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Fire at will causing discrimination already

Written By: - Date published: 3:42 pm, March 4th, 2009 - 32 comments
Categories: greens, workers' rights - Tags: ,

The Herald reports the fire at will law is already claiming victims, after Sue Bradford revealed a beneficiary has been denied help for his job relocation costs because Work and Income considered his 90 day ‘trial’ period to mean he was a temporary rather than a permanent worker.

Work and Income said it had concerns he would be unable to find another job if a 90-day trial period he faced did not work out, so instead of giving him the $900 bond he need for relocation he and his family were forced to stay in a camping ground for three weeks.

As usual, Bradford is on the money:

“This man is committed to getting off the benefit and into paid work. He’s moved cities and is trying to do his best for his family. All jobseekers deserve to be treated the same, whether the employment they secure is under the 90-day rule or not.”

Yep, it’s pretty shit. But I suspect it won’t be the last we’ll hear of people facing discrimination from government agencies and employers because of the fire at will law. That’s what happens when you ram through legislation under urgency and refuse to let the public have its say.

32 comments on “Fire at will causing discrimination already ”

  1. Billy 1

    That’s what happens when you ram through legislation under urgency and refuse to let the public have its say.

    Umm. That election we had, you know, the one during which Naitonal campaigned on its 90 day law, surely people got a say then. And they elected the party that propsoed the law. And that party continues to enjoy substantial support.

    That democracy. It’s so inconvenient.

    • MikeG 1.1

      No Billy, democracy is more than just a vote every 3 years. It’s about participation, including following a process that allows input on legislation.

  2. Tane 2

    Billy. They hardly ‘campaigned’ on it, it was tucked away at the back of their industrial relations policy. But the issue isn’t that, it’s that it wasn’t raised at all as an issue in the 100 day plan, was given to Parliament near hours before it was put to vote, and there was no select committee process to iron out any problems.

    It’s highly irregular, and arguably unconstitutional, to pass major legislation taking away people’s rights without any form of public input or scrutiny. People didn’t vote for that.

    • Billy 2.1

      I guess that’d explain why the polls showing people deserting National in droves. Oh, hang on…

  3. Julie 3

    I’ve also encountered through my work someone who was told in January that the IEA they had been offered was not the final version, as it would be re-written to put in a 90 day trial period. Despite the fact that the law didn’t come into effect until 1st March, while the job started well before then.

    There are likely to be a whole lot of people out there who are discriminated against by this law legally (and immorally imho), but also illegally by widespread misinterpretation and misuse of the 90 day period. I foresee a whole lot of personal grievances in about three to six months’ time… Sadly though most of the people disadvantaged won’t be union members so they’re unlikely to get the help or support they need.

    • higherstandard 3.1

      “Sadly though most of the people disadvantaged won’t be union members so they’re unlikely to get the help or support they need.”

      No that’s unfair on the unions – they’ve said they’ll back anyone unfairly dismissed member on non member.

  4. Johnty Rhodes 4

    I thought the public had their say on 8 November, it was policy after all in the election manifesto.

    [lprent: I’m going to start treating that statement as being a troll line. The line is repetitious and blatantly incorrect.They didn’t get elected with a policy to ignore parliamentary process (ie select committees) which is what they did to pass this law. Point that out in the ‘policy’ that they released prior to election.]

  5. dave 5

    A few of things.

    1. There is no evidence that WINZ staff used legislation lawfully in terms of the decision it reportedly took – which is nothing unusual.
    2. You neglected to state that WINZ spent more money putting them in a camping ground that it would have cost them in bond payment. Sounds like irresponsible use of money to me.

    3. Work and Income did not consider his 90 day ‘trial’ period to mean he was a temporary rather than a permanent worker. They thought that he was more likely to lose his permanent job if the working relationship went belly up and they couldn’t be bothered following up to make sure it wasn’t, as the Social Security Act allows for. In fact there is no evidence that WINZ even knew whether that employee had agreed to the 90- day clause or not. If nothing was signed with the 90 day clause in the contract this blog post is irrelevant.

    So this has got nothing to do with the law – perhaps a rather inaccurate and assumptive interpretation of it. And as some WINZ staff cant even explain the distinction between legislation and policy, its not surprising.

    I have a post on related issues in terms of how the law should be applied here.

    [Tane: Dave, read Bradford’s release – http://www.greens.org.nz/node/20662 ]

    • Akldnut 5.1

      Dave – you mention a good point in number 2. I’m guessing like most Winz payments that he has to pay back the loan that was forwarded him to pay rent at the camping ground.
      Then if the job becomes permanent he’ll need another loan to pay for a bond startup package for his new house thereby incurring more debt?

  6. Julie 6

    hs, part of the problem is that many people won’t know they are being ripped off or treated unfairly, and even if they do they won’t feel they can do anything about it, because they are not currently in a union and have that experience of the change you can make. I hope the CTU is able to step up and help people regardless of union membership, but they can’t help the ones they never know about.

    And I seem to recall that in the election campaign there were rather a lot of mixed messages from National about how this law might work, eg that the education sector would be excluded (which it hasn’t been). What were we to believe and what were we to discard from the mangled mess of their policies?

    • I have a feeling that sooner or later people are going to find out and then there is going to be a whole heap of trouble. We’re a big country with only a few people and there’s always going to be more workers than bosses.

  7. Johnty Rhodes 7

    You lefties make me laugh, you bleat about a bill that will not affect a hell of a lot of people, sure the odd deadbeat will be fired and a v. small minority of employers will abuse the law. But now we hear that ACC is in-solvent, this will affect everyone with substantial levy increases.

  8. The public had its say at the election booth, you lost, deal with it.

  9. Joel 9

    No need to get so repetitive about the election. The argument is not the election which is clear from comments and the article.

    Its the process which was NOT FOLLOWED. I.e. select committees. Or is National above the process because they were elected?

  10. It’s National choice not to have a select committe for every freakin issue, they are the government you know.

    • Tane 10.1

      A charming disdain you have for the democratic process Brett. Personally I’d prefer not to live in an elected dictatorship.

      [lprent: He complains about this elected dictatorship periodically. It is ‘elected’ because I didn’t elect to run a mile when someone asked for some tech backup…]

  11. Julie 11

    Johnty, surely whether or not someone is a “deadbeat” is somewhat in the eye of the beholder? For my money you are looking a bit like one to me right now… 😉

    So is it ok for even a “v. small minority of employers” to abuse this law? What happened to zero tolerance?

  12. Ianmac 12

    If you asked 100 people if they voted for National because they were bringing in the 90 day fire at will, I am sure that you would be lucky to find 1! Therefore it is silly to blanket everything with a mandate to do all. Many voted because John Key seemed like a nice man.
    That sounds like GW Bush saying “we will do it because we can!”

  13. Dictatorships don’t have elections, National have three years to make any decisions they like, if the public agrees with those decisions, they will get another three years in power, if they don’t, another party will take over.

    • Felix 13.1

      To repeat what kitno said above:

      “So really, you cant complain about anything Labour did in it’s 9 years.”

    • Ari 13.2

      “Elected Dictatorship” is a pejorative for a government that thinks it can do whatever it likes after being elected, with no mind of constitutional convention or mandate from the electorate.

    • Actually they do. America being a case in point. you might want to read what Chalmers Johnson has to say about America’s totalitarianism but other than that let me point out that the H(itler) (to get past purgatory) was very much elected by the German people (35% of the vote). That of course stopped elections for awhile but let the economic deterioration get a little while and people might actually be stupid enough to vote for our own leader in the making David “So what” Garret in the hopes that he will take away the grinding poverty we will find ourselves in in the very near future.

      By the way, what is very interesting is that Grand daddy Bush was involved both in financing H(itler) (Hitler all of a sudden had funds enough to fly around in a plane) and a coup in the US. his grandson made the big time residing over the silent coup that allowed the bankers and the big corporations to take over completely and now even nincompoop Neo Con mouthpiece Fox talking head Glen Beck can’t even deny the existence of concentration camps in the US.

      Oh yes, Elections take place in totalitarian states alright. All you have to do is to keep the sheeple dumb enough to believe that the “elections” are real.

      Lot’s of money and lot’s of fanfare and only candidates that will follow commands of the real powers behind the throne and you are sweet. It only works of course until the sheeple wake up, that’s when the concentration camps come in handy.

      All you have to say is, that it is all those liberal lefty anarchists stirring up trouble and you can get away with murder, hell you can even make money out of it.

  14. Joel 14

    That just proves you know nothing about the democratic process nor about parliamentary process, and simply come off as an idiot.

    There are such things as parliamentary conventions, written and unwritten that need to be abided by.

  15. rave 15

    The purpose of the fire at will act is to give employers the power to create a pool of cheap temp labor. No question.

    Workers can stop this by rejecting redundancy, and rejecting cuts in wages. If the boss closes down, occupy the plant and keep it running.

    If this fails (note the realism of a fallback position) unemployed workers should make sure that are still unionised and refused to sign up to 90s.

    If WINZ cuts of the benefit then the organised unemployed should occupy WINZ in protest.

    If that fails (they all get arrested) and are forced to do the 90 days or starve, then and only then should they ring the CTU hotline for advice. Because all that advice amounts to is how to put in a personal grievance which won’t win because the law allows you to be turned into a cheap labor wage slave for 90 days and 90 days and 90 days and 90 days.

    The only way to defeat the 90 days bosses weapon to create pool of cheap slave labor is to organise and fight it as a working class movement.

    Iprent love the yankee spelling. GIves me Obama bumps.

  16. Matt 16

    We are already planning / organizing such things. The only chance workers have of reversing or nullifying this corrupt law is to fight back, and to that end we’ve bee out recruiting for the Rat Patrol for more than a month already.

    If you, or anyone you know, falls victim to this absurd law, contact us at 0800 2unite, and the Rat Patrol will take action.

  17. todd 17

    When i was 25,had 2 small kids,got a job in another town 500 miles away,had no money and to proud to borrow any.I drove myself to the new job found board and worked my ass off for a month THEN when and got my family.Seems every one is just a soft cock now,or still wearing nappies.Maybe winz knows this guys past and knows hes not going to last(id put money on it).

    • marco 17.1

      Totally agree with you Todd, the missing link in this press release is the client records. Work and Income record every transaction and will only release them if the client signs a waiver.
      It is entirely possible this may be pattern of behaviour and the case manager made a decision based on that.

  18. dave 18

    [Tane: Dave, read Bradford’s release – http://www.greens.org.nz/node/20662 ]

    What? Again? Reread a release that misrepresents the situation. I`d rather buy Cullen’s worthless train set.

  19. r0b 19

    Umm. That election we had, you know, the one during which Naitonal campaigned on its 90 day law, surely people got a say then

    I know it’s one of your favourites, but you need to stop repeating this lie Billy. Either that or come up with a single campaign advertisement or campaign speech which honestly described this policy. Having it tucked away on your web site does not count as “campaigning” on it.

    And the mandate they received from the election was a mandate to follow the standard democratic process – you know – select committee – public input – not to ream legislation through under “urgency”.

    That democracy. It’s so inconvenient.

    It’s so inconvenient to this government that they are depriving us of it. More legislation passed under urgency by this government in 100 days than by Labour in 9 years. Shame.

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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Isn't this the rainy day we're supposed to be saving up for?
    Lynn and I have just returned from a news conference where Hipkins, fresh from visiting a relief centre in Mangere, was repeatedly challenged to justify the extension of subsidies to create more climate emissions when the effects of climate change had just proved so disastrous. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Isn't this the rainy day we're supposed to be saving up for?
    Lynn and I have just returned from a news conference where Hipkins, fresh from visiting a relief centre in Mangere, was repeatedly challenged to justify the extension of subsidies to create more climate emissions when the effects of climate change had just proved so disastrous. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Much excitement as Hipkins gets down to business – but can he defeat inflation with his devotion t...
    A  new Prime Minister, a revitalised Cabinet, and possibly  revised priorities – but is the political and, importantly, economic landscape  much different? Certainly  some within the news  media  were excited by the changes which Chris Hipkins announced yesterday or – before the announcement – by the prospect of changes in ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    6 days ago
  • E-bike incentives work
    Currently the government's strategy for reducing transport emissions hinges on boosting vehicle fuel-efficiency, via the clean car standard and clean car discount, and some improvements to public transport. The former has been hugely successful, and has clearly set us on the right path, but its also not enough, and will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hipkins’ need to strengthen focus on “bread and butter” issues suggests the Ardern team was lo...
    Buzz from the Beehive Before he announced his Cabinet yesterday, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins announced he would be flying to Australia next week to meet that country’s Prime Minister. And before Kieran McAnulty had time to say “Three Waters” after his promotion to the Local Government portfolio, he was dishing ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • 24,000 employed under Labour
    The quarterly labour market statistics were released this morning, showing that unemployment has risen slightly to 3.4%. There are now 99,000 people unemployed - 24,000 fewer than when Labour took office. So, I guess the Reserve Bank's plan to throw people out of work to stop wage rises "inflation", and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • February Stars.
    Another night of heavy rain, flooding, damage to homes, and people worried about where the hell all this water is going to go as we enter day twenty two of rain this year.Honestly if the government can’t sell Three Waters on the back of what has happened with storm water ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup:  Hipkins’ bread and butter reshuffle
    * Dr Bryce Edwards writes – Prime Minister Chris Hipkins continues to be the new broom in Government, re-setting his Government away from its problem areas in his Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, and trying to convince voters that Labour is focused on “bread and butter” issues. The ministers responsible for unpopular ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Hipkins’ bread and butter reshuffle
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins continues to be the new broom in Government, re-setting his Government away from its problem areas in his Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, and trying to convince voters that Labour is focused on “bread and butter” issues. The ministers responsible for unpopular reforms in water and DHB centralisation ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • The Neverending Curse of MLMs
    Hi,It’s weird to me that in 2023 we still have people falling for multi-level marketing schemes (MLMs for short). There are Netflix documentaries about them, countless articles, and last year we did an Armchaired and Dangerous episode on them.Then you check a ticketing website like EventBrite and see this shit ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: Mahuta and Little demoted
    Nanaia Mahuta fell the furthest in the Cabinet reshuffle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: PM Chris Hipkins unveiled a Cabinet this afternoon he hopes will show wavering voters that a refreshed Labour Government is focused on ‘bread and butter cost of living’ issues, rather than the unpopular, unwieldy and massively centralising ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: Mahuta and Little demoted
    Nanaia Mahuta fell the furthest in the Cabinet reshuffle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: PM Chris Hipkins unveiled a Cabinet this afternoon he hopes will show wavering voters that a refreshed Labour Government is focused on ‘bread and butter cost of living’ issues, rather than the unpopular, unwieldy and massively centralising ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • We just need the Wayne to stop
    Shortly, the absolute state of Wayne Brown. But before that, something I wrote four years ago for the council’s own media machine. It was a day-in-the-life profile of their many and varied and quite possibly unnoticed vital services. We went all over Auckland in 48 hours for the story, the ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • 2023 More Reading: January (+ Old Phuul Update)
    Completed reads for January Lilith, by George MacDonald The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (poem), by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Christabel (poem), by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, by Anonymous The Lay of Kraka (poem), by Anonymous 1066 and All That, by W.C. Sellar and R.J. ...
    7 days ago
  • Is Britain doomed (again)?
    Pity the poor Brits.  They just can’t catch a break. After years of reporting of lying Boris Johnson, a change to a less colourful PM in Rishi Sunak has resulted in a smooth media pivot to an end-of-empire narrative.  The New York Times, no less, amplifies suggestions that Blighty ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    7 days ago
  • After The Deluge.
    On that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth.Genesis 6:11-12THE TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS that dumped a record-breaking amount of rain on Auckland this anniversary weekend will reoccur with ever-increasing frequency. The planet’s atmosphere is ...
    7 days ago
  • Minister of Education (who might be replaced later today) left it to his ministry to apologise for i...
    Buzz from the Beehive There has been plenty to keep the relevant Ministers busy in flood-stricken Auckland over the past day or two. But New Zealand, last time we looked, extends north of Auckland into Northland and south of the Bombay Hills all the way to the bottom of the ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • The other ‘big one’: How a megaflood could swamp California’s Central Valley
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters When early settlers came to the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers before the California Gold Rush, Indigenous people warned them that the Sacramento Valley could become an inland sea when great winter rains came. The storytellers described water filling the ...
    7 days ago
  • Tuesday's pick o' the links: Wayne Brown's WTF moment
    Wayne Brown managed a smile when meeting with Remuera residents, but he was grumpy about having to deal with “media drongos”. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: In my pick of the news links found in my rounds since 4am for paying subscribers below the paywall:Wayne Brown moans about the media and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Tuesday's pick o' the links: Wayne Brown's WTF moment
    Wayne Brown managed a smile when meeting with Remuera residents, but he was grumpy about having to deal with “media drongos”. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: In my pick of the news links found in my rounds since 4am for paying subscribers below the paywall:Wayne Brown moans about the media and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The gamechanger PM and polls
    Dr Bryce Edwards writes –  Last night’s opinion polls answered the big question of whether a switch of prime minister would really be a gamechanger for election year. The 1News and Newshub polls released at 6pm gave the same response: the shift from Jacinda Ardern to Chris Hipkins ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Dawn Chorus: Why 2023 will be a year of indecision & delay
    Hipkins’ aim this year will be to present a ‘low target’ for those seeking to attack Labour’s policies and spending. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Anyone dealing with Government departments and councils who wants some sort of big or long-term decision out of officials or politicians this year should brace for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Dawn Chorus: Why 2023 will be a year of indecision & delay
    Hipkins’ aim this year will be to present a ‘low target’ for those seeking to attack Labour’s policies and spending. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Anyone dealing with Government departments and councils who wants some sort of big or long-term decision out of officials or politicians this year should brace for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Gamechanger PM and polls
    Last night’s opinion polls answered the big question of whether a switch of prime minister would really be a gamechanger for election year. The 1News and Newshub polls released at 6pm gave the same response: the shift from Jacinda Ardern to Chris Hipkins has changed everything, and Labour is back ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • After the deluge – initial thoughts on the Auckland floods
    Over the last few years, it’s seemed like city after city around the world has become subject to extreme flooding events that have been made worse by impacts from climate change. We’ve highlighted many of them in our Weekly Roundup series. Sadly, over the last few days it’s been Auckland’s ...
    7 days ago

  • Advancing our relationship in India
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta departs for India tomorrow as she continues to reconnect Aotearoa New Zealand to the world.  The visit will begin in New Delhi where the Foreign Minister will meet with the Vice President Hon Jagdeep Dhankar and her Indian Government counterparts, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government Northland housing investment to spark transformational change
    Over $10 million infrastructure funding to unlock housing in Whangārei The purchase of a 3.279 hectare site in Kerikeri to enable 56 new homes Northland becomes eligible for $100 million scheme for affordable rentals Multiple Northland communities will benefit from multiple Government housing investments, delivering thousands of new homes for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Battle of Ohaeawai remembered
    A memorial event at a key battle site in the New Zealand land wars is an important event to mark the progress in relations between Māori and the Crown as we head towards Waitangi Day, Minister for Te Arawhiti Kelvin Davis said. The Battle of Ohaeawai in June 1845 saw ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More Police deployed to the frontline
    More Police officers are being deployed to the frontline with the graduation of 54 new constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. The graduation ceremony for Recruit Wing 362 at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua was the first official event for Stuart Nash since his reappointment as Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further support for upper North Island regions hit by significant weather
    The Government is unlocking an additional $700,000 in support for regions that have been badly hit by the recent flooding and storm damage in the upper North Island. “We’re supporting the response and recovery of Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel, Northland, and Bay of Plenty regions, through activating Enhanced Taskforce Green to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • The Princess Royal to visit New Zealand
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has welcomed the announcement that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, will visit New Zealand this month. “Princess Anne is travelling to Aotearoa at the request of the NZ Army’s Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals, of which she is Colonel in Chief, to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government and horticulture sector target $12b in exports by 2035
    A new Government and industry strategy launched today has its sights on growing the value of New Zealand’s horticultural production to $12 billion by 2035, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “Our food and fibre exports are vital to New Zealand’s economic security. We’re focussed on long-term strategies that build on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support extended for families and businesses
    25 cents per litre petrol excise duty cut extended to 30 June 2023 – reducing an average 60 litre tank of petrol by $17.25 Road User Charge discount will be re-introduced and continue through until 30 June Half price public transport fares extended to the end of June 2023 saving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More Kiwis in work as rising wages match inflation
    The strong economy has attracted more people into the workforce, with a record number of New Zealanders in paid work and wages rising to help with cost of living pressures. “The Government’s economic plan is delivering on more better-paid jobs, growing wages and creating more opportunities for more New Zealanders,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government boosts fund for Auckland flooding
    The Government is providing a further $1 million to the Mayoral Relief Fund to help communities in Auckland following flooding, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty announced today. “Cabinet today agreed that, given the severity of the event, a further $1 million contribution be made. Cabinet wishes to be proactive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Cabinet focused on bread and butter issues
    The new Cabinet will be focused on core bread and butter issues like the cost of living, education, health, housing and keeping communities and businesses safe, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “We need a greater focus on what’s in front of New Zealanders right now. The new Cabinet line ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Prime Minister to meet with PM Albanese
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins will travel to Canberra next week for an in person meeting with Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. “The trans-Tasman relationship is New Zealand’s closest and most important, and it was crucial to me that my first overseas trip as Prime Minister was to Australia,” Chris Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government makes first payment to Auckland Flooding fund
    The Government is providing establishment funding of $100,000 to the Mayoral Relief Fund to help communities in Auckland following flooding, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty announced. “We moved quickly to make available this funding to support Aucklanders while the full extent of the damage is being assessed,” Kieran McAnulty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government steps up to assist Auckland during flooding
    As the Mayor of Auckland has announced a state of emergency, the Government, through NEMA, is able to step up support for those affected by flooding in Auckland. “I’d urge people to follow the advice of authorities and check Auckland Emergency Management for the latest information. As always, the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Poroporoaki: Titewhai Te Huia Hinewhare Harawira
    Ka papā te whatitiri, Hikohiko ana te uira, wāhi rua mai ana rā runga mai o Huruiki maunga Kua hinga te māreikura o te Nota, a Titewhai Harawira Nā reira, e te kahurangi, takoto, e moe Ka mōwai koa a Whakapara, kua uhia te Tai Tokerau e te kapua pōuri ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved following Cyclone Hale
    Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Employment, has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to flooding and damaged caused by Cyclone Hale in the Tairāwhiti region. Up to $500,000 will be made available to employ job seekers to support the clean-up. We are still investigating whether other parts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • General Election to be held on 14 October 2023
    The 2023 General Election will be held on Saturday 14 October 2023, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “Announcing the election date early in the year provides New Zealanders with certainty and has become the practice of this Government and the previous one, and I believe is best practice,” Jacinda ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces resignation
    Jacinda Ardern has announced she will step down as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party. Her resignation will take effect on the appointment of a new Prime Minister. A caucus vote to elect a new Party Leader will occur in 3 days’ time on Sunday the 22nd of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago