web analytics

How to spot fascism

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 pm, May 23rd, 2013 - 95 comments
Categories: law and "order", Spying - Tags:

This. This is fascism. This is fascism published by our national newspaper.

Note the lack of logic. Giving spies the powers that they have in the States could prevent the kind of terrorism that just happened … in the States.

Note the complete faith in those with power. “if you have nothing to hide from the GCSB, then you have nothing to fear.” Do people actually say that and mean it? Yes, fascists do.

Note the support for disproportionate state power. Given the very unlikely odds of a terrorist plot in New Zealand and the very small chance that GCSB surveillance of New Zealanders could stop it, the power to spy on us all is justified.

Aaron Lim is a fascist. My great joy is that every single one of the 78 comments tells him where to stick his fascism.

Aaron Lim, take your fascism and fuck off.

New Zealand Herald, you’re a fucken disgrace for publishing fascist shit.

95 comments on “How to spot fascism ”

  1. Paul 1

    “Aaron Lim completed his master’s thesis on strategic studies. He has worked as an analyst for the NZ Army and as online manager, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. He has also worked for stock-market operator NZX and as a journalist.”
    Well if this is his standard of journalism, he should reapply for his other jobs.
    As a friend of the bankers.
    Zetetic, have you considered writing a letter questioning the Herald on why we haven’t had a headline yet entitled ‘Democracy under attack.’

    • Murray Olsen 1.1

      He can go along with this because deep in the reptilian part of his brain, he thinks he’ll always be one of the ones doing the spying. The higher parts of his brain just don’t work. He could well be a GCSB agent already.

      • Sosoo 1.1.1

        I wouldn’t worry. He’s being mercilessly mocked in the comment to that article.

        They’ll give a Masters degree to anyone with money these days. Even lprent has one. 😉

        • Pascal's bookie 1.1.1.1

          He’s also written a novel, (available on Amazon for a dollar):

          http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1301/S00079/book-release-unholy-wars-book-one-by-aaron-lim.htm

          But something far worse than al-Qaeda has awakened in Baghdad. Something ancient. Older than Islam or Christianity.

          Something terrible enough to force elite US Delta Force soldiers and ruthless al-Qaeda terrorists to fight together, back to back.

          In Iraq, Ryan Jackson will learn that superstition is merely a name the ignorant give to their ignorance. And there in the real war on terror, there are things worse than al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

          Bridging the gap between military and horror/fantasy genres, UnHoly Wars Book One takes the reader from Auckland to Baghdad, weaving in alternative accounts of current events, including the recent earthquake in Christchurch.

          Yeah, I’ll get right on that. The lead character’s name? “Ryan Jackson”. I guess Jack Ryanson just sounded silly.

          • Sosoo 1.1.1.1.1

            /lol to the max

            Could be much worse:

            /is horrified at the existence of that genre

            • Pascal's bookie 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Yeah, I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing, the Jack Ryan ripoff, or the ‘ChCh earthquake let’s just shove that in there’ move.

              Now I’ve not read the book, it may well be pure awesome and the defining work of its kind, but I just don’t care to bridge the gap between military and horror/fantasy.

              I’d even go so far as to say that I like that gap.

              Pretty sure that the ancient thing awakened in Baghdad will be demonic or alien or who cares actually.

              Point is: “Older than Islam or Christianity”? Careful now.

              • Colonial Viper

                Abrahmanic religions aren’t the oldest belief systems around, by a long shot.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  umm, no shit?

                • felix

                  lolz, I think Pb is wondering if Lim harbours a deep dark fear of another well known Abrahamic religion, one that’s older than Islam or Christianity.

                  He wouldn’t be the first fascist to do so.

          • Murray Olsen 1.1.1.1.2

            Thanks for the laugh, Pb.

          • Populuxe1 1.1.1.1.3

            Is it Judaeism?

          • mac1 1.1.1.1.4

            It’s all been said before- “The Second Coming” by WB Yeats which ends:

            “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
            Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

            We’re thirteen years overdue, according to Yeats’ 2000 year cycle.

    • Pete 1.2

      After a quick look on Proquest and on Academic OneFile, I can only find material Lim worked on as a journalist for Fairfax – mainly on financial issues, but he was hawkish on Afghanistan. He apparently completed his thesis at Otago, but I couldn’t find it on the electronic archive of theses there.

      No Aaron Lim from New Zealand is listed on Linkedin, nor on academia.edu, so I don’t think he’s built up the reputation to be a credible analyst of security issues like this.

      • kiwicommie 1.2.1

        He is a useful idiot:

        Useful idiot

        In political jargon, useful idiot is a pejorative term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they do not understand, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.

        The term has been used to refer to Soviet sympathizers in Western countries. The implication was that, although the people in question naïvely thought of themselves as an ally of the Soviet Union, they were actually held in contempt and were being cynically used. The use of the term in political discourse has since been extended to other propagandists, especially those who are seen to unwittingly support a malignant cause which they naïvely believe to be a force for good.[1]

        • Paul 1.2.1.1

          There’s no shortage of useful idiots around to do the banksters business.
          Here’s another one. ..Stephen Berry, who has set up the new affordable council group and who prominently displays Ayn Rand on his website.

          • kiwicommie 1.2.1.1.1

            I recommend you read Ayn Rand’s Anthem, it is short, yet it pretty much includes all the neo-liberal crap spouted all the time. Objectivism has already been debunked by plenty of academics, it has a cult following though; and it can be very easy to fall under her spell, if you don’t read other philosophers and economists that disagree with her narrow world view. Her condemnation of altruism is outright bizarre, especially considering what we now know about human genetics and human nature i.e. altruism is genetic and part of human nature, you can’t just switch off irrational desires and instincts, or be ‘be rational’ all the time.

            • Ugly Truth 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Human nature isn’t much to look up to. Cicero’s homo humanus was a simple division between Romans and non-Roman “barbarians”. Of coure Rome could be just as barbaric as any other group. What really set them apart was Rome’s emporer-pontiff, a supposedly divine or semi-divine figure to rule over them.

  2. tc 2

    The gloves are off now it’s go for broke from shonkey and his cabinet dealing room of corrupt cohorts…..bend over NZ it’s time for your second term dose.

  3. Populuxe1 3

    Authoritarian? Yes. Dorky? Certainly. Undesirable? Very much so. Fascist? No, or at least the fluffiest, lightest Fascism Lite I’ve ever heard about.

    “Given the very unlikely odds of a terrorist plot in New Zealand…”
    Aside from Neil Roberts trying to blow up the Whanganui police computer in 1982, and the blowing up of the Rainbow Warrior in 1985 (yes, I know, France, but it would have been nice to have picked up on them in theheart of Greenpeace). Pretty sure many countries never expected some of their own Muslim citizens to radicalise. But basically the terrorism angle is a red herring because you’re ignoring the near certainty we have New Zealand citizens reporting to intelligence agencies in China, North Korea, Israel, and elsewhere.

    In principle I agree with you up to a point, but the way you frame the argument is disingenious and somewhat hysterical. Of course there will be internal threats, it’s downright stupid to suggest otherwise. It suffices to say that regardless, the liberty and privacy of New Zealand citizens should not be impinged on without good cause, and the police in most cases can manage that on their own.

    • Clockie 3.1

      “It suffices to say that regardless, the liberty and privacy of New Zealand citizens should not be impinged on without good cause, and the police in most cases can manage that on their own.”

      Did you mean to say that the police can manage on their own to infringe on the liberty and privacy of NZ citizens or was that a Freudian slip? 🙂

      • North 3.1.1

        Lovely spotting there Clockie !

      • Populuxe1 3.1.2

        It was a very dry and subtle drollery – though of course the powers of the police are sufficient in most instances without involving the GCSB.

  4. freedom 4

    why do those demanding secrecy, scream the loudest against privacy ?

    • Populuxe1 4.1

      To be absolutely realistic, though, where is it enshrined that privacy is a human right? Perhaps it should be.

      • McFlock 4.1.1

        In the freedoms of speech, religion and association, to name three. Might not feel able to do those if a stranger is watching 24/7.

        • Populuxe1 4.1.1.1

          Tacit, perhaps, but not implicit

          • McFlock 4.1.1.1.1

            I’d say that privacy is to those rights listed in e.g. the BoRA or UN Declaration as breathing is to life.

            • TheContrarian 4.1.1.1.1.1

              I didn’t think you were a fan of the Freedom to Associate, McFlock. I remember having a long discussion with you wherein you were quite put out about voluntary union membership.

              • ghostrider888

                ‘totalitarian’ is todays word; brought to you by the fearful everywhere. 😀 (oh, and OAK).

              • Colonial Viper

                wherein you were quite put out about voluntary union membership.

                No problem whatsoever if workers have a range of choices of which employers they can choose to work for.

                • TheContrarian

                  I have never joined a union and enjoy being able to choose to join or not as the case may be.

                  • McFlock

                    That’s nice.

                    I’d like to not associate with people who will take the benefits of union membership without paying or working for them. Sadly, I don’t have that freedom.

                    Feel free to leave me a message at open mike if you want to continue that debate.

                    • TheContrarian

                      Na, that debate went for 3 days which I reckon is long enough

                      (not that there is much to debate. You either want to uphold the Bill of Rights or not)

                    • McFlock

                      Lol

          • Frank Macskasy 4.1.1.1.2

            Are we at a stage where it needs to be spelled out?!

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    Text of the Reichstag Fire Decree as approved by Hitler; the issue of this decree can be seen as the death of democracy in Germany prior to WWII:

    On the basis of Article 48 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the German Reich, the following is ordered in defense against Communist state-endangering acts of violence:

    § 1. Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom [habeas corpus], freedom of (opinion) expression, including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Warrants for House searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

  6. TheContrarian 6

    NZ is not even close to being fascist.

    • Kevin Welsh 6.1

      I have a picture on my computer of a long column of Star Wars Stormtroopers marching down a city street with people watching from either side.The caption says: “Fascism, you really think it will be this obvious?”

      I like to look at it regularly to remind myself how easily the population can be manipulated through the media.

      • Populuxe1 6.1.1

        It was pretty fucking obvious to those European Jews who managed to flee to the States.

        • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1

          A lot of those were people of means who had contacts high up in German government or business and received early warnings of what was happening.

          Most people chose to disbelieve the rumours they heard. You know, as conspiracy theories.

          • Populuxe1 6.1.1.1.1

            I suggest you read Clive James’ Cultural Amnesia – it give an reasonable overview about who knew what and when. From there you can go to various German and Austrian authors of the time. Victor Klemperer’s diaries are quite good. Some believed it. Some didn’t. It was, however, out in the air and people were talking about it.

        • McFlock 6.1.1.2

          Not the ones who voted for hit1er.

    • September 6.2

      No crying when the authorities bust into your home and harass you for looking “suspect”. Oh wait..

      • Populuxe1 6.2.1

        No crying if you end up at gunpoint in a home invasion while someone rifles through your valuables and threatens to rape the wife and kids… Oh wait….

        • Murray Olsen 6.2.1.1

          What on earth does that have to do with giving arbitrary powers to the security agencies?

          • McFlock 6.2.1.1.1

            Mission creep already – from terrorism that has killed a couple of people in forty years to recording audio from everyone’s phones just in case they’re being home-invaded right now.

            As if every other power given to police and security services hasn’t been stretched to (and sometimes beyond, as recent reports show) breaking point.

            If you have nothing to hide, all you have to fear is a desktop investigator whose performance evaluation depends on investigative “results”.

        • September 6.2.1.2

          Sorry, inappropriate inside joke. Can i get you a tissue? oh wait…

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.2.1.3

          Yes, Pop, because violence is much less common in totalitarian surveillance states, isn’t it! No, wait…

          • Populuxe1 6.2.1.3.1

            Not less common, but certainly more organised. WHat’s teh crime rate in Singapore again?

            • McFlock 6.2.1.3.1.1

              Including homosexual acts?

            • KJT 6.2.1.3.1.2

              Like Queensland in the Peterson days.

              The locals used to joke that the crime rate was low, because all the crims were in the police force. 🙂

    • Populuxe1 6.3

      I can only regard this entire post as some sort recursive Godwin’s Law loop that like a quantum wormhole closes before it has even opened.

      • muzza 6.3.1

        Pop were you trying to make up for the *Godwin own goal* you managed to score, which CV picked you up on a few days back?

        Go get that rifle you talked so big about, use it to defend yourself….but not until after you have had all the shots (all of them), and a voluntary cavity search from the GCSB, actually make it a double!

        Don’t be scared of the player, be scared of the game, and its controllers

        • Populuxe1 6.3.1.1

          Being scared of bogeymen is likely to result in arrested emotional development

          • ghostrider888 6.3.1.1.1

            “a national security state…is however exactly what New Zealand needs”.??? Now, you Could make this sh*t up!

      • @ Populuxel – “Godwin’s Law ” does not mean we should ignore the entire first half of the 20th Century.

    • felix 6.4

      “NZ is not even close to being fascist.”

      Curious response to a post that said nothing of the sort.

      • TheContrarian 6.4.1

        I was drunk. Didn’t read it properly.

        • September 6.4.1.1

          Must be your default setting.

          • TheContrarian 6.4.1.1.1

            Well, I do enjoy a snifter of port in the evenings.

            • Colonial Viper 6.4.1.1.1.1

              In that case, my evening started at 4pm.

              edit – with just a dram of Chivas Regal…

            • felix 6.4.1.1.1.2

              So do I. Although by “evening” I mean “morning”, by “snifter” I mean “huge pile” and by “port” I mean “heroin”.

    • prism 6.5

      How close before we can measure it Contrarian – and what are the signs we should look for?

    • Ever lived in a Police state, Contrarian?

  7. You will find that the vital ingredient for fascism is missing in NZ, that is a rampant working class capable of taking power. Fascism arose in Europe to stop the Bolshevik revolution spreading throughout Europe. Fascism is the last resort of the ruling class to keep hold of power. Its purpose is to smash the working class physically by mobilising fascist gangs in the ruined middle class and lumpen elements of the working class to attack workers organisations and their neighbourhoods. All the other stuff accompanying it, is such as abolition of legal rights, wars etc are not specific to fascism as such. NZ has some way to go before the ruling class is forced to resort to open fascist measures. That’s not to say the potential is not here when the conditions are right.

    • Murray Olsen 7.1

      It also doesn’t hurt to know the people who would be promoting it and smoothing the way for it. The jackbooted thugs of Nazi Germany didn’t suddenly develop their full blown thuggish instincts the day after the Reichstag burned down.
      What you say also doesn’t mean that some pretty nasty stuff can’t happen anyway, and should be fought against, without meeting the historical standards of fascism as they applied in Europe. I actually see the closest our regime getting to this as being in its attitude to anti-drilling and mining protestors. An organised socialist/environmental movement which stops them from destroying the planet in a futile attempt to prop up their failed system also gets them slightly annoyed.

    • muzza 7.2

      Too much old schoold thinking happening there, RR.

      These days the jack boot thugs, hide behind technology, various industry/fields!

      The world is controlled primarily by the following

      1: Finance/Banking
      2: Military Industrial Complex/Intelligence Services

      Those two alone, but primarily #1 cover off the branches which rely on the funding, to propagate the fasci*m, you feel does not exist in little old NZ – Control the funding/monetary flows, control the world

      Its a global game, NZ does not sit outside the perimeter of the tenticles that dominate all facets of current day life, and has been part of the *grid* for decades already!

      In short the ingredient you refer exists, its just that people have been conditioned not to understand the danger!

      • red rattler 7.2.1

        @ Muzza, you describe fascism as state monopoly capitalism that has been around since at least WW1. By definition finance capital is a fusion of finance and the state. Fascism is a creature of State Monopoly Capitalism but is not reduced to it. It is a political/social movement of the streets in which the state having lost its legitimacy is forced to mobilise petty bourgeois and lumpen street fighters directly to smash the workers movement. It usually only appears when the ruling class has lost legitimacy and parliament, laws, police, army (split between ranks and officers) can no longer maintain social order.

        @Murray, I agree that proto-fascist forces exist wherever there is a capitalist crisis. But before it becomes a full blown movement, the capitalist regime must exhaust all democratic, parliamentary and legal means of controlling the workers movement. In fact I would say that it is because the workers movement in a crisis will fight to the point of overthrowing the capitalist state, that fascism is inevitable in the global crisis we face. I agree with you that this crisis combines economic destruction with ecological collapse and will lead to a showdown. And just as it means the capitalist must shift gear to mobilise street fighters to smash the most militant workers, it also means that workers have to prepare and organise to smash them first.

  8. Jenny 8

    Fight creeping fascism.

    Senior police praise the officer who planting evidence against Arthur Allen Thomas.
    The force covered up for Rickard and and his rapist mates for years.
    The police force still refuse to reveal the identify of the officers who beat the clowns in 1981, to avoid them being charged.

    Law breaking by the GCSB is legalised.

    Faceless armed thugs detain innocent citizens at gun point.

    Law breaking by the police is ignored.

    Anti protest laws are rushed through parliament.

    Unfortunately for our democracy, the traffic has all been one way. Leading into a dead end street with no easy way of return.

    • A tax embargo and common law courts.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.1.1

        What a practical suggestion. You first.

        • Ugly Truth 8.1.1.1

          The common law court was called the hundred, but there were also courts of twenty of fifty. The purpose of the court was to resolve conflict. The role of truth was central to the process, unlike civil courts which can make extensive use of legal fictions.

          http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oath%20helper

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.1.1.1.1

            🙄

            Why don’t you leave the legal advice to people who know what the fuck they’re talking about?

            • Ugly Truth 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Why don’t you go drink a tall glass of STFU, One Anonymous Knuckledragger?

              Here’s the last of the argument from kiwiblog:

              AG: The etymology you provide perfectly encapsulates the way the term is used in public law parlance.

              UT: No, affability/kindness doesn’t describe an implicit bargain, and it doesn’t describe the indulgence of unlawful behaviour between those who are supposed to administer justice and those who are supposed to represent the interests of the body politic.

              Here’s the etymology that I provided:
              comity (n.)
              early 15c., “association,” from French comité, from Latin comitas “courtesy, friendliness, kindness, affability,” from comis “courteous, friendly, kind,” of uncertain origin. Meaning “courtesy” in English is from 1540s. Phrase comity of nations attested from 1862: “The obligation recognized by civilized nations to respect each other’s laws and usages as far as their separate interests allow.”

              Comitas I kom:ld:ls I . Lat. Courtesy; civility; comity. An indulgence or favor granted another nation, as a mere matter of indulgence, without any claim of right made. Comitas inter communitates; or comitas inter gentes; comity between communities or nations; comity of nations.

              And here’s his original description:
              “Our constitutional arrangements work on an implicit bargain – the principle of comity – that the Courts and Parliament don’t mess with each other’s turf. I think that bargain just got broken.”

              http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/05/geddis_cries_foul.html#comment-1145022

  9. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 9

    Isn’t throwing around the F-bomb a bit undergradical?

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Government powers should be exercised as transparently as possible and with a high degree of judicial oversight. Any time Government steps away in the opposite direction to that should ring alarm bells.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.2

      Devalued by overuse it nonetheless has a definition. Do Lim’s proposals meet that definition? I tend to think they’re more totalitarian than fascist, but it’s a fine line.

  10. Sanctuary 10

    I don’t want to be picky, but having a picture of foot crushing fascism would be more convincing and less ironic if the shoe wasn’t clearly an uber-hip converse sneaker.

  11. Pete 11

    Fascist state? No. Feijoa republic? Maybe.

  12. New Zealand is just a small part of this globalized plutocratic economy:

    The One Percent is not only increasing their share of wealth — they’re using it to spread millions among political candidates who serve their interests. Example: Goldman Sachs, which gave more money than any other major American corporation to Barack Obama in 2008, is switching alliances this year; their employees have given $900,000 both to Mitt Romney’s campaign and to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future. Why? Because, says the Wall Street Journal, the Goldman Sachs gang felt betrayed by President Obama’s modest attempts at financial reform.

    Moyers & Company Show 141:Plutocracy Rising

  13. vto 13

    What are the benefits of fascism?

    • The “benefits” of fascism? Oh, heaps – the ‘benefits’ are to die for.

    • kiwicommie 13.2

      A fusion of state and corporate power i.e. businesses and government have a close relationship, those that disagree with the status quo can be rounded up and imprisoned, little political freedom for those without wealth and political influence in the oligarchy.

  14. Getting back on topic… it’s a shame I couldn’t have taken Mr Lim back to my parent’s homeland in Eastern Europe, pre-1989. I could’ve shown him what it’s like to live in a country that was heavily surveilled; ID booklets (not cards – booklets – like our old driver’s licenses); and police stations were guarded 24/7 by armed police at the main door. Where political jokes were common (and bloody good ones!) – but you had to be careful who was listening.

