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Finance debate – Grant Robertson vs big flaming gasbag

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, September 7th, 2017 - 54 comments
Categories: accountability, economy, grant robertson, labour, national, Steven Joyce, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: , , , , ,

The RNZ debate between Labour and Nat finance spokespersons has just concluded – Grant Robertson vs a big flaming gasbag. Robertson very strong, gasbag unable to name One Single Person who agrees with his $11.7bn big lie.

Good work by Guyon Espiner.

Strong points by Grant Robertson.

Gasbag out to just spread as much confusion as possible.


Ongoing reading on gasbag’s $11.7bn big lie:

John Armstrong opinion: Joyce looks a proper fool, but it won’t stop National throwing everything it can at Ardern

Fiscal hole? Hit the havoc button

Three terms and a Hail Mary

There’s no fiscal black hole, just an incredibly tight squeeze. Can we move on now?

54 comments on “Finance debate – Grant Robertson vs big flaming gasbag”

  1. Ad 1

    Excellent for the massive RNZ morning audience. Joyce should have been able to best Robertson since he is far closer to the budgets. He didn’t.

    If National can’t blunt Labour on the economy, their remaining attack platform is tax. Which narrows but sharpens their remaining weapons.

    • ScottGN 1.1

      Agreed Ad. I’d feel a whole lot better if Labour could really tidy up the questions around tax.
      Ardern yesterday had to call RadioNZ to clarify whether or not a land tax would apply to the land the family home sits on. It was messy and luckily the fiscal hole shenanigans was still in full swing so it went unnoticed a bit.
      But now Labour need to minimise potential attack lines National (and their proxies) can use against them as we head into the final stretch.
      Unless, of course, they think something’s going to come along which will blow the whole campaign apart…

      • Ad 1.1.1

        When Deputy Leader Davis proposed shunting the CGT out to the next term, he was on the money. Even if they changed their minds (ie lied) it would have blunted the tax debate sufficiently.

        Great to make a “leadership call”, but – IF they won – it’s going to be a government on a thin coalition that burns through a whole pile of political capital in one term.

    • bwaghorn 1.2

      labour should clear it up , while i trust them to do a sensible review most will fall for the fear of the unknown , every one expects labour to up the top tax rate they might as well own it

    • John up North 1.3

      Who writes the headlines/link taglines for RNZ?

      VIDEO: Fiscal hole truth? Joyce and Robertson clash

      This is the current home page link but the linked page has a different title.

      More Oxygen for the liar Dildo Joyce.

      Here’s a few more truthful alternatives.

      VIDEO: Joyce the Liar, gets handed his own substantial ass.

      VIDEO: Joyce can’t get anyone to back his lies.

      VIDEO: Finacial Debate, Robertson calls Joyce a liar.

      please add yours…..

    • Zeroque 1.4

      That final exchange from Robertson to Joyce was passionate and credible. Clearly Joyce has been sprung on this matter.

    • NZJester 1.5

      The one thing about paying higher taxes under Labour is that the higher wages and higher profits businesses make leaves more money in most peoples pockets at the end of the day. Labour gets the money flowing through our economy and recirculating, while National stagnates it a lot of the time by stopping it flowing by sitting in bank accounts and trusts or dries it up by helping a lot of it flow out of New Zealand and out of our economy.
      There is also a lot less money that people need to pay out on other things like schooling and healthcare that can really add up to a big saving at the end of the day. Higher taxes to fund our essential services at the end of the day saves the average wage earner a lot of money per year. It is only those on the higher salaries that tend to see a decrease in their money received at the end of the year. A lot of small to medium business owners on the otherhand see more money in there accounts from higher after tax profits.

  2. Bearded Git 2

    Bronwyn Hayward is right in her article (link above) here:

    “But if this general election was a test match for democracy, the National Party and Mr Joyce deserve a red card.”

    Joyce’s inability to name a single person (including Bill English) that supported his $11.7 billion lie on Morning Report this morning is the “gotcha” moment of the campaign.

  3. red-blooded 3

    Yes, a great interview (and proof, if it was needed, that Guyon Espiner is actually a bloody good interviewer and doesn’t push a political barrow). Joyce tried hard to push fear and confusion, but Robertson was nimble and articulate and Joyce had nowhere to go with his pathetic “fiscal hole” allegation.

    • ianmac 3.1

      Notice that when Joyce is confronted he just talks over the top of everyone.
      Must remember next time my wife confronts me about not hanging the washing out correctly. Try a Joycie.

      • garibaldi 3.1.1

        Oh ianmac we all know that won’t work!

      • tracey 3.1.2

        Except the washing really does need hanging out, correctly isnt hard and why do you not know by now?

      • WILD KATIPO 3.1.3

        Joyce did the same thing to Robertson just prior to the 2014 election in an interview. Its an obvious tactic of his.

        The difference was between this time and last time , Joyce not only talked over with a loud voice , he went on and on and on in that insane high pitched giggle throughout the interview. So much so he seemed mentally unhinged.

        If that is the caliber and mentality of the man I would say we are dealing with something akin to a Goring type personality , – bombastic , egotistical and a consummate liar.

        And for all the deflectors and the nitpickers,… I don’t give a crap about Godwin.

        New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
        http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

  4. Keith 4

    Nationals strategy of throwing as much horse shit at Labour with the knowledge some will stick has to be countered.

    I would love to see Jacinda give an impromptu press release as soon as possible not only highlighting Joyce’s lies but pledging to end Dirty Politics once and for all with her government at least. Turn it back on National.

    Highlight the 11 billion dollar lie.
    Highlight the smear campaign against Winston the previous week.
    Highlight the Dirty Politics smear machine that operates or operated directly out of the PM’s office since 2008.
    Highlight that this is all the National Party have left and why.

    Pledge that misinformation, dishonesty and immoral behaviour that Stephen Joyce so ably demonstrates will end with her.

    Pledge that misuse of privileged information given to ministers will end, vis a vis Paula Bennett etc.

    Draw a very bold line between what her government will bring and what the current government is.

    Whatever happens do not take Nationals misinformation strategy with a stiff upper lip anymore! Do something now.

    • left_forward 4.1

      Yes – I agree this would be a good move for Jacinda.

    • Reality 4.2

      Keith – and Jacinda would do it well, as she has on other occasions like dealing with Mark Richardson, Julie Bishop and yesterday responding to the Trump nonsense. From day one she has impressed me with her forthrightness when it’s been necessary.

    • Pat 4.3

      not a bad idea if handled well, though it could be painted as ‘negative’..

      “.Pledge that misinformation, dishonesty and immoral behaviour that Stephen Joyce so ably demonstrates will end with her”…this however is a great positive statement!

      • tc 4.3.1

        not if its framed as a direct response to the shit national are serving up to the public…..pause and then straight back to a positive message all in the one press release.

        • Pat 4.3.1.1

          yep…could see that working…certainly unlikely to have any detrimental effect

          • DSpare 4.3.1.1.1

            Or just a simple:
            “Unlike the National party, Labour do not have to lie to people to get their votes. Our fully costed and independently reviewed policies stand on their own merits.”
            Not being specific to Joyce means that the listener would be likely to think through which of the many lies told by National they find most unforgivable. However, Robertson’s; “You have damaged democracy by what you’ve done”, seems to be the point of Joyce’s action.

            The more uncommitted voters see a politician obviously lying, the more they will see all politicians as liars, the less likely they will be to vote. If only the committed voters turnout to vote, then National have a better chance; since their supporters care less about truth than money.

            • Pat 4.3.1.1.1.1

              being specific to the imaginary hole is front of mind and blindingly obvious to any wavering voter(this is going to have no impact on those already determined) and the scope is there for all the other lies/deceits to both be remembered and reminded

            • tracey 4.3.1.1.1.2

              They really cannot say they dont lie… if they did it would discredit whole statement.

    • Tricledrown 4.4

      Dildo Joyce has miscalculated and the Dirty political stunt has left him covered in his own Hole covered in Crap.

  5. One Two 5

    Did Robertson expose the ‘money/debt’ scam?

    No…of course he did not

    Gasbag v Gasbag would be more accurate for the article title

    Liar v Liar, most accurate!

    • tc 5.1

      What did you expect from a beltway trougher…..whatever removes national is all that matters currently.

  6. Keith 6

    Actually it is the best hit out I have seen from Grant Robertson and accurately summed up by him at the very end where he labelled Joyce a liar.

    Well chosen words and a long time coming.

    • ianmac 6.1

      Grant hasn’t been given much of a window before to hit out has he?

      • The decrypter 6.1.1

        No not really, but has now given Jacinda a bit more ammunition to fire back at English. Golly good show old chap.–Was’nt there something re joyce and taxi fare in aussie”re cab driver…. support for finance hole” from cab driver””

  7. indiana 7

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/96562393/even-without-a-black-hole-labour-may-have-fiscal-problem

    “Will any of this really matter after the election?

    As one economist noted on Wednesday, documents such as Labour’s fiscal plan are “not much more than opening offers going into potential negotiations around the formation…of a new government”.

    Even the most favourable polls would have Labour needing NZ First to form a Government, and Winston Peters’ party will have spending plans of its own.

    It is also a political reality that were Labour to take over the Beehive, it will be able to claim circumstances have changed. It will not be tied to the document in any way.

    Frankly, circumstances will change. The entire fiscal debate is based around Treasury’s forecasts which never end up exactly matching reality. No one would expect them to.”

    • tracey 7.1

      National has the same problem and in fact had the problem Joyce accuses them on in 2014-15.

      I am surprise you are not affronted by the new day =new lolly scramble from National. Or dont you mind cos you know they dont mean it?

      • indiana 7.1.1

        In 2014-15, when that same problem existed, there was no threat that National would have to renegotiate with NZ First to form a government. Labour has that problem right now. Quite frankly its very difficult to believe any fiscal plan put up by Labour when it does not include any of the fiscal plans of their coalition partners.

        • McFlock 7.1.1.1

          And National has exactly the same fiscal problem, then.

          Especially this year.

        • solkta 7.1.1.2

          And how would they include that when they don’t know who their coalition partners will be and what will be negotiated? Stupid thing to say.

        • left_forward 7.1.1.3

          I don’t think Labour has any problems indiana – with the current momentum, it will be Labour and Greens on their own!

  8. solkta 8

    Love the current headline on Stuff:

    “Joyce alone in his ‘fiscal hole'”

  9. adam 9

    Dildo Baggins could really do with another dildo in the face right about now. He needs one to get back some credibility at this point.

    I’ve seen better crocks on a guitar string. This lying as policy, speaks volumes to the nature of this national government.

    I’m no fan of the labour party, that said, a national government who can’t offer anything but this web of deceit, word games, and point scoring – has to go.

  10. CLEANGREEN 10

    TV one Coleman Brunton poll due at 6 pm on TV One so if Labour stalls it is because of the lies that Steven Joyce told about the $11 billion hole.

    Labour should take a court case about lack of ‘real debate policy’ rights given to all opposition parties leading up to this election because if their policies were made clear months before this election most of the lies and misrepresentations/confusions left for the voter will have been worked through leaving a seamless simple choice election for all voters by now.

    This case would be argued on ‘the public good interest’ case.

  11. L0L !

    Blah blah..

    ”Just ONE name ”…

    Blah blah …

    ”Just ONE name ”…

    🙂

    • Andrea 11.1

      Just before nine there was a snippet of feedback from someone offering to be that One Name. He didn’t actually believe Joyce, yet he volunteered…

      There’s still kindness in the country – even for the likes of Joyce. 😀

  12. rhinocrates 12

    Oh the mendacity!

  13. Imodium 13

    Joyces original comment was there was either a $11.7 b fiscal hole or there was zero budget increases for the following years. It seems the MSM and commentators here have only focused on the fiscal hole part of his comment.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1

      What McFlock said (13).

      Let’s examine how you arrived at that false conclusion.

      Did someone tell you that? If so how do you feel about being lied to?

      Or did you just make it up?

    • ianmac 13.2

      You are wrong Imo. Deliberately?

  14. McFlock 14

    Really? Not according to his own press release:

    The Labour Party has an $11.7 billion hole in its fiscal plan that blows its debt out and breaks its own budget responsibility pledge, National’s Finance spokesperson Steven Joyce says.

  15. ianmac 15

    At todays Meet the Candidates Meeting organised by Greypower, I asked our local National Electorate MP if he “agreed with the Joyce claim.” When he tried to explain that Joyce said that either there was hole, or nil budget instead of answering the question I challenged him to answer the question. It got a bit heated with a couple of others in the audience trying to block my question. The wise Chairman borrowed a Speaker idea and suggested that we would judge the answer on its quality. The MP did a brave job of deflecting the question.
    The comments from Greens and Labour were very much to the point against the Joyce lie. Glad I had a go and I thought that the MP looked a bit pale especially when the audience applauded the Labour response.

  16. Philj 16

    The Hon Joyce is clearly a desperate bully, full of bluster and blarney. You assert your government will build 100,000 homes in 3 years! How many houses were sold off during your time? You will do the country greater service in opposition for 9 years.

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    6 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs 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 unexpectedly missing or ...
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    7 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    7 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    1 week ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago

  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago