web analytics

Give the snip snap to the zip zap plastic fantastic? Yeah right!

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, November 12th, 2009 - 23 comments
Categories: economy - Tags: ,

Brian Fallow has a great post over at Granny Herald this morning. “Emitters on bludger’s end of deal” deals with the way that the NACT government has been loading costs onto future voters and taxpayers.

On superannuation:

By siphoning off and investing around another 1 per cent of GDP while the babyboomers are still in their peak earning and taxpaying years the intention of the fund was to reduce the burden on future taxpayers by around 1 per cent of GDP.

A 40 per cent increase from 5 to 7 per cent of GDP would be easier to handle than a 100 per cent increase from 4 to 8 per cent.

Moreover, the government is also avoiding making the decisions that go with that decision:

…it is clearly craven and irresponsible for the Government to refuse to even discuss a reduction in the entitlement parameters of the scheme, such as pushing back the age of eligibility. Instead it plans to just pass on the now much larger bill to future taxpayers.

Now I wouldn’t be in favour of changing the terms of the superannuation. But as Brian says doing one without the other is completely moronic in terms of the future viability of the accounts. What Key’s government is doing is putting the costs onto the plastic. The inevitable higher bills will be picked after the current cabinet is safely picking up their super.

Same thing on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS):

Conspicuously, and for the first time anyone can remember, the Treasury has refused to endorse a regulatory impact statement for the legislation.

The quality of the analysis, it says in the bill’s explanatory note,”is not commensurate with the significance of the proposals”.

The reason is made clear in a report from the Substainability Council which is doing something that the government has been unwilling to do. You’d have to ask why exactly the government has been avoiding doing a analysis of the effects of their changes to the ETS. Possibly because it shows Nick Smith as being a serial liar as we have discussed here and here (and several other posts). But more likely because they are pushing the costs onto the plastic and onto future generations of taxpayers.

What has to be understood is that the Kyoto bill gets paid one way or the other. The question the government has is who pays for it? The emitters of the gases that it is meant to constrain the growth of? Or the taxpayers. Clearly they have come down on the side of the taxpayers paying for it, and emitters being given little or no incentive to change their operations. Indeed and in the spirit of Robert Muldoon on SMP’s to sheep farmers (PDF) 30 years ago, the rationale is that this will encourage exports. Nick Smith explicitly states this in a article at the granny:

The Government makes no apologies for being pretty pragmatic about climate change and the ETS. We want to get the economy moving again and particularly to get growth in the trade sector.

What the hell? I can remember almost exactly the same words being used to justify the SMP’s. As a taxpayer I’ve been paying them off most of my life – the experiments didn’t work!.

This government seems to be giving an incentive to emitters to increase their emissions. They will get more cheap credits. However like SMP’s it is far more likely to encourage industry dependence and discourage adaption to a changing world economy.

The councils report states:

Proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme (ETS) would result in 84% or more of the nation’s multi-billion dollar Kyoto liability being put on to future taxpayers. Today’s polluters will pay nothing like today’s emissions bill.

Frankly this government seems to be in denial. Borrowing to cover the current recession is one thing. But they’re just popping the structural bills on to the plastic. They will still be having to be paid decades past the recession costs, and hoping no-one will notice because they’re claiming it has something to do with this current recession.

BTW: I wonder if anyone told Bill?

Update: Toad points out that I’m in agreement with Cactus Kate. She comes at it from a different angle but essentially argues against the distortion in the economy – which was what the SMP analogy was about.

23 comments on “Give the snip snap to the zip zap plastic fantastic? Yeah right! ”

  1. toad 1

    Well, knock me down with a feather! Even Cactus Kate agrees with you Lynn – right down to the Muldoon analogy.

    There is something seriously amiss when Smith’s policy is being attacked from both left and right – and for at least some of the same reasons.

  2. So Bored 2

    Seems to me we have two constants running here which will mitigate against any effective response from either the government (NACT or otherwise) or the individual taking any responsibility for emissions and climate change.

    First (as you demonstrate fronm the history of farmers getting SMPs and now asking for special special exemption for paying the cost of their emissions) is the desire of all interest groups to push the costs onto somebody else somewhere in the future. In short nobody, industry or individual wants to pay.

    Second is that state of denial which says we can keep getting credit and pay for it tomorrow so long as the drinks at the party dont dry up. As individuals we try to keep doing what we do whilst trying to postpone the bill. You see this as we take the SUV (bought on credit) to the local shops, then deny that our behavoir is part of a universal problem.

    My take is that the only chance we have of avoiding the abyss is to change our own personal habits, lead by example, vote by example, spend by example. If we wait for our neighbours to change, politicians to change or interest groups to change, we will be too late, fecked, kaput. its a slim chance.

  3. prism 3

    “Instead it plans to just pass on the now much larger bill to future taxpayers.”
    This referring to future large superannuation peak.
    Interesting how the opposite approach is presented as essential for ACC. Nothing must be borne by future
    tax revenue, everything now and no allowance for the vagaries of investment values going up and down on the market. (Surely that is an effect that ACC finances are suffering from at present.)

  4. But Brian Fellow’s opinion piece negligently ignores the proposal to have timber from plantations acknowledged as a valid carbon sink at Copenhagen. If successful that changes all the math in our favour – provided we get busy planting treres on the one million hectares of marginal land available for that in New Zealand. See also my blog http://www.greenbranz.org/?cat=23

    [lprent: Are you stupid, ignorant, or just a dumb advertising troll.

    Evidently you didn’t bother to read the article. Otherwise you’d have seen the extensive section on the forestry and why this isn’t applicable for future taxpayers – unless you don’t ever cut the forests…

    Brian Fallow said…

    The Government’s accounts, however, estimate New Zealand will be some 10 million tonnes in credit when the time comes to square accounts with other Kyoto countries, because of the carbon sequestered in “Kyoto” forests, those planted since 1990 on land not previously forested.

    But if those forest sink credits are used to cover the overshoot of gross emissions in the interim they will not be available to cover the liability which accrues when the trees are harvested in the 2020s and their carbon is deemed to be emitted. Fresh emission units will need to be bought then to coverthe liability when forests flip from being a net sink to a net source of emissions.

    As the council points out the accounts treat forest credits as if they were income out of which the Kyoto bill can be paid. But they are more like a loan. They buy time, but on tick.

    Using them to cover the liability current emitters give rise to merely pushes the cost on to future taxpayers.

    The Treasury, at least, has acknowledged in its advice to the Government that “in the long term forestry is essentially a zero sum game”.

    In other words – doesn’t make much of a difference under the current accounting rules for Kyoto. If (and that is a big if) the rules get changed to recognize the long term storage of some of the uses of the wood in buildings, then a small proportion will be of interest – that ‘stored’ in buildings. ]

    • So Bored 4.1

      It is interesting to note that the price of gold is extremely high due to the absolute uncertainty that surrounds hard currency deposits. That is because gold is tangible. I have often wondered why the Crown does not create a bond market backed by regularly tangible valued native forest assetts on Crown land. It is the one institution that could take a long enough timeframe as the trees mature (over 100 years for native hardwood)?

      • burt 4.1.1

        Unless they catch fire or catch some disease that kills them. Gold locked in vaults won’t do that.

        • So Bored 4.1.1.1

          Hi Burt, try those marvellous little commercial contrivances to manage this…hmmm insurance, risk spreads etc.

    • prism 4.2

      What happens to our credits from forests if a major part of them burns? Then we haven’t got that credit, and the smoke will have created a debit won’t it? There are naturally occurring fires, fires from controlled burn-offs that get out of hand, fires from unauthorised burnoffs or just badly organised ones, and then there are the crazy arsonists that can’t be reached with reason.

  5. prism 5

    “This government seems to be giving an incentive to emitters to increase their emissions. They will get more cheap credits. However like SMP’s it is far more likely to encourage industry dependence and discourage adaption to a changing world economy.”
    Poor little NZ – we shrink away from innovation really, while burbling on about our No.8 wire cleverness. We can put up a fence, that’s physical work, but to think around the problem of climate change that requires an Ernest Rutherford and he’s dead (We haven’t much money so we have to think…harder). The Problem – What is the most effective and efficient way for our big polluters who are also our big profit centres, to immediately move in manageable but definite, practical steps to lessen significantly our pollution. Not years hence, next year and all to achieve significant drops.

  6. burt 6

    As long as the policy pays me the same for planting a tree as it costs me to cut one down – then all is fine. Otherwise it is simply a tax grab and pretending it is to protect the environment is dishonest in the extreme.

  7. lprent 7

    burt: What you’re getting the market to look at is the amount of carbon stored in the trees. So you’re thinking of it the wrong way around in time.

    Now when you cut them down there is a *lot* of carbon there. That wee tree you just planted has bugger all.

    If the carbon system followed reality, then you’d slowly gain credits during its growth which will hopefully cover the carbon cost at the time it gets cut down.

    Of course the real issue for tree farmers is going to be what the future cost of carbon is. It will probably be considerably higher than it is is now – markets do that for scarce resources. In which case you’ll wind up owing money when you knock the tree over.

    Exactly how the system works for trees in NZ I have no idea. I just looked at the underlying zero-sum game (apart from the anamoly of the wood in permanent structures).

  8. burt 8

    lprent

    Yes sure a grown tree contains a lot more carbon than a seedling (or a seed) however the same argument surrounds a mature tree that has been cut down. Burn it and the carbon is released immediately, let it rot and the release takes years. Store it a dry place and the carbon is locked up “forever’. Arguably carbon credits should be dished out for making wood products that stop the wood rotting or being burned. (note: rotting and burning are natural cycles of carbon when trees are concerned)

    However I don’t think the “carbon market’ can be expected to follow the pattern you discuss for ‘scarce’ resources. The carbon market is possibly the most artificial (and inverted) market we have today. As the (chemical) availability of CO2 increases (IE: increased concentrations in the air) the market cost will go up to provide the correct incentives for restricting release. Were CO2 simply a product that is traded rather than a proxy for climate change (based on science that is neither settled or certain) then there would be a more direct market pattern to how we trade it. As a product its value will decrease as the air concentration increases, ETS schemes will however work inversely if they are to achieve their goal of reducing emissions.

    Extracting CO2 from the air is not the aim of the game (although some will see an opportunity here and doing so has benefits), restricting the volume being released must be the long term objective if we are to join in the great pretence of doing the right thing. Furthermore the models for trading carbon (or any other proxy de-jour eg methane, dioxin, ozone, H2O, heat) should be based on the first practical point of tradability. For example coal mining – The emission taxes should be applied at the point the coal is extracted from the ground otherwise the maket for selling the ‘polluting product’ will simple result in places where no taxes are placed on consumption being in a position to pay a better price for the product. From an export earnings perspective taxing coal at extraction is not flash for NZ however from a global environmental perspective selling coal to China where it is burnt without due fiscal consideration for the environment makes a mockery of the intent of any ETS.

    The real question is are these schemes in place to raise revenue or to protect the environment. The way we seem to be going about them seems to be taking a head in the sand approach to the impacts the schemes have on the environment and putting the focus on the revenue potential. Either that or we are just going through the paces of being fashionable based on fickly and piecemeal understandings of global climate science. While we stop building coal power generation facilities in NZ (where we have rigid emission standards for our chimney stacks) we effectively lower the commodity price for places like China where there is neither emission consumption taxes or emission standards comparable to our own. Therefore realistically, from a planet environment perspective, not building coal consuming plants in NZ creates an environmental negative outcome as the lower commodity cost encourages other places to consume more of the product we have ditched so we can pretend we care at a global level. Either that or we stop mining it all together but I can’t see any NZ govt actually walking that walk rather than just talking the talk about trading taxes.

  9. lprent 9

    Just to clear up a few of your misconceptions… (I’m at work and don’t have much time).

    As you know, I consider that the science is settled and certain in terms of a ‘velocity’. That is to say that global climate change due to retention of heat from greenhouse gases is going to happen. As I’ve pointed out before, my first degree was in earth sciences, so I have a pretty good idea on the physical processes and that retained heat is going to do some seriously nasty climatic changes.

    The only real question is how soon, how big and exactly what. On those questions the science is still not particularly settled. But it is an excellent bet now that the worst scenarios of IPCC AP4 are going to be close to the best scenarios of IPCC AP5, because the data is now available to support that.

    Not working in the area and having no professional reputation to protect, I’ll stick my neck out for a sure bet. I consider that the worst scenario of IPCC AP5 is going to be as wildly optimistic compared to what comes out in AP6 or what happens in reality. Everything is going to happen faster and harder than expected. We just don’t have the verified evidence to support it yet.

    I’d point out that I’ve made the same sure bet (only type I’ll take) for every IPCC report to date. It is also what almost every person trained in the field says after you get them to loosen up (jugs of beer are pretty good).

    Fashion has bugger all to do with it – that is just the politics side. Has nothing much to do with earth sciences. So having got that part of it out of the way…

    The reason to do the Kyoto agreement was to start limiting the amount of greenhouse gases emitted worldwide. Since your average person in the US emits probably a hundred times the amount as someone in someone in Somalia. And we emit probably over 25 times those of China even now. And for that matter Aussie is close to double our emissions last time I looked. Some one should post the tables.

    Since the only path we know about how to move up the prosperity scales is to increase emissions, and this is clearly a world wide problem. The Kyoto agreement was that existing high emission countries would constrain their outputs, while developing countries didn’t.

    It also meant that those who’d dumped this crap into the worlds atmosphere and oceans paid for the R&D in figuring out how to stop dumping it there. ie You.

    Are you avoiding responsibility again?

    • So Bored 9.1

      Thanks Iprent, for saying “Since the only path we know about how to move up the prosperity scales is to increase emissions, and this is clearly a world wide problem.” Yes, this is exactly why we are in the proverbial.

      Until we totally rethink on an individual and group basis what prosperity means in relation to other factors such as ecological sustainability etc we are completely stuffed because every model our current system throws up to deal to the issue is based upon the premise of continuation with growth based economics.

  10. burt 10

    lprent

    Well that addressed my use of the word ‘fashionable’ but little else of what I said seems to have filtered through your outrage that I choose that word.

    Look if I have thousands of tress (which as a matter of fact I do) then leaving them to their own devices is not a good thing for the CO2 levels in the air. In their own time they grow, fall over and rot and are replaced by new trees. Arguably their impact is neutral over time as there is generally a stable level of ‘tree coverage’ that is naturally cycling over time. (excluding other events like trees being buried in land movements which turn into coal so we can sell it for precious export $$$ ignoring the reality that the end use is something we want to stop occurring).

    I think you need to separate the environmental issues and the emission trading issues, one is about science and you claim to be a 33% better man than most in that regard, the other is about politics.

    Do you disagree that burning coal in countries with strict air pollution standards is not as bad for the planet as burning it in countries where there are little or no air pollution controls? Can you see why I assert that generating a megawatt of electricity from coal in NZ is possibly not as bad for the environment as producing a megawatt of electricity from coal in China? Add in the transport miles for shipping coal to China and the picture gets worse. (Or better if you look at the export earnings and monetary spin offs from the physical act of exporting it trucks/rail to get it to ports, ship loading costs yada yada yada)

    Sure haul me on the use of the word fashionable if that irks you – but at least address the shortfalls I note which show the ETS is well thought out from a revenue perspective but has gaping holes from an environmental perspective.

  11. lprent 11

    Nah – just short of time. I’ll have another look at it when I get home.

    Won’t be for a wee while. Looking out of the window, the traffic is crawling over the bridge into town. I was unfortunate enough to have to take a car to work today rather than the bus.

    Since I hate doing the bumper to bumper crawl, I’ll wait a while and carry on working.

  12. outofbed 12

    Conspicuously, and for the first time anyone can remember, the Treasury has refused to endorse a regulatory impact statement for the legislation.

    The quality of the analysis, it says in the bill’s explanatory note,”is not commensurate with the significance of the proposals”.

    This at the end of the article says it all really

  13. Cactus Kate 13

    Well not really…I argue that NZ shouldn’t sign up to Kyoto and the ETS is a crock of shit for even existing…..but that’s another post isn’t it? As I gasp for more air in one of the heaviest polluter countries in the world China, that is exempt as it is (cough, cough) “developing”.

    If we are to sign up for stupidity then the costs of that stupidity should be borne by those polluting.

    If they pass those costs to a consumer then so be it. The consumer is free to minimise the use of that product or go elsewhere to find a cheaper product or alternative.

    Nice though that the left are starting to talk about being against distortions in markets.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Face to face meeting delivers significant progress on NZ-UK FTA
    New Zealand and the UK have committed to accelerating their free trade agreement negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement in principle this August, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor announced. “We’ve held constructive and productive discussions towards the conclusion of a high-quality and comprehensive FTA that will support sustainable and inclusive trade, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Government taking action to protect albatross
    New population figures for the critically endangered Antipodean albatross showing a 5 percent decline per year highlights the importance of reducing all threats to these very special birds, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall says. The latest population modelling, carried out by Dragonfly Data Science, shows the Antipodean albatross ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Adoption laws under review
    New Zealand’s 66-year-old adoption laws are being reviewed, with public engagement beginning today.  Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said the Government is seeking views on options for change to our adoption laws and system. “The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Wider roll-out of cameras on boats to support sustainability and protect marine life
    Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations.  Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker today announced the funding is now in place for the wider roll out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Plan for vaccine rollout for general population announced
    New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The rollout of the vaccine to the general population will be done in age groups as is the approach commonly used overseas, with those over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand introduces Belarus travel bans
    New Zealand has imposed travel bans on selected individuals associated with the Lukashenko regime, following ongoing concerns about election fraud and human rights abuses after the 2020 Belarus elections, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. The ban covers more than fifty individuals, including the President and key members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ economy grows driven by households, construction and business investment
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery have been reflected in the robust rebound of GDP figures released today which show the economy remains resilient despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Robertson said. GDP increased 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021. The Treasury had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Milestone 250th tower continues to improve rural connectivity
    The Government has welcomed the completion of the 250th 4G mobile tower, as part of its push for better rural connectivity. Waikato’s Wiltsdown, which is roughly 80 kilometres south of Hamilton, is home to the new tower, deployed by the Rural Connectivity Group to enable improved service to 70 homes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to lift on Tuesday
    Following a further public health assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government continues support for rangatahi to get into employment, education and training
    Over 230 rangatahi are set to benefit from further funding through four new He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re continuing to secure our economic recovery from COVID by investing in opportunities for rangatahi to get into meaningful employment, education or training ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NCEA subjects up for consultation
    The education sector, students, their parents, whānau and communities are invited to share their thoughts on a list of proposed NCEA subjects released today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. This is a significant part of the Government’s NCEA Change Programme that commenced in 2020 and will be largely implemented by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater quality
    The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • America’s Cup decision
    The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand. “The exclusive period of negotiation between the Crown, Auckland Council, and Team New Zealand ends tomorrow, 17 June,” said Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Food and fibres sector making significant strides towards New Zealand’s economic recovery
    The Government is backing the food and fibres sector to lead New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 with targeted investments as part of its Fit for a Better World roadmap, Forestry Minister Stuart Nash said. “To drive New Zealand’s recovery, we launched the Fit for a Better World – Accelerating ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to He Whenua Taurikura – New Zealand’s annual hui on countering terrorism and violent...
    Check against delivery Can I begin by acknowledging the 51 shuhada, their families and the Muslim community. It is because of the atrocious violent act that was done to them which has led ultimately to this, the start of a dialogue and a conversation about how we as a nation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago