Incompetent or just undemocratic or both?

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No Right Turn points out in What’s in the urgency motion? exactly how much of shambles the NACT government is. At present they are busy ramming through legislation that has no titles, that hasn’t been drafted or presented to politicians to read, and they don’t even have an order paper. What exactly have this pack of clowns been doing in the last 4 weeks? Or is it a deliberate attempt to bypass the normal democratic institutions?

In The blitzkrieg then and now he points out that this kind of parliamentary behavior was last done by Douglas and Richardson. A lot of the legislation then was to put it mildly – crap. From the look of this shambles it appears that NACT hasn’t learnt.

NRT thinks that this a deliberate attempt to put through legislation while the main stream media and public are cooking under summer. IrishBill thinks in F**k democracy that they are doing the same.

I’m inclined to the view that this isn’t deliberate. To me, this looks like simple incompetence by politicians whose egos exceed their abilities. I’ve observed this in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s with National and (with Douglas) Labour-led governments. They were useless at the process of running governments with the appropriate checks and balances. Trying to bypass the processes of government that are designed to give legislation a good look through to find flaws is fundementally a issue of ego from politicians trying to avoid criticism.

In either case it makes a mockery of the people who supported them because they perceived that the Labour-led government was undemocratic. Labour bills were on the order papers, were actually drafted with titles before being presented to parliament, and with a few exceptions passed through the normal processes of select committee.

It will be interesting over the coming days on the blogs to see which of the devout supporters of democracy from 2007 and 2008 stand by their principles. Otherwise we’d have to conclude that they are simple hypocrites, just like the NACT MP’s doing performances over the EFA, ETS, and other bills have now shown themselves to be.

26 comments on “Incompetent or just undemocratic or both? ”

  1. IrishBill 1

    Yeah, I considered the ego motive too but given the highly-spun nature of National I figured their first consideration is PR.

    Then again I am reliably informed that the article by Tracy Watkins that tipped this whole thing into the spotlight came from a more ideologically than public relations minded source at a time there was serious debate within the Nat’s caucus about the political implications of shoving this through so it could just be they got internally outflanked and didn’t have time to spin it properly.

  2. lprent 2

    Whatever way it came about it is going to be interesting to see how DPF and co will spin it. It is almost a pity that Matt Hooten is not blogging at present. After the spin he was doing on the subject of anti-democratic urgency on the ETS, I’d be very interested in how he perceives this use of ‘urgency’.

    As for DPF, well it looks like he should keep the billboards coming 😈

  3. Jsut listening ot Parliament. Pete Hodgson is speaking about macro-economics, R&D, billions of dollars of spending and tax choices. English interrupts with ‘we cut that silly conference, we cut that silly conference’. Ah, yes, the confernce that would have been 0.0003% of annual government expenditure. Good to see they’ve got their eye on the big stuff.

    Now, if he can find about 5,000 more confernences a year to cancel National/ACT will get able to keep the low income tax cuts they are about to cancel.

  4. Mr Magoo 4

    As I said in another post in a previous story on the same subject…

    This is a cock waving, “we are great hairy hunters” move. Making their mark, lifting their leg…etc etc.

    It is a stupid move because, despite what some pundits are saying, it will NOT stifle discussion. One could argue the discussion will be more vigorous now because of the way it is being done.
    One must remember that National/ACT have the majority and can ram all this through regardless. No amount of pre-discussion by a stacked select committee is going to change this.

    If the policies are bad, the nature of their passing will come back to haunt them. For example, I imagine a recession/depression will create many opportunities for the 90 day law to create good copy for the newspapers. (Herald excluded of course…they will be running puff pieces on how emplyers are soooo happy with the law and get yet another quote from the EMA)

  5. This has nothing to do with democracy — tho mucho on incompetence.. I just had to share the pearl with you guys. Tripper kay was heard talking about “my old firm” when he was o/seas. You’d have to ask yourself why – (answer, he’s out of touch) – considering all the goings on stateside.. anyway..

    some buddies had gotten on to a spoof stock sell for chrissy prez etc.. one wrote Mike Lewis(who wrote Liars Poker a wee while back) and very recently set about heirarching the floppers and their flops along Wall Street.. his reply is included here:—

    Just pure genius, the way Michael Lewis described Merrill’s place in Wall Street’s pecking order in his recent expose on the financial fiasco. Picture the playground pickup game, with the big kids (Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley) running the show…”Merrill Lynch was the little fat kid assigned the least pleasant roles, just happy to be a part of things.”

    And the stock they got – was what most fat american kids scoff in the form of a ‘big mac’ – MacDonalds.

    Yeah, you gottit, folks noticed and bought.. both macs and MacDonalds which explains their latest results uppage..

    And it sure says something of what americans are likely make of tripperkey..

  6. jagilby 6

    Ahahaha, I would have thought this was the last place I would see Michael Lewis endorsed and quoted. If you want to quote Michael Lewis then perhaps you should read these ‘pearlers’ first….

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=a5lhZkEauCu8&refer=home

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=afAnsXuy.zaE&refer=home

    Would you agree that “Democracy is due for an upgrade”???

    Is our society “really, really hostile to success. At the same time it’s shockingly indulgent of poor people.”????

    I suggest if this was written in New Zealand you lot would be at his door wanting to lynch (no pun intended) him the minute he put pen to paper… fine to quote Lewis when it suits though.

    By the way…. If Merrill Lynch “was the little fat kid assigned the least pleasant roles” doesn’t that make Cullen’s comments re: Key contributing to the Wall St collapse even more absurd than they first appeared? As an aside, his comments were already at the very extreme end of the most absurd things I’ve heard – that Michael Lewis comment just made me laugh even more about them.

  7. Cullen’s comments re: Key contributing to the Wall St collapse even more absurd than they first appeared?

    Yeah it would if Cullen had actually said that. But he was talking about Key as a product of the short-term gain culture that is prevalent on wall street. Quite a clear an unsubtle point I would have thought but then I’m not a desperate moronic rightie trying to misrepresent a situation…

    Oh and if you don’t get my unsubtle dig I was indicating that you are a desperate moronic rightie trying to misrepresent a situation… I’d hate for you to get the wrong idea about just how little I think of you…

  8. Jimbo 8

    Pushing the 90 days bill through under urgency is lunacy. Putting aside the issue of whether it’s good or bad, the policy is definitely not the sort of thing that is “urgently needed”. Stupid decision.

  9. burt 9

    lprent

    And on a different day under a different bunch of self serving leaders here you are justifying the use of urgency because there was a shortage of time…. (Oh: You were also saying the HRC was wrong as well.)

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/a-change-to-what/#comment-43026

    So is it really as simple as defend Labour when they do it an slag off National when they do it – do you ever care what they actually do or are you only concerned with who is doing it.

    I’m pissed National are doing this under urgency. See it’s possible to disagree on principle rather than agree on partisan lines.

  10. lprent 10

    There is a significant difference. That bill went through the select committee where the HRC made submissions. If it went through under urgency (can’t remember), it would have done so on the third reading – not the first.

    This bill (although descended from the Mapp bill) has never been through any rigorous debate. Kate Wilkinson is talking about significant changes.

    Have a read of the points Tane made in
    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/some-questions-for-kate/

    Tell me the answers from the select committee where they would have been raised.

  11. I wouldn’t even bother with burt – he so far up the government’s arse even his shoes are stained blue…

  12. burt 12

    lprent

    We dealt with that same defense in the same thread.

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/a-change-to-what/#comment-42975

    I’m not supporting the National party on this, I’m not a National party supporter. I guess Robinsod and the facts have always been strangers, what’s more Robinsod and recall of information told to him again and again seem like strangers as well. Roll them a bit thinner Robinsod.

  13. Oh no Burt you wee bunch of yellow-clad freaks are the government too now… Take some responsibility for your vote…

  14. Felix 14

    Hey burt, imagine what it would be like if anyone gave a shit about anything you think or say, ever.

  15. burt 15

    lprent/Robinsod

    To be honest I think the best outcome that can occur from this point is for ACT to join the Maori party and not support urgency for the 90 day bill. This would be a blow to National supporters as they would see Key face his first coalition back down so early in his tenure as PM. However it would prove that unlike Labour-led govts the National-led govt is not just a prescriptive leader and a pack of poodles.

    Given Rodney’s usual passion for process and ethical approach I’m actually stunned ACT are supporting urgency in this case. I will voice my disquiet with ACT supporting this from a process and principle perspective. Furthermore I won’t accept that “It’s widely supported” as reason for the govt not being required to prove that via public consultation. If this bill is handled in the same way as the EFA or the ETS where amendments on mass are rammed through under urgency I’ll be voicing more than just disquiet.

    Robninsod. I’m not happy with urgency Sod, not under Labour or National. Sure if we are being invaded or there is a crisis and ‘enabling’ measures are being enacted then urgency is exactly what is required. I don’t recall you ever being bothered by it before (Under Labour), perhaps you could find a link where you expressed your disquiet and prove me wrong.

  16. Burty my boy – urgency has never been used like this by Labour – unless you’re talking about the 4th Labour government which was your Actoids in early drag…

    I’m not surprised by Act doing this at all – I’ve had a lot to do with Rodney over the years and although he’s a charming wee shit he’s also a dodgy conniving little piece of work. Don’t worry though mate – he’ll be getting his over the next three years as the evidence seeps out…

  17. burt 17

    Robinsod

    Your previous views on use of urgency are IMHO well encapsulated in this comment you made.

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/spinbusting-nzfs-donations-are-labours-business/#comment-72398

    Bryan – give the monkey a break. I’d suggest that Labour should indeed pass law (under urgency) to allow them to investigate NZ First’s accounts. They should then use that law to uncover the funding behind National’s “anonymous’ trusts and clear up the question of whether the Nats sold their ACC policy off to the insurance council.

  18. Ooh Burt – you can use google. Maybe I misunderestimated you…

    How does it feel to have won and then start losing so badly Burt?

  19. Graeme 19

    Have a read of the points Tane made in
    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/some-questions-for-kate/

    Tell me the answers from the select committee where they would have been raised.

    That’s not a complete answer, lprent.

    A 90-day bill has been to select committee. That committee has heard submissions and made recommendations. The bill is now different – as many bills back from select committee would be. No-one gets to submit on them, even if they are quite drastically changed.

    National had a couple of options. Wayne Mapp could have delayed the second reading debate of his bill until this Parliament, from which point they could be passing it now, making the changes (20 employee businesses etc.) in committee of the whole.

    We could have started with the second reading of that bill in this Parliament, and people couldn’t have complained about lack of public input, but because we had *two extra hours of debate* some time in the last year, it now short-cuts the process to avoid a select committee?

  20. lprent 20

    You’re arguing hypotheticals on what Mapp could have done but didn’t.

    These are two different bills. The Mapp bill was defeated. This is a new bill.

    The process of parliament is important as the business. Shortcutting is something that inevitably leads to further abuses – ask anyone that watched Muldoon.

    Who was the moron that came up with this particular quick fix?

  21. Graeme 21

    These are two different bills.

    And the Electoral Finance Bill that came out of select committee was a very different bill than the one that went into select committee. It didn’t mean we all got to submit again.

  22. Tim Ellis 22

    As was the ETS legislation dramatically different from what went into the select committee, with hundreds of amendments passed under urgency.

  23. lprent 23

    But Graeme – Mapps bill was defeated at the 2nd reading after select committee.

    This is a new bill. It should be handled as usual for a new bill. There are no peoples life and limb issues. There are no urgent fiscal issues (ie government can still pay its bills). So why is it urgent?

    Basically it is total autocracy by some idiot that hasn’t realised that government are servants of the people – not their rulers

  24. Graeme 24

    Obviously that’s a fair point. I guess I’m just trying to make the point that with this particular bill on this occasion, it’s not as bad as it might otherwise be (with something else). Normal process is being avoided, but the result won’t be as bad – ultimately, the same bill will almost certainly result as would have were National to open it up to public scrutiny again now.

    For 10 points: Who said, on 17 October 2006, “Of course, when bills are moved for introduction and passing under urgency, they are tabled subsequent to the motion being approved.”?

  25. Graeme – was it Oscar Wilde?

    He had some great quotes

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  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
    New Zealand and Malaysia intend to intensify their long-standing, deep connections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “Malaysia is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends in South-East Asia – and both countries intend to get more out of the relationship," Mr Peters says.   "Our connections already run deep and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
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    1 week ago
  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
    The Government is providing a narrow exemption from the discontinuation of the First Home Grant for first home buyers who may face unfair situations as a result, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “The First Home Grant scheme was closed with immediate effect on 22 May 2024, with savings being reprioritised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Faster consenting for flood protection projects in Hawke's Bay
    Work to increase flood resilience in Hawke’s Bay can start sooner, thanks to a new fast consenting process, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell and Environment Minister Penny Simmonds say.  “Faster consenting means work to build stop banks, spillways and other infrastructure can get underway sooner, increasing flood ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Judge Craig Coxhead and Nathan Milner newest Māori Land Court appointments
    Tangata tū tangata ora, tangata noho tangata mate. Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka today announced acting Deputy Chief Judge Craig Coxhead as the new Deputy Chief Judge, and Nathan Milner as Judge of the Māori Land Court. "I want to congratulate Judge Coxhead and Mr Milner on their appointments ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago

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