web analytics

Hoots overshoots

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 pm, January 22nd, 2011 - 54 comments
Categories: making shit up, The Standard - Tags: , , , , ,

I see the NBR lost another 6% of its circulation last year, so I thought it was worth giving Matthew Hooton’s latest rant in that publication a wider audience. Hoots has a go at us and Clare Curran for criticising the violent rhetoric of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Apparently, holding people accountable for what they say is restricting free speech.

Hooty writes:

Alas, Ms Curran rather undermined her apparent commitment to pluralism with a recent post, following the shootings in Arizona, entitled “Time to see through the right-wing politics of hate”. The union staffers, anti-capitalists, warmists, and other leftists who blog at The Standard followed, with claims the shooting was somehow caused by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party

OK. Where to start?

I love the term ‘warmist’ – it means that we think that emitting massive amounts of known greenhouse gases into the atmosphere will increase the greenhouses effect, warming the globe and changing the climate. I know. What a crazy notion. It’s obviously all a conspiracy to take more of your hard-earned pundit pay, Hooty. Tell me, what other conspiracy theories do you believe in?

For the record, the first post on The Standard linking the violent rhetoric that Palin and the Tea Party have introduced (or re-introduced) into American political discourse to the most deadly US domestic political violence in generations preceded Curran’s by two days.

Both Curran and The Standard writers just followed the talking points of the far left in the US, but went onto claim that similar “politics of hate” were being practiced by the right in New Zealand. Something, they suggested, needed to be done”

Well, I know I didn’t read any leftwing US source before writing that first post. I don’t take my talking points from anyone.

Similar politics of hate is being practiced in New Zealand – you do remember, Hoots, saying that Helen Clark was going to ban the free press and cancel the election, don’t you? You remember giving grist to the paranoid minds who paraded in Queen St comparing Labour to the Nazis? You remember your buddy Farrar’s campaign comparing Clark to various dictators, surely. Now, we have a new far-right group publishing racist leaflets in Christchurch.

And I don’t see Curran, myself or anyone suggesting that anything “needed to be done” in the sense that Hooton is implying. I don’t want to ban Palin and the Tea Party from saying what they say, I want them to be held accountable in the court of public opinion for the consequences of what they say.

The Standard‘s writers launched their blog partly to help secure a fourth term for [Clark’s] hate-filled regime and prevent the election of Mr Key’s much friendlier outfit

And partly so that the numerous hack rightwing propagandists like Hooton wouldn’t be able to spout their lies without response. As for Clark’s regime being hate-filled – tell that to the families that benefited from Working for Families, higher minimum wages, and record low unemployment. And I would hardly describe smile and wave’s outfit as friendly – the friendliness lasts only as long as you don’t ask any real questions.

Ms Curran and her fellow travellers have revealed that they continue to have a fundamental problem with basic concepts of personal responsibility and free speech.

Actually, I have no problem with free speech and I have no problem at all with people taking responsibility for the consequences of what they say.

Most alarming, given Ms Curran may one day hold high office, is that if she really believes political speech is so dangerous it can cause mass murder, presumably she hasn’t yet given up on Labour’s long-term dream of restricting it.

I’m not going to speak for Clare but a) obviously some political speech can cause mass murder, a failed painter from Vienna proved that, and b) Labour has never tried to ban free speech, no-one was prevented from voicing their views by the Electoral Finance Act.

Labour and its friends appear to remain ignorant of basic democratic principle. For that reason only, they deserve to be crushed by Mr Key and his allies this November.

I think the 3rd floor would describe us as frenemies 🙂 And we’re not ignorant of two key democratic principles – freedom of speech and public accountability of political actors for their words, their actions, and their consequences.

So, Hooty, now that you see the “only reason” the Left deserves not to win at the election isn’t a reason at all, I’m sure you’ll be bringing your fabulous propaganda skills to the good guys’ side.

54 comments on “Hoots overshoots ”

  1. When it comes to Hooton I can do no better than to quote an email from Tory adviser Peter Keenan to Don Brash where he said:

    By the way, frankly, I think Matthew Hooton is an idiot … Matthew is totally full of himself, and not half as good as his own self image. He tries hard to impress, with over the top enthusiasm – an actor.”

    Source: pages 86 to 87, the Hollow Men, by Nicky Hagar.

    • M 1.1

      Brilliant assessment of Hooten by Keenan – he needs to be kept on a leash, as he is, and looks like, a dangerous ferret.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Oh good on Hooton for standing up for that oppressed minority: wealthy power holding Right Wingers. The rich and influential few need all the cover that they can get via Hooton and others, they must feel so picked on and left out of mainstream society.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Glen Beck Targets Old Professor

    Death threats result.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/22/business/media/22beck.html?hp

    On his daily radio and television shows, Glenn Beck has elevated once-obscure conservative thinkers onto best-seller lists. Recently, he has elevated a 78-year-old liberal academic to celebrity of a different sort, in a way that some say is endangering her life.

    • QoT 3.1

      Not to mention his class act of “writing” and “novel” in which terrorists (possibly? The plot is beyond incoherent) plan to kill a high-profile Democrat … and mention his real-life office street address a few times for good measure.

      (I recommend Deeky’s chapter-by-chapter review if you’ve got time and a well, well-padded desk.)

      • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1

        And the cover art is a treat too.

        Ooh look! Liberty has been transmogrified into a bloke who looks ever so suspiciously like

        Jesus II:
        With a vengeance
        Coming soon.

  4. Political Bear 4

    I think this site encapsulates Hooton’s idiocy rather well.

    http://whitewhine.tumblr.com/

    Its rather funny

  5. QoT 5

    I’ll always think one of the worst outcomes of Labour losing the last election is that Hooton never got completely fucking discredited for his “fourth-term Labour government will eradicate free speech” claim (which, admittedly, in any sensible society would be discredit enough in of itself).

  6. the sprout 6

    good piece, excellent headline.

  7. IrishBill 7

    Fuck that’s a hoot.

  8. luva 8

    Similar politics of hate is being practiced in New Zealand – you do remember, Helen Clark, saying that New Zealanders, protesting against her government were “Haters and Wreckers”, don’t you?

    • felix 8.1

      Yeah, then she published those pictures of the protesters with gunsights on their faces and encouraged everyone to “reload”.

      I remember it like it actually happened.

      • QoT 8.1.1

        I was personally impressed by how she introduced a written constitution and amended it once for giggles just so she could talk about “Second Amendment remedies”.

    • I always love it when the Right project their own inclinations on to others. Politics of hate? Socially, economically and politically disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of NZ’s at the stroke of a pen, no problem – NACT

      • big bruv 8.2.1

        Oh come on Viper;

        Clark was all about hate, her entire disastrous term as PM was a hate filled nightmare for anybody who dared stand up against her or speak out.

        She was every bit as evil as Muldoon when it came to personal vendettas, the only difference being that Muldoon never broke as many laws as Clark.

        • Marty G 8.2.1.1

          yeah, remember that time she released the private data of two people who deared to speak against one of her policies, violating the Privacy Act, and refused to apologise when the Privacy Commissioner asked her to, despite having said she would if that request was made?

          Oh, wait, no that was Paula Bennett.

          I note you haven’t given a single instance of Clark making someone’s life a “hate-filled nightmare”

        • Irascible 8.2.1.2

          Please tell me you were alive when Muldoon stalked New Zealand and imposed martial law to support a rugby tour and when any criticism of his regime was met with vicious commentary. If you were you must have been but a glint in your mother’s eye.
          If you really want evil consider the trail of discredited Cabinet Ministers, starting with the Deputy PM and on down to Pansy Wong, under the ever “I’m on Hawaiian holiday” Key.
          Stop being the Captain trying to hunt the snark.

        • burt 8.2.1.3

          Muldoon never needed to use parliament to kill a standing court case against himself either… but I guess in lovers of corruption lefty land that little episode made Helen even more impressive.

    • KJT 8.3

      Some of them were.

  9. just saying 9

    Still,
    It’s great to be getting so far up Hoots’ hooter!
    Keep up the good work 😀

  10. Afewknowthetruth 10

    ‘ NBR lost another 6% of its circulation last year’

    If that is true, then it must be one of the most positive developments of 2010.

    Keep up the good work.

  11. big bruv 11

    NBR lose 6%
    Labour lose 6%

    Hooton’s piece is a good one, as usual he is dead right.

    But hey, keep your head in the sand as long as you like, while Key is far from my ideal PM he is a vastly superior option than his predecessor and far better than anything on the other side of the house.

  12. Cnr Joe 12

    ‘Keys much friendlier outfit…’ – this (I want to be a millionaire and then be prime minister) emperor has no clothes
    but Hooters will cover the whole mess with bells whistles and dancing girls and we’ll vote the horrible unhappy backstabby mob back in

  13. ghostwhowalksnz 13

    Hooton is just the first salvo in this election year.
    When you think about it National has no policies to run on.
    They have trashed all their previous promises and aspirations and are left only with a ‘Cat who can paint’

    Thats a bit risky so they need to whip a frenzy against the the Labour government …oops opposition.

    I expect more ‘tales from the crypt’ as the year proceeds

  14. ianmac 14

    I wonder why Hooten wrote such a post?
    Own mana?
    Opening shot of denigration to come?
    Bolster NBR?
    Feeling Left Right out?
    Trouble at home?

  15. vto 15

    I have no time for Hooten.

    Example reason: He lied at the time of the Pike River disaster claiming that DOC had stopped PRC from installing another ventilation shaft.

    Blatant lie to suit his own politics. Disgusting behaviour for someone who influences in a small way public opinion. Especially when taking advantage of miners deaths.

    F… off Hooten.

    • millsy 15.1

      Guy thinks he can trash our conservation estate for money. We he can get fucked. Our National Parks will remain clean forever, no toxic shit.

      Time we fought fire with fire.

      I think were due for another ’13/’51/’81 style confrontation between right and left. If Hooten wants to be nasty, lets teach him a good lesson in nastiness.

      Lets take the fight to the right, not just on the web, but in the streets, the farmers, business, landowners, landlords, Christians and the wealthy are going to hit us with everything they have, well, bring it on. I feel like a fight.

      No quarter given or asked for.

      • Brett 15.1.1

        Lets take the fight to the right, not just on the web, but in the streets, the farmers, business, landowners, landlords, Christians and the wealthy are going to hit us with everything they have, well, bring it on. I feel like a fight.

        You don’t look like much of a fighter millsy.

      • Jilly Bee 15.1.2

        Oh Millsy – ‘Lets take the fight to the right, not just on the web, but in the streets, the farmers, business, landowners, landlords, Christians and the wealthy are going to hit us with everything they have, well, bring it on. I feel like a fight.’ I’m a Christian and no way I could bring myself to vote National – there’s plenty of parables in the New Testament to stoke my political fire.

      • Chris73 15.1.3

        Yeah and Millsy will lead the charge…what a joke (seriously you think this is a wise course of action?)

        So when the right do its bad and when the left do its…ok because the right have driven the left to the language of hate

  16. Tim 16

    I reckon Clare is making some waves. Her blogging is solid and sensible. Many younger voters have been impressed with her understanding on technology and politics. I reckon she will be gold in election year.

    I also think that he needs to discredit The Standard – it is just too scary to have a fully functioning blogsite of the left that has an audience. You wait, I am sure that the number of righty trolls will increase on here over the coming months, as will the attacks through other sites/published articles.

    • One of the things IMO we should all consider a bit more is a DNFTT approach. (Yes i too am guilty of not doing this I know). The Right can quickly destroy the productivity and readability of a comments discussion. They do this by coming in and derailing a productive and constructive debate simply by trolling with random BS.

      On the other hand if they come in with a considered and well presented Right Wing view, great we add it to the debate and go for it.

    • QoT 16.2

      I have to say I’m less impressed with Curran’s blogging … there’s just something about the way she writes that irritates me. Lots of shortened sentences. Not really much analysis. Look, an interesting link. etc. etc.

      But I agree with your second paragraph – I think some on the Right honestly did believe that this site was purely run/directed/powered by The Ninth Floor and thus they can’t figure out why it’s still going strong without that “support”.

  17. illuminatedtiger 17

    I don’t think any publicity should be given to someone who when unable to win an argument resorts to describing an opponent as a “cunt”.

  18. Pascal's bookie 18

    Yet another map showing why Hoots doesn’t want people criticising US right wing revolution rhetoric. It’s working.

    http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/violence-directed-liberal-and-govern

    Yes yes. So unfair. Hoots doesn’t want this stuff to happen, and it’s got nothing to do with the rhetoric, it’s all a coincidence and they’re only liberals being targeted so so what.

    Thing is, it’s happening. And the right doesn’t want to talk about it. Lots and lots of terrorism that the right wing doesn’t want to talk about.

    Why not?

    The best you can say is that the US right don’t care if there is a pattern, or if it’s connected to the rhetoric.

    And if they don’t care, that means they’re not bothered if it continues.

    And why would they be? It matches the rhetoric that they refuse to back down from.

    They are just too chicken shit to come out and say it.

    But that doesn’t explain hoots or the rest of the Kiwi rights attitude. So what does?

  19. joe90 19

    Hooten’s got nothing on Beck, video and transcript from Faux news here.

    I never thought I’d say we better learn something from the Ayatollah Khomeini, but here it is.

    The media and the politician have all of this wrong. In every single walk of life — you want to know why TV doesn’t reflect you? You want to know why Washington doesn’t reflect you? Because they don’t understand, from the radical revolutionaries to the Islamic extremists — and yes, DOJ, they do exist — to the Tea Party movements.

    Just because you in Washington and you who are so out of touch with life in the media, just because you don’t believe in anything doesn’t mean nobody else does. We do. You know why you’re confused by this show? It’s because I believe in something. You don’t.

    Tea parties believe in small government. We believe in returning to the principles of our Founding Fathers. We respect them. We revere them. Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the Founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government.

    I will stand against you and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don’t. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep’s clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends.

    You’ve been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.

    They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind. And if they feel you have lied to them — they’re revolutionaries. Nancy Pelosi, those are the people you should be worried about.

    Here is my advice when you’re dealing with people who believe in something that strongly — you take them seriously. You listen to their words and you believe that they will follow up with what they say.

    Didn’t we learn that lesson from Usama bin Laden? I heard his warning in 1998. I said on the air at the time, listen to him. We didn’t listen. We didn’t listen to the revolutionaries in Germany, the revolutionaries in Russia or Venezuela or Cuba — no, no, no. They all have one thing in common. They have all called for revolution.

    They want to overthrow our entire system of government, and their words say it. Why won’t you believe it?

    MediaMatters:

    Defending His Rhetoric, Beck Says That, Unlike MTV, He Doesn’t Have Many “Teenagers Watching”

  20. Whats especially ironic about Matt’s “hoot” is how he goes on about freedom of speech, and how in Labour there is a dearth of it, when he has a column in a rag that today leads with the title “why the left must be defeated in 2011” without any thought to offer a response/or balance.

    The funny thing is though, is that the NBR audience is largely decided politically, and therefore his small influence wont escape the echo chamber of extremism that which therein they dwell.

  21. Kerry 21

    If the clark government was as bad as hooten and other demented people think…those types would have been locked up by clark…and had the properties and monies confiscated…..anyway thats what I would have done…lock up all right wingers and mass hangings…sounds like the making of a better NZ!

  22. NX 22

    I think the 3rd floor would describe us as frenemies

    ^ probably the only thing I agree with in your post!

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Govt’s medicines boost paying off for New Zealanders
    Pharmac’s plan to fund the cystic fibrosis medicine Trikafta is another example of the Government’s boost to the medicines budget helping New Zealanders, says Health Minister Andrew Little. “Pharmac, not politicians, makes the decisions on what treatments to fund, but politicians decide what funding to provide to Pharmac, and health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Better transport choices for New Zealanders
    Forty-six councils across Aotearoa New Zealand, from large metro centres to small provincial towns, will receive funding to implement more transport options for communities, as part of the Transport Choices package 2022-24, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “The Government is upgrading New Zealand’s transport infrastructure system to make it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Te Rangiwaituhi – Maniapoto apology
    Mihi Ko taku rourou iti a haere, maringi kai whenua Ko taku rourou iti a haere, maringi kai moana kia mau ki te kawau māro, whanake ake! kō Maniapoto e! Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa   Greetings and Thanks As we gather here this morning I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Maniapoto receives Crown Apology – Ka whakawhiwhia ki a Ngāti Maniapoto te Whakapāhatanga a ...
    Kua tukuna e te Pirimia, e Jacinda Ardern, i te taha o te Minita mō ngā Take Tiriti o Waitangi, a Andrew Little, te Whakapāhatanga a te Karauna ki a Ngāti Maniapoto mō āna mahi o mua i takahi i te Tiriti o Waitangi. I tū te hui i Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Big online platforms to pay fair price for local news content
    The Government will legislate to require big online digital companies such as Google and Meta to pay a fair price to New Zealand media companies for the local news content they host and share on their platforms, Minister of Broadcasting Willie Jackson announced today. The legislation will be modelled on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government to remove entrenchment from Three Waters legislation
    The Government will fix the Water Services Entities Bill this week by removing the entrenchment clause that was voted on during committee stages, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins announced today. “It was a mistake to put the entrenchment clause in and the Government will fix the issue as soon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • 10 new whare for Ngāi Tāmanuhiri kaumātua and whānau in Te Muriwai
    Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) Peeni Henare joined Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and the wider Toitū Tairāwhiti collective, at the opening of 10 new homes built for kaumātua and whānau in Muriwai today.   “Every whare that is built and whānau that is transferred from inadequate housing to a warm dry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint statement: Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations
    Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong welcomed Aotearoa New Zealand's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Nanaia Mahuta to Canberra today for biannual Australia – Aotearoa New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations. The Ministers acknowledged the unique strength of the relationship between Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, reaffirmed the shared ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding boost for kaupapa Māori response to homelessness
    Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness) Marama Davidson has announced a significant funding boost today for kaupapa Māori approaches that support whānau into housing. $24.7 million will be allocated to support the delivery of He Ara Hiki Mauri – a tangata whenua-led response to homelessness. “Homelessness is not inevitable. By working ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland barrister David Gary Johnstone has been appointed a judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Johnstone graduated from the University of Auckland in 1991 with a BCom/LLB(Hons), and joined Bell Gully as a solicitor, practising in general commercial litigation. During 1993 and 1994 he studied at the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • MAIHI Whare Wananga celebrates innovative approach to Maori Housing
    New Maori Housing dashboard for better data sharing and better outcomes New development training programme to grow sector capability Associate Minister of Housing (Maori Housing) Peeni Henare today attended the annual MAIHI Whare Wananga hosted by Toitu Tairawhiti Housing Limited in Kaiti.   “Our MAIHI Whare Wananga is an opportunity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility a step closer for Gisborne
    Health Minister Andrew Little was at Gisborne Hospital today to mark the next step of Te Tairāwhiti’s new Te Whare Awhiora mental health facility build. The Health Minister turned a sod to mark the start of groundworks at the site, in preparation for the placement of a mauri stone. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More rural broadband for regional communities
      New contracts will improve around 30,000 broadband connections in rural homes and communities Govt on track to see 99.8% of all New Zealanders receive access to improved broadband as a result of various connectivity programmes by the end of 2023, including those targeting rural regions Applications open for one-off ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tauranga region to benefit from new funding and financing tool
    Tauranga will be the first region to use a new Government tool to raise funding for much-needed infrastructure. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be used to raise finance from private markets, which is then repaid via the levy on those who benefit from the infrastructure. The finance raised by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New committee established to drive better public health outcomes
    Some of the country’s most difficult health issues will be tackled by a newly established public health advisory committee, whose members have now been appointed. Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall says the new Public Health Advisory Committee will investigate and help address long-term health challenges facing Aotearoa. “We ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and sector back innovative regional and wool projects
    $2.17 million for new food and fibre ventures in Taranaki $2.24m to develop high-value, sustainable cashmere industry $233,000 to prototype an acoustic, knitted textile product from strong wool for high-end commercial and residential interiors.  $530 million co-invested with business through the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund  The Government closes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement on the death of Sir Murray Halberg
    New Zealand has lost one our true sporting icons with the passing of Sir Murray Halberg, Grant Robertson, Minister of Sport and Recreation said today. “Sir Murray was an extraordinary athlete. His gold medal in the 5000m at the Rome Olympic Games in 1960 has been immortalised as part of New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministerial talks in Canberra to progress trans-Tasman relationship
    The importance of cooperation in the Pacific to support the region’s recovery and resilience will be a focus of formal talks in Canberra tomorrow between the Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and her Australian counterpart Penny Wong. Nanaia Mahuta will meet Senator Wong for the second formal Foreign Ministers’ Consultations following ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Iwi and Government partnership delivers more rental homes for Pāpāmoa whānau
    Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) Peeni Henare attended the official opening of 10 new rental homes built for working whānau of Ngā Pōtiki ā Tamapahore in Pāpāmoa today. “The Bay of Plenty region is one of many regions facing significant housing challenges and this Government is taking action by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government investment to support growth of Māori businesses and jobs in the primary sector
    Total exports by Māori businesses have grown by 38% since 2017 to $872 million, with the majority from the food and fibre sector Launch of Rautaki mo te Taurikura action plan to support the continued growth of Māori food and fibre sector Support for Māori agribusiness innovation and workforce development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to address child abuse system failings
    The Government is adopting the majority of recommendations from an independent review into the actions of government agencies leading up to the death of 5-year-old Malachi Subecz, Minister for Children Kelvin Davis announced today. Following Malachi’s murder at the hands of his caregiver in 2021, Dame Karen Poutasi was appointed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More tools to help Police deal with fleeing drivers
    Increase the maximum driver licence disqualification period for a second offence of failing to stop or remain stopped, from 12 months to between 12 months and 24 months; Amend the Sentencing Act 2002 so that a vehicle can be forfeited on conviction for failing to stop. Offenders could have their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt books solid as global situation worsens
    The Crown accounts are in a solid position thanks to the Government’s careful financial management through a deteriorating global environment. For the four months to the end of October, the Operating Balance before Gains and Losses (OBEGAL) recorded a deficit of $2.8 billion, $274 million lower than forecast at Budget ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Expanded Dental Grants Available From Today
    ·       Increased Special Needs Grants for dental treatment are available to eligible New Zealanders available from today ·       New criteria means more Dental Treatment covered ·       People can now receive more than one grant in a year (any 52-week period), up to the maximum of $1,000 ·       Recent increases to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Exports tracking towards new record high growth
    Primary industry exports to reach new record high of $55 billion in 2023 Forecasts $2.9 billion higher than in June 2022 Tracking strongly towards a 4 per cent increase in the year ending June 2023, despite global downturn New Zealand’s record food and fibre export revenue is projected to reach ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New guidance for climate action at the local level
    The Government has released new guidance to support stronger links between New Zealand’s climate change goals, and local and regional planning. From today, it has become a legal requirement for local governments to consider the Government’s National Adaptation Plan and Emissions Reduction Plan when preparing or changing regional policy statements, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • World-first bedside blood test good for people, good for health system
    A single blood test that can diagnose heart attacks in minutes instead of hours, saving the health system millions of dollars and getting patients treated faster, is being rolled out in New Zealand hospitals, says Health Minister Andrew Little. “This research, led by emergency doctors at Christchurch Hospital, is ground-breaking,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New rongoā workstream announced alongside Therapeutic Products Bill
    A new workstream has been established within government to consider how rongoā might be protected in legislation. This comes as the Therapeutic Products Bill is introduced in Parliament today, Associate Minister for Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare said. “Under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Crown has an obligation to actively ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Therapeutic Products Bill introduced
    Legislation to modernise the way medicines, medical devices and natural health products are regulated has been introduced in Parliament today. The Therapeutic Products Bill replaces the Medicines Act 1981 and Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 with a comprehensive regulatory regime that is fit for the future. Health Minister Andrew Little said ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Climate Action Centre to support farmers maintain international edge
    New Climate Action Centre launched to support farmers reduce ag emissions through R&D investment 50:50 joint venture between Government and agribusiness to accelerate product development First Centre projects launched to get farmers the emissions reducing tools sooner Indicative funding commitment rising to $35 million per year by Joint venture partners, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Progress on firearms register and safety authority
    The launch today of a new firearms regulator to ensure the legitimate possession and use of firearms, and an online portal to apply for licences, marks a significant step towards modernisation and improvements in gun safety, Police Minister Chris Hipkins says.     Police is moving from being an administrator of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government sets out next steps for on-farm sequestration strategy
    Government to work with primary sector on developing a sequestration strategy Government confirms today it will bring all scientifically robust forms of sequestration into the Emissions Trading Scheme, starting from 2025. This will be done at full value, rather than at a discount, so farmers can realise the true potential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister concludes bilateral talks with Finnish PM
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin have concluded their first in person bilateral meeting in Auckland this morning. The Prime Ministers reiterated how their respective countries shared similar values and reflected on ways to further strengthen the relationship between New Zealand and Finland. “New Zealand and Finland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Plan to boost value & lift sustainability of NZ forestry sector
    Sector ITP to grow domestic processing and low-carbon wood products Grow the wood processing sector by 3.5 million cubic metres (25%) by 2030 Grow export earnings from value-added wood products by $600 million by 2040 Increase the use of domestic timber in construction by 25% by 2030 The Forestry and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supports more energy-saving projects to help more Kiwis save money
    17 community energy-saving education projects share $1.7 million Builds on success of previous Government projects that have supported more than 13,000 households and 440 energy education events with more than 80,000 LEDs distributed Helping households to reduce their energy bills and make their homes warmer and more energy-efficient, is the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt funds new 80-bed mental health unit for Canterbury
    The Government has granted final approval for a new 80-bed acute mental health facility at the Hillmorton Hospital campus, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This is the second stage of Hillmorton’s major infrastructure redevelopment programme and is one of the largest investments ever made in New Zealand’s mental health infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Māori education momentum rolls on with new wharekura
    A new Year 1-13 wharekura will extend Māori Medium Education into Porirua West from 2027, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. “The establishment of Te Kākā Kura o Ngāti Toa Rangatira will over time provide a local option for up to 200 tamariki and rangatahi on the western side ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Easing administrative burden on farmers through new integrated farm planning projects
    37 new investments to simplify planning and reduce paperwork for farmers and growers Targeted projects for Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui, West Coast, Canterbury, and Otago Resources, a digital wallet and template tools to help farmers develop and integrate their farm planning. The Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Commerce Commission Chair appointed
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Dr David Clark has today announced the appointment of Dr John Small as the new Chair of the Commerce Commission. “Dr Small has made a valuable contribution to a broad range of the Commission’s work in his roles as associate member and member, which he ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Realising housing dreams for the Kāpiti Coast
    Much needed public housing is on the way for the Kāpiti Coast thanks to the Government’s purchase of a large vacant plot of land at 59-69 Raumati Road in Raumati Beach. “This purchase will ultimately mean more families have a place to call home and demonstrates our commitment to resolving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago