ILG Goes

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, July 22nd, 2020 - 110 comments
Categories: accountability, Deep stuff, election 2020, iain lees galloway, labour, Media, Politics - Tags: , ,

It appears that the Immigration Minister Iain Lees Galloway has resigned.

This follows Judith Collins’ indiscreet leaking to the media this morning of a claim that a Labour Party Minister had been accused of  inappropriate behaviour.

More as it comes …

UPDATE: Jacinda Ardern confirms that she has sacked Iain Lees Galloway. He was involved in a consensual relationship with a former staffer. He will not stand at the next election.

UPDATE: Statement from Iain Lees Galloway:

“I accept the Prime Minister’s decision and apologise absolutely. I have acted completely inappropriately in my position and can not continue as a Minister.

I have apologised to my family for letting them down. Please appreciate their privacy. I also apologise to anyone who has been hurt by my actions.”

 

110 comments on “ILG Goes ”

  1. james 1

    not resigned – sacked.

    • Mr Nobody 1.1

      No Jacinda sacked him as a Minister however as reported by Stuff "Ardern left it up to Lees-Galloway to decide whether or not to run again in the September 19 election"

  2. Enough is Enough 2

    What is wrong with consensual sex?

    • JohnP 2.1

      With someone who worked under him in a Govt agency, who is not his wife? Yeah, that's not good.

      • Enough is Enough 2.1.1

        Not good -but having an affair with someone you work with is not unheard of and certainly not a sacking office.

        Can I introduce you to the late great David Lange?

        • gsays 2.1.1.1

          As Minister of Workplace Relations (or something like that) makes it worse.

          Power imbalance etc.

          • Just Is 2.1.1.1.1

            Gsays, If Galloway hadn't held that particular portfolio of "Workplace Relations" he would not have been sacked, Ardern stressed that because of the resposibiliries to that portfolio his position was untenable, it's not condoning his behaviour, its about the employer hierarchy

            Had he been minister for Transport for instance, he would have been able to keep his job as it wouldn't have reflected on that position, not taking anything away from the fact that the Behavior was unbecoming of an elected official, but unfortunately, becoming more common

            Didn't [Deleted. No gossip, thanks. TRP] have an extra marital relationship, no one asked him to step down, at least no one in Parliament

        • Andre 2.1.1.2

          “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” MLK

          Some things that could be gotten away with decades ago can't be gotten away with now. And that's a good thing.

          • Enough is Enough 2.1.1.2.1

            In my opinion an affair is not a sackable offence. I fear that Jacinda has been backed into this decision by the right wing allegations that she is weak.

            Collins dirty strategy has worked perfectly. She has a scalp which is not deserved.

            • rockape 2.1.1.2.1.1

              [Deleted. There’s no evidence supporting your claim, at this point. TRP]

              • Louis

                That's just your assumption, there's no evidence of that.

              • Matthew Whitehead

                My understanding from the PM was that the person was a former staffer who had moved on to one of the departments ILG was responsible for before the affair started?

                It's still inappropriate and the PM has said it involved inappropriate judgement calls subsequently, but if my understanding is correct that's not as obviously bad as what you’ve suggested. 😐

                (Self-edited along with TRP’s mod decision to avoid repeating the allegation)

            • Chris 2.1.1.2.1.2

              If Ardern hadn't acted she'd be seen as condoning a widespread but seldom talked culture with parliament.

            • Gabby 2.1.1.2.1.3

              I'm surprised he summoned the energy.

          • Treetop 2.1.1.2.2

            But what if a person still has severe mental consequences because of how matters were treated decades ago?

            There is no where to go. A psychologist can give an explanation but they are not able to do the legal stuff.

            ACC do not have a process for this, even though there is cover for mental injury. But if you need cover for at least 3-4 separate issues cover is then limited.

            Having to choose which issue you want covered is not validating the other issues which would have caused the same impact per issue..

          • KJT 2.1.1.2.3

            And some of the US style prurient poking into the private lives of consenting adults, is NOT a good thing. It is sinking to a new low.

            • Andre 2.1.1.2.3.1

              Seems to me the important line being correctly drawn here is the existence of the employment relationship mingled with the personal aspects.

              • KJT

                We don't really know that yet?

                Also I find the idea somewhat questionable that women automatically fall over for someone with greater power. Do women really have that little agency?

                Coercion by threatening their job, comfort or position sure. Instant dismissal should follow. But. If they simply liked each other?

                BTW I don't approve of cheating on your spouse. But. What degree of sainthood do we expect of representatives. We tolerate deliberately keeping 300 000 children in poverty to keep wages low. Which to me is infinitely worse. Politicians which allow that, in my book shouldn’t be in power.

        • Matthew Whitehead 2.1.1.3

          1) It's completely untenable for the Minister of Workplace Relations to leave themselves open to allegations of an improper relationship with someone he's responsible for and is a sacking offense given that it shows he does not believe in the policies he is required to implement on others. It's probably a demotion-to-backbencher-level offense for any other minister too, IMO, so long as there is an inappropriate power relationship or corrupt use of their ministerial powers.

          2) IMO if he has an affair but wasn't a "family values" campaigner or anything similar, it's none of our fucking business by default, but if it involves misconduct as a Minister, it comes into the public arena because of that conduct. The PM has been clear that this example involved ministerial misconduct, even if she hasn't revealed the gory details.

          (examples such as misappropriating public funds to hide the affair, not declaring a potential conflict of interest due to an intimate relationship, or behaving in a manner that demonstrates they are not fit to hold their portfolios would be the sorts of things I would look for)

    • He’s married to a lovely person, who is going to be doing it tough this morning.

      • Andre 2.2.1

        With zero knowledge of ILG's personal life (said lovely person may even be very open-minded about such things), is that kind of personal life issue that's unrelated to his job performance really grounds for sacking? Seems to me the job performance issue is that the other person involved is a former staffer.

        • te reo putake 2.2.1.1

          You are correct to say you have zero knowledge of ILG's personal life. It's probably best left at that.

          Any MP having an affair is showing poor judgement. The Minister responsible for NZ workplaces should know better than anyone what the boundaries are with work colleagues.

          • Just Is 2.2.1.1.1

            Excellent sumary TRP

          • bwaghorn 2.2.1.1.2

            Having an affair shows a complete lack of decency or respect to the spouse/ partner, and points to a failed moral compass.

            If your spouse isn't good enough for you ,do the right thing and leave before you fuck someone else .

            So hes no lose to labour

            • observer 2.2.1.1.2.1

              FDR, MLK, JFK, Bill Clinton, David Lange … even Nelson Mandela.

              Some losses there.

              This is NOT only about having an affair.

              • bwaghorn

                I bet the next minister who's eye gets caught by a bit of skirt will think twice .

                I know he didn't get sacked for cheating . He got sacked for being that fucking stupid he thought hed get away with it in his position.

                Hes to fucking dumb to be in politics.

    • Dennis Frank 2.3

      That it was with a public servant? That it was an affair? These are just impressions I got from listening to the PM. After all, she doesn't need to rationalise her decision, eh? If she loses confidence in a minister, she can just replace him/her, since that is the prime minister's prerogative.

      • I Feel Love 2.3.1

        Fair comment DF, & I agree. I just can't believe this is the sex scandal the RW are creaming themselves over, this is it? They really are a hypothetical lot, journalists included.

    • Muttonbird 2.4

      Indeed. The RW will feel uncomfortable about this.

      The rule you are looking for is, 'don't screw the crew'.

      • Tiger Mountain 2.4.1

        Or as a rural newspaper editor I know even more crudely put it …“You don’t get your meat where you get your bread…”

        The PM got it right here, Parliamentary and office affairs are common, but in 2020 are just not on when there is a likely power imbalance between the participants. Jacinda moved quickly, and while it is galling that Mrs Collins was involved–timing a coincidence anyone?–ha, thought not, it also illustrates exactly what she is made of in case anyone had forgotten–“pay it back double”.

    • Andre 2.5

      There appears to be imbalance of power issues, since the other participant is described as a former staffer. That's problematic, no matter how consensual it may have been or who initiated things.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 2.6

      It is all to do with whether the relationship involves a boss / worker relationship. Workplace romances are OK (if potentially unwise!) between colleagues, but not where one has authority over the other.

    • weka 2.7

      ILG wasn't sacked for an extra-marital affair. He was sacked because he had a sexual relationship with someone at work where there was a significant power imbalance due to his role as MP and Minister, and because as Minister for Workplace Relations it's a job requirement not to act in a way that is against good workplace relations.

      • Louis 2.7.1

        Exactly right Weka.

      • Shanreagh 2.7.2

        Not clear yet, to me, if this consensual relationship started while the person was still a staff member of ILG’s ministerial office staff or later when they were not a staff member.

        If while in office then not appropriate.

        If it started after the staff member had left his office or even the agency then I am not so sure that the same easy determined stance can be held. Outside of work after the staff member had left, then they are both individuals and it is not unknown for individuals no matter how they met, to have extra marital affairs.

        Of course it is unbecoming conduct but we would all be dreaming if we thought that politicians right across the house did not have extra marital afafirs from time to time. These often end in grief either for the spouse or the one who has had the affair.

        Power imbalance is drawing a long bow in my view. Advisers from govt depts are usually chosen obviously for their portfolio knowledge but more importantly their ability to 'front it' with a Minister, DPMC other parliamentary colleagues.

        They are not usually the shy retiring types who are easily put upon. In fact I don't think I came across anyone who would fit that moniker.

        Advisers spend long hours with their Ministers, they travel with them. Minsters rely heavily on them for portfolio advice, appt advice, to make the admin go smoothly so they can do their jobs and also to make sense of material relating to the portfolio that is either coming from the agency, from other depts via Cabinet papers and ministerials (letters from the public on portfolio matters)

        There are junior staff, employed by Ministerial services ie not coming from a Department these are often are young and could be put upon.

        The key point is he has lost the confidence of the PM.

        • weka 2.7.2.1

          The staffer worked in ILG's office. Ardern will almost certainly have details that aren't in the public domain (to protect the staffer).

          • Shanreagh 2.7.2.1.1

            Yes we know that.

            The point is when did this relationship start?

            For people espousing power imbalance scenario then this is a crucial point. If they met in the office but nothing was started until after the adviser left the office to return to dept or private life or wherever then people are drawing a long bow to say that there was a power imbalance, pressuring etc.

            If in private life ie outside the office while both are willing private individuals it is a plain old garden type extra-marital affair. Regrettable that these are.

      • Just Is 2.7.3

        Weka, another excellent summary.

        On the bright side, the opposition can no longer use ILG as a stick to beat the Govt with.

    • Sex or even an affair is not the issue!

      Jacinda explained very clearly, it was because of factors:

      – involving someone who was professionally connected, in an agency, with his ministerial role

      – the length of time- 12 months therefore goes to judgemnet

      It's not a moral judgement.

      Pretty simple really.

      Jacinda gave a master class in communication and decisive handling – unlike Judith Collins.

      When Jacinda received info, she gave it to Collins.

      When Collins got info she announced it on the AM Show.

      Simple really. One leader is a pro, the other leader is pure dirty dirty politic through and through and lacking the experience to handle well even for appearances sake.

      [mods, can you leave this one for me, thanks – weka]

      • weka 2.8.1

        mike, as you can see, your first words ended up in the name text box. This has been an issue for other commenters too. Can you please tell me what device, operating system and browser you used to comment?

        • Muttonbird 2.8.1.1

          Adding to that request as intermittently I have the same problem: Macbook, iOS 10.15.5, Safari.

          • weka 2.8.1.1.1

            ta.

            • Halfcrown 2.8.1.1.1.1

              I have the same issue with my Galaxy TAB A

              When I see this happening I delete it but then unable to get into the text box.

              I thought it was me

              Only post from my PC now.

            • Just Is 2.8.1.1.1.2

              Weka, I constantly have the same problem and am constantly deleting the type as it was added to the user name or email address.

              It used to be autofilled so you only needed to click the text box and start typing but quite often it has reverted to the end of the user name or email, as I'm aware, I tend to check the cursor is in the correct box.

              • weka

                what OS, device and browser are you using Just Is?

                Does the cursor start in the Name field every time?

    • JohnSelway 2.9

      Given that it is said it was 'inappropriate' I would hazard to guess there is more to it than mere consensual sex. Possibly caught getting funky in the office? I know I would be sacked if I were caught doing that in my place of work even if consensual

    • JohnSelway 2.10

      In her press briefing Ardern mentioned "improperly using his office" so my guess is sex in his office

      • McFlock 2.10.1

        um, no – "office" also can refer to his position as minister.

        Ardern emphasised the power dynamic and his role (office). Treating your job as a dating pool is improperly using that office.

  3. Muttonbird 3

    'A relationship with a former staffer which ended several months ago.'

    Does this mean National have sat on this and used it deliberately and specifically to detonate before the election? I suspect they didn't want to bring it out this early in their campaign but, needs must.

    • Robert Guyton 3.1

      Yes.

    • Mutton….no it is entirely a coincidental. How could you think such a thing?smiley

      One wonders if the Nats were going to use this much closer to the election but it became necessary to bring it out now. Jacinda had to sack him given his Workplace Relations ministerial responsibilities-not the best role model.

      Even so it is hardly comparable with sending porn to 4 (probably all young) ladies….. and counting.

    • Chris 3.3

      That's possible but not necessarily logical. The fact things ended months ago may simply have been part of the details passed on to Collins by the person who tipped her off. That said, there was something a week or so ago on slater's blog signalling a "sex scandal" within Labour being exposed shortly.

      The most plausible explanation of what's happened is that regardless of when Collins "found out" (news of the situation is likely to have been floating around for a while) Collins orchestrated the whole thing. That's what you can bet your house on, and now that Ardern's acted, Collins' involvement and behaviour should now be the focus.

      • Jilly Bee 3.3.1

        Wow, Chris my original thoughts were that I was pretty sure in my own mind that one Cam Slater has been at work again. It also seem fairly obvious that the AM Show's interview with Judith Collins by Duncan Garner was the equivalent of a 'patsy' at QT in Parliament.

  4. Treetop 4

    Down come the bill boards.

    As painful as this is for those involved, the matter will not fester for weeks, even though there will be some more discussion about it in the coming days in the public arena.

  5. gsays 5

    The rise and rise of William Wood?

    • Muttonbird 5.1

      After making his packed lunch, mum will have to drop him off at Parliament.

      • gsays 5.1.1

        Ignoring the ageism in yr reaction..

        I would take that over having been around so long that favours are 'owed' everywhere.

  6. Robert Guyton 6

    On the plus side – it's not salacious.

  7. mary_a 7

    Seems ILG had a 12 month consensual extra marital affair with a staffer. Although it's something I don't agree with in a committed relationship, people do it for reasons of their own and politicians are renowned for it.

    Unless of course, it was abuse of power on ILG's part, then that throws a totally different light on the issue.

    However I suspect Judith Collins is playing tit for tat here, or in other words Dirty Politics once more.

    • Chris 7.1

      Does this mean everyone at Parliament's now become fair game? I predict that the media will not be pleased with what Collins has done. There might be consequences for her she hasn't thought about.

      • observer 7.1.1

        I'm sure she has thought about it. It's from the USA Republican handbook. Doesn't matter if her own side is collateral damage, because they are already losing. The aim is to make voters say "both sides! all terrible! politics is bad!".

        Example right now: TV1 news opens with headline "Another one bites the dust …" – no nuance, so Lab = Nat, ILG = Falloon or Walker, Collins' job done.

        • Chris 7.1.1.1

          Yes, but if the media, particularly the press gallery, are riled that doesn't necessarily just mean collateral damage.

      • I Feel Love 7.1.2

        My thoughts too Chris, there's plenty of stories regarding politicians and journalists, partly why I figured it never comes out, "what goes on in parliament stays in parliament", can of worms maybe?

  8. KJT 8

    So! Apparently adult consensual relationship? Then no ones business but those involved.

    Not at all like repeatedly sending porno to a young person you have no relationship with.

    This is getting ridiculous. Similar to sacking someone for one silly comment from years ago. I wouldn't even advocate getting rid of a Nat for that.

    If we restrict being an MP to saints, there will be a very small pool.

    • I Feel Love 8.1

      Absolutely agree KJT, & I detest adultery, but I accept it happens, BFD, except for the families involved, & esp publicly like this, it's a pretty humiliating experience even when it's not front page news.

  9. Muttonbird 9

    Former Minister of Workplace Relations.

  10. Anne 10

    Oh the hypocrisy – it reeks.

    This has been going on since time immemorial. Prime-ministers, ministers and ordinary MPs on ALL sides of the House have been guilty of adultery – some of them on multiple occasions.

    No defence of ILG, but it is obvious this is a "they do it too" moment.

    Entering an extra marital consensual affair with someone does not equate with sending explicit sexual images to "young women" who have not consented to receive them.

    • tsmithfield 10.1

      I tend to agree. I think the issue here, though, is more to do with conflict of interest, and power imbalance etc.

      The problem is that the bar has been set now. So there are probably a lot of other politicians on both sides guilty of a similar offence who are feeling rather nervous right now.

      Might not be many left to vote for by the time we get to the election..

      • Anne 10.1.1

        Might not be many left to vote for by the time we get to the election..

        laugh

      • Enough is Enough 10.1.2

        Half of Parliament will be shitting themselves now if this is the standard they must live by.

        There are numerous rumors going around.

        Its been an unwritten rule for a long time that the media does not go there.

      • Marcus Morris 10.1.3

        My thoughts exactly. Roll on October.

    • Andre 10.2

      Correct that it's nowhere near as appalling as Falloon's behaviour. But it's still behaviour that I think should be unacceptable. Because of the 'staffer' part of the issue, not the adultery part of it.

      Now Ardern has drawn the line that it is unacceptable. So it's going to be that much harder to excuse that kind of thing in the future. Sure, the troglodyte side of the political aisle will take a while to catch up, but they will have to, eventually.

    • Just Is 10.3

      If the affair had have been with an individual outside of parliament then there would have been no reason to sack him, even though he was cheating on his wife.

      The press conference was firm and frank, given the portfolio Galloway held it was untenable to keep him on.

      Ardern was explicit about not applying a moral judgment to this, people have relationships with other people

    • Chris 10.4

      Collins and her black ops team of Laurel and Hardy will be frantically searching for much worse stuff.

      • mary_a 10.4.1

        @ Chris (10.4) … Collins/Slater team stoking up the dark arts again I'm picking.

    • KJT 10.5

      Agree. It is not even clear if a boss/staff relationship existed at the time.

  11. ianmac 11

    Iain was sacked from his portfolios. He resigned from standing at the next Election. He was not "sacked" from his position as MP.

    Extramarital sex is not a crime. But stupid in this case.

  12. observer 12

    Outstanding press conference from PM just now. Recommend watching in full.

    Clearly conveys reasons for dismissal, not just 'affair' but role as Minister.

    Rejects moralising hypotheticals (we all know that if infidelity = sacking then Parliament has mass exodus).

    Total contrast with Collins – she points to that without spelling it out, lets us draw obvious conclusion.

    And when asked about ILG's work, she highlights his achievements.

    We can all debate gov't policies, pros and cons, but not this: she is a classy human being.

  13. RedBaronCV 13

    Well the media can get over themselves and move on rapidly unless they plan to out every MP or worker around parliament who has or has had an extra relationship. They will need to hold the door open for the crowd.

    It's not smart from a personal or professional point of view.

    With respect to the employment balance of power – it is a factor that can't be over looked but and I'm sure someone here can help.

    Ministers don't directly employ so they cannot sack people or derail their careers as such? If there is a conflict or an incompatibility in the work relationship for any reason – to prevent ministers shafting careers for any reason – isn't the staffer reallocated?

    • Shanreagh 13.1

      True RedbaronCV.
      Sent back to Dept if the adviser has lost the confidence of the Minister if the adviser came from a dept. If they came from a dept they are usually seconded to Ministerial Services and just go back. No career derailing.

      If with portfolio experience but not currently a member of a dept then employed by MS on what they call an 'event based contract'…..until the next election unless Minister loses confidence or adviser has a wish to leave.

      There are clauses in both types of contracts about misconduct and loss of confidence.

      Ministers and advisers are usually, in my experience, quick call for help when things are not going well. Of course as in any workplace there are less than stellar happenings/reactions from both sides and this is why the post of what used to be called Senior Private Secretaries, Office Managers or Chief of Staff (when you work up the tree a bit) is so important. They usually have years of staff management and admin/office management experience.

      I am aware of advisers who had a pretty torrid times with their Ministers some of whom left, like hours later while other worked through these. As I said earlier being able to stand one's ground where and when necessary is an essential part. You are not supposed to be the Dept's stooge but an honest broker with a primary responsibility to 'your' Minister

      Advisers are part of the Ministerial office 'eyes and ears' for the portfolio.

    • Chris 13.2

      The media won't be trying to out anyone, the opposite in fact. The press gallery will be pissed off with Collins for breaking the convention.

      • Peter 13.2.1

        The press gallery will be pissed off with Collins for breaking the convention? Yeah right. I've grown tired of idiot media 'personalities' talking about crap attitudes and things 'the media' has done. Their colleagues and buddies who are playing the same game as they are.

        One tiny angle today. On the air today I heard something said about the 'bad example' Lees-Galloway was in workplace relations.

        I can imagine whatever he/they were doing was a terrible example to those in Wairoa, Waitangi, Wainuiomata and Waiheke and Wigram, Wanaka and Waikiwi.

        Some famous rugby player does something dumb at 3.30a.m. in one of those places and the media tell us he's a bad role model for the all 9 and 10 years old kids in those places and all in between and past. To show that they have it front and centre advertising it long and loud.

        It's surprising they haven't found copies of whatever Falloon posted to and published that.

  14. Lenore 14

    He mentioned that he let his family down. I really feel for his family -having experienced being cheated on myself, it has a profound impact, let alone this being made public. I also think that while this was seemingly consensual, there is definitely too many examples of power imbalance relationships whereby women in particular, have been exploited and abused. I am glad that the "me too" movement is weaving into politics and is finally been taken seriously.

    • I Feel Love 14.1

      I've been cheated on too Lenore, unless you've experienced it it's a hard thing for others to understand how devastating it can be, it can effect you for years. Plus if kids are involved, def a sign of a very shit character, but I digress. JA handled this well, like Obi Wan "this isn't the sex scandal you were looking for".

    • RedBaronCV 14.2

      I feel for them too.Can't be an easy life holding down the home with the partner away a lot, plus supporting the MP's job plus trying to have a career of their own if that's what they want.

      Then to have all this blow up in their face and the way that it fractures not only the family relationships but also the fall out and mistrust on the great number of those wider social contacts – Sitting there thinking – "how many events did the family support and how many people did family meet that were nice to our faces but we were the only ones in the room that didn't know what was really going on …"

  15. weka 15

    So we don’t have to keep repeating ourselves.

    https://twitter.com/thestandard/status/1285730272537976833

    • Chris 15.1

      Those lobbying ACC will be pleased. He's been refusing to accept the system's broken from the time he became minister. As far as ACC goes he suffers from deaf ears syndrome.

  16. RedBaronCV 16

    ILG is getting a surprising amount of sympathy over on Kiwiblog who don't believe he should have been booted out. Boys will be boys basically. The employment issue is pretty much overlooked but there are some concerns that this is start of a cycle of "mutually assured destruction " which will last until the news media are collateral damage.

  17. Andre 17

    I'm kinda disappointed IL-G's statement didn't address the key issue here – that it was the workplace and power imbalance aspects of the relationship that crossed the line. Especially combined with his portfolio of Workplace Relations.

    • Shanreagh 17.1

      Well if it was not a power imbalance ie was 'consummated'/started as it were while both were individuals after the adviser had left why would he have to address something that was not relevant to the issue ?

      This is not clear. We do not know and we do not need to know really. He has resigned, many would not but he will have lost the PM’s confidence.

  18. observer 18

    This is what Collins does (bad). This is what Duncan Garner does (worse).

    "a [National Party] staff-member in contact with NewsHub asked Duncan Garner to ask Judith Collins if she'd received any info about anyone in Labour."

    https://twitter.com/BobbyMiller202/status/1285727929545232385

  19. Just Is 19

    As they say in Australia

    It didn't pass the pub test.

  20. Peter chch 20

    More to come?

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12350095

    I would be surprised if our PM would have sacked him just for philandering. Either way, good job done.

  21. Delia 21

    He should have lost the one portfolio but not the rest. I would caution MPs you deal in muck publicly expect others to do so to.

  22. Scud 22

    So who in the NZ Labour is going to take the NZ Labour Defence spokespersons role?

    Or do I have to up sticks and return to NZ to put my hand up? But not sure if I could handle living in the Nth Is, must have to ask my uncle who lives up the road from Palmy on what the local hunting and fishing areas are like. Plus the wife wants a block with native bush for her Kiwis, Tui’s but she also wants her Kea’s and Weka’s as well.

  23. Adrian 23

    Has it crossed anyone's minds that the "other " party here is probably devastated today to hear that a presumed private ( and historic ) arrangement has been revealed to the the whole world purely for Judith Collin's gratification.

    • Peter chch 23.1

      OR maybe she is grateful as her distress was maybe dismissed previously?

      You really have no more idea than the wood in your pencil or the charge in your cell phone what she thinks. I support Labour, but ffs, we do need to not be blindly loyal to all the wrongs.

    • I Feel Love 23.2

      It sure has, thanks Collins, but ultimately ifiyou you cheat or get it on with a married person, there more often than not is fall out, and you have to take responsibility for that (but cheaters notoriously aren't particularly known to). The only victim is the wife and kids, the consenting adults knew what they were doing. But I get your point, she doesn't deserve to be outted to the whole country, but then she cheated with a public figure, so you know, just dumb and unfortunate.

  24. Danny 24

    So from a rough count of Labour's ministerial team they are down to around 12 white males out of 45. I'd say Judith jumped at the chance of making Labour look even less appealing to one group they really really need to get back on board, especially now that NZ First is no longer a viable voting option.

    This was a targeted strike by National, not a random lashing out in revenge.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
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  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 hours ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
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  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 hours ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    8 hours ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    9 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    10 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    12 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
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    14 hours ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    14 hours ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    15 hours ago
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    17 hours ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    1 day ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
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    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
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    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
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    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
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    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    6 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
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    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
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    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
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    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
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    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
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    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
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    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
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    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS (ANZMIN) 2024
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon Richard Marles MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong hosted New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters MP and Minister of Defence Hon Judith Collins KC MP on 1 February ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Minimum wage set for cautious increase
    The adult minimum wage rate will increase by 2 per cent to $23.15 an hour from 1 April 2024, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden announced today. “This Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting the incomes of our lowest paid workers and maintaining labour ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Increased security improves ED safety over summer
    Increasing the number of security staff in emergency departments (EDs) over the busy Christmas and New Year period improved the safety of both staff and patients, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. 200 additional security staff (93 FTEs) were provided to 32 EDs in response to concerns raised by ED ...
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    3 weeks ago

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