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Introducing Campaign Hub 2008

Written By: - Date published: 3:37 pm, September 11th, 2008 - 67 comments
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Helena Catt, head of the Electoral Commission, says the EFA has had a ‘chilling effect’ on democratic participation. I’m convinced that that is a foolish position based on a belief that ‘democratic participation’ is rich lobby groups paying for ads and billboards, trying to market to us. What the EFA has actually done is democratise participation in democracy. No longer are ordinary people drowned out by the rich organisations. Now, people have the opportunity to be heard in whichever way they choose, they just need to get out there and do it. Anybody can be a third party if they choose, you just have to have the decency to tell the people who you’re trying to influence who you are.

One measure of the health of democratic participation is the vibrancy of the blogosphere. Since we installed our stats package in March, our pageviews have tripled. During the first nine days of this month, Kiwis spent over 125,000 minutes on this blog alone, making over 2500 comments. If that’s not healthy democratic participation, I don’t know what is.

In my darker moments, however, I fear that the blogosphere has become a substitute for real-world action for some. On the one hand, its fantastic to be able to discuss issues with some many intelligent thoughtful people and the blogosphere is a source of quality information and debate in a way that the mainstream media simply is not. On the other hand, spending time trying to convince some libertarian that we shouldn’t just let the poor starve is not as productive as getting out there and trying to show ordinary Kiwis that we’re better off with a left-wing government than National.

I would encourage each one of you to spend time in the next eight and a half weeks contributing to keeping the Left in power. That could be by assisting a political party or a third party campaign, or you do something off your own bat. I really encourage the latter. Don’t wait to be led; lead yourself. Get a few mates together, plan and carry out some political theatre. Make up some posters, leaflets, banners and get them out around your community. There is nothing to stop you doing this, nothing. And its great fun too. We had a ball at the ‘Great New Zealand Sell-off’ protest outside the National party conference. The other day me and a mate spent a couple of hours dropping some leaflets in mailboxes – nice walk in the sun, had some laughs, spread the good word. Easy.

To help out, we’re launching the Campaign Hub 2008 page on The Standard which is twinned with a Campaign Hub Facebook group. The campaign hub will carry info on how you can help out and tips for getting active. Best of all, you can send us your poster and leaflet ideas, and we’ll put them up so people around the country can print them off.

Have a gander, sign up, use the resources at the Campaign Hub, or just get into it. It’s only 58 days until the election, make it count.

Remember, voting should not be the pinnacle of your participation in democracy. It should be only the beginning.

67 comments on “Introducing Campaign Hub 2008”

  1. I hope the Vote With Both Eyes Open group are cool with me linking to their posters, which are available for download already on botheyesopen.org.nz… and stealing a little bit of their text for the ‘tips’ section

    looking forward to seeing the designs you send in

  2. higherstandard 2

    Can I turn the hose on you if you come knocking at my door ?

    🙂

  3. randal 3

    rock on dude…i’ll check back to hip.hq for some really COOL t-shirts!

  4. you’re a real ad for toryism HS.

  5. Vanilla Eis 5

    Not just the left SP – I’d like to see the right get involved as well. Despite my leanings, I encourage all of my friends to vote regardless because I’d much rather they voted for a party that I personally dislike than stay at home out of apathy on election day. I also try and tell them why I’m voting the way I will, but some won’t hear a word of it.

    So I’d also like to invite any dirty tories out there to also make up some fliers, do some street theatre and generally get into the spirit of things.

    Widespread participation is the best way to make our democracy stronger, and that requires all sides to come to the table.

  6. Vanilla. Agree with the sentiments, especially about voting. The Hub is designed for the Left only but I’m sure they can organise themselves

  7. “…and the blogosphere is a source of quality information and debate…”

    (cough) er…as any good public librarian or information science teacher/tutor/lecturer will tell you: it sure as hell isn’t.

    As for your comment in regard to Helena Catt- well frankly I trust the judgment of a paid, professional ,highly qualified ,specialized and impartial public servant in regard to the EFA more than I would any member of this govt or Labour party activists. But hey, perhaps you’ll tell me the public service are all a bunch of lazy know nothing rotters?
    Now there would be a flip flop of titanic proportions.

    Well, I’m off to stuff some mailboxes for National.
    P.S remember to put your name and address on any home made material advocating people to vote for Labour etc.

    Cheers 😉

  8. BeShakey 8

    “(cough) er as any good public librarian or information science teacher/tutor/lecturer will tell you: it sure as hell isn’t.”

    I suspect they would tell you it isn’t a UNIFORM source of quality information and debate. But I would be surprised if they said there was absolutely nothing of value.

    With regard to Helena Catt, a paid, professional, highly qualified, specialised and impartial public servant, wouldn’t enter into political debates in their professional role. I haven’t seen the context for her comment, but I’d hope it changes the effect of it significantly.

  9. Vanilla Eis 9

    SP: Oh, of course I expect them to organise themselves – lord knows some of them have the funding! I found out the other day that one of my more prominent right-wing classmates was sponsored by Bob Jones while at Vic Uni. Not for anything in particular, just for being right wing and promising!

    Anyway, I digress.

    The tories can organise themselves to vote and campaign, but I very much hope they do.

  10. “As for your comment in regard to Helena Catt- well frankly I trust the judgment of a paid, professional ,highly qualified ,specialized and impartial public servant in regard to the EFA”

    Actually no, you only trust her judgement becuase shes saying what you want to hear, anything else and she woudl be another labour lacky with her snout in the trough.

  11. Matthew Pilott 11

    I would encourage each one of you to spend time in the next eight and a half weeks contributing to keeping the Left in power. That could be by assisting a political party or a third party campaign, or you do something off your own bat. I really encourage the latter.

    I thought that said ‘assassinating’. Bit extreme, even for you, SP.

    I agree somewhat with getting mired in the blogosphere too. It’s not hard to feel you’re really contributing but it is a niche, albeit an expanding one, and you can also forget about the rest of the world out there, one that doesn’t pay as much attention to politics as those in this sphere.

    No substitute for getting out there.

  12. Well, I’m off to stuff some mailboxes for National.

    But Ricky – you told me you were not a National Party activist:

    Robinsod: sorry old boy/old girl I’m not one of the party faithful of either National or Labour

    Yet more government waste

    Someone from the Nats lying??? Say it ain’t so ricky. Say it aint so.

  13. Oh yeah – and my follow up comment from way back then:

    Richard – I know you are a National party activist. Why are you (and so many other tories) ashamed to admit it?

    The first step to fixing the problem is acknowledging it Ricky…

  14. Totally agree, people should get out there and campaign for the party of their choice, grass roots politicians I think they call it.

    I don’t think bloggers have that much impact though, take a look at 2006 in the USA with Lieberman .

    Anyway, glad your doing your bit, by putting leaflets in people’s mailboxes, even though its for a party I don’t support, who knows a national party supporter by put National leaflets in your letterbox. Or have a group of National supports marching and chanting down your street.

    I hope the left now realizes free speech applies to everybody.

    Oh I would appreciate any tips you could give me.

  15. Its only 58 days till the election?????

  16. Brett. Based on Nov 8 (19 days left in Sept, 31 in Oct, 8 in Nov).

    If Nats want to chant down Highbury Rd, they’re more than welcome.. bit hilly though and not too many jokers about.

    Richard. You’re right, materials should be authorised, there’s info on that on the Campaign Hub page http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?page_id=2984

  17. Patrick 17

    Brett – good luck! I’m sure many people on the left would love to have National’s ‘policies’ distributed to homes.

    I do agree with you about the political impact bloggers can have though, Ron Paul is probably a more recent example of a huge political savvy online following that simply did not exist offline.

    I’ve had a friend describe blogging as talk back radio for young people, and sadly I think it’s a pretty accurate description, as much as I enjoy it!

    Hehe, recaptcha: persuade on

  18. Daveski 18

    I don’t see any publicity about the election date unless the Standard/SP does have a direct line to the 9th floor
    [self-moderation: read the about pages and repent and the BOFH will get you!]

    Likewise, I have difficulty with the way in which you simply dismiss negative views of the EFA from impartial and non-political qangos. I can only imagine the outrage if any National-govt legislation had the same result.

  19. Daveski. Like everyone else, I’ve worked out the election will almost certainly be on Nov 8 by simple process of elimination. Do you really think that if I did have a direct line to the 9th floor I would be revealing it through indirect references?

    I don’t ‘simply dismiss’ Catt’s comments, I argue they are wrong by referring to evidence that contradicts her comments. She is neither automatically right, nor automatically wrong. And I would note that you and the rest of the Kiwiblog Right have repeatedly attacked Catt for the ECs decisions this year when National, Farrar etc have tried to abuse the EFA to prevent unions and others from having their voice and have failed miserably.

  20. Daveski 20

    SP – attempt at humour C-

    It does raise the question (no begging allowed) as to why the date hasn’t been formalised.

    And while I can’t accuse you of being joined to the 9th floor hip, you can’t paint me with the Kiwiblog brush.

  21. Patrick. I think there’s more to blogging than that, especially in NZ with its shallow pool of professional media. The major blogs undoubtedly influence reporting and flows on into the discourse. Indeed, that was one reason The Standard was set up, because journos were just running National’s lines received via Farrar without question. I think there’s also an important informative role. Remember when people always used to talk about benefit numbers exploding under Labour? That’s a view you could hold if you just read the mainstream media but leftwing blogs have destroyed arguments like that so comprehensively time and again that you rarely see even the most rabid Kiwiblog Right types making them anymore.

    But, yeah, mostly it’s good fun and an opportunity to talk politics.

  22. Patrick 22

    Oh that’s certainly true, and we’ve seen several examples already this year of blogs breaking major news stories, and it’s great to see. Another, unfortunate side effect is seeing Farrar labeled a “political commentator”.

    But for the most part it’s just people talking to the wind, but boy is it fun hehe.

  23. Tane 23

    SP, I’d recommend doing an email list too. Not everyone uses facebook.

  24. Daveski 24

    Both Kiwiblog and the Standard add considerably to the political landscape. Both are partisan, undoubtedly, and both discount the merits of the other.

    I don’t think anyone would go to either to look for balanced analysis but there is undoubtedly passionate discussion on both sites.

    Whether the blogosphere will make any different to the election remains to be seen.

  25. I would suggest that membership of political parties and organisations was a better proxy for democratic involvement than how many hits The Standard gets 😉

  26. Ari 26

    Both Kiwiblog and the Standard add considerably to the political landscape. Both are partisan, undoubtedly, and both discount the merits of the other.

    I don’t think anyone would go to either to look for balanced analysis but there is undoubtedly passionate discussion on both sites.

    Whether the blogosphere will make any different to the election remains to be seen.

    A lot of sentiments being expressed in the blogosphere have made their way into the general election discourse. Whether that means it’s influential is a different matter, but it suggests the possibility at least.

    As for partisanship- it would certainly be nice to have a site that’s either non-partisan or multi-partisan, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

  27. lprent 27

    Daveski:

    It does raise the question (no begging allowed) as to why the date hasn’t been formalised.

    It is formalised.

    An election must be no more than 38? months from the date of the previous one. Our previous one was Sept 17 2005. So this one is no later than Nov 17 2008.

    It must have at least 6 weeks notice from the time that the election is called to when it is performed.

    The GG can call the election, but in practice it is usually triggered by the PM resigning the government, and staying on in a caretaking role (or something daft like that is the convention).

    These sites aren’t there for balanced analysis. They’re there for prying around anything related to politics on a partisan basis and disseminating it.

    If you have a look at the About for this site, you’ll find that it is quite explicit about being there to support the labour movement activists. It does this by providing a discussion area and a way of distributing ideas. The mere fact of having debate running across the political divides is just a bonus (and largely due to the moderators and myself not wanting to look at the same old tropes over and over again).

    For me the best thing about the site is when I hear people repeating points to me and referencing the site as being where they came from. That is why it is here.

    SP: Also 7.8GB of data transferred in 10.7 days. This after I’ve spent days tweaking things to minimize data transfers. My bloody swap is running at about 50MB which means that soon I’ll have to start thinking about upping the RAM again.

    Currently the lurker to commentator ratio is creeping close to 50:1. Most of the readers don’t go into comments – they read the posts up on the front page.

    I’m pretty politically active outside the blogs, but not in street theatre, etc.

  28. r0b 28

    Excellent post – one of the best. And what a good idea to set up Campaign Hub. Outstanding!

    I’m up to my shapely ass in real world campaigning, and can only encourage others (of all political persuasions, but hmm maybe especially you Greens and lefties!) to get out there and get involved. As Vanilla Eis said so cogently above, it’s all about strengthening democracy.

    And on that unusually hopeful note, toodle pip!

  29. Phil 29

    Re; printing leaflets about John Key

    I don’t mean to be picky, but “climate change is a hoax” wasn’t the direct quote

  30. Still raining but spring is in the air 30

    I will go up into my attic and get down some of my eighties badges supporting labour and unions and will wear them even though I will look a complete gonk! (-:

    I already volunteer as a literacy tutor and between working full-time and being a full-time mum, that is all I can manage without everything turning to complete crap.

  31. IrishBill 31

    “I’m up to my shapely ass”

    I had no idea you and ‘sod were an item.

  32. Billy 32

    I’ve never heard anyone describe ‘sod as “shapely”. And he’s a donkey.

  33. r0b 33

    I had no idea you and ‘sod were an item.

    Alas, ‘sod is already taken, I can only dream of what might have been.

  34. forget it.. 3 strikes and all that!!!

  35. Cecil 35

    Great idea get active punch a politician. Clever Trevor did.

  36. explanation: I lost the first two comments without any effort whatsoever.. maybe some improvement to the encryption thing is in order.. increases receptivity.. etc

  37. randal 37

    in the mentime please send donations or sign up to donate to the party that has done more for new zealand in the last nine years than national has ever done in this century!

  38. Cecil 38

    RANDAL – never in New Zealand’s history have so many Labour MP’s been caught up in sordid corruption. Labour are history, nobody in their right mind would vote for the deceptive, despicable creeps!!

  39. r0b 39

    RANDAL – never in New Zealand’s history have any Labour MP’s been caught up in sordid corruption.

    Fixed that for you.

  40. Cecil 40

    r0b – when does Fatty Field appear in the criminal dock?
    Will he use the standard lying Labour lawyer?
    Who will Trevor punch out election night?
    Will Peter kiss another man election night?

  41. r0b 41

    Ahh Cecil that didn’t take long did it. Plonk.

  42. Quoth the Raven 42

    Who will Trevor punch out election night?

    Whenever I read anything about Mallard like the above, I can’t help but mention Gerry two tonne Brownlee, who actually got convicted of assault.

  43. Robinsod, I didn’t know my comments have meant so much to you that you cling on to them. I don’t know if I should be flattered or creeped out.
    With the future of NZ at stake in this election I am defiantly a Nat activist now. I hope that will keep you warm at night, I doubt much else does 😉
    (Sorry with that last comment, I’m descending to your level, I ‘ll stop that.)

    Killinginthenameof (that’s a hell of a tag!) You assume too much and I would turn your comment around and say the judgment of Dr Catt is being called ‘foolish’ here because she implies criticism of Labours EFA. If she was saying everything is fine and dandy then people here would be saying she is a trusted, respected, professional and impartial civil servant whose judgment is far better than the oppositions and so on.

    Here is the context of Dr Catts comments which came from a recent speech she gave in her professional capacity:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10530509
    Judge them as you wish. If you find the nzherald an unacceptable source then email her office for a copy of the transcript of her speech. I’m sure her office would be happy to supply it.
    Steve: Your right, we found a leaflet drop walk round the block very enjoyable, even if it was a bit chilly J

  44. higherstandard 44

    QTR

    There is a very good and humorous look at the biff in NZ politics over the years here if you want a chuckle.

    http://nzquest.blogspot.com/2008/02/rumble-in-bumble-violence-in-nz.html

  45. tothetight 45

    For posters why not use some of the Russian ones in WW2 showing JK in a German uniform and HC as a solider saving the motherland by slaying JK.

  46. higherstandard 46

    Tothelight

    I’m not sure which is the more absurd comparing John Key to a Nazi or Helen Clark to a Stalinist.

  47. higherstandard 47

    Eh moderation, which word’s in the naughty list ?

  48. mike 48

    Nice graphics SP, it looks like you are recruiting for the mongrel mob.

    Mind you I think you will need any help you can get if the next poll figures are anything to go by…

  49. Quoth the Raven 49

    Good article, thanks HS. I wish people wouldn’t get so hung up about a bit of biff in parliament.

  50. Cecil 50

    Parliament is the highest court in the land. I must tell the judge the next time that a “bit of biff” is ok mate !!

  51. T-Rex 51

    Note to those distributing National party policy – Don’t bother hitting any of the cafes, they’ve already been covered.

    Great initiative, go hard! I’m ill placed for leaflet dropping, but I’ll try and come up with something posterworthy.

  52. “Killinginthenameof (that’s a hell of a tag!)”

    Cheers!

    “Here is the context of Dr Catts comments which came from a recent speech she gave in her professional capacity:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10530509

    My main thing is does she mean chilling like putting something in the freezer, cools it down a bit, not quite so active. Or does she mean chilling like security cameras on every lamp post and people dissapearing in the dark of night. I’m hopeless at english, and can’t really pick which. I’d like to think she means the former, but Farrar and co are certainly presenting it as the latter. I honestly don’t know.

  53. Dean 53

    “Ahh Cecil that didn’t take long did it.”

    Field was only guilty of trying to help his constituents, right r0b?

  54. r0b 54

    Nah Dean Fields was guilty of a whole lot more than that from the sound of it.

  55. Cecil 55

    More expensive state funded litigation caused by unsavoury Labour MP’S . It’s bloody disgusting and now the Winston saga. When will it end Gladys?

  56. Quoth the Raven 56

    Cecil – A troll aren’t you. Let’s have a think about the unsavoury National MPs. Gerry Brownless done for assault, Nick Carter done for drunk driving, Shane Arden got charged with disorderly behaviour. Who was the last party to be investigated by the SFO. That’s right it was National in 1998. Didn’t national “miscalculate its GST” at the last election. What party did Winston Peters used to belong to?

  57. Dean 57

    r0b:

    “Nah Dean Fields was guilty of a whole lot more than that from the sound of it.”

    Now there’s an ex Labour MP we don’t hear much about these days. I wonder what adjectives Helen could find to describe such an individual?

  58. Razorlight 58

    “Anybody can be a third party if they choose, you just have to have the decency to tell the people who you?re trying to influence who you are.”

    I don’t think many authors from The Standard or contibutors, myself included, would agree with you there SP.

    Other than yourself there are not to many on here saying who they are in their attempt to influence.

  59. Robinsod, I didn’t know my comments have meant so much to you that you cling on to them. I don’t know if I should be flattered or creeped out.

    Sorry to disappoint you ricky but you’re not that special – I just have a near photographic memory – especially for text. It’s very useful for calling idiots to account and cross-referencing all sorts of information but the downside is I’m cursed to carry every retarded blog comment I’ve ever read around in my head for the rest of my friggin life.

    Talk about a Faustian pact…

  60. randal 60

    In the westminster system of government it is the prime minister who calls the election and nobody else. that is why he/she is the prime minister,it is her prerogative. (john key note spelling and try the correct pronunciation). anyway please donate your time and cash to the party who does more for new zealand than running round whingeing and crying haRD DONE BY AS THE NATS DO.

  61. Razor, well blogs have an exemption but I don’t see the harm in having to put your name to real world political action.

  62. Phil 62

    I just have a near photographic memory – especially for text

    Oxymoron?

  63. I guess this video kinda relates to our election, its Scottish Comedian Craig Ferguson telling Americans to vote.

  64. Bill 64

    Craig Ferguson’s routine on dinosaur extinction used to be a lot funnier than this. At least proselytising that T-Rex should knit woolly jumpers would have had a noticeable effect. But voting between candidates of corporate america?

    Maybe you lose your edge when you become an American.

  65. I just have a near photographic memory – especially for text

    Oxymoron?

    Like I said Phil – every retarded comment. Thanks for adding to that burden…

  66. deemac 67

    isn’t it Catt’s job to decide what the legislation means? not to say we won’t know till it’s been tested in court – that just sounds like buck passing to me. Surely her job is well paid because it involves responsibility.

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  • $2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $2.5 million to accelerate three infrastructure projects in Whakatāne, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This package is about ...
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  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
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  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
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  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
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  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
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  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
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  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
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  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
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  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
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  • Ground-breaking on NZ Post depot
    Hon Shane Jones, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises A new ‘super depot’ to be built for NZ Post in Wellington will create around 350 jobs during construction, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones says. Shane Jones today attended a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony for the parcel-processing depot ...
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  • Week That Was: Putting our economic plan into action
    Our strong economic management prior to COVID-19 - with surpluses, low debt and near-record-low unemployment - put us in a good position to weather the impact of the virus and start to rebuild our economy much earlier than many other countries. Now we're putting our plan to recover and rebuild ...
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  • Fleeing drivers hit new record-high yet again
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Law and Order Recently released Police fleeing driver statistics have shown yet another increase in incidents with another record-high in the latest quarter. “This new quarterly record-high is the latest in a string of record-high numbers since 2014.  The data shows incidents ...
    3 weeks ago

  • 300,000 students to benefit from free mental health services
    The Government is expanding and accelerating frontline mental health and wellbeing services at tertiary education institutes (TEI) to help students manage ongoing stresses related to COVID-19. “The lockdown has been hugely disruptive for students. Many of them have had to relocate and move to online learning, isolating them from their ...
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  • Gang crime, meth harm targeted in Waikato
    The Minister of Police says a major operation against the Mongrel Mob in Waikato will make a big dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks. “Senior leadership of the Waikato Mongrel Mob has been taken out as a result of Operation Kingsville, which resulted in ...
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  • Supporting victims and families to attend mosque attack sentencing
    The Government is extending the border exception criteria to enable some offshore victims and support people of the Christchurch mosque attacks to attend the sentencing of the accused beginning on 24 August2020, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “We want to support our valued Muslim brothers and sisters who were directly ...
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  • Boost for community freshwater restoration projects
    A project to support volunteer efforts to look after streams and rivers is getting a boost thanks to support from DOC’s Community Conservation Fund announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.  “The government is backing efforts to look after waterways with $199,400 for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from ...
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  • More support for women and girls
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  • Crown accounts stronger than forecast with higher consumer spending
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  • Govt releases plan to revitalise wool sector
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  • Funding for Predator Free Whangārei
    Community efforts to create a Predator Free Whangārei will receive a $6 million boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The new funding, through Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd, will create around 12 jobs while enabling the complete removal of possums over ...
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  • New Zealand to review relationship settings with Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand remains deeply ...
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  • Funding for Whangārei’s infrastructure projects revealed
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced details of a multimillion-dollar investment in Whangārei for infrastructure projects that will help it recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created through the $26 million investment from the Government’s rejuvenation package ...
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  • Managed isolation and quarantine update
    Following a second incident in which a person escaped from a managed isolation facility, security is being enhanced, including more police presence onsite, Minister Megan Woods said. “The actions of some individuals who choose to break the very clear rules to stay within the facilities means that more resourcing is ...
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  • Funding for Kaipara district community waste programmes
    Waste reduction and recycling programmes in Kaipara are set to get a boost with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announcing a $361,447 grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) Sustainable Kaipara. “The new funding will allow Sustainable Kaipara to partner with local schools, kura, community ...
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  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
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  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
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  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
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  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
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  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
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  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
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  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
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  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
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  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
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  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
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  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
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  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
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  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
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  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
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  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
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  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
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  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
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  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
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  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
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    6 days ago
  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
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  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
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  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
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  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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