web analytics

Greening the place up

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, September 14th, 2017 - 50 comments
Categories: election 2017, greens - Tags: , ,

I’m voting Green. It would be foolish not to. Without The Greens, there will be no change.

Labour alone cannot carry the mantle that has to be borne for all our sakes. Labour/Green is the way forward and is being offered to us right now. Lifting that pairing up and over the line is the gift we can give, the action we can take, the choice we can make, here and now, for everyone, no matter what their political persuasion.

In my corner of the world, I’m voting for the Labour candidate, Liz Craig; she’s exactly the person needed here in the South; warm, generous and intelligent and I sincerely hope she wins the seat over National’s Sarah Dowie.

My Party vote will go to The Greens, because I believe the new Government would be lacking, would be less than it could be, would be without real substance, without The Greens. It’s a simple equation; Labour plus The Greens equals real progress, real change, real hope.

I have a plea, and I almost never plead: if you are weighing up whether or not a vote for The Greens is a wise vote, do as I will do and give your Party vote to The Green Party.

 

50 comments on “Greening the place up ”

  1. Brendan 1

    I heartily endorse this message.

  2. roy cartland 2

    Good on you. I’m trying to get my people to do the same in Wellington, with some success. Sometimes I feel like I’m preaching to the choir, sometimes to a brick wall.

    So:
    If you’re thinking of going NZF or TOP, don’t risk wasting your vote. With the GP it will count, and count well.

    If you’re right-leaning, AND want a habitable environment, go GP as well. The wealth opps thru GP are through the roof and will grow as the world picks them up. Short-term, old-style market wealth has failed, you know it. Wouldn’t we rather be all pretty wealthy than have a few billionaires and swathes of moaning ‘losers’?

  3. Union city greens 3

    Yes to a green presence in the next government. A solid left flank will keep the labour government honest. Much more so than NZ1st ever will.

    Unbelievably we still have supposed left wingers who say they will not vote in this election. They gotta get their heads straight.

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    Chris Trotter writes today: “The National Party doesn’t do surrender.”
    Nor should we.

    • cathy 4.1

      what is surrender about voting tactically.

      the national party sure does plenty of that, why shouldn’t we?

  5. left_forward 5

    Thank you – I entirely agree with you.

  6. The Rock 6

    I sincerely hope that, in the aftermath of the defeat of the left at the upcoming election, the Greens get together and decide if they really do want to change NZ for the better and if they do then hopefully they’ll decide that working with National is a possibility

    Blue/Green would be a winner which means the Greens would be a winner and so NZ would win

    • Robert Guyton 6.1

      The Greens have already “got together” and rejected working with National. Blue/Green is an algae, not a winner.
      Edit: And here, Rock, is one reason why The Greens reject National:
      http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2017/09/this-should-have-happened-long-time-ago.html

    • What a lovely sincere hope – i hope that when the gnats lose the people rise up in an overwhelming tide of indignation against the polluted polluting gnats and forever deny them power and that the Greens carry on winning election after election with labour and the people rejoice every year and burn effigies for the sad gnats that did NOTHING for the people or environment other than exploit and abuse them.

    • tracey 6.3

      How? Your post is confusing. Nats could have approached the Greens at any time in 9 years but havent cos they dont want to spook their suppirters, some farmers woukd hate them for it and ghey only give a fuck about Green policies when they think they are losing.

      • The Rock 6.3.1

        The Greens have ruled out going with National so its on the Greens to make the first overtures, theres been work together before so I see no reason, if both sides are prepared to compromise, why it couldn’t happen on a larger scale

        • Robert Guyton 6.3.1.1

          The Greens “overtures” are being made directly to the people of New Zealand. If they are wanted by enough people, they’ll get into Government. They’re wanted by me.

          • The Rock 6.3.1.1.1

            As a hypothetical, if the Greens and National found enough common ground (in 2020) and could govern together would you be happy if they went into coalition together?

            • Macro 6.3.1.1.1.1

              Mining in conservation land?
              Deep sea oil?
              Selling coal?
              Building roads of National Significance?
              Giving tax breaks to the wealthy?
              Polluting Rivers?
              Selling off Public Assets
              ….
              Yep – lots of common ground.

    • Working with National only destroys society faster.

    • tracey 6.5

      You should have suggested it at the Nat Party conference.

    • AB 6.6

      Why would a party of hope work with economic, social and environmental vandals like National?
      It’s like asking the lamb to work with the wolf. And it’s a cracked record endlessly played by right-wing stirrers – solely with the intention of annoying lefties. Best laughed off, I have to say.

  7. Macro 8

    We have already voted and have to say the easiest voting I have ever done. No queue, state my full name, hand my card over, and get my voting paper in about 1 minute. Tick for the Green’s and our Candidate – whom I nominated. Place the paper in the box, and out the door. Total time taken about 3 mins. Well done the Electoral office. Also I saw them out in the local market the other week signing up people to vote – something I had never seen before.

    I’m hoping there are going to be a number of first time voters this election, and they will find that its not all that scary and a very user friendly experience.

    I don’t think first time voters are being targeted under the current polling regimes. They are not the ones with land lines and usually more mobile in their habitation. Also they are the ones being encouraged to vote by Metria, Marama, et al and I have a feeling that there could be a reasonable sized but unassessed support for the Green Party.

    Furthermore there is a good contingent of over seas voters who vote Green and over the past few elections the Greens have picked up an extra seat when these votes come in.

    • happynz 8.1

      Overseas Green voters describe us; daughter in Florida, wife in Thailand, and me toiling away in the Middle East.

      Time to change the government.

      • Macro 8.1.1

        🙂 good to hear! Wow the commute home will be more than an hour! Have a daughter is in Perth – just 7 and a half hours away. But middle east to Florida! guess Emirates has a flight going that way.

  8. Sans Cle 9

    Thanks Robert. I’m voting Green for my children, my children’s children and future people I shall never meet. I want to give them more than the Sun Moon and Stars…….I want to give them a piece of habitable earth, where they can think about what to gift forward.

  9. I’m voting Green.

    Me too – in fact, already have. Party vote Green, electorate vote Labour. The Electoral Commission’s doing a great job – they’ve got a polling station in the student caf a minute’s walk from my office, and while I was there I got to watch them enrolling students to vote. Great stuff.

  10. Robert Guyton 11

    I’m so encouraged by the responses here, that I’m going to vote twice!

    🙂

    It is, really though, very strengthening to read comments from people who are clear about their role and not bamboozled by the hoopla, pish and pabulum spread about by the Disrupters and the Deceivers.

    • Karen 11.1

      Vote early, vote often!

      Great post, Robert. You are one of my all time favourite Greens.

      I know I live in a bit of a bubble but I have heard of quite a few giving their party vote to the Greens for the first time this election.

  11. Robert Guyton 12

    Bill! Bunions driving you insane again?
    Claiming that people would willingly slit their throats rather than vote for a political party they don’t support is…unhinged? Fair comment?

    • weka 12.1

      I’ve banned him for a couple of weeks. Life’s too short 🙂

      • Robert Guyton 12.1.1

        That’s the spirit, weka – no doubt Bill expected a wet bus-ticket but instead got the bums’ rush!
        Bill, try a comfrey-compress. Warm it first and don’t wrap them too tight or they’ll ache more.

        • weka 12.1.1.1

          I suspect the ban hammer will be swinging a bit at the moment, as I find myself less willing to spend time on moderation the closer we get to the election. Easier to just tidy up the place especially for such blatant ill will from someone.

      • Karen 12.1.2

        Hurrah!!!!

  12. Rosemary McDonald 13

    Partner and I just voted. Him Labour/Green and moi Green/Green. Highly unlikely that National will be shifted from Taranaki/King Country, but we wanted to give the alt candidates a wee boost.

    For the future.

    PS…the National scrutineer at the polling place looked liked her coffee cup was filled with broken glass and lemon juice. What’s that about? The results aren’t in yet sweetie! 🙂

    • weka 13.1

      “Him Labour/Green and moi Green/Green”

      is the party one first?

      • Rosemary McDonald 13.1.1

        Candidate first.

        Labour candidate has been getting around the rohe, putting in the time even if she’s on a Sisyphean mission. Blood runs blue around here….between farming and the Taranaki fossil fuel industry it’ll be uphill all the way.

        I thought the young Green candidate needed a spot of encouragement.

        • weka 13.1.1.1

          Probably the same for me, they’re going to be at the next election in some capacity hopefully.

        • tracey 13.1.1.2

          I party voted Green and gave Labour candidate my vote. I would love to think that the demographic changes, particularly in Rolleston, might have shifted the balance in Selwyn but I doubt it… From Richardson to Adams… no wonder the rivers here are fucked up.

  13. tracey 14

    I plead with people to ignore the notion of wasted votes ( not a criticism of your post Robert). If we did not have polls how would we know what is a waste? Vote with conviction for the kind of NZ you want and want for those who come after. Do not compromise that for a misguided notion of a wasted vote. Otherwise we keep getying what we always had

    If you want a decent shift from the government we have, Labour and NZF, imo, wont deliver it. How many more young people have to die, mentally ill suffer, disabled feel like pariahs, elderly queue for life saving ops before we stand up and say no more?

    • weka 14.1

      I don’t know, the notion of wasted votes applies very well to TOP 😈

      But I get what you mean. I’m hearing Labour voters saying they will vote Green to keep them in parliament. People are happy to use the Greens as the conscience of the left, but not enough to fully support them. NZ will get the govt the left deserves 😉

  14. Ad 15

    Better get what’s left of that Green base out Robert.
    Not looking pretty in poll of polls.

    • Robert Guyton 15.1

      Wanting to look pretty, Ad, in the polls or anywhere else for that matter, seems a little facile. I’d settle for a slightly scruffy, plain-faced 10% at the Poll of Polls on the 23rd.

    • tracey 15.2

      Relentlessly positive ay Ad.

  15. alwyn 16

    There is no need to worry Robert.
    A staunch Green supporter assured us a couple of days ago that they were never going to drop below 10%
    Have a word with him. I’m sure it will cheer you up.

    #IamMetiria for NZer of the Year

    • You’re right, alwyn, there’s no need to worry – we do though, ’cause, human nature, but yes, in this situation, there’s no need, as your link proves.
      (Sorry mods, somehow I was signed out – back in now).

  16. thomas forrow 17

    Over here for a wedding So I voted in London two ticks Greens, Queues out the door
    Getting the low hanging fruit to vote first getting my kids and their mates the forms downloaded so they do their special vote.
    So I claim 8 Party votes for the Green Party [ I Hope 🙂 ]

  17. Robert Guyton 18

    Wasn’t thomas forrows comment good to hear!
    I’m sleeping with a smile on my face 🙂

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ secures new Pfizer COVID-19 medicine
    New Zealand has secured supplies of another medicine to treat COVID-19, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. “In October, New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to make an advance purchase of a promising new antiviral drug, molnupiravir,” Andrew Little said. “Today I am pleased to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Strong Pipeline for Construction Sector
    Strong pipeline ahead for the construction sector Infrastructure activity forecast to reach $11.2 billion in 2026 Construction sector now the fourth biggest employer with more than 280 000 people working in the industry Residential construction the largest contributor to national construction activity. Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Regenerative agriculture research receives Government boost
    The Government continues to invest in farm sustainability, this time backing two new research projects to investigate the impacts of regenerative farming practices, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. Soil health and regenerative agriculture “We’re contributing $2.8 million to a $3.85 million five-year project with co-investment by Synlait Milk and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • David McLean appointed as KiwiRail chair
    David McLean has been appointed as Chair of KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Dr David Clark and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced today. “Minister Clark and I are confident that David’s extensive business knowledge and leadership experience, including his time as former Chief Executive and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Ambassador to Turkey announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Zoe Coulson-Sinclair as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Turkey. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Turkey’s relationship is one of mutual respect and underpinned by our shared Gallipoli experience,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “Turkey is also a generous ANZAC Day host and has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Announcement of new Consul-General in Guangzhou
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Rachel Crump as New Zealand’s next Consul-General in Guangzhou, China. “China is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant relationships – it is our largest trading partner, and an influential regional and global actor,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “As the capital of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    The Government joins the disabled community of Aotearoa New Zealand in marking and celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Minister for Disabilty Issues Carmel Sepuloni said. The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and Advisory panel member appointed
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the appointments of Graeme Speden as the Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and Ben Bateman as a member of the Inspector-General’s Advisory Panel.  “These are significant roles that assist the Inspector-General with independent oversight of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies,” Jacinda Ardern said. “While ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Five million COVID-19 tests processed
    Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall has congratulated testing teams right around New Zealand for reaching the five million tests milestone. Today, an additional 31,780 tests were processed, taking the total since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 to 5,005,959. “This really is an incredible and sustained team ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding for extra ICU capacity
    Care for the sickest New Zealanders is getting a major boost from the Government, with plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on expanding intensive care-type services, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. “Through good planning, we have avoided what the COVID-19 pandemic has done in some countries, where ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • “THE LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF NEW ZEALAND’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID.”
    Speech to the New Zealand Centre for Public Law Tēnā koutou katoa Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak with you today as Attorney General. I’m here to talk about the constitutional consequences of Covid -19. I love the law. The way it exists with the consent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • The legal and constitutional implications of New Zealand’s fight against COVID
    Speech to the New Zealand Centre for Public Law Tēnā koutou katoa Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak with you today as Attorney General. I’m here to talk about the constitutional consequences of Covid -19. I love the law. The way it exists with the consent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pharmac Review interim report released
    Health Minister Andrew Little has released an interim report by an independent panel reviewing the national pharmaceuticals-buying agency Pharmac. Pharmac was established in 1993 and is responsible for purchasing publicly funded medicines for New Zealanders, including those prescribed by GPs or administered in hospitals. The review, chaired by former Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Appointment to Network for Learning board
    Former MP Clare Curran has been appointed to the board of Crown company Network for Learning (N4L), Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Hon Clare Curran served as a Member of Parliament for Dunedin South from 2008-2010. During this time, she held a number of ministerial portfolios including Broadcasting, Communications and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Putting home ownership within reach of Pacific Aotearoa
    Pacific community groups and organisations will get tools to help them achieve home ownership with the implementation of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) Pacific Housing Initiative, said Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. In July 2021, MPP launched the Pacific Community Housing Provider Registration Support programme and the Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Coastal shipping will help keep New Zealand’s supply chain buoyant
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today welcomed the release of the Coastal Shipping Investment Approach State-of-Play report as an important step towards a more sustainable coastal shipping sector, which will further diversify New Zealand’s supply chain. “This Government is committed to strengthening our domestic supply chain by making coastal shipping a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Response to Human Rights Commission's reports into violence towards disable people
    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.   Thank you for that introduction Hemi and thank you for inviting me to respond on behalf of Government to the release of these two important reports (Whakamanahia Te Tiriti, Whakahaumarutia te Tangata -Honour the Treaty, Protect the Person and Whakamahia te Tūkino kore ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Law change strengthens petroleum decommissioning regulation
    Petroleum permit and licence holders operating in New Zealand will now have an explicit statutory requirement to carry out and fund the decommissioning of oil and gas fields after a new law was given Royal assent today, says Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods. Once in effect The Crown ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand Response to assist peace and stability in Solomon Islands
    The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  “We are deeply concerned by the recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Continued growth in volume of new home consents
    In the year ended October 2021, 47,715 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the October 2020 year. In October 2021, 4,043 new dwellings were consented Canterbury’s new homes consented numbers rose 31% to higher than post-earthquake peak. New home consents continue to reach remarkable levels of growth, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Saddle up for summer with cycle trail funding
    New investment will keep the best of New Zealand’s cycle trails in top condition as regions prepare to welcome back Kiwi visitors over summer and international tourists from next year. “Cycle tourism is one of the most popular ways to see the country ‘off the beaten track’ but the trails ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand provides additional funding to COVAX for vaccine delivery
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced additional funding will be provided to COVAX to support vaccine delivery in developing countries. “New Zealand remains cognisant of the dangers of COVID-19, especially as new variants continue to emerge. No one is safe from this virus until we all are and this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19 Community fund providing support for 160 organisations focused on women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced financial support will be allocated to the 160 successful applicants for the COVID-19 Community Fund, to support organisations helping women/wāhine and girls/kōtiro in Aotearoa New Zealand affected by the pandemic. “COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women around the world including in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers reactivation package as Aucklanders reconnect for summer
    A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash have announced a Reactivating Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Mobile services and broadband come to Chatham Islands for first time
    World class mobile and broadband services have been switched on for the 663 residents of the Chatham Islands, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark and Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Stuart Nash announced today. “This eagerly awaited network will provide fast broadband and mobile services to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Crown accounts reflect strong economy amid pandemic
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year. Core Crown tax revenue was $2.5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Applications open for new 2021 Resident Visa
    The first round of applications for New Zealand’s new 2021 Resident visa open today (6am). “This one-off pathway provides certainty for a great many migrant families who have faced disruption because of COVID-19 and it will help retain the skills New Zealand businesses need to support the economic recovery,” Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More Vietnam Veterans to receive compensation for Agent Orange Exposure
    Minister for Veterans, the Hon Meka Whaitiri announced today that two new conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure have been added to the Prescribed Conditions List. Under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Crown and representatives of Vietnam veterans and the Royal New Zealand RSA. Vietnam veterans in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government commits to international effort to ban and regulate killer robots
    Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control Phil Twyford announced today that New Zealand will push for new international law to ban and regulate autonomous weapons systems (AWS), which once activated can select and engage targets without further human intervention. “While the evidence suggests fully autonomous weapons systems are not yet ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New freedom camping rules – right vehicle, right place
    Tougher freedom camping laws will be introduced to prevent abuse which has placed an unfair burden on small communities and damaged our reputation as a high quality visitor destination. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed that new legislation will be introduced to Parliament following an extensive round of public consultation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government invests to support a classic Kiwi summer
    Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and crew will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government recognises that the arts and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Grace period for expired driver licences cruises into 2022
    Due to the ongoing Delta outbreak and extended lockdowns, all New Zealand driver licences and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will now be valid until 31 May 2022, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “This further extension to the validity of driver licenses recognises that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Delivered: 1,000 extra transitional homes
    A further 1,000 transitional homes delivered  New housing development starts in Flaxmere, Hastings  The Government has delivered the next 1,000 transitional housing places it promised, as part of its work to reduce homelessness. Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods is marking the milestone in Hastings at a new development that includes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Traffic light levels announced
    The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red The rest of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Financial support to move to traffic light system
    A new transition payment will be made available particularly for affected businesses in Auckland, Waikato and Northland to acknowledge the restrictions they have faced under the higher Alert Levels. Transition payment of up to $24,000 as businesses move into traffic light system Leave Support Scheme and Short Term Absence Payment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Ambassador to Russia announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Russia have a long-standing relationship, engaging on a range of regional and global interests including disarmament and Antarctica issues. We also work together as members of the East ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Permanent Representative to the UN announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Carolyn Schwalger as Permanent Representative to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “Aotearoa New Zealand is a founding member of the UN and we have worked hard to ensure our stance on human rights, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further COVID-19 economic support for Cook Islands and Fiji announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced a further package of support for the Cook Islands and Fiji for COVID-19 economic support and recovery. “Aotearoa New Zealand remains committed to supporting our Pacific fanau and vuvale to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their economies, and move towards long-term ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New law will clear the air for tamariki in vehicles
    From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We know children in vehicles ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nine countries designated very high risk
    Nine southern African countries are being added to the very high risk countries list following public health advice around the newly discovered COVID-19 variant Omicron, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. This afternoon, a public health risk assessment was carried out to assess the emerging evidence and any risk to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago