web analytics

Eminem case could cost Nats big

Written By: - Date published: 6:53 am, May 2nd, 2017 - 82 comments
Categories: crime, law, music, national, scoundrels, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , , , , ,

In the alleged ripping off of Eminem National knew they were on dodgy ground – Court battle between Eminem and National Party begins

Williams presented evidence to argue that National Party representatives knew copyright could be a problem.

An email chain included a quote from one National Party representative, questioning if their backing track was too similar to Lose Yourself.

“How can we be confident that Eminem doesn’t think we’re ripping him off?

“How do we ensure there is no liability with us?”

The email reply was that the National Party wasn’t liable, because they were only buying a licence for a specific use of music.

The Party was told the composer would be liable for any copyright problems.

Williams was scathing after reading from the emails.

“That is just wrong, in law.

“Also, the focus is on not just whether it’s an infringement. But whether they can shift liability to someone else.”

Typical. Could cost them big – National Party’s ad ‘bland’ and using Eminem song would never be allowed

Detroit-based copyright administrator Joel Martin said the holders would never have granted the party permission to use the original work. Use could have cost US$750,000 to $1m if permission had been given, but a fee after unauthorised use would have been higher.

82 comments on “Eminem case could cost Nats big ”

  1. Richard McGrath 1

    If the Nats violated Eminem’s property rights, they should compensate him for lost revenue. Simple as that.

    • Gosman 1.1

      What revenue did Eminem lose as a result of this?

      • Daveosaurus 1.1.1

        From the post itself: “US$750,000 to $1m”.

        • Gosman 1.1.1.1

          How did Eminem lose 1 million USD from this?

          • lprent 1.1.1.1.1

            Duh! Are you really that legally illiterate, or just naturally stupid? But I suspect that you are just demonstrating your astroturfing troll abilities.

            Because that would have been the order of the price that they (the artist or his agents) would have charged for any such a use of their music for advertising. I’d expect that they will present evidence to that effect – which won’t be . That effectively defines a market value. I could give you the legal precedents. But why bother to a astroturfer.

            If you want to astroturf this again, then I am likely demonstrate my assessment of the market value of that astroturfing to this site.

          • WILD KATIPO 1.1.1.1.2

            If you are really going to argue along those lines, Gosman , you may as well remove all copyright laws. Whether they are intellectual property or otherwise.

            Idiot.

            • Johan 1.1.1.1.2.1

              WK don’t be too hard on Gosman, he is a bit slow and only comes here to ask stupid questions.

              • keepcalmcarryon

                Mr Gosman once more appears the wrong side of the clapper on the bell curve of understanding.

          • North 1.1.1.1.3

            The owner lost the mill’ by not getting the mill’ that the law says he’s entitled to levy. Get that ? His property. Applied by someone whose property it is not. The availability of a remedy is the cornerstone of the ‘property-owning-democracy’…….the object of your outlandishly vaunted love.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.2

        …and the stain of being associated with the National Party, and their manifest contempt for the law and Mr. Mathers’ property.

        • Psycho Milt 1.1.2.1

          I enjoyed this bit: National’s version of the track…

          … was “bland and perfunctory”, and not in the spirit of the Lose Yourself song, which encouraged the taking of chances…

          It’s like the guy’s met the National Party before…

        • Keith 1.1.2.2

          I concur. Having a lying slimey bunch of fucks like the National Party associated with your brand could be ruinous and very detrimental!

        • Gosman 1.1.2.3

          Are you able to quantify this?

      • michelle 1.1.3

        gosman we cant have the gnats protecting peoples copyright when they are abusing the very system they claim to be protecting when they are doing this themselves these tories have become so arrogant they seem to think they are above the law and they can do anything well they can f…of people have had enough of these two faces lying b…s

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.3.1

          these tories have become so arrogant they seem to think they are above the law

          That’s their normal position. Thing is, they get away with it so often as well. Just look at John Key’s assault of a waitress. That should have resulted in him being kicked out of parliament in disgrace and with a criminal conviction.

          • WILD KATIPO 1.1.3.1.1

            Indeed. Convicted on common assault charges.

            No wonder Bill English remained studiously quiet all throughout that episode…

          • McFlock 1.1.3.1.2

            nah, ponytail pulling wouldn’t get a conviction on a PM.

            Should have been given a formal warning or diversion though, in case the behaviour repeats

            • WILD KATIPO 1.1.3.1.2.1

              Mhmmm… I suppose we cant expect the same for someone else who repeat offends over a six months time period despite non consent on behalf of the victim.

              Workplace bullying in that case deserves two category’s , then .

              One for commoners and another for elected officials .

              OK then.

              • McFlock

                No, it’s more that all incidents would be viewed at once when they came up (which is why a “career” crim might cop to several unrelated offences all at once – think of it as a bulk discount), and if you do a conviction over hair pulling, how would you escalate the punishments for other people who do crotch-grabbing or progressively more serious offences?

                I mean, it definitely shows disturbing attitudes to women, but there’s always the argument that a conviction would be disproportionate punishment. If you have examples of folks being convicted for pulling hair and thus that a caution wouldn’t be appropriate, feel free to share.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  and if you do a conviction over hair pulling, how would you escalate the punishments for other people who do crotch-grabbing or progressively more serious offences?

                  A conviction doesn’t necessitate jail time.

                  but there’s always the argument that a conviction would be disproportionate punishment.

                  There’s no such thing.

                  • McFlock

                    A conviction does have repercussions in its own right, though.

                    No such thing as disproportionate punishment?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      A conviction does have repercussions in its own right, though.

                      Yes, that’s the point.

                      No such thing as disproportionate punishment?

                      Correct.

                    • McFlock

                      No such thing as disproportionate punishment?

                      Correct.

                      Shit, didn’t realise you were in the garth mcvictim crowd. /sarc

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.3.1.2.2

              nah, ponytail pulling wouldn’t get a conviction on a PM.

              But it should do especially if it continues over several months and the victim has, repeatedly, asked the perpetrator to stop.

              • McFlock

                Actually, what should have happened was that the police cautioned the perpetrator for the first incident, and then he either stops or the complaints and punishments escalate.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  That would be true if the victim reported it to police. Unfortunately, she didn’t and thus it rose to a level of significant abuse before it came to light.

                  Or, the other option that could have applied, is that the police officers that accompany the PM should have arrested him for assault on the first time. They were there and watching after all.

                  • McFlock

                    Does one even need to be arrested to be cautioned?

                    As you say, they were right there.

                    • Have you ever done any martial arts? or security work?

                      One of the first things you will learn about the ‘ potential’ of pulling hair isn’t that the hairpulling in of itself is the cause of the damage.

                      Its the strikes and ability to get a person off balanced and on the floor that is and subject to foot stomps etc .

                      And while Key obviously wasn’t intending any of that , but merely exercising his sick fetish , – there is a reason why even hair pulling is viewed under the law as assault.

                      Try it.

                      Go and pull the ponytail of a female police officer and see how dimly its viewed.

                      And just because Key was accompanied by the Diplomatic Protection staff, – even MORE SO that should not have been allowed to carry on over a 6 month period.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Does one even need to be arrested to be cautioned?

                      Don’t think so but an arrest and then let off with a caution would, IMO, be more appropriate for assault than, say, parking on the footpath.

                    • McFlock

                      @WK Yes, actually. Both.

                      Assault is the application of force or the threat of force. Yes, assault on a police officer is bad. It can still result in a discharge without conviction. Especially if, as you say, the assault is “obviously” limited with no threat of escalation. And a waitress is not a police officer with the power to immediately arrest and charge someone who assaults her.

                      I’ve seen guys cautioned/diverted/discharged for full-blown fights where half a dozen of us had to hold the fucker down. Not necessarily rich bastards, either.

                      Yes, the cops right there should have intervened long before she felt she had to escalate. But come on, it was never going to get him an offence conviction big enough to be kicked from parliament.

                    • McFlock

                      @dtb – I don’t think they do cautions for parking on footpaths. They write tickets.

      • Keith 1.1.4

        What revenue did they lose with their government hotel chain contract…. hang on, wrong court case.

      • AsleepWhileWalking 1.1.5

        The worst is not revenue lost, but the association of Eminem with National party politics, which imho clashes and undermines his brand.

        The ad for National while limited due to the small size of NZ would be as damaging as Eminem starring in a Disney movie.

        JK’s mother raising him in a State house given as a reward for hard work in those days in no way compares to the struggles of people in the Projects, nor for that matter does it compare to those in social housing or benefits today.

        • Gosman 1.1.5.1

          Maybe in the NZ market. Given it’s tiny size on the World I doubt Eminem brand can be stated to be damaged that much.

          • WILD KATIPO 1.1.5.1.1

            Yet still damaged.

          • dukeofurl 1.1.5.1.2

            So Boeing sells its planes to Air NZ for a lot less, because its a ‘tiny market’?

            We keep getting told we have to pay the ‘world price’ for stuff we grow here.

          • Barfly 1.1.5.1.3

            It was and remains world wide news Gosman – if he can’t be seen able to meaningfully protect his work it will be commercially damaging to him.

            • WILD KATIPO 1.1.5.1.3.1

              Wooooohoooooooooooooo!!!

              NOW THAT’S – a bloody good point !!!!

              And we can be sure every other artist around the world will be looking on following this court trial with keen interest. Kinda balloons out and mushrooms the more one thinks about it , L0L !

              Kind of makes Gosman’s efforts to minimize it all as NZ being a small ‘market’ kind of sound bullshitty , now , doesn’t it!!!

              • dukeofurl

                Its definitely world wide news, not of the earth shattering kind, but still newsworthy.
                From memory these sort musical copyright cases are interesting on many fronts. And Judges like them too, a chance to make a groundbreaking judgement

          • michelle 1.1.5.1.4

            It’s not just about the money its about the principles the trouble is the gnats don’t have any

      • aerobubble 1.1.6

        Naff Nats, rebranding effectively is the only way forward, declare National party bankrupt. Move to a new logo.

  2. Keith 2

    It’s wrong in law, yeah but fuck it, we’re the National Party and we’ve been getting away with it for years! We’re above it.

    And the Nats epitaph ; Make sure anyone else but the National Party takes the blame!

    Anyway they have 10’s of millions to spend, either from the gazillionaires/MP’s who run that business, i mean party, or from shadowy donors who just want to “support democracy”.

    • The National party – being hung drawn and quartered by the very laws Obama passed over copyright – and to whom John Key slimed and ingratiated himself with to aid and assist in the ILLEGAL arrest of Kim Dotcom in order to have him extradited.

      This is getting so , soo , sooo incredibly RICH !!!

  3. Xanthe 3

    Where is the qcsb? where is the sis? Where are the armed police absailing from helecopters? Dont they know how we deal with (alleged) copyright infringers in this country ?

  4. saveNZ 4

    Sounds like musicians are getting sick of their music being used to promote political parties that they don’t support.

    Even worse, is a rip off of their music being used to promote political parties they don’t support.

  5. Enough is Enough 5

    Presumably National would have paid money for the alternative track. It would have been licenced to them in consideration for a fee.

    Unless they are fucking retarded, the contract between National and the company that sold them the song, would have had a standard warranty that the music does not infringe any third party intellectual property rights with a decent indemnity backing it up.

    So although National will lose in court, they should be able to rely on their contract to pass liability to the company that sold it to them.

    • dukeofurl 5.1

      Well that sort of contract would cost, maybe they took the all care no responsibility version for $500.

      This site has remixes for commercial uses
      https://www.audionetwork.com/track/searchkeyword?keyword=rap&page=2&size=3&sort=51

      • AsleepWhileWalking 5.1.1

        Maybe they had a “work for hire” contract which is common, suggested the music themselves (idk and can’t be bothered wading through the case) in which case all changes belong to them.

        *boom*

    • North 5.2

      Oh E-in-E @ 5……..you can’t as a matter of law escape significant breach of property rights on the score that someone else gave you a warranty. Can you ? Best you could do surely would be to join that someone else as a party. Not my area but the principle makes sense. Otherwise there’d be a thriving ‘defence-by-warranty’ market. Where then the ‘sanctity’ of private property my right wing chums ?

      • Enough is Enough 5.2.1

        You are absolutely right. It is not a defence

        But if such a warranty was provided then National would have a claim against them for breach of that warranty.

        I don’t know if that warranty was ever given. But if you are purchasing music for a commercial purpose, you would be an idiot in the extreme to not ask for that warranty.

  6. Anne 6

    Confess to not following this case so:

    how will the outcome affect the Kim Dotcom case? If Eminem win, will it not send a message of gross hypocrisy to the voters? Dotcom is being done for copyright infringement (involving in the first instance, as Xanthe has noted, police hit squads, helicoptors and questionable surveillance) and now the the government are being tried for something similar?

    • That was something Draco mentioned in yesterdays thread about this , and at the time this broke was one of the first things I thought about , – I think Martyn Bradbury did an article saying the same thing shortly after as well,…

      So to honour Gosman , lets again have some wisdom about the whole affair,….

      John Oliver – Eminem vs NZ National Party – YouTube
      Video for ohn Oliver – Eminem vs NZ National Party – YouTube Video for John Oliver – Eminem vs NZ National Party▶ 1:44
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nwnZYX4tB4

    • xanthe 6.2

      ahh nothing “questionable” about the surveillance of DotCom. It was Illegal!

    • McFlock 6.3

      And if the nats lose and there are damages to pay, even if the music library company accepts the liability and pays out, wouldn’t that still count as a massive financial donation/expense to the nats’ election compaign?

      • WILD KATIPO 6.3.1

        Interesting point. It could be said if it was part of the total costs of National party campaigning for this election … is there a ceiling set for expenditure / donations during an election campaign and would they have breached it ?

        • McFlock 6.3.1.1

          Yes and quite possibly

          Election expenses
          Expenditure limit

          A registered party’s election expenses during the regulated period for the 2017 general election (23 June to 22 September) must not exceed $1,115,000 (including GST) plus $26,200 (including GST) per electorate contested by the party.

          If a registered party does not contest the party vote, its total election expenses cannot exceed $26,200 (including GST) for each electorate candidate nominated by the party.

          The candidate election expenses regime does not apply to people who are list candidates only. Any spending by those candidates promoting the party is an election expense of the party and must be authorised by the party secretary.

          Party limits are separate from the expense limits applying to electorate candidates.
          Election expenses

          A party’s election expenses are the costs of advertising in any medium that:

          may reasonably be regarded as either encouraging voters to vote for the party or discouraging voters from voting for another party, or both (whether or not the name of the party(s) are mentioned)
          is published, or continues to be published, during the regulated period, and
          is promoted by the party secretary or any person (including a registered promoter) authorised by the party secretary. [See section 206 of the Electoral Act]

          Party election expenses include:

          the cost incurred in the preparation, design, composition, printing, postage and publication of the advertisement
          the reasonable market value of any materials used for the advertisement, including materials provided to the party free of charge or below reasonable market value
          the apportioned costs for advertisements that promote two or more parties, or a party and a candidate. [See section 3E of the Electoral Act]

          The costs of food, hall hire, surveys or opinion polls, free labour or replacing materials destroyed through no fault of the party are not election expenses. Nomination and party list deposits are not election expenses.

          The cost of any framework that supports a sign (other than a commercial framework) is not an expense.

          The costs of broadcasting election programmes paid for out of the broadcasting allocation by the Commission are not election expenses.

          I wonder if their legal fees will count if they lose?

  7. Peterh 7

    No it was pretty legal. dot coms laughing all the way to the bank

    • Actually the warrant to arrest Kim Dotcom was flawed thus making the arrest and thus making the freezing of Dotcoms assets – AND – the denial of a phone call to contact lawyers while in prison , ILLEGAL.

      As was the ILLEGAL spying on 88 other NZ citizens and residents ( including Dotcom) conducted by the GSCB at the time.

      And so retrospectively – under guidance from both the USA and Britain’s 5 eyes branches , John Key retrospectively changed the laws governing GSCB and SIS surveillance and greatly advanced Police powers in those areas as well .

      However , we notice he didn’t drop the process to have Dotcom charged in our courts at a foreign nations behest that does not have any jurisdiction in this sovereign nation. And that was because the FBI was acting on behalf of the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry which was a body charged to draw up terms for the TTPA to be ratified in Congress.

      So not only is anyone who says the treatment of Kim Dotcom was / is either justified or legal ,- they are also talking out of a hole in their arse , not aware of the facts , and are conveniently in denial in order to advance their own surreptitious right wing agendas.

      AND aligning themselves with America’s NSA which was found in court to have been illegally conducting surveillance of all American citizens electronic communications.

      AND have recently been in the news again trying on the same sort of stunt all over again for a second time around.

  8. mosa 8

    That famous Joyce phrase ” pretty legal ” just about sums up the how they view the law and how it’s applied when it gets in the way of them being held accountable for their crimes, in other words let’s bend the law as much as we can and hope we get away with it.

    No wonder Key slipped under the radar with his behaviour and misdemeanours.
    And that’s the ones we know about !

    The National party believes it’s only illegal if you get don’t get caught !

    What a way to run a country.

    • Well , we’ve already had common assault by John Key,

      Pike River ,

      The illegal arrest of Kim Dotcom ,

      And now this ,- the National party being done in our courts for copyright infringements of a popular USA rap stars music.

      Sweet revenge for Mr Kim Dotcom.

      • mosa 8.1.1

        Yes it makes a mockery of John Key’s statement ” The government i lead will be a government of good standards ” .

        The cover ups are just as bad and the Mike Sabin affair is a case in point.

        https://yournz.org/2015/02/16/what-we-know-about-mike-sabin/

        • WILD KATIPO 8.1.1.1

          And about as slanted as the mans son who worked for TV3 as a political reporter and his counterpart colleague over at TV1 who set up the framing , misleading reporting of Kim Dotcom in order to smear and discredit and divert attention from Internet / Mana political party policy’s at their launch.

          Not all of us have short memories.

          Dishonest Right wing shitheads would do well to remember that …

          • mosa 8.1.1.1.1

            Yeah it seems that when it comes to enforcing the law like the illegal raid on Nicky Hagar’s home and the K.D.C fiasco the National government are quite prepared to do what’s necessary to punish its or a foreign powers enemy.

            John key sacked Richard Worth for his behaviour towards women in 2009 yet did not resign over his treatment of a waitress that happened multiple times.
            Key said ” if he had not resigned i would have sacked him ” shame he did not have the mana and do the same.

  9. Sacha 9

    Expert witness compares the rip-off with the original song – and story includes clips of both: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11848563

    • McFlock 9.1

      lol nice – it’s a copy, but a bit shit as a copy.

      Has anyone actually pointed out the elephant in the room that “Eminem-Esque” is the freaking name of the track? How will they argue that’s a coincidence, I wonder?

      • Chris 9.1.1

        The issue isn’t about whether it’s a coincidence. They’ll say that what they bought was a sound recording that broadly resembles the music of Eminem therefore it cannot be said it’s similar enough to a specific work. That is what they’ll argue.

  10. Andre 10

    Interesting that the defense is trying the argument that they’re different enough that there’s no infringement. Maybe they’re hoping Led Zeppelin’s recent win bolsters that argument. But “Eminem-esque” is a hell of a lot closer to “Lose Yourself” than “Twist and Shout” is to “La Bamba” or “Eminem-esque” to “Kashmir”. Hell, National’s ad even includes a little piano riff at the end which is very similar to the piano riff a couple of minutes in to “Lose Yourself”.

    I’m also curious if anyone else has used “Eminem-esque”. And whether it was pre-existing in a library or created after National showed interest in buying something.

  11. Cinny 11

    Wondering why those on KiwiBlog seem to not want to discuss this lawsuit that the outgoing government is embroiled in?

    After all it involves their preferred political party being sued by the most famous rapper on the planet. I would have thought it was very topical, it’s made news all over the world, again.

    RT
    BBC
    Rolling Stone
    Fox
    BillBoard

    • I think because those on KIWIBLOG prefer Richard Wagner’s classical music rather than rap.

    • Chris 11.2

      Notice how the poms describe the issue accurately. “Eminem has taken New Zealand’s governing party to court over a music track it used for a campaign ad.” Refreshing to see.

    • North 11.3

      Goodness does this mean that ShonKey might be a little bit eschewed around the truly marvellous world of elite-corporate globalism ? For acting like a wide boy. Or are they all the same ?

  12. Anne 12

    I know what your getting at but nope… not possible. They would think Richard Wagner was the name of a whisky brewed somewhere in Northern Britain. Actually, I’m not sure they would even be able to cognate that…

    • Cinny 12.1

      Lmao 😀

      TBH I had to google Wagner, and once again have expanded my knowledge via the standard, so thanks for that WK
      I did discover that Wagner and Eminem have a couple of things in common, controversial lyrics and a political party starting with N using their material.

  13. Ross 13

    David Farrar must be concerned because he’s blogging about the case despite saying he wouldn’t until it was over.

    What’s funny is that the Tories got into strife in 2007 about its use of a Coldplay song. It was warned by lawyers acting on behalf of EMI and subsequently recalled copies of the relevant DVD. What’s also funny is that at the time, David Farrar announced that “I think I can safely predict it won’t happen again!” The Tories just don’t learn.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10479448
    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/12/national_recalls_dvd.html

  14. Slim 14

    Stan 3 Limited? Surely a giant pisstake given the Nats production company is named in reference to Stan the 3rd track on the Eminem Marshall Mathers LP. Well done Glenn Jamieson. Giant gormless fool.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Govt keeps AM on the air in Northland
    Minister of Broadcasting and Media Willie Jackson and Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty today announced a $1.48 million package to fund the repair and replacement of three transmission masts in Northland to ensure AM radio can stay on air in the region. “This funding will secure the reinstatement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Multi million dollar package to tackle retail crime and reoffending
    A multi million dollar package to tackle retail crime and reoffending is the most significant crime prevention financial package in recent memory  New fog cannon subsidy scheme set up. Government to provide $4000 for all small shops and dairies in New Zealand who want a fog cannon installed, with shops ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Funding boost to support NZ’s game development industry
    New Zealand’s game developers will receive an immediate funding boost to help support the growth of local studios beyond the current Dunedin centre. “New Zealand’s game development sector has been rapidly growing. The latest data from the New Zealand Game Developers Association shows the total revenue for the industry is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • A new strategy for Pacific housing
    New and existing housing initiatives are being brought together to improve home ownership for Pacific people said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. Fale mo Aiga: Pacific Housing Strategy and Action Plan 2030, launched today, is the Government’s targeted response to the housing challenges faced by Pacific Aotearoa. Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government takes action on pay parity for healthcare workers
    Thousands of frontline community health workers – including nurses in aged-care facilities - are in for a pay rise as the Labour Government takes action on pay parity in the health sector. “I’m pleased to announce that Cabinet has agreed to on-going funding of $200 million a year so that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • World’s first algae-based local anaesthetic another step closer to reality
    A partnership between the Government and the Cawthron Institute has delivered a breakthrough in the production of a potent microalgal ingredient for the world’s first algae-based pain medication, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced.  “Scientists at Cawthron Institute in Nelson have developed a reliable and commercially scalable method for producing neosaxitoxin, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown sign Agreement in Principle| Ka waitohu a Ngāti Mutunga o...
    Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown have signed an Agreement in Principle marking a significant milestone towards the settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. Ngāti Mutunga are based on Wharekauri/Chatham Islands and are the second of two iwi/imi to reach agreement with the Crown. “Today’s signing follows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further ACC reforms introduced to Parliament
    New reporting requirements on access to ACC Earlier access to minimum rate of compensation Refinement to ACC purpose to focus on supporting all eligible injured people to access ACC The Accident Compensation (Access Reporting and Other Matters) Amendment Bill which aims to improve access to ACC for all injured people, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government supports Chatham Islands' resilience
    The Government is supporting the Chatham Islands’ resilience to extreme weather events and natural hazards through a grant to secure safe drinking water, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty said. “Many households in the Chatham Islands lack easy access to drinking water and have been forced to get water to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Chief Coroner appointed
    Coroner Anna Tutton has been appointed as the new Chief Coroner, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Anna Tutton was appointed as a Coroner in January 2015, based in Christchurch, and as Deputy Chief Coroner in 2020.  After the previous Chief Coroner, Judge Deborah Marshall, retired Ms Tutton took on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • DIRA Amendment Bill passes third reading
    The Government has passed an Amendment Bill today to support Fonterra’s move to a new capital structure and the continued success of New Zealand’s dairy industry. The Dairy Industry Restructuring (Fonterra Capital Restructuring) Amendment Bill will allow the Fonterra co-operative to make changes to its capital structure, as well as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister Whaitiri to attend Food Ministers’ Meeting with Australian counterparts
    Minister for Food Safety Meka Whaitiri will attend the Fourth Australia and New Zealand Food Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne on Friday. It will be the first time the meeting has been held in person since the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted international travel. “The Food Ministers’ Meeting sets the policy direction for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Kiwibank parent appoints directors
    David McLean and Sir Brian Roche have been appointed as the first two directors of the newly incorporated Kiwi Group Capital Limited (KCG), the parent company of Kiwibank. In August, the Government acquired 100 percent of Kiwi Group Holdings, which also operates New Zealand Home Loans, from NZ Post, ACC ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Defence Ministers meet in Cambodia
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “The first face to face meeting of the ADMM-Plus members is an opportunity for me to highlight New Zealand’s position on key regional security matters,” Peeni Henare said.  “In ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pay equity extended to thousands more social workers
    The Government will extend pay equity to all community and iwi organisations who employ social workers and receive funding from the Crown, Minister for Women Jan Tinetti announced today. We expect this will improve the lives of approximately 4,600 social workers. “This extension means thousands more social workers will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Taskforce set up to protect construction industry from product shortages & delays
    New ‘Critical Materials Taskforce’ will trouble shoot building materials shortages Focus on maximising productivity & cushioning businesses from supply chain risks Successful ‘Plasterboard Taskforce’ reshaped to include broader sector knowledge and expertise Will provide guidance, data and information to support builders, designers and business owners A new Critical Materials Taskforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bigger ED, more theatres and more beds in new Whangārei Hospital
    A new emergency department with three times more space will be part of the first stage of a two-stage project to build a new hospital for Whangārei and Northland. The Government has today confirmed funding for stage one of the new hospital – an acute services building and a child-health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Finnish PM to visit New Zealand
    Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, accompanied by Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari and a business delegation will visit New Zealand next week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The two leaders will meet in Auckland. “New Zealand and Finland are natural partners. We share similar approaches ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New recreational rules to support hāpuku and bass fisheries
    The daily limits on recreationally caught hāpuku (also known as groper) and bass will be lowered to a total of two per person in some areas, with a new accumulation limit of three per person on multi-day trips. Oceans and Fisheries Minister, David Parker said the rule changes would take ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature enabling Mātāuranga Māori
    Mātāuranga Māori is at the heart of the latest tranche of Jobs for Nature projects set to promote biodiversity and reduce impacts of climate change on Māori land, Minister of Conservation Poto Williams says. Project work will include the creation of an ecological corridor in Tairāwhiti, protecting 60 hectares of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supporting resilient shipping infrastructure in Vanuatu
    The Government has announced further support to Vanuatu to assist in constructing climate-resilient wharves as part of the Vanuatu Inter-Island Shipping Support Project (VISSP). “Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to supporting the economic recovery of our Pacific region in a way that continues to provide growth and supports climate resilience,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government welcomes High Court ruling on climate case
    The High Court has today confirmed the legality of the advice provided by the Climate Change Commission (the Commision) to inform New Zealand’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) and the first three emissions budgets.  Minister of Climate Change James Shaw says New Zealanders can have confidence in the Commission and of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government introduces changes to mining Act with stronger environmental focus
    ·         Crown Minerals Act will no longer actively “promote” prospecting, exploration, and mining of Crown-owned minerals ·         Will create more certainty around engagement between industry, iwi and hapū. The Government is proposing changes to modernise the Crown Minerals Act 1991 (CMA) to support more environmentally conscious management of resources, says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Building Nations 2050 conference
    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Good morning and thank you, Jack, for the introduction. I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge Infrastructure New Zealand Chair, Margaret Devlin and all the sponsors and organisers of this event for bringing us together in ‘Building Nations 2050’. I would also like to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better natural hazard information for home buyers
    Associate Minister of Local Government Kieran McAnulty has today introduced legislation to empower councils to share better information about natural hazards with the public. The Local Government Official Information Amendment (LGOIMA) Bill will make it easier for Councils to share clear and concise information in Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand welcomes visiting WTO Director General
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala visits New Zealand this week. Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor said the WTO was essential to New Zealand as a small export-dependent trading nation.  “New Zealand’s economic security depends on our ability to trade. Our goods exports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Faster, cheaper, better resource management law given first reading
    New laws that will deliver a faster, cheaper, and better resource management system had their first reading in the House today. The Spatial Planning (SP) and the Natural and Built Environment (NBE) Bills, which were introduced last week, will replace the 30-year-old Resource Management Act (RMA). Environment Minister David Parker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister Sio to meet new Vanuatu PM
    Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio travels to Vanuatu today, to meet with the new Government led by Prime Minister Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau and to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the Pacific Community (SPC) Ministerial Conference being hosted in Port Vila. Minister Sio will have a number of bilateral meetings with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Driving ahead with the Clean Car Standard
    Following discussions with vehicle importers, the Government has confirmed the Clean Car Standard will be phased in from 1 December 2022, significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of light vehicles in New Zealand, announced Transport Minister Michael Wood. “Emissions from our light vehicle fleet are the single largest source of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to Constitutional Kōrero conference
    Our Evolving Sense of Nationhood – Me Anga Whakamua Indigenous Futures and New Zealand’s Constitution Tuia ki runga, Tuia ki raro, Tuia te here tangata, Mai i te wheiao ki te ao mārama Ka rongo te pō ka rongo te āo! Tīhei Mauri Ora! Kei ngā miro o te ao ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Rental sector changes to regulate residential property managers, clear up meth confusion and ease pr...
    A suite of measures to improve the lives of renters and landlords has been announced by Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods as the Government makes more progress on reform of the rental sector. “Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand and these measures will result in regulated oversight of residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further sanctions on the political and economic elites of Russia and Belarus
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced further sanctions on members of the inner circles of governments in Russia and Belarus, as part of the ongoing response to the war in Ukraine. “Aotearoa New Zealand first moved against the powerful and wealthy in Russia with sanctions on political and economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Another step towards improved supermarket competition
    The Bill to trigger an unprecedented shake-up of the grocery sector and deliver New Zealanders a fairer deal at the checkout and help tackle cost of living pressures is ready for its first reading at Parliament. “The duopoly has now been given plenty of warning. If they fail to adequately ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Black Ferns to be celebrated at Parliament
    A public event and celebration will be held on Parliament’s lawn on December 13 to celebrate our Rugby World Cup winning Black Ferns. “The Black Ferns’ triumph at Eden Park is one of New Zealand’s greatest sporting moments,” Grant Robertson said. “They are extraordinary athletes, exceptional people and proud New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Autism Guideline released by Ministry
    The release of the latest edition of the Aotearoa New Zealand Autism Guideline – He Waka Huia Takiwātanga Rau has been welcomed by Minister for Disability Issues Poto Williams today. The Guideline provides an opportunity to better understand and communicate best practices for supporting autistic people and their families and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Aotearoa Refugee Hui
    Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Welcome to the Parliament, your Parliament. It is great to see the community here in such numbers, and I am happy to be here with my parliamentary colleagues to listen and take part in the discussions today. I particularly want to acknowledge Ibrahim Omer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Global climate talks underline need for domestic action
    Minister of Climate Change James Shaw marked the end of COP27 negotiations in Egypt by saying it was now crunch time for counties to step up and take urgent action at home. “Even though we have these international negotiations every year, our focus must always be on what we do ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Defence Minister visits Ukraine and Poland
    Defence Minister Peeni Henare has visited Ukraine and Poland, holding talks with his Ministerial counterparts. During the talks Minister Henare reaffirmed New Zealand’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian defence against Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion.   The visit  was a further demonstration of New Zealand’s ongoing support to the people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Stuart Nash to attend OECD meetings
    Small Business Minister Stuart Nash will travel to Paris today to attend small business meetings with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Stuart Nash will chair the OECD’s Digital for SMEs (D4SME) Steering Group meeting and the 4th Roundtable of the OECD D4SME Global Initiative. “The OECD’s Digital ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Human Rights Act enhanced to protect religious communities
    The Government will amend the law to make sure religious communities feel safe and welcome in New Zealand. After extensive consultation, with more than 19,000 submissions on six proposals, the Government will make one change to address incitement towards religious communities while asking for further work to be done alongside ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago