Has John Key misled Parliament?

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, June 16th, 2009 - 49 comments
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On the day Richard Worth was forced to resign as a Minister, Key explicitly told Parliament the criminal investigation into Worth was the reason why he couldn’t say what had caused him to lose confidence.

Hon Phil Goff: Why did the Prime Minister attempt to keep the reasons for the resignation secret this morning?

Hon JOHN KEY: The police are going to conduct a preliminary investigation, as they noted in a press release they issued. I think any New Zealander is entitled to a fair investigation. I do not think it would be appropriate for me to contaminate that investigation by making loose comments.

Hon Phil Goff: What is the nature of the police complaint again Dr Worth?

Hon JOHN KEY: I am not at liberty to say.

As ‘gobsmacked’ points out in the comments, Opposition MPs did not pursue the issue because when the PM says he cannot comment because of an ongoing police investigation, MPs must accept his word.

But under pressure from the gallery at yesterday’s press conference Key stated that the reason for his silence was ‘nothing of a legal nature’.

The two stories don’t seem to add up. It would appear that Key has either lied directly to the entire press gallery or he’s deliberately misled Parliament. Both are very serious matters and give rise to plenty more questions.

49 comments on “Has John Key misled Parliament? ”

  1. dave 1

    I agree 100% )( and can you take me off moderation)

  2. toad 2

    The first question of the “plenty more” will be asked this afternoon:

    12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Why did he lose confidence in Dr Richard Worth as a Minister?

  3. Liam 3

    Has John Key misled Parliament?’

    YES

  4. randal 4

    it doesnt matter if he has or not.
    whatever he says then someone like richard griffin or the idiot who writes the leaders for the dompost on tuesdays will excuse him with a blizzard of blather.

  5. Ianmac 5

    ” There is no reason for me as an honest fair PM to provide any answer to your question, because Mr Worth is a private citizen.”
    Simple!

  6. burt 6

    So what is the process when an MP misleads parliament – what should be done about it in an ideal world where MP’s are accountable?

  7. Bill 7

    Nothing of a legal nature = something of an illegal nature perhaps? = press gallery misconstruing his comment? = honest but slippery? in the same vein as his “fair but reasonable”? comment in yesterday’s press conference?

    What does wee john ever mean? So many questions. So much bullsh*t. But that was another post wannit?

  8. Ianmac 8

    Just heard 3pm in Question time PM: ” I will not comment further because Mr Worth is no longer an MP” (Paraphrased)

    Who decides the order of questions for Question Time? Why was such an important question left till last by which time Labour had run out of Supplementary questions?

    • lukas 8.1

      The opposition decide when they ask what question… its their own fault for running out of sups.

  9. I think that Labour didn’t want Goff to be posing the question, because that would have brought in all the mess that we’ve heard about over the past couple of weeks. Hodgson did a good job saying it – but yes Labour should have had it further up the list.

  10. Pat 10

    I’m not exactly sure why Key won’t say anymore about it. I suspect the truth is that when Goff made his complaint on May 6, and Worth his denial, that Key gave Worth a last warning (given that married-man-Worth was trying to root a Labour party member).

    When the subsequent story came out that married-man-Worth had previously rooted Korean businesswoman, Key gave him the chop.

    So to me it seems Keys measure for Ministers is:
    a) don’t lie to me
    b) don’t behave inappropriately, such as rooting other women when you are married.

    I think Key is getting criticized for seeking a level of behaviour that previous ministers, and some PMs, would have failed.

    • gobsmacked 10.1

      Pat, if your theory is correct, what prevents Key from saying so?

      Could it be that he doesn’t want to have to seek this level of behaviour in future? And why not?

      He wants to be seen to set a standard. He just doesn’t want to have to insist on it. Because some Ministers are more valuable than others.

      In other words, it’s the same old politics, but with a high-minded moral spin. A spin which falls apart if the truth comes out.

      • Ron 10.1.1

        “if your theory is correct, what prevents Key from saying so?”
        Because I don’t think the PM can say “root” in public…..

    • burt 10.2

      Pat

      don’t behave inappropriately, such as rooting other women when you are married.

      As far as we know Worth’s wife is still standing by him – surely it is between him and his wife to decide what is appropriate in their marriage – not the PM and certainly not us.

      • Pascal's bookie 10.2.1

        Nope, new rules burt.

        It’s up to John key and he doesn’t have to tell you nothing about it either. But as long as he doesn’t blather about in the name of due process, what are you crying for?

        ACT seem happy to serve under such a system too.

        • Pat 10.2.1.1

          Perhaps Key has never slept around on his wife, and he expects Ministers to abide by this yardstick. Might seem moralistic to some people, so Key doesn’t want to make it a public issue about his morals.

          Just hypothesising.

          • burt 10.2.1.1.1

            So if a PM who believes in no sex before marriage makes it to parliemant would that standard be acceptable for sacking MP’s ?

        • burt 10.2.1.2

          PB

          I’m not saying he didn’t do anything wrong and it is good the police are looking into it. However I don’t believe adultery is still considered to be a crime in NZ do you? Do you happen to know Key thinks it is a very bad thing?

          I think you are gutted because key has shown a far higher standard of accountability and integrity plus he has demanded a higher standard of conduct from his MP’s than Clark. Get over it we all know Clark put the best interests of the Labour party ahead of accountability and ethical standards and the best interests of parliament it’s a good thing for parliament that Key has lifted the bar off the ground where Clark left it.

          Has Key got it in the right place yet? possibly not, but at least he’s not covering Worth’s ass for months and months with a toothless inquiry.

          • Pascal's bookie 10.2.1.2.1

            nah, he’s covering his own, and National’s, arse by keeping whatever Worth did secret.

            We simply don’t know what standard he is demanding burt. All we know is that there are some things bad enough to get sacked for. Maybe he sacked Worth because he wouldn’t suck Key off? Who knows, no one’s saying. In the interests of the Party.

            (and yes, this deliberatly not what I think, and stupid etc, but it would still be justified under Key’s ‘trust me’ rules)

            We know that the India trip was ok though.

    • Would that be the same John Key who while married thought it was absolutely OK to take, presumably, married bankers he did business with to strip clubs?

      Yuk, the man has no integrity.

  11. jarbury 11

    Why doesn’t he just say that then Pat?

  12. Fergie 12

    Hey does Mr Worth get to give a valedictory speech ?
    Seems almost sad after 9 years with his nose in the public trough that he can’t at least tell us what he has ‘achieved’ and what he has ‘contributed’ to New Zealand society !

    • burt 12.1

      Fergie

      He could stand up and say the allegations are baseless and that the opposition is scurrilous and that there is not one shred of evidence linking him to any criminal behaviour. He could then go on to blame the media and claim that everyone else is barking mad and he is innocent.

      (perhaps he should check if his fly is done up before he stands up to deliver his speech wouldn’t want his credibility taking a hit would he)

  13. Pat 13

    I don’t know. Does he prejudice Worth’s case if he knows Worth bedded the woman? Maybe Key directly asked Worth something like “Did you sleep with her” and Worth confirmed it. If Key shuts up he keeps out of the coming case.

    • Pascal's bookie 13.1

      He said it’s unrelated to that case, but came up during discussions.

  14. Zaphod Beeblebrox 14

    I suspect Key doesn’t want to set a precedent. In the end we will all know but I don’t see why it is that important. If he doesn’t trust him anymore why should he have to put up with him.

    • Pascal's bookie 14.1

      Because he was an MP.

      Look I’m glad he’s gone, but Key has set a precedent.

      MP gone, PM not explaining why.

      First he came for Dicky Worth, but Dicky Worth was a fuckwit so I didn’t say anything…

      • gobsmacked 14.1.1

        There are many reasons to care, ZB.

        One is that a Minister might do something wrong, and agree to go quietly and not embarrass the government any further.

        It is not in the interests of the (ex) Minister to say “Here’s what I did.” So it remains secret.

        There’s a library full of history books to show us why “Hey, trust me!” is not a line the public should accept in any democracy.

        This is NOT about Richard Worth.

  15. Pat 15

    Neelam Choudry asked Key to keep details quiet, and he has. Possibly the same has happened in Worth’s case.

    Rightly or wrongly, Key may have made a decision not to fan the flames of tawdry tabloid fodder, lest he set a precedent that sends us down the path of making it the norm for the press to try and catch politicians with their pants down.

    Otherwise we may as well all blog in about who we saw out with who etc. and salivate over juicy headlines and photos in our Sunday papers.

  16. sally 16

    “Neelam Choudry asked Key to keep details quiet, and he has. Possibly the same has happened in Worth’s case.”

    Worth was an MP, Choudry wasn’t. Subtle difference Pat.

    The longer John Key holds out, the longer this story stays in the news cycle, and the longer Key has to deal with questions.

    It’s Taito all over again, except I imagine Helen Clark has learnt from her mistakes.

    • burt 16.1

      It’s Taito Field all over again… Beautiful…

      Once we are through the toothless inquiry, statements about only guilty of helping people and the corruption charges have been laid years later – I’ll agree with you.

      Meanwhile – your reality cheque just bounced.

  17. Pat 17

    In hindsight, how illuminating were Worth’s words:

    “Mr Speaker, my erection…”

    I’ll finish the sentence for him:

    “…is gonna ruin my career!”

  18. Daveski 18

    You’d don’t think his career suffered from premature ejection from parliament?

    • Ianmac 18.1

      Thats funny Daveski -esp from you! Ta

      • Daveski 18.1.1

        Cheers lanmac

        Don’t tell PB tho he’ll take my extreme baby-eating wingnut label away from me.

        I’m sure all the comics in NZ view Worth they way the US comedians viewed Clinton … just no cigar (we’re smoke free and nuke free)

  19. GC Martin 19

    Wasn’t that a cracker from ‘burt’ — the reality cheque that bounced !

    Interesting comment to this post revolved around what is okay, per the PM, and what aint. No say, being a firmly held pov.

    Today, and clarifying several things in the ‘no say’ department, here we heard tell of one Frank Lucas (R-Okla) who had been on The Hill with his fears and fumblings – (aka rumblings per the shonkey backroom campaigners).

    Unknown to him – and the others, but now available to you folks – was a report put out by the Brookings Institute in four parts – readable onsite which Americans would take note of. And for more reasons than it being simply american researchers (recall the offhanded treatment they gave to Stern’s effort).

    The point about recession and more particularly one caused by a credit crisis is that solutions have to be credible. Which means problems answered and dealt to.

    As you know sackings leave too much unanswered for credible solutions to prevail. Which has me ask here and now whether the foregoing political actions have come to sustain the unsustainable.

    Pattern designed and set, as it were.

  20. Craig Glen Eden 20

    Credit where credits due Daveski that was quite funny.

  21. Mark M 21

    Why are you people so concerned at the reason Key sacked a minister and forced him out of parliament.
    You didnt seem to be concerned why Clarke didnt sack Benson Pope for so long or why she didnt sack Peters.
    One committed fraud and one assault.

    Key is at fault for acting promptly?
    Clarke gets a plum UN job for turning a blind eye.
    Strange world you people live in

    • Ianmac 21.1

      Wot a strange person you are Mark M. Do you believe that there are fairies at the bottom of your garden?

    • MikeG 21.2

      You have unintentionally shown exactly why people are concerned Mark M – we know what Peters and Benson-Pope were accused of, but with Worth we don’t.

      If it was just the Police investigation then you could justifiably argue that Worth should be suspended until the result of the court case (if one does eventuate) is known. However, Key has said that it was something else that caused him to lose confidence in his Minister. What was it? Richard Worth was a Minister, John Key is PM – they are/were both in PUBLIC positions, and therefore are accountable to the public.

      Take another example – Ruth Dyson. She was stood down immediately – everybody knew the reason, and understood the action the PM took. It enabled everyone to move on.

    • burt 21.3

      Mark M

      You have nailed it Mark.

      I think the root problem here is that Key has acted so differently to Clark. Clark was right and therefore Key must be wrong.

      You would think the Mt Albert by-election result would shake a few heads and perhaps people would stop defending the indefensible. There is no need to anymore, Shearer has shown Labour have better support without Clark and her tarnish.

      Astounding, people are fighting to remind us why Clark was less popular in her own electorate than a fresh face.

      • MikeG 21.3.1

        I don’t really agree Burt – this is the first time in all my years of watching politics (remember Rob Muldoon travelling the country with his flip-charts?!) that I can recall a Minister being sacked with no proper reason being given. (outside of a cabinet re-shuffle)

        Why doesn’t Key want to tell us?

        • Galeandra 21.3.1.1

          Why doesn’t Key want to tell us?

          Good question. The ironic effect seems to have been to further cement his Mr Say-Nothing-Much-and Don’t Scare-the- Horses persona – ” Mr Worth’s done something, the police are involved, I can’t comment… but really, it’s actually that I’ve lost confidence in him. I won’t tell you why…”
          The PM’s looking very boring and a lot of the people I spend my day with think he’s a bit of a nonentity. As above comments show,Helen Clarke annoyed a lot of people, but none of them were in much doubt about where she stood & why.
          This whole thread’s a bit pointless, really. Let’s discuss spending cuts rather than cabinet cropping.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
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    5 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
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    5 days ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
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    6 days ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
    New Zealand and Malaysia intend to intensify their long-standing, deep connections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “Malaysia is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends in South-East Asia – and both countries intend to get more out of the relationship," Mr Peters says.   "Our connections already run deep and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
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    1 week ago
  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
    The Government is providing a narrow exemption from the discontinuation of the First Home Grant for first home buyers who may face unfair situations as a result, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “The First Home Grant scheme was closed with immediate effect on 22 May 2024, with savings being reprioritised ...
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    1 week ago
  • Faster consenting for flood protection projects in Hawke's Bay
    Work to increase flood resilience in Hawke’s Bay can start sooner, thanks to a new fast consenting process, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell and Environment Minister Penny Simmonds say.  “Faster consenting means work to build stop banks, spillways and other infrastructure can get underway sooner, increasing flood ...
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    1 week ago
  • Judge Craig Coxhead and Nathan Milner newest Māori Land Court appointments
    Tangata tū tangata ora, tangata noho tangata mate. Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka today announced acting Deputy Chief Judge Craig Coxhead as the new Deputy Chief Judge, and Nathan Milner as Judge of the Māori Land Court. "I want to congratulate Judge Coxhead and Mr Milner on their appointments ...
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  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade
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    1 week ago
  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade and cooperation
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    1 week ago

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