    Where a cop could bail you up for any reason, any time…

    Oh, wait…

    As for whether we’re a fascist state yet?

    My view is it’s not simply what the government does – it’s the fear that it generates in the populace (or a section of it) that defines how autocratic/authoritarian a government is.

    Maybe we’re not a full-fledged, boot-stomping, Big Brother Watching police state just yet.

    But by god, some of what I’m witnessing is scarily familiar.

    And what’s truly frightening is that so many New Zealanders think it’s all ok…

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Next steps for Christchurch Hospital campus redevelopment
    Canterbury DHB will be better placed to respond to future demand for services and continue to deliver high quality care, with the next stage of the campus redevelopment programme confirmed, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Government has approved $154 million in funding for the construction of a third tower ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Five Power Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers’ Joint Statement
    The Defence Ministers from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and United Kingdom reaffirmed their nations’ continued commitment to the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA), and commended the achievements over the past 49 years as the FPDA moves towards its 50th Anniversary in 2021.  The Ministers recognised the FPDA’s significant role ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding protects health of Hawke’s Bay waterways
    A joint Government and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council project will invest $4.2 million to protect local waterways, enhance biodiversity and employ local people, Environment Minister David Parker announced today.   Over two years, the Hāpara Takatū Jobs for Nature project will fence 195km of private land to exclude stock from vulnerable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Year border exception for seasonal workers in the horticulture and wine industries
    2000 additional RSE workers to enter New Zealand early next year employers must pay these workers at least $22.10 an hour employers will cover costs of managed isolation for the RSE workers RSE workers will be paid the equivalent of 30 hours work a week while in isolation From January ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government increases support for New Zealanders to work in seasonal jobs
    The Government is offering further financial support for unemployed New Zealanders to take on seasonal work. These new incentives include: Up to $200 per week for accommodation costs $1000 incentive payment for workers who complete jobs of six weeks or longer increasing wet weather payments when people can’t work to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government receives Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mos...
    Minister for Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti has today received the Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques, and will table it in Parliament on Tuesday December 8. “I know this will have been a challenging process for whānau, survivors and witnesses of the terrorist attack ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Government to declare a climate emergency
    The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today.                                       “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Call for urgent action on Pacific conservation
    A declaration on the urgency of the global biodiversity crisis and the need for immediate, transformative action in the Pacific was agreed at a pan-Pacific conference today. The 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas is taking place this week across the Pacific.  Minister of Conservation Kiritapu ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech from the throne
    E aku hoa i te ara o te whai, Kia kotahi tā tātou takahi i te kō, ko tōku whiwhi kei tō koutou tautoko mai. Ko tāku ki a koutou, hei whakapiki manawa mōku. He horomata rangatira te mahi, e rite ai te whiwhinga a te ringatuku, me te ringakape ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Keynote address to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand conference
    Speech to the CAANZ conference - November 19, 2020 Thank you, Greg, (Greg Haddon, MC) for the welcome. I’d like to acknowledge John Cuthbertson from CAANZ, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson, former fellow MP and former Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne, other guest speakers and CAANZ members. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Expert independent advisory group appointed to strengthen the future of Māori broadcasting
    A panel of seven experts are adding their support to help shape the future of Māori broadcasting, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has announced today. “Today I will meet with some of the most experienced Māori broadcasters, commentators and practitioners in the field. They have practical insights on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to review housing settings
    New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus is on improving access to the housing market for first home buyers and ensuring house price growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Crown accounts reflect Govt’s careful economic management
    The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance before gains and losses, or OBEGAL, was in deficit. However that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Community launch marks next step in addressing racism in education
    The launch of Te Hurihanganui in Porirua today is another important milestone in the work needed to address racism in the education system and improve outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Budget 2019 included $42 million over three years to put Te Hurihanganui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations
    The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to Wakatū Nelson regional hui on trade
    First, I want to express my thanks to Te Taumata for this hui and for all the fantastic work you are doing for Māori in the trade space. In the short time that you’ve been operating you’ve already contributed an enormous amount to the conversation, and developed impressive networks.  I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to Primary Industries Summit
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the significant contribution the food and fibres sector makes to New Zealand and how this Government is supporting that effort. I’d like to start by acknowledging our co-Chairs, Terry Copeland and Mavis Mullins, my colleague, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Fast track referrals will speed up recovery and boost jobs and home building
    The Government is taking action to increase jobs, speed up the economic recovery and build houses by putting three more projects through its fast track approval process. “It’s great to see that the fast-track consenting process is working. Today we have referred a mix of potential projects that, if approved, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings
    A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings. The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Revival of Māori Horticulturists
    The rapid revival of Māori horticulture was unmistakeable at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards, with 2020 marking the first time this iconic Māori farming event was dedicated to horticulture enterprises. Congratulating finalists at the Awards, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said growing large-scale māra kai is part of Māori DNA. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Emergency benefit to help temporary visa holders
    From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies
    Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Farmer-led projects to improve water health in Canterbury and Otago
    More than $6 million will be spent on helping farmers improve the health of rivers, wetlands, and habitat biodiversity in Canterbury and Otago, as well as improving long-term land management practices, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Four farmer-led catchment group Jobs for Nature projects have between allocated between $176,000 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tupu Aotearoa continues expansion to Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman & Northl...
    Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman and Northland will benefit from the expansion of the Tupu Aotearoa programme announced today by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. The programme provides sustainable employment and education pathways and will be delivered in partnership with three providers in Northland and two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New primary school and classrooms for 1,200 students in South Island
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled major school building projects across the South Island during a visit to Waimea College in Nelson today. It’s part of the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “Investments like this gives the construction industry certainty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister of Māori Development pays tribute to Rudy Taylor
      Today the Minister of Māori Development, alongside other Government Ministers and MP’s said their final farewells to Nga Puhi Leader Rudy Taylor.  “Rudy dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori, and his strong approach was always from the ground up, grassroots, sincere and unfaltering”  “Over the past few ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister to attend APEC Leaders’ Summit
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and associated events virtually today and tomorrow. “In a world where we cannot travel due to COVID-19, continuing close collaboration with our regional partners is key to accelerating New Zealand’s economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “There is wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Infrastructure NZ Symposium
    Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pike River 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Service
    Tēnei te mihi ki a tātau katoa e huihui nei i tēnei rā Ki a koutou ngā whānau o te hunga kua riro i kōnei – he mihi aroha ki a koutou Ki te hapori whānui – tēnā koutou Ki ngā tāngata whenua – tēnā koutou Ki ngā mate, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Huge investment in new and upgraded classrooms to boost construction jobs
    Around 7,500 students are set to benefit from the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “The election delivered a clear mandate to accelerate our economic recovery and build back better. That’s why we are prioritising construction projects in schools so more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Keeping Pike River Mine promises 10 years on
    Ten years after the Pike River Mine tragedy in which 29 men lost their lives while at work, a commemorative service at Parliament has honoured them and their legacy of ensuring all New Zealand workplaces are safe. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the event, along with representatives of the Pike ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers
    New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These strengthened rules – to apply to all international airports and ports – build on the mandatory testing orders we’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More public housing delivered in Auckland
    The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods. The Thom Street development replaces 16 houses built in the 1940s, with brand new fit-for-purpose public housing that is in high ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines
    The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. “This agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will leave a conservation legacy for Waikanae awa
    Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The new funding will give a four-year boost to the restoration of the Waikanae awa, and is specifically focussed on restoration through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Dunedin Hospital project progresses to next stage
    As the new Dunedin Hospital project progresses, the Government is changing the oversight group to provide more technical input, ensure continued local representation, and to make sure lessons learnt from Dunedin benefit other health infrastructure projects around the country. Concept design approval and the release of a tender for early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Jump in apprentice and trainee numbers
    The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • ReBuilding Nations Symposium 2020 (Infrastructure NZ Conference opening session)
    Tena koutou katoa and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. Can I acknowledge Ngarimu Blair, Ngati Whatua, and Mayor Phil Goff for the welcome. Before I start with my substantive comments, I do want to acknowledge the hard work it has taken by everyone to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand's biosecurity champions honoured
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners of the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. “These are the people and organisations who go above and beyond to protect Aotearoa from pests and disease to ensure our unique way of life is sustained for future generations,” Damien O’Connor says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago