web analytics

Incompetent management forces Shearer & Brown off fence

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, March 12th, 2012 - 47 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, capitalism, class war - Tags: ,

After months on the side-line, David Shearer and Len Brown have been forced to choose a side in the Ports of Auckland dispute by the irrational and unreasonable behaviour of the Ports management (not to mention a fair amount of public pressure). Shearer has come out against casualisation and marched with the workers in Saturday. Brown has offered mediation between the parties.

The chairman of the Port, Richard Pearson, has refused Brown’s approach. Ignoring Brown’s offer to mediate and, instead, saying he can ‘help’ by telling the stevedores to sign up with the contracting companies is an incredible act of disrespect. It’s like the head of an SOE publicly telling the PM to go fuck himself. It also reveals that the Port is having difficulty getting the numbers to sign up to the contractors that it needs.

I think the Port management can’t work out why the workers haven’t folded yet. This just proves how incompetent they are. With their strike fund and assistance from donations by thousands of ordinary New Zealanders (make yours here), the workers can afford to hold out for some time yet. It’s not easy for those workers but that’s the strength the union brings them, the strength to endure these kind of corporate bully tactics.

But how long can the Port afford to hold out? Before the continuous strike began, it had lost $25m in business – about 15% of annual turnover. Since then, how many more millions have gone down the drain? Something on the order of $3m a week. How much in future costs do they face from legal costs, redundancies (if they are even able to sack the workers), and ongoing loss of business.

There’s a fair chance that the workers are going to win the up-coming legal action, given the clear evidence that the management has been trying to invoke a crisis leading to casualisation from Day 1, and has never been acting in good faith.

If I was the council, I would be spitting tacks at the cost the incompetent Port management has imposed on Auckland. And, if I was Brown, I would be telling Pearson that he and the rest of the board appointed by the government when they created the Supercity are sacked. It’s time Ports of Auckland was run by people who are competent and have the interests of Auckland at heart, rather an an ideological, outmoded fixation with union breaking.

47 comments on “Incompetent management forces Shearer & Brown off fence ”

  1. BLiP 1

    Incompetent management? No politician has ever been spurred into action by bad management. It is public opinion that is the driving force. The shame is that it has taken this long (and a “lamigram”) to get the message through. It speaks of politicians-as-managers rather than visionary leaders.

    Well done the Union – kia kaha.

  2. John Dalley 2

    As a rate payer of Auckland, i am seriously offended about the amout of print space POAL & Richard Pearson has been spending “our” money on. At least 3 days of full page adds llast week in the NZ Herald, full page adds in the Herald on Sunday and Sunday Star Times and don’t buy but possibly the Sunday News. How much is this splurg costing the ratepayer even if it is indirectly being spent by the POAL?

  3. It’s time Ports of Auckland was run by people who are competent and have the interests of Auckland at heart, rather an an ideological, outmoded fixation with union breaking.

    This may also apply:

    “It’s time Ports of Auckland was worked by people who are competent and have the interests of Auckland at heart, rather an an ideological, outmoded fixation with union action.”

    • Would you be happy with a de-unionised or neutered Union, Pete, that would ultimately result in abuse of workers such as was uncovered on Foreign Chartered Vessels? Those seamen were un-unionised, y’know. http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/a-slave-by-any-other-name/

      The result wasn’t just local – but impacted on our reputation overseas, with our major markets as Bloomberg reported on slavery within our territorial waters.

      Not exactly a good look, is it?

      • rosy 3.1.1

        And on a related point, Frank (shipping deregulation), I’d be interested to know how much ‘efficiency’ – either in shipping, or port operations – had to do with the Rena’s race to get into port on a turning tide instead of waiting it out. The ship was already delayed at other ports due to poor maintenance, and as they say ‘time is money’ (never safety is money).

        • Frank Macskasy 3.1.1.1

          Indeed, Rosy. Revelations that the ‘Rena’ was off-course in an attempt to get to her next destination are a timely reminder what happens when the commercial imperative over-rides safety and common sense.

          The race for the Holy Dollar, in this case, came to a grinding halt on Astrolabe Reef. (Which, we, the tax payer are having to clean up.)

      • Pete George 3.1.2

        Frank – no, I think unions play an important role in industrial relations and sometimes industrial action is justified, for example I’m sympathetic towards the aged-care workers.

        PoA is a mess and I don’t think either side is solely responsible for that. What do you think?

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2.1

          PoA is a mess and I don’t think either side is solely responsible for that.

          o_O

          Lets see.
          1.) One side went into the negotiations with unrealistic goals (12% RoE)
          2.) One side went into negotiations with full intent of not negotiating in good faith

          PoAL is a mess and I’m damned sure of who the culprit who caused it is.

    • framu 3.2

      “an ideological, outmoded fixation with union action”

      really pete G?

      never mind that the workers have made numerous concessions along the way – even offering to accept a pay cut to avoid the one and only major issue for them which was having their regular job turned into a casual job.

      But that somehow means that they have “an ideological, outmoded fixation with union action”

      is that what your saying?

    • Blighty 3.3

      see, just replacing a word in a sentence with a different word doesn’t make the new sentence true.

      Management’s actions have cost tens of millions of dollars. Explain why the Port would have lost tens of millions of dollars in the last few months if workers had simply kept their conditions with a 2% raise like they asked for. Because that was the alternative.

    • muzza 3.4

      My god you are getting more senile by the post Pete. Here let someone with better understandin of what is going on help you out again!

      There is a document, its called the Statement of Intent (SOI) – you can find it below – http://www.poal.co.nz/news_media/publications/POAL_SCI_2011to2014.pdf

      The PoAL sits inside the ACIL portfolio, which is classified as a Public Benefit Entity (PBE), so perhaps you need to investigate what a PBE is bound by. “The Board noted that the OAG had confirmed that ACIL is a Public Benefit Entity (PBE).”

      Perhaps by competant, are you referring the POT contracted work force Pete, something like this – http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/one-dead-after-port-tauranga-accident/1068220/

      or

      http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/55000-fine-for-death-at-port-of-tauranga/1058168/

      I would suggest you go for a check up Pete, your comment I have responded to indicates a mind not capable of rational thought, and it just spews out whatever nonsense it dreams up.

      Off you go Pete, the senile old git!

  4. Blighty 4

    I see Maersk is now saying it won’t go to Auckland while the dispute is on. Looking at the expected arrivals list – that’s 13 of the 99 ships expected at the affected wharves in the next two months. The big ones too.

  5. marsman 5

    Note John Key is helping the port’s incompetent management, repeating the lie that the average wage of the workers is $90,000.

  6. Kevin 6

    It’s all over bar the shouting, Shearer and Brown have arrived into the debate to late.

    • Blighty 6.1

      I don’t know why you think it’s over.

      The Port desperately needs these 300 workers to sign the new contractors. There aren’t 300 skilled stevedores just sitting around in the reserve army of the unemployed. So they need these workers. And these workers won’t sign up. And they can afford to wait a lot longer than the Port can.

  7. John Dalley 7

    @Rosy. POT was closing at 3.00am and the Rena masters wher in a race to get thetre before that time.

  8. Is this the sort of thing to get off the fence over? There’s been a lot of complaints about union tactics, this one identifies the complainant:

    Alan Dempsey ()
    02:42 PM Friday, 9 Mar 2012
    I sat in a union meeting that was a call by the radicals to go on strike over absolutely nothing. I stood up and asked if, when our wages stopped (over 4 broken shower heads, vandalised by one of the workers to initiate the problem) would the union bosses’ wages stop to? I was beaten up outside after the meeting by their goons.

    The Maritime Union have bought the poison over many years, and now their foolish workers have to drink it. Sadly. I pains me to say, but this needed to happen.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10790376

    No indication of when this happened, but it is another serious allegation about tactics on the wharf.

    • Te Reo Putake 8.1

      I believe the incident occured in the writer’s head sometime toward the end of the seventies, Pete. Your claiming that it’s a serious allegation makes it even funnier!

      • Pete George 8.1.1

        You just dismiss that as a joke? You don’t think it’s cause for concern?

        It’s not like it’s an isolated allegation, there have been a number of others, including on TV news.

        [lprent: The NZ Herald comment section makes no attempt to check anyone’s identity. You can (and people frequently do) just use any old name to leave comments there.

        Similarly the TV coverage I have seen has had “stories” but no actual people fronting up and pointing to complaints (because that behaviour has always been illegal and would have resulted in complaints to police). TV tends to check that type of story only when it becomes defamatory. That requires a specific type of story and a person to be defamed.

        Quite simply both are of less significant value than you’d find here. Because if someone does make claims here, I will sometimes do what is required to find out if the claim is credible, and give my opinion if I think it is.

        Bearing in mind the widespread unverified and unverifiable nature of the allegations you’re talking about. I’d put it down to the usual disinformation campaigns that usually happen at this point in every dispute.

        I’m surprised that you don’t recognize that. Makes you a natural sucker for advertising… ]

        • McFlock 8.1.1.1

          Well if you saw it on telly it must be true. Golly, it’s not like the wharfies have been targeted in a campaign of lies and disinformation on everything for salaries to the role of the union /sarc

        • Blighty 8.1.1.2

          there’s nothing to prove that this incident is a) real b) accurately reported or c) in any way linked to Ports of Auckland and the current dispute.

          It’s kind of like me saying that I once knew a United Future candidate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Chal ) who was elected to Parliament without even being a citizen of the damn country and had to resign from the list in disgrace, therefore, every time Pete George opens his mouth we have to assume he’s a fraudster/moron.

          • Pete George 8.1.1.2.1

            That was checked out and found to be correct so appropriate action was taken.

            What’s your point?

            • Te Reo Putake 8.1.1.2.1.1

              Where’s your evidence, Pete? If it was checked, etc. then you’ll be able to show us the links.

              • I don’t have any evidence, but it’s unusual for public claims like this (on the Herald website) using an apparent real name.

                Are you sure nothing like this happened?

                • daveo

                  I’ve heard pete george has predilections for sex with chickens. I think there should be a ban on him spreading his subversive poison until he disproves this allegation.

                  [lprent: Why? Actually don’t answer that. I’m sure that I don’t want the topic spreading. ]

                • Te Reo Putake

                  During the current dispute, I’m 100% sure it didn’t happen. In the past, if anything like that incident occurred, I’m 100% sure it didn’t happen the way it was portrayed. 
                   
                  Right now, I’m 100% sure you are grasping at straws, Pete. If your only evidence of MUNZ wrongdoing is somebody commenting on the Herald’s comments section with an unproveable claim without any names, timeline or facts to back it up, then you should be ashamed of yourself. You’re not the voice of reason I once thought you were claiming to be, Pete 😉
                   

                • wtl

                  This is ridiculous. There is no evidence whatsoever that this person is who they claim to be or the allegation is real (for all we, Mr Dempsey might actually be Pete George). The only thing you having going for you is that the person has an “apparently real name”. The fact that you are willing to take such an allegation at face value and spread it says a lot about you.

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    Whoops, I can’t delete this, sorry.

                    • gareth

                      No… Pete did a cut and paste from Whale oil so he could engage in a spot of bait the lefties.
                      Does that a lot actually….
                      In fact is Pete The Standard’s answer to Kiwiblog?

    • another big lie like that one from today about strikers ‘intimidating’ all over the place..?

      ..but the police..who have people there..

      ..say there have been no incidents of intimidation..

      ..who is the liar there..?

      phil-at-whoar.

    • Rosemary 8.3

      Well, Mr Wormtongue, you know? When people are pushed far enough by filthy greedy arsewipes who don’t care about anything except their ability to continue to scrape millions off the back of others then things can go a bit awry. And, of course, while not everything that happens should be condoned, a lot of it can certainly be explained and understood.

      What’s most annoying, though, is when moderate pseudo-intellectuals like yourself pontificate away on things they clearly know nothing about, and who claim to support this and claim to support that and who believe in everyone being able to have a fair say blah, blah blah go on and on and bloody on either saying all these things but meaning another or without actually saying anything at all.

      I have come to the conclusion, Mr Wormtongue, that you are a gormless twit who just cannot be taken seriously. Your analyses of the planned asset sales and on the POAL/MUNZ dispute are pure and utter bullshit. I really think that you need to just stick with Kiwiblog. I’m sure they love you over there and that what you say is always warmly received. Good luck, Wormtongue, go well.

  9. infused 9

    It’s over, give it a rest.

    I love how Helen Kelly is like ” We are prepared to mediate with the Mayor…

    Time has passed lady. Bit late now.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 9.1

      Of course it’s over – there are no blacklisted ships, and the employment court has ruled in favour of management, Mr. Muhammad Saeed al-Infused

    • muzza 9.2

      Con(in)fused!

    • Te Reo Putake 9.3

      HK was responding to Bottler Brown’s offer to mediate, confused. It is Brown that is late with the offer not Kelly. And it only comes as he sees his re-election chances vanishing down the same idealogical hole POAL is pouring all that money and future prospects into.

    • Blighty 9.4

      quick infused, tell Maersk!

      “Maersk has advised today that they will not be carrying containers loaded out of Port of Auckland during the current industrial dispute. It will stop calling at the Ports of Auckland until the dispute is resolved”.

      • Jester 9.4.1

        Someone needs to tell Maersk about their shipping policies. Latest news is that Maersk are “bemused” by Ms Kellys claims.

    • lprent 9.5

      Ah no it isn’t over. Sounds like the PoA is having problems in court already.

      I wonder what happens when the court issues an injunction preventing the PoA from using the services contracting firms. I think that the port then grinds to a halt because the PoA now has only a few casuals from the existing agreement with the union that they can use.

  10. Bored 10

    Saw Shearer marching on TV news with the POA workers….solidarity photo op. Whoopee fekkin doo!!!! Bit too little and too late.

    • Jenny 10.1

      Never say never.

      We have not yet begun to fight.

    • Rosemary 10.2

      Are you familiar with what happens when the court says an employer hasn’t bargained in good faith? The best is yet to come.

  11. John72 11

    Mathew 20:1-16
    A parable that fits here.

  12. Rob 12

    In terms of planning strategy , its a good idea to fully understand the capability of your adversary. Your mistake is to think that the POAL management is incompetant. I think they know exactly what they are doing.

  13. John72 13

    Why is it that so many people on this site are devoted to criticisim? Is it a sign of weakness to find good in a person?
    “It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to be kind to another, without helping himself.” (Quote:- Bailey)

    [You may be in the wrong place. This is a political blog … it is a discussion and debate forum. Much of it will be robust and muscular debate where ideas, references and opinions will be subject to strong scrutiny. Criticism is not the same thing as a personal attack, and most mature contributors have learnt this.

    The problem for many people is that they have trouble separating out their ideas from their ego’s; which tends to make them emotive and incoherent and makes for a poor debate. I agree with you on this point; that personal attacks that lead to flame wars are counter-productive and usually gets moderated out. On the other hand misinterpreting criticism as an attack is your problem. We tend to leave you to deal with it.

    If you paid attention you would see plenty of occasions where agreement is expressed, although because there is not a lot of point in simply repeating a point, or being nauseatingly sycophantic… it’s often quite a brief nod.

    If you want to contribute usefully here you need to spend some time observing the purpose and method we use. Telling us how to run the site will only get bad reaction….RL]

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Govt backs business to vaccinate workforces
    Vaccination will be required for all workers at businesses where customers need to show COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates, such as hospitality and close-contact businesses. New law to introduce a clearer and simplified risk assessment process for employers to follow when deciding whether they can require vaccination for different types of work. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 mins ago
  • Winners of the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
    Frimley Primary School in Hawke’s Bay is the Supreme Award winner of the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The past year has been a real test for teachers, schools and local communities. But out of the challenge of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    36 mins ago
  • Government provides greater assurance to homeowners
    The Government has provided greater assurance for homeowners with the introduction of a new code of ethics for Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs), Building and Construction Minister Poto Williams announced today.   The Code of Ethics, which comes into force in October 2022, sets behavioural standards for LBPs to give both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Supporting economic resilience in the Indo-Pacific – Speech to the Asia Forum
    (Check against delivery) Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, kia ora koutou katoa Thank you Farib. It is a great pleasure to be invited to speak at this event. I want to acknowledge the on-going work of the Asia Forum. Over many years – decades, in fact – you have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • RSI ‘state of the nation’ report published
    New Zealand’s FCR cited research ratio is twice the world average Investment in R&D is increasing Case studies underscore how a science based COVID-19 response helped save lives In 2019, Māori and Pacific people represented 5 per cent of PhD graduates. The latest research, science and innovation system report card ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Funding to translate science into real life solutions
    The Government is investing in ‘Te Tītoki Mataora’ the MedTech Research Translator, to deliver new medical tools - and meet both the demands of a global pandemic and of a growing and aging population. “COVID-19 has shown that we need to build a more resilient, productive, innovative and economically-sustainable health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Tokelau champions language and culture
    COVID-19 continues to be a powerful reminder of the importance of language and culture to the wellbeing of our Pacific communities, said the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “Our Tokelau community in Aotearoa has responded strongly to the challenges of the global pandemic by getting vaccinated and supporting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Festival drug-checking services get a boost
    The Government is financially supporting drug-checking services to help keep young people safe at this summer’s large festivals and events, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This is not about condoning drug use, but about keeping people safe,” Andrew Little said. “There is clear evidence that having drug-checking services at festivals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Expanded vaccination order for health and disability, education and prison workers
    A newly-signed Order means most people working in three key sectors will very soon need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the sake of themselves, their workmates and their communities, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed. The extended COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021 comes into effect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • APEC finance ministers focus on inclusive, sustainable COVID recovery
    APEC finance ministers will continue to work together to respond to the effects of COVID-19 and ensure a sustainable and inclusive recovery while capitalising on the opportunity to build a more resilient future. The New Zealand Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson chaired the virtual APEC Finance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improvements to child and maternity facilities at Timaru Hospital on track
    Improvements to child and maternity facilities at Timaru Hospital are well underway, and the next stage of the project will begin next month. Health Minister Andrew Little visited Timaru Hospital today to view progress onsite. “The improvements are part of South Canterbury DHB’s four-year refurbishment project and will create a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt responds to independent review into WorkSafe
    The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says. The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today released the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prevention funding to reduce tamariki in care
    A new iwi-led prevention programme will receive funding from Oranga Tamariki to help reduce the number of tamariki and rangatahi coming into state care, Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis has announced. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Te Rūnanga) will receive $25.9m of Oranga Tamariki funding over three years to improve outcomes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Transforming New Zealand’s mental health legislation
    Public consultation is now open for Aotearoa New Zealand to have a say on the repeal and replacement of the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992. “’He Ara Oranga, the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction’ made it clear that we needed to replace ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 Protection Framework
    Kia ora koutou katoa Today I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders to share a plan that will help us stay safe from COVID-19 into the future. A future where we want to continue to protect people’s lives, but also to live our lives – as safely as possible. Our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business boost to transition to new COVID framework
    We know that over the last twenty months the approach New Zealand has taken to COVID and Delta has saved lives and livelihoods. Along with one of the lowest mortality rates in the world, we have also had strong economic growth, low unemployment and one of the lower levels of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 funding boost to protect maōri communities
    Tēnā koutou katoa As you have heard from the Prime Minister, the new protection framework will support us to keep people safe especially our vulnerable communities and minimize the impact COVID-19 has on business and our day to day lives. If you want to protect yourself, your whanau and your ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New COVID-19 Protection Framework delivers greater freedoms for vaccinated New Zealanders
    New COVID-19 Protection Framework provides pathway out of lockdown and ability for businesses and events to re-open to vaccinated New Zealanders Simpler framework to minimise cases and hospitalisations without use of widespread lockdowns Auckland to move into the new framework when 90 percent of eligible population in each of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New fund to accelerate Māori vaccinations
    The Government has established a $120 million fund to accelerate Māori vaccination rates and support communities to prepare for the implementation of the new COVID-19 Protection Framework. The new Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund will directly fund Māori, Iwi, community organisations and providers to deliver local vaccination initiatives for whānau, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government extends hardship assistance for low income workers
    Income limits for Hardship Support through the Ministry of Social Development have been temporarily lifted so more people can recieve assistance. “Cabinet has agreed to make it easier for low income workers to recieve assistance for items such as food and other emergency costs,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “We know the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More support for learners with highest needs
    Students most in need of extra help in the classroom are the focus of a new review that gets under way today, Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti says. About 50,000-80,000 children and young people are expected to benefit from a Ministry of Education review into Highest Need Learners that will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Parts of Waikato to stay at Alert Level 3 for next six days
    The parts of Waikato that have been in Alert Level 3 will remain at that alert level till Wednesday, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Based on the latest public health information, maintaining level 3 in those parts of the Waikato continues to be the most prudent course of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Hon Peeni Henare September 2021 Proactive Diary Release
    ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ passes world-first climate reporting legislation
    New Zealand has become the first country in the world to pass a law that will ensure financial organisations disclose and ultimately act on climate-related risks and opportunities, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Dr David Clark and Climate Change Minister James Shaw today announced today. The Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister NZ UK FTA opening remarks
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. I am delighted to announce today that following a conversation with Prime Minister Johnson last night, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have Agreed in Principle a historic high-quality, comprehensive and inclusive free trade agreement. I’m joined today by the Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand secures historic free trade deal with the United Kingdom
    A boost of almost $1 billion to New Zealand GDP, unprecedented access for New Zealand exporters to the UK market UK to eliminate all tariffs on New Zealand exports, with over 97% being removed the day the FTA comes into force NZ exporters to save approx. $37.8 million per year ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Quarterly benefit numbers show more people in work
    Benefit figures released today show a year on year fall of 9,807 people receiving a Main Benefit in the September Quarter.  “The Government is working hard to tackle COVID-19 and it is clear our strong response to the initial outbreak has created a resilient labour market which is providing opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Health reforms bill introduced to Parliament
    Legislation central to fixing the health system has been introduced into Parliament by Health Minister Andrew Little. “Rebuilding the public health system is critical to laying the foundations for a better future for all New Zealanders,” Andrew Little said. “We need a system that works for everybody, no matter who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NCEA and NZ Scholarship Exams to proceed
    NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams will proceed, including in areas where Alert Level 3 has been in place, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have been working together to ensure exams can be managed in a safe ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Limited change to onsite learning – for senior secondary students – in Level 3 regions
    Onsite learning at schools in Level 3 regions will start from next week for senior secondary school students to prepare for end of year exams, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Secondary schools in these regions will start onsite learning for years 11 to 13 on Tuesday 26 October,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Guaranteed MIQ spots for health workers
    The Government is changing the way managed isolation is co-ordinated for health workers, guaranteeing 300 spots a month for the health and disability sector. “Our world-class workforce is vital in rebuilding the health system and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Andrew Little said. “Whether it’s bringing doctors or nurses in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt helps to protect New Zealanders digital identities
    Making it easier for New Zealanders to safely prove who they are digitally and control who has access to that information is one step closer to becoming law, Minister for Digital Economy and Communications, Dr David Clark said. The Digital Identity Services Trust Framework Bill passed its first reading today ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Red tape cut to boost housing supply
    New building intensification rules will mean up to three homes of up to three storeys can be built on most sites without the need for a resource consent New rules will result in at least 48,200 and as many as 105,500 new homes built in next 5-8 years Bringing forward ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nationwide business partnership grows conservation jobs
    Further Government support for New Zealand’s longest-standing sustainable business organisation will open up opportunities for dozens of workers impacted by COVID-19 to jump start a nature-based career, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Partnering to Plant Aotearoa, led by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), is a collaboration with iwi, hapū and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand increases climate aid contribution
    Government commits $1.3 billion over four years to support countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change At least 50 percent of funding will go to the Pacific as it adapts to the impacts of climate change The increase means New Zealand now meets its fair share of global ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Super Māori turnout for Super Saturday
    Māori have put a superb effort into mobilising to get vaccinated over Super Saturday, with thousands rolling up their sleeves to protect themselves, their whānau and communities from COVID-19, Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare says. “It was absolutely outstanding that 21,702 Māori got vaccinated on this one day alone with 10,825 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Language assists Tagata Niue to thrive
    Despite the uncertain times we face with the challenges of COVID-19, our cultural knowledge, values and language remain constant, helping us progress towards goals in life, said  the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. This year, the Niuean community in New Zealand decided on the theme, “Kia tupuolaola e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Ambassador to France announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Caroline Bilkey as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to France and the OECD. “Aotearoa New Zealand and France have a shared history, and enjoy a strong, collaborative partnership. This includes a strong trade and economic relationship, a shared commitment to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt welcomes nurses’ pay settlement
    The Government is welcoming news that a new employment agreement for nurses working in public hospitals has been settled. “I am very pleased that the hard work of the Nurses Organisation and District Health Boards has led to a settlement that both can support,” Health Minister Andrew Little said today. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Judge of the High Court appointed
    Māori Land Court Judge Layne Harvey has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Harvey graduated with an LLB from the University of Auckland in 1992 and commenced employment as a law clerk with Simpson Grierson in Auckland that same year. In 1997 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago