web analytics

For the Children

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, August 17th, 2011 - 19 comments
Categories: child welfare - Tags: ,

Every Child Counts released their 1000 days to get it right for every child report at the weekend.

It has some pretty scary statistics in it – that we rank 28th out of 30 OECD countries for child outcomes across measures like youth suicide, teenage pregnancies, infant mortality and over-crowding in homes.  And that those poor outcomes for our children cost us $6 billion per year, in addition to the enormous social waste and strife they cause us.

The area where we really need to buck up our ideas is for the under-6s.  Research shows this is the most vital time in our lives for producing happy, well-adjusted, successful people.  And we’re doing particularly poorly currently.

We spend about $16,000 per child on under-6s – less than half the OECD average.  Denmark, at the top of the outcomes, spends $60,000.  That would be a massive increase in expenditure in tough times, so perhaps we can look to the Netherlands as our aim, spending $30,000 per child for almost as good outcomes as Denmark.

As long as we continue to under-invest in our children and we will continue to pay the price.  As Prof Dame Anne Salmond puts it:

An ageing society that doesn’t care for its young has a death wish…

Baby-boomers need every child to do well so that they can be supported in their retirement.  Every child deserves to be given the opportunity to succeed, to not have their health compromised, to not be put on a track to prison or depression.

That’s why this election Labour is Putting Children First, with a raft of policies aimed at improving our care and education of under-6s, from increased maternity leave, through compulsory Well-Child enrolment, through to putting back proper funding for ECE and more.  Labour understand that we need more investment in our children – not just in financial terms, but also in terms of expertise and advice to parents.  Annette King says it is time that looking after children was again considered as employment.

The report calls for cross-party agreement on this issue so that we can make progress, and the Greens, seeing that a quarter of kiwi kids are in poverty, have their 100,000 children out of poverty policy.

But the stumbling block is National.

From Radio NZ:

Prime Minister John Key agrees the future of some children is at risk, but says their needs should be balanced with those of other New Zealanders.

Child welfare isn’t at the top of his list, and National’s policies cutting ECE and attacking those on the DPB – those who need help the most – show it.  They’ve consistently refused to work with Labour when offers to work together on this have been offered.

John Key’s only response was to rubbish the report – put out by a group of New Zealand’s leading child charities – in Question Time yesterday.

We deserve better for our children and grand-children – and for our country.  In fact, our future needs it.

NB: the “1000 days” in the report title refers to the first 3 years of a child’s life.

19 comments on “For the Children ”

  1. weka 1

    “Prime Minister John Key agrees the future of some children is at risk, but says their needs should be balanced with those of other New Zealanders.”
     
    Someone should make a billboard of that statement in time for the election.
     
    And someone should ask Key exactly whose needs should be considered instead of those kids.

  2. higherstandard 2

    OECD data here if anyone is interested.

    http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=CWB

  3. chris73 3

    I thought this might help:

    • tc 3.1

      Spot on as I’ve always thought the NACT script had a high comedic value to it.

      • Ianupnorth 3.1.1

        Stop it tc, that’s the most lucid and informative thing Chris has ever posted on here!
        Hey Chris, how come tories never comment on the threads where we illustrate Key’s lies? Seriously, you lot (Gosman, QSF, HS, etc) never do – scared of the truth?

        • chris73 3.1.1.1

          I can’t speak for anyone else (though no doubt you think we conspire together) but for me I contribute to the threads that interest me not ones that don’t

  4. Afewknowthetruth 4

    This state of affairs is hardly surprising after 35 years of non-socialist government (or should that be anti-socialist government?) that served the interests of money-lenders and global corporations, and broke up the very foundations of society.

    National, Labour, National, Labour, National.

    I do hope no one is going to suggest the appalling state NZ is in suddenly arrived 3 years ago. It is a direct consequence decades of institutionalised dysfunction.

    As for the children of this nation, most of them effectively don’t have one, since government after government has ignored all the factors that will determine the future, and the chickens are all coming home to roost right now: over-population, over-consumption, peak oil, collapse of fiat currencies, collapse of the global environment.

    Where are the strategies -permaculture and powerdown -to deal with this unholy mess? Nowhere to be seen amongst any mainstream political party (though the Greens do slightly acknowledge we are on the wrong path, so they offer faux solutions).

    We are still on track for a complete systems meltdown by 2015.

    • aerobubble 4.1

      The rich (tm republician party) are not the real rich of the free market.

      Democratic capitalism believes that everyone should aspire to greatness,
      wealth, intellect, social respect, whatever takes your fancy.

      Not the proto-fascist capitalism driven by MSM, no, they believe once you are
      rich then you are superhuman and should never be accountable or
      responsible.

      Unfortuately the politicians know better, they may look like they don’t
      but they see the wriiting on the wall. Unfortuately we don’t have a
      career politician as PM, and our Finance Minister is dull on his best day.

      Would Labour have such a progressive far reaching tax regime change?
      Would National be so fearful of it that they won’t attack Labours prime
      policy?

      We don’t need no stinking efficiency in NZ as long as the political class
      can ride on the backs of farmers, farmers as dull like their hero English.
      Whenever the farmer hit high commodity prices the exchange rate
      brokers run off with the profits! You’d think they’d have worked that out
      by now.

      If farmer were sniffing too much manure they’d wake up to the reality
      of the NZ economy without more broad investment stratgey (CGT).

      So no capitalism won’t end in 2015, but a lot of very self-assure right
      wing politicians will be consider social ?lepers?. Imagine that Key
      is a big fact loser jerk.

  5. jbc 5

    It’s not quite as simple as comparing per-child government spending.

    Take the country with the lowest infant mortality rate in the world for example. It’s also low in teen pregnancy and youth suicide. It’s low in government spending as well.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_infant_mortality_rate

    It’s likely more of a cultural and lifestyle issue than a government spending issue. You don’t have to have money thrown at you to survive past the age of 5 and not get pregnant. Having responsible parents is obviously a far bigger issue. Parents that don’t beat you and leave you in the car while they booze up.

    • mik e 5.1

      jbc Thats not TRUE Singapore has lower paye but has very high land tax and compulsory savings which the govt taxes GST so get your facts right they also provide high quality housing and a better eduction the list goes on no one is left behind in Singapore. Thats why they have 14% growth per annum and under Key blineglish we have less than 1%

      • jbc 5.1.1

        I know what it’s like. I’ve been a Singapore resident since 2001 and my two kids were born in Singapore. There is no welfare system to speak of, and certainly nothing like the spending that the OP is calling for – at least not directly by the government.

        I’m not suggesting that NZ copy the approach either. I’m just pointing out that it’s not simply a government spending problem.

        New Zealand already has some excellent services like free healthcare for under 5s. There’s really no excuse for the higher mortality rate of NZ kids.

        Perhaps NZ should match Singapore’s tax on alcohol. That would be a start.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          New Zealand already has some excellent services like free healthcare for under 5s. There’s really no excuse for the higher mortality rate of NZ kids.

          Excuses are beside the point though, aren’t they?

          The fact is that NZ suffers from a high degree of child abuse and neglect. A large part of this is related to the high rates of child poverty in this country, which is exacerbated by high youth unemployment and poor quality housing.

          Now given this starting point we have to decide as a society what to do next. Obviously with corporate health insurance and highly qualified professional parents, the children of expats tend to do OK in SG.

          I agree with you in the final analysis that this is not simply an issue of insufficient government spending, although that is an important factor. Support and encouragement needs to be given to parents so that they can step up to their child rearing role fully and skilfully.

          If we want to help the children, something needs to be done about the damn unemployment rate and low wages in this barely OECD country. Singapore in contrast has an unemployment rate which currently sits in the low 2% range.

          BTW with those stand out Singaporean health stats. I’ll bet my bottom dollar that they don’t include the health stats of the cheap foreign (non SG citizen) labourers in the country and whom at a guess make up over 20% of the workforce.

          • jbc 5.1.1.1.1

            Those stats are not just referring to the children of expats, but yes the stats also won’t include the children of the cheap foreign labourers because those children are not in the country. That’s a very good point and also a very sad side of the situation.

            I’ll repeat again: I’m not trying to push that way as the only solution, rather to point out that decisions and attitudes of parents play a huge part in the welfare of their kids.

            I’d go so far as to say that all of the children in a caring extended family could get looked after a whole lot better than those of a single parent isolated and on a benefit. I’m not a religious conservative (far from it) but it seems crazy that western governments seem to treat intact families as unfashionable these days given how much work they could save (for the governments).

            I may be alone in thinking this, but I get a feeling that welfare has a negative effect in that it lets the rest of society think that beneficiaries are ‘the government’s problem’ rather than something they should be more active in. I know that’s wrong but I pick it up from those on both sides of the fence.

            And here we are again, looking towards the government for a solution to kids that are not looked after.

            Poverty is an excuse I think. Poverty of attention, more likely.

            • rosy 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Part of the problem creating “attitudes and behaviours” that lead to improved outcomes for children do rely on money. When families are not in close proximity e.g. because they have moved away from their social network for jobs. Parenting is not instinctive and when family/social networks are broken someone or an organisation needs to replace them. This has been known for decades hence Plunket being founded on the belief that parents (mothers) needed to be trained to provide a healthy environment for their babies.

              These days new mothers leave hospital before breastfeeding is established and even before a baby is bathed and a mother can move about properly. Mothering is not instinctive, it’s learned mainly through mentoring. These days this costs money and Midwives and Tamariki Ora services are funded for only minimal home visits.

              Is this schedule is enough for struggling, isolated parents of a new baby?:

              From birth to four-to-six weeks, there are four Well Child health checks provided by your midwife or GP (general practitioner):
              birth (newborn examination)
              24 hours
              5 days
              2 – 4 weeks

              Having parents struggle from day one is setting up conditions for failure and abandonment later. Obviously most parents struggle through, but not many in poverty and isolation do it easily and as we well know there are plenty who fall through the gaps.

        • mik e 5.1.1.2

          jbc Yes we have a very serious problem alcohol, tobacco ,drugs, gambling, poor housing low wages, long term unemployment, hidden unemployment.a higher tax on these substances would be a very good start .Singapore is a city state which makes it a lot cheaper to deliver services where NZ is spread out infrastructure and services are harder and more expensive.but our main problem is we are not breaking the poverty cycle. until we re balance the spend on these addictive habits nothing is going to change.We are subsidizing these habits effectively when we should be subsidizing good housing R&D innovation Education.Singapore people have a different ethos a no nonsense iron fisted govt as well.

    • McFlock 5.2

      Well, Singapore also has compulsory medical savings schemes, and we can’t even sort out retirement savings. And they also seem to have strong government regulation of  medical costs.
       But thanks for the drunken parent stereotype.
       
       
       
       

      • mik e 5.2.1

        Mc Flock What i,m proposing is to tax these corporates who are costing us more than $10 billion in harm to our economy ,we are effectively subsidizing their profits, and put that money into dealing with poverty, substance abuse ,problem gambling .These addictive corporates are the real bludgers in our economy and should pay to fix the problems they cause. But their lobbiests are filling Nationals coffers.Jpc the enlarged family could work here but it would take a lot of money and people and time to achieve especially where people are in poverty traps. The Anglo Saxon way doesn’t work like that.Individual responsibility Thats the reason Nact are so popular.

  6. It is pretty simple – kids don’t have a vote, therefore, IMHO, families do worse off under business orientated policies that seek to assist ‘mum and dad investors’

  7. Marjorie Dawe 7

    The Nats might think it an easy solution. Make our youth feel so marginalised if they cant get jobs that arent there and then if they top themselves they are no longer a problem. What effect do they think their latest policy is going to have on these already vulnerable late teens?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Bill introduced to support workers with 10 days sick leave
    The Government is delivering on a key commitment by introducing a Bill to Parliament to expand sick leave entitlements from five days to ten days a year, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “COVID-19 has shown how important it is to stay at home when people are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Progress on pay equity for DHB staff
    Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. If ratified, the agreement between the Public Service Association and the country’s 20 District ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Iconic Milford Track officially reopens
    One of New Zealand’s premier hikes and a cornerstone of the Te Anau community, the Milford Track has officially reopened, “From today, hikers booked on the popular Great Walk will be able to complete the walk end-to-end for the first time since early February,” Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Support for farmers beefed up ahead of La Niña
    Further funding for feed support services and new animal welfare coordinators will help farmers who continue to feel the effects of an extended drought, says Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor. “In March this year, I classified the drought in the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chathams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Next steps for Christchurch Hospital campus redevelopment
    Canterbury DHB will be better placed to respond to future demand for services and continue to deliver high quality care, with the next stage of the campus redevelopment programme confirmed, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Government has approved $154 million in funding for the construction of a third tower ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Five Power Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers’ Joint Statement
    The Defence Ministers from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and United Kingdom reaffirmed their nations’ continued commitment to the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA), and commended the achievements over the past 49 years as the FPDA moves towards its 50th Anniversary in 2021.  The Ministers recognised the FPDA’s significant role ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding protects health of Hawke’s Bay waterways
    A joint Government and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council project will invest $4.2 million to protect local waterways, enhance biodiversity and employ local people, Environment Minister David Parker announced today.   Over two years, the Hāpara Takatū Jobs for Nature project will fence 195km of private land to exclude stock from vulnerable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Year border exception for seasonal workers in the horticulture and wine industries
    2000 additional RSE workers to enter New Zealand early next year employers must pay these workers at least $22.10 an hour employers will cover costs of managed isolation for the RSE workers RSE workers will be paid the equivalent of 30 hours work a week while in isolation From January ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government increases support for New Zealanders to work in seasonal jobs
    The Government is offering further financial support for unemployed New Zealanders to take on seasonal work. These new incentives include: Up to $200 per week for accommodation costs $1000 incentive payment for workers who complete jobs of six weeks or longer increasing wet weather payments when people can’t work to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government receives Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mos...
    Minister for Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti has today received the Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques, and will table it in Parliament on Tuesday December 8. “I know this will have been a challenging process for whānau, survivors and witnesses of the terrorist attack ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand Government to declare a climate emergency
    The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today.                                       “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Call for urgent action on Pacific conservation
    A declaration on the urgency of the global biodiversity crisis and the need for immediate, transformative action in the Pacific was agreed at a pan-Pacific conference today. The 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas is taking place this week across the Pacific.  Minister of Conservation Kiritapu ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech from the throne
    E aku hoa i te ara o te whai, Kia kotahi tā tātou takahi i te kō, ko tōku whiwhi kei tō koutou tautoko mai. Ko tāku ki a koutou, hei whakapiki manawa mōku. He horomata rangatira te mahi, e rite ai te whiwhinga a te ringatuku, me te ringakape ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keynote address to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand conference
    Speech to the CAANZ conference - November 19, 2020 Thank you, Greg, (Greg Haddon, MC) for the welcome. I’d like to acknowledge John Cuthbertson from CAANZ, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson, former fellow MP and former Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne, other guest speakers and CAANZ members. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Expert independent advisory group appointed to strengthen the future of Māori broadcasting
    A panel of seven experts are adding their support to help shape the future of Māori broadcasting, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has announced today. “Today I will meet with some of the most experienced Māori broadcasters, commentators and practitioners in the field. They have practical insights on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to review housing settings
    New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus is on improving access to the housing market for first home buyers and ensuring house price growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Crown accounts reflect Govt’s careful economic management
    The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance before gains and losses, or OBEGAL, was in deficit. However that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Community launch marks next step in addressing racism in education
    The launch of Te Hurihanganui in Porirua today is another important milestone in the work needed to address racism in the education system and improve outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Budget 2019 included $42 million over three years to put Te Hurihanganui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations
    The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to Wakatū Nelson regional hui on trade
    First, I want to express my thanks to Te Taumata for this hui and for all the fantastic work you are doing for Māori in the trade space. In the short time that you’ve been operating you’ve already contributed an enormous amount to the conversation, and developed impressive networks.  I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to Primary Industries Summit
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the significant contribution the food and fibres sector makes to New Zealand and how this Government is supporting that effort. I’d like to start by acknowledging our co-Chairs, Terry Copeland and Mavis Mullins, my colleague, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Fast track referrals will speed up recovery and boost jobs and home building
    The Government is taking action to increase jobs, speed up the economic recovery and build houses by putting three more projects through its fast track approval process. “It’s great to see that the fast-track consenting process is working. Today we have referred a mix of potential projects that, if approved, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings
    A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings. The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Revival of Māori Horticulturists
    The rapid revival of Māori horticulture was unmistakeable at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards, with 2020 marking the first time this iconic Māori farming event was dedicated to horticulture enterprises. Congratulating finalists at the Awards, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said growing large-scale māra kai is part of Māori DNA. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Emergency benefit to help temporary visa holders
    From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies
    Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Farmer-led projects to improve water health in Canterbury and Otago
    More than $6 million will be spent on helping farmers improve the health of rivers, wetlands, and habitat biodiversity in Canterbury and Otago, as well as improving long-term land management practices, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Four farmer-led catchment group Jobs for Nature projects have between allocated between $176,000 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tupu Aotearoa continues expansion to Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman & Northl...
    Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman and Northland will benefit from the expansion of the Tupu Aotearoa programme announced today by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. The programme provides sustainable employment and education pathways and will be delivered in partnership with three providers in Northland and two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New primary school and classrooms for 1,200 students in South Island
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled major school building projects across the South Island during a visit to Waimea College in Nelson today. It’s part of the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “Investments like this gives the construction industry certainty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister of Māori Development pays tribute to Rudy Taylor
      Today the Minister of Māori Development, alongside other Government Ministers and MP’s said their final farewells to Nga Puhi Leader Rudy Taylor.  “Rudy dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori, and his strong approach was always from the ground up, grassroots, sincere and unfaltering”  “Over the past few ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister to attend APEC Leaders’ Summit
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and associated events virtually today and tomorrow. “In a world where we cannot travel due to COVID-19, continuing close collaboration with our regional partners is key to accelerating New Zealand’s economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “There is wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to Infrastructure NZ Symposium
    Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pike River 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Service
    Tēnei te mihi ki a tātau katoa e huihui nei i tēnei rā Ki a koutou ngā whānau o te hunga kua riro i kōnei – he mihi aroha ki a koutou Ki te hapori whānui – tēnā koutou Ki ngā tāngata whenua – tēnā koutou Ki ngā mate, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Huge investment in new and upgraded classrooms to boost construction jobs
    Around 7,500 students are set to benefit from the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “The election delivered a clear mandate to accelerate our economic recovery and build back better. That’s why we are prioritising construction projects in schools so more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Keeping Pike River Mine promises 10 years on
    Ten years after the Pike River Mine tragedy in which 29 men lost their lives while at work, a commemorative service at Parliament has honoured them and their legacy of ensuring all New Zealand workplaces are safe. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the event, along with representatives of the Pike ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers
    New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These strengthened rules – to apply to all international airports and ports – build on the mandatory testing orders we’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More public housing delivered in Auckland
    The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods. The Thom Street development replaces 16 houses built in the 1940s, with brand new fit-for-purpose public housing that is in high ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines
    The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. “This agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will leave a conservation legacy for Waikanae awa
    Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The new funding will give a four-year boost to the restoration of the Waikanae awa, and is specifically focussed on restoration through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago