web analytics

Exploiting disaster

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 pm, December 16th, 2010 - 33 comments
Categories: farming, jobs, Mining, poverty - Tags: , , ,

It’s a tough Christmas for far too many Kiwis. Poverty is up, wages are down. 350,000 Kiwis are jobless or underemployed. The job losses are still coming – 130 from sawmills hammered by the high dollar, 160 from the Te Aroha meatworks fire, 400 as a result of the Pike River disaster, and untold numbers – that may reach 20,000 – from the earthquake. The rich got tax cuts, 70% got nothing. Drought is spreading. Thousands of Cantabrians face an uncertain future with their houses damaged and their jobs on the line.

As with the global recession, National isn’t responsible for creating these problems but, as government, it is responsible for fixing or ameliorating them. It’s not happening. Key promised to do “whatever it takes to assist the region” after the Canterbury Earthquake. Now, the message from National is “businesses that are struggling need to have a good look at themselves to identify whether it is just the earthquake or whether they are at a stage that they need to do more work on their business model and the earthquake has just brought it to a head earlier than it would normally” and a modest request for $4.1 million in assistance to keep businesses going was met with a pathetic $600,000 from the government.

Key and co promise big but, instead of delivering the help that is needed, National is exploiting disaster to advance its agenda.

We saw the Government’s cynical use of disaster during after the Canterbury Earthquake, when it rushed through CERRA, the Gerry Brownlee Enabling Act, that made Brownlee our virtual dictator. The law has already been used to circumvent the public’s concern about the safety of super-sized trucks on the roads by permitting over-dimension and over-weight trucks anywhere in the country as long as its part fo the ‘earthquake recovery’

Crisis was exploited again during the Hobbit shake-down, when the government slammed through legislation intended to remove the work rights of film workers.

Brownlee, again, is cynically exploiting disaster on the West Coast. He’s talking about by-passing the RMA using the new ‘Environmental Protection’ Agency to fast-track new mines and even allow Pike River to be open-cast mined  – actually mountaintop removing mining – despite being on Schedule 4 land (won’t happen anyway: the company has said it never considered open-cast mining because removing 150m of hill-tip to get at a few metres of coal is plainly uneconomical). Of course, all the fast-tracking in the world wouldn’t create new mining jobs for several years.

Make no mistake: this isn’t about preserving the jobs that have been lost. It’s about making an end-run round the huge public opposition to mining on protected land. Brownlee thinks he can wrap the issue in the emotion of the disaster and get what he wants.

With drought spreading and set to become a more regular feature due to climate change, look for the government to seize more control of the nation’s water resources for farming interests. The first taste of this was the sacking of Ecan and the canceling of elections. More of this to come – regional councils may even be abolished with power concentrated in Nick Smith’s ‘Environmental Protection’ Agency. It’s all about letting dairy farmers on land that should never be used for dairy take more water out of our rivers and replace it with cow shit. The farmers have no shame in the fact that the rivers they swam in as kids are now unsafe, and National will always be at their side.

33 comments on “Exploiting disaster ”

  1. while on the general topic, what the hell is going on with the Government appointing an electoral systems and tax expert to the commission of inquiry into Pike River but no health and safety expert?
    http://epmu.org.nz/news/show/173227

    Also, Blood on the Coal is worth checking out: http://ondemand.tv3.co.nz/60-Minutes-Blood-In-The-Coal/tabid/59/articleID/1717/MCat/22/Default.aspx

    • bobo 1.1

      the clip of Gerry Browlee mocking a photo of Phill Goff with some miners was a cheap shot then and very bad taste now.. kinda like the nah nah bulley in the simpsons poking fun which backfires..

    • Swampy 1.2

      There is nothing to stop the RC from getting this advise from someone whos not a commisoner but an experit they have got in. it is another push by the miners union to get their favourite hobby horse the check inspectors in. yet the check inspector proposal the Union wants is for more powers than the old system and more powers than they have in UK or much of Australia.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    The sawmills closing is an example of why raw product should not be exported. Other, larger economies with cash to burn buys up our raw product, adds extra value to it and then sells it back to us. They win, we lose both in monetary value and a loss of skills.

  3. RedLogix 3

    Anyone suggesting removing the top off the Paparoa Range to get at some coal (however ‘valuable’ it might be) has to be slightly unhinged. Really.

    The result has been bad in large places like West Virginia… but here in a small country like the SI it would be appalling. And forever.

  4. tc 4

    It was only a matter of time before Czar Browncoal was going to try on re-lighting his mining agenda under the veil of “helping pyke river worker”…..but as we all know the workers need help now not years down the line after any such fast tracked venture could provide jobs.

    • Swampy 4.1

      There has been no comitment made by Goverment to this Open cast thing which frankly is being pushed by the local Mayor who while he has been great in this disaster does have a reputation of being a bit off a blow hard at times

  5. Eddie 5

    In a sad link, turns out the workers at Te Aroha were docked two minutes pay for taking part in the two minutes silence for the Pike River miners.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10694840

    disgusting.

    Hey, isn’t David Carter, as well as being Minister for Agriculture, a shareholder in Silver Fern Farms that owns the plant? http://thestandard.org.nz/carter-must-go/

    I assume he has written to the board to express his disgust.

    • Why should the boss pay?
      You want to stand around doing nothing?
      Do it on the weekend
      Why couldn’t they ‘celebrate’ during lunchtime?
      Or is it a case of I will only show my support for the miners and family’s if I’m paid to.

      • Jilly Bee 5.1.1

        Robert, I was in St Luke’s Shopping Centre that day, an announcement came over the PA system asking for two minutes silence at 2pm – you could have heard a pin drop. I hope all the shop owners didn’t dock two minutes off their workers pay for that day.

        • Robert Atack 5.1.1.1

          And good on them for not doing so, I’m not saying it shouldn’t have happened, just why do people EXPECT the boss to pay?
          I stoped as well, to find out what was wrong with the radio.

        • just saying 5.1.1.2

          Funnily enough I was in the supermarket too. They announced the checkouts would be vacated five minutes ahead of time.
          Dead slience except for a baby crying

      • Cnr Joe 5.1.2

        From the Herald – “The silence was requested by Prime Minister John Key and observed by thousands of New Zealand workers. It marked the start of the official memorial service in Greymouth on December 2.”
        Sorry to be abusive but you’re a dick on this Robert.
        John Key did not request workers ‘celebrate’ either.
        Double dick. In fact – don’t have a merry xmas either u scrooge ass

        • Robert Atack 5.1.2.1

          Xmas – ho hum
          I don’t salivate like a Pavlov dog, just because I hear a Christmas bell ringing, xmas is just another sop to keep the masses happy, and consumerism alive, if there was a Christ, he would be rolling over in his tomb, at the on going destruction of the environment in his name.

          • Cnr Joe 5.1.2.1.1

            Good to hear you’ve brought your slobbering under control Robert.
            most unattractive in a ascetic curmudgeon
            Merry Christmas

      • Daveosaurus 5.1.3

        Robert, that was disgusting. I suggest you take it over to Whale Oil, or somewhere like that, where it would fit in better with the debate.

    • cardassian 5.2

      They’re also paying those workers until christmas even tho they don’t have to.
      link is in the main article.
      so 2 mins docked but 3 weeks paid doesn’t sound all bad to me.

      • jcuknz 5.2.1

        It is pretty inept though … unless as I guess some petty minded bean counter with no brain [humanity]

      • Murray 5.2.2

        I’m a subcontractor. We did stop for a period of quite reflection, slowed down our work so I guess we lost money But we accepted that. I guess with the meat workers it was just all about money

      • Robert Atack 5.2.3

        Was the pay docked or isn’t it a case they get paid to kill x number of cows per cow, it only x minus 2 were killed they still get paid as per agreement at the start of the day. To turn the factory off, and back on could have taken 15 minutes, maybe they should have worked that out before they went ahead, but if management decided to push the button then maybe they should pay?
        This is more of a worry
        Sign in Levin Medical Center yesterday
        10 minutes only
        If you mention more than one complaint you will be charged double, make another appointment for your ingrown toenail.

  6. We are in the crap, and are borrowing $300 mil a week now, the organizations ‘we’ are borrowing our lifestyles from, want to know we will eventually pay for it.
    Key, Clark, and co have already flogged the family silver, so now we have to put up the dinning room furniture, carpet and drapes etc, what have we got left to sell or offer as collateral? We’ve sold the next few generations into basic slavery to maintain our happy happy joy joy lives, we are living a form of infanticide, we have destroyed any hope the children alive today will have lifestyles remotely as good as say the baby boomers have had these past 50 years (thanks kids)
    I know when I was born in 1958 things were bloody great, we had endless growth, and space to do it, we were living on the sheep’s back – in paradise. Now we are on the kids back and in fast approaching hell.
    Any fool could run shit when we had unlimited energy, space, and money. But now ‘they/we’ have to start paying for it. This is what collapse looks like.
    Deal with reality or reality will deal with you lol

  7. Janet 7

    I hear that another 100 or so jobs are going in the Ministry of Health and the people concerned just got the news this week. Great Xmas present.

    • Marty G 7.1

      and 27 jobs at IRD, the first of up to another 500

      • jcuknz 7.1.1

        It is ‘management 101’ that you lay off staff before Christmas to save the wages you are required to pay while the staff spend time off site … it has been happening every Christmas as long as I can remember. Not good for the workers but a fact of life to be allowed for by them.
        Morning Report told me that IRD Greymouth staff welcomed the news because it was better to know that some of them were going than to be in the dark, now all they have to worry about is who … some consolation..

        • Despite all this mess this government has put us in,still acording to the polls, they are top of the pops.I just cannot understand it . Labour left the country in good shape .Low unemployment , in surplus and wages rising .So why are the polls favouring this ghastly lot? I accept that their public relations people are first class and I accept that the media is in the back pocket of the Nats, but surely t all those people out there ,ie.the out of work and the underpriviledged will come our and vote??

    • felix 7.2

      Woah, hold on!

      Are you saying Bill English and that nice John Key were LYING all along?

      Unbelievable.

  8. Bored 8

    Time for a go at “my ” side: Why the F are we forever bitching that Nact are not doing the right thing?

    Get real guys, that is not their job, their interest, their ideology. We live over here, they live over there!!!!!!!!

    Dont expect them to do any differently, dont complain, its fekkin pointless. They dont care about the rules, the niceties, anything! They are what they are, they will act like scorpions, they are irredeemable.

  9. Swampy 9

    Your talking nonsesne because Browlee has said open casting Pike River is not going to be looked at for 12months and the truth is once the officials have looked at it and told Gerry it is uneconomic apart from anything else it will never happen.

    the Pike River mine was not opencast from the start and this was after spending nearly a hundred mill to get the tunnel in from White Knight. because over the life of the mine it is still way cheaper to have the mine undeground. you could open cast but the cost is astronomocal & would make the mine uneconomic. apart from the environmental damage reembering they were allowed only to take out 1/3 of the actual reserve s to make sure the ground didn not subside which would have collapsed the cliffs at the western escaprement that they have to preserve.

    • felix 9.1

      “Your talking nonsesne because Browlee has said open casting Pike River is not going to be looked at for 12months and the truth is once the officials have looked at it and told Gerry it is uneconomic apart from anything else it will never happen.”

      Hmm, I seem to remember someone saying pretty much exactly the same thing every time a concern is raised about what this govt is up to.

      90 day fire at will? “SHUT UP IT’S ONLY FOR 20 EMPLOYEES OR LESS”

      Raising gst? “YOU CAN’T COMPLAIN IT HASN’T EVEN HAPPENED YET”

      etc etc. Either of those choice lines come from your dirty little fingers, Swampy? Can’t be arsed checking but I think it might’ve been you.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint statement of Mr Bernard Monk; Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry,...
    [Note: The Parties have agreed on terms to fully and finally settle the proceeding and will jointly issue the below statement.] At the heart of this litigation are the lives of the 29 men tragically lost at the Pike River mine on 19 November 2010 and to whom we pay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More financial support for businesses
    Today’s decision to keep Auckland in a higher COVID Alert Level triggers a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme which will open for applications at 9am this Friday. “The revenue test period for this payment will be the 14th to the 27th of September. A reminder that this is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand provides further humanitarian support for Afghanistan
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  “There is significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” said Nanaia Mahuta. The UN has estimated that 80% of the quarter of a million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Innovative te reo prediction tool announced in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
    A new Māori language prediction tool will play a key role in tracking our te reo Māori revitalisation efforts, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. He Ara Poutama mō te reo Māori (He Ara Poutama) can forecast the number of conversational and fluent speakers of te reo Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further Government support for people to access food and essential items
    The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche is targeted at the Auckland region, helping providers and organisations to distribute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Half a million Pfizer vaccines from Denmark
    The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government has entered into to purchase additional vaccines to meet the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Inland Revenue providing essential COVID support for businesses
    Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme and the Wage Subsidy are available at the same ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
    New Zealand is expressing unity with all victims, families and loved ones affected by the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, and all terrorist attacks around the world since, including in New Zealand. “Saturday marks twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to SPREP Environment Ministers
    Talofa Honourable Ulu of Tokelau Faipule Kelihiano Kalolo Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings from Aotearoa to your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The new science released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on 8 August paints an alarming picture of the projected impacts of climate change on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Additional Resurgence Support Payments to support business
    Businesses affected by higher Alert Levels will be able to apply for further Resurgence Support Payments (RSP). “The Government’s RSP was initially intended as a one-off payment to help businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. Ministers have agreed to provide additional payments to recognise the effects of an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More Dawn Raids scholarships announced
    Details of the ‘Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships’, a goodwill gesture that follows the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s, were released today by Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. “These scholarships that are targeted to the Pacific will support the kaupapa of the Dawn Raids’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers starting in October
      One-way quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu starts in October New requirement for RSE workers to have received their first vaccination pre-departure, undertake Day 0 and Day 5 tests, and complete a self-isolation period of seven days, pending a negative Day 5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt boosts Pacific suicide prevention support
    Applications have opened for the Pacific Suicide Prevention Community Fund as the Government acts to boost support amid the COVID delta outbreak. “We know strong and connected families and communities are the most important protective factor against suicide and this $900,000 fund will help to support this work,” Health Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt parks the expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
    As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today. “While this extension won’t officially ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 community fund to provide support for vulnerable women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced a $2 million community fund that will provide support for women and girls adversely affected by COVID-19. “We know that women, particularly those who are already vulnerable, are disproportionally affected by the kind of economic disruption caused by COVID-19,” Jan Tinetti said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Next phase of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response announced
    A further NZ$12 million of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response has been announced by Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today. The package builds on previous tranches of assistance Aotearoa New Zealand has provided to Fiji, totalling over NZ$50 million. “Fiji remains in a very challenging position in their response to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Robotic asparagus harvester aimed at addressing industry challenges
    The Government is backing a $5 million project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing $2.6 million to the project. Project partner Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) will build on a prototype asparagus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Additional Pfizer vaccines to arrive tomorrow
    More than a quarter of a million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are on their way from Spain to New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The additional doses will arrive in Auckland on Friday morning to help meet the current surge in demand for vaccination. “It’s been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Young people to have their voices heard in Youth Parliament 2022
    The dates and details for Youth Parliament 2022 have been announced today by Minister for Youth Priyanca Radhakrishnan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Youth Parliament is an opportunity for 141 young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand to experience the political process and learn how government works. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Boosting support for tertiary students affected by COVID-19
    Students facing a hard time as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be supported,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government is putting a further $20 million into the Hardship Fund for Learners, which will help around 15,000 students to stay connected to their studies and learning. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Immediate relief available for Māori and iwi organisations
    The Government has reprioritised up to $5 million to provide immediate relief to vulnerable whānau Māori and communities during the current COVID-19 outbreak Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The COVID-19 2021 Whānau Recovery Fund will support community-driven, local responses to gaps in access and provision of critical ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New beef genetics programme to deliver cows with smaller environmental hoof-print
    The Government is backing a genetics programme to lower the beef sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by delivering cows with a smaller environmental hoof-print, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. Informing New Zealand Beef is a seven-year partnership with Beef + Lamb New Zealand that is expected to result in more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Appointments to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced new appointments to the board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Former Associate Minister of Education, Hon Tracey Martin, has been appointed as the new Chair for NZQA, replacing the outgoing Acting and Deputy Chair Professor Neil Quigley after an 11-year tenure on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt supports residential house building by allowing manufacture of building supplies
    The Government has agreed to allow some building product manufacturing to take place in Auckland during Covid lockdown to support continued residential construction activity across New Zealand. “There are supply chain issues that arise from Alert Level 4 as building products that are manufactured domestically are mostly manufactured in Auckland. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government invests in scientific research to boost economy, address climate change and enhance wellb...
    Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has today announced the recipients of this year’s Endeavour Fund to help tackle the big issues that New Zealanders care about, like boosting economic performance, climate change, transport infrastructure and wellbeing. In total, 69 new scientific research projects were awarded over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Transport to drive economic recovery
    The Government is investing a record amount in transport services and infrastructure to get New Zealand moving, reduce emissions and support the economic recovery, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. The 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) was released today which outlines the planned investments Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government congratulates NZ Paralympic team
    The Government has congratulated New Zealand’s Paralympic Team following an outstanding showing at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. “Our New Zealand Paralympian athletes have once again shown incredible talent, tenacity and determination at the Tokyo Paralympic Games winning 12 medals, with every athlete who represented New Zealand making us so proud,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Aotearoa mourns passing of creative icon Billy Apple
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni has expressed her condolences at the passing of Billy Apple, one of New Zealand’s most influential artists. “Today we’ve lost a giant of New Zealand art. Billy was a creative visionary, an inspiration and a friend to so many,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “Billy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government attempted to deport terrorist
    The lifting of final suppression orders relating to the Auckland terrorist shows Immigration New Zealand had been attempting for years to deport him and also sought to detain him while deportation was considered in order to keep him out of the community. “The individual arrived in New Zealand in October ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s update on the 3 September Auckland terrorist attack
    ***Check against delivery*** I want to begin with an update on the status of our victims from yesterday’s attack. We’re aware now that there were a total of seven people injured. There are five people in hospital, three are in a critical condition. The remaining victims have been treated and are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tonga’s language week goes virtual 
    This year’s Tonga Language week is going to be a virtual affair because of the nationwide lockdowns for Covid 19, said the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. “We have been working closely with the Tongan community ahead of Uike Lea Faka-Tonga, and they have selected the theme Fakakoloa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Resurgence Support Payment amended to include new businesses
    The Government’s Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) has been updated to better support newly established businesses. The RSP is a one-off payment that helps businesses with costs like rent or fixed costs during higher alert levels. When this COVID-19 response scheme was first established last year the criteria was included that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago