thanks to the GFC, at a point where the world as a whole is now seeing quite ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • What’s in the Coronavirus Package?
    With the economy already reeling from a crisis that’s barely begun, the Government today sought to provide reassurance to workers and businesses in the form of a massive phallic pun to insert much-needed cash into the private sector and help fight the looming pandemic. Here are the key components: $5.1 ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • I just had my benefit suspended during a fucking pandemic
    I am a member of the working poor and so still need state welfare to make rent. So I had booked an appointment for yesterday with my caseworker at Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) to apply for a transition to work grant. However the current health advice in New ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • A good first step
    Today the government announced a financial package to deal with the effects of the pandemic. So far, it looks good: an initial $500 million for health to deal with immediate priorities, wage subsidies for affected businesses, $585 a week from WINZ for people self-isolating who can't work from home, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: COVID-19 Alert Level 4
    The COVID-19 situation in New Zealand is moving fast - and to avoid what we've seen overseas - the Government's response must be to move fast too. We're committed to keeping New Zealanders safe and well-informed every step of the way. ...
    17 hours ago
  • SPEECH: Green Party Co-leader James Shaw – Ministerial statement on State of National Emergency an...
    Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  The scale of what we face right now is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Overcoming it is our common purpose. ...
    4 days ago
  • Winston Peters urging New Zealanders overseas to stay put
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters is encouraging New Zealanders overseas to stay where they are amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are reaching a point where the best option for most New Zealanders offshore is to shelter in place, by preparing to safely stay where they are.” "This includes following the instructions ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealanders overseas encouraged to shelter in place
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters is encouraging the tens of thousands of New Zealanders travelling overseas to consider sheltering in place, in light of COVID-19.  “Since 18 March, we have been warning New Zealanders offshore that the window for flying ...
    5 days ago
  • Ground-breaking abortion law passes, giving NZers compassionate healthcare
    Ground-breaking law has passed that will decriminalise abortion and ensure women and pregnant people seeking abortions have compassionate healthcare. ...
    1 week ago
  • Package supports Kiwis to put collective health first
    The Green Party says that the measures announced by the Government today will help families and businesses to prioritise our collective health and wellbeing in the response to COVID-19. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: COVID-19 rescue package ‘more significant’ than any worldwide
    As New Zealanders brace for a global downturn due to Covid-19, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says his Coalition Government’s rescue package "more significant" than any other he's seen around the world. The Coalition is to reveal a multi-billion-dollar stimulus plan on Tuesday afternoon designed to cushion the economic blow ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Our response to COVID-19
    We know some people are feeling anxious about COVID-19. While the situation is serious, New Zealand has a world-class health system and we’re well-prepared to keep New Zealanders safe. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Demerit Points System’ will address youth crime
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill drawn from the ballot today seeks to overhaul the youth justice system by instigating a system of demerit points for offences committed by young offenders. “The ‘Youth Justice Demerit Point System’ will put an end to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Investment in kingfish farming
    Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $6 million in a land-based aquaculture pilot to see whether yellowtail kingfish can be commercially farmed in Northland, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. A recirculating land-based aquaculture system will be built and operated ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1BT grants for Northland planting
    Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Forestry Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced two One Billion Trees programme grants of more than $1.18 million to help hapu and iwi in Northland restore whenua and moana. “Many communities around Aotearoa have benefited from One Billion Trees funding since the programme was launched ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand reaffirms support for Flight MH17 judicial process
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahead of the start of the criminal trial in the Netherlands on 9 March, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has reaffirmed the need to establish truth, accountability and justice for the downing of Flight MH17 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF investment in green hydrogen
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister The Government is investing $19.9 million through the Provincial Growth Fund in a game-changing hydrogen energy facility in South Taranaki, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The development of alternative energy initiatives like this one is vital for the Taranaki region’s economy. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coronavirus support for Pacific
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Minister for Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand is partnering with countries in the Pacific to ensure they are prepared for, and able to respond to the global threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19). “There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party passes landmark law to ensure deaf and disabled voices heard equally in democracy
    Chlöe Swarbrick's Members Bill to support disabled general election candidates has passed into law. ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
    Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would have seemed unimaginable to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
    JOINT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT BY SINGAPORE AND NEW ZEALAND AFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO ENSURING SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTIVITY AMIDST THE COVID-19 SITUATION  The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis.  As part of our collective response to combat COVID-19, Singapore and New Zealand are committed to maintaining open and connected supply chains. We ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
    Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).  All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says “The transit of passengers between Australia and New Zealand has been agreed upon and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $100 million to redeploy workers
    The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. Phil Twyford ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More support for wood processing
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier announcements today of a regional support package for Tairāwhiti, Minister Jones has also announced a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt steps in to protect Air New Zealand
    The Coalition Government has stepped in to protect Air New Zealand with a significant financial deal that protects essential routes and allows the company to keep operating. The Government and Air New Zealand have agreed a debt funding agreement through commercial 24-month loan facilities of up to $900 million*. The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Stronger border measures to protect NZers from COVID-19
    The Government has taken further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively stopping all people from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm today, except for returning New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.  New Zealanders’ partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Action on indoor gatherings and events to protect public health
    The Government has reinforced its commitment to protecting the health of New Zealanders from COVID-19 through the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people.  “Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority, and that means we need to reduce the risks associated with large gatherings,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealanders advised not to travel overseas
    The New Zealand Government is advising New Zealanders not to travel overseas due to COVID-19, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced. “We are raising our travel advice to the highest level: do not travel,” Mr Peters said. “This is the first time the New Zealand Government has advised New Zealanders ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt announces aviation relief package
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today outlined the first tranche of the $600 million aviation sector relief package announced earlier this week as part of the Government’s $12.1 billion COVID-19 economic response. The initial part of the aviation package aims to secure the operators of New Zealand’s aviation security system, and ...
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    1 week ago