web analytics

Guest post: polling hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, October 26th, 2009 - 43 comments
Categories: polls - Tags:

I read John Key’s criticism of Labour’s polling methods with a smiling interest. It’s not a good look is it, for a political party to phone up our good citizens of the blue and ask them a series of personal questions; especially when they maintain the guise of boni fide research company.

Rewind to 2002. I’m sitting in National Party HQ with a group of about 20 others, calling numbers from a list on behalf of National leader Bill English. But. We weren’t allowed to identify ourselves as the “National Party”. Instead, we were told to introduce ourselves as “Hi, this is Ms X calling on behalf of Gallagher Research, I was wondering if you would mind answering a series of questions…”

And I know that practice was continued well beyond then. The names of the companies changed, but the dishonesty continued.

I can understand why the Green volunteer dobbed the Labourites in, they were obviously principled. These days I consider myself too principled to support National, and I think John Key’s blatant hypocrisy needs to be exposed.

The Classical Liberal

43 comments on “Guest post: polling hypocrisy”

  1. The Nats have always been long on talking about integrity and short on living it. Their actions to date on climate change, resource management and public transport demonstrate clearly they will happily ignore the evidence, sacrifice the public good….and pour public money into the pockets of their cronies, donors and loyalists.

    The MMP referendum is to be held for no reason other than restoring National’s electoral advantage. This represents is a COLOSSAL failure of integrity by that party. It’s not about voters or the good of New Zealand. It’s all about them. It could not be more naked. On this scale – seeking to take meaningful votes away from hundreds of thousands of people – it verges on evil.

    I’ve voted for many parties over the years….but the one I’ve never been able to support is National. They let Muldoon run rampant while they sat on their hands. They let Birch gut democracy and public accountability in Health. They backed that. They have been stupid – or cynical – on climate change and all related resource and evironmental issues. On the subject or market efficacy, they have no regard for all the experiences of failure – here and overseas – when private companies screw up important services (rail, Air NZ) and walk away, leaving us all to pay for it.

    That National have the largest single chunk of voter support says something very sad about a large portion of the Kiwi state of mind: self-interested, ignorant, unconcerned with relevant facts or important details, insecure, arrogant……smug. When the shit hits the fan, it will be someone else’s fault. I know of several people who voted National who now – as a direct result of that vote – find themselves out of a job. The Age of Stupid.

    The one flaw in democracy is that voters can’t be held to account.

  2. Zetetic 2

    Ha. I don’t know if this practice is OK, probably not. It’s hilarious though that Key was on his high horse before checking his flanks were covered.

  3. I wonder if Farrar’s Curia Research tells its interviewees all about its political affiliations before commencing each interview?
    I know they don’t because they’ve called me for a political poll.

  4. Anne 4

    Contrary to media spin, Labour has not done anything unprincipled. It is common practice to use a christain name other than one’s own when conducting cold phone polling. Indeed it is official practice in some places like toll exchanges. It is a method used to safeguard the identity of the phone operators. Also, issue based phone polling – as this was – is covered by parliamentary funding so there was no irregularity there. The only possible question about the polling method lies in the use of a company name which no longer exists. Since we now know the National Party was doing exactly the same in 2002 – and probably in more recent years – then John Key’s criticism of Labour can be seen for what it is – a load of b——t!!

    I hope the Green Party member who ran to the media with this story has learnt to check out the facts first.

  5. SHG 5

    Does anyone have examples of National Party polling being conducted from Parliament using parliamentary resources?

    • Zetetic 5.1

      Key says the Parliamentary wing (which is funded with taxpayer dollars) does polling. Read the article. Whether they use telephones at parliament or their Parliamentary budget to fund Curia, makes no difference.

  6. Doug 6

    Using a struck-off company sounds dodgy even if Trevor Mallard was a Director at the time.

  7. Same old two legs good, four legs bad twaddle … same old supposed left moral superiority that is paraded here day after day.

    Yet when the evidence shows they’re just as bad as each other, the same old posters duck for cover.

    What a crock of a post. Rather than discuss the issue, 3/4 of the post tries the good old distraction strategy.

    Having said that, I have some sympathies for some here who rightly point out the weakness of the Nats (apart from a few) and the ongoing honeymoon they have. Yet the opposition continues to shoot itself in the foot like this.

    • felix 7.1

      So Key’s position on this matter is untenable? Is that what you’re saying in your roundabout way?

      • Daveski 7.1.1

        My point is that not one reference is made on this page to Mr Barker or even Mr Hughes.

        Strange that.

        I’m not the one preaching the moral superiority of the left. I also point out when the Nats when pooping in their own nests, it was pointed out the “they did it too” defence wasn’t addressing the issues.

        So forget Mr Key, what do you think of a Labour MP involved in telling lies?

        I look forward to another roundabout reply avoiding the issue.

        • felix

          I’m not at all impressed with Labour doing this. Why would I be? It looks rotten. If rules or laws have been breached then the appropriate investigations and processes should follow.

          I’m even less impressed with Key for trying to take the lily-white high ground in a shit-stained suit. Investigate all parties and lets get it all out in the open. Prosecute anyone found to be acting illegally and publicly shame those found to be acting legally but unethically.

          I’ve honestly got no idea what you think about any of these matters as it’s so bloody hard to get a straight opinion out of you these days. I’m sure you used to be a lot more forthright in your writing (even though you were always wrong:) )

          • Daveski

            Nah mate, it’s just me. Try getting a yes or no out of me at work 🙂

            The Nats have I believe largely blown genuine opportunities eg links with Maori and the Wira decision. I think Key has shown more leadership and commonsense than he’ll get credit for here but underneath it’s very thin and woefully so in parts.

            FWIW Barker’s transgression was minor but simply highlights the fascination with the trivial in politics rather than the policy. It’s the sizzle that matters, not the sausage.

            • Herodotus

              The transgression maybe minor. But as no one will admit to doing wrong, will go into hiding or blame someone else. It shows the depth of character of these individuals. And these people set agendas as to what THEY think is important to us. Just examine the postings (Especially Red Alert) not very much to give hope for NZ going forward where is the vision. Lab are still in denial from their election loss, they avoidedthe bullet that should have hit its target 3 years previously, yet did not learn from that. Split Enz got it right History Never Repeats, unfortunatley Labour took this title to literially !!

  8. Doug 8

    Where are the Unions? should be sticking up for workers in these hard times, Labour taking work off workers and conducting Polling on the cheap.

    Labour says it was using unpaid volunteers to conduct a phone poll of hundreds of people over three nights on issues around the cost of living, health, education and jobs.

  9. Doug 9

    Phillip Field was good at using unpaid workers also.

  10. Anne 10

    One more thing:
    Thank-you guest poster for revealing your experience and knowledge to The Standard. It takes guts to do something like that.

    Thanks too to Steve Withers for his excellent summary of the state of our present political landscape. I sort of differ on one point:

    “The one flaw in democracy is that voters can’t be held to account.”

    In a way they are – like your acquaintances who have lost their jobs. The trouble is, the rest of us have to suffer too.

    • SHG 10.1

      Thank-you guest poster for revealing your experience and knowledge to The Standard. It takes guts to do something like that.

      What, to post something totally unverifiable under an anonymous pseudonym? Damn. That’s some brave shit.

      • Scribe 10.1.1

        Thank you SHG for revealing some common sense on The Standard. It takes brains to do that.

  11. TightyRighty 11

    yes thank you guest poster, for appearing anonymously, and for making unsubstantiated allegations. could you prove your identity or that the events you have told of please? i’d like the ability to verify what you say as i don’t believe it. it smacks of spin and deflection.

      • TightyRighty 11.1.1

        don’t need to, this hasn’t been researched by a proper journalist, nor has it made it into a major paper, so probably has been subject to editorial oversight. until such allegations are substantiated, either by proof or by the classic liberal revealing their true identity,it’s all BS to me. upon such proof, i will graciously back down. Until then sprout, suck it, it’s just a anonymous allegation on a heavily left-wing blog, therefore, very suspect.

        • Paul

          really? probably you should check your facts – I read it in this morning’s paper before I found it mentioned here

    • rocky 11.2

      The details are fairly specific, so it would be easy to deny if it isn’t true.

  12. harald 12

    I agree with you rocky. No denial means it must be true.

  13. Herodotus 13

    What makes me sick about such posts is this:
    Many here try to justify such actions. If Labour were unfront why when all these mirrows and smoke screens, why did no one in the heiracy front up?
    Labours strategists need to be given a good kick up, or to be added to the unemployemnt ranks because they are not doing the job, and if Trev ever allowed constructive comments on HIS site them Labour could make some progress. I hear from this post and others that this is the way the industry works. Advertising, Politics, Used Car salesmen,all are DODGY. Next thing we will hear is justification on that lovely man fronting a promo for Channel 7 (Sky 97) is not politiking.
    In summary I hear this word INTEGRITY thrown all over the place, actions like this display NO integrity.

  14. weizguy 14

    Back at varsity, I used to work for a telemarketing company that did polling for ACT. It bordered on push-polling for Richard Prebble (I feel dirty thinking about it). We were told to say that we worked for “Compass Media”. We didn’t.

  15. JD 15

    “Back at varsity, I used to work for a telemarketing company that did polling for ACT. It bordered on push-polling for Richard Prebble (I feel dirty thinking about it). We were told to say that we worked for “Compass Media’. We didn’t.”

    Really. What was the name of the company and manager who ordered you to lie?

  16. TightyRighty 16

    What would a classic liberal be doing on the standard?

  17. RedLogix 17

    Total non-story. No-one is being disadvantaged or deceived in any material way by the use of false names in this polling process.

    No different than the fact that most bloggers post under false names.

    captcha = NAMINGS

    • TightyRighty 17.1

      I completely agree. So why is there a “them too” story here? it only makes sense if labour is embarrassed by being publicly shown to not be as coordinated as they once were under Helen.

  18. I think I will get my own “guest blogger” to write their own unsubstantiated expose on my blog. 🙂

    Having said that, I am not surprised, Labour and the Nats are one and the same – policy and attitude. 2 equal sides of the same political coin. Whenever Labour get back in again they will do the same and vice versa. The Standard will be outraged this time and the next time defend the actions.

  19. TightyRighty 19

    “These days I consider myself too principled to support National, and I think John Key’s blatant hypocrisy needs to be exposed”

    please expose it, it’s great that your soo principled that you need to do this. but don’t your principles extend to providing proof of your allegations? you know, just so no one thinks your full of it.

    and if you are full of it, does that mean your unprincipled?

  20. swimmer 20

    I thought the green volunteer was a backstabber! BTW not doing the greens any favours by doing this to Labour either.

  21. swimmer 21

    National did the same, they just didn’t get caught. I don’t think what they did was bad anyway, they just wanted unbiased results and giving a fake name is fine. No one stopped the green girl from using her real name.

  22. TightyRighty 22

    just saw the article on labour doing this on the news, tv1 news of course. no mention of national doing, no proof, no revealing of identities, as russell norman said tonight, “it’s lying, and lying is bad”. take that BS artist “the classic liberal”

  23. Gooner 23

    Tightyrighty, Norman also said ACT was “rich” and had lots of money. He is lying.

    Does anyone bother to report that or bother to report the fact the Greens outspent ACT in the last election?

    Norman is the liar.

  24. TightyRighty 24

    sorry gooner, thanks though, that’s a documented and proven piece of information, whereas the allegations about national in this and that other post that purports to be fact, aren’t.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • National Does the Nation a Disservice
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters today called for National Party and Opposition leader Judith Collins to stop undermining democracy. “New Zealanders are sadly being fed a steady stream of misinformation about the pre-election period from the National Party,” said Mr Peters. “Its effect is to sow doubt about the legitimacy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Speech at the graduation of Wing 340
    Graduation of Wing 340 2pm, 13 August 2020, The Royal New Zealand Police College [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Introduction Ladies and gentlemen, it is a privilege to be here today to celebrate the graduation of Wing 340. Let us begin by acknowledging the presence of Coalition Government colleague, Police Minister the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Transitional housing provides much needed support for Taumarunui whānau
                                                                     Transitional housing provides much needed support for Taumarunui whānau   New emergency and transitional homes will help ease a housing shortage in Taumarunui and provide whānau with much needed support, say Māori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta and Whānau Ora Minister, Peeni Henare.  The Ministers officially opened five two-bedroom units ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces plan to tackle problem plastics and seven single-use plastic items
    Following the success of the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags, the Government now has plans to phase out more single-use and problem plastics to reduce waste and protect the environment announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. The proposals are to phase-out: some hard-to-recycle PVC and polystyrene ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New opportunities for Kōpū marine facilities
    A commercial and industrial site in Thames-Coromandel will receive $8.2 million to revamp its marine-servicing infrastructure and create new economic development opportunities, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. This project is being supported from the $3 billion ‘shovel ready’ fund set aside in Budget 2020 to kick-start the post COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PM comments on Auckland COVID-19 case
    After 102 days we have our first cases of Covid-19 outside of a Managed Isolation or Quarantine facility in New Zealand. Shortly I will ask Dr Bloomfield to set out the details of the case. While we have all worked incredibly hard to prevent this scenario, we have also planned ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Significant investment in Raukūmara Pae Maunga to prevent Raukūmara forest collapse
    An iwi-Crown approach programme to restore the Raukūmara forest on the East Coast of the North Island and boost employment opportunities for whānau, particularly rangatahi/young people, will receive $34 million funding, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has announced. “Raukūmara Pae Maunga is a partnership with Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New partnership central to delivering more Māori housing
    Government agencies and partners are working closer together to provide more Māori Housing through the Te MAIHI o te Whare Māori – the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action (MAIHI). MAIHI is a kaupapa Māori approach that drives a system change to give effect and impact on Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Manawatū Gorge replacement highway drives forward
    Site work is soon to begin on Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, the project to replace the former SH3 route through the Manawatū Gorge, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Phil Twyford was today in Woodville at the signing of a formal agreement by members of the Alliance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pacific Ministers meet to discuss regional economic priorities
    The Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) begins today and will focus on the major economic and social impacts of COVID-19 on the Pacific.  FEMM is an important congregation of Economic Ministers and senior officials from around the region, and for the first time, the annual meeting will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Formal apology and payment to George Nepata
    Cabinet has approved a formal apology and ex gratia payment to former soldier George Nepata, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. This payment is to recognise the New Zealand Defence Force’s failure to provide Mr Nepata with a safe system of work in April 1989 when, as a result of an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Report into Iain Lees-Galloway’s expenditure
    A report undertaken by Ministerial Services into Iain Lees-Galloway’s ministerial expenditure has found no evidence of any inappropriate transactions or spending. Ministerial Services undertook a line by line review of all his expenditure, including staff and spouse expenses for the period 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2020.  “I commissioned ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed isolation charges to start 11 August
    Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from 12.01am Tuesday 11th August, after they passed their last cabinet milestone today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. “The new charging system balances the rights of New Zealanders to return home and helps reduce pressure on the managed isolation and quarantine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Update on New Zealand and the Cook Islands travel bubble
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. Negotiations on the text of an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • One-stop ‘jobs and training’ shop goes live
    The Government has launched a new online, phone and onsite service to help New Zealanders connect to a range of employment support and products for workers and businesses affected by COVID-19, announced Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. Connected.govt.nz is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • MSD security guards to be paid Living Wage
    Security guards contracted to the Ministry of Social Development will be paid at least the Living Wage from next month supporting the Government’s commitment towards fair pay and employment conditions, announced Minister for  Social Development Carmel Sepuloni.   “MSD was  among the first government agencies to pay its employees the living ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New strategy to ensure nature thrives
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today launched Te Mana o te Taiao, the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy - a way forward that envisions Aotearoa New Zealand as a place where ecosystems are healthy and resilient, and people embrace the natural world. “Many of New Zealand’s plants and wildlife species ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Provider Languages Fund will support Pacific Wellbeing approach
    “Pacific languages, cultures and identity are essential to the health, wellbeing and lifetime success of our Pacific peoples and their communities in Aotearoa. The strength and resilience of Pacific Aotearoa is not only vital to their own prosperity but integral to the prosperity of all New Zealanders, and is particularly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: More funding for schools and boost to construction sector
    ·       $38 million to help schools cover unexpected costs related to COVID-19 ·       $69 million upgrade for online learning ·       $107 million contingency funding to support school construction suppliers facing additional costs due to the lockdown. The Government is releasing $214 million from the COVID-19 response and recovery fund to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Stay safe on the tracks – Rail Safety Week
    Despite the Government installing safety upgrades around the country, people should still take care around rail crossings, said Transport Minister Phil Twyford launching Rail Safety Week. Phil Twyford said installing safety infrastructure is crucial, but we are encouraging people to be more careful around trains too. “We’re making good progress ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government backs Manawatū social housing project
    The Government is providing a cash injection to help Palmerston North City Council complete a programme to provide 78 social housing units for vulnerable tenants. The $4.7 million to build 28 units in the Papaioea Place redevelopment comes from the $3 billion set aside for infrastructure in the Government’s COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major funding boost for Predator Free Banks Peninsula
    A pest free Banks Peninsula/Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū is one step closer with a $5.11 million boost to accelerate this project and create jobs, announced Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage in Canterbury today. “This is a game changer for this ambitious project to restore the native wildlife and plants on Ōtautahi/Christchurch’s doorstep ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major investment for indoor sports in Hawke’s Bay
    A Government grant of $6.4 million will expand the Pettigrew Arena in Taradale with new indoor courts of national standard. “The project is likely to take 18 months with approximately 300 people employed through the process,” Grant Robertson said. “The expansion will increase the indoor court space up to 11 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New infrastructure for Far North tourist town
    The Far North tourist destination of Mangonui is to receive Government funding to improve waterfront infrastructure, open up access to the harbour and improve water quality, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. A total of $6.5 million from the $3 billion set aside in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government remains committed to Women’s Cricket World Cup
    The Government has re-affirmed its commitment to supporting the hosting of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which the ICC has delayed from 2021 to 2022. “This is obviously a disappointing decision for cricket players and fans around the world and for the White Ferns and their supporters here at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Green light for Te Awa River Ride in $220m nationwide cycleways investment
    Cyclists and walkers will now have a safer way to get around Taupō, Tūrangi, and between Hamilton and Cambridge, with funding for shared paths and Te Awa River Ride, Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. “The Te Awa River Ride is the latest part of massive growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Six major ‘shovel-ready’ cycleways funded in Christchurch
    Six major cycle routes will be completed in Christchurch thanks to funding from the Government’s investment in shovel-ready infrastructure as part of the COVID-19 recovery Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. $125 million will be invested to kick-start construction and fund the completion of the following cycleway ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Police facilities for Whanganui
    Plans are underway for a brand new state-of-the-art hub for Whanganui’s justice and social agencies, following confirmation the ageing Whanganui Central Police Station is to be replaced. Police Minister Stuart Nash has announced $25 million in new infrastructure spending to improve facilities for the wider community, and for staff who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Relativity adjustment for Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu
    An adjustment payment has been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the relativity mechanisms in their 1995 and 1997 Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The latest payments to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu are $2,700,000 and $2,600,000 respectively to ensure the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Auckland rail upgrades pick up steam
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off the start of the Auckland NZ Upgrade Programme rail projects which will support over 400 jobs and help unlock our biggest city. Both ministers marked the start of enabling works on the third main rail line project ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • PGF support for Wairoa creates jobs
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $3.78 million in Wairoa will create much needed economic stimulus and jobs, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. PGF projects announced today include: $200,000 loan to Nuhaka Kiwifruit Holdings Ltd (operated by Pine Valley Orchard Ltd) to increase the productivity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Public and Māori housing to trial renewable energy technology
    Tenants in public and Māori housing may be benefiting from their own affordable renewable energy in future – a fund to trial renewable energy technology for public and Māori housing has today been announced by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Nanaia Mahuta. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $2.7m for Hokianga infrastructure
    Hokianga will receive $2.7 million to redevelop four of its wharves and upgrade its water supply, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Far North District Council will receive $1.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for the work on the wharves. “The work will include the construction of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New fund to support housing and construction sector
    A $350 million Residential Development Response Fund is being established to support the residential construction sector and to minimise the economic impact from COVID-19, the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods has announced. “The Residential Development Response Fund will help to progress stalled or at-risk developments that support our broader housing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government investment to boost Auckland’s community recycling network
    As part of a broader plan to divert waste from landfill, the Government today announced $10.67 million for new infrastructure as part of the Resource Recovery Network across the Auckland region. “This key investment in Auckland’s community recycling network is part of the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group ‘shovel ready’ projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Te Papa transformation starts at Cameron Road
    The Government is investing $45 million in the first stage of an ambitious urban development project for Tauranga that will employ up to 250 people and help the region grow, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the funding has been allocated out of the $3 billion ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer
    Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. The Infrastructure Reference Group has provisionally approved $20 million for New Plymouth company Hiringa Energy to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen-fuelling stations. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New training centre to upskill workers
    A new trades training centre to upskill the local workforce will be built in the South Waikato town of Tokoroa through funding from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Government will contribute $10.84 million from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Subsequent children legislation to change
    The Government has agreed to repeal part of the Oranga Tamariki Act subsequent children provisions, Minister for Children Tracey Martin announced today. “There are times when children need to go into care for their safety – the safety and care of children must always be paramount,” Minister Martin said. “But ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Funding to expand mental health support for Pacific peoples
    A $1.5 million boost to grow primary mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples in Auckland, Hamilton and Canterbury will lead to better outcomes for Pacific communities, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.  Pasifika Futures has received funding to expand services through The Fono, Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago