web analytics

Farmers workers protest today

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, November 21st, 2008 - 33 comments
Categories: activism, greens, workers' rights - Tags: , ,

Workers from Farmers stores in the Auckland area will take part in a ‘Skinny Santa’ parade down Queen Street today to protest against their low rates of pay and for a $15 minimum wage.

Most Farmers staff are only paid between $12 and $13.50 an hour and the company’s latest pay offer would give the majority of workers a pay increase of just 20 cents an hour or less.

The parade is being organised by the National Distribution Union and leaves QEII Square at 11.30 am. It will stop to deliver a petition to the Chairman of the Board of Farmers before finishing at Aotea Square.

At the end of the parade Green MP Keith Locke will talk to workers about the Green Party’s policy for a $15 minimum wage.

So if you’re in Auckland today make sure you pop on down and show your support.

What: Skinny Santa Parade
When: 11. 30 am today
Where: Queen Elizabeth Square to Aotea Square

33 comments on “Farmers workers protest today ”

  1. Bill 1

    Not sure about the imagery.

    Santa, as Capitalism’s fat man is and will remain fat thanks to the free lunch he is receiving from Governments around the world.

    Underpaid workers are ‘Santa’s helpers’…can’t afford lunch; no ‘freebies’.

    That aside. Good on them.

  2. relic 2

    Gosh, it is going to take a while to bridge the ‘wage gap’ with Australia if Farmers level increases are any indicator.

  3. Bill 3

    On a related topic….http://ndu.org.nz/bus_drivers_locked_out_offering_free_rides.

    The question I have to ask is ‘What the hell were they thinking’?

    If you are not going to take fares, you don’t say that you are not going to take fares!

    You find quasi legitimate excuses as to why you failed to collect fares thereby keeping yourself ‘safe’ from retribution and inflicting a degree of hurt on the employer that the employer only realises has been inflicted after the fact.

    Whereas direct action is definitely the way to go, it involves a degree of ‘boxing clever’ or runs the risk of backfiring as seems to have happened in Hamilton.

  4. Chris G 4

    Good on them too!

    As a part time woolies and pub worker I feel their frustration with stagnating wages.

    Mine has only ever risen from my original contract of $8.50 an hour (Courtesy of the Nats of the 90s) by way of minimum wage increase to the now $12 (Thanks Helen et al.)

    Oh but I did get that fantastic bonus of: After three years service at woolies adds 37 cents per hour to my pay! Umm. Yeah.

    The frustration comes when browsing the Progressive Enterprise magazine which shows profits Skyrocketing each year with all sorts of fancy graphs. Wonder where all that $$$ goes?

  5. Tane 5

    Bill, yeah I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on up there. Though GO Bus certainly seems a little trigger-happy with the lockouts recently, eh?

  6. This provides some insight into why Kiwis are fleeing to Australia. They can’t afford to live here on the low wages they get.

    NACTional aren’t going to be any help there. Quite the contrary. Their policies will increase unemployment to keep downward pressure on wages and conditions……just as they did last time they were in Government.

    I’d be happy to be wrong on that, by the way, but can’t see any that I am, given their stated policies.

    Sure, the rhetoric says higher wages, but the actual policies point the OTHER way.

  7. Chess Player 7

    $15 minimum an hour seems a fair ask, to me, for all workers in any industry.

    They need it more than I need a tax cut.

  8. randal 8

    chess player
    they sure do
    they need the money for food and kids clothes etc
    the tax cut people need it for a new house in the south of france
    so is national going to make employers front up with decent wages or not?

  9. Camryn 9

    Chris G – Great that you’re working, but perhaps you should try out for something higher paying instead of waiting for Woolie’s to follow any minimum wage legislation that may come along? The minimum wage jobs there are fairly simple and hence the low pay… I doubt Woolworth’s considers the pay to be suitable for an adult supporting a family or a mortgage but it’s OK for a teenager or first job seeker and that’s probably who they mostly expect to take the jobs. Prior to the recent bust you could’ve probably moved into construction and named your price. There are still better paying jobs going in farming etc.

  10. Tane 10

    Camryn, low wage workers don’t need lectures, they need better pay.

    The aspirational discourse – “just quit and find a better paying job” – is fine on an individual level – but the fact is that as a society we need people to work our checkouts, to drive our buses, to look after our elderly, to wait our tables.

    The question is, how are we going to treat these people?

  11. Bill 11

    Tane

    The point is that they can afford to be trigger happy. A min wage worker is in no position to survive a stand-off. Knowing that, the unions should be devoting time to developing strategies that nullify the lock-out option.

    I don’t know how the buses run in Hamilton, but right off the top of my head I’d have thought that step one would have been to look at the systems in place around the money and see if they could be monkey wrenched in such a way as to leave drivers with a degree of deniability over non collection of fares.

    If that wasn’t going to be possible, then charge every customer for one zone only ( if the fares are zoned).

    If there are electronic travel cards in operation then look at simple reversible ways that prevent the machines reading the cards.

    And so it goes on.

    I don’t want to be sounding negative, but in this day and age where the playing field is tilted so steeply in the employers favour, workers; their unions have to be smart and act in ways not anticipated by the current employment laws. Otherwise, what with union densities being often very low, they are going to be on a hiding to nothing on far too many occasions.

  12. Chris G 12

    Camryn,

    Im a student so just makin my way through studies… I think its fair to say its tough to find student jobs that pay anything above $13.50 (Thats what I get at woolies)

    Eg. The bar I work at, 90% of the staff are uni students. all getting around $12.50/hr

    “I doubt Woolworth’s considers the pay to be suitable for an adult supporting a family or a mortgage but it’s OK for a teenager or first job seeker and that’s probably who they mostly expect to take the jobs”

    You would be bloody suprised to know who works there. Id say the majority of the workers there are full timers, supporting families, I know that by knowing the people who work there.. Now if woolworths considers that $13/hr is suitable for those people then they are deluded and have some fucked up ethics.

    Combine that with the skyrocketing profits as trumpeted by their magazines that they have the Audacity to throw in the staffrooms of their underpaid workers!!

    Im one of the luckier ones who works at minimum wage level (Or thereabouts) in that I have a safety net of my well-off family to provide for me so that I have the capacity to study and work.

  13. Tane 13

    Bill, agreed. The recent driver lockout in Wellington failed in my opinion because as the city is heavily reliant on public transport to get people to work the halt in services had a major impact on the public and on the running of the city. It was quickly becoming a PR fiasco for GO Wellington, as well as a political issue, and they finally had the sense to back down. The CTU’s announcement they would swing in behind the drivers would have also had a lot to do with it.

    I’m not sure whether the same conditions exist in Hamilton. But I’m willing to withold my judgement on the industrial tactics until I find out more about what’s actually going on.

  14. Camryn 14

    Tane – We do need people doing those minimum wage jobs (which typically don’t include bus drivers or elder-care nurses out of those examples you gave). However, those jobs are unskilled and therefore only suit those without skills… students, teenagers, etc. If you pass 20 or so and don’t have enough skills to get more than the minimum wage then it is an individual problem and not a societal one. Society can get by just fine with the students, teenagers, recent unskilled immigrants, etc (all of whom do typically use the minimum wages as the steeping stones they should be).

  15. Camryn 15

    Chris G – Should say I also worked at a supermarket on minimum when studying. I agree there were a few adults around, but at my supermarket it was mostly mums who had been out of the workforce for ages and just wanted something easy to supplement family income.

  16. Tane 16

    Camryn, a lot of bus drivers are on minimum wage or thereabouts. And as someone who knows a fair few elder care workers I can assure you they are as well.

    There are hundreds of thousands of people living on poverty wages like the workers at Farmers, far more than could ever be staffed by teenagers and students. The reality is we as a society do need full timers to do these jobs, and many of them have families to support.

    These people do important work and our society couldn’t function without them. I think they deserve to be treated with some basic human dignity, and judging by the Farmers protest, so do they. Good on them for demanding some respect.

  17. Camryn 17

    Oh, and that was high school. Would’ve been tough to get through uni without something a little higher paying since I didn’t want to work during semesters and needed to save up all my $$ on holidays… and that’s where I met Lynn.

    [lprent: 🙂 There were a lot of students there at various phases. I think we regarded Auck Uni as our labour source.]

  18. Bill 18

    Camryn

    Food for thought? In a kitchen, the chef is skilled and gets a lot more pay than the dish pig who isn’t. However, without the dish-pig the chef would not be able to perform her/his function.

    There is more to jobs than the skilled/unskilled division.

    There is the unpleasantness of particular jobs and the necessity of particular jobs which are factors among many others that should impact on remuneration.

  19. Sarah 19

    I hate to say this but farmers workers are farmers workers for a reason. They are unskilled. We need to build a skill-based economy. What we should be doing is promoting skill training for these sort of workers, so that they can reach better wages more easily, instead of promoting meaningless wage increases.

  20. LAX 20

    Cool, the Nat’s win the election and the commie unions emerge from their nine year slumber.

    I might head on down, it has been a long time since I have been able to chuck eggs at a trade unionist.

    [Tane: Unite’s Supersizemypay, the EPMU’s FairShare, the NDU’s Progressive campaign, the Nurses’ pay campaign… I could go on. Try to do a bit of research before you mouth off. Also, feel free to go and hurl eggs at low wage workers asking for a better deal – just be sure to wear your National Party rosette.]

  21. Camryn 21

    Supply and demand works pretty well… if there are people who will do a job for a certain rate then those who want more for the same job miss out. I’m all for fair and safe workplace requirements etc to make sure employment costs aren’t trimmed in non-wage ways that would disadvantage or endanger workers but artificial labour pricing won’t work any better than any other articifical pricing. If society wants to provide more, then society should pay the difference… not the employer. Why should it be their concern? Minimum wages essentially force employers to pay for something society wants, or to not hire anyone in the first place.

    NZ has it the right way around on housing assistance, whereas parts of the US (for example) have rent controls that specify maximum rates of rent increase (below inflation) to ensure a mixture of socio-economic strata co-exist within a given city or suburb. This, of course, gives landlords the incentive to never renovate or improve, and try to force out tenants in various other ways. I can’t understand why the entity that wants the diversity (society, through its government) doesn’t pay for it through rental supplements rather than forcing the burden onto single individuals. Totally not cool. NZ sees the light on the housing issue but employs opposite logic on minimum wages.

  22. Tane 22

    Sarah, who’s going to work at Farmers when we’ve upskilled all the Farmers workers into new jobs? And how are we going to pay them? You see the problem with your argument.

    Also, love the phrase “meaningless wage increases.” Try telling someone on $12 an hour a decent pay rise is “meaningless”.

  23. Dave 23

    Well, in my opinion the minimum wage needs to go up in light of prices on necessities rising so rapidly in the last year or so (I don’t have the correct figures, but i’m sure someone can find them) and I agree, paying a crap wage while allowing your employees to see the massive profits that are being reaped is somewhat unethical.

    Lets hope Slippery John can do something about it aye?

  24. Bill 24

    Sarah

    Quality customer service is a skill. One that many people cannot master.

  25. roger nome 25

    Skinny Santa Parade? A weird coincidence from elliott smith’s song “king’s crossing”

    It’s Christmas time, and the needles on the tree
    A skinny Santa is bringing something to me
    His voice is overwhelming, but his speech is slurred
    And I only understand every other word

  26. infused 26

    I really don’t understand this whole minimum wage thing. If you don’t like minimum wage, up skill and get a better job. That’s what most people do.

    Artificial pay increase, yeah that will do a lot for the country.

    I think I can comment on this to, working at Burger King in 2000 getting 7.70 an hour, then factory working, I got 19.00 an hour, then I quit, studied, got a diploma in software engineering and started my own business.

    Now I’m on roughly 55k and I increase my pay every year.

    People have the choice. Very simple.

    [you’re fundamentally misunderstanding the issue, it’s not about the individuals, we need these roles in our economy, the question is how we treat the people who do them. Like Tane, says “who’s going to work at Farmers when we’ve upskilled all the Farmers workers into new jobs? And how are we going to pay them? You see the problem with your argument.” SP]

  27. roger nome 27

    Infused – piss off. The asymmetric bargaining arrangement of free contracting (which we currently have) favors the employer – thus creating market failure, in a social sense because most people see the outcomes as unjust. So most people vote for a minimum wage. Only extremists advocate for the abolition of the min wage.

  28. Phil 28

    Quality customer service is a skill. One that many people cannot master.

    Which is a big part of the reason they’re paid what they are.

  29. bobo 29

    It’s the typical I’m ok, screw everyone else, play off the individual against the individual who do identical work. If we go down the road that some of the righties argue we will end up like India with a sub-class of “untouchables” doing the jobs that society needs to function. What is the big deal with the minimum wage increasing with inflation just as any other commodity does?

  30. Chris G 30

    Well said bobo.

    I think SP put it nicely in his subtext of infuseds rant at 1.04. and in answer to your question of where the fundamental flaw is obvious, I dont think it is to righties.

    There seems to be this line of argument from the righties that we could all become rich by, as comments above suggest: Upskill, get a better job. But there is a huge flaw in that its simply not practical or realistic, as mentioned partly by Tane. The reality is that we cant all be CEO’s and I see that as the inherent flaw in the current capitalist structure.

    Take for example a friend of mine from school. His mother was a nurse but an unregistered one, she had to support 2 teenage boys on her own. My mother who has worked in nursing and health her entire life always suggested to her that she train to be a registered nurse and thus increase her pay – it seemed obvious to an outsider that thats what you’d do.

    The trouble was is that it simply wasnt financially viable for her to lose current pay to study to become a registered nurse. How the hell could she risk forgoing: Mortgage payments, food, bills etc.

    Now its all very well for someone like me in a position of privilege to scoff and say: Oh well she should just find a way! Upskill! Get a better job! or my favourite: Shes the result of Supply and Demand, fair is fair!

    But instead, I take issue with the fact that people get trapped in to that sort of work cycle, and I’d rather help finding a solution. I’d like to think some others out there can stop and consider the many variables that shape us as who we are, but it appears they don’t. case point: whale/DPF blogs , the list goes on.

    Go the Farmers workers, I hope they turned some heads today!

  31. Stephen 31

    So what about say, making sure there are accessible ways to ‘upskill’, without forcing emplyers to comply with semi-arbitrary regulations?

  32. Sarah 32

    Tane, the problem with raising the minimum wage in the manner which you’re proposing is that all the extra costs go straight onto businesses.

    If we as society believe that the minimum wage should increase, then society should justly deal with the reprucussions and consequences of such a decision. I have no problem with subsidising businesses upon raising the minimum wage, but we cannot use businesses just because they are an easy means to pay for higher wages.

  33. Jasper 33

    Fundamentally it’s not about just “increasing the min. wage” it’s all about encouraging business to be able to raise additional capital in order to fund the wage rises, and grow their business.

    Farmars, as most of us should know, is privately owned by some Remuera Schmucks. Of course, in light of falling house prices and increasing rates, how dare they cream their profits to line their pockets to get them through – never mind the staff.

    Whats needed is a system whereby company profits (after outgoings) should be returned back to the staff, and the company is required to raise capital via the sharemarket, private investors etc.
    Simplest terms.

    It’s easy to see why Aussie has a min wage of almost $18 an hour as their companies all get money from the sharemarket to grow. A bit of an upside to compulsory superannuation, which KS is going some way to rectify…

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government delivers ACC change to support 28,000 parents
    The Maternal Birth Injury and Other Matters Bill passes Third Reading – the first amendment to ACC legislation of its kind From 1 October 2022, new ACC cover to benefit approximately 28,000 birthing parents Additional maternal birth injuries added alongside new review provision to ensure cover remains comprehensive Greater clarity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Further cuts for East Coast tarakihi limits to rebuild numbers faster
    Commercial catch limits for East Coast tarakihi will be reduced further to help the stock rebuild faster. “Tarakihi is a popular fish, and this has led to declining levels over time. Many adjustments have been made and the stock is recovering. I have decided on further commercial catch reductions of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New Ambassador to Colombia announced
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of diplomat Nicci Stilwell as the next Ambassador to Colombia. “Aotearoa New Zealand’s relationship with Colombia is fast growing with strong links across education, climate change and indigenous co-operation,” Nanaia Mahuta said.  “Trade is a key part of our relationship with Colombia, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • 3000 more RSE workers to ease workforce pressures
    The Government continues to respond to global workforce shortages by announcing the largest increase in over a decade to the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE), providing 3000 additional places, Immigration Minister Michael Wood and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have announced. The new RSE cap will allow access to 19,000 workers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Sanctions on more of the Russian political elite
    Further sanctions are being imposed on members of President Putin’s inner circle and other representatives of the Russian political elite, as part of the Governments ongoing response to the war in Ukraine, says Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta. “Ukraine has been clear that the most important action we can take to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • New Principal Youth Court Judge appointed
    Judge Ida Malosi, District Court Judge of Wellington, has been appointed as the new Principal Youth Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Born and raised in Southland, Judge Malosi graduated from Victoria University of Wellington and spent her legal career in South Auckland.  She was a founding partner of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Visitor arrivals highest since pandemic began
    Overseas visitor arrivals exceeded 100,000 in July, for the first time since the borders closed in March 2020 Strong ski season lifts arrivals to Queenstown to at least 90% of the same period in 2019 Australia holiday recovery has continued to trend upwards New Zealand’s tourism recovery is on its ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Language provides hope for Tuvalu
    Climate change continues to present a major risk for the island nation of Tuvalu, which means sustaining te gana Tuvalu, both on home soil and in New Zealand Aotearoa, has never been more important, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said. The Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust and wider Tuvalu ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister Sio to attend Asian Development Bank meeting in Manila
    Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio travels to the Philippines this weekend to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors in Manila. “The ADB Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to engage with other ADB member countries, including those ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • United Nations General Assembly National Statement
    E ngā Mana, e ngā Reo, Rau Rangatira mā kua huihui mai nei i tēnei Whare Nui o te Ao Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa, mai i tōku Whenua o Aotearoa Tuia ki runga, Tuia ki raro, ka Rongo to pō ka rongo te ao Nō reira, tēnā ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New strategy unifies all-of-Government approach to help Pacific languages thrive
    A united approach across all-of-Government underpins the new Pacific Language Strategy, announced by the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio at Parliament today. “The cornerstone of our Pacific cultures, identities and place in Aotearoa, New Zealand are our Pacific languages. They are at the heart of our wellbeing,” Aupito ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Upgrades for sporting facilities ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup
    Communities across the country will benefit from newly upgraded sporting facilities as a result of New Zealand co-hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. The Government is investing around $19 million to support upgrades at 30 of the 32 potential sporting facilities earmarked for the tournament, including pitch, lighting and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Partnership supports climate action in Latin America and Caribbean
    Aotearoa New Zealand is extending the reach of its support for climate action to a new agriculture initiative with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced a NZ$10 million contribution to build resilience, enhance food security and address the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Landmark agreement for Māori fisheries celebrates 30th year
    The 30th anniversary of the Fisheries Deed of Settlement is a time to celebrate a truly historic partnership that has helped transform communities, says Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Rino Tirikatene. “The agreement between the Crown and Māori righted past wrongs, delivered on the Crown’s treaty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government backs initiatives to cut environmental impact of plastic waste
    The Government has today announced funding for projects that will cut plastic waste and reduce its impact on the environment. “Today I am announcing the first four investments to be made from the $50 million Plastics Innovation Fund, which was set last year and implemented a 2020 election promise,” Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Call for expressions of interest in appointment to the High Court Bench
    Attorney-General David Parker today called for nominations and expressions of interest in appointment to the High Court Bench.  This is a process conducted at least every three years and ensures the Attorney-General has up to date information from which to make High Court appointments.  “It is important that when appointments ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Depositor compensation scheme protects Kiwis’ money
    New Zealanders will have up to $100,000 of their deposits in any eligible institution guaranteed in the event that institution fails, under legislation introduced in Parliament today. The Deposit Takers Bill is the third piece of legislation in a comprehensive review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New fund to help more Pacific aiga into their own homes
    The Government has launched a new housing fund that will help more Pacific aiga achieve the dream of home ownership. “The Pacific Building Affordable Homes Fund will help organisations, private developers, Māori/iwi, and NGOs build affordable housing for Pacific families and establish better pathways to home ownership within Pacific communities. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More than 100,000 new Kiwis as halfway point reached
    Over 100,000 new Kiwis can now call New Zealand ‘home’ after the 2021 Resident Visa reached the halfway point of approvals, Minister of Immigration Michael Wood announced today. “This is another important milestone, highlighting the positive impact our responsive and streamlined immigration system is having by providing comfort to migrant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Maniapoto Claims Settlement Bill passes third reading – He mea pāhi te Maniapoto Claims Settl...
    Nā te Minita mō ngā Take Tiriti o Waitangi, nā Andrew Little,  te iwi o Maniapoto i rāhiri i tēnei rā ki te mātakitaki i te pānuitanga tuatoru o te Maniapoto Claims Settlement Bill - te pikinga whakamutunga o tā rātou whakataunga Tiriti o Waitangi o mua. "Me mihi ka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 50,000 more kids to benefit from equity-based programmes next year
    Another 47,000 students will be able to access additional support through the school donations scheme, and a further 3,000 kids will be able to get free and healthy school lunches as a result of the Equity Index.  That’s on top of nearly 90% of schools that will also see a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Healthy Active Learning now in 40 percent of schools across New Zealand
    A total of 800 schools and kura nationwide are now benefitting from a physical activity and nutrition initiative aimed at improving the wellbeing of children and young people. Healthy Active Learning was funded for the first time in the inaugural Wellbeing Budget and was launched in 2020. It gets regional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech at 10th meeting of the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty
    Kia Ora. It is a pleasure to join you here today at this 10th meeting of the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty. This gathering provides an important opportunity to reiterate our unwavering commitment to achieving a world without nuclear weapons, for which the entry into force of this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech for Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit 2022
    Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you for the invitation to join you. It’s a real pleasure to be here, and to be in such fine company.  I want to begin today by acknowledging His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Sir David Attenborough in creating what is becoming akin ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New accreditation builds capacity for Emergency Management Volunteers
    Emergency Management Minister Kieran McAnulty has recognised the first team to complete a newly launched National Accreditation Process for New Zealand Response Team (NZ-RT) volunteers. “NZ-RT volunteers play a crucial role in our emergency response system, supporting response and recovery efforts on the ground. This new accreditation makes sure our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt strengthens trans-Tasman emergency management cooperation
    Aotearoa New Zealand continues to strengthen global emergency management capability with a new agreement between New Zealand and Australia, says Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty. “The Government is committed to improving our global and national emergency management system, and the Memorandum of Cooperation signed is another positive step towards ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch Call Initiative on Algorithmic Outcomes
    Today New Zealand, the USA, Twitter, and Microsoft, announced investment in a technology innovation initiative under the banner of the Christchurch Call.  This initiative will support the creation of new technology to understand the impacts of algorithms on people’s online experiences.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms play a growing role in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • JOINT PR: Trans-Tasman Cooperation on disaster management
    Hon Kieran McAnulty, New Zealand Minister for Emergency Management Senator The Hon Murray Watt, Federal Minister for Emergency Management Strengthening Trans-Tasman cooperation on disaster management issues was a key area of focus when Australia and New Zealand’s disaster management ministers met this week on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More transparency, less red-tape for modernised charities sector
    The Charities Amendment Bill has been introduced today which will modernise the charities sector by increasing transparency, improving access to justice services and reducing the red-tape that smaller charities face, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “These changes will make a meaningful difference to over 28,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pacific visas reopened to help boost workforce
    Work continues on delivering on a responsive and streamlined immigration system to help relieve workforce shortages, with the reopening of longstanding visa categories, Immigration Minister Michael Wood has announced.  From 3 October 2022, registrations for the Samoan Quota will reopen, and from 5 October registrations for the Pacific Access Category ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day Bill passes into law
    The Bill establishing Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day has passed its third reading. “As Queen of Aotearoa New Zealand, Her Majesty was loved for her grace, calmness, dedication, and public service. Her affection for New Zealand and its people was clear, and it was a fondness that was shared,” Michael ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New investor migrant visa opens
    The new Active Investor Plus visa category created to attract high-value investors, has officially opened marking a key milestone in the Government’s Immigration Rebalance strategy, Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash and Immigration Minister Michael Wood have announced. “The new Active Investor Plus visa replaces the previous investor visa categories, which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New wharekura continues commitment to Māori education
    A new Year 1-13 designated character wharekura will be established in Feilding, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today. To be known as Te Kura o Kauwhata, the wharekura will cater for the expected growth in Feilding for years to come. “The Government has a goal of strengthening Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • National minute of silence for Queen Elizabeth II
    A national minute of silence will be observed at the start of New Zealand’s State Memorial Service for Queen Elizabeth II, at 2pm on Monday 26 September. The one-hour service will be held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, during a one-off public holiday to mark the Queen’s death. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Climate Change and Business Conference
    Tēnā koutou i tēnei ata. Good morning. Recently I had cause to say to my friends in the media that I consider that my job is only half done. So I’m going to take the opportunity of this year’s Climate and Business Conference to offer you a mid-point review. A ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government enhances protection for our most-productive land  
    Enhanced protection for Aotearoa New Zealand’s most productive land   Councils required to identify, map, and manage highly productive land  Helping ensure Kiwis’ access to leafy greens and other healthy foods Subdivision for housing on highly-productive land could still be possible in limited circumstances  The Government has today released a National ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kieran McAnulty to attend Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
    Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty will travel to Brisbane this week to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. “This conference is one of the most important meetings in the Asia-Pacific region to progress disaster risk reduction efforts and increase cooperation between ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Trade and Agriculture Minister to travel to India and Indonesia
    Minister of Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor will travel tomorrow to India and Indonesia for trade and agricultural meetings to further accelerate the Government’s growing trade agenda.  “Exploring ways we can connect globally and build on our trading relationships is a priority for the Government, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Poroporoaki: Cletus Maanu Paul (ONZM)
    E te rangatira Maanu, takoto mai ra, i tō marae i Wairaka, te marae o te wahine nāna I inoi kia Whakatānea ia kia tae ae ia ki te hopu i te waka Mātaatua kia kore ai i riro i te moana. Ko koe anō tēnā he pukumahi koe mō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pacific Wellbeing Strategy sets clear path to improve outcomes for Pacific Aotearoa
    Strengthening partnerships with Pacific communities is at the heart of the Government’s new Pacific Wellbeing Strategy, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio announced today. “Working alongside communities to ensure more of our aiga and families have access to the staples of life like, housing, education, training and job opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago