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Calvert switches support to Brash

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 28th, 2011 - 77 comments
Categories: act, leadership, rodney hide, roger douglas - Tags: ,

ACT’s newest MP Hilary Calvert is reported by the Herald this morning to have changed her support from Hide to Brash. That means Brash has the numbers to roll Hide, and the leadership of New Zealand’s most rightwing party will transfer to someone who isn’t currently even a member of the ACT Party. How tin-pot is that?

Apparently Calvert changed her mind after discussions yesterday with Brash and Douglas and was won over by Brash’s racist anti-Maori campaign and policy proposals.

Regardless, with 2 for and 3 against, it’s curtains for Rodney. He’s about to become the sacrificial goat he was always groomed to be: Auckland’s Supershity is now up and staggering, and any dissatisfaction with its inefficient, anti-democratic nature can be blamed on Rodney instead of the Key administration.

The only question now is will Rodney resign in a pantomine of good manners, or will he wait to be voted off ACToid Island?

77 comments on “Calvert switches support to Brash”

  1. infused 1

    Racist attitude? Yeah finally the end of One law for you lot, one law for Maori. Might have to vote act this year.

    • It sure as hell won’t be the end of One law for rich white guys in bespoke suits and the best lawyers, another law for everyone else.

      • ZeeBop 1.1.1

        Inept duo give election game plan away, Brash ‘incomes higher’ switch and bait, incomes will go higher but will not keep up with oil, food, rates, etc prices. Hide admits they are for rights, except of course economic rights for all citizens, i.e. access to living wage jobs. Key meets the French president and discusses Climate Change, with flooding hitting new 100 year highs, from last couple of years new 100 year highs, with longer warmer summer creating a increase fly problem that means the emergence of a small house fly that loves salt leading to more skin infections for children. All signs climate change is here, waiting for the science to catch up will never happen since the Earth Climate is dependant on the Suns Climate, the more exposed we are to the Suns climate the more inevitable the when the Sun goes into high gear that climate change will be more extreme. So why does Key come home and never talk about the details understanding of obvious climate change? Why can he have a nice chat with the French President about climate change but not the people of NZ. The ineptitude of our right wing elite is staggering, business does not want state asset sales, the ACT party chooses the most inept politician to lead them, like we don’t know nothing has changed, that the right still wants to lower the standards so they can pass them even easier. And now its clear that ACT is just National way of justifying going right wing, no ACT no basis for the rush to the far right.
        And what gives with Bennett? I mean here’s a women who bashing beneficiaries, wants to throw them off the benefit, push them into the criminal sector, and wonders why the budget blows out locking up yet more citizens in jail? The economics of stupid.

    • Carol 1.2

      One Law as decreed by the elitist anti-democratic, rich old white men, and in their interests. One law for all!…. Yeah, right!

      • infused 1.2.1

        blah blah blah. People are sick of this shit Carol. Why do you think there was a massive surge in support back then? Have you been listening to talk back lately? It’s you lot that are out of touch which is why the only way Labour wins is by election bribes.

        • millsy 1.2.1.1

          So infused, you think that a fully functioning public healthcare system is a ‘bribe’?

    • rosy 1.3

      Yeah finally the end of One law for you lot, one law for Maori

      You know you’re talking about Act don’t you? They need to be in power to ‘finally’ end a law. They’re not, and won’t be anytime soon.

    • NickS 1.4

      Because there’s definitely no outstanding Crown obligations under Te Treati O Waitangi at all and nor does Te Treati grant tribes a variety of rights over their land and resources….

      ’tis most ironic that those most likely to talk about the law and how we should follow it are also most likely to ignore it when it comes to Te Treati O Waitangi. But hey, why not be a hypocrite when you can cloak your objections in racism and attract teh fucktard vote or use ignorance as an excuse?

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Hey, perhaps we could go to one law for all once Maori have the same employment, income, education and incarceration stats as everyone else?

    How we gonna achieve that infused?

    • infused 2.1

      I believe tougher laws on gangs and child abuse would fix a lot of that. Everyone has the same opportunities.

      • Carol 2.1.1

        Everyone has the same opportunities.…. Yeah right! Rightist fantasy & spin.

        I believe that a fairer society, more equal opportunities to get jobs earning a fair wage & more equal opportunities to get vocational and academic qualifications will go some ways to fix the gang, problems, crime problems, and child neglect & abuse problems.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.2

        I believe tougher laws on gangs and child abuse would fix a lot of that. Everyone has the same opportunities.

        You think this because tougher laws have worked so far?

        Didn’t know you were a fan of the anti-smacking legislation until now mate.

      • south paw 2.1.3

        Yes, lets throw even more Maoris in prison, its worked liked a charm so far!

        “Everyone has the same opportunities.”

        No they don’t.

        Typical hysterical nonsense from a member of hypocritical “I’m not racist but…” White New Zealand.

        • g_man 2.1.3.1

          Okay, this is something I’m genuinely curious about (as opposed to just stirring 🙂 )

          Why do you say that not everybody has the same opportunities?

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.3.1.1

            Because poverty and low educational levels perpetuate themselves across generations, while wealth and high educational levels perpetuate themselves across generations.

            The Right Wing explanation for this is that some people (the poor, the uneducated) tend to be intrinsically inferior to others and that most of them will never make anything worthwhile of themselves, and hence deserve all the suffering that they get from the rest of society, due to their general laziness and inferiority.

          • Shane Gallagher 2.1.3.1.2

            Because if you are one of the quarter of children who live below the poverty line you will not have
            – enough food to eat so you will be distracted and anxious at school
            – enough proper clothes to wear so you will not have shoes all the time or be warm enough
            – a stable home environment because poor people suffer food insecurity and that doubles your parents\’ chances of psychological disorders and distress
            – a stable home environment where you get to do your homework and be taught at home
            – a stable emotional environment so that you do not grow up stressed and worried out of your young mind and all that goes with that
            – a healthy home so you may well end up suffering third world diseases which NZ leads the OECD in by a long shot, all of which are totally preventable, like rheumatic fever, which then affects your health for the rest of your life
            – any of the social networks that other kids have to help them build up emotional and psychological support away from their family and for helping them in school, sport and getting work
            – knowing that you are dirt poor and the effect that all by itself has on your chances in life

            Hope that helps a shine a bit of light on what should shame the whole of New Zealand.

          • fraser 2.1.3.1.3

            it not just oppourtunities – its also access to resources

      • Lanthanide 2.1.4

        Yip, punishing people harder for abusing their children is going to change their mind.

        At the moment they’re like “hmm, lets see, I can smack my kid up within an inch of his life and go to jail for 6 years for it. Sounds like a good deal, lets roll!” and with harsher penalties they’ll be like “hmm, lets see, I can smack my kid up within an inch of his life and go to jail for 12 years for it. Not worth it. Maybe I’ll just psychologically torture him instead and only go to jail for 4 years! Deal!”.

        I mean, seriously, do you really think punishing people harsher is going to change people’s behaviour?

        • calltoaccount 2.1.4.1

          Thanks Shane and Lan, well put. Infused, can you directly answer the points these two people make, otherwise just piss off.

  3. vto 3

    Well from what I can see it is one law for Maori, one law for the rich, one law for the honkies… on it goes. May as well have a whole bunch of separate laws and regulations for each group with different skin, different race, different eyes and noses, different socioeconomic groups. Everyone, just everyone.

    Then nobody could complain.

    When did the dream of egalitarianism die in our land?

    • Carol 3.1

      When did social, cultural and economic elitist-driven colonisation end in Aotearoa?

      When did our dream of an egalitarian land become a full reality?

      • higherstandard 3.1.1

        “When did the dream of egalitarianism die in our land?”

        When a variety of different lobbyists, politicians and various other troughers decided they could make more dosh out of dividing and ruling.

  4. lprent 4

    Obviously the big story today is going to be the ongoing soap opera amongst the actoids. Best piece so far about the implications has been Gordon Campbells take. Although IrishBill is consistently the most accurate in predicting events.

    Meanwhile I am chasing aroung looking at the anti spam issue, trying to get a problem that I can see.

    • Carol 4.1

      Yes, it’s the end of Hide, for sure, and the strengthening of joined-at-the-hip NAct, and onward with their plan to sell what’s left of NZ to local and international wealthy elites.

      And come the weekend, the focus should be on Mana & Harawira.

      Still getting anti-spam issues today & a need to repost quickly to get it recognised.

  5. Sam 5

    Brash told campbell last night that he was intending on running the same policy framework he ran in 2005 – he rightly pointed out that National under this framework recieved 39.10% of the vote.

    Keeping this in mind, i think the Left have every reason to be worried about a Brash-Led Act party and the eventual Key-Brash led NAct coalition that will have a strong mandate for economic reform.

    I’ll be watching this with interest.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Keeping this in mind, i think the Left have every reason to be worried about a Brash-Led Act party and the eventual Key-Brash led NAct coalition

      Contrarily, I really hope Brash gets the leadership and the possibility of a Key/Brash coalition becomes a very real one to the electorate 😀

  6. Sam 6

    CV – You make the mistake of assuming the electorate has changed their position in the last two terms. I wouldn\’t be so sure – there is a very strong argument for economic reform currently, and the mantra “borrowing 300m a week!” is ringing loud in peoples ears.

    People will be more inclined come november to vote for a party with a real and clear economic reform policy which will curtail current borrowing and spending.

    Unless the left come up with something solid, then that really only leaves two options..

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      People will be more inclined come november to vote for a party with a real and clear economic reform policy which will curtail current borrowing and spending.

      I think good stuff is coming down the pike as we speak…but yeah it’s taking simply ages.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      and the mantra “borrowing 300m a week!” is ringing loud in peoples ears.

      And the reason why it’s ringing loudly in everyone’s ears is because of John Key and Acts tax cuts and give-aways to the rich and austerity for the poor.

  7. RedLogix 7

    On the contrary CV. My reading is that white NZ is quietly disturbed about the privatisation of the S&F to corporate iwi… while ordinary Maori will see nothing.

    I’m predicting that this combination of letting Brash lead with the ‘tired old racist’ agenda, while Key keeps his brand clean… will be a landslide winner.

    And Trotter is right. Working NZ is not going to vote for a Labour Party that continues to dislike their values and condescend down to them.

    This election is going to be a massive loss to the centre left…. as never seen before… unless something dramatic happens between now and the election. Just swapping Goff for another leader is not the right answer, it would be seen as desperate and would fail to address the root issues anyhow.

    My gut feeling is that the right answer is for the entire left, Labour and the Greens need to collaborate openly and clearly on a fresh new strategy, focussed on social inequality, environmental issues and equality of opportunity for all people in this country… without getting sidetracked by special interests.

    We need to start articulating ideas that actually connect with the many… rather than the few.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      +1

      Doubly so for this:

      My gut feeling is that the right answer is for the entire left, Labour and the Greens need to collaborate openly and clearly on a fresh new strategy

      However I see problematic signs that the Greens see their opportunity as picking up votes bleeding from Labour, and that they are not interested in increasing the overall Left vote as a whole.

      I’m predicting that this combination of letting Brash lead with the ‘tired old racist’ agenda, while Key keeps his brand clean… will be a landslide winner.

      although I am not sure how Key can keep his brand “clean” while simultaneously bedding a “tired old racist” Brash.

    • Carol 7.2

      Where exactly, in the current Labour Party and it’s so far stated policy directions, is it catering to special interest groups? … which, in this thread, seems to mean Maori. In goff’s rejection of working with Hone?… in its NO ASSET SALES campaign? In it’s targeting of the need to support and work for families struggling to put food on the table? on the need to create more jobs and education opportunities for all?… etc.

      • rosy 7.2.1

        Agree Carol. It seems to me that Labour is doing all it can to talk to the middle-income group with no plans at all for anything like a liberal or Maori agenda.

        • grumpy 7.2.1.1

          No. not especially Maori but according to Damien O\\\’Connor also gays and unionists, plus tired old has been feminists.

          The core Labour values are being taken over by National and leaving Labour as a party of identity politics.

          • rosy 7.2.1.1.1

            Grumpy, can you outline a policy that Labour is promoting for Maori, feminists or gays this year? (Union-friendly policies I’d expect)

            • Colonial Viper 7.2.1.1.1.1

              I think RL is right about Trotter’s comments.

              Large sections of the working class feel like that many of their attitudes and behaviours are looked down upon by Labour.

              National killed Labour with their brilliant Iwi/Kiwi message and that message still resonates with the electorate. (rosy – a lot of voters don’t care about specific policies, they only care about the image and reputation of a party)

              The basic fact is that we are in such miserable economic conditions for workers/unemployed, with a Govt which is walking around in circles of ever increasing debt, yet Labour still sits on just 31-32% approval ratings. Lower than in 2008.

              A major disconnect between Labour and the electorate still exists.

              • Carol

                So, CV, are you talking about perception, rather than reality, about inability to communciate accurately and/or appropriately with a large section of the electorate, rather than about the policies Labour are working on?

                • Colonial Viper

                  Perception/image is a huge part of it, also Labour have been slow to release policy so far this year (part of it is deliberate as they don’t want the Blues lip sync’ing it) which makes it hard to get traction on specifics.

                  As an example of substance, a lot of unions don’t think Labour went far enough to advantage workers and unions in their 9 years in power for instance. Better than National? Definitely. But that’s not a ringing endorsement in itself.

              • rosy

                It seems to me that by abandoning a liberal agenda and not resonating with the working class (Key seems to be much better at this) that Labour is shedding the votes of both groups.

                • Colonial Viper

                  A liberal agenda will not move Labour ahead because it is too easy for Key to shadow it with their own moves.

                  And there are also far too few votes in it. Labour burnt through political capital with prostitution law reform and with civil unions. It did not create political capital with those moves.

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    “And there are also far too few votes in it.”

                    maybe true, but they are the votes labour has got at the moment. Do you want to risk losing them?

                    Why not trying to offer those ‘large sections of the working class’ something positive to vote for?

                    Why the need to blame liberals for Labour’s failure to have offered that something?

                    If labour makes a play of signalling that they are moving away from liberalsim. that will lose them votes, and it may well not gain them any.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      A “let’s not put at risk what we already have” approach is a recipe for electoral failure. It failed for Helen Clark in 2008 and if used again will fail again this year.

                      For the next 10 years Labour has got to put economic and worker policies first. Does that mean that Labour moves away from social liberalism? I suggest only in terms of what the headlines are, in the background much can be done to continue social liberal progression. It is strong Left leaning economic + worker policies which are going to win the votes needed to gain power. That’s got to be the priority, the emphasis.

                      Why not trying to offer those ‘large sections of the working class’ something positive to vote for?

                      Yes this should be done.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      It is strong Left leaning economic + worker policies which are going to win the votes needed to gain power.

                      And those policies resonate across the identity politics that caused Labour to lose their way.

            • grumpy 7.2.1.1.1.2

              What CV said…….it’s not the policies, it’s the perception and the fact that last time Labour implemented all it’s “social” changes without going to the electorate with it’s policies for a mandate.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.3

      +1

      And, yes, the entire left needs to put together a viable and sustainable vision that provides for everyone and that the majority can agree with.

  8. ianmac 8

    Quite frankly and I must be very frank about this , er because Frank told me that if I am very frank when talking to the media this will quite frankly boost my chances of taking over the frankly deficient National Government and once I have taken over then it will be one step more to abolish the stupid waste of money spent on pointless elections and frankly only I or the royal we will lead the country to overtake Australia and the World.
    “Hail Sir Frankly Brash Donald His Royal Highness Emperor of the World!”

  9. ak 9

    It’s the same tired old formula – talkback and hacks whipping up hate and division while Pilate Key keeps his distance (coincidence on the timing?) and rides the wave of filth with clean hands. Last time blatant femina*i misogeny, this time the Maori Party is already lost so pure racist hatemongering gets a free rein.

    Only hope for the future and reputation of this country is that it’s population has matured: and that, as in 2004, 7 months out is another case of premature race-hate-ulation.

    It’s Hatemonger and Conquer all over again.

  10. GINA 10

    If Brash gets the NOD then Labour must make lots of noise re this been engineered by Roger Douglas and how this shows that National and Douglas are joined at the hip. Brashes comments on Campbell live last night made it clear they are two branches of one party. Differnet Names, same real agenda.

  11. infused: The Treaty is a property agreement. The people who think it;s about race ARE racists…..as they focus on the fact one party to the property agreement is – in their view – not white. The problem they face these days is all the growing number of blond haired, blue-eyed people descended from the Maori signatories to the property agreement. These people highlight that it isn’t about race…it’s about being heirs to parties to an agreement regarding land, sovereignty and stewardship. The “racists” have focused on race in order to avoid dealing with the property rights issues as they tend – from 1840 to today – to uphold property rights……unless the people are brown. They can’t keep the two separate if they admit that race is irrelevant for the purposes of the treaty…as it is fundamentally a property agreement securing the property rights of those who lived here before the Crown arrived.

  12. bbfloyd 12

    So now we wil be treated to the national party campaignining as “act light” rather than labour light. sounds like the sort of thing any warner bros marketing manager would have been proud to have dreamed up.

    Now all they need is an endorsement from Sarah Palin.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      Considering the gift of $30m taxpayer dollars to WB perhaps it was dreamed up by them.

  13. korero 13

    Celia Wade-Brown recently found herself undermined at Wellington City Council when a group of councillors decided to hold a meeting to approve NZTA highway projects without telling her. It also killed her election promise for light rail between Wgtn Central and the airport.

    Today we learn that road safety and public transport funding will be cut to fund national highway construction.

    We also hear that a member of the National party has gained enough support to take over the Association for Consumers and Taxpayers.

    The common factor is Steven Joyce, List Member of the National Party, Campaign Manager in 2008.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/features/719263

    With an international rugby tournament and an election six months away we are seeing a mobilisation of grumpy old men now that the immediate phase of the Pike River and Ōtautahi (Christchurch) disasters seems to be over – although aftershocks continue.

    How are proponents of road safety, public transport, and light rail to respond ?

    (1) Emotively. Anyone who has had to attend a crash scene where a car-load of youngsters has impacted the back of a flat-bed truck at speed, the tray shearing off the tops of their skulls leaving them wedged dead in a sitting position with grey matter dribbling down their faces will find themselves much more aware of the importance of road safety and public transport. Blathering away in a radio station never will.

    (2) Rationally. With oil prices on an inexorable upward curve road transport haulage becomes increasingly uneconomic increasing the impetus for rail, light rail, and public transport.

    I have attached a few more links below.

    Joyce has done some good stuff in banning mobile phones while driving and bringing NZ\’s right-hand-rule in line with the rest of the world (wikipedia link, below), but I think Mike Lee is right ..

    >Mike Lee today labelled transport minister Steven Joyce’s thinking “fairly
    >basic small-town red neck stuff – standard roads first and pro urban-sprawl.”

    Kia Kaha !

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/claims-fuel-tax-deferral-stunt-4143041

    http://tumeke.blogspot.com/2011/03/is-steven-joyce-corrupt.html

    http://transportblog.co.nz/tag/steven-joyce/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Joyce

    http://www.westernlinkroad.co.nz/2011/03/23/steven-joyce-close-up-tvnz/

    http://www.aucklandtrains.co.nz/2010/12/01/lee-blasts-joyce-over-cbd-link/

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Celia Wade-Brown recently found herself undermined at Wellington City Council when a group of councillors decided to hold a meeting to approve NZTA highway projects without telling her.

      A mayor without the political nous to get the strong support of a significant block of councillors behind her is pretty much dead in the water.

    • millsy 13.2

      Compare and contrast with the Auckland Council, which has support for public transport across the board.

      Its all good making promises, but you need a bunch of councillors to support you when you wish to implement them.

      Thats why the major parties need to contests local body elections.

  14. Colonial Viper 14

    I wonder what plum $$$ job Hide will be given after November.

  15. Marina777 15

    I think Brash wanting everyone to accept the notion that Maori, Asian and Pakeha are all the same as a ‘whole’ regardless of their ethnicity is unrealistic. I see how he ‘as a front’ is purposely making out that it is rational and ‘modern’ to treat all New Zealanders as equal regardless, and that all New Zealander’s should be classed in this fashion.
    But people aren’t that simple, he his clumping people into one category and treating all people as part of one big heap. When in ‘reality’ he should ‘know’ that people are actually all individual, with feelings, and depth, and with a great sense of pride for their heritage.
    I believe that Maori (the everyday Maori folk) do need a step up, not because I believe they aren’t capable, on the contrary, but after years and years, and an extensive history, of being ripped off by the Pakeha and being treated like second-rate citizens, this effect rubs off on the psyche and this affects their whole surroundings.
    And because of this there is a lot of anger there.

    To have a good future for New Zealand the government need’s to ‘understand’ the individual more. I don’t believe Maori need extra special attention but their culture needs to be upheld, so future generations, of Maori, can grow up to be proud and filled with sense of honour from where they have come from. Then the psyche changes, anger subsides and soon as ‘acceptance’ prevails, for all, for all cultures at hand, then all people from different ethnicities learn and grow to accept one another.

    Because in the end the true goal is- to love one another, and to do that human beings must respect each other.

  16. ianmac 16

    The call from Frankly Don Brash is one law for all. He says that this is not so at the moment. Wondering if there is any NZ Law which is not the same for all? Anyone?

  17. randal 17

    Doctor don is doing this for the good for the country.

  18. millsy 18

    What are the consitutional implications of having a governing party’s supply and confidence partner’s leader outside of parliament?

    Where’s Edgler when you need him?

  19. Carol 19

    Well, there you see it, without Act, according to Rodney, Clark would still be PM, as he hands over leadership to Brash.

  20. MikeG 20

    Why should Key stick with Hide as a Minister when it appears that he hasn’t even got the support of his caucus?

    • Carol 20.1

      The RNZ reporter has raised the possibility of a snap election, with Hone possibly going to a by-election etc.

      • NickS 20.1.1

        The elephant in the room though is Christchurch. Since things are still stuffed in much of the eastern city, and Brownlee’s doing little it seems to speed up reconstruction and housing the needy, a snap election has the potential to bring these and other issues to the forefront and backfire on National.

    • Colonial Viper 20.2

      Part of the deal to get Hide to move along quietly. $$$

  21. NickS 21

    Muwahahahaha.

    Hides gone and Brash has just inherited one of the most dysfunctional parties in Parliament next to United Future. Which given his past inability to deal with the National caucus is going to lead to drama, even if he tries to bribe them.

    • Pascal's bookie 21.1

      (an)Other funny bit is how Brash was saying yesterday that Hide has no future in ACT with Brash as leader, and Hide pipes today saying that he realised Brash is the man for the future of ACT and told him so last night. But he’ll stick around on a minister’s salary till nov KTHNXBAI

      • NickS 21.1.1

        Wodders truly is an exemplar for all on how not to be an MP in Parliament.

        • Draco T Bastard 21.1.1.1

          I hoping he becomes the exemplar of how NACT work to maintain their hold on power and the Treasury benches. It’s obvious, after all, that Brash was placed into Act by command from National/Act backers so that Epsom voters would be happily bring Act back into parliament.

  22. Frank Macskasy 22

    I’m not surprised that Calvert ‘turned’. She has always been attracted to the Dark Side, and finally succumbed. She will make a fine acolyte for Darth Brash…

    • Colonial Viper 22.1

      Huh, becoming an MP for ACT isn’t enough to be considered as going to the Dark Side in itself? 😯

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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission delivers Coalition promise
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Deputy Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in and ...
    1 week ago
  • Greens welcome huge new investment in sustainable projects
    The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand First demands answers from Meridian Energy
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits."While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers to waste water and ...
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  • Getting New Zealand moving again: June 2020
    We wrapped up the first half of 2020 with a busy month, taking additional steps to support New Zealanders as we continue with our economic recovery. We rolled out targeted packages to support key industries like tourism and construction, helped create jobs in the environmental and agriculture sectors, and set ...
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  • Māori union leader appointed to Infrastructure Commission board
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has welcomed the appointment of Maurice Davis and his deep infrastructure and construction experience to the board of the Infrastructure Commission. Mr Davis (Ngāti Maniapoto), is the seventh and final appointment to the board led by former Reserve Bank Governor ...
    1 week ago
  • Click-bait journalism at its worst
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand’s click bait journalism is taking a turn for the worse, with yet another example of sensationalist, wilful-misrepresentation of the facts. “New Zealand First has worked constructively with its Coalition partner on hundreds of pieces of legislation and policy, and ...
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  • Green Party proposes transformational Poverty Action Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity.     ...
    1 week ago
  • PGF accelerates Rotorua projects
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Getting people into jobs
    This week, we rolled out the next steps of our recovery plan, with new infrastructure investment, extra support for tourism operators, and a new programme to get Kiwis into agriculture careers. The global economic consequences of COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge, but we have a detailed plan to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition commitment establishing Mental Health Commission delivered
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its final reading in Parliament today fulfilling a coalition agreement commitment. “This is an important step in saving the lives of New Zealanders and delivers a key coalition commitment ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whakatāne gets a $2.5m ‘turbo boost’
    Whakatāne has been given a $2.5 million boost to speed up previously funded projects and create more than 450 jobs in the next decade. Of those, the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs could be delivered in the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in town to make ...
    2 weeks ago
  • $2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $2.5 million to accelerate three infrastructure projects in Whakatāne, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This package is about ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ground-breaking on NZ Post depot
    Hon Shane Jones, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises A new ‘super depot’ to be built for NZ Post in Wellington will create around 350 jobs during construction, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones says. Shane Jones today attended a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony for the parcel-processing depot ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Putting our economic plan into action
    Our strong economic management prior to COVID-19 - with surpluses, low debt and near-record-low unemployment - put us in a good position to weather the impact of the virus and start to rebuild our economy much earlier than many other countries. Now we're putting our plan to recover and rebuild ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fleeing drivers hit new record-high yet again
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Law and Order Recently released Police fleeing driver statistics have shown yet another increase in incidents with another record-high in the latest quarter. “This new quarterly record-high is the latest in a string of record-high numbers since 2014.  The data shows incidents ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fletcher Tabuteau selected as candidate for Rotorua
    New Zealand First MP Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to be confirmed today as the party’s candidate for the Rotorua electorate. Speaking at the Rotorua AGM for New Zealand First, Mr Tabuteau said this is an election that is incredibly important for the people of Rotorua. “The founding principles of New ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Greens call for Government office to address Rainbow issues following Human Rights Commission report
    The Human Rights Commission’s PRISM report on the issues impacting people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) provides an excellent programme of work for future governments to follow, say the Greens. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters continues push for trans-Tasman travel as military take control of operations
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of COVID-19. On Friday, Mr Peters told RNZ's Morning Report he had heard from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that borders for trans-Tasman travel would open by ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters on the Government’s Covid-19 border blunder
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today he was pleased the army was now running the quarantine and isolation process - up until now it has been the Ministry of Health. Peters told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking that the army knew how to introduce and follow protocols and instil discipline. ...
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  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
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  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
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  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
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  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
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  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
    Introduction, seafarers and POAL Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be online with you all today. Before I begin, I have to acknowledge that COVID-19 has disrupted the maritime sector on an unprecedented scale. The work of seafarers and the maritime industry is keeping many economies around the world ...
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  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
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  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
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  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
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  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
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  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
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  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
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  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
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  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
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  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
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  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
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  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
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  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
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    3 days ago
  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
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  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
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  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
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  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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    6 days ago
  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
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    7 days ago
  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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    7 days ago
  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
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    1 week ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
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  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
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  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
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