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English not even trying any more

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, May 24th, 2015 - 71 comments
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Because I said so, that’s why!

National has denied it misled voters before last year’s election, when it vowed not to introduce any new taxes, by announcing two new taxes in this week’s Budget.

The Government has consistently denied its changes to taxing the capital gains on property and the introduction of a new airport levy are new taxes, with Finance Minister Bill English today accusing anyone calling them a tax of playing “word games”.

Anyone remember departure tax?

71 comments on “English not even trying any more”

  1. Conor Jeory 1

    And that wasn’t a ponytail – that were a mobile bell pull, I was just…slurp…summonsing the help.
    How else on Planet Keyreepy are we supposed to get a waiter…no, I mean wait person to serve us?
    This is proving most taxing on one.

    • b waghorn 1.1

      And its much more polite than clicking you’re fingers or loudly saying don’t you no who I am? when summonsing the help

  2. ianmac 2

    I remember paying about $25 to leave from the airport for overseas. Had to pay cash and have the receipt attached to ticket. I thought Labour gave it away because the cost of processing wasn’t worth the income. And remember the tax you had to pay on leaving hospital that National had imposed in the 90s? Canned because the cost of processing, and the awkwardness to patients was too high a price.

    • Colonial Rawshark 2.1

      300 people on a jumbo jet. $7500 per flight. How is the processing not worth the income? How is processing a $15 parking ticket worth the income?

  3. Upnorth 3

    I have no problem with this levy/tax – it wont effect tourism and I want to be safe on a plane (I travel alot) and I want bio security in this country.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

  5. Colonial Rawshark 5

    What exactly is the Left’s message here? That new taxes are bad? That it won’t implement any new taxes itself? That it prefers that well off Kiwis – who are the ones who do most international travelling and own the most property – should not be taxed more?

    I mean WTF is the Left on about?

    • les 5.1

      continual broken promises …I guess.

      • Colonial Rawshark 5.1.1

        And I think that’s probably what Labour is driving at…but who would know its so mixed up and negative.

        • felix 5.1.1.1

          I agree. Just stand up and say it straight, the govt are lying through their teeth.

          • Colonial Rawshark 5.1.1.1.1

            Sure. And maybe stop acting like a government deficit, tightening up rules on capital gains and putting a levy on international air travellers are all bad things.

            • Tracey 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Like put up policy to add $60 a week to the incomes of the need? Stuff like that you mean?

              • Colonial Viper

                you mean Labour has been talking about that this week to clearly contrast themselves against National? Great! Where did they do that, by the way?

                • Tracey

                  You are writing as though they never campaigned on it…

                  You mean the media that attacked Cunlife for offering $60 bucks a week but cheers Key for giving a mythical $25 have honestly reproduced all press releases this last 3 days

                  • Colonial Rawshark

                    So can you think of a valid reason why Labour hasn’t highlighted that policy up this week to provide NZers a clear contrast to National’s tight fisted budget?

                    • Tracey

                      Nope. I know the Greens managed to get a bit of traction with their derision of it though.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      Indeed. The Greens still need to break through that cultural disconnect with the average Kiwi voter if they want to break through the 10%-12% mark. It’s not about watering down their policies, it’s about positioning, positivity and approachability.

                    • Tracey

                      And the Greens are in the press today about the joke that is this Govt’s lies that it gives a shit about climate change. I am wondering if the CC issue is the young folks of today’s nuclear issue?

                      It seems, anecdotedly, that the Greens lost the polled gains because people believed the good economic manager lies of the Nats and at the last minute fell to the fear-mongering.

                      The way round this is to run a few, short and easy lines to sum up the duplicity of the economic masters line and repeat them for 2 years.

                    • weka

                      “It’s not about watering down their policies, it’s about positioning, positivity and approachability.”

                      Which the GP already happen to be experts at 🙄

                      Great advice from someone whose main strategy currently is relentless negativity.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      Hey weka. The Greens are doing just fine as they are, is that it? OK if you say so.

                    • Tracey

                      The Green Party is probably the most positive political party we have. Concerned about getting the change they feel is required without the bullshit ego need for the baubles of office.

                      LP , every interview since the budget should have said how thrilled they are to see National adopting their housing plan, their beneficiary/poverty plan (or parts of it) and how much better NZ would be with more of what Labour has been campaigning on. And repeat it ad infinitum. Regardless of what they were asked.

    • I mean WTF is the Left on about?

      That the Nats are liars. I would’ve thought that was pretty obvious to anyone not persistently pushing a line that everything Labour says is proof it’s sold out and useless.

      • Colonial Rawshark 5.2.1

        OK, so after 9 years of repeating that, do we have anything new to try?

        • te reo putake 5.2.1.1

          Do you have anything new to try, CV? Seriously, your relentless negativity has its bleak charms, but unless you’ve got practical solutions, why bother? What specific, measurable, realistic and time bound ideas do you bring to the table?

          • Tracey 5.2.1.1.1

            I must say it has been pretty relentless this past few days. I am assuming it is to try and shame the Labour Party for standing for something more palatable to CV, and those whose views he is reflecting?

            • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.1.1.1

              And I’m just getting started. As I said, the next two Roy Morgans are going to set the tone for the remaining 18 months of the pre-campaign period.

              • Tracey

                Whatever vents your spleen.What you hoping to achieve? That you were right to predict the next 2 polls will still love Key?

              • So you’ve got nothing at all? Just the whinging?

                • Wolfgang

                  What am I going to say?

                • Tracey

                  Given this is the most misleading PM (or lying to be more unkind) I can recall in my 40-odd years of political awareness, and the polls keep loving him, I fail to see why this budget wouldn’t see him soar… it’s been a great few deceptions indeed… with man on the Left buying the smoke and mirrors too.

                • Colonial Rawshark

                  So you’ve got nothing at all? Just the whinging?

                  I don’t fucking report to you, mate. Why don’t you go ask caucus why they are still discussing ways to screw around with NZ super.

                  • So, nothing then. Good to know.

                  • The Murphey

                    CR you understand very well the reasons why super is being targeted

                    We live inside a manufactured reality of which the NZLP is part of the political theater playing the role they are instructed to act out

                    • b waghorn

                      Might be time for you meds mate that sound deeply paranoid!

                    • The Murphey

                      Might be time for you meds mate that sound deeply paranoid!

                      Says the bloke who believes the cashless society us a ‘natural evolution’

                      Q. Do you understand fundamental financial concepts ?

                      Q. Do you understand what ‘monetary scarcity’ is ?

                    • b waghorn

                      No to both to be honest , and I’m quit prepared to be wrong and to learn . but I would be astounded if cash isn’t fazed out probably the only thing that would stop it is a total break down of society , which with GCC that’s a possibility.

                    • The Murphey

                      No to both to be honest

                      Fair play with the honesty BW

              • felix

                What do you mean “pre-campaign period”? Those don’t exist any more.

                The Nat campaign started last year on the 21st of September.

                • Tracey

                  and when they lost elections they abandoned parliament for all intents and purposes for the campaign trail.

                • Colonial Rawshark

                  The Nat campaign started last year on the 21st of September.

                  Yes. And that’s also what this Budget was all about.

        • Whoosh, look how quickly the goalposts shift.

          • Colonial Rawshark 5.2.1.2.1

            You think that the message about the Right being liars cut through successfully to voters? I don’t. I think they tuned the Left out as repeating a framing that was mixed up and which they didn’t quite catch.

            Oh well, I’m sure the next two Roy Morgans will let us know.

            • Tracey 5.2.1.2.1.1

              Do you think the LP should become the better liars?

              • Colonial Rawshark

                I think the LP should tell us what they truly think about NZ Super and many other issues, and what they intend to do about it.

                • Clemgeopin

                  Do you even realise that all the Labour policies are still under detailed careful review, then they need to go to the members to discuss, debate and vote on before becoming policy or do you want the Labour leaders to unilaterally just make up policies on the hoop? I think you need to be a little patient for a little longer.

            • te reo putake 5.2.1.2.1.2

              Yep, nothing but negativity. CV has no answers.

  6. I thought Gower skewered English quite well this morning on The Nation. Soft tones made the incongruence of bills statements stand out like the proverbial.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/thenation/interview-finance-minister-bill-english-2015052311#axzz3b0XOmPtb

    • b waghorn 6.1

      Yes he asked a few tuff questions but there was none of the pushy rude frothing at the mouth that he gives to labour members , and did you notice right at the end the very warm hand shake between the two hardly a sign that English had been skewered.

  7. Tracey 7

    The disabled amongst us continue to be relegated to under-class with nothing in the budget to lift them from mere subsistence living.

    I have a friend with CP. She is now in her mid thirties and is physically deteriorating quickly. Mentally sharp as a tack. She has been working full-time but in recent months that has become physically impossible in recent months forcing her to drop to part-time. This has meant that she has less income to meet her mortgage. She is in danger of losing her house. To try and get temporary reprieves she has to make WINZ appointments and travel in to the office… and then it seems to depend on who she speaks to.

    She has borrowed money from us, which we happily lent, so that she could get ahead of the debt for a short time.

    Meanwhile ACC holds a very big surplus investment…

    THIS is the NZ we live in.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      We have to do much better as a society. No more managerial tinkering around the edges.

      • Tracey 7.1.1

        Even amongst the beneficiary bashers you’d think those born with (or attain) disabilities preventing work beyond a minimum wage or thereabouts would be seen as deserving of the safety net…

        It’s become such a game between LP and Nats that they have truly all forgotten who they are supposed to be standing up for.

        • Colonial Rawshark 7.1.1.1

          How do we unequivocally remind them.

          • Tracey 7.1.1.1.1

            I honestly dont know CV. I do rack my brains from time to time cos this stuff matters.

            I had hoped more people would take their vote from Labour in 2014 to send a strong message (but not take it to the Right)… As you know I have turned my back on voting Labour as an answer. I have donated more to the Green Party in the last 12 months than to all causes in the previous 10 years cos I want them to have the means to advocate.

            People want to believe the best in each other. They don’t want to believe that Key is not telling the truth cos they have to admit being duped, they don’t want to think he has lied to them… and their hope is misplaced…

            I agree with you that grassroots has to be the answer. LP has spent the last decade or more almost embarrassed to have the Unions on their side rather than using the ground infrastructure they provide. I would be utlising those networks to get MP’s on the ground, all the time, day after day, talking to people about the real stuff, including pointing out the lies.

            Little has publicly courted businesses… I see a need for that but not at the expense of those in need, and most of them are represented by Unions, CTU etc NOT the LP.

            • Colonial Rawshark 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Little needs to be courting SMEs with say 50 or fewer employees, also independent contractors (many of these people are all being shafted by current arrangements), not the big corporates.

              I agree with you that grassroots has to be the answer.

              This has got to be the way to go. The privileged establishment on $160K pa needs to be pressured and reminded and in fact, hounded to do the right thing on behalf of the people.

              • Tracey

                Isn’t this what Clark did in 1998/1999 ? Spent the year on the ground talking to kiwis? BUT I want to see every List MP on the ground every day talking to the people… people like Clayton fucking Cosgrove working hard for his money not fighting hard for some press exposure.

                There are hundreds of volunteers working the streets for their parties for nothing while some MPs get paid shitloads to do whatever they do.

                Create rosters, so it’s shared around. When Nats were in opposition they unashamedly abandoned Parliament and spent the time campaigning.

                It’s as much about creating a message as clearing up the misconceptions about their message, and that takes eyeball to eyeball chats

            • b waghorn 7.1.1.1.1.2

              “. I would be utlising those networks to get MP’s on the ground”
              I have never meet a polititian in my life . Or a union member the closest I came was once watching a local body one from my kitchen window drop a flyer in my letter box that said “” I called in while you were out sorry to have missed you”

              • Tracey

                My union (TEU) emails me once a week.

                I have met several politicians but only through my partner’s free tickets to certain events. I met Helen Clark though a meeting at Unitec once and at her office. She was not the cold hard person so many painted her as when in person.

                The ones I met at cricket or Halberg gatherings were swarmed by business folks practically drooling and falling over their tongues to get a word and the pollies drooling over the rowers or all blacks…

                Oh, Rodney Hide came to my door a couple of elections ago and lied to me. I wish I could recall the exact lie, but I cant

                • b waghorn

                  “”Rodney Hide came to my door a couple of elections ago and lied to me”
                  Yuck how long did it take to scrub the grease patch off the door step.!! .

                  • Tracey

                    I had been phoned in a poll a few days prior and they wouldn’t tell me who the poll was for. I asked twice, and when I asked if it was for ACT, they thanked me and rang off. It was incredibly unprofessional. The questions were very loaded which got me suspicious. I suspect I challenged him at the door. He was wearing his yellow jacket, whatever year that election was.

                    Oh, we had a leaky home, he fit right in….

                    I was struck then and a couple of times when I have seen him at Halberg awards at how short he is…

  8. Jim 8

    Its the Fourth Reich- run by the same global bankers that financed Hitler’s Third Riech. Lets be honest. These criminals and serial child abusers need to rounded up and put on trial.

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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
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    6 days ago