web analytics

Getting the facts straight

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, May 19th, 2008 - 27 comments
Categories: john key, same old national - Tags: , ,

When asked on Morning Report (MP3 link) today why National was bringing up the issue of MMP now, Key remarked:

“[the public] were promised a referendum on MMP”.

He’s wrong.

Nigel Robert, Professor of Political Science at Victoria University points out:

“A referendum wasn’t promised previously. The role of Parliament after MMP was introduced was to decide whether another referendum should be held and the select committee set up for that task decided not to.”

Roberts goes on to point out that the result of MMP has been to raise the proportions of Maori and women in Parliament, while giving us more parties in Parliament and stopping single party majority governments – “MMP has delivered”.

The offer of an MMP referendum is nothing more than National playing politics while bending over backwards for the same old business elite who have always opposed broader political representation.

27 comments on “Getting the facts straight ”

  1. Phil 1

    “… that the result of MMP has been to raise the proportions of Maori and women in Parliament…”

    Well, that’s just bullshit. Changing the way you count your apples and oranges doesn’t give you more apples and oranges. Increased Maori/Women representation has been a result of their own empowerment and strength of character in the mindset of the electorate, not the way we count votes.

  2. Lew 2

    Actually, AYB, you’ve misquoted Key:

    Key: “… the overwhelming feedback we get, not just from National Party members, I mean from people, um, you know, the general public at large is that they believe that there was, that they were promised a referendum on MMP …”

    They key bit of his statement is that people *believe* they were promised an election. I believed this also until yesterday. But they weren’t, which Roberts made clear a few minutes later.

    Key never said they were, just that people believed they were, and that that was the basis for a referendum.

    However, key does fall into the `this has always been National policy’ trap, when this time last year English actually said there wouldn’t be a referendum on this matter.

    L

  3. Tane 3

    Phil, it’s much easier to ensure a representative party list than it is to get minorities elected in electorate seats.

    MMP has allowed for groups that are too small and geographically scattered to get a candidate into an electorate seat to gain representation.

    The party list is also an effective way of ensuring a balance between men and women in a way that candidate selections can’t.

  4. mike 4

    Whats the problem with a referendum?
    The NZ people own the electoral process not one party.
    After 15 years I think it is right that the we get a say on wether its working or not.

  5. r0b 5

    Changing the way you count your apples and oranges doesn’t give you more apples and oranges.

    Think before you post Phil. There are a limited number of people in parliament, changing the way you elect them changes who gets in. Or to stick with your fruit motif, changing the way you chose your apples and oranges changes the fruit in your shopping trolley.

  6. r0b 6

    Whats the problem with a referendum?

    I actually wouldn’t have much of an issue with a referendum myself, so long as all lobbying on the issue was constrained by rules similar to those governing election spending to make sure that both sides of the argument were presented equally. In such a situation I have no doubt that MMP would be well endorsed.

    But a referendum in the context where one side of the debate can try to buy public opinion by massively dominating the advertising, well that I will oppose most vigourously.

  7. Daveski 7

    Unless of course the massive domination of the advertising is by the EPMU 🙂

  8. James Kearney 8

    hahaha… oh, hang on. Big business spends upwards of $3 million backing National last election. EPMU donates $40,000 to Labour.

    Obviously it’s working people who are corrupting our electoral system Daveski.

  9. randal 9

    well keys would say anything rather than what new dynamic course the party of business is planning for business. all he can do is fiddle with the tax code and the employment acts and provoke unrest…not much of man in my opinion

  10. Phil 10

    Tane/r0b,

    We need to make a distinction here about what we’re arguing for/against. I agree completely that MMP has increased (as defined distinctly separate to improved) the representation of alternative political views in parliament – ACT, UF, NZF and the Greens have all, at times, recieved more seats in the house than FPP would have provided them, but they aren’t what I was talking about.

    My specific challenge is to the ‘minority’ groups of Maori and Women. I cannot see compelling evidence that they would not have the representation they have today (or will have at the end of the year) under the old FPP system, or any other non-MMP derivation.

    “The party list is also an effective way of ensuring a balance between men and women in a way that candidate selections can’t.”

    I’m not so sure. To believe the gender of a candidate, or the colour of their skin, impacts on the extent to which voters choose to listen to their party message, is a disturbing acceptance of public bigotry that, I hope, we have moved well past.

  11. Scribe 11

    Lew,

    Thanks for correcting ayb’s selective — and one might say dishonest — quoting of John Key. Is that what intelligent political discussion is going to become? Selective quoting and ellipses to misrepresent someone’s position, as has happened in the US?

    Nothing would change for years, even if the public decided they did want to vote on which electoral system to use (after the initial referendum in 2011). And notice who would be making the decision: The public.

    To suggest people would be brainwashed into voting a certain way is interesting. I have more faith in the media than most, I guess.

  12. Draco TB 12

    I’m actually wondering where this belief that we were going to have another referendum on MMP came from because it certainly wasn’t part of the process that brought about the first referendum.

  13. r0b 13

    Thanks for correcting ayb’s selective — and one might say dishonest — quoting of John Key.

    Quick Scribe – better call The Herald, because they have it wrong too: “Mr Key said people had been promised a referendum and they should get one.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10511071

    Or in other words, a_y_b has accurately presented the line that Key is pushing.

    If you want to see true examples of shameless misquoting then take a look here: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=643

  14. Scribe 14

    rOb,

    Nice try.

    We have to assume John Key told the Herald the people had been promised a referendum, so they’re right to report that as what he said. Whether he’s right or not is another matter.

    What ayb did, though, was quote a source and leave out incredibly important information to try make a political point.

    It wasn’t even taking a sentence out of context; it was taking a phrase out of a sentence out of context.

    If I said “I enjoy coming to The Standard even though I find it irritating at times and I often disagree with the posters”, would it be fair to quote me as saying Scribe “finds [the Standard] irritating”?

  15. Lew 15

    I don’t think it was dishonest, it’s a reasonable error to make. Nigel Roberts made it, and he deals with this sort of thing as a matter of course. It’s only because my wife and I heard and discussed the phrasing this morning that I noticed that’s not strictly what he said. The Herald, also.

    I think AYB’s interpretation is what most listeners will take from the statement, and certainly it’s the point Key was trying to make – that National is giving the electorate what they [believe they] deserve.

    Ambiguous statements tends to get interpreted in the manner which best suits the interpreter, but there’s no need to cry plot every time they do.

    L

  16. r0b 16

    We have to assume John Key told the Herald the people had been promised a referendum, so they’re right to report that as what he said.

    Indeed.

    Whether he’s right or not is another matter.

    We already know that he isn’t.

    What ayb did, though, was quote a source and leave out incredibly important information to try make a political point.

    Get a grip Scribe, ayb simplified Key to the same point he is making via the main stream media.

    So where’s your outrage over this actual and blatant misquoting? Anything to say on this Scribe?: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=643

    (Captcha “invisible hand” – cute if this was an economics thread!)

  17. higherstandard 17

    rob

    If there is a referendum I would be prepared to take a very sizeable bet that MMP would be returned with an extremely healthy margin regardless of whether there was a concerted campaign to get rid of it – which I’m very doubtful there would be.

    In relation to National latching on to this – it’s nothing more than political opportunism very easy to promise it as it’s something that the populace is attracted to, it would cost sod all and the worst that they’re looking at (the likely outcome) in the referendum is the status quo.

  18. higherstandard 18

    Lynn

    Nice editing upgrade !

    captcha 30 paces ….. now there’s an idea for a new type of electoral system !

  19. Scribe 19

    r0b,

    So where’s your outrage over this actual and blatant misquoting? Anything to say on this Scribe?

    Yes. I dislike that too. I’m an equal-opportunity opposer of selective quoting for political gain. I’m all for robust debate, and John Key is wrong to say Kiwis were promised a referendum. And it’s right to point that out, as AYB sought to do. It’s that last step of selective quoting that bothers me.

    I’m all for The Standard opposing John Key’s weaknesses and flip-flops etc. That’s legitimate discussion. I think instances like this, though, and there have been others I’ve pointed out, diminish the case being made.

  20. Aj 20

    A red herring. Key is using this issue to paper over his lack of policy in any of the important areas.

  21. The Double Standard 21

    So, in fact what Key said on Morning Report was technically correct. I was listening and noted that he correctly described the situation re the referendum.

    It is hardly Key’s fault if the talking head commentators cannot listen correctly.

    I wonder if AYB will have the guts to correct his post now?

  22. The Double Standard 22

    How about taking me off moderation, or are you still stifling dissent here?

    [We put you on moderation because you were trolling. This was explained at the time. If you want to engage constructively we’ll take you off moderation in due course. In the meantime you may want to read our comments policy.]

  23. TDS! You’re back! Were you on a sabbatical or did they remove you from posting duties for a while after I busted your National Party research unit arse???

    [Sod, behave.]

  24. Michael

    Research unit? Hardly. Do try to keep your lies in check old boy.

    Anyway, I generally find I have better things to spend my time than sitting on my butt and posting to left-wing blogs. Fighting with pigs in mud and all that. However it would be nice to occasionally be able to “engage constructively” when you are not around.

    Lynn – I don’t see much point in re-litigating the past, but perhaps you could check how long ago this happened, and my posting history since then.

    I think I have a valid email address now if you want to contact me directly.

    [lprent: hashed out of the moderation. I run a enhanced definition – if I can write a eliza style program as an emulator, then it is probably a machine….. People like dealing with people.]

  25. AncientGeek 25

    If people (as opposed to a party) want a referendum, then all they have to do is to raise the required signatures. The people wanting to kill MMP can just get off their lazy arses and do the leg-work. Personally I don’t think that they could even raise the less than 300k signatures for it under normal circumstances.

    What Key is talking about is a binding referendum – although he hasn’t bothered to mention that little detail when I’ve heard it. It reduces the risk if you want to throw a lot of money at a marketing campaign.

    That is a whole different kettle of fish. To do it you have to pass the legislation to make it binding. Then that takes a lot of risk away from the proponents, because you can run a FUD marketing campaign to drown out all of the voices pointing out the alternatives. If you win it, then you bypass our representatives who are there to get informed about issues and are less susceptible to FUD campaigns.

    I’d say that it is up to the proponents to prove that they have a mandate. Do a citizen referendum first. Show that you have a constituency. If they started now, who knows, they might even get it in for this election?

  26. Hoolian 26

    The offer of an MMP referendum is nothing more than National playing politics while bending over backwards for the same old business elite who have always opposed broader political representation.

    Then let the people decide and lets hold a referendum. I respect Nigel Roberts but he’s only one man. What are you all so afraid of that you won’t let MMP go to the people?

    Heck, we’ll all probably just vote for MMP again and that will be that…but we won’t know unless we get the chance to.

  27. Pascal's bookie 27

    I agree, Hoolian, that MMP will probably win. I think many people fear though, that these sorts of decisions can be caught up in political tides that they are not related to, and I understand that fear.

    As an example think about that referendum on Winston’s retirement funding scheme. It got absolutely pounded beyond any reasonable measure simply because people were upset at Winston. So they smacked him via his poll.

    -Marginal tax rates for those earning over 150 000

    -The tax status of organised religions

    Let the people decide! 😉

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Apartments give new life to former Trade Training hostel
    A building that once shaped the Māori trade training industry will now revitalise the local community of Ōtautahi and provide much needed housing for whānau Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The old Māori Trade Training hostel, Te Koti Te Rato, at Rehua Marae in Christchurch has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Major step to pay parity for early learning teachers
    Certificated teachers on the lowest pay in early education and care services will take another leap towards pay parity with their equivalents in kindergartens, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said in a pre-Budget announcement today. “Pay parity for education and care teachers is a manifesto commitment for Labour and is reflected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New Zealand Wind Energy Conference
    Tēnā koutou katoa Tēnā koutou i runga i te kaupapa o te Rā No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa  Thank you Grenville for the introduction and thanks to the organisers, the New Zealand Wind Energy Association, for inviting me to speak this morning. I’m delighted that you ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Speech to New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium
    Speech to Through the Maze: On the road to health New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium Mōrena koutou katoa, Tēnei te mihi ki a koutou, Kua tae mai nei me ngā kete matauranga hauora, E whai hononga ai tatau katoa, Ka nui te mihi! Thank you for the opportunity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Govt to deliver lower card fees to business
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark has today announced the Government’s next steps to reduce merchant service fees, that banks charge businesses when customers use a credit or debit card to pay, which is estimated to save New Zealand businesses approximately $74 million each year. “Pre COVID, EFTPOS has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government support boosts Arts and Culture sector
    Government support for the cultural sector to help it recover from the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in more cultural sector jobs predicted through to 2026, and the sector performing better than forecast. The latest forecast by economic consultancy ‘Infometrics’ reflects the impact of Government investment in keeping people in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt takes further action against gang crime
    The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their families safe, Police Minister Poto Williams and Justice Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Thousands of MIQ spaces allocated to secure economic recovery
    Five hundred spaces per fortnight will be allocated in managed isolation facilities over the next 10 months, many for skilled and critical workers to support our economic recovery, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor say. “The Trans-Tasman bubble has freed up more rooms, allowing us to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand Sign Language Week a chance to recognise national taonga
    This week (10 – 16 May 2021) is New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL), a nationwide celebration of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand. “We’re recognised as a world leader for our commitment to maintaining and furthering the use of our sign language,” says Minister for Disability Issues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Economic resilience provides more options in Budget 2021
    Securing the recovery and investing in the wellbeing of New Zealanders is the focus of Budget 2021, Grant Robertson told his audience at a pre-budget speech in Auckland this morning. "The economy has proven resilient in response to COVID-19, due to people having confidence in the Government’s health response to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to BNZ-Deloitte Auckland Breakfast Event
    Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today, and to share with you some of the Government’s thinking leading into this year’s budget. This will be my fourth time delivering the annual Budget for the Government, though the events of the past year have thrown out that calculation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rotuman Language week affirms language as the key to Pacific wellbeing
    The first Pacific Language Week this year  makes it clear that  language is the key to the wellbeing for all Pacific people said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This round of language  weeks begin with Rotuman. As I have always  said language is one of the pillars of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Budget delivers improved cervical and breast cancer screening
    Budget 2021 funds a more effective cervical screening test to help reduce cervical cancer rates A new breast screening system that can proactively identify and enrol eligible women to reach 271,000 more people who aren’t currently in the programme. Budget 2021 delivers a better cervical screening test and a major ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ-France to co-chair Christchurch Call Leaders’ Summit
    New Zealand and France will jointly convene the Christchurch Call Community for a leaders’ summit, to take stock of progress and develop a new shared priority work plan. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the leaders’ meeting on the 2nd anniversary of the Call, on 14 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New South Wales travel pause to be lifted tomorrow
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the current travel pause with New South Wales will lift tomorrow – subject to no further significant developments in NSW. “New Zealand health officials met today to conduct a further assessment of the public health risk from the recently identified COVID-19 community cases in Sydney. It has been determined that the risk to public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • March 15 Collective Impact Board appointed
    The voices of those affected by the March 15 mosque attacks will be heard more effectively with the establishment of a new collective impact board, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. Seven members of the Christchurch Muslim community have been appointed to the newly established Board, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More young Kiwis supported with mental health and addiction services
    Nearly quarter of a million more young New Zealanders will have access to mental health and addiction support in their communities as the Government’s youth mental health programme gathers pace. New contracts to expand youth-specific services across the Northland, Waitematā and Auckland District Health Board areas have been confirmed, providing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New hospital facilities mean fewer trips to Auckland for Northlanders
    Northlanders will no longer automatically have to go to Auckland for lifesaving heart procedures like angiograms, angioplasty and the insertion of pacemakers, thanks to new operating theatres and a cardiac catheter laboratory opened at Whangārei Hospital by Health Minister Andrew Little today. The two projects – along with a new ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Fair Pay Agreements to improve pay and conditions for essential workers
    The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Fair Pay Agreements will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Establishment of the new Māori Health Authority takes first big step
    Sir Mason Durie will lead a Steering Group to provide advice to the Transition Unit on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim board to oversee the establishment of the Māori Health Authority. This Group will ensure that Māori shape a vital element of our future health system, Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Cycle trails move up a gear in Central
    Work on new and upgraded cycle trails in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Central Otago is moving up a gear as two significant projects pass further milestones today. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced new funding for the Queenstown Trails Project, and will also formally open the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government gives households extra help to reduce their power bills
    Nine community energy education initiatives to help struggling New Zealanders with their power bills are being given government funding through the new Support for Energy Education in Communities (SEEC) Programme.   “Last year we committed nearly $8 million over four years to establish the SEEC Programme. This funding will help ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Picton ferry terminal upgrade consent fast-tracked
    The planned upgrade of the Waitohi Picton Ferry terminal has been approved under the fast-track consenting process.  Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the decision by the expert consenting panel to approve the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment Project.    The project will provide a significant upgrade to the ferry facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with New South Wales paused
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced his intention to pause Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.  Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • “Supporting a Trade-Led Economic Recovery”
    Trade Policy Road Show SpeechManukau, Auckland   Kia ora koutou – nau mai, haere mai ki Manukau, ki Tāmaki.   Good morning everyone, and thank you for this opportunity to discuss with you current global challenges, opportunities and the Government’s strategy in support of a trade-led recovery from the economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Building consent numbers at an all-time high
    A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021 March 2021 consent numbers the highest since the 1940s Record number of new homes consented in Auckland The number of new homes consented is at an all-time high, showing a strong and increasing pipeline of demand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ backs moves to improve global access to COVID vaccines
    New Zealand welcomes and strongly supports the announcement made by the United States Trade Representative to work for a waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor said. “New Zealand supports equitable access to COVID vaccines for all. No one is safe from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago