Get a shave mate, you’re the PM

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, June 4th, 2009 - 47 comments
Categories: john key - Tags: , ,

key-looking-raggedIf you saw last night’s One News piece on the Worth fiasco, you might have noticed Key looking particularly haggard. This photo doesn’t really do justice to how crap he actually looked – grey, sallow, a lot of wrinkles and bags under the eyes, and a serious five o’clock shadow.

Johno, if you can’t control your caucus, can’t really hack the pace, or learn to speak properly (at yesterday’s press conference Key said “What I can say is, irrelevant of what may occur, I no longer have confidence in him”)  – the least you can do is have a shave.

You’re looking like shit bro. You already looked worn out at the 3 month mark – now we’re at 6 months into the job and you’re looking like a man on the verge of physical collapse.

Let’s face it Johno, packaging is all you’ve got. Once that slips people will really start looking for the substance and we both know even you can’t afford to let that to happen. It’s obvious you’re no Clark when it comes to stamina so you’ll really need to look after yourself better if you want to last the distance.

47 comments on “Get a shave mate, you’re the PM ”

  1. Tom Semmens 1

    He quite often looks tired when he is under pressure.

  2. Tim Ellis 2

    It was evident on Tuesday that the PM had a cold.

    Sprout, did you have the same concerns when Helen Clark looked under the weather? Why is it fair to discuss Mr Key’s appearance, but not Helen Clark’s?

    • Pascal's bookie 2.1

      “It was evident on Tuesday that the PM had a cold.”

      You are one creepy guy Tim.

    • doc whose asking 2.2

      Tim, serious question..

      is this apparent obsession of yours with what is past your attempt to be relevant on this blog…

      Helen Clark is UN so far as I know, and so the “irrelevance” of which the PM speaks in the blog above is pertinent.. what is past is past… better is now..

      well that was the assertion… or promise.. or something..

      Time for real time… yes?

    • Sorry Iprent,

      happy birthday and all that (and by the way I’m three years older than you and admire your niece R. immensely) but TE.you’re such a wanker.

      Captha: the thinning. LOL

    • Tim

      Helen was a machine.

      She always knew what all of her ministers were doing. For instance she would have known about who was on the list to be appointed to the Children’s commission,. and would have indicated a view on who should be appointed. She would not have been blindsided by a Rankin type appointment days after the event.

      Her knowledge of which person was on which board was amazing.

      She was never tardy. She knew most ministers’ portfolios better than they did.

      She was gracious and generous. And she was always on top of the job.

      There is no comparison between this current pretender and Helen.

      • Tim Ellis 2.4.1

        Micky, I’m sorry, but when a post is not about John Key’s performance, but how he looks (when he’s got a cold), I think it’s relevant to point out the hysteria that the Left had whenever somebody mentioned Helen Clark’s appearance, even when she wasn’t ill.

        I see even making that point has brought out all sorts of rage.

        This post is not about how much in control Mr Key is of his job as Prime Minister. It is entirely about his appearance. The very people who are outraged that some made fun of Helen Clark’s appearance when she was well are quite happy to make fun of Mr Key’s appearance when he has a cold.

        • Phillips 2.4.1.1

          Tim I don’t know how you put up with these guys. They were willing to put up with Helen for years, and lets just say she wasn’t anywhere near the top 1,000,000 beautiful people in the world. You then get this rediculous post about what Key looks like.

          • felix 2.4.1.1.1

            I don’t know how poor little Timmy puts up with it either, but he does – and he turns up every day, rain or shine, to repeat the latest National Party lines. Dedication to the job I suppose.

            Also, in case you’re as stupid as you seem, the post wasn’t about Key’s “beauty”. It’s about him being under pressure.

      • areyoudrunk 2.4.2

        “She was gracious and generous.”

        Ho ha heh hehe .. best laugh I’ve had for weeks.

  3. Tim makes a valid point. God knows the reaction here if there was any criticism of Saint Helen’s physical appearance.

    I am bemused why contributors here still are trying to discredit Key personally … perhaps the answer is in the polls?

  4. tsmithfield 4

    It will be interesting to see if he gets his picture air-brushed to make himself look 20 years younger like HC used to.

  5. Pat 5

    Geez Sprout. You defend the Greenpeace spokeswoman when she appears on TV with a mustache, but you have a problem with a man having 5 o’clock shadow?

    Please post your rules for facial hair so we can all be better informed.

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      I agree, this is a pretty facile post.

      Now if Key was visibly scruffy, as in several days of beard growth, or untidy hair or anything else obviously unkempt, that’d be another matter.

      But I don’t think having not shaved for an evening interview is worth this kind of post.

  6. toad 6

    I suspect he might have had a red wine or three (bottles, not glasses) on Tuesday night while pondering how to deal with Worth.

  7. Con 7

    As much as I loathe Key, I have to agree with the other comments here. There’s no need to sink to Paul Henry’s level is there? Is this KiwiBlog?

  8. SjS 8

    Seriously, I thought this blog was about politics and debate, not slagging off about how tired the PM looks.

    There is more than enough to talk about with JK’s policies, rather than his looks.

    • Rex Widerstrom 8.1

      What SjS said. An excellent and timely analysis on the complete and utter failure to protect / create jobs (which frankly interests me far more than who Dick was trying to dick (not that that’s not also worthy of comment)) and then this?

      Perhaps it’s an age thing. When you start looking like crap most days (Happy Birthday, Lynn, BTW 😉 ) you cease caring how other people look and are thus able to focus more on what they say and do. And, as SjS points out, it’s not like there’s any shortage of material there right now.

  9. calltoaccount 9

    I think Sprout’s just noting what is happening to Key’s health. Seems like a reasonable point to make. He didn’t front up to Goff at Question Time today. No good.

  10. What are these Texas that the Johnkey is talking about?

  11. Jono 11

    You’re really clutching at straws here. This is below the level of analysis of what you’d expect from somebody like the stupid fat git who was on closeup last night.

  12. Simon 12

    It’s a pity John can’t take a few weeks holiday at his pad in Hawaii…

    He can’t, because if his ministers get too much TV/Radio time fronting on issues, then the people will realise were in an alternate universe ‘Back To the Future’ 1990’s all over again!

  13. rave 13

    Fuck his shave, I don’t care if he never shaves again.
    This little shit is a total wanker. Typical macho histrionics.
    I’m just listening to him bullying Mary on National Radio like she was his little sister. Its all upsetting him and he’s way out of his depth.
    “His confidence is rapidly rescinding!!!??” He says.
    What a whinging miserable illiterate fucker!!

  14. Tigger 14

    Clark was typically slammed by right wing pundits for being ‘masculine’ and ‘ugly’ – no one is calling Key ‘effeminate’ or ‘ugly’ here so it’s actually not the same thing.

  15. Shona 15

    I know this is petty but I love it ! thanks Sprout. After the blowtorch of scrutiny Clarke’s personal life was subjected to and the innuendo about her marriage and sexuality spread by the vile muckrackers of the right; spending taxpayers money to get parliamentary services to do the trawling I reckon this abysmal apology for a Prime Minister deserves every piece of mud thrown at him. And I am not alone in thinking this way. Perhaps he should learn to climb mountains and do a bit of cross country skiing to up his fitness levels, like our former PM, but then she was only a woman.Suck it up wingnuts.

  16. exbrethren 16

    I couldn’t care less if the PM looked as scruffy as Hairy Maclary as long as they did a good job.

  17. Chris G 17

    Good point tigger. The vile things I heard about Clark were far far beyond someone calling her ‘tired’ so get real righties and harden the fuck up.

    I do think this post is stupid and a waste of time all the same.

  18. burt 18

    It is a pity that Key has his mouth closed or we could make comments about his teeth.

    • areyoudrunk 18.1

      He has to keep his mouth closed lest people see the babies he has been gorging on.

  19. IrishBill 19

    I must say that while I am uncomfortable with a post commenting on a person’s appearance one should expect the prime minister to be well groomed, if only out of respect for the position of the head of the nation. Say what you like about Helen’s appearance, she was always well turned out.

  20. gobsmacked 20

    His appearance doesn’t matter. But his demeanour does.

    He’s been rattled lately, and it shows. Key has had the dream run (safe seat, Don moving on, tired third-term government) and never once had to scrap in his political career.

    Now he’s facing a few problems, and the mask slips. He’s tetchy (e.g. the Checkpoint interview just now). He needs to be liked, because that’s his whole schtick, and he reacts badly when he’s not getting the warm fuzzies any more.

    It’s all quite revealing.

  21. RedLogix 21

    In my view, perogative comments about physical attractiveness, are not just bad form, but should really be considered totally out of bounds. But in this respect I can’t help but note, as have a few others, that while the rightwing is pretty good at dishing this sort of crap out, they are very weak at taking it.

    On the other hand it is legitimate to observe a person’s demeanor under pressure. I don’t watch much TV at all (don’t even own one), but I do listen a lot to RNZ… and from this perspective I find it quite interesting how much about a person’s inner state is revealed by their voice.

    From this I get the sense that while John Key is obviously under pressure here, he is also rather embarrassed and humiliated by the affair. Not often do such explicit and current accusations of sexual misconduct arise at the Cabinet level; they are inherently distasteful to deal with. I think anyone can have some sympathy with that.

    Worse still Key has probably realised, too late, that if he had cut Worth loose way back immediately after the Indian affair, or had acted directly on Phil Goff’s private conversation … the whole affair could have been managed proactively, more decisively and with far stress. The warning signs about Worth’s behaviour and judgement were not just there, they had been as many of us on this blog stated ages ago, flashing luridly in garish neon hues for some time.

    • Sausage Fingers 21.1

      Redlogix,

      you mean “pejorative”.

      • RedLogix 21.1.1

        Yikes…mustn’t blog and program at the same time, sumfinks gonna give. That’s a shocker…. tnx.

  22. Brett Dale 22

    Im sure Prime Minister Key will take your advice Sprout.

  23. mike 23

    Love it when the lefties resort to criticising physical appearance – its obvious the worth fiasco has not only left JK untouched but enhanced his mana so what’s left to attack – the way the guy looks when he has the flu.

    Grow up sprout

  24. Ianmac 24

    I was waiting for a roguish boyish smile but it didn’t come. Funny? It seemed to work during the Erection!

  25. felix 25

    It’s fascinating how your little minds work sometimes.

    The post is about how John Key looks like crap because he’s not dealing with the pressure of the job.

    And you guys think that’s the same thing as making fun of someone’s teeth.

    Amazing.

  26. Pixie 26

    Sprout,
    I usually enjoy your posts. But I have to say this one is not your best work. Frankly, criticising John Key for looking tired or for malaproping is a weak premise for a post – especially on The Standard which is characterised by its pithiness. Posts like this one lower the tone and trivialise what ought to be robust political comments.

  27. I think that people should read the post a bit more carefully. It is about Key being under pressure and looking harassed.

    It is not about his looks per se.

    He no longer looks the part and this is a danger because IMHO he was never up to the job anyway but just looked like he was. If he no longer even looks the part then the nats are in big trouble.

  28. Rex Widerstrom 28

    There are 43 comments on this post about nothing, from lefties and righties alike.

    And five on the previous post about National’s failure to support training at a time in the economic cycle when people would be happy to learn (or re-learn) skills in return for a training wage, thus readying us for the next up-turn. And one of those 5 is a correction from r0b.

    And thus does the blogosphere follow the same path as the MSM…

    • Rex

      Yeah I acknowledge that things are a bit unusual.

      The left took a hammering in the last election and it could have been even worse if the activists did not put in a huge effort. And we have had to put up with wonderful John Key for a while when we could see that the emperor had no clothes and did not intend to do what he said he would.

      The first few months were comprised of rearguard actions to try and stop the right wing onslaught.

      And then suddenly the wheels have come off this government with a clang. Melissa Lee and her thoughts of the link between crime and motorways, Bennett and Rankin, Worth before and now this! And Goff looks wonderful. He did that unpolitical thing of having a quiet word to try and sort out a problem and Key did not have the nous to accept the gift that Goff presented.

      So I guess we are a bit excited. The Mount Albert byelection looks a lot better and the next election looks pretty good as well.

      Forgive us our excitement.

      Next week I am sure that we will all do the lefty thing and get deeply immersed into policy debates.

  29. The Voice of Reason 29

    Nothing wrong with the post, Sprout. Watched Key on the telly tonight at a social event. The sound was off so I was Iiterally only able to see how he looked. No aural context, no speech, just his face.

    Fascinating stuff. He looked old; frowning, down at the mouth. Perplexed in a way I associate with Bush Jnr. Confused at times and sometimes angry? Not the look I normally associate with blokes with 50 million bones in the bank. What on earth could be worrying him so?

  30. George D 30

    I’ve commented on MPs who look worn out before, from multiple parties. It’s a legitimate comment about their abilities. That said, this post is pretty thin.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    7 days ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    1 week ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 week ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago

  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
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    1 week ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
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    1 week ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    1 week ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    1 week ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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    1 week ago

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